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December Newsletter

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In this issue:

Events:

  • Hindsight is 2020!
  • Experienced Democrats Meet-Up
  • Annual Punsch Get Together @ Spittelberg
  • Graz Glüh-Wein Evening

Issues & Actions:

  • GOTV Statistics
  • Progressive Bikeathon

Reviews:

  • Election Parties in Vienna & Graz
  • Thanksgiving & Great Aunt Sally’s Stuffing Recipe
  • Solidarity Sundays & 2018 Midterm Recap

Members Corner:

  • Viel Mehr für Alle: Charity Auction

Events

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Hindsight is 2020

Join us for our “Hindsight is 2020” rally!

Reminisce with us about what we accomplished to make the Bikeathon a success! Listen to those of us who left some skin on the road share stories and insights about our GOTV adventures at these milestones and at many more notable stops along the way:

  • State Capitol in ​Madison
  • Wishbone Cafe in ​Chicago
  • Democratic Headquarters in ​Hammond
  • Cass Corridor in ​Detroit
  • Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus in ​Cleveland
  • Bakery Square Democratic headquarters in ​Pittsburgh

We will ask for your Midterm insights, too, as we prepare for our continuing work on that future we can really believe in! Last and by no means least, Danny Chicago will perform some of the Bikeathon's greatest hits!

– Bruce Murray, DAA Counsel

WHEN: December 8, 2018 at 1pm - 3pm
WHERE: Beaver Brewing Company, Liechtensteinstraße 69, Wien 1090
Google map and directions
CONTACT: Bruce Murray · bamurray54@gmail.com


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Experienced Democrats Meet-Up

Monthly meeting of Experienced Democrats. All ages and levels of experience are welcome!

WHEN: December 12, 2018 at 6pm - 8pm
WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, Wien 1010
Google map and directions
CONTACT: John Cahill · mcahill47@yahoo.com· 06766952766

 

Annual Punsch Get Together @ Spittelberg 

DA Austria members will be getting together at the African Root Punsch Stand at Spittelberg Market on Thursday, December 13th to share in some holiday cheer. We hope you'll stop by to mull over plans for the new year over a glass of mulled wine!

WHEN: December 13, 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
WHERE: Spittelberggasse 18, Vienna 1070
Google map and directions
CONTACT: David Heckenberg · david.heckenberg@gmail.com · +43 664 378 2040

 

Glühwein Evening

It's that time of the year again - the time when we have an excuse to drink in public! Glühwein season is almost upon us, so we invite you to come out and enjoy the last bit of this successful DAA year with us. We'll meet up at the Glühweinstands close to the Don Camillo restaurant and start earlier for those who want just swing by for a round after work - when the night ends depends on you! :D Hope to see you all there!

Visit the event on Facebook!

WHEN: December 18, 2018 at 5pm - 10pm
WHERE: Franziskanerplatz, Graz 8010
Google map and directions
CONTACT: Aryo Winterblack · Agrestis@live.com

 


Issues & Actions

 

DAA's Get Out The Vote Statistics

Congratulations to all our voters and volunteers for helping win back the House and keep Democrats in crucial seats in the Senate as well as governorships and state legislatures! Here in Austria we did a spectacular job reaching and registering members. In fact, 1,393 absentee ballot requests - from both DA members and non-members - came through VoteFromAbroad.org in Austria alone. We could confirm directly with 53% of our members that they voted by absentee ballot (and we trust that there are many more we couldn’t reach)! Compare this to a national voter turnout rate of 48% this year. Our tireless volunteers made phone calls, sent text messages, hand-wrote postcards, set up registration tables and chased down random strangers with American accents to spread the word and help people request their absentee ballots. Now our eyes are on 2020 and we have more strategies for getting out the vote. We hope you’ll be ready to help when the time comes!

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

 

 

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Progressive Bikeathon

From mid-September to election day, DAA Counsel Bruce Murray, assisted by volunteers from Democrats Abroad Austria, Progressive Democrats Abroad, Our Revolution Austria, and others, cycled over 850 miles from Wisconsin through Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and on to Pennsylvania. He and other Bikeathoners interacted with Democratic candidates, leaders, activists, and voters both urban and rural. Via radio, concerts, rallies, canvassing, phone-banking, social media, and yes, cycling, we Bikeathoners contributed to the ripples of our Blue Wave!   

– Bruce Murray, Counsel

 


Reviews

Midterm Parties in Graz & Vienna -  

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We Made the Wave! More than 65 DA Austria members and a number of interested Austrians got together on Election Night to watch the exit polls and cross our fingers for a blue wave.

Biker Bruce skyped in from Pittsburgh, from the parental home of fellow DAA member Dawn Gartehner, whose parents generously hosted Bruce at the end of his more than 800 mile bike ride through the midwest.

A panel of special pundits – Keith Kornacki , Faith I am Joy, and (San) Andreas Fault (because CA Orange County shook up the state and went blue), also known as Keith Jacomine, Faith Hall Herbold, and Andreas Beckmann – accompanied us through the evening with a quiz and prizes.

Signs for a wave were good as the last round was called in the wee hours. The wave has been building ever since and Democrats had an astounding voter turnout. Thank you for being a voter! 

