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live with my children in order to pay the bills. this makes me frustrated. i am frustrated because i cannot support myself by myself. it also makes me afraid because for my children and my children's children that they will not be able to take care of themselves. we work hard. we deserve better. [cheers and applause]
>> take your time. it's all right. >> let me tell you about women at my store. for years we have been living with low poverty wages and disrespectful managers. but since the fight for $15 there has been a change. me and my coworkers, we ain't taking it no more. [cheers and applause] >> someone's life 21st, 20 -- so on july 21, 2016, we organized we stood up, and we went on
strike, and we shut it down. [cheers and applause] >> if we don't get it, shut it down. if we don't get it, shut it down. if we don't get it, shut it down. shut it down. shut it down. but there is a lot of work that still needs to be done. we are not afraid, we won't back down, we won't give in. we will win. [applause] >> we are winners. and you know why? because the fight for 15
[indiscernible] [cheers and applause] now, give a warm welcome to my sister miss lauren mend. >> welcome to richmond. i am honored to be here among all of you. i am a health care worker -- home care worker and home s worker chair of virginia,eiu chapter 12. -- both of my parents were union workers. they march with dr. king on washington. the reason we are here is
because this is the former capital of the confederacy. a place where people of thought of as less. the work they did was thought up at -- thought of as less. but we always did the grunt work for low wages. white baby strength from our breasts, but we could not drink from their fountains. white families relied on us to care for their elderly paris -- parents, but we could not write the bus with them. we cleaned their schools that our children could not attend. we cook their food but could not sit at the table. now we said enough is enough. [cheers and applause]
keep your eyes on the prize hold on ♪ >> dimon adjunct professor. adjunct professors are low-wage workers, the fast food workers of higher education. >> my life would change tremendously if i could make $15 per hour. i would no longer have to piece money together in order to get the utility bills together. i would no longer have to reach out for assistance from agencies to help with that rent or help with those utility bills. those needs were already be met
because i can pay them on my own. i would not need food stamps in addition to the little wages that i am getting now. >> i work for child care and i make $8.05 per hour. i have no children, i'm not married, yet i am unable i am unable to take care of myself. i cannot afford to live on my own or move out. i have been homeless, i have slept in my car. >> i have a family. i have four kids i need to feed and i cannot feed them on $7.25. ♪ >> they said back in the 1960's that we could not win, that we
could not get a voting rights signed, but we did it. sometimes you have to use your marching feet and sometimes you have to make a little noise. i spoke at the march on saturday and we are prepared to make some noise. it's about time. we are too quiet. it is about time. we have to find a way to make our way out of no way. i know some of your coworkers maybe a little afraid. don't be afraid. be of good courage. we must remember that dr. martin luther king jr. on april 4, 1968 died trying to help a sanitation worker. and that's what this is all about. some people get richer and richer and are doing better and
>> it is time for mcdonald's to make the right decision. we know that this company has spent $30 billion over the last 10 years buying back their own stock. clearly they have enough money to pay s $15 per hour. >> underpaid workers across the country have taken there by director to the presidential candidates to drive home that they are a voting bloc that cannot be avoided. >> as we gather tonight in this theater, just outside and across the country, picketers are gathering as well. they are demanding an immediate hike in the minimum wage to $15 per hour. are you sympathetic to the protesters' cause since a $15 wage works out to about $31 --
[cheers and applause] >> well, who would have thought we would have been here four years ago? hello, my name is angie, i am 20 years old from los angeles. i am a mcdonald's worker and also part of a national organizing committee. [cheers and applause] there has been someone who has been with us from the very beginning, someone who has believed in us even when people called us crazy. she has been on strike lines with us, she has marched with us and when we got arrested at the mcdonald's shareholder meeting, guess what?
the present of the service employees international union mary kay henry. [cheers and applause] ms. henry: how about angie? thank you, angie. good evening, sisters and brothers. i am so proud to be looking at the fearless leaders of the fight for 15 and union movement. [cheers and applause] ms. henry: you are the heroes and heroines of the most successful labor movement of our generation. give yourselves a hand.
