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You're Invited to an Independence Day Party!

Dear Swiss Democrats,

We would be delighted for you, your family, and your friends to join us on July 3rd at the charming Köniz Castle in Bern, to celebrate Independence Day! It’s exciting to be able to host our first nationwide event since the beginning of the pandemic, and to have a chance to reconnect with old friends as well as meet Dems new to Switzerland. We’ve organized a grill picnic, games, face-painting, and a US news trivia contest with prizes.

See all the details below, and don’t forget to RSVP!

When:  Sunday, July 3, 2022 | 2:00 – 7:00 PM

Where: Schloss Köniz (http://www.kulturhof.ch/; http://goo.gl/maps/mPyAiLiPBeFsqyK57)

Public transport: From the Bern Hauptbahnhof train station, take Bus 10 (direction Schliern, Bus-Endstation) 9 stops and get off at Köniz, Schloss.

Carpooling: Can you offer a ride or are you looking for one? Please click here to post a comment on the public board.

Parking:  You can drive into the venue courtyard to drop things off and you can park at Parkplatz Schloss Köniz (http://goo.gl/maps/mPtQ9j4WF4XGeGsy6)

Cost: This event is free, including non-alcoholic refreshments.

Contact: If you have further questions about the venue or have thought of a way to help, please contact Radhika Garland  [email protected] (+41 76 778 60 78) and Liz Voss [email protected] (+ 41 78 931 91 13).

Program: 

  • 2:00-5:30 pm : Open Grill and Apéro. Bring your picnic supplies with you; we will provide the grill.  If you are bringing something to share, please let us know! We will provide refreshments and soft drinks. There will also be local beer, at cost.
  • 3:00-5:00 pm: Games, face painting, and more. There will be stands for face painting as well as some lawn-games like Molki and Baci.
  • 3:00-7:00 pm: Political action time!
    • Letter writing marathon. We hope to write at least 100 letters/postcards to our elected officials, voters in swing states via Vote Forward, and voters living in Switzerland.
    • "Why I'm Voting" Booth. Record a short video about why voting in US elections is important to you.
    • "Bans Off Our Bodies" mini protest. The SCOTUS decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization was announced on Friday, June 24, 2022, and Roe v. Wade has officially been overturned. Make a sign and take a picture for us to use on our social media feeds.
  • 5:30 pm: US Politics Trivia Contest. Have you been keeping up with U.S. news this last year? Do you know what item the Biden administration plans to phase out by 2023, using new energy-efficient standards? How about U.S .history? We’ll have lots of questions of varying difficulty and prizes for the winners.

Please do not forget to RSVP! We need to know how many people are likely to attend, to have enough beverages. Click here to register: http://www.democratsabroad.org/lizneilvoss/4th_of_july_-_together_again 

*Can you help us on the day of?*
Are you based in Bern? Are you free to help us a little bit the day of with the set-up or break-down of the venue? Do you have a grill to lend? Please reach out to Radhika, [email protected]!


Midsummer's Day Primaries

The 2022 midterms are heating up in June and July with 10 states holding Federal primaries and 5 states with runoff elections. Here's a state-by-state look at the upcoming midsummer's day primaries. If you'd like to take a look at the ballot, click on the state name and it on Ballotpedia, where this list was compiled.

Be sure your vote counts and register and request your absentee ballot at VotefromAbroard.org.

