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-- mia -- they put this together. they did a wonderfuljob. the whole crew of the national whistleblowers center staff and interns. i want the whistleblowers to remember to network. and to take care of staff and interns. i want the yourself. physically, emotionally. and i want to see you next year and i want to hear how you are controlling your narrative. thank you. have great year. thank you for coming. [applause] >> thank you. that was wonderful. thank you very much. thank you. >>there may still be some food out there. please get it. cookies, there's definitely cookies. no more food? oh. well, at least there are cookies and coffee.
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away. it's up to us to choose it. in breath, out breath. extend into your wits in and out. really allow your open heart away. it's up to us to choose and billiony to be exposed as you find connection with each person next to you. that's where we find our place of connection. each into the back. find those ancestors. if you're having trouble with them just choose the them just ones working for you right now. i get it. choose your heroes, choose your she ros. the ones that have your back. and know that we are doing our work for the future. we have to pick up our place right here b and right now in order to do that. in breath, out breath. drop into your belly. connect. this is where everything matters. that's how we know what matters.
we connect to our gut. that's where all our actions should come from. soften your skin. just let it go. the really hard part, lift up the corners of your mouth, smile at it. fr my last time with you, i want to say that i have so much respect for all of the folks that have come up and said this america, it should be what it has never been. and i really appreciate that. and i want to say that when i look out, i look and i see all don't see the past. i see the future. i don't think that we should keep reaching to the past, asking us the try to go and live and aspire to live in the house that our forefathers uilt is like living in a
dysfunctional home. dysfunctional home. it is time for us to build something new. we are not the past. we are a new america, and we can do this together. we have to talk about race because i see all of you from i see black folks, indiginous folks, i see white folks, asians, mixed race folks. eople i see black who have no e they come from. they come from. that's all welcome. we are the future. that is not the country that was built. this country was not built for all the people in this room. let us think about a new america. let us do it with love, let's reach into our collective iberation. i want to leave you with a set of practices. first and foremost, you must i want to consider what you are grateful for. if we don't remember what we are grateful for, it is just hard. it is just rough. t a good place to don't remembr
start from. so every single day choose one thing that you're grateful for. and then center. do this practice. if you don't remember anything just say find my feet. it will take over. and then connect. look at someone else and know that they are doing the best they can. they are working hard and look at them look at someone else around you right now and tell them. find someone different. take their hand. i'm making you do it, too. take their hand and look at their eyes and say i see you. say i see you. say it gin. i see you. all right. i see you and i know that we are going to do this. thank you so much. i see you. >> please welcome back to the stage hassn chair of the board of net roots nation. >> hey. i wish you could see what i am
seeing right now. so many people. hi, hello. hi. i cannot believe it. i can't believe we just spent nearly three days together. some of us a little more because we got here earlier and you can hear it in our voices. i can't believe we had three days together and i can't believe we are coming up to our finale. but before we get to the rest of the program, i want to give you a couple updates. one really important and one really dear to my heart. you remember third day we announced the creation of the joe silverman memorial fund. i asked you if you could go in your phones and sign up or donate if you can. i have an update. in joe's name the people right ,000. ave raised $30 [applause]
and that is only the beginning. that is i think the permission be ambitious with this. to really dig deep and find our up and comers and provide them the resources not just the conference be ambitious with th. to but if resources of the net rooths that we can to continue in joel's legacy, in joel's memory. yeah all have made me so proud and so happy. i know most of you maybe have never even met joel but the response has been really fantastic. so thank you so much. thank you so much. [applause] so when i said i wish you could see what i see right now i really mean it. this is a big beautiful bold progressive audience right here. i want to kind of reveal to you what we know. remember in the beginning we said i think it's going to be
the biggest net roots ever. i've been keeping track and we have -- we are in fact the biggest ever. in fact -- we are up nearly 3,000 attendees this year. pretty huge. but that's not the most awesome thing. it's not about how many. it's not about the number. but it is about who and about how. so i am going to ask you to get on your feet again or wave your arms or do what you can. so if you will for me. will you stand up if you led a training today or a training this weekend. stand up. [applause] all right. all right. pretty cool. will you -- stay standing. will you stand up if you led a panel, if you were a speaker on a panel. [applause] pretty cool.
pretty cool. will you stand up if you are a sponser or an exhibitter. pretty cool. prtty cool. will you stand up if you're part of one of the organizations that made a sponsership. an employee or any other person who comes from working parties or democracy happens. good. so when you look around, this is not the kind of conference where you have a few people -- go ahead and sit down. so when you look around this is not the kind of conference where you've got a couple of people in a small room kind of deciding what the content is going to be and writing it up for you. this entire conference is a cocreation. it is all of us together. and it is something that we think represents the future of where we want and where we dream america to be. it's what joel silverman is talking about. we're the doers, thinkers, and
dreamers, and we're all necessary. we are all enough. as i mngsed at the very top of the conference, what that looks like with this new american majority looks like, what this conference is, it's over two thirds people of color. it's over two thirds women who have taken the stage trained or spoken. is 25% lgbt q taken the stage, trained, or spoken. this stage right here, the stage you can see, we have 26 speakers throughout the entire conference. 21 of them are people of color. because -- this is the future. the new american majority is all of us. and it is you. we built this conference together. now, i said that i've been going to this conference for 13 years so i have seen it change and grow, and sometimes there's growing pains and sometimes it's uncomfortable and that's good because that's how we grow
and learn. i'm proud of the direction we've gone in and i am proud to say that we have more to do and more to learn. and we see that every day and we see that in every conference. so i am happy to continue to listen to you and be led by you. so thank you so much. i hope you enjoy our finale tonight. our show. [applause] >> please welcome philadelphia jem. jem.il member helen >> all right. hello. looking good out there. ok. is jem. >> all right. hello. looking good out there. ok. is we know that the net roots is not anything much without the grass rooths. so i want to hear it for this room of community organizers, union members, educators, activists, public interests, and policy wonks to go out there each and every day and take on the predatory profit quares who would tear down our
democracy and public institutions for their personal gain. ot on our watch. my name is helen and i'm an at-large city council member in the great city of philadelphia. i'm also vice chair of local progress, which is a network of local elected in small towns and big cities all over this great nation that is going out there and taking on the big issues and restoring our faith in government and politics. but i come to you first and foremost as a mom of three kids that i raised in the philadelphia public schools, a daughter of immigrants, a former teacher, and a 20-year community organizer in a city that still labors mightly for racial and economic justice. we're the poorest big city in this nation but we know that poverty and e inequality don't
happen by didn't. they happen when our legislature fails to fund our public schools equitablely. when we have mass incarceration that start at the earliest ages. when we grant tax subsidies and then cry poverty when it comes to health care, housing, transit and our schools. but that's why i spent my life not in just politics but in building movements that create get pacity for us to change. i cut my organizing teeth in philadelphia's asian american communities, to find mayors and developers to get change. i cut my organizing teeth in fi publicly funded stadiums and casinos. because we took on those corporate interests and lobbyists who would deny us affordable housing, safe school systems, safe communities, and we figured out a path to win. by understanding that the power
was within our own community. because we know that our politics don't start with politicians. they start with us. it was our immigrant communities in philly that fought to establish philadelphia as a proud sanctuary city and we intend to keep it that way. chool parents youth and teachers who spent almost two decades a state akeover of public schools. to a declared public school dead end. we took on a republican governor who took out $1 billion out of our school system and we organized. when the state takeover closed out 24 public schools in one meeting we board mourned and then meeting we mourned and then we got up and organized. and in 2014 when the g.o.p. was winning all across the country, that was the coalition that defeated that republican governor who was the face of
those budget cuts. we threw him out. that was the coalition that put into office a mayor and city council who would support public education and also three new supreme court justices who have moved pennsylvania forward on an equitable school funding formula and ended unconstitutional jerry mannedering. and then the coalition brought back resurses to our children, ended that state takeover and last month our local school board met for the first time in 20 years. but woor not going to slow down in philly because whether you're in my great city or elsewhere these movements that are sweeping through the nation and reinvigorating our democracy are happening at the local level. in 2018 and beynd we're going to win by matching our politics with the movements that energize a broad base of voters that make what used to feel impossible possible again.
