Stuttgart Acting Chair

I am very happy to be a part of this great team to make our country more inclusive, more just and more blue!


  • published November 2020 Newsletter in News 2020-11-17 12:18:02 -0500

    November 2020 Newsletter

    Stuttgart Chapter November 2020 Newsletter

     

    Dear Friends,

    We did it! We worked together as a global team to get Joe Biden and Kamala Harris elected as President and Vice president!  We got out the vote by holding voter information tables all over Baden-Württemberg, worked from home by phonebanking and coloring postcards to be sent to voters and by posting and reposting reminders to our friends and family that yes, their vote truly counts!

    We hope you celebrated extensively, rested and are ready to take on our next challenge! We have a little more work to do before Inauguration Day in 2021. Georgia has two Senate seats up for runoff on January 5, 2021.  During the November 3, 2020 election for the Senate seats no candidate received at least 50% of the votes, which is why there will be runoff elections soon. Democrats need to win both of these seats to have a majority in the Senate, enabling us to make progress in the US.

    The two races are:

    US Senate: Jon Ossoff (Democrat) versus David Perdue (Republican)

    US Senate Special: Raphael Warnock (Democrat) versus Kelly Loeffler (Republican)

    We need to make sure Georgia voters living overseas are registered to vote by no later than December 7th, have requested to receive their absentee ballot by email, and return it on time (last postmark January 5th, must be received by January 8th). If you or your friends and family vote in Georgia and need assistance, please visit www.votefromabroad.org.

    Overseas voters may be the necessary votes to win the runoff elections! Our 19,000 overseas ballots were the margin of victory for Biden’s 14,000 vote lead over Trump in Georgia. We can do it again to win the Senate races!

    If you are contemplating what to give yourselves or loved ones for Christmas, how about donating to a good cause this year? Here is a list of organisations that are truly worthy of supporting:

    1. Democrats Abroad: we are here to let US citizens know they may vote from overseas and extensively help citizens with the voting process(www.democratsabroad.org/donate
    2. Black Voters Matter Fund: they advocate for expanded voting rights and better access; they did extensive voter outreach in the South (www.blackvotersmatterfund.org)
    3. NAACP: they are champions of civil rights; work towards securing political, educational, social and economic equality in the US (www.naacp.org)
    4. Fair Fight: created by Stacey Abrams, this organization combats voter suppression and works towards ensuring free and fair elections (www.fairfight.com)
    5. The Bail Project: their goal is to create a more just, equitable and humane pretrial system(www.bailproject.org)

    Upcoming events for Democrats Abroad members to look forward to:

    November 26, 7pm:  virtual Thanksgiving get-together (please RSVP)

    November 30, 8 pm: the virtual vote of BIPoC in Georgia

    December 6, 2 pm: virtual Global Black Caucus & Global Women’s Caucus—Books Abroad Reads Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste”

    Wishing you Happy Thanksgiving. Remember those who have less and try to give forward any chance you can!

    Democratically yours,

    Sasha Arrington

    Stuttgart Interim Chair

    Democrats Abroad Germany 


  • published Congratulations Joe and Kamala! in News 2020-11-07 12:09:47 -0500

    Congratulations Joe and Kamala!

    We did it! Our combined effort  towards getting Joe & Kamala into the WH paid off. Science, facts, decency and a sincere wish for racial justice, health coverage for all, and so much more won!! 🥳🎉🗳🇺🇸❤️🥂


  • published Why are you voting for Biden and Harris? in News 2020-11-03 10:12:16 -0500

    Why are you voting for Biden and Harris?

    Share one reason you voted for Biden and Harris!


  • Our Vote From Abroad table at the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart

    We braved the cold and rain to get out the vote on Saturday! Thank you to all the volunteers! 

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  • published Ballot Return Option with FedEx in News 2020-10-10 05:24:41 -0400

    Ballot Return Option with FedEx

    Uncertain if your ballot will arrive in time? You have the option to return your ballot in a timely manner with FedEx. Follow the instructions listed below and contact us if you have further questions.

     

     

     


  • published October 2020 Newsletter in News 2020-10-04 14:42:54 -0400

    October 2020 Newsletter

    Dear Friend,

     
    Germany celebrated its reunification on Saturday, a very important day to remember the people who lost their lives trying to escape to freedom. The tearing down of a wall separating families & loved ones, but also tearing down the regime that had reigned with terror & oppression. 
     
