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terms? >> uni and everyone near put up billions of dollars of each year. were asking for another billion dollars but we need to make sure from a fiscal standpoint that investments resulting to closing insidious achievement gaps and they climb and dropout rates go down. it is not just about the financial part. it is giving kids a chance in life. ..
so for me accountability isn't just numbers, it's not just a transparency. is not information. we can't label the problem. problem. we have to do something about it. this is stepping in when children need something better. we need to be held accountable. that to me is what a true accountability is. >> the issue of adequate and equitable funding is a big issue for this overrides community, for the urban league. i the opportunity to serve on the commission that looked at the issue. paint a picture of where we are when it comes to the lack of equitable funding. what does it really mean? once the picture? what do you see from where you sit? >> it's devastating. we us of article as a nation,
marc. folks a note on the k-12 side federal money is like eight to 12%, half the money comes from states and 40% at the local level. look across the nation, i go back to my home in chicago, we got less than half the money each year than wealthier suburbs four or five miles north of us along lake michigan. think of the impact of pre-k-12, 14 years of education where my kids who are 85% poor, 90% minority got less than half the resources each year of kids in the places. we sued the state. unfortunately, we lost but we have so far to go to get every kid an equal opportunity. i talk about all the time yes, we need to focus on achievement gap, close above the close of a called it opportunity to. >> what does practically lack of equitable funding mean? some argue quote to give local
school district more money to waste. what does it really mean for me superintendent with your experience as an educator, what does it mean for kids in the classroom? >> is very, very simple. if i had in chicago, ballpark numbers, $9000 per pupil and in the suburbs they had 18, $19,000 per pupil, my teachers in chicago made less money than wealthier suburbs. my class size was much larger than we would've liked. our children have less access to her childhood programs. i'm a big believer in extra cricketer sports and art and dance and debate in your book. particular less access to technology is again change. that's so important. less access. go right down the line. the kids in our nation needs a most wanted inner-city urban which is our background or whether it's a rural or remote our native american reservations, our kids who need the most often get the least.
that is fundamentally unfair and is un-american. [applause] >> how do you feel about the experiments with longer school days, longer school years? what is your view speak with usually some adults each year in kids throw tomatoes at me but i think if we are trying to close gaps, trying to help kids who are not born with a silver spoon in the mouth be more successful, it takes more time. you have to work harder. you are very basic social. i don't think you have to or you are and continue to succeed by networking are. i don't know anyone who successfully doesn't work hard. is most kids are going to school six hours a day five days a week, nine months out of the year, that works well for some kids but other kids may need eight or nine hours a day. might need saturdays. might need some the. this is not just in the classroom abate a chance to study ballet or music order to
debate or robotics or chest recoding. chance to develop your skills. if you are behind you to work harder to catch up. because we don't do enough childhood education, the average child from a disadvantaged community starts kindergarten at five years old a year to 16 months behind. we don't always catch him a. we've got to stop and catch a. we've got to invest early with longer days, longer weeks, longer years i think are so important. i think our school should be community center. we have 100,000 schools and our nation. white, black, latino. they have classrooms, gyms, libraries, computer labs. they don't belong to me or to the principal or the unit. they belong to the committee. wide we shut these down at with reaction doesn't make sense. they should be up to 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. bringing churches, nonprofits, social services
agencies, then run programs afterschool. [applause] >> we had one of 50 program centers like this, not to serving children with her family. when ya gsd and esl and family counseling and food banks. when families are living together, thus get it going to do just fine. went to think differently about our schools. spent we will cheer you on that because we believe that, right urban league? [applause] >> what message should urban leaguers have for one governors and local school superintendents? and what message should urban leaguers have and what should they demand from those that want to be president of the united states? >> you have a few potential presidential candidates coming in friday, right? i wish i could stay. so let me be very, very clear. i'm passionate about this and i'm a proud democrat i could care less, republican, democrat, education should be the ultimate bipartisan issue.
[applause] and what we don't have in this country is politicians on education who walk the walk. they all talk the talk. i've never met him at the education politician. i've never met a politician who didn't like the photo ops with kids and hugged babies and kiss babies. here's what i would ask you and the urban league to ask every candidate. what is your goal for access to early childhood education? don't say you are for it. what is your concrete goal for what percent the kitchen of access and how frequent to get there? what is your goal for the nation's high school graduation rate? over black student graduation rates? wants to go for dropout? over four years you want to go from where to where? and what is your strategy to get there? what is your strategy to increase not just college enrollment but college completion rates? you have to get past talking points, soundbites,
pro-education. but if you ask concretely k-12 outcomes, higher education outcomes, what are your goals and what are your strategies? i think that would change the conversation. every politician is coming here, they don't want your vote. they need your support. they can't get elected without you. i don't blame the politicians. eyeblink us as voters. we can get a pass. that's on is -- that's on us. the last thing i will say the last president debate in 2012 i was really, really sad. education was barely mentioned, barely a topic. they talked about what people vote on. i don't blame the folks who put together the presidential debate. it's on us as voters to demand that folks take this too seriously. i think you have an amazing opportunity to start to set the national conversation tomorrow. the more you can challenge people to be concrete, that i
think is a huge, huge deal. republican/democrat, doesn't matter. >> historical black colleges and universities. how many hbc grads in the audience? [applause] >> talk about the administration's progress, strategies and challenges in trying to lift up our hbcu. many are struggling. many have a set of challenges that are specific to hbc. what you done? we need to do more. we needed hbcus not just to hbcus not just to survive but bt to thrive good for. want to ever talk about is i worry that the baby boomer generation moves towards retirement or teachers will need about 1 million new teachers. i want our teachers to reflect the great diversity of our nation's students. there's a growing imbalance between what students look like and what are educators look like. hbcu's reduce about half, 50%
over black teachers. for a whole host of reasons, we need the pipeline of talent coming in. the increase in pell grants and other things we've done have provided some support but there's a long way to go. the president has put his plan to make community colleges free. we need to move as a nation from a k-12 system to a pre-k-14 system. part of the american college promise bill introduced would bring about another billion dollars to hbcu's and other minority starting institutions as part of the pipeline. rather than instrumental, this is the huge boost. this bill has been introduced bobby scott and house, senator baldwin in the senate. america's college promise to the president talked about in his state of you. legislation has been introduced. we need more of our friends, border if that were to pass not only would it make community colleges free it would be a massive investment in hbcu's but
in all minority institutions spent you play tabasco with the president. can you sing like the president? [laughter] >> advising everybody will lea leave. >> ladies and gentlemen, please thank the secretary of education arne duncan. thank you for your insight and clarity. we appreciate your efforts. we appreciate your hard work the we appreciate the commitment. give the president our best. >> thank you so much for having me. [applause] ♪ ♪ >> theladies and gentlemen, we e ready for the discussion from voices of a new generation. please welcome the moderator for this panel, author and global tv show host back at the urban league one more time, shannon
lanier. [applause] >> all right. good morning, everyone. how are we doing? are we awake? , on. are we awake out of there? how are you all doing this morning? we are alive and feeling good. you have your health and hope you're taking notes because there's a lot of -- henri duncan giving the call to action or hope you're taking heed and paying attention. we want you to focus on social become get involved and continue after this conference is over. i can would like to thank you for joining us today. we want to get right down to business by first welcoming our panel will be weighing in on today's topic of who will comprise the next generation of leadership in the urban community. first of honor than we have jenny ingram, national exec director for the national action network. -- janaye ingram.
