Austria

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Austria!

DAAT is the official arm of the Democratic Party for U.S. citizens living in Austria and part of a global network that assists Americans living abroad to register and vote. We are an entirely voluntary organization and welcome your expertise and participation!

Through a range of activities and events throughout the year, we work hard to represent and connect our diverse and active membership. Our participation in the Women’s and Science Marches and, in particular, our monthly grassroots Solidarity Sundays meet-ups have helped us build and expand a welcoming community of compatriots. The DAATalks guest speaker series aims to provide a tri-annual platform for interesting discussions on topical events. DAAT recently hosted Melissa Fleming, UNHCR Communications Director and author of the best-selling book, A Hope more Powerful than the Sea and NYTimes best-selling author, Timothy Snyder, who spoke to us about his most recent book, On Tyranny. Finally, social events, such as our monthly Young Dems Pub Nights, annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Fourth of July party, participation in Pride Parade, and FUNdraising concerts and events guarantee that we also have a good dose of fun. 

Democrats Abroad supports all Americans abroad in registering to vote and casting their ballots from overseas. These get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts are at the heart of our political activity, and we rely on volunteers to ensure our members and friends are enfranchised every election, every year. Our absentee votes have been decisive in numerous elections across the U.S.! Together with other DA country committees from around the globe, we're making the specific issues, which are faced by overseas Americans, known on Capitol Hill. 

If you're not yet a member, you can join in just two minutes - under the Join tab above. You’ll receive our monthly newsletter with current issues and actions, events, and reviews. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

We look forward to meeting you at a DAAT event soon!

DA Austria Leadership:

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  • News

    October Newsletter

    In this Issue:
    Events
    • Young Dems Pub Night with special guest Heather Brown
    • Young Dems Annual Martinigansl Feast
    • Thanksgiving Dinner.
    Issues & Actions
    • Give to Win Campaign
    • Call for Global Auction Items
    • Energetic and in the Provinces? We Want You!
    Reviews
    • Elizabeth Warren Watch Party
    • Solidarity Sunday #8
    • Liberal Libations #2
    Members’ Corner
    • More Podcast Love 

     

    Events


    Oct. 25th - Young Dems Pub Night with special guest Heather Brown

    Pub Night at Beaver Brewing Company






    We're headed back to our favorite spot for our monthly pub nights and are excited to have Young Democrats of America International Affairs Director Heather Brown in town to join us.

    Heather previously served as Young Democrats of America chief of staff. In addition, she also worked tirelessly on Hillary's campaign and could provide insight to how a campaign is organized.
    Please RSVP as 10 seats have been reserved.

    • P.S. Don't forget to pay your bill before you leave!

    WHEN October 25, 2017 at 7pm - 11pm
    WHERE Beaver Brewing Company
    Liechtensteinstraße 69 Vienna 1090 Austria
    Google map and directions

    CONTACT Ashley E. Arreola
    +436503749481



    Nov. 11th - Young Dems Annual Martinigansl Feast

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    Join us for our annual Martinigansl feast in the heart of Grinzing, where you can find Vienna's vineyards and heurigen restaurants.

    The restaurant will need the exact count of people attending and ordering goose, so if you are vegetarian, please make sure you write it in the Facebook discussion, so I can inform them in advance. Hope you can join us!

    • Our reservation is for 10, so we'll need to update it if more people would like to come, so please RSVP via Facebook
    WHEN November 11, 2017 at 7pm - 10pm

    Nov. 23rd - Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Restaurant Sperl

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    This Thanksgiving we invite our Democratic friends and family to our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

    We have made reservations for 60 at Restaurant Sperl in the 4th district (not Café Sperl in the 6th). It's a typical Viennese Gasthaus and we’ll have a large private room all to ourselves. There will be a buffet with a 3-course feast including pumpkin soup, turkey with all the fixings – mashed potatoes, roasted red beets and sweet potatoes, green beans, red cabbage, stuffing – and dessert. If you can, please bring a pumpkin or pecan pie. They are always very appreciated!

    WHEN November 23, 2017 at 7pm - 10pm


    Save the date for these upcoming events!

    Nov. 26th Solidarity Sunday #9
    Dec 6 - Young Dems
    TBA Voter registration tables
    TBA DAATalks speaker series

    Issues & Actions

    Give to Win Campaign

    As of October 9th you can be a part of political change - Play a role in the GIVE to WINcampaign. For 4 weeks Democrats Abroad is asking members like you to GIVE your TIME, GIVE your EFFORT, and GIVE your LOVE on social media.

