March for Our Lives Events: Julia Bryan

I know that many of you are already planning a rally or march to support the March for Our Lives events in the US around March 14th and 24th. That's great to hear! We want to make sure we can advertise these globally, so as you plan them do contact with a link to your event's page on the website. We've also been in touch with the March for Our Lives organizers so we will hopefully be able to add everyone's events to their site as well.

To help support your preparation, the Comms team will be preparing a sample press release, talking points and social posts for both Facebook and Twitter. As well, in case it is useful, we have a statement and an excerpt from our platform up on the site regarding our position on gun control. We will also be running a global online vigil for those who are not near an event.

Statement and excerpt: A Call for Common Sense Gun Legislation:

If you decide to plan an event around the March, consider checking in with partner organizations near you regarding their participation - partnering together is a great way to grow attendance. It's also a great way to meet Americans who might not be members but are concerned about gun control - and who you can speak to later about voting.

Please get in touch if you have questions about hosting a rally or a march and check out the following resources on the wiki.

Guidance for DA Marches, Demonstrations and Vigils:

For further inspiration, here is a story about DA Toronto's vigil last weekend:

If you've already planned an event drop me a line - I'd love to hear about it!

All the best,

Julia Bryan

International Chair, Democrats Abroad

m: +420603447070 | skypeid: jbryan822


Update from Julia Bryan

Hats off to Will Bakker, the EMEA team, and Madrid hosts, and also to the 100 plus leaders who met in Madrid this weekend for this year’s EMEA regional meeting. Highlights included GOTV and other trainings, a motivating speech by Howard Dean, and workshops and presentations by several of our global caucuses.

A reminder, the DPCA Annual General Meeting is in Tokyo, May 25-27. Check out hotel information and find out more about the Shinigawa area of Tokyo, where we’ll meet. We’re looking forward to great speakers from the DNC and a jam packed weekend.

To stay in country committee compliance, don’t forget to reply to Jeffrey Chen, our International Secretary, about your bylaws and annual membership certification.The deadline is in 5 days, on February 20.

Have you scheduled your annual general meeting yet? AGMs are also part of each country committee’s compliance requirements and are great ways to motivate your members, let them know what you achieved last year, and what you are working on this year. Checkthe wiki for basics on holding an AGM.

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 and he'll send you the link to the meeting.

Thank you for all that you do!



Julia Bryan

International Chair, Democrats Abroad

Mark your calendars

Black History Month – February 1-28

Membership Verification and Bylaws due – February 20th

Earl Fowlkes webinar – February 28th, 2pm DC time

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

2018 GOTV calendar:


DAGT ExCom Minutes: February 6th, 2018

Minutes of the Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad Guatemala

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Dave’s & Kee’s house/Via Skype

Attendance: In person: John Chudy, Chair; Tom Totino, Treasurer; Kee Kalwara, Events/Membership/Fundraising Coordinator; Lyn Totino, Secretary; Letty Manne, Consul; Ann Thornton, Member; Rachel Shenyo, Xela MeetUp Chair.

Via Skype: Tracy Styner, Lake Atitlan MeetUp Chair; Hyungjoon Jin, Guatemala City MeetUp Chair and Annie Vanderboom, Member-at-Large.

Call to Order - 5:35 pm

The agenda and minutes of the previous EXCOM minutes were approved unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report:

Our Net Worth currently stands at Q4,887.00 which includes cash on hand plus Q2,882 ‘accounts receivable’ from John for funds collected thru paypal and for selling hats and calendars at the regional meeting. Additionally, Tom reported that the Revue was paid Q600 for February’s ad using Q290 from cash and the balance Q310 being offset by the credit the Revue had from DCPA funds sent in 2016. This is the largest balance we have had since June 2015. He noted that we collected Q2,327 from our fund drive, Q1,548 from sale of hats and another Q842 from calendar sales. Finally he noted that after paying for lunches and space rental for the retreat Democrats Abroad Guatemala was only out of pocket Q196 for the Policy Retreat. The report was accepted unanimously.

