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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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  • News

    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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    Phone Bank and Win!

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    As activists, we know how crucial the November 6th Mid-term elections are for our futures. Every glance at the news brings new outrage and feelings of despair. We also know that the best way to combat that helpless feeling is to do something to fight back.

    But what can we do now? Well, you don’t have to lead the whole parade to be an activist! The most valuable work we can do right now is to reach out to each other! Democrats Abroad is making an extra push to have our members personally call fellow members and remind them to register to vote.

    Everyone who signs up to phone bank is automatically entered to win. The top 4 call makers in September will receive a prize. Sign up today, help us win in the midterm election. You will be talking to your fellow Democrats, so most people will be happy to talk you. Phone banking it the most efficient way to get people to request a ballot. It's not cold calls. It's calling like-minded people. Many of them will miss the deadlines because they forget. Calling our members is the best way to ensure they request their ballots and vote.

    First Place Prize: 50 € Amazon Gift Card

    Second Place Prize: One ticket to the 2018 Munich Oktoberfest

    Third Place Prize: A bottle of Wild Turkey Rare Breed

    Fourth Place Prize: A bottle of Gin Sul made in Hamburg

    It is not too late, we still have hundreds of calls to make to reach all DA Germany members! You can choose from the “DA Germany Non-Berlin” or the “DA Germany-Berlin” campaign in the DA CallHub and talk directly to other DA members reminding them, not only to register to vote and request their ballot but to join the local chapter or precinct next meeting and events.

    DA uses an online system that lets you make no-cost calls from your computer. There is even an on-screen script for you to use. Please click below for a step-by-step guide on how to get started. Even 5 quick calls from each of us will go a long way in powering the blue wave that will transform Washington in November! Give it a try! Sign up for phone banking.

    Note: You will need Google Chrome to use Callhub. Download it here.

    If you have any questions please contact the international team at gotv@democratsabroad.org or
    Beverly at DAG-GOTV@democratsabroad.org  or Katie at katiesolon@yahoo.com

    Thanks for helping!

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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, September 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM through September 24, 2018 · 3 rsvps
    CIEE Global Institute in Berlin , Germany

    Stuttgart Women’s Caucus heads to Berlin!



    We’ve marched, we’ve phonebanked, we’ve registered and we are ready to pop our ballots into the mailbox and hope for that blue wave on November 6th.

    But then what?

    Join the Stuttgart Women’s caucus as we travel by train to Berlin for an all-day workshop that will help us re-focus, re-vitalize and re-empower us all for the fight ahead!

    We would like to get a large group together to make it more fun and more economical for us all.
    And we are especially hoping to get a men’s group together as well!

     

    Step 1: RSVP for the actual event in Berlin by clicking here

    Step 2: RSVP below or on our facebook page so that we can get an idea of numbers coming from our region, and make group reservations.
    We can work out shared hotel rooms and possible homestays as well.

    Step 3: when we know who’s coming we will work out details by pm/mail

    Monday, September 24, 2018 at 07:00 PM

    Last Week of Phonebanking - Cake and Calling!

    Our current phonebanking campaign to call all our members ends at the end of the month. To kick off a final week of (hopefully) productive calling, we'll be gathering at a member's house in Essen Rüttenscheid to make some calls, eat some cake, and talk about what else we can do to help take down the Republicans and President Trump.