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welcome to al jazerra america, i am steph seu sy. here are the taupe story at this hockeys yeah a few hours ago president obama signed the last-minute budget deal ending the government shutdown. both the house and senate a proofed the beaprovedthe bell y. federal workers are being told to report to their jobs this morning. in new jersey, newark mayor cory booker will soon be a u.s. senator did he defeating a stata party lead he go in an election. he is the first african american elected to the senate in new jersey history.
they are making more progress in eliminating syria's chemical weapons stockpile. they have sre visited 11 sites. destroying. the legality of michigan's game marriage ban could be decided in a trial next february. a federal judge in detroit put off an expected decision in the case i've lesbian couple who want to marry so they can a continue each other's children, michigan bans adopts by unmarried couples. those are the head lines, america tonight is up next on al jazerra america. and you can always check us out online at aljazerra.com.
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top one of the central themes of >> companies are cutting back on full time jobs making part-time jobs not growing, divided up businesses and finding anyway they can to again get out from under the thumb of obama care. >> lonergan went on two address what he believes is the real problem in washington.
>> you have to put an end to this massive government spending spending. i would like to see at little government as possible local government is the most important. all local governments continue to function. >> late in the day, booker greeted merchants in the historic iron bound section of newark . like rutgers this is booker territory. unlike lonergan, booker believes the federal government can be a positive force in people's lives. >> and i wish my opponent who talks about our cities in such negative ways i wish he could see the truly incredible things happening in our city. my opponent who supports the tea party shutdown my opponent who believes in this kind of divisiveness, sporadic broken politics we are saying we should be going in a district way. >> is that ideal us i ca idealik that?
>> one third of all the state's development. going is right here. all of this came about because of idealism and believing but most importantly because of working together. >> reporter: you think you can change washington and get them to work together. >> i think we can. >> reporter: thank you, mayor. >> reporter: he has a mayor and he is the kind of guy who is out there with his constituents, i mean, the stories of rescuing a woman from a burning building. shoveling people's sidewalks, senators of different, they are legislate ter it's different legislators, it's different from being like. it's hard to say what kinds of a senator he is likely to be. >> definitely will be interesting to see what will happen when he goes to washington. the results from the special election is not surprising. he won with a substantial lead and he has that star power. that is why he is the most likes politician in new jersey for anyone exempt one person, and that is chris christy now of course we heard some criticism about booker being a
schoolteacher told us that she thinks, he is, quote, overratedded and a small business own ier i talked to at length told me that cory booker appears too interested in his own political career, not real people. but, you know what, overwhelmingly the people we spoke to he says specially in newark they really love him. we were interviewing him and a car pulled over on the side of the road. the guy jumped out to get his picture taken with cory booker you don't see that with politicians. >> not in the u.s. senate either. >> no, you don't. >> i have to tell you that. just a quick note for our viewers who might be confuse billion dollar why this election was held now. >> that is a good question. but that's because, you know, they had to hold this special election that's because of the death of the former senator. an appointment, so they ended up having this special election, that was in itself an interesting political side show at some point. but they had it on this wednesday and it was confuse to go a lot of the voters up there. what we saw in the race was low turn out. especially in some of the urban county, camden and in the newark
area, low voter turn out and what we are hearing is because there was a lot of confusion about when this election was going to be and that was the big message you heard from both campaigns trying to motivate their base to get people out and vote today because a lot of people didn't even know that was happening. >> we have asked our political analyst bill schneider to stick around to maybe talk specifically about mr. lon gone the opponent and why he took such a hard line at the end to really present himself as a very strong tea party candidate. given all that's been happening here in washington. you would think that was not a very clever strategy. >> well, you wouldn't think so, new jersey is not a tea party state. >> right. >> it's a blue state and becoming increasingly blue but they love chris christy but he's a moderate republican, if chris christy is he elected by a sizable margin next month, it will be a strong push for him to run for president. the problem is, has a lot of enemies a long conservatives in the national republican party. he embraced, oh, my god, the antichrist he embraced barack obama who came to new jersey to help with the relief effort after hurricane sandy which he
appreciated there was a hug, a literal embrace, that's what killed off the former republican governor of florida, he's now a democrat. >> tell us what this election tells us about the strengths of the tea party on the national stage, we are look at big gubernatorial races ahead. >> that's right. >> not only chris christy. >> no november we have chris christy in new jersey, he's more of a mainstream republican who is likely to win a very blue state. what does that prove. that a mainstream republican can win a democratic state but in virginia, kenneth who is the attorney general and a strong tea party republican, he right now is losing virginia and if he loses in november, it will show all tea party republican ca win a yo purple state in the south d that will be devastating. >> that was a problem. there was image being in the new jersey governonewjersey governou heard from ted cruz was praise
you did not hear him mention ted cruz's name one time, no photo op. really trying to separate himself now from the tea party extremism and if he is going to win villanueva sr*eupblg that's virginia that's all he can do. >> and virginia has a lot of federal em blows on furlough losing money. >> unhappy. >> gentlemen, thanks for being with us. coming hoop online operations rooting out injustice, we'll download the certainly messages of the group anonymous.
