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significant death toll. we're checking on new information coming in from the company and hope to have a clearer picture on that. there have been multiple bodies but just the wreckage is extensive as we continue to try to get through it. >> [ inaudible ]. >> we have the national weather service here that could answer any questions. >> good afternoon. my name is christine from the warning coordination. and mr. steve eddie, our meteorologist in charge at the national weather service in paducah. for the last two days we've had several teams out surveying the damage. of course, it spans a good number of miles. a lot of ground to cover, but i
did do an aerial survey yesterday and i can tell you that the track is continuous from south of casey in fulton county to at least beaver dam where we finally turned around. so the damage that we have surveyed so far indicates that the rating is at least an ef-3. however u, we have world renowned experts on the surveys right now and also experts within the national weather service that are looking at the data and will be looking at possibly upgrading that rating as well. on behalf of the national weather service, our hearts go out to each and every person that has been affected by this tornado. and not only affects us here locally and our offices but across the entire weather service where we've had numerous people come to us and say, how deeply sorry they are for everything that's happened here. as we get more information, we'll definitely release that to you. we have lots of surveys that we continue to do over the next couple of days and a lot of work. >> is that ef-3 for mayfield
or -- which part of -- >> that's the highest rating that we've found along the entire trek in our area. our area serves -- and for locations along the path. casey, dawson springs, arlington, bremen that are definitely harder hit areas. >> how long is that path in miles? >> we have not figured out that because it's the -- the survey has not been completed. as you go south into tennessee that's another weather office and east of muhlenberg county. >> it's at least a 3 and look around. i'm not a meteorologist, but this is -- i expect we'll find it's much more severe. so, yeah.
>> obviously, this is historic for kentucky, but are you concerned that this kind of extreme weather could be the new normal in that this is a reflection of climate change? >> right now i can't process whether this is a new normal or not. we're just trying to identify the dead. locate the living. reunite families. try to give people a place to stay and something to eat. get them their medicine. meet their needs. all the rest of it, over time, we can talk about and what i'd say is please just focus on our people. and the help that they need and they deserve. as we get more information, as we get concrete numbers, we will be transparent about them. we will get them to you as soon as we can. please understand we're 40 hours in in the midst of rubble. but we're tough people. we've got a ton of help. thank you to the federal government. we could not ask for a stronger response. thank you to our federal
delegation. we're going to get through it, and we're going to get through it together. >> the governor there wanting to end on a positive note, thanking everybody for their support and the federal government, of course, as well talking about the fact that he spoke with the president three times just yesterday. also hearing from, of course, department of homeland secretary mayorkas and the fema administrator. seeming like they are in the beginning stages of this rescue and recovery mission there on the ground in kentucky. want to bring in elizabeth zimmerman quickly. former fema associate administrator for the office of response and recovery. thanks for sticking with us through that. i appreciate it. i think it's important for folks to hear from you right now. help us wrap up all that we heard. and i think probably one of the toughest things to hear is how early on they are in this mission in this rescue and recovery mission. the governor asked repeatedly
for how many people had lost their lives. how many homes have been lost and not necessarily having hard and concrete numbers on that. at what point will we have a better understanding of the magnitude of this destruction of this storm from homes and businesses lost to lives, families that have been destroyed. >> thank you very much for allowing me to be with you today. i just want to say my heart and prayers go out to all those people impacted by these events. these tornadoes are big. we're 40 hours into it and as the governor mentioned, the death toll will come in over the next course of the next days. could be a week, a couple of weeks because it has to be verified through the medical examiner and those things within the commonwealth of kentucky, how they notify the people that have the families and the process for that. so it will take time. it's not going to happen again
overnight here, as well as knowing the number of homes. i know that people are both in kentucky and the folks from the federal family that are there looking at the area, looking at maps of what was there in mayfield and all the other communities that were impacted. the aerial flyovers that have been happening and to be able to assess what homes are missing, what blocks are gone. what businesses, what infrastructure was there and what's been damaged. so that, too, will take time to happen, but it's -- the good news is that it's happening right now. there's people on the ground taking care of those things that need to be done. >> elizabeth zimmerman, we appreciate you sticking with us through this and your voice on this, as always. thank you. that wraps up the hour for me, everybody. i'll be back here next saturday and sunday, 3:00 p.m. eastern. i'm going to turn it over to reverend al sharpton and "politics nation."
good evening, and welcome to "politics nation." we start off again tonight with our thoughts on those in kentucky and surrounding states. devastated by this weekend's extreme weather in the region. search and rescue efforts continue in multiple towns as the confirmed death toll from the storms rises to almost 50. kentucky governor andy beshear saying earlier today that his state alone may end up losing more than 100 of its residents. president biden remains in touch with state leaders as resources and relief are sent. and satellite imagery shows just how devastating friday night's tornadoes were. we'll be sure to update you with any new developments over the
next hour. but first, tonight's lead. priorities in order. right now, i wonder what democratic party leadership must be thinking after a bruising year that resulted in a legislative breakthrough on infrastructure. that breakthrough itself made possible by joe biden's historic cross-racial win last year. speculations about democrats' midterm election prospects are cautious, at best. and that includes with the black voters that gave him and them the white house in the first place. and the senate. so they should expect the perception that i and so many other civil rights activists have had over the past year, which is that while we understand the existential threat posted by climate change and that our infrastructure will
determine our ability to meet needs of this century in which we find ourselves, through no fault of our own do black and brown voters and public servants find themselves fighting the very same battles of the last century. and that is why federal voting rights protections must be enhanced to stem a nationwide flood of state-level restrictions. i cannot believe that the democratic party leadership doesn't get that. so let me begin tonight by asking them. joining me now, chair of the democratic national committee, jaime harrison. chairman, thank you first of all for joining us tonight. i'd like to -- >> great seeing you, rev. >> i'd like to start by asking, as a democratic voter, what are the party's three biggest
priorities with 2022 three weeks away? >> well, rev, i think you said it so artfully as you always do. we have to work and really tackle this issue of voting rights. it's the most existential -- most important thing that we have to do over the course of the next few months as we move into this election. you know, we're going to get, and we've gotten so much done in terms of the president's agenda, in terms of infrastructure, tackling covid through the american rescue plan. we're going to be able to help alleviate some of the pressures from families in the build back better agenda. but all of that pales in comparison to the issue of voting rights. we have to make sure that we ensure that all americans, regardless of what you look like, who you pray to, who you love that all americans get an opportunity to exercise their right to vote because it's the
great equalizer. i just spent a good bit of time this week talking with folks from the administration about the importance of this, and they get it. they get it. and they're working on it. as i tell folks, sometimes you don't see stuff in -- it's not all over twitter and everything else. but there are a lot of conversations being had right now in developing the strategy and making sure that we can find a way to get around the filibuster and to focus on getting this bill to the president's deskor series of bills to the president's desk so that we can make sure everybody can go to the polls in 2022 with an assurance they can cast their ballot and their ballot will count when it's been cast. >> i hear that. you and i talk about it. you are always open, take my calls, meetings. i've talked to the white house, talked to the president. but people are frustrated. i'm frustrated. it sounds like lip service because as we talk, and as we do
things and you are right. some things have been done in some very key areas. no question about it. but as this voting question is there, and we see states changing the laws as we are talking, they're not waiting on the white house or somebody to try to -- they're changing it as we go. this frustration will lead to a massive frustration that will really affect the midterm elections. my next question simply, the democratic party cannot expect to win nationally, and many state races without minority support. of course, republicans in nearly every state are going after that support through hundreds of voter restriction bills. and democrats in congress can't get federal voting rights bills passed due to a republican filibuster. a filibuster. that's the word. and that is to my chagrin. even some moderate democrats
still support this filibuster. so if you need votes to win, that you can't protect, because of a rule that makes the bills impossible to pass. at what point do you give priority to candidates that back reform, if not removal or add to push for filibuster removal to the party platform because otherwise i do not see how this gets solved, mr. chairman. >> reverend al, i think you have come to it. listen, at the end of the day, we know we've got 50 votes in the senate. when we get all 50 of our democrats to vote for it, then we can get vice president kamala harris to break that tie. but we also know in the united states senate, in order to get most things done, it takes more than 50 votes. it actually takes 60 votes. so in essence, in order for us, and this is the challenge. i'm going to straight, no chase it. the knowledge is this.
