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Global Security Stars Take Senate Stage for CARE

June 10, 2018

Judy Woodruff, Michèle Flournoy and Fran Townsend (Photo by: CARE USA) Judy Woodruff, Michèle Flournoy and Fran Townsend
Insulting our allies, cozying up to Russia, hanging up on world leaders -- it may play well with a portion of Americans, but several stalwarts of global security told a gathering in the United States Senate that U.S. leadership is adrift -- exposing America and its allies to chaos and violence on the world stage. That was the message of a panel discussion hosted by the CARE Global Leaders Network with former Under Secretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy and former Bush administration Counterterrorism Advisor Fran Townsend, moderated by PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff. The CEO of the global humanitarian and development organization CARE, Michelle Nunn, formerly a Senate candidate herself, opened the discussion. 

"Continued threats of terrorism, the largest refugee crisis since World War II -- it's a very, very daunting time. Even though the administration has published a national security strategy, there isn't a clear strategy being executed, and that lack of U.S. leadership means we're not going have the coalitions we need to pull together to actually address these problems together," Flournoy said.

The gathering was hosted by the CARE Global Leaders Network (Photo by: CARE USA) The gathering was hosted by the CARE Global Leaders Network
Woodruff turned to Townsend, asking if she had any better news. 

"This is probably the first time anyone has turned to me to give a more optimistic assessment of what's going on," joked the CBS analyst and former counterterrorism hawk, who honchoed anti-terrorism efforts under two presidents. 

"When I was in the White House, what we worried about was not threats from state actors, but we worried about asymmetric threats from terrorists. What's different now is we're seeing state actors use asymmetric warfar against us. It's cyber, it's proliferation, it's tactics we traditionally associated with terrorists," Townsend said. "Look at how Russia has sought to undermine our democracy. Look at how they've weaponized social media."

Woodruff quoted New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who recently wrote that lack of security has become the number-one cause of poverty in the world.

Sen. Cory Booker said (Photo by: CARE USA) Sen. Cory Booker said "Love of country is a wonderful thing, but it cannot stop at our borders."
"Something like 137 million people today in the world are in need of humanitarian assistance. There are 65 million who are displaced. The numbers are staggering," she noted. 

CARE works in more than 90 countries on the frontlines of these crises, also providing assistance that empowers women economically, provides education for girls, and fights for human and economic rights, especially for women and girls. 

Townsend said the lack of U.S. leadership abroad has a poisonous aspect back at home. While President Trump's name was not used, Townsend said "nationalism" is being mistaken for "patriotism" by some. 

Fran Townsend with the CARE Global Leaders Network's Beth Solomon (Photo by: CARE USA) Fran Townsend with the CARE Global Leaders Network's Beth Solomon
"There's a difference," she said. "Unless we want nationalism to hijack our civil discourse, we need to understand both our history and what it means to be an American -- what it means to be a patriot."

The confusion, she said, "really troubles me."

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) brought the 120-plus audience members to their feet. "Love of country is a wonderful thing," he said. "But it cannot stop at our borders."

Scott Cooper of Human Rights First and Veterans for American Ideals, Nicole Clifton, Vice President of Global Public Affairs for UPS, and Kristin Wells, who leads government relations for CARE, also spoke.

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Marvelous Market Will Become Chase Bank

April 23, 2018

Vacant for the last four years, except for an occassional pop-up, the former site of Marvelous Market at Wisconsin and P Streets will soon become a bank, according to The Washington Post.  JPMorgan Chase, America’s largest bank, is opening its first consumer banking branches in the D.C. area with this prime Georgetown location slated to be one its first spots.

The company's plans were announced at a news conference April 19, 2018, as reported by The Georgetowner

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Farm to Table for Kids at Dumbarton House

April 11, 2018

Join Dumbarton House on April 26th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm for Farm to Table: Were Federal period households energy efficient? How do we interact with our environment? Students will explore the inside and outside of Dumbarton House to learn more about where our food comes from and how to be more responsible citizens of the Earth. By using herbs cut in Dumbarton House’s own garden students will feel even more connected to the historic site.


Part of Homeschool History Days at Dumbarton House, a hands-on programming where homeschool students ages 5-12 are invited to “travel back in time” 200 years and explore the early history of Washington D.C.


Each program includes an interactive tour of the museum, snack, and an activity. Cost: $7 per student, $3 per adult.


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Dumbarton House is located at 2715 Q Street in Georgetown.

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