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.
Author: Darcy Alexandra, Zurich Chapter Democrats AbroadIf 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.read more
(Democrats Abroad is not a sponsor of this event. DA supports no particular candidate in any Democratic Primary. We make this information available to our members who may be interested in attending. Contributions made to this event go to the Kaine Victory Fund.)
Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) will be in Geneva to raise funds for his 2018 re-election campaign. There will be a reception for him at a private Geneva old-town residence, followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant. Event organizers have invited DACH members to attend the reception at a special donation level of $200, and students at $20.18. American high-school and university students encouraged to attend! For full info and contribution levels, please see the Invitation.
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