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DAG Veterans & Military Families Caucus: November News

As we approach Veterans Day, the DAG Veterans and Military Families Caucus is pleased to invite you—all members, veterans, military families—to attend the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt’s virtual Veterans Info Session on Monday, November 8 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CET. 
 
We have listened carefully to your concerns about services available to you in Germany, and the Consulate has designed this program especially for you! 
 
Please RSVP on our event page to receive the Zoom link. 
 
We are also preparing our Voter Outreach for the 2022 elections and hope you will be able to join our Absentee Ballot Team! If you are a veteran, family member, active duty, DoD civilian, please let us know by sending us an email at [email protected].
 
On November 11, our Caucus will present a wreath at the Luxembourg American Cemetery. While it is not yet announced  if the Veterans Day ceremony will be open to the public, let us know if you would be interested in attending. If you have friends who would like to join the VMF caucus, they can sign up at https://www.democratsabroad.org/vmf.
 
 
Stay healthy! Get your Flu Shot and Covid Booster!
 
Please check our website for information updates: https://www.democratsabroad.org/de_vmf_news
 
Best wishes, 
Your DAG VMF Caucus

DA Germany November News

We hope everyone had a spooky, festive Halloween weekend!

With Election Day almost upon us, Democrats Abroad Germany is laser-focused on making sure all of our members' voices count. We are also looking ahead to the crucial 2022 midterm year and honing our strategy to get out the vote among Americans overseas. 

Join us in the fight to increase Democratic majorities in Congress and in state and local governments across the country! Keep reading to find out the latest updates on how you can do the following:

I. Participate in DAG Get Out the Vote Initiatives 

II. Support DAG with a donation or Swag Shop purchase

III. Meet the DAG Chairs

IV. Join Local Activities in Your Chapter

V. Learn about DAG Caucus Activities

VI. Stay up to date with all the latest DAG developments


 

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VMF Caucus Announcements: Military Retiree Benefits & Donations to Afghan Evacuees

The DA Germany Veterans and Military Families Caucus has several important announcements this month regarding donations to Afghan evacuees at Ramstein Air Base and military retiree benefits. 

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Better Together: Know What to Do in 2022

On Saturday, September 4, 2021, DAG will set up tables all over Germany and reach out online to let American citizens know we are here and ready to help them stay engaged with U.S. democracy.  Let’s get out there in person and on social media to find Americans to join us.

New to Democrats Abroad? Sign up to receive a reminder postcard in January 2022! One and done – you’ll be set to receive every absentee ballot for the whole calendar year, from special elections to the all-important midterms.

Already a member? Sign on to help with one of our ongoing initiatives, from coloring personal postcards to making phone calls, to joining in with Caucuses and State Teams. It’s all hands on deck to get out the vote for the high-stakes midterm elections! Sign on by contacting your chapter GOTV coordinator or by emailing [email protected] 

Sign up or sign on and you qualify for our REGISTRATION PRIZE DRAW! Collect your ticket by visiting one of our tables in a city near you. Receive extra tickets and up your chances by making a donation or bringing a friend to join. 

Democracy is not a spectator sport.

We’re better together!

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DA Florida State Outreach Team Planning Meeting!

Florida Voters! Join us on Thursday, September 2 at 7:00 pm CET for a planning meeting to set priorities for the next year to turn Florida BLUE with important Senate/Governor/House races!  An invitation is going out to Manny Diaz, Chair, Florida Democratic Party, to speak at a "launch" event! We are looking for volunteers to connect with the various state-based political organizations and voter registration groups to get out the vote. Please RSVP to [email protected]. The Zoom link and agenda will be sent out the day before the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

By the way, please do sign up for the DA phonebanking training being held August 30/31 and September 1 by registering at www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking_training.


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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