    The current resident of the White House wants to build walls instead of bridges; wants to eliminate the rights women have fought so hard for; condones violence against innocent people; downplays & lies about a deadly virus that has killed over 200,000 Americans to this date. Now Donald Trump & many in his inner circle have “caught” COVID-19, although judging by their behavior of disregarding health warnings by the scientific community it seems the word “provoked” is more fitting.
     
    We need someone in the White House that believes in science, tells the public what we are up against & how best to deal with COVID-19. Someone that has a plan & a vision, that will fight for the average American & wants to bring us forward. The next few weeks are going to be rough, but we can win!

    We have fewer than 30 days until Election Day, but for us overseas Americans, November is NOW.

    Submit Your Ballots
    States have already sent their absentee ballots. It's not too late to register and request your absentee ballots, but you need to do it NOW. Registration and ballot request deadlines are fast-approaching . Go to votefromabroad.o rg to get started. If you have to return your ballot by mail, we recommend that you send it with Deutsche Post no later than October 5. 

    If for some reason you have to send it later, consider using a courier like DHL Express, FedEx, or UPS. 

    Get Help
    To help you, we are offering multiple opportunities to get help and advice with filling in and returning your ballots. One of these is voter assistance being held virtually every Sunday until October 25, 2020.

    What's at Stake
    If you've seen the appalling rush to replace the late great Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a right-wing extremist, been angered at the scale of Trump's debts and tax evasion, been disgusted at his repeated failure to denounce white supremacy in last night's debate, and all the other atrocities and debacles that this administration has committed over the last three-and-a-half  years, you know how critical this is. 

    If we want any hope of achieving universal health care, containing the spread of the corona virus, raising the minimum wage, criminal justice reform, restoring the Voting Rights Act, providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, protecting reproductive rights, combatting climate change by investing in clean energy and infrastructure and re-entering the Paris Climate agreement, protecting our LGBTQI+ community from discrimination, making sure the richest 1% pay more in taxes to stimulate the expansion of the middle class and grow the economy, and all the other goals and values that we Democrats fight for, we need to do as much as we can to get Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and Democrats up and down the ballot, all over the country elected.

    Join us in the fight for our democracy and the soul of our nation. Send back your ballot in time. Spread the word about Democrats Abroad and votefromabroad.o rg with all your American contacts. If you can, donate to DA Germany and to Democratic candidates. Follow our social media channels and share our content. Encourage your friends and family in America to vote for our candidates. Volunteer and do some phone bankingwith us. There are multiple ways to help between now and Election Day.

    Phone banking reaches many potential voters all over the world. The next training takes place on Tuesday, October 6th.

    You can also help us by handing out flyers or postcards. We have great merchandise to purchase to show your support of Democrats Abroad & VFA.

    Chapter Activities

    If you would like to get together with like-minded people for a drink and good conversation, join us at our next Chapter Meeting at Forum 3, Gymnasiumstrasse 21, 70173 Stuttgarton Friday, October 16, 2020 from 7-9 pm.

    We are also planning a post-election breakfast at Poffers Café, Urbanstr. 86, 70190 Stuttgarton Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10 am. Join us to celebrate, discuss and have a good time!

    Remember to vote if you have not already done so!

    Democratically yours,

    Sasha Arrington

    Interim Chapter Chair 

    Democrats Abroad Stuttgart 


  • Democrats Abroad at the Freiburg Carl-Schurz-Haus on Tuesday

    The Carl-Schurz-Haus & Democrats Abroad hosted a voter registration event on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Americans who came to register to vote were pampered with drinks, snacks & a very welcoming atmosphere! Thank you to the great team at the Carl-Schurz-Haus!


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  • Our Vote from Abroad table in Stuttgart yesterday

    We had lively conversations, answered questions and helped US citizens register to vote. Thank you to all the volunteers who made the day such a success, despite the rain and cold!

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  • published RBG passed away Friday, September 18, 2020 in News 2020-09-19 06:57:31 -0400

    RBG passed away Friday, September 18, 2020

    RGB, an iconic trailblazer, fighter for justice and voice for the unheard, passed away yesterday. May she live on in our deeds, as we continue her fight for equality and justice.

