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
In this mid-term election year and in the face of the challenges to our civil rights, it is more important than ever that we have everyone on board to empower and enable people to exercise their right to vote and come together to promote a progressive, Democratic agenda. The Basel Democrats Abroad chapter has been working hard on this over the last year and we know many more of you can and want to make a significant contribution. The coming year will find us fighting to flip the congress with a large focus on the midterm elections. We need your strengths and energy to gain momentum!
Some of you may have heard of or possibly attended last year’s Call to Action Apéro. That event has driven many of our events and actions this past year. We are pleased to invite you to our Call to Action Apéro Revisited on January 25th at Im Lohnof in Basel. The evening will start at 6:30, during which we will also register voters and give updates on state voter legislation. Remember it is important you request a ballot each year. Even though your ballot may be sent to you automatically, if for some reason the vote is challenged your vote could be thrown out because you didn’t request a ballot that year.
At 7:30 we will begin the program by reviewing some of the activities from the year and then breaking into small groups to brainstorm actions in the coming year to welcome new members / newcomer Americans in Basel, further a more progressive agenda back home, and turn concern and disbelief into constructive change! We will come back together at 9 and share in plenum the activities to work on and drive together.
We hope you will bring your passions, ideas and skills to the collective table here and work with this fun and interesting group of Americans to do this important work.
Book Talk and Conversation with Jessica Jackson Sloan of #Cut50 (by video-conference)
DACH Geneva will host an evening on Criminal Justice Reform.
A special guest, Jessica Jackson Sloan, National Director of #Cut50, and Mayor of Mill Valley, California will discuss her work (via video-conference) to end mass incarceration and her recent work advocating for female inmates.
- Preceding the talk: Apéritif and discussion of a seminal book on this topic, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.
Followed by Petition Signing to Senator Chuck Grassley to schedule a hearing on the issue of female incarceration and its impact on public safety and communities across America.
Please RSVP using this Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/uiiatDZOnrgSL7A63
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About the invitee: Democrat Jessica Jackson Sloan has dedicated her career to working on Criminal Justice Reform. As a human rights attorney, she represented California death row inmates in their appeals. In addition to her duties as Mayor of Mill Valley, CA, she is the National Director of DreamCorps #cut50 initiative to end mass incarceration and significantly reduce the prison population. She currently works with congress people from both sides of the isle to pass The Dignity for Incarcerated Women's Act, a bill to reform the way women are treated behind bars.
From the #Cut50 website: "Nearly two-thirds of incarcerated women have children and nearly three-quarters have been victims of trauma or abuse. The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act would make a series of common-sense changes to how the federal prison system treats incarcerated women to lessen the negative impact incarceration has on the family members of incarcerated women, especially their children, and better prepare incarcerated women to return to their communities."
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