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sincere in our mission to make certain that democrats take hold of offices and effectuate the change they want to see we can , no longer be afraid. we can no longer hide in the shadows and be afraid to move forward on progressive agendas. for if jackson, mississippi can push forward a progressive agenda by 93%, in a space that has been the location of some of the most horrible suffering in our history, if progress can be obtained right here in the belly of the beast. >> find our coverage of the host netroots
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nation on c-span.org. we will hear soon from senators elizabeth warren and, like harris. >> we need to be moving faster than we ever have been moving before, but we need to go slow to go fast. so we do this little thing warmer practice and connect soselves through practice, that we can go slow and then we can take off and do the things we need to do. but we do it from a center place. i will do my favorite thing, centering exercise. are you all down with that? stand.are able, please here is the way i do it, it is really simple. you are going to get really big, and when you get really big it takes the attention off of you. it is kind of a paradox. we you get big first is you find your feet, so find your feet and wiggle your toes. that connects you to your roots,
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to this land, to the place you are at. find your seat, that means your bought ox. if you are squeezing your bought ox, let it go, drop your tailbone to the floor and connect -- if you are squeezing ks, let it go, drop your tailbone to the floor and connect. length we feel our inherent dignity, that is our dignity that cannot be taken away. i want you to breathe in, roll your shoulders up and all the way out, out breath one more time, in breath and all the way out. [exhaling sound] that is your width. i want you to include the persons on either side of you. i want you to feel your ancestors at your back, because they have got you.
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that is why you are here. to the generations in front of each and every one of us, because we connect those generations. we do here, now, today is what matters for the future. don't let anyone ever tell you anything different. here's the most important thing, the second most important thing. drop your attention from your head down into your belly and your center of gravity. this is where relieved from, from our knowing what is our truth. and this is the hardest part. skin, because you get real big and then you have to like soften, meet the world it. ease and then smile at because whatever it is, you can change the relationship that you have to it great that is what we are going to do for 2018. thank you. see you soon. ♪ >> netroots
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let's welcome cynthia ixon. [applause] [screams and cheers] cynthia: good afternoon. good afternoon. it is a pleasure to be here in new orleans with netroots. and it is a pleasure to see you. i am cynthia nixon and i am running for governor of new york state. let me be more specific. i am running in the democratic primary for governor of new york state. [applause] and i will tell you a secret.
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establishment doesn't like primaries. [laughter] they think challenging incumbents hurts the party. i disagree. [applause] i think it helps the party. corporateat centrist, democrats hurt the party. [applause] and i think they need to be held and i think the primary is the most effective way to do that. [applause] an incredibleing moment for the progressive movement right now. people are protecting the status democratsstablishment and a partner leadership that is so often whiter, and more mail
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than the party base. that is why thousands of progressives all over america are running for office this year, many of us are women, many of us for the first time. [applause] because we have realized that if we want things to change, finally, we are going to have to step up and do it ourselves. and this movement we are building around the country is not just about the next election, it is about offering a vision of the way things could work, if only we had the leadership and the political courage to make that vision a reality. [applause] beause it can't just business as usual anymore. we have to turn the system upside down. we have to uproot the broken establishment, and we have to usher in a new generation of leadership. we have to transform the
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democratic party into a vehicle not just for corporations, not just for wall street, but a vehicle for all working people in this country. [applause] tired of ared, i'm democratic establishment that medals in primaries, that puts their thumb on the scale, that takes candidates based on nothing more than their ability to fund raise from big donors. i am tired of the democratic establishment that warns candidates not to run on single-payer health care, that tells us we have to stop talking about abolishing ice because it doesn't pull well -- doesn't poll well. [applause] democratic same establishment that once upon a time told us not to talk about civil rights or same-sex marriage or abortion or a $15
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minimum wage. [applause] this is the same democratic establishment that says we can't likeith candidates alexandria of casio cortez, because she is too far to the left. please,o say to them, please. have forgotten, but i haven't forgotten and the people in this room haven't forgotten what happened in 2016. a lack of moderation was not the problem. and wed it their way lost to a racist extremist. if democrats are going to win this year, it is not enough to just be better than donald trump. [applause]
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just give people something to vote against. we have to give them something that they want to show up and vote for. [applause] and that is exactly what i am doing. governor on aor platform of passing single-payer health care, of ending the school-to-prison pipeline [applause] of providing free college tuition to new yorkers who can't afford it, [applause] i am running to end voter suppression in new york state, and to pass universal rent control, and to protect immigrants from deportation. [applause] and to support the movement to
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abolish ice once and for all. [cheers] i am running to end our --iction to fossil falls fossil fuels and to usher in a green, new deal. to protect reproductive rights and expand them. [applause] two and mass incarcerations, starting with legalizing .arijuana [applause] be one of a small but growing number of candidates who identify as a democratic socialist. [cheers] had not called myself a democratic socialist before, but i realize that my values and
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what i am fighting for our directly aligned with that being a, so if democratic socialist means believing that health care and housing and education should be a human right, then i am a democratic socialist. [applause] againstans standing up any quality against all its forms and taking action to equalize wealth and power in our society, then i am a democratic socialist. the establishment is terrified of that word, socialism. but if we learned one thing from the obama years, the republicans are going to call us socialists no matter what we do, so we might as well give them the real thing. [applause] it wasgot in this race, said governor cuomo was too
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powerful, had too much money, albany was not going to change. but four months into this race, look what we have already won. or seven and a half years, governor cuomo said he had no idc, roguesband the democrats who team with republicans to block progressive legislation. and two weeks into our campaign, he disbanded them. why? because our movement stood up and fought back and one. -- and won. cuomoast year, governor opposed marijuana legalization. he labeled it a gateway drug. and now that our campaign has made it a social justice issue, his department of health did too . why? because our movement stood up and fought back and won.
