Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee; DPCA Representative, Germany; Communications & Press Officer, Berlin

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  • October News: Voting in 2020, DACA & the Election Discussion, AAPI Candidates

    We are getting closer to Election Day - only 14 more days. Please help us make our voices heard! Despite being one of the fastest growing groups in the United States, the AAPI community has one of the lowest voter turnout rates of any other racial minority group. To make sure our needs are addressed, we need to show up at the ballot box. Talk to your families. Talk to your friends. Make sure they know how, when, and where to vote. Together, we can build a home that is more inclusive of all of us. 

    2020 has presented us with some unique challenges. The outbreak of COVID-19 has made international travel challenging, economies have been ravaged by the virus, and families are struggling to put food on the table. The Trump administration has fanned the flames of xenophobia against immigrants for his own gain. We hope, despite these challenges, you find peace of mind in the fact that the Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus is fighting for you in every way we can. 

    Over the past month, our caucus has been working hard to address these issues and get out the AAPI vote. We produced informational videos about voting from abroad in a number of languages including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, and others. Please help us spread this message by going to our Facebook page, our YouTube channel, Instagram, and Twitter and passing on our videos.

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  • Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern Candidates in the 2020 election

    AAPI Americans are sometimes under reported when it comes to election coverage, but polling suggests that this demographic could be key in November. As Christine Chen of AAPI Vote notes, “Asian-Americans are set to be the margin of victory in Arizona, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.” Support for Biden varies across the AAPI community, whether by ethnic background or by age, showing the difficulty of a “one-size-fits-all” narrative, yet also the potential for growth when parties take this community seriously.

    There are several AAPI candidates running for open and Republican-held seats across the United States. As we move into the final stretch of the campaign, we wanted to highlight a few of these candidates here. Look to these races to see if the new Congress will include more Democratic AAPI politicians! (We've taken the liberty of including candidates of Middle-Eastern background to this list as well: their successes on Election Day should also be celebrated!)

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  • Berlin News: Local Ballot 📮Return & Voting Assistance 📞Calling American Voters Abroad

    We know you're getting a lot of emails right now about the 2020 election. This email focuses on how you can get help and make a difference in Berlin.

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  • September News: Mid-Autumn Festival, Voting, and You

    We are just 50 days until the election. Ballot day, the day when absentee ballots will be sent out, is this coming Saturday, September 19th. When you receive your ballot, please complete it as soon as possible and return it in September. This is especially true for those states that require you to return your ballot by postal mail.

    If you have not requested your absentee ballot yet, you still can and should do so now at votefromabroad.org. Make sure you remind friends and family, both overseas and back in the U.S. if they have done the same. We even have a helpful FAQ available to answer common voting questions.

    If you have questions or issues with requesting a ballot, please attend our LIVE 1-on-1 Global voter registration assistance all day every Sunday and now on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-4pm EDT (6-10pm CEST). Or email gotv@democratsabroad.org with your issues and questions.

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  • Local AAPI Caucuses are now in China and South Korea

    We are happy to announce the establishment of two AAPI caucuses at the Democrats Abroad country level! If you would like to start an AAPI caucus in your country, please get in touch and check out our guide on forming a caucus.

    Continue reading to learn more about the new AAPI caucuses in China and South Korea.

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  • published Issues in Global AAPI Caucus 2020-09-09 12:17:57 -0400

    AAPI Caucus Issues

    1. Voting

    Asian American and Pacific Islander communities face many of the same issues with voting access as other minority communities. The AAPI community includes many Americans who do not speak English as a first language, yet voting materials are often presented in just a few languages (if any non-English language at all). In order to ensure that more AAPI Americans exercise their right to vote, voting materials need to be provided in as many languages as is appropriate for a given community.

