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Democrats Abroad Day! - Saturday, September 7th

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Happy Democrats Abroad Day!

Mark your calendars and help us celebrate: The first annual Democrats Abroad Day will take place around the world this Saturday, September 7th!

Democrats Abroad Day is an annual celebration to show off your Democrats Abroad pride, wherever you are.

If your local chapter is hosting an event, we hope you’ll join. But to celebrate with as many of you as possible, and to tell the world that we represent the 9 million Americans overseas who are engaged and VOTE, we’re asking you to join our virtual party, too.

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August 2019 Newsletter - Oodles of August Events

Thankfully, the heatwave is over. Climate change is real and happening now. We have a short time to act, and we have to make sure that Trump and other Republicans don't get re-elected in 2020.

Copy_of_Phone_Banking_2019.png   💻🎧😊 Phone banking is vital to turning out the vote. In early August, we have phone banking campaigns for the two Special Federal elections in North Carolina (Election Dates: September 10) and the Louisiana State Primary Election (Election Date: October 12). Then in early September, we will be adding phone banking campaigns for the State General elections in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia (Election Dates: November 5).  Learning how to phone bank now will make 2020 much more comfortable, and we will need as many people as possible making calls to our members in Germany and around the world to ensure maximum voter turnout. If you would like more information on phone banking and to sign up to help out, click here.
     
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Join us Saturday, August 17 from 1:30-3:30 pm for our second DA Germany Online "Meet and Greet." We want to make Democrats Abroad more understandable and accessible to all members. Candice Kerestan, DA Germany Chair, and Kenton Barnes, DA Germany Vice-Chair will review our organization's structure and goals, discuss ways to get involved in the 2020 election, and more. Whether you're a long-time member or brand new to DA Germany, we warmly welcome all members to join us for this afternoon event. We hope to answer any questions you may have and have a lively, productive discussion with each other. 

To actively participate in the event, you will need a computer with an internet connection as well as a working microphone. RSVP today. You will receive the connection information after you RSVP.
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Celebrate the 4th of July With Democrats Abroad Germany

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Grab your friends and countrymen for an Independence Day celebration. Join Democrats Abroad for Independence Day celebrations across Germany. Come to meet other American Expats, have fun, get to know like-minded people and celebrate American Independence with us.

We're having 4th of July events of all types, from BBQ's to pool parties, in 8 locations. We hope you join us!

 

Goettingen

Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 04:00 PM

Berlin

Thursday, July 04, 2019 at 06:30 PM

Hamburg

Thursday, July 04, 2019 at 06:30 PM

Wiesbaden/Mainz

Friday, July 05, 2019 at 06:15 PM

Munich

Saturday, July 06, 2019 at 02:00 PM

Heidelberg

Sunday, July 07, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Stuttgart

Sunday, July 07, 2019 at 01:00 PM

Münster

Sunday, July 07, 2019 at 02:00 PM

 

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Here's How to Read the Mueller Report

It is really important for everyone to read the Mueller Report.  Although the report is redacted, there is more than enough information to understand what happened.

After the 22-month probe, Mueller broke down his findings into two parts. Volume I of the report concludes that Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election occurred "in a sweeping and systematic fashion" and "violated U.S. criminal law". Volume II of the report addresses the obstruction of justice. 

Key points of the Mueller Report:

  • Mueller did not exonerate the President of the United States of obstruction of justice,
  • Obstruction of justice is a serious crime that strikes at the core of our justice system,
  • And the Constitution points to Congress to take action to hold the President accountable.

Listed below are just a few options for reading the Mueller Report. There are many sources where you can obtain a copy of the report. Please use the options you are comfortable with. The most important thing is that you read the report.

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June 2019 Newsletter

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June is Pride month in America. However, CSD/Pride goes on all summer in Europe. The first of the party's 2020 presidential primary debates will take place over two nights, on Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27 in Miami, Florida. Many of our chapters and precincts will be having watch parties. We'll provide more information as the dates get closer.

