By now, I hope you have heard about the tragic abduction of 276 young girls in Nigeria from their school by the Boko Haram militia group. If not, I encourage you to reference articles from CNN and Al Jazeera for a sufficient overview of the developing story. This post isn’t intended to give an extensive summary of the situation, but to give you all practical ways to contribute to the solution. Although these young girls are thousands of miles away from us, we can still do our part to bring justice to them and their families.
To your left, there is an image outlining basic action steps. These things can be done by virtually anyone, they do not take much time to do, but they go a very long way. Share this image on your social media outlets and get your friends and loved ones moving!
Twin Cities Events
Local organizers, young and old, are putting in work in the Twin Cities to bring awareness and action to the Bring Back Our Girls movement. Please attend these events and be a vital component to the solution:
- African Student Association (UMN) Ice Cream Social – Friday, May 9th, 3-5 PM, BSU Room (Coffman Memorial Union Rm. 209), 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Join UMN African Students’ Association this Friday as they celebrate our LAST event for the 2013-2014 school year! They will be introducing the new board for the 2014-2015 school year as well as raising awareness to the issue going on in Nigeria of the 200+ girls that were abducted! Come and enjoy some delicious treats, socialize, and GET EDUCATED!
- Bring Back Our Girls Twin Cities Solidarity Rally and Demonstration – Friday, May 9th, 6-8 PM, Lake Street/Marshall Bridge, Minneapolis, MN
Join us as we rally to raise awareness to the 276 school girls kidnapped in Nigeria by the Boko Haram militia. These girls are being abducted and raped by the militants. We ask you to join us on May 9th, 2014 at 6pm, on the Lake Street and Marshall Bridge to stand in solidarity. These girls are daughters, sisters, and friends and we need to show them that we care and will not turn a blind eye towards them. Bring a red candle, wear the color red, and wear your gele, head wrap or head scarf if you have one. PLEASE help us document the event bring your camera Use the hashtag #BringBackOurGirlsTC alongside the #BringBackOurGirls one. Thank you!
Bring your own signs and please share these messages:
#blackandbrowngirlsmatter For more information contact Ladonna Redman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please support the movement!