The March For Our Lives movement is created by, inspired by, and led by American students who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that have become all too familiar. The movement has expanded to include other major cities across the U.S. and the world. Democrats Abroad will be marching and rallying in 7 locations in Germany.
Date and Time
March 24, 2018 at 2:30pm - 4pm
March 24, 2018 at 12pm - 6pm
March 24, 2018 at 4:15pm - 5:15pm
March 24, 2018 at 2pm - 5pm
March 24, 2018 at 11am - 1pm
March 24, 2018 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm
March 24, 2018 at 12pm - 2pm
March certainly is coming in like a lion this year. Democrats have flipped 39 Republican-held state legislative seats since January 2017.
This past weekend, members of Democrats Abroad Germany (DAG) met in Hamburg for this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). See pictures from the AGM. We started the weekend with a trip to the theater to see Neuland, a piece about how American women feel about life under Trump and which several members of DAG performed in. On Saturday, we got down to business by discussing our Get Out To Vote (GOTV) strategy, listening to presentations by all of our caucus leaders about their work this past year and what they have planned for 2018, and learning how to communicate with conservatives.
The most important part of the weekend was the vote on proposed resolutions to our bylaws, which resulted in lively discussions and hopefully an improved set of bylaws that will strengthen DAG. On Saturday evening, we welcomed Josh Handelman from the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) who gave an interesting speech on the wins Democrats had this past year and what lies ahead this year for the midterm elections. Read more about the speech or watch the video. Our 2019 AGM will be in Heidelberg.
In an effort to be as effective as possible in our GOTV efforts, each chapter received a tablet, portable printer, and SIM card during the Executive Committee meeting on Sunday to allow them to help people request their absentee ballots on the spot. We want to simplify the ballot request process to ensure that ballots requested online at a GOTV event are not forgotten and never printed and sent to the local election offices. We hope this will improve the efficacy of our GOTV events and make the entire process quick and easy. If you would like to make a donation to support the DAG GOTV Digitization efforts, you can find more information here. You can always register to vote and request your ballot at www.votefromabroad.orgRead more
Democrats Abroad Germany would like to be able to provide all chapters with a tablet, SIM Card/hotspot capabilities, and a printer to help improve our GOTV efforts. These items will allow chapters to hold absentee ballot request drives without having to rely on individual members to provide their personal devices, make it possible to hold these events when wireless internet is not available, and, most importantly, the printer will ensure that those who complete their request forms can print their form on the spot and put it in the mail immediately.
We want to try and simplify this process as much as possible to make sure that we are effective and successful in helping people complete the request for their absentee ballots.
If you would like to support this effort and make a donation, you can send your donation to the following account:
Account name: Democrats Abroad Germany
Bank: Kreissparkasse Kaiserslautern
IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Emily Lines, Events and Fundraising Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Hamburg, during the weekend of February 23rd, Democrats Abroad Germany hosted its 2018 Annual General Meeting. With over 100 members attending from across all ten chapters and twenty-three precincts, a major focus of the weekend was getting out the vote for upcoming midterm elections among our membership and the importance of electing Democrats at all levels.
To highlight this theme, Saturday evening’s gala dinner featured a keynote address from Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) National Development Director, Josh Handelman. He has served in this position since January of 2017. Preceding his current role, Josh has served on the finance teams of five U.S. Senate campaigns and was most recently the National Finance Director for Katie McGinty's U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania - ultimately the most expensive Senate race in history. He was previously National Finance Director for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz's successful 2014 election campaign in Hawaii.
Pulling from his campaign experience and current role, Josh underscored the importance of state houses in our national political landscape across the spectrum. State legislature impact spans from their responsibility of drawing congressional district lines following the 2020 census, to their roles of passing laws which have a direct impact on day to day life of their constituents. Handelman also spoke of current national news topics such as court review of state-level gerrymandering, especially of note in the PA and NC maps.
The DLCC recruits, trains, and supports local Democrats running for state legislative office. They lend candidates resources, field support, and the data they need to run smart, winning campaigns.To learn more about DLCC activities and how you can support them, visit http://www.dlcc.org
We are pleased to announce our Democrats Abroad Veterans and Military Families Caucus was approved on 19 February 2018. To join the Veterans and Military Families Caucus, please contact Kirk Samson at email@example.com.
Below is our caucus' Terms of Reference (TOR). The TOR is the guiding document for a caucus.
TERMS OF REFERENCE
- Reach out to Democratic veterans, active duty and reserve military members as well as their dependents living abroad to encourage them to vote and to give them a voice in the democratic process.
