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11/19/21 11/19/21 [captioning made possible by democracy now!] amy: from new york, this is democracy now! >> we are moving today to vacate and dismiss the indictment of mom and i use -- muhammad aziz and khalil isham the assassination of malcolm x. amy: a new york judge has exonerated two men convicted of killing malcolm x after the manhattan d.a. accused former
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fbi director j. edgar hoover of hiding evidence decades ago that would have proven the two men were innocent. we will speak with the independent researcher abdur-rahman muhammad, whose work played a key role in spurring the new investigation. in angela davis response to north dakota manning teaching critical race theory in schools. >> what we are witnessing are the white supremacy to regain control which they more or less had in the past. amy: into "miseducation: how climate change is taught in america." we will talk to other katie worth. and we will go to british columbia where canadian police have raided a first nations blockade to prevent construction of a new pipeline on indigenous land. >> they are invading wet'suwet'en what's again -- once again.
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legal observers, media have been arrested. two oour elders have been arrested and removed from the territory. right now we are at coyote cap and everything in to remove me from my territory. all that and more, coming up. welcome to democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the house of representatives is that aut today in tenure roughly two dollars trillion bill to combat the climate crisis while expanding social programs. it comes after kevin mccarthy spent more than eight hours delaying a plan vote thursday with a long and winding speech attacking democrats overspending the border crisis afghanistan, gas prices, and more. the latest version of the build back better act is dramatically smaller than initially proposed after conservative senate democrats kyrsten sinema and joe
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manchin demanded cuts but still contains many key is a president by his legislative agenda. oklahoma governor kevin stitt on thursday halted the planned execution of julius jones, a black man who was sentenced to death for a 1999 murder he's always insisted he did not commit. jones' reprieve came just hours before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection last night. [cheers] hundreds of death penalty opponents erupted in cheers inside the oklahoma state capitol as news broke that julius jones' life had been spared. but as a condition of granting clemency, governor stitt said jones shall never be eligible for commutation, pardon, or parole for the rest of his life. this is reverend christine byrd, a long-time supporter of julius jones and his family. >> i am overjoyed -- i know some people will not see it as a victory, but his life is spared
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today so i am thankful there will not be an execution today. would we have wanted something different? yes, but i'm thankful that he will live another day. amy: in louisiana, 75-year-old henry montgomery walked out of angola prison on wednesday, winning parole nearly 58 years after he was sentenced to life in prison for a crime he committed as a teenager. montgomery's case was central to a supreme court ruling that extended the possibility of parole to hundreds of people with life sentences for juvenile crimes. in international news, belarus on thursday opened a heated warehouse to hundreds of asylum seekers who spent days enduring winter weather and squalid conditions in tent encampments along the polish border. europeannion countries have accused belarus of tricking migrants into massing at the border in retaliation for e.u. sanctions. belarus, meanwhile, accused its
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neighbors of brutality against the refugees. video distributed by belarus shows polish border guards kicking an iraqi asylum seeker in a sleeping bag and siccing a dog on him. elsewhere, three photojournalists covering the crisis say polish border guards verbally abused and handcuffed them while authorities searched their equipment. meanwhile, over 400 iraqi asylum seekers were deported from minsk on thursday. this is mosen addi, a mber of iraq's persecuted yazidi community, speaking after arriving at an airport. >> would have stayed until death but my family was in danger. if the situation is not improved in a year or two, i will leave again. if there is no solution, i will be forced to leave. amy: austrian officials have reimposed a nationwide lockdown and will require nearly all residents to be vaccinated by february 1 after covid-19 cases hit a new record high. it's the first such vaccine mandate in europe. in germany, officials said they
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will exclude unvaccinated people from some public venues in areas where hospitals are becoming overwhelmed with patients. russia reported another record number of covid deaths today for a third straight day with over 1250 deaths. the who says europe is the current epicenter of the pandemic and the only region where deaths are on the rise. meanwhile, a new study published in the british medical journal found mask wearing cuts coronavirus transmission rates by more than half, while hand-washing and physical distancing sharply reduced the risk of getting infected. in canada, an estimated 18,000 people remain cut off by floodwaters and mud slides after torrential rains brought what officials have described as a one-in-500-year flood. the crisis is on track to become the costliest natural disaster in canadian history. the disaster struck the same region that endured record-shattering temperatures and unprecedented wildfires over the summer brought on by the climate crisis.
