"I'm here because I believe in change, and I believe that people can create change," said Calla Thomas on Monday evening to an assembly of over 100 outside the Rhodes Office Tower. Thomas and other members of the Ohio Student Association (OSA) organized the vigil to remember 22-year-old John Crawford, who was fatally shot by police in a Dayton Walmart on August 5, several days before Michael Brown was killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri.
The Rhodes Tower houses the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, where the OSA delivered a letter earlier on Monday, demanding that DeWine release video footage of John Crawford's killing.
Over the summer the OSA has organized numerous actions patterned on the Freedom Summer of 1964 to overcome injustices that persist in the 21st century, including economic inequality, mass incarceration, and voter suppression.
On Tuesday Mike DeWine promised to provide the Walmart surveillance video to the NAACP. On Wednesday DeWine called in a special grand jury to investigate whether Dayton-area police are criminally liable for Crawford's death.