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  • published Vote From Abroad in Stuttgart-Vaihingen in News 2020-09-15 03:03:05 -0400

    Vote From Abroad in Stuttgart-Vaihingen

    Thank you to all the volunteers on Saturday! You helped make our event a success!


  • Our Vote From Abroad table in Böblingen today

    Are you registered to vote? If not, join us next Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the Marktplatz in Stuttgart-Vaihingen!

     


  • published September 2020 Newsletter in News 2020-09-04 11:53:28 -0400

    September 2020 Newsletter

    Dear Members,

    To ensure the US doesn’t continue down the current path of authoritarianism, to halt the murder of more innocent and unarmed people of color, to stop the disregard of rules and laws by the Trump family and those in their orbit, we as Democrats Abroad must do what is in our power: request our absentee ballots and vote from abroad! Every vote is important; together we have the power to turn our country in the right direction.

    If you’re wondering what you can do to get the word out, there are a lot of options! First and foremost, make sure to vote! Remind your family members, friends and colleagues to vote. You can also become a phone banker, distribute material for Democrats Abroad and Vote From Abroad, you can assist at voter information tables, attend events and support our cause by donating or ordering merchandise. Your support makes a difference!

    Anyone with postcards for the “Coloring for Democracy” campaign, please send these back by Tuesday, September 8, so they will reach potential voters in time.

    Events:

    • September 5: Join us in Böblingen from 12-3 pm tomorrow for a Vote From Abroad table 

    • September 8: Women’s Caucus is hosting Women to Win, with a Michigan & Ohio Candidate Forum

    • September 10: the Black Caucus is holding a conversation with Malcolm Nance

    • September 11: our Chapter Meeting in the Amadeus beer garden, Charlottenplatz 17, at 7 pm.

    • September 12: Vote From Abroad stand in Stuttgart-Vaihingen at the Marktplatz from 12-3 pm

    • September 20: join the virtual “Coffee & Voting” from 12-2 pm

    • September 29: voter assistance event at the Carl-Schurz-Haus in Freiburg from 3-6 pm

    If you would like to help at any of these events, please reach out to us. Thank you to all our helpers, without whom this would not be possible!

    Democratically yours,

    Sasha Arrington 

     

     

     


  • Does my individual vote matter, especially if I come from a “blue” state?

    A member asked a very good question, wondering if her vote is necessary since she votes in a “blue” state. The following article explains why yes, you absolutely should vote! No matter which state you are from, every individual vote makes an impact! 

    Thank you for your question!

     

    THE INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF GOUCHER COLLEGE

     
     

    Yes, Voting in a Blue State Still Matters

    by

    By Grace Reno

    With the 2020 election less than a year away, there is nothing else in the United States that causes as much tension or is quite as polarized as American politics. I suspect that even my mentioning the word ‘politics’ has caused some strong opinions to come to mind. Coming from Atlanta, which is seen as the Democrats’ safe haven in the notoriously conservative state of Georgia, the importance of voting has long been instilled in me. It has always been the residents of Atlanta against the rest of the state, making it a largely polarized state. With the 2020 election fast approaching, it is more important than ever for individuals who ‘don’t care’ about voting or are not registered to take action. Moving from Atlanta to Goucher College, located outside of Baltimore, has only strengthened my belief that voting in elections is not only a privilege of being a U.S. citizen, but is necessary.

                One of our fundamental rights and ideals as a U.S. citizen is the right to vote for who we as a nation want to lead us. It is a right that is not available to individuals in numerous other countries (Powell). In the 1960’s and 70’s voting had a lot more enthusiasm connotated with it, whereas now a lot of people see it as less important, putting things such as errands above making sure they can vote a priority (Woodard). In 1964, sixty-four percent of Americans were voting in the presidential elections. However, by the 1988 election that percentage dropped to fifty-seven percent (American Voter…). The question is, what is to account for the decline in American voting? One popular theory is the “alienation” theory (Reinhold). Before the ‘64 election voter turnout was at an all time high.  This could be due to the fact that at that time, American citizens wholeheartedly believed in the democratic political system, and that it would yield the results that the people wanted. However, that all changed after “Vietnam and years of Watergate scandal and other political rot, the electorate is turned off, cynical, distrustful of government, uncertain that their votes make much difference” (Reinhold). Thus, the alienation theory. If the government can foster a more trusting relationship with the American public, instilling the belief that one’s individual vote does matter, then an increase in voter turnout may result.

