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it is such a beautiful verse. it doesn't distinguish between muslim and non-muslim, man and woman, race. it talks about doing a righteous deeds as the path toward love. what that verse does is transform all of us. we are not passive victims. we are the privileged and we are the lucky that get to do good and do right in times of difficulty. [applause] ms. ahmad: to that end, all of you know that mpac has to exponentially increase our work over the next year. our 2017 budget is $1.8 million. and so, i am asking all of us here to make a commitment for us to raise a significant portion of our 2017 budget.
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i'm setting a target of $250,000 for tonight as our fundraising goal. [applause] ms. ahmad: there are three ways to give. you can -- all of it is tax-deductible. you can write a check using the envelopes on your table. you can flag down a volunteer wearing blue scarves to give them a credit card, or you can visit mpac.org/give. and i urge you, in that moment of despair, take action and donate generously. just a couple of items before i am done. as you are donating, please do so from your seat. the servers are ready to serve dinner and will need access to the isles. in about 45 minutes, if you could help us move the program along by taking your seats, we would appreciate it. it is really wonderful to be
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with all of you and have all of you in this room. take you so much, and enjoy your eat. -- evening. [applause] >> good evening. thank you very much. -- takei. decay [applause] mr. takei: a few days ago, this past week on december 7, we observed pearl harbor day. a very significant day. a day, 75 years ago, when japan bombed pearl harbor and plunged the world into a second world
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war. that bombing revealed the military vulnerability of america, but it also revealed another vulnerability. our democracy is a people's democracy. easily stampeded. the horror of the bombing of pearl harbor swept through this , and there was a wave of war hysteria and racism directed at americans of japanese ancestry. like the, we who look people who bombed pearl harbor were looked at with suspicion and fear, and outright hostility.
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simply because we look like the people who bombed pearl harbor. hysteria swept across this country, and it revealed how leadership in the community and particularly from the elected officials are two of people's democracy. time, the political leadership failed. here in california, we had an attorney general. he knew the law. he knew the constitution. he was the top lawyer of the state of california. but he was ambitious, he wanted to run for governor. he saw the single most popular issue in california, in the early 40's, was to lock up the japanese.
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so this attorney, who knew the got ine constitution, front of the "lock-u p-the-japanese" movement. he made a statement saying we spy,no reports of spy, -- espionage, or activity. ominous.is the japanese are inscrutable. we don't know what they are thinking. so it would be prudent to lock them up before they do anything. so for this attorney, the absence of evidence was the evidence. hysteria of that. that -- that time.
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that hysteria went all the way up to the top leadership of the nation, president roosevelt, who ordered all japanese-americans on the west coast, 120,000 of us , to be rounded up and put in barbed wire prison camps. governorrney ran for and won a resounding victory. he was reelected twice, and went justice named the chief of the supreme court of the united states. warren, whoearl goes down in history as the great liberal supreme court chief justice. i would like to think he was that because he was stricken by "guild." -- "guilt."
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his conscience of what he did before the war. greatmocracy can do things, as we well know. the founding of this country on the shining ideals. but the people are follicle ible humangs -- fall beings. so it is important that we be mindful of that. we are going to change the world today, and the changes personified by our new attorney baccera, fromer whom we just heard. [applause] he has been a strong and audible voice for what is right, what is just. strongwill be an equally attorney general for the state. lieu,ard from ted
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congressman. in fact, my congressman in the united it congress. i knew him -- united states congress. was a him before he congressman, from the time when he served in the california assembly. an active leader in the japanese-american community. the fact that you have people like that standing for the council isic affairs very strengthening. i am proud to strengthened -- stand with them. [applause] in support of mpac, because mpac has been serving the community for 30 years now, making a strong stand for , of many of the people
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different ethnicities, faith, and culture. and that infinite diversity in infinite combination, working together in concert is the strength of our system. good people working together, , and speaking loudly in clearly, engaged in the democratic process. is going to make a circumstance today different. strong withtanding the muslim public affairs council. [applause] when i heard that first quote from the trunk transition team, -- trump
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transition team, i knew what would be coming down. he talked about a muslim registry, which was a chilling at go for me because back in the echo for me-- because back in the 1940's, they had a japanese-american database. they're using the word registry, but it is the same thing that came down on us. they knew were we were, how many lived in the household, and what we did. after they had the database, they came down with the curfew. all japanese-americans had to be home by 7:00 p.m., and stay at home until 6:00 a.m. we were imprisoned at night in our homes. and then we discovered that our bank accounts were frozen, our life savings became an accessible.