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on education, for years governor cuomo declared war on public school teachers in new york and started tying teacher evaluations to scores on student exams. one month into our campaign cuomo said he would end teacher evaluations aced on test scores. because our movement stood up and fought back and won. oversaw thecuomo development of a frack gas pipeline, but the same day we released our climate justice platform, he halted the construction of that pipeline. [applause] his position on the plastic bag tax and suddenly backed off on storing gas in taverns in seneca lake because our movement stood up and fought back and won. that is the power of primaries. [applause]
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and that is what happens when we hold our party and its elected accountable. these are real victories and none of them would have been possible without the support of grass roots groups, like the irking families party, which have stood with and fought with for better schools for the last 17 years. victorieshese real wey go so far, which is why need a change, which is why i am running. because at the end of the day we have a governor who does not believe in progressive values, and flat out does not support liberal democrats. if you have not been following new york state politics closely, that might sound like an exaggeration. it is not. aart from encouraging breakaway group of democratic state senators to vote with
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republicans, giving republicans a control despite being a minority in that body, apart from allowing republican state senators to gerrymander their own districts, andrew cuomo is also running on the independent party ballot line. a line he is sharing with mostly republican candidates, including our top four congressional targets in this state. by headlining the ballot line, he will single-handedly be delivering tens of thousands of votes to republican -- to vulnerable republican incumbents, because andrew cuomo wants every possible vote for himself, and he doesn't care if it helps republicans keep control of the congress. that is why we in this progressive movement half to get involved in primaries -- have to get involved in primaries. tomaries or were we stand up
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establishment, corporate democrats and decide what kind of democratic party we actually want. [applause] this is not a time to settle for the way things are. this is a time to fight. [applause] this year progressives want power, not concessions. change, weant real don't just need to elect more democrats. we need to elect better democrats. [applause] and september 13, the date of the new york democratic primary, i am calling calling on all of you to join this movement and do everything you can to bring real progressive change back to new york state.
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thank you so, so much. [applause] [screens and cheers] thank you. [applause] netroots please welcome from the great state of new mexico, deb holland. roots nation. holland, i'm the democratic nominee for new mexico's first congressional district. if elected i would be the first native american woman in congress. [applause] thank you. iq. thank you. -- thank you.
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thank you. citizen of the pueblo of aguna and a fifth-generation new mexico. -- fifth-generation new mexico. i'm a single mom to my queer daughter, a water protector, and i am happy to be here. i recognize we are on indigenous land, and i approach you with respect for the tribal homeland we stand on now. [applause] struggle madem, ierce. my daughter and i sometimes makingd on food stamps, tough decisions between rent and utilities and living on credit cards with skyhigh interest
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rates. if i recovered all the predatory interest that i have paid over the years i could probably buy but i would probably pay off our student loans. as a child, my father's military career took us across the country, but every summer i siblings and i made it back to the southwest to spend time with our grandparents. you could find me about my grandmother's village on the mesa or helping my grandfather in his corn yields. they did not get running water or electricity until the mid- 1970's, so at night all we had was stories. my grandmother was taken from her family to a catholic boarding school when she was only eight years old, where she was not allowed to speak or language, feed her family or practice or culture. history of indian boarding schools still haunts our memory, and now family separation has reared its ugly head again.
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historically, forced family separation is as old as america. it has roots in slavery and has come up again and again with new and absurd rationale. it has always been wrong and always will be. [applause] congress i will fight every day to overturn the muslim andb, and deportations, defund isis and stop them from terrorizing families. them fromice and stop terrorizing families. we are in the fight of our lives. across the country, there is an epidemic of violence against native american women. we have victims who have never been counted. must increase funding for
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tribal justice systems and track the data, the cousin we deserve to be counted and we deserve to live. [applause] tribal communities are plagued by the highest crime victimization rates in our country. over 80% of native women will experience violence in their in their lifetime, 90% committed by non-native americans. native americans are more likely to experience child sexually abuse than white children. these issues have been ignored for decades. to shine a light on this crisis. i want us all to care about these issues. [applause] indigenous justice is racial justice is economic justice. our success is intertwined and we must be together on this. [applause]
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change is one of the most important issues of our time. across new mexico, we are facing historic route. are facingans, folks historic storms and floods. around the world the extreme weather is getting worse. a canyon is a sacred place that must be protected, but just last week the trump administration opened it to more fracking. moment, drilling rigs across from the vatican. the administration is doing to our sacred lands, defunding the epa increasing vulnerability of endangered animals. all new fossil fuel infrastructure in america, no new pipelines. [applause]
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time for renewable -- for a renewable energy revolution, eight green, new deal. in new mexico we have nearly 300 days of sun per year. we are ready to power america. let us work toward 100% renewable energy. [applause] we should legalize cannabis on the federal level. it's about time. in new mexico, like across our country, young people are dragged off to prison by the thousands just for marijuana. private prisons are full of them. native americans have the lowest population in our country and the highest number of cases in federal courts, and that isn't an accident. we legalize marijuana, we must release everyone in prison on marijuana charges.
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[applause] ensure that the people who have served their time don't languish in jail while others profit off its legalization. [applause] about bold, progressive visions for our future, we know we are witnessing in our time, children in cages, families torn apart, white supremacists marching in our streets, an all-time high murder rate for trends women of color. who is a president billionaire, and when i see cuts in food stamps, assistance to pregnant moms and the elderly, i know they have not struggled for a day in their life. and by the way, trump is hurting
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farmers in new mexico, the trump arrifs irump t hurting farmers in new mexico. in indian country there is enthusiasm like never before. vote incould not even new mexico until 1948, because 70 years ago today, a pueblo member and marine corps veteran, had the courage to sue the state of new mexico. and now our people are out, and we are energized. [applause] we are seeing a new wave of progressivef bold vision for our future, where people come before corporate profits, where we all have health care, where people cannot
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only survive but exceed. things like universal child care, food and housing as human rights, a ban on assault weapons of investment in public schools are motivating our movement. from albuquerque to new orleans, to the eastern cherokee nation, we have an unprecedented opportunity to make change. they say 2018 will bring a blue wave. i say just a blue wave isn't enough. let's bring a wave that includes representation for all of us indigenous people, trans people, working people, women, [applause] black and brown people, lgbtq and everyoneans,
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who has been sidelined. we must protect and expand social security. has hijacked america to line his pockets, but in 2018 progressive scan will put us on a new path. build a new coalition of people and progressive ideas that will change the face of america to a model of equity, democracy and justice. are you ready? screaming and cheers] thank you. thank you. thank you. please welcome, from the great state of massachusetts, senator elizabeth warren.
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[applause] hello, netroots. thank you. holland terrific? smart, and she fights for the heart. i am happy for a chance to support her campaign. i wanted to start with a very big thank you to mary and eric nation,entire netroots for bringing us back together again. it is like a family reunion. great to be back at netroots. to have an great excuse to come to new orleans. i will add that part. -- i spoke tot of
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andt of net roots nations, at every single one of them, our friend joel silverman has been backstage to cheer me on and give me advice. toce. so many of us how stand taller and how to speak louder to the people we fight for. his passing is a tremendous loss for our community, and my heart goes out to the many of you who loved him. i can hear joel's voice. he is telling me to get on with it, so i will. netroots, oneat week after president obama and the consumer financial protection bureau into law. and that is a victory that would not have happened without a lot folks.y netroots so thank you for that. those of you around back then
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will remember what an uphill fight it was. for more than a year, wall street spent more than $1 million a day lobbying against this agency. they >> we beat them. [applause] >> there is a lesson in that. we do not make that progress acause april -- professor had good idea. we did that because we held a broad coalition of people directly affected by these issues. a broad coalition of students, seniors, working men and women across country.
