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!Read more
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!Read more
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.
We're back from the Annual General Meeting in Munich and full of energy to help as many Americans vote from Berlin. You can catch a glimpse of the weekend and #teamBerlin in this photo album (Facebook).
There was also a great turnout (photos on Twitter) at the January 2020 kickoff meeting. Thanks to everyone who came and signed up to get involved this year!
Did you know Democrats Abroad runs its own primary? March 3-10, 2020, Americans abroad can vote for a Democratic presidential candidate in the Global Presidential Primary. There are over 30 polling places around Germany, including four in the east: Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, and Jena. You can also return your ballot by post, email, or fax. More details about in-person voting locations at the end.
Join us on Tuesday, Feb 4th for the monthly meeting in Berlin at Brauhaus Südstern. It'll be right after the Iowa caucuses, so there'll be lots to discuss -- and you can get help with registering to vote and find out more about getting involved. RSVP & see you there!
Volunteer at the Global Primary
There will be four voting centers in eastern Germany, which is a big undertaking -- all powered by volunteers. To help make these primary polling places run smoothly, we need YOUR HELP with setup, greeting voters, registration, ballot box observing, ballot counting, and clean-up. If you can pitch in for a few hours, sign up here:
- Berlin Global Primary
- Leipzig Global Primary
Dresden Global Primary
- Thursday, March 5th: email email@example.com
Jena Global Primary
- Saturday, March 7th: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kiez 💙 Phonebanking
We now have Kiez teams in Pankow, Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte, Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Moabit, Wedding, and Friedrichshain!
They'll be organizing neighborhood phonebanking parties in the latter half of February, to invite members to the Global Presidential Primary and remind them to request their ballots.
If you can offer your living room or office on one evening so a group of 4-6 volunteers from your Kiez can make phone calls (over the internet), please let us know! Drop a line to email@example.com
Democratic Candidate Campaigns in Berlin*
Organizing for one of the Democratic presidential candidates in Berlin? We're happy to share a local event or get-together in this email newsletter and on our website. Please submit it here: http://demsinberlin.de/submit-event/
How to request your absentee ballot
- Use our tool votefromabroad.org to request your ballot. You need to do this every calendar year to make sure you're still on the voter rolls.
- Already done? Help a friend to do the same!
If you need help with any of this, we're happy to lend a hand! Email firstname.lastname@example.org and come to any event in Berlin, Potsdam, Leipzig, and Dresden.
February Meeting in Berlin (right after Iowa Caucuses!)
Kiez Meetup – Neukölln
Kiez Meetup: Postcards & Beer – Pankow
February Book Club - Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Global Presidential Primary in Berlin
Events outside Berlin
Film Screening: Pariah (2011, OmU) in Leipzig
Meet & Plan in Leipzig
Global Presidential Primary in Leipzig
Global Presidential Primary in Dresden
Global Presidential Primary in Jena
Democrats Abroad Berlin
* 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.
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.
Here are the official primary voting centers in the Berlin chapter's geographic region (all of the former East German states):
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 12pm to 8pm
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 11am to 7pm
The Digital Eatery, Unter den Linden 17, 10117 Berlin
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 4pm to 8pm
The Student Hotel, Prager Str. 13, 01069 Dresden
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 10am to 6pm
Haus auf der Mauer, Johannisplatz 26, 07743 Jena
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 4pm to 9pm
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 10am to 2pm
GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig, Johannisplatz 5-11, 04103 Leipzig
Democrats Abroad has just a few requirements for voting in the primary:
- Be abroad and be a U.S. citizen
- Be a member of Democrats Abroad (you can join now or even at the voting center)
- Be 18 years old as of November 3, 2020
- Not have voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary (see below for more details)
You can only vote in the presidential primary once. That means that if you vote in the Global Primary but also want to vote in your state for down-ballot primary races (such as for your congressperson), you can! Just skip the presidential question on your state primary ballot.
If you're a journalist and would like to interview someone or cover the primary, please email email@example.com with your question or request, we'll be in touch right away.