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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!

DA Austria Leadership:

Keith Jacomine
| Vice-Chair
Brett Carnito
| Secretary
Marcy Fowler
| Treasurer
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  • News

    May's Newsletter

     

    In this Issue:

    Events

    Issues and Actions

    • In The News – DA 2020 Presidential Primary
    • Running for Democracy!

    Reviews

    • Solidarity Sundays: The Candidates (So Far)

    Members‘ Corner

    • Timothy Snyder at Wiener Festwochen


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    Events

    Salzburg Meet-Up

    Join us at our next Democrats Abroad Meet-Up for members and guests living in the Salzburg area! This is a chance to connect with fellow expats and discuss current events. Please BYOB and no RSVP required. We're looking forward to meeting you!

    WHEN:  May 10, 2019 at 6pm - 8pm 

    WHERE:  The English Center, Haunspergstraße 37A, Salzburg 5020

    CONTACT: Mary Beth Kollert · mary.b.broadwater@gmail.com

     

     

    Global Black Caucus

    Come join us at Cafe Phil on Friday, May 10th at 7pm, where we will discuss The Fire Next Timeby James Baldwin. Please make sure to read the book so that we can all have a great discussion!

    WHEN: May 10, 2019 at 7pm - 10pm

    WHERE: Cafe Phil, Gumpendorfer Str 10-12, Vienna 1060, Austria

    Google map and directions

    CONTACT: Faith Hall Herbold · gbc@democratsabroad.at

     

     

    Experienced Dems

    Join us at the May Meet-up of Experienced Democrats. All ranges of experience are welcome!

    WHEN: May 21, 2019 at 6pm - 8pm

    WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna

    Google map and directions

    CONTACT: John Cahill · jmcahill47@yahoo.com 

     

    Solidarity Sundays 24:  Death By A Thousand Cuts

    The Stonewall Riots 50 years ago catalyzed modern LGBT political activism. Widespread political awareness and pressure led to the repeal of oppressive laws, lifted bans on civil service and military employment, and won civil rights protections for LGBT individuals.

    Solidarity Sundays kicks off Pride Month with a look at the LGBTQ civil rights movement and its achievements, and how these hard-won rights and protections are being erased and eliminated by the Trump Administration.

    WHEN:  Sunday, May 26 at 4pm - 6pm  

    WHERE:  Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna

    DAA Facebook Group

    CONTACT:  Tanya Lolonis · solidaritysundays@democratsabroad.at



    DAATalks – A View of America and Journalism in the Age of Trump

    Democrats Abroad Austria is honoured to welcome Dr Eric Frey (der Standard), MEP Eugen Freund (EU Parliamentarian), and Dr Raimund Löw (FalterPodcast) for our next DAATalkslecture series on Thursday, June 13.

    WHEN: June 13, 2019 at 7pm - 9pm (doors will open at 6:30pm)

    WHERE: Republikanischer Club, Rockhgasse 1, 1010 Vienna

    Entrance at Hebenstreit Restaurant (5 min. from U2 Schottentor).

    Google map and directions

    CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · chair@democratsabroad.at



    Stand Together and Proud at the 2019 Pride Parade

    Despite the fact that a 2020 candidate is a married gay man, fifty years after Stonewall LGBTQ rights are still under threat in the Trump administration and the Supreme Court. DA Austria stands together and proud with the 2019 EuroPride events in Vienna. Don't be a bystander. We hope you will stand with us as we march for all of our rights.

    This is the most outlandish party on the DA Austria calendar and this year Vienna is home to EuroPride, so expect a wild and wonderful day!

    WHEN: June 15, 2019 at 11am - 4pm

    WHERE: Exact location to be announced. Vienna 1010

    Google map and directions

    CONTACT: Joey Eckhart · lgbt@democratsabroad.at

     


    Issues & Actions

     

    Democrats Abroad Calls on Overseas Americans to Participate in 2020 Presidential Primary

    DA makes push to reach historically underrepresented minority groups

    WASHINGTON, May 03, 2019 – Democrats Abroad, the largest organization for Americans living overseas and the official arm of the Democratic Party for the millions of Americans living outside the United States, today announced the adoption of its 2020 Delegate Selection Plan.

    The Delegate Selection Plan outlines how Democrats living abroad can participate in the presidential primary process and takes its place alongside plans from all other state Democratic parties. Key elements include rules and processes for the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary (March 3-10, 2020), and how delegates will be selected to represent Americans abroad at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

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    Running for Democracy!

