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DemsAbroad Canada in action

Welcome to the official home for
American Democrats living in Canada!

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For all media inquiries, please contact Communications or +1 877-336-2008

Democrats Abroad Canada is the official country committee of the DPCA for U.S. Democrats living in Canada. We are a 100% volunteer self-funded organization helping American citizens vote in U.S. elections through voter registration and keeping Americans informed on key issues. DemsAbroad Canada engages with members of Congress on issues affecting Americans living abroad, and strives to make information available to our members on topics such as Canada/US tax filing requirements, Estate Planning, and Operating a Corporation in Canada as an American Abroad. We also provide many opportunities to volunteer with our Get Out the Vote efforts!

 

MSNBC American voters in Canada 2016

In 2016, 23% of Americans living abroad did not vote due to feeling disengaged with the U.S. and their local communities. The world is engaged watching the tragic way COVID has been handled and with the scenes of racial injustice happening on the streets of the U.S. - it is not an acceptable response in 2020 to say you're disengaged!

  • If you file your 1040s, FBARs & FATCAs with the IRS but don't exercise your constitutional right to vote, you are agreeing to taxation without representation.
  • If you want to put an end to Citizenship Based Taxation, it's going to take your vote to retain the House and secure the Senate.
  • If you vote from NY stop presuming your vote isn't needed - how often has the NY State Assembly been controlled by the R's?
  • If you wish to see racial & social justice in our communities you must vote as far down-ballot as permissible.
  • If all registered Florida voters living in Canada in 2000 had voted, they could've changed the outcome of the election.

Hundreds of American citizen volunteers across Canada are working to educate all eligible U.S. voters on their right to vote and how to get their ballots to vote in every election. That includes Canadians who were born in the U.S. and those born in Canada to an American parent(s), who therefore have the right to vote. Americans living in Canada CAN deliver the difference in close elections.

Go to VoteFromAbroad.org today to register for your ballot.

Volunteers are always needed to help get out the vote, grow our base, and reach out to find new friends. In 2020 it's critical we collectively do all possible to encourage the estimated 650k - 1m Americans in Canada to vote! To volunteer contact your local chapter or email our Volunteer Manager, Jamey Shick.

Our chapters across Canada offer a peer-group resource for U.S. citizens looking for assistance with voting, taxes, and passports plus social gatherings. Past chapter events include Women's Marches, Tax Seminars, Fourth of July parties, Thanksgiving dinners, Election and Debate Watch parties, Movie Nights, Trivia Quizzes, voter registration events and Pints & Politics pub meet-ups.

We also post voter and event information as well as current political news on multiple social media channels. Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter - and please share the information! Be sure to check our Events page and News page for additional updates on what we're up to.

For more information, email Steve Nardi, Country Chair or call our information line toll-free at 1-877-336-2008. In Toronto/GTA, call 416-916-2022.

Democrats Abroad Canada is self-funded, utilizing all funds raised to support our national and chapter Get Out the Vote efforts to reach the est. 650,000 - 1,000,000 Americans living across Canada. We are very grateful to all of our donors for your generous support.

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DA Canada Leadership:

Steve Nardi
| Canada Country Chair / DPCA Voting Rep / Canada LGBT Caucus Lead
Julia Buchanan
| Canada Executive Vice Chair / DPCA Voting Rep
Lissette Wright
| Global Treasurer + Canada Treasurer | Democrats Abroad
Edward Ungar
| Canada Vice Chair / Toronto Chapter Member-at-Large / DPCA Voting Rep
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  • News

    Fmr Amb to Canada Bruce Heyman talks with Morning Joe about the overseas vote

    Democrats Abroad has partnered with the Ambassadors for Biden initiative to reach the up to 6m eligible overseas American voters. Fmr Amb to Canada Bruce Heyman went on Morning Joe speaking to how easy it is to register at VoteFromAbroad.org and highlighting how few Americans in Canada voted in 2016. There are enough of us in Canada to make the numerical factor of victory in close elections.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2_nn9nPUxk

    Number of American voters in Canada 2016

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    Dems Abroad outreach about US Govt Coronavirus Aid for Americans Abroad

    Many members have reached out asking about the CARES Act impact for Americans living abroad. Fortunately the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force has prepared a report to share.

    Congress has passed the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the president has signed it into law. Americans abroad will be interested in understanding the law's aid provisions and how they can access them. This is a summary of key aid provisions that are or may be relevant to Americans abroad –

    • Americans abroad who meet the income eligibility criteria (adjusted gross income under $99,000) are entitled to the Recovery Rebate (up to $1,200 payment plus $500 per child)
    • Taxpayers who have provided bank account details with their tax filing will likely be receiving payments by direct deposit in the next 2-3 weeks, with others likely receiving checks or debit cards through the post
    • Treasury has been provided with flexibility in the language of the bill for providing the cash aid to citizens who have not filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019. We will follow this closely.
    • Individuals with federal student loans automatically have their interest rate set to 0% for 60 days and can request forbearance (a suspension of payments) for 60 days.
    • Small businesses have been provided with range of supports to enable them to retain their employees and keep paying their salaries and benefits, via an existing SBA loan product whose eligibility criteria have been greatly relaxed. This MAY enable Americans abroad with small businesses to qualify for the support.

