June 11
As a senior advisor in the Obama White House and now for the Obama Foundation, Valerie Jarrett has led on issues of racial equality and police violence. As the nation confronts social justice issues, the call for reform and healing continues. The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty interviewed Jarrett to discuss these most pressing issues and what solutions can be implemented.
Highlights
NASCAR announced Wednesday it is banning displays of the Confederate flag at all of its events and properties, joining a number of brands that have taken a public stance against racial inequality. Obama Foundation senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said brands taking such a strong stance are ‘a level of activism that we should all welcome.”
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Protesters have been calling for localities to “defund the police,” and provide more money for additional community resources. Obama Foundation senior adviser Valerie Jarrett says she thinks, in some instances, more money is needed for police departments. “The reason I say in some cases they should have more money is, for example, I think there is uniform agreement that we should have better background checks on police officers, a national registry, that’s going to take some money to stand up…We should do far more training…On the other hand, I think officers are asked to do work that really, they’re not trained to do…They’re asked to take on responsibilities far broader than their scope.”
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Tuesday’s primary in Georgia resulted in chaos, with many voters facing hours-long waits and some never receiving mail-in ballots. Valerie Jarrett says,’The secretaries of state all really need to get their act together and look at Georgia as a test case for a disaster…This is not that hard. The military has always voted by mail, there are states across our country who vote by mail.’
  • Jun 11
Obama Foundation senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said she has “every confidence” that Joe Biden is just what our country needs right now. When asked if Biden should choose an African American as his running mate, Jarrett said, “I trust him to find the person who will not only be an effective partner with him during his campaign, but far more importantly, someone who will help him govern as we emerge from what has been a real crisis for our country.’
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Valerie Jarrett
Former Senior Advisor to Former President Barack Obama
Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn. She serves as chairman of the board of When We All Vote and co-chair of The United State of Women. She also serves on the boards of Ariel Investments, 2U, Lyft, the Innocence Project, the Economic Club of Chicago and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Finding My Voice: When the Perfect Plan Crumbles, the Adventure Begins, was published in 2019 and updated in 2020. Ms. Jarrett was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jarrett worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates. She led the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy. She championed the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. She oversaw the Administration’s advocacy for workplace policies that empower working families, including equal pay, raising the minimum wage, paid leave, paid sick days, workplace flexibility, and affordable childcare, and led the campaigns to reform our criminal justice system, end sexual assault, and reduce gun violence.
Karen Tumulty
The Washington Post
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