On this first Thanksgiving of the Trump era, let us pause and bask in the graciousness of second chances, and above all be thankful for the upcoming 2018 midterm elections which will present us the opportunity to put the brakes on some of Trump’s deconstruction of the administrative state. If the importance of the 2018 election opportunity needs to be underscored, I urge you to read the following commentary from today’s Washington Post, and below it, an email post from our colleague, Maureen Harwood, Democrats Abroad Canada, that includes two remarkable articles that juxtapose what we are facing. The Trump tax reform will do more than just ensure that the wealthy have lots to give their children. It will leave millions without health care, and will set the USA on backward path toward something more akin to a pre-Lincoln nineteenth century.
In case anyone needs more incentive to voice concerns to their US Senator - also included in this appalling tax bill are proposals aimed directly at US universities. Key Republican provisions would eliminate or reduce deductions on student loan repayments (including death or disability), tax tuition waivers for graduate students, and endowments for private universities. Note that vital and ground-breaking research comes from our universities' science labs, thanks to graduate students working for minimum wage. While the Senate is reportedly hedging on some of these provisions (let us hope) the overall thrust amounts to a full-fledged attack on US higher education.
There has been some coverage of this recently in the NYTimes and Washington Post. Two articles are linked below:
U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala
Message for U.S. Citizens
Visit of the U.S. Social Security Administration
December 11 and 12, 2017
Representatives from the U.S. Social Security Administration will visit Guatemala to provide social security services on December 11 and 12, 2017.
Beneficiaries are reminded that they must complete their annual or bi-annual report to the Social Security Administration and may drop off reports during the visit.
Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo – INGUAT - 7a. Avenida 1-17, Zona 4, 8o. Nivel, Guatemala City
December 11th and 12th 2017 - from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
No appointment is necessary.
For further information on traveling or residing in Guatemala:
See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. http://travel.state.gov/
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. https://step.state.gov/step/
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Our website also contains a wealth of information about the services we provide and information about local resources for American citizens. https://gt.usembassy.gov/u-s-
If our website does not contain the information you need, questions about routine matters can be sent by email to AmcitsGuatemala@state.gov. We will make every effort to respond to inquiries within 48 hours.
To schedule an appointment for services, please click here. https://evisaforms.state.gov/
For emergency services, contact the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, located at Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10, Guatemala Ciudad, Guatemala, at +502-2326-4000, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +502-2331-2354.
Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
Embajada de Estados Unidos en la Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Mensaje para ciudadanos estadounidenses
Visita de representantes de la oficina de Administración del Seguro Social
11 y 12 de diciembre, 2017
Representantes de la Oficina de Administración del Seguro Social de Estados Unidos visitarán Guatemala para proporcionar servicios de seguro social, el 11 y 12 de diciembre del 2017.
Se recuerda a los beneficiarios que deben completar y enviar su reporte anual o semestral (supervivencia) a la oficina de Administración del Seguro Social, o pueden entregarlo durante esta visita.
Lugar en donde se prestarán los servicios:
Edificio del Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo – INGUAT - 7a. Avenida 1-17, Zona 4, 8o. Nivel, Ciudad de Guatemala.
11 y 12 de diciembre 2017 de 8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.
No es necesario solicitar cita.
Para mayor información sobre viajes o residencia en Guatemala:
Visite la Página de Internet del Departamento de Estado para Precauciones a Nivel Mundial, Advertencias de Viaje, Alertas de Viaje y la información específica para Guatemala. https://travel.state.gov/
Regístrese a través del Programa STEP https://step.state.gov/step/ (Por sus siglas en inglés, Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) para recibir mensajes de seguridad y así poder localizarle con facilidad en una emergencia.
Síganos en Twitter y Facebook
Nuestra página de internet también contiene abundante información sobre los servicios que proporcionamos y sobre los recursos locales disponibles para ciudadanos estadounidenses. https://gt.usembassy.gov/u-s-
Si nuestro website no continene la información que usted necesita, puede enviar por correo electrónico consultas sobre nuestros servicios de rutina a la dirección Amcitsguatemala@state.gov Haremos todo lo posible por responderle dentro de las siguiente 48 horas.
