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  • published March for Our Lives Worldwide: March 24, 2018 in News 2018-03-21 11:50:32 -0400

    March for Our Lives Worldwide: March 24, 2018

    Dear Democrat,

    The news alert came in just as I finished making a poster for this week’s March For Our Lives. The headline: Breaking news: High school shooting in Maryland.

    And I thought - enough. Enough. It’s time for a change.

    Please join with Democrats Abroad as we rise and organize this Saturday in marches around the world.

    And then help us vote out the politicians who are holding America back from common sense gun laws.

    If you can’t join a rally in person, we hope you’ll join our virtual rally - and help us create a giant collage of Americans abroad standing with Parkland, from all around the world.

    1. Follow our friend’s example below, and print out this PDF:
    2. Take a picture of you and your sign
    3. Reply to this email with your pic:

    4. Post your pic on social media with #DAResists and #VirtualMarchForOurLives
      - Don’t forget to make your post public so we can find it. Here's how  to do this on Facebook without impacting other privacy settings:
      - You can also use the hashtags #MarchForOurLives and #VoteFromAbroad, but #DAResists will make it easier for us to find your posts.

    5. If you're looking for other ways to speak out on gun reform, read the additional suggestions here:

    6. The students of Stoneman Douglas, and the thousands of students who have spoken up before and since, have proven that this generation can and will shape our country’s future, starting now. We believe in them, and we hope you’ll join us in our support.

      All the best,

      Julia Bryan
      International Chair, Democrats Abroad

      Key to sustaining this movement will be ensuring that you vote this year. Have you sent in your ballot request this year? Remember, even if you voted in 2016 or 2017, you still need to request your ballot every calendar year.

      Don’t be disenfranchised! More here:

    7. Join in and help us register voters:
    8. Democrats Abroad


  • [★Leadership★] News from the Excom, March 15

    The blue wave keeps on rolling – this time through the hills of PA 18 where American abroad votes sent home the win to Conor Lamb this week! Many many thanks to the phone bankers who called our Pennsylvania voters to remind them to get out and vote.

    Our GOTV efforts are attracting attention in DC, where states and the DNC now know us as their "margin of victory" for 2018. We have lots to do to make sure we keep up the effort, both at the global and at country committee level. To help us do our best, I've just submitted a SPIF grant proposal to the DNC asking for funding to support and expand our efforts.

    Bill Derrough, the DNC’s Treasurer and a great guy to boot (he's chaperoning his son's class trip), will be in Rome on Tuesday, March 20th at 8:30pm. Join the DA Italy team for a memorable dinner with Bill and help raise funds for getting out the vote around the world.

    It’s Women’s History Month, and the Global Black Caucus is celebrating with the webinar Black Women and Activism - Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round on Thursday, March 22nd at 2pm DC time (7pm CET due to the time change).

    We're standing with March for Our Lives on March 24th in more than 20 cities and towns around the world. If you've got an event planned, please make sure to add it to so we can promote it widely in a global press release. The Comms team will also be sending out a toolkit tomorrow with a press release and more for your team's efforts.

    The Global Progressive Caucus would love to hear from you at its first Action Update and How to Get Involved meeting on Sunday, March 25th at 7:30am DC time.

    Our next ExCom meeting is today at 10am DC time. Our Excom meetings are on Thursdays at 8am DC time unless otherwise noted. As always we'd be delighted to have you join as a guest. If you're interested, get in touch with Jeffrey at and he'll send you the link to the meeting.

    Thank you for all that you do!

    Best, Julia

    Julia Bryan

    International Chair, Democrats Abroad

    Mark your calendars

    Women's History Month – March 1-31
    Black Women and Activism Webinar - March 22 (online)

    Bill Derrough dinner - March 20 (Rome)
    March for Our Lives - March 24 (around the world)
    Tom Perez reception – April 26 (London)

    Annual General Meeting – May 25 - 27th (Tokyo)

    2018 GOTV calendar

  • published Update on Expat Tax Reform in News 2018-03-13 11:02:48 -0400

    Update on Expat Tax Reform

    Dear Colleagues,
    Last week the Taxation Task Force led a hardy delegation of Democrats Abroad through the halls of Congress to talk about expat tax reform. Our Leave Behind Pack attached herewith profiles our discussion agenda nicely.
    So here are our takeaways.
    · Residency Based Taxation – is generating some genuine action! In the office of Rep George Holding (R-NC) we received a short description of an RBT proposal hewn from discussions with a range of Americans abroad organisations. It needs development in order to generate support from, for example, those frightened by the prospect of inadequate anti- tax avoidance provisions. We learned this in subsequent discussions = Congressional reality check!
    So our work to persuade Congress that RBT is a justified policy shift that can be implemented responsibly has taken yet another step forward.

    · Tax Cuts and Jobs Act transition taxes - the serious problems being caused by the Repatriation Tax and GILTI Tax regime (for an explanation see here) are being brought to lawmakers’ attention by many frightened and angry business owners abroad, thank goodness.
    The good news is that, despite the new provisions being exceedingly complex and difficult to explain, the need for a “fix” is well understood.
    The bad, sad, sorry news is that it is on a long list of TC&JA flaws that will not be fixed in the short term.
    Congress must pass an Omnibus appropriations bill no later than 23 March and the halls of Congress are filled with people pleading for urgent remedies for parts of the law that hurt themselves or their industry. The vast majority will go away empty-handed.
    But SEE BELOW for what to do next about Repatriation and GILTI Taxes.
    · FATCA Reform – we continue to talk about HR 2136, the “Overseas Americans Financial Access Act” as a remedy for the problems caused by FATCA, whose problems we no longer need to explain. We did, however, find ourselves briefing Congress on the FATCA judicial challenge. Despite Senator Rand Paul being a plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging FATCA on constitutional grounds, awareness of the case, Crawford et al v US Treasury, is very low.

