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  • donated via 2020-07-28 07:49:38 -0400

    Join Susan Rice and

    Support Democrats Abroad's Global Campaign to

    "Reach the World" 

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    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 members, running social media ads, and mailing potential voters in order to win in November.


    And our Get Out the Vote campaigns work. In 2016, the number of Americans abroad who voted was 50% higher than in 2012 and in 2018, the number of voters tripled compared to 2014.


    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.

    Donations to Democrats Abroad are not tax-deductible.

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  • donated via 2020-05-28 15:16:26 -0400

    Global Pub Quiz Fun(draiser)

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    We're looking forward to meeting your team -- or matching you with other Democrats around the world.

    For each round we'll send out a google form for you to fill in the answers. Volunteers will grade each round and the winning team(s) will receive never-ending fame and fortune.*

    Ninety percent of the funds raised from this event will go directly to GOTV. Did you know that just $5 USD can reach 125 voters?

    The other ten percent will go to DA's travel fund. As a young-ish volunteer without disposable income I can tell you the #1 issue with getting involved at a higher level of commitment is being unable to afford to travel to the regional and global meetings. It's important to show up in person as it helps build relationships we need to keep up the good work. We want to have a big tent party and that perhaps means helping our younger or income-sensitive volunteers to be part of the organization. 

    Date: Saturday May 30th  |  Where: RSVP for ZOOM link!
    Quiz Start: 7:30pm (CEST / Paris time)

    For any questions about Democrats Abroad Pub Quiz, please contact DANL's Andrew Tucker: andrewdemsabroadnl@gmail.com

    You can help by making a donation for this great event, so reserve your place as soon as possible!

    *fame and fortune not guaranteed!

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

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  • published Debate Watch Party in News 2019-07-01 04:35:04 -0400

    Debate Watch Party

    In temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, members of DA Lyon sought refuge at Tech Noir, a funky air-conditioned bar in the artist quarter of Lyon. There we watched 2 nights and 20 candidates worth of Democratic primary debates and played debate bingo that captured pithy expressions like “hard-working Americans”, “billionaires” and “reproductive health care”.  

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  • Lyon Soldiers on with Pride Parade Despite Torrential Downpour

    The Lyon Gay Pride March was called for 2pm on June 15.  At 2:15pm there was lightning, thunder and the skies over Bellecour opened up with a violent storm. The march never left the city square where it began.  About 20 intrepid members DA Lyon, 

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  • published Pride Parade Prep Day in News 2019-06-08 15:52:00 -0400

    Pride Parade Prep Day

    Members of Democrats Abroad Lyon met today with colored paper, ribbon, paint, markers, brushes, rubber cement, rulers and electric screwdriver to assemble our hardware for next week's Gay Pride March in Lyon.  Many thanks to Chairperson emeritus Joan Smith for  putting together a poster making factory that made it easy and fun, even for the art-phobic among us.  


  • published Book Discussions in Lyon in News 2019-05-20 06:29:45 -0400

    Book Discussions in Lyon

    Members of Democrats Abroad Lyon have met twice so far this year.....

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  • published Green Wave March 16, 2019 in News 2019-03-17 07:31:46 -0400

    Green Wave March 16, 2019

    Members of Democrats Abroad Lyon marched with 10,000 others in our city to advocate for more action combating global warming.   This march was organized in support of the student march for the planet which happened the day before in our city.  Twelve thousand students organized their own protest.  We support the activism of the younger generations.  


  • published Candidates for Lyon Leadership Committee in News 2019-03-08 02:58:22 -0500

    Candidates for Lyon Leadership Committee

    Name: Diane Sklar

    Position: Chapter Chair

    I’m a baby boomer from New York who came to Lyon in 2015 after a career in the tech sector. In my last technology job I was a product manager for money-laundering detection software. Here in Lyon I teach business subjects and English at various schools around town.

    When I stopped working 60 hour weeks it was like awakening from a coma. I started reading about climate change, income inequality, gender inequality, the history of race relations and the stealthy erosion of the middle class. Then the 2016 election happened. I was shaken awake and needed to mobilize. I’m so grateful to have found kindred souls in Democrats Abroad. It is a community of forward-thinking Americans looking to make our country live up to its potential.

    I’ve been on the board of DA Lyon as Treasurer and Vice Chair and am on DA’s global IT team. I’ve helped plan and attended most of the events that the chapter has held since its creation including coordinating a Get Out the Vote effort for American students studying abroad. I see 2019 as a rebuilding year. We will assemble a community of Democrats, young and old, in Lyon. We can spend 2019 getting to know each other and working together so that we have a fine tuned machine to make a difference in 2020.


