Communications Coordinator, Germany

Angela Fobbs has lived in Germany for more than 18 years. She is originally from Ohio and prior to moving to Germany, lived in Florida, where she votes. Currently, Angela teaches English. She has over 20 years professional experience in Information Technology and Project Management fields. Angela worked for the Department of Defense(DoD) for 10 years as  Enterprise Networks Branch Chief, responsible for all the voice and data projects for the Army in Europe. During her tenure with the DoD, she also managed for six years a global project for Department of Defense Education Activity Europe (DoDEA) broadcasting the High School graduations of children of deployed Military personnel, in all branches of service, to multiple locations around the world. She supports progressive polices and values and believes if we can change America for the better, we can change the world.  Her interests include history, cooking, reading and gardening.


  • 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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  • @Fobbsie tweeted link to Emily's List Webinar. 2017-10-11 10:07:02 -0400
    Please RSVP: Emily's List President Stephanie Schirock speaks with the Global Women's Caucus http://www.democratsabroad.org/emily_s_list_webinar?recruiter_id=230367

    Emily's List President Stephanie Schirock speaks with the Global Women's Caucus

    On Thursday, November 2nd at 2:00 pm EST. Stephanie Schirock, President of "Emily's List,"  (www.emilyslist.org)  will be speaking at a Webinar  sponsored by the DA Global Women's Caucus.

    Since it was founded in 1985, Emily' List has trained and supported thousands of Democratic, pro-choice women to run for office.  It has helped elect a diverse group of 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors and over 800 to state and local offices.

    Stephanie and her team are working hard to encourage women to run across the country!  They have started "Run to Win," a national recruitment and training program providing in-person training, webinars and other resources to increase women's participation across all levels of government.  They have over 18, ooo women attending programs and need our support to continue this effort through November, 2018.

    This event is open to all Democrats Abroad members and their guests world-wide, so we encourage everyone, men and women alike, to join us and hear the tremendous difference Emily's List continues to make. 

    RSVP now and we will send you the link for our Webinar. You can send your questions for Stephanie to us at   womenscaucus@democratsabroad.org

     

    WHEN
    November 02, 2017 at 2pm
    WHERE
    Online Webinar
    43 rsvps rsvp

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

    Mark your calendar for our next meeting on Monday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m. at the Spinnrädl in Kaiserslautern. Our special guest will be Will Bakker, Democrats Abroad Regional Vice Chair, from Luxembourg. Mr. Bakker is a member of the DA global executive committee and will discuss DA's overall strategy and goals for 2018 -- especially helping Democrats win. In his capacity as acting-chair for the Voting Rights group, he will also discuss some of the recent Republican attacks on the franchise, including threats for overseas voters. Bring a new member! "Living abroad doesn't make you any less American. Join Democrats Abroad, vote, volunteer, and raise your voice!" If you are not a member of DA, please consider joining at http://democratsabroad.org/join. Membership is free! 2017 Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Global Auction in November Donations are being accepted from members all over the world. Donated items will be bid on globally. All proceeds will go toward Getting Out the Vote for Americans (GOTV)Abroad and help to elect Democrats at all levels in America in the 2018 Midterm Elections. Additionally, 50% of proceeds raised by DAG donations will go directly to support DA Germany.
    WHEN
    October 30, 2017 at 5:30pm
    WHERE
    Spinnrädl Restaurant
    Schillerstraße 1
    website: http://www.spinnraedl.de
    Kaiserslautern 67655
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • posted about Help End Gun Violence on Facebook 2017-10-03 08:53:42 -0400
    Help End Gun Violence

    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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  • Join the Wiesbaden/Mainz Chapter at the Mainz Oktoberfest

    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.

    Tickets cost €26 each. 

    Each ticket includes:

    • A reserved seat at a table
    • €20 coupon for food and beer (or other beverages)
    • Bus/train ticket to and from the event.
    • VIP entrance..No waiting in line

    Directions/How to get there:

    By public transportation: You can take the Straßenbahn/Tram #50 and #51 to the Oktoberfest. Get off at the stop Mühldreieck in Mainz-Hechtsheim. You can also take buslines 66, 67, 660 to the Messe Ost stop and reach the Oktoberfest on foot in about 5 minutes.

    By car from all directions: From all directions highway A 60 - exit Mainz Hechtsheim WEST. Please follow the signs for the exhibition. Free parking is available on the exhibition grounds. Input for your navigation system: 55129 Mainz, Genferallee or Ludwig-Erhardt-Straße

    To purchase your tickets in Euros, just transfer €26 for each ticket you’d like to order to the DA Germany account:

    IBAN DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99
    (Please add “Mainz Oktoberfest” in the reference).

    Then please send us an email to let us know you are reserving tickets, or if you have any questions: dag-communications@DemocratsAbroad.org

    WHEN
    October 22, 2017 at 10:30am
    WHERE
    Messepark Mainz-Hechtsheim
    Genfer Allee
    Mainz, rheinland pfalz 55129
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    €26.00 EUR · 9 rsvps rsvp

  • posted about Women's Caucus on Facebook 2017-07-14 09:20:04 -0400
    Check out Democrats Abroad. I just joined Women's Caucus!

  • posted about Speak Up Against The AHCA: How To Contact Your Senator on Facebook 2017-07-05 10:13:44 -0400
    Speak Up Against The AHCA: How To Contact Your Senator

    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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  • posted about Wednesday is the last day to sign up for the Resistance Summer! on Facebook 2017-05-23 04:27:24 -0400
    Wednesday is the last day to sign up for the Resistance Summer!

    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.


I want to help the world be a better place, even if I have to do it one person at a time.