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At the U.S. Conference of Mayors 83rd Annual Meeting as in San Francisco, Saturday,  Hillary addressed specifically the tragic attack on congregants at the Mother Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston and generally the problem of racism in the U.S.  She sent out this email

As a mother, a grandmother, and a human being, my heart is bursting for the people of Charleston.

Once again, bodies are being carried out of a black church. Once again, racist rhetoric has metastasized into racist violence.

This is a history we wanted so desperately to leave behind, but we can’t hide from hard truths about race and justice in America. We have to name them, own them, and ultimately change them.

In America today, blacks are nearly three times as likely as whites to be denied a mortgage. Our schools are more segregated than they were in the 1960s. Black children are 500 percent more likely to die from asthma than white kids — how can that be true?

We must address these issues as a nation, and we must also address them as individuals. Cruel jokes can’t go unchallenged, offhand comments about not wanting “those people” in the neighborhood can’t be ignored, and news reports about poverty and crime and discrimination can’t just evoke our sympathy — even empathy — they must also spur us to action and prompt us to question our own assumptions and privilege.

We have to embrace the humanity of those around us, no matter what they look like, how they worship, or who they love. Most of all, we have to teach our children to embrace that humanity, too.

As all of us reeled from the news in Charleston, a friend of mine shared his reflection on the hearts and values of those men and women at Mother Emanuel:

“A dozen people gathered to pray. They’re in their most intimate of communities and a stranger who doesn’t look or dress like them joins in. They don’t judge, they just welcome. During their last hour, nine people of faith welcomed a stranger in prayer and fellowship.”

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

That’s humanity at its best. That’s America at its best. And that’s the spirit we need to nurture in our lives and our families and our communities.

Thank you,

Hillary

Here are her words.

Hillary Clinton: We can’t hide from hard truths on race

In San Francisco, Hillary Clinton spoke at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors on the need to address systemic racism in the wake of the shooting in Charleston.

Thank you! Thank you all so much.

It’s great to be here with all of you. I’m looking out at the audience and seeing so many familiar faces, as well as those here up on the dais.

I want to thank Kevin for his introduction and his leadership of this organization.

Mayor Lee, thanks for having us in your beautiful city.

It is for me a great treat to come back to address a group that, as you just heard, I spent a lot of time as senator working with — in great measure because of the need for buttressing Homeland Security, as well as other challenges within our cities during the eight years I served in the Senate.

And it was always refreshing to come here because despite whatever was going on in Congress or Washington with respect to partisanship, a conference of mayors was truly like an oasis in the desert. I could come here and be reminded of what Mayor LaGuardia said, “There’s no Republican or Democratic way to pick up the garbage. You pick it up, or you don’t pick it up.” And I loved being with people who understood that.

I’ve learned over the years how important it is to work with city hall, to try to make sure we are connected up as partners and to get whatever the priorities of your people happen to be accomplished.

So it pays. It pays to work with you, and I am grateful to have this opportunity to come back and see you.

When I was Senator from New York, I not only worked with the mayor of New York City, of course, I worked with creative and committed mayors from Buffalo to Rochester to Syracuse to Albany and so many other places.

And I was particularly happy to do so because they were always full of ideas and eager to work together to attract more high-paying jobs, to revitalize downtowns, to support our first responders, to try to close that skills gap.

And I want you to be sure of this, whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent: If I am president, America’s mayors will always have a friend in the White House.

Now, as I was preparing to come here, I couldn’t help but think of some of those who aren’t with us today.

Tom Menino was a dear friend to me, and to many in this room, and I certainly feel his loss.

Today, our thoughts are also with our friend Joe Riley and the people of Charleston. Joe’s a good man and a great mayor, and his leadership has been a bright light during such a dark time.

You know, the passing of days has not dulled the pain or the shock of this crime. Indeed, as we have gotten to know the faces and names and stories of the victims, the pain has only deepened.

Nine faithful women and men, with families and passions and so much left to do.

As a mother, a grandmother, a human being, my heart is bursting for them. For these victims and their families. For a wounded community and a wounded church. For our country struggling once again to make sense of violence that is fundamentally senseless, and history we desperately want to leave behind.

Yesterday was Juneteenth, a day of liberation and deliverance. One-hundred and fifty years ago, as news of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation spread from town to town across the South, free men and women lifted their voices in song and prayer.