that's why i am so proud of my city. because when jeff sessions sit in that white house philly elected larry as our district attorney. and we're working with our silingtssns to end mass incarceration and we have shrunk the jail population so much that we purged out one county jail. and when steve nuchen and the g.o.p. conspired to give their workers and the wealthiest of the wealthy $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, philly is mobilizing to give legislation for fair workweek advanced notice of schedules for hourly workers. we're going to raise the minimum wage and mobilizing for a real economic vision for working families. and when ben carson is lost on an elevater somewhere, or out philly for a new sofa,
responded by establishing a legal defense fund for immigrants facing eviction. we're going to fight for affordable housing. so i want each and every one of you to meet the people i have worked alongside with who uplift our public schools, neighborhoods, and communities, our youth most of all. i want you to see everybody in my city who's embraced the radical and revolutionary spirit that makes me so proud to represent philadelphia on this stage. that is why i am so proud to announce tonight that i will welcome you to philadelphia for nation 's net roots convention. because in 2019 we need members out there winning elections at every level. nation convention. local all the way to the federal. where the original home of rebels and revolutionaries net
roots we need your vision your energy and your passion more than ever. so put on your eagles jerseys. i don't care what team you represent. nce you advertise for justice, let's get ready to make some noy in my hometown. see you in philly in 2019. >> what's going on? >> are you busy? >> just getting ready for monday. >> i have important news.
>> i can't wait to welcome net roots nation to my home. see you in philly in 2019. >> this is philadelphia. our city gave birth to modern democracy but we didn't stop there. from criminal justice reform to grass rooths organizing for public education this is a city on the rise. >> we know our politics don't start at the top. they start with real people pushing policy forward. >> this is a town that values its organizers, activists, progressives. >> no matter what you look like, where you come from, who you pray to or where you love. >> the largest delegation with no women in congress. i'm looking to change that. >> in january i will be the first openly lgbt person of
color. overwhelming support, i flipped a republican seat in delaware county three years ago today. >> this is a town where we are making tremendous gain in pushing our criminal justice reform and pushing against mass incarceration, against mass supervision to protect immigrants. >> also in pennsylvania, we elect black women as mayors in our state. >> protecting consumers from ma lirgs actors and upholding the inalienable rights granted to all. >> winning protections for renters, defending the rights of our neighbors, fighting for justice. >> we have 720,000 pennsylvanias who have health insurance who didn't have it just two-and-a-half years ago. >> public education. >> i would say we're champions. >> philadelphia serves everyone. >> yet we also have a lombardi
trophy. >> i'm excited to welcome you to my home. i'll see you soon. philadelphia in 2019. >> see you in 2019. >> see you in philly in 2019. > see you in philly in 2019. >> hi, everyone. my name is mary. i'm on staff here. one of our goals this weekend has been to give you a chance o hear from candidates and elected officials who are bold and visionary. we wanted to make sure that we were highlighting people who are running in states both red and blue, and to give you a chance to hear from elected officials who are being bold and pushing forward progressive policy, whether they are
running and governing in the bluest of states or the redest of states. some very serious people in d.c. like to say that the way forward for democrats is to go moderate. with you.yeah i'm i just don't believe that's true at all. our goal for this whole i just don't believe that's true at all. our goal for this whole weekend has been to push forward the idea that our way forward in 2018 and beyond is to be unabashedly progressive. to be bold and visionary, and to make sure that we are electing people who represent what this country really looks like. the next person that you're going to hear from is someone i'm really proud to introduce because he ts mayor of the city i grew up in. i may not sound like it but i grew up in birminghammingham, alabama. sometimes you all creep back
into my accident a little bit. ayor is someone that has run belledly. ran against someone who has been involved in birmingham politics for a long time, someone who was definitely established in politics. but he ran on a very progressive bold campaign and he won. and alabama is probably the redest state out there. but i'm proud to say that mayor woodson is just doing us justice. he's someone that is not afraid to be bold. so would you join me in welcoming the new mayor of birmingham, alabama. [applause] > thank you, everyone.
good afternoon net roots. it's such an honor to be with everyone tonight. this room, in to the future is in this room. people from all around our nation coming together despite our differences, working towards a common cause. i am of the belief that you all the future is are the people who are making change happen right now. you all are also the people that will be responsible for nge we need in november. each and every single one of us been called we need inctively
together by been called together by a fierce sense of urgency of now. say.. king would we all face unrelenting attacks on our right. we all face unrelenting attacks on our freedom. unfortunately we face unrelenting attacks on who we unfortunately we face a place where congressional districts have been designed to create division and distrust. but it is our time to make history in a place that has one it before.
i am proud to be from birmingham, alabama. it is a place where civil rights leader my hero once told a doctor after being severely beaten, the lord knew i was born in a hard town. so he gave me a hard head. i was electd in that town. the youngest mayor in modern history of birmingham. the net roots i am proud to tell you that time does change. just a couple generations ago, too many people turned a blind eye as evil crept across the south. too many people sat on the sidelines because it wasn't happening to them.
it wasn't their fight, they said. so that evil grew. he hatred controlled the city, the state, the riegesy. and on sunday, september 15, 1963, at 6:22 a.m. a bomb exploded ripping through the basement of the 16th street baptist church taking the lives of four innocent beautiful children. cynthia, carol, denise. it was a wakeup moment for my it was a wakeup moment for america. today i must say it must serve as a lesson learned and a reminder of the responsibility we all it was a have for each o
today birmingham is a different place. i want you all to know part of that reason is because we campaigned on a promise of putting people first. created a t back, we movement. 50,000 doors over and made over 30,000 phone calls. because we believed our time was now. a multigenerational intersectional coalition very simple very simple proposition, we deserve better. and last november when i took the oath of office, i saw that movement on display. a multiculture coalition of friends, of supporters, of voters, volunteers, and family. there was no way i was going to take that stage alone.
and we take that same sense of energy and urgency into office over these last nine months. since then we've appointed the first lgbt q liaison to the city of birmingham and the entire state of alabama. we have built an office of social justice dedicated to ensuring that every single voice of every resident is heard. and we are investing in our communities with a fund solely dedicated to neighborhood evitalization. but net roots, i want you all to know my favorite. we are building the bridge opportunity scholarship. the men with the hard head will be the namesake of a program to
ensure every child, every single child in the city of birmingham, who wants education beyond high school, will get hat chance tuition free. without question, since 1871 we are a city of builders and makers. the iron and the steel industry of the past have has given way to a financial and medical community with a common commitment to make us a hub for tech industry with an intense focus on women and minority-owned businesses. i am proud to say it is a new a portion of sm the pride lies in the fact that we are a great people of many olors and faiths, who have all
come to this city to study, to research, have come to the city of birmingham to build and to bond. you are -- our multiculturalism is the taps stri of america. and i believe that tappestry is the blueprint of our future. now hear me when i say this, the struggle before us is igger than a single person and their twitter tant rum. it is. their net roots every single thing we do must be about principle and not about a person. that is worth repeating. every single thing we do should always be about principles that makes us way bigger than the person. you remember those four little girls.
i want to share a story with you. there was a fifth little girl who survived. her sister of addie may survived and when i talked to her recently she offered a simple message. a woman who loved her sister and her friends, a woman who lost an eye and bears the scars of hate to this day. sara collins rudolph. simply stated. ove trumps hate. and it is a message echoed by new jersey senator cory booker who smoke yesterday. t is a message eckoed by the mayor of jackson, mississippi. it is a message echoed by mayor deblazz yo who will speak to of
you later tonight. it is a principle we all must uphold. listen, net roots, the bottom line, it is time for all of us to go grass rooths. to you later the bottom line, multiculture coalitions are the key to all of our victories. we must have candidates and organizers who are committed to doing the work, who are committed to sweat equity, who are committed to knocking on doors, who are committed to making phone calls, who are committed to making and inspiring movements that bring people together. that is how we win. earlier, i stated as i looked out into this room that the future is in this room. hat is because the energy is right here right now. this is a we, us, our moment. our time is now.
principle has been lost in washington. but it hasn't been lost upon net roots. it hasn't been lost upon the organizers and the believers in principle has been lost in washington. but this room. hear me and hear me clearly when i say this. principle lives here tonight. we must fight for opportunity for all. and this is a real we must our moment then we must take vabbling of that. now, all of us here at net roots know we have great leaders. ut every day it is important that we stand for our leaders. leaders like elizabeth warren, leaders like camilla harris. leaders like that we stand for our leaders. all of our maxine waters. and one of our up and coming tars, alexandria cortez. i want to tell you why i believe it is time to stand up
for these leaders. it is time because it is time to stand up for justice. you see, when roter rolls are partisan way against black and brown people, justice is denied. when white sprem sis -- supremacists feel they have friends in the highest level of government justice is denied. and when children are ripped out of the arms of their parents and caged, justice is enied. but each and every single one of us, everyone sitting and standing in this room, should feel encouraged. because just a little short ten years ago the game was changed by a man who had the audacity to hope. a man who said yes we can. and yes we did.
and here right now net roots we can again. because the nation depends on us. my city depends on us. we depend on you because your time is now. but i can confidently say your time is now because our time is now. thank you. >> please welcome my mayor, the ayor of new york city. rsh brothers and sisters, can you just hear that extraordinary man? this is a sign of change that birmingham, alabama elected randle woodson. let's give him a big round of applause.
