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our markets have a d.m. and you're in the stream now live on you tube today can native americans change u.s. politics as an unprecedented number of indigenous politicians run for office we ask why. november's mid-term elections could be a pivotal moment in the united states not only could the balance of power in congress shift but the representation of native americans in politics could grow significantly there are more than one hundred indigenous politicians running for state or in national office so what do they hope to achieve here to discuss this
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from albuquerque new mexico deb holland a member of the pueblo of laguna tribe in the democratic nominee for u.s. congress in oklahoma joseph blanchard he's a member of the absentees shawnee native tribe and a republican candidate for the oklahoma state house in kansas sure is david's she's a democratic candidate for u.s. congress she's also a member of the host nation and in minnesota state representative peggy flanagan she's part of the white earth nation of ojibwe tribe and is a democratic candidate for lieutenant governor welcome everyone welcome to this room so good to have you all here i want to get started on my laptop with this piece of video released about two months ago it's called the climb have a look i don't look like most people in congress my life is different to push your college and law school as a single mom i'm thirty years sober but struggle made me fear my work is to fight for all of us clean energy jobs medicare for all no more for money in politics
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trump won't hand this thing if we ask politely holland and i approve this message because the old ways are we must be fierce are you ready we must be fierce and you mentioned they're pretty powerful piece of video it is a campaign ad of course but you mention i don't look like most people in congress talk to us today about what it took for you to make it to where you are today. sure thank you for having me i'm honored to be here with such a wonderful company you know i've been involved in politics for a long time here in albuquerque across new mexico actually there are. many many things i was a state native american director for president obama's reelection campaign in two thousand and twelve and and i ran for lieutenant governor in two thousand and fourteen i was the state chairwoman of the party in two thousand and fifteen and
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got as i actually did really really well of all. elections so i've just been on the ground for a long long time i'm a community organizer and just felt that it was time for me to take that next step and so i hear i have running for congress after fifteen years here. work that folks to the polls. i could see our other guest is smiling there is a song that campaign ad play peggy what were you thinking and why is it important that your voice is heard as well. sure well again thank you for having us and i am thrilled beyond belief to be on this on this panel and as i was watching debs ad as getting a little misty because it matters that we are seen and we are heard and i think that's one of the reasons why so many native folks are stepping up to run this year
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you know when when folks don't see native people it's easy to pass policies without working in partnership with with the native community and and i think our time has has really come for us to be at the at the forefront of policy making and frankly when indian country does well i think the rest of our our state does well in our country does well you know sure is i'm curious there's a lot of people online trying to you know explain why this is happening why so many people are politically engaged within your community for example ople boy are saying our people traditionally have been exhibiting strong leadership although that history isn't always told and we are resilient we've withstood adversity we've persevered through poverty and hate finding ways or have i would imagine five found ways to thrive why do you think this is happening why are you so excited. you know i'm really excited because what we're seeing right now i think is the culmination
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of a lot of hard work that's been going on for a really long time it's like it's like that person said you know we've been finding ways to thrive for a really long time and i think particularly one of the things that we're seeing in as a lot of women stepping into leadership roles and being acknowledged as leaders as the leaders in the community that native women have been for a long time i'm really excited because what i see right now is a lot of hope a lot of folks who are finding things that they want to vote for not just things that they want to vote against and i think that this is the beginning or the continuation of a lot of hard work that's been going on for a lot i'll i pulled up on my laptop here a headline that really corresponds to that tweet that you read our ahmed indian country today made a vote eighteen is the hash tag that you see online native eighteen and made about eighteen one hundred plus and growing native candidates seeking early votes joseph
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when you read this headline what thoughts go through your mind and you see the tweets that have been streaming under this headline this well like the one i should read out what do you think you know it's important to first let me acknowledge the fact that to being a guest on this panel i'm honored to be your they represent my people in the state of oklahoma but your to your question native people trying to just be. in this process you know or for a long time or voices have been hurt i would bet that's why. it's like myself and these other ladies are all joining forces with other people within their own communities and around their state to finally let native voices be heard and i think that's essential. you know a lot of the work i used to do specifically for my tribe primarily was as a. point of contact for people and you know doing all of that. you are able to develop policy and procedure and you know whenever your native
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voices finally her heard it implemented in into those arenas it makes a big difference you know i also want to ask whether maybe what's happening with the trump presidency here in america has something to do with it and then the stab to obama and the work that he had done to kind of you know mend relationships with certain i guess you could say certain tribes but also on a on a kind of collective level we have a tweet from h.g. flores that says the obama private presidency provided hope that their voices could be heard the election of donald trump showed how quickly things could change reminding that americans that they must rely on themselves if they want continual representation within u.s. politics when you when you hear that i mean is this is this a reality that is that is that play or is it something else. no i think we always need to step up whenever we can you know it's not always easy sometimes when you're a native american running for any office because often to i live in albuquerque but
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there are a lot of native folks who live in very rural communities it's difficult to get around even without public transportation and things like that so i'm ready ignite challenges in our communities which is why i have chosen for so long to work very hard to make sure that native voices are heard that we are registering native americans and getting them out to vote driving them to the polls doing whatever we can to expand early voting into those communities and so that's something i fought for for a long time something a lot of folks here in new mexico have fought for for a long time and and so we'll just keep working hard but we need to be heard so i can see that four of us here today are we're making sure that we can be heard that our people's voices are heard in mainstream america so sure that it all starts with the at the polling booth so i think she's i could see you nodding your head there i
