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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.

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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.

Darren Sands is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Darren Sands at darren.sands@buzzfeed.com.

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