On April 29, our new Executive Committee held its first virtual meet-and-greet with over 25 members from all over Portugal in attendance. After introductions and a brief overview of the structure and mission of Democrats Abroad, we held a brainstorming session about events and programs our members would like to see in the upcoming months. Some ideas being considered are:
- Fourth of July events
- “Road show” of Executive Committee team in various locales in Portugal
- Webinars on current “hot” political issues (voter suppression, gerrymandering, racial justice, police reform)
- Virtual book club
- Pub quiz/trivia nights
- Film screenings
- Action-oriented (phone banking for special elections, park or beach cleanup, foodbank volunteering)
Because DA Portugal is, first and foremost, a community, we would love to hear from all of our members about what events and programs would appeal to you. And of course, we will need volunteers to help make this happen.
We have big news: We are once again a fully-compliant Democrats Abroad country committee! This means our group has more autonomy and access to resources to organize, connect, and advocate!
At our Annual General Meeting on March 11, the Nominations and Elections Committee wrapped up a months-long process that culminated in the election of a new Executive Committee to lead DA Portugal. Our Executive Committee consists of:
- Kristi Holmes Espineira, Chair
- Andres Espineira, Vice Chair
- Luci Dick, Secretary
- Linda Weygant, Treasurer
- Terry Recht, Counsel
You can learn more about our team here. We would like to thank the Nominations and Election Committee (Sonya Day, Terri Blakely, Amy Kraushaar and Mark Reynolds) and the DA Regional Vice Chair for EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) for all their hard work in organizing the election and the Annual General Meeting.
We also want to extend enormous gratitude to everyone who has joined, volunteered, voted, and helped others vote, over the past year and a half or so - you were a huge part of building the momentum that led us to this point!
Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] with questions, comments or ideas for events (virtual or in-person). And if you are willing to volunteer in ways big or small, we’d love to hear that too!
Meet at the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara on Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara in Lisbon. Hosted by DA Counsel Terry Recht and the Lisbon organizing team! Enjoy a drink and chat with your fellow Dems about the state of the world, US politics, life in Portugal, and more. You’ll find us in front of the quiosque close to the fence – look for the Americans wearing blue! Bring your own beverage or you can order takeaway drinks to enjoy.
Please join us for this informative discussion on a topic that affects all Americans living abroad.
Carmelan Polce from the DA Taxation Task Force will be speaking on “DA Expat Tax Advocacy: What Are We Fighting For in 2021.”
Americans living abroad need action from Congress to eliminate double taxation, remove barriers to banking, saving and investing, and simplify tax filing from abroad. Democrats Abroad has been talking to Congress for many years about a switch to Residency Based Taxation (RBT). Americans abroad won’t be taxed fairly and on a par with the rest of the world until we have RBT. We have not as yet persuaded Congress to enact RBT but we continue to work towards that outcome.
In the meantime, we cannot let this critical year for ground-breaking, progressive legislation finish without achieving some practical, consequential tax relief for Americans abroad. Come hear about the work the Tax Task Force is doing to persuade Congress to include tax relief for Americans abroad in 2021 legislation. You can also read about the work on this posting on the democratsabroad.org/taxation page of the DA website entitled "WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR IN 2021."
Please RSVP for the Zoom link.
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