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  • Election Predictions and Insights from John McQueen!

     

    Please join us on the pre-election eve — November 1st, 2020 — for John McQueen's well-researched election predictions, and analysis. Leading up to this will be speakers on the issues near and dear to Democrats Abroad, and how they are relevant in this election: Women's issues (Nicole Colaianni), Black Lives Matter (Robert Scott), LGBTQ (Daniel Hoever-Eckhardt), Science (Rebecca Alvarado), Voter Suppression (Patrick Mears). Niki Vonderwell will be reporting live from the ground in Ohio, where she’s helping at one of the polling centers. At the end, John will use an interactive map to show how he predicts it will go on election day, including some important state races. Moderator will be Nancy Schimkat, and our tech team is Joe Butler and Matthias Luft.

    We are broadcasting this via Zoom from the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. Please RSVP to get the Zoom link.

    WHEN
    November 01, 2020 at 5pm
    WHERE
    Zoom Online
    Heidelberg, BW
    Germany
    Google map and directions
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  • PROMOTIONAL 20% OFF DHL BALLOT RETURN RATE!

    Attention all US voters in Austria! 

    PROMOTIONAL 20% OFF DHL BALLOT RETURN RATE!

    For those of you who have not yet voted, Metropole English language magazine and Democrats Abroad Austria are happy to announce a reduced rate for ballot returns with DHL!

    You can now return your ballot with DHL for a flat rate of EUR 24,77 when dropped off at a DHL Servicepoint. Promo code: USA20

    Via online order, your ballot can also be picked up by DHL for a flat rate of EUR 39,83 (including pick up). Promo code: USACLICK20

    Please note: your ballots will be delivered between 1 to 5 days after handover to DHL Express.

     


  • published In October — in News 2020-10-06 08:24:33 -0400

    In October —

    In this Issue –

    Events:

    • Young Dems Pub Night
    • Presidential Progressive Pizza
    • Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party
    • Innsbruck Afterwork Meet-Up
    • Last Call! Voter Help Table
    • Presidential Debate Watch Party (TBD)
    • Presidential Debate Watch Party (TBD)
    • Solidarity Sundays #37

    Issues & Actions:

    • Gearing up for 2020: Voting & Returning Your Ballot — FAQ's
      • Get In-Person Voting Help
      • Get Online Voting Help
      • Should I Submit a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot?
      • How Should I Return My Ballot?
      • Help! Am I Being Disenfranchised?

    Reviews:

    • Candlelight Vigil for Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    • Solidarity Sundays #36:  Dismantling Structural Racism Workshop

    Member's Corner:

    • Step Up for Democracy
    • Lockdown: Vienna Nights in the time of Corona
    • Opinion: Setting the Stage to Steal the 2020 Elections.

     

    Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held online on: Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at 7 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Jennifer at chair@democratsabroad.at to join

    DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date in order to avoid the flood of emails that occurs in an election year. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

     

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    EVENTS:

    Presidential Progressive Pizza — Let's Save the Planet!

    October 6, 7:00 PM – Online

    Young Dems Pub Night

    October 6, 7:30 PM — In person

    Last Call! Voter Registration & Ballot Help

    October 12, 5:00 PM — In person

     

    Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party

    October 8, 7:00 PM — Online

    Innsbruck Afterwork Meet Up

    October 9, 6:00 PM — In person

    Presidential Debate Watch Party

    October 16, 7:00 PM — Online

     

     

    Presidential Debate Watch Party

    October 23, 7:00 PM — Online

     

    Solidarity Sundays #37: Can We Trust the Polls?

    October 25, 4:00 PM — Online

     


    ISSUES & ACTIONS:

    Gearing up for 2020

    This is the spot where we answer your frequently asked questions and make sure you, your family, friends, and colleagues have the voter information you need to be an enfranchised voter and make your vote count. Please share!

     

    Americans living overseas must request their ballot in every calendar year they want to vote — yes, even if it’s normally sent to you automatically. Go to Vote From Abroad and request your ballot to be sent to you by email! Don’t procrastinate — you should have received your ballot by email on September 19. The time to request is now! 

    When you receive your ballot be sure to immediately vote it and return it by the fastest method your state allows — help election officials at home by getting your ballot in early and flattening the curve. 

     

     

    Where can I get in-person help?

    Come to our LAST Voter Help Table in Vienna! 

    We’ve been helping Americans to register to vote, request their ballot, fax their ballot back, and fill out their Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot at farmers markets and other venues during the summer and fall. OUR LAST IN-PERSON VOTER HELP TABLE IS OCTOBER 12!  Please be sure to stop by and say hello to our fantastic volunteers and make sure you are ready for November’s election. Bring a friend! 

     

    Where can I get online help?

    Most days of the week, volunteers at the Global Voter Help Desk are ready to answer your questions in a one-on-one session. Just go to democratsabroad.org/global_voter_assistance.

     

    Should I submit a Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot (FWAB)?

    If you haven't received your ballot yet, you should send a back-up emergency ballot (FWAB) immediately! You must return you're ballot the same way you would your official ballot. 

    This year, like no other, the fate of your ballot depends on which state you vote in. Currently* AR, CT, GA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT**, WI, will only allow voters to return their ballot by postal mail/courier. All US Citizens who vote in one of these states should immediately fill out and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB). It’s not the year to put your ballot in jeopardy! 

    Even if you sent in a FWAB you can still send the regular ballot if and when you receive it. “If they both arrive before the deadline — which for most states is Election Day — the election office will count only the official ballot, so there’s no need to worry your vote will be double-counted or disqualified.” (Are You an American Voting From Abroad? Here’s How to Do It, NYT August 28, 2020). After you send in your ballot, you can check if it was received by your election office.

    Get more information on how to submit your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot.

    * Please check the State Voting Guide at votefromabroad.org for up to date information for your state.

    ** Voters in Vermont need to check with their local election official.

     

    Where’s my ballot?   

    You should have received your ballot in your inbox on or before September 19 (check your spam folder).

    If you didn’t request to receive your ballot by email, you can still do so. Just resubmit your FPCA form or go online to your state’s voter status website — google “Am I registered” and your state. Some states ask for an ID or a driver’s license with the online form. In this case contact your local election official directly. You can find yours under “Find your election office” at votefromabroad.org.

     

    How should I return my ballot?

    You should return your ballot as soon as you receive it in the fastest way which your state allows. 

    If you can return your ballot by email, online, or by fax, use this method! 

    • States that accept email and online ballot returns are: AL, AZ, CO, DC, DE, HI, IA, IN, KS, MA, ME, MS, MT, MO, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, RI, OR, SC, UT, *VT, WA, WV
    • States that accept ballot returns by FAX are: AK, CA, FL, LA, OK. Most Austrian post offices have a Fax machine. Or, read the instructions on how to do it without a fax machine. With both methods, make sure the pages you are sending are reduced 94% in order to fit the shorter US paper size.

    States that only accept postal mail ballot returns (be sure to also immediately send an FWAB) are: AR, CT, GA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, *VT, WI

    If you can only return your ballot by postal mail you have a couple of different options:

    1. Courier Service: The "mail only" ballot return states have confirmed to Democrats Abroad, in writing, that they will accept overseas ballots that are sent in by courier (Fedex, DHL, etc). All of the states indicated that a date stamp isn't needed if the Ballot/FWAB arrives by close of polls on Election Day, November 3.  A date stamp is only necessary in those states that have a "postmarked by election day" deadline and accept ballots that are received in a specific period after Election Day. If a ballot for one of those states is received after Election Day, then there must be something to prove it was placed in the mail by Election Day. The states that require a date stamp for ballots that arrive after Election Day are: GA, IL, KY, MD, NJ, NY, PA, TX, and VA.
    2. Diplomatic Pouch: You may drop off your ballot in person at U.S. Consulate Vienna at Parkring 12A (Marriott Hotel building), weekdays from 08:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Ballots sent by Diplomatic Pouch must be placed in a postage-paid envelope for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities once received by the U.S. sorting facility. It can take up to three weeks for mail sent by Diplomatic Pouch to reach your local election office. Therefore, U.S. Consulate Vienna will accept ballots until October 7.
    3. Priority mail with the Austrian Post: The Austrian post office updates its International postal service on a daily basis which means it could currently be unreliable. You can check the current status here. Use the envelope template provided with your ballot, but be sure to add postage where it says “no postage required.” Expect up to a 4 week delivery time. NOTE: In order that the envelope is not returned to you by the Austrian post, put an X in ballpoint pen across the return address in such a way that it is still legible to the local election official in the US.