[applause] >> brandi richard, president of the national urban league young professionals and is also a national urban league trustee. kevin hooks, president and ceo of the las vegas urban league. [applause] reverend tony lee, convener for the black men and boys initiative national coalition of black civic participation. andra gillespie, henry university. -- emory university. maya wiley, counsel to the mayor of new york city, also the founder and former president of the center for social inclusion. [applause] >> and before you go any further i would like to take just a quick -- they have that music playing but a quick moment of
silence for all those innocent men and women of color who've lost their lives to unnecessarily to the injustices we're facing in our communities. sandra blanton, samuel debose, walter scott, freddie gray, trayvon martin, mike brown and emanuel nine in south carolina, and the list goes on and on and on, continues to grow. i know there are many issues facing our urban communities right now and it's hard to ignore one of the most glaring concerns out there so let's start with one of the things that's been in hashtag black lives matter. spoke to the mic but i will walk over there. i will ask you to answer and walk over there. it seemed like i will start with janaye that we are still fighting some of the injustices we fought during the civil rights movement, but do you think that it was easier to
galvanize around one person or later because it seemed like there were less people leading that fight as opposed to know when there are many trying to fight that fight? how do you think the new dynamic of so many people trying to get their hands on and help is affecting or hurting or helping our cause speak with i think that's a great question. as you joined us. good morning, national urban league. i'm so excited to be here. i think that's a great question in terms of leadership but i would challenge that were as many people leading 10,000 are now. in a lot of ways, now we are in this moment would look back and we reflect to think of probably three liters. but they were just as many later than as that are now. you had so many people who are leading different efforts relating different movements. you have different movements. been a people who are not necessarily leading an organization but who are doing the work on the ground. i think the same thing now that
i don't really see a difference in the. i think now we are able to see it listed in real-time. so we see so many leaders and so many movements embassy organizations and we see people who are not affiliated with organizations who are just doing the work on the ground. it's the same thing. >> you bring up a good point saying we are seeing another i think that's a difference between something people say all this is happening but you guys think this is been happening all along, which is now able to capture because social media, because of cameras? >> yes. [laughter] >> yesterday i posted civil rights movement never into. i think we look at it as now we can have the same public accommodations as anyone else but that was the tip of the iceberg. when we stop looking up all of the issues that they of the issues that they needed to be addressed in gaining equal rights and equity, we sort of lost our focus and lost sight of
what was important and what we're going to be. when i see the i know there are a lot of people who stayed focused. national urban league is one of those organizations that has been there throughout and will continue to be there. nan, where the baby of the civil rights family. we are only 25, we will be 25 next year and we came in at a time when problems a lot of people were not focusing on issues of police brutality and that's a big part of what we started focusing on. >> i want to both acrobat and say the civil rights movement didn't start in the '50s. it started with the abolition of slavery. even when the top of the civil rights movement is delimited. the point about we have been in a struggle for citizenship in this country since the 1600s. and each phase of that changes not based just on leadership because i think the point is we have many, many, many different leaders and we always have. the question is whether or not
that it becomes explosive in the form of a movement, which is a different kind of activity that happens i think what we're seeing with black lives matter is an expression of the level of frustration that has grown over decades because of the actual exclusion of black communities from all forms of opportunity, and most symbolized in the form of a death of innocent black people. >> so what type of leaders who be looking to right now? i know you've studied this in your work. what type of leader should we be looking for, what characteristics should they possess? >> i think it into some of the earlier questions, i think we referred romanticized hollywood type of a version of what the civil rights movement was. a lot of that has to do with how stuff is oversimplified in k-12 education and other types of things. it was all martin luther king and musical the personnel. the truth was it was very.
and/or many leaders. the same thing applies tod. we should be looking for one singular leader or cult of personality is going to take many different types of leaders. that are as many different experiences of blackness thousand are black people in the united states. a lot of those different perspectives have to be brought to the table and you can't expect one organization to be the be all and end all of that. one of the things people have critiqued a separate movement is that it was actually very middle-class base movement. one of the things about black lives matter is that social media has help democratize the movement more so you have younger people who are involved the same way people involved in snake in the 1960 but more class diversity because people have greater access to social media and ways that may not have previously existed i think they're still probably in tennessee toward more middle-class policy initiatives
but now there are ways to circumvent that that have not existed before. thing that's interesting about that is when i teach my unit on civil rights in my class we go through why the 1950s, why does it explode at that point. people are mad, and much more compelling three for me is this idea that show the right social, political and economic conditions, together at the same time. part of that is social media as a new form of communication which would've been the equivalent of the phone tree in the 1950s. you have a political moment where people feel empowered because there's an african-american president. while we've had economic dislocation there is also in places opportunity when people can see that maybe we can effect change. if people are really, really discouraged and downtrodden, they were usually keep quiet. when you feel there's an opening, a path for breakthrough they will make a wider hole and
try to push through and make something happen. i think we should be encouraged by that. >> kevin, to seem like social media as a new march on washington. what other ways would you see, with your work without urban league, which help encourage other people to also get involved besides the social media? >> i think information, especially recognizing this of rights movement, something we can borrow from today. you have to realize during the height of the civil rights movement over four and a half year period it was 329 uprising and 257 cities. all that was led by young people who wanted to make a difference in their local community. in your local market recognizes the change that we are experiencing and the change we seek will only happen if leaders and local areas decided take up the cause and recognize that in all of the civil rights era, there was never a messianic leader, even though dr. king is
sort of hailed as the individual and we think a. the truth about is the reason people just like everyone in this audience who are taking up the leadership in the local communities and effecting change. >> historically will look back and know who those people are. right now as we're in it, we're not paying attention to some of those names necessarily. so that people prefer to be nameless because they're not concerned with getting the credit. they're concerned about seeing something happen. one thing i would point out is the fact that beyond reconstruction we had lynchings in this country that impacted our folks every four days, and black person would die as a result of a lynching. so now what we're seeing on television via media, news, what have you are stories that have been buried people have been dying in this country but we did know because we don't made three or four newspapers the we just watch good morning america and we're laughing and talking about or else they are doing. i think it's really important
that being fat and knowing that it exists is what catalyzes people to move and to do something. now you see someone from your community that is dying every day. we bought the type of individual leadership. i think this generation is so over it. and we are called the microwave generation. we say we are impatient. we are impatient because our generation they did with it. our moms generation, our grandparents generation dealt with and we believe we can make a change. >> i know you do work with young professionals and reach over 2 million young professionals. what are they saying about what's going on in our communities? do they think there is a later they are following right now? >> they are following themselves. they are following themselves and following themselves because they have ideas about how they can uniquely impact of the situation which i think is the
main thing. the work we do in national urban league and with the national urban league professionals is inform a policy agenda, and it's a robust aussie agent and includes us. so we can use that information to be able to push for advocate change and things of that nature but individually when we go home and we see a protest on twitter, we just get up and go and walk around the community. i met a young lady recently who's been doing great work in baltimore and there is a pocket of individuals who are being affected by the slings of young black men and women in our communities and we don't even touch the with young professionals. we are the young professionals and then there's the folks in the community that our family members and things. there's an opportunity for us like this young lady does. she goes back into the committee and has porch conversations with people about how they can actually make change in their communities. that's what's going to be necessary in order to bring all of us together to make a change.
