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a new hour, new updates on stories tonight, including afghanistan where the taliban has seized more territory and has its eyes set on kabul. the president ordering more troops to evacuate the u.s. embassy. in haiti, a massive quake more powerful than last. 300 dead, close to 2,000 injured, hundreds are missing. to make it worse, a tropical storm is in the forecast. plus, back to school in the age of delta. you're going to meet a mom taking florida to court for banning mask mandates. and how britney spears's fights for freedom has revealed a spot in america's justice system. this is "american voices." we begin this hour with the rise of the delta variant across america as students head bok to school. the resistance continues across
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the u.s. against the the two known weapons we have against covid, masks and vaccines. the biden administration just reported a positive milestone, nearly 1 million new vaccinations today alone. after nearly 1 million shots went into arms on friday. that is the biggest two-day total we have seen in a month. but despite that progress, doctors in texas fear this new surge will linger. hospitals there report number of covid patients and the state is struggling with a shortage of nurses. florida health care workers are also stretched thin. new reporting from the "tampa bay times" says florida hospitals are, quote, filled with more coronavirus cases than at any point during the pandemic. after 17 most of his fighting the ravages of covid-19, the end is no longer in sight for doctors and nurses who say they're risking their mental health and burnout dealing with this fourth pandemic wave. despite doctors and nurses
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working tirelessly to save lives, republican leaders across the south continue taking away a crucial tool to slow the spread, mask mandates, pitting local governments against governors with kids entering the fall semester. last night a texas appeals court sided with dallas county over its move to defy governor greg abbott, requiring masks in schools and businesses. parents, upset with the new mask mandate, protested outside dallas county judge clay jenkins' house, promising to take his case to the supreme court. in florida, the biden administration plans to send help to school districts pushing back against governor ron desantis' ban on mask mandates. the department of education says it will pay the salaries of florida school board members if the state makes good on its promise to defund districts that defy the governor's order. which brings us to a woman named judy hayes, one of the dozen parents suing florida's governor, saying their children
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with disabilities need a mask mandate to stay safe in school. she lives in orange county and her 10-year-old son, will, has down syndrome as well as underlying health conditions. judy hayes joins me along with her attorney, matthew daetz. how is your kid's first week of school? >> thank you very much, alicia. so my 13-year-old had a great first week. he's in eighth grade and she's super excited to be back and to see his friends and just to get back into the classroom. he's taking fun classes, so he's excited about that. but for will, not so good. he's 10 and he's supposed to be in fourth grade this year. but it isn't safe to send him. so unfortunately, every day i take jack to school, i come home, will says where's jack? and i say jack's in school. and he doesn't get to go to school and it's really sad. we hope it'll be safe for him to go back ozuna can you help
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others understand why remote learning isn't sustainable for will? >> for kids like will, a lot of times they'll have a paraprofessional with him to sit there and help him find the right workbook page, make sure that he's staying on track and when they're using computers, to make sure he doesn't close out the zoom before it's time he relies on that support. but when he's at home during that virtually, that support person's me, and that means, a, i can't work, and b, i have to step into the role of teacher and being the task master, which i don't necessarily want to and it's not optimal for him or anybody else. >> matthew, take us really big picture here. what's at stake in terms of disabled children's right to an education? >> well, the ada and section 504 actually guarantees these children a right to go to school
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and to go to school in a safe environment. while you can do so easy as put on a mask to secure the health of kids like will and kids who have asthma and other disabilities that they would be in danger of getting sick or dying, either they're zplutd school or segregate in a safe area without contact or potential contact with any other child in the halls or anywhere else in school. >> judy, on thursday president biden called efforts like yours heroic. take a listen. >> to the mayors, school superintendents, educators, local leaders who are standing up to the governors politicizing mask protection for our kids, thank you. thank you as well. thank god we have heroes like you. and i stand with you all and americans should as well. >> judy, what has this fight been like for you and your
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family? >> it's been really hard, and it's something we've been fighting for a long time. it's been a year and a half since will's been in a classroom and we had fought so hard and worked so hard to get him to where he was before the pandemic. he was doing great and hanging in there with his classrooms and typical peers. now that he's been at home for so long, it's just sad. it's tragic that kids like will are losing their skills and missing out on these opportunities. they're losing momentum and we're not able to kind of keep up with that. so it's blood pressure -- it's been amazing. the support we've gotten from other families like ours, there are so many families that are similarly situated, to hear the president say that we're heroes, i can't even put into words how much i appreciate hearing that from our leaders knowing that he's on our side, his wife is an educator. i feel like they get us and they're in this fight with us. and i'm hopeful we'll get.
