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here we go, hour two. i'm brooke baldwin and we begin with the arrest today of george clooney. officers arrested the actor in washington, d.c. this morning, and like many of the movie star arrests you can hear about, you can see this. this was not about a fall from grace, this was about the oscar winner's deliberate attempt to spot the fatalities in sudan. >> we need humanitarian aid brought into sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. immediately. the second thing we are here to ask is for the government in kartum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children. >> i want to bring in a thethen
jones. if you can hear me, here's my question. we know he was talking to the president, trying to bring attention to the atrocities in sudan, but why specifically was he arrested? >> reporter: he was arrested for the charges, disorderly cross ag police line. it was an act of disobedisobedie planned with his father, other people, martin luther king iii was also there, as well as other congress men from sudan and religious leaders as well. they were there to protest the sudan government blocking food aid with the border of south sudan. there has been ongoing fighting there, the people are under constant bombardment. they weren't able to plant crops so they're facing big food shortages. they want to see more action taken by the u.s. government to put sanctions on the government,
and they want to work with countries like china to try to put pressure on the government to lallow this food aid in so hundreds of thousands of people don't face a food f arkfamine. i believe we have a little bit of what he had to say. let's play that if we do. >> we took it live. in fact, i think i recognize your voice, athena. you've got a question in to george clooney. what did you ask him, what did he say? >> reporter: i asked him -- he's been at this for a while, and wednesday he was testifying on the hill about it. thursday he met with the president. he was a guest at the state dinner. but this isn't the first time he talked to the president about it. he met with the president back in 2010 to talk about sudan with the president. they were using cameras to capture evidence of what was
going on there, tanks and shelling and so on. i asked him, you've been at this for a while, what progress have you seen in these weeks and years? he said, there has been progress. he cited that south sudan was able to have this referendum and separate from sudan. so there has been some progress made, but still a lot more progress needs to be made. there are problems in darfur, and much more needs to be done. but he believes they're making progress by drawing attention to this issue. he's certainly done a good job drawing attention to it this week, and he told me after that press conference, i said, are you going to stop? can we expect more? he said, we haven't stopped yet, so i think we can expect more. maybe not outside the sudanese embassy, but i think we can expect more. >> we have turned on a little bit of sound. his father is right next to him, nick clooney. let's take a listen. >> what we've been trying to achieve today is we're trying to bring attention to an ongoing
emergency, one that's got about a six-week timetable before the rainy season starts and a lot of people are going to die from it. so our job right now is to try to bring attention to it. one of those ways was apparently getting arrested. i guess we're not allowed to hang around the sudanese embassy. >> i didn't know that. did you? >> i didn't know that, either. >> just to follow up to that is what we didn't show you, someone threw the question out, what was it like to be in a jail cell. he was like, horrible, horrible. and then he turned to his father. he's with his dad, right? not too bad. >> we understand it was a $100 fine. he was arrested by the secret service. the secret service is who protects the embassies here in washington, so he was arrest bid uniformed members of the secret service. he was held, of course, put in the paddy wagon and brought with other people to this station. he was always in the custody of
a secret serviceman. as we understand, he paid a fine and now he's free to go, but that probably won't be the end of it. >> i never thought we would be talking about the arrest of george clooney. now this. the military diplomatic and legal disaster for the united states. >> that was the voice of jeff toobin talk to go me yesterday. he is talking about the american soldier accused of killing innocent women and children in afghanistan. we know he is expected to arrive in kansas any minute now. as we learn more about the suspect's personal life, his lawyer suggests this is just more about the start of a trial about the war itself. that's next. everyone in america depends on the postal service.
