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March Newsletter



In This Issue:

Events

  • Experienced Democrats
  • Young Dems
  • SolSun #13

Issues & Actions

  • AGM Announcement
  • The Midterm Blue Wave Surges
  • Unity Reform Commission Update
  • Meet Faith Hall Herbold – DAA Chair, DA Black Caucus
  • Election Calendar

Reviews

  • EMEA Regional Meeting
  • Voter Registration Pub Night
  • Solidarity Sundays Vienna #12

Around Town

  • American International Baseball Club
  • Reading & Book-Presentation

EVENTS:


EXPERIENCED DEMOCRATS MEET-UP

The Inaugural Experienced Democrats Meet-Up was such a resounding success that we have decided to make it a regular event. We are looking forward to seeing even more of you experienced Democrats!

WHEN: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6pm
WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna
CONTACT: John Cahill: jmcahill47@yahoo.com +436766952766
RSVP: Experienced Democrats


YOUNG DEMS PUB NIGHT

Join us for our annual St Patty's Day pub crawl!

WHEN: March 17, 2018
WHERE: TBA
CONTACT: Jeffrey Velasquez ·  jeffrey.velasquez@gmail.com 
RSVP: http://www.democratsabroad.org/at_events


SOLSUN #13: HISTORY OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY & "THIRD WAY"

So what is a Democrat? What's the Democratic party's platform? Come learn about the history of Democratic Party and an overview of rising stars in the Democratic Party to look out for.

We will also review our "Impact My Way” projects. So join us for some coffee and cookies.

WHEN: March 25, 2018 at 4pm - 6pm
WHERE: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, Vienna 1070
CONTACT: Juan Cerda · juandcerda@gmail.com · +436769217865
RSVP: SolSun#13


SAVE THE DATE!

At May 26th's Solidarity Sunday, we'll be doing a group Phone-banking Sprint, complete with beer and pizza!


ELECTION CALENDAR REGISTER, REQUEST, RECEIVE, RETURN!

Texas – March 6 – State Primary

  • Register by February 5
  • Request ballot by February 23

Pennsylvania – March 13 – Special Election Congressional District 18

  • Register by February 12
  • Request ballot by March 12

Illinois – March 20 – Primary

  • Register by February 18
  • Request ballot by February 18

Arizona – March 20 – Special Election Congressional District 8

  • Register by March 26
  • Request ballot by April 13

ISSUES & ACTIONS:


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

Please join fellow Democrat Abroad Austria members on Sunday, March 11, to recap 2017, vote on Bylaws amendments, and have a bit of food and fun.




2018 AGM Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Chair's Report
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Auditor's Report
  • Discussion & Vote on amendments to the DAA Bylaws
  • GOTV Coordinator’s Report
  • Meet our Caucuses – The Year in Review
  • Brainstorming: Ideas for 2018 and Beyond
  • Closing Remarks

We'll present brief reports on 2017, discuss plans for 2018, and conduct a vote on amendments to the DAA Bylaws. Along with our Caucus and grassroots leaders, we’ll show a presentation of 2017’s activities that illustrate how DA Austria continues to grow and strengthen almost 15 years after DAA's founding.

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

Your participation, activism, and donations have made Democrats Abroad Austria a strong and vital organization over the past fifteen years. In 2018, we’ll continue working to strengthen the voice and the vote of all our members. We’ve got an important midterm coming up in November and we are relying on your help to make it a blue wave!

Come for business and stay for pleasure

Refreshments will be served during the meeting and there will be a no-host dinner afterwards for everyone who would like to join. Please RSVP for the meeting and dinner below.

Save Time at Check-In and Register in Advance

RSVP: Please pre-register for the meeting by contacting database manager Caitlin Ahern by email or by calling 0650-312-5572. Include your name, Austrian address, phone number and US voting state in your email to her so that your record stays current. This will help us start the meeting on time and ensure that we have an accurate vote count. We encourage all members to pre-register, even if you're uncertain that you can make it, in order to minimise long waiting lines.

Click below for more information about the Agenda, copies of the current and proposed Bylaws, Voting and Proxies, and directions to the AGM.

We look forward to seeing you at our AGM!

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DA Austria, Chair


WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2pm - 5pm
WHERE: SPÖ Neubau, Lindengasse 64, Vienna 1070
DINNER: 5:30pm, Brickmakers, Zieglergasse 42, Vienna 1070
CONTACT: Ashley E. Arreola · ashley_arreola@yahoo.com · +436503749481
RSVP: Annual General Meeting Post-AGM Dinner

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THE MIDTERM BLUE WAVE SURGES

Since January 2017, the Democratic Party has been turning the tide! Here are some highlights from the running scorecard.

November:

December:

  • Doug Jones wins the vacant U.S senate seat in Alabama, reducing the Republican majority to just one!

As of today:

Wait a minute—Was that just one more vote needed for a House of Delegate majority in Virginia? I can imagine no more compelling rationale for our Midterm Marching Orders—it’s time to turn that blue surge into a tidal wave for the 2018 Midterm elections!

Win back the Senate! Take back the House! Strengthen our 50-state focus to flip red to blue across the country!

GET OUT THE VOTE!!!

– Bruce Murray, DA Austria Counsel, DA Progressive Caucus Member, Our Revolution Austria Group Leader



MEET FAITH HALL HERBOLD 

– DAA CHAIR OF THE BLACK CAUCUS

I am a California native and have been living in Vienna for almost four years. After completing my PhD in molecular biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, I conducted my postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco, where I developed an interest in science policy.

The 2016 election inspired me to join Democrats Abroad Austria. I hosted my first Solidarity Sunday event and spoke at the second Women's march on the topic of climate change. Since climate change disproportionately affects people of color, I see the opportunity to establish an Austrian chapter of the Global Black Caucus as a way to combine my passion for science with my passion for social justice. As an African American woman, I have always had an interest in black history, diversity, and issues facing black Americans.

In this role, I hope to join with the other members of the Global Black Caucus to increase black voter participation, to support other black Americans living abroad, and to be an integral force in the ever evolving national and international political landscape. (photo: Christine Fahrngruber)

– Faith Hall Herbold, DA Austria Black Caucus, Chair


UNITY REFORM COMMISSION UPDATE

As you know, the Unity Reform Commission (URC) emerged from the 2016 DNC National Convention in Philadelphia as a tool to unite and strengthen the party. Information about its mandate, members, and work can be found here: https://democrats.org/page/unity-reform-commission Its recommendations have been endorsed by Tom Perez and Keith Ellison. On 12 and 13 January 2018 the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee considered the URC recommendations in preparation for the DNC Winter Meeting in March. It did not vote on the recommendations. On 21 January, Democrats Abroad Toronto, in cooperation with the new Progressive Caucus of Democrats Abroad hosted an event with Larry Cohen, URC Vice Chair and Our Revolution Chair. You can view the event via recorded livestream here: https://www.facebook.com/prodacaucus/videos/1845052192194925/?fref=mentions

Larry’s down-to-earth, straightforward and passionate presentation of what is at stake as we progress toward the midterm elections seems quite compelling. I strongly urge all to take a look and listen!

– Bruce Murray, DA Austria Counsel, DA Progressive Caucus Member, Our Revolution Austria Group Leader


WANT TO GRAB'M BY THE MIDTERMS? 

HELP US GET OUT THE VOTE!

As few as 5% of eligible overseas voters vote in midterm elections. From now through November, Democrats Abroad Austria will be making it as easy as possible for fellow expats to cast their ballots. You can help!


  • Registering voters We'll be registering voters at events throughout the city. Spend an hour or two at a registration table helping people fill out their registrations and ballot requests.
  • Phonebanking Call registered Democrats Abroad members and remind them to register and request their ballot (and send it in!). Calls are made online through CallHub, at no cost to you. You can call from the comfort of your couch or join one of our Phonebanking Sprints, where we gather with pizza and drinks and call as many voters as we can together.

Contact Democrats Abroad Austria's GOTV Coordinator, Becky Ellis, at Becky.Ellis@gmail.com to find out more, and join us at February's Solidarity Sunday to learn about other ways you can help GOTV by doing whatever you love to do most -- whether it's biking, baking or brunching!

For more information on phonebanking and online training materials, click here.

– Becky Ellis, DA Austria, GOTV Coordinator


STONE SOUP

Of the many inspirational moments at the EMEA Regional meeting in Madrid, my take home lesson was a conversation I had with Ann Hesse, the DA Germany, Stuttgart Chapter Chair. One evening we were discussing how to motivate people to become volunteers, when she turned to me and said, “It’s simple. I tell the members it’s a stone soup and each member has to bring one thing to the pot – carrot, parsnip, or turnip – once a year. My job is to stir the pot.”

Whatever a member’s talent, inspiration, or skill might be, she asks the members in her chapter to add one ingredient to the pot once, and only once, a year. If DAA had this from all our members, we would have a rich, delicious, multifaceted broth.

Dovetailing with Anne’s “Stone Soup” was a challenge set at Solidarity Sundays for people to “get out the vote my way.” Each of us is doing one action that is personal, feels right and adds our own bit to the brewing wave of 2018.

There is no action too large or too small. The soup is cooking. Come add your bit! #GOTVmyway

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DA Austria, Chair


REVIEWS:



VIENNA GOES TO MADRID – FOR THE DA REGIONAL MEETING

Austria’s Democrats Abroad leadership is delighted to report that the enthusiasm and determination to ensure a blue wave in November is widespread throughout DA. Chapters from the Europe, the Middle East and Africa regions are hard at work channeling Democratic frustration into votes from abroad. Members are opening their living rooms for DA meetings, fundraisers, and voter mobilization work. This is a group leaving no stone unturned.

