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  • Third Democratic Debate: Watch Events around France

    The THIRD DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATES will be broadcast live from Houston, Texas on ABC.  The debate will air September 12 from 8P Eastern Time (September 13 from 2am in France). This will be the third of twelve planned Democratic Primary Debates.

    For more information on this debate from ABC, click on this link to their website.

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  • Democratic Primary Debate Watch Events around France

    The SECOND DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATES will be broadcast live from Detroit on CNN July 30 & 31 from 8P Eastern (July 31 & Aug 1 from 2A France). This will be the 2nd of twelve planned Democratic Primary Debates.

     

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  • published Voting Reminder in News 2019-04-29 07:28:18 -0400

    Early/Absentee voting in the DA France Elections closes May 8th

    Don't Wait to Vote:

    Your Early Vote/Absentee Ballot Has Been Sent via Email

    The Early Vote/Absentee Ballot is optional -- Democrats Abroad France members may use this online Early Vote/Absentee Ballot to vote in the National Leadership Elections in advance of the May 11, 2019 Election and Meeting. It may also be returned by mail (see ballot instructions for more details). This Early Vote/Absentee ballot will remain open until the end of the day Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

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  • published On Our Mind in News 2019-04-22 05:38:19 -0400

    On Our Mind

    We’re guests on this planet. And let’s face it ... we’re not always good ones.

    So for Earth Day this year, how about taking the Trash Tag Challenge?

    It’s simple: take a before photo of a place where there is a bunch of trash, then clean it all up.  Take an after photo when finished. You get bragging rights and can motivate others by documenting it on Instagram and Twitter using #trashtagchallenge.*

    For other ideas on how to pay homage to our big blue marble, check out the Earth Day Network

    * Send your photos to us on our Democrats Abroad France Facebook page with the names of the people in the picture.  We'll post them on the page to encourage other members to do the same!!!

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  • Voting in the DA France Leadership Elections is Open

    Early Vote/Absentee Ballots Have Been Sent via Email

    The Early Vote/Absentee Ballot is optional -- Democrats Abroad France members may use this online Early Vote/Absentee Ballot to vote in the National Leadership Elections in advance of the May 11, 2019 Election and Meeting. It may also be returned by mail (see ballot instructions for more details). This Early Vote/Absentee ballot will remain open until the end of the day Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

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  • published Democrats Abroad France Stands In Solidarity in News 2019-04-15 17:44:25 -0400

    Democrats Abroad France Stands In Solidarity

    Democrats Abroad France stands in solidarity with the people of Paris and of France as Notre Dame burns this evening. We honor the firefighters and police for their efforts to save this extraordinary edifice, appreciated around the world as a symbol of French history, culture, art and humanity and acknowledged for its beauty. 

    We encourage the Americans of France to join our French friends and families in the effort to rebuild Notre Dame, as President Macron has pledged the French Nation will do.

  • published Marseille in News 2019-04-15 12:41:20 -0400

    Marseille

    Photo by Robert Hale

    Welcome to Democrats Abroad Marseille!

    We are a friendly politically active community of American citizens and Democrats living in the Aix-Marseille region of France. We organize events, meetings and Primary Democratic elections together and for all members of our DA community.

    Last year we had some wonderful events including:

    • A ‘March for our Lives’ (gun control) rally in Aix en Provence on March 24th (see events)
    • Conferences at the American College of the Mediterranean in Aix en Provence
    • Voting Registration booths at our events

    As often as possible we try to organize an American holiday together – whether it be a 4thof July potluck or a Thanksgiving Day dinner at a local organic restaurant.  Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events as the year evolves.

    We encourage all Democrats to get in touch with us if interested in participating with Democrats Abroad in Marseille or have any ideas for events.

    If you have questions, please contact us!

    Susan Fitoussi – Chapter Chair

    Democrats Abroad Marseille

    Email - Info-FR-Marseille@democratsabroad.org


  • published On our mind... in News 2019-04-15 05:57:22 -0400

    On our mind...

    THE 75THANNIVERSARY OF THE D-DAY LANDINGS

    June 6th, 2019, is the 75thanniversary of the Allied landing in Normandy, marking the beginning of the end of WWII and the liberation of Europe.

    There will surely be plenty of commemorative celebrations in Normandy, although given the expected large crowds, road closures and concerns for security, it’s important to plan ahead. It’s doubtful anyone we’ll be able to pitch up on the day of and get access.

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  • Democrats voted in March and April...for DA France Chapter Leaders

    Our members have elected their local leadership for the twelve DA France chapters!

    Congratulations to the new Chapter leadership and thank you to the outgoing leaders who have contributed their time and energy to build DA France and to power the Blue Wave in 2018.

