Why the Mothers of the Movement's DNC speech brought us to tears.
Too many mothers have had to bury too many children due to gun violence. These moms are trying to change that.
During the Democratic National Convention, several mothers whose children have been victims of gun violence made it clear that enough is enough.
The Mothers of the Movement led their DNC segment with a tear-jerking speech by Geneva Reed-Veal, Sandra Bland's mother.
Who exactly are the Mothers of the Movement?
Meet Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mom.
Meet Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis.
Jordan Davis, 17, was a teenager sitting in a car with friends when he was shot by Michael Dunn, who was upset that their music was too loud. Dunn was found guilty of first-degree murder and given a life sentence without parole.
During the DNC, McBath said she doesn't want other parents to live in fear of what happened to her son. "I lived in fear that my son would die like this," she said. "I even warned him that because he was a young black man, he would meet people who didn't value him or his life. That is a conversation that no parent should ever have with their child."
Meet Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland.
Sandra Bland, 28, was an outspoken activist with a degree in agriculture from Prairie View A&M University. Bland was arrested during what should have been a routine traffic stop. Three days later, she was found hanged to death in her cell at the Waller County Jail.
Bland's death was ruled a suicide, but many have noted the brutal arrest preceding Bland's death by state trooper Brian Encinia and the edited dashcam footage that was released. Encinia has been indicted for perjury, and thus dismissed by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
"When a young black life is cut short, it’s not just a loss," Reed-Veal said at the DNC. "It’s a personal loss. It’s a national loss. It’s a loss that diminishes all of us."
Several other Mothers of the Movement did not speak at the DNC, but they stood on stage to support the three who did.
Meet Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontré Hamilton.
Dontré Hamilton, 31, was a son and uncle. He was unarmed and had been treated for paranoid schizophrenia. Officer Christopher Manney shot Hamilton multiple times. Manney was never charged and was eventually fired from the Milwaukee Police Department.