Switzerland

Arosa, Graubünden, Switzerland
Mountain in Arosa, Graubünden, Switzerland by W. Bulach licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Democrats Abroad Switzerland is the official country committee for U.S. Democrats living in Switzerland.

We strive to help Americans connect with fellow citizens living across the 26 Cantons of the Swiss Federation and remain active in U.S. politics. Living in a unique nation of expats in which resident foreigners comprise 23% of the population, Democrats Abroad provides a vital social and political link for American citizens staying for a short period as well as those here for the long-term.

Our mission is to deliver critical votes for Democrats in U.S. Federal elections, as well as serving as unofficial U.S. ambassadors, communicating global perspectives to Washington D.C. and our hometowns and Swiss communities.

Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events – we have events planned throughout the year and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

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DA Switzerland Leadership:

| Chair of DA Switzerland
| Vice-chair, Switzerland
| Legal Counsel, Switzerland
| Treasurer of DA Switzerland
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    DA & AT Zurich responds to Charlottesville

    On August 12, we joined millions in horror, witnessing the events in Charlottesville, VA, where a rally organized by white supremacists and neo-Nazis terrorized the local community. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, since September 11, 2001 the majority of terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil have been perpetrated by white supremacists. The Trump Administration turns a blind eye to this reality. At the “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, a white supremacist protester ran his car into a group of counter protesters. He killed Heather Heyer, an anti-racism activist, and injured dozens of people. Our horror turned to disgust when President Trump refused to unequivocally condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who organized the marches and equated their actions with those of the counter protesters demonstrating for civil rights and against hatred.

    Alarmed about the impact of Trump’s dangerous rhetoric, the Zürich Chapter of Democrats Abroad Switzerland and Action Together Zürich organized a public phone-in and call to action on August 18. The emergency response aimed to provide strategic outcomes–phone calls to Members of Congress, information exchange, and community building around anti-racism, social justice, and civic engagement. The event recognized Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer as well as all victims of terrorism and people everywhere who educate and organize for a more equitable and peaceful world.

    U.S. Americans living abroad received sample scripts and called their Members of Congress to request that they do everything in their power to unequivocally stand against hatred of all forms, and stand up for civil and human rights during this crucial time in U.S. history. Nearly fifty people attended the event at Lindenhof in Zürich, a historic site of civil assembly. For some, it was their first call to a U.S. Member of Congress. For others, it solidified their commitment to on-going participation in the democratic process. People in Switzerland of all nationalities were invited to show their support and solidarity.

    For a personal account of the event, read DA Switzerland's Secretary Elizabeth Voss’s blog post at Americans Resisting Overseas.

     Author: Darcy Alexandra, Zurich Chapter Democrats Abroad

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    Florida State Senate Special Election -- September 26, 2017

    If you vote in Florida's State Senate District 40. the Southwest Miami-Dade area, now is the time to register to vote and to request your ballot for the September 26 Special Election. This is a rare opportunity for Democrats in Florida to add to to their seats in the Florida State Senate. Republicans are counting on low voter turnout to continue their control of Florida’s government. Let’s turn out the vote to send Democrat Annette Taddeo to Tallahassee! Go to votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill in the form, then print it and sign it. MAIL your form to your Local Election Official -- it must be RECEIVED by your Local Election Official in Florida by Monday, August 28. Already Registered But Need to Request a Ballot? Just go to votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill in the form, then print it and sign it. You can send it in by EMAIL, FAX or MAIL, but it must be RECEIVED by your Local Election Official in Florida by Wednesday, September 20 at 5pm EDT. Send in you form NOW to avoid unexpected delays or voting problems.
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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 2 rsvps

    Zürich Chapter Thanksgiving Potluck

    Thanksgiving Potluck

    Fun opportunities to contribute to our chapter in food and/or funds

    ❧  Thursday, November 23, 2017 19:00
    ❧  Location is TBD (depending on number of respondents) will include an oven and stove to warm up dishes
    ❧  RSVP via our Doodle poll https://doodle.com/poll/h22eipuetwv6fmyw by November 5th

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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 2 rsvps

    Geneva Book Club: Giant of the Senate

    Democrats Abroad Geneva are invited to the second of a series of book talk discussions to reflect on the Party's trajectory and hopefully spur some follow-up action in the run-up to the 2018 mid-term elections.

    We'll lighten the mood with Al Franken's Giant of the Senate. Participants are encouraged to the read the book, but this is not mandatory.

    When: Tuesday, 28 November at 18:30pm
    Please RSVP to mrpitotti@hotmail.com. The location of the event will be communicated closer to the date to those who RSVP. Space is limited.