National Database/IT Officer; Paris Acting Secretary; Immediate Past National Chair (DPCA)

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    GDPR Training - October 13, 2021

    Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021
    2:30 pm Paris, South Africa,  8:30 am Toronto, 4:30 pm Abu Dhabi

     

    An introduction to principles and practices in data protection.

    Participants must have a Confidentiality Agreement on file

    There will be a walk through of our processes and some background on GDPR in Democrats Abroad, followed by a general Q&A session for you to ask any questions you may have. 

    It's recommended to have looked at the GDPR Guide & Workbook and taken the self-correcting test at least once.

    Please note: It’s essential to RSVP to receive the WEBEX link and other details

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    Donations of any size will help us "Get Out the Vote" and support the Biden/Harris Administration in the mid-term elections.

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    Donations are to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.

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  • National Deportation Remembrance Day, April 25

    DA France Veterans and Military Families Caucus Remembers Americans Deported to Concentration Camps during WW II, April 25th, National Deportation Remembrance Day

    In France, the last Sunday of April is National Deportation Remembrance Day. The Democrats Abroad France Veterans and Military Families Caucus has chosen to talk about four remarkable deportees: Dr. Sumner Jackson, his wife Charlotte and son Phillip, and a certain wondrous Virginia d’Albert-Lake.

    Dr. Sumner Jackson, his wife Charlotte and son Phillip

    Dr. Sumner Waldon Jackson (1884-1945) joined the British Army as a field surgeon in 1916, then transferred to the US Army in 1917, where he met and married the French Red Cross nurse, Charlotte Sylvie Barrelet de Ricout, nicknamed Toquette. After WW l they returned to Sumner’s native state, Maine, but finding life there too conservative, moved back to France in 1921. In order to practice medicine, the French required that he first pass the baccalaureat. He flunked philosophy so moved to Algeria where the baccalaureat was easier, then returned to France and graduated from the Ecole de Médecine. Sumner and Toquette had one child, Phillip, nicknamed Pete (1928-2016) who was proud to be both American and French. 

    Dr. Sumner Jackson with son Phillip

    Charlotte Jackson, known as Toquette

    Dr. Jackson was the Staff Surgeon then Chief Surgeon at the American Hospital in Paris from 1925 to 1943. During WWII, one of the Allied Forces soldiers he treated was an American ambulance driver who had gotten into trouble so Dr. Jackson hid him in the hospital basement. That was the beginning of the Jacksons French Resistance clandestine activities with the Goélette Network. During the Nazi occupation, his family home served as a resistance hub for the exchange of money, information and sometimes even people who were dropped off and picked up by a network of underground resistance fighters … but never arms. Messages heard on London radio about allied bombings or German positions were sewn into “stinky” cheese and sent to Vichy! Since he was a medical doctor, it was normal to see people come and go in his apartment.

    At the American Hospital, Dr. Jackson openly treated French and German soldiers but secretly took in wounded British, US and French airmen, Jews and servicemen, listed them as dead in the hospital records, provided false ID papers and helped smuggle them to Spain, on their way to the UK.

    In May 1944 his son Phillip, (16 years old), was already a resistance spy when Germans came to arrest him, his father and his mother. They were sent to the Compiegne prison camp. Toquette was shuffled to several camps and finally rescued by the Swedish Red Cross in Ravenbrück and taken to Malmö, Sweden on April 28, 1945. She had no idea what had happened to her husband and son.

    Dr. Jackson and his son survived beatings, starvation, and forced labor in Gestapo and SS prisons in France and Germany. They finally wound up near Hamburg at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp for political prisoners where the working hours were long and strenuous. When Dr. Jackson’s finger became seriously infected, he had another prisoner amputate it and kept on working. 

    Dr. Jackson spoke little, never explaining why he had been arrested because he was determined that nothing he might say would endanger those for whom he had quietly risked his life. He endured it all with stoicism and dignity that seemed to emanate from his sheer force of character.

    In April 1945 the British Army was closing in on Neuengamme. Phillip and his father had spent a year in that camp which had 9000 prisoners. 3000 were shot. Dr. Jackson and Phillip were among the 6000 put in freight cars and then on ships to northern Germany.

    On May 3rd 1945, as the POW ships were leaving the Lübeck harbor, the British ordered them to turn back. They didn’t. Unaware that these German ships were full of prisoners, British aircraft dropped bombs and rockets on them. Dr. Jackson’s body was never found. 10,000 people were killed, mostly prisoners. Phillip Jackson, then 17, despite the temperature of the Baltic Sea, swam to shore near Lübeck. Only 600 people survived. They were lined up against a wall to be shot but were saved by British tanks that rolled in just in time. The next day, dressed in a blanket, Phillip approached a British captain and said, “I have escaped and I am alone now”. He enlisted in the British Army and returned to Paris in September 1945 where he was reunited with his mother at the Arch of Triumph-Etoile. Their apartment on Avenue Foch was just as they had left it. After the War Phillip spent years encouraging improvement of Franco-German relations. 

    In 2013, The Board of Governors of the American Hospital of Paris created the Jackson Award to commemorate the extraordinary devotion of Sumner and Charlotte Jackson in serving the hospital before and during World War II. The first recipients of the Jackson Medal were Sumner and Charlotte, posthumously. Their son Phillip accepted the award for them and personally received the French Legion of Honor.

    Phillip, his father and his mother, Toquette, are the subjects of the bestselling book Avenue of Spies by Alex Kershaw.

    Virginia d’Albert Lake 

    Virginia d'Albert-Lake (1910-1997) was a schoolteacher from Florida who was awarded the French Legion of Honor, the Order of the British Empire, Croix de Guerre, U.S. Medal of Freedom and Maltese Cross for helping 67 British and American airmen evade German capture during World War II. Many airmen came with family to visit her after the War.

