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Voter Registration: Dates and Locations

DAGT is hosting Voter Registration and updating the Federal Post Card Application for all oversees voters on the following dates in Antigua:

27 January 11:00am - 2:00pm

17 February11:00am - 2:00pm

10 March 11:00am - 2:00pm

The location is:

Enlaces 6 Avenida Norte #1 Antigua

This is a non-partisan registration.  Additional dates in Guatemala City and Lake Atitlan are being planned.

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Happy New Year from Julia Bryan!

Dear Democrat,
There are few things more thrilling for a voting advocate than rolling into an election year. Finally, we can help folk get registered and request their ballots. All the planning comes to fruition, our help desk queues fill up, we start pinging our friends and stopping strangers with American accents in the street.
The GOTV global email we sent out this week caught hold of that enthusiasm and many members responded by going to votefromabroad.org to request their ballots. Many others though didn’t open the email (global emails are like that). If you can, please send out a local GOTV New Years email to your membership with a similar message. Local emails have high open rates and your members will thank you. Me too.
The GOTV team is rolling out more GOTV training in phone banking and voter registration. Interested? Get in touch at gotv@democratsabroad.org. They are also sending out emails to members for special elections. Check out the 2018 GOTV calendar for more information (it’s linked at the end of this newsletter).
January’s a busy month in DA thanks also to the DA membership cleanup (the deadline is January 31st). Looking for a fast way to refresh your membership? Send all of your expired members to votefromabroad.org – anyone who uses it gets automatically updated. You win twice.
The Taxation team has just released their fantastic Taxation Team Year in Review. If you’re sending out a newsletter this month to your members, consider highlighting it. We’ve done many many things in the tax realm this last year and we should let our members know about how our fantastic team has fought for them. https://www.democratsabroad.org/ttf_year_in_review
Shari wants to let you know that the 126 women’s caucus calendars still remaining are now on sale at $5 a piece. Get in touch with her today about picking up yours.
Our next ExCom meeting is today at 8am DC time. As always we'd be delighted to have you join as a guest. If you're interested, just get in touch with Jeffrey Cheng at secretary@democratsabroad.org and he'll send you the link to the meeting.
Thank you for all that you do, and Happy 2018! Here's to taking back the House and the Senate this year!
Best, Julia
Julia Bryan
International Chair, Democrats Abroad
Mark your calendars
March to the Ballot Box – January 20th - 21st, 2018
Membership Cleanup Deadline – January 31st, 2018
Texas primary – March 6, 2018
Annual General Meeting – May 25 - 27th, 2018
More 2018 GOTV Calendar dates: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LAk6AEtd0EKY68R2vXiouTCcn29vZrax0YslB_l70rg/edit
DAGT Note: A few calendars from the DAGT fundraiser are still available for $5. Keep in mind that comparing a $25 contribution to our fundraiser would be less expensive than having to pay the $30 transport fee from Germany to Guatemala and then dealing with local customs. 
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From the Chair's Office

