Don Chen

Program Assistant, Militarism and Human Rights

Don Chen

Don was the Program Assistant for Militarism and Human Rights for 2019-2020. He worked to move U.S. foreign policy towards a more peaceful and ethical direction, primarily supporting efforts to end the war in Afghanistan and repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). Don worked with nationwide grassroots supporters, coalition partners, members of Congress, and legislative staff to reduce the human cost of American foreign policy.

Don previously taught English in Taitung, Taiwan through a Fulbright grant. He graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in international relations, where he wrote his thesis on the politicization of Chinese international students in the U.S. and researched state nationalism and historical memory in the context of Sino-Japanese relations. Don has also interned with the Housing Rights Center in Los Angeles and China Labour Bulletin in Hong Kong.

Articles by Don Chen

Update Three Wins in the House for Congressional War Powers 

On July 14, the House Appropriations Committee took three important steps towards ending our endless wars and preventing a new war with Iran.

Update Congress Must Seize This Opportunity for Peace in Afghanistan 

After nearly 20 years of war, the United States and the Taliban signed an agreement on Feb. 29, 2020 aimed at bringing an end to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Update 2002 Iraq AUMF: Where Things Stand 

On Jan. 30, the House passed a repeal of the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (2002 Iraq AUMF) as part of two measures intended to prevent the administration from going to war with Iran. Repealing this disastrous war authorization is a major victory, but it’s crucial that we maintain this momentum to end endless war.

Statement The Only America We Know Is an America at War 

As young adults, we only faintly remember what life was like before Sept. 11, if we remember at all. Since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, we have made it through elementary, middle, and high school. We’ve applied to colleges, finished our degrees, moved away from home, and entered the workforce—and the entire time, the U.S. has been carrying out military actions halfway across the world.

Update Senate Investigation into CIA Torture Hits the Big Screen 

Currently in theaters and premiering Nov. 29 on Amazon Prime, “The Report” recounts a five-year effort by Senate staff to investigate the CIA’s use of torture after the Sept. 11 attacks. The resulting report—known as the Torture Report—revealed the staggering extent of the CIA’s disturbing and unethical interrogation program.

Update FCNL’s Shukria Dellawar Tells Congress Why It Should Pass the Afghan WIN Act 

On Oct. 23, FCNL’s legislative representative for the prevention of violent conflict, Shukria Dellawar, spoke at a congressional briefing titled, “Afghanistan: Giving Women a Seat at the Table.”

Update A Repeal of the 2002 Iraq AUMF is Long Overdue 

On Sept. 10, FCNL joined 61 other groups from across the political spectrum to urge Congress to reassert its authority over war by repealing the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The 2002 Iraq AUMF is what allowed the U.S. to levy war against the Saddam Hussein regime. Now, 17 years after its enactment, it is long past time to put this law to rest.