Stuttgart 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 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

     


  • published February 2021 Newsletter in News 2021-02-09 11:35:35 -0500

    February 2021 Newsletter

    DAG-Stuttgart February 2021 Newsletter

     

    Dear Friend,

     

    After the harrowing attack on our Capitol and on our very democracy, we embraced our new President and very first female Vice President with a sense of relief that the past four years are over and excitement for what lies ahead. Some of the first steps Joe Biden took after being inaugurated were to promptly address the COVID-19 crisis, racial justice and climate change.

     

    February is Black History Month. This month we honor the men and women who strove for equality and shone as professionals in many different fields, such as Katherine Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Maya Angelou. Here are a list of excellent movies to watch for Black History Month:

    1. Hidden Figures
    2. Green Book
    3. Selma
    4. Fences
    5. Fruitvale Station
    6. The Color Purple

     

    For those of you looking for literature for Black History Month, here is a small excerpt of many good books :

    1. “The Hate You Give” by Angie Thomas
    2. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
    3. “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson
    4. “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison

    The Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus is supporting Black History Month by featuring Black American Veterans every day in February. Check out the Caucus FB page: https://www.facebook.com/DAVetsAnd MilitaryFamilies/

     

    Stacey Abrams is a voting rights activist fighting for equality and voter rights. She founded Fair Fightafter narrowly losing the 2018 gubernatorial race in Georgia. Thanks to her dedication and hard work many more people registered to vote in her home state, which helped to flip the Senate blue last month. The work of Ms. Abrams has been lauded as following “in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Now Ms. Abrams has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize!

    It is time to request your absentee ballot! This can be done at www.votefromabroad.org. Request that your ballot be emailed to you, this saves time. Americans living overseas must request their absentee ballots every calendar year. You can check the status of your absentee ballot by contacting your election office in the district of your voting state directly.

    Do you vote in the state of Louisiana? Louisiana is conducting two special primary elections next month, to fill a vacancy for the 2nd and 5th congressional Districts.

    Some states are trying to restrict the ways we can vote and who may vote by filing bills aimed at limiting voter access and reforming election procedure. The majority of these bills would restrict or put limitations on how and who can vote by mail, create photo ID laws and purge voters from the voter lists. Mail-in voting has expanded significantly due to COVID-19 fears, while lawmakers and election officials try implementing proper health precautions for those wanting in-person voting.

    As the Senate run-offs in Georgia and the presidential election showed us: our overseas votes make a huge difference! So remember to request your absentee ballots on time!

    Upcoming Events:

    Info Sessions for potential DAG Leaders: Wednesday, February 10 at 7pm and Saturday, February 13 at 4 pm

    Our Stuttgart Chapter Meeting is this Friday,February 12th  at 7 pm. Join us for a friendly chat! Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link.

    The DAG annual meeting and Elections will be held on March 20th from 10:30am -6 pm. To vote in the election you must be a DA Germany member and RSVP for the meeting by 12pm on March 20, 2021

     

    Happy Valentine’s Day!


  • published January 2021 Newsletter in News 2021-01-15 14:33:56 -0500

    January 2021 Newsletter

    Dear Friend,

    Hopefully this year got off to a good start for you. Somehow it seems like an eerie continuation of last year: the COVID health crisis still has us in its grip, stores are shuttered, home schooling and home office has become the norm and the rhetoric of our current president and his orbit incite people to violence.

     

    Last week we witnessed the culmination of hate speech and the breaking of social norms: a violent mob stormed the Capitol. There were scenes of pillage, monstrous behavior and even murder. The Republican mob swung confederate and US flags, wielding baseball bats, tasers and flex cuffs. Some chanted that they wanted to hang Mike Pence.

    Many have pointed out that the majority of the insurgents were white. I recall the mainly peaceful protests in the summer by BLM, which were at times met with sheer brutality and over-policing. Where were the police officers in riot gear last Wednesday while the Capitol was stormed by militia-like people, armed and dangerous?

    After this shocking event the Democrats and tenRepublicans swiftly voted to impeach our 45thpresident a second time, for “incitement and insurrection. To show that words matter. To show that acts of violence and insurgence have no room in a democracy. To show that we live in a country where every single vote counts, that the GOP cannot just wish away the facts. Joe Biden was elected by the people to become our 46th president.

    The Los Angeles Times wrote that what happened at the Capitol was not a protest, it was terrorism. The “Capitol building was invaded by domestic terrorists in an armed insurrection”. Those involved, whether directly or through spreading lies and instigating violence, have to be held accountable. We have to prove to ourselves and to the world that our democracy works.

