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i'll be back here tomorrow 3:00 p.m. eastern. you don't want to miss it. reverend al sharpton and "politicsnation" starts right now. good evening and welcome to "politicsnation." tonight's lead, a few steps forward, a few steps back. and the reminder this evening the road to justice and equality is always long and never easy. many of us are still reeling after a wisconsin jury yesterday found kyle rittenhouse in the fatal shooting of two men during protests in kenosha last summer. legal experts will debate the quality of the prosecution's case. the self-defenseless claims, and the performance of the judge who wouldn't even allow the dead to be called victims.
but one thing is clear. the far right is already lionizing rittenhouse and taking the verdict as a sign vigilante violence will be tolerated. and that's something we all must fight against. it's why in my capacity as founder and president of the national action network, i traveled to glenn county, georgia, this week to offer my support to the family of ahmaud arbery, an unarmed black man shot dead by another group of white men who sought to take law into their own hands. closing arguments in that case begin monday and we have ahmaud's mother and lawyer tonight. we'll also hear from jacob blake sr., whose son's shooting by police sparked the protests in kenosha that led to the rittenhouse case. but before that, i want to highlight a glimmer of hope in
an otherwise dark week. on monday president biden signed the more than $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law. i was there at the white house for the ceremony and my capacity as the head of national action network. the second part of the plan, the build back better act, passed the house yesterday morning. taken together, these historic measures will rebuild and modernize our communities while at the same time strengthening the social safety net and combatting climate change. that's where we start tonight. joining me now, congresswoman pramila jayapal. congresswoman jayapal is a democrat from the state of washington and the chair of the house progressive caucus. congresswoman, thank you for being with us again. i mentioned i wanted to start on
a hopeful note. we heard so much about price tags and political infighting during the infrastructure negotiations, and not enough about what was in the legislation. now that the bipartisan part is signed, talk about what's so historic about it. after all, the last president tried for years to pass something like this and never even came close. tell us what was in it. you negotiated, you stood strong, what does it mean to people watching? >> well, reverend al, you're exactly right. we had two big wins this last week in the midst of very, very dark news that i know you're going to be covering and have been covering. but the bipartisan infrastructure bill that was signed into law on monday is a historic investment in our country's infrastructure. what is that? that is our public transit systems. we are making the biggest investment ever in our public transit. we're making the biggest
investment since the mid-1900s into our bridges. we are putting money towards building up our electric vehicle charging network across the country. we're investing in our ports. we are investing in the epa and the cleanup of very important areas like the puget sound restoration right here in my district. so this is a historic bill. but in addition to that, we're also investing in broadband, rural broadband. we're taking lead out of the water. you know, we still are going to need to do even more on this issue, but we are going to make a significant dent in taking lead out and replacing pipes across the country. >> on the last two issues you raised, they're very important, something that i was very hopeful of because when we were dealing with the pandemic, which we are not out of, and people were telling youngsters to do
their homework at home, if you had broadband deserts, you couldn't do it at home. we're still dealing with cities like flint, michigan, that are drinking lead water. these things are extremely important. >> that's exactly right. we are building up the infrastructure so that there can be justice and equality in these critical areas. i mean, it is always -- you know this better than an anybody. it is always your poorer areas, our more rural sears that simply don't get what they need. and i think the pandemic showed us how important that is. so that's the work of the infrastructure bill, and then of course we have the build back better act that the house passed yesterday, and that is a huge investment in our future. >> now, as chair of the house progressive caucus, you fought hard to make sure the infrastructure bill goes beyond roads and bridges and also address our social framework in dealing with challenges of
climate change. many of those programs are contained within the build back better act, which passed the house yesterday and now heads to the 50/50 senate. are you optimistic about its chances there? >> i am very optimistic, and i want to just say how proud i am of all democrats and certainly of the congressional progressive caucus that held the line, reverend al, and said we're not going to do one without the other, we're not going to leave anybody behind. and so this bill that's going to go to the senate has universal child care, universal pre-k, cuts the cost of health care and prescription drugs for americans across the country, $555 billion into climate change, and taking on carbon emissions so we can get to the goals we've laid out for 2030 and 2050. very important. the biggest investment ever into public housing. that is a racial justice issue in my mind.
