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From New York is democracy, now we're breaking with convention. I keep thinking about that twenty, five year old Indian woman all of five feet tall. Who gave birth to me at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland California? On that day she probably could have never imagined that I would be standing before you now. And speaking these words. I accept your nomination for Vice President of the United States of America senator. Kamla Harris makes history by officially becoming the first woman of color to be a major party's vice presidential nominee will appeal experts of excerpts of her acceptance speech as well as President Obama's unprecedented warning that the future of democracy in the United States is at stake if president trump is reelected. That's all it democracy withers. Until it snow democracy at all. And we cannot let that happen. Do. Not let them take away your power. Do not let them take away your democracy. Well, air highlights from the Democratic National Convention and speak to the attorney and activist Derek. Cornell and the historian Keisha Blaine all that and more coming up. Welcome to democracy now, democracy now dot org where breaking with convention I. Mean He Goodman Senator Kamala Harris has. The Democratic vice presidential nomination becoming the first woman of color to run on a major party presidential ticket. Is the daughter of immigrants and Indian mother and Jamaican father she accepted the nomination on the third day of the Virtual Democratic National Convention on an evening filled with the voices of women speaking about gun violence, immigration, climate crisis, domestic violence, and more former president. Barack. Obama spoke just before Harris accepted the nomination warning president trump poses a grave threat to American democracy. This administration has shown it will tear our democracy down. If that's what it takes for them to win. Later in the broadcast will air extended excerpts of Senator, Harris his acceptance speech and other voices from the DNC in California hundreds of wildfires triggered by lightning strikes exploded in size fan by gusty winds and record high temperatures driven by the climate crisis governor. Gavin NEWSOM has declared a statewide emergency and mobilized the National Guard. We are experiencing. Likes of which we haven't seen in many many years the totality when you consider three, hundred, sixty, seven active fires that we are aware of all across the state of California thick smoke from the fires is blanketed parts of northern California including the bay area where fires have consumed over one hundred, twenty, four, thousand acres are threatening tens of thousands of structures, air quality and parts of the region. Wednesday registered as the worst in the world with residents urged to remain inside with their windows and doors closed meanwhile, California's reliance on prison. Labor has led to a shortage of fire crews. Prison officials have placed twelve of California's forty three prisoner fire camps on lockdown due to a massive outbreak of covid. At. A Northern California prison that serves as a training center for prisoners who are paid just one dollar an hour to fight blazes to see our special on the prisoner fire camps, you can go to democracy now dot org the United States recorded nearly thirteen hundred new corona virus deaths and forty three thousand new cases Wednesday with Georgia Florida and Texas. Leaving the US and per capita infections the official US death toll stands at over one hundred, seventy, three, thousand, six months into the US epidemic healthcare workers report they're continuing to struggle to obtain personal protective equipment has churches, schools, and businesses drive demand for limited supplies of N Ninety Five. Masks and other safety gear tests around the country are in short supply here in New York City, the head of the teachers unions said Wednesday members ready to call in sick or go on strike if schools reopened for in person classes before teachers feel safe Michael mcgrew is president of the United Federation of Teachers. The minute we feel that the mayor is trying to force people into a situation that is on safe we go. We go to court we go to job action that's where we go. New York Mayor Bill De Blasios fired back warning the Teacher's Union against any labor actions that aren't allowed under its collective bargaining agreement with the city. Any. Union leader talks about something illegal should really think twice about what he's saying. Mayor de Blasio has yet to commit to a schedule for the fall school year but has strongly suggested. He's prepared to order some classrooms to reopen on September, tenth under blended model that combines in person and distance learning. New Zealand has deployed five hundred additional soldiers to patrol quarantine hotels. After at least seventy, five people became infected with Corona virus in the capital Auckland during New Zealand's first outbreak in more than one hundred days. Zambia's seventy nine year old vice president tested positive for Covid nineteen Wednesday and went into self-isolation. At Least Fifteen Zombie lawmakers have contracted the corona virus and two of them died of Covid nineteen in Europe, Spain France and Croatia have recorded their highest rates of infection since ending strict lockdowns earlier this year meanwhile in Sweden health officials recorded the nation's highest six-month death toll in over one hundred, fifty years during the first. Half of twenty twenty this week journalists obtained email showing Sweden's top epidemiologists push to keep schools open so that children would spread covid nineteen and pushed the population toward herd immunity. He also asked her colleague whether a higher death rate among serious be acceptable among seniors might be acceptable in Iran the official death