    In 1936 Virginia travelled to France, where she fell in love with and married Philippe d’Albert-Lake, the son of an English mother and a French father. Life was peaches and cream. The family had means, apartments, even a château. But in 1940 France had surrendered and Philippe, who had been in the French Army since the beginning of the War, was demobilized and came to Paris. 

    One day in the little town of Nesles where they tried to live inconspicuously by staying out of the Germans’ way, the village baker asked them to come to his shop. He was hiding and helping downed American pilots.

    When they looked at the young pilots, Virginia and Philippe knew they had no choice. Soon they were working with the Comet Escape Line, the French Resistance network in charge of returning Allied pilots to England via Spain. 

    Until Spring 1944, the routine was to receive the airmen at Paris train stations, hide them in their apartment and then guide them out of Paris to a camp in southern France from where they left for the UK.

    Many Germans who had been to US, Canadian or British schools pretended they were American pilots. Virginia quizzed them all with cultural questions such as “Who is Babe Ruth” and turned the “fake ones” over to the French resistance fighters. 

    On June 12, 1944, fearful of imminent arrest, Virginia, Philippe and 11 airmen left Paris and headed south. As they were bicycling near Châteaudun, a German car stopped Virginia who was slightly ahead of the group. She was ordered to empty her pocketbook. Out fell a list of French resistance fighters. In her haste, she had forgotten to memorize and destroy it.

    At German headquarters she admitted to swallowing the list and was told she would be shot in the morning. Instead, she was on one of the last deportation trains to leave France. Virginia was sent to Ravensbrück and other devastating concentration camps until finally being freed by the French Army on April 21, 1945. She left the last camp weighing a mere 76 pounds. Willpower had kept her alive.

    After the War, Philippe and Virginia moved to Brittany where she dabbled in the sale of antique dolls to the U.S. market. She died in 1997, Philippe 3 years later. They are buried in a section reserved for Anglo-American citizens in a cemetery in Dinard.

    According to her son Patrick, “After her release, I think she thought she’d been given a second life. She loved life. She had a fantastic sense of humor. It was very sharp, very American.” 

    Written by Karen Kenny and Tilly Gaillard





  • published 2021 DA France National Election Results in News 2021-04-18 06:46:36 -0400

    2021 DA France National Election Results

    Please join us in congratulating our 2021-2023 National Officers and Voting Representatives for Democrats Abroad France! Thank you to all the amazing candidates who stepped up to #RunForSomething! 

    National Officers

    National Chair – Jonathon Holler. Jonathon supports the Equal Rights Amendment, Medicare for All, and strengthened labor unions, and a DPCA charter providing for more equitable voting and more inclusive gender parity rules.

    First Vice-Chair – Danielle Follett. Dani is committed to continuing the work DAF accomplished to broaden the organization by welcoming new voices, expanding membership and raising voter turnout.

    Second Vice-Chair (Chapter Liaison) - Drew Lombardi. Based on his past organizing experience in New York and Boston, Drew plans to launch a “50 state strategy” across all 12 local chapters to boost active engagement, recruit new members and deliver decisive electoral victories to Democrats.

    Secretary – Alejandra Roman. New to France, Alejandra was DA Mexico City chapter Membership Chair and aided GOTV efforts leading up to the 2020 elections. 

    Treasurer – Marjorie Bernstein. A past Treasurer and Secretary of DA France, Marj will apply her qualities of thoroughness, dedication, and enthusiasm (as well as her degree in Mathematics!) to her reprised role as Treasurer.

    Counsel – Julia Grégoire. Julia is licensed to practice law in both France and the US and begins her second term as Counsel. She has assisted with two thorough revisions of the DA France Bylaws and ensured compliance with French law governing non-profit organizations.

    Database/IT Manager – Max Dunitz. Max begins his second term as Database/IT Manager. He added many new tools to our digital organizing toolkit, from peer-to-peer texting to state voter file data to inform voters about ballot deadlines, rejected ballots, and voter assistance options.

    GOTV Officer - Dori Schwartz-Laboune. During the 2020 election cycle Dori recruited and engaged volunteers, doing outreach and phone/text banking. She is committed to increasing our efforts to turn out voters for the midterm primaries and 2022 elections.

    Communications Officer – Amy Porter. Amy’s objectives are to build out the Comms team; coordinate the use of our multiple channels—social media, website, email—for recruiting new members, increasing current member engagement levels and helping members to vote, and to work closely with the chapters and caucuses in support of their communications efforts.

    Issues, Program and Events Coordinator – Gretchen Pascalis. A founding member of the DA France Rhone-Alps chapter (now Grenoble) and organizer of many memorable events in her region, Gretchen believes that events make organizations come alive, energize and inform members, and help recruit new members.

    Membership Outreach / Volunteer Coordinator – Florent Marchais. Flo has a record of dynamic, energetic youth organizing in Texas and France. In his new role, he plans to engage alongside the GOTV and Events officers to mobilize volunteers to participate in phone-banking, social-media activism, and in-person volunteering and rallying in solidarity for international causes like climate action and Black Lives Matter.

    DPCA Voting Representatives

    Ada Shen 

    Max Dunitz

    Camille Canter

    Jerry Zellhoefer

    Connie Borde

    Jim Christiansen

    Meredith Wheeler

    Juan Cerda

    Marjorie Bernstein

    Alex Rehbinder (Alternate)

    Susan Fitoussi (Alternate)

    Ricky J. Marc (Alternate)

    Gretchen Pascalis (Alternate)


  • Ada Shen, DA Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee Member

    Ada Shen

    Hi, I’m Ada Shen. I’ve been an active member of Democrats Abroad since 2007 when I organized China for the first Global Presidential Primary, and later became the Obama campaign China field organizer in 2008. I led the DA organizing effort in China, mostly focusing on voter registration and mobilization, until its successful founding as a country committee in 2017.

