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Welcome Back!

Program Meeting – September 2017

First Fall Meeting – Wednesday, September 20 at 18:30

It’s our Welcome Back meeting!  We hope everyone had a lovely summer.  We look forward to seeing our fellow members and welcoming guests.

September marks the beginning of a new academic year – and the beginning of a new year in our club calendar. As is our custom, we have no formal speaker this month.

The evening will feature a special surprise, regular announcements, and plenty of time to meet new members and catch up with old members we haven’t seen all summer.

For more information, please contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

 
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Sichere Wiesn celebrates 15th Anniversary!

More Sichere Wiesn News

A look at Sichere Wiesn and how its grown

Sichere Wiesn was set up to help women who have lost their friends and don’t know where to go, are being stalked or harassed, have been sexually assaulted, or just need a safe space to get away from the madness.

Since its modest beginnings, this organization has grown its reputation and influence despite resistance from the Oktoberfest organizers (read: breweries). They don’t want to admit that while Oktoberbest is fun for most, this huge event also presents safety problems every year, especially for girls and women.

Kristina Gotlöber, the Sichere Wiesn director, gave me some interesting background on the organization. In its first year (2003), it helped 28 women. Last year, it assisted 216 – a huge jump. That shows that more people know about the check point and are not afraid to go there for help. Some of that awareness comes from the flyers we distribute to tourist hotels each year.

Some more interesting facts from last year: Of the 216 girls and women who sought help from Sichere Wiesn, 9 had experienced or been threatened with sexual assault; 9 had been physically assaulted; 127 had lost friends or valuables (handbags, mobile phones, hotel keys) and were not able to get back home without assistance. In addition, there were 35 cases of alcohol abuse and 36 “other” cases, such as psychological crises and traumatization.

The oldest client at the Sichere Wiesn last year was 72, the youngest 15. The vast majority are under 30.

Interestingly – and this is one more reason to support this great cause – the largest single group of clients was American women! Some 41 Americans got assistance from Sichere Wiesn in 2016. More than half of all of its clients are foreigners (121), and the counselors speak English half of the time.

To raise awareness among young women and men about Sichere Wiesn, Kristina and her colleagues conduct the „Pausenhofprojekt“ every year. They go to schools around Munich and do presentations about safety on the Wiesn. Since starting this project a few years ago, they have been to 16 schools and reached out to 3,000 girls and 2,400 boys.

Kristina expects an even larger number of clients this-coming October, both due to rising awareness – there was even an article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung about it! – and the fact that the Wiesn is one day longer.

If you want to learn more about Sichere Wiesn, check out the website, or better yet, drop by the check point during one of its open houses. It will have two of them during the Oktoberfest – dates and times to be announced. I will update everyone about it in the Evite.
After the Wiesn, there will be a formal celebration at the Rathaus, and, as a long-time supporter, we’ll be invited to join. More details coming.

Your Sichere Wiesn Coordinator

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Sichere Wiesn Action – September 15

Sichere Wiesen – a safer Octoberfest for girls and women!

Sichere Wiesen offers a safe haven at Octoberfest for girls and women from around the world.  Please help us to support it!
When: Friday, September 15th near Hauptbahnhof

Oktoberfest time is rolling around soon, and that means it’s time for the Sichere Wiesn action. Our job is to pass out flyers to local hotels and hostels just in time for Oktoberfest, so that female guests know about it. As usual, we’ll split up into small groups with Sichere Wiesn staff and distribute flyers to hotels in the city center.

For those of you who are new to AAUPW — our club supports this valuable non-profit organization which provides a security point at the Oktoberfest grounds for women and girls who need help.  Please sign up and volunteer to help. It just takes a little more than an hour.

An Evite Reminder will be sent out closer to the date

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My Grandmother asked me . . . , The History of Bees

Book Club – Fall 2017

The next book club meeting will be Wednesday, September 13th at 7pm.  We will be discussing the following  books this fall.

Our first book for the September meeting:  My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry  is a charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove. It is a story about a seven year old girl and her seventy-seven year old grandmother, life and death and the right to be different.

Our second book: The History of Bees, A Novel by Maja Lunde.  In the spirit of Station Eleven and The History of Bees book cover
Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.   England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honor and fame.   United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation…

Not yet scheduled: Egalia’s Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes by Gerd Brantenberg.  An interesting thought-provoking satire on gender roles and in particular the fortunes of one “masculinist” boy who tries to fight against the oppression of his gender. It’s an upside-down society, in which men are repressed and taken advantage of, and women have all the power.  

