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Grassroots Grow Roots

In the aftermath of the election, three DAA members, Antje Lewis, Tanya Lolonis, and
Juan David Cerda, banded together to “Make America safe for Democracy Again!“
They set themselves the challenge of activating Democrats Abroad members and U.S.
ex-pats in Austria, and to have fun while doing it. Since November, Grassroots of
Democrats Abroad Austria Caucus has developed a format and a growing list of ideas
to turn frustration into actions. 
In the spirit of the activist groups Indivisible and Solidarity Sundays, Solidarity
Sundays Vienna plans monthly meet-ups to target a specific issue or non-profit
organization under threat by the Trump Administration and the Republican-
controlled Houses of Congress. 
The goal of this grassroots effort is to build a community of activists in Austria. The
ideas and energy that the group generates reflect a participatory approach: DAA
members are encouraged to propose an issue to target and the Caucus will help you
organize your action or event. 
When DAA members Allison Gutscher and Lizzie Stevens said that they’d like to
organize a postcard writing action for Planned Parenthood, the Grassroots Caucus
brainstormed with them and offered practical assistance to help them make it
happen. The very first Solidarity Sundays Vienna is set for Sunday, February 26!
(details below) And on Earth Day, April 22nd, DAA member Danny LoCasio – Danny
Chicago – is coordinating our participation in the March for Science Vienna. 
What issue do you wish to support? Join us! We’ll support you in constructing events
that educate and activate, whether it be contacting our representatives, conducting
Teach-ins or Read-ins, skywriting, or marching. Contact Tanya, Antje, or Juan to get
the wheels in motion for a Solidarity Sundays Vienna action you’d like to see.
Grassroots of DAA Caucus wants to hear from you: we know you have LOTS to say!

Democrats Abroad Austria February 2017 Newsletter

In this February 2017 issue:

  1. Upcoming Events

    1. Vienna Young Dems Pub Night - Feb. 24th

    2. Salzburg Meet-Up – Feb. 24th

    3. Graz Meet-Up - Feb. 17th

    4. Solidarity Sundays Vienna #1 - Feb. 26th
    5. Save the Date: Annual General Meeting – March 18th

  2. Issues and Actions

    1. Call for Nominations - Democrats Abroad Austria Executive Committee Elections 2017

  3. DAA Review

    1. Candlelight Vigil at US Embassy

    2. Women’s March on Washington – Vienna

    3. Special thanks to the AIBC - Vienna

 

1. Upcoming Events


1. Vienna – Young Dems Pub Night – February 24

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Young Dems pub night is back! It's been a while since we have gotten together, so we hope to reunite as well as welcome all the new people that have joined lately. We have a reservation for 10 people at 7PM in the non-smoking section at the same location we held our election night party. Our very own Doug Andrews will also be playing LIVE at 8:30PM, so some of us may stick around a little longer to listen to him. Please RSVP if you can via the website or our Facebook event. For questions, contact our DA Vice Chair at ashley_arreola@yahoo.com

JOIN US:
Date: Friday, Feb. 24th

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: The Golden Harp Landstraße, Erdbergstraße 27, 1030 Vienna
Contact: Ashley Arreola, ashley_arreola@yahoo.com

 


 


2. Salzburg Monthly Get-together 

 

Our next meeting will be Friday, February 24 at The English Center at 17:30. Members and friends are welcome. So please give Mary Ann a quick call at +436645923408 (or send a text) to let her know you are coming.

Note: This will be our last meeting! If anyone would like to take over the Salzburg meetings, please contact Mary Ann!


JOIN US:
Date: Friday, Feb. 24th
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: The English Center, Haunspergstrasse 37A, 5020 Salzburg  
Contact: Mary Ann Balko-Koch 0664 59 23 408

 


 

 

3. Graz Meet-Up – Day of Action February 17th at Bar28 4:00pm to 6:00 pm

The Women’s Week of Action happens to coincide with our semester break, so we are planning an afternoon of action in Graz either before or after – let’s take some time to sit down and brainstorm actions we can take from Austria’s second city. We’ll have laptops and phones ready to make calls and contact our representatives. Date and location is at Bar28 – please contact Caitlin Ahern caitlin.ahern@gmail.com, +436503125572, if interested!

 


4. Join Grassroots of Democrats Abroad Austria as we stand with Planned Parenthood at our first Solidarity Sundays Vienna event.


Planned Parenthood is under attack like never before. Congress is gearing up to block millions of patients from accessing birth control, cancer screenings, and other care at Planned Parenthood, which will hit low-income folks and people of color the hardest. We must act now.

Who we are
As Americans in Vienna, living abroad has left many of us feeling disconnected from the actions being taken by our fellow Americans in the US. That’s why Grassroots of Democrats Abroad Austria is starting a Vienna chapter of Solidarity Sundays with regularly scheduled events focusing on issues that matter. We invite you to join us in building a community of activists here in Vienna.

At our first Solidarity Sundays Vienna event we will be getting personal by decorating and writing postcards to our government representatives to express our deep concern about the imminent threat to Planned Parenthood and women’s reproductive rights across the globe.

The event will kick off with a speaker (to be announced), followed by introductions on why we are inspired to fight for Planned Parenthood and how the organization has impacted us personally. Then it’s time to get busy writing and decorating our postcards. The event will close with a few songs from Democrats Abroad Austria’s very own Danny Chicago.

Not American and still want to get involved?

You are more than welcome to participate! Following the #IdesofTrump action in the US to flood the White House mailbox on March 15th , we will also be writing and mailing pink slip postcards directly to Donald Trump to express our opinions of his policies on women’s reproductive rights.

What to bring?

 

  • We will provide postcards and pens.
  • 50 cents per postcard to cover postage (Estimate 2 euros for 3 cards to representatives and 1 to Donald Trump). We will be sending all postcards in a package to the US, which will be mailed from there to save on costs.
  • Cash for food and drinks provided by die Au
  • Craft items (markers, glitter, etc.) for those who want to get extra creative with your postcards
  • Pussy hats

Planned Parenthood

Where: Die Au

When: February 26th 4:00pm to 6:00pm 


Please RSVP to this event on Facebook so we can gauge how many participants to expect.
For more information on how to get involved and support Planned Parenthood, please visit their PP Action site.
This event is hosted by Grassroots of Democrats Abroad Austria.

For questions about the event, please contact Allison Gutscher or Lizzie Stevens

 

 

 


5. Save the Date: Annual General Meeting – March 18th

Please save the date for our Annual General Meeting on March 18th in Vienna. Location and time TBA. See below for information on the elections held during the meeting.

 


 

2. Issues and Actions

1. Call for Nominations - Democrats Abroad Austria Executive Committee Elections 2017

Democrats Abroad Austria will hold its 2017 Annual General Meeting in Vienna on March 18th.  At the meeting, elections will be conducted to fill the following positions for two-year terms:

•    Chair

•    Vice-Chair

•    Treasurer

•    Secretary

•    Counsel and

•    up to 6 Members-at-Large

The job descriptions for the members of the DAA Executive Committee can be found below.  If you would like to run for any of these positions, please send your name and a short bio to the Nominations Committee by February 14, 2017. Send to: mcjac98@gmail.com with a copy to eva_ciabattoni@yahoo.com

A list of candidates and bios will be sent to all members – with the official announcement of the meeting on February 18th. Nominations will also be taken from the floor at the AGM.

