tv Reverend Al Sharpton Hosts Pre- Inauguration Rally CSPAN January 14, 2017 11:05pm-12:56am EST
those are things every pollster to tell their politician away from. > coming up next from earlier rally fromvil rights washingtonp washingtonwash, then a anotherp washingtonwas , chaps to hear that oral argument on students with disabilities. about the potential repealing the healthcare law. >> reverend al sharpton led a wash this week in washington to like issues on things voting rights, criminal justice and pay equity following the arch a rally was held near the martin luther king jr. memorial. included dc marl -- william sident cornell brooks and several other civil
rights activists. this is just under two hours. >> good morning. of the best city in the world. welcome the o national action network to washington, d.c. you all to my me hometown and your nation's to thank and want recognize our reverend al for his leadership. p al -- reverend al for h vision, and our reverend al for of us.ng up for all over the last several months, reminded of the values we have to fight for. we've all been reminded of reverend dr. martin luther king and what he stood for. we had to ld us that
look k beyond ourselves, beyond our own generation for sure this was a america us all. we have to fight on a local level, state level and the ederal level, and that's why we're truly blessed that reverend al has called us together. remind us that it's not where but where we are growin growing. >> i'm proud that the nation look to us in. our city we can't rely on the ederal government and we don't have a state government. we are the city, council, and once.tate all at and because of that, we have fought to get our crime rates unemployment down. graduations up and more people our ng a second chance in
city. we have insisted to make dc one inclusive places in these united states. we are committed to justice, making nd committed to american values all people's values and that's our focus. washington, d.c., we know that we can be at the fight for criminal justice reforms that make our fair.and our nation more we have led the way in working with our brothers and sisters in labor to pass a minimum wage of call on the and we nation to do the same. a know that we can't have prosperous city that we're proud washingtonians don't participate in it and that's why we're more committed to than ever.housing upknow that we have to stand for the rights of women, of
community, of lgbt latinos, of african-americans, and anybody that would be or scared in their nation. fore asking you to stand up us on this issue. we live in the shadow of the nation's capitol. a vote in thatve capital. d.c. we demand statehood. that's the only way we can truly be equal. that while you're in washington, i know you will see ur fantastic memorial to the reverend dr. martin luther king. you will remember, when he was said, to college, he ago,assembled, five decades if you can't fly, then you should run. walk, then you should crawl. all means, keep moving. keep moving. moving, national action
network. washington, d.c. is right here with you. god bless you all. for our invocation. e's the senior pat for of the historic bethany baptist church baptized n and jones reverend sharpton. his home church, and we're to have with us, the reverend. architect of rand this universe, we thank you for this day. you for this beautiful day. any day above ground is a beautiful day. resolve our
determination to stand for justice. as we stand in the shadow of one we thank you for his continued legacy, and for sharpton, we pray for all of those gathered across this country as we unite stand for justice, equality, freedom, be with us in this encounter. we pray.ame ame amen. let's us eague, receive at this time regional national f the action network. the reverend. >> no justice. peace. >> no justice. >> no peace. peace, it's a d beautiful day. as i look amongst you one of the
things i recognize is god is well.and how do i know? to him early this morning. he assured me that everything is going to be all right. today, know about you but today we've come to send a this nation, to that we shall overcome. we shall not be moved. we come this morning from the west coast, from the east coast, from the north, from the south, to send a strong message, to make some noise, and let this world know that we will not bow down. we will take a stand. we will march.
we will raise our voices in triumph. i'm excited. i look amongst these beautiful people. as i look amongst you, i see the audacity of hope. i see individuals ready to get into the street. i see individuals ready to raise their voice. i don't know about you, but like the three hebrew boys, we are not going to bow down. we're going to move with the figure of god. we're going to speak truth to power. we see what this world is coming to. here we are 14 days into a brand-new year. we want to send a message that you are appointing to these national positions, that they will hear from us. we know that ben carson looks good, but he does not sound good. are you ready to fight? are you ready to win? make some noise. keep it alive. god bless you. [applause]
>> my brother and colleague, the midwest regional director of the national action network, and senior pastor of king solomon baptist church in detroit, michigan. reverend dr. charles williams jr. >> what time is it? it's fighting time. let me hear you. what time is it? no justice! >> no peace! >> no justice! >> no peace! >> what do we want? when do we want it? we stand in the shadows of the washington monument. we stand here in the shadow of dr. martin luther king jr.'s monument.
