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Call for Entries for Democrats Abroad Berlin T-Shirt Design Contest

A t-shirt design contest is a great way to exercise your creativity and immerse yourself deeper into the art of political rhetoric and design. We invite you to submit ideas for t-shirts Democrats Abroad Berlin!

What is the contest about?

Images and designs can communicate strong messages about a subject. For this open design competition, we're hoping to inspire and spread fresh, positive imagery of Democrats Abroad and progressive values, while potentially engaging in some culture jamming. It should convey the urgency of political engagement in Trump’s era, an inspirational message, or the need to succeed in the 2018 midterms.

In the end, we want to a t-shirt that you and other Americans abroad will be excited and proud to wear.

For whom is the contest?

Everyone with an itch for a cause and/or need for expression is welcome to participate!

When is the deadline? How do I enter the contest?

Please submit your entries via email anytime before midnight on July 10th, 2017, to kuleszaaleks@gmail.com. We'll also have a station to design and submit t-shirts at our 4th of July party (bring your own t-shirt)!

How will the winning design be chosen?

The artwork will be chosen by our Democrats Abroad Berlin chapter board.


Join Democrats Abroad Berlin for 4th of July, Pride, & many more events this summer

The news out of Washington and the U.S. doesn't seem to get any better, does it? Still, We're not letting ourselves get distracted from our progressive goals and building up our organizing muscles. Last Sunday, the Berlin chapter board met for a full-day retreat to plan how we're working towards the elections in 2018 and how to engage more Americans abroad in the political process.

This week, we're jumping right into June with our Tuesday event focusing on refugee policy. Mark your calendars for the American Church in Berlin streetfair on June 17th, political pub night on June 21st at Loretta am Wannsee, a 4th of July BBQ (in lieu of our regular monthly gathering), and the ever-popular Democrats Abroad outreach booth at Lesbisch-Schwules Stadtfest on July 15th & 16th.

Looking forward to seeing you this summer!

June Meeting - Refugee Policy

Tue. June 6th, 2017, 7:30-9pm
Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997 Berlin
RSVP | Facebook

Join us at our monthly meeting on June 6th, 2017, at 7:30 PM. We will be meeting at Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstrasse. Continuing our new tradition, we will be having a potluck, so please bring food to share! There will be drinks available (by donation).

This month's focus is refugee policy, and we'll have a brief presentation, followed by discussion, and more details on our summer events.

ACB Streetfair

Sat. June 17th, 2017, 1-6pm
Dennewitzplatz, 10783 Berlin-Schöneberg
Volunteer | Details | Facebook

We'll be at the American Church in Berlin annual streetfair to reach out to Americans living in Berlin, to share what Democrats Abroad is organizing in Berlin, and, of course, registering people to vote.

June Pub Night - Loretta am Wannsee Biergarten

Wed. June 21st, 2017, from 7pm
Kronprinzessinnenweg 260, 14109 Berlin-Wannsee
RSVP | Facebook

July 4th BBQ Party

Tue. July 4th, 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Details & RSVP | Facebook

Democrats Abroad at LGBT Streetfest

Sat. & Sun. July 15-16th, 2017 10am-10pm
Nollendorfplatz, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg
Volunteer | Details | Facebook

We are excited to be part of the Lesbisch-Schwules Stadtfest (Motzstrassenfest) on July 15th & 15th in Schöneberg. The street festival is an annual highlight for Democrats Abroad Berlin. We will have a booth on both days where we’ll mingle with attendees, sell DA swag, and register Americans abroad to vote. We're looking for volunteers to help out for shifts of a few hours (or more) over the weekend. It's a fun festival with a great atmosphere, so grab a friend and sign up for a shift or two together: https://www.volunteersignup.org/AWPX7


AGM 2017 Scholarships

The annual general meeting of Democrats Abroad Germany is taking place here in Berlin from March 31 – April 2nd, 2017! As a gathering for politically engaged Americans living in Germany and in Europe, this year we’ll be focusing on how to build a movement for resisting the right-wing agenda and how to champion our progressive values as Americans abroad.

To reduce the financial barriers to participating in this special gathering of Democratic and progressive activists, we are offering several scholarships to cover the requested donation (62€ including Saturday lunch and dinner) for attending the meeting.

