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Our May meeting is this Wednesday at Max and Moritz! Come join us for a discussion on labor relations in the United States since the civil war - and how they relate to contemporary problems. Leading the discussion will be special guest Daniel Lazar, an American History and Comparative Government teacher from the John F. Kennedy School here in Berlin May Meeting – Democrats Abroad Berlin – Labor & Economic Justice ... See MoreSee Less

May Meeting – Democrats Abroad Berlin – Labor & Economic Justice

May 3, 2017, 7:30pm - May 3, 2017, 9:00pm

In the merry month of May, we'll be back at Max & Moritz -- this time on a Wednesday. We'll be back on our regular first-Tuesday-of-the-month schedule in June. This month, we're taking a closer loo...

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May Meeting – Labor & Economic Justice

In the merry month of May, we’ll be back at Max & Moritz — on the first Wednesday. Make sure to mark it in your calendar! We’ll be back on our regular first-Tuesday-of-the-month schedule in June.

This month, we’re taking a closer look at economic inequality and the labor movement. If you have contacts with potential speakers or experts, we’d love to hear about them — drop us a line.

Agenda/Speakers – TBA

As always, we welcome new faces, even if you’ve never attended a meeting or an event before!

Please note, we’re meeting at Max & Moritz on WEDNESDAY, May 3rd, 2017 at 7:30pm.

It’s not required, but RSVP here to let us know you’re coming and please help out by sharing this event on Facebook.

April Young Dems Meeting

Come join us at the very first Young Dems meeting of this year on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at 7:30pm! We will be meeting at the Irish Pub im Europa-Center Berlin near Zoo and will be focussing on Betsy DeVos’ appointment as Secretary of Education and what we can do from abroad to show our opposition to this decision.

It’s not required, but RSVP to help us plan, and share this event on Facebook so we can reach more young Americans in Berlin!

Young Dems Berlin is the Democrats Abroad Youth Caucus branch in Berlin, which includes everybody under the age of 35. The purpose of the youth caucus is to discuss topics pertaining to the youth of America, and how we can address these issues effectively from abroad.

April Political Pub Night — Mommseneck

Come join us at for political pub night at Mommseneck Haus der 100 Biere (Mommsenstr. 45 10629 Berlin-Charlottenburg) on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017. It’s a great chance to find folks to do political action with (like Saturday’s March for Science Berlin), to learn about what’s planned in the coming weeks, or just unload about what’s been going on.

It’s located in Wilmersdorf a few steps from U-Bahn Adenauerplatz, on the U7. Stop by for the great German food in a fun Berlin atmosphere, stay for the the good company of fellow Democrats and progressives!

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.

It’s not required, but RSVP to let us know you’re coming and please help out by sharing this event on Facebook.

March for Science in Berlin with Democrats Abroad

Democrats Abroad Berlin will be participating in the March for Science in Berlin on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. We support their mission statement and efforts to show support of science and scientific facts. We are standing up against those who denounce science. This should not be a partisan issue – science is a common good.

The march itself is from 1-4pm, we’ll be gathering at 12:30pm to walk together in front of the Berliner Dom in the Lustgarten.

Please join us on Saturday to support science and real facts! RSVP here or share this event on Facebook — and bring a friend to the march!

“Research and science represent the so-called ‘art of the soluble,’ help to build worlds that bestow mankind with freedom. We appeal to all citizens who appreciate the importance of science in a democracy. Take action against backward and populist ideologies. Do not believe simple explanations. This world is complicated – which is exactly what makes it beautiful.”

Science Marchers are getting together to make signs on April 20th: https://www.facebook.com/events/127597444445435/

Here’s the main March for Science event: https://www.facebook.com/events/394325677588482/

Photos of DAG AGM April 1, 2017

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April Meeting – Environmental Justice

Whew! We’ve had an exciting March with our first meeting at a new location, the A Day Without a Woman march, the evening with Robby Mook & Martin O’Malley, March Political Pub Night at Eschenbräu, as well as the Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Germany this past weekend!

We hope you’ll help us kick off April just as much enthusiasm.

