The eight mothers known as the “Mothers Of The Movement”, were greeted at the Democratic National Convention with standing ovations when they made their way to the center of the stage. All of them did not speak, including Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Mike Brown, but the mothers of Sandra Bland, Travon Martin, and Jordan Davis used the national platform to address the much-needed change that will affect the gun legislation and law enforcement.

“I’m here with Hillary Clinton because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s names,” Geneva Reed-Veal said. “Hillary knows that when a young black life is cut short, it’s not just a personal loss. It is a national loss. It is a loss that diminishes all of us.” Read-Veal is the mother of Sandra Bland. Bland was found hanged in a Texas jail cell last year after she was arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer following a traffic stop. The official verdict of suicide has been disputed by Bland’s family.

“Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say that black lives matter”, added Lucy McBath, whose son Jordan Davis was shot and killed at a Jacksonville, Fla. gas station in 2012 after an argument over loud music. “She isn’t afraid to sit at a table with grieving mothers and bear the full force of our anguish. She doesn’t build walls around her heart.”

Sybrina Fulton, whose son Trayvon Martin was fatally shot during a struggle with a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012, used the stage to call for gun control, saying that Clinton, “has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation,” as well as “a plan to repair the divide that so often exists between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

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