Communications & Press Officer, Berlin; DPCA Representative, Germany

At home or abroad, I think it's crucial for Americans to participate in the political process.


  • rsvped for Cleve Jones "This not my first pandemic" via 2020-05-25 19:13:59 -0400

    Cleve Jones “This is not my first pandemic”

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

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

    Date: Sunday, May 31st

    Time: 17:00 (CEST/Paris)/ 11:00 AM (EDT/New York)

    08:00 PDT (San Francisco, Seattle)

    10:00 CDT (Mexico City, Chicago) 

    11:00 EDT (New York, Washington D.C., Florida)

    16:00 GMT (London)

    17:00 CEST (PARIS, Spain, Germany, Sweden)

    00:00 JST (Tokyo)

    Learn more about Cleve Jones 

    Please RSVP to receive the meeting link information.

    Visit us on Facebook: Cleve Jones: This is not my first pandemic

    Help support DA’s phone banking efforts! Your $5 donation will help us reach 25 voters. Please donate today by clicking here and kindly make a donation for this event!

    Thank you for your support - we look forward to you joining the webinar

    WHEN
    May 31, 2020 at 11am
    WHERE
    Zoom
    115 rsvps rsvp

  • rsvped for Pub quiz Fun(draiser) via 2020-05-25 19:13:05 -0400

    Global Pub Quiz Fun(draiser)

    In this time of social isolation it is a great time to get involved. We help get out the vote but we also like to build community. Saturday May 30th, DA invites you to do both! We're hosting a Pandemic Themed pub quiz – don't worry, it's not just about diseases, there's a little something for everyone.
     
    How do you do a pub quiz online? Just like any in-person pub quiz. Contact a few of your friends and create a whatsapp or facebook messenger group (or another form of communication you'd like) so you can communicate off the call about questions and answers. Maximum 5 players on a team.
     
    This time we'll be doing it on ZOOM which also has a breakout feature so at the end of each round we'll send your team into the breakout rooms
     
    RSVP with your team name and you'll get an email message with more details, the connection information to join the call, and the link to donation.
     
    If you don't have a team, RSVP anyway and put "NEED TEAM". We'll do our best – it may be possible to add you onto a team but we cannot guarantee it.
     
    For each round we'll send out a google form for you to fill in the answers. Our volunteers will grade each round. The winning team(s) will receive never-ending fame and fortune*
     
    *fame and fortune not guaranteed
     
    Date: Saturday May 30th
     
    Time: 7:30pm CEST (1:30pm DC time) Quiz Start - Login early to test your sound.
     
    WHEN
    May 30, 2020 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Online
    43 rsvps rsvp

  • News: 💻Potsdam, Kreuzberg & Leipzig Meetups 🤨Berlin Quiz Night 🗳Voter Help Office Hours

    As we continue into a summer of social distance, our calendar is filling up with online events, voter assistance, volunteer opportunities, and more. Please join us and invite a friend to join a virtual event!

    This Tuesday, the Potsdam precinct is meeting online and getting organized. If you live in or around Potsdam, stop by and get to know your neighbors. Please spread the word to other Americans in the area. ►RSVP for Potsdam organizing meeting

    On Wednesday, Kreuzbergers are getting together after work for a casual online chat and meet-up Stop by to say hi whether you live in the central district or nearby! ►RSVP for Kreuzberg Kiez meetup

    Thursday, the Leipzig-Halle precinct is holding their monthly meeting. It's an active group that's growing fast: pass this along to anyone you know in Sachsen! ►Leipzig meeting info

    In June, we're planning two big phone banking pushes! On June 11, we'll have a virtual Berlin party: pop into the room and hang out in between making calls to remind fellow Americans to vote from abroad. Phone banking is one of the best ways to reach voters abroad and help them request absentee ballots, especially in 2020.

    On Flag Day (June 14) members all across Germany will be Dialing For Democracy, a fundraising call-a-thon. Callers will be calling all day to help meet our outreach goals and their sponsors will help provide critical funds to keep these projects going! ►Find out how you can be a part it.

    Last but not least, we're planning an online American quiz night to replace our regular pub nights. Mark your calendar for June 17 and start getting your team together. 

    We're looking forward to seeing you on the internet. Take care of yourself!

