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03/26/18 03/26/18 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from pacifica, this is democracy now! >> today is a bad day for tyranny and corruption. today we take to the streets in over 800 marches around the globe and demand commonsense gun laws. and l lost many loved ones to gun violence. this is normal. normal to the point that i've learned to duck from bullets before i learned how to read.
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>> i have a dream that enough is enough. and that this can be a gun-free world. period.. amy: they have been called the penrose generation. more than a million people in washington, around the country, and the globe participated in the march for our lives, calling for gun control following the valentine's s day massacre at marjory stoneman douglas high school, which left 17 people dead -- 14 students, three faculty. we will air highlights from the historic washington, d.c., rally, including 18-year-old emma gonzalez who stood on stage for ovover four minutes in silee in what has been described as the loudest silence in the history of u.s. social protest. >> since thehe time that i came
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out here, it has been six miminutes, 20 seconds. the shooter has ceased shooting them will soon abandon his ririfle, blend in withth the studentss s they escape, and walk free front our before arrest. five for your lives for it is someone else's job. amy: all of that in more, coming up. welcome to democracy now, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. more than one million students, parents, teachers, anti-violence activists took to the streets saturday in washington, d.c., around the country and around the world come in the march for our lives. the historic day of action was organized by the student survivors of the valentine's day massacre at the marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida, where 17 people were killed --14 students and three faculty.
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in washington, d.c., youth from parkland to chicago took to the stage to decry the power of the national rifle association and the epidemic of gun violence in the united states. this i is trevon bosley. >> i am here to speak on behalf of chicago's youth were surrounded and affected by gun violence every day. i am here to speak for those youth who fear they may be shot log on to the gas station, the movies, the bus stop, to church, or even to and from school. i'm here to stay for the chicago youth who feel there for -- who feel their voices have been silence for too long. amy: more than 800 sister marches were organized worldwide, including seattle, oakland, denver, salt lake city, dallas, austin. and los angeles, as well as in mexico, spain, romania, greece, lebanon, kenya, hong kong, and thailand. this is student sanchi rohira, speaking in mumbai, india. >> i'm here to support the march
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is a never again to gun violence . not one more kit should die in the classroom. amy: we will play were highlights from the historic march for our lives in washington, d.c., after headlines. the march for our lives came as cellphone video has surfaced of one of the latest fatal shootings in the united states. a harris county sheriff's deputy killing a a 34-year-old unarmedd african american man named danny ray thomas in houston. the cellphone video, obtained by the houston chronicle, shows the man wandering around the street with his pants at his ankles, appearing distressed and mumbling to himself. family member say he has been suffering depression since two of his children were killed in 2016. the deputy orders the man to stop and then as a passing car briefly obscures the video, the deputy f fires o one fatal shot, killing him. the vivideo of the fatalal polie shooting in houston comes as
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protest continue. protest are demanding justice for another recent victim of gun violence, 22-year-old stephon clark, an unarmed african american man who was killed by police officers outside his own home one week ago. on sunday night at a game between the boston celtics and the sacramento kings, the nba players wore shirts featuring stephon clark's name and the words "accountability. we are one." the players also pre-recorded a video that played on the jumbotron inside the stadium ahead of tip-off. >> we will not shut upup and dribibble. >> this is bigger anan basketballll. >> change can be uncomfortable.. >> change is necesessary. > we neneed to talk. >> say his name. >> s stephon clark. >> we must unite. amy: the sacramento police have still not explain why the
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officers muted their body cameras after they shot stephon clark 20 times. meanwhile, in maryland, a 16-year-old girl who was shot in the head at great mills high school in maryland last week has died. jaelynn willey was taken off life support after she was declared brain dead. she was shot by a fellow student, austin rollins, with whom authorities say she may have had a previous relationship. experts say there are strong connections between domestic violence and gun violence. in a highly anticipated episode of "60 minutes" on sunday night, adult film star stephanie clifford, also known as stormy daniels, told anderson cooper that she signed a non-disclosure agreement promising not to talk publicly about her alleged affair with president trump in 2006 because she was scared about her and her daughters' safety. during the interview, which trump's personal lawyer had tried to block from airing, clifford recounted a threat she had received in after she 2011 sold her story about the alleged affair to bauer publishihing, which publishes intouch magazine.
