Adrianne George elected to represent Democrats Abroad at the 2020 Democratic Convention

10 August 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Adrianne George elected to represent Democrats Abroad at the 2020 Democratic “Convention Across America” 

Sweden: Adrianne George was elected to become a member of the Democrats Abroad delegation in her role as a 2016-2020 Democratic National Committee (DNC) Member at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, where she will take part in the process of nominating America’s next President and Vice President. She is an automatic delegate, formerly referred to as a super delegate before the adoption of the Unity Reform Committee’s reforms.

Adrianne lives in Sweden but hails from Washington, DC.

“I’m thrilled & honored to have been chosen to represent democrats abroad at the convention. In 2016, I ran to become a DNC member because I am passionate about helping overseas Americans vote in US elections and part of my pledge when being re-elected for a 2020-2024 term is to be part of the team that helps bring in a record number of American votes from abroad. I look forward to being part of our party’s effort to come together around our shared values, vision, and nominee”.  

Adrianne George

Living abroad gives Adrianne a unique perspective on U.S. politics, and, in particular, the damage done by the Trump presidency to America’s standing and role in the world. She looks forward to representing other American Democrats living outside the country, and to supporting the Democratic nominee, Vice President Joe Biden, in the election this fall.

“Our delegation is very focused, energized, and ready to make a difference. Each member brings their own unique perspective to the table through their experiences in the US and abroad, and I’m delighted to be part of a team with Adrianne, said Julia Bryan, Global Chair of Democrats Abroad,  “Adrianne is a member of the youngest, most diverse, delegation we have ever elected and is an excellent representative and advocate for Democrats Abroad and mobilizing the vote abroad.”

Julia Bryant

The 2020 Democratic National Convention, or “Convention Across America”, will be held entirely online, with many activities and events planned to engage Democrats all over America and the world from August 17th to August 20th. Although the main events will fall within the week of the convention, delegates have already started casting their votes for their presidential candidate.  

About Democrats Abroad: 

Democrats Abroad represents the interests and values of Democratic Americans living abroad. Recognized as a state party by the DNC, and represented at the convention by eight voting members, Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States, striving to provide Americans abroad a Democratic voice in our government and to mobilize the overseas vote. Democrats Abroad has 45 country committees, and our members live in more than 190 countries around the globe, voting in every state and Congressional district in the U.S. For more information: https://www.democratsabroad.org/

About the Democratic National Convention 

Taking place Aug 17-20, 2020 the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be a “Convention Across America” with virtual events and online engagement to engage Americans all over while protecting the health and safety of delegates and the surrounding community. For more information: https://www.demconvention.com/ 

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For additional information, contact:
Communications Director Aaron Fishbone at comms@democratsabroad.org

FAWCO announces the creation of a Diversity & Inclusion Task Force to help further our collective thinking on racism.

FAWCO

I am proud to be a part of this FAWCO task force.

Adrianne George

Over the next few months, this team’s primary focus will be to draft a new policy which will be presented to our member clubs to help articulate and clarify our aspirations as well as to make concrete recommendations on how we can implement new mechanisms to eliminate the barriers which have kept us from becoming a truly diverse and inclusive organization.

Tonya Teichert (AIWC Frankfurt/Taunus) will chair this Task Force and her team will include Mary Stewart Burgher (AWC Denmark), Bayo Callender (AWC Stockholm), Asma Darwish (AAWE Paris), Sue England (Munich IWC), Jenni Franklin (AWC The Hague), Adrianne George (AWC Malmö), Shweta Gupta (AWC Berlin), Michele Gustavsson (AWC Gothenburg), Kanika Holloway (AWC Antwerp), Meredith Mani (AWC Amsterdam) and Rhonda Staudt (AWC Berlin). As well, FAWCO Human Rights team members are exploring ways they can examine racial and social injustice, and work to create programming to be shared with our clubs. 

FAWCO announces the 2020 Resolutions and Recommendations Chair

FAWCO

I am proud to be a part of this FAWCO team.

