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Mothers of slain children to campaign for Clinton in Florida

 The "Mothers of the Movement" appeared at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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The "Mothers of the Movement" appeared at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.



Mothers of children killed to gun violence or in incidents involving police -- including the mother of Trayvon Martin -- will go on the road in Florida beginning this weekend to campaign for Hillary Clinton.

The women, who call themselves the "Mothers of the Movement," will take part in a four-day tour of North and South Florida to try to rally black voters to Clinton, especially around issues of jobs, education and criminal justice. They will kick off their travels Saturday in Jacksonville and plan to be in South Florida on Monday.

The last time the mothers came together for Clinton was during the Democratic National Convention in July. This will be their first campaign trip since, coming days after deadly police shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte. Clinton made note of incidents in Orlando this week.

In Jacksonville, three mothers -- Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis; Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, and Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton -- will visit historically black Edward Waters College for a panel discussion Saturday titled "Fish, Grits, and Politics." They plan church visits Sunday, along with a voter-registration event.

In South Florida, four mothers -- Carr; Hamilton; Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland, and Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon -- will stop in Riviera Beach and Broward County, where they'll attend a watch party for Monday night's presidential debate. They will drop in on historically black Florida Memorial University for a panel discussion Monday, and then attend a forum in Miami Gardens.

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[Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2016 12:58pm]


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