either we have to get rid of the filibuster in order to get voting rights done or find a carve out in the senate rules in order to get it done so that we can bypass the filibust are. and that is one or two routes that we have to take. i know senator tim kaine is leading in the effort right now to see if we can find a carve out specifically targeted to voting rights. and senator manchin and a number of other folks are a part of those discussions. if we are successful at doing that, then we can bring this legislation to the floor of the united states senate, and then hopefully get it passed so that it gets to the president's desk. if it does not get done, then we do need to make sure that we can elect more democrats to the united states senate going into this next cycle who are willing to make the modifications to the senate rules to make sure that we can protect the thing that is most sacred to americans which is their right to vote. it's a great equalizer, and we've got to make sure that
we're doing everything within our power to do that. but you and i know this. we've had these conversations before. right now, it takes all 50 united states senators on the democratic side in order to vote to even get into the discussion about what we do with the filibuster. and we just are not there yet in terms of having all of those centers lined up. that's not to say people aren't trying. >> but they need to either find a way to modify -- whatever it takes, we need to get those votes, and we need to run candidates that will say specifically that they are for the filibuster being eliminated or reformed and it needs to be in the party platform. but chairman, briefly, please, democrats will effectively still be campaigning against donald trump next year. his role in the primary challenge against brian kemp only this week is an example of how much power he still wields
nearly a year out of office. but i read in "the new york times" this week about how that influence is now extending into down ticket races as well. as trump supporters, conservative activists, some of which were actually at the capitol in january are now running for the very same voter administration offices they alleged were in on the steal last year. what's your response to that? >> rev, i have asked all of our state party leaders to make sure that their number one priority is to fill every seat that we can, with a democratic candidate. now i know one of the hardest jobs is a state party chair or chair in general is candidate recruitment. it's hard to convince people to open their lives up to all of the chaos and the mess in politics these days. all of the vitriol. but the one thing if folks are focused on saving democracy, and
i say this to people who are listening to me today. if you've been thinking about running for office, run for office. get in contact with your state party chair and your state and let them know that you are interested in running because we need to fill every seat with a good democrat who is interested in saving our democracy and representing the people who desperately need good leaders right now. and so that is our push to make sure that we fill every slot that we can to make sure that we put voter protection staff on the ground to begin to build up a shield around the voters in this country. and not just democratic voters. all voters. all voters need to be able to exercise their right to vote and that's really, really important. and if it's just a democratic party doing it, then we're going to play that role. >> all right. well, thank you for being with us. and as i said, you remain open as we really, really have been putting pressure, and i hope some of the moderate democrats are watching so they get a
little view of what you get from us on the phone and zoom calls for the frustration. and you have been committed to this. we're going to keep the heat on because we're talking about saving our democracy. thank you dnc chair jaime harrison. now i want to bring in congresswoman karen bass, democrat of california. congresswoman, thank you for being with us. you are the former head of the congressional black caucus. i don't know anyone that's been more straightforward than you. do you still have any belief, any hope that congress will do anything to protect voting rights across the country before the 2022 midterms? >> oh, i absolutely have to have that hope, rev, because i don't know what we do next year when you have states that are actually saying, if we're able to get over voter suppression and win that they want to have the right to overturn the election.
it's just crazy. when this happens in other countries we call it the closing of democratic space. we issue sanctions and cut foreign aid. so to have it happen here in the united states is just egregious. we absolutely have to get voting rights on president biden's desk this year. this session. >> let me raise another issue now. if the u.s. supreme court overturns roe versus wade and if reports are accurate that more than two dozen states may follow up and ban abortion, the state of california has revealed a plan to make the state a sanctuary for those seeking reproductive care, including possibly paying for travel and lodging for people from other states. what are your thoughts on that? >> well, i know that this is something that is being discussed at the state level. we'll have to see. the interesting thing is that a number of those states that would outright ban abortion also did not extend medicaid.
so they don't basically provide health care for their population. it's really important that we make sure that all californians have access to health care and then the idea that people would be able to come into our state to receive health care services is sure a sad statement on those states. >> you are now running to be mayor of los angeles in 2022. and if elected, you will become the first black female mayor of that city. a big part of your campaign is fighting the rising crime in los angeles. 200 robbers were reported in the last week alone. and also we experienced, you and i and others, a terrible loss with the killing of jacqueline avon, wife of rock 'n' roll hall of famer, one of my mentors, clarence avon. i knew her, and you did, too. what are your specific plans in terms of public safety, policing
and criminal reform? >> first of all, it was such a tragedy and such a blow to the city to lose mrs. avon, especially in the manner in which her life was lost. if people commit egregious crimes like that, they have to be held accountable to the full extent of the law. and you know, rev, we have worked for so long for police reform, for criminal justice reform that that does not mean that we have to just absolutely sacrifice to the point where people do not feel safe. the number one job of the mayor is to protect angelinos. and we have to do that in every means possible. at the same time, we have to make sure that police departments are accountable, that there's transparency. we can have safety and justice at the same time. and you know what happens when crime spikes, and it does. crime goes up. crime goes down. you know, over the years, that
what happens especially when it comes to some communities, the entire community is held accountable for the actions of a few. and that's where you get into abuse and overstep and so we have to be safe. we values to have justice, police reform, all of those go hand in hand. it isn't one or the other. >> representative karen bass, thank you for coming on. the pandemic is taking its toll on the most vulnerable among us. our kids. what we can do to help them rise up against the challenges they face. after the break. and later, the supreme court's youth and willingness to overturn roe vs. wade has some asking if term limits should be imposed. my political panel weighs in. but first, my colleague steven romo with today's other top news stories.
>> an update on the deadly tornadoes that ripped through six states this weekend. at least 40 people have been rescued so far from what's left of that candle factory in mayfield, kentucky. the building was flattened by a tornado while more than 100 workers were still inside. more than 30 people are still reported missing. governor andy beshear fears that death toll in his state could reach triple digits. when talking about the damage at a press conference moments ago, he said this. >> to the people of america, there is no lens big enough to show you the extent of the damage here in graves county nor kentucky. >> dozens have been confirmed dead across five states. at least two young children are among those victims. tens of thousands of people across kentucky and tennessee are also still without power right now. meanwhile, in illinois, a search and recovery effort is still under way at an amazon warehouse. that's where six people were
killed as a tornado hit that facility. local authorities confirm at least 45 people managed to escape. two storm-related deaths have been reported in arkansas. one of the victims there has been identified as a male nursing home resident in his 80s. president biden vowed to help any of the states affected by those tornadoes. fema is on the ground in arkansas, illinois, kentucky, missouri, mississippi and tennessee. he's saying they'll provide federal guidance and assess the damage. meanwhile, more politics nation with rev rnd al sharpton coming up right after this break. before discovering nexium 24hr to treat her frequent heartburn... claire could only imagine enjoying chocolate cake. now, she can have her cake and eat it too. nexium 24hr stops acid before it starts for all-day, all-night protection. can you imagine 24 hours without heartburn?
