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Black Lives Matter Activists Meet With White House Officials

Activists from Campaign Zero and other organizations met Wednesday with Valerie Jarrett and others in Washington.

Posted on September 17, 2015, at 12:04 a.m. ET

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WASHINGTON — Black Lives Matter activists, including select members of Campaign Zero, met with top White House officials on Wednesday, a senior administration official confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

Activists met with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, as well as Roy Austin, the deputy assistant to the president for urban affairs, and a collection of White House officials. The meeting focused on law enforcement and community policing with an emphasis on how to increase public safety locally.

A White House official said the administration emphasized the implementation of its recommendations from the 21st Century Task Force on Policing as a priority for reducing violence.

In addition to Jarrett and Austin, participants included Phil Agnew of the Dream Defenders; DeRay Mckesson, Brittany Packnett, and Johnetta Elzie of Campaign Zero; and Jamye Wooten, an organizer for Baltimore United for Change.

Campaign Zero activists also met with Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate for president earlier Wednesday.

"I look forward to a continuing dialogue with Campaign Zero and other voices from communities of color to address deeply entrenched racial and economic problems in our country," Sanders said.

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