Wow! 2019 has been a year FULL of events - planned and, well, not planned. Here’s a view from Democrats Abroad France of what has been going on...
As we entered 2019, the US government was in partial shutdown. Nancy Pelosi reclaimed the gavel as Speaker of the House and a DEMOCRATIC majority House of Representatives was sworn in. In the #bluewave2018, Dems had achieved a commanding majority with 235 seats, as well as, the most diverse House in history!
Democrats Abroad France participated in the 3rd Global Women’s March (Women’s Wave weekend) along with our coalition partners: Page in Paris, Women’s March Paris and Indivisible - France. This year’s theme was "Stop Violence Against Women".
Our Women's Caucus focused on achieving this goal by working to secure “Equality under the law.” They launched a campaign backing the ratification drive for the Equal Rights Amendment. Only one more state was needed (hint: flash forward to November!)
Today marks the two-year anniversary of the historic and important win in Alabama for Senator Doug Jones. 🙌
"Over the last two years, in the Senate and on the campaign trail, Doug has not forgotten his promise to work on behalf of everyone in Alabama. He’s stayed focused on the kitchen table issues like the economy, education, healthcare, veterans’ issues and support for the military. And recently Doug has secured some major victories for Alabama.
Doug’s bipartisan bill to repeal the military widow’s tax was included in the National Defense Authorization Act and is expected to be signed into law. This is a huge victory for our military families, whose spouses earned their survivor benefits with their service and their lives." Doug Jones for Senate on Medium
To celebrate, Senator Jones came to Paris to support Democrats Abroad! As he explained, the race to hold his seat is going to be tough. Every vote will count!
Senator Jones knows the importance of the overseas vote. In tight races, Democrats Abroad is the margin of victory!
The turnout was impressive for this fundraiser. We were joined by Democrats Abroad International Chair Julia Bryan, Democrats Abroad France Chair Ada Shen and DNC representative Constance Borde.
Every euro raised will go toward reaching an additional voter abroad. Please consider donating to our 2020 GET OUT THE VOTE efforts.🎁
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This weekend commemorates the fourth anniversary of the historic 2017 Women’s March, when millions of women and men took protest to the streets of Washington DC, across the US, and around the world, a day after Trump was inaugurated.
Never forget that millions of Americans around the world oppose the extremism of the Trump GOP then, and every single day since then.
“Women across the country [have] seen and experienced directly just how the Trump administration has erased policy protections for our planet, destroyed human rights by caging asylees and children, and made attempts to place limits on our bodily autonomy choices,”
— Isa Noyola, Women’s March Board Member, and Deputy Director of Mijente
"The subversion of women's human rights is extremely detrimental to the significant progress women have made over hundreds of years in their quest for social justice and equality,"
— Uma Mishra-Newbery, Women's March Global Executive Director
This weekend, you can commemorate the Women’s March by taking action — take steps to stop the Trump GOP at the ballot box, to engage in our democratic process, and to stand in solidarity for the basic human rights.
Women’s March Paris
In France, sister-resister organization Women’s March Paris is hosting a roundtable discussion on “Bodily Autonomy” — the fundamental human right to make your own decisions about what you do with and what happens to your own body. In French and English. Volunteers from DA and VotefromAbroad.org will be there to register US voters.
Women’s March Paris Roundtable
“My Body My Rights / Mon Corps Mes Droits”
Saturday Jan 18 6:30-9pm
Voter registration for American citizens from 6:00pm
@ Columbia Global Centers (Reid Hall)
4 Rue de Chevreuse
Get Active with DA France Caucuses
DA France caucuses regularly host events and activities to explore the issues of our constituent communities; to engage, educate and discuss policies that can better reflect American diversity and values, and better advance our common humanity via Democratic politics. Caucus and chapter events can always be seen on the DA France Events Calendar, here. All members are welcome to all events.
To find out more and to join another caucus, please contact us:
• DAF Women’s Caucus: email@example.com
• DAF Diversity Caucus: firstname.lastname@example.org
• DAF Youth Caucus: email@example.com
• DAF LGBTQ+ Caucus: LGBTQ@democratsabroad.fr
• DAF Veterans & Military Families Caucus: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shape Party Policy with Kitchen Table Talks
You can host a small group discussion and tell Democrats Abroad’s platform committee what YOU want to see in our party platform. Submissions due by January 31. For details on Kitchen Table Talks, see here.
Register to vote/Request your absentee ballots for 2020 now!
American voters abroad must send in an FPCA form to register/request their ballots each calendar year. Do it now! And then get other Americans you know to register/request their ballots for 2020 also: Votefromabroad.org. Have questions or need help? Email email@example.com.
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