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!

 

Follow us on:

    


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

Visit this event on Facebook.

 

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

Visit this event on Facebook.

 


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

Visit this event on Facebook.

 

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

Visit us on Facebook.

 

 

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

READ MORE

 

 

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

READ MORE

 


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)

READ MORE

 

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

 


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.




We Can’t Win Without You!

DA Austria is looking for a Get Out the Vote Coordinator and Media Relationship 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.


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.

The book underlines all of the reasons why President Trump is manifestly unfit for office, and why he needs to be removed. Reading "A Warning", I have little doubt that a second Trump presidency will spell disaster -- for the US, for Americans, and for the world.

Though passengers in that crashing train, heading into the 2020 election year we (still!) have the possibility to use our right of citizenship to remove the engineer of our disaster.

But we must use this right and responsibility -- and get many of our fellow citizens to do the same.

Our votes matter. Trump won Michigan by some 10,000 votes -- about as many as went to the Green Party, and a far smaller number than those Michiganders that did not bother to vote at all. Imagine how different our world would be now had they decided otherwise.

I have given up trying to reason with and persuade Trump voters. The fact is that -- at least at the ballot box -- it is enough simply to get the reasonable to use their right to vote.

In 2020, go vote -- and make sure others do too. Talk to your family and friends. Phone bank. Inform, remind, persuade and cajole. Our future depends on it.

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


December Newsletter

In This Issue– 

Events:

Issues & Actions:

  • Gearing up for 2020– Sign Candidate Petitions!

Review:

  • November Watch Party
  • Solidarity Sundays
  • WC Film Night
  • Thanksgiving

 

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

  • Wednesday, December 11

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

 

Follow us on:

     

 


Events

Progressive Pizza Kitchen Table Talks

We’re partnering with Solidarity Sundays to offer a series of Kitchen Table Talks— here all of us will help shape the 2020 DNC platform, discussing the most pertinent campaign topics. Does an issue directly impact you? Share your story and influence how DA addresses it!

Solidarity Sundays hosted the first Kitchen Table Talk with coffee and banana bread. Our group of 15 formulated great suggestions for the Green New Deal, Equal Rights Amendment, and Voter Protection.

ProDA Austria will host the next Progressive Pizza Kitchen Table Talks.

We'll focus on:

  • Medicare for All
  • Revitalizing rural America
  • Gun safety

Shape the issues our candidates will run on in 2020! A baker’s dozen have registered so far. In this case too many cooks definitely will not spoil the broth at all. Register here!

Where: L’Osteria, Florianigasse 55, 1080 Vienna

When: December 7 at 12:30 p.m.

RSVP: Pro DA

 

Experienced Dems

We hope you wil join us at our next meet-up!

Where: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna

When: December 10 at 6:00 p.m.

RSVP: Experienced Dems

 

We’ll See You In January:

  • Salzburg Meet-Up
  • Young Dems – Relaunched!
  • Solidarity Sundays

 


Issues & Actions

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.

Important Presidential Voting Information! 

Do you realize that if you don’t sign the petitions for Presidential candidates then there is a chance your favorite candidate will not be on DA’s Global Presidential Primary ballot for our primary election in 2020?  Please sign up for several candidates to ensure we have a full ballot with all the candidates on our ballot. The process requires this procedure and otherwise several candidates could be left off. 

OVERSEAS VOTES MATTER!The world is watching. Let's make sure we have a FULL Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary Ballot. Get everyone on the petition and vote your choice next year here in Austria on Super Tuesday (we'll keep you posted on when and where).

Your vote weighs even more as an overseas voter with Democrats Abroad so be sure to vote for the Democratic presidential nominee in the global primary and not on your state’s primary ballot. Of course you want to vote for the nominees for Senate, Congress, etc on your state ballot and by law you need to register and request it every calendar year. Please follow this link for the candidates you prefer and sign their petition to by on DA's ballot by January 6, 2020! 

 

 

We Can’t Win Without You

DA Austria is looking for people to fill the following positions so together we can dump Trump and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020!

It will take a village to do all the things we need to do. Here are some opportunities to help:

Take our Volunteer Survey. Have an hour to spare? We are looking for volunteers in all areas and with any time availability.

DA Austria is looking for members interested in heading our Get Out the Vote, Media Relations and other vital positions. 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

Drinks, Debate, and Discussion!

Democrats Abroad Austria members and friends once again got together at Beaver’s Brewing Company to watch November’s Democratic Presidential Primary Debate that took place in Atlanta on November 20. We hope to see you at our next Primary Watch Party in January – the field has to narrow at some point!

