DAF-Marseille Chair

I have lived in France since 1987

I discovered Democrats Abroad in 2007 and I have been a member ever since !

In March 2019 I was elected as Chairperson for the Aix Marseille Chapter

This has been a very rewarding and challenging experience 

The more I do with Democrats Abroad the more I love them !


  • rsvped for GBC Cafe - V 2020-05-31 06:08:13 -0400

    GBC Cafe - V

    This Cafe's Topic: To be determined

     

    This is an online event. You will receive the connection information in an email after your RSVP.

     

    Location   Local Time
    Vancouver, Canada  Pacific Daylight Time 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Washington DC   Eastern Daylight Time 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    London, UK GMT 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Paris, France  Central European Daylight Time 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Athens, Greece Eastern European Daylight Time 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
    Nairobi, Kenya  (GMT+3) 9:30 pm - 12:30 am
    UAE (GMT+4) 10:30 pm - 1:30 am

    We look forward to talking with you about this difficult subject.

    WHEN
    June 30, 2020 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    WebEx
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  • rsvped for Democrats Abroad Welcomes Malcolm Nance 2020-05-31 06:06:59 -0400

    Democrats Abroad Welcomes Malcolm Nance

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    The Global Black Caucus is proud to host our second webinar with author and MSNBC contributor Malcolm Nance.

    Malcolm Nance is a counter-terrorism and intelligence consultant for the U.S. government’s Special Operations, Homeland Security, and Intelligence agencies. He’s also a counter-terrorism analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

    He is the author of several books including The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election and the recently released NYT’s Bestseller: The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West.

    His latest book in his trilogy is The Plot to Betray America: How Team Trump Embraced Our Enemies, Compromised Our Security, and How We Can Fix It.

    Malcolm Nance will join us for a discussion on the current political landscape and the importance of voting for Democrats in the 2020 elections.

    RSVP below to reserve a spot for the webinar which will be both informative as well as a call to action.

    If you have questions for Mr. Nance would like asked during the webinar, please send via email before September 8, to blackcaucus@democratsabroad.org with the subject line "Questions Webinar with Malcolm Nance."

    Location Event Time
    Vancouver, Canada 6:00 PDT
    Washington DC, USA 9:00 EDT
    London, United Kingdom 14:00 BST
    Frankfurt, Germany 15:00 CEST
    Athens, Greece 16:00 EEST
    Bangkok, Thailand 20:00 ICT
    Beijing, China 21:00 CST
    Tokyo, Japan 22:00 JST
    Melbourne, Australia 23:00 AEST



     

     




    WHEN
    September 10, 2020 at 9am
    WHERE
    Zoom Webinar
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  • rsvped for Dialing for Democracy: Flag Day Call-a-thon 2020-05-30 12:13:41 -0400

    Dialing for Democracy: Flag Day Call-a-thon

    Why?

    In order to provide the margin of victory in November, we need to increase voter participation from abroad. Only 7% of US citizens abroad cast ballots in 2016 — we must do everything possible to turn out more of the 3+ million US voters from around the globe in 2020!

    What is it?

    Dialing for Democracy is a fundraising call-a-thon, in which our outstanding phonebankers make as many calls as they can from 9:00am to 9:00pm CEST on Flag Day, June 14 (we will reach thousands of overseas voters!). DA and callers will work together to secure sponsors who will push us to reach our calling goals and generously provide the critical funds to keep our voter outreach projects going strong through November!

    From 7:30pm to 9:30pm, we will also be live on Facebook to track our progress and hear from our callers. It will be fun, it will be informative, and it will be an opportunity to connect with fellow DA members as we all encourage our callers in the final stretch.

    How do we do this?

    It's easy! Sign up today to make calls via this Google form and let us know how many calls you will make during the call-a-thon. You'll then receive information to pass along to your friends and family to secure pledges. You may ask your sponsors for whatever amount feels comfortable — but please take this opportunity to stretch your goal! The more we raise, the more we have to get out the overseas vote and win in November!

    Look at your friends and family members (even in the US!) and decide who you would like to ask to sponsor you. You can call them (always great!) or email them. You can post on social media, too. Let them know from the heart why you are spending your precious time "dialing for democracy". Then ask them to please support you — and democracy(!) — on Flag Day!