toll from Covid nineteen past the twenty thousand mark even as education officials plan to administer university entrance exams to over a million students. Iran, surging cases came as president trump threatened to use a procedural maneuver to reimpose. United Nations sanctions against Iran something. European powers insist the US does not have the authority to do. In Belarus mass protests are continuing worth a week after longtime authoritarian leader. Alexander Lukashenko with declared the winner of controversial presidential election on Wednesday European Union rejected the election results and the EU is expected to soon impose sanctions and individuals connected to the and the repression of protesters. This is Charles Michael the president of the European, Council. A message zooey clear stuff the violence and we don't accept the impunity. In Russia opposition, Activists Alexina volley fell ill and collapsed during a flight from Siberia to Moscow. Forcing the plane to make an emergency landing home square he was rushed to a hospital and placed on a ventilator doctor said, the forty four year old Kremlin critic remains in serious condition passengers say Nevada only became violently ill after he was photographed drinking tea at an airport cafe shortly before boarding the flight raising the prospect he wish poisoned. In the Gaza. Strip. Israeli. Tanks shelled Hamas positions overnight and ninth consecutive night of violence Palestinians continued to launch incendiary balloons into Israeli territory in the occupied West Bank thousands of Palestinians rallied Wednesday to protest. Israel's agreement normalizing ties with the United Arab Emirates in a deal brokered by the trump administration at least three Palestinians were wounded at Israeli troops fired tear-gas. Joe Biden's campaign has disavowed. Palestinian American Activists Linda Sarsour after she appeared at the Muslim delegates and allies assembly site event at the. Democratic. National Convention on Tuesday the Biden Campaign Attacks Sir. Sore over support for the BBS movement which seeks to boycott sanctioning divest from Israel over its treatment of Palestinians and it's illegal occupation of the West. Bank. Biden campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates told CNN quote Joe Biden has been a strong supporter of Israel and a vehement opponent of antisemitism is entire life and he obviously condense her views and opposes beady s as does the democratic platform she has no role in the Biden campaign. Whatsoever he said on Wednesday the DNC aired a video titled America Rising Women's suffrage to women's March featuring footage of the movement that. Linda Sir Sore co-founded she tweeted in response quote when the DNC uses footage of my Labor at the women's march to make themselves seem relevant while throwing my communities under the bus. It can't make this up. She said meanwhile, Audie Barkan the American Israeli lawyer with terminal LS who was a featured speaker at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday called the Biden campaigns attack on Sarsour vile and dishonest statement. debarking tweeted quote Linda is a fierce advocate for justice and freedom and a leading anti-racist and organizer against antisemitism the Biden campaign mustard tracked and apologize Audi. Barking. tweeted. President. Trump has openly embraced supporters of the far right conspiracy theory queueing on describing them as people that love our country. He also refused to question a central plank of conspiracy theory when questioned by a reporter at the White House. Theory this belief that you are secretly saving the world from this satanic cold of pedophile and cannibals. Does that sound like something you are behind? I haven't I haven't heard that but. Is that supposed to be a bad thing or a good thing? If I can help save the world from problems willing to do it. Meanwhile, facebook has removed nearly eight hundred Cunanan groups as part of a broader purge facebook also remove several prominent anti-fascist and anarchist pages including ones connected to the sites. Crime. Think Dot Com and going down dot org which criticized the purge saying quote suppressing the voices of those who seek to protect their communities from institutional white supremacist violence is an intentional decision to normalize violence as long as the ones employing it hold institutional power unquote. The Supreme Court said Wednesday. It will hear the trump administration's challenge to the affordable. Care Act on November tenth exactly one week after the presidential election the Justice Department's continuing its case to have the Obama era healthcare law struck down unconstitutional even as an estimated twenty, seven, million Americans lost their employer based health insurance during the coronavirus crisis a ruling expected sometime next spring. In. Ohio the Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball team has suspended veteran broadcaster Thom Brennaman after he was caught on a hot mic, making an anti gay slur Brennan's comment on Fox. Sports Ohio came after a commercial break during a doubleheader Wednesday between the reds and the Kansas city royals later in the broadcast Brennaman, issued this apology before handing over his duties to another play by play announcer. Earlier tonight. That I guess Out over the year that I am deeply. Ashamed. In a statement, Cincinnati's baseball team said quote the reds organization is devastated by the horrific homophobic remark. And those are some of the headlines But this last headline. The State of Michigan has reportedly reached a deal to pay out about six hundred million dollars to victims of the water crisis in Flint. The crisis began in two thousand fourteen when Flint's elected emergency manager appointed by then Michigan Governor Rick Snyder switch the source of the city's drinking water in order. To save money the move has