The 2017 Ideas Conference

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Please welcome to the stage, Neera tan deny .
[Applause] everyone, I’m
the president of the Center for American Progress
and I am thrilled to have people from all over the
country here for our third conference. I think
many of you know I’m quite an active user so I
encourage you to use the #cap ideas. It is an
action oriented thinking guaranteed to improve the
lives of Americans from every background and every
walking of life. As you can tell from today’s
agenda progressive values and to protecting our
national security. To fighting the threat of
climate change to safe guarding our civil rights.
Democratic and Many of activists and advocates
fighting to creating grass roots change that
may shape the country for decades to come.
Today you’ll hear from a new generation of
progressive leaders dedicating their lives to the
causes of equality and opportunity for all.
We’re proud to offer a platform for new ideas
and trail blazeers that are spearheading
the resistance in every corner of our
nation. In the past few months. We’ve seen the American people respond with unmistakable
revolve. Millions have flooded our streets,
our airports, and town hauls in solidarityy and in protest.
More are taking action than in any point
in my lifetime. Yet, when we celebrate that action. We
recognize an undeniable truth, that we’re
gathered here today at an extraordinary moment in our
nation’s history history. A time when foreign
actors seek to disrupt our political
system and even freey electricians which services as a
basic foundation of our government .
To uncover his ties with these same foreign
actors. When the leader of the free
world fires those who hold him accountable
accountable, and even provides intelligence to our adversaries.
Our founders established a system of
checks and balances to safeguard the
integrate of our democracy. But the truth is, those checks and
balances are only as strong as the leaders who have the
character and courage to implement them.
Right now, too many in one party are putting
their party over our country. It
turns out that the founders prediction,
that each generation would have to renew our democracy is true.
Is the extraordinary threats facing
our country, foreign and domestic,
demand a fierce and unre-elected appear appear appear
unreto speak out and to resist when
our substitution and our democratic
norms are threatened. In short, the
he resistance is about defending our democracy, so resist we
must. But we also need to build. We
need to look past the cable news cycles
and set forth new solutions to the problems confronting
families everywhere. At cap, we’re
convinced that Americans share. These are
ones that pull us together rather than pull us apart.
That’s because at the end of the day, we all
want the same basic things, to earn a
descent living, support and raise our kids and to leave our
families a little further along than where
we started. Today we’re proud
to introduce a bold new plan for
creating jobs in America. Modernized for a 2 is he century
world. We’ll talk about that a little
bit more in our economics panel later
today. The focus is really in ensugary ensureing jobs
for Americans. Especially for those who have
not gone to college. We want to
reaffirm a simple truth. That is the
opportunities for the struggling without giving one single inch
civil rights. That means inviting
voter support rooms, protecting immigrants, Muslims, the
disabled and all of those who have felt the
repercussions of Donald Trump. A coalition once
by Bobby Kennedy and working families
of every color and background by advancing fairness and economic opportunity for all.
That coalition must be broad enough to welcome
each and every one of our fellow
Americans, it manage you can based on the
principles of equality and inclusion, opportunity and in
justice. These are essential values which
light the height of the progressive
movement and they are the same values that drive the work of
all the leaders gathered here today.
That brings me to Los Angeles Eric
Garcetti, he spearheaded efforts to raise minimum wage, expanded efforts for veterans and clean
energy. He also stood as
a fierce potent against Donald Trump’s
deportation force. I know he’ll continue to champion for
progressive causes. So we’re happy to have
mayor Eric Garcetti kick-off our
conference. [Applause] MAYOR ERIC
GARCETTI: Thank you Neera. Thank
you, very much. Good morning, everyone. Thank
you to Neera the entire cap team for putting this
Ideas Conference and thank you for the staff here
at the Four Seasons looking after us. Thanks for
all of you for coming here and being a part of
this most urgent and important conversation. For
the last few months. Commentator have called this
a big moment for the democratic party. And
they’re right. I believe this is an even bigger
moment for the American people. A bigger moment
for our country. For practical my
entire lifetime and maybe yours too,
we’ve heard politicians at events like this talk about how
we’re on the can you spell cusp of evolution.
The way we learn, communicate. Flying cars,
solar energy, that resolution isn’t coming anymore. 25 years ago our
country imported half of its oil. Today it’s about a quarter
of our energy usage. And 25 years from
now, we may not be using fossil fuels
at all. 25 years ago,
aides was the number one killer of men
who were 25-44. Today, that diagnosis is no longer a death
sentence. And 25 years from now we may be
able to say something about lung . 25 years from now, the
only place you’ll find one will be in
a mutual. museum. We’ve heard so many Ted Talk over the
years and yet for many Americans it doesn’t feel
like a moment of incredible progress.
It feels like a time of great anxiety and uncertainty.
Over the next 20 years. Automation and
artificial intelligence will wipe out
millions of jobs. If you think one of
those jobs relates to you you’re not impressed how innovative
technology is. Let alone get ahead in this economy. You’re
wondering any one of those leaders who
talk about this brave new future think
about a place for that future for you.
I hear of these anxieties every day for 16 years
as a local official. I’ve knocked on
neighbor’s doors, where people can
all walks of life can come talk to me about whatever they want. Listening is at the heart of
what they do. To hear the concerns I
hear about in Los Angeles are similar to those we hear
throughout this country in Lansing or Louisville
. Yes, some of them are movie stars
and a father and I of them car stars and a few of them stars.
They know what it’s like to grind to a halt and
leave town. Time and time, again,
we’ve had to pick ourselves up, dust
ourselves off and face an uncertain future. What’s
happening is a
microcosm of what’s happening in our esteem we have a innovating
and collaborating and having a great
time doing it. Why not? When you
can go on your smart phone and have food delivered. You can
get ride share if I don’t have parking.
Someone can pick up your dry cling. also
cling dry cleaning.
Meanwhile, our middle class is getting squeezed
out. The pH for years
paycheck for years, staying the same. The cost of college
skyrocketing. A secure requirement, a hope and a dream.
These folks are not just anxious and
insecure. They’re angry, and impatient.
They hear us talk, but regardless whether they agree
with what they’re saying, they don’t see anyone
taking real action to improve their
lives, and so they don’t trusting their leaders, any of
them. This isn’t just about honesty or
ethics. People don’t trust that we have
this in us to solve their problems. This lack of trust is
not just problem for progressives that
the government is so big. Watch Donald
Trump capitalize on that frustration to win a White
House. This is a problem for our country.
Because this distrust robs us of our ability
to take the action to embrace the future instead of fear it.
The kind of action we can only take
together. So how do we win
back this trust? I always tell the
young people working for me that in order to make an impact in
public service. You have to show
people you can pass three tests: 1) Heart.
2) Head. 3) Guts. First
your heart. Do people feel you can
connect with them around the challenges they feel? Do you
get it? Do you feel it? Second, your head,
if you can connect with them, do
people believe you have smart ideas to address those
challenges? And then third, your guts. This is
the most important of the three. Even
if you show you can care, even if you thought of good solutions
, do people believe you’ll do
whatever it takes to deliver the results that
you promised even if it cuts against your political or
personal interests. You need all three
to lead and mayors who are directly
accountable who hear from our constituents at the grocery
store and at the diner. We tend to ins that.
It goes back to listening. Americans actually
agree on a lot. They want a descent job
with reliable benefits including affordable housing in a safe
neighborhood with good schools for their kids. They’re worried
about how they’ll get these things in
an economy leaving so many people he
need. They want their leaders to worry more about winning
arguments and having more results. I’ll
tell you a secret. When mayors are by
themselves, democratic mayors tend to believe that regulations
do more harm than good. Republican
mayors know that they can — without the
whole world implodeing. Mayors are in the business of getting t
hings done. While Washington is stuck
or worse, Washington moving backwards
backwards, cities are moving forward.
In Los Angeles, for example, we raised the
minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. People
already have more money in their street and it is helping our
businesses. We want 40 and 50 dollar an hour
jobs. So we’re making unprecedented
investments and infrastructure that are not just about public
safety and traffic, hundreds of
thousands good paying middle class union jobs
jobs. People without
college degrees who half century ago was
building bombers of the assembly line. Today they’re creating jobs
where they live. That’s just the start. We passed the
largest housing initiative. Not only by
increasing investments and after
school tutorings and we show up at the door of dropouts and
walking them back to school as they r
eenroll. Community college free for
every public graduate. [Applause] We’re even taking
the lead on healthcare which you may
think of as a national issue, but mayors know it is an
intensely local issue. In LA Obama enassured
that — 6 billion dollars added to our
g. which is G QDP.
I’m fighting like hell to make sure it never
becomes the law of the land.
[Applause] Popularity.
You see mayors understand that it’s not enough
to feel people’s pain, or to have a
laundry list of ideas to help. We need to
convince people that they can trust us to fight for help
me them and to deliver for them. When they do,
real progress is possible. Let me give you
an example. I review knows we have the
worst traffic in language language. Los
Angeles. Everyone knows this. Traffic robs us
of millions of hours we could be spending with our family. So
we set out to fix it. An America that
can still do things. We proposed the
largest local infrastructure initiative in this nation’s
history times two. It would produce 4 hundred
65 thousand good paying jobs that
would stay here at home. To get the initiative called measure M
past. we had to get two-thirds of them
to raise their own taxes so for three
years I crisscrossed 37 square miles in an area of 10 million
people. Democrats and republicans. And
on election day measured M pass with
the vote. It didn’t pass because we had the best
targeting or adds. It passed because we had
listened, because people trusted us to
deliver. In Los Angeles wasn’t alone. In November, on a tough
night for our party. They passed 230
billion dollars of infrastructure
investments. How long have we heard a trillion dollars
investments talked about here in Washington.
In one night, America’s cities that.
For all of us, this is an important moment,
because the emphasis on making sure you win
the argument instead of moving the
progress forward has reduced Washington. Here in Washington
while people are going small, cities
are going big. Brings me back to the
challenge that we face. I know you’re pissed off about the
political moment we’re in. That’s why
we’re here, right? Make no mistake,
our values are under attack and we do
need to fighting back. In language language we set up a 10
million dollar justice if you need to
make sure that no immigrant faces
deportation without legal representation.
[Applause] Is Because you
know what, I’m a grandson after dreamer.
And if the White House — we’ll adopt it in Los Angeles and I’ve
got a dozen cities more ready to do it
the next day. [Applause]
We’re not doing this just because it’s the right
thing to do for ourers, but for our
economy. 20 thousand more green jobs.
Yes, we’ve got to fighting and we’ve got to win. But this
White House isn’t going to succeed dragging
us back into the past. Because I know
we have the the define ourselves solely to the
opposition to this administration we’ll sell
ourselves short. And more importantly selling the
American people short. My friends, our
country is at a transformation moment challenges and
opportunities unlike anything we’ve faced.
The future is here. And the American
people are waiting for someone to step up, to lead us with a
confident confidence and courage we need.
Don’t settle for being pissed off.
Don’t fall into the trap of being paralyzed with fear and
anger, don’t fighting pessimism with more
pessimism and more importantly don’t lose
faith in America. We’ve done amazing things in our history.
But you know what we’re doing amazing
things now in cities across this country
country. Take it from me as a mayor, I saw it every day
I see it every day. Let’s re
resolve to make a future in which every American confident American can find their
place. And lets prove we have the heart
, the head and the guts to actually
deliver. If we can do that, we can do a lot more than just win
an election. We can lead this
great country into what I truly believe is
a bright and brilliant future. Let’s go do it. Thank you.
[Applause] MODERATOR:
Please we will welcome to the stage the
following: …
SPEAKER: Thanks everybody for setting up
this panel perfectly. We’ll have discussions up
here and open it I want for Q&A from the audience. I’ll just
go down the line here. We have Lindsay Washington who is an EMT
in Washington, DC and new member of. Glenn
Hutchins and leader of technology and the cap board
memberer. Jeff Merkley Austin
goose Americans he serves
as the American — public works and foreign
relations economies in the senate. And he’s done
a lot of important work on keeping our economy and
Wall Street accountable. I’ll start off
with you Senator Merkley. We’re focused
on the ideas to address ensugary that the economy works for all
Americans. I would love your thoughts and reactions on how we
can do that better.
SENATOR JEFF MERKLEY: Thank you for joining
us today. When I grad prosecuted this is America
was an amazing place for blue-collar Americans.
My father was a mechanic and built their family
home from leftover railroad ties. My mother’s
lived in a railroad car and suddenly working
Americans were able to buy a 3 bedroom home, go on
vacation. . The fact is that the fundamentals of
life went forward. In those decades from sheath 5 those times from the time I
graduated from also 1974 through now, American
workers have not been approximate in golden
in golden years. Anybody
acquiring a home like the p arents did.
That’s a whole different outlook on life. My
father could say to me, go through the
doors of schoolhouse and work hard,
you can do just about anything here in America. The belief
that just as his generation, had a great
leap forward so that trajectory would
continue over the decades to come. It didn’t. The last four
decades we have seen a tax system for
the wealthy. We have seen a trade system that causes poverty. We
have to pivot and ask how do we re
recreate an amazing place for working Americans? That’s the
question we’re addressing today. It
means we do have to address those
long-term trade structural deficits and manufacturing. The
fact that we have created setting for our
factories to go overseas. And lose
those affects, you not only lose those affects
factories you lose the supply chain. our cities and our states and
the federal government.
Also in the fact that we need high voltage lines
to carry electricity between
different regions of the country . We need
to restore our jeties and docks. In every part of America. We
also need to invest by trampling
by transforming our energy. Let’s take and put
every coal electricity generating
plant into a museum. [Applause] In
addition we have to address the fact that U you have
to have that opportunity on education. Dedicated to
apprenticeships and trade. Look at the model Germany put
forward. They should be able to go to college debt free. In Germany it takes — in
America it’s 50%.
In my neighborhood, parents are
saying, we’re not sure our children should go to
college. Because they’ll end up with a debt
and no mortgage and we see the impact of that. So we have to
trample that.
Piece in order to make the economy work as well
of the if we don’t take down this — this is what we have to
do in the years ahead.
[Applause] NEERA
TANDEN: Glenn, you wrote a piece last
summer, I believe, that essentially how the basic
bargain between workers and employers and how
they’re doing in this economy is kind of the
threat is laying bare and we need to do more to
ensure that we have fairness in the economy to
ensure growth. Would you elaborate and respond to
Sarah Merkley’s points? GLENN HUTCHINS: The basic
argument was that there was important content that
came from the election on both left and right.
I’m not sure that’s the right dimension. I
think the dimension might be those who are in our
economy are benefited by globalization
versus those who are not. Rather than traditional
left versus right thinking. That’s the big point,
number one, the consensus which means it’s a
consensus we’ve had post Reagan about how you grow
the economy drug testcally by interconnecting
with the world and how the benefits of that are
spread across everybody has broken down
largely because as the Senator just outlined, egg in
order the distributional affections, and
the narrow defined devastation to communities,
industries and jobs .
In certainly the overall economy is growing
broadly. I think the answer is not just —
my argue is that it’s not just to have
a series of policies that cap has stood for and you and I have
read together of the to create the
fairness that we need in our economy to to
the people who have been devastated by the last positive
years of economic development. But also
generating policies for economic get into that later. I think
we need to mirror the growth agenda that
appeals to the people who want to see
see. Because how do you get good factory jobs? You attract
companies to invest, by creating
opportunities in your economy. To marry —
business and labor as between economic growth and fairness, to
have a a grand compact between business
and labor, to grow our economy in a
way that’s a farrier tool is the right way to think about this.
NEERA TANDEN: Austin, cap put forward ideas
today on essentially jobs guaranteeing — big
investment in infrastructure, but also thinking
through a new vision of infrastructure. I love
your thoughts on that, but also we want to talk
about positive ideas, but I don’t want to lose
site of the Trump agenda a little bit. Talk about
both those issues. SPEAKER: If you haven’t
read the report you should. It’s interesting
talking about both of these aspects. It’s about
inclusive growth and how to invest in people and
infrastructure. If that’s the grand vision, let us
return to the grubby reality of.
[Laughter]. The Trump tax
plan and the — what are the ideas behind
it? I think the root of the problem began in the campaign
and we knew that. They asked Donald Trump:
You’ve been criticized for not having
specifics. You say you want to repeal and replace Obamacare,
what specifically would you replace
it with? He said: Something fabulous.
That was his answer. If you come to the president with the
ideal list list. I want to do something
fabulous for tax care, and — you open
yourself up not to blackmail from the Russians.
NEERA TANDEN: That’s possible.
SPEAKER: They’ll, say, hey we’ve been
pushing this for 30 years, why don’t you make that
your plan? The Trump tax plan, as outlined, would
be the biggest tax cut for very high income people
in the history of the United States. By far, more
than twice as big as George W. Bush’s tax cut was.
We a all said, a country cannot afford to do this.
This is a terrible idea. This would be twice as
big as that. It would create the biggest Lupe
hole ever in the history of the U.S. tax code, by
allowing anyone that has a private business to
call that profit. They will have to pay only 15%
marginal rate on that. Just to put that
in perspective, if you are a regular
American worker — say you’re a single parent filing as a head
of household. If you make 38
thousand dollars a year, you will have to
pay — he’s getting rid of household. You will file as a
single person. You will pay 25%
marginal rate, plus a another 7 and a half
percent of payroll tax. So you’ve got to pay a 30 + pert
marginal rate percent.
Will be paying a 15% rate. It doesn’t
make any sense. The thing that I can’t
understand is: How do you look at the last 30 years of the
economic history of the United States?
We’ve had a decline of manufacturing
and working people, in which we’ve seen a decreasing
divergence between productive and profits
of large comings and corporations and people.
How do you look is we didn’t cut we have to have growth
growth. If we want to
restore what we had in the past, we must
grow again. It might be manufacturing, EM M MTs Ts
like Lindsay, but we have to grow. There’s a
difference of where growth comes from. One
world war view says, growth comes from the absence of
government. If we get rid of all the
regulations and rules of the road and cut the
tax rates, then growth will come. If you believe that
worldview, I think you have a puzzle which
is: Why is Silicon Valley in California
California? A place that doesn’t have low taxes, doesn’t
have low regulation? Never has. It’s
not on the Island of Vanawatu. No
capital gains taxes or corporate taxes at all. Sometimes when I
talk about that people come after —
where is this island? Why isn’t it on
Vanna way tuyou know why. Because the
democratic innovative companies in the
United States do not primarily move to New York City or
wherever they go because it’s cheap. They go
there because they can’t afford not to
go there. Because those are places where they’ve invested in
people, where there’s high human at that
point, where the economic infrastructure is strong and
that’s not free. Investing in your
economic infrastructure and people is not free. It requires
tax revenue, it requires the
government to invest in education, science,
and all the things that we need to grow. And that, I think is
what the fight is really about.
NEERA TANDEN: Just briefly, one of the
things we’ve seen over the last 30 years in
addition to one division of taxes is Annie erosion
of the all about of all workers to demand higher
wages for their human capital, so one of the
challenges has been the erosion of unions in the
United States. I wanted to ask you to talk about
that briefly and then I’ll turn to Lindsay .
described the Trump healthcare plan is the
billionaires first strategy. It’s a dynamically
different approach to this world .
Trump may have talked about workers in his
campaign, but the reality on the ground is
billionaires first. And extraordinary tax give away with
24 million people losing healthcare.
One paid summary of a 6 trillion dollar tax give away over 10
years. Let’s return to this question of
the power of workers. What I described before was how the
loss of manufacturing undermined the
leverage of workers to fight for good wages. It also undermined
the organizing power of workers to
— we had at the time of Reagan Ford , Ford.
It was a strategy of taking the one% saying we’re going to rule
this place, dividing the rest of the
country. We have to do rural America
against urban America. We have to divide government unions
against non government labor unions. We
have to blame and split working write the rules of the a big
piece was this assault on unions.
What we saw is that workers got a full measure,
a fair measure of the wealth they were
creating and they’re not getting that
fair measure today. NEERA TANDEN: Lindsay, Wi
talked about a lot of theories here today and I
also wanted to make it real to people in a sense.
You’re organizing and I wanted to give it a sense
to the audience of why you’re doing that and why it
matters to you and your family.
LINDSAY WASHINGTON: Thank you for having me.
I’m Lindsay. I’m 26, I’ve been an EMT for about a
year here at D.C. [indiscernible] so we decided
to organize because we had three main issues. We
want fair schedules and working equipment.
Because as far as working equipment, we are our
patient’s primary providers. Without working
equipment we can’t give them the best healthcare
possible. That’s important because then we’re not
doing our job affectively. As far as scheduling,
we wanted to — excuse me. [Laughter].
We wanted fair schedules to be able to go to
the doctors, spend time with our
families and do panels like this without
having to worry about — can I take off work? Do I have enough
leave to take off work? Who is going
to cover my shift? And pay being
probably the most important for everyone. Not just me, but
everyone in this room. We wanted to
invest in ourselves and our futures. I
wanted to be able to go back to school and get my paramedics
certification. I want to be able to buy a house and pay for
that. So we felt that
if we all came to the government we
would have a strong voice because — go to the management
team, but that’s one person when everyone
comes together for the same goal . It
opens the lungs of the communication and says to them.
They’re organized. It, you know, we
kind of have to give them what they
wanted. Because without them we can’t continue with our
community. NEERA TANDEN: Thank you,
very much. [Applause] about one example and
what we’ve seen in the paper today is that for a lot of folks
, really, about 50% of folks over decades
have been really unable to get higher
wages as you’re trying to do. What are the trends you see
that’s driving that? There’s a
question about manufacturing and then go to
the other questions. AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: There are
number There are many trends
pushing that. The fact that the growth of
productive in the United States for 75-100 years,
always went into wages sometimes around the ’90s.
That breaks. If you look at the graphs it looks
like productive and growth continuing on average
to go up and wages staying flat and 50% of people
actually going down. Some feel that
the decline of unions and worker There’s a globalization issue
there is, I think, probably the automation
and technology is a more important
factor until recently we’ve given credit to because it’s
worth remembering something like 80 +
% of the U.S. economy doesn’t face
foreign competition. It’s domestic services. So there are
a lot of things going on, but the facts
are undeniable that people getting paid
for their human capital, people being paid in a way, sharing in
the bounty, that has been the
increase in profits and the increase in GDP
that sometime, 20-30 years ago begins to break and by now
they’ve diverged significantly.
these questions we need to look forward, not back.
The economy that Lindsay lives in is different
from the economy your parents lived in. I would
argue for another time that the period from 1945-
1975 was on an anomaly in American history
resulting from the fact that at the end of WWII the
only productive labor force facing the only
productive capacity in the world. When Germany and
Japan were rebuilt and we’re not going to be able
to get back to that [indiscernible] because it was
an anomaly. That’s point one.
If you look at — another thing to remember — if
you look at the manufacturing
economy. We’ve never manufactured more than
we do today. 2015 on inflation basis two and a half times as
much as we did 35 years before. Where
the second largest manufacturing combined. On a per capita basis
we manufacture far more than China
manufacturers. But we only employ 2/3
number of people to do it today than 30 years ago.
This is not about the loss it’s about the
fundamental change of employment in the
manufacturing economy. One of the best
examples — what’s the industry who has had the highest? Mining
. One of the reasons why jobs are not
coming back to West Virginia as Trump
might have promised, is because it has become much more
efficient than 30 years ago. Takes that many
more people to do it and has, right?
Where it’s much more efficient and migrated from coal to
natural gas. Those are all
fundamental changes that no public policy
wills. Layer on top of that, this fundamental change that
mayor Garcetti talked about. We have
to think in very, very different ways
around the social impact we have for people — what jobs we’re
going to do and social supports we can
have independent of whether or not we
have manufacturing of blue-collar jobs we need to
create as a result of creating economic growth. I
think we need to detach some of these
social equity measures that we’ve talked about. Minimum
wage — all the things, college
affordability, from work because — will be
changed in the economy we live in today. And for the future
that we face.
NEERA TANDEN: I think one of the reasons we
proposed a larger scale investment infrastructure
and more job creation is in part because we have
this long-term trend. And, you know, there is an
important social aspect to the dignity of work.
And we need to — ideas about insuring that. I
wanted to see if Senator Merkley had any last
think it’s important to recognize this. The economy
