Communications & Press Officer, Berlin; DPCA Representative, Germany

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


  • đŸ””Democratic Debate Bingo in Berlin🔮Dresden & Halle-Leipzig Events

    Our thoughts are with the people of Dayton and El Paso, who are enduring terrible tragedy and heartbreak after the mass shootings in those cities this past weekend. The House has sent gun safety legislation to the Senate, take a moment today to call your Senators to demand they pass it.

    We're trying to stay focused on the big picture: on policy change, on electing a new Congress (House and Senate), and increasing American voter registration and turnout here in Berlin.

    One of our goals is to create a temporary Democrats Abroad Berlin headquarters in 2020, a central location where you can come to get and give help with voting from abroad, where volunteers can gather to call overseas voters, and a physical place for our organization and community.

    To that end, we are raising money and accepting your donations to make Berlin HQ a reality!

    On Tuesday evening (August 6), come by to watch the highlights and play Democratic Debate Bingo! We'll screen the best clips from the July debates and play bingo to raise funds for the 2020 Berlin 'Get Out The Vote' headquarters. â–șRSVP

    We're taking a short break in August, so there won't be a Berlin pub night this month. Check out the other events below like book club and precinct events in Dresden and Leipzig instead.

    See you in September!


    Upcoming Events

    Democratic Debate Bingo & Fundraiser

    Tue. August 6, 2019, 7:30-9:30pm
    BegegnungsstĂ€tte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    RSVP | Facebook

    Raise a Glass to Roe v. Wade
    Fundraiser for National Abortion Funds

    (not a Democrats Abroad event)
    Fri. August 9, 2019, from 5pm
    Motif Wein, Weserstr. 189, Berlin 12045
    Facebook

    Taco Tuesday in Dresden

    Tue. August 13, 2019, from 7pm
    The Evil Burrito Dresden, Bischofsweg 10, Dresden-Neustadt 01097
    RSVP | Facebook

    August Book Club: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Thu. August 29, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Coffee Fellows (2nd Floor), Danziger Str. 1, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
    RSVP | Facebook

    Democrats Abroad Halle-Leipzig Meetup

    Sun. Sept 1, 2019, 7-9pm
    American Bar & Bowling (Charlottencenter), Augustastr. 5, Halle (Saale) 06108
    RSVP| Facebook

    Munich Oktoberfest with Democrats Abroad

    Sun. Oct 6, 2019, 11am-2:30pm
    Schottenhamel Tent, Theresienwiese, 80336 Munich
    ➀ Get your Oktoberfest tickets | Questions?

    Join Democrats Abroad from around Germany and Europe at Oktoberfest in Munich!

    Tickets are 85 euros & include a reserved seat in the Gallery above the crowds, half a roasted chicken, 2 liters of beer, and a 10 euro coupon for additional food and drinks. And don’t worry, you can use the beer vouchers for other drinks and vegetarian options are available.


    Stay in touch!


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    Press Inquiries

    To get in touch with the Press Team at Democrats Abroad Germany, please fill out the contact form below with your press inquiry. All other inquiries, contact info-Germany@democratsabroad.org

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  • published Democrats Abroad Berlin Book Club Update in News 2019-07-30 06:05:22 -0400

    Democrats Abroad Berlin Book Club Update

    From Rebekah, the amazing organizer of our monthly book club which has been running since May:
    Just here with a (slightly belated) update on last Thursday's book club! We had four people including myself and some good discussion on The Edible Woman (which is super weird and interesting and y'all should read it).

    We hope you'll join in for the next book club session!

    August Book Club: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    • Date: Thursday August 29, 2019
    • Time: 7:30pm
    • Location: Coffee Fellows (Danziger Str. 1, right at U Eberswalder Str) - check the second floor
    • RSVP | Facebook
    • Book: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

    "A powerful, tender story of race and identity by the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun." 477 pages.


  • August Book Club: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Join us for the August gathering of the Democrats Abroad book club! We'll discuss Americanah, a novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

    The goal is to provide a shared reading experience and relaxed discussion space for Democrats Abroad members. Please share 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.

    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    "A powerful, tender story of race and identity by the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun." 477 pages.

    RSVP

    It's not required, but on this page so we have a rough idea of how many people to expect.

    Other upcoming Democrats Abroad events:

    Tue. August 6th, 2019:
    Democratic Primary Debate Bingo & Fundraiser
    https://www.democratsabroad.org/polexa/democratic_primary_debate_bingo_fundraiser?recruiter_id=1464

    Tue. August 13th, 2019
    Taco Tuesday in Dresden
    https://www.democratsabroad.org/polexa/tacotuesday_august_democratsabroad_dresden?recruiter_id=1464

    WHEN
    August 29, 2019 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Coffee Fellows (2nd Floor)
    Danziger Str 1
    Berlin 10437
    Germany
    Google map and directions
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  • This Week: 📖Book Club & đŸ§ș🍉Youth Caucus Picnic

    Hope you're staying cool and hydrating in this heat wave.