Para concertar una cita para nuestros servicios, por favor presione aquí. https://evisaforms.state.gov/
If you or someone you know is a CO-6 voter -- stateside or abroad -- please consider calling into U.S. Representative Mike Coffman's upcoming tele-town hall.
The tele-town hall is scheduled for November 29th from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Mountain Time. Unfortunately, Congressman Coffman is one of those Republican politicians who is always SCARED OF HIS CONSTITUENTS aka “unavailable” to hold in-person town halls for one reason or another, so what his office is doing is first verifying that participants are actual CO-6 constituents through their online registration page, and then calling you at the scheduled starting time. I have participated in these kinds of telephone conference town halls before, and in the registration space where you give your info, include your foreign phone number in parentheses so the oddity gets noted by a staffer. Again, please feel free to share this info with anyone else from CO-6 to give them a chance to participate.
If you do participate in the tele-town hall, first thank Congressman Coffman for signing on to the House discharge petition to bring up a vote on the Dream Act (to save DACA participants from being mass deported). Secondly, ask him what he's doing, if anything, for his constituents who live abroad, what's he doing to help Colorado's growing Latino community, or anything else important to you. If he does give a response, please report back to us!
The congressman may have an impressive an impressive résumé, but his voting record is somewhere in-between "unimpressive" and "disgusting." Not to worry, though, we're keeping a close eye on him (and other Republicans)!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,
Dear all: some reflections from the campaign, the first battle in the fight for the soul of the Commonwealth and the country.
Americas Region Annual General Meeting
Costa Rica awaits you at the Americas Region Annual General Meeting. January is the perfect time to kick-start our "Get Out the Vote" campaign for the 2018 election, but, it is also one of the most desirable times to visit Costa Rica. Everything is still very green from the rainy season yet guaranteed warm and dry. Rooms are at a premium and hard to come by. We are grateful to our friends at the Hotel Bougainvillea for holding a block of rooms for us and offering them at a reduced rate. However, this offer expires November 30th. Time is running out.
Make your reservation today – January 25 – January 29th Americas AGM 2018.
Please find attached:
• Hotel Bougainvillea reservation form. Credit card is required to hold your room but not charged until you arrive. Please note that providing you stay at least two nights between January 25th & the 29th, then any days before or after will be at same favorable rate. Please return this form to us and we will turn them in all together to the Hotel Bougainvillea so that there will be no confusion or mix-ups.
• Registration form. Please fill this out so we have your contact information, your preferred housing choices, your arrival times and dates and any special requirements.
• Tour information form. Please note that the venue is in the center of the country in what is called a high tropical zone at 4000 feet. We are not near the beaches or the hot springs. Both worth a visit. Let us know if you want to take advantage while you’re here to see more of Costa Rica and we’ll gladly help you.
• Costs for CR Visit: Donation for meeting - contribution towards the meeting rooms rental, A/V equipment, printing and supplies. Activity charges are listed individually. Meeting donations and activity costs are payable to DACR by cash in person or via PayPal.
• Agenda -Copy of flyer
PLEASE PRINT OUT FORM(S), FILL THEM IN, SCAN OR TAKE A PICTURE OF THEM AND RETURN THEM, OR OPEN THEM IN MS WORD, ENABLE EDITING AND FILL IN YOUR INFORMATION. APOLOGIES, WE DID NOT HAVE TIME TO GENERATE SPECIAL FORMS.
•PLEASE CONTACT FOR ANY QUESTIONS
•USA number 212-222-7745
•CR number +506-2244-2247
Remember, we plan on having exciting speakers and meaningful workshops so that everyone can have a great time and take back a lot of useful information to their Country Committees and Chapters. Flyer is attached again to entice you. Whether you are a member or leader of a Country Committee, a member at large or a member of a new group in formation there is so much to see and learn at our upcoming meeting. We are urging to attend. We are so looking forward to seeing all of you.
