Roundup of the month’s news: more on Trump investigations, impeachment or not, 2020 presidential primary (Joe Biden throws his hat in the ring), and new outbursts of violence.
Jean-Pierre LaRochelle leads the discussion and YOU - the informed audience - have a chance to weigh in too. Always good exchange of views, and good food and drink too if you’re so inclined.
Join the new Paris Executive Committee for Happy Hour to celebrate the creation of the new chapter, meet other like-minded Americans, and learn more about Democrats Abroad events and initiatives in the Île de France region.
The DAF - Riviera Chapter invites their members and guests to participate in the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Rhone American Cemetery in Draguignan. You can view the full details on the Rhone American Cemetery web site.
In particular, The DAF - Riviera Chapter proudly sponsors a wreath to be laid on an unknown solider's tomb for this ceremony. This Rhone American Cemetery event is open to the public, however DAF - Riviera does not organize any transportation.
This distinguished ceremony honors those that have served both our country and France as well as celebrate the bond between France and the United States over the years.
LEST WE EVER FORGET - MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES, LORRAINE AMERICAN CEMETERY, ST AVOLD AND EPINAL AMERICAN CEMETERY
Every year, Democrats Abroad France remembers the fallen soldiers who fought and died while serving in the US Armed Forces. DA France will be laying wreaths on the graves of these heroes in ceremonies throughout France.
Our DA Strasbourg chapter will be participating in two of these ceremonies in Eastern France; we invite our members to join us at either one (click on the links for more information).
EPINAL: Memorial Day observance, Epinal American Cemetery (10:30 am)
ST AVOLD: Ceremony, Lorraine American Cemetery, St Avold (11:00 am)
Attendance is free of charge and open to the public. Ride-sharing to Epinal and St Avold is available, please contact me at the email address below by 20 May.
Join the Normandy Democrats at 11:30 on Sunday, 2 June 2019 to lay a wreath and commemorate D-Day.
Afterwards we will have a fun lunch together on Omaha Beach. RSVP to email@example.com.
This social event is open to all our members, Americans and accompanying guests. We welcome you all to come and interact with fellow Americans in the region and engage in American political discussions. We will give a brief presentation particularly where these issues stand in the Washington political discourse. Join us to formalize our viewpoint as Americans living abroad by paying (€5) includes drinks, such as wine and water.
Parking: Palais de la Méditerranée or Grimaldi
Public Transport: several bus stops in walking distance: Grimaldi, Congrès-Joffre, Congrès-Promenade
June 6, 2019 is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, a momentous occasion to celebrate peace, liberty and reconciliation. Democrats Abroad France will be there!
If you are interested in attending the official ceremony on June 6, it is not too early to think about it. Here is the information you need before you RSVP.
- Democrats Abroad France will be renting a bus with 50 places to take us from Paris to Colleville early on the morning of June 6 and returning after the ceremony the same day. The Ceremony begins at 11 AM so we will likely leave Paris around 5-6 AM.
- The cost of the bus will be 30 € a person.
- The bus will be filled first-come-first- serve.
- No one can be admitted to the ceremony without registering a personalized request to the American Battlefields Monument Commission well-beforehand.
- Register with the ABMC personally yourself on the link abmc.gov/dday75registration and we will take care of the rest.
- We suggest bringing a packed lunch or snack for the return bus trip to Paris.
If you are interested in participating in this historic event with Democrats Abroad France, where heads of State from all over the world will be present, please RSVP to the ABMC right away. In addition, please RSVP here with Democrats Abroad France
Democrats Abroad France - Paris partners with The Red Wheelbarrow to invite you to a discussion with Nancy MacLean and Margaret Somers. Both have recently published best-selling books on the state of US politics today, and who have rocked the media world with their analyses.
Nancy MacLean’s book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America (Viking Press 2017) won the Lillian Smith Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The Nation’s Most Valuable Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award.” MacLean is the award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry. The William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, she regularly appears on radio and TV, including NPR, CSPAN, and the Bill Maher show.
“[A] remarkably important book…this book is a superb contribution to our understanding of the rise of libertarian notions and right-wing political power in the US. If you wonder how the Supreme Court came to define speech as money or corporations as people, this volume will help you to figure it out…The melting ice caps, if nothing else, stand as testament to the folly of listening mainly to the rich and powerful.”—Bill McKibben, The Times Literary Supplement
Margaret Somers’ book The Power of Market Fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi’s Critique (Harvard 2016) has also been stirring up something of a storm, as Polanyi is increasingly recognized as the 20th century’s most important analyst of the perils of market society. The book asks what is it about free-market ideas that give them tenacious staying power in the face of such manifest failures as persistent unemployment, widening inequality, and the severe financial crises that have stressed Western economies over the past forty years?
“In seeking to understand the dynamics of our own time, we can do no better than to revisit Polanyi…As more of us are having second thoughts about the second coming of the primal market, it is as if Polanyi is somewhere in the ether. Rereading Polanyi at a time when events vindicate his vision, one has to be struck with the eerie contemporary ring. Polanyi is startlingly 21st-century in addressing how the private rule of global finance puts public policy in a straitjacket.”―Robert Kuttner, American Prospect
Somers, Professor of Sociology and History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, has impacted the world of economics with her theories of social capital. Already in 2008 she wrote: “Social capital is bad for reducing poverty or elevating cultures; and it is bad for sociology – as a discipline and as a social project. Above all, it is very bad for democratic citizenship.”
If you want to learn the latest on new political thinking, these authors will surely give you that insight, in addition to a stimulating and challenging discussion of the new “socialists” elected to the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm!