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television a day. hours of watching 10 television a day needs their ass kicked. all right? really. if you are watching 10 hours of television a day, you have been made into a consumer class. if you're watching 10 hours of television a day, you really really enjoy reality television therefore you were totally entertained by donald trump. stop it. use the time to organize. organize. organize. use the time to focus on your child. all things considered, the minimal we can do as lack people for our -- as black people for children.
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in these times we have a moral and spiritual responsibility to get our children in and out of high school with a diploma. reading and comprehending at grade level without a criminal record and without a child. you notice i did not say anything about college question mark if you do those three things for our children you will lay the foundation for the rest of their lives. do. is the minimum weekend i don't know what the graduation rate is for black children in newark but i know what it is in cleveland, 49%. if the 1% of our children and cleveland are dropping out of high school. can you imagine a young brother in the 21st century without a high school diploma? where is that brother going? to jail. period. and of sentence. so what is the next big thing? turn up the television.
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children.our organize. organize. organize. get ready for 2018 because it is going to be a bloodbath. >> next question. want to take this one. how will black lives matter protests and advocacy take on -- i should say -- look honey federal level in a donald trump administration? what is next for blm? >> i will try to answer that. other stuff.some so, the first one is as an organization, a global organization, it is in a process of figuring it out. as a broader movement for black lives matter, people are also in the process of figuring that out. what i can say from the conversations we have had is that people are not going down
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right? like, there is a level of conversation i am going to have but i am aware we are on c-span. that is a conversation i'm not going to have. be what i will say, the kind of pressure people are putting on, even lightly, on president obama and on the current administration, i think people are ready to go public. there is a lot of consolidating. i have people and friends of mine who are not organizers of war activist and called and said, what are we going to do? i am ready, right? there was a conversation about following young people in the street. you have young people in the street all of the country in reaction to the current administration and just the thought of a donald trump presidency, i think that will continue. one of the organizations i run is called the "indiscernible --
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] -- i am excited about the way we are going to apply pressure in connection with organizing and in connection with different policy locally and federally in i think also just continuing to shift the national conversation, right? i think one of things it has been the most successful things to come out of the movement for black lives as been they shifting around the conversation of policing and security. that will continue as well as what does anti-blackness look like across all communities and across the country. the last thing i am going to say at least around what we're going to do is continue to model and abaadi really what does it look like to be part of a movement that loves all black people, right?
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continue to show up for each other and show up for all of us. understanding if we are talking around like understanding a system. if we understand there are systems that played then i cannot blame you for not having jobs, right? we can look at what does that mean when we are talking about education. i was the organizing for about a decade before i was doing what i'm currently doing, i understand people are being pushed out of school. right? i understand how the system place that. how to we understand that comic knowledge that, not blame our people for that? that is one of the things we're going to continue to do. >> all right. i want to commend the young people in the black lives matter movement because they helped to draw a lot of attention to the issue of police brutality in this country. our people, regardless of who sits in the white house, are
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still being shot down like dogs in the street. since the murder of michael brown, more than 2500 of been killed by police. 1130 six people were killed by police. this sure, almost 1000 have been killed by the police. it in our prison, people are not talking about the brutality there. 800 prisoners have been killed c.o.'s in our prisons. every 48 hours a black person is killed by the police. right here new jersey we have a high profile case. did you will see the video of the unmanned who was shot and killed when he had his hands up? give them a hand. mourn theot just death of their son, they got involved in the struggle because
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john ashford was killed by police. his mother said he was unconscious when they shot him and had four times. and mother ier believe are here. are they still here? what they stand up? regina and cecile? grandmother and mother. abdul from new jersey had a cell phone in his hand and he was shot 50 times by black and latino police on stanley street. shot sevenar-old times in the back by trenton police. we have been demonstrating every monday for 42 consecutive mondays at the federal building in newark. calling on the u.s. attorney for new jersey to launch a civil rights investigation into the death of jerome and scott and
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abdul and others. we need your support. we need people all around the country to chime in on these struggles like people have done for michael brown and eric garner and others. all of these cases are our cases. they are all our cases. must 100 percent stand with the people fighting against the dakota access pipeline. but we got issues right here and our community that people need to be taking a stand on and fighting against. i've been talking, putting the word out. we would be 12-15 people out there in front of the federal building. it should not be that way. it should be more people than
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that. we cannot just come together with big-name people and high-profile people to come together. we got to get back out in the streets, brothers and sisters. host: we are short on time unfortunately. that you to affirm know, yes, with all due respect i agree with everything you said, but i also want to affirm our sistersuggle of and brothers, those are our struggles, too. careful aboutvery any type of language that makes it appear that one struggle is greater than the other. our native american mother and sisters took us in as a slave people seeking liberation you know, and run through our own bloodline. the water crisis they are experiencing is the same water crisis we experienced in flint, michigan, and all across this
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country. it is important we seize the narrative in our fight for our freedom. we make it very clear we are united red, black, brown and we are fighting the fight to get there. >> very quickly, as i look and listen about the federal building here, ok, as i listened to larry about the federal building, it is like we have these killings. this injustice. say it happens episodically, it is systemic said the response has to be systemic. so respectfully to the folks standing outside the federal building, there are no people standing with orlando castille, [indiscernible] i am not disrespecting any struggle.
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the pain is going to keep coming comic keep coming, keep coming. it is more systemic than this one thing happening. policypublic perspective, we have to look at how police officers are held accountable. we have to look at local public policy at around policing. i was somewhere, i think it might've been atlantic, where -- the pointanyway was the coalition of ministers said they wanted to be able to interview incoming police chiefs. the community needs to have that opportunity. those are some of the kind of things that need to happen. again, not disrespecting any struggle but people get struggle-weary when it is around one person. it is too easy to say why this and not that. what will to say is how do we systemically stand up to predatory capitalistic oppression. predatory capitalistic oppression that makes our lives,
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the loss of our lives, a profit for someone. that is a question with to take a look at more broadly. are -- there are not people standing in solidarity a around those issues and with brothers and sisters who have suffered. there are more than one way to occupy and be in solidarity and people are creatively finding ways to do that with social media and the like i agree with you and should not be centered on any one particular person but i also think that we have to be very careful. this election alone points to that truth. we are stronger united. aret greater risk when we divided. we definitely lifted up the importance of solidarity across our communities of color and i think we have a danger when we
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-- i just think it is very important to affirm our solidarity across the ds for. aspora.di #your way to freedom. you simply cannot #your way to freedom. >> i don't think there is stick -- this. we have to come up with a systemwide formula to confront police violence and every single community and to advocate for community control and oversight of police and that has to be across the board as opposed to one city one way and each city as it comes. and that is what they are doing. we're divided in terms of resources because of that because everybody is trying to be in one city and it will be somebody else tomorrow and we have to run there. wrap up i apologize.
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i am turning it over to dr. daniels. it has been a pleasure to be with you. there are many activities are the weekend. thank you for the opportunity to be heard now. i would ask all of the panelists and the mayor to remain at the conclusion when dr. daniels is finished and we can take a photograph. once again, please welcome dr. ron daniels. dr. daniels: let's give ron thompson a big round -- mark thompson a big round of applause. one of the realities is where people not staying at this hotel and they have to get the last shuttle back to the doubletree and if we do not do that there will be eight problems so that is one of the constraints we are racing. i want to say that tomorrow for those of you who are registered we have a series of sessions taking place tomorrow morning about the criminal justice system.
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we have a major session george fraser will be part of. a major session on black family. not just sessions are about expressing grievances. george fraser, somebody who has built a serious network. other economic agendas and to.rams we will be exposed the issues of police accountability. ron hampton and others will be here to talk about, how do we take control of the police and talk about innovative programs taking place across the country. like the program out of seattle. happening.hings many because of the movement and struggle in the streets forcing those changes so we can see concretely what is being done. we want you to be aware of that in terms of participation you bring today's it we want to give all of you a big round of applause, applause for yourselves for coming and being
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patient. to get ae, we want chance to interface with the folks. we have vendors who have come. one of the most beautiful african marketplaces you can see. get yourself a red, green, and black flag out there because we want to continue to waive that flag. it yourself and iw t-shirt as well. i want to ask us to all stand. let's all stand. do sevent to ask us to together. let's all pull together. the last one we want to hold it longer and strong. you can is the other thing i think larry hama is right about, we can debate all of these issues, there should be more people in the streets. we should not have to be begging
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people to be in the streets. what happens is, we are in the streets when it affects me but when i heard, you hurt. buntu, when one is certain all is heard. we have to rumble together. we should not have to beg and plead. we have to become ungovernable. we have to do what martin luther king said, redistribute some pain. using the $1.2 trillion an hour hand as a tool in the black liberation struggle. let's all do it together seven times. !arambe harambe! harambe! harambe! harambe! harambe! [extended harambe!
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>> watch as donald trump becomes the 45th president of the united states and republicans maintain control of the u.s. house and senate. we will take you to key events as they happen. watch on demand at or listen on our free c-span radio app. >> welcome to congress. isjoining us
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>> during the campaign he touted a financial plan that would, he said, invest in infrastructure over 10 years by providing tax .redits to company this will be privatizing existing and new infrastructure and what else we heard from him is the $550 billion investment furtherstructure but no details on that. so when you read about the plan through the issuance of bonds, that is more people from the campaign talking to reporters here and there but there is nothing can create on the trump website. >> here's the transport topic. you write that the industry executive saw the president-elect interest in modernizing me country's
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infrastructure as a glass half-full. why did they react that way? guest: the transportation sector writ large is always good when lawmakers and the president are talking about infrastructure and the need to boost funding. that is where the optimism comes in. the road builders, the trucking association, the state highway officials, the chamber of commerce. there is enthusiasm that congress is really submitting to look into a long-term plan. the concern is, how are you going to pay for this project? so while they are an enthusiastic about the chattering and buzz that trump is getting, at the same time the devil is in the detail because they would rather see an increase in the gas tax at the federal level instead of going through privatizing roads because that would add to
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tolling and there are some groups that are really against tolling. host: this is a couple years old. pretty much the same grade when you look at it. infrastructure report. a d in transport. a d in aviation. and >> there are dollar levels there. to do it all. $3.6 trillion. you are saying the incoming -- nistration is proposing guest: a1 trillion dollar investment by giving tax credits to companies that would follow way short then what you are pointing out. what american civil engineers are saying that we need him was for joy in dollars through 2020 just to bring up our infrastructure nation wide to a place of good repair.
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host: back to your article from last week. some people saying they would like to see lawmakers and trump sign a plan that would address the federal trust fund highway sustainability. tell us where that is and why they think it is not sustainable. is a report that
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they use for maintenance projects. and to invest in new projects. this account has been a place since the eisenhower administration. build the helped interstate highway system and relies primarily on revenues from the gas and diesel tax. our -- the of fuel efficiency in cars, we are not putting a lot in the guest tax and that is why the highway trust fund is not getting the revenue it needs to sustain the infrastructure projects which actually all of the states are scrambling for money to repair these projects. sin the past we are talking more than a decade congress has been injecting short-term funding fixes to keep the trust fund. the trust fund is unsustainable was enactedr a law
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that keeps the trust fund operating through 2021. the question is, what will happen after that. this is where the group comes in. they want to see trump and congress fix something. make sure there is a long-term sustainability for the trust fund after 2021. host: not enough money coming in. guest: correct. they took it from the federal reserve and the strategic reserve and not the traditional is from host: donald trump made infrastructure spending a key part of his speeches and carried it through to his election night victory speech. here is part of what he had to say. mr. trump: working together, we will begin the urgent task of renewing our nation and the american dream.
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i have spent my entire life in the untappeding at potential in projects and people all over the world. that is now what i want to do for our country. tremendous potential. i have gotten to know our country so well. tremendous potential. a beautiful thing. they american will have opportunity to realize his or her potential. the potential will be forgotten no longer. we are going to fix our inner cities. and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. we are going to rebuild our infrastructure. which will become by the way second to none.
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and we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it. trumpsident-elect donald saying he will rebuild the inner cities. broad range of constituencies that he has to satisfy. what sort of opposition? what is the face of the sun capitol hill. heard at theh you same time you have bernie sanders calling drop infrastructure a scam and this is something echoed by colleagues. i am talking to democratic aides on the senate side. saying sanders will reintroduce a bill he had.