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we are awaiting the arrival on american soil of that u.s. soldier accused of killing 16 afghan civilians. the attorney for the unnamed soldier told cnn today he expects his client to arrive sometime this afternoon, and his destination here, this is ft. leavenworth, kansas. let's go straight to the pentagon back to chris lawrence. you expect the news of his avbl arrival to come from the pentagon, do you think it will be quiet and we won't hear about it until we get the news from his attorney? what do you think? >> reporter: i think we'll get the news of his arrival fairly quickly once he's on the ground and on base, but that doesn't actually translate to getting his name and having charges filed. the two are two separate things, and i think that's what we're really waiting on, brooke, is to find out exactly when the name will be released and what charges will be filed against him. the military has been on some of these big high-profile cases
before. i remember two years ago when the so-called kill team killed some afghans for the thrill of it, for sports, they were taking body parts as souvenirs. that happened in may, but it wasn't until about a month later that we got the name of the ringleader and some others involved in that weren't even released until a few weeks after that. >> chris, we know he hasn't even been charged yet, but if and when this goes to trial, do we know yet where, presumably within the united states, it would happen? >> reporter: it could be a number of places. it could be back at his home base of joint base louis mccord. there are a number of places in the united states where it could be. i think the key is going to be there in the united states you're not worried about the cycle of deployment, where if someone is deployed overseas and it's a case that could drag on for a long amount of time, you have the issue of trying to replace people whose deployments have finished up, and it's hard to see that the military would
want some sort of revolving door of officials involved in this case. >> so whether it's joint base louis mccord or elsewhere within the united states, what happens then? because you know there are these eyewitnesses, the afghan villagers back in afghanistan. if they want to testify, are they then flown here? how does that work? >> reporter: that's right, and that testimony is expected to be key. we have seen the reports from some of the afghan villagers who have told local authorities what they witnessed, what they saw. one man describing how his father was shot and killed. so those statements are going to be key, because even the surveillance video that the military has really only shows pretty much the area around that combat outpost. it shows him leaving, it shows him entering back into the base. it does not show what happened in those villages, so really, eyewitness testimony is going to be crucial to this. it still remains to be seen if they would actually try to fly
these villagers back over. obviously the defense is going to want a chance to cross-examine these villagers with the help of a translator, but it remains to be seen if you would have to get them over here to the united states for a matter of time or do some sort of videotape deposition. >> chris lawrence, appreciate it, at the pentagon. as we said, cnn spoke this morning with this newly hired attorney of this massacre suspect. he is a very well known criminal defense attorney based in seattle, and he says he has spoken by phone with his client. >> he sounded distant and kind of like a deer in the headlights, but okay. i conveyed his family's love for him. i told him i did not want to speak with him about specifics of the case because i don't trust the phone not being monitored. i don't know what the facts are. he seemed to be unaware of some of the facts i talked to him about, which makes me concerned
about his state of mind, obviously. >> the attorney obviously disputed any kind of suggestions by unnamed sources that this massacre suspect was having some sort of marital issue, marital problems. he described his client as a good family man and highly decorated soldier. this case that could set precedent about what you do on line. the jury finally announcing the verdict of the student accused of spying on his roommate during a sexual encounter. but after the verdict was read, a very emotional moment involving the victim's father. sunny hostin has been watching this for months. she's on the case, next. colace. i have hemorrhoids and yes, i have constipation. that's why i take colace®. [ male announcer ] for occasional constipation associated with certain medical conditions, there's colace® capsules. colace® softens the stool and helps eliminate the need to strain. stimulant-free, comfortable relief. no wonder more doctors recommend it. say yes to colace®! [ male announcer ] we're giving away fifty-thousand dollars worth of prizes! enter weekly to win!