➤Apply for the AGM 2017 scholarship

More about the Annual General Meeting

During the three days in Berlin, you’ll network with other Democrats from around Germany, vote on the country leadership for the next two years, and have a voice in the discussion about the future of the Democratic Party both in Germany and back in the United States. This year's special dinner guest is Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, DNC chair candidate and U.S. Navy Reserve officer.

➤Register for the 2017 Annual General Meeting


Governor O'Malley to join Robby Mook at Berlin Fundraiser

Guess who just confirmed for Sunday's evening fundraiser? You'll remember him as a presidential candidate from the Democratic primary...

We're thrilled to announce that Governor Martin O'Malley will be joining Robby Mook on stage at CIEE Global Institute Berlin. Get your tickets here! Space is limited, so don't wait:

Ticket Registration


March Event Madness: Int'l Women's Day Meeting & March, Robby Mook Fundraiser in Berlin, and more!

Democrats Abroad Berlin is jumping straight into spring!

Join us as we celebrate International Women’s Day and elect a new board at our March meeting on Tuesday, March 7th.

Protest in solidarity with women striking in the United States on Wednesday, March 8th. We'll be making signs for the protest together on Saturday, March 4th.

Hear Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager Robby Mook speak in Berlin on Sunday, March 12th.

Raise a glass with us at March political pub night at Eschenbräu on Wednesday, March 22nd, and of course, help us form the future of Democrats Abroad Germany at our Annual General Meeting at the end of the month here in Berlin!

 


Berlin Chapter Board Candidate Statements

At the March chapter meeting (follow link for details) on March 7, 2017, the following candidates will be running for positions on the Berlin chapter's board.

Treasurer

Michael Steltzer

The smooth and transparent management of the finances of the Berlin Chapter of Democrats Abroad Germany is essential for the effective progress of our Democratic values. This includes fundraising and accountability. Having been chair and vice-chair of the Berlin chapter for seven years, I bring a lot of experience and continuity with me to assist our new chair Diego Rivas in leading the Berlin chapter to do our part in forwarding a progressive agenda and winning the hearts and souls of Americans in our region to vote for Democrats and discard the reactionary Trump-Regime. I ask for your confirmation as new treasurer of our chapter.

Youth Coordinator

Chris Sauca

In the spirit of continuing to help Democrats Abroad grow , it's our duty to embrace those who willingly choose to fight alongside us. Democrats come in all ages, and whether you're eighteen or eighty, all votes are worth the same. Confirm me as Youth Coordinator and I'll make sure we get as many young people as we can actively involved with our organization. As a John F. Kennedy School alumnus, I know exactly who we need to talk to to get our message across. By contacting parents, students, and young professionals across Berlin I expect to at least double the number of young democrats partaking in our events and calls to Congress over the next two years, and hopefully at the end of those two years we can get them to vote and make sure Trump stays a one-term president.

Vice Chair

Emily Lines

Despite not becoming chapter chair, I still want to remain very active and involved with the Berlin chapter of DA. It’s important to me to make sure that the Berlin chapter continues to grow and is able to make an impact on the Democratic Party. I also want our voices to be heard by the current administration and fight for what I believe America stands for.

Secretary

Andrea Schwab

After years of teaching and volunteering in both developed and developing countries, I have settled into life here in Berlin. Since discovering Democrats Abroad, I have delved into our organization as an active and dedicated member. As secretary, I would take our chapter’s level of transparency a step further by committing to posting (online) meeting minutes not just from our monthly meetings but our board meetings as well in an effort to engage members and keep them informed about the direction and activities of Democrats Abroad Berlin. Furthermore, I will support our chair and vice chair as needed and collaborate with our board on political education, GOTV, and community-building events as we do our part of rebuilding the Democratic Party in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections. I appreciate your consideration.

Media & Communications Coordinator

Powen Shiah

Over the last two years, I've been honored to work with a group of politically active Americans in Berlin. I look forward to helping Democrats Abroad Berlin grow, become more diverse, and to develop new ways for Americans to engage effectively while outside the US.

I'm running again for Communications and Media Coordinator for Democrats Abroad Berlin because I continue to believe effective and transparent communication is the key to building our movement. I believe we need to reach out to current and potential members in the ways they are most comfortable: whether it’s email, Facebook, or flyers. To that end, I've expanded our chapter online presences on social media, on our local website, and on the Democrats Abroad page, and I've worked to improve our email newsletters. I bring many years of experience in traditional and social media, press relations, and internal/external communications, as well as much community organizing experience.

