Following the Disappearance of Another Woman, Thousands Participate in a "Missing Girls March" in Chicago
CHICAGO — June 20, 2018
A Chicago seventh grader organized the "Missing girls March" to support the search to find missing girls and women in Chicago.
"Stop and listen, our girls are missing! We're trying to come up with solutions of our own to bring awareness to our black girls coming up missing. No one is doing anything about it, so we're going to do something about it ourselves" said a young activist.
The first March was near 35th and King Drive in the Bronzeville neighborhood.
They called to attend all people and state; bringing attention to what they say is the increasing number of African American girls, teens and women in the Chicago area going missing.
"I'm scared to go outside. I'm scared to go in certain neighborhoods because I'm afraid of being snatched or kidnapped. I'm afraid for my sisters, too," said one of the protesters Mikiya Coley.
"It was really about the missing black girls and nobody helping us out here. Nobody standing up," March organizer Aziyah Roberts said.
They also chanted slogans encouraging people to organize to help search for the missing children.
"We need answers. We need solutions to this problem because this just can't keep happening. We're all walking around in fear," said Teresa Smith.
Her mother 65-year-old Daisy Hayes has been missing since May 1st. In addition since March, at least five teens and women, most of them black, have either disappeared or been found dead on Chicago's West and South sides.
On June 12th, the body of a 26-year-old woman found dead in the Lawndale neighborhood. Shantieya Smith was last seen on May 25 in the 1600 block of South Central Park.
Another woman was found dead on June 7th.
The police have supported the protesters. The officers have been concerned about the deaths of two women and whether they and two others found recently are connected to each other.
These issues were also raised informally at the Chicago Police Headquarters with about 20 residents from the South and West Sides.
The Chicago Police Department said it doesn't appear the cases are connected, but some neighborhood residents and community activists believe they are.