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Mothers who lost children to gun violence to campaign for Hillary Clinton

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Women who lost their children to gun violence or in police-involved incidents organized as “Mothers of the Movement” will campaign for Hillary Clinton in Tampa and Orlando Friday and Saturday, Clinton’s campaign announced.

The group features Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis; Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner; Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland; and Maria Hamilton, the mother of Dontre Hamilton. 

The women will appear at a community roundtable at the Cyrus Greene Center in Tampa at 6 p.m. Friday; at a canvassing operation from the Hillary For Florida office in Tampa at 9 a.m. Saturday, and another canvassing event at the campaign’s main Orlando office starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The mothers intend to highlight Clinton’s record in helping families and encourage residents to take advantage of early voting, according to the Clinton campaign.

“It’s really up to all of us to demonstrate who we are and who our country is and to stand up and be very clear about what we expect from our next president, how we want to bring our country together, where we don’t want to have the kind of pitting of people one against the other, where instead we celebrate our diversity, we lift people up, and we make our country even greater. America is great because America is good,” the group stated in a release issued by the Clinton campaign.

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]

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