Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden has recently come forward to express her support for Hillary Clinton.
In a letter written by McSpadden to the Clinton campaign unearthed by the Huffington Post, she says she feels Hillary has “realistic proposals” which can definitely make a change—especially in the areas of criminal justice reform, gun violence and education, Here’s an except from the letter:
“Since August 9, 2014, I have wondered where do we go from here? I have made it this far by my faith, but we need more than faith. Our criminal justice system is broken and damaged, and it left broken hearts and damage in our communities. Fixing this will require time and commitment of someone who wants to make things better for us all. I want a leader who is willing to take the steps to reform a justice system that dehumanized my son. I want a leader who will now honor my son’s life and fights for our children’s futures. I want a justice system that is fundamentally based on fairness for everyone.”
Since Brown was fatally shot in August of 2014 by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, McSpadden has been advocating for the stop of gun violence and police brutality. Among other women who have lost their children to gun violence, which includes the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland and Jordan Davis, McSpadden is member of the “Mothers of the Movement.” The movement is designed to support Clinton’s democratic campaign for presidency.
Back in November, McSpadden and other family members of victims of gun violence met with Clinton in Chicago to talk about the the important issues revolving around race and reform. Clinton reportedly took the time to listen to her son’s story, and offered ways in which she would help the problem if she was elected president,
“I am one of those parents whose worst nightmare came true. Parents are not supposed to bury their children, especially by murder,” she wrote. “But the reality is, that far too many black parents have; not just by senseless gunfire, but by lawful gunfire. Enough is enough… If we want to continue to build on the progress made by our country, we need a president who is ready to lead – and I trust Hillary Clinton.”