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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:

Candice Kerestan
| Chair, Germany
Kenton Barnes
| Vice Chair, Germany
Ronald Schlundt
| Treasurer, Germany
Andrea Schwab
| Secretary, Germany
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  • News

    DAG March 2019 Newsletter

    Copy_of_AGM2019-GroupPhoto-IMG_0431.jpgDA Germany's former and current ExCom members at their first meeting on 24 February at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies.

     

    Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place from 22-24 February 2019 at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. Vielen Dank Heidelberg Chapter for a wonderful weekend and a well planned and executed event. Thanks to everyone who attended in person or on WebEx.

    Check out the photos from each day and videos from our 2019 AGM

    On Saturday, we successfully held our ExCom Elections. Here are the results:

    Candice Kerestan - Chair Kenton Barnes - Vice Chair
    Andrea Schwab - Secretary Ronald Schlundt - Treasurer
    Claudia Clark - GOTV Angela Fobbs - Communications
    Emily Lines - Events & Fundraising Susan Penrod - Database & IT
    Beverly Seebach - Media and Press Quaide Williams - Chapter Development

    Congratulations to everyone and we look forward to working with you to achieve our agenda and get out the vote for Democrats!  

    See the complete election results and the other members of our ExCom

    We honor and thank Owen Jappen and Hilary Bown for their immense service and dedication to Democrats Abroad. We're so grateful for everything they have done to make us successful in the past 2 years.

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    AGM Election Results - DAG Executive Committee 2019

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    Sound the fanfare! It's with great pleasure that we announce our 2019/2020 Executive Committee (ExCom). Congratulations to everyone. 

     

    Office

    Countrywide Officeholder

    Email Address

    Chair Candice Kerestan dag-chair@democratsabroad.org
    Vice Chair Kenton Barnes dag-vicechair@democratsabroad.org
    Secretary Andrea Schwab dag-secretary@democratsabroad.org
    Treasurer Ronald Schlundt DAG-Treasurer@democratsabroad.org

    Rebekah Rollo, Germany Legal Counsel

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    Upcoming Events

    Monday, March 25, 2019 at 06:00 PM

    Film Screening: Blindspotting – Young Dems Berlin

    Come to Democrats Abroad youth movie night to learn about relevant topics facing American society today! We will watch Blindspotting, a 2018 multi-dimensional film covering the topics of gentrification, white-on-black violence, police brutality, and racial identity. Afterwards, we will have a short discussion on the various themes brought up, and I will share sentiments that Daveed and Rafa have towards the town as well as the film.

    It’s not required, but RSVP to let us know you’re coming and please help out by sharing this event on Facebook.

    Contact: aline.spyrka@gmail.com

    Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 07:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum in Stuttgart, Germany

    America Divided: A Nation Split by its Partisan Lines?

    Join us at the DAZ for a discussion about the current state of American politics! Representatives of both the Democrats Abroad and Republicans Overseas will meet at the DAZ to take a stand on significant issues, and we invite you to attend the event and ask questions after the formal conversation.

    With: Kelsey McLendon, Chair of Democrats Abroad Germany – Stuttgart Chapter, Michael D. Pierce, PhD, Republicans Overseas Germany

    Moderated by: Dr. Martin Kilgus, Managing Director, ifa Akademie