Best regards,

Kate McGrath and Eva Ciabattoni

2017 Democrats Abroad Austria Nominations Committee

DAA Executive Committee Job Descriptions

From the DAA Bylaws:

Article V: Officers

The Officers of the organization shall be the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Counsel. The Vice-Chair shall be of the opposite sex of the Chair.

Article VI: Chair

The Chair shall be the chief executive officer of the organization, shall call and preside at all meetings of members and of the Executive Committee, and shall have responsibility for all activities approved by the Democrats Abroad Austria Executive Committee. The Chair shall sit ex-officio on all committees of the organization including Standing Committees, with full voting privileges.

Article VII: Vice-Chair

In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall call and preside at meetings of members and of the Executive Committee. The Vice-Chair shall have such other duties as the Chair shall define, such as chairing Standing or Ad hoc Committees.

Article VIII: Secretary

The Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings and all files and administrative records of the organization. All such records shall be open for inspection by members.

Article IX: Treasurer

The Treasurer shall manage the finances of the organization, maintain its financial reports to members and make and maintain such financial reports as may be required by law (including without limitation the laws and regulations of the United States and of the individual states applicable to political parties and contributions to them). All such records shall be open for inspection by members. The Treasurer will co-sign with another Executive Committee member on the Democrats Abroad Austria bank account. With advice from the Executive Committee, the Treasurer shall prepare an annual budget to be approved by the Executive Committee. The budgetary year will begin and end near the date of the Annual General Meeting.

Article X: Counsel

The Counsel shall be available for consultation by the Committee or its Officers on legal and procedural questions relating to Democrats Abroad Austria and its activities. If no Counsel is available, Democrats Abroad Austria will rely on the DPCA International Counsel.

Duties of the Members-at-Large are not spelled out in the Bylaws; rather they are self-selected in consultation with the Executive Committee. Current Members-at-Large have taken on a variety of responsibilities including:

*Salzburg Coordinator

*Database Manager

*Media Contact

*Social Media and member communication

*Membership engagement

*Graz Coordinator




3. DAA Review

 

1. DA Austria's Candlelight Vigil

Since the election, many of us have all been in a state of shock, disappointment & angst. On Friday, Dec. 2nd, some of DA Austria's members gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in Vienna to hold a candlelight vigil in order to let the world know that we believe in diversity, stand up for civil rights and will continue to fight against hate and for human rights. Candlelight vigils and similar protests like this are being held across the world from Hungary to Japan to Guatemala in solidarity of the Women's March in Washington, and this was just the first of many that DA Austria will participate in. It was a very nice evening filled with great ideas as to how we as citizens can stay involved from abroad, because it is so very important to unify and overcome the hateful and discriminatory rhetoric that is coming from the White House right now. It is moments like these that we are reminded that it is crucial to continue to fight for the values of justice and liberty that we as a nation believe in. We were honored to hear the personal stories of members and were happy to provide a place of comfort for Americans to come and express their feelings and ideas. We were also proud to present our new DA Grassroots Movement in Vienna, so please let us know if you are interested in getting involved. Contact Tanya Lolonis at tanya.lolonis@mac.com.

 

To check out photos from the evening, see our Facebook photo album.

At the Vigil, member Robbie Ierubino read a poem he composed expressing his feeling about the election results:

 

We the united

We the families

We the individuals

We the native

We the foreign-born

We the religious

We the free

We the oppressed

We the young

We the forgotten

We the divided

We the heartbroken

We the citizens

 

We the Americans

Are different than you think

We the people



2. Women’s March on Washington – Vienna

On January 21st, Americans, Austrians and people from all over the world took part in the Women's March in Vienna. At the march, Brigitte Hornyike of the Austrian Fraurenring spoke, followed by DA member Laura Rockwood. Despite the -8 degree temperatures, it was estimated that 1,500-2,000 people marched together from Karlsplatz to Stadtpark. After marching, women from One Billion Rising performed their internationally known dance, Break the Chain, and DA member Danny LoCascio performed “These Times They Are a Changin'” by Bob Dylan.

 

Following the march, the lead organizers of the Women's March on Washington and Women's March Global have continued their efforts to make change in the US and around the world. The Women's March on Washington released an action plan titled 10 Actions/100 Days. This action plan holds ideas in which Americans abroad, as well as those in the States, are able to take part. Members of DA have also been meeting together to talk about what we can do about the issues happening in the States while living in Austria. It is wonderful to see the new excitement and energy towards activism here in Vienna following the march. Let's keep it going!

 

 

3. Special thanks to the AIBC - Vienna

We would like to thank the AIBC for the use of the baseball field at the Prater for our very successful 4th of July picnic and softball game. Everyone had a great time and we strongly encourage those interested in volunteering to check out their needs for the upcoming season here!


Democrats Abroad Austria November 2016 Newsletter


In this November 2016 issue:

Upcoming Events

  • Vienna Election Night Party – November 8
  • Graz Post-Election Dinner – November 9
  • Salzburg Meet-Up – November 25
  • Democrats Abroad Austria Thanksgiving Dinner

Issues and Actions

  • Get Out the Vote
  • Order your Clinton/Kaine Stronger Together T-Shirt Now!

DAA Review

  • Rockin’ the Vote for Hillary Fundraiser Recap

 


 

Vienna Election Night Party – November 8


     The event everyone has been waiting for! Just like we did four years ago, we will watch the election results come in at The Golden Harp Irish Pub in Vienna's third district near the U-Bahn station Rochusgasse.

For DA members, doors will open at 8PM downstairs. We will have an early bird special with performers on stage for you as well.

At 11:30 PM, we will make our way upstairs where the entire bar will be reserved for this event. Doors will be open to the public at 11:30, and you must show this Facebook invitation at the door. There is no entrance fee, but a minimum of one beverage per guest is required.

 

Members, please RSVP to the Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/1845747322337226/) or send an e-mail to ashley_arreola@yahoo.com with your name and number of guests if you plan on coming prior to 11:30.
Further details:

Early bird special ‘till 10PM:
Hamburger/veggie burger + Zipfer 0,5 vom fass = €10,50 Cheeseburger + Zipfer = €10.90
Double cheeseburger (2 patties) + beer = €12.30

*This will only be available downstairs

Performers

American folk singer from Wyoming Doug Andrews
http://www.doug-andrews.net/

Stand-up comedian Okello Dunkley from Brooklyn, NY
https://www.facebook.com/events/311381329234728/
http://www.dslrworkshops.com/

JOIN US:

Date: Tuesday, November 8

Time: 8:00 p.m. all night long!
Place: The Golden Harp Landstraße, Erdbergstraße 27, 1030 Vienna
Contact: Ashley Arreola, ashley_arreola@yahoo.com



 

Graz Post-Election Dinner – November 9

     We Dems in Graz are psyching up for election night, but we also need our precious sleep – that’s why we’ll meet to celebrate the results the next day, Wednesday, November 9th at Sägewerk off of Kaiser-Josef-Platz. Join us for dinner and drinks! (We’ll be in the non-smoking room at the back.) Please RSVP on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/682663735245645/) or to Caitlin 0650/312 5572 so we can have a general head count in advance. Looking forward to celebrating with you!

