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DALyon Chapter leadership committee elections are coming

Every two years, we elect a new leadership committee of the Democrats Abroad France - Lyon Chapter. This year the elections will take place on Saturday, March 23rd from 4:30pm to 5:00pm.*

We will host an apéro to welcome our members and to announce the elections results. Please join us at:

Quality Suites Lyon Confluence
50 Cours Charlemagne
69002 Lyon

You will be able to vote electronically, by post or in-person.  Ballots will be sent electronically two weeks prior to the election. To vote for the DAF Lyon leadership committee, you need to be a member of Democrats Abroad, over 18 years of age and living in the greater Lyon area.

The Call for Candidates has been sent out and the deadline for reception of candidacies is March 2nd. The positions open on the DALyon leadership committee are:

  • Chapter Chair
  • Chapter Vice Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Member-at-large (3)

There is still time to submit your candidacy to us at [email protected]. All that you need to provide is your name, the position that you wish to run for and a brief candidate statement (150 words). For a description of the open positions and eligibility requirements, click here

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

To ensure fair and transparent elections, the DAFrance - Lyon Chapter elections will be overseen by an independent Election Officer.  The Election Officer may not be running for a position on the leadership committee.  This year, the Election Officer is the outgoing DALyon Chapter Chair, Robin Guinot.

Note: this is our local election and is independent of the national election for the DA-France Executive Committee to be held later this spring.


* The elections will take place following the Tax Talk event. You do not need to reserve a place to attend the elections. However, should you wish to attend the Tax Talk event from 2:30 to 4:30pm, we recommend that you RSVP to assure a place there.


Lyon Chapter Call for Candidates

Democrats Abroad Lyon Chapter will conduct its Leadership Committee Election on March 23.   In 2019, we seek new voices and new ideas to ensure that we are addressing the needs and interests of our growing membership.

The nominations period for candidates will open February 2 and will close March 2, 2019.

For the upcoming election of the chapter’s Leadership Committee, we are calling for candidates for the following positions:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Three Members-at-Large

Please consider joining our Leadership Committee for a two-year term.   The roles and responsibilities of the above positions are explained here.  Candidates should be members of Democrats Abroad France, US citizens 18 years or older, living in the greater Lyon area. No experience required.

The deadline to declare your candidacy is Saturday, March 2.  To have your name on the ballot, please submit the following information to [email protected].

  • your name
  • the position that you wish to run for
  • a brief statement of your interest - 150 words maximum (See these examples of candidate statements.)

Early voting will be possible electronically and by post. Details on how to vote will be provided with your ballot, which will be distributed electronically on February 9.

AND mark your calendar for Saturday, March 23 when we will hold a meeting where you can meet the candidates, vote in person and be there for the announcement of our election results. Time and place to be announced.

In the US, the 2020 election process is now underway - the primaries and the presidential election will be here before you know it. You can help power the blue wave by joining our team. The 2020 elections promise to be exciting. And, as we saw in 2018, the overseas vote matters!

For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

Thanks for your participation!

Democrats Abroad France - Lyon Chapter Elections Board

Robin Guinot

Please note this is our local election and is independent of the national election for the DA-France Executive Committee to be held in May 2019.


Democrats Abroad Lyon

photo by Laurent Hutinet

We are Americans located in the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region of France by job, by marriage, by birth, by love of things French and for many other reasons.  We all share a tug back to the USA and for that reason we organize political and social events around current trends in American life. 

Our chapter is the 2nd largest in France, covering as far as Dijon to the north, Valence to the south, Clermont-Ferrand to the west and the Alps to the east.

We regularly hold events such as marches to protect the earth from climate change and to support LGBTQ rights and culture.  Among our events in previous years was a tribute to the young lives cut short by the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school shooting as well as seminars on American ex-pat tax requirements.  

We were particularly active in the primary and presidential election season, with events to educate our membership on the candidates and the issues.  

Democrats Abroad Lyon does all we can to help every American in the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes area participate in the vote from abroad process.  Perhaps, most important, we provide a forum for liberal and progressive Americans to voice their opinions and support each other in today's fraught political climate.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily halted our in-person meetings, we continue our events via Zoom.

First Thursdays

First Thursdays are opportunities for DA members to get to know each other, as well as exchanging banter about current events and politics.  Habitually, we meet at a pub in Lyon but due to COVID-19, these days our evenings are virtual get-togethers on Zoom.  A recent evening paid homage to Black History Month with a Harvard quiz accompanied by a discussion on racial bias.  So, pour yourself your favorite drink and come join us for a couple of hours of informative diversion every month!  À votre santé!

Cheers !

DA Book Club Discussions

Our DA members, voracious readers all, held multiple sessions throughout 2020 and 2021 to read, question and discuss books covering diverse topical issues. These included :

A 2018 book written by Andrew Yang, an American entrepreneur and Venture for America founder, who would later run as a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. The book discusses technological change, automation, job displacement, the U.S. economy, and what Yang describes as the need for a universal basic income.
A 2018 non-fiction book by Michael Lewis that examines the transition and political appointments of the Donald Trump presidency, especially with respect to three government agencies: the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce.

