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Democrats Abroad - May Updates

UPCOMING

Democrats Abroad Global Meeting

Global Meeting Prep List

Agenda for the meeting

Register for the global meeting (May 17-19)

Register for door knocks on the Hill (May 20-21)
Review the list of candidates for the 2019-20 global excom election

Review proposed charter bylaws amendments and the Bylaws Committee report

Review the 1p1v Special Purpose committee initial report

Review proposed resolutions

Tax Reform Door-Knocking – How can you help?

The Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force is back on Capitol Hill on 14, 15 and 16 May putting tax reform for Americans abroad at the center of discussions with Congress. We have meetings scheduled with members in both Houses of Congress and on both sides of politics. We will be discussing the need for residency based taxation and the design elements of the proposed legislation to enact it.

We need those determined to see this important reform enacted to reach out to their members of Congress this week and next week to demand it. Please consult this grassroots campaign guide for background on our advocacy work and for sample language you can use to call or write to Congress.

Please send questions to taxationtf@democratsabroad.org


YOU MAY HAVE MISSED…

DA Caucus Leaders Meeting

Topics discussed

· Black Caucus seeking assistance to run its Facebook page; Will likely re-start its podcast in the near future

· Progressive Caucus working on Medicare-for-All initiative; Sponsoring resolutions at the DA global meeting

· Disability Caucus newsletter from last month

· Women's Caucus discussion on fundraising and promoting an upcoming DA calendar; Seeking women from all global regions to attend its caucus' Planning Session on May 19th.

· Veterans & Military Families Caucus-in-formation currently awaiting global ExCom approval on its draft Terms of Reference (to become an official global caucus); Currently conducting outreach to recruit DA members in several country committees including France, Australia, Japan, Philippines, Germany, Norway, and Mexico

· Hispanic Caucus improving the quality of its overall podcast with each new episode; Committed to having more bilingual information and content moving forward

A FEW WORDS FROM THE DNC

DNC on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

DNC Chair Tom Perez, DNC CEO Seema Nanda, DNC Vice Chair Congresswoman Grace Meng, and DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong released the following statement on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:

“This month, we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, commemorating the history of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and their contributions to our country. From the Chinese Americans who fought school segregation in Mississippi and San Francisco and the Japanese Americans who fought against discrimination during World War II to the Filipino Americans who stood side by side with Latino migrant workers during the Delano Grape Strike, AAPIs have been instrumental in our country’s steady march toward equality and justice.

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“Democrats believe that diversity is our country’s greatest strength. As we observe Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we recommit ourselves to standing alongside our AAPI brothers and sisters who are fighting to create a more inclusive society, and electing leaders who will stand up against Trump’s attempts to tear AAPI communities and families apart.”

Full text here

DNC Announces 20th Annual LGBTQ Gala Celebrating 50 Years Since Stonewall

Every LGBTQ Member of the House Democratic Majority, Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown to attend

Fresh off helping elect the largest number of LGBTQ members Congress has ever seen, the Democratic National Committee will host its 20th Annual LGBTQ Gala in New York City on June 17. Attending the event will be DNC Chair Tom Perez, along with every LGBTQ member of the new House Democratic majority, and special guest Queer Eye star Karamo Brown, who will highlight the historic progress the LGBTQ community has made since Stonewall 50 years ago.

Additional speakers and celebrity guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

“In 2018 we reset expectations across the country of who runs for office and who we support as candidates. In the 116th Congress, there are more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community than ever before. Together we are working to ensure that everyone's voice is heard and everyone has access to opportunity. I'm proud to be a part of this new House Majority -- and a co-chair of the Equality Caucus -- as we work towards these goals, “ said Rep. Sharice Davids

Full text here

National Finance Chair of the DNC, Henry Munoz will be stepping down

Full text here

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April Meeting Minutes

Please see the April Meeting Minutes here

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MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING DAGT

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING DAGT
March 30,2019
Casa Convento Concepción in Antigua

At 11:05am, the secretary determined that we had met our quorum of  25.  There were 26 members in attendance, and we had 10 proxies which totaled 36. The secretary also noted that we now have a total of 502 members which is an increase from the 470 reported in 2018.The official membership count with the DPCA in 2019 is 498.  The difference is due to new members joining since the official count.

The Chair welcomed the members and introduced the officers in attendance, and then presented the agenda.

EXCOM members present: John Chudy, Chair; Mary Lou Ridinger, Vice Chair;  Tom Totino, Treasurer; Kee Evans, Events/membership/Fundraising Coordinator ; Lyn Totino, Secretary; Annie Vanderboom, Member at Large; Dave Evans, Member at Large; Rachel Shenyo, Occidente MeetUp Group Deputy Chair; Juan Pablo Aris, Counsel (interim).

First on the agenda was a summary of the minutes of the AGM of 2018 which was read to the members. The minutes were approved unanimously.

Next on the agenda was the treasurer’s report. As required by our bylaws, Tom Totino, Treasurer, summarized the past year’s accounts for the general membership.  As a preamble to his report Tom mentioned that the numbers presented were in Quetzals not dollars, that the figures presented were summarized for presentation purposes -- a detailed report is presented to the ExCom at monthly meetings, that numbers in brackets represent negative amounts and finally that our fiscal year runs from March 1 through the end of February.  He spoke about three things; Income and Expenses, Cash Flow and gave a three year comparison.

