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Meet our 2019 Leadership Candidates!

The period for DAF Marseille Chapter Executive Committee nominations has now closed.

The DAF Marseille Elections Board is pleased to announce that the Marseille Chapter ExCom Candidates of 2019 are as follows:

Marseille Chapter Chair

Susan Fitoussi

What I bring to the table –

Organizational skills, punctuality, bilingual and enthusiasm

About me!

Born in Los Angeles California 1962

I am the third child born of first-generation parents with European origins.

I left the USA when I was 24 and have lived abroad since.

I have been living in Marseille for 26 years.

I work in a huge multi-mega international shipping company. The nice part of this is that I work in a multi-cultural environment.

I am a single Mom with 2 children that are now independent and married.

Why I am a Democrat –

I believe in Universal Health Care – Equal Rights and Environmental Consciousness.

The Democratic Party represents the values I believe in.

Why I’m running for this position –

I have been a member of our chapter since it was created.

Meeting local Americans and helping them register to vote is certainly one of the most important roles I can play as an American living abroad today!

We have a great team and I hope to continue working together to organize wonderful events that will bring our community together and most importantly ‘Get out the Vote”!

What I hope to contribute?

I would like to bring more members to the chapter and do what it takes to get them more involved.

 

Marseille Chapter Vice-Chair

Joel Luboff

I’m Joel Luboff, and I wish to run Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad France – Marseille. I have been a member of Democrats Abroad for over 25 years and have served on the Executive Committee as a member at large for the past two years. I would like to increase my efforts to support local actions to maintain interest and enthusiasm for getting out the vote among expats in the Marseille and Aix area, and the Vice Chair position would provide an excellent opportunity for me to do so. I am particularly interested in supporting actions of Democrats Abroad in the areas of income and wealth concentration, immigration, and more equitable tax treatment for ex-pats.

 

Marseille Chapter Secretary

Pamela King

More than ever, we need to support the Democratic Party today. It is our best defense against a disappointing and dangerous administration in Washington D.C. Democrats Abroad is particularly well-organized and on the frontlines of the party’s efforts to uphold the civic values of fairness, equality and democracy. Action is needed now, especially when it comes to Getting Out The Vote and getting more Democrats in office. I would therefore be honored to be able to continue serving on the Executive Committee of the Chapter that I co-founded in 2008.

 

Marseille Chapter Treasurer

Karen Wildau

I offer myself as a candidate for treasurer of our chapter. I have served in that post for the past two years. Before that, I served on the Executive Committee for a number of years. I have lived in Aix for nine years but have never lost my interest in American politics and in doing what I can to push the Democratic policy agenda. I believe it is important to let American politicians know that even though we live abroad, we care deeply about our country, its leadership and its policies and WE VOTE. Before I retired to France, I was a lawyer for over 37 years. Before that, I was a congressional assistant to Congressman Don Edwards, from California, a leader on the House Judiciary Committee. I have always been interested in politics and government and was active in those pursuits while I was a lawyer in Atlanta. I would like to see more people from our chapter get involved and will work to try to accomplish that goal.

 

Marseille Chapter Member at Large

Philip J. Breeden

After serving my country as a U.S. diplomat for almost 30 years, I moved to Aix en Provence in 2014 where I teach and help administer an American school – The Institute for American Universities. This experience, and my previous post as Consul General in Marseille, has brought me into regular contact with many members of Democrats Abroad in the region. It would be a privilege and honor to join them in promoting one of the central pillars of any democracy – voting by as many citizens as possible. This is all the more important given the current troubled, chaotic and misguided leadership of the United States. It is vital we all contribute to making sure it ends in 2020, so that we can return the United States to a more responsible role in the world. It is in this spirit that I offer my candidacy as Member at Large. 

 

Marseille Chapter Member at Large

Judy Godfrey

I offer myself as a candidate for member at large of our chapter. I have lived in Aix for 40 years but have never lost my interest in American politics. I believe it is important to let American politicians know that even though we live abroad, we care deeply about our country, its leadership and its policies.

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Chapter Elections - Call for Candidacies!