Congregations long forced to worship underground, like the first Christians, joyfully resurrected their churches.

In Charleston, the African Methodist Episcopal Church took a new name: Emanuel. “God is with us.”

Faith has always seen this community through, and I know it will again.

Just as earlier generations threw off the chains of slavery and then segregation and Jim Crow, this generation will not be shackled by fear and hate.

On Friday, one by one, grieving parents and siblings stood up in court and looked at that young man, who had taken so much from them, and said: “I forgive you.”

In its way, their act of mercy was more stunning than his act of cruelty.

It reminded me of watching Nelson Mandela embrace his former jailers because, he said, he didn’t want to be imprisoned twice, once by steel and concrete, once by anger and bitterness.

In these moments of tragedy, many of us struggle with how to process the rush of emotions.

I’d been in Charleston that day. I’d gone to a technical school, Trident Tech. I had seen the joy, the confidence and optimism of young people who were now serving apprenticeships with local businesses, Black, white, Hispanic, Asian, every background. I listened to their stories, I shook their hands, I saw the hope and the pride.

And then by the time I got to Las Vegas, I read the news.

Like many of you, I was so overcome: How to turn grief, confusion into purpose and action? But that’s what we have to do.

For me and many others, one immediate response was to ask how it could be possible that we as a nation still allow guns to fall into the hands of people whose hearts are filled with hate.

You can’t watch massacre after massacre and not come to the conclusion that, as President Obama said, we must tackle this challenge with urgency and conviction.

Now, I lived in Arkansas and I represented Upstate New York. I know that gun ownership is part of the fabric of a lot of law-abiding communities.

But I also know that we can have common sense gun reforms that keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and the violently unstable, while respecting responsible gun owners.

What I hope with all of my heart is that we work together to make this debate less polarized, less inflamed by ideology, more informed by evidence, so we can sit down across the table, across the aisle from one another, and find ways to keep our communities safe while protecting constitutional rights.

It makes no sense that bipartisan legislation to require universal background checks would fail in Congress, despite overwhelming public support.

It makes no sense that we wouldn’t come together to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, or people suffering from mental illnesses, even people on the terrorist watch list. That doesn’t make sense, and it is a rebuke to this nation we love and care about.

The President is right: The politics on this issue have been poisoned. But we can’t give up. The stakes are too high. The costs are too dear.

And I am not and will not be afraid to keep fighting for commonsense reforms, and along with you, achieve those on behalf of all who have been lost because of this senseless gun violence in our country.

But today, I stand before you because I know and you know there is a deeper challenge we face.

I had the great privilege of representing America around the world. I was so proud to share our example, our diversity, our openness, our devotion to human rights and freedom. These qualities have drawn generations of immigrants to our shores, and they inspire people still. I have seen it with my own eyes.

And yet, bodies are once again being carried out of a Black church.

Once again, racist rhetoric has metastasized into racist violence.

Now, it’s tempting, it is tempting to dismiss a tragedy like this as an isolated incident, to believe that in today’s America, bigotry is largely behind us, that institutionalized racism no longer exists.

But despite our best efforts and our highest hopes, America’s long struggle with race is far from finished.

I know this is a difficult topic to talk about. I know that so many of us hoped by electing our first Black president, we had turned the page on this chapter in our history.

I know there are truths we don’t like to say out loud or discuss with our children. But we have to. That’s the only way we can possibly move forward together.

Race remains a deep fault line in America. Millions of people of color still experience racism in their everyday lives.

Here are some facts.

In America today, Blacks are nearly three times as likely as whites to be denied a mortgage.

In 2013, the median wealth of Black families was around $11,000. For white families, it was more than $134,000.

Nearly half of all Black families have lived in poor neighborhoods for at least two generations, compared to just 7 percent of white families.

African American men are far more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms than white men, 10 percent longer for the same crimes in the federal system.

In America today, our schools are more segregated than they were in the 1960s.

How can any of that be true? How can it be true that Black children are 500 percent more likely to die from asthma than white kids? Five hundred percent!

More than a half century after Dr. King marched and Rosa Parks sat and John Lewis bled, after the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act and so much else, how can any of these things be true? But they are.

And our problem is not all kooks and Klansman. It’s also in the cruel joke that goes unchallenged. It’s in the off-hand comments about not wanting “those people” in the neighborhood.

Let’s be honest: For a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young Black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear. And news reports about poverty and crime and discrimination evoke sympathy, even empathy, but too rarely do they spur us to action or prompt us to question our own assumptions and privilege.

We can’t hide from any of these hard truths about race and justice in America. We have to name them and own them and then change them.

You may have heard about a woman in North Carolina named Debbie Dills. She’s the one who spotted Dylann Roof’s car on the highway. She could have gone on about her business. She could have looked to her own safety. But that’s not what she did. She called the police and then she followed that car for more than 30 miles.

As Congressman Jim Clyburn said the other day, “There may be a lot of Dylann Roofs in the world, but there are a lot of Debbie Dills too. She didn’t remain silent.”

Well, neither can we. We all have a role to play in building a more tolerant, inclusive society, what I once called “a village,” where there is a place for everyone.

You know, we Americans may differ and bicker and stumble and fall, but we are at our best when we pick each other up, when we have each other’s back.

Like any family, our American family is strongest when we cherish what we have in common, and fight back against those who would drive us apart.

Mayors are on the front lines in so many ways. We look to you for leadership in time of crisis. We look to you every day to bring people together to build stronger communities.

Many mayors are part of the U.S. Coalition of Cities against Racism and Discrimination, launched by this conference in 2013. I know you’re making reforms in your own communities, promoting tolerance in schools, smoothing the integration of immigrants, creating economic opportunities.

Mayors across the country also are doing all they can to prevent gun violence and keep our streets and neighborhoods safe.

And that’s not all. Across our country, there is so much that is working. It’s easy to forget that when you watch or read the news. In cities and towns from coast to coast, we are seeing incredible innovation. Mayors are delivering results with what Franklin Roosevelt called bold and persistent experimentation.

Here in San Francisco, Mayor Lee is expanding a workforce training program for residents of public housing, helping people find jobs who might have spent time in prison or lost their driver’s license or fallen behind in child support payments.

South of here in Los Angeles and north in Seattle, city governments are raising the minimum wage so more people who work hard can get ahead and support their families.

In Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter is pioneering a new approach to community policing to rebuild trust and respect between law enforcement and communities of color.

In Houston, Louisville and Chicago, the mayors are finding new ways to help workers train and compete for jobs in advanced industries.

Cities like Cleveland and Lexington are linking up their universities and their factories to spur a revival of manufacturing.

In Denver and Detroit, city leaders are getting creative about how they raise funds for building and repairing mass transit.

Providence is helping parents learn how to become their children’s first teachers, and spend more time reading, talking, and singing to their babies at critical stages of early brain development.

Kevin Johnson, who has led both Sacramento and this conference so ably, calls this renaissance of urban innovation “Cities 3.0,” and talks about “open-source leadership” and mayors as pragmatic problem-solvers.

That’s what we need more of in America.

And Kevin is right, we need to reimagine the relationship between the federal government and our metropolitan areas. Top-down, one-size-fits-all solutions rarely work.

We need what I’ll call a new Flexible Federalism that empowers and connects communities, leverages their unique advantages, adapts to changing circumstances. And I look forward to working with all of you to turn this vision into a reality.

I’ve put Four Fights at the center of my campaign:

First, to build an economy for tomorrow not yesterday;

Second, to strengthen America’s families, the foundation of everything we are;

Third, to harness all of our power, our smarts, and our values to continue to lead the world;

And fourth, to revitalize our democracy back here at home.

Mayors are vital for all four of these efforts. You know what it takes to make government actually work, and you know it can make a real difference in people’s lives.

But you also know that government alone does not have the answers we seek. If we are going to re-stitch the fraying fabric of our communities, all Americans are going to have to step up. There are laws we should pass and programs we should fund and fights we should wage and win.

But so much of the real work is going to come around kitchen tables and over bedtime stories, around office watercoolers and in factory break rooms, at quiet moments in school and at work, in honest conversations between parents and children, between friends and neighbors.

Because fundamentally, this is about the habits of our hearts, how we treat each other, how we learn to see the humanity in those around us, no matter what they look like, how they worship, or who they love. Most of all, it’s about how we teach our children to see that humanity too.

Andy Young is here, and I want to tell a story about him because I think it’s as timely today as it was all those years ago.

You know, at the end of the 1950s the South was beginning to find its way into the modern economy. It wasn’t easy. There were determined leaders in both government and business that wanted to raise the standard of living and recruit businesses, make life better.

