Regional Vice Chair–EMEA, Member-at-Large–DA Austria

  • published November Newsletter in News 2018-10-31 08:57:51 -0400

    November Newsletter

     

    In this issue:


    Events:

    Issues & Actions:

    Reviews:

    Members Corner:

    • Pod Love: The Daily
    • Institute for International Peace Podium Discussion

    Events


    Vienna:  Election Night Party

    We've canvassed, we've phone-banked, we've voted, and on election night we'll be watching for the wave! Join us for dinner and drinks and stay late as the election results come in.

    WHEN: November 6 at 7pm - November 7 2am
    WHERE: Beaver's Brewing Company Vienna 1070
    Google map and directions
    CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · [email protected] · 06991 108 7981

    Graz: Post-Midterm-Elections Dinner, Drinks, & Debriefing

    We responsible Graz-dwelling Americans are going to bed early on November 6th and will awaken fresh and bright-eyed to glorious news of the blue wave having surged through Congress and our state and local legislatures. Join us for drinks, dinner and discussion, hugs and tears (of joy, we hope!) on the evening after the midterms.

    Visit us on facebook!

    WHEN: November 7, 2018 at 6:30pm - 10:30pm
    WHERE: The Pub at Mariahilferplatz, Mariahilferplatz 20 Graz 8020
    Google map and directions
    CONTACT: Caitlin Ahern · [email protected]· 0650 3125572

     

    Young Dems’ Annual Martinigansl

    It's that time of year again, and we're optimistic that we'll have something to celebrate after the election! On Sunday, Nov. 11th, we'll head to Grizing to "Zum Martin Sepp" as usual. If you order the Martinigansl dinner, it's 21,50 EUR for the goose, Knödl, cabbage, chestnut sauce, etc. For more info on the Heuriger or menu, click here: Gans’lzeit ab 19. Oktober 2018

    Visit us on facebook!

    WHEN: November 11, 2018 at 7pm - 10pm
    WHERE: Zum Martin Sepp Cobenzlgasse 34, Vienna 1190
    CONTACT: Ashley E. Arreola · [email protected]· +43 650 374 9481

     

    Experienced Democrats Meet-Up

    Monthly meeting of Experienced Democrats. All ages and levels of experience are welcome!

    WHEN: November 13, 2018 at 6pm - 8pm
    WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, Wien 1010
    Google map and directions
    CONTACT: John Cahill · [email protected]· 06766952766

     

    Thanksgiving A Feast with All the Fixings

    On Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 22nd at 7PM, we invite our democratic friends and families to our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

    We have made reservations for 60 at Melker Stiftskeller in the 1st district. We’ll have a large private room all to ourselves under the arches of an almost 600 year old cellar built and owned by the monks from Melk. There will be a buffet with a 3-course feast including pumpkin soup, turkey with all the fixings – mashed potatoes, roasted red beets and sweet potatoes, green beans, red cabbage, stuffing – and dessert.

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, please bring a pumpkin, pecan, apple pie to share. They are always very appreciated!

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    WHEN: November 22, 2018 at 7pm - 11pm
    WHERE: Melker Stiftskeller, Schottengasse 3 Vienna 1010
    Google map and directions
    CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · [email protected]· +43 6991 108 7981
    TICKET DONATION: €25.00 EUR/person

     

    Global Black Caucus Book Club

    Don't let the title keep you away from examining this historical perspective on race and class in America. Author Nancy Isenberg uncovers the ever-present “poor white trash” throughout American history and destroys the notion that upward class mobility in America is possible. Isenberg also draws from her extensive research to show us that Trump and his appeal to poor rural whites is nothing new- they have always been used as a means to a political end. Come join us for meaningful discussions and an unflinching look at the past that is informing our present.

    Visit us on facebook!

    WHEN: November 30, 2018 at 7pm - 9pm
    WHERE: Cafe Phil, Gumpendorferstrasse 10-12, Vienna 1060
    Google map and directions
    CONTACT: Faith Hall Herbold · [email protected]· 0 660 277 6485

     

    Sol Sun: 2018 Midterm Recap

    In light of the extremely controversial Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court voted by the Republican Senate, will the #metoo movement, Indivisible groups, equality and environmental activists, women’s rights advocates, and core Democratic and progressive voters combine for a historic midterm “blue wave” election on Nov. 6? We will find out with an in-depth voter turnout analysis at our next Sunday Solidarity meeting! Join us for Sunday afternoon of coffee and cookies.

    Visit us on facebook!

    WHEN: November 25, 2018 at 4pm - 6pm
    WHERE: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, Room 4 Vienna 1070
    Google map and directions
    CONTACT: Juan Cerda · [email protected]· +43 676 921 7865

    Issues & Actions

     


    Vorarlberg’s Going Viral

    In the late spring of 2017, Stephanie Don of the Vorarlberg Chapter received a couple of names of people whose data were being updated in the Democrats Abroad Austria (DAA) records when she asked whether there were any other expats living in her newly established home. Without much ado, she contacted them and then they were four.

    Paul and Andrea Miller, Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger and Stephanie began planning regular meet-ups, talking about what was going on and subsequently crying into their glasses of wine, beers or tea (depending on who you ask). As the meetings rotated between the three homes, the snacks turned into dinners and great discussions about travelling and food and all sorts of things beyond politics until, one night, Paul said, “We gotta do something that makes a difference."

    READ MORE

    We hope you enjoy the video! How Far Would YOU Go to Get the Vote Out?

     

    Thank You Volunteers!

    Democrats Abroad Austria proved once again that even though Austria is a small country, we are a strong DA Country Committee. Thanks to our volunteers who called members, registered voters, wrote postcards, and answered voters’ questions, more than 50% of our members registered to vote through Vote From Abroad and nearly 90% – this includes non-members – of the number of our members used the site. As International Chair Julia Bryan wrote, “Austria accomplished a super feat.” Globally, DA made nearly 114,000 calls and registered more than 88,000 voters!

    Please give our DA Austria volunteers a round of applause!

    Alma, Andreas, Anne, Aryo, Ashley, Becky, Bonnie, Brett, Bruce, Caitlin, Cecilia, Dan, Eva, Faith, Fiona, Fred, Gloria, Harold, Jeffrey M., Jen, Jennifer S., Jessica, John, Juan, Karin, Kate, Keith, Marcy, Mary Anne, Matt, Michael, Mickaela, Mico, Nathan, Raina, Renee, Robert, Salem, Steve, Suzanne, and Tanya.

    – Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, Chair

     


    Reviews

     


    DAATalks: Timothy Snyder

    DA Austria welcomed Professor Timothy Snyder for a fascinating and lively talk at the Republikanischer Club in Vienna’s 1st District on October 24, 2018. Timothy Snyder is a Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in Central and Eastern Europe and the Holocaust. He is also a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen) in Vienna. Additionally, Snyder’s ability to speak, write, and read eleven European languages gives him a unique insight into the countries he writes about. His books include: Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century, and most recently, The Road to Unfreedom: Russia Europe America.

    What’s going on? Snyder posited that the current unpredictability

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    Solidarity Sundays: The Lucrative Business of US Prison

    Democrats Abroad members gathered once again, this time to discuss both the explicit and implicit costs of the mass incarceration of American citizens. First we discussed the purpose of incarceration and if the goal is mainly to punish or rehabilitate. Then we dispelled some common myths about the American prison system, including the total number of incarcerated Americans (over 2 million), which common offenses they commit to end up in prison (mainly violent crimes at the state level and drug offensives at the federal level) and that 6.1 million adults are unable to vote due to state-specific restrictions on voting while incarcerated and on probation (13 states can restrict voting indefinitely!). We completed the discussion with a call to action on what we can do from abroad to help. We can boycott companies that use both public and private prison labor. We can also put pressure on politicians who take donations from for-profit prison companies. And finally, we can donate to organizations that fight for prison reform, like the Equal Justice Initiative, the Sentencing Project and the Formerly Incarcerated People’s movement.

    – Faith Hall Herbold, Global Black Caucus Coordinator

     


    Members Corner

     


    Podcast Love: The Daily

    The Midterms are closing in, which means the next days will be an emotional rollercoaster. This is the season of breathless headlines, dire polls alternating with hopeful polls, Trump rallies, and ACLU fights in courts.

    You could probably do with a soothing voice in your ear, companionable, confiding, and focussing on just one thing at a time. Am I right? Here are a few podcasts that may help.

    “The Daily“. You may still be yelling at the Timesfor emails, emails, emails. Don‘t let that stop you from checking out its podcast. Its twenty-minute update murmured in your ear by former political reporter Michael Barbaro is described byThe New Yorkeras “a necessary daily practice: like meditation, but with hair-raising breaking news instead of mindfulness.“ It offers insight into the culture of hard newsgathering, showing the work-in-progress of reporting, not just its finished product. Barbaro is smart, but not afraid to ask, “So, Rukmini, where exactly isMosul?“ Try it for the news, stay for the idiosyncratic intonation and emo empathy.

    “On The Media“ by WNYC. I‘ve written of OTM here before, the hour-long weekly investigation into how the media shapes our worldview. I mention it again because this is a time of polarized, tribal politics and ratcheting anger at “the other side“. We‘ve all caught ourselves at it. Brooke and Bob show us how choices made by media professionals frame our reactions. Try it for the enlightenment, stay for the exchange between hopeful, rational Brooke and doom-and-gloom Bob.

    “Trump Inc.” is not an antidote to the emotional convulsion of the election season. It’s a true-crime podcast about the President’s business dealings by ProPublicaand Slate. If Dems are able to re-take Congress, this investigative podcast is working through the long list of items for congressional committees to tackle. Try it for the connections between Trump‘s Presidency and his profits, stay for the leads sent in by listeners.

    – Tanya Lolonis, Member-at-Large, Solidarity Sundays Coordinator

     

    Podiumsdiskussion: Die USA nach den Wahlen

    Das International Institute for Peace (IIP) freut sich Sie auf die bevorstehende Veranstaltung aufmerksam zu machen und herzlich einzuladen!

    Moderation:

    • Hannes Swoboda, Präsident, International Institute for Peace (IIP)

    Podiumsteilnehmer:

    • Eric Frey, der Standard
    • Heinz Gärtner, International Institute for Peace (IIP), Universität Wien
    • Dardis McNamee, Zeitschrift Metropole
    • Eva Nowotny, ehem. Österr. Botschafterin in Washington DC
    • Elisabeth Rosenstock-Siller, US-Botschaft

    Inhalt:

    Kurz nach den Zwischenwahlen in den USA lädt das International Institute for Peace zu einer Podiumsdiskussion ein um folgende Fragen zu diskutieren:

    Was waren die Gründe des Wahlergebnisses? Ist Präsident Donald Trump gestärkt oder geschwächt? Was bedeutet das Wahlergebnis für die Demokratische, was für die Republikanische Partei? Welchen Weg nehmen die USA nach den Zwischenwahlen? Was sind die innen- was die außenpolitischen Konsequenzen der Wahlen?

    Im Anschluss lädt das IIP zu Getränken und Snacks

    Die Veranstaltung findet in Deutsch statt

    WHEN: Thursday, November 8, 19:00-21:00

    WHERE: International Institute for Peace, Möllwaldplatz 5/2, 1040 Wien

    REGISTER: https://www.iipvienna.com/registration/

    Sie finden diese Veranstaltung auf unserer Homepage www.iipvienna.com/events sowie auf Facebook www.facebook.com/IIPVIENNA

    Mit der Teilnahme an der Veranstaltung stimmen Sie der Veröffentlichung von Fotos und Filmaufnahmen, die im Rahmen der Veranstaltung entstehen, zu.

