Join us virtually for the next gathering of the the Democrats Abroad Berlin book club!
For the May book club, we will be discussing Päntdrunk (Kalsarikänni): The Finnish Path to Relaxation (Drinking at Home, Alone, in Your Underwear), by Miska Rantanen.
With this book club we aim to provide a shared reading experience and relaxed discussion space for Democrats Abroad members. Just so you know, you don’t have to have finished the book entirely to attend. Each month we have attendees who only had time to make it partway through and we welcome them! New faces are always welcome.
Päntdrunk (Kalsarikänni): The Finnish Path to Relaxation (Drinking at Home, Alone, in Your Underwear), by Miska RantanenWhen it comes to happiness rankings, Finland always scores near the top. Many Finnish phenomena set the bar high: the best education system, gender equality, a flourishing welfare state, sisu or bull-headed pluck. Behind all of these accomplishments lies a Finnish ability to stay calm, healthy and content in a riptide of endless tasks and temptations. The ability comes from the practice of "kalsarikänni" translated as päntsdrunk.
Peel off your clothes down to your underwear. Place savory or sweet snacks within reach alongside your bed or sofa. Make sure your television remote control is nearby along with any and all devices to access social media. Open your preferred alcohol. Your journey toward inner strength, higher quality of life, and peace of mind has begun.
Please RSVP in advance below so we can send you the link to join the online video call (Zoom).
Thurs, May 27th 5PM MDT / 7PM EDT
Join us for a Lively and Engaging Discussion with Q&A!
Your Zoom link will be sent a day prior to the event.
We're excited to host this timely event, bringing back our former Ambassador and friend, Mari Carmen Aponte. Ambassador Aponte participated in DA's Ambassadors for Biden and joined us for our 2020 elections event. And we look forward to welcoming award-winning journalist, Maria Emilia Martin, contributor to NPR and other news media, and based in Guatemala.
Our speaker event is centered around the DA Resolution:Central American Immigration 2021, which focuses on the Northern Triangle Countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, authored by John Chudy, Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad Guatemala. We're fortunate to have his collaboration and for having him join us personally. John will be presenting the resolution, which provides much food for thought - and discussion!
We'll get to hear from our guest speakers and will then follow up with a Q & A discussion session.
U.S. immigration policies have profound consequences for our Central American neighbors, and affect the lives of United States Citizens as well. We have always been, and will continue to be, a nation of immigrants. So please join us from wherever you are.
We look forward to seeing you there,
Alexia Chamorro, Chair; and Hudak Hendrix, Vice Chair
DA El Salvador Formation Committee
Note: We will begin the formal establishment of DA El Salvador this fall, and seek members interested in joining us on our leadership team - or volunteering in other ways. Or simply sign up to be on our Contact List for news and events announcements. Let us know how you'd like to be involved here:
We are happy to announce that Democrats Abroad Montreal will be hosting another virtual game night on May 27, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Like we did last time, we will be playing games using an online platform called Jackbox. You do not need to register or download anything in advance in order to play. Hope to see many of you on the 27th.
Join the Democrats Abroad Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus and Master Lei Maker Bill Char to discuss the significance of lei making and hula for the Native Hawaiian community.
You can learn more about Bill Char at Great Big Story. Make sure to bring your favorite grass skirt to practice some hula fundamentals!
This event starts at
7am DC (EDT) 1pm Berlin (CEST) 4:30pm Delhi (IST) 8pm Seoul (KST) 9pm Sydney (AEST)
Please RSVP now [link] for the Democrats Abroad Australia Queensland Annual General Meeting at 10AM on Saturday May 29th, at an outdoor Brisbane location to be confirmed.
At this time we would also like to invite candidate officers for the Queensland chapter who will be elected by majority vote at the AGM:
Chapter Chairperson - To serve as the Queensland representative to the Democrats Abroad Australia executive committee, and to ensure our chapter remains in compliance with the national bylaws. Other supporting roles may include:
- Chapter Vice Chairperson
- Chapter Secretary
- Chapter Treasurer
If you would like to nominate, please email your interest to
We’ll confirm the venue and final details of our AGM soon. Please save the date, Saturday 29 May, for the AGM and let us know if you are interested in serving in a leadership role!