When the closing of Central High School in Little Rock happened, and President Eisenhower had to send in federal troops to keep peace, that sent a message of urgency but also opportunity.

I remember Andy coming to Little Rock some years later, and saying that in Atlanta when folks saw what was going on in Little Rock and saw some of the continuing resistance to enforcing civil rights laws, opening up closed doors, creating the chance for Blacks and whites to study together, to work together, to live together, Atlanta made a different decision.

The leadership of Atlanta came together, looked out across the South and said, “Some place in the South is really going to make it big. We need to be that place.” And they adopted a slogan, “the city too busy to hate.”

Well, we need to be cities, states and a country too busy to hate. We need to get about the work of tearing down the barriers and the obstacles, roll up our sleeves together, look at what’s working across our country, and then share it and scale it.

As all of us reeled from the news in Charleston this past week, a friend of mine shared this observation with a number of us. Think about the hearts and values of those men and women of Mother Emanuel, he said.

“A dozen people gathered to pray. They’re in their most intimate of communities and a stranger who doesn’t look or dress like them joins in. They don’t judge. They don’t question. They don’t reject. They just welcome. If he’s there, he must need something: prayer, love, community, something. During their last hour, nine people of faith welcomed a stranger in prayer and fellowship.”

For those of us who are Christians, we remember the words of the scripture: “I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

That’s humanity at its best. That’s also America at its best. And that’s the spirit we need to nurture our lives and our families and our communities.

I know it’s not usual for somebody running for president to say what we need more of in this country is love and kindness. But that’s exactly what we need more of.

We need to be not only too busy to hate but too caring, too loving to ignore, to walk away, to give up.

Part of the reason I’m running for president is I love this country. I am so grateful for each and every blessing and opportunity I’ve been given.

I did not pick my parents. I did not decide before I arrived that I would live in a middle class family in the middle of America, be given the opportunity to go to good public schools with dedicated teachers and a community that supported me and all of the other kids.

I came of age at a time when barriers were falling for women, another benefit.

I came of age as the Civil Rights movement was beginning to not only change laws but change hearts.

I’ve seen the expansion of not just rights but opportunities to so many of our fellow men and women who had been left out and left behind.

But we have unfinished business. And I am absolutely confident and optimistic we can get that done.

I stand here ready to work with each and every one of you to support your efforts, to stand with you, to put the task of moving beyond the past at the head of our national agenda. I’m excited about what we can accomplish together.

I thank you for what you’ve already done and I look forward to all that you will be doing in the future.

Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America.

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Sacramento, Calif. Mayor Kevin Johnson takes a photograph as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 83rd Annual Meeting as  in San Francisco, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

Sacramento, Calif. Mayor Kevin Johnson takes a photograph as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 83rd Annual Meeting as in San Francisco, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton talks with Baltimore MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 83rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton talks with Baltimore MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 83rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is applauded by US Conference of Mayors President, Sacramento, Calif. Mayor Kevin Johnson, left, and Conference Vice President, Baltimore Mayor  Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Saturday June 20, 2015, at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 83rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is applauded by US Conference of Mayors President, Sacramento, Calif. Mayor Kevin Johnson, left, and Conference Vice President, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Saturday June 20, 2015, at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 83rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 83rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 83rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

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In Nevada today, Hillary addressed the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) conference in Las Vegas.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Steve Marcus

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton waves after speaking at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton waves after speaking at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives to speak at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) convention in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Steve Marcus

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives to speak at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) convention in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses an audience during the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses an audience during the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as she arrives to speak at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as she arrives to speak at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) is embraced by Alex Padilla, president of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), as she arrives onstage to speak at the NALEO conference in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Steve Marcus

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) is embraced by Alex Padilla, president of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), as she arrives onstage to speak at the NALEO conference in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is greeted by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, president of  National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, before she spoke at NALEO, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is greeted by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, president of National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, before she spoke at NALEO, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton  speaks at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Later, in Reno she visited with veterans at an historic VFW Hall.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with veterans in Nevada at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Historic Post 9211 on a campaign stop in Reno, June 18, 2015. Clinton, the Democratic front-runner for the 2016 presidential race, said on Thursday she opposes blanket privatization of military veterans' healthcare but realizes that vets need choices. REUTERS/James Glover II

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with veterans in Nevada at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Historic Post 9211 on a campaign stop in Reno, June 18, 2015. Clinton, the Democratic front-runner for the 2016 presidential race, said on Thursday she opposes blanket privatization of military veterans’ healthcare but realizes that vets need choices. REUTERS/James Glover II

