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to c-span.org. -- unday night on q&a, >> nationalists were rising up so the big strategic question that the u.s. faced was, should it support britain against the rising nationalists or create a new order i mediating between them. >> michael durand on his book. about the 1956 suez crisis and the aftermath. prevent therying to soviet union coming in and undermining the british to take control of the oil of the middle east. we cared about the oil because it 100% european oil came from the middle east. wanted to make sure we had friendly arab regimes. unitedaligned with the
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states, keeping the soviet union out. >> this is just under an hour. this is a political protest. theelcome to the stage, president of pro-choice america. [applause] >> good morning washington. [applause] we are joined by cities saynd the country today to
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one message of, we object. we object. [applause] to trump's agenda. we object to the people he is putting in place to do nothing but a search his agenda. we certainly object to a lifetime of appointments of put into place by a president under investigation cruising with russia. we object. we object. we object. [applause] story.tell you about a i was sitting in the hearing of neil gorsuch a couple weeks ago when my phone started going off. it was my staff telling me that jim comey had just confirmed , who issident trump currently under investigation with russia, and i could not believe that to the same senate
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who said, our president obama as not legitimate to nominate supreme court justice, was moving forward with hearings for someone who was under investigation from russia. last reason. the the very last reason we needed to object to neil gorsuch. for a lifetime appointment. we know he is terrible on rights,rights, workers writes --hts, lgbt what's and we know that running through every one of his decisions is a characteristic --t we cannot have in that that we cannot have. a lack of compassion, ability to understand our lives, and
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certainly a lack of ability to judge our destiny. we will not have it. we do objects. here with us today, we have one of the very first courageous senators who came out to stand with the people. she is on the senate judiciary committee. she asks the hard questions and his neil gorsuch swarm and seed. seat.irm in his she is going to stand with the people and filibuster his nomination. [applause] >> please welcome to the stage the senator from the great state of hawaii. [applause] >> a low high everybody. --aloha, everybody. >> who watch all four days of
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the gorsuch hearings? to say, oh mye gosh, what happened? as we decided, what the heck is going to happen to our country, what happened was, the very next day he had the march on washington. [applause] that started with a retired attorney a maui. did you know that? media, andcial within a day, people have said we are going to do something. this investigation has not stopped since. weis because of you that stop trumpcare. [applause] and the person who was the
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laborer secretary nominee, dropped out. [applause] of my heard from more constituents in the time that the president has been in office than in the entire years that i have served in the house of senate. likeawaii, i had something 4000 to 5000 communications. that is a lot. [applause] i have this wonderful group of activists that come to my office in hawaii every tuesday to make sure i'm staying the course with you guys. [applause] so thank you so much. i did a couple -- i did a video chat a couple weeks ago, we say we talk stories. meaning we don't yell at each other, we listen to each other. it is a wonderful way that we frame when we get together. we say let's talk story about this.
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,oing forward on neil gorsuch -- when i met with him he said a couple of things. heart when we a met with him. we were really looking for that heart in the four days appearing . he told me that the federal courts are there to support minority rights. he, of course, did not respond to any of our questions that allowed us to figure out his judicial philosophy. if it wasn't important, we wouldn't have a lot of these decisions. it is because the supreme court justices wring their entire life experiences and what their frame of reference would be aced on their life experiences. he needed to tell us what his judicial philosophy was and he wouldn't. he basically said, i'm going to follow the president. with thatg the court president.