 

Solidarity Sundays #28:  A Kitchen Table Talk

With the lights and seasonal bustle of a Christmas market outside the window, Solidarity Sundays held its last meet up of 2019.  Fifteen activists gathered around a table to brainstorm on the Democrats Abroad 2020 platform.

DA members around the world are collaborating on the policies that Democratic candidates will run on next year. On November 24, the group examined three platform planks: Climate Change, ERA Ratification, andElectronic Ballot Access for Overseas Voters. They hashed out concerns and improvements on the proposals and identified overlooked issues. Discussion was animated and reflected the high stakes of the upcoming election. The crew did an outstanding job on our behalf.

This Solidarity Sundays gathering was the first of two “DA Kitchen Table Talks.” The second, hosted by ProDA, considers three more planks: Healthcare, Rural Development, andGun Violence Legislation.The results of these gatherings will be forwarded to Global DA who will incorporate our feedback into the political platform.

There is no Solidarity Sundays meet-up in December --you’ve earned a restorative Holiday Season! We resume rescuing democracy in January — and need strong, happy warriors! Over and over again, votes from abroad are proving decisive in close elections. There are many ways you can help get out expat votes, and Solidarity Sundays will show you how. On January 26th, learn how to phonebank:  DA is organising several phone-banking parties in 2020, and this is a chance to jump-start (or review) your skills. Phone-banking with friends is easy, it’s fun, and it’s really important.

 

GBC Book Club IX:

Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House by April Ryan

GBC book club members met at Cafe Weimar for another interesting and insightful discussion, this time centering on the personal experiences of veteran reporter April Ryan. April Ryan has worked for over two decades as a White House correspondent and as the bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks. She also works as a political analyst for CNN. As April recounts her experiences with the current administration, one thing is clear: this administration’s overt and hostile demeanor towards the press and people of color within the press corps is unprecedented. Ryan reveals that she has never feared for her personal safety as much as she has during this administration. However, she continues to show up each day because she feels a duty to the American people to continue to ask the tough questions and speak truth to power. 

Please join us in January for our next book: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migrationby Isabel Wilkerson. Date and location TBD. 

The next three books for February, March, and April: 

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"by Zora Neale Hurston

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in Americaby Ibram X. Kendi

Between the World and Meby Ta-Nehisi Coates

All power to the readers! 

 

Women’s Caucus Watches Toni Morrison

Over a dozen Democrats Abroad members and guests gathered on November 25 to share a meal and view the documentary “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.”  It was a great opportunity to get to know each other over delicious food and drinks, and encounter on screen the joy and energy of Toni Morrison. 

The documentary offered a look at Morrison that both complemented those familiar with her work and inspired new reading. It was less biography and more extended essay: an argument for her historical importance, while also offering a close-up view of her buoyant presence.  Through an extended interview with Morrison, we had the opportunity to experience both her irreverence and humor, while also learning of the clarity she had from an early age for the focus and purpose of her work. She talked about “resisting the primacy of the white gaze,” and about the challenge and reward of “imagining black lives on their and her own terms.”

Given the accolades showered on Morrison in the last 25 years of her life, it came as a surprise (or is easy to forget) how her work was received in the early part of her career.  Though immediately lauded as a brilliant writer and thinker, there were many tone-deaf reviews that found her emphasis on black lives narrow. We are all fortunate that she knew better!

If you didn’t get to join us for this showing—don’t miss the opportunity to see it onDecember 15 at 3:00 pmat the Filmhaus, Spittelberggasse 3.

 

Talking Turkey & Other Things We’re Thankful For

Wow! Once again our members, friends and family packed the atmospheric vaulted cellar of Melker Stiftskeller in Vienna’s first district to join together for wonderful food, meeting other like-minded individuals, and looking forward – with funds, new volunteers and continued sustainable donors –  to 2020. Thank you for joining us and especially to those who brought a pie to share! 

 

 

 


November Newsletter

In this Issue –

Events:

Issues & Actions:

  • EMEA Meeting Recap
  • Gearing up for 2020 

Reviews:

  • Solidarity Sundays 
  • Black Caucus Book Club

Members Corner:

  • Trump and the Trade Unions 
  • Art Opening

 

Our Executive Committee meetings are normally held at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. The next meetings will be held on:

  • Wednesday, November 13
  • Wednesday, December 11

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

Follow us on:

     

 


Events 

 

Global Black Caucus Book Club

Join us at Cafe Weimar on Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. when we will meet to discuss April Ryan’s book Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House.

