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Pajama Jam Special Virtual Meetings: Sundays at 5 p.m. PDT

You are invited to our Pajama Jam virtual meeting, a series of weekly online get-togethers for Democrats Abroad Canada members (and friends) that feature a unique theme each session (like Trivia Night and Book Club), as well a recurring “open mic” segment.

Pajama Jam is hosted through Better Connections, a virtual campaign that provides Americans in Canada with casual outlets to talk about politics and defeating Republicans and Trump.

http://www.facebook.com/BetterConnections2020/

June 21, 5pm PT. Movie Night: Dave Chappelle's "8:46". The special is 27 minutes long and is available for free on YouTube. We'll watch it on Zoom, but you can watch it independently and join in on the discussion afterwards.

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Phonebankers Needed

In June, DA Vancouver will be phonebanking our members in BC to confirm they have requested their ballots to vote in November.
Please go to the DA phonebanking page to sign up and do the easy training so you can help us.
It is simple and satisfying talking to other Dems in BC. And you can do it in your spare time.
We will need every vote we can get to defeat the GOP up and down the ballot!
Questions? Susan Brennan, Vancouver Chair

Pajama Jam Virtual Meeting: Movie Night May 11, 6 p.m. PDT

We're excited to announce a virtual showing of the film, "Suppressed: The Fight to Vote" next Monday evening!
Showtime: 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern) on Monday, May 11th.
Film Duration: 38 minutes

Location: Zoom call (register for details)
Sign up here
Note: please keep clicking through until you get a "Thanks for your order!" message. The Zoom details will be provided in the Eventbrite confirmation email.
We will begin our event with the film and follow it (after a short break) with some open-ended discussion.
The film is free to watch on YouTube, so you can watch it ahead of time and just join in for the discussion, or watch it simultaneously if you want the best video quality. The Zoom chat will be open for everyone to participate in during the film, as well.
This showing is part of our weekly Pajama Jam Zoom series. After the film portion of our event, we'll move on to our regular "open mic" segment.
See you all there!

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Pajama Jam Virtual Meeting: Movie Night May 11, 6 p.m. PDT

We're excited to announce a virtual showing of the film, "Suppressed: The Fight to Vote" next Monday evening!
Showtime: 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern) on Monday, May 11th.
Film Duration: 38 minutes
Location: Zoom call (register for details)
Sign up here:
http://www.facebook.com/events/1069211806786794/?event_time_id=1069211823453459
Note: please keep clicking through until you get a "Thanks for your order!" message. The Zoom details will be provided in the Eventbrite confirmation email.
We will begin our event with the film and follow it (after a short break) with some open-ended discussion.
The film is free to watch on YouTube, so you can watch it ahead of time and just join in for the discussion, or watch it simultaneously if you want the best video quality. The Zoom chat will be open for everyone to participate in during the film, as well.
This showing is part of our weekly Pajama Jam Zoom series. After the film portion of our event, we'll move on to our regular "open mic" segment.
See you all there!

 

Kitchen Table Talk for DA Vancouver members Dec. 7, 1 pm in Yaletown

Kitchen Table Talks are small group events held by our members to talk about policy issues that matter to Americans abroad.

Some of the issues you might want to discuss:  Climate, Democracy, Economy, Equal Rights, Immigration, Health Care, Poverty, and Taxation.

DA Vancouver's Policy Secretary, Darius Pruss, will be leading the meeting, and your feedback can help shape the 2020 Democrats Abroad Platform.

Find out more:

https://www.democratsabroad.org/2019_kitchen_table_talks

WHEN
December 07, 2019 at 1pm - 2:30pm
WHERE
Roundhouse Community Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3
Canada
Google map and directions
CONTACT



Lights for Liberty Vigil

Thanks to DA Vancouver member Melek Ortabasi and her partner Cliff Ng for organizing the Lights For Liberty vigil up at SFU's Richard Bolton Park. The road closure made it a bit difficult to find but we had 35-40 stalwarts.
Our message is clear: Close the detention camps. Treat asylum seekers with dignity. Recognize the valuable contributions of refugees and illegal immigrants to American society and the military.
#LightsForLiberty #CloseTheCamps #DemocratsAbroad #DAResists

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US Tax Seminar in Vancouver, March 9 at 11 a.m.

JPS Financial Services will present their popular US Tax Seminar on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. This year is a "must attend" - the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has changed US tax law in 2018.

Major changes include a standard deduction that has practically doubled but also includes elimination of personal exemption amounts and important changes you'll want to know if you itemize deductions.

This Seminar is critical for US citizens in Canada who would like a comprehensive overview for filing US taxes and informational forms for the 2018 tax year.

Topics to be covered include:

     - TCJA changes taking affect for the 2018 tax year

     - Who needs to be aware of US tax compliance

     - Tax basics for US Citizens in Canada

     - Common scenarios and forms that need to be filed

     - Estates and Gifts

Join us at Kensington Community Centre, 5175 Dumfries, Vancouver, V5P 3A2. Cost of the seminar is $20 -- and you must register in advance.

Buy tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4076899 or mail a $20 cheque of money order made out to "Democrats Abroad Vancouver" to JPS Financial Services, 205 - 2248 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 2B2.

Very sorry, no "at the door" registrations accepted at this event because handouts will be pre-printed for participants.


DA Vancouver Annual General Meeting Upcoming on January 26

Please mark down Saturday, January 26, 2019, on your calendar and come out to the DA Vancouver Annual General Meeting at the Kensington Community Centre, 5175 Dumfries Street, Vancouver, BC, V5P 3A2 (near Knight & 35th). The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. and last about an hour. Refreshments will be served (in case you need more inspiration to come).

Please bring your ideas about how we can get more ex-pat Americans to register and vote in the 2020 US election.


Democrats Abroad 2017 Non-Resident US Taxpayer Research Project

We invite Americans living outside the US to submit their experiences of being a US taxpayer filing from abroad.

Democrats Abroad has invested a great deal of time making Congress aware of the issues we as non-resident taxpayers face filing from abroad - the complexity of the forms; the cost of preparing reports and filings (even when no taxes are owed); the stress of preparing accurate filings to declare overseas income and accounts given the penalties for filing errors; the tax code provisions that result in the double or punitive taxation of foreign source income; etc.

We will use the submissions to this survey to provide further data and testimony of our experiences to help us advocate for important reforms to the US tax code.

Thank you for taking the time to prepare your submission and for your support for Democrats Abroad's tax advocacy work. 

Click here to submit your experience

If you'd like to join our campaign to fight for RBT, visit http://www.democratsabroad.org/taxation. And if you are not a member of DA, please consider joining at http://democratsabroad.org/join

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Democrats Abroad Vancouver AGM Election Results

The Vancouver NEC is pleased to announce the results of the election held on May 6, 2017 at the Vancouver AGM. We apologize for the delay. Thank you to everyone who stood for election, and congratulations to the following:

Chair: Susan Brennan

Vice-Chair: Robert J. Petrusa

Treasurer: Pat Fournier

Chapter Secretary: Lissa Robertson

Communications Secretary: Julie Boton

Development & Community Outreach: David Mivasair

Policy Secretary: Tara Ryan

Full election results can be viewed at this link.

Draft AGM Minutes can be viewed at this link.

Questions, or challenges (due by June 5th), should be directed to teller-vancouver@democratsabroad.ca. 

Democratically Yours,

DA Vancouver Nominations & Elections Committee

Michael Meneer
Seth Lauer
Kate Ellison