>> that's a great pointer i want to add in, think of senator blanche. adam bland with someone who wasn't activist. would any of us in the sand a glancing in the sand a glancing at you not interested at all but died in a jail? she wasn't activist in her own rights using the avenues and the tools that she had to speak out on issues that matter most to this generation to much to branches point a lot of it is happening individually with people just using their voices in whatever way they can whether it's through socially, this going door-to-door, touching off a young people. but i think a lot of what's happening is happening on individual basis. we find inspiration and other leaders but it's not that we are following a leader spent sandra plan was just one business alone driven five women who have died in june. user headway but i do want to have a son because going to fix all these problems. now i have to worry about it for my daughter's as well.
a lot of times in my mother's generation they would run to the church as a place to find those next steps. reverend lee, how relevant is the black church in how they didn't involve? >> i think the black church is extremely relevant. i think the challenge is a black church is its worst pr firm. that people don't know what the church is doing. and people assume what happens is that they were not because we're so tv driven, when you look at tv you look at the megachurches on tv and using that's what the church is doing. and so, therefore, you don't see a lot of social justice. you don't see a lot of folks standing up on tv and so you say the church isn't doing anything. will do what our enemies are attacking. the young men decide to go into my folks, where did he go? to the church. when folks are burning of churches, what are they burning? the churches. when the gentleman did the horrible or horrific killing of
muslim men in the church, you all of a sudden heard the name of clement to paint me, the pastor he had been doing amazing work. parts of state budgets of the church had a history of social justice an that went back all te way to denmark but no one would have known that. no would've talked about that just unknown brother the unknown church has been doing great work but just like you'll said about the folks you at all these people who are going to work but no one really knows about it because they are not huge major names and to have that platform. i would say the church is too extreme relevant educational but when enemies are attacking spent some argued he was the target because all the work is to them because you've been so vocal at that point or i'm sure a lot of people, maybe i'm wrong, arguing to give their life for this fight? >> i think the short answer is yes, because we've seen people give lives to this fight.
sitting here in the role of an appointed government official a want ad one thread to connect is because something else is different now. get started in 2008 and that's the outside more progressive elected leadership that does actually create a different relationship with committee. i say that because you may not know this but i married wyatt earp until he went it is a big secret. one of the things he has done is he said, he sent three very critical things that aren't gang changer in new york but also organized around cities nationally which is one to have have a different relationship with community so it actually equipped to clergy council. there's very few times that are issues that happen in europe see what he does not deploy every last one of us to a church. so to the point of irrelevance
of community, including when we can figure out have a different relationship between community and the police department. secondly, he is focusing keeping on how we create more youth engagement in the city. nenew york city is 67% people of color. and has done so things to create opportunities for youth to telegraph that what you then need and create more services for youth. the third is been going to talk about race. i think that is a fundamentally different kind of leadership we have elected leadership that is going to talk about race and we have someone to stand up and say, i've had to give my son the talk and my daughter to talk. that's a very different kind of public dialogue we have elected leadership that does that. the one thing we should not lose sight of is demographically 21% of eligible voters are between the ages of 18-29 in this country. that was part of equation for barack obama in 2008.
i said eligible, not participated as we know, by the way 15% of them are black. the second largest demographic of that pool. and as we know one of the major attacks we are facing state-by-state is on the ability for folks to vote once again put in a different form. i think of something that needs our attention if we're going to think about some party collections for hope and success. >> there are some issues that need our attention, injustices in the education system and the jail system and schools, careers. should we be focusing on one issue at a time and attacking that with all of our energy or should we simultaneously be hitting on these issues at the same can't? >> i think we can operate on the we can walk and chew gum at the same type principle. instead, before. during the '50s and '60s people focus on a couple of main issues, access to public
accommodations, franchise, ending jim crow formally. because those are easy targets, low-hanging fruit. that phase became a victim of its own success because nationally people thought blacks got everything they wanted we are still fighting that battle today because people refuse to see the racism that exists in american society. you got the voting rights act, shelby county notwithstanding, and you got civil rights act. so people don't want to see the nuances of racism. even in the 1980s when people are talking about sanctions against south africa, people were lik like you should be focd on problems domestically. we can do many things. people are naturally inclined to that certain causes that they care about. people will naturally focus more attention on some things that others. what you care about most may not be what i care about most. i think we should encourage people to really take up the
passionate cause and not turn their noses up when someone else is doing something else because we can cover everything through specialization. so many times we focus on having to be unified that we forget there are all kinds of problems. we talk about the issues it is amazing when i look at the gary indian agenda from the 1970s and a look at what has not been achieved on that agenda and is most of it. whatever finish a book on race, i went back and read part of the kerner commission port and one of us just a description than just a description and the kerner commission report from the 1960s i might as well be reading "the new york times" today. it's funny, there's a part where kenneth clark, the first accredited the test that helps brown v. board of education, he says in the kerner commission report he's reading sort of accountable tap in the 1950s a place like wants and no ticket
would. this sounds like stuff i used to read about in the 1920s. it's funny, i think people need to know, the struggle continues and issues are still missing. we're still fighting some of the same battles. we have to forget what is the right way to tackle these problems so that 30 years from now something hasn't erupted again and people are like that sound similar to what happened in 2014 and 2015. we have to figure out how to end that cycle and what that means is that to be historically grounded and think about context and what works and what didn't work so we don't repeat the same mistakes in the future but we need a broad-based because a lot of this stuff tends to be multipronged in terms of the source of the problem. you've got to do it all. >> as we are looking for this new leadership, where should i start, in the home, the schools, the church's? >> to the point of all issues all the time, i used to tell people you have to be focused
everywhere because we're losing on all fronts. that i things we should be doing but as you look at our history as a historical perspective, reconstruction, we didn't do that right. in the united states we didn't really fix the problem of people looking at african-americans as of the same. we continue to have that problem and i don't care if it's a policing. i don't care if it's your job. summit isn't getting an opportunity, we are still having problems with this concept of black people not being as good as or not being able to sit at the same table. until we deal with that we will continue to have all these issues in various spaces. we never great mayor who is willing to everyone at the table but we have a lot of elected officials that the whole cabinet and the people walk around and look exactly like them. what is that about? we really going to have to tackle race so that we can have the important conversations about everything else, health
disparity, wealth disparities. the fact the reason we don't have wealth has to do with what's happened since reconstruction and the fact when we want to go buy houses they could not but houses in certain areas. we could not have the values of our homes appreciated same rate as other people in this country, and so before we can really tackle issues, someone needs to be able to look at me as a black woman and see me for who i am, and that what they assume that again. when that happens then we can deal with everything else. >> i would just say what strikes me as odd is after 244 years of slavery, after 79 years of jim and jane crow, after 40 years of building a presidential complex, the war on drugs, we are still having the same conversations about leadership, same conversations about the needs and how we solve these problems. one of the titles that i own as
ceo of the las vegas urban league is chief solution is. i don't allow my conduct a conversation about a problem unless it comes with a solution. the truth is this, 5 50 years fm now we will still be having the same conversation unless we decide that we're going to solve the problems for ourselves. what that means is we will have leaders that are focused on different subject matters that are important to us to solve the problem but we will stop looking outward to the solution. the solution is with an uzbek each and every one of us can solve these problems. until we pulled out we're going to have the same discussions and frank i get tired of them. i get tired of having the same discussion over and over again knowing that 50 years ago we were marching pashtun marching for jobs and just at the end we just did it again. >> can i say one word we have is said, i think solutions is an important friend is the one
thing we haven't said its strategy. there's not one front. they are multiple fronts, have to fight them all. what we have also seen throughout the years because we shouldn't talk as if we haven't made any progress because that would simply also not be true. we haven't solved the problems but we have made progress. is demented the line enough so that we come together on strategy. at the right time. martin luther king was not the whole movement but he was a consummate strategist. he was not the only one to barack obama has been a consummate strategist. one form of leadership that we should not forget is the leadership strategy. spirit also in focus and strategy we have to do with our own issues of communication, especially some of the generation communication issues we are having right now. and what it means to be talking from, i'm laughing because i always end up on the new voice of the youth drama but i'm 47.
