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  • published Why have wages been stagnant for so many workers? in News 2017-10-05 16:41:10 -0400

    Why have wages been stagnant for so many workers?

    Highlight and click on this link to this fascinating and informative report on the recent of history of wages in the United States. 

    https://www.scribd.com/document/360807726/13-FActs-About-Wage-Growth-100317

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  • published Democrats Abroad Guatemala in News 2017-08-22 18:28:30 -0400

    Democrats Abroad Guatemala

    DAGT is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Guatemala. Our mission is to inform and to encourage every US Citizen in Guatemala to vote in all US elections that their state of last residence allows them to, be they local, state, general and mid-term, and to invite US Citizens to join Democrats Abroad. During 2017 we will grow our membership and encourage participation so that we are as strong as possible as we head into the 2018 midterm elections to help Democrats regain the Senate and win back the House of Representatives. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

    If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Guatemala please contact us.

    John Chudy, Chair
    Democrats Abroad - Guatemala
    da_guatemala@democratsabroad.org

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  • Democrats Abroad Guatemala 2017 Annual General Meeting Minutes

    https://www.scribd.com/document/343452669/DA-Guatemala-Annual-Meeting-Minutes-2017

    Minutes of Democrats Abroad Guatemala

    Annual General Meeting Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Casa Convento Concepción, Antigua, Guatemala

     

    ExCom members in Attendance:  Mary Lou Ridinger, Chair; John Chudy, Vice Chair; Thomas Totino, Treasurer; Kee Kalwara, Events/Membership/Fundraising Coordinator;  Lyn Totino, Secretary; Member at Large, David Dean, Counsel, Letty Manne.

      

    Call to order – The Chair asked the Secretary to confirm that there was a quorum.  She indicated that 29 DAGT members signed in and that there were seven proxies. Thus the 25 minimum was met and the meeting was called to order at 11:10am.  The agenda was shown on a PowerPoint slide.

     

    The secretary read the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting (AGM) held March 19, 2016.  The minutes were approved unanimously.

     

    Treasurer’s Report - Tom Totino presented the Annual Financial Report to the general membership of DAGT as required in the by-laws.  He mentioned that the figures presented were condensed and summarized for presentation purposes and that a more detailed report is presented at the regular monthly ExCom meetings.  He touched on three things; Income and Expenses, Cash Flow and a three year financial history.  He said we had income of nearly Q8,800 which came primarily from sale of T-shirts (Q4,800) and from Feed the Donkey (Q2,800).  Expenses for the year were Q7,900.  The greatest expense was for voter registration and holding the Democratic primary on March 1, 2016. The net income after subtracting expenses from income was Q865.  As a result our cash balance grew from Q2,422 at the start of the year to an ending balance of Q3,287.  He also mentioned that looking at the past three years our income was in line with previous year’s but expenses were less because of how we managed the July 4th event.  At this year’s ‘July 4th Sundowner with Fireworks’ we allowed free entrance but sold drinks. Popcorn and tostadas were provided for free.  There were no questions about the report and David Dean moved that the report be accepted.  Motion was seconded and approved unanimously.

     

    Events Coordinator’s Report:  Kee presented the DAGT events from 2016.

               

    JANUARY:   17th:  The Democratic Primary Debate was shown at Kafka in Antigua and was well attended.

    FEBRUARY:              11th:  The Democratic Primary Debate was shown at Kafka.

    MARCH: 1st:  Voting in the Democrats Abroad Global Primary was held at Cafe Condesa in Antigua.  One hundred fourteen people voted.

                19th:  The Annual General Meeting was held at Casa Convento Concepción.

    APRIL:  27th:  The movie The Big Short was shown at Kafka.

    MAY: 7th:  Voter Registration was held at Enlaces in Antigua.

                21st:  Voter Registration was held at Enlaces.

     

    JUNE:            11th:  Voter Registration was held at Enlaces.

                21st:  The Michael Moore movie Where to Invade Next was shown at Personajes bar/restaurant in Antigua.