Americas Regional Meeting in San Jose, CR:

Letty and Ann shared their thoughts about the meeting. Ann expressed optimism about the Meetings. She felt the presentations were interesting and well-done. They both commented on the enthusiasm of the youth caucus. Letty talked about the Canadian caucus and their well organized ‘trolling to strolling’ events. They stand outside events and talk to attendees as a way to inform and recruit new members. We discussed whether or not this approach could be used in Guatemala. Considering how small our chapters are this might not be possible.

John discussed DA Costa Rica which is the oldest in the Americas. They are constantly renewing their leadership and ideas. John noted that the group is active and have a monthly meeting for all members in San Jose. Kee proposed the idea of a platform meeting of the EXCOM in Guatemala where we would discuss what we want and then present this ‘platform’ to the entire membership. Timing would be an issue: before or after midterms. No decisions were made about this but it could result in organizing principles to guide our group.

Events for 2018:

Film Series:

Mary Lou let us know that we could show films at CCC on Mondays and Thursdays as well as Fridays. Our February film will be Marshall which will be shown at CCC on Thursday, February 22. March’s film, LBJ, will be shown on Thursday, March 15. April’s film, A Bold Peace, will be shown on Monday, April 23. The films will begin at 6:30 pm. Popcorn and beer and wine will be sold. Tom will make sure the dates are OK. We will hopefully have better attendance than we have had on Fridays.

Voter Registration Events:

Tracy has two events scheduled: one on February 18 from 2 to 4 pm at Posada de Santiago, Lago Atitlan and one on February 24 from 1 to 4 pm at Solomon’s Porch in Panajachel. Rachel will schedule events in Xela and Huehuetenango between February and April. Hyung will be holding events in the capital. Antigua will hold events on February 17 and March 10 at Enlaces from 11am to 2pm. Hopefully these events will be better attended than the first Antigua event which had 3 people.

Once again FPCASs will be mailed via the embassy. It was noted that ballots no longer need to be postmarked from abroad except in a few States.

Events may be advertised in the Revue and also on some local radio stations which will reach dual citizens in San Marcos, Xela and Huehuetenango.

Other Items:

Phonebanking: John has prepared scripts for EXCOM to follow when phoning DA members about registering for and voting in upcoming elections. We will be receiving lists based on our locations so that we will be talking to people we know. We have 470 DAGT members and it is vital to make sure they all register and vote.

The Annual General Meeting will take place at CCC on March 17 from 11am to 1pm.

Travel Notes: Dave will be gone until March 2. Tom and Lyn will be gone from April 3 to 20. Letty from March 12 to April 5.

Adjourned: 7:15 pm.


The Truth about DNC Fundraising By DNC Finance Chair Henry Muñoz

The Truth about DNC Fundraising
By DNC Finance Chair Henry Muñoz

In 2017, the Democratic National Committee raised $65.9 million. That’s more than in any off-cycle year since 2011, and more than we raised in 2005 and 2007, years that preceded the Democratic takeover of both chambers of Congress and the election of Barack Obama, respectively. And that total doesn’t even include the money raised by the DNC last year for its new Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund, which provides critical additional funds to help our state parties.

How are we doing this? Not only are we seeing an increase in donor confidence, but we are witnessing record grassroots fundraising. Nearly two-thirds of our total contributions are $200 or less with an average online donation of $21. This is happening because people are excited to elect Democrats. Look no further than last year’s marquee races.

In Virginia, donor enthusiasm allowed us to invest $1.5 million to elect Ralph Northam governor and put him in a strong position to actually govern by flipping 15 seats in the House of Delegates from red to blue — a feat the likes of which we haven’t seen the state since the late 19th Century.

In Alabama, our Republican counterpart cut big checks at Donald Trump’s behest in a desperate attempt to bail out an alleged child molester. We took a different approach and rode a wave of grassroots enthusiasm powered by over 40,000 contributors. The result: nearly $ 1 million, including almost $700,000 directly to the Doug Jones campaign, that funded African American and millennial outreach, data, tech, research, and boots on the ground.

Our debt is at its lowest point for an off-cycle year since 2009 and we have more cash on hand than we had in 2005 and 2007 — years that both preceded major Democratic wave elections. And two-thirds of our contribution revenue last year came from grassroots donors giving small-dollar contributions (less than $200).

