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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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Compact with the American People on Election Reform

 

The “Compact with the American People on Election Reform”, authored by Ben Sandidge (DA-Germany), will be voted on by members for the General Meeting of the DPCA, May 13-15, 2017. The Compact covers all aspects of electoral reform. If approved, the Democratic Party be urged to adopt the “Compact with the American People for Election Reform” and to establish the procedures necessary for distributing it on a regular basis to all Democratic candidates for office as well as officeholders, with the goal of getting as many of them as possible to sign it, without, however, employing any form of coercion or monitoring.

Click the link below for more information:

https://wiki.democratsabroad.org/display/GMDM2/Resolutions+Proposed+for+Adoption


Call Your Senators: Vote NO on the AHCA

The House narrowly passed the AHCA by a few votes; the final vote was 217-213, with 20 Republicans and all Democrats opposing the bill. Something for everyone to do ASAP is call and write your senators, even if you have a Democratic senator.

You can find out how to contact you Senators here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/


Here's an optional sample script for calling:

My name is    (FIRST AND LAST NAME) a constituent from    (CITY AND STATE)

I am calling to urge the Senator to vote no on the AHCA. The AHCA will cause millions to lose their healthcare and premiums will skyrocket for the poor, the elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions. Health care should not be a partisan issue and I am asking that Senator (SENATOR’S NAME) vote NO on the AHCA.

Thank you.


 

After you call, follow up with an email or letter using the same text.


Georgia Special Runoff Election Scheduled for June 20

The State of Georgia will conduct a special runoff election on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, for the 6th Congressional District to replace Tom Price who was confirmed as the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary.  This district consists of parts of Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton counties.

A special election was held on April 18, 2017. With no candidate receiving more than 50% of the vote, a special runoff election will now be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

If you are a resident from the 6th Congressional District, you should have registered and requested an absentee ballot at www.votefromabroad.org

Ballots will be sent beginning May 5 for those who have requested them. If you do not receive your requested State ballot 30 days before the election, there’s a backup ballot called the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Request your FWAB here: https://www.votefromabroad.org/vote/VoterInformation.htm

Detailed instructions and county contact information is available at https://www.votefromabroad.org/vote/eod.htm?submission=true .

If you receive your State ballot after submitting the FWAB, you should still complete and return it, as well.  Only one ballot per person will be counted. Should you need assistance, please contact us at www.votefromabroad.org


U.S. Special Elections in 2017

As overseas citizens, we need to make sure that we go through the process of completing the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register and request a ballot for the handful of States that will be having special elections for federal offices this year. We want to encourage all overseas citizens to participate in all special elections, as well as eligible statewide and local elections occurring in 2017.

If you are a resident from any of the states and voting districts listed below, please register and request an absentee ballot today at VoteFromAbroad.org. You must complete, print out, sign and send the FPCA to your election office to ensure you will receive a ballot for the election. Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times.

Georgia — U.S. House, 6th Congressional District

Special Election on April 18  |  Special Election Runoff on June 20, 2017
Seat vacated by the resignation of Tom Price (R) when he was confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services — concerns voters in Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton Counties. Ballots will be sent beginning March 4 for those who have requested them.

  • MAR 20  Voter registration by email, fax or mail (postmarked AND received by March 23) by 5pm
  • APR 14  Ballot request by email, fax or mail by 5pm
  • APR 18  Voted ballot return by mail (postmarked AND received by April 21)
  • JUN 20  Voted ballot for runoff (if necessary) return by mail (postmarked AND received by June 23)

South Carolina — U.S. House, 5th Congressional District

Special Primary Election on May 2 — Special Election on June 20
Seat vacated by the resignation of Mick Mulvaney (R) when he was confirmed as director of the OMB — concerns voters is Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Newberry, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union and York Counties.

  • APR  2  Voter registration for primary by email, fax or mail (postmarked)
  • MAY  2  Ballot request for primary by email, fax or mail by 7pm
  • MAY  2  Voted ballot return for primary by email, fax by 7pm or mail (AND received by May 3 by 5pm)
  • MAY 21  Voter registration by email, fax or mail (postmarked)
  • JUN 20  Ballot request by email, fax or mail by 7pm
  • JUN 20  Voted ballot return by email, fax by 7pm or mail (AND received by June 22 by 5pm)

Montana — U.S. House, Montana's at-large Congressional District

Special Election on May 25
Seat vacated by the resignation of Ryan Zinke (R) when he was confirmed as Secretary of the Interior.

  • MAY 25  Voter registration by email, fax or mail by 8pm
  • MAY 25  Ballot request by email, fax or mail by 8pm
  • MAY 25  Voted ballot return by email, fax, and mail by 8pm

New Jersey — Governor

State Primary Election on June 6 — State General Election on November 7
Incumbent Governor, Republican Chris Christie is term-limited and not eligible to run for re-election.

  • MAY 7 Voter registration/Ballot request for primary by mail by 8pm
  • JUN 2 Voter registration/Ballot request for primary by email or fax by 8pm
  • JUN 6 Voted ballot return for primary by email, fax, and mail by 8pm by fax or email, ballot must still be delivered by mail
  • OCT 8 Voter registration/Ballot request by mail by 8pm
  • NOV 3 Voter registration/Ballot request by email or fax by 8pm
  • NOV 7 Voted ballot return by email, fax, and mail by 8pm by fax or email, ballot must still be delivered by mail

California — U.S. House, 34th Congressional District

Special Election on June 6
Seat vacated by the resignation of Xavier Becerra (D) when he was confirmed as Attorney General of California — concerns voters is Los Angeles County (Downtown and Northeast).