Dear Fellow DNC Member,
We're excited to announce Dems For You, a new service-based initiative, and to ask you to join us in participating and leading this initiative, starting this holiday season.
The mission of the new Democratic National Committee is to elect Democrats from the school board to the Oval Office. As a party, we must focus on demonstrating to Americans our core values every day, all across the country in a visible, action-oriented manner. We can no longer be just a political organization asking for votes every two or four years; we have to get back to our origins as a grassroots organization, together, helping to address the issues and problems faced by all Americans. It’s our job as leaders to champion our party’s values. We know that no bumper sticker slogan is going to fix the mess our country is in. People will. In every community and every day.
To support these efforts, the DNC is launching a new service-based initiative called Dems For You. When a hurricane hits in Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico; when wildfires ravage California or Colorado; when families need food, clothing, or toys during the holiday season; when young adults are looking for help on job interviews and crafting a resume; when families want to purchase their first home or need assistance signing up for a healthcare plan, the Democratic Party through Dems For You will be there to support all of our communities because Every ZIP Code Counts.
Today, we’re launching Dems For You, and we need your help in several ways over the coming weeks:
Organize a service event over the holiday season: support wildfire or hurricane victims, volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank, organize a clothing drive, etc. Attend an event yourself, recruit elected officials you work with to attend or work with other democratic groups or allied organizations. Let us know what you’re doing, by entering your event here by Tuesday, December 19th.
https://my.democrats.org/page/event/create
Take action online:
Spread the word with #DemsForYou via social media or email about efforts to support hurricane or wildfire victims or other people in need in your community.
Share our Dems For You social media posts and graphics to encourage activists to get involved.
Send an email announcement to your list about Dems For You.
We know that many of you are already leading service events this December. Our goal is to help lift up that work to help you reach even more members of your community.
Any questions, ideas, feedback, reach out to Ryan Doyle DoyleR@dnc.org or Kalen Pruss PrussK@dnc.org
Thanks for everything you do,
Tom and Jaime
Tom Perez, Chair, Democratic National Committee
Jaime Harrison, Associate Chair and Senior Counselor, Democratic National Committee
You can find the toolkit here:
https://dnc.app.box.com/s/cjqnzun9zrzyyrm9jkkls1eanfbjbthc
and sample social media posts below:
FB: Graphic linked here: https://p14.zdusercontent.com/attachment/498562/ffUPdGaKMGw4RG66MSD4L1PRd?token=eyJhbGciOiJkaXIiLCJlbmMiOiJBMTI4Q0JDLUhTMjU2In0..qJ6xu2u-U-BH1hki8NyjHQ.Vt-JVjNHYs66X3923VZqs5DxLnsQXaS4Zg5ZZsQQoAxhldWop5oKm5l7BSXzCZmDaVxqmYXyKu0MjzGJGbpQIr7n3amnFuEYno0NiF5oLjdiQ1x47dBbACmW31n86GaSSTiymsIx87N9_w3HC5VPsQauFlqy3PExmPAQpGk1le4vZ39jvO2nG6vdemwdtmgeAhkn_XJ8jwN00JPhsAjptrQiJvIvv5Mo8ltRBVMV9qe3kipNm1udQspC9B0FPjNe8lUVoUJcREM5ajm1_Sevyw.G17CeiZ1dam7aRXhS7d2xw
Democrats are getting to work to give back and make our neighborhoods, towns, and cities a better place — in every community, every day. That’s why we’re asking you to join us in acts of service around our communities. Let us know you’re in, and tag a friend you’re bringing with you in the comments.
Democrats know that no bumper sticker slogan will fix the mess our country is in. That’s why we’re rolling up our sleeves to give back to our communities now and through 2018. Join us at [insert event] on [date]: [event link]
TW: Graphic linked here:
https://p14.zdusercontent.com/attachment/498562/ML11q4fahNFkZZ9W2PuAcxuMk?token=eyJhbGciOiJkaXIiLCJlbmMiOiJBMTI4Q0JDLUhTMjU2In0..iU4SQs5KZupgzDbbJDOwgg.sWwysJjyWbqgMUgsGVmhHNQy3O3IYh8-f95ZT36V3dZox7Lf7v-uLtL4XZh6Iiou27FWb5TkpLBztjMh7tEJtEx_uQywYvt9jhra9CDb8rwrQxQ5JvKGcEgpMkPQfFglcpQKRncff6Jei4i9edVG7dKVA4kz-TkgwOn4zbMUbYGT9LChwZfds-8JzEMPlqXr0CSWchcs_vMo1gR89g0Pv4iEtJkijCHT9UoVHPK6e90YpPHcguvFNsrZKi-KM0DOGLiPyIgnDuvl8eT0IKN6iA.n3LQTi3wBGmfS-GLK9OxoQ
We know that no bumper sticker slogan will fix the mess our country is in. That’s why Democrats are rolling up our sleeves to give back to our communities now and through 2018. Join us at [insert event] on [date]: [event link] #DemsForYou
Democrats are getting to work to give back and make our neighborhoods, towns, and cities a better place — in every commu
Democrats lead with our values, and that means giving back to the communities that have given so much to us. Sign up to join us for acts of service through 2018: [https://my.democrats.org/page/event/create] #DemsForYou
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From Julian Bryan:

In the quiet of this week, as many of us enjoy time off from work (and from Congress being in session!) the Excom and global teams are wrapping up several projects and preparing for our massive GOTV efforts in 2018.