    Read more

  • is hosting Berlin Is Calling 📞 Virtual Phonebanking Party 2020-05-25 17:42:35 -0400

    Berlin Is Calling 📞 Virtual Phonebanking Party

    Phonebanking helps our members request their ballots and vote.

    Join our Democrats Abroad Berlin community on Thursday, June 11th, at our first virtual phonebanking party. Make calls from your computer and then take a quick break by chatting with other callers digitally in our phonebanking virtual room. We will also have volunteers on hand, who will be there to troubleshoot if you have any phonebanking issues.

    RSVP

    Note: this is an online call so you will need an internet connection in order to attend. Please RSVP in advance so we can send you the link to join the online video call.

    You can help out by sharing this event with your American friends and acquaintances in Berlin! As always, we welcome new faces, even if you've never attended a meeting or an event before.

    WHEN
    June 11, 2020 at 5:30pm
    WHERE
    Online (RSVP for Link)
    Berlin 10178
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    3 rsvps rsvp

  • Book Club: On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss – Democratss Abroad Leipzig-Halle

    For June's Book Club meeting, we are reading On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss.

    RSVP

    The discussion will take place online, please send an email to kaitlyn.kennedy@utexas.edu to receive the log-in information.

    About On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss

    "In this bold, fascinating book, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear—fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what may be in your children’s air, food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. Reflecting on her own experience as a new mother, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. She extends a conversation with other mothers to meditations on Voltaire’s Candide, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Susan Sontag’s AIDS and Its Metaphors, and beyond. On Immunity is an inoculation against our fear and a moving account of how we are all interconnected—our bodies and our fates." -- Description from Amazon.com 

    Please add thoughts or questions you have during reading to our live document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FzRrUMK97lYuzKDSPEWhG-Wfh8UDWUTMh8CiInuqfgY/edit?usp=drivesdk 

    Our next book will be selected during this meeting. We try to balance our selections evenly between fiction and non-fiction. 

    Feel free to add up to two books to our book suggestion list: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-ZZt2MiCoj19_-zKjZWEHEWoTFTlXAkR4f5r5e-DPZw/edit?usp=drivesdk 

    Lastly, if you would like to be added to our WhatsApp thread, please directly message us with your request. Thanks, and happy reading!

    WHEN
    June 13, 2020 at 5pm
    WHERE
    Online
    Please send an email to kaitlynkennedy@utexasedu to receive the log-in information
    Leipzig
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • Modern American Quiz Night – Democrats Abroad Berlin

    Who doesn't love a good game of trivia? With our monthly political pub nights on pause for now, join Democrats Abroad in Berlin for a fun night of "pub" (BYO) quiz instead!

    The game will consist of five rounds of questions, and will cover a broad range of topics -- current events, politics, general knowledge, and a few surprises to spice things up. Gather your friends to form a team, and RSVP so we can send you the video call link.

    RSVP

    Please RSVP so we can send you the video call information and so we have an idea of how many people to expect: 

    You can help out by sharing this event with your American friends and acquaintances in Berlin! As always, we welcome new faces, even if you've never attended a meeting or an event before.

    WHEN
    June 17, 2020 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Video Call – RSVP for link
    Berlin 10178
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    1 rsvp rsvp

  • is hosting June Berlin Chapter Meeting (online) 2020-05-19 11:44:36 -0400

    June Berlin Chapter Meeting (online)

    We hope you're staying in and staying healthy, in these difficult times.

    We think it's crucial to keep in touch and support each other right now, so we're keeping our monthly chapter meetings -- just online! At this meeting, we'll be discussing upcoming online events, virtual volunteering, and more.

    Join us for the virtual Berlin chapter meeting on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, from 7:30-8:30pm.

    RSVP

    Note: this is an online call so you will need an internet connection in order to attend. Please RSVP in advance so we can send you the link to join the online video call (WebEx).

    WebEx

    Democrats Abroad has put together a simple guide to using WebEx on your computer: http://wiki.democratsabroad.org/display/WebEx/How+To+SetUp+WebEx+on+your+computer

    If, after reviewing the guide, you have questions about how to log on, please get in touch in advance by email (berlin@democratsabroad.de). WebEx works with most common desktop web browsers, and is also available as a smartphone app.

    You can help out by sharing this event with your American friends and acquaintances in Berlin! As always, we welcome new faces, even if you've never attended a meeting or an event before.

