Our October book is The End of the Myth by Greg Grandin. Come join us - whether or not you read the book!
Additional information about this (and future) event(s) can be found here.WHENOctober 01, 2019 at 6:30pmWHEREAmerican International Women's Club
Route de Chêne 11
Geneva, GE 1207
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Our September book is The Plot Against America by Philip Roth. Come join us - whether or not you read the book!
Additional information about this (and future) event(s) can be found here.WHENSeptember 03, 2019 at 6:30pmWHEREAmerican International Women's Club
Route de Chêne 11
Geneva, GE 1207
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Elizabeth Voss published Help Us Develop the Democrats Abroad Global Platform in News 2019-08-20 13:35:03 -0400
These are dark times and the prospect of taking our country in a more positive direction is an exciting one. Democrats Abroad is working on developing our DA Platform. We will have delegates at the DNC and have enough members globally to be treated as a large state at the National Convention. We’d love to have you involved in the development of our platform.
To allow for as much input as possible, DA is forming Coffee Table Discussions where small groups will gather with a moderator who will collect feedback on what is important to our members and what the platform should look like. The actual discussions will roll out sometime in September but for now we are looking specifically at Phase 1 of this two phase development process.We know we have members who are very passionate and knowledgeable about a variety of political concerns, from immigration reform to gerrymandering and everything in between. We can offer you a unique opportunity to have direct input in DA's platform and hopefully the DNC platform as well. If there is a political topic you are particularly passionate about and you’d like to help develop these Coffee Table Discussions, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org and we will point you in the right direction. Specifically, we need people to gather materials and information about specific topics (of your choice) as well as potential moderators.This is an opportunity we hope you will be excited about!
Elizabeth Voss published Summer Report: Zurich Stands in Solidarity with Lights for Liberty in News 2019-08-14 10:39:09 -0400
On July 12, I participated in a vigil in solidarity with the "Lights for Liberty" movement, which organizes for the end of detention centers in the United States. This organization has witnessed and protested the subhuman conditions that asylum seekers and anyone crossing the border without a U.S. visa encounters. Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, lawyer, activist and organizer argues that, "the immigration policies and detention camps of the Trump administration meet the United Nations definition of genocide and crimes against humanity."
According to a report from June 2019 by the Office of Inspector General from Homeland Security, all four ICE detention facilities that they inspected “had issues with expired food,” that the “segregation practices violated standards and infringed on detainee rights,” and that “detainees were not provided appropriate clothing and hygiene items to ensure they could properly care for themselves.”
I attended the vigil here in Zurich because I myself am an immigrant and advocate for our human and civil rights. I went especially as a Guatemalan and Central American, since a high percentage of migrants are coming from my region and encountering human rights violations, and death, in these centers. CNN News reported this June that since the Trump Administration came into power, 24 migrants have died in ICE custody. Half of the people who have died in custody are under 45 years of age, and three of them were children, all from Guatemala:
- Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7 years old
- Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, 8 years old
- Mariee Juárez, a 20-month-old infant
As we lit our candles, I thought about the lives of separated families, of the sons and daughters who died in detention, and of all those who have died along the migrant trail trying to reach the U.S. Mexico border. May we never forget these images of terror and may we continue to denounce the crimes that the U.S. government is committing. This is happening today, right now as I write, and it will be happening when you read this. May we identify these violations in every country where we live, and may we continue to resist xenophobic discourse and policies that do not serve our vibrantly diverse world. Seeking asylum is a human right, not a crime.
Written by Maya Márquez Román
The new DACH Zurich leadership was psyched to welcome our members to a potluck picnic as our first chapter meeting! The food was great (and plentiful - very American) and the company was even better! Please join us at our August meeting!
Elizabeth Voss published DACH Zurich Democratic Debate Watch Party in News 2019-08-07 11:00:37 -0400
This was a great event which inspired a lot of discussion among the attendees. We were disappointed in the short 15 second answer times available to the candidates. We felt the candidates weren't able to give much substance in such a short time.