Our actions happen thanks to the strong efforts of a vibrant team. With Democrats taking over the House of Representatives in 2019, we must keep the momentum of our voices being heard loud and clear.

Our work abroad has a big impact on US elections! And we can do more.

The time has come again for our own, Democrats Abroad France – Aix-Marseille Chapter’s Executive Committee elections.

We are officially calling for candidates for the following positions:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Up to six members at large

Please take the time to consider the possibility of dedicating time to our Executive Committee for a two-year term. If you have questions about the roles and responsibilities of these positions, please respond to this email and we will get back to you.

All of us can do something no matter how big or small to support our party. Our volunteers each contribute what they can, and this is what makes our team so special. We hope that you’ll show your enthusiasm and support.

In order to successfully organize these elections, we are establishing a deadline for reception of candidacies. To have your name on the ballot, thank you for submitting the following before March 1st 2019:

  • your name
  • the position you wish to run for
  • a brief statement of your interest (150 words maximum) just expressing why you'd like to join the team!

Your candidacy submission can easily be done by sending it to our Election Officer:

Janice Nagourney: janice.nagourney@gmail.com

So please mark on your calendar the date our elections will formally be held: March 30th 2019. We will make an event of it with a film projection of the play, Ann – a portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary governor of Texas – in Aix-en-Provence. Click here for more information:

www.democratsabroad.org/pamelaking/chapter_elections_and_film_projection_of_the_play_ann_on_saturday_march_30_in_aix-en-provence

This will be a great opportunity to meet other members, as we are a diverse and talented community!

Voting will also be possible electronically, and by post.

We hope many of you will submit your candidacies for our new ExCom. More than ever, we need to act now to keep the momentum going! Joining the Aix-Marseille Chapter team is a rewarding way to do so.

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Chapter Elections and Film Projection of the play, "Ann" on Saturday March 30 in Aix-en-Provence


Come vote for your Chapter's ExCom in person. Bring your ID. Meet other Dems and enjoy a projection of the play, Ann, about the famous Texas governor Ann Richards. Our member Jim Lovell, who worked with the Governor for many years, will introduce the film.

La Mado
4 place des Prêcheurs
Aix-en-Provence 13100

On Saturday 30 March, 2019. Voting open at 3 pm, film starts at 5 pm (two hours long).

ANN is a no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary first elected woman governor of Texas. This inspiring and hilarious play brings us face to face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Remembered for many things not the least of which was her memorable keynote speech at the 1988 Democratic Convention, in which she famously quipped, among other things, "Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” Written and performed by Emmy® Award winner and Tony nominee Holland Taylor (“Two and a Half Men"), ANN takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family.

After playing throughout Texas to sold-out audiences, ANN went on to win critical acclaim in Chicago, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and on Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. Now this extraordinary play directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein which appeared on Broadway in an unforgettable performance that The New York Times called, “frank, funny and warm. As Ann Richards, Holland Taylor is a FIERY DYNAMO.” Will be shown in a film taped live from Broadway at La Mado in Aix-en-Provence on March 30th at 5 pm.

La Mado
4 place des Prêcheurs
Aix-en-Provence 13100
France

Contact: Pamela King  0627282860

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Photos: Marseille Chapter Collaborates with IAU and the US Consulate

October 3rd, 2018 at the Institute for American Universities at Aix-en-Provence: Talk with Amy Anne Below on "Why Your Voice Is Essential, Free Speech and the Survival of Democracy”.

Emphasizing the non-partisan aspect of encouraging ALL people to vote no matter for whom they would like to vote allowed us to form a collaboration with the Institute of American Universities and the US Consulate General in Marseille. Both VFA and the Federal Voting Assistance Program were used to get dozens of students to register to vote, not only on the evening of the event, but for three days at IAU, where there were computers installed around campus with the two sites on the screens. Many emails were sent out by the Dean of IAU, Leigh Smith, and teachers talked about the event in their classes and assigned homework based on the talk. So it turned into a three-day event culminating in the talk with Amy Below. About 80 people were there. 

