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.


  • is hosting October Zurich Chapter Meeting 2019-10-05 06:17:23 -0400

    October Zurich Chapter Meeting

    Join us for our monthly meeting where we will go over chapter business and then discuss direct action ideas!

    WHEN
    October 23, 2019 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    Kafi Dihei
    Zurlindenstrasse 231
    Zurich, ZH 8003
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
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  • Zug Global Presidential Primary Info Session & Happy Hour

    You are invited to join the newly forming Zug chapter of Democrats Abroad Switzerland for a Happy Hour to inform you about and help you participate in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary 2020.

    Join us on
    Saturday October 26th
    at Gary Soskin's apartment
    Bellevueweg 42, Zug
    from 4 p.m. till 7 p.m.

    Stop by for an informal chance to hear what Dems Abroad Switzerland is working on, to get to know each other, and learn about how you can get involved and be heard this election!

    Please RSVP to Amy or Gary at zug@democrats.ch by October 25th so that we can chill enough beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.

    Use public transportation if possible (bus #11 to the Bellevueweg stop), as parking is difficult to find. If you must come by car, parking is available at the cable car at Schönegg (4 minute walk away).


    Information about the Global Presidential Primary can be found here.

    WHEN
    October 26, 2019 at 4pm
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  • is hosting Harvest Wine Whine 2019-09-25 05:19:30 -0400

    Harvest Wine Whine

    Join us for a harvest wine tasting and costume party!

    Sommelier Steph will lead us through a tasting of harvest time/autumnal foods and the wines with which to pair them.

    For extra fun, and to celebrate Halloween, come dressed in your favorite costume!

    Snacks and wine tastings are included in the CHF 25 entry.

    Pricing:

    • Americans: CHF 35 (CHF 10 donation to DACH included)
    • Non-Americans: CHF 25

    Location:

    A private residence in Biel-Benken.

    The address will be sent to you upon registration at Eventzilla/proof of payment.


    About Sommelier Steph

    After devoting 17 years to emergency and critical care veterinary nursing, Steph decided to leave medicine and turn her much loved wine hobby into a second career. She began working at a Finger Lakes winery where she immersed herself in every aspect of wine making: vineyard experience, harvest and crush, and the tasting room, which is where she honed her skills in food and wine pairing. While working in the winery, she joined a company which provided small, semi-private, educational wine tours within the FLX region. Within this time, she also became beverage manager and wine captain of a high-end catering company, where she was able to continue her work with local winemakers in putting together tasting menus for private events.

    She obtained her sommelier training through The Court of Master Sommeliers and is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers. She is currently a member of the sommelier team at Les Trois Rois, a 5-star hotel in Basel, where she serves as the bar sommelier and bar supervisor.

    She lives in Muttenz with her husband Richard, her dog Gracie, and her super adorable kitty Ophelia.


    Please note that if a bank transfer is not completed prior to the event, you may pay at the door with a small surcharge. American tickets will be CHF 37 and Non-American tickets will be CHF 27.

    WHEN
    October 27, 2019 at 5pm
    WHERE
    Private residence; address provided upon registration at Eventzilla
    Pumpmattenweg
    Biel-Benken, BL 4105
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
    CHF35.00 CHF · rsvp

  • published Meet Your DACH Zurich Leaders! #DemsAbroadDay in News 2019-09-07 07:24:44 -0400

    Meet Your DACH Zurich Leaders! #DemsAbroadDay

    Hello! Happy Saturday and Democrats Abroad Day!

    This is the second annual DA Day, which celebrates all our members and what we do to excite and motivate voters around the world.

    In honor of our day, we would like to introduce you to some of our leaders for the 2019-21 term!

    You can learn more about all of our Zurich leaders here and check out our nationalBasel, and Geneva leaders as well!


  • published Meet Your DACH Geneva Leaders! #DemsAbroadDay in News 2019-09-07 07:21:55 -0400

    Meet Your DACH Geneva Leaders! #DemsAbroadDay

    Hello! Happy Saturday and Democrats Abroad Day!

    This is the second annual DA Day, which celebrates all our members and what we do to excite and motivate voters around the world.

    In honor of our day, we would like to introduce you to some of our leaders for the 2019-21 term!

    You can learn more about all of our Geneva leaders here and check out our nationalBasel, and Zurich leaders as well!


  • published Meet Your DACH Basel Leaders! #DemsAbroadDay in News 2019-09-07 07:17:52 -0400

    Meet Your DACH Basel Leaders! #DemsAbroadDay

    Hello! Happy Saturday and Democrats Abroad Day!

    This is the second annual DA Day, which celebrates all our members and what we do to excite and motivate voters around the world.

    In honor of our day, we would like to introduce you to some of our leaders for the 2019-21 term!

    You can learn more about all of our Basel leaders here and check out our national, Geneva, and Zurich leaders as well!


  • Meet Your DA Switzerland Leaders! #DemsAbroadDay

    Hello! Happy Saturday and Democrats Abroad Day!

    This is the second annual DA Day, which celebrates all our members and what we do to excite and motivate voters around the world.

    In honor of our day, we would like to introduce you to some of our leaders for the 2019-21 term!

    You can learn more about all our national leaders here and check out our chapter leaders in Basel, Geneva, and Zurich as well!


  • is hosting DACH Geneva Book Group - November 2019-09-04 14:32:56 -0400

    DACH Geneva Book Group - November

    Our November book is The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right by Max Boot. Come join us - whether or not you read the book!

    Additional information about this (and future) event(s) can be found here.


    The AIWC is on the 4th floor of 11 rte. de Chêne.  That's near all the CEVA construction close to the Eaux-Vives railway station. There isn't any easy parking (you can take your luck on the street), but the #12 tram is convenient (walk downhill from stop Amandolier or uphill from stop Roches).  If using a parking garage use Villerouge, which is about a 10 minute walk (don't use the Coop 2000 -- it gets locked early and you might have to wait until Wednesday to retrieve your car).  Nominal start time is 18:30; if you arrive after 19:00 you'll need the door code to get in.

    NOTE: The #12 tram is running again after having a bus substitute this summer for construction work.  And starting in January 2020 the Leman Express will be running to the Gare des Eaux-Vives.


    Not required, but appreciated is if you can bring some food and/or drink to share and Fr. 5.- to help with the room rent.

    WHEN
    November 05, 2019 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    American International Women's Club
    Route de Chêne 11
    Geneva, GE 1207
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
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  • Help Us Develop the Democrats Abroad Global Platform

    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 chair@democrats.ch 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!

  • Summer Report: Zurich Stands in Solidarity with Lights for Liberty

    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:

    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


  • published DACH Zurich Potluck Picnic in News 2019-08-07 11:21:11 -0400

    DACH Zurich Potluck Picnic

    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!

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  • published DACH Zurich Democratic Debate Watch Party in News 2019-08-07 11:00:37 -0400

    DACH Zurich Democratic Debate Watch Party

    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!

    Debate Watch 1

    Debate Watch 2

    Debate Watch 3

    Debate Watch 4


  • published Geneva Pride Celebration 2019 in News 2019-06-21 02:17:25 -0400

    Geneva Pride Celebration 2019

    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.


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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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