    As you may know from previous Task Force reports, the Crawford plaintiffs have asked the Supreme Court to review the decision of the lower courts to reject the case for lack of standing. The parties have now filed their pleadings to the Supreme Court. You can find them here.
    For the sake of clarity, Democrats Abroad would be pleased for the U.S. Supreme Court to review Crawford et al on its merits and, once and for all, bring clarity to the question of whether FATCA is constitutional in regards to the fourth amendment (unreasonable searches and seizures), fifth amendment (equal protection) and eighth amendment (excessive fines), as well as the Intergovernmental Agreements.

    · WEP repeal – we continue to promote sponsorship of HR1205, the “Social Security Fairness Act” which would eliminate the impact of the Windfall Eliminations Provision (WEP). The law has 176 co-sponsors and robust awareness. We will keep pushing.

    We also keep pushing HR 2710, the act that would establish a Commission on Americans Abroad and perhaps prevent the establishment of laws and regulations that unintentionally hurt Americans abroad. Which brings us back to the newest law that, because of hasty drafting and inadequate consideration, has unintended adverse consequences for some Americans abroad -
    Because Congress will not act urgently to enact a remedy, a diverse group of Americans abroad organisations is asking the Treasury/IRS to delay the law’s implementation. If you are a business owner abroad you are encouraged to participate in this grassroots campaign urging Treasury/IRS to issue a Notice that:
    1. Delays Repatriation Tax payment until the IRS issues adequate guidance.
    2. Provides an exemption from the Repatriation and GILTI taxes for Section 911 (non-resident) Americans.
    The email-writing campaign outreach is aimed at relevant persons at Treasury and the IRS plus the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee. You should also send this message to your elected representatives in both Houses regardless of their committee assignments. Please contact us with any questions.
    We also discussed –
    · Accidental Americans and the need for relief from the tax burdens inherent in renouncing US citizenship.
    · Disenfranchised Americans born abroad – there are still 13 states which deny the UOCOVA right to vote to citizens who are born abroad and have never lived in the state. It shocks me how little concern this raises in many Congressional offices where aides respond that it is an issue that should be taken up with the state.
    · Americans Abroad Caucus – we’re not even certain the caucus has been re-certified in the 115th Congress and it is more than half over! This caucus is suffering from neglect and may need an urgent re-boot.
    A big thank you to Chip Seward, Becca Young, Jeffrey Cheng, Ken Sherman, Connie Borde and Martha McDevitt-Pugh for door knocking Congress with the DA tax team last week. You guys were great!
    A big thank you also to those who contributed to the Door Knock preparation and materials (attached).
    Thanks again to all of who continue to support the work of the Taxation Task Force.
    Please contact us at any time with questions.

    DA Taxation Task Force
    Julia Bryan - ex officio (Czech Republic)
    Jennifer Cederwall (Sweden)
    DeeDee Gierow (Sweden)
    Rebecca Lammers (UK)
    Carmelan Polce - Chair (Australia and New York)
    Michael Ramos (Australia)
    Joseph Smallhoover (France)
    Orlando Vidal (UAE)



    Please save this date: Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 11:00 AM to 1 PM, Casa Convento Concepción 4a calle oriente, # 41, La Antigua, Guatemala.

    A quorum of 25 members is required to conduct business. We hope you can be physically present. If you cannot attend in person, then please give your proxy to someone who will be attending by completing the attached proxy form Here and returning it either to our Secretary, Lyn Totino, or to our events chairperson, Kee Kalwara (instructions are on the form). All you need to do is download the proxy form into WORD, type in your information, save it with your name, for example, DA_Guatemala_Proxy_John Doe, and return it to Lyn or Kee as an email attachment. It is best to mark your proxy GENERAL, and TRANSFERABLE.

    Proxy form here:

    Secretary’s Report – 2017 Minutes Approval
    Treasurer’s Report and 2017 Accounts Approval
    Chairperson’s Report of 2017
    Communications Media Contact Report – 2017 activities
    Events Coordinator Report for 2017
    Events Coordinator – events and activities for 2018
    Recognition of significant donors
    Appointment of Communications Media Contact 2018-2019
    Report on Americas Regional Meeting, January 25-27, 2018
    DPCA Global Meeting Tokyo, Japan, May 25-27, 2018
    Get Out The Vote 2018 – Commit to voting:
    Other items and recommendations from the floor
    Coffee, soft drinks and cookies will be available. DA members and U.S. Citizens invited. Information: John Chudy at: 7832-4581, or

    DA Guatemala


  • published MOVIE NIGHT: LBJ: Thursday, March 15, 2018 in News 2018-03-08 20:38:13 -0500

    MOVIE NIGHT: LBJ: Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Power is where power goes: LBJ

    Through a series of flashbacks, the film follows LBJ’s career from 1959 – 1963 – his time in Congress, as Vice President, to the assassination of JFK and his swearing in as President on Air Force One. It then focuses almost entirely on the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is not a biopic of Johnson’s life, nor of his entire Presidency, but provides insight into his personal and political struggles. 2017, 1hr 36min, Rated R.

    Q20 Suggested Donation


    Bring Your Own Drinks

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    POTLUCK Starts at 5:30pm The movie starts promptly at 6:30pm

    Dave’s and Kee’s

    Calle de Los Duelos Casa 19 Colonia Virey 4170-5537

    Plenty of Secure Parking

    Open to Members of DAGT and Guests Discussion Group Following the Movie


  • published "Guns R Us": Tom Fina's Letter From Washington in News 2018-03-04 12:34:21 -0500

    "Guns R Us": Tom Fina's Letter From Washington

    Letter from Washington

    To Democrats Abroad

    28 February 2018

    Tom Fina

    Executive Director Emeritus

    You Americans abroad are likely to be a lot safer than us Americans at home.

    Seventeen people were murdered and 14 more wounded on February 14 by a 19 year old white man in Parkland Florida using a military style assault gun. Our plague of gun violence has hit the front pages again as it did in 2012 after the murder of 28 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. What is it that is finally getting political attention when the 15,000 gun deaths and 31,200 gun woundings last year did not stir a political ripple?

    That makes the United States Number 1 in gun deaths per 100,000 residents among the 162 sovereign states? Our neighbor Canada is Number 10, the UK is Number 82 and Japan is Number 162.

