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Stream the film "Legalize Equality"... for free!

Watch the video "Legalize Equality."   This 30 minute video gives an excellent overview of the Equal Rights Amendment and why it is critical that it be ratified NOW.

 

** YOU CAN STREAM  THE VIDEO (FOR FREE) UNTIL 20 JANUARY, 2019 **

TO RECEIVE THE STREAMING LINK AND PASSWORD, CLICK RSVP AND YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH THE INFORMATION IN IT.

Feel free to share the link and password to DA members that want to view it. However, please do NOT post the link and password on the internet in any way. Only Democrats Abroad has access for this private screening and we need to honor this special access given by Equal Means Equal and Heroica Films.

Additional References to learn more about ERA:

www.equalrightsamendment.org

www.equalmeansequal.org

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_Rights_Amendment

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/31/us/equal-rights-amendment-illinois-states-trnd/index.html


Welcome!

We are Democrats Abroad France

We are one of the largest country committees of Democrats Abroad - the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. We are a volunteer-based organization with a presence across France.

Our mission:   To provide Americans living in France a voice in our government and to elect Democrats by mobilizing the overseas vote.

Our Chapters: Wherever you are in France, there is a chapter with events for our members. Click on a link to find your local chapter: Avignon, Bordeaux, Brittany, Grenoble, Lyon, Marseille, MontpellierNormandy, Paris, Riviera, Strasbourg, Toulouse.

Our Caucuses: We have several active caucuses that focus on specific progressive issues/groups:

Our activities: These range from monthly get-togethers, lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, and guest speakers to political rallies and marches!  And more…

  • Bookmark our Events and News pages to stay up-to-date on what is happening near you.
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If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact us.  

For press inquiries, please contact us at: dafpresscontact@gmail.com

Join Democrats Abroad here.


JOIN us in supporting the ERA ratification campaign!

We are one state away from getting the Equal Rights Amendment ratified! That means we are SO close to equal rights and equal protection for women under the U.S. Constitution!

Here are social media posts in support of ERA ratification from Gretchen Pascalis, Chair of DAGrenoble, and Meredith Wheeler, Chair of DAToulouse.

Please join us in supporting ERA ratification!

The Virginia general assembly starts their session on January 9th and the Virginia Equal Means Equal team needs our help right now!

They would love to have some photos and videos of Americans living abroad who support ERA to use to win over some votes. So if you could take a photo holding a sign and/or make a 30-45 second video, that would be appreciated. Arizona and North Carolina are two other states being targeted in this campaign.

Click here for guidelines and ideas.

Don't forget to use the hashtags #DAforERA and #EqualMeansEqual. Also, please tag @DemocratsAbroadFrance on Facebook and Instagram (@DemsFrance on Twitter) so that we can amplify your action.

So – show your support of women and equal rights by creating a photo and/or video.

THANK YOU for your help! 


About the Film: "Latino: The Changing Face of America"

By 2035, Latinos will represent 35% of the U.S. population. How will this impact America’s political, social, economic and cultural future?

Whatever the current political climate and the desire to build huge walls, immigration has always played an important role in the history of the United States. And Latinos in particular are not becoming Americans like the immigrants before them... They have always been neighbours and share a long history with the U.S.

As recently as 2012, Latinos as a group had overwhelmingly voted for President Obama and thus given him a second term in office. That day, Latinos as a unified demographic, demonstrated that they could soon become a political weight to be reckoned with.

From DAFrance's Diversity Caucus co-chair, Roxanne Frias, the film "Latino: The Changing Face of America" was shot in the run-up to the 2016 elections.  She wanted to find out to what extent Latino influence had already changed the identity and economic structure of the country...   In 2018, the film was selected (from among 600 submissions) for the 21st UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival).

A word about the author/director: Roxanne Frias has made a number of documentaries on the U.S., among them Made in Chicago, The Making of Barack Obama.