Alabama    
  Alabama Federal Primary Runoff June 21, 2022
Alaska    
  Alaska Federal At-Large Congressional District Special Top-Four primary June 11, 2022
  Anchorage Assembly District 1 Seat L Special Election  June 21, 2022
Arkansas    
  Arkansas Federal Primary Runoff June 21, 2022
Colorado    
  Colorado Federal Primary June 28, 2022
  University of Colorado Board of Regents District 5 Special Primary June 28, 2022
District of Columbia    
  Washington, D.C., Federal Primary June 21, 2022
Georgia    
  Georgia Federal Primary Runoff June 21, 2022
Illinois    
  Illinois Federal Primary June 28, 2022
Maine    
  Maine State Senate District 7 Special Election June 14, 2022
  Maine Federal Primary June 14, 2022
Maryland    
  Maryland Federal Primary July 19, 2022
Mississippi    
  Mississippi Federal Primary Runoff June 28, 2022
  State House of Representatives District 119 Special General Election July 19, 2022
Missouri    
  St. Louis Board of Aldermen Ward 11 Special Election  July 12, 2022
Nebraska    
  Congressional District 1 Special General Election June 28, 2022
Nevada    
  Nevada Federal Primary June 14, 2022
New Jersey    
  Newark General Runoff Election June 14, 2022
New York    
  New York State Executive and State House Primary June 28, 2022
North Carolina    
  North Carolina Primary Runoff (No Federal Offices) July 5, 2022
  North Carolina Federal Primary Runoff (Federal Offices) July 26, 2022
North Dakota    
  North Dakota  June 14, 2022
Oklahoma    
  Oklahoma Federal Primary June 28, 2022
  U.S. Senate Special Primary June 28, 2022
South Carolina    
  South Carolina Federal Primary June 14, 2022
  South Carolina Federal Primary Runoff June 28, 2022
South Dakota    
  South Dakota Republican Convention June 23, 2022
Texas    
  U.S. House District 34 Special General Election June 14, 2022
  Richardson Independent School District 2 General Runoff Election June 18, 2022
  Mansfield Independent School District Place 3 General Runoff election June 18, 2022
  Dallas County Community College Board of Trustees District 1 General Runoff Election June 18, 2022
  Arlington General Runoff Election June 18, 2022
  Irving General Runoff Election June 18, 2022
  Fort Worth General Runoff Election June 18, 2022
  Garland General Runoff Election June 18, 2022
Utah    
  Utah Federal Primary June 28, 2022
Virginia    
  Virginia Federal Primary June 21, 2022

Hot Flash from the DACH Women's Caucus: May 2022 Edition

We're sure you saw the headlines when you woke up yesterday: 

Leaked draft of Supreme Court ruling signals a seismic shift in American politics and law.

If you're experiencing some feelings in light of this news, join us for an open conversation on what a Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade would mean to us and an inclusionary place to share your thoughts and fears.

Read more

May The Vote Be With You

The 2022 midterm primary season kicks into high gear with 10 federal primaries and a run-off in May.

Who will win the Texas Runoff? Who will run against Stacy Abrams for Governor? How will Dr. Oz fare in Pennsylvania? Stay tuned to find out.

Here is a list of elections by state that will take place throughout the month of May. The list is compiled from Ballotpedia.

Be sure you vote counts and register and request your absentee ballot at VotefromAbroard.org.

ALABAMA

Alabama Federal Primary

May 24, 2022

ARIZONA

Tucson Special Election

May 17, 2022

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Federal Primary

May 24, 2022

Arkansas Supreme Court General Election

May 24, 2022

CALIFORNIA

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Special Election

May 3, 2022

GEORGIA 

House of Representatives District 45 Special Runoff Election 

May 3, 2022

Georgia Federal Primary

May 24, 2022

Georgia Judicial General Election

May 24, 2022

Georgia Judicial Special Election

May 24, 2022

IDAHO

Idaho Judicial General Election

May 17, 2022

Idaho Federal Primary

May 17, 2022

INDIANA

Indiana Federal Primary

May 3, 2022

KENTUCKY

Kentucky Federal Primary

May 17, 2022

LOUISIANA

Baton Rouge Special Primary

April 30, 2022

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston City Council District 1 Special General Election 

May 3, 2022

MICHIGAN

Newfield Township Special Recall Election 

May 3, 2022

Sidney Township Special Recall Election

May 3, 2022

Lee Township Special Recall Election

May 3, 2022

Michigan House of Representatives District 15 Special General Election 

May 3, 2022

Michigan House of Representatives District 36 Special Election

May 3, 2022

Michigan House of Representatives District 43 Special Election

May 3, 2022

Michigan House of Representatives District 74 Special Election

May 3, 2022

Michigamme Township Recall Election

May 3, 2022

Lansing School District Special Election

May 3, 2022

MINNESOTA

1st Congressional District Special Primary

May 24, 2022

NEBRASKA

Nebraska Federal Primary

May 10, 2022

Westside Community Schools General Election

May 10, 2022

NEW JERSEY

Newark General Election

May 10, 2022

NEW YORK

Lackawanna City School District General Election

May 17, 2022

New York State Assembly District 58 Special Election

May 24, 2022

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina Federal Primary Election