[applause] and net roots nation there are so many amazing things happening these last days. everyone here has a lot to feel proud and passionate about. applaud your neighbor. give them some love and surt -- support. now, this is a room full of loud and proud progressives, and this is the place i want to be because i can feel this is where change is going to start in this country. i know that with the activism shown these last days all things are possible. i know we can create a country where health care is a right not a privilege. i know that we can stamp out struct ral racism once and for all. and together we can work for that day, and that day must come when the wealthy finally
pay their fair share of taxes. now, to get there we have to talk about our strength and the way to keep frue to our values. i'm going to tell you about what i've experienced, and i have to start by telling you like rand al and so many other folks who are progressives and ran for office, i was not supposed to get this job. i was not supposed to have the honor of addressing you with this title. the conventional wisdom back in 2013 they wrote my political obituary literally the day i announced my campaign. a lot of progressives have felt the exact same thing. but it turns out the purvayors of conventional wisdom were wrong in new york city, wrong in birmingham, wrong in new orleans. they've been wrong a lot of the time. haven't they? and this has led me to a
fundamental idea i want to share with you. as progressives we've been lied to a lot. we have been lied to over and over again. we've been lied to by the pundits, woove been lied to by our political opponents. sometimes by our political friends. too often by the very party us are members of. i think there's really three big us are members of. lies and i want to talk about each very quickly. lie number one. they say progressives can't win. lie number two, they say progressives can't govern. lie number three, they say progressives are the political minority in this country. i don't buy any of it. and i think they try to make us believe the lies they tell about us. that is what they try and do.
they try and take away our passion and our confidence by undermining the things we know to be true. down a little is further and to do so i'm going to take you far far away to a magical place called new york city. come with me on a journey. down further and to do so i'm going to i will talk about the three lies. lie number one in my city they said a progressive could not win. that may sound hard to believe about norks but for two decades -- new york city but for two decades we were governed by rudy july ni. and a billionaire who was the richest person in the city at bloomberg.ichael so bloomberg. so given that history, when the 2013 election came along all the pundits said only an establishment democrat could win. but guess what. something powerful, something amazing happened. progressives banded together. we said no way. this is our city.
down our water message. we made down our message. we made it clear. new york city, i said it over and over again. new york city was the tale of two cities, the level of unacceptable and it had to end. that led to a strong victory in the democratic primary and general election. poor pundits to do? they had a progressive mayor. so the next thing lie number two is to poor pundits say, a p in office and surely they will fail. they can't govern. it will all come crashing down on them. well, i knew that was wrong. but i also knew and all progressives need to learn that once we get into power we have to move really fast. we have to move fast. voices of opposition, the powerful forces of opposition will gather quickly. but we got a great lesson
almost 100 years ago. make change quickly. make sure people can feel it. they feel progressive change they will want a whole lot more. so in the first six months, we created universal pre-k for the children of new york city. i want you to feel the sheer magnitude of the day i took office, only 20,000 kids were getting full-day pre-k. now everyy single day 70,000 fr dren get all-day pre-k free. and think of that as progressives. that is the epitome of what we believe in. a fair and equal start for everyone. that is the society we want. isn't it? we made that vision come to light and now we have to go
farther because if you're a progressive once you get a victory you want to go farther. don't you? so now we are going to give a free full day early childhood education to every three-year-old in new york ity. let me give you another powerful example of making real change. when i took office there was a horrible and broken and devicive policy of stop and frisk that degraded young men of color in our city, that divided police and communities, and it was a dangerous, dangerous policy. it was based on a falsehood, and a falsehood that has literally cost the lives of people of color over generations in this nation. the falsehood that you have to choose between safety and fairness. that you can only have one or the other. you can have order and safety without justice, or if you want justice you can't have safety.
that's what we were told over and over again. guess what, that was profoundly wrong. in new york city, we created a model of neighborhood policing of reform and getsdz what we became safer when people were treated properly and respectfully. are now the safest big city in america. and i want to tell you something that may blow your mind. we got safer and safer. and last year we had 100,000 fewer in america. and i want arrests than four ye ago. i want to give you one more example. perhaps you have heard the phrase the rent is too damned high. never has a truer statement been made. in our city there had never been a rent freeze. but it was time for a rent freeze.
and i said it was something we had to consider. well, the landlord lobby attacked me and said it was illegal. we went to court, we beat them and for two years we gave the people of new york city a rent freeze. then we took another step and we said anybody facing an unjust eviction deserves a lawyer for free to defend them and make sure they were not thrown out of their apartment. at every turn this will be familiar to all of you. at every turn we were told we were going too far. anyone heard that one before? you're going too far. well, as progressives we are very used to being told that what we want to do is too bold and it can't imdone. my strong belief is that we should ignore that bad advice
every time we heard it. because it almost always can be done, brothers and sisters. the things we believe in can be done. so i told you about lie number one, we can't win. and i told you about lie number two we can't govern. both have been proven wrong. now i'll tell you about lie number three. that we are ree is the political minority in this country now and forever. we are constantly told that our ideas will never win that we ar he political minority the day. they tell us they tell us to moderate, they tell us to speak to that great middle out there. they tell us that our authentic values and our message will never move everyday people. nothing could be further from the truth. our autsdzenltic message, our autsdzentic values are exactly what will move every day people in this country.
what i see is not a time for moderation, it is a time for progressives to double down on what we believe in. i see the dawning of a new progressive era. i see change coming like never before, the times are unmistackable. it was years ago when you could see it in occupy wall streets. you could see something beginning. then you started to see all over the country good progressives getting elected. you saw people like randle. you saw people like mumba and la toya can't rell right here in new orleans. you can absolutely see it in bernie sanders' campaign in 2016. ou can see it this year in
alexandria cortez's xtraordinary campaign. that's a lot of evidence that is changing in this country. but how about on top of that the women's march? and black lives matter? and the me too movement? and how about all the teacher strikes in all those red states? and that extraordinary movement against gun violence started by the parkland students. brothers and sisters, what makes this country. but how about on top of that the women's march? this so extraordinary is
it is all happening at the same time. i can't remember anything like hat. need to s is what we focus on. our power. the emerging majority that we are building. we can't think of it as we are just filling a nearby. we have to see ourselves as autsdzrgs of a majority. we have to focus on our ability to reach people in every corner of this need to focus on. our nation. i am talking about everyone in this room and everyone whoibles as we do and everyone who is fighting for change. but i am not talking about one person. a name i have no used. i have not mentioned donald trump on purpose.
