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Kaiserslautern Chapter Welcomes Democrats Abroad Regional Vice Chair Will Bakker on October 30, 2017

Please mark your calendars for the next Kaiserslautern Chapter meeting on Monday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m. at the Spinnrädl in Kaiserslautern. Our special guest will be Will Bakker, Democrats Abroad global executive committee member, EMEA Regional Vice Chair, Luxembourg Chair and acting-chair for the Voting Rights group.

Mr. Bakker will lead a discussion on the following topics:

  • DA's overall strategy and goals for winning in 2018.At the global level, the grave need to turn out the vote and win in 2018 means going beyond our usual reach in midterms: phone banking to US-based voters + identifying thousands of Americans living in Germany who are not members and motivating them to vote using a broad range of tools.
  • Republican dismantling of voting infrastructure for overseas voters in their proposed budgets.
  • Kris Kobach's "Commission" for voter suppression and what that tells us about how Republicans want to suppress the overseas vote.
  • Positives on voting at the state level: fixing the disenfranchisement of "never resided" citizens by DA lobbying at the state level.

WHEN: October 30, 2017, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

WHERE: Spinnrädl Restaurant
Schillerstraße 1, Kaiserslautern 67655, Germany

It should be a lively and informative discussion. If need more information please contact the Chapter Chair, Terese Sarno.

Please RSVP for this event.

We hope to see you there.

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H.R.3668 - The SHARE Act is Much More Than Allowing Gun Silencers

**The House of Representatives may vote on this bill this week**

“Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act” is a nightmare for human life, wildlife, and public lands. The bill is chock-full of anti-wildlife, anti-Endangered Species Act, and anti-public lands provisions that would undermine wildlife conservation and put imperiled species in greater danger. It is that and an appalling dismantling of firearm safety and a blatant gift to the gun lobby all at the same time.

Here's what the bill covers:

Wildlife provisions:

  • One provision of concern would undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by legislatively delisting gray wolves in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
  • The bill even goes a step further and undermines the rule of law by prohibiting judicial review of that delisting, thereby, removing a citizen's ability to challenge the delisting in court and hold the government accountable.
  • SHARE would protect the practice of baiting birds with grain as they migrate and then mowing them down while they eat.
  • Another detrimental provision would put Alaska's wildlife at risk by voiding a federal rule that protects iconic carnivores on National Park Service preserves in Alaska from extreme, unethical, and unscientific hunting practices such as baiting bears and killing mother wolves and their cubs during denning season.
  • The bill creates a dangerous loophole that allows trophy-hunted polar bears to be imported. Two-thirds of polar bears are expected to be wiped out by 2050 due to climate change, and the species is predicted to be near extinction by the end of the century.
  • Finally, the bill would prohibit environmental reviews of proposed potentially damaging activities on the 150 million acres protected under the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Gun provisions:

  • The SHARE Act will deregulate gun silencers. Silencers would be removed from the purview of the National Firearms Act, which means they would be much easier for criminals to purchase and people wouldn't be able to hear where gun fire is coming from in case of mass killing. This would change an 80-year-old law which was put in place because of gang violence in the 1930s.
  • Unlicensed sellers and private sales would not require a background check for purchase or transfers of silencers. The current registry of silencer sales will be destroyed.
  • The regulation of interstate transport of firearms would be weakened.
  • Law enforcement officers who stop people suspected of trafficking firearms across state lines for questioning could be sued personally for detaining the suspect.
  • The bill would no longer require firearms to be stored in a container or trunk. Guns would be allowed in the passenger compartment.
  • SHARE prohibits the regulation of ammunition and fish tackle based on lead content, which will allow the lead from firearm ammunition and fish tackle to continue to pollute our forests and rivers.
  • The bill allows guns on federal water resource developments.
  • The authority of the ATF’s (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) would be removed to use the “sporting purposes” clauses in federal law as a guideline to ban certain firearms and to regulate guns. The Gun Control Act of 1968 specifically banned imported firearms not suitable for “sporting purposes.” The key phrase “sporting purpose” permits products with that designation to be less regulated and, therefore, easier to sell. It is one reason the gun lobby does not want an AK 47 or AR 15 to be called an assault rifle; it prefers the sound of “modern sporting rifle” so as to escape regulation.
  • The ATF’s authority would be eliminated to reclassify popular rifle ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.”
  • SHARE provides for the lawful importation of any non-NFA (National Firearms Act) firearm or ammunition that may otherwise be lawfully possessed and sold within the United States.

The SHARE Act will likely increase the revenues of firearm-related industries, but the real price will be paid in American lives lost to gun violence.

Please contact your House representative and Paul Ryan immediately! https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Or use Resistbot on Facebook and it will find out who represents you in Congress and deliver your message to them in under 2 minutes. https://resistbot.io/

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Help End Gun Violence

With 59 people dead and over 500 people injured in the recent shooting in Las Vegas, we can no longer sit back and allow our country to be used as a shooting gallery for people with problems.