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we made it because we had a movement that was willing to fight uphill for working people. we were willing to do that. ever since that celebration left years ago, i have every network feeling inspired, determined, optimistic, and proud. proud of the movement that we have built together. proud of how tough and effective we have become. proud of the change we have made. all, proud of the way we have held onto our values. the values that brought us to this fight. [applause] i never forget what brought me to the fight. i grew up in oklahoma.
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my dad worked a lot of jobs, he ended up a janitor. --and my mom have the voice 3 boys and me. i was a surprise. my mother kept saying, it is ok. , we were atime paycheck-to-paycheck family and then, slowly, bit by bit, my folks saved enough money to put a down payment on a three bedroom, one bath house in ace good school district. flowerbedsrked on and they sunk a lot of themselves into that house. is seemed like we were starting to pull ahead. then, my dad had a heart attack. he survived but he was not the same. even after he got out of the hospital, you cannot go back to the same job. he lost the station wagon.
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at may, after my parents thought i was asleep, i heard them talking. i heard words that sounded like they weighed one million pounds. words like mortgage, foreclosure, fear. one morning, i went into their bedroom and my mother had laid out her best black dress. some of you in here know the address. -- that dress. she was standing there, she was crying. she kept saying to herself, we will not lose this house. she was 50 years old. she had never had a regular job. she was scared and crying. she washed her face, blew her nose, put on her lipstick,
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pulled on her high heels and walked down to the sears and got a job. has saved our home and family. heart. of story from my it is a story of who i am. time, i thought that was a story about my mother. about her courage. about her grit. the story about what women will do to take care of people they love. story about the american spirit among about pulling up your socks when the going gets tough. eventually, i came to understand that story is also a story about government. girl, was a little minimum wage was enough to cover the basics for a family of three.
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today, a full-time minimum-wage job does not pay the rent on a median two-bedroom apartment in any state in america. [applause] job, that that same same job that saved my family 50 a momago, when not keep and baby out of poverty today. what happened? when i was a little girl, the guys in washington set the minimum wage based on what it would take to support a family. today, the republicans who run the show, make the decisions, based on what will maximize profits for the biggest corporations. it really is that simple. the difference really is that important. that story about my family, that story about pride and fear and
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courage is a story that countless americans tell about their own family. it is a story millions and millions of families are living right this minute. throughout the history of our country, the way that story ends for people who work their hearts by oneoften determined simple question. workforce/--rnment work for? the high and mighty for the people? little girls grow up with a chance to succeed or they do not. families make it, or they do not. based on the answer to the question. me, this fightr is political. it is deeply personal. [applause]
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elizabeth: the first time i spoke, a years ago, i talked about my family story. i talked about surviving the great depression in oklahoma. during my research is a law professor, people told me a lot of their stories. the numbers on a page but their stories. stories about families who worked hard to get ahead. stories about families that were on the verge of making it. then, something happened. it was a lost job or to the sports or death, whatever it was, it said people tumbling over the edge and that is when at thedators jumped chance to plead them try. every -- i hear the stories and i since the fear and courage. since the question hanging over people's heads.
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who does government work for? work for the powerful corporations, the ones that would release families lives to make a few extra dollars? they were getting away with it because those who ran the government were not willing to stand up for working people 2000's, bank of america and wells fargo, were selling mortgages that were like grenades. causeed to blow up and millions of families and homes. they cheated everyone they could. a special target on the backs of african-americans and latinos, selling luck and brown families the worst of the mortgages. all of the while, washington turned a blind eye. our country turned towards an economic meltdown.
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all the while, washington made it all the easier for these giant corporations to profit by tricking, trapping, and outright cheating hard-working americans. here is the part that gets to me about the story. we are a democracy. in a democracy, it does not make sense that leaders could be in the business of standing up for the powerful against the powerless. our leaders should serve the people. a lot more seniors getting overcharged for their prescriptions than there are pharma ceos judging people on drug prices. ple on drugpeo prices. there are a lot more people that would benefit from a tax credit than there are families that pay the estate tax.
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there are a lot more working moms and dads who go to bed worrying about making the mortgage payments then there are thinkingthe to bed about buying one more vacation home. all of thesey, moms and dads and seniors and add up toought to four than a handful of ceos and billionaires. somehow, working people these days, have to fight uphill to get heard let alone, to get their way in washington. fact, the hill is stupid than ever before. ite is my question, what is prevents politics that our government from working for working people. how come the majority never the storable in washington anymore? i can think of the things.
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one, because of the revolving door between industry and government. [applause] those,th: because of money does not just talking government, money shouts, money screams, money commands. a lot of politicians on both sides of the aisle, follow the money. that is one. conspiredlicans have to rig the rules of democracy itself using everything from gerrymandering to voter suppression to the senses. next to their years of work, the thatm made it less likely millions of american votes are actually cast and counted. coincidence that people who are targeted, the ones who are pushed away from the polls,
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are poor people, young people minorities, and others who are not helped by the republicans in power. , but are serious threats they are not permanent. you and i, we can change the stuff. we can overturn citizens united. [applause] elizabeth: we can close and lock the revolving door appeared india. revolving door. we are not without power. we are not without hope. we're certainly not without motivation. [applause] elizabeth: i have never been afraid of being the underdog. let's get in this fight.
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i believe that together we can save democracy. were three things that keep government from working for working families. lots of money, rigged rules, and this, the third. the rich and powerful profit when government does not work for government -- working people, they have learned that the best way to stop us from setging the system is to working people against each other. [applause] elizabeth: they have become the experts at the politics of decision. frankly, it may be the one think that donald trump is really good at. that end kissing up to two bit dictators. [applause] elizabeth: trump and his pals,
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tell working people a story about what has gone wrong with their lives. the story is not about big banks treating customers or insurance companies discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions. the story is not about drug companies that charge $600 for a pill. student loan companies that rip off young people. that is not the story. it is not even about billionaires i get out of paying their fair share. holding back from rebuilding who writeobvious, text bill so that the corporations that they work for, get special breaks while the average family in america gets nothing. those are not the stories trump tells. stories, the reason working families keep getting the short end of the stick it is
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not the decisions that he and his pals are making a washington every day, or according to trump, the problem is other working people. -- blacko are brought and brown, people who were born elsewhere, people who do not worship the same, just the same, or talk the same as trump and his buddies. it comes in all stores of , racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, it comes in all sorts of forms. nasty, personal attacks trolling on twitter, winking at white supremacy. it all lets up to the same thing, the politics of division. politics that try to pick by according people against white working people so that they will not and together. , totics of division distrust its each other, to hate each other.
