February 06, 2020

In February


In This Issue—


  • Experienced Dems
  • Mountaintop, An Evening to Benefit DAA’s 2020 Voter Campaign 
  • Salzburg Meet-Up
  • Young Dems Debate Watch Party
  • Solidarity Sundays
  • 2nd Annual Global Black Caucus Open Mic Night
  • Global Presidential Primary, March 3-10
  • Black Caucus Book Club

Issues & Actions

  • Be Our Valentine
  • Global Presidential Primary, March 3-10
  • Save The Date – Annual General Meeting
  • Volunteer Opportunities


  • SolSun
  • Debate Watch Party
  • DAATalks with Eva Nowotny


Our Executive Committee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be held on:

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Members are welcome to join us at the meetings! Please contact Jennifer at [email protected] for the location.


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


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In Memory of Gloria Roces

Democrats Abroad Austria is sad to announce the unexpected passing of our longtime member and friend Alexandra "Gloria" Roces. Gloria received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgetown University. She then went on to work at the United Nations and became Chief for Mediterranean and UNIDO programs. 

Gloria was a part of DA Austria from the beginning. She remained a very active DAA member who supported our day to day costs as a sustaining donor and participated in many of our monthly events throughout the years. 

We will miss her!

— Democrats Abroad Austria Executive Committee


The Experienced Democrats of Democrats Abroad Austria are truly saddened to learn of the passing of Gloria Roces. Gloria was one of the first to join our group and her participation in and contributions to our meetings will be sorely missed. On behalf of the entire group, I offer our sincerest condolences to her family and friends. 

— John Cahill, Experienced Dems Coordinator




The Mountaintop – 

An Evening to Benefit DAA’s 2020 Voter Campaign

Join us for a special evening to watch the play The Mountaintop and benefit Democrat Abroad Austria's 2020 Get Out the Vote efforts. The Mountaintop dramatizes the night before Martin Luther King is assassinated and was described by Variety as, "An emotionally powerful and theatrically stunning moment of truth". As a special offer for our members, the stellar cast will speak to our group after the show while we enjoy a glass of prosecco. 

Please join us on February 18 for this exclusive offer for our Democrats Abroad Austria members!

€36 donation includes the ticket, a glass of prosecco and an after show chat with the cast

€68 donation also includes a signed poster

€100 donation includes a Tuesday evening ticket* to a future Vienna Theatre Project production

We're on the eve of the most important Democratic primary in our lifetime and your contribution goes to Democrats Abroad Austria’s effort to ensure that all Americans living in Austria can vote in 2020. We are volunteers, so 100% of your donation goes to voter outreach. In 2018 the percentage of DA Austria membership that used Vote from Abroad was the highest among all of the other country committees–globally. We’re making sure your donations count!

Tickets are limited! To reserve your seats please make your donation and include "Mountaintop" and the number of tickets on your payment by February 11, 2020 to:

Democrats Abroad Austria  Bank Austria  AT27 12000 5039 062 3001

Reminder: donations can only be accepted from American citizens. 

* The ticket certificate must be used one year from issue.


When: February 18, 2020

Where: Theater Drachengasse, Drachengasse 2, Vienna 1010

Time: 8pm-10:30pm

Contact: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper [email protected]


Experienced Democrats Meet-Up

Join us before the play for the monthly meeting of experienced Democrats Abroad Austria members!

When: February 18, 2020

Where: Cafe Museum

Time: 6 p.m.



Young Dems Debate Watch Party

The youth vote will be critical in the 2020 election. We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at the next Debate Watch Party at Beaver Brewing Company at 7pm on February 20. Join us for a round of democratic drinks, debate and discussion! 

— Laura Farmwald & Sophie Spiegelberger, Youth Caucus Co-coordinators

When: February 20, 2020

Where: Beaver Brewing Company

Time: 7 p.m.



Salzburg Meet-Up

Meeting location will either be at a member's home or a local establishment with easy access for all attendees. On January 24, we will meet near, BUT NOT AT, the restaurant Goldener Stern (Stauffeneggstraße 2, 5020 Salzburg). Contact me for the exact location if you want to attend. 

We hope you will join us!

— Mary Beth Kollert, DAA Salzburg 

When: February 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Salzburg 5020

Contact: [email protected] for the exact location


Solidarity Sundays #30: Global Presidential Campaign

During the 1960 presidential campaign, Democrats in Paris and London began discussing ways to help the Democratic Party. 60 years on, and we’ve come a long way, baby! Democrats Abroad is part of the DNC and sends voting delegates to its National Convention.

On our 3-Year anniversary, Solidarity Sundays continues its monthly program of civics education and training. Join us February 23 and:

Learn! the history of our growing role within the DNC and how our Global Presidential Primary March 3-10 will help select the candidate to face Trump.

Train! to phone bank! Elections are decided by who shows up, so we’re calling members to register and vote. Already know how? Jump right in. Never phone banked before? That’s where we come in -- you’ll know by the end of the day.  

When: Sunday, February 23, 2020

Where: Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Wien

Time: 4-6 p.m.



2nd Annual Global Black Caucus Open Mic Night

Lift every voice, get every vote!

