Stuttgart and Southwestern Germany Chapter Chair

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


  • rsvped +2 for Vote From Abroad Table in Reutlingen via 2022-06-22 14:47:15 -0400

    Vote From Abroad Table in Reutlingen

    Visit us on Saturday, July 9th in Reutlingen to meet other US citizens  and get answers on how to vote from abroad. We look forward to seeing you there!

    WHEN
    July 09, 2022 at 11:00am
    WHERE
    Spitalhof
    Wilhelmstrasse
    Reutlingen , Baden-Württemberg 72764
    Germany
    Google map and directions
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  • rsvped +1 for Pride Parade Stuttgart via 2022-06-22 14:40:26 -0400

    Pride Parade Stuttgart

    Join us this year to show our PRIDE at the Stuttgart Pride Parade! Come join the fun as we support our LGBTQ+ community 🏳️‍🌈

    WHEN
    July 30, 2022 at 2:00pm
    WHERE
    Pride Parade Rathausplatz
    Rathausplatz
    Stuttgart , Baden-Württemberg 70563
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    €15.00 EUR · 2 rsvps rsvp

  • is hosting July 4th Party 2022-06-22 14:33:02 -0400

    July 4th Party

    Join us to celebrate July 4th together! There’s no better way than at Forum 3, with great conversations & fantastic atmosphere. 

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    WHEN
    July 04, 2022 at 7:00pm
    WHERE
    Forum 3
    Stuttgart , Baden-Württemberg
    Germany
    Google map and directions
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  • published May/June Newsletter in News 2022-06-20 17:16:15 -0400

    May/June Newsletter

    Stuttgart and Southwestern Germany

    May/June 2022 Newsletter


    “Governments who manipulate population growth have two choices: making maternity pleasant, or making it inescapable.”
    —Kate Millett


    On May 15th the Stuttgart and Southwestern Germany Chapter participated in the global “Bans Off Our Bodies” protest, which drew a large crowd and many curious onlookers.

    Should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the change would pose a profound threat to maternal health in the US, according to experts. A leaked draft opinion suggested that the court is likely to reverse the ruling that gave women the constitutional right to abortion nearly 50 years ago. The final decision is expected at the end of this month or early July.
                     —
    The DA Global Meeting took place on the weekend of
    May 21st, which gave members a chance to get to know one another and discuss current events.
                     —
    On Saturday, May 28th our chapter held a Vote From
    Abroad table in Vaihingen. We met a lot of Americans and were thrilled to hear that everyone we spoke to is registered to vote!
                      —
    On June 11th Democrats Abroad members all over the world joined our fellow Americans back home to March for Our Lives. The horrific shootings at Robb Elementary in Uvalde and the Tops supermarket in Buffalo have reminded us once again of the terrible toll that gun violence has inflicted on our country.

    “It takes a monster to kill children. But to watch monsters kill children again and again and do nothing isn’t just insanity—it’s inhumanity.
    —Amanda Gorman


    As we remember the many who were taken too soon by gun violence, we must honour their memories with action. Now is our chance to make a difference with our vote; now is the time to vote for our lives!


    Request your 2022 Ballots now!


    Primary elections are quickly approaching in many states. Make your voice heard by voting!


    - District of Columbia, Virginia - June 21
    - Colorado, Illinois, Oklahoma, Utah - June 28 - Maryland - July 19

     Request your ballots early!


    Is your State not listed? Find your deadlines here: www.votefromabroad.org
    Need help voting? Write to [email protected]


                       —
    June Highlights:
    • Tuesday, June 21: a special event with Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin and the LGBTQ+ Caucus at 2 pm EDT
    • Saturday, June 25: Vote From Abroad table in Tübingen in front of the Stiftskirche on the Holzmarkt from 2-5 pm. Please contact us if you would like to volunteer!
    • Saturday, June 25: Stocherkahn ride on the Neckar in Tübingen from 6:30-9:30. Donation per person of $15 requested. Our very own Vice Chair WyMing Lin will be our captain!
    • Saturday & Sunday, June 25-26: Dialing 4 Democracy call-a-thon. This is a 48-hour voter mobilisation call-a-thon, where DA members will make as many calls as we can to battleground state voters living overseas.
    •Sunday, June 26: North Carolinians Abroad will welcome Cheri Beasley for U.S. Senate

     July Highlights:
    • Monday, July 4: July 4th party at the Forum 3 in Stuttgart from 7-9 pm. Please RSVP by Thursday, June 30th.
    • Saturday, July 9: Vote From Abroad table in Reutlingen on the Wilhelmsstrasse, in front of the Spitalhof, from 11-2:30 pm. If you would like to volunteer, please reach out to us!
    • Saturday, July 30: Pride Parade Stuttgart. Please RSVP by Friday, July 15th. A donation of $15 for all participants is kindly requested. More details to be announced. Join us in celebrating Pride Month!