    Democrats Abroad made a tremendous effort in 2018 to Get Out The Vote (GOTV), especially through its use of phonebanking – DA Austria had the highest success rate of any country committee, with 53% of our membership using VFA! – Our wonderful volunteer phonebankers don't get paid, but the system we use for phonebanking as well as the platform we use generally to run this organization cost money. In order to prepare for our GOTV efforts for the 2020 election, please consider sponsoring a runner to benefit DA Global’s fundraising effortin this year's "Running for Democracy" half-marathon and 10K run in Mannheim on May 11th. Here's the linkfor more information and to pledge.

     


    Reviews

     

    Solidarity Sundays:  The Candidates (So Far)

    FEC donor statistics indicate an engaged Democratic base isn’t worried by a drawn-out primary. Several DAA members who are keeping an early and close eye on the 2020 race participated in a lively Solidarity Sundays event on April 28th. Led by Progressive Caucus members Bruce Murray and Scott Witmer, the group brainstormed qualities, experience, and aspects of character they are looking for in the candidate to run against Donald Trump. It turns out that people had been thinking a great deal about this and had a lot to say:  it was challenging to keep the meeting under 2 hours.

    Bruce and Scott surveyed sources people can use to evaluate candidates – from campaign websites to Wikipedia, media outlets to issue-based organizations that rank candidates on policy. People exchanged media and polling sites they trust. Bruce and Scott encouraged a systematic approach to prepare for June’s Presidential debates.

    While the race to replace Trump stokes enthusiasm, the GOP is waging a comprehensive effort to dilute democratic votes in 2020. They are attempting to re-draw congressional districts with census changes and gerrymandering, and are introducing bills criminalizing voter registration workers. Registering Democratic voters is more important than ever.

    Tanya Lolonis explained how phonebanking played a key role in the historic turnout of Democrats Abroad voters in 2018. DA’s Phonebanker Extraordinaire, Andreas Beckman, shared his phonebanking experience and the pleasure of connecting with members. With so many hurdles being thrown up for voters, DA is committed to registering as many members as possible so they can participate in the 2020 elections. Solidarity Sundays and DA Caucuses will be organizing phonebanking parties to make it fun and easy to call Democrats around the globe. Help mobilize the Resistance -- watch this spot for details.

     

     


    Around Town

     

     

    Timothy Snyder at Wiener Festwochen

    WHEN: Thursday, 09. May, 7pm

    WHERE: Judenplatz, 1010 Vienna

    Free Entry

    No seating available

    »The work of memory is in the present. In our century, a place such as the Judenplatz is not simply a square within a city, but a site that might be viewed from a distance, anywhere in the world, through technology. Jews were once taken from Vienna to be murdered, and that crime cannot be undone. Yet we can bring those who wish to learn from that history to Vienna, to this place.

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    April's Newsletter

    DA Austria’s 2019 Survey

    Are you satisfied with DAA? What do you think we should be doing? Please take a few minutes to help DA Austria’s Executive Committee better fulfil your wishes and expectations in the next two years. The questionnaire will take just about five minutes of your time and will be invaluable for us. Please fill it out here! Thank you for your participation!

    – DAA Executive Committee

     

    In This Issue:

    Events

    Issues & Actions

    • Announcing 2019-2021 DAA Executive Committee
    • Progressive Caucus
    • 2020 Delegate Selection Plan Open for Public Comment
    • Running for Democracy!
    • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office Closures

    Reviews

    • Global Black Caucus
    • Annual General Meeting
    • Solidarity Sundays
    • Graz – Women's Day

    Members Corner

    • Peace Puzzle
    • Timothy Snyder at Wiener Festwochen

     


    Events:


    Experienced Democrats Meet-up

    Monthly meeting of Experienced Democrats. Join us!

    When: Tuesday, April 9, 6:00 pm

    Where: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna

    Contact: John Cahill • jmcahill47@yahoo.com • +43 676 695 2766

     

    Salzburg Meet-Up

    Join us at our next Democrats Abroad Meet-Up for members and guests living in the Salzburg area! This is a chance to connect with fellow expats and discuss current events. Please BYOB and no RSVP required. We're looking forward to meeting you!

    When: Friday, April 12, 7:30 pm

    Where: Haunspergstraße 37a, 5020 Salzburg

    Contact: Mary Beth Kollert • mary.b.broadwater@gmail.com

     

    Solidarity Sundays 23: The Candidates (So Far)

    They have Exploratory Committees and Campaign Committees, they‘re raising money and wooing activists, they’re visiting diners and schools and churches and union halls, and their number is ... hard to keep track of. They are the growing list of Democratic candidates vying to put Donald Trump to bed in 2020.

