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🍪🌲Holiday treats this Tuesday at 2nd annual cookie swap! 🍡☕️

As 2018 comes to an end, we’d like to take a moment to reflect together on all our efforts and events as Democrats in Berlin this year. Let's celebrate the progressive gains in the midterms!

This Tuesday evening, join us for the 2nd annual holiday cookie swap in lieu of our regular December meeting. We'll have Glühwein and other drinks for a small donation, so join us with your cookies or other treats (sweet or savory) you'd like share.

If you'd like to get more involved with Democrats Abroad in 2019, get in touch about running for a leadership role in the Berlin chapter – details below.

Upcoming Events

Holiday Cookie Swap

Tue. Dec 4, 2018, 7:30-9pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
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December Political Pub Night - Weihnachtsmarkt Edition - Save the Date!

Wed. Dec 18, 2018
Time & location TBA

Women's March Berlin - Save the Date!

Sat. Jan 19, 2019
Facebook | Want to help organize the 2019 march? Email us!

Berlin Chapter Elections

Tue. Jan 29, 2019

Democrats Abroad Berlin is a 100% volunteer organization run by leaders elected every two years.

The Berlin chapter of Democrats Abroad will be having an election for the following positions: Chapter Chair, Vice-Chair, Press and Communications Officer, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator, and a Get Out The Vote Coordinator. More information on the election and the positions forthcoming -- in the meantime, if you are interested in running for a leadership position, please contact us at dag-berlin@democratsabroad.org

Please save the date and encourage other Americans in Berlin to come: we would like to have a large and democratic voter turnout to elect our new leaders.

2019 Annual General Meeting (Democrats Abroad Germany)

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


Midterm Election Breakfast, Women’s March Award Ceremony & 2019 Save the Date

We’re just two weeks out from the midterm elections. We hope you’ve got your ballot filled out and you’re about to send it back to the U.S. -- if not, just hit reply on this email and let us know how we can help!

Now’s not the time to rest yet:

We still need your help to make calls to Americans abroad who we haven’t been able to reach yet. All you need is a computer and a few minutes. Join our last phonebanking push.

This Wednesday (Oct 24th), check out “Glitter Emergency - Art Against The Right” at Hallesches Haus, a benefit salon with art and music. We hope we’ll see you there!

For the U.S. 2018 midterm elections, we’ll be hosting a breakfast on Wednesday, November 7th starting at 7:30am to watch the live returns together. Come by before work, grab a coffee, and discuss the results in the company of Americans and friends! More details below & don't forget to RSVP.

On November 12th, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is honoring the Women’s March USA with its annual Human Rights Award. Several organizers from the U.S. committee will be coming to Berlin for the ceremony, and you’re all invited! Details & RSVP link at the bottom.

Upcoming Events

Glitter Emergency - Fight the Right Fundraiser

Wed. Oct 24, 2018, 7-10pm
Hallesches Haus, Tempelhofer-Ufer 1, 10961 Berlin
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2018 U.S. Midterms Breakfast

Wed. Nov 7, 2018, 7:30-10am
Digital Eatery, Unter den Linden 17, 10117 Berlin (U/S Friedrichstraße)
RSVP (required) | Volunteer| Facebook

Potsdam Precinct Meeting - Save the Date!

Sun. Nov 11, 2018
Exact time & location TBD

Human Rights Award 2018: Women’s March USA

Mon. Nov 12, 2018, 5pm
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Hiroshimastr. 17, 10785 Berlin
RSVP (required) | Facebook

Women's March Berlin - Save the Date!

Sat. Jan 19, 2019
Facebook | Want to help organize the 2019 march? Email us!


🗳Register to Vote TONIGHT at our October meeting in Berlin & events next week

There are 19 states whose voter registration deadline for the midterm election is Tuesday, October 9, 2018 (today!)

  • If Kavanaugh's hearings and confirmation riled you up,
  • If you can't believe Trump's tax fraud is uncensured,
  • If you're terrified about climate change,
  • If children held in detention are breaking your heart,

one way to take action is to VOTE.

NEED HELP REGISTERING TO VOTE AND REQUESTING YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT?

