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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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    February Newsletter

    DA members from Prague and Vienna at the March to the Ballot Box demonstration at Stephansplatz, Vienna  on January 21. (photo: Andreas Beckman)


    In This Issue:


    Events

    • Experienced Democrats
    • Young Dems
    • SolSun #12

    Issues & Actions

    • AGM Announcement
    • Unity Reform Commission Update
    • Black History Month
    • Understanding Special Elections
    • Election Calendar
    • Help us Get Out the Vote!
    • DA's global teams are growing and they need our help!

    Reviews

    • Women’s March Anniversary
    • Solidarity Sundays Vienna #11


    EVENTS:


    EXPERIENCED DEMOCRATS MEET-UP

    The Inaugural Experienced Democrats Meet-Up was such a resounding success that we have decided to make it a regular event. We are looking forward to seeing even more of you experienced Democrats!




    VOTER REGISTRATION PUB NIGHT

    The mid-terms are approaching, and we need to make sure that all of our American friends and family in Austria are registered to vote. In February we'll be killing two birds with one stone with a voter registration pub night at our favorite American hang out. We look forward to seeing you! :-)


    SOLSUN #12: MAKE AN IMPACT YOUR WAY


    photo: christine@benallyperanteau.com

    Join us to learn more about how you can make an impact your way in this year's midterm elections. We need your help to register other American's living abroad and to make sure they vote. Come and learn how easy it is to register to vote from abroad and discover the creative ways of getting other Americans to do the same.

    We will be writing postcards to folks back home and in Austria reminding them to register to vote, phone-banking to other Democrats, and some of our members are even hosting brunches in their homes for their friends and making them sign up to register to vote on the spot.

    We will also have a recap of the Democrats Abroad EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Regional meeting on strategies and projects that are being done around the world that we can implement here in Austria.

    Finally, we will also be celebrating our one year anniversary of Sunday Solidarity in Vienna, join us for cake and coffee!! 






    SAVE THE DATE!

    At May 26th's Solidarity Sunday, we'll be doing a group Phone-banking Sprint, complete with beer and pizza.



    ISSUES & ACTIONS:


    Your participation, activism, and donations have made Democrats Abroad Austria a strong and vital organization over the past fifteen years. 

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT


    You are cordially invited to the Democrats Abroad Austria 2018 Annual General Meeting.

    We'll present brief reports on 2017, discuss plans for 2018, and conduct a vote on amendments to the DAA Bylaws. Along with our Caucus and grassroots leaders, we’ll show a presentation of 2017’s activities that illustrate how DA Austria continues to grow and strengthen almost 15 years after DAA's founding.

    Refreshments will be served during the meeting and there will be a no-host dinner afterwards for everyone who would like to join. Please RSVP for the meeting here and the dinner here.

    All Democrat Abroad Austria  members are welcome. Any American over 18 (by the next federal election) and residing in Austria may also join at the meeting.

    Your participation, activism, and donations have made Democrats Abroad Austria a strong and vital organization over the past fifteen years. In 2018, we’ll continue working to strengthen the voice and the vote of all our members. We’ve got an important midterm coming up in November and we are relying on your help to make it a blue wave! Remember, Americans living overseas must request their ballot each calendar year. Do it here at Vote From Abroad.

    I look forward to seeing you at our AGM!

    – Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DA Austria, Chair


    • When: Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
    • Where: SPÖ Neubau, Lindengasse 64, 1070 Vienna
    • RSVP: Please pre-register for the meeting by contacting database manager Caitlin Ahern by email or by calling 0650-312-5572. Include your name, Austrian address, phone number and US voting state in your email to her so that your record stays current. This will help us start the meeting on time and ensure that we have an accurate vote count. We encourage all members to pre-register, even if you're uncertain that you can make it, in order to minimise long waiting lines.

    Click below for more information about the Agenda, copies of the current and Amended Bylaws, Voting and Proxies, and directions to the AGM.

