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Happy New Year! How you can register to vote in person & get involved in 2020 in Berlin

Happy new year! We hope you're rested and recovered from your holiday celebrations, and ready for 2020. First things first:

  • Go to votefromabroad.org to request your overseas ballot. You need to do this every calendar year to make sure you can vote.
  • Tell a friend to do the same!

If you need help with registering and requesting your ballot, we're here to help! Email help@votefromabroad.org and come to any of the events all around Berlin, Potsdam, Leipzig, and Dresden (upcoming event list below).

We'll be kicking off 2020 in Berlin on Wednesday January 15, 2020 at The Castle in Mitte. We'll be sharing information about how to register to vote and get involved in Berlin, and finishing out the evening in our usual political pub-night style.

That's not the only event this month though: the Dresden precinct is getting together on Jan 18th, as well as the Mitte(Jan 20) and Kreuzberg (Jan 23) Kiez groups. Join activists and organizers from all over Germany at the Annual General Meeting in Munich (Jan 24-26) -- it's not too late to register!

Help us by keeping an eye out for a temporary Berlin headquarters the next few months. We're happy to discuss office sublet or sharing options -- most of our voter registration and phone banking will usually be on evenings & weekends. Got an idea where our 2020 home could be, near transit with great internet? Read our wishlist and drop us a line!


Updates

Volunteering in 2020

2020 is the best time to get involved and have an impact on the future of the U.S. You can make a difference from here in Germany, reaching out to voters living abroad, making sure people register and request their ballots, and more!

  • As we gear up in 2020, help keep our websites, Facebook, and Twitter accounts lively and up-to-date as Web & Social Media volunteer
  • Become a Kiez Captain to get out the vote and help neighbors and volunteers in different Berlin districts
  • Reach out to U.S. students studying at universities in Germany vote as the Study Abroad Coordinator
  • Prefer something you can do at home? Phonebankers make calls to other Americans living abroad to remind them about voting. All you need is a computer and headphones.

Sound like something you might be interested in? Send us your questions and how you'd like to get involved to volunteers@demsinberlin.de


Upcoming Events

Call with Stacey Abrams, Fair Fight, and DNC on Voter Protection

Tue. Jan 14, 2020, 9-10pm (Berlin time)
Online call - RSVP for video conference link
RSVP

January 2020 Kickoff Meeting & Pub Night

Wed. Jan 15, 2020, from 7:30pm
The Castle Berlin Mitte, Invalidenstr. 129, Berlin 10115 (S Nordbahnhof)
RSVP | Facebook

January Book Club: The Cave by José Saramago

Thu. Jan 16, 2020, 7-8:30pm
Message In A Bottle, Knaackstr. 76, 10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg (U2 Eberswalder Straße)
RSVP | Facebook

Kiez Meetup – Rosenthaler Platz (Mitte)

Mon. Jan 20, 2020, 7-9pm
Mein Haus am See, Brunnenstraße 197-198, 10119 Berlin (U8 Rosenthaler Platz)
RSVP | Facebook

Kiez Meetup – Mehringdamm (Kreuzberg)

Thu. Jan 23, 2020, 6-8pm
Vogt’s Bierexpress (next to Curry 36), Mehringdamm 32/34, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg
RSVP | Facebook

Events outside Berlin

January Meetup and Ballot Requests – Dresden

Sat. Jan 18, 2020, 2-5pm
Student Hotel (Dresden), Prager Str. 13, 01069 Dresden
RSVP | Facebook

Democrats Abroad Germany – Annual General Meeting

Fri-Sun Jan 24-26, 2020
Literaturhaus München, Salvatorplatz 1, 80333 Munich
Register | Details | Facebook


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* 2020 presidential candidate events are not Democrats Abroad events. All campaigns are welcome to share any eventsthey’re organizing in Berlin for inclusion in our email newsletter.

Democrats Abroad, from the international level to country committees, caucuses and task forces, does not endorse or offer preferential treatment to any Democratic candidate when they are running against other Democrats.

We are proud to support the democratic process, and the full breadth of candidates in the running for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination. As such, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting a fair and free impartial election, including before, during and after the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary.

►Full statement on impartiality


2020 Women's March in Berlin

We've just posted an announcement about the 2020 Women's March Berlin on our website:

Read The Future of Women's March Berlin: your help is needed!


The Berlin t-shirts have arrived!

We’re so happy to share that the new Berlin-themed t-shirts have arrived. They’re super comfortable and a great way to show your local Democrats Abroad pride!

