News

April Political Pub Night at Südblock this Wednesday

This Wednesday (tomorrow), join us for April political pub night, at Südblock in Kreuzberg. Pub nights are low-key, social events for progressive Americans and friends in Berlin to get to know each other and converse about the newest additions to the Democratic primary field, or whatever else you'd like. ►Details here.

Our next meeting in May will be the first Tuesday, May 7th, 2019: "Organized Labor's Role in U.S. Elections" with guest speaker Thomas J. Adams, whose research focuses on the history of American labor, political economy, and social movements as well as New Orleans.

Worried or confused about what you need to do about your U.S. taxes? On Wednesday, May 8th, 2019, the tax info sessionreturns. ►Details & RSVP here (spots are limited!)

Want to get involved? Drop us a line by replying this email.


Updates

Have you taken our member survey yet?

Thanks to everyone who’s already taken the Democrats Abroad Berlin member survey! If you haven't, we'd still love to hear from you. Your responses will help us improve our events, our outreach, and communication. Please fill out the survey by Friday, April 19th, 2019. It's only 9 questions and won't take more than 5 minutes.

(check your email for survey link)

Sponsor a Runner For Democracy!

Democrats Abroad made a tremendous effort in 2018 to get out the vote (GOTV), especially through our use of phonebanking. Our wonderful volunteer callers don't get paid, but the system we use for phonebanking as well as the platform we use to run the organization cost money. In order to prepare for our GOTV efforts for the 2020 election, consider sponsoring a runner in this year's "Running for Democracy" half-marathon and 10K runs in Mannheim on May 11th, 2019. Here's the link for more information:
https://goo.gl/forms/8rUA3eomXMFcILT82

Host a Democrats Abroad Berlin meetup!

We're asking for your help to make more events happen in more parts of Berlin. If you'd like to put together a board game night, a movie club, running group, a podcast-listening meetup, a dinner discussion, or anything else that helps bring Americans living in Berlin together, please get in touch. We'd love to see more diverse get-togethers in all the Berlin neighborhoods -- from Zehlendorf to Marzahn and everywhere in-between.

Write in with your idea or proposal: board@demsinberlin.de


Upcoming Events

April Political Pub Night – Südblock

Wed. April 17, 2019, from 7pm
Südblock, Admiralstr. 1-2, 10999 Berlin (U1/U8 Kottbusser Tor, Bus 140 & M29)
RSVP | Facebook

Organized Labor's Role in U.S. Elections - May Meeting

Tue. May 7, 2019, 7:30-9pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997 Berlin (U1 Schlesisches Tor)
RSVP | Facebook

Taco Tuesday in Dresden

Tue. May 7, 2019, 7:30-9pm
The Evil Burrito Dresden, Bischofsweg 10 Dresden-Neustadt 01097
RSVP | Facebook

Info Session: U.S. Taxes While Living Abroad

Wed. May 8, 2019, 7:30-9pm
Cookies and Cream, Kremmener Straße 8, 10435 Berlin-Mitte (U8 Bernauer, U2 Eberswalder, M10 Wolliner)
RSVP (required) | Facebook

🌈LGBT Streetfest🌈- Save the date!

Sat. & Sun. July 20-21, 2019
Nollendorfplatz, Berlin-Schöneberg
Volunteer

We are excited to be part of the Lesbisch-Schwules Stadtfest(Motzstrassenfest) on July 20 & 21 in Schöneberg. The street festival is an annual highlight for Democrats Abroad Berlin. We will have a booth on both days where we’ll mingle with attendees, sell DA swag, and register Americans abroad to vote. We're looking for volunteers to help out for shifts of a few hours (or more) over the weekend. It's a fun festival with a great atmosphere, so grab a friend and sign up for a shift or two together: https://volunteersignup.org/48B78


 


We need you! Democrats Abroad Berlin Member Survey

When you think about Democrats Abroad Berlin, what do you envision? What issues are of most interest to you? How can we best bring people together to help create change? These are some of the questions we'd like to ask you in our short member survey. The goal: to learn more about our members, gather feedback, and support our Berlin-based community better.

