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[captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from new york, this is democracy now! >> these interviews and pieces of evidence reveal a deeply disturbing yet clear picture. governor cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees in violation of both federal and state laws. amy: new york governor andrew cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women, touching and kissing them without consent.
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this according to a damning investigation by attorney general letitia james. cuomo defended himself with a video message. his longtime ally, president biden, and the entire democratic congressional delegation of new york are calling on him to resign. the new york state's sibley plans to draft articles of impeachment. we will speak with state senator julia salazar and the director of the new york working families party. and we go to minnesota where 20 water protectors were brutally arrested asesistancto the peline ctinues. >>oung peoe and alpeople at are fhting r this wor fightingor le. ere nothi moreowerfu. we need to act soon. amy: we will speak with an indigenous lawyer who published
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photos of herself on social media with bloodied whelps -- welts on her arms after she was shot with rubber bullets by police. the biden administration partially reinstates the eviction moratorium after massive public outcry. and we will look at how critics say bipartisan -- the bipartisan infrastructure bill fails to address the climate emergency. some say progressives in congress should block it. all that and more, coming up. welcome to democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. after facing intense pressure led by cori bush, the new cdc moratorium covers areas where
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there is substantial spread or high spread of the coronavirus. emmaraddick lawmakers failed to ps bill to protect millions of people that could be forced from their homes. democratic congress member cori bush began camping out on the steps of the capital in protest. she stayed on the steps until tuesday's announcement. in a tweet, bush wrote, "on friday night, i came to the capital with my chair. i refuse to accept congress would leave while 11 million people faced eviction. for five days we have been out here, demanding the government acts to save lives. the day, our movement moved mountains." bush responded to the temporary moratorium extension. >> i am elated and overwhelmed. just the thought that so many people right now, millions of
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people will not be forced out on the street. amy: congress member rashida tlaib is calling on congress members to return donations, one million dollars to the house majority packed just weeks before democratic lawmakers failed to extend the eviction moratorium. the covid-19 death toll in indonesia has topped 100,000 after authorities reported 1700 new deaths today. indonesia's death toll has doubled since may. in japan, tokyo has set yet another record for covid cases, reporting over 4100 new infections. in the united states, florida republican governor ron desantis is rejecting calls to impose a mask mandate as the state set a new record of over 500,000
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hospitalized covid patients. louisiana has reinstated an indoor mask mandate as hospitals also struggled to treat a record number of covid patients. the american academy of pediatrics reports 72,000 children in the united states tested positive for covid last week and 85% increases over the previous week. less than 2% of children infected require hospitalization. in new york city, mayor bill de blasio announced the city will soon require proof of vaccination to dine indoors, go to the gym, or go to indoor entertainment events. the new york times reports the food and drug administration is moving towards fully approving the pfizer biontech vaccine i september. -- by september. former president barack obama is
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scaling down his birthday bash at the families $12 million estate in martha's vineyard due to the spread of the delta variant. president biden and the entire congressional delegation of new york is calling on governor andrew cuomo to resign after an independent investigation concluded cuomo had violated state and federal laws by sexually harassing 11 women including nine current or former government employees. on tuesday, new york state attorney general letitia james released her 165 page report after conducting a five-month probe. >> the investigation found governor cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, many of whom were young women, by engaging in unwanted groping, kisses, hugging, and by making inappropriate comments. amy: on tuesday, governor cuomo
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defended himself and rejected calls to resign. members of the new york state assembly are moving ahead to draft articles of impeachment. the governors of new jersey, pennsylvania, connecticut, and rhode island issued a joint statement calling for governor cuomo to resign. in election news, chantel brown has defeated nina turner, bernie sanders former campaign cochair in a closely watched democratic primary to fill the seat of marcia fudge in ohio's 11th congressional district. brown is the chair of the cuyahoga county democratic party and received the backing of many establishment democrats including hillary clinton and james clyburn as well as the democratic majority for israel pac that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the race. nina turner was endorsed by senator sanders, alexandria ocasio-cortez, and other aggressive's. turner says we did not lose this
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race, people money maligned the selection. the trunk backed coal lobbyist mike carey won the republican primary, defeating 10 others. in afghanistan, at least eight people died on tuesday when a car bomb exploded in a heavily secured area of couple outside -- kabul outside the capital of afghanistan. it was the first major bombing in over a year in kabul. kandahar, herat, and lush gaga. at least 40 civilians have been killed and 1800 wounded over the past day. according to the associated press, the taliban controls nine of the 10 districts despite repeated u.s. airstrikes to slow their advance. the afghan army has urged civilians to leave the city before the army launches major
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counterattacks against the taliban. the human rights watch has accused the taliban of summarily executing soldiers, police, and civilians detained during the recent offensive which is scheduled to conclude by the end of july -- of august. in greece, thousands of people have fled their homes as wildfires rage uncontrollably in the northern suburbs in the hearst -- in the worst heat wave in decades. 81 forest fires are battled as temperatures soar to 116 degrees fahrenheit. more than 16,000 people have been evacuated in turkey which has been struggling to contain scores of fires over the past week. police and the ukraine have opened a murder investigation after belarusian activist was found dead in his home in kiev. he was found hanging from a tree
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in a car. he was a vocal critic of the belarusian president and helped provide refuge to those that fled the city and country. lebanon is marking when you since the devastating explosion at the port of beirut. it destroyed or damaged 300,000 homes. lebanon is facinits worst economic crisis in history. no one in theolitical leadership has been held accountable. a new report by human rights watch implicates senior banese ficials for fling to protect the public. >> the fault of the explosion rests with officials that new the ammonium nitrate was being stored in a dangerous manner.
