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.


  • Preserving Our Voices for the Future - Remembering the legacy of Japanese American incarceration

    In honor of AAPI Heritage month, Democrats Abroad AAPI Global Caucus, the Global Black Caucus, and the Reparations Task Force will host a discussion about the importance of preserving the legacy of Japanese American incarceration. This event coincides with what would have been the 101st birthday of Japanese American activist Yuri Kochiyama and also the 97th birthday of Malcolm X, who worked closely together in bridging Asian American and Black American civil and human rights. We will dedicate this event to their memory.

    Join us as we speak to Brian Niiya, Japanese American Historian and Editor of the Densho Online Encyclopedia, and Grace Shimizu, Director of the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project and Coordinator of the Campaign for Justice: Redress NOW for Japanese Latin Americans!

    2022 is the 80th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, authorizing the forced removal of persons deemed a threat to national security to “relocation” centers. Approximately 122,000 Japanese men, women and children, mostly U.S. citizens, were sent to 10 concentration camps: Heart Mountain in Wyoming, Tule Lake and Manzanar in California, Topaz in Utah, Poston and Gila River in Arizona, Granada in Colorado, Minidoka in Idaho, and Jerome and Rowher in Arkansas.

    The Japanese American Education Confinement Act which is currently awaiting passage in the Senate will play an important part in ensuring that the lessons learned from the incarceration of Japanese Americans are taken on board to stem the tide of the abuse of power and cultural intolerance. As we move further away from this period of incarceration and those that lived through this time pass away, it is now more important that we make sure this history is not forgotten. We must learn from our past and the way to do this is by educating ourselves about our history, which includes all sides of our past. This event will explore the importance of preserving Japanese American history as an important part of ensuring that democratic principles are upheld for all people.   

    Participants will hear from our two guest speakers and will then have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in an informal discussion about how we move forward.

    We also want to thank the Global Progressive Caucus for supporting this event.

     

    About the speakers

    Brian Niiya is editor of the online Densho Encyclopedia. Densho started in 1996 originally to document oral histories from those incarcerated during WWII and has evolved into a mission to educate, preserve, collaborate and inspire action for equity. Brian’s maternal grandparents from Hawai’i were incarcerated in a camp. He has published widely on Japanese history and has held various positions with the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, the Japanese American National Museum and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i.

    Grace Shimizu is director of the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project and coordinator of the Campaign for Justice: Redress NOW for Japanese Latin Americans! Her father migrated from Hiroshima to Peru in the 1920s from Hiroshima. He was forcibly brought to the United States during WWII under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s secret prisoner exchange program. The little-known program aimed to deport those of Japanese ancestry in Latin America and use them as hostages in exchange for Americans held by Japan. After the war, he was not allowed to return to Peru and remained in California. She is one of the founders of the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project (1991) and the Campaign for Justice (1996).

     

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  • 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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  • 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

  • published Happy Thanksgiving from DA Saxony! in News 2020-11-26 03:45:29 -0500

    Happy Thanksgiving from DA Saxony!

    Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at DA Saxony! Our volunteers have created this very special video sending you their holiday greetings. Check it out to hear what they have to say!


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