tv The Last Word With Lawrence O Donnell MSNBC August 5, 2021 10:00pm-11:00pm PDT
will see you tomorrow afternoon for deadline white house. but now it's time for'the last word with lawrence o'donnell'him. good evening lawrence, how are you? >> good evening, nicole. and this is the point where i usually give rachel the boston accent alert. because marty walsh is going to join us tonight, the former labor secretary, and i think i might slip a little. my boston accent might crack. and there's another very special boston accent we may hear later in the hour. and that is my father, nicole, who i wish was still with us to hear this, a 1963 recording of him arguing a case, an important case in the united states supreme court. and when i was listening to it today, trying to find something the audience would understand, because of his boston accent, i felt so bad because for william o douglas and all those people trying to understand this guy
from boston. eventually they ruled in his favor. but that boston accent is later in the hour. >> i always watch rachel's show and you are showing my sweatpants with my mommy water, and i have to, obviously, get through this show in a different way. but i'm racing upstairs to change into sweatpants and watch your show with my mommy water in hand, all those box in boston accents. >> thank you nikole. thank you. senate majority leader chuck schumer just told the senate that he would be working on saturday to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill. there remains a slight possibility that senator schumer will be able to get unanimous consent, to vote on final passage of the bill as early as tonight. but that would require mitch mcconnell's full cooperation and last night on the floor of the senate, rob portman, usually closely aligned with mcconnell, put public pressure
on mcconnell on an important bridge that joins their two states, ohio and kentucky. the bryant's pence bridge, it crosses the ohio river joining the two states. last night, senator portman, the lead negotiator on the infrastructure bill for republicans, let mitch mcconnell's voters in kentucky know what is at stake for them in this bill. >> for 25 years, i have been involved in the effort to find the funding to replace this bridge, because it needs it. funding will give us the ability to do that. we will have the ability to help with kentucky and ohio. and with the federal government working together, with the local community, to complete this expense bridge corridor project. why? because we are putting unprecedented amounts of money to bridges like this one, not just bridges, bridges that are major commercial bridges.
bridges that are functionally obsolete, which hours has been four years. bridges that desperately need help. >> today, senator schumer explained why what we are seeing in the senate tonight could never happen when mitch mcconnell was majority leader. >> this senate has operated much differently under democratic leadership than it did under republican leadership over the past six years. we have taken more amendment votes this year then nearly any year in recent memory. in fact, we've had more roll call votes only this year, only halfway through, then in the past two years then in when republicans were in charge for two years combined. in one half of the year, when democrats got in charge, we have had more amendments than in all of 2020 and 2019. so any top that we are not working the senate, whenever we can, in a fair, bipartisan way,
is just wrong. legislators should actually have a chance to legislate. no one can deny that we have kept our word in the democratic majority. today we will consider even more amendments, and hopefully we can bring this bill to a close, very shortly. our goal is to pass both a bipartisan infrastructure bill, and a budget budget resolution during this work period, and we will stay here to get both done. >> senator portman and the other republican senators negotiating the bill, promised it would be fully paid for, and not add to the deficit. but after senator portman and the republicans dropped, from the negotiated bill, a provision they had already agreed to, that would increase irs enforcement of tax law and therefore bring in more tax revenue, today the congressional budget office found that the bill is not fully paid for. it would add 256 billion
dollars to the deficit over a ten-year period, an average of only 25 billion dollars a year. the idea that bridge building and other infrastructure spending, capital spending, should be paid for info from the star is like saying that all of us should pay for our big capital investments, in full, upfront. and none of us should ever have mortgages on our home d ev the bipartisan infrastructe bill is not fully paid for, simply because the republican negotiators did not allow it to be fully paid for. president biden lost a very important ally and supporter of his infrastructure legislation today. when the president of the afl-cio died suddenly of a heart attack at age 72. he >> was an american worker, always fighting for working people, protecting their safety
and pensions and their ability to build a middle class life. i also believe that the middle class built america. but i know who built the middle class, unions. unions built the middle class. there is no doubt that richard trumka helped build unions all across this country. starting our discussion tonight is the former president of the laborers local union 2 to 3 and the former mayor of boston, president biden secretary of labor, marty walsh. thank you very much for joining us tonight. i want to begin with why this legislation was so important to your friend richard richard trumka. >> because it was about putting americans to work. president trump got really fought hard and fought for this legislation, he was excited about president biden's presidency. and he knew that this spending,
whether it's roads and bridges, electric grids or whatever it is, waterways -- that it was important for workers. but it was also important for the american people and for the communities all across this country that we will have those investments made, and union members live in those communities. >> the cbo score came out today, that sometimes is a big event with legislation. sometimes it's what people expect. we have heard from a couple of republicans saying that they will vote against the bill because it is not fully paid for. but republicans voted against even discussing the bill, those republicans did, so it does not sound like you have lost any votes yet. do you expect the cbo score to cause a problem for the legislation in the senate? >> i don't think it will, ultimately. i think the investments that are being made in this country, through the infrastructure bill, will probably make up some of that lost revenue, as we move forward here. but i think that there is too much at stake for members of both parties to not see this