Our Austrian country committee was talked about quite a bit, and leaders asked for advice how to create working groups like Solidarity Sundays Vienna in their countries. We shared our know-how, and received ideas and resources in return.

Governor Howard Dean’s keynote speech reflected the weekend’s cautious optimism. Cautious because California’s top-two primary is crowded with so many Democrats that the party is in real danger of advancing few or no Democratic candidates in the fall. A reminder that our enthusiasm can work against us in some corners.

– Tanya Lolonis, Solidarity Sundays Vienna, Co-Coordinator

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VOTER REGISTRATION PUB NIGHT

We may look a bit fuzzy in the photograph, but we were clearly focussed on  our goal of registering voters! Young Dems had a fantastic turnout and a lot of fun at our first voter registration pub night of the season. More than ten people who hadn't yet registered went online, registered and requested their ballots, and printed out their forms. Look at those envelopes all ready to be posted! We also have a couple of new members... welcome Melissa and Christina!


SOLSUN #12– SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS TAKES AIM AT 4%

Four percent. That’s the portion of eligible American voters living abroad who voted in 2014. The reason most gave for not participating in the democratic process? They found registering and requesting a ballot too difficult. Turns out, registering is easy* -- it’s getting the message to ex-pats that poses the challenge.

Traditionally DAA telephones members to remind them to register, and sets up registration tables in places Americans cluster to reach non-members. The Solidarity Sundays crew is fully behind DAA’s Get Out The Vote effort – but with a twist. At the party commemorating their first political action last year in support of Planned Parenthood, Solidarity Sundays rolled out plans to Get Out The Vote their way. They crafted made-to-measure initiatives they’ll carry out individually.

What does that mean? Well, in one case it means approaching members with registration information in a cake club (she tested the idea out with the crew; they found it delicious).

–Tanya Lolonis, Juan Cerda, and Antje Lewis, Solidarity Sundays Coordinators

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AROUND TOWN:


AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL BASEBALL CLUB (AIBC)

Dear Parents - I would like to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 AIBC spring season! If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us on Facebook or at www.aibc-vienna.at

AIBC spring league 2018:

  • Spring tournament 2018 scheduled from April to June every Saturday
  • Tuesdays: friendly games
  • Advanced level summer camps in August
  • During winter season trainings, drills and play in a heated bubble.
WHEN: Saturdays from April-June. Opening day April 7, 2018 at 8am-11:30am
WHERE: Aspernallee 3, 1020 Vienna


A NEW DEVIL'S DICTIONARY

By author Nicholas T. Parsons

Politics, academe, business and journalism are constantly coming up with new forms of evasion, exaggeration, and disingenuousness. Accordingly this “lexicon for contrarians” seeks to provides Ariadne's thread through the maze of contemporary public discourse, and to probe the reality behind the innocent verbal facade. A disrespectful guide to the agenda that all too often lurks behind contemporary buzzwords, phrases or slogans. The book also features heroes and villains whose mots have enriched or impoverished our understanding over the years.

Nicholas T. Parsons is a writer based in Central Europe, about which he has written several guidebooks. Among his previous books are Worth the Detour: A History of the Guidebook; Vienna: A Cultural and Literary History, and The Xenophobe's Guide to the Austrians (writing as Louis James).

WHEN: March 9, 2018 at 7:30pm
WHERE: Shakespeare & Co Bookstore, Sterngasse 2, Vienna 1010
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February Newsletter

DA members from Prague and Vienna at the March to the Ballot Box demonstration at Stephansplatz, Vienna  on January 21. (photo: Andreas Beckman)


In This Issue:


Events

  • Experienced Democrats
  • Young Dems
  • SolSun #12

Issues & Actions

  • AGM Announcement
  • Unity Reform Commission Update
  • Black History Month
  • Understanding Special Elections
  • Election Calendar
  • Help us Get Out the Vote!
  • DA's global teams are growing and they need our help!

Reviews

  • Women’s March Anniversary
  • Solidarity Sundays Vienna #11


EVENTS:


EXPERIENCED DEMOCRATS MEET-UP

The Inaugural Experienced Democrats Meet-Up was such a resounding success that we have decided to make it a regular event. We are looking forward to seeing even more of you experienced Democrats!




VOTER REGISTRATION PUB NIGHT

The mid-terms are approaching, and we need to make sure that all of our American friends and family in Austria are registered to vote. In February we'll be killing two birds with one stone with a voter registration pub night at our favorite American hang out. We look forward to seeing you! :-)


SOLSUN #12: MAKE AN IMPACT YOUR WAY


photo: christine@benallyperanteau.com

Join us to learn more about how you can make an impact your way in this year's midterm elections. We need your help to register other American's living abroad and to make sure they vote. Come and learn how easy it is to register to vote from abroad and discover the creative ways of getting other Americans to do the same.

We will be writing postcards to folks back home and in Austria reminding them to register to vote, phone-banking to other Democrats, and some of our members are even hosting brunches in their homes for their friends and making them sign up to register to vote on the spot.

We will also have a recap of the Democrats Abroad EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Regional meeting on strategies and projects that are being done around the world that we can implement here in Austria.

Finally, we will also be celebrating our one year anniversary of Sunday Solidarity in Vienna, join us for cake and coffee!! 






SAVE THE DATE!

At May 26th's Solidarity Sunday, we'll be doing a group Phone-banking Sprint, complete with beer and pizza.



ISSUES & ACTIONS:


Your participation, activism, and donations have made Democrats Abroad Austria a strong and vital organization over the past fifteen years. 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT


You are cordially invited to the Democrats Abroad Austria 2018 Annual General Meeting.

We'll present brief reports on 2017, discuss plans for 2018, and conduct a vote on amendments to the DAA Bylaws. Along with our Caucus and grassroots leaders, we’ll show a presentation of 2017’s activities that illustrate how DA Austria continues to grow and strengthen almost 15 years after DAA's founding.

Refreshments will be served during the meeting and there will be a no-host dinner afterwards for everyone who would like to join. Please RSVP for the meeting here and the dinner here.

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

Your participation, activism, and donations have made Democrats Abroad Austria a strong and vital organization over the past fifteen years. In 2018, we’ll continue working to strengthen the voice and the vote of all our members. We’ve got an important midterm coming up in November and we are relying on your help to make it a blue wave! Remember, Americans living overseas must request their ballot each calendar year. Do it here at Vote From Abroad.

I look forward to seeing you at our AGM!

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DA Austria, Chair


  • When: Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Where: SPÖ Neubau, Lindengasse 64, 1070 Vienna
  • RSVP: Please pre-register for the meeting by contacting database manager Caitlin Ahern by email or by calling 0650-312-5572. Include your name, Austrian address, phone number and US voting state in your email to her so that your record stays current. This will help us start the meeting on time and ensure that we have an accurate vote count. We encourage all members to pre-register, even if you're uncertain that you can make it, in order to minimise long waiting lines.

Click below for more information about the Agenda, copies of the current and Amended Bylaws, Voting and Proxies, and directions to the AGM.

READ MORE 


Democrats Abroad on the Unity Reform Commission ReporT

DA leaders have written a piece on the DA and the URC Report – 

"Democrats Abroad’s Executive Committee and its DNC Delegates have endorsed a series of proposals from the party’s Unity Reform Commission, in a report delivered to the DNC at the end of 2017.

The Unity Reform Commission (URC) was created at the 2016 Democratic National Convention to address concerns regarding the presidential primary process, and to ensure that this process is accessible, transparent and inclusive.

Dems Abroad leaders were able to support these recommendations in part because they so closely reflected what Democrats Abroad adopted in its 2016 Global Presidential Primary and Delegate Selection Plan.

Speaking to Democrats Abroad in Paris and Toronto, URC Vice Chair Larry Cohen has praised the organization’s high levels of openness, inclusion, and transparency in its 2016 global primary, pointing out that other state parties could learn much from their example."

Click on the following link to read it in it's entirety: https://www.democratsabroad.org/da_on_urc_report


FROM DA GLOBAL

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” started by the noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.

It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February, as well as in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands in October.

This year, Black History Month is more important than ever. We have an overtly racist, sexist, homophobic government that wants to take America back to a time that never existed. Black history is American history, not a footnote.

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UNDERSTANDING SPECIAL ELECTIONS . . .

Extract from Flippable

"Special elections happen when a lawmaker dies, resigns, or gets a new job in the government. They occur all year round, every year. With low levels of funding and low voter turnout, you might think these elections are no big deal—but they’re actually hugely important.

That’s because:

  • Special elections are anyone’s game. Most voters don’t show up at the polls for them, so the normal rules don’t apply. The party that’s paying the most attention has the best chance of winning.
  • There are dozens of special elections every year—and each one gives us an opportunity to flip or defend a seat. Since November 2016, Dems have won more than 30 special elections.
  • By getting out the vote for these low-profile races, Dems can make quiet progress nationwide.

We don’t have to wait for the next election cycle to start making a difference."

. . . AND SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Extract from Tiny Actions

Q: Elections aren’t until November. Why request your ballot in January?

It’s really not too early!