Results of the Special Primary Election on April 4 mean that Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D) and former L.A. city planning commissioner Robert Lee Ahn (D) are set to advance to the runoff election on June 6.

  • MAY 22 Voter registration online or by fax or mail (postmarked)
  • MAY 30 Ballot request by email, fax or mail
  • JUN 6 Voted ballot return by fax or mail (postmarked AND received by June 9)

Virginia — Governor

State Primary Election on June 13 — Gubernatorial Election on November 7 Incumbent Governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe is term-limited and not eligible to run for re-election.

  • MAY 22 Voter registration for primary online, or by email, fax or mail (postmarked)
  • JUN 6 Ballot request for primary online, or by email, fax or mail by 5pm
  • JUN 13 Voted ballot return for primary by mail by 7pm
  • OCT 16 Voter registration online, or by email, fax or mail (postmarked)
  • OCT 31Ballot request by online, or by email, fax or mail by 5pm
  • NOV 7 Voted ballot return by mail by 7pm

Alabama — U.S. Senate

A special election will be held for the Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and now occupied by Republican Luther Strange.

State Primary Election on Aug. 15th and a runoff for Sept. 26. The general election will be on Dec. 12, almost a year ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. 


Stories of Americans Abroad

As Americans living abroad, we have a unique perspective to offer regarding policies such as universal healthcare, affordable higher education, parental leave - in other words, policies considered progressive and much debated in the USA, but standard practice in many of the countries we live in.
Stories of Americans Abroad is a blog which presents our experiences to the world.  When it comes to policies new to the country, many Americans are forced to base their opinions on statistics and statements unfounded in experience.  Stories of Americans Abroad can change that, taking advantage of a medium that is part of our globally connected world.  It allows those of us living physically far away to directly engage in the political conversation back home.
In addition to helping determine the direction of the Democratic Party, we also want to reach a much broader base in the USA.  For this reason, we have decided on a nonpartisan title to get more people to start reading.  We have based the format on Humans of New York (HONY) - short stories or excerpts from longer interviews along with a pictures of the subjects.
We have gotten started at the Hamburg Chapter level, but would like to expand quickly to the DAG level.  Your Chapter wants to take part and contribute?  Here is what you need to organize:
- Get the current topic out to your members (e-mail blast), asking for stories, opinions and experiences.
- Select the responses you consider most suitable to the objective and format.
- Follow up with the respective members to take a picture (note that head shot is not necessary; there are examples of alternative photos on the HONY website).
- Send your full responses, suggested excerpts and pictures to DAG-Hamburg@democratsabroad.org.
 
The first topic is Universal Healthcare, and we are looking for your contributions now!  You can find the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/stories.americansabroad/ .  Please also see HONY for more reference data regarding format: https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork/ and http://www.humansofnewyork.com/.

DAG Chapters Prepare for Annual AGM Fundraising Raffle

Each year during its Annual General Meeting, DA Germany Chapters prepare baskets, trips, and items characteristic of their region to donate as raffle items. DAG is excited to announce that this year will be no exception! Items this year range from Oktoberfest tent tickets, or local chocolates and wines, to stays at DA Members’ homes across Germany with tours of the nearby attractions. All bid proceeds go directly to DA Germany’s “Get Out the Vote” efforts for the upcoming midterm elections. Interested in having a stake for the prizes, but can’t make it to the 2017 AGM? A highlight of items are included here for pre-raffle participation. All early raffle purchases should be submitted via email to DAG-Events@DemoratsAbroad.org, with the total number of tickets desired, prior to 17:00 CET time on April 1st in order to be entered to the drawing. A transfer for the corresponding amount should be made to the DA Germany Account below or submitted via cash from a precinct voting location. Questions may also be directed to DAG-Events@DemocratsAbroad.org. Probability of winning is correlated with number of tickets purchased, so donate a lot and donate often!

DAG is grateful to all members and chapters who have submitted items for bidding, and to everyone who casts bids to participate. DA is a 100% volunteer organization and all financial support lends a huge hand in making it happen.

Consider supporting DAG year-round by becoming a sustaining donor! Initiate a Dauerauftrag in any amount from your account to DAG via the account below. Thanks again for your support!

Tickets:
One for 5€
or
Five for 20€

Account name: Democrats Abroad Germany
IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99  |  BIC: MALADE51KLK

  • Two Tickets to Dems Abroad's Oktoberfest Extravaganza 2017 in glorious Munich!
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  • Weekend at the Bavarian home of DPCA Chair, Katie Solon!
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  • Delicacies of Heidelberg Basket!

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  • The Essence of Wiesbaden-Mainz!

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  • The Essence of Stuttgart Basket!

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  • Weekend at the Siegerland home of DAG Chair, Quaide Williams!

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  • Two Tickets to "Art Masters" in Munich!

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  • Two Tickets to Deutsches Symphonie Orchestra in die Haupstadt!

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