Dear Skåne Chapter Member,
Tax season is here. For us living abroad that often means stress and frustration accompanied by groans and four letter words. Filing from abroad is complicated and confusing and many members here in Skåne have questions about how and when to do it. They also want to know what is being done to change the tax laws that have negative consequences for expats.
With this in mind, we have organized our second annual tax seminar to help our members and other interested American citizens learn about how to comply with their tax obligations while living abroad and how the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force has been working the doors in Washington DC and advocating for change.
On May 1st at 18:00, Ari Propis CPA and DA Taxation Task Force member Deedee Gierow, will present a tax seminar for DA Skåne Members and interested american citizens here in Malmö.
Ari is the President of Propis and Company- a boutique accounting firm specializing in tax preparation and tax planning for expatriate Americans. Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Florida (since 2005) with over ten years of U.S. tax compliance and advisory experience, he not only guides his accounting firm, but he also provides planning and consulting services to businesses and individuals.
Ari's many years spent as the senior U.S. expatriate tax manager for BDO and with his own firm has earned him a broad level of expertise that enables him to provide expert guidance in all areas of tax preparation and planning for expatriates. Driven by his own experiences living outside the US, Ari enjoys guiding American expats through the challenges of living abroad.
Our DA tax advocacy representative Deedee Gierow will help us understand the expat tax situation better, and explain the reform efforts by the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force. She will also discuss the results of the DA tax survey and our efforts in Washington to change how Americans overseas are treated by the IRS.
The Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force (TTF) was formed to 1) research U.S. tax policy as it affects Americans living outside the U.S. and 2) consider, develop and execute initiatives aimed at enacting reforms that resolve adverse impacts.
It is committed to Residency Based Taxation as a remedy to address the vast majority of the tax problems faced by Americans abroad.
Further, it promotes:
- the elimination of FATCA reporting for the accounts of Americans abroad,
- the repeal of the Windfall Elimination Provision,
- an exemption for American business owners abroad from the transition taxes in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and
- a citizenship remedy for "accidental Americans".
This event will will take place on May 1st at 18:00 in Malmö at “Ungdomens hus” on Norra Skolgatan 10b in “Sal 4”. Coffee and snacks will be provided.
Make sure to reserve yourself a spot by RSVPing to this event as seating is limited.
See you there!
Alexander and Beth
There have been numerous changes to the Democrats Abroad Sweden Bylaws and Handbook this year, and there will be a vote to ratify all of these changes at the National Annual General Meeting in Stockholm on May 4. Come join us on Thursday, May 2 to discuss these changes and what they mean for our Western Sweden chapter going forward.
Feel free to bring some finger food; there will be coffee, tea, beer and snacks provided.
Join Democrats Abroad on Thursday, May 2, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm EST (DC time) as we speak with BLUE Institute’s Principal, Ashley Robinson and Chief Operation Officer Genny Castillo, in a Voter Protection webinar and Q&A.
RSVP below to receive the Zoom link and join the call.
Note: this is an online event, so you will need an internet connection in order to attend.
BLUE (stands for Building Leaders and Uplifting the Electorate) Institute, was launched in 2015. It works across the South and Southwest (the fastest growing areas in the country), recognising that these regions provide tremendous opportunities for new electoral victories. They focus on bringing more young people of color to the leadership of progressive campaigns, in the belief that diversifying campaign staff to reflect constituencies is critical for winning new voting blocs. During the event we will speak to Ashely Robinson (Principal) and Genny Castillo (COO) about their work and the value and importance of investing in people of color in the campaign staff structure.
About our speakers:
Ashely Robinson (BLUE Institute founder and Principal) is responsible for BLUE strategy and project implementation and is Chief of Staff for former Minority House Leader and GA gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abram. She is also the Caucus Director for the Georgia House Democratic Caucus. Genny Castillo (COO) is responsible for logistics, outreach, recruitment and volunteer and internship opportunities, partnering with progressive-support organisations.
Our next Chapter meeting will be Friday, 03 May, at the Der Andechser im Ratskeller in the Ratsstube room, in Wiesbaden.
We will gather at 19:00, order drinks and food and start the meeting at 19:30.
Neuland is coming to Flensburg! A play by Julia Hart, Neuland tells the stories of American women and their experiences of and responses to the 2016 election of Donald Trump. Join DA Hamburg Flensburg Precinct Captain, Barbara Winkler, for this very powerful show.