This survey takes up to 5 minutes to complete, and is open to all DA Berlin members until Friday, April 19, 2019. If you choose to provide your email, you will also be eligible to win a Democrats Abroad gift! 

Look in your email inbox for the invitation to take the survey -- sent around noon (12pm) on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 with the subject "We need you! Democrats Abroad Berlin Member Survey"

 Simply click the link in the email to access, answer and send off your response and, in turn, we will report back with interesting insights. Together, we can shape what this chapter looks like and make sure that we are engaging all members to the best of our ability.

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Climate Change: Individual vs. Collective Action Panel

This coming Tuesday (April 2nd, 2019), join us for an exciting Democrats Abroad event in Berlin:

Climate Change: Individual vs. Collective Action

with Georg Kössler(Green member of Berlin state parliament) &
Lubomila Jordanova(Founder of Plan A)

Tue. April 2, 2019, 7:30-9pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997
RSVP | Facebook

Immediate action is needed to protect our environment and to drastically decrease carbon emissions. Facing this imminent threat brings up the question: what can I do?

We'll discuss the multiple political avenues of addressing climate change. Is individual action enough? If not, what type of collective political action is needed?

We're excited to welcome special guests Georg Kössler, Green politician (MdA) in the Berlin state parliament (Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin), spokesperson on the climate, environment, fair trade, and club culture for the German Green Party in Berlin, and Lubomila Jordanova from Plan A, a data-driven action platform in the fight against climate change.

P.S. Live in Dresden? Know someone who lives in Dresden and wants to be part of the ever expanding Democrats Abroad Dresden? Scroll down to "Upcoming Events" for details on Taco Tuesday in Saxony's capital!


Updates

Calling for Virginia: 1 Vote Flips the State Legislature!

The majority in the Virginia state legislature was decided last election by a coin-toss. This had real repercussions, like the deciding vote on ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (guaranteeing women's rights in the Constitution) being decided by a Republican (spoil alert, it was voted down).

Democrats Abroad's main goal is to make sure that every Democrat living abroad votes and to help swing elections in the U.S. As a practice run for 2020, help us reach all Virginia voters living abroad and register them to vote from abroad: 2019 Virginia state elections will decide the majority in both the House of Delegates and the State Senate.

You can phone bank from the comfort of your home, on your computer. To learn more and get started, go to https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking

Host a Democrats Abroad Berlin meetup!

Want to see more Democrats Abroad events in more parts of Berlin? If you have an idea for a coffee group, a dinner discussion, a podcast-listening meetup, or anything else that helps bring Americans living in Berlin together, get in touch. We'd love to see more diverse get-togethers in all the Berlin neighborhoods -- from Britz to Pankow and everywhere in-between.

Write in with your thoughts and proposals on new events you'd like to help host: board@demsinberlin.de


Upcoming Events

Climate Change: Individual & Collective Action - April Meeting

Tue. April 2, 2019, 7:30-9pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997 Berlin
RSVP | Facebook

Taco Tuesday in Dresden

Tue. April 2, 2019, 7:30-9pm
The Evil Burrito Dresden, Bischofsweg 10 Dresden-Neustadt 01097
RSVP | Facebook

Obama Young European Leaders Town Hall (Info Table)

Sat. April 6, 2019
Volunteer

Although Democrats Abroad wasn't invited to President Obama's town hall for young European leaders, we still want to make our presence known. If you'd like to volunteer at an info stand to reach out to Americans who may be attending, drop us an email: volunteers@demsinberlin.de

April Political Pub Night – Südblock

Wed. April 17, 2019, from 7pm
Südblock, Admiralstr. 1-2, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg (U1/U8 Kottbusser Tor; Bus 140, M29)
RSVP | Facebook


March Political Pub Night at The Lir this Wednesday!

This Wednesday (tomorrow), join us for March political pub night, at Lir Irish Bar in Hansaviertel between Tiergarten & Moabit. Pub nights are casual, social events for progressive Americans (and friends) in Berlin to get together, meet new people, and chat about the political news of the day, or whatever else you'd like. 

Details here.

Our next meeting in April will be the first Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019, save the date!