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>> i was going to a fitness class with my infant daughter, taking the seats facing backward in the backseat, doctor, getting all of this stuff out. a guy walked up on me. he said toto me,e, "leave trump alalone. forget thehe story." then hee looked at my daughter and said, "that is a beautifulul littlele girl. it would be a shame if something happened to her mom." >> you took it as a direct threat. >> absolutely. i remember going into the workout class and my hands were shaking so much i was afraid i was going to drop her. >> did you go to the police? >> no. >> why? >> i was scared. amy: she said she had unprotected sex and trump compared her daughter to ivanka. stephanie clifford's interview comes after model karen mcdougal also broke her non-disclosure agreement to speak publicly about her alleged affair with donald trump in 2006. "apprentice"an,
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contestant is doing t trump for defamation afterer t trump calld her a liar when she e accused hm of sexual assault will stop multiple outlets are reporting trump's legal team is in disarray after it was announced that two new lawyers, victoria toensing and joe digenova, will not join his legal team only days after their appointment was announced. digenova is a former u.s. attorney for the district of columbia who has claimed trump is being framed by fbi and justice department officials. last thursday, trump's top lawyer, john dowd, quit the legal team, reportedly resigning after trump repeatedly ignored his legal advice and attacked robert mueller by name on twitter. presesident trump has signed a memorandum banning most transgender people from serving in the u.s. military. the new policy, signed friday, comes after president trump announced unexpectedly on twitter last july he was banning all transgender people from u.s. military service. transgender troops have sued the administration over the policy. a pentagon spokesperson told the
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washington blade late friday that the military "will still comply with federal court rulings and continue to assess and retain transgender servicece members." "the new york times" reports the pentagon carried out its first ever drone strike against alleged al-qaeda militants in southern libya over the weekend. the strike signals a possible expansion ofof the u.s. . mility involvemenent in libya, which hs previouslyly been reststricted o targeting alleged isis militants in northern libya. in afghanistan, at least 13 people were killed in a car bomb explosion outside a sports stadium in lashkar gah, the capital of helmand province, on friday night. officials say all the victims were civilians. there e was no immediate c claio responsibilility for the attack. in egypt, voters are heading to the polls today for a presidential election in which incumbent president abdel fatah al-sisi is almost certainly expected to win. all of his challengers were barred from running, except for one little-known candidate, mousa mostafa mousa, who has
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said publicly he is not seeking to challenge al-sisi. former military gegeneral abdel fattah al-sisi has launched a wide-ranging crackdown against human rights activists in egypt, with reports of torture, enforced disappearances, mass arrests, and extrajucicial killings. european union offfficials are warning the humanitarian crisis in the democratic republic of the congo is growing more severe by the day, with nearly 8 million people f facing severere food insecurity. armed conflicts in multiple regions of the drc are worsening, as president joseph kabila refuses to step down more than a year after the end of his term. inin siberia, at leaeast 64 peoe were killed when a fire tore through a shopping mall in the city of f keremovo sununday. at least 16 people are still missing, and authorities say the death toll is likely to rise. in paris, thousands of people marched saturday to protest turkey's military offensive against the syrian kurdish city of afrin. this is s protester nursel kili. state has become