     

    WHEN
    June 02, 2020 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Online – WebEx (RSVP for Link)
    Berlin
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    2 rsvps rsvp

  • News: 🌷🌼Upcoming in May: Tax Info Session, Convention, Office Hours 📅

    As we continue to keep social distance, we've got a full slate of events, voter assistance, volunteer opportunities, and more online. Please join us and invite a friend to join a virtual event!

    Democrats Abroad advocates for tax fairness for Americans abroad, but can't provide individual tax advice. It's a common concern, so we're happy that Monique Luegger, EA, (a member and volunteer) is offering her expertise in an online Info Session: U.S. Taxes While Living Abroad for our members tomorrow on May 13, 2020.

    You'll learn more about what you need to do as an American citizen or permanent resident living abroad. To support our voter outreach, we ask that each attendee contribute by making 20 phone calls in our current phone campaign, or a donating 10€. There are a few spots left!
    ►More details & RSVP for U.S. Tax Info Session

    Office hours with the Berlin chapter chair are continuing this month. You can connect with Diego Rivas and get voting support on the video call on on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 6-6:45pm. ►RSVP for May Office Hours

    Phone banking is an extremely important tool for Democrats Abroad to reach voters abroad and help them request absentee ballots. In 2020, we're relying on phone banking even more than usual, due to the constraints on in-person outreach. For the Global Presidential Primary, 61 phone bankers in Germany made over 3500 calls, leading to the 2nd highest turnout in Democrats Abroad!

    Scroll down to find out how you can be part of this outreach -- through calling and financial support.

    We're looking forward to seeing you on the internet. Take care of each other!

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  • News: 🇺🇸Global Primary: ✅Welcome to our new members! 🎉Postponing upcoming events

    The Global Presidential Primary was a huge success! In the last two weeks, over 1200 new members have joined Democrats Abroad in and around Berlin (including in Leipzig, Jena, Potsdam, and Dresden), with similar increases in the rest of Germany.

    Since many of you are hearing from us for the first time, here's quick rundown of what our 100% volunteer-powered group does, besides primary voting centers.

    What is Democrats Abroad in Berlin?

    As your local Democrats Abroad chapter, our mission is to help Americans living outside the U.S. exercise their right to vote. This includes

    • voter registration events
    • phone banking
    • and other voter outreach initiatives

    In addition to helping you register to vote and request absentee ballots, we also organize speakers, panels, film screenings, and discussions to keep you connected with current political issues. Finally, Democrats Abroad Berlin also hosts events for the American community, like 4th of July and Thanksgiving parties, all with the goal of helping people stay involved and engaged in U.S. political process while living in Germany.

    Besides these emails (which we send out a few times a month), you can stay in touch with us on social media, too:

    Record-Breaking Global Primary Turnout

    On each of the voting center days in Berlin, over 500 people voted! On Super Tuesday, Berlin had the biggest turnoutout of all Democrats Abroad polling centers. Thank you all for taking the time to cast your vote in the presidential primary. Here are a few photos (Facebook)

    Thank you as well to all the volunteers who helped with distributing ballots, setting up, cleaning up, directing voters, tallying votes, helping people register to vote, and many more crucial roles. It was a huge, collective effort, and we couldn't have done it without everyone's support.

    Upcoming Events Postponed ➜ Online Organizing

    In line with the rest of Democrats Abroad Germany & public health regulations, we're postponing all events until further notice. 

    We encourage you to stay home as much as possible, avoid any non-essential gatherings, and keep in touch with friends and neighbors for mutual support.

    We’re currently looking into which of our events can be held online, and what tools to use. We’ll keep you posted and reassess at the end of the month about April events. Take care of each other.

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  • published March 2020 Events Postponed in News 2020-03-16 13:53:55 -0400

    March 2020 Events Postponed

    In line with the rest of Democrats Abroad Germany & recommendations from local health officials, we’re postponing all events through March 31st. We encourage you to stay home as much as possible, avoid large gatherings, and keep in touch with friends and neighbors for mutual support.

    We’re currently looking into which of our events can be held online, and what tools to use. We’ll keep you posted and reassess at the end of the month about April events. Take care of each other!


