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  • published Non-partisan Voter Registration Antigua in News 2018-01-22 10:11:20 -0500

    Non-partisan Voter Registration Antigua

    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 will take place at Enlaces 6a Avenida Norte No. 1 La Antigua Guatemala

    11:00 am – 2:00 pm

    27 January

    17 February

    10 March

    Watch for additional dates in Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City and other locations

    For more information, contact Kee Kalwara at keekalwara@gmail.com

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  • published The Americas Regional Meeting is days away! in News 2018-01-22 09:21:55 -0500

    The Americas Regional Meeting is days away!

     

    The agenda offers a hands-on learning experience with ample time for the exchange of ideas and discussion with other members in the region. If you're not going to be there in person, all the presentations and discussions are available live via WebEx. We urge you to sign up. There is a $15 donation requested for you to participate. Payment can be made via PayPal using the email: DemocratsAbroadCostaRica@gmail.com. It is not necessary to have a PayPal account to make a payment. All credit cards are accepted. WebEx credentials will be sent to you upon receipt of payment.

    AMERICAS REGIONAL MEETING

    Friday, January 26th, 2018 8:00 - 9:00 am •Opening Remarks – RVC Jody Quinnell •Sandra Piszk – Official Welcome from Costa Rica Government •Global Chair Julia Bryan •Vice-Chair – Alex Montgomery •Kathy Rothschild - DACR

    Welcome 9:00 - 10:00 am

    Country Introductions – PPP presented by each Country Chair 10:00 - 10:30 am

    By-laws introduction by Sam Stone Americas Counsel 11:00 - 11:50 am

     Membership – the ins and outs of Nation Builder by Rex Ageton IT 11:50 -12:05 pm

     Global Treasurer introduction by Lissette Wright 12:05 - 12:55 pm

    Using WebEx for Fundraising and other ideas by Steve Nardi 1:00 - 2:30 pm

    Ana Gabriela Zuniga Aponte Presidential Minister speaking about LGBT and indigenous rights 2:30 - 3:30 pm

    Using Social Media – Presenter TBA 3:30- 4:00 pm

    Caucus Introductions - PPP presented by a designated member 4:00 - 5:00 pm

    DNC Update & the relationship between DA& DNC by Ken Sherman Saturday, January 27th, 2018 9:00 - 9:45 am

    Keynote Address on leadership -Harry Strachan 9:45 - 10:30 am

    GOTV Planning – presentation & discussion 11:00 - 12:00 pm

    Phone Banking Training and discussion 12:00 - 1:00 pm

    Voter Registration Training - Kathy Rothschild 2:00 - 3:00 pm

    Roundtable on Registration issues, i.e. mailing systems, etc. 3:00- 3:15 pm

    Closing remarks

    We look forward to you joining us you online.

    Jody Quinnell RVC Americas

    Kathy Rothschild Deputy RVC Americas

    Democrats Abroad

    http://www.democratsabroad.org/


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  • published ExCom Meeting Minutes: January 10, 2018 in News 2018-01-22 09:17:04 -0500

    ExCom Meeting Minutes: January 10, 2018

    Minutes of the Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad Guatemala

    Wednesday, January 10, 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; Dave Evans, Member at Large, Mary Lou Ridinger, Vice Chair; via Skype: Mary Reynolds, Media Contact; Hyungjoon Jin   

    Call to Order - 5:35 pm

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

    Treasurer’s Report:

    Our Net Worth stands at Q1,425.40 of which Q310 is a credit at the Revue. This large increase over our previous report includes the sale of hats (Q800) and the first contributions to our Fund Drive (Q400). Also it reflects the Q500 deposit to Casa Belen for our Policy Retreat. The report was accepted unanimously.

    Events for 2018:

    Film Series:

    Once again we discussed the venue and timing of the movies shown so far. It was agreed that Friday is not a good time to show the films as attendance has been low. Kee pointed out that members like the idea of seeing films at CCC and would come if they weren’t shown on Friday. Mary Lou will check on the availability of another evening. If there is no other evening available the films can be shown at Dave Evans’ house.

    We will be showing the film ‘LBJ’ in March. The venue and date will be determined.

    Fundraisers:

    The DAGT online fundraiser was launched on January 2. Thus far we have 6 donations. Kee has set up a spreadsheet to keep track of donations.

    We discussed the timing of the fundraiser. Perhaps the response would be better if it took place in July. However we need funds now to pay for our upcoming voter registration events. Dave suggested that people would be more willing to contribute money if they understood why we need it: what we do with it. He suggested someone in DA could appear in a video which would be a great way to express the passion we all feel for getting the vote out in upcoming elections.

    The Women’s Caucus calendars are here and are being offered as a prize for contributions of $25 or more to DAGT. More ‘Imbecil’ caps have been ordered and are also offered as prizes for contributions. The caps will also be on sale at DAGT events for Q80.

    Voter Registration Events:

    Three events are planned for Antigua: January 27, February 17 and March 10. These will all take place at Enlaces.

