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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:

Juan Cerda
| Vice Chair; LGBT Caucus, Austria; Solidarity Sundays Vienna Coordinator
Marcy Fowler
| Treasurer, IT Coordinator
Brett Carnito
| Secretary
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  • News

    January Newsletter

    In This Issue –

    Events:

    • Experienced Dems Meet-Up
    • Debate Watch Party
    • Young Dems Pub Night
    • Salzburg Meet Up
    • DAATalks with Ambassador Eva Nowotny
    • Solidarity Sundays
    • Global Black Caucus Book Club

    Issues & Actions:

    • Become a DA Delegate to the Democratic Convention
    • Global Presidential Primary
    • Democrats Abroad Tax Advocacy Year In Review - 2019
    • It’s All Happening at #demsaustria
    • Gearing up for 2020:
      • A Warning
      • Join the Club!
    • Volunteer and Be the Difference in 2020

    Reviews:

    • ProDA Austria Kitchen Table Talk
    • Impeach & Remove Rallies in Graz and Vienna

     

    Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be held on:

    • Wednesday, February 12, 2020

    Members are welcome to join us at the meetings! Please contact Jennifer at chair@democratsabroad.atfor the location.

     

    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. Thanks for reading!

     

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    New Year’s Message –

    The Year For Change

    On Wednesday, November 4, 2020 we’ll know. We’ll know whether our Constitution has held, whether our Supreme Court will retain a semblance of judicial balance, whether our laws guaranteeing our right to vote will have withstood partisan attack.

    On the day after the election we’ll know if we did everything we could to remove a corrupt and unfit president from office and whether or not it was enough. The days and months until then will make the difference. Our votes from overseas are proven to be the margin of victory in close elections. Democrats Abroad knows how critical it is to get out those votes. That’s why in 2020 we will be working harder than ever to help people to register, request and vote their ballots.

    Together we can generate the biggest turnout ever of overseas voters for Democratic candidates from the president on down. Together, we can make this a year of change and a trulyhappy new year.

    Request your ballot today and start the year off right as we head towards winning back the White House and the Senate!

    – Democratically Yours,

    Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DAA Chair


    Events:

    Experienced Dems Meet-Up 

    Join us for the first meeting of Experienced Democrats in 2020!

    — John Cahill, DAA Experienced Dems 

    When: January 14, 2020 at 6pm - 8pm

    Where: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, Vienna 1010

    Visit this event on Facebook.

     

    Debate Watch Party

    The next Debate Watch Party will again be at Beaver Brewing Company at 7pm on January 15th. We look forward to seeing you there for another round of democratic drinks, debate and discussion! 

    — Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DAA Chair

    When: January 15, 2020 at 7pm

    Where: Beaver Brewing Company, Liechtensteinstrasse 69, Vienna 1090

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    Young Dems Pub Night

    Join us for our monthly Young Dems Pub Night at Beaver Brewing Company. We're looking forward to meeting many of our (new) young dems. Bring along anyone you know who would like to join us for drinks and talks!

    — Laura Farmwald & Sophie Spiegelberger, DAA Youth Caucus Co-Chairs

    When: January 16, 2020 at 7pm - 10pm

    Where: Beaver Brewing Company, Liechtensteinstrasse 69, Vienna 1090

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    Salzburg Meet-Up

    In 2020 we plan to meet tentatively on the 3rd Friday of every month. We will discuss a range of topics. 

    Meeting location will either be a member's home or a local establishment with easy access for all attendees. On January 24, we will meet near, BUT NOT AT, the restaurant Goldener Stern (Stauffeneggstraße 2, 5020 Salzburg). Contact me for the exact location if you want to attend. 

    We hope you will join us!

    — Mary Beth Kollert, DAA Salzburg 

    When: January 24, 2020 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Where: Salzburg 5020

    Contact m.kollert@democratsabroad.atfor the exact location

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    DAATalks with Ambassador Eva Nowotny

    Democrats Abroad Austria is excited to welcome Eva Nowotny, a top Austrian diplomat, as the guest speaker at our next DAATalks lecture series. 

    Nowotny was Austria’s ambassador to France, the United Kingdom and the United States, foreign policy adviser to Federal Chancellor Fred Sinowatz and Franz Vranitzky and president of the Austrian UNESCO Commission. Today, she is chairwoman of the University Council of the University of Vienna and, since its founding in 1991, board member and curator of the Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue.