    Name: Julie Shapiro

    Position: Chapter Vice Chair

    My name is Julie Shapiro and I am running for Lyon Chapter Vice Chair. I am a dual American and Hungarian citizen originally from the Boston area. But since 2013, I have been a Florida resident and voter while I pursued a PhD in ecology. I moved to Lyon at the end of August 2018 to start a job as a post-doc with Inserm (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale). The 2018 Midterm elections were just around the corner. I was following the news from the US, but I wanted to do more. I had briefly been a member of Democrats Abroad when I was working in Denmark in 2017. So within a couple weeks of moving to Lyon, I joined our Democrats Abroad chapter. I am especially passionate about voter outreach and get out the vote. I phonebanked all through September, October, and November for the general election and then for the Georgia and Mississippi run-offs, as well as supporting Diane Sklar's efforts to register students studying abroad. I hope to continue with these efforts and our new projects to keep American citizens abroad engaged in American politics.


    Name: John Matthews

    Position: Treasurer

    I am a self-employed software engineer and have lived in Lyon since 1999.

    I joined the Board shortly after the Lyon chapter was formed in the wake of Donald Trump's election, first as a member-at-large and now as treasurer. We worked hard to engage new members to join us in the fight to overturn the disastrous policies of the administration and the Republican-controlled congress. We overseas citizens are also concerned with unfair treatment in areas such as income taxes, foreign bank account reporting requirements, and not being counted in the census. Our focus last year was on growing our membership and getting out the vote for the midterm elections, and we were successful in both areas. We have also worked to bring our members together through social gatherings and interesting events.

    I am looking forward to continuing these efforts as we slowly ramp up the the 2020 elections.


    Kelly A. Blunt

    Position: Secretary

    I consider my US home to be Portland, Oregon (which is where I am registered to vote) after an accumulated 24 years there, but I grew up in Southern California, and have lived in North Carolina, Chicago, Minneapolis and Boston. I was proud to be able to vote for Jimmy Carter in 1976 as a 19-year-old, after the law changed from having to be 21.

    I have lived in France for almost two years, and have called Lyon home for the majority of that time. As I watched my friends commit to becoming more politically engaged after the 2016 election debacle, I was pleased to discover the Democrats Abroad Chapter in Lyon, and would like to become even more involved.

    I have had Board experience in two non-profit organizations in Portland, including holding the offices of secretary (twice), treasurer, and president.


    Name: Eva Moynihan

    Position: Member-at-large

    My name is Eva Moynihan and I am running for Lyon Chapter Member-at-large. I'm originally from the California Bay Area and enjoy telling French people that I'm from the area that makes the best wines in the world.

    I decided to move to France after graduating from college in 2013. I had a series of jobs in banks in Luxembourg, which brought me to Eastern France (Metz). I felt pretty homesick, which was my original motivation for joining the Luxembourg branch of Democrats Abroad. It did fix my homesickness!

    That said, I got more and more involved in the group because I enjoy feeling like I'm contributing in some way to our country. I was a Member-at-Large for 2 years and then Vice-Chair. Among other things I did phone-banking and helped run various events. I was also one-half of a debate team against Republicans Overseas before the 2016 elections, we did two debates attended by roughly two hundred people each time.

    I moved to Lyon almost a year ago because I wanted to live in a bigger city. I love living here and want to contribute to Democrats Abroad. Thank you for your consideration !


    Name: Claudia Quiros

    Position: Member-at-large

    I have been involved in Democrats Abroad since the birth of the Lyon chapter, with a short break when I moved to Paris last year during which I remained active in progressive organizing (even speaking at the Keep Families Together rally). I would like to run for a Member-at-large position because I believe in the power of using our civic duty, even from abroad, to fight for the principles we hold dear. For me, as a young person, these ideals include environmental justice, dealing with crushing student debt, fighting for racial and gender equity, and getting money out of politics. My current position working at the World Health Organization has confirmed my view that universal health coverage is not a pie-in-the-sky ideal and that health is a human right. If ever there was a time to be bold in our ideas and speak out against hate, injustice, inequality and fear, it’s now.


     

    Name: Dori Laboune

    Position: Member-at-large

    My name is Dori Laboune. I’m from Corvallis, Oregon, and I’m a permanent resident of France. I’ve lived here in Lyon for about ten years now. I’m running for a member at large position, where I hope to help work on different projects. I’m really interested in issues involving climate change, medicare for all, (and cooking Emoji ).


