Events

  • Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 23 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    The National Welfare Rights Organization 1966 - 1975

     

    The National Welfare Rights Organization 1966 - 1975

    An outgrowth of the Civil Rights Movement: Women of Color Rising to lift themselves and their children out of poverty.

    Join the Global Black Caucus for an insightful webinar, during Black History Month 2023, and learn more about the significance of the National Welfare Rights Organization and its activism and legacy which still carries on today.  

    February 11, 2023, at 10:00 AM EST / 16:00 PM CET / 23:00 HKT 

    This webinar is facilitated by Miriam Victory Spiegel, Democrats Abroad Switzerland, born in 1945 in New York City, long-time activist, Community Organizer in New York 1968 – 1980, and Couples and Family Therapist, in Zürich, Switzerland since 1990.

    During this webinar, Miriam will begin her presentation by focussing on the events that she experienced as an activist and community organizer in New York City in 1968. She will describe the theoretical basis of the creation of the National Welfare Rights Organization and its inception within the framework of the Civil Rights Movement. To contextualize, she will share a rearview mirror with us, looking back and trying to understand why so many people of color were left behind in mid-sixties America and seemed doomed to a life of poverty, limited education, poor health, and unemployment. These reflections will take us on a historical journey beginning in 1619 and ending in 1968….

    This event is being co-sponsored by the Global Women's Caucus.

    Join us for an insightful webinar on February 11, 2023, at 10:00 AM EST / 16:00 PM CET / 23:00 HKT 

    As we are already gearing up for the next election cycle, please consider making a donation to help get out the vote in 2024. We can not win the Presidential Election without you!

    Donate today at: https://www.democratsabroad.org/bc-donations



  • Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 02:00 PM Time · 7 rsvps
    ON ZOOM in Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada

    Tax Basics for US Citizens

    $10 Suggested Donation

    Overviews:

         -  Tax Returns 
         -  Foreign Reporting 
         -  FBARs 
         -  Streamline Program (catch up program ) 

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 08:00 PM Time · 2 rsvps
    Zoom Link sent upon RSVPing in Waterloo, ON, Canada

    Investment Information for US Citizens-Avoid the Pitfalls!

    $10 Suggested Donation to help Democrats Abroad get out the vote in 2024!

    -  US Tax consequences of RRSPs, TFSAs and RESPs
    -  Estate Planning and Estate Taxes
    -  Changes to estate tax thresholds
    -  Real Estate Holdings and Planning – Canada and US
    -  Cross-border income, pension and benefits planning

    Steele Wealth Management of Raymond James Ltd (USA) 

  • Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 60 rsvps

    Medicare - What You Need to Know

    Medicare and Americans Abroad

    Join us on February 19th for a practical explanation of what Medicare is, how it is funded, to whom it is available and the nature of coverage it does or can include.  Find out what kind of decisions you will have to make – either now or in the future – and how these decisions and programs can significantly impact your future financial and insurance coverage situation.  These decisions are important for people with disabilities and seniors, but knowing what is coming is important for all Americans overseas – whether you plan to stay abroad or move back to the US.

    Our panelists are Democrats Abroad members and Americans living abroad who are working on legislation to better the opportunities of Americans abroad and who will share their knowledge, experience and plans for the future with you. Please note that this panel will give neither financial advice nor expert opinion on individual situations.  The webinar will be recorded, and all the documents presented in this webinar will be sent to anyone who RSVPS for the event.

    RSVP Below!

    Our Panelists:

    Heather Stone, Chair Medicare Medical Portability Task Force
    Philippe Blumenthal, CEO of the Government Savings Institute
    Toni Kamins, Medicare Medical Portability Task Force and Chair of GSC Medicare Part B Committee

    This event is co-hosted by DA's Global Seniors Caucus, Medical Portability Task Force, and Global Disability Caucus.

    LOCATION LOCAL TIME
    Vancouver, CA 5:30 AM
    Washington DC 8:30 AM
    London, UK 1:30 PM
    Berlin, Germany 2:30 PM
    Tel Aviv, IL 3:30 PM
    Nairobi KE 4:30 PM
    Mumbai, IN 7:00 PM
    Beijing, CN 9:30 PM
    Tokyo, JP 10:30 PM



  • Friday, February 24, 2023 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 6 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Monthly Friday Casual Social

    Democrats Abroad Global Seniors and Disability Caucuses invite you to join us for our monthly Social -- a time for Seniors and members of the Disability Caucus to connect with one another and discuss topics of concern and information. We will reflect, discuss, plan, and strategize together from the comfort of our own homes and with no duties or assignments! This will be fun as we can discuss freely any topic we would like.