    Please take a moment to scroll down and meet our local leadership teams in Paris, Toulouse, Marseille, Riviera, Avignon, Grenoble, Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Brittany, Normandy, and Montpellier. Click on the chapter name to visit their webpage for news and events. You can also find many DA France chapters on Facebook.

    In 2019, we also welcome two new chapters to DA France - Paris and Montpellier! Paris? Yes! We now have in place the organizational structure for a chapter with a dedicated leadership team to engage and mobilize the progressive American community in the nation’s capital. We have a talented and motivated group ready to create a vibrant Paris chapter.

    So, let’s start there… 

     

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  • DA France National and Chapter Elections Notifications

     

    As a Democrats Abroad France member, you will receive email notifications of elections for our National Executive Committee as well as your local Chapter Leadership Committee.*

    If you do not receive emails for the Call for Candidates and Election notice and Early Vote/Absentee Ballot, that means that you have chosen in the past not to receive emails from Democrats Abroad (or perhaps we do not have your current email address).

    ✔️ If you would like to opt-in to receive emails, please go to www.democratsabroad.org. Under Account Settings you can change your privacy preferences and check that we have the correct email address on file for you.
    ✔️ If you are not yet a member of Democrats Abroad, it is quick and easy to join. Just go to www.democratsabroad.org.

    Your vote for our Country Committee and Chapter leadership will help ensure that we serve your needs and interests as a Democrats Abroad member. 

    Please note that all DAFrance members can attend the National Election Meeting** to vote in person. For more information on this meeting and to RSVP, click here. If you do not wish to receive our regular emails, you can still receive your ballot via email or postal delivery by contacting the DAF Election board at electionboarddaf@gmail.com.
    * The Call for Candidacies with for the national executive committee can be found here.
    ** For information regarding local chapter elections, check with your chapter leadership or click here.

    In addition, by opting to receive our emails, you can stay up-to-date on:
    • Taxation Task Force news
    • Women’s, Diversity, Youth and LGBT Caucus activities
    • Important information on voting from abroad (including, special elections)
    • Presentations, Discussions, Meet-ups, and Webinars on a broad array of topics (including visits from prominent political figures)

  • published DA Lyon Chapter Leadership Elections in News 2019-03-09 07:42:40 -0500

    DA Lyon Chapter Leadership Elections

    Back to the ballot box...It's time to elect new leadership for the DA Lyon chapter. 

    The DA Lyon chapter leadership committee will be comprise of the following members:
    Chapter Chair
    Chapter Vice Chair
    Chapter Treasurer
    Chapter Secretary
    Member-At-Large (5)

    Meet the candidates by clicking here.

    ✔️ YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR EARLY VOTE/ABSENTEE BALLOT VIA EMAIL. If you do not receive the ballot from the DALyon Election Officer via email, it is because you have chosen to opt OUT of receiving our emails. To opt IN to receiving emails from Democrats Abroad, sign in and go to your member account at www.democratsabroad.org.

    ✔️ TO RECEIVE A BALLOT BY EMAIL (EXCEPTIONALLY) OR VIA POSTAL DELIVERY, please send a ballot request to daf-lyon@democratsabroad.org, specifying how you would like your ballot to be delivered and providing the email address or the postal address where you would like to receive your ballot.

    ** The deadline to return your ballot (electronically or via postal delivery) is by the end of day March 21st **

    ✔️ YOU MAY ALSO VOTE IN-PERSON AT THE DALYON CHAPTER ELECTION ON MARCH 23rd.  For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

    ✔️ Note: you MUST be a member of Democrats Abroad France - Lyon chapter to receive a ballot and to vote in the chapter elections. If you are not yet a member, you can join at www.democratsabroad.org/join.  In order to vote in-person at the election meeting, please join by end of day March 22nd.  If you are a DA France member who has recently moved to the greater Lyon area, please ensure that your address is up-to-date in your membership account by going to www.democratsabroad.org under ACCOUNT SETTINGS.

    Questions?  Contact us at daf-lyon@democratsabroad.org.


  • Democrats Abroad France Chapter Elections...Your Vote Counts

    Spring is almost here...and so are the elections for Democrats Abroad France chapter leadership.  Throughout March (and early April), the eleven chapters of Democrats Abroad France will hold elections for the local leadership.  In most cases, the call for candidates has gone out from the chapters.  In many cases, there is still time to send in your candidacy.

    Here is a list of our chapters - some old, some new -  and the dates of their elections.   Click on your chapter to be directed to the webpage with specific local information.  Feel free to contact your local chapter leadership for more information on the elections.

