tv Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez Rep. Tim Ryan and Julian Castro at Netroots... CSPAN August 20, 2018 12:53pm-3:02pm EDT
>> supreme court nominee judge brett kavanaugh testifies before the senate beginning tuesday september 4. judge kavanaugh currently sits on the d.c. circuit court of appeals the judiciary committee chair chuck grassley expects the confirmation hearing to last three to four days. watch it live on covepan3, hoospan.org or listen live on te free c-span radio app. >> next portion of the net which nation conference which brings together activists and grassroots organizers from around the nation to highlight issues important to the progressive agenda. ohio congressman tim ryan
co the jorm housing secretary jn castro and new york congressional candidate alan.andria ocasio-cortez addressed the conference held in new orleans. [alivlause] >> are right. hello, net roots. looking good out there. okay, so we know that the net roots is not anything much without the grassroots so i want to hear it for this room full of organiinkrs, union members,, educators, activist, public interest lawyers and policy woic rs to go after each and evy day and take on the predatory profiteers who will tear down our institutions for their personal gains. not on our watch. o-livlausrte my name is helen and i met at large city council member and the great city of philadelphi hi o-livlausrte i'm also vice chair of 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 restore our faith in government and politics. [applausrte >> but i come to you first and foremost as a mom of three kids that i raise in the philadeo-la public schools, a daughter of immigrants, a former teacher and a 20 year committee oe toanizedn a city that is still labeled mightily for racial and inequality injustice. we are the poorest big city in this nation but we know that poverty and inequality don't have been by accident. they happen when our legislature fails to find a public schools. when we create policies of over criminalization and mass incarceration, that starts at the early stages. when we grant tax subsidies indiscriminate to the wealthiest
corporations and cry poverty when it comes to health care, housing, transit, and our schools. o-livlausrte >> but that's what i spent my life not in just politics but in building mov7 enals decorate te capacity for us to get change. i can organized keep in the asian-iteerican community define mayors and developers who seek land for publicly fnowded stadiums and casinaki. because we took on the corporate interests and the lobbyist who denies affordable housing, safe and stable school systems, safe communities. we figured out a path to win by nowderstanding the power was within our own communities. because we know that our politics donfor r start with politicians. they start with us. it was our irenigrant communitis in philadelphia that fought to establish philadelphia is a proud sanctuary city and we plan to keep it that way. [applause] >> it was p crlic school parena
strt nenals and teachers who st almost two decades fighting a state takeover of p crlic schoos come define profiteers and union busters and corporate to declare public schools are a dead-end. we took on the republican governors took at $1 billion out of her p crlic school sok tem ad we got up and we organize. when this state takeover but it clakied and 20 for p crlic schos in one single school board meeting, when we got up and organiink. inrepu014 when the gop was winng all across the country, that was the cghtlition that defeated the republican governor who was the face of those budget cuts. [alivlausrte we threw him out. that was the coalition that put into office of mayor and city conowcil who would support p crc education and also three new supreme court justices who have moved pennsylvania for on it equitable formula and ended unconstitutional gerrymandering.
o-livlausrte >> and this was a coalition that brought back resources to our chilormen, in did that state takeover, last month our local school board met for the first time inrepu0 years. o-livlausrte but we're not going to slow down in philly because whether your in my great city or elsg these movements that are sweeping through the nation now and reinvigorating our d7 ocracy are happening at the local of the period in 2n t8 and beyond with going to win by matching our politics with the movements that energize the broad base of voters to make what used to get a possible possible again. that's why i'm so prort n of my city. because when jeff sessions sits in the white house, larry krasner as our district attorns th. [applause] and we're working with our mass incarceration and we showed that your pte tulation so much that e close down one county jail.
o-livlausrte >> and when steven mnuchin and the gop conspired to give their workers $1.ion s that 5 trillio cuals can guess what, we are mobilizing to give legislation for a fair work week, advanced motor and schedule for hourly workers. we are gare wage and mobilthat ie a real economic situation for real working families. o-livlausrte >> and when ben carson is lost on his elevator somewhere or out shte tincng for a ng responded by establishing the legal defense fund for immigranals facing eviction. we will fight for afor pordable housing. [applause] >> so i want each and every one of you to meet the people i worked alongside with uplift our public schools, nwe'ghborhoods and our communities, our youth most of all. i want you to see everyvidy in my city to us embrace the
>> this is philadelphia. our city gave birth to modern democracy, but we didn't stop there. from criminal justice reform to grassroots 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 policies forward. >> this is a town that values its organizers, its activists, its progressives. >> no matter what you look like or where you come from, who you pray to or who you love. >> pennsylvania is the nation's largest delegation with no women in college. i'm looking to change that in 2018. >> in january, i will be the first openly lgbt person of color to serve in harrisburg. >> the overwhelming support of the netroots community, i flipped a republican seat in delaware county three years ago today. >> this is a town where we are making tremendous gains in pushing our criminal justice reform and pushing against mass incarceration, against it to prevent immigrants.
>> also we elect black women as mayors in our state. >> protecting consumers from malicious actors, and upholding the inalienable rights granted to all. >> winning protection for renters, defending the rights of our immigrant neighbors, fighting for racial and economic justice. >> we have 720,000 pennsylvanians who now have health insurance who didn't have it two and a half years ago. we are increasing funding for public education. >> they say philly is scrappy, that we are underdogs. i say we are champions. >> we are committed to creating a philadelphia that works for everyone. >> and we also have a lombardi trophy. >> i'm excited to welcome you to my hometown of philadelphia. see you soon. >> see you in philly 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 at netroots nation. one of our goals this weekend has been to give you guys a chance to hear from candidates and elected officials who are bold and visionary. we wanted to make sure that we were highlighting people who were running in states, both red and blue, and to give you guys 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 reddest of states. some very serious people in d.c. like to say that the way forward for democrats is to go moderate. yeah, i'm with you. 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 are going to hear from is someone i'm really proud to introduce, because he's the mayor of the city that i grew up in. i may not sound like it, but i grew up in birmingham, alabama. sometimes y'all creeps back into my accent a little bit. mary woodfin is someone who ran boldly. someone who has been involved in birmingham politics for a long time. someone who is definitely established in politics. but he ran on a very progressive, bold campaign and
won. alabama is probably the reddest state out there, y'all. but i'm proud to say that mayor woodfin is just doing us justice. he's someone that is not afraid to be bold, so would you guys join me in welcoming the new mayor of birmingham, alabama, mayor randall woodfin. [ applause ] >> thank you, everyone. good afternoon, netroots. it's such an honor to be with everyone tonight. as i look out into this room, the future is in this room.
