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 Zurich Walking Tour 2022-08-08 11:29:22 -0400

    Zurich Walking Tour

    Join us for part 2 of our popular walking tour of Zürich with historian Paul Doolan.

    We will meet at the Zürich Hauptbahnhof Treffpunkt and the tour will last around 2 hours.


    Add to your Google Calendar.

    WHEN
    September 17, 2022 at 11:00am
    WHERE
    Zürich Hauptbahnhof - Treffpunkt
    Bahnhofplatz
    Zürich, ZH 8001
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • Bacchus Caucus: Old and New World Red Wines

     
    Sommelier Steph is back with an exciting wine tasting featuring Old World/New World wines! Join us for the second in a 2-part series of wine classes comparing wines produced in traditional wine growing areas in Europe with the same type of wine produced in a New World growing area in the Americas, Africa or Australia. Enjoy great wines, great food (each set of wines comes with a hand-picked food pairing) and a fascinating exploration of terroir! This last session will focus on red wines.
     
    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 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 worked as a member of the sommelier team at Les Trois Rois, a 5-star hotel in Basel, where she served as the bar sommelier and bar supervisor, before the COVID-19 pandemic led to a return to veterinary medicine. 
     
    She lives in Muttenz with her husband Richard, her dog Gracie, and her super adorable kitties, Mister, Montgomery Albert and Minerva Jane.
     
    Due to Federal Election Commission regulations, all tickets for this event must be purchased by a US citizen aged 18 years or older. Any other attendees must be guests of a US citizen. In order to purchase tickets, you must agree to all statements in the Donation Declaration below. If you cannot purchase tickets with the ticket purchase link, please contact us, and we will arrange an alternate payment method.

    Donation Declaration

    1. I am a United States Citizen; and
    2. This contribution is not made from the general treasury funds of a corporation, labor organization, or national bank; and
    3. This contribution is not made from the treasury of a person or entity that is a federal contractor; and
    4. This contribution is not made from the treasury of a joint account for which one or more account holders are not US citizens; and
    5. The funds I am donating are not being provided to me by another person or entity for the purpose of making this contribution; and
    6. I am at least 18 years old, the funds I am donating are my own personal funds, and I am donating these funds knowingly and voluntarily.

    Democrats Abroad Switzerland is a volunteer organization that relies on donations to be able to provide outreach, voter education, and voter registration services. With the critical nature of the 2022 midterms, we need to raise funds to allow us to reach, register, and motivate as many American voters living in Switzerland as possible.

    WHEN
    September 10, 2022 at 6:00pm
    WHERE
    private residence in Muttenz (address available after ticket reservation)
    Muttenz 4132
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
    CHF35.00 CHF · 8 rsvps rsvp

  • published News/Event Submission in Switzerland 2022-07-14 13:40:14 -0400

    News/Event Submission

    Have you heard a news story you think other Democrats Abroad might be interested in? Or is there an event we should know about? Maybe you're even hosting an event yourself!

    Please use this Google Form to let us know.

    And if you have any questions/comments, feel free to email us at [email protected].


  • is hosting Summer Picnic on the Rhein 2022-07-11 11:34:11 -0400

    Summer Picnic on the Rhein

    Join us for our annual summer gathering by the Rhein! We'll provide some burgers, and ask that folks bring something to share, if possible. The picnic starts at 11am in Rheinpark, Birsfelden.


    Add to your Google Calendar.

    WHEN
    August 21, 2022 at 11:00am
    WHERE
    Birsköpfli
    Birsfelden, BL 4127
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • published You're Invited to an Independence Day Party! in News 2022-06-13 12:18:05 -0400

    You're Invited to an Independence Day Party!

    Dear Swiss Democrats,

    We would be delighted for you, your family, and your friends to join us on July 3rd at the charming Köniz Castle in Bern, to celebrate Independence Day! It’s exciting to be able to host our first nationwide event since the beginning of the pandemic, and to have a chance to reconnect with old friends as well as meet Dems new to Switzerland. We’ve organized a grill picnic, games, face-painting, and a US news trivia contest with prizes.

    See all the details below, and don’t forget to RSVP!

    When:  Sunday, July 3, 2022 | 2:00 – 7:00 PM

    Where: Schloss Köniz (http://www.kulturhof.ch/; http://goo.gl/maps/mPyAiLiPBeFsqyK57)

    Public transport: From the Bern Hauptbahnhof train station, take Bus 10 (direction Schliern, Bus-Endstation) 9 stops and get off at Köniz, Schloss.

