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Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary | March 3-10, 2020

Did you know Democrats Abroad holds its own primary election? We send our own delegates to the Democratic Convention. And we have our say in choosing the Democratic nominee for president. Voting in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary instead of your home state is easy for you — and good for all of us.

To vote in the Global Presidential Primary, join Democrats Abroad today!

EASY FOR YOU. No need to request a ballot and post it home again. Simply drop into your local Voting Center. Or download a ballot and email it back. You’ll still need to get an absentee ballot for the general election in November. But, for now, join US voters around the world and vote where you live.

GOOD FOR ALL OF US. Concerned about issues like taxation, FATCA, or Social Security? Voting in the Global Primary shows Congress that we’re out here, in our millions, all around the globe. It gives Democrats Abroad the clout to lobby for us all and make a difference.

NOTE: This is a primary for president only. To vote in local primary races, you can request a ballot from your state. If you do, leave the choice of presidential nominee blank. Don’t vote for president twice!

 

VOTING CENTERS IN AUSTRIA:

Vote in Vienna | Super Tuesday
4–8PM, Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Frank's American Bar & Restaurant Laurenzerberg 2, 1010

Vote in Vienna | March 7
12–7PM, Saturday, March 7, 2020
Frank's American Bar & Restaurant
Laurenzerberg 2, 1010 

 

VOTE REMOTELY:

Voters abroad may also vote by downloading a ballot and returning it by email or fax to Democrats Abroad starting February 18, 2020. Ballots must be received by DA by midnight March 10, 2020 (PST)  (9:00am Vienna time (CET) on March 11, 2020). 

Or mail your ballot  to: 

Democrats Abroad Austria

Postfach # 2020

1051 Wien

Ballots must be received by the close of the working day in Vienna on March 10, 2020. 


In February

 

In This Issue—

Events

  • Experienced Dems
  • Mountaintop, An Evening to Benefit DAA’s 2020 Voter Campaign 
  • Salzburg Meet-Up
  • Young Dems Debate Watch Party
  • Solidarity Sundays
  • 2nd Annual Global Black Caucus Open Mic Night
  • Global Presidential Primary, March 3-10
  • Black Caucus Book Club

Issues & Actions

  • Be Our Valentine
  • Global Presidential Primary, March 3-10
  • Save The Date – Annual General Meeting
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Reviews

  • SolSun
  • Debate Watch Party
  • DAATalks with Eva Nowotny

 

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.at for the location.

 

DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date 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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In Memory of Gloria Roces

Democrats Abroad Austria is sad to announce the unexpected passing of our longtime member and friend Alexandra "Gloria" Roces. Gloria received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgetown University. She then went on to work at the United Nations and became Chief for Mediterranean and UNIDO programs. 

Gloria was a part of DA Austria from the beginning. She remained a very active DAA member who supported our day to day costs as a sustaining donor and participated in many of our monthly events throughout the years. 

We will miss her!

— Democrats Abroad Austria Executive Committee

 

The Experienced Democrats of Democrats Abroad Austria are truly saddened to learn of the passing of Gloria Roces. Gloria was one of the first to join our group and her participation in and contributions to our meetings will be sorely missed. On behalf of the entire group, I offer our sincerest condolences to her family and friends. 

— John Cahill, Experienced Dems Coordinator

 


Events:

 


The Mountaintop – 

An Evening to Benefit DAA’s 2020 Voter Campaign

Join us for a special evening to watch the play The Mountaintop and benefit Democrat Abroad Austria's 2020 Get Out the Vote efforts. The Mountaintop dramatizes the night before Martin Luther King is assassinated and was described by Variety as, "An emotionally powerful and theatrically stunning moment of truth". As a special offer for our members, the stellar cast will speak to our group after the show while we enjoy a glass of prosecco. 

Please join us on February 18 for this exclusive offer for our Democrats Abroad Austria members!

€36 donation includes the ticket, a glass of prosecco and an after show chat with the cast

€68 donation also includes a signed poster

€100 donation includes a Tuesday evening ticket* to a future Vienna Theatre Project production

We're on the eve of the most important Democratic primary in our lifetime and your contribution goes to Democrats Abroad Austria’s effort to ensure that all Americans living in Austria can vote in 2020. We are volunteers, so 100% of your donation goes to voter outreach. In 2018 the percentage of DA Austria membership that used Vote from Abroad was the highest among all of the other country committees–globally. We’re making sure your donations count!

