ADAM BRESNAHAN for DA Delegate for Bernie Sanders

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Germany for Bernie is proud to support Adam’s candidacy to be a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the 2020 DNC. Adam has been a tireless volunteer with the campaign since 2019, making thousands of calls and training numerous volunteers to get on the lines with him. He was not afraid to initiate canvassing drives which has no doubt contributed to the highest in-person voting numbers in Germany as well as a resounding victory for Bernie in the DA Global Presidential Primary.  

Adam has been an inspiring member of the group and we believe his drive and unwavering commitment to progressive policies will make him an ideal delegate for the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Adam arrived in Berlin as a Fulbright scholar for German Literature and works as a translator and copy editor.

Following is a statement by Adam as well as a testimonial from one of our lead organizers Claire Lops. 

Adam’s Statement

My name is Adam Bresnahan. I was intensely engaged with the grassroots Germany for Bernie. Alongside canvassing in Berlin, I regularly participated in our weekly phonebanking sessions, when we made over ten thousand phone calls and sent over one hundred thousand texts to voters in Iowa, Nevada, Michigan, and other states. I am experienced at getting out the vote and am well-networked in Berlin and Germany.

I am campaigning to be a delegate for Senator Sanders because I want Medicare for All to be on the Democrats’ platform. Those living in countries with robust healthcare systems know that things can be better than they are in the States. Our first-hand experiences are going to be important conversation starters at the convention. At the same time, universal healthcare in the US will give Americans living abroad have the ability to return to the States if they would like to do so. The prospect of returning to the States and being priced out of healthcare is daunting. This makes the decision to return very difficult. It is my belief that in order to get out the vote abroad, we need to be able to tell voters that the Democratic Party and its presidential nominee will push for legislation that gives healthcare to all. This will provide many Americans abroad with the financial independence and freedom of movement that many of them are currently lacking.

I believe that I would be a good delegate for Bernie because I have the support of a large grassroots organization, Germany for Bernie. I have campaigned side-by-side with Americans and non-Americans and have had phone conversations about Bernie and his platform from people all over the United States.

I will endeavor to get out the vote for Democrats Abroad in the November general election and will encourage our grassroots organization to engage for the eventual nominee.

We are already coming up with ways to support down-ballot candidates, including by mobilizing our experienced phonebanking crew. I have canvassed in Berlin to make people aware of the Democrats Abroad presidential primary by going from bar to bar at night in a trendy district, standing outside a subway station at a large university, and informing study-abroad students at a university class.

I have extensively volunteered helping refugees find permanent housing in Berlin, a city with a severe shortage of affordable housing. I thus have a lot of experience working together with people from cultures and with life experiences much different than my own.

I have been living in Germany since 2011 and work as a translator and copy editor.

Attached is a video of me introducing myself and a letter of recommendation from Claire Lops, one of the lead organizers of Germany for Bernie. I am proud to have her recommendation and would be overjoyed to be selected as a delegate for Bernie Sanders.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at adam@germanyforbernie.com

Best,
Adam Bresnahan

Dear Electors,

I am writing you to strongly support the candidacy of delegate candidate Adam Bresnahan because I am truly convinced that he will best represent our interests.

As a US-American lawyer living abroad in Berlin, I have met Adam multiple times during political activities for the Bernie Sanders campaign. Adam has been working tirelessly within and outside of the group Germany For Bernie over the course of the last twelve months. His efforts have made a huge difference in getting out the vote for the Global Presidential Primary as well as in the US.

I have witnessed numerous conversations between Adam and potential voters in which he not only informed people about their right to vote from abroad but also convinced them to go the extra mile of becoming a part of our great democratic process. It has been refreshing to see how important it has been for him to give Americans abroad a voice and how many new members signed up with Democrats Abroad Germany as a direct result of his work.

Adam not only cares deeply about political rights, but also has the rare gift of being able to communicate with people regardless of opinion and political affiliation. This, alongside the fact that all of our volunteers have true respect for Adam, is one of the main reasons that convince me that he would be an excellent delegate.

