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    2020 DA Germany Annual General Meeting

    **Registration is now closed - please contact events@democratsabroad.de for any questions concerning registration**

    2020 is going to be a pivotal year for the future of American democracy. At Democrats Abroad Germany, we remain committed to mobilizing the over 100,000 Americans in Germany to restore respect, dignity, and integrity to our nation’s highest offices.

    Getting Republicans out and Democrats in next year, however, is going to be a collective effort. It’s going to require us to work together nationwide like never before, keeping our eyes set on one main goal: getting each and every American in Germany to vote.

    As 2020 approaches, we would thus like to cordially invite you to join us in our efforts by attending the 2020 Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Germany focusing on "Getting Out the Vote - At Home and Abroad" from Friday, January 24 to Sunday, January 26 at the Literaturhaus München (Salvatorplatz 1, 80333 Munich).

    A great series of events are planned to help us – Democrats across Germany – connect and discuss our voter outreach efforts in 2020. These events are outlined in our tentative

    Schedule - Full agenda here (updated January 13)

    • On Friday, January 24, we’ll hear from the Women’s Caucus, which has put together a fantastic panel and performance centered around the topic “Don’t Get Mad, Get Even – Electing People Who Will Create Balance” (17:00-19:30). The first evening will come to a close with a welcome cocktail reception where we can connect with each other over drinks (starting at 19:00).
    • On Saturday, January 25, the main meeting focused on “Getting Out the Vote – At Home and Abroad” will be held (9:00-18:00). We will begin with an introduction to our organization and briefly highlight our activities across Germany over the past year. Our full attention will then be directed at how we can work together nationwide to get out the vote in 2020. In the afternoon, we'll hear from our caucuses as well as several presidential campaigns about why we need to vote in 2020. Representatives from the Biden, Buttigieg, Patrick, Sanders, and Steyer campaigns are expected, and we are awaiting confirmation from other presidential campaigns in the coming week. As we are committed to neutrality throughout the primaries, all Democratic presidential candidates' campaigns have been invited to join. We will round off the main meeting by reviewing our organization’s bylaws as well as vote on any suggested changes to them (for more on submitted suggested amendments, please scroll to the end of the page). Following the meeting, we’ll gather for a three-course gala dinner at the nearby restaurant Zum Franziskaner and hear from David Shor, an Obama-campaign-trained data analyst who is heavily involved in the stats behind the 2020 election (19:30-22:00).

    Guest speaker bio: David Shor is responsible for research and development of political consulting practices at Civis Analytics. He is often described as the Nate Silver of the Democratic National Committee. Civis Analytics was founded by alumni of Obama's 2012 re-election campaign's analytics department, which was pioneering in their use of analytics and statistical modeling in winning elections. Civis's political practice works with political clients ranging from large scale political committees to advocacy groups to nearly every major Democratic 2020 presidential campaign, helping decision makers answer strategic questions around messaging and resource allocation. Prior to being part of the founding team at Civis, David worked on the Obama 2012 campaign, specializing in survey methodology and time series modeling.

    • On Sunday, January 26, we want to make sure that those from out of town have some time to see the city and have scheduled a walking tour of Munich (11:00-12:30). Following the tour, everyone is welcome to join us at the tasty restaurant CADU for a farewell luncheon that will leave us invigorated for the election season ahead (13:00-15:00).

    Register today for this exciting weekend with passionate and inspiring Democrats from across Germany!

    Registration has been extended until January 19, 2020. Payment must be received by January 21, 2020.

    Cost

    To attend the meeting, we are asking for a donation of 10€ for the Women’s Caucus event and 35€ for the main meeting on Saturday. The cost for meals and coffee breaks are as follows:

    • Saturday lunch: 20€
    • Saturday coffee breaks (includes two): 10€
    • Saturday gala dinner (three-course meal): 40€ 

    Under the rules of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad, a fee for attending the meeting is not allowed. However, we kindly ask for a donation to cover use of the Literaturhaus München, technical equipment, copies, and supplies. We ask that you donate this amount to cover the expenses of hosting the meeting and avoid drawing down the DA Germany treasury, which is devoted to getting out the vote. Participants do have to pay for meals and coffee breaks.

    Stipends for Attending

    DA Germany understands the accompanying financial cost of attending the Annual General Meeting. To ensure as many members are able to attend as possible, DA Germany offered eight stipends. The deadline to apply was Saturday, November 30, and applications are no longer being accepted. Applicants have been notified about the status of their application. 

    Accommodation

    Homestays will be available thanks to DA Germany members in the Munich area. If you are interested in having a homestay, please complete the following survey so that we can make sure you are matched with an appropriate host: “need a homestay” survey. As soon as a homestay has been found, you will be contacted via email.

    For those in Munich who would be willing to host another member of DA Germany, please fill out this survey to sign up as a host: “homestay host” survey.

