tv Senator Kamala Harris Town Hall Meeting CSPAN September 2, 2017 5:45am-7:00am EDT
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held a town hall meeting in oakland, california to discuss a range of issues including health care and daca program. sen. harris: i am so proud of you. started at thousand oaks, so look where you will end up. it was so wonderful. you have been a long-standing friend and such an issue in oakland. thank you for everything you do. keith comes to d.c., pounding the pavement, always fighting for oakland. thank you. haynes.dear reverend we have been friends for a long time. our friendship is based on an ongoing conversation. view how each of us can
the pulpit to figure out how we can lift folks up and do that way in a way that is about an on justice.s harris: it is so wonderful to be home. i cannot even tell you guys, it is wonderful to be home! i am a proud daughter of oakland, california. a proud daughter! [applause] so thank you all for being here. you have taken out time from your busy lives and days to be here, to have this conversation. i thank you for that. there is a lot to talk about, so i will share with you a few of my thoughts. the real purpose of this is so that we can have a conversation, so the bulk of the first time --
the mike will be pursed around -- the microphone will be passed around for questions. this moment inth time in which we live. many of you know my background, my parents met when they were graduate students at the university of california, berkeley in the 1960's. they met when they were active in the civil rights movement. times, myed many sister and i have joked that we grew up surrounded by a bunch of adults who spent full-time marching and shouting about this thing called justice. when we look at what has been happening in the last eight months alone in our country, we know we are living in a truly challenging moment in time. and inflection moment, i would say. somewhat like the moment in time in which met moment -- in which
my parents met. a moment in time that is challenging our country to look at itself in the mirror, and answer the question which is who are we? folks, i believe the answer is a good one. countrye we are a great , but this is a moment in time that is challenging us despite of who we are, and the ideals on which this country was founded. and achieved though maybe of them may be. this is a moment in time that is challenging us to fight, to notd up, to be heard, to turn a blind eye, but to face and confront the truth that our challenging -- the truths that are challenging this country. when we look at what happened in charlottesville, man! really? it was devastating!
all of us, i know, to are really raw poor -- to a really raw core. when we had to look at footage of people marching with torches and swastikas. and then have the president of the united states talk about "both sides." so, i believe that we all should keep an open mind, this is what we teach our children. look at both sides, there are perspectives, we should always think of other perspectives, be open to different opinions. there was no question about that . on most issues, there is a rational and reasonable debate that encourages and invites consideration of both sides. and it line gets drawn becomes clear that there are not both sides to consider when there is so clearly is a right
side and a wrong side. for those confused about the wrong side, there are a couple of simple times. the wrong side is the side with the torches and the swastikas! [applause] senator kamala harris: that is the wrong side! have the leader of our country, or those who profess to be leaders, in any way, condoning or being complicit with the kind of behavior that is dividing our country. [applause] it is wrong. it is wrong. and when we look at the history of our country, we know that we have had those moments before. you know, some of you in here, you knew my mother. we would have this long going debate and she would say -- she was marching.
back in the day, and i would say to her mommy, you are a bit of a pessimist on this. and she would say it well you are an idealist. and i would say no i am an optimist and she would say it know i am a realist to read [laughter] time, ia moment in arrived back home from washington dc summer in between being an optimist and a realist. but on this subject, let us be clear, we have had these moments in time when people would suggest that there is a right side and a wrong side in terms of separate but equal. or jim crow. or all of these issues that alle had, equal marriage, of the issues we have had in our distant or recent future. and on some of these issues, it is just not debatable. this is a challenging moment in time. which is requiring us to stand fight, but iand
believe strongly and still do that with a sense of optimism we can do it. and let us not retired, let us not be overwhelmed. let us not throw up our hands when it comes to rolling up our sleeves. let's look at where we are in terms of this moment in time and the specific challenges and a fight that we have in front of us. let us do it in a way that as we go forward, it is also reflected on us in terms of our success. i wanted to thank you this afternoon, to thank you. folks have been saying, what does it matter? what can we do? will we make a difference? what you all did, with communities like this community, what you all did, fighting against the repeal of the affordable care act was phenomenal! [raucous applause]
senator kamala harris: you all stood up and those who could not be here this afternoon but were out there, whether they were marching on the streets, whether they were writing emails or texting or calling, they made a difference. let us put this thing in perspective, for seven years they were saying over you're going to get rid of this thing. they had politicized something so fundamental, the fundamental right of health care. they politicized it, they slapped the name "obamacare" on it and decided it would be about anybody who wanted to defeat the president. and for seven years they said they would get rid of it. then they came in office and said this will be the first thing they would do. the first priority. truth be told, i think all of us, and i certainly were a bit worried. we did not have a majority in the house, or in the senate and you know about the white house.