but we don't stand here because we just deserve it. somebody had to pay a price. and the question is that we have the opportunity to stand here now, but are we willing to stand up and fight back so that those who come after us get the opportunity to stand here too? the question is, are we ready to find to make sure that we hold on to health care? are we willing to fight to make sure that every man and woman has the opportunity and access to jobs? are we willing to stand and fight the racist police that
continue to reign terror on our boys and cities across america? if we fight, we win. when we don't, we won't. although we are happy to be in this space today, the real fight is the fight that we must fight when we go back home. whether it is in detroit, michigan, pennsylvania, philadelphia, or in washington dc, whether it is in new york -- that fight must go back with us. and if we fight, we win. no justice-- >> no peace! >> one of the reasons i have a lot of faith in our future is because our future is in the hands of people like my young
sister, who is a student at spelman college, carrying the nan banner. she is our national youth director of the national action network, and carries that message across the nation. she is a millennial leader in her own right. let us receive my sister. [applause] >> i think it is important that before i start, i acknowledge the fact that millennials organized this march with the assistance of reverend sharpton. millennials organized this march, and they deserve that acknowledgment. millennials like david carter, ashley sharpton, ebony riley --
i know i am forgetting some. i could go on and on about the millennials that put this together. this one standing behind me. please give these young people around of applause. [applause] as we stand here, i can't help but to think about the woman who at this second is being sexually assaulted, and may have to face her rapist everyday because there are people advocating to end safe abortions in our country. while we march, i couldn't help but to think about the african-american teenager today to gun violence. i pray for the health of my loved ones that will no longer have health care because they are trying to repeal the affordable care act. while these issues may seem
different to you, the truth is that it cannot be any further from the truth. dr. king had a dream that we could all stand together in unity and work together. recently all i've seen in the news and immediate is divisive. there is a war on women in this country. there is a war on black and brown bodies in this country. there is a war on justice in this country. we stand here in washington dc to tell donald trump, jeff sessions, and everyone else in his administration that we will not be moved, that millennials, that adults, that indigenous people, that immigrants, are working together, standing together in unity, pushing the message of the second wave of
the civil rights movement. and the spirit of dr. martin luther king and spirit of iw wells and shirley chisholm, and so many great people. we need to understand that it is not just donald trump we have to worry about. because all politics are local. you have to find what is in yourself after today to go back home and keep up the fight for four years. for four years. it is our duty to fight for our freedom. it is our duty to win. we must love each other and protect each other. we have nothing to lose but our chains. thank you. [cheering] [applause]
>> he is the liberation seeker. he is the people's creature. he is the founder and president of the national action network, and is the one who called us to be here today, to send a message for those that will come tomorrow. let us receive at this time the president and founder the national action network, the man called to this stage at this hour, reverend dr. al sharpton. [applause] rev. sharpton: no justice! >> no peace! rev. sharpton: no justice! >> no peace! rev. sharpton: what do we want? >> justice! rev. sharpton: when do we want it? when do we want it? >> now!
rev. sharpton: we won't go back! we won't! >> we won't go back! rev. sharpton: we won't-- >> go back! rev. sharpton: we won't-- >> go back! rev. sharpton: alright. we are gathered here, and we march in the driving rain. because we want this nation to understand that what has been fought for and gained. that you are going to need more
than one election to turn it around. we have called this march on 4 nonnegotiable issues -- voting rights, criminal justice and police reform, equal and fair economic justice, and the affordable care act. we come to washington from all over this country. they are going to lie tomorrow and say it wasn't but 200 of us. look at this crowd in the rain. we come not to appeal to donald trump, because he has made it clear what his policies are,
and what his nominations are. we come to say to the democrats in the senate and in the house and to the moderate republicans, get some backbone. get some guts. we didn't send you down here to be weak kneed and get in the room and try to make friends. we sent you down here to stand up for senior citizens, to stand up for students that can't pay their loans, to stand up for victims of police abuse. if you can't do the job, we will come here and bring you back home. we are not going to compromise on those four things. what we must do -- tomorrow there is action all over the country. as we see the votes on
confirmation, i am taking a list today of you that are ready. we are going to go to senator's offices, and we are going to visit them right before the vote for mr. sessions. we need to make some housecalls. we need to stay a little while. and we need to stay in their office here. dr. king died fighting for these rights. that is why we came to the king memorial. mrs. coretta scott king, who
used to speak at national action network every year, wrote a letter saying that jeff sessions should not be on the federal bench. we owe it to her to have a roll call on those that would put him in the justice department. you are not getting a pass. we want the world to see, if you sell us out, we are going to let everybody know who you are. [applause] when we look at the facts that in the confirmation hearing, no one raised while he was sitting there when he said he supported voter id. if you support voter id, why did you allow 37 motor vehicle
places in alabama where they could get their id? they closed them right after the supreme court decision. 8 of the 10 top black counties closed them. you did not say anything about it, senator. you cannot be the head of the justice department and protect voters when you advocate suppressing the vote, and blocking the vote. you said you were against federal intervention getting involved in local cases, when this week alone, we saw a consent decree in baltimore, a report in chicago -- all of that he would stop. we are not here because we didn't have something else to do, we are here because we
fought hard to make sure that this administration heard her report in chicago -- all of that he would stop. cry. we are not going away now. criminal justice and police reform must go forward. let me say this -- i saw on the front page of the washington post this morning about the case of eric garner. i thought about how in this justice department, in the case of walter scott, shot in the back on video, where there is a federal case. all of this movement, the revival of it, started when a young boy with nothing but skittles and an iced tea in his hand was going home to his daddy, and was shot down. then they wouldn't even arrest
the assailant. and some of us stood up for trayvon martin. we are going to stand up for eric garner, and stand up for walter scott, and we're going to stand up for tamir rice. you may switch presidents, but we are just going to switch legs and keep marching. we won't back down! we won't be trumped! we won't be trumped! >> we won't be trumped! rev. sharpton: i want you to join me in welcoming to the stage the courageous face of these movements, the mother of
trayvon martin, the mother of eric garner, and the brother of walter scott. they came to march with us today. we will not be moved. the media likes to put out their friends. we work with the families. that have suffered. we have been with sabrina from the beginning. we have been with walter scott and we are going to see that till the end.
