2020 Presidential candidates speak during African American Leadership Council Summit in Atlanta

Top dems gather in Atlanta

Lericia Harris
June 07, 2019 - 2:48 pm

Hundreds gathered in downtown Atlanta this week for the African American Leadership Council (AALC) Summit hosted by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The event amassed some of the parties top members – including two 2020 presidential candidates - Senator Cory Booker and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. 

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During his speech, Senator Booker stated he’s concerned the focus of the upcoming election has shifted to removing one guy from one office. Booker stated he has no interested in running for President because of what he’s up against. Instead, he’s running for what he represents. He also touched on the new abortion bill in the state of Georgia describing it as an anti-democratic law that serves as a direct attack on low-income women – minority women.

“The way we are going to create a nation in which we actually see justice in public education, justice in healthcare, justice in our criminal justice system is if much more people get active,” stated Senator Booker.

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South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg admitted he believes Stacey Abrahams should be the governor of the state. 

“When racially motivated voter suppression is permitted, when districts are drawn so that politicians get to choose their voters instead of the other way around, when money is allowed to outvote people in this country, we cannot truly say we live in a democracy,” Buttigieg stated. 

He also expressed his fight for freedom, security, and democracy.  Buttigieg voiced his support of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) and his stand against inequality toward African Americans. 

Listen below to the speeches of Senator Booker and Mayor Buttigieg.