News

December Elections

In the recent November elections, there are two main stories we should pay close attention to:
1.    Republicans flipped Virginia
2.    Candidates of color made history

Michelle Wu is the first woman and person of color to be elected mayor of Boston; Pittsburg elected Ed Gainy, the city’s first black mayor; and Abdullah Hammoud is now the first Arab-American and Muslim mayor of Dearborn, Michigan. These are just a couple of names that reflect the changing and evolving landscape of our country’s political leadership. 

There are important elections to close out the year including run-off and special elections in Texas, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Massachusetts after the jump.

For more information and links to the specific state elections pages, go to Ballotpedia.

Read more

Geneva Donation Drive

November has two great holidays: one offers Americans an opportunity to honor our US servicemen and women and the other to give thanks for our good fortune. 

Just a few hours north of us is the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the largest US military hospital outside the US. On any given week there are around 100 active or recovering soldiers there. Some quickly return to their duty station, others can be there for a lot longer. 

The Wounded Warrior Project and fellow support organizations in Landstuhl work with the soldiers to make their unexpected stay in Germany as comfortable as they can. Simple pleasures like Crocs and cozy hoodies, or vitals like socks and boxers can make a difference. 

The Geneva Chapter of Democrats Abroad is running a donation drive from Veterans Day to right after Thanksgiving. We warmly invite our members to RDV with us from 10:00-13:00 at any of the following locations:

Saturday 13th Balexert, Geneva
Sunday 14th Gare Cornavin, Geneva
Saturday 20th La Combe, Nyon
Sunday 21st Lausanne Gare, Lausanne
Saturday 27th Aubonne Outlets
Sunday 28th Belair Centre, Yverdon-les-Bains

To get precise location on each day join the DACH-GVA Chapter WhatsApp group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/GcBMuXR2gMl14iYp0xUAoS

The A, B, C’s of the items needed:  
ALL NEW (for health reasons, used clothing cannot be accepted)
Boxers, L 
Briefs, all sizes
Crocs or sneakers, all sizes
Duffel bags (no logos)
Jackets
Long sleeve t-shirts, unisex
Nothing 2XL or 3XL
Pajamas (lightweight, S, M)
Socks (black, all sizes)
Sweatpants, M
Sweatshirts (no logos, S, M)
T-shirts (no logos, not white)
Umbrellas

Working together, we can make a huge difference in the lives and recuperation of our fellow Americans abroad!


School Voter Registration Team

We are putting together a team willing to visit international schools and universities around Switzerland from February to May 2022 for the purpose of providing voter registration assistance.

Each visit would require a standing team of 2 to 3 DACH members from a pool of 5 or 6 members so that members could alternate visits. Team members will be required to take a registration training course which will be offered in January 2022.

Vivien Beetle and Joe Amato will be leading this project. We are looking for four more volunteers who have some flexibility in their weekly schedules.

We have designated the following schools as having a large enough American community to warrant a visit, and for which we would offer our help to the entire community (students, teachers and parents):

  • International School of Lausanne
  • International School of Geneva – La Grande Boissiere
  • Leysin American School
  • Zurich International School
  • International School of Zug & Luzern
  • College Du Leman Sarl
  • International School Bern
  • International School Basel
  • TASIS Lugano

We also ask our fellow DACH members if they have a contact for the Parent Associations from any of these schools. 

Additionally, if you are aware of an international school with a fair number of Americans that is not on the list, please contact Joe Amato at [email protected].

 


Women's Caucus Survey

The DACH Women’s Caucus would like to know how we can best address your concerns. Could you please take this brief survey to share your thoughts? You can complete the survey via the link here.

1. What topics would you like the DACH women’s caucus to address:

  • Reproductive health/freedom/justice
  • Violence against women
  • Income inequality
  • Women's health
  • Paid leave
  • Combatting voter suppression
  • Universal pre-k
  • Affordable childcare
  • Intersectional feminism
  • Other _____________________

2. What types of activities would you like the DACH women’s caucus to organize?

3. Are you interested in organizing any activities for the DACH women’s caucus? If so, please indicate the type of activities.

