On Thursday, Hillary Clinton received the trailblazer award from The Center, a LGBT Community Center, in New York City. Clinton spoke at the event and warned the audience that the Donald Trump administration could undo years of progress. “But I think we have to face the fact that we may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues. Let’s remember, 2018, the midterm elections … We can never stop fighting,” Clinton said. She spoke about the anti-LGBT actions in Chechnya and the proposed cuts to funding for HIV and AIDS research. She urged everyone to keep fighting saying, “I know that the election hit a lot of us hard. But I can tell you this: Even when it feels tempting to pull the covers over your head, please keep going.” Watch a video of Clinton’s speech below.
On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton accepted an award from Girls, Inc. during a luncheon in New York. During the event, Clinton spoke about the importance of advancing equal rights for women and encouraged young women to get involved in politics. She warned that while things can be discouraging at times, its important to focus on the future. Clinton said, “Our work is far from over. In big ways and small, the unfinished business of the 21st century is the full equality of women. There are still too few women in the upper reaches of the private sector, academia, science, technology, not to mention politics and government.” Watch a video of the full speech below.
On Tuesday evening, Hillary Clinton spoke at the annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City. She highlighted the work that UNICEF has done to help children before presenting the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award to singer Katy Perry. Clinton said of Perry, “She is serious about understanding the complex problems we face and pulling people together to solve them. We need champions like Katy now more than ever, her passion, her energy and, yes, her voice, louder than a lion.” Perry, a Clinton supporter during the campaign, was surprised by Clinton’s appearance, and in her acceptance speech, Perry said, “I’ve always had a voice – a singing voice – but I’ve never had a voice like I’ve had before. Hillary has lit that voice inside of me, and that light will never go out, it will continue to get brighter and brighter and brighter.” A clip from the event is below, and a full video from the event will be added when/if available.
On Thursday evening, Hillary Rodham Clinton attended an event hosted by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Clinton was honored during the event for her efforts to prevent gun violence. Clinton recieved the inaugural Mario M. Cuomo Visionary Award and gave a brief acceptance speech in which she urged the group to continue their efforts and to not get discouraged by the politics. She said, “Please, don’t give in to frustration, disappointment, or just giving up. The politics are hard and the politics are complicated, but we can do this.” A full video of her speech is below.
Yesterday and today, Hillary Rodham Clinton attended a number of private fundraisers in Texas. However, she capped off her Texas trip with a speech at Texas Southern University in Houston, where she received an award for leadership. The primary focus of her speech was voting rights. She blasted Republicans in states across the country for limiting access to voting with the excuse of limiting voter fraud. Clinton also criticized the Supreme Court’s decision which gutted parts of the Voting Rights Act.
Clinton outlined her plan for voting rights in America saying, “I believe every citizen has the right to vote, and I believe we should make it easier for every citizen to vote.” She outlined her plan in four central points (seen in the Tweet above):
1. Automatic voter registration upon turning 18
2. Restoring the provisions of the Voting Rights Act
3. Expanding early and absentee voting
4. Setting a nationwide standard of in-person voting for 20+ days
Restoring voting rights is certainly going to be one of the cornerstones of her campaign’s platform moving forward. Clinton is expected to begin outlining her platform at a kickoff rally next week (June 13) on Roosevelt Island.
The full video from today’s event is available on C-SPAN and can be accessed by CLICKING HERE. Clinton begins speaking at the 18:00 mark. Hillary for America also released a fact sheet about voting rights as well as a full transcript from today’s speech.
Tomorrow, Clinton is scheduled to take part in a private fundraiser in Connecticut. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow Clinton on Twitter and Facebook.
Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a speech at the 30th Anniversary Gala for Emily’s List where she received the We Are EMILY Award. During her speech, Clinton spoke about women in politics and the guidance her mother offered as she grew up. Several times, Clinton teased a possible 2016 presidential run, but she avoided talking about allegations that she used personal email addresses while she was Secretary of State and possibly violating the rules of the National Archives and Records Administration. Details are still emerging, but Clinton did turn over 55,000 pages of her email to the State Department and several hundred pages of her emails have been provided to a Congressional committee investigating the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Since learning that Clinton used personal emails, the committee has subpoenaed additional emails from her personal email accounts.
Clinton was not the only speaker at the event. Other speakers included Gabrielle Giffords, Ayanna Pressley, Uzo Aduba, and Nancy Pelosi
The video from the Emily’s List event can be accessed by CLICKING HERE. Clinton begins speaking at 1:11:45.