Communications & Press Officer, Berlin

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


  • 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


  • is hosting AGM Remote Voting Center in Berlin 2019-02-18 12:46:33 -0500

    AGM Remote Voting Center in Berlin

    Can't make Democrats Abroad Germany's 2019 Annual General Meeting in Heidelberg this weekend? Not a problem!

    You can still participate in voting for Democrats Abroad Germany's leadership from Berlin. The list of positions up for election is here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/opjappen/da_germany_executive_committee_elections

    We will be setting up a remote voting and participation center from a member's home in Berlin-Moabit, near U9-Birkenstrasse. Please RSVP here to receive exact address!

    WHEN
    February 23, 2019 at 3pm
    WHERE
    Private home in Moabit (near U9 Birkenstrasse)
    Berlin 10551
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    2 rsvps rsvp

  • is hosting February Political Pub Night – Eschenbräu 2019-02-05 13:17:18 -0500

    February Political Pub Night – Eschenbräu

    Come join Democrats Abroad Berlin for our monthly political pub night at Eschenbräu on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019.

    It's a great chance to find folks to discuss the recent midterm election results with, to learn about what's planned in the coming weeks with Democrats Abroad and other political orgs in Berlin, or just unload about what's been going on back stateside.

    Eschenbräu is located in Wedding a few steps from U-Bahn Leopoldplatz, on the U9 and U6 lines.

    Stop by for the famous home brewed beers and great German food in a fun Berlin atmosphere, stay for the the good company of fellow Democrats and progressives.

    Bring friends and liberal-leaning folks interested in drinking a beer with Berlin's best political group! We're looking forward to seeing you all.

    It's not required, but RSVP here to let us know you're coming and please help out by sharing this event on Facebook.

    WHEN
    February 20, 2019 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Eschenbräu
    Triftstraße 67
    Berlin 13353
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    1 rsvp rsvp

  • 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
    Register | Details | Facebook


  • 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
    RSVP | Facebook


  • 🍪🌲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
    Facebook

    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


  • 🗳Get out the vote in Berlin at next week's Phonebanking Parties 📞

    Democrats Abroad Berlin is getting out the vote! Instead of our usual September meeting, we'll be meeting Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday next week to make phone calls for the November midterm elections. Join one of these phone banking party and help us reach our goal of contacting all of our members in September.

    Let's make everyone requests their absentee ballot!

    On Saturday, September 22nd, 2018, the Women's Caucus is hosting a workshop "REVISIT, REFOCUS, REVITALIZE, RE-EMPOWER" in Berlin. Register now, and if you're willing to offer a homestay for member coming from out of town, let us know here.

    PHONEBANKING WEEK IN BERLIN

    Phonebanking is easy and straightforward. All you'll need is your computer (and headphones if you have them). At the beginning of each phonebanking party we'll have a training session.

    All phonebanking sessions will be at a private home, so RSVP is required for the exact address:

    • MondayPhonebanking Party in Kreuzberg
    • TuesdayPhonebanking Party in Prenzlauer Berg
    • ThursdayPhonebanking Party in Kreuzberg

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    SEPTEMBER PUB NIGHT – THE CASTLE

    Wed. Sep 19, 2018, 7pm
    The Castle, Invalidenstr. 129, 10115 Berlin-Mitte (S Nordbahnhof)
    RSVP | Facebook

    WOMEN'S CAUCUS WORKSHOP: REVISIT, REFOCUS, REVITALIZE, RE-EMPOWER

    Sat. Sep 22, 2018, 8:30am-9pm
    CIEE Global Institute, Gneisenaustraße 27, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    RSVP | Facebook

    DEMOCRATS ABROAD 10TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST EXTRAVAGANZA

    Sun. Oct 7, 2018, 11am-2:30pm
    Schottenhamel Tent, Theresienwiese, 80336 Munich
    Get Tickets

    Each ticket includes a reserved seat in the gallery, half of a roasted chicken (vegetarian options available), 2 liters of Spaten beer (other beverage options, too), and 10 Euro coupon for other purchases.

    ABSENTEE BALLOT COFFEE BREAKS / BEER & BALLOTS

    Fall 2018 Voter Registration & Absentee Ballot Request Office Hours around Berlin

    Between now and the midterm elections on Nov 6, 2018, we’ll be having “office hours” at cafes and bars around Berlin to help overseas Americans request absentee ballot & vote from abroad. The initial dates are below!

