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:

Kathryn Edson
| Chair of DA Switzerland
Elizabeth Voss
| Secretary, Switzerland
Christian Jordan
| Treasurer of DA Switzerland
Wendy Olum
| Legal Counsel, Switzerland
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  • News

    On Tax Day, June 15: Call Storm Congress, Demand Residency-based Taxation

    Attention all Americans in Switzerland, or anywhere abroad: Friday June 15 is International Tax Filing Deadline Day. (File your taxes!) It's also Democrats Abroad's Taxation Congressional CallStorm. On Friday, call your members of Congress and ask for their support for Residency Based Taxation. If you're Republican or independent, you should call too! The more of us call, the more impact we have. See our guide on just what to do, here. Downloadable campaign guide available there.


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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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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM · CHF20.00 CHF · 3 rsvps
    Bistrot Crescenda in Basel, Switzerland

    America Votes: "Flip the House" Pancake Breakfast

    Join Democrats Abroad Switzerland at Bistrot Crescenda in Basel on Sunday, 23rd September for a Pancake Breakfast à discrétion!

    Our offering includes pancakes with maple syrup, whipped cream, powdered sugar, or cinnamon toppings as well as fresh fruit. Coffee, tea, orange juice, and water are also included in the price.

    Along with this delicious breakfast, we will have volunteers on hand to help people register to vote/request their ballots ahead of this November's important mid-term election!

    Children 10 and under can access the same buffet for only CHF 12. To make a children's reservation, please email basel@democrats.ch with your name and the number of children. Note that their ticket will need to be paid at the door.

    For all Americans attending this event, we are requesting an additional suggested donation of CHF 5 at the door. The CHF 20 ticket covers only the venue, food, and beverages provided at this event. Democrats Abroad Switzerland is a volunteer organization that relies on donations to be able to provide outreach, voter education, and voter registration services.

    For over 13 years, Crescenda - a Basel non-proft organization - has been helping female migrants and refugees to become entrepreneurs or to access the job market in Switzerland. Through its courses and programs, the trainees develop skills for local economic and social participation with professional and financial autonomy. A prime example is Crescenda's gastronomy training at their Bistrot.