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: Bloomberg, ELLE Magazine | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter
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