    We encourage all Democrats Abroad France members to get involved in your local chapter in 2019!  Through the efforts of our local volunteers, DAFrance helped to drive the high level of overseas voting in the 2018 mid-terms that changed the direction of American politics.  However, our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and other activities don’t come without the sustained efforts of the chapter executive committees. 

    With Democrats winning the House of Representatives in 2018, we must keep the momentum of our voices being heard loud and clear.  2020 is going to be another critical election year for the  Democratic Party...and for our country!  We need as many members as possible involved on a local level.  Even if you choose not to run for a leadership position, we encourage you to vote and to attend your chapter's election...you can meet the new leadership and other DA France members from your community. 

    Please note these are local elections which are independent of the national election for the DA-France Executive Committee to be held later this spring.

  • DALyon Chapter leadership committee elections are coming

    Every two years, we elect a new leadership committee of the Democrats Abroad France - Lyon Chapter. This year the elections will take place on Saturday, March 23rd from 4:30pm to 5:00pm.*

    We will host an apéro to welcome our members and to announce the elections results. Please join us at:

    Quality Suites Lyon Confluence
    50 Cours Charlemagne
    69002 Lyon

    You will be able to vote electronically, by post or in-person.  Ballots will be sent electronically two weeks prior to the election. To vote for the DAF Lyon leadership committee, you need to be a member of Democrats Abroad, over 18 years of age and living in the greater Lyon area.

    The Call for Candidates has been sent out and the deadline for reception of candidacies is March 2nd. The positions open on the DALyon leadership committee are:

    • Chapter Chair
    • Chapter Vice Chair
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • Member-at-large (3)

    There is still time to submit your candidacy to us at daf-lyon@democratsabroad.org. All that you need to provide is your name, the position that you wish to run for and a brief candidate statement (150 words). For a description of the open positions and eligibility requirements, click here

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at daf-lyon@democratsabroad.org.

    To ensure fair and transparent elections, the DAFrance - Lyon Chapter elections will be overseen by an independent Election Officer.  The Election Officer may not be running for a position on the leadership committee.  This year, the Election Officer is the outgoing DALyon Chapter Chair, Robin Guinot.

    Note: this is our local election and is independent of the national election for the DA-France Executive Committee to be held later this spring.


    * The elections will take place following the Tax Talk event. You do not need to reserve a place to attend the elections. However, should you wish to attend the Tax Talk event from 2:30 to 4:30pm, we recommend that you RSVP to assure a place there.


  • Black History Month Discussion: "Is America Now a Refuge for French Blacks?"

    France has long been a welcoming haven for African-American artists, from Henry Osawa Tanner to Dexter Gordon. Is the United States now a refuge for France's blacks, playing a similar role in reverse?  As the presence of Africans and Afro-Caribbeans has grown in France in recent decades, tensions have risen between the descendants of immigrants and the native population. The visibility of blacks in professional and public positions is limited. Socio-economic inequality and problems with police are very similar to those in the United States. Increasingly, French blacks have turned to the U.S. for inspiration and opportunity. Intellectuals have found teaching opportunities in the U.S. Activists have sought inspiration in the political strategies of African-Americans.

    Democrats Abroad France - Diversity Caucus  will be hosting a discussion focused on  black history in France on February 28th. We will be welcoming journalist, author, filmmaker and activist Rokhaya Diallo in a discussion moderated by author, journalist and all-around "man of the world" Joel Dreyfuss.

    About Rokhaya Diallo: Journalist and author, she devotes her work to issues related to  racial equality.  She has published "How to Talk About Racism to Children" and "Afro!" with the photographer Brigitte Sombié.  Ms. Diallo has directed several documentaries including "The Networks of Hate" devoted to cyberbullying and "From Paris to Ferguson: Guilty of Being Black" about police violence in France and the United States.  To read more from Rokhaya Diallo.

    This discussion will focus on the peculiar status of blacks in France, their perception of African-American progress and the challenges of developing a successful strategy for full equality in France.

    We are asking for an optional donation of 5€ to help us cover the costs of the event.

    RSVP 


  • published Welcome to Democrats Abroad Toulouse! in News 2019-01-17 07:49:12 -0500

    Democrats Abroad Toulouse

    photo by chantrybee

    Welcome to the Toulouse Chapter of Democrats Abroad France!

    We are the largest chapter in Democrats Abroad France—and one of the oldest-- founded in 2003.

    We’re a friendly group and we welcome new members—either new arrivals to the region or longstanding Americans residents who wish to remain active and informed voters.

    DA Toulouse has a book club that meets roughly every quarter. We run various events from tax seminars to guest speakers and film screenings. When events call for it, we organize demonstrations or marches. In the past that included a Women’s March, Earth Day event, Science March, Gun Control demonstration—and we honor important events—such as Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech and World War military commemorations.

