We hope everyone had a spooky, festive Halloween weekend!
With Election Day almost upon us, Democrats Abroad Germany is laser-focused on making sure all of our members' voices count. We are also looking ahead to the crucial 2022 midterm year and honing our strategy to get out the vote among Americans overseas.
Join us in the fight to increase Democratic majorities in Congress and in state and local governments across the country! Keep reading to find out the latest updates on how you can do the following:
I. Participate in DAG Get Out the Vote Initiatives
II. Support DAG with a donation or Swag Shop purchase
III. Meet the DAG Chairs
IV. Join Local Activities in Your Chapter
V. Learn about DAG Caucus Activities
VI. Stay up to date with all the latest DAG developments
I. GOTV Corner
Election season is upon us!
In addition to special elections taking place in Ohio (CD-11 and CD-15) and Florida(CD-20), Virginia and New Jersey will be (re-)electing their governors and state representatives on November 2.
Democratic Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey, the former ambassador to Germany, is ahead in the polls, but taking nothing for granted. The Virginia contest between the former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe and Trump acolyte Todd Youngkin is, as of this writing, too close to call.
If you vote in any of these states or districts and have not yet returned your ballot, please reach out to [email protected] right away! There might still be time to get your voice heard.
The results of the November 2 contests will be key to understanding where we find ourselves one year out from 2022, the most important midterm election of our lifetimes.
With challenges to voter access multiplying by the day, it has never been more crucial that overseas voters get registered, request their ballots, and send them back.
In the spirit of the season, we’d like to GIVE THANKS to all of you who have placed calls, colored cards, held gatherings, got out on the streets, and spread the word online this year. If you would like more postcards – for yourself or a postcarding party! – reach out to your chapter chair or send an email to [email protected].
Stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved in 2022!
With thanks for all you do,
Your GOTV Team
II. Support DA Germany
At the end of this month, on November 30, DAG is celebrating Giving Tuesday! On this #GivingTuesday, we would like to invite each of you to participate in our crowdfunding effort by signing up to be a sustaining donor or making a one-time donation to DAG! If you’re already a sustaining donor, we encourage you to consider increasing your donation.
As a result of COVID-19, we’ve raised only one-third of what DAG raised in 2019 through our large fundraisers, such as our Annual General Meeting and Oktoberfest. Despite all the challenges this pandemic has brought, we still have a lot of work to do next year to make sure Americans abroad turn out to vote in the 2022 midterms. Your donations now will go a long way to ensuring we have the resources we need to reach Americans.
To support our efforts, we welcome your automated monthly donations of any size (Dauerauftrag). And, as always, if you’d rather make a one-time gift, it will also be put to good use. We appreciate your financial support! #TogetherWeGive
If you would like to give to DAG, please direct your donation to the following account:
Account name: Democrats Abroad Germany
IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99
Also, make sure to check out our Swag Shop to show off your DA pride. All proceeds benefit DA Germany and help us get out the vote.
III. Meet Our Chairs
Join Kenton Barnes, DA Germany Chair, and Emily Lines, DA Germany Vice Chair, for an online Meet and Greet on Saturday, November 20, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. We'll discuss our organization's structure and goals, introduce ourselves as the leaders of DA Germany, and discuss ways you can get involved as a volunteer with DA Germany and with your local chapter. It's going to be all hands on deck for 2022, so join us to learn how you can help make sure Democrats win in 2022.
Whether you're a long-time member or completely new to DA Germany, we warmly welcome all members to join us for this afternoon event. We hope to answer any questions you may have about DA Germany, as well as foster a lively, productive discussion with each other.
Please RSVP to receive the connection information.
IV. Chapter Corner
DA Germany chapters are organizing a number of great events this month in person and online. Stop by to get to know your local community of friendly Americans – or pop into other chapters' events to meet DAG members around the country. All are welcome!
Regensburg Postcard Coloring & Cocktails – November 2, 6:00 p.m. CET
Berlin Monthly Meeting – November 2, 7:30 p.m. CET
Würzburg Dinner & Doodling – November 4, 7:00 p.m. CET
Parsberg Dinner & Doodling – November 6, 6:00 p.m. CET
Saxony Monthly Meeting – November 7, 10:00 a.m. CET
Bremen Monthly Meeting – November 16, 7:30 p.m. CET
Erlangen Postcard Coloring & Cocktails – November 17, 6:30 p.m. CET
Berlin Political Pub Night – November 17, 7:00 p.m. CET
Berlin Turkey Trot – November 20, 11:00 a.m. CET
Düsseldorf Book Club – November 20, 1:00 p.m. CET
Kaiserslautern Monthly Meeting – November 21, 5:00 p.m. CET
Münster Thanksgiving Dinner – November 26, 5:00 p.m. CET
Saxony Thanksgiving Hike – November 27, 10:00 a.m. CET
V. Caucus Corner
Hi all, this is DAG Caucus Coordinator Kaili Morris. Welcome back to the Caucus Corner. I am not sure about you, but November is my favorite month. The leaves have hit peak color, it’s almost time to break out the Glühwein, and we are all gearing up for end-of-year festivities. I suspect as the weather gets colder, we are also spending a bit more time inside.
If you’re looking for some ideas on what to do this fall, here are a couple for you:
- Join our caucus meeting Wednesday, November 3 at 4:00 p.m. where we will meet to plan and coordinate a collaborative caucus event focused on the ways the healthcare system impacts Americans. If you’re interested in participating or sharing your ideas, please email [email protected] for an invitation.
- Start early on your “New Years” resolution and use any of the links below to join the caucus you planned to get involved with in 2022.
- Write a postcard to your representatives about an issue or policy you care about.
- Stay up to date with the VMF caucus on their blog during Military Families Month.
- Make sure to return your ballot if you have received one for any local elections. Election Day is November 2!
- Keep an eye out for upcoming caucus announcements on DAG Social Media and in your email inbox.
All of our caucuses are always looking for more volunteer support. To get involved, please reach out by email to [email protected].
You can also click on any of the caucus links to visit the global caucus pages to learn more. Sign up to make sure you are able to receive updates and announcements!
VI. Stay Up to Date
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Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you at an event, either online or in person, very soon!