News

Timothy Snyder in Vienna

 

 

Timothy Snyder will be opening the 3rd Vienna Humanities Festival from September 27-30, 2018. Find out more about the program on the IWM website. He has also recently published a new book.

The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder

With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy seemed final.

Read more

Democrats in Graz Phonebanking Party

"The midterm elections in November are the last remaining obstacle to President Trump's consolidation of power.[...] Republican turnout has exceeded or equalled Democratic turnout in every midterm since 1978, no matter which party held the Presidency, with an average margin of three per cent - more than enough to decide control of Congress in a closely divided election." (George Packer in The New Yorker)

The midterm elections are fast approaching and the deadline for requesting your absentee ballot is in the next few weeks. We need to make several hundred phone calls - preferably by Sept. 1st! - to get our members registered to vote in 2018.

This year, we have a new phonebanking system that is extremely easy to use - all you need is your laptop (I will provide the internet connection) and a headset if you have one, and I will show you the rest! Together let's see if we can reach more Dems in an hour than our friends in Vienna can! ;)

Feel free to tell your friends - we can expand to more dates and locations if necessary! I will provide refreshments but you will be kicked out promptly at 6:00 pm so my kids can sleep :)

BE THE WAVE - BE A VOTER!

Monday, August 27, 2018 at 03:30 PM
Royalkino in Graz, Austria

 

The listed address is only for orientation. This phonebanking party is in a private home, please rsvp below to get the exact address.

You can also visit us on facebook.

 


Summer Voter Shout-Out

 

We're calling our members and building the wave! Six DAA members got together on a hot summer evening, signed-in to call hub, and started dialing. Experienced phone-banker, Karin, said, "This is so much easier than the old system!" We reached a lot of DA Austria members and reminded them to got to votefromabroad.org to register and request their ballot. Don't wait for our call – do it today!

Join us at an upcoming phone-banking party or start calling immediately here


Cycling for Sanity

Midwest Midterm Progressive Bikeathon

DA Austria Counsel, Bruce Murray, is planning to bike all the way from Madison, WI starting on 15 September and finishing in Braddock, PA on 6 November.

Along the way, he wants to learn what is on the minds of Midwesterners, get out the vote, volunteer for progressive candidates, and have fun! After each week of what he calls “cycling for sanity,” he will hold a rally in Chicago, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh, to encourage all of us to join together in ensuring that we “switch gears” with the Midterm Elections to get our country back on track!

Curious?

The Bikeathon Site provides a wealth of information. Its Course/Schedule page offers entertaining course, calendar, and mileage information.  The Podcasts  and Playlist pages offer great audio and an invitation to add your favovorite biker song! if you have questions, use the Contact page. AND go to the Participation page to sign up to cycle, celebrate, volunteer and/or pledge to vote!  I just did. How about you? 


DA Austria on Falter Radio Podcast

Trump– Between Europe & China

DA Austria was invited to take part in a Falter Radio podcast to discuss how Trump has changed the U.S and how he's attacked Europe and China. Taking part in the discussion were Martin Staudinger (Profil), China expert Daniel Fuchs (Chengdu-London), Jennifer Rakow-Stepper (Democrats Abroad Austria, Chair), and host Raimund Löw (ORF, Falter). 

 


July Newsletter



IN THIS ISSUE:

Events

  • Experienced Dems Meet-Up
  • Flipping the House - Phone-banking parties in August & September
  • Amsterdam Pride Fundraiser on August 4
  • Young Dems August Pub Night

Midterm Elections

  • Election Calendar: Register, Request, Return!

Issues & Actions

  • Postcard Outreach Action
  • Enough! Vote Them Out
  • Final Deliberation on the Unity Reform Commission (URC) Proposals

Reviews

  • Solidarity Sundays Vienna Targets Gun Violence
  • An Event-full June

Save these Phonebanking Dates!

  • Summer Voter Shout-Out on Wednesday, August 22
  • SolSun Civics Special on Tuesday, September 4
  • Dems Dialing for Voters on Thursday, September 20
  • Don’t Wait, It’s Late! on Monday, September 26


WE’RE RECHARGING OUR BATTERIES AND TAKING A SUMMER BREAK.

WE'LL SEE YOU AT OUR FALL EVENTS BEGINNING ON AUGUST 22. ENJOY THE SUMMER!


EVENTS:


Experienced Dems Meet-Up

Come one, come all to the July meet-up of Experienced Democrats. Take the time to discuss the latest news from the USA, positive and negative, with like-minded people of a certain age.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 17

WHERE: Cafe Museum, Operngasse 7 1010 Wien

RSVP: Experienced Dems



FLIPPING THE HOUSE - 

PHONE-BANKING PARTIES IN AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

What could be a better way to spend an evening than with other DAA members working to flip the House? It’s easy, fun, and the most effective way to get our members to the polls. Join us at one of our get togethers from the end of August through September. The midterm clock is ticking...

In the 2014 Midterms only 4% of Americans living abroad voted. We must do better! The upcoming midterm election is probably one of the most important in our lifetime. Help us save democracy one call to a voter at a time!

Bring your laptop, charger, and earbuds/headphones with microphone. We'll supply the pizza and beer.

You've never phone-banked before? No problem! We have a training session for newbies from 6-6:30pm. We'll walk you through it, you'll be comfortable in no time. We're calling our members and they LOVE hearing from us!

You’re fed up with the current administration and want to start calling immediately to vote them out? You can’t attend one of our phonebanking parties? You can still save our democracy by getting out the vote! Go to the handy Phonebanking Introduction to get started. And feel free to email if you have any questions or need assistance.