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they failed to do what was in their authority to secure or remove it. amy: iran officially has a new president. a conservati cleric and protege of the supreme leader. he vowed to fight u.s. sanctions. >> we will pursue the lting of tyrannical sanctions. we will definitely not allow the financial ability and economy to be impacted. amy: in texas, a federal judge has temporarily blocked republican governor greg abbott from carrying out an executive order that restricted asylum-seekers from traveling with only law enforcement officials and state troopers to stop officials suspected of transporting migrants. immigrant organizations and others have often helps transport asylum-seekers released from custody to their final destination.
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his executive order is blocked until next week when another hearing is scheduled. missouri's republican governor has part of the wealthy white st. louis couple that brandished guns at peaceful black lives matter protesters who marched by their mansion last year. mark and patricia were originally charged with felonies but later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. those are some of the headlines for now. this is democracy now!,, the quarantine report. i'm amy goodman. i'm joined by juan gonzaz in new brunswick -- in brunswick, new jersey. juan: welcome to those arou the world. amy: andrew cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women including touching and kissing them without consent and making inappropriate remarks. those of the findings of a five-month investigation led by the office of new york attorney general letitia james who announced the results of the probe on tuesday.
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>> these interviews and pieces of evidence reveal a deeply disturbing yet clear picture. governor cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees in violation of both federal and state laws. the independent investigation found governor cuomo sexually harassed multiple women. many of whom were young women, by engaging in unwanted groping, kisses, hugging, and by making inappropriate comments. further, the governor and his senior team took actions to retaliate against at least one former employee for coming forward with her story, her truth. governor cuomo's administration fostered a toxic workplace that created a hostile work environment. staffers did not feel comfortable coming forward with
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complaints. there was a climate of fear given the power dynamic. amy: hours after the findings, governor cuomo defended himself. he rejected calls to resign saying his habits were part of thway he wasaised. pictures showed him and bracing people. >> i do that with everyone. black and white, young and old. straight and lgbtq. powerful people, friends, strangers, people i meet on the street. amy: one of the 11 women accusing cuomo is his former aide, charlotte bennett.
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he asked bennett questions he doesn't normally ask people because she is a survivor of sexual assault. >> i think he thinks victim blaming is an effective means to negate the facts. but i think it is more embarrassing for him then is actual effective. amy: the governor admitted he asked you questions he doesn't normally ask people because you told him you were a survivor of sexual assault. do you think he is gas lighting you? >> absolutely. amy: the entire new york and graphic -- democratic congressional delegation is calling on governor cuomo to resign. >> are you calling on him to resign? >> yes. >> do you believe he should be impeached and removed from office? >> let's take one thing at a
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time here. i think he should resign. amy: articles of impeachment have been drafted. this probe was civil and not criminal, but the district attorney in albany has requested the materials from the report and encouraged other survivors to come forward. for more, we are joined by julia salazar, new york state senator for the 18th district. and also the director of the new york working families party. they cowrote a piece earlier this year that said, "andrew cuomo's reign is over. now it is the left's turn." so much has happened in 24 hours with the release of this report. it is civil, not criminal, but the albany prosecutor is looking into bringing criminal charges. you are a state senator, julia salazar. and you talk about what is happening in this legislative body? an impeachment would happen in the assembly.
