Last Pub Night of 2017: Weihnachtsmarkt-style & January events: Women's March & Voter Registration

This is our last "reminder" blog post of the year. You'll find the details of our last pub night in 2017 on Wednesday below, as well as some exciting  dates to mark in your calendar for January 2018. Next week, we'll be sending out an end-of-year message to revisit the most important moments in Berlin of 2017 -- and what a year full of ups and down it has been.

December Pub Night - Weihnachtsmarkt

Wed. Dec 20th, 2018 from 18:45
Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg, Spandauer Damm 20, 14059 Berlin
Meeting Point: Under the sign at the main entrance
RSVP | Facebook

No Meeting on January 2nd, 2018

In lieu of our regular first-Tuesday meeting, we encourage you to visit the Stammtisch of our friends at American Voices Abroad Berlin on Thursday, January 4th, 2018
Details | Facebook

January Pub Night: Save the date!

Wed. January 17th, 2018 from 7pm

This will be the first pub night of 2018! In addition to great drinks and company, this is your first chance to confirm your voter registration and request your absentee ballot.

2018 Women’s March Berlin

Sun. January 21st, 2018
Brandenburger Tor (Exact route & time to be updated, permit pending)
RSVP | Facebook

We march to

  • Commemorate last year’s marches that took place across the world
  • Demonstrate that our solidarity, strength, and persistence are here to stay
  • Make our demands for gender equality heard, including:
    • Equal pay for equal work
    • Awareness of sexual assault and harassment
    • Lack of equal representation in politics
    • Reproductive rights and the right to choose

We came together in 2017 to show the world that women are here to fight. Now let’s come together again to remind everyone that we are still here and we are still fighting. Women’s rights are human rights! Let’s take a stand for human rights and social justice.


Howard Dean's Visit to Berlin

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 [email protected] 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

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. 

November pub night at BRLO & more 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

Wed. Nov 15, 2017 from 7pm
BRLO Brwhouse, Schöneberger Str. 16, 10963 Berlin
▶︎RSVP | Facebook

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.
▶︎RSVP | Volunteer | Facebook

2018 Women's Caucus Calendar

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

Upcoming Events

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 protected]

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.


How to Talk 💭 Politics w/Conservative Relatives🗯 & Upcoming Special 🗳 Elections

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!

Upcoming Events

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

Tue. Nov. 7, 2017 from 7:30-9pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
RSVP | Facebook

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
Location TBA

Save the Date! December Cookie Swap

Tue. Dec 5th, 2017 from 7:30-9pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg


Fall events: Commemorate MLK, Call with Sen. Warren, and Meet Howard Dean in Berlin!

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.


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.

Wed. Sep 13th, 2017, from 6-9pm
St. Marienkirche Berlin, Karl-Liebknecht-Str, 8, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
RSVP | Facebook


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.

Please RSVP to this event on our website, and we will send you the address:

Sun. Sep 17th, 2017, from 3-5pm
10857 Berlin-Schöneberg
RSVP | Facebook


Wed. Sep 20th, 2017 from 7-10pm
Schleusenkrug, Müller-Breslau-Straße, 10623 Berlin-Tiergarten
RSVP | Facebook


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!

Thu. Oct 5th, 2017 from 5-8pm
Babylon Kino, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Tickets | Details | Facebook


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
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Call for Entries for Democrats Abroad Berlin T-Shirt Design Contest

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 [email protected] 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.

Join Democrats Abroad Berlin for 4th of July, Pride, & many more events this summer

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

Tue. June 6th, 2017, 7:30-9pm
Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997 Berlin
RSVP | Facebook

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.

ACB Streetfair

Sat. June 17th, 2017, 1-6pm
Dennewitzplatz, 10783 Berlin-Schöneberg
Volunteer | Details | Facebook

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

Wed. June 21st, 2017, from 7pm
Kronprinzessinnenweg 260, 14109 Berlin-Wannsee
RSVP | Facebook

July 4th BBQ Party

Tue. July 4th, 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Details & RSVP | Facebook

Democrats Abroad at LGBT Streetfest

Sat. & Sun. July 15-16th, 2017 10am-10pm
Nollendorfplatz, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg
Volunteer | Details | Facebook

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:

AGM 2017 Scholarships

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.

➤Apply for the AGM 2017 scholarship

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.

➤Register for the 2017 Annual General Meeting

Governor O'Malley to join Robby Mook at Berlin Fundraiser

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:

Ticket Registration

March Event Madness: Int'l Women's Day Meeting & March, Robby Mook Fundraiser in Berlin, and more!

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.

Protest in solidarity with women striking in the United States on Wednesday, March 8th. We'll be making signs for the protest together on Saturday, March 4th.

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!