It's time for a new beginning: the Berlin chapter elections for 2021-2023 officers will take place this Wednesday, February 17, 2021, starting at 7pm. ►RSVP and scroll down for more details on candidates.
This is the last email newsletter from the Berlin chapter's current leadership team. We're looking forward to electing our successors on Wednesday. Here are a few words of farewell from each of us.
Diego Rivas, Chair
Resilient, opinionated, and progressive, the Berlin Chapter of Democrats Abroad has grown so much these past four years. Not only has our membership doubled, but we have taken important and sustainable steps forward by implementing an elected chapter board and developing our kiez captain network. This was only possible thanks to all of the volunteers and their passion for change. We did our part in getting ‘45’ out of the White House and winning the House and Senate. I will fondly remember the laughs, lessons, discussions (yes, sometimes heated), but most importantly the community spirit of people from all walks of life uniting for a greater cause. It has been a pleasure. I am sincerely looking forward to seeing the chapter continue to grow and to keep in touch with everyone - see you at the next possible pub night.
Emily Lines, Vice Chair
This has been a wild 4 years and I can’t believe that my time as Vice Chair is coming to an end. I enjoyed working with everyone here in Berlin and I am impressed and proud of all the work and time all of our volunteers contributed. I hope that everyone continues to remain engaged and I look forward to continuing to work with the Berlin chapter in the years to come!
Amy Herr, GOTV Coordinator
It has been a wonderful four years volunteering as Events and GOTV Coordinator for our Berlin chapter. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know all of you, maintaining an active network, and helping many of you send in your ballots! I am excited to see what our chapter will do in the coming years, and look forward to the time that we can all meet again.
Theresa Gasinski, Membership & Volunteer Coordinator
I am continually impressed by all of the dedicated and passionate volunteers we have here in Berlin. There is always someone willing to wake up early on a blustery Saturday morning to help set up for our Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, learn the complicated voter registration rules to prepare for the Global Presidential Primary, or open up their home to other Democrats Abroad members for Kiez meetings. I'd like to thank you all for committing your time to help our chapter grow and create a sustainable network of politically-minded Americans doing their part to build an equitable and just future.
Powen Shiah, Communications & Press Officer
When I showed up at my first Democrats Abroad event, I never imagined I would end up volunteering myself for the next several years. It's been my small way of making sure I could look back on these strange and difficult times, knowing that I did my part to keeping a progressive light burning and to stand up for an inclusive and more just vision of the world. I'm looking forward to seeing how our community and movement grow in future. It's been so rewarding to be part of Democrats Abroad Berlin!
Berlin Chapter Elections
Our first official chapter meeting of 2021 will take place this Tuesday, February 2, 2021. ►RSVP
- 2019-2021 Report from the Chair
- Review of 2020 accomplishments
- Slideshow: The best chapter photos of 2020
- Run for something! 2021 Democrats Abroad Berlin and Germany Elections
- Ask a question: Membership Q&A
- Open Floor: catch up with other members and chat about Biden's first two weeks in office
Democrats Abroad Berlin is holding elections to fill five chapter leadership positions for two-year terms:
- Communications and Press Officer
- GOTV Coordinator
- Membership and Volunteer Coordinator
The deadline for advance nominations is February 3, 2021 (14 days prior to the election). Nominations may also be made at the election meeting.
The elections for the Berlin chapter will take place on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
For our book club's next meeting, we'll be reading The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency by John Dickerson. Come discuss (and pick future books) on February 25, 2021.
Join us for the April gathering of the Democrats Abroad book club — virtual edition!
This time, we will discuss How Long ’til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin.
With this book club we aim to provide a shared reading experience and relaxed discussion space for Democrats Abroad members. Just so you know, you don’t have to have finished the book entirely to attend. Each month we have attendees who only had time to make it partway through and we welcome them!
How Long ’til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
Please RSVP in advance so we can send you the link to join the online video call (Zoom).
You can help out by sharing this event with your American friends and acquaintances in Berlin! As always, we welcome new faces, even if you've never attended a book club meeting or an event before.
Join Kenton Barnes, DA Germany Chair, and Emily Lines, DA Germany Vice Chair, for an online "Meet and Greet" on Saturday, April 24th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. We'll discuss our organization's structure and goals, introduce ourselves as the newly elected leaders of DA Germany, and ways you can get involved as a volunteer and with your local chapter.
Whether you're a long-time member or completely new to DA Germany, we warmly welcome all members to join us for this afternoon event. We hope to answer any questions you may have about DA Germany, as well as foster a lively, productive discussion with each other.
To actively participate in the event, you will need a computer with an internet connection as well as a working microphone.
Please RSVP to the event if you'd like to attend. Once we've received your RSVP, we will send you the login link. We hope many of you can join us!
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