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January 2021 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Hopefully this year got off to a good start for you. Somehow it seems like an eerie continuation of last year: the COVID health crisis still has us in its grip, stores are shuttered, home schooling and home office has become the norm and the rhetoric of our current president and his orbit incite people to violence.

 

Last week we witnessed the culmination of hate speech and the breaking of social norms: a violent mob stormed the Capitol. There were scenes of pillage, monstrous behavior and even murder. The Republican mob swung confederate and US flags, wielding baseball bats, tasers and flex cuffs. Some chanted that they wanted to hang Mike Pence.

Many have pointed out that the majority of the insurgents were white. I recall the mainly peaceful protests in the summer by BLM, which were at times met with sheer brutality and over-policing. Where were the police officers in riot gear last Wednesday while the Capitol was stormed by militia-like people, armed and dangerous?

After this shocking event the Democrats and tenRepublicans swiftly voted to impeach our 45thpresident a second time, for “incitement and insurrection. To show that words matter. To show that acts of violence and insurgence have no room in a democracy. To show that we live in a country where every single vote counts, that the GOP cannot just wish away the facts. Joe Biden was elected by the people to become our 46th president.

The Los Angeles Times wrote that what happened at the Capitol was not a protest, it was terrorism. The “Capitol building was invaded by domestic terrorists in an armed insurrection”. Those involved, whether directly or through spreading lies and instigating violence, have to be held accountable. We have to prove to ourselves and to the world that our democracy works.

Next week Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated. They have tremendous work ahead. But with a good team of experts, integrity, vision and reliance on science they will succeed. We cheer for them and look forward to the next four years!!

 

Upcoming events:

DAG Inauguration Party: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 beginning at 17:30
January Stuttgart chapter meeting: Friday, January 22nd at 7 pm

Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link

February Stuttgart chapter meeting: Friday, February 12th at 7 pm
March Stuttgart chapter meeting and chapter elections: Friday, March 12th at 7 pm

 

I look forward to seeing you at the DAG Inauguration Party next Wednesday!

 

Democratically yours,

 

Sasha Arrington


Discussion on how to move on after events at the Capitol

DISCUSSING AND TAKING ACTION AGAINST JANUARY 6'S EVENTS

DA Germany is calling upon all of its members to hold Trump, complicit Republicans, and insurrectionists responsible for Wednesday’s events accountable for their horrific, anti-democratic actions. To this end, we are having a virtual meeting to take action on Monday, January 11 at 8:00pm CET – the day the House of Representatives intends to introduce Articles of Impeachment against Donald J. Trump.

The first part of this event is dedicated to contacting our representatives – either by phone or email – to demand they hold all perpetrators responsible for their actions. A script will be provided (see below). You can look up your representative’s contact details here. The latter half will be dedicated to open discussion about current events, our response to them, and the path ahead. DA Germany volunteers will help facilitate small-group discussion in breakout rooms.

You are, of course, welcome to call your representative outside of our event. The most important thing is that Members of Congress are hearing from their constituents at this defining moment in history!

Sample script: 

Hi, I’m {Name} and I am a constituent of {insert person’s name}. Trump incited terrorists to attack the Capitol. He should not be President one day longer. Remove him immediately and hold all those responsible accountable.

WHEN
January 11, 2021 at 8pm - 9:30pm EMEA/Berlin Time
WHERE
Online
Online
Online 76131
Germany
Google map and directions
CONTACT
Candice Kerestan · chair@democratsabroad.de

Chapter Meeting December 2020

Democrats Abroad Stuttgart December 2020 Newsletter

 

Dear Friends,

 

This has been a year like none other. COVID, home schooling, home office, social distancing, mask mandates, and

 

We worked together to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the first African-American woman to be elected as VP. Thank you once again to all the volunteers who worked countless hours, colored thousands of postcards. made thousands of phone calls and stood in all sorts of weather to let their fellow US citizens know about the up-coming presidential election. Now we are getting the word out to all our fellow Georgians that we can flip the Senate blue on January 5, 2021!

 

If you would like to show your support for our organization and/or are looking for a great Christmas present, browse our merchandise!

Support our efforts by ordering some Democrats Abroad swag, including a limited-edition Georgia peach tote bag!

 

A variety of items including Biden-Harris t-shirts, totes, face masks, and buttons are also available in our shop.

