May 03, 2019

May's Newsletter


In this Issue:


Issues and Actions

  • In The News – DA 2020 Presidential Primary
  • Running for Democracy!


  • Solidarity Sundays: The Candidates (So Far)

Members‘ Corner

  • Timothy Snyder at Wiener Festwochen

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Salzburg Meet-Up

Join us at our next Democrats Abroad Meet-Up for members and guests living in the Salzburg area! This is a chance to connect with fellow expats and discuss current events. Please BYOB and no RSVP required. We're looking forward to meeting you!

WHEN:  May 10, 2019 at 6pm - 8pm 

WHERE:  The English Center, Haunspergstraße 37A, Salzburg 5020

CONTACT: Mary Beth Kollert · [email protected]



Global Black Caucus

Come join us at Cafe Phil on Friday, May 10th at 7pm, where we will discuss The Fire Next Timeby James Baldwin. Please make sure to read the book so that we can all have a great discussion!

WHEN: May 10, 2019 at 7pm - 10pm

WHERE: Cafe Phil, Gumpendorfer Str 10-12, Vienna 1060, Austria

Google map and directions

CONTACT: Faith Hall Herbold · [email protected]



Experienced Dems

Join us at the May Meet-up of Experienced Democrats. All ranges of experience are welcome!

WHEN: May 21, 2019 at 6pm - 8pm

WHERE: Café Museum, Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna

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CONTACT: John Cahill · [email protected] 


Solidarity Sundays 24:  Death By A Thousand Cuts

The Stonewall Riots 50 years ago catalyzed modern LGBT political activism. Widespread political awareness and pressure led to the repeal of oppressive laws, lifted bans on civil service and military employment, and won civil rights protections for LGBT individuals.

Solidarity Sundays kicks off Pride Month with a look at the LGBTQ civil rights movement and its achievements, and how these hard-won rights and protections are being erased and eliminated by the Trump Administration.

WHEN:  Sunday, May 26 at 4pm - 6pm  

WHERE:  Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna

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CONTACT:  Tanya Lolonis · [email protected]

DAATalks – A View of America and Journalism in the Age of Trump

Democrats Abroad Austria is honoured to welcome Dr Eric Frey (der Standard), MEP Eugen Freund (EU Parliamentarian), and Dr Raimund Löw (FalterPodcast) for our next DAATalkslecture series on Thursday, June 13.

WHEN: June 13, 2019 at 7pm - 9pm (doors will open at 6:30pm)

WHERE: Republikanischer Club, Rockhgasse 1, 1010 Vienna

Entrance at Hebenstreit Restaurant (5 min. from U2 Schottentor).

Google map and directions

CONTACT: Jennifer Rakow-Stepper · [email protected]

Stand Together and Proud at the 2019 Pride Parade

Despite the fact that a 2020 candidate is a married gay man, fifty years after Stonewall LGBTQ rights are still under threat in the Trump administration and the Supreme Court. DA Austria stands together and proud with the 2019 EuroPride events in Vienna. Don't be a bystander. We hope you will stand with us as we march for all of our rights.

This is the most outlandish party on the DA Austria calendar and this year Vienna is home to EuroPride, so expect a wild and wonderful day!

WHEN: June 15, 2019 at 11am - 4pm

WHERE: Exact location to be announced. Vienna 1010

Google map and directions

CONTACT: Joey Eckhart · [email protected]


Issues & Actions


Democrats Abroad Calls on Overseas Americans to Participate in 2020 Presidential Primary

DA makes push to reach historically underrepresented minority groups

WASHINGTON, May 03, 2019 – Democrats Abroad, the largest organization for Americans living overseas and the official arm of the Democratic Party for the millions of Americans living outside the United States, today announced the adoption of its 2020 Delegate Selection Plan.

The Delegate Selection Plan outlines how Democrats living abroad can participate in the presidential primary process and takes its place alongside plans from all other state Democratic parties. Key elements include rules and processes for the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary (March 3-10, 2020), and how delegates will be selected to represent Americans abroad at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.



Running for Democracy!

Democrats Abroad made a tremendous effort in 2018 to Get Out The Vote (GOTV), especially through its use of phonebanking – DA Austria had the highest success rate of any country committee, with 53% of our membership using VFA! – Our wonderful volunteer phonebankers don't get paid, but the system we use for phonebanking as well as the platform we use generally to run this organization cost money. In order to prepare for our GOTV efforts for the 2020 election, please consider sponsoring a runner to benefit DA Global’s fundraising effortin this year's "Running for Democracy" half-marathon and 10K run in Mannheim on May 11th. Here's the linkfor more information and to pledge.




Solidarity Sundays:  The Candidates (So Far)

FEC donor statistics indicate an engaged Democratic base isn’t worried by a drawn-out primary. Several DAA members who are keeping an early and close eye on the 2020 race participated in a lively Solidarity Sundays event on April 28th. Led by Progressive Caucus members Bruce Murray and Scott Witmer, the group brainstormed qualities, experience, and aspects of character they are looking for in the candidate to run against Donald Trump. It turns out that people had been thinking a great deal about this and had a lot to say:  it was challenging to keep the meeting under 2 hours.

Bruce and Scott surveyed sources people can use to evaluate candidates – from campaign websites to Wikipedia, media outlets to issue-based organizations that rank candidates on policy. People exchanged media and polling sites they trust. Bruce and Scott encouraged a systematic approach to prepare for June’s Presidential debates.

While the race to replace Trump stokes enthusiasm, the GOP is waging a comprehensive effort to dilute democratic votes in 2020. They are attempting to re-draw congressional districts with census changes and gerrymandering, and are introducing bills criminalizing voter registration workers. Registering Democratic voters is more important than ever.

Tanya Lolonis explained how phonebanking played a key role in the historic turnout of Democrats Abroad voters in 2018. DA’s Phonebanker Extraordinaire, Andreas Beckman, shared his phonebanking experience and the pleasure of connecting with members. With so many hurdles being thrown up for voters, DA is committed to registering as many members as possible so they can participate in the 2020 elections. Solidarity Sundays and DA Caucuses will be organizing phonebanking parties to make it fun and easy to call Democrats around the globe. Help mobilize the Resistance -- watch this spot for details.



Around Town



Timothy Snyder at Wiener Festwochen

WHEN: Thursday, 09. May, 7pm

WHERE: Judenplatz, 1010 Vienna

Free Entry

No seating available

»The work of memory is in the present. In our century, a place such as the Judenplatz is not simply a square within a city, but a site that might be viewed from a distance, anywhere in the world, through technology. Jews were once taken from Vienna to be murdered, and that crime cannot be undone. Yet we can bring those who wish to learn from that history to Vienna, to this place.