Secretary, Switzerland

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.


  • rsvped for Basel Chapter Annual General Meeting via 2019-03-13 16:57:40 -0400

    Basel Chapter Annual General Meeting

    The Basel chapter of Democrats Abroad Switzerland is pleased to announce our upcoming elections. We hope that you will attend to meet and/or reconnect with local Dems Abroad, show your support for the nominees and vote for the candidates of your choice. We need to have a quorum for the elections to be official, so please come, or vote by proxy if you can't attend (more information below).

    Agenda

    3:15 to 3:30 Registration

    3:30 to 3:45 Brief presentations from outgoing leaders

    3:45 to 4:30 Elections

    4:30 to 5:30 Call to action brainstorming and discussion with new leaders

    DA Switzerland is made up of volunteers working together to keep Americans living abroad informed and connected with the political process and to make it easier to vote from abroad. We invite you to become involved in Basel chapter activities and political activism. We are expecting a very exciting and busy next term, resisting the Republican administration in 2019 and voting in primaries and elections in 2020. Come help us elect Democrats!

    We thank those that have come forward to present themselves as candidates. To see more on each candidate, please see here.

    We have nominations for all offices except secretary, and if you are interested in running for this or any other position, you still can. We will entertain nominations from the floor. If you would like to run, please let the Nominations Committee know at basel-elections@democrats.ch

    For further information about elections or the officer roles, contact any committee member (or email basel-elections@democrats.ch)

    Voting Method

    Americans who are Democrats Abroad members by Saturday, March 30, may vote. Please register to attend by March 31 at https://goo.gl/forms/ToLwSB2Kjrtj8Hy22           

    There are two ways to vote:  

    In person voting:  Printed ballots will be distributed at the meeting.

    Vote by proxy:  Request a proxy form via the registration form at https://goo.gl/forms/ToLwSB2Kjrtj8Hy22Proxies must be in writing, but the giver may sign, scan and email it to the proxy holder, who should then bring a printed copy to the meeting. Any voter at the meeting may hold at most two proxies.

    Election Process

    At the meeting, the four offices will be elected one by one, in the order shown above. Nominations may be made from the floor or as write-in candidates. Candidates who are not elected in their chosen position may nominate themselves for other positions. All candidates will be given two to three minutes to address the members. Up to three questions from the audience will be allowed (per candidate).

    WHEN
    March 31, 2019 at 3:30pm
    WHERE
    Klara
    Clarastrasse 13
    Basel 4058
    Switzerland
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  • rsvped for 2019 Annual General Meeting via 2019-03-13 16:57:18 -0400

    2019 Annual General Meeting

    The Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad Switzerland is pleased to announce the 2019 Annual General Meeting on April 7, 2019 at Strassburgstrasse 11, 8004 Zurich. A separate email from the Elections and Nominations Committee will present the nominated candidates and voting procedure. Your presence is greatly desired as we need a quorum for the meeting. This is an important event to determine the future of DACH as we enter this extremely vital election season.

    You will hear our annual reports, show support for the nominees, and vote for the candidates of your choice. A speaker or brainstorming session regarding important goals for the next year is planned.

    >BRUNCH: An optional brunch with limited seating is scheduled from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM before the meeting. Details and tickets can be found here.

    >WHEN: Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM
    >WHERE: Strassburgstrasse 11, 8004 Zurich
    >RSVP: Here

    Preliminary Agenda
    12:45 - 1:15 Check in and mingle
    1:15 - 2:45   Guest speaker presentation with brainstorming session for goals and priorities for 2020. WE NEED YOUR IDEAS!
    2:45 - 3:00   Break
    3:00 - 3:40   Business meeting and officer reports
    3:40 - 4:50   Election of new Executive Committee
    4:50 - 5:00   Welcome remarks from new Executive Committee
    5:00             Adjournment

    We are looking for volunteers to help us with signing in, tabulation of votes, discussion guides, and AV set-up. Please indicate your willingness to help by emailing elections@democrats.ch.

    The registration form has indicators to check if you'd like to be in touch with others traveling from your area for ride sharing or companionship on the trains. We will do our best to link you up.

    Democrats Abroad Switzerland is an active grassroots organization made up of volunteers who are passionate and dedicated to helping elect Democrats in 2020. We strive to provide friendship and support to Americans abroad through activities that bring us together in political activism and fellowship. We are expecting a very exciting and busy term. Come help us elect Democrats!

     

    WHEN
    April 07, 2019 at 1pm
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  • published DA & AT Zurich responds to Charlottesville in News 2017-11-01 08:16:40 -0400

    DA & AT Zurich responds to Charlottesville

    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.

    For a personal account of the event, read DA Switzerland's Secretary Elizabeth Voss’s blog post at Americans Resisting Overseas.

     Author: Darcy Alexandra, Zurich Chapter Democrats Abroad

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