     

    Help! Am I being disenfranchised?

    If you have not received your ballot and have perhaps been stonewalled by your local election office, it's a good idea to go to the voter protection expert group in Democrats Abroad. Please contact them at voterprotection@democratsabroad.org with an explanation of the issue and supporting documentation and communications you've had with your LEO. Please contact me at chair@democratsabraod.at if you're unsure. 

     

     


    REVIEWS:

     

    Candlelight Vigil for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Hours after Austria awoke to the news of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, sixty Americans gathered before the U.S. Embassy in Vienna. A fierce wind made it hard to keep candles alight, and mask-wearing mourners observed social distance. Mourners for the liberal Supreme Court Justice and feminist lodestar greeted one another with expressions of grief.

    The devastation was amplified because America is in the middle of an election. Early voting is underway in some places – it began the day Ginsburg passed – making November 3 the end of the election. As the vigil started, President Trump announced he would nominate a conservative to succeed her. His rush to fill the seat will have profound consequences. The Supreme Court has operated as a 5-4 conservative majority for over a decade; now the bare majority will be a super majority.

    Democrats Abroad Austria Chair, Jennifer Stepper-Rakow, spoke of Ginsburg’s career and what the Justice meant to Democrats. She did not get far before people cut in — can I still register to vote? How do I send my ballot home if the post service isn’t reliable? Does the consulate take ballots? I haven’t gotten my ballot, when can I expect it? In an instant, the vigil for the equal rights champion became a political organizing event.

    DA Austria’s Chair, Juan Cerda, gave an impassioned speech asking mourners to “text five friends — now — be sure they’re voting and know how.“ We’re in the middle of a pandemic, a presidential election and a supreme court fight, he reminded the gathering. “Everything is on the line”.

    And then a clear voice broke through. Raina Saul-Ganev began “Amazing Grace.” The crowd slowly joined in, and the organizing rally became a vigil once again. As the last note hung in the air, a nearby church rang its bells. 

     

    Solidarity Sundays #36:  Dismantling Structural Racism Workshop

    “I can‘t tell you what your work is in this movement, but I … know that determining our roles and opportunities is something that needs to happen in conversation and community with others.“

    Sherri Spelic, Vienna-based author and educator, introduced Solidarity Sundays to a method of approaching systemic racism and how we live it:  intimate and reflective conversation.  

    Discussing emotional issues is never easy. Discussing racism is particularly tricky. Speaking honestly makes us apprehensive, uncomfortable, and anxious. Let‘s face it, no one wants to be wrong. Ms. Spelic made talking easier by posing questions, then stepping back. In small break-out groups, people jumped into animated, personal, and meaningful conversations on racism.

    The news is filled with information to process:  police brutality and Covid’s disproportionate impact on communities of Colour among the most important. With so much to fix, where to begin? Ms. Spelic‘s observation:  admitting our own feelings on racism is a potent starting point. Working from self-knowledge, she offered, creates openings to think, to listen and to be a part of anti-racist solutions.

    Solidarity Sundays recognizes that in order to foster an equitable and inclusive community, it is necessary to have uncomfortable conversations on topics like race. We are grateful for Sherri Spelic‘s help in facilitating these valuable discussions.

    Sherri Spelic shared this powerful poem by Clint Smith III. We think you might want to hear him tell it:  [“How to raise a black son in America”] (https://youtu.be/boGt69rR7X8)

     


    MEMBER'S CORNER

    Step Up for Democracy

    Our DA Austria Communications Chair Sophie just released an app that allows you to fundraise and exercise in one! Using the new app Step Up for Democracy you can raise money for democratic causes each time you hit your daily step goal! Available for iOS on the Apple App Store.

    – Sophie Spiegelberger 

     

    Lockdown: Vienna Nights in the Time of Corona

    Dear all, I'm producing a coffee table book of the photographs I took in Vienna at night during LOCKDOWN, and I am hosting a crowdfunding site with REWARDS for contributions. You can view the site at  wemakeit.com and search Danny LoCascio. 

    Or click this link LOCKDOWN: Vienna Nights in the time of Corona  

    – Danny LoCasio

     

    Opinion

    Voters beware – Trump and the Republican Party have been setting the stage to steal the 2020 elections.

    If you are hard pressed to believe that the 2020 elections cannot be stolen, keep in mind that Trump wants to stay in power to avoid criminal charges for many of his transgressions for which there is ample public evidence. For that purpose, I would like to invite you to think about the following:

    Since the impeachment, Trump and the Republicans have been working to find all kinds of ways to swing the population’s feelings to get behind Trump, painting him as a ‘victim of false accusations’ by the Democrats and the media. Trump himself has constantly used the term ‘witch hunt’ when evidence of his multidimensional violation of laws, ethics, facts, etc. surface and it is made public.  The Republican Senate violated every element of honesty, decency, and their elected responsibilities by their actions when the articles of impeachment reached them widely demonstrated by Republican House and Senate elected officials. Trump knows he has to stay in office for another 4 years to avoid criminal charges.

    — Patricia Godoy-Kain

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    Thanks for reading the October newsletter! 


  • Opinion: Setting the Stage to Steal the 2020 Elections

    By Patricia Godoy-Kain

    If you are hard pressed to believe that the 2020 elections cannot be stolen, keep in mind that Trump wants to stay in power to avoid criminal charges for many of his transgressions for which there is ample public evidence. For that purpose, I would like to invite you to think about the following:

    Since the impeachment, Trump and the Republicans have been working to find all kinds of ways to swing the population’s feelings to get behind Trump, painting him as a ‘victim of false accusations’ by the Democrats and the media. Trump himself has constantly used the term ‘witch hunt’ when evidence of his multidimensional violation of laws, ethics, facts, etc. surface and it is made public.  The Republican Senate violated every element of honesty, decency, and their elected responsibilities by their actions when the articles of impeachment reached them widely demonstrated by Republican House and Senate elected officials. Trump knows he has to stay in office for another 4 years to avoid criminal charges.

     

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  • Solidarity Sundays #37: Can We Trust the Polls?

    Nearly every major polling outfit miscalled the 2016 Presidential race. Most did better at predicting the 2018 midterms. Still, a majority of Americans don't trust polls. This Solidarity Sundays webinar looks at how polling works, how accurate polls really are, and biases and errors in surveying public opinion. Are political polls worse than they used to be? Can we trust them today?

    We'll hear your opinions of the 2020 polls. Which are reasonable, and why? Or don't you trust any? RSVP for link.

     

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    WHEN
    October 25, 2020 at 4pm
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    Online
    Vienna 1070
    Austria
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  • How To Fax Your Ballot Back Without A Fax Machine

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    Thanks to DA Germany for putting together this information! 
     
    Some states require that ballots must be returned by regular mail or fax. If you do not have access to a fax machine, you can use the DoD FAX SERVICE.
     
    • What is the DoD Fax Service? 
    If you need to send your election materials to your election official by fax but do not have access to a fax machine you can email them to fax@fvap.gov and FVAP will fax your election materials for you. This service is fax only. If your State accepts your election materials by email, you should email them directly to your election official. FVAP will not transmit email to email transactions.
    • Does it matter what size paper I use?
      No. Any paper size is acceptable as long the information is legible. 
      Correction: Yes, create US letter-sized PDFs to ensure the ballot information all fits on the fax sheet print out.
    • You will need to print and fill out this Voter Transmission Cover Sheet-In Bound From Voters. Voters should use this fax transmission cover sheet as a cover sheet when faxing or emailing election materials back to their local election office.
     
    If your forms can be emailed, DO NOT USE FAX@FVAP.GOV. Email them directly to your election official. Email addresses for your election official can be found at FVAP.gov.

  • published In September — in News 2020-09-06 08:45:30 -0400

    In September —

    Democrats Abroad Austria in September 

     

    In this Issue –

    Events:

    • Vote Across Austria: Bludenz, Bregenz, Dornbirn, Feldkirch, Graz, Linz, Salzburg, & Vienna!
    • Drag Queen Bingo — The Sequel
    • Young Dems Pub Night
    • Fax you Ballot Back
    • Solidarity Sundays #36
    • Democrats Abroad Welcomes Malcolm Nance
    • Democrats Abroad Welcomes London Breed

    Issues & Actions:

    • Gearing up for 2020: Voting & Returning Your Ballot — FAQ's
      • Get In-Person Voting Help
      • Get Online Voting Help
      • Should I Submit a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot?
      • Should I use the Diplomatic Pouch?
    • Help Make Trump a One Term President

    Reviews:

    • 4th of July in the Park – Vienna & Graz
    • Recap of the Democratic National Convention

    Member's Corner:

    • Metropole Business Subscription
    • From Vienna to the USA with Steven Scheschareg
    • Liebe Ohne Grenzen – Ehe Ohne Grenzen

     

    Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held on: Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 7 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Jennifer at chair@democratsabroad.at to join

    DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date in order to avoid the flood of emails that occurs in an election year. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

     

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    EVENTS:

    Bludenz — Voter Registration Help

    September 5, 10:00 AM 

    Feldkirch — Voter Registration Help

    September 5, 9:00 AM 

    Vienna — Voter Registration Help

    September 5, 5:00 PM 

     

    Drag Queen Bingo Fundraiser — The Sequel!

    September 5, 8:00 PM 

    Young Dems Pub Night

    September 8, 7:30 PM

    Linz — Voter Registration Help

    September 10, 3:00 PM

    Linz — Voter Registration Help

    September 10, 6:00 PM

    Graz — Voter Registration Help

    September 11, 5:00 PM


    Salzburg — Voter Registration Help

    September 11, 2:00 PM

    Vienna — Voter Registration Help

    September 12, 12:00 PM


    Dornbirn — Voter Registration Help

    September 12, 9:00 AM

    Vienna — Voter Registration Help

    September 18, 5:00 PM

    Bregenz — Voter Registration Help

    September 19, 9:00 AM

     

    Fax Your Ballot Back — Together!

    September 21, 5:00 PM

     

    Dialing For Democracy — Call-a-thon

    September 22-24, all day

     

    Solidarity Sundays #36: Dismantling Structural Racism Workshop

    Sunday, September 27, 4 PM

    Democrats Abroad Welcomes Malcom Nance

    September 10, 3:00 PM (CET)

    Democrats Abroad Welcomes Mayor London Breed

    September 24, 8:00 PM (CET)

     


    ISSUES & ACTIONS:

    Gearing up for 2020

    This is the spot where we answer your frequently asked questions and make sure you, your family, friends, and colleagues have the voter information you need to be an enfranchised voter and make your vote count. Please share!

     

     

    Americans living overseas must request their ballot in every calendar year they want to vote — yes, even if it’s normally sent to you automatically. Go to Vote From Abroad and request your ballot to be sent to you by email! Don’t procrastinate — blank ballots will be sent September 19. The time to request is now! 

    When you receive your ballot by email on or before September 19, be sure to immediately vote it and return it by the fastest method your state allows — help election officials at home by getting your ballot in early and flattening the curve. 

    Why Use the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA)?

    1. All states will send you your blank ballot by email on or before September 19, if you requested one. Not sure? Check with your local election official or re-submit an FPCA form and request to receive your ballot by email
    2. Some states give more time to return a ballot
    3. An up-to-date FPCA form could protect your ballot in case of a recount
    4. You may have the option to return your ballot electronically (fax, email, web portal)
    5. You may use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if your ballot doesn’t arrive on time — you can only use an FWAB if you have sent in the FPCA!
    6. You’ll receive ballots for all the elections in which you are eligible to vote for the calendar year, including run-offs and special elections

     

    Why use Vote from Abroad (VFA) vs other FPCA-generating websites like FVAP or Overseas Vote Foundation? 

    1. Vote from Abroad has a photo signature option that allows voters from most states (excluding CA and NY) to sign their completed FPCA and email it directly without needing to print, sign, and scan it
    2. VFA has an online help desk to answer individual voter questions
    3. VFA has volunteers who contact states to ensure that voting information is correct and up to date in the State Voting Guide
    4. VFA has the option to receive non-partisan voting reminders tailored to your state

     

    Where can I get in-person help?

    Come to one of our Voter Registration Help Tables in Graz, Innsbruck, Linz, Salzburg, Vorarlberg & Vienna*! 

    We’ve been helping Americans to register to vote, request their ballot, and fill out their Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot at various farmers' markets and other venues during the summer and we’ll continue over the next couple of months. Please be sure to stop by and say hello to our fantastic volunteers and make sure you are ready for November’s election. Bring a friend! 

    For voters who need to return their ballot by fax, we’ll help you on September 21st.

    *Help tables in Vienna have a printer, envelopes, and stamps available. 

     

    Where can I get online help?

    Every Sunday, volunteers at the Global Voter Help Desk are ready to answer your questions in a one-on-one session. Just go to democratsabroad.org/global_voter_assistance.

     

    Should I submit a Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot (FWAB)?

    This year, like no other, the fate of your ballot depends on which state you vote in. Currently* AR, CT, GA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT**, WI, will only allow voters to return their ballot by postal mail. All US Citizens who vote in one of these states should immediately fill out and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB). It’s not the year to put your ballot in jeopardy! 

    Even if you sent in a FWAB you can still send the regular ballot if and when you receive it. “If they both arrive before the deadline — which for most states is Election Day — the election office will count only the official ballot, so there’s no need to worry your vote will be double-counted or disqualified.” (Are You an American Voting From Abroad? Here’s How to Do It, NYT August 28, 2020). After you send in your ballot, you can check if it was received by your election office.

    Get more information on how to submit your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot.

    * States are constantly realising that postal-only ballot return will disenfranchise tens of thousands of overseas voters and are updating the regulations daily. Please check the State Voting Guide at votefromabroad.org for up to date information for your state.

    ** Voters in Vermont need to check with their local election official.

    Where’s my ballot?   

    Your ballot should be in your inbox on or before September 19 (check your spam folder).

    If you didn’t request to receive your ballot by email, you can still do so. Just resubmit your FPCA form or go online to your state’s voter status website — google “Am I registered” and your state. Some states ask for an ID or a driver’s license with the online form. In this case contact your local election official directly. You can find yours under “Find your election office” at votefromabroad.org.

     

    How should I return my ballot?

    You should return your ballot as soon as you receive it in the fastest way which your state allows. 

    If you can return your ballot by email, online, or by fax, use this method! 

    • States that accept email and online ballot returns are: AL, AZ, CO, DC, DE, HI, IA, IN, KS, MA, ME, MS, MT, MO, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, RI, OR, SC, UT, *VT, WA, WV
    • States that accept ballot returns by FAX are: AK, CA, FL, LA, OK

    States that only accept postal mail ballot returns (be sure to also immediately send an FWAB) are: AR, CT, GA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, *VT, WI

    If you can only return your ballot by postal mail you have a couple of different options:

    • Priority mail with the Austrian Post: As of August 29, the Austrian post office is accepting “Brief Priority”, but is not accepting “Paket Light International” to the US. Use the envelope template provided with your ballot, but be sure to add postage where it says “no postage required.” Expect a two week delivery time. 

    NOTE: The Austrian postal machines cannot read the envelope template when the return address is in the upper left-hand corner. To avoid this problem, put an X in ballpoint pen across the return address in such a way that it is still legible to the local election official in the US.