    Um keine weiteren Zusendungen mehr zu erhalten, schreiben sie bitte an [email protected].


  • published DAATALKS: TIMOTHY SNYDER in News 2018-10-30 18:20:10 -0400

    DAATALKS: TIMOTHY SNYDER

    DA Austria welcomed Professor Timothy Snyder for a fascinating and lively talk at the Republikanischer Club in Vienna’s 1st District on October 24, 2018. Timothy Snyder is a Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in Central and Eastern Europe and the Holocaust. He is also a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen) in Vienna. Additionally, Snyder’s ability to speak, write, and read eleven European languages gives him a unique insight into the countries he writes about. His books include: Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century, and most recently, The Road to Unfreedom: Russia Europe America.

    What’s going on? Snyder posited that the current unpredictability – Trump, Brexit, the Polish government’s fictions – multiply faster than we can keep up and are causing us to lose our sense of time. Journalists are of course more important than ever as they are in the position to produce facts and therefore reinforce not only a past, but also a future. Without a past, we don’t feel the future. Without history we’re in an eternal present with events looping over and over again. The competing notions of time eternalin present day Russia and time inevitablein Europe is the conflict that manifests itself in Russian interference in European and American elections, the war in Ukraine and the destabilization of Syria.

    What to do? Regardless how November 6th turns out, activism is key. To win in the long run we must address issues of economic inequality; we need to fill the public space with facts – not just point out the lies; we need to discuss and debate issues in the real world – not online or in social media – and support local news organizations which cannot be targeted by widespread bot campaigns.

    The Road to Unfreedom is required reading for anyone interested in Professor Snyder’s central question: How did we get here?

    – Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, Chair


  • published VORARLBERG’S GOING VIRAL in News 2018-10-30 18:13:26 -0400

    VORARLBERG’S GOING VIRAL

    In the late spring of 2017, Stephanie Don of the Vorarlberg Chapter received a couple of names of people whose data were being updated in the Democrats Abroad Austria (DAA) records when she asked whether there were any other expats living in her newly established home. Without much ado, she contacted them and then they were four.

    Paul and Andrea Miller, Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger and Stephanie began planning regular meet-ups, talking about what was going on and subsequently crying into their glasses of wine, beers or tea (depending on who you ask). As the meetings rotated between the three homes, the snacks turned into dinners and great discussions about travelling and food and all sorts of things beyond politics until, one night, Paul said, “We gotta do something that makes a difference." In other words, how were we going to make an impact? DAA stopped developing into Dining for Americans Abroad and returned to its Democrats Abroad Austria roots. Ideas were batted about amidst the wine bottles and then someone said, “We’ve got to make something that will go viral. Like a YouTube video or something.” Chrystyna grabbed a sheet and, during the brainstorming session, came up with a story board called “The Four Seasons”, which quickly turned into “How far would YOU go to get the vote out?”. In the midst of the six-month project, Yungjin joined the group and offered the postal service kiosk you see in the film, as well as the editing services. The group is now — with newcomers Patricia and Paul Baker — officially six members, not including non-American spouses and partners.

    We hope you enjoy the video! How Far Would YOU Go to Get the Vote Out?

    – Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger, DAA Vorarlberg member


  • published October Newsletter in News 2018-10-08 14:40:40 -0400

    October Newsletter

    In this issue:

    Events:

    • Young Dems Pub Night
    • Experienced Dems Meet-up
    • DAATalks: Timothy Snyder
    • Sol Sun #18
    • Election Night Party
    • Thanksgiving

    Midterm Elections:

    • 2018 General Election Deadlines - by State
    • Texas Voters – Alert!
    • Pennsylvania Voters – Alert!
    • Help! I haven’t received my ballot!
    • Embassy Pouch

    Issues & Actions:

    • #Cycle for Sanity
    • Webinar: Dan Pfeiffer from Pod Save America
    • Webinar: Equal Rights Amendment

    Reviews:

    • Phonebanking Parties
    • Fiesta Fundraiser
    • Solidarity Sundays

     


    Events:

    Young Dems Pub Night

    We're looking forward to meeting many of our new young dems who recently became members and registered to vote at our voter registration tables at Webster and IES. Bring along anyone you know who hasn't yet requested their ballot – we'll have our printer with us and can help you with any questions you might have!

    WHEN: October 11, 6:30pm - 10:00pm

    WHERE: Beaver Brewing Company

    CONTACT: Ashley E. Arreola · [email protected]· +43(0) 650 374 9481

     

    Experienced Dems September Meet-up

    Join our group of experienced democrats for a friendly meet-up! All ages are welcome. Visit us on facebook.

    WHEN: October 16, 2018 at 6-9pm

    WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, Vienna 1010

    CONTACT: John Cahill · [email protected]

     

     

    DAATalks with Professor Timothy Snyder

    DAA is honoured to once again welcome Timothy Snyder to our DAATalkslecture series. Professor Snyder will discuss his new book, “The Road to Unfreedom”, and answer our questions.

    We expect this event to be sold out! Professor Snyder spoke at the opening of the Humanities Festival to a room of approximately 500 people in a Festsaal in the Vienna’s Rathaus. This will be an opportunity for our members to listen to and ask questions of Professor Snyder in a small venue. Be sure to RSVP to secure a place for you and your non-American guests by October 17, 2018. At that point we will open reservations to members of the Republikanischer Club. Professor Snyder spoke at the opening of the Humanities Festival to a room of approximately 500 people in a Festsaal in the Vienna’s Rathaus. This will be an opportunity for our members to listen and ask questions to Professor Snyder in a small venue.

    We have ordered a limited number of copies of Professor Snyder’s books, Road to Unfreedom and 20 Lessons on Tyranny, to be available for purchase at the event – he’ll also be signing books at the end of the evening. Let me know if you you’d like to pre-order a book(s) and we’ll reserve it for you. Please include the title and number of copies. 

    Read more about Professor Snyder’s new book in the Guardian

     

     

    WHEN: October 24, 2018 at 4-6pm

    WHERE: Republikanischer Club, Rockhgasse 1, Vienna 1010

    CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper [email protected]

    RSVP REQUIRED: democratsabroad.org

     

     

    Solidarity Sundays 18

    The Lucrative Business of US Prison

    Civics Lessons continue at Solidarity Sundays.

    On October 28th, DAA members are invited to attend Solidarity Sundays Vienna #18, where we will explore the complex issues of America’s justice and prison systems. We will learn about the system’s contours – How many Americans are incarcerated? How do we compare with other nations? Who is incarcerated? What are the social and economic costs? -- and the major players -- Who contributed to the crisis? Who benefits from it? Who is trying to reform it? We’ll turn our attention to policy choices being discussed and learn of some surprising reform allies. Is this an issue that can rise above partisan politics? Is there anything you can do to support reform from Austria? At a dark time in American politics, join us to shine much-needed light on this uniquely American crisis.This is the last Solidarity Sunday before the November 6th midterm elections. Help decide where Solidarity Sundays go from here. We’re a grassroots effort, and work best when we reflect the priorities of our members. Tell us you’re coming hereor on Facebook.

    Bring a friend.

    Visit us on facebook.

    WHEN: October 28, 2018 at 4-6pm

    WHERE: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, Vienna 1070

    CONTACT: Juan David Cerda · [email protected]

     

     

    Election Night Party

    We've canvassed, we've phone-banked, we've voted, and on election night we'll be watching for the wave! Join us for dinner and drinks and stay late as the election results come in.

    WHEN: November 6, 2018 at 7-?

    WHERE: TBA

    CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · [email protected]

    RSVP: democratsabroad.org

     

     

    Thanksgiving

    Join DA Austria at our annual Thanksgiving Dinner. This year’s Feast with all the Fixings will be held at the Melker Stiftskeller in Vienna’s first district.

    WHEN: November 22, 2018, 7-11pm

    WHERE: Melker Stiftskeller, Schottengasse 3, 1010 Vienna

    CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · [email protected]

    RSVP REQUIRED: democratsabroad.com

     


    November 6 Midterm Elections

     

    2018 General Election Deadlines - by State

    You should have already received your ballot. If you haven't contact your Local Election Official. When you receive your ballot, don't wait to send it in! Check the your States deadlines here.

     

     

    Texas Voters – Alert!

    You may have seen the news that TX rejected 2400 voter registrations that used Vote.org's camera signature capture method. Vote.org says they are challenging the decision--while getting the hard copies in to TX by the deadline--so we're keeping an eye on it and hope that the site will be back online soon.

    But couple of things to remember about TX:

    • Oct 9thdeadline is to register to vote for a full ballot (federal and state)
    • TX voters have until Oct 26th to register to vote for a federal-only ballot (or for registered voters to request either type of ballot). Federal voters can still vote against Ted Cruz and for Beto O’Rourke.
    • TX only allows overseas voters to vote in state elections if they "intend to return"-- although there is no state income tax -- so there's no state tax downside to saying "intend to return" if that's even a remote possibility
    • Overseas voters can return FPCAs by email without the need for a hardcopy follow-up and are encouraged to do so rather than use fax return. See https://www.fvap.gov/guide/chapter2/texas:

    "IMPORTANT NOTE: Under new state law effective December 1, 2017, a timely faxed FPCA must be followed with a hard-copy mailed FPCA that must be received by the early voting clerk by the fourth business day after the fax. This rule does not apply to an emailed FPCA. Texas strongly recommends using email transmission instead of faxing if you wish to use the fastest delivery method for your FPCA."

    – Heidi Burch, DA GOTV Coordinator

     

     

    Pennsylvania Voters – Alert!

    Pennsylvania voters abroad have been unable to access the ballots that were emailed to them. After much back and forth with the DNC, the Election Assistance Commission, the Coordinated Campaigns in PA and the PA Democratic party and PA’s Dept of State agreed to allow voters abroad access to ballots through an email request. The solution is not perfect but the improvement is encouraging. Many thanks to the DNC Voter Protection team, Giulia Marchiori Ceresa, Carmelan Polce, Susan Schoenfeld Harrington, Jeffrey Cheng, Joe Smallhoover, Heidi Burch and Eileen Weinberg for their help pushing this important issue. DA’s International Secretary and PA voter made the local news.

    Information for PA Absentee Voters Abroad

     

     

    Voter Registration FAQ #24

    “I haven’t received my blank ballot yet, what should I do?

    • Check your Spam folder (if requested electronically)
    • Contact LEO to find out why you didn’t receive a ballot
    • If your state requires a FPCA before FWAB: Verify FPCA received; if not, send in first
    • If your state allows a FWAB to register or request -- watch deadlines!
    • Go to FVAP or VFA to fill in a FWAB -- return immediately
    • If an official ballot comes later, vote and return immediately (if both received on time, only the official ballot will be counted)

    How do I vote using the back-up ballot?

    Email, Fax or Mail In: https://www.democratsabroad.org/fwab

    Mail In Only: https://www.democratsabroad.org/fwab_mail

    Read the entire list of FAQ's



    Returning your ballot via the US Embassy

    We received the following message from a member who made an enquiry at the embassy. They say it takes approximately 10 days, so be sure to drop it off ASAP if you plan to use their service!

    “We can send your ballot via diplomatic pouch which will take about ten days. Just leave it with our reception desk. ...You may mail your ballot to the U.S. Embassy, ACS, Boltzmanngasse 16, 1090 Wien. Or you may submit it to the Consulate directly in person at U.S. Consulate, Citizen Services, Parkring 12a, A-1010 Vienna, Austria, Mon-Fri 8.00 am to 3.00pm.”

