BLM activists heard your anguished cries: Why only target Bernie? Today, a group of BLM activists from Boston set out to disrupt a Hillary Clinton event in New Hampshire:
Activists from Boston’s #BlackLivesMatter chapter plan to disrupt a Hillary Clinton event in Keene, New Hampshire, on Tuesday afternoon, asking her questions specifically about her platform on drug enforcement. The event, which was scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m., is a community forum on substance abuse. Keene is one of many New England towns being affected by a heroin crisis.[snip]
The activists said they plan to ask several questions including, “Can you give at least one tangible example of how you expect to reverse the health and human services disaster you orchestrated in impoverished, urban, non-white communities through the domsetic [War on Drugs] policy you’ve championed as FLOTUS & Senator?” and “Is it your plan, as POTUS, to finally put an end to the International War on Drugs … you waged as Sec. of State or is your intention to continue to oversee its horrendous expansion?”
Tough questions! But!
Update, 4:17pm ET: Once they arrived at the event, Yancey and her group found the doors closed by the United States Secret Service due to capacity, according to CNN’s Dan Merica. In a phone call shortly after 3:30pm ET, Yancey indicated that they were still making efforts to enter the event, and were in discussions with Clinton campaign officials about it. Merica also reported that Clinton herself noted that there is an “overflow room” at the Keene event.
Update, 4:52pm ET: The #BlackLivesMatter Boston Twitter account tweeted this:
— BlackLivesMatterBOS (@BLM_Boston) August 11, 2015
I gotta think that event was over by the time they tweeted that at nearly 5 PM, but they don’t sound pissed about it; they say the campaign is working with them.
So, takeaways? BLM wanted the Democratic candidates to address the issues they brought to the fore at Netroots Nation, and that appears to be happening since Clinton, O’Malley and Sanders are now talking about BLM. Sanders supporters wondered why BLM seemed to be targeting Sanders, and lo, a Clinton event was targeted for disruption. Allies! Working together!
And how about Clinton? Secret Service shut the doors due to capacity, wink-wink. Now there’s a woman who could stare into Putin’s soulless, shark-like orbs without flinching, amirite?