Who We Are 

Democrats Abroad is the official arm of the Democratic Party representing Americans who live outside the US. Our mission is to to provide Americans living in Austria a voice in our government and to elect Democrats by mobilizing the overseas vote.


Our Caucuses

We have several active caucuses that focus on specific progressive issues/groups:

  • Black Caucus
  • LGBTQ+
  • Progressive Caucus
  • Solidarity Sundays
  • Women’s Caucus
  • Youth Caucus


Our Activities

These range from monthly get-togethers, lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, and guest speakers to political rallies and marches!  And more…


Are you an American in Austria? Become a DA member!

We keep you informed.

Contact: [email protected]


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DA Austria Leadership:

Jen Rakow-Stepper
| Regional Vice Chair–EMEA, Member-at-Large–DA Austria
Richard Miller
Diego Heatherman
| Treasurer
Marcy Fowler
| Secretary, IT Coordinator
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  • News

    Congratulations to DA Austria's 2023-2025 ExCom members!

    The election of the 2023-2025 DAA ExCom concluded during the March 19, 2023 Annual General Meeting.  Congratulations to our new ExCom members!


    Chair: Richard Miller 

    Vice Chair: Marjorie Rosenberg  

    Treasurer: Diego Heatherman 

    Secretary: Jacqueline Berman

    Counsel: Jeffrey Velasquez



    Marcy Fowler, Andrew Nash, Jennifer Rakow-Stepper 


    DPCA Voting Representatives:

    Bruce Murray, Jennifer Rakow-Stepper 


    DPCA Alternate Voting Representatives: 

    Jacqueline Berman, Josh Friedman, Tanya Lolonis

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    March is Women's History Month!


    Please ask all your members to join the Global Women’s Caucus during Women’s History Month.

    Here’s a short history lesson on the Equal Rights Amendment.

    The U.S. Constitution excluded women when it was written in 1776.  Women were not given the right to vote until 1920 when the 19th amendment was ratified.  Alice Paul, one of the leading suffragists, promoted adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.   It was first introduced in Congress in 1923 – yes, 100 years ago!

    The 19th amendment states: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

    The proposed Equal Rights Amendment states: Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. 

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, April 01, 2023 at 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 527 rsvps

    WEP and Americans Abroad—How To Stop It Hurting Retirement Plans

    What is WEP?  The Windfall Elimination Provision, (“WEP”), is a source of concern and some serious financial implications for Americans living abroad.  Will it affect you when you retire abroad? The answer is - it might.

    WEP, in a very broad nutshell, can affect the benefits that you are paid by the Social Security Administration. If you receive both a pension from doing work that did not pay into Social Security and are also receiving a pension from Social Security, the amount you receive from Social Security may be reduced and spousal benefits may be eliminated.

    How do you prepare for WEP? What if as a retired person you receive a pension from abroad as well as Social Security – how will WEP affect you?

    Democrats Abroad has been working on the elimination of WEP since the early 2000s. There is currently a bill in the House -  HR 82 Social Security Fairness Act of 2023 - which would eliminate WEP. The DA Seniors Caucus is currently advocating for WEP elimination. Please join us to find out more.

    Our guest speaker is Nancy Altman from Social Security Works and she will speak to us about WEP and answer our questions about WEP.

    About our Speaker:

    Nancy J. Altman has a forty-five year background in the areas of Social Security and private pensions. She is president of Social Security Works and chair of the Strengthen Social Security coalition.
    Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed Ms. Altman to a six-year term, starting October 1, 2017, on the Social Security Advisory Board. The seven-person Board is a bipartisan, independent federal government agency established in 1994 to advise the President, Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security.
    Ms. Altman is the author of The Battle for Social Security: From FDR’s Vision to Bush’s Gamble (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) and The Truth About Social Security: The Founders’ Words Refute Revisionist History, Zombie Lies, and Common Misunderstandings (Strong Arm Press, 2018). She is also co-author of Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All (The New Press, 2015). She has shared her Social Security expertise on numerous television and radio shows, including PBS NewsHour, MSNBC, and FOX News. She has published op-eds in dozens of newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
    From 1983 to 1989, Ms. Altman was on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and taught courses on private pensions and Social Security at the Harvard Law School. In 1982, she was Alan Greenspan’s assistant in his position as chairman of the bipartisan commission that developed the 1983 Social Security amendments.
    From 1977 to 1981, she was a legislative assistant to Senator John C. Danforth (R-Mo) and advised the Senator with respect to Social Security issues. From 1974 to 1977, she was a tax lawyer with Covington & Burling, where she handled a variety of private pension matters.
    Ms. Altman chairs the Board of Directors of the Pension Rights Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of beneficiary rights. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund, the Economic Opportunity Institute, Latinos for the Secure Retirement, and the Institute for America’s Future. In the mid-1980’s, she was on the organizing committee and the first board of directors of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

    Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 12:00 AM Vienna Time
    Café Museum in Vienna, Austria

    Experienced Democrats Meet-Up

    Experience comes in all ages! Come join the regular meeting of DAA's Experienced Democrats for discussion and more.