October 7, 2014

The midterm elections are right around the corner – and DAN is organizing Oslo’s premier pre-election event!

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‘THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS 2014, WHAT IS AT STAKE AND A LOOK TO 2016

WHERE: Co-working space “657”, Fredenborgsveien 24 D, 0177 Oslo

WHEN: Thursday, October 23 from 6pm to 8:30

Join us for dinner, a drink, a raffle and an evening of first-rate political analysis and discussion!

1. WHAT IS AT STAKE IN THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS? – How gerrymandering has created a

difficult situation for Democrats in the Midterm election and which states can help shift the momentum. What are the

possibilities of a Republicans take-over in the Senate and what is the effect of the Tea Party on the GOP’s hold

on the House.

Tove Bjørgaas, NRK journalist – NRK correspondent in Washington DC, responsible for covering

North and South America from 2006-2010, focused particularly on the international economy. She

started as a correspondent in Washington DC in 2010 and she now works in Norway. Author of

“Change and Fear: Barack Obama United States” (2011)

2. THE KEY ISSUES IN THE MID-TERMS – Is defunding Health Care still the key priority for the GOP

and where are both parties with regards to comprehensive immigration reform? Are foreign issues entering

the political arena for the Mid-Terms, and what impact will the conflict in Israel and Palestine have on the

races? What about relations with Russia and Syria? A bi-partisan panel will look at the issues from a range of

perspectives in order to get the most realistic view of what to expect.

Hilde Restad, PhD in International Relations and American Foreign Policy from Thomas Jefferson’s

own university – the University of Virginia. Hilde is currently an associate professor of Peace and

Conflict Studies at Bjørknes College.

Lisa Cooper, Chair, Democrats Abroad

Eric Manderville, Chair, Republicans Abroad

3. AN EARLY LOOK AT 2016 – In addition to doing our own straw poll we will invite 4 guests to give us

their prediction for the Republican and Democratic ballots in 2016!

Honorable Barry White – Former US Ambassador to Norway & the Obama campaign

organizer for Massachusetts in 2008 (via Skype)

• Hilde Restad, PhD

• Tove Bjørgaas, NRK journalist

• DAN and RAN

 

2016 IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK!

The Mid-terms are really a dress rehearsal for the upcoming presidential elections. Will Hillary finally announce

she is running? Who will challenge her on the Democratic side? Will Mitt Romney give it a third try and who

will the Koch brothers support in the bid for the GOP candidate?

Join us in October for a lively discussion and a look to 2016 to find out!

 

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August 10, 2014

Request your ballot or register to vote at Cafe Fedora on September 2nd!

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Need help requesting a ballot to vote in the 2014 midterm elections? Unsure how to reach election officials in your home state? Or are you registering to vote for the first time?

Join members of the board of Democrats Abroad Norway from 6 to 8pm at Oslo’s very own American-run Cafe Fedora in Frogner. We’ll be armed with computers to help get you registered or to make sure your ballot gets to you in time for you to cast that all-important vote for your Democratic candidate for the House and/or Senate.

We have no formal program for the evening, so please feel free to drop by or stick around for a cup of coffee, a meal, or something sweet.

Cafe Fedora is located at Frognerveien 22, a short walk near the Lille Frogner Alle stop on the #12 tram line.

Hope to see you there!

 

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June 9, 2014

Join us in Frogner Park on June 29th to celebrate the Fourth!

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The American Coordinating Council of Norway (ACCN) is once again arranging *the* annual event for meeting, greeting and networking with fellow Americans and America fans. And best of all, it’s free!

This year’s event – the 29th consecutive celebration of America’s independence – is slated for Sunday, June 29th between 12 and 5pm. Democrats Abroad Norway is an active member of the ACCN and our tent is a mainstay of the event.

As always, the event will have all the ingredients of a wonderful 4th of July celebration. Come join us in Frogner Park for a fun-packed afternoon featuring:

  • Family Entertainment – including Airbuzz, Lady Moscow and the Rock Band Dancers
  • Sports
  • Great food
  • Raffles
  • Win plane tickets to the U.S.!
  • Games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Children’s games
  • A beautiful setting in which to celebrate
  • And last but not least, lots of good, old-fashioned American hospitality

DEMOCRATS ABROAD NORWAY WILL BE THERE

Want to get registered to vote in the upcoming midterm elections? Already registered to vote, but need help requesting your ballot?

Want to learn more about our upcoming slate of events as we approach midterm elections?

Or do you just want the opportunity to meet other Democrats — and the chance to become a member? Then the ACCN Independence Day Celebration is the place.

Democrats Abroad Norway will be manning a tent at the ACCN Independence Day Celebration at Frogner Park on Sunday from noon until 5pm. Come stop by for all your voting needs and to get your political fix!

FIND OUT MORE

Click on the link for the ACCN site for more information about events that help connect Americans in Norway to other Americans!And feel free to visit www.accn.no for more information.

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April 29, 2014

DAN is organizing an event on the Affordable Care Act on May 20th and we want to see you there!