surgeon general of the united states is calling attention to widespread mental health challenges among youths across the country. some of those issues existed before the covid-19 pandemic but have now been exacerbated, according to a new advisory issued this week. the surgeon general vice admiral dr. vivek murthy says it will take a whole of society effort to address. here is a quote. if we seize this moment, step up for our children and their families in their moment of need, and lead with inclusion, kindness and respect, we can lay the foundation for a healthier and more resilient and more fulfilled nation, end of quote. the advisory states that mental, emotional developmental, or behavioral disorders have been
reported in about 20% of children ages 3 to 17 years. and many are not receiving adequate treatment. inequities also persist. black children under 13 are nearly twice as likely to die by suicide as white children. and youths with socio-economic disadvantages are two to three times more likely to develop mental health conditions than their peers, according to the advisers. those in rural areas who lack access to educational and mental health services are at higher risk of mental health challenges during the pandemic. as well as racial and ethnic minority youth who have experienced race-based hate due to the pandemic or live in communities that suffered an outsized number of covid-related deaths. so what steps recommended by the advisory can you take to address
your mental health and youths' mental health? first, recognize mental health is an essential part of overall health. and empower youth to manage difficult emotions. then in your capacity as an employer or family member, an educator or if you are involved in community or philanthropic organizations, try to ensure every child has access to high-quality, affordable and culturally competent mental health care. also do your best to address economic and social barriers. to quote dr. murthy, if we each start reorientating our priorities to create accessible space in our homes, schools and workplaces and communities for seeking and giving assistance, we can all start building a culture that normalizes and
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welcome back. we have a lot to get to with my political panel. joining me now is democratic strategist shonda jefferson. deshonda, the "washington post" is reporting that in a letter addressed to speaker pelosi and majority leader hoyer, 22 moderate democrats pled that more needs to be done by the party to address the economy ahead of the midterms. democrats feel that voters blame them and the president for the supply chain and truck driver shortages launching great concern that republicans will sweep the midterms if more action is not taken. what do you think?
>> well, i think it's more than the supply chain disruptions. it really is inflation which we saw on friday hit, what -- its highest level since 1982. people are not feeling the recovery. the stock market is doing fairly well. income is up. but people are still feeling that it's not impacting them. they are looking at their own pocketbooks and realizing i'm paying more money than i did last year for basics like milk, eggs, gas prices. and to be quite frank, looking ahead at the midterms -- looking at virginia this past cycle, the way we botched virginia, i don't trust democrats doing any better nationally with our messaging. we really have to talk about the kitchen table issues which i don't think is really penetrating. i don't think democrats have done a good job of that. >> the supreme court on friday allowed texas' draconian abortion ban to stay in effect
which allowed no exception for abortions, including cases of rape and incest. how close are we to seeing the overturn of roe vs. wade become not just hypothetically a nightmare but a reality. >> i think if anything brings people on the midterms, it might be, you know, galvanizing pro-choice supporters. that might be the democrats' ticket to getting more people out to midterms. republicans have been plotting this out for who knows how long. i think that this -- there's some legal maneuvering go on that the justices will allow the clinics to sue to overturn the ban. to me it's this little maneuvering. it's not going to make much of a difference because they'll have to go through the same process they've already been through and when it comes to appeal, the 5th u.s. circuit, they've already said that the texas law is
constitutional. i say let the trials begin because one of the things that frightens me most about that law is that any private citizen, anywhere in the country can raise concerns. could give a civil lawsuit saying that, you know, she aided and abetted jane doe to get an abortion. so that's what really makes me nervous. that's going to be a slippery slope. that's why i say this is -- who knows what direction this is going to go in but the way i'm looking at this, it makes me as a pro-choice advocate, very, very nervous. >> it's very, very, very frightening. the january 6th -- let me go to this, while i have you. the january 6th house select committee issued another batch of subpoenas. the committee wants to hear from an array of people from one of trump's aides max miller who is now running for congress to some of the protests and rally
organizers who spearheaded the events from that day. clearly they are trying to see if there's a connection between communication in the white house to their supporters that gathered outside the capitol that day. once they hear from this new bunch, what do you predict will come out of this? >> i've got to be honest, rev, it could be bennie thompson right now. they've already indicated there will be public hearings next year. i -- and i look forward to it. the american public has a right to know what happened on january 6th. and i think, you know, a lot of people are quietly nervous about what's going to come out. how is it going to make them look? he's already gone on record saying that over 250 people have come before the committee. either voluntarily or involuntarily.