 

JOIN US:
Date: Wednesday, November 9

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Sägewerk, Schloegelgasse 1, 8010 Graz (corner of Kaiser-Josef-Platz)  
Contact: Caitlin Ahern, 0650/312 5572

 

 

DAA Salzburg Monthly Get-Together

    Our next meeting will be Friday, November 25, 2016, at The English Center at 17:30. Members and friends are welcome. So please give Mary Ann a quick call at 0664 59 23 408 (or send a text) to let her know you are coming.

JOIN US:
Date: Friday, November 25
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: The English Center, Haunspergstrasse 37A, 5020 Salzburg  
Contact: Mary Ann Balko-Koch 0664 59 23 408

 

Democrats Abroad Austria Thanksgiving Dinner

On Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 24th at 7PM, we invite our Democrats Abroad friends and family in Vienna to come to the table and be thankful that the election is finally over. We are hoping to have much to be thankful for this year.


We have once again made reservations for 50 at OTTO Biergasthof in the 12th district. It's the same nice cozy place like last year, and they will be serving pumpkin soup, turkey, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, green beans with bacon, red kraut, stuffing (Semmelknödl) and apple strudel family style. €25 for adults & €15 for kids 12 and under covers a 3-course turkey feast. Homemade pumpkin pies are as always welcome. We request that you pre-purchase your tickets by transferring the fee to our Democrats Abroad Austria bank account. Please also RSVP to this event by sending an email to our DAA Treasurer Fred Robinson at fred@frederarch.com and let him know how many guests you are bringing.

Please transfer €25 times the number of guests you will bring to the Democrats Abroad Bank Austria account:
IBAN: AT27 12000 50390623001

All friends and family are welcome, but you can only transfer the money from an American citizen's account (Of course it can be from an Austrian bank since this is our Austrian DAA account).

If we reach our 50 person limit, you can still attend the event and order regularly from the menu. Please call Ashley Arreola +436503749481 if you have any further questions. Link to Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/888426504627056/

Date: Thursday, Nov. 24th, 2015

Time: 7PM

Place: OTTO Biergasthof
Altmannsdorfer Strasse 101, 1120 Vienna, Austria

http://www.biergasthof-otto.at/

 

 

 Get Out The Vote Activities

      DA Austria has been busy rallying our members to make sure they request their ballots and vote.  A team of about twenty-five phone banking volunteers have made close to 600 phone calls to members across Austria reminding them to go to votefromabroad.org to request their ballots.  Their hard work will be celebrated with a thank you party after the election.  A special thanks goes to Mary Ann Balko-Koch for overseeing our phone banking efforts and recording the results of all our calls. 

 In addition to rallying our existing members, volunteers also staffed voter registration events at various schools, pubs, meet-up, etc. in Vienna, Salzburg and Graz.  A big thanks to all for helping us elect Hillary Clinton the next president on November 8th.

 


 

Order your Clinton/Kaine Stronger Together T-Shirt Now!

     Show your support for the Clinton/Kaine team by wearing a limited-edition Democratsabroad.org Stronger Together t-shirt.  They can be purchased at the upcoming election night parties or be ordered by mail.  If you'd like one, please email the number and sizes you'd like to daaustriaevents@gmail.com and we'll work out delivery details.  Each t-shirt costs €10.

 

Rockin’ the Vote for Hillary Fundraiser Recap

A big thank you to everyone who came to the Schwarzberg on October 8th for our Rockin’ the Vote for Hillary fundraiser. As Joey Green said afterwards, “Wow! What an evening!” 

Not only did the Joey Green Band get everyone rockin’ and, with a little help from our friend Danny Chicago, dancing, but Okello Dunkley from Vienna’s Funniest Stand-Up Comedy entertained us with a routine superior to any jabs from Trump heard at the Al Smith dinner last week, and Doug Andrews performed some pretty spectacular stuff on his guitar–both Okello and Doug will be at the election night party, so be sure not to miss them!

The evening also included a whole slew of raffle prizes thanks to donations by Beaver Brewing Company, English Lovers, Metropole, Kate McGrath with Oktoberfest tickets, Stylish Shutter, Vienna’s Funniest Stand Up Comedy, Open House Theatre, Wien Gin, and the Golden Harp.

This was clearly the best party in the hood. Both the Kurier and ORF were covering the event and we were honored to have DA International Chair Katie Solon, DA International Vice Chair Art Schankler, and DA Hungary’s Chairperson Merrill Oates join us for the evening.

Thanks to all of our supporters, DAA made more than €2,500 for the DPCA’s Get Out The Vote effort!

See you at the victory party on November 8th!


Democrats Abroad August Newsletter

    1. Request Your Absentee Ballot Now!
    2. Phone-A-Friend Membership Drive.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

  1. Young Dems Pub Night and Voter Registration at Summerstage - August 18

     For all of those left in the city this August and who have also been wanting to finally join or bring a friend, here is your chance! We will be at the Summerstage at Roßauerlände with a laptop, so that you can get registered to vote for the election in November. You can also register to vote now by visiting www.votefromabroad.org (Reminder – you must reregister to vote EVERY year!)

     See you next Thursday at the Summerstage. The table is reserved under Democrats Abroad. Call Vice Chair Ashley Arreola if you have trouble finding us at +436503749481.

Looking forward to getting together again!

JOIN US:

Date: Thursday, August 18

Time: 7 pm

Place: Summerstage, Roßauerlände, 1090 Vienna

Contact: Ashley Arreola, +436503749481

 

2. Young Dems Pub Night & Voter Registration at Beaver Brewing Company – September 8

     Located just around the corner from the American Embassy, come and throw one back with us at the Beaver Brewing Company. We’ll have a laptop for anyone who needs help registering to vote!

Young Dems Meetup at Beaver Brewing Company

     The table is reserved under Democrats Abroad. Call Vice Chair Ashley Arreola if you have trouble finding us at +436503749481.

 

JOIN US:
Date: Thursday, September 8

Time: 7 pm

Place: Beaver Brewing Company, Liechtensteinstrasse 69, 1090 Vienna

Contact: Ashley Arreola, +436503749481

 

 

 

 

3. Salzburg Monthly Get-Together – September 16

Our next meeting will be Friday, September 16 at The English Center at 5:30 pm.

Salzburg Meetup

Members and friends are welcome. So please give Mary Ann a quick call or text at +436645923408

JOIN US:
Date: Friday, September16
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: The English Center, Haunspergstrasse 37A, 5020 Salzburg  
Contact: Mary Ann Balko-Koch +436645923408



 


4. Graz Debate Watch Party at Café Mitte – September 27

The first presidential debate will be exciting - and certainly entertaining! Join us the following evening to watch some of the debate together and discuss what we've seen over drinks and dinner!

Graz Debate Watch Party

RSVP on Facebook (Democrats Abroad in Graz – Debate Watch Party)

 

JOIN US:
Date: Tuesday, September 27

Time: 6:30 meeting time, 7 pm viewing

Place: Café Mitte, Freiheitsplatz 2, 8010 Graz

Contact: Caitlin Ahern, +436503125572




5. Vienna Debate Watch Parties at Beaver Brewing Company – September 27

The presidential general election is nearing, and we are anticipating a lively reaction to the presidential debates! Space is limited, so please RSVP. We'll meet at 6:30 for those that want to grab a bite to eat, and we'll begin the viewing at 7 PM. You're not going to want to miss this!

RSVP on Facebook (First debate watch party)

JOIN US:

Date: Tuesday, September 27; Mon

Time: 6:30 meeting time, 7 pm viewing

Place: Beaver Brewing Company, Liechtensteinstrasse 69, 1090 Vienna

Contact: Ashley Arreola, +436503749481

 

6. Austria Fundraiser: Rockin’ the Vote for Hillary – Saturday, October 8

Donate to Democrats Abroad and BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Rockin' the Vote for Hillary

     Join us! It’s going to be a wonderful evening of music and fun to get out the vote exactly one month before Election Day. The Joey Green Band, along with special guests Celina Ann and Danny Chicago, will be performing. Best of all, the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) to help put Democrats back in control of both houses of Congress, keep the White House, and fill the Supreme Court vacancy and other vital posts! So come on out for an evening of rock & roll, funk, soul, blues, and swing with Democrats Abroad Austria and three of Vienna’s quintessential “American” performers.

     Tickets are limited! Order your tickets in the space below and pay by making a donation to Democrats Abroad.

Tickets: Patron: €45 in honor of the 45th President! Includes a button!

Regular: €25

Student: €15—with a valid student ID at door

Photo ID is required for all guests.

JOIN US:
Date: Saturday, October 8

Time: 7:30 pm – 2 am

Place: Schwarzberg Club, Schwarzenbergplatz 10, 1040 Vienna

Tickets: Patron: €45 in honor of the 45th President! Includes a button!

Regular: €25

Student: €15—with a valid student ID at door

Photo ID is required for all guests.

Contact: Jennifer at daa.concert@gmail.com



ISSUES AND ACTIONS

 

1. REQUEST Your ABSENTEE BALLOTS Now!!!

Dear Member (plus American friends and family),

     For those of you who have not yet registered/requested an absentee ballot for the November elections, please go to www.votefromabroad.org  now! The site is user friendly and will walk you through the process for your state. You do NOT need to be a registered Democrat to use this site.

     For those who have already requested their ballots, THANK YOU!! (Note: States are required to send ballots to overseas voters 45 days before a general election. As soon as you receive your ballot, vote and return it.)

     Please feel free to pass on this website to any American living overseas who wants to vote in November. This site is non-partisan and one doesn't need to be a member of Democrats Abroad to use it.

     Best regards,

Mary Ann Balko-Koch

Democrats Abroad Austria Database Manager

+436645923408



2. Phone-A-Friend Membership Drive

      Do you have American friends living in Austria who haven't yet registered to vote or aren't yet members of Democrats Abroad Austria? If so, give them a call and urge them to register to vote by going to votefromabroad.org, where they can request their absentee ballot for the upcoming election and also become a member of DA Austria.

     Once you've made the referral, send an email to daaustriaevents@gmail.com telling us who you've referred, and your name will be entered into our Phone-A-Friend Membership Drive raffle.  The membership drive runs from August 15th through September 27th. Each time a friend referral is made and registered at the above email, the referring member’s name will be placed in the hat to win one of three "valuable" prizes.

     The winners’ names will be drawn at the Vienna Debate Watch Party on September 27th at the Beaver Brewing Company. The grand prize winner will receive two tickets to our Rockin' the Vote for Hillary concert on October 8th. Second place will receive a special, limited-edition Clinton/Kaine Stronger Together T-shirt.  Third place will receive a keepsake campaign button of his/her choice.

     So start dialing so we can help elect the next Democratic president and keep the White House out of the small-fingered hands of Donald Trump!


Democrats Abroad Austria June Newsletter

In this June 2016 issue:

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

1. Salzburg Monthly Get-Together – June 17

Our next meeting will be Friday, June 17, 2016 at The English Center at 17:30. This will be our last meeting before summer vacation! Members and friends are welcome. So please give Mary Ann a quick call at 0664 59 23 408 (or send a text) to let her know you are coming. See you there!


JOIN US:
Date: Friday, June 17

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Place: The English Center, Haunspergstrasse 37A, 5020 Salzburg

Contact: Mary Ann Balko-Koch 0664 59 23 408

 

2. 21st Regenbogenparade (Rainbow Parade) Theme: "Bringing Down Borders" – June 18

Democrats Abroad Austria is happy to be involved in the 21st annual Regenbogenparade in Vienna. This year’s parade begins at 3 pm at the Sigmund-Freud-Park (Schottengasse), where from 10 am the warm-up takes place at the Pride Park and gets moving in the direction of traffic. The route passes the Börse (the stock exchange), Franz-Josefs-Kai, Schwedenplatz, Urania, Stubenring, the Opera, the Parliament and the University, before returning to Sigmund-Freud-Park. Here the final rally – the so-called Celebration – will take place, including speeches as well as national and international live acts.

For more details please refer to the website: http://www.hosiwien.at/en/rainbow-parade/pride/

JOIN US:

Date: Saturday, June 18

Time: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Place: Sigmund Freud Park, Alservorstadt, 1090 Vienna

Contact: Matthew Stevens, matt@matthewstevens.org +436644180425

Be sure to RSVP here!

 

3. Young Dems Pub Night: Austrian style – June 23

To welcome some guests that we will have in from the U.S., this month we have decided to go to a "Heuriger " in Vienna's 19th district called Feuerwehrwagner. It has lovely traditional Austrian cuisine and is surrounded by vineyards. To make it more traditional, we encourage all coming to dress in their "Tracht," or Austrian original costume. So dig out your Lederhosen & Dirndls & we'll see you there!

JOIN US:

Date: Thursday, June 23rd

Time: 7 pm

Place: Feuerwehrwagner, Grinzinger Straße 53, 1190 Wien

Contact: Ashley Arreola, +436503749481

Please RSVP on Facebook here

 

4. Save the Date! Independence Day BBQ and Softball – On the THIRD OF JULY!

Sunday, July 3rd, Democrats Abroad will again join AIOV (Americans In International Organizations in Vienna) at the Prater this year to celebrate Independence Day. There will be burgers and softball as well as a good crowd. For the softball game all equipment will be provided, so one should bring gym shoes.

JOIN US:

Date: Sunday, July 3rd

Time: Noon til dusk.

Place: Prater – by the #1 Tram line stop by the softball fields and Spendlwiese.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

5. Save the Date! October Fundraiser for the General Election – October 8

It’s never too soon to start planning for the next Democratic president in the White House – so Joey Green & the DAA are doing just that!

Mark your calendar, spread the word, and join us for another unforgettable evening of great American music at the Schwarzberg Club, on Saturday, October 8, 2016. One month before the general election, this fundraiser will help us to Get Out the Vote in support of the next Democratic POTUS!

Fundraiser

JOIN US:
Date: Saturday, October 8th

Time: TBA

Place: Schwarzberg Club, Schwarzenbergplatz 10, 1040 Vienna, AT.

RSVP pending!