  • News: February pub night, Phone bank in your Kiez & Primary volunteers needed

     

    We had a big and energized crowd at the monthly meeting last week, the day after the Iowa caucus. Thanks to all the Berliners who came to get involved (see on Instagram). Neukölln & Pankow Kiez meetups also went really well: photos on Twitter. Our stalwart Kiez captains and volunteers will be hosting phone banking events over the next few weeks to encourage fellow Democrats to vote in the Global Presidential Primary. Scroll down ⬇︎ for dates & times.

    Mark your calendar on Wednesday, Feb 19th, 2020, for monthly political pub night at Kater und Goldfisch in Wedding. It's a casual get-together, so stop by to get to know other members, get help with registering to vote, and find out more about getting involved. RSVP & see you there!

    The Berlin Women's Caucus is hosting the first meet & greet of 2020 this Sunday afternoon, Feb 16th. More details here.

    Read more

  • Two events this week in Leipzig + Volunteer at the Global Primary!

    We are excited to announce that Democrats Abroad is hosting a Global Presidential Primary voting center in Leipzig!

    On March 3 (Super Tuesday) and Sunday, March 7, 2020, Democrats Abroad members will have the opportunity to vote IN PERSON for their Democratic presidential candidate of choice at our polling station at the GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde. The Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Sachsen (DAIS) will be organizing a speaker and side events, so come to hang out too!

    This week, join us a film screening of Pariah on Wednesday and a planning meeting on Sunday. Check out the details below, RSVP and tell your friends! We look forward to seeing you there.

    Volunteer at the Global Primary

    To ensure that as many Americans as possible in our region can vote, we are looking for volunteers to assist at the voting center. No prior experience is necessary. If you want to help out on March 3 and/or March 7, please sign up using the links below. You may register for multiple shifts if you choose.

    Spread the word about upcoming events in Leipzig!

    Film Screening: Pariah (2011, OmU)

    Wed. Feb 5, 2020, 7-9pm
    GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig (Johannispl. 5-11, 04103 Leipzig)
    RSVP | Facebook

    Recipient of the 2011 Sundance Excellence in Cinematography Award, Pariah is a semi-autobiographical coming-out/coming-of-age story. The protagonist, a 17-year-old, African-American New Yorker named Alike, is on a journey to come to terms with, and ultimately embrace, her identity as a lesbian. The event features an introduction by Mascha Lange of the Institute of American Studies Leipzig.

    A group of Democrats Abroad Leipzig-Halle members will be at the screening, and we'd love to see you there!


    Meet & Plan in Leipzig

    Sun. Feb 9, 2020, 2-4pm
    Café Grundmann, Mahlmannstraße 16, 04107 Leipzig
    RSVP | Facebook

    Calling all Democrats in Leipzig, Halle, and surrounding areas! Are you feeling increasingly nervous as the primaries draw near?

    Do you want to make a difference this election year but don't know how? We have good news for you! Join us on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at our planning session for the upcoming Global Presidential Primary in Leipzig.

    Over "Kaffee und Kuchen" at the historic Café Grundmann, we will discuss what needs to be done to make our primary voting center a success. Never been to one of our Democrats Abroad meetings before? No problem! Come by and learn about our efforts to get out the vote in 2020. We'd love to see you there!


    Global Presidential Primary in Leipzig

    Tue. March 3, 2020, 4-8pm ✪ Volunteer
    Sat. March 7, 2020, 10am-1:30pm ✪ Volunteer
    GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig, Johannisplatz 5-11, 04103 Leipzig
    RSVP | Facebook

    At the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary, YOU choose the 2020 Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Don’t miss your chance to vote in person this presidential year! Join thousands of U.S. citizens like you, living abroad, who will participate in this year’s Global Presidential Primary through Democrats Abroad.


  • 2020 Primary Voting Centers in Berlin, Dresden, Jena, and Leipzig

     

    Don’t miss your chance to vote in person this presidential year! Join thousands of U.S. citizens like you, living abroad, who will participate in this year’s Global Presidential Primary through Democrats Abroad.