    Thursday evening, pull up a chair and ice coffee at book clubas we discuss Margaret Atwood's The Edible Woman: more details. (In August we're reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah)

    Unwind after a long week on Friday — calling all young Democrats for the Youth Caucus Summer Picnic & Bocce Tournament at Tempelhofer Feld. Enjoy food, drinks, and bocce with fellow young Democrats and progressives! Enter at "Oderstraße" entrance, we'll be on the green patch directly north of the grill area. â–șDetails & RSVP

    Mark your calendar for Democratic Debate Bingo! On Tuesday August 6th, we'll screen the best clips from the July debates and play bingo to raise funds for the 2020 Berlin 'Get Out The Vote' headquarters. â–șRSVP


    Upcoming Events 

    July Book Club: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

    Thu. July 25, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Coffee Fellows (2nd Floor), Danziger Str. 1, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
    RSVP | Facebook 

    Youth Caucus Summer Picnic & Bocce Tournament

    Fri. July 26, 2019, 6-9pm
    Tempelhofer Feld (Oderstraße entrance), Berlin-Neukölln
    RSVP| Facebook

    Let's Talk About Abortion

    (please note: not a Democrats Abroad event)
    Sun. July 28, 2019, noon-10pm
    FvF Friends Space, Glogauer Str. 2, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    Facebook

    Democratic Debate Bingo & Fundraiser

    Tue. August 6, 2019, 7:30-9:30pm
    BegegnungsstĂ€tte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    RSVP| Facebook

    Taco Tuesday in Dresden

    Tue. August 13, 2019, from 7pm
    The Evil Burrito Dresden, Bischofsweg 10, Dresden-Neustadt 01097
    RSVP| Facebook

    Munich Oktoberfest with Democrats Abroad

    Sun. Oct 6, 2019, 11am-2:30pm
    Schottenhamel Tent, Theresienwiese, 80336 Munich
    ➀ Get your Oktoberfest tickets | Questions?

    Join Democrats Abroad from around Germany and Europe at Oktoberfest in Munich!

    Tickets are 75 euros & include a reserved seat in the Gallery above the crowds, half a roasted chicken, 2 liters of beer, and a 10 euro coupon for additional food and drinks. And don’t worry, you can use the beer vouchers for other drinks and vegetarian options are available.


  • đŸ»Schleusenkrug pub night 🌈LGBT Stadtfest this weekend🎉

    It's a busy and exciting week here in Berlin. We hope we'll see you at pub night at Schleusenkrug in Tiergarten tonight (Wednesday).

    Democrats Abroad Berlin is thrilled to participate in the Lesbisch-Schwules Stadtfest in Schöneberg again this weekend! We will have a booth on both days where we’ll mingle with festival attendees, sell DA swag, and reach out Americans living in Berlin. It's fun to be right in the middle of street fest, and the atmosphere is amazing with hundreds of thousands of visitors over the course of the weekend.

    How you can help

    â–șVolunteer for a few hours this weekend (mobile-friendly) with a friend to reach out to other Americans living overseas. We especially need more volunteers in the evenings, and we promise: it's a great time!

    4th of July Photos

    We had a great time celebrating Independence Day as Americans (and friends) in Berlin, we estimate around 200 people showed up! Thanks to everyone who joined us, brought food, baked pies, and made it an awesome 4th of July. â–șCheck out the photos from the party

    Lights For Liberty Vigil

    Together with our friends from American Voices Abroad Berlin and the Coalition Berlin, a large crowd gathered on Friday in front of the U.S. embassy to take a stand against the Trump administration's outrageous and horrific treatment of migrant children and families seeking refuge. ▷Take a look at some photos from the vigil🕯


    Upcoming Events 

    July Political Pub Night – Schleusenkrug

    Wed. July 17, 2019, from 7pm
    Schleusenkrug Biergarten, MĂŒller-Breslau-Straße 14b, 10623 Berlin
    RSVP | Facebook

    🌈LGBT Streetfest - Volunteers needed!🌈

    Sat. & Sun. July 20-21, 2019
    Nollendorfplatz, Berlin-Schöneberg
    â–șVolunteer (mobile-friendly) | Details

    July Book Club: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

    Thu. July 25, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Coffee Fellows (2nd Floor), Danziger Str. 1, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
    RSVP | Facebook 

    Youth Caucus Summer Picnic & Bocce Tournament

    Fri. July 26, 2019, 6-9pm
    Tempelhofer Feld (Oderstraße entrance), Berlin-Neukölln
    RSVP | Facebook

    Let's Talk About Abortion

    (please note: not a Democrats Abroad event)
    Sun. July 28, 2019, noon-10pm
    FvF Friends Space, Glogauer Str. 2, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    Facebook

    Munich Oktoberfest with Democrats Abroad

    Sun. Oct 6, 2019, 11am-2:30pm
    Schottenhamel Tent, Theresienwiese, 80336 Munich
    ➀ Get your Oktoberfest tickets | Questions?

    Join Democrats Abroad from around Germany and Europe at Oktoberfest in Munich!

    Tickets are 75 euros & include a reserved seat in the Gallery above the crowds, half a roasted chicken, 2 liters of beer, and a 10 euro coupon for additional food and drinks. And don’t worry, you can use the beer vouchers for other drinks and vegetarian options are available.


  • 🗣Discuss the Debates 💬🎉Celebrate 4th of July đŸ‡ș🇾🕯Lights for Liberty Vigil

    We've all been following the reports about humanitarian crisis on the U.S. border, the terrible treatment of immigrants and refugees, especially children, with great anger and even greater resolve to stop it. Scroll down to the "Updates & How YOU can help" section for more details on how to take action.

    Have you been watching the first Democratic primary debates? The first night's debate is on YouTube. We'll be getting together to discuss the Democratic debates today (Friday) at Brauhaus SĂŒdstern. â–șEvent Details & RSVP

    On Thursday, July 4th, 2019 starting at 6:30pm, we're really looking forward to celebrating Independence Day with you. Let's  come together as an American community in Berlin, especially after all the events of the past few weeks.

