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  • published The Berlin t-shirts have arrived! in News 2019-12-09 11:40:26 -0500

    The Berlin t-shirts have arrived!

    We’re so happy to share that the new Berlin-themed t-shirts have arrived. They’re super comfortable and a great way to show your local Democrats Abroad pride!

    If you pre-ordered, you should have gotten an email recently about picking up your t-shirt. If you haven’t gotten one yet but love how they look, get in touch about getting one: [email protected]




  • End-of-the-year Kiez meetups + save the date for January 2020

    At last week's meeting, we swapped (ate) cookies and thanked all the volunteers and helpers who've pitched in at events and as organizers this year. Thomas Finnerty, our fall 2019 intern wrote a short recap of the party. Thanks Thomas for all his great work over the last few months!

    Save the date for our first event in 2020: we'll be getting together on Wed. January 15, 2020 to register to vote, request absentee ballots, and training everyone how to help others do the same.

    There won't be a political pub night in December. Instead, we encourage you to support some of the kiez events, if they happen to be in your neighborhood. Check out the event listings below, like the one tonight in Mitte near Friedrichstrasse.

    We are still exploring options for a temporary Berlin headquarters starting in spring 2020. Ideally an office sublet, and we're happy to discuss sharing arrangements since our voter registration and phone banking will be mostly evenings & weekends. Got a hot tip for space near transit with great internet? Let us know!


    Updates

    Berlin T-shirts are here!

    We're thrilled to share that our Berlin-themed t-shirts have arrived. Take a look at this awesome and comfortable way to show your local Democrats Abroad pride! Want one of your own? Drop us a line. 

    Wanted: Location for a Democrats Abroad Berlin headquarters

    Thanks to everyone who got in touch so far with ideas for our temporary 2020 Berlin HQ. We're looking at all the options and happy to get more leads from you all on office sublets where we can host voter registration & phonebanking drives.

    Our primary criteria:

    • Available for at least 6 months (May through October)
    • Accessible location, ideally near 2 transit lines
    • Access on nights and weekends
    • Solid internet connection
    • Room for 4-6 people at desks
    • Storage (minimal, for flyers and voter info material)

    That's the summary -- here are more details about what we we're looking for. Got a lead? Drop us a line: [email protected]

    Help more 2020 candidates get on the primary ballot!

    Democrats Abroad's Global Presidential Primary runs March 3-10, 2020. To appear on that ballot, 300 members need to sign the candidate's petition by January 6, 2020.

    Just a few signatures stand between many candidates and getting on the primary ballot: visit the candidate petitions page to make sure your favorites make it! Here are step-by-step instructions on how to sign petitions.

    Become a Kiez captain for your neighborhood

    Each of us loves our own neighborhood, so we've started Kiez Captains to get out the vote and help connect neighbors and volunteers in different Berlin districts. We're still looking for leaders in Friedrichshain, Charlottenburg, Schöneberg, Tempelhof, and other areas. 

    Kiez Captains are helping us reach American voters in every corner of Berlin in 2020. It's a 5-hour a month commitment, find out more about what it entails. Write [email protected] if you'd like to step up and become a Kiez Captain in your neighborhood.


    Upcoming Events

    Kiez Coffee & Chat – Friedrichstraße (Mitte)

    TONIGHT: Mon. Dec 9, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
    New location: Meyerbeer Coffee, Universitätsstraße 2-3A, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
    RSVP | Facebook

    Kieztreff – Prenzlauer Berg

    Tue. Dec 10th, 2019: 7-9pm
    Wohnzimmer Bar, Lettestraße 6, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
    RSVP | Facebook

    Tom Steyer 2020 Drinks in Berlin

    Please note: not a Democrats Abroad event*
    Wed. Dec 11, 2019, from 7pm
    Buchhandlung Caffetteria Bar, Tucholskystraße 32, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
    RSVP to [email protected]

    Kiez Adventsmarkt – Pankow

    Sat. Dec 14, 2019, 4-6pm
    Pankower Adventsmarkt, Heynstraße 15, 13187 Berlin-Pankow
    RSVP | Facebook

    Kiez Weihnachtszauber – Alexanderplatz (Mitte)

    Sun. Dec 15, 2019, 2-4pm
    Gendarmenmarkt (in front of Ampelmann store), Markgrafenstr. 37, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
    RSVP | Facebook

    Democrats Abroad speaks with Tom Steyer

    Mon. Dec 16, 2019, 3-3:45pm
    Online call -- RSVP for video conference link
    RSVP | Facebook

    December Book Club – The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

    Thu. Dec 19, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Coffee Fellows (upstairs), Danziger Str. 1, 10437 Berlin
    RSVP | Facebook

    January 2020 Kickoff (Save The Date!)