    Carpooling: Can you offer a ride or are you looking for one? Please click here to post a comment on the public board.

    Parking:  You can drive into the venue courtyard to drop things off and you can park at Parkplatz Schloss Köniz (http://goo.gl/maps/mPtQ9j4WF4XGeGsy6)

    Cost: This event is free, including non-alcoholic refreshments.

    Contact: If you have further questions about the venue or have thought of a way to help, please contact Radhika Garland  [email protected] (+41 76 778 60 78) and Liz Voss [email protected] (+ 41 78 931 91 13).

    Program: 

    • 2:00-5:30 pm : Open Grill and Apéro. Bring your picnic supplies with you; we will provide the grill.  If you are bringing something to share, please let us know! We will provide refreshments and soft drinks. There will also be local beer, at cost.
    • 3:00-5:00 pm: Games, face painting, and more. There will be stands for face painting as well as some lawn-games like Molki and Baci.
    • 3:00-7:00 pm: Political action time!
      • Letter writing marathon. We hope to write at least 100 letters/postcards to our elected officials, voters in swing states via Vote Forward, and voters living in Switzerland.
      • "Why I'm Voting" Booth. Record a short video about why voting in US elections is important to you.
      • "Bans Off Our Bodies" mini protest. The SCOTUS decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization was announced on Friday, June 24, 2022, and Roe v. Wade has officially been overturned. Make a sign and take a picture for us to use on our social media feeds.
    • 5:30 pm: US Politics Trivia Contest. Have you been keeping up with U.S. news this last year? Do you know what item the Biden administration plans to phase out by 2023, using new energy-efficient standards? How about U.S .history? We’ll have lots of questions of varying difficulty and prizes for the winners.

    Please do not forget to RSVP! We need to know how many people are likely to attend, to have enough beverages. Click here to register: http://www.democratsabroad.org/lizneilvoss/4th_of_july_-_together_again 

    *Can you help us on the day of?*
    Are you based in Bern? Are you free to help us a little bit the day of with the set-up or break-down of the venue? Do you have a grill to lend? Please reach out to Radhika, [email protected]!


  • Hot Flash from the DACH Women's Caucus: May 2022 Edition

    We're sure you saw the headlines when you woke up yesterday: 

    Leaked draft of Supreme Court ruling signals a seismic shift in American politics and law.

    If you're experiencing some feelings in light of this news, join us for an open conversation on what a Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade would mean to us and an inclusionary place to share your thoughts and fears.

    Read more

  • published DA Switzerland 2022 Annual General Meeting in News 2022-04-21 09:33:17 -0400

    DA Switzerland 2022 Annual General Meeting

    We are pleased to announce the 2022  Annual General Meeting (AGM) via Zoom on Sunday, May 15th at 3:30 pm. The AGM is a great opportunity to come together, re-set, re-focus ahead of  the midterms in November and review our bylaws.

    The AGM will last about 90 minutes with the following proposed agenda:

    • 2021 Year In Review
    • Financial Report
    • Bylaws Revisions
    • Chapter, National Team & Caucus Updates
    • GOTV November Midterms Brainstorm
    • Year Ahead

    We will also vote on our revised bylaws which have been updated to meet current Democrats Abroad global requirements. The revised bylaws include amendments to ensure FEC compliance and Executive Committee decisions by circulation procedure. Here are the DACH Bylaws 2022 for your review. We are looking forward to debating, discussing and voting on them at the AGM.

    That said, it is important to RSVP in order to receive the log in details and your Membership ID to properly register your vote. 

    I'm looking forward to seeing you online for the AGM on May 15th!

    - Eric Burns, Chair


  • published Hot Flash from the DACH Women's Caucus in News 2022-04-11 07:08:11 -0400

    Hot Flash from the DACH Women's Caucus

    Would you like to get more involved with the DA Women's Caucus? We're looking for someone who can organize events (virtual or in-person) and mobilize around issues affecting women. Please contact Alissa at [email protected] to learn more. 

    The DACH Women’s Caucus aims to keep you informed with relevant updates. Here’s some breaking news from the New York Times.


    In advance of a Supreme Court decision, states are proposing new restrictions and heavier criminal penalties on medication abortion.

    Kate Zernike | April 6, 2022

    Last year, after Texas passed its strict abortion ban, surgical abortions in the state dropped by half. Many women found a workaround: pills. The week the law took effect, requests for medication abortion shot up to 138 a day from 11 a day at just one service that delivers the pills by mail.

