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 DACH Geneva Book Group - January 2019-12-11 15:58:41 -0500

    DACH Geneva Book Group - January

    For January 2020, we will be reading and discussing articles about impeachment. The suggested readings will be announced soon; watch this space!

    Come join us, whether or not you read any/all of the above!

    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
    January 07, 2020 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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  • published DACH Needs A New Secretary; Could it be You? in News 2019-11-29 14:36:48 -0500

    DACH Needs A New Secretary; Could it be You?

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, DA Switzerland will need a new ExCom Secretary starting in mid-January. Liz Voss, our current secretary, will still be on the ExCom but in a different role; she will be available to train you and guide you through the secretarial duties! If you think you might be interested, please contact her at secretary@democrats.ch.

    A PDF version of this job description is available here.

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  • published Zurich GPP in GPP 2019-11-26 14:41:47 -0500

    Zurich GPP

    Information about the Zurich GPP dates, times, and locations TBA.

    Contact the Zurich leadership team at zurich@democrats.ch if you have questions or would like more information.


    Polling place dates and times are tentative until December 31, 2019, at which time they will be finalized.


  • published Geneva GPP in GPP 2019-11-26 14:34:59 -0500

    Geneva GPP

    Information about the Geneva GPP dates, times, and locations TBA.

    Contact Nathalie at nathalie.gons@democrats.ch if you have questions or would like more information.


    Polling place dates and times are tentative until December 31, 2019, at which time they will be finalized.


  • published DACH Leaders in the Birthplace of Democracy in News 2019-11-07 12:01:02 -0500

    DACH Leaders in the Birthplace of Democracy

    DA Switzerland had six in-person attendees, pictured above. From left to right: Meli, Vivian, Farid, Tory, Kelli, and Liz.

    From October 11 - 13, Democrats Abroad leaders and volunteers from countries across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa gathered in Athens for our 2019 Regional Meeting.

    We took in the sights around the city, ate some truly delicious food, networked... And oh yeah! We brainstormed together and shared strategies from our country committees on how to find members, get them registered to vote, motivate new and existing volunteers, and win big in 2020!

    This was my third regional or international DA meeting, having previously attended the EMEA regional meeting in Madrid and the Global AGM in Tokyo. By far, my favorite part of these meetings is getting to meet other motivated Democrats from around the world and hear what works for them back in their local chapters and country committees. Some of their ideas can be implemented here in Switzerland, but due to cultural and logistical differences, not every tactic works in every country. Getting to brainstorm ideas with people who have so many different backgrounds and experiences enables us to come up with creative solutions we might not have reached otherwise.

    Additionally, many of our members are experts in their field. We had an excellent presentation in Athens by Brady Kiesling called Defending Democracy: Lessons from the Athenians. How often do you get to hear a former US diplomat, author, and archaeologist/ancient historian give a talk about democracy in the very city where it was invented around 2,500 years ago?!

    Among the many presentations given, these were some of the highlights:

    • From 2014 to 2018, there was a 147% increase in US ballots cast
    • From 2014 to 2018, there was a 322% increase in civilian US citizens abroad casting ballots
    • From 2014 to 2018, there was a 600% increase in Americans abroad using VoteFromAbroad.org
    • Big Picture Goals for 2020
      • Double the abroad civilian vote from 2016 (send out 1 mil ballots)
      • Take back the White House and the Senate and flip state senates and houses! We can do this; think about the 2019 results in Virginia!
      • Protect the House
      • Save Democracy in the US 
    • Messaging Goals for 2020 

    We learned about what it takes to run a Global Presidential Primary and tactics for reaching new American voters. We talked about social media messaging and strategies. We reaffirmed our commitment to fighting fake news and making the 2018 blue wave even bigger in 2020! I think all of the attendees returned home invigorated, excited, and determined to succeed in 2020; I know I did.


    The GPP and voter registration events will require lots of volunteers. Are you interested in getting involved? Make sure you've joined Dems Abroad and then sign up to volunteer!


  • published GPP in Switzerland 2019-10-30 10:02:20 -0400

    DACH Global Presidential Primary

    Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary in Brief

    • The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary runs from March 3 to March 10, 2020 at hundreds of voting centers around the world.
    • Democrats Abroad allows same day registration for voters participating in the Global Presidential Primary.
    • Voters may register in person or by signing up at democratsabroad.org/join.
    • In-person registration requires that new voters present their US passports for membership verification.
    • Eligibility:
      • Be abroad and be a US citizen
      • Be a member of Democrats Abroad
      • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020
      • Not have voted, nor plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary
    • Voters abroad may also vote by downloading a ballot and emailing or postal mailing it to Democrats Abroad from February 18, 2020. Ballots must be received prior to 12:00 AM Pacific Standard Time on March 11, 2020.
    • No proxy voting is permitted.

    Click on the images below to see more about each chapter's GPP events!





    Polling place dates and times are tentative until December 31, 2019, at which time they will be finalized.


  • 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!


  • 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!

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    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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