Works about Racial Bias and Racial Intolerance. In honor of Black Lives Matter, a thought-provoking Powerpoint helped to explore several media such as :

 

White Fragility

Robin DiAngelo

 

Between Me and the World

Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

Thirteenth (film)

Ava DuVernay/Netflix

 

Stamped from the Beginning

Ibram X Kendi

Citizenship is invaluable, yet our status as citizens is always at risk—even for those born on US soil. Amanda Frost, an American University law professor temporarily living in Lyon on a fellowship, exposes a hidden history of discrimination and xenophobia that continues to this day in her 2021 book.

You can find our Events and News here on the Democrats Abroad website as well as on our Facebook page.  

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Strong Support for March for Our Lives Movement in Lyon

French and American students, along with parents and friends assembled in Lyon at 4pm, simultaneously with events in the US, to show support for the brave and passionate American students led by the Parkland shooting survivors. Our program was sober and serious. Robin Guinot, chapter chair, shared reflections on growing up in the post-Columbine world with the many young people in our group. Pictures of the victims of Parkland and Columbine were distributed to the 80 attendees. We couldn't bear to distribute pictures of the 6 and 7 year old babies who died at Sandy Hook. The names and ages of all the dead were read aloud.

 

The inspiring words of Fred Guttenberg, father of slain student Jamie Guttenberg, were also read, as well as a poem called "What to Do in Case of a Gun Attack". To end on a note of hope, four high school and college students from our group read quotes from Parkland student activists David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Sarah Chadwick and Delaney Tarr. Last but not least, we read the short text of the letter written by Barack and Michelle Obama to the Parkland activists encouraging them to continue their work.

 

When it was time for sharing from the audience, an attendee shared her experience of deadly gun violence on a college campus. Eleven years later she is still trying to process and deal with the horrific memories. Others shared personal stories privately about being touched by gun violence. Even in our small group of 80 people, 4,000 miles away from the East coast of America, many of us were personally hurt by gun atrocities. 

 

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Détendu And Ludique: DAL Discussion Group-Call for Submissions:

What are you curious about? Do you have expertise to share? Do you want to make an argument for something that you are passionate about? Do you want to study a new subject and give a presentation on what you have learned? Do a book report! We have a list of topics if you need an idea. We don't intend for this to be limited to politics.
So, what do you want to talk about?
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Martin Luther King: Le Rêve Brisé?

Democrats Abroad Lyon organized a visit to an exhibition in the Lyon public library honoring Dr. Martin Luther King on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. We were warmly welcomed by the curator, Michel Chomarat, who spent time with us explaining the inspiration behind the exhibition and answering our questions.

We learned that a French priest who attended Dr. King's speech at the Bourse in Lyon, 1966 became a life long collector of Dr. King papers and memorabilia. The exhibit was built around his collection. It included newsreel film of the "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington. Footage of the crowd surrounds visitors in the gallery and makes you feel as though you were amongst the listeners in 1963, a truly moving experience. Also included in the exhibit were figurines depicting incidents in MLK's life by an American artist, a recreation of the church where King preached and many photos of other prominent civil rights leaders.

There is clearly a very special relationship between the city of Lyon and the memory of Dr. King and his historic visit here in 1966. The visit was an excellent moment to consider the question posed in the title of the exhibition - IS THE DREAM BROKEN?


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US Consul in Lyon Addresses Democrats Abroad Lyon Chapter

The US consul to Lyon, Rebecca Kimbrell, addressed the membership of Democrats Abroad at the Franco-American business school
CEFAM on November 21, 2018. Her talk was titled "The US System of Checks and Balances". Ms Kimbrell explained her role and
responsibilities as the State Department representative in Lyon since August 2016. She shared with us the kinds of the events
she attends and the people with whom she interacts. She answered questions from the audience about the American legislative system
and the powers of the executive branch. These days with executive orders flying out of the White House and pushback from the courts and
the Democrats in Congress, we were all happy to have a refresher course on how our government actually works. She reassured us
with reminders of how robust the system really is. Useful information to have at our fingertips when French people ask for
explanations of what is going on in Washington!!



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Hear Our Voice: First Anniversary of Women's March Observed in Lyon

Under the theme “Hear our Voice”, the first anniversary Women’s March rally was held in Lyon on January 21, 2018 in solidarity with the Global Women’s Caucus.  About 30 people, women and men, members and non-members, met at in the city center's Place des Terreaux armed with signs and passion for the cause of sexual equality and a harrassment-free world.

Co-chair Robin Guinot explained that our mission was "not only to mark the anniversary of the Women’s March, but to keep the momentum of this movement going."  Attendees then shared their thoughts, experiences and hopes for the future.  We wrapped up by emphasizing that our POWER is our vote.  Literature from the GOTV campaign was of course available because OUR VOTE IS OUR VOICE.  Later, the group assembled at Lyon cafe for more talk and mutual support.


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No to the Wall” - Burrito Blast

On September 24, Democrats in Lyon gathered to eat delicious burritos, guacamole and other south of the border specialities and to express our solidarity with those impacted by the threat to DACA and with the victims of the three recent earthquakes in Mexico.  Members were encouraged to express their vision of the American Dream with signs.









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I Have a Dream

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville and the subsequent speech by the President in Phoenix, Democrats Abroad in Lyon, Strasbourg and Toulouse came together on Monday, Aug 28th, on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington to read aloud the words of his I Have A Dream speech--54 years to the day that he spoke them.

In Strasbourg Democrats met outside the American Consulate.  In Toulouse we met in Compans-Caffarelli Park next to the Phoenix Statue. And in Lyon we met at the bust of Martin Luther King commemorating his visit and speech in our city in 1966.




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