people from all around our nation coming together despite our differences, working toward a common cause. i am of a belief that you all are the people who are making change happen right now. you all are also the people that will be responsible for the change we need in november. each and every single one of us have collectively been called together by a fierce sense of urgency. as dr. king would say. we all face an unrelenting attack on our rights. we all face unrelenting attacks on our freedom and unfortunately, we face unrelenting attacks on who we
are. but right here, right now, at netroots, we stand at a crossroads. we stand in a region right now, the south, where political maps are made in a deep shade of red. people are pitted against each other. congressional districts have been designed to create division and distrust. but it's our time to make history in a place that has done it before. i am proud to be from birmingham, alabama. it is a place where civil rights leader fred shuttlesworth, my hero, once told a doctor after
being severely beaten by racists, quote, the lord knew i was born in a hard town, so he gave me a hard head. i was elected in that town, the youngest mayor in modern history of birmingham. i am called to tell you that times have changed. just a couple generations ago, too many people turned a blind eye as evil pressed 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. the hatred thrived and it consumed a city. that hatred consumed a state and that hatred consumed the region. on sunday, september 15th, 1963, at 10:22 a.m., a bomb exploded,
ripping through the basement of the 16th street baptist church, taking the lives of four innocent, beautiful children. patty may, carol, cynthia, denise. it was a wake-up moment for my city and it was a wake-up moment for america. today, it must serve as a lesson learned and a reminder of the responsibilities we all have for each other. 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. as i reflect back, we created a movement. we knocked on over 50,000 doors and made over 30,000 phone
calls. because we believed our time was now. a multigenerational, intersectional coalition committed to one very simple proposition. we deserve better. last november, when i took the oath of office, i saw that moveme movement, a multicultural 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 have appointed the first lgbtq 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 revitalization. netroots, i want you all to know my favorite. we are building a work opportunity scholarship. you see, the man 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 that chance tuition-free. [ applause ]
without question since 1871, we are a city of movers and makers. the iron and the steel industry of the past has given way to a financial and medical community with a common commitment to make us a home for the tech industry with an intense focus on women and minority-owned businesses. i am proud to say it's a new day in my city. a portion of that lies in the fact that we are a great people of many colors and faiths who have all come to this city to study, to research, have come to the city of birmingham to build. our multiculturalism is a tapestry of america and i believe that tapestry is the blueprint of our future.
now, hear me when i say this. the struggle before us is bigger than a single person, and their twitter tantrums. it is. netroots, every single thing we do must be about principle and not about a person. that is worth repeating. every single thing we do, netroots, should always be about principle. that makes it way bigger than the person. you remember those four little gir girls. i want to share a story with you all. there was a fifth little girl who survived. the sister of addy may survived. when i talked with her recently, she shared with me and offered a simple message. a woman who lost her sister and her friends, a woman who lost an
eye and bears the scars of hate to this day. sarah collins rudolph simply stated love trumps hate. it is a message echoed by new jersey senator cory booker who spoke here yesterday. it is a message echoed by the mayor of jackson, mississippi. it is a message echoed by mayor de blasio, who will speak to you all later tonight. it's a principle we all must uphold. listen, netroots, bottom line, it is time for all of us to go grassroots. bottom line. multicultural 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 building 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. that 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 netroots. it hasn't been lost upon the organizers and the believers in this room. hear me and hear me clearly when i say this. principle lives here tonight. we must fight for opportunity for all. if this is a real we, must, our
moment, then we must take advantage of that. all of us here at netroots know we have great leaders. but every day, it is important that we stand for our leaders. leaders like elizabeth warren. leaders like kamala harris. leaders like all of maxine waters. and one of our up and coming stars, alexandria cortez. i want to tell you why i believe it is time to stand up for these leaders. it is time because it's time to stand up for justice. you see, when voters rolls are purged in a partisan way against blacks and brown people, justice is denied. when white supremacists feel they have friends in the highest levels of government, justice is
denied. when children are ripped out of the arms of their parents and caged, justice is denied. 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, netroots, we can again, because the nation depends on it. my city depends on it. 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. [ applause ] thank you. >> please welcome my mayor, the mayor of new york city, bill de blasio. >> brothers and sisters, did you just hear that extraordinary man, that this is a sign of change that birmingham, alabama elected randall woodfin. let's give him a big round of applause. [ applause ] and netroots nation, there are so many amazing things happening these last days. everyone here has a lot to feel proud and passionate about. do me a favor, please. applaud your neighbor. give them some love and support.
now, this is a room full of loud and proud progressives and this is a place that 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 structural 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 strengths and the way to keep true to our values, and i'm going to tell you about what i have experienced, and i have to start by telling you like randall 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 turned out the purveyors of conventional wisdom were wrong in new york city, wrong in birmingham, wrong in new orleans. they have 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, that as progressives, we have been lied to a lot. we have been lied to over and over again. we have been lied to by the pundits. we have been lied to by our political opponents. sometimes by our political friends. too often by the very party that
so many of us are members of. and i think there's really three big lies and i want to talk about each very quickly. it's 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's what they are trying to do. they are trying to take away our passion and our confidence by undermining the things we know to be true. let me break this down a little 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. i want to 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 new york city, but for two decades, we were governed by rudy giuliani and a billionaire who was the richest person in the city at that time, michael 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, wait, this is our city. we did not water down our message. we made it clear, new york city, i said it over and over again, new york city was a tale of two cities, the level of inequality was unacceptable and it had to end. that led to a strong victory in the democratic primary and even stronger victory in the general
election. so now what were those poor pundits to do? they said a progressive couldn't win and they had a progressive mayor. the next thing, lie number two, is to say a-ha, a progressive is 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 understand this lesson, that once we get into power, we have to move really fast. we have to move fast. we have to make a difference. the voices of opposition, the powerful forces of opposition, they will gather quickly. we got a great lesson almost 100 years ago from f.d.r. and the first hundred days. make change quickly. make sure people can feel it. if 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 70,000 children get all day pre-k for free. and think of that as progressives, that is the epitome of what we believe in. a fair and equal start for everyone. that's the society we want, isn't it? we made that vision come to life and now we have to go farther because if you are 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 3-year-old in new york city. let me give you another powerful example of making real change.
when i took office, there was a horrible and broken and divisive 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, well, 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 guess what? we became safer when people were treated properly and respectfully.
we are now the safest big city in america and i want to tell you something that may blow your minds. we got safer and safer and last year, we had 100,000 fewer arrests than four years ago. i want to give you one more example. perhaps you have heard the phrase "the rent is too damn 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. and 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 two goals and it can't be done. my strong belief is that we should ignore that bad advice every time we hear it, because it almost always can be done, brothers and sisters. the things we believe in can be done. i have told you about lie number one. we can't win. i told you about lie number two, we can't govern. both of those have been proven wrong. now i'm going to tell you very quickly about lie number three.
lie number three is that we are the political minority in this country now and forever. we are constantly told that our ideas will never win the day. 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 authentic message, our authentic values, are exactly what will move everyday people in this country. what i see, it's not a time for moderation. it's 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 signs are unmistakable.
it was years ago when you could see it in occupy wall street. you could see something beginning and then you started to see all over the country good progressives getting elected. you saw people like randall. you saw people like latoya cantrell right here in new orleans. you could absolutely see it in bernie sanders' campaign in 2016. you could see it this year in alexandria ocasio-cortez's extraordinary campaign. that's a lot of evidence that something big is changing in this country, but how about on top of that, the women's march? and black lives matter? and the #metoo movement?
and how about all the teachers' strikes in all those red states? and that extraordinary movement against gun violence started by the parkland students? brothers and sisters, what makes this so extraordinary is it's all happening at the same time. i can't remember anything like that. you had to go back to the 1960s to see so many powerful social movements building with such passion and reach all at the same time. you had to go back to the election of 1974 right after watergate, to see the kind of momentum that's happening on the ground. this is an extraordinary moment. and look, here's what i want to finish with. this is what we need to focus on.
our power. the emerging majority that we are building. we can't think of it as we're just filling a niche. we have to see ourselves as authors of an emerging majority. we have to focus on our ability to reach people in every corner of this nation. i'm talking about everyone in this room and everyone who believes as we do and everyone who is fighting for change, but i'm not talking, by the way, about one person. there's a name i have not used. i have not mentioned donald trump on purpose. i have not mentioned it on purpose. i'm not talking about him, because we don't make change by talking about him all the time. 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'm not talking about him. i'm 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, and i feel it from my heart. i am optimistic tonight. i am optimistic about what's happening in this hall and what's happening on the ground all 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. one might get a little worn down by that experience, but no, i am
more optimistic today 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 changed. and i am optimistic, genuinely optimistic, because of you. you are here in this hall because you don't believe all the lies we have been told. you are here in this hall because you know we need to 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 it's certainly not about the big donors, is it. it's about all of us in this room standing together, telling the voices of false pragmatism
and phony moderation that we don't believe their lies. we are the real thing. we are unapologetic and we are bold. and randall said it right and i'm going to say it again. progressives, it's our time. thank you. god bless you all. [ applause ] >> please welcome representative tim ryan of ohio. >> thank you so much. you know, before i get started, i'm from ohio and my district, got some buckeyes in the house? but someone else is in ohio right now landing on a plane,
flying in a plane, landing 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 have experienced for so long now against lebron james. now, just two days ago, lebron james announced that he was 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 that parents got a g.e.d. and some training if they needed it.
$41 million. and that every kid that graduated from this school was going to have their tuition paid for at the university of 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 spent $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 maxine waters or anybody else. that ain't playing anymore, president trump. so i want to tell you a couple quick stories from ohio. periodically i will go to a city council person in one of my cities and get a tour. i will say take me to the toughest neighborhood. take me to where the most challenge lies. and so a few months back, i had a council person take me into a tough ward in the city of youngstown. and he said you know, we went around, he said you got to come see my friend, mrs. duke. so we pulled in the driveway and she didn't know i was coming. this was a neighborhood that had had some crime, had some gangs, we have a huge opiate issue in
ohio, and we pulled into the driveway and there were some dilapidated homes around, and here comes mrs. duke. she has a spray bottle in her hand and he introduced me and i said hi, mrs. duke, tim ryan, nice to meet you. i said what are you doing? she said i'm spraying for ants. wow. okay. so her son comes around the back. he has paint on his arm. mrs. duke is probably 75 years old or so. i said what are you doing? he said i'm painting the door. wow. we go in the house and it's an older house, probably, you know, been there a long time. she's lived in it her whole life, when the neighborhood was thriving, and we sit down and it would remind you of maybe your grandparents' house where it was
impeccable. beautiful mantle, fireplace, antiques, and we sat there and we talked about her challenges and what has happened to this neighborhood in youngstown, ohio. and she talked about trying to get the house fixed up and then she talked about trying to move, because she couldn't go outside at night and have a cup of coffee because the neighborhood got pretty dangerous. i said so what happened. she said i had my son look it up if i could sell the house and maybe get something somewhere else. you know how much she could sell that house for? $4,000. $4,000. that woman is trapped in that neighborhood and there are millions of americans in the same situation. these issues aren't in a particular geographical location
in the united states. these issues are everywhere. i spent seven hours in an i.c.e. facility with a friend of mine who has been in this country for 39 years, is 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 are getting separated from their families because their families are established in one community, but they got to now go find another general motors facility to go work in.
these systems, my friends, are all broken. the corporate stranglehold on our economy has broken the systems across the board. and so we have to fix it. here's the challenge to us, is to first understand these broken systems, the economic system that's broken, where the top 1% gets 90% of all the new wealth generated, but that 60% of american families have to borrow money to make ends meet. and there are 50% of the people in the country that couldn't withstand a $400 emergency. the climate system is obviously broke. the health care system is broke.