    I now live in Paris, France with my husband and son, and am the 2019-2021 National Chair of DA France. I am very pleased to serve on the AAPI Caucus Steering Committee -- our voices, votes, and visibility are an important contribution to the ongoing conversation on what it means to be American. I believe the AAPI voice and vote can work to forge a better future for all — the urgency of our times demand it.


  • published Call for Candidates Extended to March 15, 2021 in News 2021-03-09 11:29:31 -0500

    Call for Candidates Extended to March 15, 2021

    2021-2023 NORMANDY CHAPTER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
    Call For Candidates/Nominations Period Extended to March 15, 2021

    RUN FOR SOMETHING
    Contact Election Officer Ann-Marie Pelosky
    [email protected]

    2021 NORMANDY CHAPTER ELECTION & MEETING
    March 20, 2021 @ 1PM
    RSVP here

    NORMANDY CHAPTER OFFICER DESCRIPTIONS
    (* Position is required, per the DA France Bylaws)

    The Chapter Chair* is the chief executive officer of the chapter, shall call and preside at all meetings of members, and shall lead the direction of the Chapter Executive Committee. The Chair shall establish the agenda of such meetings, and shall be responsible for carrying out and directing the programs, policies, and activities duly approved by the members and the Normandy Chapter Executive Committee.

    The Chapter Chair is ex-officio also a voting member of the DA France National Executive Committee, and is the primary Officer responsible for representing the Chapter at regular National Executive Committee meetings; and shall attend them or designate a proxy to the National Secretary to the extent practicable, including presenting a brief monthly report of Chapter or Caucus activities to the National ExCom. If the Chair is not present at a National ExCom meeting, and the Vice Chair is present, the Vice Chair automatically carries the vote and represents the Chapter (no proxy designation is required.) The Chair and Vice-Chair may, with the advice of the other Officers, allocate between themselves the duties of the Chair as they see fit.

    The Chair, or any Officer delegated by the Chair, is entitled to attend all Standing and Ad Hoc Committees, with full voting privileges. Decisions or actions taken by the Chair may be overruled by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Executive Committee. 

    The Chapter Vice Chair shall assist and support the Chair in the matters related to execution of the Chair’s duties, and shall, in the absence of the Chair call and preside at meetings of members and of the Chapter Executive Committee. The Chapter Vice Chair is invited to attend National Executive Committee meetings to the extent practicable, and shall, in absence of the Chapter Chair, automatically carry the vote and representation of the Chapter to the National ExCom (no proxy need be designated). In addition to the shared responsibilities of the Chapter Chair allocated to the Chapter Vice-Chair, if the office of Chapter Chair shall become vacant, the Chapter Vice-Chair shall assume the responsibilities of the Chair. 

    The Chapter Secretary* shall assist and support the Chair in matters related to keeping records and minutes of Chapter Executive Committee meetings; of Annual General and Special Meetings of Chapter members;  and in managing the database of its members. The Secretary shall maintain and safeguard all files and administrative records of the Chapter. The Chapter Secretary shall, along with the Chapter Chair, help ensure that timely notification of elections taking place within the Chapter, and their results, as well as any administrative matters related to the functioning of the Chapter, are duly communicated to the National Secretary.

    (Duties include database management of members, sending email blasts, and making updates to the Normandy Chapter website. Free training on the software needed to perform these tasks is available and ongoing IT support is available.)

    Members-At-Large shall assist and support the Chapter or Caucus Chair in duties and responsibilities that are not fixed but instead may vary according to the needs of the Chapter or Caucus. The Chapter or Caucus Member at Large will collaborate with other leaders, as well as counterparts at National and Global levels, accordingly.

    ELIGIBILITY

    Candidates should be members of Democrats Abroad France, US citizens 18 years or older, living in the Normandy/Hauts de France Chapter Region from the time of their nomination, and be able to serve a full term of two years. Every eligible member with interest, ability, conviction and ideas is encouraged to run. Previous organizing experience is welcome but not necessary. To join Democrats Abroad, go here: www.democratsabroad.org/join

    TO MAKE A NOMINATION

    You may nominate yourself, be nominated by someone else, or you may nominate others for an executive officer position for the Normandy Chapter. To make a nomination, please email the Election Officer Ann-Marie Pelosky at [email protected] with the name of the person and the position for which they are being nominated. (If you are nominating another person, please put that person on copy of your email.) A member of the Election Board will follow up. Nominees are asked to prepare a short statement of no more than 200 words regarding their candidacy. Final candidate statements should be submitted by March 15. Candidates should be prepared to attend the Leadership Elections on March 20th (via Zoom) at 6PM and to speak for their candidacy.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Contact Election Officer Ann-Marie Pelosky at [email protected]

    Thank you!

    Normandy Chapter Election Board
    Ann-Marie Pelosky, Election Officer
    Marjorie Bernstein
    Ada Shen




  • published 2021 Bordeaux Chapter Election Candidates in News 2021-03-07 01:22:43 -0500

    2021 Bordeaux Chapter Election Candidates

    2021 BORDEAUX CHAPTER ELECTION CANDIDATES

    The nominations period for the 2021 Bordeaux Chapter Elections has now closed. Please find below statements for the candidates standing for election.

    The Bordeaux Chapter Election will take place online from March 7 until 4PM March 14. All members of the Bordeaux Chapter region will receive an email containing a link to the ballot.