WHEN: Always from 6pm - 9pm on the following days: Summer Voter Shout-Out on Wednesday, August 22; SolSun Civics Special on Tuesday, September 4; Dems Dialing for Voters on Thursday, September 20; Don’t Wait,It’s Late! on Monday, September 26

WHERE: The phonebanking parties will be held in private homes, please rsvp below to get the exact address.

CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · demsabroadaustria@gmail.com or Tanya Lolonis · tanya.lolonis@mac.com



JOIN DEMOCRATS ABROAD FOR A UNIQUE FRONT-ROW VIEW OF AMSTERDAM’S WORLD FAMOUS GAY PRIDE CANAL PARADE!

If you’ve never experienced Amsterdam Gay Pride, thousands line the streets along the canals jostling for a glimpse of the parade as it sails past. But we’ll have our very own boat moored at a prime location along the route!

We guarantee you the best view in town — complete with unlimited beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks and our own sound system to get the party started. You’re welcome aboard from 12:30, with the first floats arriving around 14:00. The last one closes the parade around 17:30. A limited number of VIP ticketsare also available, which include a 90 minute boat tour of the city with refreshments early the evening before (Aug 3). Click here for more information.

Visiting from out of town? Homestays are possible on a first come, first served basis. You’re welcome to contact Democrats Abroad Netherlands Chair Kendra Borgen at chair@democratsabroad.nl.

WHEN: August 4, 2018

WHERE: Amsterdam, Netherlands

CONTACT: Kendra Borgen · chair@democratsabroad.nl

RSVP: Amsterdam Gay Pride Fundraiser


YOUNG DEMS PUB NIGHT

Join us at our summer meet-up. We hope to see a lot of you and you’re welcome to bring friends! Please look for updated information on our facebook page.

WHEN & Where: TBA, August 2018

CONTACT: Ashley Arreola · Ashley_arreola@yahoo.com


ISSUES & ACTIONS:




Postcard Outreach Action

Are you a swing state voter? Do you not receive our emails or calls? If so, you’ve most likely heard from us over the past few months. DA activists have been busy writing members like you a postcard to remind you to register, request, and return your ballot for the midterm election. Drop us a line. We’d love to hear that our work paid off!



MIDTERM ELECTIONS: ELECTION CALENDAR – REGISTER, REQUEST, RETURN!

Lots of primaries are coming up and many of them have summer deadlines! Check below for important registration dates. But why wait? Register to vote today at Vote from Abroad and you’ll have registered and requested your ballot for all 2018 elections in one easy step. Midterm elections are Federal elections and you can vote in them. Don’t be a victim of voter purges. By law, overseas voters MUST register every calendar year!

Do you vote in one of these States?Alabama (run-off), Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia (Primary run-off), Guam, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina (Federal run-off), Oklahoma (run-off), Rhode Island, Tennessee Vermont, Virgin Islands, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Then READ MORE for your State’s upcoming deadlines and mark your calendar today!



DNC RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE (RBC) – FINAL DELIBERATION ON THE UNITY REFORM COMMISSION (URC) PROPOSALS

The DA Progressive Caucus(ProDA) hosted a vibrant online cafe on June 17th, focusing on the final phase of RBC work with reforms the URC proposed in the aftermath of the 2016 primaries. The RBC must vote on its version of the reforms by the end of June. The DNC is scheduled to vote on them in August. The main proposals foresee changes in primary/caucus models; party outreach, diversity, and transparency; and superdelegate influence. Special ProDA cafe guest Selina Vickers (West Virginia), who has provided excellent live stream coverage and commentary on the URC/RBC reform work for well over a year, summarized the process and offered scenarios for the upcoming final voting. Here is a condensed scenario version:

  1. Accept Unity Reform Commission changes
  2. Keep automatic delegates in the convention, but not allow them to take part in the initial vote,
  3. Vote down the Unity Reform Commission recommendations in their entirety, in other words, vote for the status quo,
  4. Add delegates from the community to the states using a 25% proportionality formula.

Selina is hopeful that the Party will become more inclusive, diverse, and transparent, as we strive for greater strength and unity on the road to the midterms and beyond.

UPDATE: On June 27th, the RBC endorsed what it refers to as the third way plus for “superdelegate” voting at presidential nominating conventions. It is intended to curb the influence of superdelegates by conditionally removing the unpledged delegates from first ballot at the convention.

The conditions of those contingencies for superdelegate participation fall into three categories.

  1. If a candidate wins 50 percent of the pledgeddelegates plus one during or by the end of primary season, then the superdelegates are barred from the first ballot.
  2. If a candidate wins 50 percent of all of the delegates (including superdelegates) plus one, then the superdelegate opt-in is triggered and that faction of delegates can participate in the first (and only) round of voting.
  3. If no candidate wins a majority of either pledged or all delegates during or by the end of primary season, then superdelegates are barred from the first round and allowed in to vote in the second round to break the stalemate.

Importantly, the first contingency allows a candidate to win without superdelegates, while the second deprives superdelegates through a supermajority requirement the ability to overturn the pledged delegate majority scenario in the first contingency. Here is a source of more information.

– Bruce Murray, DA Austria Counsel


REVIEWS:


SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS VIENNA TARGETS GUN VIOLENCE

On June 24th, Solidarity Sundays took a deep dive into what the data tells us about gun violence in America, and how effective policy needs to address different causes.

