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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
Ronald Schlundt
| Treasurer, Germany
Rebekah Rollo
| Voting Rep & Co-Counselor, Germany
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    2019 DA Germany ExCom Candidate Statments

    The statements from pre-announced candidate's for DA Germany's Executive Committee 2019 election are posted via this Google Sheet, for optimal reader interface.

    Floor nominations during the Annual General Meeting in Heidelberg will also be possible, such candidate will simply not be able to make a written statement ahead of the meeting itself. Please contact dag-elections@democratsabroad.org with any questions.

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    DA Germany Executive Committee Elections

    Call for Nominations for

    Positions on the Executive Committee

    "It’s up to us!"

    President Obama left us with this message in his farewell address. Every day since Nov. 8 (2016), we are seeing more clearly the challenges and opportunities we will have. Throughout the Trump presidency we will need to heed Obama’s call to “show up, dive in and stay at it."

    Democrats Abroad Germany (DAG), the official arm of the Democrat Party for U.S. citizens living in Germany, is united in our support of environmental protections, policy grounded in scientific inquiry, women's rights, LGBTQ equality, the fundamental reform of our criminal justice, immigration, and education systems, and universal access to health care, child care, and maternity leave - among other issues.

    With 12 chapters across Germany, as well as precinct groups in medium-sized cities which cooperate with our larger chapters, DAG's Country Committee is the third largest DA committee in the world, and our leaders work hard to represent and connect DAG's diverse and active members.

    Democrats Abroad Germany will elect a new Executive Committee (ExCom), the leadership of DAG. The ExCom is elected for a two-year term and includes five officer positions:

    Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, DPCA Voting Representative (6-7 positions)

    and six at-large project coordinators:

    Events & Fundraising Coordinator, GOTV (Get Out The Vote) Coordinator, Chapter Development Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Media Contact, Database & IT Coordinator

    to be elected at the

    2019 DA-Germany Annual General Meeting

    In Heidelberg on the weekend of February 22nd

    We seek members motivated to help Democrats win races at all levels of our political process for the 2020 U.S. General Elections.
    Join the leadership of DAG to do your part for Democrats activism to counter the policy being put in place by the new Republican Administration and to promote the Democratic message.
    As part of the ExCom you will also build experience, broaden your network, have fun and meet great people! There will be plenty of opportunity and demand.

    We provide you with job descriptions, to find the fitting ExCom position for you.

    Contact the Nominations and Elections Committee if you have any questions and to submit your candidate statement to DAG-Elections@democratsabroad.org

    Applications must be received 4 weeks days before the election, i.e. Jan 25th. A candidate statement may be added, though, the earlier the better, as we want to send out a link to the candidate statements three weeks before the election.

    Floor nominations are permitted at the meeting, but these candidates wouldn't benefit from candidate statements.

    Kind regards,

    The Nominations and Elections Committee 2019

    DAG-Elections@DemocratsAbroad.org

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 07:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Eschenbräu in Berlin, Germany

    February Political Pub Night – Eschenbräu

    Come join Democrats Abroad Berlin for our monthly political pub night at Eschenbräu on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019.

    It's a great chance to find folks to discuss the recent midterm election results with, to learn about what's planned in the coming weeks with Democrats Abroad and other political orgs in Berlin, or just unload about what's been going on back stateside.

    Eschenbräu is located in Wedding a few steps from U-Bahn Leopoldplatz, on the U9 and U6 lines.

    Stop by for the famous home brewed beers and great German food in a fun Berlin atmosphere, stay for the the good company of fellow Democrats and progressives.

    Bring friends and liberal-leaning folks interested in drinking a beer with Berlin's best political group! We're looking forward to seeing you all.

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

    Friday, February 22, 2019 at 06:00 PM through February 24, 2019 · 35 rsvps

    DAG 2019 Annual General Meeting in Heidelberg

     

    Join members of Democrats Abroad Germany in Heidelberg in February to discuss our plans and to elect a new Executive Committee for 2019!

    2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Heidelberg
    Friday, February 22nd – Sunday, February 24th
    Heidelberg Center for American Studies
    Saturday Dinner at Palais Prinz Carl

    Every year Democrats Abroad Germany gathers in person to discuss issues and plan our activities for the coming year. In addition to these discussions, we will also be electing our new Executive Committee (ExCom). These are the leaders of DA Germany and includes several officers and six at-large project coordinators. Please look at the job descriptions and contact the Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) should you have any questions about any aspect of the elections or the positions that will be open: dag-elections@democratsabroad.org.
    Registration is now open: https://goo.gl/forms/RNoftO7Tadjom0912

    Every year Democrats Abroad Germany gathers in person to discuss issues back home and plan our activities for the coming year. This year, the main focus of this meeting will be the election of our new Executive Committee (ExCom). This meeting also is a chance to learn more about how you can be an active part of the organization, meet other democrats living in Germany and give your input on the DAG political process.

    Participants are welcome to arrive in Heidelberg on Friday, February 22nd to attend a welcome reception hosted by the Heidelberg chapter at the Center for American Studies. Snacks and drinks will be available and there will be a performance by Die Schrillmänner, a barber shop quartet including a Heidelberg member.

    The official meeting will begin Saturday morning at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. Throughout the day, there will be a book sale to help fundraise for the Heidelberg Chapter. Our meeting on Saturday will focus on the goals of DAG for 2019 and how we want to begin our preparations for 2020. We will organize several breakout sessions for Saturday morning and then Saturday afternoon will be focused on electing the new Executive Committee, which will be responsible for leading DAG for the next two years.

    On Saturday evening, we will have a dinner at Palais Prinz Carl featuring guest speaker Victoria Zyp, an experienced movement builder and trainer across many advocacy settings, in the United States and abroad. She has managed electoral and legislative advocacy programs for campaigns from the local to national level. Currently, Victoria works for the National Democratic Institute in Algeria, where she leads technical assistance programs to Algerian political parties. We will also announce the winners of the raffle prizes and have a dance.

    Stipends for Attending the AGM

    DAG understands the accompanying financial cost of attending the AGM. We want to make sure that as many members are able to attend as possible and one’s financial situation should not be the deciding factor. Therefore, DAG will be offering up to 8 stipends that will cover attendance on Saturday, the gala dinner on Saturday night, and up to 50 EUR in transportation reimbursement. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 25th and recipients will be notified by Monday, January 28th.

    If you are interested in applying for a stipend, please complete the following application: https://goo.gl/forms/9R8w479Peiwxw6ud2.

    Homestays in Heidelberg

    Homestays will be available thanks to the members of the Heidelberg chapter. If you are interested in having a homestay, please complete the following survey so that we can make sure you are matched with an appropriate host: "need a homestay" survey (https://goo.gl/forms/8SnU7oRxQ1RfujnK2)

    As soon as a homestay has been found, you will be contacted via email.

    For those in Heidelberg who would be willing to host another member of DAG, please fill out this survey to sign up as a host: "homestay host" survey (https://goo.gl/forms/JziXFd83dejz4tof1)

    For those interested in hotels, information about nearby hotels offering special rates for this event can be found here: https://goo.gl/S19N9Q