    Hopefully there will be events in Panajachel and Santiago. Hyung will be coordinating events at schools in Guatemala City. Hopefully someone can collect and mail the ballots completed there. He also suggested another event be held for voters not connected to any schools. Sophos was suggested.

    DAGT Policy Retreat:

    This event will take place on Saturday, January 20 from 9am to 4pm at Casa de Retiros Posada de Belen located on Calle del Hermano Pedro Plazuela Belen. The cost will be Q85 with lunch or Q75 without lunch. John will call the Hermanas Bethalmitas giving a headcount by Monday, January 15.

    Kee will facilitate the event. Tom will collect money. An easel will be provided by Mary Lou. John will provide the paper.

    The presentations will each consist of a 5-10 minute presentation with no questions. These will be followed by a discussion for 40-45 minutes. The topics and presenters so far include: Tax Cuts in the US Economy, John; Women’s Issues, Sue Patterson; Achieving Universal Health Care, John; The Democratic Party-How to Win Elections, Immigration Reform, Russia and US Elections, Democratic Socialism, Hyung.

    Other Items:

    DAGT Membership:

    We had 13 members with LVD of 2014 or older. John has updated most of them and deleted four. There will be no need for members to make the annual calls to verify membership.

    Americas Regional Meeting:

    The meeting will take place in Costa Rica on January 26-28. John, Letty and Anne Thornton will be attending. Members can join by Webex.

    Books:

    Mary Lou will be making copies of a book entitled Democracy to Dictatorship and distribute them to members. She felt it should be required reading for anyone who is disturbed by the similarities between Hitlerism and Trumpism.

    Dave expressed interest in a book discussion/book club. He is enthusiastic about a book by Richard Clark: Enemies Within.

    The next meeting: Dave’s and Kee’s house at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, February 7. This meeting is open to all members.

    Travel Notes: John and Letty will be gone from January 25 to 28; Dave will be away January 29 through March 2.

    Adjourned: 7:09 pm.


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  • published Anti-Inaugural Policy Retreat Tomorrow in News 2018-01-19 10:54:06 -0500

    Anti-Inaugural Policy Retreat Tomorrow

    We hope you will attend our Anti-Inaugural policy retreat tomorrow at Casa de Retiros Posada Belén, Calle del Hermano Pedro Plazuela Belén, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

     Lunch will be provided on the premises prepared by Hermanas Bethalmitas for Q85 per person for those who signed up early. Lunch will be served at 1:00pm.

    If you didn’t sign up early and prefer to get lunch off-premises, we suggest a contribution of Q40 to help us defray the cost of the renting the facility.

    This link will help you locate Posada Belén in Antigua: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/''/casa+de+retiros+posada+bel%C3%A9n+antigua+guatemala/@14.5542955,-90.7279917,17z/data=!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x85890e6e3ff96c89:0x68a993d3a49c8b44!2m2!1d-90.7283109!2d14.5513099

    The following issues and presenters have been identified for the day’s agenda:

    9:00 am to 9:55 am - Tax Cuts and the US Economy – John Chudy, presenter

    10:00am to 10:55am - Women’s Issues – Sue Patterson, presenter

    11:00am to 11:55am - Democratic Socialism- Hyungjoon Jin and Dave Evans, presenters

    12:00 noon to 12:55pm - Achieving Universal Health Care – John Chudy,presenter

    1:00pm to 1:55pm – Lunch

    2:00pm to 2:55pm - The Democratic Party Today - John Chudy, presenter

    3:00pm to 3:55pm -Immigration Reform: A New Social Contract – John Chudy

    4:00pm to 4:55pm Key 2018 House and Senate Races – John Chudy (time permitting)

    We’ll have coffee available for free, and we will have Lo Siento por el Imbécil caps for sale at Q80 each and 2018 Women’s Caucus calendars for sale at Q100 each.

    We look forward to your participation tomorrow and at the polls in 2018 so we can make this mid-term election year a Democratic wave.

    Thank you

    DA Guatemala

    http://www.democratsabroad.org/

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  • published From Julia Bryan in News 2018-01-18 12:37:47 -0500

    From Julia Bryan

    Phones are buzzing, posters drying and plans are in place as we prepare to march to the ballot box this weekend in countries around the world. Check out the 29 events our teams are hosting – and if there isn’t an event near you to join, our Tiny Action team has a few suggestions too!

    DA committees are getting lots of media attention in the run up to this weekend, and the Comms team is happy to help. Let them know if you’ll be on a show, and if you need talking points, visit the in the news talking points link under Communications Resources on the wiki for frequently updated notes on topics the press is likely to ask about. (Login dems, password persist)

    Speaking of media, Pod Save America gave DA a fantastic shout out recently in their "Our American Apology Tour" pod broadcast. Many many thanks to the DA teams in Stockholm, Oslo, Amsterdam and London for bringing DA to their attention through voter registration efforts and great team spirit at every stop on the tour. Special thanks to Robbie Checkoway (NL), Alex Lange (SE), Jeffrey Cheng (SE), and Inge Kjemtrup (UK) for your outreach and cross country team work!


