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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


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

 

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. 


Activism from Abroad

Activism from Abroad: An Overview

by Mickey Farrance - DAF GOTV Coordinator

As Americans living abroad, we feel both connected and disconnected from American politics. Many of us vote, at least every four years when the Presidential elections roll around. But paying attention to what’s happening in American politics in between election cycles...maybe not so much.

Until Donald Trump was elected President of the United States on November 8, 2016

...And, everything changed.

The anger that many of us felt was channeled into action to elect Democrats at every level of the government. Much of this activism has taken place stateside. But not all! 

Progressives living abroad have been galvanized into action as well. We contributed -  in a number of concrete ways - to help propel the 2018 Blue Wave where Democrats took control of the House of Representatives and achieved many firsts in the election of a diverse caucus of Democratic leaders.

This series of posts is about Activism from Abroad. We are Americans living abroad, like you.  And we want to share with you the tools that we have used and found to be effective and user-friendly.  

THINK ABOUT THIS:

We are not helpless. We do have power and we can take positive action in participatory democracy. Engaging in the democratic process today, in the age of Trumpism, is more important than ever before. 

There are a number of ways you can help make a difference, and you can do it wherever you live… including from the comfort of your home! While you do your part from abroad, you can be sure that you are part of a larger, coordinated effort to flip the Congress, win back the White House, and make our elected officials pay attention to their constituents!

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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!


DA Representatives at the DNC Summer Meeting

Report from Connie Borde, DNC Representative and former DA France Chair

DA DNC Representatives with Senator Corey Booker (NJ): (from left to right) Ken Sherman, Martha McDevitt-Pugh, DA Global Vice Chair Alex Montgomery, DA Global Chair Julia Bryan, Senator Corey Booker, Constance Borde, Orlando Vidal, John Eastwood, and Adrianne George.

Mid-August and the Democrats Abroad DNC team made its way from various parts of the world to San Francisco to attend the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee. (August 22-25). This important and exciting meeting was the last General Assembly before we all head to Milwaukee, WI in summer 2020 for the Democratic National Convention.

We eight DNC members nostalgically recalled our first meeting in 2016 when Tom Perez, newly elected Chair of the DNC, pledged to make the Democratic Party the “party of the people” and the party of unity.   Today we look back to what seems like yesterday, and we unanimously concur that Chair Perez has achieved his promise. And it couldn’t come at a more urgent time, one of the most critical political moments in American History.

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CLOSE THE CAMPS - A CALL TO ACTION

On July 12th, “Lights For Liberty” became the latest movement to demand a more humane and just US immigration policy, and to end the politics of fear and cruelty promoted by the Trump Administration. In the US and around the world, thousands gathered in protest in front of detention camps, in public vigils, or showed support on social media via a virtual vigil by lighting candles in recognition of the inhumane conditions under which immigrants are being held in detention within the US, and to demand that the US government #CloseTheCamps.  

The pointless policy of cruelty of family separations — the youngest child only 4 months old —  which began two years ago has not ended. This shameful President continues to lie about it. This is a manufactured humanitarian crisis, one that has not made America safer, has done nothing to fix our broken immigration system, and which treats as criminals some of the most vulnerable people in the world: refugees. 

The vigils and protests of last Friday are over.  The nightmare that these detained immigrants are living each and every day has not ended.  We were visible on July 12th and we need to stay visible. We cannot look away.  

Here is a concrete action that we all can take: 

  • Call your Members of Congress:

Use this script to contact your Senators and your Representative. We are asking that they close the camps; stop funding for detention and deportation; and to right the wrongs that have been committed against these immigrants and refugees.

In 2020, we all need to vote to take back the White House, to take back the Senate, to keep the House… and to win as many state and local elections as possible. Only then can we end this nightmare. Please join Democrats Abroad, and encourage your American friends who live abroad to join DA as well. Stay tuned as we continue to fight the good fight.

Continue reading to see photos of our DAFrance vigils and our own giant collage of images gathered from social media.

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Join the Lights for Liberty Vigils in France - July 12th

In solidarity with Lights for Liberty, Democrats Abroad France will hold live and virtual vigils on July 12th, 2019 when mass gatherings will take place at detention centers and in local communities across the US.

We abhor, repudiate and protest the policies of the current administration that have lead to the inhumane conditions under which immigrants and refugees (including children separated from their caregivers) are being held in the United States of America.

WHAT IS LIGHTS FOR LIBERTY?

"We are a coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.

We are partnering with international, national, regional and local communities and organizations who believe that these fundamental rights are not negotiable and are willing to protect them."

PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF THE LIVE VIGILS BEING HELD ACROSS FRANCE:

LYON

PARIS

STRASBOURG

TOULOUSE

 

CALL CONGRESS!

Use this script to contact your Senators and your Congressperson --> You will also find links to know who are your members of Congress and how to contact them.

Read more for information on joining our global virtual vigil!

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FIRST Democratic Primary Debate Watch Events

On June 26 & 27, twenty Democratic Presidential Candidates participated in the FIRST Democratic Primary Debate over two consecutive evenings in Miami, Florida.  

Here in France, Democrats Abroad members and friends came to join us for 11 different Debate Watch events on June 27, 28 and 29 in Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lyon, Paris and Strasbourg.  

The stakes are high for the 2020 presidential election. Democrats around the world are closely listening to what the candidates and saying...and are watching how they are saying it. These debate watch events - which were shown via replay - allowed Democrats living in France to view the debate in its unedited version and to discuss with other Americans in real time.

Overall, the turnout was terrific. The events were fun and relaxed - a chance to meet fellow Americans, to play Debate Night BINGO, to have a cool drink or to grab a bite to eat afterwards.

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Democratic Primary Debate Watch Events around France

The SECOND DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATES will be broadcast live from Detroit on CNN July 30 & 31 from 8P Eastern (July 31 & Aug 1 from 2A France). This will be the 2nd of twelve planned Democratic Primary Debates.

 

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