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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Bordeaux!

DA Bordeaux 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 using the email address listed below.

There is never a “wrong” time to join as we have monthly zoom meetings with our members which allow those who live even at the edges of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region to feel connected.  Aside from our monthly members’ meeting, we also host a monthly politico-culture discussion touching upon a variety of different subjects ranging from God in Politics to Protest Power and even Revolutions ! Tellement français n’est-ce pas ?  

We are always thinking of new events to help promote citizen action as well as just looking for an excuse to get together and share ideas!

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Bordeaux, please contact us.  We are always looking for volunteers for phonebanking, to help push the vote, or just be an extra set of hands for the various holiday-themed events we host (Thanksgiving, 4th of July etc.)

So if you are in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region and looking to have a chat with like-minded Americans, then feel free to contact us using the email address listed below!

Jamie Perosi-Doughty, Chapter Chair
Democrats Abroad - Bordeaux
[email protected]

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DA Bordeaux Leadership:

James Perosi-Doughty
| Bordeaux Executive Chair
Virginia Coulon
| Vice Chair, Bordeaux Chapter
Gertrude Bolter
| Treasurer, Bordeaux Chapter Former Chair, former Vice-Chair, Founding member
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    2021 Bordeaux Chapter Election Candidates

    2021 BORDEAUX CHAPTER ELECTION CANDIDATES

    The nominations period for the 2021 Bordeaux Chapter Elections has now closed. Please find below statements for the candidates standing for election.

    The Bordeaux Chapter Election will take place online from March 7 until 4PM March 14. All members of the Bordeaux Chapter region will receive an email containing a link to the ballot.

    You must be a member of the Bordeaux Chapter in order to vote. New members are welcome but must join by March 13th. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021. Questions? Contact the Bordeaux Election Board at [email protected]

    If you are a member of the Bordeaux Chapter and do not receive a link to the online ballot but would like one, please email [email protected]

    Bordeaux Election Board
    Linda Martin, Chair
    Bruce Gunia
    Cecile Marie


    BORDEAUX CHAIR

    JAMIE PEROSI-DOUGHTY

    I have been a member of Democrats Abroad since 2015 and feel confident now that I am ready to add my voice to the Executive Committee. Holding a Master’s Degree from Bordeaux Montesquieu in Political Science and a Ph.D. from Bordeaux Montaigne in American political philosophy, it should surprise few that I am passionate about politics, and specifically political philosophy.  Professionally, I teach classes at the various business schools on comparative law, specifically focusing on the legal and political differences between the French and American systems to non-legal specialists. It is my hope to bring my experience, expertise, and passion to Democrats Abroad.

    I look forward to bringing new ideas, new engagements, and continued debates to Democrats Abroad, and hope to ensure that the organization remains strong, active, and a voice for Americans abroad.


    BORDEAUX VICE CHAIR

    VIRGINIA COULON

    I first came to Bordeaux in 1962-63 as a student in the University of California’s Education Abroad Program. This is where I made my home, raised a family, completed graduate work in African Literature and was hired to teach English at the University of Bordeaux (Law and Economics division).

    A founding member of l’APELA (l’Association pour l’étude des littératures africaines), I served as treasurer and editor of the newsletter for 12 years.

    I joined Bordeaux DAF several years ago and have frequently attended the 4th of July gatherings, an occasion for many lively discussions. Barack Obama’s election was for me a watershed year: I phone banked to help get out the vote and also helped American students on the Bordeaux campus register to vote. I felt very proud to be an American.

    How fast things change! We Americans have just lived through the extremely noxious presidency of Donald Trump and a traumatizing presidential election in which a sitting president attempted to  disrupt the lawful election process.

    Yes, democracy prevailed and the Democrats, Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris, were finally declared the winners, but we have seen just how fragile our democracy is. The fight to defend it can never let up. Each of us needs to do whatever we can, at however modest the level.


    BORDEAUX SECRETARY

    PAOLA DEL CARMEN FLORES

    Originally from New York City, I came to Bordeaux 12 years ago. One of the first groups of fellow Americans I met, (whom I like to think of as family) was the Democrats Abroad Bordeaux Chapter. With them, I have shared my two biggest elections; Obama’s and Trump’s. We have shared laughs and tears, and throughout the years they have nurtured my political culture and understanding of our great nation’s democracy. As secretary, I would be honored to join our Expat Democratic family and serve to the best of my ability.

    Currently an entrepreneur designer, I graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor’s degree  in Art and Art history in 2009. After graduation I had the pleasure of working with Angel Sanchez, a fellow Latino well established New York fashion designer. A year later, I held the role of secretary for Selldorf Architects main partners, where I acquired most of my secretarial skills.

    Once in Bordeaux, I started to work as a substitute teacher both in the public and private sector. I have taught in business schools such as Kedge Business School, and art schools such as Ècole Conde, as well as public elementary schools and high schools.

    As I submit my candidacy as Secretary for the Democrats Abroad Bordeaux Chapter, I wish to tighten the link with our expat community, elaborate it’s growth and assure an open dialogue. I take to heart our service for the preservation of the expat community’s voting rights and in helping keep our voices heard.


    BORDEAUX TREASURER

    TRUDY BOLTER

    Since founding, with others, the Bordeaux Chapter of Democrats Abroad France in 2007, I have always been closely involved with our dynamic team, serving as Chair (thrice), Vice-Chair (twice), and Treasurer, and general helper-outer.