Location: Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstrasse 6, 10997 Berlin
Date: Tuesday April 4, 2017 from 7:30-9pm

Agenda

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AGM 2017 Scholarships

The annual general meeting of Democrats Abroad Germany is taking place here in Berlin from March 31 – April 2nd, 2017! As a gathering for politically engaged Americans living in Germany and in Europe, this year we’ll be focusing on how to build a movement for resisting the right-wing agenda and how to champion our progressive values as Americans abroad.

To reduce the financial barriers to participating in this special gathering of Democratic and progressive activists, we are offering several scholarships to cover the requested donation (62€ including Saturday lunch and dinner) for attending the meeting.

➤Apply for the AGM 2017 scholarship

More about the Annual General Meeting

During the three days in Berlin, you’ll network with other Democrats from around Germany, vote on the country leadership for the next two years, and have a voice in the discussion about the future of the Democratic Party both in Germany and back in the United States. This year’s special dinner guest is Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, DNC chair candidate and U.S. Navy Reserve officer.

➤ Register for the 2017 Annual General Meeting

Evening with Robby Mook & Governor Martin O’Malley Fundraiser

Click on photo for the rest of the photos–these are by Karen Axelrad.  There will be more soon. Here is the video with Governor O’Malley playing the guitar and singing.

Governor O’Malley to join Robby Mook at Berlin Event

Guess who’s confirmed that he’ll join Sunday evening’s event with Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook? You’ll remember him as a presidential candidate from the Democratic primary…

We’re thrilled to announce that Governor Martin O’Malley will be joining Robby Mook on stage at CIEE Global Institute Berlin. Get your tickets here! Space is limited, so don’t wait:

Ticket Registration

Evening with Robby Mook & Governor Martin O’Malley Fundraiser

Robby Mook, Secretary Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, and Governor Martin O’Malley, Hillary’s and Bernie’s competitor for the Democratic Party’s nomination last year, are both coming to Berlin this weekend!

Join Democrats Abroad Germany (DAG), DAG LGBT Caucus, and Democrats Abroad Berlin for an intimate evening fundraiser with Robby Mook & Governor Martin O’Malley.

On Sunday, March 12th, 2017, at CIEE Global Institute Berlin (Gneisenaustraße 27, 10961) in Kreuzberg, Robby Mook will be speak about the election, fake news, and other topics as well as taking questions from the audience. Afterwards, Governor O’Malley will also present prepared remarks and take questions from the audience.
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Berlin Chapter Board Candidate Statements

At the March chapter meeting (follow link for details) on March 7, 2017, the following five candidates will be running for positions on the Berlin chapter’s board. (more…)

A Day Without A Woman – Berlin Solidarity March on March 8th, 2017

Democrats Abroad will be marching in solidarity with the A Day Without a Woman action as a block at the Frauen*kampftag Demonstration on March 8th, 2017 starting at 5pm at Hermannplatz.

Update: We’ll be gathering in front of the McDonalds.

Join us on International Women’s Day to stand up for equality and justice for women, and the freedom to choose. As a continuation of the first Women’s March in January, Democrats Abroad will join together with multiple groups in Berlin to show its support and determination to fight for women’s rights. It is important that we send the message that what happened on January 21st around the world was not a one-time event, but truly the start of a movement. (more…)

Sign-Making Workshop on March 4th for Int’l Women’s Day

In preparation for the March 8th Women’s March in Berlin, come to a sign-making workshop this Saturday, March 4th, 2017 from 3-7pm! Some material will be provided, but if you have extra paint, cardboard or markers, please bring them along.

Democrats Abroad will be marching in solidarity with the US Women’s Strike and the Women’s March as a block at the Frauen*kampftag Demonstration on March 8th, 2017. More information about the march can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1875179609364692/

Looking forward to seeing you at the workshop and demonstration. You can RSVP here (to let us know how many to expect) and please share this event on Facebook and encourage friends to come!

Location: Berlin Cosmopolitan School, Invalidenstraße 130, 10115 Berlin-Mitte
Time: Saturday March 4th, 2017 3-7pm

March Political Pub Night — Eschenbräu

Come join us at for political pub night at ESCHENBRÄU (Triftstr. 67, 13353 Berlin-Wedding) on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 from 7pm. It’s a great chance to find folks to do political action with, to learn about what’s planned in the coming weeks, or just unload about what’s been going on.

