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DPCA Resolutions Dealing with Tax Advocacy

The Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) voting body met online on August 21 and 22 to vote on Charter Amendments and Resolutions. Your DA Switzerland voting reps know that taxation reform is important to you, so we would like to report on two of the resolutions that were adopted.

As always, you can follow the DA Taxation Task Force’s work on their website. Your DA Switzerland DPCA voting reps will also keep you up-to-date with information about the proposed messaging system and the RBT Coalition’s work.


Resolution #3
In Support of Development of a DA messaging platform for engaging members in Congressional outreach in support of DA issues-advocacy initiatives

Whereas Democrats Abroad has greatly expanded its advocacy work promoting reforms related to issues affecting Americans abroad and of importance to Democrats Abroad; and

Whereas DA advocacy initiatives routinely feature outreach to U.S. federal and state lawmakers and regulators; and

Whereas state of the art issues-advocacy programs provide activists with platforms that facilitate messaging to elected representatives by: identifying the activist's representative(s); providing sample message language; and sending the message to the activist's representative(s) via their official website, campaign website, or social media pages; and

Whereas DA issues-advocacy coordinators would benefit from data indicating which elected representatives are receiving messages from DA issues-activists, helping them to target representatives for further or follow-up outreach; and 

Whereas DA issues-advocacy coordinators would benefit from data, with GDPR compliance, identifying campaign supporters, helping them to target activists for further or follow-up communication; and

Whereas DA's Taxation Task Force has learned from at least 10 years of committed advocacy in support of tax reforms to eliminate double taxation; remove barriers to banking, saving, and investing; and simplify filing from abroad; that reform will happen when enough Americans abroad reach out to their elected representatives and demand it; and

Whereas votes from abroad reach politicians for the most part only once every 2 years, but voices from abroad can reach elected representatives - or candidates for office - continuously and with focus; and

Whereas DA is blessed with volunteers who can set up and maintain a messaging platform, but there will be origination and on-going maintenance costs that will consume organizational funds; and

Whereas DA can access "white label" systems ("off the shelf" web-creation products with functions already in place and ready to be customized) that would facilitate the development of such a platform without the need to start from first principles; and

Whereas DA advocacy teams with any area of focus could make use of the platform; and

Whereas the success of the Democratic Party in driving legislative and regulatory reform is critical to the fate of the nation and the success of the Party in maintaining the support of the U.S. electorate; and

Whereas the substantial growth of DA caucus and other issues-advocacy teams has created the need for some overarching member-engagement infrastructure and congressional-outreach architecture in order to efficiently facilitate member participation in our campaigns as well as to sensibly coordinate the campaign activities of the issues-advocacy teams;

Therefore Be It Resolved that Democrats Abroad seeks the support of the DPCA Excom for establishment of an ad hoc committee to study the establishment of a messaging tool for DA advocacy teams to engage activists to communicate with those holding elected office or running for elected office about law or regulatory reforms; and

Be It Further Resolved that Democrats Abroad seeks the support of the DPCA Excom to allocate resources in 2021in support of the work of the ad hoc committee and for reviewing and actioning the recommendations of the committee;

Be it further resolved that the naming of this platform should be carefully considered to not cause confusion with any other DA platform, e.g., VoteFromAbroad.org / VFA.


Resolution #4
In Support of Democrats Abroad Joining the RBT Coalition

Whereas Democrats Abroad (DA) has invested heavily in advocacy in support of tax- and financial-account-reporting relief for bona fide Americans abroad; and

Whereas DA is committed to Residency Based Taxation (RBT) as a policy reform that would eliminate double taxation of income; remove barriers to saving and investing; and greatly simplify tax-filing from abroad; and

Whereas arguments in support of this reform will have greater impact on lawmakers the greater the number of individuals and organizations presenting them; and

Whereas DA has worked in collaboration or in parallel with many other organizations representing Americans abroad; and

Whereas, in the area of tax advocacy, DA has a strong working relationship with American Citizens Abroad (ACA); and

Whereas ACA is leading the establishment of an RBT Coalition to demonstrate broad support for RBT [see proposal document below]; and

Whereas the DA Taxation Task Force Chair and members who have worked with ACA are persuaded that ACA will be faithful to the terms and conditions outlined in the proposal document and will guard against “mission creep”;

Therefore Be It Resolved that Democrats Abroad seeks the support of the DPCA Excom to become a member of the RBT Coalition; and

Be It Further Resolved that the DPCA Excom reserves the right to withdraw from the Coalition should it stray from what is profiled in the proposal document or for any other reason.