    About half of us see gun violence as a very big problem in the US. What to do about it depends on your political leanings. Democrats want gun control. Republicans don’t.

    Hey! Guns R Us!

    Thirty percent of us own a gun and 42% of us live in a household with a gun. Three quarters of gun owners could never see themselves not owning a gun. And, just as many believe that the right to own guns is an essential freedom - like free speech, the right to vote, freedom of religion. This is also a white, less educated guy thing. About half of white men own a gun as do white men without a bachelor’s degree. There is also a rural - urban divide. Almost half (46%) of rural residents own a gun compared with only 19% in urban areas. More than half (54%) of men who own guns say all or most of their friends do too. These gun owners (67%) say they have a gun for protection and about 40% of them say they always have a loaded gun within easy reach.

    Since a majority believe that gun violence is a national problem, what should be done to contain it? Preventing the mentally ill and those on a no-fly list from gun purchase is generally agreed by both owners and non-gun owners. That’s about as far as agreement goes. Not on creating a federal gun purchase data base, banning assault weapons or high capacity magazines or allowing teachers to be armed, or shortening the waiting period to buy a gun or allowing concealed weapons without a permit.

    The partisan split spans the whole range of gun control measures. Except for preventing the mentally ill from buying guns, Democrats and Republicans are far apart. Trump has proposed arming teachers. That resonates with 81% of Republicans but only half as many Democrats. With teachers, not so much. Maybe that has to do with gun ownership. About 44% of Republicans are gun owners compared to half that many Democrats.

    The Florida killings have focused attention on the National Rifle Association, the NRA. It is the national defender of our merchants of death. It spent almost $52 million in 2016 in support of the election of Trump including almost $20 million to defeat Hillary Clinton. No wonder Trump and the NRA have a love affair. He explained it all last April speaking to the NRA’s national convention:

    “You came through big for me, and I am going to come through for you. The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.”

    That was before February 28.

    Yesterday, Trump astonished Democrats and horrified Republicans in a meeting with both when he called for “strong measures” to impose background checks on gun buyers, greater police power to seize weapons from the mentally disturbed, banning of bump stocks and raising the age limit for the purchase of assault weapons.

    That is the Republican President. It remains to be seen whether he actually goes to bat for these measures in the face of NRA and Republican opposition. Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of the House, rejects banning the sale of assault weapons: “"We shouldn't be banning guns for law abiding citizens.” The most that Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would support is improving the system of background checks.

    Among the 54 Republican Senators, 22 took NRA money (sometimes minor sums) and 32 took none. Only one of 49 Democratic Senators did so. Some 307 House Republicans received NRA money in 2018 and only 6 did not. Of the 193 Democratic members of the House, only 23 took NRA money.

    More than 167 Democrats introduced the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2018" on 26 February. It would make it “unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon.” It specifically names at least 205 guns that fit the description, including the AK-47 and the AR-15, the latter of which was used by Nikolas Cruz when he opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this month and killed 17 people.

    Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein proposed a similar bill last year. Her bill has 26 co-sponsors including three Democrats who have signed on since the school shooting this month in Parkland. But, it will go nowhere in the Republican controlled Senate.

    Does gun control work?

    States with the most strict gun controls have the lowest rates of gun deaths (California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York) while those with the most lax laws (Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana) have the highest.

    Take Connecticut. After the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, it enacted tough control measures. It expanded its ban on assault weapons, prohibited the sale of large capacity magazines, required the registration of existing assault weapons and large capacity magazines, required background checks for all firearms sales and created a registry of weapons offenders.The number of firearms deaths (homicides, suicides and accidents) fell from 226 in 2012 to 164 in 2016.

    New York passed even tougher controls a month after Sandy Hook.. It ranks 48th in gun death rates after Connecticut at 46th..

    The prospects for enacting any meaningful national gun control legislation depends on a Democratic majority in the House. The November election for the entire House will be our next chance to get the votes needed to do something to curb our plague of gun violence.

    How that turns out may be very much influenced by a surprising new player: kids.

    So many of the children who survived the Parkland killings are standing up to demand gun control. Their facility with social media and their political maturity in a democratic society means that they can mobilize public support for reform and that as they become adults they will have the political power to turn back our “Guns R Us” culture.

    That can’t come a moment too soon. 30

    DA Guatemala


  • published From Tom's Desk in News 2018-03-04 12:23:21 -0500

    From Tom's Desk

    Dear Fellow DNC Member,

    We have a big year ahead of us, and I’m thrilled to give you a sneak peek at the linchpin of our work ahead. Today, we’re announcing IWillVote – an unprecedented, nationwide campaign to organize, educate, and mobilize Americans to vote for Democrats up and down the ballot. In partnership with state parties and other partners, we are setting a goal to reach 50 million voters this year. This is huge, and we need your help.

    Over the past year, we’ve seen what a difference increased voter turnout can make for Democrats up and down the ballot. From Oklahoma to Alabama, we’re organizing – and winning – all across the country. But we also know that turnout during the midterms is historically low – 2014 was the lowest voter turnout since World War II. Through IWillVote, we’re going to organize to change that, because when more people vote, Democrats win!

    The IWillVote campaign has 4 pillars: Commit to Vote; Register to Vote; Voter Education and Protection; and Get Out the Vote. IWillVote is designed to reach voters across the country with fresh content, innovative tools and technology, and online and on-the-ground organizing to engage, educate, and remind Americans about why their vote is their voice. Our organizing efforts will specifically target first time and sporadic voters, communities of color, rural and millennial voters.

    You’re going to be hearing a lot about IWillVote, and in communities all across the country Democrats are already rolling up their sleeves and starting to organize. And that’s because it matters: we know that when a potential voter makes a pledge to vote and receives a reminder before Election Day, their likelihood of turning out goes up measurably.

    We have an opportunity this year to translate energy into engagement and a moment into a movement to take our country back. Through an online and on-the-ground effort – and with your help – we can translate activism and marches into voting in 2018. So get ready, get excited, and help us spread the word!