bill go through. i heard senator portman, a minute ago, speaking, i think it was last night, you said -- those projects are really important for the american people and an overwhelming majority want to see these projects happen. i think it's incumbent upon all of us in the senate to work hard through the rest of tonight and the next couple of days and get this bill done. >> when legislation like this has moved in the senate and the house in the past, and there's never been legislation this big, by infrastructure legislation, the only cabinet secretary you would tend to see around capitol hill pushing it, was the transportation secretary. because of all the highway building, and rail transportation, a lot of transportation issues in the bill. but president biden created a team, including the labor secretary, yourself, and several other members of the cabinet, to push this. how has that helped? how has that coordination, and in your particular case, the
emphasis on labor, helped with this legislation? >> well, i think it shows the commitment by the white house and the biden harris administration, to congress, to the senate, about the importance of passing the legislation. it also allows us the opportunity to go across america and talk about this, about 17 or 18 states right now i am going to talk about this bill. and the magnitude of importance that it has an america. and i think it's been good. when you have secretary rhyme mondale from congress, secretary marcia fudge from housing, grand home from energy, walls from labor, and the other cabinet secretaries, it touches all of us. it touches our constituencies that we are responsible for in our cabinet. >> as you go forward, with the companion bill, which is a democrats only reconciliation bill, what is in that bill that is important to labor?
>> job training, 100 billion dollars in job training, apprentice is, apprenticeships as well. but also for the american worker, childcare, for the american worker, the care economy. for the american worker, universal pre kindergarten. all of those things that we have been talking about, the american worker, it impacts every single one. whether it is somebody working on the job and having reliable childcare while they're working, or good schools, or taking care of an elderly parent. that whole bill encompasses everyone in this country and certainly all of the working people in this country. >> senator schumer has moved foreclosure, moved for an end to this process, so they can get to a final point on it, get to a final vote on that ending motion. i think saturday, it would probably get to a vote on the passage, i think next monday, something like that.
but it remains a possibility. we were hearing reports of a live possibility, of a unanimous agreement in the senate tonight, to just wrap it i, and get it done. what can you tell us about that possibility of unanimous consent agreement, which would require mitch mcconnell's cooperation? >> that's a lot of inside baseball right there, and i am not going to interject myself in the conversations between leader schumer and mitch mcconnell, so i will leave it for them to decide what the best process forward is. >> going forward on the next bill, which senator schumer says the senate has to do immediately, a budget resolution, that will include all of those other aspects of the biden infrastructure package that you were just talking about, and cost much, much more, what is the timetable for that? >> certainly, we want to see that bill as quickly as possible as well, move through. these two bills are transformative for america. it is an investment that
america has never seen, the american public likes the investment. it's not wasted money. it's in two very important issues all across our country. the bipartisan infrastructure bill is building up our physical infrastructure. the other bill is about our caring infrastructure. so i think we would love to see them move quickly. i know that there is going to be many conversations around negotiations. and all the cabinet is going to be involved in this process as well as we move forward here. >> quickly, before you go, i want to ask you, from your perspective, as former mayor of boston, i think you are 54th, the 54th mayor of boston, all of them white men. there is now a mayor's race in boston where there is no white man among the front runners. one of the black women front runners for a mayor will join us later in this hour, andrea campbell. what is your reaction to this historic change in boston politics that has produced this extraordinary field of candidates, including two black
women in the front runner positions? >> i think this is an exciting time for boston. it is going to be an opportunity here, with the mayor's race going on, there are people working hard in this race, it's an exciting time for our city. and many people have, you know, seen the different mayors of boston, kevin white, for example, they remember those names and faces. and i think this is a real opportunity for our city, in a positive manner, -- boston has had a changing face, we are a diverse international city, and it's time for it. >> labor secretary marty walsh, former mayor of boston, thank you very much for joining us, always appreciate it. >> thanks lawrence. >> thank you. >> and joining us now is democratic congressman tim ryan of ohio. he is running for the senate in ohio. congressman ryan, senator portman was on the floor last night fighting for the bridge, over the ohio river, that mitch
mcconnell has so far been something of an obstructionist in terms of achieving that. >> no doubt, we have been talking about this bridge for my entire career. and this is something that just shows that we how impactful this bill is going to be impactful, ali cross the country. in communities like cincinnati that are dying for this bridge, increase productivity, sherrod brown, the build america, by american provisions. so you can buy an american deal and an american product. to be able to build this stuff, and you will see those around. the supply chain thing. i said to lawrence, this is the most pro business bill i have seen in my time in congress. because it's going to increase productivity. it will facilitate moving product.