 

 

DAA Review 

Democrats Abroad Global Convention in Berlin

From May 12th-15th, Democrats Abroad held our Global Convention in Berlin, where we elected our delegates for the Democratic National Convention in July. Representing Austria were Chair Keith Jacomine, Vice Chair Ashley E. Arreola, and Databank Manager & Executive Committee member Mary Ann Balko-Koch. The Convention was held at the Willy-Brandt-Haus, home to the SPD, and we were welcomed by many guest speakers including the former Ambassador, the Honorable John Kornblum, the current Deputy Chief of Mission in the American Embassy Kent Logsdon, and a member of the German Parliament, the Honorable Niels Annen, who serves as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag. It was a truly wonderful occasion and simply exciting to meet DA leaders from all around the globe, as well as experience democracy first-hand during our long & sometimes complicated election process. For full results on the elections, please visit our website to see the full list: Results from the DA Global Convention

Links to other DA information 
Democrats Abroad Austria: www.democratsabroad.org/at 
Democrats Abroad International: www.democratsabroad.org
The Democratic Party: www.democrats.org 
http://www.votefromabroad.org/
Democrats Abroad Austria on Facebook


 

Contact
info@democratsabroad.at
By post, write to: 
Democrats Abroad Austria
c/o Robert Muller
Postfach 45
A-1042 Wien 


Tel: +436767833858


Democrats Abroad Austria - April Newsletter


In this April 2016 issue:

    1. Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary Recap
    2. Annual General Meeting Recap.
    3. Vienna St. Patty's Day Pub Night Recap.
    4. Graz Meet-Up Recap

Upcoming Events

Save the Date! October Fundraiser for the General Election.
Keith Jacomine - Chair of Democrats Abroad Austria It’s never too soon to start planning for the next Democratic president in the White House – so Joey Green & the DAA are doing just that! Mark your calendar, spread the word, and join us for another unforgettable evening of great American music at the Schwarzberg Club, Schwarzenbergplatz 10, 1040 Vienna, on Saturday, October 8, 2016. One month before the general election, this fundraiser will help us to Get Out the Vote in support of the next Democratic POTUS!

Dates: Octoboer 8th, 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Place: Schwarzberg Club: www.schwarzberg.wien

RSVP pending!

 


Young Dems Pub Night – April 21st
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For April we are going to sit outside at the Brandauer Schlossbräu in Hietzing right across from the Schönbrunn Tiergarten entrance on Wednesday, April 20th at 7 pm. Early comers can walk through Schönbrunn from the main entrance to the Tiergarten entrance gate to work up that appetite and enjoy the weather. If it rains, we will make our way inside. 

We have a lot of new young members out there that we would love to get to know a little better, so please join us and don't forget to RSVP.

JOIN US:

Click here to RSVP!

Or RSVP directly on Facebook!

 Date: Wednesday, April 21st, 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Brandauer Schlossbräu, Am Platz 5, 1130 Vienna 

Contact: Ashley Arreola, +436503749481

 


Salzburg Monthly Get-Together – April 29th
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Our next meeting will be Friday, April 29, 2016 at The English Center at 17:30.

Members and friends are welcome. So please give Mary Ann a quick call at 0664 59 23 408 (or send a text) to let her know you are coming.

JOIN US:
Contact: Mary Ann Balko-Koch +436645923408
mabkoch22@gmail.com

See you there!

Click here to RSVP
Date: Friday, April 29th
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: The English Center Haunspergstrasse 37A Salzburg 5020 Austria.



Democrats Abroad Global Meeting in Berlin May 12 - 15 dems commit

Our global Democrats Abroad leaders have some really great events planned for Berlin in May at the Willi Brandt Haus, and this 4-day meeting — with the regional caucuses (Fr) and global convention (Sa) — promises to be very exciting for our leaders, our delegate candidates and our super-volunteers. Please consider coming to BERLIN 2016 if you are interested in getting involved and seeing how the machine works from the inside. Both our Chair and Vice Chair will be in attendance, and we would love to have you join us as well.

In case you are interested in some basics about BERLIN 2016, please e-mail our V.C. at ashley_arreola@yahoo.com


Issues and Actions

Review of past events:

DAA Meet-Up


DAA Global Presidential Primary Review

     On March 3rd and 5th, 248 DAA members came to our poll set up in Cafe Museum to cast a ballot in our Global Presidential Primary, with an additional 161 members casting their votes remotely. Bernie Sanders won our primary in Austria with 286 votes versus 122 votes for Hillary Clinton and one vote for Martin O'Malley.Democrats Abroad ran 153 voting centers in 38 countries from March 1 to March 8. In total, Bernie Sanders won Democrats Abroad’s Global Presidential Primary, defeating Hillary Clinton 69%-31%. Sanders picks up 9 pledged delegates as a result of the primary, while Clinton secures an additional 4 delegates.  U.S. Democrats living around the world cast 34,570 valid ballots. Turnout exceeded that of 2008 by 50%.

     Thanks to all our volunteers over the two days for making our primary run so effectively and thank you to all our members for participating! 

Annual General Meeting

Thanks to all who joined us for our AGM in Vienna on March 5th at Webster University. We had a good turnout and were able to raffle off a few times to help cover the costs of our Global Presidential Primary. We also discussed 2016's Get Out the Vote(GOTV) efforts and how people can help participate by phone banking, handing out votefromabroad.org cards and telling your American friends that live abroad to register to vote via the website. We have an exciting year ahead of us and lots to do to GOTV, so please encourage all of our American friends to vote and whatever you do, vote blue!!

Vienna Young Democrats St. Patrick's Day Pub Night Recap:

Vienna Democrats were well represented at the Golden Harp this Saint Patrick's day. We had Democrats from all over the world meeting and drinking green beer while listening to some great Irish music. Roughly 15 people made it for the evening out in the 3rd district. The local bar was full of holiday spirit and great conversation.

Graz Meet-Up Recap:

On March 30th, roughly 15 proud Democrats came out for drinks and burgers at B.EAT in Graz. After a rousing game of "Who Said It: Il Duce or El Drumpf?" (stolen from our AGM) in which we found it exceedingly difficult to distinguish quotes by Mussolini and Trump, the grand prize of an Democrats Abroad Austria April Newsletter Oprah Magazine was awarded. The crowd went wild for the Democratic candidate buttons thanks to DA Germany, but there are still several to sell for 2 EUR each, 100% of which will go toward Get Out the Vote efforts in Austria. Lots of people expressed interest in meeting more frequently in Graz, so more events will be organized – especially debate watch parties as the general election approaches. We’re also looking for ways to reach out to more Americans in Graz – we know you’re out there! Anyone looking to get more involved in the Graz area, please contact Member-at-Large Caitlin Ahern at caitlin.ahern@gmail.com.

Links to other DA information
Democrats Abroad Austria: www.democratsabroad.org/at
Democrats Abroad International: www.democratsabroad.org
The Democratic Party: www.democrats.org
http://www.votefromabroad.org/
Democrats Abroad Austria on Facebook



Contact
info@democratsabroad.at
By post, write to:
Democrats Abroad Austria
c/o Robert Muller
Postfach 45
A-1042 Wien


Tel: +436767833858

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Democrats Abroad Newsletter - March 2016


In this March 2016 issue:


Upcoming Events

Cast Your Ballot in the DA Austria Global Primary
DAA Meet-Up This week, the week of the Super Tuesday primaries in the US, Democrats Abroad members throughout the world – including Austria - can cast their ballot for their favorite Democratic candidate.

Dates: March 3, 2:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
and March 5, 12 noon – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Café Museum, Operngasse 7 (on Karlsplatz), 1010 Vienna www.cafemuseum.at/


Please check the FAQ Democrats Abroad Global Primary below for more detail.

Annual General Meeting
dems commit This year's Annual General Meeting will be on Saturday, March 5, starting promptly at 4PM. We hope to share Austria's voting results for the Global Presidential Primary, so you definitely do not want to miss out on this special event.