    Here are the official primary voting centers in the Berlin chapter's geographic region (all of the former East German states):

    Berlin

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 12pm to 8pm
    Sunday, March 8, 2020, 11am to 7pm

    The Digital Eatery, Unter den Linden 17, 10117 Berlin

    Details | RSVP | Facebook

    Dresden

    Thursday, March 5, 2020, 4pm to 8pm

    The Student Hotel, Prager Str. 13, 01069 Dresden

    Details | RSVP | Facebook

    Jena

    Saturday, March 7, 2020, 10am to 6pm

    Haus auf der Mauer, Johannisplatz 26, 07743 Jena

    Details | RSVP | Facebook

    Leipzig

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 4pm to 9pm
    Saturday, March 7, 2020, 10am to 2pm

    GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig, Johannisplatz 5-11, 04103 Leipzig

    Details | RSVP | Facebook

    Primary Eligibility

    Democrats Abroad has just a few requirements for voting in the primary:

    • Be abroad and be a U.S. citizen
    • Be a member of Democrats Abroad (you can join now or even at the voting center)
    • Be 18 years old as of November 3, 2020
    • Not have voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary (see below for more details)

    You can only vote in the presidential primary once. That means that if you vote in the Global Primary but also want to vote in your state for down-ballot primary races (such as for your congressperson), you can! Just skip the presidential question on your state primary ballot.

    Media Requests

    If you're a journalist and would like to interview someone or cover the primary, please email press@demsinberlin.de with your question or request, we'll be in touch right away.


  • Happy New Year! How you can register to vote in person & get involved in 2020 in Berlin

    Happy new year! We hope you're rested and recovered from your holiday celebrations, and ready for 2020. First things first:

    • Go to votefromabroad.org to request your overseas ballot. You need to do this every calendar year to make sure you can vote.
    • Tell a friend to do the same!

    If you need help with registering and requesting your ballot, we're here to help! Email help@votefromabroad.org and come to any of the events all around Berlin, Potsdam, Leipzig, and Dresden (upcoming event list below).

    We'll be kicking off 2020 in Berlin on Wednesday January 15, 2020 at The Castle in Mitte. We'll be sharing information about how to register to vote and get involved in Berlin, and finishing out the evening in our usual political pub-night style.

    That's not the only event this month though: the Dresden precinct is getting together on Jan 18th, as well as the Mitte(Jan 20) and Kreuzberg (Jan 23) Kiez groups. Join activists and organizers from all over Germany at the Annual General Meeting in Munich (Jan 24-26) -- it's not too late to register!

    Help us by keeping an eye out for a temporary Berlin headquarters the next few months. We're happy to discuss office sublet or sharing options -- most of our voter registration and phone banking will usually be on evenings & weekends. Got an idea where our 2020 home could be, near transit with great internet? Read our wishlist and drop us a line!


    Updates

    Volunteering in 2020

    2020 is the best time to get involved and have an impact on the future of the U.S. You can make a difference from here in Germany, reaching out to voters living abroad, making sure people register and request their ballots, and more!

    • As we gear up in 2020, help keep our websites, Facebook, and Twitter accounts lively and up-to-date as Web & Social Media volunteer
    • Become a Kiez Captain to get out the vote and help neighbors and volunteers in different Berlin districts
    • Reach out to U.S. students studying at universities in Germany vote as the Study Abroad Coordinator
    • Prefer something you can do at home? Phonebankers make calls to other Americans living abroad to remind them about voting. All you need is a computer and headphones.

    Sound like something you might be interested in? Send us your questions and how you'd like to get involved to volunteers@demsinberlin.de


    Upcoming Events

    Call with Stacey Abrams, Fair Fight, and DNC on Voter Protection

    Tue. Jan 14, 2020, 9-10pm (Berlin time)
    Online call - RSVP for video conference link
    RSVP

    January 2020 Kickoff Meeting & Pub Night

    Wed. Jan 15, 2020, from 7:30pm
    The Castle Berlin Mitte, Invalidenstr. 129, Berlin 10115 (S Nordbahnhof)
    RSVP | Facebook

    January Book Club: The Cave by José Saramago

    Thu. Jan 16, 2020, 7-8:30pm
    Message In A Bottle, Knaackstr. 76, 10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg (U2 Eberswalder Straße)
    RSVP | Facebook

    Kiez Meetup – Rosenthaler Platz (Mitte)

    Mon. Jan 20, 2020, 7-9pm
    Mein Haus am See, Brunnenstraße 197-198, 10119 Berlin (U8 Rosenthaler Platz)
    RSVP | Facebook

    Kiez Meetup – Mehringdamm (Kreuzberg)

    Thu. Jan 23, 2020, 6-8pm
    Vogt’s Bierexpress (next to Curry 36), Mehringdamm 32/34, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    RSVP | Facebook