- Represent the interests of this community and the community of civilian employees and their families who work abroad on behalf of the United States Armed Forces.
- Provide a forum in which all DA members can better understand the issues affecting our military forces and veterans and the concerns facing them and their families.
#TakeAction Tuesday: As many of you know, there are several national (and International) actions being planned to respond to the epidemic of gun violence in our country. All three of the announced major actions are being led by youth, and we’re proud to support and encourage participation in all three.
On March 14, Women's March Youth EMPOWER is planning a National School Walkout. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1767175080245694/
On March 24, the survivors of Parkland, FL and youth nationwide are planning The March For Our Lives in Washington, DC and in cities around the country. More info here: https://www.marchforourlives.com/
On April 20, students around the country are planning #NationalSchoolWalkout. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/nationalhighschoolwalkout/
In addition to these days of action in the weeks and months ahead, we ask all of our members to commit TODAY to taking decisive and consistent action to #EndGunViolence. Here are six things you can do:
Voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections is extremely important. As the first major elections held since President Trump took office in January 2017, these midterms are the nation's first opportunity to hold a mass referendum on the Trump administration, making it all the more important to have your vote counted. The results of this year’s midterm elections will be enormously important — not just in shaping the future of Donald Trump’s presidency, but in shaping the American political landscape for a great many years to come.
Even though Democrats netted two seats in the Senate last year, Republicans hold a majority with 51, nine away from a filibuster-proof margin. Local and state elections matter! These elections have more impact and influence over citizen’s everyday lives than one may think. Many of the state legislators elected on November 6, 2018 will draw the congressional and legislative redistricting lines after the 2020 census. Therefore, voting this year may be one of the most important things you do this year!Read more
The Democrats Abroad Germany Counselors will review the proposed amendments of the DA Germany Bylaws which are to be voted on during the Annual General Meeting in Hamburg on February 24th. The conversation will take place over WebEx on February 8th. Please RSVP here to receive the participation link and details.
Additionally, don't forget to register for this year's Annual General Meeting to vote in person on these proposals and meet other active Democrats from across Germany. Register here!
Can't make it to Hamburg on February 24th? If you're interested in hosting a remote voting center, please contact your Chapter Chair to coordinate organization.
Proposed amendments viewable here.
Proposal for submission to DPCA viewable here.
Democrats Abroad Germany is looking for an At Large Media Contact with the following qualifications and experience:
- Should demonstrate verifiable experience and/or training in the fields of Media, Press and/or PR
- Act as liaison between DAG and international press officer
- Coordinate and support the work of chapter media contacts
- Write and organize translations of relevant press releases and press release templates (those not provided by international press officer)
- Maintain national contact database for journalists / press contacts (google-doc)
- Record and archive all press activities, articles, interviews (google-doc)
- Create press kits for Global Primaries and 2018 elections for DAG Chair/Vice Chair & for chapters.
- This position must also speak fluent German.
We are also looking for volunteers for fill these positions:
- Hispanic Caucus Chair
- Women’s Caucus Chair
- Black Caucus Chair
- Interested members to help form our fledgling Veterans and Military Families Council
- Media Contact for the Hamburg Chapter
If you are interested in this position, please send an email to: Info-Germany@democratsabroad.org
January 21st, 11am - 1pm
January 21st, 1pm - 3pm
Hohenzollern Bridge (Deutz Side)
Yours Australian Bar
January 21st 3pm - 6pm
On January 21, 2018, Democrats Abroad Germany will be marching to celebrate the anniversary of the Women's March on Washington in 2017, when over six million women and men marched in over 600 cities around the world, including Berlin, Washington, London, New York, and many cities in Germany.
“For Democrats Abroad, this is a ‘march to the ballot box,’ channeling the energy and activism of protest into civic engagement, political representation, and electoral victories in 2018. As we’ve already seen in the special elections of 2017, our votes make a difference in electing more women and diverse candidates to office,” said Owen Jappen, chair of Democrats Abroad Germany. “We, as Americans living abroad, have not stopped fighting for our values, for equality, for justice, for kindness, and for decency!”
Democrats Abroad chapters throughout Germany will join local progressive, feminist, and women’s associations to advance equality, justice, freedom, and inclusion. In addition to affirming women’s rights, the participants are also marching to support human rights, religious freedom, environmental protection, LGBT rights, and most importantly, to protect the right of every eligible citizen to vote in elections and to have their vote count when choosing political leaders.