Jody Quinnell, RVC Americas Region
Kathy Rothschild, Deputy RVC, Americas Region and Chair of DA Costa Rica
I thought you might find the following list of wins handy (and delightful too). Thank you for all the work you have done this year to help make this happen. Special thanks to our GOTV team, led by Heidi Burch and Eileen Weinburg, for all the time they have spent organizing phone banking, sending out detailed emails to special election voters, energizing volunteers and more. Many thanks to the phone bankers who have made these calls, and many thanks to the communications team who have helped get the message out as well You all are getting the job done and proving to the world that we are going to rock 2018!
All the best,
International Chair, Democrats Abroad
Ralph Northam is the governor-elect, Justin Fairfax is lieutenant governor-elect, and Mark Herring was re-elected attorney general.
Democrats flipped at least 14* House of Delegate seats including:
· Jennifer Carroll Foy (HD-02)
· Wendy Goodits (HD-10)
· Chris Hurst (HD-12)
· Danica Roem (HD-13)
· Kelly Fowler (HD-21)
· Elizabeth Guzman (HD-31)
· David Reid (HD-32)
· Kathy Tran (HD-42)
· Lee Carter (HD-50)
· Hala Ayala (HD-51)
· Karrie Delaney (HD-67)
· Dawn Adams (HD-68)
· Schuyler VanValkenberg (HD-72)
· Deborah Rodman (HD-73)
* No party has picked up more than 7 seats in a single House of Delegates election since 2001.
Democrats flipped the governor’s seat from red to blue by electing Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver. Vin Gopal flipped New Jersey’s 11th Senate District from red to blue. New Jersey became the 7th state in the US where Democrats control both legislative and executive branches.
Democrats flipped 2 mayoral seats by electing Vi Lyles in Charlotte and Mitch Colvin in Fayetteville. Vi Lyles is the first-ever African American woman to be elected mayor of Charlotte, while Mitch used his strong ties to the community to flip the Fayetteville mayoral seat from red to blue.
Democrats flipped the Manchester mayoral seat by electing Joyce Craig. Joyce is the first woman to ever serve as mayor of Manchester. Democrats flipped one seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives by electing Erika Connors to the Hillsborough County District 15 and held the Sullivan County District 1 by electing Brian Sullivan. In total, Democrats have now flipped six seats in New Hampshire from red to blue in 2017
Democrats re-elected Mayor Rick Kriseman to be the mayor of St. Petersburg.
Democrats re-elected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. New York Democrats re-elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Democrats flipped two House districts by electing Deborah Gonzalez (HD-117) and Jonathan Wallace (HD-119).
Democrats held Michigan’s 109th House District by electing Sara Cambensy.
Manka Dhingra's resounding victory in the Washington 45th state senate race successfully flipped control of the Washington State Senate to the Democrats.
They're not even dogs anymore. They're warriors, and they come back with all the same issues we do.
Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.
2017, 1hr 56min, PG13
Q20 Suggested Donation
Bring Your Own Drinks / Some Drinks Will Be For Sale
Popcorn Available at Q5 per Bag
Friday, November 17, 2017
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
BRING YOUR OWN TISSUES - THIS MOVIE WILL MAKE YOU CRY
Would you like to learn more about Phonebanking and Voter Registration to Get Out the Vote (GOTV) for the 2018 Elections?
We’ve set up an initial round of live Webex training sessions for DA volunteers interested in Phonebanking and helping with Voter Registration. These sessions are optional--sign up if you would like some more guidance for your GOTV efforts.
Phonebanking training is for anyone who wants additional support to set up a CallHub account and to get started with phonebanking. Voter Registration training will discuss best practices for setting up Voter Registration events and how to help overseas voters register to vote and request their ballots.