it's going to be great for growth. it's just another way of looking at it, in contrast to those steps for the 1%, it never makes its way down to the rest of the country. the republicans are always talking about basically governments only obligation to businesses to cut their taxes, that is the only way government can do anything that is pro business. this clearly demonstrates the falsehood of that. >> no doubt about it. and here's the contrast. here's the way i look at this. china's breathing down our neck, right? they're just spending seven to 9% of their g bt on infrastructure. they are building ports, not just in china, but all around the world in places like africa, the rare earth metals, for, chrome our computers, our satellite systems. so they have a long term plan but a lot of it is infrastructure. and here we are trying to fight
for the 1% of our gdp for infrastructure. so we need to have a -- we have to -- a lot of these are going to be union contracts, middle class wages, no share benefits, and just a, say what's -- a soldier for working people, and not just union people, but working people. because the unions have helped raise wages for everybody. so i think this is an opportunity for us to outcompete shine. a week we play a lot of sports, this is about a competition. and we need to do it here if we are going to outcompete shine in the future. >> the infrastructure package is a combination. it is these two bills. what does -- assuming the bipartisan bill passes the senate by say monday or tuesday, something like, that what is that do for the momentum of this legislation
both from the senate and the house? >> i think it's going to be huge. the american people want to see this. they want to see what we're doing for infrastructure, they want to see us work together in a bipartisan way. there's a lot more to do, for infrastructure and what -- this is about the investment to help us compete. and the next phase is the breathing room that we need to get families around childcare costs, around family and medical leave, around early childhood education for our kids if we're gonna eventually outcompete china. that's also reducing the out of pocket costs for child care for families that gets kids into school early. so this is our starting to come together and i hope the american people can start seeing but we're trying to do, both for -- to outcompete shine, a and finally, put these will --
give these middle class people some breathing room. >> congressman tim ryan, thank you for joining us tonight. >> always a pleasure to talk to you lawrence. >> coming up, a new warning about covid-19 that, quote, it is likely we will have another surge within three weeks of school starting and the impact will be worse with lower community vaccination. that is the view of one expert, and that is next. and that is next someone once told me, that i should get used to people staring. so i did. it's okay, you can stare. when you're a two-time gold medalist, it comes with the territory.
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department of education pushed to get more teenagers ages 12 and above vaccinated. so far, 29% of teenagers ages 12 to 15 are fully vaccinated. 40% of teenagers 16 and 17 are fully vaccinated. the white house plan includes hosting pop-up vaccine clinics that schools, sending local video traditions to pityingly dings to answer questions about the vaccine. and incorporating vaccinations
into physicals for student athletes. an epidemiologist at the university of california and san diego tells nbc news, quote, i expect there will be a new additional wave of covid-19 cases with the opening of schools and especially among the age group of those below 12 years old. it's likely we will have another surge within three weeks of schools starting and the impact will be worst with lower community vaccination. today, secretary of education said this, -- >> what is your message to governors like governor desantis in florida and governor abbott in texas we have banned vaccinating -- mask mandates? >> our cuts have suffered enough. i believe that there are additions decisions that are being made that are not putting children at this center. this is why schools may be disrupted. >> joining us now is doctor
kavita patel, former obama house health care consultant. and doctor dr. james e. k. hildreth. >> doctor patel, is a situation with children now a different condition was close to the delta variant? >> lawrence, good evening to you. children now comprised of the largest group of individuals. so we have seen so many sheer numbers of cases, lawrence it's troubling to see, most hospitals of in texas, especially children hospitals, are at 100 capacity. not only covid, but largely. covid we have to watch this closely. in the past we did not attribute the previous day strains to be worse in children. but it still feels that way. the numbers just given the fact