This continued gun violence is unacceptable and we need to make the lives of our representatives uncomfortable. Today we begin a campaign to End Gun Violence. Please email, tweet, Facebook post or call your governors, state and federal representatives with one or more of these simple messages. Click the links to download shareable graphics aka memes.

Stricter gun laws now!

We need tougher background checks!

Reinstate the Federal Assault Weapons Ban!

Make America Safe Again!

Stop the killing!

Doing Nothing About Gun Violence Is No Longer Acceptable!

Overturn Stand Your Ground laws!

Close the gun show loophole!

Overturn open carry laws!

End the slaughter!

Use this link to find government representatives from city mayors to senators and their contact and social media information: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

If you would like to call, click here for a sample call script:

If you would like to email, click here for sample email script:

A Tweet Storm Is Planned Starting Friday Through Sunday. Everyone possible should participate. If you don't have a twitter account you can quickly make one at Twitter.com. It only takes a couple of minutes. Be sure to add a picture to your profile, it gives you more credibility. When you Tweet your Senator and Governor, use the hashtag #GunControlNow

You can use the free site Tweetdeck to set up scheduled and automated tweets. Let your representatives know how you feel several times a day. Go to https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/ and add in your twitter account. Click on new Tweet, type what you want to say and schedule it. You can schedule multiple tweets for various dates and times.

Click here for a list of Senators Twitter accounts.

Click here is a list of Governors Twitter accounts

Find out if your congress members have taken money from the NRA and call them out for it. Luckily most Democrats have not received donations from the NRA.

This is a problem we can all help solve. Your participation is essential.

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Virginia Voters Please Request Your Ballots and Vote

#GOTV reminder for Virginia:

Calling all Virginia Voters: NOW is the time to vote and request your ballot to elect Ralph Northam as Governor and flip the VA House to the Dems! ��

Haven't registered? Already registered but haven't requested your ballot? Visit votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to complete, print, sign, and return your forms by EMAIL, MAIL or FAX. Just be sure to send in the Addendum page if you’ve provided additional information to qualify for a State ballot.

🚨If you are registering to vote AND requesting a ballot, forms must get to your Local Election Official by Oct 16.

🚨If you have already registered and are ONLY requesting a ballot, forms must arrive by October 31.

Unsure if you qualify? Overseas voters who “intend to return” to VA can vote in these State elections. If your “return is uncertain” you can vote if you own a residence in VA, or if you, your spouse or your parent has an overseas employer or school.

Questions? Email gotv@democratsabroad.org

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Become a DAG Sustaining Member

DAG is a self-sustaining, 100% volunteer organization. With 2018 quickly approaching, we would be appreciative of all the financial support we could receive. In 2016, we calculated that each Euro spent resulted in 3 new members/voters and for next year's midterms, every vote will be necessary. If you are interested in making a donation, either one time, monthly, or quarterly, please find our bank information below. To make it a recurring donation, you can do a Dauerauftrag. Any amount is gladly accepted. Thanks for your support. #Resist

Account name:

Democrats Abroad Germany

IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99

BIC: MALADE51KLK



Upcoming Events in Germany September thru November

We hope that your summer has been enjoyable, whether you spent it entirely in Germany or visiting with friends and family around the world. Many of our chapters and members have been hard at work continuing to seek opportunities to defend our values and further causes most important to us. As the summer fades and fall sets in, join in with your local chapter activities or one of the larger events below over the coming months!

September Events:

Hamburg Labor Day Picnic - Sunday, September 03, 2017, 1:30pm - 4:30pm

We will be getting together on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. This will be a potluck, so bring along one of your specialties (American, German or otherwise) and join us to celebrate the US holiday in Hamburg's Stadtpark.

Frankfurt Chapter Membership and Registration Drive - Sunday, September 03, 2017, 12pm - 5pm

The Frankfurt Chapter will be sponsoring a membership and voter registration drive at the “New Comers Festival” in Frankfurt at the ”Römer”. So if you are not registered to vote or know someone who is interested in registering, please visit us and share this information with them.

Berlin: Everyone an Activist (Tech) Workshop - Tuesday, September 05, 2017, 7:30pm - 9pm

It’s September and time to go back to #resistance school! Democrats Abroad Berlin is hosting a tech workshop to get you ready to engage on the most important political issues. We’ll also have guest speaker Vincent-Immanuel Herr, activist, feminist, and co-author of the book “Who, If Not Us?” to talk about the role of regular citizens in political and civic life.

Online DA Speaker Series: Climate Change - Tuesday, September 5, 2017,  8pm - 9pm

Join us for the next webinar in our DA Speaker Series. This time we'll be discussing climate change with guest speakers from the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club on Tuesday, September 5th at 2 p.m. EDT. RSVP TODAY!