[cheers and applause] i am incredibly proud on behalf of the 2 million hard-working people of the service employees international union to report to the fight for 15 leadership that we have your back and we will have your back until we win. [cheers and applause] ms. henry: and just as angie told us, i believe that you believe, that we will be the most unstoppable force for change that this country has ever seen in our lifetime. [applause] ms. henry: now let's take stock
of a moment, because for many of us who have joined this movement over the course of the last four years, it is kind of hard to believe what has been accomplished in what is a very short time. you heard angie say that back when those brooklyn fast food workers had the audacity to strike and make a demand for $15 and the union, people laughed, people said you are crazy. those fast food jobs, teenagers do them. they earn pocket change. what are they talking about $15 and a union for? but we understood that nothing in our country is going to change for the better until people link arms and start fighting for something better.
[cheers and applause] and that is what this amazing movement that you have built is all about. it is about people sticking together and fighting for a better life. for ourselves, for our children, and for our neighborhoods and for every community across this land. let's look at what you have made possible. 20 million two-zero, 20 million people now have more money in their pockets, have wage wage increases for the first time in their lives because of this movement. [applause]. ms. henry: people in seattle california, and new york are already on the way to $15. this group made this happen.
[applause] ms. henry: real change is happening across this country. tonight we are gathered in richmond. yolanda and coral and -- corilyn welcomed us and described their lives with determination. it is a beautiful city in richmond and it is important to understand that the capital of the confederacy -- [inaudible] -- the southern states -- [chanting fight for $15]
i have struggled to pay for my son's clothing and that is so unfair. you guys get paid enough. you have a chance to get a union. i don't. i am out here fighting and you are going to do this right now? around people like us know what the struggle is? $200 a week is not enough to take care of our families. and you're doing this to us? you don't know what it feels like to be a fast food worker. you don't know what it feels like. y'all get paid. you get salaries. >> i know that we got workers we've got workers in this room who left this convention and left their families behind to come here and make a better way
for america and for us. and i know that it is workers from kansas city, from st. louis, from detroit fight for $15, from virginia richmond virginia, every county in virginia, and california, and florida, and texas, and connecticut, and new jersey, boston, and new york. it is workers all across the country that are fighting for $15 and a union. do you know what it is like to have your kids homeless sleeping in the back of a van? you will never know what that is like. they will never walk a day in our shoes. we fight for $15 for all workers in this country. if you want $15 and a union, i want you to stand up right now.
>> excuse me, my brothers and sisters. could i please have your attention. we all know that we are one family in here. [cheers and applause] >> and we all know that no matter who the devil sends in, they can't win. so i ask you one thing. don't give them what they are looking for. we have already won the victory. let this continue to be peaceful
because we know we win. >> show me what democracy looks like. show me what democracy looks like. >> i said, show me what democracy looks like. [chanting] >> show me what democracy looks like. >> show me what my proceed looks like. >> this is what democracy looks like. >> show me what democracy looks like. >> this is what democracy looks like. >> show me what democracy looks like. >> this is what democracy looks like. >> united, we will never be
that everybody is committed to fighting for $15 and a union. [cheers and applause] ms. henry: tonight, i want to talk about why we are gathered here in richmond, the capital of the confederacy, where southern states many moons ago fox to maintain slavery -- fought to maintain slavery in our country. the legacy and consequences of that slave system are still with us today. in fact, those racist cornerstones are a major reason why we need to fight for $15 and a union. [cheers and applause]
ms. henry: 150 years ago, the white, rich, and powerful slaveowners who dominated the southern states declared war on the rest of the country. those southern slaveowners were supported by wealthy industrialists in the north who profited from slave labor using southern con to -- cotton to line their pockets with massive textile and manufacturing fortunes. the wealthy white in both the north and south were determined to protect a way of life based on ownership of black families. they were determined to maintain
a government and economy based on one notion, that what people were superior to black people. [boos] ms. henry: as our first lady michelle obama reminded us -- [cheers and applause] ms. henry: just a few weeks ago she reminded us that enslaved people built the white house and the capital just up 95 from here , and tomorrow we will stand together and march to an avenue that is lined with the statues of the confederate leaders who
