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s ♪ hi, everyone. this is al jazeera america. i am john seigenthaler. bangkok bombing, the deadly attack in the heart of the city. we will have the latest from thailand. game over. a major push to create unions for college athletes is defeated. coat of amazon, pressure, profit and the heavy price workers say they pay at one of
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the largest company. second apt act, christine eversol on her roles and the reality of being a woman in hollywood. ♪ i am so miserable without him, it's like having him around. ♪ we begin in tie land where the capitol is reeling from one of the worst attacks in years. at least 19 people were killed when bomb exploded at a hindu shrine in the heart of a main shopping district in bankok. no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. the government is vowing to do everything it can to find those who set off the bomb. veronica pedrosa has more from bangkok. >> with the fire from the explosion still burning, there was a desperate race to reach survivors as the emergency
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services moved, police tried to secure the area. a bomb had exploded minutes before. closed circuit television shows the moment fear struck in the heart of bangkok with people running for their lives. the bomb went off closes to the hindu shrine at a place popular with worshipper and tourists. several foreigners are among those who are known to have died. >> i rushed to the scene right after i heard the explosion. there were destroyed motor parts as well as body parts lying around. >> reporter: survivors were rushed to hospital. government officials say those behind the attack were trying to destroy thailand's economy and tourism industry, but no group has yet claimed responsibility for this. the thai government is scrambling to deal with the crisis.
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it may present the biggest security threat to the government of prime minister chan ocha who took power 15 months ago in a coup saying that he wanted to bring security at a time of political turmoil. veronica pedrosa, bangkok. >> to china where the enormous explosions in tanjin continue to claim lives. more than 100 people have died. others missing. there is fear toxic chemicals from the warehouse are putting residents at more risk. adrienne brown reports. >> reporter: it was orderly, spontaneous, but defiant. a plea more than a protest amany
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lived in apartments less than a kilometer from the blast zone and say they had no idea dangerous chemicals like sodium cyanide were being stored there. >> we didn't know there were any chemicals there. i don't think -- we don't know who to blame because we didn't know who allowed them to put stuff around our houses. we just have no idea. >> reporter: a gathering of this size would normally make the authorities uneasy. >> it's quite interesting you have soldiers here, the police, and they are allowing this demonstration to take place. and it is quite a sizeable protest. now, some of the protesters are holding up banners which say things like: we love the party. we support the government. but we want them to buy back our damaged apartments. >> but some have lost more than homes. chin shou li's worker was a doc worker and is missing. >> i don't know whether he is still alive. i have no idea what happened to
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him. i can't get a hold of him. >> at the blast site, specialist teams of fire fighters appear to have succeeded in bringing most of the smoldering fires under control. on monday, journalists were invited by government officials to witnessed the start of what will be a very long clean-up. and those officials continue to insist the air quality outside the affected area is no threat to health. >> results from seven mobile environment and air quality monitoring stations outside the evacuation zone showed that there were no signs of new polluteants. >> people hearsay they are not sure what to believe. many of those displaced were migrant workers. some have been returning to what's left of their dormtories to collect anything of use. unsure when or if they will return. inside the exclusion zone, a few people remain oblivious to the health risks, preparing, perhaps, for the time when this
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area will return to normal. a prospect that still seems a very long way off. adrian brown, al jazeera in tianjin. the pentagon is making plans to significantly increase its capability to use drones in combat zones around the world. the move follows requests from military commanders who believe that drones are the most effective weapons in the combat zones. jamey mcintyre is at the pentagon with more. >> reporter: as drones have become the weapon of choice for u.s. commanders simply put, the demand has outstripped the supply and the pentagon has come up with a plan to try to increase the availability of both armed and unarmed drones for the use of military commanders. right now, the air force is able to field about 60 to 65 drone flights a day. those are in commands all around the world. the pentagon wants to increase that by about a third over the next four years. the plan calls for the air force to continue to be able to put 60
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drones up a day in the air, but then adding another 10 to 20 flown by the u.s. army, another 10 flown by u.s. special operations forces and an additional 10 unarmed spy drones flown by contractors. this is something that the pentgon says is something really something they feel is essential on the battlefield these days. >> i am assuming the government has to build more drones and train more than drone pilots? >> i don't know about a lot more but they need to build more drones. the air force has been saying all along, they need more pilots to go into the field of flying these drones. it's not quite as exciting as getting in the cockpit of a manned jet. it's not quite as glamorous to be sitting in a trailer in las vegas with a joy stick.
