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    So many options to choose from.

    Take the opportunity to deepen your knowledge.

    Your Online Yoga Studio

    Get started for free.

    View all classes at YogaDownload.com

  • It was Indigenous Peoples Day on the 10th

    It was Indigenous Peoples Day on the 10th

    The Government has adopted five action programmes against various forms of racism during 2022–2024. The action programmes outline concrete measures aimed at combating afrophobia, antisemitism, antigypsyism, islamophobia and racism against the Sami people. These action programmes will follow up on one of Sweden’s commitments from the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism.

    “We must never accept any form of racism. It’s a question of human dignity. Racism divides people and contributes to dangerous polarisation. That’s why we’re raising the level of ambition to emphasise everyone’s equal value,” says Minister for Culture Jeanette Gustafsdotter. 

    These action programmes will help draw attention to and counter various forms of racism. They supplement the national plan to combat racism, similar forms of hostility and hate crime.  The action programmes were developed based on dialogues with representatives of civil society, reports on the occurrence of racism and hate crime in Sweden and recommendations from regional and international human rights bodies.

    “Racism, discrimination and hate crime are harmful not only to the victims, but society as a whole. For this reason, efforts to combat racism and discrimination are also important for breaking segregation,” says Johan Danielsson, Minister for Housing and Deputy Minister for Employment with responsibility for efforts to combat discrimination.

    Within the framework of the action programmes, the Government has tasked several Government Agencies to counter racism within health and medical care, to increase knowledge about the relationship between the vulnerability of certain groups and work-related stress, and to enhance knowledge about hate crime against the Sami people. Children and young people’s vulnerability to racism is given special attention through remits aimed at the schools.

    Information box:

    The action programmes draw on the national plan to combat racism, similar forms of hostility and hate crime. The national plan was adopted in 2016 and is a tool for preventing and combating racism and polarisation in society and paving the way for a cohesive Sweden characterised by solidarity. The actions programmes comprise measures in four of the five strategic areas identified in the national plan: more knowledge, education and research, strengthened preventive measures online, a more active legal system as well as Civil society: greater support and more in-depth dialogue.

    Press contact

    Victoria Frisk Garcia
    Acting Press Secretary to the Minister for Housing and Deputy Minister for Employment Johan Danielsson
    Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
    Mobile +46 73 047 23 12
    email to Victoria Frisk GarciaAmelie Lind
    Press Secretary to the Minister for Culture Jeanette Gustafsdotter
    Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
    Mobile +46 73 087 87 43
    email to Amelie Lind

  • Swedish language and society course

    If you have finished Sfi (or have equivalent knowledge of Swedish) there’s an online course starting November 1st that will focus on language as well as info about Swedish society. Classes are held on Zoom, two evenings/week at 18-20.15. The course is free of charge! Sign up on the website 😊 I did!

    https://www.studieframjandet.se/blekinge-lan/gustav-arrangemang/kurser/2022/november/svenska-spraket-och-samhallet/

  • Flygbussarna to the rescue!

    Flygbussarna to the rescue!

    Tusen tack to the wonderful driver with Flygbussarna on 21 September from Göteborg Landvetter Airport to Gothenburg Central Station, Sweden, AND the customer service staff on site. After traveling through 3 airports I got off the bus in Gothenburg and left my two roller bags under the bus. UNDER THE BUS!! How could I do that? Once I realized it my bus had departed back to Landvetter. All I could do was make a report at the customer service office and wait and pray. And that I did this while customer service made contact with the driver and who finally returned on a scheduled run with my bags safely on the luggage rack behind him.

    I gave him the BIGGEST hug after he gave me my bags. I couldn’t believe I was reunited with my bags. Tusen tack Vy flygbussarna for looking out for me, making me whole, and always being on time, lol.😀 Nice things happen to me in Sweden.

  • How the Sweden Democrats became the second biggest party

    How the Sweden Democrats became the second biggest party

    https://sverigesradio.se/artikel/the-rise-of-the-sweden-democrats

  • Visit family in the US. Vote in Sweden.

    Visit family in the US. Vote in Sweden.

  • How to Vote in the Swedish Elections

    How to Vote in the Swedish Elections

    In case you hadn’t picked up on it, there is a major election in Sweden next month. If you’re eligible to vote you don’t have to register. Your voting papers will come to you in the mail. Follow the instructions and join the 87% of voters in Sweden who actually vote. Impressive!

