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!
Democrats Abroad went into action on Saturday evening Nov. 10 as Donald Trump arrived in France. Their candlelight vigils showed him what they think about his 'leadership.' SUPPORTING the TRUE American values including humanitarian concern for others, the first amendment, respect for science, respect for journalists, freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation, equality for women and people of color, care for the environment and dedication to fair play and true democracy. HONORING American victims of right-wing hate crimes inspired by Trump's rhetoric. And RESPECTING our Constitution and the right to pursue investigations without hindrance.
To commemorate the 6th anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, you are invited to a Remembrance Service in the Sanctuary of the American Church in Paris, followed by a Forum: Public Safety and Firearms (in the Theater next to the Sanctuary).
You'll hear comments and discussion from involved leaders in the American community in Paris as well as concerned citizens.
Among those present will be Australian ambassador Brendan Berne and Alex Blumrosen, who originated this anti-gun violence movement within Democrats Abroad France. Alex, along with Dr. Scott Herr and Kay Rolland call their group the Newton Remembrance and Action Committee (NRAC) and they will tell us about progress and change they have already influenced in Washington D.C. They will share videos from Chris Murphy, and Gabby Giffords with her husband Mark Kelly.
If you have not already attended a Newtown commemoration, you will be touched by the moving, informative and professional event that it is. Don't miss it.
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