tv March for Civility Rally Part 1 CSPAN September 24, 2017 3:41am-5:06am EDT
>> c-span's washington journal. coming up this morning, republican political correspondent will look at his recent op-ed on aapa examining president trump's ideology. he is not a conservative. also diplomatic talks, will they defuse tensions with north korea? c-span'so watch washington journal live at 7:00 eastern this morning. join the discussion. a rally called the march for civility was held on the steps of the lincoln memorial in washington, d c speakers with different backgrounds shared their stories , with access unity, friendship and love.
war, america, are you there, are you there from my mother, god had shaped her, i was born with my hands in the air burn your cross so jesus sees us i was born with my hands in the air my father, someone shot him i was born with my hands in the air raise your voice in house of horrors i was born with my hands in the air are you listening do you care i was born with my hands in the air all my sadness, all my laughter i was born with my hands in the air war, america, are you there? are you there? war, america, are you there? are you there? ♪ [applause] >> all right, america, are you there? gather around. we have a beautiful day plan. love and compassion for everybody. let's spread it today. we are very excited. thank you for having us. we hope to meet all of you today. thanks for being here. [applause] me, and i hope so many of you that are here, and around the
world watching on c-span today. i think this is a really amazing experience. we will get started with our first speaker. we have a former congressman, jason altmire, who literally wrote the book on how to conquer polarization in washington. during his three terms in the house, he was a bipartisan centrist known for working with both sides of the aisle. in his new book, he offers some advice about bringing civility back to our nation's political discourse. please welcome former ,jason altmeir. -- please welcome former congressman, jason altmeir. [applause] >> this is the perfect place to have this event. we are surrounded by some of america's most significant
memorials that have to do with what we are talking about today. right over there, the black granite wall inscribed with 68,000 names, that symbolizes a time in this country when we were deeply divided, when it appeared america was coming apart at the seams, when violence occurred, when anger turned into violence, americans turned against one another. it was about that time that one of america's greatest heroes gave one of america's greatest speeches right here at this memorial. on that day, 54 years ago, dr. martin luther king stood here and told america we have a long way to go to achieve the civility, to achieve the peace, to achieve the unity and equality that he knew was possible. in this spot, the lincoln memorial represents the fact that this nation has come in the past, at times when we were even more divided than we appear to
be today. the man memorialized behind me, who looks down at us now from his giant, white chair, he presided over america at the time of our deepest division. that is the backdrop of what we are talking about today, the march for civility. what we are talking about today with this march, is that regardless of our politics, we have to find a way to increase the level of civility in our public discourse. [applause] we have to find a way to reduce partisanship. no matter your politics, today partisans think all the facts are on their side, all the evidence support that conclusion, that they know better than everybody else what
is right, that their side is 100% right, and the other side is 100% wrong. maybe sometimes that is true, but usually it is not. we have to work together. one of the things i found in writing my book on political polarization is that no matter how hard we try, it is nearly impossible to change the mind of a partisan on an issue to which they are committed. we all come from different backgrounds, different points of view. we all have different opinions. we all have different life experiences that lead us to different conclusions. it is how we express those differences of opinion that matters. it is how we articulate our disagreements. we all have a responsibility for civility. we all have a responsibility to
respect one another. this event today is nonpartisan. we have people here of every possible political affiliation. no matter what your politics, no matter what side of the aisle you are on, if you remember one thing today, make it this: the rules of civility also apply to you, not just to whom those we disagree. there is so much anger, so many things we would like to change. don't let an act of incivility discredit what you are trying to achieve. like that great man that stood here 54 years ago, let each of us lead by example. let us set the tone of the debate by our actions, not just
our words. win the debate based upon the merit of your idea, not the volume of your shouts. channel your anger into making positive change. [applause] go forth in a spirit of unity, not division because we really are all here together. thank you for being here, and enjoy the march. [applause] >> thank you. our next speaker, the way i found out about him -- with a lot of the work i have been doing on the front lines at protests, i was tagged in a video online about this documentary on netflix title accidental courtesy. courtesy."accidental
because they tagged me, i watched the film. i was so fascinated to see the work this man was doing as a black blues player that over the last 30 years of his life, has been crossing lines to befriend members of the kkk, and get them to denounce the kkk. i was fascinated by this guy. i ended up calling my agent and saying, have you heard of this guy, darrel davis? he said, i have been asking you for six months to meet up with darrell davis. he wants to meet with you. he lives in washington, d.c. after watching that documentary, up, tryingalling him to figure out how to get together, and we finally met last night. he is here to speak. welcome, darrell. up, trying to figure [applause] [cheers] >> thank you. good morning. it is a real honor and pleasure to be here. let me start by saying welcome
to the march for civility. i have been walking this march now for about 30 years doing what i do. a few things i have found is this: we spend a lot of time in echo chambers, surrounding ourselves with people who agree with us. everything we hear confirms what we believe, and we exclude those who may have differences of opinion with us. what we need to do is begin to invite people to our table who may disagree. as martin luther king said, he had a dream that one day, the sons of former slaves would sit down at the table of brotherhood, with the sons of former slave owners. that's what we need to do. we need to come together.
