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What We’re Fighting For

From our founding we have made these kinds of moral demands of our soldiers. It starts with the oath they swear to support and defend the Constitution, an oath made not to a flag, or to a piece of ground, or to an ethnically distinct people, but to a set of principles established in our founding documents. An oath that demands a commitment to democracy, to liberty, to the rule of law and to the self-evident equality of all men. The Marines I knew fought, and some of them died, for these principles.

That’s why those Marines were trained to care for their enemy. That’s why another Marine gave his own blood to an insurgent. Because America is an idea as much as a country, and so those acts defend America as surely as any act of violence, because they embody that idea. That nurse, in the quiet, alone with that insurgent, with no one looking as he cared for his patient. That was an act of war.

Read the full NY Times article here.


This veterans’ group just debuted a show-stopping ad directly addressing Donald Trump

Look, you lost the popular vote. You’re having trouble drawing a crowd. And your approval rating keeps sinking. But kicking thousands of my fellow veterans off their health insurance by killing the Affordable Care Act and banning Muslims won’t help. That’s not the America I sacrificed for.

View the full VoteVets video ad here.


Avoiding the Perils of Resistance Fatigue

Not every protest or action will garner positive or immediate results—and that’s fine.  It’s the way things work.  Never let any perceived failures impact future engagement negatively, use them as motivation.   Remember the precipitating factors behind your actions, those are what matters.  Civic action is more of a marathon than a sprint; it’s about setting things in motion and making noise.  You are on hold listening to mind-numbing Muzak waiting to speak with a representative’s staffer for a reason.  You are spending your weekend on the streets chanting, jello-armed with a sign above your head for a reason.  And that reason should supersede everything. You may be lucky enough to not be directly impacted by the laws and practices you’re fighting, but many people are.  Think about the people you’re fighting for and stay angry.

Read the full Huffington Post article here.


Face à Trump, les démocrates de France entre thérapie collective et optimisme forcené

Check out how DAF (Jonathon HOLLER, Constance BORDE, & Curtis YOUNG) represented our voice in the French media:

La voix empreinte d’une invariable sincérité, le militant conclut : « Je suis optimiste mais pas aveugle. Une forme de coup d’Etat est en cours, l’entourage de Trump comme les Stephen Bannon et Kellyanne Conway incitent à l’inquiétude. Mais une fois que l’on dit cela, que fait-on ? Nous devons relever la tête, nous devons retrouver une stratégie, renouer avec les jeunes, nous organiser avec les femmes. La partie n’est pas finie, le proverbe ne dit-il pas que l’heure la plus sombre est celle qui précède le lever du soleil ? » Effectivement.

Executive Actions Versus Executive Orders

Executive actions are any informal proposals or moves by the president. The term executive action itself is vague and can be used to describe almost anything the president calls on Congress or his administration to do. But many executive actions carry no legal weight. Those that do actually set policy can be invalidated by the courts or undone by legislation passed by Congress.

The terms executive action and executive order are not interchangeable. Executive orders are legally binding and published in the Federal Register, though they also can be reversed by the courts and Congress.

Read the full About News article here.


Lest We Forget

Donald Trump did us a favor, because he shows us how active and significant white supremacy is in this country. I mean, we needed to know it. We needed to see it. We needed to punch a hole in the mythology of post-racialism, because we need to deal with it. I mean, we think about an oncologist — we don’t want our oncologist telling us a little lie that we don’t really have cancer.

Video the full Moyers & Company video here.


The Word 'Liar': Intent Is Key

Our job as journalists is to report, to find facts, and establish their authenticity and share them with everybody, it's really important that people understand that these aren't our opinions. ... These are things we've established through our journalism, through our reporting ... and I think the minute you start branding things with a word like 'lie,' you push people away from you.

Listen to the full NPR audio report here.


Sister Marches: Nice

CANCELLED! - This march has not been authorized by the local police.


 

Sister Marches are solidarity events inspired by the Women's March on Washington, and organized by volunteers around the world. If you can't make it to Washington, D.C. on January 21, join or host a Sister March near you.

Women's March - Manifestation pour les femmes
15h00 - 21JAN2017
15 Place Masséna, Nice, France 06000

Review the full Woman's March website for details around the globe.

Please note this event is not organized by Democrats Abroad France.


Conway: Look at Trump’s heart, not ‘what’s come out of his mouth’

“Why is everything taken at face value?” she asked. “You can’t give him the benefit of the doubt on this and he’s telling you what was in his heart, you always want to go with what’s come out of his mouth rather than look at what’s in his heart.”

Read the full post on The MaddowBlog here.


Treasury Department Slams The Door On Same Country Exemption For Americans Abroad

“The Treasury Department and the IRS have also decided that the risk of U.S. tax avoidance by a U.S. taxpayer holding an account with an FFI exists regardless of whether the U.S. taxpayer holds an account in his or her foreign country of residence or another foreign country.”  The regulations say nothing about the problem of lock-out.  They fix only on the unquantified and un-weighted risk that what must be a  relatively small population of US taxpayers residing in a foreign country and banking at their local bank might evade US tax.

Read the full American Citizens Abroad publication here.