    Next week Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated. They have tremendous work ahead. But with a good team of experts, integrity, vision and reliance on science they will succeed. We cheer for them and look forward to the next four years!!

     

    Upcoming events:

    DAG Inauguration Party: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 beginning at 17:30
    January Stuttgart chapter meeting: Friday, January 22nd at 7 pm

    Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link

    February Stuttgart chapter meeting: Friday, February 12th at 7 pm
    March Stuttgart chapter meeting and chapter elections: Friday, March 12th at 7 pm

     

    I look forward to seeing you at the DAG Inauguration Party next Wednesday!

     

    Democratically yours,

     

    Sasha Arrington


  • Discussion on how to move on after events at the Capitol

    DISCUSSING AND TAKING ACTION AGAINST JANUARY 6'S EVENTS

    DA Germany is calling upon all of its members to hold Trump, complicit Republicans, and insurrectionists responsible for Wednesday’s events accountable for their horrific, anti-democratic actions. To this end, we are having a virtual meeting to take action on Monday, January 11 at 8:00pm CET – the day the House of Representatives intends to introduce Articles of Impeachment against Donald J. Trump.

    The first part of this event is dedicated to contacting our representatives – either by phone or email – to demand they hold all perpetrators responsible for their actions. A script will be provided (see below). You can look up your representative’s contact details here. The latter half will be dedicated to open discussion about current events, our response to them, and the path ahead. DA Germany volunteers will help facilitate small-group discussion in breakout rooms.

    You are, of course, welcome to call your representative outside of our event. The most important thing is that Members of Congress are hearing from their constituents at this defining moment in history!

    Sample script: 

    Hi, I’m {Name} and I am a constituent of {insert person’s name}. Trump incited terrorists to attack the Capitol. He should not be President one day longer. Remove him immediately and hold all those responsible accountable.

    WHEN
    January 11, 2021 at 8pm - 9:30pm EMEA/Berlin Time
    WHERE
    Online
    Online
    Online 76131
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    CONTACT
    Candice Kerestan · [email protected]

  • published Chapter Meeting December 2020 in News 2020-12-10 12:33:45 -0500

    Chapter Meeting December 2020

    Democrats Abroad Stuttgart December 2020 Newsletter

     

    Dear Friends,

     

    This has been a year like none other. COVID, home schooling, home office, social distancing, mask mandates, and

     

    We worked together to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the first African-American woman to be elected as VP. Thank you once again to all the volunteers who worked countless hours, colored thousands of postcards. made thousands of phone calls and stood in all sorts of weather to let their fellow US citizens know about the up-coming presidential election. Now we are getting the word out to all our fellow Georgians that we can flip the Senate blue on January 5, 2021!

     

    If you would like to show your support for our organization and/or are looking for a great Christmas present, browse our merchandise!

    Support our efforts by ordering some Democrats Abroad swag, including a limited-edition Georgia peach tote bag!

     

    A variety of items including Biden-Harris t-shirts, totes, face masks, and buttons are also available in our shop.

    All proceeds from your order will help us reach more Georgia voters abroad

    If you are already stocked with plenty of Democrats Abroad gear, you can still show your support by donating directlywww.democratsabroad.de

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Here are a list of upcoming events you may be interested in:

    ·      Georgia Abroad Voter Assistance will be held on December 12, 13, 19,20, 27 and 29th. Any questions you may have will be answered via Zoom

     

     

                                Did you know every eligible American living abroad can vote in U.S. elections? 

     

    ·      DA Germany Online Meet and Greet Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 7-9 pm

    ·      December Book Club: “Our Time is Now” by Stacey Abrams, Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 1 pm via Zoom

    ·      Stuttgart December Chapter Meeting on Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7pm via Zoom, please RSVP for log-in details

    Join us virtually for our December Chapter Meeting. Have your Glühwein and cookies ready; we’ll have a nice chat, exchange recipe ideas and get in the holiday spirit together!

     

    Wishing everyone safe, enjoyable holidays and a good start in 2021!

     

    Democratically yours,

     

    Sasha Arrington

    Stuttgart Interim Chapter Chair

    Democrats Abroad Germany

     


  • published Stuttgart Chapter Meeting December 2020 in News 2020-12-10 09:07:50 -0500

  • published Georgia Senate Runoff Registration Deadline in News 2020-12-06 14:17:22 -0500

    Georgia Senate Runoff Registration Deadline

    Are you a Georgia voter? Make sure you’re registered to vote in the January runoff elections! Your voice matters! Your vote counts! Let’s turn the Senate 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 


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