    More to come,

    Suggested Social Content for Sharing: We encourage you to tweet, post, and share the excitement about this program — we’re proud to work with all of you to get out there and win! The hashtag is #IWillVote

    Post on Facebook:
    • 50 MILLION: That's the number of Americans we’re going to talk to about voting between now and Election Day. Join
    • Democrats can win big in 2018 — but only with your help. Commit to vote for Democrats this year so we take back Congress and elect Democrats up and down the ballot. Want to be part of the team? Visit and commit.
    • If we want America’s government to reflect our values, each and every one of us must play a role in shaping it — and that means voting. Commit to vote at ��

    • Whether you’ve never voted for Democrats before or vote for Democrats in every single election, we need your help to win nationwide this November. Commit to vote this year at
    • 50 MILLION: That's the number of Americans we’re going to talk to about voting this year. Join us:
    • YOU have the power to make a difference with your voice �� and your vote. �� Commit to vote at
    • Here's a step-by-step look at Democrats' plan for 2018:
    ✅Commit to vote
    Want to be a part of it? Start here:
    • For Democrats to win big in 2018 ��, we've all got to go to the polls ✍. Commit to vote: Visit to help turn the tide from the school board to the Senate.

    Post pics on Instagram (or download and add the graphics to the Facebook and Twitter posts):
    1. Commit to vote today: Facebook/Instagram Twi tter
    2. I’m committed to vote for Democrats Facebook/Instagram T witter
    3. I’m voting for Democrats 2018 Facebook/Instagram Twitt er
    4. If you believe, vote for Democrats Facebook/Instagram Twitter


  • published One Year In: From Tom's Desk in News 2018-02-27 21:55:59 -0500

    One Year In: From Tom's Desk

    Dear Fellow DNC Member,

    A year ago this weekend, when you elected me as your new chair, President Trump responded the way he always does: on Twitter, mocking our party. In response, deputy DNC chair Keith Ellison and I made a promise: we would unite Democrats across the country to become his worst nightmare. And we did — by winning some of the biggest races in 2017.

    It wasn’t easy and it didn’t happen overnight. In less than a year, we got back to basics and started organizing. We invested in our state parties almost immediately through our Resistance Summer program and hired organizers in over 40 states. We made unprecedented investments in our state parties through our Every ZIP Code Counts program; now each state party gets $10,000 per month, which is a 33% increase from base funding levels in 2016 and a 100% increase from 2015.

    We didn’t just focus on the sexy races at the top of the ticket. We lifted up Democrats across the board. And by investing early, organizing everywhere, and working together with all of you, we won more than 100 elections and flipped 37 state legislative seats from red to blue. Please take a moment to read my latest piece in USA Today about all of the progress we’ve made over the last year.

    One of those red-to-blue flips came this week in Kentucky, where Democrat Linda Belcher won a seat by a whopping 36 points in a district that Trump won by 49 points in 2016.

    The DNC is proud to stand with Linda and the Kentucky Democratic Party as they work to build a brighter future for hardworking families across Kentucky.

    Democrats are winning again because of the strong grassroots support of Democratic donors across the country. This week, the DNC announced it raised nearly $7 million, including nearly $1 million from the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund, in January. The total represents a 40% increase over last January’s total and is the DNC’s best January since Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012.

    Not only is last month’s haul more than the DNC raised in the past five Januaries, it’s more than the organization raised in January 2006 and January 2008, both of which were major Democratic wave election years. The DNC also finished the month of January with more cash on hand than it had at the same point in 2016 and 2014.

    This week, we also continued to see the inspiring activism and resilience of the students at Stoneman Douglas. They have channeled their pain and passion into progress and challenged our lawmakers to finally take meaningful action that will reduce gun violence.

    Our digital team put together this video highlighting the stories and voices of these courageous students. Deputy Chair Keith Ellison also spoke to Colin Goddard, a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting, and Sarah Clements, the daughter of a second grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, about these issues on this week’s episode of Democrats Live. You can watch their discussion here.

    The Democratic Party is committed to fighting for sensible gun laws. We will not accept that we are too powerless to make progress, or that the NRA is too powerful to defeat. In a country as great as ours, no child should be afraid to go to school or walk around their neighborhood. No spouse should be afraid to come home at night. No American should be afraid to go to work or their place of worship. No human being should be afraid to go to a shopping mall or baseball field, nightclub or movie theater, concert or college campus.

    I joined DNC Member Yasmine Taeb, a graduate of Stoneman Douglas High School, in penning an open letter to the students in Florida about how our party is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with them as we work to make progress on these issues. You can read our letter in Daily Kos here.

    Finally, as we head into the weekend, all of us should remember the incredible campaign led by Memphis sanitation workers, who began marching 50 years ago this month for higher wages, safer working conditions, the right to be part of a union and the recognition of the dignity of their work. Their cause drew Dr. King to Memphis for what proved to be his final campaign.

    While we’ve made incredible progress since then, we still have a lot of work to do. We know that when unions succeed, America succeeds. And with the Supreme Court beginning oral arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME case next week, it’s critically important that we unite to protect workers’ rights.

    This Saturday, working people across America will join hands to protect our freedoms and fight back against those trying to rig the economy for corporations and the 1%. You can join an event near you here.




    Tom Perez


    Democratic National Committee


  • published NON-PARTISAN VOTER REGISTRATION: GUATEMALA CITY in News 2018-02-24 12:50:26 -0500



    This event, hosted by Democrats Abroad Guatemala, is open to all US voters – Democrats, Republicans, Independents and all others.

    Registration Guatemala City


    Building G Apt. 201 (G201)

    Entrance around the corner from Casa Escobar restaurant

    10:00 am – 2:00 pm

    10 March

    Watch for additional dates in Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City and other locations. For more information, contact Kee Kalwara (Antigua), Traci Styner at (Lake Atitlan), Rachael Shenyo (Quetzaltenango) at, or Hyungjoon Jin (Guatemala City) at


  • published Excom Tiny Action from Julia Bryan in News 2018-02-22 12:38:36 -0500

    Excom Tiny Action from Julia Bryan

    Dear Leaders,

    This week’s Tiny Action asks members to call their senators and demand they adopt common sense gun reform. Members are contacting us at a tremendous rate, asking about events planned around the topic, so please let us know if you're planning a March for Our Lives event, and we'll help pass the news along.

