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Pardon Me, Mr. President

What A Day

25:58 min | 4 months ago

Pardon Me, Mr. President

"It's monday november thirtieth. I'm akilah hughes. And i'm aaron ryan. Filling in for gideon resnick in. This is what a day where we believe that every day is cyber monday because most of our human interactions are now just through computers. Yeah honestly this year has been a year comprised entirely of monday's every day is monday. Today is monday. Yesterday was monday. Tomorrow is also monday. We've all got a case of the mondays. Where all garfield and everybody else's jon arbuckle end normal. All we wanted was some lasagna and app but that never gets the half on today's show. We'll explore the last minute policies. That trump is trying to push through before january twentieth then some headlines but first the latest. And we'll start with corona virus which is still surging and expected to spike. Even more because of thanksgiving and yeah commensurate dumb assery which is causing some states and cities to take even more actions to restrict the spread before the break you get in. We're talking about. How new york governor andrew cuomo and new york city mayor bill de blasio were causing some confusion when they closed city schools due to a rise in cases. Well there's been another update that's right. Aaron so just yesterday de blasio announced that new york city elementary schools will reopen december seventh and parents will have the option to allow those children to go to school five days a week effectively abandoning the hybrid in-person remote learning system. That's been in place. Since the schools opened in september middle schools and high schools will remain closed for now but this is a major change at least for younger students from the previous system which determined whether schools would be open or remote based on the city's positivie remember god. I do not envy parents who have to deal with this right now. Not at all parents in new york city must have to wear neck braces from all of this like policy whiplash with schools. What a nightmare. The timing is interesting with all the warnings about covert surges now and into the end of the year. Why is de blasio. Making this move now. Yeah i mean it seemingly in response to a lot of criticism from the public that lawmakers aren't actually prioritizing kids and families but rather the economy of indoor and outdoor dining basically the reason new york city has seen cases go up and surpassed the three percent positivity rate threshold de blasios set for keeping the schools open hasn't really been traced specifically to the elementary school. So you know why. Punish them on them. And that's been the thinking in some other states. As well in rhode island for example schools will stay open as the rest of the states. Non essential businesses like jim's casinos in movie theaters. Go dark for at least the next two weeks starting today but one rhode island principal told the washington post that the main challenge has been having enough teachers to teach the kids at his school for students in zero faculty members tested positive for the virus but teachers who have been exposed outside of the school of had to quarantine sporadically to keep everyone safe in michigan. Elementary school students are still attending in person. Classes while older high school kids will be learning remotely because they are more likely to transmit the disease. And that's been leading to an exodus from public schools to private ones right. That's right so ever kids can go in person in the pandemic is where parents seem to want to send them this year. New york city public schools have reported thirty. One thousand fewer enrolments. La schools are down. Eleven thousand massachusetts lost thirty. Seven thousand students and wisconsin public schools lost about three percent of their student enrollment but just because school is private or religious. They will necessarily be allowed to remain open just yesterday. A federal appeals court upheld kentucky governor. Andy beshir's decision to halt in person learning at public private and religious schools until two thousand twenty one that ruling overturned a district judges temporary injunction. That would have allowed religious schools to continue having students meet for in person learning but regardless of those private schools remaining open or closing many officials fear that large numbers of students are actually just at home receiving no education and having no way to check in this matter is for the obvious reasons. Kids falling behind and learning has lifelong impact but also schools with your children get less funding from the government which could lead to a real education crisis down the road. So we're definitely going to keep following this but let's move on now to the presidential transition. Almost everybody agrees that on january twentieth. Joe biden will be sworn in as the forty forty-six president of the united states except for president trump. And the people who president trump pays to agree with him so erin. What's trump and up to during his lame duck session. yes it's true that donald trump has refused to utter. The words i lost or joe biden. Or i concede on thanksgiving. He did sit behind a teeny tiny desk and yell at reporters for several minutes. Though and at one point he told reuters reporter jeff that he was being very rude little boy for insisting that the election results are what they are a lightweight of the president of the ever talked to the president that way go with another visual this man sitting behind like my desk victims screaming about how. He's the president. You know it's enough to warm your heart. Donald trump clearly invented the phrase. My father is right like we could all that clan member. Yeah your dad that the other guy with the with the other people with the sheets on walking into your accident. He likes to remain anonymous. He believed in masks. It's true you raise an excellent point again. You raise an excellent point. Trump also gave a truly weird interview to fox news. Maria bartering yesterday where he accused his own department of justice and fbi of being complicit in allowing whatever massive voter fraud handed. Joe biden his victory dead people facebook twitter. They're all in on it. They're all in on it. He even accused mailmen of selling ballots selling ballots as though they were magazine. Subscriptions or vacuum cleaner parts in the nineteen fifties and continued to attack. Georgia's republican governor and republican secretary of state for refusing to reorder reality and make it so that donald trump georgia. I think that he might be confusing. Governor brian kemp with doctor. Strange from the vendors franchise. Yeah gotta say this is really really wild at this point. I mean if everybody's wrong doesn't mean you're wrong usually dude if everything smells like shit. It's probably your shoes. Good point fair. Well we keep saying this but his last-gasp efforts to challenge the election results have all failed and continue to keep. Failing results have been certified and georgia michigan pennsylvania and nevada in this week arizonan. Wisconsin are certifying plus. Trump's recount in wisconsin actually turned up more votes for biden which i believe is the opposite of one. That's hilarious though that is it is truly funny. It's a waste of money but it's a very funny waste of money. Yeah millions of dollars to find out even more people than you thought three million dollars for us to have this chuckle right now. Thank you so much for spending the money. It was worth it well. Despite all of trump's antics his action seemed to be a tacit acknowledgement that after january twentieth. They'll be changing the locks. The white house in trump will have to find a new rose garden to ruin. Good luck to her. That's right. Trump might not admit he's on his way out with his words but he's admitting it a little bit with his actions. In addition to the normal stuff lame duck presidents do like freeing-up transition funds for the next administration which finally happened last week. Trump is engaging in some classic lame-duck bullshit for example he's been trying to make regulatory changes to roll back. Environmental regulations loosened safety protocols for meat processing plants the famously safe meat processing during covert. We all know how safe meat processing plants are. I feel like maybe we should let these up little. Let's make them less safe. We've got room. He removed the us from a multilateral intelligence sharing treaty on open skies and destroyed the planes we use for the program. Just in case joe biden wanted to use those planes for that trump is also trying to make it more difficult for migrants to come to this country seeking asylum overall. The trump administration is trying to jam through thirty six new rules during his last weeks in office. It's real disney villain stuff but let's talk about how this compares to other administrations that were on their way out so we'll trump's rules are certainly more cruel than others and some would say more stupid. He's about average in terms of numbers. Most presidents try to make rapid last minute changes in order to their policy. Legacies and it seems like trump is just trying to come up the gears. Yeah but biden can undo all this yet. It's not as easy as the stroke of a pen. Unfortunately there's a really good propublica story that explains all of this which will link to in the show notes. But some of trump's rules have been so hastily written out there probably as riddled with mistakes as a sydney powell legal brief and we'll be left out of the courtroom like sydney depot. Legal brief but other stuff will take a while to fix. There's really no one doing all the damage trump and mitch. Mcconnell senate have done to the judiciary system There's still ramming judges through by the way instead of passing. Covert relief horrible. And it's going to take a lot of work to fuck fucker immigration system. You know akilah. Sometimes i wonder how much different our lives would be. If trump had worked even one tenth is hard to keep covert out of the us as he did to keep guatemalan toddlers out of the us. Yeah honestly it's fun to imagine. I mean if even if he didn't have any actual actions but just didn't like actively make it harder to stop the spread. Only if he wasn't just out here saying that masks fake how many more people would be alive. I mean he's a lazy man and it is easier to not sabotage than it is to actively sabotage like. He could have done less work and had a better outcome. Yeah that's how you know. He's a true idiot. Well another area. For trump right now is pardons just last week. He pardoned his former national security adviser. Michael flynn so who's next. Well let's not give them any ideas. So it's not totally odd for presidents to issue a lot of pardons during their lame duck session. Although going overboard is frowned upon and giving up pardons to people based on political favors is even more frowned. Upon to bill clinton for example turned a lot of people off when he gave out seventy six clemencies on his final day in office including one for his brother but when his donald trump ever felt shame when has been frowned upon ever been something that has made donald trump not wanna do something so far he has pardoned michael flynn who pled guilty for lying to the fbi twice and he's also got a lot of friends who do a lot of crimes like steve bannon and his His build the wall drifting organization that bought a vote that they got arrested by the post office. Yeah and he got arrested great story. Let's do that story story again. Just just for fun just for a victory lap think. The ship was called warfighter. Something stu hong loser oh man paul manafort another crime enthusiasts So i'm sure that there is going to be more pardons of very bad people in store but wait. We don't have to end unabashed note. Remember in just a matter of weeks. Joe biden will be the president and he's already building a team that is world's more qualified than the school bus full of eighty s teen movie bullies that trump appointed for example on sunday. He announced an all female communications team. Yeah i look forward to talking more about that later in the show and more this week because i am very very tired of talking about trump in particular. He can absolutely kickbacks hard same. And that's the latest. It's monday wads. Quite as i miss you guys well today. We're talking about gamers in politics this weekend. Congresswoman alexandria ocasio. Cortez did another livestream of the online game. Among us. with the leader of canada's left-leaning new democratic party jagmeet singh they were joined by representatives ilhan omar as well as popular streamers like hassan piker and pokey main and as hundreds of thousands watched they raise two hundred thousand dollars for food legal aid organizations in new york as we talked about before among us. It's kind of like the game. Mafia and to be really good at it. You have to be really good at lying. So aaron i question for you. Are you good or bad at lying to wingate's so first of all people who are truly good at lying never admit that they're good at lying. You always say you're bad at lying. 