    • Courier Service: As of August 29, the "mail only" ballot return states have confirmed to Democrats Abroad, in writing, that they will accept overseas ballots that are sent in by courier (Fedex, DHL, etc). All of the states indicated that a date stamp isn't needed if the Ballot/FWAB arrives by close of polls on Election Day, November 3.

    A date stamp is only necessary in those states that have a "postmarked by election day" deadline and accept ballots that are received in a specific period after Election Day. If a ballot for one of those states is received after Election Day, then there must be something to prove it was placed in the mail by Election Day. The states that require a date stamp for ballots that arrive after Election Day are: GA, IL, KY, MD, NJ, NY, PA, TX, and VA.

    • Diplomatic Pouch: You may drop off your ballot in person at U.S. Consulate Vienna at Parkring 12A (Marriott Hotel building), weekdays from 08:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Ballots sent by Diplomatic Pouch must be placed in a postage-paid envelope for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities once received by the U.S. sorting facility. It can take up to three weeks for mail sent by Diplomatic Pouch to reach your local election office. Therefore, U.S. Consulate Vienna will not accept any ballots after October 2

    Remember, although the diplomatic pouch is free it is also VERY slow. Once your ballot reaches Dulles Airport in DC it then goes into the normal US Postal Service which is currently having huge delays.

     

    Make Trump a One Term President!

    Let us know if you can help us for a few hours at a voter registration table by sending me an email at chair@democratsabroad.at. I’ll send you a link and the voter access code to our online sign-up sheet. Or, make a donation of any size and help us pay for social media advertising and postcards to get out the vote amongst swing state voters and other Americans living in Austria who are not (yet) members of Democrats Abroad Austria. Please remember, because of Federal Election laws, DA Austria can only accept donations from US citizens.

     


    REVIEWS:

     

    July 4 Events in Graz and Vienna

    DA Austria members celebrated Independence Day at outdoor tables at the Schankwirtschaft in the Augarten in Vienna’s 2nd district and with a picnic in the park in Graz. 

    There were about sixty attendees in Vienna. Members and guests enjoyed seeing each other in person, discussing the upcoming elections, and spending a nice afternoon together. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the raffle — your donations will go directly towards our get out the vote efforts!

     


    Recap of the Democratic National Convention 

    By: Juan Cerda, Joe Biden Delegate for EMEA region

    The 2020 Democratic National Convention concluded on August 21st, 2020, for a complete virtual online experience with the nomination of Joe Biden for President and Kamala Harris for Vice-President. 

     Due to the coronavirus pandemic that continues to wreak havoc in the US, the convention played out unlike any before in that it was entirely virtual. Most speakers' remarks were pre-recorded, and none of the usual crowds, balloons, and fanfare that were standard in previous conventions were to be seen.  

    Although I would’ve loved to have been in person on the DNC convention floor to witness everything firsthand, it was still a great experience. The DNC was a huge success to pull off in such trying and uncertain times. The powerful speeches showcased the vast coalition of progressive, moderate and conservative voices supporting Joe Biden as our next President of the United States.

    In case you missed it, here are the video highlights:

    READ MORE

     


    MEMBER'S CORNER

    The Benefits of DA Membership

    DA Austria members can take part in a special offer for access to Metropole magazine’s print, online, and Metropole Salon invitations with a €30 donation to DAA for a one-year subscription. Send me an email at chair@democratsabroad.at if you want to take part. I’ll contact you to make your donation when we have four other members who want to take advantage of this great deal! 

     

    From Vienna to the USA with Steven Scheschareg

    DA Austria member and Viennese Austro-American Baritone Steven Scheschareg enjoys a career bridging two worlds. Born to Austrian immigrants in NYC, he presents a program of operetta melodies by composers who were exiled from Austria and moved to the US. The program "From Vienna to the USA" presents songs, arias and Lieder by Viennese composers Korngold, Kalman, Zemlinsky, Jurmann, Leopoldi, Stolz, Spielmann and many others who all came to America. It attempts to answer the questions: what did these composers do and create in the US? Were they successful? Were they homesick? And how did they ever learn English? RSVP at steven@scheschareg.com

     

    Liebe Ohne Grenzen – Ehe Ohne Grenzen 

    Rarely has LOVE WITHOUT BORDERS received so much attention: The media reports about love in times of COVID-19 and the hurdles of seemingly insurmountable national borders which often separate families and deprive children of one parent.

    — Michael Wagner

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    Thanks for reading DA Austria’s September newsletter! 


  • Recap of the Democratic National Convention

    By: Juan Cerda, Joe Biden Delegate for EMEA region

    The 2020 Democratic National Convention concluded on August 21st, 2020, for a complete virtual online experience with the nomination of Joe Biden for President and Kamala Harris for Vice-President. 

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic that continues to wreak havoc in the US, the convention played out unlike any before in that it was entirely virtual. Most speakers' remarks were pre-recorded, and none of the usual crowds, balloons, and fanfare that were standard in previous conventions were to be seen.  

    Although I would’ve loved to have been in person on the DNC convention floor to witness everything firsthand, it was still a great experience. The DNC was a huge success to pull off in such trying and uncertain times. The powerful speeches showcased the vast coalition of progressive, moderate and conservative voices supporting Joe Biden as our next President of the United States.

    In case you missed it, here are the video highlights:

    Senator Bernie Sanders

    Senator Bernie Sanders delivers a powerful speech in complete support of electing Joe Biden as our next President:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG1vQnUrfvo&list=PLWeT4k_U2PJDVjxR2x-jwiMb61Hb-FA92&index=2

     

    First Lady Michelle Obama

    Not to be missed is the keynote speech of our First Lady, Michelle Obama. A profound address that transcends and touches at so many levels. "Going high means standing fierce against hatred while remembering that we are one nation under God, and if we want to survive, we've got to find a way to live together and work together across our differences."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czn0nxFNy0Q&list=PLWeT4k_U2PJDVjxR2x-jwiMb61Hb-FA92&index=4

     

    Democrats Abroad Roll Call Video

    The roll call video watched around the world., Oour very own Global Chair, Julia Bryan, spoke on behalf of Democrats Abroad and the vital message of voting from abroad.  

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7F3ZLTG8Kk&list=PLWeT4k_U2PJDVjxR2x-jwiMb61Hb-FA92&index=5

     

    Senator Elizabeth Warren

    A compelling speech by Senator Warren addressing the issue of providing adequate childcare for working families.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71ZYxpmSyls&list=PLWeT4k_U2PJDVjxR2x-jwiMb61Hb-FA92&index=6

     

    Senator Kamala Harris

    Senator Harris’s acceptance speech as the first black and Indian woman to have been nominated for vice president by a major party.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JijFLcbIqMs&list=PLWeT4k_U2PJDVjxR2x-jwiMb61Hb-FA92&index=7

     

    The 13-year old that overcame stuttering with the help of Joe Biden

    A 13-year old that was befriended by Vice-President Joe Biden overcame stuttering. It is a powerful and heartfelt speech given by a brave young boy. It shows the empathy and caring nature of Joe Biden, who also had to overcome stuttering at a young age.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbDanLDO_rc&list=PLWeT4k_U2PJDVjxR2x-jwiMb61Hb-FA92&index=8

     

    Joe Biden's Home-Run Acceptance Speech!

    Vice-President Biden rises to this moment, an empathic and caring leader for all Americans.  

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ3Ssxe8vsw&list=PLWeT4k_U2PJDVjxR2x-jwiMb61Hb-FA92&index=9




  • Liebe Ohne Grenzen – Ehe Ohne Grenzen

    Rarely has LOVE WITHOUT BORDERS received so much attention: The media reports about love in times of COVID-19 and the hurdles of seemingly insurmountable national borders which often separate families and deprive children of one parent.

    "EHE OHNE OHNE GRENZEN" ("Marriage without Borders") has been supporting binational couples and families experiencing similar difficulties since 2006. But what distinguishes these couples from conventional families? Their different nationalities.

