DA International Chair; Immediate Past DA Germany Chair

  • published Call for Applications in News 2021-07-21 18:21:32 -0400

    Call for Applications: Global Team Leaders

    As we move towards 2022 and 2024, Democrats Abroad’s newly elected International Executive Committee is determined to make our systems and structures even more diverse, professional, and sustainable––and ultimately more effective for our work ahead. 

    In order to do so, we are currently building robust global teams and, for the first time ever, doing a call for applications for global caucus, committee, and task force leadership positions. Our goal is to have an inclusive, transparent, and fair appointment process. We need you to be a part of our work!

    Applications will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. EDT on August 1, 2021, and after consulting with the DA International Committee, the DA International Chair will make appointments around August 9, 2021. All members of Democrats Abroad are encouraged to apply and to share the call for applications with other U.S. citizens who might be interested.

     

    Available Positions

    Advocacy Coordinator

    Caucus Chairs (individual positions for: Asian-American and Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Progressive, Veteran and Military Families, Women’s, and Youth Caucuses)

    Caucus Coordinator

    Design Coordinator

    Membership Engagement Coordinator

    Events Coordinator

    Fundraising Coordinator

    Get-Out-The-Vote Coordinator (Americas Region)

    Get-Out-The-Vote Coordinator (Asia-Pacific Region)

    Get-Out-The-Vote Coordinator (Europe, Middle East, and Africa Region)

    Internal Communications Coordinator

    IT Coordinator

    Press Coordinator

    Social Media Manager

    Task Force Chairs (individual positions for: Equal Rights Amendment, Medicare Portability, Reparations, Taxation Task Forces)

    Voter Assistance Coordinator

    Vote From Abroad Coordinator

     

    Democrats Abroad is committed to the values and practices of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, with opportunities to provide and the ability to take feedback and learn. It is our policy to recruit, train, promote, and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, pregnancy, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity, disability, or any other legally protected basis.


  • rsvped for Better Together: Know What to Do in 2022 2021-07-20 03:37:47 -0400

    Better Together: Know What to Do in 2022

    Get ready to vote from abroad and reach out to help others do the same! Together we can defend democracy in the crucial 2022 midterm elections.

    On Saturday, September 4, 2021, DAG will set up tables all over Germany and reach out online to let American citizens know we are here and ready to help them stay engaged with U.S. democracy.  Let’s get out there in person and on social media to find Americans to join us.

     

    New to Democrats Abroad? Sign up to receive a reminder postcard in January 2022! One and done – you’ll be set to receive every absentee ballot for the whole calendar year, from special elections to the all-important midterms.

    Already a member? Sign on to help with one of our ongoing initiatives, from coloring personal postcards to making phone calls, to joining in with Caucuses and State Teams. It’s all hands on deck to get out the vote for the high-stakes midterm elections! Sign on by contacting your chapter GOTV coordinator or by emailing [email protected] 

     

    Sign up or sign on and you qualify for our REGISTRATION PRIZE DRAW!

    Collect your ticket by visiting one of our tables in a city near you. 

    Receive extra tickets and up your chances by making a donation or bringing a friend to join. 

     

    Democracy is not a spectator sport.

    We’re better together!

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    September 04, 2021 at 12am - September 05, 2021 at 12am
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  • rsvped for August 2021 Global Meeting 2021-07-07 09:30:12 -0400

    August 2021 Global Meeting

    Democrats Abroad will hold our follow-up August 2021 Global Meeting entirely online.
    The meeting will be held across the weekend of August 21-22.

    Day 1 - August 21

    Time - EDT Time - CET Time - HKT Time - UTC
    Check-in 08:00 AM 14:00 PM 20:00 PM 12:00 PM
    Meeting start 08:30 AM 14:30 PM 20:30 PM 12:30 PM

     

    Day 2 - August 22

    Time - EDT Time - CET Time - HKT Time - UTC
    Check-in 08:00 AM 14:00 PM 20:00 PM 12:00 PM
    Meeting start 08:30 AM 14:30 PM 20:30 PM 12:30 PM

    Democrats Abroad Global Meetings are possible thanks to participant donations. You will be redirected to the donation page after you RSVP.

    ** If you are not logged into your Nation Builder account, please make sure you enter your NationBuilder email for the RSVP.

    Links to the meetings will be emailed to all RSVPs during the week of August 9th. The tentative agenda is here

    Click Here to donate in support of the Global Meeting and DA's GOTV activities.

    Click Here to donate to the Travel Fund for the 2022 Global Meeting.

