Will you just shut-up, man?

Last night’s debate once again affirmed what we already knew — the man in the White House is completely incapable of leading and is fixated on nothing except spewing hate and lies for his own personal gain. Luckily, the election is still in our hands, and we can elect Joe Biden! Read his open letter to Americans abroad here https://www.democratsabroad.org/joe_biden_reaches_out_to_americans_abroad.

As an American abroad, it’s imperative that you return your ballot now. Deadlines are quickly approaching, and we don’t want you to miss them! You can request your ballot and check your state’s deadlines at www.votefromabroad.org/states http://www.votefromabroad.org/states.

Please note that there is NO in-person voting in Germany in November!

We’re also excited to share some updates on voting, including a €25 overnight delivery special from FedEx and “I Voted from Germany” stickers, as well as events, like an online vigil forBreonna Taylor and a debate debrief.

There’s no downside to submitting a FWAB. But you should also mail in your official ballot as soon as you receive it. If both the FWAB and your official ballot reach your voting jurisdiction by the deadline, only the official ballot will be counted and the FWAB will be discarded.

FedExExpress is kindly offering Americans abroad a discount to send ballots home reliably. US voters living in 10 European countries can now take advantage of a special rate for overnight return of their absentee ballots. From now through November, FedEx International Priority service for envelopes up to 500g sent to the USA, including home pick-up in many cases, costs just €25

This special is only bookable online — discounts will not be given if booking at a FedEx store or on the phone. Feel free to privately tell your friends and family, but please do not post about this on social media.

If using FedEx, or any other courier, your ballot must still be enclosed in a ballot envelope, also sometimes called a “secrecy” or “security” envelope. The instructions that come with your ballot will explain how to prepare your ballot envelope. Complete your ballot, put it in the ballot envelope, seal it, make sure to sign the ballot oath, and then put it in the courier service envelope.

All details, including a step-by-step “how to guide https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oVyyR-IwwEGW5gKcdqPZI1DchqE9iE4l/view“, about the FedEx deal can be found at

www.democratsabroad.org/vote_from_germany http://www.democratsabroad.org/vote_from_germany

As a small thank you for your civic engagement, DA Germany is happy to mail you an “I Voted from Germany” sticker free of charge. https://fs11.formsite.com/DAGermany/ivotedfromgermany/index.html

Get your free “I Voted from Germany” sticker here https://fs11.formsite.com/DAGermany/ivotedfromgermany/index.html

(save the picture and already make it your prof pic, too!)

Remembering Breonna Taylor https://www.democratsabroad.org/remembering_breonna_taylor_an_online_vigil

Thursday, October 1 — 4:00pm


Last week, we got news that a grand jury in Kentucky refused to indict the officers who killed Breonna Taylor for her murder. Instead, one officer was indicted for wanton endangerment of the occupants of the apartment next to Breonna’s. If you’re like me, you were heart broken and furious that once again, our system failed to provide justice for a black person. Breonna’s case is not an exception; it’s not an outlier. She, like so many other black women and men, are victims of a system of policing and criminal justice that refuses to afford black and brown skin the same treatment and consideration as white skin. Enough is enough. It is clear to me that justice cannot and will not be given or granted. Justice can only be created by those who demand it. So let’s come together to once again morn our sister Breonna, may she rest in power. And discuss how we can create and shape our justice. Say her name.

Debate Debrief https://fb.me/e/1ysF9gkWO

Friday, October 2 — 5:00pm


“Will you just shut up, man?” was precisely the thought of millions of Americans and people worldwide for over four years. If the first presidential debate has you feeling some type of way and you need to let it out, join our post-debate debrief online via Zoom this Friday from 5:00-6:00pm CEST. RSVP for login information.

Voting from Abroad Q&A https://www.democratsabroad.org/ckerestan/voting_from_abroad_q_a

Monday, October 5 — 6:00pm


Do you have questions about how to vote from abroad? Are you a Democrats Abroad volunteer helping others and want to familiarize yourself with the ins-and-outs of overseas voting? Join us for a one-hour info session and Q&A that will walk you through the entire process!