 


Events in February We Recommend

There's a lot going on this week in Berlin, but isn't there always? There are a couple over the next few days that are not Democrats Abroad events, but still political and worth your time.

Fighting Back "Economic Populism" Political Breakfast

Das Progressive Zentrum is hosting a whole slew of American political organizations for a breakfast discussion on populism, economic inequality, and progressive movements. Advanced registration required.

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 from 9-11am
Das Progressive Zentrum, Werftstraße 3, 10557 Berlin
RSVP | Facebook

V-Day 2017 Berlin - Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues

The American Women's Club of Berlin is hosting two performances of The Vagina Monologues this weekend, a powerful play performed over 6000 times over the last 20+ years to change societal attitudes towards the treatment of women and women's sexuality. All proceeds will benefit TERRE DES FEMMES.

Fri & Sat. Feb 24-25 at 7pm
Institut for Cultural Diplomacy, Genthiner Straße 20, 10785 Berlin
Tickets | Facebook

ACLU Fundraiser Silent Auction

Decad is hosting a silent art auction to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union, one of the organizations that is leading the legal fight against the Trump travel ban and other injustices. Bidding starts at 50 Euros, and there will be refreshments for sale for those who want to contribute in a smaller way.

Sun Feb. 26, 2017 from 3-6pm
Decad, Gneisenaustraße 52, 10961 Berlin
Facebook event


Organizing for International Women's Day

As many attendees discussed potential plans for International Women's Day, including the call for a strike, a group will now start organizing in Berlin to coordinate activities for March 8, 2017.

If you're interested in being part of this, the working group is meeting for the first time on Sunday, February 12th at 12:30pm at Oslo Kaffebar near Nordbahnhof: RSVP | Facebook

Join us!


February 2017 Chapter Meeting Minutes

It was amazing that so many people came to the meeting on Tuesday. Our apologies to the folks who couldn't get into the room, we'll look into alternative locations for such well-attended meetings. If you have a tip, please get in touch!

To help keep you in the loop, we've made an effort to get the minutes/notes from Tuesday's meeting (Feb 7, 2017) out as quickly. You’ll find the minutes from Tuesday’s meeting (Feb 7, 2017) linked below.

In particular, if you’re interested in

  • Joining the Berlin board, contact Diego Rivas (dag-berlin@democratsabroad.org)
  • Running for Germany ExCom, contact Alan Benson (Alan.Benson@web.de)
  • Hosting a fellow Democrats Abroad Germany member during the Annual General Meeting: sign up here
  • Volunteering at the Annual General Meeting: sign up here
  • Organizing for International Women’s Day: sign up here
  • Receiving more frequent political action email updates: sign up here

Our next event is February Political Pub night on Wednesday, Feb 15th at Buffalo Grill Restaurant: RSVP & more details here

> February 2017 Berlin Chapter meeting minutes <


Join the resistance in Berlin: NoBanNoWall Demo & February Meeting

The following is a message from Berlin Chapter Chair Diego Rivas:

In the wake of a Trump presidency there is (un)fortunately much to do.

From the NoBanNoWall Berlin Demo this Saturday, to our Democrats Abroad Berlin February Chapter Meeting next week, there are many ways to get involved politically here in Berlin.

Monthly Meeting

On Tuesday, February 7th at 7:30pm, Democrats Abroad Berlin will have its next monthly meeting upstairs at Max und Moritz (Oranienstr. 162, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg): RSVP | Facebook

We will be discussing everything from the Annual General Meeting (which will be held in Berlin!) to how to have a say in the political process from abroad. See the full meeting agenda.

Given the recent political developments, we want to focus on building a movement here in Berlin that can and will be heard back in the United States. We are looking forward to a productive meeting and hope to see you there.

Upcoming Events in Berlin

NoBanNoWall Berlin Demo

The Coalition Berlin has called for a demonstration against Trump’s executive order that enacted a “Muslim Ban” as well as the executive order to build a wall against Mexico. Support refugees, minorities and immigrants by coming out to Brandenburger Tor on Saturday, February 4th at 2pm! More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/438908726441101/

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Germany will be held in Berlin this year! The meeting will take place on March 31st-April 2nd. We will need volunteers to help run the event as well as homestays, come to the meeting to learn more about how to participate and/or volunteer!

All the best,

Diego Rivas – DA Berlin Chapter Chair