Powen Shiah published 🍪🌲Holiday treats this Tuesday at 2nd annual cookie swap! 🍡☕️ in News 2018-12-02 16:41:28 -0500
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.
Holiday Cookie Swap
December Political Pub Night - Weihnachtsmarkt Edition - Save the Date!
Wed. Dec 18, 2018
Time & location TBA
Women's March Berlin - Save the Date!
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 [email protected]
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)
Powen Shiah published Midterm Election Breakfast, Women’s March Award Ceremony & 2019 Save the Date in News 2018-10-23 14:09:04 -0400We’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.
Glitter Emergency - Fight the Right Fundraiser
Wed. Oct 24, 2018, 7-10pm
Hallesches Haus, Tempelhofer-Ufer 1, 10961 Berlin
2018 U.S. Midterms Breakfast
Potsdam Precinct Meeting - Save the Date!
Sun. Nov 11, 2018
Exact time & location TBD
Human Rights Award 2018: Women’s March USA
Powen Shiah published 🗳Register to Vote TONIGHT at our October meeting in Berlin & events next week in News 2018-10-08 18:53:31 -0400
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.
FORMER CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. MAYOR MIKE SIGNER - SAVE THE DATE
Mon. Oct 15, 2018, early evening
OCTOBER POLITICAL PUB NIGHT – BUCHHANDLUNG CAFFETERIA
Powen Shiah published 🗳Get out the vote in Berlin at next week's Phonebanking Parties 📞 in News 2018-08-30 06:42:45 -0400
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
SEPTEMBER PUB NIGHT – THE CASTLE
WOMEN'S CAUCUS WORKSHOP: REVISIT, REFOCUS, REVITALIZE, RE-EMPOWER
DEMOCRATS ABROAD 10TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST EXTRAVAGANZA
Sun. Oct 7, 2018, 11am-2:30pm
Schottenhamel Tent, Theresienwiese, 80336 Munich
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
Powen Shiah published Fall 2018 Voter Registration & Absentee Ballot Request Office Hours around Berlin in News 2018-07-31 05:28:14 -0400
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
- Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 3-6pm
- Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 1-4pm
- Tuesday, August 28th, 2018, 5:30-8:30pm
- Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 6:30-9:00pm
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
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
- What is Democrats Abroad?
Powen Shiah published Help celebrate 🌈 LGBT Pride at Stadtfest this weekend in News 2018-07-16 03:35:06 -0400
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
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
July Pub Night - BRLO
Democrats Abroad @ LGBT Stadtfest
Summer Movie Night - Save the date!
Tue. Aug 7, 2018, 7:30pm
Powen Shiah published 👩👦Families Belong Together Protest ✊& 🇺🇸4th of July Party 🎉 in News 2018-06-29 08:56:29 -0400
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.
- Sign up here to volunteer: https://www.
- Bring something for the potluck: https://www.
- Bake a pie for the contest! https://www.
Invite your friends on Facebook: https://www.
Undecided? Check out the photos from last year's #Happy4thAbroad party
- Sign up here to volunteer: https://www.
Powen Shiah published Funeral Service for Bill Downey, Founding Member of the Democrats Abroad Berlin Chapter in News 2018-04-07 09:28:53 -0400
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.
Powen Shiah published February Pub Night, AGM Remote Voting in Berlin, March Meeting, and more! in News 2018-02-20 11:38:02 -0500
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
DEMOCRATS ABROAD GERMANY 2018 GENERAL MEETING
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
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
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
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 ([email protected])
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)
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)
Democrats Abroad Germany 2018 General Meeting
February 23-25, 2018
Kulturpalast Hamburg, Öjendorfer Weg 30a, 22119 Hamburg
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!
Click “start here” on the VoteFromAbroad website, fill out the required fields, and follow the prompts that follow.
You can ask questions from any page on the site. A Democrats Abroad volunteer will help find the right answers for you.
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.
Encourage your American friends and colleagues to do the same!
Powen Shiah published Last Pub Night of 2017: Weihnachtsmarkt-style & January events: Women's March & Voter Registration in News 2017-12-18 18:13:27 -0500
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
No Meeting on January 2nd, 2018
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
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.
Powen Shiah published November pub night at BRLO & more upcoming events in News 2017-11-14 10:12:42 -0500
We had a great turnout for our workshop last week on talking politics with conservative relatives (and other people you disagree with). To see a few photo, check out this photo album. Thanks again to Joanna Mikulski for leading the workshop!
A small group also visited the Kennedys Museum the weekend before for the opening of the Obama: An Intimate Portrait exhibit (photos here).
Read on for details on our pub night (tomorrow!), the December cookie swap, and events to mark in your calendar (get one from the Women's Caucus!) coming up in 2018.
November Political Pub Night - BRLO
December Holiday Cookie Swap
Tue. Dec 5th, 2017, 7:30-9pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
As 2017 comes to an end, we’d like to take a moment to reflect together on all of the things we’ve done as Democrats in Berlin this year.
Like our 4th of July potluck, we're asking members to bring cookies or other traditional holiday treats (sweet or savory) to share. Let us know what you're bringing using this potluck form. If you can help out with setup, cleanup, drinks, or our info/materials table, please sign up for a volunteer shift.
