Taxation Task Force Chair

  • posted about 2016 Election Recovery - UPDATE: a proposed agenda for moving forward in opposition on Facebook 2016-11-16 20:18:15 -0500
    2016 Election Recovery - UPDATE: a proposed agenda for moving forward in opposition

    2016 Election Recovery - UPDATE: a proposed agenda for moving forward in opposition

    THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED THE "PICK UP THE PIECES AND DRINK WINE" GATHERING HOSTED BY DEMOCRATS ABROAD LION CITY COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT.  SOME OF YOU BROUGHT IDEAS THAT HAVE BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THIS DOCUMENT FIRST POSTED YESTERDAY.  MANY THANKS!  If you weren't at the event or didn't see our Sign Up sheets, please contact DA Lion City Secretary-Treasurer Holly Kreutter if you are interested in joining a team to plan our Inauguration Week of Action Abroad and/or working on Democratic Party part-building and advocacy initiatives going forward.

    DA LION CITY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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    This is a proposed agenda for moving forward as 1) a party, 2) an advocacy organisation and 3) a group of like minded Americans in Singapore  

    1) Party:

    Short term - GOTV in the Lousiana run off election.  Voting in this is a bit tricky and will require volunteer-to-voter support in some instances.  We have a team who will phone all our LA voters across the world and the 24/7 Help Desk is open.  We are encouraging donations to Foster Campbell's campaign for the LA senate seat.

    Medium term - Electing new leaders for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Democrats Abroad (globally) and at our local Singapore level.  We need committed leadership ready to re-build our organisation structurally and, if you will, spiritually.  

    DNC Leadership:  Democrats Abroad is planning to collect questions for candidates vying for the chair of the DNC.  The top 5 questions will be established and forwarded to the candidates.  Some of you have indicated an interest in a straw poll of the candidates and we will explore that idea.

    Democrats Abroad Leadership:  Democrats Abroad will gather for our 2017 Global Meeting in Washington DC in either February or March (stay posted for notice).  The meetings are open to all.  Please consider attending.  We will elect a fresh team of international officers at that meeting.  All members are eligible to run for office. Our DA Lion City chair and vice chair are empowered to vote on behalf of DA Lion City.

    DA Lion City Leadership:  Democrats Abroad Lion City Committee will have our 2017 Annual General Meeting before 31 March 2017.  Please stay posted for notice of date, time and place.  Also look out for notice welcoming nominations to contest our country committee offices:  chair, vice chair, secretary-treasurer, legal counsel and 3 member-at-large places.  All members of DA Lion City are welcome to nominate.

    Long term - Driving, driving, driving voter turnout for the 2018 mid term elections and building awareness of down-ballot races (again, party re-building) so that Democrats control more state legislatures and governorships when the electoral district maps are re-drawn following the 2020 census.  We cannot emphasise enough the importance of re-drawing Congressional boundaries.  Over the next 2 years we need to expand our volunteer teams, expand our member/voter lists, expand our brand.  All this takes committed leadership at the chapter and country committee levels. 

    2) Advocacy:

    Short term - we have a very active Facebook page and Twitter handle.  Please follow us and reach out to Democrats in Singapore and encourage them to follow us.  We connect followers to important news, provide inspiration/hope/humour and connect them to the Democratic Party agenda committed to providing opportunity for all.

    Telephone outreach to Congress:  One of the ideas raised at the DA Lion City Pick up the Pieces and Drink Wine gathering included a type of phone-a-thon to Congress in which we would storm the DC offices of our elected officials with phone calls from abroad to communicate our concerns about the in-coming administration (still can't say his name).  (For example, progressive organisations are currently encouraging citizens to phone their Congressional reps in opposition to the appointment of Breitbart editor Stephen Bannon as chief White House strategist.)  I suspect there will be a lot to concern us about appointments to important government positions.  The House and the Senate calendars suggests a date for this phone-a-thon might occur in the first or second weeks of December. 

    Medium term - We are staging an Inauguration Week of Action Abroad.  DA Lion City can join other Democrats Abroad groups in a letter-writing campaign.  Templates and models will be developed at the global level and shared with groups that gather to write letter to in-coming Congress members on topics of deep concern to the individual (eg environmental protection, civil liberties, labor rights, immigration reform, trade policy, civil discourse, voting rights, energy policy, electoral reform, NATO, the US military, etc).  Letters, preferably hand-written, will be mailed on behalf of members.  (DALCC may need a small fundraiser to pay for stamps, paper, envelopes.)

