December 2017 Newsletter


This has been a busy year for Democrats Abroad, so we hope everyone can take a moment to relax and reflect on 2017. Many of our chapters will be celebrating the holidays with get-togethers at Weihnachtsmärkte, local restaurants, and community centers. We hope that you will be able to join a celebration near you and can recharge before we kick off our Get Out to Vote (GOTV) efforts in 2018.

Democrats Abroad Germany would like to wish everyone a wonderful winter holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Featured Events

Book Club - Strangers in Their Own Land in Hamburg - Sunday, December 3 · 3:00pm - The Hamburg Book Club is reading Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild. Highly acclaimed, it promises to offer some insight into the growing political divide in the US. You can find more details here.

Find a holiday get-together near you:

  • Braunschweig - Thursday, November 30 · 7:30 pm

  • Freiburg - Thursday, November 30 · 9:00 pm
  • Stuttgart - Friday, December 01 · 7:00 pm

  • Hamburg - Saturday, December 02 · 3:00 pm

  • Kassel - Saturday, December 02 · 5:00 pm

  • Berlin - Tuesday, December 05 · 7:30 pm

  • Bonn - Saturday, December 09 · 2:00 pm

  • Ruhrgebiet - Saturday, December 09 · 2:00 pm

  • Wiesbaden/Mainz - Sunday, December 10 · 3:00 pm

  • Munich - Wednesday, December 13 · 7:00 pm

  • Münster - Thursday, December 14 · 7:00 pm

  • Cologne - Tuesday, December 15 · 7:00 pm

  • Lübeck - Saturday, December 16 · 3 pm

  • Berlin - Wednesday, December 20 · 6:45 pm

2018 Annual General Meeting in Hamburg - Friday, February 23—Sunday, February 25, 2018, Stiftung Kultur Palast Hamburg - Every year Democrats Abroad Germany gathers in person to discuss issues back home and plan our activities for the coming year. With midterm elections quickly approaching, join us in Hamburg to learn more about how you can be an active part of getting out the vote, get energized with other Democrats living in Germany, and make plans for increased political activism on the national and international level.

Save the date: EMEA Conference in Madrid, Spain: February 9-11, 2018. Registration details will follow.

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Join a Democrats Abroad Caucus




Democrats Abroad is pleased to announce that we now have 5 active caucuses; three out of the five caucuses are chaired by Germany Members. A Caucus is a a group of people united to promote an agreed-upon causes. Caucuses can be organized according to a commonality, whether it's ideological, ethnic or interest group-based. All members are welcome to join any of these special interest groups.  By joining, you’ll be informed about specific issues and special events that the caucus has scheduled. 

To join any Caucus, just click one or more of the following links:






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To contact any of the caucus chairs, please use the email addresses below:

Global Black Caucus Chair - Angela Fobbs,

Global Hispanic Caucus Chair - Ana Hernandez Blackstad.

Global LGBT Co-Chairs - Martha McDevitt-Pugh and Bob Vallier,

Global Women's Caucus Co-Chairs - Ann Hesse and Salli Swartz,

Global Youth Caucus Co-Chairs - Amy Dutailly and John Grosser,


We hope you will join one or more of our DA Caucuses.





Democrats Win at All Levels in November 2017 Elections


Many thanks to everyone who work on getting out the vote and everyone who voted. The election was a great success. Election night brought historic wins for minority and LGBT candidates.

  • Vi Lyles became the first black woman to be elected mayor of Charlotte.
  • Melvin Carter III was elected St. Paul's first mayor of color.
  • Zachary DeWolf became Seattle's first openly gay school board member.
  • Kathy Tran became the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.
  •  Jenny Durkan is projected to win the mayoral race, which would make her the first lesbian mayor in Seattle.
  • Ravinder Bhalla, who became the first Sikh mayor to be elected in the state of New Jersey.
  • Andrea Jenkins, the first openly transgender person of color elected to public office won a seat in the Minneapolis City Council. 

On the whole Democrats had a great night. Here are more of the results:


Ralph Northam is the governor-elect, Justin Fairfax is lieutenant governor-elect, and Mark Herring was re-elected attorney general.

