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National Actions Against Gun Violence

 

#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:

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DA Germany February Newsletter

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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!

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Notice of Intent to Amend DA Germany's Bylaws

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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.


Help Wanted! DA Germany Positions Available

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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


Democrats Abroad Germany Organizes First Anniversary of Women's March

Berlin:
January 21st, 11am - 1pm
Brandenburg Gate
RSVP Here!

Cologne:
January 21st, 1pm - 3pm
Hohenzollern Bridge (Deutz Side)
RSVP Here!

Wiesbaden/Mainz/Frankfurt:
Yours Australian Bar
January 21st 3pm - 6pm
RSVP Here!

Hamburg:
January 20th 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Rathaus Hamburg
RSVP Here!

Heidelberg:
January 20th, 2pm - 4pm
Freidrich-Ebert Platz
RSVP Here!

Munich:
January 20th, 2pm - 4pm
Siegestor
RSVP Here!

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.

 


DA Germany Annual General Meeting in Hamburg

Every year Democrats Abroad Germany gathers in person to discuss issues back home and plan our activities for the coming year. With midterm election quickly approaching, join us in Hamburg to learn more about how you can be an active part of getting out the vote, meet other democrats living in Germany and give your input on the DAG political process. This year we will also dedicate time to discuss amendments to our bylaws to help improve DAG and make sure our country adapts to the changes of our organization.

Registration is now open: Registration Form

Participants are welcome to arrive in Hamburg already on Friday, February 23rd to have dinner and attend a performance of "Neuland" at the Lichthof Theater. Tickets can be purchased as part of registration and are €18 for regular tickets and €12 for reduced tickets (students and retirees).

The official meeting will begin on Saturday morning at the Kultur Palast. We will focus on our Get Out to Vote (GOTV) activities, which will include training sessions for CallHub (the tool to call members of DA). Other workshops will also be held, such as learning how to stay connected with Democrats Abroad Germany, how to explain what DA is to others, and learning how to become more involved with the various DA Caucuses. We will also have a session in which all of the caucuses will present what they have planned for 2018 and a researcher from the University of Cologne (and DA Member) will give a presentation titled "Communicating with Conservatives: Using psychological insights to reach across the aisle." On Saturday, we will also be discussing and voting on amendments to our by-laws.

On Saturday evening, we will have a dinner that will feature a guest speaker. We will also announce the winners of the raffle prizes and have music. It's a nice way to wrap up the busy day.

Schedule of Events

Friday, February 23rd
16:00 Registration opens at the Lichthof Theater
17:00 Mixer event at the Theater
18:00 Dinner (at a nearby restaurant)
20:00 "Neuland" at the Lichthof Theater

Saturday, February 24th
8:30 - 9:00 Registration opens at the Kultur Palast
9:00 - 9:30 Opening of the AGM
9:30 - 10:30 GOTV Workshop
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45 Topical Break-outs
12:00 - 13:15 Presentation of the Caucuses
13:15 - 14:15 Lunch
14:15 - 15:00 Topical Break-outs
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 18:00 Discussion and voting on the DAG Bylaws
19:00 - 22:00 Dinner with special guest

Sunday, February 25th
9:00 - 15:00 Meeting of the DA Germany Executive Committee

Registration

If you are planning on attending the AGM, please complete the Registration Form by February 12th.

Meeting Costs

  • For the meeting, we are asking participants to donate €15 to help covers use of the room, technical equipment, copies and supplies. We will be offering the early bird price of €15 until February 1st. Starting on February 1st, this price will increase to €25. Under the rules of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad a fee for attending the meeting is not allowed.
  • Lunch on Saturday is €15.
  • Two coffee breaks, which includes unlimited hot beverages, cookies, and a mug to keep, are €5.
  • Dinner on Saturday evening is €35 and includes a three-course meal and water (other drinks are at the individual's expense). There will be a guest speaker and DJ.


Stipends to Attend the AGM

DAG understands the accompanying financial cost of attending the AGM. We want to make sure that as many members are able to attend as possible and one’s financial situation should not be the deciding factor. Therefore, DAG will be offering up to 8 stipends that will cover theater attendance on Friday and the meeting cost on Saturday, and up to 50 EUR in transit costs. The deadline to apply is January 23rd and recipients will be notified by January 26th.

If you are interested in applying for a stipend, please complete the following application form.

Homestays in Hamburg
As in the past, homestays will be available thanks to the members of the Hamburg chapter. If you are interested in having a homestay, please complete the following survey so that we can make sure you are matched with an appropriate host: "Need a homestay" survey

As soon as a homestay has been found, you will be contacted via email.

For those in Hamburg who would be willing to host another member of DAG, please fill out this survey to sign up as a host: "Homestay host" survey

Accommodation in Hamburg
For those living outside of Hamburg, homestays will be available (check back for more details). If you would prefer to stay in a hotel, a special rate will be given by the Hotel Panorama Inn (Billstedter Hauptstrasse 36, 22111 Hamburg).

Single room is 56 Euros per room, per night
Double room is 74 Euros per room, per night
Check-in on Friday, February 23rd begins at 14:00 and check-out on Sunday, February 25th is 12:00. This price includes a continental breakfast buffet. If arriving by car, there is a parking garage available for 9 Euros per parking space, per night.

You can pay for the room at the hotel when you arrive.

To reserve a room, please call 040 733 69 150 or send an email to reservierung@panorama-inn.de. You can ask to speak to or direct your email to Frau Beate Weidemann or Michael Mehlis-Schöning.

Rooms can be reserved until January 20, 2018.

 


Welcome 2018 #VotingMatters! January 2018 Newsletter

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Happy New Year! We hope that you had a great start to 2018. Democrats Abroad Germany (DAG) is hitting the ground running as we kick off the new year with our first big Get Out The Vote (GOTV) push. Many sources are predicting a “Blue Wave” in the 2018 midterm elections, but there will be no wave unless you and as many people as possible vote this year. What better way to start the new year than by submitting your request for your absentee ballot for the midterms! All you need to do is to go VoteFromAbroad.org. It just takes a few minutes and then you can already cross something off of your new year’s to-do list! You’ll also save our dedicated phone banking volunteers from making unnecessary calls so thank you!

Currently the Republicans control our government. The U.S. Senate has 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats (including two Independents that caucus with the Democrats). The 2018 midterm elections are just 10 months away: November 6, 2018. There are 34 seats up for grabs in 2018, of which 26 are held by Democrats. We will need to gain 2 seats to take control.  All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election as are 39 state and territorial governorships. Special Elections show a positive pattern for Dems, regardless of the election. The Democratic voting margin has been 16% higher than the average partisan lean in each seat, and 12% overall in both federal and state legislative special elections. We must keep up the momentum from the 2017 Special Elections into 2018!

Our global campaign to remind people to request your ballot will start this month. It’s not too late to sign up as a phone bank volunteer. Join other members in phone banking today. Stay tuned for more information regarding training sessions and contact DAG’s GOTV coordinator Beverly for training material or should you have any questions about phone banking and volunteering for GOTV efforts.


January Events Anniversary of the Women’s March, March to the Ballot Box Events

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to become more politically active, then you’re in luck! The Democrats Abroad Global Women’s Caucus and DA-Germany have organized celebrations and voter registration/membership drives and meetings throughout the month of January and over the anniversary weekend of January 20-21. Join us as we participate in commemorative events around Germany and set the tone for resistance in this all important election year! Please RSVP today for an event near you.


 

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Updated Code of Conduct (Sexual Harassment)

In December, the Global Executive Committee began reviewing and updating the Democrats Abroad Code of Conduct. The Executive Committee adopted revisions to the Code of Conduct and Ethics on December 28, 2017. This updated policy will help us ensure that Democrats Abroad is an environment free of all forms of sexual or other harassment. A copy of the new Code is available for your review.

The new provisions of the Code contain four key elements that are worth emphasizing:

(1) The new Code applies to all global activities, meetings, events, etc. ("global activities")

(2) The new Code applies to anyone participating in global activities, including DPCA officers, officials, DA members, volunteers, and guests

(3) Section 5 lays out the principles that guide our organization toward eliminating all forms of harassment, and it establishes a broad definition of harassment, including sexual harassment, that can include anything from physical contact to verbal and non-verbal forms of communication

(4) Section 6 confirms that sexual harassment itself and willful failure of a responsible official to investigate a claim of sexual harassment can lead to suspension under Section 5.8 of the DA Charter.

Clear procedures for filing sexual harassment complaints, as well as for investigating them, will be set out in a separate document which we intend to release in the next 4 to 8 weeks.  In the meantime, please contact International Counsel Tom Schmid with any questions or concerns (counsel@democratsabroad.org).

The Executive Committee encourages each country committee to review its current harassment policy and to adopt a policy similar to the revised Code of Conduct and Ethics as a set of minimum standards of conduct applicable at the country committee level.

We understand that the revised Code of Conduct is just a first step; we also understand that that our principles, our definitions, and our policies will grow over time with the input of our fellow DA leaders. Thus, we anticipate, and look forward to, your feedback on the revised Code of Conduct and Ethics.  Your informal feedback is welcome, and those who wish to formalize their input may consider proposing a resolution or charter amendment for the next Global Meeting in Tokyo in May 2018.

 


March To The Ballot Box Events

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The Democrats Abroad Global Women’s Caucus and DA Germany have organized celebrations and voter registration/membership drives throughout the month of January and over the anniversary weekend of January 20-21. Join us as we participate in commemorative events around Germany and set the tone for resistance in this all important election year! Please RSVP today for an event near you:

Leverkusen - GOTV Planning for 2018 -  January 08, 2018 at 7 pm

Cologne - DA NRW 2018 GOTV Season Kickoff Event - January 09, 2018 at 8 pm

Munich Voter Assistance Training For Vote From Abroad - January 10, 2018 at 7 pm

Heidelberg Chapter Monthly Meeting And 2018 Kick Off - January 12, 2018 at 7 pm

Stuttgart Women's March Pussy Hat and Sign-Making Workshop - January 13, 2018 at 2 pm

Berlin Political Pub Night + Voter Registration! - January 17, 2018 at 7 pm

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18 Books To Prepare You For 2018

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It’s been an hectic and chaotic year which at times might have left you wondering what is really going on. There are a lot of actors who are working to change America and our government into something regressive and cruel.  Here are 18 books you might want to read over the holidays and beyond to help you understand what’s going on with our country. The more knowledge all of us have, the more able we will be to aid in the #Resistance and help plan a better future. The book are listed in no particular order. 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. Enjoy reading and happy holidays.

1. Wrapped in the Flag: What I Learned Growing Up in America's Radical Right, How I Escaped, and Why My Story Matters Today by Claire Conner

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press (March 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0807033316
ISBN-13: 978-0807033319

A narrative history of the John Birch Society by a daughter of one of the infamous ultra conservative organization’s founding fathers.In Wrapped in the Flag, Claire Conner offers an intimate account of the society —based on JBS records and documents, on her parents’ files and personal writing, on historical archives and contemporary accounts, and on firsthand knowledge—giving us an inside look at one of the most radical right-wing movements in US history and its lasting effects on our political discourse today.

Available Formats: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback and Audiobook

2. Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Viking; Later Printing edition (June 13, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1101980966
ISBN-13: 978-1101980965

An explosive exposé of the right’s relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, and change the Constitution. Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect—the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan—and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority.

Available Formats: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback and Audiobook

3. Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (January 24, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307947904
ISBN-13: 978-0307947901

Who are the immensely wealthy right-wing ideologues shaping the fate of America today? From the bestselling author of The Dark Side, an electrifying work of investigative journalism that uncovers the agenda of this powerful group.

Available Formats: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback and Audiobook

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