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they had contracts with at least seven vaccine makeers and what ended up happening is the contract came through and the products came through quite quickly, faster than expected. but you know, again, it is just also about vaccine hesitancy, and more people, i think, wanting to come forward now. you know, everyone in the u.s. who's wanted to get a jab is getting a jab, but will they -- will that number go up as, you know, we reach the people who are less inclined. >> chantal desilva, thank you so much. appreciate it. that wraps up the hour for me, everybody, i'm yasmin vossoughian. i'll be back in the chair tomorrow. reverend al sharpton, "politics nation" starts right now. ♪♪ >> good evening, and welcome to "politics nation." tonight's lead, race to the finish. right now the people's business
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is being pushed through congress with as much force as democrats can muster as their leadership, both house and senate, met yesterday with the president and vice president over the desperate need for federal voting rights protection. still under a historic assault from republican state lawmakers floating hundreds of suppression bills. and after months of lobbying, there appears to be an invigorated effort to get some of those measures through the senate. with the voter protection bill named for the late john lewis reportedly being elevated in the house, but sadly not in time to pass before next month's congressional recess. meanwhile, the house select committee investigation into the insurrection has proven to be just as emotional and contentious as expected, even as
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new revelations about donald trump's behavior in the days leading up to the january 6 insurrection have been revealed to the public. how will lawmakers respond to this week's bomb shell "new york times" report that trump leaned on his justice department to have the 2020 election results declared, quote, mis -- quote, corrupt after his november loss. and then leave the rest to him, he said. could it lead to subpoenas for some of the high ranking members of trump world? or maybe even the former president himself. all that tonight on "politics nation." but first joining me now is congressman mark visi of texas, co-chair of the congressional voting rights caucus. congressman, thank you, first of all, for joining us tonight.
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we saw that house oversight committee hearing on thursday. hearing your fellow texan lawmakers in the state house testify on the impact of the state's restriction legislation, and i met with them wednesday and heard some even before, and the need for the federal protections that they talked about is as it is in the john lewis act and for the for the people act. and we know the coming of yesterday's meeting between tom top dems and the white house, that some sort of compromised voting bill is in the works on the hill, though we can't expect any movement before next week's recess begins. as co-chair and co-founder of the voting rights caucus in the house, i wonder if your input has been sought on this new scaled back bill? >> you know, ever since we've been working on these voting
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rights issues, you know, the speaker has definitely asked for everyone's input. obviously the senate is going to have their own versions of these bills, but i do want to thank the texas legislators, reverend al, because in my opinion, they really helped sort of speed this up, and i think it's something very important to remember about texas, when you look at the census numbers in texas, when come out, i bet what you're going to see is there's going to be about a 2% or so decrease in the white house and substantial increases in hispanic and black and asian populations. and if we're not able to put the guard rails back up on the voting rights about and have preclearance, the republicans are going to draw three of those seats based on our growth, based on black, hispanic and asian growth, they are going to draw three of those seats for themselves. as you know, the majority that we have is already narrow, so time is of the essence.
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i'm glad that the state legislators are in d.c., they're heroes for doing this. otherwise you're going to see large scales of, again, minority voters in texas discriminated against, and not just in texas but in about four or five other key states that also needs to have preclearance backup. >> and i think that's imperative you raised that because of the census last year, several states have lost districts. texas certainly is among those that we're going to see all the 50 states redraw lines and how they draw them, can absolutely gerrymander and change a lot of states. i want to discuss connections because talking to my senior producer this morning, he made a point that i don't think is getting its full due. when you look at the "new york times" reporting this week that former president donald trump asked his acting attorney general in december to have the results of the general election
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declared, quote, corrupt without evidence, which trump said he and republican congressmen would take care of. now, what i see there is exactly what i saw on january 6th. not some kind of random incident ginned up for that day, but a deliberate coup attempt, days if not weeks in the making. what is your response to that? >> yeah, reverend al, i think it's unfathomable that we would have a president of the united states have such disregard for the law. you know, it's very easy for us to sit back here in the united states and look at what's happening in cuba and look at what's happening in belarus and other dictatorships around the world and be judgmental, but we need to hold people accountable. and no republicans are talking about the fact that this man,
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that donald trump when he was president, that he purposely tries to undermine our electoral system. it was something that we know he had been doing since 2016. and we see that he actually went to the justice department and asked them to get down to business and he would do the rest of the dirty work. it's crazy, but again, it just shows that we have to have some sort of guardrail back in place for voting rights in this country. we already know from the arizona case that proven intentional discrimination with section 2 is going to be very difficult. >> right. >> and we need to have something in place just to stop a lot of the nonsense that we're seeing right now. we need to send a message to the next person that wants to be -- i won't name him on the show, but i think that you know that there are a couple of governors in the union that would like to follow in trump's foot steps that basically think the same way that he does.