    Events outside Berlin

    January Meetup and Ballot Requests – Dresden

    Sat. Jan 18, 2020, 2-5pm
    Student Hotel (Dresden), Prager Str. 13, 01069 Dresden
    RSVP | Facebook

    Democrats Abroad Germany – Annual General Meeting

    Fri-Sun Jan 24-26, 2020
    Literaturhaus München, Salvatorplatz 1, 80333 Munich
    Register | Details | Facebook


    Democrats Abroad Berlin

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    * 2020 presidential candidate events are not Democrats Abroad events. All campaigns are welcome to share any eventsthey’re organizing in Berlin for inclusion in our email newsletter.

    Democrats Abroad, from the international level to country committees, caucuses and task forces, does not endorse or offer preferential treatment to any Democratic candidate when they are running against other Democrats.

    We are proud to support the democratic process, and the full breadth of candidates in the running for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination. As such, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting a fair and free impartial election, including before, during and after the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary.

    ►Full statement on impartiality


  • published 2020 Women's March in Berlin in News 2019-12-13 09:33:06 -0500

    2020 Women's March in Berlin

    We've just posted an announcement about the 2020 Women's March Berlin on our website:

    Read The Future of Women's March Berlin: your help is needed!


  • published The Berlin t-shirts have arrived! in News 2019-12-09 11:40:26 -0500

    The Berlin t-shirts have arrived!

    We’re so happy to share that the new Berlin-themed t-shirts have arrived. They’re super comfortable and a great way to show your local Democrats Abroad pride!

    If you pre-ordered, you should have gotten an email recently about picking up your t-shirt. If you haven’t gotten one yet but love how they look, get in touch about getting one: berlin@democratsabroad.de




  • End-of-the-year Kiez meetups + save the date for January 2020

    At last week's meeting, we swapped (ate) cookies and thanked all the volunteers and helpers who've pitched in at events and as organizers this year. Thomas Finnerty, our fall 2019 intern wrote a short recap of the party. Thanks Thomas for all his great work over the last few months!

    Save the date for our first event in 2020: we'll be getting together on Wed. January 15, 2020 to register to vote, request absentee ballots, and training everyone how to help others do the same.

    There won't be a political pub night in December. Instead, we encourage you to support some of the kiez events, if they happen to be in your neighborhood. Check out the event listings below, like the one tonight in Mitte near Friedrichstrasse.

    We are still exploring options for a temporary Berlin headquarters starting in spring 2020. Ideally an office sublet, and we're happy to discuss sharing arrangements since our voter registration and phone banking will be mostly evenings & weekends. Got a hot tip for space near transit with great internet? Let us know!


    Updates

    Berlin T-shirts are here!

    We're thrilled to share that our Berlin-themed t-shirts have arrived. Take a look at this awesome and comfortable way to show your local Democrats Abroad pride! Want one of your own? Drop us a line. 

    Wanted: Location for a Democrats Abroad Berlin headquarters

    Thanks to everyone who got in touch so far with ideas for our temporary 2020 Berlin HQ. We're looking at all the options and happy to get more leads from you all on office sublets where we can host voter registration & phonebanking drives.

    Our primary criteria:

    • Available for at least 6 months (May through October)
    • Accessible location, ideally near 2 transit lines
    • Access on nights and weekends
    • Solid internet connection
    • Room for 4-6 people at desks
    • Storage (minimal, for flyers and voter info material)

    That's the summary -- here are more details about what we we're looking for. Got a lead? Drop us a line: board@demsinberlin.de

    Help more 2020 candidates get on the primary ballot!

    Democrats Abroad's Global Presidential Primary runs March 3-10, 2020. To appear on that ballot, 300 members need to sign the candidate's petition by January 6, 2020.

    Just a few signatures stand between many candidates and getting on the primary ballot: visit the candidate petitions page to make sure your favorites make it! Here are step-by-step instructions on how to sign petitions.

    Become a Kiez captain for your neighborhood

    Each of us loves our own neighborhood, so we've started Kiez Captains to get out the vote and help connect neighbors and volunteers in different Berlin districts. We're still looking for leaders in Friedrichshain, Charlottenburg, Schöneberg, Tempelhof, and other areas. 