Volunteers will be ready to help at our October meeting, TONIGHT(Tuesday, Oct 9) starting from 7:30pm. We're also going to be holding a roundtable discussion, looking for your feedback on the Berlin chapter's activities over the last year, what went well and suggestions for what could be different.

Save the date for former Charlottesville, Va. Mayor Mike Signer, who will be speaking to Democrats Abroad Berlin the evening of Monday Oct 15about his work on the Communities Overcoming Extremism project. Location to be announced!

Event tip: New Jersey governor Phil Murphyis opening a Choose NJ's Europe office in Berlin on Tuesday Oct 16at 10am. RSVPfor the ceremony.

Join us for October political pub nighton Wednesday Oct 17as we try out a new spot in Mitte: Buchhandlung Caffeteria. Grab a friend for a drink and a snack after work!

Couldn't make it to Democrats Abroad Oktoberfest in Munich this past weekend? Check out the video from Wiesn! A few weeks ago, Berlin hosted Germany's Women's Caucus, here are some photos from workshop.

UPCOMING EVENTS

OCTOBER MEETING

Tue. Oct 9, 2018, 7:30-9pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr 6, 10997 Berlin
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FORMER CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. MAYOR MIKE SIGNER - SAVE THE DATE

Mon. Oct 15, 2018, early evening
Location TBA

OCTOBER POLITICAL PUB NIGHT – BUCHHANDLUNG CAFFETERIA

Wed. Oct 17, 2018, from 7pm
Buchhandlung Caffeteria Bar, Tucholsky Str 32, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
RSVP| Facebook


🗳Get out the vote in Berlin at next week's Phonebanking Parties 📞

Democrats Abroad Berlin is getting out the vote! Instead of our usual September meeting, we'll be meeting Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday next week to make phone calls for the November midterm elections. Join one of these phone banking party and help us reach our goal of contacting all of our members in September.

Let's make everyone requests their absentee ballot!

On Saturday, September 22nd, 2018, the Women's Caucus is hosting a workshop "REVISIT, REFOCUS, REVITALIZE, RE-EMPOWER" in Berlin. Register now, and if you're willing to offer a homestay for member coming from out of town, let us know here.

PHONEBANKING WEEK IN BERLIN

Phonebanking is easy and straightforward. All you'll need is your computer (and headphones if you have them). At the beginning of each phonebanking party we'll have a training session.

All phonebanking sessions will be at a private home, so RSVP is required for the exact address:

  • MondayPhonebanking Party in Kreuzberg
  • TuesdayPhonebanking Party in Prenzlauer Berg
  • ThursdayPhonebanking Party in Kreuzberg

UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPTEMBER PUB NIGHT – THE CASTLE

Wed. Sep 19, 2018, 7pm
The Castle, Invalidenstr. 129, 10115 Berlin-Mitte (S Nordbahnhof)
RSVP | Facebook

WOMEN'S CAUCUS WORKSHOP: REVISIT, REFOCUS, REVITALIZE, RE-EMPOWER

Sat. Sep 22, 2018, 8:30am-9pm
CIEE Global Institute, Gneisenaustraße 27, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg
RSVP | Facebook

DEMOCRATS ABROAD 10TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST EXTRAVAGANZA

Sun. Oct 7, 2018, 11am-2:30pm
Schottenhamel Tent, Theresienwiese, 80336 Munich
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Each ticket includes a reserved seat in the gallery, half of a roasted chicken (vegetarian options available), 2 liters of Spaten beer (other beverage options, too), and 10 Euro coupon for other purchases.

ABSENTEE BALLOT COFFEE BREAKS / BEER & BALLOTS

Fall 2018 Voter Registration & Absentee Ballot Request Office Hours around Berlin

Between now and the midterm elections on Nov 6, 2018, we’ll be having “office hours” at cafes and bars around Berlin to help overseas Americans request absentee ballot & vote from abroad. The initial dates are below!

