We are happy to the announce the results of the 2017 DA Russia Executive Committee elections. Effective immediately, the Executive Committee is
Chair: Josh Tulgan
Vice Chair: Carolyn Wieland
Treasurer: Hitoshi Hirano
Secretary: Marian Dent
Counsel: Amy Kouznetsov
Speaking for the EC, we look forward to working with you over the coming two years, and encourage you to become an active participant in Democrats Abroad Russia.
We would also like to welcome members from outside of Moscow to talk to us about the possibility of forming local groups, and anyone who would like to get more involved to contact us and let us know.
The House just narrowly passed the Trump health bill, the first step towards repealing the Affordable Care Act. This is a seriously flawed bill that allows health insurers to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, cuts Medicaid funding drastically, and will seriously increase premiums for retirees. For citizens living abroad this is a serious blow, since many of us do not have current U.S. health care policies, and many of us would want to return home if we should become seriously ill. This will make it harder, if not impossible, for many of us to get coverage when returning to the U.S. All Democrats and 20 Republicans voted against the bill, which will now go to the Senate.
AARP, which has been a leader in opposing the repeal has just published a link (here and also pasted below) where you can type in your U.S. address (including 9 digit zip code) and it will take you to a form that pulls up the name of your House member, show how he/she voted, and if he/she voted for repeal gives you a form with draft letter to click on to tell them that you disapprove of their vote. If you aren’t an AARP member you will need to edit the letter a bit but can still use their platform to send a letter letting your House member know that you don't approve.
Thank you for your attention,
Marian Dent, Secretary DA Russia
The Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) of Democrats Abroad Russia (DA Russia) wishes to remind members of the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) and opportunity to vote for DA Russia officer candidates.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 19:30 in the evening, at the Moscow office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, 7 Petrovka Street, to meet the candidates to the Executive Council of DA Russia, amend by-laws, and discuss current events.
Nominees to Executive Committee
The following persons have been nominated and seconded for the following positions:
Chairperson: Josh Tulgan
Vice-chairperson: Carolyn S. Wieland
Treasurer: Hitoshi Hirano
Secretary: Marian Dent
Counsel: Amy Kouznetsova
Amendment to By-laws
We will also be voting on the following proposed by-laws amendment:
11.1 The Executive Committee is composed of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Counsel and may, in addition, include two Members-at-Large elected from among the eligible Members of the Organization. The chairpersons of any Standing Committees will be ex officio members of the Executive Committee without voting privileges.
Rather than voting with paper ballots, we invite everyone to vote via Survey Monkey. You will be able to vote using the link below for a period of 14 days.
Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DRGMTSY
Results of voting
We will send out the results by email shortly after the expiration of the 14-day voting period.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening!
Members of the Nominations and Elections Committee of DA Russia:
Democrats Abroad FATCA/FBAR reporting team just published their newest report, available here http://www.democratsabroad.org/fbar_fatca_task_force_report
Part of this report states "Americans with accounts in foreign financial institutions with a total balance across all accounts at any point during the year of $US10,000 or more need to file a FBAR (Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report) Form 114. This year, for the first time, the form is due for submission on 15 April, as opposed to 30 June as it has been in the past."
"The form is filed with Treasury, rather than the IRS, with FinCen - the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. (To say that it disturbs Americans abroad that we need to make this voluntary disclosure to the section of the US Treasury set up to investigate and apprehend perpetrators of financial crimes would be the understatement of the decade. But I digress.) The form is filed electronically using the BSA E-filing system, a change mandated back in 2014 (though it can be prepared online or offline and uploaded)."
Welcome to Democrats Abroad Russia!
We invite Americans living in Russia to get involved with DA-Russia, the official country committee for US Democrats here. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - and please, get in touch with us if you are interested in participating in events, speaking on topics of interest at membership meetings, volunteering to support democratic issues, or helping to get out the vote.