    We’d like to do more voting support “office hours” at more locations around Berlin — can you help? Email us, we’d love to hear from you.

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018, 6:30-9:00PM

    Stone Brewing Tap Room in Prenzlauer Berg, Oderbergerstr. 15, 10435 Berlin
    RSVP| Facebook


  • Fall 2018 Voter Registration & Absentee Ballot Request Office Hours around Berlin

    Between now and the midterm elections on Nov 6, 2018, we’ll be having “office hours” at cafes and bars around Berlin to help you request your absentee ballot & vote from abroad. Here are the initial dates:

    • Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 3-6pm
      • Einstein Cafe at Gendarmenmarkt, Markgrafenstraße 34, 10117 Berlin
      • RSVP | Facebook
    • Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 3-6pm
      • Oslo Kafe Bar in Mitte, Eichendorffstraße 13, 10115 Berlin
      • RSVP | Facebook
    • Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 1-4pm
      • Hallesches Haus, Tempelhofer Ufer 1, 10961 Berlin
      • RSVP | Facebook
    • Tuesday, August 28th, 2018, 5:30-8:30pm
      • Südblock, Admiralstr. 1-2, 10999 Berlin (U1/U8 Kottbusser Tor)
      • RSVP | Facebook
    • Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 6:30-9:00pm
      • Stone Brewing Tap Room in Prenzlauer Berg, Oderbergerstr. 15, 10435 Berlin
      • RSVP | Facebook

    But we’d like to do more voting support “office hours” at more ☕️🍺🍵🍰 locations in the city — can you help? Slide into our DMs or email us the old-fashioned way, we’d love to hear from you


  • published Volunteer Training at Cosmo Lounge in News 2018-07-17 17:46:39 -0400

    Volunteer Training at Cosmo Lounge

    We’re so lucky to have many wonderful volunteers ready to help talk to overseas Americans and register new voters. This week, we held a quick 1-hour info session in preparation for the weekend’s 26. Lesbisch-schwules Stadtfest Berlin 2018!

    Here's what we talked about

    • What is Democrats Abroad?
    • What is Democrats Abroad Berlin up to?
      • Voter registration & support
      • Upcoming events, like monthly pub nights, monthly themed meetings, and more
      • Phone banking to contact overseas voters
    • What is volunteering at the LGBT Stadtfest like?

    Want to offer a couple hours to do outreach to overseas Americans this weekend? Sign up here: http://www.volunteersignup.org/P873A


  • Help celebrate 🌈 LGBT Pride at Stadtfest this weekend

    It's a busy and exciting week here in Berlin:

    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 register Americans abroad to vote. 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

    Volunteer for a few hours this weekendwith a friend to reach out to other Americans living overseas. We especially need more volunteers in the mornings and 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 that over 100 people showed up! Thanks to everyone who joined us, who registered to vote, brought food, baked pies, and made it an awesome 4th of July. ►Check out the photos from the party

    Upcoming Events

    Volunteer Training

    Tue. July 17, 2018, 6:30-7:30pm
    Cosmo Lounge, Ziegelstraße 28, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
    RSVP | Facebook

    Not 100% sure what volunteering means? We've got you covered! This Tuesday, we'll be hosting a quick volunteer orientation to go over what to expect and what to do when you're volunteering at Stadtfest or any other Democrats Abroad event.

    Kaffee und Kuchen - Help to Request your Absentee Ballot

    Tue. July 17, 2018, 3-6pm
    Betahaus, Prinzessinnenstraße 19/20, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg (U8 Moritzplatz)
    RSVP| Facebook

    July Pub Night - BRLO

    Wed. July 18, 2018, 7-10pm
    BRLO Brwhouse, Schöneberger Str. 16, 10963 Berlin (U1/U2 Gleisdreieck)
    RSVP| Facebook

    Democrats Abroad @ LGBT Stadtfest

    Sat & Sun. July 21-22, all day
    Nollendorfplatz, Schöneberg
    Volunteer| Facebook

    Summer Movie Night - Save the date!

    Tue. Aug 7, 2018, 7:30pm
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße

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  • 👩‍👦Families Belong Together Protest ✊& 🇺🇸4th of July Party 🎉

    Here are the two big events coming up in Berlin:

    Families Belong Together! Berlin

    On Saturday, June 30th starting 1pm, join us in taking a stand for families and asylum seekers turn apart by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.