we spent a lot of time talking about each other or at each other, but we don't spend enough time talking with each other. learning about the other side, learning their faults and fears. they learn from us. have learned that while you are -- that is what i have been doing. i have learned that while you are actively learning about someone else, at the same time, you are passively teaching them about yourself. you always want to be honest. you always want to be true. you always want to be civil, because the most important thing you want is a return visit with that person, regardless of who they are, how extreme they may be. what you're doing is planting a seed. you must nurture that seed. keep in mind, you only have one opportunity to make a good first impression.
you may have a second or third opportunity to make a good impression, but only one opportunity to make a first impression. most people judge you by their first impression of you. if they don't like you first time around, they will not be willing to meet with you again. i have been spending 30 years meeting with neo-nazis, supremacists, etc., and most of the time i get a return visit. over time, you find things to have in common, and if you nurture those commonalities, you begin to form a relationship. as you form that relationship, the things you have in contrast such as skin color, religion, things like that begins a matter less and less. as you nurture that relationship, you begin to forge a friendship. as a result, i have collected
many robes and hoods and neo-nazi paraphernalia over the years, and i even have these people going out on lecture tours with me, speaking out against the evils of racism and discrimination, and they have aligned themselves with me and my embracing attitude. what we need to do is adopt an attitude of no longer can we say i am not my brother's keeper. let's say we are our brother's keeper, because we are all brothers and sisters in this country. thank you. [applause] the second most important thing i have learned is this, give your adversary a platform. allow them to express their views. you don't have to agree with them, and if you do that is fine, and if you don't, challenge them.
do it politely and intelligently. not rudely or violently. that way, 9 out of 10 times a will reciprocate and allow you to air your views. make sure you have done your homework, so you can present the facts in an intelligent and influential manner, because at the end of the day, you each have to think about what the other person said. nobody wants to be wrong. we always want to be right. keep in mind, when two enemies are talking, they are not fighting. they might get a little loud or beat on the table, but at least they are talking. it's when the talking ceases that the ground becomes fertile for violence. so let's keep the conversation going. thank you all, and good luck.
[applause] >> to continue on with the message about crossing over different lines, many of you may have seen my most viral video as i was in the protest that was taking place in charlotte last year. there was an important moment -- special moment that was used in a google commercial and cadillac commercial, that as i was walking by, trying to deescalate the tension at this protest. there was a giant police officer, and as i was walking by, he says, bring it in, do i get one of those hugs? in that moment i was really nervous, because i had a group meprotesters standing behind , and they, in that moment, they
would see me as a traitor or sellout, because i crossed over to a different line and hugged this cop. i knew i was going to face criticism. almost immediately people were challenging me to a fight because i hugged this cop. i love the message about being able to cross over to different lines. that cop reached out to me shortly after that interaction happened, and we have become good friends ever since. my buddy chris is here. come up. [applause] look how big this guy is. i am going to look really short in a second. you can stand right there. naw. come on up. [applause] share with them what was going through your head. a lot of people think i just walked up to him and hugged him. in that moment i was scared to hug him. he was in riot gear, his weapon was with him, and he is just big. i do not know what is going to happen.
there was tear gas in the air. it was a chaotic night. i was shocked he asked for that hug. people thought it was me that initiated that. it was actually him. tell them what was going through your head in that moment. >> in that moment, it was tuesday night, and i got three hours of sleep. we were in the city, bruised and beaten, trying to help the citizens take the city back. we finally got a break. i saw ken, and i recognized him in the dallas video, and recognized his work. i just yelled out, where is my free hug? he looked at me with this look, i have to have this big guy?