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raisingll actually be taxes. the opposite of what trump is talking about. and the dems pushing back would ever effort trump proposes. party.mbers of his own what they have said as they already have a highway bill that thatsea highway trust fund was passed last year. what he was suggesting was there was no urgency to move in the first 100 days on the new infrastructure plan. >> we have calls waiting. eric, republican. >> good morning. 650ve a question of the
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billion the president obama got for infrastructure, i want to know where that went. and what happened to what was left over from george bush. bernie sanders just called donald trump's plan a scam but we just lost billions. where did it go? i wonder if you could answer that and put your spin on it. question.ood i am not going to put a spin on it. i am going to tell people that for 800 billion dollars that the administration had for a new project to rebuild infrastructure, what has happened is that money has been allocated to the state and been available to the state and hopefully the obama administration took some of that funding to create the department of administration a division -- buildd america euro
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america bureau which connects for maintenance projects with builders. that money from the initial obama administration has been enacted and put into place. by rest has been contained states at the federal level at d.o.t.. it is a matter of going through the whole process to get permits for projects. we are talking big projects that are not overnight. host: that money is still pending they have not spent it. guest: right. it is a matter of going through dot and the application process and getting the finance, loans, grants, etc. host: and the obama stimulus
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plan was passed in 2009. guest: right. talking about infrastructure, money was divvied out into a grant program. and infrastructure grant program. a loan program. and, my point is that it is not that the money disappeared in has been sitting there was nobody using it, it is a passes for some of the progress at phase one, it takes several years for the application process and states to go through the regulation to acquire access to the money to proceed. host: typically do you know the ever size of the grant pending from the 2009 money waiting to be spent by states? not necessarily from the 2009 money but once it's been to the whole formula of money into d.o.t., i know that d.o.t. we are talking about something like
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$2 billion for loans to come out through the program and then the tiger grant program a specific loan program that needs congressional approval in order thathe dot to disperse money. that figure is something that once it goes through d.o.t. it is not that is just sitting there, it has to be distributed through other financial entities. caller: mr. obama stood in front of the bridge back in 2009 and
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said, this is one of the projects that needs to be done. it is like a hot potato. i have been here almost 20 years and they have been talking about it. 4% of the gdp of america and yet it does not seem like anything can get done on this bridge and it is really getting dangerous and i was just wondering if something is finally going to happen as far as getting a large enough amount of money to get this thing going. it is going to be like a $2.6 billion project. guest: it is a local bridge that for your collar he should be optimistic because mitch mcconnell the majority leader has been calling for new money to repair this bridge. it is integral for the corridor in the kentucky-indiana area.
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the color has a good point because the state has been -- caller hasat -- the a good point. with mitch mcconnell being there, there is indication he will look through. not through your marks but through other channels there is going to be an injection of assistance for this bridge project. with eugenehere spending.king about to recap some of donald trump's plan. at noy self-financing cost to government. wages andax the
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income balances of revenue lost to income tax credits. that is part of the plan proposed by donald trump. we are getting your reaction as to what congress and the president should do regarding spending. diane, republican line. caller: it seems to me the way this will be paid for as by low and middle income taxpayers at the guests pump or other -- at means. pump or other i was wondering about a luxury tax instead. partially paid by a luxury tax on things millionaires by. yachts, high-end cars. anything related to transportation. if you could comment on that please. thank you.
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guest: you have speaker ryan and the house saying they want to push through with a comprehensive tax reform or early next year. if that is something he does in does include highway financing for infrastructure and that package, there is an expectation there will be either a series of corporate taxes or some may be luxury taxes in the works. i can see somebody like bernie -- that.eally to go back to trump's plan, it is written by billionaire investor wilbur ross in running to be commerce secretary. i read the plan several times and i talked to an economist. the one thing about the infrastructure plan is that i talked to two leading economists on transportation and an economist over at my alma mater at seeing the hall and they are
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telling me the way it is written is very obtuse. it is not for the everyday people lehmans document. the other thing you pointed out, the plan would pay for itself by after you getting the tax break to corporations, the revenue from the income tax on the employees you would hire, that would make up for the tax break. ok, what the economist told me was you are relying on the fact that you are going to hire millions of people for these new projects. campaignd during that he would hire millions of new employees but in an interview, wilbur ross who i reached out to said he was going to endorse that number which would be about a million dollars but when i went back to the economist he said that would not be
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sufficient. plan,ven wrote in that they said, this whole concept of revenue from the income tax is a concept that is new. ok, so this is a new really untested formula for infrastructure. with the transportation goods are telling everybody is we do not have to reinvest the wheel. to -- theneed roadways. to inflationx it and have the ability with this account for states looking to invest in big projects and we could do the maintenance of what you pointed out. and infrastructure system that rate.rned a b+
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host: one asking, what is missing here. columbus ohio, good morning, independent line. it seems to me the way the money is allocated does not make any sense. in columbus, ohio, we have a to abouth is now up 12-13 lanes across. they will not stop building highways until the of paved every piece of property available. .t does not make sense don't we need public transportation like subways, buses, light rail. this is not make sense. the cities want the money, why don't they raise it through taxes? they should raise their own
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taxes. in my mind, the best ring is to lower taxes and go to public transportation end stop all this nonsense of paving the entire united states until there is no place left to pave. guest: my review of his plan, i did not see anything about the project however trump has talked about rail but nothing that i saw. , new members, really have said in rail it is a way to help with mobility especially in urban centers. a located, 80% of it is meant to go to highways and bridges and surface transportation networks. 20% give or take is for transfer
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projects. the color also brought up, i think he said, -- actually, they raised the guests tax. gas states have raised the tax. state of newome jersey, 20 three cents. astronomical. i went back on for thanksgiving in central new jersey and i was surprised that everybody at the dinner table was talking about. host: what was it raised so much? has because new jersey thousands of bridges that are structurally deficient and they lack federal support, this is according to legislators. the state transportation fund had been on the brink of a gutsy. they could not wait for the federal government to come in with an injection of support so finally they ran out of what
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other places to inject money from so the legislator went to voters and said, we need to raise the gas taxes. it has not been raised since he 1980's. chris christie signed it into law. they even had a referendum on the ballot in november to ensure that money would stay in the lockbox. that it would not go. the transportation fund would not be used for other projects. and then in new jersey, a test proponents of transportation projects say should happen at the federal level. urban center. big new jersey, a place that connects philadelphia and new york. they needed the money to push forward in the federal lawmakers should emulate that.
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federalre is where that gas tax. 18.4 cents a gallon. cents per, 24.4 gallon. index for inflation since 1993, the gas tax now says it would be about $.29 per gallon. diesel tax $.39 per gallon. the federal tax is not increased since 1993. lets them palestine, illinois. let's hear from illinois. chris on a democrats line, welcome. caller: when you look at the
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trunk plan, they want to put a what i'm trying to get at is how are these subsidies making it more efficient for people in this country to get from point a to point b when you look at amtrak and they have been losing millions of dollars since their inception? how is that efficient for the american taxpayer? guest: i can touch on that. color a good point about amtrak. amtrak does make money, a profit on its northeast corridor line, which goes from boston all the ay to d.c. where they lose money is on the rural routes. you have lawmakers representing these parts of the country who say that their residence need --ess being and all not
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being an alternative other than cars to get around. that's why they push on capitol hill to subsidize amtrak funding on these rural lines. there's actually a big debate on capitol hill. within the republican party, you have those who see the subsidies -- where makesy profits. one of the outgoing members of congress, he has been a staunch critic of amtrak where he has been calling for the privatizing of many of these rural lines and even perhaps the northeast corridor. so they subsidize it because the rural lines don't make enough money and you've got proponents on capitol hill who still want to see the connectivity.
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caller: i wanted to talk in general about trumps campaign promises. transportation, but all the amenities he has promised. has the power to use, the power the people. if any, his manner senator is can ask the, he people to stand at their lobbyists and tell them that they are hurting america, to get with the new administration to fulfill their campaign promises. saying, oh, they wouldn't let me do it or i had to do an executive order so that's my comment. host: is


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