fought to maintain slavery in the united states of america. we will march together to reject that tierney and hatred -- tyranny and hatred. we will march together to reject that tyranny and hatred, and instead embraced democracy and freedom and the quality. -- equality. we will march to honor black americans who were once enslaved but broke free to fight for their own emancipation and freedom. [cheers and applause] ms. henry: we will remember that after emancipation there was a time when millions of life
families across the south together with some poor white families, joined together to vote and organize and mobilize for a better life, for better wages, schools, and fair treatment under the law. sisters and brothers, we know the story of what happens when white and black and brown people came together and united races. it was undone by wealthy powerful white people who used intimidation and violence to suppress that growing movement for change. the wealthy few were so afraid of the power of that multiracial unity that they used the ku klux klan and other terrorist groups
to stamp out and suffocate the flicker of hope that unity meant. we know deep in our hearts that for the people who have the courage to fight for freedom and an activation, -- emancipation, hope did not go away. it lives on in the movement that thought for civil rights. it lives on in the movement for union rights, for women's rights, for lgbtq equality. it is a live right here in richmond virginia, tonight. [cheers and applause] ms. henry: in the fight for $15 we continue to tear down the
racist barriers that hold us back, and we join together to make sure we eliminate the barriers that whole people of color in jobs that have always been excluded because of slavery and to have been destroyed because of this attack on unions. these barriers mean that some children go to school that don't have enough books, that don't have buses, computers, or even munches. -- lunches. these barriers create a criminal justice system that does not protect african-american families, that in traps african-american families. together, these barriers that make up racism, that live and breathe in every structure of america, the education system, the housing system, the employment system, the legal
system, the criminal justice system, the racist barriers that live and breathe throughout the united states, that keep too many black and latino families trapped in poverty. sisters and brothers tonight the leaders of fight for $15 and the union movement will pledge to each other that we will never ignore this reality. [cheers and applause] ms. henry: we will never create an economy that works for all of us if any black, latino asian native american family is left behind. we cannot succeed if any person in our country is thrown away because of his race or her heritage. we will win when we draw on the strength of each of us to create
a more just society, when we realize that we are all in the same boat, whether jobs were excluded because of the racist structures our history of slavery or whether middle-class jobs destroyed because of the attack on unions. we are in the same boat. building this unity is especially important this year. with this presidential election, we all know that one of the candidates for president is very dangerous. right? we know that one of the candidates were president is trying to scare people. most working-class white families in america at one time could count on solid economic security because they won it through their unions. corporations weekend their
unions and took away their pensions and undermined their confidence about the future. it is understanding -- understandable that some white working-class people are angry. we cannot let our fear about tomorrow divide our unity for today. [cheers and applause] ms. henry: i deeply hopeful that our movement will keep growing. we heard people welcomed in this room that have not stood with the fast food leadership before. we welcomed grocery store workers and t-mobile workers. we are expanding this movement for change alongside adjunct professors and higher education faculty and airport workers and janitors and security officers and norse in home workers and childcare workers.
the success of this movement shows how much change and progress happens when we built and organized together. that is the fundamental reason why it is so important to keep fighting until each and every worker in this country, 64 million people have got to get on a path to 15 and the union. [applause] ms. henry: sisters and brothers, we know that when mcdonald's workers win, we all win. we pledge to the fast food workers, the leaders of this movement, we will be there. not just to build your organization, but to expand -- extend a hand to every other worker so they can jump on the
bandwagon that the fast food workers have created. you work hard. you should be paid more. you should not need food stamps to be your children. -- feed your children. the tax money we spend on food stamps is better spent on home care and childcare for seniors and children, and on better pay for people that provide that care and support. we will continue to call on politicians to do more to help working people win higher wages. we will keep building a movement of 64 million working people. we will make every candidate at every level of government from the school board to the city
council to the state legislature to stand up for us and support the freedom to join together and win unions and win $50 an hour -- $15 an hour. this movement is bigger than ourselves. it is big enough to take on corporate structures that want to keep wages as low as possible. it will make progress on racial and immigrant justice and fight for an economy that works for all of us. i know that everyone in this room believes that we can win. [cheers and applause] ms. henry: do you believe sisters and brothers? i believe. >> i. ms. henry: i believe. >> i believe. ms. henry: i believe that. >> i believe that.