Graz Post-Election Dinner On November 7th, we Styrian Democrats awoke to good news, and the day continued to improve. We were thrilled to meet at The Pub on Mariahilferplatz for mojitos, beer and Tex-Mex food to toast the many victories – including the historic number of women candidates and winners – of the 2018 midterms. We welcomed a few new members and are planning monthly get-togethers to follow. Stay tuned!

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, Chair (Vienna) and Caitlin Ahern, DAA Database Manager, Member-at-Large (Graz)

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A Thanksgiving for Giving Thanks

Democrats Abroad Austria welcomed 88 members and guests to our sold out Thanksgiving dinner on November 22 under the 600 year old arches of the Melker Stiftskeller in Vienna’s first district.

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With good company – and 40 seats in the House and a lot of state legislative and governorship wins to be thankful for – we enjoyed a raffle drawing and were well fed with five turkeys (big thanks to Carrie and Fred!), lots of sides, homemade cranberry sauce, a peculiarly Austrian twist on my Great Aunt Sally’s Thanksgiving stuffing (folks asked for the recipe, so it's included below), and an amazing assortment of homemade pumpkin pies and desserts. Thanks to all who brought a dessert to share!

Young Andreas Nighswander was thrilled to win the grand prize!  

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DAA Chair

 

Great Aunt Sally’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

Sharing the recipe because many asked. Serves 10

Ingredients:

  • 1kg Italian sausages (Salsicci) – removed from the casings and chopped in bite-sized pieces 
  • 2 onions –  finely chopped
  • 1 bunch celery – finely chopped
  • 3-4 very stale baguettes or white bread – torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 500 g butter
  • 1 cup raisins – soaked in sherry
  • 1 cup pecans – chopped
  • 1 cup parsley – chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh herbs – thyme, oregano, sage

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Instructions:

melt butter in pan

add pecans, lightly brown, strain, remove and set aside

sauté celery, onions and herbs in butter, remove and set aside

brown Italian sausages in butter, remove and set aside

mix ingredients together in a large baking pan. In case the mixture is too dry, pour some chicken broth and butter on top. The mixture should be chunky and loose in the pan – notlike a Knödel.

Bake at 180° C for 20 minutes or until heated through and golden brown.

 

 

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Solidarity Sundays Vienna #19:  2018 Midterm Recap

On November 25th, Solidarity Sundays activists held a marathon session reviewing the crowning achievement of 2 years’ work: Democrats retaking the House and electing the most diverse Democratic caucus ever.

Juan gave us a look under the hood atwhat made victory possible– notably, women turning further away from the Republican Party, and the record-breaking 8.8 million vote lead over Republicans. He reviewed propositions that scored victories throughout the nation, which included impressive wins for redistricting and voting rights. The popularity of progressive propositions points to Medicare expansion as a new frontier for ballot initiatives.

Bruce Murray shared insights from his Cycling For Sanitybike tour through the Midwest.On two wheels, Bruce explored Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania in the weeks leading up the Midterms. He met voters, activists and politicians, pitched in to help with community projects and attended rallies where politicians led everyone to the polls. Hear about the fun and get inspired about our country’s capacity for self-renewal at the “Hindsight Is 2020” event on December 8th.

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No sooner did Democrats learn that we did, indeed, deliver a Blue Wave, than we started talking about how to repeat it in 2020. Tanya reviewed structural factors that kept so many races tighton a day when 6 million more Americans voted for a Democrat over a Republican to represent them. She demonstrated how gerrymandering distorts the votes in 5 states, and how weakened voting rights and lax political spending rules make it hard to translate Democratic votes into power. These obstacles won’t disappear, and we must surpass this year’s turnout to assure victory in 2020. Attend a Solidarity Sundays meeting in 2019 and help achieve that.

Tanya Lolonis, SolSun Coordinator, Member-at-Large

 


Members Corner

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A Present with a Purpose

Do you remember meeting Pari and Abdiwahab at our DAATalkwith Melissa Fleming?

The team from ‘[HOME] is where your heart is’ – a refugee project based in Vienna with a focus on integration through socialization, psychological health education and social wellbeing – is holding a charity auction from the beginning of December until the 9th. A whole bunch of talented local designers have donated their beautiful creations to the cause, and all of the pieces will be auctioned off between these dates on Facebook. All of the proceeds will go to increasing care for refugees, as well as volunteers.

Just log on, click through the event from the comfort of your home, and type your bid as a comment under the pic of the piece you like. its that easy! Follow the piece, and make sure no one outbids you! Let the games begin!

And know that every euro goes towards the refugee project - a present with a purpose is exactly what the holidays should be about, especially in these negative times! They are also selling wonderful wine donated from the local winery collective Pannobile. Get in touch for more info! home@vielmehr.at

Charity Auction for Refugees – Vielmehr als ein Geschenk! - find  the event on Facebook!


DAA'S GET OUT THE VOTE STATISTICS

Congratulations to all our voters and volunteers for helping win back the House and keep Democrats in crucial seats in the Senate as well as governorships and state legislatures! Here in Austria we did a spectacular job reaching and registering members. In fact, 1,393 absentee ballot requests - from both DA members and non-members - came through VoteFromAbroad.orgin Austria alone. We could confirm directly with 53% of our members that they voted by absentee ballot (and we trust that there are many more we couldn’t reach)! Compare this to a national voter turnout rate of 48% this year. Our tireless volunteers made phone calls, sent text messages, hand-wrote postcards, set up registration tables and chased down random strangers with American accents to spread the word and help people request their absentee ballots. Now our eyes are on 2020 and we have more strategies for getting out the vote. We hope you’ll be ready to help when the time comes!