    Long term - we are re-building our global advocacy programme.  If the RNC makes good on its promise to repeal FATCA and CBT (they were in the RNC platform but were never discussed by Trump during the campaign; they are not Trump commitments) then a big part of our tax reform agenda will disappear.  But it also may not.  We still have issues related to voting rights, freedom of movement, access to SS and Medicare and other to address.  There will be a DA global meeting in Washington DC in either February or March that will feature a Congressional door knock.  All members of DA are welcome to attend the global meeting and the door knock.  

    3) A Group of Like-Minded Americans:

    Short term - we need to be together to vent and grieve and mourn.  Wine may help.  And then we need to build each other back up for the work ahead.  

    Volunteering:  We are building a list (thank you, Crystal!) of local organisations that DALCC members might want to volunteer for. 

    Donating:  We are building a list of organisations that support vulnerable people if people are interested in giving.  (eg, the ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood.)   

    The Safety Pin for Solidarity project is going on in some Democrats Abroad CCs, especially where members are looking for a way to explain the election to their children.  The Safety Pin is a symbol that people are wearing in America that signals they will stand by and publicly support and defend persons vilified in the Trump campaign (people of colour, Jews, Muslims, Mexicans, LGBT Americans, people with disabilities, women).  In some places (London, Paris, Prague, Madrid) they are having gatherings for children to decorate the safety pins and to reflect on the importance of being civil to each other.

    Medium term - As part of the Inauguration Week of Action Abroad, join other Democrats Abroad groups who are joining the Million Women (and Friends ) March by having marches or candle-light vigils abroad.  (Advise the Embassy.  Secure local government approval if necessary, Round up a few speakers.  And peacefully march or gather.)  We may be unable to do anything of this sort publicly in Singapore.  It may need to be a private gathering instead.  But it will feel good to build our friendships and share some Democratic party fellowship.

    Long term - In addition to other actions we will plan in response to policy initiatives proposed by the new administration and progressed in the Congress, DALCC can host gatherings to watch films (political documentaries and docudramas), celebrate US holidays or watch political events (State of the Union, etc), connect Dems in SGP to events at the LKY school or elsewhere and build a community around our political organising.

    All this depends upon the interest, energy and engagement of our Leaders and members.  Thanks to those attending PICK UP THE PIECES who signed up to contribute to our planning for the Inauguration Week of Action Abroad and to be a part of our work going forward.  Please email DA Lion City Secretary Holly Kreutter if you are interested in joining either or the both of these teams.


  • published 2016 ELECTION RECOVERY in News 2016-11-16 00:35:22 -0500

    2016 ELECTION RECOVERY

    This is a proposed agenda for moving forward as 1) a party, 2) an advocacy organisation and 3) a group of like minded Americans in Singapore  

    1) Party:

    Short term - GOTV in the Lousiana run off election.  Voting in this is a bit tricky (it's taken me the last 2 days to figure it all out - ping me if you want an explanation) and will require volunteer-to-voter support in some instances.  We have a team who will phone all our LA voters across the world and the 24/7 Help Desk is open.  We are encouraging donations to Foster Campbell's campaign for the LA senate seat.

    Medium term - Electing new leaders for the Democratic National Committee, Democrats Abroad (globally) and at our local Singapore level.  We need committed leadership ready to re-build our organisation structurally and, if you will, spiritually.

    Long term - Driving, driving, driving voter turnout for the 2018 mid term elections and building awareness of down-ballot races (again, party re-building) so that Democrats control more state legislatures and governorships when the electoral district maps are re-drawn following the 2020 census.  We cannot emphasise enough the importance of re-drawing Congressional boundaries.  Over the next 2 years we need to expand our volunteer teams, expand our member/voter lists, expand our brand.  All this takes committed leadership at the chapter and country committee levels. 

    2) Advocacy:

    Short term - reach out to Democrats in Singapore and encourage them to follow us on social media.  On social media we need to connect them to important news, provide inspiration/hope/humour and connect them to the Democratic party agenda that provides opportunity for all.

    Medium term - As part of the Inauguration Week of Action Abroad, join other Democrats Abroad groups in a letter-writing campaign.  Templates and models will be developed at the global level and shared with groups that gather to write letter to in-coming Congress members on topics of deep concern to the individual (eg environmental protection, civil liberties, labor rights, immigration reform, trade policy, civil discourse, voting rights, energy policy, electoral reform, NATO, the US military, etc).  Letters, preferably hand-written, will be mailed on behalf of members.  (DALCC may need a small fundraiser to pay for stamps, paper, envelopes.)