    As part of our efforts to multiply our get out the vote impact this year, I have just submitted a draft proposal to the DNC, requesting funding to support our goals for the year.

    I am also in the process of putting together a State Outreach team, and am looking for volunteers interested in acting as liaisons to several states. If you are interested in working on this outreach, please get in touch.

    I'm excited to announce that DNC Chair Tom Perez will join DA for a reception in London in April. Many thanks to Giulia Marchiori Ceresa (UK) for helping make this happen and to Inge Kjemtrup (UK) for her support as well. More details soon, but save the date - April 26th.

    The LGBT Caucus is hosting a call with Earl Fowlkes, Chair of the DNC LGBT Caucus, on February 28th. RSVP today and hear about the various issues facing the LGBTQIA community under the current Administration, and how the Democratic Party is addressing these issues.

    The Comms Team has launched weekly “office hours”. Stop by the Webex call (password dems) between 8 and 9am EST with your comms related questions.

    In other announcements, AP regional leadership has had a reshuffle. Long time leader Kat Allikian (NZ) is now the RVC of AP, while Shaun Barnes (HK), has stepped back and will become a deputy RVC. Samantha Wong (CN) is also joining the team as a deputy RVC, while Kari Hiepko-Odermann (IN) stays on in that role. Many thanks to these leaders for all the work they are doing in the region and particular thanks to Shaun for his past work on the DPCA Excom.

    Thank you to all the country committees who met the DPCA compliance deadline and sent in all your documentation this week. Jeffrey Chen, our International Secretary, worked mightily hard to make sure no one missed the deadline - thank you Jeffrey!

    Our next ExCom meeting is today at 8am DC time. Our Excom meetings are on Thursdays at 8am DC time unless otherwise noted. As always we'd be delighted to have you join as a guest. If you're interested, get in touch with Jeffrey at and he'll send you the link to the meeting.

    Thank you for all that you do!

    Best, Julia

    Julia Bryan

    International Chair, Democrats Abroad

    Mark your calendars

    Black History Month – February 1-28

    Earl Fowlkes webinar – February 28th, 2pm DC time

    Tom Perez reception – April 26 (London)

    Annual General Meeting – May 25 - 27th (Tokyo)

    2018 GOTV calendar


  • published Tiny Action: March for Our Lives in News 2018-02-22 12:29:44 -0500

    Tiny Action: March for Our Lives

    **Democrats Abroad issues Tiny Actions like the one below every week. We thought you may all be interested in this one. Want to receive our weekly actions in your inbox? Click Subscribe from the Tiny Actions main page. If you don't see the Subscribe button, you'll need to sign in first.**

    Democrats Abroad has long been in support of gun safety reform. We have called for legislative reform in the past, have addressed this issue in our platform, but Congress has offered little more than thoughts and prayers. This is not enough.

    The resilience of the students in Florida have inspired the March for Our Lives movement that is rapidly spreading across the country. We stand with them today (our statement here) and we will stand with them to help take the March 24 national day of action, and the March 14 national school walk out day, into a global call for change.

    This week’s #TinyAction: Demand that Senate pass common sense gun legislation and start making your plans for March 24.

    1. Can you volunteer to help your local Dems Abroad organize a “March for our Lives" on or around March 24?

    We’ll be organizing an online action to support the events in the US (stay tuned!), but there are also many people who would like to join an event in person. This requires organizing. If you live in an area where this might be possible, and if you’d be able to help organize, reach out to your local Dems Abroad team to let them know.

    Not sure who to contact? Visit and find your Country Committee under “Countries.”

    2. Call on your Senators to take immediate, urgent action.

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [VOTING STATE/ZIP]. I’m calling today to ask Senator [NAME] to take action to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.

    This is not a states rights or second amendment issue. This is a safety issue that has plagued our nation for far too long and must be addressed urgently. Specifically, I ask that the Senator move to

    • Close the loophole that lets people buy guns at shows and through private sellers without background checks
    • Institute universal background checks for ammo and gun buyers
    • Vote in favor of S.2095, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017
    • Remove the Dickey Rider from the federal budget and finally allow the CDC to research gun violence prevention

    I’m also incredibly disturbed that H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed the House, and it’s essential that the Senate stop it from becoming law. I’d like to see the Senator commit immediately to opposing this legislation. It’s as important as ever not to weaken gun safety standards, and prevent firearms from falling into dangerous hands. This is why every major law enforcement agency has opposed this bill.

    As an American voter living abroad, I know that it doesn’t have to be this way. The US must be a positive example to the world, not the opposite. We cannot afford to wait any longer to protect innocent lives from gun massacres. Thank you.”

    **You can also find out how your Representative voted on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and call them to voice your support/disapproval.


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  • MOVIE NIGHT: MARSHALL: Thursday, February 22, 2018

    The only way to get through a bigot's door is to break it down.

    The man was the first attorney for the NAACP. He won 29 of the 32 cases he argued in front of the US Supreme court, including the ground-breaking 1954 Brown v. Board of Education. This man was a trailblazer for Civil Rights, and in 1967 became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. The man was Thurgood Marshal. Not a bio-pic of Thurgood Marshall, but a courtroom drama of a 1941 case where, as the attorney for the NAACP, he defended a Black man in Connecticut against the accusation by his White socialite employer of rape and attempted murder. 2017, 1hr 58min, PG-13

    Q20 Suggested Donation

    Bring Your Own Drinks / Some Drinks Will Be For Sale

    Popcorn Available at Q5 per Bag

    Thursday, February 22, 2018

    The movie starts promptly at 6:30pm

    Casa Convento Concepción

    4a Calle Oriente #41

    Open to Members of DAGT and Guests Discussion Group Following the Movie


  • Non-partisan Voter Registration: Antigua, Lake Atitlan & Quetzaltenango

    Non-partisan Voter Registration

    Antigua, Lake Atitlan & Quetzaltenango

    We will assist all US voters in registering to vote and completing their Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) for the upcoming USA elections. The FPCA is required to receive an overseas absentee ballot. You should complete a new FPCA every year!