Before attending the session, we recommending already trying to fill out the absentee ballot request form (FPCA) and a back-up ballot (FWAB). Instructions for both can be found atwww.votefromabroad.org http://www.votefromabroad.org/.State registration deadlines start to fall in early October,so please do not delay. Check your state’s deadline atwww.votefromabroad.org/states http://www.votefromabroad.org/states.

A full list of help sessions can be found at www.democratsabroad.org/vote_from_germany http://www.democratsabroad.org/vote_from_germany.

Phonebanking Training https://www.democratsabroad.org/ckerestan/da_germany_phonebanking_training_and_q_a_20201006

Tuesday, October 6 — 7:00pm


Calling is one of the best ways to get our members to vote! It’s easy and effective! Do you have time to make a few calls? Many of our members are at home, eager to receive them.

Learn how to phonebank at this online live training. For beginners or to refresh your skills or to share your experience! We’ll focus on the basics, take questions, describe the new texting feature, and discuss how it will be to call in the current environment.

We have fantastic volunteers working around the clock to provide voting assistance — and we couldn’t do this without your help. Please consider sponsoring our cause in these critical last few weeks. We are entirely funded by members’ donations. Contributions of any size are greatly appreciated and can be directed to:

Account name: Democrats Abroad Germany

IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99


If you’d like some bang for your buck, why not order some DA and Biden-Harris merchandise? Buttons, tote bags, shirts, and more can be found at www.democratsabroad.org/germanyshop http://www.democratsabroad.org/germanyshop.

Our entire DA Germany team thanks you for your continued support and wishes you a great start to October! The day when we’ll finally have a Democrat in the White House is getting closer and closer!


DA Germany

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It’s Officially TAG Season!

Save the Date: Oct. 20, 2020

3-2-1… TAG Time!
View this email in your browser (https://mailchi.mp/orex/bennu-revealed-2690828?e=8b0d6517a8)

** September 2020


It’s Officially TAG Season!

On Oct. 20, the OSIRIS-REx mission will perform the first attempt of its Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection event. Follow along with the ** OSIRIS-REx Twitter (https://twitter.com/OSIRISREx)
account for a live play-by-play of TAG. You can also stream the live broadcast of the TAG event on ** NASA.gov/live (https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive)

In the meantime, be sure to check the OSIRIS-REx ** Twitter (https://twitter.com/OSIRISREx)
and ** Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OSIRISREx)
pages for updates on the various activities surrounding the long-awaited event. We look forward to sharing the excitement with you!

GO for Sample Collection!

** (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WSm2cuBYqs)
A historic moment is on the horizon for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission! In just a few weeks, the robotic OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will descend to asteroid Bennu’s boulder-strewn surface, touch down for a few seconds and collect a sample of the asteroid’s rocks and dust – marking the first time NASA has grabbed pieces of an asteroid.

TAG Day Activities

** (https://www.asteroidmission.org/tag-technical-poster-2/)

On TAG day, the spacecraft will leave its safe-home orbit to begin the journey to Bennu’s surface. It’ll perform the Checkpoint and Matchpoint burns to steeply descend to the surface, and then… it’s time to collect a sample from site Nightingale! Read more about what to expect from TAG ** here (https://www.asteroidmission.org/?latest-news=osiris-rex-begins-its-countdown-to-tag)

We’re Going In

** (https://www.asteroidmission.org/?attachment_id=24775#main)

On Sep. 24, OSIRIS-REx mission leaders participated in the “Countdown to TAG” media briefing to discuss NASA’s first attempt to collect a sample from an asteroid. You can download and listen to the audio recording ** here (https://arizona.app.box.com/v/OsirisRExT-30/file/723056123947)
. You can also see ** a few highlights (https://twitter.com/i/events/1310691500246757376?s=20)
from the discussion on the OSIRIS-REx Twitter account.