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want to play for our audience a little clip of what you have to offer this is sharif david fighting for progress have a look. this is a tough place to be a woman i think put down pushed aside knocked out truth is i've had to fight my whole life because of who i am. who i love and where i started but i didn't let anything get in my way. still it's two thousand and eighteen and women native americans gay people the unemployed and underemployed after a fight like hell just to survive and it's clear in the republicans in washington don't give a damn about anyone like me or anyone that doesn't think like them and. that's why i'm running for congress one thing's for sure i won't back down because
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progress is undefeated you just need to fight for it are you ready. so you are running for us congress in kansas what is it that you will be fighting for specifically. so there are a couple of things that i think. a lot of us and many of the people on the panel are fighting for one is to have we don't the leadership of this country to be more reflective and representative of who we are as americans who we are as as people and you know being native american and being a woman in being first generation college student there are so many different groups and people who have diverse range of experiences and our voices are not represented or reflected in our country's leadership and i think that that certainly is something worth fighting for because that's what living in are you know in this democracy means is that we should have representation and be at the
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table so that's one thing and then you know i would say broadly i want us to be a country that is striving for the ideals that we are constantly trying to adopt and live up to like equality and equity and i think those are the kinds of things that we as a country should be striving for and and my opinion the best way for me and my my role in all of this is to be a voice in congress to help make sure that our policies and our legislation reflect that and series to your point you know we have a lot of people online also commenting on the lack of representation and diversity in elected office here in america jennifer may saying personally it seems ridiculous to have a house of representatives that doesn't adequately represent the u.s. native americans were here before us and suffered brutally at the hands of our government you know peggy when you when you see that and you hear where he said you know i know you were the previous executive director of the children's defense fund
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in minnesota and you know you look at what people are commenting about like oh paul again here saying i think native candidates having experienced depression want to stand up and fight for other vulnerable communities because we do not exist in silos what happens to one happens to all of us. yes and you see what's happening in america today with immigration with the children that are being separated from families and just in your experience is it about this crossover is this about intersexual resistance and what are you specifically hoping to accomplish absolutely and i think yesterday i was at a rally with our immigrant community talking about the fact that we need to ensure that we are keeping our families together what we have experienced as indian people right as native folks are our children being stolen from us the hands of the united states government and put into boarding schools that's one generation rose from my family so it is absolutely critical that i stand shoulder to shoulder and in
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solidarity with the immigrant and refugee community because this had so close to home for all of us i know that many of us have experienced just the trauma of of the separation and so when we work together when i am able to stand with my brothers and sisters and in the immigrant community we know that we all do better there has been a very deliberate most meant by the trumpet ministration and frankly by the republicans here in minnesota to divide us along the lines of race and class and she obviously and i think we're not falling for it native folks live in the urban community we live in the rural community and i think our experiences can truly be those experiences that can bring us together and of course because native americans live in several different communities that also includes different political parties as well joseph as we can see not all native candidates are
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democratic candidates some are republican you are running as a republican candidate for the oklahoma house and wondering what you think of the tweets we just heard about intersectional resistance what is it for you it does does that sum up why you're running or or or what is that impetus for you. well actually what really created the the drive to get moving force i mean to consider running for office was. earlier this year in april we had at the two week a work stoppage for the teachers and education here in oklahoma and it dawned on me earlier this year working in with my students in coaching and doing the things that i do in our discussions that there was no visibly native person within our house and for me and the people that i work with here in similar county just east of here where i live that to me that's important that's the home of the cement nation of
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oakland oma and you know with a student population of approximately fifty sixty percent native student population you know to me that it's important that there was a tangible for students to be able to relate to and you know in big scheme of things i think that's why all these individuals are running and you know they touched on the things that our people have had to endure throughout our history you know those things are important it's an experience that most people. that you know we're not born with a silver spoon in our mouth and we had to strive and work so hard and in be diligent and persevered through all the things that we've done and so you know understanding those struggles gives us a whole different perspective to lead even compared to our counterparts and just of just hearing you talk about that history and the legacy and how important it is i mean maybe it's an understatement that you weren't born with a silver spoon in your mouth but a lot of people are pointing to that has strained but also bringing it to the
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present day you know the keystone pipeline and all the controversy and concern amongst your community we asked our community if the keystone pipeline might have been a factor h.g. flora saying undoubtedly it was a blunt reminder of exactly what you're talking about their history with the u.s. government u.s. business over people and i just wanted to get your son. about this video that you may have seen a.j. plus my colleagues over there did a did a little video of basically a member of an arizona tribe filming a u.s. border patrol vehicle heading towards him and running him over you know obviously his tribe opposes trump's policies on the on the border and and so i'm curious when you see these kind of videos you hear what you know just instead what comes to mind what is the solution and how might you actually work to to find that there that is you know those videos the ones of the kids big ripped from their