'cause like that's an opportunity to lie paradox. I'm a little more analog. I'm a little bit more of a balderdash person than i am. An among us person. Wow i have no idea what balderdash is. I've heard the word. But if i couldn't tell you it's a game for nerds where you come up with definitions to obscure words and you try to trick people into thinking the real definition. I would lose that just. Because i don't know i'm not gonna investigate if that's what you say it is fine and then i'll use it wrong and then i'll be mad at you. It's a it's a really fun game. You really only need a dictionary. A few nerds and some index cards. But i'm pretty good at balderdash. I'm bad at other lying games. Like poker My face just can't be tamed. But i think that. I'm i think i'm about average lying as part of gamesmanship. Same question for you akilah okay. Well i believe that. I am okay. So like specifically in among us. I am terrible and i think it's because it is such a fast paced game like you can like lie and poker with your eyes and just sort of like you know ease into it. No one's rushing you but with among us the moment somebody finds a dead body. You're just on the spot and what were you doing. And i'm like doing besides killing doing make something up to like. I was doing a task. We haven't seen. I don't know like i think i'm bad at coming up with like a convincing. Live right you know like with poker. It's like your cards are good or bad. The michael they could be good right. Who's to say that's more of a like philosophical question I don't assign value to these. But like anytime i'm really put on the spot. I think that it's i'm just gonna start laughing as i do. In all cases and people were pretty quick to be like. We're voting you out. It's also bad. Because i like literally get voted out. I'm innocent in among us. Because i start laughing. I think he wants to tear me like are you joking. Yeah just don't get it. That's that's a bad tick. If you're trying to fool people into thinking you're telling the truth also truth be told. I haven't played among us yet. I've wanted to. But i keep confusing among us with the last of us which is oh in-depth. That's like a real video. Gets up very serious and amazingly well rendered video game. That is really really sad. And so i'm like why are all these people getting together in streaming this video game above about a girl with the dead family. Like why is this happening but Also soon to be a show. I think the last. Oh wow yeah. I think i heard that i mean i just think among us just the you know the one pixel very cheap looking. We're all little jelly beans. Sometimes you can put on different outfits you difficulties and super simple jelly being an outfit. I didn't know they were outfits. Okay yeah. I dressed as an astronaut. Which is the only right costume because your space but other people can be a cowboy. You'd be pumpkin. gosh. I wanna be a space pumpkin. Who does murders. I think that sounds somebody who's listening. Make that photoshop among his character. That's aaron space plunking. Did that is the pasta. That's doing murders. i think. That sounds great. That sounds very fun. I love it well just like that. We've checked our temps they are. You know maybe i'm lying. Who's to say. I'm not going to tell you how they're doing. Because you might not believe me. But in any case stay safe. And we'll be back after some apps what's up wad squad. What a day is brought to you by nordstrom. Today is the last day for nordstrom racks. Black friday event save an extra forty percent on red tag clearance online and in stores plus free shipping. Site-wide shop gives under twenty five dollars. Stocking stuffers starting at ten dollars from brands. They will love go to nordstrom dot com slash crooked to shop online or find a store near you what today's also brought to you by man crates. How do you give them in in your life in awesome gift by handing them a crowbar. A man create and saying have cyber. Monday is here so show him. 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Communications director reports have also circulated who will fill out biden's team which is expected to announce this week likely appointees include obama's federal reserve chair. Janet yellen as treasury secretary princeton labor economist. Cecilia rouse as chairwoman of the council of economic advisers and near attendant longtime adviser to hillary clinton president of the center left. Think tank the center for american progress and dangerously prolific poster as director of the office of management and budget. Topping this off. Cbs is reporting. That the biden's will bring a cat with them to the white house. Wow the lead in. This story was buried at the most important thing. The cat is coming to the white house. Choosing a fancy cat in a bow tie would make the party's left-wing absolutely furious. Say put a bernie or bust shirt on that cat and let the catch run around mad at you because you put a shirt on it. I think everyone will be happy right. I think it's definitely a we need more loose cannon animals in the white house hundred percent get a ferret in there yes. Well tensions rose between israel and iran after the assassination of iran's senior nuclear scientists on friday. Most inflec- rosado is believed to have led iran's military nuclear program until it was disbanded in two thousand three and was subject to sanctions by the trump administration. He was shot near the capital. But details are still sketchy. State media pointed to a team of five or six gunmen in one report and a remote controlled machinegun and another the killing still under investigation. But iran's leader was not shy about accusing israel which has put that country on alert for a possible military response in the next few days experts. In the us including senator bernie sanders called the assassination. A move to undermine relations between the us and iran just as biden begins to transition into the white house. Trump's administration was responsible for creating what analysts called the worst era of us iran relations and forty years but many relations will improve if biden follows through with his promise rejoined the iran nuclear deal. I feel like i already saw. All of this happened in season for of homeland. And if you haven't seen homeland listeners. It doesn't end well for us. It is not not a good conclusion season. Four of homeland. Tens of thousands of people across france came out over the weekend to protest a newly proposed security law that would put a restriction on filming police officers. Police repeatedly fired tear gas into the crowds in paris on saturday. Even though the mood was largely peaceful aside from some demonstrators set fire to the country's central bank. Okay that is not minor if passed. The law would criminalize publishing images of police officers with the intent of causing harm as punishment. People could face up to a year in jail and a fine of over fifty thousand dollars civil liberties groups say the new proposal will take power away from the media and allow police abuses to go undiscovered. This all comes just days after video service of police officers beating michael a black music producer in paris. The officers responsible have since been suspended. Well we can't wait for them to be fired. America's favorite big steel beam in the desert the utah monolith disappeared this friday after capturing the country's attention for about a week. If you didn't hear about the monolith here are the basics was a ten to twelve foot tall three-sided piece of metal discovered in. Utah's red rock country by the states. Wildlife agency the objects remote location plus its lack of any attribution led some to speculate. It was the work of aliens who also brought us. The egyptian pyramids the aztec cities and anything not built by modern white. People ended on friday though when someone loaded the monolith onto a truck and took it away one hiker who was at the scene soon after said quote all that was left in its place was a message written in the dirt that said by bitch with a fresh peace day and right next to it. How fresh could it be in the desert. I've accused this guy. People definitely puzzle over the strange outerspace message for decades for me. I think it means by which Akilah i was just in utah for two weeks and i was near canyon. Lands the part of canyon lands where they found the monolith. And i'm not saying that. I did it but i'm not saying i didn't do it either. Yeah it feels a little on brand for you. I feel like if i had this jeopardy like by bits was written by this podcast. Next to a monolith that i'd be like what is who is if i did it if you think that's the book you're going to put out it's the sequel as well those are the headlines a quick heads up before we go. 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Democracy Now! 2020-11-30 Monday

Democracy Now! Audio

59:02 min | 4 months ago

Democracy Now! 2020-11-30 Monday

"From new york this is democracy now will be. The enemy knows and is a soldier that no crime. No tear and know stupid. Act will remain unanswered by the iranian people and we will severely pursue the criminals. They will be punished for their actions. Iran is accusing israel of assassinating top nuclear scientists. And what many view as an attempt to undercut joe biden's chances of reviving the landmark iran. Nuclear deal we'll get the latest then death by firing squad and electrocution as the trump administration grace's to carry out five more executions before biden takes office the justice department also trying to expand the ways. It can kill prisoners. We'll speak to sister. Helen per sean. One of the world's most well-known anti-death penalty activists is states. Shut down the death penalty and support by the american people for the death. Penalty is the lowest. It's been in thirty years. There's an unprecedented state of federal executions at the hand of the trump administration and attorney general bar. We'll also look at the case of lisa montgomery scheduled to become the first woman to be executed by the federal government in nearly seventy years. All that and more coming up. Welcome to democracy now democracy now dot org the quarantine report. I'm amy goodman cove in one thousand. Nine hundred cases continue to surge across the united states hospitalizations have topped ninety thousand for the first time. Four million new cases were recorded in november. Double the record set in october. Bringing the death toll to two hundred sixty seven thousand among the dead or over one hundred thousand residents and staffers nursing homes and nine states more than one. One thousand people have died of corona virus related causes since march. Experts are warning the worst is yet to come and the us could see some four thousand deaths per day. This winter post thanksgiving holiday. Travel could also lead to what the government's leading infectious disease expert. Dr anthony fauci called a super imposed surged. Health officials urge any travelers to get tested and take all necessary precautions to limit the spread of covid nineteen in medical news. Biotech company moderna is applying for emergency use authorization from the food and drug administration today. The second vaccine maker after pfizer and biontech to do so but as drug companies rush to get corona virus vaccines approved and on the market doctors and public health experts warn the distribution of covid nineteen vaccines in poorer rural. Parts of the country will be a major challenge due both to logistical hurdles and mistrust of the medical industry in legal news. The supreme court sided with new york religious groups who are challenging corona virus restrictions on gatherings. Joe biden has named the first ever all women white house communications team. Jen sacchi president obama's former communications director will serve as white house. Press secretary grange on pier. Formerly with the political organizing group move on. We'll be principal. Deputy press secretary kate. Bedding filled biden's campaign. Communications director will move on to become the white house. Communications director pilly tow bar who previously worked for the immigration reform group. America's voice will serve as deputy white house. Communications director on vice president khama harris's team biden's former campaign advisers simone sanders and ashley tin will become chief spokesperson harris's communications director respectively biden's also expected to nominate two women of color too key economic positions. Cecilia rouse who's african american princeton labor economist. Cheer the council of economic advisers and near attendant head of the center for american progress is director of the office of management and budget. Tannin would be the first woman of color. And i south asian woman in the role that many progressive jek to her playing a role in the incoming administration citing her organizations cozy relationship with corporate funders. Her record of antagonizing and undermining progressive democrats and her hawkish foreign policy positions meanwhile to alums from the world's largest asset manager blackrock will hold key economic positions. Brian diesel current executive at the investment giant will be biden's pick for the national economic council and wally the mo senior international economic adviser. Under obama will act as janet. Yellen top deputy at the treasury department. Climate activists have condemned the picks due to black rocks funding a fossil fuel companies among other issues. Joe biden is currently recovering from fracturing his foot this weekend while playing with his dog president trump's efforts to overturn the election results appear to be exhausted as he faced a string of defeats over the weekend lawsuits in pennsylvania were rejected both by the state. Supreme court and a federal appeals court and a recounting to liberal wisconsin counties ordered by the trump campaign cemented. Biden's victory there. Trump said for the first time he'll leave office if the electoral college votes for joe biden. Even as trump refuses to concede the election which biden won in both the electoral college and popular votes by wide margins trump was questioned by reporters thursday or refusal to concede including by reuters white house. Reporter jeff mason who trump then attacked between you. People don't talk to me that way. He just just lightweight. Don't talk don't talk of the president to the ever talked to the president that way in may trump mocked mason for refusing to take off his mask while asking him a question at a news conference. Meanwhile trump has turned on. Georgia's republican governor. Brian kemp is the state gears up for two senate run that will determine control of the us senate trump said he was ashamed that he endorsed camp as he ranted on fox news about losing. The georgia vote. Iran held a state funeral today for most sin a top nuclear scientists to is assassinated while driving on a highway outside of toronto friday. Iran accused israel of orchestrating. The killing which iran says may have been conducted by an automatic remote controlled machine gun placed inside an empty vehicle the iranian president hassan rohani said iran will retaliate at the quote. Proper time into live vashon sean. This brutal and cowardly terror attack showed. That enemies are experienced weeks having a weeks when they feel their stress is being reduced and global conditions are changing the many analysts say the assassination of iranian scientist was designed to make it harder for president-elect joe biden to rejoin the landmark two thousand fifteen nuclear agreement with iran which president trump withdrew from two thousand. Eighteen will have more on iran after headlines. If the opium prime minister said saturday his military had taken complete control of the capital of the northern tigray region capping a three-week offensive against separatists that forced tens of thousands to flee to sudan amid reports of mass atrocities ethiopian prime minister who won the nobel peace prize in two thousand and nineteen refused international demands for talks with the tigray. People's liberation front members that group accused ethiopia's military of shelling heavily populated areas of the capital mckelway. Iran held a state funeral today for most facade. The top nuclear scientists who was assassinated while driving on a highway outside of toronto friday. Iran accused israel of orchestrating. The killing which iran says may have been conducted by an automatic remote controlled machine gun placed inside an empty vehicle iranian president hassan rohani said iran will retaliate at the quote proper time many analysts say the assassination of iranian scientists was designed to make it harder for biden to rejoin the landmark two thousand fifteen nuclear agreement which trump withdrew from again. We will have more on this. After headlines a warning to our listeners and viewers the following two stories contain graphic footage and accounts