    We will also be asking for donations. But, we want to show you what you GET when you GIVE to WIN!

    Your gift to Democrats Abroad can sponsor a specific effort. Here are some examples:

    • If you GIVE a sponsorship for your State’s Voter Data You GET: More Voters
    The best way to get and keep Democrats in office is to find voters. We need help reaching Americans abroad from your state. Democrats Abroad can mobilize 200,000 voters, but there are nearly 9 million Americans living outside the US. DA can reach an estimated 500,000 additional voters by gaining access to state voter rolls. This information shows where the states are sending their ballots. It is valuable and available to DA, but it costs. Why not sponsor it?
    • If you GIVE… a sponsorship for Healthcare Stories You GET: Policy Change
    The universal healthcare stories we've collected are being turned into books that will be sent to Congress and to other healthcare advocates around the US. They will be tools to create dialogue and show how other countries handle their national healthcare systems. Why not sponsor this effort and be a part of creating policy change?
    • If you GIVE a… sponsorships for an Honorary Membership in Democrats Abroad You GET: To Honor a Leading Democrat and Build Important Relationships
    Many Governors and Senators have overseas experience that helps them understand the challenges you face as a US citizens abroad. To celebrate their roles as leaders and honor their experiences, DA is offering members the opportunity to sponsor them as honorary Democrats Abroad. DA will visit with each governor or senator and present them with their honorary membership certificate with your name as sponsor on it. Why not sponsor your Congressperson?

    But it is not just about the money-

    • If you GIVE… your TIME You GET: To be Part of Political Change
    We need fellow Democrats - like you - to give their time to make this fundraising drive a success. We are still looking for volunteers to use our CALLHUB and contact fellow Democrats from this region.

    If you are interested please sign up HERE



    Call for Global Auction Items

    Are you an opera aficionado? An expert on the architecture, art, culture of your adopted city? Or a foodie who loves to share your knowledge? Do you have a holiday house that’s free or a skill you’d like to share? DA will once again host a Global Auction in order to raise funds for our Get Out the Vote (GOTV) activities in 2018 and we need items to auction!

    In the past, DA Austria has put together an Austria Package that has included lodging, tours, hikes and other entertainment. We are looking for a member who might have an apartment, air bnb, or other accommodations they would be willing to donate from a weekend to a week for this year’s DAA Package. Remember, the people who visit are other DA members, so it’s a nice way of getting to know other members from around the globe and the proceeds go towards DA Global and DAA getting out the vote in 2018. This has been a BIG seller in prior auctions and we hope to be able to do it again this year!

    Please contact Jennifer at demsabroadaustria@gmail.com If you’d like to add to our package or submit your offer through this form and you will be contacted by the auction's primary organizers. The sooner we can confirm commitments, the better results we'll get!

    The auction itself is set to run November 12-22. Mark your calendars!


    Energetic and in the Provinces? We Want You!
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    Many of DA Austria’s members live outside of Vienna and would also enjoy getting together and meeting some fellow Dems, throwing a watch party, phone banking together, or joining one of the many GET OUT THE VOTE events that will be taking place over the next year. That’s why we’re looking for people from Burgenland to Vorarlberg who would like to organize an event. It’s easier than you think and we’ll give you any support you may need. Please contact Jennifer at demsabroadaustria@gmail.com if you think you might like to hold a meet-up or event. We’d love to hear from you!



    Reviews

    Elizabeth Warren Watch Party
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    Fifteen DAA members got together on Sunday, September 17th at the home of DAA Chair, Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, to watch Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presentation to Democrats Abroad members around the globe. International Chair Julia Bryan wrote, “The call last Sunday was an energy-filled round of question and answer. She cheered on our universal healthcare campaign and asked us to keep fighting for DACA. She also answered our questions on RBT (residency-based taxation) with clarity and candor. We are continuing to work with her team to help them understand the issues that affect Americans abroad and thank you for your contributions to the call!” Senator Warren answered questions from attending members Antje Lewis and Dr. Joshua Lange.

    Before and after members stayed for chips and salsa and political conversation. Thanks to everyone who made it on a very rainy Sunday afternoon and to Global DA for their organisation!



    Solidarity Sunday #8
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    What do New Hampshire, New York, Florida, and Oklahoma have in common?

    That’s what an enthusiastic group of Dems discovered at the Amerlinghaus on September 24th for the eighth Solidarity Sundays Vienna meeting.

