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Super Tuesday was just the beginning!

SUPER TUESDAY was just the beginning of the 2020 Global Primary in-person voting!

From March 3 through 10, Voting Center and ballot assistance events were open across France. DA France held twenty-eight events, of which ten events were held in Paris so that voters around the Paris region could cast their ballot - including for the first time ballot assistance events in the western suburbs of Saint Germain en Laye and Le Vesinet.

Added to Voting Centers in established chapters - Aix-Marseille, Avignon, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Normandy, Riviera, Strasbourg, Toulouse - chapters in Brittany, Lyon, and Montpellier held their inaugural polling stations. The Normandy chapter reached FAR out to provide assistance to voters in Lille.

On Super Tuesday, we saw an outpouring of voters who wanted to cast their ballot for their preferred presidential candidate. In Paris alone, at the American Church of Paris, there was a 50% increase in voter turnout compared with 2016. Not to mention the thousands of votes that arrived via email, mail and fax through the end of voting on March 10!

But Voting Centers don't just happen. Lots of planning and hard work go into making the primary voting go smoothly! From printing the ballots, setting up the voting centers, greeting voters, providing information, managing voter lines, interviews, monitoring the voting...to tallying the ballots and sending the validated ballots to the Global GPP Team! 

We want to thank the volunteers who helped SuperTuesday through SuperSaturday voting go so smoothly across France. And when the last vote is cast, the DAFrance leaders and voting center managers still had plenty to do to make sure that every vote is counted. Hats off to our leadership who have made this #GlobalPrimary week a success!

Many of you who are reading this blog may be among of our new members! Democrats Abroad France has had a 24% lift in membership since late January, driven by the keen interest in Democratic voters in France to be engaged in the nomination process. Having their vote carry up to 4 times the weight of a vote in their voting states, the excitement of voting in-person during this critical presidential election year, and having their ballot counted as a Super Tuesday vote, no doubt drove the unprecedented interest by voters abroad...in France and around the world!

If the outpouring of interest both abroad and in the US is an indication of the mobilization possible among Democratic voters, we can win in November! Stay engaged! Would you live to get involved in our Get Out the Vote efforts in 2020? Fill in our Volunteer form

Thanks to the photographers who captured these moments...and many others! Paris: Meagan Lopez, Melissa Short; Lyon: James Colburn; Nice: Robert Flores

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DA France Global Presidential Primary Voting Centers



The 2020 Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary
 (GPP) will take place for 8 days from "Super Tuesday", March 3 to Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Voting will take place at hundreds of Voting Centers and Ballot Assistance Events* around the world.

Updated March 6, 2020

PARIS - CITY CENTER

"Super Tuesday" 
Tuesday, March 3

5:30pm - 9:30pm
AMERICAN CHURCH OF PARIS
Thurber Room
65 quai d'Orsay
75007 Paris
RSVP

Thursday, March 5 (Pop-up Primary: Ballot Assistance Event)*
6:30pm - 10:00pm
TREIZE AU JARDIN
5 rue de Medicis
75006 Paris
RSVP

Saturday, March 7 
NOTE: ORIGINAL TIME & VENUE FOR THIS VOTING CENTER HAS BEEN CHANGED
1:30pm - 4:30pm 
THE AMERICAN CATHEDRAL IN PARIS
23 Avenue George V
75008 Paris
RSVP

Saturday, March 7 (Pop-up Primary: Ballot Assistance Event)*
1:00pm - 4:00pm
PATRICK’S LE BALLON VERT
33 Rue de Montreuil
75011 Paris
RSVP

Saturday, March 7 (Pop-up Primary: Ballot Assistance Event)*
2:00pm - 5:30pm
TREIZE AU JARDIN 
5 rue des Medicis
75006 Paris
Opposite Jardin de Luxembourg
RSVP

Saturday, March 7 (Pop-up Primary: Ballot Assistance Event)*
5:00pm - 7:00pm
COFFEE CLUB
87 rue d’Assas 
75006 Paris
RSVP

Sunday, March 8 (Pop-up Primary: Ballot Assistance Event)*
11:00am - 3:00pm
FONDATION DES ÉTATS-UNIS (Lobby)
15 bd Jourdan
75014 Paris
RSVP