    You must be a member of the Bordeaux Chapter in order to vote. New members are welcome but must join by March 13th. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021. Questions? Contact the Bordeaux Election Board at [email protected]

    If you are a member of the Bordeaux Chapter and do not receive a link to the online ballot but would like one, please email [email protected]

    Bordeaux Election Board
    Linda Martin, Chair
    Bruce Gunia
    Cecile Marie


    BORDEAUX CHAIR

    JAMIE PEROSI-DOUGHTY

    I have been a member of Democrats Abroad since 2015 and feel confident now that I am ready to add my voice to the Executive Committee. Holding a Master’s Degree from Bordeaux Montesquieu in Political Science and a Ph.D. from Bordeaux Montaigne in American political philosophy, it should surprise few that I am passionate about politics, and specifically political philosophy.  Professionally, I teach classes at the various business schools on comparative law, specifically focusing on the legal and political differences between the French and American systems to non-legal specialists. It is my hope to bring my experience, expertise, and passion to Democrats Abroad.

    I look forward to bringing new ideas, new engagements, and continued debates to Democrats Abroad, and hope to ensure that the organization remains strong, active, and a voice for Americans abroad.


    BORDEAUX VICE CHAIR

    VIRGINIA COULON

    I first came to Bordeaux in 1962-63 as a student in the University of California’s Education Abroad Program. This is where I made my home, raised a family, completed graduate work in African Literature and was hired to teach English at the University of Bordeaux (Law and Economics division).

    A founding member of l’APELA (l’Association pour l’étude des littératures africaines), I served as treasurer and editor of the newsletter for 12 years.

    I joined Bordeaux DAF several years ago and have frequently attended the 4th of July gatherings, an occasion for many lively discussions. Barack Obama’s election was for me a watershed year: I phone banked to help get out the vote and also helped American students on the Bordeaux campus register to vote. I felt very proud to be an American.

    How fast things change! We Americans have just lived through the extremely noxious presidency of Donald Trump and a traumatizing presidential election in which a sitting president attempted to  disrupt the lawful election process.

    Yes, democracy prevailed and the Democrats, Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris, were finally declared the winners, but we have seen just how fragile our democracy is. The fight to defend it can never let up. Each of us needs to do whatever we can, at however modest the level.


    BORDEAUX SECRETARY

    PAOLA DEL CARMEN FLORES

    Originally from New York City, I came to Bordeaux 12 years ago. One of the first groups of fellow Americans I met, (whom I like to think of as family) was the Democrats Abroad Bordeaux Chapter. With them, I have shared my two biggest elections; Obama’s and Trump’s. We have shared laughs and tears, and throughout the years they have nurtured my political culture and understanding of our great nation’s democracy. As secretary, I would be honored to join our Expat Democratic family and serve to the best of my ability.

    Currently an entrepreneur designer, I graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor’s degree  in Art and Art history in 2009. After graduation I had the pleasure of working with Angel Sanchez, a fellow Latino well established New York fashion designer. A year later, I held the role of secretary for Selldorf Architects main partners, where I acquired most of my secretarial skills.

    Once in Bordeaux, I started to work as a substitute teacher both in the public and private sector. I have taught in business schools such as Kedge Business School, and art schools such as Ècole Conde, as well as public elementary schools and high schools.

    As I submit my candidacy as Secretary for the Democrats Abroad Bordeaux Chapter, I wish to tighten the link with our expat community, elaborate it’s growth and assure an open dialogue. I take to heart our service for the preservation of the expat community’s voting rights and in helping keep our voices heard.


    BORDEAUX TREASURER

    TRUDY BOLTER

    Since founding, with others, the Bordeaux Chapter of Democrats Abroad France in 2007, I have always been closely involved with our dynamic team, serving as Chair (thrice), Vice-Chair (twice), and Treasurer, and general helper-outer.

    We helped Biden to win the 2020 Presidential election, a great victory!  But the forces of hatred, anger, ignorance and greed still inhabit America, and they have guns.

    I come from a New Deal family – my father was an antitrust prosecutor – but my political motivation became intense when, during the 2000 election (Gore v. Bush) I was asked to teach a course on American history and culture.  My art-for-art’s sake veneer broke away and I became committed to the idea of helping, as much as I could, American ideals cohere to American politics.

    I am an emerita Professor at Sciences Po Bordeaux, and a researcher in American film. I have enjoyed giving a series of presentations at the Utopia and connected lectures at Station Ausone, on current film, over the last ten years.

    I would like to continue serving as Treasurer, and am happy to be the moderator of the new Politico-Culture Chat the Bordeaux Chapter has recently started on Zoom, which is having a lot of success – join us! 


  • published 2021 Aix Marseille Chapter Election Candidates in News 2021-03-02 10:23:06 -0500

    2021 Aix Marseille Chapter Election Candidates

    2021 MARSEILLE CHAPTER ELECTION CANDIDATES

    The nominations period for the 2021 Marseille Chapter Elections has now closed. Please find below statements for the candidates standing for election.

    The Election and Annual General Meeting for the Marseille Chapter of DA France will take place on March 13th at 2PM. Candidates will give speeches prior to the close of voting and tabulation, and results will be announced. RSVP here. Early voting via electronic ballot is available to all members of the Marseille Chapter region — members should look for an email containing a link to this ballot.

    You must be a member of the Marseille Chapter in order to vote. New members are welcome but must join by Friday March 12th. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021. Questions? Email the Marseille Election Board [email protected]

    If you are a member of the Marseille Chapter and do not receive a link to the online ballot but would like one, please contact the Marseille Election Board [email protected] 


    CHAPTER CHAIR CANDIDATE

    SUSAN FITOUSSI

    Previous ExCom Positions: Chairperson/ Secretary/Member at Large 

    Based in: MARSEILLE

    I was born and raised in Los Angeles California. 

    I left the USA when I was 24 and have lived abroad since.

    I have been living in Marseille since 1994

    I believe in Universal Health Care – Equal Rights – Gun Control – Black Lives Matter - Environmental Consciousness 

    The Democratic Party represents the values I believe in

    I have been a member of our chapter since it was created in 2008

    I became ‘Chair’ of our chapter in 2019. 