Tickets are limited! To reserve your seats please make your donation and include "Mountaintop" and the number of tickets on your payment by February 11, 2020 to:

Democrats Abroad Austria  Bank Austria  AT27 12000 5039 062 3001

Reminder: donations can only be accepted from American citizens. 

* The ticket certificate must be used one year from issue.

 

When: February 18, 2020

Where: Theater Drachengasse, Drachengasse 2, Vienna 1010

Time: 8pm-10:30pm

Contact: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper chair@democratsabroad.at

 

Experienced Democrats Meet-Up

Join us before the play for the monthly meeting of experienced Democrats Abroad Austria members!

When: February 18, 2020

Where: Cafe Museum

Time: 6 p.m.

Facebook

 


Young Dems Debate Watch Party

The youth vote will be critical in the 2020 election. We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at the next Debate Watch Party at Beaver Brewing Company at 7pm on February 20. Join us for a round of democratic drinks, debate and discussion! 

— Laura Farmwald & Sophie Spiegelberger, Youth Caucus Co-coordinators

When: February 20, 2020

Where: Beaver Brewing Company

Time: 7 p.m.

Facebook

 


Salzburg Meet-Up

Meeting location will either be at 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: February 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Salzburg 5020

Contact: m.kollert@democratsabroad.at for the exact location

 


Solidarity Sundays #30: Global Presidential Campaign

During the 1960 presidential campaign, Democrats in Paris and London began discussing ways to help the Democratic Party. 60 years on, and we’ve come a long way, baby! Democrats Abroad is part of the DNC and sends voting delegates to its National Convention.

On our 3-Year anniversary, Solidarity Sundays continues its monthly program of civics education and training. Join us February 23 and:

Learn! the history of our growing role within the DNC and how our Global Presidential Primary March 3-10 will help select the candidate to face Trump.

Train! to phone bank! Elections are decided by who shows up, so we’re calling members to register and vote. Already know how? Jump right in. Never phone banked before? That’s where we come in -- you’ll know by the end of the day.  

When: Sunday, February 23, 2020

Where: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Wien

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Facebook

 


2nd Annual Global Black Caucus Open Mic Night

Lift every voice, get every vote!

Please join us as we celebrate Black History Month and share your talents in spoken and written word, poetry, music or movement. This year’s fundraising theme is: Lift every voice, get every vote! All proceeds from this event will support the Get Out the Vote efforts of DA Austria as we head into a crucial election year.

For a 5 or 10 minute time slot, please contact DA Austria GBC coordinator, Faith Herbold. We look forward to seeing you!

When: Friday, February 28, 2020

Where: Villa Vida Café, Linke Wienzeile 102, 1060

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Contact: f.hall-herbold@democratsabroad.at

Facebook

 

Global Presidential Primary

Vote for the presidential nominee in person or online! (See article below)

When: March 3-10

Where: Frank’s American Bar & Restaurant

Time: March 3, 4–8 p.m.

March 7, 12–7 p.m.

Facebook

 


GBC Book Club

Please join us for our next book: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of American's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. We will learn about the waves of migration of freed African American slaves and former sharecroppers. 

When: March 13

Where: Cafe Weimar

Time: 7 p.m.

Facebook

 


Issues & Actions:

Global Presidential Primary

Did you know Democrats Abroad holds its own primary election? We send our own delegates to the Democratic Convention. And we have our say in choosing the Democratic nominee for president. Voting in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary instead of your home state is easy for you — and good for all of us.

To vote in the Global Presidential Primary, join Democrats Abroad today!

EASY FOR YOU. No need to request a ballot and post it home again. Simply drop into your local Voting Center. Or download a ballot and email it back. You’ll still need to get an absentee ballot for the general election in November. But, for now, join US voters around the world and vote where you live.

GOOD FOR ALL OF US. Concerned about issues like taxation, FATCA, or Social Security? Voting in the Global Primary shows Congress that we’re out here, in our millions, all around the globe. It gives Democrats Abroad the clout to lobby for us all and make a difference.

