At Sharpton event, Gillibrand pledges to 'amplify your voices'

Posted On: Jan 21, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand , speaking Monday at the National Action Network's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, tested some of the themes of her 2020 presidential campaign, pledging solidarity with her predominately African-American audience. “White women like me must... commit to amplify your voices,” Gillibrand said. “We have to join you on the battlefield for justice for all.” Gillibrand focused on the need to address institutional racism and highlighted her Catholic faith and her experience as a mother. “As a person of deep faith who has been called to public service, I look at Dr. King for inspiration, because his call to action was personal,” she said, adding that “as a person of faith and as a mother, I cannot sit idly by. I will fight for your children as hard as I will fight for my own.” Gillibrand has been a regular at the event since she became the presumptive replacement for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat a decade ago. It always attracts a star-studded political crowd, which this year included...

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