    In trying times it helps to find solidarity in like-minded people, working together for a good cause.

    Wishing everyone a fantastic summer!

    Sasha Arrington

    Stuttgart and Southwestern Germany

    Chapter Chair

     


  • published Bans Off Our Bodies Protest in News 2022-05-16 08:09:36 -0400

  • published April 2022 Newsletter in News 2022-04-07 12:38:44 -0400

    April 2022 Newsletter

    Stuttgart and Southwestern Germany Chapter

    April 2022 Newsletter

    “Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun.” —Martin Amis


    Dear Friend,
    The unwarranted attack on Ukraine by Russia began over a month ago. The pictures shared around the world by courageous journalists and residents of the war-torn areas speak of the nightmarish atrocities being afflicted upon a democratic, sovereign nation by its brutish neighbor. We cannot unsee what has been done, we cannot unfeel the hurt and helplessness we feel for the people of Ukraine. Millions of women and children are trying to escape to safety, while the rest of the Ukrainian men and women valiantly fight for their freedom from oppression.


    Many people have asked how they can help the people of Ukraine, both in Ukraine and here in Germany. Listed below are just a few options:


    1. The Ukrainian Red Cross Society: a non-profit humanitarian and charitable association of Ukraine, with its headquarters in Kyiv. (redcross.org.ua)
    2. UN World Food Programme: the world’s largest humanitarian agency, it has launched an emergency operation to help people fleeing the conflict both within Ukraine and in neighbouring countries (www.wfp.org)
    3. World Central Kitchen: this organisation is preparing and distributing meals to displaced Ukrainians within Ukraine and in neighbouring countries every day (wck.org)
    4. UNICEF: this organisation provides food, clothing and medical aid to those displaced within their country and those who have lost their homes (www.unicef.de)
    5. CORE (Community Organised Relief Effort): is working in Poland and Romania to offer Ukrainians emergency relief (www.coreresponse.org)
    6. Vets Without Borders: this rescue charity partners with local and international animal rescue organisations to help the growing number of displaced pets and shelter animals. Donations, foster families and adopters needed (www.vetswithoutborders.com)
          
    As most leaders of free and democratic countries have condemned the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the former president of the US had only praise for Putin at the beginning of his attempted colonisation of Ukraine. Thinking back to the phone call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine in which DT asked for a “favor” in exchange of aid that had already been approved, it makes one wonder how differently the support of Ukraine would look today under a different president.

    This blatant disregard for democracy by some Republican voices makes our work at Democrats Abroad all the more crucial, because we don’t want to be dragged down into the depths of authoritarianism and alternative facts.


    To celebrate democracy and ensure that every vote counts, the Stuttgart and Southwestern Germany Chapter is hosting a voter information table at the Schlossplatz in downtown Stuttgart this Sunday, April 10th from 1:30-3:30 pm. We look forward to answering questions you may have about voting from overseas, or perhaps you would just like to come by to show your support for our cause!

    We are having a chapter meeting at 8 pm on Friday, April 29th at Forum 3 e.V. in Stuttgart, to discuss current events, upcoming elections, opportunities to volunteer and to meet like-minded people. The cafe offers lovely meals and a wide range of drinks to enjoy during our meeting. Finally in person again!

    Please save the date: our chapter will be participating in this year’s Stuttgart Pride Parade, taking place on Saturday, July 30th. Any ideas for showing our pride that day and people wishing to participate, please let us know!


    Events being held by DA-Germany:
    • Saturday, April 9 at 11 am: Battleground Action Hour! phone banking and voter assistance (online via Zoom)
    • Wednesday, April 13 at 11 am: Meet the Georgia Primary Candidates (online via Zoom)
    • Wednesday, April 20 at 6 pm: April Climate Cafe (online via Zoom)
    • Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 pm: Info Session about US taxes abroad
    • Sunday, April 24 at 2 pm: Books Abroad: The will to Change (online)
    • Monday, April 25 at 12 pm: Global Climate Rally with guest speakers
    (online, via Zoom)
    • Tuesday, April 26 at 7 pm: PRODA Germany Progressive Caucus meeting
    (online, via Zoom) •Tuesday, April 26 at 7 pm: DA Germany AAPI Caucus Retreat Planning Meeting (online, via Zoom)
    • May 21-22: Democrats Abroad Global Meeting (please RSVP online)

    With so much turmoil going on in the world it is easy to lose hope. But there is still beauty to be found in unexpected places and the chance for random, small acts of kindness.