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


PROGRESSIVE BIKEATHON

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From mid-September to election day, DAA Counsel Bruce Murray, assisted by volunteers from Democrats Abroad Austria, Progressive Democrats Abroad, Our Revolution Austria, and others, cycled over 850 miles from Wisconsin through Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and on to Pennsylvania. He and other Bikeathoners interacted with Democratic candidates, leaders, activists, and voters both urban and rural. Via radio, concerts, rallies, canvassing, phone-banking, social media, and yes, cycling, we Bikeathoners contributed to the ripples of our Blue Wave!

– Bruce Murray, Counsel


MIDTERM PARTIES IN GRAZ & VIENNA

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We Made the Wave! More than 65 DA Austria members and a number of interested Austrians got together on Election Night to watch the exit polls and cross our fingers for a blue wave.

Biker Bruce skyped in from Pittsburgh, from the parental home of fellow DAA member Dawn Gartehner, whose parents generously hosted Bruce at the end of his more than 800 mile bike ride through the midwest.

A panel of special pundits – Keith Kornacki , Faith I am Joy, and (San) Andreas Fault (because CA Orange County shook up the state and went blue), also known as Keith Jacomine, Faith Hall Herbold, and Andreas Beckmann – accompanied us through the evening with a quiz and prizes.

Signs for a wave were good as the last round was called in the wee hours. The wave has been building ever since and Democrats had an astounding voter turnout. Thank you for being a voter!

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Graz Post-Election Dinner On November 7th, we Styrian Democrats awoke to good news, and the day continued to improve. We were thrilled to meet at The Pub on Mariahilferplatz for mojitos, beer and Tex-Mex food to toast the many victories - including the historic number of women candidates and winners - of the 2018 midterms. We welcomed a few new members and are planning monthly get-togethers to follow. Stay tuned!

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, Chair (Vienna) and Caitlin Ahern, DAA Database Manager, Member-at-Large (Graz)


A THANKSGIVING FOR GIVING THANKS & Great Aunt Sally’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

Democrats Abroad Austria welcomed 88 members and guests to our sold out Thanksgiving dinner on November 22 under the 600 year old arches of the Melker Stiftskeller in Vienna’s first district.

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With good company – and 40 seats in the House and a lot of state legislative and governorship wins to be thankful for – we enjoyed a raffle drawing and were well fed with five turkeys (big thanks to Carrie and Fred!), lots of sides, homemade cranberry sauce, a peculiarly Austrian twist on my Great Aunt Sally’s Thanksgiving stuffing (folks asked for the recipe, so it's included below under read more), and an amazing assortment of homemade pumpkin pies and desserts. Thanks to all who brought a dessert to share!

Young Andreas Nighswander was thrilled to win the grand prize!  

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DAA Chair

Read more

SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS VIENNA #19: 2018 MIDTERM RECAP

On November 25th, Solidarity Sundays activists held a marathon session reviewing the crowning achievement of 2 years’ work: Democrats retaking the House and electing the most diverse Democratic caucus ever.

 

Read more

November Newsletter

 

In this issue:


Events:

Issues & Actions:

Reviews:

Members Corner:

  • Pod Love: The Daily
  • Institute for International Peace Podium Discussion

Events


Vienna:  Election Night Party

We've canvassed, we've phone-banked, we've voted, and on election night we'll be watching for the wave! Join us for dinner and drinks and stay late as the election results come in.

WHEN: November 6 at 7pm - November 7 2am
WHERE: Beaver's Brewing Company Vienna 1070
Google map and directions
CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · chair@democratsabroad.at · 06991 108 7981

Graz: Post-Midterm-Elections Dinner, Drinks, & Debriefing

We responsible Graz-dwelling Americans are going to bed early on November 6th and will awaken fresh and bright-eyed to glorious news of the blue wave having surged through Congress and our state and local legislatures. Join us for drinks, dinner and discussion, hugs and tears (of joy, we hope!) on the evening after the midterms.

Visit us on facebook!

WHEN: November 7, 2018 at 6:30pm - 10:30pm
WHERE: The Pub at Mariahilferplatz, Mariahilferplatz 20 Graz 8020
Google map and directions
CONTACT: Caitlin Ahern · database@democratsabroad.at· 0650 3125572

 

Young Dems’ Annual Martinigansl

It's that time of year again, and we're optimistic that we'll have something to celebrate after the election! On Sunday, Nov. 11th, we'll head to Grizing to "Zum Martin Sepp" as usual. If you order the Martinigansl dinner, it's 21,50 EUR for the goose, Knödl, cabbage, chestnut sauce, etc. For more info on the Heuriger or menu, click here: Gans’lzeit ab 19. Oktober 2018

Visit us on facebook!

WHEN: November 11, 2018 at 7pm - 10pm
WHERE: Zum Martin Sepp Cobenzlgasse 34, Vienna 1190
CONTACT: Ashley E. Arreola · ashley_arreola@yahoo.com· +43 650 374 9481

 

Experienced Democrats Meet-Up

Monthly meeting of Experienced Democrats. All ages and levels of experience are welcome!