As we reflect upon last year and look forward to keeping putting another Democrat in the White House in November, we hope you will join us and start planning how to be part of the exciting elections this year! We will also be having dinner together for those interested afterwards at 7 pm, so please let us know if you would like to join either event.

Please click here to RSVP for the annual general meeting at 4 p.m.. (Webster University).
Please click here to RSVP for the dinner following the meeting at 7 p.m. (location TBA).

Date: March 5
Time: from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Place: Webster University Campus, Rm 1.14 inside Palais Wenkheim, Praterstrasse 23, 1020 Vienna

Young Dems Pub Night St. Patrick's Day edition. The Golden Harp 3rd District
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It's that time of year again: leprechauns, shamrocks and Guinness! Join us in the non-smoking Golden Harp Irish Pub in the 3rd district. The shenanigans start early at 6 p.m., so bring your favorite emerald-colored sweater and toast your fellow Dem-o’cratic friends.

Click here to RSVP
Date: Thursday, March 17
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: The Golden Harp Irish Pub Erdbergstraße 27, 3rd district, 1030 Vienna www.goldenharp.at/


Salzburg March Meet-Up
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Our next meeting will be Friday, March 18, at The English Center at 5:30. Members and friends are welcome. Please give Mary Ann a quick call at 0664 59 23 408 (or send a text) to let her know you are coming.

Click here to RSVP
Date: Friday, March 18
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: The English Center, Haunspergstrasse 37A, 5020 Salzburg
Contact:Mary Ann Balko-Koch 0664 592 3408


Graz March Meet-Up
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Whether you're excited or fed up with the primaries by this point, come celebrate/vent with fellow Democrats over sensational burgers (our president's favorite food!), delicious fries and some drinks at B.EAT - a "new American restaurant" (Harrachgasse 2, along Glacisstraße). We look forward to seeing you and meeting some new faces! Thoroughly disgusted Republicans also welcome! ;)

Click here to RSVP
Date: Wednesday, March 30,
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: B.EAT, Harrachgasse 2, 8010 Graz
RSVP: Appreciated by March 29th at here or call 0650/312 5572


Democrats Abroad Global Meeting in Berlin May 12 - 15 dems commit Our global Democrats Abroad leaders have some really great events planned for Berlin in May at the Willi Brandt Haus, and this 4-day meeting — with the regional caucuses (Fr) and global convention (Sa) — promises to be very exciting for our leaders, our delegate candidates and our super-volunteers. Please consider coming to BERLIN 2016 if you are interested in getting involved and seeing how the machine works from the inside. Both our Chair and Vice Chair will be in attendance, and we would love to have you join us as well.

In case you are interested in some basics about BERLIN 2016, please e-mail our V.C. at ashley_arreola@yahoo.com

Issues and Actions

FAQ: DA Austria Presidential Global Primary, March 3 and March 5

DAA Meet-Up Q: Am I eligible to vote in the Democrats Abroad Global Primary?
A: Any American living abroad, who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day 2016, and who is a member of Democrats Abroad is eligible to participate, on the condition of not having voted (or intending to vote) for a presidential candidate in any other state primary in 2016.

Q: How do I join Democrats Abroad?
A: Just visit www.democratsabroad.org/join and fill out the form. It will only take a minute or two. Tell your friends to join, too.

Q: Can I join on the day of the Primary?
A: Yes absolutely. Our voting centers will be equipped to register new party members on the spot.

Q: How do I vote in the Global Presidential Primary?
A: There are two ways you can vote in the Global Primary. The FIRST WAY is to go to your local VOTING CENTER during the designated voting hours in the first week in March (see info above about voting at Café Museum in Vienna). Each Chapter of Democrats Abroad will have a Voting Center. Just be sure to bring your U.S. passport.

Q: What if I can’t attend that day, or I live far from the nearest voting center, is there another way I can vote?
A: Yes. The SECOND WAY to participate is by REMOTE VOTING. You can download a ballot HERE, mark it, sign it, date it, and send it to us either as an email attachment or via old-fashioned snail mail (or you can even fax it!). It has to be postmarked no later than March 8 to be valid.

Q: When does Remote Voting begin and how do I do it?
A: NOW! From January 11 to March 8, it is possible to download and complete a ballot via Remote Voting, and if you would like to do so, please CLICK HERE. There is a full set of instructions that accompany the ballot.

Q: I cannot download and/or print a ballot but I want to vote via Remote Voting. What do I do?
A: Write to your local Country Committee with your complete address and contact information, and they will send you a ballot by post (for Austria, write to info@democratsabroad.at). If you cannot contact them directly, then write to us at primaryvoting@democratsabroad.org and we will forward your request to them.

Q: Where do I return my ballot (and only my ballot) after I complete it?
A: If you are returning it as an email attachment, then send it to primaryvoting@democratsabroad.org. If you are returning it via postal mail, and you are a member in Austria, send it to Keith Jacomine, Democrats Abroad Austria, Mariahilferstrasse 7/2, 1060 Vienna, Austria

Q: What Information is required on my ballot?
A: Your full legal name, date of birth, your country of residence (e.g., Austria), address of residence in Austria, voting address in the US (or at the very least, the state in which you vote), and if you are returning it by email, your email address. You must also sign and date your ballot for it to be valid.

Q: Why do you need all that information? And why do I have to sign my ballot? Isn’t it secret?
A: This is a partisan election for a political party, not a federal election. By signing your ballot, you are attesting that you are a properly qualified party member in good standing, and that you haven’t voted in any other primary election. And if the results are challenged and we are called upon to provide proof of the validity of a ballot, your signed attestation will be that proof. We will note only that you voted, as is the case at any voting station in any election.

Q: Can I vote in my home state primary?
A: Yes and No. Ours is a Global PRESIDENTIAL Primary. If you vote for a presidential candidate in our Global Primary, then you cannot vote for a presidential candidate in your home state primary. However, you may vote for Senator, Congressional Representative, Governor, state reps, etc. in your home state primary. To do so, you will first need to contact your home state Democratic Party for the rules and regulations for voter eligibility, remote participation, and the use of absentee ballots, and then request an absentee ballot from your home state.
Each state is different, and each state party has its own set of rules governing its primary election. But in fact, it is in your interest as an American living abroad to vote in our Global Presidential Primary.

Q: Why should I vote in the Global Primary instead of my home state primary?
A: Lots of reasons. First, participating in the Global Presidential Primary shows our country (and the world) how important our elections are to US Citizens living abroad—and how important WE are to those elections. Our strength is in numbers, and by making our voices heard loudly, we make the issues that matter to us known. Voting in the Global Presidential Primary is a forceful way to advocate for those issues.

Second, your vote has greater weight in our Global Presidential Primary than it does in your home state party. Think about it: ten million votes may be cast in the NY or CA state primaries, but maybe five hundred thousand in DA’s Global Primary. Each individual vote is amplified and more powerful in our primary.

Third, by casting your vote in the Global Primary, you’ll help give DA a stronger voice and greater weight within the Democratic National Committee. Representation in the DNC is based on proportionality. The more we vote, the more representation we have, and this improves our chances of achieving some of our most important policy goals.

