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MOVIE NIGHT:

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: Info-Guatemala@democratsabroad.org


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

POTLUCK

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: Info-Guatemala@democratsabroad.org

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 

 4170-5537

Plenty of Secure Parking

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

RSVP no later than end of day, May 8 reply to this email: Info-Guatemala@democratsabroad.org

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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 TaxationTF@democratsabroad.org


Democratically yours
Taxation Task Force
democratsabroad.org/taxation
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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Democrats Abroad
http://www.democratsabroad.org/
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Tom Fina's Letter from Washington: A Beautiful Day

Letter from Washington To Democrats Abroad

30 April 2018

Tom Fina, Executive Director Emeritus

Democrats are singing:

Oh, what a beautiful mornin’

Oh, what a beautiful day

I’ve got a beautiful feelin’

Everything’s goin’ my way.

Even if Oklahoma has a Republican governor. Republicans have lost support in every special election since Trump became President.

That is an ill omen for them in the November Congressional elections in which Democrats are expected to replace the Republican majority. Trump has energized Democratic and Independent voters and sapped the enthusiasm of many reliable Republicans...

The roaring success of Democrats in the November 2017 elections to the Virginia legislature is further energizing Democrats. Although the Presidential election is still 31 months distant, Democrats are falling over each other to get the nomination to run against Trump. Not many Republicans are interested in challenging him.

Ballotpedia, the non-partisan on-line political encyclopedia, has just pulled together its list of potential presidential candidates for both parties. It lists 39 Democratic political and 10 business and public figures many of whom probably neither you nor I have thought to be in the running. Ballotpedia suggests only 11 Republicans who might challenge Trump.

Only someone intoxicated by the Spring air drifting south of the Potomac would risk guessing who might make the cut. So, my guess would narrow the Democratic politican list: Joe Biden; Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles; Kamala Harris, senator CA; Jerry Brown, governor CA; Cory Booker, senator NJ; Sherrod Brown, senator OH; Bill de Blasio, mayor New York; Kirsten Gillibrand, senator NY; Mitch Landrieu, mayor New Orleans; Terry McAuliffe, former governor VA.

Looking at the possible public figures, Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Bill Gates, and Howard Schultz ( former CEO Starbucks) might make the leap. Did you know they were Democrats?

Among the 11 potential Republican politicians, I would guess that only Bob Corker, senator TN; Jeff Flake, senator AZ; John Kasich, governor OH and Mitt Romney, former governor MA would take a chance.

If Trump were not the candidate, Mike Pence would certainly belong on the list. The more immediate focus of both parties is the November 2018 congressional election in which all seats in the House and 35 seats in the senate will be contested.

The latest generic congressional polling (April 30) gives Democrats a 8.2 point lead. A lead of 7 points is generally predictive of a House majority. Democrats need to pick up two seats in November to have a Senate majority.

The psychopath in the White House is not being of much help to Republican candidates. The political guru take is that his support for Republican candidates does more to energize Democrats to vote against them than it brings out Republicans to support them.

To conclude on a high note, the May 1 Washington Post finds that in the 466 days since he took office, Trump has made 3001 false or misleading claims. That’s an average of 6.5 lies a day and the frequency is increasing. Have a nice day!

Comments: demsabrd@gmail.com

DA Guatemala http://www.democratsabroad.org/

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MOVIE NIGHT: Wednesday, May 19th

Pack your suitcase, we're goin' to Vietnam.

Path to War

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

POTLUCK

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

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 Virey 4170-5537

Plenty of Secure Parking

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

RSVP no later than end of day, May 8 reply to this email: Info-Guatemala@democratsabroad.org


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Non-partisan Voter Registration: May and June

Antigua, Lake Atitlan & Quetzaltenango

We will assist all US voters in registering to vote and completing their Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) for the upcoming USA elections. The FPCA is required to receive an overseas absentee ballot. You should complete a new FPCA every year! This event, hosted by Democrats Abroad Guatemala, is open to all US voters – Democrats, Republicans, Independents and all others.