[laughter] so i'm just like will, you all are putting me there, keep me from my midlife crisis a little bit more. i'm still young. i've still got it. but it is th there is the need a stable to discover she process with the younger generation -- communication process. right now labor going to do what the heck on her own and that's a wonderful thing and that ferber is wonderful but there's some stuff they can learn from the old school. there are some places at the table they can get yo to from te old school. there are some lessons that old school that they don't have to learn if we would just have some conversations but that has to do with ego, issues of humility, deal with issues of platform, deal with issues of i'm going to let some stuff go, at least let
these young katz know there's room for them and i don't have to see that as a threat to me, and what i'm doing but we are all about the same kind of thing. you're going to have to grapple with some of the stuff as well it we are truly going to be effective, and not just for generations to put the class stuff. we are going to to deal with some of our own 50 shades of bald and stuff. we're going to have to work through some of these conversational interpersonal issues so that we can actually be able to do the strategy and work to the solutions because we are not been able to any of it if we are not talking to each other. [applause] >> we want to have an opportunity for you all to end on solutions and strategies and resources but first we want to take to questions from the audience. we have a microphone right here and a microphone in the first
pile over there. while we are waiting, i know in your work with the school and emory, yesterday a lot of this thought of a postracial society adjuvanted this. is a postracial society possible? >> in theory it's possible. >> will that ever happen on earth? >> i don't want to sound pessimistic and say that will not happen in my lifetime but i think we need to be prepared we may be setting this up for future generations. first ibooks that have postracial in the top and that's a marketing ploy. i don't believe there's such a thing as post-regulation at least not now and certainly not in 2007 and in 2008. what i was talking about was there's a certain cadre of black leadership have to appear racially -- the question is are the actually willing behind the
scenes to take one for the team, lose an election to take a stand or issues of concern to african-americans. about whether some people are more self interested and our community interests. i think we can have a debate going forward but when people try to present issues of concern to african-americans in broad strokes and broad terms, i'm not talking about the difference between black lives matter versus all lies matter. their critique is out there that blacks are targeted companies what to do with to win statewide caucuses, national officer, to nominate presidential campaign was in a good bit of camping weather but in for naacp or urban league president. you've got to have that, taken into account. they have a seat at the table just as much of somebody who is from a local community who is grounded in the community and grabbed a black nationalism
would also have their seat at the table so we can have that dialogue. when we think about what they post racial ideal looks like, if i can as a social scientist look at a black child, a white child, only to jump and an asian child, and control for class and predict that those kids would have the exact same life chances when they are 30 and 60 and 75, that's when i know that we finally postracial. right now if you look at the life expectancy, probability of graduating from high school, probability of going to jail, probability of getting a college degree, those very based on respect and we take less into account, take region into account, and we take parental background into account, all of those things are just black and latina and native american kids are far behind the eight ball in comparison to the white and asian peers. that is because of race and racism. we are not postracial you.
just because one black man got elected president doesn't mean anything happen. you notice there were only two innocent. you notice we don't have a black governor right now. there's lots of other places we don't see that parity and representation. we will have to work for that and work for the time of black people are not disproportionate pulled over by the cops and killed and being bored educated and poorly fed and poorly getting health care treatment and other types of things. >> we stock a long way to go. we have a few questions. you have to do a fine around to ask the question one person on the panel can answer, then go to the next person so we can wrap up soon. >> good morning. i am from broward county floated my question is targeted a minute because i do understand black lives matter but i'm also asking is this what in america everyone is at african-american i happen to be from haiti. a lot of people that are
caribbean, we all one brown, black folks, right was unkind to fight out what is this is can be given or have you heard was going to dominican republic in terms of all the destructions on people of haitian dissent that are being, folks being reallocated, want to be deported and about a million of them will be deported back to haiti because they don't want to -- after exploiting as taking everything we've got, what can be done? >> i think this is an accredited important point because even what is blackness is, as the demographics of the country changed, it's to the blackness is complex because we come from, there's an african diaspora. i think this is incredibly important from a security perspective is how we understand our different experiences with the shared problems and how we
figure out the strategic alignment whereby we are supporting multiple struggles of people in the diaspora that fundamentally focuses on, who we include here in the united states and how we include them. one of the things we've done is very vocal in public about the fact we think there is too much racism happening in the way haitians are being treated both in the dominican republic and what it means for national policy and for immigration policy. and how we create policies that demonstrate we will be a welcoming place like creating municipal id card that you can get what he of citizenship, legal citizenship or not they can get the benefits of services and programs from government and not profit institutions. so those are the kinds of things i think are credible spent the other thing important for us to always remember the struggle for
racial justice has always been a global struggle. i think probably in an american context we are used to thinking domestically. our educational system doesn't always emphasize nothing such as pan africanism so innocent is such a thing as global blackness. ethnicity matters within the city of african-americans as of other groups. for people to latina studies that are used to look at ethnic pashtun sub ethnicities. spirit they are telling where time for one more question spent on representing buffalo the unprofessional. there are tensions between the black church and different variations of blackness presently. most of this is because we are not seeing in our local communities a lot of black church leaders standing up on these issues, and sometimes it
comes from a very, seems to come from a one-sided space in terms of gender and class and sexuality and spirituality on all that. how can we as young professionals engage our local black churches and share with them our concerns in a way that's not funny respectful but in ways that can help us to work together in the terms of so that we can still asian people see them as on the ground and fighting this fight. >> i think for a couple of issues you're having to deal with in that. one of the greater challenges even in the black church budgets get not just in the black church, mainstream church, mainstream corporations, is what the children of the baby boomers have done force. because the great influx of baby boomers there's a logjam.
usually does this kind of cyclical kind of handing over of leadership that can put the younger crew in leadership organization for leadership so they can a better conversations with younger generations. that's not necessarily has happen just because someone worse, because the economy, what the heck, and folks can even retire. those kinds of pieces, one. what i believe needs to happen is a couple of pieces. there are some respectful conversations that can happen and there are some conversations that can be respectful but with fire that need to happen. no, that's the truth. there are some conversations, because it's your church, too. and i'm in the church, you know, universal, church global companies your church as well. so, therefore, there is a need for younger generation to step up and say no, this is mine,
too. so there's a need for this church to be relevant to all of our needs. there's a need for this church to be relevant to the needs -- there's no way in the world of folks can be getting killed in our communities and you announcing anything about and all you're doing is shouting on sundays. you can't shut on sundays and be getting shot monday through saturday's because that's just not going to be acceptable, that we're going to need you to be able to deal with the issues that we did with in this community. i think the pressure needs to happen. i think you are seeing if not just in the church. even if you look at black lives matter, black lives matter has put pressure on everybody up te chain. these young folks have put pressure on more traditional civil rights organizations. they have put pressure on everybody, on elected officials, to say no, you are going to do with some of the stuff because this is some a separate it was. so the same thing needs to
happen at the church but it can happen in the church not in a way that is saying we can't stand you but saying no, this is our church, too. and because it's our church, too, then it needs to do with and represent us and deal with the issues that we are going through. >> if i could just add -- >> no, you can get we are out of time. i will give a chance to speak to each other about 20 seconds to give any solutions, strategies or resources you'd like to offer our audience to please try to keep it concise because we got to move for time spent so you start with me. solutions, i do think that some of solutions that were presented are viable. but we do need healing. i think that's something we haven't talked about, healing and therapy as a community. because there are so many comments that have been passed on and on and on through the generations that we haven't completely healed from.
