Vice Chair, Germany; Global Co-Chair, AAPI Caucus

Even though we live abroad, it's important that U.S. citizens make sure to use their right to vote and I enjoy helping make sure that more U.S. citizens know about this right and use it.

  • published Swag Shop and Merchandise Volunteer in Volunteer 2022-01-14 11:47:36 -0500

    Swag Shop and Merchandise Volunteer

    Volunteer to support the DA Germany Events and Fundraising Coordinator!

    Overall Responsibilities

    • Assist Events & Fundraising coordinator (EFC) with variety of tasks necessary to accomplish DAG’s fundraising goals and tasks related to Germany-wide events 
    • Minimal meetings necessary; many tasks can be completed on your own time/schedule and communication regarding tasks is easily possible via email, for example
    • May need to fill in for an occasional meeting when EFC is unavailable 

    Tasks Specific to the Swag Shop and Merchandise Volunteer

    • Assist with design and ordering of merchandise and merchandise pushes
      • Support in the creation of new merchandise designs/ideas
      • Design and prepare graphics and content for advertising merchandise
    • Oversee and upkeep Formsite and Google spreadsheets
    • Communicate and work with other merchandise volunteers to fulfill orders as necessary 
      • May require responding to emails from customers, etc.
    • Work with DA Global to fulfill global orders and merchandise campaigns

    Time commitment: 1-2 hours maximum per week (at high times)

    Interested or have questions? Contact Courtney Newman, Events and Fundraising Coordinator, [email protected]

  • published DA Germany January News in News 2022-01-05 07:29:05 -0500

    DA Germany January News

    HAPPY 2022 from Democrats Abroad Germany!

    For overseas citizens, a new calendar year means it’s time to (re-)register and request your ballot — even if you voted last time around! 

    Our suggestion? Go to RIGHT NOW and submit your Federal Post Card Application (ballot request/voter registration, if applicable). Once the form has been accepted, you will receive ballots for all primary, special, and general elections for which you are eligible this year. Come November, 34 U.S. Senate seats, all 435 U.S. Representative seats, 46 state legislatures, and 36 state governorships will be on the line! 

    Your vote counts in 2022 more than ever. Make sure you’re ready to use it! #KnowWhatToDoIn2022 

    Keep reading to find out more about how you can do the following:

    I. Join our special event to commemorate the January 6 Capitol riot

    II. Help us get out the vote in 2022

    III. Receive important updates from the DA state outreach teams

    IV. Participate in other exciting events this month  

    V. Support Democrats Abroad Germany 

    VI. Stay up to date with the latest news from DAG


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  • published Win the Day: A GOTV Competition in News 2022-01-05 07:07:52 -0500

    Win the Day: A GOTV Competition


    Join Democrats Abroad Germany as we stage a friendly competition among our 14 chapters to GET OUT THE VOTE and WIN BIG in 2022!

    The official competition begins on January 6 and you can earn points for your chapter by completing various tasks until March 3, 2022.

    We will be kicking things off on January 6 with our online BINGO game! Get the game card and instructions by RSVPing here. From January 6 until and including January 15 (Overseas Voter Registration Day), all activities are worth double the value.

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  • published Submit Amendments to the DA Germany Bylaws in News 2021-12-13 19:32:24 -0500

    Submit Amendments to the DA Germany Bylaws

    At our upcoming Annual General Meeting on the weekend of March 4-6, 2022, we will be voting on proposed amendments to the DA Germany Bylaws. If you would like to propose an amendment, please send your proposal to [email protected] by January 31, 2022 with the following information:

    • Changes you would like to make, listing Article and Section number where the changes should be applied. Please include either a direct mark-up of the text or describe your proposed change(s).
    • What is the goal of making this proposal?
    • How does this proposal achieve that goal?

    You can find a copy of the current DAG bylaws here to help you formulate proposed changes.

  • published Update on Immigrant Detention in News 2021-12-01 03:13:15 -0500

    Update on Immigrant Detention

    Immigration detention is the detention of people who are awaiting deportation and those suspected of visa violations, illegal entry, or other civil violations. The American immigration detention system is the largest in the world and has grown twenty-fold since 1979 and by 75% in the first decade of the 21st century. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) each use immigration detention facilities, while unaccompanied children are taken care of by the Office of Refugee Resettlement [1].

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  • published Germany Membership Development Coordinator in Volunteer 2021-11-28 12:28:04 -0500

    Germany Membership Development Coordinator

    An integral aspect to the success of Democrats Abroad is its members. Democrats Abroad Germany is looking for a volunteer to become its Membership Development Coordinator to help DAG maintain and grow its membership.

    The Membership Development Coordinator should focus on helping DAG learn more about its members. This includes learning about both active members and silent members, i.e., members that are interested in DA, but not actively participating. DAG wants to learn about how to handle ideological differences within the organization, and create local events that bring people together to discuss issues (ex. Socrates cafe). Many individuals join DA to find a community to discuss politics with and sometimes opportunities to do so are not readily available. Therefore, DAG would like to establish more chances for these discussions in the hopes of creating a more cohesive group (e.g. kitchen table talks).

    As part of this role, the coordinator will be responsible for:

    • Making contact with new members
    • Following up with new members who indicate that they want to volunteer
    • Finding ways and areas in which members can volunteer
    • Developing new leaders
    • Providing training for chapters to engage and develop members and volunteers
    • Creating a membership survey that asks members about what types of events and volunteer opportunities they are interested in, how they feel they can best contribute to DAG’s efforts, what motivates them to be actively involved, and why they have not gotten involved sooner
    • Attend monthly meetings of the DAG Executive Committee

    Time Commitment: 5-10 hours/week

    Interested or have questions? Contact Kenton Barnes, DAG Chair, [email protected]


  • Göttingen-Hannover Postcarding Volunteers / Coordinator

    One of the great and fun ways for reaching our members in a get-out-to-vote effort is to work on Democrats Abroad’s new postcarding campaign. The theme for this effort is called “Together We Can Defend Democracy” and we need volunteers and /or a coordinator to help us prepare for the 2022 midterm elections.

    The action started this Fall and Democrats Abroad Germany has been stockpiling these cards for a large mailing to go out early in 2022. It’s a fun activity for the evenings when your just laying back to enjoy a movie or good music. All you need are colored pencils or felt tip pens.

    If your interested in helping or being a coordinator, you can contact: Christian J. Gross, [email protected]

  • published Precinct Captains for Kassel and Magdeburg in Volunteer 2021-11-28 10:51:40 -0500

    Precinct Captains for Kassel and Magdeburg

    The Göttingen-Hannover Chapter is looking for two persons interested in becoming the Precinct Captain in the Kassel and Magdeburg area. In Magdeburg we would like to create a new precinct to help Americans living in the area build a DA community. The precinct captain is a local organizer who: 

    • helps U.S. voters mobilize for coming elections by setting up information stands and voter registration events
    • builds a community where monthly or quarterly meetings and events can be organized
    • organize events around the American holidays like the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, etc.
    • build relationships with existing members and work to attract new members
    • Your job is to bring a local face to Democrats Abroad

    As the Precinct Captain you will not be alone, but you will work together with the Chapter Chair and chapter leaders and participate in the monthly DAG Executive Committee meetings. This is your chance to get involved and help us mobilize as many Americans as we can for the coming midterm elections in 2022 and be a part of a great community of DA volunteers.

    Contact Person: Christian J. Gross, [email protected]

  • Understanding the AAPI Vote: Exploring Voter Data with Christine Chen from APIAVote

    According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the Asian population is the fastest-growing racial and ethnic group in the U.S.

    The impact of this large group was evident following the 2020 November election with much analysis pointing to the strategic and important role played by Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters. During the Georgia run-off election, both the Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff campaigns had organizers focused specifically on the AAPI vote in Georgia. Looking ahead to the 2022 midterms, it will continue to be critical to get AAPI voters to turn-out. But what do we know about this voting group? What challenges do we face and how do we help get out the vote among the AAPI community in 2022?

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  • published Caucus Crossover with the Global Black Caucus in News 2021-10-27 02:40:38 -0400

    Caucus Crossover with the Global Black Caucus

    Nov. 15th - 21st 2021 the Global Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus (AAPI) and the Global Black Caucus (GBC) are teaming up to take over each other's social media accounts to raise awareness of mutual issues.

    First thing we want people to know is that solidarity is there.

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  • published Stuttgart Postcarding Volunteers in Volunteer 2021-09-04 06:06:15 -0400

    Stuttgart Postcarding Volunteers

    We are currently looking for volunteers to work on Democrats Abroad’s new postcarding campaign with the theme "Together We Can Defend Democracy." 

    We will start stockpiling postcards for a big early 2022 mailing to all DA Germany members to motivate them to register early and be ready to be the margin of victory in the 2022 midterm elections.  

    There's some simple, fun stuff to color on both sides of our new postcard that would work with a variety of color combinations, stripes, stars, or patterns. There are three short, exact phrases to write. If you can put a 60 cent stamp on your postcards or make a contribution for postage that would be terrific, but isn't necessary if it's not possible.

    Contact Person: Sasha Arrington, [email protected]

  • published Münster-Osnabrück Caucus Liaisons in Volunteer 2021-09-04 06:02:47 -0400

    Münster-Osnabrück Caucus Liaisons

    Several caucuses exist within Democrats Abroad. The caucuses focus on particular topics and offer members the opportunity to become advocates for the interests of the particular group. There are currently 8 caucuses:

    • Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus
    • Black Caucus
    • Climate Caucus
    • LGBTQ+ Caucus
    • Hispanic Caucus
    • Progressive Caucus
    • Veterans and Military Families Caucus
    • Women’s Caucus
    • Youth Caucus

    As a liaison, you would update the chapter on events the caucus is organizing and have the ability to propose and organize events on the chapter level related to the caucus or hold discussions at our monthly meetings. 