For more information on the screening and to RSVP: https://www.democratsabroad.org/lrkennedy/film_screening_latino_the_changing_face_of_america_lkx5cesmdm-wh74l9ksvgq


Volunteers in France came out to GET OUT THE VOTE. Thank you!

The 2018 Blue Wave arrived on November 6th.  Democrats took back the House of Representatives with a blue tide of exceptional candidates - many of whom who broke through barriers to win election - women, minorities, LGBTQ and many more...

Historic midterm election voter turnout powered the tide.  Grassroots activism both in the US and overseas drove the get out the vote effort.  Across France, there was an outpouring of enthusiasm from volunteers. Phone banking, postcard writing, texting, walk-in voter support, student outreach, conferences...

"Our volunteers have done a remarkable job this year,” says Julia Bryan, International Chair of Democrats Abroad. “We made over 150,000 calls to members, and registered tens of thousands of new voters through online outreach and in person voter registration drives. The work paid off: voter engagement has increased 800% since the last midterms in 2014, and we know that votes from abroad will made a big impact in races across the country."

The leadership of Democrats Abroad France, the Avignon, Bordeaux, Brittany, Grenoble, Lyon, Normandy, Paris, Riviera, Strasbourg, and Toulouse chapters as well as the Women’s, Youth and Diversity caucuses would like to thank each of the volunteers who participated in getting out the vote! You powered the wave.  Now, on to the 2020!

Marseille GOTV conference video

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Candlelight Vigils Take Place in France on the Eve of Armistice Day

Democrats Abroad went into action on Saturday evening Nov. 10 as Donald Trump arrived in France. Their candlelight vigils showed him what they think about his 'leadership.'   SUPPORTING the TRUE American values including humanitarian concern for others, the first amendment, respect for science, respect for journalists, freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation, equality for women and people of color, care for the environment and dedication to fair play and true democracy. HONORING American victims of right-wing hate crimes inspired by Trump's rhetoric. And RESPECTING our Constitution and the right to pursue investigations without hindrance.

 

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November 6, Election Day 2018

The new Democratic National Committee  created an infrastructure to support candidates up and down the ballot and organize year-round -- leading to wins in some places that would've seemed unthinkable two years ago. Here are some of the ways Democrats gained ground across the country :

  • 29 House seats flipped so far -- with a good shot at flipping at least half a dozen more once all the results come in;
  • Seven governors' seats flipped;
  • Six legislative chambers flipped -- bringing the total number we've flipped up to seven this cycle;
  • Four Republican state legislature supermajorities broken;
  • In total, Democrats flipped over 290 individual state legislative races last night -- bringing our total on the cycle up to over 330!
  • Four states voted to expand voting rights, including a constitutional amendment in Florida that will restore voting rights to more than 1 million people with felony records;
  • Three state Supreme Court seats flipped;
  • Three red states voted to expand Medicaid;
  • Two states voted to raise their minimum wages;
  • One U.S. Senate seat flipped -- congrats to Jacky Rosen.

And here are some of the incredible candidates who won historic victories last night:

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14 DAYS TO ELECTION DAY. MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT!



🇺🇸 ALREADY VOTED? GET YOUR "I VOTED STICKER"

Get a digital "I VOTED" sticker that you can share on social media! Tell your friends to join the #BlueWave! Click here.

🇺🇸 HAVE YOUR BALLOT?

VOTE and return your ballot NOW. Rules for ballot return vary by state, even by voting region, so always read the instructions that came with your ballot carefully.

If mailing your ballot from France:

  • Regular international mail from France via La Poste can take a week or more to arrive, depending on mail route conditions!
  • If mailing more than 2 sheets of A4 paper you should add additional postage. (2,60 EUR lets you mail a letter up to 100g.)

If faxing your ballot: Please read the instructions carefully for your state. Note that the Federal Voter Assistance Program has a FREE email-to-fax service for those whose states allow faxed ballot return.

