Diane Johnson with Alan Riding
The Global Women’s Caucus Feminist Reading Group welcomes Diane Johnson to our inaugural Feminist Literary Festival!
Diane Johnson’s latest book, Lorna Mott Comes Home, follows a middle-aged American woman living abroad in contemporary France, who needs to reclaim her professional identity. The heroine leaves France where she lives with her French husband and returns home to California. Where does she belong today? To her country of origin? To herself? Diane Johnson leads readers to ponder many pivotal questions facing people who live between two cultures.
A writer of both fiction and non-fiction, her heroines grapple with money matters, children, husbands, lovers and careers in seemingly light, but deeply penetrating, stories. Le Divorce, a ’90s sensation, was made into a stunning movie (2003) by James Ivory.
If you haven’t read Diane Johnson before, check out her bibliography, listed below, to familiarize yourself with her body of work:
- Persian Nights (Knopf, 1987)
- Le Divorce (Dutton, 1997)
- Le Mariage (Dutton, 2000)
- L'Affaire (Dutton, 2003)
- Lulu in Marrakech (Dutton, 2008)
- Lorna Mott Comes Home (Knopf, 2021)
- The True History of Mrs. Meredith and Other Lesser Lives (Knopf, 1972)
- Dashiell Hammett: A Life (1983)
- Terrorists and Novelists: Essays (Knopf, 1982).
- Flyover Lives: A Memoir (Viking, 2014)
Writer Alan Riding will be in conversation with Ms. Johnson, followed by audience Q&A.
Alan Riding was the New York Times Paris bureau chief before becoming the paper’s European Cultural Correspondent. He now devotes himself to writing. And The Show Went On, published in 2010, depicted the cultural life in Nazi controlled Paris. It was translated into at least 6 languages, Alan writes plays and is a devotee of Shakespeare!WHENOctober 20, 2021 at 1:00pmWHEREZoom
Our nation was conceived in the minds of men, who felt that tyranny was the greatest threat to liberty. But the self-evident truth of equality they wrote about did not include all.
And thus, was born a divided and unequal nation.
A nation bathed in the blood of Indigenous people, built on the backs of black posterity, and sustained by women seen only as the lesser sex.
So, they marched.
They marched a tear-stained trail to a desolate and now seemingly forgotten refuge. They marched through showers of bullets, bombs, and cannons. They marched against the wills of people who were undermining their worth.
This nation owes a debt.
It owes of the promise of freedom for our bravery. It owes citizens the protection each amendment provides. It owes all of us the opportunity to forge any path we want.
So we vote!
We vote to ensure that our history is included and thus not repeated. We vote to create a system that works for us instead of against us. We vote to guarantee our voice is always there.
We vote to be heard.
We vote to be seen.
We vote to be equal.
Because this land is our land, too. And we will never stop fighting for our right to be a part of it.
Angela Fobbs published The John Lewis Global Voting Rights Day Action Guide - Make “Good Trouble” and Save Our Democracy! in News 2021-07-07 04:52:37 -0400
"Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year; it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
At the 2021 DPCA Annual Global Meeting in May, Democrats Abroad adopted Resolution #1 - Rename the Historic Edmund Pettus Bridge for Congressman John R. Lewis. From this resolution, the Democrats Abroad John Lewis Global Voting Rights Day action committee was formed. Together we have planned a series of events and actions in July to celebrate the life and work of the late Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights leader, John Lewis. Often described as the conscience of the Congress, he was a friend to Democrats Abroad. July 17th marks the first anniversary of his passing and the first annual John Lewis Global Voting Rights Day.
Angela Fobbs published Voting Rights Call/Write Your Senators Script in Voting Rights Call/Write Your Senators Script 2021-07-07 04:23:20 -0400
Below are three scripts to call or write your senators. Please feel free to personalize these scripts to better make your point. Whether you call or write your Senator, you will need to have your voting address handy.
Calling Script Sample 1:
Hi, my name is name is __________ and I’m a constituent from _______ [CITY, ZIP].
I'm calling to recommend [SEN NAME] support abolishing the Senate filibuster so Congress can break free from obstruction and gridlock and enact important legislation needed to secure our democracy.
Calling Script Sample 2:
My name is __________. I am a constituent, and my zip code is _______.
