The Avignon Election Board is pleased to announce the candidates for Avignon Chapter Chair and Vice Chair. All members of DA France living in the the Avignon Chapter area will receive a ballot by email -- voting will end on March 6 at 2PM. For questions please contact the Avignon Election Board Catherine Tate (Chair), Elaine Garcin, Ellen Pumo, and Charles Jarworski at [email protected]
Candidate for Avignon Chapter Chair
JACK MC DERMOTT
I have been Chair of the DA-Avignon chapter for two momentous years, and would like to go on for another term. Why? I want to continue the push for a ‘Blue Wave’...to ´discover’ and enroll Americans abroad, ensure they are informed, and to encourage them to vote.
In so many contests absentee ballots, many from DA members, make the difference. During these last two years Democrats secured the WH and slim majorities in Congress. And while results are mixed at State & Local levels, we made progress. But we need to do more. As a former HR Executive with international experience, I believe I have the insight and experience to get things done. I’ve lived nearly 40 years in Europe: Holland, Switzerland, and now retired in France. I’ve learned much and I want to contribute.
So, while safety concerns have constrained our ability to gather (nearly all activities are online) it has not eliminated the need to connect. We will meet again. I ask for your support to continue as DA Chair of the Avignon Chapter.
Candidate for Avignon Chapter Secretary
I have eight years of chapter leadership experience: two consecutive terms (2012-16) as chair and two terms (2016-20) as vice-chair. I first became a member of the Avignon chapter when it first started in 2004. I’ve resided in Avignon for more than 30 years, enjoying the cuisine, sun, and cycling.
Professionally I’m a physicist for the environment and worked for NASA (Skylab Mission) and taught physics at the university level. Here in France, I continue to give presentations at universities and schools
on green living and renewable energy. I am also an Ambassador for Enercoop, France’s best-rated renewable energy utility.
During my tenures, our membership tripled through monthly events, and during the presidential and congressional campaigns our ballot arrivals scored an 80 percent success rate, a high point for DAF. Our 4-step process for this success is now standard practice for DA chapters worldwide. Another first was getting a local cinema to advertise our chapter on-screen at low cost. Two years ago, I helped start a new DA chapter in Montpellier, where there are now 154 members and growing. I ask for your vote.
photo by Elliott Brown
Welcome to Democrats Abroad Avignon!
DA Avignon is a chapter of DA France, the official country committee for US Democrats living in France. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.
If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Avignon, please contact us at [email protected]
Jack McDermott, Chapter Chair
Democrats Abroad - Avignon
BORDEAUX CHAPTER POLITICO-CULTURE CHAT
Join this freewheeling discussion of American politics as it touches upon History, Art , Film, Psychology …… (because “tout est politique”).
Every second Wednesday of the month, our two-hour zoom Chat takes off from a file listing articles and artifacts, centered around a given theme. This optional “Chat File”, new each month and ready on the 5th, comes to you by e-mail.
You will receive the information for joining via zoom when you RSVP.
Prepared and moderated by Trudy Bolter.
THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS BROUGHT RESULTS DEMOCRATS CAN BE PROUD OF! BUT WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE AND OTHER RIGHTS?
Join the Democrats Abroad France Women’s Caucus for an in-person update on the onslaught of issues that women faced in 2022 and how they can be dealt with in 2023. Dobb’s overturned Roe, but the fight goes on.
Salli Swartz, Reproductive Justice Action Team Leader, Global Women’s Caucus will give a summary of new strategies to protect our rights.
Join us Friday, February 10, 2023, 6-8 pm for Happy-ish Hour @ Frog Revolution
9 rue de la Bastille, 75004 (Metro Bastille and many buses).
Meet new people, reconnect with old friends and learn more about how you can get involved!
Back to the era of the coat hanger and knitting needles? NO!
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