    As an expert with a deep understanding of the American political landscape, she will be sharing her views on the current U.S. political situation and the upcoming election.

    We hope you will join us for what will certainly be a fascinating discussion! Doors open at 18:30.

    — Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DAA Chair

    When: January 23, 2020 at 7pm - 8:30pm

    Where: Republikanischer Club, Rockhgasse 1, Vienna 1010

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    Solidarity Sundays: Amending the Constitution

    Learn how our founding document gets updated, and which amendments are still pending. Start election year right, and get trained to phonebank our members! Bring a laptop & earbuds with microphone. Save democracy, one voter at a time.

    — Tanya Lolonis, Member-at-Large, DAA SoSun Co-Chair

    When: January 26, 2020 at 4pm - 6pm

    Where: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, Vienna 1070

    Visit this event on Facebook.



    Global Black Caucus Book Club

    Please join us for our next book: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migrationby Isabel Wilkerson. February 13th, 7pm at Cafe Weimar. Contact: gbc@democratsabroad.atfor more information.

    — Faith Hall-Herbold, Member-at-Large, DAA GBC Caucus Chair

    When: February 13, 2020 at 7pm - 10pm

    Where: Cafe Weimar, Währingerstraße 68, Vienna 1090

     


    Issues & Actions:

    DA Delegation to the Democratic Convention

    Are you interested in being a DA delegate at the Democratic Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this summer? If so, please review this document with all the information you need to know. 

     


    Global Presidential Primary

    The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary will run from March 3 to March 10, 2020. As an official arm of the Democratic Party, DA members will be able to vote for their choice for presidential nominee and send 21 delegates to the Democratic Convention in Milwaukee in July. 

    When you use Vote from Abroad to request your ballot, you can confirm you are a Democrats Abroad member and you'll be eligible to vote in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary. 

    Austria will have a voting center at Frank’s Restaurant and Bar in 1010 Vienna on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 4pm to 8pm and on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 12pm to 7pm. We will also be arranging Voter Assistance Events in other Austrian cities, and of course it will also be possible to vote remotely! 

    We’ll be posting more information and instructions about the GPP in February’s newsletter, so watch this space!

    — DAA Global Presidential Primary Committee

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    Democrats Abroad Tax Advocacy Year In Review - 2019

    Democrats Abroad is ending 2019 repeating and reinforcing a request we made, in unison with our colleague organizations advocating on behalf of Americans abroad, this time last year; that Congress hold hearings focused on the taxation, banking and other issues causing serious personal and financial harm to Americans abroad.  The request takes on added importance this year. 

    As followers of our work know, for the last 2 years Americans abroad have enjoyed the support in our tax advocacy efforts of Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA-8), Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV01), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD08), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY12) and Rep. George Holding (R-NC02).  This week Rep. Holding announced his retirement from Congress. Americans abroad will, at the end of the 116thCongress, lose a Congressional champion for Residency Based Taxation (RBT). 

    – Carmelan Polce, Taxation Tax Force Chair

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    It’s All Happening at #demsaustria

    Have you visited Democrats Austria’s Instagram page recently? There is lots of interesting content including answers to frequently asked voter questions, candidates who’ve qualified for the GPP, quizzes and more. Be sure to visit today and don’t forget to follow us at #demsaustria!



    Gearing up for 2020:

    Over the next months, this column will provide a space for the thoughts, opinions and announcements from both the DA Executive Committee and our members. While we may not endorse or support any particular candidate before the primaries, we are interested in sharing ideas about what Democrats can and will do to win up and down the ballot in 2020.

     

    A Warning

    I just finished reading "A Warning" by Anonymous, a senior official in the Trump administration. 

    For anyone following US politics, the book does not present anything we did not already know about the impeachment hearings, leaks and Trump tweets. Nevertheless, the book presents a remarkably cogent -- and damning -- appraisal of the ongoing train crash of the Trump presidency, a train crash in which not only US citizens but also large parts of the world are passengers and victims. 

    – Andreas Beckmann (lives in Vienna 15., votes in Michigan)

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    Join the Club!

    Celebrate the new year by helping Americans abroad win elections back home! Join the Margin of Victory Club (or gift a membership) and become a sustaining donor to Democrats Abroad for 2020!

