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!

  • 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



    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: 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 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


    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.

    January 11, 2021 at 8pm - 9:30pm EMEA/Berlin Time
    Online 76131
    Google map and directions
    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







    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

    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(
    2. Black Voters Matter Fund: they advocate for expanded voting rights and better access; they did extensive voter outreach in the South (
    3. NAACP: they are champions of civil rights; work towards securing political, educational, social and economic equality in the US (
    4. Fair Fight: created by Stacey Abrams, this organization combats voter suppression and works towards ensuring free and fair elections (
    5. The Bail Project: their goal is to create a more just, equitable and humane pretrial system(

    Upcoming events for Democrats Abroad members to look forward to:

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

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

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

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

    Democratically yours,

    Sasha Arrington

    Stuttgart Interim Chair

    Democrats Abroad Germany 

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

    Congratulations Joe and Kamala!

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

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

    Why are you voting for Biden and Harris?

    Share one reason you voted for Biden and Harris!

  • Our Vote From Abroad table at the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart

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

    Read more

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

    Ballot Return Option with FedEx

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




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

    October 2020 Newsletter

    Dear Friend,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Chapter Activities

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

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

    Remember to vote if you have not already done so!

    Democratically yours,

    Sasha Arrington

    Interim Chapter Chair 

    Democrats Abroad Stuttgart 

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

    The Carl-Schurz-Haus & Democrats Abroad hosted a voter registration event on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Americans who came to register to vote were pampered with drinks, snacks & a very welcoming atmosphere! Thank you to the great team at the Carl-Schurz-Haus![email protected]/shares/C010z6

  • Our Vote from Abroad table in Stuttgart yesterday

    We had lively conversations, answered questions and helped US citizens register to vote. Thank you to all the volunteers who made the day such a success, despite the rain and cold![email protected]/shares/4T4AR1[email protected]/shares/4T4AR1

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

    RBG passed away Friday, September 18, 2020

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

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

    Vote From Abroad in Stuttgart-Vaihingen

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

  • Our Vote From Abroad table in Böblingen today

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


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

    September 2020 Newsletter

    Dear Members,

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Democratically yours,

    Sasha Arrington 




California native, former military brat