Immediate Past Italy VC & IT Team

  • 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:

    https://www.indivisibleguide.com/download-the-guide/

    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: http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/sanders-i-don-t-consider-myself-a-democrat-924041283893

    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


  • published Lyon in France 2017-08-18 10:47:56 -0400

  • 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
    #OurLivesOnTheLine
    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.


  • signed up on Tiny Actions Signup 2017-07-15 09:24:48 -0400

  • wants to volunteer 2017-07-15 09:23:15 -0400

    Volunteer

    Join our tiny actions team and receive regular emails outlining actions you can take to support issues that matter to Democrats and our allies. 

    Democrats Abroad's country committees need local volunteers. Volunteer by clicking on the "Countries" tab above, find your country, and contact your leaders directly.

    Do you want to help at a global level? We have more than a dozen global teams that work to keep our organization running. 

    Our global teams provide get out the vote help, communications, technology support and more to the all the grass roots volunteers working at the local level in Democrats Abroad. Regardless of where you live there is a team that needs your talent and dedication. Now is the time to join fellow Democrats and help fight for what's right. Any questions, write us at volunteer@democratsabroad.org

    Please check out our global team opportunities.

     

    Become a volunteer

  • 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 Guadalajara in Chapters 2017-07-08 11:54:07 -0400

    Guadalajara

    Contact us at/Contactamos: info-mx-guadalajara@democratsabroad.org

    To donate/A donar: Donations/Donativos

     


  • signed up on Women's Caucus 2017-07-13 12:12:58 -0400

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

    TAX Talk in Milan - NOTES AND PDF PRESENTATIONS

     

    PLEASE CONSULT OUR WEB SITE FOR MORE INFO AND WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOU THINK THIS IS ALL UNFAIR! DEMOCRATS ABROAD IS FIGHTING FOR RESIDENCY BASED TAXATION BUT NEEDS YOUR HELP! http://www.democratsabroad.org/taxation

     

    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.

    OUR SPEAKERS AND THEIR TOPICS: LINKS TO PDF PRESENTATIONS

    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: andrew.fields@it.pwc.com Direct: +39 02 91605303

    PRESENTATION :

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0eTDfmCls8Za1pqOEF2Y1d1WWM/view?usp=sharing

    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 Taxing.it - a resource center for Italian tax issues in the English language.

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

    PRESENTATION :

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0eTDfmCls8ZRTdfbFlwcnRISHM/view?usp=sharing

    http://www.democratsabroad.org/join

     

     


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

  • signed up on Hispanic Caucus Signup 2017-06-24 13:50:31 -0400

  • published Leadership/Liderazgo in Hispanic Caucus 2017-06-24 13:11:29 -0400

  • published Hispanic Caucus Introduction in News/Noticias 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.

    Purpose

    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.

    Goals

    • 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 VotefromAbroad.org
    • 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.

    Objetivos

    • 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 VotefromAbroad.org
    • Alentar a sus miembros y otros votantes estadounidenses registrados para ejercer su derecho al voto

     

    Join us!

    DA Hispanic Caucus Leadership:

    Michael Ramos / Chair
    Email:  HispanicCaucus@democratsabroad.org 

     


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

  • published fwab_utah in fwab 2017-06-09 12:32:44 -0400

    Vote with Federal Write-in Ballot - Utah

    UTAH

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    HOW TO REGISTER AND VOTE USING THE BACK-UP BALLOT

     (Email, Fax or Mail In)

    If you haven’t received registered to vote yet, you can register and vote at the same time using a Back-up Ballot (also called the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot or “FWAB”)!

    1. Go to this website and follow the prompts to Fill in the Back-up Ballot  Be sure to check the box "I also request voter registration"

    2. The Back-up Ballot should fill in the candidates for you to choose. But if it does not, you can write in "Dr Kathie Allen" or just write in “Democrat” under "US Representative"

    3. Download the PDF Package containing your completed Back-up Ballot and Instructions.

    4. Print out the completed Back-up Ballot, then sign and date it and return it to your Local Election Official. It must get to Utah by November 2.

    • Return by Fax or Email: Please follow the Instructions to secure your completed Back-up Ballot for submission via email or fax. 
    • Return by Mail: If you choose to return your Back-up Ballot via postal mail, you can download Envelope Templates for either "Standard US" or "C4 Europe". These templates will help you to follow the Instructions to secure your Back-up Ballot for mailing. 

     

    *If you receive your official Ballot after submitting the Back-up Ballot, you should complete and return your official Ballot as well. It’s okay - only one ballot per person will be counted.

    QUESTIONS?  Email us at gotv@democratsabroad.org  We’ll get back to you right away!

     


  • INVITATION: MORE WINE - LESS TRUMP...This is NOT fake news!

