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2019DAG Fall/Winter Media Recommendations

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If you're looking for a good book or documentary recommendation, look no further. The DAG Fall Winter list is here! The books and video list below will make the perfect companions on the chilly nights ahead.

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. The majority of the books listed below are available in a variety of formats;  e-books, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook and/or Audio CD. Enjoy reading and happy holidays.

The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. What a great book, it was well worth the wait. Watch an interview with the author.

Trump on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President by Justin A. Frank

No president in the history of the United States has inspired more alarm and confusion than Donald Trump. As questions and concerns about his decisions, behavior, and qualifications for office have multiplied, they point to one primary question: Does he pose a genuine threat to our country? The American Psychiatric Association's Goldwater Rule constrains psychiatrists from offering diagnoses on public figures who are not patients and who have not endorsed such statements. But in Trump on the Couch Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Justin A Frank invokes the moral responsibility that compels him to speak out and present a full portrait of a man who presents us with a clear and present danger. Listen to an interview with the author.

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What a Normal Presidency Looks Like

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Since Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017, our nation and the world have been in chaos. Trump and his Republican henchmen are serving up disorder and corruption daily. We have become acclimated to the madness.  Yes, we can see that things are wrong, but we need some perspective on how upside-down things are. Americans are like a frog in a pot of water, and Trump is slowly turning up the heat every day. We need to get out of the hot water, restore our democracy, and change the trajectory of our nation. 

Everyone remembers how great President Obama is, but please take a movement to visualize and remember the vast difference between how Obama and the nation were from 2008 – 19 January 2017. Everything that Trump says is the opposite of reality. When he says, “Make America Great Again,” he means America is great, and I want to make it terrible.

Barack Obama was a fantastic president and is a wonderful person. Please take a few moments to watch these videos and remember that the current chaos is not normal. Yes, we can make things better.  Please vote in 2020. Enjoy the videos!

 

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Democrats Abroad Day! - Saturday, September 7th

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Happy Democrats Abroad Day!

Mark your calendars and help us celebrate: The first annual Democrats Abroad Day will take place around the world this Saturday, September 7th!

Democrats Abroad Day is an annual celebration to show off your Democrats Abroad pride, wherever you are.

If your local chapter is hosting an event, we hope you’ll join. But to celebrate with as many of you as possible, and to tell the world that we represent the 9 million Americans overseas who are engaged and VOTE, we’re asking you to join our virtual party, too.

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August 2019 Newsletter - Oodles of August Events

Thankfully, the heatwave is over. Climate change is real and happening now. We have a short time to act, and we have to make sure that Trump and other Republicans don't get re-elected in 2020.

Copy_of_Phone_Banking_2019.png   💻🎧😊 Phone banking is vital to turning out the vote. In early August, we have phone banking campaigns for the two Special Federal elections in North Carolina (Election Dates: September 10) and the Louisiana State Primary Election (Election Date: October 12). Then in early September, we will be adding phone banking campaigns for the State General elections in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia (Election Dates: November 5).  Learning how to phone bank now will make 2020 much more comfortable, and we will need as many people as possible making calls to our members in Germany and around the world to ensure maximum voter turnout. If you would like more information on phone banking and to sign up to help out, click here.
     
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Join us Saturday, August 17 from 1:30-3:30 pm for our second DA Germany Online "Meet and Greet." We want to make Democrats Abroad more understandable and accessible to all members. Candice Kerestan, DA Germany Chair, and Kenton Barnes, DA Germany Vice-Chair will review our organization's structure and goals, discuss ways to get involved in the 2020 election, and more. Whether you're a long-time member or brand new to DA Germany, we warmly welcome all members to join us for this afternoon event. We hope to answer any questions you may have and have a lively, productive discussion with each other. 

To actively participate in the event, you will need a computer with an internet connection as well as a working microphone. RSVP today. You will receive the connection information after you RSVP.
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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 05, 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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