    Our global teams and caucuses are abuzz with activity. All the global teams are working on their 2018 plans right now, to be published shortly. If you haven’t had a moment to review the GOTV team’s plans, grab some coffee, pull up your screen and take a look! Also, please consider signing up for GOTV training, detailed in the plans.

    The Excom is delighted to note that after a great deal of thoughtful work on their Terms of Reference (TOR) by the Progressive Caucus, we have voted them in to become an official caucus within Democrats Abroad. We are delighted to have them join the caucus teams. Expect to see their caucus webpage up and a global email out shortly inviting us all to join!

    As noted last week, DA Toronto and local members of the Progressive Caucus will be broadcasting a program with Larry Cohen, from Our Revolution, online on January 20th at 4pm DC time. Please tune in to DA’s Facebook page for the live event, and definitely share the show far and wide.

    Today is the last day to send in your Travel Fund Award application to the team. It’s due at 10pm DC time. Find more details and the application on the wiki.

    This weekend’s a busy one, and when you’re not marching, listening to Larry Cohen’s broadcast, or checking out facebook for live coverage of marches around the world, consider tuning in to a live stream of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee meetings this Friday and Saturday to hear their deliberation on the Unity Reform Commission’s recent suggestions. Democrats Abroad is firmly in support of the URC’s suggestions and we are looking forward to hearing the results of these meetings.

    Our next ExCom meeting is today at 8am DC time (Our Excom meetings are always 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 secretary@democratsabroad.org 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

    March to the Ballot Box weekend – January 20th - 21st

    Americas Regional Meeting – January 26-27th (Santo Domingo, Costa Rica)

    Membership Database Cleanup Deadline – January 31st
    EMEA Regional Meeting – February 9-10th (Madrid)

    Membership Verification and Bylaws due – February 20th

    Annual General Meeting – May 25 - 27th (Tokyo)
    2018 GOTV calendar

    GOTV Phonebank Trainings:

      Sunday, January 21, 9am ET

      Tuesday, January 23, 2pm ET
      Sunday, February 4, 2am ET

    Facts to Shout Out
    Thanks to Wisconsin Senator-Elect Patty Schachtner and Representative-Elect Greta Neubauer, Democrats have now flipped 34 state legislative seats from red to blue since the general election in 2016.


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  • Democrats Abroad Guatemala Policy Retreat January 20, 2018

    Democrat--

    The Trump administration OKs Medicaid rollback in Kentucky, goes a recent headline updating the wreckage coming out of Washington.

    Join fellow Democrats at the Democrats Abroad Guatemala policy retreat this Saturday, January 20, 2018 to discuss this and other policy concerns.

     We thank you if you’ve responded to one of our earlier emails, but if not, we ask you to read on and make a commitment to attend.

    The policy retreat is the perfect venue to share your thoughts and views on public policies being changed and damaged by the Trump administration.

    The retreat will be held at Casa de Retiros Posada Belén, Calle del Hermano Pedro Plazuela Belén, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

    Lunch will be provided on the premises prepared by Hermanas Bethalmitas for Q85 per person, (if you choose to have lunch off-premises the suggested contribution for the event is Q40).

    And there’ll be hot coffee to take the early morning chill off.

    The following topics have been identified for the day’s agenda:

     Tax Cuts and the US Economy; Women’s Issues; Democratic Socialism; Achieving Universal Health Care; The Democratic Party – How to Win Elections in 2018 and Beyond; Immigration Reform; Key 2018 House and Senate Races.

    A short talk of five to 10 minutes will introduce each topic, followed by open discussion for 45 minutes, closing with a summary statement that best captures the sentiment of the participants, before moving onto the next topic.

    We will use summary statements as messaging to motivate overseas voters in Guatemala for the 2018 midterm elections.

    Your input is important, so please consider participating in this important one-time event.

    Respond to Kee Kalwara, at keekalwara@gmail.com that you will attend and if you will be joining us for lunch (we need an accurate count ahead of time).

    And direct any other questions to Kee as well.

    DA Guatemala

    http://www.democratsabroad.org/

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  • published Disability Community Updates in News 2018-01-15 10:05:13 -0500

    Disability Community Updates

    Dear Friends and Colleagues in the Disability Community,

    The hard work in Alabama, on the heels of the tremendous efforts in Virginia and New Jersey prove that the political landscape has begun to shift back to the values of inclusion, equal opportunity and justice. We congratulate the hard work of the DNC and are honored to continue to engage the disability community through the newly established Disability Council.

    You can help today! Please contribute whatever you can to the link below to help support the DNC in its efforts to help inclusive candidates win in every zip code, up and down the ballot!