    Ahead of the first primary debates June 26 & 27, Solidarity Sundays goes past the Vanity Fair profiles and soft-focus videos to break down what you need to know: where do they stand on key issues? What do they offer in terms of youth vs experience? Who appeals to middle state voters vs coastal voters? We‘re not advocating for any one candidate: we aim to equip you to find yours and be able to articulate why. Join the discussion April 28th and practice democracy with coffee, cookies, and civics. Go to our Facebook Page for full details and to RSVP: https://m.facebook.com/events/2287321898041907?ref=page_internal&_rdr

    The 3 C’s — Coffee, Cookies, and Civics —

    When: Sunday, April 28, 4-6 pm

    Where: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna

    Contact: Tanya Lolonis • solidaritysundays@democratsabroad.at

     

    Global Black Caucus Book Club Vl

    Come join us at Cafe Phil on Friday, May 10th at 7pm, where we will discuss The Fire Next Timeby James Baldwin. Please make sure to read the book so that we can all have a great discussion!

    When: Friday, May 10, 7:00 pm

    Where: Cafe Phil, Gumpendorferstraße 10-12, 1060 Vienna

    Contact: Faith Herbold • f.hall-herbold@democratsabroad.at• 0660 2776485

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    Issues & Actions:

     

    Your 2019-2021 Executive Committee Team

    Democrats Abroad Austria is thrilled to announce our 2019-2021 Executive Committee! It’s a great group of committed and energetic leaders. We hope you’ll join us at one of our monthly Executive Committee meetings (2nd Wednesday of the month) or by helping out at an event. It’s going to take more than a village to win the White House in 2020 and we’re starting now!

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    The Progressive Caucus is up and running!

    ProDA is the “youngest” Democrats Abroad caucus. Its doors are wide open for Democrats of all ages!

    Who We Are

    The Progressive Caucus of Democrats Abroad works proactively to transform the United States into a society rooted in economic fairness, as well as social, racial, and environmental justice, particularly for the most vulnerable among us. We seek increased inclusion, fairness, accountability, and transparency in our domestic political processes. We support international cooperation, mutual respect, and peaceful methods of conflict resolution.

    – Bruce Murray, ProDA Founding Member

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    2020 Delegate Selection Plan Open for Public Comment

    Democrats Abroad's 2020 Delegate Selection Plan is now online for a public commenting period from March 8 to April 8, 2019.

    https://www.democratsabroad.org/2020dspcomments

     

    Running for Democracy!

    Democrats Abroad made a tremendous effort in 2018 to Get Out The Vote (GOTV), especially through its use of phonebanking – DA Austria had the highest success rate of any country committee, with 53% of our membership using VFA! – Our wonderful volunteer phonebankers don't get paid, but the system we use for phonebanking as well as the platform we use generally to run this organization cost money. In order to prepare for our GOTV efforts for the 2020 election, please consider sponsoring a runner to benefit DA globals fundraising effort in this year's "Running for Democracy" Half-Marathon and 10K runs in Mannheim on 11th May. Here's the link for more information and to pledge.

     

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office Closures

    Last month the Trump administration announced its intention to close the more that 20 USCIS offices outside the U.S.

    Officials in these offices process applications for visas, adoptions, green card abandonment and more. The proposal is for these services to be instead provided by embassies and consulates. The affect will be the lengthening of already intolerably long processing wait times, causing multi-National families to become separated.

    DA wishes to profile the harm this policy could cause Americans abroad and recommend changed. A small team (including an immigration lawyer) is in place but requires the support of others with immigration law expertise to articulate DA’s position, prepare a letter to elected officials and others, draft a one-pager for the May Door Knock and a Resolution to be considered at the May global meeting in Washington DC.

    Please contact me urgently if you can contribute to this work.

    – Carmelan Polce, New York and Australia • carmelanpolce@gmail.com

     


    Reviews:

    Graz International Women’s Day Workshop

    On Sunday, March 10th, we gathered at the cozy Seddwell Center over cupcakes and tea for a fascinating afternoon learning about the Equal Rights Amendment and discussing strategies for improving the situation for women - with guests from Austria and our host from New Zealand! We viewed the film Legislating Equality, discussed the best ways that we in Austria can promote women’s rights, and wrote postcards to legislators in Arizona who have been attempting to hold ERA legislation hostage. At the end we took a picture using the International Women’s Day hashtags #BalanceforBetter. We look forward to more actions in Graz this year!

