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  • Wed Aug 17, 2016: August Political Pub Night

4th of July Picnic 2016

20160703_DA_7064We had a great turnout for our potluck picnic on July 3. Michael Steltzer provided us with a difficult quiz on past conventions.  The competition was fierce between the many imaginatively named groups. Click here for more photos

July Meeting — LGBT Rights

Join Democrats Abroad Berlin for our July monthly meeting at 7:30pm on the first Tuesday of the month: July 5, 2016.

This meeting, as part of LGBT Pride month in the U.S. and CSD (Christopher Street Day) season in Europe, we’ll be talking about LGBT rights in Germany, Europe, and the U.S. We’ll have two speakers from the German Greens who will present, and then a moderated discussion.

As always, you’ll find us upstairs at Max & Moritz in Kreuzberg on Oranienstr. 162, 10969 Berlin

Agenda

  • Democrats Abroad chapter announcements
  • LGBT rights presentation by special guests from die Grünen
    • Jens Parker & Stefan Goehlert
  • Moderated discussion
  • Member announcements

Looking forward to seeing you there! It’s not required, but please RSVP or help out by sharing this event on Facebook.

Get Out The Vote Kiez Captains

The highest concentration of Americans in Germany can be found in Berlin. Estimates vary, as many move to Berlin for just short periods of time, and those with dual citizenship are not registered as Americans. But, in all, some 18,000 eligible American voters live in the capital city. At Democrats Abroad, we are working to register as many of them to vote in the upcoming election as possible. But first we have to find them.

Berliners are creatures of their Kiez habitats. The Kiez refers to a small community within a neighborhood. Berliners report being sooner willing to move abroad than relocate to a new Kiez. So this year, we at Democrats Abroad – Berlin have launched a new initiative: the GOTV Kiez Captain (or Kiez Käpitan, for the alliteratively inclined). Our goal is to make sure that in the months ahead, we cover as much geographic territory as possible. We think our Kiez Captains can help make this possible.

What does a Kiez Captain do?

  • Identify three “lit drop” locations. These can be bars, cafes, stores, cultural centers, etc. Anywhere you know Americans like to go, and which gets good foot traffic. We’ll provide you with Vote From Abroad business cards that list the steps necessary to register to vote. Check in periodically to see if more cards are necessary.
  • Identify and organize one GOTV registration booth in your Kiez. Perhaps there’s a street fest or a farmer’s market that you enjoy going to? We’ll provide training, materials and help identify volunteers.

Where we need people

We’ve got Zehlendorf as well as parts of Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg, and Wilmersdorf. If you’re interested in becoming a Kiez Captain, sign up on this list. If you don’t see your Kiez, email us at gotvBerlin2016@gmail.com

As we near the campaign, we’ll also be launching phone-banks to ensure that everyone in our database is registered to vote, and to urge them to vote for Democratic candidates in the upcoming election. If you would like to get involved with phone banking, please email us at gotvBerlin2016@gmail.com.

Independence Day Potluck — Tempelhof


✯ sparklers ✯ family ✯ friends ✯ beer ✯ food ✯ games ✯

Join Democrats Abroad in Berlin for this most American of celebrations on July 3, 2016 from 12-5pm at Tempelhofer Feld.

Bring your own water, whatever you’d like to eat and a blanket for sitting on the grass, or some folding chairs if you prefer. We’ll provide some shade for everyone so we don’t roast too much, if it’s hot. Due to logistical reasons, we will not have a BBQ option.

We’ll have beer from Berlin-based Stone Brewing and wine (for a donation) to keep you cool and save you from having to walk too far for a cold one. Come early before it’s all gone!

We’ll also need help from a few volunteers to handle refreshments/donations, voter registration, as well as setup and breakdown. Sign up here to give us a hand for a few hours: https://www.volunteersignup.org/LAH3X

All donations support our continued outreach and Get Out The Vote work here in the Berlin Chapter of Democrats Abroad.

It’s not required, but please help spread the word by RSVPing for this event and sharing it on Facebook.

We’ll be celebrating in true American style and look forward to seeing you there!

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June Political Pub Night – Prater

Biergarten season continues with June’s pub night in Prenzlauer Berg! Join us for some summer chatter, political discussion, or just a beer under the stars.

You’ll find us at Prater, a lively biergarten just a short walk from U2 Eberswalder Strasse.

It’s not required, but you can help out by RSVPing and sharing the event on Facebook.

