Justice for Tamir Rice

Written by Allison Reynolds-Berry

We gathered on the playground. We gathered in solidarity with people all over the state and the country seeking justice for Tamir Rice, killed by police who won’t be held accountable. Tuesday night, Findlay Playground was full of people rallying to make their voices heard. Black lives do matter. We gathered on a playground, the same setting where this 12 year old was murdered in Cleveland.

Too many times we hear the stories of black children, black women, and black men who are killed – the circumstances covered up by those in power working to protect their own rather than seeking the truth. If we truly seek to decrease violence in our communities, we must strive for justice and hold those who perpetuate violence accountable for their actions.

It was important for me to be there, to stand in solidarity with those who have suffered and continue to suffer brutality at the hands of white police officers. We belong to each other. We must stand with our brothers and sisters as a reminder that love is stronger than fear and hate and racism. We must continue to act on the principle that black lives matter as we hope for a different future, where not one more child or person is killed because of their race.

Featured graphic adapted from flickr user Alosh Bennett under CC license

About IJPC

The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center educates and advocates for peace, challenges unjust local, national and global systems, and promotes the creation of a nonviolent society. IJPC is supported by faith-based organizations and individuals who work together to educate around justice issues, take collaborative action and do public witness. We address local, national and international concerns focusing on the death penalty, immigration, human trafficking and peace and nonviolence.