Communications Coordinator, Germany; Saxony Chapter Chair; Steering Committee Member, Global Progressive Caucus

A native of Houston, Texas, Kaitlyn Kennedy moved to Germany in 2015 to pursue a (tuition-free!) M.A. in International Migration and Intercultural Relations. In her day job, she works as a journalist on U.S. politics at TAG24.com. Kaitlyn has been involved with Democrats Abroad since 2018. She spearheaded efforts to establish the DA Saxony chapter and relaunch the Germany Progressive Caucus. Kaitlyn is also proud to support her partner, Antar Keith, founder and chair of the Democrats Abroad Reparations Task Force.


  • rsvped for DA Saxony Chapter Elections 2023-01-28 06:22:23 -0500

    DA Saxony Chapter Elections

    Please join us online on Sunday, March 12, 2023, as we elect our chapter leadership for the coming two years. All members of the Democrats Abroad Saxony Chapter have the right to run for a position and vote in the chapter elections.

    The meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. CET with an explanation of election rules and tech logistics. Voting will begin at 1:00 p.m. CET.

    Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link and log-in information. If there are multiple members in one household, please still RSVP separately, as this is important for the online voting process.

    WHEN
    March 12, 2023 at 12:30pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
    Please RSVP to receive the connection information
    Leipzig, Saxony 04109
    Germany
    Google map and directions
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  • rsvped for proDA Feb 2023 Monthly Members 2023-01-23 04:31:11 -0500

    proDA Monthly Members Meeting with Guest Appearances by our Global Chair, Candice Kerestan, and Executive Director, Jarryd Rauch

    Progressive Priorities for 2023 and Beyond

        • What are our highest overall goals?
        • What policies must we champion?
        • What must be our primary activities?
        • What can we do to prepare for the DA Annual General Meeting?

    Our members are providing their input on these questions with our membership survey. If you have not yet done so, please complete it now. Then join us to analyze the results and craft our plan for 2023 and beyond!

    Our Global Chair, Candice Kerestan, and Executive Director, Jarryd Rauch, have agreed to join us briefly to discuss how we can optimize our effectiveness in collaboration with them.

    We also invite all interested in learning more about the roles of DPCA Voting Representative and DA leaders to attend a 30-minute information session following the meeting.

    Nominate your favorite motivational songs to open and close our meeting by email to [email protected]


    Make it monthly! Consider a monthly donation to support the impactful work of DA volunteers around the world, making the margin of victory in close races. Please donate whatever you can today. Thank you!


    Please RSVP below for the Zoom link.

    Location Local Event Time
    Washington DC 9-10am
    Vienna 3-4pm
    Beijing 9-10pm

     

    WHEN
    February 04, 2023 at 9:00am
    WHERE
    Zoom
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  • rsvped for A 21st-Century Economic Bill of Rights 2023-01-23 04:30:54 -0500

    A 21st-Century Economic Bill of Rights

    How do we reverse increasing income inequality in the United States? A 21st-Century Economic Bill of Rights would guarantee all people residing in the United States the right to the essentials of a good life, regardless of their income, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or country of origin. Join our guest speakers to learn more about this progressive proposal and what we can do to implement it.


    Confirmed speakers:

    • Harvey J. Kaye: American historian and sociologist. Author of several books, including “Thomas Paine and the Promise of America” and “The Fight for the Four Freedoms.” He is Professor Emeritus of Democracy & Justice Studies and the Director of the Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.
    • Alan Minsky: Executive Director of the Progressive Democrats of America and a lifelong activist, who has worked as a progressive journalist, as Program Director at KPFK Los Angeles, and coordinator for Pacifica Radio’s national coverage of elections.

    Here are some resources to prepare for the event:

    Article: “A Call for All Progressive Candidates and Officeholders to Embrace a 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights.” Alan Minsky and Harvey J. Kaye. Common Dreams, 23 February 2022.
    Video: "The Ethos of the Greatest Generation"- Discussing the Four Freedoms with Harvey Kaye. FDR Library, 4 January, 2023.

    All are welcome to attend! Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link.

    Thanks to our co-sponsors: Global Black Caucus, Global Women’s Caucus, Reparations Task Force, proDA Austria, proDA Germany

    RSVP below for the Zoom link!

    While there is no donation required to attend, the suggested donation for this event is $10. Click here to donate. Help Democrats Abroad volunteers mobilize voters around the world. Help us fight for progressive policy changes in the new Congress!