is different today today. But in every community
in America, when your oil factory impose to
Mexico because they’re getting paid 1.35 an hour. And
workers are getting a few dollars a day,
those are real losses losses. For those who are the
elite saying this just doesn’t matter, it really
matters on the ground. Because it is not just
a factor, it is a supply chain, payroll and
downward pressure on everyone else. Automation, why
can’t — I started. in this period in
the in addition to work being broken up into
smaller chunks and people working part-time,
independent contractors and all those things,
you’ve got ways in which you can generate income
from uber, via air BNB et cetera, et cetera. In In the way that
the government addresses our social
safety net around jobs, unemployment insurance, workman
confirmation mine fit together well.
From unemployment for wage insurance. It fits
the way people work in the future and
thinking about addressing the problems
in the moment in the communities in which we live and the jobs
needed to be generated.
NEERA TANDEN: Excellent. Thank you.
SPEAKER: One of those pieces is that we have
to have affordable healthcare that doesn’t cost.
Let’s get it off the back of the worker and let’s
get it to every single American. [Applause] Popularity.
NEERA TANDEN: Thank you, so much to this
panel. We’re going to clear the stage for our
next speakers. Thank you. [Applause] (Recess taken) .
WINNIE STACHELBERG: Please take your seats
as we prepare our next presentation. [Please standby
for Realtime Captions…] welcome to the
stage Governor Roy Cooper.
NEERA TANDEN: Thanks governor Cooper for
being here with us .
GOVERNOR ROY COOPER: Is mine on? Okay good .
My time is running.
NEERA TANDEN: You get more time . There’s a
lot of ground to cover and not a lot of time.
Governor, since you’ve been elected and had a
relatively short tenure since November, your owe
opponents have worked hard to throw object silks
in your way and exercises to vote.
Just yesterday we heard that the Supreme Court
decided not to do this case.
[Applause] A case regarding
one of the most comprehensive anti
antivoter laws we’ve seen in a long time. Would you talk about
the democrats around that, but the
other efforts that you’ve seen in North
Carolina to restrict people’s right to vote.
GOVERNOR ROY COOPER: North Carolina is an
epicenter in the country for the fight for the
right to vote when you look at what the North
Carolina republican legislature has done over the
last few years has been disastrous. The fourth
circuit said that the North Carolina legislature African-Americans on —
asked for data on how they voted and drafted their
legislation coordinating three of the and the
court thankfully sought through that . This In this
assembly won’t stop. We had to healthy
this case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
I withdrew that appeal which helped us to get them not to
hear it. This legislature
probably within ten days will pass
another kind of law that will probably eliminate, again, same
day registration will have some
voter ID requirement. In their voter ID
law that you couldn’t even use a campus ID card from the
University of North Carolina at chapel Hill.
That ideas wasn’t good enough and we
knew where that was coming from. From my position
as governor, they tried to take away
the ability of the governor to administer elections, because
what I want to do is to make it easier
for people to register and vote, not
harder. We want everybody to participant.
[Applause] to participant in
the participate in the process. So
taking that authority way from the governor,
I vetoed it, and they over wrote my
veto because they have super majority in both Jake’s. I sued
them, chambers. I sued them
and we repackageed and it — they over wrote it, again, and
the court, again, slapped it down. You’ll
see that with this voter law too.
I’m certain that the courts will deal with it.
I’m confident that they will, but it
is important for us to realize what
is happening in North Carolina in to 18, 2018 we’re
going to make some changes.
MODERATOR CARMEL MARTIN: This is an issue at
the state and county level as well. Attacking
election make up. GOVERNOR ROY COOPER:
That’s what they were trying to do by taking — county
boards of election. They wanted to make
it by bipartisan.
They wanted to make that the tie was more
restrictive voting requirements. So we know what
their admission is and we have to fight it in the
blood clot box, in the until everybody has
that right and make it easier for them to do. On
line, we need to expand people’s abilities and we
can’t have legislatures discriminating against
people because of who they are and what color they are.
GOVERNOR ROY COOPER: They’ve tried to take
away the authority from the governor in numerous
areas. We’ve sued them and we believe we’ll be
successful at the end of the day . The bottom line
is that we’re working hard to move North Carolina
to a position where we know it should be. North
Carolina, for decades, was a beacon in the south.
We were the first state for higher education
supported by the public. We had the first early
childhood childhood smart start. A public
partnership that recognizeded that it was
important to get to kids early in their life to be
ready to learn when
GOVERNOR ROY COOPER: We have to have a
message for them. I want to mak e sure that we do
that. I’m going to emphasize education, early
childhood all the waylay our great community
colleges in in the future. The first question is not
what’s your corporate tax rate even though now
it’s the lowest in the Southeast. Do you have the
people that can perform the jobs that I create is
their question? We can create more money in their
pockets with the better paying jobs if we have the
training and the skills. I’m going to make North
Carolina the top training in the state in the
country by 2025. You can do that with pre-k. We
want to get to 55% from the 22% where we are now.
By getting more kids graduating from this is.
We need to be in the ’90s and more people with
the advanced degrees and certificates to help land
them these better economies.
These companies will come if you have the
workforce. Our state has the second largest
banking state in the company. We
have the benefit of the foundation that we have built in
North Carolina. We’re just fighting
off these problems that we’ve had the
last five-year, we can get it back and speak to those working
families and middle class families and
working families trying to get to the
middle class as the cornerstone of more money in their pockets. Applause, we need to take
advantage of all the help we can get from
the federal government. Our state has yet to expanded
medicate. They sued me in federal court. We
can insure hundreds of thousands of
North Carolinaians. And thousands of jobs and lower
insurance premiums for businesses because
guess what? When you reduce the better results. And a healthier
North Carolina. They refused to do it
and we’ve got to fight that. MODERATOR CARMEL MARTIN:
Needing to help those that don’t have any
college or have not grad prosecuted a college to get
better paying jobs two piece of your initiatives is to
make community colleges free, but also non
college course work for those who want to upscale
and just — do you think those are ideas that could
have traction with the republican legislation?
Similar proposals have made it through.
Tennessee comes to mind.
GOVERNOR ROY COOPER: — a way for middle
class and working class families to get that
education they need. To get that better-paying
job. I’ve proposed it and argued it that this is
being done by republicans because they see the
economic benefit that results from it. We’re also
going to get kids to understand that there are
certain certificates now that can help them with
advanced manufacturing and with other good paying
jobs, a kid, really who has a hard time afford
that two or four-year degree could step into a job
making 60-80 thousand dollars a year. But we have
to have universities that are nimble and able to
customize training and want to expand in our state
state. It has to be from
birth to higher education. North
Carolina has been known for that . We’ve got a lot of catching
up to do. We have the I
have a plan to get back there. Our early childhood has been
successful, but dropped significantly since republicans
took over. We’re going to get back there.
Because now, more than ever, it’s a
strong economic development argument. We’ve got to get
You mentioned that your political owe opponents
focused on some socially device I have issues
before your tenures governor state passed — two highly controversial
you have prioritized seeking a repeal. The
ultimate legislation has been controversial if you
could talk us through the issues that have played
bill two was wrong because it wrote
discrimination into the law law. To tell a transgender kid
that you have to go to the restroom that
corresponds with your birth certificate is not only
discrimination, it is high millings. What house bill II did is take
way every right and probated local government’s
from enacting anything of the while it was debated
for the 8 hours that it was debated, I fought that
law every day, because not only is it wrong, not
only does it discriminate, but hurts the
representation reputation of our state, but
also that this legislation was highly
discriminatory. My goal is state LGBT protections in North
Carolina and I’m going to keep fighting every day
until I get to that goal.
[Applause] with the super majority
legislature that is operating on the rule that you have to
have a majority of our own caucus beyond
reasonable doubt to consider anything on the floor, even
though I wanted clean repeal with no
compromise. A lot of people wanted that,
it was not going to be possible over the next at least two
years. So I had a choice. Do I continue
to make a statement and pound on the
table and nothing happen? Or do I take a positive step, make
progress and continue to fight?
I chose the latter for my state because we
got rid of the birth certificate
requirement, we opened up the ability of local
governments to provide some protections now and some in the
future. I’m going to issue an executive
order soon that is comprehensive that
helps with LGBT protections and we’re going to keep working
every day. We’ve had a lot of businesses
and sporting events and others to come
back because, number one, we know they’ve taken a positive
step, but number two, they know my
commitment for this in North Carolina.
Although, it would have been politically and
easier for me to keep pounding the table
and not accept a compromise, I knew it
wasn’t right for my state and not right for LGBT citizens in
my state. Although, I’ve had hard
conversations with a number of my friends
about this who would have rather us go two years without house
bill II II, but as governor of my state
knowing what it has done to the reputation of my state and the
signal is sends to LGBT citizens and he
knew, that’s why I did it. I think it was the right thing to
do. Diversity is our strength.
North Carolina is a welcoming state. We
just got to make sure our laws catch up with our people. We’re
going to get there. We’re going to
get there. [Applause] MODERATOR CARMEL MARTIN:
Thank you, governor governor. We really appreciate
you being here and you’re at the front lines
fighting the fight. GOVERNOR ROY COOPER: I
want to thank everyone out there for what you
are doing, fighting the fight. I know it’s
hard to see what’s happening in our country.
Kristin and I were at the national — I good day up
and there’s a portrait of Abraham lean con Abraham Lincoln. And there our country was more divided than
now. And we’re going to make it because of of
people like you in this room and all of us working
to make sure that we have a North Carolina and on
a country that works for everybody. I think
that’s important. Thank you all.
[Applause] MODERATOR CARMEL MARTIN: Thank you.
(Recess taken) .
WINNIE STACHELBERG: Please welcome to the
stage, ambassador Susan Rice.
Thank you Neera for your strong leadership CAP.
Good morning, everyone, I’m Susan Rice. And
you may have seen a pair deof
parity of me on news channels. Since I left the
White House I’ve become concerned that the United
States is squandering one of our greatest assets,
America’s leadership of the world. I’m here to
offer a progressive strategy that will renew our
global leadership. It seems that the
current administration looks at the
world and sees only threats. Immigrants, refugees, Muslims,
Mexicans, and even trade. It’s America
first and the rest of the world last. I
fully recognize that we face serious threats. I spent 8
years actually reading the
presidential daily briefing. [Laughter].
And the last 3 and a half years personally
briefing President Obama. But the world
I see is also filled with profound
opportunities. Our relationships are not zero sum.
They should be mutually beneficial. Through
enlightened self-interest we can for the few. I believe that
responsible national security strategy must be bounced
confronting threats while seizing
opportunities. It’s a strategy based on four
pillars. A strong defense, skillful diplomacy, smart
development, and domestic strength.
First, our national security begins with a
strong defense. The United States must
remain the world’s preeminent military power. That requires
sustaining a force that’s funded wisely
deployed and willing to deal with a threat, any threat at a
moment’s notice.
Conflict is not inevitable and bluster is for
bullies. But our adversaries, from Russia
to North Korea must not that we will
confront them with unity, resolve and every tool at our
disposal. We’ve learned
from Vietnam, to Iraq that even the
finest fighting force or earth cannot underline the forces that
fuel conflict.
Instead of invoicing to bomb the bleep out
of I S O. We must cut off its finances
discrediting streamism on line and
helping stabilize fragile states. We must confront
terrorists global globally from Syria and the
southern Philippines where Al Qaeda 3.0
may be germnating. We can’t allow Twitter wars to become
shooting wars. So instead vacillating
between — and W Ken UN, a smart cookie
we should steadily apply pressure on North Korea
while protecting our allies and our homeland.
Instead of excusing Russia’s outrageous NATO obsolete . We have to firmly counter
Russia’s Cold War tactics. Even as we
address today’s crisis we must get ahead of
our threats tomorrow .
From conflict and outer space to the manipulation
of artificial intelligence. Second
, an affective foreign policy requires
skillful diplomacy, we should embrace the
maximum of global leadership because the United States
remains the world’s best hope. But we need
to be a steady trusted partner because as Charles
Charles D e De gull says .
Not based on a business
transaction, but because we’re bound by .
Allied barely grounds around the burial grounds around the
whirl the world. They died for
our freedom, dignity and equality.
[Applause] values. These are universal
values. They are not expendable when
enconvenient. To tackle challenges that
transcend borders we must cooperate across
borders as a former UN ambassador I know well, the
frustrations of multilateral diplomacy, collective action
make us more affective. We should reject the —
and update the architecture that the United States built because
it remains the right framework for
promoting peace and prosperity around We cannot bomb
climate change or violate extremeism
into submission. Pandemic flew and Sheik flu and
Zika , we need collective action to
achieve lasting security. We also need a well functioning
state department.
[Laughter]. Diplomacy is an
option, but comparatively chief. don’t fund a state department
then I need to buy — emission. For
America to remain the unrivaled global
leader, we must value and fully fund the talented career
potentials who do the delicate work of
diplomacy. [Applause] Third, our
diplomacy needs to be backed by an equal
dedication to smart development. Helping other peoples is
neither charity nor waistful spending.
It’s one of the wiseest investments we
can make in our security and prosperity.
From Afghanistan to Nigeria we’ve seen poverty,
conflict and corruption stifle opportunity and streamism take
through. But .
Recognize a village in Kenya so that kids can study at night.
That’s good not just for them, but good
for America’s security. When we
encompass malaria, aides and engoal a^^^ that’s good for our
security. When we educate
and empower women and girls, that’s
good for our security too. Yes, we still need to let girls
learn. [Applause] Popularity Finally When we recall that we all love
this country deeply, when we remember what America
truly means, then and only then will be
the strong at home and still stronger leader in this complex
world. The choice is ours.
We can either squander our greatness or build
a common future based on respect for the
bigty and value of every American and
all mankind. Together, let’s ensure we make the right choice.
Thank you.
[Applause] Popularity the stage Senator
Amy Klobuchar and Jennifer Palmieri . MODERATOR JENNIFER
PALMIERI: This is a politically diverse state. a
state that Clinton won, didn’t do as well in the
other Midwestern states. This can be a tough territory for
democrats. There’s a
minute Minnesota Minneapolis — tell us a
little bit about how you navigate that state that is
pretty divided. Do you think there
are lessons in .
SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR: You see a number of
Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin and who are able to —
presidential election are able to navigate it.
One of the things we do is first of all, not be
able to go or talk about any issue with our
constituents and not leave people behind. Every
year I’m on my 12th year where in some counties
I’ve visiting places called insect enfern Oh,
let’s kill bed bugs with heat. That was one of
the businesses. And I use that as an example
because we were out of places to visit in the
county. [Laughter].
They did make us go into a semi with “Let’s kill
bed bugs with heat” On the side.
They put the mattress and it reminded me of
what a republican candidate for
president: You go not just where it’s
comfortable, but where it’s uncomfortable. I think what we
need to do is reach out to people in every
town and not just considering them to
a place where oh, you don’t win those counties or those regions
so we don’t go there. I think that
was what we learned from the presidential race, but it has
been a strategy of our winning candidates in rural areas and
having an academic agenda. And that
everyone will be important in the comingy electricians.
that for twenty years, do you find — you do have
these uncontrolled moments. SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR: You
get to know them. Some of them are nonpartisan.
Maybe people think they’re republicans, but they’re
people you get to know as friends and it’s a way
of relating to people. Then we might in more
partisan setings. MODERATOR JENNIFER
PALMIERI: You tend to make progress using humor. I
know that you and your staff take this seriously,
spend a lot of time in different parts of
Minnesota and doing towers on to economy — I think in the
traditionally people think Minnesota is this
diverse state. What do you think those elements
on the agricultural economy and our
state is 5th in the country for agriculture. That’s
been incorporate. people should think about that, not
just because of the agriculture
aspect of it, but also the child nutrition aspect and
the concentration of those bills and our
democratic party has to get strongly behind them. It is so
much more than just talking about the farm bill
when you think about rural America. It’s rural
economic development. As I look at where
it’s coming at us with technology and robots and
some of the changes that we’re going to see, I
think: How do we re resolve that? How do we make
sure there’s jobs in the future? The obvious answer
is training people for the jobs we have now and
that we have in the future. Second, continuing this
great entrepreneurial focus on new
businesses, small businesses, startups and this is
where I get to rural.
One of the easier places to start businesses are
places where there’s a lower cost of
living. Where spam horror h-o-r-m-e-l-is. And
as we call it thegooge gen ham. Makes cutting board up in
Duluth. So to try to harness that, want to
move places like Duluth where there’s a
culture developing of entrepreneur ships one, you
can’t have Wi-Fi or doctors in northern Minnesota if
they have to look at x-rays they have
to go to the McDonald’s parks lo lot
parking lot. There’s a digital
divide. We have a package of infrastructure. Two, rural h
ospitals hurt horribly by the budget
that’s proposed with the Medicaid cuts coming out with
the healthcare cuts. And third, we have to
make sure we have opportunities available
and then I would also say that the whole budget, when you look
at it, you’ve got to look at it in
terms of rural America to look at this
divide one of my favorite suggested budget cuts from this
administration to point to is the limit on home h eating, right? They
would tell you that in Minnesota . It gets cold. Not everyone
can afford to do that every weekend.
Looking at how we do the budget as a
statement of values includes everyone in the country .
understandable reasons for why there’s so much
anxiety in the country. We’ve had two decades of
extraordinary change., we’ve had changes in the
graphics, digit alchemy in globalization and
there’s a reason for people to feel extraordinary
anxiety and we’ve had recovery in terms of
duration, but not everyone feels it.
What I think — the approach that
[indiscernible], but the approach you have
articulated flips this question on its head as
opposed to whether the — what are the opportunities for people
? It’s not as if everyone in Duluth
will become an engineer or a coder by I
think we’re all looking for ways that you can harness — this is
what we do in America. We figure out
how to make those forces work for us. that not everyone will
be an engineer or coder in Duluth, but you can attract
talent that’s an anchor in the community
and the community grows from that. Talk more about that.
It’s really the first in my economy
articulated in that perspective. SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR: I
congressmen CAP for the new Marshal Plan you guys
have put out because it gets to some of those ideas.
As democrats we go into those areas saying
everyone needs a four-year degree. That’s not
true. There are people who don’t want to follow
that path. We have to allow for different
paths for people to follow. My Marco Rubio moment.
PALMIERI: So much more grace.
SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR: We have to allow for
different paths for people to follow. In my
sister’s case she never graduated from also in
suburb Minnesota and worked in some plants and did
things like that and finally went on to get her
GED and two-year degree. Later on four-year
degree and ended up an accountant. Those stories
are all over America and don’t always end with a
four-year degree. Sometimes they end with a good
job in welding or repairing robotics equipment.
As a democratic party I think it’s important to
stand up for this idea that not all paths are the
same. We have this need
for jobs and trades where we have an
aging population. I think that’s one way, when you look at
the CAP report, to reach out across all
divides whether they’re geographic or
racial or whatever they are. MODERATOR JENNIFER
PALMIERI: We’ve learned disturbing news about the
president in the last 24 hours.
[Laughter]. Your former process accurate
You are a former prosecutor,
process accurate prosecutor,
where do we take this from here?
SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR: First on the latest
news I think it’s important and a
transcript unless they had someone in from [Indicating]
Classified information should be redacted,
but when you have the president of the United
States disclosing secret information as our
function in the senate, is oversight of intelligence
agencies, oversight of the justice department, we
need to get ahold of that. One, it’s a risk to our
intelligence and agents out in the field and two,
risk to the relationship with our allies and
putting people in danger P. One of the reasons
presidents are so careful when they look at
disassociating classified information is that
you never know the next level down where that
source came from or how it was done. That’s why when
President Reagan disclosed when the Russians
should understand that that. He worked with our
intelligence agencies to figure it out.
We have to get to the bottom of this. How does
this relate to the bigger picture of
what’s going on? Former director c-l-
c-l-o-p-p-e-said. We’re — when we’re not investigate what’s
happened happened.
By giving this classified information to them,
that they didn’t give to the senators
at the laptop briefing that I attend
attended at 8:30 in the morning. That [indiscernible] Russia.
So I get back to where I start that
we need a special process process accurate
appointed by the justice department to get to the bottom
of what happened. All of the standards
of that rule have been met. [Applause]
and we also need an independent commission,
because if you want to stop this from
napping the future, look at what the
submission did. They were able to put out the rules of the road
so if there’s a breach in the middle
of a presidential campaign, there’s
suggestions and maybe an agreement of what people do when
they get that information. Look at what
the media does. They didn’t immediately put things out in on
a radioactive manner because it was a
cyber attack. Getting to the
bottom of the connections of the Trump
campaign and Russia when we have 17 intelligence agencies
telling us that Russia tried to get
involved in our election, influence our
election was critical. It’s equally critical that we put
rules of the road in place so this doesn’t
happen again. JENNIFER PALMIERI: Thank
you. That’s all we have time for.
[Applause] Popularity.
(Recess taken) . Topic: Healthcare.
NEERA TANDEN: Please welcome to the stage
Donald Sussman. [Applause]
Diaper DONALD SUSSMAN: Thank you
all. In June Nancy Pelosi will please 30 years in
the house of representative. She received
remarkable things. She was the first woman to ever
serve Speaker of the House. She over say the
passage of the lily — don’t ask don’t tell.
It was Nancy Pelosi who passed the Affordable
Care Act. Believe me it was her effort. I
don’t have to tell you how critical
that piece of legislation is, just how hard she is working to
forget about now. There’s no one I
would rather have in her role leading
that fight. Joining Nancy to the stage will be Neera tan deny
to to lead the
conversation. [Applause] MODERATOR
NEERA TANDEN: Thank you, very much
for being here. It’s been an eventful couple of
months in Washington. Let me start off with
healthcare. When we started off in January, we
thought that the republicans would pass their
healthcare bill within weeks. It would be their
plans were to have it passed into law by now,
scary as that is. I would love for you to talk
about how you managed to change the conversation,
what happened and what to do from here.
NANCY PELOSI: It’s a It’s wonderful to be here. To
our country and thank all of you for being so much
a part of it intellectually, politically and
support wise when you’re in the trenches it’s
wonderful to know that people are out there caring
caring, pushing, thinking, and supporting.
Affordable Affordable Care Act, here
we are, I always like to have a temple market, place ourselves
in time. Four months since
the presidential inauguration. , nothing in terms of the job he
is doing. And this is what we have
to be talking about. Jobs, jobs, job
, jobs. The Affordable
Care Act Affordable Care Act, our
commitment to founders and the life, liberty and pursuit of
happiness. The liberty to pursue
your happiness. So that’s good for the economy.
Entrepreneurship and the rest. People can own the
business, be self employed. Be a
photographer and artist in any way and reach their fulfillment.
So we have the promise that they made that they
were going to repeal the Affordable
Care Act and seven years in the making
a and come up with nothing. What they have now, to cut to
the chase, what they have now is deadly.
Even as recent as last night as CNN, I
will die if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. You hear that
all over.
What the republicans are doing now — I c
all them Ponchas Pilot. They’re saying
to the states, it’s up to you to package. Jeopardizing the
benefits that are in the bill including
the pre-existing conditions. Why do you think
it’s important for everyone to understand that this is the
larger view. This is about the de
deconstruction of government which they’ve always been about
in the government. How much longer
will the republicans put up with Trump.
They’ve been in there long herb on longer on these
issues. Medicaid, they
want to, more than decimate, just really
undermine it so thoroughly. We’ve seen the efforts before to privatize Social Security when
he was in the house. So to have a
public/private arrangement for the Affordable Care Act, they
want to get rid of that. And that’s
what they’re doing. Costs will go up,
services, benefits, down. 24 million
people will no longer have access. That’s more people than
got health insurance. They’re taking us
backward from preAffordable Care Act.
Put on 21 million people, they’re going to take off 24
million people. Age tax, if you’re 55-64, young
person tax, if you are moving — kids
are mobile. 30% taxes. Under mining Medicare. So what you
understand all of that trickle down tax — for the wealthy
educating people and if it trickles down
that would be good, if it doesn’t, so
be it. That’s the free market. What they’re
doing is not the healthcare bill . It’s a
tax bill disguised as a healthcare bill. Over 6 hundred
billion dollars — probably more like P
like 7 hundred billion dollars will be sucked
up at the expense of middle income people and those who as
fighter middle class. Robin hood in
reverse. This is if not
the emotion damaging bill to women and
