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[inaudible] [inaudible] >> we will continue to bring a postelection analysis and reaction tomorrow. we'll start at [roll call] for a look at the policy implications for the 2016 election period that begins live eddie 45:00 a.m. eastern a.m. eastern and will continue throughout the day. in the afternoon, conservators who supported and opposed donald trump said down at the heritage foundation to talk about what the results mean for the future of the country. we'll be there at noon eastern, live on c-span. >> later, pollsters, pundits and journalists have followed the election discuss lessons learned from tuesday's results. that tuesday's results. that is live at 645 eastern, also on c-span.
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>> before we start, if i can people's attention. thank you all for coming in to give you a sense, we're doing doing this a little more formally because it is being films for c-span. if people will turn off their phones, we have an incredible panel and will start with them, then will get questions from you. we have an overflow room and will get written questions and some online questions. we'll have plenty of time. this will go from 1230 - at 2:0. there are three seats up here. welcome to the people in the room and into the tens thousands of people joining through c-span , to the institute for policy studies for this session on what we have called election
debrief, the step of for the progressive movement. i am john cabana, director of the institute for policy studies. i will moderate today's session with five wonderful scholar activists from ips and allied groups. i want to read you the paragraph that karen dolan wrote when they wrote up the session three weeks ago. it is still what were doing. let me read this. these are the two smart people they said the election is over. racism, xenophobia, corporate greed, climate change, inequities and inequality to name a few challenges are still with us. so how do we maintain our collective momentum and what are the next steps to positively transform our nation after the ballots are counted? join our informed panel as we
discuss and interact with some of the issues in the movement struggling to transform them. >> we need to come together and immediately begin action steps for the next four years and beyond. that's what we plan to do for the next 90 minutes. let me introduce our five, feet first, steve steve cobble, cofounder of progressive democrats of america. someone who has led us in understanding elections going back several decades. then, senior attorney and project director on immigrants justice for the advancement project. here, ellen barber director of domestic policy and a longtime ally, the center for economic policy research. and jonathan hutto who is the prince george county, maryland peoples coordinator and the winner of the human rights award
a decade ago for his brave work with her group appeal for redress finally, phyllis was the director of institute new international project. an author most recently of understanding isis and the new global war on terror. before we turn to our discussion into you are audience let me start the conversation by saying this. ips has worked with vibrant social movements for over five decades to advance peace, justice, and the environment. in the. in the u.s. and abroad. we are committed right now to be in a space for creative ideas and civil dialogue and this deeply divided country and worlds in the days, weeks, and years to come. notice air cofounder is here who let us through much of that. his son. [applause] his son jamie was elected to the
u.s. congress yesterday. [applause] people in the country in the world are in shock over the election. we will need to cherish the spaces where we can come together in dialogue. we had ips offer you one. you can find us on the web at ips-d.c..org. we are nonpartisan center of public scholarship. we do not take position on candidates but we are aware that among our broad, progressive community many individuals supported jill stein in this election, many supported bernie sanders,
hillary clinton and others that we celebrate the diversity. each of the five folks will speak for five minutes. i will remind them of the five minutes is up. they have a lot more than that to say but we want them to say the rest of it in dialogue with you. i will field questions and we'll get some from social media. all into the conversation with just a few quotes. people who are building for this next phase of work, things they have sent out this morning. i will start with a quote this morning, not from one of our allies but from a woman i did not know on the huffington post who wrote a blog called what we tell the children. just to set the tone for the conversation in our work together that is by ellie mexico, the, the director of the race institution for k through 12 educators. here's what she wrote. tell them first, they asked if it was okay if she cried it in
the session in a course it is. tell them first that we'll protect them. tell them that we have democratic processes in the u.s. that make it impossible for one mean person to do too much damage. tell them that we will protect these democratic processes and we will use them so that trump refuses to act on the promises. tell them you will honor the outcome of the election but you'll fight bigotry. tell them bigotry is not a democratic rally democratic rally and it will not be tolerated at your school. tell them you stand by your muslim family, your same-sex parent families, your gay students, your black families, your female students, your mexican families come you're disabled students, your immigrant disabled students, your immigrant families, your trans- students, your native students. tell them you won't let anybody hurt them, deport them, or threaten or threaten them without having to contend with you first. say that silence is dangerous and teach them how to speak up when something is wrong.
then teach them how to speak up, how to love one another, how to understand each other, how to solve conflicts, how to live with diverse and conflicting ideologies and give them the skills to enter a world that doesn't know how to do this. let me start, will go down the road with steve cobble. progressive democrats of america. >> that was a nice night, ha? i meant to wear a black armband today so i would not have to be clear about where he stood on all of this. i guess we know why all of the medical marijuana initiatives past. we are going to need it over the next few years. eight years ago i was on a panel at the old ips in the wake of barack obama's first elections. i remember telling everybody was probably the best election of the rest of my life. i think probably last night might qualify as the worst. i'm
old. so that so that includes ronald reagan and adn nixon winning 49 states in 72 which was my first one. i've been through bad ones but the one last night may have been the worst. this white fright phenomenon, this is obvious right, it's not going away. it is worldwide. it is connected to a sturdy and it's connected to racism. it is going to be with us for way too long. for the sixth time in the last seven presidential elections the democrats will win the popular vote. hillary will win the popular vote when the west coast finishes voting. nobody pointed it out last night but she took the lead this morning and it will grow. twice in the last five years the electoral college has taken the popular vote victory away from
us. the supreme court and other things obviously helped in 2000, but we do need to remember that she did win and that the rising american electorate did hold together last night, more or less. even without brock obama who of course is a tremendous a boat a vote-getter. hillary's going to win the election, thanks to latinos especially. she is going to have the margin of victory last night. unfortunately we are missing about 20 or 30,000 votes into her three states that were needed. so this is probably a structural defeat. combined with with commas belmar said last week, a slow movie right-wing coup. we had big money from hindu orders, we had media malpractice in search of profit, voter suppression, the electoral college, the college, the ridiculous system of two
senators per state, house legislator gerrymandering, poisonous fraudulent internet, which we have lost control of. we used to be the masters of it on the progressive side and we are not anymore. an fbi hit job and of course, holding the supreme court hostage for a year for which the republicans are not only going to pay a price they are going to be rewarded. it's more obvious than ever that we need serious election reform which karen asked me to mention. in my remaining minute and a half we need a small dollar multiple public match, public financing. we need instant runoff voting. we need to
rollback citizens united and buckley. we need the national popular votes for the per person who wins the election actually gets to win the election prayed we need the constitutional right to vote. we need to end of the gerrymandering. maybe of the gerrymandering. maybe with multimember districts. we need automatic voter registration like oregon pioneered last year. we need to regain the public airwaves. which which we have given away to privateers. we need to eliminate long lines at the polls because long lines at the polls are voter suppression. and we still need to fix the electronic machines because who knows who won pennsylvania last night. we are never going to know. my plan for getting this done since i worked on this my entire career to an amazing lack of success is to actually get out of the way and let the millennial's figure it out. so if you want to talk about that later i will. let me end on a thin read of a silverlining. the decks. the decks are now cleared for 2018 and 2020. we are a dead straight fight right now. the fight requires a serious left leadership.
it requires people like ips. one thing about ips, you will never be out of a job because there is always going to be racism, sexism, xenophobia, climate sexism, xenophobia, climate change and nuclear catastrophe to deal with. we need the energy and smarts of the millennial synthetic people like ips. we need their their ideas. progressive reform ideas. we need a hopeful vision on the lines are clear and the right is going to fail. we know they're going to fail. their ideas do not make sense. they are going to fail, everybody will see it. a better world is still possible, however far away it seems this morning. thank you. [applause] >> next. >> jeff from florida. >> i spent the last couple of days in orlando. doing voter protection.
there was quite a little bit of a gerrymandering and confusion at the polls. so coming off of that, i think you've to ips for inviting me here today. i want to read to two sentences from the press release at advancement project today. it's talking about people of color throughout history. we have demonstrated that we'll not be silent. in the face of injustice and we can build thriving local movements from coast-to-coast. our movement is stronger than it has ever been, our solidarity is deeper than ever. so, what happens to immigrants and immigration policy in this country now in the wake of this unexpected election? i would say first and foremost there has never been a more important time to build multiracial movements.
they have very, very clear analysis on how racism and white supremacy have a hand in policymaking and in politics in the country as it relates to immigrants. we must be very clear on this because the lack of clarity is actually quite shocking. this is actually one of the things that hindsight is 2020. today's a is a new day, we get to hit reset to me have to do it better. the unity in an alliance building with the leaders in the african-american community, the lgbtq communities have never been more perfect for great and immigration leaders. for the next several months until 2017, january 2017 readers in the immigration space will have to expand and create these new alliances if they have not already begun to do that. i know many organizations who have
begun this journey on how to build these broad-based multiracial alliances. a little bit about what we know about what donald trump said during his candidacy on immigration. which he talked about building a wall. he talked about setting up a federal deportation force for the undocumented. in in other words, emboldening and expanding the already forceful immigration deportation practice that was set up by president obama who has deported more individuals than any other president in the history of the united states, over 2 million people. so we expect a trump presidency will continue this and expand on that. it's also very likely, very possible the next president will take away in the dock which has
helped hundreds of thousands of immigrants have qualified this program obtain a ferment to their deportation. so that is that bad news. so what's the good news the good news is we have absolutely no option but to build a wall of resistance from the policies. so candidate trump talked about building a wall and we will build a wall of resistance. there are number number of moderate republicans out there who understand that complete isolationism and messed deeper tatian policies are policies and effort communities. ultimately, for them in their own communities moving forward. how how do we work with those individuals have set out loud, i am not comfortable with mass deportation come i don't think it's good policy.
so expanding these alliances and the solidarity well beyond what we have already done is going to take a lot of work. there is time for paralysis. i think were feeling that way now but let's give ourselves one day to cry and one day to be paralyzed and then tomorrow let's start working outside of our comfort zone to see how we can build the alliances that are going to be powerful moving forward with progressive movement with, as i mentioned all of these other communities. because really the lives of millions of people are at stake including families with children born in the united states. said they have united states citizenship. we have to take courageous steps that every single individual, including those who are undocumented are protected in the face of this, what could be
a deportation machine. please follow the advancement project on social media, sign up for e-mail list. we embark on this new era in american history. >> thank you. [applause] >> turning next to alan. >> thank you to everyone here at ips for having us here today. it's a very important and crucial form like a lot of us i think it a lot of sleep last night. we expected one thing, we we expected this to be a historic election. and it was, but just not the way we thought it would be. we kind of find ourselves right now at a historic moment. this could be a turning point. a route has changed but we still have the same way forward that
we did before. today we're going to talk about some of those ways and the ways they intersect. for now, i want to touch on what the issue of income inequality. inequality remains a challenge that we have to overcome as a nation. even though the executive legislative branches today are not going to be as receptive as they were couple of weeks ago as we had hoped, we still saw in this election campaign that gave voice to a popular spirit that will continue to insist on being heard. much of this populism does have its roots in incoming inequality. for far too long american has been more more productive at work. we have not seen her wages grow in proportion. today, the typical family for pretty much makes the same thing they did 20 years ago, but $80000.
we talk about 1% we know it's even worse. we can go back 40 years we see that in the last 40 years income for the top 1% has grown by 138%. for the bottom 90%, just 15%. let that sink in for a minute. that means that the american dream that a lot of us think of doesn't exist for a lot of people. right now the u.s. has fallen to number 13 in terms of social mobility against advanced nations. this is important because right now we find ourselves in a moment where this election, these campaigns have given voice to pop this movements at the state and local level. that. that is where we have to turn our attention to. campaigns like pushing for paid sick leave, pushing for raising
the minimum wage. these are places where we saw serious gains despite the outcome of the election. if we focus on areas like that from an economic perspective we can maybe get back some of the losses we saw yesterday. we can start thinking about 2020. the campaign for 2020 starts right now. a lot of the things that come out of the next 100 days of the trump administration will set the agenda that people are running on are running against. we have to make sure that you think the moment like this because we deserve a moment, this hurt. but we have to take that moment, re-energize our self, galvanize ourselves, go back to our local communities and find issues we can organize around. we have to find people that we can put in position to run for local office and national office. we will turn this around. now john and karen, a subtle subtle reminders about keeping to the five minutes. so with that i will close. >> thank you so much alan.
[applause] and in the conversation we will get into some other things at the local and state level as well as the global level that we can fight on in this time. next jonathan as i mentioned from the people's coalition. he is the core nader in prince george county maryland. great to have you here. >> thank you. and thank you to the institute for policy studies. thank you for hosting us and giving us this opportunity to project forward for the nation into the world at large. what i was planning, or what i was planning on seeing today was totally discarded about midnight last night. i began to think about how we got here.
when i say we, i'm speaking about those of us who were born on the margins. i'm. i'm talking about those of us who constitute the desperate, the the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected, and the despised. almost 20 years ago when i was a student vice president in february 17, 1998, we heard from a revolutionary and in my opinion the greatest and most humble revolutionary talkback campus, his name was quan me, he was known as carmichael. this was nine months before he passed. he left us with historic victims and one that penetrated that day and that resounds more profoundly today than ever did, he simply said to us, numerous times that night, that the struggle is eternal. . . .
when the modern-day civil rights movement began in 1955 in montgomery alabama, when a training human rights activist by the name of rosa parks that refused to give up her seat that day we didn't have enough votes in fact he couldn't vote. so how were we able to bring a bus system to its knees? in little rock arkansas, we didn't have the most votes.
they couldn't vote. in 1961 when the freedom ride took off in washington, d.c. with 13 freedom writers, the architect of that freedom ride, the late congressman. we were being crushed in birmingham. we didn't have the most votes. we didn't even have the right to vote. that's the crescendo where everything came to a climax and here we have a climax of alabama state power smashing down on these nonviolent direct action protesters. we didn't have the right to vote. we still need it to the state capital. so what is the theme?
what i want to say to any activist, any organizer, anyone that desires to labor for peace, that should be all of us to joke that went through my spine yesterday is if we left the streets, we got to get back in the streets and organize for our survival. that's number one. number two is that we have to have a deeper analysis of how to use the vote. 1965 coming onward, some of us went straight to sleep and we thought the white house was going to do the work for us. but the reality is that we are not in a worse situation today in the united states of america racially and in times of class
and times of poverty than we've ever been at least in my lifetime, and i will be 40-years-old in the spring. so, we've got to get back in the streets. two more planes and i will be done. what do i mean by that? number one, we have to analyze what does it mean to win? coming back to this theme of not having enough votes, some of you might have been there. i'm sure you were. he ran third, over 3.5 million votes and massive black voter registration in the south, we took the senate in 1986. what did that mean? it meant when devito came against the sanctions and the apartheid regime, there was a majority in the senate that
smashed the veto and behind that was the advocacy of california. we can do that. that's how we used to vote for our survival and we have to struggle to create alternative power in the cities and municipalities. my colleague said to get the progress of reform, i am reminded of one of the lasting reforms, marion barry was to make it a law to be hired to work for the senate government and that legacy still stands to this day. so we have to organize. thank you so much.
>> finally, the internationalism policy study. >> thank you all for coming out today also the day of free mobilization and connection. i would start with the movement jonathan pointed to. we have to remember that movement are what change history. it is movement that can be very dangerous. the movement around the candidacy was in many ways more dangerous than the candidate. there was a movement based on racism and white supremacy and misogyny, xenophobia, a whole host of evils that represents in many ways why this was so shockingly shocking to all of us. elections are never our turf. they are a tactic.
people have died for the right to vote that doesn't mean that voting is enough. voting is one thing that we do. it's only one little part of our democracy. it's the movements that matter. i was rendering on september 12 the day after the 9/11 attacks, the day that george bush announced that his response to that attack would be to take the world to war. on this day from our great friend, the activist in bolivia, he wrote we still believe another world is possible. i think it was important because we have to remember we are part of a global movement. when we talk about movement is not only here. much of the work is going to be local rather than national. we are going to have a hard time going to the efforts right away. it's going to start in cities
and counties and states. it's going to be important to keep in mind that the planet and people of the planet. it's going to be a big challenge to keep central but it's part of how we are going to win. we are not the only country that has elected somebody shocking in the recent period. there is a lot looking at the selections of various sorts of leaders who are self-appointed incredibly dangerous for a whole host of reasons. we can learn from them and work with them and we are part of a global movement to do that together. we have i think a lot that we were planning to take up when we were getting ready for the supposed that work on challenging wars and occupations before preparing for immediate
resistance to. that's what people are thinking about and today that was going to be the day. the war isn't going to happen because of the no-fly zone in syria. they are opting to stop right away. so we have a whole lot of those things to do to the specific movements but we have to take that up in the context of defending those among us who are the most vulnerable. the communities of color, immigrants, muslim immigrants, women, people of color in general. lgt communities committee for the communities that are going to be at such high risk. so all of the work that we do to stop the war and challenge racism at its fundamental way and not just at its talked about
way we'll have to do one of the context of protecting our comrades in the communities that are going to be asked and even greater risk. so it's going to be defensive and ofteend offense at the samee defending the communities, going on the offense against the policies and against the stealing of our democracy. when we talk about how we are going to blink the movements it means that everything has to be based on our understanding of the structural realities that gave rise to not white supremacy separately and not from xenophobia separate from racism and islam a phobia about the way that all of those things come together. so, we are going to have to defend people against street violence which may emerge as a greater threat than before and defend people against being deported. it will also be in the context
of protecting and defending refugees who've come here fleeing the war and that means we have to work to stop the war that people are fleeing when they come here as refugees and immigrants and migrants so that when we call for the cities to become once again cities for sanctuary and called on the state's based institutions, churches and synagogues and mosques to become themselves and places of sanctuary that means at the same time we have to be calling on them to demand them and to the war but these people at risk and at the same time demand that our government change our policy of not allowing people to come here and claimed the notion that we are a nation based on not just the wherewithal that some kind of an internationalism. i would urge people to read the piece on "the new york times" on the eve of the election when he talked about what we have to
lose. but we have to lose is everything. everything the civil rights fought for but he reminded us that everything can change. we come here today and the institute stands for 53 years now but all of us come together recognizing moments in history create the moments to change them and we stand on the shoulders of all of those earlier movements. >> we have almost a full hour for your comments and thoughts. i just want to read one more thing for peace, justice and the environment we haven't covered everything here and just a bit about the environment i want to
read two sentences. a dear friend and ally just to thoughts of hers this morning. this is a global movement more important than ever with literally every country fighting the fossil fuel industry right now many of the toughest conditions imaginable. i believe in the collective power like nothing else, so it is a moment for the global action, and then the second, local fossil fuel resistance is taking root everywhere. not only has the fight against the pipeline spread wildfire but others against the cole are too many to name. name. none of us are giving up and going home today. so again the fights that we can leave and where we can build national residence.
we are going to start with two people here. we have a program that brings amazing young leaders and i will start in the back we will take three or four comments and then get comments from the panel. if you want to go first and say who you are if you would. >> i want to thank the panel and everyone else for coming out. i tend to be an optimist and look on the bright side of things and one of the things i want to a just is the millennial challenge and also fighting inequality. in 2014, there were five initiatives to increase the minimum wage and in the current there were four states that voted to increase the minimum wage.
i see that in terms of reducing inequality but also the bipartisan issue they agree that it can work to combat and i would like to get the panelists talk . thoughts on that. >> thank you for being here. i was happy that you brought up the pipeline. the energy transfer partners announced they would begin the final drilling and what the pipeline means for indigenous . and also for women who are immigrants and undocumented immigrants face sexual violence coming into the united states and then also we watched the
story over and she was an naacp investigator investigating a rape south black women by white men. how do we get the collective power to care about sexual violence of women of color and all women of different gender identities because the violence is also rampant. when we have someone who has been accused of sexual assault and rape leading the nation as the president. >> there are people in a breakout room and we will have some questions brought them here from them. >> with the dc public banking center, i am concerned about our understanding of the other and i think the voters for trump are the others. there's a tremendous amount of fear. i don't see that as evil. i see that as really scared.
i see that drug abuse and suicide and the lack of jobs. it's not a matter of the minimum wage increasing the state owned jobs they don't have a hope for the future and i think that we have to somehow understand the other, the people that voted for trump and not just demonize them to figure out the movement where the jobs will be created that will bring us a green revoluti revolution. >> we will take one question from the other room and have plenty of time for the next round. >> what our concrete ways to delay or stop the administration agenda? >> let's give you all the chance to a few absorbed that for a second and let's go right down the line and address any of
these questions you would like to starting with you and we will go in the same order. >> ruth is a better person than i am because i don't think it's just bad economy and scared people that lost their jobs. the driving force behind was fairly well-off and had job and there seems to be a lot of racism, xenophobia and even anti-semitism during its ugly head at the end of this campaign. it doesn't negate the comment that we have to understand them and the ones in that group have voted for barack obama eight years ago were clearly not driven by racism and so they are still theoretically reachable.
and i do think we spent a lot of time on the coast mocking the trailer park crowd and we need to stop that and get serious about talking to them. i also think we understand that the people running this show are not them. they are not the ones that voted for barack obama each years ago and donald trump this time. they are the people that have been on the fringes, and i'm using nice words because i'm on c-span. now they've moved the center of the politics and they will be running things for a while and it's a very dangerous moment. so, i wish i had a little more generosity but i do think she's right that a good program and some empathy some of the voters can still be brought back but we
should also remember our coalition is technically bigger than there is even right now. it just structurally didn't fit the ridiculous contours of the political projects again for the second time in five years we got robbed that way. >> i just want to address the issue of sexual violence because i think it's an important one. we see of the central american refugees coming to the borders almost 100% of the children have faced sexual abuse. so, this is something that is clearly an issue, and i don't have an answer for you how you address this. i do think though that making space and creating space for individuals particularly women to raise their voices around these kind of issues i think has to be part of this new way of
being able to address the issues and i think also in our ability to support the families that are migrating to the united states particularly because that is my area of expertise being able to address this issue of qualifying for asylum and providing some sort of refugee status. i understand that's going to bea very uphill battle, but a sanctuary cities in the 19 '80s offer us at least a way to think through structural local solutions to this problem. so how do we engage in the interfaith dialogue and actually open up the doors of our institutions. let me take a crack at the two of these.
first on the issue of immigration for central and i would say many of our allies raising up the issue that the number one priority today is to reach out to the millions under threat of deportation and to show our solidarity. i just want to say two months ago in this room, we had allies talking about what we could do if trump were elected and one of our allies was here that runs the center for racial justice and said okay we will have to get the movements. this is when donald trump was so focused on building the wall. he said we have to get all of the movements to come together and get 100,000 people to march to the border and prevent the wall from being built. we talked about that for a half an hour and said we will do that. that will require coming back to the earlier point, a different coming together of movements. so i think just on the challenge of all to reimagine the
possible, reimagine the coalitions that he would build to be able to stop the worst from happening and then the other thing, several of you have raised . and chris just that the local initiatives. the end karen m. phillips and others, if you participated in this, we build a coalition called cities for peace and worked with over 350 cities against the war. then we dropped the mayors and city council people to washington to raise up the action. so local actions that were given national prominence. can we do that or have something related to the refugees and the issue of deportation. arare their city council resolutions, and phyllis has been thinking about this so when we get to her, she can pick up on it. cities for peace and refuge that's lifting up the protection of and bringing in refugees with
a statement of a different kind of foreign policy. another of our colleagues here have been working with the portland city council on a resolution that will likely pass in early december that will tax companies more in portland more than a 100-1 ratio. again, we know that it's popular. can we get 200 cities to do that and build pressure directly on the company's wan at the levels that we could and while we try to stop the works at the national level. i think i'm going to try to tackle the question regarding minimum wage by raising the wage is important. it isn't a cure-all but it is an important tool just for
background if we look at the current federal minimum wage right now at 725, that's basically the same as it was in 1968 and that doesn't be played to a livable wage for people today and that means it is much more difficult for them to engage in civic society and to take time from work to go to the polls and vote. it's still problematic and the thing then we can bring in melanie mills by noting that melanie mills recognized this. right now with the four states that just passed the initiatives we have 22 states that now want to raise the wage higher than the federal minimum wage. that would have been possible without the millennialist better
out pushing boundaries making sure people realize this is a problem we could come together and solve if again it's important because right now our economy is suffering from a serious lack of demand and by raising the wage, that economic growth creates jobs and that's how it plays into being the tool that helps the economy at large. again it's not a cure-all for this one crucial piece. >> looking at the last question that was asked in terms of direct action that is needed, what i was saying to myself is from where i sit and organize
the internal is primary. what do w i mean by that? i live in a majority democratic party state, the state of maryland wasn't a battleground states last night. it was called pretty early and i definitely live in the majority county, prince george county, 70% african-american which is certainly hillary country. but within that situation as progressives, we've got a battle that's taking place. for 15 years, 15 years plus for me, we've been laboring and struggling to get reform to the law-enforcement officers bill of rights in maryland. this is a wall that codifies my perspective the blue wall of silence. and up to last year officers, when they were involved in an act of excessive force they were given up to ten days that they were not questioned by anyone.
so you can see how we put up with that. it wasn't until the rebellion that took place and the aftermath of that we even got movement within the state legislature on that. they labored tirelessly and he got two bills passed. one was the internal trial boards. what we see right now is qualification being practiced and the law not being implemented both in prince george county and throughout the nation fighting to keep transparency and accountability on the system, so we are still in a battle right now as we speak. paid sick leave i've been a county where they rejected paid
sick leave. the county rejected it. i live in a county where the school board appointed including the superintendent and we just lost a head start of $4.6 million because of a budget abuse in the school system. i come from the perspective that we have a judge. "the new york times" wrote an exposé for stupid people running for the circuit judges he is documented as using mass incarceration as a weapon against our young people and he appeared in his courtroom. so i come from the perspective that although we have to have that struggle externally, we've got to fight for those that claim to be our allies, those
we do see this acceptance of racist goading as the basis for turning to trump. we have to deal with the understanding what draws that kind of model but recognizing the model they have chosen is fundamentally racist at its core as well as misogynistic and homophobic and everything else at its core. i want to focus part of our work in areas where we can actually gain some traction. i don't want to say they don't all that we are there yet. in terms of changing the discourse, public discourse, some of that happens at the national level but a lot happens at the low level. cities and counties and states. this idea of creating a new campaign, somewhat based on our campaign, the idea of mobilizing cities to work for some version of either a city council
resolution, mayors, whatever, the key is linking the challenges we face which is defending the rights of refugees, the rights to gain refuge internationally under international law and not have them treated as third class people, getting away from the idea that we should be claiming at the point of pride to say the u.s. has taken in 10,000 refugees in an entire year when germany alone was taking in 20000 a day last summer. this notion really has to be challenged. we're not just talking about the rights of refugees. we are talking about the challenging u.s. policies that have been so fundamentally creating the wars and actuating
the wars that create the refugees. linking the rights of refugees and the welcoming of refugees and protection of refugees in that context. along with the need to challenge the war drive. it's a big set of issues. it is something that i think makes a lot of sense for a lot of people because it answers sets of things. a campaign of cities for peace and refuge or some other name, something like that that would link people around the country that are working on this in their local area so they begin to have national impact when they look at how the discourse on these questions get changed. right now the discourse about refugees is they are all terrible. they are all terrorists, they have to be super vetted, it takes up to three years for u.s. residency without any right, we have to get past that.
we have to be welcoming and saying the old saying on the statue of liberty, give me your tired, your poor, it doesn't say only if they're rich and have been vetted and no manic only be women, we have have to get past that. at the same time, we have to be taking responsibility for what our government, using our tax money are doing to perpetuate that were. it's a combination of things. so you had your hand up in the blue shirt. if you could just keep your thoughts short, we will take several and get a set of reactions. >> okay, why don't you read that first and we will go to the blue shirt and move our way around. two blue shirts. sorry. i am bringing some questions from our folks were watching at home, live stream with twitter.
how can we help those are not able to get healthcare? we also have them say i see the fight,. >> let's start with the light blue shirt and go to the dark. okay. >> i am sam perkins. one of the things that i was watching really closely is i'm from southern new hampshire which was projected to go clinton quite a bit and this is not an area for the jobs have been fleeing. this is relatively apple and tech jobs. i kept thinking about my grandmother pitch she was born in 1919 and she would've absolutely been a trump boater. the reason for that is not, we talked talked about this sort of racist line, she probably never had to deal with anyone of color or anyone who wasn't white
middle-class protestant. she's a great woman but you can't reach these people to some extent. a lot of the laws were written off as you can't people so let's write them off. i'm wondering how we can address that. >> thank you very much. >> i'm wondering, we've heard these excellent presentations on how to move forward forward which is very important, but will we find anything wrong in the campaign and what was it what could we have done differently. related to that maybe is is their future for for the movement around bernie sanders? >> thank you, very much. you too have have had your hand up for long time.
>> first i want to point out that this happened along the design of november which is the anniversary. [inaudible] wanted to talk about the vulnerability of a category of people who love trump. there's a small percentage that are unreachable but there's also an issue of them being inferior and we have to be careful not to insult and million eight, but
that we have to find ways to satisfy the courses of identity that trump appealed to and made them feel better about themselves. feeling left out on the other side of the digital divide. i think in our culture, there is more dignity for those who are not academically inclined. we often want to make them feel less vulnerable to manipulation. >> my website is people now.org. you can find everything there that i would like to talk about. what i would like to talk about is that they have issued 169 targets. these answer all the questions, all these problems that i've
heard today in each one of these problems, i have what is called a target action plan. you've got to take action. these are target action plans. the main one i want to talk about is what phyllis was saying. she is correct that we need to get all this information in one place. the movements are really important. this plan is to organize everyone, every body by zip code and we won 2 - 1. [inaudible] the goal covers everything. have one quick question. i know about five or six things
we can do about trump. i would like to hear any idea, the hardest things have been to get people to read, but please tell me what you would do. >> thank you. john. down here and then we'll go back here. >> this panel has given advice and i would love to take action. i think it's fundamental discussion that needs to be addressed soon, our international colleagues are working right now as we speak. folks are organizing as we've heard before.
something is going to give us hope, 500 years of resistance is going to give us hope so were putting out a call to remind folks to join us with the committee to come out and show your real support. really look at what 500 years of resistance is and how we adjust transition for this framework because using our kind of terminology, what we need to address and being thoughtful and using fossil fuels, limiting greenhouse gas emissions is important, providing solutions for communities is number one. >> thank you. also, were going to take more because you all have a lot to say and then we will have a chance for everyone here to respond to what they've heard, but the young gentleman in the back. >> thank you.
[inaudible] i will try to narrow my question to a larger. [inaudible] my question is what happens to the conversation when we assume that they were making rational decisions. [inaudible] they're talking about the whiteness and that's a very material thing that folks are consuming. the elites have not been correctly able to interpret, and i think some of the data is showing where cross economic data. [inaudible] if you look at some of the history of the urban communities , so-called
investments have not been good. [inaudible] they brought in increase leasing to secure their investment. so what happens to the democratic party if they own the vote. >> thank you very much. did you have something from the next room to bring in? >> the person the next room is wondering if she would chant we should work. [inaudible] my question for myself comes from a place of feeling fear for my family and i love the idea of what you been talking about in terms of sanctuary cities and
i'm wondering if is an idea we could apply for what other ideas you have in general for protection and how we can protect our community. >> thank you so much. we obviously aren't point to answer any of that but we want to get the ideas and thoughts out here and, as i said said at the beginning, we are really dedicated to be being a space in the groups of folks that are here, it's also a space where we have to have a lot of conversation in the days and weeks to come. we'll take the gentleman here and then seep. >> has to do with everybody talking about who voted for trump, but we don't take seriously those people who see no positive impact of the
democrats or the republican party. asking themselves what appears to be a first for a very long time, even our political leaders it on the radio and talk about how we are apathetic and help adding trump in power, but really our political analysis is telling us that the democrats and the republicans are two sides of the same.and it never served our interest and we have to begin to look at different kinds of politics which brings us to my question for the panel. perhaps, it is really time to start looking at some times of coalition party that can be a viable third party option to both the republican and the democrat that is based on the sincere and real interest of people in this nation.
we are not to put our life and our well-being and our future in the hands of hillary clinton or donald trump and we really weren't that is appointed because it's pretty much the same thing. >> steve and then we will come to you in the back. >> i guess what i want to ask about our what can be done to be filled up economic institutions. to give a quick of what i mean, in michigan they became the right to work state and if that hadn't happened it would've been a red state and federal blue state. whether it's worker centers or unions, what can be done in terms of organizing, not just for elections, but for economic efficiency and institutions that will allow for stronger movements.
>> will take two more, the woman with a scarf and a gentleman over here and that will come back for panel. >> my name is michelle roberts. we would be remiss if we did not look at the whole trajectory that goes back to racism and all these other things from the natural world with the fails of our chemical policy and our environment group to the disconnection of that of the war in the military conflict and as it relates to that, oil, gas, hence the issue of the climate crisis, hence the issue of injustice and migration, unless we look at this in a totality
whereby which grassroots are honestly leading from the bottom up, we must organize, strategize but they're not in this room are they and we continue to have this type of strategy must begin to shift. this is where the earth is rumbling right now for all to figure out and i want to say, this is no different for us than it was yesterday or tomorrow. i tell you what, the faith we keep and faith will lead us on. i'm with all of you who want to organize in a faith filled the bold justice way so we see that everybody's.his right there front and center and nobody is disassociated from the others. that's all i've got to say.
thank you. >> thank you very much. the final word to you over here. i see this is a golden opportunity. first, i just want to say i voted for joe stein. i was fortunate to be able to vote in the election and i voted for jimmy carter. i have not voted for a republican or democrat since then. i got smart. one of the things i think that is the opportunity of this that the electric did a great service to the democratic party. that vacuum exists should be a priority of what you're going to do to build it.
there's only two things you can do. you can create a separate political movement and a separate political party or you can do with the tea party did and drive at the way you want to drive it. with the war looming, it could be done if you put that down and made it happen. one of the things that absolutely needs to be done is that the liberal left movement has got to get off their horse because when we have bona fide progressive people, when she ran in the green party, she had a ten year record in the house and she was dissed by probably everybody in this room and never given a threat of legitimacy for being a candidate for the green
party. the question is, will this opportunity, will this golden opportunity be used to create a really viable alternative that actually puts the priorities of black people, poor people, half the people who come out and lead this movement and have white progressives actually take the leadership. we have about 15 minutes left. there's five of you, if you could keep your comments to two or three minutes and pick one or two of the ones you feel like you want to take on. >> i helped draft bernie to run so i suppose i weigh in on the burning question in this question of third party. it seems to me in the last year and a half, we have conducted two major experiments both of
which argue against trying to do a third party from the top down which is that bernie who had never been a democrat generated huge enthusiasm, visibility for his issues, raised a quarter billion dollars, 123 states and jill stein running top-down green, and this is not to compare bernie and jill, it's to compare what happened, she was ignored. she got 1% of the vote. simultaneously we see the alright taking over the major party in this country and elevating themselves to positions of power and danger in front of our eyes and it strikes me they didn't form the party, they use use donald trump to
take power, and that seems to me to be a pretty clear illustration. the bernie illustration on the trump illustration both lead us to the same conclusion which is that the democratic party, for better or worse, until you build something from the ground up which is not visible to me around the country, than the democratic party are people and i think most the people we care about are going to regret that chuck schumer is not majority leader even though he is a wall street senator and hillary clinton, who is a wall street president or would've been, they are going to regret that they're not an office in power come january. i feels fairly safe in making that prediction even though we would have been fighting with them starting tomorrow. >> i'm glad to continue that conversation because i know that is a deep-seated argument that's been going on forever with us, including with myself.
i will leave it there. >> thank you steve. >> so, i want to say, there, there have been a couple comments that it wouldn't have made any difference either way, trump or clinton, but i just want to say for the 11 million undocumented workers in this country in the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who will lose their temporary partech protection on deportation, this is a very real fear. it does in fact make a very real difference to them who is in the white house. that is just a matter of fact. that's not my opinion. we are about creating power from the ground up and so our job is really to support the impacted communities of color on a
variety of issues including education, immigration and voting. there has been a lot of conversation about voting but i would say, in terms of building and creating these alliances, the right to vote is something that we really do, we really should get behind because it almost feels to me like that is at the core of so many of the issues that we are talking about which is fundamentally the right to vote in this country and our ability to create these democratic infrastructures at the local and federal level. >> thank you. just a couple quick points from my vantage point. one, first on the trump voters, people here, and our friend from new hampshire talked about this as well, he referred to the fact that we should and put them all in one big camper category. there are some who are part of a dangerous militia movement in
this country that is racist and there are others who perhaps can be reached. i simply want to give an invitation to all, we have a project which reaches out to trump voters this way. we send five op-ed's a week to the 1700 small circulation papers in this country. most of them in rule areas, many of them in red and blue and purple states and we are reaching out to people who don't agree with us. it challenges us to write in a way that reaches out and if any of you would like to learn more about it, take part in it, let me know. just the other point, many of these comments have had to do. [inaudible] from our standpoint some of our core allies here, we share office organizing nannies and caregivers and domestic workers. we have a deep alliance with a group called peoples actions. all of them are building movements to challenge for
power. almost all of them have both nonprofits and c4's that are running people for office. i simply want to say, read one paragraph from the paragraph of peoples action and they say even in moments of darkness there pieces that give us hope. in minnesota we elected on omar, our first somalian immigrant and in arizona really moved one of the most vicious anti- immigrant sheriffs in the history of our country and all of these because of movements. so, i think we all have a strong
instinct, partly it's the self criticism some of you mentioned from the first two years of barack obama, jonathan said, some people went to sleep. we were even prepared of hillary clinton was president, we knew wins would come from movement building allies and there are some amazing ones growing, peoples action has affiliates, over 50 over 50 affiliates and 32 states. they are building power. it's not going to be quick. but none of the things that we describe have been quick. again, we invite you to join us. >> really quickly, i will address the question that was posed to me. the aca does get reviewed. people who were given health care, they won't have it anymore. that is something, we have had people working toward healthcare for years and if it were
repealed, there isn't isn't anything that could take its place. we have pivoted to thinking about what we can do to get a public option at the state level, to advance it forward. but unfortunately this is one of the darkest answers here on the stage a. what i can say, it's back to what we have all been talking about, if we continue to organize, if we continue to fight and demonstrate that in states where the exchanges are still there, that you can't just take away health insurance from people, republicans in the red states are going to realize that their constituents have healthcare. even though they hate obamacare, they do like the fact that they can go to the doctor with a pre-existing condition. we have to continue to build those movements and i'll turn that to economic institutions. that's how we build economic
institutions. we organized. this model is have this happen at the state level. if you look at montana, montana has a law that is unique in the united states. this law says that after one year there's at will employment. after one year, you can't be fired. if you start organizing you can't be fired arbitrarily. if for whatever reason your employer just decides to kick you to the curb, you can be fired for no reason we have our organizations coalesce, we can move to issues like that. :
pray for us to organize, but i do see potentially at the local level is an efficient tactic strategy if we are moving center and those people that represent us are based in the movement. in terms of the two shots that we have had asked this, i thought it represented an opportunity for us and i thought reverend jackson did a marvelous job but what did the speech gets us, a creation of the democratic
leadership council. one of whom was hillary clinton. democrats for trade agreements. what's the concession in 1988 it got us george bush. and what did the concession, there's a reason we talk about the voters. that was in large part the base in the state of michigan. so what did the concession get us, let's dream for a minute if there wasn't a concession, what if bernie went all the way. that movement is the challenge of our day. president barack obama still has a few minutes left and we should hold them accountable for the
1033 program. this military equipment out there right now to stay true to what they said. the voting parties in a very tactical and strategic way but never as a question of princip principle. it's important that we see these in the inside and outside organizing. sometimes one is more important and sometimes the other. we can never lose sight of opposite things. one is it is our movement that changed history and we have to engage with power as it is. the mainstream parties have never and will never represent the interest of people of color
and people of impoverished communities and indigenous people of the earth. that's not where it happens. for the movement and the ability to resist that we now face is a big difference. it's not to say that hillary clinton not forbid, sorry i didn't mean to say that, there would be protests at the white house, but there was a huge difference whether we could have a protest at the white house and if we were losing their right to
protest. so it's important that we recognizerecognize the need fore and outside strategies and engage with power for any serious way and remember the country has gone through these struggles before. we have the overthrow of the first reconstruction that was a huge price that was paid for african-americans. african-americans. an enormous price but it survived and the civil rights movement came out of that. so it's not to say that because we had a defeat that our movements are gone. we stand on the shoulders of those that have gone before. [applause] >> a couple things. i want to share a note from another movement allied that just came in, the head of the restaurant opportunity workers. they did win one fair wage and
asked for many of you in the room that are in dc there were people in all of the polling places signing up. i want to remind you all because each of these people come from institutions that you should get to know better. you should visit their sites with the advancement projects in the center for economic and policy research, jonathan was the prince george county maryland coalition. i do want to say the followers unsocial media are flooding us with more questions and concerns to share with us and we are sorry we couldn't get to them all but we got the shortest time together. please, stay in touch with us.
the results of the presidential election are important at home i have closely followed around the world. political leaders weighed in today. let's hear from the opposition leader jeremy corbin. >> i congratulated donald trump on being elected as the next president. britain and the united states are and will remain strong partners on security and defense. we have a long-standing and a special relationship which is built on our shared values as freedom and democracy and enterprise but i look forward to working with the president elect so they can maintain in the future.
>> will you be able to work with him? >> i look forward to working with president elect trump. the american people elected him as president and we share values with democracy and enterprise and i look forward to the special relationship we have between the two countries to ensure the security and prosperity of the nations in the future. >> [inaudible] >> my thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected on this. emergency services are working on the scenes. >> a result that's very
surprising after a nasty and divisive campaign that president elect trump has run. i hope that he is prepared. there is a message many people felt left behind by their economic system. the message is a strong one. [inaudible] people around the western world are angry with the lack of job opportunities. therefore we need a society that is prepared to invest in as