we spend two and a half times as much as any other industrialized country, we get worse results. the education system is broke. we are 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. criminal justice issues for people of color, where african-americans are five times more likely to end up in prison for a low level drug crime than a white person. that system is broke. the immigration system's obviously broke. the pension system is broke. social security system's broke. the food system's broke. we got half of our american citizens that have either diabetes or pre-diabetes. 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 in the drawer but if i can't eat more than two fishes out of a river i'm wondering why i would eat any fish out of that river. so what we need is what mayor de blasio said. we need a bold agenda. you know what, we 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 got to get in a fight. and i'm irish, so 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 run-down of what i think a bold agenda needs
to look like. we've got to rewrite our trade agreements so that corporations aren't writing them, they are written for people here in the united states. while we're all for $15 wage, minimum wage, we've got to talk aspirationally and boldly. our people want $30 or $40 or $50 an hour, not $15 an hour. we need a health care system that covers everybody and that's why in 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 can do for them is take the health care issue off the books so that they can focus on wages and pensions and investments and jobs here in the united states. we need to make sure we support
tuition-free and debt-free college. if we can bail out the banks who did everything wrong, we can bail out students who have done everything right. we need criminal justice reform and that starts with the legalization of marijuana in the 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, progressive 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 means we stop talking about going carbon neutral. the united states needs to lead the world in reversing climate change, and we can do it. we can do it. with our technology, with our know-how, with regenerative agriculture, sustainable agriculture, we can begin the sequester of carbon and create a new, bold, vibrant economy that brings jobs to coal and steel and rubber country. we can do this together. and so my friends, as we move forward together, we need to remember a story that i heard
about muhammad ali. the great humanitarian. somebody grabbed ali on the street one day and they said hey, champ, oh, my god, i can't believe this is you. he said yeah, it's me. he said i saw you fight. he goes nice. he goes -- guy said i saw you get knocked down. ali looked at him and said couldn't have been my fight. he goes no, it was your fight, i saw you, you got knocked down. ali looked at him and says i ain't never been knocked down. he said -- i have never been knocked down. i'm either up or i'm getting up. well, the progressive movement is getting up, my friends. we are going to get up on climate change. we are going to get up on medicare for all. we are going to get up on publicly financing the political
campaigns in the united states. we are going to get up on getting rid of corporations. we are going to get up on getting rid of trade agreements and we're going to get up on making sure that kids who want to get educated can do it without going bankrupt in the united states. thank you so much. [ applause ] >> hey, netroots nation. all right. i'm an extremely proud board member of netroots nation. it is the spirit of our movement and our organization and our conference to promote insurgents, to promote the up and coming candidates, to promote people of color, to promote young candidates, to promote women candidates. that's what we do, that's who we
are, it's who we have always been since our very beginning. i wrote a book called "how to democrat in the age of trump" and i talk about how the establishment of the democratic party needs to understand that unless they support the insurgency, unless they talk to the grassroots and listen to the grassroots, that we will not be electing a majority any time 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 grassroots 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 them in the house and the senate. so all weekend long, you have been hearing from great young candidates, great people of color candidates, great women candidates. you are about to hear from some mo more. the first one up is a guy who i have been talking with backstage who i love, david garcia. he will be the next governor of the state of arizona. [ applause ] >> netroots nation, how we doing? 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. i am going to be governor of my home state, folks. that is amazing. our campaign slogan is "from us for us" and it's "from us for us" because i am arizona's story. i'm a fourth generation arizonan, 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 can clap because it's a heck of an accomplishment. i'm an army veteran. i 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. 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 dealing with today. the modern anti-immigrant, anti-latino, anti-people of color, political strategy that trump weaponized, unfortunately started in arizona. the good news is, folks, 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 the country goes as well. i'm here with some good news. we know how to deal with it in arizona. we know how to beat it back. it comes to a few things.
you see, folks, when they attack our diversity, 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, it is time for our most vulnerable to have their voices heard. and what's the answer? the answer is something that you have been talking about this entire weekend. the answer is something you are going to hear and see on this stage over and over again. the answer is we need leadership that reflects the people. that's the answer. and we need leadership that reflects all the people. let me tell you a little more about arizona's story. arizona's over a third latino.
there are over two million people of color in arizona and we do not see ourselves in leadership. we have done some positive things in arizona. we kicked joe arpaio out of office. unfortunately, he's coming back again, you know, to run for senate. we got to stop him again there. i know. we also in arizona, lot of folks don't know, passed the largest minimum wage increase in the country. yes. on the other hand, we haven't had a democrat elected statewide in a long time and here's the one that sticks with me. in a state as diverse as arizona, 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 statistics professor by day, actually. can you believe that? how about a hand for statistics? i appreciate that. we don't get a lot of that. don't get a lot of rounds of applause. 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 election. 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'm proud to tell you that is our campaign in arizona. we have a grassroots effort that is taking over the state block by block. this weekend, right now in arizona, just, you know, we are three weeks away from our primary and in the arizona heat, it was over 110 today in arizona, our team is knocking on 12,000 doors, completely volunteer effort all across the state. i've just got to give a huge shout-out to team garcia, who is in the arizona heat, changing arizona one door at a time. thank you very much. i'm so happy and so proud of all of you. thank you. but i got to stop and recognize one key member of that team. that is galina.
she is our field director. she is the leader of this massive organized effort we have going on. she is also a dreamer, folks. yes. 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. we're with you. i think i'm up here because when we win in arizona, it is going to be a national story. a victory in arizona is going to show how far this country has come since november 2016. a victory in arizona is going to be a direct rejection of trump, folks. absolutely.
because unfortunately, we have had trump in arizona for a long, long time. latinos in arizona have been under attack for decades. joe arpaio remains scars on our state. our current governor is no different. he has denied driver's licenses to dreamers, has denied our dreamers in-state tuition, opposes daca and calls joe arpaio his friend. here's what i say, folks. i say it's time. i say it's time that we stand up and we take our american values back. that's what i say. they're the american values that i fought for and i served in the military to defend. let me tell you what they are. ...