legislative history. 7 million veterans will lose their tax
children — you name it.
It’s part of the deconstruction of government
which is not even philosophical by it is
ideological. We’ll lose 2 million —
four letter word — jobs .
We have to give all the gratitude in the world
to the outside groups creating
republican districts to make sure that people
had a place, a platform to speak about their own stories and
what this meant to them. That is how we
defeated the bill first time-out .
They won the bill by making it worse, by picking
up some of the conservatives to
make matters worse. Now, they want to
make it worse in the senate. It would be a horrible thing.
They could pass a bill in the senate.
We have to mobilize. The mobilization
outside the groups has been spectacular.
And if you participated in that thank
you because — can only go so far. The outside mobilization
makes all the difference in the world
Linux lean con world.
That’s where we see our strength as we go
forward with tenth — member of congress, but
being introduced by Donald Sussman. NEERA TANDEN: I would like
to note that we do have — on a member of the
leaders of a lot of the on line groups in the
audience. [Applause]
We want to pay attribute to the fantastic work
they’ve been doing to defend the ACA.
Also they’ve done a lot of work on my
next topic which is to ask you a question about the recent
events related to Russia. I know you
did a CNN Town Hall. But as is, the
way we live in Washington these days, the president could Tweet
between events. So the president did seem to confirm
the Washington Post story.
You’ve handled intelligence before. I think I
would love you to talk about what you
think happened here, but also really
raise, from your perspective, what’s at stake in the issues
here related to Russia and why are
you so concerned about it? the many facets of
this and to be president of the United States when
he would do such a thing. There are other takes
on it. Almost 20 years of experience as the top
democrat of intelligence or as in the leadership
of the gang of eight. But this is a dedication.
You really have to read your stuff, know your
stuff, be brief, you cannot connect the dots if
you’re helter-skelter. He hasn’t even taken his briefings.
Without being — what the president did was
totally outrageous. If it was unwhiting that would be
pretentious. NEERA TANDEN: Intentional
is worse.
NANCY PELOSI: He’s a lose canon. This Hughes canon a
loose canon. The Russia connection sets in three
areas of — what about is security. We take an oath to
protect and defend. Security of our country.
Seriously just about jeopardize by the Trump
Russia connection. We — economic security — God
bless you — affected by his actions as the
security of our democracy. Proven that they’ve
hacked, leaked our — next is what is the
connection? That requires
investigation to get the facts to prove
the case or not or the republicans and the president
afraid of? The truth so when it comes to our
national security, here he is putting
Putin on a pedestal, under mining NATO, and in terms of
their impression and — that’s not in
our national security interest. That
is under mining our trance Atlantic trance
at Atlantic pillar. Go to the next
step, show us your tax returns, we can
see what the connection is between you and Russia. By the
way, the connection between yourself and
the cost to the average person in our
country. So this is about our economy as well. And then, of
course, I mentioned about the security
of our democracy. So this is intrinsic
intrinsic. It’s fundamental, systemic and important that we
get to the bottom of it.
There’s so much evidence, I myself do not think
that the Attorney General should be
the Attorney General. [Applause]
He has violated his —
[Applause] So, again, what
is the price we pay? What is the
opportunity cost? All of the above. We want to be talking
about jobs jobs. Where are the house are
representatives. We put our hand on a
hot stove when people are saying: When is it my turn?
Why doo I see all the rich people getting
rich. When is it my turn? The Senator talk
about jobs and technology and the rest
of that, but we have to — all we do is fight for working
families in our country. All we do is
walking that walk. We didn’t talk the talk
talk. And we paid the price. So we need to remove all that in
anyone anyone’s minds that these people
who they voted for, to undermine
their interests whether it’s health security, economic
security or pension security and the rest of
that. So for the good
of the country, the middle class, as
the back pony of our democracy, and so for the good of the
country — forget politics — for the good
of the country that we understand that
hot stove as we make that policy and how we go forward. I’m
looking at the tight schedule and so
many ideas to hear. I’m looking at
the introducing it tomorrow. Over 70 percent of
people think there should be an outside investigation. Of
course, independent council if we can
get that and special process prosecutor.
I don’t think he should be making a point either.
I think it has to be someone not
appointed by Donald Trump. In any
event, get something going and do their best. But the power of subpoena makes all the
difference in the world. And the majority
owns the power of subpoena. When you
have an encum want in the White House in a particular party and
the congress owns the power of
subpoena, it deter it so it comes back to
Lincoln. Jobs, raising minimum wage infrastructure and the
rest. And we have to make sure that people
know we’re thinking about they. Not
just having a Washington conversation that doesn’t relate
to their lives. All of this does. But
we have to show them the connection.
Under proud of my caucus they’re unified. People
say you keep them altogether. Our
values is what unifies our caucus. For
the Affordable Care Act in terms of their current battle. This
is really an all out war. I don’t
like using those terms, but we don’t
share the same values. I’ve been there 30 years almost and
this is not the way it used to be. This
is a different breed of cat. A great
deal is at stake. And I hope that whoever wins the election
— of course, I have my priorities
there — the governors, the State houses,
the senate, however that turns out, that they would have a
debate as to whose side people are really
on. He’s going to
open up the coal mines and bring jobs
back from China; are will? Oh, really? By the way I have a
keel minor card from — ’30s and ’40s
in the new deal and I had coal miners
in my office all the time. I think it is the oxymoron of all
time. They love coal,
and don’t want to deal with pensions
and healthcare and all the rest for for the coal minors
coal miners just as emblem
magnetic as the challenges we have from them.
but we have no problem from a standpoint that eye us
and and that unify us.
He was so humble. Following David.
Pray to God, how can I have the wisdom to succeed
David David. And that humanity,
because you did not ask for great wealth or
longevity, I will give you wisdom, but that humanity led to
that wisdom. We have to be humble
enough to accept all of the ideas.
Whether the left, right, middle or wherever they’re from, for
the good of the American people.
Hopefully that debate will change who is in
office or change the minds on the other side. Because nothing
less is at steak stake than the
backbone and the democracy the greatest country that
ever existed in the history of the world. Thank you for the
support. [Applause]
SPEAKER: We’ll now, take a brief pause to
refresh the tables. Please stay in your seats,
the program will begin shortly. Thank you.
(Recess taken) .
Ed .
SPEAKER: Ladies and gentlemen, please do
stay in your seats. Thank you. (Recess taken) —
[Overlapping speakers] — you.
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for Realtime Captions…] SPEAKER: We
are short changing our workforce
and economy and that should be be acceptable to
any of United States democrats. It has to be a
real paid leave plan. Let me explain what that is
is. It has to be gender neutron and allow you to
care for not just a newborn infant, but a sick or
dying family member of the contained Trump broke
Wyoming from most of his party. away from most of his party.
It’s something that we should all agree on.
Unfortunately, this is another one of his empty promises. First, it has to be
national. So a state like North Dakota
or Nevada doesn’t have to worry about not having enough
population. We have enough in New York. We
have to million people. Second, paid
leave must be gender neutron. Covering women neutral.
Third, paid leave has to be comprehensive and
that means not just about maternity
leave or babies. It’s not enough. You
have to cover all illnesses. No one should have to ever choose
between a pH or being able to sit with their dying mother who
has cancer. If child is sick or needs
healthcare of the. So you can be
with that family member. Fourth, it has to
be sustainable. A national paid
leave plan can only be sustainable if every worker in
the country is part of it. If it is going to
survive, everyone who would benefit
needs to chip in. It has to be affordable and manageable for
particularly small businesses. California had a statewide
program up and running for ten years. What
we know is that it had no negative
impact or negative impact on spot mine.
Positive impact on morale and retention.
businesses around the country, in fact, 70% of
them want a plan for paid leave because they have to level the
playing field. How will they compete
with the Google and the Facebook s of the
world. If you don’t have
national paid leave they can never
compete. Businesses also have seen the numbers. They know
this is good for the economy. If we had
a national paid leave plan, it would
put into the economy, 21 billion dollars per year.
It makes sense because a woman loses about 3
hundred 20 thousand dollars because we
don’t have paid leave. A man loses 280
thousand dollars because they don’t have paid leave.
It shouldn’t be a tax cut fort corporations
already doing tenth this is not about
give aways for successful companies. We
have a bill, it’s called the family act. Let me tell you
what it does does. It’s a common sense bill
that passes a national paid leave plan
plan. It’s nationwide, gender neutron, sustainable. Peaking
all businesses alike and affordable.
Let me explain the cost. It’s a cup
of coffee per week cost. You’re asking
every employer to say: Would you, buy
one cup of coffee for each employee, per week? I do that
anyway. For a worker
would you put 2 dollars a week into a
savings plan to know that you could be with your family.
Workers will say yes. It’s not a lot of
money. That’s 104 dollars per year, per
employee. That’s an amount of money any business can afford.
I think this is something that makes
sense, but I want to talk about how we’re
actually going to get passed. That’s what matters for the
people in this room.
We’ve been stuck in an era where policies do not
reflect the face of the workforce. 7 out of 10 moms
work today. And sole earners. We need this plan
. It will help the economy grow.
Something is happening in America that I’ve never seen in
my lifetime. It’s about the grass roots and
the reason why you showed up today.
How many marched fort women’s March.
[Applause] Nearly all of us
and we marched all across the globe,
in Washington, and worldwide. It was a moment in our history
where people believed that their voice
matter. After seeing Donald Trump
getting elected. I did not sign up for this and agree with this person. What did they do?
People across America made a sign. They
made a sign that talked about the issue that they cared most
about. They talked about the issue that
made them angry, the issue they had
passion for, the issue that they were not going to stand Donald Trump
unwinding. Marching for LGBTQ equate, immigration, clean air,
clean water, it was your issue.
Doesn’t matter. If we need to
pass it only if you stand up and fights
for it and demands it. It’s important to
our families, economy, and families.
It’s about us. If we’re not willing to fight for it, it will
never happen. This moment in time is
about democratization of democracy.
It’s about the 17-year-old girl that Tweets something that goes
viral that makes a difference. And
something funny that says it exactly the
way it is. All of us need to be a part of it. We will win we
will defeat Donald Trump and his
horrific policies and do good things like
pass a national paid leave plan. Thank you all.
[Applause] welcome Chris Murphy,
Adam Schiff.
ADAM SCHIFF: I’m glad to be here and have a
discussion about Russia and other issues in the
news. I wanted to start though just with what we
had on the front pages today. This is a
somewhat remarkable situation where the
president had his meeting last week. We
learned about the details of it and irreconcilable difference
by task because we didn’t actually
give in for any of those. That apart, we’ve now read a set of
descriptions of the conversation, which seem to
suggest that the president didn’t issue any —
relieve any sources or methods, but
described a fairly sensitive intelligence around a program
that concerns the ISIS ability to put
laptops on computers that could be
loaded up with explosives and suggest that the city in which
some of this was learned and so forth.
— [indiscernible]. You sit on
intelligence and are familiar with — nobody alleged
here happened. Describing the program
in some detail. Tell me what part of this we should be
concerned about.
SPEAKER: We have not been briefed on it. So
I can only say what had a be alleged publically of
the the allegation is that the president discussed
a threat with ISIS with sufficient detail that the
Russians could concern what the source or method
of gathering that determine determinants detailed.
Non denial, denial .
Saying that the president did not specifically
comment on sources or method is also a
bit of a reuse. Therefore the
Russians could conclude, reverse engineer
what the source was and what’s the
implication of that? Well, it could compromise the source of
information. If it’s human source it could be worse. If
the source is a sister intelligence agency
of a friendly country, that country
could decide it can’t trust the United States with information.
Worse Worse, that it can’t trust the
president of the United States with
information. That has serious repercussions. If we’re talking
about a threat to Americans posed by
ISIS. Again, I can’t
see whether these allegations are
accurate, but if they are and certainly the president’s Tweets
suggest he talked about something of
concern here — we immediately have to go
in damage mitigation mode. Find out what steps to take to
minimize any risk to our sources. If the
damage is to our allies, what steps
we can take to reassure our allies that we treasure the
relationship, the information and we’ll work
hardtory protect in the future. And then I have
to hope that someone will council the
president about what it means to protect closely held
information and how this is dodges our national
security. MODERATOR: For either of
you, but Senator Murphy let’s start with you on
this, the president made an argument in his Tweet
this morning bringing the Russians over to be
more active against ISIS. We’ve seen cases
by presidents of both parties, President Obama,
President Bush. In order to go motive another
country to help along. You might — to put it in
another context — tell
the Chinese about the North Korea missile plan —
if I want to back them up on sanctions. Could you
argue that this is the kind of thing that
presidents sometimes have to do. ADAM SCHIFF: You could
argue that if you’re under the belief that this how
to is operating in a way that was other than
foreign policy by
improvisation. Presidents have
shared classified information with
adversaries, but only after consulting with the intelligence
agencies and having a whole of government
approach to declassifying that information, it was strategic,
this clearly, as far as we understand,
was not strategics, and the idea that Russia will be a
responsible partner in the future of Syria
is belied by years and years on the
ground. We’ve tried to get the Russians to be a meaningful
partner inside Syria, and they end up
doing more damage than good. They
conduct themselves in a way that kills, hurts and maims
civilians that more, not less people, on the
ground inside Syria are pushed inside
the camps of the streamists rather than moderates.
We understand that Russia is not going to be a
partner. And there’s a way to use
classified information in order to win new
friends or influence adversaries , but that’s not what happened.
This is a president who who was
trying to show off how much he knew in the
context of that meeting and potentially did serious jeopardy
to immediate national security
concerns as we find out today that some of
our allies are already thinking whether or not they should share information or what kind of
information they should share with the
United States.
SPEAKER: Let me just add. If you look at
many of the president’s statements or tweets that
have an impact on foreign policy, they all have an
improvisational care to them. We look for a
method in this when there may be none. If you
look at the comments about North Korea, for
example, and if this is a clever ideal of the
strategy of saber rattleing or what not, you might
conclude that this is clear in a achieves cohesive
fashion, but too often it’s not. The
president has won policy and the UN ambassador has
the third and no one is quite sure who to
believe. As much as we may try to rationalize it and
explain it, the reality is that we have created,
not a strategic ambiguity, but a non strategic
ambiguity. What our policy is and what we want
to see happen. MODERATOR: We mentioned
North Korea and I want to turn to that before the
Russian investigation. The other
fascinating intelligence leakage story going on now is
that it appears that the data released bay group that
calls itself the shadow brokers, which outside
experts widely believe are tools that were
developed by the NSA. I realize neither of you can
comment on that by let’s take that for a moment as
the working assumption of the question if
that turns out to be the case, have leaked out, and
now may have been exploited by the north Koreans. Think about the fact that cyber weapons
developed by the United States are showing up in
basically black markets and being exploited by our
adversaries. Start with you since I’m sure you’ve
heard a bit on this topic within the committee .
ADAM SCHIFF: What the shadow brokers
disclosed or did not come from the United States.
We do know a few things that the director of the
NSA has said publically. From the time we’ll
discover vulnerabilities in software and U.S.
technology companies. That can be exploited in
time in cases for legitimate foreign guidance
purposes, but, of course, that poses a great
vulnerability and there’s a process with the
administration or at least with the last
administration, to determine whether the
importance that have potential access outweighs
the risks that those vulnerabilities get out into
the wild and can be multiplied by bad actors.
According to can be manipulated by bad actors .
I do think that one of the implications here is
that, if indeed this came from the
United States — I can’t confirm that —
that will influence that process more heavily in favor
technologies because we have seen
graphically, the risks of not disclosing the
technology companies or having a quicker fix. We don’t know.
It’s possible that this was disclosed
to technology companies. MODERATOR: It was only
disclosed to Microsoft and their accounting
before they patched it in March. It raises the
question: Do we have the system under control?
ADAM SCHIFF: I think they’ll explore and
decide whether there are changes to be made. It’s
difficult to comment without being able to say
this is the case here. I will say it will have a
demonstrable impact we’re having in this arena and
that is the debate over encryption. One of the
arguments is that companies have a door even with
legitimate government process in which the
government can say you need to allow us into a
particular device. I think the technology is far
more greater potentially by saying, look, not even
the U.S. Government let alone our company can be
trusted to have the keys to that door.
This will have implications even beyond the
issue of the potential exploitation of
zero day vulnerabilities. Over the
course of the last 15 years we’ve had a massive scale in
conventional military power of the U.S.
defense budget from the start of the Iraq
war. We’ve had a massive scale of our ability to deploy cyber
weapons for our intelligence agencies.
There’s the old saying that if all you
have is a hammer, everything looks to you, like a nail.
That’s the reality of the American foreign
policy today. Let’s talk about
the only means by which we actually
took a nuclear security threat off the table for the time being
. That was with respect to the Iranian
nuclear agreement, agreement we achieved — not through
conventional military power — we used those
cyber tools along the way. That was positive. This speaks to
the broader imbalance that exists in
the national security tool kit. president services if all you
have is cyber tools, then you can’t meet the
— so many of us are worried about
these deep cuts to the state department because we fear that
this enormous plus — leaves us
vulnerable given the reality of cyber
warfare — complex problems ultimately won’t be through
internet attacks or convention build up.
MODERATOR: Let me ask you on the behalf of
the state department, the president has replaced
skiny budget, the national security budget, want
to increase the intelligence agencies considerably considerably. The State gets a
30% cut in that. I don’t think that’s likely to
go through in that form, but what does that tell
you about what the president thinks about the role
of the state department as an instrument of
national security. SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY: I
think it’s clear that he views foreign policy
through a military lens. That’s not in the way
that he’s budgeted, but through the fact that he’s
loaded up the national security cabinet with
exmilitary officers and still left an entire level
of professional services unappointed in the
state department. We’re here
talking about big ideas. When I think about
big ideas for the future, I think we should be talking about
— instead of a 50 million dollar
increase in the military budget, we
should talk about what we could do with a 50 billion-dollar
increase for the non kinetic budget.
[Applause] Virtually all of
these new threats posed to the United
States are not conventional military threats. Bioterrorism
or on line recruiters, rich petro dictates , none of those can be —
submarines and helicopters and those are
all state department tools. Through a
military lens, but it misunderstands how or
adversaries today are confronting us with asymmetric
power not military power. ADAM SCHIFF: Some of the
most powerful advocates of the state
department have been secretary of defendant Bob debates. gates. I
think of being in the early stages of the
Iraq war and on the chalk board it said:
Essentially money equals ammunition. What he meant by
that is that the resources they put into
development projects were the equivalent of buying
ammunition. The more they put Iraqies to work, the
fewer they had to fight.
And the more to support among the population.
That, I think in microawesome is
microawesome is an illustration of that. is
a microcosm. If there’s any
core problem in Afghanistan, just to use
that example, it’s not the building up of the Afghan forces
. It’s the failure of the government to
protect the corruption and to give Afghan
Afghans a sense of hope and confidence that their government
is worth fighting and dying for. You
don’t build that through a defense budget
budget. You build that through —
MODERATOR: Senator, when you hear these
arguments and you convey them to secretary
[indiscernible] and the committee process examine
so so forth. What’s the impression how they dealt
with this issue you’ve discussed here?
SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY: He’s talking to us as
much as talking to you. MODERATOR: It’s not
soaking up a lot of your time.
ADAM SCHIFF: I think Tillerson has
communicated with the State Department what to do.
I don’t view Tillerson differently from anyone
like Betseyy — I know that because he is going
through a reorganization of the state department
with an end goal already decided . He has
announced at the end of that process there will be
23 hundred less personnel in the state department,
which, again, fundamentally misunderstands the
threats presented to you us. Bring it back to
Russia for a moment. Russia doesn’t want to
militaryly own Ukraine. They want to use this
build up of separateist forces in Ukraine, as a
means to economically destabilize key so
eventually you have installed a proceed Kremlin
leader of the Ukrainian government to be brought
back into their orbit. You cannot confront that
with military power. You have to give
Ukraineians the economic revitalize
revitalizezation tools and independence tools to occupy
their Eastern front. Yet, this administration
fails in the end that’s a recipe for
failure. MODERATOR: Let’s turn back
to the Russia information for a bit. Your
committee got off on a rocky start if I can put it
politely. Now, you’ve got a chairman who is
committed from public statements to aquatic big
investigation and a thorough one. As you look as
the two big baskets baskets
of this election, what the Russians did in the
election, how, what was successful, how to prevent
it, and secondly, was there any collusion or
collaboration with anybody affiliated with the
presidential campaigns? Give us a run down or
what you think are the big questions and what
early answers if you’ve gotten to any yet you
think you have on that. ADAM SCHIFF: I like to
start off by answering perhaps the most
important question which is: Why should people
care about this? Is this an effort to relitigate the
election as the president wants to suggest or is
there something far more sitting here?
As important as the issue of collusion is and
issue of what active measures did the
Russians employ to interfere in our
election, blackmail, how many of the tactics have the Russians
used elsewhere in the world here. As
important as that is, we have to
understand the broader context. The Russians hacked into our
election not simply because they hated
Hillary Clinton and wanted to see Donald
Trump elected. Because they wanted to tear down our
democracy. They, obviously, want to tear down the
democracy in France, they would like
to see the dissolution of Europe . And what we’re engaged in is
a new war ideas. It’s not community’s
versus capitalism. It’s against
democracy and representative of government. That’s really what
is at stake. Versus a keen
understanding of what the Russians did here, is
not only important in terms of whether there are U.S. persons
involved needed to be brought to justice,
but also how we protect ourselves in
the future and allies and protect liberal democracy around
the world. What took place
in France — still looking to confirm
the responsible parties and tactics used — one of the
profound fears I had of our own election was
that while the Russians hacked and
dumped documents in the United States. Hacking into machines
would be — most others have paper trails
, but rather that they would hack and
dump forgeries among the real. Still real documents with forge
ed paragraphs. And suggesting
illegality against a candidate. No one
would believe the reputation. This is what we may face in the
next round. There’s no way to cyber
defend your way against this. We all
need to improve our cyber defense’s. They’re never going
to be good enough.
If they want to hack into an institution they
will find a way in. The only way to
protect ourselves is to inoculate ourselves
ourselves. This is how they do it and both parties need to reject it. of basks we’re looking at.
Helping Trump or hurting Hillary, but also what
was the U.S. Government’s response?
How do we recognize this was not just a gathering, but they
intended this we need to know not
nominal terms of justice considerations,
but also how to protect our democracy
in the future. MODERATOR: Senator, we’re
running out of time here, but if you look at the French election, couldn’t you argue that that
education progress that congressman Schiff
described, worked. The last dump of data and 7 it hours
before the election — it was transparent
effort. By the time we’re done looking at this
it did not seem to have any kind of the affect that
the Russians may have or with the perpetrates May
intended may have intended.
Does that give us a guide going forward.
SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY: It may, but for the
fact that we had to be the Guinea pig that did it
wrong before the French figured out how to do it
right. So, yes, if you are the second victim of
an attack that looks much like the first, then you
may be able to develop a series of prophyllactate
I say prophyl prophyllactate prophyllactateics ^^^ against it
. investigation, before we leave,
I think it’s important to talk
about the subject that will Go dominate
the news in the next few days. I have all the faith in the
world in Adam Schiff.
[Applause] — there’s a by — I don’t,
though, ultimately, in the end have
faith in the republicans that are members
of both the economies in the house and the senate. I worry,
as many of my colleagues do, that
ultimately, only a professional special
process accurate underlying attacking.
Facts underlying facts here.
No matter who was put into the FBI, they’ve been
sent a clear signal by the White House
that if they pursue the facts they
lead they’re likely to get fired or neutered.
There’s a flaw in every one of the avenues to the
truth truth, but I think you will see
moaning pressure this week to move
towards pressure prosecutor in part, because many of us worry
about a political process inside the
congress being ultimately — by republicans and those of I say
who do not have faith that the republicans will get the green
