Communications & Press Officer, Berlin; DPCA Representative, Germany

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


  • is hosting Organized Labor's Role in the U.S. Elections 2019-04-15 19:05:36 -0400

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

    Labor groups have historically played an important role in Democratic and progressive politics. With attacks on unions and workers' rights over the years, the role of unions in electoral politics has had to change as well.

    Join Democrats Abroad Berlin for our May meeting as we discuss the influence of labor unions in presidential elections, and in the primary process in particular.

    We're excited to welcome special guest Thomas J. Adams who will offer his take on the modern state of labor organizing in the United States in the context of the 2020 election.

    Thomas J. Adams is Senior Lecturer in History and American Studies at the University of Sydney and Academic Director of Sydney's United States Studies Centre as well as a Fellow at re:work, the International Research Center for Work and Lifecyle in Global History at Humboldt University, Berlin. His research focuses on the history of American labor, political economy, and social movements as well as New Orleans.

    Food & Drinks

    Feel free to bring any kind of snacks, savory or sweet, you would like to share. We will provide drinks for a small donation. 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.

    RSVP

    It's not required, but RSVP here so we have a rough idea of how many people to expect, and yYou can help us out by sharing this event on Facebook.

    WHEN
    May 07, 2019 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße
    Falckensteinstr 6
    Berlin 10997
    Germany
    Google map and directions
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  • rsvped for Info Session: US Taxes While Living Abroad via 2019-04-15 08:48:25 -0400

    Info Session: US Taxes While Living Abroad

    Worried or confused about what you need to do about your U.S. taxes? (You must RSVP here to attend, see details below)

    All U.S. citizens and permanent residents are subject to US taxes for their worldwide income, even if they never lived in the USA and even if they hold dual citizenship. Come to an evening tax information session on May 8, 2019, to learn more about what you need to do as an American citizen or permanent resident living abroad.

    Donald Black (an American lawyer) and Monique Luegger (from Americans’ Income Tax Service) will be presenting and fielding your questions.

    Topics will include

     - legal requirements
     - German-American tax treaties (income, saving, gift & estate, totalization, Social Security)
     - Foreign Earned Income Exclusion / Foreign Tax Credit
     - 1040 & 2555 Forms
     - Overseas self-employment and US Social Security Tax
     - FATCA & FBAR
     - and much much more (bring your questions)

    June 15th, 2019 is the deadline for filers living abroad for the tax year 2018, and everyone must file!

    RSVP

    You must register on this page to attend Democrats Abroad’s U.S. Tax Info Session. If you can't attend after all, please cancel your RSVP and free up a spot for someone else.

    Suggested donation

    If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, we would appreciate your support for this and future events by making a small donation of 5 or 10 Euro.

    Please note, as an official part of the Democratic party, the U.S. Federal Election Commission prohibits us from accepting any funds from foreign nationals.

    Acct Name: Democrats Abroad Germany
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    Note (Verwendungszweck): Berlin Tax Event

    Become a sustaining donor!

    Pledge 5 Euro per month or more towards for a year to become a sustaining donor. That's just 60 Euros over the course of the year. This donation will help us…

    - Rent a room for our monthly meetings
    - Print flyers and materials
    - Fund postcard writing campaigns to the United States
    - Rent sound equipment for the 2019 Women's March
    - Save money for larger 2020 election expenses, such as renting a space to create a phonebanking center to reach all of our members in Berlin
    - Provide travel funds for students and low-income members to attend Democrats Abroad Germany annual meetings and retreats
    - Grow our new precincts in Dresden and Leipzig

    WHEN
    May 08, 2019 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Cookies and Cream - Berlin
    Kremmener Straße 8
    Berlin 10435
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    €5.00 EUR · 25 rsvps rsvp

  • 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
    Begegnungsstätte 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
    Begegnungsstätte 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 – Südblock

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


  • is hosting Taco Tuesday - Democrats Abroad Dresden 2019-03-26 10:29:54 -0400

    Taco Tuesday - Democrats Abroad Dresden

    Come for a discussion about the ever-increasing pool of 2020 Democratic candidates. Stay for the Tex-Mex and some chat with fellow expats! We look forward to seeing new faces and hearing your thoughts!