Fourth, the Global Presidential Primary is the same week as Super Tuesday, which means that it will have an impact early in the nominating race. Who knows? The whole contest could ultimately be decided by the outcome of our primary ... the next POTUS could be determined by the vote that YOU cast in the Global Presidential Primary! No, really. We're not exaggerating. And ...

Finally, we have made it very easy for you to do, at both our Voting Centers and by Remote Voting. Sheer turnout — raw numbers — really does matter, and that’s why we want you to vote in the Global Primary. Simply put, it’s in your interest to do so.

Q: I want to vote in a Republicans Abroad Primary. Can you help me out?
A: No. The GOP does not have a primary for its members abroad. The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary is the easiest and simplest opportunity for Americans living abroad to participate in the nominating process of either party. Besides, at this point, wouldn’t you really rather be a Democrat? Join us at www.democratsabroad.org/join

Q: The specific question I have hasn’t been answered on this FAQ. What do I do?
A: Write to us at primaryvoting@democratsabroad.org with your question and we’ll get back to you with an answer as soon as we can.

DAA Review Democrats Abroad Global Town Hall
On Sunday, February 21, thousands of DA members around the world participated in a Global Town Hall presentation of the Democratic presidential campaigns with presentations and question-and-answer sessions with Senator Bernie Sanders as well as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on behalf of Secretary Hillary Clinton. Watch parties were held throughout Austria. If you missed the live event and would like to watch a recording of the session, it can be accessed via this link: www.democratsabroad.org/the_campaigns_speak_to_democrats_abroad

Links to other DA information
Democrats Abroad Austria: www.democratsabroad.org/at
Democrats Abroad International: www.democratsabroad.org
The Democratic Party: www.democrats.org
http://www.votefromabroad.org/
Democrats Abroad Austria on Facebook


Contact
info@democratsabroad.at
By post, write to:
Democrats Abroad Austria
c/o Robert Muller
Postfach 45
A-1042 Wien


Tel: +436767833858

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Democrats Abroad Global Town Hall

DA Global Democratic Campaigns Town Hall On Sunday, February 21st DA members around the world had to opportunity to participate in a Global Town Hall presentation of the Democratic Presidential Campaigns with presentations and question and answer sessions with Senator Bernie Sanders, and former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright on behalf of Secretary Hillary Clinton. Watch parties were held throughout Austria. If you missed the live event and would like to watch a recording of the sessions, they can be accessed via this link: http://www.democratsabroad.org/the_campaigns_speak_to_democrats_abroad


Newsflash - Attention Voters Coming to Cafe Museum March 3rd & 5th.


Attention Primary Voters Coming to Cafe Museum March 3rd or 5th!

Members, if you plan to cast your ballot at the Global Presidential Primary on March 3rd or 5th at Cafe Museum, AND you want to avoid long registration lines, we encourage you to pre-register with Mary Ann Balko-Koch at mab22koch@gmail.com by:

 

  • March 2nd, if you plan to vote on March 3rd
  • March 4th, if you plan to vote on March 5th 


Please include your Full Name, Austrian address, Voting State (and/or voting address) and phone number. You will be sent an email saying that you are pre-registered. Please show this when you get to the Presidential Primary polling center.

We hope that this will speed up the primary voting process and avoid long registration lines.

Currently we are scheduled to be placed immediately in the window seating area to the right upon entering the cafe. If space becomes available, we will move to the rear room where monthly meet-ups have been held in the past.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mary Ann at 0664-5923408.

We look forward to seeing you at the polls. Thanks for your help in assisting us to run a smooth Global Presidential Primary!

Don't forget March 5th is also the Annual General Meeting!


Democrats Abroad Newsletter - February 2016

In this February 2016 issue:

Upcoming Events

Cast Your Ballot in the DA Austria Global Primary
DAA Meet-UpDuring the week of the Super Tuesday primaries in the US, Democrats Abroad members throughout the world will have an opportunity to cast their ballot for their favorite democratic candidate. 

Please check the FAQ below to learn about the details.

Join us at the DA Austria voting center:

Dates: March 3, 2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and March 5, 12 noon - 3:00 p.m.
Place: Café Museum, Operngasse 7 (on Karlsplatz), 1010 Vienna
www.cafemuseum.at



Annual General Meeting
This year's Annial General Meeting will be on Saturday, March 5th in the afternoon. We hope to share Austria's voting results for the Global Presidential Primary, so you definitely do not want to miss out on this special event. 

As we reflect upon last year and look forward to keeping a Democrat in the White House in November, we hope you join us and start planning on how you can be a part of the exciting elections this year!

Date: March 5th
Time: from 4 pm to 5:30 pm.
Place: Webster University Campus, Rm 1.14 inside Palais Wenkheim,
Praterstrasse 23
, 1020 Vienna.


Young Dems Pub Night
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New year, new location! DA Austria cordially welcomes you to come hang out, stay for a drink and bite to eat. If you have never made it to a Pub Night, this is the perfect opportunity to finally get to know us and have a good time! 

Join us:
Date: Wednesday, February 10
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Das Campus, Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna
http://dascampus.at






Salzburg February Meet-Up
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Our next meeting will be Friday, February 26, 2016 at The English Center at 5:30. Members and friends are welcome. So please give Mary Ann a quick call at 0664 59 23 408 (or send a text) to let her know you are coming. 

Date: Friday, February 26
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: The English Center, Haunspergstrasse 37A, 5020 Salzburg
Contact:The English Center, Haunspergstrasse 37A, 5020 Salzburg



Issues and Actions

FAQ: DA Austria Presidential Global Primary, March 3 and March 5

DAA Meet-UpQ: Am I eligible to vote in the Democrats Abroad Global Primary?
A: Any American living abroad, who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day 2016, and who is a member of Democrats Abroad is eligible to participate, on the condition of not having voted (or intending to vote) for a presidential candidate in any other state primary in 2016.

Q: How do I join Democrats Abroad?
A: Just visit www.democratsabroad.org/join and fill out the form. It will only take a minute or two. Tell your friends to join, too.

Q: Can I join on the day of the Primary?
A: Yes absolutely. Our voting centers will be equipped to register new party members on the spot.

Q: How do I vote in the Global Presidential Primary?
A: There are two ways you can vote in the Global Primary. The FIRST WAY is to go to your local VOTING CENTER during the designated voting hours in the first week in March. Each Chapter of Democrats Abroad will have a Voting Center. Just be sure to bring your American passport.

Q: What if I can't attend that day, or I live far from the nearest voting center, is there another way I can vote?
A: Yes. The SECOND WAY way to participate is by REMOTE VOTING. You can download a ballot HERE, mark it, sign it, date it, and send it to us either as an email attachment or via old-fashioned snail mail (or you can even fax it!). It has to be postmarked no later than March 8 to be valid. 

Q: When does Remote Voting begin and how do I do it?
A: NOW! From January 11 to March 8, it is possible to download and complete a ballot via Remote Voting, and if you would like to do so, please CLICK HERE. There is a full set of instructions that accompany the ballot.

Q: I cannot download and/or print a ballot but I want to vote via Remote Voting. What do I do?
A: Write to to your local Country Committee with your complete address and contact information, and they will send you a ballot by post; you can find their email address by navigating to their home page on this website. If you cannot contact them directly, then write to us at PrimaryVoting@democratsabroad.org and we will forward your request to them.