May 17, 2022

OHIO

Ohio Federal Primary

May 3, 2022

OREGON

Oregon State Senate District 18 Special Primary Election 

May 17, 2022

Oregon Federal Primary

May 17, 2022

Oregon State Senate District 18 Special Primary

May 17, 2022

PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania State Senate District 5 Special Election

May 17, 2022

Pennsylvania Federal Primary

May 17, 2022

SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina House of Representatives District 97 Special General Election

May 17, 2022

South Carolina House of Representatives District 18 General Election

May 24, 2022

TENNESSEE

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System Primary Election

May 3, 2022

Williamson County Schools Primary Election


May 3, 2022

Shelby County Primary Election

May 3, 2022

Rutherford County Schools Primary Election

May 3, 2022

Nashville Primary Election

May 3, 2022

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Primary Election

May 3, 2022

Knox County School District Primary Election

May 3, 2022

Hamilton County School District Primary Election

May 3, 2022

TEXAS

Texas Federal Special Election

May 7, 2022

Texas Federal Primary Runoff

May 24, 2022

VIRGINIA

District 11 Republican Firehouse Primary

May 7, 2022

District 5 Republican Convention

May 21, 2022

District 8 Republican Convention

May 21, 2022

District 10 Republican Firehouse Primary

May 21, 2022

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia Federal Primary

May 10, 2022

 


DA Switzerland 2022 Annual General Meeting

We are pleased to announce the 2022  Annual General Meeting (AGM) via Zoom on Sunday, May 15th at 3:30 pm. The AGM is a great opportunity to come together, re-set, re-focus ahead of  the midterms in November and review our bylaws.

The AGM will last about 90 minutes with the following proposed agenda:

  • 2021 Year In Review
  • Financial Report
  • Bylaws Revisions
  • Chapter, National Team & Caucus Updates
  • GOTV November Midterms Brainstorm
  • Year Ahead

We will also vote on our revised bylaws which have been updated to meet current Democrats Abroad global requirements. The revised bylaws include amendments to ensure FEC compliance and Executive Committee decisions by circulation procedure. Here are the DACH Bylaws 2022 for your review. We are looking forward to debating, discussing and voting on them at the AGM.

That said, it is important to RSVP in order to receive the log in details and your Membership ID to properly register your vote. 

I'm looking forward to seeing you online for the AGM on May 15th!

- Eric Burns, Chair


Hot Flash from the DACH Women's Caucus

Would you like to get more involved with the DA Women's Caucus? We're looking for someone who can organize events (virtual or in-person) and mobilize around issues affecting women. Please contact Alissa at [email protected] to learn more. 

The DACH Women’s Caucus aims to keep you informed with relevant updates. Here’s some breaking news from the New York Times.


In advance of a Supreme Court decision, states are proposing new restrictions and heavier criminal penalties on medication abortion.

Kate Zernike | April 6, 2022

Last year, after Texas passed its strict abortion ban, surgical abortions in the state dropped by half. Many women found a workaround: pills. The week the law took effect, requests for medication abortion shot up to 138 a day from 11 a day at just one service that delivers the pills by mail.

Anti-abortion lawmakers in the state were already on it. That same week, they passed another law making it a felony to provide abortion pills through the mail and requiring doctors to comply with new testing and reporting procedures to prescribe them.

Medication abortion is the new front in the nation’s five-decade-long fight, as both sides anticipate that by summer the Supreme Court could overturn or pare back the constitutional right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade.

Supporters of abortion rights, who argue that women should be able to make their own reproductive choices, see the pills as a workaround in states that have already moved to ban or severely restrict abortion. Women in those states would get abortions not in the back alleys of pre-Roe America, but via a post office box or a friend in a state where abortion remains legal, or from an online pharmacy in India.

To anti-abortion activists, who believe ending a pregnancy is murder, the pills are a back door to be locked shut with new restrictions and heavier criminal penalties. In the first three months of this year, legislators proposed more than 100 restrictions on medication in 22 states.

