Katrinna Martin-Bordeaux is the region’s highest profile advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement and is the Chairperson of Young Black Democrats of Western New York, a coalition of activists that has mobilized the minority community around education and economic justice issues in recent years.
Her organization, Young Black Democrats of Western New York, is planning to endorse Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.
Martin-Bordeaux is extending an invitation to the Presidential candidate to come to Buffalo to accept the endorsement before New York’s Super Tuesday primary “at an Eastside rally that will include hundreds of minority youth activists.”
Observers think it may even happen before the South Carolina primary.
“We want the national spotlight to be put on Hillary Clinton’s treatment of the Black community during her eight years as our United States Senator, during which she ignored the Eastside of Buffalo,” explains Martin-Bordeaux.
Martin-Bordeaux is an Erie County Democratic Party official and is a zone chairman in the Town of Cheektowaga. She is a professional nurse and one of the city’s most prominent social justice activists.
Operatives anticipate that the event could attract national attention that scrutinizes Clinton’s record in the Senate and both Clintons’ policy posture towards the Black community, which includes a horrific record of mass incarceration and banking deregulation that has decimated the minority community.
The event would come at a time when the Clintons have been propagating a misleading narrative that Hillary Clinton has strong support among minorities, which activists say is untrue.
Given Buffalo’s national reputation as a hard fallen rust belt city that is a ruin of its former self, the event would also draw scrutiny of the Clinton’s for their passage of NAFTA and other free trade policies that decimated American industry in cities like Buffalo, so that Wall Street bankers could make more money.
“The event would profoundly undermine the Clintons’ claim that they are supportive of unions, working families, or the minority community — with the backdrop of powerful visuals of massive abandoned industrial structures,” says a local operative.