    A great many questions remain about how these and the myriad other relief mechanisms in the historic $2 trillion dollar package are to be implemented. Treasury and the IRS have a lot of work ahead of them.

    Click here to read the rest of the report from the Taxation Task Force.

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, August 08, 2020 at 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 30 rsvps
    Online via the Zoom platform in Mississauga, ON, Canada

    Inaugural meeting of DemsAbroad Canada Black Caucus

    DemsAbroad Global Black Caucus

    We are excited to be in the midst of organizing a Democrats Abroad Canada Black Caucus (DACBC). To get this initiative started, we have arranged our first meeting in order to introduce our members to the Canadian Black Caucus, which will be part of the Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus (DAGBC). Joining us on Zoom will be Angela Fobbs, Chair of the DAGBC. Following her presentation we will have a Q&A session. We invite all members and allies of the Global Black Caucus and interested Democrats Abroad Canada members to attend to learn more about this committee.

    And, to facilitate our search to find a Chair to lead the (Canadian) Caucus, we are reaching out to our members who may be interested in Chairing this caucus. If this interests you, kindly send a short email to the hosts informing us of your interest at least one week prior to our first meeting and we will email you a form to fill out.  At our 2nd meeting on Zoom, each candidate will be allotted a 10-minute presentation. This will be your opportunity to inform the members as to why you would like to Chair this Caucus, as well as share relevant information about your background and experience in leadership positions.

    We hope you are available to attend our meeting on Zoom, which will be hosted by Democrats Abroad Canada members, Paulette Kelly and Larry Rousseau. Paulette and Larry, have volunteered to host the meetings until the Chair is elected.

    For your perusal, attached is information about the Democrats Abroad Canada Black Caucus.  We look forward to communicating with you.

    You must RSVP for this event to receive the Zoom access details. If you have questions please send an email to Paulette and Larry.

    Kind regards,

    Paulette Kelly and Larry Rousseau  

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    The Democrats Abroad Canada (DAC) Black Caucus (DACBC) is made up of DAC members of all ethnicities in Canada who are willing and able to advocate on issues important to Black Americans within the United States of America and those living abroad. All DAC members are eligible to join the DACBC. We advocate for laws, policies, and programs that improve the lives of Black Americans and educate all people on the humanity of Black people.

    People of visible African descent have been in what we now know as the United States of America since 1619, long before many ethnic groups who are now considered to be White. Black Americans were essential to building America. Without Black people, the greatness of America would not be possible.

    Today, Black Americans are in all walks of life and are 13.3% of the American population[1]. By 2060, the projected black population in the United States will be 74.5 million, with a predicted median black wealth as of 2053 of zero and a current median White wealth of $116,000.

    According to the Voter Participation Center, from 2012 to 2016, Black voter turnout dropped by 4.7% overall[2]. Black voter turnout is essential for Democratic election victories. Therefore, it is necessary for Democrats to identify and focus on those issues close to the hearts of African Americans and other minority voters.  In general, voters do not turn out unless they feel included, listened to, and excited. It is important that DAC  have a caucus that directly addresses the issues of Black Americans. Thus, the DACBC will produce and disseminate political content which bears witness to the ever-unfolding international history of the Black American reality. Black Lives Matter!

    The purpose of the Democrats Abroad Canada Black Caucus (DACBC) 

    is to provide a forum for all DAC members to better understand the issues and concerns affecting Black Americans, to help eliminate unconscious bias within the DAC membership and in America, to help engage with Black voters living abroad and ensure that their needs are met within the DAC community, and, where needed, to advocate for reforms to political issues. We encourage and facilitate Black Americans abroad to engage, become informed, and exercise their voting franchise.

    MISSION STATEMENT

    • To support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic[3]
    • To support the goals and ideals of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad
    • To encourage voting in every eligible U.S. election by as many Black Americans abroad and Black Caucus members as possible
    • To advocate on issues of concern to Black Americans
    • To be a voice for U.S. citizens living abroad
    • To support campaigns of Democratic candidates aligned with our interests running for elected office in the U.S.
    • To work with other teams within DA to further our joint goals.

    [1] “QuickFacts.” U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts Selected: UNITED STATES, United States Census Bureau, 1 July 2016, www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/US/PST045216.

    [2] Fraga, Bernard L., et al. “Analysis | Why Did Trump Win? More Whites - and Fewer Blacks - Actually Voted.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 8 May 2017,www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/05/08/why-did-trump-win-more-whites-and-fewer-blacks-than-normal-actually-voted/?utm_term=.c54e479ea009&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1.

    [3] In these times where assaults on the constitutional rights are routinely taking place and there are many forces who are actively working to call a constitutional convention and change our rights, it is important that every American defend our constitution not just those who work for the government.

    Global Black Caucus Country events

    Friday, August 14, 2020 at 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    DA Toronto "at the Movies" - Good Trouble

    We owe a great debt to John Lewis. It is our duty to him to continue his work of advocating for civil rights and fighting racism.  We invite you to learn more about him by watching Good Trouble a documentary about his life and legacy, which you can stream through Hot Docs or iTunes.  Then, join us on Zoom on August 14th at 7 pm for a discussion of the film and what we can all do now to make "good trouble".

    RSVP Here to receive an email with the Zoom link the day before the event.