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>> you may not want to name them, but they've named themselves. while we still have time, congressman, you said on the energy and commerce committee in the house, and we're watching the senate in this rare thursday saturday -- rare saturday session as it awaits the language in this infrastructure bill. i don't have to tell you that many lamakers and activists have lamented just how much energy these negotiations have required, but since we're here, what will this bill's passage mean for your district and for that matter, others like your district? >> yeah, no, absolutely. i live in fort worth, texas. we're the largest city in the country, one of the largest cities in the country without any sort of intracity light rail. we're going to invest record amounts of numbers when it comes to public transit and then more traditional means of transportation, like making sure that we have improved bridge
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work and that we have expanded roadways. and so i think that this is a great infrastructure bill. there's a lot of emphasis also put on clean air and clean water in it, and this is something that i believe that the united states can be proud of, and it's something, honestly, that is long overdue. when you look at china and the amount of money that they're putting in their infrastructure. when you look at how far behind we are on things like high speed rail, this is going to be important for the future of our country, not just now, but, you know, 20, 30, 40, 50 years from now, if we're going to continue to be the leaders of the free world, it's hugely important that we invest adequately in infrastructure. >> and we need to really deal with the disproportionate impact in certain communities. i know your district, the church you have attended, it means a lot particularly to those of us that have been disproportionately impacted a
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negative way in terms of infrastructure. that and voting and police reform, we can walk and chew gum at the same time. thank you, congressman. >> absolutely we can. >> joining me now carolyn maloney of new york. she chairs the house oversight and reform committee. congresswoman, thank you for being with us. you serve as the chair of the house oversight reform committee in the position after the passing of the late, great elijah cummings, and again, going back to the reporting for the "new york times" this week that former president donald trump asked his acting attorney general to have the results of the general election declared, quote, corrupt, without evidence, what, if any, bearing does that news have on the select committee investigation, which falls under your purview on house oversight?
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>> well, thank you for having me. it has been a stunning, stunning week. we've been working for months to get these documents. we got them just two days ago, but in answer to your question, the select committee is looking with a very important strong mandate to look at everything that happened on january 6th. i have complete confidence in chairman benny thompson and all of the members to really review this in depth and get the answers the american people need. what i am looking at, what we're looking at in the oversight committee is very narrow. it's looking at the presidents, and in this case with these documents, documented efforts to illegally influence the department of justice to overthrow -- i can't even hardly say it it's so horrible -- to overthrow our legal election. >> yep. >> these documents were almost unheard of, reverend, rarely do you get documents that include
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meetings with the president. these are handwritten contemporaneous documents written by the deputy at the department of justice acting, the president said say that it was corrupt. say it is illegal, and when justice pushed back and said that's wrong, that's not right. we don't have any proof of this, he said do it anyway. just say it, and i'll take care of it. it's almost unheard of. we have scheduled meetings with six representatives of the department of justice next week, and we will peel down to the bottom of this. >> i remember i said early in this that it was like an attempted coup. people said, no, don't go that far. >> absolutely, absolutely. >> how else can you explain as these documents come out? can you explain to our audience what it means for house democrats that the justice department is demanding the irs
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turn over donald trump's tax returns to congress. explain what that means. >> there were three very important advancements that show momentum, i think for justice for the american people, one was the hearing on january 6th, but certainly the decision by the courts to force them to turn over the tax returns to the ways and means committee. now, this shows that no one is above the law. in fact, it is in the law that the oversight committee of ways and means has the authority to get documents that they request if they believe there's been a wrongdoing or proof of that. this is a major advancement i'd say for the american people and for oversight and accountability, and all of these decision for precedence sake, in the future it allows us to get these documents again. that's an important, very important decision. and also the documents we got on our committee just two days ago which the "new york times" wrote
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about and you're reporting on now are unprecedented. i have never seen anything like this, documented directly, handwritten notes, contemporaneous notes that president said this. you know, reverend, that a lot of times their meetings, there are different interpretations of what was said and how it was said. this is clear documentation. it says the president said, quote. you know one thing he calls it the big lie, i think he's given the right title, only the big lie is coming from the former president of the united states, and what is horrifying is what you pointed out with representative veasey is that it has ongoing ramifications now. they are trying to -- they say that there was, quote, corruption, and we need these voting rights laws that basically make it harder for people to vote. >> exactly. >> so these are really fundamental advancements for our
