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Bill and Hillary Clinton continued their run of speaking engagements last night, this time joined by the actor Nnamdi Asomugha who hosted the event.

The former Democratic presidential candidate and former president took their seats at the MET in downtown Philadelphia for the next stage of their whistle-stop national tour billed as: ‘An Evening with President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.’

The pair shared stories of their time in political office as well as tackling some hot-button topics.

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Bill, Hillary Clinton Share Eagles’ Anecdote During Tour Stop In Philadelphia

April 13, 2019 at 10:30 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Former President Bill Clinton and former and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were in Philadelphia Saturday night as part of their North American speaking tour. The couple spoke at The Met Philly on Broad Street. Before an audience of ticket-buyers, the democratic stalwarts spoke about politics and the Super Bowl winning Eagles.

“Our son-in-law, who we adore, and his wonderful mother who is here tonight, are from Philadelphia,” said Hillary Clinton. “I think the very first onesie that either of our grandchildren first put on was an Eagles, and after they learned how to say mommy and daddy, before they learned to say grandma and pop pop, they were ‘Fly Eagles, Fly.’ So, we had to be here.”

The Clintons shared other stories and anecdotes from their time in public service.

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If ever there could be a reminder of the republic that is at stake in this election, it was the optics of this rally in Philadelphia tonight. The crowd filled the space where the Declaration of Independence was first read to a crowd not quite so large.  The place where Benjamin Franklin, when asked what form of government was established, said, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it,” hosted Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, Chelsea and President Bill Clinton, in that order, Michelle Obama, President Obama, and finally, the woman of the evening, Hillary Clinton who apparently stunned Hollywood fashionistas in her scarlet pantsuit.

Those of us who had followed her through the day knew that she had not changed her attire for this event.  She looked fresh as a rose, and her busy day was not ending there!  She moved on to a late night rally in Raleigh after Barack Obama played Hillary to Hillary’s Bill and escorted her offstage at the end.

Among the many memorable moments of the evening was the way Barack Obama, famous for mic drops, introduced Hillary. Since the mic was stationary and could not be dropped, he opted for a podium pound.

What a night!  Now we all have to make sure everyone votes tomorrow!  This is no time for complacency or letting John do it.  We have to do it!  It is up to us. All of us!

 

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Hillary attended Sunday morning services at the Mt. Airy Church of God, today.  After services, she stopped off at the Cedar Park Cafe. Then she was on her way to Ohio for a rally in Cleveland.

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At the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Katy Perry and Madeleine Albright rallied voters for Hillary. Earlier in the day, Hillary sat down with supporters at Reed/s Coffee and Tea House.

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Last night, Hillary and Tim held an outdoor rally at the University of Pennsylvania’s Dunning-Cohen Champions Field at Penn Park.  The air was nippy, but they received warm  welcome.

 

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Prior to boarding her plane in White Plains, Hillary took a few moments to speak to the press about the ongoing investigation into Saturday’s bombings in New York and New Jersey.  She is on her way to Philadelphia where she will speak to millennials at Temple University.  Later, she will return to New York for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who is in town for UNGA.

Hillary was firm, clear-headed, and knowledgeable.  She emphasized communications preparedness and as key in the battle against terrorism.
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The event, at West Philadelphia High School, attracted a lot of young voters ready to sign up their peers to vote in their first presidential election.


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In West Philadelphia, Clinton Calls Trump the Wrong Choice for America’s Economy

At a voter registration event in West Philadelphia on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton made the latest stop in her campaign’s “Three Million Stronger” Initiative, to register and commit three million Americans to vote this November. Clinton also highlighted her five-part economic plan to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, and contrasted her agenda for tax fairness and investing in Pennsylvania with Donald Trump’s plan to give large tax breaks to the wealthy and people like him – including what could be a $4 billion tax break to his own family.  Clinton said, “I’ve got to tell you I could find a much better use for that $4 billion; early childhood, helping our veterans, helping our law enforcement do what they need to do, helping more people get the jobs training and the skills training.  In fact, we could hire 95,000 public school teachers for $4 billion. We could actually double health care for our veterans for $4 billion. And we could invest in more infrastructure, affordable housing, and small businesses for $4 billion right here in Pennsylvania.”

