Direct from the Chair of Democrats Abroad Munich:
The coming two months we have many ways to get involved, so I hope you will find something that interests you below. Before we get to that, we need to talk about the kids.
High schoolers, college students and people in their early 20s have taken the lead on two of our most pressing issues – DACA and gun control – and they can’t do it alone.
We all hope that the tragedy in Parkland will finally mark a watershed moment, driven by the young victims calling us to action. But we know that without us making our voice heard, getting out and voting, pressuring the gun lobby, that remote chance of sanity will forever stay remote.
Young people have taken the lead in standing up for their own rights beyond the gun control debate. So many undocumented youths have put their own lives on the line by coming forward and telling their story. We owe it to them to stand between them and ICE’s increasingly cruel, capricious and oppressive actions. So please, if you haven’t already –
- Call Congress at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to pass the Dream Act, and put in place sane gun laws.
- Make plans to join our March for Our Lives sister event (3.24) with thousands across the USA
- And, of course, request your ballot at votefromabroad.org!
Closer to (our) home, we had an amazing Annual General Meeting in Hamburg last weekend, joined by about 100 members of Democrats Abroad – Germany. This is a meeting open to everyone, so we would love to welcome you in 2019. The main themes this year were Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts for 2018, and our caucus groups (Women, LGBTI, Black, Veterans and Their Families, Progressive and Youth).
We are running phone banking campaigns calling around the world (no cost to you) to get out voters for special elections and get them to request ballots. It’s fun, and calling voters is THE most effective way to make sure people actually vote.
Josh Handelman, National Development Director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) flew over to speak with us about the work the DLCC does. Although he described the DLCC as the “struggling hipster label of the DNC,” in reality, they are the back engine of our growth in 2017. The DLCC finds and helps local candidates in state-level legislative races (think Danica Roem and all the other amazing Virginia delegates). You can learn about their candidates here: races.dlcc.org.
11 March, 12pm Annual Munich St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Münchner Freiheit (by the McDonalds), Meet at 11:45, Parade begins at 12. We are towards the end of the parade (#56)
Once again, DA will be marching in one of Europe’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade (outside of Ireland). This year we will be handing out votefromabroad cards and reminding Americans to vote and friends of Americans to encourage they vote. If you would like to march with DA let me know, all participants receive free vouchers for Guinness and snacks at the Post-parade party. Clever signs are always welcome.
We will be conducting voter assistance from 1-3 at San Franscisco Coffee House at Odeonsplz. Come by and we can help you and your friends request your ballots!
Come join us for our monthly meeting (and a bit of socializing afterwards). This month we will be looking at how we can engage in many of the debates raging in the US by telling our story- the story of Americans Abroad. Reaching out can motivate others living abroad to vote, to take action and might shed some light on issues domestically.
Additionally we will be discussing actions we can take to help stop the violence in the US by supporting gun control and Black Lives Matter (and the intersection between the two). We will also be planning for the upcoming marches.
The room listing is posted on the right hand side of the entrance as you walk in. As always feel free to pick up your drink at the pub and bring it up to the meeting. We will head back downstairs for more good ole political banter in the pub afterwards.
22 March– Phone Bank AND Sign making Party- Call a Fellow Expat Dem!
19:00 Location: RSVP via email, Facebook or our website for the address
Did you request your absentee ballot yet at votefromabroad.org? Want to help remind fellow DA members to do the same? We will be getting together to learn about how you request a ballot, and then call Democrats around the world. If you’ve done phone banking in the USA, this is very much not the same.
Everyone enjoys hearing an American voice on the other end of the line, and they appreciate the help. We will also be breaking out the markers to prepare for the March for Our Lives the following Saturday. Naturally, we will be generally chatting, enjoying a few drinks and snacks throughout.
Please bring a laptop (not an iPad) in order to use the call banking system.
We will be meeting at the home of a volunteer – therefore RSVP for directions.
24 March, March for Our Lives, 11:00-13:00
Visit the March For Our Lives website here
Across from US Consulate, Königinstraße, 80539 München, end at Max Josefsplatz
Across the United States, Americans will be marching on 24 March to have their voices heard that having weapons of war freely available is immoral, against the will of the people, and just nonsense. We say enough is enough after each mass shooting, but now we are at a point where the politics just might be shifting.
Have your voice heard by joining us as we march and sign a condolence wall to send to the victims of the Parkland shooting. Non-Americans are more than welcome at this affirmative event. If you are interested in volunteering, speaking or helping in other ways, please contact us! Get the word out!
Tweets by davidhogg111 We will be conducting voter assistance at the conclusion of the march. Please do stop by our voter assistance tables to request your absentee ballot.
Our Facebook page will have the most up-to-date information: https://www.facebook.com/events/689638081425440/
If you want to learn more about the US events: https://www.marchforourlives.com/
11 April, Annual Tax Session with Certified Tax Consultant Natalie Pollinger, EineWelt Haus, 19:00
Join us at our April meeting to hear a presentation from US Tax Consultant, Natalie Pollinger
Mrs. Pollinger is registered as an Enrolled Agent in the US. In the last 12 years Natalie worked for 8.5 years as a Senior Manager at PwC in New York and also in Luxembourg. Prior to that Natalie worked for Siemens and also for KPMG in New York and Munich as a tax consultant. Natalie is specialized in US income tax matters for US citizens and permanent residents (Greencard holders) living outside of the US and also foreign nationals living in the USA or with US connection. In addition she supports clients with tax advice for expatriate issues and individual tax planning. Please let us know if you will be joining us so we can ensure there is enough room for everyone.
14 April—March for Science, 9:30-12:00, Start: Königsplatz
We will be going as group to this year’s March for Science. Get those German language punny signs out! More details to come! Voter assistance will follow at the Rathaus Keller.
- 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