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Friday
May022014

#BringBackOurGirls Rallies Planned in DC, NYC and London to Rescue 200+ Kidnapped Nigerian School Girls

For readers who don’t follow the WAOD Facebook Page, three weeks ago, terrorists kidnapped 234 Nigerian school girls who were away at school taking their final exams. The kidnapping is part of an intentional and organized campaign to close schools in northern Nigeria and I suspect ultimately the entire region. Earlier, this same group slaughtered 69 boys at school.

The Nigerian military initially lied and said that only 100 girls had been kidnapped and all but 8 have been rescued. The true number is closer to 234 and 40 of the girls escaped ON.THEIR.OWN with no help from the Nigerian government.

Reports from the region are that the girls are being taken as child brides and are being sold to other terrorists for $12. That’s a euphemism for saying that the terrorists are systematically raping these children and will continue to do so for the rest of their lives.

As I stated on the Facebook page, there are so many violations here.

Targeting schools and the mass rape of children is a crime against humanity.
The Nigerian government turning a blind eye to the crime against humanity.
The family units that have been ripped apart.
Girls who were courageous enough to seek out an education in a dangerous world are paying a horrific price for wanting a better life.

My Twitter and Facebook feeds have been filled with Black women who have been agonizing about the plight of these girls for weeks. There is a sense of helplessness because they are overwhelmed by the gravity of the event and the appearance that there is little a Black woman in the United States can do to help. It’s a war zone, the terrorists are heavily armed, the Nigerian government appears apathetic and inept, and the world community appears indifferent. ANd oh yeah, there’s an ocean or two between here and there.

In an ideal world, the internet would organize a Kickstarter campaign to hire agent Brian Mills to parachute into the forest and rescue the girls. But life is not a movie. In real life there are not good guys and bad guys, there are evil guys, slightly less evil guys, the apathetic and the engaged.

I posted about the girls repeatedly on the WAOD Facebook Fan Page. The post is one of the most viewed posts in the page’s history.

The second thing I did was call both of my US Senators and US Representative. I told them that I wanted to know what the US government was doing to aid in the recovery of the girls. I’m calling back today to set one of them straight - a staffer lied and said there was no legislation introduced about the girls and that is not true, the US Senate introduced a resolution condemning the kidnapping yesterday. The State Department gave the kidnapping a passing mention in a press briefing. Susan Rice the White House National Security Advisor is tweeting about how “horrified” she is about the kidnapping. That’s nice, but you are the National Security Advisor, surely you could do more than feel bad :(.

So we have a crime against humanity, an incompetent or apathetic government, little to no resolve from the world community to do anything and a group of heavily armed terrorists hiding out in northern Nigeria.

Just because you can’t do EVERYTHING doesn’t mean you don’t do anything.

This is clearly a problem that must be directly  solved by powerful heavily armed or heavily financed entities. Those tend to be governments and religious institutions. Generally I am not a supporter of online hastagtivism, petitions and rallies - mainly because we never explore other methods of direct action. And I think it is ridiculous that you have to get 100,000 people to sign a White House petition to get the President of the United States to speak about something his National Security Advisor is tweeting about when last week he was commenting on a basketball melodrama.

However, this is one of those times where spectacle is called for.

I am aware of three rallies being held in support of raising awareness about the kidnapped girls and urging civil society to intervene on their behalf.

New York City
Saturday, May 3rd
12pm-2PM
Place: Union Square
Manhattan, NY
at the corner of E14th St. and University Place
It’s called Rock a Crown for #234

Washington, DC
Tuesday, May 6th
10:00AM-1:00PM
Embassy of Nigeria
Washington, D.C. 20008

London - Saturday May 3rd

Oakland, CA - Saturday May 3rd

Philadelphia, PA Saturday May 3rd

Link to Rallies Around the World

I saw a flyer for a rally in Atlanta, but the “promoter” was “problematic.” There are multiple rallies being planned in Atlanta. The flyer I was referring to was discussed in this post on the WAOD Facebook page. An alternative rally in Atlanta is happening on May 3rd ( Saturday) at Woodruff park.