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protection of voting rights and for the rights of people in our country. >> now, congresswoman, back to the january 6th committee, now that personnel is in place, what can you tell us about the first subpoenas we can expect to see reportedly as soon as next week? >> first, the committee must request the documents that they want, and then there is a back and forth on whether or not they should receive the documents. i expect and believe that every document that this committee requests is a valid one that should be responded to, and if they fail to respond in an appropriate way, then they will absolutely subpoena, no question. >> and those subpoenas can be to high ranking officials. they could be wherever the evidence lead, i believe. >> no one is above the law. it can go to anyone.
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>> all right. thank you, congresswoman carolyn maloney. coming up on "politics nation," the people who were shouting blue lives matter have a lot of explaining to do after their silence this week. i'll explain why in today's gotcha. plus, a warning about the 2022 midterms you need to hear right now. republicans have a secret weapon that could flip the house by pulling strings in just four states. find out what you can do to stop it. but first, my colleague richard lui with today's top news stories. >> rev, a very good saturday to you. some of the stories we're watching for you this hour, first off, new covid cases are now hitting highs not seen since early february. the delta variant shown to be transmissible by even the vaccinated. the 14-day change in deaths has now risen by 10%, we're over 616,000 right now. new orleans faces one of the largest surges, by the way. it's bringing back a mask
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mandate. emergency services struggle to keep up with the 911 calls there. city employees and contractors now mustvaccinated, all residents must wear a mask indoors in public, and when with those from a different household. the dixie wildfire is now the largest in california. it's burned over 240,000 acres. just 24% contained. it's destroyed over 10,000 structures and is now the 11th biggest fire in state history. and authorities have confirmed that tiktok star anthony barajas has died due to injuries after being shot in a theater in corona, california. he had been on life support since being shot by anthony jimenez on monday. barajas was 19. police have yet to establish a clear motive and said the attacks seem to have been unprovoked. more "politics nation" with reverend al sharpton right after a short break. wants to kill you and can.
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for this week's gotcha, i want to address the many americans who responded to the black lives matter movement with a retort, blue lives matter. after listening to the harrowing stories from capitol hill police officers this week as the congressional investigation into january 6th got underway, i found myself wondering, where are the blue lives matter folks? where are they now? first, a quick history lesson. the phrase black lives matter was first used by black activists in 2013 and quickly became a rallying cry for grief over the all too often senseless and consequence free killing of black folks at the hand of law enforcement. on the other hand, blue lives matter didn't pop up for about another year. the cornell law review published a retrospective on the phrase
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last year concluding that, quote, blue lives matter has become the rallying call for those offended by the suggestion that we should hold the state accountable for killing civilians. end quote. don't get me wrong, i respect law enforcement officers who truly protect and serve their communities with dignity and respect. those communities deserve that respect, and policing can be a dangerous job. with the bureau of labor statistics reporting 13.7 line of duty deaths per 100,000 officers, that happened in 2018, but a problem arises when officers and their most fervent supporters take those numbers and act like there's some kind of war on police, when policing doesn't rank in the top ten deadliest jobs in america, even
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in 2020 with the nationwide protests against police violence and the blue lives matter rhetoric ramped up higher than ever, the most common cause of death for officers by far was related to covid-19, not violence. but let me be clear, police officers can face violence on the job. just this week capitol police officers who were protecting our democracy on january 6th shared their story, like this one from officer harry dunn. i warn you that the language he uses to describe his experience is explicit. >> i told them to just leave the capitol, and in response they yelled, no, man, this is our house. president trump invited us here. we're here to stop the steal. joe biden is not the president. nobody voted for joe biden. i responded, well, i voted for
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joe biden. does my vote not count? am i nobody? that prompted a torrent of racial epithets, one woman in a pink maga shirt yelled you hear that, guys? this [ bleep ] voted for joe biden. then the crowd perhaps around 20 people joined in screaming boo [ bleep ]. >> despite facing that kind of disgusting racism after being beaten with trump flags and even blue lives matter flags and sprayed with mace and bear spray, capitol police officers still did their duty that day and in the days since. some of them gave their lives, and yet, there has been deafening silence about these so-called blue lives from the blue lives matter crowd. officer michael fernon of the