Q: Where do I return my ballot (and only my ballot) after I complete it?
A: If you are returning it as an email attachment, then send it to primaryvoting@democratsabroad.org. If you are returning it via postal mail, and you are a member in Austria, send it to Keith Jacomine, Democrats Abroad Austria, Mariahilferstrasse 7/2, 1060 Vienna, Austria

Q: What information is required on my ballot? 
A: Your full legal name, date of birth, your country of residence (e.g., Austria), address of residence in Austria, voting address in the US (or at the very least, the state in which you vote), and if you are returning it by email, your email address. You must also sign and date your ballot for it to be valid.

Q: Why do you need all that information? And why do I have to sign my ballot? Isn't it secret?
A: This is a partisan election for a political party, not a federal election. By signing your ballot, you are attesting that you are a properly qualified party member in good standing, and that you haven't voted in any other primary election. And if the results are challenged and we are called upon to provide proof of the validity of a ballot, your signed attestation will be that proof. We will note only that you voted, as is the case at any voting station in any election. 

Q: Can I vote in my home state primary?
A: Yes and No. Ours is a Global PRESIDENTIAL Primary. If you vote for a presidential candidate in our Global Primary, then you cannot vote for a presidential candidate in your home state primary. However, you may vote for Senator, Congressional Representative, Governor, state reps, etc. in your home state primary. To do so, you will first need to contact your home state Democratic Party for the rules and regulations for voter eligibility, remote participation, and the use of absentee ballots, and then request an absentee ballot from your home state.
Each state is different, and each state party has their own set of rules governing their primary election. But in fact, it is in your interest as an American living abroad to vote in our Global Presidential Primary.

Q: Why should I vote in the Global Primary instead of my home state Primary?
A: Lots of reasons. First, participating in the Global Presidential Primary shows our country (and the world) how important our elections are to US Citizens living abroad, and how important WE are to those elections. Our strength is in numbers, and by making our voices heard loudly, we make the issues that matter to us known. Voting in the Global Presidential Primary is a forceful way to advocate for those issues.

Second, your vote has greater weight in our Global Presidential Primary than it does in your home state party. Think about it: ten million votes may be cast in the NY or CA state primaries, but maybe five hundred thousand in DA's Global Primary. Each individual vote is amplified and more powerful in our primary. And in addition ... 

Third, by casting your vote in the Global Primary, you'll help give DA a stronger voice and greater weight within the Democratic National Committee. Representation in the DNC is based on proportionality. The more we vote, the more representation we have, and this improves our chances of achieving some of our most important policy goals.

Fourth, the Global Presidential Primary is the same week as Super Tuesday, which means that it will have an impact early in the nominating race. Who knows? The whole contest could ultimately be decided by the outcome of our primary ... the next POTUS could be determined by the vote that YOU cast in the Global Presidential Primary! No, really. We're not exaggerating. And ...

Finally, we have made it very easy for you to do, at both our Voting Centers and by Remote Voting. Sheer turnout , raw numbers, really does matter, and that's why we want you to vote in the Global Primary. Simply put, it's in your interest to do so.

Q: I want to vote in a Republicans Abroad Primary. Can you help me out?
A: No. The GOP does not have a primary for its members abroad. The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary is the easiest and simplest opportunity for Americans living abroad to participate in the nominating process of either party. Besides, at this point, wouldn't you really rather be a Democrat? Join us at www.democratsabroad.org/join

Q: The specific question I have hasn't been answered on this FAQ. What do I do?
A: Write to us at PrimaryVoting@democratsabroad.org with your question and we'll get back to you with an answer as soon as we can. 


Casper Tolstrup on the Media Team
DAA Meet-Up
Casper Tolstrup is joining the media team to assist Stanley Hale with PR and communications. Casper is a Master's student at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. In 2014, he was the Deputy Campaign Manager on the Stanley Chang for Congress campaign in Hawaii after which he worked as the Digital Associate on the Michelle Nunn for Senate campaign in Georgia. 




Profiles of DAA members
Matt Stevens, DAA Member-at-Large 
This is the latest in a series of short pieces profiling DAA members to give an idea of the many kinds of people in DAA and what brought them to Austria.

DAA Meet-UpBorn in Dallas in 1975, Matt Stevens grew up on Lake Travis outside of Austin. He left Austin to attend college at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, where he studied journalism. After a restless four years at Mizzou and still lacking the credits to graduate, a couple classmates recommended he try a break on a kibbutz in Israel, so he went back to his hometown, Austin, to work and make a little money and flew to Israel for his first trip abroad (not counting road trips to Mexico during the summers).

Being in Israel in 1999, around Easter, was life-changing during such an active period in its democracy. Four years earlier, Yitzak Rabin had been assassinated; in 1999 Benjamin Netanyahu was in his first term as prime minster, running against Ehud Barak of the Labor Party. "There were young people in the streets campaigning for Ehud Barak and the night he won we were all very optimistic about the future at that time." says Matt.

At the kibbutz, he met a woman who persuaded him to move to Hamburg with her. There, he learned German and taught English to business executives and software developers. An SAP executive said he ought to finish his degree if he wanted to work at a company like SAP, so he moved back to Austin in July 2001. In 2003, he got a job in tech support, working at Apple Inc. as a system administrator and manager. Finally, while working full-time at Apple Inc., he got his Bachelor's in Business Administration from St. Edwards University in 2006.

Matt describes Austin as a city that's great for single young people. But when he asked himself where he wanted to settle down, raise a family, and grow old, the answer was not in a town that had no public transportation, 100+ degree summers, and terrible schools, (thanks, George W. Bush and the GOP.) So, after visiting Vienna for the second time in 2008, Matt quit Apple and accepted an offer to work for a small IT firm in Vienna in 2010.

He moved into his first apartment on Wiedner Hauptstrasse in the 5th district, due to a chance meeting in Austin with a woman who, after striking up a conversation with him after he left his sighthound Megan tied up outside of a grocery store, offered him her Vienna apartment for rent. His resolve was tested immediately upon his arrival in Vienna, when the hot water heater broke and the replacement took weeks to get installed. Then his company didn't have enough Mac-based clients and never seemed to want to pay on time. Lastly, getting into graduate school proved problematic without an acceptance letter from an equivalent program in the U.S. Matt eventually had to go back to Texas, apply for graduate school there, and only once he was accepted did he finally get into the graduate program at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) to study business informatics.

He continued to work while at the TU, including a 6-month stint at SAP. Meanwhile, he met and fell in love with Denisa Lazarescu, another transplanted expat and graduate student from Bucharest, Romania. They have spent the last 3 years discovering southern and Eastern Europe together and are hoping to get in many more adventures while they can. The two were married in November 2015. 


Member's Corner
Detecting the 2016 North Korean Nuclear TestZerbo

On the morning of January 6, North Korea conducted what it claimed to be an underground H-bomb test in violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions, one of a handful conducted worldwide since the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) opened for signature 20 years ago. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called this act "as reckless as it is dangerous." But how was this event detected and confirmed by the international community?

Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) explains how the CTBTO global network of monitoring stations and scientists relay near real-time information on possible nuclear tests that is critical for policymakers worldwide.

With introductory remarks by Ambassador Henry S. Ensher, Chargé d' affaires of the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna and Laura Rockwood, Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
Place: Amerika Haus - Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna
Date: Monday, February 8, 2016
Time:6:30 p.m.  
To Attend Please Register: viennaprograms@state.gov.

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