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

At home or abroad, I think it's crucial for Americans to participate in the political process.


  • is hosting Wedding Kiez Voter Assistance 2020-09-15 06:17:18 -0400

    Wedding Kiez Voter Assistance

    Live in Wedding or the surrounding area? Come out and to request your ballot and learn how you can help take back the White House and win up and down the ballot - from Wedding.

    Come grab a beer at Vagabund Brauerei's new Kesselhaus biergarten (Oudenarder Str. 16-20 13347 Berlin // Osram Höfe, Berlin Wedding) and get help registering to vote, requesting your ballot, or with any other voting related questions you might have, like how to return your ballot.

    RSVP & Share

    Please RSVP to let us know how many people we can expect. You can help out by sharing this event with your American friends and acquaintances in Berlin! As always, all are welcome, even if you've never been to a meeting or an event before.

    Please wear a mask and abide by all social distancing practices.

    WHEN
    September 19, 2020 at 4pm
    WHERE
    Vagabund Kesselhaus at Osram-Höfe
    Oudenarder Str 16-20 13347 Berlin
    Berlin 13347
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    1 rsvp rsvp

  • Playground Meetup: Weltspielplatz in Treptower Park

    Come and play at the Weltspielplatz in Treptower Park! http://www.weltspielplatz.de/

    There will be a variety of cookies to share for snacking purposes, as well as voter registration assistance for any adults who need it.

    This large playground has equipment for kids of all ages, plus ample benches and a restroom. There is lots of space for social distancing. Kids are welcome, as are adults without kids!

    The Weltspielplatz is best reached on bus lines 165, 166, and 265; by walking/cycling from S-Bahnhof Plänterwald (1 km) or S-Treptower Park (1.7 km); or by car with parking on Bulgarische Str. Google Maps

    Please share this event with your American friends and acquaintances in Berlin! We always welcome new faces, even if you've never attended a meeting or an event before. Please note this is a weather-permitting event.

    WHEN
    September 19, 2020 at 10am
    WHERE
    Weltspielplatz
    FFPH+9H Berlin
    Berlin 12435
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    1 rsvp

  • is hosting Friedrichshain Swing State Phonebanking 2020-09-14 12:27:48 -0400

    Friedrichshain Swing State Phonebanking

    Phonebanking helps voter turnout by calling members and reminding them to request & send back their ballots!

    Join our phone banking party and help us reach our goal of contacting all of our members voting from swing states. Meeting your neighbors in Friedrichshain, and work together to ensure fellow Americans living abroad are keeping an eye out for their ballots and sending them back right away!

    Phone banking is easy and straightforward. All you will need is your computer – **not a tablet**, **not a smartphone** – and headphones, if you have a set. At the beginning of each phone banking party we will have a training session, so newcomers are very welcome!

    RSVP

    Note: this is a phonebanking event at a member's home, please RSVP in advance so we can send you the address - and space is limited. You will need to bring your own computer and headset in order to attend.

    You can help out by sharing this event with your American friends and acquaintances in Berlin! As always, we welcome new faces, even if you’ve never attended a meeting or an event before.

    Hygiene & Safety

    Callers will respect the recommended 1.5 meter distance, and windows will be opened for ventilation. The number of participants is limited, so please only RSVP if you are definitely attending. The safety of our community members comes first.

    How to Sign Up To Phonebank

    Detailed instructions available here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking
     
     It just takes a few steps to start calling:
      - Log in at https://www.democratsabroad.org/login
      - Join the phone banking team volunteer team: https://www.democratsabroad.org/voter_support_team
      - You’ll get an email from support@callhub.io to activate your CallHub account and set a password
      - Review the training materials: https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking#training
      - Get calling!

    WHEN
    October 11, 2020 at 3:30pm
    WHERE
    Member's Home in Friedrichshain
    Berlin 10245
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    1 rsvp rsvp

  • is hosting Friedrichshain Swing State Phonebanking 2020-09-14 12:21:02 -0400

    Friedrichshain Swing State Phonebanking

    Phonebanking helps voter turnout by calling members and reminding them to request & send back their ballots!