    Contribute to the DNC Disability Council

    If you have not already joined the DNC Disability Council, please do so today by registering below: Register with the DNC Disability Council If you wish to volunteer today to help support campaigns in your state and across the nation that will elect inclusive Democrats, please do so below:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfuMNMmpoLMJjidXFpLeeyxU13VowEuiVwlycopvJ4NvsBU4g/viewform

    Volunteer with the DNC Disability Council: janni.lehrerstein@gmail.com

    Thank you for taking our efforts to the next level. We look forward to working alongside every American who believes in the power and potential of Americans with disabilities and we are fired up and ready to go! Join us!

    Janni Lehrer-Stein

     DNC Disability Council Vice-Chair, Finance

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  • Democrats Abroad Guatemala Policy Retreat: Saturday, January 20, 2018

    The Democrats Abroad Guatemala policy retreat scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2018 will soon be here.

    All we need is commitment from you to attend and support the event. If you have already responded we thank you, but if not, we ask you to read on and make a commitment to attend.

    The policy retreat is the perfect venue to share your thoughts and views on policy issues being affected and changed by the Trump administration.

    The retreat will be held at Casa de Retiros Posada Belén, Calle del Hermano Pedro Plazuela Belén, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

    Lunch will be provided on the premises prepared by Hermanas Bethalmitas for Q85 per person, (if you choose to have lunch off-premises the suggested contribution for the event is Q75).

    The following issues have been identified for the day’s agenda: Tax Cuts and the US Economy; Women’s Issues; Achieving Universal Health Care; The Democratic Party – How to Win Elections in 2018 and Beyond; Immigration Reform; Russia and US Elections; Key 2018 House and Senate Races.

    A presenter will introduce each topic using slides or a short detailed talk of five to 10 minutes, followed by open discussion for 45 minutes to an hour, closing with a summary statement that best captures the sentiment of the open discussion, before moving onto the next topic.

    Closing statements on each topic will be used in messaging our Get Out The Vote campaign for the 2018 midterm elections. Your input is important, so please consider participating in this important one-time event.

    Respond to Kee Kalwara, at keekalwara@gmail.com that you will attend and if you will be joining us for lunch (we need an accurate count ahead of time). And direct any other questions to Kee as well.

    Thank you.

    The Executive Committee Democrats Abroad Guatemala DA Guatemala

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  • published From Julia Bryan: in News 2018-01-11 09:03:48 -0500

    From Julia Bryan:

    Many thanks to all the country committees hosting March to the Ballot Box events over the weekend of January 20th. There’s a tremendous variety of events planned, all mixed with voter registration.

    Please be sure to post your pics on Facebook and use #marchtotheballotbox and #votefromabroad so that we can find your posts. One event is even going global!

    Larry Cohen from Our Revolution, one of our favorite folk and a great Democrats Abroad advocate, will be speaking in Toronto on January 20th at 4pm DC time. Larry has kindly agreed to be broadcast live online and DA Toronto is generously organizing the broadcast. Please tune in to DA’s Facebook page for the live event, and definitely share the show far and wide.

    The GOTV team is rolling out primary and special election emails this week. Your Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin voters will shortly be hearing from us with details about what they need to do to vote in these elections. As mentioned last week, local reminder emails are highly effective. Please encourage all your members to get their ballot requests in now so that they can vote in state primaries. Every state except Louisiana will be holding a primary this year.

    And if you haven’t yet, there’s no better way to brush up your votefromabroad.org skills than by testing it out yourself for this year. Why not send in your ballot request this week? Once you do, please share the news on Facebook - our VFA stats show a definite domino effect with social sharing. It’s country compliance season once again.

     Int’l Secretary Jeffrey Cheng has built a handy compliance table for you to use to review your to dos, deadlines and status. He’ll be sending out an email with more details shortly. Our next ExCom meeting is today at 8am DC time. As always we'd be delighted to have you join as a guest. If you're interested, just get in touch with Jeffrey at secretary@democratsabroad.org 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

    Martin Luther King Jr Day – January 15th

    March to the Ballot Box – January 20th - 21st

    Membership Database Cleanup Deadline – January 31st

    Membership Verification and Bylaws due – February 20th

    Texas primary – March 6

    Annual General Meeting – May 25 - 27th

    2018 GOTV calendar: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LAk6AEtd0EKY68R2vXiouTCcn29vZrax0YslB_l70rg/edit

    Fun Facts

    49 states will hold primaries this year (LA holds runoffs)

    455 Democratic challengers have registered with the FEC for US House races (only 111 Republican challengers have registered)

    33 states have Senate races this year

    50 states have House races

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  • published DAGT Direct Fund Raiser Campaign 2018 in News 2018-01-11 08:55:05 -0500

    DAGT Direct Fund Raiser Campaign 2018

    Dear Democrat,

    I don’t think we need to mention how important the 2018 midterm elections are. All 435 House members are up for election and 33 Senate seats as well. Winning back the House and the Senate would mean control over a chaotic White House, and influence over public policy. To do our part, Democrats Abroad Guatemala (DAGT) is asking for your financial support. We want to maximize our efforts to Get Out the Vote (GOTV) in 2018. We need to advertise our monthly voter registration events in Revue and Que Pasa, and if we have enough resources, we will do social media ads on Facebook and Twitter to try and reach even more voters. This fund raiser campaign runs from January 20th to February 20th.

