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Dear fellow Dems in Berlin,
While Summer is well behind us, we’ve still got lots of sunshine and great weather as we move into Autumn – and lots of upcoming DA Berlin events & activities to hold your interest and keep the grey away over the coming months. This is a lengthy one, please check out the outline below and scroll through the points which interest you most!
David 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.
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…)
Dear Dems In Berlin,
Hope you’ve all enjoyed the warm onset of Autumn. Let’s celebrate this lovely September weather together this Wednesday, September 16th, for our final Biergarten Pub Night of the year. We’ll meet at Lorettas am Wannsee, overlooking the lake, and hope to see many of our ‘West Berliners’ as well as our regulars this month!
Special guest: Kerin Black will be joining us from DAG Stuttgart. Previous Vice Chair of DA Germany, Kerin will be in town and is looking forward to meeting and mingling with our Berlin Chapter members.
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.
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.
The following teams are playing:
Dear Fellow Dems In Berlin,
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
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!
Dear Dems in Berlin,
Please keep in mind, we will not be meeting in August for our usual 1st Tuesday of the month discussion.
Summer is a busy season, and many are away for holidays. So, we will reconvene in September. Stay tuned for information regarding our September meeting and speaker + discussion.
However, if you do happen to be in Berlin during August, please join us Wednesday, August 12th, for a political pub night at the Schleusenkrug Biergarten:
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.
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.
Dear Fellow Dems in Berlin,
Wow, what a busy month we’re having! On the heels of a positive and successful LGBT Streetfest weekend a few weeks ago, our 4th of July Picnic and celebration in Temeplhoferfeld on Saturday was great. Despite the hot-hot heat, a dynamic group of Dems and Friends came together to enjoy the day. The ice cold drinks and water balloon fights helped too
Check out some fun photos from 4th of July with Dems in Berlin here:
Dear Fellow Dems in Berlin,
This week we’ve much to celebrate. As we approach Independence Day this weekend, July 4th, I’m filled with a rush of excitement for the progress we’ve made as a country and for the work we’ve still got ahead.
As the first week of July begins, here are a few things on my mind, in order of importance:
– Sunshine! This week promises to bring Summer – full on!
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)
Here’s the agenda:
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):
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!
Dear Fellow Dems,
Coming to you today with a very important reminder about our upcoming Public Info Session. Please make time to attend this important event on May 18, 2015, 7pm – 9pm.
And for mid-month fun, make sure to read through to the bottom of this mail for details of our upcoming Pub Night on May 20, when I will finally be back in Berlin and happy to greet all of you in the biergarten for the first time this year!
Public Info Session: 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.
Topics will include (more…)
Dear Dems in Berlin,
Today’s very tardy ‘Greetings from Gwendolyn’ comes to you from a happy, sunkissed Gwendolyn who is currently on her Honeymoon and enjoying California in all its glory. This message, in fact, arrives from a nearby cafe at 7am after struggling for a couple days to get internet service from our bungalow near Joshua Tree National Park – it is stunning here, but the internet access is not the reason for a visit 😉
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)
This month’s meeting will also include a discussion on FATCA, which affects many Americans living abroad:
Dear Dems in Berlin,
First, apologies for my tardy message to all of you! With the holiday last weekend, this month is really swooshing by and I hardly realized our monthly Pub Night is upon us already this coming week. Fret not, we’ll be meeting for good times, over food and drinks, and have a chance to catch up on recent political news as well as to congratulate some of our newly elected DA Berlin Executive Committee:
DA Berlin Vice Chair: Michael Steltzer
DA Berlin Secretary: Suzanne Harkins
Hello fellow Dems!
Don’t forget to join us Tuesday, April 7th to cast your votes for the new DA Berlin Executive Committee. Just like our Presidential or local elections back home in the States, your vote counts!
Join us on Wednesday, March 18 for our Monthly Pub Night!
Hello Fellow Dems!
I’ve just returned from a productive and fun weekend retreat, workshops and Annual General Meeting + Elections for Democrats Abroad Germany; this year hosted in Wiesbaden by the chapter there. I’m feeling excited and motivated to continue the amazing work and outreach we, here in Berlin, have accomplished over the past two years.
Join us March 3rd! Democrats Abroad Berlin – March Meeting
We meet each first Tuesday, 7:30pm
Looking forward to greeting you for my first meeting as Chair!
Below, please find the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.
Finally, if you’re considering joining us for our DAG Annual General Meeting and ExCom elections in Wiesbaden over the weekend of March 6-8, please register asap.
If you’re not able to join us in Wiesbaden, you can still vote remotely from our Berlin based voting center on Saturday, March 7th. If you’d like to participate and vote for our National DAG officers and ExCom, from Berlin, please contact me directly for details and location: firstname.lastname@example.org
See you Tuesday!
Agenda, DA Berlin Meeting: March 3, 2015
Have an American friend, neighbor or colleague who isn’t yet receiving helpful voting information or maybe isn’t even registered to vote?
Greetings from DA Berlin’s Newly Elected Chapter Chair: Gwendolyn Lynch Hirsch
It’s an honor to officially greet you as our new Chapter Chair!
Thanks to all who came out to participate and vote in our elections on February 3rd. It was a good night of active democracy and positive discussion for the upcoming two years of DA Berlin.
Congratulations 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.
Greeting, I Would like to announce that I would like to run for Chairperson of the Democrats Abroad Berlin. I’ve read though the responsibilities connected to the this position and am aware of the amount of hours that will be necessary. I am willing to put those hours and to do my upmost to continue in the positive manner of past chairpersons of the Berlin Chapter with hope that I might be able to enhance current/pre-planned and future voters registration campaign programs that target Americans in Berlin.
Democrats Abroad Berlin and friends celebrated the holiday season with their 2nd Annual Nikolaus Day party at the Allied Museum in Berlin. Thanks to all our members who joined us – it was a fun evening. And thanks to all the Friends of Dems who celebrated with us as well!
Thanks to Roma and Walter for hosting our Annual Cocktail Party/Fundraiser. More photos here.
The Young Dems Berlin sponsored a potluck picnic in the Tiergarten, right in between the S-Bahn stations Zoologischer Garten and Tiergarten, this Friday for to celbrate the 4th of July. More photos.