    Over the past 2 years I have been very active in DA France and DA Global and DA Caucus Events.

    GOTV 2020 was certainly the highlight! 

    Helping US Citizens register to vote is a gratifying and important thing to do.

    We have a great team and I hope to continue working together to organize events that will bring our community together and keep the US Blue!


    VICE CHAIR CANDIDATE

    PETER GILLESPIE

    I am a "people person" and communicator, and a third-culture-kid (TCK) from  before the term became popular. I was born and raised in the tropics (São Paulo, Brazil). I spent 25 years in New Orleans where I am registered to vote. I met my French wife in New Orleans. In 1995 we moved our four children and our livelihood to Aix en Provence, France where we have lived since. I am inclined toward progressive public advocacy and am keenly interested in Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street as transformative movements. I am a member of the DA Global Black Caucus and the worldwide Progressive Caucus, and have been a member of the Marseille Chapter of DA since 2009. I look forward to supporting Chapter outreach in the context of DA France activities.


    VICE CHAIR CANDIDATE

    JOHN ESTEBAN RODRIGUEZ                                 

    My roots as a working-class, LGBTQ immigrant of color growing up in rural Georgia profoundly shaped my politics and desire to fight for a more egalitarian United States and world. I understood inequality and injustice because of the way it structured my own trajectory: I started working at age 15, indebted myself to pay my way through college, and until the age of 25, when I came to France, I never had stable health insurance. 

    I have been involved in political activism in Democrats Abroad because I now know that, as the richest country in the world, the U.S. can strive to flatten out inequality, bolster social programs, and tackle the environmental crisis that is already devastating the country. I am running for Marseille Chapter Vice Chair to make Democrats Abroad a more dynamic, energetic and accountable organization to the progressive cause. We need more progressive voices.


    SECRETARY CANDIDATE

    MARNIE DELANEY

    I am excited to have the opportunity to run for Secretary of the Marseille/Aix Chapter of Democrats Abroad.  

    I have lived in the small village of Lorgues for just over two years, coming here from San Francisco after retiring.  I spent my working years in marketing/advertising and subsequently in teaching art to children.  I’ve been politically involved since the 1960’s with a particular interest in women’s rights issues but always with an interest, opinion and inclination to help on a wide range of other challenges. Since joining Democrats Abroad I have organized events & materials for the Global Women’s Caucus (The Suffrage Centennial last August,  our March celebration of Women’s History Month and launching the new Violence Against Women Action Team).. I also did what I could to assist the Global Communications Team leading up to the 2020 election.

    It would be my honor to bring what energy and skills I can to this Chapter.  


    TREASURER CANDIDATE

    AARON AMBEAU 

    Early last year, I discovered the existence of Democrats Abroad and immediately wanted to connect my new life in France to my passion for politics back home. Coming from a politically active family of Democrats in Louisiana, I grew up campaigning, attending political events, and waiting for results on election night.

    When I met my husband in 2001, I had no idea I would be living in France 20 years later, teaching English and seeking an opportunity to help my party overseas. My years as an adolescent psychotherapist in schools and psychiatric settings have made me particularly adept at working to find common ground among diverse groups of people. There is much we can do to support our newly elected administration, create community, and welcome newcomers who seek like-minded expats. I hope to have your support; and I look forward to meeting and working with “all of y’all."


    MEMBER AT LARGE CANDIDATE

    PHILIP J. BREEDEN

    After serving my country as a U.S. diplomat for almost 30 years, I moved to Aix-enProvence in 2014 where I teach and help administer the American College of the Mediterranean/Institute for American Universities. 

    This experience, and my previous post as Consul General in Marseille, led me to get involved with the Marseille Chapter of Democrats abroad.  Under the leadership of Chair Susan Fitoussi I’ve been honored to serve as Member-at-Large and as a Democrats Abroad France media spokesperson during the 2020 Presidential election.  

    I was proud to help ensure the vote abroad was counted, especially that of first time student voters.  Our votes were an important reason we have new leadership in Washington.  Our task now is to help the Biden Administration succeed, giving voice to the many Americans living abroad.  As we all know, democracy is not a spectator sport!

    It is in this spirit that I offer my candidacy as Member at Large.


    MEMBER AT LARGE CANDIDATE

    HEATHER C. ETCHEVERS

    A dual U.S. and French citizen, mother of two who now also vote, I grew up as Gen X in Massachusetts. After a Wellesley B.A., I earned a joint Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and (today’s) Sorbonne Université became a tenured biomedical scientist and team leader with the INSERM (French National Institutes of Health) at Aix-Marseille Université. Residence abroad for 27 years has brought me unique perspective on policies concerning STEM, reproductive/health, cultural and many other issues pertaining to U.S. domestic and foreign policy. An engaged rare disease advocate, organizer of the Marseille March for Science in 2017, my responsibility is to aid the election of Democrats in the U.S., encouraging all rational citizens to remember that they remain a majority in the U.S. and need not succumb to conspiracy or wishful thinking. Our party must implement testable, effective ideas from the diversely talented people who make us proud to be Democrats.


    MEMBER AT LARGE CANDIDATE

    JUSTIN HEIFETZ

    I'm Justin Heifetz and after a decade working as a journalist in Asia, I've relocated to Marseille with my French husband Laurent. Here, I'll continue reporting news freelance for the American media I've been working for, including VICE, CNN and many others. I'm running for member at large because our efforts as democrats are of incredible and arguably unprecedented importance after the past four years. I'll serve DA well because of the skills I've gained over the years as a journalist: I'm quick, organized, I don't back down and I know how to get the word out. Feel free to read more about me at my website justinheifetz.com or email me at [email protected]


    MEMBER AT LARGE CANDIDATE

    JOEL LUBOFF     

    I’m Joel Luboff, and I have been a member of Democrats Abroad France for over 25 years.  For the past two years, I have served as Vice Chair of the Marseille – Aix Chapter.

