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Stuttgart Chapter Newsletter October 2021

Dear Friend,

“Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower.” -Albert Camus

Autumn is in the air and the season of pumpkins, colorful leaves and hot apple cider is upon us. Thankfully, COVID case numbers are down in our region, so in-person meetings are permitted again! We are using this opportunity to have our October Chapter Get-Together in-person at the Forum 3 e.V., Gymnasiumstr. 21, 70173, in downtown Stuttgart this Friday, October 8th, at 8 pm. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces! Halloween attire welcome! 

Please bring proof of your COVID vaccination and wear a mask during the get-together. Anyone donating items for our Stuttgart Chapter basket that will be raffled off on October 30th are welcome to bring these items on Friday!

This brings me to our DAG Octoberfest event coming up on October 30th at 7 pm. Join us online for a beer tasting, pleasant conversations and the raffling of various chapter baskets!  

We are currently asking for more donations to fill our Stuttgart chapter basket that will be raffled off. Items could be anything from political trinkets, to local Baden-Württemberg specialties, American specialties, decorations, etc. If you think something is special or unique, then add it to our basket!

 Thank you to all our creative volunteers who have sent back beautifully colored postcards! These postcards will continuously be sent to DAG members during the mid-terms. If you have time to join the postcard team let us know! 

If you are looking to interact with fellow Americans and meet like-minded people, DA offers many interesting caucuses to join! Since many meetings are still being held virtually, DAG members have a large array of interesting meetings, book clubs, pub nights, etc. to join that take place all over Germany as well. 

Our organisation runs on donations, and our supporting members in various positions are all volunteers. If you would like to support our cause, please become a monthly donor!

You can also show your support of our cause by buying some of our fun merchandise. 

Whether you’re looking for something for yourself or as a gift, you will definitely find something that fits the purpose!

Wishing everyone a peaceful autumn,

 

Sasha Arrington

Stuttgart Chapter Chair

Democrats Abroad Germany


Stuttgart October Chapter Get-Together

Join us for an in-person get-together at the Forum 3 e.V., Gymnasiumstr. 21, 70173 Stuttgart, this Friday at 8 pm! We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces!


September 2021 Newsletter

Democrats Abroad Stuttgart Chapter

September 2021 Newsletter

 

 

“It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.” -Senator John Kerry

 

This year we commemorate the brave heroes of 9/11 for the 20th time. We pay tribute to the thousands who lost their lives, the scores of first responders who valiantly tried to rescue as many people as possible, the hospital workers, families and all those who tried to help make sense of the bitter tragedy. They shall never be forgotten.

 

 

The American Military Community in Kaiserslautern/Ramstein is working to collect donations in order to support those who have been recently evacuated from Afghanistan. The drop-off is at Ramstein Air Base, Building 1123. If you would like to support the evacuees, these are some of the items that are needed: 

 

*adult flip-flops, socks, conservative undergarments,   *disposable underwear for women, warm clothing

*feminine hygiene products (NOT tampons!)

*baby food (no glass containers, no meat)

*baby & toddler formula

*baby spoons, powder, diapers, wet wipes, pacifiers,    plastic bottles, sip cups

*kids socks, underwear, warm clothing

 

For more information you can contact the [email protected]

 

 

DA State Teams are meeting virtually on September 12th at 3 pm. Some of the discussion points will be outreach, fall events and exchanging ideas for future projects. Join this lively group to help build a community of activists working to get out, protect and defend the vote! For more information, please contact Jennifer von Estorff: [email protected]

 

Stuttgart Chapter Meeting: will be held on Thursday, September 16th at 8 pm. Please contact me for the meeting link.

 

 

Since Oktoberfest is not taking place this year, we decided to celebrate Oktoberfest virtually! There are two events planned that give us the opportunity to have fun together, meet members from other chapters and socialise online.  

 

DAG will also be hosting an Oktoberfest prize draw and silent auction. Every chapter is putting together a basket of donated goodies, so your donations for our Stuttgart Chapter basket are highly appreciated! 

 

Items we would like to add to our Stuttgart basket can be anything, such as American (Halloween) candy; unique products from Baden-Württemberg; funny, politically themed trinkets; a voucher for something you specialise in or have to offer (translation work, legal expertise, vacation home use, etc.); fine wines, etc. etc. Please contact me at [email protected] if you would like to donate something for our chapter basket!