    You can donate in cash or by check in person to one of the DAGT Executive Committee members (see the list below), or at one of two online choices: PayPal or Stripe.com.

    Click on your preference below:

    https://politics.raisethemoney.com/democrats-abroad-Guatemala

    https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=nSrulM5jppDAor2kl-qhds4vAuW6K1kwiW9Rq7H5DaT2bzh1APxg3wP1nDGAwD6L7xE2-W&country.x=US&locale.x=US

    Contributions of $25 or more will earn a prize of either a 2018 Women’s Caucus calendar or a Lo Siento por El Imbécil cap.

    Help us win back the House and the Senate.

    Thank you,

    Chair, John Chudy, mayadems@yahoo.com, 5783-3633

     Vice Chair, Mary Lou Ridinger, marylouridinger@yahoo.com, (502) 7832-2756, (502) 5523-0340 (cell)

     Secretary, Lyn Totino, allyntotino@gmail.com, (502) 7832-2619

     Treasurer, Tom Totino, ttotino@gmail.com, (502) 5718-6153

     Counsel: Letty Manne, lettyjane@gmail.com (502) 7832-8037

     Member-at-Large: Annie Vanderboom, annie.vanderboom@gmail.com (502) 5702-6514

     Member-at-Large: Dave Evans, devans@icronline.org (502) 5166-8829

     Issues/Programs/Special Events/Social Standing Committee Chair: Kee Kalwara, keekalwara@gmail.com, (502) 4170-5537

     Media Contact & Communications Standing Committee Chair: Mary Leigh Reynolds, maryreynolds85@gmail.com, 502 4204 6139

    Guatemala City MeetUp Group Chair: Hyungjoon Jin, Hyungjoon.jin@interamericano.edu.gt, (502) 5584-1715

    Lake Atitlán MeetUp Group Chair: Traci Styner, tracisd@gmail.com (502) 4198-7680

     Occidente MeetUp Group Chair: Sara Castellano, sarafem@gmail.com (502) 5264 6400

    San Marcos area. Occidente MeetUp Group Deputy Chair,

    Rachael Shenyo, rshenyo@yahoo.com (502) 3087 3516, Quetzaltenango/Huehuetenango areas

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  • published Voter Registration: Dates and Locations in News 2018-01-10 10:10:39 -0500

    Voter Registration: Dates and Locations

    DAGT is hosting Voter Registration and updating the Federal Post Card Application for all oversees voters on the following dates in Antigua:

    27 January 11:00am - 2:00pm

    17 February11:00am - 2:00pm

    10 March 11:00am - 2:00pm

    The location is:

    Enlaces 6 Avenida Norte #1 Antigua

    This is a non-partisan registration.  Additional dates in Guatemala City and Lake Atitlan are being planned.

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  • published Happy New Year from Julia Bryan! in News 2018-01-04 17:11:39 -0500

    Happy New Year from Julia Bryan!

    Dear Democrat,
    There are few things more thrilling for a voting advocate than rolling into an election year. Finally, we can help folk get registered and request their ballots. All the planning comes to fruition, our help desk queues fill up, we start pinging our friends and stopping strangers with American accents in the street.
    The GOTV global email we sent out this week caught hold of that enthusiasm and many members responded by going to votefromabroad.org to request their ballots. Many others though didn’t open the email (global emails are like that). If you can, please send out a local GOTV New Years email to your membership with a similar message. Local emails have high open rates and your members will thank you. Me too.
    The GOTV team is rolling out more GOTV training in phone banking and voter registration. Interested? Get in touch at gotv@democratsabroad.org. They are also sending out emails to members for special elections. Check out the 2018 GOTV calendar for more information (it’s linked at the end of this newsletter).
    January’s a busy month in DA thanks also to the DA membership cleanup (the deadline is January 31st). Looking for a fast way to refresh your membership? Send all of your expired members to votefromabroad.org – anyone who uses it gets automatically updated. You win twice.
    The Taxation team has just released their fantastic Taxation Team Year in Review. If you’re sending out a newsletter this month to your members, consider highlighting it. We’ve done many many things in the tax realm this last year and we should let our members know about how our fantastic team has fought for them. https://www.democratsabroad.org/ttf_year_in_review
    Shari wants to let you know that the 126 women’s caucus calendars still remaining are now on sale at $5 a piece. Get in touch with her today about picking up yours.
    Our next ExCom meeting is today at 8am DC time. As always we'd be delighted to have you join as a guest. If you're interested, just get in touch with Jeffrey Cheng at secretary@democratsabroad.org and he'll send you the link to the meeting.
    Thank you for all that you do, and Happy 2018! Here's to taking back the House and the Senate this year!
    Best, Julia
    Julia Bryan
    International Chair, Democrats Abroad
    Mark your calendars
    March to the Ballot Box – January 20th - 21st, 2018
    Membership Cleanup Deadline – January 31st, 2018
    Texas primary – March 6, 2018
    Annual General Meeting – May 25 - 27th, 2018
    More 2018 GOTV Calendar dates: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LAk6AEtd0EKY68R2vXiouTCcn29vZrax0YslB_l70rg/edit
    DAGT Note: A few calendars from the DAGT fundraiser are still available for $5. Keep in mind that comparing a $25 contribution to our fundraiser would be less expensive than having to pay the $30 transport fee from Germany to Guatemala and then dealing with local customs. 
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  • published From the Chair's Office in News 2017-12-31 13:43:10 -0500

