Clinton pledged to put social and economic justice “front and center”


Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president in her speech July 28 at the party’s convention. Photo: Paige Cooperstein, Philadelphia Gay News 

While introducing her mother to accept the Democratic nomination for president and become the first female to do so, Chelsea Clinton staked out her mother’s commitment to LGBT rights.

“I’m voting for the progressive…who believes that women’s rights are human rights, and LGBT rights are human rights, here at home and around the world,” Chelsea Clinton said Thursday night at the party’s convention.

Hillary Clinton, near the end of her own hour-long speech, touched on social justice as well.

“We will defend all our rights,” she said, “civil rights, human rights and voting rights, women’s rights and workers’ rights, LGBT rights and the rights of people with disabilities.”

She also called out the need to repair relations between police and the communities they protect.

“Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism, and are made to feel like their lives are disposable,” Clinton said. “Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to do a dangerous and necessary job.”

Clinton credited her former rival Sen. Bernie Sanders with putting economic and social justice issues “front and center where they belong.”

Speaking to his supporters, she said:

“I want you to know, I’ve heard you. Your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy and passion. That’s the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America. We wrote it together, now let’s go out there and make it happen together.”

For the LGBT community, the Democratic platform is the most inclusive in party history, advocates said. Mara Keisling, a Pennsylvania native and transgender advocate, served on the platform committee among others.

Clinton set up her speech by retelling the story of America’s founding in Philadelphia, further transmuting the message that Sanders supporters should align with her for the good of the nation.

“The revolution hung in the balance,” Clinton said of the founding fathers as they fought over how to break with the king of England.

“Then somehow they began listening to each other, compromising, finding common purpose. By the time they left Philadelphia, they had begun to see themselves as one nation.”

Although there were whispers Thursday among some Sanders supporters in neon shirts that said “Enough is Enough” that they would have some protest during Clinton’s speech, nothing unruly occurred. Usually, those in the Sanders shirts kept their hands in their laps while other delegates applauded and chanted “Hillary” at various points of the speech.

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