After the event, Hillary for Pennsylvania launched a West Philadelphia canvass led by local hip-hop artist Freeway.

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Hello, Philadelphia.  Oh, wow.  I am – Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  I am so excited to be back in the city that hosted the greatest convention.  I can’t tell you as I’ve been traveling across the country how many people have said to me how much they loved being in Philadelphia. And, believe it or not, there are so people who hadn’t been to Philadelphia before the convention.  And they left loving this city.  And I can’t thank all of you enough for all the hospitality.

I want to thank my longtime friend Congressman Bob Brady.  Thanks to Mayor Jim Kenney; State Senator Vincent Hughes; State Representative Dwight Evans; Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell; City Council President Darrell Clarke; a longtime friend of mine, former City Councilwoman Marian Tasco; and all of those who spoke in the preprogram.  And to everybody gathered here, it is exciting to be back.  And, as you heard, we want you all to register to vote. We have places to register because we don’t want you on the sidelines come November.  This is the most consequential election.  The stakes could not be higher.  And we want everybody in Philadelphia, everybody across Pennsylvania to be part of a great victory in November and then the future that we’re going to build together.

Have any of you been watching the Olympics?  Well, I’ve got to tell you I am a big Olympics fan, those athletes, what they give up, the sacrifice, the work.  I understand that Philadelphia’s own Nia Ali just made the first round heat in the 100 Meter Hurdles today, but Team USA is showing the world what this country stands for. I am proud of our team there, and I am proud of the incredible teamwork that they show.  I was thinking the other day when Donald Trump speaks, he speaks about fear.  He speaks about such negativity and such pessimism. And then I watch the Olympics, and it’s exactly the opposite. You have young people going out, doing their best every day to get prepared to compete.  And that’s what we’re going to do in America.  There is nothing we can’t do if we put our minds to it.

I was up in Scranton yesterday with Vice President Joe Biden. And we had a great day.  Both Joe and I have roots in Scranton.  So we saw a lot of people that we’re related to, a lot of people who tell us we’re related to them. But it just reminded me of how lucky we are to be part of a country that has provided so much opportunity.  It’s not perfect.  We know that.  But there is no place that has provided more opportunity to my grandfather, who came here as a young immigrant, worked in a factory, created a great life, family; and then my dad, who was a small businessman in Chicago, worked hard.  And I want that story to be true for every American family. And that is – that is the principal motivation that I have in this campaign.

People say to me all the time, I mean, ‘How do you do it?’  They see me on TV.  I’m in one state.  Then I’m in another state.  Then I’m in another state.  And I’m lucky.  I can sleep on planes and in cars.  So that helps.  But what it’s really all about is getting up every day and being motivated to make sure that every person in this crowd and every person in this commonwealth and every person in this country has the same chance to live up to your dreams, the same opportunities that previous generations of Americans enjoyed. And that’s why we’re going to keep talking about what kind of jobs we’re going to create.

I met the principal of this beautiful school a little earlier. And I met two of her students, who are about to graduate, right there.  Thank you both. Young man […] We need you. Young woman wants to be a surgeon.  Thank you.  We need you. I met another young woman who told me she wanted to be a surgeon, and people tell her, oh, she can’t be a surgeon.  I don’t remember where she went, this young woman.  But don’t you believe it.  Don’t you believe it.  We’re going to lift people up.  We’re going to help every single person in America live up to those dreams. And we’re going to do it by creating more good jobs, jobs in infrastructure, jobs in advanced manufacturing, jobs in clean energy.  We’re going to do it by investing in education, from early childhood education all the way into lifelong learning.

I want to thank the mayor again for his commitment to early childhood education.  I want to thank the superintendent, who I met earlier, Superintendent Hite, for his commitment to early childhood education.  And I particularly want to thank all the teachers and educators in the audience, who make dreams come true. So I know what we can do together, but how are we going to pay for it?  Well, I’ll tell you how we’re going to pay for it.  We’re going where the money is.  We’re going after the super wealthy.  We’re going after the corporations.  We’re going after Wall Street so they pay their fair share.

That’s why I was so surprised when Donald Trump came out and talked about the economy because, actually, he would give trillions of dollars in more tax breaks to the wealthy. He wants a new tax loophole that we call the Trump loophole that would actually help him and everybody else who is really wealthy to cut their tax rate in half on a lot of their income.  He wants to eliminate the estate tax, which does nothing for 99.8 percent of all Americans, but if Trump is as wealthy as he claims to be, it would save his family $4 billion.  Now, I’ve got to tell you I could find a much better use for that $4 billion; early childhood, helping our veterans, helping our law enforcement do what they need to do, helping more people get the jobs training and the skills training.  In fact, we could hire 95,000 public school teachers for $4 billion. We could actually double health care for our veterans for $4 billion. And we could invest in more infrastructure, affordable housing, and small businesses for $4 billion right here in Pennsylvania.

So I think we know what we need to do.  The question is whether we will do it, and that all comes down to who shows up and votes.  That’s why we have been registering voters in our campaign.  We launched a drive to register three million voters and get those voters to commit to vote because it doesn’t do you any good if you register and you don’t show up.  Right?  So we’ve got people waving over there.  They’ve got their voter registration forms for you. And we want you to be part of this.

So here’s what I’m asking.  I’m asking you to register yourself, and I’m asking you to ask everybody you know to register, because when we do that, we make a commitment that we care about what’s going to happen in this election.  And we also care about winning back the Senate, making the Senate Democratic again. And trying to pick up some more Democrats in the House of Representatives.  That will help, too. You see, I have this old-fashioned idea, looking at our last two Democratic Presidents, President Obama – and a guy named Clinton – that we got a lot done for America when they were in office.  Right?

When I hear folks criticizing President Obama, I’m thinking, well, what don’t they like?  They don’t like the fact that he helped us save the economy from the worst financial crash since the 1930s? They don’t like the fact we now have 20 million more people who have access to affordable health care? They don’t like the fact that his intervention saved the auto industry and imposed the toughest new rules on Wall Street?  What don’t they like?  And when I hear people criticize Bill, I think, what don’t they like, the peace or the prosperity? I mean it’s kind of hard to know.

So don’t be complacent, my friends, because even though we’re doing fine right now, I’m not taking anybody, anywhere, for granted.  We’re going to work hard these next 85 days.  And I can’t do it without your help. Now, we have packets for you at the door so you can also canvass, meet your neighbors, canvass across West Philly after this event.  This evening we’re opening our Southwest Philly office on 52nd and Cedar. Stop by.  The deadline for registering is October 11th.  So we have work to do.

But here’s what I promise you.  I promise you that we’re going to go not only as hard as we can to win this election, but then to go as hard as we can to achieve the results that the country needs.  And that’s why I talk specifically about what I want to do.  I know that some people make fun of me.  They say, oh, she has all these plans, and you can go to my website and read my plans.  But I’ll tell you.  You know why I do that?  Because I want you to know what I’m going to try to do so that you can both help me and hold me accountable for doing what I told you I want to do.

We want to create millions of new good jobs in infrastructure because our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our airports, are falling apart.  Our water systems, our sewer systems, are falling apart.  And we also need a new, modern electric grid to be able to take and distribute all the clean, renewable energy that we’re going to be producing. And when people say to me, ‘Well, we can’t bring manufacturing back to the United States,’ I say, ‘But I’ve seen it.’  I have seen what we can do.  I have been in plants in Pennsylvania, in Ohio, across America, who are doing just that.  And when I meet the people, there’s such pride and dignity.

