tv Road to the White House 2020 Joe Biden at Rainbow PUSH Coalition Convention CSPAN June 29, 2019 4:15am-4:48am EDT
testify in open session about russian interference in the 2016 election. watch live coverage on c-span3, online a c-span.org, or listen on the free c-span radio app. >> on friday, democratic presidential candidate and former vice president joe biden addressed the rainbow push chicago. convention in he was joined by the organization does the founder and president, rev. jesse jackson. this is 30 minutes. [applause]
mayor, judge george mathis. i want to express my thanks in a particular way. when barack obama became our presidential nominee, doubts, fears everywhere, two sets of rules. the depth and breadth, and twice the height of heights. barack obama being president, he chose his running mate, joe biden. this, temporary work is
, scam, workers right to vote youttack on our country, have the stuff that it takes to make america better, so joe biden, please stand for a moment. [applause] [cheers & applause] mr. biden: thank you, reverend. well, i am here to introduce another biden who is going to become president of the united states, my granddaughter,
finnegan biden. [cheers & applause] mr. biden: if anyone will make it, this one will. by the way, i lost a daughter, i have one daughter that survived, and i have four granddaughters, and let me tell you, they are incredible. how many of you have a granddaughter out there? how many of you have had a daughter as well? here is the deal -- daughters always are wonderful. we have an expression, "a son is a son you get to wife, a daughter is a daughter you have the rest of your life." but here is the deal, when your daughter is 12 and a half years old, you put a butterfly, you kiss her good night. the next morning when you walk in there is a snake in her bed. "daddy, daddy," and they all come back between 19 and 21, and the congresswoman said you're not hydrating enough.
i have to take care of you, dad. she is a social worker. but here is the deal. granddaughters not only always love you, but they always like you. [laughter] mr. biden: and by the way, she is in college, we are walking down to campus, she said "can we hold hands, pop?" can you imagine your daughters saying that? i love you, kid. [applause] mr. biden: by the way, her mom is from the south side. her other set of grandparents live here in chicago, and she is a chicago girl. anyway, thank you for a much for indulging me, reverend. and i always thank you for remembering my son, beau. he was a friend of yours. and you took care of him too, so thank you. thank you, thank you. members of the clergy, mayor, gave me the passport to town, i appreciate that. congresswoman kelly, a great congresswoman, and all the labor
leaders here. there is an expression in south philly, "y'all are the ones who brought me to the dance," the african-american community and labor. and i not joking. amjesse knows my state very well. i got raised in the black church, he knows i am not kidding. because we fully organized. sit there before we go out and try to change things when i was a kid in college and in high school. look, before i start my what to say something about the debate we had last night, and i heard and i listened to, and i respect senator harris. but we all know that 30 seconds to 60 seconds on a campaign debate cannot do justice to a lifetime commitment to civil rights. i want to be absolutely clear about my record and position on racial justice, including bussing.
i never, never oppose voluntary busing, and as a program that senator harris participated in and that made a difference in her life. i did support federal option to address root causes of andegation in our churches our schools, communities, including taking on the banks and redlining and trying to change the ways in which neighborhoods were segregated. i have always been in favor of using federal authority over state segregation. in fact, i cast a vote in 1974 against the amendment called of the gurney amendment, which would have banned the federal courts from using busing as a remedy. and as you can imagine at that in my city and my state, it was not what you would call the most popular vote in the country at the time. so, reverend jackson, we have spent a lot of time working together over the years, a lot of issues that matter. i know and you know that i fought my heart to ensure civil
rights are on force everywhere. these rights are not up to the state to decide, they are on our federal governments to decide. it is a constitutional question to protect the civil rights of every single american, and that has always been my position, and so that is why i ran for federal office in the first place. as reverend jackson may be one of the first people that knows, my city was the only city after dr. king was assassinated that was almost burned to the ground, 20% of it. the only city in the united states of america since construction that was occupied for the national guard was drawing bayonets on almost every corner for 10 months. i can home from law school that year, and i had two political heroes -- dr. king and bobby kennedy, and they were both assassinated the year i
graduated. i came home and had a job at a prestigious firm, and after five months, i decided i could not do it. when i was elected, one of the first things i did was to go on a committee to start to strengthen the voting rights act. i wrote the law, the provision in the law that allows the attorney general to pursue cases involving "a pattern or practice of conduct by law enforcement officers in violation of federal rights." -- and cause vision of federal rights." -- in the constitution of federal rights." i wrote that law, and i used that power during the obama administration, including ferguson. by the way, we worked like the devil to make sure that you should not allow police departments to buy military
items like humvees and an , you armored personnel carrier. you do not go into neighborhoods in a humvee or personnel carrier. our criminal justice reform is president and vice president reduced the prison population by 38,000 people. ladies and gentlemen, the obama-biden administration, we commuted more sentences in the presidency than the 13 previous presidents combined. [applause] mr. biden: by the way, with all the respect, i say to chicagoans, and everyone, my president gets far too little credit for all that he did. he is one of the great presidents of the united states of america, and i am tired of hearing what he did not do! [cheers & applause] mr. biden: this man had a backbone like a ramrod. you want to know what a man or woman is made of? watch them under political pressure. he was elected, he fell off a cliff. we had to pass an act, the
recovery act, $800 billion. and guess what? remember, he loved during the state of the union to turn and surprise me, he did not tell me, he said "sheriff joe is going to enforce the act." thanks a lot, mr. president. $800 billion. but did it with less than 2% of waste, fraud, or abuse in that act. but here is the thing, everything that landed on his desk, i watched him. i watched him, i sat with him every single morning, and i watched him. hundreds of hours in the so-called -- the situation, not where wolf blitzer lived, the real situation room. i watched him, and i want to chicago you had a , great, great man out here, and he is still is a great man, and he still has a lot to offer. [applause] pres. trump: we were in office, we started an initiative to break the school-to-prison pipeline.