also, we're setting aside 40% of the funds for climate or disproportionately -- there's so much in this bill, and most of it, reverend al, is pre-negotiated, pre-conferenced with the senate and with the white house and with the white house. so i am very confident that this is going to go to the senate. there are a couple of things that have not been agreed to yet. i hope the senators stay strong and manage to find a way to get 50 democratic senators on the bill that we passed in the house. but this is going to get done and it is going to be transformative. people are going to wake up and feel differently about their livelihoods and their opportunities. >> now, while democrats were trying to pass the build back better act to help struggling americans, minority leader kevin mccarthy focused on performing a political stunt, launching into
a rambling eight-hour speech on the house floor thursday night that only managed to delay the vote until the next morning. what message should voters take away from behavior like this from republicans? >> well, republicans are just set on trying to tell lies, uphold the big lie, condone violent behavior by their own members in congress, and using stunts like what kevin mccarthy did. democrats are focused on delivering for the people. we are going to make your lives better. we are going to make sure government has your back. we're going to take on the critical challenges that face us today, and unfortunately the republican leader just showed once again that he was auditioning for donald trump. he has no interest in actually leading a party that has principles or values or is actually going to stand up for democracy. and that's a sad truth. >> now, we mentioned at the top of the show that the rittenhouse verdict is being embraced by
many of the same far-right forces that threatened the lives of you and colleagues on january 6th. at the same time, this week the house censured republican congressman gosar for tweeting a cartoon depicting the killing of one of your fellow democratic lawmakers. i know you're concerned about the political rhetoric in this country. do you also think effective voting rights legislation could be a way to stop it? briefly, please? >> well, i think it's an essential component, and that's why we've got to get the build back better act done so we can then immediately get the voting rights bill done. you know we passed this in the house, and we have to show that democracy matters, that people can vote. now, i do think that taking on the violence and the culture of violence is going to require many different pieces, and it also requires, frankly, taking on some of the big social media
companies that make money and profit off of the algorithms that promote violence. but it also means taking on these republicans at the ballot box, and that's where the voting rights piece is so essential. i can't imagine how these people are able to stay in congress. let me tell you. you go to an airport to get on a plane and you then to kill somebody even as a joke, you are going to be locked up right away, and yet we go to work in congress and we have people putting out anime videos of a congress member killing another member, and the republican leader says nothing and actually doubles down the other way and refuses to hold anybody accountable. it's just outrageous. >> well, thank you, congresswoman jayapal, for being with us. now to georgia where this week a defendant in the murder of ahmaud arbery trial, william
rody brian, sought a plea deal. according to the prosecution, brian's defense attorney put forth the deal, which was rejected. closing arguments for the face are slated for monday. joining me now, civil rights attorney lee merritt, and the mother of ahmaud arbery, wander cooper-jones. attorney merritt, wanda, thank you both for joining us tonight. i want to go to wanda first. it is worth mentioning that this is the same defense team that tried to bar any more black pastors, including myself, from entering the courtroom, the same defendant. i was there last wednesday, the next day he started this lambasting of my being there. in a show of force, attorney merritt and i as the ceo of national action network, along with tens of hundreds of other
black pastors and leaders gathered for a powerful player vigil outside the courthouse on thursday. and then the same defense attorney declared in court our rally was comparable to a public lynching, a prayer rally now, of the three white defendants. and he argued that i and other 70s activists are trying to influence the disproportionately white jury. and then he moved for a mistrial. as i told your son's father we had on the show last week, and i talked with you, with an darks i must say i fought with many through the years. i have not met one with more dignity you have had. that's why this was no joke about us coming to pray. you make me feel more holy when i talk to you. you are very serious about your faith and very serious about
this case. and ahmaud would have been my son, i would hope to be as strong as you have been, but he's your son. how do you feel about the community coming together for your son and know that we are here to protect, support, and pray for your family at your request? i see you sitting in the back of the courtroom, looking at the killers of your son and praying. and they used the fact that you cried once to try to get a mistrial. how do you feel? >> i think that saying that i was weeping was very disrespectful because, again, ahmaud is my son. i'm human. i'm a human being and i'm going to have emotions when i see my son's killers feet away from me. >> you were approached by the legal team for one of the defendants for a plea deal.
why was it turned down? also, as we near closing arguments, what do you expect to see happen in terms of a verdict? >> the state approached me on behalf of wander cooper-jones and ahmaud arbery foundation to let us know the defendant, william roddie bryant approached them for a plea deal in the ninth hour. the prosecutor let us know he felt confident about the case. we shared his confidence. so we wanted to turn down roddie bryan's request for a plea. so far the prosecution has granted this jury more than enough evidence to find these men guilty on all charges. these men are each facing a felony murder charge, which in the state of georgia bears a mandatory minimum of a life sentence. >> mrs. cooper jones, i know how much an emotional toll this trial has been on you and your family.