--?e's he was one of the young men that donald trump said he should be executed. we march for him. we stood for him. he was finally exonerated after 13 years in jail. we gave him a job we are still here. one of the central park five. we know how to fight trump. of how we example gonna fight. a man shot and killed with a question of mentality in san diego california. his father joins us. these are the cases to make sure they have backbone to deal with. s
today. then my colleagues and civil rights leadership are here today. we don't want you to think that you came all this distance just for a parade. a lotta folks have a parade and call it a march. we are going to lay out what we are going to do. how many argue are ready to make house calls -- of you are ready to make house calls? how many of you are ready to have a session on sessions in your senator's office? we want to break it down state estate. "sessions for sessions." march, we call it a summit. since the public sector has been closing on this, we need to select in the private sector the
companies that are violating our principles. we are going to have a national withdrawal of our dollars. we are going to make sure that the private sector balances out the public sector. if you are going to cut us off in washington, we are going to cut you off at home. martin.f trayvon [applause] >> i want to say that i stand with rev because he stood with me. we shall not be moved. although it was my son trayvon martin that was shot and killed in february 2012, i want you to have the same compassion for me as if it was your child. it is so very important that we
look out for our young people. they can't defend themselves. i continue this fight. my son was shot down, and it made me stand up. won't you stand with us? won't you go back to your community and make a difference? thank you, and god bless you. [applause] rev. sharpton: the mother of eric garner. [applause] >> thank you. thank you everyone. thank you all for being here. you know that we all need to be here. this is just the first step. this is the beginning. when we leave here, we have work to do. network, i action think so very much for standing with us. they stand with us when the
lights are on and when they go out. you, when you go back to your homes, it will be like nothing happened. we can't do that. >> our voting rights. we cannot embarrass our forefathers by letting them take away our voting rights. we will not stand by quietly while they manipulate the voting forefathers died, out of forefathers blood is on that bill. and we must uphold of them. rights, the right to a living wage, we should not have to work two or three jobs just to make the minimum basic , for our families.
everyone deserves a living wage. why do they think we are any less than 67 million? 67 million getting less than a living wage. we do not want the minimum wage. we want a living wage. we want a living wage for women. women are being paid $.67 to every dollar that a man is making. why? we do the best work. we should get paid accordingly. and the police reform, we must remember, we must demand the way that our communities are being policed. >> we must demand that they respect human life better than they do. we must demand that they commute sentences for people with low crimes who they are keeping in
jail for two or three lifetimes. for what? we have to stand together on this. and obamacare -- that was his pet project. we cannot allow that to be abolished. we will not stand here and say let them take it. no. we lost the election. we did not lose our minds. we are going to stand up, and we are going to push back. we are going to tell our factors, councilman, the minorities, you stand with us if you want our vote. i think you all so much. >> we all saw the video of walter scott.
a man shot in his back running away. the sunday after he was shot, i went to north charleston with reverend rivers and we had a prayer vigil at that spot. the man we had lead us in prayer was reverend pinckney. who two months later, he was one , of the nine people killed in his church in charleston. there is too much going on to play games with the justice department. in the justice department is this case of walter scott. his family is just like the gardener family. they had advocated for nothing except asking for justice.
they have not called for one word of hate or act of violence. the question, mr. trump, is not how we act. the question is how are you all going to act about justice? how are you going to act for the people. how are you going to stand up and make america great when you can see people mowed down in a church during bible class and forgive the killer. tweeting in the middle of the night is not what makes you great. great is when you can look hate in the face and refuse to hate and become like the hater. i bring you brother scott.
>> i am the youngest brother of walter scott. my mother, unfortunately, could not be here today. she wanted to be here, but her health caused her to not be able to be here. it is not over until it is over. we sat in the courtroom for seven weeks asking for justice and being peaceful about. i do not know about you, but but i am tired of being peaceful. justice is deserved for all mankind. of course, we are going to have to do it again. we have a trial again in march. we would like for your support again for myself and my family. because we want justice, and we are going to stand together. like my mother said, it is not over until god says it is over.
thank you again, scott family. >> let us hear from richard a longo, the father of alfred a longo of san diego, california. >> hello? hello? are you guys awake? are you awake? when i say arambe, you should say arambe. arambe. >> arambe. >> arambe. >> arambe. >> when my son was shot by richard gonzales, a war has been
declared on humanity. the federal line has been drawn. when we are fighting, there is no cowardice. it is a call to move forward. we cannot move backward. my son was killed because of his black skin. he should not have been shot. that police officer, if he --ted to the say life destabilize my son, he would have only shot with one bullet. he shot with five bullets. he wanted to kill. i get very annoyed when i remember that my son is killed.
i've brought my son to look for protection and security and safety. when i brought my son to america, the country where i came to look for justice is where my son was killed. it is a big contradiction. i do not understand it. we have to fight. we must be ready to fight. join us. we fight to win. we will win. arambe. >>arambe. >> arambe. >> arambe. thank you. one senator who has stood up to fight and has marched with us today, united states senator from oregon, sen. murphy. give him a hand.