WHEN: November 13, 2018 at 6pm - 8pm
WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, Wien 1010
Google map and directions
CONTACT: John Cahill · mcahill47@yahoo.com· 06766952766

 

Thanksgiving A Feast with All the Fixings

On Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 22nd at 7PM, we invite our democratic friends and families to our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

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

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, please bring a pumpkin, pecan, apple pie to share. They are always very appreciated!

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WHEN: November 22, 2018 at 7pm - 11pm
WHERE: Melker Stiftskeller, Schottengasse 3 Vienna 1010
Google map and directions
CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · chair@democratsabroad.at· +43 6991 108 7981
TICKET DONATION: €25.00 EUR/person

 

Global Black Caucus Book Club

Don't let the title keep you away from examining this historical perspective on race and class in America. Author Nancy Isenberg uncovers the ever-present “poor white trash” throughout American history and destroys the notion that upward class mobility in America is possible. Isenberg also draws from her extensive research to show us that Trump and his appeal to poor rural whites is nothing new- they have always been used as a means to a political end. Come join us for meaningful discussions and an unflinching look at the past that is informing our present.

Visit us on facebook!

WHEN: November 30, 2018 at 7pm - 9pm
WHERE: Cafe Phil, Gumpendorferstrasse 10-12, Vienna 1060
Google map and directions
CONTACT: Faith Hall Herbold · Faith_hg@yahoo.com· 0 660 277 6485

 

Sol Sun: 2018 Midterm Recap

In light of the extremely controversial Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court voted by the Republican Senate, will the #metoo movement, Indivisible groups, equality and environmental activists, women’s rights advocates, and core Democratic and progressive voters combine for a historic midterm “blue wave” election on Nov. 6? We will find out with an in-depth voter turnout analysis at our next Sunday Solidarity meeting! Join us for Sunday afternoon of coffee and cookies.

Visit us on facebook!

WHEN: November 25, 2018 at 4pm - 6pm
WHERE: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, Room 4 Vienna 1070
Google map and directions
CONTACT: Juan Cerda · juandcerda@gmail.com· +43 676 921 7865

Issues & Actions

 


Vorarlberg’s Going Viral

In the late spring of 2017, Stephanie Don of the Vorarlberg Chapter received a couple of names of people whose data were being updated in the Democrats Abroad Austria (DAA) records when she asked whether there were any other expats living in her newly established home. Without much ado, she contacted them and then they were four.

Paul and Andrea Miller, Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger and Stephanie began planning regular meet-ups, talking about what was going on and subsequently crying into their glasses of wine, beers or tea (depending on who you ask). As the meetings rotated between the three homes, the snacks turned into dinners and great discussions about travelling and food and all sorts of things beyond politics until, one night, Paul said, “We gotta do something that makes a difference."

READ MORE

We hope you enjoy the video! How Far Would YOU Go to Get the Vote Out?

 

Thank You Volunteers!

Democrats Abroad Austria proved once again that even though Austria is a small country, we are a strong DA Country Committee. Thanks to our volunteers who called members, registered voters, wrote postcards, and answered voters’ questions, more than 50% of our members registered to vote through Vote From Abroad and nearly 90% – this includes non-members – of the number of our members used the site. As International Chair Julia Bryan wrote, “Austria accomplished a super feat.” Globally, DA made nearly 114,000 calls and registered more than 88,000 voters!

Please give our DA Austria volunteers a round of applause!

Alma, Andreas, Anne, Aryo, Ashley, Becky, Bonnie, Brett, Bruce, Caitlin, Cecilia, Dan, Eva, Faith, Fiona, Fred, Gloria, Harold, Jeffrey M., Jen, Jennifer S., Jessica, John, Juan, Karin, Kate, Keith, Marcy, Mary Anne, Matt, Michael, Mickaela, Mico, Nathan, Raina, Renee, Robert, Salem, Steve, Suzanne, and Tanya.

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, Chair

 


Reviews

 


DAATalks: Timothy Snyder

DA Austria welcomed Professor Timothy Snyder for a fascinating and lively talk at the Republikanischer Club in Vienna’s 1st District on October 24, 2018. Timothy Snyder is a Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in Central and Eastern Europe and the Holocaust. He is also a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen) in Vienna. Additionally, Snyder’s ability to speak, write, and read eleven European languages gives him a unique insight into the countries he writes about. His books include: Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century, and most recently, The Road to Unfreedom: Russia Europe America.

What’s going on? Snyder posited that the current unpredictability

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Solidarity Sundays: The Lucrative Business of US Prison

Democrats Abroad members gathered once again, this time to discuss both the explicit and implicit costs of the mass incarceration of American citizens. First we discussed the purpose of incarceration and if the goal is mainly to punish or rehabilitate. Then we dispelled some common myths about the American prison system, including the total number of incarcerated Americans (over 2 million), which common offenses they commit to end up in prison (mainly violent crimes at the state level and drug offensives at the federal level) and that 6.1 million adults are unable to vote due to state-specific restrictions on voting while incarcerated and on probation (13 states can restrict voting indefinitely!). We completed the discussion with a call to action on what we can do from abroad to help. We can boycott companies that use both public and private prison labor. We can also put pressure on politicians who take donations from for-profit prison companies. And finally, we can donate to organizations that fight for prison reform, like the Equal Justice Initiative, the Sentencing Project and the Formerly Incarcerated People’s movement.