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because, while we are busy doing that, which -- mitch mcconnell gets to race the treasury, destroyed health care, and wipeout social security and medicare. they want to point fingers at each other so they will not know it is their hand that is in our pockets. [applause] elizabeth: it stops here. it stops now. movement.ith this no totime for us to say the politics of decision. to the useto say no of bigotry and fear. we say, no you will not the finest. -- dfeine us. we are here to bring working families together.
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a government that works for all of us. that is why we are here. we are bringing our resistance to washington and we are bringing voices of working americans right along with us. since donald trump took office, i've helped 31 townhomes, fielded thousands of questions, but here is the thing. this is the one question i get that every single town hall. itetimes, i actually get asked twice at one event. it is basically, you can i do to get more involved? all across this country, people are seeing that the guys in charge in washington are running a game on working families and
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they are taking it personally. they are stepping up to do something about it. old,and women, young and soldiers and scientists, teachers and nurses, utterance and college students, firefighters and construction , thiss, mamas and babies movement, this resistance, this big blue wave that is gathering strength all across this country, we are not trying to fight division with division. ours is a politics of unity. [applause] elizabeth: the reason we are standing together is up for us, these fights are crucial. they are about our families and our neighbors and our future. elizabeth: the stories we tell,
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they may not be the same in new orleans as a are in new england. these stories etched on each of our hearts, are the threads that hold us together as a country, and as a movement. that is why, we can fight for people working factory jobs in small towns and for people working fast food jobs in the inner-city. we could do both at the same time. [applause] that is why, we can stand up for high school kids getting laid for being gay, and for college kids getting crushed by student loan debt. why, students march in boston to protect families at the border. why men show to rallies for women's health care.
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why, when it comes to fighting to protect unions, we are all brothers and sisters in the fight. you bet. [applause] elizabeth: that is why, we have come here to new orleans. we believe that in america, every family deserves a fighting chance and we are ready to fight as hard as it takes as long as it takes, to deliver on that promise. [applause] i get it, it will not be easy. elizabeth: we will have to fight uphill. i am going up that hill and i hope you are too. [applause] elizabeth: i hope that when you do, you will reach her hand out
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and bring someone else along for the climb. we can only make it up that held together. afford toy we cannot waste our time arguing about whose fight matters the most. it is one fight. we have to stand with one another for one another. [applause] willie -- elizabeth: we have to shake the feeling that an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. [applause] it, theh: look, i get republicans will continue to practice the politics of division. they will keep right on attacking anyone who dares to stand up to the rich and powerful. they will call us every ugly name in the book.
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persist.ess, we will [applause] elizabeth: the pundits will say, it is impossible for us to build a coalition that cuts across issues and communities. will say that democrats have to choose between being the party of the white working class and the party of black lives matter. they will say it, nevertheless, we will persist. [applause] succeed,: even will we the powerful interests that benefit from the dysfunction in washington, using their money and connections in trying to drown out the voices of working
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americans to stand in the way of the change that we need, nevertheless, we will persist. [applause] elizabeth: i am so grateful to be here with you today, eight years ago, he stood with me in the fight. thank you. six years ago, he stood with me fight for ahe senate seat. today, but stand together again. but stand together, let's march together, let's run together, let's organize together, let's went together. -- win together. let's build a democracy where the people's voice can never be silenced. let's build the future for a country we love. thank you.
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thank you all. thank you. thank you, thank you. thank you. [applause] elizabeth: thank you. thank you. [applause] is welcome -- please welcome amy allison. [applause] >> wow, another round of applause for the senator. it is our hidden figures panel because the wisdom and the brains represented by those on
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stage or what we want to talk about and feature. lead the most powerful movements, black lives matter, me too, families along together. they are the strongest progressives at the polls. the most underrepresented elected leadership but they are poised this year in 2018 to make history. it is his transformation in our politics that requires us to deeply invest in the leadership, the division, and the wisdom of women of color. today, i introduced our hidden figures, the nation's top political strategists. these women, know how to get it done. [applause] >> what you will hear for the
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next 25 minutes, our the stories from the south and southwest. from purple states and bright red states, how to win, how to engage the base, how to craft winning coalitions. how to have victory on election day. these women are among those that are the architects of the playbooks to when the new american majority that will win in the south, when in districts, help us win back congress, help us win back seats. without further into, please put your hands together for ms. when, natasha brown. [applause] get us started, i want you to take a good phones or a piece .f paper and we will go through
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tohink it is important celebrate the candidates but it is equally important for some of us to understand the strategy. the slidestart with as we move through the , thistation to understand is part of a new effort we are she theg called, people. we are featuring the wisdom and the leadership of those who are the top strategists. without further ado, let's hear from this thompson. >> good afternoon everyone, how are you doing? a definings is such
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moment for me right now, to be on the stage and representing the black community across this country who have been systematically and politically ignored. who have been systematically underfunded in programming but have somehow found a way to be lifted into progressives all accounts this country and our time is now. [applause] i bring you greetings from birmingham, alabama. in 2017, black voters, but first democratic senator in 25 years in washington. [applause] against all odds. you to know about that moment is that it was not or goingf jones against roy moore.
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although, we all know that was the best. but people rallied around that opportunity because we saw it as a chance to have a strategic moment for our liberation. a to strategic tactic to move agendas for our communities. if you do not understand that that is the moment we are in, not just in black communities, but in marginalized communities across this country, you will not see a blue wave. [applause] i am proud to be part of a firm that started in 2016, when we realize that there is a gap in people in -- gap in communities of color, teresa information. -- to get the information. we have to build our own stuff.
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we decided to do the and lo and behold, we that the community to get on the ground in 2017. when jeff sessions was nominated, some people no one would fund our program or believe with us or bet on black. i said i did not have to wait for that and we would move forward. we put together programming that reached out to the youth and people within the black faith tradition. why do we do that? sunday, 60% of black women are worshiping somewhere and praying on behalf of their community. 60%r times during the week, of the students are black women. we have to start where we know our people are. we went to them and we put it to
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them like this -- we have six weeks to do something no one thinks we can do. will you rally with us? at the slide of information from it we did seven cities, 16 counties, four college campuses. we visited 123 charges. 300,000 people of faith in six weeks. that is impressive, right? we were able to systematically move 100,000 people of color to the polls. that israel power. that is changing the narrative. the other part that we learned from that is that when all of that happened and everyone was excited and my dear friend, latasha brown working, everyone tried to to claim that narrative. everyone wanted to say -- this is how it happened.