Kaiserslautern Chapter After Labor Day Picnic - Saturday, September 9, 2017, 1pm - 4pm

Beverly Brinn has graciously volunteered to host this event at her home in Landstuhl. Plan to bring your favorite dish to share with the group for this potluck/BBQ event.

Baseball in Hamburg - Knights vs. Stealers - Saturday, September 16, 2017, 2pm - 7pm

Join us for a ball game right here in Hamburg. We'll be cheering on the Hamburg Knights (whose roster includes Chapter member Eric Shambroom) as they take on the Hamburg Stealers in a doubleheader.

Stuttgart Chapter Political Pub night in September - September 21, 2017, 7pm - 9pm

Join us for another fun evening drinks and snacks and the chance to share your opinions on the latest political gossip! Our Pub Nights are an especially good opportunity for curious prospective members to check us out, and for all of our non-American family and friends to share their unique views on the craziness in Washington that affects all of us.

Liz Jaff in Munich - Saturday, September 30, 2107, 5:30 pm - Twenty-nine-year-old Liz Jaff, organizer, fundraiser, community builder and tech whiz, ran for a Vice-Chair seat in the last 2017 DNC election in Atlanta. Liz will be joining DA Germany to speak to our members to explain what the tech world and Silicon Valley can bring to the sphere of Democratic progressive politics.

Wiesbaden/Mainz Chapter Social Event in Rheingau - Saturday, September 30, 2017,  2pm - 6pm

Join us for an exceptional afternoon near Wiesbaden. Whether you hope to make new friends with Americans living abroad, snack on tacos, enjoy the sights of Bubenhäuser Höhe, taste a little local wine or learn more about political issues come to our gathering!

Kryptonite Radio Theater Wiesbaden has agreed to perform at our September event. Members of the multinational crew perform skits, plays, and music from the golden age of radio with a modern twist. Join us for an exceptional afternoon near Wiesbaden. It should be great and we hope you join us!

October Events:

Ninth Annual Oktoberfest in Munich - Sunday, October 1, 2017, 11:00 am · €80.00 EUR - Join us at Munich’s Oktoberfest, with 120 Democrats from all around the world, in the most traditional of all the beer tents: Schottenhamel!

An Evening with Howard Dean in Berlin - Thursday, October 5, 2017,  5pm · €8.00 EUR

Democrats Abroad is honored to be able to welcome former Governor of Vermont and Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean. Governor Dean will speak, as well as take questions from the audience.

Wiesbaden-Mainz Chapter at the Mainz Oktoberfest - Sunday, October 22nd, 10:30 am €26.00

Can't go the Munich Oktoberfest, why not try Mainz's Oktoberfest. Bring the whole family for a day of fun and German culture in heart of Mainz.

November Events:

2017 DPCA Global Auction

Donating items to be bid on globally. All proceeds will go toward Getting Out the Vote for American's abroad and helping to elect Democrats down the ballot in the 2018 Midterm Elections. Additionally, 50% of proceeds raised by DAG donations will go directly to support DA Germany. Items may be donated via this link. You can start donating items now.

Save the date for Wiesbaden-Mainz Chapter Thanksgiving Dinner - Thursday, November 23, 2017, 6pm - 9pm. Location and details to be announced in October

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Speak Up Against The AHCA: How To Contact Your Senator

We all need to stand against the AHCA. The most effective tool we have to do this is to contacting our Senators even if they are Democrats. Our representatives need to hear from us so they understand that most Americans do not support the AHCA.

The first and most important step is finding your representatives, to go the online Senate directory you can click on here. You can choose your state in the drop-down menu, and the contact information, including the Washington D.C. phone number and website, for your two senators appear.

Members of Congress have offices in DC, but they also have offices in their home district that they represent. It might be easier to get through to their district offices. A list of their home office phone numbers can be found here.

Another option is using Resistbot. Text “RESIST” to 50409 or message it on Facebook it will find out who represents you in Congress and deliver your message to them in under 2 minutes. Using Resistbot is free and there's no need to download an app or sign up for anything. You literally just send the text or Facebook message and follow the directions from there. Click here to use Resistbot.

What happens when you call?

A legislative assistant will answer the phone. They'll ask if you need a response. It might be better if you say you don't, that way they can tally you down without having to go through the extra step of adding you to a response database but that is completely your choice.

The most important part is to be clear about what issue you're calling about: You want them to vote against the AHCA bill. Getting straight to the point makes things easier for everyone — including those who are waiting for their phone calls to be picked up.

Here is a sample of a script you could use:

"Hello, my name is Nancy Smith. I'm a constituent from New York, zip code 10001. I don't need a response. I am opposed to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and I strongly encourage the Senator to please oppose any type of repeal. Thank you for your hard work!"

You can say more if you want to but the most important part is to ask your Senator to vote against the AHCA. The Senate returns from its current recess on Monday, July 10th. Please contact your Senator before July 10th.

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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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