Since corporate media is fascinated with every little tweet from the Trump Menagerie and every bit of its minutiae which can be hyper-analyzed, it’s left to other platforms to highlight Clinton speeches and their content. Why am I posting this? Because on the day Clinton outlined major policy proposals on mental health services the national media was all tangled up in an NFL player’s protest and Trump’s publicity stunt trip to Mexico.
So, here’s what we’ve missed in just one subject matter area – minority outreach.
Minority outreach speeches: July 8, 2016 Clinton Speech to the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia PA. A bit of it:
“As we know, there is clear evidence that African-Americans are much more likely to be killed in police incidents than any other group of Americans. And we know there is too little trust in too many places between police and the communities they are sworn to protect.” Clinton said that good law enforcement officers far outnumber those who are bad and a violent response to violence is not the answer. The protest in Dallas yesterday was peaceful and police were there to monitor the crowds and ensure the protesters’ safety when they were fired upon by a sniper. Clinton spoke about her proposal to invest $1 billion in police training across the county to ensure the safety of law enforcement officers as well as the general public.”
July 14, 2016, League of United Latin American Citizens, Washington DC.
“The choice we make will say a lot about who we are and whether we understand and celebrate the diversity of our country, which makes us all the stronger.”
July 18, 2016, address to the NAACP.
“There is, as you know so well, another hard truth at the heart of this complex matter: Many African-Americans fear the police.” Clinton vowed to work toward bridging the gap between the African American community and local police forces.”
June 4, 2016: Santa Barbara, CA community event focusing on women and families.
“The round table discussion consisted of local officials and representatives. Clinton spoke about a number of her platform points aimed at improving the lives of women and helping families. She spoke about increasing the minimum wage, ensuring that women receive equal pay for equal work, ensuring families have access to affordable childcare, and guaranteeing workers paid family leave.”
June 10, 2016: Planned Parenthood event, Washington DC.
“We know that restricting access doesn’t make women less likely to end a pregnancy. It just makes abortion less safe. And that then threatens women’s lives.”
June 27, 2016: Rainbow PUSH Coalition event, Chicago, IL.
“Clinton’s primary focus was gun violence and introducing legislation to require background checks for the purchase of a firearm. She spoke about the importance of reducing gun violence saying, “I think saving our children and other people from gun violence is a civil rights issue right now in America.”
May 1, 2016: Clinton is keynote speaker at the Detroit NAACP dinner.
“During her speech, she spoke about a number of platform topics including criminal justice reform, prison reform, gun control, and the refinancing of student loan debt. Clinton said that she wanted to continue to the progress of the last eight years.”
May 9, 2016: Stone Ridge, VA on women and work/life balance issues.
“She said that raising a family and having a career is harder today than it was when Chelsea was a kid. “Costs are greater, everything from commuting time to feeling like if you take that vacation day, you are going to be viewed as slacking off,” she said. Clinton went on to say that she knew that her proposals would change the current system, but it is important to realize that times have changed. She said, “We need to really start looking at these programs from the lens of what life is like today and not what it was like 50 years ago.”
May 10, 2016: Lexington and Louisville, KY events on the economy and the family. Follow this link to the bullet point outline of Clinton’s proposals.
May 22, 2016: Keynote address to the Circle of Mothers Restoration weekend, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
“Something is wrong when so many young people just starting their lives are dying. Something is very wrong, my friends, and this election gives us a chance to keep trying to make it right.”
Mr. Trump seems to have “discovered” minorities very recently?
And then, of course, there was the August 29, 2016 speech on mental health care issues – covered by Politico, the BBC, and PBS. Those who missed what this was all about please follow this link to the briefing points and policy proposals from the Clinton campaign.
For those not content with beltway media blathering and who want a bit more good old fashioned CONTENT and context in their political discussions, there’s the Briefing Section/Fact Sheets portion of the Clinton Campaign. As I’ve said before, I’ve given up on the corporate media doing much more than giving Trump free publicity and chasing after twitter streams. Fortunately in this day and age we can do some of the heavy lifting ourselves without waiting for them to catch up.