MUNICH — MunichNOW News — The days are getting longer and so is our agenda. This June, we not only kick of the Pride season, but commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Therefore, we’ve dedicated this month’s meeting on Wednesday, June 12th to taking a closer look at the LGBTQ+ community and how they have suffered under the Trump administration. We are delighted to announce that DNC member and DA LGBTQ+ Caucus Chair Martha McDevitt-Pugh will be joining us via Skype to speak at this event. We will also be holding a stand at Munich’s Christopher Street Day festival on Saturday, July 13th (more information below).
We have unfortunately repeatedly seen that women’s rights are also under attack across the United States which is why we’ve decided to hold a vigil on a woman’s right to choose on June 22nd.
A week later, we will also be hosting a watch party for the first Democratic primary debate on June 28th. We are hoping to find a host of candidates able to lead the U.S. into a better and brighter future – one that is worth celebrating with a pool party and potluck on the Fourth of July (in our case the 6th of July). So please take a look at our calendar below and see what fits your interests!
Wednesday, June 12th at 7:00pm
EineWeltHaus, Schwanthalerstr. 80, 80336 München
Honoring the 50th year anniversary of the Stonewall Riot (known as Christopher Street Day in Germany) come by and join us for a Skype call on LGBTQ+ issues with Martha McDevitt-Pugh, DNC member and global LGBTQ+ Caucus Chair for Democrats Abroad. She will be discussing the cause and impact of the riot, LGBTQ+ rights under Trump, and how we can support our own local community abroad in Germany.
Vigil on a Woman’s Right to Choose
Saturday, June 22th at 5:30pm
Across from the US Consulate, Königinstraße 5, 80539 München
In response to steps taken by certain state governments to limit women’s rights and build a basis for overturning Roe v. Wade, DA Munich invites all members to gather for a brief vigil in support of a woman’s right of choose on the private matter of abortion. Please bring along signs to show your solidarity and stand up for women!
Come along and watch the first two presidential primary debates which will have been previously held on the Wednesday and Thursday of that week. Comment and show support for your favorite candidate as the Democratic Party tries to establish who will run against the big T.
We will stream the debates from the previous nights, so bring your best primary pins and previous election gear as we officially start off into the primaries.
Fourth of July Pool Party & Potluck
Saturday, July 6th at 2:00pm
In Ebersberg, please RSVP for exact location
Celebrate the Fourth of July two days late with a pool party and potluck in Ebersberg. Drinks and dishware will be provided, but we ask that you bring along your favorite American side dish and meat/veggies for grilling. If the weather is nice, don’t forget your bathing suit for the pool! RSVP is required as this will take place at a member’s home. We look forward to enjoying the best parts of the US and having a fun afternoon together.
Stand at Christopher Street Day
Saturday, July 13th at 10:00am
Location still to be assigned
DA Munich has registered a stand at the city’s Christopher Street Day festival, and we are currently looking for volunteers to help out. Taking part in Pride festivities is always lots of fun for all involved so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in volunteering.
Currently, we are not planning to participate in the parade but should enough members (about a dozen) message us that they would like to march, we would try to put together a band of marchers and change our registration to include that.
News – DA Global Annual General Meeting in Washington, D.C.
German Delegation to Democrats Abroad Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.
The Global Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad (officially DPCA – Democratic Party Committee Abroad) took place in Washington, D.C. from May 17-19, and Germany was well represented with a total of 16 members! In addition to electing a new global executive committee and passing a 1 Person-1 Vote change to the DA charter, we became the second state party to endorse Medicare for All.
Following the meeting, many members went on a two-day “door knock” on Capitol Hill, visiting over 50 members of Congress to advocate for expat tax reform and the option for overseas voters to return their ballots by email. We also discussed the closure of US Citizen and Immigration Services offices abroad with lawmakers, which has resulted in lengthy delays for partners and children of Americans to obtain visas to enter the United States. It was a motivating experience to raise awareness about the problems we face as citizens living abroad and a reminder that Democrats Abroad is constantly trying to make change back home!
Lastly, preparations for the Global Presidential Primary and getting out the vote in 2020 are beginning now. If you’re looking for a way to get involved and restore democratic norms in the U.S., please take our volunteer survey.
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