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what is different about the impeachment of clinton or the impeachment of trump, according to new york state law, cuomo would have to step aside during the trial. the lieutenant governor would become the governor. talk about all of the charges and your reaction to the report. senator salazar: several months ago, the office of the state attorney general letitia james began the investigation which concluded with the report that her office issued yesterday, concurrent with the attorney general's investigation, has been the investigation in the state assembly that was also initiated in the spring. an impeachment investigation in order to ultimately produce articles of impeachment that have not been drafted yet. but the state assembly is
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looking at not only the sexual harassment allegations against governor romo -- governor cuomo, but additionally, the investigation is focused on the governor's office concealing the deaths of many new yorkers in nursing homes due to covid 19 in part as a result of an order that was issued by the department of health in 2020 during the peak of the pandemic. they are also looking at the governor's potential misuse of public funds, state funds in service of his $5 million book deal. they are looking at additional allegations against the governor. any one of these alone would potentially be grounds of impeachment.
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including any one of the 11 plus allegations substantiated. it does not look good for governor cuomo when the assembly drafts articles of impeachment. and a simple majority is needed in the assembly in order for the impeachment chess -- process to move on to the senate where there would be a high court of impeachment that includes all sitting senators except for the senate majority leader due to the senate majority leader being second in line of succession. and the seven judges on the state's highest court, that would make up the impeachment court. they would need a two thirds majority in order to impeach governor cuomo and remove him from office. juan: senator salazar, what is
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your personal reacti to the report? especially the findings of the toxic work environment that the governor had in his office at, for many politicians, there was a toxic environment throughout the state government as result of andrew cuomo's methods of operation. and you personally have witnessed some of that. can you talk about that? senator salazar: the report is devastating and disturbing. and it is not surprising to anyone that has spent time in albany. the governor has threatened people. there are numerous reports about this. he has threatened members of the press. he has threatened legislators. personally as a state legislator, i have sought to avoid direct interactions with the governor out of fear. a lot of legislators are in
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constant fear of retaliation by the governor as they speak out against his political agenda, or speak out about his behavior. unfortunately, this is unsurprising to those of us in albany. there were many of us as early as you area and march that have been calling for the governor to be impeached and for him to resign, which are not mutually exclusive. we are still demanding the governor resign and we move forward with an impeachment trial. juan: i wanted to ask about the working families party. the assembly taking up articles ofmpeachment, but carl hasting has not exactly been a profile encoure in the past -- in courage in the past. what is your expectation as to how this unfolds in the
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assembly? >> what we have seen from assembly leaders, up and down different geographic corridors, is that family members are saying with one voice that we must proceed with impeachment. someone who does really listen and look to members, that demand must be heard. governor cuomo bng called to resign does not negate the responsibility that the assembly has to take forward those charges of impeachment. the list of violations with the governor has undertaken over the past two years is a stain on new york history. weave to me forward and the assembly must move forward to remove the governor from office as swiftly as possible. amy: i wanted to comment on the front page of the times. a banner headline, "cuomo urged
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to equate after damaging report." and it quotes the women in their own words, some of those 11 women from the 165 page report issued by letitia james, the attorney general. the report was carried out by two very well-respected prosecutors, particularly well versed in issues of sexual assault and sexual abuse. it starts with executive assistant number one. i knew i could feel him pushing my body against his and definitely making sure he could feel my breasts up against his body and was doing it in a way that i felt was obviously uncomfortable for me and he was maybe trying to get some sort of personal satisfaction from it. this is particularly significant. his security detail, a woman on a security detail saying, i remember just freezing, being in the back of my head.
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i'm like, how do i say no, politely. if i said no, he's going to take it out on the detail. and now i'm on the bad list. she went on to talk about how he had touched her from her chest to her private parts. he would run his hand along her body. in charlotte bennett, the former top aide to mr. cuomo saying that the way he was repeating, you were raped and abused and attacked and assaulted and betrayed while looking at me in the eyes was something out of a horror movie. it was like he was tting me. and then the former state economic development official who said, i've been sexually harassed throughout my career, but not in a way where the whole environment was set up to feed the predator. this and every interaction i had with the governor and the culture felt like it was all to feed the predator. let me go to charlotte bennett
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who i quoted before who told cbs news anchor nor o'donnell that the governor repeatedly talked about the aault. >> he asked ifge dference mattered. he elainedhat he w fine th anye over 22. >>ow old are y? >> 25. >> what aryou thinkg as he's askingou the questio? >> ihought, 's ying to sleep wi me. thgovernor itrying tsleep th me. d i'm deeplyncomfoable. and i have to get out of this room as soon as possible. amy: that interview conducted in march. julia salazar, the overall climate and what was known in the legislature.