We learned how to make sense of the NRA‘s resistance to public safety concerns, and how early signs are showing some movement in the direction of common-sense gun laws. While the NRA remains largely unassailable at the federal level, activists are making meaningful gains in state houses across the country.

Test how well you know America‘s gun culture by taking the „Make My Day Gun Quiz“, (insert link to SS FB page). Solidarity Sundays attendees found some answers more surprising than expected.

Getting any progress on gun control means getting good politicians into office. With that in mind, the band turned to getting DA members in Austria registered to vote. In all, over 150 postcards were handwritten reminding voters to register and request ballots at VoteFromAbroad.org. The postcard project is part of Solidarity Sundays Vienna’s ongoing focus on getting out the 2018 vote in Austria, which has included phonebanking and registering Americans at various public locales. When David Byrne asked DAA to set up and register voters at his concert in the Museumsquartier, SolSunners were tapped to help DAA woman the tables. Got a suggestion where we might meet a lot of Americans? Send us a message: solsunvienna.

– Tanya Lolonis, Solidarity Sundays Co-Coordinator




AN EVENT-FULL JUNE

It was great to see so many of you at one or more of the whopping eight different events that happened in June! We’ll be recharging our batteries over the summer and gearing up for a big push to get all our members to vote in the midterm election in November. But before we head off for distant ports, here’s a quick recap of June’s events.

We began the month under LGBT Caucus leader Juan Cerda’s guidance and participated in the annual Regenbogenparade. At March in Pride DA members and friends showed our support and solidarity with our LGBTQ friends and family. The following Monday, a group of seven members gathered at Tanya’s place for pizza and beer and phone banked lots of our members to remind them they have to re-register every year. On the last Sunday of June, Solidarity Sundays discussed gun violence in America (see article above) and reached out to members to affect change at the ballot box.


David Byrne has also been encouraging Americans to vote and has invited Vote From Abroad to set up a stand at his concerts on his current European tour. We were in the Museums Quartier’s Halle E on the 26th and registered a bunch of grateful Americans – Burning Down the House!

Finally, on the 30th DA Austria joined more than 700 Families Belong Together marches worldwide to demand the end of Trump’s Zero Tolerance policy and the reunification of the families. It was a somber demonstration as a variety of members read the tragic stories of parents and children who had been torn apart at the border. Danny Chicago and Raina Saul-Ganev provided wonderful music and songs and some of the of the more than 30 members who attended left chalk-written messages in front of the US Consulate. 

And if that wasn’t enough, Black Caucus Book Club, Young Dems, and Experienced Dems all had their regular monthly meet-ups! As you can see, DA Austria is rev’d up and busy. Enjoy the summer break and I hope to see you soon at an upcoming event!

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DA Austria Chair


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June Newsletter

 

In this issue:

 

Events

  • Phonebanking Party
  • March with Pride
  • Experienced Dems
  • SolSun Battleground America: Looking at the Policy of Guns
  • Global Black Caucus Book Club
  • Young Dems June Pub Night

Save the Dates!

Issues & Actions

  • Election Calendar: Register, Request, Return!
  • Midwest Midterm Progressive Bikeathon

Reviews

  • Graz Voter Registration Pub Night
  • Shining a Light on Dark Money
  • Why I Am No Longer Talking [With White People] About Race

Events:

 

Phonebanking Party

Join DAA members and friends as we celebrate another day at the polls. Between 6 and 9pm on Tuesday, June 5th we're calling members from States who have primaries coming up and reminding them to Register, Request, and Return their ballots.

What better way to build the Blue Wave than with pizza and wine and other wave makers! Bring your laptop, charger, and earbuds/headphones with microphone. We'll supply the rest.

You've never phone-banked before? No problem! We have a training session for newbies from 6-6:30pm. We'll walk you through it, you'll be comfortable in no time. We're calling our members and they LOVE hearing from us!

WHEN:Tuesday, June 5th at 6pm - 9pm
WHERE:The listed addressis only for orientation. This phonebanking party is in a private home, please rsvp below to get the exact address.
CONTACT:Tanya Lolonis · tanya.lolonis@mac.com
RSVP: Phonebanking Party

 

 

March with Pride

Join Democrats Abroad Austria as we march and dance at this year’s Vienna Pride Parade. This year's Pride Parade theme is "Love, Respect, and Solidarity."

Agenda layout:

2pm: We will start forming our contingent. We’ll know our pride parade contingent number closer to the parade date and will keep you posted. We’ll probably start marching somewhere between the hours of 3pm - 4pm, so please remember to eat something beforehand, bring water and suntan lotion, and wear comfortable shoes.

We urge participants to bring signs—the more colorful and creative the better:)

Participants may simply join the group at the beginning of the parade route, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. For any questions please email Juan. Our parade group is open to all. Visit us on Facebook

WHEN: June 16, 2018 at 2pm - 6pm

WHERE: TBD front of University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, Vienna 1010

Google map and directions

CONTACT: Juan Cerda · juandcerda@gmail.com· +43 676 921 7865

RSVP: March with Pride

 

 

Experienced Democrats Meet-Up

This is the 6th monthly meeting of the Experienced Democrats. All are welcome to join us! Visit us on Facebook

 

WHEN: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 6pm

WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna

CONTACT: John Cahill: jmcahill47@yahoo.com +436766952766

RSVP: Experienced Democrats

 

 

Global Black Caucus Book Club II

Join us as we conclude our journey through "Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race" by British author Reni Eddo-Lodge. We will discuss the last four chapters (Fear of a Black Planet, The Feminism Question, Race and Class and There’s no Justice, There’s Just Us). So read up and come ready with comments, questions and reflections.