     


    Issues & Actions:

     

    #CycleForSanity

    Hello Bikeathon (www.mmpbike.weebly.com) followers near and far! During the past few days we have made our way from Chicago to Hammond, Gary, Michigan City, and South Bend, learning from DNC Chair Tom Perez, Indiana State Chair John Zody, State Senator Karen Tallian, County Commissioner Dr. Vidya Kora, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

    On October 3 we canvassed in Mishawaka, and on the 5th, we met with the ProKzooers, NextGen Michiganders, State Representative Candidate Terri McKinnon, and "local" microbrewer David Beaver at Bell's Brewery from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Among other things, we reported on the political work we have experienced and asked Kalamazooers to share with us their insights about campaigning in Southern Michigan. What can we do together to turn our ripples into a blue wave of progressive change in November?

    Please join our "on-the-road" story, share it on your timeline, and talk to friends and family! Oh--and, if you are voting absentee, post a selfie with your enveloped ballot and encourage all to follow you!

    – Bruce Murray, DAA Counsel

     

    Webinar – Dan Pfeiffer of Pod Save America

    Join us October 17, 2 PM DC time (8pm Austria), for a lively discussion on the current American political scene in the US with Dan Pfeiffer of Pod Save America.

    RSVP below to reserve a spot for the webinar which will be both informative and a call to action.

    If you have questions you would like asked during the call, please send via email before October 14, to [email protected] the subject line "Questions Webinar with Dan Pfeiffer."

    Dan's Biography:

    Our speaker tonight is the beloved Dan Pfeiffer from Pod Save America. After the 2008 presidential election, he ran the communications office for the Obama-Biden Transition team. Less than a year later, Pfeiffer was named White House Communications Director. He remained in this role for the entire first term of the Obama presidency. He was then promoted to Senior Advisor for Strategy and Communications until he left the administration in 2015.

    In January, 2017, Crooked Media launched the popular progressive political podcast, Pod Save America, with the Thursday edition hosted by Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer. His book, Yes we (still) can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter and Trump, was published in June of this year. It is 'An irreverent, no-B.S. take on the crazy politics of our time'

    WHEN: October 17, 2018 at 2-3:30pm (DC)/8-9:30pm (Austria)

    WHERE: Zoom Webinar

    CONTACT: [email protected]

    RSVP: Dan Pfieffer from Pod Save America Webinar

     

     

    Equal Rights Amendment Project & Webinar

    The Global Women’s Caucus is pleased to announce the kick-off to our Equal Rights Amendment project.

    Check out our ERA Wiki Page.

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Oct 16 2PM EDT to hear from the executive director, Kamala Lopez, of Equal Means Equal. She will be sharing with us information about why the ERA is important for women’s rights, what their organization is doing to help, and why it is so important to vote for state legislature candidates that support ERA in the 13 states where it has not yet been ratified. It should be an exciting hour. More details are forthcoming with the RSVP link. Please save the date.

    The webinar is the only planned ERA activity until after the election. Then we have several things planned to help make the ERA not just a proposed amendment but actually part of the constitution.

    – Shari Temple, DA Global IT Team Chair, DA Germany Voting Representative

    WHEN: October 16, 2018 at 2-3:30pm (DC)/8-9:30pm (Austria)

    WHERE: Zoom Webinar

    CONTACT: [email protected]

    RSVP: Equal Means Equal ERA Webinar

     


    Reviews:

     

    Phonebanking Parties

    During August and September, DA Austria made phone-banking fun by hosting a series of parties to help volunteers get trained on the new CallHub calling system. In all, more than 30 volunteers have been telephoning our members in Austria. Globally, Austria came in 5th place in Vote From Abroad usage with 87% of our membership!

    Big thanks to Tanya, Caitlin, Marcy, Salem, Juan, and Faith for organizing and hosting. And thanks to all those volunteers who overcame any initial hesitancy and spent literally hours reaching our members!

    We’re now calling flippable states – want to help?

    Help others vote! After you have requested your ballot and voted you can help by making calls to other DA Members to encourage them to register and to vote. You call using your computer, so there's no charge to you, and will be connected with other DA members from flippable States throughout the world. For more information about DA's phonebanking system and how to sign up, please go to our website.

     

     

    Fiesta FunRaiser

    35 amigos and amigas got together at Tanya’s home on September 29 for a Fiesta FunRaiser to support DA Austria’s get out the vote efforts. Both the margaritas and the buffet – enchiladas rice, beans, empanadas, salad, and blue wave cookies – were overflowing! Attendees took a swing at a piñata and won some great donated raffle prizes, which included a copy of Woodward’s new book, Fearand a signed edition of Timothy Snyder’s, Road to Unfreedom. Thanks to everyone who came and supported our efforts!

     

     

    Solidarity Sundays “Know Thy Enemy“

    On September 29th a band of Solidarity Sundays activists looked deeply into the emerging picture of Trump supporters. Five distinct groups exist within the Trump voting bloc, and a couple of them are open to sensible political appeals. The key is knowing what energizes them and speaking to shared priorities and issues. One core group remains out of reach, and it’s instructive to understand why. Conventional wisdom after the 2016 election was that economic suffering drove Trump’s base. Political scientists now debunk this analysis. Their finding: white, Christian, male voters supported -- and continue to support -- Trump out of fear their social status is dwindling. The successful GOP weaponization of #MeToo during the Kavanaugh nomination process demonstrates the political potency of resentment. In 1992 voter concerns were captured by the motto “It’s the economy, Stupid”; in 2016 what resonated was “It’s the culture, Stupid”. How to reason with a Trump supporter? A popular tactic that doesn’t work : mocking them. Pointing out their mistaken choice is instinctive to many Democrats, but it radicalizes rather than enlightens Trumpers. When everyone condemns them, they retreat into an extreme and hateful mindset. Solidarity Sundays attendees were treated to a terrific (and terrifically NSFW) Southpark episode to illustrate the phenomenon. Have a look at this nuanced and insightful analysis here – and have a think.

     


    Member’s Corner:

     

    Austrian Tax Information for Expats

    The Vienna Business Agency has organized an information evening for expats to learn more about general Austrian tax and social security conditions.

    Tax experts from Deloitte will be giving an overview of tax and social security issues related to your employment in Austria, especially filing due dates and deductible expenses.

    WHEN: October 17, 2018 at 12-1pm

    WHERE: Expat Center, Schmerlingplatz 3, 1010 Vienna

    RSVP:Tax Information

     


     


  • published September Newsletter in News 2018-08-30 07:49:11 -0400

    September Newsletter

    The clock is ticking! There are 67 days until the Midterm Elections but even less time until the cutoff date for overseas voters to request their ballots. If you have not registered to vote/requested your ballot, now is the time. Go to Votefromabroad.org and do it today!

    If you are already registered, it doesn't hurt to check your registration at iwillvote.com. This election is extremely important: don’t be disenfranchised by Republican tricks. Also, if your state's primary has already occurred and you didn’t receive a ballot for that election, you might not be registered.

    Need information on the candidates running in your state's elections? You can use Ballotpedia’s Sample Ballot Lookup Tool. All you need is your voting address and you can find out who’s running in the various elections. There are links to the candidates' website’s, information on ballot measures and more. If your state has not had its primary elections yet, you can get information on primary candidates there too.

     

    In September's Newsletter:

    Midterm Elections

    • Election Calendar: Register, Request, Return!
    • Protect Your Vote

    Events

    • Phone-banking parties in September
    • Experienced Dems
    • Fiesta Funraiser
    • Solidarity Sundays
    • Young Dems

    Save the Dates!

    • November 6, Election Night Party with special guest performer
    • DAA Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, November 22 in 1010 Vienna

    Issues & Actions

    • Meet Salem Madlo-Islas
    • We’re Democrats. In Vorarlberg
    • Thanks to our Sustaining Donors
    • Flipping the House - Phone-banking parties in August & September
      • Tuesday, Sept. 4– SolSun Civics Special
      • Thursday, Sept. 13– Don’t Wait, It’s Late!
      • Monday, Sept. 20– 46 Days to the Midterms

    Reviews

    • Summer Voter Shout-Out
    • Graz Phonebanking Event
    • On the Road in Innsbruck

    Members Corner

    • The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder
    Read more

  • published Fiesta FunRaiser in News 2018-08-30 07:43:17 -0400

    Fiesta FunRaiser

     

    SOLD OUT!

    Margaritas, Enchiladas, Music, and a Blue Wave – we're ready for a fiesta! Proceeds raised will be used to fund our Get Out the Vote effort and we're making it fun – there will even be a (you know who) piñata to take a swing at. Join us as we enter the midterms with a bash. 

    Read more

  • published PROTECT YOUR VOTE in News 2018-08-29 14:05:49 -0400

    PROTECT YOUR VOTE

     

     

     

    Federal law states that Americans living overseas MUST request an absentee ballot for every election calendar year they want to vote. Using Vote From Abroad ensures that you are on the federal list of overseas voters and cannot be purged by a local election official or state law. Use votefromabroad.org and be certain that your vote is locked in. 


  • FLIPPING THE HOUSE - PHONE-BANKING PARTIES IN SEPTEMBER

    What could be a better way to spend an evening than with other DAA members working to flip the House? It’s easy, fun, and the most effective way to get our members to the polls. Join us at one of our get togethers in September. The midterm clock is ticking...

    In the 2014 Midterms only 4% of Americans living abroad voted. We must do better! The upcoming midterm election is probably one of the most important in our lifetime. Help us save democracy one call to a voter at a time!

    Bring your laptop, charger, and earbuds/headphones with microphone. We'll supply the pizza and beer.

    You've never phone-banked before? No problem! We have a training session for newbies from 6-6:30pm. We'll walk you through it, you'll be comfortable in no time. We're calling our members and they LOVE hearing from us!

    SolSun Civics Special

    WHEN: Tuesday, September 4, 6:00pm

     

    Don’t Wait,It’s Late!

    WHEN: Thursday, September 13, 5:30pm

     

    46 Days to the Midterms

    WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30pm

     

    WHERE: The phonebanking parties will be held in private homes, please rsvp below to get the exact address.

    You’re fed up with the current administration and want to start calling immediately to vote them out? You can’t attend one of our phonebanking parties? You can still save our democracy by getting out the vote! Go toPhonebank to get started. And feel free to emailif you have any questions or need assistance.


  • published Timothy Snyder in Vienna in News 2018-08-29 12:51:01 -0400

    Timothy Snyder in Vienna

     

     

    Timothy Snyder will be opening the 3rd Vienna Humanities Festival from September 27-30, 2018. Find out more about the program on the IWM website. He has also recently published a new book.

    The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder

    With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy seemed final.

    Read more

  • published Democrats in Graz Phonebanking Party in News 2018-08-23 17:01:17 -0400

    Democrats in Graz Phonebanking Party

    "The midterm elections in November are the last remaining obstacle to President Trump's consolidation of power.[...] Republican turnout has exceeded or equalled Democratic turnout in every midterm since 1978, no matter which party held the Presidency, with an average margin of three per cent - more than enough to decide control of Congress in a closely divided election." (George Packer in The New Yorker)

    The midterm elections are fast approaching and the deadline for requesting your absentee ballot is in the next few weeks. We need to make several hundred phone calls - preferably by Sept. 1st! - to get our members registered to vote in 2018.

