Vice-Chair, 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.


  • is hosting Zurich Social Hour & "I Voted" Celebration 2020-09-17 10:15:28 -0400

    Zurich Social Hour & "I Voted" Celebration

    Join us for our monthly Zurich chapter Social Hour at The Alehouse - Palmhof and celebrate having voted! Get your "I Voted" sticker and let's flood social media with photos of voters abroad!


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    WHEN
    September 24, 2020 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    The Alehouse - Palmhof
    Universitätstrasse 23
    Zurich, ZH 8006
    Switzerland
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  • is hosting Voter Help and Registration in Nyon 2020-09-16 13:39:25 -0400

    Voter Help and Registration in Nyon

    All Americans! Find our Vote From Abroad table at the Nyon Saturday market. Get non-partisan help requesting your ballot for the November 3 election.


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    WHEN
    September 26, 2020 at 8am
    WHERE
    Place Saint-Martin
    Nyon, VD 1260
    Switzerland
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  • is hosting Voter Help and Registration in Vevey 2020-09-16 13:27:01 -0400

    Voter Help and Registration in Vevey

    All Americans! Want to vote in the November Presidential election? We'll be at and around the Vevey Jardin du Rivage (by the CGN port), in Vote From Abroad t-shirts, ready to help you request your ballot. Flag us down, we'd love to talk!


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    WHEN
    September 19, 2020 at 2pm
    WHERE
    Quai Maria-Belgia
    Vevey, VD 1800
    Switzerland
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  • is hosting Voter Help and Registration in Lausanne 2020-09-16 13:14:51 -0400

    Voter Help and Registration in Lausanne

    All Americans! Want to vote in the November Presidential election? We'll be around the Lausanne Saturday Market in Vote From Abroad t-shirts, ready to help you request your ballot. Flag us down, we'd love to talk!


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    WHEN
    September 19, 2020 at 10am
    WHERE
    Place Saint-Laurent
    Lausanne, VD 1003
    Switzerland
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  • published Fight Voter Suppression: Learn, Discuss, Act in News 2020-09-16 11:47:55 -0400

    Fight Voter Suppression: Learn, Discuss, Act

    Our friends at Action Together: Zurich, CH have put together this informative event and fundraiser to benefit Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight.

    Please join ATZ on Sunday, September 27 at 6 PM Zurich time, 12 noon EDT for a Zoom event discussing voter suppression and the fight to protect the right to vote. The featured speaker is voting rights expert Bruce Spiva, managing partner at Perkins Coie in Washington, DC.

    Prior to the meeting, feel free to learn more about the issue in any of the following ways:

    1. Watch Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote, a documentary short available from Brave New Films on Vimeo or YouTube.
    2. Watch All In: The Fight for Democracy, a feature length documentary. Released in select US theaters on September 8 and available for home viewing on Amazon Prime on September 18.
    3. Read Our Time is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America by Stacey Abrams, available on Amazon and in bookstores.

    You can RSVP to this event on Eventbrite. Admission to the event is free, but ATZ would appreciate it if you made a donation to their fundraiser benefiting Fair Fight.


    Note that this event is not organized or sponsored by Democrats Abroad Switzerland, but we are sharing the information because we believe it may be of interest to our members.


  • is hosting Virtual Postcard Writing Party 2020-09-16 07:55:20 -0400

    Virtual Postcard Writing Party

    Join us in for a drop-in postcard writing party where we will write postcards and have fun! How does the postcard campaign work?
    Democrats Abroad is running a campaign to reach US voters in Switzerland (who are not members of DA), urging them to request their ballots.

    We are asking for volunteers to write postcards. What does this entail?

    1. You sign up for how many postcards you can write and mail (we ask that you pay for the postage as a donation-US citizens only)
    2. Send us your email and postal address so we can get you the postcards and a confidentiality agreement.
    3. After uploading your Confidentiality agreement, you will be supplied with names, addresses, and instructions.
    4. Write the postcards on your own, join us for a virtual postcard writing party, or organize an in-person writing party on your own

    💙💙💙


    This event will be held on Zoom. Please RSVP to Stacy to get your postcard writing supplies and the meeting info.