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    REAL INVITE TO AN AMAZING DEMOCRATIC DAY - SAVE THE DATE MAY 27, 11 AM TIL SUNSET

    Join us in the emerald hills of Piacenza, 1 hour 20 min. south of Milan.  
    Learn from the village ladies to make the famous Tortelli and then eat your creations! Be part of a  tasting of award winning wines with  Lily Ronney, a burgeoning winemaker who was initiated into the Italian wine world in the Colli Piacentini. She will offer her American insight on the history and culture of some of the region's finest and most interesting wines. Enjoy her political wine tasting games and have a relaxing, fun day in the pristine country side, filled with castles and vineyards, a veritable “little Tuscany”
    Open to all Americans and their significant others.  
    EURO 25 A PERSON, under 12 free - we will help with car pools
    RSVP - democratsabroad.events.milan@gmail.com
    https://www.facebook.com/events/123316968230275/

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  • ACTION ALERT: Take ACTION to save healthcare - Round 2!

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    Like a zombie out of a horror movie, “Trumpcare” has been resurrected.  Republicans are determined to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  This time, states will be able to waive the “essential health benefits” provision.  Maternity care?  Emergency services?  Mental health issues?  No longer provided for.  People with pre-existing conditions will be charged far higher for insurance, essentially pricing them out of the market.  Finally, the elderly will become a cash cow for insurance companies.   


    Republican lawmakers recognize that the plan is a disaster: Congress and their family members would be exempted from the repeal.

    If Trumpcare passes, millions of Americans will lose their health insurance.  Jimmy Kimmel has made a heartfelt plea for why people like his son, who was born last week with a congenital heart defect, should not be denied healthcare.  That's what is at stake here: By fighting for the ACA, you can help save millions of lives. 

    Now is the time to act!  Here’s a message you can share with your representatives:


    “Hello, my name is _______.  I’m contacting Senator/ Representative _______ to urge her to vote against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  The new GOP bill will take away healthcare from the people who need it the most, including pregnant women, the elderly and individuals with pre-existing conditions.  Thank you for your time.”  

    HOW TO CALL: 

    The Capitol Hill switchboard number is 202-224-3121.  It has an automated system to get you to your Representative or Senator. If you can't get through you can call the district office (http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/). The link will also help you find their email address.

    Taking action doesn't have to be complicated! Calling a U.S. number from abroad is simple and inexpensive.  If you have a Skype account, you can buy a small amount of credit and call directly from your cell phone or computer.    You're not too small to make a difference! BE A MOSQUITO!

     


  • DA Italy AGM - March 25 Online meeting 5:30-7pm

    In light of the  increasingly acute security scenario for Rome this Saturday we have cancelled the in-person side of our gathering but will nevertheless meet online from 5:30-7pm (with voting solely online).

    In line with our
    bylaws (Section 7.1) we are reverting to the online only part of meeting,which will be held from 5:30-7pm AND with voting solely online), thus mitigating inconvenience to those who had already committed to participating in the AGM either online or in person.   (Webex call details below**)

    Important results:
    ALL voting is now online. Contact daitaly-nec@democratsabroad.org if you need another copy of the email that a contained a link to your personal ballot.  Information on the candidates can be found here: http://www.democratsabroad.org/gaf_daitaly/our_candidates_for_da_italy_elections_march_25

    The deadline remains at 3:00 pm on Saturday.  

    Here is the revised agenda of our online meeting Saturday late afternoon:

    Time

    Event/Activity

    Notes
     


    5:30pm

    Meeting convenes 

    Welcome by present DA Italy Chair, Tony Quattrone

    5:40 pm

    Reports from the Chair, the Acting Secretary and other officers

    DA Chair and Vice  Chair provide report on status of DA Italy and prospects for the future and the Treasure reports on our finances and prospects for the future.

    6:00 pm

    Election results

    Election Committee announces the result of the online elections 

    610 pm

    Remarks by new officers

    New officers introduce themselves and discuss their plans for DA Italy

    6:30 pm

    Questions/Statements from the ‘floor’ and open discussion

    Members can ask questions or make brief statements.

    7:00

    Close of the meeting

     


    **Call in details for the Webex online meeting:
    Democrats Abroad Italy is inviting you to this WebEx meeting:
    Democrats Abroad Italy's WebEx Meeting Sab 25 mar, 17:30 | 1 hr 30 min Brussels (Europe Time, GMT+01:00)
    Host: Democrats Abroad Italy When it's time, join the meeting from here:
    https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/meetings/join?uuid=M627QBXXTW7F4Q9DGYHQFZZU20-17VYF
    Information Where: WebEx Online Meeting number: 235 546 519
    Meeting password: This meeting does not require a password.





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  • published Our Candidates for DA Italy Elections - March 25 in News 2017-03-04 07:20:09 -0500

    Our Candidates for DA Italy Elections - March 25

    Hello DA Italy Voters,

    We are posting the candidate statements on this page as we receive them.