    It's not required, but RSVP here so we have a rough idea of how many people to expect. You can help spread the word by sharing and clicking "going" on our Facebook event.

    WHEN
    June 04, 2019 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    The Evil Burrito Dresden
    Bischofsweg 10
    Dresden-Neustadt, Sachsen 01097
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • is hosting Taco Tuesday - Democrats Abroad Dresden 2019-03-26 10:24:38 -0400

    Taco Tuesday - Democrats Abroad Dresden

    Come for a discussion about the ever-increasing pool of 2020 Democratic candidates. Stay for the Tex-Mex and some chat with fellow expats! We look forward to seeing new faces and hearing your thoughts!

    It's not required, but RSVP here so we have a rough idea of how many people to expect. You can help spread the word by sharing and clicking "going" on our Facebook event.

    WHEN
    May 07, 2019 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    The Evil Burrito Dresden
    Bischofsweg 10
    Dresden-Neustadt, Sachsen 01097
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • 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. ►View 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
    Begegnungsstätte 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 🇺🇸& 🇩🇪

    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 Paritätsgesetz.

    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 🇩🇪 & 🇺🇸

    Tue. March 5, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Begegnungsstätte 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 Eschenbräu 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 – Eschenbräu

    Wed. Feb 20, 2019, from 7pm
    Eschenbräu, 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 Begegnungsstätte 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 Begegnungsstätte 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.
    • ►Take 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
    Begegnungsstätte 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.


  • Women's March Berlin, January Pub Night, Candidacy Deadline for Chapter Elections

    Happy new year!

    Though the federal government is shut down right now, we’re still planning and organizing. For the 3rd year in a row, Democrats Abroad Berlin is organizing the Women’s March in Berlin on Saturday, January 19, 2019. March together with us to stand up for women’s rights and show solidarity with those fighting for justice around the world.

    We also hope to see you at the first political pub night of the year at BrewDog Mitte on Wednesday, January 23rd. Bring a friend!

    It’s also time for elections for the Berlin chapter: on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019, Democrats Abroad Berlin will hold elections to fill 5 chapter leadership positions for two-year terms.

    • If you're interested in running and have questions, get in touch.
    • Submissions for candidacy and candidate statements must be received by 11:59 PM on January 15th, 2019: dag-berlin@democratsabroad.org

    2019 Women's March

    Sat. Jan 19, 2019, 10am - 12pm
    Brandenburger Tor, Pariser Platz (look for the Democrats Abroad contingent near the U.S. Embassy)
    RSVP | Facebook

    January Political Pub Night - BrewDog

    Wed. Jan 23, 2019 from 7pm
    BrewDog, Ackerstraße 29, 10115 Berlin-Mitte (U Rosenthaler Platz, S Nordbahnhof)
    RSVP | Facebook 

    2019 Berlin Chapter Elections

    Tue. Jan 29, 2019, 7:30-10pm
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    RSVP | Facebook | Positions | Election Rules

    Please save the date and encourage other Americans in Berlin to come: we would like to have a large and democratic voter turnout to elect our new leaders.

    2019 Annual General Meeting (Democrats Abroad Germany)

    Fri Feb 22 - Sun Feb 24, 2019
    Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Hauptstraße 120, Heidelberg 69117
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  • Chapter Leadership Elections on Jan 29, 2019 & Last 2018 Pub Night Reminder

    On Tuesday, January 29th, 2019, Democrats Abroad Berlin will hold elections to fill five chapter leadership positions for two-year terms:

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

    As the leadership of Germany's largest chapter and one of the larger Democrats Abroad groups internationally, the Berlin chapter Chair and other leadership positions carry significant responsibility and great opportunity to take political action while living abroad. As the Berlin chapter continues to grow and evolve, our leadership must as well. That's why, in line with the bylaws changes enacted at the February 2018 Annual General Meeting in Hamburg, the Berlin chapter will be directly electing several leadership positions.