    RSVP BELOW TO JOIN US ON ZOOM!


    LOCATION LOCAL TIME
    Vancouver CA 6:00 AM
    Washington DC 9:00 AM
    London UK 2:00 PM
    Berlin DE 3:00 PM
    Nairobi KE 4:00 PM
    Beijing CN 9:00 PM
    Tokyo JP 10:00 PM
  • Monday, February 27, 2023 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 20 rsvps
    ZOOM in Washington, DC

    A 21st-Century Economic Bill of Rights

    How do we reverse increasing income inequality in the United States? A 21st-Century Economic Bill of Rights would guarantee all people residing in the United States the right to the essentials of a good life, regardless of their income, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or country of origin. Join our guest speakers to learn more about this progressive proposal and what we can do to implement it.


    Confirmed speakers:

    • Harvey J. Kaye: American historian and sociologist. Author of several books, including “Thomas Paine and the Promise of America” and “The Fight for the Four Freedoms.” He is Professor Emeritus of Democracy & Justice Studies and the Director of the Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.
    • Alan Minsky: Executive Director of the Progressive Democrats of America and a lifelong activist, who has worked as a progressive journalist, as Program Director at KPFK Los Angeles, and coordinator for Pacifica Radio’s national coverage of elections.

    Here are some resources to prepare for the event:

    Article: “A Call for All Progressive Candidates and Officeholders to Embrace a 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights.” Alan Minsky and Harvey J. Kaye. Common Dreams, 23 February 2022.
    Video: "The Ethos of the Greatest Generation"- Discussing the Four Freedoms with Harvey Kaye. FDR Library, 4 January, 2023.

    All are welcome to attend! Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link.

    Thanks to our co-sponsors: Global Black Caucus, Global Women’s Caucus, Reparations Task Force, proDA Austria, proDA Germany

    RSVP below for the Zoom link!

    While there is no donation required to attend, the suggested donation for this event is $10. Click here to donate. Help Democrats Abroad volunteers mobilize voters around the world. Help us fight for progressive policy changes in the new Congress!

    Vancouver, CA 9:00 - 10:30 am
    Washington DC 12.00 - 1:30 pm
    London, UK 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Vienna, AT 6:00 - 7:30 pm
    Nairobi, Kenya 8:00 - 9:30 pm
    Mumbai, India 10:30 pm - 12:00 am

     

  • Sunday, March 05, 2023 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 11 rsvps

    Every 90 Seconds: From Awareness to Action

    Working Together in New Ways to End Violence against Women


    Democrats Abroad Salutes International Women’s Day 2023
    with Anne DePrince, Noted Author and Expert on Violence Against Women

    Every_90_Seconds_(4)_70_.jpgOn March 5, at 9 am Eastern Time, U.S. citizens from around the globe will be joined via Zoom by Anne DePrince, the author of Every 90 Seconds: Our Common Cause Ending Violence Against Women.  The event precedes and celebrates International Women’s Day on the 8th.

    This event will include remarks from the author who will also take questions from participants.  In her book, DePrince provides perspective on the overwhelming scope of violence, its frequency, its pervasiveness and its many devastating forms.  She also examines the impact it has on every aspect of society and the ways societal attitudes and conditions can exacerbate the crimes and the damage that results. In her comments to Democrats Abroad, DePrince will focus, in particular, on the needs for action and the ways each of us can contribute to making change.

    From Awareness to Action follows a continuing series of conversations on related subjects sponsored by the Democrats Abroad Violence Against Women Action Team as part of an on-going research, education and action project.. These have ranged from Gender-based violence and the military justice system (with Nancy Parrish & Col. Don Christensen from Protect Our Defenders) , the correlations between the status and safety of women and the security of countries and the world  (with Dr. Valerie Hudson, author of The First Political Order)  and the challenges in finding support for U.S. victims of violence when they are abroad (with Paula Lucas from Pathways to Safety International).  

    To join us and get the zoom link for this event click the RSVP button below.