    For more information on the individual caucuses, you can click here.

    Contact Person: Katie Bathgate, [email protected]

  • published Münster-Osnabrück Treasurer in Volunteer 2021-09-04 06:01:14 -0400

    Münster-Osnabrück Treasurer

    The treasurer needs to keep track of any donations the chapter receives, any merchandise we sell, etc. The treasurer would also coordinate expenditures/reimbursements with the national Executive Committee if we make large purchases.

    Time Commitment: 1hr / month

    Contact Person: Katie Bathgate, [email protected]

  • published Münster-Osnabrück Exploratory Committee in Volunteer 2021-09-04 05:59:59 -0400

    Münster-Osnabrück Exploratory Committee

    We’ve made it past the 2020 election, but now what? This committee will focus on finding new campaigns and races for us to get involved in and establish where we want to go and what we want to accomplish over the next two years. If you are interested in helping organize or participating, please let me know.

    Contact Person: Katie Bathgate, [email protected]

  • published Münster-Osnabrück Communications Committee in Volunteer 2021-09-04 05:59:03 -0400

    Münster-Osnabrück Communications Committee

    These positions could be held by one person or divided up into smaller, more manageable tasks. The time commitment per task would be around 1-2 hours per month.

    • Social Media Manager- The Social Media Manager would be responsible for creating event listings on our Facebook page and posting content after our meetings and events (ex. a summary of an event). 
    • Website Manager- This person would update our official page on the Democrats Abroad website with chapter events and brief descriptions of our events/chapter news (which could be based on the content from Facebook).
    • Content Creator- A content creator can, for example, write up summaries of our meetings/events, prepare the descriptions for our events, etc. to be posted on Facebook and the DA website.

    Contact Person: Katie Bathgate, [email protected]

  • published Better Together: Know What to Do in 2022 in News 2021-08-31 16:40:43 -0400

    Better Together: Know What to Do in 2022

    On Saturday, September 4, 2021, DAG will set up tables all over Germany and reach out online to let American citizens know we are here and ready to help them stay engaged with U.S. democracy.  Let’s get out there in person and on social media to find Americans to join us.

    New to Democrats Abroad? Sign up to receive a reminder postcard in January 2022! One and done – you’ll be set to receive every absentee ballot for the whole calendar year, from special elections to the all-important midterms.

    Already a member? Sign on to help with one of our ongoing initiatives, from coloring personal postcards to making phone calls, to joining in with Caucuses and State Teams. It’s all hands on deck to get out the vote for the high-stakes midterm elections! Sign on by contacting your chapter GOTV coordinator or by emailing [email protected] 

    Sign up or sign on and you qualify for our REGISTRATION PRIZE DRAW! Collect your ticket by visiting one of our tables in a city near you. Receive extra tickets and up your chances by making a donation or bringing a friend to join. 

    Democracy is not a spectator sport.

    We’re better together!

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  • Escaping Coronavirus: AAPI Caucus Speaks to Mingway Lee

    On Saturday, July 10th, the AAPI Caucus hosted Mingway Lee, an artist, who spoke about his experience during the COVID-19 crisis through a presentation of his drawings chronicling his evacuation to Travis Air Force Base, his stay under the first federally mandated quarantine in decades, and his eyewitness account of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.

    His drawings recreated a vivid image of what it was like to be in Wuhan as the COVID-19 pandemic began and how uncertain this period was for everyone. Attendees expressed their gratitude for his willingness to share his experience. We all were able to gain an understanding of what he went through and were reminded of how no one knew what was going on or what was going to happen as we entered the pandemic.

    If you missed it, you can see the recording here:

    About the Artist

    Mingway Lee is an artist living with his wife and two sons, Max and Rex, in New York City. He moved from Beijing to New York in 2012. In 2019, he graduated from Pratt Institute with an MFA degree.

    Collaborating with an established writer/director, Clayton Broomes, Jr., he is writing a memoir with more than 100 of his drawings about how he went into the coronavirus crisis in China, escaped the coronavirus from Wuhan to Travis Air Force Base, and relived the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.

  • In Conversation with Shuli de la Fuente-Lau, Founder of @AsianLitForKids

    “In some ways, our libraries or what we read hopefully reflect a world we wish we saw - maybe a world beyond what we are in right now.” - Shuli de la Fuente-Lau, founder of @AsianLitForKids.

    Shuli de la Fuente-Lau of @AsianLitForKids sat down virtually with Angela Chen from Democrats Abroad Lion City to discuss the intersection of children’s books, racial identity, and the anti-racism journey.

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  • published AAPI Caucus Hawaiian Music Playlist in News 2021-05-13 04:05:48 -0400

    AAPI Caucus Hawaiian Music Playlist

    Did you know that Hawaii has its own contemporary music scene? In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Global AAPI Caucus will be listening our way through Donna Lum’s (DA Indonesia) Hawaiian music playlist. Join us as we listen to the easiest, breeziest music all the way to the Global Meeting. Listen to the playlist on:


    You can also listen/view the playlist on Youtube

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