Hamburg Chapter Chair, Germany

I believe we have a lot to offer to the US political discussion, both on international and domestic issues.  And we are more able to do so today in our very connected world.

  • published March For Democracy 2018 in News 2017-12-30 11:29:36 -0500

    March For Democracy 2018

    If you worry about the millions of vulnerable fellow citizens who will soon be deprived of health care, March With Us!

    If you wince at every mention of pristine lands of great cultural significance, once preserved for posterity, being greedily turned over to drilling or mining, March With Us!

    If you are sickened by the ever widening gap between the rich and poor just reinforced by the cynical, hypocritical new tax bill, March With Us!

    If you believe that children of illegal immigrants should be allowed to remain in the only country they know, March With Us!

    If you feel that truth should still have a place in political discourse, March With Us!

    If you are convinced that climate change is real and that our country should not abandon its responsibility to lead the international community in preventing a disastrous future, March With Us!

    If you understand the important distinction between patriotism and nationalism, March With Us!

    If you respect basic human rights and freedoms and the constitution of our country, 
                                                                                                  THEN YOU MUST MARCH WITH US ON JANUARY 20th!

                                             March For Democracy

                                                                Saturday, January 20th, 2018

                                                                                  Starting point: Hamburger Rathaus, Rathausmarkt 1, 20095 Hamburg
                                                                                                                     gathering at 13:30, marching at 14:00
                                                                                  Ending point:    
    US Consulate, north side, Alsterufer, 20354 Hamburg
                                                                                                                      ending at 16:00

    Please join us! We encourage you to bring candles and posters bearing any positive message of support for humane and democratic principles.

    The march will conclude with information on how you can become active in preserving American democracy. Come rain or shine!

    If you have any questions, please contact

    Please send this link on to any other Americans who might be interested in taking part. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, January 20th!

    Democrats Abroad Germany, Hamburg Chapter


  • published GOTV, voting rights, 1 year after... in News 2017-11-26 16:56:27 -0500

    GOTV, voting rights, 1 year after...

    During the week of Nov 8th, one year after the 2016 US election, Hamburg Chapter members came together to talk about Getting Out The Vote in 2018 and the status of our eligibility to take part in US elections as citizens living abroad.  We were joined by some new faces and used the opportunity to exchange ideas and talk about what we consider important for the future of the USA.  Some of our members also took part in another performance of Neuland, this time in Lüneburg.  Thank you to everyone who came out - we look forward to seeing you at other upcoming events!


  • published Naturalization and Dual Nationality in News 2017-10-02 13:43:07 -0400

    Naturalization and Dual Nationality

    Information Evening on September 7 th , 2017 in Hamburg

    Many Americans who have been living in Germany for many years are deterred from applying for German citizenship because of the German law requiring the renunciation of their American citizenship.

    Almost 80 persons attended an information evening organized by the Hamburg Chapter of Democrats Abroad Germany to shed light on the subject.  What are the rules and regulations?  Where can I get more specific information concerning my situation?
    Two officials from the Hamburg Naturalization Office presented the facts and answered questions. 
    Here is their presentation, in German.


  • published Labor Day Weekend Picnic in Stadtpark in News 2017-09-09 12:03:22 -0400

    Labor Day Weekend Picnic in Stadtpark

    On September 3rd, Chapter members met in Hamburg's Stadtpark to enjoy the beautiful weather and celebrate Labor Day (1 day early) with a picnic.  We enjoyed the late-summer sun, throwing the frisbee or football around, and enjoying taco salad, pico de gallo and homemade oreos, among other delicacies.  Hope to see you at our next get together!

    picture by Chesney McKinley-Severance


  • published Pub Night in Hamburg in News 2017-09-09 11:52:56 -0400

    Pub Night in Hamburg

    We had our first pub night in Hamburg on August 17th, at the Irish Rover.  Over good food and drink, we talked politics and life in general.  The evening also included some political action with everyone attending writing a postcard to one of their legislators in the US about a topic of concern.  We hope to make this a regular event.  If you have ideas, please share them so we can look to offer events of this or any other kind that are interesting to you.

    picture by Chesney McKinley-Severance


  • published Hamburg Stands Against Hate in News 2017-09-09 11:35:53 -0400

    Hamburg Stands Against Hate

    On August 16th, members of the Hamburg Chapter and others came together in front of the US Consulate in response to the deplorable events in Charlottesville, Virginia.  We had a candlelight vigil for those injured and killed, and in peaceful demonstration against racism and hate.  Thank you to everyone who made it at such short notice.