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an invading power because it is occupy in a territory, one thatt isis foreign to turkey. across the border, this territory is not only an autonomous k kurdish town, but t is officially syrian territory. it is an occupyingg force, which is in efrin and what turkey is china do is to eradicate a whole population of the not only democratic autonomous system company secular society model which is starting to sprout the very heart of the middle east and especially in afrin. amy: the protests inin paris cae as the turkish military says it has taken full control of the city of afrin. in catalonia, protests erupted sunday after german authorities detained the former catalan president carles puigdemont after he entered germany from denmark. german authorities may now extradite him to spain, where he's facing charges of sedition and rebellion after the catalan government declared independence from spain last october. his arrest in germany comes after, on friday, a spanish court ruled 25 catalan leaders will be tried for rebellion or disobeying the state. in chile, thousands of people took to the streets of the capital santiago for a "national
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march for the right to housing" on saturday. about 5000 people protested real estate speculation and demanded the government provide more quality affordable housing. in canada, dozens of indigenous youth and their allies were arrested protesting the expansion of kininder morgan's trans mountain pipeline, which would triple the amount of oil flowing from alberta's tar sands to the coast of british columbia. amonong those arrested in bubury on saturday were green party leader elizabeth may and parliament member kennedy stewart. more than 170 people have been arrested protesting the pipeline over the last week alone. back in the united states, republican lawmakers in ohio have proposed a bill that would ban all abortions. the bill, hb 565, would also allow prosecutors to pursue criminal charges, including murder charges, against patients and abortion providers. in ohio, murder is punishable by the death penalty. pro-choice advocates say the ohio bill is part of a campaign by anti-choice extremists aimed at forcing the supreme court to
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reconsider its landmark roe v. wade decision. and in oklahoma, teachers are tentatively planning to walkout of schools statewide on april 2 unless lawmakers approve increases to their salaries. a recent report by the bureau of labor statistics shows teachers in oklahoma have the lowest average wages of any u.s. state. the proposed strike in oklahoma comes on the heels of a historic teachers strike in west virginia. and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. in a historic day of action, there were more than 800 protest on urging lawmakers to pass gun saturday control. in washington, d.c., loan, organizers say up to 800,000 took part in the march for our lives, which was organized by students who survived last -- the february 14 massacre at the marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida. in new york, another 150,000 took to the streets.
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85,000 rallied in chicago. 55,000 marched in los angeles. tens of thousands also rallied in atlanta and pittsburgh. and 2020,000 people gathered in parkland, florida. demands from the students include a ban on semiautomatic weapons that have high velocity -- the fire high velocity rounds , a ban on accessories the simulate automatic weapons, the establishment of a database of gun sales in your versatile background checks, the closing of gun show and secondhand sales loopholes to allow the cdc, the centers s for didisease controle to make recommendations for gun reform, and raise the firearm purchase age to 21 and a change privacy laws to let mental-health care providers can indicate with law enforcement. well, today we hear voices from saturday's march for our lives. speakers at the march included survivors of the parkland, florida, shooting as well as young people from around the country who have been impacted by gun violence. we begin with marjory stoneman douglas high school junior cameron kasky who survived the school shooting on february 14.
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>> to the leaders, skeptics, and senate's who told us to sit down and stay silent, wait your turn. welcome to the revolution. it is a powerful and peaceful one e because it isis of, by, ad for the young people of this country. cameron kasky. since this movement began, people have asked d me, do you think any change is going to come from this? look around. we are the change. evererybody herere is standing h the future of our society. and for that, i thank you. my generation, having spent our entire lives sing mass shooting after mass shooting, has learned our voices are powerful and our votes matter. ourselves ande start conversations that keep our country moving forward, and we will.
