In May of 2020 SHE Chicago lost two of our beloved SHE Sisters, Tajanay Samuels and Antwainisha Bratcher, to gun violence in Chicago’s South Chicago Community. Reeling from the loss, we travelled to Washington D.C and on August 28, 2020 participated in the March on Washington where we were featured in The Washington Post for our commitment to eradicating violence toward racially and socioeconomically marginalized people.
Following the March, SHE Sisters were adamant about further exploring the experiences of teen girls impacted by community violence. Upon our return to Chicago we created Urban Girls Against Violence, an antiviolence initiative designed to “amplify the voices of teen girls affected by community violence”. This student driven platform raises awareness and promotes urgency around responding to the needs of our most marginalized women as it relates to the violence of urban communities.
With pink fists held high, our girls seek to raise awareness through social media campaigning, publications of high impact narratives and artwork from teen female community members and comprehensive training of building awareness based campaigns for teens impacted by the myriad of social issues that our country faces today.
If you would like to join the movement please contact us with your inquiries at dwashington@SHEChicago.org.