    We'll have a grill & drinks, plus we're hosting a potluck and a pie-baking contest in the garden at our monthly meeting spot, BegegnungsstĂ€tte Falckensteinstraße in Kreuzberg.

    Please help us out and RSVP so we can make sure to get enough drinks and hot dogs. We also need a few more volunteers to help the party run smoothly.

    Thanks for reading and see you soon!


    Upcoming Events

    Discussing the Debates with Dems in Berlin

    Fri. June 28, 2019, from 7pm
    Brauhaus SĂŒdstern, Hasenheide 69, 10967 Berlin
    RSVP | Facebook

    4th of July Potluck

    Thu. July 4, 2019, 6:30-9:30pm
    BegegnungsstĂ€tte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    RSVP | Volunteer| Potluck| Pie Contest| Facebook

    July Political Pub Night – Schleusenkrug

    Wed. June 19, 2019, from 7pm
    Schleusenkrug Biergarten, MĂŒller-Breslau-Straße 14b, 10623 Berlin
    RSVP | Facebook

    🌈LGBT Streetfest - Volunteers needed!🌈

    Sat. & Sun. July 20-21, 2019
    Nollendorfplatz, Berlin-Schöneberg
    â–șVolunteer (mobile-friendly) | Details

    July Book Club: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

    Thu. July 25, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Coffee Fellows (2nd Floor), Danziger Str. 1, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
    RSVP


    Updates & How YOU Can Help!

    Immigrant Detention / Lights for Liberty Vigil in Berlin

    The wheels are in motion for a Lights for Liberty vigil in Berlin, Democrats Abroad Berlin is working with American Voices Abroad and the Coalition to organize an event. If you feel strongly about the treatment of migrants, especially children, in detention camps by the current US administration, and would like to help organize a local event, please get in touch: chair@demsinberlin.de

    There are also many ways you can take a stand against immigrant detention, from Berlin. Here's a helpful list of recommendations on how to take action, including specific demands to make when you call your member of Congress:

    ▷â–șTaking Action on Immigrant Detention◀◁

    Raffle Prize Donations

    Got a special bottle of wine, concert tickets, a book, or another exciting prize you'd be willing to donate? We're looking for prizes to fill out our 4th of July raffle goodie baskets. If you have a gift, experience, or other prize you'd like to contribute, get in touch with Amy: gotv@demsinberlin.de

    Oktoberfest – Early Bird Tickets end June 30th

    Join Democrats Abroad from around Germany and Europe at Munich Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 from 11:00am to 2:30pm. We have reserved seats in the Gallery section of the Schottenhamel tent -- upstairs, above the large crowds.

    Tickets are only 65 euros, but starting July 1st, increase to 75 euros. Each ticket includes a reserved seat in the Gallery, 1/2 of a roasted chicken, 2 liters of beer, and a 10 euro coupon for additional food and drinks. And don’t worry, you can use the beer vouchers for other drinks and vegetarian options are available.

    This is a fun event and a great chance to meet other members of Democrats Abroad! If you have any questions, please email oktoberfest@democratsabroad.org

    ➀ Get your Oktoberfest tickets


  • Picnic at Tempelhofer Feld (tonight), Playdate in Friedrichshain, and many more summer events!

    We hope we'll be seeing a lot of you in the next few weeks. As we prepare for 2020, we're focused now on building community, capacity, and connections among our members in Berlin. We hope you'll stay in touch with us when it counts: voting in every election you can.

    TONIGHT: If you haven't been out on Tempelhofer Feld yet this summer, take advantage of the lovely weather and picnic with us there this Friday evening. Candice, the chair of Democrats Abroad Germany, is our special guest. We'll be near the Oderstraße entrance, north of the grill area. 

    On Sunday, we're excited for the first Democrats Abroad playdate in recent memory at Traveplatz in Friedrichshain – kid not required! 

    It's biergarten season, so our first summer pub night will be at BRLO this coming Wednesday (June 19th). Come grab a drink with us and cool off after work.

    Got plans for Independence Day yet? Join Democrats Abroad Berlin as we celebrate 4th of July! We'll have a grill & drinks, plus we're hosting a potluckand a pie-baking contest in the garden at our monthly meeting spot, BegegnungsstĂ€tte Falckensteinstraße. More details below.

    Come out to any of these events to meet fellow Democrats in Berlin, have a good time, and find out how you can get more involved in getting out the vote in the 2020 primary and presidential elections. Thanks for reading and see you soon!


    Upcoming Events 

    Summer Picnic with Chair of Democrats Abroad Germany

    Fri. June 14, 2019, 6:30pm
    Tempelhofer Feld - Oderstraße Entrance
    RSVP | Facebook

    Playdate at Traveplatz

    Sun. Jun 16, 2019, 2-4pm
    Traveplatz, 10247 Berlin-Friedrichshain
    RSVP | Facebook

    June Political Pub Night – BRLO

    Wed. June 19, 2019, from 7pm
    BRLO Brewhouse, Schönebergerstr. 16, 10963, Berlin
    RSVP | Facebook

    June Book Club: Becoming by Michelle Obama

    Thu. June 27, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Coffee Fellows (2nd Floor), Danziger Str. 1, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
    RSVP | Facebook

    Debate Debriefing with Dems in Berlin - Save the Date!

    Fri. June 28, 2019, from 7pm
    Location TBC

    4th of July Potluck

    Thu. July 4, 2019, 6:30-9:30pm
    BegegnungsstĂ€tte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    RSVP | Volunteer | Potluck | Pie Contest | Facebook


    Updates & How YOU Can Help!

