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Senator Doug Jones Fundraiser for Democrats Abroad France

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the historic and important win in Alabama for Senator Doug Jones. 🙌

"Over the last two years, in the Senate and on the campaign trail, Doug has not forgotten his promise to work on behalf of everyone in Alabama. He’s stayed focused on the kitchen table issues like the economy, education, healthcare, veterans’ issues and support for the military. And recently Doug has secured some major victories for Alabama.

Doug’s bipartisan bill to repeal the military widow’s tax was included in the National Defense Authorization Act and is expected to be signed into law. This is a huge victory for our military families, whose spouses earned their survivor benefits with their service and their lives." Doug Jones for Senate on Medium

To celebrate, Senator Jones came to Paris to support Democrats Abroad! As he explained, the race to hold his seat is going to be tough. Every vote will count!

Senator Jones knows the importance of the overseas vote. In tight races, Democrats Abroad is the margin of victory!

The turnout was impressive for this fundraiser. We were joined by Democrats Abroad International Chair Julia Bryan, Democrats Abroad France Chair Ada Shen and DNC representative Constance Borde.

Every euro raised will go toward reaching an additional voter abroad. Please consider donating to our 2020 GET OUT THE VOTE efforts.🎁

✅ Just go to Allo Asso to make a one-time or ongoing donation to support our voter outreach and voter registration activities in 2020!


On Our Mind


DIVERSITY

di·​ver·​si·​ty | \ də-ˈvər-sə-tē  , dī-\

the condition of having or being composed of differing elements: VARIETY

especially : the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization

Diversity is a defining element of America and American history.  It is part of what makes our country stand out among other democracies around the world...

...but, diversity is embraced by ONE party - the Democratic Party - where every voice matters.  In making diversity an intrinsic part of what we are as a party, diversity has become our strength - as evidenced in the 2018 election blue wave!

The Changing Face of Congress

In 2018, we saw record numbers of women and other minorities elected with a wave of historic firsts in the midterm elections...youngest, first Muslim, first openly gay, first Native American, first transgender, among many others.  All Democrats!

In addition, the current Congress is the most racially and ethnically diverse group ever. Non-whites – including blacks, Hispanics, Asians/Pacific Islanders and Native Americans – now account for 22% of Congress. The number of women in Congress is at an all-time high with 127 women in the legislature, accounting for 24% of voting lawmakers across both chambers.

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The DA France LGBTQ+ Caucus is Back!

We are delighted to announce the “relaunch” of the Democrats Abroad France national LGBTQ+ Caucus. The kick-off event took place Wednesday, November 20 in Paris.  The mood was joyous (as you can tell from the photos) and turnout was terrific!

Led by co-chairs Fred Hoffman and Tom Houlihan, the national LGBTQ+ caucus is going to be an inclusive and vibrant community among American expats in France. We encourage diversity and intend to create a space of openness and trust!

Speaking of inclusion, we hope to have a truly national presence for the caucus, so if you would like to organize LGBTQ+ caucus events in your chapter, let us know!

Future events are in planning. Should you have ideas or suggestions for the caucus, please reach out to us at lgbtq@democratsabroad.fr.

From the DA Global LGBT Caucus:

Democrats Abroad is committed to a world where all persons have access to the same rights and benefits, regardless of sexual identity or gender expression.

The Democrats Abroad LGBT Caucus is the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members and any Democrat abroad who supports them.

The goals of the LGBT Caucus reflect the mission of Democrats Abroad to:

  • engage and empower LGBTI Americans living abroad to vote in US elections;
  • provide a platform for Democrats Abroad members, country committees and chapters to advance issues at the heart of the LGBTI community;
  • support Democrats Abroad’s members in issues they face living abroad as LGBTI Americans, such as access to government services and benefits for same-sex spouses and family members, the legacy resulting from past discrimination and Defense of Marriage Act.

Would you like to join the global LGBT Caucus? Go to our webpage www.democratsabroad.org/lgbt.  And, stay tuned, we will be creating a dedicated DAFrance webpage for the caucus in the near future!