been linked to at least twelve deaths from an outbreak of legionnaires disease, as well as widespread lead poisoning and residents including many children tens of thousands of flint residents are expected to be eligible to receive money from the settlement and those are some of the headlines. This is democracy. Now Democracy now dot org we're breaking with. I mean he goodman in New York with nermeen shake sheltering at home. Hi, nermeen. Good Morning Amy, and welcome to our listeners and viewers around the country and around the world. Well. We begin our show with the Democratic National Convention California Senator Kamala Harris has accepted the Democratic vice presidential nomination becoming the first woman of color to run a major party. Presidential ticket harasses the daughter of immigrants and Indian mother and Jamaican father. She accepted the nomination on the third night of the Virtual Democratic National Convention night filled with the voices of women speaking about gun violence, immigration, climate, change, domestic violence, and more early in the evening former congresswoman Gabby giffords gave her longest speech since she was shot in the head nearly ten years ago during a constituent event in Tucson Arizona. Once came easily today I struggle speak. But. I have not lost my voice. American. NEEDS ALL US to speak out. Even when you have to fight to find the words. We are crossroads. We can lead to shoot and continue. Or we can act. Emma Gonzales who survived the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Parkland. Florida. Narrated a video about gun violence. People affected by everyday gun violence have to walk by the street corner where their best friend brother their mother their nephew were they. Themselves were shot. I'm life goes on and on as if we all haven't just washed. Get put in the great. The whole point of what I'm saying here is until one of us or all of us stand up and say I can't do this anymore. I can't sit by and watch the news treat these shootings like acts, of God. Gun Violence isn't just going to stop until there's a force fighting harder against it I'm going to do something to prevent it. A number of youth climate activists were also featured prominently during the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night. My name is Scott Denso I'm an athlete Dina and I'm a climate activist. I grew up in a low income neighborhood. Pollution rates are often higher than wealthier areas and a lot of kids have asthma switching to renewable energy lean cleaner air better health and a steady income for folks in neighborhoods like mine. Because solar pb installers and winter right tights are some of the fastest growing jobs in the country and Joe Biden's Thomas transformative. He knows his saving the planet isn't just a challenge to overcome. It's an opportunity for a better way of life. The democratic. Convention also featured video of an eleven year old girl reading a letter she wrote to Donald Trump. Fear Donald Trump my name is Estella I. AM eleven years old. My mom is my best friend. She came to America as a teenager over twenty years ago without papers in search of a better life and She married my dad who served our country has marine in South America Africa in Iraq. My mom worked hard and pay taxes. And the Obama Administration told her, she could stay. My Dad taught you would protect military families. So we voted for you. Dell sixteen Mr. President when he says he won't vote for you again after what you did to our family, the wife of the US Marine veteran was deported to Mexico instead of protecting us you tour our world apart. I Need a president who will bring people together, not tear them apart. Sincerely, estate along that was eleven year old Stella Juarez, the eighteen-year-old musical superstar. Billy eyelash performed Wednesday night at the virtual convention urging the nation to vote. You don't need me to tell you things are a mess. Donald trump is destroying our country and everything we care about. We need leaders who will solve problems like climate change and covert not deny them. Leaders who will fight against the stomach racism and inequality, and that starts by voting for someone who understands how much is at stake someone who's building team shares our values it starts with voting against. Donald trump and for Joe Biden. Silence is not an option and we cannot sit this out. We all have to vote like our lives and the world depend on it because they do. That's eighteen year old musical superstar Billy Bush, the Democrats two sixteen presidential nominee Hillary. Clinton, also spoke Wednesday night. And don't forget. Joe and Carmela can win by three million votes and still lose take it from me. So we need numbers overwhelming. So trump can't sneak or steal his way to Victory Senator Elizabeth Warren, who ran against Biden and Harrison. The primary spoke from an Early Childhood Center in Springfield Massachusetts three colorful letter blocks stood out behind her they spelled out beyond the initials of black lives matter. We build infrastructure like roads and bridges and communication systems so that people can work that infrastructure helps us all because it keeps our economy going. It's time to recognize that childcare is part of the basic infrastructure of this nation. It's infrastructure for families. Joe and Kamala will make high quality childcare affordable for every family make preschool universal and raise the wages of every childcare worker. Former President Barack Obama spoke just before. Kamala. Harris accepted the nomination on Wednesday night speaking from the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Obama warned president trump is a threat to American democracy. Said in the Oval Office with both of the men who are running for president. I never expected that my successor would embrace my vision. Or continue my policies. I did hope for the sake of our country. That Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously. That he might come to feel the weight of the office. And discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care. But he never did. For close to four years now he has shown no interest in putting in the work. No interest in finding common ground no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends. No interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves. Donald. Trump hasn't grown into the job. Because he can't. And the consequences of that failure are severe. ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY THOUSAND AMERICANS DEAD Millions of jobs gone. Well those top taken more than ever. Worst. Impulses unleashed. Are Proud reputation around the world badly diminished. And our democratic institutions threatened like never before join common-law will restore our standing in the world and as we've learned from this pandemic that matters. Joe knows the world and the world knows him. He knows that are true. Strength comes from setting an example. The world wants to follow. A nation that stands with democracy not, dictatorship. A nation that can inspire. And mobilise others to overcome threats like climate, change and terrorism. Poverty and disease. But more than anything. What I know about Joe what I know about Carmela. Is actually care about every American. And they cared deeply about this democracy. Believe that in a democracy. The. Right to vote is sacred and we should be Mahindra easier for people to cast their ballots not harder. Believed that no one. Including the president. Is above the law. And that no public officials including the president. Should use their office to enrich themselves or their supporters. Understand. That in this democracy, but commander in chief does not use the men and women of our military who are willing to risk everything to protect our nation. As political props to deploy against peaceful protesters on our own soil. Understand that political opponents un-american just because they disagree with you. A free press isn't the enemy. But the way we hold officials accountable. That our ability to work together to solve big problems like a pandemic. Depend on a fidelity to facts and science and logic. and not just making stuff up. This president in those in power those who benefit from keeping things the way they are. They are counting on your citizen. They know they can't win you over with their policies. So they're hoping to make it as hard as possible for you to vote. And to convince you that your vote does not matter. That is how they win. That is how they get to keep making decisions that affect your life. And the lives of the people you love. That's how the economy keep getting skewed to the wealthy and well-connected. Power Health Systems. We'll let more people fall through the cracks. That's how a democracy withers. Until it's no democracy at all. And we cannot let that happen. Not let them take away your power. Do not let them take away your democracy. Former president, Obama speaking at the Democratic National National Convention virtually. When we come back, we'll hear Kamla Harissa she becomes the first woman of color to be a major party's vice presidential nominee stay with us. Ayden dilemma from the Soundtrack to the movie confirmation stirring actress Carrie Washington is Anita Hill Carrie Washington hosted last night's virtual Democratic National Convention. This is democracy. Now we are breaking with convention I. Mean He Goodman with Nermeen shape senator? Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic vice presidential nomination Wednesday night becoming the first woman of color to run a major party presidential ticket Harrison the daughter of immigrants and Indian mother and Jamaican father this part of her acceptance speech. I'm here. Is a testament to the dedication of generations before me. Women and men who believed so fiercely. In the promise of equality liberty and justice for all. This week marks the one hundredth anniversary of the passage of the nineteenth amendment, and we celebrate the women who fought for that, right Yet so many of the black women who helped secure that victory were still prohibited from voting long after its ratification. But they were undeterred. Without fanfare or recognition they organized and testified and rallied and marched and fought not just for their vote but for a seat at the table. These women and the generations that followed worked to make democracy and Opportunity Real. In the lives of all of us who followed. They paved the way for the trail blazing leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. and. These women inspired us to pick up the torch and fight on. Women like Mary Church Terrell. Mary Cloyd within Fannie Lou Hamer, and Diane Nash. Constance Baker Motley and the Great Shirley Chisholm. We're not often taught their stories. But as Americans, we all stand on their shoulders. And there's another woman. Whose name isn't known? WHO STORY ISN'T SHARED Another woman. Whose shoulders I stand on? And that's my mother. Shammala go pollen. Harris. She came here from India at age nineteen to pursue her dream of curing cancer. At the University of California Berkeley, she met my Father Donald Harris who had come from Jamaica to study economics. They fell in love in that most American way. While marching together for justice in the civil rights movement of the nineteen sixties in the streets of Oakland and Berkeley. I got a stroller XIV view of people getting into what the Great John Lewis called. Good trouble. When I was five, my parents split and my mother raised US mostly on her own. Like. So many mothers she worked around the clock to make it work packing lunches before we woke up and paying bills after we went to bed helping with homework at the kitchen table and shuttling us to church for choir practice. She