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tv   Rep. Donald Mc Eachin  CSPAN  July 11, 2020 6:26pm-6:33pm EDT

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face mask and a competent -- accompanied by military personnel. >> during the summer months, reach out to your elected officials with c-span's congressional directory. it contains all the contact information you need to stay in touch with members of congress, statel agencies, and governments. order your copy online today. did nothite house release a weekly address from the president. however, representative donald mceachin of virginia gave the democratic weekly address. he discussed police reform
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legislation and environmental justice. representative mceachin: i have the honor of representing fourth congressional district. americans today recognize we have to do more to address two intertwined issues in our nation -- the unfinished work of racial justice and the need for environmental justice to protect our communities. people across our country are still protesting in the streets because they believe in a better america, an america where equal justice under the law is more than an empty platitude. our communities are tired of watching african-americans maimed or killed with no account ability from our justice system. americans tire of the endless hashtags that children the compounding weight of our collective grief, pain, and rage. they deserve for their congress to rise to meet this moment in our nation's history, to make clear once and for all that no one should be above the law because they wear a badge. i urge the senate to join house
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loud,ats in hearing the unyielding call for justice and pass the george floyd justice in policing act, to end the pervasive bias in policing and implement accountability for officers in the communities they deserve. the american people deserve serious legislation to combat the epidemic of racial injustice. they deserve a bill that contains meaningful measures to persistentntry's pattern of police misconduct. this crisis is not new, but this moment has to be different. we cannot go back to business as usual until america shows with action that black lives matter. the present moment has laying bare what we've known all along -- the real, emerging discussions happening today about racism in this country are long overdue.
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has it been clearer than the past few months as we have all weathered a pandemic that has disproportionately assailed and killed black and brown people. proves systematic racism is not always as graphic as cell phone footage of police encounters, but it is just as destructive -- it's effect is just as destructive. addressing racism means one's own community, one's own home must not be a health risk. it's no secret that the same racist, economic, and political forces that previously redlined black and brown neighborhoods into environmentally hazardous areas still exist today. to begin to address this reality, i work alongside the chair of the natural resources committee and with environmental justice communities across the country to introduce the environmental justice act, legislation crafted by the people, for the people, to give them a voice and means to fight
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thatagainst the pollution affects their children and families. we learn from communities stories that should never happen in america, stories of black and located nearties toxic waste sites and factories spewing toxic waste and air. we have denied those communities a voice and means to fight back pollution affecting their children and families, but this congress made clear our commitment to these communities to work collaboratively to right these wrongs. we made clear the concerns of communities most affected by pollution must be centered in our policy debates to ensure justice isnmental our future. we make clear to the polluters
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poisoning the air that enough is enough. house democrats no that the clean, sustainable future we are fighting for cannot exist without a democracy that truly provides equity and justice for all, and while president trump limits basic and necessary environmental regulations, we are working hard to ensure americans, no matter their zip code or racial income level, are protected from the environmental devastation at a time when they need our support the most. communities that have disproportionately suffered from environmental injustice and are now hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis need the government to treat them as a strong partner in decisions that affect their neighborhoods and well-being, not regulate them to an afterthought. together, we will work to protect our environmental law, to research and address the cumulative impact of pollution on our communities, and to
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prioritize frontline communities and federal spending, and together, we can ensure a better, brighter, more sustainable future for americans across our country while delivering justice to communities that have long been denied. ♪ >> c-span has unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events. you can watch all of c-span's public affairs programming on thevision, online, or with free radio app, and be part of the national conversation through c-span's daily "washington journal" program. c-span, created by america's cable television colors -- companies as a public service and brought to you today by your public television provider.


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