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Women’s Caucus Chair for Germany is now online!

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I’m Michelle Cummings-Koether, and I am the new Women’s Caucus Chair for Germany. I am here to help coordinate Women’s topics and events in Germany, and to try to place a focus on important Women’s topics for Democrats Abroad. I look forward to working with the various Chapters and Precincts in Germany, to help keep a bright light on topics that affect Women in the United States.

A little about myself. I was born in the US and have spent my life traveling between the US and Germany. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now live in Munich. When I am not fighting for Women’s topics, I work as an interculturalist, consulting American and European companies on how to work together. I also teach intercultural topics at three universities in Munich and Augsburg. To help me regain footing and to help me keep focused, I hang out with my dog while she works as a therapy assistant dog with disabled kids.

I would also like to announce that the Women’s Caucus will be holding the Germany Women's Caucus Workshop (Open to Democrats Abroad Worldwide) on September 22nd in Berlin. With the theme “refocus, revisit, resist & re-empower” we will hold an all day event followed by dinner. This event will be open to all DA members worldwide. Please RSVP today. More details to follow.

I am looking forward to this new opportunity and the challenges that will arise. As my consultancy takes me all across Germany, I hope to meet with some of the Chapters personally soon. If you need to reach me, my email is dag-women@democratsabroad.org.

 


Germany's Black Caucus is Online and Ready

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Hello everyone, my name is Lori-Kaye and I have been appointed the chair of the Black Caucus in Germany. I have been living in Germany near Frankfurt for 13 years and vote in New York. As an international opera singer, I have had the opportunity to do a lot of traveling and getting to know many people and cultures. That's one of the reasons why I would like to get as many people involved in racial justice issues that are not only plaguing our country but, the entire world to this day.  The only way for we as Americans to be able to live peacefully is through accepting diversity in all its forms. In my opinion, racism is a lack of knowledge of other persons and its based on willful ignorance through certain news organizations, representation through our film and music industry, or passed down through family generations, to name a few.

Any person or any race or ethnicity can join the Black Caucus. If you are a person who believes in universal and unconditional human rights, and you are not a member of the Black Caucus, please join. I would love to get to know all of you and have some real conversations to come up with real solutions to this epidemic. Please take this survey. The purpose of this survey is to find out how many people would be interested in getting together for some of these fun events once a month and how many from each chapter so that I can get an idea as to how to organize it.  Just for starters, the subjects include:

  • Book Club
  • Martini Night with friendly political banter
  • Movie Night in a cozy living room with snacks
  • Labor Day American BBQ

If you have any ideas or suggestions, please specify on the survey. You can always contact me via email at dag-blackcaucus@democratsabroad.org. Thank you for your participation and I look forward to hearing from you.

You can follow the Global Black Caucus on Facebook and Twitter

 

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May Newsletter

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Spring has finally arrived and the 2018 primary season is in full swing. We need your help phone banking. Phone banking is the best way we have of reaching our members to remind them to get their ballots, for the primaries and/or for very important November elections.

If you sign-up for phone banking, you will be calling other members of Democrats Abroad. You have the choice to even just call members in Germany! Will you make 5 calls to fellow DAG members by the end of the summer?  And help to bring in 5 more votes, besides your own?! Phone banking is effective and fun!

Sign up or reactivate your phone banking account, and to learn how to make calls.  If you have questions or comments, please contact DA Germany phone banking coordinator Katie Solon at katie_solon@democratsabroad.org

Democrats Abroad Taxation Team is on Capitol Hill this week to talk to Congress about tax reform for Americans abroad. We need Democrats abroad to phone their Senators and Representatives to demand reform so that when we walk into Congressional offices we hear, "Yes we've been getting calls from constituents about expat tax reform". Download our guide with everything you need to call, message and write to Congress.

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Democrats Abroad Germany Marches for Science

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Last year worldwide, more than a million people went into the streets on April 22, 2017 to demonstrate that scientific knowledge is a non-negotiable foundation of the discourse of our society. In Germany there were 22 marches with more than 37,000 participants. This was the second-largest number worldwide after the US.

This year on April 14, 2018, we unite again to hold our elected and appointed officials responsible for enacting equitable evidence-based policies that serve all communities and science for the common good.

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April 2018 Newsletter

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A change is on the horizon and so is a new generation of voters. On March 24th, hundreds of thousands of students and concerned citizens came together at one of the 830 March For Our Lives events held worldwide. Take a look at the photos of our solidarity events held by our chapters in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Munich, and Wiesbaden-Mainz. Our marches were featured on the New York Times and the Berlin Youth Caucus Coordinator, Chris Sauca, was profiled by KCRW Berlin about his participation in the march.  

Thank you to everyone who attended an event or participated in the Democrats Abroad Virtual March. We hope these marches were a wake-up call for our politicians, but as primary season gets under way, it’s important that we make sure all those living abroad know that they can and should vote. We need an assault weapons ban and we need to show our elected officials that we will no longer accept their lack of action by voting in the elections this year and electing those that will make change! Enough is enough!


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Join Democrats Abroad Germany as We March for Our Lives

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The March For Our Lives movement is created by, inspired by, and led by American students who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that have become all too familiar. The movement has expanded to include other major cities across the U.S. and the world. Democrats Abroad will be marching and rallying in 7 locations in Germany.