If you pre-ordered, you should have gotten an email recently about picking up your t-shirt. If you haven’t gotten one yet but love how they look, get in touch about getting one: berlin@democratsabroad.de




End-of-the-year Kiez meetups + save the date for January 2020

At last week's meeting, we swapped (ate) cookies and thanked all the volunteers and helpers who've pitched in at events and as organizers this year. Thomas Finnerty, our fall 2019 intern wrote a short recap of the party. Thanks Thomas for all his great work over the last few months!

Save the date for our first event in 2020: we'll be getting together on Wed. January 15, 2020 to register to vote, request absentee ballots, and training everyone how to help others do the same.

There won't be a political pub night in December. Instead, we encourage you to support some of the kiez events, if they happen to be in your neighborhood. Check out the event listings below, like the one tonight in Mitte near Friedrichstrasse.

We are still exploring options for a temporary Berlin headquarters starting in spring 2020. Ideally an office sublet, and we're happy to discuss sharing arrangements since our voter registration and phone banking will be mostly evenings & weekends. Got a hot tip for space near transit with great internet? Let us know!


Updates

Berlin T-shirts are here!

We're thrilled to share that our Berlin-themed t-shirts have arrived. Take a look at this awesome and comfortable way to show your local Democrats Abroad pride! Want one of your own? Drop us a line. 

Wanted: Location for a Democrats Abroad Berlin headquarters

Thanks to everyone who got in touch so far with ideas for our temporary 2020 Berlin HQ. We're looking at all the options and happy to get more leads from you all on office sublets where we can host voter registration & phonebanking drives.

Our primary criteria:

  • Available for at least 6 months (May through October)
  • Accessible location, ideally near 2 transit lines
  • Access on nights and weekends
  • Solid internet connection
  • Room for 4-6 people at desks
  • Storage (minimal, for flyers and voter info material)

That's the summary -- here are more details about what we we're looking for. Got a lead? Drop us a line: board@demsinberlin.de

Help more 2020 candidates get on the primary ballot!

Democrats Abroad's Global Presidential Primary runs March 3-10, 2020. To appear on that ballot, 300 members need to sign the candidate's petition by January 6, 2020.

Just a few signatures stand between many candidates and getting on the primary ballot: visit the candidate petitions page to make sure your favorites make it! Here are step-by-step instructions on how to sign petitions.

Become a Kiez captain for your neighborhood

Each of us loves our own neighborhood, so we've started Kiez Captains to get out the vote and help connect neighbors and volunteers in different Berlin districts. We're still looking for leaders in Friedrichshain, Charlottenburg, Schöneberg, Tempelhof, and other areas. 

Kiez Captains are helping us reach American voters in every corner of Berlin in 2020. It's a 5-hour a month commitment, find out more about what it entails. Write chair@demsinberlin.de if you'd like to step up and become a Kiez Captain in your neighborhood.


Upcoming Events

Kiez Coffee & Chat – Friedrichstraße (Mitte)

TONIGHT: Mon. Dec 9, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
New location: Meyerbeer Coffee, Universitätsstraße 2-3A, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
RSVP | Facebook

Kieztreff – Prenzlauer Berg

Tue. Dec 10th, 2019: 7-9pm
Wohnzimmer Bar, Lettestraße 6, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
RSVP | Facebook

Tom Steyer 2020 Drinks in Berlin

Please note: not a Democrats Abroad event*
Wed. Dec 11, 2019, from 7pm
Buchhandlung Caffetteria Bar, Tucholskystraße 32, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
RSVP to evi.steyer@tomsteyer.com

Kiez Adventsmarkt – Pankow

Sat. Dec 14, 2019, 4-6pm
Pankower Adventsmarkt, Heynstraße 15, 13187 Berlin-Pankow
RSVP | Facebook

Kiez Weihnachtszauber – Alexanderplatz (Mitte)

Sun. Dec 15, 2019, 2-4pm
Gendarmenmarkt (in front of Ampelmann store), Markgrafenstr. 37, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
RSVP | Facebook

Democrats Abroad speaks with Tom Steyer

Mon. Dec 16, 2019, 3-3:45pm
Online call -- RSVP for video conference link
RSVP | Facebook

December Book Club – The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Thu. Dec 19, 2019, 7:30-9pm
Coffee Fellows (upstairs), Danziger Str. 1, 10437 Berlin
RSVP | Facebook

January 2020 Kickoff (Save The Date!)

