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.


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.

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

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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:


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.


  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


DA Guatemala


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.

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

Democratically yours,

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.


· U.S. Embassy Guatemala City

Tel. (502) 2326-4000

· 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.


· Embajada de Estados Unidos en la Ciudad de Guatemala

Tel. (502)2326-4000

· 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


DNC Launches New Program: Organizing Corps 2020

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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DNC Update: Presidential Debate Format – 2 Nights of Fun!

Hi Friends,

While President Trump declared a national emergency and then went golfing this weekend, the Democratic Party was hard at work building the necessary infrastructure to win in 2020. Huge strides were made this week on both the first two Democratic debates as well as the Democratic data ecosystem.

Here’s what you need to know:


The DNC announced NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo will host the first of our presidential primary debates, which will be in June. We also announced that CNN will host the second debate in July.

The Stage:

  • Because of the historic size of the field, both the first and second debates will have the option of being held over two consecutive nights. This is unprecedented and the result of a strong negotiation by the DNC.
  • The candidates will be assigned a night by random selection, so there is no “kids table” debate.
  • We’ve committed to doing the first two debates in primetime on weekday nights - these are not weekend debates.  
  • The first debate will be on NBC, so it will be broadcast and available on antenna TV, as well as through cable on MSNBC. The first two debates will also be streamed online for free, so folks without cable will have a lot of options.

Candidate Thresholds:

  • In the past, primary candidates have qualified for the debate stage by meeting a polling requirement. For the first two debates, we’re introducing a new metric - grassroots fundraising - to accompany a traditional polling requirement.
  • To meet our polling threshold, a candidate must reach at least 1% support in at least three reputable polls.
    • The DNC has provided a list of a wide array of reputable and established polls that it will use to qualify candidates, and that list includes both national and early state surveys.
  • To meet the grassroots fundraising threshold, a candidate must receive donations from 65,000 unique donors, with at least 200 unique donors per state in a minimum of 20 states.
    • The DNC reached this criteria after consultation with the digital community, including ActBlue, on historical trends in small donor fundraising and expectations for this cycle.
    • This grassroots fundraising requirement measures a candidate’s strength with small-dollar donors. Setting this benchmark for campaigns encourages and rewards them for engaging in work that the DNC believes they absolutely must do in order to beat Donald Trump.


While this update may have flown under the radar, a strong data ecosystem is one of the most critical assets out eventual Democratic nominee needs to win in 2020. This week, we announced a historic agreement that will give the nominee and our candidates more and better data.  

About the Plan:

  • Whether you’re working for a campaign or an outside group, whenever you talk to a voter, the entire progressive community can benefit from the outreach.
  • Candidates across the country will be the beneficiaries of millions of dollars of investments in cutting-edge voter-contact strategies.
  • We’ve made overhauling Democratic technology and data a cornerstone of the DNC's work, which benefits Democrats and progressives everywhere. This allows all of us to run smarter, more efficient and effective campaigns.

As always, we’re more than happy to talk through what these changes might mean for you and how you can get involved. Thank you for your partnership and onward to 2020!

In Solidarity,


Allison Zelman
Director of States 


Travel Fund awards for the 2019 Global Meeting in Washington DC

In 2014, the DPCA voted to adopt a resolution establishing an internal travel fund to provide stipends to members who have shown commitment to Democrats Abroad and who have financial need to offset the costs of travel to our annual Global Meetings. We are a stronger organization when we have diverse in-person participation, and this fund is designed to increase the likelihood of physical attendance by individuals and country committees that have historically been under-represented at our global events due to financial constraints.

With great thanks to the International Executive Committee, and to everyone who will make donations to the Travel Fund, we are pleased to be able to award three awards of $500 each for 2019.

If you are able, please be sure to donate to this fund by going to the DONATE page of the DA website and selecting "2019 Travel Fund" as the Contribution Purpose.  Every contribution helps, whether it's $10 or $500.
We really need your help to keep the Travel Fund going.