    If the RNC makes good on its promise to repeal FATCA and CBT (they were in the RNC platform but were never discussed by Trump during the campaign; they are not Trump commitments) then a big part of our tax reform agenda will disappear.  But it also may not.  We still have issues related to voting rights, freedom of movement, access to SS and Medicare and other to address.  There will be a DA global meeting in Washington DC in either February or March that will feature a Congressional door knock.  All members of DA are welcome to attend the global meeting and the door knock.  

    3) A Group of Like-Minded Americans:

    Short term - we need to be together to vent and grieve and mourn.  Wine may help.  And then we need to build each other back up for the work ahead.  

    Volunteering:  We are building a list (thank you, Crystal!) of local organisations that DALCC members might want to volunteer for. 

    Donating:  We are building a list of organisations that support vulnerable people if people are interested in giving.  (eg, the ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood.)   

    The Safety Pin for Solidarity project is going on in some Democrats Abroad CCs, especially where members are looking for a way to explain the election to their children.  The Safety Pin is a symbol that people are wearing in America that signals they will stand by and publicly support and defend persons vilified in the Trump campaign (people of colour, Jews, Muslims, Mexicans, LGBT Americans, people with disabilities, women).  In some places (London, Paris, Prague, Madrid) they are having gatherings for children to decorate the safety pins and to reflect on the importance of being civil to each other.

    Medium term - As part of the Inauguration Week of Action Abroad, join other Democrats Abroad groups who are joining the Million Women (and Friends ) March by having marches or vigils abroad.  Advise the Embassy.  Secure local government approval if necessary, Round up a few speakers.  We may be unable to do anything of this sort publicly in Singapore.  It may need to be a private gathering instead.

    Long term - DALCC can host gatherings to watch films (political documentaries and docudramas), celebrate US holidays or watch political events (State of the Union, etc), connect Dems in SGP to events at the LKY school or elsewhere and build a community around our political organising.

    All this depends upon the interest, energy and engagement of our Leaders and members.  Onward!


  • Happening this week - for Democrats abroad looking for what's next

    Democrats Abroad Global Town Hall Meeting

    Monday 14 Nov, 8pm Singapore Time, WebEx

    Main topics:  The Election and Post-election Democrats Abroad
     
    Among the questions we’re pondering:  What happened in the Tuesday election?  After our months/years of work, how did DA do?  What states/races did the overseas vote decide?  Which states/races could we have decided if we or the campaign had reached more of the “missing” 5 million overseas voters who likely didn’t vote.  (MI, WI, PA…AZ, FL...).  (We estimate there are over 6 million eligible overseas voters and predicted a doubling of turnout this year to more than 1 million.)
    How can we as DA keep fighting for Democratic values and issues?  How to provide opportunities for expression and action to our members and other overseas Americans and our allies?  What do we need to work on in the very short term, and the longer term?
     
    How can DA best participate in choosing the new DNC chair/leaders and the direction of the Party?  How to make sure DA’s and overseas voters’ potential and needs are included, as well as our vision for the Party?
     
    What are the priorities to improve overseas voting law and procedures and how can we most effectively advocate for needed reform?  What is the future of VFA.org? 

    DA Lion City Committee - "Pick up the Pieces and Drink Wine" gathering

    Wednesday 16 November, 7pm, Wine Connection, 41 Cuppage Road

    DA Asia Pacific Leaders - Monthly Teleconference

    Thursday, 17 November, 7.30pm Singapore Time, WebEx

    Agenda:  What's next
    - our incredibly important opposition role under a trump administration 
    - reviewing and documenting lessons from our 2016 work 
    - 2017 global meeting preview and planning
    - races where DA made the difference in 2016 (yes, the overseas vote did make the difference in some important races. )

    DA Women's Caucus - Global Teleconference Teleconference

    Friday 18 November, 12 midnight Singapore Time, WebEx 

    Discussing the new agenda, goals and activities.

    PLEASE CONTACT CARMELAN ON CPOLCE@TPG.COM.AU OR 9380 1084 FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON ANY OF THESE EVENTS.


  • published Singapore Election Watch - more options! in News 2016-11-07 09:21:31 -0500

    Singapore Election Watch - more options!

    Democrats Abroad Lion City Committee is not hosting an election watch event on Wednesday 9 November but had heard of two more functions that members may consider attending.

