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06/08/16 06/08/16 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from new york, this is democracy now! >> thanks to you, we have reached a milestone. first time -- first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party nomination. amy: in a victory speech, the clinton's claim the democratic nomination as she pulled off victories in california, new jersey, new mexico and south dakota. but her challenger bernie sanders is vowing to keep fighting until the democratic convention. >> we're going to fight hard to
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win the primary and washington, d.c. and then we take our fight for social, economic, racial and environment all justice to philadelphia, pennsylvania. amy: we will speak with clinton backer and longtime labor organizer dolores huerta as well as bernie sanders delegate norman solomon. then to stanford law professor who has launched a recall campaign against a judge who sentenced a former stanford university swimmer to six months in jail for sexual assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. all that and more, coming up. welcome to democracy now!,, the war and peace report.
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i'm amy goodman. hillary clinton has claimed the democratic presidential nomination. with clinton wins in california new jersey, new mexico, and south dakota, she said to be the first woman ever nominated by major party to run for the white house. with only one primary to go in the district of columbia, she has an insurmountable lead in pledged delegates over her challenger bernie sanders. but clinton's pledged delegate count falls short of the 2383 needed, meaning she will need to rely on the support of unelected superdelegates to officially secure the nomination at next month's convention in philadelphia. on tuesday night in brooklyn, clinton declared victory, celebrating what she called a milestone for women. >> on the very day my mother was congress wasgo, passing the 19th amendment to the constitution. [cheers]
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that amendment finally gave women the right to vote. [cheers] and i really -- i really wish my mother could be here tonight. amy: vermont senator bernie sanders one north dakota. he has vowed to remain in the race to challenge clinton at the convention in july. >> i am pretty good in arithmetic and i know the fight in front of us is a very, very steep fight, but we will continue to fight for every vote and every delegate. [cheers]
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tonight i had a very kind call from president obama, and i look forward to working with him to make sure that we move this country forward. amy: senator sanders is expected to meet with president obama at the white house thursday. we'll have more on the democratic race after headlines. racist. that is the word republican house speaker paul ryan has called donald trump's attacks on the -- a latino judge racist. trump said judge gonzalo curiel should recuse himself over litigation against the defunct, for-profit trump university, because trump has called for building a wall on the mexican border. on tuesday, house speaker ryan, the highest-ranking republican in the united states, condemned trump's remarks. but he reiterated his support for trump's candidacy. >> i regret those comments he made. i don't think -- finding a
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person cannot do the job because of the race is a textbook definition of a racist comment. i think that should be disavowed. it is an except double. do i believe hillary clinton is the answer? no, i do not. amy: after days of doubling down on his claims against the judge, and even suggesting muslim judges, too, might be biased against him, trump released a statement late tuesday afternoon saying his remarks had been misconstrued. "it is unfortunate that my comments have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of mexican heritage. i am friends with and employ thousands of people of mexican and hispanic descent," the statement read. trump also said he did not intend to comment on this matter any further. donald trump, the only remaining candidate in the republican race, swept all five republican contests tuesday, winning california, montana, new jersey, new mexico, and south dakota.
