DA Germany Leadership:
There are an estimated 120,000 U.S. citizens living in Germany, all of whom we want to remind to request their absentee ballots (request yours here). During these times of social distancing, this has become a more challenging task, but there is an easy way for you to help us reach voters: Get some Democrats Abroad and Vote From Abroad merchandise!
Solidarity with International Students - Statement from DA Germany Student Outreach Team & Youth Caucus
As members of the DA Germany Student Outreach Team and Youth Caucus, we stand in solidarity with international students pursuing their education at U.S. institutions and call for the immediate retraction of the proposed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policies that unjustly target them.
On July 6, 2020, ICE released a statement that announced holders of certain student visas (F-1 and M-1) would be denied entry, extensions or targeted for deportation if they were not enrolled in in-person courses. The changes limit the amount of online credit hours students can take, at a time when more universities are switching to full-time online teaching in face of the CoVid-19 pandemic. This is a direct attack on the physical and mental well-being of students and local communities.
At a moment when the political and social demands of Black, Indigenous and people of color are being elevated and fought for in the streets, we understand that the proposed changes disproportionally affect international students from lower economic backgrounds or global spaces with limited technology, making online courses increasingly difficult. It similarly denies students who left the USA at the beginning of the pandemic an opportunity to return to the lives they have built. We find this unacceptable and in-line with other condemnable ICE policies that target migrant communities throughout the United States.
From our own experiences studying abroad in Germany (and various other places), we know that the denial of a visa does not only mean refused access to education but it also means the upheaval of personal lives and connections that are built every day, for some it may even mean a loss of livelihood. International students are a crucial part of the lives of universities and colleges not only in the US but worldwide, and they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. We appreciate initiatives at the state-level aimed at protecting students and stopping the regulations from being implemented.
We therefore stand in solidarity with all international students in the United States and globally.
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Upcoming EventsJoin us for a picnic meeting in open and social distancing friendly Wienburgpark outside of Münster. We will meet near the Spielplatz (playground). Please bring your own blanket, beverage and snack (if desired). All are welcome, weather permitting. We will be discussing the various ways people can get involved with helping get out the vote, as well as planning our 2nd Annual Labor Day Picnic. Our discussion topic will be a round-table discussion about what should motivate voters this time around.DAG’s new North and Central Bavaria chapter is having a Meet and Greet on Saturday, August 8th, to get to know some of the Nuremberg-area members in person. The Gutmann Biergarten (insert link http://www.gutmann-am-dutzendteich.de/ into 'Gutmann Biergarten') is large and will be able to accommodate lots of Americans and their families outside. We will naturally be adhering to Covid-19 measures like social distancing and wearing masks when necessary. Food and beverages are available at the kiosks. If you prefer, bring your own food and make a picnic of it.
Get Out The Vote (GOTV) volunteers will be available to answer questions about absentee ballot requests and voting. NCB team members are also involved in the phonebanking and postcard campaigns if you're looking for other DA activities. Afterwards, we’ll be walking around the adjacent Reichstagsgelände.
Come out and say hello! Bring your family! Spread the word to American friends who are not (yet) members of Democrats Abroad! And please RSVP; it will help us plan.
For those coming with public transport, look for the stops named “Nürnberg-Dutzendteich” for buses, street car, or S-Bahn – all within a short walk to the Biergarten.