[applause] he smells, but he came over and we started talking. it opened those communication lines between protesters, police, him. they are more willing to listen to him because i am in riot gear. they are listening to him. it brought peace for that one moment in our city. it really helped out. it was amazing friendship that bonded. i stalked him on facebook for about a month, trying to get a comment. we started talkin,g and started -- talking organizing different community events so we can all work together and stay strong. we stand together or we fall apart at the end of the day. >> absolutely. [applause] what a lot of people don't realize is that in those moments, these unlikely friendships can be created.
i really see him as a friend of mine. many people don't know that when i was in charlottesville a few weeks ago, and i was standing at that alley when that car came through. i made three phone calls. one was to my wife, one was to duane, and the third was to chris. i knew i needed someone in law enforcement that could give me some advice, as i was standing there, distraught. i had never seen anything like that, a car coming in and plowing down 19 people in front of me. before he even went into cop mode, he wanted to make sure i was ok and check up on me. he started giving me advice on what next steps i should take. i appreciate the friendship that has come out of that moment.
sometimes we look at the color of people's skin or the uniform -- so many times, we look at the color of people's skin or the uniform they are wearing, and we say i cannot find a friend in that person. chris is a real friend of mine. we have traveled around to colleges and spoken to young people about this message of unity and being able to come together. we will do a whole bunch more of that. he just got promoted to sergeant. [applause] >> two weeks ago. >> two weeks ago. >> they are still velcroed on. [laughter] >> just knowing that now, he will have more free time to spend with me, as i travel to colleges, and show students there does not need to be division between us. there is no need for this division intention and conflicts tension, andand
conflicts going on around the country. we need to be able to come together. this is a symbol of that. thank you, chris. i appreciate you. [applause] >> our next speaker coming up, when i started this march, i had originally called this the peace march. i thought this is the message we need to spread. duane, my advisor, he started having me travel around and meet his friends. they suggested you don't call it peace, you call it stability. we need to take it back to the foundations of people being able to treat each other with respect. at the time i wasn't sure what that word meant. i did research, and i found out in washington, d.c., there is a national institute or civility.
i reached out to them to see if they would join us for this march. we ended up getting their president. come on up. [applause] i would love for you to be able to share with them a little about the work you do with the national institute for civility. either way, i still owe you a hug this morning. [laughter] >> thank you so much, ken. how about another round of applause for chris? [applause] >> ken used the phrase, unlikely friendships. i will come back to that phrase as i talk. what we heard from darrell and chris and can are the extremes of society where words have turned into violence. i am going to talk about how we have come to a place in our society where it isn't just the extremes that have to come back together again and learn to listen, it is all of us.
this has gotten so bad that you can practically every day see a cartoon someplace. our favorite at the national institute is this one, it shows civil discourse on a gurney on the way to the emergency room. after the presidential election and during the presidential election of 2016, we got thousands of emails and social media messages from people in red states, blue states, purple states, all of them distraught, frustrated, ashamed, angry about how we are speaking to each other and how we are treating each other. we got thousands of emails same i don't want to go thanksgiving. our best, saying
product innovation teams cannot talk to each other after this election. political historians tell us that this year is the first time since the reconstruction and jim crow laws that we have seen the following reality. this is 10 months after our presidential election, and yet americans who voted for trump, i could say americans who voted for hillary, either way, it is happening both directions -- we the people are still vilifying, demonizing, and hating each other. if we do that, if we do that as a people, in our homes, towns, neighborhoods, there is no hope of ever holding people accountable at the other end of this wall for being civil to mall, for being
civil to each other. this is now like a virus in our country. democracy has always been a conversation. the quality of that conversation is what matters. most of us have come to a place, and social media has exacerbated this, the anonymity, that we are all broadcasters. we all want our message out. do we really know how to listen, to understand? that is what we are doing at the national institute for civil discourse. we have created a set of tools to revive civility person by person. we do it with small group dialogues, person by person, large-scale dialogues, and a texting platform. try to remember this.
text 89800, and type "civility" into the message line. it will take you to a script that walks you through how to have a conversation with someone very different from yourself. i want to go back to unlikely friendships and highly recommend -- go to youtube, unlikely friendships donna and bob. i am an iowan by birth. donna redwing runs the longest gay-rights organization in iowa. she invited bob vandercloot who runs family leadership in iowa, whose views on gayness, these beingstwo of these human
could never come to any type of agreement, on what they view and feel about gayness. donna invited bob to lunch. they go to lunch. they meet each other as human beings. in that process, they form the same kind of bond ken and chris talked about, of a real friendship, across profound differences. i'm going to ask you to do something, right here, right now, as becoming one of the people who takes the next step to revive, restore civility. think in your own head: who is someone -- it may be in your family, your workplace, someone who voted differently from you but, think of -- a person where there is a
risk-reward ratio, if you did what donna did or what chris did. in your mind's eye, think that person right here, right now, and when you are ready, invite that person to have a conversation with you. the critical thing to remember when you have that conversation, you are not trying to convince that person that she should not have voted for trump, or he should not have voted for hillary. what you're trying to do is learn enough about that person's life experience to understand why they make the choices they made. we have now created a huge divide. people who are now more on the left really think trump supporters are not normal people. we have gone that far in our lack of understanding of each other, and vice versa. do exactly what you can do on a one-on-one basis. the text platform, use it.
it will teach you how to have that conversation with that unlikely person you just picked in your own mind. all of our channels ask you to tools ask you to pledge to be a civil citizen yourself, how you can organize small community events to bring this in a large moment across our country. the mantra that should come out of today's experience together is, it's our time, it's our job to change this march into a movement. we will never get back the social norms of civility and respect if we don't create a real movement of we the people to be at ourselves and demanded ourselves. i will leave you with a quote from president obama.