    Regardless of which state one lives in, if you waive your right to vote, you are waiving one of your most important rights as a citizen. Additionally, according to Gladu, since the 2016 election, Donald Trump has divided several groups of voters. Trump, as the perfect populist package, attempts to appeal to so many different voter pools, that his philosophies as a whole are never cohesive (Schneider). As Schneider says, “He’s conservative on social issues (immigration). Liberal on economic issues (trade). And isolationist on foreign policy (military intervention).” Thus, in recent elections many states became more ‘purple’ (a mix of democrat and republican) rather than strictly ‘red’ or ‘blue’ making it more important than ever to vote if one is voting blue. In addition, voter turnout in the United States is significantly lower than other developed countries, and the idea that if one lives in a blue state they don’t have to vote could be even more detrimental to United States voter turnout (Gladu).

    A large percent of individuals living in notoriously blue states such as California and Washington state believe that their votes are simply a raindrop in the ocean, and that whether they vote or not, the outcome will not change. Woodard states that “the average chronic nonvoter is a married, nonreligious white woman between 56 and 73 who works full time but makes less than $50,000 a year. She is most likely to identify as a moderate, lean toward the Democratic Party, get her news from television and to have a very unfavorable impression of both political parties and President Donald Trump. She has a 77 percent chance of being registered to vote and says she doesn’t because she doesn’t like the candidates but claims to be certain she will vote in November.” Simply put, these people are not voting because they have the privilege not to need to. According to the LA Times,California has been a historically blue state since the 1992 election in which the state voted in favor of Bill Clinton. Ever since that 1992 election, the state has stayed blue, by a large margin, as 62% of the state voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election (PPIC). Therefore, why should one more democratic vote even matter?

    It is extremely important for candidates to target these ‘chronic non-voters,’ as if one does motivate this group of people, they may have the power to swing the election. Which is how Trump was able to break through the “blue wall” in the eastern United States and win the election (Woodard). This is because he appealed to rural America, which is not typically done. This is also how Obama won the 2008 election, flipping North Carolina, Florida, and Indiana (Woodard). These blocs of people are going to be extremely important in the 2020 election, as they could be a deciding factor.

    Additionally, throughout my time at Goucher thus far, I have met far more people than ever before who don’t see the importance in casting their ballots during election season. In my experience, the majority of people I’ve encountered at Goucher lean towards the more liberal side of politics, similar to those in the older (age) demographic mentioned previously, who are typically the non-voters. There are constantly events being organized by the school which relate to current societal and political issues, such as climate change walks and democratic debate watching parties. That being said, because many students enrolled at Goucher come from blue states, the importance of voting was never emphasized, as the odds were typically in their favor in the first place.

    In summation, although one individual vote might not make the difference in an election, it is when this mentality takes over an entire population that it becomes dangerous. Because the idea that one vote doesn’t matter is so common in the United States, it has led to millions of people abstaining from voting, which does make a difference. Though voting democratic now is not guaranteed to yield a democratic president, there is still a cumulative impact, making the number of democrats higher and higher each year. It is important to recognize that voting is a building energy and more about the practice than the outcome, as, if more Americans continue to vote every year, the overall impact will be extremely beneficial. Furthermore, if Americans encourage and foster voter enthusiasm, similar to trends in the 1970s, voter turnout could skyrocket. Even in states like California, which has the largest number of electoral college votes, if the chronic non-voters of this country start casting their ballots, there is no telling what the outcome of the upcoming election could be.

    Works Cited

    “After Decades of Republican Victories, Here’s How California Became a Blue State Again.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, www.latimes.com/projects/la-pol-ca-california-voting-history/.

    “California’s Political Geography 2020.” Public Policy Institute of California, www.ppic.org/publication/californias-political-geography/.

    Gladu, Alex. “Blue-State Voters Must Turn Out On Election Day.” Bustle, Bustle, 24 Oct. 2016, www.bustle.com/articles/191165-does-my-vote-matter-if-im-in-a-blue-state-your-states-political-alignment-shouldnt-deter.