Adrianne George

As anyone knows who has tried to describe FAWCO in a few brief sentences, our four pillars of Club Support, Philanthropy, Global Issues and US Issues encompass a world of issues.  Through examining our efforts every two years, we ask our Resolutions and Recommendations Committee to articulate the issues most important right now to the FAWCO Membership and help us focus our energies around our shared core values. We are not a political organization, but there are many issues where agreement can be found amongst our membership. The R&Rs are voted on by our FAWCO clubs at our Biennial Conference, and they are referenced regularly by the board and all our volunteers.  Christine Rigby Hall (AWC Amsterdam)has agreed to serve as FAWCO’s Resolutions and Recommendations Chair.  Christine impressed greatly as the Chair of the 12-member Target Selection Committee, leading the group through a comprehensive review of fifteen excellent project proposals and eventually selecting the top three for consideration of the FAWCO Clubs.

She studied Psychology and received a BA from the University of Kentucky and an MS from Springfield College.  Christine developed professional experience in the fields of Talent Acquisition, Development and Management and has a great track record of leading teams through complicated analysis and transitions.  She will be working with a R&R team to include Deanna Brittain (AWC Basel), Karen Castellon (AWC Berlin), and Adrianne George (AWC Gothenberg, AWC Malmö, AWC Stockholm). 

Accepting the Sisterhood of Greatness Award

Sisterhood Agenda

It truly was an amazing day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC for the Sisterhood Agenda Sisterhood of Greatness Award Ceremony.

Angela Coleman, Founder & President of Sisterhood Agenda, 2nd from L – Adrianne George, Founder of Black Women in Europe, 3rd from R – Ayana Coleman-Dixon, Sisterhood Agenda Secretary, and Blanche A. Williams, author of the Sisterhood Manifesto.

The ancestors truly were with us in the Oprah Winfrey Theater and I am grateful and proud to have accepted this award for all of the Black Women in Europe family.

Humbled – Sisterhood Agenda Award

Dear Adrianne,

I want to say ?Congratulations!??Sisterhood?Agenda?would like to present?you?and?Black Women in Europe?with our new?Sisterhood?of?Greatness?Award.??The?awards ceremony will take place at our gathering, Celebrating?Sisterhood:? 25 Years of Service, at the?Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on?Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 1:00pm-5:00pm.? Will you be able to join us?

As a long-standing Sisterhood Agenda global partner, this is our time to shine! Our first Sisterhood of Greatness Awards are presented to several founders and activists who represent and exemplify a code of excellence in consciousness, character, and conduct. Celebrating our 25-year anniversary is a testament to the collective spirit and strength of our constituency including over 5,000 global agencies throughout 36 countries, who share our purposeful focus on women and girls while growing a powerful force for positive social change.

During the devastating 2017 storms, hurricanes Irma and Maria, our newly opened SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands was severely damaged. We rebuilt it, stronger than ever, and remain vigilant in our ongoing support of millions of women and girls through partnerships, training, projects, programs, and products.

To mark this occasion, we decided to share our 25-year anniversary within our sisterhood by spotlighting the efforts of other amazing women and girls who have made a difference by standing up, stepping out and lifting us up to make the world a better place. Together, we realize the collective bond and power we impose when eradicating the issues we choose to champion. Therefore, we commemorate our anniversary by celebrating others!

Sisterhood is the foundation for collective empowerment. Our sisterhood is diverse and inclusive because we are all unique. Striving for meaningful connection, we want women and girls to know that they are never alone.

Knowing that time is of the essence, we hope that you can join us for this special event.  Please reply regarding award acceptance and participation in the award ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as soon as possible.  Thank you for all that you do.

In the Spirit of Sisterhood,

Angela D. Coleman, MBA, CNM

Sisterhood Agenda

         

??Celebrating?Sisterhood:? 25 Years of Service?

Decolonial Daughter

Lesley-Ann Brown

Our board member Lesley-Ann Brown will have a new book published next year.?Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to Her European Son?will be available in paperback on??15 May 2018.?

