tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN August 23, 2016 2:00pm-4:01pm EDT
we are watching pictures of president obama. he is in a neighborhood called as a in zachary, louisiana. the president has been surveying some of the damage done during the recent spate of bad weather there. >> everyone is all lined up? another member of congress here. with, i just want to say thank you to the outstanding officials behind me who has been on the ground working 24/7 since this flood happened. it begins with outstanding leadership from the top, with the governor john bel edwards, and we very much appreciate all the outstanding work he has done , his better half, first lady of louisiana, i know has been by the way.every step of we are grateful for her.
i know they have their own cleaning up to do because the governor's mansion was flooded as well. in addition, i want to acknowledge senator bill caskey, senator david bitter, represented gary gray's, representative cedric richmond, the mayor of baton rouge kip holden, and somebody who i cannot brag enough about, one of the best hires i have made as president, the administrator of ugate,craig few gate -- f who has done such an outstanding job not just with this particular incident but has thaty rebuilt fema so culture andhange of everybody knows that when a disaster happens, female will be on the ground cooperating with state and local officials rapidly and with attention to detail and keeping the families who have been affected uppermost in their minds. we very much appreciate everything craig has done.
everybody knows that when a disaster happensit is hard for , by the way, because he is a florida gator, and he has been seeing a lot of lsu t-shirts passing by. i had a chance to see some of the damage from the historic floods here in louisiana. i come here, first and foremost, to say the prayers of the entire nation are with everybody who lost loved ones. we are heartbroken by the loss of life. there are also people who are still desperately trying to track down friends and family. we will keep on helping them every way we can. as anybody who can see just the streets, much less the inside of the homes here, people's lives have been upended by this flood. local businesses have suffered terrible damage. families have, in some cases, lost homes. they have certainly lost possessions, priceless keepsakes
. i was just speaking to a young died shortlyusband after the birth of her second child. talking about how her daughter was trying to gather all of the keepsakes she had in her bedroom that reminded her of her father. that gives you some sense that this is not just about property damage. .s is about people's roots you also have a situation where there are a lot of kids that were supposed to start a new school year, and they will need some special help and support our a while. sometimes when things happen, it can seem like too much to bear, but i want the people of louisiana to know is you are not alone on this, even after the tv cameras leave. the whole country will continue ,o support you and help you
until we get folks back in their homes, and lives are rebuilt. the reason i can say that with confidence is because that is what americans do in times like this. i saw it when i visited this place, when i came down here as a senator after katrina. i saw it when i visited new orleans for the 10th anniversary last year. i know how resilient the people of louisiana are, and i know that you will rebuild again. again todayseen proves it. i want to thank all the first responders, the national guard, all the good neighbors who were going around, making sure people were safe, showing extraordinary heroism, and in some cases, risking their own lives. governor edwards, the city, the parish government have all stuffed up under incredibly difficult circumstances.
i just want to thank the people on this block. as i was walking down, one woman was onend, elderly, she her own. she had just lost her daughter. a young man next door was helping his father but also offered to help out that neighbor, so that she could salvage as much as she could and start the process of rebuilding. with respect to the federal response, a week ago, i directed the federal government to mobilize and do everything we could help. fema administrator craig fugate eight arrived a week ago to help in that effort. homeland security secretary jeh johnson visited last week to make sure state and local officials are getting what they need. to give you a sense of the magnitude of the situation, more than 100,000 people have applied for federal assistance so far. as of today, federal support has reached $127 million. that is for help like temporary
rental assistance, essential home repairs, and flood insurance payments. fema is also working with louisiana around the clock to help people displaced by floods find temporary housing. any louisiana family that needs nearestu can find your disaster recovery center by calling fema.gov or by -800-621-fema. federal assistance alone will not be enough to make people's lives whole again, so i'm asking every american to do what you can to help get families and local businesses back on their feet. , governort to help edwards put together some ways to start at volunteerlouisiana .gov. the reason this is important, even though federal money is moving out, volunteer help
actually helps the state because it can offset some of its costs. obviously, private donations are going to be extremely important as well. crosst to thank the red for everything they are doing, but there are a lot of private philanthropic organizations, churches, parishes around the state and country who want to help as well. that is how we are going to make sure that everybody is able to get back on their feet. let me just remind folks, sometimes once the floodwaters pass, people's attention spans pass. one-off, this is not a photo op issue. sure of oneto make month from now, six months from now, people are still getting the help they need.
i need all americans to stay focused on this. if you are watching this today, make sure that you find out how you can help. iana.gov orteerlouis fema.gov. you can even go to whitehouse.gov, and we will direct you. these are some good people down here. i am glad to families i have a chance to meet were safe, but they have a lot of work to do. they should not have to do it alone. thank you very much, everybody. god bless. >> [inaudible] president obama: we discussed that on the way here. what you have here is the stafford act provides a certain match. a lot of the homes have flood insurance, but a lot do not. what craig fugate is doing, what i instructed him to do from the
start is, let's get money out as fast as we can, because we know there will be a certain amount of assistance forthcoming. there is no point in waiting. we have to make initial estimates and start pushing stuff out. ,hat helps us and the governor and all these officials here do their jobs. then what we have to do, as we fine-tune what is needed, when we know, for example, how much permit housing will need to be built. when we have a better sense of how much infrastructure has been damaged. what more we need to do in terms of mitigation strategies. i think,hen congress, may be called upon to do more. the good news is, you have four members of congress here. a number of that happened to be in the majority, so i suspect they may be able to talk to the speaker, mitch mcconnell.
in part, because of the fine stewardship at fema, and frankly, because we have been a little lucky so far -- and i'm going to knock on wood in terms of the money coming out this year -- fema has enough money now for the cost to be absorbed. what wees will be less need to do in terms of paying for the short-term. it will be the medium term and long-term rebuilding. congress should be back in session right after labor day. by that time, we will have a better assessment. in the meantime, lawyers at fema will be examining what statutory flexibility we have got. i know the governor has been on top of making sure louisiana gets everything it can get in order to rebuild. >> [inaudible] no, i do not.a: first of all, one of the benefits of being five months short of leaving here, i do not worry too much about politics.