For far too long the Senate filibuster has been used to block essential legislation and civil rights laws that serve and protect We the People. I urge you to eliminate the filibuster entirely. If that proves politically impossible, then at a minimum you must prevent the filibuster from being used to block emergency pandemic economic relief, healthcare expansion, climate catastrophe, racial equity, and voting-rights legislation. And also prevent it from being used to block statehood for the District of Columbia. If the filibuster has to be retained for some matters, its operation must be returned to the original requirement that filibustering senators have to hold the floor in a public display of their obstruction so that their sabotage is no longer done in the darkness of a Senate backroom.
Calling Script Sample 3, if your Senator has indicated support for reforming the filibuster:
Hi, my name is name is __________ and I’m a constituent from _______ [CITY, ZIP]. “The Senator has indicated that they’d be open to reforming the filibuster in the past, and I’m calling today to ask: Is the Senator planning to support eliminating the filibuster to pass the For the People Act?”
[If they say YES!] That’s great! Please let them know I’m glad they’re supporting HR1 & eliminating the filibuster, and I hope they can encourage their colleagues to do the same.
I'm writing to urge you to eliminate or reform the filibuster and protect the future of our democracy and our right to vote.
The crisis facing our democracy couldn’t be more real and addressing it couldn’t be more urgent. Legislation is being passed all over the country to prevent people from voting. Nothing could be more undemocratic or dangerous to the ideals of this country.
Our ability to fight back against this voter suppression is restricted by the filibuster, an outdated Senate tool that gives veto power to Republican senators who represent 41 million fewer people than Senate Democrats. Whatever value we may have seen in the filibuster in the past, Sen. McConnell is using it and will continue to use it to allow a partisan minority to block overwhelmingly popular legislation and to advance his partisan and ideological interests.
As your constituent, I urge you to protect the future of our democracy not a procedural relic from the past. Eliminate or reform the filibuster.
Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.
Tools and tips to contact your Senators
- You can call 1.888.453.3211 to get connected to your U.S. Senator.
- Look up your Senators' phone numbers and contact forms here.
- If you contact your senators by webform, use your US voting address in the contact address field.
- If the phone number field in the webform* is sensitive, try adding 011 at the start of your abroad number.
You can use this too from Vote Save Americal to make calls: https://votesaveamerica.com/calltool/
- Or you can call Congress for free from France at +33 7 555 3 6446 - this connects callers automatically to the US Capitol Switchboard, where you follow the prompts to be connected to your House Rep or Senators.
IF LEAVING VOICEMAIL: Please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.
Write Your Senators using Resistbot:
Resistbot is the fastest and easiest way to contact your representatives, get ready to vote, and be civically engaged. https://votesaveamerica.com/calltool/
You can access Resistbot from their website, on Facebook, iMessage, or Telegram. To start, just text or message the word “resist” to Resistbot. Then type your message or the script above into your message.
Resistbot will turn your texts into a letter and deliver it to the elected officials you choose: from your mayor to the President. There are dozens of other keywords for contacting other officials, voting, finding vaccines, and much more.
Here is a quick video explanation of how to use Resist.bot https://youtu.be/4xGZQ3v9Y28
No matter how you do it, the most important thing is to contact your Senator and make “Good Trouble” and Save Our Democracy!
Angela Fobbs published Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre - Dig Deeper in News 2021-06-02 07:11:29 -0400
On the morning of May 30, 1921, a young black man named Dick Rowland was riding in the elevator in the Drexel Building at Third and Main with a white woman named Sarah Page. The details of what followed vary from person to person. Accounts of an incident circulated among the city’s white community during the day and became more exaggerated with each telling.
Tulsa police arrested Rowland the following day and began an investigation. An inflammatory report in the May 31 edition of the Tulsa Tribune spurred a confrontation between black and white-armed mobs around the courthouse where the sheriff and his men had barricaded the top floor to protect Rowland. Shots were fired and the outnumbered African Americans began retreating to the Greenwood District.
In the early morning hours of June 1, 1921, Greenwood was looted and burned by white rioters. Governor Robertson declared martial law, and National Guard troops arrived in Tulsa. Guardsmen assisted firemen in putting out fires, took African Americans out of the hands of vigilantes, and imprisoned all black Tulsans not already interned. Over 6,000 people were held at the Convention Hall and the Fairgrounds, some for as long as eight days.
Twenty-four hours after the violence erupted, it ceased. In the wake of the violence, 35 city blocks lay in charred ruins, more than 800 people were treated for injuries and contemporary reports of deaths began at 36. Historians now believe as many as 300 people may have died.
Watch our event commemorating the Tulsa Race Massacre.