    đŸłïžâ€đŸŒˆLGBT Streetfest - Volunteers needed!đŸłïžâ€đŸŒˆ

    Sat. & Sun. July 20-21, 2019
    Nollendorfplatz, Berlin-Schöneberg
    â–șVolunteer | Details

    We are excited to be part of the Lesbisch-Schwules Stadtfest (Motzstrassenfest) on July 20 & 21 in Schöneberg. The street festival is an annual highlight for Democrats Abroad Berlin. We will have a booth on both days where we’ll mingle with attendees, sell DA swag, and register Americans abroad to vote. We're looking for volunteers to help out for shifts of a few hours (or more) over the weekend. It's a fun festival with a great atmosphere, so grab a friend and sign up for a shift or two together: https://volunteersignup.org/48B78

    Oktoberfest – Early Bird Tickets end June 30th

    Join Democrats Abroad from around Germany and Europe at Munich Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 from 11:00am to 2:30pm. We have reserved seats in the Gallery section of the Schottenhamel tent -- upstairs, above the large crowds.

    Tickets are only 65 euros, but starting July 1st, increase to 75 euros. Each ticket includes a reserved seat in the Gallery, 1/2 of a roasted chicken, 2 liters of beer, and a 10 euro coupon for additional food and drinks. And don’t worry, you can use the beer vouchers for other drinks and vegetarian options are available.

    This is a fun event and a great chance to meet other members of Democrats Abroad! If you have any questions, please email oktoberfest@democratsabroad.org

    ➀ Get your Oktoberfest tickets


  • May Events: Organized Labor in Elections, Tax Info Session & Book Club Kickoff

    This Tuesday, join us for our May meeting: Organized Labor's Role in U.S. Elections, with guest speaker Thomas J. Adams, whose research focuses on the history of American labor, political economy, and social movements as well as New Orleans.

    Our U.S. tax info session will be on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019. If you haven't RSVPed yet, the venue is currently at capacity. You're welcome to come, in case there are no-shows â–șDetails

    May political pub nightwill be at Zosch in Mitte on Wednesday May 15th, 2019. Get a beer with Americans and friends, and maybe even catch some New Orleans jazz later in the evening. â–șDetails & RSVP here

    We're also really excited to announce the Democrats Abroad Book Clubin Berlin. The first meeting will take place on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at Coffee Fellows in Prenzlauer Berg. We'll be discussing the novella "The House on Mango Street" and choosing books for the next few months. â–șMore Book Club info

    Want to get involved? Drop us a line by emailing berlin@democratsabroad.de.


    Updates

    We need your help this summer: 4th of July & LGBT Stadtfest

    Do you throw a great party? We're looking for help for our summer events, when we reach out to the greater American community in Berlin. If you'd like to help us coordinate these events (or another one), please get in touch! volunteers@democratsabroad.de

    Host a Democrats Abroad Berlin meetup!

    We're asking for your help to make more events happen in more parts of Berlin. If you'd like to put together a playground gathering, a letter-writing group, discussions over dinner, or anything else that helps bring Americans living in Berlin together, please get in touch. We'd love to see more diverse get-togethers in all the Berlin neighborhoods -- from Friedenau to Weissensee and everywhere in-between.

    Write in with your idea or proposal: board@demsinberlin.de

    Democrats Abroad Germany's Volunteer Survey

    Democrats Abroad's Germany-level leadership is conducting a survey of potential volunteers, to figure out what your interests, unique talents, and special skills are. If you'd like to respond, take the survey

    2019 Elections in KY, LA, MS, NC, NJ, PA, & VA

    There are local, state and federal elections in 2019. If you vote in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, or Virginia, there are elections in 2019. Pennsylvania's 12th District and North Carolina's 3rd and 9th districts will have special elections for seats in the US House of Representatives. It may not be a presidential election year, but please remember to request your ballot and vote!

    â–șGo to VoteFromAbroad.org and request your overseas ballot today!


    Upcoming Events

    Organized Labor's Role in U.S. Elections - May Meeting

    Tue. May 7, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    BegegnungsstĂ€tte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997 Berlin (U1 Schlesisches Tor)
    RSVP | Facebook

    Taco Tuesday in Dresden

    Tue. May 7, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    The Evil Burrito Dresden, Bischofsweg 10 Dresden-Neustadt 01097
    RSVP | Facebook

    Info Session: U.S. Taxes While Living Abroad

    Wed. May 8, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Cookies and Cream, Kremmener Straße 8, 10435 Berlin-Mitte (U8 Bernauer, U2 Eberswalder, M10 Wolliner)
    RSVP(required) | Facebook

    May Political Pub Night – Zosch

    Wed. May 15, 2019, from 7pm
    Zosch, Tucholskystr. 30, 10117 Berlin-Mitte (S Oranienburger Strasse, U6 Oranienburger Tor)
    RSVP | Facebook

    Book Club Kickoff: The House on Mango Street

    Thu. May 30, 2019, 7-8:30pm
    Coffee Fellows 2nd Floor, Danziger Str. 1, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg (U2 Eberswalder Strasse)
    RSVP | Facebook

    🌈LGBT Streetfest🌈- Save the date!

