"Well done is better than well said" - Benjamin Franklin
June is Take-Action Month!
Chair Welcome Carl Landon Taylor
Greetings and welcome Frankfurt & Mid-Hessen Chapter!
May was exciting. Congratulations to Democrat Donna Deegan, the first female mayor in Jacksonville, Florida. A sincere thank you to the members and guests who attended our first in-person meeting in May. May was the month of intention, now June is the month of strategic planning for July and taking action. When was the last time you did something for the first time?
GET OUT THE VOTE TABLE EVENT
JUNE 17, 12:00-16:00
Info stand location Frankfurt city center, across from Galleria Kaufhof
We need 2 members every hour. If you have never done it before, give it a try. It is fun!
Contact Carl to indicate your availability: frankfurt@
SIGN UP FOR THE CSD PRIDE EVENT IN FRANKFURT
Available Volunteer Shifts July 13 20:00-22:00: Tent Set Up July 14 14:00-15:00: Table Decoration set up 15:00-20:00: GOTV Tabling July 15 11:00: Parade start time at Konstablerwache 13:00-20:00: GOTV Tabling July 16 13:00-20:00: GOTV Tabling 21:00-22:00: Tent Breakdown We need at least 2 members for every shift.
If you have never done it before, give it a try. It is fun!
Contact Carl to indicate your availability: frankfurt@
FRANKFURT JUNE CHAPTER MEETING
JUNE 22, 19:00-20:30
Special Guest: Kaitlyn Kennedy, Progressive Caucus
19:15-19:35 Training with Kate Sawyer Registering People to Vote 19:35-20:00 July 4th Preparations
Meeting ID: 948 3399 4504
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July 8, 12:00-21:00
Meet Germany’s Vice Chair Emily Lines
Emily is an Indiana voter and Berlin resident who has been actively involved in Democrats Abroad since 2016 dynamically serving as Germany’s Vice Chair for the past two years. If you have a question about anything, ask Emily! She will be visiting the Frankfurt Chapter’s July 4th Barbecue celebration.
Emily, What is unity to you and what is the best way to achieve it?
“Unity to me is coming together and working toward a common goal. In Democrats Abroad, we are united in our effort to get out the vote and to elect Democrats into office that will defend democracy and preserve human rights.”The best way to achieve unity is to create a welcoming environment that people want to be a part of and contribute to. Kenton and I try to lead by example and make Democrats Abroad Germany a welcoming space for all members in an effort to be unified in our work to get out the vote.”
If knowledge is power, what knowledge do we need to have power in 2024? What kind of attitude?
“We need to be aware that we will have to work even harder to make sure we have a high voter turnout in 2024. All of our members should learn how to help other U.S. citizens request their ballots. This will better equip us as a group to reach more people, both among closer social circles and at larger tabling events. It won't be an easy task, but as long as people are motivated and have a positive and encouraging attitude towards getting out the vote, we can be successful.”
So come on out and meet Emily. It is a great opportunity to get to know DAG better. You will go away empowered and inspired!
May Meeting Minutes
Hashing over hash browns: Frankfurt chapter meets over breakfast in May
More than 20 people took part in the first in-person meeting since the pandemic, held on May 20 at the Frankfurt weekend restaurant Mona’s American-Style Breakfast. Some members brought their families with them and at least one new chapter member attended his first meeting that Saturday morning. Read more …
May Minutes by Heidi Roecke
A picture is worth a thousand words!
MEET CHAPTER MEMBER
“The social system is not an unchangeable order beyond human control but a pattern of human action.” - John Rawls, A Theory of Justice
Here I am sitting and laughing with Jennifer von Estorff at the recent Germany-wide Democrats Abroad annual meeting. I love this photo because it captures how much fun and how meaningful it is to be inspired by those around you. I’ve been involved with Democrats Abroad for over five years.
First, I worked with Barb Chap helping to breathe life into the Frankfurt chapter. I then served as Frankfurt Chapter Chair for two years. My most significant time investment, however, has involved voter protection work at the global level. I am a lawyer, and my legal skills have been put to good use assisting overseas voters who – for a variety of reasons – are being denied their right to vote. My work involves significant interaction with local and state election officials. I love helping fellow citizens who care so much about making their vote count, and I love working with people who don’t just have opinions, but act on their opinions.
FOOD FOR ACTION
May 17 was a historic day in the U.S. reparations movement! Congresswoman Cori Bush introduced a groundbreaking new House resolution. The DA Reparations Task Force was one of the groups involved in stakeholder meetings with her office leading up to the rollout. The RTF has released a statement about this exciting news, now available on the DA website. Please check it out and help us spread the word by sharing it on your DA and personal social media accounts. Read more here.
We hope to see you at an upcoming event and that you'll support us by volunteering at our various get out the vote (GOTV) tables.
Carl, Chapter Chair
Malaika, Vice Chair