Democrats flipped at least 14* House of Delegate seats including:

  • Jennifer Carroll Foy (HD-02)
  • Wendy Goodits (HD-10)
  • Chris Hurst (HD-12)
  • Danica Roem (HD-13)
  • Kelly Fowler (HD-21)
  • Elizabeth Guzman (HD-31)
  • David Reid (HD-32)
  • Kathy Tran (HD-42)
  • Lee Carter (HD-50)
  • Hala Ayala (HD-51)
  • Karrie Delaney (HD-67)
  • Dawn Adams (HD-68)
  • Schuyler VanValkenberg (HD-72)
  • Deborah Rodman (HD-73)

* No party has picked up more than 7 seats in a single House of Delegates election since 2001.

New Jersey: Democrats flipped the governor’s seat from red to blue by electing Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver. Vin Gopal flipped New Jersey’s 11th Senate District from red to blue. New Jersey became the 7th state in the US where Democrats control both legislative and executive branches.

North Carolina: Democrats flipped 2 mayoral seats by electing Vi Lyles in Charlotte and Mitch Colvin in Fayetteville. Vi Lyles is the first-ever African American woman to be elected mayor of Charlotte, while Mitch used his strong ties to the community to flip the Fayetteville mayoral seat from red to blue.

New Hampshire: Democrats flipped the Manchester mayoral seat by electing Joyce Craig. Joyce is the first woman to ever serve as mayor of Manchester. Democrats flipped one seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives by electing Erika Connors to the Hillsborough County District 15 and held the Sullivan County District 1 by electing Brian Sullivan. In total, Democrats have now flipped six seats in New Hampshire from red to blue in 2017.

Florida: Democrats re-elected Mayor Rick Kriseman to be the mayor of St. Petersburg.

Massachusetts: Democrats re-elected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

New York: Democrats re-elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Georgia: Democrats flipped two House districts by electing Deborah Gonzalez (HD-117) and Jonathan Wallace (HD-119).

Michigan: Democrats held Michigan’s 109th House District by electing Sara Cambensy.

Washington: Manka Dhingra's resounding victory in the Washington 45th state senate race successfully flipped control of the Washington State Senate to the Democrats.

Remember there are still two more elections this year.

This is the last day to request a ballot if you vote in Oklahoma! #VotingMatters. All overseas voters can vote in Oklahoma State Elections. On November 14th, Oklahoma will vote for new representatives in State Senate District 37 (Tulsa area), State Senate District 45 (Oklahoma City area), State House District 76 (Broken Arrow and Tulsa areas).

Let's flip these three seats by sending Allison Ikley-Freeman, Steven Vincent and Chris VanLandingham to the Oklahoma State House and Senate. Request your ballot by EMAIL, FAX or MAIL by Wednesday, November 8 at 5pm (Oklahoma time). Complete the form at When you get your ballot, MAIL or FAX it back right away. It must get to Oklahoma by Tuesday, November 14 at 7pm (Oklahoma time).

The Alabama — U.S. Senate special election on December 12. This is the seat vacated by the resignation of Jeff Sessions (R) when he was confirmed as Attorney General.  You can still register to vote by mail until  27 November 2017. Request your ballots by 7 December 2017. Return your ballot postmarked NLT 12 December 2017 and received by 19 December 2017, 12 noon CDT. Request your ballots now!



November 2017 Germany Newsletter

As we enter into November, many of you may be thinking back to last year and the 2016 elections. It may be hard to believe that it has already almost been one year of Trump and the Republican-led Congress, but we hope that this one-year anniversary of the election helps to remind you of why it will be so important to vote in 2018 during the midterms and in any of the elections this year.

There are elections on November 7, 2017 in Virginia, Utah, New Jersey, Georgia, Washington, Michigan, Maine, Mississippi, and South Carolina. The Oklahoma State Legislature is also having a Special Elections on November 14, 2017. Alabama is holding a Special Election for Jeff Sessions U.S. Senate seat on December 12, 2017. Click on any of the states to get more information on the election.

To register to vote and/or request your overseas absentee ballot for any of these elections, go to and complete the form to request an absentee ballot. Print, sign and send the form to your election office to receive a ballot for the election. Many states accept scanned forms by email or fax.

Many of our chapters will be start off November by hosting events marking the one-year anniversary, but don’t worry, this month will end with several of our chapters also hosting fun Thanksgiving get-togethers. Getting together with like-minded people will help bolster your spirits in these times.

We hope that you will be able to find an event going on near you that you will be able to join. Be sure to check out the Noteworthy News and Information section. Keep #Resisting and we’ll get through this together.