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i am sorry to tell you but over 60% of white women did not vote for doug jones. we have be honest and reclaimed the power of what and how that opportunity came about. menk women and 93% of black voted to make sure we had this opportunity. yes, you can clap it up for that. [applause] i don't have to go through all of that. the point is we knew that coming out of that, it would mean nothing if we did not have something set up to continue to build upon the work that was done in 2017. one of the things we have a concern about is that people only come into our communities at the last minute, a week or a day before the election cycle. there were no resources in place for systematic programming, for a pipeline leadership building. none of those things were happening.
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we said we could not do this work without building that in. you will see in the next slide that we created a moment and we started something called -- woke we said we could not do this work withoutvote. all -- a shoutto out to all the change agents. people asked if it could only be done in alabama or in the moment for doug jones. what we said to them and what i will continue to say is that black people have been showing up all over the country for years. our power and brilliance to a specific moment. yes. [applause] what has not been showing up consistently is a resources to do this programming , relational and programming. and the tools we need to keep our people motivated. what we did was expand. we are in nine states. we are doing this work and
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targeting counties where we know if we increase the participation of african-american turnout that we can have statewide impact. how many of you will stand with us? how many of you will stand with us? [applause] ms. thompson: our biggest focus florida and california and we are also moving into mississippi. like we are unsung heroes as it relates to the strategy, there are so many unsung heroes doing this work on the ground in states running for offices with no support. we stand as a beacon of hope for them. we stand as a way that they can see a way to move forward. stateswe are teaching our fell. we have 54 fellows across six states who learn from the root
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to the tutor on how to do this work. we are moving to the next level. stay with us or run behind us. thank you. [applause] >> that is just the beginning. i want to go from alabama to virginia. tram win. give her a round of applause. >> who would've thought that a girl who comes from a family that escaped a war-torn vietnam, who was born in a refugee camp in thailand, who was taught all of her life to keep her head down and focus on school would this, be aage like rabble-rouser, and talk about the power of the people. [applause] i grew up in virginia all of my life. 30 some years ago when i was six years old in first grade, my
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classmates debated in front of me whether i was black or white. and because -- they did not know. they did not know which box to put me in. up -- i remember the first vacation that my family went on. my sisters and i saw our first swimming pool. we jumped in and everyone else jumped out saying "chinks in the pool." fast-forward and today, one in aren virginians foreign-born. demographics are changing at a dramatic pace. you cannot win on demographic change of a loan if you are not out engaging and empowering the emerging communities and majority. not only in virginia but in states across the country
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especially the south and southwest. that is our theory of change. we started a decade ago saying be engaging our people, new americans, people of color, women and young people and engaging them in a new majority where we can exercise our political power in a more meaningful way. if you are not changing -- if you're not paying attention to the changing demographics, you will be left behind. look at virginia -- you see the blue arc. we call it the urban crescent. recently saw a washington post article that says half of the american population would be in eight states and 70% would be in 16 states. we arely in virginia seeing this population pattern. -- right now, the majority of virginians live in this urban crescent.
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are building we our power. over the last decade, we had registered over 200,000 voters of color. knocked on over $1.2 million. we are organizing chapters across the great commonwealth of virginia. empowering our communities to be the change and the voice. about thejust november election. it is about making sure that we have the power so we can make the demands that we need to change our community. i have two slides -- this slide shows the work -- the registrations and doorknocking and how they have resulted in an increasing vote share for people of color in virginia. it is slow and steady but there. asian americane population in virginia, the fastest-growing population in virginia and the u.s., we are
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catching up. and it has the highest increase in vote share among all people of color. a path to power there as well and we need to think about what this new american majority collectively can do. it is not about winning in november. it is not about electing great candidates. but it is about what impact that has. this has translated to power in our community and the ongoing power. a couple of years ago, after an eight year campaign, virginia is still part of the south, not quite there yet. after an eight year campaign, governor mcauliffe it -- issued an executive order restoring the voting rights of over 200,000 virginians. [applause] ms. thompson: those were -- ms. nguyen: those virginians are actively voting and are among
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the most active folks in virginia fighting for police accountability and transparency. prisong against the pipeline. advocating on their behalf. medicaid expansion. may of this year, the governor signed into legislation, into virginia code, medicaid for nearly 400,000 virginians. elections matter. they have real-life consequences. engaging with the new american majority is the way to win. of only for communities color but for all of us collectively and that is our theory of power and way to win. [applause] >> excellent. i want to do a little commercial. if you love what you have heard so far, the successes in alabama and virginia -- give us some
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love on twitter. thatis the kind of story people need to hear. let us move from virginia down to texas. give a round of applause to crystal for her work there. [applause] crystal: here are some key things you need to know. demographic performance in 2016. we are big. most of our counties are as big as her bigger than battleground states. harrison county has 4.5 million people, the size, almost the size of the state of louisiana. one county. and we rank at the bottom of most of the lists. we are last in insured women. -- child well-being.