  • Sending in your ballot request now will allow you to vote in primaries
  • Your Local Board of Elections will get busier as we get closer to elections. If things are delayed - or if something goes wrong - sending in your ballot request now will ensure there’s time to address any issues.
  • Do it now so you don’t have to worry about it later!

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ELECTION CALENDAR: REGISTER, REQUEST, RECEIVE, RETURN!

(photo: Christine Fahrngruber)

Arizona – February 27 – Special Primary Election Congressional District 8

  • Register by January 29
  • Request ballot by February 16

Texas – March 6 – State Primary

  • Register by February 5
  • Request ballot by February 23

Pennsylvania – March 13 – Special Election Congressional District 18

  • Register by February 12
  • Request ballot by March 12

Illinois – March 20 – Primary

  • Register by February 18
  • Request ballot by February 18



WANT DEMS TO GRAB CONTROL OF CONGRESS THIS NOVEMBER?

HELP US GET OUT THE VOTE!

Becky Ellis is DAA's new GOTV Coordinator

As few as 5% of eligible overseas voters vote in midterm elections. From now through November, Democrats Abroad Austria will be making it as easy as possible for fellow expats to cast their ballots. You can help!

  • Registering voters We'll be registering voters at events throughout the city. Spend an hour or two at a registration table helping people fill out their registrations and ballot requests.
  • Phonebanking Call registered Democrats Abroad members and remind them to register and request their ballot (and send it in!). Calls are made online through CallHub, at no cost to you. You can call from the comfort of your couch or join one of our Phonebanking Sprints, where we gather with pizza and drinks and call as many voters as we can together.

Contact Democrats Abroad Austria's GOTV Coordinator, Becky Ellis, at Becky.Ellis@gmail.com to find out more, and join us at February's Solidarity Sunday to learn about other ways you can help GOTV by doing whatever you love to do most -- whether it's biking, baking or brunching!

For more information on phonebanking and online training materials, click here.

– Becky Ellis, DA Austria, GOTV Coordinator



REVIEWS:


March to the Ballot Box Demonstration in front of Stephansplatz, Vienna (photos top and bottom: Lee Rubin-Jacober)


WOMEN’S MARCH ANNIVERSARY – MARCH TO THE BALLOT BOX!

It was a damp and dreary day, but even the miserable weather couldn’t dissuade more than 70 dedicated DAA members, friends, and onlookers from turning out for our “March to the Ballot Box” in Vienna on January 21.

Margaret Carter, Faith Hall-Herbold, and Laura Holgate (l to r) 

The rally was part of a larger organization of marches, demonstrations, and events that took place over the weekend of Jan 20-21 under the headline “Power to the Polls.” Globally, more than 100 marches over 38 countries took place – not including those in the US where hundreds of thousands marched in LA, NYC, and cities between. Women’s March Global organized a live stream that broadcast women from Uganda to Buenos Aires and Wellington to Frankfurt rising up and speaking out. 

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DA Austria, Chair

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SOLSUN #11– SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS GEARS UP 

FOR A WAVE ELECTION

We're back from holidays and focused on November's midterms — elections that can potentially turn the House blue. With more close elections than at any time in modern history, overseas votes are poised to make a critical difference. That’s the kind of role our activists like.

Sunday’s meet-up focused on registering more Americans in Austria than ever. DAA’s new Get Out The Vote coordinator, Becky Ellis, laid out goals and resources for the nine months ahead, and ran the Solidarity crew through the nuts and bolts of registering overseas voters.

–Tanya Lolonis, Juan Cerda, and Antje Lewis, Solidarity Sundays Coordinators

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Solidarity Sundays gathered to discuss 2018 GOTV plans


VOTING FROM ABROAD — BY THE NUMBERS

Becky Ellis, DAA’s new Get Out The Vote coordinator, prepared a quiz to test how much the Solidarity Sundays Vienna crew knows about the most important issue we deal with — voting from abroad. At the latest meet-up, we were a bit stumped. See your knowledge about overseas voting — answers below.

  1. How many Americans are living abroad and eligible to vote in the November election?
  2. If Americans living abroad formed their own state, how would it’s population rank?
  3. What percent of eligible overseas citizens voted in the 2014 elections?
  4. What percent of overseas voters who requested a ballot voted in 2014, the last Mid-Term election?
  5. How often do you have to submit a new overseas voter registration?
  6. What is the most common reason overseas voters give for not voting?
  7. What is the second most common reason given for not voting?
  8. Which five countries have the largest number of eligible citizen voters?
  9. How many Senate seats are up for reelection in 2018?
  10. How many of those seats are Democratic seats?
  11. Which state has the earliest registration deadline for primary voters?

GET THE ANSWERS!


DA's global teams are growing and they need our help!

  • Fundraising – The fundraising team is looking for volunteers who can help in outreach to current sponsors and potential donors as well as with program planning and execution. Contact: fundraising@democratsabroad.org for more information.
  • IT - The IT team is looking for volunteers interested in diving deep into membership database work, helping with common IT help desk problems, and even helping out with javascript issues. Contact: it-recruit@democratsabroad.org for more information.
  • Volunteers – join the Global Volunteer team and help match our volunteers to the many opportunities available for them. Contact: volunteer@democratsabroad.org for more information.

Skill sets for all positions:

  • Ability to use Excel OR Google Sheets (required)
  • Ability to work independently with a remote/virtual team (required)
  • Comfortable working online via a variety of communications channels – Slack, Skype, etc (required)
  • Comfortable speaking on the phone (desired)
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January Newsletter


In this Issue –

Events

Issues and Actions

  • Women’s March One Year Anniversary – Rally

  • DA Taxation Tax Force Year-end Update

  • Overseas Voters Must Register Every Election Year

  • January Registration Drive

  • DAA Needs Your Help

  • Join Us at Democrats Abroad Regional Meeting!

Members Corner

  • Upcoming Events at the Republikanischer Club – Neues Österreich


A Note from DA Austria –

Democrats Abroad is thrilled that 2018 is finally here and we can get to work helping people to get registered, request their ballots, and create a blue wave in November.

The past year has shown us that despite dark times, not only does resistance work but that literally every vote matters. Therefore, over the next eight months we’ll be planning many get-out-the-vote, social, grassroots, and fundraising events – we hope to see you!

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. Also check out our website and Facebook page for the latest news.

Happy New Year! We look forward to working with you in 2018 to generate the biggest turnout ever of overseas voters for Democratic candidates in elections right across the country. Request your ballot today and start the year off well as we head towards winning back the Senate and House.

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DAA Chair



EVENTS



MARCH TO THE BALLOT BOX – 365 DAYS OF ACTIVISM Rally

Women’s March One Year Anniversary – Vienna

One year ago, women in Washington DC and around the world changed the face of 2017 and began the resistance movement that has successfully thwarted many of Trump’s and Congress’s plans.

A year later, from San Francisco to Washington and from Berlin to Vienna, thousands of people will hold marches and rallies. We’re organizing a rally (and a flashmob surprise) on January 21 (see event info above) to remind everyone to March to the Polls and commemorate 365 Days of Activism. Bring a poster. Bring your pussy hat. Bring your friends, family, and loved ones. Join us at the rally! Women's March Global will be doing a livestream of events around the world.

We'll be meeting up afterwards (location tba) to make plans for the midterm election and help folks register to vote. Please be sure to RSVP at democratsabroad.org/at_events.

Remember a year ago? Women in Washington DC and around the world changed the face of 2017. One year later, we'll be having a demonstration (and a flashmob surprise) to remind everyone to March to the Polls and commemorate 365 Days of Activism. Bring a poster; bring your pussy hat; bring your friends, family, and loved ones. 

Women's March Global will be doing a livestream of events around the world. Join us!

We'll be meeting up afterwards at Flannagan's. One year later #daresists  #marchtotheballotbox  


POST RALLY MEET-UP

After the Women's March Rally, Dem's of all ages in conjunction with the Youth Caucus will be taking it indoors to continue the conversation, register voters, and warm up with some food and refreshments. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP here so we can reserve enough tables.

We'll meet up close to the rally location but the venue is still to be decided. We'll update as soon as it's fixed. 


EXPERIENCED DEMOCRATS MEET-UP

The inaugural meeting of the “Experienced Democrats” group of Democrats Abroad Austria will be held at Café Museum. Although we will be focusing on the interests of our more mature members, all Democrats of all ages are welcome. Questions or comments to John Cahill. Looking forward to seeing you! 


SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS #11 – TAKE ACTION IN 2018

2018 is the year we take our country back. Are you ready to take action and get involved? Join us as we learn from a representative from Democrats Abroad Austria on how we can each do our part to turn the US blue this year. Plus join us for a glass of wine ;-) (or a cup of tea!) https://www.facebook.com/events 



ISSUES AND ACTIONS:


DA TAXATION TAX FORCE YEAR-END UPDATE

Carmelan Polce and other members of DA’s Taxation Tax Force work tirelessly throughout the year on multiple campaigns and advocacy initiatives to bring our tax filing and financial account reporting problems to the attention of our elected representatives.

Because of their efforts and the outreach of DA Leaders and members, there isn’t a member of Congress on Capitol Hill who doesn’t know that there is a laundry list of ways in which the U.S. tax code discriminates against Americans abroad and that the Americans abroad community is determined to make them change that. Year in Review

See below for our further notes on:

  • the end of the tax reform legislative process;
  • the remarks published by Rep Dina Titus in the Congressional Record about the need for tax reform for Americans abroad;
  • the FATCA Repeal lawsuit making application to be heard by the Supreme Court;
  • the tax reform clean-up bill coming in the next few months; and
  • the new Taxation Task Force strategic plan.

READ MORE


OVERSEAS VOTERS MUST REGISTER EVERY ELECTION YEAR

Time for voter registration has arrived! US citizens who will be abroad can request their 2018 ballots now at www.votefromabroad.org. One form gets you all your ballots for the year: primaries, special elections and the all-important November election where all 435 members of the House of Representatives and 35 U.S. senators are on the ballot. Think of the opportunity for a new congress!

DA recommends that you register and request your ballot even if you have a “friendly” voter registrar in the States. If you don’t re-register your vote could be void.


REGISTRATION DRIVE

We’ll be starting off 2018 with a January Registration Drive to make sure that every US citizen in Austria has registered to vote and requested their ballots for the 2018 midterms. We’ll have a registration table at the following January events: Post March meet-up on Jan 21 and Sol Sun #11 on Jan 28. Keep an eye out for other upcoming times and locations and make sure to bring your friends.

Indivisible is working hard to get Americans in the States to register. Send the following information to your friends and family back home.

READ MORE


DAA NEEDS YOUR HELP

There is a lot to do over the next few months and we need volunteers to help us get out the vote. Regardless if you can spare a few hours a week or an hour a month, we have something you could help out on. Ready and willing? Contact Jennifer at demsabroadaustria@gmail.com

Current needed volunteer positions:

  • Get-Out-the-Vote Coordinator (2hrs/week)
  • Study Abroad Contact Coordinator (1hr/week)
  • Phonebanking (flexible)
  • Staff a Registration Table (2hrs/month)
  • Research Position (to track when US Politicians or Notables are in Vienna) (2hrs/month)
  • DAA Contact Person for Global Black Caucus (periodic global meetings)
  • DAA Contact Person for Women’s Caucus (periodic global meetings)


JOIN US IN MADRID!

The EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Region and Democrats Abroad Spain will host a meeting of leaders, volunteers, and members from all over DA’s largest region. We expect about 100 participants from countries all around the region and we will focus on strategies and projects to elect Democrats in 2018.

Members of Democrats Abroad from every region are welcome to join us. RSVP below to receive more information as it becomes available. Registration and program details will be available in the next 7-10 days but we encourage you to mark your calendar and make travel plans now.

The three-day program in the heart of Madrid will begin with a session from the Women’s Caucus on Friday afternoon, followed by an evening reception highlighting the best of Madrid’s culture and food. Saturday presentations, training sessions, and workshops will be followed by a Global Black Caucus Cocktail Reception and a “gala” dinner with a special guest speaker. Sunday training sessions and presentations will end around 1pm.

  • WHEN: February 09, 2018 at 7pm - February 11, 2018
  • WHERE: Hotel Santo Domingo, C/San Bernardo 1, Madrid 28013 Spain Google map and directions
  • CONTACT: Will Bakker · rvc-emea@democratsabroad.org



MEMBERS’ CORNER


HAPPENING AROUND TOWN

The Republikanischer Club – Neues Österreich generously lets us use their clubrooms for our DAATalks lecture series. They have a number of interesting readings and events (in German) coming up in January and February.

READ MORE

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March to the Ballot Box – 365 Days of Activism

Remember a year ago? Women in Washington DC and around the world changed the face of 2017. One year later, we'll be having a demonstration (and a flashmob surprise) to remind everyone to March to the Polls and commemorate 365 Days of Activism. Bring a poster; bring your pussy hat; bring your friends, family, and loved ones. 

We'll be meeting up afterwards at a location tba. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP on our event page so we have an idea of numbers.

One year later #DAResists #marchtotheballotbox #powertothepolls #lookbackmarchforward

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December Newsletter

In this Issue–

Events

Save the Date

  • Meet-Up Wednesday, January 24th. Details TBA

Issues & Actions

  • A Meet-Up for the Mature Crowd
  • January Registration Drive
  • Born Abroad Americans – No Guarantee to Vote

Reviews

  • DAA Talks with Laura Rockwood & Nadja Schmidt
  • Sol Sun #10
  • DAA Talks with Tom Hicks

On the Social Side

  • Thanksgiving
  • Graz Member Xmas Meet Up



Events


Young Dems Christmas Punsch

As always, Democrats Abroad will be getting together for our annual Christmas "Punsch" at the romantic Christkindlmarkt at Spittelberg. To celebrate "Nikolo" & each other. We'll be in the Spittelberggasse at the first "Punsch" stand on the left hand side (if you are coming from Burggasse) – just after the roasted almonds! Please call Ashley Arreola if you have trouble finding us as it will be crowded +436503749481

We look forward to seeing everyone one last time this year. All are welcome! :-)

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/553755421633444/

WHEN: December 06, 2017 at 7pm - 9pm
WHERE: Spittelberggasse Weihnachtsmarkt. Spittelberggasse 15, Vienna 1070
CONTACT: Ashley Arreola · ashley_arreola@yahoo.com · +436503749481



Issues & Actions


A Meet-Up for the Mature Crowd

DAA Member John Cahill got an overwhelmingly positive response when he posted the following on Facebook in the DA Austria Group, “While I believe that the Young Democrats Meet-Ups are a splendid idea for keeping young people involved, I really miss the open meetings in which the more mature(?) members participated. So, I am asking: Are there others, aged 50 and older like me, who would welcome periodic informal meet-ups at which we could have a drink or two, share our concerns and vent our spleen about the state of American politics? Nothing formal, no agenda or minutes or other such annoyances.” The first Meet-Up will take place on Wednesday, January 24th. Details to be announced in the January newsletter, on Facebook, and on our website. Thanks for the great initiative John!



OVERSEAS VOTERS MUST REGISTER EVERY ELECTION YEAR

Watch this space! We’ll be starting off 2018 with a January Registration Drive to make sure that every US citizen in Austria has registered to vote for the 2018 midterms. Keep an eye out for times and locations and make sure to come and bring your friends.

Also, If you are interested in becoming DA Austria’s Get-Out-the-Vote Coordinator or are willing to help out for a couple of hours, contact Jennifer at demsabroadaustria@gmail.com. DA Austria will be coordinating with the global GOTV Team to work on GOTV plans for 2018, pool resources, set up trainings and discuss the best ways to provide voting information to overseas voters, both DA and non-DA members. For more information on phonebanking and other GOTV efforts go to http://www.democratsabroad.org/gotv_phonebanking.


Born Abroad American and Can't Vote?

It’s true! Federal laws enfranchising military and overseas voters do not automatically extend voting rights to US citizens born overseas who have reached voting age without having resided in the US. The voting laws of too many states also lack provisions guaranteeing these Americans the right to vote. This oversight perpetrates a grave injustice on those who are otherwise recognized as citizens (including for federal tax purposes).

Do you know about the Uniform Law Commission’s Military and Overseas Voters Act?

In 2010 the Uniform Law Commission drafted the Military and Overseas Voters Act. The law simplifies the process of absentee voting for United States military and overseas civilians by making the process more uniform, convenient, secure, and efficient. The Act covers all military personnel and their dependents, as well as US citizens residing outside the United States who are unable to vote in person. This includes US citizens born overseas who have reached voting age without having the opportunity to reside in the United States. The Act applies to all state-wide and local elections, as well as to all federal elections, both including primary and general, as well as special run-off elections.

For more information about this model act, go to the Uniform Law Commission’s website,www.uniformlaws.org, and search for Military and Overseas Voters Act.

Democrats Abroad can help!

Democrats Abroad would like to support states that have not as yet enacted the ULC’s Military and Overseas Voters Act. Please contact us at MOVA for more information and to discuss an advocacy plan.



Reviews


DAA Talks with Laura Rockwood and Nadja Schmidt

U.S. Nuclear Policy under the Trump Administration

On November 16th at the Republikanischer Club, DA Austria were proud to host an event featuring Laura Rockwood, executive director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation (VCDNP), and Nadja Schmidt, executive director of ICAN Austria.

Ms. Rockwood, who retired in 2013 from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as the Section Head for Non-Proliferation and Policy Making in the Office of Legal Affairs, was at the IAEA in 2005 when it won a Nobel Peace Prize for its “efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way”.

Speaking in her personal capacity, Ms. Rockwood presented an in-depth look at nuclear policy issues in the U.S. under the Trump administration. Ms. Rockwood discussed the benefits to international security of the Iran nuclear deal, disagreeing with the critical assessments of the White House. She also expressed concern about the recent nuclear weapons and missile tests performed by North Korea, and the posture of the Trump administration in relation to North Korea.

Ms. Schmidt’s organization, ICAN Austria, is an affiliate of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which was the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, for “its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian 

consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”. Ms. Schmidt discussed her organization, how the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty came about, and what steps remain to be taken, in particular by the United States. She pointed out the important role played by the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons conferences in changing the conversation about nuclear weapons, and allowing for the perspectives of the non-nuclear weapon states to be heard.



Solidarity Sundays Looked at the News and How to Fake It

On Sunday, November 26th, Marcy Fowler gave Solidarity Sunday attendees a deep look at misinformation and disinformation. She showed us how to spot it – and how to help people we know think critically about what they find online and on TV. Marcy’s top insights:

  • There are different kinds of propaganda: White propaganda is somewhat accurate information but biased, incomplete or in a misleading context. Example: social media trolls playing up existing racial divisions to deepen those divisions.
  • With Black propaganda, both the source and information are false. Example: Bill O’Reilly stating that Black Lives Matter is „Killing Americans“.
  • Not all fake news is propaganda: misinformation is sloppiness, disinformation is deliberate.