    2. Inclusion

    We value the multitude of communities under the AAPI umbrella, from the ways we identify to our varied experiences. We view our diversity as a strength, and will prioritize growing and strengthening our causes through our collective differences. We aim to empower unique voices across our community and to hold ourselves accountable to push for initiatives that are best for our wider community.

    2.1 Intersectionality

    Intersectionality is the understanding of an individual’s social and political identities not as static and separate, but as dynamic processes influenced and connected to each other. Ranging from gender and sexuality to economic or disability status, there are countless intersections with the Asian American and Pacific Islander American identity.

    For example, those who hold both LGBTQA+ and AAPI identities  “[experience] complex dynamics at the intersectionality of their ethnic identities and sexualities”. AAPI with disabilities report more instances of everyday discrimination and higher stress than AAPI without disabilities. 

    As the AAPI Caucus, we recognise that different members of our community will face unique circumstances due to other identities they hold. 

    2.2 Discrimination Against AAPI

    Discrimination against AAPI Americans has always been present in American society. Yet the issue has become more prominent in recent years: AAPI Americans are more likely to be blamed for a variety of issues, ranging from the current coronavirus pandemic to struggles with employment. To combat this discrimination, the voices of AAPI Americans need to be heard, to raise awareness and fix the problems that AAPI Americans have been facing for generations. 

    2.3. Intra-community inequality

    The AAPI community includes nearly 50 diverse racial and ethnic groups. However, research on this community, and the diversity within it, is sparse, due to the perception that the AAPI community is generally perceived to be not as disadvantaged as other minority communities. Yet income inequality within the AAPI community nearly doubled between 1970 to 2016, and some AAPI communities make, on average, less than half of their more well-off AAPI counterparts. 

    This is compounded by a lack of academic and statistical research into the challenges facing AAPI communities, due to the aforementioned perception that these communities are not as disadvantaged. This lack of data limits the ability to fight for structural change within these communities. 

    2.4. Political Representation

    American politics is enhanced when it reflects the diversity in American communities. Like other minority communities, AAPI politicians are under-represented in state and national politics: for example, only 3% of the House of Representatives identifies as AAPI, despite making up 7% of the broader American population.

    A better, more accessible system to elevate, support and nominate AAPI politicians for political office at all levels of government will help ensure a government that is more responsive to the concerns of minority communities. 

    3. Immigration

    Immigration is a core issue for the AAPI community: in 2019, 28.2% of immigrants into the United States were AAPI. 

    Many of the protections for undocumented migrants in the United States affect the AAPI community. Almost 16,000 AAPI individuals received protection from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, and an additional 120,000 AAPI individuals were eligible for protection. In addition, changes to Temporary Protected Status also affect the AAPI community: specifically, current plans to remove TPS status for Nepali nationals is under review in court.

    4. Affirmative Action

    The AAPI Caucus supports efforts to promote diversity in American higher education. America’s student populations should reflect the diversity of the American population, yet minority communities often lack the opportunities and signals that more privileged communities have access to. 

    Despite assertions to the contrary, affirmative action programs do not limit educational opportunities for AAPI students. Evidence from California’s repeal of affirmative action in 1996 showed that this decreased the number of Black and Hispanic students and reduced the chance that Black and Hispanic students would finish college, while providing no benefit to White and AAPI students. Affirmative action does not deny opportunities to any student, instead allowing more people to benefit from higher education.

    5. American leadership

    As Americans living overseas, and as AAPI individuals with family connections overseas, we are keenly aware of how America, its institutions, its policies and its values are perceived overseas. We understand how American actions can have unintended consequences abroad, and how American decisions are perceived by overseas communities. 

    Thus, we support efforts that ensure the United States lives up to its democratic and liberal values at home, which in turn bolsters its reputation overseas. We support a competent, well-staffed and experienced diplomatic corps to help formulate and develop America’s foreign policy. 


  • News: #SaveThePostOffice & Support Voter Outreach at Quiz Night, Wine Tasting, Volunteer Meetup

    At our August meeting two weeks ago, we started assembling local voter outreach teams in Berlin. Couldn’t make it? To get involved with tabling, flyering, and other organizing, email volunteers@demsinberlin.de so Theresa (Berlin’s volunteer coordinator) can connect you with the Kiez captain for your neighborhood.

    🤓We’re halfway through August, it’s time for our new tradition of online American pub quizWednesday evening, join players in Berlin; Germany; and beyond for great trivia and a good cause (raising funds for voter outreach in Germany). We’ll even throw in a convention update from Berlin chair & delegate Diego Rivas. Bring teammates or come on your own – we’ll match you up.
    ►RSVP for quiz night now

    Reminder: if you or a friend need help registering to vote, you can drop in every Sunday for direct one-on-one help on Zoom. We also have upcoming Kiez events where you can get help as well!

    On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, we’re hosting Progressive Palates, a virtual wine tasting and fundraiser. Not sure which wines you like, or how to pick a bottle for a given occasion? This introduction to wine tasting is for you!
    🍷Learn more & register for Progressive Palates

    News You Can Use

    #SaveThePostOffice

    > Call Your Congressional Reps
    > Email USPS Board of Governors

    A robust and functioning post office is an essential service, for medicine, for Social Security checks, and yes, also for voting by mail. Take a stand against the current administration’s hobbling of this quintessentially American institution to suppress the vote. Call on your congressional representatives to investigate and write each member of the United States Post Office Board of Governors to remove Louis DeJoy (click the links above).

    Bonus: Ask Democratic governors to allow emailed ballot return for Americans abroad

    Have you requested your absentee ballot THIS YEAR?

    We’re 11 weeks from the 2020 election. If you haven’t registered to vote and requested your absentee ballot this year, it’s time. Make sure to do it now so there’s time for your ballot to get here and to travel back to the U.S.

    Visit VoteFromAbroad.org to complete a ballot request — and then send in that request!

    Get trained: Help Americans abroad vote!

    You can learn how to assist fellow Americans with voting and absentee ballot requests at a voter registration training! The more voter registration volunteers and phone bankers, the higher the overseas turnout in November will be.


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  • wants to volunteer 2020-08-04 08:32:08 -0400

    Volunteer With The AAPI Caucus

    The Democrats Abroad Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus is looking for your support at global, national, and chapter levels. Here is more information about opportunities to volunteer with our different working groups. Let us know how you want to get involved, by checking off the working groups you're interested in the form below.

    Communications & Outreach

    Help reach new caucus members and share stories of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders living abroad. This working group curates our caucus’s online presence (web, social media, email) and promotes events, activities, and issues.

    Country Committee Guidelines

    Help coordinate with, support, and organize with Democrats Abroad's 40+ country committees to establish an AAPI caucus at the country and chapter levels.

    Issues

    The AAPI community is large and diverse, which means there is also a wide range of issues impacting our members. Help us identify and educate our members about these different issues.

    Events in a Box

    To help local AAPI caucuses, we are preparing pre-made events that caucus leaders at the country and chapter levels can use for events to bring their members together. Volunteers can help create an event based on issues identified by the Issues Working Group and find ways to facilitate discussions.

    Speakers

    Organize speaking events with prominent members of the AAPI community. This could include these roles:

    • Coordinate event with the Global Communications & Global AAPI Co-Chairs
    • Zoom training with Global IT
    • Liaise with speakers and plan logistics
    Become a volunteer

  • August News: Dr. Paul Song speaks on Tuesday, Volunteering & How to form a local caucus

    Join us this Tuesday, August 4th, 2020, for an online discussion with Dr. Paul Song.

    COVID-19, Healthcare Access, & AAPI Activism with Dr. Paul Song

    We’ll be talking about the repercussions of COVID-19 in the U.S. for AAPI communities and other minority groups, as well as the effects on healthcare. We’ll also be talking about how we can effect change. RSVP here for the link!