– Faith Hall Herbold, Global Black Caucus Coordinator

 


Members Corner

 


Podcast Love: The Daily

The Midterms are closing in, which means the next days will be an emotional rollercoaster. This is the season of breathless headlines, dire polls alternating with hopeful polls, Trump rallies, and ACLU fights in courts.

You could probably do with a soothing voice in your ear, companionable, confiding, and focussing on just one thing at a time. Am I right? Here are a few podcasts that may help.

“The Daily“. You may still be yelling at the Timesfor emails, emails, emails. Don‘t let that stop you from checking out its podcast. Its twenty-minute update murmured in your ear by former political reporter Michael Barbaro is described byThe New Yorkeras “a necessary daily practice: like meditation, but with hair-raising breaking news instead of mindfulness.“ It offers insight into the culture of hard newsgathering, showing the work-in-progress of reporting, not just its finished product. Barbaro is smart, but not afraid to ask, “So, Rukmini, where exactly isMosul?“ Try it for the news, stay for the idiosyncratic intonation and emo empathy.

“On The Media“ by WNYC. I‘ve written of OTM here before, the hour-long weekly investigation into how the media shapes our worldview. I mention it again because this is a time of polarized, tribal politics and ratcheting anger at “the other side“. We‘ve all caught ourselves at it. Brooke and Bob show us how choices made by media professionals frame our reactions. Try it for the enlightenment, stay for the exchange between hopeful, rational Brooke and doom-and-gloom Bob.

“Trump Inc.” is not an antidote to the emotional convulsion of the election season. It’s a true-crime podcast about the President’s business dealings by ProPublicaand Slate. If Dems are able to re-take Congress, this investigative podcast is working through the long list of items for congressional committees to tackle. Try it for the connections between Trump‘s Presidency and his profits, stay for the leads sent in by listeners.

– Tanya Lolonis, Member-at-Large, Solidarity Sundays Coordinator

 

Podiumsdiskussion: Die USA nach den Wahlen

Das International Institute for Peace (IIP) freut sich Sie auf die bevorstehende Veranstaltung aufmerksam zu machen und herzlich einzuladen!

Moderation:

  • Hannes Swoboda, Präsident, International Institute for Peace (IIP)

Podiumsteilnehmer:

  • Eric Frey, der Standard
  • Heinz Gärtner, International Institute for Peace (IIP), Universität Wien
  • Dardis McNamee, Zeitschrift Metropole
  • Eva Nowotny, ehem. Österr. Botschafterin in Washington DC
  • Elisabeth Rosenstock-Siller, US-Botschaft

Inhalt:

Kurz nach den Zwischenwahlen in den USA lädt das International Institute for Peace zu einer Podiumsdiskussion ein um folgende Fragen zu diskutieren:

Was waren die Gründe des Wahlergebnisses? Ist Präsident Donald Trump gestärkt oder geschwächt? Was bedeutet das Wahlergebnis für die Demokratische, was für die Republikanische Partei? Welchen Weg nehmen die USA nach den Zwischenwahlen? Was sind die innen- was die außenpolitischen Konsequenzen der Wahlen?

Im Anschluss lädt das IIP zu Getränken und Snacks

Die Veranstaltung findet in Deutsch statt

WHEN: Thursday, November 8, 19:00-21:00

WHERE: International Institute for Peace, Möllwaldplatz 5/2, 1040 Wien

REGISTER: https://www.iipvienna.com/registration/

Sie finden diese Veranstaltung auf unserer Homepage www.iipvienna.com/events sowie auf Facebook www.facebook.com/IIPVIENNA

Mit der Teilnahme an der Veranstaltung stimmen Sie der Veröffentlichung von Fotos und Filmaufnahmen, die im Rahmen der Veranstaltung entstehen, zu.

Um keine weiteren Zusendungen mehr zu erhalten, schreiben sie bitte an registration@iip.at.


DAATALKS: TIMOTHY SNYDER

DA Austria welcomed Professor Timothy Snyder for a fascinating and lively talk at the Republikanischer Club in Vienna’s 1st District on October 24, 2018. Timothy Snyder is a Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in Central and Eastern Europe and the Holocaust. He is also a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen) in Vienna. Additionally, Snyder’s ability to speak, write, and read eleven European languages gives him a unique insight into the countries he writes about. His books include: Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century, and most recently, The Road to Unfreedom: Russia Europe America.

What’s going on? Snyder posited that the current unpredictability – Trump, Brexit, the Polish government’s fictions – multiply faster than we can keep up and are causing us to lose our sense of time. Journalists are of course more important than ever as they are in the position to produce facts and therefore reinforce not only a past, but also a future. Without a past, we don’t feel the future. Without history we’re in an eternal present with events looping over and over again. The competing notions of time eternalin present day Russia and time inevitablein Europe is the conflict that manifests itself in Russian interference in European and American elections, the war in Ukraine and the destabilization of Syria.

What to do? Regardless how November 6th turns out, activism is key. To win in the long run we must address issues of economic inequality; we need to fill the public space with facts – not just point out the lies; we need to discuss and debate issues in the real world – not online or in social media – and support local news organizations which cannot be targeted by widespread bot campaigns.

The Road to Unfreedom is required reading for anyone interested in Professor Snyder’s central question: How did we get here?

– Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, Chair


VORARLBERG’S GOING VIRAL

In the late spring of 2017, Stephanie Don of the Vorarlberg Chapter received a couple of names of people whose data were being updated in the Democrats Abroad Austria (DAA) records when she asked whether there were any other expats living in her newly established home. Without much ado, she contacted them and then they were four.