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June Meeting featuring GOTV — Democrats Abroad Berlin

Join Democrats Abroad Berlin for at our monthly meeting at 7:30pm on the first Tuesday of the month: June 7, 2016.


Thanks everyone for their engagement, volunteering, and support in making the Global Convention in Berlin a huge success!

This meeting, we’ll be talking about GOTV best practices, as well as specific GOTV efforts here in Berlin, including booths, phone banking, texting, and other forms of outreach to make sure we register as many American Berliners to vote as possible. Bring your experiences to share with the group, and sign up for GOTV volunteer opportunities.

As always, you’ll find us upstairs at Max & Moritz in Kreuzberg on Oranienstr. 162, 10969 Berlin

Agenda

  • Wrap up of Global Convention – big thank yous to everyone!
  • Get Out The Vote info session & discussion faciliated by Eeva Moore
  • Upcoming summer event announcements

Looking forward to seeing you there!

It’s not required, but you can help out by RSVPing and sharing the event on Facebook.

May Political Pub Night – Zollpackhof

Enjoy the summer Biergarten weather with your fellow Democrats and friends. This May we’re at Zollpackhof, near Hauptbahnhof (too many transit options to list) with a view of the Bundeskanzleramt.

Bring friends and left-leaning folks interested in drinking a beer in Berlin’s best season with Berlin’s best people! We’re looking forward to seeing you all.

It’s not required, but you can help out by RSVPing and sharing the event on Facebook or Meetup.

Restaurant und Biergarten Zollpackhof
Elisabeth-Abegg-Straße 1
Berlin 10557

April 30th: Volunteer Mixer & Info Session

The Democrats Abroad Global Convention in Berlin is almost upon us. Hundreds of Democrats from around the world are coming, and we need your help!

Come by Gneisenaustr. 52 (U7 Südstern) on Saturday, April 30th for our volunteer mixer / info session. Bring a friend, grab a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, and hang out with other past, present, and future volunteers.

We’ll have a brief info session at 4pm, where we’ll go over the details and sign up for shifts.

If you’ve got one hour to help with registration, an afternoon to staff our Berlin info desk, or can host a fellow Democrat on your couch or air mattress, all levels of commitment are welcome! We’ll need your help between May 12th and 15th.

Even if you can’t help at the global convention, there’s lots of other ways to get involved with Democrats Abroad: voter registration, event planning, young Democrats, fundraising, you name it. If you’ve got ideas, come and share them.

Please RSVP for the mixer/info session on democratsabroad.org, Meetup, or on Facebook.

April Meeting — Democrats Abroad Berlin

Join Democrats Abroad Berlin for our April monthly meeting at 7:30pm on the first Tuesday of the month: April 5, 2016.

Thanks everyone for their engagement, volunteering, and support in making our Global Primary in Berlin a success.

As always, you’ll find us upstairs at Max & Moritz in Kreuzberg on Oranienstr. 162, 10969 Berlin

AGENDA

  • Global Presidential Primary
    • Results
    • Wrap-up
  • Democrats Abroad Global Meeting in Berlin in May
    • organizing
    • team needs
    • volunteers
    • and more!

It’s not required, but you can help out by RSVPing and sharing the event on Facebook or Meetup.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Democrats Abroad Global Primary at ICD a Great Success

20160306_DAprimary_3734Former Chapter Chair Nancy Green with present Chair Gwendolyn Lynch-Hirsch and Mark C. Donfried, Director of the ICD.  Click here or on photo for more photos.

March Meeting — Democrats Abroad Berlin

Join Democrats Abroad Berlin for our March monthly meeting at 7:30pm on the first Tuesday of the month: March 1, 2016. As always, you’ll find us upstairs at Max & Moritz in Kreuzberg on Oranienstr. 162, 10969 Berlin

Global Presidential Primary – Vote in person, per fax, email or post

BerlinVotingCenterMark your calenders and save the date for the Global Presidential Primary.  This is your chance to make a choice and choose the Democratic Presidential candidate of your choice.  Come to the Polling Station Berlin of Democrats Abroad and make your mark!

And have a great time doing it!  We have a great program lined up for you at the ICD Berlin, Genthiner Str. 20, 10785 Berlin on March 6th, 2016 from 5 – 7 PM.

You can also request your ballot and respective instructions online at democratsabroad.org/gpp .

You must be an American citizen an 18 years of age by Election Day, the 8th of November 2016.