If you would like a delegate who has the interests of Democrats Abroad and the protection of our political rights at heart, Adam is the ideal person for the job.

I can only encourage everyone to reach out to Adam for further conversation.

Kindest regards,
Claire Lops, LL.M

Lead Organizer Germany For Bernie
Former Co-Chair – Bernie Abroad Campaign
claire@germanyforbernie.com

The campaign ends, the struggle continues

08.04.2020, Bernie Sanders livestream announcement
Video link

I want to express to each of you my deep gratitude for helping to create an unprecedented grassroots political campaign that has had a profound impact in changing our nation.

I want to thank the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who knocked on millions of doors in the freezing winters of Iowa and New Hampshire and in the heat of Nevada and South Carolina – and in states throughout the country.

I want to thank the 2.1 million Americans who have contributed to our campaign and showed the world that we can take on a corrupt campaign finance system and run a major presidential campaign without being dependent upon the wealthy and the powerful. Thank you for your 10 million contributions – averaging $18.50 per donation.

I want to thank those who phone banked for our campaign and those of you who came together to send out millions of texts. I want to thank the many hundreds of thousands of Americans who attended our rallies, town meetings and house parties from New York to Los Angeles. Some of these events had over 25,000 people. Some had a few hundred and some had a dozen. But all were important. Let me thank those who made these many events possible.

I want to thank our surrogates, too many to name. I can’t imagine that any candidate has ever been blessed with a stronger and more dedicated group of people who have taken our message to every corner of the country. And I want to thank all those who made music and art an integral part of our campaign.

I want to thank all of you who spoke to your friends and neighbors, posted on social media and worked as hard as you could to make this a better country.

Together, we have transformed American consciousness as to what kind of country we can become, and have taken this country a major step forward in the never-ending struggle for economic justice, social justice, racial justice and environmental justice.

I also want to thank the many hundreds of people on our campaign staff. You were willing to move from one state to another and do all the work that had to be done – no job was too big or too small for you. You rolled up your sleeves and you did it. You embodied the words that are at the core of our movement: Not me, us. And I thank each and every one of you.

WE HAVE WON THE IDEOLOGICAL BATTLE

As many of you will recall Nelson Mandela, one of the great freedom fighters in modern world history, famously said; “It always seems impossible until it is done.” And what he meant by that is that the greatest obstacle to real social change has everything to do with the power of the corporate and political establishment to limit our vision as to what is possible and what we are entitled to as human beings.

If we don’t believe that we are entitled to health care as a human right, we will never achieve universal health care.

If we don’t believe that we are entitled to decent wages and working conditions, millions of us will continue to live in poverty.

If we don’t believe that we are entitled to all of the education we require to fulfill our dreams, many of us will leave school saddled with huge debt, or never get the education we need.

If we don’t believe that we are entitled to live in a world that has a clean environment and is not ravaged by climate change, we will continue to see more drought, floods, rising sea levels and an increasingly uninhabitable planet.

If we don’t believe that we are entitled to live in a world of justice, democracy and fairness – without racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia or religious bigotry – we will continue to have massive income and wealth inequality, prejudice and hatred, mass incarceration, terrified immigrants and hundreds of thousands of Americans sleeping out on the streets of the richest country on earth.

Focusing on that new vision for America is what our campaign has been about and what, in fact, we have accomplished. Few would deny that over the course of the past 5 years our movement has won the ideological struggle. In so called “red” states, and “blue” states and “purple” states, a majority of the American people now understand that we must raise the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour; that we must guarantee health care as a right to all of our people; that we must transform our energy system away from fossil fuel, and that higher education must be available to all, regardless of income.

It was not long ago that people considered these ideas radical and fringe. Today, they are mainstream ideas – and many of them are already being implemented in cities and states across the country. That’s what you accomplished.

In terms of health care, even before the horrific pandemic we are now experiencing, more and more Americans understood that we must move to a Medicare for All, single-payer system. During the primary elections exit polls showed, in state after state, a strong majority of Democratic primary voters supported a single government health insurance program to replace private insurance. That was true even in states where our campaign did not prevail.

And let me just say this: In terms of health care, this horrific crisis that we are now in has exposed how absurd our current employer-based health insurance system is. The current economic downturn we are experiencing has not only led to a massive loss of jobs, but has also resulted in millions of Americans losing their health insurance. While Americans have been told, over and over again, how wonderful our employer-based, private insurance system is, those claims sound very hollow now as a growing number of unemployed workers struggle with how they can afford to go to the doctor, or not go bankrupt with a huge hospital bill. We have always believed that health care must be considered as a human right, not an employee benefit – and we are right.

Please also appreciate that not only are we winning the struggle ideologically, we are also winning it generationally. The future of our country rests with young people and, in state after state, whether we won or whether we lost the Democratic primaries or caucuses, we received a significant majority of the votes, sometimes an overwhelming majority, from people not only 30 or under, but 50 years of age or younger. In other words, the future of this country is with our ideas.

THE CURRENT CRISIS

As we are all painfully aware, we now face an unprecedented crisis. Not only are we dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, which has taken the lives of many thousands of our people, we are also dealing with an economic meltdown that has resulted in the loss of millions of jobs.

Today, families all across the country face financial hardship unimaginable only a few months ago. And because of the unacceptable levels of income and wealth distribution in our economy, many of our friends and neighbors have little or no savings and are desperately trying to pay their rent or their mortgage or even to put food on the table. This reality makes it clear to me that Congress must address this unprecedented crisis in an unprecedented way that protects the health and economic wellbeing of the working families of our country, not just powerful special interests. As a member of the Democratic leadership in the United States Senate, and as a senator from Vermont, this is something that I intend to be intensely involved in, and which will require an enormous amount of work.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

That takes me to the state of our presidential campaign. I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth. And that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path toward victory is virtually impossible. So while we are winning the ideological battle, and while we are winning the support of young people and working people throughout the country, I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful.

And so today I am announcing the suspension of active campaigning, and congratulate Joe Biden, a very decent man, on his victory.

Please know that I do not make this decision lightly. In fact, it has been a very painful decision. Over the past few weeks Jane and I, in consultation with top staff and many of our prominent supporters, have made an honest assessment of the prospects for victory. If I believed we had a feasible path to the nomination I would certainly continue the campaign. But it’s not there.

I know there may be some in our movement who disagree with this decision, who would like us to fight on to the last ballot cast at the Democratic convention. I understand that position. But as I see the crisis gripping the nation – exacerbated by a president unwilling or unable to provide any kind of credible leadership – and the work that needs to be done to protect people in this most desperate hour, I cannot in good conscience continue to mount a campaign that cannot win and which would interfere with the important work required of all of us in this difficult hour.

But let me say this very emphatically: As you all know, we have never been just a campaign. We are a grassroots multi-racial, multi-generational movement which has always believed that real change never comes from the top on down, but always from the bottom on up. We have taken on Wall Street, the insurance companies, the drug companies, the fossil fuel industry, the military industrial complex, the prison industrial complex and the greed of the entire corporate elite. That struggle continues. While this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not.

Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us that “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” The fight for justice is what our campaign was about. The fight for justice is what our movement remains about.

And, on a practical note, let me also say this: I will stay on the ballot in all remaining states and continue to gather delegates. While Vice President Biden will be the nominee, we should still work to assemble as many delegates as possible at the Democratic convention where we will be able to exert significant influence over the party platform and other functions.

Then, together, standing united, we will go forward to defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history. And we will fight to elect strong progressives at every level of government – from Congress to the school board.

As I hope all of you know, this race has never been about me. I ran for the presidency because I believed as president I could accelerate and institutionalize the progressive change that we are all building together. And, if we keep organizing and fighting, I have no doubt that our victory is inevitable. While the path may be slower now, we WILL change this country and, with like-minded friends around the globe, the entire world.