Monday, March 9 (Pop-up Primary: Ballot Assistance Event)*
3:00pm - 7:00pm
LE PELOTON CAFÉ
17 rue du Pont Louis Philippe
75004 Paris
RSVP

PARIS - SAINT GERMAIN & LE VESINET

Saturday, March 7 (Pop-up Primary: Ballot Assistance Event)*
1:30pm - 4:30pm
STARBUCKS
19 Rue de la Salle
78100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye
RSVP

Sunday, March 8 (Pop-up Primary: Ballot Assistance Event)*
11:00am - 2:00pm
MALHERBE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
19 rue du 11 novembre 1918
78110 Le Vésinet
RSVP

AIX-EN-PROVENCE/MARSEILLE

Thursday, March 5
5:00pm to 8:00pm
LES ARCENAULX
25 Cours Estienne d'Orves
13001 Marseille
RSVP

Saturday, March 7
12:00pm to 5:00pm
INSTITUTE FOR AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES
2bis rue Bon Pasteur
13100 Aix en Provence
RSVP

AVIGNON

"Super Tuesday" 
Tuesday, March 3

1:00pm - 6:00pm
CAMILLI BOOKS & TEA
155, rue Carreterie
84000 Avignon
RSVP

Monday, March 9
1:00pm - 6:00pm
CAMILLI BOOKS & TEA
155, rue Carreterie
84000 Avignon
RSVP

BORDEAUX

Saturday, March 7
2:00pm - 6:00pm
UTOPIA CINEMA
5 Place Camille Jullian
33000 Bordeaux
RSVP

BRITTANY

Saturday, March 7
2:00pm - 6:00pm
ASSOCIATION LA MAISON DES ÉTATS-UNIS
Immeuble les Salorges
15 Quai Ernest Renaud 1
44000 Nantes
RSVP

GRENOBLE

"Super Tuesday" 
Tuesday, March 3

5:00pm - 9:00pm
LA MAISON INTERNATIONALE
1 rue Hector Berlioz
38000 Grenoble
RSVP

Monday, March 9 (Pop-up Primary: Ballot Assistance Event)*
6:30pm - 8:30pm
EL MIRO
58 rue Saint Real
73000 Chambéry 
RSVP

LYON

"Super Tuesday" 
Tuesday, March 3

6:00pm -10:00pm
TWO AMIGOS RESTAURANT
11 rue Terme
69001 Lyon
RSVP

MONTPELLIER

"Super Tuesday" 
Tuesday, March 3

4:00pm to 8:00pm
LE GAZETTE CAFE
6 rue Levat
34000 Montpellier
RSVP

Saturday, March 7
10:00am to 6:00pm
LE GAZETTE CAFE
6 rue Levat
34000 Montpellier
RSVP

NORMANDY

"Super Tuesday" (Pop-up Primary: Ballot Assistance Event)*
Tuesday, March 3
5:00pm - 9:00pm
HELLO DARLING
5, avenue Pierre et Marie Curie 
80350 Mers-les-Bains
RSVP

Wednesday, March 4 (Pop-up Primary: Ballot Assistance Event)*
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Le Lys
1, place Charles de Gaulle 
59000 Lille
RSVP

Saturday, March 7
12:00pm to 4:00pm
COSY LUNCH
8 Place de la Calende
76000 Rouen
RSVP

RIVIERA

Saturday, March 7
10:00am - 3:00pm
SUBWAY
8 blvd Gambetta
06000 Nice
RSVP

STRASBOURG

Friday, March 6
4:00pm to 8:00pm
MAISON DES ASSOCIATIONS
1 Place des Orphelins
67000 Strasbourg
RSVP

TOULOUSE

"Super Tuesday" 
Tuesday, March 3

2:00pm - 7:00pm
CARSON CITY RESTAURANT
3 Place Oliver
31300 Toulouse
RSVP

Saturday, March 7
2:00pm - 7:00pm
CARSON CITY RESTAURANT
3 Place Oliver
31300 Toulouse
RSVP

WHO CAN VOTE IN THE GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY? 