    Kiez Captains are helping us reach American voters in every corner of Berlin in 2020. It's a 5-hour a month commitment, find out more about what it entails. Write chair@demsinberlin.de if you'd like to step up and become a Kiez Captain in your neighborhood.


    Upcoming Events

    Kiez Coffee & Chat – Friedrichstraße (Mitte)

    TONIGHT: Mon. Dec 9, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
    New location: Meyerbeer Coffee, Universitätsstraße 2-3A, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
    RSVP | Facebook

    Kieztreff – Prenzlauer Berg

    Tue. Dec 10th, 2019: 7-9pm
    Wohnzimmer Bar, Lettestraße 6, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
    RSVP | Facebook

    Tom Steyer 2020 Drinks in Berlin

    Please note: not a Democrats Abroad event*
    Wed. Dec 11, 2019, from 7pm
    Buchhandlung Caffetteria Bar, Tucholskystraße 32, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
    RSVP to evi.steyer@tomsteyer.com

    Kiez Adventsmarkt – Pankow

    Sat. Dec 14, 2019, 4-6pm
    Pankower Adventsmarkt, Heynstraße 15, 13187 Berlin-Pankow
    RSVP | Facebook

    Kiez Weihnachtszauber – Alexanderplatz (Mitte)

    Sun. Dec 15, 2019, 2-4pm
    Gendarmenmarkt (in front of Ampelmann store), Markgrafenstr. 37, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
    RSVP | Facebook

    Democrats Abroad speaks with Tom Steyer

    Mon. Dec 16, 2019, 3-3:45pm
    Online call -- RSVP for video conference link
    RSVP | Facebook

    December Book Club – The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

    Thu. Dec 19, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Coffee Fellows (upstairs), Danziger Str. 1, 10437 Berlin
    RSVP | Facebook

    January 2020 Kickoff (Save The Date!)

    Wed. Jan 15, 2020, 7:30pm
    Location: TBA

    Kiez Meetup – Mehringdamm (Kreuzberg)

    Thu. Jan 23, 2020, 6-8pm
    Vogt’s Bierexpress (next to Curry 36), Mehringdamm 32/34, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    RSVP | Facebook

    Events outside Berlin

    Democrats Abroad Germany – Annual General Meeting

    Fri-Sun Jan 24-26, 2020
    Literaturhaus München, Salvatorplatz 1, 80333 Munich
    Register | Details | Facebook


    Democrats Abroad Berlin

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    * 2020 presidential candidate events are not Democrats Abroad events. All campaigns are welcome to share any eventsthey’re organizing in Berlin for inclusion in our email newsletter.

    Democrats Abroad, from the international level to country committees, caucuses and task forces, does not endorse or offer preferential treatment to any Democratic candidate when they are running against other Democrats.

    We are proud to support the democratic process, and the full breadth of candidates in the running for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination. As such, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting a fair and free impartial election, including before, during and after the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary.

    ►Full statement on impartiality


  • This week: Political pub night, book club, reduced tickets for Thanksgiving!

    Happy Wednesday! There's a lot of great events this week, so we want to make sure you know about all get-togethers. Hope to see you at one!

    Tonight (Wednesday): Grab a drink and get together in a casual setting at November Political Pub Night at Buchhandlung Caffeteria in Mitte (Oranienburger Str.). Details/RSVP

    Thursday: Discuss Min Jin Lee's historical novel Pachinko with Democrats Abroad Book Club at Coffee Fellows in Prenzlauer Berg. Details/RSVP

    Saturday: Warm up the winter and start an all-American tradition in Berlin at the 1st Annual Tempelhof Turkey Trot. ►Register

    Saturday night:

    Thanksgiving Potluck – New Price!

    To make Thanksgiving dinner more accessible for families, friends, and our community members, we've simplified and reduced the dinner donation: 10€ per person (kids 12-and-under & volunteers can join for free).

    If you were on the fence, we'd really love to see you at the potluck of all our favorite sides on Saturday. Please register on our website so we can plan drinks and food:

    ►Register for Thanksgiving Dinner

    Hope to see you there!

    All funds raised from these events support Democrats Abroad Berlin's on-going voter registration efforts as we prepare for the 2020 general election. With thousands of American voters in Berlin and Germany, your support is the deciding factor.


    Updates

    Welcome our new membership & volunteer coordinator: Theresa Gasinski

    On November 5th, the Berlin chapter members at the meeting elected Theresa Gasinski to the Berlin leadersip. Read more about Theresa and our fall 2019 intern Thomas Finnerty.