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>> right matthew, how soon could this lawsuit change the situation in florida schools? >> well, currently we're waiting on the governor to give a response, and the governor's response is due on the 24th. but we're also reaching out to the department of education and the department of justice. they are the enforcing authorities when it comes to a law like the a.d.a. and section 504, and they have the obligation not only to and in compensate superintendents for doing the right thing, but also saying that the law requires schools to keep their children with disabilities safe. so i hope that this gets resolved in the next two to three weeks. but by then, school has started and all of these children are losing time being integrated in school, like will, and we're watching will's brother coming home every day. >> that time is so precious.
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thank you both. meanwhile in texas, the cdc reports covid hospitalizations are up by more than 30% since last week. and health care workers are pleading for a mask mandate. >> our team lost a 43-year-old man. within an hour, his 37-year-old wife passed away from covid, leaving behind an 11-year-old. sorry. i'm begging, i'm really begging for a mask mandate, even if it's just for a short period of time to give us some relief. >> heartbreaking. by putting politics over public health, governor greg abbott is surrendering to the pandemic, quote, republican elected leaders fear the wrath of the gop primary electorate.
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in the axillary 60% of americans support a vaccine mandate, roughly the same share of parents nationwide agree with masking in schools. i get your point that these governors are catering to a primary audience, but are they missing, then, the bigger picture? >> actually, you know, the support in the state of texas is actually similar. texas is a conservative state, but you have upwards of 60% support for certain mask and vaccine mandates. but the republican governor of texas -- texas is a conservative state -- he's more worried about the challenges that he's facing from his right in the upcoming republican primary, than he is about making democrats mad because democrats haven't won a statewide election in texas in many years. and the result is, as you're seeing, texas' health care facilities are being overwhelmed by covid patients. it's not just the patients themselves who pay for that. it's the people who have medical
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care that's delayed as a result. it's the children and people who are immunocompromised who have to worry about, you know, contracting a deadly disease because the pandemic isn't under control. it's a terrible situation and it's really obvious in terms of public policy what you can do about it. and the governor has not only refused to do the things that would help stem the resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic, but he's actually trying to prevent cities and local jurisdictions from doing what's necessary. and i think that's what's really reprehensible. it would be one thing if he didn't want to do it himself, but he's getting in the way of public officials and cities like san antonio and austin and houston doing what's necessary to protect the residents of those areas. >> to that point, governor abbott is seeking legal action to upholed his anti-mask mandates saying any local government officials that decides to defy the order will be teen court. this is the state of texas
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versus everyone else. so i take your point about this being reprehensible. it also to me doesn't square with the supposed conservative pin of small government, of trusting local elected officials to decide what is in the best interests of their communities, to say nothing about going against a free-market idea, the fact that you have him taking on restaurants that want to have mask mandates, it doesn't square. >> look, what it reflects is not only a campaign against vaccinations and coronavirus restrictions on conservative media that have radicalized a part of the electorate, but the reflects the culture war against cities, the places that are defying the mask mandates are cities in texas, which tend to be more liberal than the rest of texas, even though texas is a conservative state. so in some ways, he's seeing it
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as sticking it to these liberal cities who are swinging the on texas freedoms when, in fact, they're just trying to keep their people alive. >> i want to underscore one more point, one more inconsistency, which is that texas is now bringing in thousands of out-of-state medical workers to help. do you have other examples? how often have you seen republicans' covid policies actually lead to more government intervention? >> i mean, the thing here is, like, if you're going to say it's about personal responsibility, why are you asking other people for help? texas could handle this on its own if the government were willing to do what's necessary or allowed local jurisdictions do what's necessary. instead he's begging out of state for help, which is the ironic given the emphasis he's placing on personal responsibility and preventing others from doing what's necessary to help their population. next, breaking news out of afghanistan. the taliban is gaining ground,
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heading toward kabul as the president announces 5,000 troops to help evacuate our embassy. the u.s. army veteran who served there is going to join us. richard lui with more stories. >> more than 300 are confirmed dead in haiti following a 7.2 magnitude earthquake this morning. 1,800 are hurt. droves are missing and a tropical storm is in the forecast. president biden says he will send u.s. officials to haiti to assess the damage. in new york a bus rolled off the state freeway. all 57 people on board were taken to the hospital. some are in serious condition. that bus was on its way to niagara falls. today marks a month since the dixie fire was sparked in northern california. it spans several counties, two national forests, and one national park, and is only 31% contained. more "american voices" right after this break.