    The demonstration will meet at the corner of Ebertstraße and Behrenstraße on the Tiergarten side, diagonal from the US Embassy and across from the Holocaust Memorial. ►More details

    4th of July Party

    On Wednesday, July 4th starting at 6:30pm, we're really looking forward to celebrating Independence Day with you. Let's enjoy coming together as an American community in Berlin, especially after all the news 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, Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße in Kreuzberg (U-Schlesisches Tor).

    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.

    Undecided? Check out the photos from last year's #Happy4thAbroad party


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  • Funeral Service for Bill Downey, Founding Member of the Democrats Abroad Berlin Chapter

    With great sadness, we share the news that Dr. William Emerson Downey, one of the founding members of the Berlin chapter of Democrats Abroad, passed away on March 24, 2018. Services will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018, at 9:30 am at Christus-Kirchhof (Mariendorfer Damm 225, 12107 Berlin-Mariendorf).

    His family requests in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in memory of William E. Downey to Ärzte ohne Grenzen e.V. / Doctors without Borders at the Bank für Sozialwirtschaft IBAN: DE72 3702 0500 0009 7097 00.


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  • February Pub Night, AGM Remote Voting in Berlin, March Meeting, and more!

    For February political pub night this Wednesday, we'll be getting together at Kasch, a cafe and craft beer bar in Mitte. Bring a friend who needs help registering to vote!

    It's not too late to register and attend the 2018 Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Germany this weekend in Hamburg! More details here. If you can't make it to Hamburg in person this weekend, you can join and vote on amendments to our bylaws at the Berlin remote voting center on Saturday in Moabit.

    We're already planning for our March events: we're excited to welcome Lisa Witter as our speaker on women's empowerment in politics and policy, RSVP and get more details below.

    Last, but not least: the Sachsen Women's Caucus is hosting their first meeting in March in Dresden, a book club to discuss An Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt.

    FEBRUARY PUB NIGHT & VOTER REGISTRATION

    Wed. February 21, 2018 from 7pm
    Kaschk, Linienstrasse 40, 10119 Berlin-Mitte (U2 Rosa-Luxemburgplatz)
    RSVP | Facebook

    DEMOCRATS ABROAD GERMANY 2018 GENERAL MEETING

    February 23-25, 2018
    Kulturpalast Hamburg, Öjendorfer Weg 30a, 22119 Hamburg
    Register | Details | Facebook

    In this important midterm election year, come organize to help get out the vote with Democrats Abroad Germany at our Annual General Meeting, February 23rd-25th, 2018, in Hamburg. Plenty of opportunities to meet other engaged Democrats living abroad and to help grow our organization into one that can register all Democrats living in Germany to vote!

    BYLAWS AMENDMENTS - AGM REMOTE VOTING CENTER IN BERLIN

    Sat. February 24th, 2018, 3-6pm
    Near U9 Turmstrasse (RSVP for exact address)
    RSVP | Facebook

    Can't make it to Hamburg? You can still participate at the Annual General Meeting by voting for or against amendments to Democrats Abroad Germany’s (DAG) bylaws at our remote voting center. DAG’s bylaws determine how the Democrats Abroad Germany and Berlin is run as a political organization. Your input helps us improve our organization and achieve our goal of registering all US citizens living in Berlin and Germany to vote!


    MARCH MEETING: EMPOWERING WOMEN IN POLITICS & POLICY WITH LISA WITTER

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

    Lisa Witter is an expert in the intersections of communications, government, politics, tech, & behavior change. Her topic for our meeting is "It’s Time for Solutions: From the invisible to blunt force policies." In her presentation, she'll take a global look at what’s working to empower women and where the US leads the way.