We are now accepting Travel Fund applications for the Global Meeting in Washington DC (17-19 May 2019). All members of Democrats Abroad who have not received a Travel Award in the past five years are eligible to apply.
Any member of Democrats Abroad may apply. One does not need to be a DPCA Voting Member or hold an elected position to apply, but anyone not in an elected position must provide at least one letter of reference from an elected DPCA member at the time of application.
Please be sure to pass this information on to those in your membership who otherwise may not consider attending the meeting in Washington due to financial limitations.

Completed applications are due to the Committee Chair by 10:00 PM EST, 05 March 2019. We aim to notify recipients no later than 6:00 PM EDT 14 March 2019.

All information, including our Mission and Procedures and the 2019 application form can be found on the Travel Fund page of the Wiki.
Award recipients will be notified immediately upon selection, but please note that the stipends will be distributed as reimbursements given directly to the recipients during the 2019 Global Meeting in Washington DC. Full in-person attendance, barring a verifiable emergency, is required to receive the award.
Recipients will be required to submit travel receipts to the International Treasurer and Travel Fund Committee Chair no later than 03 May 2019.

And please help keep the Travel Fund alive by DONATING.

Best regards from the Travel Fund Committee,
Kari Hiepko-Odermann (DA-Ukraine)
Danielle Stampley (DA-Canada)
David White (DA-Lion City)
Kat Allikian (DA-New Zealand), Committee Chair

Updates from the DNC Chair

Updates from the DNC Chair:

Last week, longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone was arrested and charged with obstruction, witness tampering, and giving false statements. This indictment is the clearest evidence yet that the Trump campaign was a willing and active participant in a conspiracy with Russia and WikiLeaks to influence the 2016 election. There are more conspirators yet to be held accountable—and at least one of them is named Donald Trump.

What Was the Point of the Suffering Trump Caused?

Leaders in Washington finally reached an agreement to reopen the government that does not include funding for Trump’s unnecessary border wall. It’s virtually the same deal Trump should've accepted 35 days ago. So what was the point of all the pain that Donald Trump inflicted on federal workers? What was the point of the missed paychecks, the long lines at food banks, the chaos at our airports, and the sick children without health care? The longest shutdown in American history was avoidable, unnecessary, and disastrous for the country. And the American people know exactly who’s to blame: Donald Trump.

Thanks to the steadfast leadership of Democrats in Congress, hundreds of thousands of American workers will finally have a reprieve from the suffering Donald Trump has caused. Democrats have been prepared to work on a border security bill from the start of this ordeal; our leaders offered multiple proposals to keep the government open, including a strong bipartisan solution passed by voice vote in the Senate. And yet, Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress failed to do their jobs for 35 days. The American people will hold them accountable, and Democrats will fight tooth and nail to prevent a shutdown from happening again.

Supporting Our Democratic Mayors

Last week, I stopped by the National Conference of Democratic Mayors to talk about why their work is so important to our party and our country’s future. Mayors are the tip of the spear. They are on the front lines, leading the fights that matter most to working families across the country.

As a former local elected official myself, I have an acute appreciation for the work they do. And as DNC Chair, I’m proud that we’ve made critical investments over the last two years to help lift Democratic mayors to historic victories across the country. I look forward to building on our partnership with mayors and ensuring that our communities get the leadership they deserve.

Standing with the Transgender Community

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would allow the Trump administration to move forward with its ban on most transgender troops serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. This ban is nothing more than bigotry codified into law and an insult to all who have worn our nation’s uniform. Not only does it go against our values as Americans, it also makes us less safe. Make no mistake: Prejudice is not patriotism. And discrimination is not a national security strategy.

Democrats believe diversity is our nation’s strength.. We believe everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, no matter who you love or how you identify. The brave service members who defend our freedoms should be able live freely. And we will keep fighting for the transgender community and all those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our country.

Celebrating Dr. King’s Legacy Through Service

This past Monday, I joined several DNC staffers and the Thursday Network to assemble blankets and toiletry care packages for those who have unstable living conditions. Working by our side were many furloughed government employees. Even with the stress of not knowing when their next paycheck come from, they were still concerned with helping others. These Americans are public servants to their core.

The DNC is hosting a food drive with our donations going to The Capital Area Food Bank, the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger. Learn more here:


Tom Perez
Democratic National Committee