    Nancy Goldstein

    Position: Member-at-Large

    In 2018 I retired from my corporate career in the US and settled in Lyon with my husband, Phil. We had previously lived in Lyon (along with our two children) for a year in 2003, and could not wait to get back and call Lyon home. I continue to maintain a home in Atlanta, which is where I am a registered voter, and very anxious to change the politics in that state. I also spent 9 years living in Denver, Co. which seems to have a similar dynamic to Georgia - very liberal big city in a generally conservative state. I am impressed with all the efforts that Democrat chapters abroad have been making to GOTV, as well as providing a forum to meet with people who share the same values and concerns. I’d like to be able to contribute more to this cause by serving on the Board of the Democrats Abroad - Lyon chapter.


  • published What would you change about the Democratic Party? in News 2018-07-09 09:48:49 -0400

    What would you change about the Democratic Party?

    On May 17,2018 members of Democrats Abroad Lyon Chapter met to discuss the topic “What would you like to change about the Democratic Party?” The session grew out of hearing frequent objections from liberals and progressives to the behavior of our party before, during and after the 2016 Presidential election.

    Our intended agenda was to look at the Democratic Party Platform and evaluate whether it addressed and prioritized issues correctly, and then to look at the Unity Commission Report to see if it went far enough to right the wrongs identified since the election.

    It quickly became apparent that our members were not interested in evaluating policy. Instead, they had enormous pent up disappointment and doubt that needed to be expressed. We were lucky to have a diverse group representing both the East and West coasts of the U.S., as well as a few folks from the heartland. We were also fortunate to have a millennial with us who was very eloquent about the disenchantment of his generation with the party’s process.

    The discussion was emotional. There were two main themes: expressions of angst over broken problems and suggestions for reforms and solutions. Here are extracts from the evening’s conversation.

    Broken Promises and other problems

    “We need a candidate who embodies both parts of the party, mainstream and progressive.”

    “The Democratic party needs to learn how to address the political, geographic and rural center of the country if it is to win a national election.”

    “The most energetic voters are the far right and the far left.”

    “The Democratic Party has become just another party of white men.”

    “The Party underestimates how much disappointment exists over the performance of the Obama administration.”

    “The Party spit in the face of young voters. They need to do something to restore opportunity if they want to keep young voters.”

    “There has been a loss of faith that the party will do what they say they will do.”

    “The Party uses black voters for their purpose (to get elected) and then ignores them when governing.”

    “During the campaign, the Republicans had a wider field of candidates and therefore their process looked more transparent. It appeared that, on the Democratic side, the DNC put their fingers on the scales.”

    Reforms and Solutions

    “Voters don’t care about platform. Politics is an emotional game. We need to build a brand and create brand loyalty, revisiting the concept of Yellow Dog Democrats who would vote for a yellow dog rather than a Republican.”

    “Build and strengthen our ties with universities, creating international connectivity among universities and a global movement.”

    “Fix the electoral college system. Control the message by speaking of Trump as ‘the president elected by the electoral college, not by the people’.”

    “Work towards a constitutional amendment on congressional term limits.”

    “Radicalize the middle because the progressive agenda is best for them too.”

    “Hold election day on a weekend to improve voter turnout.”


  • Strong Support for March for Our Lives Movement in Lyon

    French and American students, along with parents and friends assembled in Lyon at 4pm, simultaneously with events in the US, to show support for the brave and passionate American students led by the Parkland shooting survivors. Our program was sober and serious. Robin Guinot, chapter chair, shared reflections on growing up in the post-Columbine world with the many young people in our group. Pictures of the victims of Parkland and Columbine were distributed to the 80 attendees. We couldn't bear to distribute pictures of the 6 and 7 year old babies who died at Sandy Hook. The names and ages of all the dead were read aloud.

     

    The inspiring words of Fred Guttenberg, father of slain student Jamie Guttenberg, were also read, as well as a poem called "What to Do in Case of a Gun Attack". To end on a note of hope, four high school and college students from our group read quotes from Parkland student activists David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Sarah Chadwick and Delaney Tarr. Last but not least, we read the short text of the letter written by Barack and Michelle Obama to the Parkland activists encouraging them to continue their work.

     

    When it was time for sharing from the audience, an attendee shared her experience of deadly gun violence on a college campus. Eleven years later she is still trying to process and deal with the horrific memories. Others shared personal stories privately about being touched by gun violence. Even in our small group of 80 people, 4,000 miles away from the East coast of America, many of us were personally hurt by gun atrocities. 