that's not rude all i wanted to say but i know we're short on time and i think you. >> brandie? >> i think it's important we have those intergenerational conversations if they are candid and real and that we stop relying on the fact that we have made progress and we should talk about the fact that although we have made progress, there are serious deals that we need to address every day because sometimes we are a little too complacent in fat but it's better. welcome folks still dying. so hashtag we have now, -- please join the movement. we have young professionals all over this event and they are willing to embrace you and to help you do advocacy work as well as this national urban league agenda and our move forward. >> thank you. kevin? >> i would say the real solution is to get up and do something. get involved. i just complete a program called the presidential leadership scholars program and it's a
program put on by president clinton and president bush to identify the next generation of leaders to help solve the problems we're facing. i would encourage each and every one of you to apply to programs like that. go to residential leader scholarship.org or any other local bishop program, and get involved but don't just focus only on things that are familiar and comfortable to you. you have to make yourself a little bit uncomfortable at the walking area is where your nose to -- a walking area is were you are not used to walking. >> we have to make sure policy stays on the table. i work with coalition of black civic participation, held a black men and boys then he'll. took about 200 brothers, but not just the kind of usual suspects that we see at these pieces but regular brothers. some brothers who didn't have
degrees, just the range of brothers but we trained him about what it meant. we trained them on issues, on policy and trained, wasn't it is a hill at the conducive with senators and congresspeople to deal with the issues that we have come even as we are protesting in pushing the agenda, that we have to be trained to jump brothers and sisters on how to engage with the other area of the gang, the other a strategy which is poli policy. >> i think i want to take an old school thing and make a new. we need to freedom schools. i think these are important because there's a lot of history that people don't know and has been transmitted across generations. now is the time to do that because people built upon the historical lessons to what they see at the present to get its teaching people how to be consumers of news make sure you are a regular consumer of news. part of that history is understanding to the church question, that churches have got involved in the civil rights
movement, oftentimes people and the lady who were convincing pastors that needed to take a stand on issues. it's infiltrating and making the leaders accountable to take public stands on the issues. once phenolic stars and once people are aware in a common sort of framework talk about racism and structural racism and what any quality looks like, that will help clarify which issues need to be targeted first strategically and inspire people about how to generate ideas to create the solutions needed to solve these problems. >> and last but not least. >> ditto, ditto. voting, voting, voting. those are my three solutions. [applause] >> a very concise. and also want to make sure you try to follow all of that and the organization of social media. that's one way to continue getting it all.
you have all the statistics behind the state of black black america report that they national urban league put out flex your rights.org your all resources to use. so again please give a round of applause for our amazing panel. we could sit and talk for hours with them today. [applause] >> more now with reverend al sharpton discussing police the, billy, criminal justice, voting rights and the 2016 election. >> our first speaker actually needs no introduction whatsoever. he is known around the world and throughout the nation as an irrepressible force against injustice of any kind, the of
social, political or racial. if there is a cost to be championed, he is unafraid to bring to the forefront our fight to what is right. he is a good friend, his organization the national action network and the national urban league have worked collaboratively on many, many things together. as i said last night that are tree shakers and there are jelly makers but the reverend al shutdown is a tree shakers ladies and gentlemen, please greet and welcome back to the national urban league the founder and president of the national action network reverend al sharpton. [applause] ♪ ♪ >> thank you. first of all, good afternoon to the national urban league. >> good afternoon. >> i'm honored and happy to be
here with my friend and colleague, the president of the national urban league, marc morial, who is in a great job in leading this organization and leading us around this country for the last decade or more in this capacity. in even before that as mayor of new orleans. give him a big and. marc morial. [applause] as we meet at the convention of this year, we need to be clear that we are facing a dilemma that we have not seen in decades. we are at the crossroads of real decisions that will impact and effect where this country and our community is going for the next half century. you will hear tomorrow from some candidates for president, and it
reduced so far this presidential race to the beauty contest and a soundbite contest. and not really gotten deeply into the issues that affect our communities. we are right now this week remembering 50 years ago when lyndon johnson signed for medicare, signed the medicare bill. next week, 50 years since he signed the voting rights act. what no one is discussing that if the wrong person with the wrong politics, no matter what party, gets into the white house, who they will appoint to the supreme court made and what we've had for the last half century. there are cases of affirmative action, voting rights, women's
rights, and other vital issues that will go in front of the supreme court. so this is not about who is ahead in the polls. this is about who is going to stand for the things that they national urban league and the civil rights community forced into a long a half a century ago. all of that is at stake in this election. we need more than a smile and a wave from the candidates. we need firm commitments and firm plans on what they're going to do about unemployment disproportionally in our community. what about income inequality? yes, but then you have income inequality and then you have to double that in our community, because all unequal people in this country are not equally unequal.
[applause] many in the progressive community have not addressed the racism involved in the economic order. then we've got to do with education and the criminal justice system. just this morning charging a university of cincinnati policeman for murder. just a few weeks ago we dealt by the hundreds with a year since eric garner was choked to death by new york city policeman on video and still nothing has happened in the justice system to bring that cop to justice. ..
turn around but he has began. we do not intend that when the black family leave the white house that black concerns me is with them. so it is not enough for them to give us their speech, the best lines not only here but everywhere. we want some direct substantive issues. the bar is higher than it's ever been before. we want to hear the real deal. we have become adjusted to the white house dealing with things like trade - martin and you
cannot tell us on the presidential level you can't deal. that model has been changed and we won't let it be changed again back to where we lose and where we do not continue a forward and progressive trend. because we have a hard road in the political arena we have to bear down even more as the naacp and all of us have partnered in the private sector and tell them that you have got to invest in the communities that make you money and deal with jobs and training and procurement and contracts. it's not about civil rights organizations shaking you down.
if you sell us your product and our kids can't get jobs in our cousins can't get contracts and our lawyers can't get contracts on and our accountants can stop the beat could get contracts we are going to stop the shakedown of the private sector of black america. we will do business with those that do business with us. or are we going to stop doing business? [applause] last must make alliances with all of those that are willing and demonstrating the ability to work shoulder to shoulder for our empowerment and equality along with theirs. there's an there is an argument about who suffers the most. whether it is us or women or
gays or latinos. if you are in a hospital you do not lay in bed comparing pain. you all try to get well together and demand the best health care and the best medical attention. we are not trying to compare who hurts the most. we are trying to find how to get well together and fight together and get the proper attention. [applause] so the task is clear those that have led to this organization will either record that we are the generation that fumbles the ball and dropped it and we lost the games of 50 years ago because we were too busy being entertained, humored, backbiting
deciding who will be out front rather than what we are in front of him. who is going to have the baton and the parade isn't going anywhere. cares who has a baton that is as much back words that it is time to march forward. it's time to keep the agenda going straight. this is our time. this is the beginning of an era where the first wife will replace the first black president. we have to make sure that they understand that president obama is going home. we are not going anywhere. thank you and god bless you. [applause] ♪ >> and other front-line soldier recognizes one of the hardest working leaders in the social justice in the civil rights movement is none other than melanie campbell, president and
ceo of the national coalition on black civic participation and the convener of the black women's roundtable. she has the ability to build powerful coalitions that bring people together for the common good. and she's got more than 20 plus years of fighting for civil use and women's rights. she is a true friend, she is a partner, she is an advocate, a friend of the national urban league. ladies and gentlemen, melanie campbell. [applause] good afternoon. good afternoon urban league. i'm always honored to join you and your president and ceo my friend and brother from another
mother. our freedom fighter for justice, and this year i am so honored to have my mom who is 86 years young here with me today. isaac campbell junior and my colleague if they would stop and stand. [applause] lady in red. i'm a native floridian and i always talk about my great home in florida. so i also want to welcome all of you here to my home state in florida. urban league we are one week away from the 50th anniversary of the signing of the voting rights act.
it was signed into law by president lyndon johnson on august 61965. congress later amended the act five times to expand its protection. it's always done it in a bipartisan manner. two years ago the u.s. supreme court gutted the mall in the name of so-called states rights by striking down section four of the nearly impossible for the u.s. justice department to do its job to protect our voting rights. last month a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by democrats introduced legislation to remedy the supreme court action and introduced the voting rights advancement act. in the meantime, dozens of states have created barriers such as aggressive i.e. laws and in some cases restricted access to actual polling places.