The Founding Gardeners: How the Revolutionary Generation created an American Eden by Andrea Wulf .
The follow up to the award-winning and critically acclaimed history of British gardening, this is the story of how George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison’s passion for nature, plants, agriculture and gardens shaped the birth of America. The Founding Gardeners offers a fascinating look at the revolutionary generation from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen and farmers.

For more information, contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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Let’s Dance! – for a more joyful and friendly Germany!

Dance Flash Mob in city center for a more tolerant Germany

Dance MobDance Mob for a joyful Germany that enjoys its ever greater diversity of people!
When: July 16th at 11 am at Max-Joseph-Platz!

Vor der Oper or in front of the Opera in the center of Munich will be  the scene of a “dance flash mob” against racism and for tolerance organized by young people. Join  us and take part in the celebration. Wear or bring something that tells who you are, what you enjoy, what you believe in. Let’s dance to the music of Mazel Tov, the great Klezmer band. For more information visit Dance Mob on Facebook.

Terry Swartzberg – Campaigns healing, enlightening and enthralling the World  Dance Mob: 16.7.2017 um 11 Uhr am Max-Joseph-Platz

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Our BISS Walking Tour

Program Meeting June 2017

A small group of members took part on the BISS walking tour last weekend,  which proved to be fascinating to say the least, says one member. Sadly the tour took place during the school break preventing many members from attending. Below a few pictures taken at Ost-Friedhof on St. Martins Strasse.

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Commonwealth, The History of Bees

Book Club – June 2017

This month our book club will be meet Tuesday, June 27th at 7pm and will be discussing two books.

Commonwealth book coverOur first book for the June meeting: Commonwealth is the seventh novel by American author Ann Patchett published in 2016. The novel begins with an illicit kiss that leads to an affair that destroys two marriages and creates a reluctantly blended family.

The History of Bees book coverOur second book: The History of Bees, A Novel by Maja Lunde.  In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.   England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honor and fame.   United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation…

For more information, contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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American Citizen Services and Passport Day

Message for U.S. Citizens

American FlagThe U.S. Consulate General in Munich annually opens its doors to U.S. citizens and hosts the American Citizen Services (ACS) Information and Passport Day.  This year ACS Information Day will take place on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the U.S. Consulate General on Koeniginstrasse 5.  The event is open to U.S. citizens and their immediate family members.

This multi-purpose event provides an opportunity for U.S. citizens to renew their U.S. passport on a Saturday, attend our Information Fair to learn about the various services available to them from U.S. and German civic and government organizations in Bavaria, and to enjoy an American-style 4th of July cookout.

If you would like to renew your passport on June 17, click here to schedule an appointment. Visit our website for a list of the documents required for the appointment and for information on other citizenship services, such as a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, which are offered at the U.S. Consulate General during normal business hours.

To learn more about the Information Fair and the list of organizations that will be attending, visit the Mission Germany website. Even if you don’t need to renew a passport, come and join us in the shade for the 4th of July cookout!  Some of your favorite American food, chips, snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase.

We hope to see you there!  Please bring your passport for entry.  Remember that personal electronic devices and backpacks are not allowed into the Consulate.

 

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OBACHT! Kultur-im-Quartier

From  June  23-25  over  50  artist studios in Haidhausen will be open daily  from  2-9  p.m.  One  of  the  participating  studios is Hands Gallery, owned and operated by AAUPW member Claudia Ziersch. Hands  Gallery will be offerering 6 different mini-workshops – ranging from paper folding to crocheting. Don’t  miss  this  rare  opportunity  to  view and support a wide variety of local artists! More information is available at: www.kultur-im-quartier.de

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Prayer of the Mothers – Nothing is as certain as Peace

WO/MEN S MARCH MUNICH

Peace is only possible when women of integrity and faith stand up for the future of their children!
When: Saturday, 24 June 2017 – 2 pm – Münchner Freiheit!

Deeply touched by the peace process in Israel in the autumn of 2016, singer and peace activist Yael Deckelbaum ( see video), wrote a song which would become a symbol of this movement for peace and the worldwide Women’s Marches. Now here in Munich, we are joining in the worldwide Women’s Marches. The starting point is Münchner Freiheit. The Münchner Friedenszug will follow the Leopoldstrasse to Professor-Huber-Platz. The Israeli singer Yael Deckelbaum will participate in the Munich march and will sing along with us.

The march is the expression of a global movement which focuses not on competition, but rather on connection, not exclusion but on humanity, not on intolerance but on freedom and diversity. It is about nothing less than changing our view and perspective, our coexistence with one another and life in the whole: Away from what separates us, to what connects us. This is nothing less than a small revolution.  Come and be a part of it! Come and march in Munich on June 24th and bring all your friends with you.

Share the event on Facebook and invite your friends to our event: https://www.facebook.com/PrayerofthemothersMunich