Paul and Andrea Miller, Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger and Stephanie began planning regular meet-ups, talking about what was going on and subsequently crying into their glasses of wine, beers or tea (depending on who you ask). As the meetings rotated between the three homes, the snacks turned into dinners and great discussions about travelling and food and all sorts of things beyond politics until, one night, Paul said, “We gotta do something that makes a difference." In other words, how were we going to make an impact? DAA stopped developing into Dining for Americans Abroad and returned to its Democrats Abroad Austria roots. Ideas were batted about amidst the wine bottles and then someone said, “We’ve got to make something that will go viral. Like a YouTube video or something.” Chrystyna grabbed a sheet and, during the brainstorming session, came up with a story board called “The Four Seasons”, which quickly turned into “How far would YOU go to get the vote out?”. In the midst of the six-month project, Yungjin joined the group and offered the postal service kiosk you see in the film, as well as the editing services. The group is now — with newcomers Patricia and Paul Baker — officially six members, not including non-American spouses and partners.

We hope you enjoy the video! How Far Would YOU Go to Get the Vote Out?

– Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger, DAA Vorarlberg member


October Newsletter

In this issue:

Events:

  • Young Dems Pub Night
  • Experienced Dems Meet-up
  • DAATalks: Timothy Snyder
  • Sol Sun #18
  • Election Night Party
  • Thanksgiving

Midterm Elections:

  • 2018 General Election Deadlines - by State
  • Texas Voters – Alert!
  • Pennsylvania Voters – Alert!
  • Help! I haven’t received my ballot!
  • Embassy Pouch

Issues & Actions:

  • #Cycle for Sanity
  • Webinar: Dan Pfeiffer from Pod Save America
  • Webinar: Equal Rights Amendment

Reviews:

  • Phonebanking Parties
  • Fiesta Fundraiser
  • Solidarity Sundays

 


Events:

Young Dems Pub Night

We're looking forward to meeting many of our new young dems who recently became members and registered to vote at our voter registration tables at Webster and IES. Bring along anyone you know who hasn't yet requested their ballot – we'll have our printer with us and can help you with any questions you might have!

WHEN: October 11, 6:30pm - 10:00pm

WHERE: Beaver Brewing Company

CONTACT: Ashley E. Arreola · Ashley_arreola@yahoo.com· +43(0) 650 374 9481

 

Experienced Dems September Meet-up

Join our group of experienced democrats for a friendly meet-up! All ages are welcome. Visit us on facebook.

WHEN: October 16, 2018 at 6-9pm

WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, Vienna 1010

CONTACT: John Cahill · jmcahill47@yahoo.com

 

 

DAATalks with Professor Timothy Snyder

DAA is honoured to once again welcome Timothy Snyder to our DAATalkslecture series. Professor Snyder will discuss his new book, “The Road to Unfreedom”, and answer our questions.

We expect this event to be sold out! Professor Snyder spoke at the opening of the Humanities Festival to a room of approximately 500 people in a Festsaal in the Vienna’s Rathaus. This will be an opportunity for our members to listen to and ask questions of Professor Snyder in a small venue. Be sure to RSVP to secure a place for you and your non-American guests by October 17, 2018. At that point we will open reservations to members of the Republikanischer Club. Professor Snyder spoke at the opening of the Humanities Festival to a room of approximately 500 people in a Festsaal in the Vienna’s Rathaus. This will be an opportunity for our members to listen and ask questions to Professor Snyder in a small venue.

We have ordered a limited number of copies of Professor Snyder’s books, Road to Unfreedom and 20 Lessons on Tyranny, to be available for purchase at the event – he’ll also be signing books at the end of the evening. Let me know if you you’d like to pre-order a book(s) and we’ll reserve it for you. Please include the title and number of copies. 

Read more about Professor Snyder’s new book in the Guardian

 

 

WHEN: October 24, 2018 at 4-6pm

WHERE: Republikanischer Club, Rockhgasse 1, Vienna 1010

CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper chair@democratsabroad.at

RSVP REQUIRED: democratsabroad.org

 

 

Solidarity Sundays 18

The Lucrative Business of US Prison

Civics Lessons continue at Solidarity Sundays.

On October 28th, DAA members are invited to attend Solidarity Sundays Vienna #18, where we will explore the complex issues of America’s justice and prison systems. We will learn about the system’s contours – How many Americans are incarcerated? How do we compare with other nations? Who is incarcerated? What are the social and economic costs? -- and the major players -- Who contributed to the crisis? Who benefits from it? Who is trying to reform it? We’ll turn our attention to policy choices being discussed and learn of some surprising reform allies. Is this an issue that can rise above partisan politics? Is there anything you can do to support reform from Austria? At a dark time in American politics, join us to shine much-needed light on this uniquely American crisis.This is the last Solidarity Sunday before the November 6th midterm elections. Help decide where Solidarity Sundays go from here. We’re a grassroots effort, and work best when we reflect the priorities of our members. Tell us you’re coming hereor on Facebook.

Bring a friend.

Visit us on facebook.

WHEN: October 28, 2018 at 4-6pm

WHERE: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, Vienna 1070

CONTACT: Juan David Cerda · juandcerda@gmail.com

 

 

Election Night Party

We've canvassed, we've phone-banked, we've voted, and on election night we'll be watching for the wave! Join us for dinner and drinks and stay late as the election results come in.