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-- inaccessible ssible. that was followed by the soldiers coming to take us away. that should never happen again today. [applause] and so i am proud to be here with you tonight, and see the kind of strength that the muslim public affairs council has. contributions that have been made, and my husband and i have made our contributions to supporting a great program. [applause] we are here as americans who believe in the cherished ideals of our people's democracy, and we the people will sing out in concert that we are americans, proud of our
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american ideals, and we will never forsake them. much for what you are doing. [applause] ♪ mr. khan: please be seated, please be seated. thank you. guests, thank you. courtesy,for your thank you for making me part of this dignified event.
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have two parts of my comments before you. withf you is to update you , and wherend today we muslims stand today, because i have been traveling state to about 25together states that i have traveled, and i have met with muslims communities -- muslim communities and met with the children, elders, sat with them and asked them questions. what is it that bothers them? part is, in my humble opinion, what we could be doing and should be doing, and what we are doing that will make a difference. when we started this journey, it was not for ourselves.
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it was for the sake of small that we worry about the ugly political rhetoric and speech >> women were threatened, judges are threatened and whenever i would go to a home of muslim small children or friends in the thing community, -- or friends in the hispanic community, they would come to me and they, are we going to be thrown out of this country? go toen don't want to school with this fear in their that when we come back we will not find you because our friends tad -- our
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unt and tease us. highlight theo values of the united states. religion, practice equal protection under the law and due process of law. those i use our challenge -- -- arealues are town challenged today. my engagements have increased appraiseto come and the community about what is and share the value
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and importance of the work that this organization does and is doing and will be doing. my engagements have increased manyfold. in each and every community i go, the same question is asked. ok, are our to be children going to be ok? what about our civil liberties and double rights? rights?ivil becausenue to speak look at the example of civil
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rights in this country. ,hose rights of that we enjoy we take those rights are granted. people have had to struggle for so many years and offer so many sacrifices so we will have the dignity and our civil rights theory the time has just and our civil rights. up time has come to stand and realize values that we cherish and so much, that i use of equal dignity and protection under the law, freedom of religion and freedom of the speech. we speak and announce very loudly and always remember that,
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in history, there have been many times when these values in this country have been challenged. but the good people of that time stood and defended these values that today we cherish. our isme will pass, but defined by his three. ry.defined by histo we should remain standing. i travel community to community and i faced one thing that is so important to do a monk of leaders of -- among us leaders of faith.
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inter-faith interaction that will strengthen us. i go to communities where i see the interaction of inter-faith leaders. -- harassment was very left very less. inter-faithcrease activity and highlight organizations and we should invite members of other faiths to come with us. this community is a shining example of the things that are taking place.
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when i come to the point in my congress nation with the that what we should be doing first, i promise yourself, i want you to empty your wallets tonight. i want you to donate. i want this organization to have an office in each and every state in the united states. next year, this organization will have 50 offices, not three offices and that will only happen if all of us do our part and we donate and contribute generously.
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to fightur obligation the fight that lies ahead of all of us. second thing, remember, whenever community, howm many counties are in the united states? there are approximately 3100 states. in the united clerk.unty has a county has citizens boards of various activities. oard that grants
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permits and does the city planning. board that supplies support for the police activity. if you want to have a voice in this country, pick up the phone and ask your county clerk's office, i want to make a difference. can you send me the vacant that are open -- can you send me the are open so i can apply. grassroot activity that you can start on your own.
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youryou are afraid that identity or faith is being challenged, what can i do at my levelof five -- at my besides contributing to organizations like this. also become members of the board. muslimseen told that shy away from that activity. they should be going towards that activity. we should have these gatherings more often. fundraising more often. getting together, making, having our agenda more often.