Please remember to bring a donation, as we will begin fundraising for the Innocence Project, an organization devoted to exonerating the wrongly convicted and working towards criminal justice reform https://www.innocenceproject.org/. We look forward to reading and discovering with you! Power to the readers!

WHEN: June 20, 2018 at 7pm - 10pm

WHERE: Phil, Gumpendorfer Straße 10-12, 1060 Vienna

Google map and directions

CONTACT:Faith Herbold· Faith_hg@yahoo.com· 0660 277 6485

RSVP: GBC Book Club

 

Solidarity Sunday #16

Battleground America: Looking at the Policy of Guns.

Join the hardy band of Solidarity Sundays activists on June 24th when we will start with the three hundred million privately owned firearms in the United States and ask: How did we get here? Is there a real chance for change? What will it take to make changes happen?

We’ll continue writing postcards reminding DA members to register, request ballots for November, and vote. Coffee, tea and snacks will be on hand to fortify the good people working to build the Blue Wave.

WHEN: June 24, 2018 at 4pm - 6pm

WHERE: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8,1070 Vienna

Google map and directions

CONTACT: Tanya Lolonis · tanya.lolonis@mac.com

RSVP: SolSun #16

 

Young Dems Pub Night

Dear fellow Democrats, We cordially invite you to a fun get together at our June Pub Night at Peter Pane's! We hope to see a lot of you and you’re welcome to bring friends! Please rsvpto let us know how many people to expect. See you soon!

WHEN June 29, 2018 at 7pm - 10pm

WHERE Peter Pane, Mariahilfer Str 127, Vienna 1060

Google map and directions

CONTACT David Heckenberg · david.heckenberg@gmail.com· +43 664 378 2040

RSVP: Young Dems Pub Night

 

Save the Dates!

  • 4th of July party – TBA
  • September welcome back wine and art in the Welt Museum – TBA

Issues & Actions:

Midterm Elections: Election Calendar 

– Register, Request, Return!

Lots of primaries are coming up over the next few months and many of them have June deadlines! Check below for your state’s upcoming deadlines and mark your calendar today. But why wait? Register to vote today at Vote from Abroad. Remember, by law, overseas voters MUST register every calendar year!

Tuesday, June 5:

Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota

READ MORE

Tuesday, June 12:

Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia


Tuesday, June 19:

District of Columbia, Arkansas Runoff

READ MORE

Tuesday, June 26:

Colorado, Maryland, New York Federal Primary, Oklahoma, Utah, South Carolina Runoff

READ MORE

Tuesday July 17:

Alabama Runoff, North Carolina Fed. Runoff

Tuesday, July 24:

Georgia Runoff

Saturday, August 4:

Virgin Islands

READ MORE

 

Midwest Midterm Progressive Bikeathon

As you may have heard, DAA Counsel Bruce Murray is planning to bike from Madison, WI (15 September) to Braddock, PA (6 November). Along the way, he wants to learn what is on the minds of Midwesterners, get out the vote, volunteer for progressive candidates, and have fun! After each week of what he calls “cycling for sanity,” he will hold rallies (Chicago, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh), encouraging all of us to join together in ensuring that we “switch gears” with the Midterm Elections to get our country back on track!

Curious?

The Bikeathon Facebook Pageprovides a wealth of information. Click on its interactive map to see the course, calendar, and mileage. Click on the Bikeathon PODCASTand THEME SONGfor some excellent audio! Scroll down to the Bikeathon Playlist post and add your favorite biker song! Also, feel free to contact Bruce (bamurray54@gmail.com) if you have questions, feel the urge to volunteer, and/or want to cycle for sanity!


Reviews:

 

 

Graz Voter Registration Pub Night

Over a dozen Americans in Graz - and a few Austrian partners - defied the pouring rain to make it to Culture Exchange and request their ballots! I carried my printer in my stroller; parenting small children is no excuse not to participate in our democracy! Once their absentee ballot requests were printed, our members relaxed with mojitos, burgers and breakfast burritos and wrote postcards to Americans in battleground states while chatting about all things political and personal. We had a fabulous evening and are looking forward to bimonthly meetings in the future!

–Caitlin Ahern, Member-at-Large, Database Manager

 

 

 

SolSun #14 – Grassroots Organizing in the Time of Trump

Solidarity Sundays Vienna took a deep dive into grassroots organizing and activism on Sunday, March 29th. We remembered some key individuals (Harvey Milk, Martin Luther King Jr., Betty Friedan) and grassroots movements (civil rights movement, peace protests, the feminist movement, LGBTQ rights) from the past that spawned major social change. We touched on a few classic grassroots success stories (Love Canal, ActUp, and the Arab Spring).

We took a close look at key current grassroots movements in the states (Indivisible, gun safety legislation, environmental protection) as well as major organizations (Code Pink, She Should Run, MoveOn, Black Lives Matter). In discussion we considered issues that most inspire us personally.

– Tanya Lolonis, Solidarity Sundays Co-Coordinator

 

 

Global Black Caucus Book Club Meeting

A small group of DA Austria members attended the newly formed Global Black Caucus’ first official book club on May 29that the local Starbucks. Yes, you read that right, Starbucks. The date and location were specifically chosen to highlight the recent events following the arrest of two black men simply because they were waiting for a friend while black. 8,000 Starbucks US locations were shut down for an afternoon of racial bias training, which cost the company over 12 million in lost sales (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/business/starbucks-arrests-racial-bias.html). But is this enough to combat structural racism and implicit bias?