Grab a coffee/tea and join the Germany Progressive Caucus on May 29 at 11:00 a.m. as we recap the results of the Global Annual General Meeting from a progressive perspective. At our meeting, we will do the following:
- Provide an overview of DA’s global decision-making structures
- Talk about some of the important resolutions and bylaw agreements that passed
- Cover some of the important proposals still pending a vote
- Brainstorm ways we can support progressive measures that were approved
- Discuss how to advocate for pending and future resolutions to DPCA voting reps
- Share how ProDA members can draft their own resolutions and bylaw proposals for global consideration
We aim to empower Progressive Caucus members by increasing the transparency of decision-making processes. Collectively, we can be a force of accountability and positive change in DA, but first, we must educate ourselves.
At the heart of our efforts, our mission stands: Educate, Agitate, Organize!
Focus on Chapters - May Hispanic Caucus Meeting - EMEA/Americas Friendly time May 29, 2021 16:00 CET / 10:00 AM DC TimeJoin us for the May meeting of the Hispanic Caucus at 16:00, an EMEA/Americas friendly time. This event will focus on networking and allyship between the Hispanic Caucus and Country Committees. We want to open the dialogue about how this can be a symbiotic relationship of mutual support and growth. We encourage everyone interested to join, everyone is welcome, regardless of ethnic heritage.This will also be our first run of, “Chisme Check-In” a segment where everyone is welcome to lay back and convivir with one another for the last 15 minutes of the event.We look forward to seeing you there!This event is hosted by the Global Hispanic Caucus, in partnership with DA Spain.Date: May 29, 2021 at 10:00am EST (4.00pm Berlin, 9:00am Mexico City, 11:00pm Seoul)RSVP to receive the zoom link to join the event
“State Outreach Teams” represent a new and exciting addition to DAG’s GOTV efforts. Join us and help build a global community of activists working to get out, protect and defend the vote!
No matter what shade of purple your voting state is, there are plenty of ways to get involved.
On Saturday, May 29 at 4pm, we will be following up with newly established state-specific groups and sharing tips, strategies and information on all three of our State Outreach pillars:
-Legislation: coordinate with Global efforts to track bills being introduced to state legislatures; mobilize voters at home and abroad around relevant issues.
-Ballot Protection: develop and deepen overseas voting expertise in conjunction with Vote From Abroad; build relationships with election officials and state legislatures.
-Voter Mobilization: educate and mobilize overseas voters; hold informational and community-building events; build coalitions with affinity groups on the ground.
This is the second of two State Outreach meetings. Missed the first one? You’re still welcome to attend! A recording of the previous event and supporting materials will be made available.
Please RSVP for the Zoom link below. Bring your friends, spread the word, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions!
Teresa Ritterhoff, DAG GOTV Coordinator [email protected]
Jennifer von Estorff, Texans Abroad EMEA Captain /DAG Secretary/ Vice-Chair Göttingen-Hannover [email protected]
For May's book club meeting, we will be discussing Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History by Matt Taibbi.
"The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The grifter class—made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding—has been growing in power, and the crisis was only one terrifying manifestation of how they’ve hijacked America’s political and economic life.
Matt Taibbi has combined deep sources, trailblazing reportage, and provocative analysis to create the most lucid, emotionally galvanizing account yet written of this ongoing American crisis. He offers fresh reporting on the backroom deals of the bailout; tells the story of Goldman Sachs, the “vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity”; and uncovers the hidden commodities bubble that transferred billions of dollars to Wall Street while creating food shortages around the world.
This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the labyrinthine inner workings of this country, and the profound consequences for us all." – description from Goodreads.com
All are welcome – even if you don't get a chance to read the book!
Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link.
Join us for coffee, cake, and a discussion of what elections are happening in this 'off' year and what we can do to help! We'll be meeting on Zoom here:
Meeting ID: 920 2059 7710