On Thursday, June 13th, from 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm CEST, the Global Women's Caucus will host an essential webinar with Dr. Jennifer Merchant. She will discuss the long-feared upcoming challenge to Roe v. Wade limiting choice for women and a likely constitutional crisis concerning women’s rights. Don't miss this important webinar, RSVP today.

Please welcome our new Black Caucus leader for Germany, Derek Bembry. He is from our Frankfurt Chapter. If you have any questions for Derek or want to get involved with the Black Caucus in Germany, contact him at DAG-blackcaucus@democratsabroad.org 

Please also welcome our new Braunschweig Precinct Captian, Drew Wilson. Thanks to both Derek and Drew for volunteering! We couldn't exist without people willing to help out.

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DAG Goes to Washington

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Front Starting on the left: Candice Kerstan - Munich, Chesney Severance - Hamburg, Ann Hesse - Stuttgart, Evie Walls - Wiesbaden/Mainz, Emily Lines - Berlin, Nancy Shimat - Heidelberg, and Shari Temple - Munich
Back: Amanda Mohar - Heidelberg, Powen Shiah - Berlin, Quaide Williams - Cologne, Kelsey McLendon- Stuttgart, Katie Solon - Munich, Diago Garcia - Berlin, and Patrick Oberlaender - Munich

 

Between May 17-19, leaders and members of Democrats Abroad came together in Washington, D.C. for the annual DPCA Global Meeting (Democratic Party Committee Abroad). Some of the chapters represented included Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Haiti, the United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, and many of the European chapters. Germany had one of the largest country committee presences with 16 members in attendance. In addition to all of the people in the room, there were also a large number of participants online, contributing via WebEx.

 

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Like our Germany Annual General Meeting (AGM), the global meeting includes presentations by the outgoing international leadership team, leaders of our global caucuses, and various committees, like Get Out To Vote (GOTV), IT, and the One Person One Vote Special Purpose Committee, showcasing all of their work over the past year. All of the presentations are available online and can be viewed here.

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Memorial Day 2019 - DAG Visits the American Cemetery in Luxembourg

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On Saturday, May 25, 2019, members from our Kaiserslautern and Wiesbaden/Mainz Chapters visited the Luxembourg American Cemetery for their annual Memorial Day Ceremony.  They joined our DA Luxembourg chapter for the ceremony.

It was a very memorable day honoring the American soldiers who died serving the United States Armed Forces in Luxembourg.

Thank you DAG Luxembourg for your hospitality in the beautiful city.

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May 2019 Newsletter - Happy International Workers Day!

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May will be a busy month. We have a lot going on in DAG, and so does our democratically controlled Congress. Thank you for voting. Without the #BlueWave, we would not have any ability to investigate the Trump Administration.  If you haven't read the Mueller report, you can get a copy here. Take our poll on impeachment.

On May 4th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, our Chair Candice Kerestan and Vice Chair Kenton Barnes will hold an online "Meet and Greet." They will discuss the structure and goals of our organization, volunteer opportunities and more. All DA Germany members are warmly invited to attend. A computer/tablet with an internet connection and a working microphone are necessary to participate actively. To receive the connection information, RSVP. See you on Saturday!

We're gearing up for 2020, and it takes a village to do all the things we need to do. Here are three opportunities to help:

  1. Take our Volunteer Survey. We are looking for volunteers in all areas.
  2. DA Germany is looking for members interested in heading our Black Caucus, LGBTQ+ Caucus, Progressive Caucus, and Youth Caucus. Find out more information.
  3. Do you have an idea? We're looking for suggestions on how we can connect with more Americans in Germany, find places to advertise, events to have and any suggestions you have to get more people to vote.  Bookmark this link and submit your ideas at any time.
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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Germany

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Germany

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We are one of the largest country committees of Democrats Abroad - the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. We are a 100% volunteer organization with a presence throughout Germany.

