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Two mothers of the movement, Geneva Reed-Veal and Maria Hamilton, whose children’s deaths helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement, were in Charlotte on Friday to encourage early voting. Reed-Veal’s daughter, Sandra Bland, died in a Texas jail cell last year after a state trooper pulled her over for failing to use a turn signal.

Their message, according to the Charlotte Observer: If you want to end killings and police mistreatment of African-Americans, start by voting.

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“We are tired of seeing hashtags. We are tired of seeing buttons with our kids’ photos on them,” Reed-Veal told the Observer.

Read the full story here.

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