February News and Upcoming Events

 

The DAG Frankfurt Chapter now has meetings in three locations (info is below). Primary season starts soon with the Iowa Caucuses, so now is the time to make your voice heard, to vote and help get out the vote, and to do whatever we can to bring about a blue wave in November.

Please read our newsletter and get active. Your support, energy and activism this year are vital. 

Announcements from the Chair

  1. With nearly 1,000 members among over 15,000 Americans, the Frankfurt Chapter goes from Marburg to Bensheim, from the Rhine to Würzburg. If you missed the Frankfurt Chapter AGM on January 19th, you can read an overview of the Chapter’s 2019 activities and 2020 goals here.
  2. Please welcome Dhaval Kapadia as our new Vice Chair and Phone Banking Coordinator. Dhaval, new to us from the Singapore Chapter, is outgoing and friendly, and has with extensive experience in Getting Out The Vote.
     
  3. Help promote democracy. You, too, can find Americans who don’t know they can vote. A simple way is to carry Vote From Abroad cards with you. Need some? Let us know.

Thanks for being active,

Barb

 

What’s Next? Bring an American with you…

Darmstadt Area Meet & Plan: Saturday, February 8th, 1 pm - 3 pm

Hotel Restaurant Bockshaut, Kirchstraße 7-9, 64283 Darmstadt

The Darmstadt Area has a Global Presidential Primary Voting Center on March 7th. What is it? How can you vote locally in the presidential primary? How can you help get Americans to vote? Join this dedicated group to find out. More info

 

Frankfurt Chapter Meeting: Thursday, February 13th, 7 to 9pm

SPD Haus, Fischerfeldstraße 7-11, 60311 Frankfurt

With the Global Presidential Primary just ahead of us, please join us to learn more about local voting in the Democratic presidential primary, and how you can help support the two local Voting Centers that we plan to have in Frankfurt on March 3rd and 7th.

Then let’s discuss: Do you vote for your favorite candidate or the one that can best defeat Trump? It’s a difficult decision, so come and share your thoughts.

Don’t forget to get social! Meet us at 5:30pm for dinner before the meeting and/or for drinks after the meeting. Getting there at 6:00pm still gives you time to order a delicious meal before heading to the SPD Haus, just a 5-minute walk away.

Moloko. Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 1, 60311 Frankfurt

Corner of Schöne Aussicht and Alte Brücke

 

Vote From Abroad Info Stand, Saturday, February 15th (set up at 12) 1pm to 5pm.

Hauptwache, on Ziel between Kaufhof and My Zeil

We had a lot of fun at the January stand. Sign up using this doodle poll to take an hour long (or more) shift. Meet lots of nice people, provide information, and help them request an absentee ballot. Would you prefer to be in the background? You can still join in. T-shirts and hoodie jackets are available for us to raise donations. Or you could bake some Cookies for Cash.

 

Global Presidential Primary Voting Centers:

Frankfurt - March 3rd and 7th
Linguarama Spracheninstitut GmbH,
Große Eschenheimer Straße 39, 60313 Frankfurt
Tuesday
, March 3, 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 7, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Vote in person during the Democratic Presidential Primary!

We need your help! Be a greeter, check folks in, count ballots, etc. We have lots to do, and your help is needed. Work with us for a few hours or be part of the team all day. We aim to sign up a lot of new voters – for Super Tuesday (Stacey, Manager) or Saturday (Carl, Manager). Contact us to join in the fun be an active part of this event. 

Darmstadt – March 7th
Hotel Restaurant Bockshaut, Kirchstraße 7-9, 64283 Darmstadt
Saturday, March 7, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Vote in person in Darmstadt during the Democratic Presidential Primary!

We need your help! Be a greeter, check folks in, count ballots, etc. We have lots to do, and your help is needed. Work with us for a few hours or be part of the team all day. We aim to sign up a lot of new voters –Saturday (Brian, Manager). Contact us to join in the fun be an active part of this event.

 

Planned Meet and Greet Events in other Chapter cities:

If you live outside of Frankfurt proper and would like an event near you, you can help us to find the right location, and we can plan the meeting and contact the people around you. We need everyone’s vote in 2020 to put Democrats in office! Contact Barb, Chapter Chair. frankfurt@democratsabroad.de

 

Other News:

DA Germany Annual Meeting: January 24-26th 

DA Germany recently held its Annual General Meeting in Munich. Over 180 Americans from across Germany attended the event, where we planned activities for 2020, and where we heard inspirational and informative presentations on issues ranging from immigration reform to feminism in the age of Trump. David Schor, a renowned data scientist who was the the guest speaker at the event, gave us statistics and ideas on how to get our 2020 message right: Focus on issues, particularly health care. Don’t bash Trump, the Republicans or that supporters -- that backfires.

After the amazing AGM, DA Germany members are more determined than ever to give the extra effort to get Americans to vote.

 

Celebrating Black History Month

The Frankfurt chapter is proud to join with other Americans in celebrating Black History Month. Below are links to lists of books, music and more that to educate, inform, and inspire you for Black History Month:

25 Amazing Books by African-American Writers You Need to Read

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/532058/books-by-african-american-writers-you-need-to-read

 

The New York Times: 1619 Project

A series of podcasts and a special issue of the NY Times magazine devoted to African-American history and life, published to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the landing of the first slaves in the US.

Read the magazine here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html?searchResultPosition=4

Listed to the podcasts here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/22/podcasts/1619-trailer.html?searchResultPosition=3

 

National Museum of African-American History and Culture

Digitally explore the collection at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture: https://nmaahc.si.edu/

 

Code Switch: Race and Identity Remixed

is a great podcast on race produced by National Public Radio (NPR). They have assembled some of their most fascinating podcasts into a playlist for Black History Month

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/02/01/401948607/a-code-switch-playlist-for-black-history-month?t=1580579823243

 

Get Involved with DAG Frankfurt!

Come to a meeting and/or become a volunteer. Short on time? Please think about contributing. DA is run totally on donations and with active members.

Or contact Barb Chap, Chapter Chair, directly if you have an idea, want to learn more about the Frankfurt Chapter, or be part of the organizational team (Press, for example).

Thank you for reading, and we hope to see you soon.

DA Germany-Frankfurt Chapter