Hey Bennu, There’s a Little Vesta On You

** (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3ujlTTHC2Y)
In an interplanetary faux pas, it appears some pieces of asteroid Vesta ended up on asteroid Bennu, according to observations from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. The new result sheds light on the intricate orbital dance of asteroids and on the violent origin of Bennu — a “rubble pile” asteroid that coalesced from the fragments of a massive collision. Read more about the discovery ** here (https://www.asteroidmission.org/?latest-news=nasas-osiris-rex-to-asteroid-bennu-youve-got-a-little-vesta-on-you)

OSIRIS-REx: Above and Beyond

** (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gnK3JT0HUs)
Celebrate OSIRIS-REx’s accomplishments as we gear up for the biggest one of all — TAG!
Follow Us At:
** (http://www.AsteroidMission.org)
** (http://www.facebook.com/OSIRISREx)
** (http://www.twitter.com/OSIRISREx)
** (http://instagram.com/OSIRIS_REx)
** (http://www.youtube.com/OSIRISREx)
Copyright © 2020 OSIRIS-REx, All rights reserved.

Have you voted yet?

Have you voted yet? What is your current voting status:

Thank you for being a member of Democrats Abroad. Per our records, we have not heard from you for awhile and do not have confirmation that you are set to vote in the upcoming election. You should have received your ballot by now if you requested it via email.

If you could confirm your contact information and also your voting status, that would be greatly appreciated.


If that information is incorrect or incomplete, please click here to let us know whether you are still living abroad or not. It just takes a minute. You will have the opportunity to update your contact information, confirm your membership in DE, move your membership to another abroad country, join the US Alumni group if living in US, or cancel your DA membership.

Note that if you prefer, you can login to your profile on www.democratsabroad.org and make the changes directly on your profile page. You can also send the updates to this email address as another option. Here’s the link to our privacy policy http://www.democratsabroad.org/privacy.

If you have any Voting Questions, please send to info@democratsabroad.org.

If you have any Membership Questions, please send to membership@democratsabroad.org.

Thank you for your help.

Democratically yours,

Shari Temple

DA Global Membership Team

September/October NCB

Well, that month flew by!

Please join us for the September/October NCB chapter meeting on Sunday, October 4 at 19:30 via Zoom. We’ll give you all quick update on the events we’ve held and want to hear about voting questions or experiences you have to share.

We would also like to create space for members to discuss the political landscape and their priorities in the current climate. Topics like:

  • the first presidential debate
  • the Supreme Court vacancy
  • the Biden campaign
  • the challenges of campaigning during Corona
  • the general direction of the Democratic party and the situation in the battleground states, also regarding close Senate races and opportunities to pick up seats in Maine, Arizona, North Carolina, Colorado, Iowa and Montana.

Please RSVP and you’ll be sent the meeting link and info.


DA Germany-North and Central Bavaria


Dialing for Democracy

Yesterday morning, scores of volunteers from around the world started Dialing for Democracy <https://www.democratsabroad.org/ckerestan/dialing_for_democracy_ballot_week_call-a-thon>. Their goal? To reachall Democrats Abroad members shortly after ballots have been sent, confirm that they’ve received theirs, helpthose who still need to request a ballot before looming deadlines or whose ballots haven’t arrived, and inform voters on how to promptly return them to their respective voting jurisdictions. They will keep calling through Thursday evening. Perhaps you’ve already received a call yourself! If not, and you need voting assistance, please visit www.democratsabroad.org/vote_from_germany.

With so much at stake in November, I’d encourage you to call with us <https://fs11.formsite.com/DAGermany/1n1qfojuuk/index.html>. Please also consider financially supporting Dialing for Democracy <https://www.democratsabroad.org/d4d_ballot_week_callathon_fundraiser>, either by making a general contribution or by sponsoring one of our outstanding callers listed below. We are an entirely volunteer-run and donation-funded organization, and all contributions go directly towards projects like phonebanking and providing voter assistance.

Every bit of help you offer enables us to better reach and serve overseas voters. 