    Remember: If you want to run for an office, you must submit your candidate form by March 11

    Ballots were sent out on March 19 and resent in the meeting reminder on March 23. Members will be able to vote in person at the meeting in Rome or by filling in an electronic ballot (full details to follow).

    Note that in accordance with our bylaws “If the elections are to be held by mail and/or electronic means, no nominations may be made from the floor except when there is no declared candidate for an office to be filled.”  You can vote if you have been a member of Democrats Abroad since March 10, 2017

     

    Candidates for:

     

    DA Italy Chair (note: chair and vice-chair must be of the opposite sex)

    Ryan Turner – Milan  (Submitted March 4, 2017)

    Ryan Turner

    "I'm proud to announce my candidacy for Chair of Democrats Abroad Italy. It’s my belief that Democrats Abroad needs fresh, bold, and progressive leaders in the DPCA to lead our global GOTV efforts and Country Committees around the globe. We ultimately need to promote growth and work towards creating sustainable chapters and country committees at the ground level so that they may endure various leadership cycles. As Chair of Democrats Abroad Madrid, I worked to increase our membership by 270%, and hold an unprecedented number of events and activities that increased the number of our active members. I’ll strive to do the same for the Italian peninsula.

    "We are in a pivotal moment in history. We are currently riding the waves of a strong resistance movement but it can’t stop there. We can either stand idle, or take action by standing up for progressive values. This movement only STARTS with the current political activism taking place across the globe. The movement needs to continue by actively recruiting Americans abroad to get involved in Democrats Abroad and ultimately vote in elections.

    "I've spent the past 4 years advocating for Americans citizens abroad by organizing for Democrats Abroad and concerting efforts to maximize voter turnout through GOTV efforts and activism. I hope to bring my positive experience in membership growth and outreach as, both former Madrid Chair and as a Delegate for Bernie Sanders, to activate progressives across Italy to get involved and stay involved in the American political process. I offer my vision and leadership for Democrats Abroad Italy at a time when action and progressive activism is paramount to protecting our values."

     

    DA Italy Vice Chair: (note: chair and vice-chair must be of the opposite sex)

    Ryan Turner – Milan  (Submitted March 4, 2017
    (See statement above.

    Virginia DiGaetano - Tuscania, VT (Submitted March 11, 2017)

     

    This is an unprecedented time in American politics, and we need an unprecedented level of organization in response. DA Italy has already begun to tackle the most important issues of this administration, and I want to see that work continue and receive even more recognition.

     As Vice Chair I will support the mission of the Chair to make Italy one of the strongest voices in DA. I will make sure that our work is seen, heard and appreciated by other global chapters as well as by the Democratic base in the US. 

    There is a long fight ahead but with greater numbers we have an even greater chance of success, and I will work with the Chair to increase membership through creative outreach strategies. While I have spent much of my life around politics I am new to DA, and I want to listen and learn from those of you whose work has made this a vital organization.

    In one of the most uncertain periods of our shared history we must be more engaged and more willing to fight for the progress that is under threat. I will work with you all to be a part of this fight.

     

    DA Italy Secretary:

    Cristina Fassio - Vagliagli (Siena)

     Over the 23 years that I have lived in Italy, 10 of which I owned and ran the website Expats in Italy, I have never felt that my voice (or that of any of my fellow Democrat ex-pats) was as important as it is today. We need to be heard and we need to make change.

    We are lucky that we live in a time of information at our fingertips and the possibility to connect electronically.
    No longer do we need to bus or train to far away areas in Italy to be able to meet and discuss.
    As Secretary, I have 2 goals:

     1) to establish online huddles where we can get together and discuss the issues. Yes our numbers are important but we have seen that it is not what counts, we need to tackle the issues.

     2) grab the Millennials - that misunderstood economic power house – who don't want to belong to a party but they do respond positively to ideas. Living abroad they have grown to admire, respect and even love foreigners.

    The notion of banning foreigners from a nation built on (and by) immigrants is anathema.

    I look forward to working with all to make the U.S.A. the country that even though we left it, we still love.

     

     

    DA Italy Counsel:

    Michael Stiefel - Rome (Submitted March 10, 2017)

    M Stiefel

    "As a life-long Democrat and Italian trained Attorney, in the aftermath of the November debacle, I felt that it was time to get off the side-lines and get involved in activism with both American Expatriates for Positive Change and Democrats Abroad (Women’s March Rome).

    "I would like to what I can do to:

    a)      stand up for and protect inalienable and universal human rights;

    b)      support and promote progressive and humane policy initiatives across the board;

    c)      encourage our Democratic Party to get back in touch with its base (including blue collar workers), part of which went the other way this past November.

    "I have enjoyed providing legal counsel to both American Expats for Positive Change and to the organizers of the Women’s March Rome.  Should I be chosen by our electorate for the position of Counsel, I will gladly put my legal skills to work for Democrats Abroad Italy, to support its initiatives and contribute to making them as incisive as possible."

     

    DA Italy Treasurer: