NewsMany thanks to all of you for volunteering your time and efforts during the CSD Pride Weekend in Hamburg. Thanks to you, we were able to sign up several new members and to have great conversations with Americans, Germans, and people of other nationalities who visited our stand. In these times, it’s important to show our community that not all Americans support the current administration and that there are many actively working for positive change. Our stand was also a financial success, with donations that will be of great help in funding get-out-the-vote efforts during the coming year.Please join us again soon in Lübeck on 17 August where we will take in their CSD Pride Parade at 13:00 with our precinct leader Cynthia Walter and other volunteers.
Text by Maryann Schmunk; Photos by Maryann Schmunk and Vinnie Cabrera
My name is Vinnie Cabrera, and I am running for the position of Hamburg Chapter Chair. I have a bachelor’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and I am a graphic designer by profession with experience in various sectors including finance, healthcare, education, and retail. The Jersey Shore is where I grew up and where I am registered to vote, and I have voted in every election since I was naturalized as a US citizen. I moved to Hamburg in February 2017, just a couple weeks after Donald Trump’s inauguration. One of the first things I did after settling in Germany was to join Democrats Abroad because I was alarmed by the changes that happened in my community and the country at-large, and I wanted a way to be politically engaged and active despite being outside the United States.
Since joining Dems Abroad, I’ve been an active member of the Hamburg chapter, participating in and helping to organize events like the Women’s March and the March for Our Lives demonstration. I currently also serve as LGBT Caucus leader for the Hamburg Chapter, and I am particularly proud of our participation at CSD Hamburg Pride, which has been consistently one of our most successful outreach events. If elected Chapter Chair, my priorities will include continuing our chapter’s growth in membership, preparing for the Dems Abroad Global Primary in 2020, and organizing GOTV events all throughout the 2020 leading up to the presidential election in November.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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