Wednesday Open Thread: Mothers of the Movement Speak at the Democratic National Convention

The Mothers of the Movement spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

Mothers of the Movement DNC 2016

Meet the Mothers Of The Movement Speaking at the Democratic Convention
Will Drabold @WillDrabold 5:18 PM ET

Sybrina Fulton, Lesley McSpadden and other “Mothers of the Movement” will speak Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention. These mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland and other African-American men and women who died at the hands of police, in police custody or from gun violence will tell their stories to millions of Americans.

The focus on the Black Lives Matter movement and the deaths of black Americans at the hands of police is in contrast to the Republican National Convention, where speakers used the phrases “Blue Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter.”

In four years since the last convention, the movement has grown from nonexistent to active in dozens of cities nationwide. Black Lives Matter protesters regularly lead marches all over the country, most recently after two black men were killed on camera in Minnesota and Louisiana.

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209 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread: Mothers of the Movement Speak at the Democratic National Convention

  1. rikyrah says:

    Josh Marshall ✔ @joshtpm
    “Hes less attacking Trump as making him seem small and petty in comparison to the picture of America he’s painting.”

  2. rikyrah says:

    I don’t want him to go…

    I just dont.

    sniff sniff….

  3. rikyrah says:

    The Audacity of Hope!

  4. rikyrah says:

    the children of those immigrants were just as American as their own, whether they wore a cowboy hat or a yarmulke; a baseball cap or a hijab.

  5. rikyrah says:


  6. rikyrah says:

    @byjoelanderson 2m2 minutes ago
    Y’all heard that “come on now,” right? It’s church now.

  7. rikyrah says:


    He is ethering Trump….

    Naming all his qualities….


  8. rikyrah says:

    Democracy isn’t a Spectator Sport!!

    it’s about YES, WE CAN.

  9. Ametia says:


  10. rikyrah says:

    We don’t look to be RULED!!

  11. rikyrah says:

    @tsgnews 59m59 minutes ago
    Money personally donated to their charitable foundation over past 5 years:
    BLOOMBERG: $2.793 Billion
    TRUMP: $0

  12. rikyrah says:

    We’re more respected now than when I took office!

    GWB SHADE…..

  13. rikyrah says:

    People outside this country do not understand, what’s going on in this election.

    • Angelar says:

      A whole lot in this country don’t understand either. To those who sit down and whine and say it doesn’t matter who gets elected are ignorant. It matters. Two words…Supreme Court!

  14. rikyrah says:

    “The Donald is not a plans guy.”

  15. rikyrah says:

    First Gentleman

    Barack’s skin is immaculate. He must drink alkaline water and mind his busines

  16. rikyrah says:

    @Messina2012 11s12 seconds ago
    12 yrs ago no one knew him, 8 no one thought he could win, 4 they said he couldn’t be re-elected. #yeswedid #DemsInPhilly

  17. Ametia says:

    Make your case, Mr. President. Make it before millions of Americans. Your legacy cannot be TOUCHED.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Look at the love for him. Ain’t nobody playing with the clowns…try it if you want to..but, when those signs come down on your head, don’t whine.

  19. rikyrah says:

    The music from Denver!!!!

  20. Ametia says:




  21. rikyrah says:


    delrayser @delrayser
    If Joe Biden is the nation’s fun uncle, Tim Kaine is our dorky dad.

  22. rikyrah says:

    YES…remind people of what shape this country was in when POTUS was elected.

    Man deserves a spot on Mount Rushmore for all he did for this country…

    WITH one party committing ECONOMIC TREASON against this country beginning January 20, 2009.

  23. Ametia says:


    Tim Kaine: “Bill built a bridge to the 21st century, Barack gave us hope, and Hillary Is ready to fight.”

    President Obama, you’ve given us so much


    I’M DONE

    • Ametia says:

      PBO GOT SHIT DONE. Hope I great, but ACTION a the end result is what counts.


  24. eliihass says:

    That ‘anthem’ tho…LOL..