the second thing i have seen, the second thing i have seen, historically, when disasters strike, that is one of the few times where washington tends not to get political. i guarantee you, nobody on this block, none of those first responders, nobody gives a hoot whether you are democrat or republican. what they care about is making sure they are getting the drywall out, carpet out, there is not any mold building, they get some contractors in here and start rebuilding as quick as possible. that is what they care about. that is what i care about. we want to make sure we do it right, we do it systematically, but the one thing i just want to femat is how proud i am of . because if you think about the naturalf significant disasters that have occurred since my presidency began, you would be hard-pressed to find a
local official anywhere in the country, including those in the other party, who would not say that craig fugate eight and his team have been anything less than exemplary and professional. one of the things i did when i walk through each of these homes was asked, have you contacted fema, have you filed? that they they said had been in touch with fema, they had acted professionally, some had been out for inspections. indicate whydoes it is important for us to take the federal government seriously , federal workers seriously. there is a tendency sometimes to bash them and to think that they are these faceless bureaucrats. but when you get into trouble, you want somebody who knows what they are doing, who is on the ground working with outstanding
officials, and that is true whatever party. i could not be prouder of the work that fema has done. that does not mean that there will not be folks who need more will not have some constraints statutorily, and congress will need to step up, but it means the basic infrastructure and architecture we have in terms of disaster response, i think, has been high-quality. i am very proud of them for that and i want to publicly in knowledge -- acknowledge them for that. >> [inaudible] president obama: hey, melissa ott. how are you? come on. here. we have to have pictures. we have to have a podium. you get on one side, you get on
president obama visiting residents this afternoon with storm damaged homes and businesses in zachary, louisiana. reports york times" that officials are praising fema for their response to the flooding. the president also getting high remarks to fema director craig fugate in responding to residents needs. the storm and flooding have damaged an estimated 60,000 homes and have 4002 seeks temporary housing -- housing. more than 100,000 have registered for disaster aid, saying $20 million has been distributed to individual so far. at least 40 state highways remain closed.
green partyy, presidential candidate jill stein came to the national press aboutn washington to talk her visit to louisiana since the storms. she also talked about climate change and her run for president. >> hello everyone and welcome to the press conference this morning. my name is melissa figueroa. we will be starting in just a moment. are there any quick questions before we begin in terms of press or logistics? no? ok great. with no further ado, fresh from baton rouge, louisiana, here is green party presidential nominee jill stein.
>> thanks very much. and thank you all so much for being here today. i really appreciate your attention to these very critical issues that are converging in baton rouge, louisiana which are really symptomatic of a crisis across the country. first i just want to say a quick word about baton rouge and in particular denim springs where we have just returned from and we had the honor of being escorted through some of the most tragically struck areas of baton rouge where essentially there has been no recovery and almost nothing in the way of services. from the point of view of the residents in denham springs, at
least in the neighborhood we were able to see, this is another case of very unequal recovery. in fact one of the residence of the shelter that we visited was actually a displaced person from katrina and from new orleans who had never been able to return to new orleans because the recovery there was also a case of unequal recovery. their feeling was the services on the part of fema and the nonprofits were not coming to their neighborhood whether you are talking about help gutting their homes, food relief, services with laundry to be able to wash their filthy materials. just help trying to salvage their precious memories and lifetime possessions. we saw out on the street not
only furniture, bedding, cabinets, walls and so on but the mementos of their lives and of their children. including sports trophies and photos and things of that sort. this was clearly a very wrenching moment for them. they felt incredible strength and courage from the generosity of the community. one of the women we spoke to had been staying in a neighbor's house who had taken 22 people that were displaced on their street. we were hosted by the louisiana green party and their connections to some of the impacted people and many of the nonprofit groups including together baton rouge, north baton rouge disaster relief, the
mutual aid disaster relief, and 510 denham springs which is a gofundme effort to support the neighbors trying to salvage their homes. those were the main groups we were working with. their resilience and strength and optimism was really incredible. it is of interest that the shelter we visited, was not an official shelter because there are not enough official shelters to go around. this community center was housing 12 families including some who had previously been displaced in katrina. it is also of interest that one of the people who helped get that shelter going was general honore, who was in charge of the
federal relief effort, the state or federal military who had come in and finally brought order to the new orleans relief effort. here he was kind of doing the same thing on a smaller scale in baton rouge. as you probably know, there are something like 100,000 people who have filed for federal relief. most of the people i think were not covered by insurance because this was not a flood zone. just looking at the larger sense of this, we have a climate emergency that is really taking place in the headlines all over the country right now. both the floods which are not limited only to louisiana but we have seen the recent floods in arizona, west virginia, texas.
we are seeing 500 year, some people call them 1000 year floods that are undoubtedly related to climate change. any storm cannot be definitively pegged to climate change but when you see so many, there is no question that this is a consequence of warmer air that holds more water. when it is triggered, the downforce really flows. it's not just the floods. it's also the drought, the heat waves we have seen across much of the country, and the fires on the west coast which at last count had displaced some 82,000 people have been evacuated as of last week. in addition there are growing
warnings about sea level rise. according to the foremost climate scientist, he is predicting yards worth, many yards worth of sea level rise as that would be an absolutely devastating sea level rise which wiped out coastal population centers including the likes of manhattan and florida and so on .nd all over the world the entire country. the entire country of bangladesh. this is not some we want to continue charging headlong toward. even with the all of the above climate plan of the obama administration that greenhouse gases have not just in rising, but the rate of acceleration is
rising. why we call for essentially declaring a climate state of emergency, recognizing we are facing civilization now and the events time window to prevent them is closing rapidly. this is not something that can wait 50 years. if we are going to stop it, we have to do it now. even the ones that are already there. i will talk about our solution and summarize it briefly in a moment but i want to point out underscores why we think an open debate is absolutely critical. there will otherwise not be a candidate taking money from the lobbyist, the corporations, super pac's, we are the only
such campaign not compromised by the power of big money, big thanks, fossil fuel giants, war profiteers. peoplethe only clean powered campaign in this election, so we have a need ability to tell the truth here not only about climate change, but the and less and expanded wars that are making us less secure while they cause us more and half of our budget of your income taxes yet we only make the terrorist threat to go with each turn of the cycle of violence. number ofare a interrelated issues here we have the ability to tell the truth. in an election where we see unprecedented realignment with the republican party unraveling at the scene -- at the seams republicansominent
