DAF Communications Coordinator; Chair DAF-Lyon chapter

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

    Democrats Abroad Toulouse

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    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! 


  • 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!

  • rsvped for Watch the Film Legalize Equality 2019-01-08 12:44:51 -0500

    Watch the Film Legalize Equality (Free)

    The Equal Rights Amendment resolution passed unanimously in Tokyo where we committed to do whatever we can to help get the ERA ratified.  See the resolution here.

    Watch the video "Legalize Equality."  This 30 minute video gives an excellent overview of the Equal Rights Amendment and why it is critical to be ratified.  

    You can watch the video until 20 January, 2019.

    To receive the streaming link and password, click RSVP and you will receive an email with the information in it.

    Feel free to share the link and password to DA members that want to view it.  However, please do NOT post the link and password on the internet in any way.   Only Democrats Abroad has access for this private screening and we need to honor this special access given by Equal Means Equal and Heroica Films.  



    Additional References to learn more about ERA:






    January 08, 2019 at 6pm - January 21, 2019 at 12am
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  • rsvped for New Year, New Congress, New Member Welcome event 2019-01-07 07:14:48 -0500

    New Year, New Congress, New Member Welcome event

    Come join us for drinks and conversation! It is a great new blue year! We want to welcome our new members (and celebrate the new year and the new blue Congress with our current members).

    We'll be talking about our plans for 2019. And would love your ideas!

    Importantly, we have Democrats Abroad elections coming up. So, if you would be interested in getting more involved in DALyon in 2019, please come. Our current board members can answer any questions that you may have on the elections and on our board positions activities.

    We look forward to seeing you! 


    January 31, 2019 at 7pm
    Two Amigos (Hôtel de Ville)
    11 rue terme
    Lyon 69001
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  • 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! 

  • @DemsFrance 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

  • Volunteers in France came out to GET OUT THE VOTE. Thank you!

    The 2018 Blue Wave arrived on November 6th.  Democrats took back the House of Representatives with a blue tide of exceptional candidates - many of whom who broke through barriers to win election - women, minorities, LGBTQ and many more...

    Historic midterm election voter turnout powered the tide.  Grassroots activism both in the US and overseas drove the get out the vote effort.  Across France, there was an outpouring of enthusiasm from volunteers. Phone banking, postcard writing, texting, walk-in voter support, student outreach, conferences...

    "Our volunteers have done a remarkable job this year,” says Julia Bryan, International Chair of Democrats Abroad. “We made over 150,000 calls to members, and registered tens of thousands of new voters through online outreach and in person voter registration drives. The work paid off: voter engagement has increased 800% since the last midterms in 2014, and we know that votes from abroad will made a big impact in races across the country."

    The leadership of Democrats Abroad France, the Avignon, Bordeaux, Brittany, Grenoble, Lyon, Normandy, Paris, Riviera, Strasbourg, and Toulouse chapters as well as the Women’s, Youth and Diversity caucuses would like to thank each of the volunteers who participated in getting out the vote! You powered the wave.  Now, on to the 2020!

    Marseille GOTV conference video




    Get a digital "I VOTED" sticker that you can share on social media! Tell your friends to join the #BlueWave! Click here.


    VOTE and return your ballot NOW. Rules for ballot return vary by state, even by voting region, so always read the instructions that came with your ballot carefully.

    If mailing your ballot from France:

    • Regular international mail from France via La Poste can take a week or more to arrive, depending on mail route conditions!
    • If mailing more than 2 sheets of A4 paper you should add additional postage. (2,60 EUR lets you mail a letter up to 100g.)

    If faxing your ballot: Please read the instructions carefully for your state. Note that the Federal Voter Assistance Program has a FREE email-to-fax service for those whose states allow faxed ballot return.

    • To use the FREE FVAP email-to-fax service, you must print and fill out this Fax Cover Sheet: https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/coversheet.pdf.
    • Scan or photograph the FVAP Fax Cover Sheet along with your ballot and other necessary documents (follow the fax return instructions for your state!) and then email to fax@fvap.gov.


