Vice Chair, 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:


  • is hosting The Monthly Issue (Zurich) - January 2022 2021-12-07 15:34:19 -0500

    The Monthly Issue (Zurich) - January 2022

    Join Democrats Abroad Zürich members for our monthly meeting! We are currently holding our meetings via Zoom. All members are welcome to join our meetings. We will spend the first half of the meeting discussing current events or whatever issues are on our minds. The second part of the meeting will be to discuss upcoming events.

    Can't make it this month? We have planning meetings every month. Or, if you can't make our regular meetings but still want to help, please get in touch with Zurich Chapter Chair, Zachary Bailey, at [email protected].


    Add to your Google Calendar.

    WHEN
    January 09, 2022 at 7:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - RSVP to receive details
    Zürich, ZH
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • is hosting Geneva Chapter Meeting - January 2022 2021-12-07 15:13:14 -0500

    Geneva Chapter Meeting - January 2022

    Please join DACH Geneva members on Zoom for our monthly chapter meeting! All are welcome at our meetings, so if you would like to learn what we are up to and how you can help, please join us!
     
    Can't make it this month? We have planning meetings every month. Or, if you can't make our regular meetings but still want to help, please get in touch with Geneva Chapter Co-Chairs, Emily and Peter, at [email protected].
     
    WHEN
    January 03, 2022 at 8:30am
    WHERE
    Zoom - RSVP to receive details
    Geneva, GE
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • is hosting Youth Caucus Team Meeting - January 2022 2021-12-06 11:50:12 -0500

    Youth Caucus Team Meeting - January 2022

    Join members of the DACH Youth Caucus as they plan their upcoming events, both virtual and in-person!

    Can't make it to this meeting? Send an email to [email protected] to let them know you're interested!


    Add to your Google Calendar.

    WHEN
    January 16, 2022 at 6:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - RSVP to receive details
    Bern, BE
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • is hosting Basel Chapter Meeting - January 2022 2021-12-06 09:40:26 -0500

    Basel Chapter Meeting - January 2022

    Please join DACH Basel members for our monthly event planning meeting! All are welcome at our meetings, so if you would like to learn what we are up to and how you can help, please join us!

    Our venue is TBD. We will meet via Zoom or in-person, depending on the Covid conditions.

    Can't make it this month? We have planning meetings every month, generally on the second Tuesday of the month. Or, if you can't make our regular meetings but still want to help, please get in touch with Basel Chapter Chair Ben Stewart at [email protected].


    Add to your Google Calendar.

    WHEN
    January 11, 2022 at 7:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - RSVP to receive details
    Basel, BS
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
    1 rsvp rsvp

  • is hosting DACH Geneva Book Club - January 2022 2021-12-06 09:12:12 -0500

    DACH Geneva Book Club - January 2022

    For January, we will be reading "Our Constitutional Crisis is Already Here," a September 2021 Washington Post op-ed from by Robert Kagan. This opinion piece discusses the extent to which the "guardrails" of US democracy have already been removed.

    Please join us even if you haven't read the op-ed!

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


    January's meeting will take place on Zoom and in-person in Geneva; RSVP or send an email to Sam to receive the meeting details. If you aren't already on the Geneva Book Club mailing list, you can send an email to Sam letting him know you'd like to be added.


    Add to your Google Calendar.

    WHEN
    January 04, 2022 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    Zoom and Private Residence in GVA - RSVP to receive details
    Geneva, GE
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • National Salon in the Spirit of Ubuntu: Seeking the Common Humanity in the Other

    Our shared concern about the threat to American democracy is an important ongoing conversation that was launched at the National Salon in November with political scientist Michael Contarino, will be continued at the upcoming National Salon on December 16th, and will certainly accompany us into the upcoming election year.

    We’ve invited a speaker from the US to give us his observations about the work of the organization BRAVER ANGELS which seeks to bring together political antagonists who identify “red” or “blue” but are willing to engage in dialogue with each other. Since dialogue has as its prerequisite a willingness to listen and to show respect to the speaker, it’s a challenging activity particularly in these radically polarized times.