A Trinidadian-American writer and activist explores motherhood, migration, identity, nationhood and how it relates to land, imprisonment, and genocide for Black and Indigenous peoples.

Having moved to Copenhagen, Denmark from Brooklyn over 18 years ago, Brown attempts to contextualise her and her son’s existence in a post-colonial and supposedly post-racial world where the very machine of so-called progress has been premised upon the demise of her lineage. Through these letters, Brown writes the past into the present – penned from the country that has been declared “The Happiest Place in the World” – creating a vision that is a necessary alternative to the dystopian one currently being bought and sold.

Pre-order now in Europe or the US.

Board Member Irene Opira’s Kulturf?reningen Maisha presents NANDI FLAME

Presented by Maisha Cultural Association

NANDI FLAME NANDI FLAME

 

Welcome to an evening inspired by Wangari Maathai, environmental activist and founder of the Green Belt Movement, also the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. If the trees – Nandi Flames could speak, then they would sing about Wangari Maathai and tell you this evening about the global climate and the situation in Africa. A performance of dance, music, and ghosts will be to and fro about the climate.

Extreme weather and natural disasters around the world make us unable to shut up for climate change. But much can be prevented and prevented.

Come and listen to Mats Nittve Vi-forest ambassador who tells you about their amazing work in East Africa. On stage, dancers meet and have a dance show! The Troubadour Tauna Niingungo plays on several instruments, including a rainstorm. Jessica Karl?n about doing stand-up in South Africa and much more.

participants:

Mats Nittve Vi-forest ambassador

Tauna Niingungo Trubadur

Jessica Karl?n artist, writer, and comedian

Darun poet

Charlotte Rieback & Diasmany Dance (Afro-Cuban)

Matilda Peltonen solo no

Kulturama dance show

The program is supported by the City of Stockholm. Maisha Cultural Association is part of Kulturens Bildningsf?rbund.

Photo: Goldman Environment Prize
Length: 2 hours incl. Break
Price: 120 kr, 100 kr student / retired
Date: 23 Sep, 19:00, Teater Pero

Lagom: The Swedish Secret of Living Well

Our board member Lola Akinmade ?kerstr?m?has published a new book,?Lagom: The Swedish Secret of Living Well.

Lola Akinimade
Books We?re Loving this Month: August

The hardcover version, released this month, was chosen by the famous British bookseller WH Smith for inclusion on their reading list for August:

We love nothing more than discovering new books, and even better, having a good chat about them afterwards with fellow bookworms. And so whether you’re devoted to Richard and Judy’s recommendations, searching for some Fresh Talent to read before all your friends, or simply looking for something new to get lost in on a Sunday afternoon, take a look at the books that we can’t stop talking about this month and let us know what you think!

We couldn’t be more proud!

Available on Amazon.co.uk

Available in Spanish.

Available on Amazon.com

Board Member

Award-winning writer and photographer Lola (Akinmade) ?kerstr?m has photographed and dispatched from roughly 60?countries for?various publications.?Her photography is represented by?National Geographic Creative.

Her work has appeared in?National Geographic Traveler,?BBC,?CNN,?The Guardian,?Travel + Leisure,?Slate,?Travel Channel, Lonely Planet, Fodor?s, National Geographic Channel,?several in-flight magazines,?amongst others. She was?in South Africa on a photography assignment for National Geographic Channel and was featured in?a?vignette?called ?Through The Lens? which airs on Nat Geo channel across the globe.

She also owns and runs?Geotraveler Media?? a?multimedia and travel consulting firm providing a spectrum of travel media-related services from writing and photography to web design and social media. She is editor-in-chief of?Slow Travel Stockholm?? an editorial site which encourages travelers to explore Stockholm deeper and slowly.

She is?also a founding member of the?Nordic Travel Bloggers?(NordicTB)?collective which brings together the top professional travel influencers and digital storytellers?in the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.