Canada Country Chair / DPCA Voting Rep / Canada LGBT Caucus Lead

  • rsvped for Canada & Chapters Presidential Debate Watch Party 2020-09-16 05:10:59 -0400

    Canada & Chapters Presidential Debate Watch Party

    Biden + Trump Debate

     LET’S WATCH TOGETHER!!

     Democrats Abroad Canada and our 14 chapters are hosting a virtual Presidential Debate Watch Party

     Tuesday, Sept. 29th 2020, 8:30pm EDT

     The debate is scheduled 9:00pm – 10:30pm EDT

     A one-hour post-debate discussion will follow

     14 individual Watch Parties In one Zoom location!!

    Each chapter of DemsAbroad Canada will host a virtual debate watch party for their chapter members.

    By pre-registering, guests will be pre-assigned to their chapter’s breakout room. Chapter leaders will host and moderate chat discussions during the debate and afterwards, guests are invited back to the main meeting room for a post-debate discussion.

    The debate will not be broadcast over Zoom. There are multiple channels for viewing the debate and avoids any technical disappointments.

    Throughout the debate you’ll have the opportunity to express your opinions to candidate statements through polling and “chat” with fellow chapter members.

    You must RSVP for Zoom access details

    WHEN
    September 29, 2020 at 8:30pm
    WHERE
    Online via the Zoom platform
    350 City Hall Sq W
    Windsor, ON N9A 6S1
    Canada
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  • donated via 2020-09-18 03:24:48 -0400

    A conversation with Nicco Mele on “Politics Journalism and the Threats to Both”

    Your generous donation, whether small or large, will be greatly appreciated and will have a direct impact at this critical time. Every US Dollar will benefit Democrats Abroad Get Out the Vote efforts[Mobile device users, please scroll down to donate!]

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    Nicco Mele is managing director at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation and on the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the faculty co-chair of the Harvard Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence. Online event Thurs., Sept. 24th at 8:30pm EDT via the Zoom platform!

    Thank you for your consideration and support!

    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.

     

     

     

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  • VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. CONSULATE IN QUEBEC CITY

    Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Consulate:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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  • VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN OTTAWA

    Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Embassy:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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  • VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. CONSULATE IN VANCOUVER

    Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Consulate:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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  • VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. CONSULATE IN CALGARY

    Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Consulate:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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  • VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. CONSULATE IN MONTREAL

    Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Consulate:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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  • VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. CONSULATE IN TORONTO

    Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Consulate:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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  • VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. CONSULATE IN HALIFAX

    Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Consulate:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Delivery by diplomatic pouch may take a couple of weeks. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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  • donated via 2020-08-29 02:19:38 -0400

    $1,437.40 raised
    GOAL: $1,000.00

    The Americas Region of Democrats Abroad is honoured to present a region-wide film screening of Capturing The Flag.

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    Please donate - even just $10 - to support the costs associated with this online event and the work of the Capturing the Flag team. Any funds raised in excess of $1,000 will go to Democrats Abroad to support our global GOTV efforts.

     

    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.

    Donations to Democrats Abroad are not tax-deductible.

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  • donated via 2020-08-19 04:50:30 -0400

    Democrats Abroad
     2020 Democratic National Convention Week

    Join our Speakers in supporting Democrats Abroad's
    Global Get Out the Vote campaign

    Over 9 million Americans live outside of the United States. Democrats Abroad is working to ensure that as many as possible vote in November, and that Democrats win up and down the ballot. 

    We are phoning banking voters, running social media ads, running online help desks, and mailing potential voters in order to win in 2020.

    We CAN make the difference, but we need YOUR help. Please make a donation today to fund our Global Get Out the Vote campaign.

    Donations are made to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.

    Donation to Democrats Abroad are not tax-deductible.

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  • LIVE Global Voter Registration Assistance

    Voter registration assistance

     Did you know every eligible American living abroad can vote in U.S. elections this   year? 

     Do you have questions about how to vote? Click the chat bubble at the bottom of   this screen and we'll help you find the answers.  

     Starting July 26th, join us any Sunday till November from midnight to midnight   Eastern time to talk to a volunteer LIVE on Zoom about questions you have about   voting from abroad.

    More information: The easiest way to request your ballot is at VoteFromAbroad.org. It takes just a few minutes to complete and send in your form to the US state where you last lived. The website will guide you step by step. In most cases it’s pretty simple. But if you’re new to overseas voting, or if you haven’t done it in a while, you may have additional questions. That’s why we’ll be here every Sunday until election day to help.

    If you can’t make it any Sunday, you can always email us at helpdesk@votefromabroad.org or send in your question through our online help bubble, and a volunteer will get back to you.