    What means a state of emergency for some families in times of crisis is all too common for binational families, which encounter hurdles and clichés on a regular basis. Very often, they have to fight for a life together.

    The Foreigners' Rights Act introduced in 2006 had a massive effect on the self-determination of binational couples in Austria. Marriage alone no longer establishes the right of residence and a joint family life.

    Since then the initiative has been fighting against legal requirements that prevent binational families from being together. It has been providing free and confidential counselling for those affected. In 2019 alone, Marriage without Borders carried out more than 1300 consultations and thus helped numerous families with legal expertise.

    Love does not stop at national borders. We declare 2020 to be the year of LOVE WITHOUT BORDERS, because it is time for love to grow beyond national borders. No family should be divided by the numerous barriers imposed by foreign law, which seriously endangers the well-being of children.

    "Marriage without Borders" is based on the voluntary work of its members and depends on private donations. Every donation is an important contribution so that we can continue to bring families together in the future.

    Thank you for your donation: https://www.respekt.net/de/projekte-unterstuetzen/details/projekt/2054/

    http://www.ehe-ohne-grenzen.at

    — Michael Wagner, DAA Call Hub Coordinator




  • published In July — in News 2020-07-03 12:06:24 -0400

    In July —

    In this Issue –

    Events:

    • July 4th Picnic in Graz
    • 4th of July in the Park – Vienna
    • Young Dems Open Mic
    • Salzburg Meet-Up
    • Linz Meet-Up
    • Solidarity Sunday

    Issues & Actions:

    • DA Austria Sponsors Slovakia
    • Gearing up for 2020 
      • Voter Registration Drives
      • DA Global Convention
    • Global Black Caucus Summer Events
    • Global Women's Caucus – Candidate Virtual Town Hall
    • Are you waiting for your CARES Act aid payment?

    Reviews:

    • DAA at Black Lives Matter March
    • Drag Queen Bingo Fundraiser Brings the Coin
    • Dialing for Democracy Review
    • Solidarity Sundays 34: Meet Our DNC Delegates & Police Reform

     

    Our Executive Committee meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of the month. However, our next meeting will be held online on: Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at 7 p.m.Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Jennifer at chair@democratsabroad.atfor the link. 

    DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date in order to avoid the flood of emails that occurs in an election year. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

     

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    Events:

     

    4th of July in the Park – Vienna 

    July 4, 4:00-9:00p.m. 

    4th of July Picnic in Graz 

    July 4, 5p.m.

    Young Dems Open Mic Night 

    July 8, 7:30p.m.

    Salzburg Meet-Up 

    July 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

    Linz Meet-Up 

    July 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

    Solidarity Sundays: Democracy is Action 

    July 26, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

     


    Issues & Actions:

    DA Austria Sponsors Slovakia 

    Democrats Abroad now allows for compliant country committees to “sponsor” countries that don’t have a country committee. Through the sponsorship DA Austria will provide Slovakia with essential voting information services, invitations to cross border events, and our monthly newsletter. 

    The goal is to provide DA members in Slovakia with all the benefits of being a DA member. We’d like to heartily welcome you and look forward to meeting you in person. Until then, please follow us on our DA Austria website, Facebook Page, and Twitter and Instagram at #DemsAustria.

    Vitajte!

     

    Gearing up for 2020 —

    Voter Registration Drive in Graz, Innsbruck, Linz, Vorarlberg & Vienna! 

    We’ll be registering Americans to vote at various farmers markets and other venues over the summer. Please be sure to stop by and say hello and bring a friend to get them ready for November’s election. 

    Feel the need to take action? Let us know if you can help us for a few hours at a voter registration table!

    Americans living overseas must request their ballot in every calendar year they want to vote — yes, even if it’s normally sent to you automatically. Go to Vote From Abroad and request your ballot today and make sure to request it be sent to you by email!

    Don’t procrastinate — ballots will be sent September 19. The time to request is now!

     

    DA Global Convention

    DPCA (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) representatives – these are the Chair, Vice Chair and voting reps from each country committee – met on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 to elect three Global DNC members, three At-Large Sanders delegates, one Sanders alternate delegate and one Biden alternate, and one PLEO (Party Leaders and Elected Officials).

    We also approved the final draft of the DA platform – you can read it here: democratsabroad.org/platform 

     

    Global Black Caucus Summer Events

    The events are also on our Facebook page.

    Check out the latest poems from our Laureates:

    – Angela Fobbs, Chair, Global Black Caucu #BlackLivesMatter

     

    Global Women's Caucus – Candidate Virtual Town Hall

    This month, the Candidate Information Action Team is excited to preview an upcoming series of events: our Candidate Virtual Town Halls! The team has been working behind the scenes to connect with campaigns across the U.S. to bring these fabulous women virtually to your screen. Keep an eye on your inboxes and our social media pages to hear more about the candidates who will be joining us and how to attend these virtual events. 

    Separately, our Women to Winseries features two Iowans this month: Theresa Greenfield is running to represent Iowa in the Senate, and Rita Hart is running to serve Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District in the House.

    – Kaitlynn Newcomb, GWC Editor for Candidate Information 

    READ MORE

     

    Are you waiting for your CARES Act aid payment?  

    More than ten weeks have passed since Congress passed the CARES Act, providing, among other things, aid to low income Americans to supplement their household income during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. According to the House Ways and Means Committee, the IRS has sent out nearly 160 million Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) – some by direct deposit (120 million), some by check sent by traditional mail (35 million), and some by mailed Visa debit card (4 million).

    If you are eligible for an EIP but have not received it, it might still be coming.

    – Carmelan Polce, Taxation Task Force

    READ MORE

     


    Reviews:

    DAA at Black Lives Matter March

    On Thursday, June 4 about 20 DA Austria members marched behind our Democrats Believe... banner and joined the ±50,000 marchers at the Black Lives Matter protest in Vienna. Holding an American flag above the crowd, DAA Global Black Caucus Chair, Faith Hall-Herbold, was interviewed by multiple news outlets. The most frequent question was, “Have you ever experienced police brutality in Vienna? And What do you say to someone who says all lives matter?” We’ll be discussing these questions and how we talk about race at our September Solidarity Sundays on September 26. 

     


    Drag Queen Bingo Fundraiser Brings the Coin

    Cherry Poppins, Drag Queen extraordinaire, served up the glamour in the fight for democracy Saturday, June 13. Joining from New York City, Cherry headlined the LGBT+ Caucus‘ fierce fundraiser on behalf of Democrats Abroad. Over 50 DA members from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa joined the online event. As people filled in bingo cards, Cherry entranced with show-stopping tunes, and bestowed witty repartee to all as well as prizes to three lucky members.

    Juan Cerda, DA Austria Vice-Chair and LGBT Caucus leader, announced that the event raised $1,600 for DA’s important get-out-the-vote work. “It was an exceptional evening, with a diversity of LGBT+ families and allies coming together to celebrate and have fun playing bingo with our hostess Drag Queen. Cherry brought a lot of joy and laughter to our effort to register Americans to vote back home.”

    You can catch Cherry‘s rendition of Liza Minnelli‘s “Maybe This Time” here:  https://youtu.be/xgWedIGYIX0. The New Yorker encouraged Americans living abroad to vote this November. In the spirit of Cherry, we urge you to register and vote from abroad so in November we can say, “GOP, sashay away!”

    —Tanya Lolonis, DA Austria Solidarity Sundays Co-Chair

     

     

    Dialing for Democracy 

    We had 131 callers from 12 countries participating. In total, callers made 8,316 calls (!) to DA members worldwide between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. CEST on June 14 to remind them to request their absentee ballots. Many thanks to those of you who participated and/or encouraged members in your country committee to call.

