DNC agrees to Black Lives Matter town hall

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is inviting two civil rights groups tied to the Black Lives Matter movement to coordinate a presidential town hall where candidates will address issues of racial justice, according to The Washington Post.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Campaign Zero were pressuring the party to add a separate debate devoted to their cause, but the DNC agreed to a town hall meeting instead of adding to its primary debate schedule.


“We believe that your organization would be an ideal host for a presidential campaign forum — where all of the Democratic candidates can showcase their ideas and policy positions that will expand opportunity for all, strengthen the middle class and address racism in America,” DNC CEO Amy Dacey wrote in a letter on Wednesday.

“The DNC would be happy to help promote the event.”

Organizers with Black Lives Matter started a petition on Tuesday calling for the DNC to approve an additional debate to address issues pertaining to civil rights.

The group notes that the topic of racial justice was only mentioned once at the first Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas earlier this month.

A BLM spokesperson told The Post that the group has not decided whether to accept the DNC’s town hall compromise.

“Their response to our request is unsatisfactory,” Elle Hearns said. “[DNC Chairwoman] Debbie Wasserman Schultz should be more mindful of her responsibility not only to the DNC, but to the American people.”

Several Democratic primary candidates have reached out to BLM activists.

Front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE held a meeting with representatives from the group earlier this month to discuss her racial justice platform.

The activist group has made a habit of shutting down campaign speeches, even those of Democrats, to draw attention to its cause.