"we all have likes and dislikes of people that are different than we are, but what is important is how we treat each other, not whether we like each other, but how we treat each other." finally, margaret mead, a real icon in our culture, don't forget her most famous quote, "never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has." we can do this. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. to continue with this message of unlikely friendships, i would love to talk about the man who made a lot of this happen. i think a lot of people think it
was all me, and it is really not. to be able to have met such a friend -- he travels to speak at his company, aegis living. you have seen the logos. [applause] i know he has quite a crew here. duane clark is a phenomenal man. i did not know what to expect when i went to speak at his company, but the culture he has at that company, how much they love each other, everyone was -- i thought they were wearing free hugs shirts before i even got there, because everyone was just hugging each other and loving one another. when i traveled to meet him, i thought he was a rich ceo, you know how they are. this guy was different. that first night after speaking at his conference, he asked me to go to dinner with him and his wife.
it was the first time i ever cruised in a rolls-royce. this guy's car collection is insane. to know that myself growing up , in and out of homeless shelters, in the way my family struggled, i never could have imagined that type of lifestyle where i hop in his lamborghini one day, and his rolls-royce one day and see how he lives. i would never think this man and myself would have a genuine friendship. his wife called me and said he is pretty intense, and he is going to call you all the time. just accept it. i am still working on that , because he calls me a bunch of times. to make this happen, this stuff costs to produce. he teamed up with his friends and coworkers and people he felt would really connect with this
message, and he got them all to rally behind it and support it. that is how we were able to make this happen financially. duane is going to come up, and i cannot tell you how much i love you and respect you. thank you. [applause] >> hello, civility ambassadors. [cheers] it is hot as hades up here. if tomorrow wasn't promised, what would you do today? how would you treat your fellow man? what would your legacy to this world be? that is right, your legacy. we are not just marking time, our actions are significant. what would we do? what would we say? how would we treat one another?
it all matters. i want to share with you what i know and what i believe, some of which i learned at a young age, some of which is a work in progress. i'm going to tell you about three things that cannot only help us be more civil to each other but help us to be more successful in life. hopefully it will help you answer the questions i just asked. those three things are about opportunity, teamwork, and empathy and respect. i think we can all agree that civility is a pretty simple concept, that when exercised it is what most of us learned when we were in kindergarten. don't be selfish. share everything. be kind to others whenever possible, and it is always possible.
think before you speak. keep your hands to yourself. don't hate anyone. -- hit anyone. clean up your own mess. don't take things that aren't yours. say you are sorry when you hurt somebody. wash your hands before you eat, and the important one that my wife reminded me of. put the seat down when you flush. these are not rocket science. we should not the value the little things that we do because they add up to the things. these little things can change how we make a person feel about themselves. anyone who has ever read an aesop fable about the mouse and the lion will remember the moral of kindness the lion showed to the mouse by setting him free when he could have eaten the
mouse a live. that kindness was unexpectedly repaid by the lion to the little mouse -- excuse me, by the little mouse to the lion when he set the lion free from the hunter's net. no act of kindness, know ever how small is ever wasted. ,speaking of which the first , thing i want to talk about his opportunity and how not to waste it. we all want and like opportunity. but sometimes we are so busy on our iphones and ipads, we forget the perfect opportunity. we miss the immediate opportunity before us, and that is the opportunity to treat the people all around us the people , we encounter and engage every day, with kindness rather than disregard and hatred. look around you. look around you right now. look at the people standing next to you.
say hello to them. make friends. don't waste this opportunity today. i grew up dirt poor in a little town called lewiston, idaho. i got my first job when i was seven. i know that sounds a bit silly, but it is true. my mom was a cook in a cafe. my 16-year-old sister was a waitress. i was the dishwasher in a small rural airport cafe. i would stand on a milk crate so i can reach this silver lever on the dish machine. but i loved work. i love the opportunity. i've worked every year since that time. work was never just work. it was the opportunity they provided me and continues to provide me to experience so many different people from different walks of life, so many different cultures and stories they have told me. i have never passed up the opportunity to learn and observe from other people. it has made me richer and a better person.