    Our speaker is Distinguished Professor Charles Heckscher, director of the Center for the Study of Collaboration in Work and Society, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. At the center, he is currently leading two research projects: one on the development of public conversation, and a second on the effects of teamwork in health care.

    His research focuses on organization change and its consequences for employees and unions, on the possibilities for more collaborative and democratic forms of work, and on the challenge of rebuilding trust in societal institutions.

    He will lead us in a discussion about the philosophy of Ubuntu and help us to see the "universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity."


    Add to your Google Calendar.

    WHEN
    December 16, 2021 at 7:00pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - RSVP to receive details
    Bern, BE
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
    3 rsvps rsvp

  • published Geneva Donation Drive in News 2021-11-11 04:49:38 -0500

    Geneva Donation Drive

    November has two great holidays: one offers Americans an opportunity to honor our US servicemen and women and the other to give thanks for our good fortune. 

    Just a few hours north of us is the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the largest US military hospital outside the US. On any given week there are around 100 active or recovering soldiers there. Some quickly return to their duty station, others can be there for a lot longer. 

    The Wounded Warrior Project and fellow support organizations in Landstuhl work with the soldiers to make their unexpected stay in Germany as comfortable as they can. Simple pleasures like Crocs and cozy hoodies, or vitals like socks and boxers can make a difference. 

    The Geneva Chapter of Democrats Abroad is running a donation drive from Veterans Day to right after Thanksgiving. We warmly invite our members to RDV with us from 10:00-13:00 at any of the following locations:

    Saturday 13th Balexert, Geneva
    Sunday 14th Gare Cornavin, Geneva
    Saturday 20th La Combe, Nyon
    Sunday 21st Lausanne Gare, Lausanne
    Saturday 27th Aubonne Outlets
    Sunday 28th Belair Centre, Yverdon-les-Bains

    To get precise location on each day join the DACH-GVA Chapter WhatsApp group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/GcBMuXR2gMl14iYp0xUAoS

    The A, B, C’s of the items needed:  
    ALL NEW (for health reasons, used clothing cannot be accepted)
    Boxers, L 
    Briefs, all sizes
    Crocs or sneakers, all sizes
    Duffel bags (no logos)
    Jackets
    Long sleeve t-shirts, unisex
    Nothing 2XL or 3XL
    Pajamas (lightweight, S, M)
    Socks (black, all sizes)
    Sweatpants, M
    Sweatshirts (no logos, S, M)
    T-shirts (no logos, not white)
    Umbrellas

    Working together, we can make a huge difference in the lives and recuperation of our fellow Americans abroad!


  • published Geneva Donation Drive in News 2021-11-11 04:47:29 -0500

    Geneva Donation Drive

    November has two great holidays: one offers Americans an opportunity to honor our US servicemen and women and the other to give thanks for our good fortune. 

    Just a few hours north of us is the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the largest US military hospital outside the US. On any given week there are around 100 active or recovering soldiers there. Some quickly return to their duty station, others can be there for a lot longer. 

    The Wounded Warrior Project and fellow support organizations in Landstuhl work with the soldiers to make their unexpected stay in Germany as comfortable as they can. Simple pleasures like Crocs and cozy hoodies, or vitals like socks and boxers can make a difference. 