of violence in nigeria. Scores of people were killed saturday. As armed men on motorcycles descended on farm workers harvesting rice fields in a rural part of borno state the united nations says at least one hundred ten people were killed in the massacre at least thirty of the victims were reportedly beheaded no group has claimed responsibility but boko haram and islamic state. West africa province are active in the area in other news from nigeria. The nigerian army has admitted its soldiers. Were armed with live ammunition when they opened fire on protesters at on october twentieth demonstration and legos twelve peaceful protesters were killed in the assault. That the lucky toll gate as they demanded authorities disband the notorious police unit known as sars the special anti robbery squad in france public opposition to a highly contested. New security laws mounting. After recent high-profile incidents of police violence the law would ban the publication of images of police officers and increase police powers images of french. Police officers beating black music producer. Michelle's at clair. While hurling racial epithets at him went viral last week. President emmanuel macron said the images shamed france. The officers have been suspended and could face charges on saturday. the award. Winning syrian photo journalist amir allow was taken to the hospital with a broken nose and other injuries after police assaulted him while he was covering a protest opposing. The new law. The french prime minister said thursday. The wording of the new law would be reviewed in india. Thousands of farmers continue to protest for the fifth straight day against prime minister. Narendra modi's move to deregulate. Agricultural markets opponents say the neoliberal policy is a boon to corporations and repeals key labor and farm price protections that could have a devastating impact on the livelihood of farmers the ongoing protests. Come after an estimated two hundred fifty million workers farmers and their allies across india participated thursday. What's believed to be the largest organized strike in history in thailand protests. Continue calling for the resignation of the prime minister democratic reforms and constraints on the power of the monarchy. Five leaders in the youth led pro democracy movement reported to tie police today as they face charges related to defaming the monarchy. On sunday. thousands marched to a military barracks. Where one of the five protest leaders called for military power to come fully under government control mcadoo of control. The king's guard should be under the government's rule. The government that the people elected to have direct command means intervening and governance and using his accessible. Power an army should belong to the people at the king. Meanwhile protesters are warning of a possible military coup attempt which they say we'll do everything they can to oppose chai lantis seen many coups over the years. Most recently in two thousand fourteen which installed the current prime minister maher albatross a palestinian man. Who went on one hundred three day. Hunger strike against his imprisonment without charge was released thursday by israeli authorities. He told reporters quote. My freedom is the freedom of my people and we have one over the occupation with our will and determination. Canada banned the export of some medications to the united states before new rule takes effect today allowing us pharmacists to import canadian drugs in bulk canada enacted the ban to prevent prescription shortages on. Its own soil. A major pharmaceutical. Lobbying group is suing over. The new rule saying the federal government cannot pass off the responsibility of ensuring the safety and cost effectiveness of imported drugs to state afford. He's the justice department's issued a new rule that could allow federal executions to take place by firing electrocution or poison gas. Starting december twenty fourth. It's not clear whether any methods other than lethal injection would be used for the three execution scheduled in january after the new rule takes effect. Joe biden said during campaigning. He now supports eliminating the federal death penalty despite previously helping to expand it. We'll have more on this later in the broadcast with the leading anti-death penalty activists sister helen per sean in environmental news. The army corps of engineers denied a permit for the pebble. Mine likely putting an end to the proposed multi billion dollar copper and gold mine in alaska that would have been among the world's largest the project was determined to be contrary to the public interest and not in compliance with the clean water act environmentalists and local indigenous groups of long fought against the pebble. Mine which they say would have poisoned their communities and devastated bristol bay salmon. Fishery president trump announced on twitter. He pardoned his former national security adviser. Michael flynn flint twice pleaded guilty in court to lying to the fbi about his communications with the russian ambassador to the us in two thousand sixteen. Flynn also admitted to lying about his lobbying. For turkey which are biden administration justice department could still decide to pursue and thousands of amazon workers participated in a global action balked friday to demand fairer wages hazard pay during the pandemic and for the retail behalf to start paying taxes social on climate justice. Groups are also joined the make amazon pay actions which is across fifteen countries including the us mexico brazil. The philippines jeremy poland. Protestors are also demanding amazon commit to better environmental practices and to allow workers to unionize and those are some of the headlines. This is democracy now democracy now dot org the quarantine report. I mean he. Goodman iran's top nuclear scientists was assassinated while driving on highway outside of tehran on friday. Iran accused israel of orchestrating the killing of martin factory there who reportedly led iran's nuclear program a state funeral which held today in theron where photographs of him were displayed. Next to run in commander qassem suleimani who is assassinated by us drone strike in baghdad. Ten months ago the iranian defense minister amir khatami's spoke at the funeral. Be the enemy news. And is a soldier tells them that no crime no terror. Stupid act will remain unanswered by the iranian people and we will severely pursue the criminals. They must know that they will be punished for their actions has often said stay criminal. United states his thousands of nuclear weapons. The criminals zionist regime has nuclear weapons. Take weapons for these weapons for use as your home kid. Iran's foreign minister mohammad javad zarif has described the killing of the top nuclear scientist as an act of state terror. Conflicting details have emerged about how he died. Iranian state media initially said gunmen ambushed his car in the countryside. But now a top iranian official says he was killed by an automatic remote controlled machine gun placed inside an empty vehicle. Israel's long been accused of targeting iranian nuclear scientists between two thousand ten and two thousand twelve four iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated many analysts say friday's assassination was designed to make it harder for president elect joe biden to rejoin the landmark two thousand fifteen nuclear agreement with iran which president trump withdrew from in two thousand eighteen. The assassination comes just weeks after trump privately inquired if he could bomb iran's main nuclear site prior to leaving office. Iran has long maintained. Its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes earlier this month. International inspectors reported. Iran's low enriched uranium stockpile is growing again but that the iranian is being enriched level suitable for nuclear power plants not nuclear weapons. We go now to nagar mortazavi. She's an iranian american journalist and political analyst host of the iran. Podcast we welcome you to democracy now. Can you start off nagar by talking about the significance of this assassination. What's understood at this point. And then the fact that iran is accusing israel and israel has not commented. Good morning. amy shore is said. This is not the first nuclear scientists in iran being assassinated. Israel has always denied involvement. But it's really the only country would both the motivation and the capability to conduct such attack. Muslim factors there was a top person in the nuclear defense infrastructure. On he was well guarded. The country knew that he was a target benyamin. Netanyahu israeli prime minister had to named him at two years ago and it presentation he said. Remember this name. Social security services knew that he would be a potential target florida israelis. He was well-guarded. And the fact that this operation was successfully launched it was. I said that there was an ambush. Now there's talks of an automatic weapon. Sure how exactly it unfolded was successful. And he's dead. Now it's just a blow to security system in. it's also i. it's a political move to. I try to provoke iran into a violent retaliation and basically pool iran into a wider military conflict with the united states and then also complica- future negotiations between tehran and washington. When president like biden enters office which. I think this will complicate those future negotiations. So can you talk about whether you believe. The united states is involved with us to As i just pointed out We did report earlier. That president trump had asked his top military officials if they could bomb the tons the nuclear site in iran before he leaves office but what kind of Complicity do feel there was complicity here. It's hard to say for sure. And we haven't heard any confirmation from israel or the united states but it's important to note that there has been some travel back and forth by mike pompeo to the region he's been meeting with the israelis with the saudis with the cheese. And this was the same pattern last year right before. The assassination of iranian commander was soleil money. There was also some travelling back and forth meetings between mike pompeo. The trump administration's close allies in the middle east. We don't know. I'm not sure if we're ever gonna know but i wouldn't rule it out that this was at least on with a green light and approve. Law of the trump administration by the israelis the trump administration president trump or. Someone like mike pompeo. He's been always looking for a military confrontation with iran or a strike on iran's nuclear sites and this is their final weeks in the office. So i wouldn't rule it out if this came at least with a nod or or approval from the united states and talk about how iran is responding inside across the political spectrum. And those like honey. Who recognized that. As trump comes the end of his term and at all levels domestically and internationally trying to reinforce what he is done. Whether we're talking about you know withdraw from the climate accord and try to prevent joe biden from rejoining to withdraw from the iranian nuclear deal. This is the iranian president. Hassan ronnie speaking following the assassination interactive in initial me this brutal and cowardly terror attack showed that our enemies are experienced weeks of anxiety weeks when they feel their stress is being reduced and global conditions. Are changing been mosaic. Am one on. The relevant authorities will respond to this crime in a timely and appropriate manner. And i'd like to go back to two thousand eighteen when the israeli prime minister. Benjamin netanyahu called out facade as the director of iran's nuclear weapons project urge people to quote. Remember that name. Biran devise a plan to do two things first to preserve the nuclear know-how from project and second to further develop its nuclear weapons related capabilities. That plan came directly from iran's top leadership. A key part of the plan was to form new organizations to continue the work. This is how dr moosa and fuck is the head of project about put it remember that. Name your response. Dr well then. I clarify that. The nuclear weapons related part of iran's program. The program was stopped somewhere around two thousand three or two thousand three and this. Is you unwashed octa. Even a state department reports have confirmed that iran no longer has weapons related programs. But this is. This is something that benjamin netanyahu alleges but other international entities haven't confirmed it but it's there's a national debate basically ongoing in iran on one to one main argument is that because iran doesn't retaliate. If they're on does not respond to such an assassination to israeli basically target is really a targeted. This saipa assassination will continue with impunity. Because we we see how israel has been carrying these out with with with a sort of unity. There's another argument sort of the opposite argument. More of the pro diplomacy camp. That is recognizing that this might be a trap set by a netanyahu to basically prevent future diplomacy to pool iran into a military conflict and that iranians should be aware and a not. Take the bait and this is something. We've i recognize in president ronnie statements. We hear sort of the same line from java died. A knock topped applauded. Clumsy is more expecting a condemnation from the international community. Haven't been very happy from statements that came from the european union. They weren't very strong statements. They expect the international community to call this. What it is an assassination terrorism and to condemn it in which which strong condemnation so that would give. If if such on the nation's continued come from the international community would give a strengthen that argument that iran's shouldn't act a rash and retaliate in a way that netanyahu has been trying to provoke iran. But there's also talks up a harsh revenge retaliation and as supreme leader also said punishment for the perpetrators of this assassination and which side you think will prevail within iran i. I don't think that the retaliation would be that provocative the president has said it would be done in a timely manner. So it means that it could you know they. They could drag it. And if they do drag silver the only silver lining of this event could be that ranking use this as leverage one the biden administration comes into like look at the pro. Diplomacy camp can go to the table. With biden and say look we've dragged the hardliners until now we've stopped them with contain them by. You didn't make this deal pretty fast before time runs out because we've heard from the biden trump also people in joe biden's orbit that maybe the sanctions put on by. The trump administration should be used as leverage one negotiations with iran. Happen and to a delay negotiate a return to nuclear deal. Which i don't think is a good idea. I think the biden administration should prioritize returned to diplomacy to the nuclear deal and make a sauce and clean to then a continual negotiations