    Wed. Jan 15, 2020, 7:30pm
    Location: TBA

    Kiez Meetup – Mehringdamm (Kreuzberg)

    Thu. Jan 23, 2020, 6-8pm
    Vogt’s Bierexpress (next to Curry 36), Mehringdamm 32/34, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    RSVP | Facebook

    Events outside Berlin

    Democrats Abroad Germany – Annual General Meeting

    Fri-Sun Jan 24-26, 2020
    Literaturhaus München, Salvatorplatz 1, 80333 Munich
    Register | Details | Facebook


    Democrats Abroad Berlin

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    * 2020 presidential candidate events are not Democrats Abroad events. All campaigns are welcome to share any eventsthey’re organizing in Berlin for inclusion in our email newsletter.

    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 on impartiality


  • This week: Political pub night, book club, reduced tickets for Thanksgiving!

    Happy Wednesday! There's a lot of great events this week, so we want to make sure you know about all get-togethers. Hope to see you at one!

    Tonight (Wednesday): Grab a drink and get together in a casual setting at November Political Pub Night at Buchhandlung Caffeteria in Mitte (Oranienburger Str.). Details/RSVP

    Thursday: Discuss Min Jin Lee's historical novel Pachinko with Democrats Abroad Book Club at Coffee Fellows in Prenzlauer Berg. Details/RSVP

    Saturday: Warm up the winter and start an all-American tradition in Berlin at the 1st Annual Tempelhof Turkey Trot. ►Register

    Saturday night:

    Thanksgiving Potluck – New Price!

    To make Thanksgiving dinner more accessible for families, friends, and our community members, we've simplified and reduced the dinner donation: 10€ per person (kids 12-and-under & volunteers can join for free).

    If you were on the fence, we'd really love to see you at the potluck of all our favorite sides on Saturday. Please register on our website so we can plan drinks and food:

    ►Register for Thanksgiving Dinner

    Hope to see you there!

    All funds raised from these events support Democrats Abroad Berlin's on-going voter registration efforts as we prepare for the 2020 general election. With thousands of American voters in Berlin and Germany, your support is the deciding factor.


    Updates

    Welcome our new membership & volunteer coordinator: Theresa Gasinski

    On November 5th, the Berlin chapter members at the meeting elected Theresa Gasinski to the Berlin leadersip. Read more about Theresa and our fall 2019 intern Thomas Finnerty.

    Kiez captains in your neighborhood

    Berlin's a big place, so we've started Kiez Captains to have volunteers responsible for getting out the vote and organizing in different neighborhoods. Here are our first captains, you'll be hearing about their local meetups in the coming weeks.

    • Kreuzberg (Mehringdamm): Dan
    • Mitte (Alexanderplatz): Joe
    • Mitte (Friedrichstraße): Katie
    • Pankow: Meylen & Rebekah
    • Prenzlauer Berg: Tania
    • Schöneberg: Pia

    They're helping lay the groundwork to mobilize in every corner of Berlin in 2020. It is a 5-hour a month commitment. Write [email protected] for more info and if you'd like to become a Kiez Captain in your neighborhood

    2020 Candidates speak with Democrats Abroad

    Democrats Abroad has reached out to all the campaigns to hold video conferences with Democrats Abroad. Here are the recordings from the sessions so far:


    Upcoming Events

    November Political Pub Night – Buchhandlung Caffeteria

    Wed. Nov 20, 2019, from 7pm
    Buchhandlung Caffetteria Bar, Tucholskystraße 32, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
    RSVP | Facebook