    We are open to new ideas and invite you to join us!

    We have an active Facebook page and Twitter feed.

    Please take a look and make contact with us! 

    daf_toulouse@democratsabroad.org


  • 2nd Anniversary of the Women's March: Women's Wave

    The weekend of January 19-20 will be the 2nd anniversary of the Global Women's March!  

    DA members world-wide will be joining in marches, workshops, and rallies for another Women’sMarch. This year’s theme is “Stop Violence Against Women.” Our DA Global Women’s caucus will focus on achieving this goal by working through our legal system to secure “Equality under the law.”

    In recent months, there has been lots of activity in reactivating the drive to pass the ERA.  We expect a 38th State to ratify the ERA within the next couple of weeks. In the past year, three more states have ratified it, bringing the count of states who have ratified it to 37 (38 are needed to bring it to Congress). The campaign to pass it is enormous and many people feel that the moment is right now. Here’s the basic premise of why we need the ERA.

    Why, in the year 2019 with so many opportunities for American women, do we need the Equal Rights Amendment?

    1. The Constitution: the Constitution is the bedrock foundation of our nation’s laws. Since 1950, all international constitutions have included gender equality and so should ours!
    2. Judicial review: currently gender discrimination cases are treated with “intermediate scrutiny” versus the “strict scrutiny” guaranteed to race, religion, and country of origin (covered by the Fourteenth Amendment).
    3. Civil rights: women’s rights ARE civil rights.

    Please join us on January 20th at Place Palais Royale to show that the Women's Wave is alive and well and living in Paris! For more info and poster ideas, click here.

    If you support women’s rights, you can join the Democrats Abroad Global Women’s Caucus. JOIN US!


  • JOIN us in supporting the ERA ratification campaign!

    We are one state away from getting the Equal Rights Amendment ratified! That means we are SO close to equal rights and equal protection for women under the U.S. Constitution!

    Here are social media posts in support of ERA ratification from Gretchen Pascalis, Chair of DAGrenoble, and Meredith Wheeler, Chair of DAToulouse.

    Please join us in supporting ERA ratification!

    The Virginia general assembly starts their session on January 9th and the Virginia Equal Means Equal team needs our help right now!

    They would love to have some photos and videos of Americans living abroad who support ERA to use to win over some votes. So if you could take a photo holding a sign and/or make a 30-45 second video, that would be appreciated. Arizona and North Carolina are two other states being targeted in this campaign.

    Click here for guidelines and ideas.

    Don't forget to use the hashtags #DAforERA and #EqualMeansEqual. Also, please tag @DemocratsAbroadFrance on Facebook and Instagram (@DemsFrance on Twitter) so that we can amplify your action.

    So – show your support of women and equal rights by creating a photo and/or video.

    THANK YOU for your help! 


  • @robinaguinot tweeted link to About the Upcoming Film Screening: "Latino: The Changing Face of America". 2018-12-20 05:26:27 -0500
    The Diversity Caucus is hosting a screening of “Latino: The Changing Face of America," directed by our co-chair, Roxanne Frias. The screening is a fundraiser for an exchange program for high school students. A discussion on US immigration will follow. https://www.democratsabroad.org/demsfrance/about_the_upcoming_film_screening_latino_the_changing_face_of_america?recruiter_id=232375

    About the Film: "Latino: The Changing Face of America"

    By 2035, Latinos will represent 35% of the U.S. population. How will this impact America’s political, social, economic and cultural future?

    Whatever the current political climate and the desire to build huge walls, immigration has always played an important role in the history of the United States. And Latinos in particular are not becoming Americans like the immigrants before them... They have always been neighbours and share a long history with the U.S.

    As recently as 2012, Latinos as a group had overwhelmingly voted for President Obama and thus given him a second term in office. That day, Latinos as a unified demographic, demonstrated that they could soon become a political weight to be reckoned with.

    From DAFrance's Diversity Caucus co-chair, Roxanne Frias, the film "Latino: The Changing Face of America" was shot in the run-up to the 2016 elections.  She wanted to find out to what extent Latino influence had already changed the identity and economic structure of the country...   In 2018, the film was selected (from among 600 submissions) for the 21st UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival).

    A word about the author/director: Roxanne Frias has made a number of documentaries on the U.S., among them Made in Chicago, The Making of Barack Obama.

    For more information on the screening and to RSVP: https://www.democratsabroad.org/lrkennedy/film_screening_latino_the_changing_face_of_america_lkx5cesmdm-wh74l9ksvgq


Communications Coordinator, DAFrance. Vote in NY. Have worked in consumer marketing in the US, Eastern Europe and Western Europe. Alumnus of Wesleyan University and The Wharton School.