Listed below are some resources you can use to learn more about this tragedy and make sure nothing like this happens again.
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Angela Fobbs published What Do We Want? Equality!- When Do Want it? NOW! in ERA Stories 2021-03-17 13:29:59 -0400
I live in Germany, but I spent most of my life in the country of my birth, the United States of America. In Germany, I have equal rights, and it has improved the quality of my life. It's taken too long for women in America to have equal rights, and it's unfair. When I was a girl, people told me I could be anything I wanted, but it's not true.
Employers can pay women less than men for the same job. The first time I realized I wasn't getting paid as much as a recently hired man, I immediately went to my boss. My boss told me the man had a family and need to make more. My family's needs were the same as his family's. Why is this okay? It is acceptable because women don't have equal rights under the Constitution, so we don't have equal protection under the law. Having women in Congress, as the Vice-President, and in other positions of "power" is a hollow victory if the average woman faces legal discrimination in so many areas of her life.
My mother, my sisters, and I have been waiting all our lives for equality under the law. There is no reason for us to keep us waiting. Equality must be enshrined in our Constitution.
Eighty-four percent of countries, including Afghanistan, Japan, and Tunisia, explicitly guarantee equality in their Constitution. It's about time American women also have equal rights.
Angela Fobbs, Florida voter, living in Germany
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Angela Fobbs published Georgia US Senate Run-off Election 5 January 2021 in News 2020-11-11 09:43:36 -0500
Elections were held for both of Georgia’s US Senate seats on November 3, 2020. Both of these races are going to Runoff elections, to be held on January 5, 2021, as no candidate received at least 50% of the vote. Democrats need to win both of these seats to have a majority in the Senate so we can have progress in America and the world.
The two races are:
Both US Senate races in Georgia are going to a run-off election on January 5th, 2021. Ballots will not be available until Nov 21, GA has said they would send out ballot even if the recount isn't finished.Here's what you should do:
US Senate: Jon Ossoff (Democrat) versus David Perdue (Republican)
US Senate Special: Raphael Warnock (Democrat) versus Kelly Loeffler (Republican)
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with our Get Out The Vote efforts and beyond. I know we made a difference in this election. 🥂
There are 13 days until election day.
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✈️ Need to send your ballot back to the states by postal mail? At this point, consider using a courier service. FedEx Express is offering Americans abroad a discount to send ballots home reliably. US voters living in 10 European countries can now take advantage of a special rate for overnight return of their absentee ballot. From now through November, FedEx International Priority service for envelopes up to 500g sent to the USA costs just €25 from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark (kr.186), Poland (112 zł), Sweden (260 kr), and the United Kingdom (£23). This special is only bookable online — discounts will not be given if booking at a FedEx store or on the phone. Feel free to privately tell your friends and family, but please do not post about this on social media. Download a step-by-step guide on how to book the FedEx deal HERE.
🛑 Do NOT use the diplomatic pouch at U.S. embassies and consulates to return your ballot at this point. It is too late.
🎃 Voters in AL, AZ, CO, DC, DE, HI, IN< IA, KS, MA, ME, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, OR, RI, SC, UT, WA, WV, and WY can return your ballots by email or online. Need help scanning? Watch this video on how to scan using your smartphone: Watch this video.If you don't have a scanning app on your phone, you can use Adobe Scan mobile app for iPhone & Android.
🧑🏽🤝🧑🏿 Suppose you have already voted and returned your ballot. Have you reminded your family and friends abroad or in the states to register and vote? People in the USA can go to https://iwillvote.com/ to find a voting or drop-off location, verify their registration, vote by mail and register to vote.
Democrats Abroad Germany is making sure each and every U.S. citizen in Germany participates in the presidential election. We'll be in 19 locations around Germany on 10 October helping Americans get ready to vote. Drop by to meet Democrats Abroad.
If you can't drop by in person, it is not too late to request a ballot from home. Register to vote and request your absentee ballot 📝 All details can be found at www.democratsabroad.org/vote_from_germany.
Step number one: Visit www.votefromabroad.org to fill out your FPCA absentee ballot request — it only takes 5-10 minutes! If you’re not registered to vote, the FPCA also serves as a voter registration form. Given the uncertainty surrounding the United States Postal Service (USPS), we strongly encourage you to request that your absentee ballot is sent to you via email.
