Due to the relocation of my family to Denmark this summer, I must announce that I will step down as Chair of the Hamburg Chapter of DA Germany. I, therefore, call for a special election of chapter chair to lead the Democrats Abroad Hamburg chapter through the very important 2020 election and serve out the rest of this term. I am so glad to have gotten to know so many of you over the last three years and I have been honored to serve as your chapter chair these last few months. I thank you all for your friendship, encouragement, and support. This is an amazing, welcoming, caring, and active community that I know will continue to grow and do great things. Even though I will no longer be a part of DA Germany-Hamburg, I will remain active in Democrats Abroad. I wish you nothing but the best and I am sure we will meet again.
Chesney McKinley Severance
From Democrats Abroad Germany Country Chair, Candice Kerestan:
In accordance with DA Germany bylaws, and to make the replacement process as democratic and transparent as possible, an election for the chair position will be held on 24 August, from 13:30 to 15:30. The elections will be held at SPD Eimsbüttel, Helene-Lange-Strasse 1, Hamburg.
All DA members in the Hamburg Chapter are eligible to vote.
All DA members who have been part of the Hamburg Chapter for at least 28 days by August 24, 2019, are eligible to run for Chair of the Hamburg Chapter.
The Chair’s responsibilities will include organizing events and volunteer opportunities, communicating with Hamburg Chapter members, and working together with DA Germany leadership to implement national projects at the chapter level. The position would begin immediately following the election and end in January 2021.
If you are interested in the position, please submit a written statement of no more than 250 words outlining your qualifications, experience, and goals by August 10, 2019 (14 days prior to the election), to email@example.com. Submissions will be distributed to all Hamburg Chapter members 10 days prior to the event on August 24, 2019. Nominations can also be made on the day of the event if there is support for the candidate by a second member present. For a complete list of election rules, please see this link.
Thank you for your cooperation and continued interest in DA Germany.
Chair, DA Germany
Join us for the August gathering of the Democrats Abroad book club! We'll discuss Americanah, a novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
The goal is to provide a shared reading experience and relaxed discussion space for Democrats Abroad members. Please share this event with your American friends and acquaintances in Berlin! As always, we welcome new faces, even if you've never attended a meeting or an event before.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
"A powerful, tender story of race and identity by the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun." 477 pages.
It's not required, but on this page so we have a rough idea of how many people to expect.
Other upcoming Democrats Abroad events:
Tue. August 6th, 2019:
Democratic Primary Debate Bingo & Fundraiser
Tue. August 13th, 2019
Taco Tuesday in Dresden
It’s the final Friday of the month! You made it! Join us and celebrate as we wrap up the month of August with our Final Friday Pub Night in Riedel's Ottensen's lovely Biergarten. It's a great way to meet other Americans, talk about current events and politics, and kick off the Labor Day Weekend in style. So come and join us for a drink!
According to Wikipedia, Christopher Street Day (CSD) “is an annual European LGBT celebration and demonstration held in various cities across Europe for the rights of LGBT people, and against discrimination and exclusion. It is Germany's counterpart to Gay Pride or Pride Parades.” That sounds about right. This year will mark the first time that our chapter will be actively taking part in Münster’s festivities.
11:30 – Equality Demo
Join DA members as we demonstrate through the street of Münster with hundreds of others in support of equality. We will provide signs. All you need to do is tell us you are coming (see below).
13:00 – 19:00 – DA Information Stand at the Hafenfest
If you are interested in helping out with this effort, please sign up, and we will provide you with detailed information.
Sign-up sheet for both: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1U0DVXnY3fGd9g10d-NT2svSsIg24qoQ0CQBEkUuAB9s/edit?usp=sharing
We had such a positive turn out at April's book club for Michelle Obama’s memoir, “Becoming”, to commemorate Women’s History Month, that we decided offer a second book club opportunity for the summer. The next book we will be reading is "Fascism: A Warning" by Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State (1997-2001), Georgetown professor and diplomat.
“Anti-democratic leaders are winning democratic elections and some of the world’s savviest politicians are moving closer to tyranny with each passing year."
Are you passionate about US politics but feel like you don't have much opportunity to make an impact? Especially all the way over here in Halle and Leipzig?
Well, I feel the same way, so let's get the Democrats Abroad Halle/Leipzig Precinct going!
Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic party organization that aims to represent US citizens overseas. There are many available caucuses to pursue specific passions. By starting a local precinct, we can successfully reach all of the US citizens living in the area and mobilize voter for the 2020 election!
It just takes a couple minutes to learn more and sign up at: https://www.democratsabroad.org/de
At this kick-off meetup, there will be an opportunity to introduce ourselves and briefly discuss possible directions our precinct could go. The location is perfect as it is decorated with hokey US stuff, plus there's food, drinks, bowling, and a chance to bring board games/cards if you favor socializing over a game. Please come, and if you know other Democrat Americans invite them, too!
I will make sure to have a clear sign with "Democrats Abroad Halle-Leipzig" written on it so you can find the table :)
Please, RSVP on this page if you plan on coming to the event so I can call ahead of time and reserve a table with enough seats. Help us out by inviting your American friends and acquaintances -- and you can share this event on Facebook too.
Join us for good food, drink and lively political discussion. This is iour Chapter's usual get-together and is a chance to meet like-minded Americans in a casual atmosphere, and to find out what the Heidelberg Chapter of Democrats Abroad is planning in the upcoming months. As usual, we will discuss some current political topics, which almost always becomes a pretty lively discussion. Look forward to seeing you there!
Kaiserslautern Chapter's Annual Welcome Back After Labor Day Picnic and second Democrats Abroad Day!
Be part of the celebration! Join us Saturday, September 7th for our annual After Labor Day Picnic. and the second Democrats Abroad Day! There will be lots to discuss as we get ready for the 2020 Campaign!
Bring a few new members and your favorite dish for the Potluck.
Derek Bembry Democrats Abroad very own new chair to the Black Caucus will come from Frankfurt to speak with our Munich Chapter. He will focus on a topic that transcends race and is at the heart of the 2020 elections, get out the vote! Not just with Democrats Abroad but with their friends, their families and colleagues. Followed by a short talk about the Black Caucus platform that he is supporting, advocating, focusing on 3 clear initiatives. Derek Bembry will conclude with his thoughts on how the candidates will adopt these in their campaigns, Voting Rights, Voter Suppression and Student Debt
We're starting back up with our monthly meetings at Forum 3 in Stuttgart Stadtmitte. At our September meeting, we'll discuss the primary debates, share information about upcoming state elections, and learn more about specific projects DA has organized to help us make an impact from overseas. Oh, and we have fresh merchandise.
Please join us for an evening of conversation and treat yourself to a new piece of wearable resistance. See you there!
Please send any questions or requests for specific agenda items to firstname.lastname@example.org
Take the U2, U4, U14, or U34 to Rotebühlplatz Stadtmitte and walk two blocks northeast along Theodor-Heuss-Straße.
Take the S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, S11, S13, S21, S32, S60 to Stadtmitte and walk two blocks northeast along Theodor-Heuss-Straße.
There are also several parking garages in the vicinity if you plan to drive in.