Our gross income was Q10,320.  Our total expenses were Q12,058 giving us a net loss of Q1,738.  He mentioned that we had a very succesful potluck and raffle at Len Clark’s home which netted Q2,775.  We also made money selling hats and calendars which brought in Q1,679 and we made another Q865 showing movies. He also mentioned the generous donation of Q768 made by Dave and Kee Evans.  This income was offset primarily by the Q4,169 we spent registering voters and the Q2,565 in costs associated with hosting the July 4th Sundowner event. As far as our cash flow, we started with Q6,451 and subtracting this year’s loss we end the year with Q4,713. Finally, Tom mentioned that the three year comparison shows that our expenses were about the same as the previous year.  However, our income was considerably less this year because last year we had a direct email fund drive that brought in over Q3,000.  There were no questions and the motion to accept the report was seconded on passed unanimously.

Next, Kee Evans, Events Coordinator, presented a summary of the DAGT events held in 2018. There were seven voter registration events held at Enlaces in Antigua throughout the year--in March, April, June, August, September, October and February. Kee stressed that there was great participation by people requesting ballots for the 2018 General Election.  People called and emailed Kee up to the last minute just to be able to vote in that extremely important election.  There was a Voter Registration event at Enlaces in February 2019 that not one member attended.  This is because there is no general election this year.  However, Kee hoped members would keep up the momentum from the 2018 election.  She stressed that members should submit a new FPCA each and every year to ensure they will not be purged from their state’s voter rolls. The next Voter Registration event will be after Easter.

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Updates and Things to Know

Call to 2019 DPCA Global Meeting

45 Day Announcement -- April 2, 2019:

Democrats Abroad will hold our 2019 DPCA Global Meeting on May 17-19, 2019 at the 20 F Conference Center, 20 F St NW, in Washington D.C. (across the street from Union Station). Find out more information about the meeting at the registration page here.

Schedule:

The DPCA Global Meeting will be called to order at 9am Friday morning, May 17th and will end at 5pm on Sunday May 19th, Eastern time. A draft agenda will be available soon.

  • The AP Regional Meeting will be held on Friday, May 17th, at 8am Eastern 
  • The Americas Regional Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 18th, at 8am Eastern
  • The EMEA Regional Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 18th, at 8am Eastern.


Resolutions:
The deadline for submitting resolutions to be considered at the Global Meeting is 30 days out, or the end of the day (Eastern time) on April 17.  If you have questions or would like to submit a resolution, please write to the Resolutions Committee Chair Susan Vaillant or Resolutions Secretary Will Bakker at resolutions@democratsabroad.org.

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A Great Annual General Meeting!

Thank you all for a successful and well attended AGM for Democrats Abroad - Guatemala!

There were approximately 35 folks in attendance between in-person attendees and proxies.

We want to congratulations to the election winners and (re-)introduce them to all.

For elected offices, our new Excom includes:

  • Chair: John Chudy
  • Vice Chair: Mary Lou Ridinger
  • Secretary: Lyn Totino
  • Treasurer: Tom Totino
  • Counsel: Juan Pablo Aris
  • Member at Large: Dave Evans
  • Member at Large: Hyungjoon Jin

 Non-elected officers were ratified by acclamation by the membership in attendance. These officers include:

  • Media Contact & Communications Chair: Scotney Young
  • Issues/Special Events Chair: Kee Evans
  • Membership/Voter Registration Chair: Kee Evans
  • Fundraising Chair: Kee Evans
  • Guatemala City MeetUp Group Chair: (Vacant)
  • Lake Atitlán MeetUp Group Chair: Traci Styner; Madeline Kreider Carlson (Acting) 
  • Occidente MeetUp Group Chair: Sara Castellano; Rachael Shenyo (Acting)

We also want to thank and recognize members for their financial and/or outstanding volunteer contributions to DAGT during the past year or previous years. We could not make an impact without you!

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Minutes of Annual General Meeting of 2018

Read the full minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 2018 here:


https://www.scribd.com/document/402887425/DAGT-2018-Annual-Meeting-Minutes







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DAGT Annual General Meeting

Please don't forget the Annual General Meeting of the full membership of Democrats Abroad Guatemala on Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Casa Convento Concepción, 4ta Calle No. 41, in Antigua Guatemala.

Our bylaws require that we have on hand a quorum of 25 members in order to carry out business, so if you can't attend in person, then give your proxy to someone who will be attending by completing a proxy form (click here) and returning it either to our Secretary, Lyn Totino, or to our events chairperson, Kee Adams Evans (instructions are on the form). All you need to do is download the proxy form into WORD, type in your information, save it with your name, for example, DA_Guatemala_Proxy_John Doe, and return it to Lyn or Kee as an email attachment.  It’s best to mark your proxy GENERAL, and TRANSFERABLE.