We’d like to do more voting support “office hours” at more locations around Berlin — can you help? Email us, we’d love to hear from you.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018, 6:30-9:00PM

Stone Brewing Tap Room in Prenzlauer Berg, Oderbergerstr. 15, 10435 Berlin
RSVP| Facebook


Fall 2018 Voter Registration & Absentee Ballot Request Office Hours around Berlin

Between now and the midterm elections on Nov 6, 2018, we’ll be having “office hours” at cafes and bars around Berlin to help you request your absentee ballot & vote from abroad. Here are the initial dates:

  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 3-6pm
    • Einstein Cafe at Gendarmenmarkt, Markgrafenstraße 34, 10117 Berlin
    • RSVP | Facebook
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 3-6pm
    • Oslo Kafe Bar in Mitte, Eichendorffstraße 13, 10115 Berlin
    • RSVP | Facebook
  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 1-4pm
    • Hallesches Haus, Tempelhofer Ufer 1, 10961 Berlin
    • RSVP | Facebook
  • Tuesday, August 28th, 2018, 5:30-8:30pm
    • Südblock, Admiralstr. 1-2, 10999 Berlin (U1/U8 Kottbusser Tor)
    • RSVP | Facebook
  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 6:30-9:00pm
    • Stone Brewing Tap Room in Prenzlauer Berg, Oderbergerstr. 15, 10435 Berlin
    • RSVP | Facebook

But we’d like to do more voting support “office hours” at more ☕️🍺🍵🍰 locations in the city — can you help? Slide into our DMs or email us the old-fashioned way, we’d love to hear from you


Election Spotlight - New Mexico's First Congressional Race

This next woman could make history!

The United States has never elected a Native American woman to Congress, but that could change with Debra Haarland, who is running in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional district. Haarland won the Democratic Party Nomination in June, and her Republican opponent is Janice Arnold-Jones.

Haarland is extremely active in politics and a diligent advocate for Native American rights. She graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law specializing in Indian Law in 2006. In 2008, she was a full time volunteer on Obama’s presidential campaign, and in 2012 Haarland served as the New Mexico state Native American vote director for Obama’s reelection campaign. In 2015, Haarland was elected to be the Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. During her two years as Chair, Haarland led New Mexico to flip its State House from red to blue. She is also an activist and traveled to Standing Rock to support the Standing Rock people.

Haarland is focused on acting fast to counteract climate change by fighting for 100% clean energy, and putting people over profits. She also believes that income inequality cannot be ignored any longer, and will fight for better and fairer infrastructure. Along with better infrastructure, Haarland will fight for better conditions for working families - a higher minimum wage, expanding social security, free child care and medicare for all. Haarland is also determined to create better public education, including debt-free college and universal pre-k. Haarland is also a stark advocate for women, minorities and immigrants. She will fight for full rights for all. To learn more visit https://debforcongress.com/

Remember to request your ballot from https://www.votefromabroad.org/ so you can vote in the upcoming elections!

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Volunteer Training at Cosmo Lounge

We’re so lucky to have many wonderful volunteers ready to help talk to overseas Americans and register new voters. This week, we held a quick 1-hour info session in preparation for the weekend’s 26. Lesbisch-schwules Stadtfest Berlin 2018!

Here's what we talked about

  • What is Democrats Abroad?
  • What is Democrats Abroad Berlin up to?
    • Voter registration & support
    • Upcoming events, like monthly pub nights, monthly themed meetings, and more
    • Phone banking to contact overseas voters
  • What is volunteering at the LGBT Stadtfest like?

Want to offer a couple hours to do outreach to overseas Americans this weekend? Sign up here: http://www.volunteersignup.org/P873A


Election Spotlight - Minnesota's Second Congressional District

Happy Tuesday and Election Spotlight Day!

Minnesota has four seats in the House up for reelection in 2018, one of them being Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District where Angie Craig, the only Democrat in the race, is running against Incumbent Representative Jason Lewis, a Republican. This district is a vital swing vote, and Lewis beat Craig by 1.8% in 2016, even though Craig outspent Lewis by 3 million dollars. The Washington Post rated this race as a top-10 race this cycle. The primary will take place on August 14, 2018.