    If you would prefer to stay in a hotel, the Munich Chapter has compiled a list of hotels, which include several hotels offering us a discounted rate.

    We hope that you will join us for this weekend geared at bringing Democrats together and energizing us for the momentous 2020 election season. On behalf of the entire volunteer team already at work planning the meeting, we say:

     

    Suggested Changes to DA Germany Bylaws 

    The following suggested changes were submitted by the December 31, 2019, deadline, and are currently up for review by all members of DA Germany. Changed text has been italicized. A vote on these changes will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the AGM in Munich. The current DA Germany bylaws, which were last amended in 2018, can be accessed here

    Section 3.4

    Proposed by Quaide Williams

    Discrimination in the conduct of the affairs of DA Germany on the basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, philosophical persuasion, or physical disability shall be prohibited. 

    Section 4.4

    Proposed by Quaide Williams (as to bring DA Germany bylaws into compliance with the Democratic Party Committee Abroad's bylaws, which were amended in May 2019 in Washington, D.C.)

    No Officer or elected member of the Executive Committee may serve three full terms in an office consecutively unless there are no other candidates, except for the position of DPCA Voting Representative for which no term limits shall apply as per the DPCA Charter.

    WHEN
    January 24, 2020 at 12pm - January 26, 2020 at 12pm
    WHERE
    Literaturhaus München
    Salvatorplatz 1
    Munich 80333
    Germany
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    Democrats Abroad Spain - 70 Donors for 2020

    In honor of my 70th Birthday, we are looking for 70 generous donors from Spain to help us kick-start our 2020 Get Out the Vote Campaign.

    The fundraiser is an online donation limited to US citizens.  If you could kick in $10-$70 it would go a long way to assuring a massive turnout in 2020. And a massive turnout means a Democratic victory!

    The work we do here in Spain in getting Americans to vote has been a huge success. 2018 was a blowout for us with 76% of our active members requesting an absentee ballot. And globally, the turnout in the 2018 midterms was three times higher than in 2014. That is an amazing increase.  Much of that can be directly attributed to Democrats Abroad and the investments  we made in getting out the vote.  From phone calls to social media advertising to our sponsored website www.votefromabroad.org, our actions made the difference.  And these investments were only made possible by contributions from our donors, both big and small (big is better, by the way). So please help us out and be one of the 70!

    We're going to make a difference in 2020, when the stakes are even higher.  But the problem is that millions of overseas Americans still don't vote. We can change that, but we need your support. So please donate what you can, whether it is $10 - or $70 (remember my birthday) - or more!

    The votes from overseas voters are often the margin of victory for races that are decided by less that 1%. In 2016 the Democrats captured the Senate seat of Maggie Hassan NH by the margin of votes that came in from overseas. That was replicated in 2018 for many House seats.  We can do it again - with your help.

    Thanks so much for your support!

    Jim Mercereau

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    Running For Democracy

    Thanks for supporting Democrats Abroad at the Running for Democracy event.
    The race is over and you should have received an email telling how your runners did - and what your donation amount should be. 
    If the amount matches one of the boxes on the left, just click on that box and then complete your donation information. If it doesn't match one of the boxes, then enter the amount in to the "Other" box and complete your donation information. 
    By sponsoring our Running for Democracy event, you are helping Democrats Abroad finance our very important GOTV efforts for the 2020 Election. So feel free to donate a larger amount than what you pledged. It WILL make a difference!
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  • Democrats Abroad South Africa (DAZA) is alive in Cape Town!

    An informal group of Americans gathered over coffee on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon on the V&A Waterfront, under the gaze of Table Mountain, to chat about the American situation.

    DAZA Cape Town is back!

    Frustrated watching political scandals from afar, concerned men and women expressed their thoughts and feelings about needing to be heard and share with like-minded friends.

    We discussed the possibilities and methods to vote from South Africa, where Americans may be located, and how to find them to let them know they can vote. There was discussion of parties and events, perhaps in collaboration with one of the local universities!

    The group in Cape Town will organize informal gatherings for people who are interested to share ideas and discuss ways to get people registered, and ultimately to vote. DAZA Cape Town will advise prospective voters about the VoteFromAbroad.org website in time for them to cast their ballots next year.

    We will be able to answer queries about state-specific voting regulations and engage in the polls, from the primaries to the crucial November 2020 election.

    A platform for Americans in Cape Town has been established.
    Are you interested in joining this group of Americans dedicated to positive change?
    Will you attend a gathering in Cape Town (or Joburg)?
    We want to hear your ideas!

    Connect with DAZA  http://www.democratsabroad.org/za


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  • Exceptional efforts in Luxembourg for the critical 2018 elections

    As your Executive Committee planned for 2018, we knew that Democrats Abroad would put an unprecedented effort into the 2018 midterms -- it was already clear that American values were at stake. As remarkable Democratic candidates emerged all over the USA, we found enthusiasm from Americans all over Luxembourg.