    CLICK ON A DATE FOR SPECIFIC DETAILS

    August 16th, 23rd, 30th

    September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

    October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

    November 1st


  • Fmr Amb to Canada Bruce Heyman talks with Morning Joe about the overseas vote

    Democrats Abroad has partnered with the Ambassadors for Biden initiative to reach the up to 6m eligible overseas American voters. Fmr Amb to Canada Bruce Heyman went on Morning Joe speaking to how easy it is to register at VoteFromAbroad.org and highlighting how few Americans in Canada voted in 2016. There are enough of us in Canada to make the numerical factor of victory in close elections.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2_nn9nPUxk

    Number of American voters in Canada 2016


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  • donated via 2020-06-20 17:57:39 -0400

    Online webinar: The Basics of Cross-Border Estate Planning for Americans Living in Canada

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    Support the Democrats Abroad get out the vote efforts in 2020 with a suggested donation of at least $10 USD.

    It’s going to be a crucial election requiring Democrats Abroad to rely heavily on phone banking and social media campaigns to reach the millions of eligible American voters living abroad.

    Thank you for your support - we look forward to you joining the webinar!

     

    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.
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  • donated via 2020-05-17 16:27:40 -0400

    Make a donation using the form on the left or join our sustaining donors Margin of Victory Club.

    Are you interested in joining the Democrats Abroad Margin of Victory Club and making a monthly donation? Would you like to use Paypal to make a donation? Contribute to Democrats Abroad through ActBlue

    Every dollar you give supports our work to elect Democrats who will fight - AND FIGHT BACK - to make a better life for ALL Americans.   Join us by making a donation today.

    Julia Bryan, Chair - Democrats Abroad

    We need Democrats like you to commit to Democrats Abroad - your Democratic Party for overseas Americans. Contribute to Democrats Abroad today and help us fight back against the Trump agenda, register Americans all over the world for the crucial 2020 elections, reach out on issues that concern you and build a brighter future for our country and the world. With your help, we can make the difference. We did it all over the country in 2018! And we will make the difference in 2020!

    If you are unable to contribute online, send us a US Dollar check with this form to the following address.

    Democrats Abroad
    PO Box 15130
    Washington DC 20003
    USA

    Thank you for your support!

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    Donations to Democrats Abroad are not tax-deductible.

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  • 2020-21 Kitchener/Waterloo mid-term officer elections

    At the Annual General Meeting of the Kitchener/Waterloo chapter on April 30, 2020 the following individuals were elected to office, for a term expiring March 2021:

    Office

    Elected

    Chair

    Timothy Flannery

    Vice Chair

    Adele Dobkowski

    Secretary

    Dianna Flannery

    Treasurer

    Chris Bonza

    Membership Secretary

    Peter Tesche

    Member-at-Large

    Kathleen Sheehy

    Member-at-Large

    Kyle Novak

    Congratulations to everyone elected!

    Democratically yours,

    Ken Sherman
    Chair, Kitchener/Waterloo NEC


  • Dems Abroad outreach about US Govt Coronavirus Aid for Americans Abroad

    Many members have reached out asking about the CARES Act impact for Americans living abroad. Fortunately the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force has prepared a report to share.

    Congress has passed the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the president has signed it into law. Americans abroad will be interested in understanding the law's aid provisions and how they can access them. This is a summary of key aid provisions that are or may be relevant to Americans abroad –

    • Americans abroad who meet the income eligibility criteria (adjusted gross income under $99,000) are entitled to the Recovery Rebate (up to $1,200 payment plus $500 per child)
    • Taxpayers who have provided bank account details with their tax filing will likely be receiving payments by direct deposit in the next 2-3 weeks, with others likely receiving checks or debit cards through the post
    • Treasury has been provided with flexibility in the language of the bill for providing the cash aid to citizens who have not filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019. We will follow this closely.
    • Individuals with federal student loans automatically have their interest rate set to 0% for 60 days and can request forbearance (a suspension of payments) for 60 days.
    • Small businesses have been provided with range of supports to enable them to retain their employees and keep paying their salaries and benefits, via an existing SBA loan product whose eligibility criteria have been greatly relaxed. This MAY enable Americans abroad with small businesses to qualify for the support.

    A great many questions remain about how these and the myriad other relief mechanisms in the historic $2 trillion dollar package are to be implemented. Treasury and the IRS have a lot of work ahead of them.

    Click here to read the rest of the report from the Taxation Task Force.