    Anti-abortion lawmakers in the state were already on it. That same week, they passed another law making it a felony to provide abortion pills through the mail and requiring doctors to comply with new testing and reporting procedures to prescribe them.

    Medication abortion is the new front in the nation’s five-decade-long fight, as both sides anticipate that by summer the Supreme Court could overturn or pare back the constitutional right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade.

    Supporters of abortion rights, who argue that women should be able to make their own reproductive choices, see the pills as a workaround in states that have already moved to ban or severely restrict abortion. Women in those states would get abortions not in the back alleys of pre-Roe America, but via a post office box or a friend in a state where abortion remains legal, or from an online pharmacy in India.

    To anti-abortion activists, who believe ending a pregnancy is murder, the pills are a back door to be locked shut with new restrictions and heavier criminal penalties. In the first three months of this year, legislators proposed more than 100 restrictions on medication in 22 states.

     

    Read more

  • published Bacchus Caucus: Recap and Please Join Us! in News 2022-04-11 06:47:19 -0400

    Bacchus Caucus: Recap and Please Join Us!

    A new Presidential administration prompted us to change the name of our wine tasting events. Without so much to whine about, we no longer felt that Wine Whine was an appropriate name. Instead, we're celebrating the Democrats in power and paying homage to the Roman god Bacchus (known as Dionysus to the Greeks), the god of wine and ecstasy.

    Twice rescheduled due to Covid, the Basel chapter was finally able to meet for the first of a two part series, comparing wines from the Old World and the New. Tasting number one focused on white wines and the second (date to be announced soon - stay tuned!) will focus on red wines. Here are some pictures from the evening as well as a description from our host and sommelier, Steph Waite.

    First Bacchus Caucus wine class in over 1.5 years with @swissdemocrats Basel chapter! The theme was Old World vs. New World white wines. Got to showcase the beautiful Finger Lakes wine region with @forgecellars classic riesling against a @weingut_markusmolitor Mosel riesling, paired with slightly spicy garlic ginger chicken.

    Chardonnay was next with a beautiful Chassagene-Montracht from @domainebernardmoreau_et_fils against a Mendoza bottling from @elenemigowines and paired with gougères.

    We finished up with sauv blanc from @rustenbergwines in Stellenbosch against our neighbor winery here in Muttenz - @weingutjauslin - paired with a chèvre and caramelized onion tart.

    What a seriously fun evening we had 🍷 🥂 🇺🇸

    Does this sound like an event you would enjoy? And do you live near Geneva? (Or are you willing to travel?) If you answered yes to those questions, then you're in luck!

    Sommelier Steph travels to Geneva with a unique “vertical” wine tasting! Join us at an old-town Geneva private residence in sampling six wines of the same type at different price/quality levels. Enjoy great wines, great food (each wine offered with an appropriate food pairing) and a fascinating exploration of what makes a great wine! Canton Geneva COVID mask and certificate requirements in effect on the date will be observed.

    • US citizens: CHF 35
    • Non-US citizens (only as a guest of a US citizen): CHF 10

    Tickets are available at Eventzilla.


  • published Race to 222 Update! in News 2022-02-22 11:47:37 -0500

    Race to 222 Update!

    It's another election year, and 2022 may hold the most important midterm elections of our lifetime! To make sure that Democrats hold the House and Senate (and maybe pick up some Governorships and Secretaries of State along the way), Democrats Abroad needs to mobilize all of our members, as well as registering new voters!

    You can help!

    First, go to VoteFromAbroad.org to register to vote and/or request your ballot(s) for 2022.

    To make the voter registration process more fun for our members, we created a "Race to 222" campaign. We tried to register 222 members by 2/22/2022. Here's where we stand on February 22nd:

    We didn't meet our goal, but now let's see how fast we can get there. Tell your friends, family, and acquaintances to request their ballots as well. US politics are world politics, so our votes from abroad matter for us as well as for people still living stateside. Make your voice heard!

    Already requested your ballot?

    THANK YOU! You should be receiving a message from a DACH leader in the coming days with a special "Race to 222" graphic you can add to your social media accounts to help get the word out!

    Read more

  • published Race to 222 Update! in News 2022-02-14 03:07:05 -0500

    Race to 222 Update!

    It's another election year, and 2022 may hold the most important midterm elections of our lifetime! To make sure that Democrats hold the House and Senate (and maybe pick up some Governorships and Secretaries of State along the way), Democrats Abroad needs to mobilize all of our members, as well as registering new voters!