When I was in Johnstown Wire Technologies on our bus trip with Tim Kaine and I met people working there, I met a young Marine veteran.  He’s been there now for a couple years.  He is as proud as he can be because he’s making something that really makes a difference and that is exported around the world from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. So don’t tell me we can’t make things.  I know we can.

I was in a plant outside of Detroit last week.  It used to be an auto supply plant.  And then in 2000 – it was started in 1955 by the grandfather of the guy who’s the chair of their board now.  In 1955, they started.  They were making auto parts.  Then in 2000, their main customer, one of the auto makers, moved a lot of their production.  Now, they could have been really just broken by that.  They could have said, you know what?  We got to close up shop.  But that’s not what they did.  They were so determined to keep that business doing.  So they said, what skills do we have?  What can we do now?  And they got into the aerospace business.  So there I saw the nose cone of an F-35.  There I saw the parts they’re making for NASA for the rocket that will take astronauts on the manned mission to Mars, in Warren, Michigan, a place that used to make auto parts which is now literally making rocket parts.

And you know what I thought? I thought, wait a minute.  This could have been one of those sort of ‘poor me’ stories.  We can’t do it.  We can’t compete.  But instead, people got up and said, ‘Yes, we can,’ and yes, they did.  Right? And I started looking at the machines that they were using, a lot of precision machines made in Germany, made in Japan, made in Italy.  And I said to the workers there, ‘Could we make those machines?’ They said, ‘You bet we could.’ If we have the right partnership between our government and manufacturing, we can have a renaissance in manufacturing and jobs that will give people good livings and the pride and dignity of work.

And here’s something we don’t say often enough.  More than half of the jobs that are predicted for 2020 are not going to require a four-year college degree.  So I want to make college affordable for everybody, and we’re going to get that done. I want to help you refinance and pay down your student debt if you already have that. But I also want to make sure community college is free and we have more technical education back in our high schools. I want us to have more apprenticeships so that more young people get the skills that they can use to fill those jobs in 2020.

So I am optimistic.  And another big area where I’m optimistic is clean, renewable energy, where we’re going to be the 21st century clean energy superpower.  Not China, not Germany.  The United States of America.  So I know we can do this.  We got ourselves out of the worst financial crash.  We’re standing.  Now we’re going to start running again.  And we are particularly going to focus on young people who have been left out of education and the job market, and middle aged and older people who have lost jobs and need new skills to be able to compete and win again in the job market.

And while we’re doing that, we’re going to start at the very beginning with early childhood education, universal prekindergarten. Because we are stronger together, and we need all of our people to feel that they’ve got a shot.  You know, even Abraham Lincoln talked about how important it was to give every American a fair shot in the race of life.  That’s what we’ve got to get back to.  It’s just wrong that some people do well and other people feel like they’re never going to catch up.  So I want to be a president for not only Democrats, but Republicans and Independents too. I want to be a president for the struggling, the striving, and the successful.  I want to be a president for those who voted for me, and those who don’t vote for me.  Because we are all in this together.

So there’s a lot we can do on the economy, there’s a lot we can do on education.  There’s a lot we can do on healthcare.  We’re going to build on the Affordable Care Act, and we’re going to get the cost of premiums, co-pays, and deductibles down.  And we’re going to tackle the high cost of prescription drugs. And we are going to do more to help people deal with mental health and addiction problems. I probably have more people talking to me about mental health and addiction than nearly anything else.  You know, folks talk about the economy, they talk about education.  But when it gets really personal – you know, I’m in a coffee shop, or talking to folks on a line here, and somebody takes my hand and pulls me closer, what they talk to me about is mental health and addiction.  And shame on us if we don’t do more to help people who are suffering, and families who are in pain because of that.

