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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 06, 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.

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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.  

Join Democrats Abroad here.

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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Join Our Team! DA Germany Positions Available

Democrats Abroad Germany is looking for Caucus Leaders for the following Caucuses:

General job description for all positions:

  • Disseminating information to members
  • Coordinating caucus-related events in Germany
  • Periodically report to the global caucus steering committee
  • Finding ways to add diversity to non-caucus events
  • Establishing working committees on legislative or policy issues
  • Running and attending meetings
  • Other duties as required

Each caucus will be represented by a Chair who is responsive to both members and any requests for action or information from the DAG Executive Committee. Additional positions may be established depending upon interest within the caucus. The Caucus Chair will be appointed by the DAG Chair with the consultation of the Executive Committee for a term of two years. The Chair may be removed by the DAG Executive Committee at any time for conduct contrary to the interests of the caucus or DAG.

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DAG March 2019 Newsletter

Copy_of_AGM2019-GroupPhoto-IMG_0431.jpgDA Germany's former and current ExCom members at their first meeting on 24 February at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies.

 

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place from 22-24 February 2019 at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. Vielen Dank Heidelberg Chapter for a wonderful weekend and a well planned and executed event. Thanks to everyone who attended in person or on WebEx.

Check out the photos from each day and videos from our 2019 AGM

On Saturday, we successfully held our ExCom Elections. Here are the results:

Candice Kerestan - Chair Kenton Barnes - Vice Chair
Andrea Schwab - Secretary Ronald Schlundt - Treasurer
Claudia Clark - GOTV Angela Fobbs - Communications
Emily Lines - Events & Fundraising Susan Penrod - Database & IT
Beverly Seebach - Media and Press Quaide Williams - Chapter Development

Congratulations to everyone and we look forward to working with you to achieve our agenda and get out the vote for Democrats!  

See the complete election results and the other members of our ExCom

We honor and thank Owen Jappen and Hilary Bown for their immense service and dedication to Democrats Abroad. We're so grateful for everything they have done to make us successful in the past 2 years.

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