'We Walk for Her': Activists march on South Side, calling for stronger effort in solving cases of missing Black women

"We March for Her"
Kierra Coles disappeared in October of 2018. Photo credit Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) - Young people and other activists marched on the South Side Tuesday evening, demanding that more be done to confront murders and disappearances involving women of color in Chicago.

The event was called “We Walk for Her”, held along King Drive in Bronzeville, and Miracle Boyd, an activist with the group GoodKids MadCity, said there are too many unsolved cases of violence or possible abductions of Black women and girls.

“Black and brown women are coming up missing at an alarming rate, and no convictions, no urgency from police departments, no updates as to women cases, and how far along within the investigation…Cases that are missing are turning into cold cases,” said Brown.

Her organization is calling for Mayor Lightfoot and Governor Pritzker to meet regularly with a community-led task force concerned about these unsolved cases.

Boyd said police in most cases don’t seem to have a sense of urgency. But she added, people in the neighborhoods need to do more too.

“I want our community members to pay attention and if we can’t expect our elected officials to pay attention and raise awareness to this issue, a village raises a child, and our community is not acting as a village anymore. If you see something, say something,” Boyd said.

This week Chicago police did release a new video in the four-year-old missing persons case of postal worker Kierra Coles, but Boyd said more action is needed.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Chicago Police Department