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    UNITY REFORM COMMISSION UPDATE

    As you know, the Unity Reform Commission (URC) emerged from the 2016 DNC National Convention in Philadelphia as a tool to unite and strengthen the party. Information about its mandate, members, and work can be found here: https://democrats.org/page/unity-reform-commission Its recommendations have been endorsed by Tom Perez and Keith Ellison. On 12 and 13 January 2018 the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee considered the URC recommendations in preparation for the DNC Winter Meeting in March. It did not vote on the recommendations. On 21 January, Democrats Abroad Toronto, in cooperation with the new Progressive Caucus of Democrats Abroad hosted an event with Larry Cohen, URC Vice Chair and Our Revolution Chair. You can view the event via recorded livestream here: https://www.facebook.com/prodacaucus/videos/1845052192194925/?fref=mentions

    Larry’s down-to-earth, straightforward and passionate presentation of what is at stake as we progress toward the midterm elections seems quite compelling. I strongly urge all to take a look and listen!

    – Bruce Murray, DA Austria, Counsel


    FROM DA GLOBAL–

    Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” started by the noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.

    It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February, as well as in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands in October.

    This year, Black History Month is more important than ever. We have an overtly racist, sexist, homophobic government that wants to take America back to a time that never existed. Black history is American history, not a footnote.

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    UNDERSTANDING SPECIAL ELECTIONS . . .

    Extract from Flippable

    "Special elections happen when a lawmaker dies, resigns, or gets a new job in the government. They occur all year round, every year. With low levels of funding and low voter turnout, you might think these elections are no big deal—but they’re actually hugely important.

    That’s because:

    • Special elections are anyone’s game. Most voters don’t show up at the polls for them, so the normal rules don’t apply. The party that’s paying the most attention has the best chance of winning.
    • There are dozens of special elections every year—and each one gives us an opportunity to flip or defend a seat. Since November 2016, Dems have won more than 30 special elections.
    • By getting out the vote for these low-profile races, Dems can make quiet progress nationwide.

    We don’t have to wait for the next election cycle to start making a difference."

    . . . AND SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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    Q: Elections aren’t until November. Why request your ballot in January?

    It’s really not too early!

    • Sending in your ballot request now will allow you to vote in primaries
    • Your Local Board of Elections will get busier as we get closer to elections. If things are delayed - or if something goes wrong - sending in your ballot request now will ensure there’s time to address any issues.
    • Do it now so you don’t have to worry about it later!

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    ELECTION CALENDAR: REGISTER, REQUEST, RECEIVE, RETURN!

    (photo: Christine Fahrngruber)

    Arizona – February 27 – Special Primary Election Congressional District 8

    • Register by January 29
    • Request ballot by February 16

    Texas – March 6 – State Primary

    • Register by February 5
    • Request ballot by February 23

    Pennsylvania – March 13 – Special Election Congressional District 18

    • Register by February 12
    • Request ballot by March 12

    Illinois – March 20 – Primary

    • Register by February 18
    • Request ballot by February 18



    WANT DEMS TO GRAB CONTROL OF CONGRESS THIS NOVEMBER?

    HELP US GET OUT THE VOTE!

    Becky Ellis is DAA's new GOTV Coordinator

    As few as 5% of eligible overseas voters vote in midterm elections. From now through November, Democrats Abroad Austria will be making it as easy as possible for fellow expats to cast their ballots. You can help!

    • Registering voters We'll be registering voters at events throughout the city. Spend an hour or two at a registration table helping people fill out their registrations and ballot requests.
    • Phonebanking Call registered Democrats Abroad members and remind them to register and request their ballot (and send it in!). Calls are made online through CallHub, at no cost to you. You can call from the comfort of your couch or join one of our Phonebanking Sprints, where we gather with pizza and drinks and call as many voters as we can together.

    Contact Democrats Abroad Austria's GOTV Coordinator, Becky Ellis, at Becky.Ellis@gmail.com to find out more, and join us at February's Solidarity Sunday to learn about other ways you can help GOTV by doing whatever you love to do most -- whether it's biking, baking or brunching!

    For more information on phonebanking and online training materials, click here.