If you would like to sign up for Phonebanking and/or Voter Registration Training, please fill out this form: GOTV TRAINING - LIVE WEBEX SESSIONS
We have scheduled several sessions to allow DA volunteers in different parts of the world to access the training. Pick the one that is most convenient for you!
Scheduled dates and times are: [All times are Eastern Time (Washington, DC); Please convert to your time zone] :
•Phonebanking: Friday November 10 at 7pm ET
•Phonebanking: Saturday, November 11 at 9am ET
•Phonebanking: Thursday November 16 at 2pm ET
•Voter Registration: Thursday, November 9 at 1pm ET
•Voter Registration: Tuesday, November 14 at 3am ET
•Voter Registration: Wednesday, November 15 at 9am ET
If you have any questions, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heidi Burch and Eileen Weinberg, Co-Chairs Democrats Abroad GOTV Team
DA Voter Information Team
Dear DNC Member,
It was wonderful to be with so many of you in Las Vegas for our fall DNC meeting. I left the meeting inspired and energized and am looking forward to working with all of you to strengthen our party as we work to achieve victories up and down the ballot in 2017, 2018, and beyond.
As I have started doing after all of our DNC meetings, we’ll be sharing a report of what happened so you as a member can know and can share it with your constituents. It was an action-packed week, where we came together for two General Sessions, an Executive Committee Meeting, four Standing Committee meetings, and a cumulative 18 Caucus and Council meetings!
Here are some updates about things that happened during the meeting:
During Thursday’s General Session for DNC members, Chair Tom Perez and CEO Jess O’Connell walked through the new DNC, highlighting our renewed focus on modernizing, organizing, rebuilding, and winning. Members heard from new senior leadership, including Political & Organizing Director Amanda Brown Liermann, CTO Raffi Krikorian and CMO Caitlin Mitchell. Chair Perez and team walked through a presentation detailing the new DNC. You can find a version of it here.
In addition, during Thursday’s session, a town hall was held that allowed members to ask questions of the Chair and the other officers. Topics ranged from organizing priorities, to how we are engaging millennials, to what investments are being made today in state parties. It was an informative discussion.
During Saturday’s General Session, we heard remarks from Senator Catherine Cortez Masto who talked about how they won in Nevada in 2016. She talked about how we cannot rely on anger and needing to focus on working families. We also were joined by former Senator Harry Reid. Our keynote speaker was former Attorney General Eric Holder who highlighted the fight against gerrymandering and next steps.
In addition to hearing from these speakers, we watched several inspiring videos. One was created by our Digital shop that talks about the new DNC. The other was a video highlighting Doug Jones in Alabama. We also were joined by video from Phil Murphy, candidate for governor in New Jersey, as well as via Skype by Tim Kaine and Justin Fairfax talking about the races in Virginia.
During the Saturday general session, the members approved the Chair’s slate of 75 at-large members, as well as standing committee appointments, by acclamation. The DNC considered several reports from our Standing Committees.
Those reports included:
Resolutions Committee Report The Resolutions Committee considered a number of resolutions submitted by members, which were a combination of messaging and commemorative resolutions. Among the Resolutions adopted by the DNC were resolutions highlighting the DNC’s commitment to hurricane relief for Texas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and fire relief for California wildfires, opposing the Trump Muslim Ban, and outlining the DNC’s new mission. Commemorative resolutions recognized committed Democrats who had recently passed away, including former DNC LGBT Caucus Chair Rick Stafford and Bob Farmer.
In addition, the Executive Committee considered and adopted three timely and urgent resolutions, one on the Las Vegas massacre and the other two being commemorative.
A packet of the final resolutions, as approved by the DNC, is available by clicking this link.
Credentials Committee Report
The DNC Credentials Committee met on Friday afternoon to hear updates on two challenges presently before the Committee.
