Stuttgart

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Stuttgart!

DA Stuttgart is a chapter of DA Germany, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Germany. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Stuttgart, please contact us.

Ann Hesse, Chapter Chair
Democrats Abroad Germany - Stuttgart Chapter
DAG-Stuttgart@democratsabroad.org

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    Stuttgart Chapter Elections and Events

    We are looking forward to a  Happy Blue Year!

    The November 6th election wasn’t just a blue wave. It was a blue Tsunami!
    As the final statistics are coming in, they confirm that Democrats crushed Republicans with the largest Democratic House gain since 1974!

    And we made a difference right here in Germany!
    Many races came down to just a hand-full of votes, and our overseas ballots were the margin of victory!

    Thanks to all of you who voted in the most diverse and dynamic congress we’ve ever seen!
    But this is no time to sit on the sidelines. And 2019 is in no way an “off-year.”
    We have the momentum, and our own Democrats Abroad Stuttgart chapter is gearing up right now to keep pushing our agenda all the way to the 2020 presidential election.

    Here is a rundown on some important events and projects that you won’t want to miss:

    Chapter Chair Elections

    Friday, January 11th 2018 at 7:30 pm
    Forum 3
    Gymnasiumstraße 21, 70173 Stuttgart

    We will be holding Chapter Chair Elections on the 11th of January at our regular monthly meeting.
    All current members of our Democrats Abroad Stuttgart Chapter are welcome to come and vote in person.

    If you are interested in running, please reply to this email by January 1st stating your intention to run.
    You are encouraged to include a short statement of less than 250 words supporting your candidacy, to be published to the body on our website. If you decide to run after the first of January, you may be nominated during our meeting, but you will need someone else to second your nomination.

    Full election rules can be found here.

    If you have questions, contact Ann at DAG-Stuttgart@democratsabroad.org.

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    Voter Protection Survey

    Have you filled out our Voter Protection Survey?

    Please take a minute now to let us know about your voting experience and encourage other Americans abroad to do the same by completing our very short Voter Protection Survey.

    Thank you for your help!

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    Pub & Politics in Freiburg

    Wednesday, January 9th 8-10pm
    The Holy Taco Shack
    Barbarastraße 18, 79106 Freiburg im Breisgau

    Come for “Margarita Mittwoch” and stay for some good, quality conversation!

    Ring in the new year with fellow Americans in the Freiburg area, grab a drink together, and talk about all things politics!

    We also want to share news about upcoming DA events and hear your ideas for what other events Freiburg-Americans might like to participate in.

    Please note that because of the holidays, we are meeting on the second Wednesday of the month, instead of our usual first Wednesday.

    You can RSVP here

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    Women’s March in Heidelberg

    Join with thousands of marchers again in Heidelberg for the third Women’s March on
    Saturday, January 19th 2019.

    We’ve come a long way this year and women are more empowered than ever before. But we’re not done yet! We will keep marching to stop violence against women and secure our equality under the law.

    Just as we did last year, we will meet at the Stuttgart Main Train Station and travel as a group to Heidelberg.
    The march in Heidelberg is expected to begin at 13:30.

    We will be sharing our travel details on our Stuttgart Chapter website and our Facebook page so stay tuned!

    See you there!

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    2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Heidelberg

    Friday, February 22nd – Sunday, February 24th
    Heidelberg Center for American Studies
    Hauptstraße 120
    Heidelberg 69117 Germany

    Every year Democrats Abroad Germany gathers in person to discuss issues and plan our activities for the coming year. In addition to these discussions, we will also be electing our new Executive Committee (ExCom) in 2019.

    This event open to ALL MEMBERS! If you are curious about what we do, interested in becoming more involved, want to participate in a training, or just looking to some fun, then travel with us to Heidelberg!

    Details and registration here

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    CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS- Wherever you are!

    Democrats Abroad is an all-volunteer organization. There are many jobs, large and small that need to be done to help our chapter thrive. Many of them can be done remotely and don't even take much time.

    Here are just a few ideas of ways you might consider volunteering:

    • Write articles for our website
    • Prepare a presentation for our meeting on an interesting political topic
    • Be our phone banking coordinator
    • Lead one of our caucuses or precincts
    • Help distribute our brochures at places where Americans hang out.
    • Hold a mini "activist meeting" in your own home or the neighborhood pub.

    If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please contact DAG-Stuttgart@democratsabroad.org or update your DA profile at democratsabroad.org and be sure to check off "interested in volunteering" so that we can follow up.

