In advance of Memorial Day weekend French special forces veterans supported by the American community are organizing a special ceremony honoring the 80th anniversary of the founding of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services)—from which the CIA was created in 1947.Democrats Abroad Toulouse will be taking part in these Memorial Day commemorations honoring two OSS commandos killed during a secret mission in the Tarn in August 1944.Democrats Abroad members are warmly invited to attend these events. Family members related to that OSS mission are traveling from the States to take part. Support from the local American community is particularly sought.
Events Taking place (May 26-May28):
Thursday, May 26th: former Chair of DA Toulouse, Meredith Wheeler, will be hosting a special WELCOME reception at 6pm at her home for visiting Americans, followed by a group dinner at Lautrec’s best restaurant, Le Jardin du Clocher (30€ prix fix not including wine; booking required by May 7th).
Thursday, May 26th: An extra element in this year's commemorations is the opportunity to do a tandem parachute jump yourself with the Albi Parachute Club at a special group rate (220€) organized by French veterans.
Friday, May 27 at 10:00 am near Viane: A parachute drop (weather-permitting) featuring both American and French paratroopers landing on the actual drop zone where the OSS mission landed in 1944 will honor the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Office of Strategic Services.
The event will be followed by a group lunch in the Café de Paris in Brassac (booking required).
Saturday, May 28 at 10:00 am in Le Rialet: Commemoration ceremonies with honor guard where floral tributes will be laid at the two steles honoring the OSS Commandos killed in action and French Resistance fighters.
Veteran associations will be present along with local dignitaries, the local American community and American relatives of OG PAT members. The WW2 re-enactors will also be on hand, adding both color and historic detail to the event.
A group lunch will follow hosted by the Mayor of Le Vintrou (booking essential).
There is also an opportunity to visit the sites linked to the OSS mission in the Tarn, where plaques commemorate their contribution.
For further details or to book for any of the group meals, please RSVP.
Unity, Inclusion, and a Shared Commitment to Human Dignity - an interactive session with Diego Sanchez, Director, Advocacy, Policy & Partnerships, PFLAG
As the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month comes to an end, join us as we transition into PRIDE month and celebrate intersectionality within our communities. Hear from Diego Sanchez, Director of PFLAG’s Advocacy, Policy & Partnership program to learn about their work, particularly as it relates to advocacy and voting, and issues related to intersectionality for people of color who also identify as LBGTQ+.
PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their friends, families, and allies with over 250,000 members across the U.S. PFLAG is committed to creating a world where all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
PFLAG’s programs of advocacy, support, and education serve to fight many of the same issues that the AAPI Caucus is also concerned with such as discrimination, violence and harm, and removing the root causes of violence and injustice, including systemic racism, sexism, discrimination, and harassment.
After the overview session, there will be discussion on how we can assist voters abroad in these key areas.
About the Speaker: Diego Miguel Sanchez, APR
A native of Augusta, GA and long-time Massachusetts resident, prior to his appointment with PFLAG, Diego was Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Barney Frank until the Representative’s retirement in 2013. Diego made history with that appointment, being the first openly transgender person to work as a senior legislative staff member on Capitol Hill. He also testified before Congress in the historic Transgender Discrimination Hearing in 2008 and that year was named as the first openly trans person ever appointed to the DNC Platform Committee.
Diego also served as Director of Public Relations and External Affairs at the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, and AIDS Action Council, DC. Before moving into the nonprofit sector, Diego worked for 20 award-winning years in global public relations, marketing, and diversity management at world headquarters of Fortune 500 companies.
Diego was among The 100 Most Powerful Latino/s in Corporate America named by Hispanic Business Magazine, named an LGBT Latino Hero by the Mayor of Washington, D.C., in the 100 most powerful Latino/s (Poderometro) in Massachusetts by El Planeta and in 2013, named to the Out 100 and in the Inaugural Trans 100, sponsored by GLAAD.
Diego is also a Senior Fellow of UMass Boston’s Emerging Leaders Program in the College of Management.
Washington, D.C. 6:00am Berlin, Germany 12:00pm Delhi, India 3:30pm Singapore, Singapore 6:00pm Seoul, South Korea 7:00pm Sydney, Australia 8:00pm
Democrats Abroad France invites you to participate with us in the Memorial Day ceremonies on Sunday, May 29th organized by the American Battle Monuments Commission at the different military cemeteries in remembrance of those who have fallen:
- Lafayette Esquadrille Memorial
- Belleau Woods
- La Somme
- St. Avold
- St. Mihiel
- Normandy and again June 6th.
At the Tarn there will be special commemoration ceremonies May 26th-28th honoring the 80th Anniversary of the Founding of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services)—from which the CIA was created in 1947. The wreath laying by the Toulouse Chapter will be Saturday, May 28th.
For times and more information about these ceremonies, please email [email protected] or text: 06 14 16 15 16.
We so much appreciate DAF for continuing to perpetuate this tradition and also the members of Democrats Abroad France who will be representing us and laying wreaths. These are very moving events with flyovers and US military bands at some of the ceremonies.
Feeling lost in how to manage the financial investment playing field as an American living in France? You are not alone! Come join DAF-Riviera as we present Brian DUNHILL, a Financial Planner with a core emphasis on concentrated positions, and retirement planning for American Expatriates. He will share with us key topics, including advantages and challenges, impacting North American expats living in France. Past positions have led him to work in many capacities for prestigious firms on Wall Street including UBS, Lehman Brothers, and A.G. Edwards. Working as an analyst, in compliance and as a Financial Advisor has given him the full perspective to advise many on their financial investment journeys abroad.There is no entry fee for members and American guests, but we ask for your support by donating directly here, on our website.
Even though the government has lifted restrictions, we are still going to encourage wearing a mask. In addition, we will ensure the room is open to fresh air. We want everyone to feel secure in attending and mindful everyone has different comfort levels. We look forward to seeing you in person!
Please join Democrats Abroad Aix/Marseille for a leisurly walking tour to discover the hidden treasures of
« Le Panier Historique & Insolite » in the center of Marseille, with our professional tour guide Robyn !
On this 1 ½ hour free guided tour of Le Panier we will be going back in time to explore the major historical events in its history.
Filled with anecdotes and iconic figures unknown to many, this tour will unveil some of Le Panier’s secrets,
from Italian migrants to renaissance fighters there is something hidden in every passageway…
After our tour at 4 PM, all are welcome to join us for a beverage & a game of Pétanque at the « Bar des 13 coins ».
FYI : The tour is capped at 20 participants
Date : Saturday June 4th 2022
Time : 2 :30 PM
Meeting place : Glacier du Roi, 4 place de Lenche, 13002 Marseille
Dont forget your walking shoes, bottle of water, sunscreen, hat and curiosity 😉
For questions & information please contact Susan Fitoussi : [email protected]
Join Democrats Abroad Paris once a month as we meet up in central Paris to WALK & TALK, and explore our glorious city by foot. Our destination varies each time we meet, and often ends with lunch (optional, as folks have time and interest). Come meet your fellow Democrat Abroad in Paris — and get your 10,000 steps in! All are welcome. This event is FREE.
We meet every first Tuesday of the month at 10:30A across from the Pont Sully on the right bank, in front of the LCL Bank (2 Blvd. Henri IV, the corner of Blvd Henri IV and Quai Henri IV), in the 4th arrondissement. By metro: Sully Morland exit on Line 7, or Bastille exit Line 1, 5, 8.
Come join us on Tuesday June 7th @ 6:30 pm at La Nouvelle Lune Pub in Toulouse for a chance to meet and connect with fellow Democrats in the Toulouse area.
La Nouvelle Lune is conveniently located around the corner from the Palais de Justice metro station. This social event is open to DA Toulouse members and any other Americans who would like to attend. First Tuesday events are informal social gatherings, a nice opportunity to socialize and discuss politics and the news of the day with fellow Democrats.
Calling All Democrats in Lille!The Normandy Chapter is on the move, and we are thrilled to be having the first Political Whine (or beer) in Lille. This is an opportunity to meet fellow Democrats in Lille, talk about the future of a Lille subchapter and trade views about the upcoming mid-term elections and other issues.We’re inviting all Americans in the area of Lille and surroundings – whether you are already a member of Democrats Abroad or not – to come join us at the Le Meunier from 6:30-8:30 pm on June 7th to meet each other, discuss Democratic politics, and talk about getting out the vote in the upcoming midterms.
Join Political Forum host Jean-Pierre LaRochelle and leaders of Democrats Abroad France in a free-wheeling discussion of current events and news of the month, and share your views with other attendees. Send your questions to [email protected]
BORDEAUX CHAPTER POLITICO-CULTURE CHAT
A free-wheeling discussion of American politics but also History, Art, Film, Philosophy, Psychology…..
Prepared and moderated by Trudy Bolter, Professeure des universités émérite, Sciences-Po Bordeaux
Second Wednesday of every month, 5 to 7 PM
Starting from a file of texts and artifacts (usually film) around a core theme, conversation quickly develops
Upon rsvp'ing we will send you the subject of the month and the suggested “prep work” via email. Please read as little or as much as you like - there is no “assignment”.