First, we want to thank everyone who took part in our G20 event surveys, and everyone who invested even more time and energy in trying to put together a large-scale DA event parallel to the G20 in Hamburg. We have, unfortunately, decided against going forward with this kind of an event at that time. This is largely due to security restrictions throughout the city at that time, and a lack of available venues and hotels.
Please know that your ideas and efforts will not go to waste. We will use what we have learned for a future event (or events) at a later date, for which we will have the necessary time to prepare.
We are also still looking to hold two smaller events, one on the G20 weekend and one on the weekend after. If you will be in Hamburg on either, please let us know at email@example.com !
Theater performance directed by Julia Hart.
Lichthof Theatre, 10-11 June 2017
How did you feel after the election and how does one cope with the anger, disappointment, fear, and hopelessness experienced by millions of Americans after the election in November? Form a theatre group was the therapy offered by director Julia Hart, who brought together nine women (many from Democrats Abroad Hamburg), both experienced and novices to the stage, to express their feelings and those of anonymous others in cleverly choreographed sequences probing emotions from self-criticism to despair.
The audience immediately became more than just spectators, and in fact remained for an hour after the performance to ask questions and share information with the cast. Among the many interesting observations were the following:
. The cast shed tears during rehearsals while working through the deep hurt they felt, and shared true stories, but for theatrical purposes, rotated roles so that most often they were not relating their own experiences, but those of others.
. They spoke of deep political/emotional rifts within their own families which may not be reparable.
. They doubted that they would be so free to speak about these feelings right now in the States, what with the deep divisions that remain.
. They had to endure the taut “you don´t have any idea how it is” from those stateside, which only increased their feelings of powerlessness.
As a German member of the capacity audience concluded, “You touched me, made me laugh, and feel the pain.” If you missed these two performances, watch this space for more information about a possible extra performance during the first week of July.
Article and photo by Maryann Schmunk
For the 4th of July this year, we invite you to join us at The Bird (best burgers in Hamburg, in my humble opinion) to celebrate the country we all love, and whose values we have been fighting for this past year.
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.
Christopher Street Day is August 5th in Hamburg, with the Straßenfest going August 4th-6th. DA Hamburg will have a stand set up for that long weekend to show our support and GOTV ahead of the 2018 election year.
We want to be present for as much of the 3 days of the Straßenfest as possible, but to do that, we really need your help! If you can volunteer just a couple hours of your time, please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) We want to have at least 1-2 people at the stand at all times, and are looking to divide this up with 2-hour shifts (if you can be there longer, all the better!).
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