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capitol police has expressed his own disappointment that the fraternal order of police has so far refused to condemn the down playing by some politicians of the event on january 6th. so to those of you who spent the last few years claiming that blue lives matter was all about respect for law enforcement but have remained silent about the abuse endured by capitol officers on january 6th, i'm like to not only point out your hypocrisy but go a step further. by picking and choosing which acts of violence against police you are willing to condemn based on the politics of the situation, you are in effect condoning attacks on law enforcement. if the perpetrators share your point of view, another line popular with the blue lives matter crowd is the phrase all lives matter. i would suggest that if you want the rest of us to at least take your position seriously, you
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welcome back to "politics nation." i have a lot to get to with my political panel. so let's begin with -- let's start with juanita tolliver, she was a democratic strategist and susan del percio, who is a republican strategist. both are msnbc political analysts. let me start with you, juanita. i want to start with an under discussed facet of the voting rights struggle underway. right now gerrymandering, the redrawing of congressional districts so that politicians pick their voters instead of the
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other way around, new reporting by mother jones indicates that due to their control of the redistricting process in georgia, florida, and north carolina, as well as texas, i might add, republicans could retake those house seats by gerrymandering alone, without needing to persuade a single new voter. what can we do to stop this sub subversion of the democratic process? >> rev, the bill is already in congress. it's the for the people act. this bill, while we've all heard the key points around combatting voter suppression and preserving voting rights, it includes language such as prohibiting harmful gerrymandering and invalidating harmful maps and installing independent commissions to draw the maps across the country. back in a decision in 2019 the supreme court did empower congress to pass laws that would
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prevent partisan gerrymandering, and if democrats don't do this, if they don't take it up now, they stand to lose power not for a couple years, but potentially a generation, rev. >> absolutely. >> that's why it's important that the voting rights bill that's being reworked right now includes this type of language to combat partisan gerrymandering because there's so much at stake here. i've been thinking about this for a long time. we know that in states like georgia that went for democrats not only in the presidential but any those senate races, state houses led by the gop are going to come back with a vengeance and try to silence the very voters who don't vote for their party, and that's why it's important for democrats to step up, pass something that mirrors the for the people act in the substance about combatting partisan gerrymandering. >> as well as dealing with -- in georgia where they're now replacing even some of those that are in those election commissions. >> yes. >> where they can nullify the vote. but i want to quickly address the new evidence against the
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former president in his attempt to overturn the election. new notes handed over to congress show trump instructing the justice department to lie to the american people, saying, quote, just say the the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me. susan, what do these revelations tell you about what trump was trying to do in the days leading up to january 6th? >> he's very consistent. he has been trying to undermine and use our government against our country for his own benefit. so i don't mean to sound flip about it, but this has become one of these things where it's shocking but not surprising, rev. this is -- this is donald trump only seeking to help himself and doing whatever it takes to keep himself in office. and while it should get us down to our core that he tried to overturn our elections and
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subvert democracy, i think we still have to just recognize this is who this man was all along. >> now, let's turn to the pandemic. the new delta variant has changed things quickly. here's what president biden said about the return to regular masking in the name of public health. >> in may you made it sound like a vaccine was the ticket to losing masks forever, and it -- >> that is true at the time because i thought there were people who were going to understand that getting vaccinated made a gigantic difference, and what happened is the new variant came along. they didn't get vaccinated. it was spread more rapidly, and people -- more people were getting sick. >> susan, it's clear that this administration is following the science on masks, but some -- there are some of the republican governors banning any mask
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mandates even as their hospitals get overrun. continuing the politicalization of public health that began under donald trump. is there something biden can do or can be doing more to reach out to republicans on this issue? >> i think joe biden has done everything he can. he gave us the vaccination. he distributed it. he reached out to people in -- that we thought were going to be vaccine hesitant. republicans are now doing it. he's given us the resources. you can't vaccinate people who refuse to be vaccinated, so i know the resources have been given to the states. you know, you can't legislate stupid. that's what these legislatures have done. they now have mask mandates in arkansas where they know they want to start putting individual cities -- actually, around the country are ignoring their state so they can put in mask mandates.