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we looked at his record and what i saw was a disturbing trend where he will support corporate interests over individual rights. you know the litany of cases, a hobby lobby -- [boo] we expanded the religious rights of companies. the thousands and thousands of women that works for hobby lobby. or the case where a person got electrocuted and the company that she didn't think the company should be responsible for not training this person. drivercase of the truck who had a choice between freezing to death and doing something about it. he didn't think that truck driver made the right decision. that isnot the man standing for all of us. i have a lot of questions, all of the democrats did. as you are listening and -- watching the republicans, many of them were
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saying, how is fishing? >> could you believe it? this is serious business. this is someone going to be on the supreme court for decades making decisions impacting our lives. we need someone who will adhere to the separation of powers. serious questions about what he is going to do, with one of the presidents live mists -- lit missed tests. what was the other group? heritage foundation. 17 million. there are people that said you can't -- can support to this guy. they were pushing that he was a really nice guy with a heart. they said, who will we support? garland -- maret garland.
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i want to thank you for your activism. in makes a difference. the kind of engagement makes a huge difference to us. when the folks come to visit my office every tuesday and when we hear from thousands of you all across the country, it keeps me going. i thank you, from the bottom of my heart for everything that you do. [applause] let me just leave you with one more thought. as we care about lgbtq, voting rights, a writable woman to choose, a lot of these cases will go to the supreme court and they come from the state. we have to pay attention to gets elected to the state legislatures. we have to pay attention to who will become our governors. all of these cases emanate from the state. i know you are going to be out there all across the country making sure you are electing the
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right kind of people to the state legislatures and the government office. sometimes, we don't pay enough attention to that. aloha. you are beautiful people and it is a beautiful day. thank you very much. [applause] >> please welcome to the stage of representative from people of the american way. >> excuse me. how are we doing this morning? [applause] fired up and ready to stop gorsuch? [laughter] [applause] i'm a campaign manager for people of the american way. here today onbe
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behalf of more than one million members across the country who are proud to be a part of a broad coalition of progressive allies pushing back against the extremes and dangerous addenda's of donald trump. -- agendas of donald trump. today to share a personal story about an experience that nearly brought my life to an early end. 2011, while traveling for work in asheville north carolina. i found myself caught in a house fire. as the building quickly went up smoke, i realized that my only chance of escape and survival was to climb out
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onto the roof and a jump from the third floor. i fractured my spine in four places, broke every rib on the left side of my body, punctured my left lung. lung,collapsed my right shattered my shoulder, and suffered several other serious injuries. i then late in the ditch for two hours, completely paralyzed from the neck down, but fully conscious, waiting for the firefighters to find me. fortunately, i did make a full recovery and, in some ways, i'm perhaps stronger now than maybe i ever was before. were it not for the affordable care act, i would not have had health insurance and been on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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in metal expenses at the tender age of 23. for a time, i was working startup nonprofit that was able to pay me in a small salary but unable to provide me health insurance. because i was under 26, i was able to be covered on my parents plan. [applause] thankfully, i am debt-free and pain-free. fortunately, last week, the republicans failed in their attempt to repeal the affordable care act. at least, for now. so many of our elected leaders are comfortable with millions of people living drastically orinished lives in debt losing their lives altogether because of the lack of affordable and accessible health care.
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it's really outrageous and truly a travesty. >> we need someone that will do the right thing when difficult cases come beforehand -- before him or her. we need a supreme court justice that will look out for those most vulnerable among us. that is including 23-year-olds who almost die because of extreme events. like house fires. judge gorsuch is not that justice. [applause]
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let ourall of us to democratic senators let them know that like our lives depend on it, because you may never know when that might prove to be true. thank you. [applause] please welcome a muslim community activist. [applause] >> good morning. here so great to stand with all of you in opposition to neil gorsuch's nomination to the supreme court. [applause] use every legal tool at our disposal to oppose
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this illegitimate administration of donald trump. [applause] >> we did it when they try to trumpcare, and now we need to do it again. [laughter] >> i want to talk about the muslim ban. when donald trump signed his executive order, there were muslim-americans who were afraid. they felt like they did not belong here, and they are still afraid today. have are people who contributed as doctors, police officers, firefighters, who wereeurs, people born and raised here who are u.s. citizens, and they felt unwanted. called me,ly members asking me, should we travel outside of the country? if i leave and go to mexico or europe, are they going to let me back in?