beyond the jcp. Elway and what about the idea. That the i e is Putting forward the instrumentalist understanding on december twenty seven two thousand eight israel launched operation cast lead a massive twenty two day military assault on the gaza strip. The ferocity of the attack was unprecedented in the more than six decades old conflict between israelis and palestinians killing some fourteen hundred palestinians. Most of them civilian in the aftermath of the offensive a unappointed fact-finding mission found strong evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both the israeli military and palestinian militias investigation by human rights groups. Such as amnesty and human rights watch came to the same conclusion this also a critical period where you had barack obama elected but he was just about to take office in a tremendous amount. Attention was being paid to that as in this lame duck period in the united states. I agree. I think there can be some similarities drawn. Some comparisons made the case with a between iran. Israel is a little bit different because we already have a deal in place with the united states on never rock obama. Winning were still ongoing when a deal was potentially to be may. Netanyahu tried everything possible to provoke around preventive bushes even kenya to washington made us at a. Us congress trying to prevent the nuclear negotiations from succeeding and he failed. But right now with the biden administration. I think the strength of this administration's That there's already a deal in place and it's there are still abiding by it to some extent and there are other parties those multilateral deal who are still in the deal that makes it easier for the incoming administration to rejoin and to basically continued if diplomacy with iran and it makes it harder more complicated for israel to try to sabotage The the return to deal on future diplomacy. But i think these are. These are ways. That attorney owl has used in the past to try to provoke to try to sabotage and he will probably continue. I don't think this would be the last seven weeks till the end of the trump presidency. And i wouldn't be surprised if we see a other events coming up and we just have thirty seconds but the effect of the massive set of sanctions that president trump cumulatively has put in place at this point people of iran. It's been a good main. Four and forms pressure is on iranian people. The the civil society is impacted working costs as middle classes. The ordinary iranians are the ones who are paying the price for the the price for comes real. Life's necessities food medicine. Some lifesaving medicine is rare to flying scares so it's the main pressure has been on their iranian. People and any kind of military conflict will also have the main casualties will be civilians as we saw what iran tried to retaliate for the passage of Money turn on shot ukrainian airliner over iran in any kind of retaliation military. Awfully will eventually. The casualty will be civilians in iran or across region. Of course this all coming at the time of the pandemic ghardaia murtaza. The i wanna thank you very much for being with us around in american journalist and political analyst host of the iran podcast up next death by firing squad poison gas or electric as the trump administration racist to carry out five more executions before biden. Takes office the justice department is trying to expand the number of ways that can kill prisoners. We'll be joined by sister. Helen stay with us. Nine hundred turnout known don on your own. God one one too long return. This is democracy now the quarantine report. I'm amy goodman death by firing squad electrocution or poison gas. Under a new rule followed by the trump administration. These methods can now be used to carry out executions for federal death sentences. In addition to lethal injection the amendment to the manner of federal executions rule was entered. Friday into the federal register goes into effect christmas eve december twenty four. Th this comes as the trump administration's already executed eight people in the past five months earlier this month at executed orlando hall at the federal penitentiary in terre haute. Indiana hall was an african american man sentenced to die by an all white jury. Prior to this year the federal government has not executed anyone since two thousand three seventeen years ago. now what critics say is a dramatic deviation from historical practices five more people are scheduled to be executed during trump's final weeks in office three of them just days before president elect joe biden is inaugurated including the first woman in nearly seventy years. The death penalty information center reports. It's been more than a century since a federal execution was conducted during lame duck presidency in eighteen eighty nine during the outgoing administration of grover cleveland. The justice department has not yet said whether it will try to use any methods other than lethal injection for the three executions. That's scheduled after the new rules. Take effect president-elect. Joe biden said during the election campaign he now supports eliminating the federal death penalty biden co authored legislation in one thousand nine hundred ninety that expanded the federal death penalty for more. We're joined by sister. Helen per sean. One of the world's most well known anti-death penalty activists the author of the bestselling book. Dead man walking an eyewitness account of the death penalty most recent book river of fire. My spiritual journey. Also with us. Sandra babcock faculty director of the cornell center on the death penalty worldwide. We woke me both back to democracy. Now sister helen prejean. Let's begin with you. This was filed on friday that the trump administration that the federal government can kill prisoners Expanding it to poison gas firing squad or electrocution. Can you respond. I think the reason they're doing that. Is they wanna make sure that they can expedite these executions without any court cases about lethal injection. There have been questions about lethal injection. The drug said he'd us. This is the fault of the supreme court by the way which is allowed states to just experiment widely with drugs to kill people which resulted in botched executions. It may also come from the fact that autopsy reports two hundred of them up those who've been lethally injected show that there was a massive amount of fluid in the lungs which meant they were drowning. I think it's the callous brute force of the mentality of the trump administration that he believes that he can use force and kill people. He can use violence and force to make his point. There's no need for these executions to happen to me. It just reveals a fundamental flaw which has been built into the death penalty from the time that the supreme court put death back in nineteen seventy six. And here's the fundamental flaw and the federal executions. We see now really exemplifies it. There was a week criteria that only the worst of the worst should be killed and nobody really knows what that means and so there's been wide latitude in interpreting. Worse to the worst are even the assumption that out of the ordinary murders. Whatever that means. There's some who can be targeted as but this is the worst of the worst. So with a week criteria it's coupled with that you give complete discretion to pursue death to the prosecutors. It's a fact that if prosecutors do not seek death people don't die from execution so here you have now in the jurisdiction of the federal government attorney general bar who has the power to seek death and pursuing it. all he had to do was get a signal from trump. We're gonna start killing people and there's been no way to stop them so the fundamental flaw is a week fuzzy criteria that was never clear in the first place couple with discretion of prosecutors. And it it simplifies exactly why we need to shut the death penalty down. You can't let frail politically driven individuals. Decide you you in. You're going to die for whatever political objective. They have in mind. Sandra babcock if you can also respond to the trump administration quietly attempting to expand the ways. They can kill prisoners to poison gas electric houston and firing squad. It is a it is a proxima violence that we're seeing right now and one of the things that is so a are digest. Is that the people that they are choosing to a subject to. These methods of execution are not as sister. Helen just said the worst of the worst. They are the most broken of broken And lisa montgomery is a is a good example of that. She is somebody. The federal government intends to execute on january twelfth She was a victim of incest of gang rape of a child sex trafficking of unimaginable violence for her entire life before she committed the crime for which she was sentenced to death. She is profoundly mentally ill. She began to dissociate when she was a teenager when her father her stepfather built her a special room of decided. They're trailer so he and his buddies could go in and rape her Her mother sold her to the plumber until the electricity told her that she had to earn her. Keep and so she obtained services after these men raped. Lisa and lisa was left from these experiences. Somebody who has the most fragile grip on reality because she had to escape from her reality in order to survive a. This is the kind of person that the William bar intends to put to death in january. Why the rush to execute. Someone like lisa montgomery among all of these other. People that to me illustrates the brutality. Of what we are witnessing right now and this would be the first woman executed in seventy years the examples of her own life history not brought up at the trial. Why well they were brought up. Because she was represented by a male defense team that had never been trained and didn't know how to interview a woman. She was left curled in a fetal position on the floor of her prison. Cell during one of the interviews A couple of interviews that her male lawyer conducted with her and so the jury never heard about the scope of her abused or the impact that it had and the prosecutors trivialized it. They called it the abuse. Excuse this is not an excuse. Anyone who has been the victim of sexual violence in the kind of sexual torture that lisa montgomery endured knows that this is not something that can be trivialized. This has lifelong consequences for lisa. It meant that she is somebody who is is broken. She is the most broken of the broken. She is somebody who has a very difficult time understanding what is real and what is not because of what she endured and so the people who who were supposed to defend her did not do their job and as a result she is now scheduled to be executed at a time for a crime that no other woman has ever been executed for in this entire country We know that there are at least sixteen. Women who have committed very similar crimes and prosecutors in those cases recognized that these are crimes that are the product of trauma and mental illness but the federal government under albert gonzalez decided that they were going to seek the death penalty in this case. She really is unique and she really is not the kind of person. The death penalty was intended for former even former prosecutors. Are saying she should not be put to death. That's right there is a a number of former prosecutors. Have come forward former sex crimes prosecutors people who have tried to put away the criminals who raped lisa and no one ever intervened to help lisa. Her sister was taken out of the home but lease was left there and inland the letter sent to president trump by more than forty current and former prosecutors and supportively. Montgomery they write quote our experienced prosecuting human traffickers. And those who commit sex crimes against children has given us a unique understanding the profound physical and psychological. Harm that victims. Like lisa's suffer. In this case mental health professionals have concluded the sexual violence and cruelty she suffered was directly related to the crime. She committed they've also diagnosed. Lisa with organic brain damage and serious mental illness that requires to be heavily medicated. At all times a history of being victimized is not an abuse excuse as the jury was told at her trial we view this kind of evidences critically relevant to determining the appropriate punishment for a serious crime again. That was a letter written by former prosecutors. That's right and there was also a letter from to prosecutors who had prosecuted women for virtually identical crimes who also said these are crimes that are committed by women who are profoundly mentally ill and we recognize that. And that's why the we did not seek the death penalty in those cases. So this is a. This is a really different case amy. We don't see these kinds of people coming out and calling for commutation calling for mercy. We don't see anti-violence activists the people who are who have spent their entire lifetimes. Combating domestic violence committed against women child sex trafficking the kind of people who have spent their lives fighting against child. Sex traffickers are coming out because these are the people who know. Oh what damage. This does to a child and to a person who has survived. This it's a life long. It is lifelong trauma that cannot be overcome without the kind of counseling. That lisa montgomery never received and she is now very mentally ill. She is her mental illnesses controlled by a complex regimen of antipsychotic medication but since she learned her execution date. Her mental health is deteriorating daily. They took away her underwear after she was Told that she had an execution date which for a trauma survivor of sexual violence Somebody who is a victim of sexual violence put her over the edge. She has been told that she's going to be transferred to an all male prison where she will be executed there. She cannot even be in a room with a man without breaking out into hives and they intend to transfer her to all male prison. That in itself is torture beyond you know even setting aside. The government's plans to subject people to poison gas. Even if you take lisa montgomery to all male prison to subject her to lethal injection. That is torture. This woman has been tortured her entire life. And all that we are asking for. Is that her sentence. Be commuted to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Now she was sentenced After the killing of and convicted of a twenty three year old eight months pregnant woman. She and explained what she did so she killed. Bobbie jo stinnett. A woman who was pregnant and this came after lisa herself had been subjected to a coerced sterilization procedure by her stepbrother whom she had married at her mother's instigation and she was pressured into the sterilization winds. She was very mentally ill after that happened. Her mental illness became worse and worse until she was completely psychotic. And in the grips of the psychosis she befriended. Bobbie jo stinnett She killed her. She carved the fetus out of