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mother's arms those are all just incredibly disturbing and it makes you stop for a second to wonder what happened to our country because that isn't the america that so many of us were raised in or that our parents were raised in and as he mentioned earlier as native americans have had a horrible oppressive history which is why we can relate to so many of the groups of people this country and so yes those are things that people should be outraged about we should we should stand up for that. that it's not run over we should question ice we should defund them until they have you know policies that are set that don't. oppress people that that are that are actually humane and we can't. we can't ignore things like that and it's up to us to to raise the red flags and
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make sure that those are part of the conversation when there is too much. says putting out all of the really silly things that you know come into mainstream media like you know hawr. or something that we should be talking about you know these kids and right and you know what i mean and many people are talking about it and they're also talking about you know what else is at play here in the community you know the kind of remote and marginalize nature of reservations lakota man saying what we natives want is for our government simply honor the treaties also help bring more job opportunities to the reservation we are looking for a hand up not a hand out maintain an honor tribal sovereignty address the myriad of social issues natives face on and off the reservation peggy you know when you see a tweet like that and you see people talking about how disconnected these reservations are adam on twitter saying we need to reconnect the reservations with
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the rest of society at the moment most part natives are compartmentalize and out of sight is that like too big a challenge to actually overcome it's been out of sight and out of mind for so long you know living here in america just anecdotally well if i sat so i wouldn't be running for office and i think there us of us would be either listen i think the tweet that we saw before to just saying we're simply asking the government to honor the treaties and to respect tribal sovereignty. you know i serve in the minnesota house there are four native women who serve in the house we have our native caucus and so often you know we've been used to a policy being done to us and not with us and i think our caucus has worked to change that and part of the reason why i'm running for lieutenant governor is to ensure that that native people native women you know i find that because because we are not always visible at best native women are invisible and at
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worst we are disposable when it comes to issues of violence against native women missing and murdered and jeanette's women who went. i think about running for the seat or i look at you know my sisters and my brother on this panel that's why it matters so that native folks my i have a five year old daughter she monster she can see these other leaders who are stepping up but that also folks simply say like oh yeah absolutely treaties are the supreme law of the land treaty rights are not the special rights that we've been given that we've always had the and we believe in a government to government relationship and meaningful and deep consultation and that should simply be you know the place that we start from and i think that we will see the changes come to indian country once our leaders respect us and also reflect who we are and the policies that we're trying to move and i can assure you
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if i could see you nodding there go ahead yeah actually i would love to just follow up on that point for a second and you know when you think about the idea that not just native voices but many voices in the country have been either invisible or haven't been heard i think a lot of the of a lot of the reason that you see so many people running for office now i myself myself in particular you know i think that one of the one of the places where our government has failed us. as people not just native people but a lot of groups of people is that we have people in decision making positions who are not listening so not only have these voices of native people of women of black folks who have been fighting for liberation for a long time those voices have all ways been there and they've always been fighting and what we need to do is build decision making positions and leadership positions
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of people who are willing to listen and people who are willing to take action to make sure that voices are being elevated and voices are being listened to because those voices have several ways in there and it's important so. and that you say those voices have always been there we have a tweet from chuck o. skins saying on twitter it's both a natural progression of our politics after decades of work by other native activists and a response to concerns about alarming policies and budget priorities coming out of d.c. again you know kind of had to add to all the people who have endured and thrived to use a word that's been used and you know i think it's worth kind of sharing this video that also came in where mark trahant really sums up what is actually happening here and what this moment means take it take a look at this. first there's been a build up of capacity more and more native americans every year have seen others take that route and have been successful and so they're following and adding more
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to the equation the second reason is the success of. legislation particularly at the state level you're seeing states where like montana has for all and people see that being a strong policy that works for everybody and so that's a reason for people to run for the legislature a thirty's and is probably unique to this time and that's particularly women running because of opposition to president trump's policies as one candidate told me they really expected to have the first woman president and instead they're having policies that they feel are hostile women and you know about something that keeps coming up in up you know across different communities quite frankly muslim americans different communities here that women and it's not surprising that we have three women here on this panel perhaps the majority of the woman and of course just a blended so i will let all of our audience know who are in the states when they can vote on june twenty sixth republican primary for joseph we've got august
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fourteenth primary for peggy sure recently august seventh primary and dad palin at the november ballot because he won your primary and so such a pleasure to have you all here i want to end with this cheap tweet from chuck something he tweeted a little earlier and this is a follow up he says native american should get registered stay on top of relevant issues vote and get involved in campaigns where possible push for funding on federal trust responsibilities include health care education housing protection of sacred sites just to name a few so this is some direction from chalk but i think all of our gas because we have to pause the conversation there thank you for being part of today's show and of course thinking to our community as well we continue to follow this story that hash tag eighty stream of the online.
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