WAD Co-Founder Part of the 2012 Democrats Abroad Delegation to the DNC Convention in Charlotte

At the recent Global Convention Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Democrats Abroad announced that President Barack Obama had won the organization’s Global Primary. The Democrats Abroad Global Primary was conducted May 1-6, 2012 at more than 90 voting centers in 33 countries.

“There was an overwhelming show of support for President Obama and his many accomplishments, including putting Americans back to work, reforming Wall Street and protecting consumers, making college more affordable, ending the War in Iraq, repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and delivering affordable health care,” said Kenneth E. Sherman, International Chair of Democrats Abroad in Canada. “As Americans living abroad, we’ve also seen first-hand the gains President Obama has made repairing the U.S. image overseas.”

The election results also determined the 17 delegates who will attend the Democratic National Convention along with 8 DNC members September 3-7, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Convention delegation was elected in a combination of both the May 1-6 voting center elections and elections at the May 18-20 Democrats Abroad Global Convention which were held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Democrats Abroad especially thanks the 160 members who stood for election as delegates in the multiple elections.

2012 Democrats Abroad Delegation to the DNC Convention in Charlotte

Regional Delegates

AMERICAS:
Roberta (Dee Dee) Camhi (DA-Mexico)
Tim Whiting (DA-Mexico)
Sandra Loridans (DA-Mexico)

ASIA PACIFIC:
Alexander Montgomery (DA-Hong Kong)

EMEA:
Kathleen Burnett (DA-Germany)
John Morris (DA-France)
Martha McDevitt-Pugh (DA-Netherlands)
Robert Vallier (DA-France)
Adrianne George (DA-Sweden)
Zachery Miller (DA-France)
Stephanie Stewart (DA-UK)

PLEO (party leaders and elected officials):
John Chudy (DA-Gautemala)

Global-Large Delegates
Maria Dolores (Lola) Quintella (Peru)
Gil Carbajal (DA-Spain)
Adrienne Jones (DA-Canada)

Alternate Delegate
Sebron Toney (DA-Afghanistan)

DNC
Ken Sherman (DA-Canada), ex-officio
Vicki Hansen (DA-Luxembourg), ex-officio
Lauren Shannon (DA-Japan)
Stanley Grossman (DA-UK)
Caitlin Kraft Buhman (DA-Switzerland)
Leo Perez Minaya (DA-Dominicon Republic)
Theresa Morelli (DA-Italy)
Joe Smallhoover (DA-France)

Standing Committee
Chistine Marques (DA-Switzerland) – Rules Committee
Louis Hureston (DA-South Africa) – Credentials Committee
Dean Jannone (DA-Spain) – Platform Committee

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Mara Elizabeth Larson Richard

VFA
Register to vote and/or get your absentee ballot now.

The U.S. Presidential Election will take place on November 6, 2012. Deadlines for requesting overseas absentee ballots vary per state. To vote in the U.S. Presidential Election in November, overseas voters must request a ballot from local voting authorities in the place where they or their family last resided in the U.S.

Voters can register now at www.VoteFromAbroad.org

Kenneth E Sherman,
International Chair

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Irene Opira is the founder of the Maisha gala Sweden African Women of the Year Awards

Maisha means “Life” in Swahili, a language spoken in East Africa.

Irene Opira
Irene Opira

Irene Opira is the founder of the Maisha gala. She is immensely proud of her African heritage and has been the project leader and producer of the gala since its inception in 2007. The same year she simultaneously introduced the Miss Africa Sweden concept, an initiative to show a broader definition of beauty which includes African ideals, empower young women and celebrate the beauty of diversity.

Irene was born in Kitgum Northern Uganda and is the daughter of Ugandan politician and legend Jeremiah Lucas Opira. The family fled from the Idi Amin regime and was invited to seek political asylum in Sweden during the mid-1970s. Irene has studied the Social Sciences at the University of Stockholm where she successfully completed a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Social Anthropology. She is currently working for the Swedish National Federation of Immigrant Women’s Associations and serves as a board member in several organizations including Noah’s Ark.

About Maishagalen

 

 

 

The goal of the Maisha Gala is to recognize the achievement of women for the Black/African community in Sweden and Africa. It works to promote the African Diaspora involvement and include the voice of  women on various issues of concern to the community. The Maisha Gala is a celebration of African culture that also promotes artists and young talents and the empowerment of youth. Maisha Gala is also networking and advocacy with the thematic approach and focus on pertinent issues. The 2012 theme: maternal mortality and maternal health on the African continent; the Stand Up for African Mothers campaign, in collaboration with AMREF/Flying Doctors.

Future goals

From 2012 the Maisha Gala will evolve into being incorporated as a central part of the newly established Maisha cultural association: Kulturföreningen Maisha. In the future the association is to develop and expand the Maisha concept in Sweden and beyond.

Maisha Galen 2012 – 5 year anniversary

Nominees and Winners

Woman of the Year – Margaret Gärding

This year’s inspiration – AnnaLena Tell Eriksson

This year’s entrepreneur – Adrianne George (Lind)

This year’s artist – Mary Ndiaye

This year’s newcomer: Josette Bushell Mingo

Maisha Pioneer Prize: Clementina Akuyo Brown

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5th International Congress of African Women

Join Women around the World Who Are Ready to Impact Africa and Beyond!

5th INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF AFRICAN WOMEN

GLOBAL WOMEN: OUR IMPACT ON AFRICA AND BEYOND!

NOVEMBER 12-17, 2012

Cacablanca City of MOROCCO

The International Congress of African women, a two days training and 2 days   Congress held in Casablanca will address the theme “Global women: Our impact on Africa and beyond!”The agenda focuses on innovation and sustainable development and includes sessions on Entrepreneurship, Health and Education.(Sessions will be held in English and French).