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THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT

Will it make or break the 2014 Midterm Elections?

  • Democratic candidates across the board are being attacked for supporting it!
  • Republicans are calling it un-American.
  • And Europeans are trying to figure out why!

Join Democrats Abroad Norway on Tuesday, May 20 to get a better understanding of one of the most debated issues in the period running up to the 2014 mid-term elections – The Affordable Care Act.

WHEN : Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (1800-2030)

WHERE : The American Lutheran Church, Oslo

CONTRIBUTION: NOK 150

REFRESHMENTS : Coffee, Tea, Cakes for sale

  • Welcome – Lisa Cooper, Chair, DAN (1800-1810)
  • Introduction to the Event – Brad Larson, Vice Chair, DAN (1810-1820)
  • The ACA – How we got there and what it does David Golden, MD New England political observer & participant (1820-1840)
  • Comparing the ACA and the Norwegian System Egil Marstein, PhD BI, Public Health Policy & Government & Health maintenance/Strategy (1840-1900)
  • Break (1900-1930)
  • The ACA and the Midterms Hon. Barry White, Former US Ambassador to Norway & Obama Campaign organizer for Massachusetts in 2008 (1930-2000 – Skype)
  • Round up and social gathering until 2030

Register by May 15th by completing following link : CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Hope to see you in May!

Democrats Abroad in Norway

Hon. Barry White, former U.S. ambassador to Norway

Hon. Barry White, former U.S. ambassador to Norway

Egil Marstein

Egil Marstein

April 11, 2014

Save the date: Tuesday, May 20th!

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THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT – WILL IT MAKE OR BREAK THE 2014 MIDTERMS?

 

Join Democrats Abroad at the American Lutheran Church in Oslo (Tuesday, May 20 at 1800-2030) for an event that aims to give a better understanding of one of the most debated issues in the period running up to the 2014 mid-term elections – The Affordable Care Act.

 

We have experts from the US Medical field, from BI and also the political insights of the former US Ambassador to Norway, Barry White (Skype).  We’ll look at how the ACA compares to healthcare in Norway.  And even more importantly — how attitudes to the ACA can affect the tightly contested Senate and House races this fall.

 

 

A GLUT OF SPENDING

Since the beginning of the year there has been a glut of outside spending, particularly against Democratic incumbents. The nonprofit, conservative group Americans for Prosperity has dumped tens of millions into Senate and House races, simply reminding voters in emotion-packed ad after ad that these Democratic incumbents supported the ACA.

 

Understanding how to combat these tactics becomes increasingly important in a 2014 Senate landscape where Republicans have the possibility of taking back the chamber after eight years of Democratic control.

 

So save the date – Tuesday, May 20 in Oslo. Join us a we move into the 2014 Midterm Elections campaign!

January 10, 2014

First social event of 2014

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The first social gathering for Democrats Abroad in Norway in 2014!

Join us for a social event on January 23rd from 18-22 at Kirkeveien 11, 0260 Oslo.

We will have snacks and beer and wine for sale and short talk and videos of where we are on key issues and a look ahead to 2014 and mid-term elections.

To register please sign up by clicking on the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LGK5HXX

Hope to see you in soon !

Best Regards,

The Board of Democrats Abroad in Norway

December 19, 2013

Holiday greetings from us at DAN

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From all of us in the Board to you

and your family we wish you a

wonderful holiday season !

Looking forward to 2014!!!

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December 13, 2013

TOWARD 2014: NEW BLOOD, EVENTS AND POLITICAL ANALYSIS

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At our recent Board Meeting, we welcomed two new members to the Board and finalized initial plans for an active build up to the mid-term elections in November next year.

 

NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Our new Board Members are Dr. David Golden (Oslo), who will be handling Membership and serving on health care issue support, and Seth Chancy (Sandnes) who, in addition to his role as Secretary to the Board, will also be focusing on the Website and supporting Social Media efforts. In addition, Jeff Lugowe, our Social Media expert, officially joins the Board.

 

Seth Chancy has lived in Norway for 17 years, and originally comes from Oklahoma (where everyone is a Republican from birth. He saw the light later in life.). He currently serves with the Norwegian Mission Society with responsibility for Campgrounds for Youth. He studied to be an actor and then, as he likes to say: “Once an actor, always a waiter!” Thus, his transition through the restaurant and hospitality industry, to his work at the Mission Society. His physical office is in Stavanger but he travels the entire country. He also has computer background that can support our Website and Social Media efforts.

 

David Golden, MD, has recently moved to Norway after retirement with his Norwegian wife to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. He worked for 30 years as a doctor and eventually medical director of Dartmouth Hitchcock Nashua, New Hampshire Division, and helped to set up an HMO there. He also worked in Oslo in 1986 on elder care and published comparison of Norwegian and US Medicine. He then served for eight years with the VA Medical Center in Manchester. He’s been politically active, serving on many of the local town boards, eventually becoming Chair of the Board Of Selectman in Hollis NH. David is well positioned to help with our membership drive and to strengthen our health care issue focus.