  • Primary Voters must meet the following criteria:
    • Be abroad and be a U.S. Citizen
    • Be a member of Democrats Abroad 
    • Be at least 18 years old by November 3, 2020
    • Not have voted, nor plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary
  • Democrats Abroad allows same day registration for voters participating in the Global Presidential Primary 
  • Voters may register in-person or by signing up at democratsabroad.org/join
  • Voters abroad may also vote by downloading a ballot and emailing or postal mailing it to Democrats Abroad, starting from February 18, 2020. Ballots must be received by DA prior to 12:00 am Pacific Standard Time on March 11, 2020.

Join Democrats Abroad today and make sure you receive up-to-date information about the 2020 Global Presidential Primary!

Have questions? Contact us: comms@democratsbabroad.fr

Your vote is your voice – Use it!

Ballot assistance events are informal events where volunteers help other US voters do the same things they can do from home via the GPP Remote Ballot process -- eligible voters can join Democrats Abroad (if they haven't already), get a Remote Ballot (we will have them printed and on hand) and then assistance returning the ballot by email to primaryvoting@democratsabroad.org, but in a social setting. Unlike an official voting center there is no ballot box. 

 


On Our Mind: Black History Month 2020

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2020: ART AND EDUCATION IN A TURBULENT ERA by Jake Lamar

We live in paradoxical times. Twenty years into the twenty-first century, remembrance and public recognition of the legacy of slavery and racial oppression are more frequent while, at the same time, the backlash against such acknowledgment grows more intense. Last year, I heard a young American pundit suggest that an overzealous Black History course in a New York school risked guilt-tripping white students so badly that they might, in a strange defensive transformation, become racists themselves. It was a theory I found, to say the least, unconvincing.

I was a New York high school student when Black History Month became a regular part of the American curriculum in the 1970s. The whole point of the February commemoration was to rescue from the shadows the accomplishments of members of the African diaspora in the USA and beyond while analyzing the brutal racial caste system incarnated by slavery, colonialism, segregation and the terror of state and mob violence. Survival, achievement, excellence in the face of dehumanizing systems of law and belief: this is what Black History Month recognizes and celebrates. My intellect was infinitely nourished by what I learned in those high school lessons. I can't speak for my fellow students but I certainly don't remember my white classmates being traumatized by guilt or turned into racists by the education they received.

It was most likely during Black History Month lessons that I first learned about such brilliant African American artists as Henry Ossawa Tanner and Lois Mailou Jones, Augusta Savage and Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden and Laura Wheeler Waring: major figures who are, to this day, often under-recognized compared to their white contemporaries. My introduction to their work fuelled my wider interest in the arts. The life-changing education I received was much on my mind when a major exposition opened in March of last year.

In my quarter century in Paris, it's rare that a cultural event comes along that doesn't just enlighten or entertain but feels truly important in its power to affect the way people see and think about art, about history, about the politics and culture of a country and its place in the world. Le Modèle Noir---which was on display at the Musée d'Orsay from March 26 to July 21, 2019---was such a cultural event. And it was the brainchild of Dr. Denise Murrell.

An African American graduate of Harvard Business School and former Wall Street executive, Murrell had a passion for art that led her to daringly change career paths. During a graduate course in Art History at Columbia University, a slide of Edouard Manet's Olympia was projected on the lecture hall screen. Known as one of the landmarks of modern art, the painting contains two human figures: a nude white prostitute and her black maid, fully clothed and carrying a bouquet of flowers. The Columbia professor lectured at great length on the significance of the white figure. But to Murrell's stunned dismay, he did not mention the black woman in the painting...at all.

Murrell went on to investigate the life of the model, named Laure, and to explore the representation of black figures in Western Art. The subject became her PhD thesis, then an exhibition at the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University before opening, in an expanded version, in Paris.

Le Modèle Noir was a resounding success for the Musée d'Orsay, one of France's most staid institutions. As the show closed, Laurence de Cars, the president of the museum, said that it had attracted 400,000 visitors, twice the number that was anticipated; and that the visitors were younger and more diverse than the typical museum-goers. The result was all the more notable since, as Laurence des Cars said, the subject is considered "delicate" in France. The French Republic is officially colorblind. Le Modèle Noir offered a challenging vision, one that seemed to enhance the perceptions of its viewers, whatever their backgrounds.