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he spoke of his country club in briarcliff manor new york. ,>> i know some people say i am too much of a fighter. ,y preference is always peace however, and i have shown that. i have shown up for a long time. i built an extraordinary business on relationships and deals that benefit all parties involved. always. my goal is always, again, to bring people together. but if i am forced to fight for something, i really care about, i will never, ever back down in our country will never, ever back down. amy: illinois republican senator mark kirk has reversed his endorsement of donald trump. he becomes the first person to on -- un-endorse the candidate. kirk faces a tough re-election battle against democratic congress member tammy duckworth. after democrats criticized him for failing to condemn trump's
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attacks on a mexican american judge, kirk released a statement saying -- "while i oppose the democratic nominee, donald trump's latest statements, in con with past attacks on hispanics, women and the disabled like me, make it certain that i cannot and will not support my party's nominee for president regardless of the political impact on my candidacy or the republican party." the number of people who have died crossing the mediterranean in an attempt to reach europe has topped 10,000 since 2014. the united nations said this year has seen a sharp uptick in deaths, with more than 2800 people drowning since january alone. in papua, new guinea, police have reportedly opened fire on student protesters in the capital. opposition lawmakers say four people were killed but the government has denied the toll. more than 20 people have been wounded. the students were marching in
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-- to demand the resignation of prime minister peter o'neill who faces a corruption scandal. in syria, at least 15 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a series of air strikes on rebel-held areas in the city of aleppo. there are reports one of the strikes hit a makeshift hospital in the eastern shaar district. on tuesday, syrian president bashar al-assad delivered a speech vowing to retake "every inch" of syria. in guatemala, eight former military members have been detained and are facing trial on charges of forced disappearances and crimes against humanity during the decades-long, u.s.-backed dirty war against guatemala's indigenous communities. the eight are accused of overseeing of people -- killings of people found ms graves. in afghanistan, hundreds of family, friends, and fellow journalists gathered outside kabul for the funeral of afghan journalist zabihullah tamanna. tamanna was working as a translator for npr when he was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade attack sunday alongside
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npr photojournalist david gilkey. journalist and media advocate abdul mujeeb khalvatgar was among those to attend tamanna's funeral on tuesday. >> we have lost 10 journalists so far this year, and it means this is a bloody year for journalists in afghanistan. i believe freedom of speech is not a priority for afghan government and international community anymore because we have already noticed an increase in violence against journalists in the country. it can affect democracy and freedom of speech in afghanistan. amy: in california, jasmine richards has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after she was convicted of innocents known up until recently as felony lynching. police accused her of trying to de-arrest summoned during a peace march.
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the jailing of a young black activist woman on charges of protest. richards faced up to four years in prison. she was sentenced tuesday to 90 pluswith 18 days served three years probation. in washington, d.c., the city council has voted unanimously to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. d.c. joins the cities of seattle, san francisco and los , angeles as well as the states of california and new york, who have all passed measures heeding the call for a $15 an hour minimum wage. d.c. mayor muriel bowser has vowed to sign the measure, noting that even with $15 an hour, it is hard to afford to live in the district of columbia. and helen chavez, an activist who played a crucial role in launching the united farm workers of america, has died at the age of 88. she was the widow of cesar chavez, who led the united farm workers of america for more than
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three decades. in a statement honoring helen chavez, president obama said -- "she managed her union's finances, prepared meals, marched in picket lines, and was even arrested for her actions, all because she believed in the dignity of america's farm workers -- men and women she toiled with in the fields, even as she raised eight children and helped lead a movement." helen chavez died monday in bakersfield, california. and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. hillary clinton has claimed the democratic presidential nomination on tuesday night pulling off victories in , california, new jersey, new mexico, and south dakota. clinton is set to become the first woman to claim a major party's presidential nomination. with only one primary to go in the district of columbia, clinton has an insurmountable lead in pledged delegates over her challenger bernie sanders.