    You can help!

    First, go to VoteFromAbroad.org to register to vote and/or request your ballot(s) for 2022.

    To make the voter registration process more fun for our members, we have created a "Race to 222" campaign. What does this mean? We are trying to register 222 members by 2/22/2022. Here's where we stand on February 14th:

    Already requested your ballot?

    THANK YOU! You should be receiving a message from a DACH leader in the coming days with a special "Race to 222" graphic you can add to your social media accounts to help get the word out!

    Read more

  • published Race to 222 Update! in News 2022-02-07 02:25:24 -0500

    Race to 222 Update!

    It's another election year, and 2022 may hold the most important midterm elections of our lifetime! To make sure that Democrats hold the House and Senate (and maybe pick up some Governorships and Secretaries of State along the way), Democrats Abroad needs to mobilize all of our members, as well as registering new voters!

    You can help!

    First, go to VoteFromAbroad.org to register to vote and/or request your ballot(s) for 2022.

    To make the voter registration process more fun for our members, we have created a "Race to 222" campaign. What does this mean? We are trying to register 222 members by 2/22/2022. Here's where we stand on February 7th:

    Already requested your ballot?

    THANK YOU! You should be receiving a message from a DACH leader in the coming days with a special "Race to 222" graphic you can add to your social media accounts to help get the word out!

    Read more

  • published Race to 222 Update! in News 2022-01-31 10:00:48 -0500

    Race to 222 Update!

    It's another election year, and 2022 may hold the most important midterm elections of our lifetime! To make sure that Democrats hold the House and Senate (and maybe pick up some Governorships and Secretaries of State along the way), Democrats Abroad needs to mobilize all of our members, as well as registering new voters!

    You can help!

    First, go to VoteFromAbroad.org to register to vote and/or request your ballot(s) for 2022.

    To make the voter registration process more fun for our members, we have created a "Race to 222" campaign. What does this mean? We are trying to register 222 members by 2/22/2022. As of January 31st, we have passed the halfway mark!

    Already requested your ballot?

    THANK YOU! You should be receiving a message from a DACH leader in the coming days with a special "Race to 222" graphic you can add to your social media accounts to help get the word out!

    Read more

  • published Race to 222 Update! in News 2022-01-24 08:02:36 -0500

    Race to 222 Update!

    It's another election year, and 2022 may hold the most important midterm elections of our lifetime! To make sure that Democrats hold the House and Senate (and maybe pick up some Governorships and Secretaries of State along the way), Democrats Abroad needs to mobilize all of our members, as well as registering new voters!

    You can help!

    First, go to VoteFromAbroad.org to register to vote and/or request your ballot(s) for 2022.

    To make the voter registration process more fun for our members, we have created a "Race to 222" campaign. What does this mean? We are trying to register 222 members by 2/22/2022. As of January 24th, we are almost halfway there!

    Already requested your ballot?

    THANK YOU! You should be receiving a message from a DACH leader in the coming days with a special "Race to 222" graphic you can add to your social media accounts to help get the word out!

    Read more

  • published Race to 222 Update! in News 2022-01-18 07:08:58 -0500

    Race to 222 Update!

    It's a new year, and 2022 may hold the most important midterm elections of our lifetime! To make sure that Democrats hold the House and Senate (and maybe pick up some Governorships and Secretaries of State along the way), Democrats Abroad needs to mobilize all of our members, as well as registering new voters!

    You can help!

    First, go to VoteFromAbroad.org to register to vote and/or request your ballot(s) for 2022.

    Then, join DA Switzerland at a Virtual Voter Registration Training tonight to learn how to request your own ballot and how to help others do the same. Voter registration will be an all-hands-on-deck situation this year!

    To make the voter registration process more fun for our members, we have created a "Race to 222" campaign. What does this mean? We are trying to register 222 members by 2/22/2022. As of January 18th, we are over a third of the way there!

    Already requested your ballot?

    THANK YOU! You should be receiving a message from a DACH leader in the coming days with a special "Race to 222" graphic you can add to your social media accounts to help get the word out!

    Read more

  • published Race to 222 Update! in News 2022-01-10 13:31:35 -0500

    Race to 222 Update!

    It's a new year, and 2022 may hold the most important midterm elections of our lifetime! To make sure that Democrats hold the House and Senate (and maybe pick up some Governorships and Secretaries of State along the way), Democrats Abroad needs to mobilize all of our members, as well as registering new voters!

    You can help!

    First, go to VoteFromAbroad.org to register to vote and/or request your ballot(s) for 2022.