It’s located in Wedding a few steps from U-Bahn Leopoldplatz, on the U9 and U6 lines. Stop by for the famous home brewed beers and great German food in a fun Berlin atmosphere, stay for the the good company of fellow Democrats and progressives!

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.

It’s not required, but RSVP to let us know you’re coming and please help out by sharing this event on Facebook.

March 2017 Meeting — Int’l Women’s Day Eve

Show your support for International Women’s Day at our March meeting on March 7th, 2017 from 7:30pm, the “eve” of International Women’s Day! Democrats Abroad Berlin will be confirming new board members, launching an Op-Ed action, and inviting two speakers to discuss women’s social movements in Germany and the United States.

Please note the different meeting location for this meeting! For this meeting, we’ve found a temporary new location at Begegnungsstätte Falckensteinstrasse in Kreuzberg to make sure there’s room everyone who wants to attend the meeting.

The location is NOT a restaurant. Beverages available by donation. If you can contribute a (simple) dish for a potluck dinner, please email dag-berlin@democratsabroad.org to coordinate.

AGENDA

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2017 Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Germany

The 2017 annual general meeting (AGM) of our national organization, Democrats Abroad Germany, is taking place in Berlin from March 31 – April 2, 2017. In addition to being the single meeting each year where the entire membership gathers, this year we will elect a new executive committee.

Registration details here: http://www.democratsabroad.org/848/dag_annual_general_meeting_executive_committee_elections?recruiter_id=1464  (more…)

Events in February We Recommend

There’s a lot going on this week in Berlin, but isn’t there always? There are a couple over the next few days that are not Democrats Abroad events, but still political and worth your time.

Fighting Back “Economic Populism” Political Breakfast

Das Progressive Zentrum is hosting a whole slew of American political organizations for a breakfast discussion on populism, economic inequality, and progressive movements. Advanced registration required.

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 from 9-11am
Das Progressive Zentrum, Werftstraße 3, 10557 Berlin
RSVP | Facebook

V-Day 2017 Berlin – Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues

The American Women’s Club of Berlin is hosting two performances of The Vagina Monologues this weekend, a powerful play performed over 6000 times over the last 20+ years to change societal attitudes towards the treatment of women and women’s sexuality. All proceeds will benefit TERRE DES FEMMES.

Fri & Sat. Feb 24-25 at 7pm
Institut for Cultural Diplomacy, Genthiner Straße 20, 10785 Berlin
Tickets | Facebook

ACLU Fundraiser Silent Auction

Decad is hosting a silent art auction to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union, one of the organizations that is leading the legal fight against the Trump travel ban and other injustices. Bidding starts at 50 Euros, and there will be refreshments for sale for those who want to contribute in a smaller way.

Sun Feb. 26, 2017 from 3-6pm
Decad, Gneisenaustraße 52, 10961 Berlin
Facebook event

Organizing for International Women’s Day

As discussed at the last chapter meeting, there are a lot of ideas for what we can do on International Women’s Day, from the strike that’s been called for to a march or protest. Even though we have almost an entire month until March 8th, there is a lot to be done.

We will plan to meet on Sunday, February 12th, at 12:30pm at Oslo Kaffebar (Eichendorffstraße 13 Berlin 10115). It is located between Nordbahnhof and Naturkundenmuseum and isn’t too far from of the Women’s March Huddles, for those that are planning to attend that.

Please come with your ideas and we hope that we will be able to really get the ball rolling on our next march/event!

February 2017 Chapter Meeting Minutes

It was amazing that so many people came to the meeting on Tuesday. Our apologies to the folks who couldn’t get into the room, we’ll look into alternative locations for such well-attended meetings. If you have a tip, please get in touch!

To help keep you in the loop, we’ve made an effort to get the minutes/notes from Tuesday’s meeting (Feb 7, 2017) out as quickly. You’ll find them below.