WHEN: November 6, 2018 at 7-?

WHERE: TBA

CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · chair@democratsabroad.at

RSVP: democratsabroad.org

 

 

Thanksgiving

Join DA Austria at our annual Thanksgiving Dinner. This year’s Feast with all the Fixings will be held at the Melker Stiftskeller in Vienna’s first district.

WHEN: November 22, 2018, 7-11pm

WHERE: Melker Stiftskeller, Schottengasse 3, 1010 Vienna

CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · chair@democratsabroad.at

RSVP REQUIRED: democratsabroad.com

 


November 6 Midterm Elections

 

2018 General Election Deadlines - by State

You should have already received your ballot. If you haven't contact your Local Election Official. When you receive your ballot, don't wait to send it in! Check the your States deadlines here.

 

 

Texas Voters – Alert!

You may have seen the news that TX rejected 2400 voter registrations that used Vote.org's camera signature capture method. Vote.org says they are challenging the decision--while getting the hard copies in to TX by the deadline--so we're keeping an eye on it and hope that the site will be back online soon.

But couple of things to remember about TX:

  • Oct 9thdeadline is to register to vote for a full ballot (federal and state)
  • TX voters have until Oct 26th to register to vote for a federal-only ballot (or for registered voters to request either type of ballot). Federal voters can still vote against Ted Cruz and for Beto O’Rourke.
  • TX only allows overseas voters to vote in state elections if they "intend to return"-- although there is no state income tax -- so there's no state tax downside to saying "intend to return" if that's even a remote possibility
  • Overseas voters can return FPCAs by email without the need for a hardcopy follow-up and are encouraged to do so rather than use fax return. See https://www.fvap.gov/guide/chapter2/texas:

"IMPORTANT NOTE: Under new state law effective December 1, 2017, a timely faxed FPCA must be followed with a hard-copy mailed FPCA that must be received by the early voting clerk by the fourth business day after the fax. This rule does not apply to an emailed FPCA. Texas strongly recommends using email transmission instead of faxing if you wish to use the fastest delivery method for your FPCA."

– Heidi Burch, DA GOTV Coordinator

 

 

Pennsylvania Voters – Alert!

Pennsylvania voters abroad have been unable to access the ballots that were emailed to them. After much back and forth with the DNC, the Election Assistance Commission, the Coordinated Campaigns in PA and the PA Democratic party and PA’s Dept of State agreed to allow voters abroad access to ballots through an email request. The solution is not perfect but the improvement is encouraging. Many thanks to the DNC Voter Protection team, Giulia Marchiori Ceresa, Carmelan Polce, Susan Schoenfeld Harrington, Jeffrey Cheng, Joe Smallhoover, Heidi Burch and Eileen Weinberg for their help pushing this important issue. DA’s International Secretary and PA voter made the local news.

Information for PA Absentee Voters Abroad

 

 

Voter Registration FAQ #24

“I haven’t received my blank ballot yet, what should I do?

  • Check your Spam folder (if requested electronically)
  • Contact LEO to find out why you didn’t receive a ballot
  • If your state requires a FPCA before FWAB: Verify FPCA received; if not, send in first
  • If your state allows a FWAB to register or request -- watch deadlines!
  • Go to FVAP or VFA to fill in a FWAB -- return immediately
  • If an official ballot comes later, vote and return immediately (if both received on time, only the official ballot will be counted)

How do I vote using the back-up ballot?

Email, Fax or Mail In: https://www.democratsabroad.org/fwab

Mail In Only: https://www.democratsabroad.org/fwab_mail

Read the entire list of FAQ's



Returning your ballot via the US Embassy

We received the following message from a member who made an enquiry at the embassy. They say it takes approximately 10 days, so be sure to drop it off ASAP if you plan to use their service!

“We can send your ballot via diplomatic pouch which will take about ten days. Just leave it with our reception desk. ...You may mail your ballot to the U.S. Embassy, ACS, Boltzmanngasse 16, 1090 Wien. Or you may submit it to the Consulate directly in person at U.S. Consulate, Citizen Services, Parkring 12a, A-1010 Vienna, Austria, Mon-Fri 8.00 am to 3.00pm.”

 


Issues & Actions:

 

#CycleForSanity

Hello Bikeathon (www.mmpbike.weebly.com) followers near and far! During the past few days we have made our way from Chicago to Hammond, Gary, Michigan City, and South Bend, learning from DNC Chair Tom Perez, Indiana State Chair John Zody, State Senator Karen Tallian, County Commissioner Dr. Vidya Kora, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

On October 3 we canvassed in Mishawaka, and on the 5th, we met with the ProKzooers, NextGen Michiganders, State Representative Candidate Terri McKinnon, and "local" microbrewer David Beaver at Bell's Brewery from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Among other things, we reported on the political work we have experienced and asked Kalamazooers to share with us their insights about campaigning in Southern Michigan. What can we do together to turn our ripples into a blue wave of progressive change in November?

Please join our "on-the-road" story, share it on your timeline, and talk to friends and family! Oh--and, if you are voting absentee, post a selfie with your enveloped ballot and encourage all to follow you!

