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Congresswoman Delauro from Connecticut wants you to Vote From Abroad!


DA Italy - Out and about

Some pictures from recent events here

Photo- and aperitivo-op in Bologna

Convention watch in Rome:

Election presentation in Treviso:

Voter Registration table in Rome:

 

 


Register to vote in person in Italy (schedule constantly updated)

Register to vote in person (this page will be updated regularly)

Note: To all sessions, bring your US Driver License or passport. Know your voting residence (address you last lived or voted in the USA) and your social security number

 

In Rome:

Monday, Sept. 19: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm - University of California - Rome Study Center - Piazza dell’Orologio, 7
(behind piazza della Chiesa Nova in Corso Vittorio Emmanuele)

Tuesday, Sept. 20 - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm - University of California - Rome Study Center - Piazza dell’Orologio, 7
(behind piazza della Chiesa Nova in Corso Vittorio Emmanuele)

Wednesday, Sept 21 - 11:00am - 6:00pm  - American University of Rome, via Pietro Roselli, 4  00153 Rome
    Non-students must fill in the attached for in able to come on campus:
    https://www.aur.edu/blog/myevents/democrats-abroadrome-host-non-partisan-voter-registration-at-aur/

Thursday, Sept 22 - 11:00am - 6:00pm  - American University of Rome, via Pietro Roselli, 4  00153 Rome
    Non-students must fill in the attached for in able to come on campus:
    https://www.aur.edu/blog/myevents/democrats-abroadrome-host-non-partisan-voter-registration-at-aur/

-   Saturday, Sept. 24 - 2:30 - 4:30 pm - University of Richmond
    Piazza S. Andrea della Valle 6    00186 Rome

 

 For information contact Bob Samors at daitaly-voterinfo@democratsabroad.org

 

In Florence:

VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES AT PAPERBACK EXCHANGE
Located in via delle Oche, 4r, near the Duomo

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 FROM 3:00-5:00 PM
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 FROM 3:00-5:00 PM
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 FROM 3:00-5:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 FROM 3:00-5:00 PM
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 FROM 3:00-5:00 PM

Other dates and sites may be added later. This page is constantly updated.

For information contact Kristina at daitaly-florence@democratsabroad.org

 

In Bologna:


Wednesday, Sept. 21 - 2-4 pm - Cappella Farnese, Palazzo Comunale, Piazza Maggiore
For information contact Joanne and Peggy at daitaly-bologna@democratsabroad.org

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Tom Fina's Letter from Washington - July 31, 2016

LETTER FROM WASHINGTON
To Democrats Abroad
31 July 2016
Tom Fina                                          
Executive Director Emeritus

At the close of the Republican convention last week, Timothy Egan, the long serving NYT journalist, ended his wrap-up thus: “And we should fear - for the republic, for a democracy facing its gravest peril since the Civil War.”

Donald Trump’s invitation to Putin to shift his cyber hacking to Hillary Clinton’s
e-mail is confirmation of Egan’s fear. As the US considers how to respond to the Russian meddling in our national election, it has limited options. It has to weigh the need for Russian cooperation to end the war in Syria, for example,  against trying to punish the hackers at a moment when a planned or unplanned misstep by either side could risk a military confrontation.

With Clinton’s acceptance of the Presidential nomination at the close of the Democratic convention Thursday night, the election campaign is now launched.  One hundred days of unprecedented and unpredictable campaigning separates us from election day. The psychotic Donald Trump will make it the most sordid campaign in memory because of his unbridled crudity and lack of self control.

The conventions were in stark contrast. Trump, the ruthless outsider, captured the Republican organization by crushing its main-line candidates and leadership. Clinton was carried to nomination by the Democratic establishment over the powerful competition of Senator Sanders. In the end, Clinton and Sanders played by the rules and compromised. He united the party by moving that she be nominated by acclaim. Trump trampled the rules of the Republican convention and denounced his opponent.

While the Democratic convention opened with the threat of chaos because of the anger of the Sanders’ delegates, it moved steadily to unity when Senator Sanders put all of his support behind Clinton, as she had rallied to Obama when she lost to him in 2008. That, too, was in sharp contrast to Trump’s last standing competitor, Ted Cruz, who stood before the Republican convention and refused to support him. Clinton’s selection of VA’s Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate creates a team that seems as close knit as Obama and Biden. Kaine is an experienced, likeable, tough Spanish speaking Catholic and will help carry VA.

Democrats left Philly as overwhelmingly united as Republicans left Cleveland divided. The convention itself was the best orchestrated by either party in the memory of long-time pundits and its steady focus on the danger to our security and democracy posed by Trump was the launching pad for the next hundred days. By all accounts, the over-arching Democratic theme will be that an uninformed, authoritarian Trump would threaten our security and our democracy. As the last balloons and confetti fell in Philadelphia, the Clinton campaign began its pivot to the ground campaign with a three-day bus tour through the wavering white, working class Rust Belt of PA and OH. The Trump organization believes that he must win electoral college votes of these two states and Florida to win. They are critical to both candidates.

