Hamburg Chapter Chair; DPCA Representative

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  • is hosting Final Friday Pub Night 2019-02-26 16:41:24 -0500

    Final Friday Pub Night

    Join us as we wrap up the month of March with our Final Friday Pub Night. It's a great way to meet other Americans, talk about current events and politics, and maybe play a fun game or two. So put your thinking caps on and join us for a drink! 

    WHEN
    March 29, 2019 at 7am
    WHERE
    Braugasthaus Altes Mädchen
    Lagerstraße 28B
    Hamburg 20357
    Germany
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  • Political Book Club Listens to Seeing White Podcast Part II

    "Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth, it’s an old story.

    Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?

    Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series."

    Join DA Hamburg's Political Book Club for our second discussion of Scene on Radio's Seeing White, an eye-opening and thought-provoking podcast series on whiteness. You can listen here https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/ or where ever you stream your podcasts. 

    WHEN
    March 24, 2019 at 2pm
    WHERE
    Mathilde Literature & Café
    Bogenstraße 5
    Hamburg 20144
    Germany
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  • An Evening with Author Claudia Clark

    MY PARTNER, MY FRIEND
    by Claudia Clark

    Bookclub Reading and Discussion

    22 January 2019

    When was the last time you heard a politician say: "It´s fun to work together"? It may seem like a lifetime ago, but those words were spoken by President Obama describing his relationship with Chancellor Angela Merkel. We were privileged to hear these and other revelations during the evening our Bookclub spent with Claudia Clark, author of My Partner, My Friend.

    Exhaustively researched, the book details a relationship that started with caution, progressed into trust, and grew into friendship. Especially in today´s polarized world, it seems almost quaint to observe the interaction between the two leaders who were able to relax with each other while tackling the world´s problems because of their own authenticity and their affinity and respect for each other.

    Claudia, a Democrats Abroad member, was compelled to write the book because, especially in light of what is happening today, it is instructive to re-examine how personal relationships between those in power contribute to peace. What has been lost—communication, working through differences, the willingness to compromise—should be a lesson for us all. We look forward to reading more when the book is published, both in English and in German.

    Text by Maryann Schmunk

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  • ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT FILING YOUR TAXES BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK!

    Tax Information Event for Americans Living Abroad

    Saturday, 2 February 2019

    Following a tradition of offering information for all Americans living Abroad, we were pleased that once again, certified public account David Opperman agreed to talk us through the responsibilities and potential confusions involved in tax filing from abroad. The room was packed to capacity on this grey afternoon as David patiently described what most of us found to be a confusing set of rules navigating between the German and American tax systems. There was plenty of time for questions and the attentive group was visibly relieved by the end of the afternoon, even finding comical moments despite the serious subject matter. After listening to what some people have gone through in the past, and how hard it is to receive answers, we can only express our gratitude to David for his advice once again.

    *The generous support of the SPD made it possible to hold this event in the heart of Hamburg.

    Text by Maryann Schmunk

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