The recent death of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins has prompted outrage across the city of Chicago. The baby, who was shot 5 times while having her diaper changed in the front seat of her father’s minivan, passed away Tuesday morning at Comer Children’s Hospital. The bullets were intended for the infant’s father, Jonathan Watkins, who was gang affiliated, according to the Chicago police.
These recent events have caused a spike in anti-violence chatter via Facebook and Twitter. One social media campaign in particular has gained a lot of attention in the wake of Jonylah’s death. The 500 Campaign was started by a 28-year-old Bryant Cross in an attempt to bring national awareness to Chicago’s murder rate. The instagram/facebook campaign encourages people to post a self-portrait picture expressing anger or sadness along with the phrase “Angry Because Over 500 Youth Were Murdered in Chicago.” Cross is also encouraging participants to “tag and tweet” photos to Oprah Winfrey and Huffington Post, among others, in an attempt to shed a national light on the issue and get people talking.
For more on the campaign, go to facebook.com/500Campaign or instagram @500Campaign