light. So this will be a dominant
narrative this week, that ultimately, I hope is
dispositive on republicans in the end.
MODERATOR: Unfortunately, we’re out of time
and don’t have time for questions, I wanted to
thank you both for taking the time to have this
discussion. I appreciate you doing this.
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STACHELBERG: I am delighted to introduce to you a lifelong
advocate for California’s most vulnerable as
the fester African-American and first woman
to serve as the state’s Attorney General, she
has aggressively defended consumers, protected
children and students, and understood that
incarceration isn’t the solution to every criminal
justice issue. Only the second
African-American woman to be elected to
the United States senate an author of: Smart on crime, a
career prosecutors plan to make us
safer. Welcome Senator calm Kamala Harris.
everyone. We have an embarrassment of riches when
I was watching Chris and Adam here and I know
everyone who came before. We have a lot to
celebrate in spite of these challenging times of
the I want to thank CAP for your leadership and
the work you do every day. Before I get started,
I want to address the news that broke last night.
We know it is deeply disturbing. The president
revealed highly classified information to a
foreign adversary in Russian. As a member of the
senate intelligence economy, I know that the men
and women of our intelligence community put their
lives on the line every day. They do very
dangerous work to keep our country safe. In fact,
just a couple of weeks ago, I traveled to Iraq in
Jordan and saw firsthand many of the people
serving at great peril, to defend what we believe
to be a democratic values and work for our country
country. They should not have to worry that
anyone, much less the commander in chief, might
carelessly put their lives this danger by divulge
essential relationships with our allies.
Join us and hold this president accountable. It
is paragraph fast time that a
special prosecutor be appointed to oversee
the FBI’s investigation into Russian.
[Applause] [Applause]
With everything going o-we know that we must
multitask and keep our eye on what’s
happening with Russian and North Korea. We
cannot lose site of domestic policy either. Healthcare,
immigration, climate change, and the rolling
back of reforms in our criminal justice system of the so I’ve
decided this morning with everything
going going on that I would talk about
the criminal justice system. Specifically
because of this. Our system of justice was shaken by aid ed by
aided and abetted by gym comb Jim comby.
^^^. The Attorney
General I should the following day to
federal prosecutors across the country. The memo was entitled
” “Department charging and
sentencing policy.” A subject line
that seems pretty tame. However what it
affectively did was to declare the reviving of the war on drugs
, the failed war on drugs. So let’s
take a look at what Jeff sessions harmful to our country. Many of
your own my background on the subject
, I will tell you, as a young prosecutor right out of law
school at the Alameda County DA’s office,
I started my work. I saw the war on drugs up close.
Let me tell you, the war on drugs was a failure.
It offered taxpayers a bad Return
on Investment. It was bad for public
safety, it was budgets and our economy, and it was bad for
people of color. Those struggling to make
ends meet. Police officers
and prosecutors dedicated extraordinary
resources to nonviolent drug offenses which could have been
devoted to homicides and violate crime.
There were so many of these nonviolent
— handoffs. That meant that these young baby prosecutors
would be handed a file of a simple
possession case and we would have five
minutes to review it before court and argue for some
sentence and that this person would be jailed.
During that time and still, instead of focusing
on prevention, we spent 80 billion
dollars per year in reaction. Looking
people up. That’s money that obviously could have gone to
schools, roads, or healthcare. Instead
of treating everyone the same, we
created a system where Latinos are two times more likely than
white men, to be incarcerated for drug
offenses. Where African-Americans
are 12% of the population, but about 60% of the drug offenders
who are in our state prisons, where,
when inmates get out, their criminal
record makes it almost impossible for them to gate job,
which, of course, traps them and their
families in never ending cycles of
poverty. The fact is, the
war on drugs did not work. All these
years after President Reagan created mandatory minimums and
Nancy Reagan told us to “Just say no.”
Illegal drug use is higher than it is at the
height of the war on drugs. As San
Francisco’s DA and — California , it’s what
we call the smart on crime approach. The Obama
Administration similarly adopted reforms at the
federal level. Reducing harsh sentences for low level offenders. For
possession of crack versus powered cocaine. The task force on — now, this
administration and Jeff sessions want to take us back to
the dark ages. He has threatened
that the United States Department of Justice may renew
its focus on marijuana use.
Even in states like California where it is
legal. Let me tell you u-what California
needs, Jeff sessions, we need support on
transnational criminal organizations, dealing with
human trafficking. Not going after grandmother’s
medicinal marijuana.
[Applause] Leave her alone.
And sessions has overturned Obama
Administration directive to phase out the use of private
prisons. So let’s be clear about private
prisons, the business model is that you
repair reap profit from incarcerating
people. Let’s be clear we should not revolving door into prison.
[Applause] with last week’s memo, sessions
advocated that prosecutors seek the harshest
sentence available, including an minimums. Instead of going
after violate crime, drug cartel and — we’re
we should about the neighborhood clear about that. Instead of
going after drug cartels and violate
crime can and major trafficers, he’s
recalling essentially what is the neighborhood street level
drug dealer. Instead of addressing
the core issues of adiction and getting
folks into treatment, we’re over crowding prisons. That’s not
justice or smart on crime and I believe
we have to stop this. [Applause] When I say we, I don’t just mean
CAP or progressives ,
everyone has to be a part of stopping tenth drug adiction is
colorblind. It doesn’t see red or blue. So here is what I’m
talking about. I started my career in in the height of
the academic. And the height of a opioid crisis.
Let me tell you these increases have so much
more in common than what separates them.
I pulled headlines which I’ll read.
I wonder if you’ll be able to distinguish which of these
headlines is from the 1990s and which is from
today. Which is about BA
crack crack cocaine and appear Russia.
appear labor a. “Ooh, addicted
parents get their — A mother and
daughter traded sex for drugs are beating
addictions.” You can’t tell
the difference. the answers later.
As you can see, this is not a black and brownish
. This is not an urban and blue state
issue. It has always been an American
issue. Here is the deal, our nation has had a long-standing
and in insable appetite for drugs. and
we need to deal with that. In 20 2015
drugs like heroin, Fentanyl and OxyContin killed 33 Americans
and in that one year from New Hamshire,
to Utah to Kentucky, there was a
heartbreaking headline that many of you may have seen earlier
and admitted opioid overdoses, Ohio
‘s overdoses runs out of room for —
opioids have taken the lives of coal miners struggling for back
pain in West Virginia and — former
congressman in Pennsylvania and a mom
who gotta addicted to pain killings in San Francisco’s San Francisco. It
is unfortunately, a universal
experience. To fight Jeff sessions and his
dangerous approach to drugs, I believe we must embrace what all regions have in common and build
coalitions. I believe we have
opportunities in front of us, conservatives like Senator —
drug diction and 8 in 10 Americans who
voted for Trump say criminal justice reform is important or
very important to them.
I believe there’s a real opportunity. The
opportunity here is to break people out of
the demographic boxes we have put them
in. The real
opportunity is to make progress on a critical
policy issue and there’s a real opportunity to reach parts of
America that peel overlooked and don’t
realize how much they have in common
with people who might look very different.
Here is what I think we need to fighting for
specifically. We need a National Drug Policy that finally treats
substance abuse not as a crime to be punished, but as a disease
to be treated.
[Applause] We need to before on reforms
instead of reviving mandatory minimums or boosting
bottom lines for private prisons , we
need to — we need to fund the office of national drug control
policy. We need this
administration to understand that if they
care about the opioid crisis in rural America as they say they
do, they’ve also got to care about
the drug addicted young man in Chicago
or east LA. [Applause] legalized all drugs we need to
do the smart and right thing and finally decriminalize
marijuana. [Applause]
Finally, I believe we need to look locally
andy elect progressive prosecutors, because
the vast majority of progresses occur
at the state and local level. There are leaders among us like
Kim fox from cook county who grew up in
— there are leaders like John c-h-i-
c-h-i-s-m-in the Milwaukee — there are leaders like Kim a-u-
g-in Texas saving taxpayers 10
million dollars a year by sending people
caught with a small amount of marijuana, to a decision making
class instead of jail. Right.
So even oohing we as we fight Jeff
sessions, we should support them as innovators who are
showing us what is possible. I believe
this is the time that we look in the parlor and ask
mirror and ask who we are and
fighting for the values we believe in and the time is to
fighting, not a war on drugs, but a war on
drug diction. To make more affective and
humane approaches our fellow Americans who are suffering.
I look forward to working with all of you on
this. Thank you.
[Applause] NEERA
TANDEN: Thank you. Please, if you
would stay in your seats, the servers are coming
around to get you lurching. We will be back in a
moment with Senator Warren. So please, stay in
your seats, thank you, very much.
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Ever [Please standby
for Realtime Captions]… NEERA TANDEN: I hope
you’re having a good time. Having a good time? It’s
been a fast meeting discussion, I think. I
have two roles here today, one, I’m accomplish
ing by having the room quite down so thank you.
Second, it is my great, great privilege and a
true honor to introduce our next speaker. We have a tight
schedule today. So let’s clang a little less.
I’m super grateful to have her here. We have as
our next speaker, one of the great progressive
champions in the senate and truly on a champion in
the country. I want to say a little story about
her. I talked to her a few days after the
election and, I think many of us , myself included
were a little shell shocked by what happened and
what was at stake for the country I talked to her
and she talked right back at me ow we needed to get
up, me and how we needed
to get right back up and fighting. She was
and fight. I’m glad to have
Senator Elizabeth Warren. She’s been
on fire ever since she was in the senate and a true fighter
now. She’s been a champion for
insuring for ensugary ensugary —
but. [Applause]
She’s also been — whether that’s healthcare or
democracy itself. She has been a voice for the voiceless. She
has been a person who reminds her
colleagues outside advocates, everyone
she talks to, that the decisions we make in Washington, are
really about either expanding
opportunity or confronting it. She’s been
fighting for expanding opportunity every day. She’s
the first woman elected to the senate from
Massachusetts, a former Harvard law
professor. A author of: Our fighting is this fighting.
Please welcome Senator Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren.
[Applause] SENATOR
thank all of you who are here today. I am so glad
we are here at the CAP Ideas Conference. I’ve
been here many times before to talk with a lot of
people in this room about ideas. Progressive
ideas, big ideas, small ideas, and my aim is
always in the same direction, how to make this
country, how to make this government, work for
people. I believe that
this is the central question facing
America today . The important thing we need
is accountable government, government not just for the rich
and powerful, but a government that
works for and answers to all of us. Accountable government is
the basis of American democracy, but
for years, let’s face it, it has
slipped away. For years, government has worked better and
better for those at the top and pushed the
concerns of everyone else further and
further behind .
Two of those reasons are obvious to most
Americans: Concentrated money and
concentrated power. It’s time to speak plainly
about these problems and start thinking about how to fix them. Because concentrated money and
power are corrupting our democracy and
becoming dangerously worse with Donald Trump in the White House. First, consider the impact of
concentrated money. Over the past few
decades money has fundamentally re
reoriented our democracy. Money slitsers through Washington
like a snake. I’m not simply talking
about giant bags of money and cash
explaining hands in dark alleys exchanging hands in dark alleys,
I’m talking about corporations using
their cash to rig the system and to get government
the government to favor their interests.
Take a good look at who it works for .
Billionaires build super facts to secretly
finance candidates and elections.
[Technical Issues]
Blurring the line between severing the public and severing public master’s.
Appear constantly on the news. Agency after
agency, industry runs the show and the fox
guards the chicken accompany. Armies of lobbyist swarm
Washington like a plague of low cusses,
demanding favors for their employers,
president Trump did not invent these problems, but boy, has he
made them worse.
We all remember Donald Trump’s campaign problems
that he would drain the swamp in
Washington, right? 117 days in, and the
swamp is bigger, deeper, you go uglyer and filled with
more corrupt creatures than in history.
Then presidency elect Trump put together a
transition team of lobbyist, Wall Street
bankers and big-time industry players.
Team Trump has ousted scientists from the EPA and looking to
replace them from hacks from industry
that pollute the environment. The
Department of Education is bringing in ties to — ripoff
students and yes, I do leave them with tens
of thousands of dollars of debt. adviser who whispers directly in
Trump’s ear. Billionaire Karl icon in
late 2016, icon made a massive bet that
fuel credits would drop. As Trump’s adviser he pushed
policies and political employment that did
information cause the price of those
credits to drop generating a 50 million dollar profit for
himself and the company he owns.
Wow, ! I have called for an investigation into
icon because it doesn’t matter if
you’re a nobody or you’re friends with
the president. Insider trading is illegal and White House
advisers should not profit off their
White House work. [Applause]
Period. [Applause] tip of a massive
Eisberg, the cabinet and the White House are filled with
wealthy individuals who are neck deep in
conflicts. People who work for him
have followed his lead showing a disregard for long-standing
ethics procedures.
What can we do about all of this? The answer
is actually — there’s a lot we can
do about this. We can pass legislation, to require the
presidents to disclose their tax returns,
so that the American people can see any secret dealing. We can
pass my president of conflicts
interest act which requires presidents and
vice presidents to put their assets in a blind trust during
their years of public service. We
could beef up independent shoulders who
look over — agencies . — to hold this
administration accountable for self dealing.
[Applause] There’s a lot we
could do. We have to remember when
people shrug at the president’s conflicts it’s not because they
don’t care or think it’s okay, it’s
because they know that money is already
causing a deep rot in Washington.
That is why is it is time for systemic change.
We can start that change with the way
that political campaigns are financed
and build on the foundation of many American cities and states
that established publically funded
elections. Get the money out. [Applause]
Yeah! but we need to do more. That’s not
enough by itself. Regulatory process
should be reformed so that giant companies
cannot bury public servants in an average of an
avalanche of conflict. It is time to
slow down the reveling door of corporation and —
pay to take public jobs and we need to fighting for a —
[Applause] Let me add to
that one, while we’re working on the
Supreme Court we must pass a constitutional amendment to
allow us to shut off the picture of
Hispanic the picture that’s a good start
to taking down the sign that hangs over Washington, DC.
Ruseing the influence of concentrated money
will not be enough to fix our political
system. If we want accountable government
government, we need to reduce the influence of concentrated
power. Now, before I was a Senator, I
was a law professor, I talking to
contracts , business tractions, and bankruptcy. It shouldn’t
surprise anyone here that, I believe,
that strong headlights markets are the
key to a strong healthy America. Today, markets
are struggling in every corner of our
economy, competition is increasingly choked off.
Airlines, banking, healthcare, Pharma, agriculture,
together come, tech. Industry after
industry, a hand physical handful of corporation
compete less and let less. Prices go up,
quality goes down and many people’s jobs
are eliminated. Massive consolidation means that the big
guy knocks out smaller competitors. And
the big guys can crush innovations and
can grow fat and lazy jacks up prices and feasting on Jed’s
glory. It contributes to flat wages and in
case inequality. Concentrated
market power also creates concentrated
political power, the kind of power that captures our
government. That’s exactly what’s happening.
As president Trump bows to the power
and influence of these industrial giants and financial Titan. The CEO
of Exxon Mobile is now, the Secretary of State. Goldman
sacks now has — to open up a branch.
[Laughter]. The senate is
scheduled this week to — Attorney
General who worked for years at the chamber of customers dog
what? Shielding companies from any
government accountability. Do you get
the feeling that if burning Bernie N. — he would be
the president of FCC now? [Laughter] A congress that
devotes its time and energy how to cut
taxes yet again for giant corporations, because
apparently, paying zero is not enough for some of
these giant corporations. Even healthcare
bills get perverted into corporate
welfare systems. Taking healthcare away from 24 million
people in this country to fund tax breaks
for a handful of millionaires, billionaires and adjoined
corporations. Here is the good news on this
one and there is good news.” America has tackled this problem
before. More than a century ago,
congress pasted antitrust laws to break up
the corporate laws of corporate power. Tedy Roosevelt earned
the tidal of trust buster wielded
huge influence over our government. The
reformers won. Donald Trump used to talk about the dangers
of monopoly, that talk has
disappeared now that he is president of the
United States. It is time for us to do what Tedy Roosevelt D.
pick up the antitrust stick again. The
stick has collected some dust, but the
laws are still on the book. We can crack down
on any competitive mergers and exist
existing monopolies, and push back against giant banks
crowding out smaller competition. We can
pick up tools at the federal trade
commission, the Department of Justice and other agencies to
promote markets throughout this country.
We can break up the big banks and if
the president and his team refused to act then Attorney
General can step up and use these tools. We
can do that. We can do all of that!
We Jew’s just need reel leadership and the courage to
act. We can make change.
[Applause] So concentrated
money and concentrated power. They
influence nearly every decision made in this town. but capture
is not complete, at least not yet.
It’s not yet complete, because for more
than two centuries, we have slowly and painstakingly built
strong institutions in America,
intended to ensure that our government will
work for everyone. Two houses of congress, three branches of
government, multiple regulatory agencies designed to work in the public interest and independent
judiciary, a free press, institutions
that help preserve accountable government.
Don’t get me wrong, like everything else,
these institutions have been
critiqueing have been critiques
under the political — restaining
order straining straining
willed by check power. Critiques, but still
standing. Today, president Trump is waging a
direct assault on those institutions O
institutions. First, he turned over the government to the rich
and powerful. And then last week,
he made it perfectly clear that he
believes that he should be above the law. After he fired FBI
director James coney he went on national
television saying he fired him on part
because he was leading an investigation into ties between
the Trump campaign, administration and
Russia. Trump said top of
mind when he fired coney was quote,
this Russia thing with Trump. It doesn’t get more bray son
than that that.”
It is a — that politicians cannot interfere
with law enforcement investigations into
their own potential wrong doing. But
president Trump a admitted to interfere with an ongoing
investigation and he clearly believes there
should be no consequences for himself.
Trump has tried to set himself would have the
law before. As a candidate he
attacked a judge overseeing his — profit
college. To stop his Muslim ban. When Sally Yates gathered
national security adviser — Trump fired
her. When the top federal prosecutor
in Manhattan was reportedly looking into shadey stock
staying by Trump Trump’s officials, he fired bar ab-e-r-a-r-a-
Now, is the time to remind Donald Trump that it’s
not a play thing make him richer or a
service to do his biding. Now, is the
time to — our intelligence secrets are not gossip and his
desire to impress his buddies is not —
Americans and our allies. [Applause]
Now, is the time to remind him that in this
country, no one is above the law, including
the president of the United States.
[Applause] It
is time to resist and fighting back and it is time
to be clear about what we believe in. We believe
that no foreign power and especially Russia gets
to launch an assault on our democracy
without any investigation or consequences and we’re ready to
fighting for it.
[Applause] We believe in
equal justice under law and we’re ready
to fighting for it. [Applause]
We believe in an economy that doesn’t just work
for the , but an economy that works for everyone. Consumers,
small businesses and workers. And we
are ready to fighting for it. [Applause]
We believe in accountable government, a
government that works, not just for those at the
top, but for every single one of us,
and we are willing to fighting for to fight for
it. I have news for
Donald Trump, no matter how much he
might admire Vladimir Putin’s Russia, here in America we’ll
embrace and defend democracy. We do
that by demanding that everyone in our
government is accountable, even the president of the United
States. [Applause]
Thank you all for being here today.
[Applause] [Cheering]
[Standing have to get to an
important caucus lunch where I’m sure that nothing
will be discussed of importance. [Laughter].
So we want to take a few questions. I’m
having a hard time seeing — three second a
question right there. There’s a mic behind you.
PARTICIPANT: Hello see . Your passion is to so
important when do we call a spade a spade and when
we call exclusively object restriction ab
ratio R ab instruction ever justice.
around the country and why? Because we want
someone who is going to investigate the ties
between Russia, the Trump campaign and Donald
Trump himself who cannot be hired by Donald Trump.
Seems like a good start. Someone who is
independent, who will rain transparent
investigation, who has the right of authority to
run it and who also has the resources to run. I
think this is a first start for where we need to
be. We need to push our colleagues hard on this.
We need to begin with an investigation. It
doesn’t mean it’s the endpoint. But
document the facts. I want to be clear
on this point, in a nonpartisan way. Every American should care
about the integrate of our democratic
process. Democrat, republican, independent, libertarian,
vegetarian. [Laughter].
Everyone should care. And that’s why I think we
need to do this. We need to get
someone independent to do the investigation and see where it
takes us. If there’s nothing there, so
be it. If there is criminal activity and keep this country
moving in the right direction. I don’t
want this to be on a partisan issue.
NEERA TANDEN: Questions? Mic is coming.
PARTICIPANT: Thanks for your leadership and
awesome thoughts. I wanted to know this campaign
financeer has been a major issue for a while and
trying hard to fight it. And you did give
different alternatives today. Is there anything
different that we’ve been thinking and making
efforts on that actually make happen.
points on campaign finance reform. The first one
is that we’ve got to get a lot of people around
this country energized behind this one. Americans
are appalled by what we’re doing in Washington.
If we can get the democratic process up and
running and get the grassroots engaged, this is an
issue of people all across the political spectrum
say there’s a terrible problem in Washington and
needs to be fixed this is one that is much less
about my trying to knock on doors around the U.S.
Senate and much more about talking to people all
across this country and building the kinds of
connections that I know. CAP supports and others
support to put wind if our sails as we go forward.
That’s number one. Second point,
campaign finance reform is not enough.
The power of money in Washington is something we’ve got to face
head on. It’s not just in the
campaigns. Look what happens on the
lobbying side. Look what happens in every regulatory
agency in this town? There’s always someone
there to make, in every decision that
has to be made and every informational session, in every
time they open the doors to these
agencies, there’s someone there who is paid to
be there to take the point of view of the giant industry and,
say, unify got to watch out for them,
make sure when you write this, could
we get a word or a little piece or thing over there. That’s
what happened. You end up with —
you do it one year and the next year,
and the next year and after that and it tilts the system
enormously. We have on a problem with bought
and paid for experts in this town.
People who show up in front of congress and show up in their
equivalent of their lab coats every night on the news, every
morning on the news. And what are they
doing? They’re spouting the position
they’ve been paid to take. Washington, the
whole place is influenced by money and
one of the things that we have to talk about and have a voice
conversation about is not just campaign finance reform, it’s
how we build a democracy so we’re
getting ground up — people from the
grassroots how their voices are heard in Washington. I think
that’s a hard task, but I’ll say one more
time, I think there are a lot of
people in the grassroots who want to make that happen. If we
seize this moment, we could
fundamentally return democracy not people.
That’s why I’m a happy warrior. [Applause] Thank you all! Thank you! Take
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say you’ve Someone who has also
stayed true to his ideals and values even while
learning to adapt to a changing political
landscape and even though it has changed he has
always stayed a proud progress I have. Former
democratic leader CAP chairman of the board and my
friend, Senator to me Tom Daschle. Please welcome Tom
Daschle to the stage. [Applause]
He is on his way and will be talking to governor Bulloc
Bullock. Why don’t we take a moment. Finish your food, you
can clang your forks and knives as much as
you want and we’ll be right back.
Thank you, very much. (Recess taken) .
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STACHELBERG: I now have the distinct
honor to welcome to the stage someone true to the
ideas and values and learned to adapt to a
political and changed landscape, but even while
that landscape has changed he’s always stayed a
proud progressive. Former democratic leader, CAP
chairman of the board and my friend, Senator Tom
Daschle. [Applause] Topic Topic: Let me just sigh
what a fantastic I can day this has been. We’ve heard
inspiring speeches, thoughtful conversations and we gather at
an important time, a time when I think
our country is facing one of the most challenging moments in all
of our history. A time when the
pillars of our Democratic Republic of
being tested. But the American people increasingly are refusing
to sit idly by, they’re reacting,
and responding and, yes, they’re resist
resisting. [Applause]
So this afternoon we want to talk about some of
the energy out there and how that
energy affects policy in Washington and
across the country. We’re going to talk about climate action,
about public lands, voting rights and
civil rights. We’re going to meet
some of the resistance leaders who all across this country are
organizing to defeat the Trump agenda. I will, say, as chair
of CAP, how proud I am of the work this
organization does day in and day out,
the leadership, the staff, the board, everybody involved, in
supporting these efforts all across the country.
Today it’s my special honor and privilege to
introduce a progressive leader who comes
from an unexpected part of the country.
Last November he won Annie electrician even though Donald
