NCB April 2021 Newsletter

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Can you believe it is April 2021 already?  In our part of the world, we are still in partial lockdown and the weather is not quite spring like yet!  However, we look forward to new events, developments, and renewed energy for our Democrats Abroad Germany community.  We celebrated our new executive committee for 2021 to 2023 after national elections in March, and are busy with interesting events this month. April is also well known for Earth Day, and hopefully we will all think about and act to protect our environment! 

We are especially thrilled about hosting an online speaker event on April 22nd, with former Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak. Make sure to RSVP (details below).  In addition, there is some new caucus activity, most prominently the DAG AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Caucus.  There are several interesting things happening, so please check them out on our Events Page!

Speaking of the AAPI Caucus, we are excited to announce a special speakers event on May 7th, at 7 p.m. Our NCB Chapter will be co-sponsoring this event with the newly created Germany AAPI Caucus to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month in May and meet our amazing speakers, Andy Kang, Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Chicago, and Emily Lines, our dedicated, newly elected Vice Chair of DA Germany, and Global co-chair of the AAPI Caucus! There has been so much discrimination against and animosity toward Americans of Asian descent this past year, and we as a compassionate, Democratic community must always be supportive of each other. Andy and Emily will share their unique perspectives and work experiences.

To also have a bit of fun while celebrating AAPI Heritage Month, I will host a virtual Korean Cooking Program on Saturday, May 8th, at 5pm. Make sure to RSVP (details below). 

Finally, as NCB chapter Outreach Coordinator, I am committed to and excited about meeting more new people in our region, and ask for your help in reaching out to new members around our part of Germany. In particular, it would be fantastic to find more American students studying in Germany and to reach out to dual citizens, who are all eligible to vote in the U.S. Our chapter is also looking for new ways to connect with military families. We will keep striving to locate more Americans of all races and creeds. If you would like to help or connect, email me at [email protected]!

Stay healthy, safe and politically engaged!

Warmly, 
Saehee Chang
Outreach Coordinator
NCB Chapter, DA Germany

INTERVIEW WITH FORMER CONGRESSMAN BART STUPAK (MI-1)


THURSDAY, APR 22, 2021 at 19:30 via Zoom (RSVP for details)

North & Central Bavaria Chapter Chair Wayne Lempke will interview the former Democratic congressman from Michigan's 1st District, Bart Stupak. Stupak represented this vast rural district as a moderate Democrat from 1993-2011 and was instrumental in forging a compromise for passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as Obamacare.

Stupak is the author of For All Americans: The Dramatic Story Behind the Stupak Amendment and the Historic Passage of Obamacare

In addition to learning about Stupak's role in getting the ACA passed and other achievements of his 18 years in Congress, Lempke and Stupak will discuss the shift of this rural Michigan district, which Stupak once won by 40 points, to a district which Trump carried by 20 points. We hope to gain insight into what Democrats can do to win back these rural districts.

This event is presented in cooperation
with the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut in Nürnberg
and the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany.

 

A CONVERSATION WITH ASIAN AMERICAN LEADERS

FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 at 19:00 via Zoom (RSVP for details)

The DA Global AAPI caucus and the North and Central Bavaria Chapter will celebrate AAPI month with a conversation with:

Andy Kang,
Executive Director
Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Chicago

Emily Lines,
Global AAPI Caucus Co-Chair
DA Germany Vice-Chair

Join us for an educational discussion on AAPI issues and learn about the work we all need to do to support the AAPI community. We are excited to have an important conversation with these amazing AAPI leaders.

 

LET'S MAKE KOREAN STREET FOOD!

SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2021 at 17:00 via Zoom (RSVP for details)

Saehee Chang will share her passion for Korean Street Food and teach attendees to make savory green onion pancakes and spicy rice cakes!  Saehee is a longtime cooking instructor and kimchi maker from Milwaukee, now living in Nürnberg. All recipes are vegetarian.

Please RSVP! Details and recipes with an online link will be sent one week before class, after you register. Register no later than May 1.

The Global AAPI Caucus and DA Germany's NCB Chapter are excited to host this virtual Korean cooking class for all Democrats Abroad members to learn about Korean cooking, have fun, and celebrate our diverse Asian cultures.

Texas's 6th congressional district of the United States House of Representatives is in an area that includes Ellis and Navarro counties to the south and southeast of the Dallas/Fort Worth area plus the southeast corner of Tarrant County. 

The 2021 Texas's 6th congressional district special election will be held on May 1, 2021.

Texas's 6th congressional district's congressman Ron Wright (R-TX) died February 7, 2021 of COVID-19.

When congressional seats in Texas become vacant, the Governor calls a special election to fill the vacancy. The special election to fill Texas's 6th congressional district will take place on May 1, 2021.

The ballot request deadline is April 20, 2021!  

Request your ballot now at Vote from Abroad!

Spread the word!  If you don't vote in this district but know someone who does please remind them to request their ballot.

New Jersey will conduct a State Primary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

New Jersey voters abroad need to request a ballot each calendar year in which you wish to vote.

If you have questions about registration or whether your ballot has been received, you can contact your NJ Local Election Official.

New Mexico's 1st congressional district of the United States House of Representatives serves the central area of New Mexico, including most of Bernalillo County, all of Torrance County, and parts of Sandoval, Santa Fe and Valencia counties. It includes almost three-fourths of Albuquerque.

On December 17, 2020, President-elect Joe Biden (D) announced Rep. Debra Haaland (D-N.M.) as his nominee for secretary of the interior. The Senate confirmed Haaland on March 15, 2021, by a vote of 51-40.

A special election will be held on June 1, 2021, to fill the vacancy in the U.S. House created by Haaland's departure.

Ballot request deadline is May 18 for mail and May 25 for electronic.  All ballots must be received by June 1!

If you have further questions about registration you can contact your New Mexico Local Election Official.

Virginia will conduct a State Primary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Virginia voters abroad need to request a ballot each calendar year in which you wish to vote.

If you have questions about registration or whether your ballot has been received, you can contact your VA Local Election Official.

If you have not requested your ballot for 2021, 
please do so immediately at Vote from Abroad.

Due to the pandemic, Tax Day in the USA this year is May 17th. Since most of us still have April 15th in our head, we wanted to draw your attention to some events and resources that Democrats Abroad provides to assist you with the burden of US Taxes:

As we get closer to our tax filing deadline, keep an eye out for other tax-themed events!

Are you interested in advocating for your home state or a state you want to support? Do you want to help improve voting rights for citizens abroad and back home? Would you like to build strong connections to local organizers? Are you concerned about what's going on in state legislatures? 

Then come out and learn about the State Outreach Teams project and see how you can get involved!

Several states already have teams forming - we will be introducing initiatives for voters abroad from Texas, Arizona, Georgia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and hope to find volunteers willing to start up groups for other states. We will share strategies and information on how to help keep or turn these states blue and what you can do from Germany. There are many different ways to get involved!

Hope to see you APR 25 at 3PM!

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