the woman's abdomen and she took it home and pretended that it was her own child and cared for the fetus. care for the baby as if it were her own baby. This is the kind of crime that is so unbelievably tragic and nothing that i'm saying diminishes that tragedy but we have to understand that a crime like this is not cannot be separated from lisa montgomery's experiences as a profoundly mentally ill person who was involuntarily sterilized and who was brutalized for her entire life This is not an abuse excuse as the prosecutor said. This is an explanation. This helps us to understand why she did what she did and again. We're not asking that she not be punished. We are saying that this is not the kind of person who should be exterminated from the human race. We're going to break and then come back to this discussion. I wanna thank. Sandra babcock for joining us faculty director of the cornell center on the death penalty worldwide. And we'll continue with sister. helen john. We'll be looking at the four other executions that are scheduled again five execution scheduled in the lame duck period between presidencies. The last time this happened was over a century ago. Stay with us Quinn the terrors. News had their star two or three or four. I felt they should've hold my hand. I tried to stay inside a runaway. From but then she sold my body mouth and legs and skin and man by man they killed me sourcing themselves and beat lee like they beat me. Every day the chains and blur and i had hoped know what. I've done shows what they've done to me. Lisa song veronica book about lisa montgomery who is facing federal execution on january twelfth the execution was put off because her lawyers at cove it. This is democracy now democracy now dot org the quarantine report. I mean he good minutes. We look further at the unprecedented five. Federal executions president. Trump's justice department is scheduled before inauguration day on december tenth. that's international human rights day. The federal government plans to kill a forty year. Old black man named brandon bernard he was eighteen years old when he was allegedly and accomplice to a murder of a young white couple during his trial has attorneys did not make opening statements at the penalty stage. They called no witnesses at the twelve jurors. All but one was white now. Five of the jurors say they think bernard should not be executed a former assistant. Us attorney who helps secure his death sentence wrote. In the indianapolis star quote executing brandon would be a terrible stain on the nation's honor. That's one of the prosecutors. Who prosecuted him on the day. After bernard is set to die out for bourgeois. Another black man is scheduled to be federally executed december eleventh as your reporter january twelfth lisa montgomery scheduled to be the first woman executed by the federal government and nearly seventy years. The trump administration has rejected her request for pre on january fourteenth. Cory johnson. Another black man is set to be put to death. According to johnson's attorneys he has an iq of sixty nine which means he's below the standard. The supreme court used to determine if an execution would be cruel and unusual punishment and on january fifteenth. Martin luther king. Junior's birthday. the federal government's expected to execute dustin higgs. Another black man who was sentenced to die for his role in the murder of three women even though he did not kill them under the so-called law parties theory for more. We continue with sister. Helen bridge on one of the world's most well known anti-death penalty activists sister helen. Prejean if you can comment on this unprecedented not an hundred years has a duck administration executed one let alone five prisoners in this period It just shows when you give absolute power over life and death to government officials. They can really do what they want. One interesting thing about grover. Cleveland and the you know the lame duck time when he executed people he had been a sheriff in erie new york and and carried out execution so we headed in his blood he and then for this to happen. It's just see i've companied. Six people to execution. It's this absolute power to take a human being is alive. Make these inscrutable decisions. All along the way as i was mentioning earlier first of all to even assume that out of all the murderers you're going to be able to pinpoint the worst of the worst either by character by their very nature. They are evil. People are by what they have done to determine they are in a special category all their own and you can distinguish them and then to believe that you can set up a system of the jury trial and the the the basic law and all these things is is that at trial. You supposed to have an adversary way of coming to truth so you have prosecutors that present. There's forensic evidence here's the scenario the crime but you're supposed to have defense does is supposed to be able to say to this jury. The side the whole story of the person who did the crime. The always have to look at culpability like lisa. Montgomery culpability of someone. Who's psychotic was brutalizing. Tortured her whole life and then to pinpoint the identifying her by the crime that she should be killed. It's so flawed and the suffering is so great. And here's the thing here's why road dead man walking. And here's why just rhode river fire about waking up to these injustices and then being an active citizen doing something about it all this a secret ritual. The public is not going to be anywhere near and cannot be near lisa montgomery and what. She's suffering now what it's going to mean which she's putting an all male prison if we didn't have people like democracy now we didn't have the media if we didn't have activists and witnesses in their seeing these things the people would just go. Oh that's a terrible crime. She deserves to die. It's such a superficial thin soled way of approaching deeply moral issue. So what we you. And i what we're doing now in bringing the public close to this and that we got to find an alternative which in fact the people are doing. We are shutting down the death penalty in states. We're down to two percent of counties where prosecutors still somewhat go after the death penalty side by side with the prosecutors who never go far because it's up to the discrepancy of the person to choose death or not take brandon bernard. I've gotten involved with this case and just two times. Now i've been able to be on conference calls with him and with his lawyers trying to save his life and he described. This would be like three friday. Send a ago so he. He's grown up on death. Row and tarot he was just eighteen when the crime happ- as expressed remorse can't even imagine news. Just a young kid. When this crime happened of these people being killed and he did play some part in but anybody who knows branded knows he would never have consented to killing people as as what happened at his trial supposedly an expert on future dangerousness which has widely been debunked as totally unpredictable. The jury was told that he was the leader of a gang. He wasn't a leader. He was the low guy on the totem pole. So they have an image of him as this master. Mind this leader. Who gave all the directions for these people being killed and let's get back to three four fridays ago. It's a regular day in his life. He gets along with everybody at the prison. We just have twenty. Second sister helen. Anyway they come to guards come to his door. They don't say a word. He usually jokes with him. They put handcuffs on him. Walking down the hall where the warden's waiting and says here's the warrant for your death. You'll be dead by this date and of he then his whole life it's torture it's unseen we have to get the word out and to the american people shut this down. Sister jala four. We go. I wanted to ask you about someone else who you've worked with over the years. Bill palca the anti-death penalty activists who died earlier this month that the age of seventy three co founded the group journey of hope partnered with you to campaign against the death penalty on may fourteenth eighty. His grandmother ruth pesky wish murdered by then fifteen year. Old paula cooper paulo was later convicted and sentenced to death making her the youngest mercy on death row pokey was among those who pleaded for her life to be spared in two thousand thirteen. Bill palca spoke on democracy now immediately when my heart touching that compassion and forgiveness to place. I knew from that moment. On whenever i would think about my grandmother in no longer picture how she died but a picture how she lived she stood for what she believed in the beautiful wonderful person. She was having to decide. Feel good for type of stuff to be shared with other people so that we spell palca now with you in two thousand thirteen. In fact he was able to help. Get paula cooper off of death row. Although she would ultimately take her own life. I thought's in this last twenty seconds sister. Helen for sean. Bill kelty is one more example of someone who instead of being dehumanized by violence. That happened to his beloved. Grandmother took that courage that she had and brought it into life and fought for it his whole life to end the death penalty. He was the one waiting for paul a coupon released from prison and then played such a role because he believed in life and that all human beings could be redeemed sister. Helen per sean. Thank you so much for being with us. One of the world's most well known anti-death penalty activists and as we end today. Show very happy. Birthday to dean. Augusta democracy now produced with rene mike burke dean augusta libby. Rainy nermeen shake marietta. Santa carla wills. Tommy were enough. Trina under cop tamer studio john. Hamilton ravi karen honey masuda doctrine control. Especial thanks julie. 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Democracy Now! 2020-12-01 Tuesday

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Democracy Now! 2020-12-01 Tuesday

"Hi i'm amy goodman in this time of covid. Nineteen climate chaos and historic elections. You count on democracy now to stay focused on the issues that matter. Most we count on you to support our independent journalism. If everyone who tunes into democracy now gave just ten dollars we could cover our operating costs for twenty. Twenty one really. That's all it would take. Please do your part today by visiting us at democracy now dot org stay safe wear a mask save lives and thank you so much from new york. This is democracy now. We should have burned to twenty million dollars by the year. So as soon as we get a promoter joe gun and his teams get hold vaccine. We have and stuff shipping country. Americans will be twenty four hours from abroad as maderno the second company to seek emergency authorization for its covid. Nineteen vaccine the. Cdc is meeting today to decide who should be first to get the vaccine once ones available with the pandemic states. We'll speak to two african american doctors who've spent years fighting racial disparities healthcare one then joined maderna's vaccine study to honor her father who died from covid nineteen plus. We'll mark world aids day with professor steven thrasher. Aids continues to kill too many people. Almost seven hundred thousand. People were killed by last year and that was decades after effective medication. Became available as we're on the verge of potentially having krona virus vaccine to roll out. We have to remember that. If we don't actively anti-racists anti-capital approach hundreds of thousands of millions of people can you to suffer and die all that and more coming up. Welcome to democracy now democracy now dot org the quarantine report. I'm mean goodman the us centers for disease control and prevention is convening a panel of advisors today to determine who will be the first in line to be vaccinated against covid nineteen as the us corona virus outbreak continues to shatter world records on monday. Us hospitalizations top. Ninety six thousand a record high there were one hundred sixty eight thousand new confirmed cases. Nearly thirteen hundred new deaths monday. The were over four million confirmed. Us infections in november alone here in new york governor. Andrew cuomo warned of a looming nightmare of overwhelmed hospitals saying he's prepared to once again close non essential businesses of cases keep rising cuomo also ordered hospitals to call up retired medical workers. Every hospital has to identify retired nurses and doctors. Now we're already experiencing staff shortages. Staff just gets exhausted after a. They've had a horrendous year in california and new remain at home order went into effect across los angeles county monday. As governor gavin newsom warn similar orders could soon follow for nearly all of california's fifty eight counties if these trends continue. We're going to have to take much more dramatic arguably drastic action on monday president. Trump's handpicked corona virus adviser. Dr scott atlas resigned. He's the former fox news. Contributor neuro-radiologist from stanford's conservative hoover institution with no expertise and epidemiology or infectious disease. Doctor analysts appointment true condemnation from stanford's faculty senate who his comments stanford doctors wrote in an l. a. times op-ed quote the guidance. He is giving to the white house does not reflect sound epidemiological reasoning nor is it consistent with the current body of scientific knowledge about cova nineteen unquote president. Trump's personal lawyer responded to doctors letter from stanford about one hundred researchers infectious disease doc by threatening to sue them for defamation. Dr atlas has dismissed overwhelming scientific evidence. That face slow the spread of corona virus. He also pushed widely discredited strategy of her immunity through natural infection. A policy that public health officials say could result in the deaths of millions. More americans last month atlas cold on michiganders' to rise up against public health measures aimed at slowing the spread of covid nineteen drawing condemnation from michigan's democratic governor gretchen whitmer who was targeted in an alleged terrorist plot by far right militia members to overthrow the michigan government and kidnap her. The government accountability office reports millions of. Us workers left unemployed by the pandemic been denied the full jobless benefits. They're owed with the majority of states paying out the minimum benefit instead of a higher amount based on workers prior earnings. The gao also found weekly labor department unemployment figures which reached historic highs in two thousand and twenty have significantly undercounted. The number of people out of work. Meanwhile new research finds more than four hundred thousand covid nineteen cases and nearly eleven thousand deaths resulted from addictions after many states allowed fiction moratoriums to expire over the summer. Emergency room physician. Dr jason wilson tweeden response stable housing even more important than wearing a mask getting out of this pandemic means following all the cdc guidelines including the one about not addicting people during a global pandemic unquote miss concert and arizona. Have formerly certified joe. Biden's win over. Donald trump dealing the latest blow to trump's quest to overturn the results of the twenty twenty election on monday trump campaign lawyer joseph digenova said former. Us cybersecurity. chief. Chris credits who was fired by trump after call the twenty twenty election. The most secure election in american history should be put to death. Digenova was speaking on the howie carr talk. Radio show is a class a moron. They should be drawn and quartered taken out a shot. This comes as the new york times and washington post to reporting. The trump campaign has raised as much as one hundred seventy million dollars since election day by appealing to supporters for help with legal challenges. Much of the money will reportedly go into an account for president to use on future political elections feature political activities or even on himself one trump donor north carolina businessman. Frederick has sued the campaign to recover his two point five million dollars donation citing disappointing results. President trump continues to lash out at top republicans. Who refused to back his claims of election fraud on monday. Trump demanded georgia republican governor. Brian kemp overrule his secretary of state. Brad raffin spurs certification. Biden's win in georgia calling kemp. Hapless trump also attacked arizona's republican governor. Doug ducey monday. Saying he had quote betrayed the people of arizona by certifying. Joe biden's when this comes as arizona. Democratic senator elect mark kelly who defeated republican incumbent. Martha mcsally is set to be sworn in on wednesday. His victory means the senate's balance of power will be decided georges twin runoff election scheduled for january fifth when republican incumbents kelly. Leffler and david perdue will face challenges. Reverend rafael wore. knock and david ossoff. Some georgia republicans have raised fears. Trump's attacks could suppress republican voter turnout leading to a democratic controlled. Us senate schools in baltimore. Maryland are closed for a second day after a ransomware attack. Shut down much of the school. District's computer network of authorities have revealed few details and what was compromised or if the attacker made any demands. This comes the new york times reveals and other medical institutions or coming under an increasing wave of cyber attacks. A recent attack on the university of vermont health network took down. The electronic medical record for nearly a month disrupting care for chemotherapy. Patients and others in immigration news. Federal court in new york has ordered immigration and customs enforcement to bring immigrants in front of a judge within ten days of being apprehended. New york immigration rights activists celebrated monday's ruling saying it'll protect immigrants due process rights as ice can no longer subject them to indefinite detention before hearings related to their case ruling only effects new york in guatemala indigenous leaders and thousands of protesters took to the streets of the western region of silla on monday. As anti-government actions continued across guatemala for the second week protesters blocked a major highway and surrounding roads for hours. This comes as indignation continues to mount over the government's response to the pandemic and to back to back hurricanes eight to an iota which displaced hundreds of thousands of people last month. Many protesters are calling for president. One hundred. Gm tae to resign is causing great harm to society and that's why we demand the resignation of alejandro. Get out your monte. Thousands of people also led a protest in guatemala city saturday with vows to continue mobilizations until the president and other government officials step down meanwhile amnesty international condemning the excessive use of force guatemalan police against protesters and journalists at a massive action last month triggered by retracted budget pass by the guatemalan congress which proposed cuts to health and education in news from capitol hill. A number of major corporations including apple nike and coca cola or opposing a bill to ban goods made using forced labor by leaguers and other muslim minority groups in china's xinjiang region. The house passed the legislation for oh six to three but the senate has not yet voted a congressional report earlier. This year found. Many corporations have directly or indirectly relied on forced labour in chengjiang including adidas. Calvin klein campbell. Soup cosco h. m. tommy hilfiger nike and patagonia. French politicians have announced. They will totally rewrite a controversial new security bill. After weeks of nationwide protests the proposed law would have banned the publication of images of police officers and increase police powers on monday four. French police officers were charged with assaulting black music producer. Michelle sector while hurling. Racial epithets at him video of the incident went viral at a time. When many and france feared the proposed security low would be used to cover up future cases of police brutality in environmental news. The brazilian government has confirmed over two point. Seven million acres of the amazon rainforest were destroyed over the past year the largest amount in twelve years deforestation surged onto the right wing presidency of jair bolsonaro. Scientists say preserving. The amazon is crucial and addressing the climate crisis. Construction set to begin on the new bridge. Line three pipeline. After the minnesota pollution control agency approved final needed permit on monday. The controversial proposed pipeline would carry tar sands oil from albert canada to a terminal in wisconsin cutting through indigenous territory and minnesota running under more than two hundred streams indigenous groups have been fighting the project for years and the winners of the twenty twenty prestigious goldman. Environmental prize have been announced. Among this year's winners are crystalline. Umbro's from the bahamas who pressured the government to ban single use plastic bags cutlery and straws and styrofoam containers and cups. Too busy ezekiel from ghana. The national coordinator of three fifty ghana reducing our carbon. He also works. With ghana's youth. Climate activists the and chemo and indigenous leader in the ecuadorian. Amazon who led legal action against oil extraction in the region and lead depeche indigenous maya woman from osceola chen mexico who promotes sustainable development practices for my in communities is also a beekeeper protecting a rare native species. This is speaking at this year's goldman virtual ceremony last night game. You miguel opportunity. That comprise gives me the opportunity to tell the world that the lands of the indigenous people are being stripped away by the imposition of mega extraction projects agro industry and tourism and others that strengthen model of capitalism that threatens natural resources and our way of life and those are some of the headlines. This is democracy now democracy now dot org the quarantine report. I mean he goodman in new york joined by my co host gonzalez in new brunswick new jersey. One it's great to see you. Amy and welcome. All of our listeners viewers across the country and around the world. Well the us centers for disease control and prevention is meeting today to vote on who should be the first to get the corona virus vaccine. Once once available this comes as drugmakers pfizer and moderna are seeking emergency regulatory approval of their vaccines for widespread use with pfizer. Set to be reviewed by the fda. On december tenth maderna's review will be a week later. The corona virus is raging across the united states with four million cases in november alone. The pandemic is disproportionately impacting african american latin x and indigenous communities and exposing long standing in equities and systemic racism in our healthcare system. These same communities are under represented in clinical trials for covid nineteen vaccines due in part to centuries of abusive treatment at the hands of medical researchers were beginning. Today's show with someone whose work focuses on how systemic racism undermines the health of people of color sheer self participated in modern vaccine. Trial in part is a way to honor her late. Father and to ensure african americans are included in these studies. Dr chris cornell is a public health physician newark new jersey where hospitals in the early days of the pandemic were described as bursting at the seams with black and latinx next patients infected with covid around the same time. Her father timothy pernell was hospitalized and tragically died from cova complications on april thirteenth soon. After her sister. Kim a breast cancer survivor was diagnosed with cove it. She still suffering from long term symptoms. Their father timothy now was recognized by new jersey governor phil murphy who tweeted about how he quote worked his way up from the grounds keeping crew at bell. Labs to becoming a member of the technical staff for more dr. Chris cornell joins us from montclair new jersey dr personnel. It's great to have you with us. Our condolences on the death of your father Can you just take on the chronology of what happened with your dad. What a remarkable man he was and then ultimately your decision to be a participant in the modern trial. George thanks for having me this morning so if we can think back to the spring were things. Were just really beginning to explode in new jersey in particular in essex county in centering on work new jersey which was unfortunately in- epicenter of the pandemic hospitals were starting to restrict visitation when cases. Were starting to pile up. My dad unfortunately got admitted to a local hospital. Just samir four miles away from where i work. He went in for an unrelated clause He actually was stable. He was laughing. He was talking. He was talking about eating his favorite foods and then suddenly one day. He became violently ill. He had a vigorous chills fevers difficulty breathing and we were concerned. His medical team was concerned in after having several of those episodes unfortunately he had to be tested in tested positive. When my father tested positive it was very much in the early days of this phone virus pandemic when there was little that we knew about how to treat coronavirus little that we knew about how to sustain life in unfortunately couldn't be there in person with him on. I can at best speak with over. The phone or family members could speak from virtually and then he just route two week. He grew too tired. I think last for my father's voice. The thursday before he died and he died on a monday and we was sure my dad i tell people what's her roic. I thought he was the bionic man. Here you had a man came up during the jim crow south on who chain north on during a time. That many blacks did following a migratory pattern flee systemic racism even terror of the jim crow south and settled in the the norton jersey. New york on alterly- my father that came research scientists but not before he on a host of jobs in one was being a groundsman on the famed bell. Lattes campus on. My father always had a nap for math and science but college wasn't a possibility for him in the nineteen fifties in richmond virginia and so one fateful day led to another fateful opportunity and my dad was self taught. He would read textbooks at night he would go to classes. Provided at the lab some of the phd hd scientists in He assumed the research grown. I like to say he was part of definitely groundbreaking work at bell. Labs and more importantly what. The advocated for blacks to have equal opportunity to access to build in research and dr per. No you'll father was not the only member of your family afflicted by the coronavirus could talk about the experiences of other family members and then your decision to participate in a vaccine trial. Sure i've been saying. Clearly it is so important to put a face to this. Pandemic is so important to face to the science when we talk about how ronan virus has disproportionately impacted black and brown lies. I oftentimes points in my own story. So here the week where we bury my father through a virtual ceremony. My sister was confirmed positive. Coronavirus my sister who is a breast cancer. Survivor works in a central retail industry. In likely got exposed on her job became sick. She wasn't hospitalized but he was sick at home we closely monitor her and hear what almost eight or nine months later. My sister still has lingering. After effects of the infection on she just got off a supplemental oxygen. She has not yet returned to work. So that's that disproportionate impact in even this past sunday. Unfortunately i'm lost another relative. I lost a beloved cousin to corona bowers. Who suffered a catastrophic stroke and then in terms of your decision to participate in the trial. Sure you know my father's death What i saw my sister go through what i saw. The patients at our safety net hospital in work encounter in deal with and being a public health physician. I needed a way to be a part of the solution. You could say if a fire in my belly I believe in public health science obviously as a public health physician in. I wanted a way to be part of that signs. My dad was frequently. Say to me he would say follow the science follow. The data in an opportunity was made available on our hospital little in conjunction with a low academic medical institution was a sponsoring site. So i was able to volunteer in a did not hesitate at that opportunity. I knew what was known at that. Time from phase one researched hand. I knew also that no serious medical event. That happened in face to. And i knew it was important for black and brown persons to participate if we're ever to get at a truly effective solution and can you talk about were there effects side effects people are describing feeling sick for a day or two. I mean it is. Astounding dr personnel. That with your dad who's died with your sister who's along haller that you were willing to go through this even as you treat covid patients so let me. Let me talk about that. So i'm not a frontline provider. I work in leadership. But i'm definitely a part of an institution caring for those outline patients. But i would say to you. I had to. I had to do something right. I saw my community decimated in understanding the legacy of systemic racism. That's why this pandemic has disproportionately impacted black and brown lives. I'm needed a way to say can get an effective solution to be back. This fantastic so i enrolled. I'm very much aware of the legacy of medical experimentation the legacy of medical exploitation. But this wasn't opportunity to be a part of something that was rooted in sound at the whole practice in upheld informed consent. And so when. I got my first injection at the end of august. I could tell you it felt like when i got my flu vaccine right. I had local pain or soreness at the injection site. i did have some headaches and things of that nature but nothing to out of the ordinary or not that was concerning from my baseline in addition to that first injection. I have a second injection in the very early days of october. That experience was a little bit different. I can tell you that day by the in that day that i got that injection felt extremely extremely fatigue. I'm i was selling the story. I felt like i couldn't get out of my car. I just felt overcome excessive petite in addition to that. I had a more severe headaches. But i can tell you though. Symptoms didn't last longer than twenty four to about thirty six hours in for me. It was worth it. I don't know about within the placebo arm or in the active vaccine candidate arm the experience his ipad to date. They've been worth it and doug to predict you talk about some of the historic barriers to getting people of color particularly african americans to want to participate in vaccine trials. There's a natural scepticism. Because as you mentioned the legacy of of previous experiments done on people of color we can go back to slavery when dr stans was doing gynecological procedures on enslaved black women without anesthesia. Without their consent they weren't even considered human beings. A we could talk about. How black bodies were rob from cemeteries. I'm out of that. Civil war era to allow medical students to learn anatomy in dissection you talk about the unfortunate infamous experience of each civilised studies where we had treatment for syphilis but that was withheld to study the natural progression of disease in black men. We can talk about in the last while. I'm a black woman segregated baltimore who had metastatic cervical cancer tissue samples taken from her womb. Unknowingly that become one of the most for cell lines that have led to groundbreaking research could talk about mississippi appendectomies or We're we're describing. Were black and brown. Women have audubon or sterilizations under the guise of something else. There are a host of examples in the literature in the lived experience that is weighed on the collective psyche of the black and brown community. But in addition to what's happened in the past we healthier I l- i describe it as we're still grappling with systemic racism rightward still grappling with inequity that lead to i'm staggering healthier disparities whether it is disproportionate a disease prevalence rates or whether it is implicit bias. That impacts provider in patient interactions. There is a truth that we cannot deny. And i'm very very well cloudiness of that truth and my work centers on health equity in health justice so so important as we go into community and we talk about what to do have to be back this pandemic and clinical research being one of which has gotten a civil point where we have. To vaccine candidates applying for emergency use authorization we have to center that conversation in transparency and authenticity and then we have to demonstrate trustworthiness we in academic medicine knee in healthcare. So that we can win that that we can cultivate trust in these communities that have been historically slough lucia disadvantage doctor per now. We're going to ask dr. Monica peak this question as well and a minute at the university of chicago. But your thoughts on what's being proposed now to increase participation and that is paying people to take the vaccine. I think john delaney. The former democratic presidential candidate former congressman from maryland is proposing something like a thousand fifteen hundred dollars. Your thoughts on this. I'm against that I'm against that. Because i think that's an unfair inducement having a financial incentive such as that the people who would be most sensitive our those who are struggling with poverty and we we can't have any shortcuts. We have to do the hard work. The hard work is demonstrating trustworthiness. The hard work is beating back the misinformation and disinformation and hearing people's fears and concerns and allowing science to listen with an empathetic ear and then to demonstrate why. This is the right choice why this is so necessary to improve our communities. I don't think paying people is the way to go about it. I think actually that is shortchanged result that doesn't center itself in a health equity approach crisper. Now we thank you so much for being with us. Public health physician newark new jersey dern vaccine trial participant. Thanks for being with us next up. We'll continue to discuss the covid vaccines as drugmakers press for emergency approval and the debate over whether people should be paid to take those vaccines as well. The cdc now considering today who should get the millions of vaccines will probably be made available in the next week's stay with us. Percents been cutting away. What happens may named on the firewood. Collector by bernard cabinda. The late ugandan musician died of aids. Today is world aids day. This is democracy. Now i made me goodman with juan gonzalez as we continue to look at corona virus pandemic spike here in the us and how the vaccine will be distributed as the cdc prepares to meet today to vote on who should be the first to get the vaccine. Once it's available as there should bution draws near a recent polls suggest. Forty percent of americans are reluctant to take the vaccine in response. Some including the former maryland congressman and former presidential candidate. John delaney are pushing to pay people to get vaccinated. This is delaney on cnn responding to criticism that the plan plan would cause an undue burden on people who are economically disadvantaged those who are at least economically so among us have suffered disproportionally under this pandemic so many of those people are not sitting at home in zooming into work. They're actually getting on public transportation going to grocery stores and making sure the essential things that we all need are available. They're the people who will benefit the most from getting the vaccination rate up well for more on vaccine distribution. We're joined by dr monica peak. Physician associate professor of medicine and health disparities researcher at the university of chicago She is meeting at the university today to determine how the university will roll out the vaccine there in chicago like other cities across the country. Those killed by covid. Nineteen have been disproportionately african american and latin next dr peak. Welcome to democracy. Now it's great to have you with us. Why don't you start off by responding to with the former. Congressman is proposing If there is a problem with people being concerned about the vaccine pay them to take it. Now I agree with dr pursell in that we should separate the two issues of economic need and the issue a vaccine implementation Because we don't want the perception of vaccine safety Entrust in the vaccine to Cloud the waters of economic need in so It is really important that people are able to look at the science that people are able to follow the words of the scientists and the public health professionals and say this is something that safe that i believe in that that the trusted professionals are recommending. That i take and that they're not saying. This is something that financially i need to do and i think there might be more risks associated with because i'm having to be paid to take it but because i'm so broke. I'm gonna put my body in harm's way in order to get this money. We don't want people feeling like they have to make that choice so we need to be able to disentangle those two things In and make sure that we have given the people the stimulus that they need. Those conversations are in gridlock that needs to you know fix itself. I'm willing to come to agreement about how to make sure that we are financially supporting the people that are in this economic crisis separately. We need to figure out how we're going to be able to Ensure that we have the trust needed to vaccinate our entire us population. Everyone's gotta get vaccinated quickly. And so those are two separate conversations and on this issue dr peak all the a getting everyone vaccinated clearly there will have to be steps and the decisions that are being made today in terms of priorities at the federal level hottest. Even your university or at the local level how to the health professionals. What kind of things that they think about in terms of after the first responders the people in the healthcare system who gets it next. Well you know there are millions of people that need this vaccine and so A lot of thought has been going into how to fairly allocate the vaccine on way before we knew that the vaccine would even be ready. So it's a miracle that it's We have two that are coming on the market. This quickly And so the national academy of science engineering and medicine had been meeting already for months and has come up with recommendations. The the cdc is currently meeting. I'm individual hospitals are coming up with their with their individual. Roll out plans. But the general consensus is that people who are frontline workers people who are considered frontline healthcare workers high risk healthcare workers people who are essential workers. Those who are sick have chronic medical problems. Those who are living in close quarters congregate facilities like nursing. Homes homeless shelters prisons People that are elderly all of these sort of high risk populations for whatever reason either Based on your job where you're living. How secure are those. The populations that need to be vaccinated early k. Through twelve teachers. We need to be able to get people back into school into settings where they can be close together and so there's a phased rollout our. We have phase one face to face three so that we can sort of in an orderly fashion fit. Figure out. who's gonna go first And it gets make sure that everyone in the population goes and so right. Now we're trying to think about just phase one a which is high risk health workers and at first responders in so Assuming that things happen on time and since ten th the first vaccine is made available and starts being shipped out than the hospitals are beginning to look inwardly and think about how we're going to vaccinate our own hospital employee population. So where i am. We have about sixty five hundred employees a little more than that and so we think that we can vaccinate everybody in a week so if we did a thousand vaccinations a day. Then we could get everyone done within a week's time and so We are sort of looking at that kind of timeframe and when we talk about for instance off first responders and folks in healthcare facilities. I'm assuming that for instance in a hospital includes not just nurses and the doctors and the but also the the maintenance staff and the kitchen workers at all the other people that are part of that hospital complex is that true that is true everybody in the hospital is potentially exposed and We think about when you are a patient in the hospital. Someone is coming in to clean your room. Someone is coming in to deliver your food. Someone's coming into take your temperature. There are many people that come in and out of that door Deliver magazines Who are not your nurse or your physician but have contact with you. There are people who are changing your bed linens That are you know having contact with soiled contaminated infectious products and so everybody needs to be protected. We are all in this together and so The hospital is is a bubble that that we're all in and we are all at risk and so yes Hospital workers means all hospital workers. As we were just talking with dr chris cornell about the use of experimentation especially on the african american community medical experimentation. One of your specialties is. Racial disparities and i had two questions. This isn't related just to disparity you said everyone could be vaccinated a week but these are a two part vaccine. So there's this question of will they use all the forty million or so vaccines all at once and then wait for the next ones to be developed or will they only use twenty million of them so you can get the second vaccine and whatever that period is and if you can talk about whether it conveys immune not or you can actually get sick but you will be a symptomatic and you can still spread it all these questions about the vaccine but then also and the wider population since such what you deal with also outside of the university of chicago workers at the meat packing plants form workers people who are undocumented. How do we ensure that they all have equal access. These are excellent questions Difficult questions but ones that we are going to have to think about how we have a system in place to roll out implementation and so already it. It shows that this is not something that hospitals in and of themselves are going to do. The vaccines are primarily going to be shipped to health departments and then health departments then partial them out to different institutions and so in some cases You know hospitals will be working alongside other kinds of organizations to make sure that populations are effectively vaccinated. And so certainly. We are used to caring for patients. And so we'll be you know caring for our own patients who are medically vulnerable and making sure they get vaccine vaccinated but some people not everyone has a primary care physician. Many people exist Unfortunately without routine care but we need to make sure that everyone in this country is vaccinated. And so we're going to have to think about non health care sites for vaccination just like we're doing for cova testing where we have pop up testing sites. We're going to have to be more creative in how we think about reaching populations that don't ordinarily show up at our doors for care and to ensure that we are reaching everyone for vaccine delivery and talk to peak. I wanted to ask you given the fact that the vaccine will be rolled out probably right around the time that the deaths and hospitalizations from the virus are are at record levels. There's going to be enormous pressure by sectors of the population to get the vaccine. I'm thinking there's over the last nine months. There's a whole section of the american public that has had the ability to work remotely from home and therefore protect themselves whereas those workers who have to go to work every day have been increasingly the ones most exposed so should though the vaccine then be rolled out to those who are being forced to work every day as a result of the kind of jobs at the have and won't debbie pressure from those who are generally more professional more middle-class source to have stayed at home all these nine months to also get the vaccine. How do you monitor. What's going to be the monitoring process to make sure there's not abuses. Yeah you know. That's an excellent question. I am unaware of Sort of the teeth or the penalties for people jumping in line and trying to abuse the system But what we have tried to put in place are Parameters and a rollout system so that you now think about a buffet line at on a