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the pentagon says that's the kind of pilots they are going to be needing in the future. when you anyoning about it, these drones are a bargain compared to manned aircraft. a drone like the mq 9 reaper, for instance, costs about $40 million if you include the ground station and everything that goes with it. the new f-35 stell fighter, the big pricey new fighter jet costs 144 million. so you can see the price difference there. plus, of course, the advantage of the pilots are not coming under fire. you know, an interesting quote earlier this year from the navy secretary talking about the future of drone wearfare and th f-35. he said he loched the f-35 but it should be, i am quoting almost certainly will be the last manned track fighter aircraft the department of the navy will ever buy or fly. signalling the emmed of an era of combat planes as the u.s. moves to unmanned aircraft. >> quite a statement.
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a big setback from the union movement among college athletes. it involves ball players at northwestern university. today, the national labor relations board dismissed their petition to become the first ncaa team to union eyes. diane esterbrook is in chicago tonight. diane? >> reporter: high, john. as you say, they did dismiss the petition to organize but the board didn't determine whether or not they were employees. >> could open the door to another organizing effort down the road. northwestern ball players have said joining the college agent let's players organization or cappa wolt give them more bargaining power over scholarships and medical benefits but they said it would not promote stability in labor relations. response tots board's decision was swift. capa capa capa's president said it is not a lots. it is a loss of time.
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it delays them protecting themselves from traumatic brain injury. former northwestern quarterback kane coulter tweeted, disappointed by the nlrb ruling but can't deny the positive changes that were brought about by athletes standing up. proud of those guys. northwestern said it was pleased with the decision, stating, we applaud our players for bringing national attention to these important issues. but we believe strongly that unionization and collective bargaining are not the appropriate methods to address the concerns raised by student-athletes. the players petition for union rep presentation in january of last year but the university argued that scholarship players are not employees and, therefore, could not organize. a regional director said they are and gave the go ahead for an election in the spring. players cast ballots, but the
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votes were locked away for more than a year pending a review by the full board. although the nlrb denied the wildcats' petition, it didn't determine whether they are employees. sports attorney eldon hamm said that might mean a larger group might have better luck organizing. >> from a logical standpoint, it would be more like all ball players in a conference or maybe all football players at division 1 ncaa level, now, there is a lot of legal reasons why some of that could get messy. some states have labor laws that would get in the way of that and so on. ham says the players have won a victory by shining a light on rigid ncaa rules. in a statement, the association said, this ruling allows us to continue to make progress for the college athletes without risking the instability to college sports that the nlar recognized might occur under the
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labor petition. now, ham thinks organizing is probably unlikely but what this effort has done is given these student athletes a seat at the table with the other universities and the ncaa. john? >> diane, thank you. for more on college athletes and the fight for compensation, you can watch fault lines wednesday, 6:30 p.m. eastern time. now, to for-profit colleges and a white house plan to help students who say they were defrauded get their money back. the plan is aimed at former students of a now defunct core inthey areian colleges. earlier this year, we introduced you to a group of them who held their nation's first ever student debt strike patrick a sabga met up with them again. patricia? >> those detstrikers were seeking blanket forgiveness for all student loans that they say the department of education never should have made available to core inthey areian in the first place. debt strikers like pam hunt who are still waiting for relief.