>> i believe that we will win. >> i believe that we will win. [chanting "i believe that we will win."] >> you need to hear about the incredible progress your movement is making. i want to go to pod one. >> how are you guys doing? thank you mary kay henry. thank you for those kind words. i am from chicago. where chicago? woo! chicago, all right.
i have a mcdonald's worker and a single mom of a four-year-old boy. i will tell you a little bit about the shutout -- how chicago has made victory. our mayor has never been for raising wages never ever. he was up for reelection. he saw how powerful we are. he realized that the only way he would get reelected was if he -- if he wanted to raise the minimum wage. guess what? he did that. he got reelected. chicago is now on the path to $15 an hour by 2019. i know. -- $13 an hour by 2019. i know. it is not $15. we are powerful. 64 million workers do not make $15 an hour.
that is not right. we will keep pushing politicians until they come get our vote. they are going to come get our votes, why? they have to work for us. they have to make it right for us. we are the working class. we also want paid sick days in chicago. that was us. that was the fight for $15. when the president is elected, it does not matter, male or female republican or democrat, we will be out there the next day. we will be out there and show them that we are here to stay. they are going to work for us. this movement is here to stay. we are very powerful. don't ever forget that, guys. thank you. >> thank you. pod two cynthia from the childcare fight for $15. cynthia, welcome. >> hello.
i am an early educator from california. for the past 17 years, my greatest joy has been teaching our littlest learners. an even greater joy is when children in my care, and attend college. [cheers and applause] >> a few weeks ago, i got a call from a former student. the call to tell me that -- he called to tell me that he was accepted to ucla. i was so proud of him. he is an example of how access to early education is the foundation that creates powerful powerful academic success. early education and higher
education contributes significantly to creating creative minds. great minds is what improves our economy. the reality is that higher learning and early learning are in crisis. childcare workers struggle to make ends meet. parents struggle to pay part childcare -- pay for child care. college costs too much. campus workers and even professors are living in poverty. that is why childcare and higher education are in the fight for $15. [cheers and applause] in california, we won millions for early childcare and for
early education. we even got the wage to $15 an hour. childcare is in the news. it is a priority for this election. thousands across the country have formed unions. hey in colleges and job security or part-time faculty, graduate students, tenured faculty are also joining the fight for $15. together we shall win. [cheers and applause] thank you. ms. henry: thank you, cynthia. pod three, we want to hear from stephen lane from the home care fight for $15. >> hello.
i am a dietary a from bridgeport , connecticut. we are winning huge in our fight for $15. our jobs in the health care industry is to provide care to our most vulnerable in today's society, the disabled, the elderly, and those who need medical care. our work is value, it is time for us to stand up and be valued. we fight every day. here are some of our victories. hospital workers in minnesota maryland massachusetts pennsylvania, and washington have won their fight for $15. [cheers and applause] >> what? let me repeat myself. hospital workers in
massachusetts, maryland, minnesota, washington, and pennsylvania have won their fight for $15. [cheers and applause] >> nursing home workers in my home state of connecticut florida, and pennsylvania have one there fight for $15. [cheers and applause] >> homecare workers in oregon, massachusetts, and washington have one there fight for $15. community care workers in canada won their fight for $16. let me add that minnesota and pennsylvania have won their unions. closer to home, i had a coworker who was on the path to termination. thanks to our union, they stepped in and saved his job.
i see that and i want to set the trend, not just here in my home state and in virginia, around the world. [cheers and applause] ms. henry: thank you from the nursing home and health care fight for $15. now norma in pod one from property services in denver. >> [speaking spanish] good afternoon, i'm a janitor, a proud janitor -- a member of the local 105 in denver. >> [speaking spanish]
>> we have just reached a new project of 2500 janitors. >> there is a bright future, but we must work in order to achieve it. >> [speaking spanish] >> the last contract we actually won vacation and medical insurance. [cheers and applause] >> [speaking spanish] >> of course, we have to fight to keep those rights. >> [speaking spanish] >> with the new contract, we
were able to get every janitor to a minimum wage of $15. >> [speaking spanish] >> she said it was very powerful because it changed her life. she had two jobs and she was able to quit the second one. [cheers and applause] ms. henry: gracias, normal. >> si se puede. ms. henry: yes we can. thank you to the janitors for showing us that we can win $15. sisters and brothers, i want you to hear from the fast food leaders from the national organizing committee. >> how are you doing today?
my name is darius, i am from boston massachusetts. i am 25 years old. i work and mcdonald's as a security guard. yes, mcdonald's has security. it is crazy. the reason i am on this stage today is to let you know we are winning we are victorious in our battles against these corporations. we are winning not only locally but nationally. the difference, what i'm trying to say is, we are working people , standing united to create a change in our economy and in our lives. [cheers and applause] >> in other words, we are a union. we are a union.