 

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Bacchus Caucus: Recap and Please Join Us!

A new Presidential administration prompted us to change the name of our wine tasting events. Without so much to whine about, we no longer felt that Wine Whine was an appropriate name. Instead, we're celebrating the Democrats in power and paying homage to the Roman god Bacchus (known as Dionysus to the Greeks), the god of wine and ecstasy.

Twice rescheduled due to Covid, the Basel chapter was finally able to meet for the first of a two part series, comparing wines from the Old World and the New. Tasting number one focused on white wines and the second (date to be announced soon - stay tuned!) will focus on red wines. Here are some pictures from the evening as well as a description from our host and sommelier, Steph Waite.

First Bacchus Caucus wine class in over 1.5 years with @swissdemocrats Basel chapter! The theme was Old World vs. New World white wines. Got to showcase the beautiful Finger Lakes wine region with @forgecellars classic riesling against a @weingut_markusmolitor Mosel riesling, paired with slightly spicy garlic ginger chicken.

Chardonnay was next with a beautiful Chassagene-Montracht from @domainebernardmoreau_et_fils against a Mendoza bottling from @elenemigowines and paired with gougères.

We finished up with sauv blanc from @rustenbergwines in Stellenbosch against our neighbor winery here in Muttenz - @weingutjauslin - paired with a chèvre and caramelized onion tart.

What a seriously fun evening we had 🍷 🥂 🇺🇸

Does this sound like an event you would enjoy? And do you live near Geneva? (Or are you willing to travel?) If you answered yes to those questions, then you're in luck!

Sommelier Steph travels to Geneva with a unique “vertical” wine tasting! Join us at an old-town Geneva private residence in sampling six wines of the same type at different price/quality levels. Enjoy great wines, great food (each wine offered with an appropriate food pairing) and a fascinating exploration of what makes a great wine! Canton Geneva COVID mask and certificate requirements in effect on the date will be observed.

  • US citizens: CHF 35
  • Non-US citizens (only as a guest of a US citizen): CHF 10

Tickets are available at Eventzilla.


2022 Midterm Primary, General and Special Elections - April/ May Edition

The stakes are high for control of the house and senate, state legislatures, governorships. The 2022 midterms elections will be the most consequential of our lifetime and for our planet.

In honor of Mother Earth, here are some key senate races whose Democratic contenders support legislation that address the climate crisis:

  • Congresswoman Val Demings is looking to unseat Republican Senator Marco Rubio and make Florida great again.
  • A judge will decide if former Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer will face incumbent Senator Chuck Grassley. She is the favorite in a crowded Democratic primary in Iowa.
  • Charles Booker of Kentucky is back in the race. This time he is challenging incumbent Senator Rand Paul after narrowly losing his primary bid last year to Democrat Amy McGrath.
  • Former State Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley is running to succeed retiring Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina.
  • Congressman Peter Welch is vying to replace retiring Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont.
  • Lucas Kunce of Missouri is hoping to replace retiring GOP Sen. Roy Blunt.

Here is a list of elections by state for April and May compiled from Ballotpedia.

California

  • Fresno Unified Board of Education Trustee Area 5 Special Election
    April 19, 2022
  • Marin County Local Ballot Measure Election
    April 19, 2022
  • Pacific Grove Local Ballot Measure Election
    April 19, 2022
  • West Park Elementary School District Special Election
    April 19, 2022
  • State Assembly District 17 Special General Election
    April 19, 2022

Georgia

  • Georgia House of Representatives District 45 Special Run-Off Election 
    May 3, 2022

Indiana

  • Indiana Statewide Primary
    May 3, 2022

Louisiana

  • Baton Rouge Special Primary
    April 30, 2022

Massachusetts

  • Boston City Council District 1 Special General Election
    May 3, 2022

Michigan

  • Statewide Special Election
    May 3, 2022
  • House of Representatives District 15 Special General Election
    May 3, 2022
  • House of Representatives District 36 Special General Election
    May 3, 2022
  • House of Representatives District 43 Special General Election
    May 3, 2022
  • House of Representatives District 74 Special General Election
    May 3, 2022
  • Midland County - Lee Township Special Recall Election
    May 3, 2022
  • Montcalm County - Sidney Township Special Election
    May 3, 2022
  • Oceana County - Newfield Township Special Recall Election
    May 3, 2022