– Bruce Murray, DAA Counsel

 

Webinar – Dan Pfeiffer of Pod Save America

Join us October 17, 2 PM DC time (8pm Austria), for a lively discussion on the current American political scene in the US with Dan Pfeiffer of Pod Save America.

RSVP below to reserve a spot for the webinar which will be both informative and a call to action.

If you have questions you would like asked during the call, please send via email before October 14, to webinars@democratsabroad.orgwith the subject line "Questions Webinar with Dan Pfeiffer."

Dan's Biography:

Our speaker tonight is the beloved Dan Pfeiffer from Pod Save America. After the 2008 presidential election, he ran the communications office for the Obama-Biden Transition team. Less than a year later, Pfeiffer was named White House Communications Director. He remained in this role for the entire first term of the Obama presidency. He was then promoted to Senior Advisor for Strategy and Communications until he left the administration in 2015.

In January, 2017, Crooked Media launched the popular progressive political podcast, Pod Save America, with the Thursday edition hosted by Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer. His book, Yes we (still) can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter and Trump, was published in June of this year. It is 'An irreverent, no-B.S. take on the crazy politics of our time'

WHEN: October 17, 2018 at 2-3:30pm (DC)/8-9:30pm (Austria)

WHERE: Zoom Webinar

CONTACT: webinars@democratsabroad.org

RSVP: Dan Pfieffer from Pod Save America Webinar

 

 

Equal Rights Amendment Project & Webinar

The Global Women’s Caucus is pleased to announce the kick-off to our Equal Rights Amendment project.

Check out our ERA Wiki Page.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Oct 16 2PM EDT to hear from the executive director, Kamala Lopez, of Equal Means Equal. She will be sharing with us information about why the ERA is important for women’s rights, what their organization is doing to help, and why it is so important to vote for state legislature candidates that support ERA in the 13 states where it has not yet been ratified. It should be an exciting hour. More details are forthcoming with the RSVP link. Please save the date.

The webinar is the only planned ERA activity until after the election. Then we have several things planned to help make the ERA not just a proposed amendment but actually part of the constitution.

– Shari Temple, DA Global IT Team Chair, DA Germany Voting Representative

WHEN: October 16, 2018 at 2-3:30pm (DC)/8-9:30pm (Austria)

WHERE: Zoom Webinar

CONTACT: webinars@democratsabroad.org

RSVP: Equal Means Equal ERA Webinar

 


Reviews:

 

Phonebanking Parties

During August and September, DA Austria made phone-banking fun by hosting a series of parties to help volunteers get trained on the new CallHub calling system. In all, more than 30 volunteers have been telephoning our members in Austria. Globally, Austria came in 5th place in Vote From Abroad usage with 87% of our membership!

Big thanks to Tanya, Caitlin, Marcy, Salem, Juan, and Faith for organizing and hosting. And thanks to all those volunteers who overcame any initial hesitancy and spent literally hours reaching our members!

We’re now calling flippable states – want to help?

Help others vote! After you have requested your ballot and voted you can help by making calls to other DA Members to encourage them to register and to vote. You call using your computer, so there's no charge to you, and will be connected with other DA members from flippable States throughout the world. For more information about DA's phonebanking system and how to sign up, please go to our website.

 

 

Fiesta FunRaiser

35 amigos and amigas got together at Tanya’s home on September 29 for a Fiesta FunRaiser to support DA Austria’s get out the vote efforts. Both the margaritas and the buffet – enchiladas rice, beans, empanadas, salad, and blue wave cookies – were overflowing! Attendees took a swing at a piñata and won some great donated raffle prizes, which included a copy of Woodward’s new book, Fearand a signed edition of Timothy Snyder’s, Road to Unfreedom. Thanks to everyone who came and supported our efforts!

 

 

Solidarity Sundays “Know Thy Enemy“

On September 29th a band of Solidarity Sundays activists looked deeply into the emerging picture of Trump supporters. Five distinct groups exist within the Trump voting bloc, and a couple of them are open to sensible political appeals. The key is knowing what energizes them and speaking to shared priorities and issues. One core group remains out of reach, and it’s instructive to understand why. Conventional wisdom after the 2016 election was that economic suffering drove Trump’s base. Political scientists now debunk this analysis. Their finding: white, Christian, male voters supported -- and continue to support -- Trump out of fear their social status is dwindling. The successful GOP weaponization of #MeToo during the Kavanaugh nomination process demonstrates the political potency of resentment. In 1992 voter concerns were captured by the motto “It’s the economy, Stupid”; in 2016 what resonated was “It’s the culture, Stupid”. How to reason with a Trump supporter? A popular tactic that doesn’t work : mocking them. Pointing out their mistaken choice is instinctive to many Democrats, but it radicalizes rather than enlightens Trumpers. When everyone condemns them, they retreat into an extreme and hateful mindset. Solidarity Sundays attendees were treated to a terrific (and terrifically NSFW) Southpark episode to illustrate the phenomenon. Have a look at this nuanced and insightful analysis here – and have a think.

 


Member’s Corner:

 

Austrian Tax Information for Expats

The Vienna Business Agency has organized an information evening for expats to learn more about general Austrian tax and social security conditions.

Tax experts from Deloitte will be giving an overview of tax and social security issues related to your employment in Austria, especially filing due dates and deductible expenses.

WHEN: October 17, 2018 at 12-1pm

WHERE: Expat Center, Schmerlingplatz 3, 1010 Vienna

RSVP:Tax Information