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to questions during a roundtable discussion at a historic VFW post in Reno, Nev., Thursday, June 18, 2015. Clinton said her top priorities as president would include taking care of veterans when they return home. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to questions during a roundtable discussion at a historic VFW post in Reno, Nev., Thursday, June 18, 2015. Clinton said her top priorities as president would include taking care of veterans when they return home. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Reno, Nev., Thursday, June 18, 2015. Clinton said her top priorities as president would include taking care of veterans when they return home. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Reno, Nev., Thursday, June 18, 2015. Clinton said her top priorities as president would include taking care of veterans when they return home. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen)

George Davis, a Vietnam War veteran from North Carolina, photographs the audience prior to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton's arrival and roundtable discussion in Reno, Nev., Thursday, June 18, 2015. Clinton said her top priorities as president would include taking care of veterans when they return home. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen)

George Davis, a Vietnam War veteran from North Carolina, photographs the audience prior to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton’s arrival and roundtable discussion in Reno, Nev., Thursday, June 18, 2015. Clinton said her top priorities as president would include taking care of veterans when they return home. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen)

 

“I don’t care where you live, no vet should have to wait weeks and months to get the care you earned with your service” —

“I will guarantee as president that the Post-9/11 GI Bill will be there for future generations.” —Secretary Clinton

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Wishing a blessed Ramadan to all.

Wishing a blessed Ramadan to all those who have embarked on the month of fasting.

This church bombing was the first thing I thought of when I heard that terrible news last night.  Two people as diverse as Angela Davis and Condoleeza Rice knew these little girls.  Let’s never forget them.  Never forget their names, who they were, who they might have become.  Killed in the bombing were Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Carol Denise McNair.  Jesus said “Let the little children come unto me.”  They did.  No one should be killed in church.  Ever!  Especially in this, our land.

Like today, it was a sad day in America.  Charleston, we all walk with you.

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Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures to supporters as she arrives to speak Saturday, June 13, 2015, on Roosevelt Island in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures to supporters as she arrives to speak Saturday, June 13, 2015, on Roosevelt Island in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Hillary made a campaign stop in Santee, SC today and spoke at Trident Technical College in Charleston.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to a speaker during a campaign stop, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Santee, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to a speaker during a campaign stop, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Santee, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures while addressing an audience during a campaign stop at Trident Technical College Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures while addressing an audience during a campaign stop at Trident Technical College Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses an audience during a campaign stop at Trident Technical College Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses an audience during a campaign stop at Trident Technical College Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Phoebe Jordan, 8, center right, clutches a stuffed donkey while listening to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton address an audience during a campaign stop at Trident Technical College Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. Sitting at left is Jordan's teacher Kim Davidson with her daughter Caroline at right. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Phoebe Jordan, 8, center right, clutches a stuffed donkey while listening to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton address an audience during a campaign stop at Trident Technical College Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. Sitting at left is Jordan’s teacher Kim Davidson with her daughter Caroline at right. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton steps onstage to address an audience at Trident Technical College during a campaign stop Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton steps onstage to address an audience at Trident Technical College during a campaign stop Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton greets supporters after addressing an audience during a campaign stop at Trident Technical College Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton greets supporters after addressing an audience during a campaign stop at Trident Technical College Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Workforce and Skills Agenda

In South Carolina, Hillary Clinton held a forum at Trident Technical College in North Charleston to discuss the need for youth job training and apprenticeships to help Americans get ahead and stay ahead.

  • As of May 2015, the unemployment rate for 18- to 34-year olds was 7.8 percent – outpacing the overall unemployment rate of 5.5 percent. The unemployment rate among African-American young adults was even higher, at 14.6 percent.

As a part of her vision for building an economy for tomorrow, Clinton explained her belief that every American – especially young Americans – should be able to learn new skills in order to seize a new work opportunity or attain a promotion at their current place of employment.

Clinton outlined high-level principles for a workforce and skills agenda that leads to good jobs and good wages, including:

  1. For workers and job-seekers: Providing more robust, coherent, and accessible training programs and resources that are up to date for 21st Century technology and that lead to good jobs and lifelong skills and credentials.
  2. For training providers: Giving training providers, including community colleges, the support they need to scale up and respond to the needs of the local workforce and employers – while insisting on accountability, transparency and high quality.
  3. For government: Making government at every level a more effective partner in bringing together workers, labor, employers and training providers to prepare workers for good jobs.
  4. For employers: Encouraging employers to invest in their workers for the long term through training, apprenticeships and creating good jobs.