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university student accused -- i should say accused of spying on and intimidating his gay roommate who then committed suicide. on trial, dharun ravi, he was found guilty of the charges against him. he could be sent to ten years in jail and perhaps be deported back to his native india. his roommate, tyler clemente, jumped to his death off the george washington bridge. that was back in the summer of 2010. ravi had spied on clemente's sexual encounters of the young man with a webcam and then took it and shared it with the world on twitter. in terms of this case itself, we're talking about 15 different counts. what all was he found guilty of and why? >> that's right, it was a 15-count indictment and he was found guilty of each and every count. i mean, prosecutors sort of call that a clean sweep. so all in all, he was found guilty of invasion of privacy, brooke, attempted invasion of
privacy, witness tampering, tendering, apprehension, and most importantly, biassed intimidation. i myself have watched every single day of testimony, and we were all most interested in whether he would be found guilty of biased intimidation. prosecutors have to prove that while he may have invaded tyler clemente's privacy by setting up that webcam and watching an intimate encounter that tyler clemente had with another man, prosecutors had to show that he was motivated by biased intimidation. it was a hate crime, and this was something that has never really been tried before in new jersey and really other places in the country. this sort of biased intimidation hate crime through social media. and we know as a result of tyler clemente's death that new jersey, in fact, now has the strongest cyberbullying law on the books.
and so this really has set precedent, i think, in new jersey and perhaps not only in new jersey, all over the country. >> and to think -- i was talking to someone earlier, and had c dharun ravi not taken pictures on twitter for everyone to see, this might not have happened. and every single clean sweep could possibly get him ten years and get him deported back to india. what's the likely scenario? >> that's right, sentencing has been set for may 21st. there is significant exposure here. as you mentioned, we're talking 5 to 10 years because of those biased intimidation counts that he was convicted of. this is a very, very interesting place for this judge to be. i've been in this courtroom. this is a very serious judge, a judge that's been on the bench for a while. he has asked the defense team to provide to him in six weeks what's called a sentencing memorandum. in it the defense will argue that there are mitigating
factors here that substantially outweigh the aggravating factors and that this was just a childish prank and that he should not be sent to jail. this judge could sentence him up to ten years, brooke, but also could sentence him to probation, a non-custodial sort of sentence. but i've got to tell you, the eyes of the world, i think, are on this case. it has reached just all over the world, and the bottom line here is that tyler clemente jumped off of the george washington bridge just a day after the second invasion of his privacy, and so i think all eyes are on this judge, and i wouldn't be surprised if he was sentenced to some real jail time here. this is a cautionary tale, i think, for our young people that you just can't do this kind of thing. it's just not okay. >> i say good for new jersey with this cyberbullying law. good for them. sunny hostin, thank you. before we move past this, i
just want to share this moment. this is tyler clemente's father addressing the kids after the verdict. take a look. >> to our college, high school and even middle school youngsters, i would say this. you're not necessarily going -- you're going to meet a lot of people in your lifetime. some of these people you may not like. but just because you don't like them does not mean you have to work against them. when you see somebody doing something wrong, tell them, that's not right. stop it. you can make the world a better place. the change you want to see in the world begins with you. >> tyler clemente's father. as sunny mentioned, dharun ravi's sentencing is set for may. now this. horrifying moments caught on tape. a toddler tossed off a carnival ride. find out why she was on it in the first place. look at that. plus the daughter of a former presidential candidate appears in playboy. and she reveals a lot, including
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if it's interesting and happening right now, you're about to see it. rapid fire, let's go. beginning with the politics. the gop presidential candidates are dividing their time between illinois and puerto rico. the illinois voters head to the polls next tuesday. rick santorum, he spent part of his day in puerto rico trying to clarify his statement that english would have to be puerto rico's primary language if he wants this to become a state. both english and spanish are spoken there. john edwards headed to court next month, and we just found out he has hired his mistress' former lawyers as extra counsel. among the charges, using campaign cash to hide the affair with mrs. hunter. hunter has a child with edwards. here she is, and she will
