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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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:
- Twitter: @demsinberlin
- Facebook: Democrats Abroad Germany - Berlin Chapter
- Instagram: @demsabroadgermany
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.Read more
In line with the rest of Democrats Abroad Germany & recommendations from local health officials, we’re postponing all events through March 31st. We encourage you to stay home as much as possible, avoid large 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!
Starting one week from today, you can vote in the presidential primary in person! Democrats Abroad has voting centers in over 30 cities in Germany, including in Berlin, Dresden, Jena, & Leipzig between March 3 and 10th, 2020.
If you can't make it to one of the voting centers, you can also vote remotely by downloading your ballot and returning it by email or in the mail.
Why should you vote in Democrats Abroad's Global Primary?
- It's one of the only opportunities to vote in-person as a U.S. citizen abroad.
- Your vote has an impact! Democrats Abroad sends a team of 21 delegates to the Democratic National Convention (at a better voter-to-delegate ratio than many states).
- You can vote in the Global Presidential Primary, and still vote down-ballot races like for Senate or Governor in your home state. Just skip the presidential question.
- Show how many Americans abroad vote!
Our Berlin Kiez captains and volunteers are hosting phone banking events all around Berlin. Join one to call Americans abroad and remind them to vote in the primary. It's easy and really effective. Scroll down for phone banking dates & locations.
Global Presidential Primary Voting Centers Near You
Berlin Primary Voting Center
Leipzig Primary Voting Center
Dresden Primary Voting Center
Jena Primary Voting CenterRead more
Join us tonight (Wed. Feb 19th) at our monthly political pub night. It's an informal gathering, swing by when you can: meet other Americans in Berlin, ask questions about voting in the primary, and shoot the breeze about the news. See you at Kater&Goldfisch in Wedding!
▶︎RSVP & details
Our amazing Berlin Kiez captains and volunteers are hosting phone banking events over the next two weeks. They're happening near you in Mitte, Schöneberg, Friedrichshain, Wedding, Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg. Come and call Americans abroad and remind them to vote. It's easy and really effective! Jump down ⬇️ to dates & times.
Live in Leipzig, Halle, Dresden, or Jena? ⏭Skip down to the bottom for those events.Read more
We had a big and energized crowd at the monthly meeting last week, the day after the Iowa caucus. Thanks to all the Berliners who came to get involved (see on Instagram). Neukölln & Pankow Kiez meetups also went really well: photos on Twitter. Our stalwart Kiez captains and volunteers will be hosting phone banking events over the next few weeks to encourage fellow Democrats to vote in the Global Presidential Primary. Scroll down ⬇︎ for dates & times.
Mark your calendar on Wednesday, Feb 19th, 2020, for monthly political pub night at Kater und Goldfisch in Wedding. It's a casual get-together, so stop by to get to know other members, get help with registering to vote, and find out more about getting involved. RSVP & see you there!
The Berlin Women's Caucus is hosting the first meet & greet of 2020 this Sunday afternoon, Feb 16th. More details here.Read more
We are excited to announce that Democrats Abroad is hosting a Global Presidential Primary voting center in Leipzig!
On March 3 (Super Tuesday) and Sunday, March 7, 2020, Democrats Abroad members will have the opportunity to vote IN PERSON for their Democratic presidential candidate of choice at our polling station at the GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde. The Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Sachsen (DAIS) will be organizing a speaker and side events, so come to hang out too!
Volunteer at the Global Primary
To ensure that as many Americans as possible in our region can vote, we are looking for volunteers to assist at the voting center. No prior experience is necessary. If you want to help out on March 3 and/or March 7, please sign up using the links below. You may register for multiple shifts if you choose.
- Volunteer on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020: https://www.volunteersignup.org/AEEPT
- Volunteer on Saturday, March 7th, 2020: http://www.volunteersignup.org/ACKEE
Spread the word about upcoming events in Leipzig!
Film Screening: Pariah (2011, OmU)
Recipient of the 2011 Sundance Excellence in Cinematography Award, Pariah is a semi-autobiographical coming-out/coming-of-age story. The protagonist, a 17-year-old, African-American New Yorker named Alike, is on a journey to come to terms with, and ultimately embrace, her identity as a lesbian. The event features an introduction by Mascha Lange of the Institute of American Studies Leipzig.
A group of Democrats Abroad Leipzig-Halle members will be at the screening, and we'd love to see you there!
Meet & Plan in Leipzig
Calling all Democrats in Leipzig, Halle, and surrounding areas! Are you feeling increasingly nervous as the primaries draw near?
Do you want to make a difference this election year but don't know how? We have good news for you! Join us on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at our planning session for the upcoming Global Presidential Primary in Leipzig.
Over "Kaffee und Kuchen" at the historic Café Grundmann, we will discuss what needs to be done to make our primary voting center a success. Never been to one of our Democrats Abroad meetings before? No problem! Come by and learn about our efforts to get out the vote in 2020. We'd love to see you there!
Global Presidential Primary in Leipzig
At the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary, YOU choose the 2020 Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Don’t miss your chance to vote in person this presidential year! Join thousands of U.S. citizens like you, living abroad, who will participate in this year’s Global Presidential Primary through Democrats Abroad.