    You can find more pictures here:

    pictures by Chesney McKinley-Severance


  • published CSD in Hamburg (Aug 4-6) in News 2017-08-18 05:00:53 -0400

    CSD in Hamburg (Aug 4-6)

    The Hamburg Chapter was present at this year's CSD-Straßenfest.  Our stand was set up Friday through Sunday, and we had an amazing time meeting everyone who came out to support equal rights.  We passed along information about DA and voter registration to many Americans living abroad, and raised money for our chapter and DAG.  This was our chapter's first time taking part, but it will not be the last.  Special thanks to all the volunteers who made this possible!

    article & picture by Marc Castagnera


  • published G20 Follow-Up in News 2017-07-19 16:10:35 -0400

    G20 Follow-Up

    On July 15th, members of the SPD, SPE and Democrats Abroad came together and were joined by others to discuss G20 topics and politics in general at the SPD's rooms in Eimsbüttel.  It was an opportunity to hear from some very interesting people, all coming from their own unique perspectives, and take part in thought-provoking discussion.  Members from the cast of "Neuland" also performed scenes from the Julia Hart's amazing show.  All in all, it was a unique opportunity to look at the state of our world, and what we can do to make a difference.  We hope to hold more such events in the future.

    Topics & Panelists/Moderators:

    Think Global, Act Local:  Perspektiven wirtschaftlicher Nachhaltigkeit und konstruktiver Entwicklungshilfe
    - Florian Staudt - SPE Hamburg (Moderator)
    - Marina Pasquali - International Relations Analyst
    - Karsten Weitzenegger - Vorsitzender Society for International Development e. V.
    - Prof. Dr. h.c. Christa Randzio-Plath - Vorsitzende Marie-Schlei-Verein e. V.
    - Madhu Singh, Senior programme specialist, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

    Politics in the 21st Century:  Disillusionment, Animosity and Fatigue
    - Evelyn Fyffe-Mathiesen & Marc Castagnera - DA Hamburg (Moderators)
    Julia Hart - Director of "NEULAND"
    - Chesney McKinley-Severance - DA Hamburg Social Media Lead
    - Andrew Sola, Ph.D. - Associate Professor UMUC

    article & pictures by Marc Castagnera


  • published G20 Event in Stadtpark in News 2017-07-16 16:56:31 -0400

    G20 Event in Stadtpark

    On July 8th, while the G20 was underway at the city's Messehallen, DA Hamburg set up shop in Stadtpark to ask Americans, Germans, and citizens of the rest of the world what they have to say about social democracy and the topics being discussed at the summit.  The goal was to collect material for the blog , as well as G20-specific interviews to be put together in a special format.  We would like to thank everyone who stopped by and took part.  The city of Hamburg suffered a great deal of destruction and negative experiences over the G20 weekend, but this was a positive, creative one, the results of which will help in spreading the word about democratic values.

    article by Marc Castagnera, pictures by Eric Shambroom & Chesney McKinley-Severance


  • published 4 July, 2017 at The Bird in Hamburg in News 2017-07-11 14:53:40 -0400

    4 July, 2017 at The Bird in Hamburg

    What would the 4 th of July be without a juicy hamburger and a cold beer?  Fifteen of us turned up at
    The Bird in St. Pauli for what the majority (in fact, everyone I asked) agreed was the best burger in
    Hamburg.  If we came for the beef, we stayed for the conversation.  It was a pleasure to catch up
    with so many members we had not seen for a long time, including a couple just passing through
    the city and looking for company on this, one of the two iconic American holidays.

    As a member who could not attend attested, “it is sometimes hard to hold onto traditions when you
    have to go to school and work as usual."  All the more so, we are grateful to those who came, some
    from great distances, to share good food and interesting political conversations around the table in
    this friendly restaurant on our national day.

    Text and photos by Maryann Schmunk


  • published HAMBURG WELCOMES G20, BUT DEMANDS RESULTS! in News 2017-07-05 03:13:25 -0400


    Some eight thousand persons braved the fickle wet weather to gather at the Hamburg Rathaus on Sunday, 4 June for the opening protest march of the G20 week. Organized by several political parties and non-governmental organizations such as Greenpeace, Oxfam and World Wildlife Fund, its purpose was to lay out a series of demands for G20 heads of state, chief among them: 1) Protecting the environment by adhering to the limits set by the Paris Accord and ending the production of coal entirely; 2) Making treaties and rules for trade that benefit all; and 3) Enacting measures to close the ever widening gap the separates the very rich from the poor all around the world. The loudest applause however was reserved for those who vowed to stand up to the isolationist, anti-immigrant tendencies and the climate change deniers emanating from our own country.

    Although this event was not organized by Democrats Abroad, several of us were pleased to take part in solidarity with issues that concern Democrats the world over. At least for the space of a few hours, that hopeless feeling disappeared in the company of so many different people, from all walks of life, melded together under a sea of wildly colorful banners, waves of floating slogans. Then the scores of demonstrating boats paddling down the Alster appeared, along with the sun, and the marchers moved forward with their message—Planet Earth first!

    article by Maryann Schmunk, picture by Eric Shambroom


  • published G20 in Hamburg in News 2017-06-14 15:42:33 -0400

    G20 in Hamburg

    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 !


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