4. Do you have any other ideas, suggestions, questions or input for us? Please leave a comment here. 


Upcoming November Elections

November 2021 Elections By State

The 2022 mid-terms are almost a year away and Tuesday, November 2nd could be a preview of what's to come. Regular gubernatorial elections take place in Virginia and New Jersey as well as the race for New York City Mayor.

For more information and links to the specific state elections pages, go to Ballotpedia.

 

Alabama

November 16, 2021

  • House of Representatives District 63 Special Primary Run-Off Election

Arizona

November 2, 2021

  • Chandler Special Election
  • Tucson Municipal General Election
  • Scottsdale Special Election
  • Gilbert Special Election

California

November 2, 2021

  • Woodside Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Moreno Valley Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Indio Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Northstar Community Services District Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Long Valley Community Services District Local Ballot Measure Election
  • San Dieguito Union High School District Board of Education Area 5 Special Election
  • Riverside Municipal Run-Off Election
  • Sonoma Valley Health Care District Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Moreno Valley Unified Board of Education Trustee Area 4 Special Election
  • Commerce Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Isleton Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Alhambra Unified School District Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Inglewood Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Berryessa Union School District Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Orange Cove Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Los Angeles County General Election
  • Brawley Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Menlo Park City Elementary School District Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Los Gatos Union School District Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Kenwood Fire Protection District Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Santa Cruz Local Ballot Measure Election

Colorado

November 2, 2021

  • Colorado General Election
  • Avon Mayor and Town Council Recall Election

Delaware

November 16, 2021

  • Dover City Council District 1 Special General Election

Florida

November 2, 2021

  • Miami Municipal General Election 
  • Florida Congressional District 20 Special Primary
  • St. Petersburg Municipal General Election 
  • Orlando Municipal General Election 
  • Hialeah Municipal Primary Election 

November 16, 2021

  • Hialeah Municipal General Election 
  • Miami Municipal General Run-Off Election

Georgia

November 2, 2021

  • Georgia House of Representatives District 165 Special Election
  • Atlanta Municipal General Election
  • Fulton County Local Ballot Measure Election

Idaho

November 2, 2021

  • West Ada School District Local Ballot Measure and School Board Election
  • Boise Municipal General Election

Iowa

November 2, 2021

  • Des Moines Municipal General Election

Kansas

November 2, 2021

  • Maize Unified School District 266 School Board General Election
  • Goddard Unified School District 265
  • Nemaha Unified School District 115 Amy Sudbeck Recall Election
  • Wichita Public Schools School Board General Election
  • Circle Unified School District 375 School Board General Election
  • Haysville Unified School District 261 School Board General Election
  • Wichita General Election
  • Topeka Municipal General Election

Kentucky

November 2, 2021

  • House of Representatives District 51 Special Election 
  • House of Representatives District 89 Special Election
  • State Senate District 22 Special Election

Louisiana

November 13, 2021

  • Primary Election

Maine

November 2, 2021

  • Statewide General Election
  • Statewide Ballot Measure Election

Maryland

November 2, 2021

  • Annapolis Municipal General Election
  • Greenbelt General Election 

Massachusetts

November 2, 2021

  • Boston Municipal General Election
  • House of Representatives 4th Essex District Special Primary 

Michigan

November 2, 2021

  • State Senate District 8 Special General Election
  • Detroit Municipal General Election
  • State Senate District 28 Special General Election
  • Sand Lake Recall Election
  • Lansing Municipal General Election

Minnesota

November 2, 2021

  • Saint Paul Public Schools School Board General Election
  • Minneapolis Mayoral General Election
  • Anoka-Hennepin School District School Board General Election
  • St. Paul Municipal General Election

Missouri

November 2, 2021

  • Brian Steele Recall Election

Mississippi

November 2, 2021

  • State Senate District 32 Special General Election
  • State Senate District 38 Special General Election