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we herebeby promisise to fix a a broken system we have been forced into and create a better world for the generations to come. don't worry, we've got this. country now of thisis seee past the lives. we've seen this narrative before. for the first time come the corrupt are not controlling our story. we are. the corrupt are not manipulating the facts. we know the truth. shooting after shooting, the american people now see one thing they all have in common -- the weapons. eitherians coming represent the people or get out. the people demand a law banning the sale of high-capacity magazines and universal background checks, stamper as were beware where, the voters are coming. on februruary 14, tragedy struck my hometetown and my school -- t
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my school. they lost their lives in less than seven minutes. isaac nicholas for the end because today isisis birthdaday. youolas, we're all here for . happy birthday. injured great thing. many others were injured. thousandnds of young people, mie classmates, were forced to become adults and were targeted as adults. we have to do this for them. we must stand beside those we lost and fix the world that betrayed them. this doesn't just happen in schools. inricans are being attached churches, movie theaters, and on
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the streets. but we the people can fix this. for the first time in a l long while, i look forward 10 years and i i see a vote. i see light. i see system i will be proud of. but it all starts with you. the march is s not the climax of this movement, it is the beginning. it is the springboard off of which my generation and all who stood with us will jump into a safer future. today is a bad day for tyranny and corruption. today we take to the streets in over 800 marches around the globe and demand commonsense gun laws. >> i am 16 years old. i am here e because i have been personally affected by the lack of gun control and i believe guns have taken over the minds of individuals who want an easy way out of their dilemma. chicago goes through this every day and you don't realize how much of a toll it is taking on our city until you see it in our communitities. you see it on someone you know. you see it on someone like me. freshman year in high school, i wanted to get some things from
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the store for my mom because she was sick. i remember putting on all of these clothes and going out in 10 degree weather. it was so cold. grabbing allstore, of the stuff thinking, maybe she needs this or that and finally getting into line. all of ain front of me sudden gets upset because he did not have enough money to pay for the things he wanted to buy. he gets out of line and starts trashing the store, throwing everything on the floor, pushing carts, just making a fool out of himself. i check out, i walked to the door and ready to go when i hear a scream and a bang. i turn around and see he is grabbing all of this stuff, pushing it into every crevice of his body, trying to grarab as mh as he can.. when he finally turns to me. he comes toward me and i could not move. i could not breathe. i could not talk. i could not think.
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all the remember is seeing dark jeans coming toward me. he pulls out this silver pistol and pointed in my face and said these words that to this day hot .e and give me nightmares he said, "if you say anything, i will find you." yet i'm still saying something today. [cheers] have long scared our children, corrupted our adults and publicly silenced our government. guns have become the voice of america and the government is becoming more negligent by the day. my pain andsharing my anger. help us by screaming to the government that we are tired of crying for help so group of people who have turned their backs on this, despite the reassurance of making our country safer.
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elton6-year-old mya speaking at the march for our lives in washington, d.c. we will return with more voices of protetest in a moment. ♪ [music break]
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amy: "stand up for something," performed by andra day and common on the main stage at saturday's march for our lives in washington, d.c. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. more than a million people in washington, around the country, and around the world rallied saturday for the march for our lives, calling for gun control following the valentine's day massacre and marjory stoneman douglas high school that left 17 people dead. we returned to highlight from the use led rally in washington.
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this is s student david who survived the shooting in parkland. day fromple dieie every guns and our country, yet most representatives have no public stance on guns. and to that, we say no morore! we are going to make as a voting issue. we are going to make -- take this to every electition, to evy state and every city. we''re goingng to make sure the best peoplple get in our electis to run, not as politicians, but as americans. because this is not cutting it. suppress yoyourto vote and are people who stand against you because you are too young, wee say no more! togethere time to come , not as democrats, not as republicans, but as americans.
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of the same flesh and blood they care about one thing and one thing only, and that is the future of this country and the children that are going to lead it. [cheers] inn will try to separate us demographics. they will try to separate us by religion, race, congressional district, and class. they will fail. [cheers] we will come togogether. we will get rid of these public servants that only served thee gun lobby. and we will save lives! you are those heroroes. >> my name is sarah chadwick. i'm a junior and marjory stoneman douglas high school. this year, $1.05. when you take 3 million, 140,000, 167, the number of
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studenents enrolled in florida byools and divided 3,303,355, thehe amount ofof m y marco rubio has received from the national rifle assssociation it comes out to$.105. is that all we are worth to these politicians? $1.05? with $17 holocaust today, mr. rubio? to that17 all the cost day, mr. rubio? is jacqueline. i am proud to say that parkland is my home. parkland is the heart of this
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movement. the just as a heart neeeeds blod to pump, my hometown is the alliance of other communities to properly spread this message. we openly recognize that we are privileged individuals and would not have received as much attention if we were not for the affluence of our city. sayuse of that, however, we today and forever with those who have always stared down the barrel of a gun. i actually have a special guest for you guys, so i'm going to bring her up. >> my name is the remaking, granddaughter of martin luther king and karen to scott king. dream thather had a his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
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i have a dream that enough is enough. this be a done-free world. period. would you please repeat these words after me. spread the word! word! the across the nation1 we're going to be a great generation!! my name is edna chavez and i'i'm from south los angeles, california. [speaking spanishsh] senior.7-year-old leader.outh
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i am a survivor. i have lived in south l.a. my entire life and have lost many loved ones to gun violence. this is normal. normal to the point that i have learned to duck from bullets before i learned how to read. , she was in high school when he passed away. it was a day like any other day. so it's a going down on south central. you hear pops thinking they are fireworks. they were not pops. you see the melanin on your brother's skin turn gray. ricardo was his name. can you say it with me? >> ricardo! brothert more than my that day.