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    August 21, 2021 at 8am - August 22, 2021 at 11am
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  • published Happy Fourth of July 2021 in News 2021-07-04 13:31:09 -0400

    Happy Fourth of July 2021

    Democrats Abroad would like to wish Americans around the world a very happy 4th of July! We hope that you’re able to enjoy this moment with your friends and family. At the same time, we know that some of you, because of the situations in your host countries, cannot. Please know that you are in our thoughts on this Independence Day. To those of you living in countries without access to COVID vaccines, we are advocating on your behalf to the State Department, White House, and Congress to make vaccines available to all Americans overseas. 

    As we look at the United States from around the world, it’s clear that America is coming back – together. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan and the American Jobs Plan, people are being vaccinated, employment numbers are growing, and the US economy is recovering. This is thanks to the incredible hard work DA members like you did to help Americans overseas to vote blue in 2020. 

    But as we know, the work must continue – and today’s holiday reminds us of that. The 4th of July celebrates that moment in American history when we declared our independence and our right for the people to represent themselves in creating their government. At a time when Republicans are aggressively trying to suppress our voices, we need your help and active participation. Only together can we continue creating the government that we want and need. We hope you’ll join us in getting even more Americans abroad voting and engaged in the democratic process - a process that began in 1776 and continues today.

    In the meantime, we wish you a happy 4th of July!


  • published We all must keep pushing! in ERA Stories 2021-03-24 02:34:38 -0400

    We all must keep pushing!

    At its core, law is the expression of a society. It lays bare our ambitions, priorities, and boundaries as humans. It is the tangible and binding articulation of the society in which we want to live. The society I want to live in not only recognizes women and their contributions, but values them. It's one in which women aren't commanded to "shut their damn mouths and just let the men do the talking", as I was recently told. It's one where women are compensated fairly for their work. It's one in which women can "climb the ladder" as fast and obstacle-free as their male counterparts. While I don't think my vision of society is too far-fetched, it's unlikely to fully materialize without reassessing how women are (or rather aren't) recognized under United States law. Until legislators on both sides of the aisle prioritize ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, we cannot expect a culture that values women to take shape. That's why we all must keep pushing! Candice Kerestan -- Pennsylvania voter in Germany


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    Kendra Borgen's 2021 Birthday Fundraiser

    Having volunteered in politics since I was a teenager I have found a wonderful home within Democrats Abroad – an all volunteer organization.

    We run on blood, sweat, tears, & donations!

    During my time in Democrats Abroad leadership I’ve noticed how expensive it is to be involved. Going to regional and global meetings is fundamental in getting good work done and is important and instrumental in team building. However, it comes at each individual’s own expense.

    I believe everyone should be able to volunteer at the highest level and want to help keep these meetings accessible to people, who may not be as financially flexible, by fundraising for Democrats Abroad Travel Fund.

    I had hoped to spend my 40th Birthday in an exotic location but luckily I’m in Amsterdam and you can help me celebrate my 40th birthday virtually. Please help me reach my fundraising goal: $2021 in 2021 

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    I cannot wait until we can celebrate in person together again.

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  • Statement on Tina Chittom's Racist Remarks on Markus Lanz (de/en)

    Democrats Abroad Germany ist zutiefst empört über die hasserfüllten und rassistischen Kommentare, die Tina Chittom von Republicans Overseas Germany wiederholt im Rahmen der gestern ausgestrahlten Talkshow mit Markus Lanz getätigt hat. Denkweisen, die die Menschenwürde in irgendeiner Form missachten und fremdenfeindlichen Verschwörungstheorien dienen, lehnen wir strikt ab.

    Leider sind solche Denkweisen innerhalb der Republicans Overseas Germany weit verbreitet. Schon eine kurze Onlinerecherche der Organisation macht deutlich, dass diese nicht nur als Fundraising Super-PAC für Donald Trump fungiert, sondern auch, dass verschiedene Mitglieder der Gruppe nicht davor zurückschrecken, Minderheiten bewusst zu erniedrigen und menschenfeindliche eugenische Theorien zu verbreiten, indem sie beispielsweise Afro-AmerikanerInnen wiederholt als Kriminelle sowie Drogenabhängige diffamieren. Diese Tatsache hätte den ZDF-Redakteuren bewusst sein müssen, bevor sie sich dazu entschieden haben, Frau Chittom als Gast einzuladen.

    In diesem Zusammenhang müssen wir ebenfalls unsere Enttäuschung darüber ausdrücken, dass zahlreiche deutsche Medien den Republicans Overseas Germany trotz derartiger Ausfälle immer wieder eine Plattform bieten, um ihre abstoßenden Denkweisen zu verbreiten – und das häufig ohne VertreterInnen der Demokratischen Partei als argumentatives Gegenüber einzuladen. 