folks, the discussion in this race today should not be about the past and we should be talking about how we can do better, how we can move forward, how we can give every child in america the opportunity to see success stories. these are not somebody else's children. these are all our children. not a joke. they are the kite strings that lift our national ambitions aloft. we have to make people realize what you are doing. what you are doing is every single child in america has enormous potential. every single child has enormous potential. but it means you have to have good schools in every neighborhood. no child's future should be determined by their zip code. that is why i propose increasing tripling funding for title i schools to eliminate disparities between rich and poor school districts. we are going to increase
teachers' pay. we are going to make pre-k an absolute requirement across the board. ladies and gentlemen, these schoolteachers work every year, like my wife, she works at a community college, she has never stopped teaching, by the way, the only second lady i know who had a full-time job, teaching 15 credits a semester. [laughter] mr. biden: by the way, i am known as jill biden's husband, and i am proud of that, but i earned it. i asked her five times to marry me before she would do it. [laughs] mr. biden: i don't know how that happened. thank you, lord. but anyway. look, those of you who are teachers in here, you are expected to teach the children to read, write, add, and subtract, but guess what? kids come to school with burdens and problems. we have too few school psychologists, too few social workers, too few people in there doing what needs to be done to give kids a chance, and we are going to do that under my
proposal. [applause] mr. biden: look, we are going to desegregate our schools, because we have a national interest in creating diverse school bodies. that is what i believe. we have to make sure that we are moving closer to an idea of america's founding. you know, we all learned in school "we hold these truths self-evident that all men and women are created equal," "we the people." we have never lived up to that. we have never lived up to that, and this is the 400th anniversary of the first african american being brought to the shores of the united states in enslaved. that is the original sin of this nation, but we have never walked away from it, either. we have never walked away from the expectation. all of you in this room have never walked away from it. one look, there is only
president that i know who has actually deliberately walked away from it, and that is donald trump. not a joke. think about this. i do not know about you, jess, but i never thought that after all the rest that had been made, i would see people marching out of fields, carrying torches, contorted faces, anger and hate, accompanied by white supremacists and the ku klux klan, met by decent, honorable people who said "we don't hate you," and what happens? a clash ensues, a young woman dies. and what did he say? when asked about it, he said, quote, no president has ever said this, "there are very fine people in both groups." he has yet to apologize or criticize -- criticize the ku klux klan or the white supremacists. look, we have a president who promotes hate and division, has encouraged the poison of white supremacy. our children are watching.
when barack was president, our kids not only could but did look up to. look, what presidents say matters. it matters. and by the way, when we stay silent, our silence is complicit. that is what i learned from my dad. your silence is complicit. you know, i promise you, if i get elected president, i will be a president who stands against racism, who forces inclusion and intolerant everywhere now society, and our institutions, voting booths, and in our hearts. it matters, what we say. it is important to stand by and start by recognizing black, hispanic, asian-american workers, native-american workers, communities of color all across the nation that have driven and strengthened the labor movement all across this country, as you mentioned, mr. president, a moment ago.