Our mission: To provide Americans living in Germany a voice in our government and to elect Democrats by mobilizing the overseas vote.

Our Chapters: Wherever you are in Germany, there is a chapter or a precinct with events for our members. Click on a link to find your local chapter: Berlin,  Cologne Bonn, Dusseldorf-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Göttingen, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Kaiserslautern, Muenster-Osnabrueck, Munich, Stuttgart, and Wiesbaden/Mainz.

Our Caucuses: We have several active caucuses that focus on specific progressive issues/groups:

Our activities: These range from monthly meetings, lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, webinars, political rallies and marches, our annual Oktoberfest extravaganza in Munich, Fourth of July picnics, CSD and Pride events, Thanksgiving dinners and more. Looking to share your skills and interests with DA Germany? Take our volunteer survey here.

Bookmark our Events and News pages to stay up-to-date on what is happening near you.

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     Our Women's Caucus weekend workshop in Berlin

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Members from around Germany greet President Obama in Cologne.

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Our Black Caucus Juneteenth Celebration in Frankfurt

If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact us.  

We look forward to meeting you!


April 2019 Newsletter

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Spring has sprung, and there any many new and exciting developments happening with Democrats Abroad Germany as we gear up for the summer season, which will be filled not only with the first Democratic National Committee primary debates (June 26-27) in Miami, but also plenty of chances to get involved locally with DA Germany.

In an effort to discuss the structure and goals of our organization as well as volunteer opportunities as we head towards 2020, newly elected DA Germany Chair Candice Kerestan (Munich) and Vice Chair Kenton Barnes (Braunschweig) will be holding an online “Meet and Greet” on May 4th, 2019, from 1:30-3:30pm. All DA Germany members are warmly invited to attend. A computer/tablet with an internet connection and a working microphone are necessary to actively participate. To receive log-in information, please RSVP.  

Don’t want to wait until then to help out or learn more about DA Germany? Here’s a quick overview of how you can get involved now as well as some updates on what’s been happening with DA both in Germany and internationally:

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Phone banking: Help Call DA Virginia Voters to Help Pass the ERA!

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was first introduced in 1923. Unfortunately, although it finally passed in the U.S. House and Senate 47 years ago (March 22nd, 1972), it has still not been ratified by the necessary 38 states. It had only 35 when it “expired” in 1982. However, based on the 27th Amendment being ratified 203 years after it was submitted to the states, it has been deemed that the deadline was not valid. Nevada ratified the ERA in 2017 and Illinois in 2018 – meaning we only need ONE more state to ratify it for it to be written into the U.S. Constitution. 

Just a few weeks ago, Republicans stopped the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the Virginia Legislature by a single vote! We were devastated, but not defeated!

DA has just set up new global phone banking campaigns to reach out to DA voters in Virginia where the 2019 state elections will decide the majority in both the House of Delegates and the VA State Senate. Let’s take a majority in the VA legislature and ratify the ERA!

Sign up here to be on the phone banking team and join the campaign for Virginia.

Looking for more information on the ERA? Here’s a three-minute video on Why We Need an Equal Rights Amendment. One of the best articles explaining the history and current status was in last month’s Cosmopolitan article “So Here’s Something...Women Don’t Actually Have Equal Rights Under the Constitution.” You can also watch the “Legalize Equality” video, the 30-minute must-see video on ERA – just RSVP here to receive the link. Also please check out www.democratsabroad.org/era for the latest status along with ways ALL members of DA can help no matter where you vote or live. We need your help.

DA Germany Caucus Leadership

DA Germany is looking for members interested in working with a specific set of policy issues, which is facilitated through the Democrats Abroad caucus structure. Current open positions include Chair of the LGBTQ+ Caucus, Chair of the Progressive Caucus, Chair of the Black Caucus, and Chair of the Youth Caucus (35 and under). For a description of our caucus and chair responsibilities, please visit this page.   


 

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