1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Kamala Harris, (D) California:
" In America, justice has not been applied equally for all. And so let's talk about that and let's speak truth that in the last two years it has gotten even worse. Let's speak truth, that in the last two years we have seen hate crimes on the rise, but what has this administration done? Investigated 60 percent fewer civil rights cases, slash programs for fighting violent white nationalist extremist, and shut down the domestic terrorism intelligence unit. That is not justice. That is injustice."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D) New York:
"I firmly support Congresswoman Jackson Lee's bill to create a commission to study reparations. As president, I would advocate to Congress to pass that bill and I would sign that commission into law. This is the first step of acknowledging ,as a country, that hundreds years of slavery and institutional racism have caused mass inequity and harm to black people and has held black communities back for generations from achieving their full potential."
3 . SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Cory Booker, (D) New Jersey:
"I want to tell you why I'm getting frustrated already in this presidential campaign. Because I believe having good faith conversations about repairing for past harm in our country in the context of reparations is really important, but this conversation cannot just become a political box checking exercise or litmus tests without meaning. The boldest policies we're talking about right now can't just be about sentiment or about acknowledging the past, they need to be about actually balancing the economic scales and confronting the bias that persists right now in the present. Because if they don't we cannot guarantee, we may have people that speak to our issues, but we cannot guarantee that we will actually change the realities in communities like mine in Newark, New Jersey. "
4 .SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Tim Ryan, (D) Ohio:
"I will be offering in next coming weeks, an urban Marshall Plan in which we rehabilitate and reinvest in to the urban cores of the United States of America. We clean up our towns. We get rid of blight. We get rid of led paint in the homes that affects our kids ability to learn. We make sure there is not lead in the pipes. We make sure that teachers who teach our kids in the inner city get a pay raise. We have so many communities around here where there hasn't been a pay raise for a teacher in 9 or 10 years. We have a lot of work to do, but we can't let the powers that be continue to divide us."
Democratic presidential candidates are touting their plans on criminal justice reform, reparations and other racial equality issues at a conference in New York.
"I firmly support Congresswoman Jackson Lee's bill to create a commission to study reparations. As president, I would advocate to Congress to pass that bill and I would sign that commission into law," said Gillibrand.
Speaking at Al Sharpton's National Action Network's conference on Friday, New York Senator, Kristen Gillibrand said she would support a reparations bill.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker roused the crowd by making telling them to dream "Bold dreams."
Booker told the crowd they should look at candidates records to see where they really stand on the issues.
"I believe having good faith conversations about repairing for past harm in our country in the context of reparations is really important, but this conversation cannot just become a political box checking exercise or litmus tests without meaning," said Booker.
Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio was also among the other Democratic presidential contenders who addressed the group Friday.
Ryan jumped into the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, portraying himself as a candidate who can bridge Democrats' progressive and working class wings to win the White House.
Ryan said he supports the creation of a Marshall Plan like project to help rebuild urban areas in America.
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