When: November 7, 2019, 7:00 p.m. 

Where: Cafe Weimar, 1090 Vienna

RSVP: Facebook or Democrats Abroad

 

 

Salzburg Meet-Up 

We’re happy to announce that Salzburg members have recently become active! We hope you’ll join us at our November meet-up. The next meet-up will not be until January 17 - so make plans to attend!

This gathering will take place in a private residence near the Musisches Gymnasium Salzburg (Haunspergstraße 77). Parking is available along the Kai closer to the residence and there is elevator-access. Please RSVP for details.

When: November 15, 2019, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Salzburg 5020

RSVP: Mary Beth Kollert · m.kollert@democratsabroad.at or Salzburg November Meet-Up

 

 

Experienced Dems

We hope you’ll join us at the monthly meeting of Experienced Democrats. Remember, experience comes in all ages!

When: November 19, 2019, 6:00 p.m. 

Where: Cafe Museum, 1010 Vienna

RSVP: Facebook or Experienced Dems

 

 

Primary Debate Watch Party

Join us to watch the fifth Democratic presidential debate which will take place on Nov. 20 near Atlanta – that means we’ll be watching it on November 21 in Vienna at Beaver Brewing Company. 

This time the debates will be moderated by four women – Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Ashley Parker, and Kirsten Welker. Forbes magazine wrote, “With men reporting twice as much as women on evening news broadcasts of major networks, it is about time more female journalists are in the spotlight.”

What effect, if any, do you think an all women panel will have? Let us hear from you on Facebook.

When: November 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m. 

Where: Beaver Brewing Company

RSVP: Please RSVP on Facebook or at Democrats Abroad Events. The restaurant has asked that we let them know how many people to expect. Thanks for your cooperation! 

 

 

Sol Sun – Welcome to Kitchen Table Talk

We’ll be tackling issues from Kitchen Table Talks to discuss policy issues that matter to Americans abroad. Our talk's feedback will help shape the 2020 Democrats Abroad Platform.

Can’t make it but you’re interested in moderating a talk? Click here to read our Kitchen Table Talk Tool Kit (or download the pdf) and find out more.

When: November 24, 2019, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  

Where: Amerlinghaus, 1070 Vienna

RSVP: Facebook or Democrats Abroad Events

 

 

Women’s Caucus Film Night – Toni Morrison

Meet the Women’s Caucus as we get together to watch the new Toni Morrison documentary “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” featuring Toni Morrison, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Oprah Winfrey, Walter Mosley, Russell Banks, and Robert Gottlieb. This film portrait received rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival – you won’t want to miss it!

We’ve reserved twenty tickets so DA members can sit together as a group. Please purchase your ticket online ahead of time here and send me an email to let me know.

Or you can buy your ticket at the door by November 18 – tell them you’re with DA, as they’ll be keeping a list. The screening will most likely sell out, so we can’t guarantee tickets on the day of. 

We’ll meet up at 7 p.m. at Amerlinghaus for drinks beforehand. Let me know by the 18th if you’ll be coming so I can reserve a table.

– Hilary Monihan, Women’s Caucus Chair

When: November 25, 2019, 8:15 movie

Where: Filmhaus, Spittelberggasse 3, 1070 Vienna

RSVP: h.monihan@democratsabroad.at

 

 

Thanksgiving – A Feast With All The Fixings

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m., we invite our Democratic friends and families to our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

We have made reservations for 80 at Melker Stiftskeller in the 1st district. We’ll have a large private room all to ourselves under the arches of an almost 600 year old cellar built and owned by the monks from Melk. There will be a buffet with a 3-course feast including pumpkin soup, turkey with all the fixings – mashed potatoes, roasted red beets and sweet potatoes, green beans, red cabbage, stuffing, knoedel, homemade cranberry sauce – and dessert. 

If you can, please bring a pumpkin or pecan pie to share. They are always very appreciated!

–––

Tickets are 25 Euros for adults and 12 Euros for children under 12. This event sold out last year and we have already sold more than half of the tickets, so be sure to reserve yours asap!

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, Chair

When: November 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m. 

Where: Melker Stiftskeller, 1010 Vienna

RSVP: Thanksgiving Dinner

 


Issues & Actions:

 

Dems Abroad Back in DC – Time to Call Congress!

Democrats Abroad is back on Capitol Hill again this week to talk to Congress about Residency Based Taxation, FATCA reform, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) fixes and other recommendations aimed at reducing the burden U.S. taxation places uniquely on Americans living abroad. 

