On February 21st, Democrats Abroad held a historic event -- a Global Town Hall where the presidential nominees were given the opportunity to directly address citizens abroad and speak to their issues and concerns. Each campaign had a segment where they delivered an opening statement and then the forum was opened up to questions submitted by Dems Abroad attendees.
Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright represented the Clinton campaign and shared a lot of her own insights and experience as well as highlighting her long-standing history and relationship with Secretary Clinton. During the question period, when asked about the Same Country Safe Harbor proposal for FATCA and Residence Based Taxation (RBT) Secretary Albright re-iterated the campaign's positions on these issues impacting American citizens abroad -- saying that Secretary Clinton had heard of the issues on FATCA and RBT, and that Clinton believes we need to examine these complex issues in more detail.
During the break, the Dems Abroad team presented some shout-outs to groups around the globe, highlighting events and house parties in Barcelona and Edinburgh. I saw groups checking in on Twitter from India and New Zealand, and all over Europe and Asia. They also gave us some fun facts -- did you know that there are anywhere from six to nine million Americans living abroad? Democrats abroad sends 21 voting delegates to the Democratic National Conventions (13 pledged and several super-delegates). If we were a state, we would be the 12th largest state in the U.S.
Senator Sanders then joined us, taking a short break during a campaign stop in South Carolina to make his opening statement and then go directly to the two questions impacting citizens abroad. He emphasized his agreement with the Same Country Safe Harbor proposal and again thanked Democrats Abroad for their work and leadership on these issues. As for RBT, Senator Sanders' answer offered more definite support for residence based taxation, saying "we can do better" for our citizens living and working abroad.
You can see the candidates written responses on the issues most impacting U.S. citizens abroad by checking the Democrats Abroad website -- http://www.democratsabroad.org/our_candidates. Check it out, and VOTE!
Photo by: Alexandre Albuquerque
Bem-vindo aos Democrats Abroad - Portugal!
Democrats Abroad Portugal (DAPT) is the official arm of the Democratic Party for U.S. citizens living in Portugal. We'd love for you to join us!
Democrats Abroad supports every American abroad in registering to vote and casting their ballots from overseas. These get out the vote efforts are the heart of our political activity, and we rely on volunteers to ensure our members and friends are enfranchised every election, every year. Our absentee votes have been decisive in numerous elections across the US! Americans overseas can use VoteFromAbroad.org to register to vote and request absentee ballots.
Together with other DA country committees from around the globe, we're letting Capitol Hill know about specific issues that overseas Americans face. There are many ways for us to make our voices heard, even an ocean away -- please share your questions and your enthusiasm for politics with us!
Our leaders work hard to represent and connect DAPT's diverse and active members. 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. Please contact one of the leaders if you have questions or want to get involved in events or volunteering.
Muito prazer em conhecê-lo!
Patrick Siegler Lathrop, Chair
Pat Westheimer, Vice-Chair
Tristan Averett, Secretary
Susan Korthase, Treasurer
Democrats Abroad - Portugal
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