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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 often 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 home state representatives, as well as our hometowns and our 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. If you have questions or would like to join or help with Democrats Abroad in Switzerland, please contact us.

Anne-Shelton Aaron, Chair, Democrats Abroad Switzerland, chair@democrats.ch
Peter Butterfield, Vice-chair, Democrats Abroad Switzerland, vice-chair@democrats.ch
Renée Rousseau, Chair, Zurich Chapter, zurich@democrats.ch

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    Geneva’s Women’s March for Dignity, January 21, 2017

    Geneva Women's March for Dignity, January 21, 2017

    On January 21, 2017, march in Geneva in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, to send a powerful message promoting a world that respects the human and civil rights of all citizens. Open to those who share the values of equality, diversity, and inclusion and who care about addressing climate change, the Geneva’s Women’s March for Dignity is one of 121 the Global Women’s March taking place in 50 countries that day as part of a viral movement supporting progressive values. more...

    Women's March Global is a proactive international movement, not a U.S. election-specific protest per se, which has galvanized people to defend women's rights and those of others in response to the rising rhetoric of far-right populism around the world.

    Members of Democrats Abroad Switzerland are invited to grab a bite at the end of the at The Hamburger Foundation in the Paquis, 37 rue Philippe-Plantamour. map...

    If you are going to the Geneva’s Women’s March for Dignity, join Democrats Abroad at the Gazebo between 10:45-11 AM so that we can march together. Look out for our banner.

    WHEN
    Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM
    WHERE
    starting at Jardin Anglais, 1204 Geneva
    crossing the Pont de Mont Blanc, then along the Lake to Quai Wilson. see map...
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    geneva@womensmarch.com for questions, media requests or to help organize
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    to Geneva with 10+ people and benefit from SBB group fares of 20% off ticket prices. more info...
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    Call on Donald Trump to release his tax returns

    Donald Trump announced today that he will not divest from his business interests or release his tax returns.

    Tell Donald Trump: Release Your Tax Returns!

    Even Rex Tillerson, the nominee for Secretary of State, completely divested from ExxonMobil when he received the nomination.

    That means:

    • Donald Trump and his family will continue to profit from new business deals that will be conducted while he is president.
    • Foreign governments and entities will be able to directly curry favor with Trump by doing business with his company.
    • We don't know if Trump has financial ties to foreign countries that will cloud how he conducts foreign policy.
    • When asked, Trump claimed that nobody other than journalists wants to see his tax returns.

    That's just not true -- releasing his returns is the only way the American people can know for certain if he will follow even the most basic ethical standards.

    Donald Trump owes it to the country to prove -- before he takes office -- that he has no conflicts of interest that will affect the decisions he makes as president. Sign your name to demand that Donald Trump release his tax returns before January 20th:

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Uni Dufour, Room U600 in Geneva, Switzerland

    American Psychosis: Trump and the Nightmare of History

    Lecture by W. J. T. Mitchell, Professor in Visual Studies, University of Chicago

    In English with live-interpretation in French

    American Psychosis: Trump and the Nightmare of History: Wednesday 18th January, 7pm, Uni Dufour, 24 rue Général Dufour, 1204 Genève, Room U600

    Wednesday 18th January, 7pm
    Uni Dufour — Room U600, 24 rue Général Dufour, 1204 Geneva

    The shock felt at the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States has left many Americans and citizens of the world in a state of collective post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Guest of honour of the conference What do images in public space do? the Professor in visual studies W. J. T. Mitchell will analyse the American visual culture, focusing on the war of images between the two candidates running for the presidency, which ended up with the election of Donald Trump.

    Professor Mitchell will apply the tools of mass psychology to diagnose the role of collective fantasy, passion, and “rational madness” in producing this surprising historic event.

    Professor Mitchell will examine in particular the role did media, images, and spectacle play, and why they fail to predict this result. He will also address a series of burning issues: how did fantasies of American exceptionalism build on the global resurgence of nationalism?  What specific mixture of pathologies (racism, misogyny, xenophobia, class resentment, religious fanaticism) produced a “rainbow coalition” of the American Right?  What forms of therapeutic critique offer a prognosis for recovery going forward?

    This lecture takes place at the occasion of the conference What do images in public space do?

    ☞ Download the event flyer or go to the event listing on the University of Geneva website for more details.

    Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM
    Jardin Anglais in Geneva, Switzerland

    Geneva Women's March on Washington DC

    Geneva Women's March for Dignity, January 21, 2017

    Geneva, a world center for democracy and human rights, will host a march on the 21st of January in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington. Open to all who share the values of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion.

    Geneva Women's March for Dignity

    On January 21, 2017, we invite you to march in Geneva as part of the Global Women’s March, a series of solidarity marches around the world inspired by the Women’s March on Washington. Global and U.S. women stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our societies. We invite you to march with us across the globe, in the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us and who stand among us today.

    Mission of the Global Women's Marches

    The mission of the Global Women’s Marches is not only to stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our families and our environment — it is also to build relationships and mend the divides between our communities. Only together can we march towards a world that respects the civil rights of all of its citizens. The rhetoric of elections in many countries in recent years and of the last US election cycle in particular has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us. There has been a profound deepening of the divisions in many countries. Etched in history, these divisions cleave us from one another across the lines of racial, ethnic, religious, economic, social and sexual identity. We seek to address these divisions and stand together in the face of injustice. Together we will raise our voices in the service of all people.

    The Global Women’s March is the first step to beginning the next chapter in the global non-violent civil rights movement that we are now creating in response to the wave of xenophobia, sexism, racism, isolationism and nationalism expressed in national elections across the globe in recent years.

    Contact geneva@womensmarch.com for questions, media requests or to help organize