CLEVELAND, Ohio — A voter turnout drive will be held Sunday afternoon at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to honor Tamir Rice and other victims of police brutality.
The Ohio Student Association, the Tamir Rice Foundation, Black Lives Matter Cleveland and Cleveland Votes are partnering to urge young people especially to vote. The event will run from 1-5 p.m.
Tamir, 12, was shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2014. He would have been 18 this year, the presidential election the first he would have been able to vote in.
Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, wants people to know it’s important to vote and to take the election and every future election seriously.
“Whoever wins the elections, we need to make him accountable,” Rice said in a news release. “Accountability looks like policy change, which includes a ceasefire on Black and brown people. We are being hunted out here; there’s a war being committed against Black and brown people. It’s very crucial to the American people that they take this election seriously.”
Rice and Cleveland Votes have created a how-to-vote guide to help young people navigate the voting process, said Rachael Collyer, the program director of the Ohio Student Association.
Coffee and hot chocolate will be served, and people will receive We Vote 4 Tamir stickers at the event. Collyer said they’ll be encouraged to take a selfie and use the hashtag #WeVote4Tamir.
“Take a voting selfie, encourage the people in your life to come out and vote,” Collyer said. “In particular because Tamir never got the chance to, and our votes do make a difference. And the system that took Tamir away has to be changed. To quote Ms. Rice, ‘Please do not take your right to vote in vain.’”