    This year, we have a new phonebanking system that is extremely easy to use - all you need is your laptop (I will provide the internet connection) and a headset if you have one, and I will show you the rest! Together let's see if we can reach more Dems in an hour than our friends in Vienna can! ;)

    Feel free to tell your friends - we can expand to more dates and locations if necessary! I will provide refreshments but you will be kicked out promptly at 6:00 pm so my kids can sleep :)

    BE THE WAVE - BE A VOTER!

    Monday, August 27, 2018 at 03:30 PM
    Royalkino in Graz, Austria

     

    The listed address is only for orientation. This phonebanking party is in a private home, please rsvp below to get the exact address.

    You can also visit us on facebook.

     


  • published Summer Voter Shout-Out in News 2018-08-23 06:38:24 -0400

    Summer Voter Shout-Out

     

    We're calling our members and building the wave! Six DAA members got together on a hot summer evening, signed-in to call hub, and started dialing. Experienced phone-banker, Karin, said, "This is so much easier than the old system!" We reached a lot of DA Austria members and reminded them to got to votefromabroad.org to register and request their ballot. Don't wait for our call – do it today!

    Join us at an upcoming phone-banking party or start calling immediately here


  • published Cycling for Sanity in News 2018-08-16 11:23:46 -0400

    Cycling for Sanity

    Midwest Midterm Progressive Bikeathon

    DA Austria Counsel, Bruce Murray, is planning to bike all the way from Madison, WI starting on 15 September and finishing in Braddock, PA on 6 November.

    Along the way, he wants to learn what is on the minds of Midwesterners, get out the vote, volunteer for progressive candidates, and have fun! After each week of what he calls “cycling for sanity,” he will hold a rally in Chicago, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh, to encourage all of us to join together in ensuring that we “switch gears” with the Midterm Elections to get our country back on track!

    Curious?

    The Bikeathon Site provides a wealth of information. Its Course/Schedule page offers entertaining course, calendar, and mileage information.  The Podcasts  and Playlist pages offer great audio and an invitation to add your favovorite biker song! if you have questions, use the Contact page. AND go to the Participation page to sign up to cycle, celebrate, volunteer and/or pledge to vote!  I just did. How about you? 


  • published DA Austria on Falter Radio Podcast in News 2018-08-13 17:44:51 -0400

    DA Austria on Falter Radio Podcast

    Trump– Between Europe & China

    DA Austria was invited to take part in a Falter Radio podcast to discuss how Trump has changed the U.S and how he's attacked Europe and China. Taking part in the discussion were Martin Staudinger (Profil), China expert Daniel Fuchs (Chengdu-London), Jennifer Rakow-Stepper (Democrats Abroad Austria, Chair), and host Raimund Löw (ORF, Falter). 

     


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  • published July Newsletter in News 2018-07-09 10:46:34 -0400

    July Newsletter



    IN THIS ISSUE:

    Events

    • Experienced Dems Meet-Up
    • Flipping the House - Phone-banking parties in August & September
    • Amsterdam Pride Fundraiser on August 4
    • Young Dems August Pub Night

    Midterm Elections

    • Election Calendar: Register, Request, Return!

    Issues & Actions

    • Postcard Outreach Action
    • Enough! Vote Them Out
    • Final Deliberation on the Unity Reform Commission (URC) Proposals

    Reviews

    • Solidarity Sundays Vienna Targets Gun Violence
    • An Event-full June

    Save these Phonebanking Dates!

    • Summer Voter Shout-Out on Wednesday, August 22
    • SolSun Civics Special on Tuesday, September 4
    • Dems Dialing for Voters on Thursday, September 20
    • Don’t Wait, It’s Late! on Monday, September 26


    WE’RE RECHARGING OUR BATTERIES AND TAKING A SUMMER BREAK.

    WE'LL SEE YOU AT OUR FALL EVENTS BEGINNING ON AUGUST 22. ENJOY THE SUMMER!


    EVENTS:


    Experienced Dems Meet-Up

    Come one, come all to the July meet-up of Experienced Democrats. Take the time to discuss the latest news from the USA, positive and negative, with like-minded people of a certain age.

    WHEN: Tuesday, July 17

    WHERE: Cafe Museum, Operngasse 7 1010 Wien

    RSVP: Experienced Dems



    FLIPPING THE HOUSE - 

    PHONE-BANKING PARTIES IN AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

    What could be a better way to spend an evening than with other DAA members working to flip the House? It’s easy, fun, and the most effective way to get our members to the polls. Join us at one of our get togethers from the end of August through September. The midterm clock is ticking...

    In the 2014 Midterms only 4% of Americans living abroad voted. We must do better! The upcoming midterm election is probably one of the most important in our lifetime. Help us save democracy one call to a voter at a time!

    Bring your laptop, charger, and earbuds/headphones with microphone. We'll supply the pizza and beer.

    You've never phone-banked before? No problem! We have a training session for newbies from 6-6:30pm. We'll walk you through it, you'll be comfortable in no time. We're calling our members and they LOVE hearing from us!

    You’re fed up with the current administration and want to start calling immediately to vote them out? You can’t attend one of our phonebanking parties? You can still save our democracy by getting out the vote! Go to the handy Phonebanking Introduction to get started. And feel free to email if you have any questions or need assistance.

    WHEN: Always from 6pm - 9pm on the following days: Summer Voter Shout-Out on Wednesday, August 22; SolSun Civics Special on Tuesday, September 4; Dems Dialing for Voters on Thursday, September 20; Don’t Wait,It’s Late! on Monday, September 26

    WHERE: The phonebanking parties will be held in private homes, please rsvp below to get the exact address.

    CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · [email protected] or Tanya Lolonis · [email protected]



    JOIN DEMOCRATS ABROAD FOR A UNIQUE FRONT-ROW VIEW OF AMSTERDAM’S WORLD FAMOUS GAY PRIDE CANAL PARADE!

    If you’ve never experienced Amsterdam Gay Pride, thousands line the streets along the canals jostling for a glimpse of the parade as it sails past. But we’ll have our very own boat moored at a prime location along the route!

    We guarantee you the best view in town — complete with unlimited beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks and our own sound system to get the party started. You’re welcome aboard from 12:30, with the first floats arriving around 14:00. The last one closes the parade around 17:30. A limited number of VIP ticketsare also available, which include a 90 minute boat tour of the city with refreshments early the evening before (Aug 3). Click here for more information.

    Visiting from out of town? Homestays are possible on a first come, first served basis. You’re welcome to contact Democrats Abroad Netherlands Chair Kendra Borgen at [email protected].

    WHEN: August 4, 2018

    WHERE: Amsterdam, Netherlands

    CONTACT: Kendra Borgen · [email protected]

    RSVP: Amsterdam Gay Pride Fundraiser


    YOUNG DEMS PUB NIGHT

    Join us at our summer meet-up. We hope to see a lot of you and you’re welcome to bring friends! Please look for updated information on our facebook page.

    WHEN & Where: TBA, August 2018

    CONTACT: Ashley Arreola · [email protected]


    ISSUES & ACTIONS:




    Postcard Outreach Action

    Are you a swing state voter? Do you not receive our emails or calls? If so, you’ve most likely heard from us over the past few months. DA activists have been busy writing members like you a postcard to remind you to register, request, and return your ballot for the midterm election. Drop us a line. We’d love to hear that our work paid off!



    MIDTERM ELECTIONS: ELECTION CALENDAR – REGISTER, REQUEST, RETURN!

    Lots of primaries are coming up and many of them have summer deadlines! Check below for important registration dates. But why wait? Register to vote today at Vote from Abroad and you’ll have registered and requested your ballot for all 2018 elections in one easy step. Midterm elections are Federal elections and you can vote in them. Don’t be a victim of voter purges. By law, overseas voters MUST register every calendar year!

    Do you vote in one of these States?Alabama (run-off), Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia (Primary run-off), Guam, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina (Federal run-off), Oklahoma (run-off), Rhode Island, Tennessee Vermont, Virgin Islands, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Then READ MORE for your State’s upcoming deadlines and mark your calendar today!



    DNC RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE (RBC) – FINAL DELIBERATION ON THE UNITY REFORM COMMISSION (URC) PROPOSALS

    The DA Progressive Caucus(ProDA) hosted a vibrant online cafe on June 17th, focusing on the final phase of RBC work with reforms the URC proposed in the aftermath of the 2016 primaries. The RBC must vote on its version of the reforms by the end of June. The DNC is scheduled to vote on them in August. The main proposals foresee changes in primary/caucus models; party outreach, diversity, and transparency; and superdelegate influence. Special ProDA cafe guest Selina Vickers (West Virginia), who has provided excellent live stream coverage and commentary on the URC/RBC reform work for well over a year, summarized the process and offered scenarios for the upcoming final voting. Here is a condensed scenario version:

    1. Accept Unity Reform Commission changes
    2. Keep automatic delegates in the convention, but not allow them to take part in the initial vote,
    3. Vote down the Unity Reform Commission recommendations in their entirety, in other words, vote for the status quo,
    4. Add delegates from the community to the states using a 25% proportionality formula.

    Selina is hopeful that the Party will become more inclusive, diverse, and transparent, as we strive for greater strength and unity on the road to the midterms and beyond.

    UPDATE: On June 27th, the RBC endorsed what it refers to as the third way plus for “superdelegate” voting at presidential nominating conventions. It is intended to curb the influence of superdelegates by conditionally removing the unpledged delegates from first ballot at the convention.

    The conditions of those contingencies for superdelegate participation fall into three categories.

    1. If a candidate wins 50 percent of the pledgeddelegates plus one during or by the end of primary season, then the superdelegates are barred from the first ballot.
    2. If a candidate wins 50 percent of all of the delegates (including superdelegates) plus one, then the superdelegate opt-in is triggered and that faction of delegates can participate in the first (and only) round of voting.
    3. If no candidate wins a majority of either pledged or all delegates during or by the end of primary season, then superdelegates are barred from the first round and allowed in to vote in the second round to break the stalemate.

    Importantly, the first contingency allows a candidate to win without superdelegates, while the second deprives superdelegates through a supermajority requirement the ability to overturn the pledged delegate majority scenario in the first contingency. Here is a source of more information.

    – Bruce Murray, DA Austria Counsel


    REVIEWS:


    SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS VIENNA TARGETS GUN VIOLENCE

    On June 24th, Solidarity Sundays took a deep dive into what the data tells us about gun violence in America, and how effective policy needs to address different causes.

    We learned how to make sense of the NRA‘s resistance to public safety concerns, and how early signs are showing some movement in the direction of common-sense gun laws. While the NRA remains largely unassailable at the federal level, activists are making meaningful gains in state houses across the country.

    Test how well you know America‘s gun culture by taking the „Make My Day Gun Quiz“, (insert link to SS FB page). Solidarity Sundays attendees found some answers more surprising than expected.

    Getting any progress on gun control means getting good politicians into office. With that in mind, the band turned to getting DA members in Austria registered to vote. In all, over 150 postcards were handwritten reminding voters to register and request ballots at VoteFromAbroad.org. The postcard project is part of Solidarity Sundays Vienna’s ongoing focus on getting out the 2018 vote in Austria, which has included phonebanking and registering Americans at various public locales. When David Byrne asked DAA to set up and register voters at his concert in the Museumsquartier, SolSunners were tapped to help DAA woman the tables. Got a suggestion where we might meet a lot of Americans? Send us a message: solsunvienna.