  • To use the FREE FVAP email-to-fax service, you must print and fill out this Fax Cover Sheet: https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/coversheet.pdf.
  • Scan or photograph the FVAP Fax Cover Sheet along with your ballot and other necessary documents (follow the fax return instructions for your state!) and then email to fax@fvap.gov.

🇺🇸 WAITING FOR YOUR BALLOT?

Take action! Call or email your local elections official right away! Confirm that your registration is in order, and ask them to send you a ballot. (Be sure to check your email SPAM folder if you have asked that your ballot be sent to you by email/online!)
• You can look up your election official contact information here:https://www.votefromabroad.org/vote/eod.htm?submission=true

Vote with the "backup ballot", or the FWAB (Federal Write In Absentee Ballot.)This is a special ballot available to be used only by those registered as military or civilian overseas absentee voters. Vote with the backup ballot now while you wait for your state ballot to arrive. When your state ballot arrives you should vote it too! If your state has both ballots on election day they will count the state ballot.
• Get the "backup ballot" here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/fwab

🇺🇸 STILL NEED A BALLOT? DO IT NOW!

For many it is still possible! To fill out a registration/ballot request form, also known as an FPCA, go here: http://www.votefromabroad.org.

Answer the questions, then print, sign and return the forms as instructed. We strongly advise that you choose to receive your ballot by EMAIL/ONLINE, and that you send in your signed form by EMAIL.

🇺🇸 MISSED YOUR DEADLINE? DO IT ANYWAY!

For states where deadlines have passed, sending in a ballot registration/request form now can still be worthwhile as it will bring your registration information current with your state, and help you be ready for the next election — there are already three special state elections scheduled for 2019!

🇺🇸 DEMOCRACY WORKS WHEN DEMOCRACY WORKS.

As critical as these elections are, it will take more than one election to make things right. Stay engaged. Vote, volunteer. Check out the DAF events calendar for Election Results events, and other upcoming events near you. Click here.

🇺🇸 HAVE QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP?

Volunteers are standing by to help. Please email USVoterHelpFrance@gmail.com or Help@VoteFromAbroad.org.

THANKS FOR VOTING!

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50 CALLS FOR 50 SENATORS

ARE YOU ENRAGED? GET FIRED UP AND HELP TO GET OUT THE VOTE!

We can all contribute to make sure that the #BlueWave crosses the United States on Election Day.

DA France has challenged other DA CC's to join their Phonebanking competition to call 50 voters for the 50 Senators who voted to force their temperamentally unfit and highly partisan nominee onto the United States Supreme Court. DA Switzerland has accepted our challenge!

Let's show our neighbors what we are made of. When we take back the House (and maybe the Senate), we will all be winners!

#GOTVChallenge

Any DA member can phone bank from home, if you want to get started on your own find all the info you need at https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking

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Anna Marie Mattson and Tilly Gaillard Report on World War I Centennial in Colognes-Cohen

For previous ceremonies at US cemeteries, the massive number of those fallen were collectively honored. The approach at the Centennial on August 25th, 2018 in Coulonges Cohan was the opposite. 100 years ago during World War I, the death of one remarkable 20-year old pilot, Quentin Roosevelt was commemorated as that of an emblematic hero representing the fate of the many.  He was the son of a former President of the United States who was shot down at the commands of his airplane. At the tombstone where the plane was downed, many local and regional organizations laid wreaths. I had the honor of laying a wreath of flowers that designed our flag, on behalf of Democrats Abroad France. The honor was compounded by the presence of descendants of the Roosevelt family, some local, some whom I believe came especially from the U.S.

 

The multi-generation element was touching. A 12-year old namesake, Quentin, a local French youngster, gave a determined speech to “Quentin R” saying “you were my age when you came to France, you saw the air show at Reims and decided you wanted to fly planes". The story of how it all started, with a school boy saying he wanted to make a copy of the plane that was shot down, was inspiring. Big trees from little acorns grow!

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