    Wir betrachten es als höchst inakzeptabel, Diskussionsrunden über Themen wie Rassismus in den Vereinigten Staaten zusammenzustellen, ohne dabei auf eine ausgewogene Gästeliste zu achten, die vor allem den Perspektiven von betroffenen Personengruppen Rechnung trägt. Als offizielles Organ der U.S.-Demokratischen Partei im Ausland vertritt Democrats Abroad Germany mehr als 16.000 U.S.-BürgerInnen in der Bundesrepublik, darunter viele deutschsprachige People of Color, die gerne bereit wären, über die politische Lage in den USA vor der Wahl zu diskutieren.


    Democrats Abroad Germany is disgusted by the hateful and racist comments that Tina Chittom of Republicans Overseas Germany repeatedly made during yesterday's talk show with Markus Lanz. We strictly reject ways of thinking that disregard human dignity in any form and advance xenophobic conspiracy theories.

    Unfortunately, such ideologies are widespread within Republicans Overseas Germany. A quick online search of the organization reveals that it not only functions as a fundraising Super PAC for Donald Trump, but that many members of the group do not shy away from consciously humiliating minorities and spreading hostile eugenic theories, for example by repeatedly defaming African Americans as criminals and drug addicts. It is unlikely that ZDF researchers and producers missed this before they decided to invite Ms. Chittom as a guest.

    In this context, we must also express our disappointment that, despite openly embracing such offensive views, numerous German news outlets continue to provide Republicans Overseas Germany with a platform to spread their repulsive ways of thinking – often without inviting representatives of the Democratic Party as an argumentative counterpart.

    We consider it highly unacceptable to host discussion panels on topics such as racism in the United States without paying attention to a balanced guest list – one that includes the perspectives of the people affected. As the official organ of the U.S. Democratic Party for Americans living overseas, Democrats Abroad Germany represents more than 16,000 U.S. citizens in the Federal Republic, including many German-speaking People of Color who would be willing to discuss the political situation in the United States before the election.

     


  • published Donate to DA Germany in News 2020-09-02 15:30:31 -0400

    Donate to Democrats Abroad Germany

    We are 100% volunteer-run — we have no paid staff or consultants and no offices. Our mission is to find and mobilize the more than 120,000 Americans living in Germany to vote. In 2016, it is estimated that only 17% of Americans in Germany actually voted. In that election year, we calculated that every Euro spent resulted in 3 new members/voters. Awareness of DA Germany and our mission is key!

    In 2020, we were able to be the margin of victory in a number of races thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and the numerous donations we received. We are already working to prepare for 2022 and its clear how important it will be for Democrats to maintain control of the Senate and House of Representatives. While we have little overhead, we do have costs for activities like mailings, phone banking, advertising, software, etc.

    Please join us and donate to turn out the American vote in Germany for Democrats!

    Account Name: Democrats Abroad Germany
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    For as little as €5.00 per month, you can ensure that DA Germany has the foundation we need to stay focused on our mission instead of spending our time fundraising to pay our bills. To schedule a direct deposit donation, please set up a “Dauerauftrag” from your German bank account using our account information below. We gladly accept donations in greater amounts!


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    We have swag! Our merchandise program also helps fund our voter outreach and education programs.

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  • published Dialing for Democracy Recap in News 2020-06-30 01:15:33 -0400

    Dialing for Democracy Recap

    On Flag Day, DA Germany phonebankers, along with volunteers from 11 other countries, came together to participate in Dialing for Democracy, a one-day call-a-thon and fundraiser. Our goal was to reach as many overseas voters as possible to remind them to request their absentee ballots for November, something you can do right now at www.votefromabroad.org. So how did it go?!

    Excellent! Our fantastic phonebankers, who were on the phone from 9am to 9pm, accomplished the following:

    • 8,316 calls were made worldwide
    • 1,171 voters were reached in Germany
    • $18,500 was raised from phonebankers’ generous family and friends who sponsored their calls

    Our top three callers in Germany included Nina T. (319 calls), Renee J. (219 calls), and Bartley G. (213 calls). Here's a picture of two volunteers, Saehee C. (left) and Beverly S. (right), making calls during Dialing for Democracy:

                                                                                         

    We rounded off the event with a live session on Facebook, which can be viewed here: http://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=3620422417974917.

    We were excited that this event struck the perfect combination of activism and fundraising needed for an election year like 2020! To all of our callers and donors, we say THANK YOU! Your efforts are what will keep us going strong through November!

    If you’d like to learn how to phonebank, please visit this page to sign up for upcoming training sessions: http://www.democratsabroad.org/de_phone_banking_and_vfa_training. If you’d like to make a financial contribution to Dialing for Democracy, you can do so here: http://www.democratsabroad.org/d4d_flagday_callathon_fundraiser.


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