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In the current political climate, it's easy to forget that Democratic candidates made gains in the House, the Senate, and won the popular vote for President by nearly 3 million votes. There is no electoral mandate for the attack now underway on our civil liberties, our public institutions and lands, our federal agencies and regulations, or our fellow citizens and residents based upon their country of origin, their faith, their sexual orientation, or any other personal identifier. We are standing together against these threats and preparing for the midterm elections -- won't you join us?
 
Democrats Abroad Germany (DAG) is the official arm of the Democratic Party for U.S. citizens living in Germany. DAG has 10 chapters across the country (to find the chapter nearest you, please click on “Chapters” above), as well as precinct groups in medium-sized cities which cooperate with our larger chapters. We are united in our support of environmental protections, policy grounded in scientific inquiry, women's rights, LGBTQ equality, fundamental reform of our criminal justice, immigration, and education systems, universal access to health care, child care, and maternity leave, among other issues. Given that many of us have benefited from exactly such fundamental policies in our country of residence, Democrats Abroad leads progressive policy proposals within our party, backed up by our lived experiences.
If you feel that the time for complacency has passed, you are in good company! Our country committee is one of DA’s largest, and our leaders work hard to represent and connect DAG's diverse and active members. At our monthly meetings, you can connect with other like-minded Americans in your area to discuss political developments at home as well as plan our response here, be it calling or mailing campaigns to our representatives or protests and demonstrations in our communities abroad. DAG also plans numerous annual events of interest to Americans abroad -- from an Oktoberfest extravaganza in Munich, to a Young Dems Thanksgiving pumpkin pie mingler and fundraiser in Berlin, from the Labor Day picnic in Kaiserslautern, to Fourth of July picnics in every chapter, from CSD and Pride representation at June events across Germany, to the monthly First Friday political discussion in Heidelberg – and much, much more. Our members receive regular invitations to our events by email. If you're not yet a member, join in just two minutes under the Join tab above.
 
Democrats Abroad supports every American abroad in registering to vote and casting their ballots from overseas. These get out the vote (GOTV) efforts are 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 US! Together with other DA country committees from around the globe, we're making the specific issues faced by overseas Americans known on Capitol Hill. There are many ways for us to make our voices heard, even an ocean away -- please share your questions and your enthusiasm for politics with us! Register with your local chapter today to receive notification of the next DAG activities in your area.
 
We look forward to meeting you!

DA Germany Leadership:

Owen Jappen
| Chair, Germany
Hilary Bown
| Vice Chair, Germany
Ron Schlundt
| Treasurer, Germany
Rebekah Rollo
| Voting Rep & Co-Counselor, Germany
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    Veterans Crisis Line - Call If You Need Help

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    Feeling anxious or alone and thinking about suicide are some of the signs that a Veteran may be in crisis. No matter what you are experiencing, there is support for getting your life back on track. A trained responder will answer your call, text, or chat and ask you a few questions. You can decide how much you want to share.

    Veterans Crisis Line - Call If You Need Help

    The Military Crisis Line is staffed by caring, qualified responders from VA. Many are Veterans themselves. They understand what Service members have been through and the challenges that members of the military and their loved ones face.

    • In Europe call 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118 *.  In Europe, toll-free service may not be available through all carriers or in all countries.
    • In Korea call 0808 555 118 or DSN 118
    • In Afghanistan call 00 1 800 273 8255 or DSN 111

    Dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to reach Veterans Crisis Line may work in some areas, dependent on location and phone carrier.

    Dialing the local US Embassy and request a transfer to the Veterans Crisis Line

    Online: Through Veterans Chat, 24/7. Veterans may chat online with a Veterans Crisis Line Responder; or, if preferring to speak on the phone, he or she may provide a phone number to the Veterans Crisis Line Chat Responder and a Veterans Crisis Line Phone Responder will call him or her directly.

    Text (838255) It may work in some overseas areas but depends on the carrier and location.

    For more information here: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ActiveDuty.aspx 

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    September 2018 Newsletter

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    Primary season is almost at an end and there are 60 days until the midterm elections. There is even less time until the cutoff date for overseas voters to request their ballots. If you have not registered to vote/requested your ballot, now is the time. Go to Votefromabroad.org and do it today! 

    If your state's primary has already occurred and you didn’t receive a ballot for that election, you probably not registered. There is still time to request a ballot for the general election in November. Every American can vote in this election so please request your ballot.  Democrats Abroad are the margin of victory in lots of race. Every vote counts!

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    If you are already registered, it doesn't hurt to check your registration at https://iwillvote.com/. This election is extremely important, don’t be disenfranchised.

    Do you need information on the candidates running in your state's elections?  You can use Ballotpedia’s Sample Ballot Lookup Tool. All you need is your voting address and you can find out who’s running in the various elections. There are links to the candidates' website’s, information on ballot measures and more. If your state has not had it’s primary elections yet, you can get information on primary candidates there too.


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    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 06:30 PM
    TBA (in Münster) in Münster, Germany

    DA Münster/Osnabrück Book Club

    Friday, September 28, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Der Andechser im Ratskeller in Wiesbaden, Germany

    September Meeting - Focus on Voting

    Join us for our September Meeting where the focus will be on the upcoming election, November 6th.

    We will be discussing the outcomes of the various primaries throughout the US. Please come prepared to share the elections in your respective state (for those wishing to do this).