     

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  • Détendu And Ludique: DAL Discussion Group-Call for Submissions:

    What are you curious about? Do you have expertise to share? Do you want to make an argument for something that you are passionate about? Do you want to study a new subject and give a presentation on what you have learned? Do a book report! We have a list of topics if you need an idea. We don't intend for this to be limited to politics.
    So, what do you want to talk about?
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  • published Martin Luther King: Le Rêve Brisé? in News 2018-03-02 18:11:44 -0500

    Martin Luther King: Le Rêve Brisé?

    Democrats Abroad Lyon organized a visit to an exhibition in the Lyon public library honoring Dr. Martin Luther King on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. We were warmly welcomed by the curator, Michel Chomarat, who spent time with us explaining the inspiration behind the exhibition and answering our questions.

    We learned that a French priest who attended Dr. King's speech at the Bourse in Lyon, 1966 became a life long collector of Dr. King papers and memorabilia. The exhibit was built around his collection. It included newsreel film of the "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington. Footage of the crowd surrounds visitors in the gallery and makes you feel as though you were amongst the listeners in 1963, a truly moving experience. Also included in the exhibit were figurines depicting incidents in MLK's life by an American artist, a recreation of the church where King preached and many photos of other prominent civil rights leaders.

    There is clearly a very special relationship between the city of Lyon and the memory of Dr. King and his historic visit here in 1966. The visit was an excellent moment to consider the question posed in the title of the exhibition - IS THE DREAM BROKEN?


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  • US Consul in Lyon Addresses Democrats Abroad Lyon Chapter

    The US consul to Lyon, Rebecca Kimbrell, addressed the membership of Democrats Abroad at the Franco-American business school
    CEFAM on November 21, 2018. Her talk was titled "The US System of Checks and Balances". Ms Kimbrell explained her role and
    responsibilities as the State Department representative in Lyon since August 2016. She shared with us the kinds of the events
    she attends and the people with whom she interacts. She answered questions from the audience about the American legislative system
    and the powers of the executive branch. These days with executive orders flying out of the White House and pushback from the courts and
    the Democrats in Congress, we were all happy to have a refresher course on how our government actually works. She reassured us
    with reminders of how robust the system really is. Useful information to have at our fingertips when French people ask for
    explanations of what is going on in Washington!!



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  • Hear Our Voice: First Anniversary of Women's March Observed in Lyon

    Under the theme “Hear our Voice”, the first anniversary Women’s March rally was held in Lyon on January 21, 2018 in solidarity with the Global Women’s Caucus.  About 30 people, women and men, members and non-members, met at in the city center's Place des Terreaux armed with signs and passion for the cause of sexual equality and a harrassment-free world.

    Co-chair Robin Guinot explained that our mission was "not only to mark the anniversary of the Women’s March, but to keep the momentum of this movement going."  Attendees then shared their thoughts, experiences and hopes for the future.  We wrapped up by emphasizing that our POWER is our vote.  Literature from the GOTV campaign was of course available because OUR VOTE IS OUR VOICE.  Later, the group assembled at Lyon cafe for more talk and mutual support.


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  • published No to the Wall” - Burrito Blast in News 2017-10-01 12:21:19 -0400

    No to the Wall” - Burrito Blast

    On September 24, Democrats in Lyon gathered to eat delicious burritos, guacamole and other south of the border specialities and to express our solidarity with those impacted by the threat to DACA and with the victims of the three recent earthquakes in Mexico.  Members were encouraged to express their vision of the American Dream with signs.









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  • published I Have a Dream in News 2017-10-01 12:06:47 -0400

    I Have a Dream

    In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville and the subsequent speech by the President in Phoenix, Democrats Abroad in Lyon, Strasbourg and Toulouse came together on Monday, Aug 28th, on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington to read aloud the words of his I Have A Dream speech--54 years to the day that he spoke them.

    In Strasbourg Democrats met outside the American Consulate.  In Toulouse we met in Compans-Caffarelli Park next to the Phoenix Statue. And in Lyon we met at the bust of Martin Luther King commemorating his visit and speech in our city in 1966.




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  • published Lyon Chapter Summer 2017 Suggested Reading List in News 2017-07-28 15:42:18 -0400

    Lyon Chapter Summer 2017 Suggested Reading List

    Summer Reading List Lyon Chapter

    July, 2017

    Below is a list of 40+ books from all across the political spectrum organized in groups: Left, Right and Center. The majority of these books promote the Democratic and Progressive agendas. Some however, are written by well-known figures on the right and targeted to the conservative base. They are included in this list for those brave souls who would like to escape the liberal echo chamber and know how the other side thinks. The books in the centrist list cover American topics of general political and social interest. Have a good Resistance Summer!!