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time is running out for pam hunt. the bank foreclosed on her landlord and told her to vacate the house she has rented for six years for her and her children, including her special-needs son, yohoshiawa? >> they said he would not survive past a year. he is 19 now. >> that's because i chose to keep him home all of these years. >> reporter: but she may have no choice but to send him to a nursing home because hunt can't find anyone willing to rent to her. >> filling out applications, when you do find a place that may tentatively meet your needs, you fill it out. you get that, yes, this is -- this is going to work out feeling, and then you never get the call back. >> hunt's credit is terrible. she earns $44,000 a year as a home healthcare worker. but her income is dwarfed by
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$171,000 in student loan debt that even a bankruptcy did not discharge. >> i have a job. i have income. i provided my pay stubs. why aren't they calling me back? i have never been evicted. i am not a criminal. >> but she is in a deep financial hole, one that started with nearly $100,000 in student loans for a bachelor's in human services that landed her only low-paying secretarial work. threading water, hunt took on an additional $64,000 in student loans to earn a master's in criminal justice thinking it would launch her into a better paid, more stable career, a sound plan except for her choice of school. >> we are everest hunt earned her master's from an everest college. part of the defunct for-profit check change core inthey areian whose campuses were sold off or
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shut down after being hit with a slew of lawsuits accusing the chain of predatory lending and a $30 million federal fine about lying about job placement rates. >> they told me they had a career placement program and, you know, we will get you set up in, you know, the career that you want. >> reporter: hunt said all core inthey are i can't gave her were links to online job sizes. >> what was your reaction when this was what skreer services sentence you? >> it was like you have got to be kidding me. >> but hunt's fighting back. this spring, she joined a group of former core inthey areian students who are refusing to pay back their federal loans. they even traveled to washington to lobby the under secretary of education for blanket loan forgiveness. >> we have plenty of people at the table telling him, you know, our stories and how our lives were being impact and the urgency that was there for them to do something. >> on june 8th, the department
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of education took some action launching a program that allows students who believe they were defrauded by a for-profit college to apply for loan forgiveness? >> is that a victory for you? >> actually, it's not. >> that's because even though she submitted her application, all she received so far is a generic e-mail receipt. >> do you believe they get the sense of urgency? >> i don't believe they get the sense of urgency, because if they did, on june 10th, it would have said, your debt is clear. >> she is not alone. the department of education told al jazeera it has not established a process for reviewing claims like hunt's? >> they have a legal obligation to cancel this del. >> anne larson is one of the activists who helped organize the student debt strike. the secretary of it education could cancel all of this debt with the stroke of a pen. we have already provided an
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order for debt cancellation on our website that was designed by lawyers. it's available. the secretary could sign it and immediately, he could end a lot of suffering in these students' lives. >> we asked the department of education for an interview. but it declined our request. the third time since march, it's refused to sit down with al jazeera to discuss department's handling of core inthey areian. >> i don't think the department of education appreciates the gravity of the situation. pam is just one person, but, in fact, what's happening to her is happening to thousands of others. >> it's very, very heart-breaking. it is. and to know that taping that amount of money off of my student loan and having my debt to income ratio shrink tremendously, it would help me out because i would be able to do what any american should be able to to do: have a place to live. >> now, pam hunt is up against
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the clock facing eviction while the department of education processes her paperwork, but for other former core inthey areian students, time has already run out. tomorrow night, we'll introduce you to a disabled veteran who exhausted his va benefits earning a degree from core inthey areian and now, he wants the department of education to do something about it. john? >> we will see you tomorrow, patty. next on this bravpt, reopening colorado's animus river. how safe is it now? plus, send them back and keep them out. a look at the difficulty of carry out donald trump's immigration plan after this.