    AMERICAN CLUB OF SINGAPORE - 2ND FLOOR

    The American Club of Singapore has completely booked out its Union Bar but is opening a space in its 2nd Floor restaurant space for members and their guests to watch the event.  Unfortunately our leaders who usually meet DemsAbroad members who are not American Club members at the door to sign them in are NOT AVAILABLE on Wednesday morning.  

    DRINKING LIBERALLY-SINGAPORE:  LUNCH AT MUDDY MURPHY'S FROM 11.30AM

    Please click here for details and to RSVP. 


  • posted about COMING ELECTION EVENTS for Democrats in Singapore on Facebook 2016-08-23 02:26:44 -0400
    COMING ELECTION EVENTS for Democrats in Singapore

    COMING ELECTION EVENTS for Democrats in Singapore

    Democrats Abroad will be gathering for a number of events between now and election day, including the Debates.  Stay tuned for Event Announcements on this DemsAbroad Lion City webpage and in emails soon.  Here are some dates for your calendar:

     "New Challenges to Globalisation: Brexit and Trump"


    Date:  Monday 30 August 2016

    Time:  5.15pm

    Place:  Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy

    As a service to our members, DALCC will advise our members of talks at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (the LKY School) that we feel may be of particular  interest to our members on topics related to the current presidential election, key policy issues such as US relations with Asia, trade policy and the TPP in particular, US immigration and health policy issues, etc.  

    The LKY School is affiliated with the National University of Singapore (NUS). We will also be monitoring talks by other organizations such as the Middle East Institute (MEI), which is also affiliated with NUS and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), which is affiliated with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and other cultural and political think tanks in Singapore.

    Our first notice under this new service is for a presentation entitled "New Challenges to Globalisation: Brexit and Trump"at the LKY School on Tuesday, August 30 from 17:15 to 18:30 at the LKY School located at the Bukit Timah Campus of NUS next to the Botanic Garden.  See the web site below for details on the event and how to RSVP.  This particular event is unfortunately "waiting list only" due to strong demand for seats, but if you are interested, you should register in any case.

    http://lkyspp.nus.edu.sg/?lky_event=new-challenges-to-globalisation-brexit-and-trump

     

    Presidential candidate debate happening at Hofstra University, New York on the evening of Monday September 26, 2016

    Date:  Tuesday September 27,  2016

    Time:  from 8am

    Place:  Union Bar, The American Club, 10 Claymore Hill, Singapore

    Vice Presidential Debate happening the evening of Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia

    Date:  Wednesday October 5, 2016

    Time:  From 8am

    Place:  Union Bar, The American Club, 10 Claymore Hill, Singapore

     

    Presidential debate happening the evening of Sunday October 9, 2016 at Washington University, St Louis, MO

    Date:  Monday, October 10, 2016

    Time:  From 8am

    Place:  Union Bar, The American Club, 10 Claymore Hill, Singapore

     

    Presidential Debate happening the evening of Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

    Date:  Thursday October 20, 2016

    Time:  From 9am

    Place:  Union Bar, The American Club, 10 Claymore Hill, Singapore

    ELECTION WATCH EVENT sponsored by American Chamber of Commerce SGP and US Embassy (and Singapore American Society)

    Date:  Wednesday November 9, 2016

    Time:  8am to midday

    Place:  Conrad Centennial, 2 Temasek Blvd, Singapore  068982

    Source:  http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2016-debate-schedule/2016-presidential-debate-schedule/

     


  • DA Lion City (Singapore) announcements - May-June 2016: Extraordinary General Meeting Thu 2 June

    We're coming up on some important dates for Democrats Abroad:

    DEMOCRATS ABROAD GLOBAL CAUCUS AND CONVENTION

    May 12:  2016 DPCA Global Meeting (annual business meeting)
    May 13-14:  Three Regional Caucuses (Americas, Asia/Pacific, EMEA)
    May 14-15:  2016 Global Convention

    The DA Global convention will determine the delegates we send to the DNC in July as a result of the Global Presidential Primary we held in March.

    DA LION CITY COMMITTEE NEWS

    Here in Singapore, we have some changes to the DALCC Executive Committee. Jeff Watkins, our long-time Counsel, is leaving Singapore for colder climes. We thank Jeff for his dedicated service and wish him and his family well in their new expat adventure. I have appointed Dian Boothe as new Counsel.

    Beth Hollohan has resigned her position as Vice Chairperson. Thanks goes out to Beth for juggling a difficult work and travel schedule to contribute mightily to the cause. I have appointed Carmelan Polce as interim Vice Chairperson until we hold an Extraordinary General Meeting to fill the post until next year's AGM.