Neuland in Flensburg
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 4pm – 7 pm
Adelbyer Kirchenweg 1
TICKETS at: email@example.com
DA Hamburg would like to invite our members in Flensburg to join DA Hamburg's Chapter Chair, Chesney McKinley Severance, and the cast of Neuland for dinner at:
Angelburger Straße 73
Neuland in Flensburg is sponsored by Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund.
In an effort to make DA Germany more understandable and accessible to all members country-wide, Candice Kerestan, DA Germany Chair, and Kenton Barnes, DA Germany Vice Chair, will be hosting a "Meet and Greet" on Saturday, May 4th from 1:30-3:30pm. We'll not only be reviewing our organization's structure and goals, but also discuss ways to get involved leading up to 2020. Whether you're a long-time member or completely new to DA Germany, we warmly welcome all members to join us for this afternoon event. We hope to answer any questions you may have and have a lively, productive discussion with each other.
In order to actively participate in the event you will need a computer with an internet connection as well as a working microphone.
Please RSVP to the event if you'd like to attend. Once we've received your RSVP, we will send you the login link. We hope many of you are able to join us!
NOTICE OF DEMOCRATS ABROAD SWEDEN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND DINNER
It’s time to get Donald Trump out of the White House, and Democrats elected up and down the ballot. The 2020 elections are fast approaching and here in Sweden we’re getting ready to do our part.
On May 4, 2019, 3pm-5pm, Democrats Abroad Sweden will be holding our Annual General Meeting in Stockholm. All members are invited to attend this important meeting at which the election of our leaders for the next two years will conclude and we’ll discuss our plans heading into the 2020 election.
In addition, the Stockholm-Uppsala Chapter will also hold their general meeting and officer elections immediately preceding.
Please also join us for dinner immediately following the Annual General Meeting. To attend the dinner, registration is required by Wednesday, May 1. Click here to register. Please note that the dinner is self-paid.
To make this meeting possible and help Democrats Abroad Sweden prepare for the 2020 campaign, please consider chipping in 200 SEK. You can contribute via Swish or Bankgiro.
Swish: 123 511 4277
Thank you for your support.
Can't attend? You can still vote in the officer elections, which will be held electronically in advance of the meeting, and you can also assign someone to hold a proxy for you. Click here to send in a proxy.
SCHEDULE MAY 4, 2019
2:30pm – 2:50pm
Stockholm-Uppsala Chapter meeting and officer elections
3pm – 5pm
Democrats Abroad Sweden Annual General Meeting
1.Call meeting to order; roll call and quorum determination
2. Approval of the agenda;
3. Reading of 2018 AGM minutes;
4. Bylaws Amendment proposal report and vote;
5. Chair’s report - year in review presentation;
(Chapter reports available in print and online)
6. Treasurer’s report and approval vote;
7. Discharge outgoing Executive Committee from liability vote;
8. Results of Executive Committee election;
10. Statement(s) from new Chair and Executive Committee;
11. Preview of May 17-19 DPCA Global Meeting in Washington DC;
12. Closing remarks and year ahead.
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Dinner at Klang Market (Registration required by May 1. Click here to register)
Östermalms Föreningsråd, Sal 6
115 24 Stockholm
Erik Dahlbergsallén 18
115 20 Stockholm
STOCKHOLM-UPPSALA CHAPTER MEETING
Immediately preceding the Democrats Abroad Sweden Annual General Meeting, the Stockholm-Uppsala Chapter will also hold a meeting and officer elections (2:30pm). The following officer positions are open for members to run for:
- Stockholm-Uppsala Chapter Chair
- Stockholm-Uppsala Chapter Secretary
Please contact Alex Lange at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in running for either of these positions, or if you would like to nominate someone else.
DEMOCRATS ABROAD SWEDEN ELECTION OF OFFICERS
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Are you or someone you know interested in being a part of a team of dedicated people who want to participate in the global effort to keep the House, take back the Senate and bring dignity back to the White House with a Democratic President?
Thanks to our talented and dedicated team, DA Sweden consistently performs at a level well above our size. You’ll be a key part of our efforts here in Sweden to turn out the vote in 2020, and can also get involved in shaping Democratic politics. Being a member of this leadership team is both an honor and a privilege, and something you can proudly add to your CV!
You can run for any of the current positions on the Executive Committee, and also for the two new positions “Member-at-Large”. All Executive Committee officers sit for a two-year term and serve on a volunteer-basis.
