Hamburg

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Hamburg!

DA Hamburg is a chapter of DA Germany, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Germany. 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 Hamburg, please contact us.

 Marc Castagnera, Chapter Chair
Democrats Abroad Germany - Hamburg Chapter

DAG-Hamburg@democratsabroad.org

 

DA Hamburg Leadership:

Pamela Cory
| Ex-Pat Issues Team Leader, Hamburg Chapter, Germany
Maryann Schmunk
| Volunteers Team Leader, Hamburg Chapter, Germany
Marc Castagnera
| Hamburg Chapter Chair, Germany
Eric Shambroom
| Media and Press Team Leader, Hamburg Chapter, Germany
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  • News

    Election Night 2018

    The Democratic Party made progress this past election day, flipping the House and ensuring more headwind for the Trump Administration and the Republican Party in the next 2 years.  The Hamburg Chapter was tuned in to see the first preliminary results at a viewing event in Eimsbüttel until late into the night.  It was a great crowd, including some German and other European guests.  The night's festivities included a very successful raffle of GOTV and other politically charged items.

    Thank you to everyone who helped make this a very special night.  And thank you to everyone living abroad who voted, or helped others to do so.  We know it is not a simple task, making it all the more important.

    Hope to see you at our next event, a movie night featuring Ava DuVernay's 13th, and a political discussion led by special guests - more details here .


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    Chapter Meeting - October 14th, 2018

    Thank you to everyone who attended our most recent Chapter Meeting.  It included our first ever New Members Coffee, ideas for 2019, and some last-minute voter registration help.  Below you will find the minutes.

    First I want to share my announcement from the meeting.  My two-year term as Chapter Chair began in February of 2017, and is coming to an end soon.  I have thoroughly enjoyed being Chair, getting to know and working with so many of DA's Hamburg members, and putting together events of all sorts with you.  For personal reasons, I will not be running for re-election.  I plan to stay active after my term's end.  But most importantly, this means that we have a position to be filled.  If you are interested, please reach out to
    dag-hamburg@democratsabroad.org at your earliest convenience!  I am happy to answer any questions.  The election will take place in January or February, before the DA Germany AGM.

    Minutes:

    - New Members Coffee - This proved to be an excellent way to start the meeting, giving
       members (new and old) a chance to talk and get to know each other better.

    - Fundraising - We raffled off a book ("How I Resist") during the meeting, raising 17€ ! 
       We want to make raffles a more regular part of our events.  Let us know if you have
       ideas for raffles or have something you want to donate, and other fundraising ideas.

    - Treasury - We currently have 500€ in our treasury.  150€ will go to DAG by year's end
       to pay for a tablet and portable printer we received for GOTV efforts.

    - Membership - Our membership just recently reached 622, from around 400 at the start
       of 2017.

    - 2019 - non-election year, time to train, organize
         - Regular events, i.e. monthly or bi-monthly - Chapter Meetings (2nd or 3rd Sunday of
            every month, or every other month?), pub nights, book club meetings
         - One month of every year is focused on one caucus - that caucus leads the Chapter
            Meeting in that month
         - Equal Rights Amendment - only one more state needed to ratify.  Could this be a focus
            of 2019?

    - Black Caucus - Black History Month, February 2019
         - Black American Night - mid-February, featuring American performers
         - Other ideas include an American finger food buffet, a raffle table, a favorite dish or pie contest.

    - Women's Caucus - Berlin Workshop, September 22nd, 2018
         - One of our Chapter members attended and summarized - more details here .
         - Many are interested in putting together a similar event here in Hamburg.

    - Impressions from the USA
         - One of our members just got back from a trip to see family in Mississippi.  She also campaigned for Democratic candidates and attended a
            town hall meeting.
         - From her conversations, and talks she listened to, we can see a silver lining in the current situation as people are motivated to take
            action, and Democratic candidates have better chances in red states.
         - Reminder - Every state has an abroad Facebook page.

     - Last-minute voter registration
         - Some states' deadlines for registration and overseas ballot requests have not been reached yet.  It is worth checking.
         - Emergency Federal Absentee Ballot - If you requested a ballot and have not received it, you can vote (in Federal elections) using this
            option.
         - Both of the above can be done at votefromabroad.org .

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