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but clinton's pledged delegate count falls short of the 2383 needed meaning she will need to , rely on the support of unelected superdelegates to officially secure the nomination at next month's convention in philadelphia. on tuesday night, hillary clinton held a victory rally in brooklyn. >> thanks to you, we have reached a milestone. the first time -- the first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party nominee. [cheers] tonight -- tonight victory is not about one person. ofbelongs to a generation
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women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible. in our country, it started right here in new york, a clays called seneca falls -- a place called seneca falls. [cheers] when a small but determined group of women and men came thather with the idea women deserved equal rights. and they set it forth and something called the declaration of sentiments, and it was the first time in human history that that kind of declaration occurred. much to thoseso who came before and tonight belongs to all of you. amy: hillary clinton speaking in
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brooklyn at the navy yard last night. on tuesday, bernie sanders recorded two victories in montana and north dakota but fell far short in california where he had heavily campaigned for weeks. with 94% of the votes counted, clinton is leading by a margin of 56% to 43%. it is unclear how tuesday's results were impacted by the monday announcement from the ap and nbc that clinton had already secured enough support of superdelegates to become the party's presumptive nominee. speaking in santa monica after the california polls closed, senator sanders vowed to continue his fight all the way to next month's democratic convention. >> next tuesday we continue the fight in the last primary and washington, d.c. [cheers]
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going --ing -- we are we are going to fight hard. we are going to fight hard to win the primary in washington, d.c. [cheers] and then we take our fight for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice to philadelphia, pennsylvania. [cheers]
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i am pretty good in arithmetic, and i know that the fight in front of us is a very, very steep fight, but we will continue to fight for every vote and every delegate. amy: senator sanders is laying off more than half of his staff and will meet with president obama in washington, d.c. on thursday. we go now to california where we are joined by two guests. dolores huerta is a civil rights activist and co-founder of the united farm workers of america with cesar chavez. president of the dolores huerta foundation for community organizing. she has endorsed hillary clinton for president.
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and we're joined by norman solomon a bernie sanders , delegate to the democratic national convention and co-founder of the author of many books including, "war made easy: how presidents and pundits keep spinning us to death." we welcome you both to democracy now! let's go to dolores huerta first. your response to the hillary clinton's victory last night, the headline in "the new york times, ""clinton claims the democratic nomination." >> i think it is a very historic as hillary clinton set herself that this is a historic moment that we have a woman who is going to be the nominee, a democratic nominee for the presidency of the united states of america. i believe when hillary gets elected, she will live the tide for all women throughout the united states. not only women, but also children because in her career, hillary has done very much for
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children, starting when she passed the first health care act for children. i am very hopeful. i do believe she also has the capacity to run against donald trump, and it will be a very interesting race to see mr. super macho, donald trump, run against a feminist, hillary clinton, with very different values. i do believe hillary clinton has the values of the majority of the people of the united states of america, and that she will be successful and gain the presidency of the united days of america. amy: last night, hill it clinton addressed bernie sanders supporters. >> i know it never feels good to put your heart into a cause or a candidate you believe in and to come up short. i know that feeling well will stop [laughter] but as we look ahead -- [cheers]
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battleook ahead to the that awaits, let's remember all that unites us. we all want an economy with more opportunity and less inequality, where wall street can never wreck mainstreet again. we all want a government that listens to the people, not the powerbrokers, which means getting unaccountable money out of politics. and we all want a society that is tolerant, inclusive, and fair. amy: norman solomon, you are a bernie sanders delegate. clearly, hillary clinton offering the all of branched of people like you, to bernie sanders supporters. your response to what happened last night? think hillary clinton's speech was well-crafted and bernie sanders speech was transcended. that is really symbolic of both campaigns. if we're getting an olive branch now from hillary clinton, it is