supporting hillary clinton, with hillary clinton appealing to her republicans and transition director being one of the lobbyists lobbyists who is close to the fossil fuel industry and sports the keystone pipeline, supports the transpacific partnership, it's , there's a-- etc. clear policy of the democratic party continuing to move to the right, leaving not only the bernie sanders supporters out of the cold but so much of the american public at a time when polls tell us over half of americans are very dissatisfied with their two choices. a recent poll about one month 13% of the american public was satisfied with the two-party approach to the presidential election. facingme when we are
critical issues in an election where we are deciding not just what kind of world we will have but a world where we are going forward, it is critical that we have a debate and put more choices in front of the american people who are clamoring for those choices. essentially, we have to declare the state of emergency that we have and that is compounded by existing racial disparities and economic disparities that put the most vulnerable on the front lines of the climate crisis. call for a joint solution that solves these two problems. the economic recovery has come to those on top, but not most americans, particularly younger americans who have essentially
been hung out to dry in a situation where they have been held hostage by staggering levels of that that are unpayable in the current economy and have the climate crisis essentially exploding on their watch. solution that addresses both the economic and climate crisis. we call it a green new deal. it's not a hypothetical. it's based on something we did in the great depression that .elp us get out of it that's an emergency jobs program that would create 20 million jobs, ensuring every american who can work and who wants to wage job asiving part of this emergency abilization which we call wartime scale mobilization. when pearl harbor was bombed at the outset of the second world
war, it took us all of six months to massively mobilize our economy. we went from 0% on a wartime footing to 25% on a wartime footing of gdp in the course of six months. clearly, we can mobilize and we are calling for 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, which is what the science tells us is exactly what we need if we are to hold temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees centigrade and turn the tide on climate change. we would be creating jobs particular lee in the area of clean, renewable energy, wind, water, sun, conservation and efficiency and healthy, sustainable food production. also public transportation that
and that-efficient dovetails with what we call recreational transportation. we have a right to recreation as a form of transportation so that we can use our muscle power for how we get to the transit hub. it not only restarts the economy, it turns the tide on climate change. it makes the wars for oil obsolete when you have 100% then, renewable energy for foreseeable future. therein is how it pays for itself with two mechanisms. the first has been articulated in very detailed engineering studies. get so much healthier when we
do away with the air pollution intrusion into the water and when we do this with fossil fuel exposure which causes thousands of a mature that's, 200,000 and major contributions , heartepidemic of asthma attacks, stroke and cancer. when you do the numbers and look at the contributions of fossil fuels to this public health burden, we get so much healthier when we give out fossil fuels in savings in health care expenditure is enough to pay the cost of the transition over approximately a decade and a half over -- according to one of the prominent studies here. it pays for itself in terms of health benefits, but if you
factor in the reductions of health care expenditures, our bloated and dangerous military, which is not taking a safer, but demonstrably less safe, if we cut the military budget, that puts hundreds of aliens dollars into the money we need in order to undertake this green new deal. ours a win/win/win for economy, our climate, our health and peace and international security. also call for a just transition that ensures both workers and the industry and communities like coal countries lose jobswill not until those jobs are replaced or there will be transition report as the state of new york adopted recently in their phasing out of their coal plants.
we would be looking at a longer time than two years. it at that and open it up to your questions, just underscoring that we are at a critical moment of transitioning here on the climate as well as , including global conflicts which are very often related to access to fossil fuels and their roots of transportation. we are at a hail mary moment where we critically need to change course and have an open, honest discussion about what we ourfacing, particularly
younger generation which has been held hostage not only by a predatory economy, but a auditory system of student loans, higher education and the full weight of the climate crisis. the number of young people locked into student loan that, which is essentially unplayable for most people, and it's not just young people, that is 43 million people trap by student loan debt. that's enough to win a three-way presidential race because 43 million is a plurality in the presidential vote. that's a lot of people who could be mobilized. justi'm asked aren't you going to spoil the election, i argue that we have some pretty serious stuff here. we have never had such a majority support or truly trans boarded -- truly transformative change. the american people are unhappy. distrust and dislike the major
candidates. this is not for the political parties and operatives to be good little boys and girls and just keep voting for the same parties that have demonstrably thrown people under the bus. openimportant to have that conversation for my campaign and gary johnson's campaign to be on the ballot. four candidates in this election that will be on the ballot for just about every american voter. in america, we have a right not only to our vote, but a right to know who it is we can vote for. i will open up there. >> you are taking public financing. every other candidate has pulled out of that system. greenould you say the party is entitled to public
funding and would you favor expanding a matching limit? couldein: i think you ounce that question to the american people -- should we just have the same to? they are screaming know and we are seeing the republican party unravel and the democratic party moved to the right. we have one big corporate party right now and the american people are tired of eating thrown under the bus. they are sick of the rigged local economy and the system that delivers it. not simplyl for is expanding the ceiling for public funding. we are talking about publicly funded elections. our democracy is too important to be privatized and put into the hands of big money, either big money donors or big money candidates. one should not be able to buy influence in our economy,
especially now when are looking at our mortality in the face here when we are looking at consequences of blowback, whether you are looking at the climate mill down, the next meltdown of our economy which brinkues to teeter on the and just look at the new nuclear arms race where barack obama spent a trillion dollars on a whole new generation of nuclear weapons. ,e should be disbanding retiring all nuclear weapons and joining what looks to be coming nations, whiched is a call to ban nuclear weapons . the other nations of the world are beginning to move outside of the nations to move toward disarmament for too long. that's the bandwagon we need to
get on. >> what do you make of a presidential campaign that has in many ways devolved into a contest of personalities as opposed to a discussion of the issues? ms. stein: i think it speaks volumes about what happened to our system. this just happen overnight. we now see that a new horrifying extreme where the news becomes the transitions inside of the trump campaign. is that what we are talking about in this election? changes of staff? future is in peril right now and there are more important things to be talking about. as someone who has struggled with the system for many years first as a physician and then recognizing we were not going to cure what ails us inside is very
sick clinical system, if we want to fix the things that are threatening life, limb and ourival, we need to heal half logical political system. , we will see it reach its logical conclusion. it is bought and paid for by big interest. we saw it in the sanders campaign. they can raise a principled agenda but it was sabotage like every other principal rebel in the party for decades. they get taken down and essentially disappeared. in this case, disappeared out of the democratic convention. that -- bernie sanders was relegated to a note and we saw how the dnc have been working in collusion with hillary's staff
and members of the media to tilt the playing field in that direction. problem andstemic the discussed the american people are feeling has reached rake through proportions. this is a realignment election and people are looking for a new voice.al i would say hold onto your hat. is a critical conversation waiting to be held and once it against, all bets are off about where it goes. grexit what you say is true, why aren't you doing better? ms. stein: it may have something to do with the fact that donald trump had gotten $2 billion worth of free media. hillary clinton had gotten $1 billion worth of free media. bernie sanders had about half as much and we have had zero up in the list past week when we have