i have not mentioned on purpose. not talking about him because we don't make change by talking bout him all the time. we make change we make change with a bold positive progressive vision that speaks to everyday people's lives. we make change by showing people what we do actually improves their lives materially. we make change by organizing them and mobilizing them. i am not talking about him. i am talking about us. us. we need to focus on our own power. we need to focus on the america we want to build. and i will finish with this, heart.eel it from my i am optimistic tonight. i am optimistic about what's happening in this hall and what is happening on the heart. grou
over this country. you know, i have been for four-and-a-half years the chief executive of a city of 8.6 million highly opinionated people. what -- one might get a little worn down by that experience. but no, i am more optimistic oday than the day i started. and i am optimistic because i have seen progressive ideas take flight. i have seen those ideas become action. i have seen people's lives change. and i am optimistic genuinely optimistic because of you. you're here in this hall because you don't believe all the lies we've been told. u're here in this hall
need to ou know we seize the moment. you're here because you know change comes from the ground up. it is not about the power brokers or the consultant class and need to seize the moment. you're here because you know change it's certainly not about the big doners. it's about all of us in this room standing together, telling the voices of pragmatism and phony moderation that we don't elieve their lies. we are the real thing. we are unapologetic and we are bold. and randle said it right and i'm going to say it again. rogress quaves, it's our time. thank you. and god bless you all. >> please welcome representative tim ryan of
hio. >> thank you so much. you know, before i get started, i'm from ohio, my >> thank you district got some buckeyes in the house? but someone else is in ohio right now landing on a plane flying in a plane labbeding in ohio for a special election that we have just outside of columbus and the president before he got to ohio, he thought it would be a good idea to continue his race-baiting that we've experienced for so ong now against lee brn james. ago, lebron days that he was ed going to donate $41 million to
a school in akron, ohio that was going to make sure these kids got good food, that they got sneakers, that they got a bicycle so they could make their way through neighborhoods in case they were in trouble. to make sure their parents got a g.e.d. and some training if they needed it. $41 million. nd that every kid that graduated from this school was going to have their tuition paid graduated for at the university akron. and the president called him dumb. and don lemon who was also caught up in getting called dumb had the best tweet ever. he said, who's dumb, the person who spends $41 million trying
to build a school to put kids in, or someone who has cages built to put kids in? i'm with lebron james. and we're not going to let you come to ohio, president trump, and do your race-baiting and make your racial statements against people in ohio or anywhere across the country, whether it's lebron james or axine waters, or anybody else. so i want to tell you a couple quick stories from ohio. periodically i'll go to a city council person in one of hi cities and get a tour. i'll say take me to the toughest neighborhood. me to where the most
challenged lives. most a few challenged lives. and so a few months back i had a council person take me into a tough ward in the city of youngstown. he said, you know we went around, you've got to come see my friend mrs. duke. so we pulled in the driverway. she didn't know i was coming. this was a neighborhood that had some crime, had some gangs, a huge oipt issue. we pulled in to the driveway and there were dilapitated homes around and here comes mrs. duke. she has a spray bottle in her hand. he introduced me and i said hi mrs. duke tim ryan nice to meet you. hat are you doing? i'm spraying for ants. wow. ok. so her son comes around the ack. he has paint on he has paint on his arm. mrs. duke is probably 75 years old or so.
he said i'm painting the door. wow. go in the house, and it's an older house, probably -- been there a long time. she's lived in it the whole life when the neighborhood with you thrivesing. we sit down and it would remind you of your grandparents' house where it was impeccable, beautiful mantle, fireplace, antiques. we sat there and talked about her challenges and what has happened to this neighborhood. in youngstown, ohio. she talked about trying to get the house fixed up. then she talked about trying to move because she couldn't go outside at night and have a cup of coffee because the neighborhood had gotten pretty dangerous. i said, so what happened? she said i had my son look it up in i could sell the house and maybe get something somewhere else.
you know how much she could sell the house for? $4,000. $4,000. that woman is trapped. neighborhood. and there are neighborhood. and there are millions of americans in the same situation. these issues aren't in a particular geographicle location in the united states. these issues are everywhere. spent seven hours in an ice facility with a frnd of mine who has been in this country for 39 years. palestinian. and after being there seven hours with his wife, he had a business in youngstown, he had a family he sent to catholic schools there, a beautiful human being, right in front of our very eyes they ripped him away from us, put him in a jail for two weeks, and sent him back to jordan.
this is happening everywhere across the united states. we have auto workers for general motors that just got laid off their second shift. they're getting separated from their families because their families are established in one community but they have to now go find another general motors facility to go work 234. these systems are all broken. corporate stranglehold on our economy has broken the ystems across the board. so we have to fix it. here's the challenge to us. it's to first understand these broken systems, the economic system that's broken where the of all the new generated, but that 60%
of american families have to borrow money to make ends meet. there are 50% of the people in the country that couldn't emergency. $400 the climate system is broke. the health care system is broke. we spent 2 and a half times as much as any other industrialized country, we get worse results. the education system is broke. we're 34th in science and 19th in math, in international standards. college debt is a huge problem for millions of americans. college tuition costs are a problem for millions of americans. college debt is a criminal justice issues for people of color where african americans are five times more likely to end up in prison for low-level drug crime than a white person.
that system is broke. the immigration system is obviously breck. the pension system is broke. the social security system is broke. the food system is broke. we have half of our american citizens that have either deeblingts or pre-diabetes. and our agricultural system is broke. we have algae blooms in the great lakes, a dead zone at the mouth of the mississippi river, and they tell us in ohio you can only eat two fish a month out of the rivers in ohio. now i'm not the sharpest knife but 23 i can't eat more than two fishes out of a river, i'm wondering why i would eat any ish out of that river. so what we need is what mayor deblazz yo said. we need a bold agenda. you know what? that's going to mean we've got to get in some fights. right? now, i'm friends with reverend williams and i like to meditate. but every now and again you've
got to get in a fight. and i'm irish. o there you have that. you know that old irish saying, is this a private fight or can anyone get into it? so here's a quick rundown of what i think a bold agenda needs to look like. our trade rewrite agreements so that corporations aren't writing them. they're written for people here in the united states. our trade while we're all for $15 wage minimum wage, we've got to talk aspirationly and boldly. our people want 30 or 40 or $50 n hour, not $15 an hour. we need a health care system that covers everybody, and that's why in e 2007 i began the fight for medicare for all in the united states of america.
and we need to tell the business community that the best thing we could do for them is take the health care issue off the book so that they can focus on wages and pensions and investments and jobs here in the united states. e need to make sure we support tuition-free and debt-free college. if we could bail out the banks who did everything wrong, we can bail out students who tuition-free and have done everything right. we need criminal justice reform and that starts with the legalization of marijuana in he united states of america. we need to expand social security so nobody in the united states that has worked hard and played by the rules and paid into a pension system ever has to live with economic
insecurity in their later years. that is part of a bold rogressive agenda as well. and we need comprehensive immigration reform which includes taking care of dreamers here in the united states. and lastly, we've got to stop talking small ball on the environment. we've got to go big. and that moons we stop talking about going car bn neutral. the united states needs to lead the world in reversing climate change. and we could do it. and we need comprehensive we can do it. with our technology, with our know-how, we rejentive agriculture, sustainable agriculture, we can begin the sequester of carbon and create a new bold vibrant economy that brings jobs to coal country and
steel country and rubber country. we can do this together. d so my friends as we move forward together, we need to emember a story that i heard about mohammed ali. the great humanitarian. somebody grabbed ali on the street one day and they said, hey, champ, oh, my god, i can't this is you. yeah, yeah, it's me. he said, i saw you fight. he goes, nice. the guy said i saw you get knocked down. and ali looked at him and said, couldn't have been my fight. no i saw you. you got knocked down. and ali looked at him and said i ain't never been knocked
down. i've never been knocked down. i'm either up or i'm getting up. the progressive movement is getting up, my friends. we're going to get up on climate change, we're going to get up on medicare for all, we're going to get up on publicly financing the campaigns in the united states. we're going to get up on getting rid of corporations, we're going to get up on getting rid of trade agreements, and we're going to to get educated can do mpaignse it without going bankrupt in the united states. thank you so much. >> i am an extremely proud board member of net roots
nation, and it is the spirit of our vement and organization and our conference to promote insurgents, to promote the up and coming candidates, our organization and our conference of color, to promote young candidates, to promote women candidates. that's what we do, that's who we are, it's who we've always been since our very beginning. i wrote a book called how to democrat in the age of trump. i talk about how the establishment of the democratic rty needs to understand that unless they support the insurgency, unless they talk to the grass roots and listen to the grass roots, that we will not be electing a majority any time unless soon. we need to change our party. it's obviously a hell of a lot better than the other one.