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    Dr. Song is the grandson of the late Sang Don Kim, the very first popularly elected Mayor of Seoul, South Korea, a physician, and progressive activist. He serves on the national board of Physicians for a National Health Program and Progressive Democrats of America.

    A national surrogate for the Bernie Sanders Campaign and the former Executive Chairman of the Courage Campaign, he previously served on the boards of People for the American Way, Healthcare Now, Liberty in North Korea, and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.

    Volunteer with the AAPI Caucus

    Join one of our caucus working groups. We have established five groups which meet every other week. Sign up to volunteer here.

    Communications & Outreach

    Help reach new caucus members and share stories of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders living abroad. This working group curates our caucus’s online presence (web, social media, email) and promotes events, activities, and issues.

    Country Committee Guidelines

    Help coordinate with, support, and organize with Democrats Abroad's 40+ country committees to establish an AAPI caucus at the country and chapter levels.

    Issues

    The AAPI community is large and diverse, which means there is also a wide range of issues impacting our members. Help us identify and educate our members about these different issues.

    Events in a Box

    To help local AAPI caucuses, we are preparing pre-made events that caucus leaders at the country and chapter levels can use for events to bring their members together. Volunteers can help create an event based on issues identified by the Issues Working Group and find ways to facilitate discussions.

    Speakers

    Organize speaking events with prominent members of the AAPI community. This could include these roles:

    • Coordinate event with the Global Communications & Global AAPI Co-Chairs
    • Zoom training with Global IT
    • Liaise with speakers and plan logistics

    Form a Local AAPI Caucus

    As the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus, our goal is to speak to, and speak for, the diverse AAPI community among Democrats Abroad membership. The AAPI Caucus hopes to act as a unified voice to call for structural reforms and for recognizing AAPI perspectives in Democrats Abroad.

    If you would like to form a local AAPI caucus in your locality, please make sure to reach out to your local leadership, join us at www.democratsabroad.org/aapi, and contact us at aapicaucus@democratsabroad.org to let us know that you are forming.

    Read our newly published guide to forming a local AAPI Caucus.

     

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  • Powen Shiah, DA Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee Member

    My name is Powen, and I've been living in Berlin, Germany, since 2014. I've been involved in Democrats Abroad for almost that whole time. I'm currently the Press & Communications coordinator on the Berlin chapter board, and I also serve as one of the representatives for Germany to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA).

    I spent most of my formative years in Michigan, but have lived in Pennsylvania, California, North Carolina, and Mississippi as well. In addition to political activities and organizing, I also work with technology startups focusing on marketing and internationalization.

    Starting the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus at Democrats Abroad is important to me because I believe that AAPI communities need a voice in our political system. The best way to focus on the needs, stories, and issues important to us to get organized and make ourselves heard.


  • published How to Form a Local AAPI Caucus in News 2020-07-30 10:27:26 -0400

    How to Form a Local AAPI Caucus

    What do we do? 

    As the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus, our goal is to speak to, and speak for, the diverse AAPI community among Democrats Abroad membership in all three regions: Asia-Pacific, EMEA and the Americas. 

    The AAPI Caucus hopes to act as a unified voice to call for structural reforms and for recognizing AAPI perspectives in Democrats Abroad.

    What is this document? 

    This document provides you and your country committee with the steps necessary to become an official arm of the global Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus. 

    Why should you form a local AAPI Caucus? 

    There are a number of reasons a local Asian American Pacific Caucus can be beneficial to your country or local chapter:

    1. It will enable you to engage with your AAPI members more effectively and encourage greater involvement in your local activities.  
    2. It will provide your local membership an outlet to shape conversations at the global level about issues relevant to the AAPI community. 
    3. It will provide leadership opportunities for your members. 

    ►Download the AAPI Caucus guide to forming a local caucus (PDF).


