CHICAGO — Both Alvin Cole and Jacob Blake are from Wisconsin and were shot by local police. Now, their families are joining forces with Breonna Taylor's family and George Floyd's family to host a 'Get Out the Vote' rally in Chicago.
The goal of the event is to "unite a community in action," after Blake, Cole, Floyd, and Taylor were all injured or killed by police in the past year. Of the four, Blake is the only one to survive.
“The shooting of my son is a tragedy in a long line of violent acts against my family and our people. We are not going to let that stop us,” said Jacob S. Blake Sr in a statement Monday. “We will keep pushing beyond the election to hold our officials accountable for ending police violence and promoting health care, education and jobs. We have to start with voting."
According to a press release, the rally will feature speeches from Philonise Floyd, Jacob Blake Sr.,Tamika Palmer, and Tracy Cole. The rapper Will.I.Am and singer Jennifer Hudson will also speak remotely.
The rally is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Grant Park, at the corner of Jackson and Columbus streets in Chicago. The public is invited to the event, and face masks and social distancing will be required.