MUNICH — (MunichNOW News) — We just received this update from Democrats Abroad Munich on their upcoming events in Munich and around Germany.
Happy New Year! This year, make a resolution to request your ballot from votefromabroad.org — and remind a fellow American to do the same. First primaries are in early March!
As we start a new year, we want to quickly reflect on where we’ve been and where we are going.
Looking back on 2017
While the news out of the US has often been grim this last year, in Germany we have seen a blossoming of local political action and involvement. Thank you to everyone for all the hours of sign-making, calling, marching and postcard writing — and let’s keep it up to show Trump and the Republicans that they will be held accountable. Here are just a few highlights:
- 1500 joined the Women’s March in January
- ‘Crashed’ VP Pence and Sen. McCain’s private dinner party at the Munich Security Conference
- Protested the Muslim Ban
- Welcomed Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg
- Joined 4000 at the March for Science
- Host 120 global Dems at Oktoberfest
- Welcomed Liz Jaff, DNC transition team member and expert in politics and data analytics
- Written hundreds of Congressional postcards
- Visited Congress, made calls, wrote postcards to switch to Residency-Based-Taxation
- Hosted global webinar with Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- And all the countless calls you make to your Members of Congress!
Looking ahead to 2018: Retake Congress
We know that real change comes from changing policies and laws. We have a real opportunity to flip the House blue in the November elections. From the local 2017 Elections and Alabama we have learned: Every. Vote. Counts. Every election, every state. We will be kicking off the Get out the Vote (GOTV) at the Women’s March to the Polls on 20 January. Come join us for a march, guest speakers and we will be helping you register to vote/request your ballot. Because we can do this!
10 January– Get out the Vote (GOTV) TRAINING and Women’s March Preparation Monthly Chapter Meeting
This month we are kicking off Get out the Vote 2018 — only 11 months to flip Congress blue! We will be training you on how to register people to vote and request ballots, and plan GOTV events. We will also be planning for the rally the following week. If you are interested in joining the training and our GOTV team, please email [email protected]
The training begins at 19:00 and goes until 21:00 but feel free to come early for dinner and drinks or stay later to chat and drink more!
NEW TEMPORARY LOCATION: Freimanner Wirtshaus, Karl-Köglsperger-Straße 17, 80939 München, U-Bahn: Kieferngarten (U6)
16 January- Political Pub Night, The Keg, 19:00
This month we will be prepping for the Women’s March! Join us for a beer and some good Democratic banter. We will be making a few signs and working on chants 😉
20 January — Women’s March to the Ballot Box! 14:00, Siegestor Geschwister-Scholl Platz, , Munich
Please note we have moved the rally to Saturday, 20 January to better align with sister marches in the USA.
One year later, we will be coming together to have our voices heard. Trump’s degradation of American values wasn’t right last year, and it’s not right this year. If you were one of the 1500 that joined us last January, you know how invigorating it was to have each other’s’ support. Come join us again for a rally and get out the vote effort! This year we will be joined by AAUPW, The Munich Feminist Project, MAPC to name a few. At the conclusion of the march our team will be working hard to register US citizens participating to request absentee ballots at the Ratskeller in Marienplatz.
Start Siegestor and proceed down Ludwigstr to Odeonsplatz and then on to Marienplatz.
Stay Tuned: February / March Resistance Art Tour
Watch our newsletters and Facebook page for information on an upcoming guided tour in the Pinakothek der Moderne. The tour will focus on how art speaks and acts against political regimes, with a special focus on the rise of National Socialism. This is a fundraiser for Get Out the Vote tech so that our voter assistance volunteers can be wireless and connected while registering Americans across Bavaria.
Join members of Democrats Abroad Germany in Hamburg in February to discuss our plans for 2018!
Every year Democrats Abroad Germany gathers in person to discuss issues back home and plan our activities for the coming year. With midterm election 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 give your input on the DAG political process. This year we will also dedicate time to discuss amendments to our bylaws to help improve DAG and make sure our country adapts to the changes of our organization.
There will also be a dinner on Saturday, February 24th with a special guest to speak to DAG. More details to come!
RSVP and find out more via this link: http://www.democratsabroad.org/emilyllines/dag_2018_annual_general_meeting_in_hamburg
22 April 2018 — SAS Half Marathon in Heidelberg
Democrats Abroad will be there raising money for election year and showing our Chapter solidarity! Respond to this email if you are interested in taking part.
Here are some more ways to get involved. Follow Democrats Abroad on Facebook for up-to-date actions you can take in response to events:
- 1 Coffee = 1 Voter: In 2016, we calculated that each Euro spent resulted in 3 new members/voters. Donating a ‘cup of coffee’ to DA each month allows us to budget for ads, printed materials, voting booths, signs and other items to get information out to more Americans in Germany. Any and all donations are appreciated – one time or monthly or quarterly. Here’s the bank info for the transfer. To make it a recurring donation, you would do a Dauerauftrag.
Account name: Democrats Abroad Germany
IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99
- Volunteer! The limit of our impact is only the limit of how many volunteers we have. If you want to donate your time or expertise, please write back to this email letting me know or update your DA profile at democratsabroad.org and be sure to check off “interested in volunteering” so that we can follow up with you.
Meghan Driscoll, Munich Chapter Chair and the rest of DAMIT