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later in the broadcast, we will go to british columbia where police have raided indigenous lands. in kenya, the united nations weren't some million people are 2.5 -- warned some people are 2.5 million struggling to find food after a searing drought killed off livestock and led to widespread crop failures. parts of northern kenya have received less than 30% of normal rainfall levels. brazilian government data show deforestation in the amazon rainforest has reached its highest level in over 15 years, increasing by 22% in the past year. at the recent u.n. climate summit, brazil pledged to end and reverse deforestation by 2030. meanwhile, in ecuador, historic hearing was held this week in the amazonian jungle over a man to expand mining in the region which judges communities oppose and say -- indigenous communities oppose and say cannot go ahead without free and informed consent. this is waorani activist and 2020 goldman environmental prize winner nemonte nenquimo.
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>> after this hearing, we are hoping they will do the same thing and other indigenous nations where there are similar cases. we want it to be enforced. decision-making is our decision. amy: indian authorities have extended a shutdown on schools as the toxic air pollution smothering the capital delhi worsens. all schools and colleges are now indefinitely closed and over half the city's 11 coal-based power plants have been ordered to stop operations. in other news from india, prime minister narendra modi announced his government is withdrawing the highly contested agricultural laws that triggered mass mobilizations across the country over the past year. it's a major victory for farmers who argued the reforms deregulating agricultural markets would eliminate key labor and income protections. concerns are mounting for chinese tennis star peng shuai, who mysteriously disappeared from public view after she accused a top chinese politician
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of sexual assault. the 35-year-old peng made the accusation against the former vice premier at a social media post on november 2. she has not been seen since. censors deleted the post from social media platform weibo within 30 minutes of its publication, and chinese authorities have since dodged or denied the issue. the women's tennis association threatened to cut ties with china and say an email published by chinese state media, purportedly written to the wta by peng, was a fraud. tennis's biggest names, including naomi osaka and serena williams, have tweeted out messages of support with the hashtag #whereispengshuai. in georgia, defense attorneys rested their case thursday after calling just seven witnesses, in the trial of three white men who chased down and shot dead 25-year-old ahmaud arbery. under cross-examination, travis mcmichael conceded arbery did not threaten him in any way before mcmichael took out his shotgun.
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he also conceded his testimony -- his claim that arbery grabbed his shotgun contradicted what he told the police hours after the shooting. hundreds gathered for a rally it week after a defense attorney unsuccessfully attempted to and from the court room closing arguments are scheduled for monday. the city of aurora, colorado. elijah mcclain was tackled i police, placed in a chokehold, later injected with large amount of the powerful sedative ketamine. he died several days later. at the time, he was walking home with an iced tea from the corner store. and a senate debate over president biden's nominee to become a top banking regulator turned acrimonious thursday after louisiana republican john kennedy accused her of loyalty to the communist party of the former soviet union.
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if confirmed, saule omarova would become the first woman, first emigrant, and the first person of color to serve as comptroller of the currency. omarova grew up in soviet kazakhstan and camto the u.s. in 1991. as a child, she was quired to join a soviet youth group. th became the basis for senator kennedy's questioning. >> i don't mean any disrespect. i don't know whether to call you professor or -- >> senator, i'm not a communist. i do not subscribe to that ideology. i cannot choose where i was born. amy: elizabeth warren rushed to her defense. >> the attacks on your nomination have been vicious and personal. we have just seen it most sexism, racism, page out of joe mccarthy's 1950's red scare tactics. it is all there on display.
