Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February 2012: News and Upcoming Events

February 2012: News and Upcoming Events

4) Zurich Chapter Monthly Gathering March 9th
5) DACH at Expat Expo Lugano Mar. 11th
7) Democrats Abroad Global Primary May 3rd, Save the Date!
8) WANTED: Help us connect with Americans in your workplace or social club

1) Daily Show Night with Voter Registration
Join Democrats Abroad Switzerland this Wednesday, the 22nd, for a screening of The Daily Show, and a chance to hang out with some like-minded Americans (and any/all non-American family and friends!)

We will also be registering voters for the upcoming election, and training anyone who's interested in helping us to get out the vote, so that they can help others register in the future.  (Votes from abroad tipped the scales in six major races during the last election cycle – we need all the help we can get to make sure they make a difference again this year, and in our favor!  This is especially important because voting laws have changed since 2008!)

The event will start at 7:30 p.m., and we will begin the screening at 8:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m. Voter reg. and training / 8:30 p.m. Daily Show viewing
Where: Wings Bar
4 Rue Du Lievre, 1227 Acacias Geneva
Tram 15 "Acacias"
Cost: Admission FREE. Food and drinks available for purchase:  Pizzas CHF 10, Beer CHF 4
RSVP to help us plan via this link.

2) Obama campaign fundraising event with Bob Bauer in Geneva
As part of our goal to educate DACH members about Democratic Party fundraising activities taking place in the Switzerland, we are happy to announce such activities that are made known to us. This event is not organized, funded, or conducted for the benefit of Democrats Abroad.

Charles Adams, gracious host and frequent fundraiser for President Obama's campaign, is once again opening his beautiful home to the American community for an evening cocktail and light supper reception on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, in Geneva's Old Town, on the occasion of the visit of Bob Bauer, former White House Counsel and now General Counsel of the Obama for America campaign. A close and trusted advisor to the President, Mr. Bauer is deeply involved in all of the complex legal issues surrounding the unfolding presidential re-election campaign, notably including the pushback against Republican initiatives in many states to impede ballot access for likely Democratic-voter demographic groups.
A special ticket price of $100 has been set for our young professionals community.

3) Americans in Switzerland Town Hall in Bern
American Town Hall Meetings kicked off in Geneva earlier this month and continues to the next city on the schedule, Bern, on Wednesday February 29th. In a new partnership initiative launched jointly by the US Embassy in Switzerland and leaders of American clubs and political organizations in Switzerland, the Town Hall Meetings will serve as a forum in which we will solicit the views of U.S. citizens in our communities on the role of the United States in the world today, and how current U.S. laws and regulations affect their ability to live and work abroad.

The meetings will also discuss how the knowledge, experiences and recommendations of overseas Americans can be more effectively communicated to the relevant leaders in the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. Government. Read more about the partnership behind this initiative here.

Come meet the U.S. Ambassador Donald Beyer, the Embassy staff and U.S. Consular staff
Let us know the concerns of Americans living overseas.
Let us know how U.S. policy is affecting you.
Learn about U.S. Embassy and Consular services. 

Town Hall Meeting in Bern
Date: Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Time: from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Bern Universitat Room HS114, 1.OG/West
Download building map here:  
(Directly behind Bern Central Train Station) 
More info on our Facebook page
Questions/Comments: chair@democrats.ch
Mark your calendars and save the date for Town Hall meetings: March 28th in Basel, April 18th in Lausanne, and May 9th in Zurich. Information about these next Town Hall Meetings will be announced as soon as we confirm the venues.

4) Zurich Chapter Monthly Gathering March 9th, Save the Date!
Stay tuned for more details coming soon!
When: Friday, March 9th, 19:00 - 22:00

Where: AWCZ, Schoentalstrasse 8, 8004 Zurich

Cost: Free entry!

