One of the most powerful speeches at the DNC came not from a politician, but from a group of women united by tragedy. Mothers of The Movement, which includes moms of Trayvon Martin and Sandra Bland, spoke on July 26, calling for and end to police violence while supporting Hillary Clinton!
“What an honor to be standing here so that Sandy can still speak through her mama,” said Sandra Bland’s mom Geneva Reed-Veal during the Democratic National Convention in Philly. She talked about how proud she was that Hillary heard her, and the many other parents of children lost to police violence. “Not only did she (Hillary) listen to our problems, but she invited us to be a part of the solution. So that’s what we’e going to do,” gushed Jordan Davis’ mom Lucia McBath. “We’re going to keep telling our children’s stories, and we’re urging you to say their names. Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say that black lives matter.” So touching and heartbreaking!
They are seven women united in a way they never hoped to be, as Mothers of the Movement includes: Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, the teenager killed by George Zimmerman; Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, whose death sparked the protests in Ferguson, Missouri; and Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail after being locked up for a traffic violation.
The group also includes Gwen Garr, the mother of Eric Garner, who died after a NYPD officer placed a chokehold on him; Lucia McBath, whose son, Jordan Davis, was shot by a man for playing his music too loud; Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontré Hamilton, who was killed by an officer in Milwaukee; and Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot a killed in a Chicago park.
“We must bring awareness,” Gwen said ahead of her DNC appearance, per ABC News. The Mothers of the Movement see Hillary as the best choice to deal with the rampant gun violence and excessive use of force by police. “She’s the first presidential candidate that I’m aware of that has just said, ‘This is a national crisis. It has to be dealt with,’” said Lucia.
Though the Mothers of the Movement want to stop cases of police brutality, they gave their support for the men and women in uniform. “This is a bad time to be a good cop in this country,” Geneva said before the convention. “Okay? We need to remember they have lives too.”
What did you think about the Mothers of the Movement speech at the DNC, HollywoodLifers?