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a rather small one. it is a rather brutal one. it remains to be seen whether there is going to be much substance. it is a glass ceiling that needs to be shattered. we need equal rights for women as well as men, and we also need equal scrutiny. thatthink about the role hillary clinton has played in terms of advocating for the so-called welfare reform of 1996 that decimated the lives of millions of women economically in this country, when you think of the women in the middle east and north africa whose lives have been shattered by the policies advocated an advanced by hillary clinton, it is problematic to see her as some sort of advocate and champion for the rights of women or children or any human being. so this is an ongoing challenge, and i think the most important words we heard last night were
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three from bernie. "the struggle continues." amy: dolores huerta, what about that and what about the movement writtennie sanders has over these months --ridden over these months, the mass rallies he has held in california force almost anything that hillary clinton has seen in the campaign that she has been conducting. >> i think it is wonderful that we have so many people engaged in the rallies that bernie has had. it is wonderful to see so many young people engaged, but i think we are a little shortsighted because we need to understand that the person that we have two beat in november -- to beat in november is donald trump. hillary clinton is not the enemy. she is a very intelligent woman. she will be up to bring to fruition many, many of the ideas
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and philosophy that bernie sanders and his supporters have. i have a lot of faith and trust in hillary clinton. i have known her, troubled with her, seen her and talk to hundreds of people she has been involved with people she has helped. when we hear the words, we're going to keep fighting, yes, maybe we have a long way to go in our democracy in the u.s. to be able to erase inequality, to be able to get our labor unions respected again, to get our people of color respected. yes, all of the things -- yes, we need to do something about the college tuition. but we are going to have a nominee, and that is hillary clinton. at this point, we have to talk about unity and stop the talk about fighting. we have to come together because there is some at it we have to defeat and that is donald trump. at the end of the day, as many
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as the values of bernie sanders have are the same values that hillary clinton has. i hope that many of the bernie sanders supporters will understand that. if we keep -- if the talk keeps going on we're going to fight, we're going to fight, then this is going to help donald trump. it won't help anybody but him. we have to be real about what is going on in our country right now. amy: do you think at this point bernie sanders should drop out of the race? >> i think that some of the rhetoric that bernie is using is also i think -- especially when it comes to the young people, many that he represents. athink he has got to be leader in this moment. this is what he has to be. eventually, we know that hillary is going to be the nominee. how he handles that -- i am supposing he is having trouble dealing with that, that he is
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not going to be the democratic candidate. we know that he has half of the people -- almost half of the people on the platform committee are bernie sanders supporters. they will be able to craft a kind of platform for the democratic convention that we all want. we all want social justice, reform, but let's start working together and stop the fight talk. it is enough already. together. we have to win in november of the donald trump. amy: your response? >> we definitely need to defeat donald trump. no soap respecting her human respecting aggressive would ever vote for -- progressive would ever vote for donald trump will stop at the same time, you're not going to be able to defeat the bogus, racist, in a phobic type of pseudo populism coming from donald trump with a sort of wall street throw in a little bit of populist rhetoric campaigning that we have been getting from hillary clinton. of course while we defeat donald
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trump, we also need to keep on keeping on to speak truth to and about power. right now corporate power has a stranglehold over domestic policy, over international policy. it is fueling the worst day of perpetual -- war state of perpetual war. since when do they go silent when hillary clinton is an advocate for perpetual war? there are people in libya, iraq, syria who are suffering grievously because of policies not only in the past that she has advanced, but once she is prescribing for the future. since when do we go silent when hillary clinton affectionately crazes and describes henry kissinger as her friend? let's be there, hillary clinton is a pro-war candidate. if bernie sanders is not exactly an antiwar candidate, he is not a pro-war candidate. for instance, he is symbolically said he would never want henry kissinger -- who, frankly, is a
