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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:

| Chair, Germany
| Vice Chair, Germany
| Treasurer, Germany
| Secretary, Germany & Berlin
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  • News

    Democrats Abroad Germany Organizes First Anniversary of Women's March

    Berlin:
    January 21st, 11am - 1pm
    Brandenburg Gate
    RSVP Here!

    Cologne:
    January 21st, 1pm - 3pm
    RSVP Here!

    Frankfurt:
    Yours Australian Bar
    January 21st 3pm - 6pm
    RSVP Here!

    Hamburg:
    January 20th 1:30pm - 4:30pm
    Rathaus Hamburg
    RSVP Here!

    Heidelberg:
    January 20th, 2pm - 4pm
    Freidrich-Ebert Platz
    RSVP Here!

    Munich:
    January 20th, 2pm - 4pm
    Siegestor
    RSVP Here!

    On January 21, 2018, Democrats Abroad Germany will be marching to celebrate the anniversary of the Women's March on Washington in 2017, when over six million women and men marched in over 600 cities around the world, including Berlin, Washington, London, New York, and many cities in Germany.

    “For Democrats Abroad, this is a ‘march to the ballot box,’ channeling the energy and activism of protest into civic engagement, political representation, and electoral victories in 2018. As we’ve already seen in the special elections of 2017, our votes make a difference in electing more women and diverse candidates to office,” said Owen Jappen, chair of Democrats Abroad Germany. “We, as Americans living abroad, have not stopped fighting for our values, for equality, for justice, for kindness, and for decency!”

    Democrats Abroad chapters throughout Germany will join local progressive, feminist, and women’s associations to advance equality, justice, freedom, and inclusion. In addition to affirming women’s rights, the participants are also marching to support human rights, religious freedom, environmental protection, LGBT rights, and most importantly, to protect the right of every eligible citizen to vote in elections and to have their vote count when choosing political leaders.

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    DA Germany Annual General Meeting in Hamburg

    Every year Democrats Abroad Germany gathers in person to discuss issues back home and plan our activities for the coming year. With midterm election quickly approaching, join us in Hamburg to learn more about how you can be an active part of getting out the vote, meet other democrats living in Germany and give your input on the DAG political process. This year we will also dedicate time to discuss amendments to our bylaws to help improve DAG and make sure our country adapts to the changes of our organization.

    Registration is now open: Registration Form

    Participants are welcome to arrive in Hamburg already on Friday, February 23rd to have dinner and attend a performance of "Neuland" at the Lichthof Theater. Tickets can be purchased as part of registration and are €18 for regular tickets and €12 for reduced tickets (students and retirees).

    The official meeting will begin on Saturday morning at the Kultur Palast. We will focus on our Get Out to Vote (GOTV) activities, which will include training sessions for CallHub (the tool to call members of DA). Other workshops will also be held, such as learning how to stay connected with Democrats Abroad Germany, how to explain what DA is to others, and learning how to become more involved with the various DA Caucuses. We will also have a session in which all of the caucuses will present what they have planned for 2018 and a researcher from the University of Cologne (and DA Member) will give a presentation titled "Communicating with Conservatives: Using psychological insights to reach across the aisle." On Saturday, we will also be discussing and voting on amendments to our by-laws.

    On Saturday evening, we will have a dinner that will feature a guest speaker. We will also announce the winners of the raffle prizes and have music. It's a nice way to wrap up the busy day.

    Schedule of Events

    Friday, February 23rd
    16:00 Registration opens at the Lichthof Theater
    17:00 Mixer event at the Theater
    18:00 Dinner (at a nearby restaurant)
    20:00 "Neuland" at the Lichthof Theater

    Saturday, February 24th
    8:30 - 9:00 Registration opens at the Kultur Palast
    9:00 - 9:30 Opening of the AGM
    9:30 - 10:30 GOTV Workshop
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
    11:00 - 11:45 Topical Break-outs
    12:00 - 13:15 Presentation of the Caucuses
    13:15 - 14:15 Lunch
    14:15 - 15:00 Topical Break-outs
    15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
    15:30 - 18:00 Discussion and voting on the DAG Bylaws
    19:00 - 22:00 Dinner with special guest

    Sunday, February 25th
    9:00 - 15:00 Meeting of the DA Germany Executive Committee

    Registration

    If you are planning on attending the AGM, please complete the Registration Form by February 12th.

    Meeting Costs

    • For the meeting, we are asking participants to donate €15 to help covers use of the room, technical equipment, copies and supplies. We will be offering the early bird price of €15 until February 1st. Starting on February 1st, this price will increase to €25. Under the rules of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad a fee for attending the meeting is not allowed.
    • Lunch on Saturday is €15.
    • Two coffee breaks, which includes unlimited hot beverages, cookies, and a mug to keep, are €5.
    • Dinner on Saturday evening is €35 and includes a three-course meal and water (other drinks are at the individual's expense). There will be a guest speaker and DJ.


    Stipends to Attend 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 theater attendance on Friday and the meeting cost on Saturday, and up to 50 EUR in transit costs. The deadline to apply is January 23rd and recipients will be notified by January 26th.

    If you are interested in applying for a stipend, please complete the following application form.

    Homestays in Hamburg
    As in the past, homestays will be available thanks to the members of the Hamburg 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

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

    For those in Hamburg who would be willing to host another member of DAG, please fill out this survey to sign up as a host: "Homestay host" survey

    Accommodation in Hamburg
    For those living outside of Hamburg, homestays will be available (check back for more details). If you would prefer to stay in a hotel, a special rate will be given by the Hotel Panorama Inn (Billstedter Hauptstrasse 36, 22111 Hamburg).

    Single room is 56 Euros per room, per night
    Double room is 74 Euros per room, per night
    Check-in on Friday, February 23rd begins at 14:00 and check-out on Sunday, February 25th is 12:00. This price includes a continental breakfast buffet. If arriving by car, there is a parking garage available for 9 Euros per parking space, per night.

    You can pay for the room at the hotel when you arrive.

    To reserve a room, please call 040 733 69 150 or send an email to reservierung@panorama-inn.de. You can ask to speak to or direct your email to Frau Beate Weidemann or Michael Mehlis-Schöning.

    Rooms can be reserved until January 20, 2018.

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 06:30 PM
    Royals & Rice in Münster, Germany

    Münster: Book Club Discussion of "Notes on a Foreign Country"

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    Goldene Gans in Mannheim, Germany

    Mannheim Precinct Meeting Announcement

    We now have an official Democrats Abroad Mannheim Precinct and Precinct Captain! What is a DA Precinct you ask? It is a loosely organized extension of a Chapter, in this case the DA Heidelberg Chapter, that is meant to make Democrats Abroad more accessible to those of you who live farther away. So, if you live in the Mannheim area, come meet some of your fellow overseas Democrats on Wednesday 17th of January at Goldene Gans and see what it’s all about.  Daniel Hoever-Eckardt has volunteered to be the Mannheim Precinct Captain, so if you have any questions about the group, you can contact him at dag-mannheim@democratsabroad.org .