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back with breaking news from afghanistan. the taliban with its eyes on kabul. the president authorized a total of 5,000 u.s. troops to the region. the pentagon tells nbc news that 1,000 of those troops are already in afghanistan. their mission, to help evacuate the u.s. embassy in kabul as well as thousands of interpreters who helped u.s. military operations for the past 20 years, help that could cost them their lives if they're left behind. kelly coby i can't is in kabul. >> reporter: the president announced that 5,000 troops will be heading to afghanistan to help in what is been described as this limited mission of evacuating embassy staff as well as the thousands of afghans who have helped in the military mission over the course of
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several years help to finish applying for those special immigrant visas, and also to get them out of the country. today the u.s. ambassador as well as the commander for u.s. forces in afghanistan met with the afghan president to talk about the defense of kabul. a special forces commander from the afghan army has now been put in control of defending the capital city as we're starting to hear reports of taliban fighters inching closer to kabul. there were reports earlier today of fighting about 20 miles away from the city. more provinces falling, and also reports u unconfirmed by nbc news, that taliban fighters were within seven miles of the city. this as another huge development in the north. we hear now that that last stronghold of the government forces in the north has now fallen to taliban fighters. a couple of war lords have flown
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there earlier in the week to lead the defense of the city along with their militia men. they have now fled to uzbekistan in the north and the city has fallen, along with an army base there, shaheen army base. all of this that see humanitarian situation continues to crumble essentially. some 13,000 families have now fled taliban areas, and the need for food and shelter is growing by the day. >> thank you. let's bring in u.s. army veteran mike breen, now president and ceo of human rights first, also with us, ha gar sha mally, former national security secretary. i want to start with you. listen to what former ambassador to afghanistan ryan crocker said about how this is all unfolding. >> what president biden did was basically double down on a really bad policy decision by
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president trump in saying that, yes, indeed, we're going, and here's the date certain. again, this didn't happen with a snap of the fingers. the process that unfolded with our talks with the taliban, including, for example, pressing the afghan government to release 5,000 taliban prisoners, which the government didn't want to do, we forced their hand, and they were immediately on the battlefield. that's context now. >> i think the thing that a lot of people need to understand is what the alternative could have been here. >> right. as ambassador crocker said, this started with president trump's deal with the taliban in february 2020. president biden obviously wanted to carry that through and insisted on it. the things that could have gone differently is, number one, they could have chosen to insist on
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withdrawal in april. they ahead that announcement in april before the fighting season in afghanistan. it's a horrible term for basically means fighting increases during the hotter months and during the winter months, the taliban in particular retreat to their homes which are often in pakistan. the withdrawal didn't need to happen so quickly during the fighting months. one of the things that i wish has been explored a bit further is why a mission that was not an active combat deployment wasn't explored more. there are a lot of countries around the world that we were in war in, in south korea, in germany, in japan, where we have thousands of troops stationed that are obviously not in active deployment. they are there for a number of different reasons. i know afghanistan is different,
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but that's one of the things, i think, that could have been explored a bit more closely and maybe just taking their time with the withdrawal. >> i wonder if that squares with your analysis. we know u.s. troops are being sent in on this very specific mission. what is it that they're being tasked with? and your sense of what's going through their mind? >> sure. i think we at humanitarians first and a lot of other organizations in the human rights and refugee space saw this coming many months ago. we published a plan to evacuate our allies and afghans. legal authorities and logistics months ago. now we have dwindling assets on the ground. the noose is tightening on kabul airport, the last viable way out of the country for those afghans. a lot of people and the rest of the country are stuck behind enemy lines and they can't get there. it's not too late. the biden administration has the assets in place. they have the legal authority.