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welcome to washington in 2021. amy: and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. a new york judge has exonerated two men convicted in the assassination of malcolm x in the audubon ballroom on february 21, 1965. this came after the manhattan district attorney's office and the innocence project conducted a nearly two-year investigation that uncovered key evidence was withheld at the trial of the two men, 83-year-old muhammad aziz and khalil islam -- who died in 2009. on thursday, manhattan district attorney cy vance apologized to aziz and the family of islam. he also called out former fbi director j edgar hoover. >> dozens and dozens of reports from the fbi and the nypd special services investigations.
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these records [indiscernible] if you ordered multiple witnesses not to tell police or prosecutors they were in fact fbi informants. many of those documents were exculpatory. none of them were disclosed to the defense. amy: that was the manhattan district attorney cyrus vance speaking through his mask. 83-year-old muhammad aziz also addressed the court. he was jailed for almost two decades for the killing of malcolm x before being released on parole in 198 he has been fighting to clear his name ever since. listen carefully because he, too, is wearing the mask. >> what brought us to court today should never have occurred.
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[indiscernible] black people in 2021. though i do not need a piece of paper to tell me i am innocent, i'm very glad i family, my friends, and attorneys who have worked all of these years are finally seeing the truth we have all known. [indiscernible] i hope the same system that was responsible for this travesty of justice also takes responsibility of the rm caused to me during the last 55 or 56 years. thank you. amy: muhammad aziz speaking
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thursday in a new york courtroom. he was exonerated for his role in the assassination of malcolm x. the latest investigation into malcolm's murder in 1965 was spurred by the netflix documentary series "who killed malcolm x?" which was largely based on research done by abdur-rahman muhammad, an independent scholar and historian who has spent decades investigating the life and death of malcolm x. in a moment, abdur-rahman muhammad will join us. but first, this is the trailer to "who killed malcolm x?" >> we e not brutalid because we areruesome,here utaliz because we e blac peoplen americ >> te power this m's couragto sayhis sff, ange thentire trectory o my lif >> heasecomina figurehat tranended thnation o islam. >> iwas polics that ally started the rift beten mallm and e natn. the greatest hate speec
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true. amy: the words of abdur-rahman muhammad in the trailer to the 2020 netlfix documentary "who killed malcolm x?" abdur-rahman muhammad joins us now. welcome back to democracy now! you are in the courtroom yesterday. can you describe the scene? you have two men who served each more than 20 years in prison for the assassination of malcolm x. one of them died, khalil isham, more than a decade ago. but muhammad aziz stood there in the courtroom. talk about the moment, describe e scene. >> it was a beautiful fall afternoon. the weather could not have been better in new york. when we sat down, we had to process what we were witnessing.
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it was surreal. it was almost out of body to be sitting there and watching and exoneration -- not a pardon, an exoneration --long after half a century -- a half-century of a man who was still living. a presence, 83 years old. and to watch the government admit that these brothers were sent to prison for a crime they did not commit, it was stunning. it was stunning. it was breathtaking, honestly. it just took my breath away. amy: a lot of this is based on your research, a lay historian,
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who just devoted your life to uncovering what happened. you talk about to is in his role in the assassination? >> back in their most days -- those days, the winter of 1965, was known as talmage. at the time he was arrested, he was known -- the name was put on his jacket was thomas hagan. but he is one of the confessed assassins who was caught at the scene, one of malcolm's bodyguards had shot him in the leg and he was literally stomped almost to death outside the audubon ballroom. he was convicted for the crime, along with muhammad aziz and
