Bonjour Members of DemsAbroad Montreal!!
The midterms and all run-off elections are over (not to mention the holidays!) and WOW, did y'all vote! Our stats tell us that Democrats Abroad voted as much as we have in presidential elections! Who makes that effort in a Mid-Term? YOU DO!
Now that our GOTV efforts have subsided, we’ve turned inward to our own leadership and by-law amendments. Get ready—there will be a series of emails over the next few weeks as DA Montreal, DA Canada, and global Democrats Abroad host elections.
I'm writing you now about the Montreal Chapter elections. We need YOU to consider to part of the organizing committee to WIN in 2020. Will you volunteer to join the Board of the Montreal Chapter?
Click this link to access the nomination form. In the form, click on the positions to see the position descriptions. If you want to see change, now is the time to act. Let’s do more than vote.
The deadline for submitting a nomination is 11:59PM EST February 12, 2019.
The Annual General Meeting of DemsAbroad Montreal will take place Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 6:30PM EST / Location: 688 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Room 361, Montreal, QC H3A 0B2. Watch your email for details.
Democratically yours,Charlie Baranski, Chair
Claire Rawson-Dannenbaum, Teller of Elections
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."
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