    Prior to the event, we asked callers to commit to making a certain number of calls, and to also ask friends and family to sponsor their calls (just like a fun run, except instead of running a 10K, participants were making X number of calls). We collectively raised over $18,000 for the DPCA through callers’ sponsorships. As of June 19, just over $10,000 has already been donated through the DA donation page, and we are following up with other sponsors to ask them to make their pledged donations. The money will help keep DA’s worldwide voter outreach going strong through November! Thank you to all who sought pledges or donated. If you’d like to make a contribution, please do so here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/d4d_flagday_callathon_fundraiser

    – Candice Kerestan, Chair DA Germany

     

     

    Solidarity Sundays 34: Meet Our DNC Delegates & Police Reform

    Solidarity Sundays returned to Amerlinghaus after three months in cyberspace! We didn‘t cut the internet cord entirely: Vienna welcomed attendees joining us remotely from around Austria, Europe and Africa.

    Democrats Abroad is "sending" a 26-member delegation to the Democratic National Convention in August. They will be raising our profile within the Democratic party with the message that DA voters are the margin of victory in close races. We met Biden delegates Miguel Madrigal (Costa Rica), Marisa Grimes (Rwanda), Onelica Andrade (Belgium) and Platform member Heather Stone (Israel). Sanders Delegate Ty Cofield joined us from Poland. The delegates were interviewed by our own Biden delegate, Juan Cerda, DA Austria’s Vice-Chair and LGBT Caucus head. They shared stories how they joined Democrats Abroad — and how two of them are busy building country committees and growing DA‘s reach into Eastern Europe and Africa. They are the youngest and most diverse DNC delegation ever to represent overseas Democratic voters. The future looks bright.

    As Black Lives Matter protests continue in the States, Solidarity Sundays surveyed the architecture of policing practices and lack of accountability. We looked at two, big buckets of solutions to police violence. One bucket involves reducing the power of police by managing how they use force and police union contracts. The other involves shrinking their role: since only 5% of all arrests are for violent crime, activists call for offloading the majority of budget resources to other places.

    Attendees learned how to press for action from local leaders back home using online tools developed by Campaign Zero. *You can change bad policy yourself in under 5 minutes.* Visit 8cantwait.org to demand action from your mayor, then visit joincampaignzero.org to demand your representatives vote for reform.

    —Tanya Lolonis, DA Austria Solidarity Sundays Co-Chair

     

    Request Your Absentee Ballot!

    Have you requested your ballot yet? visit votefromabroad.org and make sure that you’re all set to receive your ballot since COVID-19 has affected mail service to the US.

    And while you’re there, check out their State Voting Guide to find your local election information and stay on top of deadlines and submission rules for this year’s elections.

    Also, our VfA Voter Help Desk maintains an extensive FAQ resource. If you can’t find the answer you need there, you are welcome to submit your question to the VfA team of experts and you receive a reply, usually within just a few hours.

    Registering to vote now is the number one thing you can do to help save our democracy. Please do it today!

     

    Thanks for reading.

    Keep up with our events over the summer on our website or on Facebook. See you in September for our next issue!



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    Dialing for Democracy is a calling marathon
    and global Democrats Abroad fundraiser.

    Phonebankers will make as many calls as they can to DA members to ask them to request their absentee ballots. Calls will be made from 9:00am to 9:00pm CEST on Flag Day, June 14. Generous sponsors like yourself will push our callers to reach our calling goals and provide the critical funds to keep our voter outreach going strong through November 3! 

    DONORS: If you are sponsoring a specific caller, BEFORE you select an amount, write the caller's name in the box at left!

    Donate $50 and you’re sponsoring 200 calls! 
    $10—40 calls   $25—100 calls   $100—400 calls 
    $250—1000 calls   $500—2000 calls   $1000—4000 calls

    Democrats Abroad will be making 100,000s of calls this year, and your contribution will help make this outreach possible.

    Thank you! We appreciate your support!

    Don’t forget to check in on how the calls are going on Facebook Live from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on June 14 on the DA Germany Facebook page.  

    For a full overview of the call-a-thon, click here.

     

     

    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.
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  • published Austria in News 2020-06-11 11:22:16 -0400

    Austria

    Who We Are 

    Democrats Abroad is the official arm of the Democratic Party representing Americans who live outside the US. Our mission is to to provide Americans living in Austria a voice in our government and to elect Democrats by mobilizing the overseas vote.

     

    Our Caucuses

    We have several active caucuses that focus on specific progressive issues/groups:

    • Black Caucus
    • LGBTQ+
    • Progressive Caucus
    • Solidarity Sundays
    • Women’s Caucus
    • Youth Caucus

     

    Our Activities

    These range from monthly get-togethers, lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, and guest speakers to political rallies and marches!  And more…

     

    Are you an American in Austria? Become a DA member!

    We keep you informed.

     

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  • published In June — in News 2020-06-11 08:01:11 -0400

    In June —

     

    In This Issue –

    Events:

    • #BlackLivesMatter Demonstration
    • Phone Bank Training
    • Pride Event – Drag Queen Bingo
    • Meet & Greet – Getting Acquainted in the Provinces
    • Linz Meet-Up
    • Salzburg Meet-Up
    • Solidarity Sunday
    • July 4th Picnic in the Park

    Issues & Actions:

    • Asian American & Pacific Island Caucus
    • Homeless in the Pandemic
    • Gearing up for 2020 
      • Summer Internships
      • Regional Delegates & DNC Members
      • Voting News

    Reviews:

    • David Shor and Robert Reich Webinars
    • Cleve Jones Webinar 
    • Instagram Account

     

    Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be held online on: Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at 7 p.m.Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Jennifer at chair@democratsabroad.at for the link. 

    DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date in order to avoid the flood of emails that occurs in an election year. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

     

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    Events:

    #BlackLivesMatter Demonstration l June 4, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

    Phone Bank Training l June 4, CANCELLED for the demonstration!

     

    Phone Bank Training l June 8, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

     

    Pride Event – Drag Queen Bingo l June 13, 8:00 p.m.

     

    Meet & Greet – Getting Acquainted in the Provinces l June 18, 5:00–6:00 p.m.

     

    Linz Meet-Up l June 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

     

    Salzburg Meet-Up l June 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

     

    Solidarity Sundays: Meet & Greet your Delegates for DNC 2020 l June 28, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

     

    Picnic in the Park l July 4, 1:00-4:00p.m. 

     


    Issues & Actions:

    Help Shape DA's Asian American & Pacific Island Caucus

    You can get involved on the global, country, or local level. We are working on establishing this new caucus and are looking for individuals interested in shaping the direction of this caucus and organizing in their countries and chapters. If you’re interested, please fill out the form below and join us on our next call! https://forms.gle/7BhqZXw2e3LFtgdp9

     

    Homeless in the Pandemic

    As a social worker for homeless people in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, I'm often asked what it's like for my clients. There are three answers to that question: 

    First, for people who are eligible for homelessness services, a truly wide and fairly high-quality network of help and housing exists. These are the adequately funded social structures that we so painfully miss in the US. 

    — Antje Lewis, DAA member and Founding Mother

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    Gearing up for 2020 – 

    Summer Communications & Marketing Internships

    Democrats Abroad Austria is looking for dedicated interns for its communications and marketing committee. From content planning and social media management, to press outreach and structuring ad campaigns, Democrats Abroad is the perfect place to gain your first work experience and affect political change. Are you interested in U.S. electoral politics and looking for a summer internship? Apply at comms@democratsabroad.at

     

    DA Delegates & DNC Members

    The Global Presidential Primary

    In March, Democrats Abroad members around the world voted in the Global Presidential Primary which determined the number of pledged delegates for candidates that crossed the 15% threshold. Bernie Sanders received 57.9% of the vote for 9 pledged delegates and Joe Biden received 22.7% of the vote for 4 pledged delegates.

    The DA Regional Conventions

    On Saturday, May 16, 2020, more than 200 electors logged onto their computers from around Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) in our first fully online regional convention.

    READ MORE

     

     

    Voting News 

    Did you know that US overseas voters are legally required to request their ballot every calendar year they want to vote? In case of a recount, ballots without a current fpca  form could be discarded. Be sure to secure your ballot  — go to votefromabroad.org and re-register today!