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khalil isham. he is the one who gave us the names of the real assassins. amy, i would say this, that it was a revelation, t revelation that i published in 2010, of the identity of william x bradley that revived this entire investigation. before that and before his name appearing in many books, crediting that revelation to me with a little independent scholar here iwashington, d.c., and completely blew the lid off this whole case, revived it from the dead, literally from the dead. and that material finds its way into "who killed malcolm x?" and we have a we have today. i am areciative to the lawyers for acknowledging that in the
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courtroom. talmage filed an affidavit in 1970. 1978, named his four accomplices. it was an affidavit that was ordered by the criminal justice system. there it was laid out in black and white, their names, you know, how they carried out the assassination, how they planned it. law enforcement never, ever, ever made any attempt to arrest this man. amy: i only wish two great writers less pain could be with us, both died after the eve of the publications of their books on malcolm x. i want to go to the clip from that netflix docuseries "who killed malcolm x?" where you come our guest, abdur-rahman muhammad, desibes footage of the scene ouide the audubon ballroom aer t assaination. >>he coron ruled t cause of debto be e shotn pell. it s not -- thcause of death
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calmlyclosing his coat, and he just walks away. this is how he gotway. if william bradley is the man who pued out e shotguand to the lifof malco x and i can prove it, i want to confront him face-to-face. amy: talk abouwhether you ever did confront him. but talk about who william bradley is and how this was pressed -- suppressed for decades. >> william is called william x in the affidavit, william x radley was an lieutenant in new ark at the temple where the assassins help from. -- hailed from. he was at streak that. he was very proficient with the sawed-off shotgun, which is why he was selected to cry out the assassination of malcolm x because they knew he would
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accomplish the task. long criminal record, especially after malcolm's assassination. he lived a life unmolested in newark. he was never approached by law enforcement about the assassination of malcolm x. he spent many years in prison for other crimes, but not for the killing of brother malcolm. amy: did you get a chance to talk to him? >> i did not get a chance to talk to him. i mean, there's no way in the world i would have approached that man's house by myself. the truth of the matter is that what i did is really the work of law enforcement. i can't walk up to a dangerous felon's house and say, "why did you kill malcolm x? why did you murder malcolm x" you need a team, security. by the time we was able to put together the team fo malcolm x d
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and make that move, parsley, he passed away as we were on the because of visiting his home in newark, new jersey. amy: i want to go to the issue of all the fbi informants involved here. let's go to another clip from the documentary serie >> in e 1960's, thet the ou lunch e of theiggest unterintligenceperation >> bla peopltodayre fed up th the hypocri practic by whes. >> isomethg isn't done,'m raid youave a racia explosi, which is y dead thann eight omic expsion. j ear hver,he direcr of t fbi, s deathly afraid someoneike maolm x. wabeing sveilled.
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he was being folwed. s one was pped. >> t investition of lcolm is when eces publi figu for the nation of islam at the reautarts taking more intest into e subvsive rheric. >> what youant? 'm not thsatisfy with erythingi'm st telli you th negroes themselvewill do what thehave to defen themlves. >> higrankinate man formantsn the leership o that -hate human informants and e leadship. uld it heeen the fbi permits re activy involv in mallm' murde almo certaly s mbersf the nation of islam becailli- theyere th puets. the puppeteers were in charge of that whole situation. amy: another clip from the netflix series "who killed malcolm x?" that everyone should
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see, that really features abdur-rahman muhammad, our guest, the late historian who laid out this investigation. it is truly amazing. talk about the fbi informants and others who were not identified at the time, suppressed by j edgar hoover most of this was raised by cy vance in the courtroom. >> absolutely stunning. but not when you think about what an evil individual j edgar hoover was. he was perfectly ok with allowing two innocent men to rot in prison for 20 years, supposed to be for the rest of their lives. yes, we know for a fact and have known for quite a whi that there were nine undercover fbi informants in the audubon ballroom that day.