    Your donation will enable Democrats Abroad volunteers to phonebank our members, get out the message on social media, and support all our other global get out the vote efforts. Still hesitating? What would you give NOT to see T’s reelection come November? 

    Americans abroad have been proven to be the margin of difference in critical elections – help make all of us to be the margin that counts!

    – Democrats Abroad Global

     

     

    We Can’t Win Without You! 

    DA Austria is looking for a Get Out the Vote Coordinator so together we can dump Trump and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020. Feeling inspired? It will take a village to do all the things we need to do in 2020 and we need your help!

    Take our Volunteer Survey. Have an hour to spare? We are looking for volunteers in all areas and with any time availability. Find out more information about how to join our team

    Do you have an idea? We're looking for suggestions on how we can connect with more Americans in Austria, find places to advertise, events to have, and any suggestions you have to get more people to vote. Bookmark this link and submit your ideas at any time.

     


     

    Reviews:

    ProDA Austria Kitchen Table Talk

    On December 7th ProDA Austria hosted a second Kitchen Table Talk in collaboration with our Solidarity Sundays partners. Our group of 21 was large enough for three breakout groups.  Each had the opportunity to share their suggestions for DA platform planks on Medicare for All, Revitalizing the Rural Economy, and Reasonable Gun Legislation. In the meantime, we have submitted our results to the DA leadership for further consideration. We are looking forward to more discussion in January. In the meantime, best wishes to all of us for a progressive 2020! 

    — Bruce Murray, Scott Witmer, and Raina Ganev, DAA Progressive Caucus

     


    Impeach Rally

    On December 17, the night before the House voted to impeach Trump for attempting to meddle in the 2020 election and obstructing Congress in the process, thousands of activists and concerned citizens rallied together in cities across the U.S. to demand that our representatives impeach and remove the 45th president. 

    Many members of Democrats Abroad Austria in both Graz and Vienna added their voices to the rally by “Punsch-ing for Democracy” while enjoying a bit of holiday cheer at local Christmas markets. Thanks everyone who turned out!

    — Caitlin Ahern, DAA Database Manager & Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DAA Chair

     

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    DEMOCRATS ABROAD GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

    The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary runs from March 3 to March 10, 2020 at hundreds of voting centers around the world. The voting center in Austria to vote in person for the presidential nominee will be held at:

    Frank's American Bar & Restaurant 

    Laurenzerberg 2, 1010 Vienna, Austria

    Tuesday, March 3 from 4pm to 8pm

    Saturday, March 7 from 12pm to 7pm

    • Primary Voters must meet the following criteria to vote

      • Be abroad and be a U.S. Citizen

      • Be a member of Democrats Abroad

      • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020

      • Not have voted, nor plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary

    • Democrats Abroad allows same day registration for voters participating in the Global Presidential Primary

    • Voters may register in-person or by signing up at https://www.democratsabroad.org/join

    Voters abroad may also vote by downloading a ballot and emailing or postal mailing it to Democrats Abroad starting February 18, 2020. Ballots must be received by DA prior to 12:00 am Pacific Standard Time on March 11, 2020. Mail your ballot to:

    Democrats Abroad Austria

    Postfach #2020

    1051 Vienna, Austria

     

    Join Democrats Abroad today and make sure you receive up to date news about the primary!

     

    Remember - you can vote in ONE Presidential Primary, either the Global Presidential Primary or your state’s presidential primary. If you do vote in the Global Presidential Primary and want to participate in your state's primary, only vote in down ballot races such as US Senate, US House and any state and local offices on the ballot.



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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, February 02, 2020 at 12:30 PM · 6 rsvps
    L'Osteria in Vienna, Austria

    ProDA Austria: Transactional or Tranformational Change in 2020?

    We Democrats often consider "change" a crucial component of our election strategy. Will 2020 be a year for transactional or transformational change? Join us for our next Progressive Pizza, where we will attempt to define both terms, contemplate the benefits of each, and consider which will prevail in this election cycle.

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    Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 07:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Cafe Weimar in Vienna , Austria

    Global Black Caucus Book Club

     

     

    Please join us for our next book: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. February 13th, 7pm at Cafe Weimar.

    Contact: gbc@democratsabroad.at for more information.

    — Faith Hall-Herbold, Member-at-Large, DAA Black Caucus Chair

     

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