    – Becky Ellis, DA Austria, GOTV Coordinator



    REVIEWS:


    March to the Ballot Box Demonstration in front of Stephansplatz, Vienna (photos top and bottom: Lee Rubin-Jacober)


    WOMEN’S MARCH ANNIVERSARY – MARCH TO THE BALLOT BOX!

    It was a damp and dreary day, but even the miserable weather couldn’t dissuade more than 70 dedicated DAA members, friends, and onlookers from turning out for our “March to the Ballot Box” in Vienna on January 21.

    Margaret Carter, Faith Hall-Herbold, and Laura Holgate (l to r) 

    The rally was part of a larger organization of marches, demonstrations, and events that took place over the weekend of Jan 20-21 under the headline “Power to the Polls.” Globally, more than 100 marches over 38 countries took place – not including those in the US where hundreds of thousands marched in LA, NYC, and cities between. Women’s March Global organized a live stream that broadcast women from Uganda to Buenos Aires and Wellington to Frankfurt rising up and speaking out. 

    – Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DA Austria, Chair

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    SOLSUN #11– SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS GEARS UP 

    FOR A WAVE ELECTION

    We're back from holidays and focused on November's midterms — elections that can potentially turn the House blue. With more close elections than at any time in modern history, overseas votes are poised to make a critical difference. That’s the kind of role our activists like.

    Sunday’s meet-up focused on registering more Americans in Austria than ever. DAA’s new Get Out The Vote coordinator, Becky Ellis, laid out goals and resources for the nine months ahead, and ran the Solidarity crew through the nuts and bolts of registering overseas voters.

    –Tanya Lolonis, Juan Cerda, and Antje Lewis, Solidarity Sundays Coordinators

    READ MORE

    Solidarity Sundays gathered to discuss 2018 GOTV plans


    VOTING FROM ABROAD — BY THE NUMBERS

    Becky Ellis, DAA’s new Get Out The Vote coordinator, prepared a quiz to test how much the Solidarity Sundays Vienna crew knows about the most important issue we deal with — voting from abroad. At the latest meet-up, we were a bit stumped. See your knowledge about overseas voting — answers below.

    1. How many Americans are living abroad and eligible to vote in the November election?
    2. If Americans living abroad formed their own state, how would it’s population rank?
    3. What percent of eligible overseas citizens voted in the 2014 elections?
    4. What percent of overseas voters who requested a ballot voted in 2014, the last Mid-Term election?
    5. How often do you have to submit a new overseas voter registration?
    6. What is the most common reason overseas voters give for not voting?
    7. What is the second most common reason given for not voting?
    8. Which five countries have the largest number of eligible citizen voters?
    9. How many Senate seats are up for reelection in 2018?
    10. How many of those seats are Democratic seats?
    11. Which state has the earliest registration deadline for primary voters?

    GET THE ANSWERS!


    DA's global teams are growing and they need our help!

    • Fundraising – The fundraising team is looking for volunteers who can help in outreach to current sponsors and potential donors as well as with program planning and execution. Contact: fundraising@democratsabroad.org for more information.
    • IT - The IT team is looking for volunteers interested in diving deep into membership database work, helping with common IT help desk problems, and even helping out with javascript issues. Contact: it-recruit@democratsabroad.org for more information.
    • Volunteers – join the Global Volunteer team and help match our volunteers to the many opportunities available for them. Contact: volunteer@democratsabroad.org for more information.

    Skill sets for all positions:

    • Ability to use Excel OR Google Sheets (required)
    • Ability to work independently with a remote/virtual team (required)
    • Comfortable working online via a variety of communications channels – Slack, Skype, etc (required)
    • Comfortable speaking on the phone (desired)
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    January Newsletter


    In this Issue –

    Events

    Issues and Actions

    • Women’s March One Year Anniversary – Rally

    • DA Taxation Tax Force Year-end Update

    • Overseas Voters Must Register Every Election Year

    • January Registration Drive

    • DAA Needs Your Help

    • Join Us at Democrats Abroad Regional Meeting!

    Members Corner

    • Upcoming Events at the Republikanischer Club – Neues Österreich


    A Note from DA Austria –

    Democrats Abroad is thrilled that 2018 is finally here and we can get to work helping people to get registered, request their ballots, and create a blue wave in November.

