Whether you experience the nuisance of being double taxed from overseas or want to help for social justice change of Medicare for All or the Equal Rights Amendment - here's your chance to get involved! Urgent deadlines below and there will be actions to do after this month.
Medicare for All
Medicare for All was endorsed by Democrats Abroad at the AGM 2019 and is by far the most comprehensive, compassionate, health-focused and economically sensible plan.
Most importantly, if you have a Representative on the Ways and Means Committee who has not endorsed Medicare for All yet - that list here, we urge to contact them before Wednesday, 12 June - see image at left!
We also encourage everyone to see if your Representative is a co-sponsor of the HR.1384 Medicare for All Bill and email them if they have not signed on yet.
Residency Based Taxation (RBT)
RBT is a remedy, requiring little effort by Congress, that addresses the vast majority of the tax problems faced by Americans abroad. You can read the report by the Taxation Task Force on these issues here.
Join Democrats Abroad Call Storm for RBT on Thursday 13 June - Call Storm Instructions here! This coincides with the International Tax Filing day.
Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
It is hard to believe, but men and women are not equal under the Constitution! If you want to help change that, contact your Representative and/or Senator. If your state has not ratified the ERA, please also contact your local State legislators members to support it.
Stay tuned for more campaigns in this year as after the middle of June, the campaigns for Residency Based Taxation, Medicare for All and Equal Rights Amendment will continue!
Once a year, the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA and what we all call Democrats Abroad) has an Annual General Meeting (AGM). Each odd year, this meeting occurs in Washington DC, a great locale so that we can remind all our Congresspersons post-AGM the important work we do - and votes we cast! - from all over the world in a doorknock on Congress.
After the Australia AGM in April, we elected the full suite of Voting Representatives to attend this meeting - either in person or on via teleconference. As we are allocated votes based on population in DA International, we elected 4 new Voting Representatives.
This call, for most of us, was a very late - commencing at about 11pm AEST and finishing around 6 or 7am. This is the commitment that so many give to this organisation in this volunteer role reminds us of our duty to democracy, even though times are often unforgiving for the Asia-Pacific region.
Even at the late hour for most of us, this AGM was packed with presidential candidate visits, an election of the new International leadership, key Resolutions, Chatrer (ByLaw) Amendments and important information to lead us into this critical election year.
Democrats Abroad invited all of the current presidential candidates to attend our AGM or make a recorded statement. Two candidates, Marianne Williamson and Kirsten Gillibrand attended and others sent in recorded statements. As officers of Democrats Abroad do not endorse one candidate over another, we encourage everyone to get familiar with the issues of each - we'll plan debate watch parties soon!
The new International leadership saw a return of Julia Bryan as International Chair, Alex Montgomery as Vice-Chair, Jeffrey Cheng as Secretary and Lisette Wright as Treasurer. This team was tremendous in our 2018 GOTV effort and led us through a difficult transition for the country and party - which is indeed continuing. As the International Counsel did not stand for re-election, Joe Smallhoover ran and was elected. Also, Kat Allikan returns as Asia-Pacific Regional Vice Chair!
There were some key resolutions that were debated. Firstly, the International AGM voted near unanimously for the Endorsement of Medicare for All, this was moved by the Australia Chair, supported by the Vice-Chair, DNC Members, Caucus leaders, many Country Chairs and Voting Representatives. A resolution Addressing the Closure of United States Citizen and Immigration Services, moved by one of our Voting Representatives, was debated and will be further discussed at an upcoming meeting. Others such as opposing the attacks on Transgender service members and honouring of Arian Ardie were passed unanimously. Others were sent to a committee and some such as the Support for the Green New Deal and resolution urging action on Gun Violence will be heard in just over a month at a special meeting.
There were Charter Amendments which you can find here. The Charter is our key governing and organisational document. Several amendments passed, others will be discussed at a future meeting. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, there is only so much
In all of these things, this AGM was packed with information and organising talks to lead us into 2020. This included all Caucus presentations (some were skipped to return to Resolutions), GOTV information, Study Abroad plan, more updates coming to VoteFromAbroad, Communications strategies and much more! We'll be getting this to our local chapters soon.
This AGM was quite comprehensive with inspiring presidential candidate speeches, some great resolutions we hope will motivate issue-based interest in DA and most all a great community trying to create change in uncertain times!
Upcoming EventsHello!I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support during the past two + years. The NSW Chapter has grown and flourished and it is due to YOU and your support and activism.Leading the Chapter has been a tremendous honour and privilege for me and I encourage all members to seriously consider taking up the opportunity to become the next Chapter Chair. You will be well supported by your fellow chapter members and the newly voted in National Team are supercharged to help deliver a Democrat victory in 2020.Please come to the Chapter 2019 Annual General Meeting – on 18 June and elect your Chapter Leadership.The elected Chair will join the Executive Committee to guide Democrats Abroad Australia.Nominations are being accepted for Chair and Vice Chair.(Do note that a Chair is all that is required for NSW to have an official active chapter). You can find position descriptions here https://docs.google.com/document/d/16pV_gNKsjismBA_teJ0mgPku7mxvQAYeY1FItjXtRvc/edit?usp=sharingIf you would like nominate someone - or yourself, please fill out the nomination form - found here: https://forms.gle/iaD8CF2B8gCXqv4j9and email the Nominations Committee Chair Steve Knuth at: email@example.comThe deadline for nominations will be 11:59pm on Friday, 7th June 2019.Candidate statements and absentee ballots (for those who cannot attend the AGM) will be sent immediately following close of nominations. Absentee voting and proxies will be accepted up until 11:59pm, Monday, 17th June 2019.We hope you will join us for the AGM - 6:00pm for a 6:30 start - grab a drink and something to eat - the pub always has good specials on offer. You will find us on the 1st Floor (not the ground floor), just to the left of the bar area.We are stronger together - and I am confident that we will be fortunate to have a number of you step forward to lead us in to the future. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call or text me on 0413 089 996.With gratitude,Marla Minow, NSW Chapter Chair0413 089 996
Social AGM and catch-up at the Wheatsheaf Hotel!
Let's elect a Chapter Chair who can help plan events in Adelaide and South
The State Chair position is not an overwhelming one! Let's get going so that we can have monthly social meetings! just to future get us together.
Nominations are being accepted for Chapter Chair and other positions - other positions are not required, and you can find all descriptions here!
If you would like nominate someone or yourself, please fill out the nomination form and email your candidate statement (instructions on form) to myself as I will also act as the Nominations Committee Chair at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadlines for nominations will be 11:59pm on Friday, 14th June 2019 (ACST - SA time).
Candidate statements and absentee ballots (for those who cannot attend the AGM) will be sent immediately following close of nominations. Absentee voting and proxies will be accepted up until 11:59pm, Monday 24 June 2019.
Please refer to and read carefully the DA Australia By-Laws (2017, updated version forthcoming), the DA Charter, and the DA Code of Conduct and Ethics documents which you’ll need to adhere to if successfully elected.
Please join us! We've got the side room at the big table - turn right after entering front door!
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