    For further information, to learn about volunteering  for the VAW team or to suggest a question in advance of the event, please contact [email protected]


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

    ANNE DE PRINCE

    Anne DePrince is a clinical psychologist, distinguished university professor at the University of Denver (DU), and expert in intimate violence who believes change is possible. Author of Every 90 Seconds: Our Common Cause Ending Violence against Women (Oxford University Press, 2022), Anne has worked closely with victim service providers and policy makers over more than two decades to study the impact of multiple forms of violence against women on a range of outcomes -- from health and economic wellbeing to education and safety. The U.S. Department of Justice recognized her contributions to the nation’s understanding of crime victims with the Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award.  She also serves as DU’s first Associate Vice Provost for Public Good Strategy and Research.

    https://annedeprince.com/

    https://www.amazon.com/Every-90-Seconds-Violence-Against/dp/0197545742



  • Sunday, March 05, 2023 at 01:30 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) · 25 rsvps
    Virtual on Zoom in Victoria, BC, Canada

    Victoria Chapter Annual General Meeting

    Notice of Annual General Meeting


    Save the date and RSVP below

    WHAT? ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2023
    PURPOSE? To inform you about the year’s activities and the accomplishments of your chapter & to elect Board Members for a two-year term. At a later date, you will receive further information.
    WHEN? SUNDAY
    05 March, 2023
    1:30-3:00 pm PST
    WHERE? via ZOOM
    Our Zoom application has a total capacity of 100 participants, so space online is limited.
    RSVP at bottom of page

    After RSVPing, you will receive a link to the meeting. Address all other enquiries to Secretary, Democrat Abroad Victoria & the Islands:
    [email protected]
    WHO? All Members of Democrats Abroad Victoria and the Islands Chapter
    GUEST SPEAKER KATIE SOLON

    Katie is the GOTV Coordinator for the America’s Region and one of the most experienced and knowledgeable members of DA: a former Country Chair and Chair, DA International. We are honored to have her as our guest speaker.

    See her bio HERE

     

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 4 rsvps
    webex in Montreal , QC, Canada

    Quebec Chapter AGM & Chapter Elections

              

    Chapter Board Elections & AGM

    Please join us for our AGM and put your name in for a position on the Quebec Board.  We will be taking nominations from the floor.  There is exciting work to be done leading up to the 2024 elections and we welcome all members, old and new, to work with us to make the biggest impact possible.

    Please see below for more info on Board positions.

    • The Board positions open are Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.  Members can also put their names in for unelected positions such as member at large or project manager.
    • You may serve a leadership role from anywhere in the chapter, whether you live in Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, or Beaconsfield. 
    • Eligibility: American citizens residing in Canada, legal voting age, a member in good standing of the Democrats Abroad Canada – Montreal chapter member, and willing and able to handle the duties while adhering to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.

    • Terms are two (2) years. As a Board member, you will be expected to actively participate in the management of the Chapter, including attendance at monthly board meetings, either in-person or virtually. A Board member who has served two consecutive terms in the same office may only be nominated for a third term from the floor during the AGM by the members present, should no other candidate be nominated for that office. 

    For specific information about the Board positions, please contact Randi Weitzner, [email protected]

    We look forward to seeing our members at the March 15 meeting.

                      

              

     

     

  • Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) · 3 rsvps
    Zoom in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    DA Vancover – Annual General Meeting 2023

    Democrats Abroad Vancouver will be electing a new Executive Committee of the Board of DA Vancouver at our March 19, 2023 Annual General Meeting which will be held on Zoom this year.

    Nominations should be sent to [email protected] and received by midnight, February 2, 2023. Note that nominations may be made from the floor at the AGM in the event there is no nomination for a position.

    To nominate yourself or others, please include an accompanying letter of no more than 500 words stating the nominee's qualifications, experience, and reason for seeking the office. In addition, the letter must include a confirmation from the nominee that they are: (1) a bona fide US citizen residing in Canada; (2) a member of Democrats Abroad and of the DA-Van chapter; and (3) that they will adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States and Democrats Abroad.

    All nominations should be directed to the nominations committee. The nominations committee includes:

    • Pat Fournier, DA Vancouver Treasurer
    • Rachel Eugster, DPCA Voting Rep/Co-Chair, Canada's Capital Region
    • David Hoyt, DA Vancouver Member and Past Board Member

    Here are brief descriptions of the positions as laid out in the DA-Van bylaws.