Still, a number of reports have been published this week ignoring these upward trends and highlighting the disparity in fundraising between the DNC and RNC as if it’s news. It isn’t. Let’s look at the last off-year that Democrats were completely out of power: 2005. The RNC outraised the DNC by $51 million. What happened in 2006? A Democratic takeover of both houses of Congress. Fast forward to 2007. The RNC outraised the DNC by over $30 million. The next year, Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States of America and Democrats padded their majorities in both the House and Senate.

Here’s the bottom line: The leader of the Republican Party is a billionaire fighting for billionaires. Until last week, their finance chair — my Republican counterpart — was casino mogul Steve Wynn, a man accused by multiple employees of a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct. And the GOP’s one real legislative achievement last year was slashing taxes for the wealthy in a system rigged to favor the 1%. So there’s nothing surprising about their ability to attract big donations from the likes of the Koch brothers to pad their war chest — money is #1 on their list of values and it shows.

But all the same, Democrats are winning on the most important scoreboard in politics — we’re winning elections.

Since Trump took office, we’ve won over 100 local and state elections and flipped 34 state legislative seats from red to blue. We’ve picked up seats in deep red districts in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Iowa. And we’ve won critical races in Virginia, New Jersey, and Alabama, where Doug Jones just became the state’s first Democratic senator to be elected in 25 years.

We’re winning because Democrats are fighting for working families, for people struggling to make it into the middle class, and for people who didn’t inherit their wealth. And we’re winning because we’re investing in organizing in every ZIP code, building up our state parties, and getting people registered to vote.

This is just the beginning. On Tuesday, November 6th, votes will be counted across the country in an election that could be historic for the Democratic Party. Enthusiasm for our candidates is growing every day, and we’re making unprecedented investments to ensure that we’ll cross the finish line victorious on Election Day. But we need all the help we can get. Every single dollar in every small donation helps to strengthen our party and elect Democrats up and down the ballot. Either Democrats will take control or Trump will continue pushing his divisive policies. The time to take action is now.


Letter from Washington to Democrats Abroad

Letter from Washington
To Democrats Abroad
31 January 2018
Tom Fina
Executive Director Emeritus

Last night Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address. At 80 minutes, with applause, it fell just short of Bill Clinton’s 89 minutes in 2000. And, unlike vintage Trump, it had been purged of his usual Twitter insults that the NYT put at 426 during his first year in office. But, it continued his practice since taking office of 2,140 false or misleading claims that the Washington Post caught by mid-January. Its Fact Checker ticked off 18 more last night.

After a few days more than a year in office, his approval by the public has remained around 40% with about 55% disapproving. At this point in their terms, Obama scored 51% approval, George W. Bush 87% and Clinton, 54%. Bush benefited from his response to the Sept 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda attacks in New York.

Public opinion about the President matters because of the implications that it has for the mid-term elections in November of this year. Right now, Republicans control both the White House and the two Houses of Congress. All of the seats in the House of Representatives will be up for election and 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate. At present, Republicans control the Senate 51 to 47 and would lose control if they lost only 2 Senate seats. They have 238 of the 435 seats in the House. Democrats would have to pick up 24 seats to have a majority there.
There are 40 Republicans and 16 Democrats who have announced that they will not run for re-election in the House. It is easier to win an open seat than to defeat an incumbent. That suggests that Democrats have more chance of picking up seats than do Republicans in November.

Generic polling in January 2018 gave Democrats a 5-point lead over Republicans, with 49 percent of registered voters saying they would support Democrats and 44 percent of voters saying they would support Republicans. That is a drop in the Democratic majority from 2017 when they had an 18 point lead.

Since World War II, the party controlling the White House has lost about 36 House seats in mid-term elections.

When the President has an approval rating of less than 50%, as Trump does now, his party loses 33 seats.

These two historic patterns suggest that Democrats have a chance to win control of both the House and Senate in November.