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this kind of open secret. the point of several of the women is that it wasn't just him, it was what they all made possible and the repercussions. you yourself a sexual assault survivor. in your case, it was qui public and you accused the spokesperson for the former israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who was forced to resign. senator salazar: it is really disturbing as a sexual assault for -- survivor to witness this play out. additionally, as a legislator, we are familiar with the culture of fear that governor cuomo has created in albany. charlotte is right and courageous speaking out about her own experience. the culture that governor cuomo has created protects him. it perpetuates this cycle. people are fearful of him,
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fearful of being retaliated against, and it creates a culture in which people are loyal to him and are complicit in perpetuating this behavior. i was essentially coerced into publicly speaking about being sexually assaulted during my state senate campaign in 2018 when a hostile reporter from the daily mail contacted me and sai that they knew about it and were going to publish it. i then was forced to speak about it publicly. thankfully, several other women within an hour of me having to speak about being sexually assated by the spokesperson for the israeli prime minister came forward and said, this man
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is a sexual predator. we've had our own experiences with him. it wasn't long after that, a matter of months, before he was forced to resign. as someone who had not originally planned at the time to ever speak publicly about what had happened to me, i really admire the workers, the women like charlotte who had the courage to speak out on their own volition so that other women would be empowered to do so as well. juan: and i would like to ask about this whole issue of the role of the media in propping up and making andrew cuomo sort of a national hero during the covid pandemic, the worst days of the covid pandemic. the tendency of the media, for instance, to portray his battles
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with bill de blasio as two competing egos. what responsibility does the media have for basically not really delving into the autocratic nature of governor cuomo? >> it has been a series of disappointing revelations. during the darkest moments of the pandemic, americans were desperate for a counterforce to president trump's blustering incompetence. governor cuomo presented himself as prince charming in the media. so many of us ate it up. but this is also recognizing years and years of a governor who led through fear and through austerity, and through exclusion . the way that they put forward
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signs of leadership. his team often speaks to his bullying ways. his yelling, his diminishing comments. what is clear now is that they are the other size of the abusers coin. what he does to shame his opponents, we see that behind closed doors, he uses those very same leadership traits to abuse, to prion, and sexually harass. those are components of his leadership qualities. we see the very real way in which his bravado is actually abuse. amy: and what would it mean if he either resigns or is forced to step down? can you talk a little bit about
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the lieutenant governor? >> we need to usher in a post-cuomo moment. both in terms of policies and how the administration has overseen the largest housing crisis, the overdose crisis. we have failed to fully fund education until this year when progressives took over the budget. those policies very much affect working people's lives that happen under a new governor. there is also a style of governing. the leadership represents the leader like salazar who knows we have to govern in a different way. we have seen new york leaders -- we need a brand-new page in the state. kathy hochul did step out to
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condemn the governor's behavior yesterday after many months of us knowing that the governor was guilty of the very clear factors on the table. and so we need a new page in new york's history that will start with a new governor committed to a progressive ideals that will put new yorkers first. i will not build a government of fear and protectionism to really prop up their own political career. amy: thank you for being with us, director of the new york working families party. and julia salazar, the new york state senator in the 18th district. we will link to your piece that you wrote earlier this year, cuomo's rain is over and it is the left's turn. president biden has partially reinstated the eviction moratorium after mass protests. and a look at the infrastructure bill. why some say progressives in congress should block bidens
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bill. stay with us. ♪♪ [music break] amy: this is democracy now!.
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i'm amy goodman with juan gonzalez. president biden faced massive public ocry led by congresswoman cori bush. the moratorium covers parts of the united states where there is higher substantial spread of the coronavirus. the evicti moratorium expired on saturday after democratic lawmakers failed to pass a bill. on friday night, cori bush who was once on housed herself -- unhoused herself began camping out in front of the capitol. in a tweet, friday night i came to the capital with my chair and refused to accept congress would leave for vacation when people are facing eviction. we have been demanding the government asked to save lives today and our protest moved
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mountains. bush responded to the temporary moratorium restriction. >> i am elated and overwhelmed. the thought that millions of people will not be forced out on the street. amy: meanwhile, rashida tlaib is calling on house democrats. they donated $1 million to the house majority pac just weeks before they failed to extend the eviction moratorium. the staff writer, the democrat eviction moratorium failure is unforgivable. can you talk about the significance of the now eviction moratorium that is more targeted
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. in the popular outcry. >> there is a lot of pressure being put on the white house. there is an element of some of that that can congeal the work behind the scenes. and also the failure to actually do anything in the eviction morarium, the deadline was a month from release. the failure to do anything about that caused such a big uprising. among progressives and ordinary people. it was the thing that pushed the white house without saying that
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we he the power to do anything. without issuing another moratorium order, they have the push to do it. the administration looks back. they said biden would keep refugee numbers at trump's level. the outcry forced to backtrack. people need to be willing to criticize the administration. treating them with kid gloves is not going to be the best way to get these kinds of progressive outcomes and policies. juan: the criticisms of the administration carly were needed.