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    WHEN
    September 20, 2020 at 5pm
    WHERE
    Zoom Meeting
    Zurich, ZH
    Switzerland
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  • is hosting Kitchen Brew Beer Tasting 2020-09-15 07:13:04 -0400

    Kitchen Brew Beer Tasting

    Join us at the Kitchen Brew brewery in Allschwil for a tour of the facilities, a tasting, and a Bavarian pretzel!

    DACH Basel has arranged this exclusive tour for our members and we would love to see you there.

    Additional glasses of beer can be purchased at cost from the brewery.

    Proceeds from this event will be used for our Get Out the Vote efforts.


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    WHEN
    October 16, 2020 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    Kitchen Brew
    Binningerstrasse 101
    Allschwil, BL 4123
    Switzerland
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    CHF25.00 CHF · rsvp

  • is hosting Fotofestival Lenzburg - Divided We Stand 2020-09-11 11:44:37 -0400

    Fotofestival Lenzburg - Divided We Stand

    The Fotofestival Lenzburg is having an interactive photo exhibit called Times Under Pressure. They have graciously agreed to conduct a guided tour of the exhibit in English for our members. There are several different photo installations around the town as well with different themes such as climate change, US politics, and more.


    Please Note: You need to RSVP to Angela Warm. This is a special event for Democrats Abroad members, has limited capacity, and we need to know who is attending.


    Tickets are CHF 13 for adults and CHF 10 for students.


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    WHEN
    September 19, 2020 at 12:30pm
    WHERE
    Stapferhaus Lenzburg
    Bahnhofstrasse 49
    Lenzburg 5600
    Switzerland
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    CHF13.00 CHF · 4 rsvps rsvp

  • published #passthevote in News 2020-08-30 10:55:00 -0400

    #passthevote

    Our good friends at Action Together: Zürich have put together this amazing video featuring our favorite voter registration tool, Vote From Abroad!

    Check out the video, check out their site, and be sure to #passthevote!


  • published #IRingTheBell in News 2020-08-27 07:17:52 -0400

    #IRingTheBell

     

    On August 18, 2020 at 7 PM, Democrats Abroad Switzerland held the first of two events in Zürich this month, honoring the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States. This small outdoor event took place in the park between Badenerstrasse and Zweierstrasse, 8004 Zürich, near Stauffacher. It brought together American and Swiss women, including several political office holders, to honor this moment. Next year will be the fiftieth anniversary of the Frauenstimmrecht in Switzerland. This event brought American and Swiss women together for this reason.

    On August 18, 1920, the Tennessee legislature voted in Nashville, the state capital, to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, becoming the 36th and final state necessary to guarantee voting rights for women after a hard-fought battle that lasted 72 years. Bells rang all over the country when the news reached them, to celebrate. Ironically, in Nashville, no bells rang.

    This month, to commemorate the centennial of this event, there were bells ringing at noon in Nashville TN. At the same time, at 7 PM in Zürich, a small group of Swiss and American activists came together at an outdoor event to ring their own bells and state what voting rights mean to them as women and citizens of two of the oldest existing democracies.

    The event followed this plan:

    • 19.00: Welcome and forming the circle of participants around the life-size bronze figure “Frau 1928” by the Swiss artist Alis Guggenheim
    • A brief historical input about the events leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution culminating in confirming voting rights for women on August 18, 1920 in Nashville, Tennessee, presented by the American, Zürich-based historian Dr. Maura Doherty
    • Brief statements by each of the Swiss and American women in the circle on “what the right to vote means to me”
    • Ringing bells by the participants, this will be simultaneous with people and institutions in Nashville, TN (noon, August 18)
    • Closing remarks c. 20.00

     


  • is hosting DACH Geneva Book Club - October 2020 2020-08-26 12:00:07 -0400

    DACH Geneva Book Club - October 2020

    For October, we will be reading and discussing The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss. This is part of a Swiss-wide DACH celebration for the 19th amendment ratification. We are encouraging members from around the country to join and are extremely excited to announce that Elaine Weiss will be joining our meeting!

