CLAUDIA 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.

Claudia Clark
Thank you for coming to Hamburg and presenting your book. Wonderful listening to you, and receiving so much valuable information on two important & influential leaders! I felt privileged to also have a second chance to listen to you. My very best for you and much success with your book!

– Ulrike Westermann, President International Women’s Club of Hamburg

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Michigan State University women’s history classes / NAACP, San Jose, CA; Democratic Party Santa Clara, CA; Munich Toastmaster’s International; Munich Democrats Abroad; International Women’s Club, Munich; Berlin Women’s International Caucus.

We Live Here Too

By Claudia Clark

The Fight to Protect Australia’s Wildlife

As an American living in Germany, some may question my authority to write a book about the importance of preserving Australian wildlife. However, as a lifelong animal lover, political activist, and author deeply passionate about protecting the Earth and its most vulnerable inhabitants, I feel compelled to address this issue. The devastating fires of 2019, which claimed the lives of an estimated 3 billion creatures in Australia, deeply affected me. This, coupled with my recent fulfillment of a lifelong dream to visit Australia, has solidified my determination to contribute to the protection of these unique critters.

We Are All Berliners

By Claudia Clark

The experiences of the Northern Irish during the IRA struggles and the Eastern Germans during the cold war.

Ever since I first visited Berlin the summer between my junior and senior years of high school in 1990, I fell in love it. The Berlin Wall had been down almost a year that point, but there were remains and evidence of the wall that had divided the city not too long ago. I had always been fascinated with Berlin and the Wall and thought numerous times about writing about it, but I was always stuck on what angle to take. Then, last spring while on vacation in Belfast in Northern Ireland, I became obsessed with the Peace Walls that had been built to divide the Catholic and Protestant populations during the IRA troubles in the 1970s.

Dear Barack

By Claudia Clark

One of the great political friendships of the modern world, as told through key moments that shaped the twenty-first century

Today, we know US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as two of the world’s most influential leaders, together at the center of some of the biggest controversies and most impressive advancements of our time. But while their friendship has been the subject of both scrutiny and admiration, few know the full story.

Taking office at the height of the 2008 global recession, Obama was keenly aware of the fractured relationship between the US and Europe. And for her part, Merkel was suspicious of the charismatic newcomer who had captivated her country.

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“They Are Not Bears!”

“They Are Not Bears!”

As I change my focus with this next book, I will alter my blogposts accordingly. I plan to alternate between posts about Australia’s unique animals and the challenges they face. I also aim to interview caregivers and veterinarians about their work and challenges, and...

My long awaited trip to Australia, September 2023

My long awaited trip to Australia, September 2023

I do not remember exactly how old I was when I saw my first photo of a koala—no more than eight and I instantly fell in love with the cuddly creature. As I grew older, and became aware of other animals, in particular, kangaroos and wallabies, I became equally...

Marienfelde Refugee Center

Marienfelde Refugee Center

April’s research involved visiting the Marienfelde Refugee Center in Berlin where 1.3 million people passed through between 1953 and 1990 as a necessary step in their journey to become free and legal West German citizens. The Center became necessary and funded by the...

At a time when the world is being held in suspense by the erratic actions of a more than opaque US President, it is good to remember that a few years ago it was completely different: America was led by Obama, a personality who could scarcely be surpassed in terms of integrity, level and care for his country. Last but not least, it was this integrity that laid the foundation for an extremely stable and friendly relationship between Barack Obama and Angela Merkel. Claudia Clark analyses in her book how this unusually close relationship came about, even by transatlantic standards. From the difficult beginnings to the strong cohesion when it mattered, Claudia Clark describes step by step the genesis of a friendship that we all wish to see again between Europe and the USA today.

– Robert Schumann

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