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but i'm wondering, there were billions of dollars allocated in the previous covid-19 bills for rental assistance. and most of this money has not been given out by the stat. new york state has 160,000 people that have applied for rental assistance. and almost no o has gotten any money from a democratic supposly liberal state. what is going on with the state giving out the money that has already been apportioned to help? >> real estate interests are powerful everywhere. the other thing is the way the rental assistance was designed. it was designed to delegate to the states. in american history, one of the lessons is that we delegate the
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programs designed -- it doesn't always mean it will be a failure or delayed or have problems. but just by nature of the fact that state governments are not always controlled by progressive lawmakers, it does mean that you risk different states. that is basically what happened. people having trouble being apart from these things, feeling -- filling out what they have to fill out. the support that was given by the trump administration, that program is designed as a federal program and the very minimal bureaucracy.
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i think it is a pretty key comparison that shows you the idea that some people cheat the system. that antiquated mindset. amy: i wanted to ask you about a key part of president joe biden's agenda, the bipartisan bill. this week, the senate is working on amendments to the infrastructure and jobs act that calls for spending $555 billion in new money over five years on
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roads, bridges, water systems, broadband, and the electric red. but it -- grid. but some say it fails to address the climate emergency. it includes potential new subsidies for fossil fuels. it's at the stage for debate for the larger 3.5 trillion dollar package that republicans strongly oppose and would require a simple majority for passage through reconciliation. you wrote a piece headlining that bidens infrastructure deal is terrible and progressives should block it. and you wrote the case against joe biden. can you talk about the infrastructure bills as they stand now and particularly the bipartisan one? what has been stripped out of it? >> a lot of the climate stuff.
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republicans, of course, our climate deniers -- are climate deniers and are captured by interests like fossil fuels. so a lot of that stuff has been stripped down. it would be one ofhe cornerstones of transitioni the united stas. the original proposal about biden, spending about $125 billion a year. that has gone out. don't get me wrong. there are investments in that kind of thing.
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the numbers are substaially smaller from the original proposal. overcoming climate change requires the mind-boggling transformation of not just the energy system, but really the way that we live our lives, the way that we structure society. it requires a really massive investment. they estimate $1 trillion a year to be able to do this. we have people that talk about the covid crisis. in 1945, the percent of gdp that was spent was about 37.5%.
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that original infrastructure bill was 1% of gdp. that was ambitious. i think the climate issue is probably the biggest thing. the democrats negotiating this bipartisan bill as infrastructure includes universal pre-k, free community college. it is not physical infrastructure. you need people's kids -- people
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think about what they need to do in terms of childcare. those of the things missing from the bipartisan bill. if that is the only thing that gets passed, given the slim majorities, given the votes on the horizon. if it doesn't get passed, it would be looked at as a massive missed opportunity that we will regret. juan: in terms of being able to accomplish both the bigger bill rough budgeteconciliation and this infrastructure package, how do you fores that actually happening? what is the role of progressives ?
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if the progressives do try to block infrastructure, do you think they will have sufficient leverage to get what they want in the reconciliation bill? >> it is tricky. biden has said that they will pass both bills in tandem. at the moment, the idea is to pass this bipaisan bill. and beforehe senate goes to recess, past theramework -- pass the framework of the $3.5 trillion bill. if they vote for this bipartisan bill,hey don't want to have the rug pulled out under theby the administration that has dropped a number of campaign
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promises, iluding the public option which never gets talked about anymore. lawmakers have already said it is way too much moy and i'm not going to support that. can ey trust that? they cannot. there is a very slim majority in the house because of the election loss in 2020. it can be very good. there is a pretty substaial number of socialist and progressive lawmakers. there is a role the tea party serve republicans. we use the numbers and we will vote this wn.