If you know of more rallies, please share.

#BringBackOurGirls

Reader Comments (16)

Well said. Thank you for posting. The apathy from our world leaders has been truly pathetic.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNicole Franklin

https://www.facebook.com/events/729578313751782/

The abve is a link to a rally being held in St. Louis, Mo on Monday at 8pm

I am the organizer

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTayloredpoet

Thank you so much for this.

Thank you for organizing this! But the one in DC, which is very important, should also be held on a weekend so that girls can come to it. There are groups of girls in different high schools who are organizing activities and would love to come, but can't come midday. Why did you schedule the DC rally at the embassy for Tuesday?

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCricket

I've e-mailed a former colleague of mine in Nigeria, and she gave me some feedback on what can be done moving forward. I'll also continue looking out for updates (if any) & events about this situation.

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSpinster

This is just outrageous, I don't know what our government is able to do, but certainly they can do something. I hadn't even heard about this!!!

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Wallach

I am not surprised at the apathy about these young girls, especially since we live in a society in which African-American women and girls are regularly marginalized and devalued. I feel a sense of helplessness, especially since this angers me so much. It's an example of the misogyny we face here, magnified 1,000 X, and it definitely puts paid to the idea that life is idyllic in Nigeria, at least. I say this because there are black folks in this country who appreciate the existence of sexism and how it impacts our lives here. But they seem to have this idealized view of Africa where sexism supposedly didn't exist before colonization by European countries. Sexism has in fact existed through the ages, and it's harder to unmask than racism because it's almost always been viewed as the natural course of things throughout the history of human beings.

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

@Cricket. I am not the organizer of the DC rally. I am just passing along the information. I suspect they want to do it during normal business hours and capitalize on federal workers who will be on their lunch break. You should click on the link and contact the organizers and of course, there is nothing preventing you from getting together with friends and organizing your own vigil.

May 3, 2014 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

I am wondering whether something is planned today, May 5, at the NY Embassy.

May 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Sporn

Thanks for the information, Gina.

May 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSavannah

This is absolutely intolerable behavior. We need to being these girls home. Let terrorists know that they will not win and no matter what they do we will prevail. God does not condone slavery and if Allah is so loving and kind what kind of entity could he be? Obviously he is a hateful violent being. Please help bring these girls home. Save them from this travesty.

May 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan scott

I was reading a newspaper on my way to work this morning, and what I read is that these fools want to impose Islamic-based education on Nigeria and eschew anything Western. To that end, they have committed enormous amounts of carnage, including the murders of even schoolboys. They have even resorted to suicide bombings, and they obviously don't care who dies, even if it's some of them. This group was formed after 9-11, and they have already done a considerable amount of damage. It looks like one of the reasons they abducted all these girls was to interrupt their education. I wouldn't be surprised to find that they don't want education at all for women and girls.

May 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I wonder why this has struck such a raw nerve when the daily slaughter in (for example) the Congo is ignored. Not that slaughter is a good thing, or rape, or kidnapping. But why this? Is it because the perpetrators are Muslims?

May 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBig Bill

I live in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and although I am not an organizer, I would love to attend a protest here. i will keep checking the site. And I will call my Senators and request something be done. Quick!

May 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanetMM

People like you are raer. i.fact its reported that nearby villages have also suffered more abduction of 8more girls from their fathers' houses.
Its Hurrible, Its Terrible Its Devilish, Its ungodly and ao unacceptable.
Are ypu wearing a Black skinn? I mean real Blacks nd Prouds, Say the prayers god is waiting to hear our Voices!.
..." if my people, who are called by my name,
will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. "... Thats God Speaking in the book of 2 Chronicles 7:14.
#LetThePeaceofGodReign

May 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertividtreasures.org

its also harder to get support when the people who took them are black as well.

May 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterzipporah

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