Before the New Year we’ll be presenting a working set of guidelines for DA expanding our Code of Conduct to specifically address sexual harassment issues.


We’re also preparing our first GOTV email for the year, which will go out on January 1st to all members and will encourage everyone to kick start the year by sending in their ballot requests.


Sadly, we learned this week that Stanley Grossman passed away over the weekend. Stanley was a two-term DA DNC member, a long-term advocate for FATCA reform, and a passionate Democrats Abroad leader. He will be greatly missed by many. Joe Smallhoover (France) is currently working on a resolution honoring him – if you have any comments to add to the resolution please reach out to him.
Stanley would have been delighted to hear the news from Washington. Thanks to the mighty efforts of our Taxation task force, we are really pleased to note that Representatives Dina Titus and Jamie Raskin have both submitted statements to the Congressional record supporting Americans abroad and the need for taxation reform on our behalf.


We encourage you to review these statements. They are valuable evidence for our members that DA is heard in Congress, and that we have Congressional friends who believe in the importance of votes from abroad.


Our next ExCom meeting is today at 8am DC time. As always we'd be delighted to have you join as a guest. If you're interested, just get in touch with Jeffrey Cheng 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
GOTV 2018 Kickoff!! – January 1, 2018
March to the Ballot Box – January 20th - 21st, 2018
Annual General Meeting – May 25-27th, 2018
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Unity Reform Commission Information

Dear DNC Member,


Please find here, the final report of the DNC's Unity Reform Commission. The Rules and Bylaws Committee will begin its work to incorporate these recommendations in the 2020 Delegate Selection documents.


https://dnc.app.box.com/s/55lk3avwwnpqu2g00sdyd1i6ylz9fz0b


Finally, I want to thank you for your continued leadership and work this past year. We have a lot to celebrate and be proud of as Democrats. Have a wonderful holiday season with some much-needed rest!


Yours,
Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
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Julia Bryan in the Alabama Vote

Glorious news from Alabama today! To follow up on this remarkable win, we are going to be sending out an email tomorrow morning to all members. In the email we will encourage everyone to call their senators and demand that they wait till newly elected senator Doug Jones is seated to vote on the tax bill. Due to Alabama's rules, that will not happen until Congress is in session next year. This action is inline with Chuck Schumer's call for Mitch McConnell to "hit pause on the tax bill and not hold a final vote till Jones is sworn into the Senate." We will provide scripts and calling information, as usual.

Please let me know if you will be able to encourage your members to participate in this action as well.

All the best,

Julia

Julia Bryan

International Chair, Democrats Abroad

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DA's current version of the Code of Conduct and Ethics

As a follow up to the DPCA Executive Committee's Statement on Sexual Harassment, please click the following link to view DA's current version of the Code of Conduct and Ethics. Please note that the Code of Conduct applies equally to all elected and appointed officers and representatives of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad and its recognized member country committees.

Best regards,

Tom Schmid

International Counsel

Democratic Party Committee Abroad

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DA's current version of the Code of Conduct and Ethics

As a follow up to the DPCA Executive Committee's Statement on Sexual Harassment, please click the following link to view DA's current version of the Code of Conduct and Ethics. Please note that the Code of Conduct applies equally to all elected and appointed officers and representatives of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad and its recognized member country committees.

Best regards,

Tom Schmid

International Counsel

Democratic Party Committee Abroad

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DEMOCRATS ABROAD TAXATION TASK FORCE

Dear Leaders,


If you’ve suffered whiplash watching the GOP tax plan speed through both Houses of Congress then you’re not alone. No one could have imagined Congressional Republicans would succeed in so rapidly progressing a thoroughly debunked “middle-class tax plan.” Adding insult to injury, it seems hardly anyone – including the US Treasury – actually understand what’s in it.


If you, like the members of the US Senate, have not read the Senate bill that will form the basis of what will likely go to a final vote in both houses of Congress before Christmas, then here is a breakdown of what is in it.