    JULY:  4th:  A Sundowner with Fireworks (read Happy Hour) was held at Casa Convento Concepción.  We provided snacks and provided popcorn using a borrowed maker that was a big hit. Fireworks were set off at sunset.  Somehow we avoided the rain. A successful event with approximately 75 in attendance

                15th:  Voter Registration was held at Enlaces.

    AUGUST:  13th:  Voter Registration was held at Enlaces. Thirteen people registered.

    SEPTEMBER:  17th:  Voter Registration was held at Enlaces.

    OCTOBER:   4th:  Vice Presidential Debate was shown at Kafka.

                            15th:  Federal Write in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) event at Enlaces.

    NOVEMBER:  8th:  Election Night Watch Potluck was held at John and Mary Ann’s.  It was depressing but the food was good.

                DECEMBER:  3rd: Peter Lee, a Sander’s delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Oregon spoke to a small group at a private home in Antigua.

    MARCH:  15th: Movie Night Potluck  Michael Moore’s movie Sicko was shown at Dave Evans’ house.  We used our new projector for the first time and showed the movie on a very large format. Eleven people attended.

     

    Throughout the year we made phone calls to all DAGT members who had not logged on the Democrats Abroad web site, sent emails and posted on Facebook. Kee asks us all to ‘like’ our DAGT Facebook page and ask to join the group. One must be a member DAGT to join the group. Joining the group doesn’t make you a member of DAGT.  Kee checks the membership roll to verify each request. John Chudy and Kee are authorized to approve new members to the group.

     

    Kee also asks you not to unsubscribe from emails you receive from John or Kee unless you do not want to be informed of what is going on in Guatemala. If you was to stop receiving emails from any other organization, you must subscribe from each one individually.

     

    This year we plan membership drives and voter registration, social events and more movies and presentations. Kee is always open to receiving suggestions for movies and presentations.

     

    The Executive Committee meets monthly, usually in Antigua.  The date, time and place of these meetings will be posted on our Facebook page.  All members are invited to attend.

     

    Meetup Groups Chair Reports:

                Traci Styner, Lake Atitlan region:  She has lived in the area for 6 years. Traci held 5 very successful events in Panajachel and Santiago.  These events attracted lots of young voters and resulted in many votes.

     

                Hyungjoon Jin has been a teacher in Guatemala City since 2014.  Hyung has tried to create a community between three international schools in the city.  The goal has been to keep people informed and get people to vote.  He held several voter registration events in May (a dozen people registered) and September (15 registered). He also held casual debate watch get togethers in his home.  He had a casual FWAB event and collected votes from the 3 schools. Hyung will continue his work another year.

     

                Sara Castellano began as Occidente Group Meetup Chair, in February (she lives in San Marcos), but did not attend the AGM via Skype due to a family emergency

     

    Chair Person’s Report for 2016:

     

                In January we had our annual membership update. Members with last verified date from 2012 (four years or older) were called or contacted by email to update their information. 

                On March 1st The Democrats Abroad Global Primary was held at Cafe Condesa. One hundred fourteen members cast votes (53 for Hillary and 61 for Bernie). The Global primary vote gave Bernie 9 delegates and Hillary 4.

                On March 12th,  During the Festival Atitlán at Santiago, John Chudy registered a dozen new voters.

                On March 19 we held our Annual General Meeting in Antigua.

                On April 2nd we held a voter registration event at Enlaces.  Hyung assisted and formally became the DAGT Guatemala City Meetup Group Chair.

    From May 13 - 15 The DPCA Global Convention was held in Berlin, Germany.

    On July 4th DAGT held our Sundowner with Fireworks at Casa Convento Concepción. It was a success with free popcorn and snacks. We sold beer and wine and set off the fireworks left over from the 2015 July 4th event.

    On July 7the Traci Styner formally became DAGT Lake Atitlán Meetup Group Chair.

    From July 25 to 28 the Democratic National Convention was held in Philadelphia. Hillary was nominated. John attended some of the outside events.

    From August to September members used CallHub phone banking to get out the vote. It was our best year ever as over 50% of our membership voted as indicated by VoteFromAbroad numbers. It ranks Guatemala pretty high relative to other country committees globally.

    On October 15th we held our Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) event at Enlaces in Antigua.

    November 8 is a day that will live in infamy!