and now a snapshot of stories making headlines on "america tonight." concern is growing about the widespread salmonella out break trace today foster farms chicken plants in california. the kr-68 cdc says it's resisteo antibiotics, more than 300 people have been sicken the since march. a heavy out of this world discovery as drivers pulled a half ton fragment
of a meet or meteor from the bottom of a frozen lake in russia. more than 1600 people were injured when it fell to earth and exploded in february. promising signs in geneva after two days of talks with eye raj about its nuclear intentions no details aside from it's a important were revealed. they say they will need again in november. we told but the group anonymous an online collective made up of the internet savvy activists. they launched a social media campaign to get a case reopened and it isn't the first time that this group was halleed thousands of people online to expose a perceived injustice, as we report, the group anonymous has been making an impact for years. >> reporter: it happened in tube stubenville, ohio. a video up load today youtube
showed a former stubenville high school student laughing uncontrollable about what sounded like the rape of an incapacitated girl. >> he raped her harder than that cap raid marcellis wallace in pulp fiction. >> she is so raped right now. >> reporter: a picture of the passed out 16-year-old being carried by two players from the town's legendary football team, showed up on inning extra graham. the assault continued later with these comments on twitter. some people deserve to be peed on. never seen anything this sloppy. lol. the images were soon removed, but not before being captured by crime blogger alexandria goddard. two players were arrested a week later. but she began blogging about the case. afraid that the popularity of the town's big red football team would me excellent the attackers from being brought to justice. her blog came to the attention of anonymous a loosely organized group of internet activists. five months later which prosecutors appeared to be
dragging their feet. the group hacked in to roll red roll the football team's fan page and post third degree video warning. >> the girl was sexually assaulted, molested, raped, and drugged unconscious from party to party. >> reporter: anonymous trented tthreatened to publicly identify everyone who is responsible. >> you can hide no longer you have a tracked the attention of the hive. op roll red rollin gauged. >> their stupidity astound me. they hung them themes. they post it had themselves. they put it all out here. and we have the reputation of hackers but nobody had to hackneying to get any of these tweets or anything like that. >> reporter: derrek was the person behind the mask on this video posted to the roll red roll website. he admits making the video, but says someone else hacked the website. >> the tweets and the facebook post that his the kids made mocking the victim, the rapists them sales made ithemselves made
that somebody could do that. >> reporter: a week later he rereleased video that he said was sent to him. >> that was the big bombshell that got everybody going it, make the splash needed to get more people involved in the investigation. >> away in the butt and she wasn't moving. there is usually a reaction. >> reporter: the video racked up more than a million views and spark national outrage, a no one plus protesters converge odd the streets the stuben vim. >> [ shame on you ] >> reporter: we got 2,000 people on their sheet street peacefully who stood there with signed and rape victims speak on the ground line it was very power. >> reporter: in match, malik rich mashed and trenrichmond ane convicted. spending one and two years in juvenile detention respectively. he sees justice served.
