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DAG Juneteenth Activities

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Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Liberation Day, is an unofficial American holiday and an official Texas state holiday. It is celebrated annually on the 19th of June in America to commemorate Union army general Gordon Granger's reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, on 19 June 1865, proclaiming all slaves in Texas were now free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them almost two and a half years earlier, and the American Civil War had largely ended with the defeat of the Confederate States in April, Texas was the most remote of the slave states, with a low presence of Union troops, so enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent. Democratic Governors Cuomo (NY) and Northam (VA) recently made Juneteenth a paid day off for all state employees.

We have several events to commemorate Juneteenth.

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Germany-Wide Silent Protest Against Racism

Please note that these are not DA events, that we are not working or coordinating with event organizers, and that we thus cannot vouch for the content or safety precautions of each event. However, the event organizers have registered all the events with the local governments.

The Silent Protest is an organized initiative in which the participants remain silent for a certain time. It is a form of civil disobedience and resistance and will be used to express their solidarity with the US protest movement and the worldwide victims of racism.

Please wear a black shirt.

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City Date Time Meet Up Location
ALTENKIRCHEN! 6-Jun-20 2:00 PM Marktplatz
AUGSBURG! 6-Jun-20 2:00 PM Alte Augsburger Sporthalle
BERLIN!  6-Jun-20 2:00 PM Alexanderplatz
Cologne 6-Jun-20 1:00 PM Deutzer Werft Koln
DORTMUND!  6-Jun-20 4:00 PM Hansaplatz
Düsseldorf 6-Jun-20 2:00 PM DGB-Jugend Düsseldorf/Bergisch Land, Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 34, 40210 Düsseldorf
FLENSBURG! 6-Jun-20 2:00 PM Hafenspitze
FRANKFURT! 6-Jun-20 2:00 PM RÖMER
HAMBURG!  6-Jun-20 2:00 PM Jungfernstieg (Flaggenplatz)
HANNOVER!  6-Jun-20 2:00 PM Am Opernplatz
KARLSRUHE! 6-Jun-20 2:00 PM Schlossplatz
LIPPSTADT! 6-Jun-20 2:00 PM Rathausplatz
MANNHEIM! 6-Jun-20 2:00 PM Schloss
MÜNCHEN!  6-Jun-20 3:00 PM Königsplatz
NÜRNBERG! 6-Jun-20 1:00 PM Wöhrder Wiese
OSNABRÜCK!  6-Jun-20 2:00 PM Schlossgarten, Osnabrück
STUTTGART!  6-Jun-20 2:00 PM Oberer Schlossgarten

More information can be found on Instagram.

 

Take part in the virtual vigil plus shareable graphics for social media.

 


Online Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday commemorating those who have died in military service to their country. This year the commemoration ceremonies will be held online. Here is a list of websites where you can watch Memorial Day Ceremonies live:

Join the National Museum of the Pacific War, Admiral Nimitz Foundation, and Texas Historical Commission on Monday, May 25, 2020, at 5 pm CEST for a “virtual” Memorial Day Program. Event Information here.

The National World War I Museum and Memorial - Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 25, at 5 pm CEST. Event Information here.

Colonial Williamsburg Memorial Day Commemorative Program. Join representatives of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Sons of the American Revolution Williamsburg Chapter online Monday, May 25th at 4 pm CEST, as they pay homage to the courageous Americans who died in active military service throughout our nation’s history.  Event Information here.

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) hosts two Memorial Day Virtual Ceremonies. On May 25, 2020, at 4 pm CEST and 6 pm CEST, the American Battle Monuments Commission will be broadcasting two Memorial Day virtual ceremonies in honor of our nation’s fallen heroes. These two ceremonies were recorded at two of our World War I and World War II cemeteries so that we can gather virtually on this special day to honor their sacrifice. Event Information here.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum Remembrance ceremony Livestream begins at 4 pm CEST. Event Information here.

Disabled American Veterans - Beginning at 10 pm CEST, DAV’s National Adjutant Marc Burgess will deliver a “Salute to Fallen Heroes” address on Facebook Live. DAV will then premiere their “Honor Wall” compilation video, featuring tributes from DAV ambassadors, members, and supporters who will share words of remembrance for their loved ones who have passed. Event Information here.

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Germany Wins Big at the EMEA's Regional Convention!

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On Saturday, 16 May 2020, more than 200 electors logged on from around Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to represent their country committees and vote for the candidates who will represent EMEA in the 2020 Democrats Abroad delegation to the National Convention. This was our first fully online regional convention. The people elected to represent DA’s EMEA region at this year’s DNC come from many countries across the region and well represent the diversity of our party and our organization. This year Democrats Abroad Germany had two big wins in these important elections.

The voting started with the election of the EMEA regional DNC member. There close to 50 candidates from our region, including six members from Germany:

  • Antigoné McDermot, Heidelberg Chapter
  • Christian Wollny, Hamburg Chapter
  • Diane Haven, Kaiserslautern Chapter
  • Evan Bermel, Berlin Chapter
  • Jacqueline Routier, Berlin Chapter
  • Kathryn (Katie) Solon, Munich Chapter

 

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Help Get Out the Vote in 2020

There are many things you can do to help get out the word and help other Americans vote. Below is a short list of things you can do to help. If you have any ideas, please send them to [email protected].

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18 Jan 2020: Fourth Annual Global Women’s March

On 18 January 2020, millions of women and allies around the world will join the fourth annual March of Women’s March Global, a yearly event that brings together all those who are committed to fighting for equality, justice, and women’s human rights worldwide. 2020’s Event, March for Our Human Rights, will focus on bodily autonomy, which is the right to have control over one’s own body without coercion or external pressures. This includes abortion rights, sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), sexual consent, period equality, family planning, access to healthcare services and information, and more.

 

Join Democrats Abroad Germany at the fourth annual Global Women's March on Saturday, 18 January 2020. RSVP today!

 

Location Time
Munich Chapter, Geschwister Scholl Platz January 18, 2020, from 12 pm - 3 pm
Wiesbaden-Mainz Chapter January 18, 2020, from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Cologne-Bonn January 18, 2020, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Heidelberg Chapter January 18, 2020, from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

 

 

Register to Vote and Request your ballot for the 2020 elections


Presidential Candidates Talk to Democrats Abroad

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Democrats Abroad has talked to many of the Democratic Presidential Candidates. If you were unable to participate in the live events, you can watch the videos for the candidates below. As we speak to more candidates over the next month, the list will be updated.

Pete Buttigieg - Sep 19, 2019
Julián Castro - Oct 22, 2019
Bernie Sanders  - Nov 7, 2019
Steve Bullock  - Nov 14, 2019
Michael Bennet - Nov 19, 2019
Marianne Williamson  - Dec 4, 2019
Tom Steyer - Dec 16, 2019
Deval Patrick - Dec 28, 2019

 

The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary petition process is underway, but time is running out!

Each campaign needs at least 300 valid Democrats Abroad members residing abroad to sign their petition by January 6, 2020, to be included on the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary ballot and meet the criteria as defined in the Democrats Abroad delegate selection plan.

All the candidates have signed up to participate in the Democrats Abroad petition process. Click here to sign the petitions.

You may sign as many candidate petitions as you'd like. By signing, you help ensure that a candidate appears on the Democrats Abroad 2020 Global Presidential Primary ballot. Signing a petition is not considered either an endorsement or a vote. You'll still need to VOTE for your preferred candidate during the primary.

 

Request a ballot for 2020 elections at https://www.votefromabroad.org/


One Year Out – Contribute to the DA Germany Stimulus Package

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The one-year countdown to the 2020 elections has begun, and Democrats Abroad Germany will play a crucial role in electing Democrats at every level of government. Did you know that in the 2016 election only 7% of Americans living abroad cast their ballots? Reaching the other 93% of voters is our main goal for the coming year, and we need your help to make this happen!

That’s why we are asking you to join us as we undertake the largest voter mobilization effort in our history. Reaching out to potential voters through personal contact and advertisements requires both volunteers and the necessary funds. We hope that you can help us with one or both of these areas.

For example, if each of the 10,000 members of DA Germany donated just 1 Euro, we could run a 15-second advertisement prior to English language blockbusters at major theaters nationwide, reaching thousands of potential voters. 

If each member donated 2 Euros, we could advertise on social media platforms, in print publications, and run movie theater ads. 

For 3 Euros each, we could also ramp up our in-person presence at local street festivals and have printed materials to distribute to fellow Americans. 

We also need volunteers to reach our goal of mobilizing voters. In-person interactions are crucial to reaching Americans living in Germany. Phonebanking, voter registration drives, postcard writing, tech support, organizing outreach events, providing voter assistance, and so much more can only happen with the help of volunteers. The more people involved in these efforts, the greater the impact we can have. 

Given the urgency of this election and the enormous potential to reach overseas voters, please join our team by:

  • letting us know how you’d like to volunteer, either by taking this survey or responding directly to this email
  • making a one-time or recurring donation to DA Germany by creating a Dauerauftrag (bank info below) 

In fact, if you donate €20.20, you’ll receive a one-of-a-kind Democrats Abroad t-shirt to wear with pride at marches and other events. A contribution of €50 or more will get you a winter-ready, limited edition DA hooded sweatshirt. All merchandise is available via this order form.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with Us

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Once again, it's that time of year when we share our gratitude.

We want you to be a part of it.

Please join us for thanksgiving celebrations in Berlin, Göttingen, Heidelberg, Munich, and Wiesbaden/Mainz.

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Date and Time Location
Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 10:30 am - 2 pm Berlin - 1st Annual Democrats Abroad Tempelhof Turkey Trot
Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 4 pm - 8 pm Berlin - Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 28, 2019, at 6 pm - 9 pm Munich
Thursday, November 28, 2019, at 7 pm - 10 pm  Wiesbaden/Mainz
Saturday, November 30, 2019, at 6 pm - 9 pm Göttingen
Sunday, December 01, 2019, at 1 pm - 5 pm Heidelberg

 

Please RSVP so we know how many people are coming to dinner.


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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