Trump won — by more than 20%. He’s been a champion of equal pay,
better jobs, , improved education. He’s a man that I
have already cited as I talk to people all
over the Midwest, to follow, if you too
want to be successful in politics in our part of the
country. Will you join me in a very Harty
welcome from the State of Montana , Steve
Bullock. [Applause]
much Senator Daschle. I was saying maybe I should
drop the mic and leave after that introduction. I
was invited to talk about how a progressive
governor gets reelected in a place where Hillary
Clinton got 36 percent of the vote. It is great
to be with you today because by all accounts, I
shouldn’t be here. 2016 was the year of the
outsider. That wasn’t me, I was Attorney General
and governor. The guy — shattered spending
records with his own personal wealth and more adds
were run in Montana than any governor’s race in
the nation. If this was the year of hate, fear,
and discontent, my opponent pedaled it, but I
refused to. I ran opposite
mystic visions for the future. At the
end of the day, Donald Trump won by 20 points, I won by four.
[Applause] Focusing though
on how I won, misses something. what should be agricultures
important where Donald Trump could
win by 20 points — best political advice came from a
republican. He said to me: You run to win, but
you win to run. To run
government, the goal isn’t to win the election,
it’s to positively and meaning flee impact individuals and
families no matter where they live and
whether they supported us. The goal is to
fight so that next generation have every opportunity we had
and even more. How did I win? More
important, how did I governor? First and
foremost, it’s about showing up. As a democrat, I don’t have
the luxury to spend the day to talk
to only to people who agree with me.
I spend days in places where democrats are as rare as a
Tweetless Pennsylvania Avenue in the early
morning hours. Here is what I
say or what I mean when I say show up.
By 2015, 30 states expanded Medicaid. In Montana the word
Medicare was about as popular as root
canal. It was important for Montana to
ultimately get Medicaid passed. I’ll never forget a meeting in
the hospital in a town called S HOTO
I could look formulate this community
and there weren’t a lot of Bullock supporters that’s for
sure. The ranchers knew what I gathered
because Americans for prosperity was
kind enough in the weeks before I came,.
[Laughter]. To actually
bombard their telephones, fill their
mailboxs talking about the fact that island I would visit
. A lot of you don’t know what it’s like to
have — go after you, but it’s a common
occurrence in a place like Montana. I showed up. They
acknowledged that 40% of those people walking
through the doors didn’t have health
insurance. They recognized that if they didn’t — that
community would be soon to follow. They
sought past the rhetoric and understood
that improving the health of their friends, neighbors, but at
the end of the day it would save that
rural hospital and saving that the rural
community. Their support and in that visit, gave their local
republican ledge similarity, the confidence to defy her party
leadership, to defy the copy brothers and every
vote mattered because of towns lie Soto.
We were the only campaign to get expansion
through a state legislature verify.
[Applause] [Applause]
Not only is un insurance rate gone from 20% in
2013, to 7% last year. 77 thousand more Montanaians
montanaians could afford healthcare.
I understand that man on the street stories are
really only that. But it’s profound to
have people stop you on the sidewalk
and tell that you your actions saved their life. Let me be the
first to say that — just showing up
isn’t always enough. I went to other
communities where I failed, many communities where I failed.
But you have to try. I shoot for 100
percent with the hope of getting 50%.
You do that in office and running for governing.
Democrats don’t seem to focus on this anymore.
Think about those — that we lost in
2016. The strategy is all about using
data, to find people who agreed with us to drag them to the
poles on election day. There was little
attention paid to places that might be
difficult to win. [Applause]
You must be from South Dakota.
There’s really little talk from my perspective
to persuade people, offering voters
to vote for a democrat for president.
If that was my strategy from Montana, what we followed
nationally, I would have been kicked out a
long time ago. Democrats need to do a
better job of showing up, making an argument even in places
where people are likely to disagree.
It’s good for campaigning. It’s good
for governing. It would be good for our democracy and it would
be good for our democratic party.
We can’t assume that the values of people, even
those we disagree with or didn’t vote
for us, are all that different that we
as democrats consistently fighting for. We saw this in
2016, when the party wrote off areas of the
map. It’s dangerous. And silly. The
values of most Americans are not partisan. Folks are too
business supporting their families and
putting food on the table. Most and want the same thing, the
safe community, a roof over their heads, good public
schools, clean air, and clean water, a
descent job and the unwavering belief that they can build a
better future for their kids and
grandkids. Whether you live in Manhattan
New York, Manhattan Kansas or even Manhattan Montana. I
fought for these values and public
education, protection of air public lands,
economy that works for everyone in fair taxes and it translated
into people knowing that I was
looking out for them. And then what that
translates into is the ability to fighting fight and
governor and work on areas for equal pay and equal work.
One of the most far reaching executive
orders to protect our LGBT community. Public education,
translating the first time ever investment
in public preschool. Translates into
never once compromising on women’s reproductive freedoms.
[Applause] It translated just last month
when the legislature left — earned-income tax credit
something we’ve worked on for 15 years in
Montana. [Applause]
The bottom line is that when we do it right,
fighting for our shared values, fighting
for those great equalizeers of opportunity and fighting for the
public good will always, always beet
out somebody fighting for their narrow self-interest.
Finally, I want to leave you with a radical idea
, here it is, if you’re going to do or
talk about doing something, then [Applause]
Think about that. It’s Montana is simple I guess [laughter.] If you’re going to
talk about doing something, then example, I imagined, dang, near
everyone in this room with a campaign
finance ear eerie system is broken.
We got a majority of states to join us including
a handful of republican led states
. When 1912 in Montana we had a
prohibition — I got testimony from
democrats and republicans talking
about the corruptive and corrupting influence of
independent expenditures. In a decision
that’s unfortunately, forever captioned
American traditions partnership versus Bullock.
[Laughter]. The U.S. Supreme Court — five-year
decision. It was the first significant case after
citizens united. As governor then I
didn’t give up. I took a different task. I worked with
democrats and republicans. Two-thirds
republican. I had to do that. With the most
perspective disclosure laws in the country. So the dark money
groups no matter what they hide behind
this they’re going to spend or contribute in our state
elections, they have to disclose their
spending and who is giving them money. Now, it took a number of different attempts to get there,
to get that passed, but even the coke
brothers stayed out of our election last November .
Democrats didn’t fix citizens united when we had
control of congress in the white house. And more and more
working around Washington, not with it.
Washington has become a place where talking is
often as substitute tore doing. It’s a
place for people outside the belt way
way — about problems not to solve them, but so they can
raise money or get more followers on social
media. I think that’s a cynical view
or approach to politics and government, and it’s bad for
democracy. I think it accounts for much of
the distrust of the federal government.
Yet, I also think it is fixable. I believe that is good news is
that democrats can stand up for our
values and the values of main street,
mainstream America, and that we can win. You have to believe
that we share values. You have to fight
for them. You have to fight for the
public good. I have to do things, not just talk about t
hem, and you have to show up. Thank you for
having me today, but more important
thank you for all being here today. [Applause]
WINNIE STACHELBERG: Thank you, very much,
governor. I think he has time for one, possibly
two questions. We’ve got microphones. We’ve got
a question up here .
PARTICIPANT: Nina beady [Name]. Can you
talk about the special election for congress and
rob Chris and whether or not everyone in this room
should send him some money topic .
SPEAKER: We have a special election May 25th
25th, against a guy gym Fordy who spent 6 million
dollars of his own. And lost.
[Laughter]. I guess I
wouldn’t be here were it otherwise. Against
a gentlemen named rob QU I ST and our one congressman — in
our huge state, became secretary of
interior. Rob quiz is a lifelong Montana
and went through medical issues so he knows when we’re talking
about repeal to the Affordable Care
Act. How it affects individuals and
families. I appreciate the question because it’s not unlike
when I was running or others. People
want to view — that’s a heck of a long
way away and there’s no a democrat can win. On the
women’s March, 10 thousand people showed up at our
state capital. I don’t think you
would have 10 thousand people show up if you canceled hunting
season. [Laughter].
[Applause] So there’s
excitement and energy and well worth
following. The election is May 25th.
>> I can say that I think everybody [Away
from microphone]. [Laughter].
SPEAKER: Steve Bullock: Thank you, very
much. [Applause] WINNIE
STACHELBERG: Please welcome to the
stage, Tom stayer and John Podesta stay stay we’re
here to talk about a lot of things, but we’ll
spend time to talk about climate change. As
evidence of catastrophic time piles up with honor
is an record, cost of extreme weather
[indiscernible] sea level rise and continuing to
grow with humanitarian crisis, and climate
exacerbates security events from the morn of Horn of
Africa, front and center of America’s newspapers
looking at what’s going on. Donald Trump is
reacted by climate denyer to run the EPA, by
trying to dismantle and run the clean power plant.
He’s on a rampage really, against the environment.
I think you would agree with me, Tom, I’ll ask you
this at the outset that not all is lost. That ^^^
John dentist John Podesta.
So we’re honored to have you here today because
after a super successful business
career, Tom decided he wanted to spend his
time, not just fighting climate change, but social justice. And
I used to talk to Tom on the phone
. He in California and me on the east
coast and he would begin the conversation by saying: John,
it’s worse than you think. It’s really
worse than you think. And then he would
give me the latest scientific evidence of something that’s
happened or a gigantic piece of ice that
fell off the coast of green land. Now,
it’s about Donald Trump. And he saw: John, it’s worse than you
think think. It’s really worse than
you think. [Laughter].
I think Let me start on the climate
question. With How do you
access where we are today? Can the planet survive four years of Donald Trump’s administration?
Stay stay I think we should have a
round of applause for what John John dentist
John Podesta has done and what he’s done.
[Applause] we think about
the task ahead I would like to break it down into
three parts. We have to clean up our electricity
system, electric father and I everything and we
have to dramatically increase your energy
efficiency. When we ask about the — as a country
country, if you think about clean up our
electricity system, that’s done in the states. We
can have a lot of the progress over the next four
years, state-by-state, including in red states. had progress
since November 8th and four red states. We can do a major push
in terms of clean electricity. Secondly, electric
father and I everything. When you
think about what’s the largest source of greenhouse gas
is transportation transportation.
Electric fight transportation system. If we
don’t do the first system, if you plug in
your electronic vehicle plugged in by
on a coal power plant it’s better to keep your internal
combustion car car. Second step is to electric
father and I everything. Th at’s
something where the government has a a big say.
They’re going to review the cafe standards. If
they role back what Obama put in
place for 2025, then what California and
13 other states have agreed to do already — we have a waiver
coming from the Clean Air Act and what
the federal government does to attack
the electric, of course, and ,of course, is
critical. In terms of cost argues for
itself. Whether the federal g overnment can put in policies to
make it happen sooner. Where are we? I
would say the American people are
behind us. If you look at all the polling data, American
business, establishment is behind us with
reception of the fossil fuel companies
companies, and the engineering data, our all about to save
money by moving to cleaner sources of
energy is also behind us. The question
is not: Are we moving to this? It’s the pace at which we’re
moving to it, the pace at which the
rest of the world is moving toward it.
I view this as much more urgent than is gen
erally thought, partially because of
what John teased me about. If you
listen to the scientists, we are saying it’s 2040, and now it’s
2025. We are
compressing the time we have to act. From my
standpoint, the political question hear about winds
winning becomes ultimately important because we
have to win now. JOHN PODESTA: I want to
come back to the broader role of climate change,
energy trance, of course, as part of the message,
but let me stick with something you said you said
business voices are still on the side of change
and support of this energy transformation. Not
all businesses are on that side and not just
the coal companies in the oil industry. The auto
companies are aggressively — who had
supported the cafe standards after Trump’s election
trying on re reenroll them back — what do
you think is the prospect of having the rest of
industry that has been more positive about trying
to take aggressive action, becoming something of a
counter way to the special interests that want to
see the role backs on the regulatory side ? : We can not count on
American business to lead evolution. I
think they’re also dependent on having an amicable
relationship with the federal government, I think
they’re nervous picking a fight with the
president. At the front arguing and pushing and making trouble.
JOHN PODESTA: They fear his Twitter.
SPEAKER: Tom: They’re clearly making the
same mistake they made before they went bankrupt.
If you look at the margins they make on an S UV.
They are gigantic. They would love to sell those
cars. That’s a business that’s growing where
they’re not making any bottom line money. So the
fact of the matter is that you read Tesla is more
valuable in the market than GM or Ford. The
market is telling us where the future is going to
be. The people who have the power, make the cash
money, making a the decisions are looking
backwards saying — we make our money on
combustion engines as long as we keep miles per
gallon lower we get to sell bigger cars with a —
it’s a terribly short-sided decision, but looks
like that’s where they’re going. JOHN PODESTA: Let’s go to
the broader progressive argument. We’ve got
to win now and no time to waste. You have tried
to build a better coalition, talk about how you se
e the effort of blending essentially about
politics into broader movement politics.
SPEAKER: Tom: Ten years ago we were under
the impression that progressive energy problems
were supported on the broader interest of the
United States of America and its citizens. And I
think we spent a number of years and built a
number of efforts around that idea. At this point
point, if you look, in fact, at the administration
administration, the republicans have gone
backwards from where they were when we started.
How change actually comes — should we think about
it in terms of energy? But also think about it in
terms of creating jobs that pay a descent wage
that families can live on. Think about cleaner
air and a healthier America and inclusive America
that recognizes every citizen.
Every policy area brought up today we think a
progressive coalition will do that. We are committed to
immigrant rights and committed to every
one and strong believers of organized
labor and essential part of the American system. We think we
win or lose everything together . When we talk about
where we’re going from here. We stick together and lose, period
, or we lose. And we lose everything
across the board. [Applause]
The difference, John, which I hate saying this,
I completely agree that American
voters, American citizens are much more
alike than they get credit for. In terms of us having what I
would think as an honest counter party
in terms of elected officials and
party, I don’t believe we have one. I don’t think there’s a
common ground. Put our heads down and
it win, period. [Applause]
JOHN PODESTA: That’s success in building
that in California, euhad fights with some of the
building trade unions in the rest of America. How
do you access now, the relationship between what
you’re doing in terms of building clean energy
infrastructure with where the building trade
unions are? SPEAKER: Tom: Let me
start with the coalition and address the
trades. The coalition we started ten years ago is
different from the ones people think about
environment. First of all all, I think it is encum want ever want to say
environmentally focused people are not necessarily
the people you think they are. Number one
ethnicity in the United States is Latinos,
number two group is African-Americans, number three
group is Asian Americans. So every coalition
is built around the idea that goes to
every single part of society. Secondly it is essential and
strong partner, the partner we’re
talking about that is inseparable from
everything we do is that we will create good paying jobs and
distribute them throughout the communities. Third, we believe
we can get the chamber of commerce. In
California we’ve always had more than
half the chambers with us, business with us, and we’ve made
it clear that what we will do is build
business and good paying jobs. When we
think — if you think about the three things I said we had to
do: Clean up the electricity system,
electric father and I everything and
double efficiency, that’s millions of jobs. ^^^.
That’s going into every commercial building in
the United States of America with
equipment and making a it happen.
That’s redoing the grid. We’re going to rebuild the U.S. of
America, period. That has to happen. We
have to understand that we have to do
that and that’s a huge work project.
The people from the trades, that’s their
livelihood and what they’re absolutely
committed to for their members. The
differences with the trade — they know we’re going to rebuild
the United States of America, but
they feel it’s in fossil fuel infrastructure. The reason,
we’ve done that for the last 50 years.
There are a ton of pipelines that have to be rebuilt if we go
that way way. There are tons of related
tasks that go to their unions. It’s not that
we’re building the decodeer access
pipeline or nothing, we’re building something smarter and
better. Those jobs will be created.
[Applause] And by the way,
we’ll make sure those are organized
jobs. So when I say to them: Look, our organization supported
local measures and props in California
last year that will create 5 hundred
thousand union jobs. We are 1 hundred% committed to rebuilding
the U.S., because we have to do it.
By the way that’s the way we’ll get
people descent wages and benefits.
[Applause] I love with
they’re fighting for, but what they want to
build, I think is a mistake and within five years looking back,
how many tens of billions of dollars
we’ve spent on fossil fuel infrastructure is an absolutely
U absolute waste of money. Making an
investment is not smart, making a smart
investment is smart. Making a dumb investment is a big fat
mistake do the do the and
mistake. JOHN PODESTA: Tom stayer.
we’re fighting to protect our planet or
fighting or equity or immigration, criminal justice,
healthcare, LGBT equality, economy or political
representation, each keynote and conversation
we’re reminded that the resistance is fueled by
persistence. Our next panel highlights the voices of
resistance and some others who have worked tireless
ly for years to improve lives, before this
dynamic conversation with Leah Greenberg, DeRay
McKesson, Markos divided films.
[VIDEO] [Please standby for Realtime
Captions…] will Welcome to the stage
Leah Greenberg, DeRay McKesson, Markos, Moulitsas,
Astrid Silva and Igor Volsky. [Applause] SPEAKER:
Good morning, everyone. Who is ready to resist? My name is
Igor Volsky director for the center of American
action fund. After the election, our work really
changed. We began developing tools for people to
use to defeat Trump care to oppose almost every
Trump initiative and thought about how to channel all
of the great energy we saw in the aftermath
of the election into tangible action and change.
I’m proud to have this missing panel here
with me. I’ll introduce them, we’ll get into a
conversation about what has worked in this
new resistant movement, how to sustain the
energy over the long haul and translate that into
political power and we’ll have time for questions.
Immediately to my right is Markos Moulitsas, he’s
the founder and publisher of daily
cost — in the United States reaching
up to 20 unique visitors per month. 45 ways to fight Trump
will be out next month, his book.
Next to him is Leah Greenberg, the cofounder of
fueling a progressive grassroots network
of Trump agenda — I looked on the
website yesterday — local groups growing every day — at
least two in every congressional district to
hold their members of congress accountable. In 2007 Leah
caught a lucky break by interning with Igor
Volsky. [Laughter]. So nice of you to
put this in your official bio. Asteroid Silva delivered the
Spanish response to Donald Trump ease
address to join congress and co founder of — community-based
organize organization in Nevada —
undocumented youth and their family. DeRay
McKesson and organizer and cofounder of campaign zero, the
resistance manual and podcast: Pod saved
the people. Subject scribe. The death of Mike Brown and DeRay has worked
with knowledge and tools to provide
citizens and policy makers with common
sense policies to insure equity and please welcome this poly
panel. [Applause] MODERATOR
IGOR VOLSKY: I want to start with
you as a former colleague of mine to talk about
being on the front lines of this new resistance,
new energy. Can you give us a sense of what tools
tools, what tactics have really worked in, I think
in ensugary that this president doesn’t have N too
many good days in office. SPEAKER: Leah:
Absolutely. Thank you for the chance today. Is my mic on ? Is that better. great. Hi
everyone. So I think what we found in the day, since the
election, what has worked is decentralization and
asking people to take on more than they were
necessarily comfortable with and talking to
about the strategy and building power and how to do
it. Having faith in them to figure out how to put
those pieces together on a local level
themselves. When we wrote the indisable guide a lot of people
were organizing already How many
[Technical Issues]
How many people got together and had meeting? I
get similar reapplies. People were
organizing themselves already and
looking for ways to do it. I think what we
found were that people were looking
more than to make a call. They were looking to take ownership
in something that they could feel
invested in reacting to what they
perceived as a extraordinary result of the election.
MODERATOR IGOR VOLSKY: Markos refers to him
as the granddaddy of resistance. Let me ask you,
you’ve been at this for daily cause for a long
time time — daily coast ^^^. What do you make
of this new energy and is your sense
in terms of ensugary it’s a sustainable movement for years
to come. SPEAKER: Markos: I came
out of a dean campaign. It looked a lot like
the Bernie Sanders one, white, male. He realized
early on that a movement cannot sustain itself
in progressive politics if that’s who was
represented. It reflected that.
[Applause] I’m Latino , my name gives it away. I’m
going to be mainstream coast and from the
beginning focus on the election and
focus on trying to [indiscernible] state
legislative raises and nobody gave a shit because they wanted
to argue about whether Obama was good
enough or not and whether the law was good enough or Bernie
Sanders and Hillary Clinton — all these
stupid arguments while the graduates
was burning. Republicans being republicans and organized and
smart, did what they did and they took
over elected office from the bottom up
up, to the point where we got to , last year, an idiot, but a
phenomenon, with no campaign beat our kid. Probably would
have been the smartest president in the
U.S. history. [indiscernible]
it is almost entirelyy electoral ly
focused. Critical. Sister district has hundreds of
chapters and they’re focused on state
legislative races. There they are organizing
organizing. House races. Individuals doing all of the
above and more
more. Furthermore
beyond that though is the fact that this is
the future of America here [Indicating.]
[Applause] They did not have to go out of
their way to find diversity for this panel.
Before the election Before the election
— it was for whatever reason — I don’t know why —
those voices did not come daytime the
March was 50/50, literally overnight. Now, you have a
movement that’s being led by communities of
color and women. So this is the future of
the country and it’s a movement — it looks like a democratic
party, looks like America and focused
on the important things which is you
don’t get to wield power unless you wield elections. [Applause]
MODERATOR IGOR VOLSKY: You ran for office.
Talk about that experience, but also your move
into advocation and to part of this larger
resistance movement and where you see it going.
SPEAKER: DeRay: So much has changed [Away
from microphone]. St. Louis in August in 2014 and
more than five seconds we were arrested
immediately. When I say that because it’s
interesting that something that’s — everything
should protest and we were protesting it was not
this thing that everybody should do.
Telling the truth in public, using our bodies
[indiscernible] they saw the truth that they were not using
the institutional power. And we
also know that protest is not the answer,
but creates space for the answer . That’s when we’ve seen happen
all across the country. It’s great
to see these groups and space for many
people to organize in ways they didn’t think they could do of
the also social media power. Before as
people of color and minorities we’ve
seen erasure comes up — the story is never told and-we
became the un unerased. Everybody became
their own story materials and not the
debate keepers. They could just put something on line and
millions of people could look at it. That
didn’t exist before. We were on the
street in Ferguson and most of you knew us because of Twitter
and Facebook. It wasn’t because of
the news. We were the worse people in
America. If you saw us on line, you would see the truth of what
was happening. Think about the
people running for office. We raised a
lot of money quickly and a key lesson was that there’s a lot
more left to disrupt in this space.
The people that are bread and butter — know all
the answers don’t actually know all
the answers — [indiscernible]. This
guy is a president who knew nothing, right? Last thing I’ll
say — deduced to believe that — the
idea that’s beaten into people’s heads
is beat at the dinner table is who wins. Being right is not
enough. When I think about communities
and talking about the police and safety
safety. We’re not against the police, but in the movement we
want communities to be safe. If I
asked you where you feel the most safe
is not probably in a room full of police. It’s where people
care about you and love you. That’s
what people understand at the dinner
table. That doesn’t translate all the time. We can’t be
seduced to believe that the best idea is
the idea that always wins. MODERATOR IGOR VOLSKY:
[Applause] for me one of the most inspiring
pieces of advocacy and activism was, of course, the
dreamer movement we saw. I have the
strong sense that in this era of Trump, can you talk about how
that movement inspired this
resistance, what this current resistance can
learn and everything it has been able to accomplish? I think for me one of the
most important things has been that. I think
seeing everybody wake up on November 9th to say we
have to start resisting. This is something my
community and family has been doing since the day
we stepped foot in the United States. We’ve
resisted being deported, labeled , and all these
things and as I mentioned, all these labels is
what is heard at dinner tables. Undocumented
immigrants are rapist and it has been that — our
families have demonstrated that. We can’t vote.
I wish we could do civil pseudoobedience ^^^.
We’re not out of the woods, still living in fear
and we’ve been able to take chrome
of our stories, been anxiously to be
the people defending ourselves with our allied. I came —
awareness, political movements in 2009, and
I know that many peep worked on it
far longer than I had, but in for me that was a time to get
active and Senator —
[Technical Issues]
Took a risk. He backed documents and people are
telling him don’t do it it’s not good polling, you’re going to
lose and I think to me it stuck with
me because if you’re welling to fight
for yourself we have to make sure your allies are there and
fight for themselves. We need to make
