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!


  • 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


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  • published April 2021 Newsletter in News 2021-04-22 14:30:00 -0400

    April 2021 Newsletter

    Stuttgart Chapter April 2021 Newsletter

     

    Happy Earth Week! In the words of Mahatma Gandhi “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

     

    This month has really whizzed by, greatly due to the 10 day spring break here in Baden-Württemberg. We are currently in partial lockdown again, with only essential stores and schools being open (an odd mix, I should say) and a nine pm curfew in place. While inthe States millions of people have already been vaccinated; here in Germany vaccination is coming along a bit slower, people being put in categories depending on urgency.

     

    In March we had our chapter elections. Please welcome WY Ming Lin as our new Vice Chapter Chair, Brigman Kinard as our new Treasurer and Kristy Lutz will continue to run our chapter phone banking. We say farewell to Dory Estrada, who is moving back to the States. She has been a long-time super-volunteer whom I give a huge thank you to!

     

    All eyes and ears were glued to the Derek Chauvin trial. As Rachel Maddow pointed out, “this is not justice, this is merely accountability.” Instead of picking out the “bad apples”, perhaps we should take a look at the tree. Since testimony in his trial began, at least three people a day have been killed by police. We need to look at who is policing us, and give them better training, including much needed, mandatory de-escalation classes. When calling 911, emergency call centers should direct the correct help, depending on the situations of urgency, such asmental health experts, social workers and child services. This would lessen the burden of the police and get the right help for each situation. This could certainly save lives.

    Leaders and activists are now calling for the Senate to pass a policing bill, named the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (authored by Karen Bass of California). It has already passed the House of Representatives and is headed for a debate and vote in the Senate.

     

    Join the DAG GOTV team to help fight voter suppression and spread the message that every vote counts by hosting voter information tables, join our post card team or become a phone banker!

    As always, we have great merchandise for sale to show your DAG support and help spread our message! Your donations are always appreciated, too!

     

    Upcoming Events:

    Biden-Harris Progress Report, Earth Day edition, April 22, 7 pm
    Stuttgart Chapter meeting, 8pm via Zoom, please RSVP to receive log-in
    Meet and Greet with Kenton Barnes and Emily Lines         Saturday, April 24  2 pm  
    State Activism Teams: come out to meet people from and get involved in your home state! April 25, 3 pm
    Book Club: How to Be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century, April 26, 6 pm
    Save the Date! Germany Progressive Caucus launch, May 1, 7 pm
    Special election in Texas (CD-6) May 1 (please go to votefromabroad.org for more information)
    Cinco de Mayo event with Texans Abroad                                                                            

    May 5 at 7:30 pm

    Helping Hands Honor Veterans with Helen Belletti, hosted by the Veterans Caucus, May 8 at 3 pm
    Special elections in New Mexico (CD 1) on June 1
    Primaries in New Jersey and Virginia June 8
    Special election in Ohio on August 3

     

    Wishing you sunny days ahead,

    Sasha Arrington 

    Stuttgart Chapter Chair 

    Democrats Abroad Germany 


  • Equal Rights for women does not mean less rights for men

    Throughout history the important roles of women have been downplayed, altered or left out entirely. Until 50 years ago, women could not own property, open a bank account or get a driver’s license in their own name and/or without the permission of their father or husband. Fifty years is not a long time ago, and still women are not seen as equals under law in the US. Other countries have already taken the necessary step of granting men and women as equal under law. After World War II, Germany drew up new laws and made women equal to men. Our direct neighbor, Canada, needed quite a bit longer, but also gave women the same rights as men in 1981. It’s unbelievable that a country heralding personal liberties such as the US has still not ratified this amendment. My grandmother graduated from high school as valedictorian. She was then told to get married, not go to university. Nowadays girls are encouraged to study, yet they have to deal with gender biased hiring practices (we can’t hire you, you’re in child-bearing age), gender biased pay difference (men have to feed their families), glass ceilings, etc. I want my daughter to grow up with the possibility of becoming anything she desires. To be hired and paid based on her talent, effort and diligence. In the name of all our female ancestors who were not deemed equal, and for all our daughters entering the workforce tomorrow, I say it is high time for the ERA!  Sasha, I live in Germany and vote in CA 


  • published March 2021 Newsletter in News 2021-03-09 17:28:33 -0500

    March 2021 Newsletter

    Democrats Abroad Germany Stuttgart Chapter

    March 2021 Newsletter

     

    Dear Friend,

    Spring is in the air! March is National Women’s History month and our history is rich with dedicated, enduring, brilliant women.

    There is a lot of interesting literature to delve into this month and these are among some of the many inspiring titles:

    1. Pope Joan, by Donna Woolfolk Cross
    2. Wollstonecraft, by Sylvana Tomaselli
    3. We Are Not Born Submissive, by Manon Garcia
    4. Forging The Franchise, by Dawn Langan Teele
    5. Women Don’t Ask, by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever
    6. For The Many, by Dorothy Sue Cobble
    7. Prayers For The Stolen, by Jennifer Clement
    8. The Underground Girls of Kabul, by Jenny Nordberg
    9. Headstrong, by Rachel Swaby
    10. Becoming, by Michelle Obama
    11. On a Farther Shore, by William Souder
    12. No Higher Honor, by Condoleezza Rice

     

    This coming Friday, March 12 at 7 pm, we are holding our Stuttgart Chapter Meetingand bi-annual chapter elections. Please join us for an interesting evening!

    On March 20, we are holding our DAGAnnual General Meeting to review our 2020 efforts, discuss what lies ahead and elect a 2021-2023 DA Germany Executive Committee. All RSVP’s received by 12:00pm CET of that day are eligible to vote.

    Raffle tickets are being sold and great prizes will go to the lucky raffle buyers!

     

    Meet the Candidate Sessions:

     

    The many DA Caucuses are also holding interesting events:

    Asian-American & Pacific Islander Caucus:

    Black Caucus:

    Hispanic Caucus:

    Progressive Caucus:

    Veteran’s and Military Families Caucus:

    • Sexual Assault Awareness Day (with Women’s Caucus)—April 6, 6pm

    Women’s Caucus:

    • Women’s History Month Speaker Series with Katherine Spillar—March 8, 7pm

    Youth Caucus

     

    Support DA Germany

    As an entirely volunteer-run and donation-funded organization, your financial support allows us to do our important work—getting Americans overseas voting. Contributions of any size are greatly appreciated!

    Account name: Democrats Abroad Germany

    IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99

    BIC: MALADE51KLK

     

    For those of you looking for a great gift or would like to show your support by purchasing some of our DAG merchandise, there are many different items to choose from. All proceeds benefit DA Germany and help us get out the vote!

    Don’t forget to go to votefromabroad.orgto request your ballot for this year (especially if you live in NJ or VA, you have state elections this year!), you have to do this every year to be eligible, and down-ballot elections are crucial to our success.

    Wishing you a happy start of spring!

    Democratically yours,

     

    Sasha Arrington, DAG-Stuttgart Interim Chapter Chair

     


California native, former military brat