    The session began with a presentation by SolSun Vienna co-founder, Tanya Lolonis, about the pros and cons of the Medicare-for-All plan proposed by Senator Sanders and recently supported by Senate Democrat co-sponsors and Democrats Abroad.

    Afterwards, we turned to a hands on phone banking training session on the calling platform CallHub with a focus on the current 2017 Special Elections. The beauty of the Call Hub system is that you can commit as much or as little time as you’re able and the calls are free for you, the volunteer.

    This training session was a lot of fun. We started with some role-playing of the different situations and soon moved on to the real thing with actual calls. Phone banking volunteers reach out to DA members which, as Juan Cerda shared with us, is a lot easier than making Prop 8 calls for marriage equality as he did in California in 2008.

    Historically, Democrats do badly in midterm elections because they don’t vote. We’ll be working hard to change this in 2018 and we’re beginning now. You can even donate your time phone banking to the Give to Win Campaign. There are 795 calls to make in Europe.
    Interested to find out more? Click here.



    Liberal Libations Two
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    On a recent Saturday evening, Democrats Abroad Austria members gathered for a wine tasting Fundraiser at the home of Kate McGrath and Vice Chair Keith Jacomine. The evening had a three country, three wine theme with attendees tasting sparkling, white and red wines from Austria, Hungary and Italy.

    We were pleased to also have with us that evening former DA The Netherlands Chair and current Democratic National Committee member Martha McDevitt-Pugh. Martha gave a brief talk on how the eight DA DNC members work to ensure that the interest of overseas Americans are heard in Washington, DC.

    Approximately €500 was raised which will go towards our Get Out the Vote efforts during the 2018 mid term elections.



    Members’ Corner

    More Podcast Love
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    Podcasts are the Netflix of radio — delivering content on-demand straight into your earbuds or radio speaker. They’re growing in popularity and cover topics from the Arts to Comedy to Science to Sports. As a Democrat living abroad, I use them to join in political discussions back home. Two of my favorites in the Trump era:

    Pod Save The People:
    The “Crooked Media” empire continues to produce podcasts that race to the top of political podcast charts. On “PStheP”, organizer and Black Lives Matter activist De Ray McKesson leads conversations that dive deep into culture, social justice and politics. Wondering about #TakeAKnee issue? Want to hear how people of color are processing Charlottesville? You’ll learn about it here. DeRay was a teacher before becoming an activist, and it shows in his illuminating questions and manner of listening — and he does it all in the most velvety voice you’ve heard since late-night FM radio. Change starts with knowledge. This podcast delivers.

    On The Media:
    From the NPR stable, weekly "OTM" is a fascinating podcast that examines media and journalism. Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield explore threats to free speech, government transparency, and shine a light on how the news is delivered — and how this shapes our views. After the Las Vegas shooting they looked at how numbers distort our understanding of tragedies, have asked politicians how the attacks by the President on journalism and facts influence how they deal with the press, and used the mystery of the earthquake victim in Mexico who never existed to explore distrust in media and government. Listen, and learn how to filter and understand the news.

    Both are free on the iTunes store, Spotify, and Stitcher.

    –Tanya Lolonis


     DA Austria

    http://www.democratsabroad.org/

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    September Newsletter

    Welcome back! We hope you have had a relaxing and rejuvenating summer. We, the executive committee and volunteers, spent ours learning languages in France, Italy, and Nicaragua, travelling Stateside to Illinois and Louisiana, and taking the warm months to enjoy all the beautiful sights that Austria has to offer.

    Regardless of where we were, we are rejuvenated and ready to get out the vote in the upcoming elections and we hope you are as well! We reconvened on August 31 for our September monthly meeting and it’s looking like a busy fall season. We hope to see many of you at events over the next few months! Mark your calendars for these upcoming events or keep an eye on our website if the dates and details aren’t yet fixed.

    Sept 24 - Solidarity Sunday Vienna #8 - Phonebanking Fun! Making Our Vote Count in Special Elections Now
    Oct 1 - Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
    Oct 7 - Liberal Libations - DAAT Fundraiser
    Oct 29 - Solidarity Sunday #9
    Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Dinner at Restaurant Sperl
    Nov 26 - Solidarity Sunday #10

    Dates & Locations TBA:

    Poster Hanging Pub Crawl
    Young Dems Pub Night October, November, December
    Voter registration tables
    DAATalks speaker series



    In the September Issue:

    Events

    • SolSun #8 Phonebanking Fun! Making Our Vote Count in Special Elections
    • Liberal Libations - Democrats Abroad Austria Fundraiser

    Issues & Actions

    • Are you a Savvy Vote-From-Abroad Voter?
    • Call for Global Auction Items
    • Every Vote Counts! Phone Banking for 2017 Special Elections
    • Energetic and in the Provinces? We Want You!