Montana

November 2, 202

  • Helena Municipal General Election

New Hampshire

November 2, 2021

  • Manchester School District Board General Election
  • Concord Municipal General Election

New Jersey

November 2, 2021

  • Statewide General Election including Governor

New Mexico

November 2, 2021

  • Bernalillo County General Election
  • Albuquerque Public Schools School Board General Election
  • Albuquerque Municipal General Election
  • Santa Fe Municipal General Election

New York

November 2, 2021

  • Erie County General Election
  • Albany General Election
  • New York City General Election including Mayor

North Carolina

November 2, 2021

  • Durham Municipal General Election

Ohio

November 2, 2021

  • Pickerington Local School District School Board General Election
  • Gahanna-Jefferson City School District School Board General Election
  • Groveport-Madison Local School District School Board General Election
  • Worthington Schools School Board General Election
  • Hamilton Local School District School Board General Election
  • Toledo Municipal General Election
  • Columbus City Schools School Board General Election
  • Olentangy Local School District School Board General Election
  • Hilliard City Schools School Board General Election
  • New Albany-Plain Local School District School Board General Election
  • Cincinnati General Election
  • Sylvania City School District School Board General Election
  • Berea City School District School Board General Election
  • Washington Local School District School Board General Election
  • South-Western City Schools School Board General Election
  • Franklin County General Election
  • Dublin City Schools School Board General Election
  • Statewide Ballot Measure Election
  • Cincinnati Public Schools School Board General Election
  • Maumee City School District School Board General Election
  • Euclid City School District School Board General Election
  • Cleveland General Election
  • Westerville City School District School Board General Election
  • Canal Winchester Local School District School Board General Election

Pennsylvania

November 2, 2021

  • Philadelphia Special Election
  • Statewide General Election
  • House of Representatives District 164 Special Election
  • House of Representatives District 113 Special Election

Rhode Island

November 2, 2021

  • State Senate District 3 Special Election

South Carolina

November 2, 2021

  • Columbia Municipal General Election

November 16, 2021

  • Columbia Municipal General Run-Off Election

Texas

November 2, 2021

  • East Central Independent School District Special Election
  • Statewide General Election
  • Fort Worth Independent School District Special Election
  • Alief Independent School District Special Election
  • Tarrant County Local Ballot Measure Election
  • Judson Independent School District Special Election
  • Texas House of Representatives District 118 General Run-Off Election 
  • Highland Park Independent School District (Dallas) Special Election 
  • Lubbock County Special Election 
  • Canutillo Independent School District Special Election 
  • New Deal Independent School District Special Election 
  • Alamo Heights Independent School District Special Election 
  • Lubbock Special Election 
  • Southside Independent School District Special Election

Utah

November 2, 2021

  • Salt Lake City municipal general election

Virginia

November 2, 2021

  • Statewide General Election including Governor

Washington

November 2, 2021

  • Statewide General Election

Wisconsin

November 2, 2021

  • Mequon-Thiensville School District Recall Elections Against Four School Board Members

Wyoming

November 2, 2021

  • Laramie County General election


Open Days and Earth Beats at Kunsthaus Zurich

After 13 years in the making the Kunsthaus Zurich Chipperfield extension is finally open to the public and as a thank you the museum and the city of Zurich are offering free entry October 9 - 10. It's also a perfect time to check out "Earth Beats," the museums look at climate change through the eyes of world re-known artists like Vaughn Bell, Anna Jermolaewa and Ana Mendieta.


Halloween Happenings

Halloween will be here before we know it! While this holiday isn't widely celebrated in Switzerland, there are definitely pockets of the country that are starting to embrace it. If you're looking for some spooky, family-friendly fun, we have some suggestions for you! 

🎃 Basel 🎃

  • Your kiddos may have some luck trick-or-treating in these neighborhoods:

    You can recognize participating households as those with a pumpkin by the front door. Süsses oder Saures!

  • The Basel Children's Trust typically has a Halloween Party; you can contact them for details at [email protected].

  • Teens and adults should check out our Ghost Walk!

