Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 2012: News and Upcoming Events

Democrats Abroad Switzerland
May 2012: News and Upcoming Events

1) DACH at Expat Expo Basel on Sunday June 3rd
2) Slugout in the Dugout 2012 – Democrats Abroad vs. Republicans Abroad annual softball game in Geneva on June 30th
3) DA fights back on the War Against Women – discussion with experts in Geneva on June 19th (date TBC)
4) Americans Abroad for Obama fundraiser in Zurich with President Obama's former Deputy Chief of Staff Mona Sutphen on June 11th

1) DA at Expat Expo Fair in Basel
Our second Expat Expo of the year is in Basel on Sunday June 3rd. We look forward to meeting our members living around Basel. Find out about registering to vote in 2012 and how to get involved in the campaign!
What: Basel 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 June 3rd
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where:  Messe - Congress Center, Messeplatz 21, 4058 Basel
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 Ashley Wheeler at secretary@democrats.ch to find out how you can help!

2) The 3rd annual Slugout in the Dugout - Democrats Abroad versus Republicans Abroad 2012 - will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, June 30th. 
As always, we need not only players but also family and friend cheerleading squads, so there's no excuse not to come and bring the whole gang!  
We have a couple practices scheduled before the big game for those who want to warm up a bit (details below.)
If you think you'll be able to join us either as a player or spectator, let us know (email to: events@democrats.ch).  The game will take place at the Marines' field in Bellevue, as in years past, and we have to provide the Marines with a list of all attendees in advance, so don't forget to give us your and your guests' names! Burgers, hotdogs, beers and snacks sold by Marines on site.
Join the team chatter on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/362389747142640/

For the game: 
Date: Saturday, June 30th, 2012
Place: US Marines' field, Bellevue, Geneva (address and directions will be sent out closer to the date to all who sign up.) 
Time: around 3pm (specific hour TBA) 

For the practices: 
Dates: Saturdays June 9th and June 23rd
Place: Centre Sportif de Vessy (Bus #11 to Bout-du-Monde, then 10 minute walk to Vessy park; map here: http://g.co/maps/bgzct
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
RSVP: events@democrats.ch so we can send you any updates and a contact number to call on the day if you get lost.

3) Democrats Abroad discussion on the War Against Women
You have you been drafted to FIGHT BACK in the War Against Women! Your voice is your weapon. 
This call to arms will include an expert led discussion on reproductive health issues for women, by women with a focus on the economic impact of restricting access to contraception and other family planning services as well as the Affordable Care Act. This event is in the final planning stages and details will be sent out very soon. Please watch your inboxes for an invitation. Preliminary details are:
Date: Tuesday June 19th, 2012  -  To Be Confirmed
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Where: Private home of DA member in Vesenaz (GE). 
''Despite the persistent gender gap in opinion polls and mounting criticism of their hostility to women's rights, Republicans are not backing off their assault on women's equality and well-being. New laws in some states could mean a death sentence for a pregnant woman who suffers a life-threatening condition. But the attack goes well beyond abortion, into birth control, access to health care, equal pay and domestic violence.'' -- New York Times Op-Ed, May 20, 2012

Interested in Women's issues? Read more below under DNC Women's Caucus conference call announcement. Join the DA Women's Caucus on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DAWomensCaucus

4) *Americans Abroad for Obama fundraiser in Zurich with Mona Sutphen
Americans Abroad for Obama and Charles C. Adams invite you to a cocktail reception with former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Mona Sutphen at the Cafe Schober in Zurich on June 11, 2012, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Mona is an extraordinarily accomplished and engaging woman, who will speak about her experience as one of the President's closest and most trusted advisors, and share her insights into the current state of the re-election campaign. Please join a lively and enthusiastic group of your like-minded American compatriots at what promises to be a memorable evening at one of the iconic venues in Zurich's Old Town, with drinks and canapes courtesy of the campaign. The requested contribution is $500 per person, with a special rate of $150 for Young Professionals of 30 and under. This is the first event of its kind in Zurich in support of the Obama Victory Fund and there is great hope for a very large and dynamic turnout at the Cafe Schober to greet Mona Sutphen, and to cheer Barack Obama on to victory in November.  To RSVP and make your contribution, contact: Dani Jimenez at +1(202) 572-5491 or JimenezD@Dnc.org.
* As part of our goal to inform DACH members about Democratic Party and campaign fundraising activities taking place in the Switzerland, we are happy to announce such events that are made known to us. These events are not organized, funded, or conducted for the benefit of Democrats Abroad.

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