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  • published Veterans Day 2020 in News 2020-11-12 07:44:56 -0500

    Veterans Day 2020

    As is tradition, on this Veterans Day/Armistice Day/Remembrance Day, the Democrats Abroad France Veterans and Military Families Caucus laid wreaths in cemeteries in Suresnes and Neuilly to honor our fallen soldiers. Here are a few photos from yesterday. Thanks to Anna Marie Mattson and Tilly Gaillard for their efforts on behalf of all Democrats living in France.

    In addition, the DA France Veterans and Military Families Caucus held a well-attended Zoom event where thoughts and memories were shared, including these two videos:

    Veterans Day 2020 with VFW Post 605

    President-elect Joe Biden shared these thoughts yesterday, "Today, we honor the service of those who have worn the uniform of the Armed Forces of the United States. To our proud veterans—I will be a commander in chief who respects your sacrifice, understands your service, and will never betray the values you fought so bravely to defend."

  • published Message from the Chair on Election Status in News 2020-11-04 03:47:19 -0500

    Message from the Chair on 2020 Election Status

    Democrats Abroad Global Chair Julia Bryan has issued the following statement:

    "Tonight Joe Biden reminded us that 'It ain't over until every vote, every ballot is counted.'

    It is going to take time to count the votes, and some states are still waiting for a sizeable number of mail-in votes to arrive. Trump may declare that it's over and no more votes will be counted, but he has no standing to carry through with that statement. 

    Even in 'normal' years elections results take time, and that the overwhelming number of vote by mail ballots by necessity will take even longer than usual to tabulate."

    Ada Shen, Chair of Democrats Abroad France, underscores this point, saying that "there is a process in place by which the United States conducts elections. It is only normal to expect that each state will follow the vote counting procedures and to adhere to the protections in place for all voters, including overseas absentee voters."

    You can listen to Joe Biden's full statement here.


  • published DA France is in the news! in News 2020-10-24 11:09:04 -0400

    DA France is in the news!

    Here are some of the recent appearances by Democrats Abroad France representatives and mentions of DA France in the news!

    November 8: LCI with Gretchen Pascalis (French language)


    November 8: BFM with Philip Breeden (French language)


    November 7: CNEWS with Philip Breeden (French language)


    November 7: France 24 with Gretchen Pascalis (French language)

    November 7: Libération with Ada Shen and Amy Porter


    November 4: LCI- Brunet Direct with Julia Grégoire


    November 4: RFI podcast with Fred Hoffman (French language)


    October 26: TV78 Patrice Carmouse and Friends with Amy Porter (French language)


    November 1: Le Progrès - Diane Sklar (French language)


    October 31: NPR - Joe Smallhoover (English language)


    October 27: Direct Citoyen - Didier Moutou (French language)


    October 23: CNEWS - Amy Porter  (French language)


    October 20: ESCP Debate - Jonathon Holler & Ada Shen (English language)


    October 22: INSPIRELLE - Voters Abroad


    October 9: France 24 - Amy Porter (English language)


  • published Getting out the Vote in 2020! in News 2020-09-30 12:47:35 -0400

    Getting out the Vote in 2020!

    It has never been more important to get out every vote, EVERYWHERE! And, this year, we have a host of motivated volunteers helping Democrats Abroad France and VoteFromAbroad.org to do just that! 

    Through October, VotefromAbroad.org volunteers will be on hand to help US citizens living abroad register to vote, request their absentee ballot, and to protect their vote with the Backup Ballot (the FWAB). Please see below for a complete listing of the In-Person Voter Assistance events on the calendar in France.

    * Please note that Covid safety measures mean that we may not exceed 10 persons at any point in time, and you may need to wait or return at a later time. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

    If you cannot stop by one of our in-person events, there is One-on-One Voter Assistance available online (via Zoom) Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Here's the link for times. Join any of these Zoom Meetings using the following connection information

    Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91090344003, 

    Meeting ID: 910 9034 4003
    Passcode: Vote2020


    IN PERSON EVENTS (PARIS REGION)

     

    MONDAYS:

    THURSDAYS:

    SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS:

     

    Every vote counts. Make sure that your vote is counted! #NovemberIsNow for voters living abroad. If you need help with voter registration or ballot return, please come to see us. And, tell your friends! #EveryVoteCounts


  • A Broken Heart - In Memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

     

    by Connie Borde, Co-Chair of the DAFrance Women's Caucus, formerly DNC Representative and Chair of Democrats Abroad France.

    Today is a sad day. Like many Americans, I mourn the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And like many American women who came of age in the 60s, I lost the woman who stood for everything I believed in and who had our backs: equal rights for those who were deprived them, for women like me, but also for the many in our society.  

    Here’s what Bill Clinton said when he appointed Ginsburg to the Supreme Court:

    “Throughout her life, she has repeatedly stood for the individual, the person less well off, the outsider in society, and has given these people greater hope by telling them that they have a place in our legal system, by giving them a sense that the Constitution and the laws protect all the American people, not simply the powerful.” 

    All of RBGs written opinions reflected her beliefs, she never wavered. When the Court sadly moved to the right, her dissenting opinions were eloquent monuments to the cause of equal justice under the law for all: minority rights, voting rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, gender equality, and more.  

    While we mourn her death, we’d better get ready for the fight.

    “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

    Women of the world, mourn….and unite.  We cannot accept a ramrod nomination.


  • Thanks for serving as our DNC Representative (2018-2020) - Connie Borde

    With the "changing of the guard" of the Democrats Abroad team at the Democratic National Committee, we wanted to to express our deepest thanks to Connie Borde on behalf of DA France for your service as one of Democrats Abroad's DNC representatives. So we held a party via Zoom with many current and former leaders of Democrats Abroad France, Global Chair of Democrats Abroad Julia Bryan, and a special guest appearance from Representative Jame Raskin (MD 8th district).

    If you were unable to join us, here is the recording of the Zoom call. The beginning is a moving video in Connie's honor which gives a good idea of how far Democrats Abroad France has come...with Connie's constant, unflagging presence. Toward the end of the recording you'll also find an animated discourse by Jamie Raskin. Have a look! 

    Connie has long been a champion of progressive values. She has been a friend and mentor to countless among us within the DAFrance leadership, the Global Women's Caucus, and, indeed, Democrats Abroad. Your tireless efforts to push Democratic politics to be more, and do more, have left a lasting impression on us all and surely has done so on a great many who had the pleasure of working shoulder to shoulder with you at the DNC. 

    Thank you for representing us and inspiring us Connie. And thank you for always keeping us apprised of what was happening within the Democratic National Committee. It was an exceptional convention, maybe the best one ever — and  we hope a harbinger of resounding victory for Democrats this November.

    Connie may have completed her term as DNC Representative, but we will all continue to benefit from her leadership of the Democrats Abroad Global Women's Caucus


  • FOURTH Democratic Debate: Watch Events around France

    The FOURTH DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATE will be hosted by CNN and The New York Times and will be broadcast live from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio on CNN.  The debate will air October 15 from 8P Eastern Time (October 16 from 2am in France). This will be the FOURTH of twelve planned Democratic Primary Debates.

    For more information on this debate from The New York Times, click on this link to their website.

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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 On Our Mind 2019-04-22 05:38:19 -0400

    On Our Mind

    Earth Day

    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 On Our Mind 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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  • signed up on Tiny Actions Signup 2019-04-06 05:25:31 -0400

  • signed up on Hispanic Caucus Signup 2019-03-19 09:57:16 -0400

  • 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.


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.