On October 5th, we welcomed Howard Dean to Berlin as part of our kick-off to the 2018 midterms. To start the event, we held an Activist Fair so our members could learn about other opportunities in Berlin to become more involved. We were happy that we could welcome The Coalition, the American Women’s Club, and American Voices Abroad. We also had a table for members to learn more about the various Democrats Abroad Caucuses.
In addition to the Activist Fair, member Eva Adams gave a presentation on different organizations that are working to help flip Congress in 2018. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy of the presentation.
Before we welcomed Howard Dean to the stage, we had two excellent warm-up speakers: Julius van de Laar, a former youth coordinator for Barack Obama and Isaac Epstein, a former New Hampshire State Representative.
Howard Dean gave a great key-note speech, addressing our current political times. He argued in favor of the younger generation and the role they are playing to make a difference. Dean believes that young people are very important and they are very good at mobilizing for a cause. He gave an example of a 22-year-old woman in 2011 who was able to make Bank of America reverse their policy on charging individuals extra for making payments with their debit card. He used this story of an example of how well she was able to mobilize other individuals and make a real change and stand up to one of the biggest banks in America.
Dean went on to discuss how new technologies and abilities of young people can help to more effectively fight for what they believe. However, he also argued that even though young people can mobilize, they need to improve their ability to organize. With younger people no longer feeling a direct connection with a specific political party, it is harder to “pin them down” and have them stay involved with an issue over a long period of time.
Dean also highlighted the importance of staying involved in groups such as Democrats Abroad and also supporting groups like Indivisible, Sister District and Flippable.
Following his speech, Dean took questions from the audience.
The event was covered by ABC News. You can watch the video here http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/democrats-abroad-berlin-kicks-off-2018-midterm-efforts-50309193
Democrats Abroad would like to thank our speakers Howard Dean, Julius van de Laar and Isaac Epstein, as well as all of our volunteers who helped make this event possible. This event helped us raise money, engage our members, and grow our networks in preparation for the fight in 2018. We are looking forward to continuing our speaker series in 2018 - keep an eye out for upcoming events.
We had a great turnout for our workshop last week on talking politics with conservative relatives (and other people you disagree with). To see a few photo, check out this photo album. Thanks again to Joanna Mikulski for leading the workshop!
A small group also visited the Kennedys Museum the weekend before for the opening of the Obama: An Intimate Portrait exhibit (photos here).
Read on for details on our pub night (tomorrow!), the December cookie swap, and events to mark in your calendar (get one from the Women's Caucus!) coming up in 2018.
November Political Pub Night - BRLO
December Holiday Cookie Swap
Tue. Dec 5th, 2017, 7:30-9pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
As 2017 comes to an end, we’d like to take a moment to reflect together on all of the things we’ve done as Democrats in Berlin this year.
Like our 4th of July potluck, we're asking members to bring cookies or other traditional holiday treats (sweet or savory) to share. Let us know what you're bringing using this potluck form. If you can help out with setup, cleanup, drinks, or our info/materials table, please sign up for a volunteer shift.
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Support Democrats Abroad's women's caucus by buying a high-quality calendar for 2018. Remind yourself to celebrate women's firsts every day of the year. These make wonderful gifts and are shipping now! ▶︎Order yours today
Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing the World with journalist Amy Goodman
Sat. Nov 18, 2017, 7:30-9:30pm
Festsaal Kreuzberg, Am Flutgraben 2, 12435 Berlin
Facebook (Please note: this is not a Democrats Abroad event)
Women's March Anniversary
Sat. Jan 21, 2018 - save the date!
We're planning to celebrate and re-energize by commemorating the anniversary of the Women's March with events in Berlin, other parts of Germany, and around the world. To get involved, contact email@example.com
2018 Annual General Meeting
Fri. Feb 23 - Sun. Feb 25, 2018
Stiftung Kultur Palast Hamburg, Öjendorfer Weg 30a, 22119 Hamburg, Germany
Every year members of Democrats Abroad from all over Germany gather in person to discuss issues in the U.S. and plan our activities for the coming year. With midterm elections quickly approaching, join us in Hamburg to learn more about how you can be an active part of getting out the vote, meet other Democrats living in Germany, and shape the organization.
Before we get to what's happening in Berlin, here's an update on what's going on in the U.S.:
There are special and general elections coming up this week in many states, whose outcomes matter! Click on your state below to see more details about voting in these races:
You can also help by signing up to phone bank. Call your fellow Democrats abroad to make sure they're voting!
Here's what we've got going on in Berlin in the next several weeks. We hope we'll see you at one of these upcoming events!
November Workshop: Talking Politics with Conservative Relatives
What does science tell us about how to talk politics with people we disagree with?
Joanna Mikulski, an expert in behavior change communications, will lead a fun and interactive workshop designed to help you put the best ideas from research to use when communicating about hot or sensitive topics. She'll draw on lessons from both from her time at the White House Office of Management and Budget and as the managing director of Assemblyfor, a creative communications and strategy agency.