    The Geneva Chapter of Democrats Abroad is running a donation drive from Veterans Day to right after Thanksgiving. We warmly invite our members to RDV with us from 10:00-13:00 at any of the following locations:

    Saturday 13th Balexert, Geneva
    Sunday 14th Gare Cornavin, Geneva
    Saturday 20th La Combe, Nyon
    Sunday 21st Lausanne Gare, Lausanne
    Saturday 27th Aubonne Outlets
    Sunday 28th Belair Centre, Yverdon-les-Bains

    To get precise location on each day join the DACH-GVA Chapter WhatsApp group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/GcBMuXR2gMl14iYp0xUAoS

    The A, B, C’s of the items needed:  
    ALL NEW (for health reasons, used clothing cannot be accepted)
    Boxers, L 
    Briefs, all sizes
    Crocs or sneakers, all sizes
    Duffel bags (no logos)
    Jackets
    Long sleeve t-shirts, unisex
    Nothing 2XL or 3XL
    Pajamas (lightweight, S, M)
    Socks (black, all sizes)
    Sweatpants, M
    Sweatshirts (no logos, S, M)
    T-shirts (no logos, not white)
    Umbrellas

    Working together, we can make a huge difference in the lives and recuperation of our fellow Americans abroad!


  • published Halloween Happenings in News 2021-09-28 16:07:56 -0400

    Halloween Happenings

    Halloween will be here before we know it! While this holiday isn't widely celebrated in Switzerland, there are definitely pockets of the country that are starting to embrace it. If you're looking for some spooky, family-friendly fun, we have some suggestions for you! 

    🎃 Basel 🎃

    • Your kiddos may have some luck trick-or-treating in these neighborhoods:

      You can recognize participating households as those with a pumpkin by the front door. Süsses oder Saures!

    • The Basel Children's Trust typically has a Halloween Party; you can contact them for details at [email protected].

    • Teens and adults should check out our Ghost Walk!

    🎃 Geneva 🎃

    🎃 Zürich 🎃

    Did we miss something near you? Let our Engagement Team know by contacting Emily at [email protected].


  • published Help US Citizens Abroad get Covid-19 Vaccines in News 2021-09-25 14:59:18 -0400

    Help US Citizens Abroad get Covid-19 Vaccines

    Go to democracy.io to write to your Member of Congress today and ask them to provide vaccines to US citizens abroad who need them.

    Unfortunately, Covid-19 is not going away. DACH applauds the US for leading the way in getting vaccines to the rest of the world, but there are still many US citizens living (and dying) outside the United States who lack access to vaccines. Whether you have already received a vaccine or not, we hope you will show solidarity with your fellow citizens abroad who are still waiting for theirs.

    Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona is among many Members of Congress who are trying to get the message to the White House and the State Department that there are still many US citizens living abroad who need our help, if we are to fulfill our government's pledge that ALL US citizens will have access to vaccines. YOU can help by writing to YOUR Representative TODAY to support Rep. Grijalva in his efforts. It's pretty simple and it only takes a couple minutes - and you might just save some lives. So do it today - it would be great if members of Congress woke up on Monday to find thousands of messages from their constituents asking them to do the right thing. Here are just a few quick steps that YOU can take to make it happen:

    1. Click here to write to your Member of Congress.
    2. Fill in your voting address in the United States.
    3. Select your House member.
    4. Copy this language into the subject line: "Sign on to Rep. Grijalva's Letter asking for Vaccines for Americans Abroad"
    5. Copy the message below into the space provided - and take a few seconds to read it - it really makes the case.
    6. Fill in any details required - (use 000-000-0000 if you don't have a US phone number - and use your voting address in the US)
    7. SEND!

    Once you're done, please forward this message to friends and families inside and outside the United States and URGE them to URGENTLY reach out to their own Congressional Rep. Our fellow citizens need all the help that we can give them. If you have any doubts, please take a look at this video prepared by US citizens abroad just like you - and share it with others.

    Click here for more information about what Democrats Abroad's COVID TASK FORCE is doing about publicizing this issue - and reach Senator Chris Murphy's letter to Secretary Blinken asking for vaccines for US citizens abroad. Also, please send questions or comments to [email protected]. Together, we can beat this thing.

    Adapted from an email sent on 25 September 2021 by Art Schankler, International Vice Chair and member of the Covid Task Force.


