January 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
4450 Fieldston Rd
Bronx, NY 10471
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Over the last year, the Trump administration has proved worthy of the concerns many Americans had after the 2016 election. Democratic norms continue to erode, Congress has proven not to be capable of interested on holding the President accountable, voting rights are under attack and enormous scandals such as Russia’s role in the 2016 election and the efforts of the Trump-Kushner clan to enrich themselves remain unresolved.

As year two of the Trump era begins, this talk will explore key questions facing the United States such as the extent to which this is still a democracy, whether we can expect free and fair elections in 2018 and 2020, and whether the tension between our constitutional structures and real democracy can survive.

Lincoln Mitchell

Lincoln Mitchell

Our speaker Lincoln Mitchell is a writer, pundit and specialist in political development based in New York City and San Francisco. Lincoln has worked on democracy and governance related issues in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He also works with businesses and NGOs globally, particularly in the former Soviet Union. Lincoln writes and speaks about US politics as well, and was the national political correspondent for The New York Observer from 2014-2016. Lincoln was on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of International Affairs from 2006-2013 and worked for years as a political consultant in New York City advising and managing domestic political campaigns.

January theme: Intention.  What does it mean to be a person of intention?  What does it mean to be a community of intention?

11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another.  We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks.  Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!

Music by Lindsey Wilson.

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