i'm just going to let you in on a couple local victories we had in houston, texas. where is houston at? i heard a story. it was 165 degrees in one of your stores. 165 degrees. you walked out of your jobs, got 100 signatures, delivered it to the franchise owner and let him know that you are not going to stay working in conditions like that. what did you all get? a brand-new ac unit. another victory. a lot of cities from boston to california all the way up to new york and all the way down south. a lot of cities winning paid sick days. a lot of cities are winning paid sick days. victories for my hometown, we
have paid family leave, which means if little man gets sick, mama can stay home and take care of little man and get paid. [cheers and applause] >> i want to thank you all for my time. i appreciate you all. we are fighting until we drop. ms. henry: thank you, darius. sisters and brothers, there has been a lot of progress in the fight for $15. we have one a lot -- won a lot. we have a lot more to win. tonight, we are making our flight -- fight to win racial justice right alongside winning economic justice. we cannot win one without the other. is that right, brothers and sisters? [cheers and applause] ms. henry: when we did this
report to our union in march of last year. skillet, who is one of the fast food leaders in endless, told us this story that he believes that his two-year-old daughter was going to open a history book someday and read about the fight for $15 movement and the changes it made. i want the leaders in this room to take pride in the history that you are making and the fundamental change that we can win together building a powerful multiracial movement that will not let any wealthy special interests divide us ever again because we are not stopping until 64 million people, out of poverty wage jobs and we end racism and win immigrant justice
>> good evening everybody. how are you all doing out there? you are all looking really good out there. i like the way you look. i hope your flight to is on time. i am sorry for technical difficulties but i am glad you are here. how are you all doing? for those of you who do not know me i am 25 years old repping out of north carolina. i work at mcdonald's making $8.15 an hour. i am also a single mother of one.
hello, it just is. i also want to let you know that i am one of the original workers that walked off of my job november 2012 and i am still here. i am still fighting. i cannot stop. i won't stop. with that being said -- >> what is up? what is up, brothers and sisters? i am a fast food worker. representing florida. >> florida, where are you at? >> where is florida? i am 19 years old. i educate and i organize. >> i know that is right. >> and we are part of your
organizing committee squad. >> squad. >> squad. this is so beautiful right now. >> i know, they are looking really good. >> just take one second -- look around this room. this is power. >> this is power. and it is very beautiful. but, you know, i have something on my mind. let us take a seat. i have been thinking -- if we have been doing this for a while now. right? the one thing that always stood out to me. 64 million. you heard right. 64 million workers.
they are making less than $15 an hour. do you know what this means? everyone in this room right now is all in the same boat. let me explain. we are fast food. but over here, health care. my brother here is childcare. my brother over here is a teacher. my sister here is making $8.75 with the union. but my brother here is making less without a union. we are still all in the same boat because we are not making $15 an hour. >> i know that is right. good jobs have been destroyed. >> true.
>> good jobs that were once middle-class jobs do not exist anymore. >> true. >> retail and fast food are the largest industries today. >> really. >> right. >> but this is where we come together and realize that we are all in the same boat and we are ready to successfully turn that boat around. no matter where you are or who you work for, whether you make cars, build buildings -- it does not matter. at the end of the day, we all deserve justice and dignity to go to work. we deserve it. >> these corporations and industries -- they exploit
people on an everyday basis to make big profits for a few and keep the mass in oppression. >> you are absolutely right. let us talk about how they keep -- they keep our black and brown prisons overflowing everywhere. we all know we have an incentive. these are the policies made by the people in power with the money to keep us all down. >> so, that is why it is so important to regain our political power. [applause] >> brothers and sisters --
because a collective action brings change. so, let us use the power of the 64 million workers who are -- who are not making a livable wage. let us use that and with our strength in numbers to spread out. i am not just talking about going on strike or being on the picket fence. >> what do you mean you are not talking about that? what else is there to do? >> we are holding our politicians and elected officials responsible. this 2016 election -- we say, if you want my vote, you have to come get my vote. >> right. you are absolutely right this -- sis.
why should we have to decide to pay our rent or put food on the table? why should we have to decide between feeding our child were going back and forth to work? we worked each and every day busting our butts but we cannot afford to take care of our family. that is not right. >> i started thinking about something. isn't there more of us than there is of them? so what does that mean that we can reclaim our medical right and political power -- we can reclaim our political right and political power? >> look at that.
we are all in this room. we have been whiting and winning our victories and it shows. we need to know that we have to stick together and keep fighting. >> so, with that being said, brothers and sisters -- tomorrow, we will be rolling up our sleeves. and taking in on -- and digging in on how to build power within ourselves. it is our duty to make sure that our voices are heard but heard as a collective. together. so, what better than marching down monument avenue with reverend barber in virginia in
the former capital of the confederacy? what is better than that? >> that sounds dope. >> brothers and sisters -- we will turn the vote around. ok guys, i want you to keep the energy flowing. we have leeann and -- coming to this stage so give them a round of applause. [applause] >> where are the childcare workers? we love the children also. we are not in the classroom today but we have a special one for you. we fight for 15 because we believe that children are the future. isn't that right?
