Silent Protest in Honor of Oluwatoyin Salau

June 24, 2020 - 11 AM

Buckingham Fountain, 500 S Columbus Dr, Chicago, Illinois

Supporting Organizations: BLCK Rising

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All people are welcome but please only bring signage/posters that honor the lives of black women and black femme-identifying folx
This can only be successful if there is a large number of us from the start so its imperative that you are ON TIME, but if you are late please still come and watch our page for live updates about which intersection we are at so that you can join us.
Bring food, water, portable chargers, and positive reflective energy.

Oluwatoyin Salau posted tweets detailing a description of the abuse that she was experiencing as she was seeking shelter after a protest. On June 6th she went missing for 8 days. There was no urgency from the Tallahassee Police Department nor the general public to find her. Many people question who we will call on if we are fighting to abolish the police, but it is clear they do not respond to our cries and that is the issue. On June 14th, Toyin’s body was identified along with another woman. If Toyin was white, the public and the police would have worked tirelessly until she was found given her great detail. She did what people always say women “should do” to save themselves, she was vocal about her danger and she still had her life taken. Black girls and women go missing day and night and no one even makes a sound. The intersection of blackness and womanhood should never be seen as a lethal combination and a cause for abuse and neglect, but it constantly is. Black women have carried the Black Lives Matter movement on their back yet their names are constantly forgotten. From this point forward, we are demanding their names be said but first, we must remind the world of the silence.