>> what do we want? >> justice. >> when do we want it? i know you are all ready to march in the cold. are you ready to march on capitol hill? are you willing to talk to justice to power? are you willing to say to the powerful that we want the end of racial profiling. we want the end of mass incarceration. we want quality health care for every american. dr. martin luther king said there is a dark and desolate valley, but we must go to the sunlit path of justice. are you ready to go on that path? what are the first three words of our constitution? we the people.
it is not we the powerful. what is it? it is not we the privileged. it is we the people. so let us march onto capitol hill and go to every senate office and demanded that we want that sunlit path of justice for every american. thurgood marshall on the supreme court, the first african-american to serve, he said that we must not say it is ok to have indifference. there is a better path, a better america. let us fight for that better america. i am proud to stand with you. thank you. [applause] >> senator murphy. give him a hand. [applause] as i bring on of my national
civil rights leader colleagues, let me first bring in the mayor of new york, new jersey. work -- newark, new jersey. mayor ross baraka. >> no justice. no justice. no justice. we are all the way from newark, new jersey. i know newark is in the house. all 300,000 with us and with reverend out sharpton and the national action network to say we will not be moved. we are here some 50 years later after dr. martin luther king jr. brought us down here to cash a check that was marked insufficient funds. and we are still here 50 years later trying to cash that same check.
we are still here trying to get what we deserve in this place and we're here to tell them that we shall not be moved. america is not great because of donald trump. america is great because millions of people thought that -- fought to end slavery. america is only great because the mother of in the hill stood with her son's body after you was pulled from the river to show that we will discover and in two segregation. america is great because we stop to show the world we would defeat jim crow. america is great because we worked to destroy slavery in the south. america is only great because we march the streets. we shed our blood and we did not sit down in the face of tyranny and oppression. america is great because the people have made it great. i am going to sit down, but i am
not a part of the minority. i am part of the majority. the majority of americans want an increase in minimum wage. the majority of americans who want criminal justice reform. the majority of americans who want affordable health care. the majority of americans want free or affordable college. the majority of americans who want criminal justice reform. the majority of americans did not vote for donald trump. i stand with the majority and not the minority. i did not lose. i won. my god is not a loser. my god is a winner. i stand with those who won. victory for the oppressed. when we fight we win. when we fight we win. [applause] >> raz baraka. where is reverend steffi?
teaching him how to preach a little. now to bring on park national civil rights leaders. they are all here. from cornell brooks to rishaad robertson and others. a united front of our labor leaders. i want to bring the chairman of our board of the baptist church that will introduce each of them and then we will have our labor leaders. we have a warm-up to get you home from the one and only reverend dr. michael dyson. reverend w franklin richards.
>> we want to celebrate the leadership of reverend sharpton. the founder of the national action network and president. let us give him some love as he has provided leadership. [applause] i am glad to be here to join all of us as we come across the country to be a part of an important statement of a rejection of what appears to be policies that are designed to hold us back. this is the first time in the in 30 yearsrs -- and that the cabinet will not look like america. all billionaires and all white men. the exception being one white woman and one colored man. this is the first time in the history of america where we have the first russian president of the united states of america. [laughter]
so, it is important that the african-american community is not silent. that is why this march is important. there will be other marches. this march is important because we, as a community, are standing up and saying that we shall not be moved. we will not turn back the clock. the national action network is grateful to have our partners in civil rights to join us. we understand that the cause of civil rights cannot be handled by one, single organization, but only by a collaboration of people who have a heart or best part for justice. today we have this wonderful of civil rights leaders who joined the national action network. one man represents an organization that has been in the struggle for a long time. he has been very articulate. it is my joy to welcome the president of the national urban league.
mark morreale. >> no justice. >> no peace. >> no justice. >> no peace. >> i know the rain is coming. in that spirit, i will try to set the tone to be as brief as possible. more than 50 years ago, our forefathers and foremothers gathered on this mall to set forth under dr. king's leadership a vision for the future of this nation. just four years ago, we gathered here on this mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that march. when we did it, it was a joyous day. we had present with us the first
african-american president in the history of the united states. four years later, we face an uncertain and unknown future. we must send the strongest possible message today that just because an election has taken place does not change what we believe in or stand for or what our vision for this nation is. our vision for this nation, as civil rights leaders and human rights leaders combined, is a vision of an america without hate. it is a vision of america with economic opportunity for all. it is a vision of america with properly funded public schools that educate every child. it is a vision for america where health care is not a privilege but a right. it is a vision for america that says whether you are black or
white or hispanic or asian or native or gay or straight or man or woman this nation is your , nation. this is our nation. there has been a great call to make america great. we say today, "make america great for everyone!" make america great for the lockedout and left out. make america great for the child down in alabama seeking to become a great person. make america great for the young man or young woman in the bronx or in chicago. make america great for everyone. let us say that today is the beginning. we will be part of this new movement for resistance in america. what we resist is any effort to turn back the hands of time.
for this generation, this is a moment not of comfort or convenience, but a moment of challenge and controversy. where do we stand? we must stand and say loudly, "we will not be moved." [applause] >> thank you, mark. one of our partners that has been a sustaining partner across the years has been the naacp. we are happy to have the president of the naacp as he comes to give a word to us today. [cheering]
>> i'm going to ask if there is anyone here who appreciate the leadership of the reverend al sharpton in the national action network. i wanted to put your hands together resoundingly. [applause] this is a brother who has gone to jail for his people, has stood up for his people, has continued to stand by his people. t your hands together for the reverend al sharpton. >> on behalf of the leadership and membership of the naacp, i am reminded that on this morning it is cold and rainy, and there are some who believe we have frozen in apathy. i will remind our opponent that our hearts are warm with courage and conviction.