made it look easy though it never was. My mother instilled in my sister Mayan me the values that would chart. The course of our lives. She raised us to be proud strong black women. And she raised us to know and be proud of our Indian heritage. taught us to be conscious and compassionate about the struggles of all people. To believe public service is a noble cause and the fight for justice is a shared responsibility. That led me to become a lawyer. A district attorney attorney general and a United States senator. And at every step of the way. I've been guided by the words. I. Spoke from the First Time I. In a courtroom. Kamala Harris for the people. I have fought for children and survivors of sexual assault. I. Fought Against Transnational Criminal Organizations I took on the biggest banks and help take down one of the biggest for profit colleges. I, know a Predator when I see one. My mother taught me that service to others gives life purpose and meaning. And how I wish she were here tonight. But I know she's looking down on me from above. I keep thinking about that twenty five year old Indian woman all of five feet tall. Who gave birth to me at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland California. On that day, she probably could have never imagined that I would be standing before you now and speaking these words. I accept your nomination for Vice President of the United States of America. During her Democratic National Convention Acceptance Address Senator Kamala Harris addressed the corona virus crisis naming president trump directly. Donald Trump's failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods. If your apparent struggling with your child's remote learning. Or. You're a teacher struggling on the other side of that screen you know. What we're doing right now is not working. and. We are a nation that is grieving. Grieving the loss of life. The loss of jobs, the last of opportunities. The last of normalcy. And yes, the loss of certainty. And while this virus touches us all. We gotta be honest. It is an equal opportunity offender. Black, Latino and indigenous people are suffering and dying disproportionately. And this is not a coincidence it is the effect of structural racism. Of inequities in education and technology healthcare and Housing Job Security and transportation. The injustice in reproductive and mature healthcare. In the excessive use of force by police. And in our broader criminal justice system. Virus. It has no is. And yet, it knows exactly how we see each other. And how we treat each other. And let's be clear. There is no vaccine? For Racism. We've gotTa, do the work. For George Floyd. For Briana Taylor. For the lives of too many others to name. For our children. And for all of us. We've got to do the work to fulfill that promise of equal justice under law. Because here's the thing none of us are free. Until all of us are free. So we're at an inflection point. The constant chaos. Leaves. US Adrift. The incompetence. Makes US feel afraid. The callousness makes us feel alone. It's a lot. And here's the thing. We can do better and deserve so much more. We must elect a president who will bring something different. Something better. And do the important work. A president, who will bring all of us together Black White Latino. Asian indigenous. To achieve the future we collectively want. We Must Alette. Joe. Biden senator. Comma. Harris accepting the nomination for vice president of the United States at the Democratic National Convention. She's the first indian-american and first black woman to be nominated for Vice President UNIM- major party ticket. For more. We're joined by human rights, lawyer abolitionist and writer Derek Cornell columnist for the Guardian She's joining us from Washington DC Derek. Thanks so much for joining us. Especially as you recover from cove it can you respond to this historic The first African American Caribbean American Indian American. To be on the first woman of color to be on a major party presidential ticket. Derek. Pronounce. Yes of course. Thank you for having me. I mean all as night we heard and we saw stories from women who were deeply emotional because they finally had the chance of someone who looks like them. You know I remember way back in my college dorm room watching them President Obama's secure the nomination ultimate come president. We ever cry being like, Wow, this is you know this could be mean the future. So I deeply understand all of the excitement around. There's one who stands at the intersection of so many identities you know women are excited because sharp because she's witty because she's a woman of color who's been tapped to service second in command, and so I mean, it's truly a historic moment for lots of those reasons. Dirk though I'd like to turn to your the piece that you wrote most recently for the Guardian. Why black progressive women feel torn about Kamala Harris you write in the piece progressives will have to defend the California senators personal identity while maneuvering against her political identity. Could you explain what you mean by that? Of course I mean Kamla. Harris she graduated from Howard University in a prestigious HEC. You DC right down the world. You know I'm as amy said, she's A. Woman with to make an Indian heritage we'll see her break so many barriers and we know that with cinch in and attention that comes women of Color in office, even walking down the street, but particularly in a public spotlight it unfortunately in this country has invited sexist and racist and xenophobic responses, and so we've already have seen some of that with a birther conspiracies that are being used against her right now, which is last night he spoke to the exact hospital where she was born in. So that's like in the other end is that you know women of color particularly those who progressive progressive black women are also