We learned how to apply the classic Who, What, When, Where, and Why questions both to the source and to the content to unpack news items. Combating fake news takes time and effort, but the more we do so, the more we help our community and democracy.

Join our next Solidarity Sunday where we take aim at the November midterm elections and learn how each of us can help Get Out The Vote, and how to organize a group for change.

–Tanya Lolonis



DAA Talks with Tom Hicks

Democrats Abroad Austria was honored to host a discussion with U.S. Election Assistance Commissioner Thomas Hicks. Mr. Hicks briefly introduced his organization, the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and the law that created the EAC, the 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA). Under HAVA, overseas absentee ballots must be tabulated separately from domestic absentee ballots; it is the EAC that oversees the process of data collection from the states on the number of ballots sent, received, counted and rejected. Mr. Hicks discussed the implications of the January 6th, 2017 Department of Homeland Security decision to designate election systems as critical infrastructure (later reaffirmed by DHS Secretary Kelly, now White House Chief of Staff), and highlighted some of the EAC activities in standard setting and certification for U.S. voting machines.

Of particular interest to the DA Austria audience, Mr. Hicks discussed the activities of his organization in working to facilitate the right to vote for U.S. citizens abroad. DAA greatly appreciates the work of Mr. Hicks and the EAC, and it echos Democrats Abroad’s calls for Congress to enhance its support for the organization, including fully funding the EAC and HAVA and by filling all commissioner positions.
–Marcy Fowler, Treasurer

Sources:

“U.S. Election Systems as Critical Infrastructure”, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, https://www.eac.gov/assets/1/6/starting_point_us_election_systems_as_Critical_Infrastructure.pdf.

“Leave Behind Packs: Election Assistance Commission”, Democrats Abroad Spring 2017 Door Knock Campaign, 16-17 May 2017, https://wiki.democratsabroad.org/download/attachments/17072318/EAC%202017.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1494912138000&api=v2.



On the Social Side...


Members enjoying Thanksgiving with Juan Cerda (center left),  DAA LGBT Caucus, and Marcy Fowler (center right), DAA Treasurer.


Thanksgiving Dinner

On November 23, DA Austria members, family, and friends gathered for a sold out Thanksgiving dinner at Restaurant Sperl in Vienna’s 4th district. The room was packed with democrats of every age – from families, to Young Dems, to those of an older variety – who feasted on a traditional dinner and a splendid offering of homemade pies brought by volunteers. DAA was also pleased to welcome former International and DAA Chair Katie Solon, who came from Germany, and former EMEA Regional Chair Merrill Oates, who drove from Budapest to join us.

There were many new faces and it was wonderful to have the chance to talk with people about their interests and concerns. Despite the horrifying actions of our current President and Congress, DAA members found something to be thankful for.
– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, Chair





Graz Member Xmas Meet-Up

On Friday, December 1st we met with fellow Dems (and a few little Dems-to-be) on Franziskanerplatz in Graz for some Glühwein and Kinderpunsch. It was a beautiful evening and a great chance to catch up on the latest political scandals. Both international news, such as the in-court poising of war criminal Slobodan Praljakin at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, as well as national news, such the revelation about the Michael Flynn guilty plea, which happened as we were meeting, were hotly discussed news topics over the even hotter Glühwein. Of course, some 

fun had to be had as well with some chocolate pretzel sharing, which was especially appreciated by our little Dems-to-be.

We are looking forward to planning more events in 2018. If you have ideas or requests for topics/events/venues feel free to contact Alma (alma.stankovic@me.com) or Caitlin (caitlin.ahern@gmail.com).

All Graz/Styria members are encouraged to join the Democrats Abroad in Graz Facebook group [https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1674471572865600&ref=content_filter].

– Caitlin Ahern, Database Manager & Alma Stankovic




STOCKING STUFFER? SECRET SANTA GIFT?

An iconic xmas gift for 2017. Get one for all the women you know who joined in the Women's March and persist! Just €5 (not including shipping).

Contact Jennifer at demsabroadasutria@gmail.com to place your order. Limited quantities available.


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November Newsletter

In this Issue:

Events

Upcoming Events

  • Young Dems Holiday Punsch on December 6th

Issues & Actions

  • Meet DAA Youth Caucus Coordinator
  • 2018 Women First Calendar
  • Update on Get Out The Vote Activities
  • Taxation Task Force – Washington DC Visit
  • DA DNC Officer on the Unity Reform Commission

Reviews

  • DA Webinar Series
  • Solidarity Sunday #9

Members’ Corner

  • More Podcast Love
  • IWM: Science Speed Talks



EVENTS


YOUNG DEMS ANNUAL MARTINIGANSL FEAST

Join us for our annual Martinigansl feast in the heart of Grinzing, where you can find Vienna's vineyards and heurigen restaurants.

The restaurant will need the exact count of people attending and ordering goose, so if you are vegetarian, please make sure you write it in the Facebook discussion, so I can inform them in advance. Hope you can join us!

Our reservation is for 10, so we'll need to update it if more people would like to come, so please RSVP via Facebook

WHEN: November 11, 2017 at 7pm - 10pm

Cobenzlgasse 34, Vienna 1190, Austria Google map and directions
CONTACT: Ashley E. Arreola · ashley_arreola@yahoo.com · +436503749481


DAATALKS: LAURA ROCKWOOD

U.S. Nuclear Policy under the Trump Administration: Strengthening or Hindering International Security?

Former legal counsel at the International Atomic Energy Agency and current Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation Laura Rockwood.

With the dramatic policy shift in the White House, many decades-long U.S. nuclear policies are being modified or even reversed. At this DAATalk, Laura Rockwood will discuss how the new U.S. policies on issues such as the Iran Nuclear Deal, North Korea nuclear tests, and the nuclear weapons ban can impact global security.

Additionally, Nadja Schmidt, chairwoman of the Austrian branch of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), will present on the recently signed Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty. ICAN, a global alliance of more than 460 organisations in over 100 countries, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons."

Join us beforehand for a glass of wine at 18:30. The talk will begin at 19:00.

WHEN: November 16, 2017 at 7pm - 9pm

WHERE: Republikanischer Club – Neues Österreich (Eingang Café Hebenstreit)
Rockhgasse 1, Vienna 1010, Austria Google map and directions
CONTACT: Democrats Abroad · demsabroadaustria@gmail.com

RSVP: http://www.democratsabroad.org/at_events 




THANKSGIVING – A FEAST WITH ALL THE FIXINGS

On Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 23rd at 7PM, we invite our democratic friends and families to our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

We have made reservations for 60 at Restaurant Sperl in the 4th district (not Café Sperl in the 6th). It's a typical Viennese Gasthaus and we’ll have a large private room all to ourselves. There will be a buffet with a 3-course feast including pumpkin soup, turkey with all the fixings – mashed potatoes, roasted red beets and sweet potatoes, green beans, red cabbage, stuffing – and dessert. If you can, please bring a pumpkin or pecan pie. They are always very appreciated!

To purchase your tickets, RSVP on our website and transfer €25 for each adult guest and €15 for each child (12 and under) to the DA Austria account:

If you have any questions, write Jennifer at demsabroadaustria@gmail.com or call at +43 6991 108 7981.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 23rd, 2017 7pm-10pm
WHERE: Restaurant Sperl (not Café Sperl in the 6th!), Karolinengasse 13, 1040 Vienna, Austria. Google map and directions

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

TICKETS: €25.00 EUR adults & €15 children under 12 

Purchase tickets


SOLSUN #10: UNFAKING THE NEWS ON BLACK LIVES MATTER

Black Lives Matter! But what do you *really* know about the movement? What you read is probably ... well ... not very *real*.
Join us as our *real-live* fellow Democrats Abroad members show us how to hunt down honest journalism, balanced news, and no less than the truth. Plus a glass of wine ;-) (or a cup of tea!)

Get all the voting and action info you need here:
http://www.democratsabroad.org/get_involved    https://www.votefromabroad.org/

WHEN: November 26, 2017 at 4pm - 6pm

WHERE: Amerlinghaus
Stiftgasse 8, Vienna 1070, Austria Google map and directions
CONTACT: Antje Lewis · demsabroadaustria@gmail.com





ISSUES & ACTIONS



MEET DAA YOUTH CAUCUS COORDINATOR

My name is David Heckenberg and since May 2017 I have been responsible for the Youth Caucus of the Democrats Abroad Austria. Currently my goal is to extend the outreach of our organization and keep members of the Youth Caucus - members under 35 years old - connected by organizing monthly meetings and group activities. I feel honored and motivated to fill this position and hope to bring positive change for the future together with your help! Feel free to contact me at david.heckenberg@gmail.com for any questions or ideas you would like to share.



2018 Women First CALENDARS 

Democrats Abroad Women’s Caucus has produced a calendar as a fund raising project for Democrats Abroad. Profits will go to the Get Out The Vote campaign for the 2018 midterms.

The calendar has a good theme — WOMEN FIRST— and highlights 86 American women who were the FIRST to do various historic, wonderful things. Other features include: US calendar format, profiles of 12 featured women, all major US holidays, a unique holiday for each committee country, 2018 state election dates, and 2 pages of interesting “on this date” events. The calendar is printed on folded A3 paper with a photo on top and calendar on the bottom half.

