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Black Lives Matter Activist Cori Bush Defeats Incumbent Rep. Lacy Clay in Missouri Primary

An activist with the Black Lives Matter movement trumped longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) in a Democratic congressional primary on Tuesday.

Cori Bush, 44, lost to Clay in the 2018 midterms but emerged triumphant this time around.

“Weve been called radicals, terrorists. Weve been dismissed as an impossible fringe movement, but now we are a multiracial, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-faith mass movement united in demanding change. In demanding accountability. In demanding that our police, our government, our country recognize that black lives do indeed matter,” Bush said in a victory speech.

“It is historic that this year, of all the years, were sending a black, working class, single mother, whos been fighting for black lives since Ferguson, all the way to the halls of Congress,” she added later. “The people of St. Louis made a decision. From all corners of Missouris first district, our communities have embraced a bold, fearless vision of real change.”

The single mother was present during most of the protests and riots in Ferguson, Mo., following the death of Michael Brown.

Bush was endorsed by socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Her policy proposals include universal health care, the Green New Deal, raising the minimum wage, and reforming the police. The Black Lives Matter movement is pushing for defunding and abolishing police departments.

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Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) (C) during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 12, 2017. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

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