Global Climate March Sunday Nov. 29 – AVA meets at 11:45

globalclimatechange_fbNext Sunday, November 29, one day before the opening of the Paris climate conference, there will be demonstrations all over the world calling for 100% renewable energy by 2050. AVAers and their friends will be meeting at 11:45 a.m. outside the Hauptbahnhof. LOOK FOR OUR BANNER next to the statue of the rolling horse on the north side of the station (Europaplatz). We will then walk to the south side of the station (Washingtonplatz), which is where the march will begin. In case of inclement weather, we’ll meet at the DB information desk inside the station on the ground floor at the Europaplatz entrance. Check for details. Marchers will include, among many others: AVAAZ, Campact, Greenpeace, NABU, Klima Allianz, Oxfam, WWF,, Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen. Plus American Voices Abroad (AVA) Berlin.

Premiere of Movie 3 1/2 Minutes/Ten Bullets on Nov. 22, 2015


Panel: Paul Edwards, Anjana Shrivastava, Prof. Dr. Martin Lüthe. Click on photo for more photos.

German Premiere of the film 3 1/2 Minutes/Ten Bullets directed by Marc Silver presented by the One World Berlin Human Rights Film Festival (organized by Natalie Gravenor) and AVA-Berlin. Introduction by Pam Selwyn. The film was followed by a panel discussion with Prof. Dr. Martin Lüthe (FU Berlin/John F. Kennedy Institute), Paul Edwards (DAAD Fellow), and moderated by Anjana Shrivastava.


Movie 3 1/2 Minutes/Ten Bullets Sunday Nov. 22 at Moviemento


More information on Facebook about the movie 3 1/2 Minutes/Ten Bullets

Q&A following the film with director Marc Silver (via Skype), Prof. Dr. Martin Lüthe (FU Berlin/John F. Kennedy Institute), Paul Edwards (DAAD Fellow), moderated by Anjana Shrivastava.

Stammtisch Nov. 5 on TTIP with guest speaker Miguel Verde


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At the November 5 Stammtisch, Miguel Verde talked to AVA about the massive, and massively problematic, international trade treaty, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP. Miguel gave an informative talk about a complex theme followed by a lively discussion. (For additional information from Miguel, see below.) (more…)

Stammtisch Thursday October 1- In Memoriam David MacBryde

Our regular monthly Stammtisch meets at Café X-Zeit at Welserstr. 10-12 just a few steps 11219220_10153624856834730_5571544070731229774_nfrom Viktoria Luise Platz at 8 p.m.

Our dear friend David MacBryde died of pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, September 9.
His widow Sabine has sent us this invitation to David’s funeral on Wednesday, September 30, at 10:30 in the morning in the chapel of the Friedrichwerderschen Friedhof, Bergmannsgtr. 42-44 in Kreuzberg.
The next day, Thursday, October 1 at 8:00 in the evening, American Voices Abroad will dedicate its regular Stammtisch to David – we’ll look at photos and reminisce. All friends of David are welcome.


Stammtisch Thursday June 4 – In Memoriam David Solomon

On June 4, AVA-Berlin dedicated the monthly Stammtisch to David Solomon. Ann Wertheimer read emails she received about David, Karen’s photos were shown as a slideshow, and other friends of David shared reminiscences. I’ve added these new photos to the album on flickr with the memorial service and some old photos of David. 20150604_D_Solomon_3026



Dave Solomon’s friends are gathering to remember Dave and to mourn his loss tomorrow, Saturday, May 23, 20060506_DA_5530from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Dave’s parents, Mark and Pauline, and his brother Bill invite you to join them in the courtyard behind Books in Berlin  at Goethestraße 69, 10625 Berlin. Feel free to bring memories to share. If you wish, you may donate in Dave’s memory to a cause that reflects his spirit, but the family prefers that you do not bring flowers.

Stammtisch Thursday March 5 at 8pm with Special Theme

Stammtisch theme:  “Facts and Trends in Immigration” guest: Dr. Henriette Litta, Head of Office Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration.

Many thanks to our guest Dr. Henriette Litta for her  informative talk about immigration in Germany.  We had a lively discussion on this timely topic.

Phil Remembered

Drawings by CP, made at an AVA business meeting, found recently in a sketchbook.


