Vice Chair, Switzerland

I grew up in a union household and have voted Democrat as long as I can remember. This isn't just because I have directly benefited from the social safety net that Democrats are fighting to protect and strengthen, but also because I believe everyone should have access to that safety net. It should be there for us when we need it.

While Democrats won in 2020, controlling the House, Senate, and White House, we still have a lot of work to do. The Senate is deadlocked due to the combination of the lazy filibuster and the GOP members who refuse to work across the aisle. Without a Senate that will pass legislature, the only way to accomplish anything is with Executive Orders. That isn't the way our government is designed to operate.

There is so much that needs to be pushed forward for the good of the country as well as its residents and citizens:

  • Healthcare reform (including access for women and transgender individuals)
  • Minimum wage
  • Climate policy
  • Voter protection (including an end to partisan gerrymandering)
  • Racial justice for BIPOC
  • Common sense gun control
  • Tax policy for tax payers living in- and outside of the US
  • Immigration reform
  • ... and much more

The 45th Presidential Administration spurred many people into political action; I was definitely one of them. Now we must keep going. We have to remind our leaders that they work for us and failure to act can result in a failure to re-elect. We, the voters, have to hold power to account and make sure that the legislators are doing the job for which they are being handsomely paid. It is my opinion that remaining active in Democrats Abroad Switzerland is the best way for me to effect change, and I think it is a great way for all US citizens living in Switzerland to do so.

I invite anyone reading this to join us:


  • published Elections Coming Up in August in News 2021-07-30 11:23:08 -0400

    Elections Coming Up in August

    August 2021 Elections by State

    For more information and links to the specific state elections pages, go to Ballotpedia.

    Alabama

    • Birmingham Municipal Election
      August 24, 2021

    Arizona

    • Tucson Municipal Primary Election
      August 3, 2021

    Connecticut

    • State Senate District 36 Special Election
      August 17, 2021

    Florida

    • St. Petersburg Municipal Primary Election
      August 24, 2021

    Kansas

    • Topeka and Wichita Primary Elections
      August 3, 2021

    Michigan

    • Detroit, Lansing, and State Senate Districts 8 & 28 Primary Elections
      August 3, 2021

    Missouri

    • St. Louis Community College District Special Election
      August 3, 2021

    Montana

    • Paradise • Recall election seeking to remove 2 of the 5 members of the Sanders County Sewer District
      August 24, 2021

    Ohio

    • 11th and 15th Congressional Districts Special Primary Elections
      August 3, 2021

    Washington

    • Primary Election
      August 3, 2021

    Wisconsin

    • Dane County Board of Supervisors District 20 Special General Election
      August 10, 2021

  • published Spill the Tea with Eric & Liz in News 2021-07-28 07:35:15 -0400

    Spill the Tea with Eric & Liz

    Are there issues you would like to see discussed within Dems Abroad Switzerland? Do you have an idea for an event or political action we can take?

    If so, we want to hear about it!

    Schedule a meeting with Eric (our Chair) or Liz (our Vice Chair) via Calendly for an online chat. We want to make sure that we are taking our group in the direction our members are wanting to go.


  • published Tell Us What You Think! in News 2021-07-27 03:35:13 -0400

    Tell Us What You Think!

    We want to know what you think about the events we've had so that we can make future events better!


  • published Take Action Today in Switzerland 2021-07-27 03:08:11 -0400

    Take Action Today

    Looking for a way to take action TODAY? We understand! We will add petitions, campaigns, actions, and more to this page, as we become aware of them, so check back frequently!

    • Petition: "Our Kids Deserve The Truth," send to State Legislators, via ParentsTogether
      Kids should be learning to think critically in school - and to understand the full history of our country, even the painful parts.
      Our politicians should be focused on helping students and teachers who are still struggling with fallout from COVID--rather than punishing teachers for speaking the truth.
    • Action: "A Commitment to Solidarity with Incarcerated People," postcards to inmates

  • published What's Up on WhatsApp in News 2021-07-26 16:32:31 -0400

    What's Up on WhatsApp

    We have created a WhatsApp group specifically for event posts and reminders. Want to be sure you never miss an event? Join here!


  • is hosting Basel Chapter Meeting - August 2021 2021-07-26 12:19:45 -0400

    Basel Chapter Meeting - August 2021

    Please join DACH Basel members for our monthly event planning meeting! We're still meeting online over the summer, but we hope to start up in person meetings again soon. All are welcome at our meetings, so if you would like to learn what we are up to and how you can help, please join us!
     
