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Introducing the New Board!

The Berlin chapter of Democrats Abroad Germany elected its new board in February 2021 for a two-year term. We look forward to working hard the next two years to mobilize American voters in Berlin!

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Berlin News: Farewell from your Berlin Board – Chapter Elections on Wednesday

It's time for a new beginning: the Berlin chapter elections for 2021-2023 officers will take place this Wednesday, February 17, 2021, starting at 7pm. RSVP and scroll down for more details on candidates.

This is the last email newsletter from the Berlin chapter's current leadership team. We're looking forward to electing our successors on Wednesday. Here are a few words of farewell from each of us.

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Diego Rivas, Chair

Resilient, opinionated, and progressive, the Berlin Chapter of Democrats Abroad has grown so much these past four years. Not only has our membership doubled, but we have taken important and sustainable steps forward by implementing an elected chapter board and developing our kiez captain network. This was only possible thanks to all of the volunteers and their passion for change. We did our part in getting ‘45’ out of the White House and winning the House and Senate. I will fondly remember the laughs, lessons, discussions (yes, sometimes heated), but most importantly the community spirit of people from all walks of life uniting for a greater cause. It has been a pleasure. I am sincerely looking forward to seeing the chapter continue to grow and to keep in touch with everyone - see you at the next possible pub night.

Emily Lines, Vice Chair

This has been a wild 4 years and I can’t believe that my time as Vice Chair is coming to an end. I enjoyed working with everyone here in Berlin and I am impressed and proud of all the work and time all of our volunteers contributed. I hope that everyone continues to remain engaged and I look forward to continuing to work with the Berlin chapter in the years to come!

Amy Herr, GOTV Coordinator

It has been a wonderful four years volunteering as Events and GOTV Coordinator for our Berlin chapter. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know all of you, maintaining an active network, and helping many of you send in your ballots! I am excited to see what our chapter will do in the coming years, and look forward to the time that we can all meet again.

Theresa Gasinski, Membership & Volunteer Coordinator

I am continually impressed by all of the dedicated and passionate volunteers we have here in Berlin. There is always someone willing to wake up early on a blustery Saturday morning to help set up for our Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, learn the complicated voter registration rules to prepare for the Global Presidential Primary, or open up their home to other Democrats Abroad members for Kiez meetings. I'd like to thank you all for committing your time to help our chapter grow and create a sustainable network of politically-minded Americans doing their part to build an equitable and just future.

Powen Shiah, Communications & Press Officer

When I showed up at my first Democrats Abroad event, I never imagined I would end up volunteering myself for the next several years. It's been my small way of making sure I could look back on these strange and difficult times, knowing that I did my part to keeping a progressive light burning and to stand up for an inclusive and more just vision of the world. I'm looking forward to seeing how our community and movement grow in future. It's been so rewarding to be part of Democrats Abroad Berlin!

Berlin Chapter Elections

Wed. Feb 17, 2021, 7pm
Online (RSVP for Zoom access)
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Berlin News: February chapter meeting on Tuesday! Run for something – upcoming election deadlines

Our first official chapter meeting of 2021 will take place this Tuesday, February 2, 2021. RSVP

Agenda (Preliminary)

  • 2019-2021 Report from the Chair
  • Review of 2020 accomplishments
  • Slideshow: The best chapter photos of 2020
  • Run for something! 2021 Democrats Abroad Berlin and Germany Elections
  • Ask a question: Membership Q&A
  • Open Floor: catch up with other members and chat about Biden's first two weeks in office

Democrats Abroad Berlin is holding elections to fill five chapter leadership positions for two-year terms:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Communications and Press Officer
  • GOTV Coordinator
  • Membership and Volunteer Coordinator

The deadline for advance nominations is February 3, 2021 (14 days prior to the election). Nominations may also be made at the election meeting.

The elections for the Berlin chapter will take place on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

For our book club's next meeting, we'll be reading The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency by John Dickerson. Come discuss (and pick future books) on February 25, 2021.

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Berlin News: Inauguration Pub Night, Chapter Elections, and 2020 Recap

Democrats Abroad Berlin worked hard this past year to mobilize Americans across the German capital to vote in the 2020 Global Presidential Primary as well as the U.S. General Election. We wanted a Democratic House, Senate, and Presidency – and we won all three!

Our goal was to reach the 22,000 U.S. citizens living in Berlin; we knew that every vote would be needed. It was only possible thanks to over 100 local volunteers. A huge shout-out to everyone who made it possible!

►Read our 2020 recap for more on the Berlin chapter’s accomplishments over the last year.

On Wednesday January 20, 2021, join us for Post-Inauguration Pub Night to celebrate the incoming Biden-Harris administration. It'll be a low-key event to reconnect with other members online.

Our first official chapter meeting of 2021 will take place on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. ►RSVP & mark your calendars!

It’s also time for elections for the Berlin chapter: on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, Democrats Abroad Berlin will hold elections to fill five chapter leadership positions for two-year terms.

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This was Democrats Abroad Berlin: 2020 in Review

Democrats Abroad Berlin worked hard this past year to mobilize Americans across the German capital to vote in the 2020 Global Presidential Primary as well as the U.S. General Election.

We wanted a Democratic House, Senate, and Presidency – and we won all three! Our underlying goal was to reach the 22,000 US citizens living in Berlin – we knew that every vote would be needed. During this pivotal year, we...

  • Hosted a Global Presidential Primary voting center
  • Built a network of neighborhood-based mobilization
  • Turned our precincts in Leipzig-Halle and Dresden into a new chapter: Democrats Abroad Saxony
  • Phone and text banked thousands Democrats Abroad members
  • Organized virtual book club meetings and pub quizzes
  • Put on two fundraisers: a wine-tasting fundraiser and a tax information session
  • Provided voter assistance by offering online office hours and answering hundreds of emails
  • Called the “Count the Votes! Rally” in front of Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
  • Represented our efforts on German and European media

All of this was only possible thanks to our 100+ volunteers. A huge shout out to everyone who made our work possible! Continue reading for more details on the Berlin chapter’s 2020 accomplishments.

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2021 Berlin Chapter Elections

Berlin will be holding chapter elections on February 17.   Click here for details.


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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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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