All proceeds from your order will help us reach more Georgia voters abroad

If you are already stocked with plenty of Democrats Abroad gear, you can still show your support by donating directlywww.democratsabroad.de

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a list of upcoming events you may be interested in:

·      Georgia Abroad Voter Assistance will be held on December 12, 13, 19,20, 27 and 29th. Any questions you may have will be answered via Zoom

 

 

                            Did you know every eligible American living abroad can vote in U.S. elections? 

 

·      DA Germany Online Meet and Greet Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 7-9 pm

·      December Book Club: “Our Time is Now” by Stacey Abrams, Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 1 pm via Zoom

·      Stuttgart December Chapter Meeting on Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7pm via Zoom, please RSVP for log-in details

Join us virtually for our December Chapter Meeting. Have your Glühwein and cookies ready; we’ll have a nice chat, exchange recipe ideas and get in the holiday spirit together!

 

Wishing everyone safe, enjoyable holidays and a good start in 2021!

 

Democratically yours,

 

Sasha Arrington

Stuttgart Interim Chapter Chair

Democrats Abroad Germany

 


Stuttgart Chapter Meeting December 2020


Georgia Senate Runoff Registration Deadline

Are you a Georgia voter? Make sure you’re registered to vote in the January runoff elections! Your voice matters! Your vote counts! Let’s turn the Senate blue! 🗳🇺🇸💙


November 2020 Newsletter

Stuttgart Chapter November 2020 Newsletter

 

Dear Friends,

We did it! We worked together as a global team to get Joe Biden and Kamala Harris elected as President and Vice president!  We got out the vote by holding voter information tables all over Baden-Württemberg, worked from home by phonebanking and coloring postcards to be sent to voters and by posting and reposting reminders to our friends and family that yes, their vote truly counts!

We hope you celebrated extensively, rested and are ready to take on our next challenge! We have a little more work to do before Inauguration Day in 2021. Georgia has two Senate seats up for runoff on January 5, 2021.  During the November 3, 2020 election for the Senate seats no candidate received at least 50% of the votes, which is why there will be runoff elections soon. Democrats need to win both of these seats to have a majority in the Senate, enabling us to make progress in the US.

The two races are:

US Senate: Jon Ossoff (Democrat) versus David Perdue (Republican)

US Senate Special: Raphael Warnock (Democrat) versus Kelly Loeffler (Republican)

We need to make sure Georgia voters living overseas are registered to vote by no later than December 7th, have requested to receive their absentee ballot by email, and return it on time (last postmark January 5th, must be received by January 8th). If you or your friends and family vote in Georgia and need assistance, please visit www.votefromabroad.org.

Overseas voters may be the necessary votes to win the runoff elections! Our 19,000 overseas ballots were the margin of victory for Biden’s 14,000 vote lead over Trump in Georgia. We can do it again to win the Senate races!

If you are contemplating what to give yourselves or loved ones for Christmas, how about donating to a good cause this year? Here is a list of organisations that are truly worthy of supporting:

1. Democrats Abroad: we are here to let US citizens know they may vote from overseas and extensively help citizens with the voting process(www.democratsabroad.org/donate
2. Black Voters Matter Fund: they advocate for expanded voting rights and better access; they did extensive voter outreach in the South (www.blackvotersmatterfund.org)
3. NAACP: they are champions of civil rights; work towards securing political, educational, social and economic equality in the US (www.naacp.org)
4. Fair Fight: created by Stacey Abrams, this organization combats voter suppression and works towards ensuring free and fair elections (www.fairfight.com)
5. The Bail Project: their goal is to create a more just, equitable and humane pretrial system(www.bailproject.org)

Upcoming events for Democrats Abroad members to look forward to:

November 26, 7pm:  virtual Thanksgiving get-together (please RSVP)

November 30, 8 pm: the virtual vote of BIPoC in Georgia

December 6, 2 pm: virtual Global Black Caucus & Global Women’s Caucus—Books Abroad Reads Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste”

Wishing you Happy Thanksgiving. Remember those who have less and try to give forward any chance you can!

Democratically yours,

Sasha Arrington

Stuttgart Interim Chair

Democrats Abroad Germany 


Congratulations Joe and Kamala!

We did it! Our combined effort  towards getting Joe & Kamala into the WH paid off. Science, facts, decency and a sincere wish for racial justice, health coverage for all, and so much more won!! 🥳🎉🗳🇺🇸❤️🥂


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Our Vote From Abroad table at the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart

We braved the cold and rain to get out the vote on Saturday! Thank you to all the volunteers! 

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