On a very personal note, speaking for Jane, myself and our entire family, we will always carry in our hearts the memory of the extraordinary people we have met across the country. We often hear about the beauty of America. And this is an incredibly beautiful country.

But to me the beauty I will remember most is in the faces of the people we have met from one corner of this country to the other. The compassion, love and decency I saw in them makes me so hopeful for our future. It also makes me more determined than ever to work to create a country that reflects those values and lifts up all our people.

Please stay in this fight with me. Let us go forward together. The struggle continues.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders



ORGA Meeting March 6 2020 Vögelchen

Post-Super Tuesday structural change

EXTERNAL contact points (and task organization):

1. General Enquiries – mail@germanyforbernie.com – Claire, Jia, Neo, Oliver
2. Event organization – events@germanyforbernie.com – Nadirah, Jia, + +
3. Press Enquiries – press@germanyforbernie.com – Oliver, Claire, + +

INTERNAL task organization:

SOCIAL MEDIA

1. Facebook
Overview: Claire
Wall postings / comments : Ian / Evan
Events: Nadirah
Inbox / Communications: Claire +
Outreach: +

2. Twitter: Claire +?
3. Instagram: Claire
4. Meetup: Jia
5. Newsletter: Tyler

OUTREACH – Grow the movement in Germany

1. Reach out / Find Bernie people in Germany – help them set up and grow local movements
Goals: Show united front – Sunday Phonebanking / Debate Watch 16 March 7pm
Tools: Search FB Expat groups, troll Slack, reach out on Reddit, internet forums
Current state: Long list of people who have volunteered to poll watch, can tap into list.
People: Jake, David?, + +

Email addresses for each city? Hamburg@, Munich@ etc? – can also be forwarding aliases to normal email addresses

2. Continue to connect with political groups, activists, causes
So far: Anti-Amazon in Berlin, ClosetheCamps (aequa), protests at Fridays for Future, Anti-War Iran
– Feminist movement with Bernie?
People:

ALTERNATIVE MEDIA FOR BERNIE – Germany for Bernie Media

Blog / Website to share articles, our perspectives, contributions
Taskforce: Ted, Jacob, Roberto, ++

Podcast – continue!
Taskforce: Julia, Oscar, Jake ++

Website – looking for volunteers who can help update, restructure/redesign

TELEGRAM GROUPS

Main Group ONLY for annoucnements, organizational – only admins can post
– Support groups : Discussion group, Dank Meme group, Text/Call Group
– Kiez Groups stay for future phonebanking, events

New Channel/Public Group for all Germany?
– who will admin?

03.03.2020 SUPER TUESDAY – TV FOR BERNIE PARTY AND PHONEBANK / TEXTING FOR BERNIE

BERLIN FOR BERNIE!
TV FOR BERNIE!
Super Tuesday
March 3rd
8pm
  FREE BEER FOR VOTERS!
PHONE BANKING!
SHIRTS!
POETRY!

When the Berlin polls close at 8pm on Tuesday, TV will celebrate!   We’ll be live-screenprinting Berlin Bernie shirts (bring your own t-shirt or get one from us), we’ll phone banking for Bernie in the back bar, and there will be a free beer for voters whocan prove they voted in either their states primary or in the global primary (while supplies last)!  

Are you American but have never voted? Or maybe just never voted abroad? Reps from Germany for Bernie will be on hand at TV to help you register and sort your shit out state-by-state. Can’t get to the polls on Tuesday? Kein Stress, there’s another opportunity to vote in person on Sunday the 8th!

Not American? Come fan the flames of the Bern anyway! This is not just an American election, and these are not just American questions. We believe Bernie is the candidate to truly work globally, ending our current senseless state of war and suffocation under 1% capitalism while uniting our energy to face climate catastrophe.