    Wishing all a vibrant spring,

    Sasha Arrington
    Democrats Abroad Germany
    Stuttgart and Southwestern Germany Chapter Chair


  • published April 2022 Newsletter in News 2022-04-07 11:51:30 -0400

  • Voter Information Table in the Königsstrasse

    Thank you to all our volunteers for making our GOTV event so successful & fun!

     


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  • Stuttgart & Southwestern Germany March 2022 Newsletter

     Stuttgart and Southwestern Germany Chapter

    March 2022 Newsletter


    “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” -Howard Zinn


    When Russia invaded and took over the Krim eight years ago, there were sanctions and protests, but Putin’s behaviour went largely unchecked. Instead of focusing on his own country and trying to improve the lives of his people by raising the median income, improving the dilapidated infrastructure and health system and removing heavy restrictions on ordinary citizens, journalists, political opponents and anyone daring to contradict or run against him, Putin chose to do what he assessed as an easy attack that would pivot the focus of his misdeeds and failures onto an imaginary enemy: Ukraine, a neighboring country with a young, aspiring democracy.


    On Thursday, February 24, 2022, we awoke to the nightmarish pictures on TV of houses in flames, people seeking safety in subway stations and endless lines of cars heading west. In the past days this onslaught of Russian invasion, by land and massive airstrikes, has continued. Something Putin had not added into his calculation, however, was the heroism of the Ukrainian people and the massive support from around the world. While Russia stands ostracised for its barbaric behavior, the attack on Ukraine has bonded all peace-wanting nations into one voice.
    If you would like to support Ukranians, here are some ways to do so:


    1. Moabit hilft e.V in Berlin, for donating items or vouchers (for drugstores or grocery stores, for example) needed by Ukrainians that have arrived in Germany.  [email protected]
    2. UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe (www.uno-fluechtlingshilfe.de/ukraine)
    3. Sister Margret and Father Wruszczak of the Catholic Church are collecting items needed in Ukraine at the St. Ulrich Kindergarten, Dolpweg 12, in Stuttgart-Fasanenhof. If you would like to support their cause, please bring the items you would like to donate on Tuesdays or Fridays between 6.30-8:30 pm or on Sundays between 10:30-12.30 in the morning. Here are some items that are direly needed:
    • Dressing bandages, tape, large bandaids, etc. for wounds                                  • Pain medicine
    • Disinfectant sprays for wounds
    • Hand disinfectant fluid
    • Bottled drinking water
    • Baby formula, baby food
    • Candles, matches
    • Flashlights with extra batteries (taped on so they don’t get lost)                       • Sleeping bags
    • Non-perishable foods


    March has been designated to honour women’s contributions in history. One of the biggest feminist organisations in Europe, the Ukrainian Women’s Union, was founded in western Ukraine in the 1920’s. During the Soviet-era feminism was classified as anti-Soviet, making civil society and feminism nearly nonexistent during the Soviet times. After Ukrainian independence in 1991, a feminist movement began emerging again.


    Several American women who attended the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1840 were not given seats due to their gender. This gave two attendees of that convention the idea to hold their own convention to address the treatment of women. An estimated 300 people attended the Seneca Falls Convention, held in 1848, where the Declaration of Sentiments was signed by 68 women and 32 men. In this written statement grievances were listed, such as the laws denying married women to have their own money and own property. Other topics addressed were a lack of access to education and a low status in most churches. Another important point made in this declaration was that women should have the right to vote.


    In 1866, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Lady Stanton formed the American Equal Rights association, with black and white men and women dedicated to a common goal of suffrage for all.


    In 1869 Wyoming became the first territory or state in the US to grant women suffrage. In 1870 the first woman voted in the general election in Laramie, Wyoming. In other states women were unsuccessful, many being turned away from voting polls or even arrested for attempting to vote.


    Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president in 1872, although she herself could not even vote. She was nominated to run by the Equal Rights Party and had a vision of a future where people had 8 hr. work days, benefitted from social welfare programs, profit sharing and gradual income tax.