    Can't make it this month? We have planning meetings every month, generally on the second Tuesday of the month. Or, if you can't make our regular meetings but still want to help, please get in touch with Basel Chapter Chair Ben Stewart at [email protected].
     
    WHEN
    August 10, 2021 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - RSVP to receive details
    Basel, BS
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
    1 rsvp rsvp

  • rsvped for August 2021 Global Meeting 2021-07-24 10:21:50 -0400

    August 2021 Global Meeting

    Democrats Abroad will hold our follow-up August 2021 Global Meeting entirely online.
    The meeting will be held across the weekend of August 21-22.

    Day 1 - August 21

    Time - EDT Time - CET Time - HKT Time - UTC
    Check-in 08:00 AM 14:00 PM 20:00 PM 12:00 PM
    Meeting start 08:30 AM 14:30 PM 20:30 PM 12:30 PM

     

    Day 2 - August 22

    Time - EDT Time - CET Time - HKT Time - UTC
    Check-in 08:00 AM 14:00 PM 20:00 PM 12:00 PM
    Meeting start 08:30 AM 14:30 PM 20:30 PM 12:30 PM

    Democrats Abroad Global Meetings are possible thanks to participant donations. You will be redirected to the donation page after you RSVP.

    ** If you are not logged into your Nation Builder account, please make sure you enter your NationBuilder email for the RSVP.

    Links to the meetings will be emailed to all RSVPs during the week of August 9th. The tentative agenda is here

    Click Here to donate in support of the Global Meeting and DA's GOTV activities.

    Click Here to donate to the Travel Fund for the 2022 Global Meeting.

    WHEN
    August 21, 2021 at 8am - August 22, 2021 at 11am
    147 rsvps rsvp

  • is hosting Zurich Chapter Meeting - August 2021 2021-07-15 09:44:44 -0400

    Zurich Chapter Meeting - August 2021

    Join Democrats Abroad Zürich members for our monthly meeting! We are currently holding our meetings via Zoom. All members are welcome to join our meetings. We will give an update on what we're doing in Zürich and plan out our future activities together!

    Can't make it this month? We have planning meetings every month. Or, if you can't make our regular meetings but still want to help, please get in touch with Zurich Chapter Chair, Zachary Bailey, at [email protected].


    Add to your Google Calendar.

    WHEN
    August 11, 2021 at 8pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - RSVP to receive details
    Zürich, ZH
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • is hosting Geneva Chapter Meeting - August 2021 2021-07-13 14:27:49 -0400

    Geneva Chapter Meeting - August 2021

    Please join DACH Geneva members for our monthly chapter meeting! This month's meeting will be held via Zoom. All are welcome at our meetings, so if you would like to learn what we are up to and how you can help, please join us!
     
    Can't make it this month? We have planning meetings every month. Or, if you can't make our regular meetings but still want to help, please get in touch with Geneva Chapter Co-Chairs, Emily and Peter, at [email protected].
    WHEN
    August 02, 2021 at 8:30am
    WHERE
    Zoom - RSVP to receive details
    Geneva, GE
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
    2 rsvps rsvp

  • A Commitment to Solidarity with Incarcerated People

    In The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander argues that, “An extraordinary percentage of Black men in the United States are legally barred from voting today, just as they have throughout most of American history.” Throughout Alexander’s book, she explains how incarceration is the tool used to disenfranchise formerly imprisoned voters and that a racist lawmaking and penal system in the United States replaced Jim Crow laws as the mechanism to do so. 

    In July 2021, Democrats Abroad Switzerland - Basel will host an online letter and postcard writing solidarity action to support those who are currently incarcerated in Virginia and Florida--two states where voting rights can be restored to incarcerated individuals upon their release from prison. 

    During the letter and postcard writing solidarity action, 20 minutes of instruction and guidance will be provided to help you write voting rights-based content to a currently incarcerated person. The action comes from @prisonculture’s 9 Solidarity Commitments to/with Incarcerated People for 2021. The 20-minute instruction will be recorded, and will be shared upon request.

    To learn more about how justice reform emanates from ideas in Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and aligns with the Black Lives Matter movement, please see these resources about

    Other resources: You can design, write, and send postcards using the Swiss Post PostCard Creator App, available on the App Store and Google Play.


  • DACH Welcomes President Biden to Geneva with Rally

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 11 JUNE 2021
    Press contact: Amy Kasper, [email protected], +41 78 734 37 97

    U.S. citizens in Switzerland are excited to welcome their 46th President during his first official overseas tour since taking office earlier this year. Membership of Democrats Abroad Switzerland (DACH) view this visit as “a renewed commitment to allies and partners” just as President Biden conveyed in his own words: “demonstrating the capacity of democracies to both meet the challenges and deter the threats of this new age.”