apparently take the stand. but she has been granted immunity by prosecution for anything she says in her testimony. if he is convicted on all counts here, john edwards could face 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1.5 million. back to that carnival ride. a three-year-old tossed off this ride. there the three-year-old goes. this is a ride at a houston rodeo. you can see the child's legs here up in the air. we'll roll it again and you can watch. this is a little girl. she flies off onto a platform that's some six, eight feet down below. the head of the rodeo says three years old, too young for the ride. >> this was a three-year-old without an adult, and we said -- she came under the bar, she came out of the lap restraint. >> frightening nonetheless. we're told the little girl is okay. more video for you. this is of a tornado approaching
dexter, michigan. it was shot yesterday by a guy out on the course playing golf in michigan's 73-degree march weather. pulled out his camera and got that. at least 50 homes were destroyed, dozens damaged in the area right around ann arbor. thankfully no deaths or injuries were reported. the ipad officially in stores. this is tokyo. these tablets were first released just two years ago. as for how much you're going to be paying for this thing, the new version will cost the same as the ipad 2, $499. and to megan mccain hitting the pages of playboy magazine. you can see she's fully covered up. the magazine interviewed senator john mccain's daughter for its 20 questions segment saying she loves sex, she loves men. she talks politics as well plotting the 2012 campaign. she also said if her dad won the
2012 election, she would be the craziest daughter mccain. james cameron is trying to do this dive to the deepest point, 7 miles under water, folks. cnn was invited to go for the ride. i talked to jason carroll. he said it was the most exciting appointment of his life. we're going to hear what he saw, next. rica actually has one of the largest oil reserves in the world. a large part of that is oil sands. this resource has the ability to create hundreds of thousands of jobs. at our kearl project in canada, we'll be able to produce these oil sands with the same emissions as many other oils and that's a huge breakthrough. that's good for our country's energy security and our economy.
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can he do it? film director james cameron is back below the ocean's surface, but this time he is going 7 miles below the surface and he invited cnn to go with him, and our correspondent did just that. you went with him to new guinea and i don't know how many planes were there. what was that like? >> anyone who has a love for
exploration and science couldn't be more thrilled about something like this happening. you know, james cameron obviously, he has both. he has the love of exploration, he's had it for many, many years, he has the love of science, he's been working for 15 years, in fact, to get the respect of the scientific community when it comes to deep sea exploration. what you're seeing there is some of the results of his work. that is deep sea challanger. that is actually this high-tech sub that he and a team of scientists along with national geographic have been working on for several years. so we were there, out there in the south pacific as he was running these test dives for the actual big dive, and i had many opportunities to see it in action and speak to cameron. a lot of people say, are you a director, are you more of an explorer? i asked him that question. hear what he had to say. >> am i an explorer who does films on the side or am i a filmmaker who does exploration on the side? i have a hard time deciding, but
there is a good overlap between the two. to me where the rubber meets the road is where it's not scripted. the ocean doesn't read the script and doesn't show up and doesn't do its lines. you know, you have to adapt and adjust and be prepared and all that. and be prepared to see something new and unknown and react to that. >> reporter: he's just waiting to see what he's going to see when he gets down to challenge deep, the deepest area on the planet. it's located about 36,000 feet down, that's about 7 miles straight down. that's a long ways down, isn't it? there's a map there so you can get an idea of where it is. >> when he goes 7 miles down, when we saw that video, i don't know how big that submersible s but it looks like pretty tight quarters. how does he prepare for potential claustrophobia, because when you're that far down, there is not an eject
button, my friend. >> a very good point. it weighs about 12 tons. it's about 24 feet long, but the protective steel-encased pod that cameron is in is about 43-some-odd inches or so, so imagine cramming yourself up to a refrigerator. he's 6'2". he's going to be down there for six or seven hours, but he's going to be so busy taking pictures, taking 3-d imagery. if anybody can see him in sort of that crouched position there, if anyone has any doubts about how he's been obsessed with deep sea exploration, all you have to do is look at pictures when he was a kid. he sent us a picture when he was 11 years old, when he was growing up in a small town in can canada. do you know what he's holding there? it's a submersible that he
built. a little mouse inside there. he dropped it in 20 feet of water. the mouse actually survived. so if anyone has any doubts as to whether or not this man has had exploration and an interest in deep sea, you can see from these images he's had it for a very, very long time. >> well, good for him. i don't think i could sit in that teeny tiny thing myself. give me the space. i don't think i could do it. mr. carrell, could you do it, yes or no? >> i don't think so. it's better to watch it. >> you're the only reporter invited actually on the ship to watch him do these test dives. saturday night, 10:30 p.m. eastern time. dvr it if you're not around. and now this. they called me stupid jerk. >> no one likes you. >> they would said my accent sounded weird. >> you're stupid.