cruise ship or something. So now we're taking people who are having the blue the blue cards. These are the people who are due to get vaccinated this week. We're doing everyone who's a healthcare employees next week. We're doing essential workers for the next month and how we're going to figure out exactly how we find those people in in whatever. Were you know. Those are the plans and implementation policies and things we're going to have to be working through in conjunction with city planners and this is where the rubber hits throat and all of the infrastructure and planning to start working and has been working but essential workers in that are keeping our cities and townships functioning Their high up on the list. The part of the face to and so Again people who are for performing critical functions for the city as well as people who are carrying higher burton's of disease our priority people frequently. Those are the same people becau- people who have been burdened by oppression by structural inequities and racism That has affected their health and the same structural inequities has meant that they have had limited opportunities as far as education and career advancement so a lot of times. They're to be working in essential worker jobs and so many of the people who That were talking about being a high priorities for a medical reason or for an occupational reason are the same people and so those people are may have multiple reasons to be priority individuals for getting vaccinated and dr monica peak. May getting ahead of ourselves here. I mean you have stephen hahn head of the fda the doctor who's been called to the white house because mark meadows the chief of staff will also came down with cova does did president trump. Of course the white house is a hot spot. Because of the herd immunity approach president trump has taken of putting pressure on him to speed up the approval process. It's it'll be going to the fda but then it has to be approved by the cdc. This has been done at unbelievable speed. Which is both the excellent news but also a concern for people. Is this being approved with the the kind of scientific review that something like this distributed on a mass basis needs. Are you concerned about that. Overall the speed with which this is being done and the fact that even before january twentieth as everyone looks at that next inauguration day you have tens of thousands of americans who will die and what president trump needs to be doing right now outside the virus outside the vaccine to ensure that people have access to masks and tests something that continues to be a massive problem in this country. Yes so much you just said right there so where to start Against the easy answer is thinking about the current administration Given that trump has been in office for four years And we've seen what he can and cannot do And we've seen how he has handled and approached the koga pandemic. I don't have high hopes that his behavioral change between now and january twentieth. The best that i can hope for is that he will step out of the way An enough way to make room for the incoming biden administration and the transition team to be able to Make some headway biden. Has the first thing he did was pulled together. His covid nineteen task force which is chock full of scientists health policy analysts public health professionals people who are very experienced in you know vaccine policy And know what they're doing and so getting these people together who have already been thinking about covid for years well not for years but you know infant infectious disease for years. And you've been thinking about the cove pandemic since it started. You know that is where we need to be able to let these people flourish in this space Have access to Some resources but i do think that Talking about just the repentiti with which is these. Vaccines have moved forward. You're right in that. That's a good thing and then there's some ambivalence there we want things to move as quickly as possible as long as it's safe. We want them to move with the speed of light as long as the science is there and for them not to have been politically approved for them to be to have been scientifically approved. And so that's the fine line that we want to walk and so When all the scientists have come together behind the idea of project warp speed that has been so far and effective scientific endeavor And so we want that kind of scientific collaboration to continue but what we don't want is politicians getting in the mix and saying. I really need this to happen to ensure my reelection or you know things that worry the public and we know that these things have worried the public and so we cannot undermine or we have already undermined. We cannot continue to undermine and erode the public trust in this process. We need to have the public trust that this vaccine will be safe and we cannot cut corners because once the vaccine is here if no one is willing to take it all of this effort will have been for naught. So we we we. Can't you know speed things up just to get here and then no one's willing to use it so we have to start to persona saying do the hard work we have to do it right. We have to think right now in advance about how we're going to make this vaccine acceptable to communities. Who are thinking that. This is something that. I'm not interested in and be engaging right now in campaigns of truth telling we to be engaging with organizations that we know are trust worthy rather than tearing down the cdc. We needs to be building up that public health infrastructure reinvesting in the cdc giving them back the leadership in the ability to tell truth to the public and giving them back. You know the right to to run the ship. dr peak. I wanna thank you so much for being with us. Physician associate professor of medicine and health disparities research at the university of chicago. There is so to talk about and we will get back to you soon again next up. It's world aids day. We'll speak with professor steven thrasher. In thirty seconds. Hope i'm tonio. Very poets gay icon and paraguay who died from hiv aids in one thousand nine hundred eighty four. This is democracy. Now i mean he. Goodman with juan gonzalez today is world aids day as the world waits on an effective covid nineteen vaccine and the us's skyrocketing cases that shatter every world record. We turn now to look at the ongoing aids epidemic in how the corona virus has threatened treatment for those living with hiv. Around thirty. three million lives have been lost to aids in the past four decades. This is the head of the world health organization. Speaking there is some evidence that people living with. Hiv may have an increased risk of severe disease and as from covid nineteen. This increased has been compounded by disruptions treatment for people living with hiv w. two survey of one hundred twenty seven countries earlier this year more than a quarter reported partial disruption to anti retroviral treatment for people with hiv. Well for more. We go to chicago to speak with steven thrasher professor at the middle school of journalism at northwestern university author of the forthcoming book the viral underclass how racism abe alyssum and capitalism plague humans on the margins. His new pieces out in scientific american. It's headlined world. Aids day is a grim reminder that we have more than one pandemic going on welcome back to democracy now professor thrasher talk about that more than one pandemic and what today means. Bq according to the world health organization. They're actually about twenty pandemic going on that. Include of course cove nineteen zeka and hiv aids and hiv. Aids has continued to kill way too many people. Seven hundred thousand people died last year as i write about my piece. The sort of good news is good as that kind of devastating news can be is that it's declined a great deal but we really risk is the as Cliff was just saying a moment ago. We risk the possibility that that could go back up. And what's really concerning to me. As the previous two doctors were speaking about vaccination coming out as a pharmacological intervention alone is not going to get us out of this the death and destruction we're seeing There have been very effective medications for hiv for the past quarter of century and yet tens of millions of people have died since that time. The problem is not just the drugs that it's the conditions around people's lives that lead them to become affected by ride viruses. And could you explain that. Why despite the the anti antiretroviral drugs that have gone that have come on the scene over these twenty five years or so that the rates of eight continue to so in a word the problem is capitalism. The drugs work. We have to get them to people and it's not just a matter of getting the drugs to people at the whole conditions of their life how to be life sustaining valuable. So there's a fantastic paper that i'm citing and my piece by emily benn for a number of co authors in the journal of urban health and writes about the connection they write about the connection between addiction and in nineteen that different people from their homes is creating an increased amount of covid nineteen transmission and something very similar has happened with h shaved. The aids virus is transmitted very differently but they affect similar populations because people are subject to the same overall terrible conditions. So if somebody doesn't have a home if somebody is homeless and doesn't have employment. They don't have health insurance. They're not going to be able to get hiv medication and hiv meds work for the populations that got them. They not only save the life of the person that keeps them from transmitting the virus onward and that way they sort of act like a vaccination but certain populations never really got the drugs. And i'm writing about my book. According to the cdc data in two thousand fifteen the rate of aids for black america was actually slightly higher than it had ever been for america before there were any drugs at all and that was after there been around for about twenty years so if we're only depending upon drugs to the crisis it's not going to help the people who are most at risk and i'm wondering if you could extrapolate that the issue of racial disparities around hiv aids and how they have emerged or continue to develop in terms of the corona virus because already obviously the coronavirus fund. The very beginning was afflicting. African americans latinos native americans have much higher rates than than white americans. But certainly so to look at only one variable. That's an easy one to understand what's happening is to look at the issue of who is housed in america. White people are the majority of people in the united states still and they are a minority of those who are in housed. African americans are only about thirteen percent of the population and are majority of the in house and everything that comes along with not having a home being pleased not having health access jobs ending up in the informal economy where. You're more likely to be arrested and sexually assaulted. All of that is one of the reasons why hiv is more prevalent amongst african americans. And if you don't get the drugs than the virus will concentrate and certain population and now we're seeing something very similar happening with covid nineteen people who don't have the structural support that they need for a healthy life who are not able to work from home who are not able to live with space. Some of it's just kind of mathematics if you look at how influenza moved before and how much square footage people need next people. Native americans african americans have less living space and when they're more likely to be which is one of the brilliant things about this paper is that when people are victims. Sometimes they end up on the street. Usually the first stop is that they end up doubling up with other people and so the households get even more dense and there's more cova transmission likely to be happened. And that's what we're really seeing with. Latin next black and native american communities now is that as there are more likely to be victims as they're more likely to lose work and the covid nineteen pandemic. They're living denser populations and denser homes with other people who are more likely to be frontline workers more likely to be exposed and the service industry and not have jobs where they can work from home. I wanted to ask you quickly before we end about the nomination of near attendant president-elect biden has now made to women of color and key economic position. Cecilia rouse a princeton labor economist to chair. The council of economic advisers near attendant head of the center for american progress is director of the office of management and budget. She would be the first woman of color. And i south asian woman and the role but many progresses object to her playing a role in the incoming administration citing caps cozy relationship with corporate funders. Her record of antagonizing an undermining progressive democrats and our hawkish foreign policy positions also has come under criticism for her support of slashing social security. Can you comment on the nomination of near attendant ahead owen. D why understand. Why progressives are upset and i was very upset because she represents what a lot of us are frustrated with the democrat. Party that the people that they're responding to are not the majority of americans responding to wall street the responding to a pharmacological producers and those are the kind of people that want to keep drugs high and and think that the prophet on drugs for potentially for covid nineteen is more important than actually saving people's lives and i think that when we're looking at other people of color i'm very honored to be on the show with dr allen dr peak we have to look at people who have an active commitment to racial justice and ending healthcare. Disparities does not apply to everyone. Who's coming into the cabinet and we don't want someone. I don't want someone like then not taking into account that we must keep people from being housed. They have to have healthcare access. Otherwise how are they going to get access to vaccination that has to be given over two or three doses over weeks. Finally ten seconds do you see medicare for all is a racial justice solution. Absolutely well steven thrasher when a thank you for being with us. Professor at the middle school of journalism at northwestern university faculty member of northwestern institute of sexual and gender minority health and wellbeing will link to his piece and scientific american just out today world aids day is a grim reminder that we have more than one pandemic going on that does it for our show democracy produced rene folks might burkina gusher libby. Renaming shape maria. taylor santa. Carla wills were enough touring endure malkov team. Roster you john. Hamilton rapid karen special. Thanks to julie. Crosby becca staley. I made me goodman reform stay safe. Where a mass.

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