from the washerwomen strike in atlanta washerwomen strike in 1880 to the strike and boycott delaware break strike and boycott in the 1960's, to chicago's own abby wide and jacqueline vaughn, black and brown power has always been a part of fighting for the right to organize, equal power, as my dad would say, some dignity, taking on the fight of all workers, from farmworkers workers to domestic workers, to tearing down systemic racism along the way. we know them, we owe you. if i am elected president, i want you to know labor will have an absolute, full partner in the white house, and i think labor knows that. [applause]
mr. biden: folks, a lot has changed very badly since we were out of office here. and this president and some members of the corporate community believe that -- i want to make it clear -- wall street did not build america. stockbrokers and hedge fund managers did not build this country. you built this country. the great american middle class, the union built the middle class, that is why it exists. we need to rebuild it! but this time, we have to bring everybody along, no matter their race, their gender, ethnicity, religion, who they love, where they live, or whether they had a disability. my dad had an expression, joe, and job is about a lot more than a paycheck, and he meant it. he said, joe, it is about your dignity, is about respect in the community, it is about looking your child in the eye and say, "honey, it is going to be ok,"
and mean it. too few people, as has been referenced today, too few people think they can say that today. the vast majority of middle-class people are shrinking. they no longer believe their children will have the responsibility. mr. president, you talked about how your dad persisted and changed things. and in today's corporate culture, in this administration, they do not care about your dignity. instead of investing back into workers and record profits, instead of investing back into research and development to create more opportunities, corporate profits are going to pay dividends to shareholders and blockbuster executive compensation. ladies and gentlemen, they are squeezing the life out of workers today. >> yes! mr. biden: and by the way, making it hard to meet basic needs. stripping your personal dignity along the way.
there has long been a war on labor unions. as when it out today, mr. chairman, y'all are coming back, but here is the deal, there has been another war going on that has not been noticed very much, on the ability of individuals be able to bargain for their self-worth. 40% of workers today have to sign a noncompete agreement. it is one thing if you have access secrets of a great, technical organization to sign, i won't compete. i won't sell it to you. but a significant portion of these people are hourly workers. up until i started hollering about this, if you worked for jimmy john's, you had to sign a noncompete agreement so that you would not while cross town and try to get $.10 more from mcdonald's. what is this all about? it is only for one purpose. it is to hold down the ability of individuals even to bargain for their own self worth. it is to keep wages low, and it is wrong. too many companies today classify their workers as managers, when labor fought to make sure that if you are an
hourly worker, you had to be paid overtime. what did they do? the person stacking spaghetti cans on top of a shelf in a supermarket, but you control the person who wants a forklift, to bring it out, they say you are now a manager. ladies and gentlemen, it cost more than 400 million workers $1.2 billion last year. and where did it go? it went back into the pocket of corporate america, back into the so-called job creators. since when? since when? you know all the workers in my state that made all of those automobiles, they are gone now. since when were they job creators? today, ladies and gentlemen, the only ones they think are job creators are stockbrokers. it is ridiculous. it is long past time we have a
$15 minimum wage. long past time. [cheers & applause] mr. biden: and folks -- no, it really is. and we are getting it done around the country. we need to build an economy that rewards work, not just wages, not just wealth. wages have to be rewarded. wages. do you realize that people who are multimillionaires and pay only capital gains, they pay a lower tax rate than many of you all do? look, if i am elected president, i will immediately repeal the tax cut for the super wealthy of this administration. we have $1.6 trillion in loop holes that exist in the law now. $1.6 trillion. you cannot justify the vast majority of that. and so, folks, look, what i am going to do is use the money to invest in america's future. there is an incredibly long list of policies that i do not have
time, nor do you have an inclination to listen to me, go through. but we need an inclusive economy, for better access to capital for black-owned businesses, to reducing the decline in black homeownership among to making sure homes in black communities are valued fairly. do you realize a home -- i know you do -- a home in a predominantly black neighborhood and one in a white neighborhood, and the black neighborhood, it is valued at significantly less, limiting your ability to borrow against it, to do much about it, and guess what? you pay a higher insurance rates for it, too. even though it is less. we need to make sure black mothers feel confident when they send their son out on the street that they will be safe. we have got to recognize that kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gang banger. ladies and gentlemen, there are
too many black men, and i might add, women, in prison. you know bobby well, the congressman. i just met with bobby scott from virginia. the save justice act. it needs to be passed. we need to do more. no more minimum mandatory prison sentences, period. the end of private prisons, as barack and i talked about. [applause] mr. biden: funding! drug courts. at least $400 million a year. bail reform. no one should be in jail because they do not have the money to pay their bail. no juveniles in adult prisona. mandatory treatment, not jail, for those affected by and struggling with addiction. it makes no sense to put people in jail. put them in treatment and keep them there while they are going through treatment. decriminalize marijuana. automatically expunge marijuana convictions. [applause]