While there were more total TV viewers of the Democratic convention than of the Republican, Trump’s ratings got a bounce from his and Clinton had fallen from an average 6.8 point lead at the end of June to a 0.9 point Trump lead by July 28, the last day of the Democratic convention. Now, in the very first presidential polls after the conventions, two give Clinton a 5 point lead. A third, by a new bipartisan organization polling on July 29, gives Clinton a 15 point lead among all voters with a 7 point lead among men and a 22 point lead among women.

Americans abroad, like both our foreign friends and enemies, who look at TV, read the press, follow the social media or read diplomatic reporting, now know what kind of an America Trump or Clinton would lead. Your observer on the Potomac can tell you little about that choice that you do not already know. But, some of the vital nitty gritty may be less reported abroad.

Clinton has out raised Trump ($386 million to $94 million), outspent him in advertising ($57 million to $3.6 million), and has a 50 state grass roots organization with top of the line voter technology in place and he has none. Still, Real Clear Politics, the polling aggregator, gives Clinton/Kaine 202 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win, with 182 a toss-up and Trump/Pence with 154. The Clinton campaign and its PAC supporters are about to unleash a flood of advertising in swing states. We Democrats will be biting our nails awaiting signs that traditional campaigning will work in this climate of anger-driven voters alarmed at the seismic changes in our society taking place around them.

The terrorist attacks in Belgium, France, Germany and massacres here in Orlando, as well as the police killings of black men in MN and LA followed by the revenge killing of 5 officers in Dallas and others since, feed public demand, especially among older, less educated white men, for change, for law and order.  That gives Trump’s warnings that we are 5 minutes to mid-night from which we can be saved only by his imposition of law and order, an appeal that no one can yet measure with confidence. But, it is a profound worry. 

After the full data is in about the effect of the Democratic convention on voter support and the results of the ground campaigning, the next (scheduled ) headline event will be the first presidential candidate debate on September 26. It is to be followed by a second on October 9 and the third on October 19 with one vice presidential debate on October 4. Trump has already complained that the timing has been rigged against him (although the schedule was announced in September 2015) and there is speculation that he may refuse to participate in one or more of them.

Fasten your seat belt for the next 100 days!

Comments: demsabrd@gmail.com


Convention Watch - Get the Party started! July 29-30

It’s Time to GET THIS PARTY STARTED !!!!

Convention Watch Weekend -  July 29th and 30th
 Your place or mine?


Bring your friends together to listen to the Convention Speeches. Discuss Issues. Get excited about the upcoming elections!

The Democratic Convention will be held from July 25-28.
 Record the speeches or whatever events you think might be interesting.

 Host a party on the Friday July 29th or Saturday July 30th to watch the action together.

Your party can be as big or small as you'd like.  It can be a potluck, a catered event or as simple as wine & cheese or beer & popcorn!

Here are the logistics:

 If you want to host a party send us a message by next Monday, July 18 - with your name, email address, date and time, party venue address (and any special details, also how many people you can host).
We’ll post your name, date & time and general location on our web site event page, something like: “Matt and Marjorie, in southern Rome for beer and popcorn at 8 pm on July 29th" or “Sue in Perugia, potluck at 7pm on July 30th”.

If you’d like to attend, RSVP to the event asap and we’ll either provide the host/hostess with your details or make theirs available to you.

 Around July 21 we will also send an email out to DA Italy announcing all the different parties (and their general location), with links to the RSVP page.  The hosts with receive the contact info of those who have RSVPed for their event.


 And when the party’s over, send a group photo for posting on the DA Italy website.    

 Contact:  daitaly-chair@democratsabroad.org for more info or to host your event.


Let’s move our nation forward! AND have fun doing it!

Find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DAItaly/


Join us in Milan - June 20 - for Movie Night

Monday Movie Night & Vote from Abroad registration support

Please join us for a social viewing of: "This Changes Everything"

When: Monday June 20th, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Kaprikorn*, Via Carlo Ravizza 6
Cost: 5 euro; + buffet and/or drinks

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein's international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana's Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

We will have a station available to support anyone who wants to register to vote

We have to pay a licensing fee for the movie so the 5 euro fee is to help defray the costs. Please help our friends at Kaprikorn by buying the buffet aperitivo or a drink: they let us use the room for free.

* Basement room, http://www.kaprikorn.it/
Red line metro: Wagner, De Angelis, Buonarotti
Tram line: 16

 

for further information: info-it-milan@democratsabroad.org



Italy in the Global Primary

Share the life of our voting centers in Florence, Milan, Naples and Rome  + See some pictures below!