warm with conscience. warm with determination. warm with resolve. warm with the prophetic spirit. we are not giving up. we are not giving in. we're not giving over. we will stand and stand and stand for our rights. the late supreme court justice harry blackmun said "a chill wind blows all across this republic. there is a chill wind that blows. a chill wind of fear for women who heard a candidate for the presidency talk in the most vulgar terms of grabbing a woman's genitalia. the fear is that this is not campaign rhetoric, but the promise of an administration
reality. this is a campaign in which we saw racism regularize. homophobia routinized. xenophobia made the order of the day. which weampaign in heard over and over again our people being marginalized. our people being otherized. the disabled being made fun of. a campaign in which many of us felt disrespected. dayscent hours, and recent , the president-elect referred to an icon of the civil rights movement who came perilously close to becoming a martyr of
the civil rights movement, being representative john lewis. the president-elect said that he was all talk and no action. disrespected. we had members of the congressional black caucus invited and summoned to testify before the house judiciary committee, relegated to being laughed. no questions asked. as one representative put it, they were asked to enter through the back door. disrespected. unless we missed the point? senator from the state of south carolina referred to the naacp as a partisan organization because we gave him a failing grade. let me say to representative
lindsey graham, you get an f from the naacp because you failed on civil rights and on america. if you want to improve your grade, then you are in need of remedial education. i simply ask that you stand with man, stand with the naacp and with these brothers and sisters who stand for this country. and so, we are here on the eve of this holiday and the inauguration of donald j. trump. there are those who want us to come and celebrate the holiday. may i remind you that the holiday is not a holiday from social justice. it is established for social justice.
let me remind you that when you look across this country, you seek millennial activists who are putting their hearts, their minds, their bodies on the line. they are claiming with their whole being, in the words of shakes here, "now is the winter of our discontent." their mouths crying out "black lives matter." they understand that it is the ethical predicate to the moral conclusion that all lives matter. unless the first is true, the second cannot be true. we are putting this administration on that is. we're not going to allow you to take away our voting rights, overpopulate jails and prisons while depopulating our homes and our communities. we are going to stand up for our rights. we are putting the administration on notice that we
are going to the hill, to these congressional offices on the hill and back home, and we are going to tell them that you have to stand for policies that bring this era of mass incarceration to an end. you will stand for policies that will strengthen the voting rights act. you will stand for policies that will allow our people to go to college is head of jail. you going to stand for policies that protect our young people. you are going to stand for policies so we do not have to have so many mothers behind this podium crying for their sons and daughters. i'm going to leave you with this parable about the state we are in. a man by the name of andrew anchor -- mr. evans
came home at the end of a long day, and it was his practice to disembark his car on the passenger side because of known assassins. he got out on the driver side because he was tired. when he got out of the car, and assassin fired bullets into his body. as he lay dying, his dying words were these, "zip me up and turn me loose." if a man can say on his dying bed those words, do we say so , stand up, and turn me loose. for those who think we are frozen in apathy and cynicism we , remind you that we are marching in the cold and rain and in the midst of this winter of discontent. we will march until hell freezes over, and when it does we will march on the ice. stand up and fight.
stand up and fight. stand up and fight. stand up and fight. [applause] [cheering] >> we continue with our partners in civil rights. we want to welcome our sister , janet, who is the president of the council. let us give her some love as she comes up. [applause] >> thank you so much. it is an honor to be here today on hollowed ground in the shadow of dr. martin luther king jr.'s memorial. someone who had a dream that spoke to everyone. it was a universal dream. dr. king was not only a civil rights icon. he was a great american and patriot.
he said cherished the values and ideals on which our great country was founded that he spent his life working to make sure our nation lived up to the values and ideals for all americans. we too, gathered here today, are patriots and believe deeply in this country, it's ideals, and it's institutions. we have a message for president-elect trump as we gather looking for that dream still to be realized. we expect you, mr. president-elect, to be the president for all americans not just the ones who voted for you. we expect you to stop targeting our communities as you did through your campaign.
if not, you can expect us to stand up and protect and defend our communities at every turn. you can expect all of us here today to be united. black brothers and sisters, brown brothers and sisters, yellow brothers and sisters, red brothers and sisters, all of us protecting and defending the american values and ideals that we revere with every fiber of our being. as of this administration tries to further compromise the right to vote, we will protect and defend our constitutional right. if they try to roll back our voting rights, we will stand up and defend our country and our civil rights. if they tried to roll back marriage equality, we will
protect and defend our lgbt brothers and sisters. if they tried to put the islamic community in a registry, we will protect and defend our muslim brothers and sisters. if they try to repeal the affordable care act, we will protect and defend health care for the millions of americans who need it. and if this administration tries to end a program that barack obama stood up for that protected young people who came to this country through no fault of their own and to our americans in every way, our dreamers, if he comes after those who have been living in the shadows and it does not provide an opportunity, we will protect those who are the dreamers and want to be aspiring americans. protecting and defending all of us will not be easy, but if we are together, united in our
cause, we will be unstoppable. are you ready? are you ready? we will be unstoppable. thank you so much. [applause] >> i need you to know that each one of you is important. you are being here is sending a message to the nation and i want you to know we are celebrating it. rishaad robertson, leader of color change is going to speak to us now. >> how are we doing out in this rain today? i want to thank the reverend out sharpton and the national action network for inviting me here today. to bring a message to black folks and our allies of every race he will stand up and fight back against this administration. it is not just fighting back
against this administration because they will get their power from the enablers across society. from the media who send of take news or false equivalencies. from corporations who recognize that this is an opportunity to buy out and take back what we have one and fall for for generations. for the democrats you may not have a backbone in this moment but will need our vote to years and four years from now, to the republicans who think that they can govern without our vote, our work has to be across so many different sectors. i have this quote from my wall at home in my office and it is something that i carry with me. it is appropriate for today as we stand out in this rain. a clip from frederick douglass the great abolitionist. it says that there is no
progress without a struggle. yete who profess freedom deprecate agitation, they want rain without thunder and lightning. these next several years will make all of us uncomfortable and if we do not stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, andimmigrant brothers sisters, lgbt folks and women ,cross many different vectors because in fact black folks are part of all those communities as well. we have to use technology and new tools and invite young able into the conversations in a new way. i am coming off an election that was incredibly disappointing while at the same time color of change has stood with black lives matter activists and civil rights activists across the country in the aftermath of
police violence by standing up and trying to change things. we challenged some the district attorneys who did not value black lives. andicked several elections won five of them, kicking out, along with local partners, district attorneys in places like orlando and tampa and houston and chicago. this is the work we have to do. not just at a national level, but at a local level to tell people you will respect us and our rights. we will change the rules, not just the rules of culture, that the rules of policy. we must do this work together until justice is real. thank you all very much. >> we are happy to have one of our leaders in the struggle, the
president of the national coalition of black participation. let's hear it for melanie as she comes. >> no justice. >> no peace. >> are you ready for the fight? >> yes. >> are you ready for the fight for justice? >> yes. >> are you ready for the fight for justice rights, women rights, criminal justice reform? >> yes. >> are you ready for the fight? must tell every republican in the congress and the incoming president that the government in all these red states, we are not going back to a time when there ,as segregation, good old times america back together again. not without us. we built this mother.
