Clinton meets Black Lives Matter protesters shut out of event
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBudowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE met with Boston-area Black Lives Matter activists after they were shut out of a New Hampshire event they planned to protest on Tuesday, according to CNN.

The Boston branch of Black Lives Matter told the New Republic Tuesday that it planned to protest Clinton's appearance in Keene, N.H., that afternoon, where she held a substance-abuse forum.

In the conversation with the New Republic the group specifically criticized her support of policies “which instituted draconian penalties for drug possession and abuse at the same time they funnel money away from anti-poverty programs and into hyper-militarization of urban police forces and the institution of white supremacist police profiling policies.”


But CNN reported that the Secret Service didn’t allow five of the group’s members inside of the forum. A Clinton official told the network the protesters were kept out because the room had reached capacity.

Nick Merrill, a Clinton spokesman, told CNN that the protesters watched the event in an overflow room and that the former secretary of State met with the group afterwards.

The Black Lives Matter movement stems from the death of a black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in 2013. George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed him, was acquitted on murder charges, sparking a Twitter hashtag that evolved into activism. It has more recently picked up steam after a string of police-involved deaths of African-Americans. 

During the first few months of her campaign, Clinton has stressed the importance of increasing voter participation by minorities, called for sentencing reform for nonviolent drug crimes and promoted the use of body cameras by police officers.

But she previously ran afoul of Black Lives Matter protesters back in June when she used the phrase “all lives matter.”

Some activists view that response as diminishing the importance of addressing the issues facing African-Americans.

A month later, she said during a Facebook live chat that “black lives matter. Everyone in this country should stand firmly behind that.” She added, “Black people across America still experience racism every day.”

That Facebook chat came just days after protesters affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement interrupted speeches by Clinton’s main primary rivals, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSymone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Briahna Joy Gray says Chris Cuomo will return to CNN following scandal Postal Service expansion into banking services misguided MORE (I-Vt.) and former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.).

Sanders, who has been criticized by the movement for not focusing enough on racial inequality, hired his new national press secretary from the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. Symone D. Sanders, the new spokeswoman, who is not related to the senator, is a young black advocate who serves as national youth chair for the Coalition. She reportedly reached out to Sanders to help him address the criticism from the Black Lives Matter movement. 

This story was updated at 6:23 p.m.