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they filed reports and describe the assassins to a t, especially william bradley, the shotgun killer. they described him from head to toe, exactly what he looked like. it is right there in the fbi documents. they had this material, like, the next day, february 22 they knew what the shotgun assassin looked like. they were receiving information that this came from newark. they knew all of this yet j edgar hoover, to protect his assets, just denied the prosecutor, denied them access to these witnesses who could ve exoneted these men. and kept them from wasting away all those decades behind bars. amy: as cy vance said in court,
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we now reports on orders from j edgar hoover himself, the fbi ordered multiple witnesses not to tell police or prosecutors that they were in fact fbi informants and those documents work scope. none of them were disclosed to the defense. we want to end with i mean johnson who spoke to reporters shortly after his late father, who died in 2009, was exonerated for killing malcolm x. close it is bittersweet. emotions running everywhere. the fact that my father and mother were not hereare not here like to see this and to experience the exoneration is painful because they suffered a lot. they suffered a lot. i believe there deaths were a
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direct result of the stress and drama and trauma and post traumatic stress that this whole situation has caused on them. so i cannot say i am completely happy because they are not here and i think the effects of it removed them from our lives. amy: that is ameen johnson, who spoke to reporters shortly after his late father molly wickham --khalil isham, and muhammad aziz, who still alive, were exonerated in port yesterday in new york. abdur-rahman muhammad, thank you so much for being with us and your devoted work to "who killed malcolm x?" independent scholar, historian, journalist, writer, and activist, widely regarded as one of the most respected authorities on the life and legacy of malcolm x. featured in the 2020 netflix
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documentary "who killed malcolm x?" next up, angela davis response to that than at teaching critical race theory in schools. and we look at "miseducation: how climate change is taught in america." stay with us. ♪♪ [music break]
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amy: "malcolm's theme" by kamasi washington. the words are taken from ossie davis' eulogy. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we turn now to look at two education stories and how right-wing forces are trying to prevent students from learning about the climate emergency as well as the racist history of the united states. north dakota's republican governor doug burgum has signed legislation banning the teaching of critical race theory. public schools are now barred from teaching students that "racism is systemically embedded in american society." critics say the law could ban the teaching of slavery, redlining, and the civil rights movement. even discussion of the law is now prohibited in north dakota's schools. on thursday, i spoke with the legendary academic, scholar, activist angela davis and asked her about what was happening in
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north dakota and other states across the country. >> i think what we are witnessing at this moment is a profound clash between forces of the past and forces of the future. the campaign against teaching critical race theory i new schools, first of all, critical race theory is not taught by schools. i wish more critical race theory were taught at the university level, but critical race theory has become a watchword for in conversation about racism. any effort to engage in the education of students in our schools about the history of this country and of americans and of the planet. any discussions about slavery as
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the foundational element of this country are being barred according to the proponents of removing "critical race theory" from the schools. but let's not be misled by the terms they are using. what we are witnessing our efforts on the part of the forces that white supremacy to regain control which they more or less had in the past. so i think is absolutely essential to engage in the kinds of efforts to prevent them from consolidating a victory in the realm of education. and of course, those of us who are active in the abolitionist
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movement see education as central to the process of dismantling the prison, essential to the process of imagining new forms of safety and security that can supplant the violence of the police. amy: that is the scholar and activist angela davis speaking thursday. on the evening of december 7, we hope you will join us with angela davis and many others for a virtual celebration to mark democracy now!'s 20 foot anniversary. others will be noam chomsky, winona laduke, greta thunberg, danny devito, plus musical guests. you can visit for more information about the online event december 7 8:00 p.m. eastern time. we hope you will be there. well, speaking of education. we reported exnsively this
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month on how students and young people led the push to address the climate crisis at the u.n. climate summit in glasgow, where the largest contingent was fossil fuel lobbyists. now we look at how the fossil fuel industry is shaping climate education here in the united states. in texas, the state board of education is set to vote as soon as today on whether new science standards for middle schoolers should include climate change. the language they choose will ultimately dictate how books -- textbooks nationwide address the issue. this week the board watered down the standards after lobbying by the fossil fuel industry. >> i would propose we have 8c to say simply to discuss posting cons of all sources of energy. >> second?