reason to vote for something again. yes. [cheering and applause] just imagine treating our southern border as an asset and not a liability. [cheering and applause] just imagine our dreamers when my opinion represents the best of our american values and finally having the opportunity to contribute, study and learn in the only country they have ever known. enqueue. [applause] just imagine the wall. no wall in southern arizona. [applause] in this last one, this last visual, just imagine that after 40 years in the state of arizona not having anybody in color simply 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? [cheering and applause] i want to thank you for the opportunity to be here but there are so many people doing the work. come, shake my hand and visit us in arizona where we are making it happen. thank you. [cheering and applause] >> from the state of idaho, please welcome paulette jordan. [cheering and applause] good evening everyone. my relatives, my family and i have to tell you all how
powerful we are as a grassroots movement working all across this country. we ought to be proud of who we are and what we stand for. i myself come here on the prayers and vision of my ancestors who have lived, fought, suffered and sacrificed for thousands of years in this land. as an indigenous woman and proud of the ancestry i came from. [cheering and applause] it is a legacy of leadership. my grandmother and grandmothers were great chiefs of the west but their vision is wholly unique and not new to this day. it will be new once we're governor of idaho. [cheering and applause] once we are governor of idaho people will see what it truly
means to be part of iowa idaho. they will teach me what it means to love our land and our people. we will drive more than colleges into our communities and will drive back love and compassion, humanity that deserve to be in our communities and in our home and in our burdens. [cheering and applause] as a representative i have been honored and privileged to serve my people and i know 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 that when you best serve the people by serving with compassion and by listening and being sincere you are truly the representative of the people. that is something that is missing in our government today. [applause]
when people ask me why am i running for governor because there's never been a woman who ran state who won a name a nomination. we never had a woman serving as chief executive officer in idaho. nor have we ever had an indigenous representative when the governor seat in this country since it was established. it's about time. [cheering and applause] that we have a representative who is truly of this land. my blood runs through the veins of every single river and stream entry that grows on this land in this country. my voice stems from their energy and my legacy is theirs. the vision of us moving forward from this seat of governor is idaho will carry on the new
america because we are flipping our state for the better, not to be moved and were not slipping it to be purple but doing it for the greater good is worth sharing against the corporate corruption we are truly about reflecting the good of the people and that is why we are winning in a state that is held by republicans as we see today. you are looking at individual who is capable of representing republicans and capable of representing libertarians and independents and democrats but we are about the political party system. i'm proud to say before all of you here is simple it is to just have a level of integrity and to listen to the people's needs and to serve them for the public good. we can do that. [cheering and applause]
while it is my honor to stand before you and just to say this much that we are running in our state but they think is an unaffordable, red state and how can a young woman of color when in such a state? i will tell you that i worked hard. [inaudible] words that were bestowed upon me and have a legacy of leaders that speak to me to this day but the most and the greatest privilege that i have is simply that when you fight and when you are someone who comes from an impoverished community and you fight for people regardless of their political position and regardless of their creed and regardless of their gender or age you have to show a people to
care about their government because our government works but it's just we have bad actors and we have bad actors in the governor seat and lieutenant governor seats in the super majority in legislative house. given opportunity to visit and be better right now i need evelyn's help because i cannot do this alone. promise all of you that 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 seat will show everyone that we can take back our country the greater good. [cheering and applause] this is our time and there is no secret to it. it's a matter of us getting to
the door getting to our neighbors and relatives showing true compassion and being empathetic and showing that we truly love our land as much as we love each other. this is the love army and the nation. above all means we are the new america. thank you for allowing me to be a part of it. love you all. [cheering and applause] >> please welcome kevin de leon. >> thank you very much. thank you. i want to thank you and the entire net ruth nation team for being the conscience of conscientious americans. not just sense 2060 but let me be clear but dating back to when donald trump was just a punchline that made us laugh and not scream and before i get any further let me clarify a couple of things especially for those
who are asking who is this guy? my name is kevin de leon. [cheering and applause] i'm the california sun of an immigrant's mother with a third grade education. a woman who by herself raised three kids, inspired by her example, it was woman worked her fingers to her bone cleaning some of the wealthiest homes in la jolla, california looking over the pacific ocean. it was woman, single mother, an immigrant woman with a third grade education who, by example, and her audacity crossed the national border against a wave of bigotry and because of her i became the first latino leader of the california state senate and more than a century. [cheering and applause]
leading the most progressive legislative body in america and i am the author of california strongest in the nation climate loss. [cheering and applause] california strongest in the nation net neutrality proposal. [cheering and applause] and california historic legislation which made america's largest states the first sanctuary state in america. [cheering and applause] and because of that law jeff sessions, attorney general, sued the great state of california to which i said, ring it on, jeff sessions. [cheering and applause] just recently a federal judge just about a 60 page legal memo that thanks restate in the state of california is a in fact
constitutional in the law of the land of the great state of california. [cheering and applause] whether donald trump likes it or not because in our great nation there are still many of us that value the power of diversity because we don't plan it or deported and we as sure as hell don't wall it up. not in a great nation like the united states of america. [applause] because, my friends, i'm not just a proponent of the american dream but i am a product of it. like each and every one of you in this audience today netroots conference here in beautiful new orleans, louisiana, i like you have never back down from a fight or sacrificed principal for the path of peace of least resistance. together we are engaged in a battle, a 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 climax we can't actually do so unless we follow the example of activists here today. an exciting new leader like alexandria cortez. [cheering and applause] and like washington we are fighting to for the past of tuition free college. [cheering and applause] alike washington we believe in medicare for all that medicare for some. [cheering and applause] unlike washington we passed the toughest greenhouse gas emission standards in america and the strongest energy efficiency law and the most aggressive pollution reduction in the harness the power of the wind
and sun to create more than 500,000 energy jobs. my friend, that is ten times more jobs than a clean energy space than there are coal many jobs in all of america. unlike washington we passed the highest minimum wage in minimum country, $50 an hour and pay equities providing equal pay for women doing equal work as their male counterparts. [cheering and applause] unlike washington we created an innovative security plan for private sector workers without access to defined benefit or contribution at the place of appointment. we know that many americans only retire when their arms are back in the shoulders or wait and they physically give out. it's immoral that women who brought us into this world and to raise us and who defended us,
who fed us, retire into poverty only not in the wealthiest nation of the world but that's why they must target all americans. [cheering and applause] we provided health care for under committed children, the most vulnerable among us. [cheering and applause] in our senate and in our senate we are proud to pass single-parent healthcare for all california. unlike washington we pass our own immigrant rights and protections and we stopped squandering taxpayer dollars on federal deportation which tear our families way from their mothers and fathers and undermine confidence in local law-enforcement and unlike washington with half the toughest gun safety and ammunition laws in the nation.
[cheering and applause] today's california is starting, not in spite of these progressive policies but because of these progressive policies. [cheering and applause] here is one thing. big problems to begin and end of the state lines neither should bold ideas and solutions. this one thing i have learned as a state leader is that we cannot afford for washington to change on his own. more than any other time in our nation history every single one of us has to take her fight to washington and to the house of representatives to the senate and the rights to the doorstep of donald j trump and we will not just watch from the sidelines but lead on the front lines into november because america across the nation are looking for new, bold generation of leadership in washington.