    WHEN
    June 14, 2020 at 9am
    WHERE
    CallHub
    CallHub
    CallHub CallHub
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    44 rsvps rsvp

  • rsvped for Black Lives Matter Vigil 2020-05-30 12:11:13 -0400

    Black Lives Matter Vigil

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    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

    ― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail, 16 April 1963

    The time has come to stand up and testify against the institutionalized racism embedded in the power institutions of the United States. The Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus invites you to join us on a call.    

    During the vigil, our members and allies will be able to step up and raise their voices against the atrocities happening in the United States right now. If you are interested in speaking please fill in this form

    You are not alone.

     

     

    Location Local Event Start Time
    Vancouver, Canada 10:00 PDT
    Washington DC, USA 13:00 EDT
    London, United Kingdom 18:00 BST
    Frankfurt, Germany 19:00 CEST
    Athens, Greece 20:00 EEST
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 21:00 GST
    Beijing, China 01:00 CST*
    Fiji 06:00 FJST*







    WHEN
    June 02, 2020 at 1pm
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  • rsvped for June 2020 Meeting - Reunión de junio 2020 2020-05-25 01:21:20 -0400

    June 2020 Meeting - Reunión de junio 2020

    El Comité Hispano se enorgullece en anunciar a nuestro invitado para la Reunión de Junio. El invitado será Leo Pérez Minaya de Democrats Abroad República Dominicana.
     
    El fundador de Democrats Abroad República Dominicana y ex Regional Vice Chair Leo Pérez Minaya hablará con José Miguel Madrigal en una entrevista exclusiva en español. 
     
    A continuación una pequeña biografía del Sr. Pérez Minaya
     
    Leo Pérez Minaya: hombre de negocios, graduado de la Universidad de Stanford, ingeniero, desarrollador y empresario, reconocido internacionalmente por su trayectoria exitosa en turismo de clase mundial - proyectos de bienes raíces como Cap Cana. Él es el Presidente de la Cámara de Comercio Dominicano-Isreaeli y miembro veterano del Warden Programa del consulado de los Estados Unidos. Actualmente reside en el Distrito Nacional.
     
    ¡Por favor acompáñenos en una reunión rica en información valiosa, donde aprenderá los detalles sobre lo que Democrats Abroad ha estado haciendo en la República Dominicana !
     
     
    The Hispanic Caucus is proud to announce our next guest for the upcoming June Meeting. Our speaker will be Leo Pérez Minaya from Democrats Abroad Dominican Republic. 
    Democrats Abroad Dominican Republic Founder and former Regional Vice Chair Leo Pérez Minaya will talk to José Miguel Madrigal in an exclusive Spanish-language interview.   
    Here's a little bio on Mr. Pérez Minaya
     
    Leo Perez Minaya: businessman, Stanford University graduate, engineer, developer, and entrepreneur, internationally recognized for his proven track record of successful world class tourism - real estate endeavors such as Cap Cana. He is the President of the Dominican-Israeli Chamber of Commerce and senior member of the US consulate Warden Program. He currently resides in Distrito Nacional. 
     
    Please join us for a thoughtful and eye opening call, where you'll learn the details on what Democrats Abroad has been up to in the Dominican Republic! 

     

    WHEN
    June 03, 2020 at 2:30pm
    WHERE
    Zoom online
    37 rsvps rsvp

  • rsvped for IT ADMIN TRAINING -June 25, 2020 2020-05-17 12:46:06 -0400

    IT ADMIN TRAINING -June 25, 2020

    Thursday June 25, 2020
    9:00 am Vancouver, 12:00pm Washington DC, 6:00pm - Germany

    Overview of Membership Management, Email Administration, and WebPosting for Admins, Data Privacy Explained, and more!

    All countries' admins are welcome!

    RSVP below to receive meeting details.

    WHEN
    June 25, 2020 at 12pm
    WHERE
    WebEx -ONLINE
    7 rsvps rsvp

  • signed up on LGBT Signup 2020-05-06 15:33:21 -0400

    LGBT Caucus Signup

    Democrats Abroad is committed to a world where all persons have access to the same rights and benefits, regardless of sexual identity or gender expression.