Please help us demonstrate the enormous support that exists across the Americans abroad community for these critical reforms by reaching out to your elected representatives some time between the 4th and 8th of November.   This campaign guide has all you need to call or write your members of Congress.

– Carmelan Polce, Taxation Task Force Chair

 

 

EMEA Meeting Recap

Jennifer and Juan (and Katie – former DAA Chair and DA Global Chair)  joined approximately 100 other Democrats Abroad leaders, activists, and members from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa region in Athens, Greece in mid-October for the semi-annual regional meeting. Over the weekend we focussed on approaches to getting out the vote in 2020 with lots of team building and opportunities to get to know and exchange ideas with other DA leaders. This was my second regional meeting and Juan’s first. It was a fabulous weekend and the Athens team did a great job organizing! 

 

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.

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, Chair 

 

l. Social Media Superheroes!

Democrats Abroad Austria is really excited to announce the formation of our new Communications Committee! These young people with a wealth of talent and experience will be transforming our social media platforms and helping us reach even more Americans living in Austria than ever before. Be sure to say hello to (l to r) Sophie Spiegelberger, Jessica Mijnssen, Amanda Grossman, (Brett Carnito, IT support), and Hunter Christopher the next time you see them at an event!

 

ll. Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary in Brief

Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States, and the Democratic National Committee recognizes Democrats Abroad as a state – just like New Jersey or Wyoming. And just like all the other states, DA may hold a primary to select our presidential nominee. Unlike the other states, we only choose a presidential nominee. DA Delegates will go to the Democratic Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from July 13-16, 2020. Here's how you can be involved in the three steps that will happen between now and then:

  • Sign candidate Petitions!Each campaign needs at least 300 valid Democrats Abroad members to sign their petition by January 6, 2020 to be included on the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary ballot
  • Vote in the DA GPP! The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary will run from March 3 to March 10, 2020 at hundreds of voting centers around the world – including Vienna and other locations in Austria.
  • Be a Delegate! Democrats Abroad will send 21 delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee Wisconsin in July 2020. 8 of these delegates will be our members on the Democratic National Committee. The remaining 13 will be selected during our regional and global conventions in Toronto, Canada, May 15-17, 2020. Democrats Abroad will also send alternates, committee members and a convention page.

lll. Election Countdown

On November 3rd the countdown begins... one year to take action.

  • 92 days until the Iowa Caucuses (February 3rd)
  • 121 days until Super Tuesday and the Democrats Abroad primary (March 3rd)
  • 253 days until the start of the 2020 Democratic National Convention (July 13th)
  • 331 days until the first Presidential Debate (September 29th)
  • 366 days until the Presidential Election (November 3rd)  

*All calculations start from November 3, 2019.

**366 days is correct; 2020 is a leap year!

– Amanda Grossman, DAA Comms Committee

 

 

We Can’t Win Without You! 

DA Austria is looking for people to fill the following positions so together we can dump Trump and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020!

It will take a village to do all the things we need to do. Here are some opportunities to help:

  1. Take our Volunteer Survey. Have an hour to spare? We are looking for volunteers in all areas and with any time availability.
  2. DA Austria is looking for members interested in heading our Get Out the Vote, Media Relations and other vital positions. Find out more information about how to join our team
  3. 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:

 

Solidarity Sundays #27:  

Impeachment 4.0 (Or How To Get Rid of A President On the 4thTry)

What can we expect from this impeachment process? What might America look like when the smoke clears? Can our Constitution save us?

Tanya Lolonis led a civics review on October 28th on disciplining a President who abuses his constitutional power. Congress has impeached — accused of misconduct — three Presidents; it has never removed one.

What kind of offense did the Founding Fathers believe merited ejecting a President?  High Crimes and Misdemeanors do not refer to felonies or legal crimes. “High” crimes are committed by public officials, while “Misdemeanors” refer to “ill behavior; evil conduct; fault; or mismanagement.” In essence, an impeachable crime is a judgment call.

–Tanya Lolonis, Member at Large, Solidarity Sundays Coordinator

READ MORE

 

 

GBC Book Club 8: Becoming by Michelle Obama 

The members of the GBC book club met once again to discuss another great book, this time Becoming, an autobiography written by the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama is the epitome of intellect, compassion, strength, and beauty. Her book goes behind the scenes of the presidency from her perspective as a wife, mother, and First Lady and all of the baggage, stress and craziness that comes with it. Every newsworthy moment during Obama's presidency was given a unique framing and background from Michelle herself, making those stories even more memorable. We all know how accomplished Michelle Obama is with degrees from Ivy League institutions, but she remains humble. She stays grounded by remembering all of the people who helped shape her: her family, who worked tirelessly to provide her and her brother a better life; her community, who gave her toughness, strength and identity; and her teachers who saw her potential and helped her grow. We ended with a quote about continued personal growth: “For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.” 