    We helped Biden to win the 2020 Presidential election, a great victory!  But the forces of hatred, anger, ignorance and greed still inhabit America, and they have guns.

    I come from a New Deal family – my father was an antitrust prosecutor – but my political motivation became intense when, during the 2000 election (Gore v. Bush) I was asked to teach a course on American history and culture.  My art-for-art’s sake veneer broke away and I became committed to the idea of helping, as much as I could, American ideals cohere to American politics.

    I am an emerita Professor at Sciences Po Bordeaux, and a researcher in American film. I have enjoyed giving a series of presentations at the Utopia and connected lectures at Station Ausone, on current film, over the last ten years.

    I would like to continue serving as Treasurer, and am happy to be the moderator of the new Politico-Culture Chat the Bordeaux Chapter has recently started on Zoom, which is having a lot of success – join us! 

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    Join the Bordeaux Chapter for a post election ZOOM meeting

    Join our post election ZOOM meeting at 6:00 pm on Nov. 4th

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84776641845?pwd=NFlYbEdjdVFCZVU1SmgwSnFBeWNhQT09

    Meeting ID: 847 7664 1845

    Passcode: 639495

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, August 04, 2021 at 07:00 PM Paris Time
    via Zoom in Paris, France

    Political Power Hour

    Politics is not a spectator sport! Join us every Wednesday as we join together to take political action to help pass the Biden agenda.

    Our current project is making calls with Common Cause to constituents of key US Senators and patching them through to their Senators' voicemail to urge them to publicly commit to ENDING THE FILIBUSTER and PROTECTING OUR DEMOCRACY by passing the For the People Act now.

    The For The People Act (HR1/S1) will only pass if people like you and me are willing to take action. Join us to make calls to activists in key states and help pass this groundbreaking democracy bill, which would

    • Expand the right to vote. The For the People Act would abolish outdated voter registration deadlines and enact online voter registration and automatic voter registration to make voting easier and our voter rolls more accurate and secure. The bill would stop some voter suppression tactics like voter purges and interference with voter registration.
    • End partisan gerrymandering. Voters should select their politicians and not the other way around. That's why the For the People Act institutes independent redistricting commissions.
    • Stop Big Money from calling the shots in our politics. Congresspeople spend some 60% of their time dialing big donors asking for money. By enacting a system of small dollar elections, whereby a $27 contribution would be matched to become $189, politicians can get off the dialer and talk to constituents, and more women, people of color, and new candidates without connections to donors would be empowered to run for office.
    • Hold elected officials (including the executive branch and president) to high ethical standards. Stop regulators from profiting from the very industries they regulate. Require tax return disclosure.

    We'll give you all the tools and training you need to call voters in our target states -- asking them to contact their lawmakers who will make the difference between success and failure.

    Can't make it but still want to be engaged? First, call Congress. You can call Congress for free from France at 07 555 3 6446 ("Bark at Congress: 07 555 DOGGO") — this connects callers automatically to the US Capitol Switchboard, where you follow the prompts to be connected to your House Rep or Senators. Need a script? Check out 5 Calls, where you can find topical scripts with concrete demands for your legislators on any issue you care about.

    Second, reach out to Max Dunitz to get connected with activities from past Power Hour actions, or other volunteer activities like postcarding, phonebanking, textbanking, data work, etc.

    Have an action to suggest? Contact Max Dunitz [email protected]

    Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 07:00 PM Paris Time
    via Zoom in Paris, France

    Political Power Hour

    Politics is not a spectator sport! Join us every Wednesday as we join together to take political action to help pass the Biden agenda.

    Our current project is making calls with Common Cause to constituents of key US Senators and patching them through to their Senators' voicemail to urge them to publicly commit to ENDING THE FILIBUSTER and PROTECTING OUR DEMOCRACY by passing the For the People Act now.

    The For The People Act (HR1/S1) will only pass if people like you and me are willing to take action. Join us to make calls to activists in key states and help pass this groundbreaking democracy bill, which would

    • Expand the right to vote. The For the People Act would abolish outdated voter registration deadlines and enact online voter registration and automatic voter registration to make voting easier and our voter rolls more accurate and secure. The bill would stop some voter suppression tactics like voter purges and interference with voter registration.
    • End partisan gerrymandering. Voters should select their politicians and not the other way around. That's why the For the People Act institutes independent redistricting commissions.
    • Stop Big Money from calling the shots in our politics. Congresspeople spend some 60% of their time dialing big donors asking for money. By enacting a system of small dollar elections, whereby a $27 contribution would be matched to become $189, politicians can get off the dialer and talk to constituents, and more women, people of color, and new candidates without connections to donors would be empowered to run for office.
    • Hold elected officials (including the executive branch and president) to high ethical standards. Stop regulators from profiting from the very industries they regulate. Require tax return disclosure.

    We'll give you all the tools and training you need to call voters in our target states -- asking them to contact their lawmakers who will make the difference between success and failure.

    Can't make it but still want to be engaged? First, call Congress. You can call Congress for free from France at 07 555 3 6446 ("Bark at Congress: 07 555 DOGGO") — this connects callers automatically to the US Capitol Switchboard, where you follow the prompts to be connected to your House Rep or Senators. Need a script? Check out 5 Calls, where you can find topical scripts with concrete demands for your legislators on any issue you care about.

    Second, reach out to Max Dunitz to get connected with activities from past Power Hour actions, or other volunteer activities like postcarding, phonebanking, textbanking, data work, etc.

    Have an action to suggest? Contact Max Dunitz [email protected]