 

NEXT YEAR’S ISSUES & POLITICAL EVENTS

 

For 2014 the Board has planned four major events: Two events with an issues focus (in early spring and early summer), and an event in early fall with a political focus – in advance of the Mid-Term Elections.

 

The topic for the first Issues Event will be Health Care, with a focus on the prospects for “Obama Care” implementation and a comparison of the Norwegian and US Health Care systems. We’ll also be looking at what might be some of the reasons for resistance to this major initiative.

 

The focus of the second Issue Event will be determined as we get closer to the Mid-Terms. With the budget, national debt, immigration, and a raft of other issues, there will be much to choose from.

 

And in addition to these, we’ll celebrate together at the Annual 4th of July Event in Frogner Park (held the closest Sunday to the actual date.) One of our major efforts in the park will be to register voters and add new members.

 

Of course, during the course of the year we’ll again be having numerous mini-events to help register voters and increase membership.

 

 

SOCIAL EVENTS

 

Save the date! The first official social gathering for DAN in 2014 will take place on Thursday, January 23rd from 18-22 at Kirkeveien 11, 0260 Oslo.

 

We will have snacks and beer and wine for sale and short talk and videos of where we are on key issues and a look ahead to 2014 and mid-term elections.

 

To register please sign up by clicking on the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LGK5HXX

 

We look forward to an exciting year together in 2014. See you in January!

June 18, 2013

Join us for the 4th of July celebration in Frogner Park!

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The American Coordinating Council of Norway (ACCN) is arranging the annual event for meeting, greeting and networking with fellow Americans and America-fans! And Democrats Abroad Norway will be there.

Each year the ACCN produces the ACCN Independence Day Celebration in Oslo on the weekend closest to the actual date. This year that means the event will take place on Sunday, June 30th. Democrats Abroad Norway is an active member of ACCN and the event.

CELEBRATING IN OSLO

This signature event — “The 28th Annual American Celebration”– will take place from noon to 1700 at Frogner Park in Oslo. The 2013 Celebration is as usual FREE ADMISSION. Bring your family and friends.

As always there will be all the ingredients of a wonderful 4th of July celebration:

  • Family Entertainment – including Duo Scandinavia & Airbuzz!
  • Sports
  • Great food
  • Raffle book sales
  • Win airline tickets to the U.S.!
  • Win a weekend for 2 – at the Rica Victoria Hotel
  • Instant Win Games
  • Crafts
  • Children’s games
  • A beautiful setting in which to celebrate
  • And last but not least, lots of good, old-fashioned American hospitality

DEMOCRATS ABROAD NORWAY WILL BE THERE

Do you want to meet other Americans and discuss the American experience in Scandinavia? Are there any specific questions you have about being an American in Norway? Or do you just want the opportunity to meet other Democrats — and the chance to become a member? Then the ACCN Independence Day Celebration is the place.

Democrats Abroad Norway will be manning a tent at the ACCN Independence Day Celebration at Frogner Park on Sunday from 1200 to 1700. Join us there and exchange views!

FIND OUT MORE

Click on the link for the ACCN site for more information about events that help connect Americans in Norway to other Americans!

Go to www.accn.no for more information

May 19, 2013

Special event !

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MEET JUDY COLLINS!

THE LEGENDARY FOLK SINGER JOINS DEMOCRATS ABROAD

IN NORWAY ON MAY 29 at Café Sowal Grønland 18, T-bane stop “Grønland”!

The legendary folk signer Judy Collins will be joining Democrats Abroad Norway for a reception at the Café Sowal in Oslo on Wednesday, May 29 at 1900.

(No registration required and donations will be accepted at the door, address is Grønland 18, T-bane stop “Grønland”)

She is using the opportunity to meet with like-minded Americans and friends in advance of her lead billing engagement the next evening at the Working Class Hero Concert in Drammen at Union Scene.

With her history of social engagement, she will be using the opportunity to touch on important issues and may even be encouraged to sing a cappella one or two of her best loved songs of the 60s and 70s.

 

Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes. Her impressive career has spanned more than 50 years.

Judy Collins’ social history has always been linked with her musical history.  Judy is drawn to social activism and is a representative for UNICEF and campaigns on behalf of the abolition of landmines, amongst many other causes.

She performed at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in 1993, singing “Amazing Grace” and “Chelsea Morning”.  The Clintons named their daughter, Chelsea, after Collins’ recording of the song.

 

In 1961, Judy Collins released her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22. She interpreted the songs of fellow artists – particularly the social poets of the time such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton.  Judy was instrumental in bringing other singer-songwriters to a wider audience including poet/musician Leonard Cohen – and musicians Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman. Her version of Leonard Cohen´s “Suzanne” is a classic of the late 60´s.

 

Judy Collins is also noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” on her 1967 album, Wildflowers which has since been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Winning “Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards was Judy’s version of “Send in the Clowns,” a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical “A Little Night Music.”

Hope to see you there !

Lisa Cooper