It seems like Senator and Democratic Vice President nominee Kamala Harris took time out of her busy schedule to visit the family of Jacob Blake recently during her campaign stop in Milwaukee, according to our partners at Black Enterprise.
The Howard University graduate said that she and the rest of the Biden 2020 team wanted to express their concern for Blake, adding that her wish was to ensure the Blake family that they do have support from them:
According to pool reports, Harris made several trips around the city but first visited with Blake’s family. Blake was shot in the back eight times by Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer Rusten Sheskey last month. Harris spoke to Blake by phone and met with Blake’s father and sister along with other family members.
The meeting was not on Harris’ schedule and reporters did not know about the meeting until after it concluded.
“They’re an incredible family and what they’ve endured and they do it with such dignity and grace,” Harris said after the meeting, according to Madison 365. “And you know, they’re carrying the weight of a lot of voices on their shoulders.” She added that the message to the family from the campaign was “just to, one, to express concern for their well-being and of course, for their brother and their son’s well being and to let them know that they have support.”
Harris also toured an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers training facility and held a round-table discussion with Black business owners. The discussion included Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, real estate investor Que-El Amin, Sherman Phoenix co-founder Joanne Sabir, and members of the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention.
“Today, of course, is Labor Day,” Harris said after the discussion. “And so part of the work that we’ve been doing today is to honor the men and women of labor, including — and we talked about this — the pride that Milwaukee and so many of us have in organized labor, and the Lieutenant Governor talked about that. What we must do to always support the working man and woman to be able to [have] collective thinking and collective bargaining and have all the wages and benefits that come with a hard day’s work. And the acknowledgment of the dignity of work.”
Harris also greeted fans and supporters outside the meeting, several of whom wore pink and green, the colors of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, of which Harris is a member.
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