     

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  • published DPCA Resolutions Dealing with Tax Advocacy in News 2021-09-02 15:04:54 -0400

    DPCA Resolutions Dealing with Tax Advocacy

    The Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) voting body met online on August 21 and 22 to vote on Charter Amendments and Resolutions. Your DA Switzerland voting reps know that taxation reform is important to you, so we would like to report on two of the resolutions that were adopted.

    As always, you can follow the DA Taxation Task Force’s work on their website. Your DA Switzerland DPCA voting reps will also keep you up-to-date with information about the proposed messaging system and the RBT Coalition’s work.


    Resolution #3
    In Support of Development of a DA messaging platform for engaging members in Congressional outreach in support of DA issues-advocacy initiatives

    Whereas Democrats Abroad has greatly expanded its advocacy work promoting reforms related to issues affecting Americans abroad and of importance to Democrats Abroad; and

    Whereas DA advocacy initiatives routinely feature outreach to U.S. federal and state lawmakers and regulators; and

    Whereas state of the art issues-advocacy programs provide activists with platforms that facilitate messaging to elected representatives by: identifying the activist's representative(s); providing sample message language; and sending the message to the activist's representative(s) via their official website, campaign website, or social media pages; and

    Whereas DA issues-advocacy coordinators would benefit from data indicating which elected representatives are receiving messages from DA issues-activists, helping them to target representatives for further or follow-up outreach; and 

    Whereas DA issues-advocacy coordinators would benefit from data, with GDPR compliance, identifying campaign supporters, helping them to target activists for further or follow-up communication; and

    Whereas DA's Taxation Task Force has learned from at least 10 years of committed advocacy in support of tax reforms to eliminate double taxation; remove barriers to banking, saving, and investing; and simplify filing from abroad; that reform will happen when enough Americans abroad reach out to their elected representatives and demand it; and

    Whereas votes from abroad reach politicians for the most part only once every 2 years, but voices from abroad can reach elected representatives - or candidates for office - continuously and with focus; and

    Whereas DA is blessed with volunteers who can set up and maintain a messaging platform, but there will be origination and on-going maintenance costs that will consume organizational funds; and

    Whereas DA can access "white label" systems ("off the shelf" web-creation products with functions already in place and ready to be customized) that would facilitate the development of such a platform without the need to start from first principles; and

    Whereas DA advocacy teams with any area of focus could make use of the platform; and

    Whereas the success of the Democratic Party in driving legislative and regulatory reform is critical to the fate of the nation and the success of the Party in maintaining the support of the U.S. electorate; and

    Whereas the substantial growth of DA caucus and other issues-advocacy teams has created the need for some overarching member-engagement infrastructure and congressional-outreach architecture in order to efficiently facilitate member participation in our campaigns as well as to sensibly coordinate the campaign activities of the issues-advocacy teams;

    Therefore Be It Resolved that Democrats Abroad seeks the support of the DPCA Excom for establishment of an ad hoc committee to study the establishment of a messaging tool for DA advocacy teams to engage activists to communicate with those holding elected office or running for elected office about law or regulatory reforms; and

    Be It Further Resolved that Democrats Abroad seeks the support of the DPCA Excom to allocate resources in 2021in support of the work of the ad hoc committee and for reviewing and actioning the recommendations of the committee;

    Be it further resolved that the naming of this platform should be carefully considered to not cause confusion with any other DA platform, e.g., VoteFromAbroad.org / VFA.


    Resolution #4
    In Support of Democrats Abroad Joining the RBT Coalition

    Whereas Democrats Abroad (DA) has invested heavily in advocacy in support of tax- and financial-account-reporting relief for bona fide Americans abroad; and

    Whereas DA is committed to Residency Based Taxation (RBT) as a policy reform that would eliminate double taxation of income; remove barriers to saving and investing; and greatly simplify tax-filing from abroad; and

    Whereas arguments in support of this reform will have greater impact on lawmakers the greater the number of individuals and organizations presenting them; and

    Whereas DA has worked in collaboration or in parallel with many other organizations representing Americans abroad; and