sure — you know, it’s great to have 50
thousand people marching, but if ten thousand show up for a municipal
election what are we doing? Where are we messing up.
MODERATOR IGOR VOLSKY: Let me ask you along
those lines. . As what are some of the pitfalls not
voting, not translating that energy. What else
should we be aware of to not fall into traps that
don’t keep this movement sustainable?
SPEAKER: Moulitsas: I want to reinforce a
theme that we had here. If you’re a white male
Christian liberal — oh, shit, Donald Trump is
president and it is horrible. That’s howl U how
we’ve how we’ve the guard leads into
in progressive leadership — women and
marginalized communities are center. It doesn’t
mean a part of the party they’re leading it.
There are some resistance amongst some corners of
it. You see it in
things like — we need to reach out to
working class people, because, you know, none of us know any
working class people in our communities.
[Applause] It’s not just
republicans talking in that kind of code.
So I think that’s going to be one of the key issues that we
need to re resolve and get past that there
is going to be a changing of the guard
and who leads the party and it’s good. Because the party will
look like America and we’ll be better
positioned for the future. The dinner yesterday and we talked
about this this. It’s excited and people
want to do stuff. In ’18, and ’20
[indiscernible] once upon a time we had George Bush. We won big because of George Bush. 2008.
Obama won and day after it was about
how pure Obama was in fighting and we had that [indiscernible]
burning thing and withered away. So to
me I’m less worried about 18 ’18 and ’20.
Than I am about what happens in 2022 when we’re all arguing
about how progressive our next president
and next congress is. So it’s going to
be a challenge .
[indiscernible] mistakes that the Obama campaign
did is letting the organizations for
America hitser away — control over that
that. To make sure that we continue to educate our people.
We’re not fighting to defeat Donald Trump.
That’s [indiscernible] broader stopped organizing when Obama
was president and we have to have
that mentality. It’s exhausting and
frustrating to think about that, but if they don’t give up, we
cannot give up. I’m more weared about that
than what happens afterwards. MODERATOR IGOR VOLSKY:
Leah, can you give us a sense of the new activists
that your group works with, what motives them? Who
are these people? SPEAKER: Leah: I would
say that we’re seeing a whole range of
different stories coming together. I think the most
common story I hear is a woman who — she voted before,
but may not have ever been applicability
politically involved before. After
November had a reaction. I’ve heard a couple of
different versions of this, but the one that
resinates with the most folks is that the reaction
that people had was — sort of a sense of betrayal
betrayal. A lot of people who activated after
November, had faith in some element of American
institutions to protect them from an outcome like
this. Whether it was the media or parties or — they
didn’t expect American Society could
deliver an outcome like this. I think
that goes to the demographics of the folks already resisting and people who already had — had a
different reaction in November.
MODERATOR IGOR VOLSKY: DeRay, it seems to me
that that’s part of the retention — we live in an
era where people don’t trust the institutions and
asking people to call their member of congress to
change an outcome of a piece of legislation. How
do we balance those seemingly conflicting ideas?
SPEAKER: DeRay: There are some peep who
think that the history of injustice began with the
Muslim ban. If you think that it.
[Laughter]. — [Overlapping speakers] — so
crazy. Americans are crazy. So that’s one bucket of
it. And then why participate, right?
Around the police and Obama, President Obama, you shaming
people into voting is not going to be a
winning strategy. — calling a congressman is a way to —
power. If you vote it would be a magically
beautiful place. I got tier ambassador many places in the
street and — I voted my whole life.
[Laughter]. When I think
about Trump, one of the things I try is to
be mindful of is that he’s the physical embody. Of an ideology
that’s been around a long time. Part
of our work is to make sure that we
unpack that to know what the what is that we’re fighting.
Immigration [indiscernible] or about the
idea of simulation. Somebody interestingly was like: I think
people should simulate assimilate .
Everybody should speak English and — that’s a
problem, but me understanding as a Corey
issue helps me respond to it. The
other thing I’ll say around this [indiscernible] not the
producer. We have to get to the root cause of
what’s the movement a long time ago.
Now, feels like a long time ago. Really just a couple of years.
How do we make sure activists have
enough information as possible to do
the good work imagining what the future looks like. Some of the resistance is opposition and by
the other is deep imagination, right.
So I think about things like healthcare, right? Medicare and
Medicaid don’t know the difference. It’s
hard to imagine what the difference
is when I don’t understand fundamental things. What are
the fundamental things, building
blocks, so when you go into the room, go
to the meeting, push your congressman, so you can
challenge them about what the future looks like.
MODERATOR IGOR VOLSKY: Asteroid, for me part
of the Astrid, there are
people organizing within their communities and
organizing in their school groups and places of
worship, you cofounded a community-based
organization take a break the role that organization talk about the role
and people in this way.
SPEAKER: Astrid: I’ve never voted urban
tear gas. So — I think our communities — it’s
great to be here with so many of you that
understand the issue with so many of you that have
been fighting for years. I think the people who
need it the most, the people who need to have
these conversations are the people who thought the
Muslim ban was the worst they think that happened
in the history of the United States. People
talking to the people who are undocumented and
never committed a crime so they thought that one
day I’ll be okay because I never did this crime
that they say that immigrants do .
When you talk to the community, that’s where it’s really at. It’s not going to
happen on this omega playing field where
we all think federal congress will kick in. Unfortunately,
it’s in our communities, in our
backyards right now. I think it always has
been. I think that we’ve — as an immigrant, I was raised to
believe that the United States was the
greatest country in the world. That my
mom and dad left everything they ever had and came here with
nothing because this was the beacon of
hope and the place they wanted to be in
in. I grew up believing: Why would anyone think there’s
anything wrong with the United States?
Wow, this is really what’s happening,
and somebody would tell me, don’t speak Spanish. Freedom
and I can’t speak Spanish.
Our communities have been dealing with this for
so long long, and not getting the tools
— it’s a way for the community to
come together and to say I thought I was the only
undocumented person. None of my friends, none of my
family are undocumented. So for me I
was the only person who ever committed this crime. They
talked about on Fox News when I was little
and people jumping borders. And so
right now is the moment when we can reach out to people, people
who have never been to these events,
to a rally, and we can’t start off at
a rally. Some people are tariffed to go
people are terrified out there.
They see people confronted by the KKK. People
are terrified of that. So we need
to make sure we’re giving these tools,
but also helping people. At least for my community, what
I’ve seen the most is people just want to
hear that they belong. People want to
be told: It’s okay to be here. I think for me,
you know, I think I have this great
privilege, right? This amazing ability to turn to my right and
say: Hey, do I belong here? Yeah.
but they don’t have that at home . They
don’t have somebody saying, you belong here. They have a boss
telling them, all you contribute is this
labor. So for us, the thing we need
the most is not only use these tools to come together, but have
the communities organize. The most
important thing is the local community
organizations. Reaching out to them saying do you have the
tools you need? Every day I wake up and
I’m afraid to look at the news and I
saw an organization in Washington, forgot their name.
They were sued by the State for providing these
services to undocumented immigrants
because they weren’t providing the right paperwork. That’s
what’s happening to me. Organizations
that are in the community that actually have — on what’s
happening. That’s where we need to be
right now. MODERATOR: Would you go
one more question and open it up to questions to
you. Markos, reaching communities and voices
who are politicized or repulsed by what
Trump is doing, how important is it for us to
prioritize reaching the blue dots in red states,
that is reaching voices who may not be readers of
yours, for instance, who are not super
politically active or liberals themselves, but could
be open to this new resistance?
SPEAKER: Moulitsas: We are by far the
American majority on the issues. Last year 97
million Americas did not vote. The bulk of those
are single women, people of color and whether
they’re suppressed or demoralized — these are
voters who did not vote. It’s frustrating at
times to see certain people within the democratic
party talk about reaching these “Working class
people” Who are entrapped by the Fox News bubble.
And they’re not getting out of there. To even
want them to come out of there without a change
that attitudes towards the people that make up our
party, right? No grabbing pusies. No bullying
and all those things. If you needed those peoples
[indiscernible] argument, but we actually had a
large untapped pool of our voters. And I’m hoping
the recessionness is doing. If I was a
billionaire I would throw a million dollars in
Texas and — voter — those are blue states.
By demographics those are blue states. It pains
me to see where some of this money is
going and it pains me to see that we
have the resources, have people with means who are not
investigate not investing in
those organizations trying to get people to vote. So what was
the question? . [Laughter.]
I was answering it . What’s amazing about the
resistance is that that thousands of women March in the
women’s March. They can block that on Fox News.
Literally the north pole, half of
the town is not marching. You cannot ignore that. People in
the communitys are being present,
heard, and difficult for conservative
conservativetive media to pre tend that’s not existing when
people are in their face telling them how
much they hate Trump and part that have
is enabling them. SPEAKER: Leah: We’ve been
surprised by the real strength of the indivisible groups across
the country [indiscernible] and a
lot of the strongest groups are in deep red areas.
What we hear from them is that they didn’t have a
venue to come together and organize and
express their shared principles before, and so it
really actually served something more than a
reform for action. It’s a community. I think that
also goes to something else to think about
which is that when we look at the right — they
invest over the long-term and local power, and
organizing. They’re there for school board
elections and not there just to build the voter
turn out they’re there year after year. That’s
something that the left hasn’t been able to do in
the same way. So partly we need to figure out how
to build the best possible organization 2018 —
but the local capacity that people know who
you are when you ask them to vote.
SPEAKER: Astrid: I’m from Nevada and it’s
big blue dots and a lot of red. We live out in
the middle of nowhere and there’s is it democrats
and we get together at Patsy’s house because
that’s the only place they feel safe expressing
their ideas expressing they’re democrats. I think
it was tariffing driving from Las Vegas to Reno
and a car full of people with color driving up
there and seeing a sticker that had a noose on it
with President Obama. I’ve never seen that before
before. I met somebody
from the same town saying I voted
democrat since however long ago and right now [indiscernible] R
— moments where they want to get
together. Election or they were crying
after the election, but they found each other. We have to
start in those small offices, have to get
the school board, the city council,
because that’s how it will build up. And as democrats we’ve
focused on the big picture and the
important offices which are very important,
don’t get me wrong, but that’s where most of the money goes.
We have to focus on the small elections.
Town boards, zoning boards, small
things people don’t think about that are important to our
communities. That’s the — way to get to
these communities that are red. They may
be red on the map, but when you go into them. Why spend money
there or phone banger there, but then
you talk to people and they start
talking about these issues and whether they agree with one
issue or don’t on another, they’re going
to go with what they need at that
moment. If you’ve been there, phone banking, talking to them,
— going off what you said about voting.
I think if it wasn’t so important why
would they be so hard trying to take it away from people?
[Applause] I can’t vote.
I’m undocumented. I can’t, but it pains
me to think that these people can vote and they didn’t have an
ID or birth certificate or voting
center nearby. Sometimes I doubt, in
the system, not every day, but
sometimes, I think, yeah, that’s totals
possible. Oh, my impossible, I don’t know how Donald Trump won.
I did. Those were the same people
writing on my Twitter to deport me
and immigrants that were U.S. citizens at this point. So when
people are surprised that Donald Trump
won. I’m, like, no, that’s not surprising to me, but how many
people don’t understand how important
their vote is, but how much people wanted that they’re
willing to do anything to take it away.
MODERATOR IGOR VOLSKY: Last word and go to
questions. SPEAKER: DeRay: People
have withdrawn from the system [indiscernible] if
you want those reinvested you recollected —
like, people want to be a part of the system.
Second, difference in equality — everybody gets the
same thing. Equity is people get what they deserve
— so when we look at funding for school systems in
urban places, we don’t want ER school district to
get the same amount of funding because they
don’t need the same amount of funding. What does
that mean for cities that have a lot of poor and
black kids with not enough money to — racism and
it’s not often about quality — when we think about Charlotte’sville
— this isn’t yours ^^^.
This is First Nations, not yours, how do we
not all that white very many see.
[Technical Issues]
It’s the only law enforcement daily quota. So a
lot of people fighting about ice — but
the law says they have to arrest that
many people and ice doesn’t have enough detention facilities and people just don’t know and know
that welfare is the [indiscernible]
those things police have killed three people a day, every day in
the past two years. It’s things.
People don’t know. Body cameras is
important, police training and stuff like that,
but of the 4 hundred people kiloton E
killed by the police this year alone, only two cases have been
charged charged. 4 hundred people did
something wrong and the police are
always right in every case. These are things we don’t talk
about in public like we should.
Yes, ma’am , .
PARTICIPANT: Can you hear me? You all kind
of represent a snapshot to me when I talk about
there’s a silver lining in this event we’re
suffering through, you all represent it. So I
want to thank you for doing everything you’re
doing. [Applause]
Leah, if you could see a bunch of middle-aged
women in north western Connecticut
discovering your on line petitions for —
Rob quest, but what concerns me sustaining the energy and also
how are you addressing the divisions
within the democratic party? Is what
you’re doing enough to transcend or somehow help dissolve the
factions within the democratic party?
SPEAKER: Moulitsas: There’s going to be
factions in the democratic party — split three
ways. Coexist, fight when the opportunity arises.
If we’re fighting, now, is the time to do. You
know what’s eye wrong ironic about the divisions — I
don’t want to smear out the Bernie
supporters, there’s the Hillary crowd and — BS
distinction. There’s no agreement on income
inequality, police brutality and — because if they
were they would be republicans. So there’s
actually — what’s going on here is an issue of
emphasis. Some people think that equality fixs
things and people who live in these communities
know that’s not the case — had a job. We had
Latinas with jobs and families split up. Jewish
cemeteries. I think Jewish people had jobs. The
idea that big ooh, big autre .
[indiscernible] almost insulting to those of us
who have to live in that reality
every day. Really it’s emphasis and
helped those of us who have to deal with the immediate threats
with that existence. Once we feel
secure in our bodies and communities,
we’re going to fight — Latinas Latinos are number one.
Families are being split up. So let us focus on
saving our families — I like what he
was saying about working with those communities because it’s
hard to focus about Florida being
underwater when our communities are burning
today. That’s what we ask. [Applause] SPEAKER:
Leah: I think we have to be able
to walking and chew gum at the same time here. I
think the democratic party has a number of
different arguments that they have to continue to
resolve, but at the same time, I think there’s an
enormous opportunity, both to continue the energy
of the resistance to craft the positive agenda and
to show what progressive government can do for
people on the local and state level. I think
that’s really the place to start to have some of
those conversations. I think something we stress
on the national level is advocation your leverage
is often about responding to what’s being put on
the agenda and without the power to set the agenda
you have the most leverage when you respond to
what’s currently happening. That’s not true on
the illustrate and local level — start to deliver
for people and show what a progressive government
really looks like. MODERATOR IGOR VOLSKY:
We’re out of time. Please give a huge round of
applause to this remarkable panel.
[Applause] Barometer.
WINNIE STACHELBERG: It is now my honor to
introduce a man who represents the best of us, the
best of America Khzir Khan has met
sacrifice with unwavering fidelity. Gold star
facilities, Mr. Mr. Khan is America, he is you,
he is me, he is all of us, and more. Key . Khzir Khan — to stand up
for each other and be a citizen in the full sense
of the word and hold our constant institutions a
little bit closer to our which he says. Ladies
and gentlemen, Mr. Khzir Khan. [Applause] SPEAKER:
Khzir Khzir Khan: Please be seated .
Ladies and gentlemen, I have to ask your
forgiveness if my voice rises. It is intentional.
It is deliberate in an effort, maybe this voice
will reach 16 hundred Pennsylvania Avenue even now
now. [Applause]
My offer to Donald Trump, to read the
constitution remain is standing. Remains
standing. One more time, he has proven
that he is unfamiliar with the basic
tenness ten tendance of our democracy. I am
grateful to this wonderful event, very timely event. I’ll
share with you my observation. This is my
112 event since the democratic national convention. I have
continued to speak to various communities
communities. I will share what I have observed since election
where our veterans stand — where our
concerned communities stand, where
those who voted for Donald Trump, I have stood in front of
them and spoke ento them and heard from
them. I’ll share that blessed event
where they shared their concerns and their regrets. Let me
first share a concern. Thomas
Jefferson, long ago, wrote the greatest
danger to American liberties. The greatest danger to American
liberties is the government, which ignores the constitution.” seen violation after
violation of our basic tendance of our constitution and
democracy. Democracy is nothing I stand-in
front of learned audience or patriots
concerned about the wellbeing of this nation, my nation, my
country, by I must state this. Democracy
is nothing, but Tierney of majority.
It is rule of law that makes sense in the system of democracy
. You have seen,
within these 120 or so days, so many
violations of rule of law. Our system of government where we cherish
separation of powers had been aligned time after time.
I heard the word resistance. You will hear from
my hero, my favorite governor of
Virginia shortly, but I must share with
you and let me reintroduce myself to you. My name is Khzir
Khan, I come from Charlottesville
Virginia, . It was declared several months
ago by our courageous mayor to be the capital of resistance of
the United States.
[Applause] He saw then and along with we
saw then that there is only one solution to such
violation of our democratic values, of our
constitutional values, of our bill of rights, of our
separation of power, is resistance. I have
traveled throughout the country. I have
stood before our veterans they have asked me this question:
Mr. Khan, we were promised we will be
looked after. Mr. Khan, we had given all
that we had to this country. We hear that not a single dollar
was allocated to legal services
corporation that served us. Where would
we go? Where would we go to seek legal help?
In the same audience, they identified
themselves that we had voted for Donald Trump,
we ask you, Mr. Khan, can you tell us
what to do? Two of the elderly persons stood up in the audience stretching their arm, their
dialysis tubes in their arm. Mr. Khan,
prior to Affordable Care Act, we used to eat less so we could
pay the premium for our pre-existing
condition. Since Affordable
Care Act, our premiums were reasonable
reasonable, we could afford to eat properly. We are concerned.
Can you show us, tell us what to do
so that we will not face what we faced
prior to Affordable Care Act? My suggestion to them was one
thing that I share with you and I
share with the entire nation, is that, in
democracy, when you find that your government is not severing
your concerns, the only solution you
have is resistance. Standing up ,
speak louder, call your senators, call your congressmen,
tell them that if you do not speak on our
behalf, if you do not address our
concerns, we will never work for you or stand with you, we will
never contribute a penny. And you are
watching, you are watching these town
hauls and the result of Town Hall, meetings throughout the
country, people are realizing the power
of their voice, the power of resistance
resistance. It is that that we need to continue to harness the
energy energy, the concerns, the
devotion of this nation. I share with you something I recently
traveled to Europe at the invitation to
participate in a debate. Result of French
elections is victory for hope and unity. It’s a defeat for
fear and division.
[Applause] Let me put it into context.
Last century’s first 50 years saw two world wars.
Aatrocities against man kind, division, and
the script was, nationalism. Economic interest, fear of
immigrant. Those would divide us are so
dumb. They continue to carry that script
script. First world war, Second World War, even-toed. Europe
has realized it. It’s a testament
that the world sees progress, prosperity and unity, because
they fully realize that last 50 years
worse 50 years. Last 50 years saw European Union come
together. Nations come together.
Last 50 years saw united nation was built. Last
50 years saw NATO was built to
maintain peace. Of course, there had been
difficulties, but altogether, the world is realizes that, in
unity, is prosperity, not in division.
The division was it saw two world wars.
So So the world is realizing. The
reason it is critical and important
for us to keep an eye on the United States as well, we were
hoping to after the election there would
be deliberate steps to unite us, but
that hasn’t helped. To bring the nation together, that hasn’t happened. What has taken place,
further division is taking place.
Minorities, other communities, different faiths are bowing separated
and division, that is inAmerican. That’s against our
prosperity, against our bill bill of
rights. The rest of the world as inspires to have
the blessings that we have. Even-toed
Even-toed Even to day, the rest of the world is
still interested in learning about our institutions and rule
of law. I have stood
before the audience of various countries
and they have asked this question: Can you tell us what
this rule of law is? Our people wish to
know. We had television crews from
various parts of the world come to our home asking that question
: What is this bill of rights and
this constitution that you waived at
Donald Trump? Can you explain this to us?
Can you show us what 14th amendment is? What
equal protection is? My question to
them was: Are you asking this question
to make your conversation your interview interesting, or you
have been asked to ask this question? Eu
unanimously, they all said, our audience wants to know what is
this separation of power, equal dig
tease, quail protection of law that it talks about so
passionately. I find myself so
humble that I was warned not to stand
up, not to be so public about my passion. We were humble,
modest, grateful citizens of this
country, grateful citizens of Virginia.
When the emotion bigoted statement was made by Donald
Trump, I will ban all Hispanics will be thrown
out, women will deserve no dignity
and respect, judges are parable, small children of our friends,
whenever I would visit with them — they would come over to
visit — small children, middle school
children would come to me and ask this
question: Would you please tell us? Could we be thrown out of
here? But we were born there. Parents
say they don’t eat well and don’t do
their homework with interest. When we ask them, they say
they’re afraid. But we are citizens.
We are citizens of this country. These
children were born. That was the
impact of the bigoted statement on small
children. When invitation came that — Khan and we would
appear. We talking to for two days. Second
day when we had promised that we
would respond positively or negatively. I checked the mail
and there was a small white envelope
without a stamp in my mailbox. I saw it
was addressed to us. I collected the mail and opened it
and read it. It was written: Four signatures
, four names. Parents had something
to do with it. But four elementary school children wrote
that small card to us. This is what it
said: “Mr. And Mr. S Khan can you please
make sure that Sophia is not thrown out of this country. We
love her very much. She is our friend.
Please make sure.” I brought that
small card to her and said, this is the
message. We must stand up for these children. We must stand
up on behalf of these concerned
children and we did. The rest you have seen
how we were aligned, but it has encouraged us because we are
grateful citizens. We have bestowed all
the dig tease that the rest of the
world ainspires to have by becoming citizens of this
country. We are so honored that this is the
least we can do to continue to speak for
our values, for these digs. I do call them
bill of rights I all them human dig any tease.
In this person’s simple mind the world is divided
into two sections: One authoritarian
regimes. They dick dictate. We are the
blessed group, blessed nations that have democracies where we
choose who will governor us u-what laws
, what laws will be enaccessed. We will correct
it. We are correcting it. Maybe this is an opportunity for
all patriots to come together, all
patriots to join hands. People ask me:
What do I advise under the current circumstances? This is
my humble suggestion to all of us.
You have heard from our wonderful leaders. You
will hear from my hero in a few
minutes, governor of Virginia. I wish my
Attorney General of Virginia was here as well. These two here’s
a, when here’s a, hero heros ^^^ to
stand-in solidarity, stand in solidarity. In them
we see the solution to this Tierney of majority by
standing firm, standing at all, by
standing with community and this is my him believe suggestion in conclusion, that under these
circumstances, all of us patriots need to
remain standing in unity, support one another. Continue
to speak louder. If this humble
ordinary, barrel , barely educated person can
speak, . Continue to speak. Support
those candidates and office holders that
fully understand your democracy, our democracy, our values . Make sure that during this,
hopefully this is a brief moment in the history. I asure
you if you remain standing, remain
firm, remain united, support those by your voice, by your
efforts, by your contributions, those who
stand for the values of this country,
for the values that are enlined in the bill of rights, in the
constitution, will be written in the history with golden
letters. I am so humbled and grateful for
this opportunity to stand with you.
Thank you, very much. [Applause] WINNIE
STACHELBERG: Please welcome to the
stage, Jennifer Palmieri.
JENNIFER PALMIERI: I want to thank Mr. Khan
for coming. He is the living embody. Of what it
means to be an American citizen. I think he
inspires each of us to be better stewardess of our
stewards ^^^ of our citizenship. I’m proud to
introduce — I think we all agree, right?
[Applause] For him, that
optimistic spirit is at the heart of what
it means to be a progressive. He has been in the fight for a
long time and had a lot of positions.
I was privileged to work for him
when he was the chair of our party. I have seen with each
job he approaches the same formula.
First he listens to the people he’s
going to serve, serves bold goals, puts a team together and
works his heart out every day to deliver.
It’s It’s a formula with each endeavor he
has taken and all of the positions as a progressive.
As governor of Virginia, particularly in these
last few months have been tough months,