Registration

Antigua Enlaces

6a Avenida Norte No. 1

La Antigua Guatemala

May 19, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm

June 9, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm

Registration

Panajachel May 5, 2018 Solomon’s Porch 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Watch for additional dates in Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City and other locations

For more information, contact Kee Kalwara at keekalwara@gmail.com (Antigua), Traci Styner at tracisd@gmail.com (Lake Atitlan) or Rachael Shenyo (Quetzaltenango) at rshenyo@yahoo.com

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Voter Registration: Upcoming Events in Guatemala City

If you work at an American international school in Guatemala City, be looking for internal emails for on campus voter registration events at your school this week and upcoming weeks!

For further information, feel free to email:

Hyungjoon Jin: hyungjoon.jin@interamericano.edu.gt

Mary Reynolds: mareynolds@cm.edu.gt
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Movie Night: A Bold Peace: Friday, April 27

”We seek in Central America not peace alone, not peace to be followed someday by political progress, but peace and democracy, together, indivisible, an end to the shedding of human blood, which is inseparable from an end to the suppression of human rights." Óscar Arias


A Bold Peace

Over 60 years ago, Costa Rica became one of the only nations in the world to disband their military and to redirect national resources towards education, health, and the environment. Since then, Costa Rica has earned the number one spot in the Happy Planet Index, a ranking of countries based on measures of environmental protection and the happiness and health of its citizens. A Bold Peace juxtaposes the national policy of demilitarization (since 1948-49) with their investment in education, health, and the environment. Pointed parallels and contrasts are made with recent U.S. debates over the national debt, healthcare, the environment and the escalating cost of U.S. militarism. 1hr 42min NR

Q20 Suggested Donation

Bring Your Own Drinks / Some Drinks Will Be For Sale

Popcorn Available at Q5 per Bag

Friday, April 27, 2018

The movie starts promptly at 6:30pm

Casa Convento Concepción

4a Calle Oriente #41

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

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News from the Excom, April 12

Paul Ryan is retiring, the Republicans are in nervous talks about how best they can preserve the Senate – it’s a great day to make a few calls and get out the vote, or fundraise for your committee (and the DPCA)! To help out, the fundraising team is setting up a global forum on fundraising. For more information and to join the conversation, get in touch at fundraising@democratsabroad.org.

I’m delighted to announce that DA is set to shortly receive our first tranche of funding from the DNC this year as a result of our SPIF grant proposal submission. We are also celebrating the news that Will Hailer, Senior Advisor to Tom Perez, will be working closely with us moving forward on US based fundraising, DNC and state coordination, as well as grant oversight.

We’ve nearly reached our limit for $100 tickets to the Tom Perez reception in London on April 26th. RSVP today before they run out!

Last Thursday, the France Diversity Caucus commemorated the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King. With over 150 people in attendance, it was a moving memorial event. View the video here: http://demsabroad.mobilize.io/links?lid=U1ZaY0s-lMk3BrRQbjwRxg&token=fx3CBnrWy4fSuYyVdUHXJg&url=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2F6ZwgeFILcjo


Online, the Global Black Caucus remembered the day in a podcast focused on Dr. King's legacy. http://demsabroad.mobilize.io/links?lid=U1ZaY0s-lMk3BrRQbjwRxg&token=fx3CBnrWy4fSuYyVdUHXJg&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.podomatic.com%2Fpodcasts%2Fdagbcp2p

This last weekend, our International Counsel Tom Schmid and the Bylaws committee ran a fantastic 1st hearing on the bylaws change proposals we’ll be considering in Tokyo. More than 30 leaders attended, providing thoughtful and well-reasoned commentary on the suggested changes. The committee will hold two more online hearings this week and next. Head here for more information: http://demsabroad.mobilize.io/links?lid=U1ZaY0s-lMk3BrRQbjwRxg&token=fx3CBnrWy4fSuYyVdUHXJg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdemsabroad.mobilize.io%2Flinks%3Flid%3DTmT2JR8tovwqMgVrcTT04A%26token%3D%252A%257CTOKEN%257C%252A%26url%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fdemsabroad.mobilize.io%252Fmain%252Fgroups%252F9447%252Flounge%252Fposts%252F165857