Wed. Jan 15, 2020, 7:30pm
Location: TBA

Kiez Meetup – Mehringdamm (Kreuzberg)

Thu. Jan 23, 2020, 6-8pm
Vogt’s Bierexpress (next to Curry 36), Mehringdamm 32/34, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg
RSVP | Facebook

Events outside Berlin

Democrats Abroad Germany – Annual General Meeting

Fri-Sun Jan 24-26, 2020
Literaturhaus München, Salvatorplatz 1, 80333 Munich
Register | Details | Facebook


Democrats Abroad Berlin

http://www.democratsabroad.org/de-berlin
http://www.demsinberlin.de/
Like us on Facebook
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* 2020 presidential candidate events are not Democrats Abroad events. All campaigns are welcome to share any eventsthey’re organizing in Berlin for inclusion in our email newsletter.

Democrats Abroad, from the international level to country committees, caucuses and task forces, does not endorse or offer preferential treatment to any Democratic candidate when they are running against other Democrats.

We are proud to support the democratic process, and the full breadth of candidates in the running for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination. As such, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting a fair and free impartial election, including before, during and after the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary.

►Full statement on impartiality


How To Sign Candidate Petitions for the Global Presidential Primary

The Global Presidential Primary will be held from March 3-10, 2020. This primary allows voters living abroad to cast a primary vote for a candidate of their choice. For any candidate to get on the Global Presidential Primary ballot, they need 300 signatures from Democrats Abroad members. So far, only Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren have qualified. You are allowed to sign the petition for as many or as few candidates as you would like and are not required to cast a vote in the primary for any candidate you signed a petition for.

To sign the petition, you must be willing to share your name and email with the campaign. Signing a petition only takes a few minutes. The best way to ensure a democratic vote is to have all qualified candidates on the ballot, so please follow these steps and sign the candidate petitions!

Step 1: Go to www.democratsabroad.org

This is the main website for Democrats Abroad where you can find information about local, national, and international events. You can use this website to RSVP for events, sign up for caucuses, and stay up to date on what our Democrats Abroad members from around the world are up to!

Step 2: Log into your account

If you receive emails from Democrats Abroad currently, you have an account. If you don’t think you have an account, you can create one on this page!


Step 3: On main screen, click on “Add your candidate to the Democrats Abroad Primary Ballot- Sign their petition now”

You can also click here to go to the petition page: http://www.democratsabroad.org/candidate_petitions


Step 4: Select a candidate’s profile


Step 5: Click orange link that says, “Sign now to add _____________ to the Democrats Abroad presidential primary ballot”.

In this example, Amy Klobuchar has been selected.


Step 6: Fill in your information

It’s that simple! Now follow these steps to make sure all of your favorite candidates make it on to the 2020 Global Presidential Primary ballot!

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Become the next Kiez Captain!

We are looking for people interested in setting up fun and social activities for Democrats Abroad in their local area of Berlin. This will make it more convenient for everyone to get involved because there will be more events right in their backyard! Kiez Captains will help build a community of Americans in their neighborhood which will bring our entire organization closer.

Key Tasks

  • Brainstorming different activities
  • Organizing meet-ups in their Kiez
  • Communicating with Democrats Abroad members in their Kiez via email
  • Communicating with the Berlin leadership board and other Kiez Captains
  • Spreading the word about other Democrats Abroad Berlin events
  • Dedicating 5 hours per month of their time

For more detailed information on what it takes to become a Kiez Captain, click this link!




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December Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Night

On Tuesday, December 3rd, the Democrats Abroad Berlin chapter met at Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße for a holiday cookie swap and volunteer appreciation night. Members brought cookies to share while Diego, our chair, acknowledged each of the volunteers who have helped us throughout the year. We discussed the importance of signing the Global Presidential Primary candidate petitions and new leadership roles like Kiez Captains and Phone Bank Coordinators. Over glühwein and holiday cookies, we all soaked in the holiday atmosphere in our last meeting before the new year.

Members had an opportunity to snag some new Democrats Abroad swag with the arrival of our new T-shirts coming in two different styles. All volunteers were also able to pick from a variety of buttons at the end of the night. Once again we thank everyone who has volunteered with us and hope you continue to serve!


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Cookie Swap, Kiez meetups, Primary ballots! Plus, help find a home for a 2020 Berlin HQ

Happy Thanksgiving! It was great seeing everyone at the potluck of side dishes and Turkey Trot this past weekend. Here are some photos (on Facebook) from this weekend:

We’re grateful for all the active members and volunteers who make all our get-togethers, voter outreach, and political events possible.

To round out 2019, our last chapter meeting of the year will be this Tuesday Dec 3, 2019. Bring your favorite holiday sweets for a cookie swap and to appreciate all our volunteers! ►Details & RSVP

Our newly minted kiez captains are already organizing get-togethers in their neighborhoods. Scroll down below to find out if there’s one near you.

We’re looking for a temporary Berlin headquarters during 2020 for voter registration and phone banking. Know of an empty office near transit with great internet? Let us know below!

Have you filled out a candidate petition yet? Make sure your favorite Democratic contender makes it onto the Democrats Abroad Global Primary ballot, details below.


Updates

Wanted: Location for a Democrats Abroad Berlin headquarters

While we’ve been doing research and getting in touch with potential locations for a temporary 2020 Berlin HQ, we need your help in finding a place.

Do you know of a space that might be available next year? Check out what we’re looking for in a location:

  • Available for at least 6 months (May through October)
  • Central, accessible location
  • Access on nights and weekends
  • Solid internet connection
  • Room for 4-6 people at desks
  • Storage (minimal, just for flyers and voter info material)

That’s the summary — here are more details about what we we’re looking for. Got a lead? Drop us a line: board@demsinberlin.de

Get your 2020 candidates on the primary ballot!

Democrats Abroad’s Global Presidential Primary will take place from March 3-10, 2020. To get on the primary ballot, each candidate needs at least 300 signatures from Democrats Abroad members by January 6, 2020.

Many are just a few signatures from getting on the primary ballot, so visit the candidate petitions page to make sure your favorites make it! You’ll need to log in in to sign, but you can sign as many petitions as you’d like.

Become a Kiez captain for your neighborhood

Berlin is a city of neighborhoods, so we’ve started Kiez Captains to get out the vote and help connect neighbors and volunteers in different areas.

They’re laying the groundwork to mobilize in every corner of Berlin in 2020. It’s a 5-hour a month commitment. Write chair@demsinberlin.de for more info and if you’d like to become a Kiez Captain in your neighborhood.


Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving4All

(please note: not a Democrats Abroad event)
Fri. Nov 29, 2019, from 8pm
Cafe Plume, Warthestr. 60, 12051 Berlin
Facebook | Food

December Meeting: Holiday Cookie Swap & Volunteer Appreciation

Tue. Dec 3, 2019, 7:30-9pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
RSVP | Facebook

Kiez Coffee & Chat – Friedrichstraße (Mitte)

Mon. Dec 9, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
Pure Origins Estates Coffee, Georgenstr. 193, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
RSVP | Facebook

Kiez Adventsmarkt – Pankow

Sat. Dec 14, 2019, 4-6pm
Pankower Adventsmarkt, Heynstraße 15, 13187 Berlin-Pankow
RSVP | Facebook

Kiez Weihnachtszauber – Alexanderplatz (Mitte)

Sun. Dec 15, 2019, 2-4pm
Gendarmenmarkt (in front of Ampelmann store), Markgrafenstr. 37, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
RSVP | Facebook

December Book Club – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Thu. Dec 19, 2019, 7:30-9pm
Coffee Fellows (upstairs), Danziger Str. 1, 10437 Berlin
RSVP | Facebook

Events outside Berlin

Leipzig-Halle Meet and Greet

Sun. Dec. 8, 2019, 2-4pm
SPIZZ Leipzig, Markt 9, 04109 Leipzig
RSVP | Facebook

Democrats Abroad Germany – Annual General Meeting

Fri-Sun Jan 24-26, 2020
Literaturhaus München, Salvatorplatz 1, 80333 Munich
Register | Details | Stipend (Deadline: Nov 30, 2019) | Facebook


Wanted: Location for a Democrats Abroad Berlin Headquarters

We've mentioned at recent meetings and other events that we're hoping to create a location in Berlin that would be our temporary headquarters during the 2020 election year. We want it to be a central location where you can come to get and give help with voting from abroad, where volunteers can gather to call overseas voters, and a physical space for our organization and community.

While we've been doing research and getting in touch with potential locations, we still need your help in finding a place. We'll also need your support, both in time and financial, to keep it running throughout the year. Do you know of a space that might be available next year?

Check out what we're looking for in a location:

  • Available for at least 6 months (May through October) - if something is available earlier and not too expensive, earlier would be great too!
  • Central, accessible location - near at least 2 transit lines, convenient for voters to stop by on their way to somewhere else, easy for volunteers to get to and find
  • Access on nights and weekends  - mostly in use evenings and weekends, other times would be a bonus. Happy to share with companies/groups who only use during the day
  • Solid internet connection - really important for when multiple volunteers are making internet phone calls to voters.
  • Room for 4-6 people at desks - Ideal if 5-10 people can be in there in other configurations, access to separate meeting room would also be great
  • Storage (limited) - we'd like  to be able to leave our basic literature there so it is always on hand

Got a lead for us? Email board@demsinberlin.de with your ideas and suggestions!


This week: Political pub night, book club, reduced tickets for Thanksgiving!

Happy Wednesday! There's a lot of great events this week, so we want to make sure you know about all get-togethers. Hope to see you at one!

Tonight (Wednesday): Grab a drink and get together in a casual setting at November Political Pub Night at Buchhandlung Caffeteria in Mitte (Oranienburger Str.). Details/RSVP

Thursday: Discuss Min Jin Lee's historical novel Pachinko with Democrats Abroad Book Club at Coffee Fellows in Prenzlauer Berg. Details/RSVP

Saturday: Warm up the winter and start an all-American tradition in Berlin at the 1st Annual Tempelhof Turkey Trot. ►Register

Saturday night:

Thanksgiving Potluck – New Price!

To make Thanksgiving dinner more accessible for families, friends, and our community members, we've simplified and reduced the dinner donation: 10€ per person (kids 12-and-under & volunteers can join for free).

If you were on the fence, we'd really love to see you at the potluck of all our favorite sides on Saturday. Please register on our website so we can plan drinks and food:

►Register for Thanksgiving Dinner

Hope to see you there!

All funds raised from these events support Democrats Abroad Berlin's on-going voter registration efforts as we prepare for the 2020 general election. With thousands of American voters in Berlin and Germany, your support is the deciding factor.


Updates

Welcome our new membership & volunteer coordinator: Theresa Gasinski

On November 5th, the Berlin chapter members at the meeting elected Theresa Gasinski to the Berlin leadersip. Read more about Theresa and our fall 2019 intern Thomas Finnerty.

Kiez captains in your neighborhood

Berlin's a big place, so we've started Kiez Captains to have volunteers responsible for getting out the vote and organizing in different neighborhoods. Here are our first captains, you'll be hearing about their local meetups in the coming weeks.

  • Kreuzberg (Mehringdamm): Dan
  • Mitte (Alexanderplatz): Joe
  • Mitte (Friedrichstraße): Katie
  • Pankow: Meylen & Rebekah
  • Prenzlauer Berg: Tania
  • Schöneberg: Pia

They're helping lay the groundwork to mobilize in every corner of Berlin in 2020. It is a 5-hour a month commitment. Write chair@demsinberlin.de for more info and if you'd like to become a Kiez Captain in your neighborhood

2020 Candidates speak with Democrats Abroad

Democrats Abroad has reached out to all the campaigns to hold video conferences with Democrats Abroad. Here are the recordings from the sessions so far:


Upcoming Events

November Political Pub Night – Buchhandlung Caffeteria

Wed. Nov 20, 2019, from 7pm
Buchhandlung Caffetteria Bar, Tucholskystraße 32, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
RSVP | Facebook

November Book Club – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Thu. Nov 21, 2019, 7:30-9pm
Coffee Fellows (upstairs), Danziger Str. 1, 10437 Berlin
RSVP | Facebook

1st Annual Democrats Abroad Tempelhof Turkey Trot

Sat. Nov 23, 2019, 10:30am
Tempelhofer Feld (Tempelhofer Damm Entrance)
Register (20€) | Facebook

Thanksgiving Dinner

Sat. Nov 23, 2019, 6-10pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Register (10€) | Facebook | Volunteer | Potluck

Save the date - Holiday Cookie Party

Volunteers make all the events and political organizing possible. We'll be appreciating all of them at our December cookie party/swap.

Tue. Dec 3, 2019, 7:30-9pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Events outside Berlin

Democrats Abroad Germany – Annual General Meeting

Fri-Sun Jan 24-26, 2020
Literaturhaus München, Salvatorplatz 1, 80333 Munich
Register | Details | Stipend (Deadline: Nov 30, 2019) | Facebook


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