>> there is a sense of empowerment. this is what, you know, the people are supposed to be like in america. >> reporter: it was a classic hack at this vitt action. a diverse group with computer skills. >> people join or become part of anonymous. because they are seeking em empowerment. >> reporter: quinn norton is a journalist who covers anonymous and hacker culture. anonymous has become a populous movement she says because membership is open to everyone and it's hierarchy is based entirely on merit. >> some anonymous build tools for being a activists and some just take down websites. you act. and that's how you gain social capitol. you don't have a resume. there is just a list of things that you did. >> reporter: their knowledge of computers and the internet have allowed a technicianly savvy generation who might not
otherwise have become involved in social issue to his find their voice. >> i think the most powerful thing about anonymous is the transformation it does to the a no ones. to the people who are in it. whips taronce they are part of l political action it sticks with people. >> reporter: during the air action spring they hint egyptians he right government censorship. in tunisia they took down weapon sites. >> anonymous has decided to help these people win the battle against oppression. >> once you feel like you are part of the tunisian revolution you care about the world in a way that very little other things in society will train you to care about the world. the one thing that you can fairly universally seu is they anti-censorship and pro free speech. they can express themselves in ways they couldn't anywhere else
and it was nearly sacred that that culture. >> reporter: but when activists attacked the web side mastercard, visa and pay pal for refuse to go process payments to wiki leaks founder their ideals september them on a collision course with u.s. law enforcement. >> somebody pulled in the driveway in what appeared to be a fedex swap but it was a swap team they put guns to my head and put me in handcuffs 67 is the department of justice going too far in their fight against on loan protesters. >> what the government is doing is hitting whistle blowers with a sledge hammer now. >> and we will hear from "america tonight" lori again tomorrow night. still adhere tonight, profiled and locked up. it's a life story that many trans gent transgender can tell, meet the community gripped by
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concern that lgbt are being targeted by law enforcement. >> reporter: in a place station in memphis, tennessee, a young transgender woman has just been arrested. this officer called for her to be fingerprinted using an anti guy slur and she refused. the officer then wrapped hand hands cuffs over his fist and while another held her down, both are fired. violence against trans joined people is not just a problem in memphis. a study about by the national co coalition of canty violence programs found across the u.s. there are three times more likely than others to experience police violence. >> a common motion that can he understand about policing is the police look for things that look funny, that's part of what policing is. it's this generalized suspicion does something look out of place and trans gent people are often that thing that looks out of place. >> reporter: dean is a lawyer and founder of the sylvia rivera law project.
a poverty law center that represents trans joined people. he says 80% of his clients have faced police harassment or violence. >> if you want to understand why trans people face such high rates of criminal saying and incarceration it those see how poverty feeds that. so people are already more likely to be poor because of job chris diss criminal nation, not being able to access social services, homeless shelters et cetera if you can't access those people you are mike likely to be poor and on the streets which puts you in the path of police. when the police are profiling trans people on the street it's trans women are color who are most likely to be profiled as section workers and arrested and caught up in the system. >> reporter: many arrest ares take place on christopher industry in new york city's west village. in 1969, masa rests and police violence led to four days of riots. transgender women were among the leaders of the protests. as nightfalls, christopher
street is alive with activity. i met sasha washington as she walked with her friends. rejected by her parents when she have came out. she became homeless eight young age. >> how old were you when you first started sleeping on the streets? >> i am 26 now, i could say i was homeless at the age of 15 until 23. >> reporter: sasha told me that police often suspect her of engaging in prostitution and when i found out the evidence police used against her i was shocked. >> reporter: what kind of experiences have you had with the police? >> a cop stopped me and they asked me what i was doing i was like i am walking around i am homeless. and they said, okay, they looked in my bag and they saw over three condoms and assumed that i was prostituting. and they charged me and locked me up for that. >> reporter: we heard this story over and over. police using possession of condoms as evidence of prostitution. we met sasha's friends that same night. she told us police regularly stopped her.