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education funding. and voter turnout. we usually rank at the bottom. and our -- child well-being. people are in a world of hurt in texas. under greg abbott's leadership. the thing you need to know is that we have a strategic plan and we have a way ofunder greg'. winning texas. and there is a collective "we" that has been building momentum. our organization, workers democratic allies on the ground. lone star project. we have had progressive donors both in-state and out-of-state like "the way to win" that have been investing in believing in the strategy we have of issue engagingefforts and
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black and brown communities. we fight on organizing. and electoral power. today we call it integrated voter engagement. we are a year round never ship-based organization. today we call it integrated our members pay dues and they decide on the issues we want to fight. whatur goal, similar to saying, we are about creating change for black and brown communities. when it comes to election time, our saying, members decide whats they want to engage in. they bring in candidates and grill them. we have them sign on the line. they have to commit to our policy agenda and then we get behind them, we fight, and we get them elected. when they are elected, we hold them accountable and we have their backs when they stand up
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and champion our issues. 2016 was our proof. 2015, the sandra bland tragedy deeply impacted our leaders and our staff. we knew we could not continue to sit out of the fight of criminal justice. we knew what impacting our communities. -- we knew it was impacting our communities. one of our staff leaders had the vision to really look at the district attorney's race coming up and decided that was a place that we had power to change people's lives. there are very few opportunities for texans to do that with republican leadership. thatmped on that and used issue that was real and relevant to black and brown communities and we connected it to voting on the doors. we made 1.2 million attempts. we ran a huge program and it
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delivered exponential gains. bynton won the county 150,000. 971 in 2012.by our district attorney's vote -- race had communities of color voting down ballots. and we brought 87,000 new voters to the polls. all likely voters of color. i went to reinforce that our strategy is about black and brown communities. those are the numbers to get you to win in texas. do not knock on the door and say -- vote for this candidate. we knock on the door and ask folks -- what do you care about? what matters to you in your neighborhood? we talked to them about the das race and said -- do you know the
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da is in charge of all of this? get pulleded when we over. how we convert people. we say that we have a persuasion problem in texas but our persuasion problem is persuading people to engage in the political process. we are taking how we convert pe. that road to the streets in 2020. we have two district attorneys races. we have three congressional seats we will contest for and we will get gina ortiz elected. [applause] roadmaps -- and all 800,000 voteve an gap deficit at the statewide level the we have a nine county strategy to win. progressives,n
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largely folks of color, are unlikely to vote in 2018. we are going to those doors and collectively groups in texas are going to be turning out to under 50,000 votes in 2018 through voter after station -- through voter registration and digital organizing. i am sure everyone is curious -- we have a challenger to ted cruz. [applause] askzermeno: and when people , because they ask often, what his chances are, look, it is an uphill battle. an 800,000 vote gap. at we have been building foundation over decades. and we are building infrastructure. it is that infrastructure that champions and elected officials the opportunities to capitalize on waves and
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movements and champions that ise will win texas and move forward. [applause] thank you so much, crystal. let us go from texas down to latasha brown in florida. you have been working in georgia and florida and some other states but what is your story on georgia? ms. brown: the first thing -- thing i did right was the day i decided to fight. hold on. hold on. with a songart because i think it is important to be grounded in culture and content. being a daughter of the south, that song was a voter rights song movement -- that was a song in the voter rights movement. i am the cofounder of black lives matter.
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and black votes matter. we created the song for a number of reasons. one, a lot of people care about black votes but not necessarily about black voters. was to build a strategy where we uplift the infrastructure threat the country. part of what i want to mention -- look at the first light. we talked about the investment -- i don't know if we really know how stark that difference is in the investment. they is a study where pulled out the data from investments. look at the average in a place like new york -- $203 per person. come down to someone -- somewhere like atlanta and it is $19. and then you go to somewhere like the alabama black belt and
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it is $.51. when you look at the level of investment, it is a most zero in the region. i am a daughter of alabama but i am a georgia peach. and a citizen of where we will have the first african-american woman as governor. [applause] ms. brown: if we go to the next slide -- what i want to talk about is the strategy. six points i have around the strategy. first, rural voters. urbanized political motive -- mobilization so much, 80% of african-american voters that live in this country, 80% of us live in the black belt that stretches from the carolinas over to mississippi. what we are finding is that there are rural communities in places like georgia that if you
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want to win the governorship, you have to invest in the rural infrastructure in georgia. we work in florida but we are working in central florida and the panhandle. many of those communities have high black populationswe work iy are usually ignored in the election cycle. look at tennessee. north look at places like carolina, in east north carolina. one strategy we have to look at and think about is how do we opportunitys rural and the rural vote where the african-american turnout can make a difference. usingcond issue is existing infrastructure. i am the owner of a consulting group and we put operations together. you put a hit team together. you go into a community. and when you leave or when the
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operation leaves, the community is there. you have -- you round up the vote. our strategy is different. our strategy is we tap into the existing infrastructure. for example, in the alabama election, what we decided to do is fund 32 organizations that were are ready on the front lines every day. as a strategy, we is fund 32 think groups like churches and community groups and societies and we work with networks which leads us to the third issue which is relational organizing. relationships matter. and you are doing relational organizing.
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-- last two points oftentimes, we have the savior syndrome. particularly on the progressive side. us andl come and save make the problems go away and get rid of those crazy people like trump? we areblem with that is centering all of the progressives around one candidate, it is unfair to the candidate and unfair to us. in terms of the strategy, you cannot build a favorable power building campaign centered around the candidate. a candidate can be a part of the process but is only part of the process. and lastly, black women are the vanguard. we hear that and we clap for that and that is fine but what we are saying is the investment has to follow the theory. -- 99% of our work is
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that we have been led by black women. about liftingonal them up in their vision and work and investing in them. i think it is important when we think about strategy that we are connecting all of those things. --you make sure that you black voters matter. we will talk a little more about those strategies. thank you. [applause] >> i love that. top political strategist is about the pipeline. >> when she started singing -- i i am so oh man, screwed. between the song and the senator but you set me up well. i can tell a couple of quick stories to show how we work. this month, we hope to see the first african-american woman voted to congress in michigan. [applause]
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and hope lay november, the first latina attorney general -- and hopefully in november, the first latina attorney general. contrera running for attorney ineral took our training 2013. at that time, she knew that was the race she wanted to run for but the timing was not right. year, three others took our training. -- all four are on the ballot. appointed to a special vacancy on the city council. all four of them and others in arizona have our alumni working on their campaigns in one capacity or another. the message there is that the timing has to be right but you have to build a pipeline and the people around the candidate who
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can help hold them true to movement values. things that our organization does is recruit and train movement leaders to run for office using movement values when they campaign and when they govern. saeedhigan, rashid spoke at the first training we had there. our first training group in michigan. in that, stephanie chang then eeda'sn to run for rash seats. stephanie is now running in michigan. on both of their campaigns, we working asericans campaign staff and volunteers. our organization is designed to break down the systemic and psychological very worst --
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barriers to political newcomers. long-termork takes systemic investment in states. it cannot happen as some of you mentioned when people swing in and out of states. we are recruiting folks. getting them to the decision point to run. we work with them once they are in office to make sure they stay true to the movement values. a run as they are with their story, front and center. transcending the immigrant experience to connect with people across ethnicity by using narrative.ed expanding the narrative -- inviting people into democracy giveking them to vote, small dollar donations, and creating a more robust and democracy that eventually, when we look at congress, can look like this stage. >> excellent. [applause] big round of applause.