TV    
Potsdamer Str. 151
10783 Berlin-Schöneberg Bar open every         Thursday        Friday        Saturday               from 7pm until late www.t-v.city info@t-v.city

VOTE IN THE GLOBAL PRIMARY MARCH 3 – 10

Vote in the Global Primary:
http://www.democratsabroad.org/de_primary

Vote per Post or Email:
https://www.democratsabroad.org/primary

Share on Social Media:
facebook.com/pg/germanyforbernie/events

Canvass with Signs and flyers
https://germanyforbernie.com/flyers

EVENTS IN BERLIN

BERNIE TELEGRAM LINKS

Germany for Bernie Main Group – for all Bernie announcements and updates. At the moment also for sharing resources in regard to the Coronavirus outbreak:
https://t.me/joinchat/FlKo203PFVvixciOG2FB5w

Germany for Bernie Discussion Group – for all rants, raves, articles and thoughts
https://t.me/joinchat/KgmVnxS_VPoqWXoaQzRXXA

Bernie Dank Meme Stash
https://t.me/joinchat/FlKo20WGeLqSTUWYyZzk9w

Germany for Bernie Text and Calling Group – sharing memorable moments and hilarious texts
https://t.me/joinchat/FlKo21AWQaSmbUAHTjBXDQ

30. Jan 2020 Monthly Meeting – Canvassing discussion

1. Technicalities of Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary (GPP)

2. Networking Germany for Bernie

  • Existing groups in Munich, Leipzig, Dresden, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Hamburg?
  • Facebook groups to be made for every major city/region – please check back for announcement (when all groups are linked) – or already get your friends to search and add themselves. E.g. “Munich for Bernie” “Cologne for Bernie..” etc.
  • Posters and Flyers for EVERY voting location is on the website – download / print / request prints – germanyforbernie.com
  • Looking for Bernie people in every city, at the very least to put up posters – connect friends/berners via facebook or mail@germanyforbernie.com or twitter or any social media account
  • Bonus – register with DA and volunteer at the polls at every location

    Side note: ca. 200,000 U.S. Citizens in Germany, 20,000 in Berlin – in 2016 the total number who voted in the GPP in Germany was 3,000.

3. Canvassing Berlin! 20,000 U.S. citizens to reach

  • INFORM people of GPP – most people are open to Bernie but unaware of possibility to vote from abroad easily
  • Telegram groups for 5 Bezirks in Berlin for canvassing purposes – links below
  • Feel free to write, suggest tabling / canvassing / postering / stickering dates and times.
  • Flyers and Posters always available – ask anytime or pick up more at any meeting.
  • Shout out to Marissa Hsu for amazing design! 🙂

Suggested places:
– Universities, Colleges, international schools
– Language schools
– English-speaking clubs, theaters
– Party neighborhoods – Bars, clubs – also possible to canvass when people are waiting in line
– Concerts, comedy clubs
– Friends, friends of friends
– tabling outside Ubahn / Entrances to places
– all ideas welcomed

– Posters in workplaces, schools, cafés, supermarkets, bulletin boards anywhere
– Bernie Beats Trump Stickers for pick-up and for stickering everywhere

4. Events Feburary 2020!

  • Feb 11 in Ma Halle – Panel on Bernie + Socialism
  • Event in Prachtwerk – Townhall style + party
  • More events very welcomed! Let’s fill Feburary with events before Global Presidential Primary begins on March 3rd
  • Any ideas + to help out, please get in touch with Olivia (Telegram or olivia@germanyforbernie.com)

5. Fundraising Germany For Bernie

  • Expenses
    1. internet for phonebanking and events – router + hotspot + SIM karte subscription
    2. email server
    3. flyers and posters for distribution
    4. travel / postage costs for helping groups in other cities
  • Paypal account to be set up for private sharing
  • Sell T-shirts, donations at events

6. TELEGRAM LINKS

Invite link for main Berlin Bernie group:
https://t.me/joinchat/FlKo203PFVvixciOG2FB5w