had five minutes here and there with the exception of the cnn town hall where we were trending number one on twitter. is that peoplen are hungry for more. holes show very few people have heard of our campaign and if they have heard of it, they have no idea what it represents. campaignwho think our o uninteresting to the american public, trias. let us have that exposure out there. bring us into the debate and see what happened. >> two questions in terms of your practical hurdles. one is the commission on presidential debates and their 15% criteria based on corporate
polls. issue thatof the some people who agree with you are effectively driving down your numbers? gnome chomsky is essentially telling people climate change, very issue that you talk about him a trumpet is a climate denier and you have to vote for clinton in so-called swing states. how do you get past that hurdle when people who presumably agree with you are effectively driving down your numbers? ms. stein: first, the league of ,omen voters, when they quit they said this is a fraud being perpetrated on the american
public because of the inordinate power of the commission which is representative of the democratic and republican parties. in order two parties to silence the opposition. the commissiong has granted themselves the power questioning.e control over the candidate and control over the audience so things like more corporate tax breaks or the transpacific or ship or these expanding wars. they can create the movie to make it look like there is popular support. it is not a public commission and its name is deceptive. disservice tos a
the american public, especially at a time when people are saying they are extremely unhappy with the two choices. be anotherere should basis for inclusion which is the right of voters to know who their choices are and any candidate on the ballot in enough states that they could numerically win the election, voters have a right to know about those candidates. we have challenged in the court of law without great expect haitians that it's going to go anywhere. in my home state of massachusetts, we have been able to fight our way into the debates, which i did very well. then i was yanked out of the debates because it came clear that the public interest point of view is a grave threat to the
political establishment. strategies,ols and thousands of people are signing up and i encourage anyone interested to go to jill 2016 to sign up and be part of the campaign to open up the debates. i don't think the american people are going to take this once thing down. werenning mate and i arrested for just trying to get into the college where the bait was being held and i think in the future, we will not be going alone. all driving down your numbers? politics of fear that tells you that you have to vote against what we are afraid of rather than what we truly believe -- gnome chomsky has supported me in my home state when he felt safe to do so. i think my agendas for closer to his than hillary clinton, but he
subscribed to the politics of fear. maybe there is a generational .ifference here i think in people growing up today do not see the democratic party as the party of the new deal. they also don't see it as the party that is going to save us. they see it as the party of fracking, the party of opening up the art took, -- the arctic that pushed for the trends pacific pipeline until they were pushed by the grassroots to stop. they see it as the party of pushing wars and drone assassination. they see it as the party of immigrant deportation, detentions and night raids. donald trump says terrifying things. hillary clinton has an extremely troubling record from leading the charge into the catastrophe of libya, to saying send them home to the children fleeing the violence in latin america to which she herself had a hand in by giving the thumbs-up to the
honduras from which tens of thousands are fleeing, one of the major influxes of refugees. hillary has been a major proponent of fracking around the world and has appointed ken salazar, the best friend of fracking to her transition team. so the climate is not looking so good under a hillary clinton administration and coal is terrible. but the science on fracking says it is wobbly just as bad. it is not ok to open up an entirely new generation of infrastructure that will wed us to fracking for another 20, 30, 40 years. it is curtains a minute we do that. there are many people to take a different point of view and recognize the politics of fear delivered everything we were afraid of.
all the reasons you were told to evil, thehe lesser off shoring of our jobs, all of those reasons we were given to vote for the lesser evil, democracy needs a moral compass. we need an agenda, especially a time when there are enough people that we can drive that agenda toward. we could potentially win this race. i'm not holding my breath, but i'm not ruling it out. it's not over until it's over. >> i want to get your thoughts -- you mentioned access of money and politicians, what's your thought on the latest batch of hillary clinton e-mails and the state department? ms. stein: exactly. i think it's not a coincidence
that hillary clinton has the number that she has and the more we see of what went on in the secretary of state's office, which hillary attempted to cover record usingff the is thevate server, this elephant in the room. why did she put national security information and the names of cia secret agents. she was clear about this and the inspector general report about the e-mails actually makes this point that this was not a mistake. this was by intention and hillary told her staff she did not want her personal business to be accessible to the freedom of information act, for example.
but this is the disturbing thing -- where does her personal business and then the official business of the state began? the mere fact that half of her e-mails, half the volume and the number of her e-mails she classified as private. if half of the e-mails are for their private affairs, there's something wrong here. private is leaking over to the public or someone is doing their own private business on company time. to my mind, the continuing revelation about the clinton campaign donors, the special lucrative got, the deals for saudi arabia who -- all else aside, just looking at yemen alone, the war crimes being committed with our weapons
, not to mention our assistance, this is a national scandal and the fact that money was flowing to the clinton foundation as these very regrettable and harmful decisions were being regardless of the legality, this raises serious questions about judgment and character that are not compatible with someone you want to trust as the leader of the country. thank you. >> i'm with the "washington post " segment of the corporate media. i could write about today and others of us could report about what an important issue climate change is and we would publish it or broadcasted and very few people will read it.
storiesl read or view about trump's staff machinations or clinton's e-mails. i'm not sure the issue is corporate media, but why is that western mark what is the way around that if there is one? ms. stein: we have seen this problem get worse and worse. it's a multifactor problem, but what we do know is when we have greater diversity of candidate an opportunitys to have a more diverse discussion. ofmany people are tuned out the election and the political system in general because they are accustomed to being ignored by that. not only ignored by the discussion but the general. tuned out?sanders
i don't think so. he had more attention from the american public from anyone outside the democratic party, it was the guy like he saying the emperor had no close and everyone was agreeing with them. even trump supporters were agreeing with him. the polls showed the majority of trump supporters are not motivated by supporting trump let's give them another choice besides donald trump as an turn to hillary clinton. a more diverse discussion. the more we have diverse media more media has been consolidated the harder it has been to have a truly diverse and open discussion. those are some of the things i it is not rocket science. we had a very open discussion we had a candidate who was engaging a whole other bid
voters and even that was very early in the campaign. as we get closer i think the power of advocating for jobs for for canceling job student debt will spread like a wildfire. between four and six and 7% in the polls prior to media coverage. that doesn't usually happen. there's a ause generation here which is really desperate for another way and they are networked on the internet and that word is getting out. 4, 5, 6% get to without coverage i think all ets are off as to what will happen in the debate. > it sounds like there will be people that you at the top but candidate the green for school board or whatever.