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is not the america i was raised in. those are not our values. judiciarthe judiciary is so impo our balance of power. we saw the ninth circuit decision to halt the muslim ban -- [applause] >> it showed that our system works. right now, the judiciary is the one branch of government that is standing up and calling out these policies for what they are, as racist, hatemongering, and a xenophobia. donald trump went back xenophobic.
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>> i want everyone to remember that it is not even the muslim ban. this is a nominee that has allied himself with donald trump , who stands with trump and has shown he is not willing to separate politics from his work. wheree have such issues this administration is trying to strip people from their health care coverage, break apart families with immigration policies, and going out against working-class people and making false promises about jobs that they don't have the ability to bring back, so this is a great, important time in our history. thank you for being here, and let's work together to stop this nomination. [applause] please welcome to
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representatives from every voice. [applause] >> good morning d.c. thank you for coming this morning. i am with every voice. with every voice. we fight for democracy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy. i have one question for you. do we need more money and our elections? i did not think so. neil gorsuch does not agree with us. has sided withhe the wealthy and powerful. he things corporations are people and would go further than citizens united and he supports ending all contribution limits and our elections. [booing] >> that's me. on every single thing we care about, gorsuch will give the wealthy and powerful even more power. [booing] >> crazy.
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for ourmake it harder voices to matter in our elections and make it easier for billionaires to spend more to influence our elections. this is a direct affront to our american values. this means dirty energy companies can buy the policies they want to pollute our air come in danger our climate. it means wall street can spend millions to go back to the reckless policies that crash this economy. [booing] >> yeah. to the supreme court, we know he will side with corporations and billionaires, not us. is that what we want? that is why we cannot let him get a lifetime seat on the supreme court and are here today to tell senators to oppose gorsuch. we want a democracy that works for every single one of us, not just the wealthy and
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powerful. let's keep the pressure up. this week is the week. call your senator. have your friends and family call their senators. we can't leave any stone unturned. this is our fight. this is a lifetime seat. if we work together, we can stop the corporate takeover of the supreme court and our democracy. thank you. [cheers and applause] welcome the representative from united we dream. [cheers and applause] .> good morning how are you doing? it is an honor to be with you today. am undocumented, unafraid, and here to stay. [cheers and applause] this election and
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the days and months after the election have been difficult. who remembers where they were exactly when they announced the results? , i was in a room full of women, undocumented women, ready to figure out how we win immigration reform in the hillary clinton administration, , wein a moment of deep pain have to bring those women together and say this is going to be a much different moment than we thought. sent what they were feeling in the moment, and some said i am scared. some of them said, what will happen to me and my kids. but one woman from florida, she has been part of united we dream, the largest immigration network in the country, and she said, i want to pray for him.
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i want to pray for donald trump. i want to pray that god gives him wisdom. that hertely, i know prayers have been answered, but not that one specifically. [laughter] >> so we know this guy gorsuch, he is part of the racist administration that this man donald trump wants to take us into, and make no mistake in people all across the country will suffer if this man is in the supreme court. 11 million people right now are facing the most horrible attacks. about a recipient who has been unjustly retained for more than a month in washington state because ice has decided they want to eject him from this country. maybe onee gorsuch
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day we'll have to make a decision whether someone like me has a right to come out and speak, to be able to say i am undocumented and unafraid. if it is up to him, i don't think i will be able to do it, so in this moment of and certainty, i know that people like you people of conscience are going to stand with me with 11 million people, that we won't answer her prayers when she says i want to feel safe. know, i think that in this moment we have two ground ourselves and what we want, what we are proposing in this moment, which is gorsuch, a racist trump agenda of mass deportation. we oppose that loudly and clearly. we object. we are looking for to the future we will create together. [cheers and applause] will be ablehere i to stand here without fear and
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declare that i am undocumented, a future where a woman does not have to pray for the safety of her kids. she knows it is going to happen. beuture where women will able to choose whatever they want to do with their bodies. that we will be able to defend people wanting to marry whoever they want to marry. i believe in that future. united we dream believes in that future, and we will not back down because we are going for together, not one step back. [cheers and applause] >> repeat after me, for together. not one step back. forward together. not one step back. thank you. [cheers and applause] -- et's hear it for
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[cheers and applause] >> thank you for being here. it is wonderful to be here with everyone. how awesome the energy is here today. taking action with brothers and sisters across the country in dozens of other city standing of two oppose neil gorsuch to a lifetime appointed to the supreme court. i wanted to ask everyone to take out your phones, pull up your social media platform of choice, facebook, twitter, instagram, and tell your friends and family why you are here today. #weobject to tell why you object to neil gorsuch. all theearing about
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reasons neil gorsuch would be a disaster for a lifetime appointment to the supreme court, so send the picture, send a tweet, let donald trump know we object and we will not back down without a fight. thank you all. [cheers and applause] a please welcome representative from the byp 100. [cheers and applause] >> hi. [cheers and applause] >> i am so glad to be here to 0, a national 10 organization that has a chapter here in d.c.. we advocate for rachel justice through a black queer lens and strongly stand with we object.
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45 has nominated nothing but racist, misogynist, and ill-prepared people one after the other. jeff sessions was a push to close the civil rights division of the department of justice. devos is more concerned about grizzly bears than protecting our children, especially black children. she said she wants schools to be ft.ected like uber and lyfy that is not going to work for our education system. , anotherudge gorsuch conservative. he is not legally allowed to tell us how he feels about things, but we can tell through his actions on the circuit court of appeals.
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we can tell how he feels about our nations most marginalized communities, especially black people, and police brutality. from hawaii said -- i just want to tell a little story. it is time for story time. i'm going to give you two stories, and this shows you how he feels about black people and on how police should be interacting with our communities. one story takes place in colorado, a 22-year-old young .an had marijuana a police officer confronted him. the young man ran. that police officer chased him, thebed him, and tased in head, killing him on sight. gorsuch decided to protect that police officer, claiming the police officer did not know it was unconstitutional to kill somebody for marijuana by tasting them in the head.
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tasing them in the head. [booing] childnext or is about a who took another child's i have had. a police resource officer came in, grabbed that child, put him in an arm lock and handcuffed him in school. is cited to protect that police officer instead of the child, saying it was the child's fault that the police officer use excessive force. [booing] gorsuch feels gore churc police should interact with our community, teaching children right from wrong. it is no coincidence that in less than a hundred days there has been an attack on our department of justice, an attack on our education system, health
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care system, and now an attack on our last line of defense to uphold our basic human rights. trump is building a goon squad. gorsuch is part of this, and they have a destructive agenda. trump has to be stopped. gorsuch has to be blocked. [cheers and applause] please welcome a representative from the national lgbtq task force. [cheers and applause] >> good morning, beautiful people. thank you so much for coming out here and telling everyone, including behind their, the senators, that we object. my name is candace and i and the reproductive health rights the lgbtqncil for