     

    Elections for the Executive Committee officers for the 2017 - 2019 term:

     

                The slate of officers was presented: 

    John Chudy, Chair:  Mary Lou Ridinger, Vice Chair; Tom Totino, Treasurer; Lyn Totino, Secretary; Counsel, Letty Manne; Member-at-Large, Annie Vanderboom; Member-at-Large, Dave Evans.

                Mary Ann Anderson moved that the slate be approved by acclamation. Motion seconded by David Dean. The slate was approved by acclamation.

     

    Appointed Officers:

     

                Media Contact & Communication Standing Committee Chair: (vacant)

                Issues/Programs/Special Events/Social Committee Chair: Kee Kalwara

                Membership/Voter Registration Standing Committee Chair: Kee Kalwara

                Fundraising Standing Committee Chair: Kee Kalwara

                Guatemala City Meetup Group Chair:  Hyungjoon Jin

                Lake Atitlán Meetup Group Chair: Traci Styner

                Occidente Meetup Group Chair: Sara Castellano

                Occidente Meetup Group Deputy Chair: Rachael Shenyo

     

    Recognition of Volunteers:

     

                These members were recognized for their work to promote Democrats Abroad:

     

                Mark Schomer: Occidente Meetup Group Chair, (outgoing)

                Hyungjoon Jin: Guatemala City Meetup Group Chair

                Traci Styner: Lake Atitlan Meetup Group Chair

                David Dean: Member-at-Large

                John Green: Member-at-Large

     

    Events and Goals for 2017:

     

                We need to continue to attract new members including - maybe more importantly - young members and focus on retaining our current members. We plan to increase our total membership to 480 from 468. We need to keep members engaged and interested in Democratic activities. We will do this by holding discussion groups, movies, social events and through resistance activities. There are formal resistance groups in our area. On April 29 there will be a 100 day protest march in Guatemala City. You can contact Kee Kalwara for details. Empower/Educate/Act is a resistance group in Antigua. Check it out on their Facebook page: EmpowerEducateAct or contact Linda Conard for details. Members are urged to continue contacting their Representatives and Senators by letter, phone and/or email.

     

    We encourage members to file their FPCA every year. It could make a difference in having your vote count. Members are encouraged to support the global organization - DPCA. We plan to increase the number of members that are DPCA sustaining donors to 10% or our total membership. Or members can make a one-time donation. A donation of $20 will help us reach a lot of voters.

     

    The DPCA Global Meeting will take place in Washington, DC from May 12 - 14.  Anyone can attend.  There will be a Door Knock event from the 16th to the 17th on Capitol Hill with DA members visiting Congressman’s offices.

    We must build consciousness toward the 2018 midterm elections which will be held November 6, 2018. All 435 seats in the House and 34 Senate seats will be contested. We must all remember that Republicans have won more political power in 2016 than since 1928. We all have a lot of work to do.

     

    All members are urged to use www.votefromabroad.org to file your new FPCA and click ‘yes’ to update your information as you complete the form.  Click ‘RSVP’ when you in-box alerts you to an event from DAGT. Our monthly DAGT executive committee meetings are open to all members.

     

    Adjournment:  After a lively discussion about how to attract younger members and how to make everyone who attends events feel welcome the meeting was adjourned at 1:08 pm.


  • posted about Democrats Abroad Guatemala May 2016 Executive Committee Meeting on Facebook 2016-05-26 10:58:49 -0400
    Democrats Abroad Guatemala May 2016 Executive Committee Meeting

    Democrats Abroad Guatemala May 2016 Executive Committee Meeting

     Minutes of the Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad Guatemala

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    via Skype

     

    Present: John Chudy, Acting Chair;  Tom Totino, Treasurer; Britini Port, Media Contact; Kee Kalwara, Issues and Events Committee; Lyn Totino, Secretary; Hyungjoon Jin, Guatemala City MeetUp Group Chair.

     

    1. Call to order: 3:34 pm. Motion to approve the minutes of last meeting and the agenda for the day, passed unanimously.
    2. Treasurer report was presented by Tom Totino. Our balance as of May 1 is Q2,971.