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the humanitarian parole as well to get them out as the city falls. we can do this, but we got to act now. we in civil society, there are hundreds if not thousands of citizen organizations, community groups, legal organizations like human rights first and many others who are standing by ready to welcome our allies if the biden administration would just get them to safety. so that's the point. and i think the real question is, what is this u.s. military mission going to look like? i think it is worth remembering how these last days and hours unfold will be a huge piece of what cements the legacy of this war for a generation of americans and families. is this going to be saigon 1975? are these soldiers and marines going to spend time in kabul holding back a flood of desperate refugees who bet their lives on america or putting them on airplanes? that makes huge different to the
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moral injury and legacy of this conflict, not only for the troops, but for all of us for the 20 years we fought there. >> i'm struck by something that both my colleague said and then mike said, which is that there's an unfolding humanitarian crisis. can you help us talk through what that could look like in the coming days? >> right. i want to say that i agree with mike completely on this point about how much this could hurt our legacy around the world in foreign policy, in u.s. military intervention, and the benefits of that. the humanitarian crisis will be astronomical. in the past week alone you had hundreds of thousands of displaced persons in one week. not only that, but when you have the taliban taking over in general, just their mere control is going to cause massive humanitarian problems. they are closing schools.
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they're killing people for infractions like having the wrong sim card in their phone. food is going to be difficult to get there. you're going to have the taliban controlling any kind of aid that would go in. by the way, that's going to be very hard to get in to begin with when, as mike mentioned, the only point in and out at the moment really is kabul. so you got a massive humanitarian issue. when i was at the national security council, the job of the national security council is technically -- one of them is to sit at the 60,000-foot level and look at our national security threats and identify where our greatest national security objectives are, and, therefore, how the policies should be. personally i think that's lacking in this plan. the second has to be humanitarian and moral reasons. and the third really should be legacy and not in any particular order. but my point is, this is a
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national security interest because what's going to happen is you're going to have a massive humanitarian crisis and you're going to create a breeding ground for al qaeda and isis. that is going to then the entire world yet again. and i just don't see how that calculation was missed. >> mike, i got a minute left. i'll give you the final word. >> i think -- a couple points. we want to make it very clear for those on the ground in afghanistan that we're watching and that the evidence of those committing war crimes and human rights violation will never be forgotten. it may not seem like that accountable will come soon, but it will come. ask those who have committed those crimes in the former yugoslavia or cambodia or other places. sooner or later it will catch up with you and we will not forget. the last point is, this is a president who fully understands human pain, human empathy, and loss. those bearing the brunt have the
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power to help with that. but there's a lot of pain in the veterans community right now and we need to hear from the president of the united states. there are people hurting in our families and military community and across the ngo community, across the education community, everyone who has parted in this conflict over the last 20 years and tried to make afghanistan better. there's pain in this country and, mr. president, we need to hear from you. >> thank you so much. more breaking news after the break, this time from haiti. officials updated the death toll as the search continues for hundreds, if not more.
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. breaking news from haiti. officials updating the death toll to 304, all killed by this morning's massive 72.-magnitude earthquake. close to 2,000 injured. rescue crews are searching for survivors. the death toll feared to go higher, not to mention a
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tropical storm is in the forecast. nbc is tracking the latest from havana. ed, are there concerns this could be worse than 2010 earthquake? >> reporter: earlier this morning when we had the breaking news that this earthquake on the richter scale was bigger, people were very, very worried. but as the day has passed, thank goodness, those worries have diminished. of course this is a deadly earthquake, we have 304 people already confirmed dead. as you say, that figure is likely to go far, far higher in the coming days as more information gets through. but the 2010 earthquake, although it was 7.0 on the richter scale rather than 7.2, which is today's, that was estimated to have killed between 100,000 and 300,000. no one knows true figure because the damage was so colossal.