Join us at Cafe Weimar on Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. when we will meet to discuss April Ryan’s book Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House

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

 


Member’s Corner

 

Vernissage – American Artist Marcus Jansen

When: November 7, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

Where: Galarie Amart, Halbgasse 17, 1070 Vienna

RSVP: Info

 

Trump and the Trade Unions – public discussion with leading US trade unionist Stuart Appelbaum

No one is indifferent to US President Donald Trump’s political policies: be it foreign policy, global economic, or migration policy. With one year to go before the US presidential election, what are the consequences of Trump’s policies for Americans? How has the social and labor market situation changed under Trump? How is the working population doing? What role do trade unions play in the US? What are the chances for the Democrats?

A public discussion with Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), Vice President of the American Federation of Trade Unions (AFL-CIO).

Welcome introduction: Wolfgang Katzian, ÖGB President

Moderation: Sophia Reisecker, GPA-djp international secretary

Questions from the audience are welcome! Simultaneous interpretation will be provided into German and English.

Afterwards you will be invited to a small snack.

When: Monday, November 11, 2019, 5:30 p.m. (admission 5:00 p.m.)

Where: ÖGB Catamaran, Wilhelmine Moik conference room Johann-Böhm-Platz 1, 1020 Wien(U2 Donaumarina)

RSVP: Info & registration

 


Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter.

We value your membership, and we hope to see you at an event soon!


Solidarity Sundays #27: IMPEACHMENT 4.0 (OR HOW TO GET RID OF A PRESIDENT ON THE 4TH TRY)

 

What can we expect from this impeachment process? What might America look like when the smoke clears? Can our Constitution save us?

Tanya Lolonis led a civics review on October 28th on disciplining a President who abuses his constitutional power. Congress has impeached — accused of misconduct — three Presidents; it has never removed one.

What kind of offense did the Founding Fathers believe merited ejecting a President?  High Crimes and Misdemeanors do not refer to felonies or legal crimes. “High” crimes are committed by public officials, while “Misdemeanors” refer to “ill behavior; evil conduct; fault; or mismanagement.” In essence, an impeachable crime is a judgment call.

The first president to be impeached by Congress, Andrew Johnson, was impeached for being a jerk.  Racist, defiant, and demagogic, he was despised for sabotaging Reconstruction. Nonetheless, senators acquitted him to preserve the balance of powers — the principle of Executive independence from the Legislature. Significantly, Nancy Pelosi has not focused the inquiry on his policies, but on his abuse of Executive power — attempting to profit politically from his office. 

Richard Nixon denied involvement in Watergate for 16 months. Hard evidence — a tape confirming his role in the coverup— turned the public, and his party, against him. Pelosi and Schiff learned the lesson of Nixon’s impeachment:  proof matters.

Bill Clinton’s impeachment concerned neither balance of power (Johnson) nor abuse of presidential power for political advantage (Nixon), but misdeeds outside his constitutional role. His popularity determined his fate:  he was never in danger of conviction by the Senate. Similarly, President Trump stokes his popularity with his base to keep GOP Senators behind him.

The politics of impeachment are fluid and dynamic, changing daily — even hourly. If the House votes to impeach the President, will the Democratic majority be punished in 2020? Rewarded? Will the President survive impeachment to run for re-election with the largest war-chest in presidential campaign history? Or will Senators, sensing fatal political fallout, abandon the President, make him the first to be removed from office?

What makes this impeachment process different from the first three is this:  the Framers expected a Donald Trump. They did not expect a Mitch McConnell, a Matthew Gaetz, a Kevin McCarthy. They did not account for political parties cooperating across branches of government to protect a President.It is a fundamental change in our constitutional order:  we no longer have the ambition of one branch checking the ambition of another; we have personal ambition protecting personal ambition. This process is moving fast:  we’ll know soon if our system will hold.

–Tanya Lolonis, Member at Large, Solidarity Sundays Coordinator


October Newsletter


Gearing up for 2020 – 

Despite how seamless and effortless we all would like the voting process to be, the fact is that it isn’t. People forget to change their party affiliation in time to vote in closed primaries, to register every calendar year, and to actually mail in their registration form and/or ballot. Many Americans don’t even know they actually can vote when living abroad!

Democrats Abroad and Vote from Abroad are of course here to help all Americans through the process and advocate for voters when there are snags in the system.

