Berlin

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Berlin!

Democrats Abroad Berlin is the largest of the 12 chapters in Democrats Abroad Germany. At the crossroads of Europe, Berlin offers many exciting opportunities for great political and cultural events, as well as fantastic parties.

Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Berlin, please get in touch!

Diego Rivas
Berlin Chapter Chair
DAG-Berlin@DemocratsAbroad.org

DA Berlin Leadership:

Diego Rivas
| Berlin Chapter Chair; DPCA Representative, Germany
Powen Shiah
| Communications & Press Officer, Berlin; DPCA Representative, Germany
Emily Lines
| Events & Fundraising Coordinator, Germany; Vice Chair, Berlin; DPCA Representative
Amy Baldauf
| Get Out The Vote Coordinator, Berlin
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  • News

    March Political Pub Night at The Lir this Wednesday!

    This Wednesday (tomorrow), join us for March political pub night, at Lir Irish Bar in Hansaviertel between Tiergarten & Moabit. Pub nights are casual, social events for progressive Americans (and friends) in Berlin to get together, meet new people, and chat about the political news of the day, or whatever else you'd like. 

    Details here.

    Our next meeting in April will be the first Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019, save the date!

    Immediate action is needed to protect our environment and to drastically decrease carbon emissions. Facing this imminent threat brings up the question: what can I do? We're working on putting together a panel discussion to discuss individual vs. collective action.

    Want to get involved? Drop us a line by replying this email.


    Updates

    Host an Democrats Abroad Berlin meetup!

    At our March meeting, we put out the call for more events in more parts of Berlin. If you'd like to host a game night, a book club, running group, a podcast-listening meetup, a dinner discussion, or anything else that helps bring Americans living in Berlin together, please get in touch. We'd love to see more diverse get-togethers in all the Berlin neighborhoods -- from Britz to Pankow and everywhere in-between.

    Write in with your idea or proposal: board@demsinberlin.de

    Get active in a caucus

    Democrats Abroad sponsors caucus groups, which exist to engage members with a particular area of interest in campaigns, initiatives and advocacy projects. 

    • Women's caucus
    • LGBT caucus
    • Youth caucus
    • Hispanic caucus
    • Black caucus
    • Progressive caucus
    • Veterans & Military Families

    If you'd like to become more active in Berlin or Germany in championing one of these caucuses, let us know!

    Democrats Abroad Germany Annual Report

    Andrea Schwab, the secretary of Democrats Abroad Germany, has released the 2018-2019 annual report for our country committee. It documents the Annual General Meeting in February 22-24, 2019. ►View the annual report.


    Upcoming Events

    March Political Pub Night – The Lir

    Wed. March 20, 2019, from 7pm
    The Lir, Flensburger Str. 7, 10557 Berlin (U9 Hansaplatz, S-Bahn Bellevue)
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    Climate Change: Individual & Collective Action - April Meeting

    Tue. April 2, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997
    RSVP

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    Aline Spyrka reports back from Heidelberg AGM

    Hello, my name is Aline Spyrka and I am the intern for the Berlin Chapter of Democrats Abroad! I am from the Bay Area, California and am studying abroad in Berlin. I was fortunate enough to attend Democrats Abroad Germany’s Annual General Meeting.

    This year’s Annual General Meeting in Heidelberg was the first Democrats Abroad event I attended. Overall, I really enjoyed this event and I learned a lot. I learned about the various caucuses, voting systems, elected positions, jobs/roles, volunteer roles, and about the various chapters. Specifically, Germany has 12 chapters and each newly elected chair for their chapter presented events they held over the year or activities they enjoyed.

    It was great to hear about specific events chapters held and which were similar to Berlin’s. Intros from each chapter were insightful and I appreciated the explanation of terminology/events. The caucus reports were also very informative for new members.

    One of breakaway events for caucus small groups was a great way to meet more people. I had wished I had more time to meet them and brainstorm for the youth caucus because I really liked meeting so many new people and hearing about their experiences abroad as an American and a Democrat. I now have friends to visit in Dresden, Heidelberg, and Muenster and know much more about Democrats Abroad Germany!


    Photo by Aline Spyrka Photo by Aline Spyrka 

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    Upcoming Events

    Monday, March 25, 2019 at 06:00 PM

    Film Screening: Blindspotting – Young Dems Berlin

    Come to Democrats Abroad youth movie night to learn about relevant topics facing American society today! We will watch Blindspotting, a 2018 multi-dimensional film covering the topics of gentrification, white-on-black violence, police brutality, and racial identity. Afterwards, we will have a short discussion on the various themes brought up, and I will share sentiments that Daveed and Rafa have towards the town as well as the film.

    It’s not required, but RSVP to let us know you’re coming and please help out by sharing this event on Facebook.

    Contact: aline.spyrka@gmail.com

    Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 07:30 AM

    Climate change: Individual vs. Collective Action – April Meeting

    Immediate action is needed to protect our environment and to drastically decrease carbon emissions. Facing this imminent threat brings up the question: what can I do?

    Join Democrats Abroad Berlin for our April meeting as we discuss the multiple political avenues of addressing climate change. Is individual action enough? If not, what type of collective political action is needed? We will be joined by a broad range of panelists to discuss how they combat climate change on a daily basis and their thoughts on what individuals, political systems, and civil society can do.

    Food & Drinks

    There will be drinks (by donation), so please bring snacks or other food to share.

    RSVP

    It's not required, but RSVP here so we have a rough idea of how many people to expect. Looking forward to seeing you there!

    As always, we welcome new faces, even if you've never attended a meeting or an event before.