    Our in-person support for voters went later than ever, with our final voter pavilion on the Grand Rue on October 21st. We helped dozens of Americans request or return their absentee ballots at "the last minute." In fact, our volunteers kept helping voters worldwide by phonebanking and advising voters through today!


  • Rentrée for American Voters: a busy week in September


    Democrats Abroad Luxembourg reached more than 100 Americans living in Luxembourg in early September, with three voter-oriented events over four days. First up was the Welcome Back festival at ISL, where super-volunteer Mark gave non-partisan support for voters requesting their ballots for the midterms while Executive Committee members Natalie and Will talked about Democrats Abroad.

    Our well-attended Second Tuesday gathering was another chance to help members and newcomers request their ballots. Our battery-powered printer -- generously provided by the donations of our members -- let us create the forms while we enjoyed the warm evening on Bosso's terrace.

    On Wednesday, Mark and Will helped dozens of American students spending their fall semester in Luxembourg. The students had some complicated questions about what address to use and how to return their ballots. We were well-prepared by the global Study Abroad and global GOTV teams!

    It's a short season for reaching voters in time to get their ballots easily! If your workplace or club has Americans, we'll happily give a short presentation or staff a small booth where we can answer questions and ensure that they get their ballots. You can always send them to our online tool, http://www.votefromabroad.org/


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    Youth Caucus Signup

    The Youth Caucus of Democrats Abroad is committed to generating awareness of the concerns of young Americans and the challenges they face for the purpose of informing party policy-making and improving party outreach and organizing. The Youth Caucus will provide a platform for young Democrats abroad - those who are and those who seek to become politically active - to engage in and lead on issues and campaigns important to them.

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The Youth Caucus will be “youth-led” but open to those of all ages who support these central aims.

    The Youth Caucus will/proposes to:

    • Build political engagement by young Americans Democrats abroad. Initiatives will make young Americans abroad aware of:  voter registration and voting from abroad; issue education, advocacy and activism, especially youth-led and youth-related;  candidates and campaigns, especially those of young Democrats;  US political and election organizing from abroad; and overseas and domestic youth networks, contacts and resources.
    • Sponsor issue-focused Working Groups: The Caucus will engage young Democrats abroad in issues advocacy by inviting them to join teams studying particular issues (eg Environmental Sustainability Working Group) and developing and coordinating youth-led advocacy activities and campaigns.
    • Establish web-based communication channels for on-going youth outreach: A Youth Caucus Blog on the Democrats Abroad Youth Caucus webpage will provide continuous access to the work of the Youth Caucus and facilitate participation by members globally.
    • Work online. Membership will not be constrained by physical location. All general meetings, campaigns, fundraisers etc. will be conducted online via Skype, Social Media, Email, and Online Markets.
    • Encourage caucus members to organize live local events and gatherings for political education and outreach, issues advocacy or socializing.
    • Be youth-led, with a leadership team made up of volunteers from around the world aged between 18 and 35.
    • Engage with US-based Young Democrats or College Democrats groups to share information, advice, intelligence and ideas, build networks and to cross-promote each other.
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  • Proudly supporting the April 22 March for Science in Luxembourg

    Democrats Abroad Luxembourg is very proud to announce that we are promoting and supporting a local March for Science coordinated with hundreds of other marches and events all over the United States and the world.

    Follow the event and indicate your willingness to stand with us here:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/651825821669460/

    On April 22, we will stand together with millions around the world to say that the common good of humanity depends on defending critical thinking and the free exchange of ideas. The global Women's March organization has designated this an official successor to their own marches in January.

    Please spread the word (and social media links) among friends and family -- American or not -- and scientists and women and anyone else who wants a better world. Watch your email for DA-specific events to make placards and posters the week before the march. If you'd like to volunteer to support the march or you know a group that would like to participate, please contact the main organization.


  • DA-Luxembourg introduces newly elected Executive Committee

    The members of Democrats Abroad Luxembourg elected officers and other leadership positions at our Annual General Meeting on 14 March 2017. The new Executive Committee is responsible for the work of the U.S. Democratic Party in Luxembourg, for enhancing the voices of its members in U.S. politics, and for advocating on issues of concern to Americans living abroad.

    Democrats Abroad Luxembourg announces the following elected leaders:

    • Chair: Will Bakker
    • Vice-Chair: Eva Moynihan
    • Secretary: Morgana Barbknecht
    • Treasurer: Roger Behrend
    • Legal Counsel: Susan Alexander
    • Member-at-Large: Timothy Lone
    • Member-at-Large: Natalie Bachiri
    • DPCA Non-voting Representative: Vicki Hansen

    With global concern focusing on the Trump administration and the Republican Congress, DA-Luxembourg seeks to be the point of contact for Americans living in Luxembourg to engage more actively with civic and governmental events in the United States. Interested individuals, groups, and press are invited to contact DA-Luxembourg at luxembourg@democratsabroad.org