but always had a lot of progression
values at stake and we can — guarantee him to be a brick wall
. Planned Parenthood and
discriminating against LGBT Americans and
harder to vote in Virginia and as we saw the results in
Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, how
important it was to help him stop those
voting bills come into law. He has been a fighter for Medicaid
expansion and fighter since the day he was elected. In 2013, he campaigned on jobs, jobs
job, jobs. Jobs in Virginia,
has increased by nearly 2 hundred
thousand. The unemployment rate is at the lowest in 9 years.
Dropped from 5.4% to 3.8%; is that
right? Good. And just today he signed an
executive order, the first state in our country to do so taking
on — in response to Trump’s repeal of
the power plant rule. He’s taken
action to restore protections around climate change the state
of the Virginia.
[Applause] had a bad day. I’m
certain it’s impossible to be in a bad mood around him. Among
the reasons he’s here today. It’s
my privilege to introduce governor
Terry McAuliffe .
to thank you for a great field trip for 25 years.
I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Khan and as a
facilities of — marine core — military uniform.
And for you paying the price. Our heart goes out
to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with the
Khan family forever and to every man and woman and
veteran, we say thank you for what you have done
for the service you have done to this country.
I’m not going to do a commercial .” You can go to
the governmental DOT V VA to see that.
I’m asking you to do something. We are the greatest
party and nation on earth. I’m here to talk to you about
something important. Jerry meandered redistricting ^^^.
We’re all here today because we share a set of
values as progressives and I think
those values are under siege. We have a
president today trying to roll back the things we think are
important to us. That means that each day
we need to fight. It’s not just
about fighting, it’s delivering results. As democrats we have
to do that as we go forward. We have
to fight threats to the constitution
and maintain America’s principles why we are the
democratic party of the United States of America and
build a nation that’s more open and
welcoming to everyone. That’s what I’ve tried to do in
Virginia. I have vetoed my 20th piece of
legislation — 1 20th ^^^. And I am proud
that I am 120/0. Even though — if they
get 67 they override me and I’m proud of our democrats in four
years never overridden once. I told
members of the LGBT community will
stand at all and I am the first southern governor to perform a
gay marriage and the sky didn’t fall
in. We have led on the issues and I
am proud I have restored more civil rights to accident
franchise to accident farraginous ^^^
^^^. At a time I was
sued twice by republicans. I was
trying to give people a second chance at life. They took me to
court. I lost the first one — not on a
legal precedent. No other governor
has done it before. They said you have to do it individually.
So I said line them up. 166 thousand
, I will sign individual reinforcement
they sued me for contempt of court. First governor to be
sued with contempt of court. I was
honored with that and we won the next time
the Supreme Court and — of any governor in our nation’s
history. That’s what it means to governor
and to be a Democrat and a progressive. That message is
important for all of us. I thank you
for being here, thank you for your ideas. You make all of us
in elected office and you make us
stronger by the great ideas you have
given us. We need to talk about how we go further, take it to
the next step .
Partisan re districting. They’re afraid of
a Tea Party primary. That has happened all
over the country. We as a party are
in tough shape tonight — control the governor and both
chambers. Let me remind you in 2020, we will
have a new census done for this country
country. In 2021 they will redraw every single state
legislative chamber in America and the
congressional map. If we don’t win
— what’s coming up 2018 we’ll be in a
difficult position. You can have the greatest ideas in the
world, but if you don’t implement the ideas
then the ideas are worthless. We
have to be tactcally smart on the ground. We’ve got to win a
lot of these governance races coming
occupy coming up. We need your help. Making
progress progress. In Virginia we sued
and won on the congressional map.
Jerry meandered districts that are ^^^ drawn. Done Mc Dawn McK. ^^^.
We need to play tough and they have been doing
this for ten years folks and we raised dB
billions of dollars in a presidential
year and in the off year we go away. We have to win at the
state and local level. Because they’re
passing all this at the local level. I
just voted: Vetoed a ^^^ a bill. A lot of folks don’t have driver’s
licenses. And a lot of people don’t have fax machines. That’s
what happens when you control at the
local level. So we spent a lot
of time looking at the federal level.
Look at the local level. Look at Virginia, we won three
illustrate presidential elections and hold
all five-state wide offices, but the
republicans own — it makes no sense and it’s not just
Virginia. Look at three swing states,
Pennsylvania, Ohio, and North Carolina. All of
of these are 50/50 states in the presidential election, but
guess what what? In their congressional
Dell indications it’s 72, 75, 75 %
republican. That’s what they’re doing on the ground. These are
50/50 states. But their congressional
deligations give republicans 4 it to
16 majority. Think of that. Think of the
legislation they’re pushing at the local
left lane. That’s a 26 they need to get control of the
house? 24. Four states, there’s 26.
You get my point. This is alarm we
all — but there is common sense,
broad sense, support of what we need to do. I want to thank the Center for American Progress for
all the work they have done. It’s
important that we get out, March, resist and come up with
new ideas, but we have to be smart on the
ground. You need to go back to your
states and ask: Whatry doing about the map? if it isn’t a
fair map, what are you doing to change
that? Do what we did in Virginia. We
sued on the congressional and we sued on the house of delegate
map bay 7 to 1 movement sent that map
back to Virginia. We are making [Applause]
If we can do this in Virginia, folks, we can do
it everywhere. I’m giving you a
call to action. I want to talk about
all those folks around this country counting on the
democrats to stand up, fight, and fight smartly.
The one thing I have not been successful with. I’ve tried
hard. Expanding Medicaid in Virginia.
It’s not about me. It’s about those 4 hundred thousand
Virginians today who do not have healthcare
, dying because my republican legislators won’t vote because
it’s Obamacare. If I vote for it,
I’ll lose my Tea Party primary. Yet
they’ve got a Platinum plan. People, say, why are you so
passionate. Come to me to parts of Virginia
where women come to me saying I’m
going to be dead. 4 hundred
thousand. I have forfeited 4.10 billion
dollars ladies and gentlemen, and to see these people breaks
my heart to know we paid for them to have
healthcare, but the ledge similarity
won’t do it because they — Tea Party. On nationwide effort
President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and myself
are raising alarms, to raise money and
lawsuits. Folks, if we don’t win these upcoming governor
races, in Virginia, they will draw a map
giving them more seats, there’s only
one person who can stop a bad redistricting map. Veto and
send it back .
— if you leave anything — we as democrats got
to get in the I’m going to, get in the
fight. For years we’ve advocated our
responsibilities at the state and local level. We’ve allowed
them to take over states. North
Carolina turned it into a Tea Party state.
State after state. Rolled back voting rights so when the
presidential election comes knocked off the
roles — hurting them on healthcare and
education. Ladies and gentlemen, our future for the
next decade will be determined how we handle this
redistricting approximate fight .
It’s time for democrats to get in the game thank you, very
much. [Applause] WINNIE
STACHELBERG: Please women come to the
stage Keith Ellison, Jason Kander and . .
SPEAKER: I’m RE Berman: And the author of
the book: Give us the blood clot.
[Applause] .
[Applause] my right for once is Keith Ellison.
[Applause] the deputy chair
of the DNC and six term of Minnesota
congress 5th district. And to my left fort first time, Jason
Kander who was Secretary of State from Missouri. Let’s get right into
it. The 20 is of election was the
first election in 50 years without the
full protections of the voting rights act. We got some new
data from the research center that found
that African-American turn out declined
by 7% from 2012 to 2016. The Hispanic vote did not increase
— there was no magical increase among
white voters. It was either that black
or Latino voters did not or were not able to turn out. How was
this turn out lack of enthusiasm and
how much was voter suppression? Wisconsin photo ID led to
2 hundred thousand of people and the election was
lost by 22 thousand votes. This is substantial,
harmful. They tried to pass photo ID in our state
and we defeated it at the ballot box. They
weren’t pushing it because it was confirmed cases
of impostor voting going on. No cases of impostor
voter going on. To claim voter fraud is a fraud
in and of itself. [Applause]
We’ve got to understand that they have
decided that if they cannot win on the basis of
ideas, they’re going to stop people
from being able to participate. I think that voter suppression
feeds on itself, right. They’re not
voting, people get discouraged and say
I don’t have an ID. Do you have one? Next thing you know you
get a defect that goes beyond the
population that’s been suppressed. It’s
also percentages voter roles. Felon accident franchisement.
And [indiscernible] reen
franchisement. ^^^. I’m not going to
say that we couldn’t have campaigned
better. I believe we must and can. We are engaging in an
intent effort to lift up phone banks,
door knocks — we’ve got to get together with our neighbors this
summer and no doubt we have the understand we’ve got to sue and
raise money to sue agrees because of
this suppression that’s so much around
the country. MODERATOR: [Away from
microphone]. Repeat itself?
KEITH ELLISON: If you want to see a big turn
out in 2018, you’ve got to seize the summer now.
I’m talking about not to go by and ask people who
they’re voting for and keep walking. Talk about
the issues and use a multifaceted approach. Door
to door is the best way, but calls are important,
meeting, concerts are important. Anything you can
do to engage people around the most pressing
issues of our time. Of course, if you do it
you’re pushing on an open door. Women’s March,
science March, tax March — all these people are
ready to go. We’ve got to offer them Annie
electoral form of expression. Convert the energy
into the blood clot box. We will make sure Terry
McAuliffe will get Medicaid to people all over
this country. [Applause] MODERATOR: Jason, two days after President
Trump — integrate. JASON KANDER: You have to
change it to a scandal. They’re not doing well
. MODERATOR: The advice
Sayer Chair is your friend Secretary of State from
Kansas. Can you talk about the threat that you
feel this commission opposes the voting
rights as republicans limiting the right
to vote. JASON KANDER: This is a
continuation of the strategy of taking a republican
play book over the last 15 or so years and making
voter suppression on a fundamental strategic part
of it. This is not a policy disagreement. This
is a strategic decision by the republican party
politically, which doors to knock on and
where to run the TV ads. They’ve made a political
decision over the last 15 years — by not letting
those folks vote. Just like Keith was saying. It
will be run out of the Office of the president and
with the power of the presidency. It is them
formalizeing the first step in their play book.
Convince Americans that there’s widespread fraud when
there is not. It is nothing less — under mining
faith in American democracy.
MODERATOR: One of the things you did when
you founded let America vote when did you found it
it? JASON KANDER: Three months
ago. MODERATOR: You told me
that you felt progression I have seen weren’t
enengaging ^^^ talk about what is missing and
what you and others are doing now.
JASON KANDER: When President Trump told
people about what was — understandably and I
think this is accurate as well — saw a deeply
insecure human being compensating for his large
defeat in a popular vote and came up with this lie
lie. That’s incorrect, I believe.
[indiscernible] legislature I’ve seen this play
book play out. I saw the first step,
convince people, get it out in the
eitherer that there’s this huge problem and then you move on to
the next step. You combine that
with Jeff sessions is in charge of DOJ
and — switching sides in the court cases. President Trump is
a apointing the judges. It’s been
the strategy, to challenge these in
court. Gets to your question, what we saw was to have this
fight expanded beyond the court of law
and court of law remains important.
When I say we have not engaged in it it is difficult to win an
argument that you’re not wages. The approach for
those who support voting rights if
this passes we’ll are win? Court. That in
court. It costs a lot of money and all
kinds of unintended consequences. We have to go —
MODERATOR: So the presidential election on
American integrate is going to give on a report to
President Trump and I suspect they’ll call for
things like proof of citizen — let’sa there
should be national voter ID and national proof of
citizenship what will and should the response be?
KEITH ELLISON: We did defeat it in Minnesota
Minnesota, but when they introduced the bill to do
it was in March of 2012 and it was polling at 80
percent. Everyone thought we’re not going to win
this. Great friends, solid democrats said: We
can’t put money into a campaign. We can hope to
beet it in court. Some of us said we’re going to
fight this because it’s wrong. Over time, we
widdled it down and inched it down and got a
republican governor on our side and, of course,
had Mark D. on our side. If this happens talk to
your neighbors. This is an opportunity to talk to
people about how photo ID does not — does exclude
seniors, veterans and soldiers who were in service
service, low-income people, people of color.
There were a group of neurons nuns in Indiana, 95
-year-old nuns. And people knew them.
Where is your ID if you want to vote. Deer,
Deer, you know me and they were North Carolina,
women who were segregated, couldn’t vote because
she was black and did he can’t be ER everything
to vote — you know these cases.
Another thing in connection with this, Jason
office Secretary of State. If there is
one blood bath we have been suffering
in elections is secretaries of state. We’ve got to focus our
elections to Secretary of State. We’re down to about seven.
We’re down to seven, like, this many.
Chief elected officers in the state.
Democratic secretaries of state — republican secretaries of
state Catherine Harris, Blackwell in
Ohio. We’ve got to get people who are
willing to run and treat them like what they are — serious critical
importanty electricians. [Applause] important elections.
MODERATOR: To the bill introduced in 29
states. This is lost in the era of Trump where
everything — focused on the president. How can
we bring more attention to all of these state
level fights going along with determining what
happens in 2018 and 2020 .
[Applause] Our whole thesis
here is that it is important to create
political consequences to folks who did this. .
If you have a difficult vote coming up on a
labor or choice issue, you know that
there could be a political consequence for
you depending on how you choose to vote on that. If it’s a vote coming up whether or not to make
it harder for your state state to vote.
Before we started doing what we were doing there’s no political
consequence. That’s at the heart not . Not just state
legislatures. For instance, I went to a campaign
in Georgia. Two things going on :
First, on the legal challenge side of the they just won a
challenge — Secretary of State saying if you
had registered to vote after the
primary they weren’t going to count that registration —
that’s obvious if you registered to
vote right now. You’re mad. They don’t
want you to vote. That’s what they’re doing. They’re
consolidating — the election authorities —
back in November that happened to
correspond with whether there would be high democratic turn
out. We ran radio adds. Call the local
election authority. David and ended
up ended up being one
of the highest turn outs. How many people
around the country talked to their
friends about that race or knocked on doors. All we did
was put a spreadsheet where the polling
locations were and where are they now .
[indiscernible] in New Hamshire — I’m name these because they
were directly involved of the there’s
college students there. The house,
senate and the governance mansion there. They have
elections every two years and a short window to
change electric electric traits ^^^.
They’ve openly said they don’t like so many
college students getting registered.
There’s a lot when thinking about voting
voting, someone coming to their dorm room may not be — for
instance, we haven’t picked out the
sponsor of the bill. Sponsor of bills like
this come from safe spots. So we take a look at folks who
maybe won by is 50 votes 150
votes. That’s the way we’re proceeding and we’ve got 55
thousand people signed up for this, so there’s a lot of ways
to help us .
MODERATOR: Jeff sessions. Why is he still
Attorney General? KEITH ELLISON: Because we
lost an election. Election have consequences.
We’ve really got to internalize that. You asked in
the last question: What should be done at this
commission has certain findings? I think we should
anticipate if they want to push photo ID.
Right now. It’s important.
[Applause] That we let
people know it’s a set up, fraud , lie. a lie —
why not have 50 bills introduced by progression I see saying
that progressives, saying
you can vote. [Applause]
Voting should be [indiscernible]
a holiday. [Applause]
We’ve got to make it easier to vote. Voter
registration is a silly idea. In minute we had the
Minnesota we had the same — high
voter turn out. Highest in the nation. If you look at states
that had the same day registration
they had high voter turn out. If you
look at the ones with lower voter registration they had low
turn out. We need to look
at every state house and city district
and say to ourselves that if we commit to increasing voter turn
out, every turn by 5%, we will find
ourselves with more than 10% because of
compounding. We’ve got to do it, start now, engage directly
and intense about it. Remind people
to vote, use sober pressure to vote.
Tell people to be a voter. It makes a difference. Noun versus
a verb verb.
Identity as a voter. We’ve got to be on
offence against Jeff sessions. By the
way this war on drugs. MODERATOR: I was going to
ask about that. KEITH ELLISON: He wants to
drag this discredited idea of harsh
sentencing back. It’s shocking to me. We had a
bipartisan — 101 to 18 to 1. And the way we
incarcerate people — rid Louis in ^^^ in my opinion , .
You’ll probably have a more aggressive
enforcement excluding people with prior
felony convictions. For those reasons and
many more he’s violated his promise to not be engaged in the
whole Russian thing twice now.
We’ve got to call him out as a mendacious
Attorney General and got to get
aggressive going after him as well.
MODERATOR: Before we open up for questions.
First the 9th Circuit heard arguments this week
about the new Muslim ban 2.0. What do you think
the outcome will be. KEITH ELLISON: I
understand they’re trying to get documents released from
jewel yawny ^^^ those documents will be very
clear and it’s already out there. It’s clear
that this is a Muslim ban based on people’s
religion. Congress shall make no law establishing
religion. This applies to the executive branch
and the state’s. You can’t have a religiously
based exclusion. He said we want to complete ban and
then make everyone register, then he said
Islam hates America. It’s very clear. You
might think not every Muslim is being band, but
every country is being band because of a majority
— all I say is that if they can ban my
religion, they can ban yours. We have had other
religious based exclusions in the past, all have
gone very badly and we’ve got to stick up for
each other at this moment.
[Applause] JASON KANDER: I want to
add something on this talking about civil rights. In this
case, this makes America less safe.
As somebody who served as an intelligence
officer overseas, I think about what
happened in the last couple of days
combined with this. If you’re severing the country overseas,
now, in the last couple of days the
president has made it much harder for you
to cooperate and believe and protect them confidently, when
you are, as the president saying — on
the campaign now or in court — it
really is a Muslim ban. On one side he’s plague a part in an ISIS
recruiting video. We also need to
make sure that we’re pointing out to
folks that if that’s not something you’re worried about
— some voters are not concerned about that you
should be worried that this makes you
more likely to be killed by the enemy of the that’s the
functional result of what the president is
doing. MODERATOR: Last thing,
[indiscernible] the census literally determines who
or how people are accounted. How concerned are
you and what are you doing about that.
KEITH ELLISON: It’s another alarm fire,
right. We need to recruit more people to this
movement because there’s lots of work to do.
Messing with the census is essentially precursor
to voter suppression that they clearly have plans
for and we need to understand that if there are 1
hundred people living in this neighborhood and the
Trump census says there’s only 50, there’s going
to be a substantial lesser amount of much
resources in the community and it will harm that
community. We need a body of
people who who will stand up for the
census. So if you are looking for some activity to engage in,
we need some census advocates around
here. MODERATOR: I think we have
time for one or two questions. One question.
There’s a mic coming through .
PARTICIPANT: From New York. We had a mayor
and a governor speak to us this morning and both
talk about the importance of getting things done
that didn’t have time for gridlock and referred to
what goes on at Capitol Hill as a lot of gridlock
and positioning and nothing getting done. What
would you say to that about the governor from
North Carolina spoke about not getting exactly
what he wanted done on LGBTQ, but making a start
and getting somewhere with it. Mayor Garcetti
spoke about infrastructure bills and things he
does, but nothing is happening on Capitol Hill.
What’s your response. KEITH ELLISON: My response
is to say it would be easy for us to get
things done. You may not want them things done.
A few year ago, remember the government shutdown
, 16 days shutdown. Ted Cruz told us
— help us with Obamacare and we’ll
reopen the government. I don’t think — I am telling you now, I
have good friends and get along just
fine with republicans. It’s not a
problem of temperament. It’s a problem with core belief and
value. They think that rich people
don’t have enough money and poor people
have too much money that’s why they’re cutting taxes on the
rich and cut meals on wheels and
everything else for the rest of us. They
believe that and they’re aggressive about it. For us to
get along with them, we have to capitulate
to their demands and I’m telling you
it’s not all bad if there’s gridlock now. There may be
another period of time in history where it is
bad. But I’m tell you since 2010, if
we did not fight back, this country would be poor at foot —
last year we had to do a — drawing
attention to gun violence and we still can’t
get them to do anything. They’re the majority.
I can understand a state ledge similarity,
governor, and mayor being frustrated about
what happens or doesn’t happen here,
but given that they want to — for the folks who want to get
something done. I don’t think you want me
to [indiscernible] understand that
this is not simply bad kids misleads bad in the sand box playing in the sand box. This
is American Society diminishing the role of
government dramatically and a group of
other people who believe that you auto to be able to retire —
everyone should be treated fairly. That’s what I say to
that. MODERATOR: All right I
think that’s the last word. Thank you, so much to
this panel. [Applause] WINNIE
STACHELBERG: Welcome to the sustainable Senator Max
Maxine Waters. [Applause] MAXINE
WATERS: Hello, everybody. I’m delighted to participate this
afternoon with the Senator
Center for American Progress of the I want to talk
about public policy and a bit about how public
policy — good public policy is advanced or how it
is undermined by the president of the United
States of America. I’m the ranking member of the
financial services economy committee and I have been
focused on the implementation of DOD Frank reforms
reforms. Pushing back something on the choice act
act. The choice act is legislation that was
introduced by chairman Hintlin. Deregulated the
big banks and deregulation in ways that would undo
the consumer financial protection bureau. It’s
all about consumer protection and raining in Wall
Street and the banks that put us in the position
we found ourselves in in 2008 when we actually had
a recession, almost a depression.
And so during this period of time Wall Street
and the banks had put on the market and
produced these exotic products, meaning no interest loans, loans
that reset in six months, loans that
people signed on the dotted line for that they couldn’t afford.
As a result of that, we literally ended up with
foreclosures all over this nation and particularly in minority
communities. That Frank reform was all about raining in those
institutions to prevent having to bail these financial
institutions again. During this period of time we
had millions of dollars lost 13 trillion dollars lost in wealth
— it was a bad period of time.
And so that Frank is a complicated piece of
legislation legislation, but a profound
piece of legislation to deal with this
economic crisis that we were confronted with. The
republicans have been pushing back and they have
gone at the center piece of the financial reforms by Todd Frank
^^^ and that is the consumer of financial borrow.
bureau. We got Mr. Cordray ^^^.
And compensated many of the constituents in all
of our communities for that — those
loans and all the kinds of things that
had been ripped off. We’re talking about student loans,
payday loans, automobile industries. We’re
talking about the communities are
targeted and we’re targeted by many of these industries
basically to relationship them off, and to
see how they could get tremendous
profits from people who were unsuspecting, uneducated and
people who did not know how to fighting b
ack. We’ve worked so hard and along
comes Mr. Hint Lynn and the republicans and doing everything
now that Trump is in charge and now that
we have a new administration, to move
with what is known and talked about as deregulation.
And so we’re working very hard, but we know
that the republicans are in charge and
that they’re going to be able as they
have been to get this bill out of the financial services
committee, they’ll go to the floor. The
republicans have the members. We’re
deponent senate to be able to push back. We don’t know how
well they’re going to be able to do
because Wall Street basically has a lot
of power and influence in the congress of the United States of
America America. They’ve had it
historically. They don’t want to give it up.
Many of the members of congress boating on the democratic side
and the republican side have resisted in
getting in there and learning — we
don’t understand derivatives or default swaps. We don’t know
what all that stuff is about, but that’s
all about how these major financial
services industries are able to make tremendous profits in so
many different ways. And so while
we’re pushing back and fighting, with all the other stuff we’re
doing what we can do to undo the power
of the biggest banks in America . The
consolidation have us — five of the biggest banks. We cannot
continue to have them do what they’re doing going back to the
led us into the crisis in 2008.
Really, the leadership starts at the top.
This president has already done, in
his executive orders, a direction to
say: I want to review all of this Todd Frank ^^^ business.
I want to know what it is that’s hurt our
industries out there providing loans
et cetera and so he’s moving in a direction for deregulation in
a massive way, by way of the
choice act. ^^^. We call at no
time bad choice act, but it is moving and
it will be on the house floor. We’re going to lose the vote, go
to the senate we don’t know what’s
going to happen. We have to make sure
— Sharon Brown and some of them are on it, but they’re going to
need the help of other democrats and
certainly we would hope some republicans would step up to the
plate and get involved in this. This president is
one they’ve focused on in ways that
some people say — oh, my god she said word impeachment.
[Applause] night my goodness
it’s too soon so say that. [Applause]
They can’t afford to talk about impeachment them
be endangered in their election and
it goes on and on. There’s no way we
can move on with an agenda to deal
with the middle class constituency of these people of
the and the citizens who deserve to have
good public policy. He does not believe
in it — that’s a good way of saying
it — hired. He has appointed these appointees focusing on his
agenda. He is known as the foreclosure king. He foreclosed
on so many homes in California. So
these billion Euros, men neutron en^^^.
Don’t get me started on sessions. These
billion heirs billionaires
who are part of his cabinet are — we’re not going to be able to
move an agenda. People say: Can’t
you work with them? No. He’s a liar.
[Applause] He can not be
trusted. He’ll say one thing today and