There is a lot of preparation work to do as we gear up for 2020 and we’re already getting started. We’re signing up volunteers for the vital work of registering and reminding people here and at home to register and vote; we’re developing our communications, press and social media teams to provide critical services; and we’re signing up call hub volunteers so we can hit the phones in January. All, of course, while we’re still providing the fun and interesting monthly events that our members have come to expect from DA Austria.

If this sounds like a lot, it’s because it is. As Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe (podcast: Campaign HQ) said on Pod Save America (Whistle While You Spy, 9.19.19), “We better prepare for an epic battle.” DA needs to stand united to work together to register Americans at home and living abroad, and to get out the vote.

Our members are the margin for victory in many elections and we’ve got a democracy to take back. We hope you’ll be a part! DAAVolunteer

– DA Austria Executive Committee

photo: Seymann - Die Weinhandwerkerei im Pulkautal

In This Issue –

Events:

  • Global Black Caucus Book Club VIII
  • Experienced Dems
  • Debate Watch Party IV
  • Solidarity Sundays
  • Thanksgiving

Issues & Actions:

  • DAA Executive Committee Changes
  • Tax Advocacy Meetings in DC
  • Gearing up for 2020
    • Voter Registration Drive
    • Now is the Time
    • It’s All About Turnout!

Reviews:

  • GOTV/Membership Drive @ David Sedaris
  • September’s Watch Party
  • Solidarity Sundays on Gerrymandering

Members Corner:

  • Disinformation, Cybersecurity, and Online Influence: Lessons from Eastern Europe

Events

 

GBC Book Club VIII

Becoming

Come join us at the next book club where we will finally discuss the New York Timesbest seller Becoming by Harvard educated lawyer, university administrator and former First Lady Michelle Obama. We will also be discussing the next three books we will read! We hope to see you Friday, October 4th at 7pm. Location will be given with your RSVP.

– Faith Hall-Herbold, DAA Global Black Caucus Coordinator

When: October 4, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Where: Location will be given with your RSVP, 1080 Vienna

RSVP: Black Caucus Book Club

 

Experienced Dems

Join us at the monthly meeting of Experienced Democrats. All are welcome!

When: October 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

Where: Cafe Museum, 1010 Vienna

RSVP: Experienced Dems

 

Debate Watch Party

Winnowing is the word. The next Debate Watch Party will again be at Beaver Brewing Company at 7pm on October 16th. We look forward to seeing you there for another round of democratic drinks, debate and discussion!

When: October 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Where: Beaver Brewing Company, 1090 Vienna

RSVP: Debate Watch Party

 

Sol Sun 27: High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Google searches for "impeachment" are skyrocketing as scandals pile up around the White House. Join Solidarity Sundays for a look at the ins and outs of the process to charge, try and remove public officials for misconduct.

And if it's not a topic anymore, we'll be celebrating.

When: October 27, 2019, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Where: Amerlinghaus, 1070 Vienna

RSVP: Sol Sun #26

 

A Feast With All The Fixings

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28th at 7PM, we invite our Democratic friends and families to our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

We have made reservations for 60 at Melker Stiftskeller in the 1st district. We’ll have a large private room all to ourselves under the arches of an almost 600 year old cellar built and owned by the monks from Melk. There will be a buffet with a 3-course feast including pumpkin soup, turkey with all the fixings – mashed potatoes, roasted red beets and sweet potatoes, green beans, red cabbage, stuffing, cranberry sauce – and dessert.

If you can, please bring a pumpkin or pecan pie. They are always very appreciated!

–––

Tickets are 25 Euros for adults and 12 Euros for children under 12. RSVP at https://www.democratsabroad.org/at_eventsThis event sold out last year, so be sure to reserve your tickets early!

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, Chair

When: November 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Where: Melker Stiftskeller, 1010 Vienna

RSVP: Thanksgiving Dinner


Issues & Actions:

 

DAA Executive Committee Changes

The Executive Committee would like to give a huge thank you to Keith Jacomine who has over the years been a fantastic ExComm leader. Keith was Chair of DA Austria from 2013 to 2017 and has been serving as Vice Chair since. Under his leadership DAA held a very successful 2016 Global Presidential Primary, doubled our membership, and developed a good dose of fun in Fun-raisers and other DAA events. Both Keith and Kate have played a vital role in increasing active membership engagement as well as being so generous as they opened up their home for DAA events many times over the years and have contributed in every way possible both within Austria and in representing DA Austria Abroad. Family obligations have required the two to be in the US for the time being, but we look forward to having him back in Vienna soon!