    If you’re eligible to vote in Sweden but will be away (like me), here’s a link to how and where you can vote in the US,

    along with a link to a resource to help you figure out who to vote for. Question: Are any Swedish politicians pictured in the screenshot, lol? I really have to do my research. #swedishelections2022

    So I’ve taken the quiz and will study my results, check them twice and finish listening to the debate on expressen.se. Lyka till getting it done!

  • How did I miss #SwedenGate?

    How did I miss #SwedenGate?

    Sweden has excellent PR. At least that was my conclusion after moving there in 2006. The first thing you do is wonder where are all the beautiful people? I also concluded that they get sent out around the world so the world thinks that Sweden is full of beautiful people. It’s not just the image of the beautiful Swede but of the open and equal society, the high taxes, the Scandinavian design, and the work-life balance. There are lots of times I think, “Wow” about Sweden whether good or bad.

    So, how did I miss #Swedengate? It didn’t register until today, I saw that Lola Akinmade Åkerström had written an article about the controversy 12 days ago for the NY Times of all publications. I’m thinking, why would the NY Times care about #Swedengate? What happened?

    A Social Media Takedown Is a Blessingin Disguise for Sweden

    Thus, a moment of lighthearted cultural banter created an opening for a bitter, xenophobic backlash. I watched this unfold in real time with a feeling of inevitability. I had seen this squall coming from a mile away.

    Lola Akinmade Åkerström

    In a nutshell, a social media post about a childhood experience in Sweden turned into a global discussion about everything that is wrong with Sweden. Start with reading Lola’s article above and dive in here for much, much, much, more, lol.

  • Meeting Michelle Obama

    Meeting Michelle Obama

    With 2 of my 4 fellow #WhenWeAllVote #CultureOfDemocracy Volunteer Award Nominees, Becki Sameroff Robinson, Jenalla, and Founder #MichelleObama .

    So happy to have met these three amazing women. Do we look happy? #overseasvoters #AlabamaVoters #CaliforniaVoters #whenweallvote

  • Culture of Democracy Awards

    Culture of Democracy Awards

    I’m honored to be on this inaugural list. Thank you When We All Vote! We can’t say enough about the role dedicated volunteers play in shaping our democracy 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 That’s why we’re proud to announce the #CultureOfDemocracy Award nominees for outstanding volunteer leaders.

    The Culture of Democracy Awards will honor brands, sports teams, volunteers, companies and more at the inaugural Culture of Democracy Summit in Los Angeles

    (Washington, DC): Today, When We All Vote announced nominees for the first Culture of Democracy Awards. The winners will be announced at the inaugural Culture of Democracy Summit June 10th-13th in Los Angeles California. The Summit will bring together industry leaders across sectors for a national conversation about protecting and expanding democracy ahead of the midterms and include an in-person keynote speech from When We All Vote Co-Chair and Founder Michelle Obama. 

    On Monday, June 13th the full day in-person Culture of Democracy Summit will begin at 9 a.m. PT at the Banc of California stadium culminating with the awards ceremony and Mrs. Obama’s keynote speech that evening. This all day event will include on-site activations, food and an after party for attendees.  

    The Culture of Democracy Awards recognizes leaders across industries and communities doing critical work to strengthen and protect democracy through voter registration, mobilization and culture change. The awards will be designed by artist Brandan “BMike” Odums. The full list of Culture of Democracy Award nominees is below:

    Grassroots Organizations: Honoring When We All Vote partners working on the ground to mobilize voters at the state level

    • Alabama Forward
    • Black Voters Matter
    • Florida Rising
    • Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda
    • Move Texas
    • Urban League of Philadelphia

    Community Partners: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding community partners

    • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
    • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
    • GirlTrek
    • Harness
    • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. 