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want to speak your motion? >> i think this will give our students the opportunity to do the things we want them to do, give them the opportunity to think critically. amy: earlier this month, climate scientists across texas sent a letter to the texas state board of education urging them to revise the proposed curriculum to reflect how human activity, such as the release of greenhouse gases, has affected the climate. for more, we are joined in dallas, texas, by katie worth, an investigative reporter who visited schools across the united states and found corporate and political influences are interfering with students' climate education. her new book is out this week is titled "miseducation: how climate change is taught in america." she has a new piece in "the washington post" headlined "kids are living with climate catastrophe. that doesn't mean they believe in it." welcome to democracy now! congratulations on the publication of your book. why don't you start by talking about what is happening where you are in texas. >> so this week, the state board
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of education is considering what should be in texas standards about climate change. standards are sort of arcane but ultimately they are the states greatest level of control over what is taught in our schools. so for example, the standard is like the expectation of what a child should learn in a given grade level, so like in math -- third grade math they might learn multiplication tables. what we sow this week is forhe first time, there considering including climate change in their science standards. that is a big deal because i tell recently in texas, kids might not even hear the words of climate change" on school grounds unless they took an advanced environment science class. since they were proposed, they're a bit of edge of efforts to water down those standards so for example, a standard that
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said describe efforts to mitigate climate change including a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions was stricken and replaced with what you just heard on the tape. amy: tell us how it played out and what exactly might be voted on as early as today, katie. >> well, they're going to be including some information about climate change, both about natural climate change and human-caused climate change. i guess the language has been attenuated by board members who are very sympathetic to the fossil fuel industry, which we know is very powerful here in texas. so for example, there was an effort to include the word "hand" to describe -- "can" you describe how human activities can influence climate. some board members were saying,
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let shows they "human activities influence climate" because that is now an understood truth. but the other board members really wanted to keep that "can" and there, which seems subtle but they can have a powerful effect when it comes to how teachers teach it. and then of course, textbook publishers are paying close attention to these battles, to what happens in these hearings because they then write that information into the textbooks that are sold all across the country. amy: i want to go right now to another clip in another state. this is a children's story book produced by the oklahoma energy resource board, a fossil fuel lobbying group. this is called "petro pete's big bad dream" when he has a nightmare about what life would be like if we did not have
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petroleum. >> pete runs to the bathroom to brush his teeth and comb his hair for school, but his toothbrush and comb are missing. pete shakes his head does not know what to do. pete! you better hurry up! you don't want to be late for school, pete's mom yells from the kitchen. he has outside in his pajamas to wait for the bus. as the sun comes up, pete realizes the bus driver must have forgotten about him. he things -- thinks about taking his bite but the tires are missing. he decides to walk to school. amy: so climate miseducation is not just a problem in texas, katie worth. you have traveled this country shy won't ask you if you used fossil fuels -- going to classrooms.
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talk about what is happening in oklahoma with petro pete and around the country, what kids are learning. >> well, there is long history of the fossil fuel industry trying to get their messages to children because that shapes how future generations will think about their industry and how they will regulate their industry. so the latest iteration, as you heard, like, getting to students through storybooks, field trips, teacher trainings, the same state agency that created that story book offers a training for teachers if they come to a workshop carino, sponsored by the fossil fuel industry, they walk away with a tub of lab equipment work $300 to $500, which is a really big deal in a
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place like oklahoma where education is really underfunded. so it is pretty of a quote is an insidious. -- iniquitous and insidious. amy: lesko to your hometown of chico, california, not far from the town of paradise that was burned down in california's deadliest wildfire. talk about how climate change is being taught in chico where many climate refugees from paradise now go to school. >> well, i had the opportunity right after the magnifier burned down paradise, those schools were almost all displaced into chico. paradise intermediate school was misplaced into a hardware store, a shuttered hardware store.