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jake? >> reporter: john, if you were to get off of a tour bus here for the first time with absolutely no experience of this area, you would look at this river and you would think nothing of it. you certainly would not know that two weeks ago, this was the this problem and provides some other mechanism to add capacity to the few who legally can right now do these mine
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clean-ups, we have really missed the mark. >> john, it's easy to look at this and just think, well, this river is healthy again. researchers are saying that the big plume of bad stuff has passed through here and been diluted on its way downstream all the way to things like lake powell, the second largest reservoir in the united states. the thing about it, however, is that there is no system for truly monitoring this on a realtime basis. monitoring of waterways like this is very expensive and, from a policy perspective, is sort of unsexy. when we spoke scientists about that, they said they hope this crisis will somehow point up the need for monitoring in the future. >> and so, in one respect, this spill was a good thing. and that was that our water quality has been going down because of heavy metal concentrations increasing, and yet we haven't had a lot of action. i hope this will cat lies action so we actually start to address these more, but without addressing it, then i would
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expect the heavy melthsz metal levels to continue to go up until we had serious water quality problems. >> john, this area lives in a sort of uneasy tension with the mining industry. when you talk to the researchers that constantly look at this, they obviously say that this was a terrible spill. it created big problems. it was obviously enough of a human health threat that they had to shut down the river for over a week, but the truth is that there are mines upstream. in fact, there is a uran yun mine just over my shoulder about a mile from here all of which are leaking some quantity of water into this river as they are into rivers all over this region. the lesson here is that we are not safe from these things even those these plumes have gone by and our infrastructure for monitoring this kind of waterway is sorely lacking. >> jake in colorado. thank you. the white house is taking a new approach to fight a growing heroin epidemic.
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use of the drug doubled over the past deck aide. death rates have fishily equallied quad rumors. part of the new drug initty will go to treating rather than punishing heroin addicts and target high volume suppliers for arrest. workers driven to tears, pushed to theliment. the allegations against amazon and whether the ends justify the means. and the black lives matter movement challenging the left as much as the right. what do they really want from washington? ♪
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hi, everyone. this is al jazeera america. i am john seigenthaler. prime target, reports of a gruelling work consult tour at the most valuable retailer in the world. amazon's poundser is firing back. time off, why american workers are taking fewer vacations and leaving billions of dollars on the table. black lives matter from ferguson to the campaign trail. >> i was going to tell bernie how racist this city is. it's filled with the progressives, but you already did it for me. >> where the movement is headed and what leaders are demanding
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now. >> i am just a girl who can't say no. >> christine eversol, the actres, singer and comedienne from the small screen to broadway's big station. >> that's a revolution, i mean. >> tonight, the man who founded the most valuable remainor in the world is defending his company's reputation. a report in the new york sometimes forced his hand. it is based upon interviews with 100 current and former employees and it parents a grim picture of work until you drop corporate culture that, according to the story, includes annual rounds of firings, pressure to perform that's so intense, one worker traveled on business after a miscarriage. and another worker got a peer review after coming back from cancer treatment. in a memo sent to all of amazon's employees, ceo geoff bezos stands by his company saying, the article does not
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describe the amazon i know or the caring amazonians i work with every day. even if it's rare or isolated, our tolerance for any such lack of empathy needs to be zero. david k. johnston is a professor at syracuse college of law, a pulitzer-prize winning journalist in rochester, new york, today. what do you make of this article? >> i think "the "new york times" did a good job and the morning call in al eventown, pennsylvania, original broke this story four years ago, reporting that amazon worked people in an unair-conditioned warehouse in the summer that they paid to keep ambulances at the ready so when workers clasped they could rush them to the hospital so they wouldn't die. >> what does that say about -- what do you think the story says about the culture, let's say, at am zon?