i used to watch how my sister smiled as she waited on customers who sometimes never even looked at her. her feet may have been aching and she may not have always been in a smiling mood, but she smiled nonetheless. i saw how my mom lovingly assembled meals she prepared for them for people she did not even know, and how she always respected them and respected her employees even when she was busy and had a stressful day. my mom believed in seizing that moment and being in service to others. she believed in kindness no matter what she was doing. all this helped me grow as a person and develop my core values that have helped me in life and business and working with people. never pass up the opportunity to treat someone with kindness. the second thing i want to mention is teamwork. very few things happen in business without a great team. it takes a team.
that is a lesson my mother taught me. my mother was a british war veteran who married an abusive man my father. , she divorced my father just as her oldest son was entering college. that did not deter her. with few skills and barely knowing how to jive because my controlling father forbid her from getting a drivers license, she took a job making salads at a nightclub for $1.45 an hour. [applause] >> i want to hug you, man. >> she put all four kids through college. it was an example of determination and grit. and the fact that if we all come together, no matter your race, religion sexual preference, we , can do it.
we can restore civility. it is not going to be the active one person or a village. it will take us all working together on a common goal, all on teamwork and on the same team each of us as an ambassador. , the last thing is empathy and respect. as the baby of my family, as the time came for me to go to school, around my 16th birthday, my mother came to me and said we have no money. like a smartass, i said what is new? she quickly became serious and opened the fridge and lamented on how she spent her check on rent, utility, and school supplies. she opened the fridge that cast a shadow on an onion, some milk, and two sticks of butter.
i will borrow some potatoes from work and make potato soup she , said. if you are going to steal, i said steal some steaks. with that came a slap across my little fat face. if that was not a clear enough sign about her anger and tone, she said we do not steal. , we have never stolen. we will borrow these potatoes, and we will pay them back with interest. at 4:00 a.m. the next day, we borrowed eight pounds of potatoes, and we came home and made potato soup. we lived off that soup for 13 days. during the night, my mother would talk to me about the success that i would have in
this country because of the opportunity it had, because the people we had in this country, that if i applied myself and was kind to all people no matter what their race, what their beliefs, that i would be successful. and yes, we paid those potatoes back with interest 14 days later. after i started my company, we created the potato soup foundation, which has helped hundreds of people in times of need. [applause] that pain, although it lives inside of me 40 years later, has taught me the empathy in others. i have walked in their shoes. i know how it feels. a famous rock band by the name of u2 recently told students at
georgetown university, choose your enemies carefully. make them something worthwhile. incivility is our enemy. incivility divides us. we may disagree on various issues and matters, but we can be courteous and respectful in doing so. we can dislike ideas, but we cannot dislike each other. we always should be able to walk in the shoes of another, but we can be symbolic to the struggles and challenges our neighbors and peers face. if we all come together, this common goal, our success will be exponential. in closing, i ask you again, if tomorrow wasn't promised, how will you spend today? how will you treat your fellow man?
what will your legacy to civility be? what did your mother teach you about civility? god bless you. [cheers and applause] >> wow. thank you duane. thank you. our next speaker, so many of you are probably familiar with him. i know every time i log on to instagram and different social media accounts, he is in arkansas interacting with the students. you can tell he works with some pretty underserved neighborhoods. you see his love and passion for the people in that community as he serves. it has gained him a lot of notoriety as being one of america's favorite community
police officers for his passion and the things he does in the community. i am honored. i stalked this guy for a few months to try to get him out here. i tagged him in social media. myhought he shared one of videos, and i said this is a perfect opportunity to get him here. he finally obliged, and he is here. welcome up officer tommy norman. [applause] >> thank you, ken. it is a big honor to be here. thank you to your wife sabrina, and congratulations on the upcoming additions to the family. give him a big hand. [applause] i really don't feel worthy to be up here. me, myn contacted
days off at the police department in arkansas are thursday and friday. it took me everything to get my sergeant to let me off today. i will have to fly back home tonight because duty calls in the morning. it is an honor to be here with my beautiful girlfriend rosalynn , who is a big supporter. raise your hand. [applause] she is a big supporter. i have met a lot of great people in my short time here. when i think about peace growing up in north little rock, arkansas, family of nine, twin myself, and we are the youngest. my momma always taught us to love each other even if that meant that we have to do without. i follow that model my entire life. i always wanted to be a police officer. i was in love with police officers. they were heroes to me and still are. i never thought it would be a police officer.
in december 1977, i applied to be a police officer in little rock, arkansas. i passed every step there was to pass to be a police officer, and my career began june 15, 1998. i'm still working on my 20th year. i remember early on in my career as a police officer, i always wanted to go into neighborhoods with open arms, to love people because that is what my mom taught her nine kids. as you know, mom knows best. i was a little reluctant at first because i always thought all police officers did was write tickets and make arrests. i did not know that police officers good hug people and love people and form relationships. i tried, but i did not know if it was working. in 2001, my shift had just ended at 2:00 p.m. a gentleman north of little rock wanted to meet with me.