 

VOTING CENTERS IN AUSTRIA

Vote in Vienna | Super Tuesday

4–8 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Frank's American Bar & Restaurant, Laurenzerberg 2, 1010

Vote in Vienna | March 7

12–7 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, 2020

Frank's American Bar & Restaurant, Laurenzerberg 2, 1010  

 

REMOTE VOTING

Vote online or by fax:

Voters abroad may also vote by downloading a ballot and returning it by email or fax to Democrats Abroad starting February 18, 2020. Ballots must be received by DA prior to midnight March 10, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada [9:00 a.m. Vienna time (CET) on March 11, 2020].

Or mail your ballot to: 

Democrats Abroad Austria

Postfach # 2020

1051 Wien

Ballots must be received by the close of the working day in Vienna on March 10, 2020. 

NOTE: This is a primary for president only. To vote in local primary races, you can request a ballot from your state. If you do, leave the choice of presidential nominee blank. Don’t vote twice!

 

AVOID THE LINES

We encourage you to pre-register with our database managers at database@democratsabroad.at by:

  • March 2nd, if you plan to vote on March 3rd
  • March 6th, if you plan to vote on March 7th 

Please include your full name, Austrian address, U.S. Voting State (street address is optional), and (Austrian) phone number. 

You will be sent a confirmation email saying that you are pre-registered. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Caitlin Ahern at +43 650 312 5572 or database@democratsabroad.at

We look forward to seeing you at the polls. Thanks for your helping us to run a smooth Global Presidential Primary!

 

Be Our Valentine

Watch your post box this month for a valentine’s postcard from Democrats Abroad Austria. Let us know you received it by liking our Show Your Country Some Love In 2020 campaign on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

 

Annual General Meeting – Save the Date!

Please join fellow Democrat Abroad Austria members on Sunday, March 22, to recap 2019 and have a bit of food and fun. We'll present brief reports on 2019 and discuss our plans for 2020.

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

Your participation, activism, and donations have made Democrats Abroad Austria a strong and vital organization for more than fifteen years. In 2020, we’ll continue working to strengthen the voice and the vote of all our members. We’ve got an important election coming up in November and we are relying on your help to make it a blue tsunami!

Information about the agenda and registration will be in the March Newsletter and online at democratsabroad.org/at_events.

WHEN: Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 3:00-5:30 p.m.

WHERE: SPÖ Neubau, Lindengasse 64, 1070 VIENNA

RSVP: Caitlin Ahern • database@democratsabroad.at

 


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

 


Reviews:

 

DAA Talks with Ambassador Eva Nowotny

“Foreign Policy Stakes for Austria & Europe in the Trump Era”

Our international system based on human rights and the free movement of people and goods is disintegrating. The attacks come, in part, from Austria’s long-time ally, the United States. At the DAA Talk on January 23rd, Ambassador Eva Nowotny, foreign policy advisor to two Austrian chancellors, and Austria’s ambassador to France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, described the strains and the stakes.

—Tanya Lolonis, Member-at-Large

READ MORE

 

 

Solidarity Sundays #29:  Amending the Constitution

The United States constitution is often referred to as a “living document,” changing and growing as society moves forward. The tool for those changes is amendment. Ten amendments, collected as the Bill of Rights, were passed soon after the constitution itself.

—Tanya Lolonis, Member-at-Large & Solidarity Sundays Co-Coordinator

READ MORE

Visit www.VoteFromAbroad.org and follow its easy-to-understand steps. Register today. Help your friends and family register. Saving democracy has never been easier.

 


DAA Talks with Ambassador Eva Nowotny “Foreign Policy Stakes for Austria & Europe in the Trump Era”

Our international system based on human rights and the free movement of people and goods is disintegrating. The attacks come, in part, from Austria’s long-time ally, the United States. At the DAA Talk on January 23rd, Ambassador Eva Nowotny, foreign policy advisor to two Austrian chancellors, and Austria’s ambassador to France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, described the strains and the stakes.

Nowotny grounded her talk in history. Ambassador Nowotny highlighted America‘s pivotal role in establishing Austria’s post-War democratic system. That, and waves of Austrian immigration to the U.S., created a community of interests that has powered decades of close cooperation between the two countries. The election of Donald Trump, however, marks an abrupt deviation in how America views the world and its obligations. Great power politics— the premise that sheer power compels cooperation rather than mutual interests — has re-emerged after a century of hibernation. The U.S. is discarding treaties and weakening international institutions at break-neck pace — and China is rushing to fill the vacuum. China’s alternative model of economic development without human rights is peeling off European allies in Hungary, Poland, and Turkey.