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warmonger and a war criminal. i just think history bears that out. bernie sanders went out of his iy into debates to say, look, would never consider him my friend. he is a disgraceful historic figure in terms of being -- i think we need to get a clear grip on what our values are. progressives are absolutely capable of holding in their minds and hearts two fundamental precepts and goals. one, yes, we must defeat donald trump. the other is, we have eternal vigilance to challenge the kind of corporate power, wall street friendly and militarism policies that are advocated by now and represented fully by hillary clinton. amy: do you see a path for bernie sanders right now to the presidency, norman solomon? >> i think there is a path to philadelphia. like many other bernie sanders delegates that i have spoken
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with in recent days, we want to hear the nominating speeches and the seconding speeches for bernie sanders inside the hall in philadelphia. we want to hear him's reach of the convention still as a whoidate and as delegates have been elected in our congressional districts, for instance in the state of california, we want to cast our votes for bernie sanders as the nominee for president of the united states of the democratic party. that need not be divisive at all. it is inclusive. it means that, as jesse jackson said way back in 1988, a plane and a party needs to wings to fly. and if this party tries to lop off the left wing of its vehicle and its possibilities, then we're going to be fighting this campaign with one hand amputated behind our back. amy: we're going to continue
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this discussion. norman solomon is a bernie sanders delegate to the democratic national convention, and dolores huerta is a civil rights activist and co-founder of the united farm workers of america with cesar chavez. about want to ask dolores cesar chavez's wife helen who has just died. ♪ [music break]
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amy: this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. night, the clinton held a victory rally at the brooklyn navy yard as she claimed the democratic presidential nomination, pulling off victories in california, new jersey, new mexico, and south dakota. democracy now! was there speaking with some of her supporters. >> i am from manhattan. i am here because after many months of painful back and forth
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, proud to be a look about and say, go to lori. i cannot wait for her to put ,rump in his place and to say not just women, but a lot of people have wanted to say, to stand up for social justice in this country for women -- for everything. >> i name is francis and i'm here to support hillary clinton because she is the most qualified to hold the position from day one. a number two, because she and my lifetime i would love to see a female put these 40 for men down. >> i am from long island city queens and i am here to celebrate because hillary is going to be the nominee. i like her ideas. i actually like the fact that bernie sanders even kind of shifted some of the ideas to the left the cousin i'm all about that, but i think she is -- left, but i'm all about that because she has all about making these ideas come to fruition.
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i have a lot of friends on that site and it is a shame it got so contentious. really she should be lend out a hand to those people, make sure they get those voices heard. include them with us because we are the democratic party and we need to come together, especially to fight against donald trump. that would be a nightmare if he was anywhere near the white house. amy: i am from brooklyn, new york. i am here -- my mother, my grandmother, my grandchildren -- because it is a historic moment. i am 71 years old and i am absolutely excited that we will have a woman president. a womanthe first time has been nominated by major party. it is huge. it is on the same level as having a black resident. i want to see my grandchildren. amy: a special thanks to carla
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for that report from the brooklyn navy yard. during her victory speech on tuesday night, hillary clinton looked ahead to the general election, attacking donald trump. >> the stakes in this election are high and the choice is clear. donald trump is temperamentally unfit to be president -- [cheers] and he is not just trying to build a wall between america and mexico, he is trying to wall off americans from each other. when he says, let's make america great again, that is code for, let's take america backwards. amy: that was hillary clinton last night. donald trump gave his victory speech at his country club in briarcliff manor, new york. it was the first time during
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this campaign that he was using a teleprompter. his campaign said that he wrote the script along with his inner circle, discussing people like his daughter ivanka trump. dolores huerta, the issue of the wall is been in the forefront in the last two days because donald trump has raised it. he is trying to get the judge to recuse himself, who is overseeing the civil lawsuit against his now-defunct trump university where students are accusing him of defrauding them out of millions of dollars. he says that the judge, gonzalo curiel, a federal judge, cannot because biased simply of his mexican heritage. or as he says, he is a mexican. and he directly links it to trump's support for the wall.