    So many bootleg attempts at mimicking the 2008 Obama campaign…

    Folks, 2008 was spontaneous and from the heart…

    Cannot replicate heart, spontaneity and authentic emotions that came with a truly historic, hard fought, hard and honestly won campaign..

  25. Ametia says:

    Sg2, you are missing all the COONING, lady!

  26. eliihass says:


    There’s always one in each election cycle…But the difference is this one speaks what many folks on the good side are saying..

  27. rikyrah says:

    StrokemonHoe ♔ @TheTypicalVirgo
    Lemme tell you something. When an old white man tells you something is “malarkey” he’s not fucking around.

  28. Ametia says:

    Bloomberg, one billionaire gas bag calling out another billionaire gas bag.

  29. eliihass says:

    This is no longer a Democratic Party convention…this is now the Neocon love-fest..

    Your enemy’s enemy is still not your friend folks.. LOL..

    Don’t fall for the okey-doke..

    Ain’t nobody need racist Michael Bloomberg with his own dubious agenda, telling us about Trump…

    We know Donald Trump…and we know Michael Bloomberg too…

    Don’t fight the ego wars of equally racist billionaire megalomaniacs…

  30. rikyrah says:

    Mikki Kendall ✔ @Karnythia
    I tweet for the people who wanted Biden to debate Trump just to see if he would take his belt off & drag Trump to a woodshed.
    8:31 PM – 27 Jul 2016

  31. Ametia says:

    Um NO Mayor Kasim Reed. JUST HELL NO!

    And Bloomberg can go suck a bag-o-rocks, make that a BOULDER. Fuck him too, ALSO

  32. eliihass says:

    Kasim Reed sounds ridiculous..

    Cooning at its worst..

    • eliihass says:

      Actually, I must confess that I too would like to see the 30,000 deleted emails if anyone including the Russians can do us a solid and find and release them…

  33. rikyrah says:

    Beat that azz, Joe!!

    BEAT IT!!!

  34. rikyrah says:

    Luvvie’s Back…..


    About Michelle Obama’s DNC Speech and the White House That Was Built by Slaves
    Awesomely Luvvie — July 27, 2016

    Michelle Obama. Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama the GAWDESS. First of Her Name. Sasha and Malia’s mama. Barack’s wife. Queen of my Heart. Slayer of Haters. Shader of Intellectually Inferior Walking Cheetos. She Who Shall Not Be Outdone.

    She stepped on the stage of the Democratic National Convention on day 1 and showed people why Black women are made of unicorn tears, essence of phoenix and a scoop of eye of newt.

  35. rikyrah says:

    Sniff…I love Joe Biden

  36. Ametia says:

    Leon Panetta, whom I’ve always LOATHED just aid that Hillary Clinton is the ONLY presidential candidate that he knows that is ready to lead and defend our country.

    And this rat bastard served in PBO’s administration from 20011-2013. THAT WAS TOO LONG

    • eliihass says:

      Panetta showed his a*se long ago..

      Don’t you remember his book and book tour last year…

      Slating the President every chance he got, all while talking up Hillary…

      You must not forget that he was Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff…

      We know where his loyalties lie..

      Another ‘helpful’ John Podesta ‘recommendation’..

      • Ametia says:

        And that Sleezy Terry McAuliffe can’t contain himself, ready to give away Hillary’s secret sauce. What a host of RETREAD character!

        • eliihass says:

          The same crooks…

          The managed to contain and hide them away until Hillary cinched the rigged primary…but they can only contain them for so long…they are all so indisciplined…and can’t help themselves…

          They can bamboozle folks, but they can’t fool God…

          They will all be exposed in the end..

    • Ametia says:

      So a vote for Hillary is a vote to help preserve PBO’s legacy, cause Trump!!!

      BWA HA HA HA This DNC is doing a fine job of wiping the slate and re-writing it for the HIllster.

      • eliihass says:

        Haven’t even heard any mention of ‘preserving’ the President’s legacy since this convention started..

        I’ve been watching all day, and only V.P Joe has really given the President props…everyone seems to be leap-frogging from what feels like a George Bush era to a potential Hillary in the oval office scenario…Very little reference to the progress made under the still current, still historic President..