 Le Royal Mansour Méridien

This Congress will gather more than 500 women and men leaders in Morocco and all over the world, from all sectors of the economy and society, including business, politics, law, media, and partnerships. Participants will network and discuss the crucial challenges for Africa and the input of the Diasporas.

Africa Femmes Performantes’ Experts will provide abundance of the tools, strategies and resources to help people get unstuck, focused to get their big goals accomplished.

You are invited to attend the African Women of Excellency Awards Dinner to be held November Friday 16, 2012 in the prestigious lounge of the Royal Mansour Meridien Casablanca. 30 women will receive the Awards from an official of the Kingdom of Morocco. The purpose of the Awards is to provide continental recognition to African’s women entrepreneurs, whose successful businesses and achievements contribute so much to the African and global economies as well as to their national communities.

PARTNERS

      

2012 Conference Registration is now open

General Registration includes all general & breakout sessions with all of our speakers and guests of honor.

Check out our website for more information on logistics and accommodation.

 

Click on www.femmesperformantes.com for more information about the program and registrations or contact us at:  annie@femmesperformantes.com orcasablanca@femmesperformantes.com  Tel: +1 571 606 5215 or + 1240 7013972

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May 6 marked the anniversary of Saatije Baartman’s remains finally being returned to Africa from the French government after 200 years.

Hat tip: Lorraine Spencer

Yesterday marked the anniversary of Saatije Baartman’s remains finally being returned to Africa from the French government after 200 years. (May 6, 2002)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Baartman

Sarah was a slave to Dutch owners taken to Europe and put on display like an animal. Lovely poem by Diana Ferrrus

“I’ve come to take you home –
home, remember the veld?
the lush green grass beneath the big oak trees
the air is cool there and the sun does not burn.
I have made your bed at the foot of the hill,
your blankets are covered in buchu and mint,
the proteas stand in yellow and white
and the water in the stream chuckle sing-songs
as it hobbles along over little stones.

I have come to wrench you away –
away from the poking eyes
of the man-made monster
who lives in the dark
with his clutches of imperialism
who dissects your body bit by bit
who likens your soul to that of Satan
and declares himself the ultimate god!

I have come to soothe your heavy heart
I offer my bosom to your weary soul
I will cover your face with the palms of my hands
I will run my lips over lines in your neck
I will feast my eyes on the beauty of you
and I will sing for you
for I have come to bring you peace.

I have come to take you home
where the ancient mountains shout your name.
I have made your bed at the foot of the hill,
your blankets are covered in buchu and mint,
the proteas stand in yellow and white –
I have come to take you home
where I will sing for you
for you have brought me peace.”

Diana Ferrus, “A poem for Sarah Baartman”

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Has a cake, in the name of art, ruined Sweden’s reputation as a tolerant country?

By now I imagine that most if not all of you are aware of the actions of Sweden’s Minister for Culture and an Afro Swede artist during a World Art Day event:


Here is a round up of a few reactions from the blogsphere:

Sweden: the country where racism is just a joke:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/18/racism-becoming-the-norm-sweden?CMP=twt_gu&fb_source=message


Racism and a living cake:
http://drdawgsblawg.ca/2012/04/racism-and-a-living-cake.shtml


5 ways to eat your racist cake and have it too:
http://www.micmovement.com/2012/04/5-ways-to-eat-your-racist-cake-have-it-too/


A Brussels-based anti-racism group has condemned Swedish culture minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth for cutting a “racist” cake at a Stockholm art museum, demanding the government issue a formal public apology:
http://www.thelocal.se/40356/20120419/


On another note from Scandinavia, it’s almost time for the Helsinki Film Festival

Welcome to HAFF! African movies offer a great way to build bridges at a time when prejudice and racism are on the rise,” says festival director Wanjiku wa Ngugi:
http://www.haff.fi/en

Please add links to other posts about what happened in Sweden here.

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Join the Pan African Diaspora Union as we expand the African Union Sixth Region Policy and the African Diaspora into the Middle East

Pan African Diaspora Union | Working Retreat

Dimona, Israel, Northeastern Africa

March 1-5, 2012

The Ascension of Pan-Africanism 

HIGHLIGHT EVENTS

PADU WORKING SESSIONS:

FACILITATING THE MIDDLE EAST THEATER FOR THE AFRICAN UNION’S 6TH REGION POLICY UPDATES, REPORTS, THINK TANKS & DISCUSSIONS

JERICO SUMMIT: TOWN-HALL MEETING WITH THE    

AFRO-PALESTINIAN COMMUNITY

AFRO-JORDANIAN COMMUNITY

AFRO-BEDOUIN COMMUNITY

ETHIOPIAN COMMUNITY

SACRED VISITATION TO JERUSALEM, VISITING THE

AFRO-PALESTINIAN COMMUNITY, ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH AND other sites of historical significance to Africans IN THE MOST IMPORTANT GEO-POLITICAL/GEO-RELIGIOUS CITY ON EARTH

Join the Pan African Diaspora Union as we expand the African Union Sixth Region Policy and the African Diaspora into the Middle East.

INTERESTED IN ATTENDING?

PLEASE SEND MAIL TO THE PLANNING & ORGANISING COMMITTEE TO THE ATTENTION OF CROWNED DR. KHAZRIEL BEN YEHUDA; E: DRKBYEHUDA@YAHOO.COM; T: +972-549274587

CC TO: PADU SECRETARIAT: PADUORGANIZING@GMAIL.COM AND MEMBER OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE SISTER DEBORAH WRIGHT SASSYEARS@GMAIL.COM

 


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