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 Biden-Harris Progress Report after 100 Days 2021-04-10 13:31:12 -0400

    Biden-Harris Progress Report after 100 Days

    Earth Day 2021 is a perfect day to review the first 100 days of the Biden Harris Administration. Join us to discuss its accomplishments, shortcomings, and plans for more progress. proDA members will offer bullet points on select topics with a special focus on infrastructure and climate change policy. Then we will discuss. If you can hear that old climate clock tick, tock, tickin', its time to sign up and see what we can do to ensure a future we can really believe in! 

    The start time is 1:00 EDT for those who will be joining from other time zones. 

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    April 22, 2021 at 7pm
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  • New Leader Orientation 2021, Session 2 (Americas/EMEA-friendly time)

    2021 New Leader Orientation (Session 2)

    (photo from the 2019 EMEA Regional Meeting in Athens)

    Saturday, 08 May 2021, 12:00-3:00 PM EDT (check your local time HERE)

    Newly-elected leaders are invited to attend a New Leader Orientation session, facilitated by the Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East, and Africa regional teams.  Current leaders and volunteers are also welcome to join as a refresher, as are those who are candidates for local office where elections have not yet taken place.

    During this three-hour orientation, we will cover the following Democrats Abroad basics:

    • Our purpose, our organizational structure, and how we conduct business (45 minutes)
    • Our IT Team and key resources (30 minutes)
    • Our Comms Team and how we share our messages (20 minutes)
    • Our other teams and committees that support leaders and Country Committees (40 minutes)
    • Upcoming and regular regional and global meetings (20 minutes)

    There will also be a ten-minute break, along with Q&A opportunities.

    Please RSVP for the WebEx link.

    A second New Leader orientation session, covering the same topics, will also be held at an AP/EMEA-friendly time on Saturday, 24 April between 3:00-6:00 AM EDT.  To register for that session, please visit this event page to RSVP.

    WHEN
    May 08, 2021 at 12pm
    WHERE
    WebEx
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  • "The Indomitable Florence Finch": An interview with author and former Congressman Robert J. Mrazek

    The Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus and the Veterans and Military Families Caucus invite you to an interview with former Congressman Robert J. Mrazek about his book: the story of Florence Finch, the Americans she helped, and what her life was like when she came to the United States.

    In 1942, the Japanese Empire defeated American and Filipino forces during the Second World War. One woman who was determined to resist the occupation was Florence Finch: born to an American father and a Filipina mother, and widow of an American naval officer killed early in the Second World War, Finch brought necessary supplies to American POWs and worked to help others in the resistance.

    Florence Finch is the subject of The Indomitable Florence Finch: The Untold Story of a War Widow Turned Resistance Fighter and Savior of American POWs by Congressman Robert J. Mrazek and published by Hachette Books in 2020.

    Congressman Robert J. Mrazek represented New York’s 3rd District from 1983 to 1993. During his time as Congressman, he helped author several laws including the Amerasian Homecoming Act, which provided a path for the children of American servicemen in Vietnam to come to the United States; the Tongass Timber Reform Act, which protected Alaska’s largest forest; and the National Film Preservation Act, which established the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress.

    After retiring from Congress, Congressman Mrazek became an author, writing seven novels, four works of nonfiction, and one screenplay.

    This event starts at:

    9:00pm Adelaide Australia
    8:30pm Seoul, Korea
    7:30pm Hong Kong
    5:00pm  Mumbai
    1:30pm Berlin, Germany
    7:30am  DC (EDT)

     

    WHEN
    April 12, 2021 at 7:30am
    WHERE
    Zoom - ONLINE EVENT
    Online, DC 20004
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • Gender Equality: Unleashing Women's Full Potential

    Professor Linda Scott will join us April 13th @ 12pm EST/6pmCET

    To discuss the research behind the findings in her recently-published book:

    “The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Empowering Women."

    Internationally renowned expert on women's economic development and Emeritus DP World Professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Oxford.  Professor Linda Scott will join us to discuss the research behind the findings in her recently-published book: “The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Empowering Women.” Her analysis of international gender data shows the reality of a distinctive pattern of economic inequality which, when combined with cultural impediments, forms the shadow economy unique to women, the “Double X Economy.” To quote Melinda Gates:

    “Linda Scott shines a light on women's essential and often invisible contributions to our global economy--while combining insight, analysis, and interdisciplinary data to make a compelling and actionable case for unleashing women's economic power." --Melinda Gates, author of The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World

    Linda gives us a powerful argument going forward: “…equal economic treatment for women would put a stop to some of the world’s costliest evils, while building prosperity for everyone.”  And she is looking to recruit everyone to the cause of women’s economic inclusion!

