CHICAGO (WLS) — A Wednesday march in Bronzeville is part of a year-long effort to shed light on what organizers are calling Chicago’s “silent epidemic” affecting girls and women on the South and West Sides.
Youth organizers and their supporters took to the streets demanding responsibility and action.
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They hope each step brings them closer to justice for what they say is an “alarming number of missing and murdered black and brown women.”
“It’s sad and scary because all these girls and women are disappearing. Black girls and women are missing and nothing is being done about it,” said Destinee Patton of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization and Girls Who Lead.
The We Walk for Her march is organized by Girls Who Lead, a Chicago youth-led organization that is part of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization.
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“This is important because I’m a young black girl. I’m a young black girl and I have a young sister, I have an older sister, a black sister, and I don’t want anything to happen to my siblings, my sister, my brother,” said Jakaya Caldwell, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization and Girls who lead.
Organizers and protesters said they want justice for the dozens of women who have been reported missing or murdered.
They are calling for cases dating back to 2001 to be thoroughly investigated and urging state and city officials to address what they say is a failed attempt to protect some of Chicago’s most vulnerable populations.
The group started the march at around 5:30 p.m. They then gathered on 51st Street.
This is the sixth year the organization has hosted the We Walk for Her march.
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