    If you have other skills, other ideas, and other ways you think you can help, please get in touch with our new chair.

    It has been an honor to serve you all as chapter chair in these past years, and I look forward to continuing to work within our Stuttgart chapter and also as a DA global leader to make the political and social change we want in the world.

    With thanks and warm regards,

    Ann Hesse
    Chair, Stuttgart Chapter
    Co-Chair, Democrats Abroad Global Women’s Caucus

    DA Germany-Stuttgart

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    Stuttgart Chapter Election Season Events

    We’re almost there!

    We were all inspired last week by the brave and unforgettable testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. She has given us all courage and has strengthened our resolve to push even harder in these last weeks before the election. We can best honor her courage and sense of civic responsibility by voting in this crucial election, and by encouraging our friends to vote too!

    If you know anyone who still needs to register to vote, please send them off to votefromabroad.org today.

    If you have family or friends in the U.S. that still need to register to vote, send them to https://iwillvote.com/.

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    Help us with one last Task!

    There is still one last important task that we’re working on ‘round the clock and ‘round the globe now, and we could really use your help. Over the next two weeks we are reaching out to our fellow members in a phonebanking effort to remind them to register and send in their ballots.
    Click here for more information on how you can help us!

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    In addition to our in-person events, there are two great online events you might enjoy participating in this month:

    Take a look at what our chapter is up to:

    Checking the Balance - Democracy, at what cost?

    Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m.

    Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum Stuttgart (DAZ)

    Charlottenplatz 17, 70173 Stuttgart

    Our DA Stuttgart chapter will be at DAZ for a discussion as part of their very popular “American Days” event.

    Let‘s talk about current issues in American politics and try to find answers to significant pending questions:

    · What policies and initiatives have emerged in this topsy-turvy election cycle?

    · How far does free speech extend?

    · How can we provide protections for our environment and assure safety in our lives?

    · Are our fundamental civil rights being chipped away?

    · How can we respond to these challenges and restore political equilibrium?


    Join us to share your views!

    Please RSVP here

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    Online Webinar: GLOBAL WOMEN'S CAUCUS ERA PROJECT KICKOFF WITH EQUAL MEANS EQUAL

    Please join us on Tuesday October 16 at 2PM EDT for the kickoff meeting for the Global Women’s Caucus Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) project.

    Kamala Lopez, the executive director of Equal Means Equal will be sharing information about the history and the current status of the ERA along with what needs to be done.

    Click here for more information and to RSVP

    For more background on the ERA, check out our ERA Resources here.

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    Online Webinar: BOOKS ABROAD READS REBECCA SOLNIT

    Join our global feminist reading group, conducted on Webex with you right in front of your own computer screen!

    At this meeting, we'll be discussing Rebecca's Solnit's book The Mother of All Questions, a collection of essays centered around feminist storytelling. Solnit, a California native and lifelong activist, is credited with inspiring the term "mansplaining" in a 2008 essay titled, "Men Explain Things to Me," which later became a book published in 2014. The Mother of All Questions is a follow-up to that book in which Solnit further unpacks cultural misogyny and the power of a woman's story.

    Click here for more information and to RSVP

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    ELECTION RE- CAP AND DISCUSSION

    Friday, November 9th 2018
    Forum 3
    Gymnasiumstraße 21, 70173 Stuttgart

    It has been a rough ride since November of 2016.

    And we are cautiously optimistic that this meeting will be a joyous one!

    But come what may, we will need to be together. To celebrate, to plan, to strategize, to discuss.

    This is a meeting you won’t want to miss!

    Please RSVP here

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    LOOKING AHEAD

    Watch for additional events each month, or changes which don't always make it into our newsletter by checking our Stuttgart Chapter website and Facebook page for the latest updates on events!

    Remember that it will take ALL OF US returning those ballots in the coming weeks to really power that big blue wave we’re hoping for.

    I look forward to seeing you at one of our events.

    In solidarity,

    Ann Hesse
    Chair, Stuttgart Chapter

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, January 09, 2019 at 08:00 PM
    The Holy Taco Shack in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

    Pub & Politics in Freiburg

    Come for “Margarita Mittwoch” and stay for some good, quality conversation!

    Ring in the new year with fellow Americans in the Freiburg area, grab a drink together, and talk about all things politics!

    We also want to share news about upcoming DA events and hear your ideas for what other events Freiburg-Americans might like to participate in.

    Please note that because of the holidays, we are meeting on the second Wednesday of the month, instead of our usual first Wednesday.

    You can RSVP below