     

    WHEN
    April 13, 2021 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Zoom Link will be sent out closer to the event date
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  • rsvped for Meet and Greet your new Leadership Team 2021-03-26 05:28:37 -0400

    Meet and Greet your new Leadership Team

    Since March 13th 2021 Aix Marseille has elected its new Leadership Team 

    We would love to meet you all so please take advantage of our Virtual pandemic reality that allows us all over PROVENCE to meet up via ZOOM !

    Bring a cocktail, glass of wine, cuppa tea and meet us there !

    RSVP appreciated!

    WHEN
    April 29, 2021 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    ZOOM
    2021 bd de la Paix
    Marseille 13007
    France
    Google map and directions
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  • Legislative Pulse: Using Billtrack50 to Follow Legislation

    On Sunday the 11th of April Karen Suhaka of the DAUK West Midlands Regional Group will share how to take action on the political issues you care about most.

    Join us to hear directly from Karen, founder and catalyst of Billtrack50, who’s worked on American legislative state and federal data management for many years.  She has been most generous in giving DA a free subscription to billtrack50.com to research our key policy areas and develop plans to reach legislators and make policy become a reality. 

    Karen will walk through the basic steps as a bill goes through to become law, talk about how bills are numbered to help you figure who to call, when states are in session so you know when you can call, provide resources to look up who your representatives and their staff are, and help you figure out what’s the best action to take. 

    This event is sponsored by the  Hispanic, Asian American & Pacific Islander, Global Black, LGBTQ+, ProDA, Veterans & Military Families Caucuses, the Taxation Task Force, and the Texans Abroad Squad. All members of DA are invited to join our caucuses, taskforces, and teams and attend our events.

    Global Hispanic Caucus <[email protected]>
    Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus [email protected]
    Global Black Caucus [email protected]
    Global LGBT Caucus <[email protected]>
    Progressive Caucus <[email protected]>
    Veterans & Military Families Caucus [email protected]

    Taxation Taskforce <[email protected]>
    Texans Abroad Squad <[email protected]

    WHEN
    April 11, 2021 at 3:30am
    WHERE
    WebEx
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  • rsvped for Meet the CANDIDATES - Zoom Mixer! 2021-03-17 12:16:51 -0400

    Meet the CANDIDATES - Zoom Mixer!


    Come MEET THE CANDIDATES running for National Officer and for Voting Representative positions for Democrats Abroad France, at this casual mixer at 3PM on Sunday APRIL 11, 2021, in advance of the National Election and AGM being held on April 17. (See Candidate Statements, here.)

    WHEN
    April 11, 2021 at 3pm
    WHERE
    via Zoom
    Paris 75004
    France
    Google map and directions
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  • 2021 DA France National Elections and Annual General Meeting

    Please RSVP by APRIL 15, 2021 to be registered to vote at this meeting

    Join us for the biennial election of the National Democrats Abroad France (DA France) Officers and Voting Representatives. The national elections and meeting will be held on April 17, 2021 online via Zoom from 2 PM. We will hear candidate speeches and elect a new Leadership team for Democrats Abroad France, hear about how DA France will continue its important work on US elections and political engagement heading into the 2022 midterms and with eyes on 2024, and vote on proposed Bylaws changes.

    For more information on the nominating process and the Call for Candidates, please see here.

    The nominations period has now closed. To see the Candidates Statements, please see here.

    Stay tuned - this page will be updated with agenda details.

    2021 NATIONAL OFFICER AND VOTING REPRESENTATIVE ELECTIONS

    All members of Democrats Abroad France are welcome to attend and vote in the DA France National Officer and Voting Representative Elections on April 17. You will have an opportunity to hear from the candidates themselves prior to the close of voting and final tabulation of results. All members wanting to vote at the meeting are asked to register to vote by virtue of RSVP for this meeting, below, on or before April 15th -- this allows the DA France Election Board to prepare the voter rolls on the day of the meeting.

    EARLY / ABSENTEE VOTING OPTION

    All DA France members also have the option to vote early via an online absentee ballot made available to them via email, from March 28 until 5PM on April 15th. This is to encourage member participation from all across France even if they cannot attend the meeting on Election Day. As a result, no nominations from the floor will be allowed. 

    If you elect to vote via the Early Vote/Absentee Ballot, you will not be able to vote in the same election a second time even if you attend the Election Meeting. However, in the event of ties, the DA France Election Board may elect to conduct snap Run-off Elections to break ties, time and other conditions permitting, at their discretion. In such case, all members of DA France who have RSVPd for the meeting by April 15th and in attendance at the Election Meeting, will be allowed to vote in any Run-off Elections. Absentee voting will not be an option for snap Run-off Elections since they will be conducted at the Election Meeting. RSVP below to register to vote on Election Day, April 17.

