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 Democrats Abroad Global Caucus Meet Up 2018-05-20 11:42:27 -0400

    Democrats Abroad Global Caucus Meet Up

    All DA members are invited to join the all-Caucus meet-up before the Annual General Meeting! (caucus membership not required to attend)
     
    Thursday, May 24th, 7:30 pm at  Good Beer Faucets in Shibuya, which is a short train ride from Shinagawa, the pub is about a 10 minute walk from Shibuya Station (directions here).
     
    Please rsvp below. We're asking only those who are attending to RSVP by selecting "going" - we have made reservations but need to know actual numbers in case we need to add more people to the booking!
    WHEN
    May 24, 2018 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Good Beer Faucets in Shibuya
    Shoto Shibuya-kuTokyo 1-29-1 CROSSROADS
    2nd Floor
    Tokyo 150-0046
    Japan
    Google map and directions
    25 rsvps rsvp

  • rsvped for July 1st "4th of July" Picnic 2018-04-09 14:05:47 -0400

    July 1st "4th of July" Picnic!

    Come one and all to join DACH Basel in celebrating Independence Day! We're hosting a 4th of July pot-luck picnic on Sunday, July 1st at Schützenmattpark. Bring some food and drinks to share. We will have a couple of grills that people can use. Or you could bring an extra grill! More are always welcome. Volunteers will be on hand to help people register to vote or request ballots for this year's mid-term elections. 

    WHEN
    July 01, 2018 at 12pm
    WHERE
    Schützenmattpark
    Im Schützenmattpark
    Basel 4054
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
    5 rsvps rsvp

  • signed up on Progressive Caucus Signup 2018-02-10 03:47:08 -0500

  • signed up on bc_signup 2018-02-10 03:45:43 -0500

  • 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.