that there are so many unvaccinated children that are illegible for the most part that we are seeing this, and it is troubling. and the degree at which we saw -- we saw signs of this earlier, the cdc had the study of about a third of children ages 12 to 17 actually needed hospitalizations and up in icus. and a lot of them have comorbidities. so we're kind of dealing with the fact that they need to step up and get vaccinated. >> but we have such an adult video -- a difficult video to. watch this is a man in virginia, this is travis campbell, he's 43 years old. and in this video, he is telling people not to make the mistake that he made. let's watch this. >>
doctor hill drifts, speaking from his hospital that way, through a ventilator, it might be more effective than anything medical experts can say. >> thank you for having me. there have been so many stories of people who have had the opportunity to get vaccinated and do not do so. people in the icu and on a ventilator. and it's so unnecessary. we have three safe, effective vaccines, and unfortunately the tv rhetoric and social media is spreading misinformation about them. and i think it's very
unfortunate. the one thing we all you need to do to get behind this is to get vaccinated. i agree with you. >> we have a report from florida of a 16-year-old, this is a statement from wolf sons children hospital of jacksonville. we can confirm that a 16-year-old patient at wilson children's hospital of jacksonville passed away on thursday due to covid-19. we encourage everyone to continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of covid-19 -- f covid-19 -- doctor patel, i just don't know when else it takes to convince parents of 16 year olds and younger children that they need protection that. >> lawrence, nothing breaks my heart more than to tell parents
that if their children comes into clinic or urgent care, that we need to isolate or separate them. can you imagine? it doesn't matter the age. having to be physically removed from your parents, so that you do not put others at risk, it breaks my heart. so i don't know what to say, except that i have been trying a different tactic with my patients. saying, look, i get it, this is all very scary. so why don't we just break down what you are scared of? lawrence, here's the good news. we are one showing that people are listening. vaccinations are going up, not as fast as i would like, but that trend is low one i would like to continue. ask your questions, it's a matter for all parents. >> this is been challenging for medical professionals, dr. james hildreth, but in ways that nothing else ever has. including this need to communicate the urgency of this, and watching what's fails in
that communication effort, and trying to come up with new things all the time. have you and other medical professionals just hit a wall in trying to figure out how to communicate this urgency? >> lawrence, we have in a sense hit a wall, but we are determined to break through it. from my perspective, the single most important thing is not the message but the messengers. and i think that those leaders, who are discouraging their followers from getting vaccinated, it's reprehensible. also hypocritical, because most of them have been vaccinated themselves. so yes, we have kind of hit a wall but we are determined to break through it. and i want to say to the parents of children with chronic conditions, like asthma, or have obese children, they should especially be careful, to make sure their children are protected. because as i said earlier, most of the children getting really sick and who are dying from covid-19, have an underlying
condition. so for those parents who have those children that fit this category, it's especially important that they take steps to protect their children. dr. james hildreth and dr. kavita patel, thank you for joining us. >> thank you for joining us. >> coming up, lawrence tribe, and barbara mcquade, and other law professors have written a piece about the investigation of donald trump. they join us next. they join us next. neuriva plus fuels six key indicators of brain performance. more brain performance? yes, please! neuriva. think bigger. so then i said to him, you oughta customize your car insurance with liberty mutual, so you only pay for what you need. hot dog or... chicken? only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ you founded your kayak company because you love the ocean- not spreadsheets. you need to hire.
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them former federal prosecutors, have written a roadmap for federal prosecutors that appeared in the washington post today under the headline, here's a roadmap for the justice department to follow in investigating trump. harvard law schools are in tribal along with the university of michigan and the university of alabama, as evidence of donald trump's efforts to overturn the 2020
election mounds, the time has come for the justice department to begin, if it hasn't already, a criminal investigation of the former presidents dangerous course of conduct. the publicly known fact suffice to open an investigation, now. attempted coups cannot be ignored. if garland's justice department is going to restore respect for the rule of law, no one, not even former president, can be above. it and the fear of appearing partisan cannot be allowed to surface seed that fundamental precept. joining us now is joyce vance, one of the authors of that opinion piece. she's a former federal prosecutor and msnbc legal contributor. and joyce, one of the points and, there and parenthetically, is if they have not already begun such an investigation, would we know if the justice department has already begun such an investigation? >> we would not necessarily know if it was my case, and i
was a prosecutor, i would prefer that the public have no business visibility into whether or not i was investigating. that's how doj is supposed to conduct its invest investigations. >> and another point that was illuminating to me as you mention as one of the possibilities to investigate a violation of the hatch acts criminal provision. and i don't know that i remember the hatch act has a criminal provision, but i know it now. we used to see kylian call way violate the hatch act every day by campaigning on the white house driveway, but that doesn't have a criminal penalty in. it described what could be the criminal violation of the hatch act that should be investigated. >> the violation here, lawrence, is coercing political activity. you're right, but we all generally think of as the hatch act, this prohibition against people in the executive branch engaging in partisan and political activity, that's a
prohibition, that is something that until the trump administration really didn't -- government employees don't get close to that line. it was such a forbidden zone. we saw it flagrantly violated for the past four years. but there's a criminal component. here there's a provision that makes it illegal to try to careers the federal employee into engaging in inappropriate partisan activity. in this case, i think that would be something akin to helping out the trump campaign. so for instance, the pressure campaign that the former president pushed onto acting attorney general jeff rosen might substantiate this charge. our point is that these crimes, and there are number of them that we suggest merit serious continuous investigation until the justice department determines whether or not the former president committed them or not. it is that investigation that is merited based on what republic -- we publicly. know >> you mentioned several things, conspiracies, and other, things specifically in the
peace. everyone should read the piece. but you also make the point that choosing not to investigate because you are afraid of the way it will look politically is in fact poisoning the investigative process with politics. >> we doj is not going to be able to ignore the gorilla in the room. and today was a great day for doj. they announced really and poignant civil rights -- those police investigation in phoenix, there's political investigations in the works. all that work is four nothing if the american people don't see a serious investigation into the former presidents conduct around the insurrection on january 6th. that is not looking at something political, that a prior administration dead. and we all appreciate that there is great hesitance in our system of government for a new
administration to appear to be going after for political reasons its predecessors precedents are. this was a foundational effort to damage american democracy and doj has to do its job here. >> which is fans, thank you for with joining us tonight. >> and coming up, boston can feel like a small town sometimes and in my feel that way to you. when i tell you about my family connections to two of the black women who are running for mayor of boston. right now. well that's next. we that's next we
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my father was in washington that day to get him out of prison. it was my first day in washington. i was 11 years old. my father had gone from being a boston police officer to a lawyer and i sat in the front row of the united states supreme court that day watching him try to convince -- the rest of the court that the fbi manipulated the eyewitness testimony and alvin campbell's trier. it was the second time i father argue this case. three years earlier, the course said the case -- sent the case back to the trial court for further review. in his first argument to the supreme court, my father described the problem with. with the eye witness testimony this way. >> dominic stella won in that courtroom and identified three defendants, positive and partial. the summary of to me, the fbi agent, he said, i never saw a
third person in the bank. >> three black defendants got convicted of bank robbery without the jury knowing that the key eyewitness in the case, in his first interview with the fbi, said that they're only two bank robbers. after his second argument to the supreme court on that spring day in 1963, my father walked my brother and i across the street to the capital to visit our local congressman. but since the speaker of the house was busy and could not see is, one of his lieutenants and his leadership team, congressman tip neill, who represented the congressional district my mother grew up in, took us to the congressional dining room for a cup of coffee. everyone had already had lunch and we were the only people in the dining room, and my father ordered coffee and when tip o'neill asked me what i wanted i said, strawberry ice cream. tip ordered the same thing. we i remember the white tablecloth, i remember the bold, i remember the spool, and the
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i deeply love the city. i'm running for mayor because every neighborhood deserves real change and real chance. >> being raised in a foster family and to make it to boston latin, to make it to princeton, and ucla law school, she can work anyway she wants, she can go live anywhere she wants, she chose boston. >> that's make boston a great city for all of us.