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    Chair

    The Chair shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the association, shall call and preside at all general meetings of members as well as of the Executive Committee and shall have responsibility for all activities approved by the organization. The Chair represents and is the spokesperson for DA-Van. The Chair may designate and remove additional spokesperson or spokespersons at their discretion. The Chair has full access to necessary documentation, including but not limited to minutes of all meetings, and all files and administrative records of the organization, including financial statements.

    Vice Chair

    In the absence of the Chair, the Vice Chair shall call and preside at general meetings of members and of the Executive Committee, with a vote on the Executive Committee. The Vice Chair shall work with the Chair to ensure that all responsibilities approved by and on behalf of the organization are supervised and executed appropriately. The Vice Chair shall have the same powers as the Chair insofar as meetings are concerned and where the Chair is not present. Where designated by the Chair, the Vice Chair may act in the Chair’s stead in other matters. The Vice Chair automatically becomes Chair in the event of the loss of the Chair.

    The Vice Chair shall be opposite in gender to the Chair.

    General Secretary

    The General Secretary shall record and file minutes of all meetings and shall keep all such files and administrative records of the organization. Minutes of all meetings shall be sent to the Executive Committee once forwarded to the Chair and / or Vice Chair (in instances of absence by the Chair). At the next regular meeting of the Executive Committee, Executive members will accept the Minutes either as presented or amended, subject to quorum requirements.

    Treasurer

    The Treasurer shall manage the finances of the chapter, create and maintain financial reports, manage the DA-Van bank account, and maintain such financial reports as may be required by law. The Treasurer and Chair have signing authority for the DAC-V bank account. The Treasurer shall prepare and present to the Annual General Meeting of DA-Van a yearly Statement of Income and Expenses.

    Community Outreach Secretary

    The Development and Community Outreach Secretary plans and hosts the three DA-Van standing social events - Thanksgiving (fall), AGM (winter) and Fourth of July (summer), and any other social events of DA-Van. The Development and Community Outreach Secretary also develops relationships in the wider community beyond Democrats Abroad Vancouver, such as developing service projects in the local community. The Development and Community Outreach Secretary may form and head a committee of members interested in volunteering for social and outreach events pertaining to Democrats Abroad.

    Policy Secretary

    The Policy Secretary advises the general membership, through the Executive Committee, on US policy matters from our unique perspective as Americans abroad. The Policy Secretary also recommends opportunities for general membership to participate in U.S. policy-related discussions and activities. The Policy Secretary may form and head a committee of members interested in volunteering for policy pertaining to Democrats Abroad.

    Communications Secretary

    The Communications Secretary holds full responsibility for strategy and execution of all media contact, plus advertising, and reporting through its Committee Chair to the Executive Committee, who must ratify any strategies executed. The Communications Secretary may form and head a committee of members interested in volunteering for communications pertaining to Democrats Abroad.

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    Any questions regarding these elections should be directed to the Chair of DA Vancouver. All nominations should be directed to the nominations committee

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    Dems Abroad Vancouver is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

     

    DA Vancouver's Annual General Meeting

    Time: Mar 19, 2023 03:00 PM Vancouver

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84497601139?pwd=V3pjTSsyUlJIL3Q0QWFMcEc4SnJYdz09

    Meeting ID: 844 9760 1139

    Passcode: 961404

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    Passcode: 961404

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  • Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 8 rsvps

    Please join us for Canada's Capital Region's Annual General Meeting (and officer elections)

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    Please join us at 7:30 p.m. for our Annual General Meeting, and to elect our chapter officers for the next two years. All offices are up for election this year, including two co-chairs, secretary, treasurer, and at least three members at large. Your ballot will arrive in your inbox at least 24 hours before the meeting. Please vote!

    We are very excited to announce that Democrats Abroad's International Chair, Candice Kerestan will be joining us online from her home in Germany as our special guest speaker. Candice is the youngest currently serving Democratic state party chair, and the second youngest in Democratic Party history. She is also the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee's Youth Council. In her role as DA International Chair, Candice works with on-the-ground organizers in nearly every country to find new voters and activate existing voters abroad – with the overarching goal of delivering even more votes for Democrats across the United States in 2024. We know you will enjoy hearing from her.

    To receive the Zoom link, please RSVP below. Your reservation confirmation will include the link to join the meeting. (While we do meet virtually, Parliament's address is entered into the booking system to ensure that our event shows up on DA's Events map.)