    Women were not always united in their goals, with the fight for women’s suffrage having different components and different voices for these different views. But in 1920 the 19th Amendment became part of the Constitution and women finally achieved the right to vote. Many outstanding women, such as Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells and Alice Paul, helped pave the path to women being able to vote in the US.


    Nowadays we are faced with new ‘old’ discussions concerning reproductive rights, education in our schools and voting rights. There is no time to sit on the laurels of the great visionaries of our past. The path forward remains stony, but we shall persevere to assure that we give our children a broad assortment of literature in school libraries, which do not only represent a tunnel view of conservatism; that history is taught as it really was, and not white-washed to appease certain people that would like to glorify the past; and that we as a country call out voices and behavior that is anti-democratic and reproachable, like the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.


    DAG Events:
    Tomorrow, March 5, is DA Germany’s 2022 Annual General Meeting! You’re invited to join us online, from 10am-6pm. Please RSVP to receive the log-in.
     
     The DA Germany AGM Prize Draw will be held tomorrow, directly after our AGM. Several DAG chapters have put together prize baskets that lucky participants can win. Tickets cost $5. 

    Phonebanking Training: Sunday, March 6 at 10 am
    The 2022 Midterms are quickly approaching and calling our members is one of the best ways to reach out to make sure they vote!

    Training Tuesdays: Tools for GOTV with DA Germany: Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 pm

    The Stuttgart and Southwestern Germany Chapter:
    We have a few voter information tables lined up this spring! The first one was on Saturday, February 12, 2022 where we had the opportunity to reach out to fellow Americans and help with any voter-related questions.
      
     Our next VFA voter information table will be on Saturday, March 12, from 1:30-3:30 at the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart. Would you like to volunteer and help us reach US citizens in our area? Contact us at [email protected]


    “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” —Maya Angelou


    Wishing all the determination to make a difference.


    Democratically yours,
    Sasha Arrington
    Stuttgart and Southwestern Germany Chair     Democrats Abroad Germany
     


  • published Saving Democracy in Stuttgart in News 2022-02-12 15:22:24 -0500

  • published Stuttgart Chapter February 2022 Newsletter in News 2022-02-03 12:07:12 -0500

    Stuttgart Chapter February 2022 Newsletter

    DAG-Stuttgart February 2022 Newsletter

     

    “We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.”

    —Angela Davis, American political activist, author and academic

     

    In February we celebrate Black History Month. Carter G. Woodson, a founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History organisation, first came up with the idea, wishing to honor the contributions Blacks had made. Woodson, who was born to recently freed slaves in 1875, worried that Black children were not being taught about their ancestors’ achievements in American schools. This month was chosen to celebrate Blacks because both President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, a Black social reformer, abolitionist, writer and statesman, were born in February.

     

    As Carter G. Woodson and Angela Davis, amongst others, pointed out, learning about history is not only an important part of education, but is key in learning from past mistakes as well. If we close our eyes to the reality of our history, then not only will the pain and inequality be forgotten, but we will most likely not make the necessary changes going forward. This is why we invite you to check out the following thought provoking and deeply touching books that have been banned from libraries across the country:

    1. Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
    2. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
    4. The New Jim Crow. Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colour-blindness, by Michelle Alexander
    5. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
    6. If Beale Street Could talk, by James Baldwin
    7. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
    8. A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines 
    9. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    10. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
    11. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
    12. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

     

    According to the Public Religion Research Institute’s latest research, about two-thirds of Americans believe “a diverse population, with people of many different races, ethnicities, religions, and backgrounds” is what makes the country stronger. Yet some some Republicans are afraid of the changing demographics in our country and try white-washing history by banning literature and dictating school curriculum, altering election outcomes through gerrymandering, installing obstacles which make it harder to vote and blatant voter misinformation (ie. the “Big Lie”). We want fair elections, where the majority of votes determines the winner, one of the main principles of a democracy. Republicans who are willing to act against majority rule in order to seize power have to be held accountable by the January 6 Committee, in upcoming political debates, to their constituents and at the polls. 

     

    There is a lot at stake this year, with the midterms being held in November where all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be up for election. 39 state and territorial gubernatorial, other state and local elections will also be held this year. We as overseas voters can have a big influence in fighting for our democracy by volunteering to help our local DA chapters, phone banking, tabling to reach potential voters, buying merchandise, donating to the organisation and casting our ballot (to do so please go to www.votefromabroad.org).