    – Tanya Lolonis, Solidarity Sundays Co-Coordinator




    AN EVENT-FULL JUNE

    It was great to see so many of you at one or more of the whopping eight different events that happened in June! We’ll be recharging our batteries over the summer and gearing up for a big push to get all our members to vote in the midterm election in November. But before we head off for distant ports, here’s a quick recap of June’s events.

    We began the month under LGBT Caucus leader Juan Cerda’s guidance and participated in the annual Regenbogenparade. At March in Pride DA members and friends showed our support and solidarity with our LGBTQ friends and family. The following Monday, a group of seven members gathered at Tanya’s place for pizza and beer and phone banked lots of our members to remind them they have to re-register every year. On the last Sunday of June, Solidarity Sundays discussed gun violence in America (see article above) and reached out to members to affect change at the ballot box.


    David Byrne has also been encouraging Americans to vote and has invited Vote From Abroad to set up a stand at his concerts on his current European tour. We were in the Museums Quartier’s Halle E on the 26th and registered a bunch of grateful Americans – Burning Down the House!

    Finally, on the 30th DA Austria joined more than 700 Families Belong Together marches worldwide to demand the end of Trump’s Zero Tolerance policy and the reunification of the families. It was a somber demonstration as a variety of members read the tragic stories of parents and children who had been torn apart at the border. Danny Chicago and Raina Saul-Ganev provided wonderful music and songs and some of the of the more than 30 members who attended left chalk-written messages in front of the US Consulate. 

    And if that wasn’t enough, Black Caucus Book Club, Young Dems, and Experienced Dems all had their regular monthly meet-ups! As you can see, DA Austria is rev’d up and busy. Enjoy the summer break and I hope to see you soon at an upcoming event!

    – Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DA Austria Chair


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  • published June Newsletter in News 2018-06-04 11:14:53 -0400

    June Newsletter

     

    In this issue:

     

    Events

    • Phonebanking Party
    • March with Pride
    • Experienced Dems
    • SolSun Battleground America: Looking at the Policy of Guns
    • Global Black Caucus Book Club
    • Young Dems June Pub Night

    Save the Dates!

    Issues & Actions

    • Election Calendar: Register, Request, Return!
    • Midwest Midterm Progressive Bikeathon

    Reviews

    • Graz Voter Registration Pub Night
    • Shining a Light on Dark Money
    • Why I Am No Longer Talking [With White People] About Race

    Events:

     

    Phonebanking Party

    Join DAA members and friends as we celebrate another day at the polls. Between 6 and 9pm on Tuesday, June 5th we're calling members from States who have primaries coming up and reminding them to Register, Request, and Return their ballots.

    What better way to build the Blue Wave than with pizza and wine and other wave makers! Bring your laptop, charger, and earbuds/headphones with microphone. We'll supply the rest.

    You've never phone-banked before? No problem! We have a training session for newbies from 6-6:30pm. We'll walk you through it, you'll be comfortable in no time. We're calling our members and they LOVE hearing from us!

    WHEN:Tuesday, June 5th at 6pm - 9pm
    WHERE:The listed addressis only for orientation. This phonebanking party is in a private home, please rsvp below to get the exact address.
    CONTACT:Tanya Lolonis · [email protected]
    RSVP: Phonebanking Party

     

     

    March with Pride

    Join Democrats Abroad Austria as we march and dance at this year’s Vienna Pride Parade. This year's Pride Parade theme is "Love, Respect, and Solidarity."

    Agenda layout:

    2pm: We will start forming our contingent. We’ll know our pride parade contingent number closer to the parade date and will keep you posted. We’ll probably start marching somewhere between the hours of 3pm - 4pm, so please remember to eat something beforehand, bring water and suntan lotion, and wear comfortable shoes.

    We urge participants to bring signs—the more colorful and creative the better:)

    Participants may simply join the group at the beginning of the parade route, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. For any questions please email Juan. Our parade group is open to all. Visit us on Facebook

    WHEN: June 16, 2018 at 2pm - 6pm

    WHERE: TBD front of University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, Vienna 1010

    Google map and directions

    CONTACT: Juan Cerda · [email protected]· +43 676 921 7865

    RSVP: March with Pride

     

     

    Experienced Democrats Meet-Up

    This is the 6th monthly meeting of the Experienced Democrats. All are welcome to join us! Visit us on Facebook

     

    WHEN: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 6pm

    WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna

    CONTACT: John Cahill: [email protected] +436766952766

    RSVP: Experienced Democrats

     

     

    Global Black Caucus Book Club II

    Join us as we conclude our journey through "Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race" by British author Reni Eddo-Lodge. We will discuss the last four chapters (Fear of a Black Planet, The Feminism Question, Race and Class and There’s no Justice, There’s Just Us). So read up and come ready with comments, questions and reflections.

    Please remember to bring a donation, as we will begin fundraising for the Innocence Project, an organization devoted to exonerating the wrongly convicted and working towards criminal justice reform https://www.innocenceproject.org/. We look forward to reading and discovering with you! Power to the readers!

    WHEN: June 20, 2018 at 7pm - 10pm

    WHERE: Phil, Gumpendorfer Straße 10-12, 1060 Vienna

    Google map and directions

    CONTACT:Faith Herbold· [email protected]· 0660 277 6485

    RSVP: GBC Book Club

     

    Solidarity Sunday #16

    Battleground America: Looking at the Policy of Guns.

    Join the hardy band of Solidarity Sundays activists on June 24th when we will start with the three hundred million privately owned firearms in the United States and ask: How did we get here? Is there a real chance for change? What will it take to make changes happen?

    We’ll continue writing postcards reminding DA members to register, request ballots for November, and vote. Coffee, tea and snacks will be on hand to fortify the good people working to build the Blue Wave.

    WHEN: June 24, 2018 at 4pm - 6pm

    WHERE: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8,1070 Vienna

    Google map and directions

    CONTACT: Tanya Lolonis · [email protected]

    RSVP: SolSun #16

     

    Young Dems Pub Night

    Dear fellow Democrats, We cordially invite you to a fun get together at our June Pub Night at Peter Pane's! We hope to see a lot of you and you’re welcome to bring friends! Please rsvpto let us know how many people to expect. See you soon!

    WHEN June 29, 2018 at 7pm - 10pm

    WHERE Peter Pane, Mariahilfer Str 127, Vienna 1060

    Google map and directions

    CONTACT David Heckenberg · [email protected]· +43 664 378 2040

    RSVP: Young Dems Pub Night

     

    Save the Dates!

    • 4th of July party – TBA
    • September welcome back wine and art in the Welt Museum – TBA

    Issues & Actions:

    Midterm Elections: Election Calendar 

    – Register, Request, Return!

    Lots of primaries are coming up over the next few months and many of them have June deadlines! Check below for your state’s upcoming deadlines and mark your calendar today. But why wait? Register to vote today at Vote from Abroad. Remember, by law, overseas voters MUST register every calendar year!

    Tuesday, June 5:

    Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota

    READ MORE

    Tuesday, June 12:

    Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia


    Tuesday, June 19:

    District of Columbia, Arkansas Runoff

    READ MORE

    Tuesday, June 26:

    Colorado, Maryland, New York Federal Primary, Oklahoma, Utah, South Carolina Runoff

    READ MORE

    Tuesday July 17:

    Alabama Runoff, North Carolina Fed. Runoff

    Tuesday, July 24:

    Georgia Runoff

    Saturday, August 4:

    Virgin Islands

    READ MORE

     

    Midwest Midterm Progressive Bikeathon

    As you may have heard, DAA Counsel Bruce Murray is planning to bike from Madison, WI (15 September) to Braddock, PA (6 November). Along the way, he wants to learn what is on the minds of Midwesterners, get out the vote, volunteer for progressive candidates, and have fun! After each week of what he calls “cycling for sanity,” he will hold rallies (Chicago, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh), encouraging all of us to join together in ensuring that we “switch gears” with the Midterm Elections to get our country back on track!

    Curious?

    The Bikeathon Facebook Pageprovides a wealth of information. Click on its interactive map to see the course, calendar, and mileage. Click on the Bikeathon PODCASTand THEME SONGfor some excellent audio! Scroll down to the Bikeathon Playlist post and add your favorite biker song! Also, feel free to contact Bruce ([email protected]) if you have questions, feel the urge to volunteer, and/or want to cycle for sanity!


    Reviews:

     

     

    Graz Voter Registration Pub Night

    Over a dozen Americans in Graz - and a few Austrian partners - defied the pouring rain to make it to Culture Exchange and request their ballots! I carried my printer in my stroller; parenting small children is no excuse not to participate in our democracy! Once their absentee ballot requests were printed, our members relaxed with mojitos, burgers and breakfast burritos and wrote postcards to Americans in battleground states while chatting about all things political and personal. We had a fabulous evening and are looking forward to bimonthly meetings in the future!

    –Caitlin Ahern, Member-at-Large, Database Manager

     

     

     

    SolSun #14 – Grassroots Organizing in the Time of Trump

    Solidarity Sundays Vienna took a deep dive into grassroots organizing and activism on Sunday, March 29th. We remembered some key individuals (Harvey Milk, Martin Luther King Jr., Betty Friedan) and grassroots movements (civil rights movement, peace protests, the feminist movement, LGBTQ rights) from the past that spawned major social change. We touched on a few classic grassroots success stories (Love Canal, ActUp, and the Arab Spring).

    We took a close look at key current grassroots movements in the states (Indivisible, gun safety legislation, environmental protection) as well as major organizations (Code Pink, She Should Run, MoveOn, Black Lives Matter). In discussion we considered issues that most inspire us personally.

    – Tanya Lolonis, Solidarity Sundays Co-Coordinator

     

     

    Global Black Caucus Book Club Meeting

    A small group of DA Austria members attended the newly formed Global Black Caucus’ first official book club on May 29that the local Starbucks. Yes, you read that right, Starbucks. The date and location were specifically chosen to highlight the recent events following the arrest of two black men simply because they were waiting for a friend while black. 8,000 Starbucks US locations were shut down for an afternoon of racial bias training, which cost the company over 12 million in lost sales (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/business/starbucks-arrests-racial-bias.html). But is this enough to combat structural racism and implicit bias?

    This question lingered in the minds of the group as they delved into the personal experiences and conceptual thoughts of author Reni Eddo-Lodge in her book entitled Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race (Bloomsbury Circus, 2017). The group discussed their first impressions about such a controversial book (in both title and content) and how those impressions were shaped by their life experiences surrounding race, culture and politics.

    This was not a forum for white members to engage in self flagellation when it comes to white guilt or privilege, but rather to engage in an open and straightforward dialogue about how they view these concepts in light of their own experiences, as well as viewing them through the lens of the author and people of color. The attendance of a French born Algerian expat also added another layer of depth as she recounted her experiences being a woman of color in Europe. Overall, it was night full of revelations, laughter and learning. The group also discussed possible selections for the next book and sponsoring non-profit organizations like the Innocence Project and the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI).

    The discussion continues in part II of Reni Eddo-Lodges’ book and will be discussed on June 20th, 2018 at 7pm at Phil. We hope to see you there! Power to the readers!

