Democrats Abroad - May Updates

UPCOMING

Democrats Abroad Global Meeting

Global Meeting Prep List

Agenda for the meeting

Register for the global meeting (May 17-19)

Register for door knocks on the Hill (May 20-21)
Review the list of candidates for the 2019-20 global excom election

Review proposed charter bylaws amendments and the Bylaws Committee report

Review the 1p1v Special Purpose committee initial report

Review proposed resolutions

Tax Reform Door-Knocking – How can you help?

The Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force is back on Capitol Hill on 14, 15 and 16 May putting tax reform for Americans abroad at the center of discussions with Congress. We have meetings scheduled with members in both Houses of Congress and on both sides of politics. We will be discussing the need for residency based taxation and the design elements of the proposed legislation to enact it.

We need those determined to see this important reform enacted to reach out to their members of Congress this week and next week to demand it. Please consult this grassroots campaign guide for background on our advocacy work and for sample language you can use to call or write to Congress.

Please send questions to taxationtf@democratsabroad.org


YOU MAY HAVE MISSED…

DA Caucus Leaders Meeting

Topics discussed

· Black Caucus seeking assistance to run its Facebook page; Will likely re-start its podcast in the near future

· Progressive Caucus working on Medicare-for-All initiative; Sponsoring resolutions at the DA global meeting

· Disability Caucus newsletter from last month

· Women's Caucus discussion on fundraising and promoting an upcoming DA calendar; Seeking women from all global regions to attend its caucus' Planning Session on May 19th.

· Veterans & Military Families Caucus-in-formation currently awaiting global ExCom approval on its draft Terms of Reference (to become an official global caucus); Currently conducting outreach to recruit DA members in several country committees including France, Australia, Japan, Philippines, Germany, Norway, and Mexico

· Hispanic Caucus improving the quality of its overall podcast with each new episode; Committed to having more bilingual information and content moving forward

A FEW WORDS FROM THE DNC

DNC on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

DNC Chair Tom Perez, DNC CEO Seema Nanda, DNC Vice Chair Congresswoman Grace Meng, and DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong released the following statement on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:

“This month, we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, commemorating the history of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and their contributions to our country. From the Chinese Americans who fought school segregation in Mississippi and San Francisco and the Japanese Americans who fought against discrimination during World War II to the Filipino Americans who stood side by side with Latino migrant workers during the Delano Grape Strike, AAPIs have been instrumental in our country’s steady march toward equality and justice.

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“Democrats believe that diversity is our country’s greatest strength. As we observe Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we recommit ourselves to standing alongside our AAPI brothers and sisters who are fighting to create a more inclusive society, and electing leaders who will stand up against Trump’s attempts to tear AAPI communities and families apart.”

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DNC Announces 20th Annual LGBTQ Gala Celebrating 50 Years Since Stonewall

Every LGBTQ Member of the House Democratic Majority, Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown to attend

Fresh off helping elect the largest number of LGBTQ members Congress has ever seen, the Democratic National Committee will host its 20th Annual LGBTQ Gala in New York City on June 17. Attending the event will be DNC Chair Tom Perez, along with every LGBTQ member of the new House Democratic majority, and special guest Queer Eye star Karamo Brown, who will highlight the historic progress the LGBTQ community has made since Stonewall 50 years ago.

Additional speakers and celebrity guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

“In 2018 we reset expectations across the country of who runs for office and who we support as candidates. In the 116th Congress, there are more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community than ever before. Together we are working to ensure that everyone's voice is heard and everyone has access to opportunity. I'm proud to be a part of this new House Majority -- and a co-chair of the Equality Caucus -- as we work towards these goals, “ said Rep. Sharice Davids

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National Finance Chair of the DNC, Henry Munoz will be stepping down

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