The mothers of Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, and other young people who died of gun violence or violence at the hands of police officers joined together on Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, calling for police reform and gun control. The Mothers of the Movement gave a 10-minute speech and showed a prepared video of Hillary Clinton meeting with the mothers to discuss gun violence. Many of the women have campaigned with Clinton on the trail this year. Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Bland, said that she was trying to get keep her child’s memory alive, and that she needed to speak, “so that her voice can remain.”
“So many of our children are gone, but they are not forgotten,” said Reed-Veal, tearing up. “I am here with Hillary Clinton tonight, because she is a leader and mother who will say our children’s names. She knows that when a young, black life is cut short, it’s not just a loss. It’s a personal loss, it’s a national loss.”
Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, whose daughter Hadiya Pendleton was killed in a park a week after performing a drum majorette in President Obama’s inauguration, joined the women on stage. The appearance of the mothers was met by cheers and applause in the convention hall, as chants of “Black Lives Matter” broke out.
Sabrina Fulton, whose son Travyon was killed by George Zimmerman while the latter was reportedly on patrol for a neighborhood watch group, also appeared, saying it wasn’t about politics but about “saving our children.”
Watch the women’s presentation below:
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