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i lost my hero. i also lost my mother, my sister , and myself to that trauma and that anxiety. if the bullet did not kill me, that anxiety and that, will -- trauma will. i carry that trauma with me in , walking homess and visiting loved ones. and i'm not alone in this experience. for decades, my community of south los angeles has become accustomed to this violence. it is normal to see candles. it is normal to see posters. it is normal to see balloons. it is normal to see flowers
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honoring the lives of black and brown youth that have lost their lives to a bullet. how can we cope with it when her school district has its own police department? instead of making black and brown students feel safe, they continue to profile and criminalize us. [cheers] insteadd, we should have a department specializing in restorative justice. [cheers] policymakers, listen up. arming teachers will not work. [cheers] schoolsurity in our does not work. [cheers] policies do not work!
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they make us feel like criminalals. we should feel empowered and supported in our schools. instead of finding these policies -- fun these policiesd,ing fund mental-health resources, paid internship and jojob opportunities. cloaked my name is alex and i'm a junior at marjory stoneman douglas high school. tragedy on of the february 14, we as students decided if adult were not point to take action, we would. -- were not going to take action, we would. no gun relateded religious laois and has been pasasseinin this cocountry since 2008. 10 years ago. since 2008, there have been at least 95 mass shootings in this country wiwill stop people belie
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the youth of this country are insignificant. people believe the youth have no voice. when joan of arc five backing was forces, she was 17 years old. when mozart wrote his first symphony, he was eight years old. tell us people that that teenagers can't do anything, i say that we were the only people that could have made this movement possible. [cheers] together, we will use our voices to make sure that our schools, churches, movie theaters, and concerts, and our streets become safer without having a feel like prisons. if teachers start packing heat, are they going to ararm our pastors, ministers, and rabbis? are they going to arm the guy selling tickets at the movie theater? are they going to arm the person wearing the mickey mouse costume and disney? this is with the national rifle association wants, and we will not stand for it. senior here in
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washington, d.c. i'm here too represent the hundreds andnd hundreds of thousands s of stutudents who le in every day i in constant paranoia and fear on their way to and from school. at this moment, please raise your hand if you have been affected by gun violence to honor the ones you have lost. today i raise my hand in honor kelly.win brother zair was shott on september 2 20, 2017 o on his way h home from a competitive college a afterschol program called cocollege-bound.
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would a personalility that light up a room. he was energetic and fulull of drdreams and aspirations. he was our team captain on the track team. he was r running for student governor president. he was a youth councilmember. he aspired to be a refeference excited and attend florida a&m university for undergrad. best dressero the i knew with the best style. [cheers] he was a person, a leader, and aspirer, not just another statatisti i was in contact with zaire while he was home, contacting him through ththe night was that about 20 to 30 minutes went by and i became worried because the walk alone doeoes not even take0 miminutes. i left my room t to ask my mom where e he was.