would you recommend at the vote one party in particular the goals that you are running on? i would say look carefully at the candidate and don't just look at what they say. what they say there's very little difference ccording to some online sites te informational there's not much difference between hillary clinton and take but that's if you what hillary clinton says as what hillary clinton will do rather than looking at her record. it is important to look at the record of the candidate who is funding them the usual. be surprised how many green candidates there are congress, for senate, for state offices forks council, et cetera. we have a lot of down ballot if the block swan event were to -- black swan a nt happened we would have
lot of people ready to move with his agenda inside the democratic party who feel like they have been held hostage by prevailing politics. in the : i think we saw internal process in the [inaudible] would internal crisis in parties. some would think that would be for groups like yours to look more appealing to voters. but that doesn't seem to be the case. this -- i explain -- t know -- irrational ms. stein: i think it is people haven't heard about our campaign and don't know who we are. "new york times" did a study about two or three months ago
mentioned have before you came in, i think, it repeating that the, at the time, months ago, donald trump received $2 billion of free coverage and hillary clinton $1 billion, bernie sanders half as received e had essentially zip and we are still 6% without o coverage. peak below our first -- peek below the curtain or came up on cnn for a hall meeting last week we were trending number one on twitter and number two on ratings. there w there was every indication peep hungering for more. eporter: what would you think to gain more? ms. stein: we are hoping to
meetings onown hall rime time tv, more town hall forums with myself and possibly with my running mate so that we heard by the d american public. right now they don't have a clue who we are or that we exist. i think the name of the game is all about empowering the for what they are demanding right now, which is more voices and more choices. don't like who they have got so by empowering the the driver er to be in our election that is what we to do and let the chips fall where they may. with an o start inclusive and open democratic discussion if we can't have it we are looking our mortality in the face and merican people are saying this stinks, if we can not change the are we goingw when to change it? got to be now.
>> two more questions. >> [inaudible]? mentioned how racial disparity plays a role. you expand in relation to your experience in louisiana? louisiana was like hat we saw was kind of like nstant re plplay in katrina whe so many hit hardest were poor communities of color, neighborhoods of color not only relief didn't e come and even years later the relief didn't come. when i was there in new orleans or the 10-year anniversary the numbers at that time reflected that about half of the had an-american population
not been able to return even 10 years later because that is not happened.rebuilding that is not where the salvage happened. in the see that tphaebtd where we were walking ladies and they were gentlemen dark largely families each other and volunteers coming in. the green party was mobilizing because the e out coming. relief wasn't so, people were very worried and refugees ere seeing from katrina that were there in shelter and that shelter was not an official shelter so it is not receiving support from and not getting drop-offs of supply and food because it is shelter.cognized it was not just katrina. where ituperstorm sandy was poor communities and frican-american and latino
communities that are the first to get lit and last to -- get to get help so we see a compounding of crisis of justice and crisis of the climate and environment so it is both.tant to fix i want to mention briefly in he north dakota t sioux he standing rock who are trying to protect their disenfranchised group, another people of color to save their water supply, their traditional as the climate. we have always relied really on to be the carele takers of our climate and basicallyand they are toxic ng another very
ipeline of the worst kind of fuel that is going to run over their water supply and put their lands very much at risk and i some dare iity -- solidarity. native e about 1,000 americans that have gathered it resist the pipeline. is what they are doing trying to help prevent the tphebnext katrina, the next superstorm flood the next louisiana down the line because they are more etting worse and frequent and more devastating. exemplify the courage and foresight that we need and we need inpirit that order to stop this crisis from on us which it is right now. thank you.
when we spoke yesterday you spoke about the need for truth commission.iation i wonder if you can expand on that. ms. stein: this pertains not issue of e environmental racism, to the issue of police violence, to the xenophobia for that atter that we are a country really that is armed and ready most ot and we are the violent country in the world shootings and violent death at the hands of beyond the hands of police and we have a violence problem which goes hand in hand our problem fear and mis hate.and unfortunately we are seeing flames being fanned right election.s
the flames of hate and fear are being intensified where we need move in the opposite direction. we need to be having a facilitated discussion and frank discussion about race, about the legacy of racism, about in many people say slavery ended. t ended but then it became lynching and then it became jim crow. then it became segregation, which is coming back full force. the war on drugs. mass incarceration. to violence which is the tip of an iceberg. deep underlying problem here and it is not only policing and broken windows policing that policing, thessive culture has to be changed and clahanged.s to be
communities need to be in charge police. we need citizen review panels with the power of subpoenaed and perpetrators accountable hrough investigations of every death at the hands of police. we also need a truth and and inliation commission my view we need reparations to the historic and compounded burden of economic is arity so into violence not only at the hands of an force, it is ice taking place economically right now. e know just living while black confers a seven-year loss of life if you compound that with education which tends to run in communities of color that loss of r seven years life. there are real consequences to burden.lative historic and it is not just african-americans. at the burden of
discretion, fear and hate and of color, ple latinos, muslim, native americans. we need a facilitated discussion at the community level that art and music and storytelling and the things that humanize each other to each other. isn't rocket science. there's a whole method for doing trustfor helping us build and make friends and become a common community which we must any of thee to solve problems we are currently struggling with. thank you very much. >> it is just about 11:00 so i thanks you for coming. if you have not forgotten a car from me see me. thank you.
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mobile, y the k.k.k. in alabama. >> michael is a teenager, he's bricklayer come a and youngest of seven children his house and his aunt wants him to get back of goes out and an him uick pulls up behind and james noles pulls out his pitch and orders him in the car knows when he gets in the car what is going to happen. you know.in alabama > sunday night 8:00 eastern on q&a. jared democrats was convicted of sexual assault and served 10 years before being exonerated with the help of the wisconsin innocence project. e is an attorney now assisted in the representation of felony people facing charges and helping them.