    Vancouver, CA 9:00 - 10:30 am
    Washington DC 12.00 - 1:30 pm
    London, UK 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Vienna, AT 6:00 - 7:30 pm
    Nairobi, Kenya 8:00 - 9:30 pm
    Mumbai, India 10:30 pm - 12:00 am

     

    WHEN
    February 27, 2023 at 12:00pm
    WHERE
    ZOOM
    Washington, DC
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • published International Voter Registration Day 2023 in News 2023-01-13 08:43:05 -0500

    International Voter Registration Day 2023

    International Voter Registration Day is almost upon us!

    Each year, U.S. citizens around the world come together on January 15 to register to vote and request their absentee ballots. Overseas voters should register and request their ballots every calendar year.

    Go to VoteFromAbroad.org this International Voter Registration Day to make sure you are all squared away for 2023, and don't forget to contact your local election official to make certain that your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) was received. You never know when a surprise election may come up, and we need all of our voices to count to elect good candidates into office!

    If you have questions, feel free to reach out to [email protected]


  • U.S. Consulate Frankfurt: How to Become a Voting Assistance Officer

    Looking to make a difference in the 2022 midterm elections? Consider becoming a Voting Assistance Officer. The U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt is hosting a special online Q&A and training session on April 29 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. CET. All U.S. citizens are welcome to attend!

    Zoom Meeting ID: 915 9300 2779

    Password: XayYz0


  • Celebrating the Confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson!

     
    Today is a momentous day: For the first time in history, a Black woman was confirmed to sit on our nation’s highest court. Throughout her career as a public defender, and most recently during nearly 20 hours of grueling questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson repeatedly demonstrated her competence, level-headedness, and commitment to doing the right thing.
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  • Important Primary Voting Information for PA, OH, GA, and NC

    This month, all eyes are on Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, and North Carolina as we gear up for May primaries. If you have not registered and requested your absentee ballot, go to VoteFromAbroad.org today.

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  • UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Nina Turner on Victories, Lessons Learned & the Progressive Road Ahead

    The Global Progressive Caucus, together with the Global Black Caucus, Ohio State Team, and Reparations Task Force, invites you to a special conversation with the one and only Nina Turner on December 11 at 9:00 a.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. CET / 10:00 p.m. Beijing time! 

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  • DAG Veterans & Military Families Caucus: November News

    As we approach Veterans Day, the DAG Veterans and Military Families Caucus is pleased to invite you—all members, veterans, military families—to attend the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt’s virtual Veterans Info Session on Monday, November 8 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CET. 
     
    We have listened carefully to your concerns about services available to you in Germany, and the Consulate has designed this program especially for you! 
     
    Please RSVP on our event page to receive the Zoom link. 
     
    We are also preparing our Voter Outreach for the 2022 elections and hope you will be able to join our Absentee Ballot Team! If you are a veteran, family member, active duty, DoD civilian, please let us know by sending us an email at [email protected].
     
    On November 11, our Caucus will present a wreath at the Luxembourg American Cemetery. While it is not yet announced  if the Veterans Day ceremony will be open to the public, let us know if you would be interested in attending. If you have friends who would like to join the VMF caucus, they can sign up at https://www.democratsabroad.org/vmf.
     
     
    Stay healthy! Get your Flu Shot and Covid Booster!
     
    Please check our website for information updates: https://www.democratsabroad.org/de_vmf_news
     
    Best wishes, 
    Your DAG VMF Caucus

  • published DA Germany November News in News 2021-11-02 16:09:24 -0400

    DA Germany November News

    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


     

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  • VMF Caucus Announcements: Military Retiree Benefits & Donations to Afghan Evacuees

    The DA Germany Veterans and Military Families Caucus has several important announcements this month regarding donations to Afghan evacuees at Ramstein Air Base and military retiree benefits. 

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  • DA Florida State Outreach Team Planning Meeting!

    Florida Voters! Join us on Thursday, September 2 at 7:00 pm CET for a planning meeting to set priorities for the next year to turn Florida BLUE with important Senate/Governor/House races!  An invitation is going out to Manny Diaz, Chair, Florida Democratic Party, to speak at a "launch" event! We are looking for volunteers to connect with the various state-based political organizations and voter registration groups to get out the vote. Please RSVP to [email protected]. The Zoom link and agenda will be sent out the day before the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

    By the way, please do sign up for the DA phonebanking training being held August 30/31 and September 1 by registering at www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking_training.


  • Democrats Abroad Germany Women’s Caucus Relaunch

    By Beverly Seebach

    On June 15, Democrats Abroad Germany revived the DAG Women’s Caucus with a Relaunch Event. Following a welcome by DAG Chair, Kenton Barnes, the Global Women’s Caucus Chair, Ann Hesse, gave an excellent overview of the GWC history, mission, and principles.

