Looks like all of those raucous protests are paying off. After many criticized #BlackLivesMatter protesters for preventing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders from speaking at a rally in Seattle, the Vermont Senator released a sweeping racial justice plan. Now, he’s agreed to meet with activists to talk about it.
When Michael Brown was gunned down by a police officer in Ferguson, DeRay Mckesson became one of the most notable faces of the movement for justice. Alongside Johnetta Elzie, Mckesson live-tweeted protests, broadcasted video, and offered a perspective the mainstream media couldn’t. Now, he’s got the ear of a popular presidential candidate.
Pressured by activists, Bernie Sanders recently rolled out his plan to combat physical, political, legal and economic injustice, and now he’s planning to meet with McKesson and other activists to talk about it.
.@BernieSanders, the first draft of your racial justice platform has promise. When will you be available to discuss enhancements w/ folks?
— deray mckesson (@deray) August 17, 2015
While many continue to question the tactics of some protesters, it’s hard to deny their message is being heard.