Many thanks to the participants: SIMON HANKINSON, the US Consul General in Marseille; CHOUROUK FARHAT, the Special Consular Services Assistant of American Citizen Services at the Consulate; AMY ANNE BELOW, US Government expert from Paris; LEIGH SMITH, Dean of IAU; PHILIP BREEDEN, Vice-President for Administration at IAU.

                                                                                            Chourouk Farhat, US CG Simon Hankinson, Amy Anne Below



                                                                 Chourouk Farhat, Simon Hankinson, Amy Anne Below, Philip Breeden, Leigh Smith


The students had lots of questions, and since they are our future, this is food for thought:

- What difference can I really make from abroad in my own county when I vote from far away and don’t know much about local politics there?

- The problem of voter oppression – not only the frustration concerning gerrymandering and the cheating, but also the general feeling of oppression, feeling that one can’t make a difference.

- The problem of saturation – being inundated with news and information, and the feeling of being on overload.

- What am I going to get out of it? What will the government do for me?

                                                                      Amy Anne Below                                                                       Chourouk Farhat and Simon Hankinson

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Great Article in Local Newspaper about our Conference on 3rd October in Aix

The French people of Aix are interested in American politics! The local newspaper, La Provence, ran an article about our Midterm Elections, VoteFromAbroad, and the talk we are holding on October 3rd, with Amy Anne Below speaking on the issue of Free Speech. 

Many thanks to Joel Luboff for his connections with the French press!

                   Read the article online here

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Phone Banking Day - GOTV

What a success! On 25 August, five members of our Chapter (clockwise, ExCom members Susan Fitoussi, Joel Luboff, Pamela King, Karen Wildau, as well as Judy Godfrey) contacted 400 members to make sure they were registered to vote in the Midterms. Many thanks to Karen for her beautiful home and fig ice cream! More people are registered now thanks to our calls...

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SAVE THE DATE Wednesday 3 October for a great Get Out The Vote Event!

DURING THE US MIDTERM ELECTION SEASON

AT IAU IN AIX-EN-PROVENCE:

SAVE THE DATE

WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 18:30

for a talk with

Amy Anne Below

MAT and specialist in American Politics and Government

on

"Why Your Voice Is Essential:

Free Speech and the Survival of Democracy"

with the participation of

Philip Breeden

Vice President of Administration and professor of IAU

Leigh Smith

PhD, Dean and professor of IAU

and special guest

The Consul General of the US in Marseille,

Simon Hankinson


Exact address to be announced.


VOTING REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE PREMISES AFTER THE TALK!

But don't wait till then!

Go to VoteFromAbroad.org

now to register!!


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT PAMELA KING: pamelaking13@gmail.com 


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Article in La Provence-Aix on the March in Aix

You can read the article on below, or on line here:

https://www.laprovence.com/article/faits-divers-justice/4894569/manifestation-a-aix-pour-la-reglementation-des-armes-aux-usa-ca-suffit-now.html


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150 People at the March in Aix!

March For Our Lives hit the streets of Aix-en-Provence with more than a hundred people marching to support the students. We filled the streets with music (including Lin Manuel Miranda's latest "Found/Tonight" that he wrote just for this event) and anti-NRA chants, turning heads and drawing people out of their homes and shops as we wound our way to the Rally Square.

Many thanks to Robert Hale for his excellent photos!

Psychology Professor James A. Shepperd from the University of Florida joined us to say a few words at the end-of-march rally, encouraging us to vote, and to contact our representatives. 

The words of survivor/activist Sarah Chadwick inspired our march as we set out:

"NEVER AGAIN should a child be afraid to go to school. NEVER AGAIN should students have to protest for their lives. NEVER AGAIN should an innocent life be taken while trying to gain an education. NEVER AGAIN should I feel guilty to be alive because Peter, Carmen, Scott, Feiss, Hickson, Meadow, Jamie, Alyssa, Joaquin, Helena, Nick, Alana, Cara, Martin, Luke, Gina and Alex are not. That is why we have organized this revolution. For them. A revolution created by students, for students.”

BRAVO and THANKS to all the people from all over the region who turned up, including from Arles, Avignon and as far away as Nice! It was a tremendous event thanks to every ONE of you. 

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