DAG-Stuttgart February 2021 Newsletter
After the harrowing attack on our Capitol and on our very democracy, we embraced our new President and very first female Vice President with a sense of relief that the past four years are over and excitement for what lies ahead. Some of the first steps Joe Biden took after being inaugurated were to promptly address the COVID-19 crisis, racial justice and climate change.
February is Black History Month. This month we honor the men and women who strove for equality and shone as professionals in many different fields, such as Katherine Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Maya Angelou. Here are a list of excellent movies to watch for Black History Month:1. Hidden Figures2. Green Book3. Selma4. Fences5. Fruitvale Station6. The Color Purple
For those of you looking for literature for Black History Month, here is a small excerpt of many good books :1. “The Hate You Give” by Angie Thomas2. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou3. “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson4. “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison
The Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus is supporting Black History Month by featuring Black American Veterans every day in February. Check out the Caucus FB page: https://www.facebook.com/DAVetsAnd MilitaryFamilies/
Stacey Abrams is a voting rights activist fighting for equality and voter rights. She founded Fair Fightafter narrowly losing the 2018 gubernatorial race in Georgia. Thanks to her dedication and hard work many more people registered to vote in her home state, which helped to flip the Senate blue last month. The work of Ms. Abrams has been lauded as following “in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Now Ms. Abrams has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize!
It is time to request your absentee ballot! This can be done at www.votefromabroad.org. Request that your ballot be emailed to you, this saves time. Americans living overseas must request their absentee ballots every calendar year. You can check the status of your absentee ballot by contacting your election office in the district of your voting state directly.
Do you vote in the state of Louisiana? Louisiana is conducting two special primary elections next month, to fill a vacancy for the 2nd and 5th congressional Districts.
Some states are trying to restrict the ways we can vote and who may vote by filing bills aimed at limiting voter access and reforming election procedure. The majority of these bills would restrict or put limitations on how and who can vote by mail, create photo ID laws and purge voters from the voter lists. Mail-in voting has expanded significantly due to COVID-19 fears, while lawmakers and election officials try implementing proper health precautions for those wanting in-person voting.
As the Senate run-offs in Georgia and the presidential election showed us: our overseas votes make a huge difference! So remember to request your absentee ballots on time!
Info Sessions for potential DAG Leaders: Wednesday, February 10 at 7pm and Saturday, February 13 at 4 pm
Our Stuttgart Chapter Meeting is this Friday,February 12th at 7 pm. Join us for a friendly chat! Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link.
The DAG annual meeting and Elections will be held on March 20th from 10:30am -6 pm. To vote in the election you must be a DA Germany member and RSVP for the meeting by 12pm on March 20, 2021
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Hopefully this year got off to a good start for you. Somehow it seems like an eerie continuation of last year: the COVID health crisis still has us in its grip, stores are shuttered, home schooling and home office has become the norm and the rhetoric of our current president and his orbit incite people to violence.
Last week we witnessed the culmination of hate speech and the breaking of social norms: a violent mob stormed the Capitol. There were scenes of pillage, monstrous behavior and even murder. The Republican mob swung confederate and US flags, wielding baseball bats, tasers and flex cuffs. Some chanted that they wanted to hang Mike Pence.
Many have pointed out that the majority of the insurgents were white. I recall the mainly peaceful protests in the summer by BLM, which were at times met with sheer brutality and over-policing. Where were the police officers in riot gear last Wednesday while the Capitol was stormed by militia-like people, armed and dangerous?
After this shocking event the Democrats and tenRepublicans swiftly voted to impeach our 45thpresident a second time, for “incitement and insurrection. To show that words matter. To show that acts of violence and insurgence have no room in a democracy. To show that we live in a country where every single vote counts, that the GOP cannot just wish away the facts. Joe Biden was elected by the people to become our 46th president.
The Los Angeles Times wrote that what happened at the Capitol was not a protest, it was terrorism. The “Capitol building was invaded by domestic terrorists in an armed insurrection”. Those involved, whether directly or through spreading lies and instigating violence, have to be held accountable. We have to prove to ourselves and to the world that our democracy works.
Next week Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated. They have tremendous work ahead. But with a good team of experts, integrity, vision and reliance on science they will succeed. We cheer for them and look forward to the next four years!!
Upcoming events:• DAG Inauguration Party: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 beginning at 17:30• January Stuttgart chapter meeting: Friday, January 22nd at 7 pm
Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link• February Stuttgart chapter meeting: Friday, February 12th at 7 pm• March Stuttgart chapter meeting and chapter elections: Friday, March 12th at 7 pm
I look forward to seeing you at the DAG Inauguration Party next Wednesday!
Come to meet the candidates running for DA Germany national offices. Candidates who attend will each get to speak, and we'll have time for questions from members. If you're a DA Germany member, we hope you'll come to inform your vote.
Elections will be held on March 20 at DA Germany's Annual General Meeting. RSVP for the AGM to get the links and to be eligible to vote. See Election details at https://www.democratsabroad.org/de_2021_elections and you can see Candidate Statements and Endorsements on our National Candidates page.
As part of our March meeting, we will be holding our chapter elections. Click here for details. Please note that you must be present online to vote.
You will receive a Zoom link with your RSVP confirmation. If you do not receive a confirmation after RSVPing, please contact [email protected]
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