Canvassing groups by Berlin Neighborhoods (please join!):

Wilmersdorf – Charlottenburg – Schöneberg – Spandau
https://t.me/joinchat/FlKo2xPqqmejezUK3RiBxQ

Mitte – Tiergarten – Moabit
https://t.me/joinchat/FlKo2xZPAQXvo6DoME9PxQ

Wedding – Prenzlauer Berg – Pankow – Weisensee
https://t.me/joinchat/FlKo2xJB8t6B-fSv5l8jLQ

Friedrichschain – Kreuzberg – Neukölln – Treptow – Köpenick
https://t.me/joinchat/FlKo20u00JxhKQxIWXNRUw

Steglitz – Zehlendorf – Dahlem – Tempelhof – Lichterfelde
https://t.me/joinchat/FlKo2xGHLnKPEPAYRTkLfw

Potsdam
https://t.me/joinchat/FlKo2w_D0u6-CrnQnhDLLQ

Fun / Support / Discussion Groups:
Germany for Bernie Discussion Group
https://t.me/joinchat/KgmVnxS_VPoqWXoaQzRXXA

Bernie Texts “Best of” – for texts that need to be saved for posterity
https://t.me/joinchat/FlKo21AWQaSmbUAHTjBXDQ

Bernie Dank Meme Stash
https://t.me/joinchat/FlKo20WGeLqSTUWYyZzk9w

NEWSLETTER JAN 9th 2019 – 25 DAYS TO IOWA

25 DAYS to IOWA 

PHONEBANK – TEXT for BERNIE : SUNDAYS 5PM

Every Sunday we meet at 5pm to Phonebank and Text for Bernie – this Sunday we meet at Manitiusstraße 17 (Neukölln) 12047 Berlin  FB Link

Join thousands of volunteers on the lines! The campaign is aiming to make 5 million phonecalls before Feb 3rd.  All nationalities welcomed, training provided.“We don’t watch the polls, we change the polls!” – AOC 
Phonebank: berniesanders.com/call
Texting: berniesanders.com/text
Join our Phonebank team on BerniePB.com : Germany4Bernie 

Or consider hosting your own events wherever you are!  Event Creation & Management Links for International Hosts

BERLIN EVENTS

TODAY: THURSDAY 09.01.19 7PM – Vortrag & Diskussion: Wie Bernie Sanders Trump besiegen wird 

Oliver will be delivering a presentation on the current tide of the Bernie Sanders campaign and why Bernie WILL beat Trump. The discussion wil be held as part of the #Aufstehen Berlin Meeting at the Anti-War Cafe in Mitte – come for an infomative and lively evening and find out about what you can do for Bernie from abroad (Event will be held in German, English translation can be provided) For more information: FB link  COOP Anti-War Kunstbar Café, Rochstr.3, 10178 Berlin


SATURDAY 11.01.19 1PM RUN FOR BERNIE

Go for a jog around town with Bernie shirts!  We’ve been having an awesome time talking Bernie and giving out voting form Abroad flyers.  Meeting on Saturdays 1pm at U2 Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Park (or open to other suggested routes) – RSVP per mail or social media, last-minute RSVPs welcomed. Meetup Link


WEDNESDAY 15.01.19 7PM- LAST DEBATE BEFORE IOWA

Save the date!  The next debate will be held in Des Moines, Iowa – less than two weeks before the Primary season begins!  Join us in the cosy Café Plume in Neukölln. FB Link

54 DAYS to DEMOCRATS ABROAD GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

U.S. citizens living abroad can vote in the DA Global Presidential Primary.  There are 12 at-large delegates that will be distributed proportionally.  In 2016 ca. 35,000 people in total voted in the Global Primary.  Please spread the word to your friends and family!  Same-day registration and in-person voting possible at several locations worldwide.  Also possible to vote by email or by post.  For more information: Democrats Abroad Primary 2020