If you need help or have a question about voting, get LIVE 1-on-1 voter assistance any Sunday (24hrs), Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (6 pm-10 pm), and Saturday (8 am-4 pm) through November CEST to talk to a volunteer LIVE on Zoom about questions you have about voting from abroad. Access live help here.Read more
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Five years back
When an unlikely announced
He’d run to become commander-in-chief and
People scoffed in amusement
“No, no, no,” they said
“It can’t happen.” “It won’t happen.”
“Americans won’t let that happen.”
And then it did
And then we felt our hearts dropkick our
Because even before we knew what exactly,
We knew what
Four years of him could do
And that’s just what it did
And every week we watched in horrific
What he might say or do or steal or repeal
And every time we thought it couldn’t get worse
And then three years rolled by
And sparked some hope as hopefuls said they
Could do better
And we picked our favorites
And cast our ballots
And mostly watched our picks fall by the wayside
But one was left standing. And he’s the guy.
Now maybe you’re tickled pink with the blue ticket
And can’t wait to watch the ticker
Click in our favor in 43 days
Or maybe you’re not feeling gung-ho
It’s possible that you think taking a stand
Against just two parties is dutiful
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Over 9 million Americans live outside of the United States, Democrats Abroad is working to ensure that as many as possible vote in November, and that Democrats win up and down the ballot.
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About Democrats Abroad (deutsche Übersetzung unten)
Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. Democrats Abroad strives to provide citizens living abroad with a voice in government and elect Democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote.
Democrats Abroad currently has 41 country committees throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. These country committees keep Americans abroad informed of their rights and help them participate in the US political process. Members live in more than 190 countries around the globe and vote in every state and Congressional district in the US.
Democrats Abroad is recognized as a “state” Party by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is represented in the DNC by eight voting members, as well as at the quadrennial Democratic National Convention.
Democrats Abroad online voter registration tool - votefromabroad.org - makes it easy to request a ballot and vote absentee from any place on the planet.
About Democrats Abroad Germany (DAG)
We are one of the largest country committees of Democrats Abroad. We are a 100% volunteer organization with a presence throughout Germany.
Our mission is to provide Americans living in Germany a voice in our government and to elect Democrats by mobilizing the overseas vote.
Wherever you are in Germany, there is a chapter or a precinct with events for our members. Click on a link to find your local chapter: Berlin, Cologne Bonn, Dusseldorf-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Göttingen, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Kaiserslautern, Muenster-Osnabrueck, Munich, Stuttgart, and Wiesbaden/Mainz.
Wenn Sie Fragen zu Democrat Abroad Germany haben, kontaktieren Sie Anya Leonhard unter [email protected].
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Democrats Abroad ist der offizielle Arm der Demokratischen Partei für die Millionen von Amerikanern, die außerhalb der Vereinigten Staaten leben. Democrats Abroad ist bestrebt, den im Ausland lebenden Bürgern eine Stimme in der Regierung zu geben und demokratische Kandidaten zu wählen, indem sie die ausländischen Stimmen mobilisieren.
Democrats Abroad hat derzeit in 41 Länder nationale Gremien - in ganz Europa, Amerika, dem Nahen Osten, Afrika und Asien. Diese Gremien informieren die Amerikaner im Ausland über ihre Rechte und unterstützen sie bei der Teilnahme am politischen Prozess der USA. Die Mitglieder leben in mehr als 190 Ländern auf der ganzen Welt und wählen in jedem Staat und Kongressbezirk der USA.
Demokraten im Ausland werden vom Demokratischen Nationalkomitee (DNC) als "staatliche" Partei anerkannt und sind in der DNC durch acht stimmberechtigte Mitglieder sowie auf dem vierjährigen Demokratischen Nationalkonvent vertreten.
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Wir sind eines der größten nationale Gremien der Democrats Abroad. Wir sind eine 100%ige Freiwilligenorganisation mit einer Präsenz in ganz Deutschland.
Unsere Mission ist es, den in Deutschland lebenden Amerikanern eine Stimme in unserer Regierung zu geben und Demokraten zu wählen, indem wir die ausländischen Stimmen mobilisieren.
Wo auch immer man in Deutschland lebt, es gibt eine Ortsgruppe mit Veranstaltungen für unsere Mitglieder. Klicken Sie auf einen Link, um Ihre lokale Ortsgruppe für weitere Informationen: Berlin, Köln Bonn, Düsseldorf-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Göttingen, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Kaiserslautern, Münster-Osnabrück, München, Stuttgart und Wiesbaden/Mainz.
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