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  • signed up on Progressive Caucus Signup 2021-06-30 06:27:30 -0400

  • Message from the U.S. Embassy: Traveling with Expired Passports

    If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021.

    You qualify for this exception if all the following are true:

    • You are a U.S. citizen.
    • You are currently abroad seeking direct return to the United States.
    • You are flying directly to the United States, a United States territory, or have only short-term transit (“connecting flights”) through a foreign country on your direct return to the United States or to a United States Territory.
    • Your expired passport was originally valid for 10 years. Or, if you were 15 years of age or younger when the passport was issued, your expired passport was valid for 5 years.
    • Your expired passport is undamaged.
    • Your expired passport is unaltered.
    • Your expired passport is in your possession.
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  • published Call for Singers: DA Germany Sea Shanty in News 2021-05-16 15:00:14 -0400

    Call for Singers: DA Germany Sea Shanty

    Avast, me hearties! Calling all swabbies and mates with an interest in choral singing and a smartphone! DA Germany is pursuing a sea-shanty project with a GOTV twist. We’ve written a parody version of the extremely popular song "Wellerman" centered around the importance of voting from abroad. We have a simple arrangement with 5 parts (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass), MIDI rehearsal tracks and straightforward recording instructions for people who would like to learn it, record it and have it edited together as a choral piece.

    Dash Nesbitt has generously agreed to serve as conductor and Daniel Hoever-Eckardt has consented to take on the tenor solo line, so we only need to collect a virtual choir for a full sound on the chorus. Depending on how much interest there is in this project, we can hold one or two sessions for Q&A or troubleshooting regarding the music, in lieu of a rehearsal. If you choose to participate, you are giving Democrats Abroad permission to use the video for its purposes. 

    Please fill out this form to get started. Once we have your contact information and part preference, we’ll send you rehearsal materials so you can start recording. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected].


  • published Justice has been delivered in News 2021-04-21 06:54:30 -0400

    Justice has been delivered

    Statement by Angela Fobbs, Global Black Caucus Chair, and Julia Bryan, Democrats Abroad Global Chair

    Justice has been delivered to George Floyd and his family, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief - for now. 

    We must take this moment to not only deliver justice for the dead but to protect the living. We must help make our country a place where we can all breathe freely, a place where the color of our skin does not put us at risk. 

    Philonise Floyd said after the verdict, "As an African American, we usually never get justice."

    This inequality cannot stand. 

    The House has passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. It is time for the Senate to do so too. Democrats and Republicans must rise to the challenge of our times, unite our United States behind this issue, and transform policing in America.

    Our moral compass is bending towards justice. It’s time to put policies in place to make this transformation complete. The time is now. 

    #BlackLivesMatter

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    Take action now - contact your senators today and demand they support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. 


  • published Justice has been delivered in News 2021-04-21 06:53:08 -0400

    Justice has been delivered

    Statement by Angela Fobbs, Global Black Caucus Chair, and Julia Bryan, Democrats Abroad Global Chair

    Justice has been delivered to George Floyd and his family, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief - for now. 

    We must take this moment to not only deliver justice for the dead but to protect the living. We must help make our country a place where we can all breathe freely, a place where the color of our skin does not put us at risk. 

    Philonise Floyd said after the verdict, "As an African American, we usually never get justice."

    This inequality cannot stand. 

    The House has passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. It is time for the Senate to do so too. Democrats and Republicans must rise to the challenge of our times, unite our United States behind this issue, and transform policing in America.

    Our moral compass is bending towards justice. It’s time to put policies in place to make this transformation complete. The time is now. 

    #BlackLivesMatter

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    Take action now - contact your senators today and demand they support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. 


  • published April 2021 News in News 2021-04-06 17:47:25 -0400

    April 2021 News

    Spring has finally arrived – and not without many exciting updates from Democrats Abroad! Here is some of the most important news we have to share:

    I. DA Germany is proceeding full steam ahead under the leadership of our newly elected 2021-2023 Executive Committee. The election results are listed below. 

    II. Our chair and vice chair have special messages for all DAG members.

    III. The GOTV team is hard at work devising strategies to increase voter turnout. Learn how YOU can make a difference in the 2021 elections and 2022 midterms. 

    IV. Want to get involved in specific issue areas? DA’s Caucuses and local chapters have a lot of exciting events in store. 

    V. Germany members can get great deals on awesome gear – all for a good cause! 

    VI. Our communications teams are looking for volunteers

    Keep reading to find out more!

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  • published DA Saxony Leadership Team 2021-2023 in News 2021-02-15 13:32:41 -0500