I’m running for Stuttgart Chapter Chair because I’m invested in this community and committed to doing the necessary work to ensure it grows, evolves, and thrives. While one of the primary focuses of Democrats Abroad is to register overseas voters, I see our mission as extending beyond that. DA provides the opportunity for Americans abroad both to speak with like-minded people and to broaden our world perspectives. We are, in many ways, unofficial American foreign ambassadors, and I hope to lead the Stuttgart chapter in increased engagement in cultural exchange experiences in our host country. As a DA member, I’ve organized and led events, written new role descriptions and petitions, worked on DNC reform campaigns, and currently, I’m a leading organizer of the DA Global Women’s Caucus international book club called Books Abroad. As an active member of the Women’s and Progressive Caucuses, my experiences at the caucus level will inform my leadership as Stuttgart Chair as I work to diversify the voices within our chapter to welcome and encourage input from members, new and existing. I intend to make general meetings more accessible—perhaps on an online platform like WebEx—and introduce more social events such as movie nights, pub trivia, picnics in the park, etc. Based on feedback from my fellow members, I hope to foster the right balance between activism with an agenda and building a fun social community.
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
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.
If you have questions, contact Ann at DAG-Stuttgart@democratsabroad.org.
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!
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.
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.
See you there!
2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Heidelberg
Friday, February 22nd – Sunday, February 24th
Heidelberg Center for American Studies
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!
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,
Chair, Stuttgart Chapter
Co-Chair, Democrats Abroad Global Women’s Caucus
Join us again as we march with our DA neighbor chapter in Heidelberg in support of the 2019 Global Women’s March.
The march in Heidelberg begins at 13:30 at the Friedrich Ebert Platz and will finish around 16:30 in at the Heidelberg Rathausplatz.
Just as we did last year, we will be meeting at the Stuttgart Main Train Station and travelling as a group to Heidelberg.
Our meeting point will again be the ticket machines at the south-tower end of the train station, near the seating area. Map here
We will gather between 9:45-10:00, buy our tickets and find track 11 for our 10:19 departure.
We are taking the RE19504 which leaves from track 11 at 10:19.
Look for our signs and banners -you can’t miss us! We will try to organize ourselves in groups of 4-5 to purchase discount BW tickets together.
We will arrive in Heidelberg early enough to have a coffee or a quick bite to eat at the Metropolis café in the train station and then take public transit to the start point.
New faces are especially welcome! And we need more men too! Come all by yourself if you’d like, and we’ll get to know each other on the train ride.
Some may wish to take a different train or drive but do try to find us in Heidelberg either at the coffee shop, or at the Friedrich-Ebert Platz starting point. We will want to take a group photo or two, pass out our DA signs and flyers, and march as a group with our DA Heidelberg partners to show our numbers are strong!
The theme for the march this year is “Ending violence against women”, and we are using this platform to spread awareness and show our support for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
We will be having a “Sign-making and ERA Awareness Workshop” in preparation for the march on Saturday afternoon, January 12th. Please see the separate event post for more details on this.
Watch our Facebook event page for any last-minute updates.
We look forward to marching with you!
Please RSVP below or on our Facebook page
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