  • published Notice of Canada 2019 Annual General Meeting in News 2020-02-19 00:04:17 -0500

    Notice of Canada 2019 Annual General Meeting

    The Board of Democrats Abroad Canada invites you to attend your
    Annual General Meeting

    PURPOSE?

    To report to the membership the accomplishments and financial status of the Canada country committee during 2019.

    WHEN?

    Sunday, March 22, 2020
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

    WHERE?

    Via WebEx and possibly in-person at some chapters. Watch for announcements from your chapter or contact your local chapter chair.

    WHO?

    All Members of Democrats Abroad Canada

    HOW?

    Via WebEx online or through the iOS or Android WebEx app. Access instructions will be emailed to registered attendees the week prior.

    Click here to RSVP and receive the AGM access instructions.

    Democratically yours,

    Steve Nardi
    Chair, Democrats Abroad Canada

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  • published DemsAbroad lobbies for tax rights in News 2020-02-18 06:11:36 -0500

    DemsAbroad lobbies for tax rights

    “The majority of us aren’t making millions or trying to hide our money in secret Swiss bank accounts. We just want to live simple, ordinary lives. The amount of stress that comes along with the U.S. tax system is overwhelming. It is extremely complicated and expensive to navigate. We live with a real burden that Americans living in the U.S. simply don’t understand.” – Michigan voter living in the UK

    Seven members of the Hamilton/Burlington/Niagara and Toronto chapters drove to Buffalo in late January to meet with the staff of U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins, 26th District of New York. (Close to 200 DA members in Ontario vote in his district.) The subject: taxes, taxes. At a round table with Bonnie Kane Lockwood, Higgins’ director of special projects, and Chris Fahey, the congressman’s deputy chief of staff for special projects, DA members presented their case. Weighing in via teleconferencing from Australia was Carmelan Polce, chair of DA’s Taxation Task Force.

    Ken Sherman, past chair of the Hamilton/Burlington chapter and member of the Democratic National Committee, explained that Americans living abroad must file taxes both in the U.S. and in Canada. “There are over 6.5 million Americans like us who are suffering serious personal and financial harm because we are subjected to taxation both in the United States – even if we have no U.S.-sourced income – and in Canada were we live. Most of us are filing zero-dollar tax returns in the U.S.”

    Of particular concern is the Repatriation Tax Law which has had unintended consequences for Americans living abroad. As well, Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 – which gave corporations a wonderful advantage, not so for small businesses – “has thrown people’s lives into an uproar. None of us saw this coming, but it has been terribly destabilizing,” said Sherman. The much-heralded bill is forcing many American small business owners abroad to close their companies. Another challenge faces those whom Steve Nardi, chair for DA Canada, calls Accidental Americans. These are people born in the United States to foreign parents, but who moved away as infants or young children, and those born outside the U.S. to at least one American parent. “According to numbers from the U.S. Consulate, there are between 1-2 million Accidental Americans living in Canada,” said Nardi. With no legal or cultural connection to the U.S., these people still bear U.S. tax-compliance obligations.

    Other points of contention discussed at the meeting was the imposition of a new minimum tax on Global Intangible Low-taxed Income (or GILTI), further fall-out from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Again, this has had a negative impact on overseas Americans, explained Ron Barrett, member-at-large for DA’s Hamilton chapter. Barrett and his wife, Susan Hill, the chapter’s membership secretary, came to Canada twelve years ago as part of a NAFTA initiative and bought a Canadian company. Their U.S. tax return numbered 70 pages last year with $40,000 in what are called “transition taxes” owed to the U.S. government.

    These iniquities make a compelling case for what Democrats Abroad has been lobbying hard for in recent years: Residency-Based Taxation (RBT). The U.S. and Eritrea are the only two countries in the world which employ Citizenship-Based Taxation (CBT). “We would still be required to report U.S.-sourced income if we had any, but not the income we make and pay taxes on as residents of Canada,” Sherman explained to Rep. Higgins’ staff.

    Two bills are currently in development in Washington that would greatly support Americans’ tax rights. The first, which argues for RBT to replace CBT, is now before the Ways and Means Committee. The second (HR 4362), the Overseas Americans Financial Access Act would exempt Americans living abroad from disclosures of their financial accounts in their countries of residence. Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (12th District of NY) and Rep. Don Beyer (8th District of Virginia), the hope is that Rep. Higgins will join them as a co-sponsor of the bill.

    Both pieces of legislation promise greater tax justice for expats. While the reception with Rep. Higgins’ staff was supportive and encouraging, Polce urges Democrats Abroad everywhere to talk to their respective members of Congress. “There’s push and there’s pull. We pull. We need everyone else to push!”

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