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We’ve much to celebrate! Join us this Saturday, July 4th, for an Independence Day Picnic at Tempelhof Park!

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!

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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!

Public Info Session: U.S. Taxes While Living Abroad, May 18th + Monthly Pub Night, May 20th

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

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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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Taxes, taxes, taxes! Tomorrow, May 5: Monthly Meeting with Tax and FATCA Discussion + May 18 Tax Info Event

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 😉

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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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New DA Berlin Executive Committee + Pub Night this Wednesday, April 15!

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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

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DA Berlin Executive Committee Elections Meeting: April 7, 2015 + Nominees & Candidate Statements

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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!

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DA Berlin Pub Night: (Belated) St. Patrick’s Day Edition! + Upcoming DA Berlin ExCom Postions & Elections!

DA Berlin Members in Wiesbaden 2015

Join us on Wednesday, March 18 for our Monthly Pub Night!
*Details at the bottom of this mail.

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.

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DA Berlin March Meeting: Tuesday, March 3rd – 7.30pm at Max & Moritz

Join us March 3rd! Democrats Abroad Berlin – March Meeting

We meet each first Tuesday, 7:30pm
Max & Moritz
Oranienstraße 162
10969 Berlin
(U8 Moritzplatz)

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.
Get details, invitation and REGISTER HERE!

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: dag-berlin@democratsabroad.org

See you Tuesday!
Gwendolyn Lynch Hirsch
Chair, DA Berlin

Agenda, DA Berlin Meeting: March 3, 2015
1. Welcome from the Chair + 2015 Chapter Goals
2. AGM in Wiesbaden, March 6-8
3. Save the CBYX Campaign: Mini-Presentation by Amanda Francke
Check out the online petition, read more about the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program, and find information on what you can do to support the campaign: http://savecbyx.org/
4. Topic Discussion, facilitated by: Dr. Angelika Brinkmann
Reading material: ‘How Greece Got Outmaneuvered‘, by John Cassidy
5. Distribution of DA Berlin ExCom Positions and Descriptions + April DA Berlin ExCom Elections!

Have an American friend, neighbor or colleague who isn’t yet receiving helpful voting information or maybe isn’t even registered to vote?
Be an active Democrat and have them VoteFromAbroad today!

Greetings from Gwendolyn: DA Berlin’s new Chapter Chair + Pub Night, February 18th!

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Greetings from DA Berlin’s Newly Elected Chapter Chair: Gwendolyn Lynch Hirsch
+ Pub Night February 18th at Corroboree

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.

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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.

Chapter Chair Candidate Statement

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.

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Nikolaus Party a Great Success

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!


Special guests, ‘The Bees’ Knees’, treated us to a wonderful musical performance as an all female Barbershop Quartet doing a selection of holiday inspired tunes – you ladies are great, thanks for bringing added joy to our evening! 
And *extra* special guest, Bentley aka Mini-Weihnachtsmann, brought smiles and good cheer all evening

More photos here and on our Facebook page.  Videos here and below. Videos © Karen Axelrad20141206_dems-xmas_021

Annual Cocktail Party

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4th of July Potluck Picnic in Berlin’s Tiergarten!

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.

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DA-Germany Women’s Caucus : Heidelberg, September 20-22, 2013

Democrats Abroad Germany at “21st Gay and Lesbian “Stadtfest” in Berlin

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