this is outrageous. so, now is the time for you and i to act by contacting the congressional representatives in the house and demanding that they hold a hearing on voting rights in order to pass the advancement act. we need this new act to protect the voting rights in time for the 2016 presidential election. i know your theme for this year's conference is to save our city. education, jobs and justice. if we want to save our city, we need to protect our vote. we know that we have living proof the votes do count less we forget the black turnover though it was the president obama being elected in 2008 and 2012 to be
the first african-american president in the united states. lest we forget in 2012 black voters passed the rate of white voters for the first time in history and black women, sisters, we are the secret leading the way for the black vote. [applause] and young black women live the way in 2012 so the roundtable is organizing the power in the sister vote campaign and black voter alliance and partnership with the national urban league and others because we all know if sisters vote and black youth vote, great things happen. lest we forget that if we want quality education for our children, we need a strong voting rights act to protect the vote. lest we forget if we want quality jobs to end high like unemployment, we need a strong voting rights act to protect the
votes. lest we forget if we believe that black lives matter and we want to end the killing of our young black men and women and children by law enforcement we need a strong voting rights act to protect our vote. so you will know how i am. please stand up and repeat after me. now is the time for action. we can't allow anyone to block us from voting, and not on our watch. say that again, not on our watch. we won't go back. now is the time to move forward,
to protect the right to vote. speeches won't do it, hash tag won't do it alone. but voting our power will do it. thank you. [applause] we are glad to have you on our side. now the moderator for today's plenary session also needs no introduction. he is active on social media and he's the host and managing editor of the news one now.
entertainment, sports and culture. ladies and gentlemen, roland martin. [applause] how are we doing. how are we doing? i just got off the plane i'm here to a resident of light to la but that's how we do it. if you're not from houston you don't get a shout out. [laughter] our panel is going to have two set the ground rules.
i didn't have time to regurgitate the problem. the panel is talking about solutions and talking about what we need to achieve and how we are going to achieve some of these issues and more importantly how we come together next year and we should be able to look at and say this is what was accomplished as opposed to having the same conversation year after year. that is of interest to me whatsoever so let's get right to it. he is a newly elected president of the national bar association, the principal from loc. [applause] >> next michael mcmillan president and ceo of the urban league of metropolis in st. louis. [applause] care in three minutes the mayor in gary indiana. [applause] last but not least, john all at
baltimore l. and - maryland. if you are on to better use the hash tag save our cities. i want to get right into it. they are talking about the accountability and also voting. so i want to deal with voting and get right to accountability and criminal justice reform. we start yesterday indicted by a murder for killing someone. remember the rise in 2001 or the uprising in 2001 many folks forget that 15 black men were killed in cincinnati. you heard the prosecutor say without a body cameras, we will not be having that conversation. he will not have been indicted and so we want to start with you
in your city do your police officers have body cameras and is very tried to make sure every law enforcement agency has body cameras protect them and the public? >> the first thing is we are starting a trial but i want to disabuse us of the notion that body cameras are the be-all and end-all. eat eats a piece of technology that can be used but you have to draw back recruitment and make sure the right people are on and make sure you deal with the disciplinary issue and deal with how you train police officers to be escalated situations and look at individuals that are being stopped as human beings. >> that the reason i want to start with the cameras because there is so much attention placed on it and because that is something for the folks sitting here when they go back home they
have to be something if they are pushing and driving. we've seen it in los angeles and houston. what is the trial? how many officers described the trial in the city? >> we are looking to put body cameras on each police officer on duty. the thing about david cameras is that you can't just put 20 or 30. you have to have the full equipment. you have to be able to store the tapes and do all of that and that is a costly proposition. now the good news is that justice department has put money out that will allow a number of departments to do that. dairy is one of dear e. is one of them is applying to do that but there has to be more. >> it covers 50,000. tim scott is also pushing for
the deal and when we started in baltimore where they actually vetoed a body camera deal it's now back on the supposed by the end of the year that is one of those issues that is part of the accountability that the people can latch onto and when they go back home and say at least the start has happened. >> we were on the panel to explore whether we needed it. an attorney and one of the earlier sessions said if you don't record it, it didn't happen. the first time that a white officer was arrested for killing a black person was the incident with walter scott in north charleston. we are 13% african americans but 37% of those who were killed by the police. think about what would have happened because they had a false report when it came to
walter scott in charleston south carolina. >> it goes back to bite the body cameras are needed and necessary. where would we be or would we know the name of sandra if it were not for the cameras, so they are so critical it is important and so important and so we have to lift up the veil behind the wizard of oz to make the police officers know that they are accountable. >> is a civil rights attorney and the reality is we've now talked in the past eight or nine months and the most consistent thing about the cases all caught on video. so you no longer have a situation where because we know in america the word is always going to run out. the police narrative was in line with what the wall in america
said. i thought that he was reaching for a gun. it was correct. they can't challenge it unless you have overriding evidence to contradict the standard of police narrative. the subject he thought he was in fear so they say they were the most fearful people in america to leave the media so all they have to say is they treat us like men. trayvon they said he looked like a grown grown-up so you have all these men that are dangerous. so they are justified in using deadly force.
there is the narrative over and over again. after i remember you had a cop gets convicted and give the maximum was handcuffed and shackled and the officer kicked her in the female genitals seven times and choked her and she died in their custody and had she not, you would believe that it was just business as usual. but once she died into the video surfaced, it was the video and i think i'm a great lawyer. they didn't charge with manslaughter but that was the first time since that of a convicted of police officer in in california and remember oscar grant at least she got three
years so we are making progress in the video cameras. >> we talk about police accountability and also changing the rules. i want to remind folks that happened in st. louis mainly disturb the context of the ball of energy drinks out of a store, call the police and say she's mainly disturb. when we showed on tv once it literally was 16 seconds of the moments that were opened when the cops arrived. he didn't run after them with a butter knife. he literally stepped like this nine shots fired into the wall in misery had the ability to serve the amount of distance between you and the perpetrator and they can use deadly force which is exactly what happened
but the negative grand jury in the next day. >> that happened just weeks after michael brown was killed. and what it points out to us is the fact that as you we mentioned earlier so often the narrative that comes from the police that does not have a camera associated with have to believe so that's why - >> we saw the incident before and they get killed. >> when they reported to the media turned out not to be the case. as one of the things we also need to add to the equation is an independent monitoring agency on the film that is acquired through the cameras because too often, lives have been told even in st. louis since everything has happened in the past 11 months they say my camera is broken. it's malfunctioned or we don't
have the case. we need an independent entity to be able to prove what has really happened. is there of course useful the independent review board and it was that he recommended the officers be disciplined who were actually buying the weapons and that was the so-called police review board as well. >> the folks here that are working in the individual cities and there are so many things that can be under the banner of the police accountability. if there's one thing that you want to charge them with leaving to fight for and to enact, what would it be? >> the value that you just touched on and going back to a very old model is having police live in the community that they oversee. but we've got to be reminded and i say it over and over again - >> in the community or the city >> if you want to be a cop in the city have to live in the
city. >> about what be a start when you were considered in baltimore over 40% of the offices don't even live in the city and i think that when you have a neighborhood understanding the police officers knew who lived where, these are not the enemy but these are citizens on patrol but we begin working so that is a requirement across the country that number when you have one you have a civilian review board and number two require that officers live in the cities they serve. >> i would say that so often when you have incidents involving the police officers it's reviewed by other police officers to have an independent review either through the prosecutor's office or special prosecutors. it's hopeful and something that's important in the communities but -
>> what happened as we saw last year we had all these folks that were calling for president obama and congress but the reality is the federal government doesn't have jurisdiction to create a special prosecutor to oversee a state case so we fall right now the officer that shot and killed jonathan. the police chief said he was immediately charged with manslaughter and a call for help and they knock on some doors and the cops arrive one officer got three officers on the scene, one by his ten shots. the first grand jury did not invite. been a then the state attorney general took over the case and started on monday. as the one of so one of the things is you have to create
player by executive action where the governor created executive order ordering the independent exam or prosecutor or you have to go to the state to have the law change. i want folks to know the federal government can't do that. it has to be a state change, not a federal change. >> when i was referring to a prosecutor i was talking about it from the state level because as an attorney general i understand in many cases you do have the ability to create that even at the local level, local prosecutors can request a special prosecutors in certain instances so the power is there. it's a matter of pushing for and requesting and insisting. but the other thing is if we treat this as a one fifth problem, then we will consistently - we have to deal with this in a comprehensive
way. it's about race and job formation and education. it's about police accountability and certainly it is about having a multifaceted movement. government, business, because in any city where we've seen problems occur it has been wholly disrupted. so even if you say that you are not moved by compassion, and i think we all should be coming you should be moved by the fact that this business is in that community. >> and the reason is comfy and safe. the reason i'm trying to individually identify things to work on because i think what happens is whenever we have comprehensive conversations, we wait for there to become preemptive bills to say now that we grab the low hanging fruit. >> we have a document. we have this from the u.s. conference of mayors and we just
had a presidential task force that came up and even if you look at the consent degree that have come out of other places that is something that the urban league can pull down off-line and say to the police chiefs and the leadership is our department in alignment? >> we'll focus on the police officer. they are the low man on the totem pole and i say to the urban league out of their we have to look at is the top of the criminal justice system what happens in the court. these secret proceedings where the prosecutor gets grand jury can send 99.9% of the time for everything they want except when
they say we can't get a true bill to invite the officers would have to be grand jury and we have to really look at it and really think about it when they had the 50th anniversary we were talking with the congressman john lewis and the attorney and michael brown and ferguson and they said 50 years ago when were causing the independent bridge it was the police officers and 50 years later they are still doing it and the reason they are allowed to do this because the community stakeholders are allowing them to do it.