    – Faith Herbold, Global Black Caucus Coordinator


  • published May Newsletter in News 2018-05-07 06:46:04 -0400

    May Newsletter


    In this Issue:

    Events

    • Experienced Democrats
    • Young Dems Pub Night
    • Graz Voter Registration Pub Night
    • Solidarity Sundays #15

    Issues & Actions

    • Election Calendar
    • Tiny Action: Power the Blue Wave

    Reviews

    • Solidarity Sundays Vienna #14
    • DAATalks: Trump, Russia, and Purpose of Foreign Policy

    Members Corner

    • From Able Amateurs To Global Presence – A History of American Diplomacy



    Events:


    EXPERIENCED DEMOCRATS MEET-UP

    This is the monthly meeting of the Experienced Democrats of Democrats Abroad Austria. Join us for conversation – political and otherwise! Find the event on Facebook

    WHEN: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6pm

    WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna

    CONTACT: John Cahill: [email protected] +436766952766

    RSVP: Experienced Democrats



    YOUNG DEMS PUB NIGHT

    This month we'll be headed outside to the Prater Hauptallee at the new grill restaurant DIE ALLEE for our monthly pub night. Voter registration will also be possible. Our reservation is at 7PM for 10 people, so please RSVP. Contact Ashley Arreola if you have trouble finding us +436503749481. Find the event on Facebook.

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7pm

    WHERE: Die Allee, Hauptallee 124, 1020 Vienna

    CONTACT: Ashley Arreola: [email protected] +436503749481

    RSVP: Young Dems Pub Night


    GRAZ VOTER REGISTRATION PUB NIGHT

    We invite everyone in the Graz area to come join us for a drink or dinner at Culture Exchange, a restaurant/cafe & bike shop, with a bike rental, library, workshops, gallery, music events, English-language movie nights, quiz nights & more. Enjoy some delicious wraps, veggie burgers, cocktails or a beer. We'll help you fill out and mail your ballot request form for the 2018 midterms! Printer, envelopes and stamps will be provided for a 1 EUR donation. We'll also share some ideas for Getting Out the Vote! Bring your friends and spread the word! Find us on Facebook

    WHEN: Friday, May 18, 2018 at 5pm-9pm

    WHERE: Culture Exchange Graz, Grazbachgasse 47, 8010 Graz

    CONTACT: Caitlin Ahern [email protected]

    RSVP: Graz Voter Registration Pub Night



    SOL SUN #15– SHINING LIGHT ON DARK MONEY

    Join us as we shine a light on dark money in US politics. What is Dark Money? How does it distort our democracy? What remedies do we have?

    Then we'll brainstorm on ways to raise for the Democratic Blue Wave and design a fundraiser of our own. Find us on Facebook


    WHEN: May 27, 2018 at 4pm-6pm

    WHERE:  Amerlinghaus,Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna

    CONTACT: Juan Cerda · [email protected] · +436769217865

    RSVP: SolSun#15



    Issues & Actions:


    Election Calendar – Register, Request, Return!

    Lots of primaries are coming up over the next few months and many of them have May deadlines! Check below for your state’s upcoming deadlines and mark your calendar today. READ MORE for full details.

    Tuesday, June 5:

    • Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota

    Tuesday, June 12:

    • Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia

    Tuesday, June 19:

    • District of Columbia

    Tuesday, June 19:

    • Arkansas Runoff

    Tuesday, June 26:

    • Colorado, Maryland, New York Federal Primary, Oklahoma, Utah


    Tiny Action: Power the Blue Wave

    A lot of people ask us if they can vote this year, and if voting in 2018 is worth it.

    Yes. And yes.

    Midterm elections are federal elections, which means that anyone who can vote in a presidential election year can also vote for Senate and House races in the midterms.

    And WOW is this year’s election important. If Democrats take back Congress - and we can - we will change Washington. Which is why our single most important task this year is getting all Democrats abroad to vote. This is not a task for October. This is an action for NOW.

    This week's Tiny Action: Sign up to be a phone bank volunteer, and start making those calls!

    88% of members we called in 2016 submitted a ballot, but less than 2 in 10 of you signed up to phonebank when we asked in February. So we’re asking again.

    Phone banking is easy, flexible, free (with an internet connection and laptop) and rewarding. Phone bankers in the U.S. are shocked to hear how often our members THANK us for calling them about voting!

    New to phone banking?

    1. Log in to democratsabroad.org and sign up to help with phone banking.
    2. Review important info for first-time phone bankers.
    3. You will receive an email from CallHub - the system we use to call Americans abroad - to activate your account.
    4. Log in to CallHub and get started!

    Returning phone banker?

    1. Review the refresher materials and info on current campaigns here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking
    2. Go to https://callhub.io to enter your username and password.
    3. - Your username is probably country code and name. Ex: CA-Heidi-Burch
    4. - Forgot your password? Click Forgot to receive CallHub instructions to set up a new one.
    5. Start making those calls!

    Overseas votes HAVE decided close elections in the past, and we’ll do it again - but not without your help.

    Read more and take a moment to explore the wealth of information and actions that are regularly updated at Democrats Abroad.



    Reviews:


    SolSun #14 – Grassroots Organizing in the Time of Trump

    Solidarity Sundays Vienna took a deep dive into grassroots organizing and activism on Sunday, March 29th. We remembered some key individuals (Harvey Milk, Martin Luther King Jr., Betty Friedan) and grassroots movements (civil rights movement, peace protests, the feminist movement, LGBTQ rights) from the past that spawned major social change. We touched on a few classic grassroots success stories (Love Canal, ActUp, and the Arab Spring).

    We took a close look at key current grassroots movements in the states (Indivisible, gun safety legislation, environmental protection) as well as major organizations (Code Pink, She Should Run, MoveOn, Black Lives Matter). In discussion we considered issues that most inspire us personally.

    – Tanya Lolonis, Solidarity Sundays Co-Coordinator


    DAATalks: Trump, Russia, and Purpose of Foreign Policy

    Prior to a dynamic discussion at the Republikanischer Club on May 2nd, Dana Allin, Senior Fellow at London think tank IISS*, challenged DAA members to jettison conventional approaches to Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Americans need a better understanding of the purpose of foreign policy. Specifically, Allin made a full-throated case for restoring an ideological component to foreign policy.

    Post-war American foreign policy was animated by the pursuit of American interest and values. Richard Nixon pursued détente with the Soviet Union and opening to China to change the world order and improve America’s position within it. For all the defects in George W. Bush’s response to 9/11, he grasped that his policies would inspire anti-Muslim backlash, and took steps to prevent this. Uniquely for an American president, Trump’s foreign policy is unmoored from any concept of American interest.

    How might liberals articulate the purpose of American foreign policy after Trump?

    Dana Allin offered two proposals. First, America needs to acknowledge that Russia’s aggression is rooted in NATO and EU expansion. George Kennan, architect of soviet containment policy, warned that no nation can sit passively while a rival studs its borders with military bases and allies. Allin’s proposal: recognize Russia’s geopolitical interests and find ways to cooperate so America can move on to other pressing international challenges like China, terrorism, and the technical revolution.

    Second, current debate – is America in a new Cold War with Russia, or is America’s enemy really China? – misses an important point. Trump's and Putin’s nativism and nationalism demand a response based on liberal principles. Allin returned to the 20th-century to explain his reasoning.

    Policymakers after 1945 linked affluence created by liberal economic and trade policy with the moral vision of shared prosperity (the New Deal). This approach united Americans at home and built alliances abroad. A return to uniting geopolitical goals with liberal values – civil and economic equality, democracy, internationalism – can shore up support for foreign policy both at home and among allies.

    Animated discussion followed Dana Allin’s presentation. Topics ranged from North Korea, China, European social democracy, and the rise of illiberalism, to the history of America’s liberal tradition. Appropriately, no wine remained at the end of the evening.

    – Tanya Lolonis, Solidarity Sundays Co-Coordinator

    * International Institute for Strategic Studies is one of the world’s leading research institutes for international affairs. Dr. Allin is the author or co-author of 7 books on international topics, and is currently working on a history of American liberal thought.



    Member's Corner:


    From Able Amateurs To Global Presence – A History of American Diplomacy

    The Austro-American Society and the U.S. Embassy in Vienna invites you to a talk by Stephen A. Hubler, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Vienna

    WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7pm

    WHERE: Clubrooms of the Austro-American Society, Stallburggasse 2, 1010 Vienna

    CONTACT: Austro-American Society  [email protected]

    RSVP: Please RSVP by E-mail: [email protected] “We are registering the following persons to the talk on “From Amateur Diplomats to Global Presence” on Wednesday, May 24th 2018: Participants: (Address, telephone, full name)”

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  • published April Newsletter in News 2018-04-09 15:01:38 -0400

    April Newsletter

    In a moving Die-In, students represented those slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at Vienna's March For Our Lives


    IN THIS ISSUE:

    Events

    • Experienced Democrats
    • Pub Night & Voter Registration
    • Solidarity Sundays #14
    • DAATalks Speaker Series

    Issues & Actions

    • Election Calendar
    • #Tiny Actions

    Reviews

    • DAA's Annual General Meeting
    • March For Our Lives – Vienna
    • Solidarity Sundays Vienna #13

    Members Corner

    • Pod Love
    • American International Baseball Club


    EVENTS:


    EXPERIENCED DEMOCRATS MEET-UP

    This is the 4th meeting of the Experienced Democrats! Join us to make it the best yet!

    WHEN: Tuesday, April 17 2018 at 6pm

    WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna

    CONTACT: John Cahill: [email protected] +436766952766

    RSVP: Experienced Democrats




    PUB NIGHT AND VOTER REGISTRATION 

    Every year, Americans abroad miss the chance to vote. The reason? They didn't realize they were no longer registered.

    Join Democrats Abroad's Youth caucus at our monthly Pub Night and register to vote over a beer and good conversation. We're looking forward to seeing some new faces and our familiar friends. All Ages Welcome!

    WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7pm - 11pm

    WHERE: Pickwick's Marc-Aurel-Straße 10-12, Vienna

    CONTACT: David Heckenberg [email protected] +43 664 3782040

    RSVP: Pub Night & Voter Registration


    SOLSUN #14 LOOKS AT POPULAR MOBILIZATION IN THE TIME OF TRUMP

    Join Solidarity Sunners on April 29th for a look at the new groups channelling civic participation – registering voters, knocking on doors, attending legislator town halls, visiting offices of members of Congress, and organizing marches and demonstrations. Who are they? What effect are they having?

    Attendees will write postcards to Americans in Austria telling them how easy it is to register to vote* – and how critical, too. In an era where races are decided by razor-thin margins, handfuls of ballots are sometimes tipping the result. Please stop in and join in this easy but important enterprise – we’ll have pens and postcards, coffee and snacks.

    WHEN: April 29, 2018 at 4pm - 6pm

    WHERE: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, Vienna 1070

    CONTACT: Juan Cerda · [email protected] · +436769217865

    RSVP: SolSun#14

    Find us on Facebook: solidarity sundays #14

    *Not registered to vote yet? Go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org and see how quick and easy it is to participate in the democratic process.


    DAATALKS WITH DANA ALLIN – TRUMP, RUSSIA AND THE PURPOSES OF US FOREIGN POLICY

    On Wednesday May 2, the DAATalks speaker series is honored to welcome Dr. Dana Allin, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Editor of Survival, an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University SAIS-Europe in Bologna, Italy.

    Dr. Allin has an expertise in US foreign policy and domestic politics, European politics and foreign policies, and transatlantic relations. He comments and writes widely on the strategic challenges and historical, political and social roots of US foreign policy, and also covers a considerable range of European topics, including the Balkans conflicts and the Cold War.

    Dr. Allin is the author or co-author of seven books including, most recently, Our Separate Ways: The Struggle for the Future of the U.S.-Israel Alliance (PublicAffairs, 2016). His articles and book chapters have appeared in, amongst others, Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Politico.

    Click here for more information about Dr. Dana Allin and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

    Join us beforehand for a glass of wine and conversation. We'll be opening the doors at 6:30pm.

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7pm

    WHERE: Republikanischer Club, Rockhgasse 1, Vienna 1010 (Entrance is at Restaurant Hebenstreit)

    CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · [email protected]

    RSVP: DAATalks


    ISSUES & ACTIONS


    ELECTION CALENDAR: REGISTER, REQUEST, RETURN!

    Lots of primaries are coming up over the next few months and many of them have April deadlines! Check below for your state’s upcoming deadlines and mark your calendar today.

    Tuesday May 8: Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia

    Tuesday May 15 : Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania

    Tuesday May 22: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky

    READ MORE

    Tuesday, May 22: Texas Runoff

    • Register: Received by Mon, Apr 23, 2018

    • Request ballot: Received by Fri, May 11, 2018

    • Return: Received by Tue, May 29, 2018

    Tuesday July 24: Georgia Runoff

    • Register: Received by Mon, Apr 23, 2018 (Email or Fax)
      Postmarked by Mon, Apr 23, 2018 (Mail)

    • Request ballot: Received by Fri, Jul 20, 2018

    • Return: Received by Fri, Jul 27, 2018 



    #TINYACTIONS

    As always, our aim is to turn tiny actions into big results.

    For the past year Democrats Abroad has been posting weekly, tiny actions in order to motivate our members to help create large affects. Each action highlights a current issue to be aware of. They’re easily accessible either through the DA website or you can subscribe to the weekly post.

    This week’s #TinyAction is all about checking your voting status to make certain you’re registered to vote. Every year Americans abroad miss the chance to vote. The reason? They didn't realize they were no longer registered.

    Read more and take a moment to explore the wealth of information and actions that are regularly updated at Democrats Abroad.

    READ MORE


    REVIEWS


    VIENNA – MARCH FOR OUR LIVES

    On Saturday March 24, DAA and DAA’s Youth Caucus joined about 150 people at the Ballhausplatz to protest gun violence in the US and support the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

    The day’s event began earlier when a wonderful group of AIS students came to Amerlinghaus to make protest and slogan signs. It was fantastic to see their engagement and creativity. As they made signs for each of the students killed in Parkland, FL, it became personal for them, to see how old the kids were and what interests and talents they had.

    We then moved on to the march’s starting point at the Ballhausplatz. We were lucky to have a beautiful sun-filled afternoon. As we approached the plaza, we saw a great crowd forming. People brought their own homemade signs and we had many to hand out as well, so soon the crowd was awash with signs proclaiming Protect Kids, Not Guns, No More Silence, End Gun Violence, Sensible Gun Laws Now, Arms are for Hugging, etc.

    David Heckenberg opened the event with a great introduction and welcome. We learned some of the horrific statistics that surround American gun violence, but also learned that we were a part of larger movement to end it. DAA’s Vienna march was one of over 800 sibling marches happening that day around the world. The main march on Washington D.C. drew up to 800,000 people. Who could expect March For Our Lives D.C. and its sibling marches would be the largest of their kind in history? The power of youth exemplified!

    Juan Cerda, Faith Hall-Herbold, and Becky Ellis reminded the marchers of the importance of voting in the 2018 midterm elections and that they were available to help anyone get registered that day.

    As we made our way to Platz der Menschenrechte at MQ, we were enthusiastically led in chants by two young students. You could feel their excitement at being involved.

    At MQ, we were thrilled to have several speakers including Vienna’s own Nadiv Molcho, filmmaker and actor, American comedian Okello Dunkley, Emma Lowe and Maddie Komons - both American students from AIS - and Sherri Spelic, author and educator at AIS. Their words and personal stories were inspiring, thought-provoking and moving. This issue will not go away and we will do whatever we can to bring safety back to our schools and our communities. Children should not fear going to school.


    We then took a moment to honor and remember the Parkland students who were killed. As their names were read, our students fell to the ground, reminding us how fragile life is and how quickly it can be taken. Althea Papoulias sang a haunting and prayerful rendition of "Amazing Grace” over the lost.

    Additional music was provided by Danny Chicago, performing his “Let's All Go to Washington and Take Our Country Back”. Together with Raina Saul-Ganev, they sang “We Shall Overcome” and closed the event with the group singing John Lennon’s "Imagine”.

    – Raina Saul-Ganev, March For Our Lives Vienna Co-coordinator
















    DAA'S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    DAA's Executive Committee and Caucuses has expanded! Ashley Arreola, Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, bruce Murray, Tanya Lolonis, Faith Hall Herbold, Marcy Fowler, John Cahill, Becky Ellis, Brett Carnito, and David Heckenberg. (not pictured: Caitlin Ahern, Juan Cerda, Keith Jacomine, and Matt Stevens) (L to R).

    On Sunday, March 11th, 34 DAA members gathered for our Annual General Meeting (AGM). Though we did not hold elections this year, there was plenty to talk about as we summarized a busy year of activities, discussed the ways DAA is growing, and set goals. DAA Chair Jennifer Rakow-Stepper introduced the Executive Committee and then spoke about member engagement, including our DAATalks series of notable speakers, the many actions and social events of the past year, and our upcoming goals. These include increasing outreach to new voters, contacting 100% of our membership to register for the 2018 midterm elections, activating members in the provinces and increasing the number of sustaining donors. A report was given on the Unity Reform Commission, followed by the Treasurer’s and Auditor’s reports. Changes to the DAA bylaws were presented and put up for discussion. After much debate, the new bylaws were approved with 33 in favor (including proxy votes). These can be found here. We were grateful to have Katie Solon as a guest -- as a founding member of DA Austria and former Chair, and most recently former DA International Chair, Katie was able to clarify many of our questions regarding the Unity Reform Commission, the way DAA and the DPCA interact, and voter registration.

    After the vote, the leadership team presented our Get Out the Vote effort and introduced our caucuses: Black Caucus, Progressive Caucus, LGBT Caucus, Solidarity Sundays, Young Democrats, and Experienced Democrats; we are still looking for a volunteer to lead the Women’s Caucus! At the end, the ExComm said goodbye and gave a huge thank-you to Ashley Arreola, who resigned as Member-at-Large. After the meeting members headed to Brickmaker’s for an early dinner. We thank all those who gathered that day, as well as all of our members who have so graciously donated time and money to keep DAA running! 

    – Caitlin Ahern, DAA Member-at-Large and Database Manager


    SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS VIENNA #13 LOOKED AT HISTORY – AND AT THOSE MAKING IT 

    On the heels of the March for Our Lives and as Viennese began leaving town for the Easter holiday, a small band of Solidarity Sunday activists met to review their Get Out The Vote “My Way” efforts. The Invite-Friends-for-Brunch-and-Register-Them-Over-Mimosas initiative netted seven new registrations, hitting the host’s goal. The Phone Banking Party literally broke the bank – ending early when Democrats Abroad’s online call allotment was used up halfway through the event! A little more than half of the goal of 150 calls was reached. The allotment has since been replenished and another Phone Banking Party is being organized. Interested in joining? Contact [email protected] for details.

    READ MORE


    MEMBERS CORNER

    RADIOLAB PRESENTS MORE PERFECT 

    I have been a long time listener of Radiolab, an NPR podcast that focuses on the weird and wonderful in the world of science and technology. When Radiolab presented a political offshoot of their series, entitled More Perfect, I was keen to see if they could tackle complex political science topics in the same manner they presented scientific concepts (which I find to be beautifully edited interviews and soundbites accompanied by zingy and artsy musical tracks). I was not disappointed. The Supreme Court decisions are presented in such a cohesive, informative and logical manner that one cannot listen to this podcast passively, you must be fully engaged and ready from beginning to end! I would recommend this podcast to those with a deep interest in political science and law. This podcast series will inform, shock and worry you all at the same time. Some of my personal favorites are “The Heist” and “American Pendulum II.” I hope you enjoy this podcast- happy listening!

    Podcast link: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/481105292/more-perfect

    - Faith Herbold, Global Black Caucus Liaison

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  • posted about March for Our Lives - Austria on Facebook 2018-03-21 13:14:47 -0400
    March for Our Lives - Austria

    March for Our Lives - Austria

    On Saturday, March 24, 2018, Democrats Abroad Austria’s Youth Caucus will join young people from around the world and hold a “sibling” march in solidarity with the brave students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and their March For Our Lives event in Washington D.C. The march, which will begin at 3pm at Ballhausplatz, will be one of over 800 events to take place globally. 

    March for Our Lives will be the largest of its kind in history.

    Although American students in Austria might live in a country with sane gun control laws, their American friends, relatives, and future college classmates and colleagues do not. The students of Parkland, Florida have begun a movement towards real change in gun control laws and we think it is vital to show our support. Join us in solidarity for common sense gun control in the US!

    All nationalities are welcome to end this insanity. We want to especially invite and encourage young people to attend. We have reached out to international schools and religious communities in Vienna and expect broad participation in this non-partisan effort. 

    Find updates here https://www.facebook.com/DemocratsAbroadAustria/ and here https://www.democratsabroad.org/at

    Demonstration information:

    Start: Ballhausplatz March 24, 2018. Meet at 15:00; March at 15:30.

    Come early to make signs and posters: 12:30 at Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna

    Guest speakers and musicians will include filmmaker Nadiv Molcho, comedian Okello Dunkley, American teachers and students.

    Please RSVP to the following link. http://act.everytown.org/event/march-our-lives-events_attend/10160

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  • published March Newsletter in News 2018-03-02 13:43:09 -0500

    March Newsletter



    In This Issue:

    Events

    • Experienced Democrats
    • Young Dems
    • SolSun #13

    Issues & Actions

    • AGM Announcement
    • The Midterm Blue Wave Surges
    • Unity Reform Commission Update
    • Meet Faith Hall Herbold – DAA Chair, DA Black Caucus
    • Election Calendar

    Reviews

    • EMEA Regional Meeting
    • Voter Registration Pub Night
    • Solidarity Sundays Vienna #12

    Around Town

    • American International Baseball Club
    • Reading & Book-Presentation

    EVENTS:


    EXPERIENCED DEMOCRATS MEET-UP

    The Inaugural Experienced Democrats Meet-Up was such a resounding success that we have decided to make it a regular event. We are looking forward to seeing even more of you experienced Democrats!

    WHEN: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6pm
    WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna
    CONTACT: John Cahill: [email protected] +436766952766
    RSVP: Experienced Democrats


    YOUNG DEMS PUB NIGHT

    Join us for our annual St Patty's Day pub crawl!

    WHEN: March 17, 2018
    WHERE: TBA
    CONTACT: Jeffrey Velasquez ·  [email protected] 
    RSVP: http://www.democratsabroad.org/at_events


    SOLSUN #13: HISTORY OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY & "THIRD WAY"

    So what is a Democrat? What's the Democratic party's platform? Come learn about the history of Democratic Party and an overview of rising stars in the Democratic Party to look out for.

    We will also review our "Impact My Way” projects. So join us for some coffee and cookies.

    WHEN: March 25, 2018 at 4pm - 6pm
    WHERE: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, Vienna 1070
    CONTACT: Juan Cerda · [email protected] · +436769217865
    RSVP: SolSun#13


    SAVE THE DATE!

    At May 26th's Solidarity Sunday, we'll be doing a group Phone-banking Sprint, complete with beer and pizza!


