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, DA Switzerland 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., to our hometowns, and our local 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:

Eric Burns
| Chair, Switzerland
Peter Butterfield
| Co-Chair, Geneva Chapter
emily blitz
| Co-Chair, Geneva Chapter
Ben Stewart
| Chair, Basel Chapter
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  • News

    A Commitment to Solidarity with Incarcerated People

    In The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander argues that, “An extraordinary percentage of Black men in the United States are legally barred from voting today, just as they have throughout most of American history.” Throughout Alexander’s book, she explains how incarceration is the tool used to disenfranchise formerly imprisoned voters and that a racist lawmaking and penal system in the United States replaced Jim Crow laws as the mechanism to do so. 

    In July 2021, Democrats Abroad Switzerland - Basel will host an online letter and postcard writing solidarity action to support those who are currently incarcerated in Virginia and Florida--two states where voting rights can be restored to incarcerated individuals upon their release from prison. 

    During the letter and postcard writing solidarity action, 20 minutes of instruction and guidance will be provided to help you write voting rights-based content to a currently incarcerated person. The action comes from @prisonculture’s 9 Solidarity Commitments to/with Incarcerated People for 2021. The 20-minute instruction will be recorded, and will be shared upon request.

    To learn more about how justice reform emanates from ideas in Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and aligns with the Black Lives Matter movement, please see these resources about

    Other resources: You can design, write, and send postcards using the Swiss Post PostCard Creator App, available on the App Store and Google Play.

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    Learning about Juneteenth

    In preparation for our event on Juneteenth, Jazzmin Dian Moore has recorded this video explaining some of the historical significance of Juneteenth as well as introducing the Mandela in Chicago documentary we will be discussing.

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    Upcoming Events

    Monday, July 26, 2021 at 06:30 PM Time · 4 rsvps
    Bäckeranlage in Zürich, Switzerland

    Zürich Summer Reading Club - July 2021

    This summer, DACH Zürich is going to host a reading and discussion group for our members. We are hosting a four part series to discuss democracy reform, the war on science and facts, police reform, and the history of BIPOC political movements in the US. We will be reading a series of small articles and excerpts, and we will discuss them at the end of each month.

    Subsequent meetings will be on 30th August and 27th September.

    Meet us at Bäckeranlage in downtown Zurich. We will be outside if the weather is nice, or under the pavilion if it's raining.

    RSVP to receive the readings, or send an email to Zachary.


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    Monday, August 02, 2021 at 08:30 AM Bern Time
    Zoom - RSVP to receive details in Geneva, Switzerland

    Geneva Chapter Meeting - August 2021

    Please join DACH Geneva members for our monthly chapter meeting! This month's meeting will be held via Zoom. All are welcome at our meetings, so if you would like to learn what we are up to and how you can help, please join us!
     
    Can't make it this month? We have planning meetings every month. Or, if you can't make our regular meetings but still want to help, please get in touch with Geneva Chapter Co-Chairs, Emily and Peter, at [email protected].