    Whereas, in the area of tax advocacy, DA has a strong working relationship with American Citizens Abroad (ACA); and

    Whereas ACA is leading the establishment of an RBT Coalition to demonstrate broad support for RBT [see proposal document below]; and

    Whereas the DA Taxation Task Force Chair and members who have worked with ACA are persuaded that ACA will be faithful to the terms and conditions outlined in the proposal document and will guard against “mission creep”;

    Therefore Be It Resolved that Democrats Abroad seeks the support of the DPCA Excom to become a member of the RBT Coalition; and

    Be It Further Resolved that the DPCA Excom reserves the right to withdraw from the Coalition should it stray from what is profiled in the proposal document or for any other reason.

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  • published Elections Coming Up in September in News 2021-09-02 11:27:03 -0400

    Elections Coming Up in September

    September 2021 Elections by State

    For more information and links to the specific state elections pages, go to Ballotpedia.

    Alabama

    • State House of Representatives District 78 Special Election
      September 7, 2021

    Alaska

    • Juneau write-in filing deadline/ballot access
      September 30, 2021

    Arizona

    • Tucson write-in filing deadline/ballot access
      September 23, 2021

    California

    • Recall Election for Governor Gavin Newsom
      September 14, 2021

    Georgia

    • Clayton County Board of Education District 8 Special Election
      September 21, 2021

    Iowa

    • State House of Representatives District 37 Special Election
      September 14, 2021

    Maryland

    • Annapolis Municipal Primary Election
      September 21, 2021

    Massachusetts

    • Boston Municipal Primary
      September 14, 2021
    • Special filing deadline for State House of Representatives 4th Essex District
      September 28, 2021

    New Hampshire

    • State House of Representatives Hillsborough 7 Special Election
      September 7, 2021
    • State House of Representatives Cheshire 9 Special Election Primary
      September 7, 2021
    • Manchester School District Board Primary Election
      September 21, 2021

    Ohio

    • Cleveland Primary Election
      September 14, 2021
    • Toledo Municipal Primary Election
      September 14, 2021

    Tennessee

    • State House of Representatives District 29 General Election
      September 14, 2021

     


  • published Save the Date! - Saturday, 18th September in News 2021-08-17 11:10:08 -0400

    Save the Date! - Saturday, 18th September

    Geneva Reception for Democratic
    U.S. Reps Adam Schiff and Sean Maloney

    A friend of DA in Geneva will host Democratic U.S. House Representatives Adam Schiff (CA) and Sean Patrick Maloney (NY) at a gala evening event. This will be an apéro with a chance to hear and meet the two congress members, to be followed by a private dinner for special guests. This is a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Democrats Abroad is not a sponsor but is happy to publicize such events of special interest to our members. Special donation rates will be made available to Democrats Abroad members.

    We will provide the official invitation as it becomes available, showing venue, ticket prices, and ordering details. Watch for updates at our events page, our social media channels, and your inbox.

    ETA: The event post is live; read it here!


  • published Tell Your DPCA Voting Reps What You Think! in News 2021-08-04 17:32:02 -0400

    Tell Your DPCA Voting Reps What You Think!

    At our AGM in March, you elected five Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) voting representatives (Chair, Vice Chair, and three more) to represent Switzerland to the international committee. We had our first international meeting in May, but not all issues were able to be voted on in the time allotted. Therefore, we are meeting again on Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22.

