photo by Laurent Hutinet
Welcome to the Lyon chapter of Democrats Abroad France!
Democrats Abroad Lyon is a relatively new chapter in France, formed in 2017 in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. We welcome all Americans who support the ideals and goals of the Democratic party.
As a new and energetic chapter of Democrats Abroad France, we plan monthly social and advocacy events. We have marched and rallied in Lyon for progressive causes, such as gun control, women’s rights, immigration rights, racial equality as well as a science-based environmental policy.
We also hold salon discussions and presentations on current issues in American politics. And, from time to time, we get together for cultural events, like the recent exhibition on Martin Luther King, Jr. here in Lyon. One thing you can count on are our casual monthly get togethers - held on the first Thursday of every month in a central downtown Lyon watering hole.
We would be interested in hearing your ideas. Please feel free to contact us!
Robin Guinot, Chapter Chair
Democrats Abroad LyonFrench 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.
Come join us for drinks and conversation on January 31st!!
It is a great new blue year! We want to welcome our new members to DALyon and celebrate the new year and the new blue Congress with current members. (We’re slipping it in just under the wire on January 31st!)
We'll be talking about our plans for 2019. And would love your ideas!
Would you like to be more involved with Democrats Abroad in the lead-up to the 2020 elections? This year we have Democrats Abroad chapter elections coming up for at the end of March. Our board members will be there to answer any questions that you may have on the elections, board positions and our activities.
We look forward to seeing you!
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