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In the current political climate, it's easy to forget that Democratic candidates made gains in the House, the Senate, and won the popular vote for President by nearly 3 million votes. There is no electoral mandate for the attack now underway on our civil liberties, our public institutions and lands, our federal agencies and regulations, or our fellow citizens and residents based upon their country of origin, their faith, their sexual orientation, or any other personal identifier. We are standing together against these threats and preparing for the midterm elections -- won't you join us?
 
Democrats Abroad Germany (DAG) is the official arm of the Democratic Party for U.S. citizens living in Germany. DAG has 10 chapters across the country (to find the chapter nearest you, please click on “Chapters” above), as well as precinct groups in medium-sized cities which cooperate with our larger chapters. We are united in our support of environmental protections, policy grounded in scientific inquiry, women's rights, LGBTQ equality, fundamental reform of our criminal justice, immigration, and education systems, universal access to health care, child care, and maternity leave, among other issues. Given that many of us have benefited from exactly such fundamental policies in our country of residence, Democrats Abroad leads progressive policy proposals within our party, backed up by our lived experiences.
If you feel that the time for complacency has passed, you are in good company! Our country committee is one of DA’s largest, and our leaders work hard to represent and connect DAG's diverse and active members. At our monthly meetings, you can connect with other like-minded Americans in your area to discuss political developments at home as well as plan our response here, be it calling or mailing campaigns to our representatives or protests and demonstrations in our communities abroad. DAG also plans numerous annual events of interest to Americans abroad -- from an Oktoberfest extravaganza in Munich, to a Young Dems Thanksgiving pumpkin pie mingler and fundraiser in Berlin, from the Labor Day picnic in Kaiserslautern, to Fourth of July picnics in every chapter, from CSD and Pride representation at June events across Germany, to the monthly First Friday political discussion in Heidelberg – and much, much more. Our members receive regular invitations to our events by email. If you're not yet a member, join in just two minutes under the Join tab above.
 
Democrats Abroad supports every American abroad in registering to vote and casting their ballots from overseas. These get out the vote (GOTV) efforts are 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 US! Together with other DA country committees from around the globe, we're making the specific issues faced by overseas Americans known on Capitol Hill. There are many ways for us to make our voices heard, even an ocean away -- please share your questions and your enthusiasm for politics with us! Register with your local chapter today to receive notification of the next DAG activities in your area.
 
We look forward to meeting you!

DA Germany Leadership:

| Chair, Germany
| Vice Chair, Germany
| Secretary, Germany & Berlin
| Treasurer, Germany
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  • News

    Join Democrats Abroad Germany for a Blast This 4th of July

    On July 4th, Americans across the world celebrate Independence Day, an occasion which commemorates the Declaration of Independence, on July 4th, 1776. Democrats Abroad Germany is celebrating the 4th of July around the country. Come meet other American Expats, have fun, get to know like-minded people and celebrate American Independence with us.

    We're having 4th of July events of all types, from BBQ's to parties at restaurants, in seven locations. We hope you join us!

     

    Berlin: 4th of July Party – Democrats Abroad Berlin Resistance Summer

    When:           July 04, 2017 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm

    Where:       Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, Berlin 10997

    For more information or to RSVP click here.

     

    Cologne/Bonn:  Fourth of July Get-Together Cologne

    When:              July 04, 2017 at 7:30pm - 10pm

    Where:           Deutzer Brauhaus (Inside the Station), Ottoplatz 7, Cologne, NRW 50769

     For more information or to RSVP click here.

     

    Hamburg: 4th of July Party!

    When:             July 04, 2017 at 6:30pm - 10:30pm

    Where:           The Bird, Trommelstraße 4, Hamburg, Deutschland 20359

     For more information or to RSVP click here.

     

    Munich:  July 4 Pot Luck at the Biergarten for Resistance Summer

    When:              July 04, 2017 at 6pm - 9pm

    Where:          Michaeligarten, Biergarten, Feichtstraße 10, Munich 81735

    For more information or to RSVP click here.