    Review

    • How Democrats Abroad Spent Our Summer Vacation
    • Resistance Summer Poster Hanging Pub Crawl
    • DA Around the Globe

    Members’ Corner

    • Happenings Around Town of Interest

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    Events

    Solidarity Sunday #8 Phonebanking Fun!

    Making our vote count in special elections now! The vote is already on and New Jersey, Virginia, Florida, Utah and Alabama have state or federal elections right now or real soon. Get phonebanking with us to help your fellow Democrats Abroad from these states to register, request a ballot, and VOTE. Let's flip these elections together!

    Phone, phone blue! :-)

    RSVP via Facebook here

    WHEN: September 24, 2017 at 4pm - 7pm
    WHERE: Amerlinghaus
    Stiftgasse 8
    Vienna 1070
    Google map and directions
    CONTACT: Antje Lewis · solsun@gmx.at


    Liberal Libations #2
    Liberal Libations

    We'll be tasting a variety of white, red and sparkling wines from Italy, Slovenia and Austria accompanied by a tasty spread of cheeses and charcuterie.

    Also joining us for the evening will be Martha McDevitt-Pugh an elected member of the US Democratic National Committee and Chair of the Democrats Abroad LGBT Caucus. Martha lives in The Netherlands and has led a variety of innovative initiatives, including a successful effort to change US immigration law to include LGBT partners.

    She chairs the board of Gala, the award-winning ING Bank network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and serves on ING’s Diversity and Inclusion Experts Network.

    WHEN: October 07, 2017 at 6pm - 10pm
    WHERE: Keith & Kate's Place
    Mariahilferstrasse 7/2
    Vienna 1060
    CONTACT: Keith Jacomine
    TICKETS: €30.00


    Issues & Actions


    Score Vote-From-Abroad Savvy with the Solidarity Sundays Vienna

    Unsuppress your vote - from abroad - with our quick QUIZ! Just 13 questions will teach you all you need to know as an overseas voter. Take the Quiz and then either send your results to demsabroadaustria@gmail.com or share the link on our Facebook page with your score and tag it #DAresists! We’ll tally up the results for next month’s newsletter. Brought to you by Democrats Abroad Austria and #solsunvienna


    Ready, Set, Go!

    Midterm elections season is just around the corner and Democrats Abroad is gearing up to get Democrats elected up and down the ticket. Getting out the vote requires both money and volunteers, and DA’s GOTV Team is working on both. Please help out with the following two actions.


    Going, Going, gone! Call for Global Auction Items

    Are you an opera aficionado? An expert on the architecture, art, culture of your adopted city? Or a foodie who loves to share your knowledge? Do you have a holiday house that’s free or a skill you’d like to share? DA will once again host a Global Auction in order to raise funds for our Get Out the Vote (GOTV) activities in 2018 and we need items to auction!

    When you're thinking of potential items, please keep in mind that physical items will likely have to be shipped somewhere across the globe, but DA members love to travel and vacation homes, tickets, tours, and experiences in your area are popular auction items.

    The auction has been very well received by our members and the results have been a resounding success with nearly $50,000 raised in 2015. In the past DA Austria has put together a very popular and high bidding "Austria Tour Package" including accommodations and activities. In order to offer this package again this year we are looking for an accommodation to add. If you have an airbnb or free apartment during the year that you would generously be willing to offer, please contact us at demsabroadaustria@gmail.com. This is a lovely way to meet other DA members from across the globe!

    If you have other items to offer outside the scope of our DAA package, please submit your offer through this form and you will be contacted by the auction's primary organizers. The sooner we can confirm commitments, the better results we'll get!

    The auction itself is set to run November 12-22. Mark your calendars!


    Every Vote Counts! Phonebanking for the 2017 Special Elections

    The Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Team is kicking off phonebanking campaigns to support Democrats running in upcoming New Jersey and Virginia State Elections and Florida’s Special Election for State Senate District 40 by reminding overseas voters to request their ballots and vote.

    Phonebanking is easy and people are grateful to get a reminder. Sign-up in the link to help the team and if you’re in Vienna join DA Austria on Sunday, September24th for a phonebanking get-together and training. http://www.democratsabroad.org/gotv_phonebanking


    Energetic and in the Provinces? We Want You!