>> joining us now is andrea campbell, democratic candidate for mayor of boston she is currently the boston city council representing district for, which is right beside district three where i grew. up thank you very much for joining us tonight. this is really special for me to be meeting you this way. this is a great moment for me and i wish my father could see this. >> thank you for having me. >> let's get to the issues that you're facing in this campaign and beginning with what may be the biggest issue of the day which is the delta variant of covid-19. boston's -- has a big public school system with all of those elementary school kids that were all worried about, but it may be the biggest college town in america. you are going to be flooded with college kids coming in in the fall, what is boston have to do in the face of the delta
variant? >> it's simple, we have to continue to get folks vaccinated and particularly focusing on communities of color in those harder to reach communities, and vulnerable populations. we're doing a lot of that work in the community. it's of course very unfortunate and deeply disappointing to hear our acting mayor's recent remarks comparing pushing for vaccination and proof of vaccination to slavery. soft called that out to say, we cannot perpetuate -- misinformation or push information that just doesn't make sense. it's our responsibility not to -- make sure that our folks in our communities have the right information and get vaccinated because we know it saves lives, and that's the only way that we're gonna continue to protect our community members. >> let's listen to what's acting mare can jeanne said about that. >> i want to take a moment to address the comments about slavery and -- and the comments i made ever
the other day. i wish i had not used those analogies because they took away from the important issue of ensuring that our vaccination and public health policies are implemented with fairness and equity. if vaccine passports were imposed today with a government mandate to ban unvaccinated residents from venues, like restaurants, or gyms, that would shut out nearly 40% of east boston and 60% of matt pan. >> what is your reaction to that? >> she has a terribly wrong. we are pushing for folks to get vaccinated and using all the tools in our tool kit to do just that. whether it is incentivizing residents, we know from this new york city model of people having proof of vaccination, they had 40% uptick of people getting vaccinated. that's what we want, so that they can of course go to schools, go to restaurants, but
bars, and we can continue to open up our economy. but we -- if we do not get folks vaccinated. we will be making a grave mistake. so the misinformation and that rhetoric is not helpful. and i have to keep stressing this point, i live in mad pan right now which is, you, know the largest community of color, it has the lowest vaccination rate in the city of. boston there is a collective effort to change. that we need the information to go, out we do not want misinformation, and we have to remind folks that this is critically important. otherwise we won't be able to reopen the economy in the city of boston. >> what is your top issue in this campaign other than covid-19 if we can say that is separable from other issues? >> housing affordability is too expensive to live in the city of boston, so i have a tremendous track record on making sure that folks have access to homing opportunities and the opportunities to live
in the. city police reforms as a major topic of discussion,. that is near and dear to me because, as you mentioned in your opening remarks, my work is about making generational cycles of inequity and criminalization -- ensuring every resident, whether they're born in boston or just got here this morning, are afforded the same opportunity i had growing up in the city of boston. because this city, on the one, hand give me everything. the life torn apart by in car's ration that allowed me to go to princeton university and be successful. but on the other side, phil, my twin brother, who died in the hands of what police custody, died at 29. so how can we change that. we have a lot of work to do in the city of boston to ensure that every resident has access to the same opportunity, regardless of their neighborhood or their demographic, or if they got here this, morning or if their native born.
>> how did you do it? how did you get to where you are with all the challenges that you faced growing up? challenge >> i had access to excellence cools. i want to five excellent boston public schools. i had excellent teachers. i had mentors. i had jobs as a young person. i had access to social and emotional supports. you name it. just incredible opportunities that allowed me to develop a sense of resiliency and without my biological parents who are both deceased, including my biological grandparents, took off and to be successful. in that picture that you see, those are my aunt and uncle who are my parents. my twin brother, on the other hand, went to schools that did not have the same resources that i was afforded, did not have the same opportunities. so this work has always been about breaking this generational cycles of inequity, but also pushing the city of boston in this moment in time where we're talking about systemic reform, to say yes we
are world-class city, but we're not a world-class city for everyone. we have a staggering racial wealth wrap, we have inequities in our health system and our school system, so we can continue to be a world-class city, but we have to ensure that it's for everyone. my life has always been about the possibilities of our city, the pain for when the city doesn't work for everyone, and i jumped into this mayors race in september to say that we have the opportunity to -- ensuring that we provide every resident with equal and equitable opportunity. >> andrei campbell, i've been looking for to this moment. i've been thinking about your grandfather who i met when i was a little kid, and your father who i met when i was a little. kid and my father, of course, who knew them both. and this is kind of a very special moment for me. andrea campbell, candidate for mayor for boston, thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> thank you. >> what andrea campbell gets tonight's last word, the 11th hour with brian williams starts now. now.
good evening, i'm ali velshi, for brian williams. they 198 of the biden ministration. as we search for a way out of the delta variant search. the wall street journal is out with a report about booster shots. the journal reports that the fda expects to have a strategy for a vaccine boosters by early next month, one that would detail when and which vaccinated individuals would get follow-up shots. moderna is also preparing for boosters. the company says that people who received two doses of its vaccine will likely need a third dose before winter. >> one of the most important things that we can do is bring the delta variant into the vaccine, and that way we are teaching the immune system what the virus looks like just as we did with others. >> this is all taking place as the u.s. reported more than 100,000 new
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