On June 20th of last year, Dr. Murrell honored members of the Diversity Caucus of Democrats Abroad with a private tour of the exposition. Afterward, we all dined at Rosie's Smokehouse in the Latin Quarter. The whole restaurant came alive with warmth and conviviality, energetic talk and laughter filling the air as we savored barbecued chicken and spare ribs and pulled pork. The walls of the restaurant were adorned with works by Ealy Mays, a long-time Paris-based artist, whose paintings often have the satirical edge of a Robert Colescott. There was an atmosphere of celebration that evening that I will always remember and cherish.

Dr. Denise Murrell was recently appointed Associate Curator for 19th and 20th century art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She is the first full-time black curator to ever work on the museum's staff. Dr. Murrell's appointment is a bracing blast of hope in these turbulent times, when education itself is being attacked in insidious ways.

About the author:

JAKE LAMAR was born in 1961 and grew up in the Bronx, New York. After graduating from Harvard University, he spent six years writing for Time magazine. He has lived in Paris, France since 1993. He is the author of a memoir, seven novels, numerous essays, reviews and short stories, and a play. His most recent work, Viper's Dream, is both a crime novel and a radio drama, set in the jazz world of Harlem between 1936 and 1961. He is a recipient of the Lyndhurst Prize (for his first book, Bourgeois Blues), a prestigious Centre National du Livre grant (for his novel Postérité), France’s Grand Prize for best foreign thriller (for his novel The Last Integrationist), and a Beaumarchais fellowship for his play Brothers in Exile. He is currently working on a memoir about his life in Paris.


Would you like to get involved with the DA France Diversity Caucus? Send us an email at diversity@democratsabroad.fr.


Democrats Abroad France is On Air

With all the news coming from the US around the impeachment, the primaries, the debates, the candidates...French news outlets are anxious to connect with us to get an informed opinion on what is happening.  Democrats Abroad France leaders were featured in several prominent news programs this past week. 

Joe Smallhoover, International Legal Counsel and former DAFrance Chair, appeared on Le Figaro Live (v.f.)

Julia Grégoire, DAFrance Legal Counsel, appeared Saturday on LCI and Sunday on France 24 (v.f.)

Diane Sklar, DA Lyon Chapter Chair, appeared Tuesday morning on Euronews (v.o.) link to video not available

Stay tuned!

 


DA France 2020 Global Presidential Primary

Have you heard about the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary? 

The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary runs from March 3 to March 10, 2020. We’re holding more than 220 events in 45 countries around the world. Democrats Abroad is global so our primary is global!

Also, we are a Super Tuesday "state," which means that your vote in the global primary is counted early in the nomination process for the Democratic presidential candidate!

Find a polling station near you and join in, or vote remotely by email, fax or postal mail! Your vote will help determine the Democratic Presidential candidates our delegates vote for at the Democratic National Convention this July. 

We will have eighteen official voting center times across France starting on Super Tuesday, March 3! In addition, we will be adding Pop-up Ballot Assistance events during the in-person voting period! So, bookmark our webpage where we will be providing regular updates on DA France Global Primary events.

Quick background on the Global Presidential Primary

As a the official Democratic Party "state" for the estimated nine million Americans living abroad, Democrats Abroad will send twenty-one delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee this July. Those delegates will reflect the results of the Global Presidential Primary. 

  • Primary Voters must meet the following criteria to vote:
    • Be abroad and be a U.S. Citizen
    • Be a member of Democrats Abroad
    • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020
    • Not have voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary
  • Democrats Abroad allows same day registration for voters participating in the Global Presidential Primary 
  • Voters may register in-person or by signing up at democratsabroad.org/join
  • Voters abroad may also vote by downloading a ballot and emailing or postal mailing it to Democrats Abroad starting February 18, 2020. Ballots must be received by DA prior to 12:00 am Pacific Standard Time on March 11, 2020.

You can vote in ONE presidential primary. We hope that you will chose to vote in the Global Presidential Primary. So, once you receive your ballot from your voting state, just leave the presidential box blank. You can still vote "down ballot" for your US Senator, US Representative, state and local officials. 