     

    Our work is done by many dedicated volunteers. Please consider becoming a sustaining donor to support our cause. Whether monthly, quarterly or annually, even a small donation can have a large impact! Donations can be made by US citizens over the age of 18 to: 

    Democrats Abroad Germany 

    IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99

    BIC: MALADE51KLK

     

    Upcoming Events and Online Meetings:

    • Sunday, January 6 at 3 pm: Black History Month Film Screening: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 
    • Monday, February 7 at 7 pm: Floridians Abroad Planning Meeting
    • Tuesday, February 8 at 1:30 pm: Training Tuesdays with DAG. Join DAG on the second Tuesday of every month to polish your phone banking, voter assistance and general GOTV skills
    • Wednesday, February 9 at 6 pm: Call Storm in support of H.R. 40, hosted by the DA Reparations Task Force
    • Wednesday, February 9 at 7:30 pm: Quarterly Book Club, hosted by the Münster Chapter
    • Thursday, February 10 at 6 pm: Call Storm in support of H.R. 40, hosted by the DA Reparations Task Force
    • Saturday, February 12 from 1:30-3:30: Vote from Abroad voter information table at the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart
    • Saturday, February 12 at 5 pm: Fandango at the Wall-Music Without Borders, hosted by the Hispanic Caucus, Global Black Caucus and the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance International during Black History Month
    • Saturday, February 12 at 8 pm: Texans Abroad Planning meeting
    • Friday, February 18 at 7:30 pm: Pub Quiz, hosted by the Münster-Osnabrück-Bielefeld Chapter
    • Friday, February 18 at 8 pm: Postcard Coloring Party, hosted by the Stuttgart Chapter
    • Saturday, February 19 at 7 pm: Local Craft Beer Tasting, hosted by the Munich & Southern Bavaria and North and Central Bavaria Chapters
    • Sunday, February 20 at 2 pm: Defending Democracy Postcard Party, hosted by the Wiesbaden & Mainz Chapter
    • Thursday, February 24 at 1 pm: U.S. Consulate Frankfurt Veterans Information Session
    • Saturday, February 26 at 1 pm: Book Club, hosted by the Düsseldorf-Ruhr Chapter
    • Saturday, February 26 at 8 pm: Author Talk with Willy Wilkinson. Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency
    • Monday, February 28 at 12 pm: Four-Front Fight: Freedom to Vote & Democracy, hosted by the Progressive Caucus
    • Friday, March 4 at 7:30 pm: DA Germany’s AGM Cocktail Hour and Trivia Night, hosted by the Münster-Osnabrück Chapter
    • Saturday, March 5 from 10 am-6 pm: Democrats Abroad Germany Annual General Meeting
    • Saturday, March 12 from 1:30-3:30 pm: Vote From Abroad voter information table at the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart

     

    If you have questions regarding voting from overseas or would just like to stop by and say hello, we will be at the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart on February 12th from 1:30-3:30 pm. 

    We look forward to hearing from you. Your ideas and input are always welcome at [email protected]. 

    Democratically yours,

    Sasha Arrington

    Stuttgart Chapter Chair

    Democrats Abroad 

     


  • published Stuttgart Chapter January 2022 Newsletter in News 2022-01-17 12:42:12 -0500

    Stuttgart Chapter January 2022 Newsletter

    Dear Friend,

    “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” –Abraham Lincoln

    Hopefully your year is off to a good start! For overseas citizens, a new calendar year means it’s time to (re-)register and request your ballot. One excellent tool to make this process easier is www.votefromabroad.org

    This year is very important, because in November 34 US Senate seats, all 435 US Representative seats, 46 state legislatures and 36 state governorships will be up for election!

    If you vote in Texas, NOW is the time to register and/or request your Ballots, especially for the March 1 Primary!

    This month the different caucuses have many different events lined up. The new caucus Environment and Climate Crisis Council (ECCC) invites you to its first meeting on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 3 pm.

    The Global Women’s Caucus will be discussing political framing on January 22 at 5 pm.

    Our next Stuttgart Chapter virtual get-together will be this Friday, January 21, 2022 at 8 pm. Please RSVP by Thursday to receive the link.

    As always, we are looking for volunteers for phonebanking, postcard coloring, assisting with voter information booths, etc. If you would like to share your time, please reach out to us!

    If you would like to support our cause, we ask that you become a sustaining donor. Our work is only made possible through your generous support!