    Please read the complete description of each position for more details about the roles and responsibilities.

    The election will begin promptly at 7:30 PM at Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße at Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997 Berlin (U1 Schlesisches Tor).

    QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE ELECTION:

    • You must be a member of the Democrats Abroad Berlin Chapter before January 1, 2019, to be eligible to run for a leadership position
    • To run for any of the five positions, the member must submit their candidacy by 11:59 PM on January 15th, 2019, to dag-berlin@democratsabroad.org
    • Candidates are also encouraged to submit a 250 word candidate statement to be published online and sent to the chapter membership, if submitted on or before 11:59 PM on January 15th, 2019
    • Nominations or self-nominations, for leadership positions may be made after January 15th, but only on election night, from the floor, and will require a second from another member of Democrats Abroad Berlin in the room
    • Each candidate may give a speech of up to 10 minutes on election night
    • Voters are presumed qualified to participate in the election if
      • (1) they have joined Democrats Abroad Germany before arriving at the voting center or
      • (2) at the voting center they join Democrats Abroad Germany and establish their identity by objective documentary evidence (including passport, residence card, military or student ID, etc.).
      • Persons who appear on the membership rolls of their DAG chapter do not need to provide any form of identification (ID) to be qualified to vote

    Please also review the complete rules for the election.

    We look forward to all candidates and a large turnout on election night to democratically elect our leadership that will take the helm of Democrats Abroad Berlin chapter through the 2020 elections.

    2019 BERLIN CHAPTER ELECTIONS - DEMOCRATS ABROAD BERLIN

    Tue. Jan 29, 2019, 7:30-10pm
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    RSVP | Facebook | Positions | Election Rules

    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


    P.S. Join us this Wednesday for our final pub night of the year!

    Meet us at 7pm under the "Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg" at the entrance.

    DECEMBER POLITICAL PUB NIGHT - WEIHNACHTSMARKT EDITION

    Wed. Dec 18, 2018, from 7pm
    Schloss Charlottenburg Weihnachtsmarkt, Spandauer Damm 20-24, Berlin 14059
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  • 🍪🌲Holiday treats this Tuesday at 2nd annual cookie swap! 🍡☕️

    As 2018 comes to an end, we’d like to take a moment to reflect together on all our efforts and events as Democrats in Berlin this year. Let's celebrate the progressive gains in the midterms!

    This Tuesday evening, join us for the 2nd annual holiday cookie swap in lieu of our regular December meeting. We'll have Glühwein and other drinks for a small donation, so join us with your cookies or other treats (sweet or savory) you'd like share.

    If you'd like to get more involved with Democrats Abroad in 2019, get in touch about running for a leadership role in the Berlin chapter – details below.

    Upcoming Events

    Holiday Cookie Swap

    Tue. Dec 4, 2018, 7:30-9pm
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    RSVP| Facebook

    December Political Pub Night - Weihnachtsmarkt Edition - Save the Date!

    Wed. Dec 18, 2018
    Time & location TBA

    Women's March Berlin - Save the Date!

    Sat. Jan 19, 2019
    Facebook | Want to help organize the 2019 march? Email us!

    Berlin Chapter Elections

    Tue. Jan 29, 2019

    Democrats Abroad Berlin is a 100% volunteer organization run by leaders elected every two years.

    The Berlin chapter of Democrats Abroad will be having an election for the following positions: Chapter Chair, Vice-Chair, Press and Communications Officer, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator, and a Get Out The Vote Coordinator. More information on the election and the positions forthcoming -- in the meantime, if you are interested in running for a leadership position, please contact us at dag-berlin@democratsabroad.org

    Please save the date and encourage other Americans in Berlin to come: we would like to have a large and democratic voter turnout to elect our new leaders.

    2019 Annual General Meeting (Democrats Abroad Germany)

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


  • Midterm Election Breakfast, Women’s March Award Ceremony & 2019 Save the Date

    We’re just two weeks out from the midterm elections. We hope you’ve got your ballot filled out and you’re about to send it back to the U.S. -- if not, just hit reply on this email and let us know how we can help!