In particular, if you’re interested in

  • Joining the Berlin board, contact Diego Rivas (dag-berlin@democratsabroad.org)
  • Running for Germany ExCom, contact Alan Benson (Alan.Benson@web.de)
  • Hosting a fellow Democrats Abroad Germany member during the Annual General Meeting: sign up here
  • Volunteering at the Annual General Meeting: sign up here
  • Organizing for International Women’s Day: sign up here
  • Receiving more frequent political action email updates: sign up here

Our next event is February Political Pub night on Wednesday, Feb 15th at Buffalo Grill Restaurant: RSVP & more details here

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February Political Pub Night — Buffalo Grill

Come join us at for political pub night at the cheerful Buffalo Grill Restaurant (Wilmersdorfer Strasse 92-93, 10629 Berlin) on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 starting at 7pm. It’s a great chance to find folks to do political action with, to learn about what’s planned in the coming weeks, or just unload about what’s been going on.

It’s located centrally at Adenauerplatz, directly on the U7 line. Stop by for the cocktails, grill platters, and Mexican food (at great prices), stay for the the good company of fellow Democrats and progressives!

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.

It’s not required, but RSVP here to let us know you’re coming and please help out by sharing this event on Facebook.

Join the resistance in Berlin: NoBanNoWall Demo & Feb Meeting

The following is a message from Berlin Chapter Chair Diego Rivas:

In the wake of a Trump presidency there is (un)fortunately much to do.

From the NoBanNoWall Berlin Demo this Saturday, to our Democrats Abroad Berlin February Chapter Meeting next week, there are many ways to get involved politically here in Berlin.

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February Chapter Meeting

We’re excited by the energy and momentum kicked off by the marches and demonstrations around the inauguration. Check out some of the photos and news reports on our Facebook page if you haven’t seen them yet: https://www.facebook.com/demsinberlin

People gather in front of the U.S. Embassy on Pariser Platz beside Brandenburg Gate in solidarity with women’s march in Washington and many other marches in several countries, in Berlin, Germany, January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Here’s what’s next: join Democrats Abroad Berlin for our February monthly meeting at 7:30pm on February 7, 2017.

– Agenda –

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Call for Board Members
  • Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Dates, Homestays, Volunteers
  • Monthly Action! – How to best contact your congressman
  • International Women’s Day – Planning and Ideas – March 8th
  • DA Berlin’s Next Steps: A roundtable discussion on how to best move forward as a chapter under a Trump presidency. Examples: Call your congressperson nights, Women’s March 10 Actions in 100 Days, Solidarity Dinners, 50 State Captains Explanation and Sign-Up
  • Action Email List – Sign up for a more active DA emailing list
  • Cellar Needed! DA Berlin has stuff. Can you hold on to it?
  • Members’ Announcements

If you’ve never attended a meeting or an event before, we welcome new faces! You’ll find us upstairs at Max & Moritz in Kreuzberg on Oranienstr. 162, 10969 Berlin.

It’s not required, but RSVP here to let us know you’re coming and please help out by sharing this event on Facebook.

This week: Berlin Women’s March, Inauguration Day Protest & Pub Night

The 45th President of the United States will be inaugurated this Friday.

With Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote by almost 3 million people, it is safe to say the President-elect does not represent the majority of the United States.

Come out in Berlin this weekend to help demonstrate that we will not be a silent majority.

Berlin Women’s March

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Women’s March on Washington in Berlin

On Saturday, January 21st, 2017 from 11am-12 noon in Berlin, we are gathering in front of the US Embassy on Pariser Platz in solidarity with women’s marchers around the planet. This march is focused on standing up for women’s rights and for groups that feel marginalized. All people are welcome.

Feel free to make signs and bring candles. There will be no speeches or performances.

For updates, please check the event on Facebook and invite your friends!

The Mission of the Women’s March on Washington as stated on their website

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.

HEAR OUR VOICE.

Guidelines for participation (and a note for sign makers!):

  • We are nonpartisan, and will not use the Women’s March primarily to criticize politicians or political parties.
  • We will use no violence (physical or verbal) towards any person.
  • We will not destroy or damage property.
  • We will promote a tone of respect, honesty, transparency, and accountability in our actions.
  • We will not carry anything that can be construed as a weapon, nor possess (or consume) any alcohol or drugs.
  • We will all hold each other accountable to respecting these agreements.