if we stop allowing them to do it then it would stop. >> this allows us to go to this whole issue of voting because the connection between how we vote, who we vote for and seeing these changes. i want to go to you first. prosecutors in st. louis. one of the most egregious actions i've seen he's been reelected repeatedly. the governor of missouri, the president praised him for his work afterwards i don't understand why but the point i'm making is i'm being very clear that runs unopposed. the reality is you look in brooklyn at the cop killed in a
dark hallway as a prosecutor. the reason you have more than 30 people that were killed of her or life in prison in texas because craig watkins was the dea african-american who put in place to go back and retest the cases that were controversial. they lost in november and the point where it's what you told folks to say yes you can fight for the changes but if that person isn't doing the job than we are still losing because they are deciding at the end of the day who's going to get invited and who is not. >> we've done a bad job when it comes to voting. when you talk about the democrats in office and what they've done it is verbalize on
a regular basis but when you enter the concrete results you don't see them and it's been disappointing in terms of ferguson when you look at the government itself you have one member of the city council. luckily we've gotten to the point that we have half but it shouldn't have to take such a huge tragedy. in many cases it's been taken to granted and it's to assume that the community is going to vote democratic and some people can come by and to pat us on the head of a two or four or six years and we will be fine and that's no longer should be acceptable. >> you will never get called for jury duty so therefore he will not serve on the jury, and again one of those things folks can work on what the honest how many of you have a summit
[laughter] so i believe again you talk about what can folks do and i believe what the chapter should do is when they go back, figure out creating the campaigns and make it clear serving on a jury is a part of black lives matter. >> that is important. >> you know how heartbreaking it is when you walk in that courtroom and see some black potential jurors and they proceeded to do everything in their power to get out of jury duty and they can make all the difference. >> i have to say this because i
know in a lot of ways, trayvon start of a lot of things coming to light. it's heartbreaking when they are working on a book about trayvon. you all know that they had at least 30% black people they set out sent out to the potential service and about 74% of them came up with reasons why they couldn't serve on jury duty. and just imagine if in the tragic killing you have more people that could understand the best efforts to try to defend the honor and the value the fish out of water experience because they were used to prosecuting them they got out of jury duty.
>> i think that the reverend talked about this and ferguson talking to the group of folks they were mad and upset. are you registered, no. and i thought part of felt part of this issue again goes back to the notion of voting is when you don't know, you don't know and a lot of folks simply don't know the process but i believe that this is where the chapters have to say wait a minute you have to have voted education and put it in a way that says yes maybe they actually serve and we see the stickers that say i voted and served on the jury. >> that's right on point.
the naacp is where i got my start and we began to bring back the voter education and voter registration and get out the vote. we have to remind people why they are voted in the other part that's so necessary that we are not just voting for black faces if they don't have a black agenda and we have to get beyond the symbolic people to say we have a black state attorney were commissioner of baltimore if dc is chocolate city than we are fudged village. so we have the city council, black police commissioner and still don't have black economic development. i think it is going into this presidential cycle we have to ask what it is and you say all the time i've stolen this from you and i give you this credit because you're here.
i think with 17 people running for the republican party i think six now. what are we asking for and i think that going into this we have to go clear on what we are asking and why the urban league is nonpartisan and i want us to be mindful of the fact that about you but kurt elected the presidency twice. if we didn't get out the vote there wouldn't be a black family in the white house and i say that's to say here we are now at the next cycle we are not even being entertained anywhere in the cabinet position. we cannot just give our lunch away without having a mandate and the requirements for what we are looking for. i'm focused on what is tangible and what is real.
you heard the reverend talked about the issue of voting and starting the 800-mile journey for justice i have the ceo run it on the show monday and i said we will arrive in dc september september 15 and the question i have is are we going to drop 500 to a thousand people on capitol hill every day until the reauthorized voting rights act? this is where the organization comes in. and the question i have it i want you to answer you are right that they can be endorsed in issues. do you believe that the individual chapters should be right now asking the question who are the members of congress from our city and area and we are going to hit their
congressional offices every week and demand how they are going to vote because you don't always have to come to dc. you should be making some noise in your respective cities. >> that is the case and i wanted to go back to what the reverend said. >> there's the sororities and the churches. you are involved in actions that may jeopardize the nonprofit set. it's not about who are supporting the candidate. it's about the issues and it should not be just voter registration. you have to get people to purchase a paid.
it's important for the urban league, the naacp, the sororities, fraternities not only to be involved, but not to be run off with the first sign or the first article that says all these nonprofit organizations are engaged in illegal electricity. the spirit i just want to segue into say this is the time that we saw the entertaining cheval of the entities be nonprofit. and i'm afraid our people are catching the spirit of their organization. we are not made any profit. it has to be something that gets us to the place we need to have the freedom to say what we need to say when we need to say it without the fear that we are going to lose corporate sponsorship if in fact it's about the advancement of our people some of that needs to be
put aside and we need to form our own tax and be able to do things that puts us in a different place rather than just a glorified welfare society. >> urban league chapters from virginia, standup. so bob goodlatte. i didn't say sit down. [laughter] bob goodlatte is the chair of the judiciary committee. anything in the voting rights act is going to go through the committee. making in the criminal justice reform goes through his committee. you all should be organized in going to the congressional offices in virginia and making it clear to him every single day hitting him every single weekend saying you need to act. he's from virginia. you all have some homework. you can sit down now.