                           

    3.  Events

    • Movie Night  ‘The Big Short’ was shown at Kafka on April 27.  Although Kafka worked well for debate night it was not good for a movie because of noise from other customers.  Kee would like suggestions from members for other movie venues. She would also appreciate suggestions for movies.
    • Voter registration will be held this Saturday at Enlaces from 11am until 2pm. Hyung has volunteered to be there to learn the process and assist. There will be other voter registration events on June 11, July 16 and August 13. Volunteers are needed. Hyung will organize an event in the capitol for May 21. He will be working on other events for Democrats Abroad in Guatemala City noting that there is a lot of interest among teachers there.  These events are one way to make sure members vote.  We need to take back the Senate and the House and keep the presidency.  It’s vital: Vote Blue No Matter Who.
    • On July 4th there will be a ‘Sundowner with Fireworks’ event at Casa Convento Concepción from 6 to 8 pm.  Tom Totino will confirm the reservation so an ad can be submitted to Revue by May 10. Britini suggested doing voter registration at the annual Peace Corps picnic earlier on July 4th.
    • There will not be a Labor Day picnic in September.  Instead there will be a FWAB party/picnic: details are yet to be determined.
    • An election night party is being planned for November. The venue remains undecided.
    • John will be attending the Democrats Abroad Global meeting in Berlin in May.

    4.   Travel notes:

    John will be gone May 10 to 17 and July 20 to September 14.                 

    Britini will be gone from May 25 to June 20.

    Hyung will be gone from June 10 to July 25. 

    Tom and Lyn will be gone from May 17 to June 15.

     

    Meeting adjourned at 4:50 pm.            


  • published A Briefer on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election in News 2016-04-03 14:56:53 -0400

    A Briefer on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

    Dear Democrats Abroad Guatemala Member,

     

    Here is a briefer document you may find interesting and informative with respect to the U.S. 2016 presidential election  https://www.scribd.com/doc/306836818/Gic-Paris-Us-Election-22-Mar-16

     

    Note: highlight the above line from https to ....22-Mar-16 and then right-click

     

    Best wishes,

     

    John Chudy, Vice Chair

    DAGT

     


  • posted about Democrats Abroad Guatemala February 2016 Executive Committee Meeting on Facebook 2016-02-12 17:54:56 -0500
    Democrats Abroad Guatemala February 2016 Executive Committee Meeting

    Democrats Abroad Guatemala February 2016 Executive Committee Meeting

    Agenda

    The Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad Guatemala meeting on

    Monday, February 15, 2016 at 12 noon, at San Martin Café and Bakery

     
    Per our bylaws (paragraph 19.3), all meetings are open to all members.

     

    1. Call to order
    2. Approval of agenda (minutes of last meeting Jan 7, 2016).
    3. Treasurer’s Report – Net Worth
    4. Events for 2016
    • Membership survey – discuss next steps and follow up actions.
    • January membership verification phone calls – turn in call lists with comments - discuss.
    • January 17th and February 11th Democratic Candidate Debate watch parties at Kafka with T-shirt and Calendar sales. Comments.
    • Field Plan for 2016 with events and activities –  upcoming voter registration events
      • March 12-13, Voter Registration, Festival Atitlán, Santiago, Sololá
      • March 19th, Annual General Meeting with Voter Registration and St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Casa Convento Concepción.
      • March 26th, Voter registration, Enlaces, Antigua

     

    1. Global Primary in-person voting at Café Condesa March 1, 2016, 8:30am to 6:00pm.
    • Volunteers to staff sign in, membership application and voting tables.
    • Count ballots when voting closes – someone to make a ballot box
    • Email and call to International Chair with our results and then mail voted ballots.
    • Tee-Shirts – sell them at Global Primary voting center

     

    1. Other items
    • DPCA Global Auction - DAGT using some of  its $255 for GOTV activities for Facebook boosting of DA Latino page.
    • Travel Notes:

    Tom and Lyn, March 1 - 30, 2016 ?

     

    Adjournment


  • Annoucement: Democrats Abroad Guatemala January 2016 Executive Committee Meeting

    The Democrats Abroad Guatemala Executive Committee will hold its January 2016, meeting on Thursday, January 7th, at noon at Doña Luisa’s Restaurant in Antigua. The agenda is as follows:

     

    Agenda

    The Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad Guatemala meeting on

    Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 12 noon, at Doña Luisa’s

     
    Per our bylaws (paragraph 19.3), all meetings are open to all members.

     

    1. Call to order
    2. Approval of agenda (minutes of last meeting Dec 21, 2015).
    3. Treasurer’s Report – Net Worth Q1,995

     

    1. Events for 2015
    • Status of membership survey
    • January membership verification phone calls to the membership.
    • January 17th Democratic Candidate Debate watch party at Kafka with T-shirt and Calendar sales.
    • Field Plan for 2016 with events and activities – draft  -  to include DAGT membership survey, membership growth outreach, voter registration/ballot request events.

     

    1. Global Primary in-person voting at Café Condesa March 1, 2016. 
    • Voting also available by mail, by fax, by email attachment – details to follow.
    • Revue and Que Pasa ads in February editions.
    • Similar outreach by Facebook and Email

     

    1. Other items
    • Lyn’s Tee-Shirt update – sell them at Global Primary voting center – and at Jan 17 debate watch event for Q100 each. Other venues?
    • DPCA Global Auction - DAGT will use its $255 for GOTV activities that will include Facebook boosting for the Facebook Latino page to launch Jan 15 in Guatemala.
      • Travel Notes: John Green, February 6-14, 2016; Tom and Lyn Totino, January 2-18 and March 8-30, 2016

     

    Adjournment

     

     

     


  • published Make History Vote 2016 Tee Shirts Still Available in News 2015-12-23 09:48:02 -0500

    Make History Vote 2016 Tee Shirts Still Available

    Dear Democrats Abroad Guatemala Member,

     

    There are still two shopping days till Christmas. If someone is still on your list, or you want to give someone something really special, then hurry and buy a brand new Democrats Abroad Guatemala tee-shirt “Make History, Vote 2016.”  They’re available now in small, medium, large and XL sizes.  You can get yours from Tom Totino at ttotino@gmail.com, or call 5718-6153 to reserve yours.

    Q100

    Merry Christmas

     

     

    The Executive Committee

    Democrats Abroad Guatemala


  • Democrats Abroad 2016 Global Primary - Democrats Guatemala to Hold In-Person Voting on Super Tuesday

    Democrats Abroad Guatemala will hold its in-person voting for the Democrats Abroad Global Primary on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at Café Condesa, on Central Park, in Antigua Guatemala, from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm.  

     

    March 1, 2016, is Super Tuesday, which in the United States, in general, refers to the Tuesday of the primary season in a presidential election year when the greatest number of states hold primary elections to select delegates to national conventions at which each party's presidential candidates are officially nominated. More delegates can be won on Super Tuesday than on any other single day of the primary calendar and candidates must do well on this day to secure their party's nomination.

     

    All members of Democrats Abroad Guatemala are encouraged to vote in the Democrats Abroad Global Primary, rather than in the primary of their voting state back home. That is, you may vote legally in only one primary, so make a point of voting in Democrats Abroad's Global Primary. For Democrats Abroad Guatemala members who cannot vote in-person on March 1st, remote voting by surface mail, fax and email is available. Request your ballot at: www.democratsabroad.org/gpp, or mayadems@yahoo.com. Direct any additional questions to: mayadems@yahoo.com.


  • published Welcome to Democrats Abroad Mexico in News 2015-12-07 18:54:36 -0500

    Welcome to Democrats Abroad Mexico

    We are the official arm of Democrats Abroad in beautiful Mexico. Our goal is to inform and encourage every American citizen in Mexico to register and vote in US elections and play a role in the political process back home in the United States. We invite you to visit our website and join us across the country as we work to regain the Congress and win the White House in 2016. We will assist you with registering to vote and keep you informed on the issues that impact Americans living abroad. We have active chapters across Mexico in Costa Banderas, Mazatlan, Lake Chapala, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City and we are growing all the time. Visit our site often and no matter where you call home in Mexico, welcome, you are home……

    Contact us at: da_mexico@democratsabroad.org, and Democrats Abroad Mexico on Facebook