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 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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    Stuttgart Women attend Berlin Women's Caucus Workshop

    by Kelsey McLendon

    On Saturday, the 22nd of September, Democrats Abroad Women’s Caucus members from eight of the twelve Germany chapters met for a day-long workshop in Berlin. The workshop was divided into five sessions, each one focusing on a different approach to language and messaging. Together, the 33 participants unpacked words and phrases like “pro-choice,” “emotional,” and “misconduct,” before moving on to discuss the ways in which women are under attack and what we as Democrats need to focus on as we push forward.

    One participant succinctly summarized the conversation in three main points: 1) the need to create safe spaces for women and allies to hold dialogues, 2) deciding on effective political strategy, and 3) answering the question, “What do we stand for?”.

    As a group, participants recognized that Donald Trump and his administration are merely a symptom of systemic racism and misogyny. To combat the insidious cultural forces that Trump represents, Democrats must not only resist the destruction wrought by his administration, but also—and more importantly—push forward with progressive action. Participants agreed that in order to move forward successfully, we must elect more women representatives, support better voter education, and define our goals as Democrats in a clear, positive way.

    Thanks to a presentation on “women to watch,” participants were energized with a long list of trailblazing women running for office this November, and it ended with speculation on female presidential candidates for the 2020 election including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand. Currently, women comprise only 20% of Congress, and while women turn out to vote in much higher rates than men, the Center for American Women in Politics reports than only 63% of eligible women voters cast ballots in the 2016 federal election. Hopefully, women and members of other marginalized groups claiming a more proportional chunk of elected offices will encourage eligible voters of all genders to head to the polls.

    The final two sessions of the day asked participants to rethink commonly used phrases like “equal pay for equal work,” “the right to choose,” and “#MeToo” in order to rebrand our messaging. As one speaker pointed out, Republicans do a better job of marketing their messages to make emotional appeals while Democrats tend to over-rationalize. The last presentation of the day challenged participants to consider reframing our political dialogue. Democrats have fallen into the habit of allowing Republican leaders to define the discourse, creating our terminology in response to theirs rather than establishing our own, and then building a platform in opposition to Republican efforts rather than in the pursuit of Democratic ideals. In other words, we were reminded that we need to stand for something not just against something.

    After a day of re-examining and celebrating the cross-sectional connections that unite us as women, Democrats, and Americans, we continued our atmosphere of kinship with a big, family-style meal at a local Indian restaurant. Refueled and refocused, our minds are looking forward.

    The following books were recommended as essential reading for activists during the workshop:

    The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

    The Little Blue Book by George Lakoff and Elizabeth Wehling

    Your Brain’s Politics by George Lakoff and Elizabeth Wehling

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, November 07, 2018 at 08:00 PM
    The Holy Taco Shack in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

    Pub & Politics in Freiburg

    The "day after!" We are cautiously optimistic that we will have reason to celebrate, but whichever way the election goes on November 6th, there will surely be lots to talk about. Join us for a cool drink and some hot conversation!

    This is also your chance to meet other Americans in the Freiburg area. We  want to share news about upcoming DA events and hear your ideas for what other events Freiburg-Americans would like to participate in.

    Friday, November 09, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 9 rsvps
    Forum 3 in Stuttgart, Germany

    Election Re- cap and Discussion

    It has been a rough ride since November of 2016.

    And we are cautiously optimistic that this meeting will be an extremely  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!