A Day in Brussels – Meeting Minister Cecile Kyenge, Italy

BEWC premeeting
From left: Light Up a Girl’s Life project manager with Members of the Black European Women’s Council at the EESC.

With roots stemming back to 2007 with The Vienna Declaration the Black European Women’s Council (BEWC) is set to revive itself. The first step was a face-to-face meeting with some of the board members representing Austria, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Meeting with MEP Kyenge
Talking with Minister Kyenge.

In addition to discussing the future of the BEWC we had the honor of meeting with Minister Kyenge, Italy, thanks to our Italian board member, Dr. Susanne Mbiye.

Minister Kyenge's award
Minister Kyenge’s Global Citizenship Award for her groundbreaking work on immigrant rights fro children in Italy.

Minister Kyenge has received global recognition for becoming the first black women in the Italian Parliament and for her position on granting citizenship to the children of immigrants born in Italy. She has also received verbal abuse from her colleagues in Italy.

With Miniter Kyenge
With Minister Kyenge. She is grace personified.

Despite her hectic schedule including plenary and other meetings that day Minister Kyenge greeted each one of us with a warm handshake and parted with a kiss on the cheek. She, I can attest, is grace personified.

Black Women in Europe Founder Part Of 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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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