You'll walk away with tips and tools relevant for day-to-day activism - whether while making calls to your representatives or debating with your conservative relatives over the holidays.
November Pub Night
Wed. Nov 15th, 2017 at 7pm
Save the Date! December Cookie Swap
Tue. Dec 5th, 2017 from 7:30-9pm
We're jumping into fall with a vengeance -- join us this Wednesday for a reading & reflection 53 years after MLK's speech in Berlin. on Sunday, Democrats Abroad is holding a global call with Elizabeth Warren -- let's watch it together! We've also got pub night coming up, our 2018 midterm elections kickoff with Howard Dean, plus the annual Oktoberfest extravaganza in Munich.
53 YEARS AFTER MLK'S SPEECH IN BERLIN: READING AND REFLECTION
On Wed. September 13th, 2017, we're visiting St. Marienkirche Berlin (St. Mary’s Church) in Mitte to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermon there 53 years ago, we'll hold a reading of his sermon "East or West - God's Children," and reflect on King's themes of faith, reconciliation, and social justice, and how those topics in 1964 pertain to the modern struggle in the U.S.
WATCH PARTY: ELIZABETH WARREN SPEAKS TO DEMOCRATS ABROAD
Senator Elizabeth Warren is joining Democrats Abroad for a call on Sunday, September 17th, 2017 at 3:30pm. In Berlin, we're hosting a party to watch the call together at our chapter chair's apartment. We will have some drinks and snacks, but feel free to bring more snacks to share.
SEPTEMBER POLITICAL PUB NIGHT - SCHLEUSENKRUG
TAKE BACK CONGRESS IN 2018! MIDTERMS KICK-OFF WITH HOWARD DEAN
On October 5th, join Democrats Abroad Berlin and Howard Dean as we get ready for the 2018 midterms. Find ways to get more involved in the Berlin chapter, network with other activists groups in Berlin, help raise funds for the Berlin chapter to reach out to the 20,000 US citizens living in Berlin, and ask Howard Dean a question - all in one night!
DA OKTOBERFEST EXTRAVAGANZA 2017
Each ticket includes, a reserved seat in the “Gallerie,” a half roasted chicken (vegetarian options available), 2 liters of Spaten beer (other beverage options, too), and 10-euro coupon for other purchases.
Sun. Oct 1st, 2017 11am - 2:30pm
Schottenhammel Tent, Theresienwiese, 80336 Munich
A t-shirt design contest is a great way to exercise your creativity and immerse yourself deeper into the art of political rhetoric and design. We invite you to submit ideas for t-shirts Democrats Abroad Berlin!
What is the contest about?
Images and designs can communicate strong messages about a subject. For this open design competition, we're hoping to inspire and spread fresh, positive imagery of Democrats Abroad and progressive values, while potentially engaging in some culture jamming. It should convey the urgency of political engagement in Trump’s era, an inspirational message, or the need to succeed in the 2018 midterms.
In the end, we want to a t-shirt that you and other Americans abroad will be excited and proud to wear.
For whom is the contest?
Everyone with an itch for a cause and/or need for expression is welcome to participate!
When is the deadline? How do I enter the contest?
Please submit your entries via email anytime before midnight on July 10th, 2017, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll also have a station to design and submit t-shirts at our 4th of July party (bring your own t-shirt)!
How will the winning design be chosen?
The artwork will be chosen by our Democrats Abroad Berlin chapter board.
The news out of Washington and the U.S. doesn't seem to get any better, does it? Still, We're not letting ourselves get distracted from our progressive goals and building up our organizing muscles. Last Sunday, the Berlin chapter board met for a full-day retreat to plan how we're working towards the elections in 2018 and how to engage more Americans abroad in the political process.
This week, we're jumping right into June with our Tuesday event focusing on refugee policy. Mark your calendars for the American Church in Berlin streetfair on June 17th, political pub night on June 21st at Loretta am Wannsee, a 4th of July BBQ (in lieu of our regular monthly gathering), and the ever-popular Democrats Abroad outreach booth at Lesbisch-Schwules Stadtfest on July 15th & 16th.
Looking forward to seeing you this summer!
June Meeting - Refugee Policy
Join us at our monthly meeting on June 6th, 2017, at 7:30 PM. We will be meeting at Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstrasse. Continuing our new tradition, we will be having a potluck, so please bring food to share! There will be drinks available (by donation).
This month's focus is refugee policy, and we'll have a brief presentation, followed by discussion, and more details on our summer events.
We'll be at the American Church in Berlin annual streetfair to reach out to Americans living in Berlin, to share what Democrats Abroad is organizing in Berlin, and, of course, registering people to vote.
