Hillary Clinton was in fine form Monday night (despite a fractured foot) as she addressed over 3500 admirers at Palais des Congres. She was feisty at times and used self-deprecating humor at strategic points to deliver four lessons describing the 2016 campaign and election from her new book:
1. It is vital to get back up after being knocked down.
Hillary believed that it was important that she serve as an example of this by not allowing herself to wallow in self-pity. One of the ways she has accomplished this has been to establish the “Onward Together” organization which supports grassroots efforts around the country.
2. Get more women involved in politics.
Secretary Clinton expressed her concern about the double standard that still exists towards women in this area. She believes that women are liked and respected when serving others but not respected when advocating for themselves. The presence of more female voices would go a long way towards shattering this double standard.
3. There is no such thing as an alternative fact.
Hillary is worried about the powerful interests that are working to make it harder to distinguish facts and falsehoods. She believes that we can not underestimate the Russian interference in our political system and stressed that this is a clear and present danger unless steps are taken to protect ourselves from this threat. She acknowledged that this is a new kind of cold war.
4. Refuse to be silent.
Along the lines of “silence gives consent”, Secretary Clinton believes that the most effective way of striking down intimidation is by speaking up and speaking loudly.
Clinton remains optimistic and is encouraged by the positive, proactive energy that has come out of the disappointment over the election result. “People like us [that are] willing to stand up for timeless principles and values fill me with hope. We are on the right side of history."
"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.
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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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Montreal!
Democrats Abroad represents the official Democratic Party for U.S. citizens living all over the world.
YES, YOU CAN VOTE FROM ABROAD!!!
*** We help people register to vote, phone bank, march and meet up socially at all sorts of events.
*** We have caucuses working on issues you care about: LGBT, Women, Youth, STEM, Hispanic, Black, Veterans and Military Families.
We still care, and feel strongly about how the U.S. evolves. Our Montreal leadership team joins people from Texas, Ohio, New Jersey, Kansas, Massachusetts and Michigan.
Join us or participate! Your positive energy is welcome.
Chair, Democrats Abroad Montréal