warriors, warriors who will fight to advance an agenda driven by people and their values, not by power or politi politics. whether you are from maine or minnesota, new jersey or new mexico, texas or tennessee now is the time to come together and now is the time to back each other up and now is the time to stand up for each other and to take her message whether it's the bayou here in louisiana or at the mountaintops because were not doing her best and unless we are out in the street in our communities getting our neighbors and friends and loved ones excited about voting. if you need, my friends, a literal pressure on what gets our people pumped up and excited and hit the pole i can tell you one thing -- it is our message of inclusivity that a matter who you are and that no matter where
you come from and no matter the language they speak, whether white african-american, latino, asian-american, native american, racially mixed, but what god you pray to, the matter who you lo love, you do deserve a high wage paint job to put a roof over your child had and put clothes on their backs and put the food on the table and you do deserve the breathe clean air and to drink clean water and you do deserve affordable housing and you do deserve medicare for all, not medicare for some because it's not an exclusive precondition of the wealthy of america. [cheering and applause] you do deserve a fair shot of tuition, free college, circuits can graduate that free, not
carry principal and interest well into their 30s and 40s and what is happening here today with more profit corporation. our hard-working, law-abiding president who pledge their allegiance to the red, white and blue. they deserve to live in peace and tranquility without the fear of the federal government knocking their doors down operating innocent mothers and children from their fathers. not in the united states of america. that is why i'm running for united states senate in the great state of california. [cheering and applause] this is a new day and we need a new direction and we can't lead our nation into the future if politician and politicians in washington he processing the resistance. not in america. that's why it's more vital than ever that we as progressives
remain american applicable of a beacon of hope and opportunity in an uncertain world that we will not allow one electoral aberration reversed generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity and our scientific exam it or sense of global response ability. not in the united states of america my friend. we are all dreamers and all democrats and some are pragmatic but we are american. we made history before and with your passions there's no doubt this november we will make history again and take back our nation. with that, you very much to each and every one of you. you. [cheering and applause]
each other with our programming and you understand how that feels to these 57% or whatever number was a people of color are presented with look at the audience, how many of us are there with you that people of color that are black? look around. black people, brown people, stand up. if you can. stand up. these are the people who deserve the attention. we have a president who is directly attacking us and we are now taking fate. we want more positions and we want control over our programming. we will no longer be [inaudible] by right allies who refers to be accomplices. accomplices show themselves between us and harm whether it
be a police officer or an agitator or whether it be a racist or a troll but you are not doing that. you know what you're doing? you are asking attendees if you belong here. it's a predominantly black city that was nearly destroyed thanks to tourism like this. most of us work in service industry and get talked to like dogs. so when we come somewhere where were supposed we welcome we are not supposed to be asked what are you doing here? this is our time and we're taking up space. my sister has something to say. [cheering and applause] >> go ahead and have a seat. only stand up if you're from new orleans. look around you. yeah, they deserve a round of applause. around you.
i can count to on my hand that's a problem. why? another question, how many of you are black? i think another issue we have the people here for the only folks from new orleans who are here are working the doors. were they invited into our panel? did you invite them in? or did you force them to ask if were wearing this badge? is being able to afford a badge what you need to come in and be able to speak your truth? is that what you need? or do we not possess value inherently or are you saying that were not worthy to come and speak at your space or is it only there were worthy to come and speak airspace if we can come and say what you want us to say and then go home because oh,
wait, how did we get here? two papers to come, are you paying us to speak or is it a plantation where people come up and perform for you and you go home to do what you have to do? yeah, there is silence now. [applause] net roots you need to ask yourself did you come here for progressive values where did you come here to listen to the mayors from new orleans whose installed surveillance cameras, $40 million to business plan brought to you by this very convention center, did you know? did you know when you came here that you were helping surveilled black and immigrant communities that the new orleans please permit sharing information with i.c.e., the deferment of promiscuity, the fbi? did you know we are being shipped out of the city in the hundreds because of these very surveillance cameras that you are paying for just by being here? you have to ask yourself did you know we got here that you perhaps were doing more harm than good? did you know? now you are here and you know so what will you do about it?
that year at netroots will be have more people color or have more black folks and will be have representation? are we going to have actual people from the city to come to the conference in the city where it is held? [cheering and applause] or will you sit here and clap and keep paying your money? you can keep paying and paint come here but folks like me we don't get paid to come here. it costing me money to be here because i got to pay for the parking meter and paid to go eat around the corner the cost $20 for a sandwich. did you know? so, next year at netroots think about it. i know philadelphia is a great city but it's also a very black city in the city with people of color. we contribute or will you go see the city and the culture of the city or state on here to stay in the convention center or wherever it's been held and have your servitude because that's
what is happening. we are folks in the back of the door and they not been invited into anything. to care about them or you only care about the progressive values? what is a means to be progressive? now that everyone is sitting down i will ask you to stand up if only exterior you will be at netroots if it is truly committed to its values. you can stand up now. [cheering and applause] netroots is going to philadelphia next year. that is my city. i will tell you all of the things that you did not know before there is a reason that you do not know them and reasons that information was not shared with you a part of it is because the people from your weren't in the decision-making position to make sure that that information
was being distributed in the way it should be and that panels were being organized the way it was our competitive and when it comes to the city of philadelphia i don't know if you know that philadelphia is the poorest large city in the country. it's a beautiful city but is also city has a lot of suffering and the suffering is compounded by the fact that for everybody it seems invisible. a lot of communities all around outside of the center philadelphia 11 neighborhoods where there are people who have all kinds of skills and gifts and on answers to solutions to the problems we face in the city of philadelphia we need to be invited and involved in a part of what is going on with people of the conversations and try to figure out when he housing needs to be put out. one of the things expecting is that there will be shifting of leadership when it comes to the department of the future that's rich organization.
when you stood up and said that those of you who stood up and said if you will stand for that you will not be attending future netroots nations unless it is her presenting of the pitfalls we need to be clear about what that means so you know what you should be looking for. one of the things you should look for his major shift in the leadership. leadership should be demonstrate their people from the frontline community that are the primary conditions. when it comes to the panels and how their scheduled and organized and even where the located in the building because there's no reason for your panel to be off in some back corner that no one will be able to find. the comes that decision-making the people were making the decisions need to be the people whose lives are most affected by what it is that the progressive community claims is important
and when the progressive committee is saying that we are the most lesson of unity we have a panel of deer white progressives and we talked about because of basis are not safe for black people and for sun-kissed people, but that conversation was had in a small room with a very small group of people and why is it that kind of conversation being had with everybody so that those spaces can be made safe for the sun-kissed people who are the people who are our most vulnerable in this country and especially in the context of this administration that everybody claims to be so upset about. we are expecting if there is not a shift in the leadership that no one in this room will be able to come to philadelphia for netroots panel. what other things should people be looking for? >> the first thing first.
i see some of you are uncomfortable. that white fragility is showing in that white fragility is showing in those white fears are showing but guess what? i am ready to drink them because we will be on the floor and you will let us on the board and you will fight for us to be on the board of net rules in a fibrous to be on all the -- not just to take control but to work together. make sure that you understand that every time you take up space when you walk up and say you want to ask you something to understand how degrading that is that you think are us out of the blue because the black person ever to see the my want to be in a picture is of a flash of col color, it's not cool. you look through us. we talking to people and you all walk in front of us and talk to who we talking to. who are you? are you not a human being?
