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  • published Leaders in NE Honshu Area 2017-09-20 06:16:03 -0400

  • published News in NE Honshu Area 2017-09-20 06:15:25 -0400

  • published DA NE Honshu Area Intro in News 2017-09-20 06:14:11 -0400

    DA NE Honshu Area Intro

    Welcome to Democrats Abroad NE Honshu Area!

    DA NE Honshu is an area group of DA Japan, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Japan. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

    If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in the NE Honshu area, please contact us.

    Area coordinator
    Democrats Abroad - NE Honshu Area

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  • Minutes of the April 2017 Executive Committee Meeting

    Minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting of Democrats Abroad Guatemala

    Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm at Dave Evans’s home

    Per our bylaws (paragraph 19.3), all meetings are open to all members.

    Call to order – 4:05 PM

    Attendance: John Chudy, Chair; Kee Kalwara, Events/Membership/Fundraising Coordinator; Dave Evans, Member at Large; Traci Styner, Lake Atitlán MeetUp Chair; Hyungjoon Jin, Guatemala City Meetup Chair; Rachael Shenyo, Occidente Group Meetup Deputy Chair; Mary Reynolds, DAGT member.

    Approval of agenda (minutes of last meeting March 23, 2017). Approved unanimously with amendment to agenda to include item on naming a volunteer coordinator for DAGT.

    Treasurer’s Report – Current networth is Q396.50 of which Q309.00 is a credit at Revue. Actual cash on hand is Q87.50.

    Media Contact and Communications Chair : Mary Reynolds, a member who resides in Guatemala City, has expressed interest. Mary introduced herself and confirmed her interest in taking on the duties of Media Contact. She teaches secondary English at Colegio Maya, and is there for at least this year. Kee moved that Mary be appointed and Dave Evans seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. John will go by Revue and Que Pasa during the next week to inform them of Mary’s appointment as Media Contact with DAGT and leave her contact information. Dave mentioned a Guatemalan friend who would be a very good source of contact information among Guatemalan media that could be useful to Mary. He will follow up on that.

    Events for 2017

    Film Series Update

    Trumbo. Casa Convento Concepción (CCC) Friday, April 21 at 6:30 pm. Details seem to be taken care of. We are hoping for a good turnout.

    It was decided that our next movie feature will be First Grader, a bio-pic about a Kenyan octogenarian who starts first grade late in life because he never had a chance to before. Date, time and place will be determined following our experience with Trumbo at CCC

    Discussion groups: Engaging Millennials. Hyung will continue working on this presentation with Rachael and others.

    Other items

    Resistance activities:

    DAGT members' voting states. Develop a system to let members know what’s going on in their states or Congress, e.g., email blasts when certain representatives are voting on key issues (Annie’s suggestion). We discussed briefly how this might work. John will follow up with Annie before the May meeting.

    DNC Chair Tom Perez is doing a nine-state tour with Sen. Bernie Sanders. Dave mentioned their joint kick-off interview with Chris Hayes. See it at:

    DPCA meeting in Washington DC, May 12-14. WebEx and in Person

    Volunteer Coordinator for DAGT. Adrianne George, DA Global Volunteer Coordinator, is asking country committees for names and contact information for their volunteer coordinators. Kee will talk with Elisabeth Shackelford, who had expressed interest in being active with DAGT.

    Next meeting: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:30pm (4:30pm EDT).

    Travel Notes:

    Tom and Lyn, April 8 to April 28.

    Mary Lou, April 18 to April 23.

    John, May 10 to June 24.

    Adjournment: 5:00pm

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  • Our Lives are on the Line! Post your own healthcare story using #ourlives

    On July 29th, Americans abroad will be posting photos with signs highlighting the advantages of universal health care systems.
    Post your photo on your favorite social media platform, and ask others to spread the word.
    Hashtags to use
    #UniversalHealthcare #HeathcareIsAHumanRight
    #democratsabroad #japan
    #healthcarestory #DAresist
    Keep it short, keep it simple, but try to address 1 specific issue that opponents bring up: cost, waiting times, quality of care, doctor choice, etc.

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    Democrats Abroad's country committees in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific need local volunteers. You can start helping today. Put yourself forward by clicking on the "Countries" tab above, find your country, and contact your leaders directly.

    If you live in a country without an active chapter you still have an opportunity to help - Democrats Abroad has over 20 caucuses, committees and task forces that address issues that affect all Americans and Americans living abroad as well as keep our organization running. Some you’ve probably heard of while others you may not.

    These groups provide a fun and challenging yet important opportunity for you to help us help you. Regardless of where you live there is a caucus, committee or task force that needs your talent and dedication. This is the time to join fellow Democrats and be a part of something that matters.

    Please login to find our open positions, if you'd like more details please write us at

    Don’t be shy. We're waiting to hear from you!

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  • Two photo collages on July 4 celebrations in Milan

    First we have pictures of the deliciously fun picnic on July 2, followed by a few shots taken at the J4 evening


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  • published TAX Talk in Milan - NOTES AND PDF PRESENTATIONS in News 2017-07-05 08:16:51 -0400





    In today’s interconnected world where all data is shared, it’s so important to understand the complex system of dual reporting to both the American and Italian authorities.