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they have said as much. and the reconciliation bill also goes through. what kind of guarantee are they going to get that they are not going to have that happen? and i think the agreement, the verbal assurance is not enough. if the cost of passing the reconciliation bill is this bipartisan bill, it seems like an acceptable price. but if the bill looks like it ll get bcked, progressives need tuse their numbers, use their leverage and the power
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that they really have. amy: thank you for being with us , staff writer at jacobin magazine. next up, we move from the battle and congress to the battle on the front lines. 20 more water protectors were brutally arrested over the weekend fighting the pipeline. we will speak with an indigenous lawyer. stay with us. ♪♪ [music break]
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amy: for damaged lemons by one redhead. in minnesota, 20 water protectors were brutally arrested over the weekend as resistance to the pipeline continues. water protectors say state and local police have escalated their use of excessive force using teargas, rubber, and pepper bullets to repress
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protesters. on sunday, an indigenous lawyer published photos of herself on social media with bloodied welts on her arms after she was shot with rubber bullets last week. she had 19 others were held in jail over the weekend where several water protectors say they were denied medical care for their injuries and denied proper food. some were reportedly held in solitary confinement. we are joined for more from that camp in minnesota. welcome back to democracy now!, tara. can you describe what happened and the escalation of force that police are using against you? >> good morning. in the situationn which there were a number of shutdowns
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across several rivers here in northern minnesota, this would have been the fifth shut down in as many days. the attempt by water protectors including myself t engage in these process and prect the river -- we were under smoky skies and arata sandhu to the wildfires raging in ontario to the north of us and west of us. it is a very deeply harmed river. and a gigantic drill in the background attempting to bring a pipeline through that river. and the level of brutality leashed upon us, people were shot in their bodies and the upper torso.
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i saw a young woman's head gets split open right in front of me. it was a really brutal scene with people face down in the dirt. and being extremely violent where we were outnumbered at least two to one. many counties were protecting this one place. and an actual murderer -- there were police officers watching water protectors. juan: can you talk abt this increasing cooperationnd partnership between minnesota state and local police? tara: when i was sitting on the side of a police with several others waiting to be brought to jail, i overheard some of the
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police officers talking about how long before the brutality was unleashed upon us. it was aretty known thing that police officers e reimbursed. and it seems like they welcome the opportunity. one officer was grinning and smiling and said he had a great time and can't wait for us to come again. there was $7 million for the public safety escrow trust to incentivize and encourage police officers to surveilled, harass indigenous people and allies. it is a very clear pattern of aggression and cooperation that is also being enabled by things like the energy of security act just passed in the house recently.
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it is a president that is very dangerous. and everybody should be afraid of this regardless of if they are indigenous pipeline protesters. juan: t latest protest came as another spill was reported on the mississippi river headquarters where they have continued to drill. what is the latest on the construction of the pipeline and other actions? tara: construction is 24 hours a day. i'm guessing after police were harming indigeno people using rubber bullets, there's probably even more of a push for the army corps to intervene if that is what they choose to do. there is an ongoing callout to intervene before more people are hurt.
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the place where one of the biggest river systems in the world begins. there are several others around the 200 water bodies that this project wants to go through. amy: we just showed the images that you put out, even yourself with rubber bullet welts on your arms. if you can describe why you are doing this. progressives in congress are fighting hard and you are putting your bodies on the line. what message do you have for washington now as they fight over this infrastructure bill, these two bills? what you're doing and what you want them to know about minnesota and how you have been blockaded by the police. tara: i began my own
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professional career and washington, d.c. i understand how the dynamics of capitol hill work. it is so clear to me and to the many young people part of not just this movement but movements across the globe, the indigenous people leading the struggle to protect. it is simply not working fast enough. in the conversation and arguments, this idea that it will continue on in a way that we have always done things. it is a matter of transitioning to anoer form of energy economy. we should understand that. there was an entire city that had been burned from the ground and directly related to climate crisis. the climate crisis is happening.
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if it takes seeing indigenous bodies being in -- being brutalized to understand what is really occurring in real time, what is happening to people as we are defending people, that is what i'm willing to do. and that's what many others are willing to do. i was put in solitary confinement and i was denied medical care. we as human beings decide what we are going to do. some of us are pushing as hard as we can with everything that we can. amy: thank you so much for being with us, indigenous lawyer and activist, founder of the collective speaking to us from minnesota where she was just recently arrested, hospitalized, put in solitary confinement, and now out. brutalized with police shooting rubber bullets at her.
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