    ELECTION CALENDAR REGISTER, REQUEST, RECEIVE, RETURN!

    Texas – March 6 – State Primary

    • Register by February 5
    • Request ballot by February 23

    Pennsylvania – March 13 – Special Election Congressional District 18

    • Register by February 12
    • Request ballot by March 12

    Illinois – March 20 – Primary

    • Register by February 18
    • Request ballot by February 18

    Arizona – March 20 – Special Election Congressional District 8

    • Register by March 26
    • Request ballot by April 13

    ISSUES & ACTIONS:


    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

    Please join fellow Democrat Abroad Austria members on Sunday, March 11, to recap 2017, vote on Bylaws amendments, and have a bit of food and fun.




    2018 AGM Agenda:

    • Welcome
    • Chair's Report
    • Treasurer's Report
    • Auditor's Report
    • Discussion & Vote on amendments to the DAA Bylaws
    • GOTV Coordinator’s Report
    • Meet our Caucuses – The Year in Review
    • Brainstorming: Ideas for 2018 and Beyond
    • Closing Remarks

    We'll present brief reports on 2017, discuss plans for 2018, and conduct a vote on amendments to the DAA Bylaws. Along with our Caucus and grassroots leaders, we’ll show a presentation of 2017’s activities that illustrate how DA Austria continues to grow and strengthen almost 15 years after DAA's founding.

    All DAA members are welcome. Any American over 18 (by the next federal election) and residing in Austria may also join at the meeting.

    Your participation, activism, and donations have made Democrats Abroad Austria a strong and vital organization over the past fifteen years. In 2018, we’ll continue working to strengthen the voice and the vote of all our members. We’ve got an important midterm coming up in November and we are relying on your help to make it a blue wave!

    Come for business and stay for pleasure

    Refreshments will be served during the meeting and there will be a no-host dinner afterwards for everyone who would like to join. Please RSVP for the meeting and dinner below.

    Save Time at Check-In and Register in Advance

    RSVP: Please pre-register for the meeting by contacting database manager Caitlin Ahern by email or by calling 0650-312-5572. Include your name, Austrian address, phone number and US voting state in your email to her so that your record stays current. This will help us start the meeting on time and ensure that we have an accurate vote count. We encourage all members to pre-register, even if you're uncertain that you can make it, in order to minimise long waiting lines.

    Click below for more information about the Agenda, copies of the current and proposed Bylaws, Voting and Proxies, and directions to the AGM.

    We look forward to seeing you at our AGM!

    – Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DA Austria, Chair


    WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2pm - 5pm
    WHERE: SPÖ Neubau, Lindengasse 64, Vienna 1070
    DINNER: 5:30pm, Brickmakers, Zieglergasse 42, Vienna 1070
    CONTACT: Ashley E. Arreola · [email protected] · +436503749481
    RSVP: Annual General Meeting Post-AGM Dinner

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    THE MIDTERM BLUE WAVE SURGES

    Since January 2017, the Democratic Party has been turning the tide! Here are some highlights from the running scorecard.

    November:

    December:

    • Doug Jones wins the vacant U.S senate seat in Alabama, reducing the Republican majority to just one!

    As of today:

    Wait a minute—Was that just one more vote needed for a House of Delegate majority in Virginia? I can imagine no more compelling rationale for our Midterm Marching Orders—it’s time to turn that blue surge into a tidal wave for the 2018 Midterm elections!

    Win back the Senate! Take back the House! Strengthen our 50-state focus to flip red to blue across the country!

    GET OUT THE VOTE!!!

    – Bruce Murray, DA Austria Counsel, DA Progressive Caucus Member, Our Revolution Austria Group Leader



    MEET FAITH HALL HERBOLD 

    – DAA CHAIR OF THE BLACK CAUCUS

    I am a California native and have been living in Vienna for almost four years. After completing my PhD in molecular biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, I conducted my postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco, where I developed an interest in science policy.

    The 2016 election inspired me to join Democrats Abroad Austria. I hosted my first Solidarity Sunday event and spoke at the second Women's march on the topic of climate change. Since climate change disproportionately affects people of color, I see the opportunity to establish an Austrian chapter of the Global Black Caucus as a way to combine my passion for science with my passion for social justice. As an African American woman, I have always had an interest in black history, diversity, and issues facing black Americans.

    In this role, I hope to join with the other members of the Global Black Caucus to increase black voter participation, to support other black Americans living abroad, and to be an integral force in the ever evolving national and international political landscape. (photo: Christine Fahrngruber)

    – Faith Hall Herbold, DA Austria Black Caucus, Chair


    UNITY REFORM COMMISSION UPDATE

    As you know, the Unity Reform Commission (URC) emerged from the 2016 DNC National Convention in Philadelphia as a tool to unite and strengthen the party. Information about its mandate, members, and work can be found here: https://democrats.org/page/unity-reform-commission Its recommendations have been endorsed by Tom Perez and Keith Ellison. On 12 and 13 January 2018 the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee considered the URC recommendations in preparation for the DNC Winter Meeting in March. It did not vote on the recommendations. On 21 January, Democrats Abroad Toronto, in cooperation with the new Progressive Caucus of Democrats Abroad hosted an event with Larry Cohen, URC Vice Chair and Our Revolution Chair. You can view the event via recorded livestream here: https://www.facebook.com/prodacaucus/videos/1845052192194925/?fref=mentions

    Larry’s down-to-earth, straightforward and passionate presentation of what is at stake as we progress toward the midterm elections seems quite compelling. I strongly urge all to take a look and listen!

    – Bruce Murray, DA Austria Counsel, DA Progressive Caucus Member, Our Revolution Austria Group Leader


    WANT TO GRAB'M BY THE MIDTERMS? 

    HELP US GET OUT THE VOTE!

    As few as 5% of eligible overseas voters vote in midterm elections. From now through November, Democrats Abroad Austria will be making it as easy as possible for fellow expats to cast their ballots. You can help!


    • Registering voters We'll be registering voters at events throughout the city. Spend an hour or two at a registration table helping people fill out their registrations and ballot requests.
    • Phonebanking Call registered Democrats Abroad members and remind them to register and request their ballot (and send it in!). Calls are made online through CallHub, at no cost to you. You can call from the comfort of your couch or join one of our Phonebanking Sprints, where we gather with pizza and drinks and call as many voters as we can together.

    Contact Democrats Abroad Austria's GOTV Coordinator, Becky Ellis, at [email protected] to find out more, and join us at February's Solidarity Sunday to learn about other ways you can help GOTV by doing whatever you love to do most -- whether it's biking, baking or brunching!

    For more information on phonebanking and online training materials, click here.

    – Becky Ellis, DA Austria, GOTV Coordinator


    STONE SOUP

    Of the many inspirational moments at the EMEA Regional meeting in Madrid, my take home lesson was a conversation I had with Ann Hesse, the DA Germany, Stuttgart Chapter Chair. One evening we were discussing how to motivate people to become volunteers, when she turned to me and said, “It’s simple. I tell the members it’s a stone soup and each member has to bring one thing to the pot – carrot, parsnip, or turnip – once a year. My job is to stir the pot.”

    Whatever a member’s talent, inspiration, or skill might be, she asks the members in her chapter to add one ingredient to the pot once, and only once, a year. If DAA had this from all our members, we would have a rich, delicious, multifaceted broth.

    Dovetailing with Anne’s “Stone Soup” was a challenge set at Solidarity Sundays for people to “get out the vote my way.” Each of us is doing one action that is personal, feels right and adds our own bit to the brewing wave of 2018.

    There is no action too large or too small. The soup is cooking. Come add your bit! #GOTVmyway

    – Jennifer Rakow-Stepper, DA Austria, Chair


    REVIEWS:



    VIENNA GOES TO MADRID – FOR THE DA REGIONAL MEETING

    Austria’s Democrats Abroad leadership is delighted to report that the enthusiasm and determination to ensure a blue wave in November is widespread throughout DA. Chapters from the Europe, the Middle East and Africa regions are hard at work channeling Democratic frustration into votes from abroad. Members are opening their living rooms for DA meetings, fundraisers, and voter mobilization work. This is a group leaving no stone unturned.

    Our Austrian country committee was talked about quite a bit, and leaders asked for advice how to create working groups like Solidarity Sundays Vienna in their countries. We shared our know-how, and received ideas and resources in return.

    Governor Howard Dean’s keynote speech reflected the weekend’s cautious optimism. Cautious because California’s top-two primary is crowded with so many Democrats that the party is in real danger of advancing few or no Democratic candidates in the fall. A reminder that our enthusiasm can work against us in some corners.

    – Tanya Lolonis, Solidarity Sundays Vienna, Co-Coordinator

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    VOTER REGISTRATION PUB NIGHT

    We may look a bit fuzzy in the photograph, but we were clearly focussed on  our goal of registering voters! Young Dems had a fantastic turnout and a lot of fun at our first voter registration pub night of the season. More than ten people who hadn't yet registered went online, registered and requested their ballots, and printed out their forms. Look at those envelopes all ready to be posted! We also have a couple of new members... welcome Melissa and Christina!


    SOLSUN #12– SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS TAKES AIM AT 4%

    Four percent. That’s the portion of eligible American voters living abroad who voted in 2014. The reason most gave for not participating in the democratic process? They found registering and requesting a ballot too difficult. Turns out, registering is easy* -- it’s getting the message to ex-pats that poses the challenge.

    Traditionally DAA telephones members to remind them to register, and sets up registration tables in places Americans cluster to reach non-members. The Solidarity Sundays crew is fully behind DAA’s Get Out The Vote effort – but with a twist. At the party commemorating their first political action last year in support of Planned Parenthood, Solidarity Sundays rolled out plans to Get Out The Vote their way. They crafted made-to-measure initiatives they’ll carry out individually.

    What does that mean? Well, in one case it means approaching members with registration information in a cake club (she tested the idea out with the crew; they found it delicious).

    –Tanya Lolonis, Juan Cerda, and Antje Lewis, Solidarity Sundays Coordinators

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    AROUND TOWN:


    AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL BASEBALL CLUB (AIBC)

    Dear Parents - I would like to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 AIBC spring season! If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us on Facebook or at www.aibc-vienna.at

    AIBC spring league 2018:

    • Spring tournament 2018 scheduled from April to June every Saturday
    • Tuesdays: friendly games
    • Advanced level summer camps in August
    • During winter season trainings, drills and play in a heated bubble.
    WHEN: Saturdays from April-June. Opening day April 7, 2018 at 8am-11:30am
    WHERE: Aspernallee 3, 1020 Vienna


    A NEW DEVIL'S DICTIONARY

    By author Nicholas T. Parsons

    Politics, academe, business and journalism are constantly coming up with new forms of evasion, exaggeration, and disingenuousness. Accordingly this “lexicon for contrarians” seeks to provides Ariadne's thread through the maze of contemporary public discourse, and to probe the reality behind the innocent verbal facade. A disrespectful guide to the agenda that all too often lurks behind contemporary buzzwords, phrases or slogans. The book also features heroes and villains whose mots have enriched or impoverished our understanding over the years.

    Nicholas T. Parsons is a writer based in Central Europe, about which he has written several guidebooks. Among his previous books are Worth the Detour: A History of the Guidebook; Vienna: A Cultural and Literary History, and The Xenophobe's Guide to the Austrians (writing as Louis James).

    WHEN: March 9, 2018 at 7:30pm
    WHERE: Shakespeare & Co Bookstore, Sterngasse 2, Vienna 1010
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