Chair, Basel Chapter; DPCA Voting Representative, 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: