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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Austria!

DAAT is the official arm of the Democratic Party for U.S. citizens living in Austria and part of a global network that assists Americans living abroad to register and vote. We are an entirely voluntary organization and welcome your expertise and participation!

Through a range of activities and events throughout the year, we work hard to represent and connect our diverse and active membership. Our participation in the Women’s and Science Marches and, in particular, our monthly grassroots Solidarity Sundays meet-ups have helped us build and expand a welcoming community of compatriots. The DAATalks guest speaker series aims to provide a tri-annual platform for interesting discussions on topical events. DAAT recently hosted Melissa Fleming, UNHCR Communications Director and author of the best-selling book, A Hope more Powerful than the Sea and NYTimes best-selling author, Timothy Snyder, who spoke to us about his most recent book, On Tyranny. Finally, social events, such as our monthly Young Dems Pub Nights, annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Fourth of July party, participation in Pride Parade, and FUNdraising concerts and events guarantee that we also have a good dose of fun. 

Democrats Abroad supports all Americans abroad in registering to vote and casting their ballots from overseas. These get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts are at the heart of our political activity, and we rely on volunteers to ensure our members and friends are enfranchised every election, every year. Our absentee votes have been decisive in numerous elections across the U.S.! Together with other DA country committees from around the globe, we're making the specific issues, which are faced by overseas Americans, known on Capitol Hill. 

If you're not yet a member, you can join in just two minutes - under the Join tab above. You’ll receive our monthly newsletter with current issues and actions, events, and reviews. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

We look forward to meeting you at a DAAT event soon!

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  • News

    May Newsletter


    In this Issue:

    Events

    • Experienced Democrats
    • Young Dems Pub Night
    • Graz Voter Registration Pub Night
    • Solidarity Sundays #15

    Issues & Actions

    • Election Calendar
    • Tiny Action: Power the Blue Wave

    Reviews

    • Solidarity Sundays Vienna #14
    • DAATalks: Trump, Russia, and Purpose of Foreign Policy

    Members Corner

    • From Able Amateurs To Global Presence – A History of American Diplomacy



    Events:


    EXPERIENCED DEMOCRATS MEET-UP

    This is the monthly meeting of the Experienced Democrats of Democrats Abroad Austria. Join us for conversation – political and otherwise! Find the event on Facebook

    WHEN: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6pm

    WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna

    CONTACT: John Cahill: jmcahill47@yahoo.com +436766952766

    RSVP: Experienced Democrats



    YOUNG DEMS PUB NIGHT

    This month we'll be headed outside to the Prater Hauptallee at the new grill restaurant DIE ALLEE for our monthly pub night. Voter registration will also be possible. Our reservation is at 7PM for 10 people, so please RSVP. Contact Ashley Arreola if you have trouble finding us +436503749481. Find the event on Facebook.

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7pm

    WHERE: Die Allee, Hauptallee 124, 1020 Vienna

    CONTACT: Ashley Arreola: ashley_arreola@yahoo.com +436503749481

    RSVP: Young Dems Pub Night


    GRAZ VOTER REGISTRATION PUB NIGHT

    We invite everyone in the Graz area to come join us for a drink or dinner at Culture Exchange, a restaurant/cafe & bike shop, with a bike rental, library, workshops, gallery, music events, English-language movie nights, quiz nights & more. Enjoy some delicious wraps, veggie burgers, cocktails or a beer. We'll help you fill out and mail your ballot request form for the 2018 midterms! Printer, envelopes and stamps will be provided for a 1 EUR donation. We'll also share some ideas for Getting Out the Vote! Bring your friends and spread the word! Find us on Facebook

    WHEN: Friday, May 18, 2018 at 5pm-9pm

    WHERE: Culture Exchange Graz, Grazbachgasse 47, 8010 Graz

    CONTACT: Caitlin Ahern caitlin.ahern@gmail.com

    RSVP: Graz Voter Registration Pub Night



    SOL SUN #15– SHINING LIGHT ON DARK MONEY

    Join us as we shine a light on dark money in US politics. What is Dark Money? How does it distort our democracy? What remedies do we have?

    Then we'll brainstorm on ways to raise for the Democratic Blue Wave and design a fundraiser of our own. Find us on Facebook


    WHEN: May 27, 2018 at 4pm-6pm

    WHERE:  Amerlinghaus,Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna

    CONTACT: Juan Cerda · juandcerda@gmail.com · +436769217865

    RSVP: SolSun#15



    Issues & Actions:


    Election Calendar – Register, Request, Return!

    Lots of primaries are coming up over the next few months and many of them have May deadlines! Check below for your state’s upcoming deadlines and mark your calendar today. READ MORE for full details.

    Tuesday, June 5:

    • Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota

    Tuesday, June 12:

    • Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia

    Tuesday, June 19:

    • District of Columbia

    Tuesday, June 19:

    • Arkansas Runoff

    Tuesday, June 26:

    • Colorado, Maryland, New York Federal Primary, Oklahoma, Utah


    Tiny Action: Power the Blue Wave

    A lot of people ask us if they can vote this year, and if voting in 2018 is worth it.

    Yes. And yes.

    Midterm elections are federal elections, which means that anyone who can vote in a presidential election year can also vote for Senate and House races in the midterms.

    And WOW is this year’s election important. If Democrats take back Congress - and we can - we will change Washington. Which is why our single most important task this year is getting all Democrats abroad to vote. This is not a task for October. This is an action for NOW.

    This week's Tiny Action: Sign up to be a phone bank volunteer, and start making those calls!

    88% of members we called in 2016 submitted a ballot, but less than 2 in 10 of you signed up to phonebank when we asked in February. So we’re asking again.

    Phone banking is easy, flexible, free (with an internet connection and laptop) and rewarding. Phone bankers in the U.S. are shocked to hear how often our members THANK us for calling them about voting!

    New to phone banking?

    1. Log in to democratsabroad.org and sign up to help with phone banking.
    2. Review important info for first-time phone bankers.
    3. You will receive an email from CallHub - the system we use to call Americans abroad - to activate your account.
    4. Log in to CallHub and get started!

    Returning phone banker?

    1. Review the refresher materials and info on current campaigns here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking
    2. Go to https://callhub.io to enter your username and password.
    3. - Your username is probably country code and name. Ex: CA-Heidi-Burch
    4. - Forgot your password? Click Forgot to receive CallHub instructions to set up a new one.
    5. Start making those calls!

    Overseas votes HAVE decided close elections in the past, and we’ll do it again - but not without your help.

    Read more and take a moment to explore the wealth of information and actions that are regularly updated at Democrats Abroad.



    Reviews:


    SolSun #14 – Grassroots Organizing in the Time of Trump

    Solidarity Sundays Vienna took a deep dive into grassroots organizing and activism on Sunday, March 29th. We remembered some key individuals (Harvey Milk, Martin Luther King Jr., Betty Friedan) and grassroots movements (civil rights movement, peace protests, the feminist movement, LGBTQ rights) from the past that spawned major social change. We touched on a few classic grassroots success stories (Love Canal, ActUp, and the Arab Spring).

    We took a close look at key current grassroots movements in the states (Indivisible, gun safety legislation, environmental protection) as well as major organizations (Code Pink, She Should Run, MoveOn, Black Lives Matter). In discussion we considered issues that most inspire us personally.

    – Tanya Lolonis, Solidarity Sundays Co-Coordinator


    DAATalks: Trump, Russia, and Purpose of Foreign Policy

    Prior to a dynamic discussion at the Republikanischer Club on May 2nd, Dana Allin, Senior Fellow at London think tank IISS*, challenged DAA members to jettison conventional approaches to Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Americans need a better understanding of the purpose of foreign policy. Specifically, Allin made a full-throated case for restoring an ideological component to foreign policy.

    Post-war American foreign policy was animated by the pursuit of American interest and values. Richard Nixon pursued détente with the Soviet Union and opening to China to change the world order and improve America’s position within it. For all the defects in George W. Bush’s response to 9/11, he grasped that his policies would inspire anti-Muslim backlash, and took steps to prevent this. Uniquely for an American president, Trump’s foreign policy is unmoored from any concept of American interest.

    How might liberals articulate the purpose of American foreign policy after Trump?

    Dana Allin offered two proposals. First, America needs to acknowledge that Russia’s aggression is rooted in NATO and EU expansion. George Kennan, architect of soviet containment policy, warned that no nation can sit passively while a rival studs its borders with military bases and allies. Allin’s proposal: recognize Russia’s geopolitical interests and find ways to cooperate so America can move on to other pressing international challenges like China, terrorism, and the technical revolution.

    Second, current debate – is America in a new Cold War with Russia, or is America’s enemy really China? – misses an important point. Trump's and Putin’s nativism and nationalism demand a response based on liberal principles. Allin returned to the 20th-century to explain his reasoning.

    Policymakers after 1945 linked affluence created by liberal economic and trade policy with the moral vision of shared prosperity (the New Deal). This approach united Americans at home and built alliances abroad. A return to uniting geopolitical goals with liberal values – civil and economic equality, democracy, internationalism – can shore up support for foreign policy both at home and among allies.

    Animated discussion followed Dana Allin’s presentation. Topics ranged from North Korea, China, European social democracy, and the rise of illiberalism, to the history of America’s liberal tradition. Appropriately, no wine remained at the end of the evening.

    – Tanya Lolonis, Solidarity Sundays Co-Coordinator

    * International Institute for Strategic Studies is one of the world’s leading research institutes for international affairs. Dr. Allin is the author or co-author of 7 books on international topics, and is currently working on a history of American liberal thought.



    Member's Corner:


    From Able Amateurs To Global Presence – A History of American Diplomacy

    The Austro-American Society and the U.S. Embassy in Vienna invites you to a talk by Stephen A. Hubler, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Vienna

    WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7pm

    WHERE: Clubrooms of the Austro-American Society, Stallburggasse 2, 1010 Vienna

    CONTACT: Austro-American Society  auamsoc@aon.at

    RSVP: Please RSVP by E-mail: auamsoc@aon.at “We are registering the following persons to the talk on “From Amateur Diplomats to Global Presence” on Wednesday, May 24th 2018: Participants: (Address, telephone, full name)”

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    April Newsletter

    In a moving Die-In, students represented those slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at Vienna's March For Our Lives


    IN THIS ISSUE:

    Events

    • Experienced Democrats
    • Pub Night & Voter Registration
    • Solidarity Sundays #14
    • DAATalks Speaker Series

    Issues & Actions

    • Election Calendar
    • #Tiny Actions

    Reviews

    • DAA's Annual General Meeting
    • March For Our Lives – Vienna
    • Solidarity Sundays Vienna #13

    Members Corner

    • Pod Love
    • American International Baseball Club


    EVENTS:


    EXPERIENCED DEMOCRATS MEET-UP

    This is the 4th meeting of the Experienced Democrats! Join us to make it the best yet!

    WHEN: Tuesday, April 17 2018 at 6pm

    WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna

    CONTACT: John Cahill: jmcahill47@yahoo.com +436766952766

    RSVP: Experienced Democrats




    PUB NIGHT AND VOTER REGISTRATION 

    Every year, Americans abroad miss the chance to vote. The reason? They didn't realize they were no longer registered.

    Join Democrats Abroad's Youth caucus at our monthly Pub Night and register to vote over a beer and good conversation. We're looking forward to seeing some new faces and our familiar friends. All Ages Welcome!

    WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7pm - 11pm

    WHERE: Pickwick's Marc-Aurel-Straße 10-12, Vienna

    CONTACT: David Heckenberg david.heckenberg@gmail.com +43 664 3782040

    RSVP: Pub Night & Voter Registration


    SOLSUN #14 LOOKS AT POPULAR MOBILIZATION IN THE TIME OF TRUMP

    Join Solidarity Sunners on April 29th for a look at the new groups channelling civic participation – registering voters, knocking on doors, attending legislator town halls, visiting offices of members of Congress, and organizing marches and demonstrations. Who are they? What effect are they having?

    Attendees will write postcards to Americans in Austria telling them how easy it is to register to vote* – and how critical, too. In an era where races are decided by razor-thin margins, handfuls of ballots are sometimes tipping the result. Please stop in and join in this easy but important enterprise – we’ll have pens and postcards, coffee and snacks.

    WHEN: April 29, 2018 at 4pm - 6pm

    WHERE: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, Vienna 1070

    CONTACT: Juan Cerda · juandcerda@gmail.com · +436769217865

    RSVP: SolSun#14

    Find us on Facebook: solidarity sundays #14

    *Not registered to vote yet? Go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org and see how quick and easy it is to participate in the democratic process.


    DAATALKS WITH DANA ALLIN – TRUMP, RUSSIA AND THE PURPOSES OF US FOREIGN POLICY

    On Wednesday May 2, the DAATalks speaker series is honored to welcome Dr. Dana Allin, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Editor of Survival, an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University SAIS-Europe in Bologna, Italy.

    Dr. Allin has an expertise in US foreign policy and domestic politics, European politics and foreign policies, and transatlantic relations. He comments and writes widely on the strategic challenges and historical, political and social roots of US foreign policy, and also covers a considerable range of European topics, including the Balkans conflicts and the Cold War.

    Dr. Allin is the author or co-author of seven books including, most recently, Our Separate Ways: The Struggle for the Future of the U.S.-Israel Alliance (PublicAffairs, 2016). His articles and book chapters have appeared in, amongst others, Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Politico.

    Click here for more information about Dr. Dana Allin and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

    Join us beforehand for a glass of wine and conversation. We'll be opening the doors at 6:30pm.

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7pm

    WHERE: Republikanischer Club, Rockhgasse 1, Vienna 1010 (Entrance is at Restaurant Hebenstreit)

    CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · demsabroadaustria@gmail.com

    RSVP: DAATalks


    ISSUES & ACTIONS


    ELECTION CALENDAR: REGISTER, REQUEST, RETURN!

    Lots of primaries are coming up over the next few months and many of them have April deadlines! Check below for your state’s upcoming deadlines and mark your calendar today.

    Tuesday May 8: Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia

    Tuesday May 15 : Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania

    Tuesday May 22: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky

    READ MORE

    Tuesday, May 22: Texas Runoff

    • Register: Received by Mon, Apr 23, 2018

    • Request ballot: Received by Fri, May 11, 2018

    • Return: Received by Tue, May 29, 2018

    Tuesday July 24: Georgia Runoff

    • Register: Received by Mon, Apr 23, 2018 (Email or Fax)
      Postmarked by Mon, Apr 23, 2018 (Mail)

    • Request ballot: Received by Fri, Jul 20, 2018

    • Return: Received by Fri, Jul 27, 2018 



    #TINYACTIONS

    As always, our aim is to turn tiny actions into big results.

    For the past year Democrats Abroad has been posting weekly, tiny actions in order to motivate our members to help create large affects. Each action highlights a current issue to be aware of. They’re easily accessible either through the DA website or you can subscribe to the weekly post.

    This week’s #TinyAction is all about checking your voting status to make certain you’re registered to vote. Every year Americans abroad miss the chance to vote. The reason? They didn't realize they were no longer registered.

    Read more and take a moment to explore the wealth of information and actions that are regularly updated at Democrats Abroad.

    READ MORE


    REVIEWS


    VIENNA – MARCH FOR OUR LIVES

    On Saturday March 24, DAA and DAA’s Youth Caucus joined about 150 people at the Ballhausplatz to protest gun violence in the US and support the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

    The day’s event began earlier when a wonderful group of AIS students came to Amerlinghaus to make protest and slogan signs. It was fantastic to see their engagement and creativity. As they made signs for each of the students killed in Parkland, FL, it became personal for them, to see how old the kids were and what interests and talents they had.

    We then moved on to the march’s starting point at the Ballhausplatz. We were lucky to have a beautiful sun-filled afternoon. As we approached the plaza, we saw a great crowd forming. People brought their own homemade signs and we had many to hand out as well, so soon the crowd was awash with signs proclaiming Protect Kids, Not Guns, No More Silence, End Gun Violence, Sensible Gun Laws Now, Arms are for Hugging, etc.

    David Heckenberg opened the event with a great introduction and welcome. We learned some of the horrific statistics that surround American gun violence, but also learned that we were a part of larger movement to end it. DAA’s Vienna march was one of over 800 sibling marches happening that day around the world. The main march on Washington D.C. drew up to 800,000 people. Who could expect March For Our Lives D.C. and its sibling marches would be the largest of their kind in history? The power of youth exemplified!

    Juan Cerda, Faith Hall-Herbold, and Becky Ellis reminded the marchers of the importance of voting in the 2018 midterm elections and that they were available to help anyone get registered that day.

    As we made our way to Platz der Menschenrechte at MQ, we were enthusiastically led in chants by two young students. You could feel their excitement at being involved.

    At MQ, we were thrilled to have several speakers including Vienna’s own Nadiv Molcho, filmmaker and actor, American comedian Okello Dunkley, Emma Lowe and Maddie Komons - both American students from AIS - and Sherri Spelic, author and educator at AIS. Their words and personal stories were inspiring, thought-provoking and moving. This issue will not go away and we will do whatever we can to bring safety back to our schools and our communities. Children should not fear going to school.


    We then took a moment to honor and remember the Parkland students who were killed. As their names were read, our students fell to the ground, reminding us how fragile life is and how quickly it can be taken. Althea Papoulias sang a haunting and prayerful rendition of "Amazing Grace” over the lost.

    Additional music was provided by Danny Chicago, performing his “Let's All Go to Washington and Take Our Country Back”. Together with Raina Saul-Ganev, they sang “We Shall Overcome” and closed the event with the group singing John Lennon’s "Imagine”.

    – Raina Saul-Ganev, March For Our Lives Vienna Co-coordinator
















    DAA'S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    DAA's Executive Committee and Caucuses has expanded! Ashley Arreola, Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, bruce Murray, Tanya Lolonis, Faith Hall Herbold, Marcy Fowler, John Cahill, Becky Ellis, Brett Carnito, and David Heckenberg. (not pictured: Caitlin Ahern, Juan Cerda, Keith Jacomine, and Matt Stevens) (L to R).

    On Sunday, March 11th, 34 DAA members gathered for our Annual General Meeting (AGM). Though we did not hold elections this year, there was plenty to talk about as we summarized a busy year of activities, discussed the ways DAA is growing, and set goals. DAA Chair Jennifer Rakow-Stepper introduced the Executive Committee and then spoke about member engagement, including our DAATalks series of notable speakers, the many actions and social events of the past year, and our upcoming goals. These include increasing outreach to new voters, contacting 100% of our membership to register for the 2018 midterm elections, activating members in the provinces and increasing the number of sustaining donors. A report was given on the Unity Reform Commission, followed by the Treasurer’s and Auditor’s reports. Changes to the DAA bylaws were presented and put up for discussion. After much debate, the new bylaws were approved with 33 in favor (including proxy votes). These can be found here. We were grateful to have Katie Solon as a guest -- as a founding member of DA Austria and former Chair, and most recently former DA International Chair, Katie was able to clarify many of our questions regarding the Unity Reform Commission, the way DAA and the DPCA interact, and voter registration.

    After the vote, the leadership team presented our Get Out the Vote effort and introduced our caucuses: Black Caucus, Progressive Caucus, LGBT Caucus, Solidarity Sundays, Young Democrats, and Experienced Democrats; we are still looking for a volunteer to lead the Women’s Caucus! At the end, the ExComm said goodbye and gave a huge thank-you to Ashley Arreola, who resigned as Member-at-Large. After the meeting members headed to Brickmaker’s for an early dinner. We thank all those who gathered that day, as well as all of our members who have so graciously donated time and money to keep DAA running! 

    – Caitlin Ahern, DAA Member-at-Large and Database Manager


    SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS VIENNA #13 LOOKED AT HISTORY – AND AT THOSE MAKING IT 

    On the heels of the March for Our Lives and as Viennese began leaving town for the Easter holiday, a small band of Solidarity Sunday activists met to review their Get Out The Vote “My Way” efforts. The Invite-Friends-for-Brunch-and-Register-Them-Over-Mimosas initiative netted seven new registrations, hitting the host’s goal. The Phone Banking Party literally broke the bank – ending early when Democrats Abroad’s online call allotment was used up halfway through the event! A little more than half of the goal of 150 calls was reached. The allotment has since been replenished and another Phone Banking Party is being organized. Interested in joining? Contact tanya.lolonis@mac.com for details.

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    MEMBERS CORNER

    RADIOLAB PRESENTS MORE PERFECT 

    I have been a long time listener of Radiolab, an NPR podcast that focuses on the weird and wonderful in the world of science and technology. When Radiolab presented a political offshoot of their series, entitled More Perfect, I was keen to see if they could tackle complex political science topics in the same manner they presented scientific concepts (which I find to be beautifully edited interviews and soundbites accompanied by zingy and artsy musical tracks). I was not disappointed. The Supreme Court decisions are presented in such a cohesive, informative and logical manner that one cannot listen to this podcast passively, you must be fully engaged and ready from beginning to end! I would recommend this podcast to those with a deep interest in political science and law. This podcast series will inform, shock and worry you all at the same time. Some of my personal favorites are “The Heist” and “American Pendulum II.” I hope you enjoy this podcast- happy listening!

    Podcast link: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/481105292/more-perfect

    - Faith Herbold, Global Black Caucus Liaison

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 04:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Amerlinghaus in Vienna, Austria

    Solidarity Sundays Vienna #15: Shining Light on Dark Money

    Join us as we shine a light on Dark Money in US politics. ☛ What is Dark Money? ☛ How does it distort our democracy? ☛ What remedies do we have?
    Then we'll brainstorm on ways to raise 💰for the Democratic Blue Wave and design a fundraiser of our own.

    Visit the event on facebook

    Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    Starbucks in Vienna, Austria

    Global Black Caucus Book Club

    "Blistering" "Essential" and "Eviscerating" are words that have been used to describe the book Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race by London-based, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge. Please join GBC Austria as we kick off our first monthly book club to discuss issues surrounding race, privilege, class and feminism through this poignant and timely book. Be ready for open and honest conversations in a supportive environment as we explore this book in a two-part series of discussions. Please take notes as you read through the first three chapters (Histories, The System and What is white privilege) and come prepared with thoughts, questions and comments. We hope to see you soon!

    You can get the book at Thalia for €10.99

    https://www.facebook.com/events/129413124585762/