Alix S • Amy S-K • Andreas B • Andreas K • Ann H • Ann S • Anya L • Beverly M-F •  Beverly S • Brittany H • Callie A • Candice K • Carole H • Chris C • Daniel H-E • Darrell W • Elena W • Ellene H • Elliott C • Ethan D • Geoff S • Gwen K • Heather L • Heather S •  Heidi R • Hilary M • Jennifer R-S • Joe M • John G • John J • Joshua F • Julie S • Kate H • Kate L • Katie S • Kira S • Kristine G • Margaret M • Marieke W • Marjorie R • Mathilda G • Matt M • Michael J • Michael W • Miriam M • Nancy S • Nikolas N • Patricia P • Pranjal H • Rebecca M • Renee J • Richard M • Roger L • Sarah J • Sarah L • Seth G • Steven J • Susan B • Susan C • Vinnie C

BECOME A CALLER HERE <https://fs11.formsite.com/DAGermany/1n1qfojuuk/index.html>

SPONSOR DIALING FOR DEMOCRACY HERE <https://www.democratsabroad.org/d4d_ballot_week_callathon_fundraiser>

As always, thank you for supporting our cause: getting out the overseas vote. This is the election of our lifetimes, and we must do everything we can in these last six weeks to get a Democrat in the White House, take back the Senate, and keep the House. Any contribution from you <https://www.democratsabroad.org/d4d_ballot_week_callathon_fundraiser> would put us on the path to do just that.

Thankfully yours,
Candice Kerestan
Chair, DA Germany
DA Germany

Raw veganism

Raw veganism, combining veganism and raw foodism, excludes all animal products and food cooked above 48 °C (118 °F). A raw vegan diet includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, grain and legume sprouts, seeds, and sea vegetables. There are many variations of the diet, including fruitarianism.


Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. An individual who follows the diet or philosophy is known as a vegan. Distinctions may be made between several categories of veganism. Dietary vegans, also known as “strict vegetarians”, refrain from consuming meat, eggs, dairy products, and any other animal-derived substances. An ethical vegan, also known as a “moral vegetarian”, is someone who not only follows a vegan diet but extends the philosophy into other areas of their lives, and opposes the use of animals for any purpose. Another term is “environmental veganism”, which refers to the avoidance of animal products on the premise that the industrial farming of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.

Wind Power

Wind power or wind energy is the use of wind to provide the mechanical power through wind turbines to turn electric generators and traditionally to do other work, like milling or pumping. Wind power is a sustainable and renewable energy, and has a much smaller impact on the environment compared to burning fossil fuels.

Wind Turbines

Wind turbines are manufactured in a wide range of vertical and horizontal axis. The smallest turbines are used for applications such as battery charging for auxiliary power for boats or caravans or to power traffic warning signs. Larger turbines can be used for making contributions to a domestic power supply while selling unused power back to the utility supplier via the electrical grid. Arrays of large turbines, known as wind farms, are becoming an increasingly important source of intermittent renewable energy and are used by many countries as part of a strategy to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. One assessment claimed that, as of 2009, wind had the “lowest relative greenhouse gas emissions, the least water consumption demands and… the most favourable social impacts” compared to photovoltaic, hydro, geothermal, coal and gas.


A windpump is a type of windmill which is used for pumping water.

Windpumps were used to pump water since at least the 9th century in what is now Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. The use of wind pumps became widespread across the Muslim world and later spread to China and India. Windmills were later used extensively in Europe, particularly in the Netherlands and the East Anglia area of Great Britain, from the late Middle Ages onwards, to drain land for agricultural or building purposes.

Simon Stevin’s work in the waterstaet involved improvements to the sluices and spillways to control flooding. Windmills were already in use to pump the water out, but in Van de Molens (On mills), he suggested improvements, including the idea that the wheels should move slowly, and a better system for meshing of the gear teeth. These improvements increased the efficiency of the windmills used to pump water out of the polders by three times. He received a patent on his innovation in 1586.

Eight- to ten-bladed windmills were used in the Region of Murcia, Spain, to raise water for irrigation purposes. The drive from the windmill’s rotor was led down through the tower and back out through the wall to turn a large wheel known as a noria. The noria supported a bucket chain which dangled down into the well. The buckets were traditionally made of wood or clay. These windmills remained in use until the 1950s, and many of the towers are still standing.

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