FAQ about voting in the DA Primary by bernie2020abroad: https://bernie2020abroad.org/resources/democrats-abroad-faq/

Flyer for sharing: How to Vote from Abroad

DEMOCRATS ABROAD EVENTS: https://www.democratsabroad.org/de_events

CANVASSING IN BERLIN (OR ANYWHERE NEAR YOU)

There are ca. 200,000 U.S. citizens in Germany and ca. 3,000 voted in the Global Primary in 2016.  Help us increase the turnout by informing as many people as possible about Bernie and the possibility to vote from abroad.  How to Vote flyers can be sent to any postal address, gladly also for distribution. Contact us at mail@germanyforbernie.com

PODCAST GERMANY FOR BERNIE

Check out our very own Podcast focusing on the experiences and perspectives of U.S. citizens living abroad.

Ep. 1 – Discussion of personal experiences of healthcare and college in different countries
Ep. 2 – Interview with Berlin For Labour volunteers discussing the inspiring organizing here in Berlin, the aftermath of the UK election and where we all go from here. 
Ep. 3 – Joe Biden record on racial issues

Feedback and volunteers very welcomed.  https://soundcloud.com/germanyforbernie

Newsletter December 19th 2019 – Debate Watch THIS FRIDAY / DA Ballot update / Dec events / Voter registration / Podcast

Debate Watch Party and Year-End Meetup THIS FRIDAY

Interkulturelles Haus Schöneberg
Geßlerstr. 11, 10829 Berlin
Friday December 20th from 7pm

Pumped or worried after the House impeachment? Here’s a chance to meet fellow progressives and stay focused – bring friends, rally some good energy and talk about what we can do in the coming year 🔥

It’s a cosy but DIY place, we’ll bring some drinks and order pizza, feel free to contribute or just drop by! Kitchen and cutlery available.

Candidates that have qualified:
Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Andrew Yang, Elisabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer

Maybe also a chance to pick up a last-minute Christmas present? 👉 Bernie T-Shirts


In light of the UK Elections, we’ve decided to keep regular Bernie events going through the holidays – come join us if you are in town!

SATURDAYS – Run for Bernie!

Our joggers on Saturday have been having an awesome time talking Bernie and meeting people around town in their Bernie shirts! 

Meeting on most Saturdays 1pm at Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Park (or open to other suggested routes) – please shoot us an email anytime. 

Last minute RSVPs welcomed!

SUNDAYS – Phone- and Textbanking for Bernie

Our Phone- and Textbank Sundays are making waves on social media and inspiring people all over the world!  All you need is a laptop (and headphones for phonebanking).

22nd Dec: Emserstr. 21, 10719 Berlin (U7 Fehrbelliner Platz / U3 Hohenzollernplatz)
29th Dec: Geßlerstr. 5, 10829 (S1 Julius-Leber-Brücke / U7 Kleistpark)

Setting up starts at 5pm, lines open at 6pm.  RSVP at any of our social media platforms or at mail@germanyforbernie.com

Or try it at home!
Texting: https://berniesanders.com/text/
or our texting from abroad guide germanyforbernie.com/texting

Phonebanking: https://berniesanders.com/call/ 
*Don’t forget to join our phonebanking team Germany4Bernie and count your calls!  berniepb.com

PODCAST GERMANY FOR BERNIE

Check out our very own Podcast focusing on the experiences and perspectives of U.S. citizens living abroad.

Ep. 1 – Discussion of personal experiences of healthcare and college in different countries
Ep. 2 – Interview with Berlin For Labour volunteers discussing the inspiring organizing here in Berlin, the aftermath of the UK election and where we all go from here. 

Don’t forget to like / subscribe – there will be more to come!  Feedback and volunteers welcomed.

https://soundcloud.com/germanyforbernie

DON’T LIVE IN BERLIN?  HOST YOUR OWN EVENTS

Only 45 Days to Iowa!  Consider hosting your events and meet fellow Bernie supporters in your neighborhood.  Phone- and Textbanking is one of the most effective ways to help the campaign from abroad.

