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 July Political Pub Night — Schleusenkrug 2019-06-16 14:25:12 -0400

    July Political Pub Night — Schleusenkrug

    Come join Democrats Abroad Berlin for our summer political pub night at Schleusenkrug's biergarten on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 starting at 7 PM.

    It's a great chance to find folks to discuss the recent political news 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.

    Schleusenkrug is reachable via U9/U2 Zoologischer Garten or S-Bahn stations Zoologischer Garten or Tiergarten. Stop by for a refreshing beer next to the Landwehrkanal, and 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 to let us know you're coming and please help out by sharing this event on Facebook.

    More Summer Democrats Abroad Events

    WHEN
    July 17, 2019 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Schleusenkrug
    Müller-Breslau-Straße 14b
    Berlin 10623
    Germany
    Google map and directions
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  • is hosting Discussing the Democratic Debates 2019-06-15 08:28:11 -0400

    Discussing the Democratic Debates

    The first of the Democratic presidential debates are on June 26 & 27, 2019!

    Though the scheduling is a bit tough for those of over here in Europe to watch them live, we still want to have the opportunity to talk about how our favorites are doing, which new candidates we've grown to like, and other discussions.

    Join Democrats Abroad Berlin and friends at Brauhaus Südstern on Friday, June 28, 2019 to debrief and recap the first round of Democratic debates. We want to hear what you think -- your ideas for how we can create a space to watch and talk productively about the primary candidates during this long election cycle.

    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 to us know you're coming and please help out by sharing this event on Facebook.

    Other Democrats Abroad events this summer

    A Note About Impartiality

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

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

    Full statement: https://www.democratsabroad.org/2020_primary_candidates

    WHEN
    June 28, 2019 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Brauhaus Südstern
    Hasenheide 69
    Berlin 10967
    Germany
    Google map and directions
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  • 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, Begegnungsstätte 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
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr. 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    RSVP | Volunteer | Potluck | Pie Contest | Facebook


    Updates & How YOU Can Help!

    🏳️‍🌈LGBT Streetfest - Volunteers needed!🏳️‍🌈

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

    ➤ Get your Oktoberfest tickets


  • rsvped +1 for 4th of July Party in Berlin via 2019-06-14 11:41:02 -0400

    4th of July Party in Berlin

    ✯ bbq ✯ family ✯ friends ✯ beer ✯ food ✯ games ✯ pie ✯

    Come and celebrate Independence Day with us this year! We will have a BBQ, potluck sides, drinks, games, music, and a PIE CONTEST!

    Hot dogs (meat and vegetarian for 2€), drinks (beer 2€; wine 3€; cocktails 5€), and Democrats Abroad merchandise will be for sale.

    RSVP

    Please RSVP here so we can make sure to get enough hot dogs and drinks! And don't forget to share and invite your friends on Facebook.

    POTLUCK

    Please bring potluck dishes to share – here’s the potluck sign-up list: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E45ABA72AABFD0-4thofjuly

    PIE CONTEST

    Nothing says America or the 4th of July like a good pie. After the resounding success in 2018, we’ve decided to turn the pie contest into a new tradition! Everyone is welcome to bake a pie of their choice. We’ll have current and past leaders of Democrats Abroad on the jury. The winner will get to take home a Democrats Abroad goodie bag and the honor of being named 2019's Best Pie Maker in Berlin.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E45ABA72AABFD0-2019

    VOLUNTEERS

    We need your help to make this a AMAZING 4th of July party: if you can spare an hour or two to help with setup, clean-up, registration, selling drinks, or voter registration, please sign up here: https://volunteersignup.org/TE8KH

    All proceeds support voter outreach and support to Americans living here in Berlin by our local chapter of Democrats Abroad.

    We’ll be celebrating in true American style and look forward to seeing you there!

    WHEN
    July 04, 2019 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße
    Falckensteinstr 6
    Berlin 10997
    Germany
    Google map and directions
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  • Dems Abroad at Berlin LGBT Streetfest (Volunteers needed!)

    Nollendorfplatz all weekend! At the Berlin Democrats Abroad booth, we need YOUR help for one of the most fun events of the year, greeting half a million people from all over the world!

    It's the Berlin chapter's 7th time participating with our own stand, and we can't do it without people like you to help set up, decorate, staff our booth, clean up, and more!

    Volunteer!

    So grab a friend and Sign up here to volunteer for a couple hours at the booth: https://volunteersignup.org/48B78 - Talk to people about what Democrats Abroad does, register new voters, and be part of a great party (both kinds)!

    We're going to have a blast, and we're looking forward to seeing you all there.

    WHEN
    July 20, 2019 at 8:30am - July 21, 2019 at 11pm
    WHERE
    Motzstrassenfest
    Fuggerstraße 6
    Berlin 10777
    Germany
    Google map and directions
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  • is hosting Book Club: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood 2019-06-04 10:14:47 -0400

    Book Club: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

    Join us for the July gathering of the Democrats Abroad book club! We'll discuss The Edible Woman, a novel by Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace.

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

    The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

    "Marian is determined to be ordinary. She lays her head gently on the shoulder of her serious fiancee and quietly awaits marriage. But she didn't count on an inner rebellion that would rock her stable routine, and her digestion. Marriage a la mode, Marian discovers, is something she literally can't stomach ... The Edible Woman is a funny, engaging novel about emotional cannibalism, men and women, and desire to be consumed." 354 pages.

    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.

    Other upcoming Democrats Abroad events:

    Fri. June 14th, 2019
    Summer Picnic w/ Chair of Democrats Abroad Germany
    https://www.democratsabroad.org/144934/summer_picnic_w_chair_of_democrats_abroad_germany

    Sun. June 16th, 2019
    Traveplatz Playdate in Friedrichshain
    https://www.democratsabroad.org/polexa/traveplatz_playdate_in_friedrichshain

    Wed. June 19th, 2019
    BRLO - June Political Pub Night
    https://www.democratsabroad.org/144934/june_political_pub_night_at_brlo

    Thu. June 27th, 2019
    Book Club - Becoming by Michelle Obama
    https://www.democratsabroad.org/polexa/book_club_becoming_by_michelle_obama

    WHEN
    July 25, 2019 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Coffee Fellows (2nd Floor)
    Danziger Str 1
    Berlin 10437
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • is hosting Book Club: Becoming by Michelle Obama 2019-05-31 09:13:51 -0400

    Book Club: Becoming by Michelle Obama

    Join us for the 2nd gathering of the Democrats Abroad book club! On Thursday, June 27, 2019, we will discuss Michelle Obama's memoir 'Becoming'

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

    Becoming by Michelle Obama

    "In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address."448 pages.

    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.

    Other upcoming Democrats Abroad events:

    Sun. June 2nd, 2019: June Meeting - Democrats Abroad Potsdam/Wannsee Precinct: https://www.democratsabroad.org/144934/potsdam_wannsee_june_precinct_meeting

    Tue. June 4th, 2019: Screening: Knock Down the House + Volunteer Fair - June Meeting
    https://www.democratsabroad.org/144934/screening_knock_down_the_house_and_volunteer_fair

    Fri. June 14th, 2019: Summer Picnic w/ Chair of Democrats Abroad Germany
    https://www.democratsabroad.org/144934/summer_picnic_w_chair_of_democrats_abroad_germany

    Sun. June 16th, 2019: Traveplatz Playdate in Friedrichshain
    https://www.democratsabroad.org/polexa/traveplatz_playdate_in_friedrichshain

    Wed. June 19th, 2019: BRLO - June Political Pub Night
    https://www.democratsabroad.org/144934/june_political_pub_night_at_brlo

    WHEN
    June 27, 2019 at 7:30pm
    WHERE
    Coffee Fellows (2nd Floor)
    Danziger Str 1
    Berlin 10437
    Germany
    Google map and directions
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  • 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 ►Details

    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. ►Details & 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. ►More 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!

    ►Go 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
    Begegnungsstätte 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
    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


  • 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
    Register | Details | Facebook


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