    The past year has shown us that despite dark times, not only does resistance work but that literally every vote matters. Therefore, over the next eight months we’ll be planning many get-out-the-vote, social, grassroots, and fundraising events – we hope to see you!

    DAA is making a strong effort to include all the information you need to stay up to date in our monthly newsletter in order to avoid the flood of emails that occurs in an election year. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Also check out our website and Facebook page for the latest news.

    Happy New Year! We look forward to working with you in 2018 to generate the biggest turnout ever of overseas voters for Democratic candidates in elections right across the country. Request your ballot today and start the year off well as we head towards winning back the Senate and House.

    – Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DAA Chair



    EVENTS



    MARCH TO THE BALLOT BOX – 365 DAYS OF ACTIVISM Rally

    Women’s March One Year Anniversary – Vienna

    One year ago, women in Washington DC and around the world changed the face of 2017 and began the resistance movement that has successfully thwarted many of Trump’s and Congress’s plans.

    A year later, from San Francisco to Washington and from Berlin to Vienna, thousands of people will hold marches and rallies. We’re organizing a rally (and a flashmob surprise) on January 21 (see event info above) to remind everyone to March to the Polls and commemorate 365 Days of Activism. Bring a poster. Bring your pussy hat. Bring your friends, family, and loved ones. Join us at the rally! Women's March Global will be doing a livestream of events around the world.

    We'll be meeting up afterwards (location tba) to make plans for the midterm election and help folks register to vote. Please be sure to RSVP at democratsabroad.org/at_events.

    Remember a year ago? Women in Washington DC and around the world changed the face of 2017. One year later, we'll be having a demonstration (and a flashmob surprise) to remind everyone to March to the Polls and commemorate 365 Days of Activism. Bring a poster; bring your pussy hat; bring your friends, family, and loved ones. 

    Women's March Global will be doing a livestream of events around the world. Join us!

    We'll be meeting up afterwards at Flannagan's. One year later #daresists  #marchtotheballotbox  


    POST RALLY MEET-UP

    After the Women's March Rally, Dem's of all ages in conjunction with the Youth Caucus will be taking it indoors to continue the conversation, register voters, and warm up with some food and refreshments. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP here so we can reserve enough tables.

    We'll meet up close to the rally location but the venue is still to be decided. We'll update as soon as it's fixed. 


    EXPERIENCED DEMOCRATS MEET-UP

    The inaugural meeting of the “Experienced Democrats” group of Democrats Abroad Austria will be held at Café Museum. Although we will be focusing on the interests of our more mature members, all Democrats of all ages are welcome. Questions or comments to John Cahill. Looking forward to seeing you! 


    SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS #11 – TAKE ACTION IN 2018

    2018 is the year we take our country back. Are you ready to take action and get involved? Join us as we learn from a representative from Democrats Abroad Austria on how we can each do our part to turn the US blue this year. Plus join us for a glass of wine ;-) (or a cup of tea!) https://www.facebook.com/events 



    ISSUES AND ACTIONS:


    DA TAXATION TAX FORCE YEAR-END UPDATE

    Carmelan Polce and other members of DA’s Taxation Tax Force work tirelessly throughout the year on multiple campaigns and advocacy initiatives to bring our tax filing and financial account reporting problems to the attention of our elected representatives.

    Because of their efforts and the outreach of DA Leaders and members, there isn’t a member of Congress on Capitol Hill who doesn’t know that there is a laundry list of ways in which the U.S. tax code discriminates against Americans abroad and that the Americans abroad community is determined to make them change that. Year in Review

    See below for our further notes on:

    • the end of the tax reform legislative process;
    • the remarks published by Rep Dina Titus in the Congressional Record about the need for tax reform for Americans abroad;
    • the FATCA Repeal lawsuit making application to be heard by the Supreme Court;
    • the tax reform clean-up bill coming in the next few months; and
    • the new Taxation Task Force strategic plan.