As part of this agenda, Clinton called for a tax credit for businesses for every apprentice they hire.

  • The proposal would put forward a tax credit for businesses of $1,500 per apprentice and would insist on accountability for employment and earnings outcomes for programs receiving the credit. Clinton also said that businesses should receive a bonus on that tax credit for providing opportunities specifically for young people.
  • This proposal builds on bipartisan efforts such as those by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC), as well as Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Susan Collins (R-ME). In order to be eligible for the credit, apprentices would need to be registered, and qualifying apprenticeship programs would have to meet rigorous federal and/or state standards and outcome measures.

Continuing the themes of her launch speech, Clinton explained that we should do more to encourage businesses to build up the skills of their workers and create good jobs, instead of seeking a quick profit at the expense of these kinds of long-term investments.

She described how apprenticeships are widely cited as a win-win for workers who will see higher wages and businesses who will be able to gain skilled employees.

Experts are praising Clinton’s workforce agenda and plan to provide tax credits to businesses that hire apprentices:

  • Byron Auguste, Managing Director of Opportunity@Work, a civic enterprise based at New America, and former Deputy Director of the National Economic Council and Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company: “What Hillary Clinton is proposing to invest in our workforce is right on track. Changing our workforce policies in ways that encourage employers to put real ‘skin in the game’ by investing in apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and partnerships with community colleges can make a big difference. Employers spend 20 times as much on training as the federal government does, so smart policies to give them incentives to train people on the retail floor, call center, and factory warehouses to move into better paying jobs make tax dollars spent on training go much further. We need to give more working Americans clear paths into better-paying, skilled middle class jobs that our businesses need to compete and expand.”
  • Harry Holzer, Professor at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy and former Chief Economist for the U.S. Department of Labor: “In order to encourage growth of the middle class, and more security and higher earnings for those in the middle class, we need new policies that help students and workers get the postsecondary credentials that the labor market values, plus important workforce services. In addition, we need to help and encourage employers to provide more well-paying jobs to workers with those credentials. The principles announced by Hillary Clinton today are the right ones to help us achieve those objectives.”

Hillary Clinton’s belief in investing in young workers is rooted in her own personal experience and the story and example of her mother Dorothy Rodham.

  • After law school, Clinton went to work for South Carolina’s own Marian Wright Edelman at the Children’s Defense Fund. Clinton has said that, while she has had many jobs since then, it was this first job that set her course for a lifetime of fighting for America’s children and families.
  • It was through the assistance of a grant for law students working on civil rights research that Clinton was able to work for Marian Wright Edelman, who later sent her to South Carolina for the first time to study the plight of kids imprisoned in adult jails.
  • Clinton’s mother, Dorothy Rodham, was abandoned by her parents and, by age 14, was on her own working as a housemaid. Later in life, Rodham explained to Clinton that the woman whose house she cleaned had encouraged her to attend high school – one of the first times she felt inspired to greater purpose in life and emphasizing the importance of a good first job.

Throughout her career, Hillary Clinton has fought to strengthen workforce development and expand opportunities for skills and job training because she knows the value of investing in workers and providing them with a hand up.

  • In 2014, as a part of her work at the Clinton Foundation, she announced Job One, a program focused on creating new economic opportunities for young people in the United States. Job One aims to address job training, hiring and mentoring. It works with employers big and small, as well as unions like the Building Trades. Participants commit to expand opportunities for youth that have been hit hard by the recession and its fallout.
  • In 2003, as Senator, she sponsored the Access to Employment and English Acquisition Act, which would have expanded job training opportunities for people who are Limited English Proficient (LEP). [S. 1543, 7/31/03]
  • Hillary championed Regional Skills Alliances that group together businesses, educational institutions, labor organizations, and state and local governments to develop cutting edge job training methods. [Washington Post, 2/2/00; S.431, 3/1/01; S.2586, 6/24/04; S.1034, 3/29/07]

This is a sharp contrast with Republicans who have passed legislation that could result in further consolidation and cuts in training programs.

  • The budget passed by Republicans in the House and Senate have put education and job training programs at risk by imposing deep spending cuts that could threaten occupational training and adult education programs.

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