    Take action! Call or email your local elections official right away! Confirm that your registration is in order, and ask them to send you a ballot. (Be sure to check your email SPAM folder if you have asked that your ballot be sent to you by email/online!)
    • You can look up your election official contact information here:https://www.votefromabroad.org/vote/eod.htm?submission=true

    Vote with the "backup ballot", or the FWAB (Federal Write In Absentee Ballot.)This is a special ballot available to be used only by those registered as military or civilian overseas absentee voters. Vote with the backup ballot now while you wait for your state ballot to arrive. When your state ballot arrives you should vote it too! If your state has both ballots on election day they will count the state ballot.
    • Get the "backup ballot" here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/fwab


    For many it is still possible! To fill out a registration/ballot request form, also known as an FPCA, go here: http://www.votefromabroad.org.

    Answer the questions, then print, sign and return the forms as instructed. We strongly advise that you choose to receive your ballot by EMAIL/ONLINE, and that you send in your signed form by EMAIL.


    For states where deadlines have passed, sending in a ballot registration/request form now can still be worthwhile as it will bring your registration information current with your state, and help you be ready for the next election — there are already three special state elections scheduled for 2019!


    As critical as these elections are, it will take more than one election to make things right. Stay engaged. Vote, volunteer. Check out the DAF events calendar for Election Results events, and other upcoming events near you. Click here.


    Volunteers are standing by to help. Please email USVoterHelpFrance@gmail.com or Help@VoteFromAbroad.org.





    We can all contribute to make sure that the #BlueWave crosses the United States on Election Day.

    DA France has challenged other DA CC's to join their Phonebanking competition to call 50 voters for the 50 Senators who voted to force their temperamentally unfit and highly partisan nominee onto the United States Supreme Court. DA Switzerland has accepted our challenge!

    Let's show our neighbors what we are made of. When we take back the House (and maybe the Senate), we will all be winners!


    Any DA member can phone bank from home, if you want to get started on your own find all the info you need at https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking


  • signed up on LGBT Signup 2018-06-07 07:02:01 -0400

    LGBT Caucus Signup

    Democrats Abroad is committed to a world where all persons have access to the same rights and benefits, regardless of sexual identity or gender expression.


    The Democrats Abroad LGBT Caucus is the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members and any Democrat abroad who supports them.

    The goals of the LGBT Caucus reflect the mission of Democrats Abroad to:

    • engage and empower LGBTI Americans living abroad to vote in US elections;
    • provide a platform for Democrats Abroad members, country committees and chapters to advance issues at the heart of the LGBTI community;
    • support Democrats Abroad’s members in issues they face living abroad as LGBTI Americans, such as access to government services and benefits for same-sex spouses and family members, the legacy resulting from past discrimination and Defense of Marriage Act.

    The LGBT Caucus: 

    • supports Democrats Abroad’s country committees and local chapters in organizing activities of interest to the LGBTI community, such as participation in pride events and voter outreach; 
    • disseminates information to Democrats Abroad members and promotes action on issues that affect LGBTI Americans and their families;
    • ensures that the LGBTI perspective is effectively incorporated in all the work of Democrats Abroad, including issues advocacy, communication and GOTV strategy, planning and execution; ensures that issues and policies that impact LGBTI Americans are included in the Democrats Abroad and Democratic Party platforms;
    • takes leadership in Democrats Abroad’s issues advocacy initiatives, including “door knock” visits to elected officials in Washington DC, to ensure that issues that impact LGBTI Americans living abroad and their families are included and addressed by elected representatives;
    • encourages LGBTI members to run for elected leadership roles within Democrats Abroad and fulfill Democrats Abroad’s diversity and affirmative action goals;
    • supports community building among Democrats Abroad’s LGBTI members and allies;
    • promotes Democratic Party candidates who demonstrate commitment to policies that positively impact the lives of LGBTI Americans;
    • supports and engages with Democratic Party LGBTI caucuses build capacity and achieve common goals.
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    Our global teams provide get out the vote help, communications, technology support and more to the all the grass roots volunteers working at the local level in Democrats Abroad. Regardless of where you live there is a team that needs your talent and dedication. Now is the time to join fellow Democrats and help fight for what's right. Any questions, write us at volunteer@democratsabroad.org

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