Expect to learn a lot—and hey, with holidays coming up this would make a great Christmas/holiday gift for American daughters, nieces, sisters, friends and family.

DA Austria is taking orders to buy a box of 25 calendars that we will offer to our members at cost for an inexpensive Correction: pre-orders are €6,20 per calendar– a €9,28 savings on the first calendar not  €10 per calendar – a savings of €5.47 for the first calendar. Calendars will be available for pick-up, by arrangement, at Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 23. Solidarity Sunday on Nov 26, the Young Dems meet-up on Dec 6th, or can be mailed to you within Austria for an extra shipping cost.

Please complete this form to order your calendar(s). To make this offer, we need to have 25 calendars pre-ordered by Nov. 13th!


UPDATE ON GET OUT THE VOTE ACTIVITIES

The GOTV Team has been working to get out the vote for the Special Elections happening in Fall 2017 as well as preparing for the 2018 Elections. Here is an update and ways you can get involved. Go to the new GOTV page on the DA website for easily accessible voting information.

If you are interested in becoming DA Austria’s GOTV Coordinator contact Jennifer at mailto:demsabroadaustria@gmail.com. The GOTV Coordinators will get in touch to schedule a group call to work on GOTV plans for 2018, pool resources, set up trainings and discuss the best ways to provide voting information to overseas voters, both DA and non-DA members. READ MORE


TAXATION TASK FORCE– WASHINGTON DC VISIT

The Taxation Task Force was on Capitol Hill the week of October 16 to talk to members of Congress about tax reform for Americans abroad. They had meetings in 10 offices - a mix of Republicans and Democrats, representatives and senators – talking about the findings of our research on the problems faced by Americans filing from abroad and our recommended reform: a switch from citizenship based taxation to residency based taxation. To read the full email with detailed information, READ MORE here.


DA DNC OFFICER ON THE UNITY REFORM COMMISSION

On Wednesday, October 18, in Las Vegas, many Democrats Abroad DNC members attended the fourth and next-to-last meeting of the Unity Reform Commission, a dynamic effort initiated by DNC Chair Tom Perez.

The Unity Commission is made up of members appointed by Secretary Clinton, Senator Sanders, and Tom Perez. The chair of the Unity Reform Commission is Jennifer O’Malley Dillon. Larry Cohen is the vice chair. 19 highly experienced and educated members of the party, from “the big tent” all across the spectrum of opinions, sit across from one another listening, agreeing, disagreeing and coming up with solutions for making the Democratic Party more democratic, transparent and effective. READ MORE



REVIEWS


DA WEBINAR SERIES

You’ve probably been receiving emails from Democrats Abroad (global) announcing webinars and training sessions that have been bringing important information and resources to our members. The topics have been varied: taxation, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration, the climate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and most recently, Stephanie Schirock from Emily’s List.

Many of our members have participated in a webinar and Marian Pink (Immigration Rights webinar) said, “I found the webinar helpful and certainly interesting. The graphics were really good and the structure of the whole package was excellent. … I would very definitely encourage other people to take the time to work through the program, it is very good.”

Next up, watch James Carville as he speaks about Democratic candidate for Senate Doug Jones and his upcoming election in Alabama, and briefs us on this year's elections. The call begins at 9am DC time on November 8, 2017. RSVP to join!


SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS #9

Solidarity Sunday with Democrats Abroad Austria -- this time focused on social systems and framing arguments. Antje Lewis drew from her experience as a social worker in Austria to give perspective on the US versus Austrian social systems and the premises on which they are based. There are advantages and disadvantages to every system, but comparing the full costs in terms of %GDP is revealing -- spending on social welfare (including health, unemployment and old age) accounts for 29.6% of GDP in Austria versus 30.2% in the US, the key difference being that 11.4% of the US figure is private while virtually all of the Austrian spending is via the state. Most jarring is the cost of health care: 14% of GDP in the US (of this 6% is private) versus 7% of GDP in Austria -- and guess which cheaper system has the better results in terms of actual health care.

Tanya Lolonis followed with a synopsis of Jonathan Haidt's book The Righteous Mind (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Righteous_Mind), describing the deep moral foundations which all humans use to inform or frame their political beliefs, and how we can become aware of these in order to better communicate with and understand our fellow citizens.

–Andreas Beckmann, DAA Member

DA Austria members at the 9th get together of the community building and activism grassroots group – Solidarity Sundays Vienna



MEMBERS’ CORNER


MORE PODCAST LOVE

In order to attempt to pull myself out of my Facebook-algorithm-driven bubble, I decided a few weeks ago I needed to put aside my standby Crooked Media podcasts and listen to something elsewhere on the political spectrum.

Googling “best political podcasts” landed me at an article, The 10 Best Political Podcasts To Help You Become A More Informed Citizen, that claimed to be “picking the best political podcasts from both sides of the aisle.” The suggested podcasts ranged from Glenn Beck to Bernie Sanders as well as others including The Federalist and Pod Save America. Despite the author’s claim that, “Whether you believe in the rhetoric of the hosts and guests or not, there’s value and information to be gleaned from each.” I would need to work myself up to Beck –The Federalist seemed a good place to start.

The Federalist Radio Hour: The first thing that struck me was that I often had no idea who the host was talking about. I’ve clearly been living in Europe too long to know who “The Rock” is or that he is considering running for president in 2020, but I was relieved to hear that the hosts, despite or because of Trump’s presidency, were also not convinced of his presidential qualifications.

In another episode, Emily Ekins, Research Fellow and Director of Polling at the Cato Institute, discussed the findings of a survey she recently did about contemporary views of free speech rights. Her consistent use of “Liberals” and “emotional” in the same sentence had me pulling out my ear buds, but I did pause when she brought up that, according to her polling, ‘60’s era Liberals have a much more tolerant view of the kinds of speech that should be banned than those of younger generations.

Another episode had me rapt as Josh Kraushaar and Ben Domensch analyzed the different factions of both parties – highlighting the benefit of stepping out of my comfort zone and getting a clearer view on what’s on the horizon.

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DAA Chair

Have a podcast you’d like to share? We’d love to include it in our next newsletter. Write us at demsabroadaustria


IWM SCIENCE SPEED TALKS

IWM Pop-Up in Wien Strebersdorf. Join IWM Fellows at the Weingut Schilling for a special evening. Instead of sitting in one chair all evening, you'll have the chance to circulate among the speakers, hear about the latest developments in their field, and challenge them with your questions.

WHEN: Monday, 20 November 2017, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

WHERE: Weingut Schilling, 1210 Wien

Music: Ernst Molden & Walther Soyka 

In German and English!

In cooperation with Stadt Wien

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Recent Events in Pictures

Here are more photos from the Liberal Libations fundraiser, the Solidarity Sundays Medicare-for-All presentation and Call Hub training, and the Senator Warren watch party. If you missed these events last month, make sure to  read the October newsletter and see what's planned for October & November. We look forward to seeing you!

Liberal Libations on October 7th:

DAA members enjoying the libations and our hosts, Keith and Kate.


Long time members, Bill & Gloria ...


... and young members, Kira & Ali...


and Janet had the chance to meet and get to know one another.


Our guest speaker Martha with Lin & Ashley


And some liberal ladies discussing...politics?


Solidarity Sundays on September 24th:

Solidarity Sundays Vienna co-founder Tanya opened the event with a discussion of Medicare-for -All


Which led to discussion and multiple looks from Sol Sun co-founder Antje, Nathan, and Sol Sun co-founder Juan.


With some Improv, Juan led brave volunteers through the ropes of phone banking.


Josh made the first online call and Juan set his phone banking goal...


...and the rest of us as well.


After multiple calls, a Democrats Abroad voter picks up and Josh is ready to make sure that she has registered to vote and requested her ballot for the upcoming election.


Senator Warren Watch Party on September 17th:


Watching Senator Elizabeth Warren...


Democratic politics from a different perspective.




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October Newsletter

In this Issue:
Events
  • Young Dems Pub Night with special guest Heather Brown
  • Young Dems Annual Martinigansl Feast
  • Thanksgiving Dinner.
Issues & Actions
  • Give to Win Campaign
  • Call for Global Auction Items
  • Energetic and in the Provinces? We Want You!
Reviews
  • Elizabeth Warren Watch Party
  • Solidarity Sunday #8
  • Liberal Libations #2
Members’ Corner
  • More Podcast Love 

 

Events


Oct. 25th - Young Dems Pub Night with special guest Heather Brown

Pub Night at Beaver Brewing Company






We're headed back to our favorite spot for our monthly pub nights and are excited to have Young Democrats of America International Affairs Director Heather Brown in town to join us.

Heather previously served as Young Democrats of America chief of staff. In addition, she also worked tirelessly on Hillary's campaign and could provide insight to how a campaign is organized.
Please RSVP as 10 seats have been reserved.

  • P.S. Don't forget to pay your bill before you leave!

WHEN October 25, 2017 at 7pm - 11pm
WHERE Beaver Brewing Company
Liechtensteinstraße 69 Vienna 1090 Austria
Google map and directions

CONTACT Ashley E. Arreola
+436503749481



Nov. 11th - Young Dems Annual Martinigansl Feast

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Join us for our annual Martinigansl feast in the heart of Grinzing, where you can find Vienna's vineyards and heurigen restaurants.

The restaurant will need the exact count of people attending and ordering goose, so if you are vegetarian, please make sure you write it in the Facebook discussion, so I can inform them in advance. Hope you can join us!

