Upcoming EventsFor the February book group, we will read The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis, who is the same author that wrote The Big Short.From the Amazon blurb about the book:
What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?
"The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them.
Michael Lewis’s brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders. In Agriculture the funding of vital programs like food stamps and school lunches is being slashed. The Commerce Department may not have enough staff to conduct the 2020 Census properly. Over at Energy, where international nuclear risk is managed, it’s not clear there will be enough inspectors to track and locate black market uranium before terrorists do.We will meet on February 13 at a local pub - location TBD.A few days prior to the meeting, I will send reviews of the book, so that even those who haven't read it can participate. All are welcome, whether you have read the whole book, 50 pages, or none.
Join the Oxford Democrats Abroad for a special lunch event with former congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney. John served as U.S. Representative for Maryland's 6th District from 2013-2019, where he sat on the powerful Financial Services Committee. In July 2017 he became the first prominent Democrat to announce a presidential campaign, and has already campaigned in each of Iowa's 99 counties. John will speak about his bid for the presidency, his vision for America, and his experience in Congress.
There is no charge for attendance; food and drink will be available for purchase at the bar.
*This event is not an endorsement by the Democrats Abroad of the John Delaney presidential campaign, and no fundraising will be permitted*
Incisive talk from Prof. Fran Moore of UC Davis on US progress toward climate goals since the Paris Agreement. Key takeaway: US and the world must seriously step up decarbonization efforts, to keep global warming below 2°C and prevent severe economic and environmental impacts. Key action point: Vote Democrat down ballot this November and every election going forward, to put the US government back on track on environmental policy.
If you’d like to contribute to related research and activism (laypeople welcome), please contact the DAUK Policy Network Environment & Energy group at email@example.com.
Since the start of 2018, the DAUK voter registration team has been very busy, holding drives at Arcadia, University College London, SOAS University, Queen Mary University, Canary Wharf, Cadogan Hall, Fordham University Study Abroad, New York University Study Abroad, Foundation International Education, Richmond University, Facebook, women’s clubs, international schools and several DAUK events. We’ve also held three training sessions for new volunteers and supplemented our efforts with social media, an effective way to steer citizens to votefromabroad.org.
More drives are in the works, and we’re gearing up for even more in the fall, when all study abroad students will need absentee ballots for the general election on November 6. However, we need help finding new locations and getting access to some old ones, where our contacts have moved on (London School of Economics and Kings College, to name two). We also want to reach out to many more American alumni associations. If you can help, write firstname.lastname@example.org. Huge thanks goes to the entire DAUK Voter Registration Team!
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