  • News: 🎉 Quiz Night this Wednesday 🗳Voting Office Hours 💁Help Register Voters

    Thanks to everyone who marked 4th of July this year by registering to vote and requesting your absentee ballot.

    We'd like to recognize the volunteers at all the outdoor voter registration spots: Dan & Renee in Kreuzberg, Corey in Friedrichshain, Emily in Prenzlauer Berg, Diego & Jill in Wedding, and Donovan in Potsdam. Here are a few photos from our decentralized Independence Day (Facebook).

    Great American Quiz Night

    After the great time at last month's virtual trivia (to replace pub night), we're hosting another five rounds of quiz nightthis Wednesday from 7-9pm. Join alone or gather friends for a team, ►RSVP to get the the video call link.

    Help more Americans vote from abroad!

    Together with other Democrats Abroad groups around Germany, we're hosting virtual office hours to assist voters with registering and requesting absentee ballots (dates and times below).

    You can learn how to help at one of our voter registration trainings! The more trained volunteers and phone bankers are answering questions and reaching out, the higher the overseas turnout in November will be.

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  • News: 💻Potsdam, Kreuzberg & Leipzig Meetups 🤨Berlin Quiz Night 🗳Voter Help Office Hours

    As we continue into a summer of social distance, our calendar is filling up with online events, voter assistance, volunteer opportunities, and more. Please join us and invite a friend to join a virtual event!

    This Tuesday, the Potsdam precinct is meeting online and getting organized. If you live in or around Potsdam, stop by and get to know your neighbors. Please spread the word to other Americans in the area. ►RSVP for Potsdam organizing meeting

    On Wednesday, Kreuzbergers are getting together after work for a casual online chat and meet-up Stop by to say hi whether you live in the central district or nearby! ►RSVP for Kreuzberg Kiez meetup

    Thursday, the Leipzig-Halle precinct is holding their monthly meeting. It's an active group that's growing fast: pass this along to anyone you know in Sachsen! ►Leipzig meeting info

    In June, we're planning two big phone banking pushes! On June 11, we'll have a virtual Berlin party: pop into the room and hang out in between making calls to remind fellow Americans to vote from abroad. Phone banking is one of the best ways to reach voters abroad and help them request absentee ballots, especially in 2020.

    On Flag Day (June 14) members all across Germany will be Dialing For Democracy, a fundraising call-a-thon. Callers will be calling all day to help meet our outreach goals and their sponsors will help provide critical funds to keep these projects going! ►Find out how you can be a part it.

    Last but not least, we're planning an online American quiz night to replace our regular pub nights. Mark your calendar for June 17 and start getting your team together. 

    We're looking forward to seeing you on the internet. Take care of yourself!

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  • News: 🌷🌼Upcoming in May: Tax Info Session, Convention, Office Hours 📅

    As we continue to keep social distance, we've got a full slate of events, voter assistance, volunteer opportunities, and more online. Please join us and invite a friend to join a virtual event!

    Democrats Abroad advocates for tax fairness for Americans abroad, but can't provide individual tax advice. It's a common concern, so we're happy that Monique Luegger, EA, (a member and volunteer) is offering her expertise in an online Info Session: U.S. Taxes While Living Abroad for our members tomorrow on May 13, 2020.

    You'll learn more about what you need to do as an American citizen or permanent resident living abroad. To support our voter outreach, we ask that each attendee contribute by making 20 phone calls in our current phone campaign, or a donating 10€. There are a few spots left!
    ►More details & RSVP for U.S. Tax Info Session

    Office hours with the Berlin chapter chair are continuing this month. You can connect with Diego Rivas and get voting support on the video call on on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 6-6:45pm. ►RSVP for May Office Hours

    Phone banking is an extremely important tool for Democrats Abroad to reach voters abroad and help them request absentee ballots. In 2020, we're relying on phone banking even more than usual, due to the constraints on in-person outreach. For the Global Presidential Primary, 61 phone bankers in Germany made over 3500 calls, leading to the 2nd highest turnout in Democrats Abroad!

    Scroll down to find out how you can be part of this outreach -- through calling and financial support.

    We're looking forward to seeing you on the internet. Take care of each other!

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  • News: 🇺🇸Global Primary: ✅Welcome to our new members! 🎉Postponing upcoming events

    The Global Presidential Primary was a huge success! In the last two weeks, over 1200 new members have joined Democrats Abroad in and around Berlin (including in Leipzig, Jena, Potsdam, and Dresden), with similar increases in the rest of Germany.

    Since many of you are hearing from us for the first time, here's quick rundown of what our 100% volunteer-powered group does, besides primary voting centers.

    What is Democrats Abroad in Berlin?

    As your local Democrats Abroad chapter, our mission is to help Americans living outside the U.S. exercise their right to vote. This includes

    • voter registration events
    • phone banking
    • and other voter outreach initiatives

    In addition to helping you register to vote and request absentee ballots, we also organize speakers, panels, film screenings, and discussions to keep you connected with current political issues. Finally, Democrats Abroad Berlin also hosts events for the American community, like 4th of July and Thanksgiving parties, all with the goal of helping people stay involved and engaged in U.S. political process while living in Germany.

    Besides these emails (which we send out a few times a month), you can stay in touch with us on social media, too:

    Record-Breaking Global Primary Turnout

    On each of the voting center days in Berlin, over 500 people voted! On Super Tuesday, Berlin had the biggest turnoutout of all Democrats Abroad polling centers. Thank you all for taking the time to cast your vote in the presidential primary. Here are a few photos (Facebook)

    Thank you as well to all the volunteers who helped with distributing ballots, setting up, cleaning up, directing voters, tallying votes, helping people register to vote, and many more crucial roles. It was a huge, collective effort, and we couldn't have done it without everyone's support.

    Upcoming Events Postponed ➜ Online Organizing

    In line with the rest of Democrats Abroad Germany & public health regulations, we're postponing all events until further notice. 

    We encourage you to stay home as much as possible, avoid any non-essential gatherings, and keep in touch with friends and neighbors for mutual support.

    We’re currently looking into which of our events can be held online, and what tools to use. We’ll keep you posted and reassess at the end of the month about April events. Take care of each other.

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  • published March 2020 Events Postponed in News 2020-03-16 13:53:55 -0400

    March 2020 Events Postponed

    In line with the rest of Democrats Abroad Germany & recommendations from local health officials, we’re postponing all events through March 31st. We encourage you to stay home as much as possible, avoid large gatherings, and keep in touch with friends and neighbors for mutual support.

    We’re currently looking into which of our events can be held online, and what tools to use. We’ll keep you posted and reassess at the end of the month about April events. Take care of each other!


  • News: February pub night, Phone bank in your Kiez & Primary volunteers needed

     

    We had a big and energized crowd at the monthly meeting last week, the day after the Iowa caucus. Thanks to all the Berliners who came to get involved (see on Instagram). Neukölln & Pankow Kiez meetups also went really well: photos on Twitter. Our stalwart Kiez captains and volunteers will be hosting phone banking events over the next few weeks to encourage fellow Democrats to vote in the Global Presidential Primary. Scroll down ⬇︎ for dates & times.

    Mark your calendar on Wednesday, Feb 19th, 2020, for monthly political pub night at Kater und Goldfisch in Wedding. It's a casual get-together, so stop by to get to know other members, get help with registering to vote, and find out more about getting involved. RSVP & see you there!

    The Berlin Women's Caucus is hosting the first meet & greet of 2020 this Sunday afternoon, Feb 16th. More details here.

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  • Two events this week in Leipzig + Volunteer at the Global Primary!

    We are excited to announce that Democrats Abroad is hosting a Global Presidential Primary voting center in Leipzig!

