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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Thailand!

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DA Thailand (DAT) is part of Democrats Abroad, the official arm of the U.S. Democratic Party for the estimated 9 million Americans living outside the United States. Our mission is to mobilize the overseas vote to elect Democratic candidates in all US elections. Democrats Abroad is active in 54 countries throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and is the largest volunteer-driven organization of Americans living abroad.

DAT has active chapters in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and we’re open to organizing chapters in other parts of the Kingdom as well – we’d love your participation if you want to help get a chapter off the ground closer to where you live!

In addition to voter registration, we participate in Congressional advocacy on issues that matter to Americans Abroad such as changing from citizenship-based to residence-based taxation, or the ability to use Medicare benefits overseas. DA also has many global, issues-based caucus groups you can join. Getting involved with DAT is a great way to meet like-minded Americans and enjoy social events, movie screenings, pub nights, live online chats with US political candidates, debate watch parties, and gathering to see election returns roll in.

In support of the upcoming November 8, 2022 midterm elections, we are running Voter Assistance Cafes in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. If you have the time and motivation, we NEED VOLUNTEERS to help register voters and to remind those who are already registered to request their ballots.

Democrats Abroad had a significant impact in the 2020 election, providing the votes that put the Biden/Harris ticket over the top in Georgia, Arizona, and Wisconsin. To ensure continued Democratic majorities in the House and Senate we’re determined to mobilize for the upcoming midterms in the same way so please sign up for phone-banking to help us reach fellow Democrats around the world and remind them to vote. It really works, so get involved – you can BE THE DIFFERENCE!

Check out our latest news and events, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Or contact us at: [email protected] if you have questions, comments, or want more information.
We hope to hear from you soon!

Democratically yours,

Michael March
Chair, Democrats Abroad Thailand


August 2022 DA Thailand News

August 2022 

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IN WASHINGTON

As of August 11, 2022, President Joe Biden (D) had signed 168 public laws, 95 executive orders, 92 presidential memoranda, 289 proclamations, and 57 notices. 

Pres._Biden_signs_Safer_Communities_Act.jpgPresident Joe Biden, joined by First Lady Jill Biden, signs the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)

The most diverse White-House Administration in history, the Biden-Harris Administration, is scoring decisively on legislation!

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July 2022 DA Thailand News

The new logo for Democrats Abroad is full of possibility.

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The Rainbow Wave  reached the 117th Congress!

 


AAPI Heritage Month

 


Tax Seminar in AP Region

Are you an American living abroad filing a tax return in 2022? If so, you will not want to miss this tax webinar for Democrats Abroad members on March 19th! Nathalie Goldstein, CEO of MyExpatTaxes, will explain the filing requirements for Americans living abroad as well as addressing country-specific questions, especially for those living in Asia and the Pacific. 
Join Democrats Abroad for free and RSVP on the event page itself
#DemocratsAbroad #Taxes2022 #DA-AsiaPacific

March is Women's History Month

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March is Women's History Month.
So keep your eye on the DA Thailand events page where we will be posting information on events planned over the month.

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Black History Month

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February is Black History Month.
See the Events below for information and RSVP links to events organized by the Democrats Abroad Black Caucus. See you!
Go to the special Global Black Caucus page for full information on the month.

Covid Task Force Upate 3: Call to Action

With the goal of urging and assisting the US government to fulfill its pledge of making coronavirus vaccines available to all Americans, including the tens of thousands of US citizens living in Thailand, the Democrats Abroad COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force has taken actions to collect and share information on the situation and advocate for access to vaccines.

Although there has been substantial interest from the media in the situation of Americans overseas and we remain hopeful that US FDA-approved vaccines will become available and foreign residents will be included in Thailand’s vaccination program, we encourage all Americans in Thailand to share your concerns about access to vaccines with your representatives in Congress, the Biden administration and on social media. Democrats Abroad Thailand is using #TaxedButNotVaxxed on Twitter, ig, fb.