another thing tomorrow. [Applause]
How do you sit down with somebody who would
mimic and mock a disabled journalist. How
would you sit down with someone who
talks about grabbing women by their private parts —
investigation leading to our understanding
whether or not there was collusion
between him and the Kremlin and Putin.
When I looked at his allies and people around him
and his connections and to the
Kremlin and ole embargoes ever gashes ^^^
so that Putin can drill in the Arctic. I knew right away that
this is bad business and that these
allies are all aligned and working on this
for some time.
I believe that, not only were members of his
campaign planned and Carter page and
others who have relationships with the
Kremlin and Putin, et cetera they’ve worked on this for some
time and I can’t get into depth, it’s all
about lifting those sanctions. That’s why people
don’t ask: Why did Putin want to
have Trump so badly? Why was he against Hillary? It’s not
about public policy. It’s about oil,
drilling, lifting those sanctions and
tell son is in on it also ^^^ .
Who negotiating tell son, Exxon, negotiated the
multibillion-dollar bill for drilling on oil. Follow the
money, follow the oil. It’s all about
that. I’m convinced that if we had
had the kind of investigations that we should have had by now
we would have connected those dots and
would have known exactly what was done.
I must tell you, even though we have those who say we’re finally moving. We’re not moving.
We’re too slow. I want you to know that
our intelligence committee in the house — even though our
democrats are good and want to do well —
they don’t have the cooperation of
those republicans in ways that will get a credible
investigation done, in my opinion, . Same with the
senate. I had so much hope that the
senate would do better. I was depending John McCain and
Lindsay — that they would step up to the
plate. Now, I’m disappointed. They
don’t have the personnel, et cetera we’ve called for and
people asked for and independent commission.
We’re talking about independent if it was not for the media, we
wouldn’t be as far as we are now in understanding.
[Applause] What has been
going on . The congress of the United
States have not done their job. We have non done the check and the
ballot presidential, on the executive. And so everybody who
is supposed to be investigating,
looking at this, you keep on doing it.
We’re going to keep on calling for independent council, et
cetera, but media, thank you, keep doing
what you’re doing. Keep unfolding and
making it apparent to all of the American citizens, that
something is tragically wrong with the
president of the United States of America
and his allies. [Applause] We
woke up this morning to the fact that your president
had the dasty to meet with the ambassador and the foreign
relations guy from Russia. Exclude the
media — American media — I show you
the Russian media got in and he gave up classified information.
Well, I’ve been waiting to connect to
the collusion because I really do
think there was collusion. Just to think about the way that he
gave up this classified information
and the way that he has tried to firing folks. You can’t find
any better person than Sally Yates.
Give her a big round of applause.
[Applause] — of New York. And he wasn’t
concerned about him. In fact, he praised him all over
the country and only when he asked for
additional resources to be able to do a credible investigation
that he got fired. So here you have the
president of the United States. not normal. There’s something
very wrong with this picture and I
don’t know when Americans are going to
get so outraged that they will say to all of the elected
officials, republicans and democrats and
everybody, you’ve got to do what you
know. you should be doing. Identify and layout for for
the American public public, everything that he has
done, these firings, obstructions of
justice. Maxy waters was right, you’ve got to impeach him.
[Applause] those talking about: Well
Well, we’re getting ready for the next election. No, we can’t
wait that long. We don’t need to
wait that long. He will have destroyed
this country by then. We cannot wake up every morning to
another crisis, to another scandal. We
cannot have the uncertainty. We who have been with the CIA and
the justice department and in
presidential candidates saying: Something
is wrong. They’re saying it every day. I’m told that there
is a incredible pole out today saying
that 48% of the American public is
saying that he should be impeached. What more do we need
in the congress of the United States of
America? Let me just say
this, that I had the fortune of truly
believing in the constitution of the United States of America.
I can recall in grade school — junior
high — when we learned about the
three branches of of government and their
responsibilities. I was excited about all of that, about
the way a democracy works. And I
believe it and I believe in it very strongly. I know that
there are those on the opposite side of
the isle and right winning in particular
who think if you are progressive or liberal you’re not patriotic. I
believe in the constitution. I’ll challenge them. All of you
who think your more patriotic —
when we show you connect those dots and
prove that there was collusion, when we can prove that he has
interfered with justice and interfered by way of firing all
of those who have come close to
identifying what happened in this campaign, I
am going to be able to say to those who think they’re more
patriotic than anybody else. You’re not
patriotic, because if — undermined if
you don’t feel upset about our election systems being
interfered with, you’re not patriotic at all. So
we’re going to challenge them and see
if they’re going to be willing to stand up. I think every day
we get a little bit closer to it, but I
want all of my colleagues to say this
over and over again and to challenge over and over again.
We don’t have to be afraid to use the
word impeachment. We don’t have to
think that impeachment is out of our
reach. All we have to do is make sure that we’re talking to
the American public, keeping them
involved and resisting every day and
challenging every day, and we’re calling this president to
account for what he’s doing and what he’s
saying. I believe in this strongly. I
don’t know what’s going to happen after today when all of
the questions are being raised about
him sharing this classified information, but I think this is
going to put us a little bit further
on our way to what I’ve been calling for for so long and that
is impeachment. Thank you.
[Applause] ] standing ovation] NEERA TANDEN: We always
leave the best for last it is time to close. I
want to thank everyone treating on CAP ideas.
We have one final speaker. I’m excited to
introduce, but I wanted to say a word about the
incredible CAP staff who have worked so hard to make this
day work. [Applause] just have to call out three
people, Billy Flanagan, Maureen F. and
Lindsay who have been dealing with this
for months and dealing with me. It is my great, great honor to
close the Ideas Conference with
Senator Cory booker who I have known twenty
years since law school. Sadly he’s behind me in law school.
He is, I have to, say, even in his days in law
school, he was always animated about
severing others, that simple principle of
taking your talents and severing other people. He has done that
in every role he’s been in.
Obviously as the mayor of in the case ^^^.
He’ll save a dog , shovel your snow — but the
real opportunity for all the people
in his community and fighting for
economic and social justice. So I can really think of no better person to closeout the 2017
Ideas Conference than my friend Senator
Cory booker book booker.
SENATOR CORY BOOKER: Hello, everybody. So
this is the problem when you have someone like
Mira in your life who knows I literally I have a
scuffle in the back. Here is your hand held mic.
They know me enough that I like to roam when I
speak. I want you to know a that Neera has been a
hero for me not just in my current role, but she
tried to shine lite to me. I’m reflecting her
because she was a source of strength back then.
Charles House said it using Houston said it back
then ^^^ either you’re a lawyer or a —
education is a waste unless it is used to empower
other people. To see her career
blossom and get to this place where
she is now at a time — story in American history often the
right leader that appears at the right
time when — this is a time where
this organization itself is an urgently needed — I want to
thank her for her leadership and the
entire CAP staff. [Applause]
I want to give honor for everyone here or who
has been here. We all begin to see
ourselves as patriots. Before we’re
democrats or progressives, we need to see ourselves as
patriots. For Neera to ask me to give the
closing and final remarks after you heard
so many speakers, many of them, people who are my friends and
colleagues who are my partners, such an honor to be able to
speak to a group of patriots after a long
conference and get the responsibility
of taking it home. I would literal
like to take you home for a second
where my mom lives and this is my attempt to get some points
with you here — in the lead up to
mother’s day — my mom no longer lives in
New Jersey. She moved to Vegas. Yes.
My grandmother knows which slot machines will
pay. [Laughter].
I went out there because she was performing in a
play. Her senior citizen community was
putting on a play and — retirement
community — she was there for every one of my grade school
plays and I had to be there for her full
circle. I flu out less than 25 hours
in I flew out 24 hours —
literally recording everything. The senior citizen behind me
thank me because he said I’m farsighted.
I could look in your video and see
the whole thing so clearly. Thank you for that, sir.
The moment I want to bring you to — my mom
played the red queen in Alice and
wonderland. So there came a moment that you
all know that suddenly had me very excited and suddenly
connected me to deep cords within my own
family and country. It was a moment where
Alice says: One can’t believe in impossible things.”
And then what the queen responds is “You have not
had much practice then. When I was
your age I always did it for half half an
hour a day. Sometimes in as many six impossible things
before breakfast.”
The reason why that touched me — I know this
is a story not just my family, but
everyone’s family, when I sat down with
the elders in my family, aunts, uncles, and grandparents, the
story of America that I heard was not the
story of simple glory and abundance,
no, it was a story of profound struggle. Pain and hardship.
That was story of setbacks and failures
and frustrations. It was a story of
feeling like you’re fighting out there on the graduates when
you’re very government is supporting
things that are working against you,
your liberty and your justice. When you witness, firsthand,
levels of discriminations and violence, my
grandfather told me stories about
people escaping the South when he was living in Detroit and
having to shuttle them out of the country
for their safety, into Canada. It made me
understand that when my family — I know
yours as well, spoke of the impossible dream of America. It
went so much deeper than the glory and
the remember random ing days gone past that
have not been. I love the book
— by James Baldwin — brutal truth —
writer today [indiscernible] where he talks with infringing
realism about the problems of America.
In this entire book he does not pull a
punch. At the end — in fact, this mainly in his book he took
criticism for. Some people said it sounded too positively an
issue ^^^.
He strikes this note of hopea midst all that he
described, calling to the conscious of our country.
I know what I’m asking is you impossible, but in
our time, as in every time, the demand. What is, after wall in
— by the spectacle of human history
in general, an American Negro in to nothing less than the
achievement of the impossible.”
I want to tell you Baldwin was writing about
American black history, but the truth of
our country is story after story, so
many so vast that our finite minds can hardly contain the
stories of every day actors — extraordinary things
under circumstances. So much we take
for granted now was because of folks
like Baldwin who answered the call to do impossible things.
You pick a segment of our society, the
suffrage movement with its brutality,
women dying for the cause of our country. Alice Paul, church —
the heroism of labor actors. You
didn’t get a threat to lose your job,
you got a threat to lose your life.
People like Eugene did he say, flip
Randal ^^^. Who had the bold
ness. Before I will be a slave I will
be buried in my grave. Turner, William lord garrison. ^^^
civil rights activists whose names are
not even known. His wife stabbed and
chain when I said kept on fighting for his impossible
dream of America America. These are our
ancestors. This is our roots. People who
never vendered to vend surrendered to
circumstances who kept on dreaming.
When I hear my mom you wanter something from
Lewis Carroll and it fort phase me as
I get on a red eye to fly back to
Washington, in my head with a song from a kid in a black
church in closester New Jersey ^^^ the
spirit actualize that my mom would
impress upon me, you’re hearing those now in the 1980s as a
little boy boy, but those were the songs
that — ain’t nobody going turn me
around. Ain’t nobody
going to turn me around. I’m going to
keep on walking, talking, marching down to freedom land.”
One of my favorite songs I was playing in
my apartment last night different inquires
and groups was this concept of keeping
your hand on the plow when my way gets dark as night, I know
the lord will be my light. Keep your
hand on the plow, hold on.” I walked the
halls of congress. I’m sorry, I can’t
walking in that building or go on that senate floor no matter
how and I can believe the CR A I’m
forcing to vote on, is. I can’t lose site
of the history we share that I’m a black man in America walking
on the floor of the senate. And the
sacrifices of black and white, male and
female, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, all that it took for me
to be the fourth elected African-American
in the history of our country, to that body.
Talk about people who kept their hand on the
plow. Robert smalls, a name most of us
don’t know. This is the full history
we have of heroic actors. This was a slave who was lent to a
slave ship after the outbreak of the civil war
and immediately he was plotting to break free.
When the confederates left he took
control of the ship,
put on the capital’s guard. Sailed right by — they looked
at the ship seeing the capital there
didn’t think anything was wrong. He
turns the ship and sails as quickly as he can towards the
union blockade knowing that the union
wouldn’t fire on a confederate ship.
Wait a minute, that’s a white flag flying. He actually — he
becomes such a hero newspapers were
writing about him. He is one of the
reasons we let blacks fight in the civil war. Recruiting five
thousand American blacks to fight and many of them died
brutal I brutally in a civil war for
freedom. He then after the
civil war gets elected to the South
Carolina legislature. We talk about public education in our
party, but he passes legislation
creating about the first public schools
legislation led by a state in America.
Then he gets nominated to congress and walks
the same hallways that I get to walk now.
The end of his life is not great.
He literally goes back to the South Carolina state house and
there as an elected representative after
reconstruction — one of the most
bloodest periods of domestic terrorism Wi seen — they strip
blacks of their voting rights and he has
to vote on it and be there. Two-year
before his death at a time when lynching is all over this
country, this man literally when two
black men are accused of being murderers
in a Lynch mob forms. He disburse black men ^^^.
He died in a house that he bought from his
slave master master. It’s one of the stories
from American history that folic
don’t know. I wonder how now, I hear folic despairing, talk
about setbacks to be elected to
congress as a black man, to have to watch
voting rights be stripped — voting rights.
It wouldn’t be for years after that that a
black man wouldn’t return to the U.S.
Senate. We have sow We have so much power,
us as Americans if we keep our hands
on the plow and don’t let anything turn
us around. I know we’re in this time where folic are
despairing, I know that.
One of the greatest gifts of my life is a
community in Newark New Jersey. I grew up in
the suburbs. My parents had to fight
in unimaginable servants battle in
196 69 to move into the town. Pose as my parents to bid on the
house and when the voluntary lawyers show
up, my father’s lawyer is punch ed in the face by the real
estate agent and a dog is sicked on him.
I grew up in un imaginable circumstances that my
father told me: You are living dreams
that were impossible to me as a kid.
You’re living a life that was dangerous — a dangerous dream
to articulate if you were your
grandfather. I tell you this, when I
moved to Newark New Jersey, I didn’t need to open history
books to see heroism. I began to meet people
who refused to stop believing in
America. Housing rights
activists, survivors activists — ^^^.
We’re all caught in an inescapable network tied
in one single garment of destiny.
Somehow that garment has been ripped where
we’re not conscious. Our neighbors, fellow Americans.
I’m so happy that Flint, Michigan is getting
so much attention, but — released a
report that was the truth. Over a thousand communities have led
levels in Lead levels in their blood.
What is it like to live in a neighborhood when
you see a parent looking at you with a
Lead poisoned child? I’m proud that I
still live in that community today. When I listen to
politicians like our president talk about inner
cities in a way that’s not appealing to
our heart, hope, and to the lite by demeaning and degradeing
those spaces not realizing the here’s
a that have been fighting, come to my
neighborhood. I may be a U.S. Senator, but the folic in my
community don’t care much about my
tightly. Our income is 14 thousand dollars
per household.
This is before this president got sworn in over
1 hundred days ago. We had fights
. When we wanted to plant in the soil
of our city, urban gardening, the State stepped in saying you
can’t do that because there’s too much
Lead in the ground. When this
congress wouldn’t pass reauthorized
legislation that Reagan reauthorized — Mitch McConnell,
voted for, they wouldn’t reauthor’s the
small tax on polluting industries, what
are people in my community to think when we have two super
fund sites where the river is polluted with
the agent orange that was dumped into
it? We now know with
longitudinal evidence, that children
born within three miles of a super fun site have higher rates
of autism and birth defects.
In my community I’ve got officers who were
fighting every day to stem the tide of
gun violence. Literally when gun firey
erupts, they don’t wait, they charge into places with no
situational awareness putting themselves and
lives on the line. Recovering guns
that were obtained illegally by people with criminal records.
This issue of universal background
checks, to those cops in my community.
This is not a policy discussion. This is the difference between
life and death. I have a friend of mine
Natasha Laurel, she has this heart
taking care of folks that work in the I hop ^^^ with her. They
talk to mamma Natasha. She works a
full-time job and gets shifts in other
places, but guess what, we pay for her housing? Because in
this country you can work a full-time
job — New Jersey New York area you
don’t live above the poverty line. We pay for her food
stamps. These are costs that corporations
outsource on to all of us. Think about the
trials that mamma Natasha face when her
child is sick. One of her boys as asthma. Literally I hop is
across the street from a hospital. Her
son rushed to the emergency room is
in that hospital and this mom has to make the choice? Because
we’re one of the only industrialized
Nationwide on earth that doesn’t have
paid family leave. She has to make the choice whether to give
up her shift and visit her child and
lose out on that money which could be
the difference between her family having food or not, or
staying at work while her child suffers —
not just with asthma, but with fear.
This is the country that we live in, a
nation where the basics come to — come
to my block. See where I live.
We still have five million seniors living in
poverty still Social Security checks.
Come to my neighborhood. Do like I’ve
done sit in the circle of the men and listen to the stories
about how a criminal justice system treats
people who are addicted. Turns them
into a system that debilitate them ^^^ that doesn’t treat
their disease. I tell you all of this
to tell you that we have an impossible dream in America that
has yet to be made real. This is before
there’s a Donald Trump. I’m happy to
see activism, marching, and organizing, but I’m telling you
now, if we make this all about Donald Trump
we’ve seen Demi gods before, public
demeaners — my call is not to have this party defined by what
or who we’re against the. We must be
defined by the dream of America for all
Americans. [Applause] about Donald Trump. I’ve
watched over this last 1 hundred + days, a guy who tells his
support supporters one thing, gets in
the White House and does things 100
percent contrary to what he said and promised. It is
astonishing to
me how someone can speak out of both sides of his mouth and how
the CR A’s — allow people to pollute
our streams and rivers and take away
access to preventtive health and family planning, all of that is astonishing that he can do those
things, not to mention this recent
stuff to me is more out of a Tom clansy novel than reality.
I had a person call me today and talk to you.
I didn’t believe it after the Russians
attacked cyber attacks attack our
election — his societies are under investigation and he gets
better access to the Oval Office to the
Russian press than the American press
press. And then fires the person investigating folks.
This person said to me, true man had on a
sign: The buck stops here. Trump
should have one that says [Away from microphone]
. I want to let you
all know our party cannot just be
about that. The trends in our country are too disturbing and
if you think about it, Trump is a
symptom of a problem. He’s not the problem fought for by Irish immigrants and black
slaves whose labor helped fuel — Chinese immigrants who built
the trance
trance cotton mental railroad and put the things on the table
that we eat every day. Creating
extraordinary wealth. And then activists and
progressives help to fight battles and more opportunity
from the federal congress to state houses
help to give us rights and privileges
privileges, so many things for us to be proud of. We became
the envy of the world.
If you look at where America just — over my
lifetime — went from one on to planet
earth — the issues of our competitive
in democracies kept by the ooh, E CD and the world economic form
, the trends are indeed in trouble.
We know everything from pre-k enrollment
to high school and college graduation rates.
Other countries are investing in what’s going on in Germany. In
Newark when I went to manufacturers and
get opportunities he said we can’t
find machineists. Other countries
are making meaningful investment s in
job training, but we’re not. Things that could be making a
huge difference for our people,
economy and global competitiveness.
Other countries are seeing lowering the bar of
education in Germany, cost of colleges, 4% in [indiscernible]
in America 52% 52% to go to college
. Other countries have slashed rates
of child poverty. In America, still stubbornly more ever
children born into poverty.
Infrastructure America inherited in our
grandparents — we have trashed it. Estimating
3 trillion dollars of infrastructure
debt. We’ve fallen out
of the top ten of infrastructure and
our country is in a 20 year low of investment and infrastructure necessary for expanding economic
opportunity. When it comes to
the sciences, we are one of the greatest civilizations on the
planet earth investing in our public
resources in science and technology that have expanded
businesses and job opportunities from our
batteries on our phones and touch screens
to salts lite navigation, all of those things are collected in
government research, but now China out stripping us, Europe
out stripping us and investments and
research in the sciences. We, as a nation
are falling behind in expanding opportunity for all. We’re
leading in the areas we should not lead in
in. Wasting public treasure whether it’s leading child
poverty or leading in probably one area
public — 5% of the globe’s population,
we’ve got 25% of the globe’s prison population. During the
time I was in law school and mayor of
Newark, we were putting trillions of
dollars — billions of dollars into our investments in prisons
building a new prison in America every ten days. And so I want
to fight in this climate and
dedicate myself, but we’ve got to be a party
that reaffirming that American Dream. We can’t just be a party focused on the person in the
White House, we’ve got to be focused on
the folks in our cities, factory towns, graduates of our
country graduates is where our
attention has to be. ^^^ grassroots.
And that is the essence of the American Dream.
We’ve got to be a nation that says we’re about
justice and security and opportunity and
security that just doesn’t mean keeping a safe informed threats,
but securities mean — regardless of
how they pray or whether they are
religious. All Americans are free from violence and
discrimination. We’ve got to be a nation that is
focused on justice and understands
that working 40 hours a week shouldn’t leave you living in
poverty. We’ve got to be a nation of
opportunity. A party of increases,
innovation, technology, but we can never be a country that
accepts, that growth means millionaires
and billionaires get richer and richer
and poorer get stuck in poverty .
How well we do in lifting people out of poverty.
The technology can’t be about
trampling work about transform
transforming work for the better.
And so I believe what our history shows us . Martin
Luther King said it so right. It doesn’t happen automatically,
we have to benefited it
to bend it. We must build it. I believe, that we
could be a nation that has healthcare for
all, but we must fight for it. I
believe that we can have a day in this country where America
leads not just in our wealth for for
the richest or size of our army, but that we
set that impossible dream that we have the best K-12 public
education and we’ll lead again in the
quality of opportunity and eradicating
poverty that leads to investing in science that leads in
conquering the threat of climate change,
that leads the globe like the torch bare
bareers. Leading the globe to greater prosperity.
So this moment as we end an incredible conference
we’ve got to Simon our courage.
Ancestors and that have shown us their
sacrifice and dedication. Work, back into the fields of our
democracy democracy. Work, work, work
back into the grassroots and back to
awakening up sleeping people, tending to the hurt, rallying
the able and we must be patriots who work
and sweat and work and organize and
never let the dream get smaller. Hands upon the
plow. Hold on. Hands upon the plow .
— [indiscernible] wrote a poem just about that through
generations, song, spirit, and faith, forgeed
into America. Let me end with this
poem: “America land
created in common. Dream nourished in
common. Keep your hands on the plow. Hold on, hold on. If the
how is is not finished, don’t be
discouraged builder. If the fight is not
won, don’t be weary, souleder, souled sold
soldier — of America a long time ago and enslave
people heading towards America. Keep your hand on the plow.
Hold on. Hold on. A long time ago ago
people heading towards freedom made up a
song, keep your hands on the plow. Hold on, hold on.”
My fellow democrats, patriots, go back
into the fields and put our hands on the plow.
We must ignite the dream of our country with our hands forever
on the plow. We have unfinished work
to be done. Our hands must remain long on the plow and I
know in my heart and spirit that if we
continue with that conviction and willing
to do the work and stay steady. Then not only will we overcome
the obstacles, but we will usher in
a greater — where we make more real
and more true to more people, the spirit of our nation that we
will be in a nation for liberty and
justice for all thank you. [Applause] NEERA
TANDEN: That includes the conference,
thank you everyone. I’ll see some of you tonight
celebrating and see you next

6 comments on “The 2017 Ideas Conference”

  1. O. Locke says:

    these people are a bunch of clowns.

    neoliberals using words to hide the fact they hate American jobs and like the war on drugs. these people should be ASHAMED! 8 years of obama and he did nothing for the tax situation, nothing for healthcare, nothing for international relations.


  2. Liberty’s Right OnConstitutionalRights says:

    Liar globalist! They create all the problems..

  3. isAnyone there says:

    I also want to be in mortal and I want them to respect what the fuck I’m talking about goddamnit so start using your minds America and find a way to open up a portal because one day nothing will exist but what exists now is stronger than anything else in the world and that is the human mind we are different then the objects and physical beast that exist in the outer universe so get it together

  4. isAnyone there says:

    They need to make cell phones were when we step into a room without any service the cell phone figures it out by itself that there’s no contact to get what we want whatever just fucking fix the world so it works better for us goddamnit and we want to live forever not hear stories in church about how when we die things will be OK

  5. isAnyone there says:

    Pick up the pieces

  6. Gameplayal says:

    Melhor coisa em 8 anos

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