Our TV and printed press coverage (you can also find these links on our facebook page):

Interview with Chair Tony Quattrone on Sky24 news, March 1:  https://www.facebook.com/DAItaly/videos/1040017122735079/

The voting center in Naples, March 5: https://youtu.be/l_oFjTsJ_0U

Sky24 coverage of the GPP in Milan, March 7: http://video.sky.it/news/mondo/usa_2016_le_primarie_democratiche_fanno_tappa_a_milano/v274467.vid


Article in Italian by Italy-Florence member Simone Siliani: http://www.toscanaitalia.info/le-mie-primarie-fiorentine-per-bernie-sanders/
Article published by AGI
Article published by ANSA (this is a short version, paid subscribers have a longer one).

The voting center in Rome, March 4:

 

 

 The voting center in Florence, March 5:

 


Short facts on FATCA and other tax issues - talk by Tony Bonanno in Bologna

The following is a synopsis of our DA Bologna meeting on March 5, 2016, with Tony Bonanno on the topic of “US Tax Issues for Americans Living Abroad, including FATCA”.

Tony's talk on US tax issues was structured as a short summary of the answers to questions frequently asked  by Americans living abroad, including:

1.  Citizenship versus Residence-based Taxation.  The US and Eritrea are the only two countries that tax on the basis of citizenship on worldwide income.  Although there have been proposals for US residence taxation, none have succeeded.

2.  How double-tax (US and foreign) is minimized.  The US section 911 earned income exemption of approximately $100,000;  the foreign tax credit;  and tax treaties.

3.  Requirement to file a US tax return.  Generally, approximately $10,000 for singles/married filing separately;  $20,000 for married filing jointly.  A US tax return is required to be filed to claim the section 911 earned income exemption.

4.  Streamlined-filing-  A kind-of amnesty allowing Americans living abroad who have not filed tax returns or tax forms in the past to correct their non-willful mistake and in general file for the past 3 years.  

5. US citizens giving up their US citizenship-  Depending on worldwide assets owned, there could be a significant tax charge on expatriation (officially giving up one's cituzenship).  This is, of course, a major decision.

6.  US gift tax.  There are two levels of tax exemption:  (1)  annual $14,000 for singles;  $28,000 for marrieds and (2) lifetime of $5,430,000 for each spouse.  The gift tax (if any) is on the donor.  The donee gets a cost basis of fairmarket value.

7.  US estate tax.  Lifetime tax exemption of $5,430,000, inclusive of gifts to be counted.  The tax is on the estate of the deceased.  There is no US tax on the recipient.

8.  FAST Act.  New tax law that would revoke a US passport if there is a seriously delinquent tax debt greater that $50,000.  IRS regulations are being drafted for guidance.  Second passports may be a good idea.

9.  FATCA.  It’s not a tax, but a filing of a tax form.  It reports foreign financial assets (cash, dividends, etc, not real estate) over certain dollar thresholds (married filing separately- $200,000 on the last day of the tax year; $300,000 during and married $400,000 on the last day of the tax year and $600,000 during).  Some foreign financial institutions do not want US citizen clients because of FATCA.  Members reported that generally banks in Italy have not caused problems with respect to their bank accounts.

Democrats Abroad want to have an exemption to FATCA if the accounts are in the same country as the US citizen is resident;  the Republicans would like a repeal.

 

For more information about events in Bologna contact Joanne Maloney and Peggy Kidney at daitaly-bologna@democratsabroad.org

 


Global Presidential Primary in Florence, Milan, Naples and Rome

Members of Democrats Abroad will have a unique opportunity with the DA Global Primary.

Democrats living near or able to travel to Florence, Milan, Naples and Rome will be able to vote in person during the first week of March at one of our voting centers listed below)

You can ALREADY vote by postal ballot, email or fax – from now until March 8. Download your ballot here: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/democratsabroad/pages/4823/attachments/original/1456246296/RemoteBallot.pdf
   

After March 8, the votes of Democrats living in over 190 countries worldwide will be counted. Any candidate receiving 15% or more of the primary votes cast will be awarded delegates in proportion to their support in the Global Presidential Primary.

Democrats Abroad will have 17 delegate votes at the Democratic Convention, held in Philadelphia on July 25-28, 2016.

Only members can participate. Join Democrats Abroad on our website http://www.democratsabroad.org/join or else join AND register to vote here: www.votefromabroad.org

 

Please bring proof that you are a US citizen: passport, Italian ID, US driver's license, etc.

 

Voting Centers 2016 Global Primary:

Florence: Saturday, March 5, from 3:00 pm to 5:00pm
California State University Florence
Via Giacomo Leopardi,50121 Firenze

Milan - Monday, March 7, from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm
Kaprikorn
Via Ravizza, 6
20149 Milan

Naples – Saturday, March 5, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
The InternationalSchool of Naples
Viale della Liberazione, 1
80125 Naples

Rome – Friday, 4 March, from 2:30-8:00pm**
St. Stephen's School
Via Aventina 3,
00153 Roma

 **originally announced as being held from 1:00 to 7:00pm