Daily Archives: June 25, 2019

New York Passes Nation’s Most Comprehensive Clean Energy Legislation in the Nation

Published on Jun 25, 2019
Adrien Salazar, who fought for the bill discusses how this bill, which calls for no fossil fuel energy by 2050, will affect poor communities hardest hit by the climate crisi

Reparations Hearing: See Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Full Opening Statement | NBC New York

Published on Jun 20, 2019
Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of “The Case for Reparations,” testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee during a hearing on whether the United States should consider compensation for the descendants of slaves. He delivered a rebuttal to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comments that “no one currently alive was responsible for that,” which Coates called a “strange theory of governance.” “Well into this century the United States was still paying out pensions to the heirs of civil war soldiers,” he said. “We honor treaties that date back some 200 years despite no one being alive who signed those treaties. Many of us would love to be taxed for the things we are solely and individually responsible for. But we are American citizens and this bound to a collective enterprise that extends beyond our individual and personal reach.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Reparations Are Not Just About Slavery But Also Centuries of Theft & Racial Terror

Published on Jun 20, 2019
On the heels of Wednesday’s historic hearing on reparations, we speak with renowned writer Ta-Nehisi Coates on the lasting legacy of American slavery, how the national dialogue about reparations has progressed in the past five years and his testimony in favor of H.R. 40, which took direct aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Coates says, “It is absolutely impossible to imagine America without enslavement.”

Leory Chiao discusses China’s growing BeiDou satellite constellation

Published on Feb 12, 2018
China’s Beidou satellite constellation grew with the launch of two new navigations satellites, carried into orbit by a single rocket launched from Xichang. Both represent significant upgrades compared to previous models, and will provide greater help to those getting around on the ground. Leory Chiao, CEO of OneOribt and a former NASA astronaut and ISS commander, discusses with CGTN’s Elaine Reyes.

How did China lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty?

Published on Jun 24, 2019
Over the last four decades, China has achieved significant results in poverty alleviation and reduction. From 1978 to 2018, the number of impoverished people dropped from 770 million to 16.6 million, and the poverty rate dropped from 97.5 percent to 1.7 percent. Check out this video and have a look at how China lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Joe Biden: Better than Trump is a very low standard

Published on Jun 20, 2019
Joe Biden is facing national backlash for applauding former senators and segregationists Herman Talmadge and James Eastland for their “civility.” But Ta-Nehisi Coates says Biden’s statement comes as no surprise. “Joe Biden shouldn’t be president,” says Coates. “When somebody shows you who they are, believe them. This is who Joe Biden is.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates on reparations and racist U.S. atrocities

Published on Jun 20, 2019
“Reparations is not just about enslavement,” says acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, following up on his congressional testimony about H.R. 40 and the case for reparations on Wednesday. “There was the 250 years of enslavement — that period of theft. After that, there was 100 years of terror — that period of theft. Our present system of mass incarceration emerges right out of that. This notion that a nation somehow only, especially when we’re talking about its debits, that it only lasts through the lifetime of its present generation is clearly ridiculous. The state itself would fall apart if that were true.”