Hillary Clinton's "Mothers Of The Movement" Video Is Achingly Powerful — WATCH
In her latest campaign effort, Hillary Clinton released a "Mothers of the Movement" video on Friday, March 11. The three-minute video features five prominent mothers of the Black Lives Matter movement whose sons and daughters have been killed by senseless police violence. All of the women have thrown their support behind Clinton, who has stepped up as an advocate for minorities — especially those who have been victims of police brutality — throughout this election season. The "Mothers of the Movement" video is powerful and it shows that many of those who have been scarred by police violence believe Clinton is the best candidate to make a change for our country.
The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Jordan Davis, and Dontre Hamilton have put their trust in Clinton to help turn their grief into action and societal change. Throughout the video, each mother recalls loving memories of her child and what life was like when they were alive. Bland's mother remembers the joy of doing everyday activities with her daughter, like going to the grocery store, and Hamilton's mother talks about her son's uplifting smile. Perhaps the most powerful moments come when the mothers mention how their children were killed, all of them at the hands of a police officer.
In the video, the mothers explain various reasons for why they are voting for Clinton: They believe in her to bring justice, gun violence prevention, and police reform. During the Iowa Brown & Black Forum, which is the largest minority-oriented forum for presidential candidates, Clinton directly addressed how she would help those involved in the Black Lives Matter movement who are seeking justice:
Criminal justice reform, policing reform, incarceration reform — I believe strongly that this has to be the strongest priority of our [next] president. [Our current system] is such a violation of what we say our values are, you know, ‘equal before the law.' Well, we have systemic racism and bias that is implicit in our system, and unless we begin to go after that and expose it and end it we won’t solve this problem.
Similarly, during a speech in April 2015 after the Baltimore riots following Freddie Gray's death, Clinton stressed the grave reality for young black men dealing with police brutality in the United States:
There is something profoundly wrong when African-American men are still far more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms than are meted out to their white counterparts. There is something wrong when a third of all black men face the prospect of prison during their lifetimes.
As a longtime advocate for racial justice, the Mothers of the Movement reveal in the video why they feel confident supporting Clinton in the 2016 election. As Garner's mother says, "She's been fighting for a long time with these issues." Meanwhile, Martin's mother praises Clinton, saying, "Finally, someone here is really willing to listen and to really stimulate change."
Watch the entire video below.