progressive lawyers, judges, students and professors all our ated to the promise of constitution and to the values that it embodies. and liberties, genuine democracy and access to justice. over the past few years our various as hosted situations various injustices and wrongful convictions specifically. heard from ohio attorney eneral jim petro and his wife about the myths of our criminal justice system and how they convictions.ful to be clear they are both republicans which shows that is not partisan. last year we heard from rickey clevelander who spent 39 years of his life behind bars which were on death row
for a crime that he did not commit. ast year's convention was fortunate enough to visit jared common o has a experience. he was 17 years old when he was in a ced to 28 years maximum security pitcher after eing -- prison after being convicted of sexual assault. after serving nearly 10 years appeals he ultiple was exonerated with the help of the wisconsin innocence project. rather than be overcome by bitterness he used the injustice endured as an inspiration to become an advocate for the underserved. he enrolled in the loyola university chicago school of law graduating from roosevelt university with high honors. 2015 mr. adams graduated from law school and started a fellowship with
honorable ann claire williams a circuit the seventh u.s. court of appeals. the same court that had reversed because of his trial lawyer's canal eficiencies -- constitutional deficiencies. shortly deficiencies. shortly thereafter he and fellow life after innocence antawn day established the life after ustice center which serves as an advocate for the rights of the wrongfully convicted by care, housing, job training, computer skills, classes, mentoring and more. this past year mr. adams passed he new york state bar and just last month he joined the new york innocence project as one of our ttorneys serving proflgs of profession and wrongfully reeing convicted machine and women. ince 1989 innocence projects
have exonerated 342 wrongfully inmates in 37 states. 70% of whom had been people of color. while his accomplishments are extraordinary part of adams's story is not unique. according to a 2014 study in the journal pnas more than 4% of those sentenced death between 1973 and 2004 innocent. many of color are represented ately in the figure. it begs various questions. racism in the t criminal justice system to ensure suspects are treated as innocent until proven guilty? whether role can attorneys play that is t a system truly fair for all? race, nversation on equality and american criminal justice system is ongoing
and here at the city club. we are so glad it add the dams's voice to discussion. ladies and gentlemen, members club, iends of the city please join me in welcoming jared adams. [applause] >> all right. thank you for joining us here today. mike, thanks for that great introduction. as i'm getting more and more speaking opportunities i have ise to find the introduction the best part. you get to hear somebody say about you.s it is something me and mike worked on for over a year trying me to come to tell my story. the city club r having me here today. story began when i was 17 years old. i thought it was a good idea to friends to a college
part in wisconsin which is like an hour and a half outside of chicago. it changed the trajectory of my life forever. 17 years old, just in the name of fun. 17-year-old many of you may e or getting close to we do things as kids without thinking of the repercussions. me just going to a party ended with me being accused of a sexual assault i didn't commit. 17-year-oldse most making out, sex, drinking without your parents knowing, pot, that comes with being a teenager. with me it came with the false that changed d everything. totally ty for me was different after there accusation. he was a kid thinking about even about the chores i needed to do when i got home uring the weekend but i ended
up being sentenced to serve 28 years. mother workedngle two jobs and wasn't enough to afford and attorney. many instances is the reason that our prison overfilling. it is access to justice. a prison system has disproportionate number of block bush black and brown men but f we were green it we have a disproportionate amount of poor green people. more than torney is saying i'm an attorney and wearing nice ties. we are promising and being sworn in to serve the people. that is exactly what i set out do once was released. to i was sentenced in 1998 prison, the first prison i went green bay, wisconsin. it was one of the most violent prisons in the state of
wisconsin. i fortunately was never attacked erase what your eyes see. risoners in a place of corrections. it is a place of warehousing. men just daily basis waking up, eating, going to sleep, then just waving a white flag on their lives. of them would be men going home one day and i sat and i thought about that. at the same time while fighting freedom. that fight didn't start until prison celle in the close toved,with a man 60 years and he was in prison bout 20 years and he was an older white man who was found guilty of two murders and he committed you look, i the crime so i'm here. i know why i'm here.
in r an incident happened the prison we were all on lockdown and you are pretty much in your cell and they do an investigation to find out if it incident or if there is a full scale riot. hile on lock i don't know the first time i had a conversation with somebody i had been in a six months and during this time i so happened to have a prison phone call and calling out to my parents and they bring you the phone in your cell. is in your cell. the bathroom is in the cell. in your cell. so this phone call in my cell 2000 was n the year iny, very, very instrumental to me getting here today. as i'm speaking to my mother and i tell them how they denied another one of my appeals and denying my ly were appeals throughout the state of lawyer n by saying your
told you strategy after strategy you can't do over. any of the ddressed witnesses that proved it was impossible for me to be two time. at one they never addressed that. to the n prison i got point where i was in a cycle people i many of the was in prison with. i just didn't want to deal with my case. as i'm talking to my mother saying they denied another why.al i don't understand as soon as i got off the phone topellmate said get off the bunk. he was listening to everything i said on the phone because he was right on the bottom bunk. he said listen, i have been in this sell with you almost months. i have never heard you say , your g about innocence case, you don't do anything but ork out, play basketball and play chess. you act like you are in college.
t wasn't until i had that conversation with him that i saw yself in the same cycle of giving up and not thinking about anything else. your said let me see transcripts, will the me see your files. i gave them to him that day, weren opened and still in the envelope from my wasn't s because i just strong enough to deal with the prison for eing in 28 years with a mandatory relief 2019. i was in the strong enough to take my own life and wasn't to deal with the reality of the place i was in. week we gotrse of a ff lockdown and he read the transcripts and my police reports and i again went out and basketball, chess and worked out. way of my therapeutic not dealing with it. i came back to the cell one day
the paperwork spread out and he had the police hand and he said sit down. he threw me a notepad and pen said look, i'm not getting out of this place. racist in here for some bu crap with no evidence. going to play chess, you are working out and you are giving up. it is like you are 18 or 19. you have the rest of your life ahead of you. to work on fighting for your innocence. i have never seen a case so evidence. my day i put down basketball shoes and got rid i h the chess board which love, i made it. i went to law library and craft my on version of a petition to get myself home.
started off writing letters to everyone. naacp, innocence projects, oprah. to get stedman's address. rying to tell everyone i was innocent but i realized that. my writing went by got better. my research got better. went from saying look i'm to i'm , get me out innocent. strickland versus washington is was e where a lawyer ineffective and his rights were denied because the attorney didn't do also job. i started writing the letters i got a response from the project.n innocence cameirector of the project and saw me with two law students n school at the time and said do you mind if we take your case. i lmost fell over like do mind? i didn't know you had to ask. absolutely.
they took my case and they it ted litigating my case cou court. they did this federally and to too confusing. once you exhaust the remedies in appeal you have the opportunity to file in the there are rt saying can constitutional news in the second circuit granted me a certificate to appeal and wisconsin innocence roject appealed my conviction all the way to the seventh ircuit where a three-panel judges agreed it overturn the conviction. them argue my o convicti onviction, i was on the phone in prison with shackles on istening to them argue on my behalf in the seventh sector in circuit in -- chicago and almost to the year i released.
hat was another fight that started. because now i'm released. a record.ve record expunged. ut how do you expunge 10 years that are missing from your life? hile doing a report cbs asked me it give pictures and i went not mother's house apnd only to eat her food but get these pictures and i looked album and fromto when i was a baby up until 17 high old when i graduated school there are pictures and i y do not start again until was 27 years. i am, almost g as made me remove myself from the room and go cry. put into perspective just how you can't erase that. i got out and i noticed when i out that my aunts and my
-- their emotions were very high and very sensitive to me. they just didn't know, right? all of the misconceptions that and elieve from prison you e who go to prison don't know. because you know we are not set released from prison to do very well. so they thought the same about well. i ust felt so god awful that put them through this. i made the decision to go sneak party and his although i was not guilty, i felt so guilty that when my had to go to church and they would ask where was her son over herdark cloud was head and she would be brought to tears. thatcan't tell you the day i knew i would be an attorney in did tate of new york but i
know that i owed that woman. her for the prison phone calls. i owed her for the support. owed her for giving me birth twice. get me here and for continuing to keep my spirit for 10 years in a prison. off the couch in 2007 a month after was released and i alked three miles and enrolled in south suburban community college. three miles isn't quite that february n chicago in it is long. i'm telling you. was blowing. i had a thin coat on. rowanted to be able to one day i'm doing now and contribute to be able to talk to people who are going through
and even talk to people before they go through things to this hem understand that is real and this is possible. graduated in 2009 from south suburban. i was able to meet someone who introduced me to someone who me as a full-time investigator at the federal public defenders office. that job and that job really contributed to my role as person. i went from being in prison in i'm going into preference and taking statements nd helping people and contributing. that uncurrentlied me to -- me to continue to go to skl. myent it school at night and schedule was ridiculous now that i get the opportunity to think about it. up at 5:00, get to work about 6:30 before anyone and heard me kcopying 00 papers from a back, go it
work during the day 9:00 it 5:00 and serve subpoenas and stuff in chicago. i never really realized how many loose dogs were around the city i started serving subpoenas as an investigator. i did that. pwaback into the office and read from 5:00 to from 6:00 to school to 9:30. i would get home about 11:30 and repeat the process. i did that for five years. that was undergrad at roosevelt the three years at college. i'm saying that specifically for kids out here. you are going to have obstacles you are going but to have it decide whether you go around it, go over it or right through it. going to have it keep going. hat is -- look, that is a real message. it is in the scripted. that is what i had to do. didn't know i would be here today as an attorney but i he knew i wanted to do something big of ou read the
jarrett adams it wouldn't say convicted got out the end. law able to get through school by continuing to network and meet great people. . met great attorneys school was an outstanding feeling but what was tkhrerclerking in the second circuit the circuit that conviction.y other times i would have to ask the clerk in the courtroom with in court s going on because he was day dreaming back to when i was in a maximum prison listening on the arguing my orneys details for my freedom and i'm n the same courtroom less than 10 years later as a graduating law student on his way to lawyer.g a it made me pinch myself.
williams was my mentor. i met her as i started law applied for the chicago bar scholarship won and she ich i was one of the deciding vote members. and that was very important for nothing on my in record but the 10th onfidentials of the -- tentacles of a wrongful conviction will almost reach you trevor. account ande a bank i didn't find credit and they didn't find me credit worthy and address was a maximum security prison in wisconsin. hile most were getting student loan money and buying starbucks crystals ng folgers and paying my way through because of the difficulties ien money.d with so that scholarship i received from the chicago bar foundation very, very important to getting me where i am today.
i never lost touch with that relationship. uphijudge to send williams e-mails, updates and her know how i was doing and that gave me the opportunity to clerk on the same circuit that my conviction. i spent the next six months clerked in the seventh circuit in the southern district clerked for nd another amazing judge who set me down and told me you know, things that definitely i needed a young person starting a legal career. he bar has absolutely nothing to do with being a lawyer. deoesn't.s, it just but it is necessary and you have to do what you need to in order get by and that is what i did but i needed that community of gotta continuously i gosh -- got that to where
am where i am. i passed the bar and started working for the innocence project and i could percentage myself as i walk through the and i have my case files of fighting for their innocence and here it is i was n 10 years ago fighting for my own innocence. don't want to seem as if what i did was so amazing and no one do it.n you can. you have to believe in yourself. the one person that should never stop believing in you is you. is you. know this is a talk about my life and my story but room with kids a close to my age i make sure i address you and let you know push forward.to i know that my time is short and up here to make sure i stay within the time limit. this.l close by saying
i had a bird's eye view of the criminal justice system. a place of corrections. it is a place of warehouse. two scariest things i saw in prison were not violence. was people getting out in ent time and coming right back in the summer because i was these o long i would see same people come right back and i would have conversations with know, what ou happened, man? basically what i got from what telling me was they ere first convicted from a crime in their community. they were in prison with no at all being taught to them. they were released where? right back in the community where the criticism happened. happened re the crime and they were back as a result of that. that is what is happening in our
prisons. the second thing that shook me watching a couple of guys noticing tball i'm that they are calling each other names and i'm thinking it nicknames. people in prison have nick names. they rafa to each other as pops, old man, grand pops and son. didn't learn until a month later they were in the neck names. fathers a grandfather, a and a son in one prison not on same crime. could you imagine how their family looks like right now? if we continue to ban he shall ish people how ban can we expect to stop the gun violence that is plaguing our communities. ow do we ever expect to bridge the gap of the police in the community?
are strong but they are not strong enough to be a father and a mother. a lot of fathers in prison. but a lot just because they were in the back seat of a car that happened to couple of shots and normous number of men and increasingly women are in prison for drugs, for pot. me you you are telling can sell it and create pharmacies legally but they are prison? that is a head scratch are. it is -- scratcher. put people in pitcher, teach them nothing and release good.nd tell them to do it doesn't make sense. you don't have to be an attorney r rocket scientist to understand that this system is broken and has been broken since inception. is flawed.