    This event, hosted by Democrats Abroad Guatemala, is open to all US voters – Democrats, Republicans, Independents and all others.

    Registration Antigua


    6a Avenida Norte No. 1

    La Antigua Guatemala

    11:00 am – 2:00 pm

    10 March

    Registration Lake Atitlan


    Solomon's Porch

    24 February

    1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Registration Quetzaltenango

    El Cuartito

    13 Avenida 7-09, Zona 1

    24 February

    10:30am - 3:30pm

    4 March

    4:00pm - 8:00pm

    Watch for additional dates in Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City and other locations For more information, contact Kee Kalwara at (Antigua), Traci Styner at (Lake Atitlan) or Rachael Shenyo (Quetzaltenango) at


  • published March for Our Lives Events: Julia Bryan in News 2018-02-20 12:22:50 -0500

    March for Our Lives Events: Julia Bryan

    I know that many of you are already planning a rally or march to support the March for Our Lives events in the US around March 14th and 24th. That's great to hear! We want to make sure we can advertise these globally, so as you plan them do contact with a link to your event's page on the website. We've also been in touch with the March for Our Lives organizers so we will hopefully be able to add everyone's events to their site as well.

    To help support your preparation, the Comms team will be preparing a sample press release, talking points and social posts for both Facebook and Twitter. As well, in case it is useful, we have a statement and an excerpt from our platform up on the site regarding our position on gun control. We will also be running a global online vigil for those who are not near an event.

    Statement and excerpt: A Call for Common Sense Gun Legislation:

    If you decide to plan an event around the March, consider checking in with partner organizations near you regarding their participation - partnering together is a great way to grow attendance. It's also a great way to meet Americans who might not be members but are concerned about gun control - and who you can speak to later about voting.

    Please get in touch if you have questions about hosting a rally or a march and check out the following resources on the wiki.

    Guidance for DA Marches, Demonstrations and Vigils:

    For further inspiration, here is a story about DA Toronto's vigil last weekend:

    If you've already planned an event drop me a line - I'd love to hear about it!

    All the best,

    Julia Bryan

    International Chair, Democrats Abroad

    m: +420603447070 | skypeid: jbryan822


  • published Update from Julia Bryan in News 2018-02-15 14:54:23 -0500

    Update from Julia Bryan

    Hats off to Will Bakker, the EMEA team, and Madrid hosts, and also to the 100 plus leaders who met in Madrid this weekend for this year’s EMEA regional meeting. Highlights included GOTV and other trainings, a motivating speech by Howard Dean, and workshops and presentations by several of our global caucuses.

    A reminder, the DPCA Annual General Meeting is in Tokyo, May 25-27. Check out hotel information and find out more about the Shinigawa area of Tokyo, where we’ll meet. We’re looking forward to great speakers from the DNC and a jam packed weekend.

    To stay in country committee compliance, don’t forget to reply to Jeffrey Chen, our International Secretary, about your bylaws and annual membership certification.The deadline is in 5 days, on February 20.

    Have you scheduled your annual general meeting yet? AGMs are also part of each country committee’s compliance requirements and are great ways to motivate your members, let them know what you achieved last year, and what you are working on this year. Checkthe wiki for basics on holding an AGM.

    Our next ExCom meeting is today at 8am DC time. Our Excom meetings are on Thursdays at 8am DC time unless otherwise noted. As always we'd be delighted to have you join as a guest. If you're interested, get in touch with Jeffrey at and he'll send you the link to the meeting.

    Thank you for all that you do!



    Julia Bryan

    International Chair, Democrats Abroad

    Mark your calendars

    Black History Month – February 1-28

    Membership Verification and Bylaws due – February 20th

    Earl Fowlkes webinar – February 28th, 2pm DC time

    Annual General Meeting – May 25 - 27th (Tokyo)

    2018 GOTV calendar:


  • published DAGT ExCom Minutes: February 6th, 2018 in News 2018-02-12 13:45:45 -0500

    DAGT ExCom Minutes: February 6th, 2018

    Minutes of the Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad Guatemala

    Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Dave’s & Kee’s house/Via Skype

    Attendance: In person: John Chudy, Chair; Tom Totino, Treasurer; Kee Kalwara, Events/Membership/Fundraising Coordinator; Lyn Totino, Secretary; Letty Manne, Consul; Ann Thornton, Member; Rachel Shenyo, Xela MeetUp Chair.

    Via Skype: Tracy Styner, Lake Atitlan MeetUp Chair; Hyungjoon Jin, Guatemala City MeetUp Chair and Annie Vanderboom, Member-at-Large.

    Call to Order - 5:35 pm

    The agenda and minutes of the previous EXCOM minutes were approved unanimously.

    Treasurer’s Report:

    Our Net Worth currently stands at Q4,887.00 which includes cash on hand plus Q2,882 ‘accounts receivable’ from John for funds collected thru paypal and for selling hats and calendars at the regional meeting. Additionally, Tom reported that the Revue was paid Q600 for February’s ad using Q290 from cash and the balance Q310 being offset by the credit the Revue had from DCPA funds sent in 2016. This is the largest balance we have had since June 2015. He noted that we collected Q2,327 from our fund drive, Q1,548 from sale of hats and another Q842 from calendar sales. Finally he noted that after paying for lunches and space rental for the retreat Democrats Abroad Guatemala was only out of pocket Q196 for the Policy Retreat. The report was accepted unanimously.

    Americas Regional Meeting in San Jose, CR:

    Letty and Ann shared their thoughts about the meeting. Ann expressed optimism about the Meetings. She felt the presentations were interesting and well-done. They both commented on the enthusiasm of the youth caucus. Letty talked about the Canadian caucus and their well organized ‘trolling to strolling’ events. They stand outside events and talk to attendees as a way to inform and recruit new members. We discussed whether or not this approach could be used in Guatemala. Considering how small our chapters are this might not be possible.