There is a specific document from the campaign for posting events from abroad on the Bernie Events Map – let’s show our solidarity on map.berniesanders.com!  We would also be very happy to help advertise on social media.  Posting Events from Abroad


Sidenote: Bernie Iowa update The Hill (December 16 2019): Sanders surges ahead of Iowa caucuses
“The latest NPR-PBS-Marist national survey released Sunday found Biden with the support of 24 percent of respondents, Sanders at 22 percent and Warren at 17 percent, with the Vermont senator leading among progressives, independents, men, nonwhite voters and young people. Sanders has a 20-point lead over the next closest contender among voters under the age of 45.

Sanders has also raised more money than anyone else while reaching the 4 million donors milestone in record time.

The campaign has five offices in the state and says it has surpassed 8 million attempted voter contacts through its network of 760,000 volunteers.

DEMOCRATS ABROAD GLOBAL PRIMARY 2020 UPDATE

Thank you to all who signed the petition, Bernie ist now ON THE BALLOT! You will be able to vote for Bernie at the Democrats Abroad Primary electronically or in-person in a town near you.  FAQs about voting in the Democrats Abroad Primary (please read and share):


VOTING INFO FOR THE 50 STATES – Bernie 2020 50 State Voting Info

Please check if you plan to vote in your home state – there has been reports of registration issues in California, Wisconsin and Georgia, either party registrations changed or deregistered completely.  Please follow the link above and check your registration just to be sure.

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A recent article making the rounds –

BuzzFeed News (Dec 16, 2019) You Don’t Know Bernie Sanders

“.. He believes his presidential campaign can, he says, help people “feel less alone.”He is trying to change the way people interact with private hardship in this country, which is to say, silently and with self-loathing. He is trying, in as literal a sense as you could imagine, to excise “shame” and “guilt” from the American people. These are not words you hear often in politics, but in interviews this year with the candidate, his wife, and his top advisers, they are central to his strategy to win. He is imagining a presidential campaign that brings people out of alienation and into the political process simply by presenting stories where you might recognize some of your own struggles.”

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Thanksgiving 4 ALL at Cafe Plume in Berlin

Nowhere to go on Thanksgiving or just missing some pecan pie from home? Come join us in celebrating Thanksgiving and be together with fellow Americans, non-Americans, Bernie supporters as well as supporters of other candidates (everybody, basically!) – it is Thanksgiving for ALL!

As a 100% volunteer-run potluck, any dishes you could share would be greatly appreciated (traditional or not) – and just so everyone can have a good dinner, vegetarian and vegan dishes are also very welcomed! Check out the google doc below and feel free to make your own entry.

The event will be held at the very cosy and comfortable Cafe PLUME in Neukölln, who have kindly hosted many of our debate watch parties. The bar will be open for us, so please do not BYOB (all beverages). Dinner will open at 8 pm.

Looking forward to an evening with many new and old faces and lots of fun political and non-political conversations – let’s give thanks to all progressive policies together! As organizers for Germany for Bernie: Bernie T-Shirts and literature will be available and any questions for how to register to vote from abroad or questions about Bernie will be very gladly answered!

RSVP not necessary – but greatly appreciated! mail@germanyforbernie.com or on FB (https://www.facebook.com/events/2343373202456519/) or any of our social media platforms.

* * * Food list: https://docs.google.com/document/d/180lTKXRz47iAry4GhV3oKhSheFmGqZQegc5QFG7TYY4/edit?usp=sharing

Thanksgiving 4 ALL at Cafe Plume, Berlin
Thanksgiving 4 ALL – The winner of our Bernie Quiz! Comngrats!
Thanksgiving 4 ALL at Cafe Plume, Berlin
Thanksgiving 4 ALL at Cafe Plume– A few of the amazing dishes that volunteers brought to share
Thanksgiving 4 ALL at Cafe Plume, Berlin

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