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Democrats Abroad Germany Women’s Caucus Relaunch

By Beverly Seebach

On June 15, Democrats Abroad Germany revived the DAG Women’s Caucus with a Relaunch Event. Following a welcome by DAG Chair, Kenton Barnes, the Global Women’s Caucus Chair, Ann Hesse, gave an excellent overview of the GWC history, mission, and principles.

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Message from the U.S. Embassy: Traveling with Expired Passports

If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021.

You qualify for this exception if all the following are true:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You are currently abroad seeking direct return to the United States.
  • You are flying directly to the United States, a United States territory, or have only short-term transit (“connecting flights”) through a foreign country on your direct return to the United States or to a United States Territory.
  • Your expired passport was originally valid for 10 years. Or, if you were 15 years of age or younger when the passport was issued, your expired passport was valid for 5 years.
  • Your expired passport is undamaged.
  • Your expired passport is unaltered.
  • Your expired passport is in your possession.
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DA Germany Climate Caucus Launch & Signup

DA_GCC_FB_INST_TWIT_profile-03.pngThe DA Germany Climate Caucus welcomes any and all to join us as we branch out into a new DA effort to confront the climate crisis! 



Join us and take steps to save the humanity's future. The key goals of the Climate Caucus are to:
  • Educate about the climate crisis through thought-provoking events,
  • Advocate for environmental protection and climate change mitigation measures and push lawmakers to pass necessary legislation to this end, and
  • Collaborate with other caucuses and DA chapters to promote environmental awareness and preservation.

Click the Sign Up button above to become a member of the Climate Caucus and join the fight to save our climate today!


Call for Singers: DA Germany Sea Shanty

Avast, me hearties! Calling all swabbies and mates with an interest in choral singing and a smartphone! DA Germany is pursuing a sea-shanty project with a GOTV twist. We’ve written a parody version of the extremely popular song "Wellerman" centered around the importance of voting from abroad. We have a simple arrangement with 5 parts (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass), MIDI rehearsal tracks and straightforward recording instructions for people who would like to learn it, record it and have it edited together as a choral piece.

Dash Nesbitt has generously agreed to serve as conductor and Daniel Hoever-Eckardt has consented to take on the tenor solo line, so we only need to collect a virtual choir for a full sound on the chorus. Depending on how much interest there is in this project, we can hold one or two sessions for Q&A or troubleshooting regarding the music, in lieu of a rehearsal. If you choose to participate, you are giving Democrats Abroad permission to use the video for its purposes. 

Please fill out this form to get started. Once we have your contact information and part preference, we’ll send you rehearsal materials so you can start recording. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected].


DA Germany Meets the Candidates for Global Leadership

With the 2021 Global Meeting quickly approaching (May 14-16), Democrats Abroad Germany hosted two sessions on May 1st to give the candidates running for a position on the Global Executive Committee (ExCom) an opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions from our voting representatives.

During the Global Meeting, DPCA (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) voting representatives elected at the county committee level (15 from Germany) will elect the Global Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Legal Counsel. These individuals will lead Democrats Abroad for the next two years, guiding and supporting all of our leaders, volunteers, and members around the world.

All members were welcome to attend, as well as other DPCA voting representatives from other country committees. The Q&A session gave priority to DPCA Voting Representatives from Germany, and when time allowed, other questions were taken from other voting representatives in attendance.

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Justice has been delivered

Statement by Angela Fobbs, Global Black Caucus Chair, and Julia Bryan, Democrats Abroad Global Chair

Justice has been delivered to George Floyd and his family, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief - for now. 

We must take this moment to not only deliver justice for the dead but to protect the living. We must help make our country a place where we can all breathe freely, a place where the color of our skin does not put us at risk. 

Philonise Floyd said after the verdict, "As an African American, we usually never get justice."

This inequality cannot stand. 

The House has passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. It is time for the Senate to do so too. Democrats and Republicans must rise to the challenge of our times, unite our United States behind this issue, and transform policing in America.

Our moral compass is bending towards justice. It’s time to put policies in place to make this transformation complete. The time is now. 

#BlackLivesMatter

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Take action now - contact your senators today and demand they support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. 


April 2021 News

Spring has finally arrived – and not without many exciting updates from Democrats Abroad! Here is some of the most important news we have to share:

I. DA Germany is proceeding full steam ahead under the leadership of our newly elected 2021-2023 Executive Committee. The election results are listed below. 

II. Our chair and vice chair have special messages for all DAG members.

III. The GOTV team is hard at work devising strategies to increase voter turnout. Learn how YOU can make a difference in the 2021 elections and 2022 midterms. 

IV. Want to get involved in specific issue areas? DA’s Caucuses and local chapters have a lot of exciting events in store. 

V. Germany members can get great deals on awesome gear – all for a good cause! 

VI. Our communications teams are looking for volunteers

Keep reading to find out more!

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DAG 2021 National Election Results

 

National elections were held online during the 2021 DA Germany Annual General Meeting on March 20, 2021. 

2021-2023 Executive Committee

Chair: Kenton Barnes

Vice-Chair: Emily Lines

Secretary: Jennifer von Estorff

Treasurer: Powen Shiah

Chapter Development Coordinator: Matt LeMieux

Communications Coordinator: Kaitlyn Kennedy

Events & Fundraising Coord: Courtney Newman

GOTV Coordinator: Teresa Ritterhoff

Membership/IT Coordinator: Shari Temple

Press Coordinator: Anya Leonhard

 

DPCA Voting Reps Delegation:

Candice Kerestan

Shari Temple

Aileen Dinin

Anya Leonhard

Matt LeMieux

Powen Shiah

Quaide Williams

Antar Rashiq Keith

Vincienzo Cabrera

Robert Scott

Angela Fobbs

Diego Rivas

Pat Klipp

 

 


2021 DA Germany Leadership Elections

DAG will be electing its leaders on March 20

Democrats Abroad Germany is a stronger, more effective organization when our leadership looks like our membership. We hope to have candidates from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, cultures, and identities.

Please take a look at the open positions and consider running, or think about someone you might want to nominate to run for a position. With everyone’s help, and working with our strengths, we can get so much done. Have more impact! Help steer the work!

We’ll hold two Info Sessions for interested members this coming week (Feb 10 and Feb 13). You can come to either session to ask questions, and learn about positions and election processes.

Info sessions - RSVP to get the meeting link:
Wed Feb 10 7pm CET
Sat Feb 13 4pm CET

Then join us on Saturday, March 20 from 10:30am to 6:00pm on Zoom for our 2021 DA Germany Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Elections. From 10:30am to 1:00pm, we’ll review our work in the 2020 election cycle and discuss the path to victory in the 2021 special elections and the 2022 midterms. After a one-hour lunch break, we’ll reconvene at 2:00pm for our national elections.

To vote in the election, you must be a DA Germany member and RSVP for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) by 12:00pm on March 20, 2021.

RSVP Here

See the DAG Elections page for more info. All details about the election can be found in the DA Germany Elections Rules and Procedures.

These DAG Executive Committee positions will be elected for two-year terms at the AGM in the following order:

  •   Chair
  •   Vice Chair
  •   Secretary
  •   Treasurer
  •   Chapter Development Coordinator
  •   Communications Coordinator
  •   Events & Fundraising Coordinator
  •   Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Coordinator
  •   Membership & IT Coordinator
  •   Press Coordinator
  •   12 or more DPCA Voting Representatives (exact number pending)

 Read the job descriptions for each position here


2021 Chapter Elections

We will be holding chapter elections in all 14 of our chapters during the first quarter of 2021.   You can read all about all of them here.