he did not tell me what he wanted. i meet with him at a gas station off interstate 30. he wanted to confess to a murder. he had killed a man in a homeless camp with a two by four. i called little rock police. they came over, and they asked me how did i find this guy. i told the officers, i did not find him. he found me. they put him in handcuffs. very peaceful arrest. they put him in the back of their patrol car. before they drive off, i ask the gentleman why me? ,why a police officer you have never met that works for another agency? why did you choose me? just my luck a plane flies over when i speak. he tells me there's a police officer in the neighboring city
that he could surrender to with dignity and respect. that wasn't really a transformation for me. it was more of a confirmation that your badge should have a heartbeat and not an ego. [applause] as my career furthered, i wanted to be more than a police officer. when my shift ended at 2:00, i wanted more. i went home and took my uniform off and put on the same clothes the community was wearing and went right back out. i do it today. it is such a humbling experience to be a police officer. it is not the badge that makes you, but it is the heart behind the badge that makes you. when you talk about we the people, you talk about you, me, us, they, them, everyone. it is not just police officers that have to make a difference. it is not just ken and duane.
ken is an amazing person. he actually gives better hugs than me. i don't know if i was him if i wouldn't start charging for all those hugs. anyway, i want to share with you in closing on my flight here i , listened to a song by john legend. are out is "if you there." some of the words that really youd out to me was, "if hear this message wherever you stand, i'm calling every woman, every man. we are the generation, we cannot afford to wait the future . started yesterday. we are already late." my job as a police officer, when i go back to work tomorrow morning, it is parking my police car, getting out, sitting on front porches, and finding the forgotten.
you have to find the forgotten in your community, the people most of society would turn their back on. we have to find those people and form relationships, build trust, and build respect. my challenge to you when these cameras are often we all go back home, are you going to make a difference? are you going to stay committed? i think that is really huge, staying committed. thank you so much for having me here. it really means a lot. i'm looking forward to the march and promoting peace. i really appreciate it. [applause] >> for our next speaker, to introduce them i am going to iing up two of my cop buddies met when i was on the front lines in charlotte.
it is such an amazing experience to have met these guys on the front lines of a riot that was taking place in charlotte, and last night as we were coming back from dinner with duane and headed back to the hotel, we had in thechael brown sr. lobby of the hotel. knowing that the passing of his son, so much of the tensions that had happened in ferguson around that time, and just seeing the connection between here i am with these police officers i met on the front lines of a riot, knowing that riots had taken place out there, and seeing him sit there really touched my heart. my wife let me know it really hit her as well. to see these two gentlemen hop out of the car and going greet him, even as i was leaving, the fact they all just sat down there in the lobby of the hotel and talked amongst each other was giving me goosebumps.
look at what this has done? that is civility. that is peace. i found it for my brother-in-law were still just sitting out there talking as human beings. i would like to welcome up michael brown sr., who is here today. come on out. [applause] to know that together we are all in this thing together, and again, just that site of seeing all three of these guys hanging out in the lobby talking as human beings despite everything that has happened at what we have seen in the news and the grow past we still that and are able to spread love and see each other as human beings. it gave me goosebumps last night and right now just to see these guys. it is crazy. that dialogue, that civil
discourse gets us to be able to have moments like this where the uniform doesn't matter, the color of our skin doesn't matter, and we are just seeing into each other's heart. that's what they saw last night as they had that dialogue. please welcome again michael brown. [applause] >> i would like to say peace and blessings. i would first like to thank the families back at home in the streets of st. louis for their constant dedication and to civiltion disobedience. justice, no profit. our country is under a state of emergency to say black lives
matter. united we stand, divided we fall. as we all come together to the table in peace and unity for justice and equal. thes best to work with martin luther king of this era or deal with the malcolm x of this era. we must respect ourselves and others. whatever we do, we must take responsibility for our own actions. then change will come. thank you. [applause] >> awesome. into talking more about civility. when i saw the dictionary
,efinition of what civility is i felt like it wasn't enough. i wrote down some of my own bullet points of what i feel civility is, and i would like to share that with you all. civility is our ability to be kind, empathetic, and courteous to one another. it enables us to disagree without disrespecting each other. that justicenowing is not for just us, but for anyone being treated unfairly. a person shouldn't have to look like you in order for you to defend them when they are being treated unjustly. civility makes sure that women are given equal rights and treated with respect. we were all carried by women. they literally gave birth to this nation. that means they can do just about anything a man can do, and things we are not capable of.