    Account name: Democrats Abroad Germany

    IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99

    BIC: MALADE51KLK

    We look forward to seeing you at one of our next events, either online or in person! In the words of John Lewis: “Let’s make some good trouble!”

    Democratically yours,

    Sasha Arrington

     


  • published Stuttgart Chapter December 2021 Newsletter in News 2021-12-13 17:19:32 -0500

    Stuttgart Chapter December 2021 Newsletter

     DAG-Stuttgart December 2021 Newsletter

    “May this season find you among those you love, sharing in the twin glories of generosity and gratitude.” — Oprah Winfrey

    This year we raise our hats to the scientists, doctors, nurses, caregivers and frontline workers who expediently and tirelessly worked to keep us safe and healthy. The COVID vaccine made it possible to see loved ones again, borders reopened and the feeling of normality was a treasured pleasure.

    Due to the recent rise in COVID cases in our region, we will be hosting a virtual Christmas get-together on Wednesday, December 22 at 7 pm. Please RSVP to receive the log-in information.

    If you have the good fortune of sitting at an abundantly filled table over the holidays, enjoying the company of dear people in the warmth of your home, keep those in mind who are less fortunate.

    One way to support people less fortunate is to vote! As Americans living overseas, we are a strong voice that can help shape the outcome of all elections. We have many pressing issues ahead that will matter not just for us, but for many generations to come. Whether you feel strongly about reproductive rights, voting rights, the environment, the bail system, or so much more, your voice gets heard by filling out your ballot.

    Remember to register to vote in January!

    The first primaries will be in TX, OH, PA, GA and possibly NC. We are looking for volunteers for phone banking, tabling, distributing flyers, colouring postcards and spreading the word.

    If you are looking for a Christmas gift, check out our wide range of DAG swag! You can also support us by becoming a sustaining donor.

    Wishing you happy holidays and a good start in 2022!

    Sasha Arrington
    Stuttgart Chapter Chair Democrats Abroad Germany


  • published Stuttgart Chapter Newsletter October 2021 in News 2021-10-06 11:15:53 -0400

    Stuttgart Chapter Newsletter October 2021

    Dear Friend,

    “Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower.” -Albert Camus

    Autumn is in the air and the season of pumpkins, colorful leaves and hot apple cider is upon us. Thankfully, COVID case numbers are down in our region, so in-person meetings are permitted again! We are using this opportunity to have our October Chapter Get-Together in-person at the Forum 3 e.V., Gymnasiumstr. 21, 70173, in downtown Stuttgart this Friday, October 8th, at 8 pm. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces! Halloween attire welcome! 

    Please bring proof of your COVID vaccination and wear a mask during the get-together. Anyone donating items for our Stuttgart Chapter basket that will be raffled off on October 30th are welcome to bring these items on Friday!

    This brings me to our DAG Octoberfest event coming up on October 30th at 7 pm. Join us online for a beer tasting, pleasant conversations and the raffling of various chapter baskets!  

    We are currently asking for more donations to fill our Stuttgart chapter basket that will be raffled off. Items could be anything from political trinkets, to local Baden-Württemberg specialties, American specialties, decorations, etc. If you think something is special or unique, then add it to our basket!

     Thank you to all our creative volunteers who have sent back beautifully colored postcards! These postcards will continuously be sent to DAG members during the mid-terms. If you have time to join the postcard team let us know! 

    If you are looking to interact with fellow Americans and meet like-minded people, DA offers many interesting caucuses to join! Since many meetings are still being held virtually, DAG members have a large array of interesting meetings, book clubs, pub nights, etc. to join that take place all over Germany as well. 

    Our organisation runs on donations, and our supporting members in various positions are all volunteers. If you would like to support our cause, please become a monthly donor!

    You can also show your support of our cause by buying some of our fun merchandise. 

    Whether you’re looking for something for yourself or as a gift, you will definitely find something that fits the purpose!

    Wishing everyone a peaceful autumn,

     

    Sasha Arrington

    Stuttgart Chapter Chair

    Democrats Abroad Germany


  • published Stuttgart October Chapter Get-Together in News 2021-10-06 05:05:34 -0400

    Stuttgart October Chapter Get-Together

    Join us for an in-person get-together at the Forum 3 e.V., Gymnasiumstr. 21, 70173 Stuttgart, this Friday at 8 pm! We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces!


