Coalition for Hope

#JusticeforHope #ProtectBlackGirls #WeWalkforHer

Who are the organizers?

A coalition of racial and gender justice organizations has come together to demand justice for Hope, accountability for the perpetrators of violence against her and the institutions that failed her. We wish to build a world that is safe for all Black Girls. 

The Dreamcatcher Foundation

A Long Walk Home ( ALWH)

GoodKidsMadCity

Girls Who Brunch Tour

Life Span

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

World Without Exploitation (the National Coalition to End Human Trafficking and Sexual) Exploitation, 

The Voices and Faces Project

American Indian Center

Shelter, Inc.

 

Hope is a child

"Black girls are under-protected in America and it’s time we stand up to amplify our voices and needs. We have been overlooked for years at a time and we won’t stop organizing until Hope has received her Justice." Miracle Boyd, Activist for GoodKids MadCity and Co-Founder of Coalition for Hope

“As a survivor, this story is personal. Society tries to sexualize our Black girls. In the eyes of the system, Black girls stop being children. Black girls are accused of being 'fast' and over-sexual, as if they deserve violence because of who they are. We are fighting for Black girls when no one else will.” Brenda Myers-Powell, Co-Founder of The Dreamcatcher Foundation and Coalition for Hope

"It is clear that our city does not know how to protect Black and Brown children. The bias of adultification with Black girls makes them especially vulnerable to both state and gender-based violence. Hope's story reveals a larger injustice that's happening to Black girls that we cannot ignore. We all have a responsibility to end violence against girls and women. All Black girls like Hope deserve to be free, deserve to be protected, and deserve justice." Scheherazade Tillet, Co-Founder of A Long Walk Home and Coalition for Hope

"We will not accept a city and state social services system that allows Black girls to be left without real care. Our racial justice movement is responding not only when Black people are murdered by the state, but also Black girls are harmed and ignored. Black girls and their well-being are vital to the care of Black communities." Leah Gipson, Assistant Professor, Art Therapy and Counseling, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Co-Founder of Coalition for Hope