  • Our reservation is for 10, so we'll need to update it if more people would like to come, so please RSVP via Facebook
WHEN November 11, 2017 at 7pm - 10pm

Nov. 23rd - Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Restaurant Sperl

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This Thanksgiving we invite our Democratic friends and family to our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

We have made reservations for 60 at Restaurant Sperl in the 4th district (not Café Sperl in the 6th). It's a typical Viennese Gasthaus and we’ll have a large private room all to ourselves. There will be a buffet with a 3-course feast including pumpkin soup, turkey with all the fixings – mashed potatoes, roasted red beets and sweet potatoes, green beans, red cabbage, stuffing – and dessert. If you can, please bring a pumpkin or pecan pie. They are always very appreciated!

WHEN November 23, 2017 at 7pm - 10pm


Save the date for these upcoming events!

Nov. 26th Solidarity Sunday #9
Dec 6 - Young Dems
TBA Voter registration tables
TBA DAATalks speaker series

Issues & Actions

Give to Win Campaign

As of October 9th you can be a part of political change - Play a role in the GIVE to WINcampaign. For 4 weeks Democrats Abroad is asking members like you to GIVE your TIME, GIVE your EFFORT, and GIVE your LOVE on social media.

We will also be asking for donations. But, we want to show you what you GET when you GIVE to WIN!

Your gift to Democrats Abroad can sponsor a specific effort. Here are some examples:

  • If you GIVE a sponsorship for your State’s Voter Data You GET: More Voters
The best way to get and keep Democrats in office is to find voters. We need help reaching Americans abroad from your state. Democrats Abroad can mobilize 200,000 voters, but there are nearly 9 million Americans living outside the US. DA can reach an estimated 500,000 additional voters by gaining access to state voter rolls. This information shows where the states are sending their ballots. It is valuable and available to DA, but it costs. Why not sponsor it?
  • If you GIVE… a sponsorship for Healthcare Stories You GET: Policy Change
The universal healthcare stories we've collected are being turned into books that will be sent to Congress and to other healthcare advocates around the US. They will be tools to create dialogue and show how other countries handle their national healthcare systems. Why not sponsor this effort and be a part of creating policy change?
  • If you GIVE a… sponsorships for an Honorary Membership in Democrats Abroad You GET: To Honor a Leading Democrat and Build Important Relationships
Many Governors and Senators have overseas experience that helps them understand the challenges you face as a US citizens abroad. To celebrate their roles as leaders and honor their experiences, DA is offering members the opportunity to sponsor them as honorary Democrats Abroad. DA will visit with each governor or senator and present them with their honorary membership certificate with your name as sponsor on it. Why not sponsor your Congressperson?

But it is not just about the money-

  • If you GIVE… your TIME You GET: To be Part of Political Change
We need fellow Democrats - like you - to give their time to make this fundraising drive a success. We are still looking for volunteers to use our CALLHUB and contact fellow Democrats from this region.

If you are interested please sign up HERE



Call for Global Auction Items

Are you an opera aficionado? An expert on the architecture, art, culture of your adopted city? Or a foodie who loves to share your knowledge? Do you have a holiday house that’s free or a skill you’d like to share? DA will once again host a Global Auction in order to raise funds for our Get Out the Vote (GOTV) activities in 2018 and we need items to auction!

In the past, DA Austria has put together an Austria Package that has included lodging, tours, hikes and other entertainment. We are looking for a member who might have an apartment, air bnb, or other accommodations they would be willing to donate from a weekend to a week for this year’s DAA Package. Remember, the people who visit are other DA members, so it’s a nice way of getting to know other members from around the globe and the proceeds go towards DA Global and DAA getting out the vote in 2018. This has been a BIG seller in prior auctions and we hope to be able to do it again this year!

Please contact Jennifer at demsabroadaustria@gmail.com If you’d like to add to our package or submit your offer through this form and you will be contacted by the auction's primary organizers. The sooner we can confirm commitments, the better results we'll get!

The auction itself is set to run November 12-22. Mark your calendars!


Energetic and in the Provinces? We Want You!
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Many of DA Austria’s members live outside of Vienna and would also enjoy getting together and meeting some fellow Dems, throwing a watch party, phone banking together, or joining one of the many GET OUT THE VOTE events that will be taking place over the next year. That’s why we’re looking for people from Burgenland to Vorarlberg who would like to organize an event. It’s easier than you think and we’ll give you any support you may need. Please contact Jennifer at demsabroadaustria@gmail.com if you think you might like to hold a meet-up or event. We’d love to hear from you!



Reviews

Elizabeth Warren Watch Party
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Fifteen DAA members got together on Sunday, September 17th at the home of DAA Chair, Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, to watch Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presentation to Democrats Abroad members around the globe. International Chair Julia Bryan wrote, “The call last Sunday was an energy-filled round of question and answer. She cheered on our universal healthcare campaign and asked us to keep fighting for DACA. She also answered our questions on RBT (residency-based taxation) with clarity and candor. We are continuing to work with her team to help them understand the issues that affect Americans abroad and thank you for your contributions to the call!” Senator Warren answered questions from attending members Antje Lewis and Dr. Joshua Lange.

Before and after members stayed for chips and salsa and political conversation. Thanks to everyone who made it on a very rainy Sunday afternoon and to Global DA for their organisation!



Solidarity Sunday #8
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What do New Hampshire, New York, Florida, and Oklahoma have in common?

That’s what an enthusiastic group of Dems discovered at the Amerlinghaus on September 24th for the eighth Solidarity Sundays Vienna meeting.

The session began with a presentation by SolSun Vienna co-founder, Tanya Lolonis, about the pros and cons of the Medicare-for-All plan proposed by Senator Sanders and recently supported by Senate Democrat co-sponsors and Democrats Abroad.

Afterwards, we turned to a hands on phone banking training session on the calling platform CallHub with a focus on the current 2017 Special Elections. The beauty of the Call Hub system is that you can commit as much or as little time as you’re able and the calls are free for you, the volunteer.

This training session was a lot of fun. We started with some role-playing of the different situations and soon moved on to the real thing with actual calls. Phone banking volunteers reach out to DA members which, as Juan Cerda shared with us, is a lot easier than making Prop 8 calls for marriage equality as he did in California in 2008.

Historically, Democrats do badly in midterm elections because they don’t vote. We’ll be working hard to change this in 2018 and we’re beginning now. You can even donate your time phone banking to the Give to Win Campaign. There are 795 calls to make in Europe.
Interested to find out more? Click here.



Liberal Libations Two
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On a recent Saturday evening, Democrats Abroad Austria members gathered for a wine tasting Fundraiser at the home of Kate McGrath and Vice Chair Keith Jacomine. The evening had a three country, three wine theme with attendees tasting sparkling, white and red wines from Austria, Hungary and Italy.

We were pleased to also have with us that evening former DA The Netherlands Chair and current Democratic National Committee member Martha McDevitt-Pugh. Martha gave a brief talk on how the eight DA DNC members work to ensure that the interest of overseas Americans are heard in Washington, DC.

Approximately €500 was raised which will go towards our Get Out the Vote efforts during the 2018 mid term elections.



Members’ Corner

More Podcast Love
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Podcasts are the Netflix of radio — delivering content on-demand straight into your earbuds or radio speaker. They’re growing in popularity and cover topics from the Arts to Comedy to Science to Sports. As a Democrat living abroad, I use them to join in political discussions back home. Two of my favorites in the Trump era:

Pod Save The People:
The “Crooked Media” empire continues to produce podcasts that race to the top of political podcast charts. On “PStheP”, organizer and Black Lives Matter activist De Ray McKesson leads conversations that dive deep into culture, social justice and politics. Wondering about #TakeAKnee issue? Want to hear how people of color are processing Charlottesville? You’ll learn about it here. DeRay was a teacher before becoming an activist, and it shows in his illuminating questions and manner of listening — and he does it all in the most velvety voice you’ve heard since late-night FM radio. Change starts with knowledge. This podcast delivers.

On The Media:
From the NPR stable, weekly "OTM" is a fascinating podcast that examines media and journalism. Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield explore threats to free speech, government transparency, and shine a light on how the news is delivered — and how this shapes our views. After the Las Vegas shooting they looked at how numbers distort our understanding of tragedies, have asked politicians how the attacks by the President on journalism and facts influence how they deal with the press, and used the mystery of the earthquake victim in Mexico who never existed to explore distrust in media and government. Listen, and learn how to filter and understand the news.

Both are free on the iTunes store, Spotify, and Stitcher.

–Tanya Lolonis


 DA Austria

http://www.democratsabroad.org/

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September Newsletter

Welcome back! We hope you have had a relaxing and rejuvenating summer. We, the executive committee and volunteers, spent ours learning languages in France, Italy, and Nicaragua, travelling Stateside to Illinois and Louisiana, and taking the warm months to enjoy all the beautiful sights that Austria has to offer.

Regardless of where we were, we are rejuvenated and ready to get out the vote in the upcoming elections and we hope you are as well! We reconvened on August 31 for our September monthly meeting and it’s looking like a busy fall season. We hope to see many of you at events over the next few months! Mark your calendars for these upcoming events or keep an eye on our website if the dates and details aren’t yet fixed.