    Solidarity Sundays Resistance Summer

    Many of DA Austria’s members live outside of Vienna and would also enjoy getting together and meeting some fellow Dems, throwing a watch party, phone banking together, or joining one of the many GOTV events that will be taking place over the next year. That’s why we’re looking for people from Burgenland to Vorarlberg who would like to organize an event. It’s easier than you think and we’ll give you any support you may need. Please contact Jennifer at demsabroadaustria@gmail.com if you think you might like to hold a meet-up or event. We’d love to hear from you!


    Reviews

    How Democrats Abroad Spent Our Summer Vacation

    Democrats in Austria and around the globe were busy activating members and letting our voices be heard back in DC. Read here about global Resistance Summer activities.


    Poster Hanging Pub Crawl
    Poster Hanging Pub Crawl

    The first Resistance Summer Poster Hanging event on August 11th went well: we visited several locations and spread the message of Democrats Abroad, all while enjoying good company! Nevertheless, there are still plenty of places to visit and posters to be hung. We welcome volunteers to add locations to the list (like favorite bars in your neighborhood) and also to hang posters yourself! If you would like to help hang the posters please contact david.heckenberg@gmail.com and we’ll arrange for you to get some posters.

    A second pub crawl event will soon be added to the website. We hope you will be able to join us in the fun!

    Click on the link for the list of bars to hang posters. It’s waiting for you to add your name to it!

    About the Google Doc: Please edit the document if necessary. If you have called a new location and they have approved of hanging posters (mention that it’s for Democrats Abroad, as some locations may not want political affiliation), add the name of the location to the “PLACES CONFIRMED” section. If there are any specifics you would like to mention put them in the “WITH DOUBTS” section and even if places decline add them to the “PLACES DECLINED“ section to let everybody know that there’s no need to contact them again. After having hung the posters please add the location to the “PLACES VISITED” section.


    Members’ Corner

    Happenings OF INTEREST Around Town

    Panel Discussion:
    DA Austria Chair Jennifer Rakow-Stepper has been invited by the Wiener Bildungsakadamie to join a panel discussion entitled, Fröhlich, bunt und stark gegen Trump. The discussion will focus on ‘the resistance that has developed because of the politics of Trump’s sexist, misogynist, and neglect of human rights policies’ and how his ‘declarations and deeds have strengthened the feminist and civil rights movements and have made the resistance more colourful, joyful and stronger.’ October 2 at 6:00 pm at ega:frauen im Zentrum, Windmühlgasse 26, 1060 Vienna


    History buffs and others who would like to learn more about Austria might be interested in the following events taking place in September:

    The Vienna Museum and the IWM in cooperation with Time to Talk is sponsoring the “Vienna Humanities Festival” from September 22 to 24 around Karlsplatz - the theme is Revolution. Admission is free.

    Professor Marjorie Perloff, Professor Emerita of English at Stanford University and at the University of Southern California, will present and discuss her new book, Edge of Irony, Modernism in the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire Karl Kraus, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Joseph Roth, Robert Musil, Elias Canetti, Paul Celan at Grillparzerhaus (Literaturmuseum), Johannesgasse 6, 1010 Vienna,on Tuesday, September 26 at 7pm. The evening is hosted by the Wittgenstein Initiative and is free

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Beaver Brewing Company in Vienna, Austria

    Young Dems Pub Night October with Special Guest Heather Brown

    We're headed back to our favorite spot for our monthly pub nights and are excited to have Young Democrats of America International Affairs Director Heather Brown in town to join us.

    Heather previously served as Young Democrats of America chief of staff. In addition, she also worked tirelessly on Hillary's campaign and could provide insight to how a campaign is organized. Please RSVP as 10 seats have been reserved.

    Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 04:00 PM
    Amerlinghaus in VIenna, Austria

    Solidarity Sunday #9: Ace that hard talk about social politics

    Solidarity Sundays Vienna goes hands-on with EUROPEAN SOCIAL MODELS.

    Healthcare, social insurance and family benefits work here. But just try telling them that back home and you're likely to find yourself having a DIFFICULT CONVERSATION: Is it "communism"? No, it's just intelligent budgeting!! But how to get that across???

    Make it fun. Join us for cake, coffee, and uncommunist conversational counsel. You'll learn about Austria's social model. And you can practice discussing issues with your (un)favorite relative or colleague. Ace those difficult conversations! 

    RSVP via Facebook here