    Now’s not the time to rest yet:

    We still need your help to make calls to Americans abroad who we haven’t been able to reach yet. All you need is a computer and a few minutes. Join our last phonebanking push.

    This Wednesday (Oct 24th), check out “Glitter Emergency - Art Against The Right” at Hallesches Haus, a benefit salon with art and music. We hope we’ll see you there!

    For the U.S. 2018 midterm elections, we’ll be hosting a breakfast on Wednesday, November 7th starting at 7:30am to watch the live returns together. Come by before work, grab a coffee, and discuss the results in the company of Americans and friends! More details below & don't forget to RSVP.

    On November 12th, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is honoring the Women’s March USA with its annual Human Rights Award. Several organizers from the U.S. committee will be coming to Berlin for the ceremony, and you’re all invited! Details & RSVP link at the bottom.

    Upcoming Events

    Glitter Emergency - Fight the Right Fundraiser

    Wed. Oct 24, 2018, 7-10pm
    Hallesches Haus, Tempelhofer-Ufer 1, 10961 Berlin
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    2018 U.S. Midterms Breakfast

    Wed. Nov 7, 2018, 7:30-10am
    Digital Eatery, Unter den Linden 17, 10117 Berlin (U/S Friedrichstraße)
    RSVP (required) | Volunteer| Facebook

    Potsdam Precinct Meeting - Save the Date!

    Sun. Nov 11, 2018
    Exact time & location TBD

    Human Rights Award 2018: Women’s March USA

    Mon. Nov 12, 2018, 5pm
    Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Hiroshimastr. 17, 10785 Berlin
    RSVP (required) | Facebook

    Women's March Berlin - Save the Date!

    Sat. Jan 19, 2019
    Facebook | Want to help organize the 2019 march? Email us!


  • 🗳Register to Vote TONIGHT at our October meeting in Berlin & events next week

    There are 19 states whose voter registration deadline for the midterm election is Tuesday, October 9, 2018 (today!)

    • If Kavanaugh's hearings and confirmation riled you up,
    • If you can't believe Trump's tax fraud is uncensured,
    • If you're terrified about climate change,
    • If children held in detention are breaking your heart,

    one way to take action is to VOTE.

    NEED HELP REGISTERING TO VOTE AND REQUESTING YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT?

    Volunteers will be ready to help at our October meeting, TONIGHT(Tuesday, Oct 9) starting from 7:30pm. We're also going to be holding a roundtable discussion, looking for your feedback on the Berlin chapter's activities over the last year, what went well and suggestions for what could be different.

    Save the date for former Charlottesville, Va. Mayor Mike Signer, who will be speaking to Democrats Abroad Berlin the evening of Monday Oct 15about his work on the Communities Overcoming Extremism project. Location to be announced!

    Event tip: New Jersey governor Phil Murphyis opening a Choose NJ's Europe office in Berlin on Tuesday Oct 16at 10am. RSVPfor the ceremony.

    Join us for October political pub nighton Wednesday Oct 17as we try out a new spot in Mitte: Buchhandlung Caffeteria. Grab a friend for a drink and a snack after work!

    Couldn't make it to Democrats Abroad Oktoberfest in Munich this past weekend? Check out the video from Wiesn! A few weeks ago, Berlin hosted Germany's Women's Caucus, here are some photos from workshop.

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    OCTOBER MEETING

    Tue. Oct 9, 2018, 7:30-9pm
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr 6, 10997 Berlin
    RSVP| Facebook

    FORMER CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. MAYOR MIKE SIGNER - SAVE THE DATE

    Mon. Oct 15, 2018, early evening
    Location TBA

    OCTOBER POLITICAL PUB NIGHT – BUCHHANDLUNG CAFFETERIA

    Wed. Oct 17, 2018, from 7pm
    Buchhandlung Caffeteria Bar, Tucholsky Str 32, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
    RSVP| Facebook


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