In the quiet of this week, as many of us enjoy time off from work (and from Congress being in session!) the Excom and global teams are wrapping up several projects and preparing for our massive GOTV efforts in 2018.

Before the New Year we’ll be presenting a working set of guidelines for DA expanding our Code of Conduct to specifically address sexual harassment issues.

We’re also preparing our first GOTV email for the year, which will go out on January 1st to all members and will encourage everyone to kick start the year by sending in their ballot requests.

Sadly, we learned this week that Stanley Grossman passed away over the weekend. Stanley was a two-term DA DNC member, a long-term advocate for FATCA reform, and a passionate Democrats Abroad leader. He will be greatly missed by many. Joe Smallhoover (France) is currently working on a resolution honoring him – if you have any comments to add to the resolution please reach out to him.
Stanley would have been delighted to hear the news from Washington. Thanks to the mighty efforts of our Taxation task force, we are really pleased to note that Representatives Dina Titus and Jamie Raskin have both submitted statements to the Congressional record supporting Americans abroad and the need for taxation reform on our behalf.

We encourage you to review these statements. They are valuable evidence for our members that DA is heard in Congress, and that we have Congressional friends who believe in the importance of votes from abroad.

Our next ExCom meeting is today at 8am DC time. As always we'd be delighted to have you join as a guest. If you're interested, just get in touch with Jeffrey Cheng at and he'll send you the link to the meeting.

Thank you for all that you do!

Best, Julia

Julia Bryan

International Chair, Democrats Abroad

Mark your calendars
GOTV 2018 Kickoff!! – January 1, 2018
March to the Ballot Box – January 20th - 21st, 2018
Annual General Meeting – May 25-27th, 2018