This question lingered in the minds of the group as they delved into the personal experiences and conceptual thoughts of author Reni Eddo-Lodge in her book entitled Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race (Bloomsbury Circus, 2017). The group discussed their first impressions about such a controversial book (in both title and content) and how those impressions were shaped by their life experiences surrounding race, culture and politics.

This was not a forum for white members to engage in self flagellation when it comes to white guilt or privilege, but rather to engage in an open and straightforward dialogue about how they view these concepts in light of their own experiences, as well as viewing them through the lens of the author and people of color. The attendance of a French born Algerian expat also added another layer of depth as she recounted her experiences being a woman of color in Europe. Overall, it was night full of revelations, laughter and learning. The group also discussed possible selections for the next book and sponsoring non-profit organizations like the Innocence Project and the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI).

The discussion continues in part II of Reni Eddo-Lodges’ book and will be discussed on June 20th, 2018 at 7pm at Phil. We hope to see you there! Power to the readers!

– Faith Herbold, Global Black Caucus Coordinator


May Newsletter


In this Issue:

Events

  • Experienced Democrats
  • Young Dems Pub Night
  • Graz Voter Registration Pub Night
  • Solidarity Sundays #15

Issues & Actions

  • Election Calendar
  • Tiny Action: Power the Blue Wave

Reviews

  • Solidarity Sundays Vienna #14
  • DAATalks: Trump, Russia, and Purpose of Foreign Policy

Members Corner

  • From Able Amateurs To Global Presence – A History of American Diplomacy



Events:


EXPERIENCED DEMOCRATS MEET-UP

This is the monthly meeting of the Experienced Democrats of Democrats Abroad Austria. Join us for conversation – political and otherwise! Find the event on Facebook

WHEN: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6pm

WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna

CONTACT: John Cahill: jmcahill47@yahoo.com +436766952766

RSVP: Experienced Democrats



YOUNG DEMS PUB NIGHT

This month we'll be headed outside to the Prater Hauptallee at the new grill restaurant DIE ALLEE for our monthly pub night. Voter registration will also be possible. Our reservation is at 7PM for 10 people, so please RSVP. Contact Ashley Arreola if you have trouble finding us +436503749481. Find the event on Facebook.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7pm

WHERE: Die Allee, Hauptallee 124, 1020 Vienna

CONTACT: Ashley Arreola: ashley_arreola@yahoo.com +436503749481

RSVP: Young Dems Pub Night


GRAZ VOTER REGISTRATION PUB NIGHT

We invite everyone in the Graz area to come join us for a drink or dinner at Culture Exchange, a restaurant/cafe & bike shop, with a bike rental, library, workshops, gallery, music events, English-language movie nights, quiz nights & more. Enjoy some delicious wraps, veggie burgers, cocktails or a beer. We'll help you fill out and mail your ballot request form for the 2018 midterms! Printer, envelopes and stamps will be provided for a 1 EUR donation. We'll also share some ideas for Getting Out the Vote! Bring your friends and spread the word! Find us on Facebook

WHEN: Friday, May 18, 2018 at 5pm-9pm

WHERE: Culture Exchange Graz, Grazbachgasse 47, 8010 Graz

CONTACT: Caitlin Ahern caitlin.ahern@gmail.com

RSVP: Graz Voter Registration Pub Night



SOL SUN #15– SHINING LIGHT ON DARK MONEY

Join us as we shine a light on dark money in US politics. What is Dark Money? How does it distort our democracy? What remedies do we have?

Then we'll brainstorm on ways to raise for the Democratic Blue Wave and design a fundraiser of our own. Find us on Facebook


WHEN: May 27, 2018 at 4pm-6pm

WHERE:  Amerlinghaus,Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna

CONTACT: Juan Cerda · juandcerda@gmail.com · +436769217865

RSVP: SolSun#15



Issues & Actions:


Election Calendar – Register, Request, Return!

Lots of primaries are coming up over the next few months and many of them have May deadlines! Check below for your state’s upcoming deadlines and mark your calendar today. READ MORE for full details.

Tuesday, June 5:

  • Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota

Tuesday, June 12:

  • Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia

Tuesday, June 19:

  • District of Columbia

Tuesday, June 19:

  • Arkansas Runoff

Tuesday, June 26:

  • Colorado, Maryland, New York Federal Primary, Oklahoma, Utah


Tiny Action: Power the Blue Wave

A lot of people ask us if they can vote this year, and if voting in 2018 is worth it.

Yes. And yes.

Midterm elections are federal elections, which means that anyone who can vote in a presidential election year can also vote for Senate and House races in the midterms.

And WOW is this year’s election important. If Democrats take back Congress - and we can - we will change Washington. Which is why our single most important task this year is getting all Democrats abroad to vote. This is not a task for October. This is an action for NOW.

This week's Tiny Action: Sign up to be a phone bank volunteer, and start making those calls!

88% of members we called in 2016 submitted a ballot, but less than 2 in 10 of you signed up to phonebank when we asked in February. So we’re asking again.

Phone banking is easy, flexible, free (with an internet connection and laptop) and rewarding. Phone bankers in the U.S. are shocked to hear how often our members THANK us for calling them about voting!

New to phone banking?

  1. Log in to democratsabroad.org and sign up to help with phone banking.
  2. Review important info for first-time phone bankers.
  3. You will receive an email from CallHub - the system we use to call Americans abroad - to activate your account.
  4. Log in to CallHub and get started!

Returning phone banker?