>> you have no life. >> a new documentary shows the pain and humiliation of bullying. ahead we're going to speak with one of the victims in this documentary. his name is aaron cheese and he's going to join me live after this quick break. don't miss it. dad, why are you getting that? is there a prize in there? oh, there's a prize, all right. [ male announcer ] inside every box of cheerios are those great-tasting little o's made from carefully selected oats that can help lower cholesterol. is it a superhero? kinda. ♪
next communication, i'm asking you please do not look away or say, yeah, yeah, i've heard it all before, because we're going to talk now about bullying. this sunday cartoon network is going to be airing this documentary precisely on this subject of bullying. if you think there is nothing new to talk about, there's nothing that can be done because kids bully, get over it. please realize you're part of that problem because our silence is part of the problem here, our silence. did you know that between 25 and 30% of the kids say they've been bullied? let me repeat that. 25 to 30% of kids are bullied. perhaps your own. and some of those kids are telling their stories very bravely here in this documentary. take a listen. >> ugly. stupid. loser. >> no one likes you. >> they would say my accent sounded weird. >> you're fat and stupid. >> you have no life. >> kids always made fun of me. i was a big, heavy boy. >> i used to have highlights in
my hair. >> my hair to my eyebrows to the way that i walk. >> that was always the shortest one and that was the main thing that got me bullied. >> they will tear you apart with their words. >> aaron joins me now with cartoon network president sty snider. welcome. you're a sophomore in high school now. this really happened to you, what, middle or elementary school? >> second or third grade to about 6th or 7th. >> that long. >> yes. >> what did kids say to you? >> as you heard in the documentary, that little clip, they said i looked really big. my name is cheese, so i would get variations of that: cheese burger. i got glasses and braces at an early age, so they called me four-eyes, train tracks, the usual things like that. >> and when they did that, what would you do?
just go home and cry? >> well, at the beginning i would kind of lay low at school and just go home. i wouldn't really cry, i tried to hold the tears back. then as i got holder and realized i was an outcast, then i started to try to make more friends and took my focus off my studies and more on the social aspect to see if they would like me more so i could get more friends. >> did it hurt your grades? >> yes, it did. my focus was really off. my concentration was, like i said, not academic, but rather, social. so i would try to say, oh, do you like me, do you like me rather than, am i getting good grades? >> i want to talk about how you got through it, because it looks like you have. but first, let me just play a little bit more of this documentary here. >> loser. what's wrong with you? >> i thought there was something
wrong with me that everyone is making fun of me. i've got to be different. i've got to be the one that doesn't fit in. so there's not something wrong with them at this point, it's me. >> so then at what point did you realize it wasn't you but it was them? >> it was sort of a -- at the end of middle school, at the beginning of high school when i started to see the diversity in other kids, and i realized that everybody is going to be different. i don't have to fit in with everyone. i stopped caring about if i'm going to like you or if i'm going to like the next person because nobody is the same. when i started to realize there is a wide variation of children or people, then i started to stop caring about what others thought and became more comfortable with who i was. >> that's awesome, and i just want to say you couldn't pay me enough to go back to the sceeveh grade when kids are mean, and
here's to being a late bloomer. i have some advice for you in a minute, but for, president of cartoon network, how did this come together? why do this? >> as a kids and family network, we always have a responsibility to listen to our kids and families about topics and issues that are important to them. kids told us that this was an important topic. they were stressed about it, but more importantly, they told us if they had tools they felt they could do something about it. so that's why we focused on and created our stop bullying speak up campaign over two years ago. aaron's case is, you know, dynamic. this is a real situation, and 160,000 kids don't go to school because of bullying. so this is a serious, serious topic and our whole goal is to get kids and parents and educators to be talking about this important topic so maybe we can make an impact. >> you're also a dad. i'm sure you're em pathetpathet
these youngsters as well. who should be watching this? >> first of all, as aaron, it's from the voice of kids. we have targeted that kids watch it and most importantly watch it as families with their parents. we're hoping the end result of this is that a dialogue is created within that family room, within that house, and also within that neighborhood of kids that are talking about we can really do something about it. and the most important thing is to speak up. if bullying is occurring, if somebody knows bullying is occurring, speak up. tell someone, tell a parent, tell an educator, tell the teacher. because we know if someone speaks up directly, the incidents of bullying get caught by 50%, and evening a single incident gets cut down by 10 seconds. >> this happened to you every year, so in retrospect, what is your advice for someone being bullied right now?