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we're more than 12 hours after the earthquake, and the number right now is at 300. and i think the main reason that the impression we're getting is that this hasn't been so cataclysmic as the terrible earthquake 11 years ago is port prince. it's densely populated. this happened further to the southwest in a rural area. a did benefit of the doubt evidence suggests it the hasn't been so deadly, is that throughout the day over 50 doctors from the general hospital in port prince, which is the biggest hospital in haiti have traveled to the south of the area to help. we'll get a divisive answer in the coming days. >> ed augustine joining us from havana. thank you. >> joining me, the founder and executive director of the
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haitian bring alliance and managing editor of the haitian "times." we know search and rescue missions are under way. how have those been going so far. >> we've seen them have -- they've been going pretty steadily, honestly. nothing compared to the level we've seen in surfside, for example. a lot of what we've seen are just residents, locals banged together to lift people out of the rubble. we've seen them pulling people out. there's people screaming the names of loved ones and just crying for help to actually get them out of this collapsed structure. so unfortunately, it's taking a while longer than we'd like to see for real authorities, people with expertise to get to where they need to be. so as night falls, looks like they're getting more desperate to try to get those who are able to survive this just out in the
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clear. so we'll continue to watch and hope they get to them sooner rather than later. >> stark contrast you make there, ger lean. you've been speaking with people on the ground in haiti. what are they telling you? >> they are telling us that they are looking for loved ones. we have two of our staff members. thank god they were able to get in touch with their families. their houses have been completely on the ground. so we've continued to push for and rescue primarily. we're still trying to get in touch with those people. but as she mentioned, we are keeping an eye on things, and we are praying and standing in solidarity with the of people haiti. and at the same time asking for the biden administration to stop all deportation and expulsion to haiti because this week alone
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200 deportations were sent to haiti. those flights included, you know, babies as young as 2 years old. so we're asking the biden administration to stop all deportation, all expulsion to haiti as we continue to keep an eye on what's happening on the ground with our brothers and sisters. >> u.s. geologists say this earthquake was more significant than one that hit in 2010 that killed 300,000 people. are there fears that this one could be worse? >> at the present time, i don't think there are fears it could be worse in terms of the death toll. port-au-prince's death toll was as high as 300,000 because the capital city is so densely populated. this area is very rural and mountainous as well. there are lots of remote villages. but thankfully, people aren't as
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congested as they are in port-au-prince. these we've different collapse and bridges that were never finished building out also being impassable. humanitarian workers have been dealing with gangs that are trying to monetize and take advantage of the situation in terms of letting them have safe passage to go and continue to lend a hand. so the actual mission of getting to these folks and getting as many survivors as possible out of harm's way may be delayed because of some of these infrastructure problems we have and some of the sociopolitical problems that haiti continues to experience can you elaborate on the sociopolitical problems? the context in which you are watching and understanding this all happen, and for you, as a
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journalist, as the situation continues to unfold, the way that we need to be looking at this and the questions we need to be asking? >> sure. so let's remind everyone that the president of haiti was assassinated barely a month and one week ago, i should say kelly a month and a week ago. and so for haitians in haiti and haitians in the diaspora, we're trying to think of how to move forward from this. they can't say next administration going to look like? does it make sense to hold elections or not hold elections? why we're trying to process that piece, you know, this calamity befalls us in terms of a natural disaster. so while this indeed is mother nature at work, there is this social aspect to it in that the
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infrastructure in haiti is needed and has never been sufficiently built. that means roads, schools, health care centers. those have not been at the place they need to be to take care of people when something like this befalls them. even though folks were allowed to live on the fault line where the earthquake occurred is something we need to be questioning at this time. because back in 2010, the seismologists warned us that this area, which was the exact same fault line where the 2010 hit, that it would happen again. and so questions like why did we not implement codes, right, in terms of building codes. why did we not resettle people and get them out of harm's way, those are some of the things that speak to it. we're looking at something that could have been not as disastrous as it is now if
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people had not been in harm's why. >> thank you so much for talking us through this. ahead, the deteriorating situation in kabul. the president placing 5,000 troops to the region to evacuate our embassy as the taliban closes in. later, how the high-profile case of britney spears drawing attention to an all-too-common problem in america's courts. we'll explain. dry eye symptoms keep driving you crazy? inflammation in your eye might be to blame. [inflammation] let's kick ken's ache and burn into gear! over the counter eye drops typically work by lubricating your eyes and may provide temporary relief. those drops will probably pass right by me. xiidra works differently, targeting inflammation that can cause dry eye disease. [inflammation] what's that? [inflammation] xiidra? no! it can provide lasting relief. xiidra is the only fda-approved non-steroid treatment specifically for the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease. one drop in each eye, twice a day. don't use if you're allergic to xiidra. common side effects include eye irritation,