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angela saw flashing blulue outse my window, i told my parents or police cars and an ambulance on our street. we rushed outside to discovering it was zaire. 20, aight o on septembeber rorobber with a gugun was lurkin my streets foror hours. on my walk home. he attended to rob may b but ir. though he added a goal monitor on and he was supposed to be monitored d by the police, he ws still able to obtain a gun illegally and lurk in my streets and take my brothers life. you shot my brother in the head -- once we arrived to the hospital, he was pronounced dead. from the time we are born we shared everything, incluluding issues. i spent time with him every day
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because we want to the same school, share ththe same friend. we even shared the same room. can you imagine how it would be to loose someone that closose to you? sadly, too many of my friends and peers can. this school alone, my studedent- this year alone, my school lost two students. .> my name is naomi i am 11 years old. bmi friends -- me and my friends held a walkoutut on the 14th. we walked out for 18 8 minutes, adding a minute too honor an
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african-american girl who was the victim of gun violence at our school in alabama. i am here today to repepresent courtland ararrington.n. i'i'm herere today to represent additional 10. -- hadiyah penddleton. i'm here today t to acknowledede and represent the african-american girls who stories do not make the front page of every national newspaper . [c[cheers] whose stories do not make the evening news. i represent ththe african-amerin women who are victims of gun viololence or simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential. it is my privilege to be here today. i am indeed full of privilegege. my voice has been hearard.
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i'm m here too acknowledge their stories, to say they matter, to say their names because i can and i was asked to be. [cheers] too long, these names, ththese black girls and women, have been just numbers. i am here to say never again for those girls, too. [cheers] i'm here to sasay that everyone should value those girls, too. people have said that i'm too young to have these thoughts on my own. people of said, tule some nameless adult. i am ale have said that cool of some nameless adult. it is not true. my friends and i might still be 11 and we might still be in elementary school, but we know.
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we know life i is not equal for everyone and we know what is right and wrong. we also know that we stand in the shadow of the capital and we know that we have seven short years until we, too, have the right to vote. [cheers] we're here today to honor the words of toni morrison. there is a book that you want to read but it has not been written yet, you must be the one to write it. [cheers] iron ridge everyone here and everyone who hears my voice to join me in telling the stories that are not tolold. to honor the girls, the women of color who were murdered at this portion it rate of this nation -- disproportionate rates of this nation. buyer to each of you to help me write the narrative for this world and understand to these girls and women are never
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forgotten. thank you. >> i'm here with her brave youth leaders and here to speak on behalf of chicago's youth are surrounded and affected by gun violence every day. i'm here to speak for those youth who fear they may be shot log on to the gas station, the movies, the bus stop, to charge, or even to and from school. i'm here to speak for the chicago youth who feel their voices have been silenced for far too long. i had to speak on behalf of everyone that believes a child getting shot and killed in chicago or any other cityy is nt the acceptable norm. most important, i'm here to speak on behalf of my brother who was shot and killed while leaving church april 4, 2006. just to give you a few stats from chicago, and stew thousand six, there been more than 5008 hundred 50 people shot and killed in chicago. and since 2012, there been more than 16,000 people shot.t.
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then you repeat that. been more thanre 5850 people shot and killed in chicago. and since 2012, there is more than 16,000 people shot in chicago. these stats are not just numbers in a speech. these are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. these are lawyers, doctors, artists, musicians. more than anything else, these are lives cut short due to senseless gun violence. i must ask, though, chicago's violent epidemic did not start overnight. it was caused by many problems we are still not dealing with today. if you have a city that feels it is more important help pay for college and sports complex rather than fund schools and impoverished community's, you have gun violence. you have a city -- when you have a city that feels you need more things for tourists downtown rather than funding for workforce programs to get guys
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on the streets real jobs, you have gun violence. when you have an illinois state governor who feels funding anti-violence programs is " nonessential spending," you have gun violence. when you have elected officials who feel getting a few extra dollars from the nra is more important than the actual constituents, you have gun violence. when you have a president that would rather talk about in the little chicago's violence rather than spend funds for resources, you have gun violence. alls time to care about communities equally. it is time to stop judging some community's as worst in some -- community's as worthy and some unworthy. it is time. it is time for america to notice that everyday shootings are everyday problems. folklks my name is matatthew. 15, i sat in my
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high school spanish clclass whie my sister victoria was being slaughtered in her first grade classroom in newtown, connecticut. on december 14, she went to school to make gingerbread houses with her first grade students before their holiday break. how w many of you cacan or membr doing that? the antiticipationon of having o wait allon december week, to han your best behavior, but that was cut short. they did not get to make gingerbread houses because gunfire rang o out in the hallw. too o many times as gunfire been ringing out in the hallways of schools across this country. too many schoolsls, too many churcheses, too many movie theaters, too manyny neighborhoods, too many homes. enough is enough. we do not have to wait for others to make us safe. we need to do it ourselves. america, i am pleading with you to realize this is not ok.