and we were worried. but the thing that happened was, i think it became very clear that although we may not have the power in the house, or the senate, or power in the white house, we have the power. the people have the power! [applause] senator kamala harris: and that is what happened. people were marching, and they were shouting and showing up at town hall meetings. it was funny to watch sometimes in the town hall meetings, the red states, people were showing up there and you've got a love i, some of them were saying don't love obamacare but i do want their formal care act! [applause] i will go with that. i will go with that. but the people spoke. and it was an interesting experience, because the night of the vote, i am sure many of you
saw, it was early in the morning at the time it happened. afterward, there were a group of and i'm sure someone here was probably there, lots of people came from all over the country and were holding vigil of ed capito -- outside the l. one of the things that occurred to me was that and again, silver lining point about what we do makes a difference and so we cannot give up -- it was a travesty, the motivation behind trying to repeal the affordable care act. it was all about tax cuts for the most rich. a travesty because it was about saying health care is a privilege and not a right. awful that we had to have that battle. but the beauty about what happened, is in spite of everything that is going on, it
shouldered our democracy -- it showed that our democracy can work! [applause] that is the beauty of what happened, our democracy worked! the people spoke and the people won! so when i come home to share my thoughts with you, i do that from a perspective of here, and a perspective of the experiences i have had in d.c.. i just want to leave everyone, as we go through this next phase of the fight, remembering that the voices, the marching, the shouting, it does matter. let's think about the battle ahead. i will start with something that tuesday,nt, meaning september 5. that is the issue of daca. daca is an acronym. policy thatfor a was initiated by the previous
president, and the policy relates to the young people we call "dreamers." who are dreamers. it is the name we have given to a population in california of in california alone and many, many more around the country. young people brought into the united states, many of them for they could walk or talk. brought into the united states with their parents. they have only known this as their only home. they are undocumented immigrants. "dreamers" we set up a policy that said, let us are, andt who they depending on whether they fit criteria, and fear letting, -- ,lear that in -- clear vetting
we would do further deportation. and that was daca did. we asked these children a bunch of personal questions about their background, their circumstances, surrounding their arrival, who their parents were, had they committed any crimes, are they living a productive life. we asked them to give up all disinformation ambience was at least that, if you give us this information, we will determine if you qualify -- we asked them to give up all of this information. and we explicitly said, if you give us this information -- i will step back for a moment to give you the recent history of this, before september 5. i serve on many communities -- committees. one of them is the homeland security committee of the united states senate. in the various committees that i thee on, we, early on in process, months ago had the responsibility for reviewing the
nomination the president made to feel the cabinet. one of them was for the secretary of the department of homeland security, the agency with the most authority and responsibility for dealing with immigration in our country. camecandidate, john kelly before us, general john kelly. and senatorsolks asked questions and when it came to me, i asked him about daca. and i held up a piece of u.s. government printed paper which had a list of frequently asked questions which we give to these kids. they had asked if we give you this information, would you share it with i.c.e.? if you giveaid no, us information we would not i.c.e. with ic will you keep america's commitments to these kids? i asked him that. he would not say that he would
commit to keeping our promise. i asked him and private, will you keep the promise that you made? he would not make a commitment. i asked him a question for the record, a qfr? and he said he would not keep the commitment. wet-forward back to today, are looking at a situation where 10 attorneys general, state attorneys general, all republicans are threatening to sue the united states government, if the president does not rescind daca. threatening, it is not a test if there is no indication -- daca bydacca tuesday, they will sue the united states government. let's be clear about what this means. 220,000ornia, we have dreamers, kids who right now are
living in utter terror. right now! they don't know what will happen. frankly, none of us know what will happen. we have an attorney general of the united states who said, if those attorneys generals sue us, he is not going to defend the country against the lawsuit! you know, jeff sessions. we have a fight on our hands. regardless of what happens on tuesday, this issue about dreamers, this issue about daca, this issue about their parents, a, this issue about passing cup immigration reform is present and we cannot lose any steam on marching and shouting about the need to recognize the truth. unless you are a native american
, your people were immigrants! [raucous applause] senator kamala harris: we are a nation of immigrants! and we have to stop vilifying and criminalizing whole populations of people. because they came and arrived here from south of the border! this fight israel and it is present. and we have to speak truth about the issue that is at play. let us look at what is happening in terms of this ban on our transgender brothers and sisters who have up and said they are willing to sacrifice their lives in defense of our country, by serving in our military! this a, they have issued ministration has, a ban on their ability to serve and protect our freedoms.