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task force. has an organization, we object. we understand how important a lifetime position is to the supreme court -- lifetime, a 40 year plus term that judge gorsuch could have on the supreme court, and that is detrimental to all of us, all of us who really believe in justice , who believe in the rights of workers over the rights of corporations, and we are here to show that we object and we resist. [cheers and applause] >> we know that judge gorsuch has ruled terribly for women's reproductive rights and the rights of all people who can become pregnant, including trans folks and gender nonconforming folks who can also become pregnant. is not that neil gorsuch going to protect transgender rights, and we know that the supreme court is going to hear a transgender rights case very soon, and we cannot have someone on the court that is not going to allow someone to go to the
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restroom that is associated with their gender identity and the way they express themselves. this is not his choice. this is a personal choice, and we know that, and we have to show our senators that we know that and we are watching them. we did this with trumpcare, and we have to do it again. [cheers and applause] singleave to call every day, every hour, tell your friends, tell your mailman, your to callher -- they need every single day, even if your senator has said they will object. we need to make sure they will still object, and we need to make sure they still will hold the line and filibuster this appointment, because it is too important. all of our rights depend on it. we are what democracy looks like. [cheers and applause] right now happening
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in the supreme court, in the administration, is not democracy. this is not what democracy looks like the and us standing out here -- looks like. and us standing out here right now, this is resistance. this is democracy. our existence alone is resistance and we have to continue to fight together. thank you so much, and continue to object. [cheers and applause] welcome the president of -- [cheers and applause] >> thank you. thank you, brothers and sisters, for being here to stand up for working men and women all across the united states. as a father and a husband, i toe the united states senate oppose the lifetime appointment to the united states supreme court of neil gorsuch. [cheers and applause] has consistently proven
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that he only favors the privileged and powerful at the expense of all of us. believessuch truly that corporations are people. that their rights come before hours. we need an independent justice that will use the constitution us, everyone, not just the powerful and not just the privileged. raised on his record, it is clear that neil gorsuch is not the person, not the person that time and time again has cited with the powerful and the privileged, that will work against working men and women. we can't afford someone like neil gorsuch in the supreme court. case, he rolled against a truck driver whose life was in danger when he was stuck in subzero temperatures. [booing] >> by siding with the company that fired him for leaving his
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trucks of it he could seek shelter and save his own life. he sided with the company. in the environmental case involving a workplace death, gorsuch even argued that a company should not be responsible to the electrocution of one of their own employees. [booing] >> one of their employees that they did not even train. that workers name was chris carter. the company was only find $5,500 for his death, $5,500. judge gorsuch. that was an overreach, that the $5,500 fine for that man's death was an overreach and he sided with the company. an assistantnst professor at kansas state , who wasy, grace wong fired after 15 years on the job because she needed more time to recover from breast cancer. [booing] >> it was too accommodating for
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, too much, asking too much of the university to give her some more time to recover. employeeinvolving compensation, he has ruled over 90% of the time for the employers, 20 one out of 23 cases he has sided with the employers. courtnot afford a supreme who will tip the scales of justice even further in favor of the wealthy and the powerful. every day i see members of our union and dedicate public service employees serve their communities, people like mental health workers, teachers, social workers, bridge inspectors, public safety officers. it means a work and lot to me and it means a lot to their communities and neighbors, such as you. an honest days work, surge her community, and
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really listened to the concerns and struggles of hard-working americans, then you know corporations are not people. [cheers and applause] anothern't need corporate flunky on the supreme court. [cheers and applause] lot in thiseard a election about the forgotten man . well, we see that judge gorsuch has forgotten the working women and working men of this country time and time again. [cheers and applause] >> we need a supreme court that a judge the 99%, not that sides with the 1% 99% of the time. [cheers and applause] >> there will be no justice, no
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peace, with neil gorsuch on the supreme court. thank you. [cheers and applause] welcome a representative from the center for american progress. [cheers and applause] >> hey, everybody. i am emily from the center for american progress. that's a really great welcome. this is his first rally. [cheers and applause] -- heon't want you guys gets to work. he gets to work. yes. what the future will hold. i don't know what kind of protections he will need. need't know if he would access to safe and legal abortion.
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a court with neil gorsuch on it will not protect him. i don't know if he will need access to bathrooms. this court will not protect him. if he will need idea education and protection. i don't know if he will be able to marry who he loves. this court with gorsuch on it will not protect him. we need to stop it. and we can. [cheers and applause] >> and not just on every issue neil gorsuch is wrong, and we know every issue with neil gorsuch is wrong but why are we here in the first place? will we let a president who won't tell us what his ties are with russia and how they interfered in the election? ?hy this in a time and time again has said, we don't need a full investigation into russia. we can just band-aid over.