    SACHSEN WOMEN'S CAUCUS KICKOFF: INT'L WOMEN'S DAY BOOK CLUB

    Tue. March 6, 2018, 7:30-9pm
    Cafe Story, Wormser Straße 30a, 01309 Dresden
    RSVP | Facebook

    Sachsen Women's Caucus is gathering for an Int'l Women's Day book club: An Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt. For more information, contact Becky Hellwig (becky.hellwig@gmail.com)

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  • published Upcoming Berlin Events in February in News 2018-02-03 11:07:45 -0500

    Upcoming Berlin Events in February

    The Women's March in Berlin two weeks ago was fantastic, over 1000 people who turned out to stand up for an inclusive, progressive vision of the world. You can see some of our photos on Facebook; check out the coverage on Buzzfeed; and watch the video stream from ze.tt

    Join Democrats Abroad Berlin on Tuesday for our February meeting. We're excited to host a talk on Trump's foreign policy by Ted Piccone, current fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy and a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, who works on issues relating to international order and strategy, democracy, and human rights. He served for eight years as a senior foreign policy advisor in the Clinton administration.

    For February's pub night, we'll be getting together at Kasch, a cafe and craft beer bar in Mitte. Bring a friend who needs help registering to vote!


    Ted Piccone: Trump’s Foreign Policy, A Year in Review

    Tue. February 6, 2018, 7:30-9pm

    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteintraße, Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg (U1 Schlesisches Tor)

    RSVP | Facebook

    Mr. Ted Piccone will discuss the Trump administration’s overall approach to national security, with particular emphasis on Iran, North Korea, Cuba and trade. He will be speaking in his personal capacity.

    February Pub Night & Voter Registration

    Wed. February 21, 2018 from 7pm

    Kaschk, Linienstrasse 40, 10119 Berlin-Mitte (U2 Rosa-Luxemburgplatz)

    RSVP | Facebook

    Democrats Abroad Germany 2018 General Meeting

    February 23-25, 2018

    Kulturpalast Hamburg, Öjendorfer Weg 30a, 22119 Hamburg

    Register | Details | Facebook

    In this important midterm election year, come organize to help get out the vote with Democrats Abroad Germany at our Annual General Meeting, February 23rd-25th in Hamburg. Plenty of opportunities to meet other engaged Democrats living abroad and to help grow our organization into one that can register all Democrats living in Germany to vote!

    Register to Vote from Abroad - Today!

    2018 is here and now it is time to register to vote and request your absentee ballot! This must be done every year, so be sure to get that done now in time for the 2018 primaries and elections. Visit VoteFromAbroad.org to complete a ballot request -- and then send in that request!

    1. Click “start here” on the VoteFromAbroad website, fill out the required fields, and follow the prompts that follow.

    2. You can ask questions from any page on the site. A Democrats Abroad volunteer will help find the right answers for you.

    3. Please remember to send in your ballot request once you have completed it! You will be instructed on whether your voting state allows electronic ballot requests, or if you must mail it in by post.

    4. Encourage your American friends and colleagues to do the same!

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  • Last Pub Night of 2017: Weihnachtsmarkt-style & January events: Women's March & Voter Registration

    This is our last "reminder" blog post of the year. You'll find the details of our last pub night in 2017 on Wednesday below, as well as some exciting  dates to mark in your calendar for January 2018. Next week, we'll be sending out an end-of-year message to revisit the most important moments in Berlin of 2017 -- and what a year full of ups and down it has been.

    December Pub Night - Weihnachtsmarkt

    Wed. Dec 20th, 2018 from 18:45
    Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg, Spandauer Damm 20, 14059 Berlin
    Meeting Point: Under the sign at the main entrance
    RSVP | Facebook

    No Meeting on January 2nd, 2018

    In lieu of our regular first-Tuesday meeting, we encourage you to visit the Stammtisch of our friends at American Voices Abroad Berlin on Thursday, January 4th, 2018
    Details | Facebook

    January Pub Night: Save the date!

    Wed. January 17th, 2018 from 7pm

    This will be the first pub night of 2018! In addition to great drinks and company, this is your first chance to confirm your voter registration and request your absentee ballot.

    2018 Women’s March Berlin

    Sun. January 21st, 2018
    Brandenburger Tor (Exact route & time to be updated, permit pending)
    RSVP | Facebook

    We march to

    • Commemorate last year’s marches that took place across the world
    • Demonstrate that our solidarity, strength, and persistence are here to stay
    • Make our demands for gender equality heard, including:
      • Equal pay for equal work
      • Awareness of sexual assault and harassment
      • Lack of equal representation in politics
      • Reproductive rights and the right to choose

    We came together in 2017 to show the world that women are here to fight. Now let’s come together again to remind everyone that we are still here and we are still fighting. Women’s rights are human rights! Let’s take a stand for human rights and social justice.

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