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>> i think geoff bezos, a brilliant man is not in touch with what's going on. you will notice in his statement, he did not reach out to any of the people who said that they were wronged or mistreated. he didn't say, i will see to it that i personally contact the woman who had a miscarriage and was told to get on a plane the very next day, for example, or the person who got a bad review after they -- when they were undergoing cancer treatment. he did i want do that at all. i think bezos, who never speaks to journalists and who is very controlling really doesn't understand what's going on inside his company and the mon sister that he has created. >> because they paint a very different picture of work at amaz amazon, strife to be the best, try to satisfy the customers. these plattudes and goals and missions, that indicate they are
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hard working, determined to win. what's wrong with that? >> i don't think so dallas anything wrong with that. if you are the entrepreneur and and you want to work 90 hours a week and have no other life, more power, go ahead and do it. >>? den i'm about what's going on his company which makes a very tiny profit. >> stand by for a second. i want you to hear what we have to say in our next story and
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react to it. americans across the country, not just at amazon are under pressure to work more. >> means taking less vacation time, leaving money on the table and sacrificing much more than dollars and cents. jennifer london explains. >> you may not be surprised to hear that americans are using less vacation time than ever before. in fact, you may be one of those people choose to go log long hours at the office instead of the beach. well, what may surprise you, there is a cost to all of that unused vacation time, and it's huge. >> according to a travel industry trade group, u.s. companies 0 their employees the equivalent of $224,000,000,000 in time off. to put it into perspective, that's nearly half of the size of the current federal deficit. it's almost as much as the gross domestic product of portugal and 24 times the annual revenue of the nfl. but there is more. $524,000,000,000, that's what
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employees like you are forfeiting each year in other errands benefits. about a third of paid vacation days simply disappear disappear. they can't be reeled over because of use it or lose it company apologized. david bowman is a human resources consultant hard at work on a beautiful warm sunny friday morning but looking forward to time off next month. >> why do americans leave so much unused vacation time on the table do you think? >> first of all, they are afraid of backstabbing. you know, gosh, if i take a vacation time, what's going to happen? who is going to try to take my job? oh, my gosh. what's going to happen? they may be up for a promotion or a raise and they don't want to make it look as though they are lazy or not productive or something or other. >> here is what is harder to calculate: the human toll. bowman says, america's work-centered culture has created a society of burned out worker bees. >> if you don't take some time out, you begin to just kind of float. you don't have that edge, that
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creative edge t that engaged edge. they don't become what we call in hr engaged. in other words, they are not interested. their passion is no longer there. their effectiveness drops down. >> by comparison european employees appear to have no qualms about taking advantage of any and all paid time off. workers in france are given 30 vacation days and report using all of them. same for denmark, germany and spain. >> in europe, it's mandated. here, it's not. companies say, oh, well, it's not something we really have to do, but for the good of the company, the good of the employee, the good of the employees' family, the company should encourage as much as possible, do take the vacation, and take it all. >> and with a view like this, who could argue? jennifer london, al jazeera,
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santa monica, california, not on vacation. >> let's bring back david k johnston in rochester. when we see what americans are doing with their vacation time, is this a reflection of a bigger problem and amazon is just one example? >> yes, it is a very big problem in this country. america has the least worker protections of all modern countries in all sorts of areas. and many workers, about one in four in america do not earn any vacation benefits at all. and i think david bowman, the guest that jennifer london had hit it right on the nail that many people are afraid of backstabbing or being hurt somehow in their career if they take vacation time. europeans are much more mature about this. and i am concerned in the long run that american business is going to turn off workers in a large scale. a lack of rising wages, mistreatment of people and a lack of benefits will eventually lead a lot of people to have a
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different attitude and the vaunted american work ethic could be lost. >> you recently wrote about median wages being stuck since 1998. talk about how that has happened and so, if american workers are turned off by corporate america, and turned out by these jobs, what do they do about it? >> well, first of all, if the median wage has been stuck at about $520 a week -- that is half of workers make more, half make less, since 1998 and in 2013, the only group whose increase -- pay increased over the year before was the handful of workers who make over $50 million a year. everybody else saw their pay go downhill. this is happening because we do not have a labor market in america. you have individual workers negotiating with multi-billion dollar companies like amazon. and those workers are not being fullly compensated for work they are doing. the very big name talent is
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being and the ceos in many cases are being over compensated but the bulk of workers are being underpaid. we have to get back unions, need to have wage and hour inspectors. we had more in 1940 when we had only a quarter as many workers as today and we need to have laws that benefit workers, and i've also described some complex tax things congress could do to get pay going up. >> we will see whether that happens. david, it's great to see you. thank you very much for being with us. appreciate it. thank you, john. donald trump appeared in a new york courtroom today. the republican frontrunner took a break from campaigning for jury duty. he was not selected for trial. meanwhile, trump unveiled his ideas on immigration this weekend with a plan that critics say is far outside the mainstream. david shuster reports. >> make america great again. >> donald trump is campaigning to win. he is now offering comp prehencei policy details on a signature issue: illegal
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immigration. on "meet the press," he said all undocumented immigrants should be deported. >> they have to go. >> what if they have no place to go? >> we will work with them. they have to go. chuck, we either have a country or we don't have a country. >> then on his website, he rolled out even more detailed positions including construction of a wall along the mexican border about to make make mexico pay for it and end to birth right citizenship, the defunding of sanctuary cities and the strengthening of immigration enforcement. >> i love this country, and i want to make it great again, and it's not going to be great if we keep going the way we are going. >> reporter: some plans, though would not be easy. deporting all illegal immigrants would require finding and removing more than 11 million people and deporting children born in the united states because their parents arrived illegally would go against citizenship codes in the 14th amendment to the u.s. constitution. but never mind the immigration debate.
