NEW YORK (Reuters) – Democratic presidential contender
Hillary Clinton on Friday will call for a slate of criminal
justice reforms, including reforming mandatory minimum sentences
and how they are applied.
Clinton has come under increasing pressure from activists,
including the influential Black Lives Matter movement, to
address issues of racial justice. She has been repeatedly
heckled by members of the movement at campaign events, and she
has been criticized for not speaking more directly on racial
NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on Friday won a major union endorsement, further boosting her front-runner status in the race for the Democratic nomination in the November 2016 election.
The 1.6-million-member AFSCME’s endorsement represents a boost in Clinton’s efforts to woo labor and lock down a key Democratic constituency. Unions are typically a major source of volunteers and fundraising for Democrats in presidential elections.
Democrat Hillary Clinton on Friday hammered at the need for gun control at a campaign stop in Keene, New Hampshire, not far from the home state of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, her main rival for the party nomination to the November 2016 presidential election.
“I’m not against guns. My dad taught me to shoot when I was a little girl. I’ve even gone duck hunting in Arkansas standing in the cold water at sunrise,” said Clinton. “Once was enough getting up that early standing in that cold water,” she added.
Black Lives Matter, from its start protesting police violence and racial injustice towards people of color, made it onto the Democratic debate stage on Tuesday, with several candidates explicitly referencing the group.
However Hillary Clinton, who just last week met with representatives of Black Lives Matter, did not mention the activists’ organization by name, although she did emphasize the need for criminal justice reform.
LAS VEGAS/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton has veered hard to the left ahead of Tuesday’s first Democratic presidential debate, hoping to inoculate herself from criticism by rival Bernie Sanders and woo the union members and liberal activists who have been slow to embrace her.
But in a Democratic race so far featuring few political attacks or policy clashes, Clinton’s move to protect her left flank on issues like the Asian trade pact and Keystone oil pipeline could open the door during the nationally televised debate to questions about her sincerity and charges of flip-flopping.
Civil rights activist and writer Shaun King tweeted on Friday that he was considering endorsing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the November 2016 presidential race, a potential boost to the self-described socialist among African-American voters.
King, who has been outspoken in criticizing police violence in communities of color, tweeted: “I fundamentally reject the notion that @BernieSanderscan’t win a general election. He can’t beat who? Trump? Carson? Jeb?”
Democrat Hillary Clinton met with Black Lives Matter activists on Friday, according to tweets and video posted by a member of the movement, as the presidential hopeful looks to fend off a challenge to her left from Senator Bernie Sanders and build a coalition of support headed into the primaries.
Clinton told those present that she wanted to end private prisons and spoke about the possibility of a national standard on use of force, according to civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson, who was at the meeting and spoke afterward on MSNBC with Thomas Roberts.
Hillary Clinton sent copies of her book “Hard Choices” to the various Republican presidential candidates last week after several of them recently said they didn’t know what she’d done as secretary of state.
“There are so many of them they could have a book club,” Clinton joked at a campaign event in Muscatine, Iowa.
DAVENPORT, Iowa/WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – U.S.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Tuesday
that she will lay out her plan to rein in Wall Street “abuses”
within the next week.
“I’m going to be proposing in the next week what I think
will be the best way to go after Wall Street abuses and rein in
the too-big-to-fail banks and other institutions,” Clinton said
at an Iowa campaign stop.
(Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, who has been vying with challenger Bernie Sanders for the support of organized labor, scored a win on Saturday with an endorsement from the National Education Association, a huge teachers union.
The move makes the NEA, the largest U.S. labor union with 3 million members, the latest in a string of unions to support Clinton, including the American Federation of Teachers and the machinists’ union.