Featured Events

Attend the Emily's List Webinar! - November 02 · 8:00pm - Emily's List President Stephanie Schirock speaks with the Global Women's Caucus. Since it was founded in 1985, Emily's List has trained and supported thousands of Democratic, pro-choice women to run for office. Now they have started "Run to Win," a national recruitment and training program providing in-person training, webinars and other resources to increase women's participation across all levels of government. Join us and hear about the tremendous difference Emily's List continues to make.

Obama Portrait Exhibition in Berlin - Opens November 04, 2017 - The exhibition “Obama: An Intimate Portrait” will feature 65 photos by official Obama White House photographer Pete Souza. It is the first exhibition about the Obama Presidency in Germany. The exhibition will be on display at the Museum The Kennedys until March 4, 2018.

Thanksgiving Dinners

*For more holiday events, please click here.*


Precinct Elections And One Year Since The Election Reflection in Bielefeld - Monday, November 06 · 7:00 pm

November Workshop: Talking Politics with Conservative Relatives in Berlin - Tuesday, November 07 · 7:30 pm -What does science tell us about how to talk politics with people we disagree with? Joanna Mikulski, an expert in behavior change communications, will give a fun and interactive workshop designed to help you put the best ideas from research to use when communicating about hot or sensitive topics.

November 9th: 1 year later… in Hamburg - Thursday, November 09 · 12:00 pm - One year after waking up to the shock that remains an unavoidable part of our lives, we want to come together and remember what we are fighting for, and what is at stake.

One Year Later: The Future Of The Party in Münster - Monday, November 13 · 6:30 pm

U.S. Climate Policy after COP23 in Bonn - Monday, November 20 · 7:00 pm - With the UN Climate Conference (COP23) being held in Bonn, join DA in the days following the conference for a panel discussion on the event and its meaning for the future of U.S. climate policy.

Chapter and Precinct Meetings

Drinks With Democrats In Bamberg Thursday, November 02 · 6:00 pm

November Chapter Meeting In Stuttgart Friday, November 03 · 7:00 pm

Heidelberg Chapter Monthly Meeting Friday, November 03 · 7:00 pm

Munich Chapter Monthly Meeting Sunday, November 08 · 7:00 pm

Wiesbaden/Mainz Chapter Monthly Meeting Thursday, November 09 · 7:00 pm

Freiburg/Konstanz Precinct Meeting Saturday, November 11· 12:00 pm

Noteworthy News and Information

Join our new Global Black Caucus (GBC)! Membership in the GBC is open to anyone who supports the goals of human rights and equality for everyone.

Democrats Abroad is asking you to GIVE to WIN, and be a part of political change. Every dollar we raise helps move the dial in the US Congress and Senate from red back to blue. In 2018, it's really important that we expand the overseas voter base. We all know what is at stake for our families and friends, our country and the world, if things remain as they are for next 6 years. All the money you donate goes to keeping our online tools functioning, advertising to find more American's abroad and promoting the issues you care about to our representatives. A donation today, large or small, will make a big difference in 2018. Please Give to Win.

Now Available: The 2018 Global Women's Caucus Calendar celebrating women’s firsts These high-quality calendars, celebrating women's firsts, make wonderful Christmas gifts. Calendars should begin shipping during the first two weeks of November. Order Today!

2018 Germany Annual General Meeting in Hamburg - Friday, February 23 - Sunday, February 25 2018- Join us in Hamburg next year 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. Keep your eyes out for more information in the coming weeks.

Check out our RESISTANCE merchandise. We have t-shirts, buttons and tote bags with new and classic DA designs. All proceeds will go to help support our efforts for Get Out The Vote in 2018. Order today.

Save the date 21 January 2018. We will celebrate the one year anniversary of the Women’s March. There will be lots of anniversary events around Germany and around the world.

Follow Democrats Abroad Germany on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Get into the Holiday Spirit with Democrats Abroad Germany

Before we jump into 2018, take some time to celebrate the holidays with members of Democrats Abroad. Below you will find a list of all the various holiday events going on in Germany in November and December.