    We will be voting on the following charter amendments and resolutions:

    • Charter Amendment 7: Create DPCA Representation for Non-Country Committee Members
    • Charter Amendment 8: Enable to Formation of Region Committees
    • Resolution 3: In Support of Development of a DA messaging platform for engaging members in Congressional outreach in support of DA issues-advocacy initiatives
    • Resolution 4: In Support of Democrats Abroad Joining the RBT Coalition
    • Resolution 7: On Strengthening Democratic Institutions in the U.S. 
    • Resolution 8: On Polarization of the Electorate
    • Resolution 9: On Central American Immigration in 2021
    • Resolution 13: To Expand the Travel Fund to Include Stipends for Members Interested in Attending DNC, ASDC, and DA Regional Meetings
    • Resolution 14: To Keep the Pershing Hall Collections and the Time Capsule in France
    • Resolution 17: In Support of Reactivation of the Atrocities Prevention Board
    • Resolution 18: To Relieve the Financial and Administrative Burdens of the Present U.S. Tax and Financial Reporting Systems for Americans Outside the U.S., While Ensuring the Ultra-Rich Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes No Matter Where They Reside
    • Resolution 19: Supporting H.R. 2590: Prohibiting Use of U.S. Military Foreign Aid for Detention of Children
    • Resolution 20: To Condition Military Aid to Israel
    • Resolution 22: To Regulate Social Media and Limit Negative and Divisive Effects On Society Around the World
    • Resolution 27: Justice in Law Enforcement

    If you are interested in reading the text of any of these proposed amendments or resolutions, asking questions about them, or expressing your opinion, please get in touch with your DPCA voting reps at the email addresses below.

    If you are interested in Resolutions 19 and 20 in particular, you can view a petition in support of them here.

    DPCA Voting Representatives for DA Switzerland


  • published Elections Coming Up in August in News 2021-07-30 11:23:08 -0400

    Elections Coming Up in August

    August 2021 Elections by State

    For more information and links to the specific state elections pages, go to Ballotpedia.

    Alabama

    • Birmingham Municipal Election
      August 24, 2021

    Arizona

    • Tucson Municipal Primary Election
      August 3, 2021

    Connecticut

    • State Senate District 36 Special Election
      August 17, 2021

    Florida

    • St. Petersburg Municipal Primary Election
      August 24, 2021

    Kansas

    • Topeka and Wichita Primary Elections
      August 3, 2021

    Michigan

    • Detroit, Lansing, and State Senate Districts 8 & 28 Primary Elections
      August 3, 2021

    Missouri

    • St. Louis Community College District Special Election
      August 3, 2021

    Montana

    • Paradise • Recall election seeking to remove 2 of the 5 members of the Sanders County Sewer District
      August 24, 2021

    Ohio

    • 11th and 15th Congressional Districts Special Primary Elections
      August 3, 2021

    Washington

    • Primary Election
      August 3, 2021

    Wisconsin

    • Dane County Board of Supervisors District 20 Special General Election
      August 10, 2021

  • published Spill the Tea with Eric & Liz in News 2021-07-28 07:35:15 -0400

    Spill the Tea with Eric & Liz

    Are there issues you would like to see discussed within Dems Abroad Switzerland? Do you have an idea for an event or political action we can take?

    If so, we want to hear about it!

    Schedule a meeting with Eric (our Chair) or Liz (our Vice Chair) via Calendly for an online chat. We want to make sure that we are taking our group in the direction our members are wanting to go.


  • published Tell Us What You Think! in News 2021-07-27 03:35:13 -0400

    Tell Us What You Think!

    We want to know what you think about the events we've had so that we can make future events better!


  • published Take Action in Switzerland 2021-07-27 03:08:11 -0400

    Take Action Today

    Looking for a way to take action TODAY? We understand! We will add petitions, campaigns, actions, and more to this page, as we become aware of them, so check back frequently!

    Democrats Abroad Actions

    Actions of Potential Interest*

    • Petition: "Our Kids Deserve The Truth," send to State Legislators, via ParentsTogether
      Kids should be learning to think critically in school - and to understand the full history of our country, even the painful parts.
      Our politicians should be focused on helping students and teachers who are still struggling with fallout from COVID--rather than punishing teachers for speaking the truth.

