Who we are
AAUPW is a private organization based in Munich, Germany for American and other English-speaking women graduates of an American accredited college or university.
How to join
If you'd like to know more about AAUPW, why not come along to one of our monthly gatherings to see if our group and its activities reflect your personal interests?
Recent & Upcoming Events
Program Meeting - April 2019
Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30 PM
April’s speaker will be Claudia Clark, author of MY PARTNER, MY FRIEND The Relationship between U.S President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. The book explores how the relationship between Barack Obama and Dr. Angela Merkel evolved from one of extreme apprehension to one of deep friendship and a partnership that captivated the world, and why their partnership is so important to today’s world leaders – the transformation of their relationship exemplifies how it is possible for political adversaries to establish a bond of trust, respect, and even friendship.
Clark received her BA in History and Public Policy from Michigan State University, where she served as President of the College Democrats and was active in Amnesty International, NOW, and Pro-Choice groups. She holds an M.A. in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Masters in U.S. History with an emphasis on women’s history from San Jose State University, and an MSW from the University of Michigan with an emphasis in Community Organizing.
Clark has worked on numerous political and social justice campaigns, including serving as a campaign manager for a school bond measure for the South San Francisco Unified Schools Campaign; a community organizer with ACORN; a field organizer for the South Bay Labor Organization, San Jose, CA; and a field organizer for the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy families. Her volunteerism includes many Democratic Party organizations, NAACP groups, Planned Parenthood affiliations, and Toastmaster’s International.
Clark and her husband recently moved from San Jose, California, to Landshut, Bavaria, Germany where she was recently elected as the national, Get OutThe Vote Coordinator (GOTV) with the Democrats Abroad Germany Chapter. She is currently conducting research for her next book about West German families who were separated by the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. Website: claudiaclarkauthor.com
Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad
Tax Legislation Reform: With April 16th coming up, many in the US are scrambling to do taxes. U.S. taxation law tends to be a burden to U.S. citizens living abroad, and it impacts many in unintended ways – from preventing us from opening bank accounts to doing online trading to having joint bank accounts with non-American spouses.
Some of our volunteers in Democrats Abroad have been working hard over the last two years to introduce the Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act.
For that purpose, they published a survey at the beginning of February – which many of you kindly filled out – so that they could identify and gauge the biggest issues Americans abroad have with taxation.
If we want to get this bill into and through Congress, we have to be heard. So please call your members of Congress and make it clear how it would make a difference for you. Feel free to refer to the following the guide.
March 25, 2019
On March 13th and 14th, American Citizens Abroad (ACA) and American Citizens Abroad Global Foundation (ACAGF) hosted two webcasts updating the community on the recently introduced legislation, Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act (TFAA).
“ACA and ACAGF felt it important to have an update on the extensive work that Representative Holding’s office has been doing on this legislation and inform the community on next steps,” said Charles Bruce, ACA Legal Counsel and ACAGF Chairman.
“Response to the webcasts has been very positive and the community has written ACA and ACAGF expressing how important it was for them to hear about this legislation from the Office of Representative Holding. ACA will be working to make the content from these webcasts more widely available in the coming days,” added ACA Executive Director Marylouise Serrato.
For full audio of both the March 13th and 14th webcasts click here
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