on monday you were seen crying in the courtroom, which the judge swiftly denied. the idea that the defense tried to use you, the victim's mother -- it's all right he wanted to attack me and civil rights leaders, we're in the public. but you, the tears as an excuse to say it would sway the jury, i mean, it's a cheap shot at best. what was going through your mind when you heard about this? >> once again, the defense team are trying to find any and every excuse to use for a mistrial. they're using me crying as a way to have a mistrial. i think it's very rude and very disrespectful. >> attorney merritt, there's been a lot of racial justice stories in the week's news, like the exoneration of the two men wrongfully accused of killing malcolm x, who served decades behind bars, one of whom died in
2009. the d.a. found both the nypd and the fbi withheld valuable evidence that would have helped clear the men during the 1966 trial. another case developed this week was julius jones, whose death sentence was thrown out by oklahoma governor kevin stitt. jones was convicted for first-degree murder in a 1999 killing that he says he did not commit. when you put all these cases together, you had a victory of a case that didn't get a lot of attention, but you can bring up, which is why many are saying you should be the attorney general in texas where you're running. i mean, it is clear that the justice system treats men of color differently, and it takes decades, decades for black men to get justice. as a civil rights attorney, your thoughts of the ups and downs of
the week and the week we're facing starting tomorrow. >> you know, i wouldn't normally mention the attorney general position in texas, but it's actually really important to this conversation. we know that there are breakdowns in the criminal justice. we can call it systemic failures, but our justice system has pointed out the wrongful convictions and so many others, the rittenhouse acquittal. there are systematic problems with how justice is being clifrd in our communities. each state has an attorney general who's responsible to be the people's lawyer, to ensure the 14th amendment is protected and citizens' rights are respected by prosecutors. in ahmaud arbery's case, the attorney general filed criminal charges against jackie johnson, the original prosecutor in the case and this is the an ongoing investigation into another prosecutor, george barn hill. what we need across the country is active attorneys general who will begin to restore the
clearly -- and again, it's difficult to call it broken, but the clearly malfunctioning aspects of our legal system. we need total reform. >> wanda, as we let you go -- and i appreciate you coming on. i remember when this case first was brought to me by lee merritt and ben crump, we did it before the video came out because we believed you, and we believed the father. as we head into this week, what do you say to the people around the country watching about your hopes, your prayers, and how you hope they will react when the verdict comes either way? >> i'm going into next week very confident. i do believe that the god that answered prayers 18 months ago will continue to answer my prayers. so we will get a guilty verdict and we will file to get justice for ahmaud. >> thank you so much for being with us. we'll see you in a day or two,
wander cooper-jones, the mother of ahmaud arbery, and attorney lee merritt. thank you both for being with us tonight. >> thank you. as we mentioned earlier, yesterday a wisconsin jury found kyle rittenhouse not guilty on all charges, including homicide and intended homicide after he fatally shot two and injured others during a black lives matter protest in 2020. to me, this verdict was not only outrageous and dangerous, it was also an obvious signal that encourages and notifies vigilantes that they can continue to use violence to assert their power and, more importantly, that they are above the criminal justice system when they do. i want to bring on now jacob blake sr., the father of jacob blake jr., a black man who is paralyzed after he was shot in the back by a white police
officer in kenosha. the shooting that led to the phillies summer. and i might say jacob blake sr. has been an activist himself and understands this as a father and one that's been out there fighting for others. mr. blake, thank you for joining us tonight. let me ask you first, how is jacob jr. doing? how is he feeling? and how did he take the verdict if you talked to him since the verdict came in? >> really, we knew and understood this was going to happen. it did not surprise us. we weren't surprised about this verdict. as a matter of fact, i wasn't even in wisconsin, rev. you know, i was in kansas city. >> right. >> missouri, can cameron lamb's family, first time in 147 years
that a police officer was charged with the killing of a black man. so i didn't give this too much energy because we understand systematic racism in america. we know where it is. >> now, president biden issued a statement saying, quote, i remain steady fast in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that every american is treated equally with fairness and dignity under the law. i mean, do you feel that was the case in this trial? you just said about systematic racism. do you feel this case was an example of systematic racism? >> oh, yeah, it's an example of what i've said all along, rev. there's two systems of justice. there's a system of justice for them, and then there's just us. the president told me to my face
what he said in that statement. >> now, let me ask you this. you've been all over this country since jacob was killed, you spoke at the march on washington fighting for others. are you afraid the signal sent by this verdict will encourage vigilantes, as we still do marches and gatherings and stand like in brunswick, georgia, will it embolden them to say we can go to these protesters like rittenhouse house and just claim self-defense? >> well, it may make them do it, rev, but you know we won't stop. we can't stop because we're fighting to tear down this system of racism. we can't allow that to intimidate us. >> so don't stop fighting and don't stop doing to do what we
must do to make the system fair? >> rev, without n.a.n. i wouldn't be able to do what we're doing. we'll go right into the house when it's burning down with a bucket of water. >> i think you said it better than i do. you i might have to get you ordained. thank you, jacob blake sr. give my love to jacob junior. coming up on "politicsnation," standing up to the so-called blue wall of silence. i'll tell you the dirty secret behind why so much police misconduct goes unreported, and what we can all do about it. later, a former new york city police officer is about to take charge at city hall. mayor-elect eric adams talks to me ant about police reform, the infrastructure bill, and more.