>> the documentary helps people speak up. i didn't have to go through the amount of time i went through. eventually i got over it but that was a long time. and it did a lot of damage to me. if you talk to someone, anyone, it will get better, and you don't have to be a silent su sufferer like i was. you can speak up and be confident with who you are. >> what do you say to bullies? >> step down. it's not a fun thing to be on the other side. put yourself in my shoes and see how it feels so you aren't making a contribution to anything, you're actually being detrimental in hurting someone. >> spoken from someone who knows. aaron cheese, nice to meet you. good luck to you. and to you as well. stu snider, ceo of cartoon network. i just want to point out documentary on bullying airs
sunday night, 5:30 eastern and pacific. gentlemen, thank you very much. still ahead here, google. google has gotten some heat for messing with your privacy settings. now the giant could be in some hot water and it impacts who watches you on line. that's next. thank you so much, i appreciate it, i'll be right back. they didn't take a dime. how much in fees does your bank take to watch your money ? if your bank takes more money than a stranger, you need an ally. ally bank. no nonsense. just people sense. ♪ oh, my maltipoo's depressed. but my affordable prius c means i can pay for his acupuncture. whew. i love my pooch. oh no! my homemade sushi... turned p-ushi!
legal battle here? >> reporter: it very well could be. the sec and the regulators are looking into whether google did or did not trap people on line. this whole brouhaha began last month after they found out google was tracking people using browsers, meaning on pcs, i pods, but the problem is they were blocking third parties but it looks like google found a way around that. they found google's hand in a cookie jar. google stopped but now the question remains whether regulators are going to be able to impose any fines on google because the sec still has to prove that google acted intentionally. google is still maintaining it happened by accident. but learning how to target ads is really google's bread and butter. so if google knows about what you search for on line, they can target you. the feds are trying to figure out if google broke any rules in
trying to track you on line. next, reporter roulette, the united nations tries to take another step to bring relief to s syrians. this week marked one year of suffering under relentless government crackdown. almost 8,000 people have died. we know that the u.n. point made on this is former leader kofiana. what can he do to try to help these syrians. >> copianan wants a halt to the violence. he wants a plan in which military operations stop. as you know, this has been going on for quite a long time. no real progress made, at least visibly. annan by video conference in geneva spoke to the 15 conference members. he said he was disappointed with the response so far but he has a team of technical people that are going to go into damascus,
syria on sunday to try to work out a plan on getting monitors, people who can kind of observe what's going on there. that seems easier said than done. so this thing still drags on. brooke? >> what is the reaction, richard, to the u.n. briefing at the security council? >> reporter: everybody was positive, and kofi annan was looking for at least some unity, or at least a show of can we all get along? assad capitalizes on the fact that the big powers are arguing and there is no big, powerful resolution aimed at him by the counsel telling him to do something. so annan is hoping the people here can at least get together even on the resolution of, i would say, let's get humanitarian aid in, let's put monitors there. china and asia may be able to budge a little bit. that he may not go for a big resolution. they already tried earlier.