 

 


On Our Mind

Climate Change and Solar Energy in France

Climate change, environmental protection, clean energy and sustainable development are among the critical issues to be addressed to save our planet. However, the Trump administration has taken the misguided step of pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Accord as well as adopting policies with potentially significant detrimental effects on the environment. In parallel, hundreds of thousands of youth, led by Greta Thurnburg, have launched a global climate change activism movement.  

So, what else is happening?

At the federal level, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 9 “Climate Action Now”, which would have prohibited the administration from pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, under which the U.S. promised to reduce carbon pollution by at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, only to be blocked by the Senate.

To fill the current void of federal leadership on climate in the US, several multi-state actions have been launched under the leadership of governors and state legislatures.

  • Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) - which includes CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NY, RI, and VT. NJ will re-join in 2020.  And, now that VA has a Democratic majority in BOTH houses of the state legislature, the path is clear for them to join as well!
  • Western Climate Initiative
  • U.S. Climate Alliance
  • Governors Accord for a New Energy Future
  • Pacific Coast Collaborative

Here in France, we have the Democrats Abroad France Environment Policy Group (EPG), which has been active for ten years and has presented numerous speakers and subjects to members. The group is co-chaired by Dana Powers (an expert environmentalist and contributor to the New York Times on environment) and Cara Maesano (physicist and expert on climate change) with the participation of Jim Christiansen (who works in alternative and renewable energy development). The EPG has worked on the 2016 Democrats Abroad Platform (see Environment & Climate Change, pp. 54-59), and has submitted proposals (after “kitchen table” meetings) for 2020!

To further our understanding of the potential of solar energy here in France, the EPG invited one of our own leaders, Dennis Shibut, to share his knowledge and research on what is possible from solar energy in France. He has travelled around the country to share his findings with the Avignon, Toulouse, Lyon and Strasbourg Chapters.

Currently 70 percent of France’s electricity is supplied by 59 nuclear reactors. This energy production is headed off a cliff: in the next 15 years when most of these reactors will have reached their end-of-design-life and must be replaced. Dennis’s presentation offered a practical road map to a cleaner, brighter future for everyone based on the increased use of solar energy. His presentation is based on an article written for the 2015 COP21 world climate conference in Paris. The findings in this presentation were reported by the French press and radio. In 2017, it was the opening presentation at the European Solar Summit.  

About Dennis Shibut: Dennis is a physicist and former researcher for NASA’s Skylab mission, as well as for the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in the first studies in ocean-atmospheric energy exchange. He has taught physics at the university and community college levels. 

Dennis is a long-time enlightened environmentalist. Since the late 1990s he has written numerous articles about green living through his website Kyoto Action Report. Dennis is a member of several prominent environmental advocacy organizations such as the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists. In France, Dennis is an “Ambassador” for a 100% green electricity utility company.  A long-time resident of Avignon, Dennis has twice been Chair of DA Avignon and twice Vice-Chair.

Would you like to be involved in the DA France Environment Policy Group?  Please contact Connie Borde at constance@cborde.com. 







 










FIFTH Democratic Debate: Watch Events around France

The FIFTH Democratic presidential debate will take place on Wednesday, November 20th in Atlanta, Georgia and will be hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. The debate will be moderated by an all-female panel of journalists and hosted at filmmaker Tyler Perry’s studios in Atlanta.

The criteria for qualifying for the November are:

1) They’ve secured at least 165,000 individual donors, including 600 individual donors from 20 states and

2) They’ve reached 3 percent in the polls in four Democratic National Committee (DNC) approved surveys, or 5 percent in two DNC approved polls from the four earliest primary and caucus states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.

WHO WILL TAKE THE STAGE?

The deadline for meeting these requirements was November 13. Ten candidates will take the stage: (in alphabetical order)

Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Cory Booker
Pete Buttigieg
Tulsi Gabbard
Kamala Harris
Amy Klobuchar
Bernie Sanders
Tom Steyer
Elizabeth Warren
Andrew Yang

To qualify, candidates had to meet a donor requirement:
- contributions from 165,000 unique donors over the course of their campaigns.
*And* one of two polling requirements:
- two polls at 5 percent or more in the four early nominating states: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina; *or*
- four polls at 3 percent or more in early nominating states or national surveys. (Only polls released between Sept. 13 and Nov. 13 counted.)

TO WATCH FROM HOME

The debate is expected to air on MSNBC and Radio One, and stream live on MSNBC.com and WashingtonPost.com.


DEBATE WATCH EVENTS IN FRANCE

 

Join Democrats Abroad France to watch the full debate via replay. Currently, the debate watch events being hosted by our  chapters are:

PARIS CHAPTER

WHEN: Friday, November 22

TIME: 7pm - 10pm

PLACE: JOE ALLEN, 30 RUE PIERRE LESCOT, PARIS 75001

RSVP

MARSEILLE CHAPTER

WHEN: Thursday, November 21

TIME: 6:30 - 9:30pm

PLACE: Institute for American Universities (Main Hall), 2 bis Rue du Bon Pasteur, Aix en Provence 13100

RSVP

STRASBOURG CHAPTER

WHEN: Thursday, November 21 

TIME: 6:30-8:30pm

PLACE: INSA (Institut des Sciences Appliquées), 24 Boulevard de la Victoire, Strasbourg 

Come for part or all of the broadcast as well as drinks and/or dinner afterwards at the nearby restaurant, Chez Mon Ex. We will surely have plenty to discuss!

Open to the public, so please feel free to bring friends and students!


For all the up-to-date information on our debate watch events, bookmark this page or the DAF Events Calendar

Want to volunteer to help or host an event? Contact your local chapter or send us an email at volunteer@democratsabroad.fr.

We hope to see you at one of our events!

 

 

 

 

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DA France in Athens for EMEA Regional Meeting

From October 11-13, Democrats Abroad leaders from the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region participated in an intensive work meeting in Athens, Greece. Present were delegations from the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland Austria, Hungary, Poland, Israel--even Dubai in the United Arab Emirates...and, of course FRANCE!

Athens—spiritual home of democracy—was the perfect site for the event.

For the 100+ leaders present in person and online, there was ONE question: HOW TO WIN IN 2020!

 

International Chair Julia Bryan gave a positive summary of where we are and a clear view of the BIG PICTURE goals for the organization. As a group, we took a look at our organization,and asked these tough questions, “How effective are we in bringing home the vote?” and “How can we improve?”

One thing is clear, though, we have been doing a great job in getting out the overseas vote!  A simple comparison tells the whole story. During the 2018 midterm elections,

  • Voter turnout across the US increased by almost 150%
  • Voter turnout among overseas voters increased by over 300%
  • Voter use of Vote From Abroad increased by an incredible 600%

And, we must to keep our ambitions high in order to win big in 2020! For Democrats Abroad, the goal is to continue to positively contribute to winning elections across the US as well as up and down the ballot.  

Our mission

  • Flip the Senate to Democrats
  • Flip the White House
  • Protect the House majority and Speaker Pelosi’s work
  • Make sure the 2016 story in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin does not repeat itself
  • Help protect Americans abroad votes

The message that we brought back home with us is this: The times have found us. Let's get ready!

The challenge ahead of us as an organization is to double the overseas civilian vote from 2016. Keeping in mind that 1 in 25 election are WON by a 1% margin, we, the overseas voters, can be THE difference between victory and defeat for Dem candidates... if we get out the vote!

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Meetups: Connect with Primary Candidate Campaigns!

Interested in supporting a Democratic Primary candidate from France? You can connect directly with candidate campaigns and local supporter groups near you. We will be updating this page regularly — if you know of a group that you think should be added here, please let us know at comms@democratsabroad.fr.

Note: This information is provided as a service to Democrats Abroad France members, and is available on an equal basis to all US Democratic Presidential Primary candidate supporter groups in France. Inclusion on this list does not constitute endorsement or any preference on the part of Democrats Abroad France. 