    Interested in participating but haven't read the book? We have a supply of both versions of the book available for CHF 15. Please contact vice-chair@democrats.ch if you would like to obtain a copy!

         

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


    The October meeting will be held via Zoom. If you are not already on the Geneva Book Club mailing list, please send Sam an email letting him know you would like to be included.


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    WHEN
    October 06, 2020 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    Zoom Meeting
    Geneva, GE
    Switzerland
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  • Don't Stop with Your Own Ballot; Help Register a Friend!

    After you have followed these three easy steps, pay it forward and help your friends, family, and colleagues who are eligible to vote in the election, register as well!

    Democrats Abroad sets up Voter Registration events all over the world to help overseas voters make sure they will get their ballots and VOTE!

    Overseas voters need to send in their Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form to request their ballot every calendar year in which they wish to vote. Our website, www.votefromabroad.org, makes it easy for overseas voters to fill in and submit their form.

    To volunteer at a Democrats Abroad Voter Registration event near you, please contact your local chapter of Democrats Abroad. Go to: www.democratsabroad.org and click on "Countries" for contact information; or email us at: gotv@democratsabroad.org.

    These training materials will provide the background you'll need to volunteer at a voter registration event and help your friends, family, and other overseas voters register to vote and request their ballots. (For your convenience, the training materials are offered either in a training deck OR video format):


  • published Voter Registration Events in Geneva in News 2020-08-18 02:21:16 -0400

    Voter Registration Events in Geneva

    DACH Geneva chapter is planning a number of voter registration events to be held during August and September. Here’s when we will be available to assist you: 

    Saturdays from 4-6 pm in the Parc des Bastions (between the restaurant and children’s playground)
    August 22, September 5, 12, 19, and 26

    And on Sunday, August 30 at the Parc Mon-Repos (between the main entrance and the lake) during the Pizza in the Park event.

    Be sure to check democratsabroad.org/ch and the Facebook page for updates and additional venues.

    How would you like to help the Geneva chapter register voters for this upcoming critical election? Let us know! If you have a specific date in mind, we can add you to the team! Newbies need not worry - we will train you beforehand and make sure you’re matched with an experienced registrar your first time out. To sign up or to ask questions, please contact Laura Messenger at geneva@democrats.ch


  • published A Very Special Snapshot in News 2020-08-13 06:38:28 -0400

    A Very Special Snapshot

    If you haven't been following our Suffrage Snapshots, now is a great time to catch up! But please also enjoy this special snapshot celebrating Kamala Harris!


  • Pottery and Prosecco - Fundraiser and Voter Registration

    Get those paintbrushes ready and meet us at Füürwärch Ceramic & Art Studio! We are using our creative brains while in aid of a good cause! Registering US Americans to vote and raising funds to support the work of Democrats Abroad. Each ticket will get you a pottery piece to paint, Prosecco, and light snacks. Come join us for this important cause.


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    WHEN
    September 26, 2020 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Füürwärch Ceramic & Art Studio
    Untere Geerenstrasse 2
    Dübendorf, ZH 8600
    Switzerland
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    CHF50.00 CHF · rsvp

  • is hosting Barfüss Brauerei Beer Tasting and Local Walk 2020-08-09 08:14:00 -0400

    Barfüss Brauerei Beer Tasting and Local Walk

    Join us in lovely Thurgau as we find out where the Barfüss Brauerei got their name! Join Bryan Patton on a journey through his amazing beer selection , and taste local Thurgau specialities.  Ticket includes a beer degustation and light snacks.


