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.
PARIS CHAPTER CALL FOR CANDIDATES
NOMINATIONS PERIOD EXTENDED TO FEB 20
As has been announced previously, DAF's new Paris Chapter will conduct its first Leadership Election on March 9, 2019 (at the American Church in Paris, from 2-5PM).
The nominations period for candidates is open, and the deadline has been extended to February 20, 2019. Candidates are sought for the following positions:
Our monthly roundup of the news, latest updates on Brexit, Trump investigations and Wall negotiations with the Democrats. The inimitable Jean-Pierre LaRochelle leads the discussion and the audience has a chance to weigh in too. Our new venue has a room downstairs reserved for just us, and the crepes are delicious if you're so inclined.
Join us and fellow Democrats Abroad on Thursday, February 21st as we speak with Our Revolution President, Senator Nina Turner, in a Black History Month webinar and Q&A.
Since the 2016 Presidential elections there has been an increasing culture of divisive rhetoric throughout the country. During the webinar we will discuss the state of race relations in the U.S. with Turner. She will outline her thoughts on a way forward and the belief that the Democratic Party - and all Americans - must condemn all forms of racism and reject division as we move towards the 2020 elections and beyond.About our speaker:Nina Turner is the president of Our Revolution, which was founded in August 2016 to perpetuate and organize the political coalition that formed during Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. Previously, she served in the Ohio State Senate, where she advocated for progressive causes such as education and healthcare reform, and was the Democratic nominee for Ohio Secretary of State and a strategic leader of the Ohio Democratic Party. Politico included her in their Playbook Power List of 18 people to watch in 2018. Outside of the political arena, Turner has decades of experience as a college professor and motivational speaker.
We hope that you can join us for this timely discussion – which is, as always, open to the public, so please feel free to bring your friends and students!
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