you want to make a comment? [laughter] you know how we are talking about getting rid of the committee for the 2016 the election people think diametrically opposite of us also getting ready - >> no, no they are not getting ready. they started eight years ago. they are passing all kind of laws to disenfranchise our community to stop the early voting, take the voter id, to put police officers, to intimidate us and to stop us from voting. so at the association we are focused on you're going to challenge them because the fundamental right in america is the right to vote and vote for the prosecutor, but for the
judge. we get confused sometimes in the presidential vote and say that's the most important vote. you go down to the courthouse, the most important vote in many instances you don't even get to the judge. if the prosecutor comes to court if the same offense. and that is all on the prosecutors did you tell me what's more important vote for the could secure toward the president and gore talking about jury duty? the vote on jury duty just one person being in the back room, just one person. but one that has the courage to say i'm going to answer every
question and i'm going to go back in that room and decide the fate of this young black person today makes all the difference in the world because your vote really does count when you are on jury duty. [applause] go ahead. >> i wanted to add one thing. in addition to voting, we need to volunteer as individuals for candidates working for the best interest of the community. [applause] the need to get out in time and make sure we contribute to them because we expect people to run for office and get funded by corporations and unions and then turn right around and tell all the people that donated money to them we are not to be bothered bothered with your interest now and that is living in a fantasy. the reality is people that give large have large contributions to elected officials are always going to have access to those elected officials so we need to contribute and give up your time, talent and treasure so we
can have our own officials to stand for our agenda. >> before we go to q-and-a this is what i'm expecting of the staff send a video of you all protesting and meet with these folks locally. we should be able to utilize the outlets and let me say this here we understand when we look at the national apparatus these are the nationally syndicated morning show was the target of black people. tom joyner, steve harvey, rickey smiley, you along the atoms,
reverend sharpton, i'm leaving out a couple of people, joe madison. all of these shows literally blanket black america so if we are not utilizing our apparatus we are wasting our resources so i expect them to send video outside of the office. the chapter here to understand james sensenbrenner of wisconsin when it comes to the act he said the bill us for almost two and a half years and he only has 14 republicans who signed as co-authors. we have to be applying the pressure to them and going to them. where are you all? she voted for were loretta
lynch, and then when they came in it was like 90 something-years-old so i don't know if he heard me or not i want you to understand i looked at his eyes and i said let it be clear you are not here with our black people because we will lose the tea party present unless a crossover and vote in the republican primary. so i expect you to vote for lynch and he was like i understand. i hear you. you know he voted for loretta lynch. but somebody's going to look at him and say i expect you to vote this way. but if we don't demand him to vote whatever way, he will do what he wants. i want to hear questions and be
concise. i'm going to summarize your question. okay. five people here. nobody else can i get in line. i'm going to start here. go. >> my question is how do we bridge the gap for young people, millennialist to the established organizations such as the naacp, the national urban league that we have here, especially in miami-dade, broward and an estate in florida. >> you can take the question. >> i think that we keep looking for a ceremony where people will just hand over the baton and i think every revolution that is happening in the history of the world young people have always done it and so if they don't pass the torch to make it a pack of matches and i think that if it is up to us to take this movement is taking place right now from ferguson to stanford to
cleveland so you don't need permission. find your own permission slip and just do it. we've learned that you can't wait on them. >> from the historical standpoint they met at the university of that's how they were created. they didn't ask for permission. doctor king wanted to find them and fund them and they said we are going to remain independent so the naacp has a division and urban league young professionals but his point is to start waiting - stop waiting and also mobilize and organize. with the also say this i need you to make this point as well call of the millennialist need to cut out the bs which we don't have leaders. [applause] let me be clear you cannot change a system.
even sncc. >> i'm the president of the young young chapter in oregon and my question for you all is what strategies do you recommend on how we can identify those that don't have our interests to support particular politicians? >> such as? >> publications that may be here tomorrow. >> i can answer it but you go ahead. >> when you look at how they interact in the community its multiple levels. reverend sharpton was here earlier talking about something very significant. we support these major institutions then you see in many cases they don't have members members of the board of directors board of directors or senior executives or managers. they don't have the procurement policy. and they don't have a charitable engagement support with the
african-american community. those are the kind of things we were talking about getting information out dining it to be known in the community so people stop supporting these companies because we give them the same money and they will not turn around and give to us so that's where we need to change the information dialog across the country. >> you can't be satisfied because they gave $50,000 for an event. follow me here. because if you could pay structure of some of your corporate folks, folks are making six or seven figure salaries they have the capacity to be able to give back to the organization to the corporation. it's opposed to the larger tracks. the other piece is here and yesterday praising reverend
jackson for what he's doing in silicon valley. he's literally forcing dramatic change to announce a 300 million-dollar initiative on some of the minorities because of the pressure. at apple they are trying to do the same thing. what they did is they brought a share in each company that's given away to talk to the shareholders meetings. [applause] some of the same things with each of us. part of the deal how we force the change .-full-stop getting happy because they don't table. be more concerned about a number of people that are there and i would say go back april 3, 1968 and listen to the mountaintop speech, not the end for the whole 43 minutes he talked in that speech about economic boycotts. trust me, it's there. >> welcome to fort lauderdale, everyone. the question i want to bring in the conversation there is a huge disconnect not only with
millennialist about the ground of movement and the importance of the local movement and the importance of voting for local elections. after trayvon die to come here comes governor scott again. so how can we not only bridge that gap that currently in the education system, k-12, we don't really have african-american history in such that it leads to jim crow so there is a huge disconnect about the importance of that. so how do we bring that down some? >> i think that it's extremely important that we understand how every office and practice us individually because ultimately, that's what people are motivated by. so you talk about curriculum. who determines the curriculum? it's not really the teacher or even the principal. it's the school board. >> the state school board. >> one of the easiest offices to run in most communities is that
elected school the elected school board position. so, that is something that a millennial could actually run for the young people could galvanize behind and really make a difference because then you're having the conversation from a position of power. >> and third, to say i know how many i need to get. republicans didn't control texas >> if all of the education happens on black history month and i know doctor king instilled our lives we are in trouble. we have to do something all year round instituted in the local
chapters in the black church so that we don't just celebrate in february because in august we are still going to be black. >> i'm going to give you two things. one of them i am a huge believer in. you literally have to charter schools all across the country. the reality is black folks from the originators of school choice. if you go and read the book, 18th 65 to 1930 the actually created a school choice and the reason you have to publicly financed education is because of reconstruction we took the offices and put it in the state constitutions it amazes me how they run around saying we are not down with charters when we could educate our own children and control them ourselves if we fight against our own advancement. that is the most ridiculous thing i've ever been my life at the last is called freedom schools. i'm not asking white folks to educate our kids. all you have to do is go to the
children's defense fund across the country with churches. we did it with jim crow and also used to be called sunday school in some places as well. you can create a freedom school and asked the commission. we have all of these searches. do you have a freedom school cliques can start again tomorrow do you have a freedom school? you do. >> i didn't ask you all to sit down. >> i'm going to pull them over and meet with him and we talked with him about how they ran the freedom school and then you all can start tomorrow. next question. >> i told you we don't have much time. we have a plane to catch.
so much like the lgbtq community in st. louis they have the municipal court reform that addresses the community specifically around the chapter violation to which they get penalized severely. can you identify some other key issues, specific issues that you can share with individuals in this room that would be correct action? because the theme of the support is good but it's so general. >> i would say the piece earlier requiring the law enforcement to live in a community in most states that is a state law. i know in the state of indiana it said that they just have to live a contiguous county. when you get out of gerry at his
rule. so you can imagine what some of the officers think. so, to specifically advocate of the state, local level for officers to be required to live in the communities or at least allah is to be part of the city charge. >> we are running out of time devoted to the question real quick. >> my name is jo allen and i'm a candidate for governor in florida. >> i need you to get to the question. ..