    Then, join DA Switzerland at a Virtual Voter Registration Training on January 18th to learn how to request your own ballot and how to help others do the same. Voter registration will be an all-hands-on-deck situation this year!

    To make the voter registration process more fun for our members, we have created a "Race to 222" campaign. What does this mean? We are trying to register 222 members by 2/22/2022. As of January 10th, we are a quarter of the way there!

    Already requested your ballot?

    THANK YOU! You should be receiving a message from a DACH leader in the coming days with a special "Race to 222" graphic you can add to your social media accounts to help get the word out!

    Read more

  • published Primary Elections for 2022 in News 2022-01-11 11:53:36 -0500

    Primary Elections for 2022

    Election Day 2022 is November 8, but before we get there, there are primary elections as well! Check the chart below for your state's primary date as well as the registration deadline. Make sure you visit VoteFromAbroad.org as soon as possible to register to vote and/or request your ballots.

    (Requesting your ballot now, before the primary deadline, will also ensure that you are sent ballots for the general election as well as any runoff or special elections this year.)

    State Primary Date Registration Deadline Ballot Request Deadline Ballot Return Deadline
    Texas* March 1, 2022 Rec'd by February 9, 2022 Rec'd by February 18, 2022 Rec'd by March 7, 2022
    California's 22nd Congressional District, special election April 5, 2022 March 21, 2022  

    Postmarked by April 5, 2022 and rec'd within 7 days

    Indiana May 3, 2022 Mail:
    Rec'd by April 25, 2022

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by April 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM
    Mail:
    Rec'd by April 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM

    Email/Online/Fax:
    Rec'd by May 2, 2022 at Noon

    Mail:
    Postmarked by May 3, 2022 and rec'd within 10 days

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by May 3, 2022 at 6 PM

    Ohio May 3, 2022 Rec'd by April 4, 2022 Rec'd by April 30, 2022 at Noon

    Sent by May 3, 2022 at 12:01 AM

    Rec'd within 10 days

    Nebraska May 10, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by April 22, 2022

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by April 22, 2022

    Rec'd by May 2, 2022 at 6 PM Rec'd by May 10, 2022 at 6 PM
    West Virginia May 10, 2022 Rec'd by April 19, 2022 Rec'd by May 4, 2022

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by May 10, 2022

    Mail:
    Rec'd by May 16, 2022

    Idaho May 17, 2022 Rec'd by April 22, 2022 Rec'd by May 6, 2022 Rec'd by May 17, 2022
    Kentucky May 17, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by April 18, 2022

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by April 18, 2022 at 4 PM

    Rec'd by May 10, 2022 Rec'd by May 17, 2022 at 6 PM
    North Carolina* May 17, 2022

    Rec'd by May 16, 2022 at 5 PM

    Rec'd by May 16, 2022 at 5 PM

    Email/Online/Fax:
    Rec'd by May 17, 2022 at 7:30 PM

    Mail:
    Postmarked by May 16, 2022 and rec'd by May 23, 2022 at 5 PM

    Oregon May 17, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by April 26, 2022

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by April 26, 2022

    Online:
    Rec'd by April 26, 2022 at 11:59 PM

    Mail:
    Rec'd by May 12, 2022

    Email/Online/Fax:
    May 17, 2022

    Postmarked by May 17, 2022

    Rec'd within 7 days

    Pennsylvania May 17, 2022

    Mail:
    Rec'd by May 2, 2022

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by May 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM

    Rec'd by May 16, 2022

    Signed by May 16, 2022 at 11:59 PM

    Rec'd by May 24, 2022 at 5 PM

    Alabama* May 24, 2022 Postmarked by May 9, 2022 Rec'd by May 17, 2022

    Postmarked by May 24, 2022

    Rec'd within 7 days

    Arkansas* May 24, 2022 Postmarked by April 25, 2022 Rec'd by May 17, 2022

    Postmarked by May 24, 2022

    Rec'd within 10 days

    Georgia* May 24, 2022 Rec'd by April 25, 2022 Rec'd by May 13, 2022

    Postmarked by May 24, 2022

    Rec'd within 3 days

    California June 7, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by May 23, 2022

    Online or Fax:
    Rec'd by May 23, 2022

    Rec'd by May 31, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by June 7, 2022 and rec'd within 7 days

    Fax:
    Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM

    Iowa June 7, 2022 Not required Rec'd by June 6, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by June 6, 2022 and rec'd within 6 days