     

    👉 Phonebanking thousands of US voters across Austria is underway, to make sure those requests are in. Want to help make calls? Get started with phonebanking here. Or, join us at our online Training Session on June 8 at 4:00p.m.

    👉 Need to register/request a ballot yourself? Go to www.votefromabroad.org.

    👉 Do you have friends and family living overseas who might not have registered in 2020? Send them to www.votefromabroad.org. Friends make sure friends vote!

    Please like, follow, and share DA Austria politics, activism, and elections news you can use on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    Want to volunteer? Click here.

    To donate to DA Austria: Click here.

    THANK YOU for your support!

     


    Reviews:

    David Shor & Robert Reich Webinars

    One of the many benefits that being a Democrats Abroad member provides is the fantastic guests that speak to our members. Anyone interested in hearing David Shor’s thoughts on the upcoming election and the best messaging to use to win voters will want to watch the recording. Robert Reich joined the webinar speaker series on May 29 and was heard by more than one thousand people around the world! Check it out here

     

    Solidarity Sundays #33:  “Not My First Pandemic“

    “The United States has changed profoundly in the last three months,”  began human rights activist Cleve Jones. We face a national crisis comparable to the Great Depression and World War Two. This time, however, the leadership to meet the challenge is invisible.

    Joining the May 31 Solidarity Sundays meet-up online from Northern California, Jones related his experience of the HIV pandemic in the 1980s to highlight similarities with Covid-19 today. 

    READ MORE

     

    It’s all happening at #demsaustria

    Have you visited Democrats Austria’s Instagram page recently? There is lots of interesting content, including answers to frequently asked voter questions, voting news, quizzes, and more. Be sure to visit today and don’t forget to follow us at #demsaustria!

     

    Thanks for reading. 

    See you in July for our next issue!

     


  • Solidarity Sundays #33: “Not My First Pandemic“

    “The United States has changed profoundly in the last three months,”  began human rights activist Cleve Jones. We face a national crisis comparable to the Great Depression and World War Two. This time, however, the leadership to meet the challenge is invisible.

    Joining the May 31 Solidarity Sundays meet-up online from Northern California, Jones related his experience of the HIV pandemic in the 1980s to highlight similarities with Covid-19 today. First, he explained, there was no “gay virus,” and there is no “Chinese virus” — everyone on the planet is effected by Covid. Second, both diseases revealed inequities in our culture. AIDS began among gay men in coastal cities, then moved swiftly south. In Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia, men of color succumbed in higher numbers than white men because they had poor healthcare and weakened immunity. Covid’s pattern:  while 30% of Georgians are African American, they represent 55% of Covid deaths.

    Another worrisome parallel:  disinformation campaigns. In the 1980s, a vocal minority of HIV denialists grabbed at conspiracy theories to avoid changing their behavior. Ultimately, treatment, not behavior modification, reduced the AIDS death rate. Today, wearing masks has become a culture war statement; Jones points to this to predict that only development of treatment will vanquish Covid.

    Attendees wanted to know whether HIV activism tactics are relevant in today‘s political and health crisis. ACT UP’s mixture of civil disobedience and street theater pressured pharmaceutical companies to develop HIV treatment. Those tactics are “absolutely useful”  today, Jones said. Shutting down airports, filing lawsuits, registering voters, letters to editors, being smart with social media — “they all work.”

    Jones concluded on a personal note. “I have felt despair several times.”  He was a queer, suicidal 15-year-old when gay liberation — “learning there were people like me” — saved his life. Activism helped him cope in the dark days after the murder of his friend and mentor, Harvey Milk. And when gay men and Jones himself were dying of AIDS, ACT UP secured medical trials that saved his life. “Now,” he said, “it‘s time to save the life of our country.”  Whatever your gift — connections, skills, time, money — bring it to this struggle to defeat Republicans in November. “And bring joy. We‘re in this struggle for the long haul — you need joy to sustain you.

    • Solidarity Sundays and Democrats Abroad’s LGBTQ Caucus co-hosted the  webinar. Eighty DA members from throughout Europe attended and contributed $1,000 to DA’s Get Out the Vote work. Stay tuned for the recording.
    • America is hurting. Help register the 6 million Americans living abroad to vote in November by phone banking from home. Email:  solidaritysundays@democratsabroad.at
    • Check out this short BBC video of Cleve‘s monumental “Names“ Quilt:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-51969409/the-aids-quilt-that-showed-the-scale-of-suffering?fbclid=IwAR2h68-rnEfIrMcrPseUI95L0r7ZZHJR1KRBNAyVhAfgQB9HKlDjugHql54

     


  • donated via 2020-05-31 12:47:23 -0400

    Cleve Jones "This is Not My First Pandemic"

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    Cleve Jones will speak about "This is not my first pandemic" to Democrats Abroad in a webinar hosted by Solidarity Sundays Austria and the Democrats Abroad Global LGBTI Caucus.  

    Cleve will discuss and draw the parallels between the AIDS and COVID-19 government then and now. Both pandemics began with a Republican president in the White House who did not perceive the gravity of the situation and failed to lead the country. Please make a donation today and make a difference with Democrats Abroad!

    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.

     

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  • published In May – in News 2020-05-11 06:26:08 -0400

    In May –

    In This Issue –

    Events:

    • Phone Banking Training
    • Women’s Caucus - Legalize Equality
    • Young Dems Movie Night
    • Cleve Jones Webinar
    • Pride Event – Drag Queen Bingo

    Issues & Actions:

    • DAA Video! Why I'll Vote in November
    • New Asian American/Pacific Islander Caucus
    • Rapid Response – Save the USPS
    • 2020 DA Platform
    • Are you on Instagram?
    • Gearing up for 2020 –
      • Breaking the Bubble
      • Phone Banking
      • Volunteers Needed 

    Reviews:

    • Pub Quiz
    • Quarantini
    • The CARES Act - What’s In It?

    Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be held online on: Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 7 p.m. Members are welcome to join us at the meetings. Please contact Jennifer at chair@democratsabroad.at for the link. 

    DAA is making a strong effort to include in our monthly newsletter all the information you need to stay up to date in order to avoid the flood of emails that occurs in an election year. By sending you fewer emails, we hope you will read those you receive. Thanks for reading!

     

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    Events:

    Phone Bank Training

    May 18. 6:30 p.m.

     

    Legalize Equality - Film Screening & Discussion

    May 26, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. 

     

    Young Dems Movie Night

    May 28, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

     

    Sol Sun & The LGBTI Caucus Host Cleve Jones 

    Sunday, May 31, 5 p.m. CEST/11 a.m. EST 

     

    Pride Event – Drag Queen Bingo

    June 13, TBA 

     


    Issues & Actions:

     

    Why I'll Vote in November

    DA Austria members got together after our last Solidarity Sundays meeting to create some social media content for our 2020 get out the vote effort. Take a look at the video! Would you like to participate or have an idea for our next video? Contact Tanya Lolonis at solidaritysundays@democratsabroad.at

     

    New Democrats Abroad Caucus

    An Asian American/Pacific Islander Caucus is being formed at the DA Global level. Please email Jennifer at chair@democratsabroad.at if you are interested in helping with the AAPI global caucus from Austria. All are welcome.

    To find out more about Democrats Abroad Global Caucuses and to join, please see here.

     

    Help Save the US Postal Service 

    Rapid Response Needed: Destroy the Post Office, and you destroy democracy. We must take action to save the USPS, here, and to learn how to use ResistBot at the same time. “Simply put, if you hate the Post Office then you hate America.... We need to all lean on our members of Congress — regardless of party — to lean on the White House to save our Post Office before September.”

     

    2020 Democrats Abroad Platform

    The working draft of the 2020 Democrats Abroad Platform is now available (click here to download and open the PDF file): Draft - 2020 Platform. The platform expresses DA’s political values and policy goals, and is the result of over 10,000 comments submitted over the past six months. Please provide YOUR comment here: Platform Feedback Form. Please respond by May 15, ideally earlier, as electors will vote on the platform during the DA Regional Conventions (May 16) and Global Convention (June 6).

