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Overseas voters often make the difference in close races! With nearly 16,000 members, we are one of the largest country committees of Democrats Abroad  the official Democratic Party arm for the more than nine million Americans living outside the United States. 

We are a 100% volunteer organization with a presence throughout Germany. Our mission is to provide Americans living in Germany a voice in our government and to elect Democrats by mobilizing the overseas vote. Wherever you are in Germany, you can get involved today!

 

 

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DA Germany Leadership:

Kenton Barnes
| Chair, Germany
Emily Lines
| Vice Chair, Germany; Global Co-Chair, AAPI Caucus
Jennifer von Estorff
| Secretary, Germany; Göttingen-Hannover Vice Chair
Powen Shiah
| Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee; Treasurer, Germany; DPCA Representative, Germany
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  • News

    April 2021 News

    Spring has finally arrived – and not without many exciting updates from Democrats Abroad! Here is some of the most important news we have to share:

    I. DA Germany is proceeding full steam ahead under the leadership of our newly elected 2021-2023 Executive Committee. The election results are listed below. 

    II. Our chair and vice chair have special messages for all DAG members.

    III. The GOTV team is hard at work devising strategies to increase voter turnout. Learn how YOU can make a difference in the 2021 elections and 2022 midterms. 

    IV. Want to get involved in specific issue areas? DA’s Caucuses and local chapters have a lot of exciting events in store. 

    V. Germany members can get great deals on awesome gear – all for a good cause! 

    VI. Our communications teams are looking for volunteers

    Keep reading to find out more!


    I. Annual General Meeting & Elections

    On Saturday, March 20, we held our first-ever online elections at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). We appreciate everyone who took part in the process and are excited to welcome our newly elected national leadership team:

    Chair:
      Kenton Barnes

    Vice Chair:
      Emily Lines

    Secretary:
      Jennifer von Estorff

    Treasurer:
      Powen Shiah

    Chapter Development Coordinator:
      Matt LeMieux

    Communications Coordinator:
      Kaitlyn Kennedy

    Events & Fundraising Coordinator:
      Courtney Newman

    GOTV Coordinator:
      Teresa Ritterhoff

    Membership/IT Coordinator:
      Shari Temple

    Press Coordinator:
      Anya Leonhard

    DPCA Voting Reps:
      Vincienzo Cabrera
      Aileen Dinin 
      Angela Fobbs
      Antar Keith 
      Candice Kerestan 
      Pat Klipp 
      Matt LeMieux
      Anya Leonhard 
      Diego Rivas
      Robert V. Scott
      Powen Shiah
      Shari Temple 
      Quaide Williams

    We extend a huge THANK YOU to all outgoing leaders, including Candice Kerestan (former chair), Ron Schlundt (former treasurer), Quaide Williams (former chapter development coordinator), Angela Fobbs (former communications coordinator), Susan Penrod (former membership/IT coordinator), and Beverly Seebach (former press coordinator). 

    We also give a big round of applause to the Nomination and Elections Subcommittee, comprised of Susan Penrod, Nancy Schimkat, and Katie Solon, who ensured that the process ran smoothly and fairly. 

    We are so grateful for all these super volunteers have done to make 2020 a success! 


    II. Messages from Our Leaders

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    Dear Democrats Abroad Germany Members:

    I am honored to have been elected to serve you as Chair for the next two years and look forward to continuing the great work that my predecessor, Candice Kerestan undertook in her tenure as Chair: namely continue to register more new voters, to increase our membership, to better educate our membership about the importance of voting, especially about voting in down-ballot races, to assist both members and non-members with the voting process, to provide more programming for our members, and to improve our overall organizational structure. However, I cannot do this alone. In the coming weeks I will be reaching out to our leadership to get to know them and to put forth an agenda that will guide us for the next two years and help us attain the goals mentioned above.  I also look forward to meeting many of you, our volunteers, who work tirelessly to locate Americans in Germany and urge them to become engaged in the political process.  I am grateful to you for all the work you do. Please know that it does not go unnoticed. With your help, your energy and your dedication we will tackle and hopefully overcome the challenges that face us. Like Barack Obama said “A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.”  Like you, I am just an ordinary person, but together we will do extraordinary things to bring about the change that America needs today.

    Yours,

    Kenton E. Barnes, Ph.D.

