Chicago elementary school students are participating in get-out-the-vote efforts Wednesday afternoon targeting Red and Blue Line public transit commuters, telling them to "vote out" Cook County State's Attorney "Anita Alvarez for failing black and brown youth."
Specifically, students ages 8 to 15 from Village Leadership Academy, located at 1001 W. Roosevelt Road, are "boarding the CTA Blue Line at the UIC/Halsted stop to bring voter education, art, and protest to passengers," according to a news release. They will also move "onto the Red Line and travel north."
Black organizers from Assata's Daughters, the Chicago chapter of Black Lives Matter and BYP 100 helped organize the action.
"We may be too young too vote but we are not too young to be impacted by the decisions of whoever is elected," reads one of the statements students are expected to tell to commuters. "So we need you all to pay attention to this race and vote for someone who won't continue to harm us and our communities."
Yesterday, lawsuits were filed against Alvarez's office, the Chicago Police Department and the Independent Police Review Authority seeking the release of documents associated with the controversial Laquan McDonald police shooting investigation, which has led to calls for Alvarez's resignation.