     

    Göttingen:  Annual July 4th Celebration Göttingen, Germany

    When:              July 08, 2017 at 3pm - 6pm

    Where:           Göttinger Allstars Ball Field, West end of Kiesseestraße, Göttingen 37083

     For more information or to RSVP click here. 

     

    Heidelberg: Independence Day BBQ

    When:              July 09, 2017 at 12pm - 3pm

    Where:           Eppelheim Grillhütte, Am Sportplatz in Eppelheim, Eppelheim 69214

     For more information or to RSVP click here. 

     

    Münster/Osnabrück: 2nd Annual Münster/Osnabrück 4th of July Picnic

    When:              July 09, 2017 at 1pm - 5pm

    Where:         Private Home (Please RSVP to receive the address), North Rhine-Westphalia, Emsdetten 48282

     For more information or to RSVP click here.

     

     

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    Wednesday is the last day to sign up for the Resistance Summer!

    We know you don't want to miss out on Resistance Summer—and this is your last chance to apply. The application deadline is just 48 hours from now!

    All you have to do to apply to become a Resistance Summer Mobilizer is fill out a three-part application by this Wednesday. Don't wait until the last minute!

    Apply now to participate in Resistance Summer—or forward this email to someone you know who'd be great for this program! 

    We were all shaken to our very core by last week's political crises, not to mention the previous four months of attacks on vulnerable communities. If you're the kind of person who yearns to take effective action to help reclaim our country, Resistance Summer is for you.

    As part of Resistance Summer, 1,000 lucky MoveOn members like you will get expert, individualized coaching from nationally renowned organizers and a small stipend of $150 per month to cover expenses. And most important of all, you'll have the support and resources to organize your own communities to effectively fight back against Trump and the Republican Congress.

    Don't wait until Wednesday to apply. Click here to submit your application now to be considered for taking part in Resistance Summer!

    Want to learn more about the program?

    Resistance Summer is a 12-week volunteer program for emerging community leaders and activists who want to gain or deepen their organizing skills and be part of an ongoing national network of organizers standing up to Trump's agenda. We believe that in order to protect our communities and win back power, we must organize. It's resistance with resilience.

    There are three key parts of the Resistance Summer program: trainings, actions, and cohorts.

    Trainings

    You'll participate in weekly virtual trainings (webinar-style, Facebook Live, videos, or readings) that last about 60 minutes each. They will be offered on Sunday evenings, but you can complete them at a time that's convenient for you each week. Trainings will be led by expert trainers and cover key organizing principles and skills such as:

    • Developing a campaign strategy
    • Effective recruitment
    • How to get media coverage for your actions and build relationships with reporters
    • Organizing vs. mobilizing
    • How did we get here? Political education and analysis
    • And much more!

    Yes, I want to apply for Resistance Summer and receive expert training on organizing!

    Actions

    The best learning comes from action, so we'll put our trainings into practice with national days of action in June, July, and August. By taking action together all across the country, our impact is amplified.

    In June, we'll kick off the summer by gathering in fellowship for community cookouts. Getting neighbors and friends together builds relationships and community ties that make our readiness for action stronger and keep us invested for the long haul. They're also an opportunity to lay out the opportunities for action in July and August and get folks excited to join you in action.

    In July, we'll demonstrate that the resistance is building the power to win elections. We'll come together for a voter contact day of action, where we'll gain experience talking to voters in our communities about the issues that are important to them. We'll gain valuable skills of having the conversations that make a difference in elections, and we'll gather valuable information about the mood of voters where we live.

    In August, when members of Congress are home for their month-long summer break, we'll hold them accountable for their actions and make our demands clear at town hall meetings and other events.

    Yes, I want to apply to lead the Resistance in my community this summer!

    Cohorts

    You will be organized into cohorts, or groups, of 25 MoveOn Mobilizers, grouped by strategic focus (e.g., do you live in a congressional district with a Republican representative who is vulnerable in the next election? Do you live in a big city with a Democratic mayor and want to support pro-active progressive policy?).