Rules & Bylaws Committee Report
Rules & Bylaws Committee Chair Jim Roosevelt reported out on the meeting of the RBC held on Thursday morning. The RBC adopted a revised charter amendment that deals with the gender balance of DNC officers. It was put forward to the body for a vote and adopted.
It was also shared that Chair Perez introduced a charter amendment adding the DNC Secretary and the President of the ASDC as automatic members of the Rules & Bylalws Committee.
In addition, Chair Perez provided a brief report on the exciting work of the Unity Reform Commission. The Commission has held four meetings since being appointed and have had informative and productive discussions on the various topics covered in the mandate. The Commission is required to issue its report and recommendations to the Rules and Bylaws Committee by January 1, 2018. Please find an update from Chair and Vice Chair Jen O'Malley Dillon and Larry Cohen here.
Transition Advisory Committee Report
Reverend Leah Daughtry, one of the co-chairs for the DNC’s Transition Advisory Committee, shared updates on the Committee’s work and highlighted the focus areas that were discussed.
Caucus and Council Chair Elections
Throughout the DNC meeting, each of our regional caucuses, as well as our constituency caucuses and councils, held elections for leadership positions. We are excited to have such a diverse slate of individuals who ran and were elected.
Those Chairs that were elected were:
Black Caucus: Virgie Rollins
AAPI Caucus: Bel Leong-Hong
Women's Caucus: Lottie Shackelford
LGBT Caucus: Earl Fowlkes
Hispanic Caucus: Iris Martinez
Midwestern Caucus: Ron Harris
Eastern Caucus: Nancy DiNardo
Southern Caucus: Alan Clendenin
Western Caucus: Jesse Durfee
Youth Council: Akilah Ensley
Rural Council: Betty Richie
Disability Council: Tony Coelho
Native American Council: Rion Ramirez
Small Business Council: Andrew Lachman
Seniors Council: Steve Regenstreif
Vets & Military Families Council: Thomas McDermott & Christine Pelosi
Labor Council: Maria Elena Durazo
I was inspired by our Fall Meeting and am looking forward to working and communicating with each and every one of you in the weeks, months, and years ahead, as we work to rebuild, modernize, organize and win.
Have a wonderful week, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Democratic National Committee
Just a quick note regarding the ongoing Mueller investigation, today’s news on Paul Manafort, and communications.
DNC Chair Tom Perez has issued the following statement:
“The Chairman of Donald Trump’s campaign and his deputy have been charged with conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, and making false statements – all related to their work to promote a pro-Putin regime. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates ran Trump’s campaign and continued to be a part of his inner circle after Election Day. This underscores the seriousness of the investigation into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. It’s time for Republicans to commit to protecting this investigation and preserving the rule of law.”
We agree. We also know that many unknowns remain. We do not want to promote unconfirmed rumors that may be circulating on social media or even in the more questionable “news” sources. We do not need to promote speculations and hypotheticals, but instead reinforce that the purpose of having a special investigator is to find the facts. We, as well as every other US citizen, deserve to know who did what, who knew what when, and who specifically was involved and complicit within the Trump campaign related to any illegal activities. That’s exactly what Mueller’s team is doing, and we’re starting to see the first of those ramifications today.
Of course, we’re very much against anyone getting in the way of the investigation. If Trump, Sessions or others start to take swift dramatic action in response to Mueller, then so will we. Now is just a good a time as ever to review your action plan to ensure your CC is prepared to quickly mobilize members if the time comes. Here's a guidance document for putting together a march or a rally.
In the meantime, we need Dem governors in NJ, Virginia; we need to do everything we can to win the other special elections this year; and we need to use this homestretch of 2017 elections to prep our volunteers so they’re ready to get out the largest Americans abroad turnout in a midterm, ever, in 2018.
We all believe this is an incredibly serious issue and we stand poised to act. Thank you for your attention to the subject, and also to your tremendous efforts on the crucial (and in many ways more difficult) work of getting out the vote. As always, I welcome your feedback and am happy to discuss further.