June Pub Night - Loretta am Wannsee Biergarten
July 4th BBQ Party
Democrats Abroad at LGBT Streetfest
We are excited to be part of the Lesbisch-Schwules Stadtfest (Motzstrassenfest) on July 15th & 15th in Schöneberg. The street festival is an annual highlight for Democrats Abroad Berlin. We will have a booth on both days where we’ll mingle with attendees, sell DA swag, and register Americans abroad to vote. We're looking for volunteers to help out for shifts of a few hours (or more) over the weekend. It's a fun festival with a great atmosphere, so grab a friend and sign up for a shift or two together: https://www.volunteersignup.org/AWPX7
The annual general meeting of Democrats Abroad Germany is taking place here in Berlin from March 31 – April 2nd, 2017! As a gathering for politically engaged Americans living in Germany and in Europe, this year we’ll be focusing on how to build a movement for resisting the right-wing agenda and how to champion our progressive values as Americans abroad.
To reduce the financial barriers to participating in this special gathering of Democratic and progressive activists, we are offering several scholarships to cover the requested donation (62€ including Saturday lunch and dinner) for attending the meeting.
More about the Annual General Meeting
During the three days in Berlin, you’ll network with other Democrats from around Germany, vote on the country leadership for the next two years, and have a voice in the discussion about the future of the Democratic Party both in Germany and back in the United States. This year's special dinner guest is Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, DNC chair candidate and U.S. Navy Reserve officer.
Guess who just confirmed for Sunday's evening fundraiser? You'll remember him as a presidential candidate from the Democratic primary...
We're thrilled to announce that Governor Martin O'Malley will be joining Robby Mook on stage at CIEE Global Institute Berlin. Get your tickets here! Space is limited, so don't wait:
Democrats Abroad Berlin is jumping straight into spring!
Join us as we celebrate International Women’s Day and elect a new board at our March meeting on Tuesday, March 7th.
Hear Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager Robby Mook speak in Berlin on Sunday, March 12th.
Raise a glass with us at March political pub night at Eschenbräu on Wednesday, March 22nd, and of course, help us form the future of Democrats Abroad Germany at our Annual General Meeting at the end of the month here in Berlin!
At the March chapter meeting (follow link for details) on March 7, 2017, the following candidates will be running for positions on the Berlin chapter's board.
The smooth and transparent management of the finances of the Berlin Chapter of Democrats Abroad Germany is essential for the effective progress of our Democratic values. This includes fundraising and accountability. Having been chair and vice-chair of the Berlin chapter for seven years, I bring a lot of experience and continuity with me to assist our new chair Diego Rivas in leading the Berlin chapter to do our part in forwarding a progressive agenda and winning the hearts and souls of Americans in our region to vote for Democrats and discard the reactionary Trump-Regime. I ask for your confirmation as new treasurer of our chapter.
In the spirit of continuing to help Democrats Abroad grow , it's our duty to embrace those who willingly choose to fight alongside us. Democrats come in all ages, and whether you're eighteen or eighty, all votes are worth the same. Confirm me as Youth Coordinator and I'll make sure we get as many young people as we can actively involved with our organization. As a John F. Kennedy School alumnus, I know exactly who we need to talk to to get our message across. By contacting parents, students, and young professionals across Berlin I expect to at least double the number of young democrats partaking in our events and calls to Congress over the next two years, and hopefully at the end of those two years we can get them to vote and make sure Trump stays a one-term president.
Despite not becoming chapter chair, I still want to remain very active and involved with the Berlin chapter of DA. It’s important to me to make sure that the Berlin chapter continues to grow and is able to make an impact on the Democratic Party. I also want our voices to be heard by the current administration and fight for what I believe America stands for.
After years of teaching and volunteering in both developed and developing countries, I have settled into life here in Berlin. Since discovering Democrats Abroad, I have delved into our organization as an active and dedicated member. As secretary, I would take our chapter’s level of transparency a step further by committing to posting (online) meeting minutes not just from our monthly meetings but our board meetings as well in an effort to engage members and keep them informed about the direction and activities of Democrats Abroad Berlin. Furthermore, I will support our chair and vice chair as needed and collaborate with our board on political education, GOTV, and community-building events as we do our part of rebuilding the Democratic Party in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections. I appreciate your consideration.
Media & Communications Coordinator
Over the last two years, I've been honored to work with a group of politically active Americans in Berlin. I look forward to helping Democrats Abroad Berlin grow, become more diverse, and to develop new ways for Americans to engage effectively while outside the US.
I'm running again for Communications and Media Coordinator for Democrats Abroad Berlin because I continue to believe effective and transparent communication is the key to building our movement. I believe we need to reach out to current and potential members in the ways they are most comfortable: whether it’s email, Facebook, or flyers. To that end, I've expanded our chapter online presences on social media, on our local website, and on the Democrats Abroad page, and I've worked to improve our email newsletters. I bring many years of experience in traditional and social media, press relations, and internal/external communications, as well as much community organizing experience.