Clearly the determination of Republicans to pass SOME tax legislation, ANY TAX LEGISLATION at all, no matter how poorly it serves the nation, has overwhelmed their long-standing aim of bringing down the deficit.[i] The plan passed by the Senate in the wee hours of Saturday morning blows out the deficit by $1 trillion.[ii]
Nor do Republicans seem concerned that their plan does not achieve their stated goals, such as stimulating the economy.[iii]
Or closing business tax loopholes.[iv]
Or cutting taxes for the middle class.[v]
Or bringing jobs back from overseas.[vi]
Or encouraging companies to hire more workers and pay them better.[vii]
Or eliminating the carried interest loophole that gives such outrageous advantage to hedge fund managers.[viii]


So what’s next? Tomorrow (Monday, Dec 4) the Congress will convene a Conference Committee to reconcile the differences between the bill passed by the Senate yesterday with the bill passed by the House of Representatives the week before Thanksgiving. The momentum is pretty powerful but there may yet be holdouts and dissenters.


The Taxation Task Force watched every hour of debate heard by the Senate Finance Committee and then on the floor of the US Senate chamber this last week. Reports and rumors from the press and the Hill had us on watch for floor amendments related to residence-based taxation, the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and FATCA. In the end there was silence on these matters.


We have drafted floor speeches for friends of Democrats Abroad in both houses of Congress and hope to hear our concerns voiced in those chambers and appearing in the Congressional record before this is over.



We're already hearing that the Congress will follow up with a further tax bill early next year so there's more work to be done. 

In line with the statement released by Democrats Abroad on Saturday, the Taxation Task Force recommends you continue to encourage your members to call or message Congress to tell them to vote NO to this Trickle Down tax scam that rewards Republican donors at the expense of hard-working Americans. The campaign we ran for the last two weeks yielded over 1,100 messages to the US Senate, which is not nothing. Ten times that would have been preferable but it’s been a record-breaking year for outrage and our Resistance activists are clearly exhausted. We are grateful for their engagement.


Thanks to all leaders who have supported this important work. Please contact us at any time with questions 

TaxationTF@democratsabroad.org.

Democratically yours,


DEMOCRATS ABROAD TAXATION TASK FORCE
Julia Bryan - ex officio (Czech Republic)
DeeDee Gierow (Sweden)
Carmelan Polce - chair (New York and Australia)
Michael Ramos (Australia)
Joseph Smallhoover (France)
Orlando Vidal (UAE)
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DAGT Policy Retreat: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Fellow Democrat,

Your Democrats Abroad Guatemala country committee is planning to convene a policy retreat on Saturday, January 20, 2018. We have an indoor venue identified that will hold up to 50 people comfortably and will provide lunch, but we need to book no later than December 8th. So we are asking for your vote of support now for this important event. The event would run from 9:00am to 4:00pm and would cost Q85 per person or Q75 if you prefer not to have lunch with the group.

We are almost one year into the Trump presidency, and many Democrats still feel the need to voice their concerns and to share their thoughts and views on policy issues being affected and changed by the Trump administration. The latest example is Friday’sSenate vote to approve “the largest tax cut in history” as Trump likes to call it, but is more accurately captured by Bernie Sanders as one of the “great robberies in U.S. history.” This policy retreat is your opportunity to be heard.

The following issues have been identified for the day’s agenda: Achieving Universal Health Care; The Democratic Party – Winning Elections in 2018 and Beyond; Immigration Reform; Russia and US Elections; Key 2018 House and Senate Races; Women’s Issues; Tax Cuts and the US Economy.

A presenter will introduce each topic using slides or a short detailed talk of five to 10 minutes, followed by open discussion for 45 minutes to an hour, closing with a summary statement that best captures the sentiment of the open discussion. Closing statements on each topic will be used in messaging to Get Out The Vote for the 2018 midterm elections.

Your input is important, so please consider participating in this important one-time event. Respond right away, no later than December 7, to Kee Kalwara, at keekalwara@gmail.com that you will attend. And direct any questions to Kee as well. Please do not click "reply," but use this email address keekalwara@gmail.com

Thank you.

The Executive Committee

Democrats Abroad Guatemala

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