And we are going to have a national security and foreign policy that America can be proud of.  We are going to lead the world in accordance with our values, in pursuance of our interest, and in furtherance of our security, along with our friends and allies.  It just absolutely bewilders me when I hear Donald Trump try to talk about national security.  It’s not just – as Joe Biden says, it’s not just that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  That’s bad enough.  But what he often says hurts us.  It sends the wrong message to friend and foe alike in the world.

And we are living in a complex world, one where we need steadiness, where we’ve got to have a real sense of how we’re going to get to where we want to go, to help as many people, to keep our country safe, but to do it with the kind of bigness, the kind of confidence that really marks America at our best.  You know, sometimes when I hear Trump talking about how we should all be so afraid all the time, and then I find a few minutes to watch the Olympics, I think, my goodness, you know, when you go out and compete, not everybody can win, but you’ve got to do your best.  And can you imagine Michael Phelps or Simone Biles, or all these other great American athletes in the locker rooms saying, well, I don’t know, I’m too afraid to go out and compete?  No.  They get out there.  They compete.  They do their best.  They demonstrate the kind of spirit that we want from all Americans.

And then finally, I think we have to defend the advances in rights that we have made here in America. And I am very proud of our young people.  This is the most tolerant and generous generation that we’ve ever seen in America. And yes, we are going to defend human rights, and civil rights, and women’s rights, and gay rights, and voter rights, and worker rights. Because if we’re going to lift everybody up, we need to do it in a way that lets those people feel that their dignity is respected as well.

And, yes, I am going to take on the gun lobby to try to save lives here in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania. And as I said here in Philadelphia in my speech, that doesn’t mean I want to abolish the Second Amendment.  That doesn’t mean that I want to round up people’s guns.  What that means is I want to keep you from being shot by somebody who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place. We can’t let this go on.  We need comprehensive background checks, close the gun show loophole, the online loophole.  We need to pass a law finally that says people who are on the terrorist watch list can’t buy – can’t buy weapons in America.

So I’m excited about what we can do, but first we’ve got to get there.  So let me thank you for being out here on a hot August afternoon at this beautiful high school.  And let me ask you to be sure to register to canvas, to be part of this campaign.  Because I’m not trying to just win an election.  I’m trying to build a base of voters who understand that we’ve got to stand up for these rights, we have to work for these causes, we have to be committed to these goals, who will get up with me after the election and work to make sure that we actually deliver the results that we all know we need.  So my friends, let’s go to work, and let’s build the future that America deserves.  Thank you and God bless you.”

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There is probably a zero percent chance that folks here were not watching last night, but just in case you missed these moments, here is what people are talking about this morning.

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  1. Here is where you can find your Facebook friends in key states and send them a reminder to vote.
  2. Here is a tool to check your voter registration status.
  3. Here is where you can check voter registration and absentee deadlines in your state.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the African Methodist Episcopal church national convention in Philadelphia, Friday, July 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Remarks at the African Methodist Episcopal Church National Convention in Philadelphia

Giving all praise and honor to God.

Thank you for that welcome, and for letting me be a part of this anniversary celebration for the AME Church. I want to thank Bishop Green as well as Bishop Bryant, Bishop White, Bishop Ingram, Bishop Young, Bishop McKenzie, Bishop Jackson, Dr. Richard Allen Lewis, Sr., Reverend Dr. Jeffery B. Cooper, Sr., Bishop Snorton, Reverend Vincent and the AME General Conference Choir, which I had the great pleasure of hearing from backstage.

There is no better place to mark this milestone for the AME Church than right here in Philadelphia, the city where this church was founded by a former slave 200 years ago.

Today, we join to celebrate your esteemed history, the leaders and congregants who built this community and kept it strong, and your legacy of service. You seek to meet what the Book of Micah tells us are the Lord’s requirements for each of us: “To do justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

As President Obama has said, the church is the “beating heart” of the African American community. This is the place where people worship, study, grieve and rejoice without fear of persecution or mistreatment. That is a precious thing, my friends, in this world. I know that, from my experience as a lifelong Methodist, how important my own church community has been to me.

So I come here today, first and foremost, to say thank you. Thank you for being part of this historic institution, and for carrying its work forward, as Bishop Green said. I also come tonight as a mother, and a grandmother to two beautiful little children. And like so many parents and grandparents across America, I have been following the news of the past few days with horror and grief.

On Tuesday, Alton Sterling, father of five, was killed in Baton Rouge — approached by the police for selling CDs outside a convenience store. On Wednesday, Philando Castile, 32 years old, was killed outside St. Paul — pulled over by the police for a broken tail light. And last night in Dallas, during a peaceful protest related to those killings, there was a vicious, appalling attack. A sniper targeted police officers. He said he wanted to hurt white people. Twelve officers were shot, along with two civilians. Five — five — officers have died. We now know all their names: Brent Thompson, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens, and Patrick Zamarripa. And as I was on my way here today, we heard reports of another shooting yesterday morning in Tennessee.

What can one say about events like these? What can people and leaders of faith say about events like these? It’s hard, isn’t it, even to know where to start. But let’s start here — let’s take a moment to pray for all the families and the loved ones suffering today. For Alton’s grieving children. For the four-year-old girl who bravely comforted her mother while Philando died in front of them. For the families of those police officers who lived every day with the fear that something like this could happen, and will always be proud of their service and sacrifice.

We pray for those families, and for the souls of everyone we lost this week and in all weeks preceding. May they rest in God’s peace.

Now, there are many unanswered questions about each of these incidents. We will learn more in the days ahead. And when we know as much as we can, there must be a just accounting.

For now, let’s focus on what we already know — deep in our hearts. We know there is something wrong with our country. There is too much violence, too much hate, too much senseless killing, too many people dead who shouldn’t be. And we know there is clear evidence that African Americans are much more likely to be killed in police incidents than any other group of Americans.

And we know there is too little trust in too many places between police and the communities they are sworn to protect. With so little common ground, it can feel impossible to have the conversations we need to have, to begin fixing what’s broken. We owe our children better than this. We owe ourselves better than this.

No one has all the answers. We need to find them together. Indeed, that is the only way we can find them. Those are the truest things I can offer today. We must do better, together. Let’s begin with something simple but vital: listening to each other. For Scripture tells us to “incline our ears to wisdom and apply our hearts to understanding.”

The deaths of Alton and Philando are the latest in a long and painful litany of African Americans killed in police incidents — 123 so far this year alone. We know the names of other victims, too:

Tamir Rice.

Sandra Bland.

Walter Scott.

Dontre Hamilton.

Laquan McDonald.

Eric Garner.

Michael Brown.

Freddie Gray.

Brandon Tate-Brown, whose mother Tanya is here today, and who was killed not far from here a year and a half ago.

Tragically, we could go on and on, couldn’t we. The families of the lost are trying to tell us. We need to listen. People are crying out for criminal justice reform. Families are being torn apart by excessive incarceration. Young people are being threatened and humiliated by racial profiling. Children are growing up in homes shattered by prison and poverty.

They’re trying to tell us. We need to listen.

Brave police officers are working hard every day to inspire trust and confidence. As we mourn the Dallas police officers who died and pray for those wounded, let’s not forget how the Dallas Police Department in particular has earned a reputation for excellence. They’ve worked hard for years to improve policing and strengthen their bonds with the community. And they’ve gotten results.

Police officers across the country are pouring their hearts into this work, because they know how vital it is to the peace, tranquility, justice, and equality of America. They’re trying to tell us. And we need to listen.

People are crying out for relief from gun violence. We remember Reverend Clementa Pinckney, eight congregants at Mother Emanuel in Charleston — and thousands more killed every year by guns across our nation. Things have become so broken in Washington that to just try to get a vote on compromise gun safety reforms, John Lewis himself had to stage a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Gun violence is ripping apart people’s lives. They’re trying to tell us. And we need to listen.

I know that, just by saying all these things together, I may upset some people. I’m talking about criminal justice reform the day after a horrific attack on police officers. I’m talking about courageous, honorable police officers just a few days after officer-involved killings in Louisiana and Minnesota. I’m bringing up guns in a country where merely talking about comprehensive background checks and getting assault weapons off our streets gets you demonized.

But all these things can be true at once. We do need police and criminal justice reforms, to save lives and make sure all Americans are treated equally in rights and dignity. We do need to support police departments and stand up for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect us. And we do need to reduce gun violence. We may disagree about how to do all these things, but surely we can all agree with those basic premises. Surely this week showed us how true they are.

Now, I have set forth plans for over a year to reduce excessive violence, reform our sentencing laws, support police departments that are doing things right, make it harder for the wrong people to get their hands on guns. For example, there are two important steps that I will take as president.

First, I will bring law enforcement and communities together to develop national guidelines on the use of force by police officers. We will make it clear for everyone to see when deadly force is warranted, and when it isn’t. And we will emphasize proven methods for de-escalating situations before they reach that point.

And second, let’s be honest — let’s acknowledge that implicit bias still exists across our society and even in the best police departments. We have to tackle it together, which is why in my first budget, I will commit $1 billion to find and fund the best training programs, support new research, and make this a national policing priority. Let’s learn from those police departments like Dallas that have been making progress, apply their lessons nationwide.

Now, plans like these are important. But we have to acknowledge that — on their own — they won’t be enough. On their own, our thoughts and prayers aren’t enough, either. We need to do some hard work inside ourselves, too.

Today, there are people all across America sick over what happened in Dallas, and fearful that the murders of these police officers will mean that vital questions raised by Alton’s and Philando’s deaths will go unanswered. That is a reasonable fear. Today, there are people all across America who watched what happened in Dallas last night and are thinking, no frustration with the police could ever justify this bloodshed. How did we get here? And is there more to come? That’s a reasonable fear, too.

It is up to all of us to make sure those fears don’t come true. We cannot, we must not vilify police officers. Remember what those officers were doing when they died. They were protecting a peaceful march. They were people in authority, making sure their fellow citizens had the right to protest authority. And there is nothing more vital to our democracy than that. And they died for it.

Ending the systemic racism that plagues our country — and rebuilding our communities where the police and citizens all see themselves as being on the same side — will require contributions from all of us. White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk— talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face every day. We need to try, as best we can, to walk in one another’s shoes — to imagine what it would be like if people followed us around stores, or locked their car doors when we walked past. Or if every time our children went to play in the park, or went for a ride, or just to the store to buy iced tea and Skittles, we said a prayer — “Please, God — please, God — don’t let anything happen to my baby.”

And let’s put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to a dangerous job we need them to do. When gunfire broke out yesterday night, and everyone ran to safety, the police officers ran the other way — into the gunfire. That’s the kind of courage our police and first responders show every single day somewhere across America. And let’s remember — let’s think about what Dallas Police Chief David Brown said this morning. He said, “Please join me in applauding these brave men and women, who do this job under great scrutiny, under great vulnerability, who literally risk their lives to protect our democracy.” He went on to say, “We don’t feel much support most days. Let’s not make today most days.”

Let’s remember that — not just today but every day.

Let’s ask ourselves, what can I do? What can I personally do to stop violence and promote justice? How can I show that your life matters to me? That I have a stake in your safety and wellbeing?

Elie Wiesel, who died last week, once clarified for us that “the opposite of love is not hate — it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death — it’s indifference.” None of us can afford to be indifferent toward each other — not now, not ever. And I’m going to keep talking about these issues with every audience. And if I’m elected, I’ll start working on this on day one — and keep at it every single day after that.

I want you to know the 24-hour news cycle moves on — I won’t. This is so important to who we are, what kind of nation we are making for our children and our grandchildren. As President Obama said yesterday, and as we all know in our hearts to be true: We are better than this. And if we push hard enough, and long enough, we can bend the arc of history toward justice. We can avoid that choice that Dr. King posed for us between chaos and community.

So yes, this is about our country. It’s also about our kids. There’s nothing more important than that. And I think it’s about our faith. We have a lot of work to do. We don’t have a moment to lose. But I would not be here tonight if I did not believe we can come together with a sense of shared purpose and belief in our shared humanity, and if I did not know we must, because truly we are stronger together. Not separated into factions or sides; not shouting over each other about who matters more or who has more cause to be upset; but together, facing these challenges together. And if we do this right and have the hard conversations we need to have, we will become even stronger — like steel tempered by fire.

Fierce debates are part of who we are — just like freedom and order, justice and security — complimentary values of American life. They are not easy. They challenge us to dig deep, and constantly seek the right balance. But in the end, if we do that work, we will become a better nation. If we stand with each other now, we can build a future where no one is left out or left behind, and everyone can share in the promise of America — which is big enough for everyone, not to be reserved for a few.

But we know something — we know that work is hard, don’t we? I’m calling on this historic church, and all of our churches, to think hard about what special role you can play. Every day, you teach and show us about the Golden Rule and so much else. Why can’t we really believe in and act on it? To treat others as we would want to be treated.

In the 13th chapter of First Corinthians, St. Paul extols the virtues of faith, hope, and love for our fellow human beings. He says we need them all in this life, because of our imperfections: we “see through a glass darkly” and only “know in part.” He proclaims love the greatest virtue, necessary to keep faith and hope alive and to give us direction.

I’ve tried to say for some time now that our country needs more love and kindness. I know it’s not the kind of thing presidential candidates usually say. But we have to find ways to repair these wounds and close these divides. The great genius and salvation of the United States is our capacity to do and to be better. And we must answer the call to do that again. It’s critical to everything else we want to achieve — more jobs with rising income; good education no matter what ZIP code a child lives in; affordable college; paying back debts; health care for everyone. We must never give up on the dream of this nation.

I want to close with a favorite passage — a passage that you all know — that means a great deal to me and I’m sure to many of you, from Galatians. “Let us not grow weary in doing good” — “for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.”

My friends, let us not grow weary. Let us plan the path forward for all of God’s children. There are lost lives to redeem, bright futures to claim. Let us go forth — go forward, Bishop — with a sense of heartfelt love and commitment. And may the memory of those we’ve lost light our way toward the future our children and grandchildren deserve.

Thank you, AME, and God bless you.

“We pray for those families and for the souls of all those we lost this week and all those preceding. May they rest in God’s peace” —Hillary

There is something wrong with our country. There is too much violence…too much senseless killing, too many people dead who shouldn’t be.

There is clear evidence that black Americans are more likely to be killed in police incidents than any other group. We have to do better.

Alton and Philando’s deaths are the latest in a long, painful litany of African Americans killed in police incidents—123 so far this year.

“Gun violence is ripping apart people’s lives. They are trying to tell us. We need to listen.” —Hillary

“I will bring law enforcement and communities together to develop national guidelines on the use of force by police officers.” —Hillary

“We’ll make it clear when deadly force is warranted and when it is not, and emphasize proven methods for de-escalating situations.” —Hillary

“In my first budget, I’ll commit $1 billion to find and fund the best training programs [and] support new research.” —Hillary

We cannot, must not, vilify police officers. Remember what those officers were doing when they died. They were protecting a peaceful march.

White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face every day.

“Let’s ask ourselves, what can I do to stop violence and promote justice? How can I show that your life matters to me?” —Hillary

“When the 24-hour news cycle moves on, I won’t.” —Hillary on preventing gun violence and addressing racial injustice

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“Elie Wiesel once clarified for us that ‘the opposite of love is not hate—it’s indifference.’ … None of us can afford to be indifferent.”

“When the 24-hour news cycle moves on, I won’t.” —Hillary on preventing gun violence and addressing racial injustice

“Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.” —Galatians 6:9

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