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democracyjoin me up you are. i call this panel "hidden figures" but i am sure you will agree that this -- that these women and their wisdom in the 2020 elections, they cannot be hidden figures anymore. we have to follow women of color who are leading the new american majority. elevate these women and there are 1000 more hidden figures we need to support. get on your feet. we need to win this year and in 2020. thank you so much for joining us this year -- us today. >> net roots nation please welcome senator kamala harris. [applause]
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senator harris: what is up? how about those not so hidden figures? that was fantastic. what is up, net roots nation. ? so glad to see you guys. great to be in portland's. i know you have had a long day of feeding -- great to be in new orleans. i know you have had a long day and i am honored to be with you. let us talk about what i think we have been talking about all day and we will talk about tomorrow. we are here because our future depends on it. we came forbecause the future of our children, and we are here because the future of our democracy is on the line. and i truly believe that we are
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inflection point in the history of our country. i think of this as being a moment in time similar to when my parents met when they were graduate students at the university of california berkeley in the 1960's and active in the civil rights movement. -- ank this is a most moment that is challenging us as a country to look in the mirror .nd ask a fundamental question that question being -- who are we? who are we? , ii look around this room know the answer to that question. as i look around this room, i see the best of what america is really about. and i see the best of what america can be. unburdened by what we have been. room in all this
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that is represented in this people.e power of the and these past 18 months have demonstrated that the people in power are no people. match for the power of the people. [applause] senator harris: take for example, right? remember our victories in the fight. take a moment to pause and remember our victories. take for example what happened in the affordable care act. remember what the pundits said. the member how they said the aca is dead? that we could not survive that attack. they said it was doomed. remember? they said the people in power would win and take away all of the benefits that the affordable care act brought. but now, we all know that they were wrong.
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is whatwhat we remember we saw in terms of the power of the people. traveled bypeople plane, train, automobile -- thousands of families walked the halls of the u.s. congress, children with debilitating illness can vista capital for days on end. people, many that are here, held vigils day and night. strengthng incredible and sacrifice. and they came from everywhere. determined to be seen. determined to share their story. determined in their belief that if they were seen and if their story were heard, that their government would do the right thing. thanksause of them, and
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to the people in this room for organizing and mobilizing, together, we blocked the repeal of the affordable care act, not once, not twice, but three times. [applause] harris: and in so doing, let us remember, the accomplishment of what that was. in so doing, we protected health care for millions of our fellow americans. that is the power of the people. and the power of people who are determined to fight. us fast forward to today. and where some pundits are saying that it is not worth fighting a supreme court nominee. right? i ran into a journalist that asked me that question two minutes ago -- is it worth the fight? yes. -- right, it is worth the fight.
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but, we know what they are saying. they have been saying that the fight may be too hard. they may be saying that success is too uncertain. here is our point. a nominee that was hand-picked by the federalist society, a nominee who passed a litmus test intent on ending a woman's right to choose, a nominee who thinks the president of the united states is above the law, is a nominate i know we should fight against tooth and nail. [applause] : and there is another fight which is happening in 95 short days. and the 95 days between now and election day and the stakes could not be higher.
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that is going to be a tough fight. but we have been through tough fights. just ask now governor ralph northam. and lieutenant governor justin fairfax. carome inte dana virginia. congressman conor lamb's from pennsylvania. now a u.s.ug jones, senator from the great state of alabama. november, as we organize and mobilize, we know what is at stake. medicare for all is at stake. , protectingur power our dreamers is at stake. let us use our power. voting rights are at stake. let us use our power.
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reproductive rights, climate change, and common sense gun laws are at stake. that us use our power. doing, netroots nation , as we use our power and get chapter, and we but when weond it, get beyond this dark chapter, part of it is because we all agree that in this moment it is critically important that we seek truth. it is critically important that we speak truth. now, here is the thing. there are a lot of people in our country right now who are rightly distrustful of their government, its institutions, and it's leaders. leaders.s
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there is no trust. remember the relation no issue of -- relational issue of trust. the relationship of trust is reciprocal. it reciprocal relationship. you give and receive. one of the most important ingredients in a relationship of trust, and in trust in itself, is truth. but there is a funny thing about truth -- speaking truth can often make people quite uncomfortable. me, peopleple like who are candidates, people in elected office, there is an incentive that we will speak and the crowd will applaud. sprinkle lovely dust and everyone will walk away feeling quite lovely. does noting truth always accomplish that goal. but there is another thing about
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speaking truth. yes, people may walk away from that conversation thinking -- i didn't particularly like what i've heard but they will also walk away from that conversation knowing that it was an honest conversation. knowing it was an honest conversation. though sometable trust must be, let us speak truth. that if it was not clear before charlottesville, it is clear now -- racism israel in this country and we need to deal with that. [applause] senator harris: let us speak anti-semitism, homophobia are real in this country, let us deal with that. interesting, it is
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because i serve on the senate intelligence committee so i have to share with you another component of that. the russians know that truth. truths.ians know those check it out -- they are attacked us demographically and geographically. trying tore still divide us and conquer. andrussians know racism other forms of hate have always been america's achilles heels and we need to deal with that weakness. [applause] senator harris: the russians attack- the russians' continues today and guys, what --with calling it "medline." "meddling."