Come and vote for your favorite presidential candidate

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February Political Pub Night — Eschenbräu

Happy 2016! February’s political pub night is on February 17, 2016. We’ll be checking out Hausbrauerei Eschenbräu in Wedding (Triftstr. 67, 13353 Berlin).Hausbraurei Eschenbräu

It’s a great local brewery with their own brews on tap and good German food near Leopoldplatz. 

Bring friends and liberal-leaning folks interested in drinking a beer with Berlin’s best political group! We’re looking forward to seeing you all starting at 7:30pm.

It’s not required, but you can help out by RSVPing and sharing the event on Facebook or Meetup.

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Volunteer Training on Feb 2nd: Voter Registration & Global Presidential Primary

Calling all volunteers! If you’re interested in working on getting out the vote this election year and supporting the Global Presidential Primary, join Democrats Abroad Berlin at our first volunteer training of the 2016 election cycle.

Date: February 2nd, 2016
Time: 6-7pm (right before our regular February meeting).
Location: Max and Moritz (upstairs), Oranienstr. 162, 10969 Berlin

During the training we will go over the two most important tools for Democrats Abroad’s voter registration drives: registering members on democratsabroad.org and voters with votefromabroad.org

Know other people interested in getting involved? RSVP and share the volunteer training info on Facebook and Meetup.

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February Meeting — Democrats Abroad Berlin

Join Democrats Abroad Berlin for our February monthly meeting at 7:30pm on the first Tuesday of the month: February 2, 2016. As always, you’ll find us upstairs at Max & Moritz in Kreuzberg on Oranienstr. 162, 10969 Berlin

It’s not required, but you can help out by RSVPing and sharing the event on Facebook or Meetup.

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January Meeting — Democrats Abroad Berlin

Join Democrats Abroad Berlin for our first meeting of 2016 at 7pm on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. As always, you’ll find us upstairs at Max & Moritz in Kreuzberg on Oranienstr. 162, 10969 Berlin

It’s not required, but you can help out by RSVPing and sharing the event on Facebook or Meetup.

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January Political Pub Night – Red Berlin in ICD

Happy 2016! For the first pub night of the year on January 20, 2016, we’re checking out RED Berlin at the ICD House of Arts & Culture (Genthiner Straße 20, 10785 Berlin). 11722209_1608049446141189_7596760649746330018_o

It’s the future location of the Berlin Global Primary in March! Red Berlin is an excellent spot with food and drinks on Magdeburg Platz, a little bit south of Tiergarten and Landwehrkanal.

Bring friends and liberal-leaning folks interested in drinking a beer with Berlin’s best political group! We’re looking forward to seeing you all starting at 7:30pm.

It’s not required, but you can help out by RSVPing and sharing the event on Facebook or Meetup.

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Wine Tasting Fundraiser on November 6, 2015

Email RSVP/advance ticket required: dag-berlin@democratsabroad.org

Democrats Abroad Berlin, along with American-owned WeinPlatz in Mitte, will be hosting a very special evening on November 6, 2015 (7:30-10:30pm).

Enjoy a wine course with tastings from around Europe and some fun wine-related games. Along the way, we’ll learn about some of the history, geography, geology, and ampelography of wine in each country as well as how to read those seemingly willfully-obtuse labels that the old world specializes in!

November Democrats Abroad Berlin Meeting

Join us for the monthly meeting of Democrats Abroad Berlin on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. As always, you’ll find us upstairs at Max & Moritz on Oranienstr 162, 10969 Berlin. Mix & mingle at 7pm, we’ll kick off promptly at 7:30pm

It’s not required, but you can help out by RSVPing and sharing the event on Facebook or Meetup.

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In Memoriam David MacBryde – Funeral, Eulogy and Special Evening

11219220_10153624856834730_5571544070731229774_nDavid MacBryde, long an active member of DA, died of pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, September 9. His widow Sabine has sent this invitation to David’s funeral on Wednesday September 30, at 10:30 in the morning in the chapel of the Friedrichwerderschen Friedhof, Bergmannsgtr. 42-44 in Kreuzberg.
The next day, Thursday, October 1 at 20:00 American Voices Abroad will dedicate its regular Stammtisch to David – we’ll look at photos and reminisce. All friends of David are welcome. The AVA-Berlin  Stammtisch meets at Café X-Zeit at Welserstr. 10-12 10777 Berlin.


Eulogy for David MacBryde by Michael Steltzer on behalf of Democrats Abroad Berlin spoken in German at his funeral on September 30th, 2015

My dear friend David

We have known each other for the past 14 years through “Democrats Abroad” in Berlin, the organization of American Democrats living abroad. A close friendship has developed out of that relationship. It results were many common projects that we developed and followed through on.