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The Democrats Abroad LGBT Caucus is the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members and any Democrat abroad who supports them.

    The goals of the LGBT Caucus reflect the mission of Democrats Abroad to:

    • engage and empower LGBTI Americans living abroad to vote in US elections;
    • provide a platform for Democrats Abroad members, country committees and chapters to advance issues at the heart of the LGBTI community;
    • support Democrats Abroad’s members in issues they face living abroad as LGBTI Americans, such as access to government services and benefits for same-sex spouses and family members, the legacy resulting from past discrimination and Defense of Marriage Act.

    The LGBT Caucus: 

    • supports Democrats Abroad’s country committees and local chapters in organizing activities of interest to the LGBTI community, such as participation in pride events and voter outreach; 
    • disseminates information to Democrats Abroad members and promotes action on issues that affect LGBTI Americans and their families;
    • ensures that the LGBTI perspective is effectively incorporated in all the work of Democrats Abroad, including issues advocacy, communication and GOTV strategy, planning and execution; ensures that issues and policies that impact LGBTI Americans are included in the Democrats Abroad and Democratic Party platforms;
    • takes leadership in Democrats Abroad’s issues advocacy initiatives, including “door knock” visits to elected officials in Washington DC, to ensure that issues that impact LGBTI Americans living abroad and their families are included and addressed by elected representatives;
    • encourages LGBTI members to run for elected leadership roles within Democrats Abroad and fulfill Democrats Abroad’s diversity and affirmative action goals;
    • supports community building among Democrats Abroad’s LGBTI members and allies;
    • promotes Democratic Party candidates who demonstrate commitment to policies that positively impact the lives of LGBTI Americans;
    • supports and engages with Democratic Party LGBTI caucuses build capacity and achieve common goals.
    Sign up

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  • published GPP Voting Center in Marseille was great ! in News 2020-03-11 04:56:56 -0400

  • signed up on Progressive Caucus Signup 2019-09-04 15:37:30 -0400

  • signed up on Hispanic Caucus Signup 2019-09-04 15:36:46 -0400

  • signed up on bc_signup 2019-09-04 15:35:05 -0400

  • published 4th of July Potluck Party ! in News 2019-07-11 05:01:35 -0400

    4th of July Potluck Party !

    We had a fabulous afternoon with lots of new and familiar faces coming and going to our Potluck Party last Sunday July 7th.

    Thanks to Pamela King for hosting the event in her beautiful house and garden

    And thanks to all who came and brought such fabulous food to share the spirit of Democracy !


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  • published Meet our new 2019/2020 Leadership Team ! in News 2019-04-04 09:54:03 -0400

    Meet our new 2019/2020 Leadership Team !

    Congratulations to our DAF Aix Marseille Leadership Team 2019/2020 !

    Susan Fitoussi - Chair

    Joel Luboff - Vice Chair

    Pamela King - Secretary

    Karen Wildau - Treasurer

    Judy Godfrey - Member at Large

    Philip Breeden - Member at Large


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  • Chapter Elections and screening of "ANN" in Aix en Provence March 30th 2019

    Last Saturday march 30,2019 the Aix MARSEILLE DAF chapter held their Elections in Aix en Provence!

    The voting event was aligned with the screening of a Broadway play titled “ANN” at 5pm

    Thanks to our members Jim Lovell and Karen Wildau we were able to all watch the brilliant actress HOLLAND TAYLOR http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holland_Taylor performing her incredible one woman show and tribute to the late and great ANN RICHARDS ex governor of Texas !

    With Jim’s lovely opening speech remembering when he worked for her campaign, we all felt very connected to this performance !

    All included we recolted 20 ballots online and 10 ballots in person !

    Some people came just to vote and we are very touched by this gesture of appreciation !

    PS Jim also sent a twitter tweet to Holland Taylor herself to tell her about our event ! 


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  • published Meet our 2019 Leadership Candidates! in News 2019-03-07 04:21:34 -0500

    Meet our 2019 Leadership Candidates!

    The period for DAF Marseille Chapter Executive Committee nominations has now closed.