    We are all proud of our contributions to the gains last year of Democrats.  Perhaps in part because of our success, we can anticipate ever fiercer attempts to suppress mail-in voting in the coming mid-terms.  We all have to do our part to make sure that the voice of Democrats ex-pat continues to be heard.

    I would like to continue my work with the Executive Committee as a Member at Large.


    MEMBER AT LARGE CANDIDATE

    KAREN WILDAU

    I offer myself as a candidate for member at large.  I have served as treasurer and member at large on the committee since 2013, after retiring from law practice here to Aix in 2010. My first job was with a great California congressman in DC in 1968. I later served as a McGovern delegate at the l972 convention as the token white woman under thirty in a predominantly Black district.  How things have changed, happily.  I have never lost my interest in politics and I would like to continue to contribute to positive change. I spent many hours this past year phonebanking to get out the vote and in voter protection work helping expats solve  problems so their votes would be counted. Now, with our “houses divided”, it is even more important that our overseas voices are counted and I want to continue to help.


  • published 2021 Paris Chapter Candidates in News 2021-02-28 09:09:22 -0500

    2021 Paris Chapter Election Candidates

    2021 Paris Chapter Election Candidates

    The nominations period for the 2021 Paris Chapter Elections has now closed. Please find below statements for the candidates standing for election.

    The Election and Annual General Meeting for the Paris Chapter of DA France will take place on March 13th at 1PM. Candidates will give speeches prior to the close of voting and tabulation, and results will be announced. RSVP here. Early voting via electronic ballot is available to all members of the Paris / Île de France Chapter region — members should look for an email containing a link to this ballot.

    You must be a member of DAF Paris in order to vote. New members are welcome but must join by Friday March 12th. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021. Questions? Email the Paris Election Board [email protected]

    If you are a member of DAF-Paris and do not receive a link to the online election but would like one, please contact the DA France Paris Election Board [email protected] 


    CHAPTER CHAIR

    JUAN CERDA

    Bonjour! Je me présente, je suis Juan Cerda, and I would be honored to receive your vote as Chair for the Paris Chapter.

     As a professional Gay Latino man and a life-long Democrat, I have always wanted to address the critical economic, social, and environmental challenges. I am running for Chair because I want to continue our work to build a stronger coalition and widen the Democrats Abroad (DA) party tent. I joined DA in 2016, in which I immediately began making phone calls, helping voters get registered, and co-hosted numerous fundraising events. In 2017, I founded a grassroots Chapter of Solidarity Sundays of Democrats Abroad Austria (DAA) with other grassroots activists. Today the group has expanded throughout our entire Europe, Middle East, & Africa (EMEA) region. I have had the honor to serve in key leadership roles, including as the Vice-Chair (DAA), an EMEA regional Biden Delegate, Global LGBTQ Coordinator, and within our Global Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

    I humbly ask for your vote; I will bring my years of experience, unique skills, and passion for registering voters. 

    N’hésitez pas à consulter le site www.juancerda.com pour plus de renseignements!


    CHAPTER VICE CHAIR

    KATE BARRETT
     
    My name is Kate Barrett, and I would like to submit my candidacy for the position of Vice-Chair of the DAF Paris Chapter.
     
    A Seattle transplant living in France for the past 10 years, I am the current Paris Secretary and acting Vice-Chair. As a project manager in the public transit sector, I am passionate about the importance of public services in providing equal opportunity and access to all members of society, regardless of means or background.
     
    I ran for Secretary in 2019 to contribute directly to DA's efforts to fight the erosion of democratic norms in the US and to put an end to the incompetence and bigoted cruelty of the Trump administration. I’m proud of what we've accomplished, but there is still so much more to do.
     
    As Vice-Chair, I will be committed to building on the work of the past two years to ensure we have a Chapter with the vision, structure, and efficiency needed to be an asset to DA France's core mission of serving the American community abroad through voter outreach, education and engagement. It would be an honor to continue to use my skills and experience to serve the Paris Chapter in this capacity.


    CHAPTER SECRETARY

    JOSEPH SMALLHOOVER

    My activism with Democrats Abroad France started at the grassroots when I joined in the winter of 1985 after working for the Mondale Ferraro campaign in California the previous year. I’ve held many posts in Democrats Abroad, both in France and globally, and I have one-of-kind in-depth experience with the Party, wide acquaintance with our members and activists, and broad understanding of our policies and platform. In 1985 all of Democrats Abroad was barely larger than today’s membership in the Paris Chapter. That’s how far we’ve come.
     
    My term as International Counsel ends in May; I think it is now time for me to return to the grassroots activism of an earlier time, to put those years of local and international experience to work making the Paris Chapter ever stronger. And working again at the grassroots will inform my continuing work as one of the eight representatives of Democrats Abroad on the Democratic National Committee. There are many challenges ahead, and we need to field the strongest team we can. I pledge to work for to elect Democrats across America, as I have in the past.
     
    I hope that I can count on your vote for me for Paris Chapter Secretary and your support.


    CHAPTER TREASURER

    NATALIA NOLAN

    I was incredibly inspired by the work of Democrats Abroad — and especially our Paris Chapter — during this recent election. As we saw when the votes were finally tallied, mobilizing every single vote was absolutely crucial in ultimately securing the Biden-Harris win. But the slim margin of victory was too close for comfort, and it motivated me to become more involved in our local Chapter. My name is Natalia Nolan and I’m running as Paris Chapter Treasurer to help ensure our Chapter has the resources in place to continue — and even boost — our efforts to mobilize Americans abroad to defend principles of democracy and good governance. My background is in international relations and political science, with experience in public financial management. I also have some knowledge of good practices in internal control and audit which I could bring to the role. I would appreciate your vote for this important position, which I will not take lightly, and work with you to support our strategies and activities here in Paris.