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Photos © Karen Axelrad

Stammtisch February 5, 2015 In Memoriam Phil Hill

20141207_ava-mtg_7271Our regular monthly Stammtisch meets at Café X-Zeit at Welserstr. 10-12 just a few steps from Viktoria Luise Platz at 8 p.m. Phil Hill, one of our founding members, died on December 22, 2014 (he is pictured above at our brunch at the beginning of Dec.).  We intend to spend some time at the Stammtisch reminiscing about Phil, telling stories or passing around photos.

Annual Business Brunch Sunday December 7

On Sunday, December 7, from 12:00 am to 3:00 pm, American Voices Abroad Berlin will again be holding its annual business meeting in the separate room at La Parrilla at Albrechtstr.11 right behind the Friedrichstrasse station. If you are coming from the S-Bahn, cross the Spree and Schiffbauerdamm and there it is.

The meeting will begin promptly at 12:00. An excellent Mediterranean brunch will begin at 11:00 for all who are hungry at that hour or would just like to sit around and talk.

This meeting is open to all AVAers but only paid-up members will have voting rights (you cannot pay at the meeting) . If you still haven’t paid but would like to, please transfer €30 (or, if that’s too much at the moment, a self-assessed lesser amount) to our treasurer. For details, click on MEMBERSHIP.

Premiere of 1971 at Human Rights Film Festival

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The premiere of 1971 at the One World Film Festival was a great success.  It was introduced by Natalie Gravenor and our own Isabel Cole, and followed by a panel discussion with, from left Annie Machon (former UK spy and whistleblower), Wolfgang Kaleck (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights e.V. ECCHR) Nadja Vancauwenberghe (Editor-in-chief Exberliner Magazine), Johanna Hamilton (director 1971) and our own Ann Wertheimer, (in a double role as chair AVA-Berlin and telling her story of being spied upon by the U.S. army in the 1970s).

One World Berlin Film Festival

postcard_front_k2On November 20, AVA-Berlin will sponsor Johanna Hamilton’s  film 1971 at the One World Berlin film festival. Co-produced by Laura Poitras, 1971 will open the festival on NOVEMBER 20, 7 p.m., at the ARSENAL movie theater on Potsdamer Platz. 1971 tells the story of the break-in at FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, in that year.  Here’s the trailer for this ‘cat- and-mouse thriller’: It’s a real bit of American history “before Watergate, Wikileaks and Edward Snowden”!

A discussion moderated by Nadja Vancauwenberghe, the editor of the Exberliner, will follow the screening. Special guests include director Johanna Hamilton, Wolfgang Kaleck of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights e.V. (ECCHR), and our own Ann Wertheimer as ‘Zeitzeugin’ of the surveillance here in Berlin in 1971. Additional special guests will be announced as soon as their presence is confirmed.

AVA at Global Protest against Climate Change

20140921_florian-climateSeptember 21, 2014                                                                        Photo by Florian Schiedhelm

Special Martin Luther King Stammtisch in September

Joan Klakow introducing Rev. Zorn                                   More photos here,

It will be 50 years this coming September that Martin Luther King, Jr. visited West Berlin at the invitation of Mayor Willy Brandt. AVA’s own contribution to the Martin Luther King anniversary celebrations took place at its regular first-Thursday-of-the-month Stammtisch on September 4 at 8:00 p.m. On that evening we hosted the Rev. Ralf Zorn, an American Pastor in West Berlin and Dr. King’s interpreter and driver on that weekend 50 years ago. 

Freiheit statt Angst Demo 30. August in Berlin

AVA-Berlin supported “Call to Action: Join the Mass Rally ‘Freedom not Fear’ against surveillance at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin”. More information here.  Not all the photos represent the views of AVA-Berlin. Photos of the Demo here.

Freedom Not Fear

Freedom Not Fear protest march; August 30, 2014

Chair Ann Wertheimer at Dems Fundraiser

Our chair Ann Wertheimer briefly explained our organization at the Berlin Chapter of Democrats Abroad Annual Cocktail Party/Fundraiser.20140726_dab_7811

Special Stammtisch on Climate Change

Our own Rich Rosen will give a talk with discussion on “The Science of Climate Change, and its Implications for Prevention” on June 5th at our monthly Stammtisch. Our monthly Stammtisch will, again temporarily, meet at Café X-Zeit at Welserstr. 10-12 just a few steps from Viktoria Luise Platz.

Rich, himself a scientist, has long traveled between Berlin and Boston working with the Tellus Institute – for a Great Transition – research and action for a global civilization of sustainability, equity, and well-being. The institute was established in 1976 as an interdisciplinary not-for-profit research and policy organization. The institute has launched a website called The Great Transition Initiative.