The US consul to Lyon, Rebecca Kimbrell, addressed the membership of Democrats Abroad at the Franco-American business school
CEFAM on November 21, 2018. Her talk was titled "The US System of Checks and Balances". Ms Kimbrell explained her role and
responsibilities as the State Department representative in Lyon since August 2016. She shared with us the kinds of the events
she attends and the people with whom she interacts. She answered questions from the audience about the American legislative system
and the powers of the executive branch. These days with executive orders flying out of the White House and pushback from the courts and
the Democrats in Congress, we were all happy to have a refresher course on how our government actually works. She reassured us
with reminders of how robust the system really is. Useful information to have at our fingertips when French people ask for
explanations of what is going on in Washington!!
Under the theme “Hear our Voice”, the first anniversary Women’s March rally was held in Lyon on January 21, 2018 in solidarity with the Global Women’s Caucus. About 30 people, women and men, members and non-members, met at in the city center's Place des Terreaux armed with signs and passion for the cause of sexual equality and a harrassment-free world.
Co-chair Robin Guinot explained that our mission was "not only to mark the anniversary of the Women’s March, but to keep the momentum of this movement going." Attendees then shared their thoughts, experiences and hopes for the future. We wrapped up by emphasizing that our POWER is our vote. Literature from the GOTV campaign was of course available because OUR VOTE IS OUR VOICE. Later, the group assembled at Lyon cafe for more talk and mutual support.
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