  37. eliihass says:

    We’re now cheering John McCain…? LOL..

    My people, my people…

    My enemies enemy is still not my friend..

  38. Ametia says:

    So David Muir is trying to tell Elizabeth Warren that being called ‘Pocahontas’ by Trump and her calling Trump a ‘racist’ =NAME-CALLING

    Spinning that RACISM like a Maytag

  39. Angelar says:


    President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have chosen Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side as the site of the Obama presidential library, according to multiple media reports.

    The Chicago Tribune and Associated Press reported the news on Wednesday.

    A formal announcement has not been made by the Obama Foundation, but the selection caps a highly competitive campaign by numerous cities to host the library.
    The Obamas chose their home city of Chicago over New York City’s Columbia University, where the president earned his undergraduate degree, and his birthplace of Hawaii.

    The Obamas selected Jackson Park, near the University of Chicago, over a rival site, nearby Washington Park. The Jackson Park site was thought to be more accessible than the other location.

    The president is expected to use the center as a platform to work on issues such as criminal justice reform and education for underprivileged children.

    The library site is located near Chicago’s historically African-American Woodlawn neighborhood, which has seen recent gentrification.

    Obama has not yet started to personally raise money for the construction of the museum, archives and library complex, which is expected to cost $500 million.

    The project is expected to be completed in 2021.

    TAGS:Michelle Obama

  40. rikyrah says:

    Forget Pence, Putin is Now Trump’s Running Mate
    by Martin Longman
    Wed Jul 27th, 2016 at 01:56:58 PM EST

    At this point, we don’t know if WikiLeaks is planning on releasing more embarrassing and inconvenient emails or if all the emails that get dumped will be stolen from the Democrats. Perhaps some problematic Republican emails have been pilfered, too. What we do know, though, is that prominent Republicans are setting Hillary Clinton up to take the blame if more evidence of hacking takes place. Here’s RNC Chairman Reince Priebus talking on the Hugh Hewitt radio show:

    Asked whether he expected some of Clinton’s personal emails to leak from her server, Priebus said, “Boy, I don’t know.”

    “Certainly it seems like we hear these rumors that they have these emails,” he said, referring to hackers. “Quite frankly if it’s national security you don’t want to see that happening. Hillary Clinton put our country at grave risk, and hopefully we don’t get to the point where those are released. But her sloppiness could lead to something very bad.”

    Of course, the DNC wasn’t using a server in Hillary Clinton’s house, and there’s no reason to believe that her emails have been hacked by the Russians. According the forensic investigation, there’s no evidence that they were, anyway. But Priebus wanted to blame her “sloppiness” for any future thefts regardless of where they were stolen from.

    Reince also made a curious prediction to reporter Andrea Mitchell at the Democratic National Convention on Monday:

    Reince said, “I believe that here are more emails coming. I think this is just the beginning. I don’t believe Wikileaks or these folks, whoever they are, simply released the emails all at once without more to come. I think there’s more to come and I think they should be prepared for more excitement in the email world this week.”

    Mitchell followed up,”Do you know something about it?”

    Priebus denied knowing anything, but speculated on the motives of people that “like to play games” and said usually more do follow.

  41. rikyrah says:

    Propane Jane ‏@docrocktex26 Feb 1

    Ignoring the impact of PBO’s opposition on the implementation of his agenda is ignoring the very mechanism by which racism infects govt.

  42. rikyrah says:

    from POU:

    I don’t feel fear…. I feel…rage.

    When I think of all the crap POTUS and FLOTUS have had to put up with…
    Trolled about flag pins, Whitey tapes, their church, their pastor, his birth certificate, her patriotism, how they spend their money and their vacations..
    Yet this inadequate, dumb ass White man who got where he is thanks to Daddy’s money and a dumbed down reality TV culture…this motherfucker just today..

    Refused to release his taxes.
    Advocates for a foreign country to perform a cyber attack..
    Insulted the President while praising Russia’s President…and the media shrugs…

    This is bullshit. So no I’m not scared. I am pissed the fuck off. That’s all the motivation I need for November because I’ll be DAMNED if PBO is succeeded by this asshole…nope not happening.

  43. rikyrah says:

    Marvel Universe Has A New Wiz Kid And She’s A Black Girl
    Donette Lowe | July 27, 2016 – 1:33 pm

    Today in #blackgirlmagic news, Lunella Lafayette was introduced at the San Diego Comic Con as the smartest person in Marvel Universe.

    Moon Girl, as she has been aptly named, is 9 years old, black, and from Manhattan, NY. She wears large purple specs and rocks two Afro puffs. Lunella will be featured in the Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur comics with guest appearances from some of Marvel’s vets like The Hulk, The Thing, and The X-Men. The announcement was backed up on Twitter by one of the writers, Amy Reed.

  44. In College Station again. After we get finished here, we’ll go to Golden Corral. :)

    • Ametia says:


      Samaria Rice: “Instead of plans for justice and accountability, I have been shown several plans for criminal justice reform, none that address my experience of the entire system being guilty. Those plans don’t address the many ways elected officials become exempt to accountability and the legal flaws that allow them to extend that exemption to cops who kill.”

    • eliihass says:

      Good for her..

  45. Ladies, check your email.

  46. Ametia says:

    So the SYSTEM used Judge Williams to punish Marilyn Mosby, for having dared bring charges against the KILLER COPS.

  47. rikyrah says:

    The Telegraph, the flipping Telegraph, is doing our media work for them.

    The Russian-born fraudster who Donald Trump has claimed he would not recognise was a key player in several of the billionaire’s business ventures, the Telegraph can disclose.

    Mr Trump signed off on paperwork which made clear that Felix Sater was one of the figures in “control” of Bayrock Group, the property firm building three developments using his name, an investigation has found.

    The findings appear to contradict statements by the would-be president and his lawyer, distancing him from Sater, who was convicted for helping to lead a $40 million mafia-linked stock fraud scheme.

  48. rikyrah says:


    it seems as if Freddie Gray killed himself and severed his own spine 80%.



  49. rikyrah says:

    Jason Pinter ‏@ jasonpinter 7m7 minutes ago
    Remember that Trump, who won’t release his tax returns, demanded that our president release his birth certificate.
    78 retweets 49 likes

  50. rikyrah says:

    Before tonight’s speech by President Barack Obama at the #DemConvention let’s reflect on 50 years of context for this historic speech.

  51. Ametia says:
    • Liza says:

      Awww, Joe is so sweet, really a nice man.

      I vehemently disagree. This wasn’t a fair fight. The emails just simply support that fact with proof of what Lil’ Debbie and her buddies were up to.

      And, yes, the people at the convention AND outside the convention have the right to peacefully protest. If they want to protest the nomination of Hillary Clinton, so be it.

      The Democrats better not be praying for undecided voters to swing toward Hillary. That theory would be more applicable if Hillary were not already a household name. Same is true of Trump. People feel as though they know these two. What is going to happen on October 1 that turns this into a landslide for Hillary? Suddenly, a majority of voters in battleground states realize through Divine intervention that Hillary must win? God will speak from above? He will validate Hillary and declare that Trump is a Demon from Hell?

      Democrats better put down the bong pipes and start banging on doors in Florida and Ohio.

  52. Ametia says:


    A federal judge today granted John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, “full-time covalescent leave” from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

    The order allows Hinckley Jr. to live full-time in Williamsburg, Virginia, but still under certain restrictions

    • Ametia says:

      In what country can a white man be charged, convicted, and sent to a mental hospital for attempted murder of a president, be released and sent to live with his MOMMY?

      In what country can 6 cops, black and white, female, male, mangle the spine and kill an unarmed black man (KNIFE PLANTED), and a BLACK JUDGE lets them all walk free?

      I’ll wait for an answer, but not too long folks!


    #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
    Had the look of tigers caged
    Shared pain publicly
    In full view of #DNC
    Don’t have option to disengage

    #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
    Swallowed barely concealed rage
    All lost a child
    But bravely smiled
    Used this 2 turn emotional page

    #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
    Could’ve vanished, but chose to stay
    Don’t want credit
    Or a sympathy edit
    To join this club, a heavy price paid

    #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
    Some mighty deep waters to wade
    Put the guns down
    Keep kids above ground
    Not the time to play Political games

    #MothersoftheMovement on stage
    Value of this image hard to gauge
    Some see vindication
    Others see exploitation
    Worth of this meeting is revealed with age

    • Liza says:

      Welcome to Emmett Till’s America, folks. Except the judge is black this time, not much of a change really.

      • Ametia says:

        This is why having the mothers of all those dead black boys, men and women on state at the DNC is not going to suffice.

        Parading black victims and their families on stage before millions is not solving the problem. What happens after the convention?

      • Liza says:

        Probably nothing.

      • Liza says:

        Well, they might talk about it until the election. Then nothing will happen. No one is going to be prosecuted by the DOJ for these killings anytime soon and that is where it has to start.

      • sunshine616 says:

        Yeah and where was Samaria Rice??? If Black lives really mattered to Clinton why was she not there???? Maybe just black lives that vote for Hillary matter to her. Pay attention and wake up people. Us brown and black people are just votes… Our lives will stop mattering in November. History don’t tell no lies

      • Ametia says:

        @sunshine. Yes, where was the mother of a 12 year old BLACK BOY Tamir Rice with the toy gun who was shot down in 2 seconds by COPS.

        Not one of these politicians or their minions will get up in front of a camera and tell the
        police this:



    • Ametia says:

      Yes; Stevie Wonder saw this coming. What a fucking farce! Judge Williams, I do hope you sleep well at night, knowing that you are complicit in the murder of Freddie Gray.

      • Liza says:

        Judge Williams is an “I got mine, you go get yours” kind of guy. And he’ll do whatever to hang on to his stash and grow it larger. Well, some folks are wired like that, but he sure as hell shouldn’t be a judge.

    • Liza says:

      Judge Barry Williams was going to let them go. There’s got to be a story here that we haven’t heard yet.

      This is where the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE is supposed to step in. And we know that there is a snowball’s chance in Hell of that happening.

    • Liza says:

      No Justice No Peace.

      Democratic presidents must have their feet held to the fire. This must end.

      • Liza says:

        Actually, any president must have his/her feet held to the fire.

        People cannot be swept off the street by gangs of cops, mutilated, tortured, and brutally murdered. This must end.

    • Ametia says:

      No matter how many of us they KILL, they’ll never be able to snuff out our LIGHT.


      #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
      Had the look of tigers caged
      Shared pain publicly
      In full view of #DNC
      Don’t have option to disengage

      #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
      Swallowed barely concealed rage
      All lost a child
      But bravely smiled
      Used this 2 turn emotional page

      #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
      Could’ve vanished, but chose to stay
      Don’t want credit
      Or a sympathy edit
      To join this club, a heavy price paid

      #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
      Some mighty deep waters to wade
      Put the guns down
      Keep kids above ground
      Not the time to play Political games

      #MothersoftheMovement on stage
      Value of this image hard to gauge
      Some see vindication
      Others see exploitation
      Worth of this meeting is revealed with age

      • Ametia says:

        BRAVO!!!! Double D You summed it up brilliantly.

        There is no vindication for anyone, until COPS STOP KILLING UNARMED BLACK MEN AND WOMEN.

    • #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
      Had the look of tigers caged
      Shared pain publicly
      In full view of #DNC
      Don’t have option to disengage

      #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
      Swallowed barely concealed rage
      All lost a child
      But bravely smiled
      Used this 2 turn emotional page

      #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
      Could’ve vanished, but chose to stay
      Don’t want credit
      Or a sympathy edit
      To join this club, a heavy price paid

      #MothersOfTheMovement on stage
      Some mighty deep waters to wade
      Put the guns down
      Keep kids above ground
      Not the time to play Political games

      #MothersoftheMovement on stage
      Value of this image hard to gauge
      Some see vindication
      Others see exploitation
      Worth of this meeting is revealed with age

  54. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

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