  1. Review the refresher materials and info on current campaigns here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking
  2. Go to https://callhub.io to enter your username and password.
  3. - Your username is probably country code and name. Ex: CA-Heidi-Burch
  4. - Forgot your password? Click Forgot to receive CallHub instructions to set up a new one.
  5. Start making those calls!

Overseas votes HAVE decided close elections in the past, and we’ll do it again - but not without your help.

Read more and take a moment to explore the wealth of information and actions that are regularly updated at Democrats Abroad.



Reviews:


SolSun #14 – Grassroots Organizing in the Time of Trump

Solidarity Sundays Vienna took a deep dive into grassroots organizing and activism on Sunday, March 29th. We remembered some key individuals (Harvey Milk, Martin Luther King Jr., Betty Friedan) and grassroots movements (civil rights movement, peace protests, the feminist movement, LGBTQ rights) from the past that spawned major social change. We touched on a few classic grassroots success stories (Love Canal, ActUp, and the Arab Spring).

We took a close look at key current grassroots movements in the states (Indivisible, gun safety legislation, environmental protection) as well as major organizations (Code Pink, She Should Run, MoveOn, Black Lives Matter). In discussion we considered issues that most inspire us personally.

– Tanya Lolonis, Solidarity Sundays Co-Coordinator


DAATalks: Trump, Russia, and Purpose of Foreign Policy

Prior to a dynamic discussion at the Republikanischer Club on May 2nd, Dana Allin, Senior Fellow at London think tank IISS*, challenged DAA members to jettison conventional approaches to Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Americans need a better understanding of the purpose of foreign policy. Specifically, Allin made a full-throated case for restoring an ideological component to foreign policy.

Post-war American foreign policy was animated by the pursuit of American interest and values. Richard Nixon pursued détente with the Soviet Union and opening to China to change the world order and improve America’s position within it. For all the defects in George W. Bush’s response to 9/11, he grasped that his policies would inspire anti-Muslim backlash, and took steps to prevent this. Uniquely for an American president, Trump’s foreign policy is unmoored from any concept of American interest.

How might liberals articulate the purpose of American foreign policy after Trump?

Dana Allin offered two proposals. First, America needs to acknowledge that Russia’s aggression is rooted in NATO and EU expansion. George Kennan, architect of soviet containment policy, warned that no nation can sit passively while a rival studs its borders with military bases and allies. Allin’s proposal: recognize Russia’s geopolitical interests and find ways to cooperate so America can move on to other pressing international challenges like China, terrorism, and the technical revolution.

Second, current debate – is America in a new Cold War with Russia, or is America’s enemy really China? – misses an important point. Trump's and Putin’s nativism and nationalism demand a response based on liberal principles. Allin returned to the 20th-century to explain his reasoning.

Policymakers after 1945 linked affluence created by liberal economic and trade policy with the moral vision of shared prosperity (the New Deal). This approach united Americans at home and built alliances abroad. A return to uniting geopolitical goals with liberal values – civil and economic equality, democracy, internationalism – can shore up support for foreign policy both at home and among allies.

Animated discussion followed Dana Allin’s presentation. Topics ranged from North Korea, China, European social democracy, and the rise of illiberalism, to the history of America’s liberal tradition. Appropriately, no wine remained at the end of the evening.

– Tanya Lolonis, Solidarity Sundays Co-Coordinator

* International Institute for Strategic Studies is one of the world’s leading research institutes for international affairs. Dr. Allin is the author or co-author of 7 books on international topics, and is currently working on a history of American liberal thought.



Member's Corner:


From Able Amateurs To Global Presence – A History of American Diplomacy

The Austro-American Society and the U.S. Embassy in Vienna invites you to a talk by Stephen A. Hubler, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Vienna

WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7pm

WHERE: Clubrooms of the Austro-American Society, Stallburggasse 2, 1010 Vienna

CONTACT: Austro-American Society  auamsoc@aon.at

RSVP: Please RSVP by E-mail: auamsoc@aon.at “We are registering the following persons to the talk on “From Amateur Diplomats to Global Presence” on Wednesday, May 24th 2018: Participants: (Address, telephone, full name)”

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April Newsletter

In a moving Die-In, students represented those slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at Vienna's March For Our Lives


IN THIS ISSUE:

Events

  • Experienced Democrats
  • Pub Night & Voter Registration
  • Solidarity Sundays #14
  • DAATalks Speaker Series

Issues & Actions

  • Election Calendar
  • #Tiny Actions

Reviews

  • DAA's Annual General Meeting
  • March For Our Lives – Vienna
  • Solidarity Sundays Vienna #13

Members Corner

  • Pod Love
  • American International Baseball Club


EVENTS:


EXPERIENCED DEMOCRATS MEET-UP

This is the 4th meeting of the Experienced Democrats! Join us to make it the best yet!

WHEN: Tuesday, April 17 2018 at 6pm

WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna

CONTACT: John Cahill: jmcahill47@yahoo.com +436766952766

RSVP: Experienced Democrats




PUB NIGHT AND VOTER REGISTRATION 

Every year, Americans abroad miss the chance to vote. The reason? They didn't realize they were no longer registered.

Join Democrats Abroad's Youth caucus at our monthly Pub Night and register to vote over a beer and good conversation. We're looking forward to seeing some new faces and our familiar friends. All Ages Welcome!

WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7pm - 11pm

WHERE: Pickwick's Marc-Aurel-Straße 10-12, Vienna

CONTACT: David Heckenberg david.heckenberg@gmail.com +43 664 3782040

RSVP: Pub Night & Voter Registration


SOLSUN #14 LOOKS AT POPULAR MOBILIZATION IN THE TIME OF TRUMP

Join Solidarity Sunners on April 29th for a look at the new groups channelling civic participation – registering voters, knocking on doors, attending legislator town halls, visiting offices of members of Congress, and organizing marches and demonstrations. Who are they? What effect are they having?

Attendees will write postcards to Americans in Austria telling them how easy it is to register to vote* – and how critical, too. In an era where races are decided by razor-thin margins, handfuls of ballots are sometimes tipping the result. Please stop in and join in this easy but important enterprise – we’ll have pens and postcards, coffee and snacks.

WHEN: April 29, 2018 at 4pm - 6pm

WHERE: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, Vienna 1070

CONTACT: Juan Cerda · juandcerda@gmail.com · +436769217865

RSVP: SolSun#14

Find us on Facebook: solidarity sundays #14

*Not registered to vote yet? Go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org and see how quick and easy it is to participate in the democratic process.


DAATALKS WITH DANA ALLIN – TRUMP, RUSSIA AND THE PURPOSES OF US FOREIGN POLICY

On Wednesday May 2, the DAATalks speaker series is honored to welcome Dr. Dana Allin, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Editor of Survival, an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University SAIS-Europe in Bologna, Italy.

Dr. Allin has an expertise in US foreign policy and domestic politics, European politics and foreign policies, and transatlantic relations. He comments and writes widely on the strategic challenges and historical, political and social roots of US foreign policy, and also covers a considerable range of European topics, including the Balkans conflicts and the Cold War.

Dr. Allin is the author or co-author of seven books including, most recently, Our Separate Ways: The Struggle for the Future of the U.S.-Israel Alliance (PublicAffairs, 2016). His articles and book chapters have appeared in, amongst others, Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Politico.

Click here for more information about Dr. Dana Allin and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Join us beforehand for a glass of wine and conversation. We'll be opening the doors at 6:30pm.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7pm

WHERE: Republikanischer Club, Rockhgasse 1, Vienna 1010 (Entrance is at Restaurant Hebenstreit)

CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · demsabroadaustria@gmail.com

RSVP: DAATalks


ISSUES & ACTIONS


ELECTION CALENDAR: REGISTER, REQUEST, RETURN!

Lots of primaries are coming up over the next few months and many of them have April deadlines! Check below for your state’s upcoming deadlines and mark your calendar today.

Tuesday May 8: Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia

Tuesday May 15 : Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania

Tuesday May 22: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky

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Tuesday, May 22: Texas Runoff

  • Register: Received by Mon, Apr 23, 2018

  • Request ballot: Received by Fri, May 11, 2018

  • Return: Received by Tue, May 29, 2018

Tuesday July 24: Georgia Runoff

  • Register: Received by Mon, Apr 23, 2018 (Email or Fax)
    Postmarked by Mon, Apr 23, 2018 (Mail)

  • Request ballot: Received by Fri, Jul 20, 2018

  • Return: Received by Fri, Jul 27, 2018 



#TINYACTIONS

As always, our aim is to turn tiny actions into big results.

For the past year Democrats Abroad has been posting weekly, tiny actions in order to motivate our members to help create large affects. Each action highlights a current issue to be aware of. They’re easily accessible either through the DA website or you can subscribe to the weekly post.

This week’s #TinyAction is all about checking your voting status to make certain you’re registered to vote. Every year Americans abroad miss the chance to vote. The reason? They didn't realize they were no longer registered.

Read more and take a moment to explore the wealth of information and actions that are regularly updated at Democrats Abroad.

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REVIEWS


VIENNA – MARCH FOR OUR LIVES

On Saturday March 24, DAA and DAA’s Youth Caucus joined about 150 people at the Ballhausplatz to protest gun violence in the US and support the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The day’s event began earlier when a wonderful group of AIS students came to Amerlinghaus to make protest and slogan signs. It was fantastic to see their engagement and creativity. As they made signs for each of the students killed in Parkland, FL, it became personal for them, to see how old the kids were and what interests and talents they had.

We then moved on to the march’s starting point at the Ballhausplatz. We were lucky to have a beautiful sun-filled afternoon. As we approached the plaza, we saw a great crowd forming. People brought their own homemade signs and we had many to hand out as well, so soon the crowd was awash with signs proclaiming Protect Kids, Not Guns, No More Silence, End Gun Violence, Sensible Gun Laws Now, Arms are for Hugging, etc.

David Heckenberg opened the event with a great introduction and welcome. We learned some of the horrific statistics that surround American gun violence, but also learned that we were a part of larger movement to end it. DAA’s Vienna march was one of over 800 sibling marches happening that day around the world. The main march on Washington D.C. drew up to 800,000 people. Who could expect March For Our Lives D.C. and its sibling marches would be the largest of their kind in history? The power of youth exemplified!

Juan Cerda, Faith Hall-Herbold, and Becky Ellis reminded the marchers of the importance of voting in the 2018 midterm elections and that they were available to help anyone get registered that day.

As we made our way to Platz der Menschenrechte at MQ, we were enthusiastically led in chants by two young students. You could feel their excitement at being involved.

At MQ, we were thrilled to have several speakers including Vienna’s own Nadiv Molcho, filmmaker and actor, American comedian Okello Dunkley, Emma Lowe and Maddie Komons - both American students from AIS - and Sherri Spelic, author and educator at AIS. Their words and personal stories were inspiring, thought-provoking and moving. This issue will not go away and we will do whatever we can to bring safety back to our schools and our communities. Children should not fear going to school.