frustrated. Frustrated by this narrative that the lack of indifference in America India with Barack Obama and started up with Donald Trump. You know are frustrated because of her record as a prosecutor, her refusal to investigate or prosecute police officers her Pfizer up whole while convictions supportive. The death penalty as Attorney General I mean the list unfortunately goes on. So when she says is not you know I know a Predator when I see one, it's ironic. Because one of the one of the wrongful convictions that she fought, the whole was based on a technicality of someone who is serving seven years in prison who might be innocent. So it was just you know unfortunate that you have to protect someone because of their identity against this notion that their hands are going to be tied because they're a person call Laura black or a woman or child of immigrants while at the same time. You care about the massive black people, the masses of poor people, the masses of immigrants in this country, you know that you have to speak truth and the honest about their record and be critical of them in the public spotlight. So that's what that's what we have to navigate right now. We're not. We're sorry we're not hearing nermeen right now but let's go to vice president pence who responded to Joe Biden's choice of his running mate, of course Senator Kamala Harris. Look. Joe Biden of the Democratic Party of been overtaken by the radical left. So given their promises of higher taxes, open borders, socialized medicine and abortion on demand. It's it's no surprise that he chose. Senator Harris to be his running back. Gary Cooper now Swan plays Oh of course of course. So it forces the Democrats to play political doubled edge. So they have to make commonly Harry's left enough to bring him progressive but also sure that she isn't pulling the party too far left and there's an unfortunate tactic that works you know. So my former Professor Cornell West says, you know I'm a part of the radical you know calmly. As moderate and so this tactic from pence's China to you know use this radical left idea to push the party further. Right and it's working frankly is why Republicans were able to speak longer than representative alissandria Cossio Cortez. To a firm that you know the Democrats can reach across the aisle it affirmative. Is, not moderate. It affirms Dole by saying that he believes that police have more money as people hidden to hidden. Ted So demand that departments all over defunding. You know. So this is a tactic that's working and there's no way that camera here's the part of the radical west of anyone as part of the radical left. It's probably Shirley Chisholm who calmly here is invoke last night who was one of the first people who that was endorsed by the Black Panther Party right. So the first time the Black Panther party engages with electoral politics is endorsed Surly Chisholm you know and so it's ironic that we are excited about the women who pave the way, but we don't actually talk about the the record of more people rather see me talking about their actual records, their beliefs are policies. And know not not by any measure she part of the radical work and it's unfortunate. Well. I. Mean the DNC strategy seems to be mostly a trying to get conservatives, Republicans and centrists. To Support Biden. Do you think that the DNC has done enough a to get the support of the more progressive wing of the Party? Absolutely nine, you know exactly I just gave of that in the middle of a movement against police violence you have Joe Biden coming out and saying that he believes police received more funding and it's touting community police. Now fail vague reform that we know at this point is not work. You know in the middle of a of a pandemic where black and Brown people poor people dying and disproportionate rates you have you know don't buy it it. You know doubling down on his refusal to support. Excuse me universal healthcare and so all of the reasons why people are hidden streets, all the reasons why people are suffering we see a doubling down here. No president. I'm tired Vice President Joe Biden. Rather you know decide to continue to. Not Cancel like all student. Day. So all of these policies that people have been demanding to push the party further to the left to say that we actually should give a care about the people who are suffering. We see a doubling down on the moderate you know positions of the party just unfortunate Derek I wanted to ask you about The Congress member from New York Alexandra Customer Cortez being given sixty seconds to speak in response to that news AOC. tweeted a poem by Benjamin E. Mays I only have a minute sixty seconds in it forced upon me I did not choose it but I know that I must use it give account if I abuse it suffer if I lose it only a tiny little minute but eternity is in it. It was also a poem that was cited by Elijah Cummings? When he wants Scott Sixty seconds the late Baltimore Congress member. This does go to the sidelining of the progressives and even Audi. Who is the American? Israeli attorney. Who has a less spoke? He was highlighted like Alexandria Cossio Cortes. But he who is known as a Medicare for all activists demanding. Medicare. For All for everyone in this country never actually used those words and ultimately yesterday he came out in support of the Biden campaigns attack on Linda Sarsour and it was the American. Israeli attorney Audie Barkan who is featured who said be that the DNC must retract their attack on this Palestinian American human rights activist. Yeah. You know it's unfortunate. Obviously one of the points talking points off overshadowed. All the Celtics. Calmly. With Netanyahu. So she knows a Predator where she sees wants his ironic that that comment is towards trump but we know that we the United States has a long record in history of support, a violent leaders all across all across