The recent elections in NJ, VA and AL provide additional reasons for Democratic optimism. The Democratic candidate in NJ won by 56% to 42%, the candidates in VA with 53% to 45% and Doug Jones won in AL on December 2017 with 49.97% to 43.34% in a solid red state.

That is all welcome news for us Democrats at a moment when so many Democratic achievements from FDR to Obama are being scrapped by the Trump administration. Secretary of the Interior Zinke’s war on national parks and monuments to open them to commercial exploitation. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s push to fund private schools rather than public schools. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s long history of opposition to the EPA which he sued repeatedly to block its enforcement of environmental laws. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney has stripped enforcement powers from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau office that specializes in pursuing cases against financial firms for breaking discrimination laws. Trump has refused to reappoint the remarkable Janet Yellen to Chair the Federal Reserve. It is safe to say that if Obama did it, Trump will undo it - if he can.

The only way to end these and more depredations is to elect a Democratic majority in the House and Senate. Only a determined Congressional majority can curb the wanton rampage that the narcissistic psychopath roaming the White House, with the complicity of the Republican Members of Congress, promises for next three years. Gear up for November!

DA Guatemala

Non-partisan Voter Registration

Antigua & Lake Atitlan

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


6a Avenida Norte No. 1

La Antigua Guatemala

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

27 January-done

17 February

10 March

Registration Lake Atitlan


Posada de Santiago

18 February

2:00pm - 4:00pm


Solomon's Porch

24 February

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Watch for additional dates in Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City and other locations For more information, contact Kee Kalwara at (Antigua) or Traci Styner (Lake Atitlan)

From Julia Bryan: February

It’s Black History Month, and Angela Fobbs and the Black Caucus have begun the month with an excellent kickoff article.

There are lots of great ways to celebrate in your committee – consider a movie night, or an article or book discussion. More resources and ideas here:

This week’s Tiny Action asks our members to support Congressional bills protecting Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation. We also have advice up for preparing for rallies and protests, which we encourage all country committees to review.

The EMEA regional meeting is right around the corner, on February 9-10th. If you haven’t signed up yet, register now. Don’t miss out on dinner with Howard Dean!

We have thousands of members who aren’t contactable by email – but are by phone. Join our current global Phone Only Phonebanking campaign to call these voters and remind them to send in their ballot requests now.

Many thanks to the country committee leaders who have worked hard on DA’s 2018 membership verification these last few weeks. Particular thanks goes to the IT team, led by Shari Temple, which has spent countless hours helping to clean up the database in preparation for today’s count. They have done a remarkable job and I encourage you all to reach out and thank the team for their efforts.

Our next ExCom meeting is today at 8am DC time. We will not be meeting next week due to the upcoming EMEA meeting, but will reconvene on February 15th. (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, just get in touch with Jeffrey at and he'll send you the link to the meeting.

Thank you for all that you do!



Julia Bryan

International Chair, Democrats Abroad

Mark your calendars

Black History Month – February 1-28

EMEA Regional Meeting – February 9-10th (Madrid)

Howard Dean event – February 10th (Madrid)

Membership Verification and Bylaws due – February 20th

Earl Fowlkes webinar – February 28th, 2pm DC time

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

2018 GOTV calendar:

GOTV Phonebank Trainings:

Sunday, February 4, 2am ET


Study Abroad Team

I'm really pleased to announce the formation of a new global team - the Study Abroad Outreach team.

Led by Becky Leach-Seymour (Switzerland), the team will be focused on helping get out the vote amongst the hundreds of thousands of Americans who study abroad each year. Becky is in the process of growing her team, and would like to hear from you if you are interested in joining. More from Becky below!


Julia Bryan

Dear Leaders,

2018 will be a very active year as we build a new program, develop and grow partnerships with global study abroad organizations and help country committees create and implement their own study abroad outreach plans. We are looking for people with a variety of skills and passions, including those who are:

•Excited about working with college students! Interested in learning about study abroad programs and how to market to and motivate college students to vote.

•Comfortable building networks and coordinating the efforts of multiple stakeholders (i.e. country committees, study abroad organizations, College Democrats, universities, etc.)

•Social Media savvy, interested in finding and reaching Study Abroad students where they naturally communicate online.