but most of them have been voluntary. you know, january 6th -- someone who worked on the hill, spends a lot of time on the hill, i never thought i'd see something like that happen. it's frightening, and it was a direct assault on our democracy. so i think with these new subpoenas, they are really starting to connect the dots, and i wouldn't be surprised if we see, you know, even more before the new year. >> all right. thank you deshonda jefferson. okay, we're not taking a break. in a moment, the future of atlanta mayor-elect andre dickens joins me to discuss his plans for police reform in the city and how to tackle voter suppression in georgia. but first my colleague steven romo with another update on today's top news stories. steven? >> thanks, rev. a lot to keep you caught up on. we're watching updates on the massive rescue and recovery efforts under way in six states after the deadly tornadoes ripped through the central u.s.
more than 50,000 residents are still without power now in kentucky. this comes as state officials fear that the death toll will climb, likely surpassing 80. in mayfield, recovery efforts are ongoing as it struck a candle factory while workers were still inside. 40 workers have been rescued and dozens still reported missing. in edwardsville, illinois, a damaged amazon warehouse recovery efforts are expected to take days as crews sift through rubble. already six have died there. president biden has vowed to provide assistance for those states dealing with those storms. now back to "politics nation" with reverend al sharpton.
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weeks. despite the gop's efforts to divide and exclude in the state democratic mayor-elect andre dickens says he wants to unite and collaborate. he joins me now from atlanta. good evening, mayor-elect dickens, and congratulations. as you know, national action network, my civil rights group has an office in atlanta and everybody there, reverend sailor and they've told me you were going to win, and you did so congratulations. as i mentioned, the georgia so-called election integrity act, which clearly targets voters of color, passed this year. the law allows republicans to restructure county election boards and take over boards they say are underperforming. at least six counties have gone through redistricting. for example, the spalding county board of elections went from
having a black democratic majority and black election supervisor to a white republican majority. how could these and other voting -- voter suppression tactics impact the city of atlanta in the future? and is there anything you can do about it? >> yeah, thanks, rev, for having me on the show. listen, this is downright voter suppression. let's call it exactly what it is. they ran scared after the state of georgia went blue for the first time in a very long time. we were instrumental in making sure that biden was elected, that warnock and ossoff were elected and that has them very, very scared. and so they created a bill that has now -- it's called sb-202 and it affects the entire state. and i'm going to be very vocal about it, just like i am right now, that the state lawmakers that created this bill wanted to suppress democratic and black votes. and i even saw it in our
municipal election that i just won just a few weeks back. and that is the precursor to what they are trying to make happen next year in the governor's race and senate race that warnock is going to have to face. what i saw two weeks ago was it was difficult for people to get a mail-in ballot or absentee ballot during covid. they are requiring senior citizens to have to mail in a request with their driver's license copy, get something sent back to them and then mail back their ballot with their driver's license copy. how many seniors have access to a printer? how many people have access to this technology? so what i saw in my election was half the people did the first part, did not get the second part and so they were confused about, where's my ballot? it wasn't counted. did it go in? check the internet to see. these are just ways and tactics to suppress the vote and i'm going to be vocal about it now that i've seen it firsthand. >> as a native of atlanta and
long-serving city council member, you are no stranger to the city's issues. through your safe streets plan you focused heavily on public safety and reforms for atlanta's police department. you also are a strong proponent of community of community policing. how do you believe these reforms will help the people living in atlanta? >> yeah, so i want to make sure that we have a balanced approach to public safety. to talk about safety and justice, because we have to be smart on crime, but also be very well aware that a social justice movement is afoot and it's necessary. so part of this is, we have lost about 450 officers in the past few years. so we do need to have a level of policing to man our streets from violent crime. but we also want to make sure that we don't have our police officers responding to non-violent situations. we need to have specialists to