AGENDA

  1. Secretary’s Report – 2018 Minutes Approval
  2. Treasurer’s Report and 2018 Accounts Approval
  3. Communications Media Contact Report – 2018 activities
  4. Events Coordinator Report for 2018
    • events scheduled for 2019
  5. MeetUp Group Chair reports
  6. Chairperson’s Report of 2018
  7. Election of officers for 2019-2021 term
  8. Recognition of significant volunteers and donors
  9. DPCA Global Meeting Washington, DC, May 17-19, 2019
  10. Update your FPCA now
  11. Other items and recommendations from the floor
  12. Adjournment

Coffee and cookies will be available. DA members and U.S. Citizens invited.

You can also find the meeting minutes for the February Excom meeting here

Further questions can be directed to: John Chudy at: 7832-4581 and mayadems@yahoo.com

 

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

 


Update on Tax Filing from Abroad Research

Dear Global, EMEA, AP and Americas Leaders,

Democrats Abroad has published its 2019 research on the tax filing and financial account reporting experience of Americans abroad. Click here to download the report entitled "Tax Filing From Abroad: Research on Non-Resident Americans and U.S. Taxation." At this link there is a short summary of the findings.
Many, many thanks to all who supported the DemsAbroad Taxation Task Force in the distribution of our survey instrument. We are so grateful for your help.


MEETINGS WITH CONGRESS NEXT WEEK
Next week a delegation of Tax Task Force members and others are on Capitol Hill to share the research and resume discussions with legislators about residency based taxation. We are, as usual, asking you to encourage your members to call or write to their elected representatives in support of our recommended reforms. This is an up-to-date campaign guide (call scripts, language for letters/emails/postcards, links to find your Congresspeople) you can share with your members that will help them make those calls and write those messages. All outreach is good outreach - in fact it is essential for pushing for reform. Thanks in advance for your help.
Our first meeting of the week is with the sponsor of the Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act, introduced on the last sitting day of the 115th Congress and proposing a switch from our current system of citizenship based taxation to residency based taxation. As you know from our report on the bill, it was not a perfect bill but it serves as a valuable marker that there is sponsorship in Congress for real expat tax reform - and of course it is a wonderful milestone for expat tax advocates who have been working so long and so hard pushing for change. We look forward to providing updates on the bill (the design elements need work for it to attract cosponsors) and the plan by proponents to move it forward.
Please send through questions and comments to taxationtf@democratsabroad.org.


Democratically yours,
DEMOCRATS ABROAD TAXATION TASK FORCE
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Message from the US Embassy - Passport Renewal by Mail

You may qualify to have your passport renewed by mail so you won’t have to go to the embassy. Read more below!

U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

February 26, 2019

Subject: U.S. citizen adult passport renewals by mail

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a new program that will allow qualified adult U.S. citizens to renew their passports through courier service, eliminating the need to visit the U.S. Embassy. The program begins March 4, 2019.

We encourage all qualified U.S. citizen adults who need to renew their passports to take advantage of this opportunity.

Who qualifies for this program:

Adult U.S. citizens who previously held a U.S passport. Please click here to see if you qualify. This link also contains instructions on mailing in your passport and renewal application.

Assistance:

· U.S. Embassy Guatemala City https://gt.usembassy.gov/

Tel. (502) 2326-4000

Amcitsguatemala@state.gov

· State Department - Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

· Guatemala Country Information

· Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

· Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Embajada de Estados Unidos en la Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala (26 de febrero, 2019)

Ubicación: Guatemala

Situación: Renovación de pasaportes estadounidenses para adultos a través de correspondencia.

La Embajada de los Estados Unidos se complace en anunciar un nuevo programa que permitirá a ciudadanos estadounidenses adultos calificados a renovar su pasaporte a través de correspondencia, eliminando la necesidad de una visita a la Embajada de los Estados Unidos. El programa inicia el 4 de marzo de 2019.

Exhortamos a todos los ciudadanos estadounidenses adultos calificados que necesitan renovar sus pasaportes que aprovechen esta oportunidad.

¿Quién califica para el programa?

Ciudadanos estadounidenses adultos que previamente tenían un pasaporte estadounidense. Por favor haga click aquí para saber si usted califica.

Asistencia:

· Embajada de Estados Unidos en la Ciudad de Guatemala https://gt.usembassy.gov/es/

Tel. (502)2326-4000

Amcitsguatemala@state.gov

· Asuntos Consulares – Departamento de Estado

888-407-4747 ó 202-501-4444

· Información Específica de Guatemala

· Registrarse para recibir avisos de seguridad a través del Programa STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, por sus siglas en Inglés)

· Síganos en Facebook y Twitter

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DNC Launches New Program: Organizing Corps 2020

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DNC Launches New Program: Organizing Corps 2020

With a focus on mentoring students from communities of color, the newly launched Organizing Corps 2020 program will ensure the eventual Democratic nominee has the support of 1,000 homegrown field organizers in 7 key states. 

The basics…

  • The DNC and state Democratic parties in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, in partnership with 270 Strategies and Collective PAC, are launching 'Organizing Corps 2020' -  with the goal to recruit, pay, and train young people, focused on young people of color, to work on the 2020 presidential cycle, starting this year!
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