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talking, having our agenda more often. far thisknow how conversation we are having tonight is going to go. it is our the obligation to continue to speak. civic obligation to speak. i am a patriotic, american muslim. never underestimate the power of your statement when you say you are patriotic, american muslim, it is heard loud and clear. be sure that when you are honored with the citizenship of this country, that comes with a responsibility that we make sure we are protector of the values
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of this country. make sure we are protector of the goodness and fundamental values of this country. i employed muslims and especially the youth to read the constitution of medina. fruit of medina. it is the embodiment of pluralism. and languagess are represented in that document with equal dignity. if someone wishes to ask about your faith, make sure you make mention of the constitution of medina that dignified the value of pluralism that is so inherent
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in our faith. ask, i wantant to to share this and promise something that lies ahead. in every event i have gone, i have asked for the inclusion of our youth because that is where the solution lies for us muslims and immigrants. that we prepare our youth. that we prepare them for the leadership of the future. that we hand over the best time to them -- that we hand over the baton to them. two make sure every organization is a tremendous resource. they do have a leadership
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program that sends our youth to congress and they are involved in the congressional message. but this need is throughout the country among muslims and other immigrants and that is to prepare our youth and future generations in their home base, and their counties, prepare them how to be the candidates, not just the votes. train them how to do the fundraising, how to write the platform, how to have the volunteers and the support of the community. these are four or five things that we must do immediately. we should start it not tomorrow, but today.
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2017 elections are right here. i've already been approached by several candidates in virginia where i live, would you campaign for us? should we be talking about when we come to muslim community? you are a resource for political organizations. that organizations realize if you have faith in your , your voice will be heard. these bridges that we want to build, which is the topic of the symposium today, these bridges will be built when there is reconciliation from both sides. we are ready to build the bridges. we needed the other side to step forward and told the bridges.
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those bridges will be built when we fully realize our potential and we have resources allocated to building bridges, training our youth and preparing them to move us forward. i have seen the potential of our community. i have seen the potential person to person, community to community. we are such a resource for the community. we should have faith in that. challenges worry us, we need to realize that is our future. we are very much part of america and the protectors of america. s serve in the armed
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forces of the united states today. in new york, there are many whoim police officers served bravely today. serve bravely today. we are the most patriotic citizens of our country so we should fully realize our potential. we will continue to be patriotic citizens of this country. the work lies ahead. i urge you, this is the night to be generous and show this organization that we appreciate its work and we will continue to support so this is good work continues.
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hopefully when we meet next year they will be able to announce that we have 30 offices, not three and not for -- not four. thank you very much and god bless you. [applause] van.u are the man,
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van: first of all, did you eat? was it good? well, give a round of applause for the workers working all day. we appreciate you. road since on the the election. this is my one day home to see my family. i leave tomorrow for 10 more days and then we will have our holiday. u.s. and what am i doing here, askam i not at home -- you what am i doing here, why am i not at home? my children insisted that i come here tonight. they insisted.
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[applause] say to you that, i have some understanding of what you are going through. people andod picks a ,uts a burden on a community not to destroy, but to develop them so they can do something magnificent in his eyes. i am a nice generation american and i tell people all the time, i am the first one in my family with all my family born
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my rights. i have a cousin who was born right before they signed the last civil rights act. it would be easy for me and easy for other african-americans to be bitter about our journey here , but i think most of us see it differently. it was through our struggle that america became american. became america. the founding of our country was two things and not one. your role here is to complete something in america that has been a long time coming. the american muslim has been
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called to save a great faith and a great nation at the same time. [applause] and this special burden and opportunityty and is something that commands from the rest of us extreme honor and -- andn solidarity solidarity because america cannot be america until every community is respected and honored by every american. let me say something about the country. , we were twong
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things. americading reality for was ugly and unequal. ,ccording to jefferson himself saying not van jones something bad. if you were to go to washington dc and go to the jefferson steps,l and climbed the you would see, in marble and wnone, jefferson's o reflections on the founding of the country. what jefferson said about the country was this, he said, i tremble for my country when i just.t that god is
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country when iy reflect that god is just. that is not we did it, we that is perfection, jefferson reflecting on the enslavement. in my own imagination, i think maybe he was reflecting that even at that moment women could not vote. native american lands were being stolen. if you did not own property, you could not vote. he said, i tremble for my country when he thought about the shortcomings. he trembled, what would god to do to a nation like of this?