    President Joe Biden kicked off his European visit Thursday by meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Both leaders will be attending the Group of Seven (G7) Summit set this year in Cornwall, England starting today 11 June to 13 June where world leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan will gather alongside presidents of the European Commission and the European Council. Afterward Biden will head to Belgium on 14-15 June to meet with the leadership of NATO and the EU. Finally, the trip will culminate in Geneva on 15-16 June to meet with Swiss officials before a much-anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Democrats Abroad warmly welcomes President Biden’s visit, and is proud to see him representing the U.S. on the world stage. DACH Chair Eric Burns says it well: “Democrats Abroad Switzerland is extremely proud to welcome Biden to Geneva. As U.S. citizens abroad we feel directly the impact of U.S. foreign policy so we welcome Biden’s restorative and constructive approach. Our June 16th rally is a strong show of support for the president we worked so hard to elect into office.”

    To show support, DACH will be holding a rally in Geneva on Wednesday, June 16 from 11:00-13:00. Congratulatory letters from members will also be sent to President Biden via the United States Embassy in Bern welcoming him to Switzerland and expressing support for his continued efforts to combat COVID-19, bolster the U.S. economy and strategic trade agreements, address the climate crisis head-on, and more. These are challenges which transcend borders and require international and multilateral cooperation, and DACH is pleased that under President Biden, the U.S. is once again a strong global partner.

    “The feeling of relief and excitement as we prepare for President Biden's visit is a welcome change from our political activism over the past four years,” said DACH Vice Chair Liz Voss, who was intimately involved with Democrats Abroad’s effort to elect Biden in the 2020 General Election. “I hope this visit energizes our members and encourages them to remain politically active heading into the midterms.”

    During the recent election, Democrats Abroad was integral in increasing voter turnout among overseas voters by 250 percent. Approximately 4.8 million U.S. citizens live outside of the United States, according to the U.S. Federal Voting Assistance Program which regularly conducts Overseas Citizen Population Analysis Report. The most recent OCPA report updated in 2018 found that of the 4.8 million living abroad (more than half the size of Switzerland’s population), 2.9 million were eligible to vote. In 2020, they accounted for more than 2 million votes that noticeably tipped the scales in Joe Biden’s favor over his incumbent opponent Donald Trump.

    Building on this incredible success, Democrats Abroad continues its work toward connecting U.S. citizens overseas and providing them with a platform to remain civically engaged. The organization is also already preparing for the 2022 midterm elections, which will be crucial to expand Democratic majorities in Congress and help execute the agenda upon which President Biden campaigned.

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    To learn more about Democrats Abroad, you can find us at https://www.democratsabroad.org/ch or on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) at @swissdemocrats.

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  • published Learning about Juneteenth in News 2021-06-10 04:56:29 -0400

    Learning about Juneteenth

    In preparation for our event on Juneteenth, Jazzmin Dian Moore has recorded this video explaining some of the historical significance of Juneteenth as well as introducing the Mandela in Chicago documentary we will be discussing.

    Read more

  • donated via 2021-05-14 22:25:13 -0400

    2021 Global Annual Meeting

    Democrats Abroad Global Meetings are only possible thanks to participant donations. Our meetings are not sponsored by donations from corporations, PACs, other organizations within the Democratic party, etc. Suggested Donation for participating in our 2021 virtual global meeting is only $46 USD.

    Got extra cash from your travel savings by attending this year's meeting "virtually"? – Use some of those savings to add to your donation and Click on the box with the amount you wish to donate or enter a different amount under "Other $" –  and hit that donate button.

    Thank YOU for your generous support!!!

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    Donations are made to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.

    Donations to Democrats Abroad are not tax-deductible.

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  • DPCA Executive Committee Resolution Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations

    RESOLUTION BY THE DPCA EXCOM

    March 26, 2021

    1. Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic has infected nearly 120 million people and caused over 2.6 million deaths worldwide, and

    2. Whereas many Americans live in nations which may not readily be able to provide vaccinations to all people within their boundaries or which may limit vaccine availability based on nationality, cost or other factors, thereby resulting in many Americans living overseas remaining unvaccinated, and

    3. Whereas this situation may also reduce the ability of American citizens to travel freely to the United States on business or due to family emergencies,

    4. Whereas protection for Americans is linked to immunizations worldwide to end the spread and mutation of the COVID-19 virus, 

    5. Therefore Democrats Abroad calls on President Biden and Congress to include all Americans in his commitment, regardless of where they reside, and to empower and direct the Departments of State and of Health and Human Services to cooperate with the CDC, vaccine manufacturers, and public health authorities worldwide to provide, or ensure the availability of, vaccinations for all Americans abroad, and to support the global availability of adequate vaccine supplies as a critical step in ending the pandemic worldwide.