    Join our phone banking party and help us reach our goal of contacting all of our members voting from swing states. Meeting your neighbors in Friedrichshain, and work together to ensure fellow Americans living abroad are keeping an eye out for their ballots and sending them back right away!

    Phone banking is easy and straightforward. All you will need is your computer – **not a tablet**, **not a smartphone** – and headphones, if you have a set. At the beginning of each phone banking party we will have a training session, so newcomers are very welcome!

    RSVP

    Note: this is a phonebanking event at a member's home, please RSVP in advance so we can send you the address - and space is limited. You will need to bring your own computer and headset in order to attend.

    You can help out by sharing this event with your American friends and acquaintances in Berlin! As always, we welcome new faces, even if you’ve never attended a meeting or an event before.

    Hygiene & Safety

    Callers will respect the recommended 1.5 meter distance, and windows will be opened for ventilation. The number of participants is limited, so please only RSVP if you are definitely attending. The safety of our community members comes first.

    How to Sign Up To Phonebank

    Detailed instructions available here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking
     
     It just takes a few steps to start calling:
      - Log in at https://www.democratsabroad.org/login
      - Join the phone banking team volunteer team: https://www.democratsabroad.org/voter_support_team
      - You’ll get an email from support@callhub.io to activate your CallHub account and set a password
      - Review the training materials: https://www.democratsabroad.org/phonebanking#training
      - Get calling!

    WHEN
    September 27, 2020 at 3:30pm
    WHERE
    Member's Home in Friedrichshain
    Berlin 10245
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    1 rsvp rsvp

  • 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. 


  • is hosting Pankow Kiez: Standing Voter Assistance Hours 2020-08-20 08:03:36 -0400

    Pankow Kiez: Standing Voter Assistance Hours

    We're starting a weekly event every Tuesday in Pankow where you or any American you know can get a little help getting registered to vote. You can come to get the process started!

    I (Rebekah, Pankow Kiez captain) will be available for 2 hours to help with voting or just to talk Democrats Abroad or politics. Two Fellas is an American-owned craft brewery in Pankow. Draft beer is half off during happy hour, which is 6-7!

    You can help out by sharing this event with your American friends and acquaintances in Berlin! As always, all are welcome, even if you've never been to a meeting or an event before.

    WHEN
    October 06, 2020 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Two Fellas
    Mühlenstraße 30
    Berlin 13187
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • is hosting Pankow Kiez: Standing Voter Assistance Hours 2020-08-20 08:02:27 -0400

    Pankow Kiez: Standing Voter Assistance Hours

    We're starting a weekly event every Tuesday in Pankow where you or any American you know can get a little help getting registered to vote. You can come to get the process started!

    I (Rebekah, Pankow Kiez captain) will be available for 2 hours to help with voting or just to talk Democrats Abroad or politics. Two Fellas is an American-owned craft brewery in Pankow. Draft beer is half off during happy hour, which is 6-7!

    You can help out by sharing this event with your American friends and acquaintances in Berlin! As always, all are welcome, even if you've never been to a meeting or an event before.

    WHEN
    September 29, 2020 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Two Fellas
    Mühlenstraße 30
    Berlin 13187
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • is hosting Pankow Kiez: Standing Voter Assistance Hours 2020-08-20 08:01:15 -0400

    Pankow Kiez: Standing Voter Assistance Hours

    We're starting a weekly event every Tuesday in Pankow where you or any American you know can get a little help getting registered to vote. You can come to get the process started!

    I (Rebekah, Pankow Kiez captain) will be available for 2 hours to help with voting or just to talk Democrats Abroad or politics. Two Fellas is an American-owned craft brewery in Pankow. Draft beer is half off during happy hour, which is 6-7!

    You can help out by sharing this event with your American friends and acquaintances in Berlin! As always, all are welcome, even if you've never been to a meeting or an event before.

    WHEN
    September 22, 2020 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Two Fellas
    Mühlenstraße 30
    Berlin 13187
    Germany
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • 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!


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