we are not going back. our children have already let us know that they are not going back. i will ask you again, are you ready for the fight? >> yes. things, somef issues that we need to stay on top of. we have heard already, but there is nothing wrong with repeating it. we have sisters here who has a buried sons and they are counting on us not to be scared. we know folks will come at us. he, my god, the god i serve, is with me. he is going to make sure, the don't be scared, he has our back. do you believe it? >> yes.
we gave hillary clinton 94% of our vote, unfortunately, our white sisters gave the other man 50% of their vote. we're going to stand in solidarity and they will figure it out by and by. i would ask you once more, are you ready for the fight? >> yes. >> keep the power, thank you. give yourself a hand, let me cut you, you are wonderful. celebrate your job. we are all here. we are all important and significant. i am j david kosten, president of the federation of government employees. >> good afternoon, brothers and
sisters. federalll you, 700,000 and governmental workers are ready for the fight. ready for the fight. we are going to keep delivering social security checks, we're going to keep taking care of veterans and see that people have their housing. we're going to stand up to an administration that pushes back. i can promise you that. the themend sisters, of this rally, we shall not be moved. one way to honor dr. king. that we do not allow the labor movement to be moved to back in this country. is time we stopped arriving of labor rights of public employees. view civild not rights, voting rights, and union
abc column. you view them as one right. the right of the people, brothers and esters. i make a promise to you today and reverend out sharpton and the national action network. and the labor movement are going to be out there. we're going to be joined at the hip every day of our lives and we're going to fight for our brothers and sisters, the american labor movement and the american federation of government employees shall not be moved. not now, not ever. and anyone that tries to do it up onewe are opening giant can of whoop ass on every one of them. >> what do you say, what do you
say? >> yes. up?re you fired >> yes. >> senator nina turner of ohio is going to represent senator bernie sanders. let's celebrate her coming. brothers, and am glad and sisters, i to be here with you on this rainy afternoon and i'm so glad that the reverend out did not stop this because this gives us just a little piece. a little piece of what our ancestors had to in your. we have trouble, but we do not have middle passage trouble. we have trouble, but we don't have selling your mother, kids and a daddy on the block kind of
trouble. this kind of a moment reminds me of a beer jewel song in the american -- african-american tradition. sisters and brothers, we know we got over by the blood, sweat and tears of heroes, some whose names we know and some whose names we do not know. that i will tell you something, we have been here before. the only difference is we have some company. we have our gay and lesbian sisters and brothers with us this time. we have our hispanic, asian, native american sisters and brothers when of this time. i think dr. reverend martin luther king said we may not have gotten here on the same ship, but we are in the same boat right now.
we have been here before and i know that you might be disappointed, but i want you to take solace in these words, we must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope. the valley may be lower, but we have been here. mountain may be higher, but we have been here before because our mission for social justice and economic justice and and, about byice the way, sisters we want our whole damn dollar. the mission is so high we can't get over it and the mission is so low we can to get under it and the mission is so wide we can to get around it. we might be disappointed, but we have been here before and as sure as there is a god in heaven, he is stronger and more powerful than any man.
we cannot forget where we have come from, since sisters and brothers, i want to leave you with these three things, number one, the trader of this great universe has been us to hands, once you reach forward and once you reach back. ask importantly, we can't folks to do more for us than we are willing to do for ourselves. and lastly, in the words of my inndmother, who was born from the south, could you not read or write but when iount her money, asked grandmother what it took to be successful in life, she said all you need are the three buttons, the wishbone, job done, andthe backbone -- jaw bone
backbone. the wishbone will keep you praying and the dream is the bone will give you the kurds and the most backbone bone is the that will keep you standing through your trials and tribulations and, guess what, sisters and brothers, we can't have a testimony without a test and we are being tested right now. but whether or not we have current enough, fight enough, hope enough to do what is necessary, hollow lydia. iugh.lle >> yeah.