During the lively discussion following her address, Ambassador Nowotny pointed to two developments occurring outside Washington, DC that encourage Europeans.  Resistance to Trump’s policies has been rising, and environmental discussion is alive and well in states and regions around the country. Although the U.S. government has stepped out of treaties — Iranian nuclear treaty, Paris Climate Accord, TIPP, and the Continental Forces in Europe — Austrian diplomats have maintained communication and cooperation with their American counterparts. And then last week, Trump signalled a shift in attention from Iran to the EU. With Trump threatening a tariff war with Europe, Austria is watching the American election with closer attention than ever before.

—Tanya Lolonis, Member-at-Large

 


Solidarity Sundays #29: AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION


The United States constitution is often referred to as a “living document,” changing and growing as society moves forward. The tool for those changes is amendment. Ten amendments, collected as the Bill of Rights, were passed soon after the constitution itself.

On Sunday, January 26, Juan Cerda laid out the process for changing our founding document. It begins in Congress — neither President nor Supreme Court play a role. Once approved in the Senate and House, the proposed amendment is sent to the states for their agreement. Three-fourths -- that’s 38 states -- must ratify the amendment in order to attach it to our constitution.

Interest in the amendment process has jumped in recent years. The trend of politicians winning office without a majority of votes is fraying confidence in democracy. New questions about the process emerged when Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the ERA. How long may states take to ratify an amendment? Can a state de-ratify it’s ratification? How these issues are resolved may depend on whether Democrats are successful in November.

The fate of voting reform and the ERA are more reasons why your vote in November is critical. Solidarity Sundays kicked off 2020 by looking at how to register voters overseas. Voting from abroad has quirks and complications that voting at home does not. New laws mean we can’t rely on home state election officials to keep us on their voting rolls — so expats need to re-register every calendar year.Our right to vote is protected — but each state has different procedures and deadlines.And not all overseas voters are alike — student voters have different needsthan long-term expats, who have different needs from recent arrivals. With so much complexity, how can we ensure every overseas citizen can vote?

Tanya Lolonis and Faith Hall-Herbold introduced attendees to DA‘s online voter registration website. It anticipates and addresses voters‘ unique questions. Designed by Democrats Abroad, www.VoteFromAbroad.org automates filling in forms — eliminating mistakes that can disqualify your application, and generating contact details so you can submit the form to your hometown election official. The site‘s Help Desk answers most questions about voting from abroad — and where it doesn‘t, the site connects you to volunteers who research and answer your question within a few hours.

Visit www.VoteFromAbroad.org and follow its easy-to-understand steps. Register today. Help your friends and family register. Saving democracy has never been easier.


Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary | March 3-10, 2020

Did you know Democrats Abroad holds its own primary election? We send our own delegates to the Democratic Convention. And we have our say in choosing the Democratic nominee for president. Voting in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary instead of your home state is easy for you — and good for all of us.

To vote in the Global Presidential Primary, join Democrats Abroad today!

EASY FOR YOU. No need to request a ballot and post it home again. Simply drop into your local Voting Center. Or download a ballot and email it back. You’ll still need to get an absentee ballot for the general election in November. But, for now, join US voters around the world and vote where you live.

GOOD FOR ALL OF US. Concerned about issues like taxation, FATCA, or Social Security? Voting in the Global Primary shows Congress that we’re out here, in our millions, all around the globe. It gives Democrats Abroad the clout to lobby for us all and make a difference.

VOTING CENTERS IN AUSTRIA

Vote in Vienna | Super Tuesday
4–8PM, Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Frank's American Bar & Restaurant Laurenzerberg 2, 1010

Vote in Vienna | March 7
12–7PM, Saturday, March 7, 2020
Frank's American Bar & Restaurant
Laurenzerberg 2, 1010 

 

Voting is also possible by post and email. Details will be sent to all Democrats Abroad members by email. 

NOTE: This is a primary for president only. To vote in local primary races, you can request a ballot from your state. If you do, leave the choice of presidential nominee blank. Don’t vote twice!


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

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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

 


DEMOCRATS ABROAD 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. 

The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary will run 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 remotely 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.

 

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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!