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this weekend, trump also raised eyebrows with this: >> who do you talk to for military advice right now? >> well, i watch the shows. >> by "shows," he means the sunday public affairs shows which often feature former diplomats t military analysts o sunday, one show featured businesswoman carly fiorina, a rival g.o.p. >> it's not clear to me he is a iran first of all, based upon his willingness to run a third party bid and some of the positions that he has taken. >> reporter: all of this comes as the challenges continue to pile up for the democratic fronts runner, hillary clinton. in a court filing, the state department told a federal judge more than 300 e-mails from her private account were about 5% of her e-mails processed so far have been flagged as potentially having classified information. in iowa friday, clinton dismissed the controversy as partisan games. >> it's not about e-mails hors
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d'oeuvrers either. it's about politics. >> maybe so, but it is still hurting her. some polls indicate a majority of registered democrats view clinton as dishonest and clinton's lead over rival bernie sanders keeps shrinking. among democrats nationwide, the latest fox news poll found clinton ahead of sanders 49% to 30%. last month, the same organization found clintonts lead was 59 to 19. >> we have an agenda that i believe can bring people together and when we do that, we are going to win this election very easily, i think. >> and in election campaigns, momentum matters. right now, it's with bernie sanders on the left and on the right, the momentum remains with increasingly daily-oriented donald trump. david shuster, al jazeera. >> candidates on both the left and the right have been targeted by black lives matter, the movement.
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the group got its start protesting police violence in ferguson, missouri. now, members have turned up at campaign events across the country demanding to be heard. al jazeera's michael schur talked to one of the group's leaders. >> vermont senator and presidential hopeful bernie sanders plowed his way through the crowds and the corn dog stand, a requisite stop on the road to the white house. less than 4 months into his campaign, the 73-year-old vying for the democratic nomination has become a rock star with adoring throngs clamoring after him. while he has been ape tracting the biggest crowds of the campaign season, epapetracted surprising criticism and interruptions from a movement called black lives matter which grew out of the deadly police shootings of michael brown, eric garner and tamir rice to name a few. >> if you do not listen to
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her.... >> while we saw it in big cities like seattle and d.c. black lives matter is a national movement. it's even in des moines, iowa, the capitol of a state with a black population of only 3% according to the 2010 census. 18-year-old activist kia carter has helped organize several black lives matter protests in des moines. we met with her ahead of bernie sanders' appearance to learn more about the motivations behind this movement. >> i don't want people to think that. we are not angry because we are. i don't want people to think that our anger permits violence because it didn't. i also don't want people to think that come compliance is the way to go about things. so in my work and what i want to do here in iowa, i want to give black folks a sense of belonging. >> as we rode the bus to the
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state fairgrounds to hear senator sanders speak, kia explained she wants people to feel comfortable calling attention to what she sees as a crisis in america right now. >> this movement is about talking to white people, but it's really also about talking to black people, too. isn't it? >> yeah. but this movement for me is a movement where i can be able to work that out and have things be okay, where i can talk to black folks and, you know, yeah, you might think this one way, and i am not going to shame you for thinking that way because i understand what kind of prompted that. >> reporter: but she says the tangible success of this movement rides on what got it started, correcting police interaction with african americans. >> when do you know you have the "w," the win? >> i or folks like me, when my people do not have to be -- or