    From the Chair's Office

    Dear Fellow DNC Member,
    We're excited to announce Dems For You, a new service-based initiative, and to ask you to join us in participating and leading this initiative, starting this holiday season.
    The mission of the new Democratic National Committee is to elect Democrats from the school board to the Oval Office. As a party, we must focus on demonstrating to Americans our core values every day, all across the country in a visible, action-oriented manner. We can no longer be just a political organization asking for votes every two or four years; we have to get back to our origins as a grassroots organization, together, helping to address the issues and problems faced by all Americans. It’s our job as leaders to champion our party’s values. We know that no bumper sticker slogan is going to fix the mess our country is in. People will. In every community and every day.
    To support these efforts, the DNC is launching a new service-based initiative called Dems For You. When a hurricane hits in Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico; when wildfires ravage California or Colorado; when families need food, clothing, or toys during the holiday season; when young adults are looking for help on job interviews and crafting a resume; when families want to purchase their first home or need assistance signing up for a healthcare plan, the Democratic Party through Dems For You will be there to support all of our communities because Every ZIP Code Counts.
    Today, we’re launching Dems For You, and we need your help in several ways over the coming weeks:
    Organize a service event over the holiday season: support wildfire or hurricane victims, volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank, organize a clothing drive, etc. Attend an event yourself, recruit elected officials you work with to attend or work with other democratic groups or allied organizations. Let us know what you’re doing, by entering your event here by Tuesday, December 19th.
    https://my.democrats.org/page/event/create
    Take action online:
    Spread the word with #DemsForYou via social media or email about efforts to support hurricane or wildfire victims or other people in need in your community.
    Share our Dems For You social media posts and graphics to encourage activists to get involved.
    Send an email announcement to your list about Dems For You.
    We know that many of you are already leading service events this December. Our goal is to help lift up that work to help you reach even more members of your community.
    Any questions, ideas, feedback, reach out to Ryan Doyle DoyleR@dnc.org or Kalen Pruss PrussK@dnc.org
    Thanks for everything you do,
    Tom and Jaime
    Tom Perez, Chair, Democratic National Committee
    Jaime Harrison, Associate Chair and Senior Counselor, Democratic National Committee
    You can find the toolkit here:
    https://dnc.app.box.com/s/cjqnzun9zrzyyrm9jkkls1eanfbjbthc
    and sample social media posts below:
    FB: Graphic linked here: https://p14.zdusercontent.com/attachment/498562/ffUPdGaKMGw4RG66MSD4L1PRd?token=eyJhbGciOiJkaXIiLCJlbmMiOiJBMTI4Q0JDLUhTMjU2In0..qJ6xu2u-U-BH1hki8NyjHQ.Vt-JVjNHYs66X3923VZqs5DxLnsQXaS4Zg5ZZsQQoAxhldWop5oKm5l7BSXzCZmDaVxqmYXyKu0MjzGJGbpQIr7n3amnFuEYno0NiF5oLjdiQ1x47dBbACmW31n86GaSSTiymsIx87N9_w3HC5VPsQauFlqy3PExmPAQpGk1le4vZ39jvO2nG6vdemwdtmgeAhkn_XJ8jwN00JPhsAjptrQiJvIvv5Mo8ltRBVMV9qe3kipNm1udQspC9B0FPjNe8lUVoUJcREM5ajm1_Sevyw.G17CeiZ1dam7aRXhS7d2xw
    Democrats are getting to work to give back and make our neighborhoods, towns, and cities a better place — in every community, every day. That’s why we’re asking you to join us in acts of service around our communities. Let us know you’re in, and tag a friend you’re bringing with you in the comments.
    Democrats know that no bumper sticker slogan will fix the mess our country is in. That’s why we’re rolling up our sleeves to give back to our communities now and through 2018. Join us at [insert event] on [date]: [event link]
    TW: Graphic linked here:
    https://p14.zdusercontent.com/attachment/498562/ML11q4fahNFkZZ9W2PuAcxuMk?token=eyJhbGciOiJkaXIiLCJlbmMiOiJBMTI4Q0JDLUhTMjU2In0..iU4SQs5KZupgzDbbJDOwgg.sWwysJjyWbqgMUgsGVmhHNQy3O3IYh8-f95ZT36V3dZox7Lf7v-uLtL4XZh6Iiou27FWb5TkpLBztjMh7tEJtEx_uQywYvt9jhra9CDb8rwrQxQ5JvKGcEgpMkPQfFglcpQKRncff6Jei4i9edVG7dKVA4kz-TkgwOn4zbMUbYGT9LChwZfds-8JzEMPlqXr0CSWchcs_vMo1gR89g0Pv4iEtJkijCHT9UoVHPK6e90YpPHcguvFNsrZKi-KM0DOGLiPyIgnDuvl8eT0IKN6iA.n3LQTi3wBGmfS-GLK9OxoQ
    We know that no bumper sticker slogan will fix the mess our country is in. That’s why Democrats are rolling up our sleeves to give back to our communities now and through 2018. Join us at [insert event] on [date]: [event link] #DemsForYou
    Democrats are getting to work to give back and make our neighborhoods, towns, and cities a better place — in every commu
    Democrats lead with our values, and that means giving back to the communities that have given so much to us. Sign up to join us for acts of service through 2018: [https://my.democrats.org/page/event/create] #DemsForYou
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  • published From Julian Bryan: in News 2017-12-28 12:55:49 -0500

