Heidelberg June Meeting with Guest Speaker!
Come and join us on Friday 7th June at Zum Achter for our June meeting. We have a special guest speaker, Claudia Clark, who has written a book about the special relationship between Barack Obama and Angela Merkel called My Partner, My Friend, and will talk about this topic at the meeting. Also, Nancy and Amanda will have just returned from the Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad global (DPCA) in Washington D.C. , and they will report on the happenings there, including a doorknocking campaign in Congress.
To help the restaurant get our orders together on time, we are now beginning meetings at 6:30 P.M. with our group dinner order at 7:00 P.M. Drinks will, of course, arrive earlier. If you come after 7:00, you’ll have to order separately and may have to wait longer, so please try to come before then
When: 7th June, 6:30 P.M. NEW TIME!
Where: Zum Achter, in big meeting room
Further information about public transportation and parking: Public transportation access is pretty good, Bismarckplatz is only ~5 mins by foot. Also, bus stop Bergstraße is directly in front of the building (bus line 34). If you’re driving, the parking garage Parkhaus Brückenkopf Neuenheim is adjacent to the restaurant.
18:30 Order drinks and informal talk
19:00 – 21:00 Place dinner orders and start meeting
- Report from Nancy and Amanda on the Washington D.C. Annual General Meeting
- Claudia Clark Presentation with Q & A plus discussion
Now that the weather is getting warmer, are you wondering what wine to serve? Which bottle should you open before heading out to admire the spring and summer blooms?
Sommelier Steph wants to help you know which wines to drink when the sun is shining. She'll make it easy by sharing some somm sense. You'll be the envy of all your friends with your superior knowledge!
Snacks and wine tastings included in the CHF 25 entry.
Americans: CHF 35 (CHF 10 donation to DACH included)
Non-Americans: CHF 25
A private residence in Bruderholz.
The address will be sent to you upon registration/proof of payment.
About Sommelier Steph:
After devoting 17 years to emergency and critical care veterinary nursing, Steph decided to leave medicine and turn her much loved wine hobby into a second career. She began working at a Finger Lakes winery where she immersed herself in every aspect of wine making: vineyard experience, harvest and crush, and the tasting room where she honed her skills in food and wine pairing. While working at the winery, she joined a company which provided small, semi-private, educations wine tours within the FLX region. Within this time, she also became beverage manager and wine captain of a high-end catering company, where she was able to continue her work with local winemakers in putting together tasting menus for private events.
She obtained her sommelier training through The Court of Master Sommeliers and is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers. SHe is currently a member of the sommelier team at Les Trois Rois, a 5-star hotel in Basel, where she serves as the bar sommelier and bar supervisor.
She lives in Muttenz with her husband Richard, her dog Gracie, and her super adorable kitty Ophelia.
Join us on Sunday, June 9 at 1:30 p.m. CET ( 7:30 a.m. EDT)
In June, Books Abroad will step back into a historical piece of feminism, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. First published in 1899, this novel presents the intellectual and sexual awakening of Edna Pontellier, an affluent, married white woman with two children. After years of succumbing to the limited social expectations for women, Edna expresses a profound dissatisfaction with her life and begins to defy those boundaries. Sixty years after The Awakening was published, Betty Friedan famously called the feeling Edna describes as "the problem that has no name." Despite the turn-of-the-century setting in the Louisiana coast, it doesn’t take much imagination to see the unfortunate and stark resemblances between Edna’s cultural context and that of the feminist awakenings in the 1960s and our current cultural moment. As Barbara Kingsolver writes in her review in The Guardian, “I wish I could declare The Awakening a period piece, but Chopin's social analysis still hits its mark.” Chopin’s novel asks the uncomfortable question: How does a capacious, sapient human reconcile her existence with a world that pervasively tells her: you are less. We’re still asking this question.
We invite you to join the Books Abroad international feminist reading group on Sunday, June 9 at 7:30 a.m. EDT ( 1:30 p.m. CET) for a discussion about this landmark piece of literary fiction.
Please note: This global WebEx is scheduled on Washington DC time. Make sure to check your own time zone.
Books Abroad brings readers across the globe together to discuss works of feminist literature and their relevance to current events in the United States. We meet via WebEx roughly once every three months. So far, this group has read Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Rebecca Solnit’s The Mother of All Questions, and Roxane Gay’s Not That Bad. We look forward to our upcoming discussion and welcome suggestions for future readings.