mr. biden: and finally, end the dowhat i have been trying to for 15 years, end the crack cocaine disparity so it is 1-1, no difference. too many african americans have been put in jail for it. look, and prisons -- what i do not get, and we just have to make the case, if you make it for ordinary people, they figure it out. in prison, you should receive an education, not how to be a better criminal, but you should learn how to read and write. there should be job programs in there. we should be training people. [applause] mr. biden: we should be training them. we should have automatic restoration of their rights once their sentence is served, including all rights to go to school, pell grants, not only the right to participate, but it is in the overwhelming interest of the united states and every citizen, black or white or hispanic, that you
reeducate people, give them a chance. folks, look, we can do all of these things, and so much more. we have to start by uniting the country. i know we get criticized for saying we can unite the country, but ladies and gentlemen, i refuse to accept the status quo. the status quo is the miserable, ugly policies we have today. it guarantees it will stay the same. we cannot do it without compromising on our principle. s. you know, i know how the labor leaders movement has moved for decades. that is how we are going to win in 2020, and we are going to win together when we defeat donald trump. [applause] mr. biden: and folks, rev, i have never been more optimistic about america's future, and i mean it. i mean it. you know there is, excuse me for quoting an irish poet, a guy
my colleagues always kid me, a guy named seamus heaney wrote a poem about the suppression of catholics in ireland, and he wrote "we are taught never to hope on this side of the grave, but then once in a long time, that long, forwad tidal wave of rises up and hope that history wins." folks, we are in a position now where the american people has the the very dark side of america. every generation is saying "enough." we have a chance, a real chance, we have a chance to remember who we are. this is the united states of america. there is nothing we have not been able to do if we are united in it. you know all those lines everybody remembers from john kennedy's speeches about going to the moon? he said "this is a challenge we are willing to accept," with the line i love most, he said, "we are unwilling to postpone."
"we are unwilling to postpone." i am unwilling to postpone any longer the incredible opportunities that we have. so, ladies and gentlemen, we have to remember who we are, pick our heads up, and god bless you all, and god bless our troops. thank you. [applause] >> vice president joe biden! [cheers & applause] we are not done yet. how many of you are hungry? >> yes! >> reverend marvin hunter, if you can come to the stage to give grace, bless the food.
there is so much more to this program, so please keep your space. do not leave yet. in the meantime, do not forget rainbow p.u.s.h. is on all platforms, social media platforms, twitter, facebook, instagram, and youtube, visit rainbowpush.org for direct links and usernames, and we will be back in just a few moments. reverend hunter is making his way up here to bless the food. reverend hunter: let us pray. god, in the name of jesus, i come on behalf of this congregation of people, as well as myself, thanking you for this day, thanking you, god, for those that have decided to give their lives in service, government for our communities, for our nation. i pray, oh, god, that you will
touch their hearts in a real way, that the things they say in when they are campaigning become the things they do once they are in office. keep them safe from harm and danger. keep them with a sound mind. and then, god, i thank you for rainbow p.u.s.h. and their efforts to continue to fight for those that do not have a platform to be able to speak about their pain and their hurt. bless reverend jackson, our leader, and his family. i pray that you bless every family that is represented here today. as i close this prayer, i asked that you bless this food that we are about to eat. let it be nourishment for our bodies, oh, god. in jesus' name, amen. >> amen. >> all right, you may eat, and i will see you in just a moment. bon appétit. [indistinct conversations] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019]
[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [indistinct conversations] >> ladies and gentlemen, because it is buffet, we do ask that you and inngs decent order, and we will take one table at a time. >> today, presidential candidates senator elizabeth warren, senator amy klobuchar, and representative tulsi gabbard will be speaking at the rainbow p.u.s.h. coalition in chicago. this evening, vice president mike pence addresses the faith and freedom coalition gala. it's chair announced friday that the group plans to spend at least $15 million in get out the vote efforts for the 2020 .residential election
watch the vice president live at 6:00 p.m. eastern on c-span and on c-span.org, or listen live on our free radio app. on friday, former president jimmy carter and his former vice president walter mondale's down for a conversation on human rights and foreign policy as a way to promote democratic ideals around the world. this is one hour. [applause] thank you very much. it is my great honor to introduce this remarkable panel a topic that is the core of everything that the carter center does, the north star for this organization forever and ever will be human rights, because that has been the north star for my grandparents forever and ever, so we are honored to do that. many of these people have