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Mark 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
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
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
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
Email RSVP/advance ticket required: email@example.com
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!
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
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…)
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:
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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:
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.