  • published September 2021 Newsletter in News 2021-09-10 16:32:51 -0400

    September 2021 Newsletter

    Democrats Abroad Stuttgart Chapter

    September 2021 Newsletter

     

     

    “It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.” -Senator John Kerry

     

    This year we commemorate the brave heroes of 9/11 for the 20th time. We pay tribute to the thousands who lost their lives, the scores of first responders who valiantly tried to rescue as many people as possible, the hospital workers, families and all those who tried to help make sense of the bitter tragedy. They shall never be forgotten.

     

     

    The American Military Community in Kaiserslautern/Ramstein is working to collect donations in order to support those who have been recently evacuated from Afghanistan. The drop-off is at Ramstein Air Base, Building 1123. If you would like to support the evacuees, these are some of the items that are needed: 

     

    *adult flip-flops, socks, conservative undergarments,   *disposable underwear for women, warm clothing

    *feminine hygiene products (NOT tampons!)

    *baby food (no glass containers, no meat)

    *baby & toddler formula

    *baby spoons, powder, diapers, wet wipes, pacifiers,    plastic bottles, sip cups

    *kids socks, underwear, warm clothing

     

    For more information you can contact the [email protected]

     

     

    DA State Teams are meeting virtually on September 12th at 3 pm. Some of the discussion points will be outreach, fall events and exchanging ideas for future projects. Join this lively group to help build a community of activists working to get out, protect and defend the vote! For more information, please contact Jennifer von Estorff: [email protected]

     

    Stuttgart Chapter Meeting: will be held on Thursday, September 16th at 8 pm. Please contact me for the meeting link.

     

     

    Since Oktoberfest is not taking place this year, we decided to celebrate Oktoberfest virtually! There are two events planned that give us the opportunity to have fun together, meet members from other chapters and socialise online.  

     

    DAG will also be hosting an Oktoberfest prize draw and silent auction. Every chapter is putting together a basket of donated goodies, so your donations for our Stuttgart Chapter basket are highly appreciated! 

     

    Items we would like to add to our Stuttgart basket can be anything, such as American (Halloween) candy; unique products from Baden-Württemberg; funny, politically themed trinkets; a voucher for something you specialise in or have to offer (translation work, legal expertise, vacation home use, etc.); fine wines, etc. etc. Please contact me at [email protected] if you would like to donate something for our chapter basket!

     

     

    If you are interested in joining one of our varied caucuses, these are a great way to connect with people from different chapters that have similar interests. Many events are planned online with the Climate, Progressive, Black and Veterans & Military Families Caucuses, to just name a few. If you are interested or would like to get involved, please send an email to [email protected].

     

    We also have a new postcard coloring campaign! We are starting to stockpile the newly designed postcards to be sent out to all DA Germany members to remind them to register early for the 2022 mid-term elections. If you would like to get creative and support our cause, please reach out to me at [email protected] to request a stack of blank cards!

     

     

    If you would like to support DAG, you may donate to us directly (Democrats Abroad Germany, IBAN DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99) or support our cause by buying some of our awesome merchandise! 

     

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    Wishing everyone a great fall,

     

    Sasha Arrington

    Stuttgart Chapter Chair

    Democrats Abroad Germany 


  • published Coloring for Democracy! in News 2021-07-06 03:59:24 -0400

    Coloring for Democracy!

    Dear Friends,

    we have a new postcard campaign! We are coloring these newly designed postcards to be sent to NJ voters. Get your creativity going & help support our cause! Please let me know how many postcards you can finish in the next week & I will send you that amount. Let’s get the word out: vote blue! 🗳💙🇺🇸

     


  • published June 2021 Newsletter in News 2021-06-08 16:47:18 -0400

    June 2021 Newsletter

    DAG-Stuttgart June 2021 Newsletter

     

    Happy June everyone! Hopefully you had a pleasant Pentecost vacation. With more people getting vaccinated in Germany, traveling and meeting with others may soon be normal again!