 

“I am very honored to have been appointed as the new Vice-Chair of Democrats Abroad Austria by the ExComm Board. I will be replacing Keith, who has done a tremendous job as past Chair and Vice-Chair, and I want to say a big thank you for all his great work.” Many of you know Juan Cerda as the Co-coordinator of Sunday Solidarity Sundays and as leader of our LGBT Caucus. Juan will bring his considerable experience in political campaigning, phone banking, and event organizing skills to the ExComm Board. Juan said, “We have a great Board and super volunteers with incredibly talented people, and I know we will accomplish a lot during a very critical election year in 2020.”

 

Tax Advocacy Meetings in DC

The Taxation Task Force published a report this weekabout our expat tax advocacy meetings on Capitol Hill the week commencing Monday, September 16th.

READ MORE

 

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.

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, Chair

 

l. Voter Registration Drive

The last week of September, DA Austria had a total of four voter registration events for study abroad students at IES (Institute for the International Education of Students) and Webster University registering students and faculty to vote. It went really well – the students and staff are appreciative that registering is made so easy by the fact that we come to them. People often have questions and being there makes it very simple for them and provides clarity.

During the week we registered more than 30 people and we expect to do as well or better in the next few months! I will be holding more events in different venues in November and again in January 2020. Anyone who would like to join should please contact me at r.saul@democratsabroad.at. Let me know if you have ideas of where you think we should have a GOTV event.

– Raina Saul-Ganev, Voter Registration Coordinator

 

ll. Now is the Time –

Vote in 2019 and Prepare for 2020!

  1. Do you, your friends or family vote in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey or Virginia? These states all have important state elections in 2019. Now is the time to request your ballot!
  2. Did you have trouble voting in 2018? Now is the time to work with us and your local election officials to fix those issues.
  3. Are you switching party affiliation or registering to vote for the first time? Voters in states with closed primaries need to switch party affiliation or register for the first time NOW! Deadlines – KY: Oct 7, 2019; LA: Oct 16, 2019; NY: Oct 11, 2019; VA: Oct 15, 2019. https://www.headcount.org/deadlines-dates/

 

lll. It's All About Voter Turnout!

by Mary Ann Balko-Koch

I feel very passionate about voter turnout! The problem we as Dems need to concentrate/focus on IS TURNOUT! #1 issue as far as I’m concerned. We need to make sure that people actually go out and vote!

In 2010 I was lucky enough to be on one of the Huffington Post buses to go to the John Stewart rally in Washington DC. This event was shortly before the midterm elections that year. As I asked the young people on the bus line around me if they were all voting on the following Tuesday, I received many excuses as to why they weren’t - they were studying in NY from another state, they had to work that day, they had just moved to NY, etc.. I knew right then and there that we were going to lose the midterm elections. When Obama came out and said that we got shellacked in the midterm elections, I took his word for it. BUT (years later it was clear) we didn’t! According to a pew research poll, only 37% of the voting age population came out and voted.

I think Obama handled this poorly at the time. Imagine if he had come...

READ MORE


Reviews:

 

GOTV/Membership Drive @ David Sedaris

DA Austria is thinking outside the box. After having a very successful GOTV event (and hearing some fantastic music) at the David Byrne concert last year, we’re taking our voter registration efforts to other unusual venues where Americans might be. In September, the team registered voters at the David Sedaris show at Gartenbaukino and DA Austria even got a shout out from him!

Send us your idea of a spot we should visit next. IdeasFor2020

 

September’s Watch Party

Democrats in Austria enjoyed watching the Democratic primary candidates at Beaver Brewing Company on September 13th. We hope you’ll join us at October’s watch party!

 

 

Solidarity Sundays 26:

The Amazing Disappearing Voter

We spend lots of time debating candidates, their health plans, climate plans, can they beat Donald Trump? None of this will matter if we don’t focus more on maybe the greatest vulnerability Democrats face in 2020: the Republican war on voting.

Republicans know the majority does not agree with them. They’re using their advantage in state legislatures to erase minority and young voters – to make the electorate as white, old, and Republican as possible. Because states determine voting rules, we’re waging a national battleover voting rights, but fighting it state by state, in courts, and over arcane rules that increase barriers to the ballot.

September 29, Solidarity Sundays took a deep dive into voter suppression. Before the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, literacy tests and poll taxes kept minorities from voting. Today, it is administrative burden, absentee ballots lost in the mail, and closed polling places. Modern suppression makes it look like you made a mistake, not that the system is mistaken.