    Left

    Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken - story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.

    Don't Think of An Elephant by George Lakoff - explains how conservatives think, and how to counter their arguments. He outlines in detail the traditional American values that progressives hold, but are often unable to articulate.

    Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics by Jerome Armstrong, Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga, Simon Rosenberg - political bloggers offer their views on the current political landscape in America and provide an insightful look into the new progressive movement, aided by advances in technology, that is changing the face of politics.

    The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation by Drew Westen - groundbreaking investigation into the role of emotion in determining the political life of the nation....The idea of the mind as a cool calculator that makes decisions by weighing the evidence bears no relation to how the brain actually works. When political candidates assume voters dispassionately make decisions based on "the issues," they lose. That's why only one Democrat has been re-elected to the presidency since Franklin Roosevelt—and only one Republican has failed in that quest.

    Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky

    Hegemony or Survival: is a study of the "American Empire" written by the American linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    The New Deal by Paul K. Conkin

    The New Deal is still the best succinct and coherent description of a chaotic period. It is an account of the major domestic policies adopted during the Roosevelt administration. It is also a rich portrait of Roosevelt the man and consummate politician, and the satellite figures around him. This highly interpretive text, with its spirited and often subtle assessments of New Deal personalities and programs, will continue to bring the period to life for new generations of students. Includes extensive photo essay.

    The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman

    Paul Krugman studies the past eighty years of American history, from the reforms that tamed the harsh inequality of the Gilded Age to the unraveling of that achievement and the reemergence of immense economic and political inequality since the 1970s. Seeking to understand both what happened to middle-class America and what it will take to achieve a "new New Deal," Krugman has created his finest book to date, a work that weaves together a nuanced account of three generations of history with sharp political, social, and economic analysis.

    Witches Midwives & Nurses by Barbara Ehrenreich & Deirdre English

    Women have always been healers, and medicine has always been an arena of struggle between female practitioners and male professionals. This pamphlet explores two important phases in the male takeover of health care: the suppression of witches in medieval Europe and the rise of the male medical profession in the United States. The authors conclude that despite efforts to exclude them, the resurgence of women as healers should be a long-range goal of the women’s movement.

    A Prayer for America by Dennis Kucinich

    When Congressman Dennis Kucinich delivered his speech, “A Prayer for America,” to the Southern California chapter of Americans for Democratic Action, it electrified the whole country. In his speech, Kucinich—a 2004 presidential candidate—warned against an America that had discarded the constitutional liberties integral to its identity: “Let us pray that our nation will remember that the unfolding of the promise of democracy in our nation paralleled the striving for civil rights. That is why we must challenge the rationale of the Patriot Act. We must ask why should America put aside guarantees of constitutional justice?” A Prayer for America collects Kucinich’s essays and speeches. It represents his holistic worldview and carries with it a passionate commitment to public service, peace, human rights, workers’ rights, and the environment. His advocacy of a Department of Peace seeks not only to make nonviolence an organizing principle in our society, but to make war a thing of the past. A Prayer for America includes an introductory essay from Kucinich that reflects on his political journey from his election as the youngest mayor of a major American city to his role as a dynamic, visionary leader of the Progressive Caucus of the Congressional Democrats.

    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives.

    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

    This is an 1845 memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass. It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period. In factual detail, the text describes the events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United States.

    A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

    "My history... describes the inspiring struggle of those who have fought slavery and racism (Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Fannie Lou Hamer, Bob Moses), of the labor organizers who have led strikes for the rights of working people (Big Bill Haywood, Mother Jones, César Chávez), of the socialists and others who have protested war and militarism (Eugene V. Debs, Helen Keller, the Rev. Daniel Berrigan, Cindy Sheehan). I want young people to understand that ours is a beautiful country, but it has been taken over by men who have no respect for human rights or constitutional liberties. Our people are basically decent and caring, and our highest ideals are expressed in the Declaration of Independence, which says that all of us have an equal right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The history of our country, I point out in my book, is a striving, against corporate robber barons and war makers, to make those ideals a reality — and all of us, of whatever age, can find immense satisfaction in becoming part of that." –HZ

    The Culture of Fear, Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things by Barry Glassner

    In the age of 9/11, the Iraq War, financial collapse, and Amber Alerts, our society is defined by fear. So it's not surprising that three out of four Americans say they feel more fearful today then they did twenty years ago. But are we living in exceptionally dangerous times? Sociologist Barry Glassner demonstrates that it is our perception of danger that has increased, not the actual level of risk. Glassner exposes the people and organizations that manipulate our perceptions and profit from our fears, including advocacy groups that raise money by exaggerating the prevalence of particular diseases and politicians who win elections by heightening concerns about crime, drug use, and terrorism.

    Collected Essays by James Baldwin

    James Baldwin was a uniquely prophetic voice in American letters. His brilliant and provocative essays made him the literary voice of the Civil Rights Era, and they continue to speak with powerful urgency to us today, whether in the swirling debate over the Black Lives Matter movement or in the words of Raoul Peck's documentary "I Am Not Your Negro." Edited by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, the Library of America's Collected Essays is the most comprehensive gathering of Baldwin's nonfiction ever published.

    Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

    Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job -- any job -- can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly "unskilled," that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you want to live indoors.

    The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi

    In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what allows massively destructive fraud by the hyper-wealthy to go unpunished, while turning poverty itself into a crime—but it’s impossible to see until you look at these two alarming trends side by side. In The Divide, Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing journey through both sides of our new system of justice—the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably wealthy and the criminalized poor. He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the financial collapse; a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to destroy a company through dirty tricks; and the story of a whistleblower who gets in the way of the largest banks in America, only to find herself in the crosshairs. On the other side of the Divide, Taibbi takes us to the front lines of the immigrant dragnet; into the newly punitive welfare system which treats its beneficiaries as thieves; and deep inside the stop-and-frisk world, where standing in front of your own home has become an arrestable offense. As he narrates these incredible stories, he draws out and analyzes their common source: a perverse new standard of justice, based on a radical, disturbing new vision of civil rights.

    The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy by Murray Bookchin

    From Athens to New York, recent mass movements around the world have challenged austerity and authoritarianism with expressions of real democracy. For more than forty years, Murray Bookchin developed these democratic aspirations into a new left politics based on popular assemblies, influencing a wide range of political thinkers and social movements. With a foreword by the best-selling author of The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin, The Next Revolution brings together Bookchin’s essays on freedom and direct democracy for the first time, offering a bold political vision that can move us from protest to social transformation.

    $2.00 a Day : Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Schaefer

    After two decades of brilliant research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn’t seen since the mid-1990s — households surviving on virtually no income. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on calculating incomes of the poor, to discover that the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American households, including about 3 million children. Where do these families live? How did they get so desperately poor? Edin has “turned sociology upside down” (Mother Jones) with her procurement of rich — and truthful — interviews. Through the book’s any compelling profiles, moving and startling answers emerge. The authors illuminate a troubling trend: a low-wage labor market that increasingly fails to deliver a living wage, and a growing but hidden landscape of survival strategies among America’s extreme poor. More than a powerful exposé, $2.00 a Day delivers new evidence and new ideas to our national debate on income inequality.

    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

    Though the conventional point of view holds that racial discrimination has mostly ended with the civil rights movement reforms of the 1960s, Alexander posits that the U.S. criminal justice system uses the War on Drugs as a primary tool for enforcing traditional, as well as new, modes of discrimination and repression. These new modes of racism have led to not only the highest rate of incarceration in the world, but also an even greater imprisonment of African American men. Were present trends to continue, Alexander writes, the United States will imprison one-third of its African American population. When combined with the fact that whites are more likely to commit drug crimes than people of color, the issue becomes clear for Alexander: "The primary targets of [the penal system's] control can be defined largely by race." This, ultimately, leads Alexander to believe that mass incarceration is "a stunningly comprehensive and well-disguised system of racialized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow". The culmination of this social control is what Alexander calls a "racial caste system", a type of stratification wherein people of color are kept in an inferior position. Its emergence, she believes, is a direct response to the Civil Rights Movement.

    Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

    A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

    No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein

    "Trump is extreme but he's not a Martian. He is the logical conclusion of many of the most dangerous trends of the past half-century. He is the personification of the merger of humans and corporations--a one-man megabrand, with wife and children as spin-off brands. This book is to help understand how we arrived at this surreal political moment, how to keep it from getting a lot worse, and how, if we keep our heads, we can flip the script and seize the opportunity to make things a whole lot better in a time of urgent need. A tool-kit for shock-resistance." -from the introduction.


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    Recovering Americanism by Mark Levin - From New York Times best seller list. Author is radio host. Plea for a return to America’s most sacred values.

    Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos - The liberal media machine did everything they could to keep this book out of your hands. Now, finally, DANGEROUS, the most controversial book of the decade, is tearing down safe spaces everywhere.

    UNDERSTANDING TRUMP by Newt Gingrich - The former House speaker explains the president’s philosophy and political agenda.

    THE SWAMP by Eric Bolling - The Fox News host suggests how Donald Trump can fight corruption and cronyism in Washington.

    Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey by David Horowitz - the story of his startling political odyssey from Sixties radical to Nineties conservative.

    The Reagan Revolution by Rowland Evans and Robert Novak

    An Inside Look at the Transformation of the U. S. Government from a conservative perspective.


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    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance - From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Part memoir, part historical and social analysis, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is a fascinating consideration of class, culture, and the American dream.

    The End of Eddy by Edouard Louis - account of a childhood in rural French poverty which has been compared to Hillbilly Elegy above (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/books/review-end-of-eddy-edouard-louis.html?mcubz=2)

    Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty - Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy...the French author Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns.

    It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

    Published during the rise of fascism in Europe, the novel describes the rise of Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, a politician who defeats Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) and is elected President of the United States, after fomenting fear and promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and "traditional" values.

    The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

    Themes are breakage and separation, effects of white beauty standards, media and culture, religion, shame.

    US(a.) by Saul Williams

    After four years abroad (France), Williams returned to the United States and found his head twirling with thoughts on race, class, gender, finance, freedom, guns, cooking shows, dog shows, superheroes, not-so-super politicians—everything that makes up our country. US(a.) is a collection of poems that embodies the spirit of a culture that questions sentiments and realities, embracing a cross-section of pop culture, hip-hop, and the greater world politic of the moment.

    Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

    The essays in Bad Feminist address a wide variety of topics, both cultural and personal. The collection of essays is broken into five sections: Me; Gender & Sexuality; Race & Entertainment; Politics, Gender & Race; and Back to Me. In a 2014 interview with Time, Gay explained her role as a feminist and how it has influenced her writing: "In each of these essays, I’m very much trying to show how feminism influences my life for better or worse. It just shows what it’s like to move through the world as a woman. It’s not even about feminism per se, it’s about humanity and empathy."

    Malcom X: The Autobiography as told to Alex Haley

    The Autobiography of Malcolm X was published in 1965, the result of a collaboration between human rights activist Malcolm X and journalist Alex Haley. Haley co-authored the autobiography based on a series of in-depth interviews he conducted between 1963 and Malcolm X's 1965 assassination. The Autobiography is a spiritual conversion narrative that outlines Malcolm X's philosophies. After the leader was killed, Haley wrote the book's epilogue. He described their collaborative process and the events at the end of Malcolm X's life.

    Two or Three Things I Know For Sure by Dorothy Allison

    Dorothy Allison takes a probing look at her family's history to give us a lyrical, complex memoir that explores how the gossip of one generation can become legends for the next. Illustrated with photographs from the author's personal collection, she tells the story of the Gibson women -- sisters, cousins, daughters, and aunts -- and the men who loved them, often abused them, and, nonetheless, shared their destinies. With luminous clarity, Allison explores how desire surprises and what power feels like to a young girl as she confronts abuse. As always, Dorothy Allison is provocative, confrontational, and brutally honest. Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, steeped in the hard-won wisdom of experience, expresses the strength of her unique vision with beauty and eloquence.

    American Nations by Colin Woodard

    According to award-winning journalist and historian Colin Woodard, North America is made up of eleven distinct nations, each with its own unique historical roots. In American Nations he takes readers on a journey through the history of our fractured continent, offering a revolutionary and revelatory take on American identity, and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and continue to mold our future. From the Deep South to the Far West, to Yankeedom to El Norte, Woodard (author of American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good) reveals how each region continues to uphold its distinguishing ideals and identities today, with results that can be seen in the composition of the U.S. Congress or on the county-by-county election maps of this year's Trump versus Clinton presidential election.

    The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

    Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data. Most predictions fail, often at great cost to society, because most of us have a poor understanding of probability and uncertainty. Both experts and laypeople mistake more confident predictions for more accurate ones. But overconfidence is often the reason for failure. If our appreciation of uncertainty improves, our predictions can get better too. This is the “prediction paradox”: The more humility we have about our ability to make predictions, the more successful we can be in planning for the future.