fundamentally a violation of peoples civil rights, which is to treat them differently under the law based on [applause] senator kamala harris: based on, in this case, their gender. we have to fight! we have to fight! [applause] we have so many fights ahead of us! let us talk about the ongoing fight against land parenthood. -- against planned parenthood and a woman's right to make a decision about her own reproductive health! [applause] don't make women suffer, because our bodies were created to perpetuate the human species! [laughter] but we have a fight. we have a fight as we know, it relates to what we need to do around the reality of climate change. i have sat in hearings, guys,
wait, let me tell you [applause] let me tell you what is going on, another committee i am on is "environmental and public works" and we've had earrings that are essentially questioned whether science should be the basis of public policy. [applause] [laughter] senator kamala harris: meanwhile, here is the underlining -- the underlying issue in terms of the irresponsibility of it all. guess what? , at the heightre of what is most important, on the issue of climate change, is about the need we have to have clean air and drink clean water. [applause] that is an issue that impacted flint, michigan, alabama, mississippi, florida, california
and anywhere in between. for are playing politics the benefit of big oil. so, let's be clear about that! and we have to fight! we have got to fight on the issue of criminal justice. inhave an attorney general the united states wants to bring back the war on drugs which was an abject failure! [applause] and abject failure! he wants to bring back mandatory minimums. they are talking about private prisons! we have to fight! however,n opportunity, we also know again, with the understanding that so many of the issues we all, regardless of where we leave as americans,
have more in common than what separates us, let us talk about though. crisis. -- last talkcareer about the opioid crisis. i started my career during the height of the crack epidemic. one of the things i know, is how serious we criminalized what is essentially a public health matter. we criminalized the public health matter. [applause] i see anamala harris: opportunity, perhaps now, in the way that we did not have been, we know what is going on, the let's look at the opportunity we have now, without forgetting our history. this might be a moment in time where collectively we could reach out to our brothers and sisters, including our own that are suffering from this opioid epidemic. and join hands together and say, we have to deal with this as a public health matter. i see an opportunity in this
crisis, even though we haven't attorney general who is once again trying to invoke the war on drugs. icn opportunity in terms of what we are doing and one of the first tells i've had is to deal with the cash bail system in our country. [applause] do, towardd to getting rid of what is prisonally a debtor's system where we are punishing people and keeping them incarcerated because they cannot afford to get out. we have to fight to change that! and we are working to do that. understanding that this is not just a criminal justice matter, this is an economic matter. [applause] so, i am just sharing with you a few of my thoughts. i will close my comments for now and then we can have a discussion, by saying, there was a lot to be concerned about. there is a lot to be troubled
about, and i am trying to figure figure out a new word for trouble, because i find myself saying "that is troubling" a lot. i friend of mine said "just call it a hot mess". [laughter] this, there are two things that have happened in recent history that again, leave me with a sense of optimism and realism and optimism. a situation, tragically that happened many months ago in kansas. you all may remember this, what happened was essentially -- there were two indian-american men in a bar in kansas and other patrons in the bar and a fella came
that kind of thing. patriot rons in the bar, jerk and you are a jerk. killed one of the independentian-americans and their defense and one of hem was shot in the arm. why are you talking about that? the people who are n that bar and that tragic scene and kansas voted for the resident by double-digit numbers. i'm willing to wager that the rons in that bar, maybe maybe all of them voted for the president. with a e confronted moment that they have to make a
decision about the right thing do. they did the right thing. , people have been on their ting helping the people in houston. half of their population, but a significant population who have been very, very impacted by the storm. bringing -- they aren't you voted for. rengsterd. ou can frome away what we these moments to remind urselves about how we are as a country and when we see
what's wrong, ee let's stand up and fight. away those moments where 're reminded of our better selves. i thank you. any 'm happy to answer questions. cheers and applause] these re we take questions, i would like to acknowledge several individuals. upervisor, keith carson. [applause] and oakland fire color depaurd. [applause] ma lea corn from san francisco. . district 'malley,
and let's oakland . partment of safety [cheers and applause] and last and let's honor our .ayor cheers and applause] e will take questions from in-person participants. loflte and one ill be up front. and one on this sigh and make sure it's equal. > we'll take more than two questions. --hink that -- yeah, i think
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nce. while we are now more than 60 removed, our schools remain separate. is, what can you done legislatively at the federal level? believe this is white spremsy level is to this day -- [applause] this in see these ates like california and woletty distribution like san and my question increasebe done can we and not rely el
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the highest d be priorities. issue long worked on the of education and as a cereal my perspective there correlation and pay andne side or the other and the obvious point being, it is productive and allow us to than we are for the lack of public education. -- in terms of the federal piece of it, i'm studying where inroads are and the piece about what need to come out of he federal department of education. who ow, we have a person is there.