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but there is something else that's really important here, and i agree, follow the science. i've been doing it all along. i respect the cdc, but what must be done is the communication to the public. they have been sending out -- i don't want to say mixed messages, but messages that are not digestible clearly. we should say right off the bat, like the president did there, things will change. the delta variant is here. it's possible there may be an epsilon variant on its way come december. we don't know. we always have to adjust. >> yeah. >> and this is why you must do it today, and that's one thing i feel is lacking is that really good direct communication with the public. >> now, let me say this -- we're running out of time -- but the senate seemed to reach a deal on the bipartisan infrastructure this week, but then immediately arizona democratic senator kyrsten sinema threatened to
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torpedo the much larger democrat only bill. just when mitch mcconnell gets on board, it seems a few democrats could scuttle the whole thing. juanita, why is the infrastructure deal in trouble? >> rev, i'm not convinced that sinema's statements puts this squarely in trouble. we know they had a working session today, we know that they're working it out, and we know that schumer is going to keep them as long as it takes. i'm not convinced that her statement really is threatening this deal at this point, especially as you mentioned 17 republicans voted to advance it for a longer procedural vote this week, and i think they're going to work it out. i don't think her statement is really going to undermine this at all. >> juanita tolliver and susan del percio, thank you both. up next, covid-19 cases are on the rise. some cities are bringing back the mask mandate. the mayor of st. louis joins me next to discuss this fresh off her 100th day in office. that's after the break.
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with growing concerns over the contagious delta variant the city of st. louis on monday reintroduced a mask mandate after seeing their daily positivity rate soar to now over 10%, and another concern facing the city is the issue of race
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relations. after a year of nationwide protests and calls for police reform, there's still a lot to be done. "the washington post" has written a new profile on the city's new mayor, writing she has brought a tidal wave of change to our city, and while trying to keep the residents safe. will it work? well, joining me now is the mayor of st. louis, tishaura jones. we mentioned your order that residents over the age of 5 must wear a mask indoors and on public transport. it is now being challenged in federal court. now, this comes as hospitalizations in your city climb up 30%. what else do you plan to do to stop the number of cases from rising and how concerned are you about the pushback? >> thank you for having me, reverend al, your last question
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first. i'm not concerned about the pushback from our attorney general who's running for u.s. senate right now, so he has to do these types of gotcha things and filing frivolous lawsuits in order to chase clout and get as much air time on fox news as he can. meanwhile, while he's chasing clout, i'm chasing solutions. so we are putting together mobile vaccination units. we're meeting people where they are to try to increase our vaccination rates because in st. louis city, african-americans are 80% of new cases, yet we're only a little over 23% of those being vaccinated. so we desperately have to educate and vaccinate our community as much as possible. >> now, major jones, we had you on "politics nation" when you first took office, and this week marks your 100th day in office. you are the first black female mayor of st. louis, and earlier this week, county health director dr. khan received
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racially charged insults by some of those anti-maxers. do you feel some of the racial tensions that have been simmering in your city also contributing to thealth measure keep citizens safe? >> yes, absolutely. this pandemic has been politicized from day one from the former person who occupied the oval office, and we should be following the guidance of our public health professionals whether they're at the cdc, the nih or even right here in st. louis city and county. and it really saddens me to see how dr. con was treated. he is a well-respected member of this community as well as a public health expert. and he is looking out -- he's doing his job, he's looking out for the health and safety of all citizens who live here, and he
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should not be ridiculed or have racist statements thrown at him because of it. >> now, thousands of residents in your city are facing imminent eviction as the supreme court's ruling to keep the cdc's moratorium in place expires today. last night fellow st. louis resident congresswoman cori bush slept on the steps of the capitol with her fellow colleagues to demand an extension to the moratorium. this was her earlier today speaking to my colleague jonathan capehart. listen. >> keep people in their homes. that should not be negotiated. people have to have a place to go, what is wrong? what is wrong with people who have a home? what is wrong with those same people doing the work to make sure that the people that live in their districts have a home? >> time has run out. what do you plan to do? >> so let me first say that i am so proud of the work that my congresswoman is doing in washington, d.c., and i'm so