    John discussed DA Costa Rica which is the oldest in the Americas. They are constantly renewing their leadership and ideas. John noted that the group is active and have a monthly meeting for all members in San Jose. Kee proposed the idea of a platform meeting of the EXCOM in Guatemala where we would discuss what we want and then present this ‘platform’ to the entire membership. Timing would be an issue: before or after midterms. No decisions were made about this but it could result in organizing principles to guide our group.

    Events for 2018:

    Film Series:

    Mary Lou let us know that we could show films at CCC on Mondays and Thursdays as well as Fridays. Our February film will be Marshall which will be shown at CCC on Thursday, February 22. March’s film, LBJ, will be shown on Thursday, March 15. April’s film, A Bold Peace, will be shown on Monday, April 23. The films will begin at 6:30 pm. Popcorn and beer and wine will be sold. Tom will make sure the dates are OK. We will hopefully have better attendance than we have had on Fridays.

    Voter Registration Events:

    Tracy has two events scheduled: one on February 18 from 2 to 4 pm at Posada de Santiago, Lago Atitlan and one on February 24 from 1 to 4 pm at Solomon’s Porch in Panajachel. Rachel will schedule events in Xela and Huehuetenango between February and April. Hyung will be holding events in the capital. Antigua will hold events on February 17 and March 10 at Enlaces from 11am to 2pm. Hopefully these events will be better attended than the first Antigua event which had 3 people.

    Once again FPCASs will be mailed via the embassy. It was noted that ballots no longer need to be postmarked from abroad except in a few States.

    Events may be advertised in the Revue and also on some local radio stations which will reach dual citizens in San Marcos, Xela and Huehuetenango.

    Other Items:

    Phonebanking: John has prepared scripts for EXCOM to follow when phoning DA members about registering for and voting in upcoming elections. We will be receiving lists based on our locations so that we will be talking to people we know. We have 470 DAGT members and it is vital to make sure they all register and vote.

    The Annual General Meeting will take place at CCC on March 17 from 11am to 1pm.

    Travel Notes: Dave will be gone until March 2. Tom and Lyn will be gone from April 3 to 20. Letty from March 12 to April 5.

    Adjourned: 7:15 pm.


  • The Truth about DNC Fundraising By DNC Finance Chair Henry Muñoz

    The Truth about DNC Fundraising
    By DNC Finance Chair Henry Muñoz

    In 2017, the Democratic National Committee raised $65.9 million. That’s more than in any off-cycle year since 2011, and more than we raised in 2005 and 2007, years that preceded the Democratic takeover of both chambers of Congress and the election of Barack Obama, respectively. And that total doesn’t even include the money raised by the DNC last year for its new Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund, which provides critical additional funds to help our state parties.

    How are we doing this? Not only are we seeing an increase in donor confidence, but we are witnessing record grassroots fundraising. Nearly two-thirds of our total contributions are $200 or less with an average online donation of $21. This is happening because people are excited to elect Democrats. Look no further than last year’s marquee races.

    In Virginia, donor enthusiasm allowed us to invest $1.5 million to elect Ralph Northam governor and put him in a strong position to actually govern by flipping 15 seats in the House of Delegates from red to blue — a feat the likes of which we haven’t seen the state since the late 19th Century.

    In Alabama, our Republican counterpart cut big checks at Donald Trump’s behest in a desperate attempt to bail out an alleged child molester. We took a different approach and rode a wave of grassroots enthusiasm powered by over 40,000 contributors. The result: nearly $ 1 million, including almost $700,000 directly to the Doug Jones campaign, that funded African American and millennial outreach, data, tech, research, and boots on the ground.

    Our debt is at its lowest point for an off-cycle year since 2009 and we have more cash on hand than we had in 2005 and 2007 — years that both preceded major Democratic wave elections. And two-thirds of our contribution revenue last year came from grassroots donors giving small-dollar contributions (less than $200).

    Still, a number of reports have been published this week ignoring these upward trends and highlighting the disparity in fundraising between the DNC and RNC as if it’s news. It isn’t. Let’s look at the last off-year that Democrats were completely out of power: 2005. The RNC outraised the DNC by $51 million. What happened in 2006? A Democratic takeover of both houses of Congress. Fast forward to 2007. The RNC outraised the DNC by over $30 million. The next year, Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States of America and Democrats padded their majorities in both the House and Senate.

    Here’s the bottom line: The leader of the Republican Party is a billionaire fighting for billionaires. Until last week, their finance chair — my Republican counterpart — was casino mogul Steve Wynn, a man accused by multiple employees of a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct. And the GOP’s one real legislative achievement last year was slashing taxes for the wealthy in a system rigged to favor the 1%. So there’s nothing surprising about their ability to attract big donations from the likes of the Koch brothers to pad their war chest — money is #1 on their list of values and it shows.

    But all the same, Democrats are winning on the most important scoreboard in politics — we’re winning elections.

    Since Trump took office, we’ve won over 100 local and state elections and flipped 34 state legislative seats from red to blue. We’ve picked up seats in deep red districts in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Iowa. And we’ve won critical races in Virginia, New Jersey, and Alabama, where Doug Jones just became the state’s first Democratic senator to be elected in 25 years.

    We’re winning because Democrats are fighting for working families, for people struggling to make it into the middle class, and for people who didn’t inherit their wealth. And we’re winning because we’re investing in organizing in every ZIP code, building up our state parties, and getting people registered to vote.

    This is just the beginning. On Tuesday, November 6th, votes will be counted across the country in an election that could be historic for the Democratic Party. Enthusiasm for our candidates is growing every day, and we’re making unprecedented investments to ensure that we’ll cross the finish line victorious on Election Day. But we need all the help we can get. Every single dollar in every small donation helps to strengthen our party and elect Democrats up and down the ballot. Either Democrats will take control or Trump will continue pushing his divisive policies. The time to take action is now.