>> i appreciate it. that's your reporter it. that's your reporter roulette. one of the men arrested today alongside george clooney was naacp president ben jealous. he's going to join me next. oh! [ baby crying ] ♪ what started as a whisper ♪ every day, millions of people choose to do the right thing. ♪ slowly turned to a scream ♪ there's an insurance company that does that, too. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? ♪ amen, omen
simple questions. the first question is something immediate, and immediately we need humanitarian aid to be allowed into the sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. immediately. the second thing we are here to ask, a very simple thing, is for the government in khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children. stop raping them, and stop starving them. that's all we ask. >> mr. clooney, mr. clooney -- >> just -- [ cheers and applause ]
>> i'm not. it's the people on the other side of me. i'm bending over backwards. >> don't push. lots of pushing cut it out. >> get back. get back. >> george clooney, hi father nick clooney, they were arrested as well as several members of congress as well as the head of the naacp, ben jealous. he is now out of the jail and i'm told being seated in our washington bureau. would el have a conversation in just a moment, but first here's a piece from cnn heroes. in nepal, when parents are arrested by the police and children don't have a local guardian, some children go to prison with their parents. before i visited the jail, i was -- i saw a small girl who
just grabbed my shawl and just gave me a smile. it was really hard for me to forget that. my name is -- and my mission is to make sure no child grows up behind prison walls. in 2005, i started a daycare where the children can come from the jail in morning and good back to the jail in the afternoon. we have children who are from 2 to 4, and they have coloring, reading, starting five days a week. we started residence in home in 2007. we have 40 children living here, mostly about 6 years old. i don't get a day off, but i never get tired. the children all call me mamu. it's a big family, with lots and lots of love. when i started this organization
i was 21 years old. people thought i was crazy, but this is what i want to do with my life. i'm giving them what a normal child should have. i want to fulfill all their dreams. cnn heroes. thank you. meantime back to the story we've been working on, the arrest outside washington, d.c., george clooney, his father, also the president of the naacp, ben jealous has just been released from jail. there he is in our washington bureau. ben jealous, nice to see you. what does the t-shirt say? >> united to end genocide. >> tell me, how long have you been out of jail now? >> about 15 minutes. i came straight over. >> we appreciate it. let meb gin what were you doing? what were you trying to do? >> you know we were there because in six weeks the rains will start, and the rains will
shut down this road through south sudan, and if this president continues -- if president bashir continues to block food getting in there now, then 300,000 people will starve. we were there to call on his government to end this use of food as a weapon, and to actually let the food through. we were there to call on our country to stay focused on our presence to stay focused that the food gets to the 300,000 people who need it. >> we saw and heard from george clooney testifying on the hill, trying to get congress to offer up help or intervention. we saw him talk to the president this week. why take it to the sudanese embassy. was there a conversation about some of you who were arrested this is obviously something we're very passionate about? what kind of conversation did you have?
>> we have six weeks. so right now people have been trying for months quietly to get the food through. now we've got to get the world focus. i was there with george clooney, but also with martin luther king iii, with dib gregory, rabbi david sapper steen and a range of folks committed to ensuring whatever we can to get the food through. >> i understand the message. what was the conversation? i mean, i have to imagine -- i understand people were warning you multiple people. it was secret service who eventually took you in. were you willing to be arrested? >> yes umplgts what kind of conversation did you have in anticipation of that moment? ijts yeah, we -- we plan these things. the reality is civil disobedience is something that requires a certain amount of discipline. we came here today knowing we would be locked up and there would be a point in the protest when that would happen, but we thought it was critical, there
were a whole bunch of folks involved in the protest outside the south after kaj offices in washington, d.c. years ago. the reality is that this struggle is at that crisis point, where people say it's time to do whatever we have to do to get the world to focus. i think what's at the back of folks' head is quite frankly when we saw what happened in rwanda some years ago, people said, you know, why didn't we know in advance? what would we have done if we knew in advance? this time we know in advance. we're trying to get the world to focus in advantage. this is a crisis that can be stopped. >> what was the conversation in the paddy wagon when you were hauled away? >> you know, the reality is we spent or time in jail strategizing about the next six weeks. how do we ratchet up the pressure? how do we get the focus on people who can make the difference? >> ben jealous, naacp,