Clinton’s ideas on race draw applause, protest on same day

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Clinton faces protests as she courts black voters.

WASHINGTON: A new batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails presented a glimpse into the breadth of her personal network — a long list of powerful celebrities, CEOs, political advisers and politicians that she’s now tapping for her presidential campaign. North Charleston, South Carolina: Hillary Clinton soaked in standing ovations and weathered protesters over a day of campaigning intended to solidify her advantages in the African-American community and highlight criminal justice and economic policies that she says will treat blacks more fairly.The latest batch of emails released from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server chronicle correspondence with big names in Washington and Hollywood — along with some issues about emojis.

WASHINGTON — US Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton was interrupted Friday by protesters from the “Black Lives Matter” movement while speaking about the criminal justice system at a historically black university.ATLANTA (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton, shouting over protesters, promised black Americans Friday that she would address systemic racism and, if elected, follow in the footsteps of her predecessor, the country’s first black president. The Democratic presidential favourite watched silently on Friday evening at an NAACP banquet in South Carolina as family members of “The Emanuel 9” took part in a memorial for nine people slain in June by a white gunman at a historic black church in Charleston. “People in this room … have shown grace and resilience,” Clinton said later, during remarks that drew multiple rounds of applause. In the first email dump since Clinton testified for more than ten hours before the House Benghazi committee, Clinton scolds her staff for putting together an “inadequate” timeline of her leadership on Libya in 2011. Lady Gaga complimented her, former British prime minister Tony Blair praised her for doing the “Lord’s Work”, Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi asked for technology help and former president Jimmy Carter pitched in on negotiations with North Korea.

The committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi has delved into the presidential candidate’s emails, half of which have now been released to the public. She added that the city has inspired Americans she said often “don’t know what to do about that kind of hate and violence stalking our land.” Clinton framed the Emanuel slayings and the April killing of Walter Scott, a black man shot by a North Charleston police officer who has since been fired and charged with murder, as part of a trend. “The last few years have shone a bright light on the systemic effects of racism and injustice,” she said. Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights leader who had introduced Clinton, reportedly tried to convince the protesters to stop, before he and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined Clinton on stage in a show of solidarity.

Ben Affleck, a longtime Clinton supporter, urged her in April 2012 to review a draft of a report about security problems in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And Andrew Young was among other civil rights leaders who cheered as she strode to the stage at a Clark Atlanta University gym to talk about injustice in the America’s prisons system. Clinton has faced questions about whether her unusual email setup, which involved a private server located at her New York home, was sufficient to ensure the security of government information and retention of records.

Blacks represented 88 percent of incarcerated crack cocaine offenders in 2012, according to data from the US Bureau of Justice Statistics released earlier this week. The highlight of her first public visit to Atlanta this campaign was to announce her criminal justice proposals, but the under-card was to be Clinton highlighting the endorsements of Lewis and other influential black leaders who had switched their support from her to Barack Obama in 2008.

Yet Clinton’s place in preference polls has improved since the first Democratic primary debate, in which her chief primary rival, Vermont independent Sen. What it turned out to be, though, was a reminder that a younger generation of black activists still hasn’t fallen in line behind Clinton even though many of the patriarchs and matriarchs of the movement have embraced her presidential bid. But they persisted until the crowd of more than 2,000 students, most of them black, chanted, “Let her talk!” “I’m sorry they didn’t listen, because some of what they demanded I am offering and intend to fight for as president,” Clinton said of the protesters. “We have to come together as a nation,” she added. The Georgia-South Carolina campaign swing, which Clinton will continue Saturday in Charleston, is part of her increasing emphasis on Southern states that dominate the early weeks of the nominating contest.

The historically black colleges clustered around Clark Atlanta played an instrumental role in the civil rights movement, and the gym was located off a street known as Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard. Clinton said she found some of the unsolicited information he sent interesting, and discarded some of it. “How does this work,” Clinton asks aides after getting a request to “connect” on the website LinkedIn. Most of the correspondence made public to date involves the mundane workings of government – scheduling meetings, organizing secure phone lines and booking flights.

And after Clinton started using an older Blackberry, apparently for familiarity’s sake, she told aides: “I am quite bereft that I’ve lost the emoticons from my latest new old berry. Bernie Sanders, defused the issue, saying “the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” Roughly half of Clinton’s 30,000 work-related emails are now public, and the State Department’s effort to release the rest will linger into next year. A few of the emails hint at the ways Clinton maintained her network of campaign donors, even while serving in a position at a distance from electoral politics. African-Americans could make up a majority of the Democratic electorate, or close to it, in several of those states, a potential boon for Clinton, given that her closest rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, has struggled to attract support from black voters.

In a June 2011 message, an aide informs Clinton that longtime donor Susie Buell contributed $200,000 towards a summit at which Clinton was scheduled to speak. The students behind the protest said they wanted Clinton to more directly address the policing practices behind the series of shooting deaths of unarmed black men by white law enforcement officers that have put places like Ferguson, Mo. in the national consciousness. “We don’t want to hear the rhetoric.

The changes would build on a 2010 act of Congress that narrowed the disparity between crack crimes – which are concentrated among minorities – and powder crimes, which are more likely to involve whites. In April 2011, Clinton’s aides received a request from Jose Villarreal, a former Clinton campaign adviser from Texas, to speak at the launch of a project she asked him to start involving US engagement with Mexico.

Clinton told her aides to develop a press and social media outreach “to every possible group.” Villarreal now serves as her campaign’s treasurer. The issue resonates among both traditional civil rights organisations like the NAACP and the younger activists of Black Lives Matter, though that movement’s leaders say they aren’t interested in participating in conventional politics by endorsing Clinton or anyone else. She’s calling it out like it’s news to us,” said Avery Jackson, a Morehouse College junior. “She’s using rhetoric to cover up the issues that are really at hand. We want her to push back harder.” Another protest organizer, Spelman College senior Shiranthi Goonathilaka, said many students were disappointed that Clinton chose to deliver a “lecture” to the students rather than a town hall meeting or another type of discussion. “We are not satisfied with what Hillary has offered black people in America,” she said. “Prominent black leaders, and a lot of them are based in Atlanta, are just OK with what Hillary is giving us.

The policy would forbid federal, state and local officers from “relying on a person’s race when conducting routine or spontaneous investigatory activities,” unless they have information linking a suspect to a crime. Clinton hasn’t detailed how her idea would go beyond existing law, but her campaign cited previous congressional proposals that would make it easier for alleged profiling victims to recover damages from government agencies in civil court. After the letter reached Clinton, she emailed one of her aides, noting it was “from one of the Generals who supported me.” She later advised, “Pls regret but w special attention!” Clinton also embraced the movement to “ban the box,” or prevent the federal government and contractors from asking about criminal history during initial job applications.

Studies have shown that employers are reluctant to consider applications with a criminal history, but job prospects improve for former felons if hiring managers hear about their qualifications before their criminal records. Clinton has made frank discussion about the country’s lingering racism a central theme of her primary campaign, in an effort to woo the coalition of minority, young, and female voters who twice catapulted Barack Obama into the White House. She requests her password for The New York Times website, asks for help using the phone, searches for books and apologizes to old law school friends for being slow to reply to their emails. In Atlanta, she stressed her determination to build upon Obama’s legacy. “It will be up to me assuming we get this done to be a president who builds on what we have achieved and goes even further,” she said.

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