We’re back from the Annual General Meeting in Munich and full of energy to help as many Americans vote from Berlin. You can catch a glimpse of the weekend and #teamBerlin in this photo album (Facebook).

There was also a great turnout (photos on Twitter) at the January 2020 kickoff meeting. Thanks to everyone who came and signed up to get involved this year!

Did you know that Democrats Abroad runs its own primary as a state party? From March 3-10, 2020, Americans abroad can vote for a Democratic presidential candidate in the Global Presidential Primary. There are over 30 polling places around Germany, including four in the east: Berlin, DresdenLeipzig, and Jena. You can also return your ballot by post, email, or fax. More details about in-person voting locations at the end.

Join us on Tuesday, Feb 4th for the monthly meeting in Berlin at Brauhaus Südstern. It’ll be right after the Iowa caucuses, so there’ll be lots to discuss — and you can get help with registering to vote and find out more about getting involved. RSVP & see you there!


Volunteer at the Global Primary

There will be four voting centers in eastern Germany, which is a big undertaking — all powered by volunteers. To help make these primary polling places run smoothly, we need YOUR HELP with setup, greeting voters, registration, ballot box observing, ballot counting, and clean-up. If you can pitch in for a few hours, sign up here:

Kiez ? Phonebanking

We now have Kiez teams in Pankow, Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte, Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Moabit, Wedding, and Friedrichshain!

They’ll be organizing neighborhood phonebanking parties in the latter half of February, to invite members to the Global Presidential Primary and remind them to request their ballots.

If you can offer your living room or office on one evening so a group of 4-6 volunteers from your Kiez can make phone calls (over the internet), please let us know! Drop a line to berlin@democratsabroad.de

Democratic Candidate Campaigns in Berlin*

Organizing for one of the Democratic presidential candidate campaigns in Berlin? We’re happy to share a local event or get-together in this email newsletter and on our website. Please submit it here: http://demsinberlin.de/submit-event/

How to request your absentee ballot

  1. Use our tool votefromabroad.org to request your ballot. You need to do this every calendar year to make sure you’re still on the voter rolls.
  2. Already done? Help a friend to do the same!

If you need help with any of this, we’re happy to lend a hand! Email help@votefromabroad.org and come to any event in Berlin, Potsdam, Leipzig, and Dresden.

Upcoming Events

February Meeting in Berlin (right after Iowa Caucuses!)

Tue. Feb 4, 2020 from 7:30pm
Brauhaus Südstern, Hasenheide 69, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg
RSVP | Facebook

Kiez Meetup – Neukölln

Thu. Feb 6, 2020, 6-7:30pm
Prachtwerk, Ganghoferstraße 2, 12043 Berlin-Neukölln
RSVP | Facebook

Kiez Meetup: Postcards & Beer – Pankow

Sat. Feb 8, 2020, 5-7pm
Two Fellas Brewery, Mühlenstraße 30, 13187 Berlin-Pankow
RSVP | Facebook

February Book Club – Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Thu. Feb 20, 2020, 7:30-9pm
Message in a Bottle, Knaackstraße 76, 10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
RSVP | Facebook

Global Presidential Primary in Berlin

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 12-8pm ✪ Sign up to volunteer
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 11-7pm ✪ Sign up to volunteer
The Digital Eatery, Unter den Linden 17, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
RSVP | Facebook

Events outside Berlin

Film Screening: Pariah (2011, OmU) in Leipzig

Wed. Feb 5, 2020, 7-9pm
GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig (Johannispl. 5-11, 04103 Leipzig)
RSVP | Facebook

Meet & Plan in Leipzig

Sun. Feb 9, 2020, 2-4pm
Café Grundmann, Mahlmannstraße 16, 04107 Leipzig
RSVP | Facebook

Global Presidential Primary in Leipzig

Tue. March 3, 2020, 4-8pm ✪ Volunteer
Sat. March 7, 2020, 10am-1:30pm ✪ Volunteer
Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig, Johannisplatz 5-11, 04103 Leipzig
RSVP | Facebook

Global Presidential Primary in Dresden

Thu. March 5, 2020, 4-8pm
The Student Hotel, Prager Str. 13, 01069 Dresden
RSVP | Facebook

Global Presidential Primary in Jena

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 10am-6pm
Haus auf der Mauer, Johannisplatz 26, 07743 Jena
RSVP | Facebook

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* 2020 presidential candidate events are not Democrats Abroad events. All campaigns are welcome to share any eventsthey’re organizing in Berlin for inclusion in our email newsletter.

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