 

 

If you are interested in joining one of our varied caucuses, these are a great way to connect with people from different chapters that have similar interests. Many events are planned online with the Climate, Progressive, Black and Veterans & Military Families Caucuses, to just name a few. If you are interested or would like to get involved, please send an email to [email protected].

 

We also have a new postcard coloring campaign! We are starting to stockpile the newly designed postcards to be sent out to all DA Germany members to remind them to register early for the 2022 mid-term elections. If you would like to get creative and support our cause, please reach out to me at [email protected] to request a stack of blank cards!

 

 

If you would like to support DAG, you may donate to us directly (Democrats Abroad Germany, IBAN DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99) or support our cause by buying some of our awesome merchandise! 

 

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Wishing everyone a great fall,

 

Sasha Arrington

Stuttgart Chapter Chair

Democrats Abroad Germany 


Coloring for Democracy!

Dear Friends,

we have a new postcard campaign! We are coloring these newly designed postcards to be sent to NJ voters. Get your creativity going & help support our cause! Please let me know how many postcards you can finish in the next week & I will send you that amount. Let’s get the word out: vote blue! 🗳💙🇺🇸

 


June 2021 Newsletter

DAG-Stuttgart June 2021 Newsletter

 

Happy June everyone! Hopefully you had a pleasant Pentecost vacation. With more people getting vaccinated in Germany, traveling and meeting with others may soon be normal again!

 

This month is dedicated to our LGBTQ community. In the words of Harvey Milk, “Hope will never be silent.” There are many organisations dedicated to helping, protecting and defending our brothers and sisters of the LGBTQ community. Here are just a few:

1. Rainbow Railroad: the namesake is the Underground Railroad. This organization is dedicated to helping people escape state-sponsored violence
2. Trevor Project: provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning young people under 25
3. Equality Federation: amplifies the power of the state-based LGBTQ movement by working to advance workplace fairness, family recognition, defeating HIV criminalization laws, etc.;
4. Transgender Law Center: advocates self-determination for all people and is committed to racial justice, helping transgender individuals thrive, inform and empower

 

There is a treasure trove of great literature for a young and older audience. Some of the many books worth reading are:

1. “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli
2. “Juliet Takes a Breath” by Gabby Rivera
3. “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan
4. “Symptoms of Being Human” by Jeff Garvin
5. “Felix Ever After” by Kacen Callender

 

Some of the highlights being held by DAG this month:

 

1. Wednesday, June 9 at 7 pm: DAG Climate Caucus Launch Event
2. Tuesday, June 15 at 7 pm: DAG Women’s Caucus Relaunch
3. Thursday, June 17 at 5 pm: Gun Safety Reform with Gabby Giffords, Peter Ambler & Phil Andres
4. Friday, June 18 at 8 pm: Our Stuttgart Chapter Greet and Meet. Please RSVP to receive the link
5. Saturday, June 26 at 3 pm: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand keynotes the women’s economic forum
6. Saturday, June 26 at 8 pm: a summer wine tasting fundraiser hosted by the North and Central Bavaria Chapter

For all of you that feel like getting creative, we have a new postcard campaign! Irisita Azary will be sending the newly designed postcards out soon, so get your creativity flowing and your markers ready! All volunteers greatly appreciated!

 

We also have great merchandise for anyone seeking a unique gift or to show your support for our cause!

 

 

Wishing you a fantastic summer,

 

Sasha Arrington

Stuttgart Chapter Chair

Democrats Abroad Germany 


May Newsletter

Happy May! We hope you are all holding up in what seems like the end stages of the pandemic. While we all wait to get vaccinated here in Germany, it feels weird to see all of our friends and family back stateside enjoy more and more freedoms as the US continues to vaccinate more people and many cities begin to open up. On the bright side, cases are going down here in Germany and vaccinations are slowly rising, so we hope to see more restrictions loosened as we head into the summer! 

Last month, Sasha and Wy Ming gave a presentation (in German!) to the Rotary Club Tübingen-Reutlingen-Nord. We had fun discussions about the first 100 day's in office as a benchmark for the next four years to come, how Biden did in his first 100 days, and what we can expect in the Biden Administration. Thank you to all who joined and for your input in the discussions!