  • published Letter from Washington to Democrats Abroad in News 2018-02-07 08:39:38 -0500

    Letter from Washington to Democrats Abroad

    Letter from Washington
    To Democrats Abroad
    31 January 2018
    Tom Fina
    Executive Director Emeritus

    Last night Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address. At 80 minutes, with applause, it fell just short of Bill Clinton’s 89 minutes in 2000. And, unlike vintage Trump, it had been purged of his usual Twitter insults that the NYT put at 426 during his first year in office. But, it continued his practice since taking office of 2,140 false or misleading claims that the Washington Post caught by mid-January. Its Fact Checker ticked off 18 more last night.

    After a few days more than a year in office, his approval by the public has remained around 40% with about 55% disapproving. At this point in their terms, Obama scored 51% approval, George W. Bush 87% and Clinton, 54%. Bush benefited from his response to the Sept 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda attacks in New York.

    Public opinion about the President matters because of the implications that it has for the mid-term elections in November of this year. Right now, Republicans control both the White House and the two Houses of Congress. All of the seats in the House of Representatives will be up for election and 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate. At present, Republicans control the Senate 51 to 47 and would lose control if they lost only 2 Senate seats. They have 238 of the 435 seats in the House. Democrats would have to pick up 24 seats to have a majority there.
    There are 40 Republicans and 16 Democrats who have announced that they will not run for re-election in the House. It is easier to win an open seat than to defeat an incumbent. That suggests that Democrats have more chance of picking up seats than do Republicans in November.

    Generic polling in January 2018 gave Democrats a 5-point lead over Republicans, with 49 percent of registered voters saying they would support Democrats and 44 percent of voters saying they would support Republicans. That is a drop in the Democratic majority from 2017 when they had an 18 point lead.

    Since World War II, the party controlling the White House has lost about 36 House seats in mid-term elections.

    When the President has an approval rating of less than 50%, as Trump does now, his party loses 33 seats.

    These two historic patterns suggest that Democrats have a chance to win control of both the House and Senate in November.

    The recent elections in NJ, VA and AL provide additional reasons for Democratic optimism. The Democratic candidate in NJ won by 56% to 42%, the candidates in VA with 53% to 45% and Doug Jones won in AL on December 2017 with 49.97% to 43.34% in a solid red state.

    That is all welcome news for us Democrats at a moment when so many Democratic achievements from FDR to Obama are being scrapped by the Trump administration. Secretary of the Interior Zinke’s war on national parks and monuments to open them to commercial exploitation. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s push to fund private schools rather than public schools. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s long history of opposition to the EPA which he sued repeatedly to block its enforcement of environmental laws. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney has stripped enforcement powers from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau office that specializes in pursuing cases against financial firms for breaking discrimination laws. Trump has refused to reappoint the remarkable Janet Yellen to Chair the Federal Reserve. It is safe to say that if Obama did it, Trump will undo it - if he can.

    The only way to end these and more depredations is to elect a Democratic majority in the House and Senate. Only a determined Congressional majority can curb the wanton rampage that the narcissistic psychopath roaming the White House, with the complicity of the Republican Members of Congress, promises for next three years. Gear up for November!

    DA Guatemala

  • published Non-partisan Voter Registration in News 2018-02-05 10:26:31 -0500

    Non-partisan Voter Registration

    Antigua & Lake Atitlan

    We will assist all US voters in registering to vote and completing their Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) for the upcoming USA elections. The FPCA is required to receive an overseas absentee ballot. You should complete a new FPCA every year!

    This event, hosted by Democrats Abroad Guatemala, is open to all US voters – Democrats, Republicans, Independents and all others.

    Registration Antigua


    6a Avenida Norte No. 1

    La Antigua Guatemala

    11:00 am – 2:00 pm

    27 January-done

    17 February

    10 March

    Registration Lake Atitlan


    Posada de Santiago

    18 February

    2:00pm - 4:00pm


    Solomon's Porch

    24 February

    1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Watch for additional dates in Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City and other locations For more information, contact Kee Kalwara at (Antigua) or Traci Styner (Lake Atitlan)

  • published From Julia Bryan: February in News 2018-02-01 12:53:39 -0500

    From Julia Bryan: February

    It’s Black History Month, and Angela Fobbs and the Black Caucus have begun the month with an excellent kickoff article.

    There are lots of great ways to celebrate in your committee – consider a movie night, or an article or book discussion. More resources and ideas here:

    This week’s Tiny Action asks our members to support Congressional bills protecting Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation. We also have advice up for preparing for rallies and protests, which we encourage all country committees to review.

    The EMEA regional meeting is right around the corner, on February 9-10th. If you haven’t signed up yet, register now. Don’t miss out on dinner with Howard Dean!

    We have thousands of members who aren’t contactable by email – but are by phone. Join our current global Phone Only Phonebanking campaign to call these voters and remind them to send in their ballot requests now.

    Many thanks to the country committee leaders who have worked hard on DA’s 2018 membership verification these last few weeks. Particular thanks goes to the IT team, led by Shari Temple, which has spent countless hours helping to clean up the database in preparation for today’s count. They have done a remarkable job and I encourage you all to reach out and thank the team for their efforts.

    Our next ExCom meeting is today at 8am DC time. We will not be meeting next week due to the upcoming EMEA meeting, but will reconvene on February 15th. (Our Excom meetings are on Thursdays at 8am DC time unless otherwise noted). As always we'd be delighted to have you join as a guest. If you're interested, just get in touch with Jeffrey at and he'll send you the link to the meeting.

    Thank you for all that you do!



    Julia Bryan

    International Chair, Democrats Abroad

    Mark your calendars

    Black History Month – February 1-28

    EMEA Regional Meeting – February 9-10th (Madrid)

    Howard Dean event – February 10th (Madrid)

    Membership Verification and Bylaws due – February 20th

    Earl Fowlkes webinar – February 28th, 2pm DC time

    Annual General Meeting – May 25 - 27th (Tokyo)

    2018 GOTV calendar:

    GOTV Phonebank Trainings:

    Sunday, February 4, 2am ET