WORDS WE LIKE: Dignity, Justice, Freedom, Unity, Democracy, Solidarity, Human Rights, Women’s Rights

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Resources for signs:

Read about the Unity Principles of the Women’s March.

Chapter Chair Election Results + Thank You, Team Berlin!

The following is a message from outgoing Berlin chapter chair Gwendolyn Lynch Hirsch:

If you attended our chapter chair election last night, you already know that I’ve chosen to step down from my role as Chair, and also that we had the fortune to choose between two dynamic, young candidates who would each bring much to the table as chair of our chapter over the next two years.

It has been an honor to serve you as the Berlin chapter chair during the exciting and intensive two years leading up to our 2016 presidential elections. Along with a great deal of work, I gained many friendships I hope to enjoy for years to come; friends who are passionate about making sure we put Democrats in office back home, to fight the good fight, despite living our lives abroad.

I still cannot truly express my disappointment with the results of our presidential election. However, I know that I would feel much worse if it were not for the fact that I know so many people who worked tirelessly as volunteers to put Democrats in office. I am so proud of our hard working team of volunteers here in the Berlin chapter – thank you for stepping up and playing an active role.

Thank you for your time, energy, donations, and perseverance. I hope you will find the energy to keep moving forward together with us as we already begin to put on our game face and prepare for midterm elections in two years time.

Berlin Jan 2017 Chapter Election Meeting

Diego Rivas speaking to Berlin Democrats Abroad chapter on January 10, 2017.

I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to our new chapter chair, Diego Rivas. I look forward to seeing our Berlin chapter continue to blossom and thrive under his guidance.

As the result of the chapter chair election last night was so incredibly close, and there were some ballots which needed additional approval to be considered valid, we were unable to call the election on the spot, as hoped. Please review the document prepared today by our DAG legal counsel explaining the final outcome and decision on the matter. Your patience and understanding of the delay in announcing our next chapter chair means a lot, while we have worked round the clock to resolve this as quickly as possible.

It has been my pleasure to work with you, my fellow democrats. I wish you strength and hope for the change we can surely create, together.

All my best,
Gwendolyn Lynch Hirsch
Berlin Chapter Chair, 2015 – 2017

 

January Pub Night – Oranium

Join us on January 18, 2017 from 7pm for a fun evening of good liberal company in a great Berliner atmosphere. You might even find a friend for the inauguration day protest & women’s march that week.

The Oranium Corner restaurant and lounge is conveniently located at S-Bahn Oranienburger Strasse (S1, S2, S25) on the corner of Oranienburger and Tucholsky Strasse.

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.

It’s not required, but RSVP here to let us know you’re coming and please help out by sharing this event on Facebook.

Oranium Corner
Oranienburger Straße 33/34
10117 Berlin – Mitte

2017 Berlin Chapter Chair Candidate Statements

Below, you’ll find the candidates statements from Diego Rivas & Emily Lines, who are running for Berlin Chapter Chair 2017-2019. For more information about what chapter chairs are responsible for and election procedures, read this post. The election will take place at the January 10, 2017 monthly meeting. (more…)

January Meeting – Chapter Chair Elections

Mark your calendars! As mentioned in our chapter newsletter on November 28, the next meeting is on the 2nd Tuesday of January to kick off 2017 Democrats Abroad activities, as opposed to our usual first Tuesday of the month meeting.

Join us at Max & Moritz on January 10, 2017 and cast your vote for the next DA Berlin Chapter Chair! It’s not required, but RSVP here to let us know you’re coming and please help out by sharing this event on Facebook.

To be eligible to vote, you must be physically present and a qualified member of Democrats Abroad Germany – Berlin Chapter, prior to the election. In this case, by the day before the election meeting. Voting is by written ballot and not secret: ballots must be signed.

