Pol honors Tamir Rice with hack-a-thon for kids
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State Senator Jesse Hamilton is dedicating February to black male achievement in honor of slain Cleveland 12-year-old Tamir Rice, hosting a black male achievement hack-a-thon for kids.

The event is scheduled for February 20 at Brookdale Hospital Auditorium, 555 Rockaway Parkway, in Brownsville.

“As a community, we must dedicate our time and ourselves to mentoring our young people,” Hamilton said. “Tamir Rice's memory and our future leaders deserve no less.”

Hamilton called the failure of a grand jury to indict the officers responsible for shooting the unarmed 12-year-old Rice in a Cleveland park another profoundly grim day for the justice system. He added that it's even more evidence of a grave disconnect between the justice system and the communities it's meant to serve.

“The road to rebuilding the loss of confidence engendered will be long,” Hamilton said. “We all must commit to seeing that hard work through.”

Hamilton is putting those words into action by hosting the all-day hack-a-thon in conjunction with State Senator Roxanne Persuad, Assemblyman Nick Perry. The hack-a-thon will bring together computer coders aged 12 to 18 to collaborate on software projects.

The all-day event will feature an introduction to coding for beginners, as well as lunch, dinner and awards for the best software.

To sign up, contact Hamilton@nysenate.gov or (718) 284-4700.

(Patrick Kearns)

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