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your response, dolores huerta? >> well, that is a ridiculous statement. again, he is showing his overt racism that he has against latinos, especially mexicans, and to attack a judge that way is unethical and might even be illegal the way he is doing that. i think this is the way that trump works. he blows a lot of smoke of their and blows a lot of fire. you think that is going to somehow be able to cover his actions so that people will not see what the man is and what he does and what a corrupt person donald trump is. i know the truth will all be coming out during this campaign. i do also want to say just on amy: i want to talk about the daily news front page, the "new york l.a. news." it says "i am with racist. trump's mexican judge rent is
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the definition of racist, says house speaker paul ryan, but i still support him." >> that is what is so sad. i do believe the racism in the u.s. has been so inherent in so part of the fabric of the united states of america, hopefully with donald trump being in the forefront and his supporters bringing it to the forefront, it will be a call to action for all of our organizations, our agencies, our institutions, public and private, that we have to start doing something to end racism -- amy: i want to say -- >> i want to say disparaging hillary clinton because she knows very -- henry kissinger, does not mean she advocates his policies. i think that is going far field. attacking hillary clinton for policies that other people have advocated or have practiced, i believe, is wrong. i hope that does not continue between now and the time that
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she is running her election. amy: norman solomon, your response? >> they have praised each other. they praised each other's policies, henry kissinger and heller clinton have publicly lauded each other's policies. robert careythe who is documented in great detail that hillary clinton's policies, her advocacy's for foreign intervention, are essentially very similar to what we call neocon policies that prevailed under the presidency of george w. bush. it is now just called liberal interventionism, now called responsibility to protect or rtp , but the bottom line is the same. i think we need to have a single standard of a value waiting the advocacy and policies of presidential candidates. it is really fair to say that hillary clinton has advanced
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through her words and deeds as secretary of state policies of continual u.s. military intervention and the fact oh perpetual war. cto perpetual war. i think we ought to debate that. amy: i want to turn to a part of donald trump speech last night. >> we're going to rebuild our inner cities, which are absolutely a shame and so sad. going to take care of our african american people that have been mistreated for so long list of amy: take care of our african american people. dolores huerta? >> that sounds kind of a plantation talk, very patronizing. i don't think the african-americans are going to be fooled by that kind of speech that donald trump is now engaging. i think the people are too smart for that.
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i'm sure he is one to be changing a lot of his rhetoric. maybe not so much against mexicans, but against other people. we will be seeing a change in donald trump by his handlers to try to make a more palatable so people will vote for him. he has shown as during this election cycle who he really is. i don't think people will be full. amy: i want to turn -- i want to turn to a part of his speech where he addressed bernie sanders supporters. >> to all of those bernie sanders voters who have been left out in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates, we welcome you with open arms. , you will beolomon in philadelphia. >> in his statement last night, donald trump was feeding on the thatulous and absurd spin has come from so much of the mass media in this country
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complaining somehow the "antiestablishment positions of bernie sanders" and donald trump. as bernie said last night, donald trump is antithetical to bernie zaidis and progressive ideas. and the fact is that unless we are going to take on the need for democracy a challenging the power of wall street, then we are leaving open the door for the donald trumps of the world to come right in and demagogue it out. the reality is, today, nobody who embraces the campaign of bernie sanders should do anything but try to defeat donald trump. and what trump said last night to try to woo bernie sanders supporters i think will largely overwhelmingly be rejected, as it should be. amy: very quickly, norman solomon, your response to ap and
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democratic the nomination for hillary clinton on the eve of the largest primary in the united states, in your state, california? >> it really is an example of mass media genuflecting to elites within the democratic party. in this case, supeelegates will stop those delegates were not elected for the purpose. some of them are lobbyists for tobacco companies and so forth. it is a pattern where ap and nbc in the major media outlets, they have been clueless for more than a year about what the bernie sanders campaign is all about. they thought that progressives could not mount an effective presidential campaign. and i think it isdefacto vote suppression and more more people are recognizing that kind of media manipulation as exactly that, efforts to manipulate.
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amy: i want to thank you, norman solomon, for joining us, a bernie sanders delegates, one of the founders of , "war madebooks easy: how presidents and pundits keep spinning us to death." dolores huerta, i want to talk to about helen chavez, who played a crucial role in launching the united farm workers of america who is just died at the age of 88, widow of cesar chavez, who together with you led the united farm workers of america for more than three decades. in a statement honoring helen chavez, president obama said -- you knew her well, is that right? >> yes, i did.