We then took a moment to honor and remember the Parkland students who were killed. As their names were read, our students fell to the ground, reminding us how fragile life is and how quickly it can be taken. Althea Papoulias sang a haunting and prayerful rendition of "Amazing Grace” over the lost.

Additional music was provided by Danny Chicago, performing his “Let's All Go to Washington and Take Our Country Back”. Together with Raina Saul-Ganev, they sang “We Shall Overcome” and closed the event with the group singing John Lennon’s "Imagine”.

– Raina Saul-Ganev, March For Our Lives Vienna Co-coordinator
















DAA'S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

DAA's Executive Committee and Caucuses has expanded! Ashley Arreola, Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, bruce Murray, Tanya Lolonis, Faith Hall Herbold, Marcy Fowler, John Cahill, Becky Ellis, Brett Carnito, and David Heckenberg. (not pictured: Caitlin Ahern, Juan Cerda, Keith Jacomine, and Matt Stevens) (L to R).

On Sunday, March 11th, 34 DAA members gathered for our Annual General Meeting (AGM). Though we did not hold elections this year, there was plenty to talk about as we summarized a busy year of activities, discussed the ways DAA is growing, and set goals. DAA Chair Jennifer Rakow-Stepper introduced the Executive Committee and then spoke about member engagement, including our DAATalks series of notable speakers, the many actions and social events of the past year, and our upcoming goals. These include increasing outreach to new voters, contacting 100% of our membership to register for the 2018 midterm elections, activating members in the provinces and increasing the number of sustaining donors. A report was given on the Unity Reform Commission, followed by the Treasurer’s and Auditor’s reports. Changes to the DAA bylaws were presented and put up for discussion. After much debate, the new bylaws were approved with 33 in favor (including proxy votes). These can be found here. We were grateful to have Katie Solon as a guest -- as a founding member of DA Austria and former Chair, and most recently former DA International Chair, Katie was able to clarify many of our questions regarding the Unity Reform Commission, the way DAA and the DPCA interact, and voter registration.

After the vote, the leadership team presented our Get Out the Vote effort and introduced our caucuses: Black Caucus, Progressive Caucus, LGBT Caucus, Solidarity Sundays, Young Democrats, and Experienced Democrats; we are still looking for a volunteer to lead the Women’s Caucus! At the end, the ExComm said goodbye and gave a huge thank-you to Ashley Arreola, who resigned as Member-at-Large. After the meeting members headed to Brickmaker’s for an early dinner. We thank all those who gathered that day, as well as all of our members who have so graciously donated time and money to keep DAA running! 

– Caitlin Ahern, DAA Member-at-Large and Database Manager


SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS VIENNA #13 LOOKED AT HISTORY – AND AT THOSE MAKING IT 

On the heels of the March for Our Lives and as Viennese began leaving town for the Easter holiday, a small band of Solidarity Sunday activists met to review their Get Out The Vote “My Way” efforts. The Invite-Friends-for-Brunch-and-Register-Them-Over-Mimosas initiative netted seven new registrations, hitting the host’s goal. The Phone Banking Party literally broke the bank – ending early when Democrats Abroad’s online call allotment was used up halfway through the event! A little more than half of the goal of 150 calls was reached. The allotment has since been replenished and another Phone Banking Party is being organized. Interested in joining? Contact tanya.lolonis@mac.com for details.

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MEMBERS CORNER

RADIOLAB PRESENTS MORE PERFECT 

I have been a long time listener of Radiolab, an NPR podcast that focuses on the weird and wonderful in the world of science and technology. When Radiolab presented a political offshoot of their series, entitled More Perfect, I was keen to see if they could tackle complex political science topics in the same manner they presented scientific concepts (which I find to be beautifully edited interviews and soundbites accompanied by zingy and artsy musical tracks). I was not disappointed. The Supreme Court decisions are presented in such a cohesive, informative and logical manner that one cannot listen to this podcast passively, you must be fully engaged and ready from beginning to end! I would recommend this podcast to those with a deep interest in political science and law. This podcast series will inform, shock and worry you all at the same time. Some of my personal favorites are “The Heist” and “American Pendulum II.” I hope you enjoy this podcast- happy listening!

Podcast link: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/481105292/more-perfect

- Faith Herbold, Global Black Caucus Liaison

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March for Our Lives - Austria

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, Democrats Abroad Austria’s Youth Caucus will join young people from around the world and hold a “sibling” march in solidarity with the brave students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and their March For Our Lives event in Washington D.C. The march, which will begin at 3pm at Ballhausplatz, will be one of over 800 events to take place globally. 

March for Our Lives will be the largest of its kind in history.

Although American students in Austria might live in a country with sane gun control laws, their American friends, relatives, and future college classmates and colleagues do not. The students of Parkland, Florida have begun a movement towards real change in gun control laws and we think it is vital to show our support. Join us in solidarity for common sense gun control in the US!

All nationalities are welcome to end this insanity. We want to especially invite and encourage young people to attend. We have reached out to international schools and religious communities in Vienna and expect broad participation in this non-partisan effort. 

Find updates here https://www.facebook.com/DemocratsAbroadAustria/ and here https://www.democratsabroad.org/at

Demonstration information:

Start: Ballhausplatz March 24, 2018. Meet at 15:00; March at 15:30.

Come early to make signs and posters: 12:30 at Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna

Guest speakers and musicians will include filmmaker Nadiv Molcho, comedian Okello Dunkley, American teachers and students.

Please RSVP to the following link. http://act.everytown.org/event/march-our-lives-events_attend/10160

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