    November Book Club – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

    Thu. Nov 21, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Coffee Fellows (upstairs), Danziger Str. 1, 10437 Berlin
    RSVP | Facebook

    1st Annual Democrats Abroad Tempelhof Turkey Trot

    Sat. Nov 23, 2019, 10:30am
    Tempelhofer Feld (Tempelhofer Damm Entrance)
    Register (20€) | Facebook

    Thanksgiving Dinner

    Sat. Nov 23, 2019, 6-10pm
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    Register (10€) | Facebook | Volunteer | Potluck

    Save the date - Holiday Cookie Party

    Volunteers make all the events and political organizing possible. We'll be appreciating all of them at our December cookie party/swap.

    Tue. Dec 3, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg

    Events outside Berlin

    Democrats Abroad Germany – Annual General Meeting

    Fri-Sun Jan 24-26, 2020
    Literaturhaus München, Salvatorplatz 1, 80333 Munich
    Register | Details | Stipend (Deadline: Nov 30, 2019) | Facebook


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  • published Welcome, Theresa and Thomas! in News 2019-11-13 05:48:21 -0500

    Welcome, Theresa and Thomas!

    At the meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the assembled members of the Berlin chapter voted to confirm Theresa Gasinski to the position of Volunteer & Membership Coordinator, which had been held since January 2019 by Julia Behringer. Julia stepped down in September for personal reasons. Here’s a little bit about Theresa:

    Theresa is originally from Chicago, Illinois (go Cubs!) and moved to Berlin in June 2016. Since arriving, she’s participated in Democrats Abroad Berlin events and, in November 2019, was proudly elected to be the chapter’s Volunteer Coordinator. She’s always interested in hearing from DA members to learn more about their interests, skills and personalities, as well as their own ideas about the best ways to volunteer – so please don’t hesitate to reach out!

     

    It was also the first official Democrats Abroad meeting for Thomas Finnerty, who will be interning with Democrats Abroad Berlin this fall.

    Thomas is a Junior at Villanova University studying Political Science and Economics. He was born and raised in Rochester, New York and is studying abroad in Berlin from August to December of 2019 at CIEE Global Institute. He is a die hard Buffalo Bills fan and played baseball and basketball in high school. He enjoys music and hiking and has interned for U.S. Senator (NY) Kirsten Gillibrand.

    We’re thrilled to have both Theresa and Thomas joining the Berlin team. Make sure to say hi if you see them at a meeting or pub night!


  • Pre-order new Berlin-themed Democrats Abroad t-shirts

    It's time to get new t-shirts! We're so excited to unveil two new Democrats Abroad t-shirts, designed especially for Democrats Abroad Berlin.

    The t-shirts are 100% high-quality cotton (190 gsm) and printed right here in Berlin. We'll be taking pre-orders until October 31, 2019 and offering a special price of just 15 Euros per shirt (a discount of 5 Euros from the regular price). You'll be able to pick up your t-shirts at our many events in the later half of November.

    ►To get first dibs on these new t-shirts, click here to go to the pre-order form.


  • Chapter election on Nov 5th, 2019 for Membership Coordinator

    On Tuesday, November 5th, 2019, Democrats Abroad Berlin will hold an election to fill one chapter leadership position - Membership Coordinator - for the remainder of the current two-year term (until the next Berlin chapter leadership elections in early 2021).

    A big thank you to Julia Behringer, who has done an amazing job working with the Berlin chapter members, coordinating volunteers, and being an important part the Berlin leadership team.

    As the leadership of Germany’s largest chapter and one of the larger Democrats Abroad groups internationally, the Berlin chapter 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 is as well. That’s why, in line with the bylaws changes enacted at the February 2018 Annual General Meeting in Hamburg, the Berlin chapter now directly elects leadership positions, and now will be holding an election to fill the vacant Membership Coordinator position.