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the december parts. colleges, that has been my focus around the federal piece. we have been doing around student loan for iveness. when i was attorney general, i colleges which is a for-profit college that was massive fraud aching out to a lot of young adults of color and convincing money, they paid this ey would get to a meaningful job and what wasn't true. federal ted with the department of education that forgive the loan. the new administration is saying going to back on that
agreement. troubling. education is ic education is a privilege and not a right. and so, this is something we against.ight california and what we need to safety, public health and public education, we to rely more on states than up federal depoft to come with the resources and priorities. it with the 't see federal depoft. d i don't want to depiff you hope but i feel what our state an do. [applause] ahead. : go >> i'm car yep with indiss
i believe weapon. [applause] thank you for your courage and i it out. call >> your openingry marks and depiffs me more to keep ighting. my question is about taxation. huge and a fight is the taxation efforts that are well. e as the ally affiliated with not one penny movement and against tax fights these the wealthy and are going to be tax breaks. billionaires or board with the edge, and you have a
relationship in san francisco. and we would like to bring the look at it ve you d see if it works behind it, too. is ow senator schumer behind it, too. [applause] the a.c.a. and and of coverage affordable access to health care. including re will be ready.have to be >> i believe let's get this lady and come back to you, sir, if that's ok. good afternoon, senator
nator harris: the other area that people aren't talking about census. 20 we need to be talking about that. seat. "v" a points us is one of the you are making is making sure we accounting who is ing to be impacted and directing resources, so we need count. well, unless something changes where's my staff. unless sbh somebody got last week and is the e person who head of the census did not put hat person in place. now, understand this, it takes a
couple of years to buildup to do the census because that's a ground game sfuff. streets and eighborhoods and walking the ors, up into apartment buildings. that person in charge. arewe know the demographics changing and we know that our should not be again from the past pu about looking knowing who the people are today. we have to count. things i would urge to your road to the presidency [cheers and applause] we use all of the big
rains to also figure out how we're going to make sure that 2018 ple are heard in acknowledge 20. about the work that has census e to make this more rebus and usually it has because there is a private-public partnerships and shared about you, and then nonprofits and community groups and church groups putting the resources and put out the spirit. it may be mundane but very that. bout person don't trust a knocking on their door, then be counted. it is important that we populate
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nator harris: what i want to know from you, we seach stress is furnish g in moil. nd so what i want to know from you, what it does it feel like this point and walk mooks the giants? because of akland the history and leg as question d so many people we walk amongst that are ledge ends. want to know is how can we cease imnature that power and energy so we can make a dens in our community. about us to staying toth. wonderful. [cheers and applause]
>> i strongly believing that the of people have much more in common than separates them. i would suggest is as leaders did he rive from our ability to know make that aparent at every opportunity we have. i'm talking about. now y husband and i have a n 18-year-old, 17 at the time, and it was right after i got sworn in as senator and she me to come to her high school and speak to the seniors
so i did. d i looked at this bunch yearlied.a 17 but i recall this one in particular. of the young women raced her question was hat are we going to do about a divided america. we e are california kid who just got from teaching about the and tution of the unions all the principles. e talked to them about the declaration of independence and and uld all be treated encouraging our young people to create.nd asked, what are we going divided america?
what, i reject the premise. divided believe we are t we are having much more in common but it's important. people in the 3:00 in the morning. how many ofmorning, us have woken up at 3:00 in the with something that has been troubling us? 3:00 in a cold sweat nd maybe a warm sweat. wake up and something that has 3:00 in the us, morning. up, erage american wakes it is never through the lens of registered ey are to vote, are they republican or democrat.
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>> i knock on the door of a the state of entucky and his name is rand palm and i hear you have been cash bail.ut what do you want to talk to many about? typical scenario just for the point.ation of the woman goes into a department store and it is arrested and charged with the crime, court jail and first appear answer and the judge with k, you are charged this crime. and there is a bail schedule. your bail is $20,000. so if you take $20,000, you can
out of jail pend hing your which may be days, weeks. american has 20,000 around? so then the family was sitting wife to get oom, out of jail. street. across the the familyndsman and says i'll give you 20,000 but 20 percent. $.that that's 20 happening? bondsman gets the weeks and months or for attorneys
says you get credit for time defensible how on case. and going to lose that job. with a single mother young children. those children are at home and child ervision rotective services takes those children because she couldn't get out of jail. somebody who has money for the like the check and have their freedom. an economic, with talked about that earlier. bill that i'm proposing , it is an ul replace it with a
assessment and the court basis view and on that make a determination of whether money t out not how much you have in your back pocket. rapid paul ll and it with me and i got in op ed and rand,with him and i said, how are you doing? he said, they love it! cheers and applause] so much more have in common than what separates us. thank you for that question. the most important thing is to
sometimes it is not -- nobody is going to thank you for ing a leader but all here to thank you and know it's difficult to invest in people have the faith of your dreams and set something up. does make a difference. question.for that [applause] named curtis. thank you for having this town all. become has no civil roits probings. and the department of just diss lgbt people are producted. they are determined to roll book. to push forward
we must stand with each other. when we see out injustices against anyone and stand with them and though they are apart from us that impacts that erson impacts me and i take it personally. on this issue. veryone must stand together on all of the issues we have been makes us and that ch more powerful and effective. and you know, speaking, we have do. who we can do bet are and maybe this is a reflection moment. this might be one of the results of that, forcing everyone to come we have and understand to be in this together. thark you for raising that.
to recognize two san francisco police chief bill scott and ann d police chief recognize. let's take an online question. agnes stion comes from dorera and says can congress something about the state of partment and the lack of seasoned professionals that not having this. senator harris: i am, too. i'm tell you, unless something has changed recently, is my understanding that very position that is an under
secretary in the department of tate is empty. i share with you guys. sit on environment and public works committee for the unions and so, they are like in the department of homeland committee, i have the and reviewity to sit he nominees. did not vote for him. [cheers and applause] senator harris: i'm going to tell you why. he was attorney general of oklahoma, i was torney general of california california and i was acutely ware of the lawsuits that he brought challenging the authority of the agencies that . set office,e he has been in
accomplishedically undoing very important about ons that are aking sure that our babies can have clean air and clean water that ose regular ability and drink clean water. at the devos ok position. the cabinet, individual who are leading es, the agencies which they challenge the very purpose being. r ren of there are folks right now leading federal agencies who the very purpose of existence.ation' it is fundamental. -- because i hing
whyt want to feel you like, did i get out of bed -- [laughter] >> and again this is where we people who arehe doing great work. people who e career it cated and trying to hold up and mold it together. across all of me ose folks who work for those agencies, thank them, because in going on, they re strige to keep the glue together, but it's challenging and really >> we have a question in the back. very much. thank you, senator harris. theala immediatea
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make color, one this shouldn't bipartisan issue. not born on them, they are in a red state or blue state and one of two babies, this is about understanding that been health right, not a a privilege and also about being smart. and it is so much better that meaningful access health care from irth to on because the ternative is we are paying huge ammingts of money. is not only about what is ight, but just from a fiscal
>> can we get a round of applause? because the way that he leads this church, it really is about a community church, a community meeting place, it is about empowering people. thank you, all. this is a lot of time out of your day. you being here is part of a e of leadership that everyone has been playing. i want towe have got to just keg it. please, have a moment to look around and let this myth -- and let this image be in your head
about how we are all in this together. let us reflect on our successes but rededicate ourselves for the fight ahead. that is it. thank you. thank you. next, live, your calls and comments on washington journal. and then c-span teaching fellows talk about using c-span in their classrooms. after that, a look at the 2018 education budget. >> when you think about a one day festival, the national book festival, and you have over 100 authors from children's authors, ,llustrators, graphic novelists all of them there all day and over 100 thousand people there to celebrate books and reading. you cannot have a better time. i am a librarian.
or reader -- or writer wants to get inspired, the book festival is the perfect place. >> book tv coverage begins today starting with featured authors including pulitzer prize winning authors including thomas condoleezza rice and best-selling authors like michael lewis. liveational book festival, today, starting at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span twos book tv. this morning on washington journal, stephen ellis, vice president of taxpayers for common sense talks about federal funding for disaster relief. and then, jeff bower, petroleum reporter, discusses the impact of hurricane harvey on the oil industry. and later, the founder and ceo discussesho code
closing the gender gap in science and technology. we will take your calls as well host: today is saturday, september 2. president donald trump travel to houston and louisiana today to meet survivors of hurricane harvey. they catastrophic storm has displaced more than one million people and we will talk later about its lasting impact. the president's decision to pardon former arizona sheriff joe arpaio. he was convicted of contempt by a federal judge in phoenix in a case that touched on racial profiling rockets is feared he disobeyed -- practices. he disobeyed