    • Petition: "Federal Recognition for the Duwamish Tribe," via change.org
      The Duwamish are the First People of present-day Seattle, and are the original stewards of this land. Since time immemorial, the Duwamish Tribe has maintained their ancestral home in traditional, sustainable ways for the benefit of all. Seattle is built upon and thrives on the lands of the Duwamish People, and the City still carries the name of the Tribe’s most well-known leader, Chief Si’ahl (Seattle).
      Chief Si’ahl of the Duwamish and Suquamish Tribes of Indians was the lead signatory of the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855, and that agreement has never been invalidated. Yet the U.S. Government has continually failed to give the Duwamish People their rightful recognition.
      Federal recognition does not create a tribe, but honors the government-to-government relationship between tribes and the United States. It is also vital to protecting the cultural integrity of the Duwamish People.

    • Donate: "Help for Afghanistan Refugees," via CNN and Public Good
      As the Taliban increases their grip in Afghanistan, thousands of civilians continue to flee their homes fearing retribution, persecution, and general chaos. The refugee crisis there is still taking shape amid growing desperation and uncertainty. Relief workers are scrambling to help. CNN's Impact Your World has compiled a list of 20 vetted organizations accepting donations to assist in this crisis. You can make a donation that will be split amongst all the organizations, or you can make individual donations to specific organizations, all at the link above.

    • Petition and Letter Writing: "Stop Line 3," StopLine3.org
      Residents of the Great Lakes should not be forced to assume risks for a project that is economically unviable in the long-term and serves no clear public purpose. Further, the oil pipeline’s impacts on the economy, natural resources, and public health, and its violations of Indigenous rights, are unacceptable.

      If you scroll further down the page, you can also personalize and send a letter to Jaime Pinkham of the Army Corps of Engineers, calling for a full federal environmental impact statement to assess threats to treaty rights, water protection, and climate. 

    • Petition: "Public Petition to Attorney General Merrick Garland," ERA Coalition
      We are urging Attorney General Merrick Garland to take the immediate action of directing his Office of Legal Counsel to withdraw the January 6, 2020 opinion memo from the Attorney General Barr Department of Justice. Sign the petition to add your voice!

    *The actions in this section are neither organized nor sponsored by DACH. We don't endorse a particular position or platform expressed via these actions. We are sharing them because we believe they may be of interest to our members. As always, please obey all local laws, maintain the proper spirit of peaceful demonstration, and observe any COVID-19 guidelines regarding social distancing and number of people at a gathering. DACH is not responsible for the logistics of any events listed in this section and cannot guarantee that the information we have provided is the most up-to-date information available.


  • published What's Up on WhatsApp in News 2021-07-26 16:32:31 -0400

    What's Up on WhatsApp

    We have created a WhatsApp group specifically for event posts and reminders. Want to be sure you never miss an event? Join here!

    Note that by joining a WhatsApp group, other group members will be able to see any information shared in your WhatsApp profile.


  • A Commitment to Solidarity with Incarcerated People

    In The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander argues that, “An extraordinary percentage of Black men in the United States are legally barred from voting today, just as they have throughout most of American history.” Throughout Alexander’s book, she explains how incarceration is the tool used to disenfranchise formerly imprisoned voters and that a racist lawmaking and penal system in the United States replaced Jim Crow laws as the mechanism to do so. 

    In July 2021, Democrats Abroad Switzerland - Basel will host an online letter and postcard writing solidarity action to support those who are currently incarcerated in Virginia and Florida--two states where voting rights can be restored to incarcerated individuals upon their release from prison. 

    During the letter and postcard writing solidarity action, 20 minutes of instruction and guidance will be provided to help you write voting rights-based content to a currently incarcerated person. The action comes from @prisonculture’s 9 Solidarity Commitments to/with Incarcerated People for 2021. The 20-minute instruction will be recorded, and will be shared upon request.

    To learn more about how justice reform emanates from ideas in Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and aligns with the Black Lives Matter movement, please see these resources about

    Other resources: You can design, write, and send postcards using the Swiss Post PostCard Creator App, available on the App Store and Google Play.


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