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we do not have to live like this. many of thee students that were in fourth grade when my sister was murderered are noww freshmen high school. five years ago this happened. five years ago and no change has come. over 400 students, newtownwnand parents of fafamilies are here marching wih us tododay. >> six minutes, 20 sececonds wih an ar r 15 and my friend carmen would never cocomplain to me abt pianoo p practice. the wouldld never call kira sunshine. alex schachter would never walk into school with his brorother ryan. scott beaeagle would never joke around with cameron at camp. helena ramsey would never hang out after school with max. gina would never went to her friend at lunch.
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joaquin woululd never play basketball witith sam or d dylan ,oster a land that would never chris hixon would never, luke hoyer would never, marking would never make peter wang would never, alyssa would never, jamie gagartenbergrg would never, meaw pollack wowould never. amy: emma gonzalez silence would last for 4 minuteses and 26 seconds. in what has been described as the loudest silence in the history of u.u.s. social protes.
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since the time that i came out here, it has been six minutes, 20 seconds. the shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon hiss rifl, blend in with thee students asas ththey escape, andnd walk free r an hour before arrest. five for your lives before it is someone else's job. [cheers] amy: mass shooting survivor 18-year-old emmett gonzalez. we will be back with our coverage of the march for our
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lives in a minute. ♪ [music break]
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amy: "found/tonight," performed by lin-manuel miranda and ben platt. this is democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. this historic of action, more than 800 sibling protests around the world urging lawmakers to pass gun-control. in washington, organizers say up to 800,000 people took part in the march for our lives. organized by the students who survived the valentine's day shooting massacre at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida. democracy now! was doing a ltr broadcast from the streets, speaking to young people like to tell you rodriguez who came up
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with her family from miami. " sophomore from miami. cooks a sophomore? >> in high school. we're here to advocate for common sense gun laws. i'm here with students. amy: read as your sign and tell us -- >> power to the people. we're here to make change. amy: yes a picture of emma gonzalez. >> and we have different signs. amy: what did you decide on emma , one of the student survivors at marjory stoneman douglas? >> her speech was so inspiring. i did not know any of the person that would represent what i'm advocating for more. amy: as a high school student, what makes you think you can change but people have not changed in decades in taking on
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one of the most powerful interest, the national rifle association? are fedl like students up. i feel like the upcoming generation is doing what this generation isn't. and this generation of politicians is not doing what our generation once and they will listen. if not, we will vote them out. amy: to you feel like we treat ballast of really in white communities and black and brown community's? >> this has been going on and black community's forever. i feel like now politicians are listening to students that they have hit where it hit. amy: your right next to congress. what are you saying you should do? >> we will vote you out if you don't agree with us. amy: on the teachers. what is your response? >> teachers can barely afford papers and pens a now you have money to arm teachers with guns? i think teachers are not paid the amount of money they should. and now you're trying to pair
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themem with arms. i don't think that is a plausible way to do this. i think that not only shows how our country is going in that direction post of amy: that is natalia through this. democracy now!'s youth leader soledad colon came with us to washington, d.c., and interviewed other young people at the protest. >> i am witith democracy now! cami tell memeour name? your age? and 13. >> what it to come here? >> i i don't to be scared walkig to school. i want more gun reform laws. i want all and all for people to be and 13. >> safe. i want people to live good lives. this is not the america that i wanted to grow up in. i wanted to grow up in an america with peace, not an america where kids are costly getting killed by assault weapons. >> we are known as the mass shooting genereration. how do you think this has affected our lives?