and searched her purse. >> i have been locked up three times. >> reporter: three times? >> yes. >> and for what? >> for nothing. just because they assumed that i was a prostitute and i have a number of condoms in my purse. >> reporter: trina is a college student who was arrested while waiting for the train. how it checking your i.d. turn in toy to a prostitution charge. >> she told me she wanted to knee any my bog and there were condoms in there. >> reporter: how can she arrest for you that. >> you are trans fencer in a certain area after flight and you are waiting to somewhere or whatever the case you are doing, they are going to look in your bag, search you and they are going to lock up for prostitution. >> having a condom on you is evidence really nothing of more than hope. >> reporter: andrea richie is a lawyer special icing in police misconduct. >> young white then standing on one side of sixth avenue with six condoms in his pocket is following good public health messagings a black trans woman
on the side of the avenue is presumed by police to be standing there for the purpose purposes of engaging in prostitution. >> reporter: new york city gives away over 35 million free condom ace year. >> reporter: while one arm of the government gives way condoms, another arm, the police, have effect testify criminalized possession of them. >> people go to a lot trouble to distribute condoms to normalize condom use to encourage condom use and for police departments in new york city or anywhere in the country to then turn around and say but if you look a certain way, or if you are in a certain place, or if you are transgender, or if you are a woman of color or out at three iinthreeclock in th in the morning or wearing a tight shoot that's evidence that you are about to engage in a problems tuesday lette prostitution aefbgts. >> reporter: the westville sin
now one owest village isnow onef the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country. >> police are also really charged with enforcing ablized injure ablracialized injured joined norm gender norms. when they see someone acting how they don't think that they should be or who is visibly someone who is year o year or nonconformer they read it as disorder and they often perceive that person as already suspicion, prone to violence. >> reporter: over 50% of the quick vims . of trans joined homicides were trans joined women. 48 reported receiving mistreatment from the police
when they went for help. >> in the space of five months three have all been victims of anti-l.g.b.t. motivated violence which resulted in their deaths. >> reporter: we met vienna garcia a young transgender woman eight memorial in jackson heights queens. >> i don't go out at night because i feel scared because, you know, sometimes probably they can arrest me. >> reporter: so let me get this straight. you don't go out at night because you are worried about getting foe free throws filed lie the police a. >> a last you are more scared of the police than the violence in the neighborhood. that's your main concern? >> yep. >> reporter: the nypd declined to speak us with. but she is a concerned of their policies. she leads diversity training for hundreds of nypd officers every year and is an expert on police practices. she believes the nypd is one best departments in the world.
>> reporter: does the nypd use profiling? >> no. i don't think any two police agency in the democratic country that uses profiling. >> reporter: really? >> yes, truly. but police officers come with air own biases, their own per accepting so whpersession of whs special. >> reporter: maybe official i unbut officially. >> unofficial i think each one of thousands unite united use ol profiling. there is perceptions of various police officers, many police officers. >> reporter: raise your hand if you have been asked for your i.d. by a police officer? thank you. >> reporter: an organization called trans justice is training transgender new yorkers on their rights and i want actions with police. >> raise your hands if you have or have witnessed someone called
a derogatory name by an n.y.p.d. officer? >> as transgender nonconforming people we are not going to fit, right? we are never going to be the norm. and for a lot of us, passing is never going to be an option. does that mean we all have to conform in order to survivor does it mean we try build a new society. >> reporter: he is a member of the group and says trans justice fills an important need. what kind of encounters have you had with the police? >> i was working walking with my colleague from work to her home and the cops stopped us and they asked us for i.d. although i did ask them to please refer for me as male, they did not. they don't respect who you are, they don't respect your pronouns. they want to force something on you that you don't agree with. and they forget that you are human and everyone deserves some respect.
>> reporter: back on christopher street. she shared her story with us, one we heard so often. first rejection by her family, then an rest for just being who she is . >> this is not cool . i finally found who i was, and then being locked up and nothing, and then you find yourself in a jail cell full of men, and the cops reminds you who you are. but you know that deep down inside that's not who you are, but that's how they see you. that really hurted. it hurts, you know. >> that report came to us from from america tonight. join is us now is actor wilson
cruz a national spokesman for glaad and here in the studio is allyson gill from the trevor project. both committed to providing support for the l.g.b.t. communities. let's start with you. you are kinds of an exceptional case in that evening before you were really a big star, you were out and it was part of your become a star that you came out at about the same time. in such a public way, yet do you see a reason for young people in other environments to be closeted, to be do concerned about their own safety in such environments. >> sabbatabsolutely. first of all thank you for calling me a star i appreciate that. to this day we still see that lgbt students and young people are being hu harassed and victimized in school. over 80% of the students that glistens, another organization has surveyed, say that they are being victimized because of
their sexual orientation and over 60% of them are saying that they are being victimized because of their gender expression. so, yes, obviously they are still a rampant problem with bullying in schools. so, yeah, evening all these years later. but i think part of the way that we solve that is like campaigns, like spirt day, you know, where we actually have an opportunity to shed a national spotlight on lgbt youth and show them the support that they need because we see when we -- when our students and youth are supported and celebrated they excel and they are allowed to actually be themselves. >> right, and make a difference, by the way, wilson really is a star from my seoul so-called life. allyson gill is here, we were talking about this as we watched christof's report. do you see the disconnect between society's increasing openness, i think, and public policy which may be is lagging behind? >> i do. and i do think that society is
become more and more open to lesbian, game, by section and you'll trans issues just in the past 10 years we have seen broad changes in how trans people are treated in society. however, policy changes especially federal level are not proceeding as quickly as we would have hoped. for example, the employment nondiscrimination which would provide really critical nondiscrimination pro techses in employment is making its way slowly through the senate but we have been trying to pass this laws for 20 knife years, it's ver25 years, it's veryslow. >> the trevor project supports young individuals and trying to prevent suicide because of the pressure. how serious of a problem is it. >> it's a very serious problem. we know for all young people, suicide is the second leading cause of death. for lesbian, game, by section and you'll trans gender young people in particular they are at heightened risk, they are at four times the risk of the heterosexual pierce. >> foupeers. >> four time.