but we need to change our party and make it a more grass roots party. and part of that is supporting insurgent candidates. so i do want to stipulate just for the record, i don't have anything against old white men. some of my best friends are old white men. i am at least arguably an old white man. but there are way too many of em in thou and -- of them in the house and the senate. so all weekend long you've been hearing from great young candidates, great people of color candidates, great women candidates. you're about to hear from some more. the first one up is a guy who i've been talking with back stage who i love. david garcia. he is going to be the next
governor of the state of arizona. >> ola net roots nation. how are we ding? how are we tonight? i am crazy excited to be here. i want to thank you very much for the opportunity to introduce myself. my name is david garcia and i am going to be governor of my home state, folks. that is amazing. our campaign slogan is from us for us. it is from us for us because i am arizona's story. i'm a fourth generation arizonaen. i'm a product of arizona's public schools. thank you. i'm the first in my family to go to college.
like so many people out there, you want to clap because it is a heck of an accomplishment. i'm an army veteran. served our country. i'm a dad with two daughters in public schools in arizona. yes. and i'm a teacher. i'm a professor. and i am running to build the state that built me. as many of you know, arizona has a pretty tough history. don't we? it's been the epicenter and the manufacturer of so many problems we are still, still ealing with today. the modern the modern anti-immigrant, anti-latino, anti-people of that political strategy trump weaponized, unfortunately, started in
arizona. the good news is, folks, that trump it's going to end in arizona, too. it's going to end. we are the next battleground state. and as arizona goes the rest of goes as well. i'm here with some good news. we know how to deelt with it in arizona. we know how to beat it back. and it comes to a few things. because you see, folks, when they attack our diversity, i'm news. we know how to deelt with it in arizona. we it is the strength of our diversity that is going to rise to the top. absolutely. when they criticize our teachers, it is our teachers who are going to take to the streets. am i right? and when they bully the most vulnerable, then it is time for our most vulnerable to have their voices heard. and what's the answer? the answer is something that you've been talking about this entire weekend. the answer is something you're going to hear and see on this
stage over and over again. the answer is we need leadership that reflects the people. that is the answer. and we need leadership that reflects all the people. let me tell you a bit more about arizona's story. arizona is over a third latinos. there are over 2 million people of color in arizona. and we do not see ourselves in leadership. we've done some positive things in arizona. we kicked him out of office. but unfortunately he's coming back again to run for senate. again ot to stop him there. we also in arizona a lot of folks don't know passed the largest minimum wage increase n the country.
yes. but on the other hand, we haven't had a democrat elected statewide in a long time. here's the one that sticks with me. in a state as diverse as we have not had a latino or latina elected in arizona statewide in over 40 years. 40 years. my friends, that is going to change in 2018. that is going to change. for those of you that don't know, i'm a stats ticks professor by day, actually. comfortable that? a hand for statistics. i appreciate that. we don't get a lot of that. i tell you that because i know the numbers are there. i know the numbers are there to win. in 2016, for example, there were over 600,000 latinos and people of color who were eligible to vote but did not participate in the elections.
and in my opinion, they didn't participate because we didn't give them a reason to participate. that's why they didn't participate. because it is not just about waiting for our electorate to run from something. we need to give the people something to run to. as well. and i am proud to tell you that is our campaign in arizona. we have a grass rooths effort that is taking over the state block by block. this weekend right now in arizona just so you know we're three weeks away from our primary and in the arizona heat it was over 110 today in arizona, our team is knocking 12,000 doors completely volunteer effort all across the state. i just have to give a huge
shoutout to our team garcia in heat changing arizona one door at a time. thank you very much. i'm so happy and proud of all of you. thank you. but i've got to stop and recognize one key member of corina, and that is our field director. she is the leader of this organized effort we have going on. she is also a dreamer, folks. o have i want to recognize her because i know her future just got a little more certain today, thanks to a great ruling yesterday on daca. we're with you. e're with you. i think i'm up here because when we win in arizona it is story. be a national
a victory in arizona is going to show how far this country has come since november story. a victory 2016. a victory in arizona is going to be a direct rejection of trump, folks. absolutely. because, unfortunately, we've had trump in arizona for a long, long time. latinos in arizona have been nder attack for decades. our current governor is no different. he has denied driver's license to dreamers, he has denied our dreamers in-state tuition. he opposes daca and calls pile a friend. ell, here's what i say, folks. i say it's time that we stand up and we take our american
values back. that's what i say. american values that i fought for that i served in the military to defend. let me tell you what they are. they are respect and dignity for all people first and foremost regardless of who you are or where you come from. it is giving every child the opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve the american dream through public education and it is a government that is not bought and paid for by corporations but is powered by the people, folks. hose are our values. and so as we come together to close net roots, i wanted to take a second and imagine. let's just imagine. let's just imagine to begin with a brand-new day in arizona and a brand-new day across this
country. a day where we are all going to stand up and we are going to lean in and we are going to speak up in english or spanish or any other language that you cherish and give arizonans, americans, a reason to vote for something again. just imagine treating our southern border as an asset and not a liability. just imagine our dreamers who in my opinion represent the best of our american values, finally having the opportunity to contribute, study, and learn in the only country they have ever known. thank you. just imagine no wall.
no wall in southern arizona. nd this last one, just imagine that after 40 years in the state of arizona not having anybody of color to be latino elected in over 40 years, that on november 7, when trump opens up his twitter account, and sees that in arizona of all places, the good people of arizona have just elected a guy named garcia governor of arizona. how does that sound? i want to thank you for the opportunity to be here. there are so many amazing people doing great work. thank you very much. come shake my hand, come visit us in arizona. we're making it happen. thank you very much. thank you.
>> from the state of idaho lease welcome paulette jordan. >> good evening, everyone. net roots nation, my relatives, my family, i've got to tell you all how powerful we are as a grass roots movement working all across this country. we have to be proud of who we are and what we stand for. i myself come here on the prayers and the vision of my ancestors who have lived, fallingt, suffered and sacrificed for thousands of years on this land. as an indiginous woman i am proud of the ancestry that i stem from. it is a legacy of leadership. my grandfather, my mother, that
i stem from. but their vision is wholly unique. it is not new to this day but it is going to be new once we are governor of idaho. once we are governor of idaho people will see what it truly means to be an idahoen, what it means to love our land, to love our people. we're going to drive more politics into our communities, we're going to drive back drugs and compassion, humanity that deserves to be in our communities and homes and overnance. as a representative, i have been honored and privileged to serve my people. and i will tell you that working in our communities, the greatest difference for me as a progressive is to show the people whether republican or libertarian or independent,
at when you serve with ompassion by listening and being sincere, you are truly the representative of the people. and that is something that is missing in our government today. being sincere, when people ask me why am i running for governor, because there's never been a woman who ran in my state and won a nomination. we have never had a woman serving as a chief executive officer in idaho. nor an indiginous representative win a governor's seat in 24 country since the day it was established. it's about time. that we have -- a representative -- who is truly of this land. my blood runs through the veins of every single river and
stream and tree that grows on this labbed and this country. my voice stems from their spirit and their energy. my legacy is theirs. so the vision of us moving forward from this seat as governor of idaho will carry on through the new america. we are flipping our state for the better. we are not flipping it to be blue. we are not flipping it to be purple. we are doing it for the greater good. we are against draconianism. we are against corporate corruption. we are about the good of the people. that is why we are winning in a state held by republicans as we see today. you are looking at an individual who is capable of representeding republicans, capable of representing libertarians, and independents, and democrats. but we are above the political party system.
i am proud to say before all of you here how simple it is to just have that level of integrity, to listen to the people's needs and to serve them for the public good. e can do that. so while it is my honor to stand before you and just say this much, that we are running in our states that people think is an unwinnable red state, to stay conservative how can a young woman win in such a state. i will tell you that i work sincere, two to voice the words bestowed upon me. and yes i have a legacy of leaders that peek through me to this day. but the most, the greatest privilege that i have is simply
that when you fight, when you are someone who comes from an improverished community that is very rural and you fight for a people regardless of their political position, regardless of their creed, regardless of their gender, or their age, you have to show a people to care about their government again. because our government works. it's just that we had bad actors. have bad actors in the governor's seat and the lieutenant governor's seat, in the super majority in the house. and we have an opportunity to flip it to be better. right now, i need everyone's help. i cannot do this myself. if you help us turn idaho for the better, we will flip this entire country. i will say that again. because once we flip idaho, once
we are in the governor's seat, we will show everyone that we can take back our country for the greater good. [applause] so this is our time. there is no secret to it. it is a matter of getting to the doors, getting to neighbors and relatives, showing true compassion, being empathetic and showing we truly love our land as much as we love each other. this is a love army. this is the love nation. and by all means, we are the new america. so thank you for inviting me to be part of it. i love you all. please welcome kevin de leon. [applause] thank you very much. thank you net roots -- thank
you, netroots nation. sinking the -- thank you for being the conscience of the nation. back to when donald was a punchline amid laughs and not i get further, let me clarify a couple things, especially for those asking, who is this guy got my name is kevin de leon. of an the california son immigrant mother with a third grade education. a woman who, by herself, raised three kids. inspired by her example -- this was a woman who worked hard fingers to the bone cleaning other people's homes in la jolla, california. this was a woman, a single mother, and immigrants -- an
immigrant with a third grade education who, by her example and audacity crossed the border. and because of her, i became the first latino leader of the california state senate in more than a century. leaning the most progressive legislative body in america, and i am the author of california's strongest in the nation climate laws. california's strongest in the nation net neutrality proposal. legislation which made america's largest state the first sanctuary state in america . law, jeffe of that
sessions, the attorney general, sued the great state of california, to which i say, bring it on, jeff sessions. and just recently a federal judge just upheld in a 60-page legal memo that the state of california sanctuary state is legal as the law of the land in the state of california. whether donald trump likes it or not. ,ecause in our great nation there are still many of us that value the power of diversity. because we do not ban it. we do not support it. and we sure as hell do not wall off -- not a great nation like the united states of america. because, my friends, i am not just a proponent of the american dream. i am a product of it.
and like each and every one of you in this audience today, conference here today and beautiful new orleans, louisiana -- i, like you, have never backed down from a fight for theficed principles path of least resistance. not in today's fight. together, yearning to engage in the battle, the battle for the soul of our nation because we must defeat a republican party which has sold its soul to a republican president without one. we cannot do so, my friends, unless we follow the example of , excitings here today leaders like alexandria casa cortez. unlike washington, we believe in
medicare for all, not medicare for some. we passed theton, toughest greenhouse gas in missions standards in america, the most aggressive pollution reduction and the power of the wind and the sun to create employment, 500,000 clean energy jobs. my friends -- that is 10 times more jobs in the clean energy space than there are coal mining jobs in all of america. unlike washington, we passed the highest minimum wage in the equity, $15, and pay providing equal pay for women doing the same work as their male counterparts. and unlike washington, we
created an innovative retirement security plan for workers to a defineds contribution at their place of employment. we know many americans only retire when their arms or backs or shoulders physically give out and it is immoral the women who brought us into this world, who raised us, who defended us retire into poverty only when give out.ical bodies not in the wealthiest nation in the world. that is why retirement protects all americans. we have provided health care for undocumented children, the most vulnerable among us. in our senate we are proud to pass single-payer health care for all californians. passedike washington, we our own immigrant rights and
protections and we have stopped squandering taxpayer dollars on federal deportation which tear from mothers and fathers and undermine confidence in local law enforcement and unlike washington, we have passed the toughest gun safety laws in the nation. today's california is thriving not in spite of these progressive policies but because of these progressive policies. .ut here is one thing big problems do not begin and end at state lines and neither should bold solutions. if there is one thing i have , wened as a state leader cannot afford for washington to change on its own. more than any other time in our
every singlery, one of us has to take our fight to washington, to the house of representatives, to the senate, to the doorstep of donald j. trump. we will not watch from the sidelines. americans across the nation are looking for a new, bolded generation of leadership in washington. warriors will fight to advance an agenda driven by people and their values, not by power or politics. whether you are from maine newesota, new jersey or mexico, texas or tennessee, now is the time to come together. now is the time to back each other up. now was the time to stand up for each other, to take our message to the bayou here in louisiana or to the mountaintop spirit because we are not doing our best unless we are out in the in the communities
getting our neighbors, our friends, our loved ones excited about voting. friends,u need, my pressured to get our friends pumped up about going to the polls, i will tell you, it is our message of inclusivity. no matter who you are, no matter where you come in, whether the language -- in amount or the lens you speak, whether you are white, african-american, latino, asian-american, racially mixed, what god you pray to, no matter deserve ave, you do high wage paying job to put a roof over your child's head, to put clothes on their back, food on the table. breathe clean to air and drink clean water. you do deserve affordable housing and you do deserve all.are for
this is not the privilege of the wealthy and delete in the united .tates of america you do deserve a free shot at tuition and college so your children can graduate debt-free. happening today with profit corporations. hard-working, law-abiding residents who pledge their allegiance to the red, white, .nd blue they deserve to live in peace and tranquility without the fear of the federal government knocking their doors down separating innocent mothers from their children and children from their fathers. not in the united states of america. and that, my friends, is why i am running for united states senate in the great state of california.
we cannot leave the nation into the future if politicians in theington keep resisting new america. that is why it is more vital remain a that we beacon of hope and opportunity in a very uncertain world. we are not to allow one electoral aberration to reverse at theions of progress height of our historic diversity, our scientific advancement, our economic output, and a sense of global responsibility. not in the united states of america, my friends. we are all dreamers. we are all democrats. some are pragmatic. all americans.
from clubsnd i am matter kingston. i am not a number. we are not a number. panel.a we have been put against each other with our programming. do you understand how that feels ? to be 50% or whatever it was of people of color. how many are there -- look around. black people, brown people, stand up, if you can. stand up. these are the people who deserve the attention. the president is directly attacking us. we want more positions at
netroots. we want controls over our programming. theill no longer popularized by so-called white allies who refuse to be accomplices. throw themselves between us and harm, whether it be a police officer or an agitator, whether it be a racist or a troll. but you are not doing that. you know what you are doing at this table? attendees,ing black do you belong your? this is a predominantly black city that was nearly destroyed and build back thanks to tourism the this, but most work in service industry. so, when we come somewhere where we are supposed to be welcome, we are not supposed to be asked, what are you doing here? and they areime taking up space.
>> go ahead and have a seat. only stand up if you are from new orleans. look around you. yes, they deserve a round of applause, but look around you. [applause] i can count you on my hands. that is the problem. why? another question -- how many of you are black? but i think another issue, we , but thepeople here only folks from new orleans that are here are working the door. we are being invited into the panel -- did you invite them in? or did you force them to ask us when we walked in? is this the bad you need to come in and speak your truth?
do we not possess a value inherently? are you saying we are not worthy to come and speak in this space, or is it only that we are, that's we are only worthy to say what you want us to say in them we can go home because -- oh, wait, how did we get here? did you take for us to come? or is this more like a plantation where we come up and perform for you and you go home and do what you have to do? yes, your silence counts. oots, you need to ask yourself. did you come here for progressive values? to listen come here to the mayor of new orleans and install surveillance cameras. a $40 million surveillance plan brought to you by this very convention center. did you know? did you know she was helping to jail black and immigrant communities? the department of homeland -- did youhe fbi
know? we are being shipped out of the city in the hundreds because of these very surveillance cameras you are paying for just being here. did you know when you got here that you were doing more harm than good? did you know? >> no. here and youe know. wet year at netroots, are going to have more people of color? are we going to have more black folks? we going to have more representations? are we going to have people from the city where it is house? or will you keep paying your money question you can keep paying them paying, but we do not get paid to be here. it's costing me money to be here. i have to pay to go eat around the corner where it costs $20 for a sailors. did june know? are you comfortable in your seat? , thinkar at netroots about it.
adult is a great city. -- philadelphia is a great city. are you going to contribute. are you going to stay in the convention center, wherever it is going to be held? because that is what is happening. we have the folks in the back. to doave not been invited anything. do you care about them duck boat do you only care about progressive values? what does it mean when you are not living out your values? [applause] so, now that everyone is sitting down, let me ask you this. if next year you will only be at s it is truly committed to its values, you can stand up now. [applause] so, netroots is coming to the
adelphia next year, huh? netroots is to philadelphia next year ,huh? that is my city. there is a reason you did not know that. they were making sure it was not distributed the way that it should be. so the panel could be reorganized in with a was not competitive, and when it comes to come into the city of philadelphia, i know that you know the city of philadelphia is the poorest laxity in the country, but it's also a city with a lot of suffering. and it seems invisible. there's a lot of communities all around outside the city of philadelphia. a lot of neighborhoods where people have answers and solutions -- answers and
solutions to the problems we have in the city of philadelphia to need to be actually invited and involved in what is going on. they have to figure out what kind of policies. -- our are expecting our things that will be shifting around the leadership items to the future of the netroots nati on organization. when you stood up and you said you are going to stand for us , that you are not going to be sttending futurenetroots nation unless it is representing the principles, we need to be clear about what that means so you know what you should be looking for. one of the things you should be looking for is a major shift in the leadership. the leadership should be demonstrating there are people on the frontline communities who from the people making the predominant and primary decisions. when it comes to these panels, when it comes to how these panels are scheduled an organized, even where they are located in the building because
for yourno reason panel to be off and some back corner nobody will be able to find. when it comes to that kind of decision making, the people making those decisions need to be the people whose lives are most affected by what it is that the progressive community claims is important, and with the saying wee community are the most important us with a panel called beer white progressives. -- thative faces conversation had a very small room with a very small group of people. why is it that kind of conversation being had with everybody in those kinds of the people who are the people who are our most vulnerable -- [applause] country, and especially within the context of this
administration everybody claims to be so upset about. there is not a shift to the leadership, no one in this room would be here. what are the other things people in this room should be looking for? the first thing first -- i see some of you are uncomfortable. right for agility is showing. that white fragility is shown. you are going to let us on the board. and you are going to fight forn us to be on the board atetroots. fight for us to work together. not just to take control, but to work together. make sure you understand that every time you take our space, saying you want to ask a
something -- do you know how degrading that is? that you pick us out of the room black persone that you see? it is not cool ,you all. in front ofwalking us and talking to who you are talking to. who are you? are you not a human being? or are we not human beings? rhetorical. are you human beings? do you see us as human beings? do you see black people as human beings? do black lives matter? do brown lives matter? do better. and last, but certainly not least, we need to make sure that candidates are supporting us. when a candidate comes on stage, we need to make sure that she is
supporting platform brown people, that she is supporting all of the values and not just some of the values. if you are not progressive on palestine, you are not progressive. if you are not progressive on black rights, you are not progressive. if you are coming into this space, you better be progressive. allthing i want to ask you -- we want people to know they are being held accountable around issues of racial justice. whenever you hear a candidate speak, we need you to demand to know where they stand as it relates to racial justice. if they are trying to say that class is not race, we all know it. everything is built on race issues. we do not want to hear anymore of that anymore. so, when you see a candidate speaking, we want to demand they
justice race -- racial issues. when the candidate is speaking, if they have not said anything about racial justice issues, stand up and put your fist up, and they are going to learn that means, i want to hear what you have to say about racial justice. if they do not speak about racial justice or do not speak in a way that is honoring racial justice, walk out. [applause] >> you know. have shown up all at
once. can we appreciate the folks? [applause] when you have got to be ok with in.s -- folks calling us us in. calling and we have got to be ok with calling a sin. we have got to work through the discomfort of conflict, because there is going to be conflict. we are going to be in different phases at different times, but we've got to figure out how to come together. there was a couple years ago when a lot of us know that we hold the best face -- i was down in the audience. i was not of the stage. i was down in the audience, and the folks split when they went to protest.
so we really want to appreciate the fact that we can actually hold protest. that is necessary. [applause] and those folks, they are absolutely right. i was stunned there were so few people. this is just true. few number of black folks in the room -- they included.ere, me there was that few of the sewing room, but there are folks in a city that are not here. we have to act and everybody say -- we have to on that, and everybody say we are going to change it. >> to change it. >> hello? >> we are going to change it. in thee cannot change it
biggest progressive activist conference, how are we going to change it anywhere else? we are going to change it. netroots. netroots. yes. we are going to change it. thank the sisters and think the brothers. -- thank the brothers. i am owning that. that is going right over here. excuse me. #rightoverhere. folks, give them some love. if you see the guys at the doors , running security -- i was running. they go, where is your badge? i was like, ok. we have to make this work. we have to be in our relationship as a national organization doing national conferences to figure out how to be with local folks so we do not have to have this kind of situation. something we can solve.
let me say again, netroots. will have to change this. thank you. >> please welcome alexandria cortez. [cheering] [applause] >> hello! woo! how are you all? thank you. thank you so very much. i just want to take a moment to affirm the activist and organizers were just appear -- who were just up here. as my sister, i would like to say the people closest to the pain should be closest to the power.
i want to thank and affirm those who are appointing, because social moist -- movements should be the north star of our politics. thank you. they should be pointing the way. if it looks like i am tired, i am. it looks like i have no makeup on, i don't. heering] this is the fifth time you have seen me in this dress. deal with it. my name is alexandria ocasio cortez. i am an educator and organizer and i am a working-class new yorker. i am also the democratic nominee for congress in new york's 14th -- [cheering] [applause] bronx,h covers the
queens, and redeker's island. it seems like ages ago, but we just won the primary five weeks ago. sometimes i have to remind folks of that. i have spent the last two years of my life knocking on doors, constantly and consistently. talking to people closest to that pain. talking to working-class americans. people of this nation . people think the bronx and queens is clear-cut, they have an idea in their minds of what being 14 is. but new york 14 is, after knocking all the stores -- all these doors, they are densely urban but suburban, and even parts that look rural, you wouldn't believe it, but there are. parts far away from public
transit. some areas of 14 voted for donald trump. some areas look like the cross-section of an -- the nation. after spending the last two i think weing doors, have learned a lot of things. one of the things that we win,ed, especially in our 10-1.being 10-2 -- after losing, we need to realize, that is fine. it is not a big deal. we can come together after these things. it is that we are not going to be big money with more big-money. we will be big-money with big organizing. [applause]
i think there has been a lot of debate over here. at least i have heard there has been a lot of debate. i just came here from california earlier today and before that, i was in michigan, campaigning for david, robda, davison, all candidates who refused to take corporate money. all candidates that believe we need to end the war on drugs, that believe free tuition college is the future, aggressive action on climate change is a future, because that is a future -- the future. that is the future. i believe that sometimes we make some mistakes that we have this idea in our brain of what a swing voter is. but after spending this time in the midwest, after talking to folks constantly, imperialist that voters do not vote for the
person was moderate enough, the person was most timid and backs down from there points -- their points. the swing voter votes for authenticity. the swing voter votes for the person they see championing them the most. the swing voter postwar person who put -- for a person who thinks that puts them first. as i have been saying on the campaign, it is not just read to blue -- red to blue, it is voter to voter. [applause] it is no mistake, it is no secret, that over the last 10 years we have lost a lot of seats in this country. we have lot a lot of state assembly seats, gubernatorial, mayoral, the presidency, the house, the senate, but that is all right. because it is always darkest before don. every time we talk -- knock on
the door it is a ray of sunlight. every time we pick up a phone it is contributing to that light. right now, we need a first between now and november. we have a lot of organizing that we need to do. but i think that sometimes the greatest success on the other end is the fact that they have one while clinging tighter and tighter to their base while convincing us to stray from ours . we need to realize the consciousness of the democratic party i believe. i believe that it is time to come home. i think it is time for us to come home. that time to remember education,ollege trade school, exploration of a universal basic income, were not all proposed in 2016, they are
proposed -- they were proposed in 1940 by the president of the united states, by the democratic president of the united states. [applause] these are not new ideas. we are picking up where we last left off. when we were less most powerful. -- last most powerful. it is time to own that our party was the one of the great society of the new deal, of the civil rights act. that is our party. that is we are. it is time for us to come home. [applause] because when working people realize that we are fighting for them the most they will fight for us to. that is what we have shown. realizethat when we again, that it was the democratic party that established coast to coast electricity, the interstate highway system, and the women's right to choose, we own that, and except that, we will realize that we are fighting for the majority of this nation, the
majority of this nation will fight for us. that is how democracy works. [applause] that one of the things that we realize as well, going in the midwest, we were out there with a dual, -- abdul, we went up to grand rapids in michigan or betsy devos is from. we announced that we would host that rally. about 600 people rsvp to it. over a thousand people showed up in a cramped sweaty high school in the middle of grand rapids. up inr 500 people showed flint. detroit. we had to hold another rally outside. something is happening in this nation. something is happening in this country. we can embrace it, we can win on it, and we can realize that we to our highest
selves. not our lowest selves. we can say that a muslim man can be the first governor, the first goes with that schmidt and governor in this country in the midwest, and we would have to be afraid of some other that won't look for because we note that 10 years ago they voted for a man whose name is barack hussein obama. we have been here before. we have been here before. realize that again, there is nothing radical about , itl clarity in this nation is that it is how far this country has strayed and we are here to bring us home. that is what our voice should be here to do. i want to thank you all. and again, i know there are some debates here. and again, that is all right. we can embrace that. discourse is not discord.
[applause] can argue and that is all right because we come out healthier on the other end. [applause] i may have some different believes of other democrats -- beliefs of other democrats. i happen to believe that an agency that has repeatedly, systematically, and violently, rightscommitted to human should not be reformed. that is what i believe. [applause] not under this administration especially. it is time that we take that tool away. time that we take that tool away. not just ice, but our system of mass incarceration as well. [applause] finally, we realize that that is
not -- that cannot be separated. those issues cannot be separated from a dignified and living wage for people to come home to an reintegrate into their society. that is not separated from the ability to extend to free ,ollege to all, reinvesting because the success of our most vulnerable is the success of the nation. how we treat flint is how we treat america. they do not want us to connect the dots. said stay home. keep it in the bronx. that is what they said. but we know better than that. it is funny, a couple years ago it seems like he owns before 2016 sometimes -- eons before 2016 sometimes. it was not long ago that the new york times had an article that said it is inappropriate to brooklyn.nhattan to
what is more appropriate is to connect the cities. list, somerovided a of the cities they set to compare to work pittsburgh, cleveland, detroit. because the plight of working class americans everywhere is the same. and we know that. we know that if we are to win again is to rediscover our soul and come home and realize that we can fight for social economic and racial justice for working-class americans. and to fight for that, is to fight for all of us. it is time to realize that we are the party of kings, of roosevelt, of those who went to the moon, of those who electrified this nation. we created medicare, we created theal security, we created economic and scientific basis of our greatest achievements. we can own the.
-- that. we can own it. i just want to thank you all and to know that again, the way that we do this is one we all go home, recommit ourselves, and there is no district to read for red for us totoo flip. thank you. [applause] >> please welcome former secretary castro. [applause] y'all. evening i told them, have to go after. all right, first of all, i am glad we have folks here from new orleans. think you for hosting us. who is your from texas? if you notice the texans in the room have a big smile on their
face because they know that in a couple of months we will have in your senator. senator. i have a twin brother, joaquin. he represents san antonio in congress. he likes to go around telling people that the way to tell us apart is that i am a minute uglier than he is. when i was serving president obama and the cabinet i used to tell folks that the real way to tell us apart is that we both live in washington dc but he was in congress so i was the only one that actually worked in washington dc. but do not worry. when it changes hands in november we will change the. congress will get working again for the american people. as progressives, you believe in investing in the people of america to make progress.
i am excited to be here tonight because in my own life, have been beneficiaries -- a beneficiary of that progress. joaquin and i woke up -- grew up with my mother and grandmother, she came from mexico at seven or six years old because her parents had passed away. she came to covenant o'neill -- to san antonio to live with her relatives. she worked her entire life as a maid and a babysitter because she was pulled out of school. she raised my mother is a single parent. my mother was the first in her family to graduate from high school and then go on to college and she became a hell raiser. activist.chicana i can remember on april 3, 1992,
running out to the mailbox of my brother growing up in the west side of the city in san antonio. we saw news that ranks over the colleges fell. we got waivers only apply to college and on that date april 3, we ran out to the mailbox and we found in the mailbox to packets -- two packets. you remember when you apply to college you wanted it to be a packet not a letter. we took those packets inside, and with my mother and my grandmother around, we opened them up, and the letter inside the packet said congratulations, welcome to the sanford class of 1996. [applause] you know, i wish that back then i had had one of the sinful -- cell phone cameras that we all have now.
so that i could have taken a picture of my grandmother's face . because, she never could have imagined that kind of opportunity available for herself or for her daughter or even for us. it was one of those moments in life and i am sure you have all had them, where you are so happy, and you feel like your dreams are coming true. then a couple of weeks later we bills,e builds -- the and that was not such a happy day. at the time, that university fell between $27,000 or $28,000 per person per year. the year we applied my mutt -- my mom had just made less than $20,000. there was no way that these two women that have worked harder -- hard their entire lives could afford that kind of opportunity for walking and i --for joaquin
and i. stand inreason i can front of you is of course that i worked hard and my family worked hard, but also because they -- there were pell grant ann .erkins loans and work-study -- there were pell grant's and perkins loans and work-study. everyone should be included in the united states. face a question in our country today as we sit here in 2018, and the question progress in this 21st century require? blueprint21st century for progress. that means investing in
university -- universal pre-k and college because brainpower achieves success in the 21st century global economy. we need to be the smartest mission -- the smartest nation in the world, the most skilled. it means health care that is so thatl by right, every civil person in this country can get good health care. it means ensuring that we protect a woman's right to choose so they can control their own bodies. means that we overturn citizens united and get big money out of politics and put the power into the hands of the people instead of the politicians, so that we can get more unity in our country. it means that we raise the minimum wage, so that people can afford rent and do not have to work two or three jobs to put food on the table for their family.
[applause] means that no one is above the law. not the president of the united states, and not law enforcement officers who too often brutalize young black men and young black women in this country. [applause] you see, as progressives, we are not interested in making our country anything again. we are not looking backward. we are looking to the future. we are interested in the years to come and making america better than it ever has been, and including everybody and that prosperity. we know that progress is tough. that progress takes all hands on deck.
1971,y mother was 23 and she ran for the san antonio city council with a slate called the it wasee for betterment, an independent group that was trying to close the opportunity gap that existed on the west, south, and he started -- and east side of san antonio, mostly black and latino neighborhoods. none of the candidates one. -- candidates won. on the night that she lost on april 6 of that year, she told the local reporter when they asked about the future, she said, we will be back. in 2001, when i was 26, i got elected to the senatorial city council because of the work of my mother and the
generation of activists and the progress that that generation made possible in the united states of america and in cities like san antonio. that was the kind of process that you have worked on for a long time. that all of us have been beneficiaries of. that change does happen. that sometimes progress takes but it takes our commitment, and that is where you come in. if you want leaders that unite our country instead of divided -- divide it, if you want leaders were honest instead of corrupt, if you want leaders who listen to the people, instead of listening to their closed circle of lobbyists, if you want leaders who want children and better classrooms instead of better cages, if you want an america that can move toward and progress, instead of go backward
the weight we are headed now -- the way we are headed now, then this is what i want you to do. do not waste a minute of your time feeling daunted that donald trump has a base of diehard supporters, so did richard nixon before he resigned. so did roy moore before he lost, and so will donald trump before he loses as well. [applause] i want you to work hard. mobilize register, and the strong majority of americans who want change right now in 2018. and the thing is, i know in so many ways that i am preaching to the choir. i bet there are a lot of days were the folks in this room, when you feel like, why in the world am i doing this again?
when you get that call to go volunteer at the campaign office, or you get one of those emails, or 100 of those emails, right before the deadline to contribute. or you call one of your friends and they will not answer anymore because they know why you are calling. or you get defriended on facebook, or blocked on twitter for being too political. or when you go walking, and you come up to adore, knock on the door, nobody answers. so you knock again. and by the corner of your are you see the curtains move. how many of you have had that happen to you? yourself,you can ask why am i doing this? it is those moments that i hope you remember, that we are doing this because we know that we live in an awesome and great country, but we also live in a
country that can be better. equal, moremore prosperous for every single individual. and we all reach out and register and mobilize, as you heard folks exhort you during this conference, if we all do our part, and stacey abrams will be the new governor of georgia. jordan will be the new governor of idaho. andrew will be the new governor of florida, all a hundred -- alexandria will take back the house of representatives. we will take back the senate, and in a couple of years, we will send donald trump into retirement. thank you very much. you can make progress happen. we are counting on you. thank you.
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