May is Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, chosen as it marks the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the US in May 1843 as well as the completion of the transcontinental railway in May 1869. It has never been more important to understand the struggles of the AAPI community and learn about the contributions, especially in a time when there has been an uptick in the number of hate crimes all across America. Some good news though - just yesterday, President Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, introduced by Congresswoman Grace Meng of New York and Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, which will expedite the review of hate crimes related to the pandemic and authorize grants to state and local governments to prevent and respond to hate crimes.

In election news, New Jersey and Virigina primaries are coming up, meaning GOTV efforts will be ramping up. On June 1, New Mexico's First Congressional district will hold a special election to replace Deb Haaland, who recently became the new Secretary of the Interior under the Biden Administration. Our DAG chapters are already placing personal calls to members who vote in the district, offering voting assistance if needed. Finally, we also have nine new State Outreach Teams for Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin, all of this in addition to Texans Abroad (Global). Are you interested in helping out or starting your own? Then fill out this survey and join the next meeting on Saturday, May 29!

Democrats Abroad Germany is also ramping up its caucus efforts. The newly appointed Caucus Coordinator Kaili Morris is working hard to provide reinvigorate our country-level caucuses and to strengthen leadership teams. If you're interested in getting involved, email Kaili at [email protected]abroad.de or join us at one of our events! (see below)

Finally, DAG is also looking for people interested in joining the Academic and Community Outreach Team! Over the next year, we will be building relationships with German universities, US alumni groups, research institutes, and international schools. We will also be supporting different chapters in their outreach efforts so that we can hit the ground running in 2022! We are therefore looking for volunteers who would have one or two hours a week to help clean up our database and reach out to our contacts. Having existing contacts at German universities as well as speaking German are pluses but not necessary. Email Sarah Lawton at [email protected]mail.com to learn more and get involved. 

** The May Chapter Meeting is also cancelled due to the Pfingsten holidays! See you in June! **

 

That's it for May! Scroll further to check out some exciting events to come:

Wy Ming Lin

Stuttgart Chapter Vice Chair


April 2021 Newsletter

Stuttgart Chapter April 2021 Newsletter

 

Happy Earth Week! In the words of Mahatma Gandhi “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

 

This month has really whizzed by, greatly due to the 10 day spring break here in Baden-Württemberg. We are currently in partial lockdown again, with only essential stores and schools being open (an odd mix, I should say) and a nine pm curfew in place. While inthe States millions of people have already been vaccinated; here in Germany vaccination is coming along a bit slower, people being put in categories depending on urgency.

 

In March we had our chapter elections. Please welcome WY Ming Lin as our new Vice Chapter Chair, Brigman Kinard as our new Treasurer and Kristy Lutz will continue to run our chapter phone banking. We say farewell to Dory Estrada, who is moving back to the States. She has been a long-time super-volunteer whom I give a huge thank you to!

 

All eyes and ears were glued to the Derek Chauvin trial. As Rachel Maddow pointed out, “this is not justice, this is merely accountability.” Instead of picking out the “bad apples”, perhaps we should take a look at the tree. Since testimony in his trial began, at least three people a day have been killed by police. We need to look at who is policing us, and give them better training, including much needed, mandatory de-escalation classes. When calling 911, emergency call centers should direct the correct help, depending on the situations of urgency, such asmental health experts, social workers and child services. This would lessen the burden of the police and get the right help for each situation. This could certainly save lives.

Leaders and activists are now calling for the Senate to pass a policing bill, named the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (authored by Karen Bass of California). It has already passed the House of Representatives and is headed for a debate and vote in the Senate.

 

Join the DAG GOTV team to help fight voter suppression and spread the message that every vote counts by hosting voter information tables, join our post card team or become a phone banker!

As always, we have great merchandise for sale to show your DAG support and help spread our message! Your donations are always appreciated, too!