Fun fact: Democrats Abroad is the 11th state by population! Which means that we as overseas voters potentially have tremendous influence in the 2020 elections!  

That said, tens of thousands of people will participate in the GPP this year, while millions will vote in your home state. That means that your vote in the Global Presidential Primary is more powerful than if you were to vote in your home state - in fact, it’s up to 4 times more powerful! Here are statistics for a few states.

  • 4 X more impactful than CA
  • 3.3 X than PA
  • 3.2 X than OH
  • 3 X than FL
  • 3 X than NY
  • 3 X than VA
  • 2.7 X than AL
  • 2.6 X than SC
  • 2.5 X than AK
  • 2.4 X than TX
  • 2.2 X than CT

Want more information on the Global Presidential Primary? Here is a link to the FAQ's - the questions that we most often receive about the Global Presidential Primary. 

Join Democrats Abroad today and make sure you receive up to date news about the primary!

 


Bodily Autonomy, Liberty, and US Elections

Remarks from DA France Chair at the Women's March Paris Round Table Discussion on Bodily Autonomy:

I am very happy to be here today in support of Women’s March Paris. 

The concept of bodily autonomy is inseparable from the concept of human liberty itself — it is bodily autonomy and liberty which anchor US constitutional protections for a woman’s right to have an abortion, the fundamental human right for a woman to make plans about her own family, and her own body. 

These fundamental human rights are under assault in the US with the election of Trump, and the far right conservative agenda that he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP have been pursuing. By stacking the Supreme Court, by stacking the lower courts, a woman’s right to choose, this fundamental human right anchored in a woman’s right to her own body, is under threat. 

These are not the only forms of bodily autonomy under assault — the bodies of immigrant families and children are under assault, the bodies of LGBTQ and especially transgender persons are under threat, the bodies and liberties of Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and Pacific Islander persons, especially those of migrants and the poor, are under assault. Antisemitism is an assault on bodily autonomy and liberty. Anti-Muslim hate is an assault on bodily autonomy and liberty. Transgender military bodily autonomy is under assault, women in the military are more likely to be sexually assaulted than men, women veterans more likely to end up homeless than men. The rights, voices and bodies of the disabled are under assault. Climate change disproportionately affects the people of the global south and the developing world, and the bodily autonomy of future generations.

I stand here today to say that one of the most critical battles of our lifetimes is playing out this year in US elections.

It is imperative that Democrats and defenders of the Constitution and our very Republic win this year. It is imperative that the party that fights for a woman’s right to choose, for the human right to bodily autonomy and freedom, the Democratic Party, will win at the ballot box — not just President, but up and down the ballot. Senator, Representative, governor, attorney general, state and local races. Democrats and democracy will win if Americans show up to vote — and the overseas vote is making the difference. But we must make that case.

This election, every American everywhere must take action to help change the world. Vote.

Americans overseas can register to vote/request their 2020 ballots at VotefromAbroad.org. They must do this every election year, so do it now.  VFA produces the correct federal form that must be sent in to US election officials. It is very easy with Vote from Abroad, you can even do it all from your smartphone.

Please spread the word among your US citizens friends —- this is the year we must all stand up and vote. To protect our bodily autonomy, to defend our human rights, now and for future generations.

Thank you.

Ada Shen, Chair of Democrats Abroad France

July 18, 2020


2019: The Year in Review

Wow! 2019 has been a year FULL of events - planned and, well, not planned.  Here’s a view from Democrats Abroad France of what has been going on...

January

As we entered 2019, the US government was in partial shutdown. Nancy Pelosi reclaimed the gavel as Speaker of the House and a DEMOCRATIC majority House of Representatives was sworn in. In the #bluewave2018, Dems had achieved a commanding majority with 235 seats, as well as, the most diverse House in history!

Democrats Abroad France participated in the 3rd Global Women’s March (Women’s Wave weekend) along with our coalition partners: Page in Paris, Women’s March Paris and Indivisible - France. This year’s theme was "Stop Violence Against Women".

Our Women's Caucus focused on achieving this goal by working to secure “Equality under the law.” They launched a campaign backing the ratification drive for the Equal Rights Amendment. Only one more state was needed (hint: flash forward to November!)

 

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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!