As President Biden said in the Rose Garden on May 13, 2021, “Let’s remember, we’re all Americans. Let’s remember that we are all in this together…And we have to take this pandemic, tackle it not just here, but overseas as well to truly be safe in the long run.”

A sample letter is included below, and you can find the contact details for your representative here: http://www.congress.gov/contact-us

The White House can be reached at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

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Dear Senator / Representative ____________________,

I am writing as a constituent who lives overseas who has been impacted by the lack of access to COVID-19 vaccination in Thailand, where I live.

I was encouraged by President Biden’s promise that all Americans are eligible for potentially life-saving vaccinations to protect them from COVID-19, but so many Americans living overseas remain excluded and cannot benefit from that promise. As you know, citizens overseas are subject to the US tax code and are entitled to vote in elections, regardless of where they reside. Many Americans live in countries, such as Thailand, where infections are rapidly escalating and no US FDA-approved vaccines are available, or where local governments prioritize their own citizens over foreign residents.

Flying back to the US and then returning to a 14-day hotel quarantine in Thailand is simply not an affordable option for many, and the risk of infection on the trip itself is not inconsequential. Medical issues and time off work and away from family are also limiting factors for many.  In addition, Americans returning from outbreak sites like Thailand, India or elsewhere to the US solely for vaccination creates potential for the spread of infection and new variants in the country.

The US State Department has already sent vaccines across the world to inoculate their staff and family members, and veterans in Manila have been vaccinated by the VA clinic there. The Biden Administration has also proposed that the US vaccinate South Korean soldiers and that surplus vaccine supplies be donated overseas. I would ask that you advocate for the 9 million Americans living overseas be included in the plans to provide vaccination directly or through the donation of supplies to countries, like Thailand, where so many Americans live.

Thank you very much for your consideration of this important issue and for your assistance.

Sincerely,


Covid Task Force Upate 2: #TaxedButNotVaxxed

Democrats Abroad Thailand Chair, Paul Risley, source: Reuters

With the goal of urging and assisting the US government to fulfill its pledge of making coronavirus vaccines available to all Americans, including the tens of thousands of US citizens living in Thailand, the Democrats Abroad COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force has taken actions to collect and share information on the situation and advocate for access to vaccines.

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey! We received 1,220 responses so far, showing that 87% of respondents are extremely or very concerned about COVID-19 and that there is a strong level of interest in vaccination: 98% want a US-provided vaccine. 

During our recent discussions with the acting US ambassador, Michael Heath, we shared the survey results and the concerns of DA Thailand members about vaccination. The State Department has designated approximately 80% of the world’s country as Level 4 Travel Advisory due to COVID-19, noting that this “continues to pose unprecedented risks to travelers," and overseas residents are advised to follow local guidelines.  Situation updates and alerts are available on the embassy website or via email through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at https://step.state.gov

After meeting with the embassy, the Task Force submitted a letter to the US Secretary of State, along with members of Congress and the administration, requesting that the US government provide surplus vaccines to Americans overseas. Other American-focused organizations have joined us in this effort by co-signing the letter, including the American Women’s Club, Republicans Overseas and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 12074.

The Task Force is also raising the profile of this important issue, and there has been substantial interest from the media, with news articles in several outlets highlighting the situation of Americans overseas whose tax dollars helped fund the development and production of vaccines, yet remain without access to them in many countries. The press coverage included a question in a White House press briefing by Voice of America White House bureau chief Steve Herman on May 11.

#TaxedButNotVaxxed – The hashtag call for action. Please use this in all of your social media posting about this issue.

Although we remain hopeful that foreign residents in Thailand will be included in the local vaccination program, we will continue to reach out to the Biden administration and our representatives in Thailand and the US to ensure vaccination is available and take other actions to highlight this crucial issue for the health and safety of Americans in Thailand. As President Biden said in the Rose Garden on May 13, 2021, “Let’s remember, we’re all Americans. Let’s remember that we are all in this together…And we have to take this pandemic, tackle it not just here, but overseas as well to truly be safe in the long run.”