    Membership/Volunteer Coordinator Roles & Responsibilities

    • First contact to new members
    • Maintain list of active volunteers
    • Communicate volunteer opportunities to members
    • Develop new volunteer opportunities
    • Match tasks to volunteers

    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 November 1, 2019, to be eligible to run for a leadership position
    • To run for the member/volunteer coordinator positions, the member must submit their candidacy and a 250 word candidate statement by 8AM on November 5th, 2019 to [email protected], and attend the meeting that same evening.
    • Nominations or self-nominations, for leadership positions may be made on election night, from the floor, and will require a second from another member of Democrats Abroad Berlin in the room
    • Voters are presumed qualified to participate in the election if
      • (1) they have joined DAG before arriving at the voting center or
      • (2) at the voting center they join DAG 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

    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.


  • 🥧Pumpkin pie workshop, 🦃Turkey trot 🏃‍♀️& more great fall events in Berlin! 🍁

    It was great seeing so many of you at our October meeting who are ready to roll up their sleeves and make a difference in this year and year's elections. Let's stay energized!

    Join us this Wednesday for political pub night at Cafe Berio near Nollendorfplatz. It's a casual get-together, to discuss the debates, the weather, and to get know folks. More details & RSVP

    🎃🥧Next Friday Oct 25th, we're hosting a new fundraiser: a pumpkin pie baking workshop. Learn how to bake a perfect pie crust from the great American baking experts at Humble Pie & Cookies and Cream Berlin, while supporting Democrats Abroad Berlin's planned 2020 Berlin headquarters. Plus there'll be delicious raffle prizes ►Register

    We've also got great events planned for Halloween and Thanksgiving, including the first ever Tempelhof Turkey Trot – so scroll on down and save the dates for what's shaping up to be an awesome autumn!


    Upcoming Events

    October Political Pub Night - Café Berio

    Wed. Oct 16, 2019, from 7pm
    Cafe Berio, Maaßenstraße 7, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg (U Nollendorfplatz)
    RSVPFacebook

    October Book Club: The Road Beyond Ruin by Gemma Liviero

    Thu. Oct 24, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Coffee Fellows, Danziger Str. 1, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
    RSVP | Facebook

    Baking for Democracy Pumpkin Pie Workshop

    Fri. Oct 25, 2019, 7:30-9:30pm
    Cookies and Cream Berlin, Kremmener Straße 8, 10435 Berlin-Mitte
    Register (55€) | Facebook

    Save The Date: Halloween Movie Screening – Get Out

    Thu. Oct 31, 2019
    Location TBA

    Quiz Night: How Well Do You Know the 2020 Presidential Candidates?

    Tue. Nov 5, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    RSVP | Facebook

    1st Annual Democrats Abroad Tempelhof Turkey Trot

    Sat. Nov 23, 2019, 10:30am
    Tempelhofer Feld
    Register (20€) | Facebook

    Save the Date: De(s)ide 2019 – Thanksgiving Dinner

    Sat. Nov 23, 2019, from 4pm
    Location TBA

    Events outside Berlin

    Democrats Abroad Wiesbaden-Mainz Halloween Costume Party

    Fri. Oct 25, 2019, from 7:30pm
    Brueckenkopf, Rheinstraße 105-107, 55116 Mainz
    Details & RSVP | Facebook


    Stay in touch!

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  • Let's Watch 3rd Democratic Primary Debates on Sunday 📺

    Did you miss us during the August event hiatus? We're refreshed and ready to jump back into the swing of things, and hope you are too.

    We love seeing you in person at an event in Berlin, like at the debate viewing this Sunday or at book club later this month.

    A few members from Berlin attended a Germany-wide Democrats Abroad planning retreat this past weekend outside Cologne. We laid the groundwork to help even more U.S. citizens vote in 2020 -- and we can't do it without your support. Look out for a recap of the retreat in the next few weeks.

    There are a few events outside of Berlin that we think you might be interested in:

    • Democrats Abroad Oktoberfest Extravaganza in Munich on October 6, 2019
      • A celebration and fundraiser, and a great way to experience Oktoberfest for the first time (with reserved seating)
      • Watch the Oktoberfest video

    • 2019 EMEA Regional Meeting in Athens, Greece, from October 11-13, 2019
      • Meet DA leaders from all over Europe, Middle East, and Africa
      • Planning for primaries, voter registration, and other 2020 goals

    Both are great ways to connect with other Americans activists abroad, who care about civic participation and the political process. If you're curious to find out more, reply to this email!


