Strasbourg

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WELCOME TO DEMOCRATS ABROAD STRASBOURG!

Democrats Abroad Strasbourg is the third oldest chapter of DA France, the official country committee for US Democrats living in France.  At the heart of Europe, and home to several European institutions, including the European Parliament and Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg is an ideal setting for international political observers and activists. This helps inspire our chapter to organize a variety of activities ranging from lectures, film screenings and guest speakers, to participation in political rallies and marches on topics of concern to Americans abroad. 

Recent events include our locally-organized March For Our Lives, Science March, events marking Earth Day, Gay Pride, Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech and a Families Belong Together rally. Members have also participated in annual World War military commemorations as well as Women’s Marches organized by the DA chapters in Paris and - thanks to Strasbourg’s unique geographical position on the German border - nearby Heidelberg, Germany.

Our regular monthly meetings, in a variety of social settings, provide an opportunity for members to come together, meet fellow Dems, talk about the current political scene, as well as propose and discuss future projects. Much of our activity is focused on supporting and promoting voter registration for Americans in the East of France, including students participating in the city's numerous Study Abroad programs.  

The Strasbourg chapter encourages current efforts to develop a sub-chapter ("precinct") in the neighboring Haut-Rhin region of Eastern France, for those members who reside closer to the Swiss border.

All our events are posted on the Democrats Abroad France website and on our Facebook page.

With events planned throughout the year, we encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Barbara Wells, Chapter Chair 

Democrats Abroad - Strasbourg

[email protected]

DA Strasbourg Leadership:

Patrick Ganne
| DAF-Strasbourg Chair
Sarah Sands
| DAF-Strasbourg Vice Chair
Steve Meszaros
| DAF-Strasbourg Secretary
Kevin Morgan-Rothschild
| FR-Strasbourg Communications Officer
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  • News

    2021 Strasbourg Chapter Leadership Candidates

    The nominations period for the 2021 Strasbourg Chapter Elections has now closed. Please find below statements for some of the candidates standing for the Leadership Board, including some for specified offices.

    The Annual General Meeting for the Strasbourg Chapter of DA France will take place on March 7th at 6PM — RSVP here. Elections are underway via electronic ballot available to all members of the Strasbourg Chapter from February 27 to noon, March 7. Please join us on March 7 to hear the election results and meet the new leadership team.

    New members are welcome to join and vote prior to the close of voting. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by November 2, 2021. 

    If you are a member of DAF Strasbourg Chapter and do not receive a link to the online election but would like one, please contact the DA France Strasbourg Election Board - Barbara, Vivianne, and Ada at [email protected]


    CANDIDATE STATEMENT FOR CHAPTER CHAIR 

    PATRICK GANNE

    Bonjour, my name is Patrick GANNE. I am declaring my candidacy to serve on the Democrats Abroad Strasbourg Board and to run for Chapter Chair.

    I have been a member of the Strasbourg Chapter of Democrats Abroad France for longer than I can remember. I have served on the Democrats Abroad Strasbourg Board for the past four years. I wish to continue my service to our community, our nation and my fellow Democrats. 

    I have assisted in the planning and execution of numerous events in pre-Corona 19 times and it is my intent to continue doing so once we are free to publicly and safely meet in person.

    As a Candidate for Chair of Democrats Abroad Strasbourg I will bring whatever meager talents and experience I possess to the position and dedicate myself to making the Strasbourg Chapter of Democrats Abroad France the absolute best that it can be.


    CANDIDATE STATEMENT FOR CHAPTER SECRETARY

    STEVE MESZAROS

    I’m originally from Maryland, have lived in the Alsace for 20 years and joined DA in 2004. I consider it vital to get as many Americans as possible out to vote and donate in the coming election cycles – even more so than in the past due to the fractured state of our nation and the unending saga of Trumpism. 

    To this effect there are several things I consider important for the Strasbourg chapter in the coming months:

    • Increasing activities again as soon as the pandemic allows. This includes both social events and events providing political information, lectures, and discourse.
    • Increasing contact with local media to make Americans in the area aware of the Strasbourg DA chapter and attracting new members.
    • Cooperating with DA Switzerland and DA Germany to build a critical mass for larger, more attractive events.

    CANDIDATES FOR CHAPTER COMMS OFFICER 

    KEVIN MORGAN-ROTHSCHILD

    I write to you today for your consideration as Communications and Social Media Officer of the Democrats Abroad Strasbourg Chapter. 

    In 2019, I started to feel more and more disturbed by the situation in our home country. Briefly, I considered moving back to get involved in the upcoming election, ultimately, I decided to stay in Strasbourg and continue my life here. During the summer of 2020, I discovered this chapter via Facebook. Becoming a part of the movement to elect a Democratic candidate for president of the United States fulfilled my untapped desire from years prior.

    Throughout the months of August to October I worked to encourage followers of our page to vote in the November election. Additionally, I co-organized two debate bingo games. This is why this February; I ask to join the board of Democrats Abroad Strasbourg chapter so that we can keep working to preserve democracy together.


    CANDIDATES FOR CHAPTER LEADERSHIP BOARD

    CRAIG GOODMAN

    This last election has clearly shown us, if there was any doubt, that small numbers of votes can prove to be decisive.  Our votes from abroad may well have been the few thousand here and there that helped the Biden-Harris team win.  With this in mind, I want to continue to serve.  A US citizen, American born and educated, I have lived in France since 1987; first in Paris, and since 1998 in Strasbourg.  My two children attended school in the French public schools' Anglophone international section.  I am a career musician, professor at the Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin (HEAR); Conservatoire, and artistic director of an international festival in Denmark. I believe in France's societal model as well as the importance for the US to revive, enhance and expand its promising identity.  

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    THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY!

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    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, November 02, 2021 at 07:00 PM Paris Time · 4 rsvps
    Zoom in Paris, France

    Political Forum

    Join Political Forum host Jean-Pierre LaRochelle and leaders of Democrats Abroad France in a free-wheeling discussion of current events and news of the month, and share your views with other attendees. Send your questions to jeanpie[email protected]

    Thursday, November 04, 2021 at 07:00 PM Paris Time · 23 rsvps
    Café Voulez-Vous in Paris, France

    LGBTQ+ Caucus Fall Get-Together in Paris

    It’s been a long time coming, but "enfin", an in-person event! Fred Hoffman, Co-Chair of the DA France LGBTQ+ Caucus, and Jamie Perosi-Doughty, Executive Chair of the DA France Bordeaux Chapter, look forward to welcoming you at Café Voulez-Vous in Paris for an early evening Fall get together. 
     
    Join Fred and Jamie for some social conversation as well as discussions concerning strategic planning
    in anticipation of the 2022 and 2024 elections. LGBTQ+ friends and allies are of course welcome to attend. 
     
    *** Please note that Café Voulez-Vous is graciously providing a comfortable indoor space for us: they offer a large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as a variety of food choices for purchase. ***
     
    Please RSVP here to let us know you’ll be attending, because there is only space for 25 people.
    Fred and Jamie hope to see you there!