now people are speaking about it it they are speaking about ecause it is not so much a racial color line. it is access to justice. and you can't put up a defense your chances of going to prison are high. an attorney i won't name told me law as i was going through s school. he said i would rather be rich guilty as hell than poor as hell and innocent as hell. that is truth in the reality of it. the people we release from right back into our communities and boil over neighborhoodyone's and everyone must take notice and do something. don't care if you are a librarian or doctor have the water ations at the fountain. because what you do, what you does , who you vote for
have an effect. speak up because we all will be and be gone some day but we re going to leave it for the next generation. how do you want to leave it? do you want to continue to be in the test country world and also the greatest im in the world? .some 't say there are 1 poeu illion people worthy of banishing. judge some prestigious and smart people i have ever met ere right there in prison with a prison number on their chest. don't knowmen and we what we are benefiting from society. reaching ch you by this. how do we know if one of these prison n or women in forever won't have the ground a medication for
that can cure cancer, for contribute to can socie society. some people are banished and these situations simply by the demographics of where they are born and it that way.be i thank you for your time and appreciate coming out. you all. [applause] >> i'm the director of program and we the city club are enjoying a friday forum with jared adams attorney and co-founder of life after skwruftd. from welcoming questions
everyone. members, guests, students or broadcast, io webcast or new life simulcast at library. if you would like to tweet a question tweet it at the city our staff will try to work it into the forum. we want to remind you the questions should be brief and to the point and actually questions. holding our microphones are and outreach faye walker and westly allen. may we have the first question, please. >> good afternoon. that you are here and i'm glad to see the young your here to hear important emergency. i'm a retired school teacher and students would come in front of me with the same story have.you that are frustrated and have of falsely accused something and the question is, say to a teacher
student who has stopped in himself or herself and no longer has his or her , just ready toze give up? what would you say to a teacher try to help that student? > well, first thank you for your question. teachers have one of the most .ifficult jobs in society the attention span of teenagers know, so -- like so i would encourage you to do this. teacher have in some ays more of an effect on a student's life than their parents because you are around them and see them so much. you can't give up. if they give up, that is within thing. give up annot encouraging them. it is a full-time job. is. i'm sure that you take a lot of as a s home with you
teacher and it weighs heavily on your heart but you have to encourage them and continue to tell them stories. the only young black man had has overcome the odds i don't get as much air time as if i was a rapper. that you can ies find to continue to encourage push forward. i really don't have the concrete you other than to say until ith is believing becomes true. so, continue to beg that they favorite and push forward. thank you for the question. once you get r got out of jail did you go back to speak mates?ur cell >> actually, i believe he passed away
away. like hard for me it find him and where he went because when are in prison you are not known by a name. you just have numbers on an i.d. know people's government names and stuff like that. with as reaching around letters and trying to contact him and i believe one of my to him.did make it who didn't care about being known or anything like that. say his piece to nd quite honestly most of the time i was with him he was a grumpy old man. have as not able to great a relationship with him as to.anted specifically, when i got out there was just so much that i getting out and i can give ew life,
you one example. i go down to get my i.d. and you have you know how the lines are. they are ridiculous. to get the i.d. and i'm in line about an hour and get up here and they are like you can get your i.d. you just need a social rtificate or security card. they are like it is over here. i stand in another line. the birth certificate you just need the i.d. that that i like was dealing in trying to and took my society focus off of thanking him the right way and one thing is for i will make sure his memory ives on because i won't stop telling that story. thank you for your question. finds that immigrants, foreign born people are particularly vulnerable balls -- because they are in a strange phraeuplgs and don't know the laws and don't the money?
>> i can tell you from that perspectives. and being in there out as an attorney. hey are vulnerable to not only just access to justice but also victims of crime. who are they going to report to? a lot of studies on immigrants who come to this a living st to make and send back to their family. -- are tan advantage of taken advantage of slave wages nd in prison what i found was there were people who barely spoke english and they were entenced to serve time in prison and instead of being released they were released to a jail awaiting extradition back to their country. head at was another scratcher. as an attorney i'm asking myself and not only as an attorney but contributing member of society ho pays taxes why are we
spending people to lock them -- upnding money to lock people then send them out of the country. i saw a lot of that. very disheartening because when you think of people depict people that have handcuffs on them when arrested you don't ask i wonder what he was i wonder if he has a good attorney. you say i wonder what he did. did.he right? i found that immediate r many of -- many of these people in brothers and fathers and i met a lot of people who deported.ng like when their sentences were tell me often you think it is violent here you in venezuelaolence or here and they would come here would havecumstances
it that they would end up in pitcher a deported to the same country they would flee and many would do it over and over again. that is a long topic but thank you for your question. >> i'm daryl and i go to john tpfpf. kennedy high school. where did you get the currently going and not ep go back and did you ever receive an apology from any of the attorneys or anybody who wrongly accused you of your crime? decoragreat question but they t apologize in court. spoke to my attorney. look, he failed it investigate my case. of a rape fell iing omebody up in stairs and there much witnesses who can place me somewhere else and prove it was accusation.
he didn't investigate and he witnesses. i was so upset for so long but a chance to hear from he too is human and he made a mistake and he ball.ed the and it happens. the practice of law is just is the practice. some lawyers shouldn't be last. hardest ers try their and make a mistake. easter o say you are sunday sharp over there. >> you really are. to answer specifically the encouraged ut what me, if i can get you to see the creases of anguish on my mother's forehead in that being told that
that is it, you can't hug the gave birth to because the visit is over. those phone calls. the whole everything, right? there.t the only one she is out but she is in prison in spirit. ll of these ridiculous shows about what happens in prison and she is thinking this is prison, to her son in i owed her and i was going to her. that is what encouraged me. our encouragement may be different. you may find something else that encourage you. maybe what you hear from me will encourage you to go on and be extraordina but extraordinary, right? because you can do it. you definitely can. get upmember me when you there. i may have my aarp card and look old me. throw me bone. question. for your
>> thanks for your presence and emperature being us some lessons. i have one question about your ellmate but now i have one question. your perception of having been in jail and you made comments and do ugs possession you think if we treated all of drug possession charges not trafficking as diseases and didn't im preufrpr that it would -- prisons for violent crimes would that be a great do you have an opinion? and when is your book coming out? just kidding. the question.for but i do. taker and i e note took notes in prison and i read everything. read a study in norway of how they run their prisons. idea of them running them is more so like how it should be.
you are in prison this doubt. you can't leave. but it does not look like a prison. in goes it my point that you people up like animals. feed them like animals. them and tell e them it be human. it doesn't make work at all. people who are in prison a lot of them in prison i -- paint to pennant with a broad brush but they are they have se different abuses and things like that. many of them are substance abusers. many are selling drugs to feed their own habit. and of them are robbing killing and steal ing ing to fee rug habit and we are punishing people, we have this extreme glutton for
in society, right? we punish them all the way until they die. you cannot do this. you cannot get that. people are going to prison, and they are not being treated, right? they are not being treated at all. there are people that come, and right before your eyes, they are suffering from withdrawals of heroin, not being treated at all. when you do not treat people and you release them to the same community they come from, the same things happen. you can get whatever drug you're looking for in prison, ok? whatever it is. many of them do drugs in prison as well. we have to separate people who are there for nonviolent crimes from the people who are there for violent crimes. i will tell you why. if you are raised in a house full of people who yell, you will raise your voice without knowing. if you are in a prison with a bunch of people who are violent, you will be what as a result? violent.