    CHAPTER COMMUNICATIONS 

    EMILIE ROSE AIDAN

    I, Emilie-Rose Aidan, present myself as a candidate for the DAF, Paris Chapter, Communications Coordinator position. 
     
    Born and raised in Paris to an American mother and French father, I attended a bilingual school, matriculated to UK/American universities, then pursued a marketing and communications career in NYC. After a decade, I returned to Paris in 2019; I am a publicist in a luxury PR agency. 
     
    We Democrats witnessed the consequences of 2016’s communications/coordination failures: four years of democratic institutions being dismantled brick-by-brick. Albeit relieved, I fervently believe that the real work begins NOW. I would be honored to assist the Paris chapter to achieve stronger results through education, engagement, and community-building. 
     
    My Democratic Party passion runs strong, undergirded by my mother’s tutelage and my French belief in égalité. While a NYC participant, I proudly witnessed my late mother’s Democratic Party work via DAF/Indivisible-France, including her coordinating the Paris Women’s Marches. I would be honored to continue her legacy by serving DAF. As a bilingual, multicultural communications professional who is skilled in brand strategy, digital content, public relations, and storytelling, I bring robust skills—further bolstered by my passion for democracy and social justice—to serve in this role. 
     
    Merci à tous.


    CHAPTER OUTREACH (GOTV/Database)

    SIMONE SLIFMAN

    I am pleased to submit my candidacy for Chapter Outreach Coordinator. Our founding board has set a high bar for success; I would be honored to continue and expand upon their work, ensuring every eligible American in our region knows their voting rights and can cast their vote from abroad. 

    A DA France member since 2018, I volunteered hundreds of hours with the national and global GOTV teams during the 2020 election cycle, solving complex individual voter problems, supporting special projects, and serving as a resource to other GOTV volunteers when needed. My GOTV participation began in 1992, and my 20 years of management experience in local government agencies, combined with my high energy, positive and collaborative spirit, creativity, flexibility, and love of technology have readied me to succeed in serving our membership. 

    While we bask in the afterglow of our momentous electoral victories - some clearly won with the help of overseas voters - remaining engaged in the GOTV effort is vital to success in upcoming special elections and the 2022 midterms, when complacency and other factors may reduce voter participation. I’m excited to help lead this effort. 

    Thank you for your consideration.


    CHAPTER EVENTS

    DANETTE LANDRY

    I have been an active member of DA France since 1999. From 2001-2005 I was Chair of Young Democrats Abroad, France, I served as DAF Vice-Chair 2003-2007, and as Co-Chair for the Women's Caucus from 2007-2009. I have been instrumental in organizing activities for sharing interests and rallying points for coalition building, as well as volunteering for voting registration, etc.. A lifelong Democrat and supporter of liberal social values, I have been an active proponent of social liberties for women and minorities around the world, including those in Europe, Africa and Asia. Raised in the Michigan, educated in Social Anthropology at UCLA and completed my graduate studies in France at La Sorbonne and L'Ecole des Hauts Etudes en Sciences Sociales.Today, I am an international artist, which requires me to be to be socially interactive not only in Paris, but also in Europe and the United States. My long association with DAF, and my experience living and working in diverse parts of the world, all complement and strengthen my interests in Democratic social values and will enable me to further contribute to the DAF as the Coordinator of Paris Events. Thank you for considering my candidacy.


  • published 2021 Strasbourg Chapter Leadership Candidates in News 2021-02-26 11:34:36 -0500

    2021 Strasbourg Chapter Leadership Candidates

    The nominations period for the 2021 Strasbourg Chapter Elections has now closed. Please find below statements for some of the candidates standing for the Leadership Board, including some for specified offices.

    The Annual General Meeting for the Strasbourg Chapter of DA France will take place on March 7th at 6PM — RSVP here. Elections are underway via electronic ballot available to all members of the Strasbourg Chapter from February 27 to noon, March 7. Please join us on March 7 to hear the election results and meet the new leadership team.

    New members are welcome to join and vote prior to the close of voting. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by November 2, 2021. 

    If you are a member of DAF Strasbourg Chapter and do not receive a link to the online election but would like one, please contact the DA France Strasbourg Election Board - Barbara, Vivianne, and Ada at [email protected]


    CANDIDATE STATEMENT FOR CHAPTER CHAIR 

    PATRICK GANNE

    Bonjour, my name is Patrick GANNE. I am declaring my candidacy to serve on the Democrats Abroad Strasbourg Board and to run for Chapter Chair.

    I have been a member of the Strasbourg Chapter of Democrats Abroad France for longer than I can remember. I have served on the Democrats Abroad Strasbourg Board for the past four years. I wish to continue my service to our community, our nation and my fellow Democrats. 

    I have assisted in the planning and execution of numerous events in pre-Corona 19 times and it is my intent to continue doing so once we are free to publicly and safely meet in person.

    As a Candidate for Chair of Democrats Abroad Strasbourg I will bring whatever meager talents and experience I possess to the position and dedicate myself to making the Strasbourg Chapter of Democrats Abroad France the absolute best that it can be.


    CANDIDATE STATEMENT FOR CHAPTER SECRETARY

    STEVE MESZAROS

    I’m originally from Maryland, have lived in the Alsace for 20 years and joined DA in 2004. I consider it vital to get as many Americans as possible out to vote and donate in the coming election cycles – even more so than in the past due to the fractured state of our nation and the unending saga of Trumpism. 

    To this effect there are several things I consider important for the Strasbourg chapter in the coming months:

    • Increasing activities again as soon as the pandemic allows. This includes both social events and events providing political information, lectures, and discourse.
    • Increasing contact with local media to make Americans in the area aware of the Strasbourg DA chapter and attracting new members.
    • Cooperating with DA Switzerland and DA Germany to build a critical mass for larger, more attractive events.