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i don't get that. i don't get that. ciber were act of fair. and by the way, conspiracy is a crime. -- that was an act of cyber warfare. and by the way, conspiracy is a crime. and anyone involved needs to be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. [applause] harris: let us speak truth -- we have an economy that is at work for those at the very top but not for those doing the hardest work. we hear folks saying this economy is on the rise, you can turn on the tv and everyone is talking about the economy on the rise. that may be true for shareholders and stockbrokers,
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but for most people in america, cost ofe flat while the tuition, gas, and housing are climbing. that is a truth. theuth that is in 99% of counties in the united states of america, if you are a minimum wage worker working 40 hours week, you0 hours a cannot afford a one-bedroom apartment at market rate. that is a truth. i am proudly introduced a bill so that if you are paying more than 30% of your income in rent and utilities, you will get some of your money back in tax credits to cover those expenses. [applause] senator harris: why? the point is obvious. in the united states of america, nobody should have to work two or three jobs just to keep a roof over their head. [applause]
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harris: let us speak some other truths. the jobs of yesterday are leaving. americansd to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. and, we must paint a picture of the future in which everyone can see themselves. that is critically important. and i know that is our vision of the future. and we must continue to do that. paint a picture of the future in which everyone can see themselves. you know, if you ever look through a family album or you went to your friends wedding and you look at the album to see if you are in there. you know what i am talking about. we need to paint a picture of the future in which everyone can see themselves and we must speak further truths. in our country, too many unarmed black men and women are being
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killed. many black and brown americans are being locked up and from mass incarceration, our criminal justice system has failed. but a speak truth. -- let us speak truth. and ripping babies from their mothers arms -- from their mother's arms is not border security. and when more than 400 of those children go to sleep tonight without their parents, that is called a human rights abuse. and let us be 1 -- and let us speak one last truth. as we look at the beautiful coalition in this room, everyone we have seen at all of these past marches in the last 18 months, the coalition present,
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alsocomfortable truth is that the folks, and this will be an uncomfortable truth -- the truth is that the folks who helped build the democratic party and have been the backbone of the democratic party have not always been given equal voice in the democratic party and we need to deal with that. [applause] harris: we need to deal with that. and i will go on with that point if i may. so, we have all heard how critical black women were two but thats' victory did not just magically happen. it happened because black women have been putting in the work, going door-to-door, organizing even when the cameras were focused elsewhere. and it is time to respect that leadership. it is time we address the issues
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that they uniquely face such as the fact that black women are three to four times more likely to die because of a pregnancy than white women. let us deal with that. be us the aware -- let us aware of that and it was that and the truth is we should not just be thanking women of color for electing progressive leaders. be electingshould women of color as those leaders. [applause] harris: now, i am aware that some people would say that what i just said is plain "identity politics." but, i have a problem guys with that phrase, "identity politics." let us be clear, when people say
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pet, it is a per jordan -- rjorative. that phrase is used to distract too. purpose is to minimalize and marginalize the issues that impact us. think about it -- think about when you heard it -- we are talking about race. when we are talking about gender. when we are talking about sexual orientation. when we are talking about civil rights. and yes, we are talking about those issues and we won't be shut up and we won't be silent. we won't be silent about immigrant rights. we won't be silent about a woman's rights to control her own body. aboutl not be silent equal opportunity and justice under the law. [applause] beator harris: and let us
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clear, these issues they are trying to diminish and demean are the very issues that will do fine our -- that will define our identity as americans. these are the very issues among ourrs that will define identity as americans. them, of theing american identity, at the end of thatay, i truly believe with every experience i have had in life, i truly believe at the end of the day, we all have so much more in common than what separates us. i truly believe that and know it to be true. are powerfulhere voices right now that are trying hate and division
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among us. when it comes to issues that matter the most, i do not believe we are a divided country. i think about it through the lens of what i have been calling hour.00 in the morning that moment in the middle of the night when you wake up sometimes in a cold sweat thinking that thing that has been weighing on us. for the vast majority of americans, when they wake up thinking that thought in the middle of the night, it is never through the lens of the party with which they are registered to vote. when they wake up thinking that thought, it is never through a pollster putcs us in. and in fact, for the vast majority of folks, when they wake up thinking that thought, it has to do with one of just a very few issues. our personal health. the health of our children or our parents.
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for many americans, it is --can i get a job? can i pay the bills by the end of the month? for many of our students it is -- can i pay off the loans? can i retire with dignity? the reality is that the vast majority of us have so much more in common than what separates us. , as we head nation into these fights, let us own that fact. let us not by into this stuff, -- let us not buy into this stuff -- i would use another into but let us not buy this stuff they are trying to use to divide us. on the fundamental issues, we all have so much more in common than what separates us. let us also recognize that yes, these are difficult days. these are difficult days and many of us are tired, many are
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overwhelmed. at this moment, we cannot throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves. and what keeps me going, and what keeps me going and i think for all of us, what keeps us know that we are better than this. we do know that we are better than this. the american people know we are better than this. and i know we are better than this and i can think of a couple of things right now. i know we are better than this because 13 years ago, new orleans was under water and the initial response was appalling. a shocking exposed level of racism and neglect. ultimately, americans of every race and religion and leaders,d, local church groups, college students, came together to bring the city
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back to life. that is who we are. american identity. i know we are better than this because less than 60 years ago, about four miles up the road, ruby bridges needed federal marshals to escort her to school. today, mayor latoya cantrell is the first woman and first black woman in history to lead the city. [cheering and applause] senator harris: that is who we are. that is our american identity. i know we are better than this because this city was once home largest slave's market and yet today, you heard from cory booker, and, harris, two members of the united states twond kamala harris,
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members of the united states senate. that is who we are. that is our american identity. that is the one we will own and fight for and that is what makes this fight a fight that is born out of love of country. out of love of country. and knowing it is worth fighting for. ad knowing that yes, we are country that is aspirational. we have not achieved all of those ideals but we have those ideals and it is part of our identity to fight for those ideals. let anyone take our flag from us, ok? that is our flag. let us not let anyone take our flight from us. and then, finally, one other point. now, from now, years from our children, our grandchildren,
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folks are going to come up to us and asked us -- they will look at us and asked us -- so, where were you during that in flexion moment? flection moment? and i am going to be proud to say that i am with this group. the answer for the folks in this room is not simply going to be about how we felt. the answer is going to be what we did. what action we took. nation, let us answer that question by saying we registered people to vote, we took people to the polls, we called and we texted and we told everyone we know what is at stake. it is about the future of our country. it is about our identity as a nation. we are better than this. and we will fight. and we will fight.
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thank you. [cheering and applause] >> tomorrow is the final day of
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this annual net roots nation progressive conference. we will hear remarks from tim ryan, warmer housing and urban development secretary coley and castro and alexandria cortez. live coverage starts at 6:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. eastern,t at 9:15 p.m. watch our profile interview with larry kudlow, the director of the economic council and the senior economic adviser to president trump. thathave been a believer under the right policies that provide economic opportunity, freedom, and incentives, we can grow the american economy at least at its historic rate which since world war ii from more or 2000, we grewyear at three point 5% a year after
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inflation. i see no reason why we cannot replicate that with proper policies. >> larry kudlow tonight at 9:15 p.m. eastern on c-span, c-span.org, or listen with the free c-span radio app. >> nominated to the supreme court by president ronald reagan in 1987, justice anthony kennedy is retiring after 30 years on the bench. atday, we will take a look his legacy on the supreme court and its impact on the nation with the clerk for justice until 2012 and11 the former assistant to the solicitor general nickel who argued 29 cases before justice kennedy on the court. the legacy of supreme court justice anthony kennedy monday night at 8:00 p.m. ,astern on c-span, c-span.org or listen on the free c-span radio app. senate confirmation hearings
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before brett kavanaugh to be a supreme court justice are expected in september and senators are likely to question him about roe v. wade, the 1973 decision that struck down many restrictions on abortion. on tuesday at 8:00 p.m., c-span's landmark cases provides an in-depth look at roe v. wade. we will also hear from david savage discussing judge kavanagh's nomination and the abortion issue. here's a look at congress over the next two weeks. the senate is in a state work period with four brief pro forma sessions scheduled. lawmakers return to washington on wednesday, august 15 to continue work on judicial dominations and federal spending. the house remains in a summer recess and returns on tuesday, september 4. follow the house live on

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