Please join us as we celebrate Black History Month and share your talents in spoken and written word, poetry, music or movement. This year’s fundraising theme is: Lift every voice, get every vote! All proceeds from this event will support the Get Out the Vote efforts of DA Austria as we head into a crucial election year.

For a 5 or 10 minute time slot, please contact DA Austria GBC coordinator, Faith Herbold. We look forward to seeing you!

When: Friday, February 28, 2020

Where: Villa Vida Café, Linke Wienzeile 102, 1060

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Contact: [email protected]



Global Presidential Primary

Vote for the presidential nominee in person or online! (See article below)

When: March 3-10

Where: Frank’s American Bar & Restaurant

Time: March 3, 4–8 p.m.

March 7, 12–7 p.m.



GBC Book Club

Please join us for our next book: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of American's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. We will learn about the waves of migration of freed African American slaves and former sharecroppers. 

When: March 13

Where: Cafe Weimar

Time: 7 p.m.



Issues & Actions:

Global Presidential Primary

Did you know Democrats Abroad holds its own primary election? We send our own delegates to the Democratic Convention. And we have our say in choosing the Democratic nominee for president. Voting in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary instead of your home state is easy for you — and good for all of us.

To vote in the Global Presidential Primary, join Democrats Abroad today!

EASY FOR YOU. No need to request a ballot and post it home again. Simply drop into your local Voting Center. Or download a ballot and email it back. You’ll still need to get an absentee ballot for the general election in November. But, for now, join US voters around the world and vote where you live.

GOOD FOR ALL OF US. Concerned about issues like taxation, FATCA, or Social Security? Voting in the Global Primary shows Congress that we’re out here, in our millions, all around the globe. It gives Democrats Abroad the clout to lobby for us all and make a difference.



Vote in Vienna | Super Tuesday

4–8 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Frank's American Bar & Restaurant, Laurenzerberg 2, 1010

Vote in Vienna | March 7

12–7 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, 2020

Frank's American Bar & Restaurant, Laurenzerberg 2, 1010  



Vote online or by fax:

Voters abroad may also vote by downloading a ballot and returning it by email or fax to Democrats Abroad starting February 18, 2020. Ballots must be received by DA prior to midnight March 10, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada [9:00 a.m. Vienna time (CET) on March 11, 2020].

Or mail your ballot to: 

Democrats Abroad Austria

Postfach # 2020

1051 Wien

Ballots must be received by the close of the working day in Vienna on March 10, 2020. 

NOTE: This is a primary for president only. To vote in local primary races, you can request a ballot from your state. If you do, leave the choice of presidential nominee blank. Don’t vote twice!



We encourage you to pre-register with our database managers at [email protected] by:

  • March 2nd, if you plan to vote on March 3rd
  • March 6th, if you plan to vote on March 7th 

Please include your full name, Austrian address, U.S. Voting State (street address is optional), and (Austrian) phone number. 

You will be sent a confirmation email saying that you are pre-registered. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Caitlin Ahern at +43 650 312 5572 or [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you at the polls. Thanks for your helping us to run a smooth Global Presidential Primary!


Be Our Valentine

Watch your post box this month for a valentine’s postcard from Democrats Abroad Austria. Let us know you received it by liking our Show Your Country Some Love In 2020 campaign on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!


Annual General Meeting – Save the Date!

Please join fellow Democrat Abroad Austria members on Sunday, March 22, to recap 2019 and have a bit of food and fun. We'll present brief reports on 2019 and discuss our plans for 2020.

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

Your participation, activism, and donations have made Democrats Abroad Austria a strong and vital organization for more than fifteen years. In 2020, we’ll continue working to strengthen the voice and the vote of all our members. We’ve got an important election coming up in November and we are relying on your help to make it a blue tsunami!

Information about the agenda and registration will be in the March Newsletter and online at democratsabroad.org/at_events.

WHEN: Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 3:00-5:30 p.m.

WHERE: SPÖ Neubau, Lindengasse 64, 1070 VIENNA

RSVP: Caitlin Ahern • [email protected]


We Can’t Win Without You!

DA Austria is looking for a Get Out the Vote Coordinator so together we can dump Trump and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020. Feeling inspired? It will take a village to do all the things we need to do in 2020 and we need your help!

Take our Volunteer Survey

Have an hour to spare? We are looking for volunteers in all areas and with any time availability. Find out more information about how to join our team




DAA Talks with Ambassador Eva Nowotny

“Foreign Policy Stakes for Austria & Europe in the Trump Era”

Our international system based on human rights and the free movement of people and goods is disintegrating. The attacks come, in part, from Austria’s long-time ally, the United States. At the DAA Talk on January 23rd, Ambassador Eva Nowotny, foreign policy advisor to two Austrian chancellors, and Austria’s ambassador to France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, described the strains and the stakes.

—Tanya Lolonis, Member-at-Large




Solidarity Sundays #29:  Amending the Constitution

The United States constitution is often referred to as a “living document,” changing and growing as society moves forward. The tool for those changes is amendment. Ten amendments, collected as the Bill of Rights, were passed soon after the constitution itself.

—Tanya Lolonis, Member-at-Large & Solidarity Sundays Co-Coordinator


Visit www.VoteFromAbroad.org and follow its easy-to-understand steps. Register today. Help your friends and family register. Saving democracy has never been easier.