Sarah Dow published Fierte Montréal, Montréal's biggest Pride Parade and our 1st! in News 2017-08-31 11:02:48 -0400
"Y'ALL means ALL" was chanted down Boulevard René-Lévesque. It was a remarkable feeling to promote what we stand for and walk for - Civil Rights. We watched people read and react to our signs by smiling, cheering and giving us hugs. We also invited Americans we met along the way to join us - even mid-parade! Thanks to your mobilization and involvement, our chapter joined over 100 organizations and 7,000 people in this year's biggest Pride Parade yet to emphatically share that minority rights are human rights.
The feeling of PRIDE was also in our hearts in the wake of Charlottesville. A day of racist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ protests where a terrorist slammed his car into a crowd of counter protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring almost 20 others. Democrats Abroad Montréal recognizes a new pride flag which includes black and brown colors to fuel this important and inclusive conversation. We must, and will, continually fight to make our country one in which atrocities such as this, and the beliefs that underpin them, cannot be imagined, much less put to action.
We stand together, and we stand strong.
Sarah Dow published The Audacity of Action - Obama visits Montréal in News 2017-06-09 17:26:32 -0400
On Tuesday afternoon, I had the privilege to attend Barack Obama’s powerful speech with several of my colleagues on the Democrats Abroad Montréal leadership team. Together, we listened to our dearly-missed commander-in-chief offer his invaluable insights on a number of pressing challenges before the United States today, notably the uncertain future of American leadership on the global stage and the threat of climate change in the wake of President Trump’s withdrawal from the ground-breaking Paris Agreement.
Yet, true to form, Obama invigorated and inspired a sold-out crowd at Palais des congrès with his unceasing hope for humanity and conviction in his presidency’s long-term impact. “We came together around the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change,” he reminded us. With a rapidly-expanding pledge signed by thousands of cities and organizations to uphold America's commitment to the Paris Agreement, we show the world that we will move forward on climate change with or without the current U.S. presidential administration.
We also cannot give in to reactionary forces of ignorance or self-serving “populists” that consciously manipulate fears surrounding globalization. Pragmatic voices like Obama rouse each of us to action as my colleague David Shelton acknowledged Wednesday in a radio interview with CBC. Our opposition party is at a watershed moment for American democracy; and WE have an unique opportunity to shape the political conversation!
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