 

Upcoming Events:

Biden-Harris Progress Report, Earth Day edition, April 22, 7 pm
Stuttgart Chapter meeting, 8pm via Zoom, please RSVP to receive log-in
Meet and Greet with Kenton Barnes and Emily Lines         Saturday, April 24  2 pm  
State Activism Teams: come out to meet people from and get involved in your home state! April 25, 3 pm
Book Club: How to Be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century, April 26, 6 pm
Save the Date! Germany Progressive Caucus launch, May 1, 7 pm
Special election in Texas (CD-6) May 1 (please go to votefromabroad.org for more information)
Cinco de Mayo event with Texans Abroad                                                                            

May 5 at 7:30 pm

Helping Hands Honor Veterans with Helen Belletti, hosted by the Veterans Caucus, May 8 at 3 pm
Special elections in New Mexico (CD 1) on June 1
Primaries in New Jersey and Virginia June 8
Special election in Ohio on August 3

 

Wishing you sunny days ahead,

Sasha Arrington 

Stuttgart Chapter Chair 

Democrats Abroad Germany 


March 2021 Newsletter

Democrats Abroad Germany Stuttgart Chapter

March 2021 Newsletter

 

Dear Friend,

Spring is in the air! March is National Women’s History month and our history is rich with dedicated, enduring, brilliant women.

There is a lot of interesting literature to delve into this month and these are among some of the many inspiring titles:

  1. Pope Joan, by Donna Woolfolk Cross
  2. Wollstonecraft, by Sylvana Tomaselli
  3. We Are Not Born Submissive, by Manon Garcia
  4. Forging The Franchise, by Dawn Langan Teele
  5. Women Don’t Ask, by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever
  6. For The Many, by Dorothy Sue Cobble
  7. Prayers For The Stolen, by Jennifer Clement
  8. The Underground Girls of Kabul, by Jenny Nordberg
  9. Headstrong, by Rachel Swaby
  10. Becoming, by Michelle Obama
  11. On a Farther Shore, by William Souder
  12. No Higher Honor, by Condoleezza Rice

 

This coming Friday, March 12 at 7 pm, we are holding our Stuttgart Chapter Meetingand bi-annual chapter elections. Please join us for an interesting evening!

On March 20, we are holding our DAGAnnual General Meeting to review our 2020 efforts, discuss what lies ahead and elect a 2021-2023 DA Germany Executive Committee. All RSVP’s received by 12:00pm CET of that day are eligible to vote.

Raffle tickets are being sold and great prizes will go to the lucky raffle buyers!

 

Meet the Candidate Sessions:

 

The many DA Caucuses are also holding interesting events:

Asian-American & Pacific Islander Caucus:

Black Caucus:

Hispanic Caucus:

Progressive Caucus:

Veteran’s and Military Families Caucus:

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Day (with Women’s Caucus)—April 6, 6pm

Women’s Caucus:

  • Women’s History Month Speaker Series with Katherine Spillar—March 8, 7pm

Youth Caucus

 

Support DA Germany

As an entirely volunteer-run and donation-funded organization, your financial support allows us to do our important work—getting Americans overseas voting. Contributions of any size are greatly appreciated!

Account name: Democrats Abroad Germany

IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99

BIC: MALADE51KLK

 

For those of you looking for a great gift or would like to show your support by purchasing some of our DAG merchandise, there are many different items to choose from. All proceeds benefit DA Germany and help us get out the vote!

Don’t forget to go to votefromabroad.orgto request your ballot for this year (especially if you live in NJ or VA, you have state elections this year!), you have to do this every year to be eligible, and down-ballot elections are crucial to our success.

Wishing you a happy start of spring!

Democratically yours,

 

Sasha Arrington, DAG-Stuttgart Interim Chapter Chair

 


March 2021 Newsletter

Democrats Abroad Germany Stuttgart Chapter

March 2021 Newsletter

 

Dear Friend,

Spring is in the air! March is National Women’s History month and our history is rich with dedicated, enduring, brilliant women.

There is a lot of interesting literature to delve into this month and these are among some of the many inspiring titles:

  1. Pope Joan, by Donna Woolfolk Cross
  2. Wollstonecraft, by Sylvana Tomaselli
  3. We Are Not Born Submissive, by Manon Garcia
  4. Forging The Franchise, by Dawn Langan Teele
  5. Women Don’t Ask, by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever
  6. For The Many, by Dorothy Sue Cobble
  7. Prayers For The Stolen, by Jennifer Clement
  8. The Underground Girls of Kabul, by Jenny Nordberg
  9. Headstrong, by Rachel Swaby
  10. Becoming, by Michelle Obama
  11. On a Farther Shore, by William Souder
  12. No Higher Honor, by Condoleezza Rice

 

This coming Friday, March 12 at 7 pm, we are holding our Stuttgart Chapter Meetingand bi-annual chapter elections. Please join us for an interesting evening!