>> and transgender is even higher risk than lesbian game young people. >> wilson when you think about that four times more likely to commit suicide and young people in particular where a lot of your own focus and your own fans are from , can you talk about what is most important community support, national support, family support, friend support to help people feel come comportable to be out and be their truth shelves. >> it's hear heartbreaking to mt number still exists. you know, the fact that yourself hesteem is a -fbgded by the wayy people treat new school and sometimes slade enough in your own familiar family is a problem that i have been working against for 20 years. but even another part that have problem is the way that it affects the education of our kids. you know, so many of our kids aren't showing up to school.
are lagging behind in their education because they are not coming to school. >> and allyson, also not feeling safe. >> that's right. that's right. you know, 15% of transgender students report being forced out of school due to harassment and discrimination and that has lifelong negative outcomes. >> right. >> appreciate both yo of you cog in and talking about this importantish. >> you thank you. >> spirit day tomorrow. and "america tonight" will be back in a moment. (vo) al jazeera america we understand that every news story begins and ends with people. >> the efforts are focused on rescuing stranded residents. (vo) we pursue that story beyond the headline, past the spokesperson, to the streets. >> thousands of riot police deployed across the capitol.
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bloody history in namibia when the land was com colonizes by germany now the government there wants to shed its past. reporting on the colonial makeover here is al jazerra's an i can't page. >> reporter: the distinctive dress is a reminders of what is considered the first genocide of the 20th century. 10s of thousands of africans were killed by the german colonizers, by copying their style they believe that they assume their former enemy as' power, although germany has not formerly apologized and calls for compensation have been unanswered it isn't something that they dwell on. >> who will be responsible. who will say our grandfather was wrong, who will say that? no one. so something that you have to accept and live with it. >> reporter: the government wants to assert a more inning indigenous identity by renaming some german-named places but the people in the port town have fought back so hard that the
government has backed down. he says his hometown would have lost valuable tourist dollars. >> what you are selling tour i remember is an experience that is linked to a geographic space. and then you brand that and so when you change the name, the images of that evoked in your mind may no longer reflect the geographic space as you know it. >> reporter: in the capital change underway this statue honors the tough glorious german warriors who fought resistence the statue was moved there its original spot to make way for eye new national museum which overlooks the city. but the president wanting to one step further and get rid of the statue completely. while some want to shed the colonial legacy, families believe that although their dress may have originated with their former oppress or, it is now wholly theirs. the family's matriarch says the
tradition will never die but her grand boughter feelgranddaughte. >> you adapt, dress how people dress, fixing yourself how they fix themselves. you wouldn't really want to wear that dress going out to a mall or going out to a party dressed up in your traditional that i. that's kind of lame. >> reporter: whether it's german or african names or different them lines, it's a conversation that they are having that is as much about the past as it is about the future. >> and that report from tanya page and that's it for us here on america tonight. please remember, if you would like to comment on any story that you have seen here tonight log to our website aljazerra.com/americatonight. meet our team and get sneak previews of stories we are working on, tell us what you would like to see on our nightly current affairs program. and also join the conversation with us on twitter or on our facebook page, good night, we'll have more of "american tonight" tomorrow.