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.
Holiday Cookie Swap
December Political Pub Night - Weihnachtsmarkt Edition - Save the Date!
Wed. Dec 18, 2018
Time & location TBA
Women's March Berlin - Save the Date!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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)
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.
Glitter Emergency - Fight the Right Fundraiser
Wed. Oct 24, 2018, 7-10pm
Hallesches Haus, Tempelhofer-Ufer 1, 10961 Berlin
2018 U.S. Midterms Breakfast
Potsdam Precinct Meeting - Save the Date!
Sun. Nov 11, 2018
Exact time & location TBD
Human Rights Award 2018: Women’s March USA
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.
FORMER CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. MAYOR MIKE SIGNER - SAVE THE DATE
Mon. Oct 15, 2018, early evening
OCTOBER POLITICAL PUB NIGHT – BUCHHANDLUNG CAFFETERIA
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
SEPTEMBER PUB NIGHT – THE CASTLE
WOMEN'S CAUCUS WORKSHOP: REVISIT, REFOCUS, REVITALIZE, RE-EMPOWER
DEMOCRATS ABROAD 10TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST EXTRAVAGANZA
Sun. Oct 7, 2018, 11am-2:30pm
Schottenhamel Tent, Theresienwiese, 80336 Munich
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
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
- Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 3-6pm
- Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 1-4pm
- Tuesday, August 28th, 2018, 5:30-8:30pm
- Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 6:30-9:00pm
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
July Pub Night - BRLO
Democrats Abroad @ LGBT Stadtfest
Summer Movie Night - Save the date!
Tue. Aug 7, 2018, 7:30pm
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!