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happy to fight alongside with her. we passed an $81 million direct relief package, which includes over $12 million for emergency rental assistance, and currently it's being upheld by the president of the board of alderman who's playing political games when we should be trying to save lives and keep people in their homes. that's why i signed an executive order earlier this week, i took $1.5 million in our existing budget towards mediation and helping keep people in their homes as well as increasing vaccination rates. that's another 1.2 million. so i have to move money around in the budget while he plays political games. we need our -- our focus should be on three things right now, keeping people in their homes, getting shots in arms and addressing the root causes of crime. >> you are part of a handful of mayors in st. louis history to skip the famous 4th of july parade due to it being sponsored by a group known as the veiled
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prophet organization, a group originally founded in the 19th century with some suspiciously racist ties. tell me more about why you made this decision. >> well, you know, my community spoke up and, you know, the veil prophet had been the subject of some more recent controversy, and so we had a conversation. we had a hard conversation about the racist past of the organization or the -- the past of the organization, and they have committed to doing better going forward, but missouri is the show me state, and so on the 4th of july, i spent some much needed time with my family. and we will re-evaluate next year to see how the veil prophet serves its community over the next year. >> you are taking a new approach to handling race relations in your city. st. louis has a deep and complicated history of racial tension and segregation. you have championed cutting $4 million of police funding,
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yet the murder rate in 2020 was the highest it has been in half a century. how will these cuts help usher in a new era of racial reckoning for your city while also protecting the neighborhoods of color that have felt neglected? >> reverend al, when i ran for office i ran on a promise to put the public back in public safety. the $4 million we took from vacant positions that hadn't been filled for decades going towards victims support services which can reduce further crime from happening. it went towards our civil rights enforcement agenies so they can do more affirmative litigation to help people who have issues with civil rights in our city, and we are going to -- we're going to make sure that we're deploying the right professional to the right call because studies done here in st. louis show that up to 50% of calls can be answered by someone other than police, so we're going to employ more social workers, more licensed other professionals and
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this week i joined martin luther king iii and andrea king his wife and the drum institute and as as president of the national network to go to washington to meet with some of the senators and congressmen for and oppose or somewhere in between the voting rights bill that are named after, one named after john lewis, senate bill 1 and explained why we're rallying, why we're marching, and why we are building up towards the national voting rights march for august 28th. we went, first, at the
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suggestion of andrea, to see those texas state democrats that were in washington making sure they did go home to block that state in this repressive voting bill they proposed, and we stood with them in the shadows of the martin luther king memorial with the son and daughter-in-law of dr. king to show that dr. king, we feel works have been proud of their stand. and we spent the day on the hill meeting with majority leader chuck schumer just hours after he had met with the eight democrats that are trying to deal with a new kind of voting rights bill. letting him know what we felt. nullification and other things must be there. we met with senator lindsey graham opposed to voting rights bill and the john lewis bill to let him know why we will not stop putting pressure on and met with senator manchin, and he's a
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part of this compromised bill to let him know where we are, and met with house speaker pelosi who has been a firm leader in dealing with voting rights on both bills to let her know what we were going to do to keep street heat up in georgia, in the states around the country leading to the national march. we met with former civil rights activist and now the whip of the house of representatives congressman james clyburn and head of the democratic caucus congressman hkeem jeffries and chair of the congress' black caucus, the honorable congresswoman georgia beatty who herself was arrested with melanie campbell and others around this issue. we wanted them to know that not only were we going to keep in the streets, known are we going to have this mammoth national march, august 28th, the
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