    Each cohort will be matched with an expert Cohort Facilitator—an experienced organizer and movement leader who will support you through the trainings and actions. Cohort Facilitators are people such as veteran organizer and founder of the Midwest Academy Heather Booth, elections veteran Emmy Ruiz, and direct action organizer Yong Jung Cho.

    Yes, I want to join Resistance Summer and work with a cohort of my peers across the country and an expert Cohort Facilitator! 

    Calendar

    Here are some key dates to mark on your calendar for Resistance Summer:

    Wednesday, May 24: Applications Due
    Friday, June 2 through Friday, June 9: Program Participants Announced
    Monday, June 19: Virtual Training Kickoff
    Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25: June Action—Resistance Summer Community Cookouts
    Weekends in July: July Action—Voter Contact Day of Action!
    August 1-28: August Action—Congressional Summer Recess
    August 29-September 1: Debrief
    Wednesday, September 6: Graduation

    Yes, I want to apply for Resistance Summer by the Wednesday, May 24 deadline.

    What happens after Resistance Summer?

    Why, the resistance continues! And you will have more tools in your toolbox and more inspiration for the long haul. Upon successful completion of the Resistance Summer program, you will have the opportunity to join a national network of local volunteer organizers ready to organize locally for nationally impactful campaigns, including responding to rapid-response crisis moments and preparing for elections.

    Expectations

    We believe that good organizers set clear expectations and follow through on commitments. We have worked hard to make this learning and action opportunity available to the widest range of people of different backgrounds. If you can commit an average of 5 hours per week during the summer, can access a smartphone or computer with an internet connection, and want to organize events in your community that will make a difference, Resistance Summer could be for you!

    Here are the expectations for Resistance Summer program participants: 

    • I am available throughout most of the summer (gone for no more than 3 weeks total, with no more than 2 weeks at a time).
    • I understand the expectation that as part of Resistance Summer I will complete a weekly training module, a weekly organizing assignment, and a weekly report, and that I will participate in a monthly action to apply the trainings to practice (June community cookouts, July voter contact events, August town hall or other congressional recess action).
    • I can commit an average of 5 hours per week from June 19 to Sept. 6 (12 weeks).
    • I understand that this is a volunteer role. I understand that I can choose to receive a $150 monthly stipend (once per month for 3 months) contingent upon completing the requirements of the program.
    • I have or can get regular access to a smartphone or computer with internet access and enough data for about 60 minutes of video each week to complete the weekly assignments.
    • I agree with this Resistance Summer vision statement: I believe that we can build a country with room for all of us, with an economy that works for all of us, that welcomes refugees and immigrants, that takes action to address climate change, that makes it easier, not harder, to vote, that values Black lives, that stands against sexism, racism, Islamophobia. I share a commitment to nonviolent action to achieve this vision.

    Yes, I want to help lead the Resistance this summer.

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, July 01, 2017 at 12:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    member's private home in Konstanz, Germany

    Come to our Precinct Meeting in Konstanz!

    Help make plans for our Freiburg/Konstanz Precinct!

    Join us for our first Konstanz get-together at the home of chapter member Dana Rufolo, who has been so kind to offer it as a meeting place.
    We have much to discuss in this turbulent time, and look forward to a fun and productive afternoon!  RSVP to receive the address location.

    Tuesday, July 04, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 4 rsvps
    Michaeligarten, Biergarten in Munich, Germany

    July 4th Pot Luck Biergarten

    Pot luck at the Michaeligarten Biergarten at Ostpark! Come celebrate the good weather and our political birth with friends. The more the merrier! 

    Come out, have a beer, and share your favorite summer-time picnic dish. 

    We're also launching our Resistance Summer postcard campaign, so bring a pen and plan ten minutes for writing to Congress on healthcare, taxation, environmental issues, LGBT rights, voting rights, or another issue of your choosing! We'll have postcards and addresses at the ready and stamps for sale, too.

    Please check in with our FB page should we have a rain delay.