The food and company were top notch, however, and we hope you can join us for our next watch party!
We had a great time meeting everyone who could make it to the July Potluck Picnic chapter meeting and the July Democratic Debate watch party. We especially appreciate the members who expressed an eagerness to support our GOTV efforts heading into 2020 as well as everyone who offered their time and expertise as volunteers.
August is now upon us and we are happy to announce this month's chapter meeting!
Please join us on Monday, August 26th at 2 PM at Bäckeranlage. We are asking that US citizens in attendance make a CHF 10 donation (although this is optional).
- Old business
- Volunteer sign-up for September's Expat Expo
- Discussion of Protest and Persist: Why Giving Up Hope is not an Option by Rebecca Solnit
We ask that everyone who wants to attend to please come as you are. Donate if you can. Read the article beforehand if you are interested in joining the discussion during our meeting.
Democrats Abroad Switzerland is a volunteer organization that relies on donations to be able to provide outreach, voter education, and voter registration services. This is especially important heading into the 2020 election season.WHENAugust 26, 2019 at 2pmWHEREBäckeranlage
Zurich, ZH 8004
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Join the Genevois for the 2019 Pride week celebration featuring numerous events including a parade on Saturday, July 6! For more information, go to genevapride.ch.
Note: This is not a DACH-sponsored event, but may be of interest to our members.
Elizabeth Voss published DA & AT Zurich responds to Charlottesville in News 2017-11-01 08:16:40 -0400
On August 12, we joined millions in horror, witnessing the events in Charlottesville, VA, where a rally organized by white supremacists and neo-Nazis terrorized the local community. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, since September 11, 2001 the majority of terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil have been perpetrated by white supremacists. The Trump Administration turns a blind eye to this reality. At the “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, a white supremacist protester ran his car into a group of counter protesters. He killed Heather Heyer, an anti-racism activist, and injured dozens of people. Our horror turned to disgust when President Trump refused to unequivocally condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who organized the marches and equated their actions with those of the counter protesters demonstrating for civil rights and against hatred.
Alarmed about the impact of Trump’s dangerous rhetoric, the Zürich Chapter of Democrats Abroad Switzerland and Action Together Zürich organized a public phone-in and call to action on August 18. The emergency response aimed to provide strategic outcomes–phone calls to Members of Congress, information exchange, and community building around anti-racism, social justice, and civic engagement. The event recognized Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer as well as all victims of terrorism and people everywhere who educate and organize for a more equitable and peaceful world.
U.S. Americans living abroad received sample scripts and called their Members of Congress to request that they do everything in their power to unequivocally stand against hatred of all forms, and stand up for civil and human rights during this crucial time in U.S. history. Nearly fifty people attended the event at Lindenhof in Zürich, a historic site of civil assembly. For some, it was their first call to a U.S. Member of Congress. For others, it solidified their commitment to on-going participation in the democratic process. People in Switzerland of all nationalities were invited to show their support and solidarity.
Author: Darcy Alexandra, Zurich Chapter Democrats Abroad
Secretary, Switzerland. DPCA Voting Rep.
For as long as I can remember, I have identified with and held dear the programs and ideals that the Democratic Party represents. I come from a union family who instilled in me the importance of voting for candidates who protect workers’ rights. As a young adult, I benefited from the services offered at a reasonable cost at Planned Parenthood. I have used the social safety net when it was necessary and I had no other options. So many of my life experiences and my beliefs necessitate my allegiance with the Democratic Party; truly, the party cares for the real needs of the American people with basic empathy underlying each of the policies put forth by our representatives.
As an American living outside of America, I can appreciate all of the concerns of those living back home as well as the concerns that are specific to those of us who live outside our nation's borders. They are issues that aren't thought about until they impact us, but once we're here, the consequences are quite obvious.
Our nation is at a critical point. I think our first priority has to be protecting and stabilizing our democracy, and then moving forward to improve it for all citizens, regardless of where they lay their head at night.