     

    This month is dedicated to our LGBTQ community. In the words of Harvey Milk, “Hope will never be silent.” There are many organisations dedicated to helping, protecting and defending our brothers and sisters of the LGBTQ community. Here are just a few:

    1. Rainbow Railroad: the namesake is the Underground Railroad. This organization is dedicated to helping people escape state-sponsored violence
    2. Trevor Project: provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning young people under 25
    3. Equality Federation: amplifies the power of the state-based LGBTQ movement by working to advance workplace fairness, family recognition, defeating HIV criminalization laws, etc.;
    4. Transgender Law Center: advocates self-determination for all people and is committed to racial justice, helping transgender individuals thrive, inform and empower

     

    There is a treasure trove of great literature for a young and older audience. Some of the many books worth reading are:

    1. “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli
    2. “Juliet Takes a Breath” by Gabby Rivera
    3. “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan
    4. “Symptoms of Being Human” by Jeff Garvin
    5. “Felix Ever After” by Kacen Callender

     

    Some of the highlights being held by DAG this month:

     

    1. Wednesday, June 9 at 7 pm: DAG Climate Caucus Launch Event
    2. Tuesday, June 15 at 7 pm: DAG Women’s Caucus Relaunch
    3. Thursday, June 17 at 5 pm: Gun Safety Reform with Gabby Giffords, Peter Ambler & Phil Andres
    4. Friday, June 18 at 8 pm: Our Stuttgart Chapter Greet and Meet. Please RSVP to receive the link
    5. Saturday, June 26 at 3 pm: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand keynotes the women’s economic forum
    6. Saturday, June 26 at 8 pm: a summer wine tasting fundraiser hosted by the North and Central Bavaria Chapter

    For all of you that feel like getting creative, we have a new postcard campaign! Irisita Azary will be sending the newly designed postcards out soon, so get your creativity flowing and your markers ready! All volunteers greatly appreciated!

     

    We also have great merchandise for anyone seeking a unique gift or to show your support for our cause!

     

     

    Wishing you a fantastic summer,

     

    Sasha Arrington

    Stuttgart Chapter Chair

    Democrats Abroad Germany 


  • published May Newsletter in News 2021-05-21 16:27:13 -0400

    May Newsletter

    Happy May! We hope you are all holding up in what seems like the end stages of the pandemic. While we all wait to get vaccinated here in Germany, it feels weird to see all of our friends and family back stateside enjoy more and more freedoms as the US continues to vaccinate more people and many cities begin to open up. On the bright side, cases are going down here in Germany and vaccinations are slowly rising, so we hope to see more restrictions loosened as we head into the summer! 

    Last month, Sasha and Wy Ming gave a presentation (in German!) to the Rotary Club Tübingen-Reutlingen-Nord. We had fun discussions about the first 100 day's in office as a benchmark for the next four years to come, how Biden did in his first 100 days, and what we can expect in the Biden Administration. Thank you to all who joined and for your input in the discussions!

    May is Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, chosen as it marks the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the US in May 1843 as well as the completion of the transcontinental railway in May 1869. It has never been more important to understand the struggles of the AAPI community and learn about the contributions, especially in a time when there has been an uptick in the number of hate crimes all across America. Some good news though - just yesterday, President Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, introduced by Congresswoman Grace Meng of New York and Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, which will expedite the review of hate crimes related to the pandemic and authorize grants to state and local governments to prevent and respond to hate crimes.

    In election news, New Jersey and Virigina primaries are coming up, meaning GOTV efforts will be ramping up. On June 1, New Mexico's First Congressional district will hold a special election to replace Deb Haaland, who recently became the new Secretary of the Interior under the Biden Administration. Our DAG chapters are already placing personal calls to members who vote in the district, offering voting assistance if needed. Finally, we also have nine new State Outreach Teams for Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin, all of this in addition to Texans Abroad (Global). Are you interested in helping out or starting your own? Then fill out this survey and join the next meeting on Saturday, May 29!

    Democrats Abroad Germany is also ramping up its caucus efforts. The newly appointed Caucus Coordinator Kaili Morris is working hard to provide reinvigorate our country-level caucuses and to strengthen leadership teams. If you're interested in getting involved, email Kaili at [email protected]abroad.de or join us at one of our events! (see below)

    Finally, DAG is also looking for people interested in joining the Academic and Community Outreach Team! Over the next year, we will be building relationships with German universities, US alumni groups, research institutes, and international schools. We will also be supporting different chapters in their outreach efforts so that we can hit the ground running in 2022! We are therefore looking for volunteers who would have one or two hours a week to help clean up our database and reach out to our contacts. Having existing contacts at German universities as well as speaking German are pluses but not necessary. Email Sarah Lawton at [email protected]mail.com to learn more and get involved. 

    ** The May Chapter Meeting is also cancelled due to the Pfingsten holidays! See you in June! **

     

    That's it for May! Scroll further to check out some exciting events to come:

    Wy Ming Lin

    Stuttgart Chapter Vice Chair


California native, former military brat