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Hillary Clinton at first appearance since election loss: “Believe in our country”

In her first formal public appearance since her election loss, Hillary Clinton spoke in Washington, D.C., at an event for the Children’s Defense Fund, and urged those in attendance to continue to “fight for our values, and never, ever give up.” Aside from her concession speech last week, Clinton has been speaking to supporters on conference calls.

The People’s President

7 days post-election.

I am still gutted, heart on the ground. I feel numb and cynical and angry.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is doing what she has always done. She’s picked herself up so she can continue to lead the charge. She’s calling on us to do our part, ensuring the arc bends toward justice.

We don’t deserve her, and I’m not as generous in believing that America is good and worthy. But I’ll be damned if I don’t give it my all to carry the torch.

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Trump tweeted the U.N. is a social club. That’s a gross simplification of what the U.N. does

  • The U.N., established following the Holocaust, focuses on developing and maintaining “international peace and security” and “friendly relations among nations.”
  • Far from Trump’s portrait of the U.N. as “just a club” for people to “have a good time,” in the broadest strokes, the U.N. works to protect universal human rights. 
  • The U.N. works extensively in all aspects of human rights.
    • In 1946, the U.N. created the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to assist children in need of food, clothing and health care following World War II. 
    • Today, UNICEF operates in more than 190 countries, providing winter clothes to children in war-ravaged Aleppo, promotes gender equality, and has created and established programs throughout the world to reduce child malnutrition. 
    • According to a 2013 report, UNICEF estimates it’s saved the lives of more than 90 million children.
    • In 1948, the U.N. created the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with a pointed focus on “the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women." 
    • Since then, the 193 Member States of the U.N. have established international and economic sanctions against people and countries that violate or threaten to violate human rights, thoroughly supports gay rights and classifies a lack of access to abortion as "torture." 
    • The group has closely monitored the Syrian civil war and plans to create a team to investigate accusations of war crimes and human rights abuses committed by Assad’s government.
    • The World Health Organization (a U.N. agency, created in 1948) spearheaded efforts to eradicate smallpox. By 1980, WHO declared smallpox extinct. By 1996, an AIDS epidemic was sweeping the globe – and the U.N. stepped up to establish UNAIDS, a joint U.N. program to combat HIV and AIDS around the world.
  • The U.N.’s UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Climate Agreement are the largest unified effort to combat climate change.
    • The UNFCCC, or United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, was "entered into force” (approved by the member states of the United Nations) in 1994 to prevent “dangerous human interference with the climate system." 
    • While the UNFCCC doesn’t have legally binding power, it helps boost cooperation and communication between countries to improve wildlife conservation and reduce harmful emissions.
    • Efforts have included the Kyoto Protocol and its extension the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • UNODA and the U.N.’s NPT helped reduce the threat of a nuclear war.
    • On November 30th, 2016, the U.N. imposed the "toughest ever” sanctions on North Korea following its fifth nuclear test of the year. In response, North Korea has threatened “imminent war,” calling the sanctions “as good as a declaration of war." 
    • Beyond North Korea, however, the U.N.’s focus on disarmament and limitation has been widely embraced.
    • The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was the U.N.’s first resolution, adopted in January 1946 and entered into force in 1970. 
    • The NPT’s purposes were threefold: to "prevent the spread of nuclear weapons,” to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy" and “to further the goal of … nuclear disarmament.”
  • Just a social club? Read more (especially if you’re Donald Trump)
Hillary Clinton will make her second post-election appearance to open a State Department museum in her name

Since the election on November 8th didn’t go quite as expected for many of us, Hillary Clinton has only made one public appearance in Washington. And we don’t really blame her. But for her second public appearance, Hillary will speak at the new State Department museum, because part of it will be named after her. The former secretary of state, First Lady and Senator ran as the first female presidential nominee from a major party, and she won a massive majority of the popular vote. But she lost to Donald Trump in the Electoral College. Since then, she has been understandably lying low. (Although, Hillary did give an inspiring and memorable speech for the Children’s Defense Fund in November.)