the globe, and so I was very excited to hear representatives what Cossio Cortez speak I was happy this use words like colonization she spoke to the violet origins and violent struggle of this country and so yes, progresses are brought out to come and celebrate in two. Days into show all of the cultural factors like the progressive movement. But when actually comes to progressive policy, the Democrats are just choosing to the contains fall short the sacrifice it. So when Comma here was in his speech says, you know these these black women pave the way not only to vote. But to have a seat at the table, she somehow neglected to mention that Fannie Lou Hamer not only where the table rejected two seats at the table because you said. We'd come all this way to settle for the lackluster. To participate you know Shirley Chisholm was highly critical of the lack luster platform of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. So it's important. We talk and we acknowledged that history because it's not just about them being I is not just about voting. It's about the history of progressive women in this country take considerable risk at pushing this country for, and that's a tradition that we all should be in. Cornell very quickly before we conclude, you've thirty seconds. You are at the moment recovering from the corona virus which has also been featured prominently they've talked about coronavirus pandemic during the DNC top your experience. Sure you know I've been at this. Thank God that I at the end of recovery. I've the last week has been just a remarkable turnaround but I want was they sick I had to go to the hospital I had all the neurological symptoms I didn't have any of the respiratory symptoms. I lost my sense of smell, my sister tastes I was having terrible headaches and numbness on the left side of my body. I had to undergo cat scan and blow working. At this point, I actually can't even smell one hundred percent again but most of my energy's back and I'm very very excited to the angleton chase my babies around around the house goes unfortunate that now the coronavirus. Is Not. Something that is evil. It's the inability of people to act. That is evil, right? It's a long history that has made black people in this country have pre existing conditions those decision making those policy. This isn't the that's evil that we're we're experiencing the coronavirus way that we are not simple because of Donald trump even he is largely responsible it is because it's for over. Four Hundred Years, we have created environmental conditions, economic conditions, environmental conditions that have made people more vulnerable, and that's what progress associate not too. Well, Derek per now we wanna thank you so much for being with US human rights, lawyer Abolitionist, and writer columnist for the Guardian linked your latest piece why black progressive women feel torn about Kamala Harris, and I hope you have a very speedy recovery. Up Comma Harris is not the first black woman to run for vice president we will speak historian Kisha Blaine about how that distinction belongs to the journalist and political activist Charlotta Bass in nineteen fifty to stay with us. Is. include. was clear. Ryan and Revolution Cecile King Gay. This is democracy now breaking with convention I mean, Goodman with nermeen shake tonight Joe Biden will accept the Democratic Party's nomination for president after Kamla Harris became the first Indian American and first black woman to be nominated for vice president on a major party ticket in her historic address Harris paid homage to the women who came before her. These women inspired us to pick up the torch and fight on. Women like Mary Church Terrell? Mary Cloyd with them, Fannie Lou Hamer and Diane Nash. Constance Baker Motley, and the great surely Chisholm. We're not often taught their stories. But. As Americans, we all stand on their shoulders as many historians have noted Senator Comma Harris is not the first black woman to run for Vice President that distinction belongs to the journalists and political activists are a lot of Bass who was the editor of the California Eagle. For nearly thirty years. One of the country's oldest black newspapers which covered women's suffrage police brutality. The Ku Klux Klan and discriminatory hiring and housing practices more than a decade before the Voting Rights Act was signed into law. A lot of Bass joined the Progressive Party ticket in nineteen fifty two on an anti-racist platform that called for fair housing and equal access to healthcare basser alongside presidential candidate Vincent Hallinan in a long shot bid and they lost Dwight Eisenhower but. She campaign with the slogan winner lose we win by raising the issues for more on Bass and the black women who cleared a path for Harris to be VP pick as Harris pointed out we're joined by Kisha, Blaine associate professor of History University of Pittsburgh author of set the world on fire black nationalist women and the global struggle for freedom also president of the. African American Intellectual History Society Professor Blaine joined a panel. Wednesday at the DNC on progress and the path forward that looked at the unsung heroes of suffrage and block women's political power her forthcoming book until I'm free. Fannie Lou Hamer's vision of America. Welcome to democracy. Now professor it's great to have you with us. Can you talk about the significance of Kamala Harris being? Nominated on the and accepting the nomination for vice president of the Democratic Party and the people on whose shoulders she stands. Where thank you so much for having me I think it's important. Emphasize the fact that Kamala Harris is certainly standing on the shoulders of all the events she mentioned last night but also standing on the shoulders of Charlotta Bass as you pointed out and it's somewhat unfortunate that she didn't mention ask because because as you pointed out a bass in fact, the first black woman to run for vice president on this took place in one, thousand, nine, hundred, fifty, two in the state of California on the progressive. Party ticket in so many ways. Her exclusion last night from Harris's speech I think signals the way we often do sideline black radical politics and really just to echo something that Derek mentioned earlier how? Leftist in the movement tend to be sidelined and and I'm not suggesting that the exclusion of bass was intentional but I do think it is unfortunate and would love to hear more people acknowledging the history and the fundamental work that lasted a long before a camera. Harris why don't you tell us that history? Well one of the things that we know about Charlotta. Bass. Is that she truly a gauged in what can best be described as pragmatic activism and I say that because this is someone who shifted who moved between organizations a someone who was literally at the same time that she was a leader in the end. She was a leader in the Universal Negro improvement. Association anyone who studies history understands just the complexity of of being able to function in two organizations that were radically different even as they were equally committed to black progress. And then on top of that. Moved from supporting the Republican Party. Then supporting the Democratic Party and then abandoning both of them when she came to the conclusion that they were simply not doing enough not doing enough for black people not doing enough for women not do for marginalized groups and she put her hands and she tried a new party, the Progressive Party and I think just really thinking about the ways that Charlotta bass moved in between organizations shifted. A parties throughout her lifetime speaks to her unwavering commitment to advancing black politics. You'd never. Allowed herself to be a tied into one particular group or even one particular perspective. She truly engaging pragmatic activism believing that she would do anything anything possible to improve the conditions of people. At first Acacia Land, could you also explain some of the issues with which she was most preoccupied from police brutality to media stereotyping of African Americans. Absolutely. She was deeply. Deeply committed to challenging racism and discrimination as you mentioned even the media. One of the things that she did in one, thousand, nine, hundred, fifteen. So this is very early in her career in California was to speak out against the film birth of a nation and she tried to get people I will certainly should try to pull the film from being shown publicly. She was not successful in doing that. But what she did do was point out the problems with the film she was able to rally the community. She openly denounced the film and I think her efforts. Really captured the way that she was concerned with not only. You know certainly, there's aspects of black politics, but she was concerned with how black people being represented on screen and and as a journalist she understood the power of words she understood the power of imagery and I think that's just one example of how she was. Truly. Think a fierce advocate for black people and she was really bold She confronted the KKK, she address police violence and brutality, and her bonus got her in trouble on. It's not surprising that she was served by the FBI because she was someone who simply did not sit on the sidelines she confronted every challenge she saw and she tried to come up with solutions to fix the problems. obsessively, and why was she a branded a communist? Well, she was branded a communist for the same reason that people like WB. Boys, Paul Robeson, and even Marcus Garvey earlier had been been branded as a problem for the United States i. She is someone who certainly I embrace a leftist politics and ideas, and ultimately she posed the challenge. The truth of the matter is she didn't even need to embrace any kind of radical platform to be brand of the communist at the time because in the end to use the. Term Communist within that context was simply to try to smear. So one to able to to say listen this person is is not American and and what we know from history is that the people who were branded the communist whether they embrace communist views or not were ultimately individuals who stood up who stood up in the face of injustice who confronted racism and discrimination and every time they were vocal every time they decided they were simply not going to accept black people. Being mistreated in his country, all of a sudden they were quote unquote a communists in these last few seconds that we have. Your next book is on Fanny Lou. Hamer, can you talk about her level of activism and you struggle you see now in the Democratic Party of the Progressives on the establishment even as history is being made with Kamala Harris being the first woman of color to be nominated as vice presidential candidate. It was truly wonderful to hear a Harris Evoke Sanity with Hamer I've been deeply. Invested and certainly in Hamer's ideas and finishing a book on this topic and one of the things that I think is important to emphasize. Is that Hamer ran for office ran for office three times I i. think that's important because we don't talk about it generally, we don't talk about it and the reason we don't talk about it is because She was unsuccessful but I'm of the mindset. Even those stories. We have to know and those stories are powerful because a fan of Hamer was unsuccessful. I shall have a bass was unsuccessful, but it doesn't mean that their stories don't matter and it certainly doesn't mean that we can't talk about their efforts because what is key here really about winning or losing. It's about how these women ultimately rose to the occasion. Professor keys should Blaine. We thank you so much for joining us. With Nur meet shape. Stay safe.