  • Friday, March 31, 2023 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 1 rsvp
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Monthly Friday Casual Social

    Democrats Abroad Global Seniors and Disability Caucuses invite you to join us for our monthly Social -- a time for Seniors and members of the Disability Caucus to connect with one another and discuss topics of concern and information. We will reflect, discuss, plan, and strategize together from the comfort of our own homes and with no duties or assignments! This will be fun as we can discuss freely any topic we would like.

    RSVP BELOW TO JOIN US ON ZOOM!


    LOCATION LOCAL TIME
    Vancouver CA 6:00 AM
    Washington DC 9:00 AM
    London UK 2:00 PM
    Berlin DE 3:00 PM
    Nairobi KE 4:00 PM
    Beijing CN 9:00 PM
    Tokyo JP 10:00 PM
  • Friday, April 28, 2023 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 1 rsvp
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Monthly Friday Casual Social

    Democrats Abroad Global Seniors and Disability Caucuses invite you to join us for our monthly Social -- a time for Seniors and members of the Disability Caucus to connect with one another and discuss topics of concern and information. We will reflect, discuss, plan, and strategize together from the comfort of our own homes and with no duties or assignments! This will be fun as we can discuss freely any topic we would like.

    RSVP BELOW TO JOIN US ON ZOOM!


    LOCATION LOCAL TIME
    Vancouver CA 6:00 AM
    Washington DC 9:00 AM
    London UK 2:00 PM
    Berlin DE 3:00 PM
    Nairobi KE 4:00 PM
    Beijing CN 9:00 PM
    Tokyo JP 10:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 1787 rsvps
    Zoom

    How to Survive Tax Day as an American Abroad (RECORDING)


    Feeling lost or overwhelmed about filing your IRS tax return this year?

    Join us for a consumer focused Zoom webinar on How to Survive Tax Day as an American Abroad!

    WHEN: Wednesday, January 11th from 1:30-2:30pm EST view your time zone

    $10 General Admission / $5 Concessions. Recording available. All proceeds go to Democrats Abroad

    Scroll to the bottom for tickets

    The aim of this event is to help you feel more confident going into filing your US tax return this year. Presented by Rebecca Lammers, Chair of the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force. This is a consumer focused webinar to help you save money on your tax preparation costs.

    This session is for Americans abroad/U.S. citizens/dual citizens/expats who:

    • Aren’t happy with your accountant and want to switch
    • File yourself but you're not sure if you're doing it right
    • Filed when you first moved abroad but haven't done it for a while and need to get back on top of filing
    • Haven’t filed since you moved abroad
    • Just moved abroad and don’t know how to start
    • Just learned you’re supposed to file and want to get caught up

    Topics discussed in the session will include:

    • The Taxpayer Bill of Rights
    • Deciding between filing yourself, using a tax preparation software, or hiring an accountant
    • The difference between an EA, CPA, and tax attorney
    • How to spend $0 to file your own taxes
    • How to get free tax prep if you're a 50+ senior
    • How to find an accountant
    • How to keep your tax prep costs as low as possible
    • What to do if you don’t know how to get started
    • How to contact the IRS and communicate with them

    Ticket proceeds go to Democrats Abroad, feel free to donate additional recording tickets to bump up your donation!

    Feel free to email [email protected] if you have any questions about this event. Note: No tax professionals will be speaking at this webinar. If you have questions specific to your circumstances, please seek the advice of a qualified tax professional.

    If you are unable to attend this event you can select the recording ticket option (scroll to the bottom of this page)

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    The fine print:

    • No refunds are available.
    • We can't guarantee we will be able to answer all questions submitted before, during, or after the event, but we will try to answer as many questions as possible.
    • This event is closed to the press.

    Please click here to add yourself to the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force mailing list to keep up to date with the actions and upcoming events.

    Disclaimer: Democrats Abroad cannot provide individual tax advice. We are not tax lawyers, accountants or advisers. Please consult a professional tax adviser/accountant/return preparer when addressing your personal tax matters.

    We recommend the IRS Tax Return Preparer Directory to find a service provider who meets your needs and budget, though buyers need always beware. Democrats Abroad suggests Americans abroad in need of tax advice consult the IRS Tax Return Preparer Directory to find an advisor or tax return preparer near you or providing online services: https://irs.treasury.gov/rpo/rpo.jsf