The current Executive Committee is as follows:
- Chair: Alex Lange - Eligible and willing to run for 2nd term
- Vice Chair: Sigma Dolins - not seeking 2nd term
- Secretary: Jeffrey Cheng - eligible and willing to run for 2nd term
- Treasurer: Courtney Berry - not seeking 2nd term
- Legal Counsel: Mini Kaur - not seeking 2nd term
New positions (pending bylaws amendment):
- Member-At-Large 1: open
- Member-At-Large 2: open
See below for a more detailed description of the different positions.
- Candidates must be an American Citizen of voting age, a resident of Sweden, and a member of Democrats Abroad Sweden.
- The Chair and Vice Chair must be of different gender. The 2 Members-at-Large/voting members also must be of different gender.
- Other than the position of Chair, applicants may also seek a position of voting member but may not hold two positions.
- Nominations for an office shall be made in writing and seconded by another member. Members may nominate themselves.
Each nominee must confirm his or her willingness to serve after receiving a nomination.
Unsure which office to run for and looking for some guidance? Contact the Nominations and Elections Committee at email@example.com.
We are looking forward to hearing from a lot of fantastic candidates!
All nominations must be submitted by April 17th by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations must include the following: Name, short biography (max 150 words), short statement (max 150 words).
The Nominations and Election Committee
Deedee Gierow, Chair
DESCRIPTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICER ROLES:
Chair: The Chair leads the organization, is our principal spokesperson, and is responsible for running the Executive Committee meetings. The role involves strategic planning and overseeing of our activities, while also taking the lead on planning and implementing key events. The Chair has control over the bank account together with the Treasurer. The Chair also has a vote representing DA Sweden at global Democrats Abroad meetings, and coordinates our activities with the global organization.
Vice-Chair: The Vice-Chair acts as a stand-in for the Chair, must be prepared to take over the Chair's role, and takes on various tasks as needed. The Vice-Chair is a signatory on the bank account. Like the Chair, the Vice-Chair also has a vote representing DA Sweden at global Democrats Abroad meetings. Note: the Chair and Vice-Chair must be of different gender.
Secretary: The Secretary is our principal administrator and thus oversees our documents and membership database, and ensures that minutes are taken at meetings. Ideally, the Secretary is skilled with working with databases and websites. The Secretary is a signatory on the bank account.
Treasurer: The Treasurer oversees our finances and fundraising to ensure we are in compliance with applicable rules and regulations. Along with the Chair, the Treasurer has control of the bank account.
Counsel: The Counsel should be available for any potential legal questions.
Member-At-Large (2x): Members-At-Large have a vote representing DA Sweden at global Democrats Abroad meetings. They also take the lead on various projects and tasks, depending on what is needed and their skill set.
For a more detailed description of each role, see the wiki post about it. All officers can take on additional tasks, depending on what is needed, their skill set, and availability.
NOTICE OF BYLAWS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL
In accordance with the bylaws, notice is hereby given that the following bylaws amendment, as proposed by the Democrats Abroad Sweden Executive Committee, will be voted on at the Democrats Abroad Sweden Annual General Meeting on May 4th 2019. Please see the below documents for the formal notice and relevant documents.
2019 CANDIDATES FOR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS:
Elizabeth Clark Wessel
In addition to the five officers of the Executive Committee, DA Sweden must elect two (2) Members-At-Large in 2019. As described in the Democrats Abroad Charter, when a Country Committee has an even number of Members-At-Large, they must be gender balanced.
You may vote for up to two (2) Members-At-Large.
The first position goes to the top vote getter, and the second position goes to the next top vote getter of a different gender.
If a candidate is running for Member-At-Large, as well as Chair or Vice Chair, and is elected to the Chair or Vice Chair position, they will automatically withdraw from the Member-At-Large race.
MEMBERS AT LARGE:
Elizabeth Clark Wessel
DAG Hamburg's Political Book Club is kicking off our Presidential Candidates Series with Mayor Pete Buttigieg's SHORTEST WAY HOME. A polylingual Harvard grad Rhodes Scholar veteran, Mayor Pete has been a rising star in the Democratic Party since he was elected mayor of South Bend, Indiana in 2011 at the age of 29. He was also Democrats Abroad Germany's 2017 Annual General Meeting's guest speaker. Join us as we take a deep dive to learn more about Mayor Pete and his vision for America.
DA's monthly meetup in The Hague! Join us every first Sunday of the month, at Bar-Resturant Pavlov (across from The Hague City Hall) for lunch and/or drinks with DA's Secretary -and an occasional guest or speaker-.
Bring a friend...or two!
Register to vote, learn how to register voters, learn the recent news of DA...talk, drink and eat!