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you know what we can put through? we can put through this nomination. that's right. that's right. this makes no sense. we want the senate to hear it. it is, kitty, but i feel good about it. ready? we are going to try. no russia probe -- no russia probe -- no russia probe -- >> no scotus robe. >> you guys are fantastic. i know the senate will hear you. [cheers and applause] -- lease welcome [cheers and applause] how is everybody doing?
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are we feeling empowered this morning? are we feeling the people's power? when i say people, you sell power. >> people. >> power. >> people. >> power. >> that's right. this is only the beginning of democracy uplifting and showing the real side of justice. organizer with the fair immigration reform movement with the center for community change. we fight every day for immigrant rights. i came from columbia 16 years ago to live in indiana. , the hoosier state. hoosier hospitality is what it is known for. until my dad it up was arrested and almost deported because of things that he could not carry because of being an
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immigrant parent. he had to work 12 hour days assembling radios. he was very stressed. he didn't know the language, and he had -- the stress took him to take decisions that got him in jail, and that's the moment i had to decide whether i was going to be ok with him being deported or not. i took the decision that no matter what happened, no one should be deported, because already we are suffering so much by being jailed and by being, having laws against immigrants all throughout the u.s. as i saw the pain in my father's eyes when he was being put in the police car, i got reminded just this past week when i went to alabama to work with the alabama coalition for immigrant justice to stand with 40 families who suffered from a raid in northern alabama.
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i was sitting in a living room, hearing a mother story of how immigration came. they almost broke down the door and they took her loved one away. moment andin that was talking with her son, reminding him to continue singing the sponge bob song even if she was not able to sing it with him, because one that he was going to return home. i could not tell this little one and reassure him that his death was going to come home. no 11-year-old should have to go through this, where he is wondering when his dad is going to come back so he can continue singing and continue living a life of dignity in this country, and that is what we are facing right now. this executive order on enforcement is unjust and not only will create instead of
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44,000 people being jailed every day, we will see 70,000 immigrants being jailed every day. [booing] >> is that right? that is not right. that is why we are here today, because we are here to tell this administration that we are not going to stand still, that the mantle of justice, we are going to take it and wrap ourselves around it and try to get as many people in the u.s. under it so that we uphold the laws and the constitution. we have seen continuous when they havece come and done these rates all across the country. is that right? is that the america that we love? that is why this is the beginning of a movement. this is the beginning of a moment where we are going to go into our communities and advise
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sistershers and . we are going to organize. we are going to make sure all of our neighbors will go out and vote in elections and make sure that we tell people in the senate, judiciary to not let gorsuch continued this undemocratic agenda. ready? i'm going to say on a documented, unafraid. undocumented. >> unafraid. >> undocumented. >> unafraid. >> thank you so much. [cheers and applause] let's hear it for the
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president of naral. have heard the personal stories, the issues that we know a gorsuch court will rule on. by the time that gorsuch would be retiring from the court, this little girl is likely to be 35-40 years old. he will shape her life. he will shape the life of undocumented children in this children inblack this country, of latino children in this country. the stakes are too high. campaign,arted this we were told it was unwinnable. we were told he is a nice guy. he is credentialed. credentialed just means he is a white guy in a suit with an ivy league education so nobody should look at his record.
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we looked at his record. we object to his record. [cheers and applause] have 35 senators committed to objecting with us. [cheers and applause] more in the next five days. we are going to do it. [cheers and applause] >> so i hope that everyone .eaves here fired up there are crowds gathering as we speak in miami and cleveland and , and tell in denver all of your friends to call all of their senators and say, we objected to gorsuch and if you can't get to 60, you don't change the rules, you change the nominee. [cheers and applause] you are beautiful. it has been such an honor to be
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part of this resistance. thank you so much and have a great day. [cheers and applause] object. we object. we object. ♪

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