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>> the fact that we're even known as that generation is so disgusting. i feel the fact that people even can hold assault weapons in this day and time some it is just disgusting. not are not made -- they're made for hunting, they are made for -- that is why they're called assault weapons. they're made for assaulting people. spoke tocracy now! people from alall over the country. there were sibling marches in so many cities, but also many people came from, for example, chicago. >> i'm from chicago. amy: talk about the issue in your town. >> violence is an everyday thing. we live in a, center. we do o not have p post-trauaumc stress, we're present traumatic stress. our neighbors are filled with teddy bears and sirens and helicopters. that is the music for our community. it is been ignored and neglected
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constantly over and over. it is a shame. we just heard the other day in the last week, that the united states navy medics are now sending just wrote her husband in chicago for training because it is the closest american financial group to the battlefield. we should be ashamed of that. the governor, the mayor, the president, every elected official should be shamed of that. are black and brown lives don't matter. i'm so happy that the view from parkland, we flew them in last week that met with our young people for the whole day. we want to connect the dots. they want to connect the dots with us. amy: father, what are you doing in your parish? the city that is a trauma center, chicago? >> we do friday night walks. we hired four x gang members on staff. we started a program to take 50 at risk youth and put them in jobs. there are people with felonies.
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here's what happened. 50 people with families, with and $6,500 on them. that is total in a year. and now 46 of them are working full-time jobs. go to prison. it is $110,000 if they get shot. so people who don't care about our young people in chicago, if her know the reason, it is a business decision to care about young people. we can turn lives around. it is not ththat we can't end ts violence. we don't have the will to stop the nra in the politicians care about themselves and care about y what community's. amy: do feel like part and is hoping to be the veil even in chicago? >> absolutely. the parkman students at chicago students are united. billy and unite with brooklyn and south-central. the young people are moving above race, moving above
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creede and culture. they're coming together, bonding together as young people. they are impatient. they have phones. they want an answer right now. i love that about our young people. stay impatient because the adults of gotten used to this madness in our country. young people, fight back. amy: and we spoke to student survivors from stoneman douglas high school. >> my name is brenda fisher. i'm a sophomore from marjory stoneman douglas. i'm a staff writer for our school newspaper the "eagle i." i'm also a staff writer at the paper, breanna fisher. >> m zoe gordon, 15 years old. ye."also a staff writer e amy: on that terrible day, valentine's day, february 14, a massacre at your school. you are a reporter, a student. talk about where you were. your feelings and your thoughts
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as a journalist. >> it was a really hard day. it took me a couple of weeks to don't know, just feel a a little uplifteded again i know tt i had toto report on it a as a journalist. it is important to cover what i went through so that others know and speak up for the voices that were lost that day. amy: that day of the shooting, where were you in the school? >> i was in my chemistry class at the time. amy: was it in the freshman buililding? >> it is not, but next to it. amy: when did you come to understand what was happening? >> i don't the guy still understand what was happening. it hasn't really hit me yet that it is happening. you hear on schools like sandy hook and columbine and you never want to imagine your school on the same list as those.
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i don't think it is hit any of us that it actually happened. amy: talk about when you moved into journalism gear. you have done so much in this month. did you just edit the guardian newspaper? >> yeah. they are an amazing publication. i think it was really an honor to work alongside them to show us the true side of journalism. >> it is great they're letting us use the platform and to let us speak out and share our voices. that is not just parkland, florida, but the rest of the world. amy: what sign are you carrying? >> i made a sign, front and back. it says on february 14, i should have been studying for world history. instead, i was praying the shooter would not come into my classroom next. it is impact. the other side says, here's an equation for you -- love over guns. it says, number two pencils over ar-15's.
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of verye kind meaningful to me and very impactful, specially the first one because it is my story. i was planning to go home that day. i was planning to study for my big ap world test the next day. i was stressed out. after i finished my math lesson, i was reaching in my back to get my world history book to start studying when ever thing was happening. itit is so crazy. amy: what was it like to return to school? >> it felt somewhat nice to come back to school because you saw all of this love, the outpouring of love from the entire country. not just local schools, but from literally every single one. i just loved seeing my teachers again. even though it is hard going to
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classes where some of my classmates that unfortunate he did not make it out, like they were in that class, it was hard but it was soclasses nice seeine ones that were there. amy: the mass shooting generation. watch our full for our special broadcast of the march for our lives in washington, d.c., at democracynow.org. happy birthday nermeen shaikh!
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