Lyon

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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.  

We would be interested in hearing your ideas. Please feel free to contact us!

[email protected]

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DA Lyon Leadership:

Diane Sklar
| DAF-Lyon Chair
Catherine Coolidge
| DAF-Lyon Vice Chair
Kelly Blunt
| DAF-Lyon Secretary
John Matthews
| DAF-Lyon Treasurer
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  • News

    Meet the Lyon 2021 Leadership Candidates

    The nominations period for the Lyon Chapter Leadership Elections has now closed. The candidates for Lyon Chapter Leadership are listed below.

    All members of Democrats Abroad France Lyon Chapter may vote in the Lyon Chapter Leadership elections. Due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus, all voting will take place on line.  Members will be sent a link to their ballots by an email coming soon.

    You can meet the candidates, hear them speak and ask them questions, at the DA Lyon Chapter Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 4th at 7 p.m. to be held via Zoom. Voting will close on March 4, 2021.

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    Debate Watch Party

    In temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, members of DA Lyon sought refuge at Tech Noir, a funky air-conditioned bar in the artist quarter of Lyon. There we watched 2 nights and 20 candidates worth of Democratic primary debates and played debate bingo that captured pithy expressions like “hard-working Americans”, “billionaires” and “reproductive health care”.  

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    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 07:00 PM Paris Time · 2 rsvps
    Zoom in Paris, France

    Political Forum

    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 week, and share your views with other attendees. Send your questions to [email protected]

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 07:00 PM Paris Time · 1 rsvp
    via Zoom in Paris, France

    Political Power Hour

    Politics is not a spectator sport! Join us every Wednesday every month as we join together to take political action -- to engage our elected officials and policy makers on the issues that matter!

    We will start the first few minutes of every meeting with calls to our elected officials in House and Senate -- you can call Congress for Free from France at 07 555 3 6446 (or 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. 

    Never made constituent calls before? Don't worry, we will walk you through what to do including a call script. Every meeting we will also have new actions to take on the issues, together -- postcarding, phonebanking, textbanking, and more.

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