are we not human beings? that's not rhetorical. are you a human being? do you see us as human beings? dc black people as human beings? two black lives matter? do brown lives matter? do better. [cheering and applause] >> last but certainly not least we need to make sure our candidates are supporting us. folks like aoc they need to make sure she supporting black and brown people. we need to make sure that anyone who comes on the stage actually represents all of the values and not just some of the values. if you're not progressive on palestine you're not progressive but not progressive on prayer rights, you're not progressive. if you're not progressive on black rights you are not progressive. [inaudible]
[cheering and applause] one thing i want to ask you all, we want people to know we want people to know that they are being held accountable around issues of racial justice. from now on whenever you hear candidates speak we need you to demand that you understand where they stand as it relates to social justice. for tired of the conversation that classes not race. that is [bleep]. everything including class issues are based or built on race issues so we don't want to hear anymore of that anymore. when you hear a candidate speaking we want you to demand that they are speaking on racial justice issues one of the ways we are projecting that we do that is with a candidate speaking they not that i think about racial justice issues stand up and put your fist up. they will learn it makes we want to hear we have to say about social justice that they do not speak about racial justice or speaking away and is honoring
calling us in. we've got to work through the discomfort of conflict because there is going to be conflict. we will be in different spaces at different times but we have to figure out how to come together and there was a couple years ago that a lot of us know that we do not hold the best base and i was down in the audience that was not on the stage but down in the audience and folks split when there were protest so we really want to appreciate the fact that we can actually hold space for protest and that is necessary. [applause] those folks are absolutely right. did you look around and were stunned that there were so few people? this is just true.
there are that few number of black folks in the room and they were all appear privately, about by close, me included and there's a few of us in the room that there are folks from the city that are not here so we just have to own that and everybody say we will change we will change it. >> we will change it. >> we will change it. we are going to change it because if we can't change it amongst ourselves and what it is the biggest progressive activist concert, how will be change it anyplace else? we will change it. say it again. we are going to change it. netroots. >> netroots. >> yes, we will change it and we have to think the sisters and brothers and i remember that [inaudible] i am only not.
that is going right over here. excuse me, # right here. i want to appreciate folks and if you see them, give them love and if you see the folks that are the doors holding down the security and i was saying where's your badge and i said okay, we have to change this and make this work. we have to figure out how to be in our relationship is the national organization and doing special conferences and figure out how to be with the local folks so we don't have to have this kind of situation. if we are protest that is okay but this is something we can sell. c again netroots. >> change the nation. >> we will change us. welcome the rest of the speake speakers. [applause] >> please welcome alexandria cortez.
[cheering and applause] >> hello, netroots. how are you all? thank you so much. thank you so very much. i just want to take a moment to affirm the activist and organizers were just up here. [cheering and applause] as my sister, i like to say the people closest to the pain should be closest to the power. i want to thank and affirm those who are pointing because social movements should be the norstar of our politics. they should be pointing the way so, thank you. it looks like i'm tired, i am. looks like i have no makeup on,
i don't. [cheering and applause] if this is the fifth time you see me in the stress, deal with it. [laughter] my name is alexandria and three and i am an educator and organizer and a working-class new yorker. i am also the democratic nominee for congress in new york's 14th congressional district. [cheering and applause] new york sports teams covers the bronx, queens and rikers island. while it seems like ages ago we just won the primary five weeks ago. that's sometimes i have to remind folks of that. spent the last two years of my life knocking on doors constantly and consistently.
talking to people closest to that pain and talking to working-class americans and talking to the people of this nation. the bronx in queens is a clear-cut and they have an idea in their minds of what new york 14 is. it's, i believe, after knocking all these doors the cross section of the nation and both generally urban but also suburban and even parts that look rural in new york 14. you would not believe it but there are. parts are away from public transit. areas that voted for donald trump and areas of new york 14 that look like a cross-section of the nation. after spending the last two years knocking doors i think we have learned a lot of things.
one of the things he learned especially in our win, after being outspent ten: one and after not being endorsed by a single elected official in new york state or new york city or an establishment organization and that is fine. it's the thing we need to realize. that is fine. that's not a big deal. we can come together after these things. it's that that we will not beat big money with more big money. we will be big money with big organizing. [applause] [applause] i think there's four i've heard there's been a lot of debate and i just came in from california earlier today and before that i was in michigan campaigning for abdul syed, david and rob davison and all candidates who
refuse to take corporate money. all candidates who believe we need to end the war on drugs and all candidates who believe tuition for college is a future and that medicare for all is a future in aggressive action on climate change is the future because that is the future because that is the future. [cheering and applause] i believe that sometimes we make mistakes and we have this idea in our brain of what is a voter but after spending time in the midwest and talking to folks constantly i think we realize swing voters to vote for the person was moderate enough. or the person who is most timid or who backs down from the starting point. that is not with a swing voter is. the swing voter votes for authenticity in the swing voter votes for the person they think is debiting them the most in the swing voter votes for a person who thanks and puts the first
and as i've been saying on the campaign trail is not just red or blue but non- voter to voter and that's our swing voter. [cheering and applause] is no mistake in its no secret that over the last ten years we've lost a lot of seats in this country. we've lost a lot of state assembly seats and gubernatorial shifts and we lost the house, the senate and the presidency and that's all right because it's always darkest before the dawn. it's always darkest before the dawn. every time we knock on the door is a ray of sunlight and every time we pick up a phone it's contributing to that light. right now we need a burst between now and november. we have a lot of organizing that we need to do and we sometimes the greatest success on the other end is that we have one
walk cleaning tighter and tighter to the base for committing us to stray from ou ours. we need to realize the consciousness of the democratic party, i believe. i believe that it's time to come home. it's time for us to come home climax it's time to remember that universal college educati education, trade school or explanation of it basic income we're not all proposed in 2016 the proposed in 1940 by the president of the united states. when the democratic president of the united states. [applause] these are not new ideas but we are picking up where we last left off and we were last most powerful and the greatest. the democratic party is time to own that our party was the one
of the great society, of the new deal, of the civil rights act. that's our party. that's who we are and it's time for us to come home. because when working people realize that we are fighting for them the most, they will fight for us, too. that is what we have shown. i think that when we realize, again, that it was the democratic party that established coast-to-coast electricity and the interstate highway system and the women's right to choose when we own that and accept that then we will realize that we are fighting for the majority of this nation and the majority of the nation will fight for us. that's how democracy works. one of the things we realized as well going into the midwest were out with abdullah syed and we went up to grand rapids and from
where betsy devos is from and we announced that we would host the rally and about 600 people rsvped to it in over 1000 people showed up in a cramped, sweaty high school in the middle of grand rapids. we went to flint, another 500 people showed up and we went to detroit and another thousand people and we held another rally outside of something is happening in this nation. something is happening in this country and we can embrace it and we can win on it and we can realize that we can appeal to our highest self, not our lowest self. we can say that a muscleman can be the first muslim governor in this country in the midwest and we don't have to be afraid of some other the level him because we know the ten years ago they
voted for man named barack hussein obama. we have been here before. [applause] we have been here before. you know, when we realize that again there's nothing radical about moral clarity in this nation and it's not us that is going off but it's hard for this country has a strayed and we are here to bring us home and that's what our voice should be here to do. i want to thank you all and i know there are some debate here and that is all right. we can embrace that. discourse is not discord. discourse is not discord. [applause] family can argue and that is all right because we come out healthier on the other end. i may have different beliefs of other democrats i happen to believe that an agency that has
repeatedly systematically and violently committed human right abuses cannot be performed. [cheering and applause] that is what i believe. not under this administration especially and at a time when we take that tool away in time that we take a tool away and not just i.c.e. but our system of mass incarceration, to. [cheering and applause] it's time we realize that that is not that cannot be separated in those issues cannot be separated from a dignified and living integration and that's not separated from the ability to extend tuition free college
to all and to invest in communities that have historically been redlined because of the success of our most honorable is a success of the nation. how we treat flint that would treat america. [applause] they don't want us to connect the dots. when i won they said stay home. they said stay home and keep it in the bronx. is what they said but we know better than that. it's funny. a couple years ago it seems like eons before 2016 sometimes and but it wasn't too long ago that "the new york times" had an article that said it's inappropriate quote, inappropriate to compare manhattan to brooklyn. what's more appropriate is to connect to rust belt city, "the new york times" said that. they provide a list and some of the cities they said compared to for pittsburgh, cleveland, detroit because the plight of working-class americans is the same everywhere.