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helen was a very dear, very close friend. we were together for many years, even before we started the united farm workers. she was truly the foundation and the rock. have't think cesar would been able to a college what he did without her physical and emotional support she gave, not just to caesar, but to everyone in the movement will stop the staff, volunteers work diligently in our credit union. i do want to say, hey, in california, with a popular vote where hillary clinton won the popular vote. amy: i want to thank you for being with us, dolores huerta -- >> by the way, helen chavez voted in her absentee ballot for hillary clinton. just before she passed away she said, as soon as i get out of this hospital, i want to start doing commercials for hillary clinton. she was a very strong advocate for hillary clinton and i know there has been so worn out there
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that the chavez family itself was supporting bernie. no. they all supported hillary clinton. amy: dolores huerta, thank you for joining us, civil rights activist and co-founder of the united farm workers of america with cesar chavez. president of the dolores huerta foundation for community organizing and hillary clinton supporter. when we come back, we go to stanford university to find out about the case of a man who was convicted of felony after felony around sexual assault, sentence to six months in prison. stay with us. ♪ [music break]
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amy: "true colors" by kesha and zedd. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we turn now to the effort to recall a judge who sentenced to former stanford university swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman
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to six months in jail. judge aaron persky expressed concern a longer sentence would have "a severe impact on him." brock allen turner was caught by two witnesses thrusting on top of the victim as she lay unconscious behind a dumpster. in a packed california court, the victim read aloud what the local prosecutor called the most eloquent, powerful, and compelling piece of victim advocacy that i've seen in my 20 years as a prosecutor. she began by recounting how she woke up in a hospital with pine needles in her hair, her -- and no idea what had happened to her. she said -- "you took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today," she read, addressing her rapist directly. "you bought me a ticket to a planet where i lived by myself." she concluded her statement with a message to survivors everywhere. "on nights when you feel alone, i am with you. when people doubt you or dismiss you, i am with you.
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i fought every day for you. so never stop fighting, i believe you," she said. the survivor, who has not been named publicly, told the guardian she was overwhelmed and speechless at the support she had received. brock allen turner was convicted of three felony counts of sexual assault and faced a maximum of 14 years in state prison but was , only sentenced to six months in county jail and probation. that punishment is significantly less than the minimum prison time of two years prescribed by state law for his felony offenses. the judge is a stanford alumnus who led the university's lacrosse team -- his critics say he we was unduly influenced by turner's background as a fellow elite athlete. turner's father fueled the outrage by complaining his son's life had been ruined for what he called "20 minutes of action." meanwhile, stanford university has finally released turner's original booking photo from the night of his arrest last year.
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up until now most media outlets , had been using a smiling turner, ratherof than the mugshots that typically accompany stories of sexual assault and other crimes. stanford's surveys have found that 43% of female graduates have experienced sexual assault or misconduct, and that more than two-thirds of them said perpetrators took advantage of intoxicated victims. brock turner's case has sparked outcry across the country in , part because campus sexual assaults seldom lead to criminal prosecutions and convictions. for more we go to stanford, california, where we're joined by michele landis dauber, the stanford law professor who is leading the recall campaign against judge aaron persky, santa clara county superior sentenced brock turner to six months in jail. michele landis dauber, welcome to democracy now!
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explain what your petition is calling for. >> so we are a group of democratic and progressive women here in silicon valley who have come together to put together an actual recall campaign. there are a number of petition's online, but those are not the official california -- effort.rt to to participate, you should go to we will be collecting signatures , getting this on the ballot, and working to replace him with someone who understands violence against women. amy: can you talk about judge persky's handling of the case? explain what happened in the trial. he was found guilty by
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crimes.or three felony the third was a very serious charge but has a minimum, as you said, two-year sentence. presumptively, not eligible for stay lessor a jail than that two years. however, the judge really bent over backwards in order to give this defendant a very light sentence. amy: in his sentencing, the judge seemed to sympathize with turner's assertion the encounter saying --onsensual
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the judge also set a prison sentence would have a severe impact on him, "i think you not be a danger to others." your response? >> this is the kind of talk that really has outraged the community -- really come across the world. here in silicon valley in particular. under the law, the judge had to make a finding in order to grant probation. the state legislature requires the judge make a finding that this is "unusual case and an interest of judges -- justice require him to grant probation. to do that, he found because he was grievously very successful young man and a good swimmer, you know, with all of these accomplishments as an athlete, and that he was intoxicated and that would make it unusual. the problem is that basically describes every sexual assault at stanford.
