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huge problem. >> can i play a video. >> let's go to mr. palmer. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i think we've about worn this out. we've covered everything from iraq to the fact that i think mr. meadows established clearly that we were lied to by this administration perhaps even with contempt but i want to go to something else that i think is at the core of what we ought to be talking about and that is that a key promise from the administration is that the iran nuclear deal would provide the public and lawmakers would the assurance iran was meeting its obligations and it would be substantially mitigated. we can go back to the statement about it would be the strongest inspection regime that any country faces in the world. we can go to what the state department posted on the website is that the international atomic agency would have access to
iran's nuclear facilities and they would be providing the iaea with greater access and they be granted access to investigate suspicious sites or covert enrichment, but that's not what's actually happened. i want to share with you after the deal was implemented there was a report published on iran. i think it came out in february. the report contained less information than the iaea had regularly provided about iran before the deal was in place. in fact, when asked about these gaps, iaea director said that the deal restricted the ability to report publicly about iran's nuclear program. mr. rueben given that how much confidence do you have in this deal? >> i have very little confidence in this deal for reasons that i've outlined in my written
testimony. it falls far short of the most rigorous inspection and the danger isn't just in iran, the danger is that it permanently dilutes the standard by which others are held. >> would you agree that the general's statement validates the concerns that you expressed about the deal from the very beginning? >> yes, i would. >> would you also say that given this statement from the general that the exaggerated concessions that this administration claims that they obtained might be called into question as well? >> yes, i would. >> we've been talking about echo chambers and we talked about misrepresentations, i go back to the statement that the secretary made that he was the chief negotiator, we know the framework of the deal was already in place before he
really got involved. these statements that have been brought out in "the new york times" magazine article, but what we really haven't talked about is the fact that the deal is a fraud and iran could be on a path to a nuclear weapon. and here's something else that we really haven't discussed that i think we need to be talking about too is that according to ben rhodes that this deal also is part of a plan to abandon our friends and allies in the middle east. does that give you some concern mr. rueben? >> yes, it does. >> how about you mr. durant? >> absolutely. >> how about you mr. hanna. >> yes, very much so. >> do you believe that the obama administration withheld information from congress about the deal intentionally. >> yes, i do. >> do you believe that was in violation of the agreement, the law that he signed into law himself?
>> it absolutely was and on top of which the amendment was written in such a way to prevent this from happening and unfortunately the administration simply broke the law. >> i couldn't agree more. peter roscom, a gentleman from illinois, introduced a house resolution and argued that point and the house passed that resolution that this deal was illegal from the get-go because the law required that all information be provided to congress including side agreements and it clearly wasn't. i think there's really one issue, really one question, that we need to ask and i'll ask each one of you to answer this. do you believe this deal has actually assured iran a path to developing a nuclear weapon? >> yes, at the very least it leaves iran with an industrial scale nuclear program upon the
expir rash of controls and the administration went into this knowing the irani regime was not moderate. >> mr. durant. >> i agree with that. >> ask mr. hanna. >> yes, i agree with michael's conclusion. >> mr. chairman i'm not sure it's the jurisdiction of this committee to look into the ramifications of this possibility but i think that's what we should have been talking about this entire time and the fact that this administration mislead congress is one issue that i think we need to pursue, but i think at some point congress needs to look at what our positions ought to be going forward with regard to iran. i yield back. >> i totally agree with the gentlemen and appreciate his perspective and he's right that's the ultimate fear that we have is that iran not a friend of the united states, not a friendly partner within the world community, that they are more so on a pathway to develop a nuclear weapon and that's scarey. >> sure. we'll go one more time to
michael dorn. ben rhodes commented -- comment on the white house is desire to avoid scrutiny. i'd like to look at video clip "d" and ask you a question about it. >> we're already asking how do we structure a deal. >> okay. how do you feel a process circumvented the transparency with congress? >> they structured the deal so they could take it to the security council and effectively move out on it before congress really got to look at it. there's a second dimension to what we just heard that was disturbing, that was ben talking to a group of progressive activists and telling them what was coming down the line and giving them the talking points
about how to support it. what you just heard was ben rhodes talking to the foot soldiers th soldiers. >> tell us again who those foot soldiers are. >> i'm sorry. >> tell us again. >> these are progressive groups. they regularly briefed dozens of progressive groups. i'm not talking about pseudo experts. i'm talking about grassroots organizations to help them carry the water politically. it's one of these blurring of lines that i don't think we saw in previous administrations where you have somebody who is in charge of communications yet sitting at the table with the
secretary of defense and telling the secretary of defense that he's wrong and going out and talking to domestic political groups and telling them how to go militate in favor of the foreign policy of the administration. >> thank you. i thank you all for your attendance here and your participation and expertise in elum nating a disturbing situation. the committee stands adjourned.
give our votes to the next president of the united states. the national urban league released their report. the president said black america is moving backward when it comes to equality. he called for $1 trillion in investment in education and business and programs along with a national minimum wage of $15 an hour.
good morning. ladies and gentlemen i want to welcome you to the 2016 state of black america launch event. i'm amber payne. i'm the editing manager. we tell stories by, for and about the black community. hello to everybody watching this historic broadcast online. we want to invite you to join the conversation on social media by using the #lockedout. we're coming to you live from washington, d.c. and here to welcome us is the former president of colegate
university, the president and ceo of the museum, mr. jeffrey hurst. >> good morning. welcome to the night studio and welcome to the museum. the museum explains, promotes the right of free expression. we do so through a building which welcomes 800,000 people each year to 15 galleries through a set of programs that convene stakeholders to discuss important issues around our freedoms and an educational program which reaches close to 3 million school children through digital outreach. in our building you will see the long history of struggles for freedom in the united states and how those struggles have depended on the rights of
assembly, speech, press, expression, religion and petition. critical to our building has been the long struggle in the united states for civil rights. we tell the story of what has been accomplished and we also tell the story of what still needs to be done. in that regard it has been our pleasure to partner with the national urban league on this important launch of the 40th edition of the state of black america. this has always been an important publication, but this year it provides an opportunity to see what has been done and what still must be done. certainly we are part of that effort and we look forward to using our commitment and our ability to explain our foundational freedoms to be part of the struggle of incloosivety and equality in the united states. i'm delighted to be part of this program today. i'm honored that the national
urban league has chosen the museum to launch the state of black america and i'm pleased to welcome you today and hope to see you often. thank you and again welcome to the museum. [ applause ] >> thank you so much. so this important event today would not be possible without the support of the national urban league's long time partner at&t. representing at&t here today is the senior executive vice president for external and legislative affairs. he is also the chair of the education focus at&t foundation. please welcome him. [ applause ] >> thank you. good morning everybody. it's an honor for at&t and me personally to be here today.
thank you for all you've done to promote civil rights and opportunity for so many decades. your success is a shining light to us all. america is a better society because of what you have done. we work on a lot of issues together and we work with companies and organizations but rarely is there a situation where two organizations goals are so closely aligned as they are today. there is cuimportance in spreadg access to one of the most important tools for opportunity and empowerment, high speed internet service. broadband is one of america's great equalizer. it's a powerful tool to help people reach their potential. at at&t we see many details in the state of black america's
reports. we must all lead by example in supporting social justice. in our view social justice is far too important to be only a matter for individuals, it must be an endeavor for corporations. looking at the results in the report all of us see the steep challenges. there's no magic bullet. but by working together with the urban league we hope to continue to make progress to address these critical issues and that's what we intend to do. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> thank you. and thank you to at&t for all you do to support the work of the national urban league and we are proud to join at&t and the museum to present this first of its kind live broadcast to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the state of black america. over the last four decades the
state of black america has become a national touch stone for the social, economic status of the nation's african-american and minority communities. serving as a barometer for the progress of people of color relative to white america. here to share the findings of the report and to discuss the implications for the nation is the president and ceo of the national urban league mr. marc morial. let's welcome him to the stage. >> thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you. ladies and gentlemen, good morning. i want to thank you for being here today and thank you to at&t as well as the museum for hosting us here today. of course i'm marc morial, president and ceo of the national urban league and urban league movement and as we've discussed this year is the 40th anniversary of the state of black america. it was introduced by the
legendary vernon jordan who was the executive director of the league. he spent his entire childhood living under the segregation of jim crow era georgia. unable to imagine that one day, yes one day, a black man would be elected president of the united states. in his early years and as a young lawyer he was immersed in the struggle for civil rights. one of his very first cases was a successful challenge to the university of georgia's discriminatory admissions policies. the years of his tenure at the national urban league, the 1970s, were a period when the united states was coping with the repercussions of the sweeping changes of the civil rights era of the 1960s. as vernon put it, we were dealing with the rubble of the
walls we tore down in the 1960s and despite the tush lens of the era, the poverty, the crime, the racial violence, president gerald ford made not one mention of the plight of african-americans in his 1976 state of the union address. vernon jordan was appalled and the state of black america was born. mr. jordan is unable to join us in person today, but he graciously stat down wigraciou graciousgraciou graciously sat down with us to share his memories of the past and insight into the present. take a look.
when i think about on my ten-year term at the urban league the state of black america is one of the things that i'm most proud of. the 1970s was the aftermath of what happened in the 1960s and defined the rights of black people. the 1970s were about making real the rights that had been defined. let me give you an example. in the 1960s we conferred and defined the right to check into the motel or the hotel. the 1970s were about providing the wherewithal to check out. the right to check in is meaningless if you don't have what it takes to check out. so that meant a good education
so you can get a good job. so the implementation of the definition and the conferring of rights in the 1960s was a primary goal of the 1970s. 1975 was an interesting year. president gerald ford was running the country. he was a good man. he was a friend of mine, but in the area that i most cared about he was not very aggressive and we weren't getting much leadership on the issue that the urban league was interested in, that is the equal opportunity for black americans. and i was still relatively new having succeeded and we had lost
martin in the late '60s and then we lost whitney young and then roy wilkins was not feeling to well or doing so well. and i was sort of the youngest guy, new guy on the scene and it was important to fill this gap and i thought that was my job and i thought institutionally and one of the programs we instituted was the state of black america. it's interesting in the state of the union address by president
ford, he didn't say anything about equal opportunity or the plight of black people. we came out the same month with the state of black america and we -- it was sufficiently potent. it was sufficiently well researched that "the new york times" wrote an editorial about it and essentially said we had done the nation and the political parties a service by issuing the state of black america which is now 40 years old. local urban leagues start issuing the state of black america in their local city, the state of black people in x, y, z city and that got duplicated. what i'm proud of is my successors who in my judgment had the good judgment to continue it because it was not only in the interest of the
national urban league and its programs, it was in my judgment in the interest of the nation because politicians, ministers, professors, academics, they used this data to make their points in their lectures and in their speeches. and it was good data. i remember election night in 2008 when they announced that obama was going to be the next president of the united states and i found myself sitting there watching the television with tears just streaming down my eyes. and it dawned on me that my tears were not really my tears, but they were the tears of my
grandparents and my parents. they were the tears of all those black people who toted that cotton and lifted that bale. the notion that obama would be the president or any black person would be president is stunning. i feel good and grat fieed about the continuance of a program that i was privileged to start is in its 40th year and that tells you something about the substance of the urban league, about the consistency of its leadership and so i'm very pleased about it. >> thank you, vernon jordan. [ applause ] and now ladies and gentlemen we
weren't able to include everything that vernon jordan said in that interview when he was talking about president obama's presidency he mentioned his stead fast earliest political memory. it was listening to eugene towne, the candidate for the governor of georgia on the radio in 1943 when he was just eight years old. he remembers him saying i have two platforms. the "n" word and rogz. here is what "the new york times" had to say in that he had toral that vernon mentioned. the gains made in the 1960s had been des mated and in terms those demanding equality urged
on the nation by its leaders all gears had been thrown into reverse. all gears had been thrown into reverse. black america is moving backward. the similarities of the united states of 1976 and the united states of 2016 are profoundly striking. we are now as we were then a nation struggling to overcome the worst economic downturn since the great depression. all gears have been thrown into reverse. we're now as we were then facing growing pressure as the last human needs programs for the poor who all too often are demonized and characterized as lazy slackers trying to cheat the system, all gears have been thrown into reverse. we are now as we were then responding to hostility and
violence triggered by challenges to the status quo whether responses to bussing programs, to integrating public schools, our resistance to common place of police bru talty all gears have been thrown into reverse. have racial justice improved in the last eight years. as our president wraps up his final months as commander in chief we begin to assess the progress that black america has made under his administration. how well has the nation recovered from the worst economic crisis it has seen in generations? how much closer are we to the very important goal of universal health care coverage? has the affordable care act, obamacare, gotten us?
as president obama himself said in his recent commencement address at howard university my election did not create a post racial society. mr. president, you are right. the 2016 national urban league equality index tells an all too familiar story of persistent racial disparity in american life. your presidency has however made a difference, a profound difference, and we are proud of it. yet we cannot in eight short years eliminate america's long-standing challenges around racial inequity but your presidency has given it new energy. in 1787 african-americans were designated to be three-fifths of a person. under a constitutional convention compromised between northern and southern states america's founding fathers
agreed to count enslaved americans as three-fifths of a person. that's 60%. looking for a way to measure how far black americans have risen from being considered just 60% of their white counterparts, back in 2004 we introduced as a new element of the state of black america the equality index. so how far have we come? in 2016 that number is 72.2%. an equality index of 100 would indicate that conditions for white and black americans are equal. we calculate the equality index based on data in five key areas, economics, health, education, social justice. now the overall index might not change much from year to year.
last year's index was just .2% lower at 72%. but there can be significant shifts within each of those key areas and we take an even closer look at the conditions within select groups of cities. economically for example the most equal natural area with regard to unemployment is providen providence, rhode island with an index of 65%. that means the gap between the white and black unemployment rates was the smallest of the cities we measured. it does not necessarily mean that conditions there were the best for african-americans. tul tulsa, which also had the same black unemployment rate as providence ranked 39th on our list because the white unemployment rate there is only
4.3% making the gap between the black and white rates much larger. now unemployment and joblessness is just one of the many injustices that keep too many of our cities locked out. i realize that standing here and reciting numbers is not the best way to illustrate the profound impact of economic and social justice in this nation but ladies and gentlemen behind these statistics are real people, men, women, families, children and they are affected in dramatic ways. now we right the wrongs in history. now we must right the wrongs in our education system. now we must right the wrongs of our economy. now we must right the wrongs of mass incarceration and uniqequa
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continues to white houarehouse. we cannot compete without investing in human capital and human resources. his idea was simple and profound. it was to represent kate the most successful anti-poverty initiative in modern american history, the european plan. we don't finish a revolution by thinking about it. the urban league is not a think tank. we don't finish a revolution by just talking about it. the urban league is not a talk tank. the urban league is a do tank and what we need to do is save our cities, big and small, north and south, east and west, from coast to coast.
we must -- [ applause ] -- save our copiities and we mu develop our economic infrastructure and move people out of poverty from welfare rolls to payrolls and we can commit the nation's support to our struggling urban communities just as we did for post-war europe. not only did the plan in europe wipe out poverty and starvation seemingly overnight it triggered a ground swell that covered europe through the next two decades. we can do that again in honor of this milestone 40th state of black america. the national urban league therefore proposes a sweeping resolution to the disparities. the main street marshal plan to
poverty to shared prosperity. if we can rebuild the banks, if we can rebuild europe, if we can rebuild bagdad, this bold strategic investment in our urban communities right here in the united states of america necessitates a commitment, a commitment of $1 trillion over the next five years, some say can we afford it? i say we cannot afford not to do it. our cities -- [ applause ] -- from east baltimore to the south side of chicago from cleveland to buffalo to the industrial midwest to the sun belt, there are too many neighborhoods locked out and left out for whom this recovery has bypassed them. your voice, my voice, the
strength, the power, the history of the urban league must align squarely behind their interests. until we do so, until we do so our work is not yet complete. so the main street marshal plan contemplates a number of things. universal early childhood education. we know that people in preschool programs are less likely to repeat grades or need special education or enter the criminal justice system and are more likely to graduate from high school and own homes. the return on investment in early childhood education is estimated at 12% after inflation. investments like the expansion of summer youth employment programs. our young people deserve an opportunity to work. we know that young people who
work in summer jobs do better in schools. they're far less likely to get in trouble with the law and perhaps nowhere has the impact of high-youth unemployment been felt more keenly than ferguson, missouri. our affiliate is rising to that challenge at a site of a convenience store that was destroyed. i had the honor to represent the urban league in the ground breaking. ♪
>> while we are constructing the new facility we are proud of the fact that thus far we have 100% of african-american companies building there to date and we will continue that to show the best and brightest of the african-americans in the female construction industry and we are committed to making a difference in our own construction project and working with those to make that same difference in theirs. >> great work by our team. [ applause ] >> great work by a team in st. louis. it is an example of what this kind of investment can do. investments like a federal living wage of $15 per hour indexed to inflation. [ applause ]
now, not only would an increase in the minimum wage help people lift thousands of themselves out of poverty and help to shrink the nation's dangerously wide income gap, it would inject billions into the economy. every dollar increased for a minimum wage worker results in $2,800 in new, that's right, new consumer spending on an annual basis. investments like an infrastructure fund to rebuild schools, community and youth centers, libraries, water systems and urban transportation. every dollar spent on infrastructure produces $2, $2 in economic growth. indeed the economic policy is
estimated that a $250 billion annual investment boosts gross domestic product by $400 billion and overall employment by 3 million new jobs in one year only. investments like a new main street mail and microbusiness financing plan with an emphasis on businesses owned by women and people of color. [ applause ] we know that small businesses accounted for 60% of all new jobs created since the end of the great recession and lead large firms in new technology and patent creation. small businesses produce 60 times more patents per employee than large firms. the urban league's movement
centers have served nearly 50,000 small business owners over the last five years helping to create or save nearly 6,000 jobs and procure nearly $350 million in new contracts and financing. ladies and gentlemen, those are results. this year -- this year we were so proud to be in baltimore to announce the creation of a new entrepreneurship center there. >> on behalf of the greater baltimore urban league i'm pleased to announce the urban league today will receive an award and i'll leave that up to my great leader out of new york to explain to you all the pieces of that. >> to announce that through a partnership the national urban league, the baltimore urban league, working with and with the support of the department of
commerce, with the support of the city of baltimore, will establish in this location a newer entrepreneurship center. that center has a very simple purpose, it is to help small businesses with a focus on businesses owned by people of color, to grow their businesses, to increase their revenues, to create more jobs and to build the wealth that the community not only needs, but that this community justly deserves. >> we will make this happen. [ applause ] >> we look forward, ladies and gentlemen, to a great success in baltimore under the leadership of jay howard henderson. thank you jay howard. now for the full list haof
recommendations for the main street marshall plan let me encourage you to go to state of black america.org but i want to focus on one more investment and that is workforce and job training with a focus on reentry. sentencing reform and i hope it happens is likely to result in an increase of former offenders reentering the workforce who are in need of job training, who are in need of edge cariucation ande in need of counseling. employment education programs have been tremendously successful and in this area the urban league has led the way. those initiatives produce returns for workers that far exceed the costs of those programs. i want to highlight today one such program and that is at our affiliate in atlanta, georgia
where incredible results are being produced. take a look. >> i was charged as an adult and i was sentencesed to ten years with three served. >> this is what life was like for him during his youth. convicted of armed robbery and classified as a fellon at age 14. his education and career were not top priorities. >> my mother worked two or three jobs a day so i became the man of the household. i wasn't able to help my mother as much as i thought i would be able to so i turned to crime. i went from breaking into houses to robbing people. >> after serving two years in jail he decided it was time to change his life around. while meeting with his probation officer he noticed a flyer for the urban league of greater atlanta. >> i was incarcerated. how could i find the urban league. they gave nothing but 100% love to me.
they helped me create a resume and cover letters and they helped me find numerous jobs that i could not take because i was in school. they helped me obtain my ged. >> they helped him turn him ture around. ricky brown, an ex-offender and owner of next step is one of his mentors. >> one of the main reasons i started is because i'm an ex-offender. i served 13 years of a 15-year sentence. came home and couldn't get a job. you will need steel toed boots. >> we were able to put him to work. you can be what you want to be and do what you want to do if you believe in yourself. >> he worked with brown and landed a job with a restaurant goods company. >> everybody makes mistakes. you are going to make mistakes, we all people. >> 2015, jevon was an honoree of the spirit of the league rewards
and studying biology and planning for a career in peeved yatic dentistry. >> i have a bright future ahead of me. find something you are passionate about. find something you can wake up and be happy with. find something that gives you drive and motivation. when you find it, give it 100% effort. >> nick valencia, cnn, atlanta. [ applause ] >> great work, incredible work by the urban league in atlanta and nancy johnson. you have to love jevon. how many jevon's are out there and how many jevon's can we lift, guide and assist? that's our work. no life should be thrown away. i want to say that not only are
the affiliates that we highlighted today examples of the do tag work of the urban league movement, but there are dozens and dozens and dozens all over the nation. to my urban league colleagues across the nation, as we release the state of black america, i want to lift all of you up. i want to say thank you to each and every one of you. your work does make a difference in investments in your work yield a return. not only for the lives that that work touches, but for the communities that we serve and the nation that we are working to rebuild. in closing, i'd like to share the words that vernon jordon spoke, words that cannot ring truer than today. it is our hope that this document will pierce the dark veil of neglect that is thus far
smothered efforts to right the wrongs of the past and the present. i hope it will be read closely by the white house and in congress. and that it will influence decision makers to open their eyes to the plight of black americans. i hope it will be read by all the candidates in both political parties, whose campaigns largely exhibit a refusal to grabl with the concerns of black citizens. i urge black people to educate themselves to the issues, to register and to vote in the upcoming primaries and election. for this election could be the most crucial in recent history for black people. the implications of the mass imp impoverrished rights. every black vote be mobilized in black interest and aspirations.
in 1976, that was vernon jord jordon's message to the next president. my message to the next president is this, the disparities are real, the conditions are tough, the times demand real leadership. does our nation have the leadership and the will to confront these vexing problems to confront these challenges to forge a better tomorrow? does this nation have the will to confront that the urban leagues main street marshall plan represents a direction, rep septs a map, represents concrete proposals and a serious approach beyond talking points enewe endoand name calling to help this nation confront the need to complete this recovery. president obama has gotten us to
second base. now we need to bring it home so that this recovery is complete. ladies and gentlemen, that is the state of black america. thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you. let's keep it going for mr. marc morial, president morial. [ applause ] >> thank you. what did you think? in the words of mr. morial, we don't finish a revolution by just thinking about it, right? there's a lot to digest and a lot to think about. i appreciated that behind the statistics there were a lot of real people and real stories and real solutions that were presented today. to continue the solutions and the discussion, today we are launching the state of black
america web series. we had an incredible group of panelists. i was privileged to moderate that panel. some of them are in the room. we covered confronting race and privilege, the state of black women, criminal justice reform, the state of black america at 40 and black votes matter. we invite you to please visit stateofblackamerica.org and check out the web series and share it. i want to thank the sponsors. thank you so much to aur partner at&t, comcast for their production of state of black america web series. interactive one and our gracious hosts here today at the museum. amazing, amazing building. my first time in here. the full report, stateofblackamerica.org includes thought-provoking essays from authors including elected officials, leaders in business, economics and social change.
so, i want to thank you all for joining us here today. let's continue the conversation, let's keep it going on social media. let's keep it going in your barber shops, grocery stores, everywhere. use the #lockedout. thank you so much and have a great day. [ applause ] >> thank you all so much. [ inaudible ]