    Sat. & Sun. July 20-21, 2019
    Nollendorfplatz, Berlin-Schöneberg
    Volunteer

    We are excited to be part of the Lesbisch-Schwules Stadtfest(Motzstrassenfest) on July 20 & 21 in Schöneberg. The street festival is an annual highlight for Democrats Abroad Berlin. We will have a booth on both days where we’ll mingle with attendees, sell DA swag, and register Americans abroad to vote. We're looking for volunteers to help out for shifts of a few hours (or more) over the weekend. It's a fun festival with a great atmosphere, so grab a friend and sign up for a shift or two together: https://volunteersignup.org/48B78


  • We need you! Democrats Abroad Berlin Member Survey

    When you think about Democrats Abroad Berlin, what do you envision? What issues are of most interest to you? How can we best bring people together to help create change? These are some of the questions we'd like to ask you in our short member survey. The goal: to learn more about our members, gather feedback, and support our Berlin-based community better.

    This survey takes up to 5 minutes to complete, and is open to all DA Berlin members until Friday, April 19, 2019. If you choose to provide your email, you will also be eligible to win a Democrats Abroad gift! 

    Look in your email inbox for the invitation to take the survey -- sent around noon (12pm) on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 with the subject "We need you! Democrats Abroad Berlin Member Survey"

     Simply click the link in the email to access, answer and send off your response and, in turn, we will report back with interesting insights. Together, we can shape what this chapter looks like and make sure that we are engaging all members to the best of our ability.

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  • Climate Change: Individual vs. Collective Action Panel

    This coming Tuesday (April 2nd, 2019), join us for an exciting Democrats Abroad event in Berlin:

    Climate Change: Individual vs. Collective Action

    with Georg Kössler(Green member of Berlin state parliament) &
    Lubomila Jordanova(Founder of Plan A)

    Tue. April 2, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    BegegnungsstĂ€tte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997
    RSVP | Facebook

    Immediate action is needed to protect our environment and to drastically decrease carbon emissions. Facing this imminent threat brings up the question: what can I do?

    We'll discuss the multiple political avenues of addressing climate change. Is individual action enough? If not, what type of collective political action is needed?

    We're excited to welcome special guests Georg Kössler, Green politician (MdA) in the Berlin state parliament (Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin), spokesperson on the climate, environment, fair trade, and club culture for the German Green Party in Berlin, and Lubomila Jordanova from Plan A, a data-driven action platform in the fight against climate change.

    P.S. Live in Dresden? Know someone who lives in Dresden and wants to be part of the ever expanding Democrats Abroad Dresden? Scroll down to "Upcoming Events" for details on Taco Tuesday in Saxony's capital!


    Updates

    Calling for Virginia: 1 Vote Flips the State Legislature!

    The majority in the Virginia state legislature was decided last election by a coin-toss. This had real repercussions, like the deciding vote on ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (guaranteeing women's rights in the Constitution) being decided by a Republican (spoil alert, it was voted down).

    Democrats Abroad's main goal is to make sure that every Democrat living abroad votes and to help swing elections in the U.S. As a practice run for 2020, help us reach all Virginia voters living abroad and register them to vote from abroad: 2019 Virginia state elections will decide the majority in both the House of Delegates and the State Senate.

    You can phone bank from the comfort of your home, on your computer. To learn more and get started, go to https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking

    Host a Democrats Abroad Berlin meetup!

    Want to see more Democrats Abroad events in more parts of Berlin? If you have an idea for a coffee group, a dinner discussion, a podcast-listening meetup, or anything else that helps bring Americans living in Berlin together, get in touch. We'd love to see more diverse get-togethers in all the Berlin neighborhoods -- from Britz to Pankow and everywhere in-between.

    Write in with your thoughts and proposals on new events you'd like to help host: board@demsinberlin.de


    Upcoming Events

    Climate Change: Individual & Collective Action - April Meeting

    Tue. April 2, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    BegegnungsstĂ€tte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997 Berlin
    RSVP | Facebook

    Taco Tuesday in Dresden

    Tue. April 2, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    The Evil Burrito Dresden, Bischofsweg 10 Dresden-Neustadt 01097
    RSVP | Facebook

    Obama Young European Leaders Town Hall (Info Table)

    Sat. April 6, 2019
    Volunteer

    Although Democrats Abroad wasn't invited to President Obama's town hall for young European leaders, we still want to make our presence known. If you'd like to volunteer at an info stand to reach out to Americans who may be attending, drop us an email: volunteers@demsinberlin.de

    April Political Pub Night – SĂŒdblock

    Wed. April 17, 2019, from 7pm
    SĂŒdblock, Admiralstr. 1-2, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg (U1/U8 Kottbusser Tor; Bus 140, M29)
    RSVP | Facebook


  • March Political Pub Night at The Lir this Wednesday!

    This Wednesday (tomorrow), join us for March political pub night, at Lir Irish Bar in Hansaviertel between Tiergarten & Moabit. Pub nights are casual, social events for progressive Americans (and friends) in Berlin to get together, meet new people, and chat about the political news of the day, or whatever else you'd like. 

    Details here.

    Our next meeting in April will be the first Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019, save the date!

    Immediate action is needed to protect our environment and to drastically decrease carbon emissions. Facing this imminent threat brings up the question: what can I do? We're working on putting together a panel discussion to discuss individual vs. collective action.

    Want to get involved? Drop us a line by replying this email.


    Updates

    Host an Democrats Abroad Berlin meetup!

    At our March meeting, we put out the call for more events in more parts of Berlin. If you'd like to host a game night, a book club, running group, a podcast-listening meetup, a dinner discussion, or anything else that helps bring Americans living in Berlin together, please get in touch. We'd love to see more diverse get-togethers in all the Berlin neighborhoods -- from Britz to Pankow and everywhere in-between.

    Write in with your idea or proposal: board@demsinberlin.de

    Get active in a caucus

    Democrats Abroad sponsors caucus groups, which exist to engage members with a particular area of interest in campaigns, initiatives and advocacy projects. 