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amy: explain how stanford -- you are professor at stanford law school. explain how stanford has dealt with this attack. >> i'm sorry, there's a lot of clicking on the line. could you repeat? amy: explain how stanford university debt with the attack. it took place in january 2015, is that right? and the reason that -- the reason that the perpetrator was found was because two people were riding by on a bicycle and saw him on top of this unconscious woman and chased him. >> yes, that is right. there were eyewitnesses to this assault, which makes it even worse, frankly, that the judge was so lenient in the sentence. i think that one of the questions you asked me was, how has stanford done with respect to this question.
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i think it is important for viewers to understand stanford has a long history of not treating these offenses particularly aggressive. for example, up until at least last year, stanford had only ever expelled one student in the history of the university for sexual assault. they have not, for example, as harvard president has, taken only fraternity culture of toxic masculinity and the sexual assault that comes along with that. more directly, harvard has taken strong measures against fraternities then stanford has. -- then stanford has. our provost has lasted up to the fraternities. i think in some ways you can see this is the kind of situation you can end up with when you elite maleter athletic privilege. amy: i want to read more from the statement that the victim
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made in the courtroom, which has been viewed by millions of people, addressing brock allen turner she said --
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the victim ended her statement with a message to fellow survivors. she said, as the author once wrote, lighthouses don't go running all over an island looking for boats to save. they just stand there shining. i hope by speaking today you absorbed the small amount of light, small knowing that you can't the silenced in a small satisfaction that justice was served, a small assurance that we are getting somewhere in a big knowing you are important, question make, you are untouchable, you're beautiful, you're to be valued, respected,
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undeniably every minute of every day. your powerful and nobody can take that away from you. to girls everywhere, i am with you. thank you." the victim chose to remain anonymous. professor, her statement in court? >> i'm having trouble keeping my composure listening to you read it as i think a lot of people probably are. i really hope you will post the full statement on democracy now! website or link to the buzzfeed site so that people can read it for themselves. it is incredibly powerful. it really has, i think, caused a lot of women who have been sexually assaulted or other individuals who someone close to them has been sexually assaulted to really understand the pain that i really want your viewers to understand, although this has inspired so many people, she did not write it for that purpose. she wrote it for the purpose of persuading judge aaron persky. unfortunately, unlike the
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millions of people who have been moved around the world, judge persky apparently was not moved by this but was instead persuaded that he needed to have a lot of sympathy for brock turner. amy: i want to end the asking about something else that happened in california. likewise matter activist jasmine richards has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after convicted of an offense known up until recently as felony lynching. she was accused of trying to de-arrest someone last august. charges of felony lynching sparked protests. she faced up to four years in prison and sentence tuesday to 90 days with 18 days served plus three years probation. brock allen turner is expected to serve three months or less with good behavior in the same amount of probation time. your response? >> i think this really does highlight the reason why we feel it is important to recall judge
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persky. we have one system of justice in this country and we need to make sure that women are safe regardless of where they are assaulted, and that whether it is on a college campus or anywhere else, and that when an individual does perpetuate an offense, they're subject to the same kind of justice and to equal justice regardless of who they are, whether they have high grades or their stanford student or not, whether they are an excellent athlete or not. everyone needs the same standards. amy: we have to leave it there. i want to continue this conversation and post it online because i want to ask you what happened right before brock was sentenced. a fascinating story that links to what we're seeing today. michele landis dauber, stanford law professor, leading the recall campaign against aaron persky, santa clara county superior court judge. that does it for our show. we have two job openings. go to
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