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Berlin News: Local Ballot 📮Return & Voting Assistance 📞Calling American Voters Abroad

We know you're getting a lot of emails right now about the 2020 election. This email focuses on how you can get help and make a difference in Berlin.

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News: How to #SaveThePostOffice & Support Voter Outreach at Quiz Night, Wine Tasting, Volunteer Meetup

At our August meeting two weeks ago, we started assembling local voter outreach teams in Berlin. Couldn’t make it? To get involved with tabling, flyering, and other organizing, email volunteers@demsinberlin.de so Theresa (Berlin’s volunteer coordinator) can connect you with the Kiez captain for your neighborhood.

 


News: #SaveThePostOffice & Support Voter Outreach at Quiz Night, Wine Tasting, Volunteer Meetup

At our August meeting two weeks ago, we started assembling local voter outreach teams in Berlin. Couldn’t make it? To get involved with tabling, flyering, and other organizing, email volunteers@demsinberlin.de so Theresa (Berlin’s volunteer coordinator) can connect you with the Kiez captain for your neighborhood.

🤓We’re halfway through August, it’s time for our new tradition of online American pub quizWednesday evening, join players in Berlin; Germany; and beyond for great trivia and a good cause (raising funds for voter outreach in Germany). We’ll even throw in a convention update from Berlin chair & delegate Diego Rivas. Bring teammates or come on your own – we’ll match you up.
►RSVP for quiz night now

Reminder: if you or a friend need help registering to vote, you can drop in every Sunday for direct one-on-one help on Zoom. We also have upcoming Kiez events where you can get help as well!

On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, we’re hosting Progressive Palates, a virtual wine tasting and fundraiser. Not sure which wines you like, or how to pick a bottle for a given occasion? This introduction to wine tasting is for you!
🍷Learn more & register for Progressive Palates

News You Can Use

#SaveThePostOffice

> Call Your Congressional Reps
> Email USPS Board of Governors

A robust and functioning post office is an essential service, for medicine, for Social Security checks, and yes, also for voting by mail. Take a stand against the current administration’s hobbling of this quintessentially American institution to suppress the vote. Call on your congressional representatives to investigate and write each member of the United States Post Office Board of Governors to remove Louis DeJoy (click the links above).

Bonus: Ask Democratic governors to allow emailed ballot return for Americans abroad

Have you requested your absentee ballot THIS YEAR?

We’re 11 weeks from the 2020 election. If you haven’t registered to vote and requested your absentee ballot this year, it’s time. Make sure to do it now so there’s time for your ballot to get here and to travel back to the U.S.

Visit VoteFromAbroad.org to complete a ballot request — and then send in that request!

Get trained: Help Americans abroad vote!

You can learn how to assist fellow Americans with voting and absentee ballot requests at a voter registration training! The more voter registration volunteers and phone bankers, the higher the overseas turnout in November will be.


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News: 🎉 Quiz Night this Wednesday 🗳Voting Office Hours 💁Help Register Voters

Thanks to everyone who marked 4th of July this year by registering to vote and requesting your absentee ballot.

We'd like to recognize the volunteers at all the outdoor voter registration spots: Dan & Renee in Kreuzberg, Corey in Friedrichshain, Emily in Prenzlauer Berg, Diego & Jill in Wedding, and Donovan in Potsdam. Here are a few photos from our decentralized Independence Day (Facebook).

Great American Quiz Night

After the great time at last month's virtual trivia (to replace pub night), we're hosting another five rounds of quiz nightthis Wednesday from 7-9pm. Join alone or gather friends for a team, ►RSVP to get the the video call link.

Help more Americans vote from abroad!

Together with other Democrats Abroad groups around Germany, we're hosting virtual office hours to assist voters with registering and requesting absentee ballots (dates and times below).

You can learn how to help at one of our voter registration trainings! The more trained volunteers and phone bankers are answering questions and reaching out, the higher the overseas turnout in November will be.

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News: 🇺🇸 4th of July 🎆 Kreuzberg, Wedding, Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, Potsdam 🎉 Pub Quiz Night

Celebrate 4th of July this year locally, safely, and with a purpose: taking back our democracy this November.

4th of July: Democracy Outdoors

Volunteers will be in five different outdoor locations around Berlin and Potsdam on Independence Day. We'll provide voter registration and absentee ballot request help, so that you can vote in November.

Already requested? Great! Come by to get your own voter mobilization pack. We'll be handing them out so you can help reach the many U.S. citizens living across Berlin and the surrounding area. Learn how you may become a phone banker or a voter assistance volunteer!

Where to meet us outdoors

Friedrichshain - Shakespeare & Sons
Sat. July 4, 2020, 11am - 1pm
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Prenzlauer Berg - Cookies and Cream Garden
Sat. July 4, 2020, 1 - 3pm
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Kreuzberg - Schöneberger Wiese in Gleisdreieck Park
Sat. July 4, 2020, 1 - 3pm
RSVP & location details | Facebook

Wedding - Volkspark Humboldthain
Sat. July 4, 2020, 1 - 3pm
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Potsdam - Starbucks Brandenburgerstraße
Sat. July 4, 2020, 12 - 2pm
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Hygiene & Safety

Please wear a mask and maintain appropriate distance from others at the event. To complete an online ballot request during the event, we ask you bring your own smart phone or tablet. We will not be providing or sharing devices as a health precaution. The safety of our community members comes first.

By the way: we're hosting a second Great American Quiz Night! Mark your calendar for July 15 and get your team together.

We're looking forward to seeing you outside and on the internet. Take care of yourself!


 

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News: 💻Potsdam, Kreuzberg & Leipzig Meetups 🤨Berlin Quiz Night 🗳Voter Help Office Hours

As we continue into a summer of social distance, our calendar is filling up with online events, voter assistance, volunteer opportunities, and more. Please join us and invite a friend to join a virtual event!

This Tuesday, the Potsdam precinct is meeting online and getting organized. If you live in or around Potsdam, stop by and get to know your neighbors. Please spread the word to other Americans in the area. ►RSVP for Potsdam organizing meeting

On Wednesday, Kreuzbergers are getting together after work for a casual online chat and meet-up Stop by to say hi whether you live in the central district or nearby! ►RSVP for Kreuzberg Kiez meetup

Thursday, the Leipzig-Halle precinct is holding their monthly meeting. It's an active group that's growing fast: pass this along to anyone you know in Sachsen! ►Leipzig meeting info

In June, we're planning two big phone banking pushes! On June 11, we'll have a virtual Berlin party: pop into the room and hang out in between making calls to remind fellow Americans to vote from abroad. Phone banking is one of the best ways to reach voters abroad and help them request absentee ballots, especially in 2020.

On Flag Day (June 14) members all across Germany will be Dialing For Democracy, a fundraising call-a-thon. Callers will be calling all day to help meet our outreach goals and their sponsors will help provide critical funds to keep these projects going! ►Find out how you can be a part it.

Last but not least, we're planning an online American quiz night to replace our regular pub nights. Mark your calendar for June 17 and start getting your team together. 

We're looking forward to seeing you on the internet. Take care of yourself!

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News: 🌷🌼Upcoming in May: Tax Info Session, Convention, Office Hours 📅

As we continue to keep social distance, we've got a full slate of events, voter assistance, volunteer opportunities, and more online. Please join us and invite a friend to join a virtual event!

Democrats Abroad advocates for tax fairness for Americans abroad, but can't provide individual tax advice. It's a common concern, so we're happy that Monique Luegger, EA, (a member and volunteer) is offering her expertise in an online Info Session: U.S. Taxes While Living Abroad for our members tomorrow on May 13, 2020.

You'll learn more about what you need to do as an American citizen or permanent resident living abroad. To support our voter outreach, we ask that each attendee contribute by making 20 phone calls in our current phone campaign, or a donating 10€. There are a few spots left!
►More details & RSVP for U.S. Tax Info Session

Office hours with the Berlin chapter chair are continuing this month. You can connect with Diego Rivas and get voting support on the video call on on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 6-6:45pm. ►RSVP for May Office Hours

Phone banking is an extremely important tool for Democrats Abroad to reach voters abroad and help them request absentee ballots. In 2020, we're relying on phone banking even more than usual, due to the constraints on in-person outreach. For the Global Presidential Primary, 61 phone bankers in Germany made over 3500 calls, leading to the 2nd highest turnout in Democrats Abroad!

Scroll down to find out how you can be part of this outreach -- through calling and financial support.

We're looking forward to seeing you on the internet. Take care of each other!

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News: 💻Tax Info Session, Virtual Volunteering, May events 📅

We're getting the hang of online events, and looking forward to seeing you virtually at one of the book clubs, pub quizzes, volunteer trainings, and even an info session on taxes. Thanks to our volunteers in Berlin, Leipzig, and throughout Germany for organizing!

Democrats Abroad advocates for tax fairness for Americans abroad, but can't provide individual advice. Taxes are a common concern for many members though, so we're excited to host an online Info Session: U.S. Taxes While Living Abroad with Monique Luegger, EA, from Americans’ Income Tax Service on May 13, 2020.

You'll learn more about what you need to do as an American citizen or permanent resident living abroad. To support our voter outreach, we ask that each attendee contribute by making 20 phone calls in our current phone campaign, or a donation of 10€.
►More details & RSVP for U.S. Tax Info Session

Make a difference in the 2020 election while at home in Germany! Join us the Get Out The Vote Volunteer Training this Wednesday to learn how to help Americans vote from abroad:
►RSVP for online GOTV training on April 29, 2020

Our monthly Berlin chapter meeting is continuing online. You can connect with us on the video call next week on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 from 7:30-8:30pm. ►RSVP for May Chapter Meeting

We're looking forward to seeing you on the internet. Take care of each other!

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🌸April Online ⚡️Volunteer Training, Chapter Meeting, Chair's Office Hours 💻

This probably isn't how most of us imagined spring in Berlin this year. Even as the weather warms up, please continue to stay in -- we've got our new lineup of virtual events and ways to get involved below.

You voted in the Global Presidential Primary, now what? As promised in the last Berlin chapter email, we've been working on transitioning many of our events to online formats, and finding ways to do outreach to potential voters online. We'd like to hear from members both new and old what's important to you: let us know what you'd like to see.

We'd love to connect with you at the first edition of online office hours with Berlin chair Diego Rivas this Thursday evening April 9, 2020. ►RSVP for office hours

Our monthly chapter meeting is moving online! Join our video call next week on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 7:30-8:30pm. ►RSVP for April Chapter Meeting

Want to take action while at home? You can be part of the phone banking campaign to call Democrats Abroad members and remind them to request absentee ballots. We've just stated a new campaign to reach 3000 members in Germany. There's a training today, Tuesday April 7 at 7pm: ►RSVP for phone banking training

We're looking forward to seeing you on the internet. Now's the time to check in on friends and neighbors. Take care of each other!

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News: 🇺🇸Global Primary: ✅Welcome to our new members! 🎉Postponing upcoming events

The Global Presidential Primary was a huge success! In the last two weeks, over 1200 new members have joined Democrats Abroad in and around Berlin (including in Leipzig, Jena, Potsdam, and Dresden), with similar increases in the rest of Germany.

Since many of you are hearing from us for the first time, here's quick rundown of what our 100% volunteer-powered group does, besides primary voting centers.

What is Democrats Abroad in Berlin?

As your local Democrats Abroad chapter, our mission is to help Americans living outside the U.S. exercise their right to vote. This includes

  • voter registration events
  • phone banking
  • and other voter outreach initiatives

In addition to helping you register to vote and request absentee ballots, we also organize speakers, panels, film screenings, and discussions to keep you connected with current political issues. Finally, Democrats Abroad Berlin also hosts events for the American community, like 4th of July and Thanksgiving parties, all with the goal of helping people stay involved and engaged in U.S. political process while living in Germany.

Besides these emails (which we send out a few times a month), you can stay in touch with us on social media, too:

Record-Breaking Global Primary Turnout

On each of the voting center days in Berlin, over 500 people voted! On Super Tuesday, Berlin had the biggest turnoutout of all Democrats Abroad polling centers. Thank you all for taking the time to cast your vote in the presidential primary. Here are a few photos (Facebook)

Thank you as well to all the volunteers who helped with distributing ballots, setting up, cleaning up, directing voters, tallying votes, helping people register to vote, and many more crucial roles. It was a huge, collective effort, and we couldn't have done it without everyone's support.

Upcoming Events Postponed ➜ Online Organizing

In line with the rest of Democrats Abroad Germany & public health regulations, we're postponing all events until further notice. 

We encourage you to stay home as much as possible, avoid any non-essential gatherings, and keep in touch with friends and neighbors for mutual support.

We’re currently looking into which of our events can be held online, and what tools to use. We’ll keep you posted and reassess at the end of the month about April events. Take care of each other.

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