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Elections Coming Up in September

September 2021 Elections by State

For more information and links to the specific state elections pages, go to Ballotpedia.

Alabama

  • State House of Representatives District 78 Special Election
    September 7, 2021

Alaska

  • Juneau write-in filing deadline/ballot access
    September 30, 2021

Arizona

  • Tucson write-in filing deadline/ballot access
    September 23, 2021

California

  • Recall Election for Governor Gavin Newsom
    September 14, 2021

Georgia

  • Clayton County Board of Education District 8 Special Election
    September 21, 2021

Iowa

  • State House of Representatives District 37 Special Election
    September 14, 2021

Maryland

  • Annapolis Municipal Primary Election
    September 21, 2021

Massachusetts

  • Boston Municipal Primary
    September 14, 2021
  • Special filing deadline for State House of Representatives 4th Essex District
    September 28, 2021

New Hampshire

  • State House of Representatives Hillsborough 7 Special Election
    September 7, 2021
  • State House of Representatives Cheshire 9 Special Election Primary
    September 7, 2021
  • Manchester School District Board Primary Election
    September 21, 2021

Ohio

  • Cleveland Primary Election
    September 14, 2021
  • Toledo Municipal Primary Election
    September 14, 2021

Tennessee

  • State House of Representatives District 29 General Election
    September 14, 2021

 


Save the Date! - Saturday, 18th September

Geneva Reception for Democratic
U.S. Reps Adam Schiff and Sean Maloney

A friend of DA in Geneva will host Democratic U.S. House Representatives Adam Schiff (CA) and Sean Patrick Maloney (NY) at a gala evening event. This will be an apéro with a chance to hear and meet the two congress members, to be followed by a private dinner for special guests. This is a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Democrats Abroad is not a sponsor but is happy to publicize such events of special interest to our members. Special donation rates will be made available to Democrats Abroad members.

We will provide the official invitation as it becomes available, showing venue, ticket prices, and ordering details. Watch for updates at our events page, our social media channels, and your inbox.

ETA: The event post is live; read it here!


Tell Your DPCA Voting Reps What You Think!

At our AGM in March, you elected five Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) voting representatives (Chair, Vice Chair, and three more) to represent Switzerland to the international committee. We had our first international meeting in May, but not all issues were able to be voted on in the time allotted. Therefore, we are meeting again on Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22.

We will be voting on the following charter amendments and resolutions:

  • Charter Amendment 7: Create DPCA Representation for Non-Country Committee Members
  • Charter Amendment 8: Enable to Formation of Region Committees
  • Resolution 3: In Support of Development of a DA messaging platform for engaging members in Congressional outreach in support of DA issues-advocacy initiatives
  • Resolution 4: In Support of Democrats Abroad Joining the RBT Coalition
  • Resolution 7: On Strengthening Democratic Institutions in the U.S. 
  • Resolution 8: On Polarization of the Electorate
  • Resolution 9: On Central American Immigration in 2021
  • Resolution 13: To Expand the Travel Fund to Include Stipends for Members Interested in Attending DNC, ASDC, and DA Regional Meetings
  • Resolution 14: To Keep the Pershing Hall Collections and the Time Capsule in France
  • Resolution 17: In Support of Reactivation of the Atrocities Prevention Board
  • Resolution 18: To Relieve the Financial and Administrative Burdens of the Present U.S. Tax and Financial Reporting Systems for Americans Outside the U.S., While Ensuring the Ultra-Rich Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes No Matter Where They Reside
  • Resolution 19: Supporting H.R. 2590: Prohibiting Use of U.S. Military Foreign Aid for Detention of Children
  • Resolution 20: To Condition Military Aid to Israel
  • Resolution 22: To Regulate Social Media and Limit Negative and Divisive Effects On Society Around the World
  • Resolution 27: Justice in Law Enforcement

If you are interested in reading the text of any of these proposed amendments or resolutions, asking questions about them, or expressing your opinion, please get in touch with your DPCA voting reps at the email addresses below.

If you are interested in Resolutions 19 and 20 in particular, you can view a petition in support of them here.

DPCA Voting Representatives for DA Switzerland


Elections Coming Up in August

August 2021 Elections by State

For more information and links to the specific state elections pages, go to Ballotpedia.

Alabama

  • Birmingham Municipal Election
    August 24, 2021

Arizona

  • Tucson Municipal Primary Election
    August 3, 2021

Connecticut

  • State Senate District 36 Special Election
    August 17, 2021

Florida

  • St. Petersburg Municipal Primary Election
    August 24, 2021

Kansas

  • Topeka and Wichita Primary Elections
    August 3, 2021

Michigan

  • Detroit, Lansing, and State Senate Districts 8 & 28 Primary Elections
    August 3, 2021

Missouri

  • St. Louis Community College District Special Election
    August 3, 2021

Montana

  • Paradise • Recall election seeking to remove 2 of the 5 members of the Sanders County Sewer District
    August 24, 2021

Ohio

  • 11th and 15th Congressional Districts Special Primary Elections
    August 3, 2021

Washington

  • Primary Election
    August 3, 2021

Wisconsin

  • Dane County Board of Supervisors District 20 Special General Election
    August 10, 2021

Spill the Tea with Eric & Liz

Are there issues you would like to see discussed within Dems Abroad Switzerland? Do you have an idea for an event or political action we can take?

If so, we want to hear about it!

Schedule a meeting with Eric (our Chair) or Liz (our Vice Chair) via Calendly for an online chat. We want to make sure that we are taking our group in the direction our members are wanting to go.


Tell Us What You Think!

We want to know what you think about the events we've had so that we can make future events better!


What's Up on WhatsApp

We have created a WhatsApp group specifically for event posts and reminders. Want to be sure you never miss an event? Join here!


Say Hello to our New Executive Committee!

On Sunday, 14 March, Democrats Abroad Switzerland held our 2021 Annual General Meeting, including elections for our 2021-23 leaders!

Say "Hello!" to our new ExCom!

Office Name Email
Chair Eric Burns [email protected]
Vice Chair Liz Voss [email protected]
Secretary Traci Möller [email protected]
Treasurer Meli Hughes [email protected]
Member-at-Large Joe Amato [email protected]
Member-at-Large Pete Kaiser [email protected]
Member-at-Large Jennifer Shore [email protected]
Member-at-Large Cedric Sumo [email protected]
Immediate Past Chair, 2020-21 Vance White [email protected]
Basel Chapter Chair Ben Stewart [email protected]
Geneva Chapter Co-Chair Emily T. Blitz [email protected]
Geneva Chapter Co-Chair Peter Butterfield [email protected]
DPCA Voting Representative Leedonal Moore [email protected]
DPCA Voting Representative Vivian Beetle [email protected]
Zurich Chapter Chair & DPCA Voting Representative Zachary Bailey [email protected]

We are already working on plans for engaging with you, our members, as well as ways to reach out to other US citizens living in Switzerland. We want to hear from you and what you care about, so please get in touch!


A Commitment to Solidarity with Incarcerated People

In The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander argues that, “An extraordinary percentage of Black men in the United States are legally barred from voting today, just as they have throughout most of American history.” Throughout Alexander’s book, she explains how incarceration is the tool used to disenfranchise formerly imprisoned voters and that a racist lawmaking and penal system in the United States replaced Jim Crow laws as the mechanism to do so. 

In July 2021, Democrats Abroad Switzerland - Basel will host an online letter and postcard writing solidarity action to support those who are currently incarcerated in Virginia and Florida--two states where voting rights can be restored to incarcerated individuals upon their release from prison. 

During the letter and postcard writing solidarity action, 20 minutes of instruction and guidance will be provided to help you write voting rights-based content to a currently incarcerated person. The action comes from @prisonculture’s 9 Solidarity Commitments to/with Incarcerated People for 2021. The 20-minute instruction will be recorded, and will be shared upon request.

To learn more about how justice reform emanates from ideas in Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and aligns with the Black Lives Matter movement, please see these resources about

Other resources: You can design, write, and send postcards using the Swiss Post PostCard Creator App, available on the App Store and Google Play.