♪ i believe that children are our future teach them well and let them show the way show then the beauty they possess inside. give them a sense of pride to make it easier let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be everybody is searching for a hero people need someone to look up to i never found anyone who could feel -- fill my need a lonely place to be and so i learned to depend on me
find your strength in love ♪ [applause] , on, you all. -- come on you all. >> i need you to help us with this song. this is something we can all do together. the words say -- in unity there is strength. >> come on, put your hands together. in unity there is strength. ♪ in unity there is strength in unity there is strength. in unity there is strength.
>> come on, clap your hands and sing. ♪ in unity there is strength ♪ ♪ the fight is on our side the fight is on our side the fight is on our side and in unity there is strength in unity there is strength. >> i cannot hear you out there. >> ♪ in unity there is strength in unity there is strength ♪ >> fight for 15.
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>> hillary hillary! senator sanders: -- ms. clinton: thank you all so much. it is so great to be back in scranton, pennsylvania. i cannot tell you how important this is to me and vice president joe biden. we both have a lot of memories of scranton and like lenola. it is such a nostalgic trip for me, because my brothers are here. we came to like lenola -- lake lenola every summer of my life, and we loved every minute of it. there are a lot of people in this crowd who are family have
known, or joe's family have known over the years. we are grateful to each and every one of you. it is wonderful to be here in scranton with senator bob casey. [applause] ms. clinton: and your congressman, matt cartwright. and your amazing recorder of deeds, evan mcnulty. we sure miss that has been of yours. we are thinking about you, and we are sending you our best wishes. of course, as i said, i am here with the one and only vice president joe biden.
[cheering] [applause] [cheering] ms. clinton: you know, joe grew up on north washington avenue. no matter how far he traveled, he never forgets where he is from. i had seen him in a lot of settings, in the spotlight as vice president and senator, in a quiet movements -- moments with constituents in -- constituents and in the situation room helping to make decisions that affect our lives and security. wherever he goes, he is always the same guy. he is a fighter for anyone that needs a champion.
he is a fighter for the town of scranton. and he is a fighter for families. [applause] [cheering] ms. clinton: you know, i think he would be the first to say that he cares about your family because of his family. joe senior anne catherine todd -- and catherine taught joe that all people deserve to be treated with dignity. you see someone fall, you help them up. we are all in this together. that is the biden way. we have seen how he fights for working families, because he passionately believes in the a sick bargains that make our america great. that our economy should work for everyone and not just those at the top. he stands up against injustice.
he has led the fight to end violence against women and girls. and he stares -- stands up for people's health including the project he is now leading on behalf of president obama. the cancer moonshot to help save lives. as many of you know, his wonderful son, a great father and great public servant, a great human being, passed away last year. this is personal to joe biden. he knows it is personal to a lot of families. that is why he is fighting so hard to make a difference. if i am elected this fall i will ask him to continue the
important work he has done to help us fight and defeat cancer. [applause] [cheering] ms. clinton: as someone who has worked with joe for years, first in the senate and then as a member of the obama-biden, i can say that that drive to make life better is what pushes him to make life better every second of every day for all of us. joe and his wonderful wife jill, have raised their children and grandchildren with those same values. joe, i hope you know how much not just scranton also america loves you and your family. [applause] [cheering]
ms. clinton: it means a great deal to have him by my side. when joe and i were deciding where to have our first campaign rally, there was really only one answer. scranton is not just joe's hometown, it is also my dads hometown. while the biden's were on north washington avenue, my family was a few blocks away on died in -- diamond avenue. my grandfather went to work at the scranton lake mill starting as a teenager. it was not easy work. i learned that that business treated its workers right. believe it or not, the scranton lace company, all those years ago, actually offered a profit sharing plan and health benefits at the beginning of the 20th century.
they understood something that a lot of people have forgotten. [applause] ms. clinton: they understood that their workers were responsible for much of the business's success, and that their families benefited to. because of that job, my grandfather could give my father a better life. my father was able to go to college. he went to penn state, where he played football. [applause] ms. clinton: then, after he got out of penn state, it was 1935. right in the depths of the depression. he was looking for a job, and he heard that a friend of his new someone -- knew someone that
heard someone say that heard someone say there was a job. he became a salesman. he went into the navy for world war ii. when he got out, he started a small business in chicago, where i grew up. just like his dad before him, my dad was determined to give us better opportunities that even he had. that is the american dream. wherever life takes me, i remember i am the granddaughter of a factory worker and a daughter of a small business owner. i am so proud of it. [applause] ms. clinton: the story of the bottoms -- rodhams and the bidens is not completely unique.
no matter what donald trump says, america is great. the american dream is taken off for everyone to share in its promise. that does not mean we can take it for granted and just wait for it to happen to us. we have a lot of work to do. here in scranton, you know that. president obama and vice president biden have worked to put our economy back on a stronger footing after the recession. i personally do not think they get enough credit for that. under their leadership, we have created 15 -- 15 million new private sector jobs. 20 million people now have health care. the auto industry just had its best year ever. [applause] ms. clinton: so, i believe the
job of the next president is to build on that and to take on the deeper challenges that emerged long before the crisis and have persisted during our recovery. wages are too low. it is still too hard for too many to get ahead. my top priority is creating an economy that works for everyone. not just for those at the top. i have set five and dishes goals to get us there. first, we are going to make the biggest investment in jobs since world war ii. second, we are going to make college debt-free for all. we are going to help millions of people struggling with their debt payments. third, we are going to crack down on companies that shift jobs and profits overseas. we are going to reward companies
that share profits with their employees, like the scranton lace company did most a century ago. fourth -- [cheering] >> hillary! hillary! hillary! ms. clinton: thank you. fourth, we are going to make sure that wall street in the superrich pay their fair share of taxes. fifth, we are going to respond to the way that american families lived and worked to date by making childcare affordable. in today's economy, there is often no parent or grandparent that can stay home with the child. we are going to fight for paid family leave. sometimes, you need to take care of your child or spouse or sick parent. you should not lose your job for
taking care of them. [applause] ms. clinton: whenever i mention these issues, donald trump always says that i am playing the woman card. you know what i say, if i am playing the woman card then delian -- deal me in. i really believe that together this plan will go a far way in building a stronger, more fair economy. everyone can share and its rewards. by contrast, what is donald trump's plan? he laid it out last week. even before he did i did not think it would be good for working americans. it turned out to be worse than i ever imagined. i know some of you may have friends in northeastern pennsylvania that are working -- inking about voting for donald trump -- thinking about voting
for donald trump. i know, friends should not let friends vote for donald trump. [applause] [cheering] ms. clinton: just in case, if you have a conversation, you should explain that donald trump would give trillions of tax cuts to major companies and wall street money managers. that would lead to massive cuts in things like education and health care. he is also called for a new tax loophole. let's call it the "trump loophole." it would allow him to play -- pay less than half of the current income tax rate on his companies. it is assuming he pays any taxes at all, because we do not know.
we have not seen his tax returns. [applause] ms. clinton: we do know by looking at the data that the 400 richest taxpayers in america would get an average tax cut of more than $15 million a year from the donald trump loophole. then there is the estate tax that donald trump wants to eliminate altogether. if you believe he is as wealthy as he claims, that would save the trump family $4 billion. it would do nothing for 99.8% of all the other americans in our country. so yes, $4 billion in tax cuts for donald trump and 99.8% of americans get nothing. think of what we could do with those $4 billion. we could pay for more than 47,000 that are in's to get a four-year -- veterans to get a
four-year college degree. we could provide a years worth of health care to nearly 3 million kids. we could find a years worth of federal assistance to state and local law enforcement's -- enforcement. there is a lot of way to spend that money. there is one other part of his plan. he now says he wants people to help a for childcare by excluding those payments from taxation. again, guess who will that will help the most? it will help rich people. hard-working families that cannot afford childcare in the first place will get little to no real help. that is why his childcare plan has been had by experts across the political spectrum. right now, childcare costs as much as in-state college tuition
in most of the country. we need real solutions that are going to work for working people. not just for the well off. to prove that he cares about the issue, he made a point of talking about how his businesses offer on-site childcare for workers. that kind of perk me up. if he really did that, it would be a big deal. i wish more companies provided on-site childcare. it would be a huge benefit for employees. like so much of what he says, it is not true. it turns out, some of his resort hotels and clubs offer childcare services for guests not not -- not for employees. just saying. if you stay at a donald trump
hotel, you can enroll your child in something called "trump kids." they get special children's room service and spa services. the even get a nanny for a fee. if you work for his business, if you clean the rooms, water the lines, you get nothing. [booing] ms. clinton: i am not even sure that donald trump knows that providing a trump kids program is not the same thing as providing real childcare for your workers. just like how his tax breaks for millionaires are not the same thing as a plan to help the american working families. vice president biden has a saying i love. do not show me your values, tell me your budget. then, i will tell you what you value. [cheering]
ms. clinton: it is pretty clear that donald trump wants to give aliens of tax breaks to his best friends. not to anyone that really provide services. we face some serious challenges in america. we need serious leadership. this is not a reality tv show. this is as real as it gets. look at what is happening in milwaukee right now. we have urgent work to do to rebuild trust between police and the communities. everyone should have respect for the law, and everyone should be respected by the law. [applause] ms. clinton: so when all these important challenges, you have to ask if donald trump is up for the job? he is giving a speech about isis today. i have laid out my strategy for defeating isis over many months. we will strike their sanctuaries
from the air, and we will support local forces taking them out on the ground. under president obama and vice president biden, we are making progress. we will disrupt their efforts online to reach and radicalized young people in our country. it will not eat easy or quick. make no mistake. we will prevail. there is no doubt in my mind. [applause] [cheering] >> usa! usa! ms. clinton: once again, donald trump has been all over the place on isis. he spoke about syria becoming a free zone for isis. a major company in the middle east that could launch attacks
against us and others. he is talking about sending american ground troops well that is off the table as far as i am concerned. [applause] ms. clinton: we will wait and see what he says today. sometimes he says he will not tell anyone what he will do because he was to keep his plan "secret." it turns out, the secret is that he has no plan. that was very clear when he said "i know more about isis than the generals." no donald, you don't. he also said more people should have weapons, including the middle east. he spoke about walking away from our european allies. he even said that united states military was a disaster.
i wish he had spent as much time as joe and i have meeting the brave men and women of the military, meeting their families, meeting with gold star family's. those are not the words of someone that respects our military and the sacrifice that are young men and women make every single day. [applause] ms. clinton: i said in philadelphia that a man you can bake with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons. it is also not a man you can trust to run our economy health heal our cities, or be a role model for our children. there is no doubt that donald trump is temperamentally unfit to be president of united states and commander in chief --
commander-in-chief. america deserves someone that can get the job done bring us together and not terrorists apart, and give jobs to hard-working americans. i'm asking you to join -- and not tear us apart. give jobs to working class americans. i'm asking you to join right now. go to hillary clinton.com. we are hiring organizers right here in pennsylvania and across the country. we are going to run a bidders campaign across pennsylvania -- a rigorous campaign across pennsylvania. we are going to build a future that you and your family deserves. i am sure we can do this especially with this man of fighting alongside us like he always has. scranton, please, let us give it up for the vice resident of the
united states, joe biden. [applause] [cheering] vice president biden: hello folks. it is good to be home. folks, let me tell you what scranton deserves. >> we love you, joe. vice president biden: well, thank you. scranton deserves what it has always deserved, because it is made up of so many people with great and courage -- grit and c ourage. i mean it with all of my heart good they are filled with grit, courage, and determination.
they need someone that can understand them and is with them. they deserve someone who is made of the same stuff. that is hillary clinton. [applause] [cheering] vice president biden: it is good to be home with so many friends. as i look around, i see several people -- and the reception line, one person told me that there ought owns my house -- their aunt owns my house. tell her, i am coming home. on the wall still written there is "joe biden slept here and lived here. " i am glad that added the lived here part. i'm often asked why we moved from green ridge to a suburb of
wilmington, delaware. it is because of bob casey. the casthe casey's lived five blocks around the corner from the st. clair's. i am midway between bobby's dad and bobby. i knew only one of us are going to make it out of greenwich, and it was not going to be me. there was too much casey talent in the neighborhood. bobby, you are a great friend and great united state senator. thank you. [applause] as they say in southern delaware, they talk at you like this, that boy married up. he married right up. always seeking influence