Our next ExCom meeting is today at 8am DC time. Our Excom meetings are on Thursdays at 8am DC time unless otherwise noted. As always we'd be delighted to have you join as a guest. If you're interested, get in touch with Jeffrey at secretary@democratsabroad.org 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

2nd bylaws hearing - April 14 (webex)

3rd bylaws hearing - April 21 (webex)
Global Progressive Caucus Action meeting - April 22 (webex)

Tom Perez Reception: http://demsabroad.mobilize.io/links?lid=U1ZaY0s-lMk3BrRQbjwRxg&token=fx3CBnrWy4fSuYyVdUHXJg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdemsabroad.mobilize.io%2Flinks%3Flid%3DTmT2JR8tovwqMgVrcTT04A%26token%3D%252A%257CTOKEN%257C%252A%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fdemsabroad.mobilize.io%252Flinks%253Flid%253Dma07Q7JklqMhIm5mm60yaw%2526token%253D%25252A%25257CTOKEN%25257C%25252A%2526url%253Dhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fdemsabroad.mobilize.io%25252Flinks%25253Flid%25253DgZ3a73CbLtB_ASNszlunfA%252526token%25253D%2525252A%2525257CTOKEN%2525257C%2525252A%252526url%25253Dhttps%2525253A%2525252F%2525252Fwww.democratsabroad.org%2525252F2018_perez_reception_london

Annual General Meeting – May 25 - 27th (Tokyo)

2018 GOTV Calendar: http://demsabroad.mobilize.io/links?lid=U1ZaY0s-lMk3BrRQbjwRxg&token=fx3CBnrWy4fSuYyVdUHXJg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdemsabroad.mobilize.io%2Flinks%3Flid%3DTmT2JR8tovwqMgVrcTT04A%26token%3D%252A%257CTOKEN%257C%252A%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fdemsabroad.mobilize.io%252Flinks%253Flid%253Dma07Q7JklqMhIm5mm60yaw%2526token%253D%25252A%25257CTOKEN%25257C%25252A%2526url%253Dhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fdemsabroad.mobilize.io%25252Flinks%25253Flid%25253DgZ3a73CbLtB_ASNszlunfA%252526token%25253D%2525252A%2525257CTOKEN%2525257C%2525252A%252526url%25253Dhttp%2525253A%2525252F%2525252Fdemsabroad.mobilize.io%2525252Flinks%2525253Flid%2525253DA5qL9vjT8QpMtuSmHMkLUA%25252526token%2525253D%252525252A%252525257CTOKEN%252525257C%252525252A%25252526url%2525253Dhttp%252525253A%252525252F%252525252Fdemsabroad.mobilize.io%252525252Flinks%252525253Flid%252525253DW0_ckURQI1i4kS-AV_Q0gw%2525252526token%252525253D%25252525252A%25252525257CTOKEN%25252525257C%25252525252A%2525252526url%252525253Dhttp%25252525253A%25252525252F%25252525252Fdemsabroad.mobilize.io%25252525252Flinks%25252525253Flid%25252525253DPB9XG39ddcvHjzPO8YxdyA%252525252526token%25252525253D%2525252525252A%2525252525257CTOKEN%2525252525257C%2525252525252A%252525252526url%25252525253Dhttp%2525252525253A%2525252525252F%2525252525252Fdemsabroad.mobilize.io%2525252525252Flinks%2525252525253Flid%2525252525253DQ3u-vPnHkcHZ72pfMI2tjA%25252525252526token%2525252525253D%252525252525252A%252525252525257CTOKEN%252525252525257C%252525252525252A%25252525252526url%2525252525253Dhttp%252525252525253A%252525252525252F%252525252525252Fdemsabroad.mobilize.io%252525252525252Flinks%252525252525253Flid%252525252525253Dw3lZ76MgvvPUuFSR0GJeOQ%2525252525252526token%252525252525253D%25252525252525252A%25252525252525257CTOKEN%25252525252525257C%25252525252525252A%2525252525252526url%252525252525253Dhttp%25252525252525253A%25252525252525252F%25252525252525252Fdemsabroad.mobilize.io%25252525252525252Flinks%25252525252525253Flid%25252525252525253DaBBMolM7BKDpzYNOmD3yfw%252525252525252526token%25252525252525253D%2525252525252525252A%2525252525252525257CTOKEN%2525252525252525257C%2525252525252525252A%252525252525252526url%25252525252525253Dhttp%2525252525252525253A%2525252525252525252F%2525252525252525252Fdemsabroad.mobilize.io%2525252525252525252Flinks%2525252525252525253Flid%2525252525252525253D0npDN9JwWb6CYoFPsfzXAg%25252525252525252526token%2525252525252525253D%252525252525252525252A%252525252525252525257CTO