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basically, like a lowe's. they turned aislesnto classrooms. th checkout counters is where the lunch ladies served meals. it was all very surreal. at the teachers and the kids made it work. i sat in on a classroom that is seventh-grade science teacher was teaching the kids about climate change. it was a climate unit he taught every year. in the middle of the units, one little boy raised his hand and said, "you know, hey, i am confused. my parents say climate is it real, so i don't know what to believe." it was pretty -- he was not the only kid. there were many. it is gutting to see in this class of children who could legitimately be called the climate fud's because as we know these mega-are fueled by climate change, there were still -- they
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were still getting climate denial messages from the adults in their lives. amy: can you tell us what kids in the marshall islands have to do with you deciding to write this book "miseducation >> absolutely. i was a reporter for frontline and a colleague and i were assigned a story in the marshall islands who are in danger of sea level se. we started talking to kids there and we were standby how fluent they were when they were talking about climate change. they can talk about the causes and what it would mean for their own future in a way that felt much more informed than a lot of adults that i know can speak about it. one of those kids that we were talking to, his family at the time was considering moving to oklahoma, in part because his parents wanted him to have -- make sure their kids had a really great education. so the question arose, ok, well
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if these kids moved to oklahoma, what might learn about climate change? as you heard with "petro pete," they may not be learning anything about climate change but they would almost certainly be getting messages from the fossil fuel industry. amy: katie worth, thank you for your work, investigative reporter. congratulations on your book out this week "miseducation: how climate change is taught in america." next up, we go to british columbia. preventing a new pipeline on indigenous lands. ♪♪ [music break]
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amy: this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. in canada, militarized officers with the royalanadian unte poli raided t'wet' terrory thuray witassault rifl and dogtrying tput an d to digenouslockade ock gaslink pipele. at least 14 people we arrested the id came the samthe cadian prime minisr justin
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trudeamet withresidentiden athe whiteouse ,000 resents of itish lumbia rainecut off the floodwers and mudslides aer toential rns brght would ficials ve descred as one in00 year ood. thwet'wet' ocupation arted in seember a halted the compy's efforttouild a keportion of the ove400-mile piline thawould trsport nal gafrom dawon creekn noheasternritish cumbia to the provce'north coasta region on thursy, molly wickham, an indigenous land defender, recorded this video during the police raid. >> there been approximately 15 arrest that it happened. legal observers, media have been arrested, two of our elders have been arrested and removed from the territory. right now we are at coyote camp. rcmp are moving into remove me from my territory. this invasion once again speaks
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to the genocide that is happening to indigenous people that are trying to protect our water for our future generations . it is infuriating. it is illegal even according to their own means of colonial law. we need tohut downanada. i rativs have bn arrted violtly arrest, removefrom outerritors mostf eir reving we'suw'en fm our own land th are plaing to destr our wars. weeepeopleoctow. ut dn majo infraructur dohat you c. rallagainst e iestors shutown the inveors to ts project sit is ve clear digenouseople wl nottand fothe genode hpeng to r lan into oufuture generatis. y: trsday's raidame afte the w'sut'en nion issu s own evtionoticeo coastal slink woers. wh the wkersttemptedo acce the roa, iigenou
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fused allow tm to ente closeoads clo. no mter whatou say, road close. y're re tconnecwork on behalf ohe coaal gasli projec you are ieding us. can you pase me? you're not roving -- adving that wl be porting is to thrcmp. there'a copy othe injution. ank you forour time
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am the indens land fenders en burned the injunction in a bonfire. for more, we go to molly wickham, also known as sleydo, a land defender and matriarch of the gidimt'en clan of wet'suwet'en nation. she is a leader in this protracted battle against the pipeline. welcome back to democracy now! describe more in detail what has taken place, the raid yesterday, and what this means -- why you have been devoting scores of days to this. >> yes, sir today is day 56 of the occupation of the site. plans to drill underneath our sacred headwaters, what of our last clean drinking water sources, major spawning salmon river. no consent to drill or across it whatsoever by our nation.