    To join Democrats Abroad, please go to www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021 and resident in France.

    PROPOSED DA FRANCE BYLAWS CHANGES - PUBLIC COMMENT

    A proposed draft of changes to the DA France Bylaws is available for review and public comment. We will review the major changes to the draft at the AGM prior to voting on whether to approve. Questions? Please email the DA France Bylaws Committee at [email protected].

    • To view the current DA France Bylaws of March 2020, see here.
    • To view the 2021 proposed Bylaws changes, the "Markup" version, see here. This version shows where the text is being changed.
    • To view the "clean" version of 2021 proposed changes, see here. This version shows how the final text reads with changes accepted.
    • To provide comment and feedback to the Bylaws Committee, please use this Public Comment form, here
    WHEN
    April 17, 2021 at 2pm
    WHERE
    via Zoom
    Paris 75004
    France
    Google map and directions
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  • published LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS MARCH 13TH 2021 at 2pm in News 2021-02-11 06:27:31 -0500

    LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS MARCH 13TH 2021 at 2pm

    • The Leadership Election for the Aix Marseille Chapter of Democrats Abroad France will take place on March 13th. This leadership group will serve all Aix Marseille DAF members living in AIx Marseille (PACA) . Please join us for this election and meeting! You will be able to virtually meet other DAF Aix Marseille members, hear about our organizing efforts in Marseille over the past year this historic election year, and what the year ahead will hold, and also hear speeches from the candidates running for office, and elect your new Chapter Leadership!
      RSVP here in order to receive the meeting information.. https://www.democratsabroad.org/.../daf_aix_marseille...

     

    • CHAPTER CHAIR

      The Chapter Chair shall call and preside at all meetings of the Chapter Executive Committee, establish the agenda of such meetings, and shall be responsible for carrying out the programs, policies, and activities duly approved by the members and the Chapter Executive Committee.

      The Chapter Chair and Chapter Vice Chair, with the advice of the other Officers, may allocate between themselves the duties of the Chapter Chair.

      The Chapter Chair, or any Officer delegated by the Chapter Chair to do so, shall be entitled to sit on all Standing and Ad Hoc Committees, with full voting privileges. Decisions or actions taken by the Chapter Chair may be overruled by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Chapter Executive Committee.

      The Chapter Chair shall be an ex-officio member of the DAF Executive Committee and should attend meetings to the extent practical. The Chapter Chair shall report monthly to the Chapter Executive Committee the current activities of the Democrats Abroad leadership on a national and international level.

    • CHAPTER VICE CHAIR

      The Chapter Vice Chair shall assist and support the Chapter Chair in the execution of the Chapter Chair’s duties and shall, in the absence of the Chapter Chair, call and preside at meetings of members and of the Chapter Executive Committee.

      The Chapter Vice Chair shall serve as the primary liaison with other chapters and be charged with coordinating activities, sharing information, and supporting the activities of the other chapters within France and around the world.

      If the office of Chapter Chair shall become vacant, the Chapter Vice Chair shall assume the responsibilities of the Chapter Chair until the next duly scheduled election.

    • CHAPTER TREASURER

      The Chapter Treasurer shall manage the finances of the chapter and prepare a budget and cash flow forecast as required by the Chapter Chair for approval by the Executive Committee, and interact and coordinate with the Country Treasurer to maintain proper financial reporting structures to ensure the chapter’s finances are in order. All such records shall be available for review by the Chapter Executive Committee.

      The Chapter Treasurer shall be available to consult with Country, Subchapter and Caucus Chairs regarding fundraising activities for projects and activities and access to potential donors.

      Ideally, candidates for this role have experience in accounting, finance, banking, or a related field.

    • CHAPTER SECRETARY

      The Chapter Secretary shall take and archive minutes of Chapter Executive Committee meetings and all Annual General and Special Meetings of the chapter members. The Chapter Secretary shall maintain and safeguard all files and administrative records of the Chapter. The minutes of all meetings shall be made available to all Chapter members without undue delay.

      The Chapter Secretary shall notify the members of the results of all Chapter elections. The Chapter Secretary shall be responsible for direct communication with members on matters that concern the entirety of the Chapter, in collaboration with the Chapter Communications Coordinator.

      Candidates for this roles should have experience in with office productivity tools (MS Office, Google Docs, WebEx, etc.) and technology such as the Nationbuilder membership database.

    ELIGIBILITY

    Candidates should be members of Democrats Abroad France, US citizens 18 years or older, living in the Paris/Ile de France region from the time of their nomination, and be able to serve a full term of two years. Every eligible member with interest, ability, conviction and ideas is encouraged to run. Previous organizing experience is welcome but not necessary. 

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

    The Elections Board for Aix Marseille Chapter Elections

    [email protected]


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

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