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identify police terror. okay? so when i am not afraid of the police any more and when i can be around a police and i don't have to, you know, identify police as people who hurt me, then i know that there has been something that has worked behind that to make sure that takes place. >> reporter: she says she is not hearing enough concrete solutions on that from bernie sanders despite sanders' history as a civil rights act visit in the 1960 did having worked with movement groups like cor and snik and having participated in the march on washington in 1963. >> what you are not hearing from bernie sanders, are you hearing that from any other candidate? >> no. >> so why pick on him? >> i don't think for me, i don't think i am picking on bernie because the same thing can apply for other folks. it's just bernie when he talks about race and what can happen for black folks or what he has marched or done to marches, things that he has done in the civil rights, we need you to be
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direct. >> a lot of people are thinking about the. >> when we listened to sanders' sfeech, what kia heard from the candidate trying to win her very first presidential vote clearly shocked her. >> i want to thank the people of iowa for their courage in voting for obama in. >> oh, no. >> go beyond the color. >> oh. no. >> what was your reaction? >> oh, my gosh. he is thanking white people for v voting for a black president f white people are constantly getting patted on the back, patted on the back. thank you, iowa for voting for a black person. when i hear that, it's kind of like, okay, because he's --
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>> i tried to ask sander about the criticism. senator sanders says the nation first needs to address institutional racism and he will be the president to tackle it. >> until we create a criminal justice system which is a heck of a lot better than the system today, it has to be focused on. it's easy to give speeches. it's harder to do t i will do it. >> he has hired samone sanders, a 25-year-old african-american woman and issued on pace on race and inequality. though it may not yet be enough for kia carter, the work of those like her has seemingly begun to matter, at least to the one candidate who they have worked hardest to reach. michael schur, al jazeera, des moines eiowa. >> political leaders are paying tribute to julian bond tonight.
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he died on saturday after a brief illness. tonight, bond is being remembered as a visionary and a giant in the civil rights movement. del walters reports. >> reporter: i was told i couldn't turn back. >> jape julian bond said his moment of awakening came in the early 60s, the civil rights movement was building and activist sit-ins were taking place at lunch counters across the south. >> i was sitting in a drugstore, having lunch. a student came up to me and said, have you seen this? held up a newspaper. said don't you think it will happen here? i said, it's going to happen here. don't you think we ought to make it happen here? i said what do you mean, we? he said you take this side of the drugstore. i will take the other. we did. we started the movement. >> bond went on to become one of the early leaders of the student non-violent coordinating committed or snik, a driving force behind the freedom rides in 1963, march on washington.
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in 1965, on the heels of the voting rights act, bond was one of eight african americans elected to the georgia house of representatives, but because of his stanchion against the vietnam war, bonds' fellow state legislators voted to bar him from taking his seat. he persevered. the band violated his first amendment rights. >> we don't have total control. >> that's what we need. >> he would serve for more than two decades, continuing to push for voter registration of blacks. in 1971, bond co-founded the southern poverty law center. he served as its president and moved on to lead the naacp, submitting his legacy as a civil rights icon. in an interview with al jazeera earlier this year, bond reflected on what's changed and what hasn't. >> i thought we licked it. i thought it was over. i thought these things were not going to happen again. >> for a younger generation of
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activists, bond continued to serve as a mentor. >> these young people have much work ahead of them. they remind me, i have to say, very much of myself when i was their age, thinking that i could change the world. >> he was a university professor, columnist, poet and social commentator. >> i sent you a packet of photographs. >> i have a package of films, of photographs of black people. >> through it all, known for being as down to earth as he was larger than life. julian bond held change this country for the better said president barack obama in a statement on sunday and what better way to be remembered than that. del walters, al jazeera.