🎃 Geneva 🎃

🎃 Zürich 🎃

Did we miss something near you? Let our Engagement Team know by contacting Emily at [email protected].


Elections Coming Up In October

October 2021 Elections By State

For more information and links to the specific state elections pages, go to Ballotpedia.

Alabama

  • Birmingham Municipal Run-Off Election
    October 5, 2021
  • State House of Representatives District 63 Special Primary Election
    October 19, 2021

Alaska

  • Juneau Municipal Elections
    October 5, 2021
  • Anchorage Assembly District 4 Meg Zaletel Recall Election
    October 26, 2021

Colorado

  • Silverton Mayor and City Council Recall Election
    October 12, 2021

Iowa

  • State House of Representatives District 29 Special General Election
    October 12, 2021

Nebraska

  • Ralston Public Schools Local Ballot Measure Special Election
    October 12, 2021

New Hampshire

  • State House of Representatives Rockingham 6 Special Primary Election 
    October 19, 2021
  • State House of Representatives Cheshire 9 Special Election
    October 26, 2021

North Carolina

  • Durham Municipal Primary Election
    October 5, 2021

Northern Mariana Islands

  • State House of Representatives District 3 General Election
    October 16, 2021

Rhode Island

  • State Senate District 3 Special Primary Election
    October 5, 2021

 

 


Join the Swiss Youth Caucus

The Democrats Abroad Switzerland Youth Caucus (DACH YC) is growing and needs you! The newly-minted Switzerland youth caucus chapter is looking for new members and volunteers. We are small team of young Americans living in Switzerland, who are passionate about voting and supporting other Americans abroad. We aim to give a voice to young people standing in for social and political issues close to our hearts. Whether you are a young professional or a student abroad, have recently moved to Switzerland or have lived here for a while, we look forward to getting in touch with you and having you on our team! To get involved and find out more about the DACH Youth Caucus, contact us at: [email protected].


Help US Citizens Abroad get Covid-19 Vaccines

Go to democracy.io to write to your Member of Congress today and ask them to provide vaccines to US citizens abroad who need them.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 is not going away. DACH applauds the US for leading the way in getting vaccines to the rest of the world, but there are still many US citizens living (and dying) outside the United States who lack access to vaccines. Whether you have already received a vaccine or not, we hope you will show solidarity with your fellow citizens abroad who are still waiting for theirs.

Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona is among many Members of Congress who are trying to get the message to the White House and the State Department that there are still many US citizens living abroad who need our help, if we are to fulfill our government's pledge that ALL US citizens will have access to vaccines. YOU can help by writing to YOUR Representative TODAY to support Rep. Grijalva in his efforts. It's pretty simple and it only takes a couple minutes - and you might just save some lives. So do it today - it would be great if members of Congress woke up on Monday to find thousands of messages from their constituents asking them to do the right thing. Here are just a few quick steps that YOU can take to make it happen:

  1. Click here to write to your Member of Congress.
  2. Fill in your voting address in the United States.
  3. Select your House member.
  4. Copy this language into the subject line: "Sign on to Rep. Grijalva's Letter asking for Vaccines for Americans Abroad"
  5. Copy the message below into the space provided - and take a few seconds to read it - it really makes the case.
  6. Fill in any details required - (use 000-000-0000 if you don't have a US phone number - and use your voting address in the US)
  7. SEND!

Once you're done, please forward this message to friends and families inside and outside the United States and URGE them to URGENTLY reach out to their own Congressional Rep. Our fellow citizens need all the help that we can give them. If you have any doubts, please take a look at this video prepared by US citizens abroad just like you - and share it with others.

Click here for more information about what Democrats Abroad's COVID TASK FORCE is doing about publicizing this issue - and reach Senator Chris Murphy's letter to Secretary Blinken asking for vaccines for US citizens abroad. Also, please send questions or comments to [email protected]. Together, we can beat this thing.

Adapted from an email sent on 25 September 2021 by Art Schankler, International Vice Chair and member of the Covid Task Force.


 

Read more