Democrats Abroad-Hamburg provided voting station on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 11am to 6pm around the corner from the Rathaus in Hamburg at the Julius-Leber-Forum (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung). The organizing team expected approximately 100 voters, and even more showed up -- a significant increase from the last GPP in 2016. NDR covered the event, which you can see here.
Photos by Eric Shambroom
On Sunday, March 8, 2020, from 1pm to 5pm at Etage Bremen near the Hauptbahnhof, the Democrats Abroad organized a voting center in Bremen. Led by Mandi Larson, the organizing team welcomed 18 US voters in total. Read about it in the Weser Kurier.
Our chapter has been making waves in Hamburg and Northern Germany! Our leadership team was especially busy in the week leading up to the Global Presidential Primary.
On February 27th, Vinnie Cabrera (Chapter Chair) and Natalie Roxburgh (Press and Communications) took part in a public discussion with the SPD's Arbeitskreis Internationales in Altona. The title of the discussion was "'Four more years' für Donald Trump? Oder können die Demokraten die US-Präsidentschaftswahl doch noch gewinnen?" The talk was moderated by Jan Meder, head of the Arbeitskreis Internationales SPD Altona, and we discussed how politics and society have changed in the last four years, what is unique about the US elections this year, and the importance of voting and knowing one's rights while living abroad.
Vinnie and Natalie were also interviewed by NDR 90,3 on March 3, which was aired later that day. They talked about the importance of the Super Tuesday election as well as the Global Presidential Primary in Hamburg. You can listen to the interview here.
On February 8th, 2020, the Dems Abroad Black Caucus, headed by Elaine Thomas (in cooperation with the AICC-Afro Int. Culture Center), hosted a roundtable discussion that focused on fundamental issues governing American racial policies, especially as they pertain to the preservation of American democracy. The panel consisted of speakers of various races, backgrounds, and roles in Hamburg's Chapter of Democrats Abroad, including Vinnie Cabrera (Chapter Chair), Natalie Roxburgh (Press and Communications), Joana O'Neil (Women's Caucus Chair), and Candice Newton (Treasurer and Young Dems Leader). The audience participated with insightful comments. The roundtable was also a kickoff event for a series of courses offered for Black History Month at the Hamburger Volkshochschule. For more information on these offerings, please contact Elaine Thomas (Elaine.Thomas@gmx.de).
Natalie Roxburgh published Hamburg Chapter Meeting on 18 January 2020 in News 2020-01-24 03:10:39 -0500
After coffee and homemade cookies, some twenty five members began the meeting with a look backward to the highlights of 2019. This first meeting of the year was dedicated to the volunteers who have supported our chapter in so many ways. From attending meetings and drinking beers together on final Fridays, to demonstrating for our beliefs in front of the Consulate; from staffing our stand during the Christopher Street Day weekend, to informing exchange students of their right to vote from abroad—thank you all for your contributions!
Since this was not the beginning of just any year, but the year in which we finally have the chance to elect a new President, we used this opportunity to brainstorm about the way forward: how to reach the thousands of Americans who are not members; places where we can distribute vote-from-abroad information materials; how to persuade all of you to help with contacting members by telephone; and starting a podcast to share our stories with democrats all over the world.
We were delighted to welcome so many new faces to this meeting. There was commitment, urgency and energy in the room, even after three hours!
Text and Photo by Maryann Schmunk