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thousands of children trying to get an education are facing nearly impossible conditions. del walters here with that. >> john, the challenges of just getting an education in iraq, we are going to talk about it coming up in our next hour. they are eager to learn but they face conditions that are difficult to imagine driven from their homes, living in tents. these students swelter in those tents that were provided by unicef during the height of the iraqi summer. >> we used to live in our own neighborhood, and it was like heaven. we used to go to clean schools and these schools would have proper roofs. now, we are studying here. >> coming up in the next hour, we will talk to other students and their teachers about just how they are coping without supplies and in conditions that most of us would consider just to be basic to get an education. john? >> all right. we will see you coming up in the next hour, del. thank you. continuing now, christine efferseve eversol has won tonies for roles in great gardens and in the wolfe of wall street and as a
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featured cast member on saturday night life but there was a time when she thought it could all be over. i asked her how her passion for acting actually started. one of the my earliest memories was i think i was four years old and i sat in the kitchen the entire day because i wanted to know what it felt like to be a criminal. and my mother was very patient, you know. she just would kind of work around me and it was kind of walking around me not really questioning what i was doing and then when i had to go to the bathroom, i just kind of crawled on my arms to go to the bathroom because i really wanted to feel what it was like, and then i guess when i got older, then i realized that, oh, i could do that by acting and get money, you know. >> right. >> ♪ i am just a girl who caint say no. ♪ i am in a terrible fix! ♪ >> theatre, television, stand-up, you were in movies.
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♪. >> christine eversool. >> hi, brian. >> saturday night live you were choseren? >> in 1981. >> how tough was it for women on saturday night live? >> you know, i don't know. i think maybe tina fey changed that course. i don't know. it's when i was there in 1981, '82, it was really kind of a man's world, you know. so, i think really the way that i had the most confidence was through the singing that i got to do singing segments. ♪ i am so miserable without him, it's like having him around. ♪then there was a time you were worried your career might be over. >>ists over the hill. >> at what age? >> i think it was after 35. >> so what's that like? >> agency to me if you don't make it by 35, that's it. it's over, you know. i don't have that issue anymore.
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i don't have that act anymore. i got rid of that agent. >> when someone tells you that? >> there is a part of you that believes it. i did have a different agent like 10 years later say when i was wondering why people weren't -- why i wasn't getting any calls, you know, he wasn't calling me. and he was like, well, you are 45, you know. >> so there is a part of you that believes that, but i think the highest part of myself was kind of like, well, i will show you. >> show them. >> i will show you. >> you went to new york, and you showed them. >> hi >> back to the theatre, back to the stage, and you won a tony for "42nd street" and for "great garden" ♪ that's a revolution i mean. >> it's kind of your own sort of spiritual atonement which means
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you tune back in to who you are. it can't be measured by anything out of you. i think that's the trick of hollywood. you feel like you are never thin enough. you are never rich enough. you are never pretty enough. you are never young enough. it's always these sort of external factors that you feel that you are being judged and you are consequently judging yourself by that. having that moment of clarity when i was told that it was over, that there was a part of me, that spark of me that knew that god had given me these gifts and the gifts that i was given was not going to change, was not going to end by my getting older. as a matter of fact, it would probably get better. ♪ i simply did not see. >> you brought us amount of w d wonderful entertainment. it's a real pleasure to mean u
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meet you? >> thank you so much for having me. >> christine is bringing her cabaret act to cities across the united states. that's our broadcast. thanks for watching. i remember john seeing en thaler. see you back here tomorrow. del walters is next.
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a nightmare in thailand. more than a dozen people are killed after a bomb rips through a religious shrine in bangkok. missing the deadline. >> the united states deeply regrets that the government of south sudan chose not to sign an agreement supported by all the states. >> the south sudanese government rejects an internally internationally backed peace plan. now the u.s. is