    Online or Fax:
    Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM

    Mississippi* June 7, 2022 Rec'd by May 28, 2022 Varies; check with your local election official (LEO)

    Mail:
    Postmarked by June 7, 2022 and rec'd within 5 days

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 7 PM

    Montana June 7, 2022 Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM

    Mail:
    Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM

    Email/Online/Fax:
    Sent by June 7, 2022 at 8 PM

    New Jersey June 7, 2022 Rec'd by May 17, 2022

    Mail:
    Rec'd by May 31, 2022

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by June 3, 2022

    Postmarked by June 7, 2022

    Rec'd within 6 days

    New Mexico June 7, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by May 10, 2022

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by May 10, 2022

    Rec'd by June 2, 2022 Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 7 PM
    South Dakota June 7, 2022 Rec'd by May 23, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by June 6, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 7 PM
    Maine June 14, 2022 Rec'd by June 13, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by June 13, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 8 PM
    Nevada June 14, 2022

    Mail/Email/Fax:
    Rec'd by June 14, 2022

    Online:
    Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 7 PM

    Mail/Email/Fax:
    Rec'd by June 14, 2022

    Online:
    Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 7 PM

    Mail:
    Postmarked by June 14, 2022 and rec'd within 4 days

    Email/Online/Fax:
    Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 7 PM

    North Dakota June 14, 2022 Not required Rec'd by June 13, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by June 13, 2022 and rec'd within 13 days

    Email/Online/Fax:
    Rec'd by June 13, 2022 at 11:59 PM

    South Carolina* June 14, 2022

    Email/Online/Fax:
    Rec'd by May 15, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by May 16, 2022

    Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 7 PM

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by June 14, 2022 at 7 PM

    Mail:
    Sent by June 14, 2022 and rec'd by June 15, 2022 at 5 PM

    Washington, DC June 21, 2022 Rec'd by May 31, 2022 Rec'd by June 18, 2022

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by June 21, 2022

    Mail:
    Rec'd by June 28, 2022

    Virginia June 21, 2022 Rec'd by May 30, 2022 Rec'd by June 10, 2022 at 5 PM Postmarked on June 21, 2022 and rec'd within 3 days by Noon
    Colorado June 28, 2022

    Postmarked by June 28, 2022

    Rec'd within 8 days

    Varies; check with your LEO

    Postmarked by June 28, 2022 at 7 PM

    Rec'd within 8 days

    Illinois June 28, 2022 Rec'd by May 29, 2022 Rec'd by June 18, 2022

    Postmarked by June 28, 2022

    Rec'd within 14 days

    Maryland June 28, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by June 7, 2022

    Online:
    Rec'd by June 7, 2022 at 11:59 PM

    Mail:
    Rec'd by June 21, 2022 at 8 PM

    Fax:
    Rec'd by June 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM

    Email/Online:
    Rec'd by June 24, 2022 at 11:59 PM

    Postmarked by June 28, 2022

    Rec'd within 10 days

    New York June 28, 2022

    Postmarked by June 3, 2022

    Rec'd by June 8, 2022

    Rec'd by June 21, 2022

    Postmarked by June 27, 2022

    Rec'd within 7 days

    Oklahoma* June 28, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by June 3, 2022

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by June 3, 2022

    Rec'd by June 13, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by June 28, 2022 at 7 PM
    Utah June 28, 2022

    Mail:
    Rec'd by June 17, 2022

    Online:
    Rec'd by June 17, 2022 at 5 PM

    Rec'd by June 23, 2022 at 5 PM

    Mail:
    Postmarked by June 27, 2022 and rec'd within 13 days

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by June 28, 2022 at 12:01 AM

    Arizona August 2, 2022 Rec'd by August 2, 2022 at 7 PM Rec'd by August 2, 2022 at 6:59 PM Rec'd by August 2, 2022 at 7 PM
    Kansas August 2, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by August 2, 2022

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by August 2, 2022

    Sent by August 2, 2022 Rec'd by August 2, 2022
    Michigan August 2, 2022 Varies; check with your LEO Rec'd by July 30, 2022 at 2 PM Rec'd by August 2, 2022 at 8 PM
    Missouri August 2, 2022 Rec'd by July 29, 2022 Rec'd by July 29, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by August 2, 2022 and rec'd within 3 days