    On March 3 (Super Tuesday) and Sunday, March 7, 2020, Democrats Abroad members will have the opportunity to vote IN PERSON for their Democratic presidential candidate of choice at our polling station at the GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde. The Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Sachsen (DAIS) will be organizing a speaker and side events, so come to hang out too!

    This week, join us a film screening of Pariah on Wednesday and a planning meeting on Sunday. Check out the details below, RSVP and tell your friends! We look forward to seeing you there.

    Volunteer at the Global Primary

    To ensure that as many Americans as possible in our region can vote, we are looking for volunteers to assist at the voting center. No prior experience is necessary. If you want to help out on March 3 and/or March 7, please sign up using the links below. You may register for multiple shifts if you choose.

    Spread the word about upcoming events in Leipzig!

    Film Screening: Pariah (2011, OmU)

    Wed. Feb 5, 2020, 7-9pm
    GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig (Johannispl. 5-11, 04103 Leipzig)
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    Recipient of the 2011 Sundance Excellence in Cinematography Award, Pariah is a semi-autobiographical coming-out/coming-of-age story. The protagonist, a 17-year-old, African-American New Yorker named Alike, is on a journey to come to terms with, and ultimately embrace, her identity as a lesbian. The event features an introduction by Mascha Lange of the Institute of American Studies Leipzig.

    A group of Democrats Abroad Leipzig-Halle members will be at the screening, and we'd love to see you there!


    Meet & Plan in Leipzig

    Sun. Feb 9, 2020, 2-4pm
    Café Grundmann, Mahlmannstraße 16, 04107 Leipzig
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    Calling all Democrats in Leipzig, Halle, and surrounding areas! Are you feeling increasingly nervous as the primaries draw near?

    Do you want to make a difference this election year but don't know how? We have good news for you! Join us on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at our planning session for the upcoming Global Presidential Primary in Leipzig.

    Over "Kaffee und Kuchen" at the historic Café Grundmann, we will discuss what needs to be done to make our primary voting center a success. Never been to one of our Democrats Abroad meetings before? No problem! Come by and learn about our efforts to get out the vote in 2020. We'd love to see you there!


    Global Presidential Primary in Leipzig

    Tue. March 3, 2020, 4-8pm ✪ Volunteer
    Sat. March 7, 2020, 10am-1:30pm ✪ Volunteer
    GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig, Johannisplatz 5-11, 04103 Leipzig
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    At the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary, YOU choose the 2020 Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Don’t miss your chance to vote in person this presidential year! Join thousands of U.S. citizens like you, living abroad, who will participate in this year’s Global Presidential Primary through Democrats Abroad.


  • 2020 Primary Voting Centers in Berlin, Dresden, Jena, and Leipzig

     

    Don’t miss your chance to vote in person this presidential year! Join thousands of U.S. citizens like you, living abroad, who will participate in this year’s Global Presidential Primary through Democrats Abroad.

    Here are the official primary voting centers in the Berlin chapter's geographic region (all of the former East German states):

    Berlin

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 12pm to 8pm
    Sunday, March 8, 2020, 11am to 7pm

    The Digital Eatery, Unter den Linden 17, 10117 Berlin

    Details | RSVP | Facebook

    Dresden

    Thursday, March 5, 2020, 4pm to 8pm

    The Student Hotel, Prager Str. 13, 01069 Dresden

    Details | RSVP | Facebook

    Jena

    Saturday, March 7, 2020, 10am to 6pm

    Haus auf der Mauer, Johannisplatz 26, 07743 Jena

    Details | RSVP | Facebook

    Leipzig

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 4pm to 9pm
    Saturday, March 7, 2020, 10am to 2pm

    GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig, Johannisplatz 5-11, 04103 Leipzig

    Details | RSVP | Facebook

    Primary Eligibility

    Democrats Abroad has just a few requirements for voting in the primary:

    • Be abroad and be a U.S. citizen
    • Be a member of Democrats Abroad (you can join now or even at the voting center)
    • Be 18 years old as of November 3, 2020
    • Not have voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary (see below for more details)

    You can only vote in the presidential primary once. That means that if you vote in the Global Primary but also want to vote in your state for down-ballot primary races (such as for your congressperson), you can! Just skip the presidential question on your state primary ballot.