    The DAF Marseille Elections Board is pleased to announce that the Marseille Chapter ExCom Candidates of 2019 are as follows:

    Marseille Chapter Chair

    Susan Fitoussi

    What I bring to the table –

    Organizational skills, punctuality, bilingual and enthusiasm

    About me!

    Born in Los Angeles California 1962

    I am the third child born of first-generation parents with European origins.

    I left the USA when I was 24 and have lived abroad since.

    I have been living in Marseille for 26 years.

    I work in a huge multi-mega international shipping company. The nice part of this is that I work in a multi-cultural environment.

    I am a single Mom with 2 children that are now independent and married.

    Why I am a Democrat –

    I believe in Universal Health Care – Equal Rights and Environmental Consciousness.

    The Democratic Party represents the values I believe in.

    Why I’m running for this position –

    I have been a member of our chapter since it was created.

    Meeting local Americans and helping them register to vote is certainly one of the most important roles I can play as an American living abroad today!

    We have a great team and I hope to continue working together to organize wonderful events that will bring our community together and most importantly ‘Get out the Vote”!

    What I hope to contribute?

    I would like to bring more members to the chapter and do what it takes to get them more involved.

     

    Marseille Chapter Vice-Chair

    Joel Luboff

    I’m Joel Luboff, and I wish to run Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad France – Marseille. I have been a member of Democrats Abroad for over 25 years and have served on the Executive Committee as a member at large for the past two years. I would like to increase my efforts to support local actions to maintain interest and enthusiasm for getting out the vote among expats in the Marseille and Aix area, and the Vice Chair position would provide an excellent opportunity for me to do so. I am particularly interested in supporting actions of Democrats Abroad in the areas of income and wealth concentration, immigration, and more equitable tax treatment for ex-pats.

     

    Marseille Chapter Secretary

    Pamela King

    More than ever, we need to support the Democratic Party today. It is our best defense against a disappointing and dangerous administration in Washington D.C. Democrats Abroad is particularly well-organized and on the frontlines of the party’s efforts to uphold the civic values of fairness, equality and democracy. Action is needed now, especially when it comes to Getting Out The Vote and getting more Democrats in office. I would therefore be honored to be able to continue serving on the Executive Committee of the Chapter that I co-founded in 2008.

     

    Marseille Chapter Treasurer

    Karen Wildau

    I offer myself as a candidate for treasurer of our chapter. I have served in that post for the past two years. Before that, I served on the Executive Committee for a number of years. I have lived in Aix for nine years but have never lost my interest in American politics and in doing what I can to push the Democratic policy agenda. I believe it is important to let American politicians know that even though we live abroad, we care deeply about our country, its leadership and its policies and WE VOTE. Before I retired to France, I was a lawyer for over 37 years. Before that, I was a congressional assistant to Congressman Don Edwards, from California, a leader on the House Judiciary Committee. I have always been interested in politics and government and was active in those pursuits while I was a lawyer in Atlanta. I would like to see more people from our chapter get involved and will work to try to accomplish that goal.

     

    Marseille Chapter Member at Large

    Philip J. Breeden

    After serving my country as a U.S. diplomat for almost 30 years, I moved to Aix en Provence in 2014 where I teach and help administer an American school – The Institute for American Universities. This experience, and my previous post as Consul General in Marseille, has brought me into regular contact with many members of Democrats Abroad in the region. It would be a privilege and honor to join them in promoting one of the central pillars of any democracy – voting by as many citizens as possible. This is all the more important given the current troubled, chaotic and misguided leadership of the United States. It is vital we all contribute to making sure it ends in 2020, so that we can return the United States to a more responsible role in the world. It is in this spirit that I offer my candidacy as Member at Large. 

     

    Marseille Chapter Member at Large

    Judy Godfrey

    I offer myself as a candidate for member at large of our chapter. I have lived in Aix for 40 years but have never lost my interest in American politics. I believe it is important to let American politicians know that even though we live abroad, we care deeply about our country, its leadership and its policies.

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  • signed up on Women's Caucus 2018-01-08 03:16:48 -0500

Born and raised in Los Angeles California -I have been living in Marseille since 1994