PETE BUTTIGIEG

Americans Abroad for Mayor Pete 

Email: lexpaulson@gmail.com

Tel: +33 (0) 6 29 55 47 10

  • To Add Pete Buttigieg's name to the DA Global Presidential Primary Ballot: Sign the petition here
  • To Watch Pete Buttigieg's Democrats Abroad Global Town Hall Address: Watch here


BERNIE SANDERS

France for Bernie

Website: www.meetup.com › France-for-Bernie-2020

Facebook: France for Bernie 2020

Email: franceforbernie2020@gmail.com

 

TOM STEYER

Tom Steyer 2020

Website: https://www.tomsteyer.com/

Facebook: @OfficialTomSteyer

Twitter: @TomSteyer

Email: evi.steyer@tomsteyer.com


ELIZABETH WARREN

France for Elizabeth Warren 2020

Website: www.meetup.com/Elizabeth-Warren-for-President-2020-France 

Facebook: France for Elizabeth Warren 2020

Email:  zacharyjames@hotmail.com

 

ANDREW YANG

YangGang Abroad

Facebook: YangGang Abroad

Email: Wright4vanessa@GMAIL.com

Telephone: +33 (0) 6 21 91 69 49

 

Remember: you can support your favorite primary candidates by signing all their Candidate Petitions, which will help make sure their names appear on the DA Global Presidential Primary Ballot. To find out more about Democrats Abroad's Global Presidential Primary to be held March 3-10, 2020, see here. Stay tuned to the DA France News blog for more information regarding how members in France can participate and vote. 


FOURTH Democratic Debate: Watch Events around France

The FOURTH DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATE will be hosted by CNN and The New York Times and will be broadcast live from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio on CNN.  The debate will air October 15 from 8P Eastern Time (October 16 from 2am in France). This will be the FOURTH of twelve planned Democratic Primary Debates.

For more information on this debate from The New York Times, click on this link to their website.

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Third Democratic Debate: Watch Events around France

The THIRD DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATES will be broadcast live from Houston, Texas on ABC.  The debate will air September 12 from 8P Eastern Time (September 13 from 2am in France). This will be the third of twelve planned Democratic Primary Debates.

For more information on this debate from ABC, click on this link to their website.

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More on the DNC Summer Meeting: Climate Change Resolution

The Climate Crisis and how the Democratic Presidential candidates would address this critical issue is getting much attention.

At the DNC summer meeting in San Francisco where our eight Democrats Abroad DNC representatives were present, this issue was taken up and passionately debated....

From Connie Borde, DNC Representative and former Chair DA France:

"A most important take-away from this 2019 DNC meeting was the impassioned debate on Climate Change, and the amount of resistance and activism that has forced the subject to the fore of this whole election period:  Green New Deal, Sunrise and many more groups brought convincing arguments to the DNC meeting for a Single-Issue, stand-alone Debate Resolution on Climate Change.

Our DNC team agreed to add their names to the Resolution.  After long and multi-faceted debate, this Resolution was voted down - to the dismay of the Climate Change advocates Nonetheless it was far from a lose/lose for the climate change people who got some win out of the controversy: the creation of a Climate Change Council, and several Resolutions to guarantee Climate Change would play an essential part in the upcoming Debates."

Interested in this critical issue? 

  • CNN hosted a "Climate Crisis Town Hall" on Wednesday, Sept. 4 in New York City. The network invited those candidates who meet the Democratic National Committee’s polling threshold for the September primary debate, which required them to reach 2% or more in four approved polls by Aug. 28.  Here is a link to see the hightlights!

Also,

  • MSNBC has announced that it is co-hosting the two-day Climate Forum 2020, to be held at Georgetown University Sept. 19-20. All declared presidential candidates from both parties will be invited to speak to young voters about climate change in the town hall-style forum, co-hosted by The Institute of Politics and Public Service at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy and Our Daily Planet, an independent environmental news organization.

 

“Resolutions" never drew such a crowd!