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On the Radio Today!

Today you can listen to Radio Globo in Antigua by streaming it if you want to hear our recorded GOTV message. Here's the link if you can't tune into 98.9:

http://www.emisoras.com.gt/globo-antigua/


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Study Abroad Outreach April Update

March was a busy month for the Study Abroad Team! Many of our members planned and participated in March for our Lives solidarity events. We are energized by the passion and conviction of our young leaders. Many of these same young people will be studying abroad during the 2018 General Election and we’re excited to empower them to vote!!

The importance of our work is recognized by DNC leadership! As you may have seen, Democrats Abroad is hosting a reception for Tom Perez, Chair of the DNC in London on April 26. Proceeds raised at the event will go directly towards our Study Abroad outreach plans.


The Study Abroad Team is currently focused on:

  • Researching new and updated contact information for local Study Abroad coordinators and staff members for our Study Abroad Program Map:

  • https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Ju-Vw9MSR200e7m8qjwcu62kceK5QEgUlk4rqmZCJQs/edit?usp=sharing
  • Beginning outreach by phone and email to Study Abroad coordinators and staff members offering resources to help with registering their students to vote. Liaisons are basing their messages on examples found in our wiki:
  • https://wiki.democratsabroad.org/display/StudyAbroad
  • How can you help us?

  • If you haven’t already, please identify a Study Abroad liaison from your country/city! This is a great opportunity for a new, enthusiastic volunteer. We are especially happy to have current students and University employees.

  • Ask your liaison to give regular updates at your business meetings and help them recruit volunteers from your membership. With over 300,000 students voting abroad each year, we truly need all the help we can get!

An updated list of Study Abroad liaisons is at the bottom of this email. We’re excited to have additions from China and Australia joining us soon!


Thank you for all you are doing to help students vote from abroad! If I can be of any assistance, please let me know.


Becky Leach-Seymour

Team Lead, Study Abroad Outreach

Democrats Abroad

studyabroad@democratsabroad.org

rebeccajleach@gmail.com


Study Abroad Liaisons

Group 1 - Research completed, engaged in outreach to SA Contacts

Andrew Grossen, Ireland

Jim Mercereau, Spain

Julia Bryan, Czech Republic

Vivian Beetle and Laura Messenger, Switzerland

Kathy Rothschild, Costa Rica

Claudia Varney & Alex Rehbinder, Paris, France

Bartley Grosserichter, Chris Sauca, Laura Downer and John Grosser, Germany


Group 2 - Researching SA Contacts

Peter Baiter, Greece

David Heckenberg and Bruce Murray, Austria

Stephen Paine, Netherlands

Laura Mosedale, London, United Kingdom

Neal Huddon-Cossar, Italy

Gretchen Pascalis, Grenoble, France

Samuel Stone, Mexico

Heidi Schneiderin, Canada

Caroline Sullivan, United Arab Emirates


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