    Did you know …

    - that all Americans citizens residing abroad must declare their foreign earnings and bank accounts to the US government even if they pay Italian taxes and do not work in the USA. Usually your Foreign-earned income exclusion, and Foreign Tax Credit from your Italian taxes covers your US taxes so you probably will not have to pay more, but you MUST declare.

    - that the U.S. government has agreements with foreign financial institutions to disclose U.S. persons (FATCA) and there are new international disclosure treaties?

    - that the new Streamlined Procedure offers the opportunity to report your earnings if you never have before to the U.S. government and return hopefully painlessly to the fold?

    - what your responsibilities to the Italian government are? Aside from tax on Italian income you must also declare your American and foreign assets and income!

    We highly recommend that all US citizens educate themselves about their choices and consult with informed fiscal professionals specialized in expat taxes for the US government and a professional specialized in understanding expat foreign assets to report to the Italian government .

    Not all normal commercialiste have these capabilities.


    Andrew Fields, MBA, RTRP, Tax Manager of Price Waterhouse Cooper/TLS Milano, is specialized in U.S. Individual Tax Compliance issues. He has been with Pwc for the past 20 years.

    Andrew Fields Email: Direct: +39 02 91605303


    Colin Jamieson is a specialist in Italian, UK and international tax. He is dual qualified UK/Italian lawyer with over 25 years experience in helping investors in Italy manage their tax affairs. He is owner of - a resource center for Italian tax issues in the English language.

    Avv. Colin Jamieson Tel: + 39 02 488 3945 Cell: + 39 348 242 37 55




  • published Hispanic Caucus in Caucuses 2017-06-24 13:16:36 -0400

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  • published Hispanic Caucus Introduction in News 2017-06-24 13:10:59 -0400

    Hispanic Caucus Introduction

    The Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus is made up of DA members from around the world who are willing and able to advocate on issues important to the Hispanic community within the United States of America and those living abroad. The Caucus will accept any DA member.


    The purpose of the DA Hispanic Caucus (DAHC) is to provide a forum for all DA members to better understand the issues and concerns affecting the U.S. Hispanic community, to help engage with U.S. Hispanic voters living abroad and ensure that their needs are met within the DA community, and, where needed, to advocate for reforms to political issues.

    Mission Statement

    To support and defend the U.S. Constitution and the goals and ideals of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad

    • To advocate on issues of concern to the U.S. Hispanic community
    • To be a pro-Hispanic voice for U.S. citizens living abroad
    • To support campaigns of Hispanic nominees running for elected office in the U.S.


    • Increase awareness of, and membership in, the DA Hispanic Caucus
    • recognize, celebrate, and share significant contributions of Hispanic-Americans
    • liaise through DA DNC Members with the DNC Hispanic Caucus
    • become a trusted source for Democrats Abroad on issues impacting Hispanic-Americans
    • Undertake a fundraising campaign to create Spanish language pages on the DA website and
    • encourage its members and other U.S. registered voters to exercise their right to vote


    La Camarilla Hispana de los Demócratas en el Extranjero [Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus] consiste de miembros de D.A. que viven afuera de los Estados Unidos y que están dispuestos y capaces de promover temas de importancia para la comunidad hispana en los Estados Unidos y donde sea. La Camarilla Hispana aceptará a cualquier miembro de Democrats Abroad.

    El Propósito

    El propósito de DA Hispanic Caucus (DAHC) es proporcionar un foro para todos los miembros de DA que entiendan mejor las cuestiones y preocupaciones que afectan a la comunidad Hispana en los Estados Unidos,   a participar con votantes Hispanos viviendo afuera de los Estados Unidos y garantizar su representación dentro de la comunidad de DA, y, donde sea necesario, abogar por reformas de cuestiones políticas.

     Declaración de la Misión

    Apoyar y defender la Constitución de los Estados Unidos, los objetivos e ideales del partido Demócrata, y los demócratas en el extranjero

    • Propugnar temas de interés para la comunidad hispana de los Estados Unidos
    • Ser una voz pro-hispana para los ciudadanos estadounidenses residentes en el extranjero
    • Apoyar campañas de candidatos hispanos para cargos electos en los Estados Unidos.


    • Aumentar la membresía en la Camarilla Hispana
    • Reconocer, celebrar y comunicar importantes contribuciones de los hispanoamericanos
    • Hacer enlace entre miembros de Democrats Abroad Democratic National Committee [DNC] con el Caucus Hispano de DNC
    • Llegar a ser una fuente de confianza para los demócratas en el extranjero sobre asuntos que afectan a los hispanoamericanos
    • Encargarse de una campaña de recaudación de fondos para crear páginas en español del sitio web DA y
    • Alentar a sus miembros y otros votantes estadounidenses registrados para ejercer su derecho al voto


    Join us!

    DA Hispanic Caucus Leadership:

    Ana Hernandez Blackstad / Chair
    Twitter:  @anablackstad


  • published News in Hispanic Caucus 2017-06-24 13:10:27 -0400

  • published Events in Hispanic Caucus 2017-06-24 13:10:07 -0400