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by August 2, 2022

    Washington August 2, 2022 Rec'd by August 2, 2022 Not required

    Mail:
    Postmarked by August 2, 2022

    Email/Online/Fax:
    Rec'd by August 2, 2022 at 8 PM

    Tennessee August 4, 2022 Rec'd by June 28, 2022 Rec'd by June 28, 2022 Rec'd by August 4, 2022 at 8 PM
    Connecticut August 9, 2022 Rec'd by August 4, 2022 Rec'd by August 8, 2022 Rec'd by August 9, 2022 at 8 PM
    Minnesota August 9, 2022 Rec'd by August 9, 2022 Rec'd by August 9, 2022 Rec'd by August 9, 2022 at 8 PM
    Vermont August 9, 2022 Rec'd by August 9, 2022 Sent by August 8, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by August 9, 2022
    Wisconsin August 9, 2022 Postmarked by July 20, 2022 Rec'd by August 4, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by August 9, 2022 at 8 PM
    Hawaii August 13, 2022 Postmarked by August 3, 2022 Rec'd by August 6, 2022 at 4:30 PM Rec'd by August 13, 2022 at 7 PM
    Alaska August 16, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by July 17, 2022

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by July 17, 2022

    Mail:
    Rec'd by August 6, 2022

    Email/Online/Fax:
    Rec'd by August 15, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by August 16, 2022 and rec'd within 10 days

    Fax:
    Rec'd by August 16, 2022

    Wyoming August 16, 2022 Rec'd by August 1, 2022 Rec'd by August 15, 2022 Rec'd by August 16, 2022 at 7 PM
    Florida August 23, 2022 Postmarked by July 25, 2022

    Mail:
    Rec'd by August 13, 2022

    Email/Online/Fax:
    Rec'd by August 23, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by August 23, 2022

    Fax:
    Rec'd by August 23, 2022

    Delaware September 13, 2022

    Mail:
    Postmarked by August 29, 2022

    Email or Fax:
    Rec'd by August 29, 2022

    Mail:
    Rec'd by September 9, 2022 at 4:30 PM

    Email/Online/Fax:
    Rec'd by September 12, 2022 at Noon

    Rec'd by September 13, 2022 at 8 PM
    New Hampshire September 13, 2022 Rec'd by September 13, 2022 Rec'd by September 12, 2022 at 5 PM Rec'd by September 13, 2022 at 5 PM
    Rhode Island September 13, 2022 Rec'd by August 14, 2022 Rec'd by August 23, 2022 Rec'd by September 16, 2022
    Massachusetts September 20, 2022 Not required Rec'd by September 14, 2022 Rec'd by September 20, 2022 at 8 PM
    Louisiana None      

    * State has a Primary Runoff. See the next chart for this information.

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  • published We need YOU! in News 2022-01-06 15:35:40 -0500

    We need YOU!

    DA Switzerland has a few open positions in leadership and we're looking for fresh faces to fill them! If you've been looking for a way to get more involved, read on:

    • Volunteer Coordinator 🧑‍🏫
      A new role we have created and are seeking to fill, our Volunteer Coordinator will welcome new volunteers and find them the right opportunities to be of service.
       
    • Content Curator
      Help us gather content for our newsletter 📰, website 💻, and social media 📱 channels! 
        
    • General Volunteer 🙋
      Not ready to step into a specific leadership role, but still looking to get more involved? No worries! Complete this Volunteer Sign Up Form to let us know your interests!

    If you have questions about any of these roles or are interested in finding out more, please send an email to our Chair, Eric Burns.


  • published Herstory from the Women's Caucus - bell hooks in News 2022-01-05 13:27:27 -0500

    Herstory from the Women's Caucus - bell hooks

    As a way to highlight the impact of the many female glass-breakers over time, and to show examples of women who have successfully fostered equality and women's rights, the DACH Women's Caucus will occasionally share herstories. We hope you enjoy reading about the groundbreaking bell hooks, a Black feminist author. She insisted that feminism needs to be intersectional in order to actually make progress.

    If you would like to receive other information from the DACH Women's Caucus, please email them to let them know you would like to join.

    bell hooks, Pathbreaking Black Feminist, Dies at 69

    She insisted that the fight for women's rights had to take into account the diverse experiences of working-class and Black women.

    By Clay Risen

    December 15, 2021

    bell hooks, whose incisive, wide-ranging writing on gender and race helped push feminism beyond its white, middle-class worldview to include the voices of Black and working-class women, died on Wednesday at her home in Berea, Ky. She was 69.

    Her sister Gwenda Motley said the cause was end-stage renal failure.

    Starting in 1981 with her book “Ain’t I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism,” Ms. hooks, who insisted on using all lowercase letters in her name, argued that feminism’s claim to speak for all women had pushed the unique experiences of working-class and Black women to the margins.