deal with homelessness, to deal with mental health challenges, people having behavioral health expressions that don't require a badge and a gun and a taser to be the best answer. we need to continue down a path of our pre-arrest diversion and issues that divert people from having to deal with a police officer that's very necessary for violent crime, but not so necessary for non-emergencies like i mentioned before. so having a specialist to deal with that, to get people to the proper care that they need if they're experiencing a mental health crisis or something related to homelessness or something thereof. i'm talking about community-based policing, where we have officers get out of their cars and walk the beat and be able to be in conversation with folks at the gas station, grocery stores, and shopping centers. we need to reduce the number of unnecessary police interactions on the wrong side of a gun,
could be another case that we all don't want to deal with across this nation. and i don't want that to happen in atlanta, georgia, where we can and will get this right. >> now, let's talk about more -- let's talk about equity and inclusion. you've been an outspoken critic against the buckhead city hood movement, which ames to separate the city's most wealthy neighborhood entirely from atlanta. they recently set up a physical location near buckhead village. meanwhile, you've pledged to create more affordable housing in underserved parts of the city. talk more about that and your other plans for equity. >> yeah, so, to me, the enemy of atlanta is poverty. generational poverty. everyone knows that atlanta has a black middle class and upper class and we have a lot of black businesses and i was born and raised here. i grew up in a part of the city that gave you only a 4% chance
of making it from poverty to the upper middle class. so we do have a problem with income, immobility and income inequity. and so i'm really committed to making sure that atlanta is the place that solves for equity. so part of it is building mixed income housing, affordable housing to the tune of 20,000 units of housing over eight years. and so this is going to enable people to be able to afford to live in this city, teachers and firefighters, and just hard-working individuals that are now being priced out, because the rents and mortgages are going up, because atlanta is so attractive. but the other side of the equation, besides housing that we will build and create, the other side is income. because affordable housing, what's affordable is all about your income. so i'm all about making sure that we have great-paying jobs in this city. in atlanta, i don't care how many buildings these billionaires build, i want to know how many atlantans are working in your building, having great-paying jobs.
that's why i created technology training programs, that have trained hundreds of people to get middle-income jobs in just four to five months. this is about putting people on pathway out of poverty. a part of our city wants to separate from us. this is impossible. we can't let that happen. and i've been very vocal and i'm fighting it, making sure that we are one atlanta, with one future. and it's got some undertones to it that i'm not going to allow to stay ugly. we'll call it out for what it is, and make sure that we stay this city that has been a beacon of light for the rest of the nation with regards to the civil rights movement, human rights. we'll make sure that buckhead sees that this city is safe and that it's run well and we'll do that together all across the city. >> all right! well, very happy to have you on, atlanta mayor-elect andre dickens, thank you and please stay in touch with us as you take office. up next, my final thoughts. stay with us. next, my final ths stay with us
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question of voting. there is clearly those on the far-right that are committed to undermining the democratic principles of voting in this country. it goes beyond the black community and the brown community, though it is disproportionately there. by their trying to control election commissions and those that will count the vote, we're talking about nullification. we're talking about deciding who can vote by making it difficult, like the mayor-elect of atlanta just said, for seniors and others to even get a ballot. they're talking about having the state commissions appointed, so that they count the ballots. either way, you can't have a democratic country where people can't vote easily and then one side counts the votes that's cast. let's stop this. that does it for me.
thanks for watching. i'll see you back here next weekend at 5:00 p.m. eastern. alicia menendez picks up our news coverage now. >> thank you so much, as always, reverend sharpton. hello, everyone. i'm alicea menendez. we begin with the devastating aftermath of one of the worst tornado outbreaks in u.s. history. at least four dozen people are confirmed dead across several states and that number is expected to grow, as rescue crews spent a second night searching for survivors. kentucky by far hardest hit. the death toll there expected to top 100 with more than a thousand homes destroyed and at least 52,000 still without power. kentucky governor andy bashir has opened state parks to offer temporary shelter and deployed the national guard. >> the national guard has been deployed. we have over 300 guardsmen that are active. they are out in our