But next Tuesday, January 10th, Hillary Clinton will return to Washington to speak at the opening of a State Department museum.

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According to The Washington Post, one of the four exhibition halls in the new U.S. Diplomacy Center will be called the Hillary Clinton Pavilion. The other three halls will be named after secretaries of state past and present, James A. Baker, Henry Kissinger, and John F. Kerry. The museum will house artifacts and information about our diplomatic history. And visitors will see Hillary’s name first, because her pavilion will be the glass entrance hall to the complex. In a strange twist of irony, the pavilion will feature a glass ceiling. And we’re not sure how to feel about THAT, given that Hillary spent a lot of time talking about shattering glass ceilings.

Speakers at the event will also include former secretaries Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell.

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Madeleine Albright conceived of the museum while she was Bill Clinton’s secretary of state, reports The Washington Post. In fact, she held a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for the project back in 2000. However, during George W. Bush’s presidency, the project stalled. Hillary revived the museum while she was secretary of state and helped jumpstart the fundraising needed to make the museum a reality. The picture above shows the more official groundbreaking from 2014.

We are so excited to see another speech from Hillary, because we still find her so inspirational.

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Plus, this State Department museum feels like a fabulous way to honor Hillary’s impressive contributions. We will definitely be tuning in to watch. Because we haven’t seen this inspiring political lady yet in 2017, and we’re sure she has some important words of wisdom for us.

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As Hillary was being honored by the Children’s Defense Fund for her lifelong work on behalf of America’s children, she began to choke up when speaking of the inspiration she got from her Mother Dorothy. 

I then began to cry hearing this beautiful testament to perseverance and the human spirit: 

“I draw hope and sustenance from another person who influenced my life, and still does every day, my Mother. I’ve talked about her difficult childhood. She was abandoned by her parents when she was just eight years old. They put her on a train to California all by herself, in charge of her little sister who was three years younger. She ended up in California, where she was mistreated by her grandparents. Ended up on her own, working as a housemaid.

She beat the odds. She found a way to offer me the boundless love and support she never received herself. I think about her every day, and sometimes I think about her on that train. I wish I could walk down the aisle and find the little wooden seats where she sat, holding tight to her younger sister, all alone and terrified. She doesn’t yet know how much more she will have to face and even suffer. She doesn’t yet know she will find the strength to escape that suffering - that’s still years off. Her whole future is unknown, as it is for all of us, as she stares at the vast country moving past her. And I dream of going up to her and sitting next to her and taking her in my arms and saying: Look. Look at me and listen. You will survive. You will have a family of your own. Three children. And as hard as it might be to imagine, your daughter will grow up to be a United States Senator, represent our country as Secretary of State, and win more than 62 million votes for President of the United States.

Now I can’t, and you can’t go back in time and hug all those children that preceded us, but we can do that now. We can reach out to make sure every child has a champion. Because I am as sure of this as anything I have ever known. America is still the greatest country in the world. This is still the place where anyone can beat the odds. It’s up to each and every one of us to keep working to make America better and stronger, and fairer.”

 ~Hillary Rodham Clinton; The People’s President

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Full video of Hillary’s remarks at the Children’s Defense Fund Gala.

Watching Hillary Clinton defend muslims, women, african americans, latinos, the disabled, etc. in her Children’s Defense Fund speech tonight made me so emotional because I feel like so many Americans turned their backs to these people this election (out of anger, pettiness, indifference, resentment, whatever). It gives me some solace that she won the popular vote but the damage has been done. My hope is that The Democratic Party will continue to be a party that embraces empathy and diversity. If we lose these qualities we will become what we despise. 

I’m on mobile and can’t properly format links, but I just wanted to let you all know that the Liberals will be supporting the NDP motion asking them to comply with the human rights tribunal and equally fund indigenous children.

I hope they follow through on this. Agreeing with a motion is one thing, actually addressing the issue is another.

This is good news regardless.