▶︎RSVP | Volunteer | Facebook
Support Democrats Abroad's women's caucus by buying a high-quality calendar for 2018. Remind yourself to celebrate women's firsts every day of the year. These make wonderful gifts and are shipping now! ▶︎Order yours today
Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing the World with journalist Amy Goodman
Sat. Nov 18, 2017, 7:30-9:30pm
Festsaal Kreuzberg, Am Flutgraben 2, 12435 Berlin
Facebook (Please note: this is not a Democrats Abroad event)
Women's March Anniversary
Sat. Jan 21, 2018 - save the date!
We're planning to celebrate and re-energize by commemorating the anniversary of the Women's March with events in Berlin, other parts of Germany, and around the world. To get involved, contact [email protected]
2018 Annual General Meeting
Fri. Feb 23 - Sun. Feb 25, 2018
Stiftung Kultur Palast Hamburg, Öjendorfer Weg 30a, 22119 Hamburg, Germany
Every year members of Democrats Abroad from all over Germany gather in person to discuss issues in the U.S. and plan our activities for the coming year. With midterm elections quickly approaching, join us in Hamburg to learn more about how you can be an active part of getting out the vote, meet other Democrats living in Germany, and shape the organization.
Powen Shiah published How to Talk 💭 Politics w/Conservative Relatives🗯 & Upcoming Special 🗳 Elections in News 2017-11-05 11:12:33 -0500
Before we get to what's happening in Berlin, here's an update on what's going on in the U.S.:
There are special and general elections coming up this week in many states, whose outcomes matter! Click on your state below to see more details about voting in these races:
- Alabama, Georgia
Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Misso
- New Jersey, New Hampshire, Oklahoma
- South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Washington State
- If you have questions, email [email protected] for a fast answer.
You can also help by signing up to phone bank. Call your fellow Democrats abroad to make sure they're voting!
Here's what we've got going on in Berlin in the next several weeks. We hope we'll see you at one of these upcoming events!
November Workshop: Talking Politics with Conservative Relatives
What does science tell us about how to talk politics with people we disagree with?
Joanna Mikulski, an expert in behavior change communications, will lead a fun and interactive workshop designed to help you put the best ideas from research to use when communicating about hot or sensitive topics. She'll draw on lessons from both from her time at the White House Office of Management and Budget and as the managing director of Assemblyfor, a creative communications and strategy agency.
You'll walk away with tips and tools relevant for day-to-day activism - whether while making calls to your representatives or debating with your conservative relatives over the holidays.
November Pub Night
Wed. Nov 15th, 2017 at 7pm
Save the Date! December Cookie Swap
Tue. Dec 5th, 2017 from 7:30-9pm
Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Powen Shiah published Fall events: Commemorate MLK, Call with Sen. Warren, and Meet Howard Dean in Berlin! in News 2017-09-10 17:21:36 -0400
We're jumping into fall with a vengeance -- join us this Wednesday for a reading & reflection 53 years after MLK's speech in Berlin. on Sunday, Democrats Abroad is holding a global call with Elizabeth Warren -- let's watch it together! We've also got pub night coming up, our 2018 midterm elections kickoff with Howard Dean, plus the annual Oktoberfest extravaganza in Munich.
53 YEARS AFTER MLK'S SPEECH IN BERLIN: READING AND REFLECTION
On Wed. September 13th, 2017, we're visiting St. Marienkirche Berlin (St. Mary’s Church) in Mitte to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermon there 53 years ago, we'll hold a reading of his sermon "East or West - God's Children," and reflect on King's themes of faith, reconciliation, and social justice, and how those topics in 1964 pertain to the modern struggle in the U.S.
WATCH PARTY: ELIZABETH WARREN SPEAKS TO DEMOCRATS ABROAD
Senator Elizabeth Warren is joining Democrats Abroad for a call on Sunday, September 17th, 2017 at 3:30pm. In Berlin, we're hosting a party to watch the call together at our chapter chair's apartment. We will have some drinks and snacks, but feel free to bring more snacks to share.Please RSVP to this event on our website, and we will send you the address:
SEPTEMBER POLITICAL PUB NIGHT - SCHLEUSENKRUG
TAKE BACK CONGRESS IN 2018! MIDTERMS KICK-OFF WITH HOWARD DEAN
On October 5th, join Democrats Abroad Berlin and Howard Dean as we get ready for the 2018 midterms. Find ways to get more involved in the Berlin chapter, network with other activists groups in Berlin, help raise funds for the Berlin chapter to reach out to the 20,000 US citizens living in Berlin, and ask Howard Dean a question - all in one night!
DA OKTOBERFEST EXTRAVAGANZA 2017
Each ticket includes, a reserved seat in the “Gallerie,” a half roasted chicken (vegetarian options available), 2 liters of Spaten beer (other beverage options, too), and 10-euro coupon for other purchases.
Sun. Oct 1st, 2017 11am - 2:30pm
Schottenhammel Tent, Theresienwiese, 80336 Munich
Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee; Treasurer & DPCA Representative, Germany
At home or abroad, I think it's crucial for Americans to participate in the political process.