One of the ideas was to create a large eye-catching kite for the reelection of President Barack Obama. This kite was designed, sewn and assembled by you, your dear Sabine and myself. Not only was it displayed and flown in Berlin but also in Washington DC above the Capitol building of the US Congress. (more…)

In Memoriam: David MacBryde

Democrats Abroad Berlin has lost one of our most beloved and dedicated members. David MacBryde passed away peacefully on Wednesday night, after a long illness. Even as his health declined, he continued to inspire all of us as he remained cheerful, optimistic and politically engaged. Those close to Dave have been truly fortunate to know his warm friendship, wisdom, support and joyful spirit. We offer our sincerest condolences to his wife Sabine, his sister Gretchen and their loved ones.
As we mourn the loss of our dear friend, we are comforted to know his legacy walks with us as we continue to work together to create the more peaceful and compassionate world he envisioned.

 

Dave at dinner (no hat)

September Political Pub Night – Loretta am Wannsee

Welcome back from summer break! School’s back in session and so is Democrats Abroad. The political season is heating up, so join in to catch up on the latest primary developments, political discussion, or just a beer under the stars.

Loretta am Wannsee (wetravel24.de)On Wednesday September 16, 2015 starting at 7pm, you’ll find us at Loretta am Wannsee, a biergarten just a hop, skip and a jump from S-Wannsee (S1, S7). Weather permitting (and the forecast said it should), we’ll be outside — if not, look inside.

Bring friends and liberal-leaning folks interested in drinking a beer with Berlin’s best political! We’re looking forward to seeing you all.

It’s not required, but help us find new members by RSVPing and sharing the event on Facebook or Meetup.

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Berlin Young Dems watch Sunday Night NFL Football

Are you ready for some football??? There are a record 7 games to choose from that are showing at a reasonable hour for football fans, so break out your team colors and come join us at Salamas Bar (Niederbarnimstraße 24, 10247 Berlin) in Friedrichshain.

NFLThe following teams are playing:

  • New York Jets : Cleveland Browns
  • Houston Texans : Kansas City Chiefs
  • Buffalo Bills : Indianapolis Colts
  • Chicago Bears : Green Bay Packers
  • Washington Redskins : Miami Dolphins
  • St. Louis Rams : Seattle Seahawks
  • Jacksonville Jaguars : Carolina Panthers

We will be there early, starting around 6:30pm, so feel free to come early to get a good spot. Not required, but feel free to RSVP and share on Facebook and Meetup.com

Young Dems Happy Hour

Join us for an end of the summer happy hour to soak up some sun and beer! Whether it’s to relax after a long day at work, or the first stop on a long night of partying in Berlin, it’s a great way to kick off the weekend. We won’t be able to reserve a table, so skedaddle out of work on time and help save a spot.

Save the date in your calendar: Friday August 28, 2015 at 7pm (or earlier if you can!). Prater Biergarten is a gorgeous Biergarten in Prenzlauer Berg, very close to U Eberswalder Strasse (U2, M1, M10, 12), about a 15 minute walk from U+S Schönhauser Allee (Ringbahn, S8, S9) or also 15 minutes from U Bernauer Strasse (U8).

We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone at the Young Dems happy hour this year! Bring a friend, and RSVP on Facebook and Meetup to help spread the word!

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August Political Pub Night – Schleusenkrug in Tiergarten

While we’re on our usual “summer break” (no regular monthly meeting in August), pub night is still on! Join us for some vacation chatter, political discussion, or just a beer under the stars.

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 7pm, you’ll find us again at Schleusenkrug, a popular and welcoming Biergarten just a short walk from either S-Tiergarten (S5, S7, S75) or S+U Zoologischer Garten (S5, S7, S75, U2, U9, as well as several regional train lines). Weather permitting, we’ll be outside — if not, look under the umbrellas or inside.

 

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Treasury Update for August 2015

At our board meeting today, we got an update from Liliane, our treasurer, on the latest accounting of the Berlin chapter’s finances.

After totaling up the donations and expenses from the last few months (in particular for our LGBT Stadtfest booth and 4th of July BBQ), our grand total in the “Yes We Can” is

289.05 €

This includes 46.92 € in donations from our July meeting and a sale of a t-shirt.

Thanks for your support, both financial and otherwise. We hope to start giving more regular and transaprent updates on how your contributions, fundraising, and volunteer efforts are support Democrats Abroad in Berlin!