    6. Therefore, the DPCA ExCom commits volunteer resources and our organization to making the appropriate authorities in the US government aware of the pressing needs for this action, and to keep our members informed of our actions.

  • published DA Switzerland Women's Caucus in News 2021-05-06 01:52:42 -0400

    DA Switzerland Women's Caucus

    This year the DACH Women’s Caucus will focus on three areas:

    1. Opportunity alerts for members to contact lawmakers in support of legislation for women’s rights and equal opportunity. For example, in March the House removed the deadline for ERA passage and 12 states still need to ratify the bill.
    2. Strengthening our sisterhood by aligning with initiatives driven by the DA Global Women’s Caucus as well as women’s organizations such as Supermajority and Emerge.
    3. Informing ourselves about issues critical to women’s well-being (equal pay, violence against women, childcare, reproductive health, climate action).

    If you are interested in getting involved or learning more, please contact Alissa Reindel and Victoria Pao at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.


  • published Say Hello to the New Zurich Leaders! in News 2021-05-03 10:49:43 -0400

    Say Hello to the New Zurich Leaders!

    The Zurich chapter held their AGM on April 14 and elected a new slate of leaders:

    Office Name Email
    Zurich Chapter Chair Zachary Bailey [email protected]
    Zurich Chapter Vice Chair Karen Herzog [email protected]
    Zurich Chapter Secretary Jenifer Kechulius [email protected]
    Zurich Chapter Treasurer Chi Tran-Brändli [email protected]

  • published Say Hello to the New Geneva Leaders! in News 2021-05-03 10:18:46 -0400

    Say Hello to the New Geneva Leaders!

    The Geneva chapter held their AGM on April 25 and elected a new slate of leaders:

    Office Name Email
    Geneva Chapter Co-Chair Emily T. Blitz [email protected]
    Geneva Chapter Co-Chair Peter Butterfield [email protected]
    Geneva Chapter Member-at-Large Michael Williams [email protected]

  • published Say Hello to the New Basel Leaders! in News 2021-05-03 10:01:25 -0400

    Say Hello to the New Basel Leaders!

    The Basel chapter held their AGM on April 18 and elected a new slate of leaders:

    Office Name Email
    Basel Chapter Chair Ben Stewart [email protected]
    Basel Chapter Vice Chair Kristen Jafflin [email protected]
    Basel Chapter Secretary Vivian Beetle [email protected]
    Basel Chapter Treasurer Jon Frost [email protected]

  • published Join us for a hike! in News 2021-04-27 12:51:06 -0400

    Join us for a hike!

    DA Switzerland has new leaders at the country and chapter levels and we want to meet you!

    Hikes are being arranged for Sunday, May 2, in:

    and for Saturday, May 8, in:

    • Basel (rescheduled from May 1)
    • Geneva (rescheduled from May 1)
    • Lugano (rescheduled from May 1)

    In line with our Diversity & Inclusion goals, we aim to have these hikes be:

    • Easy for people with disabilities, easy for people of all ages, easy for parents with strollers, etc.
    • Easy to get to - a route which doesn’t require too much of a journey, also so that everyone can join without a extra train ticket or such. It should be free for all.
    • Within COVID regulations; masks should be worn and we will have a contact tracing form available.

    There will be a small break during the hike so that we can rest and also enjoy each other's company safely.

    Click through the event links above for complete details.

    You can join our DACH Hiking Group on WhatsApp to connect with other attendees and discuss alternative plans in the event of rain.


  • published Meet the Candidates for DPCA Global Office in News 2021-04-22 14:16:28 -0400

    Meet the Candidates for DPCA Global Office

    The Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) 2021 Global Meeting will take place the weekend of May 14-16, online. During this meeting, DPCA voting representatives elected at the county committee level (5 from Switzerland) will elect the Global Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Legal Council.

    The Global Executive Committee (ExCom) will lead Democrats Abroad for the next two years, giving guidance and support to the leaders and volunteers around the world.

    DA Switzerland wants to be sure that we know the candidates and can make informed votes. We wanted our members to have the opportunity to hear from these candidates. We also welcomed DPCA voting representatives from other country committees to attend and ask questions.

    This Zoom session was recorded and can be viewed on YouTube:

    PowerPoint

    Chat transcript


I'm an expat SAHM in Switzerland and a proud Democrat.