On March 20, we are holding our DAGAnnual General Meeting to review our 2020 efforts, discuss what lies ahead and elect a 2021-2023 DA Germany Executive Committee. All RSVP’s received by 12:00pm CET of that day are eligible to vote.

Raffle tickets are being sold and great prizes will go to the lucky raffle buyers!

 

Meet the Candidate Sessions:

 

The many DA Caucuses are also holding interesting events:

Asian-American & Pacific Islander Caucus:

Black Caucus:

Hispanic Caucus:

Progressive Caucus:

Veteran’s and Military Families Caucus:

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Day (with Women’s Caucus)—April 6, 6pm

Women’s Caucus:

  • Women’s History Month Speaker Series with Katherine Spillar—March 8, 7pm

Youth Caucus

 

Support DA Germany

As an entirely volunteer-run and donation-funded organization, your financial support allows us to do our important work—getting Americans overseas voting. Contributions of any size are greatly appreciated!

Account name: Democrats Abroad Germany

IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99

BIC: MALADE51KLK

 

For those of you looking for a great gift or would like to show your support by purchasing some of our DAG merchandise, there are many different items to choose from. All proceeds benefit DA Germany and help us get out the vote!

Don’t forget to go to votefromabroad.orgto request your ballot for this year (especially if you live in NJ or VA, you have state elections this year!), you have to do this every year to be eligible, and down-ballot elections are crucial to our success.

Wishing you a happy start of spring!

Democratically yours,

 

Sasha Arrington, DAG-Stuttgart Interim Chapter Chair

 


February 2021 Newsletter

DAG-Stuttgart February 2021 Newsletter

 

Dear Friend,

 

After the harrowing attack on our Capitol and on our very democracy, we embraced our new President and very first female Vice President with a sense of relief that the past four years are over and excitement for what lies ahead. Some of the first steps Joe Biden took after being inaugurated were to promptly address the COVID-19 crisis, racial justice and climate change.

 

February is Black History Month. This month we honor the men and women who strove for equality and shone as professionals in many different fields, such as Katherine Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Maya Angelou. Here are a list of excellent movies to watch for Black History Month:

1. Hidden Figures
2. Green Book
3. Selma
4. Fences
5. Fruitvale Station
6. The Color Purple

 

For those of you looking for literature for Black History Month, here is a small excerpt of many good books :

1. “The Hate You Give” by Angie Thomas
2. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
3. “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson
4. “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison

The Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus is supporting Black History Month by featuring Black American Veterans every day in February. Check out the Caucus FB page: https://www.facebook.com/DAVetsAnd MilitaryFamilies/

 

Stacey Abrams is a voting rights activist fighting for equality and voter rights. She founded Fair Fightafter narrowly losing the 2018 gubernatorial race in Georgia. Thanks to her dedication and hard work many more people registered to vote in her home state, which helped to flip the Senate blue last month. The work of Ms. Abrams has been lauded as following “in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Now Ms. Abrams has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize!

It is time to request your absentee ballot! This can be done at www.votefromabroad.org. Request that your ballot be emailed to you, this saves time. Americans living overseas must request their absentee ballots every calendar year. You can check the status of your absentee ballot by contacting your election office in the district of your voting state directly.

Do you vote in the state of Louisiana? Louisiana is conducting two special primary elections next month, to fill a vacancy for the 2nd and 5th congressional Districts.

Some states are trying to restrict the ways we can vote and who may vote by filing bills aimed at limiting voter access and reforming election procedure. The majority of these bills would restrict or put limitations on how and who can vote by mail, create photo ID laws and purge voters from the voter lists. Mail-in voting has expanded significantly due to COVID-19 fears, while lawmakers and election officials try implementing proper health precautions for those wanting in-person voting.

As the Senate run-offs in Georgia and the presidential election showed us: our overseas votes make a huge difference! So remember to request your absentee ballots on time!

Upcoming Events:

Info Sessions for potential DAG Leaders: Wednesday, February 10 at 7pm and Saturday, February 13 at 4 pm

Our Stuttgart Chapter Meeting is this Friday,February 12th  at 7 pm. Join us for a friendly chat! Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link.

The DAG annual meeting and Elections will be held on March 20th from 10:30am -6 pm. To vote in the election you must be a DA Germany member and RSVP for the meeting by 12pm on March 20, 2021

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!