    • Women's caucus
    • LGBT caucus
    • Youth caucus
    • Hispanic caucus
    • Black caucus
    • Progressive caucus
    • Veterans & Military Families

    If you'd like to become more active in Berlin or Germany in championing one of these caucuses, let us know!

    Democrats Abroad Germany Annual Report

    Andrea Schwab, the secretary of Democrats Abroad Germany, has released the 2018-2019 annual report for our country committee. It documents the Annual General Meeting in February 22-24, 2019. â–șView the annual report.


    Upcoming Events

    March Political Pub Night – The Lir

    Wed. March 20, 2019, from 7pm
    The Lir, Flensburger Str. 7, 10557 Berlin (U9 Hansaplatz, S-Bahn Bellevue)
    RSVP | Facebook

    Climate Change: Individual & Collective Action - April Meeting

    Tue. April 2, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    BegegnungsstĂ€tte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997
    RSVP


  • published Aline Spyrka reports back from Heidelberg AGM in News 2019-03-18 13:42:26 -0400

    Aline Spyrka reports back from Heidelberg AGM

    Hello, my name is Aline Spyrka and I am the intern for the Berlin Chapter of Democrats Abroad! I am from the Bay Area, California and am studying abroad in Berlin. I was fortunate enough to attend Democrats Abroad Germany’s Annual General Meeting.

    This year’s Annual General Meeting in Heidelberg was the first Democrats Abroad event I attended. Overall, I really enjoyed this event and I learned a lot. I learned about the various caucuses, voting systems, elected positions, jobs/roles, volunteer roles, and about the various chapters. Specifically, Germany has 12 chapters and each newly elected chair for their chapter presented events they held over the year or activities they enjoyed.

    It was great to hear about specific events chapters held and which were similar to Berlin’s. Intros from each chapter were insightful and I appreciated the explanation of terminology/events. The caucus reports were also very informative for new members.

    One of breakaway events for caucus small groups was a great way to meet more people. I had wished I had more time to meet them and brainstorm for the youth caucus because I really liked meeting so many new people and hearing about their experiences abroad as an American and a Democrat. I now have friends to visit in Dresden, Heidelberg, and Muenster and know much more about Democrats Abroad Germany!


    Photo by Aline Spyrka Photo by Aline Spyrka 


  • March Meeting: Women's Rights Movements Today in đŸ‡ș🇾& đŸ‡©đŸ‡Ș

    This Tuesday, join us for our March meeting, where we'll focus on women's rights movements in the U.S. and in Germany, looking at the Equal Rights Amendment and the ParitÀtsgesetz.

    We'll also have a brief recap of the highlights from the Heidelberg meeting and present a new way of organizing events, for which we need YOUR HELP!

    Mark your calendar for March political pub night on Wednesday March 20th – we'll be trying out a new location: Lir Irish Bar between Tiergarten & Moabit. Details below.

    Want to get involved? Drop us a line: dag-berlin@democratsabroad.org


    News

    Newly Elected Board

    At our January monthly meeting, Democrats Abroad Berlin elected a five-member team to lead the chapter through the 2020 presidential election! More details: http://demsinberlin.de/congratulations-to-the-newly-elected-board-of-the-berlin-chapter/

    Report from Heidelberg AGM

    Members from Democrats Abroad Berlin travelled down south to Heidelberg to participate in Democrats Abroad Germany's 2019 Annual General Meeting. Participants came from all of Germany's 12 chapters, to share and reflect on our organization's efforts to get out the vote during 2018, organize and plan for the upcoming presidential primaries and elections, and elect our new Germany-wide leadership.

    Local leaders Diego Rivas(Berlin Chair), Emily Lines(Berlin Vice Chair), and Powen Shiah(Berlin Communication and Press Coordinator) were all elected to the position “DPCA Voting Representative,” meaning that they will represent Germany's Democrats Abroad members to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA). The DPCA is the governing organization of Democrats Abroad and is equivalent to a state party committee. More details: http://demsinberlin.de/berlin-members-elected-to-democrats-abroad-germany-positions-at-the-2019-heidelberg-meeting/


    Upcoming Events

    Women's Rights Movements Today in đŸ‡©đŸ‡Ș & đŸ‡ș🇾

    Tue. March 5, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    BegegnungsstĂ€tte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    RSVP | Facebook

    Die US-amerikanischen Gewerkschaften und die Regierung Trump (German)

    (not a Democrats Abroad event)
    Wed. March 6, 2019, 6 - 8pm
    ver.di-Haus, Paula-Thiede-Ufer 10, 10179 Berlin
    RSVP to sichtweisen@verdi.de | Details

    March Political Pub Night – The Lir

    Wed. March 20, 2019, from 7pm
    The Lir, Flensburger Str. 7, 10557 Berlin (U9 Hansaplatz, S-Bahn Bellevue)
    RSVP | Facebook


  • Berlin members elected to Democrats Abroad Germany positions at the 2019 Heidelberg meeting

    Members from Democrats Abroad chapter in Berlin travelled down south to Heidelberg this past weekend to participate in Democrats Abroad Germany's 2019 Annual General Meeting. Americans from all of Democrats Abroad Germany's 12 chapters and many other precincts gathered, to share and reflect on our organization's efforts to get out the vote during 2018, organize and plan for the upcoming presidential primaries and elections, and elect new Germany-wide leadership. Guests from other Democrats Abroad groups in Luxemburg and France attended as well.