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on sunday, november 14, the coastal gaslink was given eight hours notice to evacuate the territory based on an eviction order by the chief of the wet'suwet'en nation of all five clans in january 2020. this is an enforcement of that order in order to show coastal gaslink and the investors and the people that are supporting this project, that this project is not had consent of the wet'suwet'en people. we provided the workers eight hours to vacate the territory. all of the vehicles were allowed out of the territory. right as the deadline was approaching, the rcmp called our chief and asked for a two hour extension, which are chief extended to them. so they had 10 hours to leave the territory before the road was closed. after they did not make one move to try to leave the territory, we were informed later that coastal gaslink workers were
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ld and instructed to leave the territory or they would be blocked in, so nobody left. they all stayed there voluntarily. in the road was closed after 10 hours of giving them the opportunity to leave. amy: can you talk about the corporation directly that is involved and its relationship to the canadian government? >> yeah, so thewners are tc energy, kkr, private investment company, and an investment firm from alberta which actually is caught up with alberta rcmp pension funds. tc energy owns the least amount. also the major investors -- major five canadian banks that are royal bank of canada, the
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one funding most of the construction for this project. the is a l of canaan pension funds that ar iested in iis priva equit firms that a hanged -- tt own th mpan and arounthe worl theiruge instment io thicompany that pple are t evenware that it ishere penonunds at are paying for the deruction oour territory. amy: on wet'suwet'en territory, the gidimt'en clan set up a cabin where coastal gaslink plans to dri. >>his is therill pad ste th a pn to dri. you have a new he here, n cabi a lo cab will beere and stayere anwe wil be houng people for generations to come. they won't becoming in here anytime soon to be drilling
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under wedzin kwa. we are occupying this space most people will be living here. it will be occupied from now on. amy: is that where you are right now? >> yes. we are at coyote camp, which is the drill pad site. our house chief, hidaughters currentlresidingn that cabin coyote camp are hdingown -- coyo campas not bn raide we just ard outwo buses aded o our way on the serviceoad, and ware stil here. we'reoldi this ace as long as we ssibly c. yestday, the were diy to 50 mitariz rcmp thaentered a checkpot, whichs anoer gidimt'e sit down throad
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fr us. th bught cane units hecopters, they had assault rifles, sniper rifles. any previous years, they had overwatch and i'm sure that was the case yesterday. there were violent arrest made. two of our elders were arrested and removed. one, which was denied -- the matriarch in our house was denied her medication after an exclusion zone was set up by the rcmp. then she was sent to the hospital yesterday with chest pains because she had not received her heart medication. amy: last year in ontario, mohawk solidarity protest shut down the canadian national railway for days, halting travel for tens of thousands of passengers. i want to turn to prime minister justin trudeau responding to the solidarity protests. >> recognize the important democratic right and we will always defend it of peaceful protest. this is an important part of our
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democracy in canada, but we're also a country of rule of law and we need to make sure those laws are respected. that is why i will -- i am encouraging all parties to dialogue to resolve this as quickly as possible. amy: if you could respond to what prime minister trudeau is saying. he just met yesterday with president biden and the mexican president amlo. he is pushing for line five enter michigan, which the michigan governor has said no to come afraid it will pollute the great lakes. overall, your message in the midst of another part of british columbia, of these one in 500 year floods. >> yeah, so i do want to speak's 's to trudeau rule of law. i feel the rule of law is an eerily racist and when they use that terminology in this context, it is extremely racist because it does not consider indigenous law. its as if we don't exist as
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indigenous people and we don't have her own governance and we don't have our own system of law . and calling the rule of law, following the rule of law in canadaotallyraseus as indigeno people. we areere holng u wet'wet' la. that is whwe are he. we are n jt he protesting is one proct, we a here to uphold w'sut'en l as we have f thousandof year and tha mea protecng a rir at allost. at this time, tc dlared state emergen so ere ar literallyeople stranded on their roofs, people that have died. rcmp i sent inwo poane lows, four buses will come in multiple helicopters to use in raiding our territory on unarmed indigenous people. so that to me, this climate crisis that caused this disaster and that resources the
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government is willing to direct to criminalizing indigenous people at addressing the actual climate issue, it speaks to the discrepancy -- amy: molly wickham, we have to leave
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