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Four families connected by pain are hoping to use their influence to get out the vote

October 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

If Breonna Taylor were alive today, she would have been at the polls.

The 26-year-old, who was shot and killed in March by Louisville police officers after they broke open her apartment door, never missed an opportunity to vote, her aunt Bianca Austin told CNN.

Just days before Election Day, the families of Taylor, George Floyd, Jacob Blake, and Alvin Cole are joining forces at a rally in Chicago on Thursday in an effort to encourage people to vote.

It's a dynamic that Austin said she's seen in Louisville too -- most of the people she's encountered have already voted early or mailed in their absentee ballots.

Meanwhile, Austin will be out in Louisville with other members of the Breonna Taylor Foundation, escorting people to polling sites and making sure they're filling out their ballots correctly.

When people recognize them as the brothers of George Floyd -- whose killing has been a catalyst for the change seen in police departments across the nation -- they're anxious to talk about what's on their minds, Philonise Floyd said.

"Ever since this stuff has happened to my brother, everywhere I go people just stop and they just listen," Philonise Floyd said.

His father instilled in him a fearless attitude and a determination to fight for his people, Blake Sr. said.

That includes the family of Alvin Cole, a 17-year-old who was shot and killed in February by police in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

But what has transpired since has made his mother Tracy Cole even more determined to make sure that those changes are realized -- starting with voting for the candidate she thinks will listen to the concerns of African Americans.

By voting to make a change in the country's leadership, Cole said she's standing up not only for grieving mothers like herself, but all the families who could encounter a similar fate to hers.

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