    [email protected]

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    Hello! For those that don’t know me, I’m Emily Lines and I live in Berlin and vote in Indiana. I’m very excited to be the next Vice Chair of DA Germany. Thank you to all those that voted for me at the AGM (and to the NES for the well run election). I’ve had the pleasure of working with many people in DAG during my time as Vice Chair in Berlin and as the Events & Fundraising Coordinator the past four years. I’m so appreciative of all the work, energy, and time our outgoing leaders put into our organization. As we move ahead, I look forward to working with our newly elected leaders and even more of you to make sure we keep control of Congress in 2022. If you have questions, you’re welcome to reach me at [email protected].

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    Do you have questions about DA? Do you want to get to know our new chairs better? Then join Kenton and Emily for a virtual Meet and Greet on April 24 at 2:00 p.m. CEST. RSVP for more information. 


    III. GOTV Corner

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    Democrats Abroad Germany remains committed to our core mission of getting out the vote, and there are plenty of ways you can get involved. 

    Reminder: Overseas voters need to register every calendar year. Check your status atvotefromabroad.org and reach out with any questions! 

     

    Here’s what’s happening this April:

    • Special election in Texas (CD-6) on May 1. 

    Calling all Texans Abroad – We are currently building a global group to advocate for overseas and in-state voting rights, meet with state legislators and help flip races. Be sure to save the date for our Cinco de Mayo event on May 5 at 7:30 p.m. If you want to get involved, join our group on Slack or follow us on Twitter @TXabroad. Reach us at [email protected].org.

     

    OTHER UPCOMING ELECTIONS -- If you're a voter in one of the states listed below, make sure you've requested your absentee ballot this year. Just go to votefromabroad.org to request or check your voter status.

    • New Mexico (CD-1) special election on June 1.
    • New Jersey and Virginia primaries on June 8 (General elections on Nov. 2).
    • Ohio (CD-11) special election on August 3.

     

    Here's what else you can do this month:

    • Join a study group targeting MISINFORMATION AND RADICALIZATION – April 22, 7:00 p.m. CEST

    We are piloting a group to review literature on misinformation and radicalization to help change the way we communicate in crucial swing districts.  The project is designed for the mutual benefit of overseas and homeland voters. RSVP to receive the connection information.

    • Come out to meet and get involved with our STATE ACTIVISM TEAMS – April 25, 3:00 p.m. CEST

    We will be introducing initiatives for voters abroad from Texas (see above), Arizona, Georgia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and sharing information on how to help keep or turn these states blue. RSVP on our website for more details. 

    Interested in starting or contributing to a group from your voting state? Get in touch with Teresa Ritterhoff at [email protected]

    • Keep your eyes peeled for another Pop Up for the People event to call our Senators in support of the For the People Act. We will be holding them regularly until S1 is passed and voting rights are secured for ALL Americans. 

     

    What else can you do to help GOTV? A LOT! Postcarding is something you can start right away. Training for phonebanking is offered monthly. For more information/options, reach out to your chapter or send an email to [email protected].

    We need everyone in DAG to Get Out The Vote – including you!


    IV. Upcoming Events

    Legislative Pulse: Using Billtrack50 to Follow Legislation – April 11, 9:30 a.m. CEST

    Progressive Caucus

    Biden-Harris Progress Report (Earth Day edition) – April 22, 7:00 p.m. CEST

    Book Club: How to Be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century – April 26, 6:00 p.m. CEST

    SAVE THE DATE! Germany Progressive Caucus Launch – May 1, 7:00 p.m. CEST

    Veteran's and Military Families Caucus

    Sexual Assault Awareness Day (with Women's Caucus) – April 6, 6:00 p.m. CEST

    Women's Caucus

    Professor Linda Scott discusses her book The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Empowering Women – April 13, 6:00 p.m. CEST

    Chapter Events of Note (open to all)

    Virtual Pub Quiz – April 9, 7:30 p.m. CEST

    Silly Debate Night – April 10, 7:00 p.m. CEST

    "Nothing to Hide Part 1: Real-Time Communication" w/ Kevin Lyle – April 11, 2:00 p.m. CEST

    Earth Day DIY Workshop – April 22, 7:00 p.m. CEST

    Interview with Former Congressman Bart Stupak (MI-1) – April 22, 7:30 p.m. CEST

    Book ClubHow Long 'til Black Future Month? – April 22, 7:30 p.m. CEST

    Book Club: The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina—The Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist – April 29, 7:30 p.m. CEST

     

     DA Germany has a new addition this month: the DAG Climate Caucus! 

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has stated that humanity has less than 10 years to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid climate catastrophe; this means all hands on deck! The necessary political will has not yet been built, but as evidenced by the Biden administration’s climate pledges, the momentum is with us. Climate is a justice issue, a science issue, and a generational issue; for our present and our future we must demand action now. 