    Upcoming Events

    September Democratic Debate Viewing

    Sun. Sep 15, 2019, 3:30-6:30pm
    Cookies and Cream, Kremmener Straße 8, 10435 Berlin-Mitte (U8 Bernauer, U2 Eberswalder, M10 Wolliner)
    RSVP | Facebook

    September Book Club: Mythos by Stephen Fry

    Thu. Sep 26, 2019, 7:30-9pm
    Coffee Fellows (2nd Floor), Danziger Str. 1, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
    RSVP | Facebook

    Munich Oktoberfest Extravaganza with Democrats Abroad

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

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

    Tickets include a reserved seat in the Gallery above the crowds, half a roasted chicken, 2 liters of beer, and a 10 euro coupon for additional food and drinks. And don’t worry, non-alcoholic and vegetarian options are available.

    2019 EMEA Regional Meeting

    Fri - Sun, Oct 11-13, 2019
    Electra Metropolis Hotel Athens, Mitropoleos 15, Athina 105 57, Greece
    RSVP | Facebook | Details


  • 🔵Democratic Debate Bingo in Berlin🔴Dresden & Halle-Leipzig Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

    See you in September!


    Upcoming Events

    Democratic Debate Bingo & Fundraiser

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

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

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

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

    August Book Club: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

    Democrats Abroad Halle-Leipzig Meetup

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

    Munich Oktoberfest with Democrats Abroad

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

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

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


    Stay in touch!


  • commented on Press Inquiries 2019-07-30 14:52:15 -0400
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  • published Democrats Abroad Berlin Book Club Update in News 2019-07-30 06:05:22 -0400

    Democrats Abroad Berlin Book Club Update

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

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

    August Book Club: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

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


  • This Week: 📖Book Club & 🧺🍉Youth Caucus Picnic

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

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

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

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


    Upcoming Events 

    July Book Club: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

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

    Youth Caucus Summer Picnic & Bocce Tournament

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

    Let's Talk About Abortion

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

    Democratic Debate Bingo & Fundraiser

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

    Taco Tuesday in Dresden

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

    Munich Oktoberfest with Democrats Abroad

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

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

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


  • 🍻Schleusenkrug pub night 🌈LGBT Stadtfest this weekend🎉

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

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

    How you can help

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

    4th of July Photos

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

    Lights For Liberty Vigil

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


    Upcoming Events 

    July Political Pub Night – Schleusenkrug

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

    🌈LGBT Streetfest - Volunteers needed!🌈

    Sat. & Sun. July 20-21, 2019
    Nollendorfplatz, Berlin-Schöneberg
    ►Volunteer (mobile-friendly) Details

    July Book Club: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

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

    Youth Caucus Summer Picnic & Bocce Tournament

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

    Let's Talk About Abortion

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

    Munich Oktoberfest with Democrats Abroad

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

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

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


  • 🗣Discuss the Debates 💬🎉Celebrate 4th of July 🇺🇸🕯Lights for Liberty Vigil

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for reading and see you soon!


    Upcoming Events

    Discussing the Debates with Dems in Berlin

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

    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

    July Political Pub Night – Schleusenkrug

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

    🌈LGBT Streetfest - Volunteers needed!🌈

    Sat. & Sun. July 20-21, 2019
    Nollendorfplatz, Berlin-Schöneberg
    ►Volunteer (mobile-friendly) Details

    July Book Club: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

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


    Updates & How YOU Can Help!

    Immigrant Detention / Lights for Liberty Vigil in Berlin

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

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

    ▷►Taking Action on Immigrant Detention◀︎◁

    Raffle Prize Donations

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

    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 [email protected]

    ➤ Get your Oktoberfest tickets


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

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

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

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

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

    Got plans for Independence Day yet? Join Democrats Abroad Berlin as we celebrate 4th of July! We'll have a grill & drinks, plus we're hosting a potluckand a pie-baking contest in the garden at our monthly meeting spot, 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 [email protected]

    ➤ Get your Oktoberfest tickets


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

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

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


    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! [email protected]

    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: [email protected]

    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: [email protected]


    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: [email protected]

    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: [email protected]

    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 


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