Location

Date and Time

Berlin

March 24, 2018 at 2:30pm - 4pm

Frankfurt

March 24, 2018 at 12pm - 6pm

Hamburg

March 24, 2018 at 4:15pm - 5:15pm

Heidelberg

March 24, 2018 at 2pm - 5pm

Munich

March 24, 2018 at 11am - 1pm

Wiesbaden/Mainz

March 24, 2018 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Bonn

March 24, 2018 at 12pm - 2pm

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DAG March 2018 Newsletter

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March certainly is coming in like a lion this year. Democrats have flipped 39 Republican-held state legislative seats since January 2017.

This past weekend, members of Democrats Abroad Germany (DAG) met in Hamburg for this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). See pictures from the AGM. We started the weekend with a trip to the theater to see Neuland, a piece about how American women feel about life under Trump and which several members of DAG performed in. On Saturday, we got down to business by discussing our Get Out To Vote (GOTV) strategy, listening to presentations by all of our caucus leaders about their work this past year and what they have planned for 2018, and learning how to communicate with conservatives.

The most important part of the weekend was the vote on proposed resolutions to our bylaws, which resulted in lively discussions and hopefully an improved set of bylaws that will strengthen DAG. On Saturday evening, we welcomed Josh Handelman from the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) who gave an interesting speech on the wins Democrats had this past year and what lies ahead this year for the midterm elections. Read more about the speech or watch the video. Our 2019 AGM will be in Heidelberg.

In an effort to be as effective as possible in our GOTV efforts, each chapter received a tablet, portable printer, and SIM card during the Executive Committee meeting on Sunday to allow them to help people request their absentee ballots on the spot. We want to simplify the ballot request process to ensure that ballots requested online at a GOTV event are not forgotten and never printed and sent to the local election offices. We hope this will improve the efficacy of our GOTV events and make the entire process quick and easy. If you would like to make a donation to support the DAG GOTV Digitization efforts, you can find more information here. You can always register to vote and request your ballot at www.votefromabroad.org

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Get Out The Vote Digitization Effort

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Democrats Abroad Germany would like to be able to provide all chapters with a tablet, SIM Card/hotspot capabilities, and a printer to help improve our GOTV efforts. These items will allow chapters to hold absentee ballot request drives without having to rely on individual members to provide their personal devices, make it possible to hold these events when wireless internet is not available, and, most importantly, the printer will ensure that those who complete their request forms can print their form on the spot and put it in the mail immediately.

We want to try and simplify this process as much as possible to make sure that we are effective and successful in helping people complete the request for their absentee ballots.

If you would like to support this effort and make a donation, you can send your donation to the following account:

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

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Emily Lines, Events and Fundraising Coordinator, at dag-events@democratsabroad.org.


DLCC Senior Staff Visits DA Germany!


In Hamburg, during the weekend of February 23rd, Democrats Abroad Germany hosted its 2018 Annual General Meeting. With over 100 members attending from across all ten chapters and twenty-three precincts, a major focus of the weekend was getting out the vote for upcoming midterm elections among our membership and the importance of electing Democrats at all levels.

To highlight this theme, Saturday evening’s gala dinner featured a keynote address from Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) National Development Director, Josh Handelman. He has served in this position since January of 2017. Preceding his current role, Josh has served on the finance teams of five U.S. Senate campaigns and was most recently the National Finance Director for Katie McGinty's U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania - ultimately the most expensive Senate race in history. He was previously National Finance Director for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz's successful 2014 election campaign in Hawaii.

Pulling from his campaign experience and current role, Josh underscored the importance of state houses in our national political landscape across the spectrum. State legislature impact spans from their responsibility of drawing congressional district lines following the 2020 census, to their roles of passing laws which have a direct impact on day to day life of their constituents. Handelman also spoke of current national news topics such as court review of state-level gerrymandering, especially of note in the PA and NC maps.

The DLCC recruits, trains, and supports local Democrats running for state legislative office. They lend candidates resources, field support, and the data they need to run smart, winning campaigns.To learn more about DLCC activities and how you can support them, visit http://www.dlcc.org


DAG Veterans and Military Families Caucus Approved

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We are pleased to announce our Democrats Abroad Veterans and Military Families Caucus was approved on 19 February 2018. To join the Veterans and Military Families Caucus, please contact Kirk Samson at dag-veterans@democratsabroad.org.

Below is our caucus' Terms of Reference (TOR). The TOR is the guiding document for a caucus.

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Democrats Abroad Germany (DAG) honors the men and women of our armed forces and is committed to representing their best interests in the democratic process. Government policy must reflect the interests of those who serve or have served honorably, those who support them overseas and their families. In order to support these efforts, DAG is establishing the Veterans and Military Families Caucus (VMFC). This caucus will work with the leadership of Democrats Abroad Germany and the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Party to achieve mutual goals and to assure caucus members that the Democratic Party is fully supportive of their needs while serving (and after service) on behalf of their country.
All of the various groups, ethnicities, persuasions, identities, and beliefs that make up American society are present in our military, and so all of the other caucuses share issues and concerns in common with the Veterans and Military Families Caucus of Democrats Abroad. Discrimination has no place in the Armed Forces or Department of Defense organizations.

 

GOALS

  • Reach out to Democratic veterans, active duty and reserve military members as well as their dependents living abroad to encourage them to vote and to give them a voice in the democratic process.
  • Represent the interests of this community and the community of civilian employees and their families who work abroad on behalf of the United States Armed Forces.
  • Provide a forum in which all DA members can better understand the issues affecting our military forces and veterans and the concerns facing them and their families.
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