As usual, you can meet and catch up with fellow Democrats Abroad in Singapore over beer, wine, and/or margaritas at our 2nd Monday of the month Progressive Drinking event. Happy hour is from 5-7:00, so arrive on time to enjoy their deals!
Democrats Abroad Austria is honoured to welcome Dr Eric Frey (der Standard), MEP Eugen Freund (EU Parliamentarian), and Dr Raimund Löw (Falter podcast) for our next DAATalks lecture series on Thursday, June 13.
Despite the fact that a 2020 candidate is a married gay man, fifty years after Stonewall LGBTQ rights are still under threat in the Trump administration and the Supreme Court. DA Austria stands together and proud with the 2019 EuroPride events in Vienna. Don't be a bystander. We hope you will stand with us as we march for all of our right for rights.
This is the most outlandish party on the DA Austria calendar and this year Vienna is home to EuroPride, so expect a wild and wonderful day!
Come get your pride on and support the LGBT community. The Zürich festival this year is between Bellevue and the Opernhaus directly on the lake. The Saturday June 15th parade will begin at Helvetiaplatz ending near the lake. The Zürich city chapter of DA Switzerland hopes Democrats from all over Switzerland will assemble with us at 13:15 at Bäckeranlage near the restaurant. Lugano, Geneva, Basel, Bern and Lucerne: Please come march with us!
RSVP to Judy Brown email@example.com
Pride is coming to Göteborg, and Democrats Abroad is going to be there! We will have flags, banners, pins, and an all-around great time!Come join us at Göteplatsen on June 15 at 4pm as we march in the parade. Or, if you’re not feeling up to the walk, come join us at a nearby café after we’re done! We'll be meeting at Rosenkaféet in Trädgårdsföreningen, just off Avenyn behind Bältarspännarparken, where the parade ends. More details about the route to follow.
For more information about WestPride, click here.
Please join us as Democrats Abroad China’s Women’s Caucus takes over the DA China Book Club for a summer kick off event. We will explore the pages of Susan Faludi’s Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, as well as brainstorm and collaborate on solutions we can take within our community to end this backlash on women’s rights.
During this moment in our nation’s history we are witnessing unprecedented progress for women, yet at the same time a gripping backlash against that very progress. In 2018, the United States Congress welcomed in 127 amazing women, breaking a historical record. Yet even so, American women continue to face inequalities in their economic, reproductive, and social lives. Backlash was written in 1991 discussing active and passive efforts to derail progress for women in the 1980s now we jump forward into modern society where history continues to repeat itself.
By reviewing Faludi’s Backlash we can look at how this has affected the progression and unity of the nation behind the Equal Rights Amendment. Through this event we can discuss the flaws pointed out about the backlash anti-feminist movement and practical solutions we can take to address it. We hope you will join us in this eye-opening event this summer! Make sure to RSVP today!
Overview of Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
When it was first published, Backlash made headlines for puncturing such favorite media myths as the "infertility epidemic" and the "man shortage," myths that defied statistical realities. These willfully fictitious media campaigns added up to an anti-feminist backlash. Whatever progress feminism has made since then, Faludi's words still seem prophetic today. The media still loves stories about stay-at-home moms and the "dangers" of women's career ambitions; the glass ceiling is still low; women are still punished for wanting to succeed; basic reproductive rights are still hanging by a thread. The Backlash clearly exists.
With passion and precision, Faludi shows in her new preface how the creators of commercial culture distort feminist concepts to sell products while selling women downstream, how the feminist ethic of economic independence is twisted into the consumer ethic of buying power, and how the feminist quest for self-determination is warped into a self-centered quest for self-improvement. Backlash is a classic of feminism, an alarm bell for women of every generation, reminding us of the dangers that we still face.
Come meet fellow Americans at the Traveplatz playground in Friedrichshain. Bring a picnic blanket and a snack to share. Bring your own drink, or grab one at a nearby coffee shop.
Look for a Dems Abroad sign in the playground. In case of rain, look for us at Aunt Benny on the east side of the park.
Kids are welcome, as are adults without kids!
Please share this event with your American friends and acquaintances in Berlin! As always, we welcome new faces, even if you've never attended a meeting or an event before.
It's not required, but RSVP here so we have a rough idea of how many people to expect. And help us out by sharing this event on Facebook with your friends!