    “A devaluation of Black womanhood occurred as a result of the sexual exploitation of Black women during slavery that has not altered in the course of hundreds of years,” she wrote.

    If that seems like conventional wisdom today, that is in large part because of the enormous impact Ms. hooks had on both feminism and Black women, many of whom had resisted aligning with a movement they felt was designed to diminish their experiences.

    “I think of bell hooks as being pivotal to an entire generation of Black feminists who saw that for the first time they had license to call themselves Black feminists,” Kimberlé Crenshaw, a law professor at Columbia, said in an interview. “She was utterly courageous in terms of putting on paper thoughts that many of us might have had in private.”

    Womanhood, Ms. hooks said, could not be reduced to a singular experience, but had to be considered within a framework encompassing race and class. She called for a new form of feminism, one that recognized differences and inequalities among women as a way of creating a new, more inclusive movement — one that, she later said, had largely been achieved.

    She applied a similar, and equally trenchant, criticism to Black antiracism, which she said was often grounded in a patriarchal worldview that excluded the experiences of Black women. But she also recognized, in books like “We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity” (2004), that such a worldview resulted from centuries of oppression and exclusion of Black men.

    Ms. hooks resisted the title “public intellectual,” but by the 2000s she had achieved celebrity status. Her books, written in a flowing, jargon-free style, were required reading across a wide range of college courses. She appeared onstage with the actress Laverne Cox and activists like Janet Mock, and on the bookstand of the model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, who cited Ms. hooks as inspiration while writing her recent essay collection, “My Body” (2021).

    Part of Ms. hooks’s appeal was the sheer diversity of her interests. Her work, across some 30 books, encompassed literary criticism, children’s fiction, self-help, memoir and poetry, and it tackled not just subjects like education, capitalism and American history but also love and friendship.

    In “Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom” (1994), she argued that the American education system had been constructed to quell dissent and shape young people into productive workers — and that it was therefore up to teachers to push against the grain by showing students how to use knowledge to resist.

    She did just that in her own classes, instructing her students to see critical thinking and reading as liberating acts.

    “She was a foundational influence on how I understood the possibility of my becoming a writer,” Min Jin Lee, the author of the novel “Pachinko,” who took two classes with Ms. hooks at Yale, said in an interview. “She taught me how to read. But more than that, she taught me how to read as a global person.”

    bell hooks was the pen name of Gloria Jean Watkins, who was born on Sept. 25, 1952, in Hopkinsville, Ky., a small city in the southwestern part of the state not far from the Tennessee border.

    Though her childhood in the semirural South exposed her to vicious examples of white supremacy, her tight-knit Black community in Hopkinsville showed her the possibility of resistance from the margins, of finding community among the oppressed and drawing power from those connections — a theme to which she would return frequently in her work.

    Her father, Veodis Watkins, was a postal worker, and her mother, Rosa Bell (Oldham) Watkins, was a homemaker. Along with her sister Ms. Motley, Ms. hooks is survived by three other sisters, Sarah Chambers, Valeria Watkins and Angela Malone, and her brother, Kenneth.

    Her early education took place in segregated schools, though she moved to white-majority schools once the state integrated its education system — an experience in navigating complex racial and gender hierarchies that she later drew on in her memoir, “Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood” (1996).

    She was an avid reader, vacuuming up books and reading long past her bedtime. She dreamed of becoming an architect, and of leaving small-town Kentucky behind.

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  • published Join Us in the Race to 222! in News 2022-01-02 16:13:34 -0500

    Join Us in the Race to 222!

    It's a new year, and 2022 may hold the most important midterm elections of our lifetime! To make sure that Democrats hold the House and Senate (and maybe pick up some Governorships and Secretaries of State along the way), Democrats Abroad needs to mobilize all of our members, as well as registering new voters!

    You can help!

    First, go to VoteFromAbroad.org to register to vote and/or request your ballot(s) for 2022.

    Then, join DA Switzerland at a Virtual Voter Registration Training on January 18th to learn how to request your own ballot and how to help others do the same. Voter registration will be an all-hands-on-deck situation this year!

    To make the voter registration process more fun for our members, we have created a "Race to 222" campaign. What does this mean? We are trying to register 222 members by 2/22/2022. 

    Already requested your ballot?

    THANK YOU! You should be receiving a message from a DACH leader in the coming days with a special "Race to 222" graphic you can add to your social media accounts to help get the word out!

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