Events This Week: Young Dems English Comedy Night & 6th Annual QBT BBQ

Join us for this year’s FIRST Young Dems in Berlin event this year! On Thursday evening (July 23rd 2015), we’ll head over to Griessmühle (Sonnenallee 221) for Baum Haus Comedy Open Air’s English language night.

We’ll be meeting up at 6:45pm at S-Bahn Sonnenallee exit on Sonnenallee. At 7:00pm, we will all head to Griessmuehle together to make sure we get good seats! If you can’t come until later feel free to find us directly at Griessmuehle.

You can buy tickets in advance, but also at the venue (6 Euros). It’s not required, but you can RSVP on Facebook and Meetup so we can know how many people to expect and to coordinate any changes/updates!


Our friends at QBT (Queer Beer Thursday) are having their 6th annual OMG WTF BBQ starting from 3pm this Saturday (July 25th 2015) at Volkspark Friedrichshain next to Märchenbrunnen. Bring your own food and drink, anything you can share is highly encouraged! More details on the Facebook event.

July Political Pub Night – Zollpackhof near Hauptbahnhof

Enjoy the summer Biergarten weather with Democrats Abroad! This month we’re at Zollpackhof on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 starting at 7pm. It’s a short walk from Hauptbahnhof (too many transit options to list) with a view of the Bundeskanzleramt.

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Discussion featuring Jeremy Gray on Economic Inequality

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June Meeting Invitation & Agenda

Join us for the monthly meeting of Democrats Abroad Berlin at on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at 7:30pm. As always, you’ll find us upstairs at Max & Moritz in Kreuzberg (Oranienstr 162, 10969 Berlin)

It’s not required, but you can help out by RSVPing and sharing the event on Facebook or Meetup.

Here’s the agenda:

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FATCA & FBAR: Information and Call for Documentation

Democrats Abroad does not, and can not, provide advice on tax filing. Please consult a tax professional (and attend the tax info session on May 18, 2015).

Help Provide Evidence of FATCA-Related Account Closures or Denials

Democrats Abroad is reiterating its call for members to provide evidence linking FATCA to financial institution account closures or the denial of new services. This information will reinforce the campaign for FATCA reform.

From the April 2015 The Democrat Abroad newsletter (PDF):

  • Correspondence from your bank or other financial institution demonstrating the connection between closing or not opening an account because of FATCA legislation (black out any personal details).
  • Officials at foreign financial institutions whom we can contact about their willingness to change their policies if the Safe Harbor is enacted.

Send whatever you can to: FATCA@DemocratsAbroad.org

FATCA/FBAR Background & Democrats Abroad Advocacy

For general information about FATCA, FBAR, activities of the Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Working Group, and DA’s position on FATCA, take a look at the following documents:

For general information about FATCA, visit the American Citizens Abroad page on the topic. The ACA is also currently accepting testimonials related to the banking and tax filing problems of Americans abroad.

Democrats Abroad also has a list of recommended tax filing resources including

Getting More Involved

If you’re interested in getting more involved at a chapter level or in the DA FATCA taskforce, leave a comment or contact us — we’ll do our best to connect interested members!

Info Session on Monday May 18, 2015: U.S. Taxes While Living Abroad

Worried or confused about what you need to do about taxes? All US citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) are subject to US taxes for their worldwide income, whether they live in the USA or abroad.

Come to an evening information session (May 18, 2015 7-9pm) co-sponsored by Democrats Abroad Berlin to learn more about what your responsibilities are as an American citizen or permanent resident living abroad.

Donald Black (an American lawyer) and Monique Luegger (from Americans’ Income Tax Service) will be presenting and fielding your questions.

It’s not required, but you can help spread the word by RSVPing and sharing this event with fellow Americans in Berlin on Facebook and Meetup.

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May Meeting & FATCA Discussion

Join us  for the monthly meeting of Democrats Abroad Berlin at on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 7:30pm. As always, you’ll find us upstairs at Max & Moritz in Kreuzberg (Oranienstr 162, 10969 Berlin)

It’s not required, but you can help out by RSVPing and sharing the event on Facebook or Meetup.

This month’s meeting will also include a discussion on FATCA, which affects many Americans living abroad:

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DAG Berlin Chapter Elects New Chair — Gwendolyn Lynch Hirsch

20150203_DA_0261Congratulations to our new Chair: Gwendolyn Lynch Hirsch pictured above with outgoing Chair David Knutson and previous Chairs Bill Downey (founder of our Chapter) and Michael Steltzer.  More photos.