The most sinister GOP tactic is voter purging– removing registered citizens from voting rolls. Since the Supreme Court struck down the Preclearance Section of the VRA in 2013, the pace of purging has grown exponentially.

What steps can you take to protect yourright to vote? Register to vote every January. Then double check: sometimes names get removed by mistake. Or by people who hate – what’s the word? – democracy.

Solidarity Sundays attendees wrote postcards to voters from Virginia. Both the house and senate are up for election. Winning both chambers would put Democrats in charge of re-drawing gerrymandered districts, and make Virginia the 38th – and final -- state needed to ratify the ERA.


Members Corner:

 

Disinformation, Cybersecurity, and Online Influence: Lessons from Eastern Europe

U.S. Embassy Austria

Nina Jankowicz, Wilson Center

Alexander Schatten, SBA Research

Moderated by Christoph Zotter, Profil

RSVP: viennaprograms@state.gov

When: October 10, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Amerika Haus, Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna

ID required


Tax Advocacy Meetings in DC

The Taxation Task Force published a report this week about our expat tax advocacy meetings on Capitol Hill the week commencing Monday, September 16th. 

READ MORE


It's All About Voter Turnout

by Mary Ann Balko-Koch, DAA member and former Database Manager

I feel very passionate about voter turnout! The problem we as Dems need to concentrate/focus on IS TURNOUT! #1 issue as far as I’m concerned. We need to make sure that people actually go out and vote! 

In 2010 I was lucky enough to be on one of the Huffington Post buses to go to the John Stewart rally in Washington DC. This event was shortly before the midterm elections that year.  As I asked the young people on the bus line around me if they were all voting on the following Tuesday, I received many excuses as to why they weren’t - they were studying in NY from another state, they had to work that day, they had just moved to NY, etc..  I knew right then and there that we were going to lose the midterm elections. When Obama came out and said that we got shellacked in the midterm elections, I took his word for it. BUT (years later it was clear) we didn’t! According to a pew research poll, only 37% of the voting age population came out and voted. 

I think Obama handled this poorly at the time. Imagine if he had come out and said the following, “The Republicans are going to tell you that we got shellacked in these midterm elections. Don’t you believe them. Only 37% of you showed up to vote! Where were the rest of you? I thought you had my back! Folks, democracy can’t survive on 63% of you not showing up and participating in this process!” Then, maybe voters would have been aware of how few people vote and how important voting is, especially in the midterm elections. Maybe voter apathy could have been avoided in 2016. (You can’t fight what you’re not aware of.)

We can contact every Democrat on the planet in a GOTV campaign but if they don’t show up to vote, our efforts are useless.

Here are more statistics where it’s all about voter TURNOUT - 

AOC vs Crowley in 2018 primary - after all votes in, 11.8% turnout decided this primary.

https://nypost.com/2018/06/28/most-voters-stayed-home-for-stunning-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-win/

Doug Jones vs Roy Moore

This, for me, says it all as far as turnout goes - 25% turnout was expected, 40% showed up https://www.al.com/news/2017/12/turnout_exceeds_expectations_i.html

Most recently - NC9 2018 votes for McCready vs 2019 votes for McCready.

Almost 100,000 vote difference in the number of voters who turned out to vote in the special election.  If McCready had only received the same number of votes as in 2018, he would have won.

We can contact every Democrat on the planet in a GOTV campaign but if they don’t show up to vote, our efforts are useless. We need to do a better job of educating voters in the following ways:

  1. Don’t pay attention to polls!
  2. Register/request an absentee ballot on January 2, 2020. Get ahead of state deadlines. 
  3. Once a candidate is nominated then all money and effort goes into GOTV as well as education: 
    1. register those not yet registered
    2. educate people on where their polling places are, how are they getting there (carpooling?), voting buddies, voting rights, especially if someone tries to turn them away from the polls (what can they do?) 
    3. absentee ballots, special elections
    4. stress TURNOUT, TURNOUT, TURNOUT!! Our focus has to be on turnout - aim for 100% and maybe we will get 65%.
  4. IGNORE the polls!! IGNORE the pundits!! Don’t take anything for granted and Don’t count your chickens before they hatch!

In 2016 the turnout for both R & D primaries/caucuses was 28%.  

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/06/10/turnout-was-high-in-the-2016-primary-season-but-just-short-of-2008-record/

When almost 3/4 of eligible voters do not participate in the democratic process, it's no wonder that people are dissatisfied with the choice of their candidates come the general election. Somehow they don’t realize that it’s their own fault when they don’t participate in the process.

Maybe we need to offer courses - Civics 101!