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DA Germany Weihnachtsmarkt!

 

As the holiday season approaches, check out our DAG Weihnachtsmarkt with memorabilia from our initiatives over the years. All items make a great gift for friends and family members around the world!


Stronger Together, Until The End!

DAG is thrilled and infinitely thankful to its volunteers who have given so much from the beginning of the Primary, until the final days of the General Election! We have advanced and explored new means of getting out the vote - from very successful Facebook and YouTube ads, to thousands of calls with DPCA's new phone banking software.

While membership numbers and voter registration has flourished, the DAG account has suffered a tremendous strain. We are grateful to everyone who has supported DA Germany financially throughout the process, enabling our masses of volunteers to advance our goals.

In this final week, we ask everyone to join us in standing together, and declaring in one voice that we support the Democratic Party Candidates, down the ballot, and reject the demagogic rhetoric that has arisen across the aisle. Please consider making a gift of 25 EUR to DA Germany and receive the limited edition "She Wins, We Win" button - AND - "The Bad Hombre" - or - "Nasty Woman" Button!

 

Please complete this form (https://goo.gl/forms/V62vXFGIEwTqWM6W2) and transfer your gift to DA Germany's account via: 

     Name: DEMOCRATS ABROAD GERMANY
     IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99
     SWIFT-BIC: MALADE51KLK

These buttons will also be available in person at our election night festivities across Germany, and to our most dedicated, special donors.


DAG in the German News!

The Americans outside the US have already decided on a presidential election and could do it again - see the Article in Zeit Online.


NRW Launches New Ruhrgebiet Precint!

John Grosser, an American in Dortmund, assumes new role as Precinct Captain for DA Germany in the "Ruhrgebiet", intensifying efforts in the area!
As Americans at home and abroad feel the pressing of time, this is just one way DAG is mobilizing its members for Hillary Clinton, and Democrats running at every level of office!
 
John, along with DA Germany Chair Quaide Williams, will organize a voter registration stand between 11-1:30pm at:
Reinoldi-Kirche
Ostenhellweg 2
44135 Dortmund
A gathering at Vapiano's on Silberstr. 22 in Dortmund will follow. Come join the group and celebrate the official inauguration of the new NRW Precinct: "Ruhrgebiet"!
John studies mathematics in Dortmund and can be seen below with Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV)!
Email: JAGrosser99@aol.com
Phone: 015144554751
Twitter: @MindOnMath

Phonebanking in full swing in Germany!

Meet Chet Durnal

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Member of DAG, Stuttgart Chapter

"DA is one of the few ways that the issues facing Americans living abroad can reach our representatives.”

One of the first things Chet did when he and his spouse returned to Germany in 2010 was to join DAG. They retired in 2013 and now live at Lake Constance, working as a Stuttgart Chapter “field office”.

He signed up with the Democrats Abroad Get Out The Vote efforts and volunteered to help with Phone Banking because “I will do anything I can to insure that Donald Trump does not become president. Also, “down ballot” Republicans need to be removed.”

Chet found that some people called said that they will not vote. “This bothers me because veterans, including my spouse, fought for our right to vote. I don’t get into a discussion with the non voters because we still need their support. I feel all should at least register or check their registration.”

Phonebanking is the most effective tool to get out the Democrats Abroad vote and to clear up some misconceptions. For example, some think that when they registered for the DA Global Presidential Primary in March, they had registered for the General Election as well. But this is not the case. For the General Election every American must register in his or her home state and apply for an absentee ballot.

Join Chet in making some calls every day! Join the DA Phone Banker team: http://www.democratsabroad.org/voter_support_Team

 


Senator Tim Kaine has a special message for National Voter Registration Day in the US and overseas!

View Senator Tim Kaine's message and make sure you register to vote and request your absentee ballot by going to www.VoteFromAbroad.org

 


DA International (and DAG member) interview in ZDF

Katie Solon, DA International Chair, explains how Americans living abroad can tip the scale in this election. Read the interview in ZDF heute.de

 


A Message from DA International Chair (and fellow Deutschland resident), Katie Solon!

Click here for swag to support GOTV!

Please phonebank!  It’s that simple. For Democrats Abroad to do our part in this important too-close election. Sign up to make calls at www.democratsabroad.org/voter_support_team

We are in the critical phase of the presidential election cycle – the last 3 weeks before state deadlines are past for some of our overseas voters.  We have a good list of U.S. Democrats in Germany, and we are calling every one of them to make sure they request and then send in their overseas absentee ballot.

Deadlines are fast approaching!  They vary by state but the earliest are October 8!

It’s easy to fill out the ballot request form at www.VoteFromAbroad.org.  So of course, do that, too, if you haven’t yet!

Phonebanking is my (and Lucky’s) favorite DA thing to do because it works!


Top 10 Reasons to Phonebank with Democrats Abroad

  1. IT  WORKS!  More than 50% of those reached go on to request their ballots.
  2. Americans living abroad want to vote!
  3. You can help in the critical battleground states even if you don’t vote there!
  4. You can make calls whenever it suits you!
  5. It is easy: You can call free around the world from any location with internet!
  6. We do the follow up work for you. There is no need to worry about sending emails for second calls!
  7. Volunteers feel rewarded by positive responses!
  8. Members feel a part of a community!
  9. It’s the best way to update DA’s membership list!
  10. We MUST ELECT Hillary Clinton, take back Congress and STOP Trump!

What we’re finding on the calls: most people haven’t yet taken that required step of sending in their ballot request. We also need to clear up some misconceptions: Registering for the DA Primary IS NOT the same as registering to vote! Many people think that, when they registered for the DA Global Presidential Primary in March, they had registered for the General Election as well. But this is not the case. For the General Election every American must register in his or her home state and apply for an absentee ballot.

Calls are quick and friendly, and folks are grateful for the nudge and the info. Phonebanking is the most effective tool to get out the Democrats Abroad vote, and the time to do it is now!

Join me in making some calls every day!  Look forward to talking to some more of you soon.

Best,

Katie Solon (and Lucky!)
DA International Chair
Prien am Chiemsee, Bayern


P.S. Phonebanking is not the only Get Out the Vote (GOTV) effort that DAG is investing man (and woman) hours in!

  • In cities throughout Germany you will find GOTV Infostands and Voter Registration events,
  • Almost 1000 letters went out by post to those DAG members without phone numbers,
  • All German Universities and Foreign Students Offices were contacted by email and
  • Facebook & YouTube ads have been HUGELY successful, and we want to do a lot more of them through October.

These activities have proven to be very successful but do cost money, and lots and lots of volunteer hours. Deutsche Post is reliable, albeit expensive, Facebook and Youtube ads are not free and the new Phonebanking tool costs!

Please buy one of our “GOTV Survival Packs” (www.democratsabroad.org/survivalpacks), or donate to help DA Germany pay for our GOTV efforts this year:

     Account name: Democrats Abroad Germany
     IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99
     Bank: Kreissparkasse Kaiserslautern  
     BIC: MALADE51KLK


Get Out the Vote Survival Packs!

Getting Out the Vote is hard work and in order to energize our volunteers, we have developed a pair of “GOTV Survival Packs” to help with the GOTV initiatives this fall! If you don’t have time to volunteer but would like some nice swag, please donate to fund important GOTV efforts throughout Germany: 

     - Facebook ads have been HUGELY successful, and we want to do a lot more through October.
     - Phone banking all our members costs money, and lots and lots of volunteer hours.
     - All members without a phone number (1000+) will be mailed to make sure they are up to date on this year's General Election (Deutsche Post is reliable, albeit expensive!)

Donate to Democrats Abroad Germany, receive one of the packs below, and help DAG with these critical priorities through Nov 8th! Anyone interested in volunteering, please contact our “Membership and Volunteer Coordinator” via dag-membership@democratsabroad.org‎

Please choose one of the following “GOTV Survival Packs”, fill in the Google “order form” here, and make the suggested donation to The‎ DA Germany account:

     Democrats Abroad Germany
     IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99
     BIC: MALADE51KLK

"TOTE-ALLY AWESOME" GOTV SURVIVAL PACK - 15 EUR

Show your pride with this fancy tote bag, and receive a selection of five campaign buttons (Include your Clinton, Sanders or Dem preference in order form "Notes" - See Button Options Below)!

"DRINKING LIBERALLY" GOTV SURVIVAL PACK - 30 EUR

That hard work getting out the vote might make you thirsty… So, this Survival Pack includes not only the tote bag and the five buttons, as described above, it also includes a VoteFromAbroad.org coffee mug and a VoteFromAbroad.org sports water bottle. 

"ELECTION NIGHT BLOW-OUT" GOTV SURVIVAL PACK - 35 EUR

Get ready to close out a hard fought campaign season with this ultimate package! This Survival Pack includes the tote bag and the five buttons, as described above, the VoteFromAbroad.org coffee mug, sports water bottle, a piece of 100% shattered glass ceiling, and a "Hill Yes" Oktoberfest style Herzl! 

T-SHIRT - 1 = 15 EUR; 2 = 25 EUR

T-shirts are 100% cotton, thick and high quality. T-shirts are available in men's and women's styles. NOTE: Women's styles run small!

SWEATSHIRT - 1 = 40 EUR; 2 = 75 EUR

Sweatshirts are an 80-20 blend, super comfortable and soft (brand: Russel). Sweatshirts are available in men's and women's styles.

"SURVIVAL PACK" BUTTON OPTIONS:


Philanthropy and You!

Democrats Abroad Germany is ecstatic to announce the inception of the Stars & Stripes Society, recognizing and thanking those who financially support DAG activities at a leadership level. The society's membership is tiered to be inclusive of participants with varying levels of means, who perpetually go the extra mile in support of our united mission. The 2016 levels are:

Patriot: $240, in commemoration of the United States' 240th birthday.

Star: $50, in commemoration of the 50 States.

Colonist: $13, junior/student level in commemoration of the 13 stripes.


Your continued generosity supports efforts to Get Out the Vote, expand awareness of key issues to Democrats residing throughout Germany, and solidifies unity through events and activities. Together, we strengthen and enable the expression of American voices abroad.

Contributions may be made through direct bank transfer to:

Democrats Abroad Germany
Kreissparkasse Kaiserslautern
IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99

or via the Act Blue processor!

On behalf of the Democrats Abroad Germany Executive Committee and all those who benefit from your generosity, please accept our sincerest thanks!