Last year worldwide, more than a million people went into the streets on April 22, 2017 to demonstrate that scientific knowledge is a non-negotiable foundation of the discourse of our society. In Germany there were 22 marches with more than 37,000 participants. This was the second-largest number worldwide after the US.
This year on April 14, 2018, we unite again to hold our elected and appointed officials responsible for enacting equitable evidence-based policies that serve all communities and science for the common good.
A change is on the horizon and so is a new generation of voters. On March 24th, hundreds of thousands of students and concerned citizens came together at one of the 830 March For Our Lives events held worldwide. Take a look at the photos of our solidarity events held by our chapters in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Munich, and Wiesbaden-Mainz. Our marches were featured on the New York Times and the Berlin Youth Caucus Coordinator, Chris Sauca, was profiled by KCRW Berlin about his participation in the march.
Thank you to everyone who attended an event or participated in the Democrats Abroad Virtual March. We hope these marches were a wake-up call for our politicians, but as primary season gets under way, it’s important that we make sure all those living abroad know that they can and should vote. We need an assault weapons ban and we need to show our elected officials that we will no longer accept their lack of action by voting in the elections this year and electing those that will make change! Enough is enough!
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The President of the United States of America has started his second year in office with further efforts to isolate the country from the rest of the world, and divide its population. His actions are still largely backed by the Republican-majority Congress. This November is a real opportunity to shift that balance and achieve a Democratic majority in the Senate, House of Representatives and local legislatures. From abroad, there is a lot we can do to take part in the effort to Get Out The Vote. To find out more, join us at this next chapter meeting. We are also looking for your ideas about how to most effectively get as many citizens abroad taking part in the upcoming elections.
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Democracies die in three stages: the election of an authoritarian leader, the concentration and abuse of governmental power and finally, the complete repression of opposition and citizens. So say Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky in their relatively new book "How Democracies Die." Join us for a spirited discussion on the book's findings and what they mean for our future.
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