Thanksgiving Dinners

Holiday Parties

  • Weihnachtsmarkt Social in KasselDecember 02, 2017 · 5:00pm  - Come ring in the season with fellow Americans in Kassel.
  • Holiday Cookie Swap in Berlin - Tuesday, December 5 · 7:30pm - Before we kick things into high gear for the 2018 midterm elections, we wanted to end the year on a sweet note. Like our 4th of July potluck, we are asking members to bring cookies or other traditional holiday treats (sweet or savory) to share. You are also welcome to bring the recipe to share with others.
  • Grassroots Glühwein in Bonn - Saturday, December 9 · 2:00pm - Join Democrats Abroad for an informal gathering to reign in the holiday season and discuss our grassroots planning efforts to make the 2018 mid-terms a success. Family and friends welcome!
  • Celebrate the Holiday Season in Wiesbaden - Sunday, December 10 · 3:00pm - Come and join us for some Holiday Cheer at the Ratskeller with a glass of Sekt. We will have a white Donkey gift exchange so bring a wrapped gift of a treasure you have in your home.
  • Holiday Get-Together in Cologne - Tuesday, December 12 · 7:00pm - Fun and Games at the DA NRW Holiday event! Join us for our last meeting before we kick off the 2018 GOTV Season.


Picture: (c) Alex Holyoake



Kaiserslautern Chapter Welcomes Democrats Abroad Regional Vice Chair Will Bakker on October 30, 2017

Please mark your calendars for the next Kaiserslautern Chapter meeting on Monday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m. at the Spinnrädl in Kaiserslautern. Our special guest will be Will Bakker, Democrats Abroad global executive committee member, EMEA Regional Vice Chair, Luxembourg Chair and acting-chair for the Voting Rights group.

Mr. Bakker will lead a discussion on the following topics:

  • DA's overall strategy and goals for winning in 2018.At the global level, the grave need to turn out the vote and win in 2018 means going beyond our usual reach in midterms: phone banking to US-based voters + identifying thousands of Americans living in Germany who are not members and motivating them to vote using a broad range of tools.
  • Republican dismantling of voting infrastructure for overseas voters in their proposed budgets.
  • Kris Kobach's "Commission" for voter suppression and what that tells us about how Republicans want to suppress the overseas vote.
  • Positives on voting at the state level: fixing the disenfranchisement of "never resided" citizens by DA lobbying at the state level.

WHEN: October 30, 2017, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

WHERE: Spinnrädl Restaurant
Schillerstraße 1, Kaiserslautern 67655, Germany

It should be a lively and informative discussion. If need more information please contact the Chapter Chair, Terese Sarno.

Please RSVP for this event.

We hope to see you there.


H.R.3668 - The SHARE Act is Much More Than Allowing Gun Silencers

**The House of Representatives may vote on this bill this week**

“Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act” is a nightmare for human life, wildlife, and public lands. The bill is chock-full of anti-wildlife, anti-Endangered Species Act, and anti-public lands provisions that would undermine wildlife conservation and put imperiled species in greater danger. It is that and an appalling dismantling of firearm safety and a blatant gift to the gun lobby all at the same time.

Here's what the bill covers:

Wildlife provisions:

  • One provision of concern would undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by legislatively delisting gray wolves in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
  • The bill even goes a step further and undermines the rule of law by prohibiting judicial review of that delisting, thereby, removing a citizen's ability to challenge the delisting in court and hold the government accountable.
  • SHARE would protect the practice of baiting birds with grain as they migrate and then mowing them down while they eat.
  • Another detrimental provision would put Alaska's wildlife at risk by voiding a federal rule that protects iconic carnivores on National Park Service preserves in Alaska from extreme, unethical, and unscientific hunting practices such as baiting bears and killing mother wolves and their cubs during denning season.
  • The bill creates a dangerous loophole that allows trophy-hunted polar bears to be imported. Two-thirds of polar bears are expected to be wiped out by 2050 due to climate change, and the species is predicted to be near extinction by the end of the century.
  • Finally, the bill would prohibit environmental reviews of proposed potentially damaging activities on the 150 million acres protected under the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Gun provisions:

  • The SHARE Act will deregulate gun silencers. Silencers would be removed from the purview of the National Firearms Act, which means they would be much easier for criminals to purchase and people wouldn't be able to hear where gun fire is coming from in case of mass killing. This would change an 80-year-old law which was put in place because of gang violence in the 1930s.
  • Unlicensed sellers and private sales would not require a background check for purchase or transfers of silencers. The current registry of silencer sales will be destroyed.
  • The regulation of interstate transport of firearms would be weakened.
  • Law enforcement officers who stop people suspected of trafficking firearms across state lines for questioning could be sued personally for detaining the suspect.
  • The bill would no longer require firearms to be stored in a container or trunk. Guns would be allowed in the passenger compartment.
  • SHARE prohibits the regulation of ammunition and fish tackle based on lead content, which will allow the lead from firearm ammunition and fish tackle to continue to pollute our forests and rivers.
  • The bill allows guns on federal water resource developments.
  • The authority of the ATF’s (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) would be removed to use the “sporting purposes” clauses in federal law as a guideline to ban certain firearms and to regulate guns. The Gun Control Act of 1968 specifically banned imported firearms not suitable for “sporting purposes.” The key phrase “sporting purpose” permits products with that designation to be less regulated and, therefore, easier to sell. It is one reason the gun lobby does not want an AK 47 or AR 15 to be called an assault rifle; it prefers the sound of “modern sporting rifle” so as to escape regulation.
  • The ATF’s authority would be eliminated to reclassify popular rifle ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.”
  • SHARE provides for the lawful importation of any non-NFA (National Firearms Act) firearm or ammunition that may otherwise be lawfully possessed and sold within the United States.