now oney to bring forth of the most prolific voices in america today. captured the has multiple dimensions of our socialist. nuancesculates in the of our transition. i'd rather spoken with power all over the world. ho has spoken with power all over the world. a voice for the struggle, our professor at georgetown dyson.ity,, dr. eric what an honor it is to be magnificentt this and incredible and in powerful
-- powerful march of conscience from people around the country. all of the great people who are here today, brooks, l'oreal, but especially the reverend dr. professor bishop out sharpton. -- al sharpton. give him the love that he deserves. we are about to witness the ---ignorant, bellicose, and bullying, a man who is unmolested by enlightenment, a man who is addicted to the united states of amnesia because he refuses to study his history. he is here and a moment of incredible importance and he lacks the gravitas and the study
and the scholarship and the itionation and the -- irid and the courage and hard to bear witness to the truth. he has put in place of our ocracy.ent a baron millionaires and billionaires who are without competent. -- justause you don't because you have a lot of money, that doesn't mean you know what you are doing. we have a president-elect who is on conscience of the -- unconscious of the beat and prophetic waters that have run over our lives. we are here to say we will not be moved. don't ever again say you are against preferential treatment.
we have the most incompetent, incapable people putting in place to run the government, mostly white men and some white women and a brother. of low the bigotry expectations but the reality is that we must dig deep. we must remember that we are all straight,gether, gay, transgender, bisexual, christian, muslim, black and white. revengeold this is the of the white working class. i love the white working class but there is a red, yellow, brown, black working-class. we are all in this together and we must tell our white brothers and sisters that they have to learn from us as well. don't be hoodwinked by white
supremacy and the unconscious reflex of the bigotry. you have to push beyond that to understand we are all in this together. i will end by saying this, i and i new book coming out try to say to my black brothers and sisters, invest in your innocence -- this invests -- your innocence and amnesia and fragility and learn that you and i must struggle together. was someone looking through the crack in the wall and he saw someone get a package and when they opened it up it was a mouse trap. the mouse ran back to the barnyard and told the chicken they have a mouse trap out there. the chicken said that doesn't have anything to do with me.
he went to the pagan said there is a mouse trap. if he said, that is not my concern. he went to the cow and said there is a mouse trap and the cow said that is not my problem. then later the mouse was back to the house and he heard a big noise and the mouse trap caught something and in the dark he could not see what it was. it turned out to be a bit of a -- the wifee white grabbed the snake and it bit her. the doctor tried to help her and she had a fever. what is the best thing for a fever, to consider -- chicken s oup. the farmer killed the chicken. saw she did and he
not get any better. after she died, he saw he needed some food and he killed the cow. they tell you there is a mouse trap out there and it is not yours because you are not black or poor or gay or white, you have to realize that the ofsetrap is for the entirety the population. all of us are in this together. -- are we ready to do housecalls before the session vote? are we ready to deal with economic withdrawal on the private sector. from jananiear williams before we leave.
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>> the voice of progressive america who has been here for us, brother mark thompson. fight the continue to power that seems to never cease, for as long as we have no justice, they will have no piece. no justice -- >> no peace! >> let's give a round of applause to everyone, give dr. franklin richardson a round of applause. and to the leader who brought us
here, the president of the national action network, the reverend al sharpton. it is appropriate that we would be here on dr. king's birthday. we often ask ourselves what would jesus do, but what would martin luther king do? continues.t the only thing that stopped dr. king was what the fbi did. the same thing they are doing today. we must oppose the attorney general jeff sessions. we must stand up for our rights and we must do exactly as dr. king would have us do on his birthday. we have several other distinguished speakers to bring forward to you. first and foremost, please welcome a very active brother, you see them often representing the people of new york from the
set of counsel -- city council. this is important because we all need to think about running for office ourselves on a local level. this brother 50 example. -- sets the example. you make a difference on city council and in local elected office. this brother is making such a difference. please welcome the councilmember from brooklyn. hello everyone, i am from brooklyn. glad to see you here. little cold stand a and rain, you might not make it through the next two years, so i'm glad to see you here. about six months ago, everybody was asleep. everybody is woke now. don't be afraid, and if you are fred, come everyone -- anyway.
that that joysaid , not just a smile, joy, not just happy, is coming in the morning. but it did not say it would come easy or without a fight. it just said joy would come in the morning. that means you have to be the light. we have to be the stars in the darkest dark. neighbor and tell them, i will be your star, i will be your light. and we will get it together. we have to fight. we have to hold on for a little while longer. that joy will come into have to hold on because they never said it would be easy but they said it would come. hold on because i know from whence i speak, i am a descendent of a slave who just
wanted to hold on to get us here. hold on because the historians are going to look back and say thank god they understood that the moral order of the universe is long but stands up for justice. are a comma, not a full stop. justice, nouse no peace is not just a mantra. justice somake new that there is peace from sea to shining sea. your children's children are saying please, don't forget about us. someone remembered you. hold on because we have to answer back that we will not let
you down. we will bring the torch to you. it might not be pretty, it might not be in one piece, but we will get there. hold on and keep pushing forward, don't just push back. on and, hold on, hold keep fighting. we have to fight. peace. [applause] give him another round of applause. [applause] >> we know that there is a war against organized labor and we have reason to believe this new president is going to continue that war. we have to stand up against it. welcome may young brother trying to be part of the union's. we should not take anybody for granted.
dr. king gave his life for garbage workers. speak toof us even sanitation workers? his life foriced the sanitation workers, the people on the ground doing everyday work. when we leave today and go to the airport, this is the brother working on the half of us and he ought to be treated fairly. atis a baggage handler ronald reagan international airport. i don't even like the name of that airport. never should have named that airport. is ciu here? tray. welcome 32!
