Lights for Liberty

Press Contact:
Beverly Seebach
+49 151 6884 1588


Washington, July 11, 2019 – On July 12, “Close the Camps / Lights for Liberty” events will be taking place around the world and across the US to rally against the ongoing inhumane treatment of immigrants at US detention centers. Democrats Abroad (DA) and other organizations will be helping to take this action global.
Americans here in Germany are also speaking up, and we invite you to join DA Germany – in person or online – as we take a stance on this important issue.
Attend one of our events in Germany
We’d really appreciate your interest if you’d like to attend, and I’d be happy to help coordinate interviews with our volunteers as well. Please feel free to pass along this invitation to interested colleagues. The event is free to all attendees. While we anticipate that many Americans will join, local friends and families are welcome to participate as well.

Berlin Lights for Liberty Vigil
In front of US Embassy Berlin
Pariser Platz
10117 Berlin

July 12, 2019 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Düsseldorf Lights for Liberty Vigil
In front of Hauptbahnhof
40210 Düsseldorf
July 12, 2019 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Hamburg Lights for Liberty Vigil
In front of US Consulate Hamburg
Alsterufer 27/28
20354 Hamburg
July 12, 2019 at 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Munich Lights for Liberty Vigil
In front of the Friedensengel
81675 Munich
July 12, 2019 at 7:00pm – 8:00pm

DA Germany event contacts
Aileen Dinin, Chair of the Düsseldorf-Ruhr Chapter of DA Germany
Chesney McKinley Severance, Chair of the Hamburg Chapter of DA Germany
Patrick Oberlaender, Chair of the Munich Chapter of DA Germany
Diego Rivas, Chair of the Berlin Chapter of DA Germany

Join the virtual vigil
#DAResists #LightsforLIberty #NeverAgainIsNow #ClosetheCamps
Join our online vigil to stand with detainees, asylum seekers, and immigrant families. We’ll include your photo to create a giant collage of Americans from all over the world, like this one.

Democrats Abroad Germany Introduces Newly Elected Executive Committee



For immediate release

March 6, 2019


Democrats Abroad Germany Introduces Newly Elected Executive Committee

Heidelberg - Democrats Abroad Germany, the official arm of the Democratic Party in Germany, elected its new Executive Committee at their Annual General Meeting held on February 23, 2019, in Heidelberg. Incoming leaders, who will serve in their respective positions until 2021, are responsible for upholding and supporting the work of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad in Germany.

DA Germany announces the following newly elected leaders:

Chair – Candice Kerestan
Vice Chair – Kenton Barnes
Treasurer – Ronald Schlundt
Secretary – Andrea Schwab


At-Large Positions:

Chapter Development Coordinator – Quaide Williams

Communications Coordinator – Angela Fobbs
Events & Fundraising Coordinator – Emily Lines
Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Coordinator – Claudia Clark
IT Coordinator – Susan Penrod
Media Contact – Beverly Seebach


As American politics has come to the forefront of global concern with the Trump administration, DA Germany aims to be the point of contact for Americans living in Germany and help actively connect them with government and civic engagement back home.

“Following the general election in 2016, we witnessed an outpouring of concern and activity from Americans living in Germany,” noted Candice Kerestan, Chair of DA Germany. “While this momentum to make a change was reflected in the recent midterm elections – where Democrats regained the House, flipped seven governors’ mansions, and picked up hundreds of state legislative seats nationwide – we must continue building upon this to take back the White House in 2020. Moving forward, the newly elected Executive Committee is determined to keep improving outreach to Americans, provide even greater opportunities for our members to learn about and engage with US politics, and make our voices heard while living in Germany.”


The elections are one facet of an ongoing program of activities for DA Germany. For more information please visit our website at


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Excitement Spreads as Democrats Abroad Germany Picks New Executive Committee


For Immediate Release

Date: April 5, 2017  

News desks

Excitement Spreads as Democrats Abroad Germany Picks New Executive Committee

Democrats gathered in Berlin to talk politics and plan for the Congressional races in 2018  

Berlin- Things were looking up for Democrats living abroad in Germany over the weekend as 130 attendees from all over the country, as well as guests from the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic, and France, gathered for the 2017 Annual General Meeting.  In attendance were ten chapters and 15 precincts, and 9 remote viewing/voting centers were set-up for those that could not attend in person.

The agenda for the meeting was set and the participants quickly began to talk about the current political situation at hand, and what everyone could do to make sure that there would be Democratic victory in 2018.

Interactive workshops took place where members were given the opportunity to share their ideas on sustaining a volunteer organization. The participants gave their input on what issues they cared about, what resources they needed to meet their goals and guidance for finding allies. This was an empowering moment for many who wanted to shape the direction of Democrats Abroad Germany as they voiced their concerns over the Trump Administration’s current actions.

After the workshop sessions, the election process to select the new Executive Committee (national leadership) began. Members from all backgrounds, experiences and ideas, but with the same goal in mind, took center stage as they gave their speeches underling the issue that Democrats needed to face, and which approaches will help insure a victory in 2018. At the end, a momentous moment for DAG arose as over 2/3 of women and 1/4 of young Democrats were elected to the Executive Committee. One

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