    NOTICE OF EGM TO ELECT VICE CHAIRPERSON

    DATE: June 2, 2016
    TIME: 8:00PM
    LOCATION: 53B Grange Road, #11-02 Spring Grove Singapore 249567

    Nominations are open for the position of Vice Chairperson. Candidates must be female, as Bylaws require the Chair and Vice Chair be opposite gender. In the absence of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall call and preside at meetings of members and of the Executive Committee. The Vice-Chairperson shall have such other duties as the Chairperson shall define. 

    Nominations for candidates may be sent to the Nominations and Elections Committee, Lance DuBos, Chair, lance.dubos@yahoo.com. Candidates will be asked for a statement of up to 150 words to support their nomination.

    Nominations will close on May 18, 2016.  Ballots will be distributed electronically May 19. If there are no nominations by this date, nominations will be taken from the floor at the EGM.

    If you cannot attend in person then please attend by proxy and help us make quorum.  Contact Holly Kreutter for a Proxy Form an Hkreutts@hotmail.com.

    Democratically yours
    Lance DuBos, Chair

    DA Lion City
    http://www.democratsabroad.org/


  • donated 2016-04-10 23:44:18 -0400

    2016 Convention Checkout

    You are almost to Berlin! Please input your payment info and the names of any additional registrants you are paying for. If you have any questions please email International Treasurer, Art Schankler Treasurer@DemocratsAbroad.org .

    Donate

  • Participate (in person or by proxy) in the DemsAbroad Lion City Committee Annual General Meeting

    We will hold our 2016 Annual General Meeting next week:

    Date:  Thursday 17 March 2106

    Time:  7pm

    Place:  53B Grange Road, #11-02 Spring Grove Singapore 249567

    Please join us - in person or by proxy (see below) to share your thoughts about what Democrats Abroad Lion City can do this year to inform and engage Americans in Singapore to vote blue in the 2016 elections.  If you cannot attend then please proxy your attendance to another member, which will ensure we reach a quorum for conducting our business. 

    Attached at this link are the Meeting Agenda, Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting, a Proposed DA LCC By Laws Amendment and the Proxy Form for proxying your attendance to another member of the DA Lion City Committee.  

    We hope to see you next week on Thursday!

     

    Democratically yours,

    Executive Committee, Democrats Abroad Lion City Committee

    Lance DuBos, Chair - lancedubos@yahoo.com

    Beth Hollahan, Vice Chair - beth.hollahan@gmail.com

    Holly Kreutter, Secretary - hkruetts@hotmail.com

    Jeff Watkins, Counsel - jeffrey.watkins@gmail.com

    ExCom members at large

      Patricia Reed - pareedus@gmail.com

      David White - macondo88@gmail.com

      Carmelan Polce - carmelanpolce@gmail.com


  • posted about Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary Comes to Singapore on Facebook 2016-02-29 23:59:28 -0500
    Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary Comes to Singapore

    Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary Comes to Singapore

    Calling all Democrats living in Singapore.  The Global Presidential Primary is almost here!!

    On Monday 7 March, 7-10pm we will be gathering at the Asia Campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at 75 Bukit Timah Road (near the Little India MRT Station) to cast ballots for the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States.

    Come and cast your vote!  And bring your USA Dem friends with you!!  

    Photo ID is essential, preferably issued by the US fed or a US state government.  Voters take an oath attesting to their US citizenship as well.

    From 8pm we will be hearing an enormously insightful and sure to be entertaining presentation by Steve Okun about the results of the Super Tuesday primary elections, both the Democratic and Republican contests.  This is an event not to be missed!

    For more information and to RSVP please click here.  

    If you have further questions about the Global Presidential Primary please click here.  

    We hope to see you on Monday 7 March!


  • posted about DA Lion City "Selma" Movie Night: Thu 18 Feb, 8pm, School of Thought Auditorium on Facebook 2016-02-14 01:19:09 -0500
    DA Lion City "Selma" Movie Night: Thu 18 Feb, 8pm, School of Thought Auditorium

    DA Lion City "Selma" Movie Night: Thu 18 Feb, 8pm, School of Thought Auditorium

    Democrats Abroad Lion City Committee is thrilled to host members to a free screening of the motion picture, "Selma".  It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights march.

    Please join us on Thursday 18 February at 8pm at the School of Thought Auditorium - 222 Queen Street, 4th Floor - for this special event. 

    Friends are welcome.  Admission is free.

    http://i567.photobucket.com/albums/ss119/DemsAbroad/Selma_zpscf06cf90.jpg 


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