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    September 19, 2020 at 4pm
    WHERE
    Barfüss Brauerei
    Hagenbuch 1
    Schönholzerswilen, ZH 8577
    Switzerland
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    CHF25.00 CHF · rsvp

  • A (Virtual) Conversation with European Ambassadors for Biden

    We are now a mere four months away from presidential and congressional elections which will decide whether the American experiment in democratic governance perishes from this earth, or whether, to the contrary, with Joe Biden as President and Democratic control of the Senate and House, sanity, competence, and elemental fairness and justice can be restored to our country after these nightmarish past four years. It is time for us Americans Abroad, 8 million strong, to stand up and be counted in this stark choice, both with our votes and with our material support for the Democratic cause.

    In the prevailing pandemic circumstances, the Democratic campaign has existed thus far almost exclusively in the virtual realm, much to the frustration of those of us here in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe who see our U.S. political engagement more as an opportunity for convivial congregation and fellowship with like-minded compatriots than as an act of collective contribution to the war-chest of our candidates.

    In the meantime, however, the campaign is intensifying, and our help is needed now. Our members have been invited to participate in a very special virtual happening on Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m. CEST, a “Conversation with European Ambassadors for Biden,” featuring Samantha Power, Ambassador to the United Nations in the Obama Administration; Charles C. Adams, Jr., former Ambassador to Finland; Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles; and Rufus Gifford, Deputy Campaign Manager for Vice-President Biden, former Ambassador to Denmark. The conversation promises to be lively, informative, and interactive, and you will be able to catch a glimpse of many of the same friends and fellow American expatriates with whom we have gathered in the past and will gather again in the future in support of a cause which we hold dear. Here is the link through which to sign up for this exceptional event:

    https://secure.joebiden.com/a/0715-conversation?attr=100558195


    This event is not organized or sponsored by Democrats Abroad Switzerland, but we thought it would be of interest to our members.


  • published The Road to Suffrage in News 2020-07-13 07:56:54 -0400

    The Road to Suffrage

    In the United States, the right for all to vote and to participate in political life came not from the Constitution itself but from a series of hard-fought amendments and ground-breaking legislation.

    To commemorate two major achievements in this march towards full democracy—the Centennial of the 19th Amendment and the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act—Democrats Abroad Switzerland is launching a series of social media posts that present key aspects of the narrative leading to the ratification of the 19th amendment and the struggles to enfranchise people of color.

    The posts will run from 19 July to 26 August 2020. They will be posted daily to Democrats Abroad Switzerland’s Facebook and Instagram feeds as well as our website. Please like, comment on, and share the steps of this still-incomplete journey to universal suffrage. Most importantly, request your ballot now and mobilize your personal community of expats to do so, too!

    Democrats Abroad Switzerland thanks Dr. Maura Doherty for her assistance with this project. Dr. Maura Doherty is a historian who has taught in Higher Education for decades in the United States and in Switzerland. She recently appeared as the guest historian in the BBC celebrity genealogy series "Who Do You Think You Are?" alongside Sharon Osbourne. She is currently writing a book about the history of her hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts.

    Design talent came from working in coordination with Vote Like a Woman, a nonpartisan campaign honoring the first 100 years since the ratification of the 19th amendment by getting more Americans who identify as women to vote.


  • is hosting Tex-Mex Cooking Course Fundraiser 2020-07-11 08:16:25 -0400

    Tex-Mex Cooking Course Fundraiser

    Join Stacy Streuli of Lone Star Kitchen for a Tex-Mex Cooking Course, with funds being raised to support Democrats Abroad. Learn to make Guacamole, Fajitas, Enchiladas and more. Guests may join you at the end to enjoy your creations!


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    WHEN
    October 28, 2020 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    GZ Oerlikon
    Gubelstrasse 10
    Zurich, ZH 8050
    Switzerland
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    CHF75.00 CHF · rsvp

  • published 19th Amd in Switzerland 2020-07-08 05:50:42 -0400

    19th Amendment Centennial Celebration

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