    Local leaders Emily Lines (Berlin vice chair, left), Diego Rivas (Berlin chair, center), and Powen Shiah (Berlin Communication and Press Coordinator, right) were all elected as “DPCA Voting Representative."  They, along with 9 other DPCA voting representatives elected for Germany, and Germany's chair and vice chair,  will represent Germany's Democrats Abroad members to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA). The DPCA is the governing organization of Democrats Abroad and is equivalent to a State Party Committee.

    Emily Lines was also re-elected as Events & Fundraising Coordinator for Germany. Andrea Schwab was re-elected as Secretary for Germany. 

    Congratulations to Democrats Abroad Germany's new chair, Candice Kerestan (Munich, left), and vice chair, Kenton Barnes (Braunschweig, right)! Candice was previously precinct captain and then chapter chair of the newly-formed Cologne Bonn chapter. Kenton is precinct captain for Braunschweig and LGBT Caucus coordinator for Germany. Full details of  results from the 2019 elections in Heidelberg will available soon on the Democrats Abroad Germany news page.


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  • This Week: Vernissage, Pub Night, AGM Remote Voting

    This week is packed with events! There's an exhibition opening, our regular pub night, and a chance to participate in the annual general meeting remotely — something for everyone. We hope to see you at one of them!

    Tonight, the Women's Caucus is getting together to attend the opening night of the exhibition Stimmen! at Willy-Brandt-Haus. More details below, and don't forget to let us know if you decide to join.

    Tomorrow, we'll be heading to EschenbrÀu in Wedding for our monthly political pub night. It's always a great time, so grab a friend and head over for something social.

    Can't make Democrats Abroad Germany's Annual General Meetingin Heidelberg this weekend? Not a problem! You can still join in and vote for Democrats Abroad Germany's leadership from here in Berlin. We will be setting up a remote votingand participation center from a member's home in Moabit on Saturday. RSVP for the exact address.


    U.S. TAX EXPERT NEEDED!

    In past years, Democrats Abroad Berlin has hosted a U.S. tax info night to help Americans living overseas understand their obligations back “home.” Are you a U.S. tax preparer, accountant, or otherwise an expert willing to speak generally to fellow Americans living abroad on this topic? Please get in touch: dag-berlin@democratsabroad.org


    Upcoming Events

    Opening Night: Stimmen! 100 Jahre Frauenwahlrecht — Women's Caucus

    TODAYTue. Feb 19, 2019, from 7pm
    Willy-Brandt-Haus, Wilhelmstraße 140, 10963 Berlin
    (optional meetup before exhibition at 6pm, at Hallesches Haus)
    RSVP | Facebook

    February Political Pub Night – EschenbrĂ€u

    Wed. Feb 20, 2019, from 7pm
    EschenbrĂ€u, Triftstraße 67, 13353 Berlin-Wedding (U6/9 Leopoldplatz)
    RSVP | Facebook

    AGM Remote Voting Center in Berlin

    Sat. Feb 23, 2019, 3 - 6pm
    Private home in Moabit near U9 Birkenstrasse (RSVP for address)
    RSVP| Facebook

    Also of interest:

    Die US-amerikanischen Gewerkschaften und die Regierung Trump (German)

    Wed. March 6, 2019, 6 - 8pm
    ver.di-Haus, Paula-Thiede-Ufer 10, 10179 Berlin
    RSVP to sichtweisen@verdi.de | Details


  • Congratulations to the newly elected board of the Berlin chapter!

    On January 29, 2019, at the election meeting at BegegnungsstĂ€tte Falckensteinstraße, the Berlin chapter of Democrats Abroad elected new leadership.
    Left to right: Julia Dennis (Membership & Volunteers), Amy Baldauf (Get Out The Vote), Emily Lines (Vice Chair), Diego Rivas (Chair), Powen Shiah (Communications & Press)

    Many thanks to our temporary election chair Hilary B., and the election monitors Andrea S. & Theresa G. as well as all the members who turned out to vote for our chapter leadership. It’s the first time the Berlin membership has directly elected any positions besides chapter chair, and an important step in increasing democratic accountability.


    Pictured: former Berlin chapter chairs David Knutson (L) & Nancy Green (R) with current chair Diego Rivas (center)


  • Reminder: Chapter Elections on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

    This Tuesday, January 29, 2019, beginning at 7:30pm at BegegnungsstĂ€tte Falckensteinstraße, the Berlin chapter of Democrats Abroad Germany will hold elections for the chapter board.

    This is the first time our chapter will directly elect board positions beyond chapter chair, so we hope to see as many of you as possible! Be part of making Democrats Abroad more democratic, right here in our own backyard. The five leadership positions up for election are

    • Chair
    • Vice Chair
    • Communications and Press Officer
    • Volunteer and Membership Coordinator
    • and GOTV (Get Out The Vote) Coordinator

    You can read the statements from the current slate candidates our website.

    Candidate nominations can also be made from the floor at the election meeting, if supported by a second from among the membership. For more details about the election process and descriptions of the positions being elected, visit the 2019 Berlin Chapter Elections page.

    If you have any questions about the election, the positions, or the process, please do not hesitate to get in touch: dag-berlin@democratsabroad.org


    Annual General Meeting in Heidelberg

    Democrats Abroad Germany is hosting its 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Heidelberg the last weekend in February (Feb 22-24). We encourage members in Berlin to attend. Come network with other Americans from across Germany, be part of the discussion on the future of Democrats Abroad Germany, and vote on (or run for!) national leadership positions.

    Help Democrats Abroad telling our taxation stories!