[applause] so how dare us not give women fair pay and equal rights and better treatment and respect. it is so important. being civil means knowing when to lower our voice in order to listen to each other with empathy and understanding. civility sets great examples for our children to follow and encourages them to embrace diversity and work towards becoming a more inclusive society. it bothers me sometimes when i am watching the news, and i saw a few months ago a politician who body slammed a reporter. our kids are watching these things. how can we send our kids to school and tell them to keep their hands to themselves when they are seeing politicians body slamming people that are asking them for interviews? we have to set better examples for the young people coming up behind us. [applause]
thank you. civility is it justified by how we treat each other. it is also and how we treat our environment. recently we have experienced hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and floods. it is time to start making changes to increase our chance of survival. we don't have a follow-up we can rush to after we messed things up here. we are starting to see the effects of that now with so many of these. we are getting record temperatures. seeing these hurricanes taking place one after another in recent weeks, we have never seen anything like this before. climatepeople deny change is real or not, we do know that something is happening, and we need to be aware of that, and we need to be more concerned about the way we treat this environment. [applause] thank you. civility gives us the passion to create jobs and opportunities to
help immigrants, refugees, and people in need rather than just leaving them to struggle or be forced back to countries where they fled persecution. to give every person in this country a fair shot at life and the pursuit of happiness. civility is knowing that war should only be used as a last resort, and not a primary way to resolve conflict. [applause] we shouldn't continually be on the brink of world war iii when we haven't yet experienced world peace i, and that is so important. [applause] civility prevents incidents like the vehicular attack in ,harlottesville a few weeks ago the shooting of the five police officers in dallas last year, the massacre at pulse nightclub in orlando. each of these terrorists
represented a different race, a different ethnicity, yet they all shared similar hate in their hearts. we must teach america to love again. it is so important that we do that. one of my most viral videos a year ago or two years ago was as i traveled around and had titled it "make america love again." often i feel like this message , many love and unity times people aren't willing to accept it. they feel like they need to choose sides with these issues taking place. even with the crowd today, if i had picked a specific cause that represented one side or another, i feel at the crowd would be all the way to the back towards the washington monument. but you tell people to come together and stand as human beings, and so few people come out to support that message. we are backwards. it is not ok. we need to really be able to
celebrate togetherness and unity and love. i appreciate you guys out here today to support that message. it is sad we have become the minority, that there are a few of us fighting for that rather than the polarizing messaging being sent out there today, and people seem so comfortable to just attach to one side or another and feel like they need to hold true to that, so this message of togetherness is so important. to continue on -- thank you. [applause] thank you. here among such a group of diverse people as we celebrate unity. black, white, brown, native american, christian, muslim, gay, straight, young, old, police officers, activists, artists, musicians, and we are all able to stand here on the
stage supporting love and equality. this is what unity looks like. this is what democracy looks like. this is what the people united look like. the more we stand together -- [applause] the more we stand together like this, we can't be divided. we really need to grow in numbers around this message of love and unity. lastly, civility is knowing that when we see many of these acts of hate, and we know that hate can be very loud, it is important that our love gets louder. thank you. [applause] i am going to introduce jim from the peace sanctuary. he's the reason why so many of these flags are here today. he is going to lead us out on the march. we are going to take these flags
with us as we march the perimeter together, and then we will come back and have additional speakers as we close out our program. i will let you take over and let us know how you want to -- >> you got it. >> thank you. [applause] >> thank you so very much my sisters and brothers. i am here from an organization called the world peace society. we are not religious or political. we are just pro-peace. what we are going to do is the physical action leading up to
the march that really is going to show our unity. all haveknow we brothers and sisters, cousins, uncles, on that have different political views, but when you look at it we have so much more in common. that goes across the whole planet. what we are going to do is a little call and response. friends, americans, countrymen, lend me your voices. toure going to take a around the u.s., a two or of unity. -- a tour of unity. daughter. to be loud are ready and filled with love and unity -- >> alabama. >> may peace prevail in alabama! >> alaska.
