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  • Political Participation and Campaigning Workshop with Julius van der Laar

    Join Democrats Abroad Berlin on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 at 7:30pm for a workshop on political participation and how to make your voice heard. We’re excited to welcome Julius van de Laar, a former Obama campaigner and student organizer!

    Julius van de Laar will give a short introduction on political campaigns, and lead breakout sessions for brainstorming and carrying out political actions. We’re hoping to focus on the work of our next generation of leaders and on continuing the momentum on gun control policy from the March for our Lives.


    7:30pm – Welcome, Youth Caucus info, voter & absentee ballot support
    8:00pm – Political Participation & Campaigning Workshop by Julius van de Laar, followed by breakout sessions
    8:45pm – Announcements

    About the speaker

    Julius van de Laar is a political strategist. He works with political parties and non-governmental organizations to achieve their goals: winning elections, advocating for issues, raising money, growing their membership and creating a movement.

    In 2008 and 2012, Julius worked for Barack Obama’s winning campaign in nearly a dozen states. Since then, he served as a senior strategist during the 2009 and 2013 federal election in Germany, as well as for other candidates and organizations across Europe.

    Find out more on Twitter @juliusvandelaar or on his website at

    Voter Registration & Absentee Ballot Support

    Have questions about how to register to vote from abroad? Not sure whether your absentee ballot request went through? Our overseas voting experts will be at the meeting and can help you make sure you’re all set to vote in this year’s primaries and elections.

    Food & Drinks: There will be drinks (by donation), so please bring snacks or other food to share.

    As always, we welcome new faces, even if you’ve never attended a meeting or an event before.

    RSVP: It’s not required, but RSVP here so we have a rough idea of how many people to expect and please help out by sharing this event on Facebook. Looking forward to seeing you there!

    April 03, 2018 at 7:30pm
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße
    Falckensteinstr 6
    Berlin 10997
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  • is hosting March Political Pub Night – Juleps 2018-03-01 18:56:24 -0500

    March Political Pub Night – Juleps

    Come grab a drink with Democrats Abroad on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 starting at 7pm! We'll be at Juleps New York Bar & Restaurant in Berlin-Charlottenburg (near S-Charlottenburg & U7-Adenauerplatz).

    In addition to great conversation and good beer, we will have volunteers available helping you register to vote in the 2018 primaries and elections. Bring a friend and see you there!

    It's not required, but help us out by RSVPing here and don't forget share the event on Facebook! We're looking forward to seeing you.

    March 21, 2018 at 7pm
    Juleps New York Bar & Restaurant
    Giesebrechtstr 3
    Berlin 10629
    Google map and directions
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  • February Pub Night, AGM Remote Voting in Berlin, March Meeting, and more!

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

    Upcoming Berlin Events in February

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RSVP | Facebook

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

    February Pub Night & Voter Registration

    Wed. February 21, 2018 from 7pm

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

    RSVP | Facebook

    Democrats Abroad Germany 2018 General Meeting

    February 23-25, 2018

    Kulturpalast Hamburg, Öjendorfer Weg 30a, 22119 Hamburg

    Register | Details | Facebook

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

    Register to Vote from Abroad - Today!

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    December Pub Night - Weihnachtsmarkt

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

    No Meeting on January 2nd, 2018

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

    January Pub Night: Save the date!

    Wed. January 17th, 2018 from 7pm

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

    2018 Women’s March Berlin

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

    We march to

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

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


  • published November pub night at BRLO & more upcoming events in News 2017-11-14 10:12:42 -0500

    November pub night at BRLO & more upcoming events

    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

    Wed. Nov 15, 2017 from 7pm
    BRLO Brwhouse, Schöneberger Str. 16, 10963 Berlin
    ▶︎RSVP | Facebook

    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

    2018 Women's Caucus Calendar

    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

    Upcoming Events

    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

    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.


  • How to Talk 💭 Politics w/Conservative Relatives🗯 & Upcoming Special 🗳 Elections

    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:

    You can also help by signing up to phone bank. Call your fellow Democrats abroad to make sure they're voting!

    Upcoming Events

    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

    Tue. Nov. 7, 2017 from 7:30-9pm
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
    RSVP | Facebook

    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
    Location TBA

    Save the Date! December Cookie Swap

    Tue. Dec 5th, 2017 from 7:30-9pm
    Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstraße, Falckensteinstr 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg


  • Fall events: Commemorate MLK, Call with Sen. Warren, and Meet Howard Dean in Berlin!

    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.


    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.

    Wed. Sep 13th, 2017, from 6-9pm
    St. Marienkirche Berlin, Karl-Liebknecht-Str, 8, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
    RSVP | Facebook


    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:

    Sun. Sep 17th, 2017, from 3-5pm
    10857 Berlin-Schöneberg
    RSVP | Facebook


    Wed. Sep 20th, 2017 from 7-10pm
    Schleusenkrug, Müller-Breslau-Straße, 10623 Berlin-Tiergarten
    RSVP | Facebook


    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!

    Thu. Oct 5th, 2017 from 5-8pm
    Babylon Kino, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
    Tickets | Details | Facebook


    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
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    Donating: $15, $25, $45, or $500 will enable you to join this update briefing call


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