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    OVERSEAS VOTERS MUST REGISTER EVERY ELECTION YEAR

    Time for voter registration has arrived! US citizens who will be abroad can request their 2018 ballots now at www.votefromabroad.org. One form gets you all your ballots for the year: primaries, special elections and the all-important November election where all 435 members of the House of Representatives and 35 U.S. senators are on the ballot. Think of the opportunity for a new congress!

    DA recommends that you register and request your ballot even if you have a “friendly” voter registrar in the States. If you don’t re-register your vote could be void.


    REGISTRATION DRIVE

    We’ll be starting off 2018 with a January Registration Drive to make sure that every US citizen in Austria has registered to vote and requested their ballots for the 2018 midterms. We’ll have a registration table at the following January events: Post March meet-up on Jan 21 and Sol Sun #11 on Jan 28. Keep an eye out for other upcoming times and locations and make sure to bring your friends.

    Indivisible is working hard to get Americans in the States to register. Send the following information to your friends and family back home.

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    DAA NEEDS YOUR HELP

    There is a lot to do over the next few months and we need volunteers to help us get out the vote. Regardless if you can spare a few hours a week or an hour a month, we have something you could help out on. Ready and willing? Contact Jennifer at demsabroadaustria@gmail.com

    Current needed volunteer positions:

    • Get-Out-the-Vote Coordinator (2hrs/week)
    • Study Abroad Contact Coordinator (1hr/week)
    • Phonebanking (flexible)
    • Staff a Registration Table (2hrs/month)
    • Research Position (to track when US Politicians or Notables are in Vienna) (2hrs/month)
    • DAA Contact Person for Global Black Caucus (periodic global meetings)
    • DAA Contact Person for Women’s Caucus (periodic global meetings)


    JOIN US IN MADRID!

    The EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Region and Democrats Abroad Spain will host a meeting of leaders, volunteers, and members from all over DA’s largest region. We expect about 100 participants from countries all around the region and we will focus on strategies and projects to elect Democrats in 2018.

    Members of Democrats Abroad from every region are welcome to join us. RSVP below to receive more information as it becomes available. Registration and program details will be available in the next 7-10 days but we encourage you to mark your calendar and make travel plans now.

    The three-day program in the heart of Madrid will begin with a session from the Women’s Caucus on Friday afternoon, followed by an evening reception highlighting the best of Madrid’s culture and food. Saturday presentations, training sessions, and workshops will be followed by a Global Black Caucus Cocktail Reception and a “gala” dinner with a special guest speaker. Sunday training sessions and presentations will end around 1pm.

    • WHEN: February 09, 2018 at 7pm - February 11, 2018
    • WHERE: Hotel Santo Domingo, C/San Bernardo 1, Madrid 28013 Spain Google map and directions
    • CONTACT: Will Bakker · rvc-emea@democratsabroad.org



    MEMBERS’ CORNER


    HAPPENING AROUND TOWN

    The Republikanischer Club – Neues Österreich generously lets us use their clubrooms for our DAATalks lecture series. They have a number of interesting readings and events (in German) coming up in January and February.

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    Beaver Brewing Company in Vienna, Austria

    Voter Registration Pub Night

    The mid-terms are approaching, and we need to make sure that all of our American friends and family in Austria are registered to vote. In February we'll be killing two birds with one stone with a voter registration pub night at our favorite American hang out. We look forward to seeing you! :-)

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    Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 04:00 PM
    Amerlinghaus in Vienna, Austria

    SolSun #12: Make an Impact Your Way

    Join us to learn more about how you can make an impact your way in this year's midterm elections. We need your help to register other American's living abroad and to make sure they vote. Come and learn how easy it is to register to vote from abroad and discover the creative ways of getting other Americans to do the same.

    We will be writing postcards to folks back home and in Austria reminding them to register to vote, phone-banking to other Democrats, and some of our members are even hosting brunches in their homes for their friends and making them sign up to register to vote on the spot.

    We will also have a recap of the Democrats Abroad EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Regional meeting on strategies and projects that are being done around the world that we can implement here in Austria.

    Finally, we will also be celebrating our one year anniversary of Sunday Solidarity in Vienna, join us for cake and coffee!!