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the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c., december 30, 2021. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable brian schatz, a senator from the state of hawaii, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: patrick j. leahy, president pro tempore. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the senate stands adjourned until 12:00 stands adjourned until 12:00 >> lawmakers are scheduled to return next monday for the start of the second session of the 117th congress. at 5:30 p.m. p.m. eastern bilbo to confirm a u.s. court of
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appeals judge for the ninth circuit. as always follow the senate live here on c-span2, online at or on the go with c-span now, our new video at. now we take you back to our tv programming. >> but we will put no money into those tools. we will not put any regulatory structure on the quality of those jobs and when the nation is in financial crisis there will not be an expansion of benefits for people in these jobs and the people are wondering why can't you advance from these jobs? when mcdonald's really starts to get into black communities there's two things that are really interesting. one is a lot of the black franchise owners are praise for bringing black women into working at mcdonald's. the early mcdonald's brothers fired all the young women who worked at the restaurants because they said they flirted, because sexism is evergreen. slowly but surely you have young
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black women working at mcdonald's and something able to become managers and releasing this as this great opportunity. mcdonald's sells itself to black consumers by suggesting that the person working the counter would one day become a franchise owner, and the stream that if you just stay in long enough you know how much capital you need to have two franchise mcdonald's? mark zuckerberg in an article a couple days ago said that his dad told you could either have a mcdonald's franchiseth or i continue to harvard. i know, isn't that a great story? just to wrap our heads around it, but that myth of the possibility in the franchise system it think it's so powerfu, but all of this is to say that the economy shifted rapidly so that these jobs were not possible in terms of creating stable, working families. for 1s
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effectively raise that consciousness among a lot of people. but still the $15 an hour wage is not enough. i used to work in oklahoma city attacked and the university of oklahoma. i remember when companies would come in, people would say these are great jobs we talked up a lot because oklahoma city is not expensive. as if this is the kind of barometer for economic growth. this is how the fast food practices really mushroomed. low wages, inconsistent scheduling, sexual harassment, no paid sick leave, workers are expendable. this is the moment we are contending with it. >> we are running short on time. for any questions please get them, please come up to the microphone if you have a question. i have one last question
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retaining my right for the last question. hi. >> actually i was going over in my mind what question to ask what. >> hi daniel how are you? i thought that was you. >> i'm glad you got to the last point i was going to come to that i feel wages and i grew up in the south mcdonald's was my first job, my brother's first job, my nephew's first job. when they moved to los angeles i'm supporting a family with a job from mcdonald's. the fight for 15 would've been a great thing to have done in 2011. that now is like an incredible insult almost all around the country. i wonder if you have seen any connection between that sort of mutation of what mcdonald's was in the civil rights movement? on the powell memo and basic
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strategy of corporate america to push out everything that happened with the civil rights movement. which was in concert by the u.s. government. i don't want to say synergy, or to complement right there. >> one and things i found talk about archives that really blew my mind was when i was looking at mcdonald's in the 60s, i found a number of instances in which groups like the student on violence and naacp were involved in protests against segregation at mcdonald's. why is that not within the frame of our history of segregation? woolworth, rexall, would see all this iconic images and they are very much codified which these were where it happened.
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the pine bluff, arkansas movement of 62 -- 63, people are beaten by the police trying to do a protest of a segregated mcdonald's. mcdonald's was part of the north carolina citizens and durham and memphis. all of these places people are acting against a mcdonald's. it is not within the frame. sometimes i wonder, because they'd grafted themselves onto the narrative of after king's death we did the socially responsible thing by recruiting black franchise owners they work themselves out of that history and kept on doing these things. they were very early supporter of the martin luther king jr. holiday. i think that rights them out of that. while there's a lot of criticism of mcdonald's practices through labor practices, today there's a lot of stuff about the environment in the 80s and 90s, i find
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that so strange. [inaudible] >> any other questions i know i mentioned a lot of these creature comforts, universal healthcare necessary for society kind of like you said the indictment. why don't we see a lot of small business owners really pushing for things like healthcare those issues. one of your see some is franchise owners as someone who has a business and whatnot the hardest thing to try to
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purchase to understand and work with. i never understood why there's no idea of what the big push in terms of that. that is such an excellent point to issues that come up there very much beholden to the corporate structure with the nation's board if you work for mcdonald's who work for mcdonald's corporate rework for the franchise owner. the back-and-forth on the forth on the issue about challenges of sexual harassment, wage theft and taking care of workers. i think the narrative is small business america has been that regulation will kill your business. they are employees are people to be distrustful of and invested in all at the same
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time. and so we could create an incredible movement if we really are the fuel of america. every politician left and right can make this claim. these are the things we can demand from the public in order to have small businesses. this is why always a danger, danger, talk about black owned business they don't employ anyone. he'll never have rebuild or harlem if they have the floor, perhaps this if you really want black economic empowerment this requires universal healthcare, freed college free childcare. can employ one or two people that can maybe expand. once we suggest that public
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good undermines business, we lose that possibility. >> i know we have to go i have one quick question. people should rush out and buy this book. if we could just only give you a taste of it. you have a five month old baby at home. so you think you'll be able to go to mcdonald's for what are you going want to do there? >> is a thing this is what i have learned in my many months of parenting. i cannot determine what my child eats after a because i want him to be an autonomous person in the world, but this is what i do know. i know at the very least i will try my hardest to raise a very sensitive child who imagines that his choices make a difference. and whetherho it's what he eatsr how we treat others, and the will be a lot of real talk about mcdonald's that i think there
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will also be a lot of real talk about is that every choice we have is complicated and regardless of the choices he baby boy whoill my i love so much. the last thing i will say is that this is been an incredible year. i adopted a child. i won the pulitzer prize in that order, and i w just want to say this is not about me necessarily but thatar a black woman in her 40s \40{l1}s{l0}\'40{l1}s{l0} could be recognized with the pulitzer prize. this is the point, and someone who was on every scholarship imaginable and every kind of program was able to do this i feel like is really meaningful and it doesn't necessarily mean that the work is over. >> so inspiring and kudos to you. you've done so much good work. congratulations. >> thank you. [applause] >> get c-span on the go.
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