    Volunteers: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding volunteer leaders

    • Adrianne, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Washington, DC
    • Becki, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in California
    • Jenalla, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Alabama
    • Lateshia, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Florida
    • Pat, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Mississippi 

    Sports: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding athletic partners

    • Atlanta Dream, WNBA
    • Bubba Wallace, NASCAR
    • Jayson Tatum, #MyStartingFive
    • Milwaukee Bucks, NBA
    • Sacramento Kings and RISE, NBA
    • Shaquille O’Neal, #MyStartingFive

    My School Votes: Honoring outstanding students and teachers for their participation in My School Votes

    • Chris, Educator at Midtown High School in Georgia
    • Ivory, Educator at Jonesboro High School in Georgia
    • Jeremiah, Student at Renaissance High School in Michigan
    • Meisha, Educator at Aspira Bilingual Cyber Charter School in Pennsylvania
    • Tiffany, Student at Elite Scholars Academy in Georgia
    • Tina, Educator at Stilwell School of the Arts in Georgia

    Music: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding music industry partners

    • Common
    • D-Nice
    • EarthGang
    • Fat Joe
    • Sony Music Group
    • Universal Music Group’s Task Force For Meaningful Change

    Entertainment: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding entertainment partners

    • Goldman Global Arts
    • Hamilton
    • Live Nation Urban
    • MTV Entertainment Studios
    • United Talent Agency Foundation

    Fashion and Beauty: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding fashion and beauty industry partners

    • Aurora James, Founder, Brother Vellies and Fifteen Percent Pledge
    • BYCHARI
    • Gap
    • Levi’s
    • Melody Ehsani

    Business Leaders: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding corporate partners

    • Glossier
    • Lime
    • Patagonia
    • Postmates

    Creative Alliance: Honoring marketing agencies using their expertise to help shape the culture around voting. 

    • Anomaly
    • Johannes Leonardo
    • Portal A
    • Rhythm
    • Village Marketing Agency, a Wunderman Thompson Company 

    Media: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding media partners

    • Baller Alert
    • BET 
    • POPSUGAR
    • The Shade Room 
    • Watch The Yard

    Tech and Platforms: Honoring outstanding technology and platform partners who enable voter education and mobilization

    • BallotReady
    • Change.org
    • Community 
    • Impactive 
    • Mobilize 
    • Snapchat 
    • Tumblr

    The virtual day of the Summit will be open to the press, and reporters interested in attending in-person on June 13th should email press@civicnation.org. A limited number of in-person press passes will be available. The Summit is being produced by Live Nation Urban and MKG, and ticketing is being supported by When We All Vote partner, Eventbrite. All Summit events, with the exception of a smaller gathering, will be held outside and all events will follow all CDC Covid-19 protocols. More announcements about speakers and the agenda are forthcoming. Tickets and more information are available here.

    ABOUT When We All Vote: 

    When We All Vote, an initiative of Civic Nation, is a leading national, nonpartisan initiative on a mission to change the culture around voting and to increase participation in each and every election by helping to close the race and age gap. Created by Michelle Obama, When We All Vote brings together individuals, institutions, brands, and organizations to register new voters across the country and advance civic education for the entire family and voters of every age to build an informed and engaged electorate for today and generations to come. We empower our supporters and volunteers to take action through voting, advocating for their rights, and holding their elected officials accountable.

    In 2020, When We All Vote ran a robust, multifaceted campaign and reached more than 100 million people to educate them about the voting process and get them registered and ready to vote. The initiative also led in voter education, registration, and volunteer engagement and as a result, 512,000 people started or completed the voter registration process, and nearly 500 media, corporate, and nonprofit partners joined its efforts.

    Michelle Obama launched When We All Vote in 2018 and is joined by fellow Co-Chairs Stephen Curry, Becky G, Selena Gomez, Tom Hanks, H.E.R., Liza Koshy, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Megan Rapinoe, Shonda Rhimes, Bretman Rock, Kerry Washington and Rita Wilson.

    When We All Vote is a key initiative within Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and works with Civic Nation Action, a 501(c)(4). These organizations are homes for changemakers who inspire, educate, and activate people around the issues that will define this generation.

    ABOUT Civic Nation:

    Civic Nation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit home for changemakers who inspire, educate, and activate people around the issues that will define this generation. Civic Nation empowers and educates individuals, companies, institutions and organizations to drive culture, systems, and policy change, working towards a more inclusive and equitable America. Seven initiatives are a part of the Civic Nation family: When We All Vote, United State of Women, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, End Rape On Campus, It’s On Us, Made to Save and We The Action. Learn more.

    Get your 🎟️ at https://whenweallvote.org/democracy-summit-in-la/