i am from ronald reagan national airport, i am a bad runner and super further -- supervisor. the wear and tear on my body is significant. i'm in -- i am trying to improve the lives of others. can you hear me? good afternoon my brothers and sisters. a baggage runner and supervisor at ronald reagan airport. people, workers like myself who work to-three jobs every day. they don't have time to go home, they sleep in the cars at the airport. paid nothing. $6.25.t paid i've never gotten a raise. it is only eight dollars point five cents per hour.
that is not enough. we are not making anything. no health care benefits, no raises, nothing. since we have donald trump coming into the white house, he is trying to take away obamacare. i refuse to believe we will give up. we will fight to keep our obamacare. under this trunk administration, we are facing the darkest days of our lives. our new secretary nominee is anti-worker and the ceo of carl's jr. and hardee's. into publicployees assistance. as the labor secretary, he will be in charge of many labor laws. like a fox guarding the hen house.
he also makes more today than i do in a year. i don't know how it is possible to understand my struggle. that is why we are committed to work together to do whatever it $15s to win a minimum of and a union. we have more power because of the national action network, who has her back. they are working to fight for the $15 and a union. that martin luther king would be standing with us for jobs with dignity and respect. he stood with the memphis senator king -- sanitation workers at the end of the flight. we have two meetings holding us down now -- too many things holding us down now. we want to get the respect we deserve.
we fight, we win. god bless you. thank you. [applause] >> give him a round of applause. [applause] >> we are in solidarity with all of our diverse communities. we can proudly say finally that marriage equality exists in america. we can finally say proudly that we stand with our sisters and brothers in the lgbt community. that is what dr. king would have done, that is what coretta scott king did before she passed away. here representing the human rights campaign, the director of faith initiative, give him a round of applause. [applause] >> good afternoon.
told, it will be said that on january 14, people stood in the brain, it was cold and freezing and some of us were shivering, but we understood that there was something we had to do that was bigger than us. you, iand here before understand that many of you stand with the lgbt community, but i'm trying to make a statement this afternoon that the lgbt community stands with you. let me put it another way, it stands with us. as a father of five and the grandfather of the most that everbaby boy walked this planet, i stand with you today because i understand it is not just about us, it is about voting rights. it is about health care. it is about jobs. it is about the ability to worship in the way we choose to worship.
i'm not here to tell you who to worship, i am here to declare that we are for justice for all. some of us are depending on us to take a step back. this is a trick that has been played on us over time. they want to divide us and said later. -- separate us. we are not falling for that trick anymore. moved.l not be we shall not be moved. black folks, white folks, latina muslims,sbian folks, jewish, christians, left, right, we shall not be moved. we are not threatened by our diversity, but as the great first lady michelle obama has
said, it is our diversity makes us who we are. , weking said many years ago have difficult days ahead. ,ut i declare before you standing with me are 1.5 million members of the human rights campaign. we stand together, we stand united. we don't have to be uniform in our thinking to be united. but we can move in our diversity. so i stand with you to declare that as a people, a diverse people, a plural lesson people, black people, brown people, old people, young people, women, men, transgender, black, white, we shall not be moved. [applause] let's hear it for the human
rights campaign. close this out, give yourself a round of applause. this is an incredible turnout despite the weather. everyone is here. thefinal speaker will be vice president and general counsel of the national action network, the brother who keeps the action on every weekend with our survey broadcast, the one who represents the masses with his legal expertise. , attorney and brother michael hardy. give him a round of applause. [applause] >> he's going to wait. because we have another sister that is going to join us first and we are glad she was able to join us. it was in his only term in the second year of his presidency
that gst asked this -- john f. kennedy asked this institution to ask there was equal rights under the law. joining us now is the new president of the lawyers committee for civil rights under the law. kristin clarke. >> good afternoon. it has been a long day but the real work lies ahead. no justice, no peace. voters suppression, no peace. police shootings, no peace. mass incarceration, no peace. violence against women, no peace. islamophobia, no peace. inspiredes and hate violence, no peace. shootings inside of our churches and houses of worship, no peace. the rise of the old right, no
peace. photo id laws, no peace. economic inequality, no peace. barriers faced by people with criminal histories who are seeking a second chance, no peace. the school to prison pipeline, no peace. racial profiling, no peace. progress, butreat we cannot afford to turn the clock back now. we cannot allow them to hack our justice system. frederick douglas said that power concedes nothing without a demand. it never did and it never will. i am proud to stand up here today representing civil rights lawyers across our country who are prepared to roll up their sleeves and fight. we will take this flight to courts across our nation, we
will do the hard work that is necessary to make sure that this administration enforces our nation's federal civil rights laws and does not turn this nation back. -- coretta king scott king opposed the nomination of jeff sessions to become a federal judge in 1986. sessionsthat jeff abuse the awesome powers of his office in an attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. we will not forget history, we will lift up the words and legacy of coretta scott king and continue to stand in opposition to jeff sessions to stand as attorney general of the united states. no justice, no peace. thank you. [applause] again forear it kristin clark.
now we want to bring our brother back. the vice president of the national action network, michael hardy. give him a round of applause. [applause] >> brothers and sisters, we thank you so much for being with us today. came inwill say that we the cold, it will say we came in the rain, it will say we came in justicehat we stood for , that we shall not be moved. ,od bless you, get home safe check your captains, the buses are here and we are ready to go. we are ready to fight, we are ready to stand. god bless you. no justice -- > no peace!
>> >> with inauguration day less than a week away, several democratic lawmakers have said they will boycott the event. congressman john lewis is among that group. in a taped interview on "meet the press," he explained his position. >> you have forged relationships with many presidents. do you plan on trying to forge a relationship with donald trump? representative lewis: