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The Definition of Persistence

By Don Chen, December 20, 2019


As an advocate for social justice, I focus on moving U.S. foreign policy in a more peaceful and ethical direction. Each step forward takes persistence, patience, and a commitment of time and resources.

For example, FCNL has worked for many years to repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) which have paved the way for endless war.

This past July, for the first time since Congress authorized war against Iraq, a chamber of Congress voted to repeal that authorization, when the House adopted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This is a landmark first step.

While we built strong bipartisan support to include this provision in the final version of the bill, congressional leaders dropped it from the final agreement. Sometimes that’s the nature of this work. We are disappointed, but that doesn’t change our resolve, or our belief in our ability to win the next time.

Your gifts signal you share FCNL’s resolve to end endless war and promote human rights. Please consider donating to FCNL before the end of 2019 to help fund our work in 2020. And thanks for all you do to promote peace and justice.

Don Chen

  • Program Assistant, Militarism and Human Rights

Don is the Program Assistant for Militarism and Human Rights. He works 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 works with nationwide grassroots supporters, coalition partners, members of Congress, and legislative staff to reduce the human cost of American foreign policy.