first, richard lui with today's top news stories. richard? >> rev, very good saturday to you. some of the stories we're watching this hour, officials at atlanta's hart field jackson airport gave the all clear and normal operations resumed after a chaotic scene this afternoon. an accidental discharge of a weapon near a security checkpoint startled travelers and temporarily grounded flights. police are investigating the incident. eyewitnesses said they were confused and it was crazy as some rushed to leave the airport. msnbc's yasmin vossoughian spoke to an eyewitness who was at baggage claim when shots rang out. >> you hear about it and you read about it, but just being in the middle of it is something i thought i would never experience in my lifetime. >> that weapon-holder handed been identified. the tsa reminds passengers firearms are not permitted at tsa checkpoints. the tsa says air travel is returning to pre-pandemic levels this thanksgiving. they're expecting to screen 20
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the yeas are 220. the nays are 213. the build back better is passed. [ cheers ] >> welcome back to "politicsnation." it was a busy week in congress, kept up yesterday by the landmark passage of the build back better act, a bill that would fund much of president biden's domestic agenda. joining me now is my political panel, juanita tolliver, democratic strategist, and susan del percio, republican strategist, both of my guests are msnbc political analysts.
juanita, a huge day for president biden's agenda yesterday as the house passed the build back better legislation without any republican support. and following a bizarre and rambling eight-hour speech by the minority leader the night before in an attempt to delay. what do you expect to happen in the senate, and do you think the democrats will be out there during thanksgiving recess talking about all the programs in this bill that will improve the lives of their constituents? >> look, in the senate we know there's more negotiations to come, right? and i just hope the democratic caucus in the senate is on the same page so that they can act swiftly on those negotiations whether it's about paid leave, and they can swiftly vote because we know the senate is facing a jam-packed deadline-filled schedule, funding the u.s. government, raising the debt limit, funding the defense budget and more. so they have to be very efficient on this.
but when you talk about democrats selling this bill, we know that they need to ensure that people not only know what's in it, but the democrats exclusively are to thank for it. so talk about the good stuff of the bill. you can expect them to hit the trail not only through thanksgiving, but they should absolutely keep the drum beat going through next november where they're talking about people will have more help and money in their accounts thanks to the extension of the child tax credit, thanks to lower child care costs, thanks to free pre-k and support with caring for their aging parents and more. and i think democrats knowing this should also be empowered by the fact that polling shows the more people know about the bill, the more likely they're going to be supporting democrats in the midterms. so keep this drum beat going well beyond thanksgiving and into the midterm campaign cycle. >> earlier this week the house voted to censure republican congressman paul gosar over a threatening video he posted on his twitter account depicting
the violent murder of one of his colleagues. that motion had only two republican
votes in support, and one of whom, adam kinzinger, is retiring from congress. the other, liz cheney, has been disavowed by her state's republican party. susan, can the republican party be savaged? and what should the rest of us be doing while these people hold positions of power in our country? >> well, can it be salvaged, not in its current enforcement it literally needs to be burned to the ground and rebuilt. that is the only way you're going to see a principled party come back. and again, we're not talking about -- juanita doesn't have to agree with me on tax policy, but she needs a governing partner or someone who's willing to have a conversation to get things done, and that's where that simply does not exist in leadership in
washington or, frankly, in many other places right now. >> when you say burned
to the ground, you're talking about politically, so you're not distorted by some of our right-wing twitter people. >> i'll rephrase it then. the republican party, they have to face a lot of losses, and that is probably going to take one or two cycles because it will be -- they keep putting up, the republicans, the most trumpiest back adoodles in the primary and they will lose districts or a plus 2 republican district because people don't want to see that vitriol. they don't want to see the hate. and, frankly, trump ers right now in the republican party we label that way are even more extreme than donald trump. he has even lost control of the extremists out there that are, in fact, running for office.