•Detail oriented, comfortable with online research and spreadsheets.

•Past or present Study Abroad participants who have insight into reaching their peers.

If you are interested in joining the Study Abroad Team, apply here:

If you have any questions about the Study Abroad Team, please email me at

We have a lot of work to do to be ready for the 2018 elections, but we’re excited to hit the ground running!

  Best wishes,

Becky Leach-Seymour

Study Abroad Team Lead


VFA usage over the weekend (Sat-Mon) by country

Below are the stats for VFA usage over the weekend (Sat-Mon) by country. This includes both people that joined/already member of DA and ones that did not join. Hopefully many, many more learned about VFA and will use it soon. I’d like to point out the in Munich we registered/requested ballots for 22 people after our march. We had a 2 tablets along with a portable WIFI printer that we used. We printed the ballot request, provided envelops and stamps, and pointed them to the post box right outside the restaurant door. This was a pilot of the tablet and printer (~€300 for the pair) that we were trying out in Munich and Berlin before buying for other chapters. It worked well. If you are interested in what equipment we used, check with Hilary Bown –

  Country VFA Registrations

  Germany 41

United Kingdom 38

China 34

Canada 21

Australia 16

Ecuador 13

France 9

Greece 8

Mexico 8

Switzerland 8

Spain 7

Czech Republic 6

Italy 6

Sweden 6

United States 5

Brazil 4

Austria 3

Japan 3

Luxembourg 3

Netherlands 3

United Arab Emirates 3

Hong Kong 2

Belgium 1

Denmark 1

Guatemala 1

Norway 1

New Zealand 1

Panama 1

Taiwan 1

Tanzania 1


Shari Temple DA Global IT Team Chair

DA Germany Voting Representative

+49-8161-232-154 (Germany)

+49-151-212-00115 (Germany - mobile)


AMERICAS REGIONAL MEETING : Friday, January 26th, 2018

Friend --

The Americas Regional Meeting is days away! The agenda offers a hands-on learning experience with ample time for the exchange of ideas and discussion with other members in the region. If you're not going to be there in person, all the presentations and discussions are available live via WebEx. We urge you to sign up. There is a $15 donation requested for you to participate. Payment can be made via PayPal using the email: It is not necessary to have a PayPal account to make a payment. All credit cards are accepted. WebEx credentials will be sent to you upon receipt of payment.

AMERICAS REGIONAL MEETING Friday, January 26th, 2018

8:00 - 9:00 am

  •Opening Remarks – RVC Jody Quinnell

•Sandra Piszk – Official Welcome from Costa Rica Government

•Global Chair Julia Bryan

•Vice-Chair – Alex Montgomery

•Kathy Rothschild - DACR Welcome

9:00 - 10:00 am

Country Introductions – PPP presented by each Country Chair

10:00 - 10:30 am By-laws introduction by Sam Stone Americas Counsel

11:00 - 11:50 am Membership – the ins and outs of Nation Builder by Rex Ageton IT

11:50 -12:05 pm Global Treasurer introduction by Lissette Wright

12:05 - 12:55 pm Using WebEx for Fundraising and other ideas by Steve Nardi

 1:00 - 2:30 pm Ana Gabriela Zuniga Aponte Presidential Minister speaking about LGBT and indigenous rights

2:30 - 3:30 pm Using Social Media – Presenter TBA

3:30- 4:00 pm Caucus Introductions - PPP presented by a designated member

4:00 - 5:00 pm DNC Update & the relationship between DA& DNC by Ken Sherman

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

9:00 - 9:45 am Keynote Address on leadership -Harry Strachan

9:45 - 10:30 am GOTV Planning – presentation & discussion

11:00 - 12:00 pm Phone Banking Training and discussion

12:00 - 1:00 pm Voter Registration Training - Kathy Rothschild

2:00 - 3:00 pm Roundtable on Registration issues, i.e. mailing systems, etc.

3:00- 3:15 pm Closing remarks

We look forward to you joining us you online.

Jody Quinnell RVC Americas

Kathy Rothschild Deputy RVC Americas

Democrats Abroad