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and isn't that all that america that- and is that all this ugly founding women left out of the slaves left out of the document. if it was just at founding reality, it would not command the love and respect of the nations. america has always been two things. there was that founding reality and the founding dream. jefferson,me thomas if you just turn your head, we hold these truths to be
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self-evident that all men were created equal. this founding reality that was ugly and this founding dream that is about equality. the most beautiful dream in the world. who are we? what is an american? we have every color, every faith, every gender expression, every sexuality, every type of --everying every -- ver type of human being ever born is right here in america. we are that rainbow people unique in the world that every
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generation tries to close the between that founding reality and the beauty of the founding dream. and every generation, we take one more step. we get closer to a more perfect turn.and now it is your this is the moment. [applause] moment.the ever choose aot people unworthy of this burden. african-americans, women, all of the groups that have come and taken us one step closer have been afraid, have had to comfort children, have had to walk down
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the street feeling vulnerable andhad to sacrifice money hopefully a little bit more money than you'll have done so far. [laughter] van: and we call those people and all the communities to step forward. -- victims, but the doors ctors and not just for their own community.
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people seeing "we shall overcome," on six continents now because those african-americans in the south facing ugliness responded with a beauty undeniable to the ages. we talk about martin luther king and eligible to her and the -- about martin luther king and the freedomwriters -- riders all around the world. they had less education and standing then you, but when they chose to stand up, they lifted humanity and to the world. feeling out of here other than bless by god --
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blessed by god. you are our best community. no one can hold a candle to what you have achieved. god chose our strongest community. god chose our most beautiful community. god chose a community that all the other communities aspire to be like. you with your faith, family, with your education and i spend -- entrepreneurial zeal. you have been chosen because you have the strength to do it. because you have the dignity to do it. convention,entire the democrats, and no one can
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-- and single thing said no one can remember a single word said except by michelle obama and the man who just spoke on this stage. moves next family door to you, you better say hallelujah because the chances of your children getting in trouble just went way down. you all know i am right. you don't have to be modest tonight. community. this man wants to fight this community? this man wants to take on this community? he is messing with the wrong folk.
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i will leave you with this. overestimate what this man has achieved. make wrong decisions and your calculations will be off. 310 million americans, the majority voted against him. the election was one -- the election was won because 70,000 people in three states jumped the fence.
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when you ask those people why they jumped the fence, they don't mention you. they mentioned the factory jobs that were lost, a mention the fact that the democrats seem to be elitist and out of touch. they mentioned they sensed some unease and some cultural anxieties but they do not mention you. mandate to dove a anything to you. even the majority of the people who voted for him did not vote for his a nonsense and the majority of people voted against him. movementd a small and not to say everyone who voted for him is a part of that, but there is a
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little hate army that has taken over our government. ,e have to stand up, the proud dignified and to build a massive love army to take it back and that is what we are going to do. thank you very much. [applause] liveashington journal," every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up monday morning, we are taking your calls, emails, and tweets. we will also speak with columnist and radio show hosts from around the country to share thoughts on what leaders in washington should focus on in the year ahead. be sure to watch "washington journal," live at 7:00 a.m.
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edelman talks about the making of his latest espn documentary on o.j. simpson. later, a conversation with david chang about the state of the restaurant industry. this was part of the annual washington ideas forum, posted by the atlantic magazine and aspen institute. >> to the people walking out, you are about to miss it. you are making a huge mistake. >> huge mistake. >> huge mistake. to the other conversations i've been able to have in washington but this is the one i happen most excited for. how many people in the audience
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have seen his documentary, "o.j.: made in america?" [applause] >> of you guys not clapping, you should be ashamed of yourselves. to my mind, this is the best film i have seen this year. it is an incredible piece of art. and i know we don't usually think of documentaries in this why but i will show you why in a second. it is an honor thing of a story that all of us think we know but because we are involved in it, we don't actually know. we will start with this clip from episode one. this is o.j. simpson with the buffalo bills as a running back. and i think even the act of depicting o.j. simpson as you do in this clip has a revolutionary impact. and we will talk about that afterwards. this is just a compilation of highlights of o.j. simpson running now.
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are you ready guys? ♪ [video playing] >> you expect it of yourself. you hear the crowds but you don't. you know they are cheering. when i'm running, that is how it is supposed to be. this is the natural state of things. i know that whenever i have done it, my feelings have always been that this is nothing yet. i'm going to do it again. >> simpson had that shine. the sun hit him and he really was that great. he really was that great. ♪ >> it has been my deal to come out of the ghetto and get everything i've got. i need -- i think that what is driving o.j. simpson is the need

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