5) DA at Expat Expo Fair in Lugano
Our first Expat Expo of the year is in Lugano on March 11th and the first time DA volunteers visit Ticino since 2009. We look forward to meeting our members living around Ticino and invite you to come by our booth from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a drink and snacks and meet fellow Democrats. Renee Rousseau, DA Zurich Chapter Chair, and her team look forward to meeting new and old members of DACH in Lugano. Find out about registering to vote in 2012 and how to get involved in the campaign!
What: Lugano Expat Expo, a free fair for all English-speaking expats and locals looking to know more about goods, services and clubs in the region.
Date: Sunday March 11th
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (social drinks reception at our booth from 4-5pm)
Where:  Palazzo dei Congressi, Piazza Indipendenza 4, Lugano
Volunteer: We are looking for volunteers for two-hour shifts at our stand. Meet other Dems and get trained on registering voters so you are ready to lead Voter Registration Drives in your community! Contact zurich@democrats.ch to find out more about volunteering!

6) Behind the Scenes at Nuit des Bains: A special guided tour for Democrats Abroad in Geneva Mar. 14th
Join art historian and DACH member Sarah Burkhalter for an exclusive pre-opening guided tour of a select number of galleries featuring American and Swiss artists in Geneva's Quartier des Bains.
All benefits will go to our Get Out The Vote efforts for the Obama 2012 Campaign.
Date: Wednesday March 14
Time: 6:30 p.m. Cocktail and Start of Tour
Where: BFAS, 5 rue de la Muse, 1205 Geneva, Bus 1, 2, Tram 15, Stop: Cirque
Tour will be followed by dinner (optional) at 8:30 p.m. at Restaurant Ou Bien
Cost:  Cocktail and Tour CHF 50 + Dinner CHF 120
Advanced payment required. All payments must be made by US citizens; non-US citizen guests most welcome, provided the US citizen makes the payment.
Questions: events@democrats.ch

7) Democrats Abroad Global Primary Election, May 3rd: Save the Date
Democrats Abroad Switzerland will be holding a Global Primary election in Geneva on the evening of Thursday May 3rd. We invite all our members to cast your ballot for our 2012 nominee for President of the United States, Barack Obama. This is the second time DA will hold a Global Primary election and for the first time, the ballot will include the list of DA members who are running as Delegates of Dems Abroad at the Democratic National Convention. DA will be represented by about 25 Delegates from among our membership to Charlotte, N.C. in September 2012 standing among the delegates from every State and carrying the vote of all our members. At DA Switzerland's Global Primary election in Geneva, we will be voting for those candidates from our EMEA region (Europe-Middle East-Africa). Several DA Switzerland members have thrown their name in the hat. Come out and support them and help us send one (or more) of them to Charlotte to represent us! More details about the Global Primary and Delegate Selection Plan can be found on www.democratsabroad.org (orange button). Voting will be conducted on site or by absentee ballot for those unable to attend in person. We will keep you updated with details in the coming months. Questions? Please contact chair@democrats.ch. Volunteers are needed to prepare and run our Global Primary election. Can you help?

8) WANTED: Help us connect with Americans in your workplace or social club
Do you work for a company or government agency that employs more than 10 Americans in Switzerland? Are you active in the local branch of your alumni association? Do you participate in any local club or social group that includes more than 10 Americans? Are you here in a study abroad program?

Then we want YOU as a Democrats Abroad Outreach Coordinator! As an Outreach Coordinator you can help other Americans in your organization. Together, we can:
- Schedule an on-site U.S. Voter Registration day
- Inform your fellow Democrats of election news and voting deadlines
- Share information about the Democrats Abroad Global Primary Election
- Enable your fellow Americans to participate in the U.S. General Election

We will give you the information and tools you will need to connect with other Americans. It might even be as simple as meeting other current members of Democrats Abroad at your office.
If you are ready to help, then fill out our online Outreach Coordinator sign-up sheet!

We hope to see you at one or more of these many events and gatherings planned in the coming weeks!
Maya Samara
Chair, DA Switzerland

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