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Hillary Clinton is set to meet with prominent Black Lives Matter activists DeRay Mckesson and Brittany Packnett in Cleveland on Friday, according to Bloomberg.

“I’m looking forward to the conversation w/ @HillaryClinton today,” Mckesson tweeted on Friday.

Clinton was confronted with tough questions last October when she initially met with BLM leaders. Activists pressed her on specific concerns relating to police brutality and criminal justice reform.

The Democratic candidate’s relationship with the Black Lives Matter movement and a large portion of young Black voters has been tempestuous; most are disillusioned with Clinton as a candidate and her past endorsements of policies that disproportionately affect African-Americans.

Clinton’s meeting with the group comes on the heels of Packnett’s endorsement of her in an ELLE Magazine interview with Melissa Harris-Perry.

“First, Secretary Clinton can protect the important, though imperfect, steps taken by the Obama administration to improve equity in criminal justice, education, and health care,” Packnett said. “And second, I am completely fed up with Donald Trump’s candidacy. It is not a joke.”

Packnett said she relates to Clinton as a woman who’s had to navigate tough spaces as the only female in the room.

“I found myself having deeper respect for her. And as a woman of color, I see more of myself among her staff than among the staff of other candidates. That matters,” Packnett said.

Though Packnett says she still has serious concerns about Clinton’s policies, she is the best candidate to carry forth Obama’s policies surrounding criminal justice, education, and health care.

“This is not about me. This is about the work. The best way I can use my platform is to support Secretary Clinton,” Packnett said.

SOURCE: BloombergELLE Magazine | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter


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6 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton Sits Down With BLM Activists DeRay Mckesson & Brittany Packnett

  1. Packnett & McKesson are naïve and simple minded, because employing people of color was not hard to do and does not guarantee anything and if that is the only thing that mattered than I pity you and others who follow you.

    Over and over again……
    Prosecutors “purposely” continue to charge officer’s with first degree murder, and proving first degree murder is difficult, because it has to be “both willful and premeditated”.
    If they are ever prosecuted:

    First Degree Murder Definition::
    In most states, first-degree murder is defined as an unlawful killing that is both willful and premeditated, meaning that it was committed after planning or “lying in wait” for the victim.
    Second-degree murder is ordinarily defined as:
    1) an intentional killing that is not premeditated or planned, nor committed in a reasonable “heat of passion”; or
    2) a killing caused by dangerous conduct and the offender’s obvious lack of concern for human life

    DA’s & Prosecutors know exactly what they are doing to appease the public, by charging (or not charging in most cases, ) and then prosecuting, but purposefully failing to convict for lack of “first degree evidence” (premeditation).
    Ultimately staying in favor with law enforcement, and covering their own butts on both sides at the same time.
    Case on point, Zimmerman in Florida.

    Charge these bastards with what it is, “An opportunity killing”_ Second Degree Murder_ and we will have more convictions of the murdering police officers in this country.
    When are Prosecutors, and DA’s, going to start doing their civic duty, in other words, THEIR JOB.

  3. common on said:

    Just because you see blacks among Hillary’s staff do not mean anything(Ms Packnett), we have been conditioned to look at color and Hillary and others are smart enough to know that, however that should not send a signal of acceptance or well being to anything, we have to look pass color, what issues she has been working on that mattered during her 30+ years in this political arena? Her track record does not say much of anything.

  4. When are the candidates going to tackle………
    Institutionalized Discrimination:
    You know the unjust and discriminatory mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals by organizations such as governments, corporations, financial institutions, public institutions, and other societal entities.
    Our government is still awarding (bid & no-bid) contracts annually in the $$Billions.
    [**federal agencies awarded $115.2 billion in no-bid contracts in fiscal year 2012, an 8.9 increase from $105.8 billion from 2009, according to government data. In 2009, contracts awarded without competition made up about 20 percent of total dollars awarded, compared with about 23 percent in fiscal 2012]. American’s can’t see the forest for the trees, but everybody else can:
    Our gov’t is utilizing every citizens tax dollars, & awarding these tax dollars to companies, contractors, sub-contractors, and corporations who purposely neglect to hire minorities in proportion to the area(s), where the work is being performed (ie city projects, county projects, state projects, and most importantly, federal projects).
    Those are our tax dollars putting food on everybody’s table but our own.
    Decrease minority unemployment, and the rest will take care of itself.
    Stop making bigots & racists rich with our tax dollars!!
    I may not be an attorney, but I know there is a law somewhere, if not, there should be, for this form of “TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION”, in the work force, and “ IT IS NOT Affirmative Action. Those dollars are our dollars and we are not being represented in the work force one iota.

    • common on said:

      Hillary has been in this political arena for some 30+ years, she has more than enough time to work on a lot of issues, some them you have pointed out, I don’t see her track record for anything she has accomplished or involved herself in for the betterment of anything. In my opinion she has a voided track record, where are the critical issues to make a difference? I don’t see any of it and the Obamas who’s trying to influence votes for her cannot produce anything either, their talk is only to deflect us from the real issues we should be looking at.

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