Münster-Osnabrück Chapter Chair

  • donated via 2020-06-16 02:23:19 -0400

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    Dialing for Democracy is a calling marathon
    and global Democrats Abroad fundraiser.

    Phonebankers will make as many calls as they can to DA members to ask them to request their absentee ballots. Calls will be made from 9:00am to 9:00pm CEST on Flag Day, June 14. Generous sponsors like yourself will push our callers to reach our calling goals and provide the critical funds to keep our voter outreach going strong through November 3! 

    DONORS: If you are sponsoring a specific caller, BEFORE you select an amount, write the caller's name in the box at left!

    Donate $50 and you’re sponsoring 200 calls! 
    $10—40 calls   $25—100 calls   $100—400 calls 
    $250—1000 calls   $500—2000 calls   $1000—4000 calls

    Democrats Abroad will be making 100,000s of calls this year, and your contribution will help make this outreach possible.

    Thank you! We appreciate your support!

    Don’t forget to check in on how the calls are going on Facebook Live from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on June 14 on the DA Germany Facebook page.  

    For a full overview of the call-a-thon, click here.

     

     

    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.
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  • published Inaugural tax talk in News 2019-06-13 16:32:02 -0400

    Inaugural tax talk

    When do children need to start filing? And do they have to file the FBAR? Do I have to file taxes if I have no income? What if I’m self-employed? These questions and many more were part of a spirited and wide-ranging discussion at our inaugural tax talk on June 13th. Daniela Räkers, a Rheine based German accountant and licensed American CPA, sought to calm nerves about this very complicated and confusing topic. The discussion was both enlightening and at times baffling as we waded through abbreviations and terminology such as FBAR and Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, but in the end participants agreed that it was an evening well spent. Be on the lookout for another tax talk next year!

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  • published March Newsletter in News 2019-03-07 13:51:59 -0500

    March Newsletter

    Come join us on Friday, March 8th for our celebration of International Women’s Day.

    The holiday has been celebrated for over 100 years and has become an occasion to celebrate women and reflect on the rights that have been won and what remains to be accomplished. Over the course of the evening, we will discuss the status of the women’s rights movement through various mediums, with a special focus on getting the ERA passed!

    When: Friday, March 8th from 19:00 to 21:00

    Upcoming Events

    Every First Saturday of the Month,  10:00-12:00, Pension Schmidt in Münster – New to Democrats Abroad? We meet every first Saturday of the month at the very cozy and (most importantly) discussion inducing Cafe Pension Schmidt, which is located in the beautiful historic center of Münster! As diverse as the Democratic Party is, we welcome everyone, even those who don't necessarily adhere to any party. Come meet other Americans and join the discussion.

    Bielefeld Monthly Meeting, March 7th 18:00 at Univarza – Looking to meet up with local Americans in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere? Look no further. Our Bielefeld Precinct will start meeting on a regular basis as we gear up for primary season, next year’s general election, and whatever else the Administration throws at us. Featured topic at this month's meeting: Medicare for All.

    Receive Local DA Event Notices

    Looking to keep up with our ever growing range of activities? Other than receiving the monthly newsletter, there are a few additional ways to keep up with our latest event announcements.

    DA Münster/Osnabrück Facebook Page (NEW) - our brand new public face on Facebook is here.

    DA Münster/Osnabrück Private Facebook Group – simply follow the link and ask to be admitted. Here we not only post event notices, but we also engage in private discussion about the topics of day among friends.

    WhatsApp Announcement Group – if you aren’t on Facebook but use WhatsApp, we can add you to our events announcements group. Here we will ONLY post event notices! To join, send an email to DAG-muenster@democratsabroad.org.


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  • published It’s Not Too Late! in News 2018-09-16 04:37:04 -0400

    It’s Not Too Late!

    The midterm elections are fast approaching, but it is not too late to request your ballot! If you have not done so yet, now is the time to act. Go to VoteFromAbroad.org and simply answer the questions, print out your form, sign it and mail it. Done!

    Just as important, it is not too late to help get out the vote. There are almost 10,000 people signed up with Democrats Abroad Germany, and it is our goal to call each and every one of them to remind them to request their ballot. To do so we need an army of volunteers to make calls. And it is not too late to help out. Just go to democratsabroad.org/voter_support_team and simply follow the directions to get started.

    What’s that you say? You are intimidated by calling people? We’ve got you covered. Last week we held two training sessions, one each in Münster and Osnabrück, where we got nine people up and running with phone banking. None of them had ever done it before. All of them said how much fun they had after it was done, and each promised to keep on calling on their own.

    Our next training will be:

    • Wednesday, September 19th from 5:00 to 7:30 in Münster (RSVP: DAG-muenster@democratsabroad.org for directions)

    • Friday, September 21st from 4:30 to 7:00 in Bielefeld (RSVP: DAG-muenster@democratsabroad.org for directions)

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Matt lives in Münsterland where he teaches American law at both University of Osnabrück and University of Münster. Prior to moving to Germany in 2004, Matt worked for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).