    Kiez captains in your neighborhood

    Berlin's a big place, so we've started Kiez Captains to have volunteers responsible for getting out the vote and organizing in different neighborhoods. Here are our first captains, you'll be hearing about their local meetups in the coming weeks.

    • Kreuzberg (Mehringdamm): Dan
    • Mitte (Alexanderplatz): Joe
    • Mitte (Friedrichstraße): Katie
    • Pankow: Meylen & Rebekah
    • Prenzlauer Berg: Tania
    • Schöneberg: Pia

    They're helping lay the groundwork to mobilize in every corner of Berlin in 2020. It is a 5-hour a month commitment. Write chair@demsinberlin.de for more info and if you'd like to become a Kiez Captain in your neighborhood

    2020 Candidates speak with Democrats Abroad

    Democrats Abroad has reached out to all the campaigns to hold video conferences with Democrats Abroad. Here are the recordings from the sessions so far:


    Upcoming Events

    November Political Pub Night – Buchhandlung Caffeteria

    Wed. Nov 20, 2019, from 7pm
    Buchhandlung Caffetteria Bar, Tucholskystraße 32, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
    RSVP | Facebook

    November Book Club – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

    Thu. Nov 21, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Coffee Fellows (upstairs), Danziger Str. 1, 10437 Berlin
    RSVP | Facebook

    1st Annual Democrats Abroad Tempelhof Turkey Trot

    Sat. Nov 23, 2019, 10:30am
    Tempelhofer Feld (Tempelhofer Damm Entrance)
    Register (20€) | Facebook

    Thanksgiving Dinner

    Sat. Nov 23, 2019, 6-10pm
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    Register (10€) | Facebook | Volunteer | Potluck

    Save the date - Holiday Cookie Party

    Volunteers make all the events and political organizing possible. We'll be appreciating all of them at our December cookie party/swap.

    Tue. Dec 3, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg

    Events outside Berlin

    Democrats Abroad Germany – Annual General Meeting

    Fri-Sun Jan 24-26, 2020
    Literaturhaus München, Salvatorplatz 1, 80333 Munich
    Register | Details | Stipend (Deadline: Nov 30, 2019) | Facebook


    Democrats Abroad Berlin

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  • published Welcome, Theresa and Thomas! in News 2019-11-13 05:48:21 -0500

    Welcome, Theresa and Thomas!

    At the meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the assembled members of the Berlin chapter voted to confirm Theresa Gasinski to the position of Volunteer & Membership Coordinator, which had been held since January 2019 by Julia Behringer. Julia stepped down in September for personal reasons. Here’s a little bit about Theresa:

    Theresa is originally from Chicago, Illinois (go Cubs!) and moved to Berlin in June 2016. Since arriving, she’s participated in Democrats Abroad Berlin events and, in November 2019, was proudly elected to be the chapter’s Volunteer Coordinator. She’s always interested in hearing from DA members to learn more about their interests, skills and personalities, as well as their own ideas about the best ways to volunteer – so please don’t hesitate to reach out!

     

    It was also the first official Democrats Abroad meeting for Thomas Finnerty, who will be interning with Democrats Abroad Berlin this fall.

    Thomas is a Junior at Villanova University studying Political Science and Economics. He was born and raised in Rochester, New York and is studying abroad in Berlin from August to December of 2019 at CIEE Global Institute. He is a die hard Buffalo Bills fan and played baseball and basketball in high school. He enjoys music and hiking and has interned for U.S. Senator (NY) Kirsten Gillibrand.

    We’re thrilled to have both Theresa and Thomas joining the Berlin team. Make sure to say hi if you see them at a meeting or pub night!


  • Pre-order new Berlin-themed Democrats Abroad t-shirts

    It's time to get new t-shirts! We're so excited to unveil two new Democrats Abroad t-shirts, designed especially for Democrats Abroad Berlin.

    The t-shirts are 100% high-quality cotton (190 gsm) and printed right here in Berlin. We'll be taking pre-orders until October 31, 2019 and offering a special price of just 15 Euros per shirt (a discount of 5 Euros from the regular price). You'll be able to pick up your t-shirts at our many events in the later half of November.

    ►To get first dibs on these new t-shirts, click here to go to the pre-order form.


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