     

    Are You on Instagram? 

    Follow us on Instagram @demsaustria for easy reminders and updates all in one place: from events to electoral news and information on how to vote from abroad!

       

     

    Gearing Up for 2020 –

    Breaking the Bubble Lots of Americans living abroad don’t know they have a legal right to vote or that they must re-register in every calendar year. We phone bank to remind people to register and request their ballot because this is the most effective way to reach our members (see below).

    But what about all those other Americans overseas who are embarrassed to say they are from the US, horrified by the president’s actions and statements, and don’t realize they have the power to enact change?

    We want to break the information bubble. Help us reach out to American voters by telling your friends and family, colleagues and acquaintances, heck, even the American in line next to you at the market, to go to votefromabroad.org and register to vote. It’s non-partisan, takes 5 minutes, and there is a chat box to answer any questions. 

    Why? Because voting is a civic duty. 

     

    Phone Banking We’ve got a new country campaign up to reach all our members before summer and remind them to register and request their ballot. Will you join our team of phone banking volunteers and get out the vote in 2020?

    You know how important a huge Democratic turnout will be in November’s election - the need for change is so painfully clear - and under our current circumstances, the best way to reach overseas voters is by phone banking. Our call may be the only contact members get about voting. Voting from abroad is complex and they appreciate the reminders and support that we offer. 

    Become a DA Austria phone banker! Join our phone banking training on May 18 at 6:30 p.m. and we’ll help you get set up and calling in no time. 

     

    Raise Your Hand and Volunteer with DA Austria! The only way we can dump Trump, keep Congress, and flip the Senate is by getting all Americans in Austria to register, request, and return their ballot for the November election. It’s all hands on board and we need your help! We have lots of interesting opportunities for you to work on wherever you may be located in Austria. Below are a few wishes our teams have:

    Phone Banking: Making calls to potential voters abroad is one of the most important volunteer jobs you can do! Most Americans abroad aren't called in an election even once (those back home are called hundreds of times). This is the job for you if you have a good internet connection and are looking for a way to hold onto the House, flip the Senate, and take back the White House. We know this election is going to be a challenge — calling our members is the most effective way of getting out the vote!

    Time commitment: no minimum required. You set your own hours to call.

    READ MORE

     


    Reviews:

    Pub Quiz 

    A pandemic that is far less dangerous than the one we are experiencing right now, is the global craze for trivia nights. The Young Dems hosted their very first Virtual Pub Quiz on April 16. Questions revolved around democratic candidates and presidents of the past and future, accompanied by the newest Buttijams and Grammy Winners who just so happen to also have been presidents. Our virtual pub is the next best thing to a real one; a great spot to meet other Young Dems and enjoy some trivia!

    – Laura Farmwald, Youth Caucus Co-Coordinator

    Quarantini 

    Despite lockdown, April was a busy month for Democrats Abroad Austria! On April 18, the Communications Committee invited DAA members for its first-ever Happy Hour, though the meeting might have been in cyberspace, the alcohol was real! Topics ranged from how to effectively conduct voter registration in the time of COVID-19, to our favorite quarantine baking recipes and pets. Stay tuned for our next Happy Hour (hopefully in person): a great opportunity to catch up and get to know other DAA members over your favorite drink! 

    – Sophie Spiegelberger, Communications Chair

     

    Solidarity Sundays #31: 

    A $2.3 Trillion Stimulus Package, What’s in it for Me?

    From our homes in Vienna, Solidarity Sundays activists conducted an online oversight hearing on the US government’s response to the COVID-19 unemployment crisis. At $2.3 trillion, the CARES Act is the largest economic stimulus bill in modern history. DA Vice Chair Juan Cerda showed us where the money is going. 

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    – Tanya Lolonis, Member-at-Large

     

     

    Thanks for reading.

    See you in June for our next issue!


  • published Sol Sun in News 2020-05-01 09:29:45 -0400

    Solidarity Sundays #31 Review

    A $2.3 Trillion Stimulus Package, What’s in it for Me?

    From our homes in Vienna, Solidarity Sundays activists conducted an online oversight hearing on the US government’s response to the COVID-19 unemployment crisis. At $2.3 trillion, the CARES Act is the largest economic stimulus bill in modern history. DA Vice Chair Juan Cerda showed us where the money is going.

    30%:  Individuals and Families are receiving $1,200 tax rebates from the IRS. Individuals require a Social Security number, couples filing jointly both need Social Security numbers. Families receive an additional $500 for each child under 18. The rebate is reduced for high-income earners. The federal government is topping up state unemployment payments by $600 per week, and gig workers and freelancers are included.

    25%:  Large corporations taking federal loans are barred from engaging in stock buybacks (but may offset COVID losses against past profits to increase their payouts). The largest group benefiting from the stimulus:  commercial and cargo airlines, and their contractors.

    19%:  The loan pool for small businesses to keep employees on the payroll, all $350 bn of it, ran out in 13 days. An additional stimulus bill was passed with $310 bn. Banks disperse the loans, so businesses without bank relationships — Mom and Pop stores, neighborhood cafés — are locked out. The biggest portion went to companies with large market capitalization.

    17%:  At the insistence of Sen. McConnell, state & local government grants are restricted to COVID-19 expenditures and cannot cover budget deficits. States project revenue losses of $500 bn for the next two years.

    9%:  Public service grants are earmarked for healthcare providers, Medicare payments to virus patients, the Strategic National Stockpile, the CDC, and food security programs.

    Juan ended by highlighting who is left out of the stimulus:  the undocumented and nonresidents who make up our most vulnerable — that is, essential — workers during the pandemic. Also excluded are DACA recipients, small business owners, Indian reservations, and those unable to file unemployment claims due to system overload.

    After our oversight hearing, Sunday’s attendees recorded messages for a short video. Why? Tanya Lolonis explained that social media is where the war for November is being fought, and the GOP has a huge structural advantage:  they spent 40 years hating the media and building their own news ecosystem. Republican groups are adept at creating content and pushing it onto Facebook. Democrats are outgunned by Fox, Breitbart, and 1,000 outlets you have never heard of.

    So we looked at how everyone can amplify our progressive message on social media. Text, photos, sounds, and videos (like ours!) are pieces of content. Using the supercomputer in our pockets, we can share that content with dozens or hundreds of our contacts. Want your content to be engaging so your friends will share it with their friends? Emotions drive engagement, and nothing is speedier than rage. Awe and wonder, emotions increasing desire for emotional connection, come a close second. This is why posting your personal story moves faster and further on social media.

    Here are two things you can do from quarantine to help Democrats in November. One, we need phone bankers. We need a lot of people to each make a few calls. We need you now. Email solidaritysundays@democratsabroad.at and we’ll show you how easy it is to do from home. And two, use that pocket supercomputer of yours to share content and amplify our progressive message. Create content, and visit Democrats Abroad Austria on social media and share ours:  find us on Twitter (@DemsAustria), Facebook (Democrats Abroad Austria) and Instagram (demsaustria).

    – Tanya Lolonis




  • published CARES Act & You in News 2020-04-18 11:47:42 -0400

    CARES Act & You

     

    Many thanks to everyone who joined our webinar on the CARES Act and Americans abroad. Thanks also to everyone who donated to support getting out the vote around the world. Every dollar you give supports our work to elect Democrats who will fight to make a better life for ALL Americans. If you haven't had the chance yet to donate and are interested, here's the link to the webinar's donation page.

    We also wanted to make sure you were able to review the slides following the call, they are here: http://superstore.softwarespinner.com/s/J28yFczkaNnpL9n

    And if you missed the webinar or are interested in reviewing some parts of it, here is the video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSvtS-cFLCU

    For more information about the advocacy work that our taxation task force team does, please visit: http://www.democratsabroad.org/taxation.

    As always, note that Democrats Abroad does not provide personal tax advice or recommendations. We recommend that you engage a qualified, professional tax adviser to address questions related to your personal financial situation.


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