    CANDIDATES FOR CHAPTER COMMS OFFICER 

    KEVIN MORGAN-ROTHSCHILD

    I write to you today for your consideration as Communications and Social Media Officer of the Democrats Abroad Strasbourg Chapter. 

    In 2019, I started to feel more and more disturbed by the situation in our home country. Briefly, I considered moving back to get involved in the upcoming election, ultimately, I decided to stay in Strasbourg and continue my life here. During the summer of 2020, I discovered this chapter via Facebook. Becoming a part of the movement to elect a Democratic candidate for president of the United States fulfilled my untapped desire from years prior.

    Throughout the months of August to October I worked to encourage followers of our page to vote in the November election. Additionally, I co-organized two debate bingo games. This is why this February; I ask to join the board of Democrats Abroad Strasbourg chapter so that we can keep working to preserve democracy together.


    CANDIDATES FOR CHAPTER LEADERSHIP BOARD

    CRAIG GOODMAN

    This last election has clearly shown us, if there was any doubt, that small numbers of votes can prove to be decisive.  Our votes from abroad may well have been the few thousand here and there that helped the Biden-Harris team win.  With this in mind, I want to continue to serve.  A US citizen, American born and educated, I have lived in France since 1987; first in Paris, and since 1998 in Strasbourg.  My two children attended school in the French public schools' Anglophone international section.  I am a career musician, professor at the Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin (HEAR); Conservatoire, and artistic director of an international festival in Denmark. I believe in France's societal model as well as the importance for the US to revive, enhance and expand its promising identity.  


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    2021 Candidates for Avignon Chapter Elections

    The Avignon Election Board is pleased to announce the candidates for Avignon Chapter Chair and Vice Chair. All members of DA France living in the the Avignon Chapter area will receive a ballot by email -- voting will end on March 6 at 2PM. For questions please contact the Avignon Election Board Catherine Tate (Chair), Elaine Garcin, Ellen Pumo, and Charles Jarworski at [email protected]


    Candidate for Avignon Chapter Chair

    JACK MC DERMOTT

    I have been Chair of the DA-Avignon chapter for two momentous years, and would like to go on for another  term. Why? I want to continue the push for a ‘Blue Wave’...to ´discover’ and enroll Americans abroad,  ensure they are informed, and to encourage them to vote.  

    In so many contests absentee ballots, many from DA members, make the difference.  During these last two years Democrats secured the WH and slim majorities in Congress. And while results  are mixed at State & Local levels, we made progress. But we need to do more. As a former HR Executive  with international experience, I believe I have the insight and experience to get things done. I’ve lived  nearly 40 years in Europe: Holland, Switzerland, and now retired in France. I’ve learned much and I want  to contribute.  

    So, while safety concerns have constrained our ability to gather (nearly all activities are online) it has not  eliminated the need to connect. We will meet again. I ask for your support to continue as DA Chair of the  Avignon Chapter.  


    Candidate for Avignon Chapter Secretary  

    DENNIS SHIBUT  

    I have eight years of chapter leadership experience: two consecutive terms (2012-16) as chair and two  terms (2016-20) as vice-chair. I first became a member of the Avignon chapter when it first started in 2004.  I’ve resided in Avignon for more than 30 years, enjoying the cuisine, sun, and cycling.  

    Professionally I’m a physicist for the environment and worked for NASA (Skylab Mission) and taught  physics at the university level. Here in France, I continue to give presentations at universities and schools 

    on green living and renewable energy. I am also an Ambassador for Enercoop, France’s best-rated  renewable energy utility.  

    During my tenures, our membership tripled through monthly events, and during the presidential and  congressional campaigns our ballot arrivals scored an 80 percent success rate, a high point for DAF. Our  4-step process for this success is now standard practice for DA chapters worldwide. Another first was  getting a local cinema to advertise our chapter on-screen at low cost. Two years ago, I helped start a new  DA chapter in Montpellier, where there are now 154 members and growing. I ask for your vote. 


  • published Call for Candacies, Britt in News 2021-02-09 11:01:16 -0500

    2021 Brittany Call for Candidacies


    BRITTANY CHAPTER CALL FOR CANDIDATES - NOMINATIONS PERIOD ENDS FEB 20TH

    DAF's Brittany Chapter will conduct its Leadership Election on March 20, 2021 at 3PM via Zoom. RSVP HERE.

    The nominations period for candidates is now open, and the deadline is February 20, 2021. Candidates are sought for the following positions: 

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  • Democrats Abroad France Elections Calendar Spring 2021

    Following are the National, Caucus and Chapter elections taking place this Spring 2021 across Democrats Abroad France. Public election notices with details will go out to every Chapter and Caucus member as well as Nationally. (Updated March 6)

    National Caucus Annual General Meeting & Elections

    Chapter Elections

    Democrats Abroad France National Annual General Meeting & Elections

    • DA France National Officer & Voting Representative Elections - Sat. April 17, 2021 - RSVP
    • Interested in running for office? Find out more here, or join a public information session. Nominations close March 18, 2021.
      • Public Information Session #1 - Sun. March 14, 2021 - RSVP
      • Public Information Session #2 - Mon. March 15, 2021 - RSVP

    Democrats Abroad Global Annual General Meeting & Elections

    • Democrats Abroad Global Meeting & Elections - Sat. - Sun. May 15-16, 2021 - Save the Date! Details TBA
      Voting Members of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad, or DPCA, vote on matters such as Resolutions, Charter Amendments, and other business at the DA Global Meeting, as well as the Global Executive Committee Elections. The DPCA Voting members of France will be the newly elected Chair, Vice Chair, Second Vice Chair, and nine Voting Representatives.

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