After putting herself through college, Craig worked as a newspaper reporter, then became the head of Global Human Resources for St. Jude Medical. Craig and her wife have four boys - three in college and one in high school. She is a dedicated mother, and even had to fight to adopt her sons. Craig is incredibly dedicated to her community, and wants to create policy that actually puts people first. She was inspired to run for Congress because “Americans’ hard work is not paying off like it used to” (angiecraig.com).

Craig wants to grow the American economy by fostering small businesses and creating jobs for today and tomorrow, an area which she already has experience as she lead a workforce of 16,000 employees at St. Jude. She strives to create affordable, accessible healthcare for all and better education, including public education, career training and college. Craig also wants all veterans and senior citizens to have access to the best healthcare and social programs possible. She is an advocate for the environment, women, and is pro common sense gun laws. To read more visit http://www.angiecraig.com/

Remember to request your ballot from http://www.votefromabroad.org/ so you can vote in the upcoming elections!

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Help celebrate 🌈 LGBT Pride at Stadtfest this weekend

It's a busy and exciting week here in Berlin:

Democrats Abroad Berlin is thrilled to participate in the Lesbisch-Schwules Stadtfest in Schöneberg again this weekend! We will have a booth on both days where we’ll mingle with festival attendees, sell DA swag, and register Americans abroad to vote. It's fun to be right in the middle of street fest, and the atmosphere is amazing with hundreds of thousands of visitors over the course of the weekend.

How you can help

Volunteer for a few hours this weekendwith a friend to reach out to other Americans living overseas. We especially need more volunteers in the mornings and evenings, and we promise: it's a great time!

4th of July Photos

We had a great time celebrating Independence Day as Americans (and friends) in Berlin, we estimate that over 100 people showed up! Thanks to everyone who joined us, who registered to vote, brought food, baked pies, and made it an awesome 4th of July. ►Check out the photos from the party

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Training

Tue. July 17, 2018, 6:30-7:30pm
Cosmo Lounge, Ziegelstraße 28, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
RSVP | Facebook

Not 100% sure what volunteering means? We've got you covered! This Tuesday, we'll be hosting a quick volunteer orientation to go over what to expect and what to do when you're volunteering at Stadtfest or any other Democrats Abroad event.

Kaffee und Kuchen - Help to Request your Absentee Ballot

Tue. July 17, 2018, 3-6pm
Betahaus, Prinzessinnenstraße 19/20, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg (U8 Moritzplatz)
RSVP| Facebook

July Pub Night - BRLO

Wed. July 18, 2018, 7-10pm
BRLO Brwhouse, Schöneberger Str. 16, 10963 Berlin (U1/U2 Gleisdreieck)
RSVP| Facebook

Democrats Abroad @ LGBT Stadtfest

Sat & Sun. July 21-22, all day
Nollendorfplatz, Schöneberg
Volunteer| Facebook

Summer Movie Night - Save the date!

Tue. Aug 7, 2018, 7:30pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße

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Election Spotlight - Maine's US Senate Race

Up next is Maine's US Senate Race! 

Maine has not had a Democratic Senator since electing Senator George Mitchell in 1988, but that could change on November 6th. Zak Ringelstein is the Democratic Nominee and is running against the Incumbent, Senator Angus King and the Republican Nominee, Eric Brakey.

After Ringelstein graduated from Columbia University, he became a teacher. Ringelstein has taught internationally and in America, where his passion for public education grew. He was invited to the White House to work on early childhood education policy, has given TEDx Talks about the dangers of standardized testing, and co-led a campaign “PowerToPublic” to prevent Betsy Devos from becoming the Secretary of Education. RIngelstein is running because he does not want policy to be controlled by big money anymore, therefore he is not taking money from PACs, lobbyists or corporations.

Ringelstein’s platform includes creating more living wage jobs, getting money out of politics, enacting medicare for all, protecting and preserving our environment, and investing in public schools. In terms of being an advocate, he fights for women’s rights, racial justice, immigrants, indigenous people, our LGBTQ+ communities, and people with disabilities. He also wants to make the rich pay their fair share of taxes, reduce income inequality, and ensure college students are not burdened with debt. To learn more visit http://www.ringelsteinformaine.com/

Remember to request your ballot from http://www.votefromabroad.org/ so you can vote in the upcoming elections!

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