Missouri

  • St. Louis Board of Aldermen Ward 28 Special General Election
    April 19, 2022

New Jersey

  • Newark Public Schools General Election
    April 19, 2022

New York

  • New York State Assembly District 20 Special Election
    April 7, 2022

North Carolina

  • Charlotte Municipal General Run-Off Election
    April 26, 2022

Ohio

  • Ohio Statewide Primary
    May 3, 2022

Tennessee

  • Clarksville-Montgomery County School System Primary Election
    May 3, 2022
  • Hamilton County School District Primary Election
    May 3, 2022
  • Knox County Schools Primary Election
    May 3, 2022
  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Primary Election
    May 3, 2022
  • Nashville Primary Election
    May 3, 2022
  • Rutherford County Schools Primary Election
    May 3, 2022
  • Shelby County Primary Election
    May 3, 2022
  • Williamson County Schools Primary Election
    May 3, 2022

Texas

  • Green Party Statewide Convention
    April 9, 2022
  • Libertarian Party statewide convention
    April 10, 2022

Utah

  • Salt Lake County Republican Convention 
    April 8, 2022
  • Salt Lake County Democratic Convention 
    April 9, 2022
  • Utah County Democratic Convention 
    April 9, 2022
  • Utah Libertarian Party Statewide Convention
    April 9, 2022
  • Washington County Primary Election
    April 9, 2022
  • Weber County Democratic Convention
    April 9, 2022
  • Davis County United Utah Convention
    April 12, 2022
  • Salt Lake County United Utah Convention
    April 14, 2022
  • United Utah Party Statewide Convention
    April 16, 2022
  • Tooele County Republican Convention
    April 21, 2022
  • Utah State Party Convention
    April 23, 2022

Washington

  • Olympia Special Election
    April 26, 2022
  • Spokane Special Election
    April 26, 2022

Swiss Democrats & March Madness

The teams have been selected, the brackets are set and its time to see which teams will make it to the big dance. The 2022 NCAA Tournament (also known as March Madness) is underway.  Are you ready to play?

This year we are hosting the official unofficial 2022 March Madness tournament brackets. To join the fun, donate 5 CHF/ USD on the Democrats Abroad Switzerland Donation Page. Send confirmation of payment to receive your bracket to your editable bracket to [email protected]  or download a DACH March Madness bracket here. Fill it out, email it back to [email protected] and/or post it to Instagram and tag @swissdemocrats. We'll tally and announce the leaderboard based on the following criteria:

March 15 & 16 - The First Four - 4 points, on us!

March 17 & 18 - Round 1 - 1 point for each winning prediction

March 19 & 20 - Round 2 - 2 points for each winning prediction

March 24 & 25 - Round 3/ Sweet 16 - 4 points for each winning prediction

March 26 & 27 - Round 4/ Elite 8 - 8 points for each winning prediction

April 2 - Round 5/ Final 4 - 16 points for each winning prediction

April 4 - Round 6/ National Championships - 32 points for the winning prediction

Your donation will help us fund GOTV events throughout Switzerland in this critical election year. Whether you go by the stats, the mascot or your school's conference, it will be fun to see who will get bragging rights in all of Switzerland. Let's dance!


2022 Midterms - Women Who Run

In honor of Women’s History Month, we shine a light on the women running for office in the November 2022 midterm elections. Their elections would not only be historic but could help change the the trajectory of our nation and ensure we can keep our children out of poverty, protect our right to vote and care for our environment. The only thing standing in our way is turnout.

If we vote in November, we can win! According to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office nearly 3 million people voted in the March 1 primary. Republicans outnumbered Democrats by more than 900,000. If Democrats turnout in the states and abroad, we win!
 
We are looking forward to the primaries in Georgia and North Carolina in May when Stacy Abrams is running again for Governor and Cheri Beasley is looking to take a coveted U.S. Senate seat.

Val Demings is poised to take on Marco Rubio in Florida and Mia McCleod is looking to become the first Black female Governor of South Carolina.

Turnout is key. Let’s help them win!