    –Caitlin Ahern, Member-at-Large, Graz Coordinator

     

    Global Black Caucus Book Club V

    Democrats Abroad members enjoyed a light dinner at Cafe Phil before digging into the New York Times bestselling book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemptionby Bryan Stevenson. Excitement about the democratic candidates overshadowed the discussion of the book, but nevertheless, the group persisted. The group discussed the stories of the individuals that Stevenson and his dedicated legal team had helped by freeing them from lengthy prison sentences and even saving them from death by state sanctioned execution.

    – Faith Hall Herbold, Member-at-Large, DAA Black Caucus Coordinator

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    DAA’s AGM – Business and Fun!

    Despite being a beautiful spring day, more than forty dedicated DA Austria members and numerous guests gathered on Saturday, March 30 in Vienna for DAA’s Annual General Meeting and the election of our 2019-2021 Executive Committee. We were honored to welcome International Chair Julia Bryan as our guest speaker and also that Katie Solon, former International Chair, former DAA Chair and current DA Germany Voting Representative, as well as Merrill Oates, Current DA Hungary Chair, were able to join us!

    The various Chair, Treasurer and Auditors’ reports showed that DA Austria is an active and growing organization. We were able to cover costs incurred by our many events and demonstrations in 2018 through the generosity of our sustaining donors, a fundraiser, and swag sales. The number of US citizens in Austria who used the Vote From Abroad website to request their ballots was 116% of DA Austria's membership, and 53% of DA Austria's members used the service the highest of any country committee. In terms of VFA use, DA Austria ranked 5th among all country committees globally - as Julia said, "These are outstanding results!"

    During the meeting members passed amendments to our Bylaws that bring them into compliance with new DA rules and our Austrian Vereinsstatuten, and voted for DAA’s new executive committee (see article Your 2020 Team!). The electronic voting, which took place for the first time, was a huge success – doubling the number of members who voted in our election.

    After the business was done, the meeting was adjourned and the fun began. Member Laurin Seymann guided us through a tasting of wines from Seymann's Winecrafting, his family’s vineyard, and Walt and Jane Schwarz shared their Peace Puzzle project with us. We all got busy trying to find those positive words that are so hard to locate in today’s political discourse while enjoying a glass of delicious wine.

    Thank you to everyone who attended and especially those who traveled from Graz, Salzburg, Linz, Prague, Budapest, and Germany to join us, as well as to the volunteers who helped at the event to make it run smoothly!

    – Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, Chair

     

    Solidarity Sundays #22: What’s Immigration Reform Look Like?

    On a sunny March 31st afternoon, Juan Cerda led attendees through a comprehensive look into the history of immigration policy, beginning with Article 1 of the Constitution bestowing power on Congress to regulate naturalization and immigration. Over time, presidential power has carved out a growing role: before the current President tried closing borders at airports and down south, President Obama wielded presidential power to establish DACA. So powerful are executive orders that courts ruled in 2018 that President Trump‘s executive order to end Obama‘s DACA executive order is unlawful; only an act of congress can supersede it.

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    Members Corner

     

    The Puzzle Project

    Annual General Meeting attendees had the opportunity to field test Jane and Walt Schwarz’s challenging Peace-Puzzle at the meeting. They’ve improved the colors thanks to our feedback. The puzzle (the help sheet, password=sos and the solution password=easy) are in the links for those of you who would like to take on the challenge. Be forewarned – finding peace isn’t easy!

     


    Timothy Snyder at Wiener Festwochen

    »The work of memory is in the present. In our century, a place such as the Judenplatz is not simply a square within a city, but a site that might be viewed from a distance, anywhere in the world, through technology. Jews were once taken from Vienna to be murdered, and that crime cannot be undone. Yet we can bring those who wish to learn from that history to Vienna, to this place.

    When: Thursday, May 9, 7pm

    Where: Judenplatz,1010 Vienna

    Free Entry, No Seating

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    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Café Museum in Vienna, Austria

    Experienced Dems Monthly Meet-Up

    Join us at the May Meet-up of Experienced Democrats. All ranges of experience are welcome!

    Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 04:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    Amerlinghaus in Vienna, Austria

    Solidarity Sundays 24: Death By A Thousand Cuts

    Marking Pride Month with a look at LGBTQ civil rights in today's America.

    See us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/341356200070336/