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arriving. we can also see black hawk helicopters have been parked waiting for most of the troops in the next day or so. they'll probably secure the area before they actually move out of the airport, whether it's just the patrols or not, we don't know, but we understand 50 from the british side that they will be doing force protection. this is about getting the foreign nationals out of the country but the afghans who need to go with them. the taliban, though, really are getting close to the city now. some say it's only relatively speaking seven, ten miles away, maybe slightly further. the speed of the taliban takeover has, of course, surprised many, and we know, however, that there have been peace talks. they went late into the night and started early again this morning. an announcement made was that the president would address the people of the country. and many thought he was about to accept the taliban proposal for
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a cease-fire and then an interim government moving towards a new government in the future. but that involved him standing down. many thought he might do that but talks to appears now that he won't, he said he won't. further more he's going to regroup his military and take a fight back to the taliban. that can't be good news for people in this city. they're surrounded pretty much already. so despite some hopes and optimism that perhaps a deal could be done, it all looks now that eventually, at least, kabul will be taken over. >> that was stewart ramsey of sky news reporting. "american voices" will be right back. pnc bank believes that if a pair of goggles can help your backhand get better... yeah! ...then your bank should help you budget even better. (laughing) virtual wallet® is so much more than a checking account. its low cash mode feature gives you
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hear the pop ivonn allude to the darker side of fame. it wasn't until this summer we knew how much of her life imitated her art. in juns in euan, spears demanded an end to her pop life. millions rallied online for her freedom. her father jaymie spears agreed to step down a. major moment for the free brittany movement. jennifer, over the last few months after hearing from participant my's fans, the "new york times" documentary shines a bright light on all of these stories, how have these forces worked together to come to this moment? >> i think that definitely the free brittany movement online and on twitter is a huge part of it. more significantly of calling attention to the issue of conservatorship in california. guardianship in a lot of other
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states. but i think it has called attention to the fact that a lot of people in this country and brittany is just one of them don't get to make choices for themselves and their lives, what gets to me so significant about the free brittany movement has tried to point out brittany is one person and one person who has a lot of privilege, a lot of wealth, a lot of media attention. there are a lot of folks that aren't in the same position she is in and don't get the cases. >> that is exactly right. that is why i wanted to speak with you. i think it's easy to categoryize this as a story that is just about a pop star when really what it is, is a story about power, using a very powerful person to understand if this can happen to her, it can happen to a lot of other people who have way less privileges and power. back in july, you wrote, quote, spears' fast-paced chilling testimony about what it has meant to live in fear of her
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fathers so many years, once again called to a situation faced by so many others. tell reality that the legal system often weaponizes womens emotions to keep them locked in the abusive family systems they are trying to escape. you can give me some other examples of how this plays out in the court system? >> sure. interestingly, where we see this the most often is in the family court system. it's something that britney spears has had experience with as well and the custody situation with her own two children. we are seeing it with her and her conservatorship case. we really see in family court, women going through divorce or custody battles, if they are concerned about losing therer their children, show concern about allegations of abuse from a spouse either against themselves or their children, that's often turned against them. that's something that lawyers tell them to be cautious of making. it's something known as again
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incapsulated delusion that is frequently referenced in family court proceedings, a woman sounds to be rational, passes a psych eval. they say her allegations of abuse either against her or her children, she must be delusional, just about that. so when women express concern that they are hurting, in pain, it's turned against them. and the court system just does not look favorably upon women saying something is happening to me and it hurt and it is bad. >> jennifer, i've got about a minute left. my question for you, as you were reporting out this story and speaking with advocates do they have a sense of how they use this story as a catalyst for larger structural change? >> i think that people are hoping this will call attention to if you look at britney spears, that has so much privilege and attention, maybe this will help spark conversation amongst what
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guardianship, conservatorship means for people in california, especially, conservatorship is most often used in extreme situations, especially when it starts with a mental health conservatorship, which participant my started at, before it got moved to the court system, in those cases, you are usually granted a conservatorship when you are completely unable to acquire food and shelter for yourself. if you can in anyway find you can frequent a bridge or commiserate a coup kitchen, you sort of are on your own. this calls attention to the failings of the social safety net and the feelings of how our behavior health system works in the country. the fact that people who are in need are not getting their needs met. sometimes this is the only option available. all agency. >> jennifer gerson, thank you so much for adding so much context to this story. at the top of the hour, an
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