    Democrats Abroad is currently conducting the 2019 Non-Resident Taxation Research Project. The taxation task force wants to hear from you to support efforts to persuade Congress to reform taxation laws and provide us with relief.

    • All questions are optional
    • No names, emails, or personal identification requested or required
    • Information gathered will be used to lobby Congress and federal government regulators and to illustrate the financial burden Americans abroad endure complying with the tax, banking, securities, and other laws that discriminate against us.
    • â–șTake the survey by midnight (U.S. EST) on Sunday, February 3, 2019

    Upcoming Events

    2019 Berlin Chapter Elections - Democrats Abroad Berlin

    Tue. Jan 29, 2019, 7:30-10pm
    BegegnungsstĂ€tte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    (U1 Schlesisches Tor, Bus 165/265)
    RSVP | Facebook | Positions| Election Rules

    2019 Annual General Meeting (Democrats Abroad Germany)

    Fri Feb 22 - Sun Feb 24, 2019
    Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Hauptstraße 120, Heidelberg 69117
    Register | Details| Facebook


  • Candidate Statements – 2019 Berlin Chapter Election

    On January 29, 2019, elections for the Berlin chapter of Democrats Abroad Germany (see election event details) will take place for five leadership positions. Members intending to run were able to submit declarations of candidacy by email by January 15, 2019 at 11:59pm and could also include a candidate statement of up to 250 words.

    Nominations of candidates may also be made from the floor at the election meeting, if supported by a second from among the membership. For more details about the election process and descriptions of the positions being elected, visit the 2019 Berlin Chapter Elections page.

    The following candidate statements were received by the submission deadline.

    Chapter Chair

    Diego Rivas

    I am running for Berlin Chapter Chair to continue working on Democrats Abroad's primary goal: register and get the tens of thousands of US citizens living in Berlin to vote. To achieve this goal, I would like to continue my first term's emphasis on the issues as well as developing the necessary infrastructure and human-networks that our organization requires to thrive.

    Specifically, I would like to continue working on making our organization more sustainable, by building a volunteer network within Berlin, Potsdam, Leipzig, Dresden that is able to reach and engage US citizens living in all corners of the region. The establishment of the Berlin Board and my work with the precinct captains of these cities has been a good start to building this network. In the coming two years, I plan to collaborate with these groups more, collectively define their roles, so that we can together create a coherent and effective chapter that will help us win elections back home in the states.

    It was a true pleasure meeting and collaborating with members of the community the the past two years during my first term as Berlin Chair. I would be humbled to continue working with this chapter, as we together do our part in taking back our country in 2020.

    Chapter Vice Chair

    Emily Lines

    I am running for the position of Vice Chair of the Berlin Chapter of Democrats Abroad Germany. After already serving in this role for two years, I would like to serve another term and continue the work that we began in 2017. The next two years are focused on the upcoming general election in 2020 and I want to keep doing the important volunteer work to make sure the Democrats defeat the current President, as well as reach all those Americans living overseas to help them vote. During my first term as Vice Chair, I learned a lot about Democrats Abroad and specifically the Berlin Chapter. We are a large chapter in the capital of Germany that requires a lot of organization and dedication. I have worked well together with the board that was established in 2017 and I think we have reached a good rhythm of how to plan all of our events and we work well together. Therefore, I would like to continue working with these individuals and our members to make sure that the next two years are just as successful. That is why I am asking for your support to be re-elected as Vice Chair of the Berlin Chapter.

    Communications and Press Officer

    Powen Shiah

    I believe that building sustainable political movements starts at the local level, and that Americans living abroad need and deserve ways to stay engaged in the U.S. political process as well. That’s why I’ve been active in Democrats Abroad Berlin since I first arrived in Berlin in 2014: organizing events, managing chapter’s social media, website, and email, among other responsibilities.

    Right now is the time for progressive communities like ours in Berlin to develop a vision of what kind of world we want to live in, by delving into the pressing issues like climate change, economic justice, civil rights, health care, and other challenges our society faces today.

    We can do this as Americans in Berlin by continuing to create opportunities educate ourselves about critical political and social issues, by expanding the community through social and cultural events, and by supporting and helping U.S. citizens abroad to vote.

    I want to make our chapter of Democrats Abroad a model for transparent and effective communication, making information accessible where and when our members want it.

    My goals for the next two years are to
    1) develop new ways to connect with Americans living in Berlin
    2) strengthen our relationships with local news media to increase Democrats Abroad’s reach

    My name is Powen Shiah, and I’m asking for your vote for Berlin chapter Communications & Press Officer.

    Member and Volunteer Coordinator

    Julia Dennis

    After taking on this role for the past 6 months, I am delighted to run for the Member & Volunteer Coordinator position for next term. I’m currently working towards a PhD in political science and have a background in events and communications, so this position rolls a lot of my interests into one — but so far the real highlight has been getting to know so many of the members and volunteers who bring with them unique stories, experiences and motivations for being in Berlin and getting involved in DA. That said, there is always a lot more to be done. In this role I hope to grow the initiatives from the past months, for example: conducting an All-Members survey to engage with more people on topics and activities that speak to them, create a ‘DA gives back’ volunteer day with the Berlin mobile kitchen (an idea that came from members); continue volunteer trainings to support events and Get Out the Vote; and kick off a quarterly member and volunteer profile to feature some of the interesting stories of those who joined both recently and many (many) years ago. My ultimate goal is to contribute to the DA Berlin mission by connecting, engaging and helping prepare volunteers and members in order to not only support political action and change in the US, but also to help build a community here in Berlin, and, above all, to keep learning, meeting new people and having fun doing it.


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