    From Julian Bryan:

    In the quiet of this week, as many of us enjoy time off from work (and from Congress being in session!) the Excom and global teams are wrapping up several projects and preparing for our massive GOTV efforts in 2018.


    Before the New Year we’ll be presenting a working set of guidelines for DA expanding our Code of Conduct to specifically address sexual harassment issues.


    We’re also preparing our first GOTV email for the year, which will go out on January 1st to all members and will encourage everyone to kick start the year by sending in their ballot requests.


    Sadly, we learned this week that Stanley Grossman passed away over the weekend. Stanley was a two-term DA DNC member, a long-term advocate for FATCA reform, and a passionate Democrats Abroad leader. He will be greatly missed by many. Joe Smallhoover (France) is currently working on a resolution honoring him – if you have any comments to add to the resolution please reach out to him.
    Stanley would have been delighted to hear the news from Washington. Thanks to the mighty efforts of our Taxation task force, we are really pleased to note that Representatives Dina Titus and Jamie Raskin have both submitted statements to the Congressional record supporting Americans abroad and the need for taxation reform on our behalf.


    We encourage you to review these statements. They are valuable evidence for our members that DA is heard in Congress, and that we have Congressional friends who believe in the importance of votes from abroad.


    Our next ExCom meeting is today at 8am DC time. As always we'd be delighted to have you join as a guest. If you're interested, just get in touch with Jeffrey Cheng at secretary@democratsabroad.org 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
    GOTV 2018 Kickoff!! – January 1, 2018
    March to the Ballot Box – January 20th - 21st, 2018
    Annual General Meeting – May 25-27th, 2018
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  • published Unity Reform Commission Information in News 2017-12-24 16:11:42 -0500

    Unity Reform Commission Information

    Dear DNC Member,


    Please find here, the final report of the DNC's Unity Reform Commission. The Rules and Bylaws Committee will begin its work to incorporate these recommendations in the 2020 Delegate Selection documents.


    https://dnc.app.box.com/s/55lk3avwwnpqu2g00sdyd1i6ylz9fz0b


    Finally, I want to thank you for your continued leadership and work this past year. We have a lot to celebrate and be proud of as Democrats. Have a wonderful holiday season with some much-needed rest!


    Yours,
    Jason Rae
    Secretary
    Democratic National Committee
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  • published Julia Bryan in the Alabama Vote in News 2017-12-13 11:43:14 -0500

    Julia Bryan in the Alabama Vote

    Glorious news from Alabama today! To follow up on this remarkable win, we are going to be sending out an email tomorrow morning to all members. In the email we will encourage everyone to call their senators and demand that they wait till newly elected senator Doug Jones is seated to vote on the tax bill. Due to Alabama's rules, that will not happen until Congress is in session next year. This action is inline with Chuck Schumer's call for Mitch McConnell to "hit pause on the tax bill and not hold a final vote till Jones is sworn into the Senate." We will provide scripts and calling information, as usual.

    Please let me know if you will be able to encourage your members to participate in this action as well.

    All the best,

    Julia

    Julia Bryan

    International Chair, Democrats Abroad

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  • DA's current version of the Code of Conduct and Ethics

    As a follow up to the DPCA Executive Committee's Statement on Sexual Harassment, please click the following link to view DA's current version of the Code of Conduct and Ethics. Please note that the Code of Conduct applies equally to all elected and appointed officers and representatives of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad and its recognized member country committees.

    Best regards,

    Tom Schmid

    International Counsel

    Democratic Party Committee Abroad

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  • DA's current version of the Code of Conduct and Ethics

    As a follow up to the DPCA Executive Committee's Statement on Sexual Harassment, please click the following link to view DA's current version of the Code of Conduct and Ethics. Please note that the Code of Conduct applies equally to all elected and appointed officers and representatives of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad and its recognized member country committees.

