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tv   Democratic Weekly Address  CSPAN  April 1, 2018 3:41am-3:52am EDT

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sanctuary cities put innocent americans at the mercy of hardened criminals and heartless drug dealers. these are bad people. we want our cities to be safe havens for americans, not criminal aliens. it is time for congress to cut off funds for sanctuary cities and to close the loopholes that allow drugs and criminals to violate our borders. we're going to stop the flow of deadly drugs. we're going to get help to those who need it, and we're going to end this gorge -- scoured of addiction in america. thank you. senator booker: hello, i am senator cory booker from the state of new jersey. about a week ago, hundreds of thousands of our fellow americans went out and marched to demand action on gun violence in america. this was not a right or left, republican or democrat, this was a movement about right and wrong. these were americans joining
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their voices together in a hallowed tradition demanding freedom, and in this case, freedom from mass slaughter, freedom from fear, freedom from preventable violence. people stood together, marched together, lifted their voice in this american tradition. where change doesn't always come from washington. it must come to washington from citizens standing up and demanding change. and what they are yearning for is not out of the margins of what we all believe most americans, gun owners and non-gunowners, republican and democrat, old and young, agree that there are common sense things we can do to drive down gun violence in our country, including loopholes that allow people with ill will that allows criminals to obtain guns, whether it is domestic violence loopholes or background check loopholes that allow people who
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may even be suspected of being terrorists, to load up trucks full of weapons in our country. there are people understand that we need to focus on these problems, do what we know will make a difference. that's why people marched. because they know the resistance to change -- the small minority stopping us from marching toward safety, they are on the wrong side of history. they don't understand that they are blocking what we have been fighting for from the beginning. we formed this government with common defense. we formed this nation with the common ideals of liberty and justice for all, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. we have work to do. this march cannot be a moment. it must be a movement. all movements for change, from civil rights to suffragettes
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marching for equal citizenship rights, all of these marches for change were movements that sustain the action of everyday citizen who demand that this country live up to its ideals. that is what we must do now. because every day that goes by, every day that we failed to act, more americans are killed, more families are broken, more communities are shattered. every day that passes that we fail to act, 96 american in this country are killed by a gun, including children, teenagers, including people like we saw in parkland. every day that passes that we fail to act, the united states distinguishes itself at being the most dangerous country in the developed world when it comes to gun violence against women.
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every day we failed to act, african americans living in a city or urban area find themselves 500 times more likely to be killed by gun violence and by terrorism. -- gun violence than by terrorism. this is a problem that the american people can't ignore. this is a problem that the american people must demand that we confront. this is a problem that i believe, that i know we can change. this is a personal problem. a personal challenge for so many americans. when i go home to my community -- just two weeks ago when i was there, a young man that i knew, john smith, was killed by an assault weapon just at the top of the block i live in. he was murdered by an assault weapon that i don't believe should be in streets and communities like the one i live in. we lived together in the same building for 10 years. and unfortunately, i have seen
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him and other of his friends be killed by gun violence. this is something that is continuing to cut and scar the moral core of our country. that these young men should be dying, that they believe trigger headlines has become so normalized. we have to stop this madness. so, let me be clear, let us not stop. let us continue this movement until change comes. let us honor our ancestors who fought for our civil rights, our voting rights, our working rights, by continuing the advancement towards freedom. let us protect the homeland, let's protect our communities, our families, schools, movie theaters, churches. let us be soldiers in this peaceful army. this is a movement that should unite all americans. it should not divide us. this is a movement that reflects
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our hallowed traditions, and it is a movement that i know is on the right side of history. let us continue in our fight. let us not be moved as we march in the right direction. let us bring safety and security to our communities. let us hail the truth of our nation. that we are a place that treasures life, that will preserve liberty, and that will fight for every community, from newark to newtown, from camden to columbine, from patterson to parkland, that we are a nation that every one in our communities is safe, strong, and resonates with the hope and promise of america. thank you very much. >> c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and
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policy issues that impact you. coming up this morning, washington examiner's talk about politics in the media. as part of c-span's 1968, america in turmoil, emery law school lecturer and university civilas professor discuss rights and the race relations in 1968. be sure to watch c-span's washington journal live at 7:00 eastern. join the discussion. roland,wsmakers, denise talks about president trump's decision to fire david shulkin. she also discusses va hospital management and health care talents for veterans. newsmakers today at 10:00 a.m. on c-span. >> tonight on q&a, high school students from around the country
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were in washingtonnewsmakers toe annual united states senate youth program. we met with them at the historic mayflower hotel where they shared there's -- their thoughts on government and >> -- i'm really passionate about daca. i congress cannot find a solution. it is not a democratic issue. it is not a republican issue. it is a human rights issue. >> an issue important to me is climate change. the fact that we are the only nation not in the paris climate accord is a travesty of it every other nation -- is a travesty. every other nation has recognized it. >> we are the richest nation in the world, yet we have citizens who go bankrupt trying to cover basic health care costs, and i think that is an outrage and that we should be ashamed. tonight at 8:00 eastern on
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c-span's q&a. monday on landmark cases, griswold be connecticut, griswold of planned parenthood challenged a connecticut law banning the restriction birth control. they ruled the statute to be unconstitutional and established a right to privacy that is still evolving today. our guests are a law professor at george mason university, and rachael ray boucher, the associate dean for research and a law professor at temple university. watch landmark cases and enjoy the conversation. cases.s #landmark cases, research on our and the landmark cases podcast at c-span.org/landmarkcases.
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on wednesday, the consumer federation of america hosted the annual food conference in washington, d.c. the agriculture undersecretary for food safety gave the keynote address followed by a discussion among journalists on challenges a faced covering science, food, and health. this is two hours and 20 minutes. >> good morning. great to see all of you. we are just about ready to get started. on. thomas grew me i

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