    All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks

    All About Love offers radical new ways to think about love by showing its interconnectedness in our private and public lives. Hooks explains how our everyday notions of what it means to give and receive love often fail us, and how these ideals are established in early childhood. She offers a rethinking of self-love that will bring peace and compassion to our personal and professional lives, and asserts the place of love to end struggles between individuals, in communities, and among societies. Moving from the cultural to the intimate, hooks notes the ties between love and loss and challenges the prevailing notion that romantic love is the most important love of all. Visionary and original, hooks shows how love heals the wounds we bear as individuals and as a nation, for it is the cornerstone of compassion and forgiveness and holds the power to overcome shame.

    Democracy In America by Alexis de Tocqueville

    In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat and ambitious civil servant, set out from post-revolutionary France on a journey across America that would take him 9 months and cover 7,000 miles. This is the result: a subtle and prescient analysis of the life and institutions of 19th-century America. Tocqueville looked to the flourishing democratic system in America as a possible model for post-revolutionary France, believing that the egalitarian ideals it enshrined reflected the spirit of the age and even divine will. His study of the strengths and weaknesses of an evolving democratic society has been quoted by every American president since Eisenhower, and remains a key point of reference for any discussion of the American nation or the democratic system. English translation.

    Bayou Farewell by Mike Tidwell

    The Cajun coast of Louisiana is home to a way of life as unique, complex, and beautiful as the terrain itself. As award-winning travel writer Mike Tidwell journeys through the bayou, he introduces us to the food and the language, the shrimp fisherman, the Houma Indians, and the rich cultural history that makes it unlike any other place in the world. But seeing the skeletons of oak trees killed by the salinity of the groundwater, and whole cemeteries sinking into swampland and out of sight, Tidwell also explains why each introduction may be a farewell—as the storied Louisiana coast steadily erodes into the Gulf of Mexico.

    The Lincoln Brigade, A Picture History by William Loren Katz and Marc Crawford

    The day after Christmas, 1936, a group of 96 Americans sailed from New York to help Spain defend its democratic government against fascism. Ultimately, 2800 United States volunteers reached Spain to become the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

    The Managed Heart: Commercialization of Human Feeling by Arlie Russell Hochschild

    In private life, we try to induce or suppress love, envy, and anger through deep acting or "emotion work," just as we manage our outer expressions of feeling through surface acting. In trying to bridge a gap between what we feel and what we "ought" to feel, we take guidance from "feeling rules" about what is owing to others in a given situation. Based on our private mutual understandings of feeling rules, we make a "gift exchange" of acts of emotion management. We bow to each other not simply from the waist, but from the heart. But what occurs when emotion work, feeling rules, and the gift of exchange are introduced into the public world of work? In search of the answer, Arlie Hochschild closely examines two groups of public-contact workers: flight attendants and bill collectors. The flight attendant's job is to deliver a service and create further demand for it, to enhance the status of the customer and be "nicer than natural." The bill collector's job is to collect on the service, and if necessary, to deflate the status of the customer by being "nastier than natural." Between these extremes, roughly one-third of American men and one-half of American women hold jobs that call for substantial emotional labor. In many of these jobs, they are trained to accept feeling rules and techniques of emotion management that serve the company's commercial purpose. Just as we have seldom recognized or understood emotional labor, we have not appreciated it cost to those who do it for a living. Like a physical laborer who becomes estranged from what he or she makes, an emotional laborer, such as a flight attendant, can become estranged not only from her own expressions of feeling (her smile is not "her" smile), but also from what she actually feels (her managed friendliness). This estrangement, though a valuable defense against stress, is also an important occupational hazard, because it is through our feelings that we are connected with those around us.

    Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State by Ralph Nader

    Nader shows how Left-Right coalitions can prevail over the corporate state and crony capitalism. He draws on his extensive experience working with grassroots organizations in Washington and reveals the many surprising victories by united progressive and conservative forces. As a participator in, and keen observer of, these budding alliances, he breaks new ground in showing how such coalitions can overcome specific obstacles that divide them, and how they can expand their power on Capitol Hill, in the in the courts, and in the decisive arena of public opinion. Americans can reclaim their right to consume safe foods and drugs, live in healthy environments, receive fair rewards for their work, resist empire, regain control of taxpayer assets, strengthen investor rights, and make bureaucrats more efficient and accountable. Nader argues it is in the interest of citizens of different political labels to join in the struggle against the corporate state that will, if left unchecked, ruin the Republic, override our constitution, and shred the basic rights of the American people.

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  • Lyon Chapter Marched for Science on April 22, 2017

    Democrats Abroad Lyon joined people in 500 cities who turned out in force on Earth Day 2017 to celebrate the important role of science in the 21st century.  We stood united with all those who believe science is truth and who believe new research should be adequately funded.   


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