    Best regards,

    Tom Schmid

    International Counsel

    Democratic Party Committee Abroad

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  • published DEMOCRATS ABROAD TAXATION TASK FORCE in News 2017-12-03 20:43:18 -0500

    DEMOCRATS ABROAD TAXATION TASK FORCE

    Dear Leaders,


    If you’ve suffered whiplash watching the GOP tax plan speed through both Houses of Congress then you’re not alone. No one could have imagined Congressional Republicans would succeed in so rapidly progressing a thoroughly debunked “middle-class tax plan.” Adding insult to injury, it seems hardly anyone – including the US Treasury – actually understand what’s in it.


    If you, like the members of the US Senate, have not read the Senate bill that will form the basis of what will likely go to a final vote in both houses of Congress before Christmas, then here is a breakdown of what is in it.


    Clearly the determination of Republicans to pass SOME tax legislation, ANY TAX LEGISLATION at all, no matter how poorly it serves the nation, has overwhelmed their long-standing aim of bringing down the deficit.[i] The plan passed by the Senate in the wee hours of Saturday morning blows out the deficit by $1 trillion.[ii]
    Nor do Republicans seem concerned that their plan does not achieve their stated goals, such as stimulating the economy.[iii]
    Or closing business tax loopholes.[iv]
    Or cutting taxes for the middle class.[v]
    Or bringing jobs back from overseas.[vi]
    Or encouraging companies to hire more workers and pay them better.[vii]
    Or eliminating the carried interest loophole that gives such outrageous advantage to hedge fund managers.[viii]


    So what’s next? Tomorrow (Monday, Dec 4) the Congress will convene a Conference Committee to reconcile the differences between the bill passed by the Senate yesterday with the bill passed by the House of Representatives the week before Thanksgiving. The momentum is pretty powerful but there may yet be holdouts and dissenters.


    The Taxation Task Force watched every hour of debate heard by the Senate Finance Committee and then on the floor of the US Senate chamber this last week. Reports and rumors from the press and the Hill had us on watch for floor amendments related to residence-based taxation, the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and FATCA. In the end there was silence on these matters.


    We have drafted floor speeches for friends of Democrats Abroad in both houses of Congress and hope to hear our concerns voiced in those chambers and appearing in the Congressional record before this is over.



    We're already hearing that the Congress will follow up with a further tax bill early next year so there's more work to be done. 

    In line with the statement released by Democrats Abroad on Saturday, the Taxation Task Force recommends you continue to encourage your members to call or message Congress to tell them to vote NO to this Trickle Down tax scam that rewards Republican donors at the expense of hard-working Americans. The campaign we ran for the last two weeks yielded over 1,100 messages to the US Senate, which is not nothing. Ten times that would have been preferable but it’s been a record-breaking year for outrage and our Resistance activists are clearly exhausted. We are grateful for their engagement.


    Thanks to all leaders who have supported this important work. Please contact us at any time with questions 

    TaxationTF@democratsabroad.org.

    Democratically yours,


    DEMOCRATS ABROAD TAXATION TASK FORCE
    Julia Bryan - ex officio (Czech Republic)
    DeeDee Gierow (Sweden)
    Carmelan Polce - chair (New York and Australia)
    Michael Ramos (Australia)
    Joseph Smallhoover (France)
    Orlando Vidal (UAE)
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  • published DAGT Policy Retreat: Saturday, January 20, 2018 in News 2017-12-03 20:34:58 -0500

    DAGT Policy Retreat: Saturday, January 20, 2018

    Fellow Democrat,

    Your Democrats Abroad Guatemala country committee is planning to convene a policy retreat on Saturday, January 20, 2018. We have an indoor venue identified that will hold up to 50 people comfortably and will provide lunch, but we need to book no later than December 8th. So we are asking for your vote of support now for this important event. The event would run from 9:00am to 4:00pm and would cost Q85 per person or Q75 if you prefer not to have lunch with the group.

    We are almost one year into the Trump presidency, and many Democrats still feel the need to voice their concerns and to share their thoughts and views on policy issues being affected and changed by the Trump administration. The latest example is Friday’sSenate vote to approve “the largest tax cut in history” as Trump likes to call it, but is more accurately captured by Bernie Sanders as one of the “great robberies in U.S. history.” This policy retreat is your opportunity to be heard.

    The following issues have been identified for the day’s agenda: Achieving Universal Health Care; The Democratic Party – Winning Elections in 2018 and Beyond; Immigration Reform; Russia and US Elections; Key 2018 House and Senate Races; Women’s Issues; Tax Cuts and the US Economy.

    A presenter will introduce each topic using slides or a short detailed talk of five to 10 minutes, followed by open discussion for 45 minutes to an hour, closing with a summary statement that best captures the sentiment of the open discussion. Closing statements on each topic will be used in messaging to Get Out The Vote for the 2018 midterm elections.

    Your input is important, so please consider participating in this important one-time event. Respond right away, no later than December 7, to Kee Kalwara, at keekalwara@gmail.com that you will attend. And direct any questions to Kee as well. Please do not click "reply," but use this email address keekalwara@gmail.com

    Thank you.

    The Executive Committee

    Democrats Abroad Guatemala

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