>> now, i want to turn now to the pandemic. with the winter on the way, the safety of holiday gatherings hinges heavily on whether the people in attendance are vaccinated. recent polling shows that the partisan affiliation of the unvaccinated is three republicans for every one democrat. juanita, was this a foregone conclusion when the last guy politicized the pandemic, will there be political fallout for republicans encouraging their own supports to take needless risks with this deadly virus and deadly disease? i mean, did you ever imagine that this vaccination divide is not by race or income, but by party affiliation? >> look, rev, we haven't seen any political fallout from the fact that every single republican or fox news anchor telling their supports and viewers to not be vaccinated is themselves vaccinated.
like, we haven't seen that. and i'm not surprised because i knew when this pandemic starred started, there were two types of people who were hesitant, marginalized communities and republicans being stirred by a lot of misinformation and lies coming directly from the white house. and so the folks in that latter group have been loyal to all of those lies, all of the misinformation, and taking harmful chemicals, whether it's horse dewormer or otherwise, and really putting themselves at risk. what also came out in that study, rev, was the fact that republicans think that the pandemic has been exaggerated and they're not concerned about getting sick. and those two beliefs are creating this insur mountable barrier to reaching them, and you can guess that republicans at this point are driving covid infections and death rates almost entirely on their own. >> i can't end the panel without touching up on the shameful
display of several congressional republicans yesterday following the verdict in the kyle rittenhouse trial. congressman matt gaetz, madison cawthorn publicly invited rittenhouse to intern for them, released a statement regarding my own views on the verdict, but this -- these crowing invitations to a killer to work on the house floor are reprehensible, especially from mr. gosar, who was censured for his threatened for his behavior this week. what is the end game here? are they amping up for political violence on the house floor like we saw january 6th, but this time led by republican members? i mean, what's going on here? >> i think it's worse than that, if you can imagine it.
i think when you see the behavior of these congressmen, it doesn't just apply to rittenhouse. if you take that out for a moment and say this is a way that people can get attention, especially when they see rittenhouse is such a star on right-wing media, they're making him a hero. i'm very concerned that people will go out there in hopes of, quote, getting that fame for lack of a better word, or attention of elected officials and the tv cameras, and will be violent and will go after elected officials, people in the street, just for the attention. we saw this a bit with donald trump what extremists did during his time going after people in the media and others because they were trying to get donald trump's attention. i am very concerned about the behavior of these congress members, again, not because of their ignorance or stupidity and vulgarity, but because they were
inciting others to do the same thing. >> susan del percio and juanita tolliver, thank you. we're not taking a break. in just a moment i'll talk to new york city mayor-elect eric adams. but first, let's check in again with richard lui for an update on a breaking news story in atlanta. >> rev, we wanted to get you updated. atlanta's heartsfield jackson airport receiving the all clear during an accidental discharge of a weapon. there is no active shooter or injuries. the noise, of course, startling travelers and temporarily grounding departing flights at the country's busiest air. police are now investigating that incident. rev, we'll have more later as we get more details. back to you. >> thank you, richard. now to one of america's most demanding jobs, the mayor of new york is a demanding job and the next mayor of new york city will be charged with
implementing newly passed infrastructure packages, improving relations between police department and the community it serves, and, of course, helping the city recover from the coronavirus pandemic. my next guest will be tackling all those challenges and more in less than a month and a half now. joining me now, eric adams, democratic mayor-elect of new york city. mr. mayor-elect, thank you for joining us tonight. i don't have to tell you our criminal justice system was on trial in many eyes this week on many different occasions, and i won't ask your thoughts on the rittenhouse trial, but there were hundreds in the treats here in new york last night. as mayor of new york in which demonstrations and protests are common, and you know how many i've done and you've done, are you concerned -- >> yes. >> -- about increased
vigilanteism and the potential for violent confrontation here as we saw in kenosha? >> rev, first of all, thank you. this question is so important because on the surface many people believe that we are showing a display of concern about outcomes when you have trials or even governmental policies. but there's something more that's taking place. i was just out in one part of queens where you saw individuals wearing all black face masks, wearing black masks, and really going into communities, damaging property, assaulting individuals, and they were from out of town. they were not part of just people here in the city. there is an out-of-town group that is really being disruptive, just like the proud boys all on the far, far right. there's also an anarchist group
on the far, far left. they want to undermine our life and that's what concerns me. >> we found out that some of the violence in minneapolis after george floyd were people from the far right that had these masks on, and people assumed they were people in the community that were on george floyd's side, so they even undermined our causes when they do this. let me take you here. president biden signed one half of the infrastructure plan into law earlier this week, and the build back better component has now passed the house and awaits its vote in the senate. what will this legislation mean for new york city, mayor-elect? >> it means a lot. we have to take our hat off to senator schumer, take our hat off to president biden, congresswoman jeffries, even tom suozzi who has been extremely vociferous around the repeal.