Running for Berlin Chapter Chair

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December Political Pub Night at Brauhaus Lemke am Alex

Democrats Abroad Berlin’s final political pub night of 2016 is at Brauhaus Lemke am Alex, a brewpub with Bavarian food just steps away from Alexanderplatz (U2, U5, U8, S5, S7, S75, & assorted regional trains)

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.

It’s not required, but RSVP here to let us know you’re coming and please help out by sharing this event on Facebook.

Brauhaus Lemke am Alex
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 13
10178 Berlin

November Pub Night – Mommsen-Eck Haus der 100 Biere

Time to process the election… If you need a shoulder to cry on, someone to vent to, like-minded actvists to strategize with, you’ll find all that and more at political pub night on Wednesday.

November political pub night is at Mommsen-Eck Haus der 100 Biere in Charlottenburg, a great place with a huge selection of draft beers. It’s a short walk from Adenauerplatz (U7) and Wilmersdorferstr. (U7) as well as S-Bahn Charlottenburg (S5, S7, S75). (more…)

November Meeting: Forward to A New President

Join Democrats Abroad Berlin for our November monthly meeting at 7:30pm on November 1, 2016, the last meeting before the election!

What willl it mean to move forward with a new president? How much depend on Congressional, state, and local races? What if Democrats do or do not take the U.S. Senate (or the House of Representatives)? What are the fundamental changes in the nation, the electorate, and the Democratic party happening right now?
Let’s discuss these questions and think about the future.

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

– Agenda –
7:30pm Welcome, introductions, chapter news
7:45pm Election Night Party updates
8:00pm Discussion topic: Forward to a New President
8:20pm Upcoming events
8:30pm Member announcements
8:45pm Mingle, phone banking & voter support

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Berlin 2016 Election Night Party (SOLD OUT)

Join Democrats Abroad in Berlin to watch the results come in for one of the most fraught elections in recent history.

We’ll have a livestream of the results on the big screen starting on the evening of November 8th, and we’ll keep watching until there’s a new (madam) president-elect. There will also be entertainment breaks to help you stay awake!

2016 Election Night Food Menu (PDF)

2016 Election Night Drink List (PDF)
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October Meeting: Voting the Whole Ticket

Join Democrats Abroad Berlin for our October monthly meeting at 7:30pm on the first Tuesday of the month: October 4, 2016.

We’ve just got about one month left before the election, and there’s so much to do and discuss before November 8th.. We want to take a little time to state & local elections, the “downticket” races that don’t get as much buzz as the presidential. If you have a few words to share about your home town or state’s elections, we’d love to get perspectives from all over.

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

AGENDA

  • 7:30pm Welcome, introductions, chapter news
  • 7:45pm State & local races discussion
  • 8:05pm Berlin GOTV/phone banking report, how to get involved as a volunteer
  • 8:20pm Upcoming events
  • 8:30pm Member announcements
  • 8:45pm Mingle, phone banking & voter support

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

Labor Day Summer Sendoff on Saturday Sep 3rd

It may seem like summer has already come to a close in Berlin, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a last hurrah! Join us for the Young Dems sponsored Labor Day mingler, we will have drinks available for purchase and refreshments. Come bid farewell to the last rays of summer and relax with fellow Dems before kicking off a busy fall preparation for the election!

It’s not required, but it helps us get an idea of what to expect if you RSVP here. You can also share this event on Facebook!

Date: Saturday September 3rd, 2016

Time: 2-5pm

Location: Gneisenaustraße 52, 10961 Berlin

September Pub Night – Eschenbräu

Political pub night this September is at Eschenbräu in Wedding. It’s a local Berlin brewery with their own brews on tap and good German food, near both U/S-Wedding (Ringbahn & U6) and U Leopoldplatz (U6 & U9).

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.

September Meeting

Welcome back after our summer break! We hope you’re well-rested and fired up for the fall election season.

Join Democrats Abroad Berlin for our September monthly meeting at 7:30pm on the first Tuesday of the month: September 6, 2016.

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

– Agenda TBA –
• Democrats Abroad chapter announcements
• 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.

No August Meeting Tonight!

As we announced at the last meeting, our chapter will take a summer break this month. We’ll still be having a pub night on August 17th at Maria & Josef, though.

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.