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18 Jan 2020: Fourth Annual Global Women’s March

On 18 January 2020, millions of women and allies around the world will join the fourth annual March of Women’s March Global, a yearly event that brings together all those who are committed to fighting for equality, justice, and women’s human rights worldwide. 2020’s Event, March for Our Human Rights, will focus on bodily autonomy, which is the right to have control over one’s own body without coercion or external pressures. This includes abortion rights, sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), sexual consent, period equality, family planning, access to healthcare services and information, and more.

 

Join Democrats Abroad Germany at the fourth annual Global Women's March on Saturday, 18 January 2020. RSVP today!

 

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Munich Chapter, Geschwister Scholl Platz January 18, 2020, from 12 pm - 3 pm
Wiesbaden-Mainz Chapter January 18, 2020, from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Cologne-Bonn January 18, 2020, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Heidelberg Chapter January 18, 2020, from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

 

 

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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Germany

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Germany

Register for 2020 DA Germany Annual General Meeting

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

               Members from around Germany greet President Obama in Cologne.

Runners raising awareness about voting from abroad at the Cologne Marathon

                 

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!


Presidential Candidates Talk to Democrats Abroad

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Democrats Abroad has talked to many of the Democratic Presidential Candidates. If you were unable to participate in the live events, you can watch the videos for the candidates below. As we speak to more candidates over the next month, the list will be updated.

Pete Buttigieg - Sep 19, 2019
Julián Castro - Oct 22, 2019
Bernie Sanders  - Nov 7, 2019
Steve Bullock  - Nov 14, 2019
Michael Bennet - Nov 19, 2019
Marianne Williamson  - Dec 4, 2019
Tom Steyer - Dec 16, 2019
Deval Patrick - Dec 28, 2019

 

The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary petition process is underway, but time is running out!

Each campaign needs at least 300 valid Democrats Abroad members residing abroad to sign their petition by January 6, 2020, to be included on the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary ballot and meet the criteria as defined in the Democrats Abroad delegate selection plan.

All the candidates have signed up to participate in the Democrats Abroad petition process. Click here to sign the petitions.

You may sign as many candidate petitions as you'd like. By signing, you help ensure that a candidate appears on the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary ballot. Signing a petition is not considered either an endorsement or a vote. You'll still need to VOTE for your preferred candidate during the primary.

 

Request a ballot for 2020 elections at https://www.votefromabroad.org/


One Year Out – Contribute to the DA Germany Stimulus Package

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The one-year countdown to the 2020 elections has begun, and Democrats Abroad Germany will play a crucial role in electing Democrats at every level of government. Did you know that in the 2016 election only 7% of Americans living abroad cast their ballots? Reaching the other 93% of voters is our main goal for the coming year, and we need your help to make this happen!

That’s why we are asking you to join us as we undertake the largest voter mobilization effort in our history. Reaching out to potential voters through personal contact and advertisements requires both volunteers and the necessary funds. We hope that you can help us with one or both of these areas.

For example, if each of the 10,000 members of DA Germany donated just 1 Euro, we could run a 15-second advertisement prior to English language blockbusters at major theaters nationwide, reaching thousands of potential voters. 

If each member donated 2 Euros, we could advertise on social media platforms, in print publications, and run movie theater ads. 

For 3 Euros each, we could also ramp up our in-person presence at local street festivals and have printed materials to distribute to fellow Americans. 

We also need volunteers to reach our goal of mobilizing voters. In-person interactions are crucial to reaching Americans living in Germany. Phonebanking, voter registration drives, postcard writing, tech support, organizing outreach events, providing voter assistance, and so much more can only happen with the help of volunteers. The more people involved in these efforts, the greater the impact we can have. 

Given the urgency of this election and the enormous potential to reach overseas voters, please join our team by:

  • letting us know how you’d like to volunteer, either by taking this survey or responding directly to this email
  • making a one-time or recurring donation to DA Germany by creating a Dauerauftrag (bank info below) 

In fact, if you donate €20.20, you’ll receive a one-of-a-kind Democrats Abroad t-shirt to wear with pride at marches and other events. A contribution of €50 or more will get you a winter-ready, limited edition DA hooded sweatshirt. All merchandise is available via this order form.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with Us

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Once again, it's that time of year when we share our gratitude.

We want you to be a part of it.

Please join us for thanksgiving celebrations in Berlin, Göttingen, Heidelberg, Munich, and Wiesbaden/Mainz.

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Date and Time Location
Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 10:30 am - 2 pm Berlin - 1st Annual Democrats Abroad Tempelhof Turkey Trot
Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 4 pm - 8 pm Berlin - Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 28, 2019, at 6 pm - 9 pm Munich
Thursday, November 28, 2019, at 7 pm - 10 pm  Wiesbaden/Mainz
Saturday, November 30, 2019, at 6 pm - 9 pm Göttingen
Sunday, December 01, 2019, at 1 pm - 5 pm Heidelberg

 

Please RSVP so we know how many people are coming to dinner.


2019DAG Fall/Winter Media Recommendations

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If you're looking for a good book or documentary recommendation, look no further. The DAG Fall Winter list is here! The books and video list below will make the perfect companions on the chilly nights ahead.

Linking to Amazon does not represent an endorsement by Democrats Abroad or Democrats Abroad Germany. It’s just convenient. Please buy books from any bookseller you prefer. The majority of the books listed below are available in a variety of formats;  e-books, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook and/or Audio CD. Enjoy reading and happy holidays.

The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. What a great book, it was well worth the wait. Watch an interview with the author.

Trump on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President by Justin A. Frank

No president in the history of the United States has inspired more alarm and confusion than Donald Trump. As questions and concerns about his decisions, behavior, and qualifications for office have multiplied, they point to one primary question: Does he pose a genuine threat to our country? The American Psychiatric Association's Goldwater Rule constrains psychiatrists from offering diagnoses on public figures who are not patients and who have not endorsed such statements. But in Trump on the Couch Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Justin A Frank invokes the moral responsibility that compels him to speak out and present a full portrait of a man who presents us with a clear and present danger. Listen to an interview with the author.

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What a Normal Presidency Looks Like

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Since Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017, our nation and the world have been in chaos. Trump and his Republican henchmen are serving up disorder and corruption daily. We have become acclimated to the madness.  Yes, we can see that things are wrong, but we need some perspective on how upside-down things are. Americans are like a frog in a pot of water, and Trump is slowly turning up the heat every day. We need to get out of the hot water, restore our democracy, and change the trajectory of our nation. 

Everyone remembers how great President Obama is, but please take a movement to visualize and remember the vast difference between how Obama and the nation were from 2008 – 19 January 2017. Everything that Trump says is the opposite of reality. When he says, “Make America Great Again,” he means America is great, and I want to make it terrible.

Barack Obama was a fantastic president and is a wonderful person. Please take a few moments to watch these videos and remember that the current chaos is not normal. Yes, we can make things better.  Please vote in 2020. Enjoy the videos!

 

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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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