a stimulus is fine, but salt has devastated new york state and i'm so happy that we're final getting this bill passed through. we have to get it through the senate. we're talking about money for nycha, something that we've been waiting for for a long period of time, money for child care issues, afterschool programs. we're building back better with these dollars, and i believe the democratic party, they must get on the ground and clearly understand to explain to voters what's in this bill. this is their talking point. these are the bread and butter issues that i'm hearing new yorkers talk about all the time and this is a victory. >> according to the food rescue group city harvest, 1.5 million new yorkers are currently food insecure a 36% increase since before the pandemic hit the city. this holiday season begins next week with thanksgiving, and i've seen you out there at our
national action network food drives. we feed people every thanksgiving. you usually come by. we're holding you a vegan plate on thursday. how are you tackling the problem ahead of winter? >> so true.outgoing administration tackling the problem ahead of winter? >> we are going to do something different than we have witnessed in the past. one solution must solve a multitude of problems. during covid-19 over 200 million meals were prepared. but we were feeding them meals that impacted their pre-existing health condition. let's use technology to stop indignity of these people. it is time to use the covid
opportunity to look at what we are feeding new yorkers. feeding new yorkers overprocessed foods and sugary drinks feed the crises instead of looking at healthy, nutritional food. we need to finally take a real bite out of this health care crisis we are facing and feed people at the same time. >> mayor, your city helped with an uptick numbers in new york suggesting increasing -- you have called on people to get vaccinated.
>> it is the black and brown neighborhoods where you are seeing not the proper response. it has a lot to do with misinformation. we are going to have a three-point plan. we are going to utilize social media around our young people to give and put out correct information because we have to fight the misinformation with the same methodologies being used. number two, i just took my booster shots. we are going to brink our faith based groups, the financial resources. we often ask them to volunteer to do so. and we can't just ask peep to go to clinics and mobile locations. we are going to expand the use
of mobile locations so they can come to where people shot and live and get folks on the ground. i was glad to see the cdc said the booster shot was available for all no matter the age requirements. it helps us a great deal. >> and it works. faith leaders and all, it makes a difference. mayor elect eric adams, thank you for coming on. >> thank you. >> after the break my final thoughts on the busy week in criminal justice. justice ♪ there are beautiful ideas that remain in the dark. but with our new multi-cloud experience,
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courthouse in the city of brunswick, georgia and pray for the family to give them strength. over 300 showed up. many came and coordinated and brought people in. i was also heartened that some of those that preceded me in a generation, reverend jesse jackson came and the younger activists behind me came and stood and made that day a day that show the spiritual underpings of our community are still intact. and then we were shaken by the verdict in the city of kenosha,
wisconsin where a man was given a total acquittal and a symbol that vigilanteism is something you can get away with. we must continue to fight spiritually as well as legislatively. we need federal laws that deal with self-defense. many say the bar is too high in wisconsin to prove or disprove self-defense. and now many of us involved in activism have to worry what force will be used. but we are going to keep fighting and praying. it is a multigenerational fight. that does it for me. thanks for watching and i will see you back here tomorrow at
5:00 p.m. eastern. alicia picks up our coverage now. >> hello, everyone. i'm alicia menendez. 18-year-old kyle rittenhouse is a free man after claiming self-defense for why he shot and killed two men with an ar-15. the state journal argues it sends the wrong message. the answer to unrest including the torching of homes and vehicles. but that's not the message
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