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tv   Sen. Kamala Harris at Human Rights Campaign National Dinner  CSPAN  October 28, 2017 11:49pm-12:06am EDT

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donors will match up to $500,000 if we can rate -- raise that in the room right now. please give as generously as you can. not just a novelty, they are there to help you see the cards so you can fill them out. you are only allowed to keep the light up had if you complete a pledge card. [laughter] >> in just a few moments, our volunteers will be circulating to pick up those cards. countless people rely on us to push our movement forward to fight the fight. .eople just like my son just like my alley. please give as much as you can tonight. be as generous as you can, because we need you. thank you. [applause]
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13, --une 20 6, 2000 restorative marriage equality to the golden state california once and for all. p or he is right next to me. taking down proposition eight. two days after the decision , sandy and i sped to city hall. as we were rushing to be wed, the attorney general of california was racing across the
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lawn to be our officiant. with ourand balcony son elliott as our witness, we were pronounced married, declaring us spouses for life. harris has made dreams come true. fighter,een a fierce advocating for women and children, protecting the environment, defending consumers rights, and advancing social justice. history.makes a lifelong public servant, u.s. senator, harris was the first african-american and first woman to serve as attorney general of california and was the second african-american woman ever elected to the united states senate. we need are now more than ever.
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now more thanris ever. she has helped lead the charge against the politics of hate and fear in washington with courage, compassion, and love. it is our honor to welcome a personal hero and champion for community, u.s. senator harris. [applause] >> hrc.
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[applause] hi, everybody. [applause] evening, good evening. what a fabulous night. [applause] and what a wonderful speech earlier from the other hrc, how about her? [applause] sandy, to my great friend chad, and everyone here, thank you so very much. friend marky dear to my first hrc dinner in 1999, i have been
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proud to stand with this organization, not only as a friend, but as an advocate and and ally. over the years, we have experienced many ups and downs, victories and defeats. success and struggle. here to we are not only reflect on progress, but to recommit ourselves to the fight we face. we are at all now point in the history of our country. i think of this as a moment like the time my parents first met in the 1960's when they were at a civil rights movement. this is a moment when our country is witnessing and
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assaults on our deepest values and ideals where people do not trust our government, the institution, or leaders. hrc, iore that trust, believe we must speak truth. even when it makes people uncomfortable. .ven when others are silent lord reminds us, there are so many silences to be broken. fromt us speak truth charlotte to charlottesville, we have been reminded that racism in this country israel. sexism, anti-semitism, are real in this country.
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trans-phobia, they are real in this country. we must speak that truth so we can deal with it. let us speak truth. voting rights in this country are under attack. doubtede supreme court the voting rights act in 2013, 10 federal court decisions have found intentional discrimination against voters of color. one even said black voters were surgicalwith almost precision. let us speak truth. across the country, americans worry that our government will take away their health care and at this moment while we are you this evening, immigrants fear a knock on the door that could tear them away from their families. let us tell the truth. sexual harassment and assault are real in this country from
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movie sets to newsrooms to factory floors, and we need to confront it. and let's tell the truth. from the u.s. congress to the u.s. census, lgbt rights are under attack. justicetack by a department that now stands on the side of discrimination instead of equality. by a senate nominee who thinks homosexuality should be illegal and a judicial nominee who says transgender children are proof of satan's plan. under attack by a commander-in-chief who wants to ban transgender troops who are willing to sacrifice their lives , and wed our country
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need to speak another truth. despite the forces of hate and division that are trying to have soapart, americans much more in common than what separates us. [applause] that is a truth. ago, i wasmany years set to go speak to a group of young gay men. there, campaigning against the ballot measure that would have required young women to notify their parents before getting an abortion. so i was going to speak in this
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home with a group of 30-year-old men. i remember thinking, what am i going to say to this group that for the most part, has not had to deal with so, i said to them, i guess you guys are wondering what you could possibly have in common with a 16-year-old pregnant girl. as you can imagine, everyone laughed. and i asked them, well, when you you want to speak to your parents about your sexuality? and the room went silent, because they knew we have so much more in common than what separates us. [applause] sen. harris: and i think it is
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what byron rustin meant when he said you have to join every movement for the freedom of people. [applause] sen. harris: in other words, i think it means fighting for everyone's civil rights is in our common interest and in our self-interest. no one should be left to fight alone. [cheers and applause] and throughout my manyr, i have worked communities who do feel alone, including in the late 1990's working with transgender people of color, many of whom were ostracized and self-medicating, and some self mutilating. last year was still the deadliest year on record for transgender people in america.
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hivared to white men, the race is more than three times higher. and for black men, more than eight times higher. we know that black and latino men should not be left to fight alone. [applause] sen. harris: and we are at an incredible moment, because none of us in this room are fighting alone. across all communities, we are women,g together, african-americans, native people, the lgbt community, and so many more. from standing rock to charlottesville, we are all standing together. [applause] so, let us: rededicate ourselves, hrc. we will leave no one to fight
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alone. [cheers and applause] and together, we together will fight for the equality of the lgbt community in all of its diversity. together, we will fight to reform police and prosecution to avoid shootings like the ones that took trayvon martin and for lando casteel -- and philando castile. we will fight when planned parenthood clinics are being shut down. we will fight for the dream act, call our members of congress. donate to hrc. because no one should have to hide, not in the closet or in the shadows. together fight
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ouring, knowing diversity is our strength, and our unity is our power. [cheers and applause] sen. harris: and one final point, let's be clear. this night is about love of country. patriotic.is hrc dinnerid at an 12 years ago, i believe there are two definitions of what it means to be a patriot. one describes those who condone the conduct of their country, whatever it does. i believeis the kind us all to be.
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the kind that bites each and every -- the kind that fights each and every day for the ideals of our country. the[cheers and applause] behindrris: the ideals the declaration of independence and the united states constitution and the bill of rights. brilliantots like my friend and advisor jim, who passed away 10 years ago this month, but in life helped elect harvey milk, one of the first openly gay officials in america. we have openly gay leaders everywhere. it was patriotic. it was patriotic when we fought to end the gay panic defense, which was used to justify
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violence against gay and transgender people. it was an act of patriotism when we worked to pass a law allowing the prosecution of federal hate crimes in the name of matthew shepard and james byrd. [cheers and applause] and i have to tell felti have most certainly patriotic when on valentines i performed004, marriages of gay couples at san francisco city hall. [cheers and applause] later that year, the california supreme court rendered those marriages avoid, and in 2008, proposition eight was passed. but the important thing to remembbo

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