The SHARE Act will likely increase the revenues of firearm-related industries, but the real price will be paid in American lives lost to gun violence.

Please contact your House representative and Paul Ryan immediately!

Or use Resistbot on Facebook and it will find out who represents you in Congress and deliver your message to them in under 2 minutes.

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Help End Gun Violence

With 59 people dead and over 500 people injured in the recent shooting in Las Vegas, we can no longer sit back and allow our country to be used as a shooting gallery for people with problems.

This continued gun violence is unacceptable and we need to make the lives of our representatives uncomfortable. Today we begin a campaign to End Gun Violence. Please email, tweet, Facebook post or call your governors, state and federal representatives with one or more of these simple messages. Click the links to download shareable graphics aka memes.

Stricter gun laws now!

We need tougher background checks!

Reinstate the Federal Assault Weapons Ban!

Make America Safe Again!

Stop the killing!

Doing Nothing About Gun Violence Is No Longer Acceptable!

Overturn Stand Your Ground laws!

Close the gun show loophole!

Overturn open carry laws!

End the slaughter!

Use this link to find government representatives from city mayors to senators and their contact and social media information:

If you would like to call, click here for a sample call script:

If you would like to email, click here for sample email script:

A Tweet Storm Is Planned Starting Friday Through Sunday. Everyone possible should participate. If you don't have a twitter account you can quickly make one at It only takes a couple of minutes. Be sure to add a picture to your profile, it gives you more credibility. When you Tweet your Senator and Governor, use the hashtag #GunControlNow

You can use the free site Tweetdeck to set up scheduled and automated tweets. Let your representatives know how you feel several times a day. Go to and add in your twitter account. Click on new Tweet, type what you want to say and schedule it. You can schedule multiple tweets for various dates and times.

Click here for a list of Senators Twitter accounts.

Click here is a list of Governors Twitter accounts

Find out if your congress members have taken money from the NRA and call them out for it. Luckily most Democrats have not received donations from the NRA.

This is a problem we can all help solve. Your participation is essential.


Virginia Voters Please Request Your Ballots and Vote

#GOTV reminder for Virginia:

Calling all Virginia Voters: NOW is the time to vote and request your ballot to elect Ralph Northam as Governor and flip the VA House to the Dems! ��

Haven't registered? Already registered but haven't requested your ballot? Visit and follow the prompts to complete, print, sign, and return your forms by EMAIL, MAIL or FAX. Just be sure to send in the Addendum page if you’ve provided additional information to qualify for a State ballot.

🚨If you are registering to vote AND requesting a ballot, forms must get to your Local Election Official by Oct 16.

🚨If you have already registered and are ONLY requesting a ballot, forms must arrive by October 31.

Unsure if you qualify? Overseas voters who “intend to return” to VA can vote in these State elections. If your “return is uncertain” you can vote if you own a residence in VA, or if you, your spouse or your parent has an overseas employer or school.

Questions? Email


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DAG is a self-sustaining, 100% volunteer organization. Thank you to all our sustaining members -- your donations are vital. Without you, our mission would be a lot more complicated. If you are not currently a sustaining member, please consider becoming one.

We must defeat Donald Trump! With the election quickly approaching, we would be appreciative of any financial support you could give us. In 2016, we calculated that each Euro spent resulted in 3 new members/voters, and in 2020 every vote will be necessary. We need to find as many Americans in Germany as possible and that takes money for advertising.

A donation of €5 per month or more will make a big difference for us. If you are interested in donating, either one time, monthly, or quarterly, please find our bank information below. To make it a recurring donation, you would do a “Dauerauftrag." The suggested recurring donation amount is €5, but higher amounts are gladly accepted. Thanks for your support. Don't just #Resist, Fight back!

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