>> may peace prevail in alaska. >> american samoa. >> that is our territory, we love you guys. may peace prevail in american samoa. >> arizona. >> may peace prevail in arizona. >> arkansas. >> may peace prevail in arkansas . >> california. >> may peace prevail in california. >> colorado. >> may peace prevail in colorado. >> connecticut. >> may peace prevail in my home state of connecticut. >> delaware. >> may peace prevail in delaware. >> district of columbia. >> that's where we are. may peace prevail in the district of columbia. >> florida. >> may peace prevail in florida. >> georgia. >> feel free to say this with
me. may peace prevail in georgia. >> qualm. -- guam. >> may peace prevail in the qualm. >> hawaii. >> may peace prevail in hawaii. >> idaho. >> may peace prevail in idaho. >> illinois. >> may peace prevail in illinois. >> indiana. >> may peace prevail in indiana. >> iowa. >> may peace prevail in iowa. >> kansas. >> may peace prevail in kansas. >> kentucky. >> may peace prevail in kentucky. >> louisiana. >> may peace prevail in louisiana. >> maine. >> may peace prevail in maine. >> maryland. >> may peace prevail in maryland. >> massachusetts. >> may peace prevail in
massachusetts. >> michigan. >> may peace prevail in michigan. >> minnesota. >> may peace prevail in minnesota. >> mississippi. >> may peace prevail in mississippi. >> missouri. >> may peace prevail in misery. >> montana. >> may peace prevail in montana. >> nebraska. >> may peace prevail in nebraska. >> nevada. >> may peace prevail in nevada. >> new hampshire. >> may peace prevail in new hampshire. >> new jersey. >> if you guys would do me one favor so it could be heard across the pond, let's give one loud let peace prevail on earth together. 1, 2, 3. may peace prevail on earth! >> that to new jersey. >> may peace prevail in new jersey. >> new mexico.
>> may peace prevail in new mexico. >> new york. >> may peace prevail in new york. >> north carolina. >> may peace prevail in north carolina. >> north dakota. >> may peace prevail in north dakota. >> northern mariana islands. >> may peace prevail in northern mariana islands. >> ohio. >> may peace prevail in ohio. >> oklahoma. >> may peace prevail in oklahoma. >> oregon. >> may peace prevail in oregon. >> pennsylvania. >> may peace prevail in pennsylvania. >> puerto rico. >> yes, thank you guys. we all know what they are going through. we love you. you are americans down there. thank you. >> rhode island. >> may peace prevail in rhode island. >> south carolina. >> may peace prevail in south
carolina. >> south dakota. >> may peace prevail in south dakota. >> tennessee. >> may peace prevail in tennessee. >> texas. >> may peace prevail in texas. >> united states virgin islands. >> another one that just got a little wet and windy. may peace prevail in the united states virgin islands. >> utah. >> may peace prevail in utah. >> vermont. >> may peace prevail in vermont. >> virginia. >> may peace prevail in virginia. >> washington. >> may peace prevail in washington. >> west virginia. >> may peace prevail in west virginia. >> wisconsin. >> may peace prevail in wisconsin. >> wyoming. >> may peace prevail in wyoming. >> now we are going to do something really special. i believe we have right here the
indigenous unity flag created to give respect and show unity with ourselves with all of our beautiful indigenous men and women, lgbt, everybody in the indigenous communities that we really need to give a little loving to. they are part of this country. may peace prevail in the indigenous nation. [applause] with one,going to end where we really show the unity, the united states of america. may peace prevail in the united states of america! [applause] lets one more time, if we can, really, really loud. we are not the only people on this planet.
can we do a really loudly peace prevail on earth? 1, 2, 3. honors! --revail prevail on earth! i love you all, we love you all. i think all of the speakers here. these people that are speaking onstage have given their lives to unity and peace and trying to make things better. we are so honored to be here with all of them. we are going to do a march. ken is going to lead us off. if you folks on stage would grab a flag and take it for the walk with us, we are really psyched you are here. thank you for walking on this planet with me. we love you all very much. may peace prevail on earth! [applause]
>> give it up for jim and all of his energy. i love it. we are going to all grab some flags here and we are going to head out on the march. the most important thing i want everyone to remember is that dialogue and civility is being able to walk and talk together. we're not going to be doing too many chance and things as we walk. instead we are going to talk to each other. we are going to take pictures, give hugs, embrace one another. are you guys ok with that? yet? ok. we are going to continue this message of love and unity. grab some flags here. i'm sure there are people on the stage that want to take pictures. feel free to make it happen.
thank you guys. you guys know we are all about respect. these flags represent our brothers and sisters and all of our states, but we truly love -- that we truly love. please show respect. don't let the flags touch the ground. when you come back, please put them back in their stands. on peace prevail earth. thank you. ♪ >> ♪ when the night has come and the land is dark and the moon it is the only light we'll see afraid, oh i won't
>> i don't remember who did the interview, that he was and said he never does tony washington dinners without his wife. any washington dinners without his wife. this was a gift. you don't have any problem voting on women's personal reproductive choices, but you won't go to a dinner with a woman. >> tonight on c-span's q&a. >> in his speech to the united nations general assembly, north ministeroreign reiterated the threat of a possible missile attack on the u.s. mainland. his remarks are just over 20 minutes.