    Powell, G. Bingham. “American Voter Turnout in Comparative Perspective.” American Political Science Review, vol. 80, no. 1, 1986, pp. 17–43., doi:10.2307/1957082.

    Reinhold, Robert. “Voter Turnout Has Been Declining Steadily Since 1960.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 26 Sept. 1976, www.nytimes.com/1976/09/26/archives/voter-turnout-has-been-declining-steadily-since-1960-just-half-an.html.

    “What Democracy and Voting Rights Look Like Around the World.” Global Citizen, www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/its-2016-here-is-the-state-of-voting-rights-around/.


  • published Coloring for Democracy in News 2020-08-27 14:44:36 -0400

    Coloring for Democracy

    If anyone would like to join our cause, blank postcards are available to color at your heart’s desire! They will be sent to potential voters in the US and overseas.

     

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  • published August 2020 Newsletter in News 2020-07-31 14:17:31 -0400

  • published DA & VFA Merchandise Available! in News 2020-07-21 10:13:37 -0400

    DA & VFA Merchandise Available!

     During these times of social distancing, reaching the estimated 120,000 U.S. citizens in Germany has become a more challenging task, but there is an easy way for you to help us reach voters: Get some Democrats Abroad and Vote From Abroad merchandise! By wearing a t-shirt or face mask, carrying a tote bag, or displaying a sign in your window, you can also catch people’s attention and send a reminder to vote in November. It’s an easy and painless way to show your support and spread the word about voting from abroad!
     
    The deadline for orders is currently set for July 31st.
     
     
    Sasha Arrington 
    DAG Stuttgart Interim Chair

  • published July 2020 Newsletter in News 2020-07-15 10:57:04 -0400

    July 2020 Newsletter

    DA Stuttgart Chapter July Newsletter

     

    Dear Members,

    I hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!

    This year is certainly going to go down in the books as a “unique” year—social distancing, home office, schools holding online courses, countries barring travel from hard-hit countries (the US) and wearing a mask to protect others is seen by some as showing your party affiliation.

    There are many reasons that come to mind to vote blue in the fall, many of which circle around the sitting President and his personal “swamp”. Not only did DT not drain this alleged swamp, but he fed the alligators lurking in the murky depths very well. By trying to keep his personal finances a secret, we do not know who may be holding the strings to the current resident of the White House. Due to a lack of transparency, we do not know who received bailout payments that were meant to help small business owners; we also don’t have oversight on the billions spent to fight COVID-19. Judges have been appointed that will form the future of many generations to come in an ultra-conservative manner (the Supreme Court mandate on birth control is just one example of this). 

    The rhetoric of the WH is not one of unity and inclusion, it is a “we” versus “them” attitude. When atrocities like the death of a POC due to police brutality occurs, there is not compassion and understanding of the anger that ensues. Instead, phrases like “law and order” are heard from the President, who is more interested in looking like a tough guy instead of working on the problems at hand.

    As we continue into the summer of social distancing, there are numerous online events, voter assistance days, volunteer opportunities, book clubs, meet-and-greets and social events to participate in. We invite you to join us in some of the many fun and interesting events hosted by us and other German chapters. Some of these include:

    A)     The Great American Quiz Night, held on July 15, 2020 from 7-9 pm

    contact: berlin@democrats abroad

    B)     Phone Banking Training , held on July 18, 2020

    Event host: DAUK Phonebanking

    Contact: phonebanking@democratsabroad.org.uk

    C)     Meet & Greet for Baden-Württemberg, held on Sunday, July 19, 2020 from 7-9 pm.

    Contact: Sasha Arrington, DAG Stuttgart 

     

    Shockingly, only 10% of US citizens living abroad that were eligible to vote actually voted in 2016! Here are 5 ways for you to help improve this horrible statistic:

    1.      Request your ballot at www.vote fromabroad.org

    2.      Help us color postcards to send to US voters in “battleground” states like FL, GA, MI & PA

    3.      Phone banking 

    4.      Donate! If you don’t have much time, but would like to support us, please do! DA is run entirely on donations and lots of dedicated volunteer work

    If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad Stuttgart, please get in touch! Wishing you a pleasant, safe July!

    Sasha Arrington

     

    Stuttgart Chapter Interim Chair


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