    Media Requests

    If you're a journalist and would like to interview someone or cover the primary, please email press@demsinberlin.de with your question or request, we'll be in touch right away.


  • Happy New Year! How you can register to vote in person & get involved in 2020 in Berlin

    Happy new year! We hope you're rested and recovered from your holiday celebrations, and ready for 2020. First things first:

    • Go to votefromabroad.org to request your overseas ballot. You need to do this every calendar year to make sure you can vote.
    • Tell a friend to do the same!

    If you need help with registering and requesting your ballot, we're here to help! Email help@votefromabroad.org and come to any of the events all around Berlin, Potsdam, Leipzig, and Dresden (upcoming event list below).

    We'll be kicking off 2020 in Berlin on Wednesday January 15, 2020 at The Castle in Mitte. We'll be sharing information about how to register to vote and get involved in Berlin, and finishing out the evening in our usual political pub-night style.

    That's not the only event this month though: the Dresden precinct is getting together on Jan 18th, as well as the Mitte(Jan 20) and Kreuzberg (Jan 23) Kiez groups. Join activists and organizers from all over Germany at the Annual General Meeting in Munich (Jan 24-26) -- it's not too late to register!

    Help us by keeping an eye out for a temporary Berlin headquarters the next few months. We're happy to discuss office sublet or sharing options -- most of our voter registration and phone banking will usually be on evenings & weekends. Got an idea where our 2020 home could be, near transit with great internet? Read our wishlist and drop us a line!


    Updates

    Volunteering in 2020

    2020 is the best time to get involved and have an impact on the future of the U.S. You can make a difference from here in Germany, reaching out to voters living abroad, making sure people register and request their ballots, and more!

    • As we gear up in 2020, help keep our websites, Facebook, and Twitter accounts lively and up-to-date as Web & Social Media volunteer
    • Become a Kiez Captain to get out the vote and help neighbors and volunteers in different Berlin districts
    • Reach out to U.S. students studying at universities in Germany vote as the Study Abroad Coordinator
    • Prefer something you can do at home? Phonebankers make calls to other Americans living abroad to remind them about voting. All you need is a computer and headphones.

    Sound like something you might be interested in? Send us your questions and how you'd like to get involved to volunteers@demsinberlin.de


    Upcoming Events

    Call with Stacey Abrams, Fair Fight, and DNC on Voter Protection

    Tue. Jan 14, 2020, 9-10pm (Berlin time)
    Online call - RSVP for video conference link
    RSVP

    January 2020 Kickoff Meeting & Pub Night

    Wed. Jan 15, 2020, from 7:30pm
    The Castle Berlin Mitte, Invalidenstr. 129, Berlin 10115 (S Nordbahnhof)
    RSVP | Facebook

    January Book Club: The Cave by José Saramago

    Thu. Jan 16, 2020, 7-8:30pm
    Message In A Bottle, Knaackstr. 76, 10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg (U2 Eberswalder Straße)
    RSVP | Facebook

    Kiez Meetup – Rosenthaler Platz (Mitte)

    Mon. Jan 20, 2020, 7-9pm
    Mein Haus am See, Brunnenstraße 197-198, 10119 Berlin (U8 Rosenthaler Platz)
    RSVP | Facebook

    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

    January Meetup and Ballot Requests – Dresden

    Sat. Jan 18, 2020, 2-5pm
    Student Hotel (Dresden), Prager Str. 13, 01069 Dresden
    RSVP | Facebook

    Democrats Abroad Germany – Annual General Meeting

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


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