Sept 24 - Solidarity Sunday Vienna #8 - Phonebanking Fun! Making Our Vote Count in Special Elections Now
Oct 1 - Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
Oct 7 - Liberal Libations - DAAT Fundraiser
Oct 29 - Solidarity Sunday #9
Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Dinner at Restaurant Sperl
Nov 26 - Solidarity Sunday #10

Dates & Locations TBA:

Poster Hanging Pub Crawl
Young Dems Pub Night October, November, December
Voter registration tables
DAATalks speaker series



In the September Issue:

Events

  • SolSun #8 Phonebanking Fun! Making Our Vote Count in Special Elections
  • Liberal Libations - Democrats Abroad Austria Fundraiser

Issues & Actions

  • Are you a Savvy Vote-From-Abroad Voter?
  • Call for Global Auction Items
  • Every Vote Counts! Phone Banking for 2017 Special Elections
  • Energetic and in the Provinces? We Want You!

Review

  • How Democrats Abroad Spent Our Summer Vacation
  • Resistance Summer Poster Hanging Pub Crawl
  • DA Around the Globe

Members’ Corner

  • Happenings Around Town of Interest

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Events

Solidarity Sunday #8 Phonebanking Fun!

Making our vote count in special elections now! The vote is already on and New Jersey, Virginia, Florida, Utah and Alabama have state or federal elections right now or real soon. Get phonebanking with us to help your fellow Democrats Abroad from these states to register, request a ballot, and VOTE. Let's flip these elections together!

Phone, phone blue! :-)

RSVP via Facebook here

WHEN: September 24, 2017 at 4pm - 7pm
WHERE: Amerlinghaus
Stiftgasse 8
Vienna 1070
Google map and directions
CONTACT: Antje Lewis · solsun@gmx.at


Liberal Libations #2
Liberal Libations

We'll be tasting a variety of white, red and sparkling wines from Italy, Slovenia and Austria accompanied by a tasty spread of cheeses and charcuterie.

Also joining us for the evening will be Martha McDevitt-Pugh an elected member of the US Democratic National Committee and Chair of the Democrats Abroad LGBT Caucus. Martha lives in The Netherlands and has led a variety of innovative initiatives, including a successful effort to change US immigration law to include LGBT partners.

She chairs the board of Gala, the award-winning ING Bank network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and serves on ING’s Diversity and Inclusion Experts Network.

WHEN: October 07, 2017 at 6pm - 10pm
WHERE: Keith & Kate's Place
Mariahilferstrasse 7/2
Vienna 1060
CONTACT: Keith Jacomine
TICKETS: €30.00


Issues & Actions


Score Vote-From-Abroad Savvy with the Solidarity Sundays Vienna

Unsuppress your vote - from abroad - with our quick QUIZ! Just 13 questions will teach you all you need to know as an overseas voter. Take the Quiz and then either send your results to demsabroadaustria@gmail.com or share the link on our Facebook page with your score and tag it #DAresists! We’ll tally up the results for next month’s newsletter. Brought to you by Democrats Abroad Austria and #solsunvienna


Ready, Set, Go!

Midterm elections season is just around the corner and Democrats Abroad is gearing up to get Democrats elected up and down the ticket. Getting out the vote requires both money and volunteers, and DA’s GOTV Team is working on both. Please help out with the following two actions.


Going, Going, gone! Call for Global Auction Items

Are you an opera aficionado? An expert on the architecture, art, culture of your adopted city? Or a foodie who loves to share your knowledge? Do you have a holiday house that’s free or a skill you’d like to share? DA will once again host a Global Auction in order to raise funds for our Get Out the Vote (GOTV) activities in 2018 and we need items to auction!

When you're thinking of potential items, please keep in mind that physical items will likely have to be shipped somewhere across the globe, but DA members love to travel and vacation homes, tickets, tours, and experiences in your area are popular auction items.

The auction has been very well received by our members and the results have been a resounding success with nearly $50,000 raised in 2015. In the past DA Austria has put together a very popular and high bidding "Austria Tour Package" including accommodations and activities. In order to offer this package again this year we are looking for an accommodation to add. If you have an airbnb or free apartment during the year that you would generously be willing to offer, please contact us at demsabroadaustria@gmail.com. This is a lovely way to meet other DA members from across the globe!

If you have other items to offer outside the scope of our DAA package, please submit your offer through this form and you will be contacted by the auction's primary organizers. The sooner we can confirm commitments, the better results we'll get!

The auction itself is set to run November 12-22. Mark your calendars!


Every Vote Counts! Phonebanking for the 2017 Special Elections

The Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Team is kicking off phonebanking campaigns to support Democrats running in upcoming New Jersey and Virginia State Elections and Florida’s Special Election for State Senate District 40 by reminding overseas voters to request their ballots and vote.

Phonebanking is easy and people are grateful to get a reminder. Sign-up in the link to help the team and if you’re in Vienna join DA Austria on Sunday, September24th for a phonebanking get-together and training. http://www.democratsabroad.org/gotv_phonebanking


Energetic and in the Provinces? We Want You!

Solidarity Sundays Resistance Summer

Many of DA Austria’s members live outside of Vienna and would also enjoy getting together and meeting some fellow Dems, throwing a watch party, phone banking together, or joining one of the many GOTV events that will be taking place over the next year. That’s why we’re looking for people from Burgenland to Vorarlberg who would like to organize an event. It’s easier than you think and we’ll give you any support you may need. Please contact Jennifer at demsabroadaustria@gmail.com if you think you might like to hold a meet-up or event. We’d love to hear from you!


Reviews

How Democrats Abroad Spent Our Summer Vacation

Democrats in Austria and around the globe were busy activating members and letting our voices be heard back in DC. Read here about global Resistance Summer activities.


Poster Hanging Pub Crawl
Poster Hanging Pub Crawl

The first Resistance Summer Poster Hanging event on August 11th went well: we visited several locations and spread the message of Democrats Abroad, all while enjoying good company! Nevertheless, there are still plenty of places to visit and posters to be hung. We welcome volunteers to add locations to the list (like favorite bars in your neighborhood) and also to hang posters yourself! If you would like to help hang the posters please contact david.heckenberg@gmail.com and we’ll arrange for you to get some posters.

A second pub crawl event will soon be added to the website. We hope you will be able to join us in the fun!

Click on the link for the list of bars to hang posters. It’s waiting for you to add your name to it!

About the Google Doc: Please edit the document if necessary. If you have called a new location and they have approved of hanging posters (mention that it’s for Democrats Abroad, as some locations may not want political affiliation), add the name of the location to the “PLACES CONFIRMED” section. If there are any specifics you would like to mention put them in the “WITH DOUBTS” section and even if places decline add them to the “PLACES DECLINED“ section to let everybody know that there’s no need to contact them again. After having hung the posters please add the location to the “PLACES VISITED” section.


Members’ Corner

Happenings OF INTEREST Around Town

Panel Discussion:
DA Austria Chair Jennifer Rakow-Stepper has been invited by the Wiener Bildungsakadamie to join a panel discussion entitled, Fröhlich, bunt und stark gegen Trump. The discussion will focus on ‘the resistance that has developed because of the politics of Trump’s sexist, misogynist, and neglect of human rights policies’ and how his ‘declarations and deeds have strengthened the feminist and civil rights movements and have made the resistance more colourful, joyful and stronger.’ October 2 at 6:00 pm at ega:frauen im Zentrum, Windmühlgasse 26, 1060 Vienna


History buffs and others who would like to learn more about Austria might be interested in the following events taking place in September:

The Vienna Museum and the IWM in cooperation with Time to Talk is sponsoring the “Vienna Humanities Festival” from September 22 to 24 around Karlsplatz - the theme is Revolution. Admission is free.

Professor Marjorie Perloff, Professor Emerita of English at Stanford University and at the University of Southern California, will present and discuss her new book, Edge of Irony, Modernism in the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire Karl Kraus, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Joseph Roth, Robert Musil, Elias Canetti, Paul Celan at Grillparzerhaus (Literaturmuseum), Johannesgasse 6, 1010 Vienna,on Tuesday, September 26 at 7pm. The evening is hosted by the Wittgenstein Initiative and is free

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DA Austria Intro

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Austria!

DAAT is the official arm of the Democratic Party for U.S. citizens living in Austria and part of a global network that assists Americans living abroad to register and vote. We are an entirely voluntary organization and welcome your expertise and participation!

Through a range of activities and events throughout the year, we work hard to represent and connect our diverse and active membership. Our participation in the Women’s and Science Marches and, in particular, our monthly grassroots Solidarity Sundays meet-ups have helped us build and expand a welcoming community of compatriots. The DAATalks guest speaker series aims to provide a tri-annual platform for interesting discussions on topical events. DAAT recently hosted Melissa Fleming, UNHCR Communications Director and author of the best-selling book, A Hope more Powerful than the Sea and NYTimes best-selling author, Timothy Snyder, who spoke to us about his most recent book, On Tyranny. Finally, social events, such as our monthly Young Dems Pub Nights, annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Fourth of July party, participation in Pride Parade, and FUNdraising concerts and events guarantee that we also have a good dose of fun. 

Democrats Abroad supports all Americans abroad in registering to vote and casting their ballots from overseas. These get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts are at the heart of our political activity, and we rely on volunteers to ensure our members and friends are enfranchised every election, every year. Our absentee votes have been decisive in numerous elections across the U.S.! Together with other DA country committees from around the globe, we're making the specific issues, which are faced by overseas Americans, known on Capitol Hill. 

If you're not yet a member, you can join in just two minutes - under the Join tab above. You’ll receive our monthly newsletter with current issues and actions, events, and reviews. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

We look forward to meeting you at a DAAT event soon!