MUNICH — (MunichNOW News) — The first meeting of Democrats Abroad Munich following the inauguration of the new President on January 20 was a well-attended gathering with upwards of 30 people in attendance at the monthly meeting held at the Eine Welt Haus on the Schwanthaler Str.
The primary agenda was the election (or re-election) of the Chair, a short talk by DA International Chair Katie Solon, and a look at coming events in the Munich area.
Current chair, Meghan Driscoll, was re-elected by acclamation for her third term. She reminded the group of its primary responsibilities, first and foremost being overseas voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts, and second, advocating for the rights of overseas Americans everywhere.
The Political Action Now points for the group were to write, call, and leave voicemails for their Senators and Congressmen on these issues:
1. Senator Warren being reprimanded for reading a letter from Coretta Scott King during the hearings for Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.
2. The approval of the Dakota Pipeline
3. Special calls and attention to the Department of Homeland Security asking for the removal of Steve Bannon from the NSC
Katie Solon outlined the position of Democrats Abroad in light of the recent election, and recalled the early 2000’s as a similar time. “We were an opposition organization during the Bush years with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and those time can serve as model for where we are now”, she said.
The long term goal of the Democratic Party, Solon went on, is to focus on the 2018 mid-term elections, and especially the 2020 Presidential election. 2020 is particularly important as it is the next time redistricting, based on the census taken at that time, will take place. Gerrymandering of Congressional districts has given the GOP a lock on the House, mostly as a result of their effective use of redistricting following their success in the 2010 mid-terms.
“The good news”, Solon said, “is that more than a million overseas Americans voted, but the bad news is that is only about 20% of the eligible overseas voters!”
Coming: A MunichNOW Interview with DA International Chair Katie Solon
Monthly Meetings – 2nd Wednesday of every month, 7:00pm
EineWeltHaus, Schwantalerstr. 80
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Meghan Driscoll cheering on the Women’s March in Munich on January 21st! — munichFOTO