we know that and we know that the future of this party if we are to win again is to rediscover our soul and to 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's time to realize where the party of roosevelt and the ones we went to the moon and will electrify this nation who accomplished the greatest successes and crown jewels of our society. we created medicare and created social security we created the economic and scientific base of our great achievements. we can on that. we can own it. mac i just want to thank you all and to know that again, the way we do this is when we all go home and recommit ourselves and there is no district to read for us to flip. thank you very much. [applause]
>> please welcome former hud secretary who he and castro. >> good evening. i told them i have to go over alexandria. all right. first of all, but we have folks here from new orleans and thank you to new orleans for hosting us. who's here from texas? [cheering and applause] you will notice the texans in the room had a big smile on the face because they know couple months will have a new senator. [cheering and applause] i have a twin brother, talking, and he represents antonio in congress and he likes to go around telling people that the way to tell is part is that i'm
a minute uglier than he is and when i was with president obama is to tell folks that the real way to tell is part is that we both lived in washington dc but he was in congress so i was the only one that worked in washington dc but don't worry when it changes hands in november we will change that in congress get working again for the mac and people that ruth has a proud history of gathering some of the nation's leading progressive as progressives you believe in investing in the people of america to make progress in excited to be here tonight because in my own life i have a beneficiary of that progress in working and i grew about on the west side of san antonio with my mother and grandmother and my grandmother had come from mexico and she was six or seven years old because her parents had passed away and
she came to san antonio to live with her closest relatives. he pulled her out of school before she finished elementary and because of that she worked her entire life as a maid, cook and babysitter. she raised her mother as a single parent and 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. she was a activist part of the old activists of the early 1960s and 70s. i can remember on april 3, 1992, running out to the malloc with my brother and we were growing up on the side of the city going to the public schools of san antonio and we had gotten the us news and world report and it rings the colleges, and we got waivers and apply to college and on that day, april 3 we ran to
the mail box and found in the box packets and you all may remember when you apply to college that you wanted it to be a packet and not a letter because if it was a letter it was lovably a thanks but no thanks. it took those packets inside and with my mother and grandmother around we open them up in the letter inside the packet said congratulations. welcome to the damper class of 1996. [applause] you know, i wish the back then i had one of the cell phone cameras that we all have now. i could have taken a picture of my grandmother's face. she never could have imagined that opportunity available for herself or for her daughter or even for us. it was one of those moments in life and i'm sure you have all
had them where you are so happy and you feel like your dreams are coming true. a couple of weeks later we got the bill. [laughter] that was not such a happy day. at the time, that university cost between $27,028,000 a year in the year we applied my mother had made just under $20000 in my mother grandmother was getting $200 for her social security check. there were no way these two women who worked so hard their entire life could afford that opportunity for joaquin and for me. the only reason i stand here in front of you with the benefit of a good education is that i worked hard in my family would start but also because there were pell grants and perkins loans and federal work-study's and i believe this country has been great when it investing in
meaningful opportunity for everyone, no matter the color of his skin, no matter where you live, no matter how much money your family makes. everyone should be included. the thing is we face a question in a country today as we sit here meeting the question is what does [inaudible] require? we need a 21st century blueprint for progress. that means investing in universal pre- k and every public college because brainpower is the new currency of success in the 21st century global economy and we need to be the smartest nation the world and the most skilled. it means healthcare that is universal by right so that
everything a person in this country can get good healthcare. it means ensuring that we protect a woman's right to choose so they can control their own bodies. [applause] it means that we overturn the distance united and get big money out of politics and put the redistricting 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 the people can avoid the red and don't have to work to put food on the table for their family. it also means that no one is above the law. [applause] not the president of the united states and not law-enforcement officers who often utilize 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. were not looking backwards. we are looking to the future. we are interested in the years to come and in making america better than it ever has been including everyone in that prosperity. we know the progress is tough. we know that progress takes all hands on deck. when my mother was 23 and 1971 she ran for the san antonio city council with a slate called the committee for audio betterments. the slate was an independent group that was trying to close the opportunity gap that existed on the west, south and east side of san antonio mostly black and
latino neighborhoods. one of the candidates have that single member district and at the time very few women and minorities one those races. on the night she lost on april 6 of that year she told the local reporter -- >> you can catch this weeks conference on c-span .org. just before the senate comes in and look at some video shot earlier today by our capitol hill producer who with the brett kavanaugh nomination arriving at diane feinstein's office. they will meet tomorrow with minority leader, chuck schumer. he testified before the committee which begins today, september 4. he currently sits on the dc circuit court of appeals. we will have it live on c-span
at three or listen live on c-span radio app. senate just about to get started today and the work on amendments to the $857 billion spending package second and the largest probation bills for 2019 including defense, labor, hhs and education department. expect amendment debate and then votes beginning today at 5:30.
the presiding officer : the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. eternal lord god, your never failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth. thank you for providing comfort to all who seek you. we are grateful for your promise to supply all our needs and to keep us from stumbling or slipping. lord, bless our lawmakers, inspiring them to trust in your mighty power.