    We’re looking to form a strong team of DAG members motivated by this issue. If you are interested in being active in the newly formed DAG Climate Caucus, please contact Dash Nesbitt at [email protected] to get involved!


    V. Support DA Germany

    As an entirely volunteer-run and donation-funded organization, your financial support allows us to do our important work — getting Americans overseas to vote. Contributions of any size are greatly appreciated and can be directed to:

    Account name: Democrats Abroad Germany

    IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99

    BIC: MALADE51KLK

    If you’d like to get some bang for your buck, why not order some DA and Biden-Harris swag? All proceeds benefit DA Germany and help us get out the vote. As if it couldn't get any better, we are currently offering a special 20% off deal on 2020 merchandise!

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    Tip: Coffee lovers should also check out our exclusive new "Cup of Joe" mugs. 


    VI. Join Our Communications Teams

    Are you a social media, advertising, or design guru? Are you looking for a meaningful way to use your skills to support DA? 

    Then join our new communications teams! Send an email to [email protected] for more information. 

     

    Thanks for staying up to date, and see you at an event soon!

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    DAG 2021 National Election Results

     

    National elections were held online during the 2021 DA Germany Annual General Meeting on March 20, 2021. 

    2021-2023 Executive Committee

    Chair: Kenton Barnes

    Vice-Chair: Emily Lines

    Secretary: Jennifer von Estorff

    Treasurer: Powen Shiah

    Chapter Development Coordinator: Matt LeMieux

    Communications Coordinator: Kaitlyn Kennedy

    Events & Fundraising Coord: Courtney Newman

    GOTV Coordinator: Teresa Ritterhoff

    Membership/IT Coordinator: Shari Temple

    Press Coordinator: Anya Leonhard

     

    DPCA Voting Reps Delegation:

    Candice Kerestan

    Shari Temple

    Aileen Dinin

    Anya Leonhard

    Matt LeMieux

    Powen Shiah

    Quaide Williams

    Antar Rashiq Keith

    Vincienzo Cabrera

    Robert Scott

    Angela Fobbs

    Diego Rivas

    Pat Klipp

     

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 07:00 PM Berlin Time · 23 rsvps

    DA Germany Munich April Chapter Meeting

    Democrats Abroad Germany, Munich Chapter is happy to welcome Chapter member Michael Gebler to speak with us at our April Chapter meeting.  Michael is originally from the Boston, MA area, and has lived in Germany since 1964.  He is the Kreisgeschäftsführer at Bavarian Red Cross Augsburg-Stadt, where he has worked for 16 years, and is currently in charge of 150 employees within that organization.  Michael has a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Bamberg University, lives close to Augsburg, and is married with 2 sons.

    Under the umbrella of our April topic “Public Health and the Pandemic,” Michael will provide us with a unique perspective of how the pandemic has influenced the Bavarian Red Cross’s work in and around Augsburg.  They are responsible for, among other things, ambulance services, social services (kindergartens, senior services), and other volunteer work (water rescue, mountain rescue, disaster relief).

    We will start the meeting with Chapter networking, breaking into small groups to have a chance to catch up with each other directly (as we might at an in-person meeting!). We will also reserve time at the end of the meeting for questions for the Chapter Board if you have them.

    The agenda is as follows:

    7:00pm-7:10pm  Arrival and short welcome

    7:10pm-7:25pm Chapter networking in breakout rooms

    7:25pm-8:00pm Informal remarks by Michael Gebler, followed by Q&A

    8:00pm-8:15pm Open Q&A to Chapter Leadership and meeting close

     

    We look forward to seeing you virtually!  Please RSVP to the event if you'd like to attend. Once we've received your RSVP, we will send you the login link. 

     

     

     

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 03:00 PM Berlin Time · 6 rsvps
    Zoom in Göttingen, Germany

    Göttingen-Hannover Spring Chapter Meeting

    Come join us for the Göttingen-Hannover Spring Chapter Meeting on Sunday, April 18th at 3pm! This is a wonderful opportunity to recap all that we accomplished in 2020 and review the goals for our chapter for 2021. We also hope to hear from you so we can shape the chapter together and help to meet the interests and needs of all of our members. If you haven't already, please fill our Member Interest Survey HERE!

    At our meeting we'll:

    - Recap the AGM and the chapter activities in 2020

    - Review the results of our Member Interest Survey

    - Discuss Chapter and Precinct goals/events for the coming year

    - Give an update on National and Global work to protect Voting Rights and States Outreach & let you know what action you can take

    - Have time for open discussion

     

    Please RSVP at the link below to receive the Zoom link for the meeting!