DAGT is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Guatemala. Our mission is to inform and to encourage every US Citizen in Guatemala to vote in all US elections that their state of last residence allows them to, be they local, state, general and mid-term, and to invite US Citizens to join Democrats Abroad. During 2017 we will grow our membership and encourage participation so that we are as strong as possible as we head into the 2018 midterm elections to help Democrats regain the Senate and win back the House of Representatives. 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 Guatemala please contact us.

John Chudy, Chair
Democrats Abroad - Guatemala


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MaryLou Ridinger
| Vice-Chair
Thomas Totino
| Treasurer
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    MOVIE NIGHT: MOVIE NIGHT: Wednesday, May 9
    Pack your suitcase, we're goin' to Vietnam.
    Path to War
    RSVP no later than end of day, May 8 reply to this email:

    As a follow up to our March movie, LBJ, this month's movie covers the Johnson presidency during the Vietnam War. This film provides insight into the political and emotional decisions necessary to send young men and women to war. 2002 HBO, 2hrs 45min, NR

    Q20 Suggested Donation


    IT'S DAVE'S 66th BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! (In lieu of flowers and gifts, make a donation to DAGT)

    RSVP no later than end of day, May 8 reply to this email:

    Bring Your Own Drinks

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    POTLUCK Starts at 4:30pm The movie starts promptly at 5:30pm

    Dave’s and Kee’s

    Calle de Los Duelos Casa 19 Colonia 


    Plenty of Secure Parking

    Open to Members of DAGT and Guests Discussion Group Following the Movie

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    Call Congress and support fair taxation for Americans abroad

    The Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force has just returned home from door knocking Congress this week about Residency Based Taxation (RBT) and the disastrous transition taxes which come into effect this June.

    As a strong followup, we need members of Congress to hear from Americans abroad about the importance of the tax reform we are pushing. This support is crucial for persuading Congress to enact our reform recommendations.

    Please call, email or write Congress to help drive home the message that Americans abroad care about this legislation and will be voting for those who support our suggested reform.

    While we were on the Hill we met with members on both sides of the aisle and in both the Senate and the House. A few key takeaways:
    Residency Based Taxation (RBT)

    Rep George Holding's (R-NC) RBT proposal is now with the House Ways and Means Committee legislation drafters. We expect to see another draft shortly. The proposal will then be sent to the Joint Committee on Taxation for scoring, and Holding will start working on collecting co-sponsors.

    Democrats Abroad is currently gathering information on Congressional members interested in supporting this important reform for Americans abroad.

    Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

    We also spent a good deal of time discussing the new “transition taxes” which are set to have a devastating impact on Americans abroad who own companies.

    Our discussions with lawmakers confirm what we already knew to be true – GOP tax writers’ only goal was to push through a tax cut for large corporations as quickly as possible. That so many drafting errors and oversights were the result is no surprise; but what is surprising – and appalling - is that Congressional Republicans have no plans to introduce a “corrections bill” any time soon. Our only option is to hammer them until they do. Please join in this important campaign demanding a transition tax remedy.

    For more details of our meetings, visit the Taxation team news blog.

    We'd love to hear your questions and comments at

    Democratically yours
    Taxation Task Force
    Julia Bryan - ex officio (Czech Republic)
    Jennifer Cederwall (Sweden)
    DeeDee Geirow (Sweden)
    Carmelan Polce - chair (New York and Australia)
    Michael Ramos (Australia)
    Joe Smallhoover (France)
    Orlando Vidal (UAE


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