Immediate action is needed to protect our environment and to drastically decrease carbon emissions. Facing this imminent threat brings up the question: what can I do? We're working on putting together a panel discussion to discuss individual vs. collective action.

Want to get involved? Drop us a line by replying this email.


Updates

Host an Democrats Abroad Berlin meetup!

At our March meeting, we put out the call for more events in more parts of Berlin. If you'd like to host a game night, a book club, running group, a podcast-listening meetup, a dinner discussion, or anything else that helps bring Americans living in Berlin together, please get in touch. We'd love to see more diverse get-togethers in all the Berlin neighborhoods -- from Britz to Pankow and everywhere in-between.

Write in with your idea or proposal: board@demsinberlin.de

Get active in a caucus

Democrats Abroad sponsors caucus groups, which exist to engage members with a particular area of interest in campaigns, initiatives and advocacy projects. 

  • Women's caucus
  • LGBT caucus
  • Youth caucus
  • Hispanic caucus
  • Black caucus
  • Progressive caucus
  • Veterans & Military Families

If you'd like to become more active in Berlin or Germany in championing one of these caucuses, let us know!

Democrats Abroad Germany Annual Report

Andrea Schwab, the secretary of Democrats Abroad Germany, has released the 2018-2019 annual report for our country committee. It documents the Annual General Meeting in February 22-24, 2019. ►View the annual report.


Upcoming Events

March Political Pub Night – The Lir

Wed. March 20, 2019, from 7pm
The Lir, Flensburger Str. 7, 10557 Berlin (U9 Hansaplatz, S-Bahn Bellevue)
RSVP | Facebook

Climate Change: Individual & Collective Action - April Meeting

Tue. April 2, 2019, 7:30-9pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997
RSVP


Aline Spyrka reports back from Heidelberg AGM

Hello, my name is Aline Spyrka and I am the intern for the Berlin Chapter of Democrats Abroad! I am from the Bay Area, California and am studying abroad in Berlin. I was fortunate enough to attend Democrats Abroad Germany’s Annual General Meeting.

This year’s Annual General Meeting in Heidelberg was the first Democrats Abroad event I attended. Overall, I really enjoyed this event and I learned a lot. I learned about the various caucuses, voting systems, elected positions, jobs/roles, volunteer roles, and about the various chapters. Specifically, Germany has 12 chapters and each newly elected chair for their chapter presented events they held over the year or activities they enjoyed.

It was great to hear about specific events chapters held and which were similar to Berlin’s. Intros from each chapter were insightful and I appreciated the explanation of terminology/events. The caucus reports were also very informative for new members.

One of breakaway events for caucus small groups was a great way to meet more people. I had wished I had more time to meet them and brainstorm for the youth caucus because I really liked meeting so many new people and hearing about their experiences abroad as an American and a Democrat. I now have friends to visit in Dresden, Heidelberg, and Muenster and know much more about Democrats Abroad Germany!


Photo by Aline Spyrka Photo by Aline Spyrka 


March Meeting: Women's Rights Movements Today in 🇺🇸& 🇩🇪

This Tuesday, join us for our March meeting, where we'll focus on women's rights movements in the U.S. and in Germany, looking at the Equal Rights Amendment and the Paritätsgesetz.

We'll also have a brief recap of the highlights from the Heidelberg meeting and present a new way of organizing events, for which we need YOUR HELP!

Mark your calendar for March political pub night on Wednesday March 20th – we'll be trying out a new location: Lir Irish Bar between Tiergarten & Moabit. Details below.

Want to get involved? Drop us a line: dag-berlin@democratsabroad.org


News

Newly Elected Board

At our January monthly meeting, Democrats Abroad Berlin elected a five-member team to lead the chapter through the 2020 presidential election! More details: http://demsinberlin.de/congratulations-to-the-newly-elected-board-of-the-berlin-chapter/

Report from Heidelberg AGM

Members from Democrats Abroad Berlin travelled down south to Heidelberg to participate in Democrats Abroad Germany's 2019 Annual General Meeting. Participants came from all of Germany's 12 chapters, to share and reflect on our organization's efforts to get out the vote during 2018, organize and plan for the upcoming presidential primaries and elections, and elect our new Germany-wide leadership.

Local leaders Diego Rivas(Berlin Chair), Emily Lines(Berlin Vice Chair), and Powen Shiah(Berlin Communication and Press Coordinator) were all elected to the position “DPCA Voting Representative,” meaning that they will represent Germany's Democrats Abroad members to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA). The DPCA is the governing organization of Democrats Abroad and is equivalent to a state party committee. More details: http://demsinberlin.de/berlin-members-elected-to-democrats-abroad-germany-positions-at-the-2019-heidelberg-meeting/


Upcoming Events

Women's Rights Movements Today in 🇩🇪 & 🇺🇸

Tue. March 5, 2019, 7:30-9pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
RSVP | Facebook

Die US-amerikanischen Gewerkschaften und die Regierung Trump (German)

(not a Democrats Abroad event)
Wed. March 6, 2019, 6 - 8pm
ver.di-Haus, Paula-Thiede-Ufer 10, 10179 Berlin
RSVP to sichtweisen@verdi.de | Details

March Political Pub Night – The Lir

Wed. March 20, 2019, from 7pm
The Lir, Flensburger Str. 7, 10557 Berlin (U9 Hansaplatz, S-Bahn Bellevue)
RSVP | Facebook


Berlin members elected to Democrats Abroad Germany positions at the 2019 Heidelberg meeting

Members from Democrats Abroad chapter in Berlin travelled down south to Heidelberg this past weekend to participate in Democrats Abroad Germany's 2019 Annual General Meeting. Americans from all of Democrats Abroad Germany's 12 chapters and many other precincts gathered, to share and reflect on our organization's efforts to get out the vote during 2018, organize and plan for the upcoming presidential primaries and elections, and elect new Germany-wide leadership. Guests from other Democrats Abroad groups in Luxemburg and France attended as well.

Local leaders Emily Lines (Berlin vice chair, left), Diego Rivas (Berlin chair, center), and Powen Shiah (Berlin Communication and Press Coordinator, right) were all elected as “DPCA Voting Representative."  They, along with 9 other DPCA voting representatives elected for Germany, and Germany's chair and vice chair,  will represent Germany's Democrats Abroad members to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA). The DPCA is the governing organization of Democrats Abroad and is equivalent to a State Party Committee.

Emily Lines was also re-elected as Events & Fundraising Coordinator for Germany. Andrea Schwab was re-elected as Secretary for Germany. 

Congratulations to Democrats Abroad Germany's new chair, Candice Kerestan (Munich, left), and vice chair, Kenton Barnes (Braunschweig, right)! Candice was previously precinct captain and then chapter chair of the newly-formed Cologne Bonn chapter. Kenton is precinct captain for Braunschweig and LGBT Caucus coordinator for Germany. Full details of  results from the 2019 elections in Heidelberg will available soon on the Democrats Abroad Germany news page.


This Week: Vernissage, Pub Night, AGM Remote Voting

This week is packed with events! There's an exhibition opening, our regular pub night, and a chance to participate in the annual general meeting remotely — something for everyone. We hope to see you at one of them!

Tonight, the Women's Caucus is getting together to attend the opening night of the exhibition Stimmen! at Willy-Brandt-Haus. More details below, and don't forget to let us know if you decide to join.

Tomorrow, we'll be heading to Eschenbräu in Wedding for our monthly political pub night. It's always a great time, so grab a friend and head over for something social.

Can't make Democrats Abroad Germany's Annual General Meetingin Heidelberg this weekend? Not a problem! You can still join in and vote for Democrats Abroad Germany's leadership from here in Berlin. We will be setting up a remote votingand participation center from a member's home in Moabit on Saturday. RSVP for the exact address.


U.S. TAX EXPERT NEEDED!

In past years, Democrats Abroad Berlin has hosted a U.S. tax info night to help Americans living overseas understand their obligations back “home.” Are you a U.S. tax preparer, accountant, or otherwise an expert willing to speak generally to fellow Americans living abroad on this topic? Please get in touch: dag-berlin@democratsabroad.org


Upcoming Events

Opening Night: Stimmen! 100 Jahre Frauenwahlrecht — Women's Caucus

TODAYTue. Feb 19, 2019, from 7pm
Willy-Brandt-Haus, Wilhelmstraße 140, 10963 Berlin
(optional meetup before exhibition at 6pm, at Hallesches Haus)
RSVP | Facebook

February Political Pub Night – Eschenbräu

Wed. Feb 20, 2019, from 7pm
Eschenbräu, Triftstraße 67, 13353 Berlin-Wedding (U6/9 Leopoldplatz)
RSVP | Facebook

AGM Remote Voting Center in Berlin

Sat. Feb 23, 2019, 3 - 6pm
Private home in Moabit near U9 Birkenstrasse (RSVP for address)
RSVP| Facebook

Also of interest:

Die US-amerikanischen Gewerkschaften und die Regierung Trump (German)

Wed. March 6, 2019, 6 - 8pm
ver.di-Haus, Paula-Thiede-Ufer 10, 10179 Berlin
RSVP to sichtweisen@verdi.de | Details


Congratulations to the newly elected board of the Berlin chapter!

On January 29, 2019, at the election meeting at Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, the Berlin chapter of Democrats Abroad elected new leadership.
Left to right: Julia Dennis (Membership & Volunteers), Amy Baldauf (Get Out The Vote), Emily Lines (Vice Chair), Diego Rivas (Chair), Powen Shiah (Communications & Press)

Many thanks to our temporary election chair Hilary B., and the election monitors Andrea S. & Theresa G. as well as all the members who turned out to vote for our chapter leadership. It’s the first time the Berlin membership has directly elected any positions besides chapter chair, and an important step in increasing democratic accountability.


Pictured: former Berlin chapter chairs David Knutson (L) & Nancy Green (R) with current chair Diego Rivas (center)


Reminder: Chapter Elections on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

This Tuesday, January 29, 2019, beginning at 7:30pm at Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, the Berlin chapter of Democrats Abroad Germany will hold elections for the chapter board.

This is the first time our chapter will directly elect board positions beyond chapter chair, so we hope to see as many of you as possible! Be part of making Democrats Abroad more democratic, right here in our own backyard. The five leadership positions up for election are

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Communications and Press Officer
  • Volunteer and Membership Coordinator
  • and GOTV (Get Out The Vote) Coordinator

You can read the statements from the current slate candidates our website.

Candidate nominations can also be made from the floor at the election meeting, if supported by a second from among the membership. For more details about the election process and descriptions of the positions being elected, visit the 2019 Berlin Chapter Elections page.

If you have any questions about the election, the positions, or the process, please do not hesitate to get in touch: dag-berlin@democratsabroad.org


Annual General Meeting in Heidelberg

Democrats Abroad Germany is hosting its 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Heidelberg the last weekend in February (Feb 22-24). We encourage members in Berlin to attend. Come network with other Americans from across Germany, be part of the discussion on the future of Democrats Abroad Germany, and vote on (or run for!) national leadership positions.

Help Democrats Abroad telling our taxation stories!

Democrats Abroad is currently conducting the 2019 Non-Resident Taxation Research Project. The taxation task force wants to hear from you to support efforts to persuade Congress to reform taxation laws and provide us with relief.

  • All questions are optional
  • No names, emails, or personal identification requested or required
  • Information gathered will be used to lobby Congress and federal government regulators and to illustrate the financial burden Americans abroad endure complying with the tax, banking, securities, and other laws that discriminate against us.
  • ►Take the survey by midnight (U.S. EST) on Sunday, February 3, 2019

Upcoming Events

2019 Berlin Chapter Elections - Democrats Abroad Berlin

Tue. Jan 29, 2019, 7:30-10pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
(U1 Schlesisches Tor, Bus 165/265)
RSVP | Facebook | Positions| Election Rules

2019 Annual General Meeting (Democrats Abroad Germany)

Fri Feb 22 - Sun Feb 24, 2019
Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Hauptstraße 120, Heidelberg 69117
Register | Details| Facebook