Bring Back Our Girls vigil will be held Monday -- May 12 -- at 6:30 p.m. at Lytton Plaza, 202 University Ave., Palo Alto, to help raise awareness for the missing Nigerian Girls.A Silicon Valley
Organizers ask that participants wear red.
For more details, follow this link.
The organizers' message on the Facebook event page:
"Two weeks ago, more than 200 teenage girls were kidnapped in the Nigerian city of Bornu while taking school exams. Boko Haram, a local Islamic extremist group has claimed credit for this violent crime and condemned the education of girls.
"It is feared that this terrorist group will make good on their threats to sell these girls into marriage to militants and that some of the girls have already been moved to nearby countries of Cameroon and Chad.
"Parents and families of these girls are devastated and are asking for the help of the world community in locating and rescuing their loved ones.
"We are asking you to put the girls, as well as the Nigerian women, men, and activists who have been taking and continue to take to the streets until the girls are brought back to their families safely, in your thoughts, prayers, meditation and ACTION.
Please stand with us for justice by doing the following:
1. SIGN THE PETITION
2. #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS: USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE SITUATION IN NIGERIA AND THE NEED TO STOP TRAFFICKING OF ALL PERSONS
"The focus is to put massive pressure on the international community, the Nigerian government, security forces, and neighboring governments (Chad and Cameroon) to spur them to action - specifically to #BringBackOurGirls. It is deplorable that this situation hasn't received the attention it needs to stop the killings, abductions, and constant insecurity plaguing women and girls in the North and the rest of Nigeria and to stop the violent crime of trafficking worldwide.
3. STAND WITH US IN A SOLIDARITY VIGIL ON MAY 12
"There is growing concern that there is a lack of focus on the plight of these girls and their families on the part of the Nigerian government and that preparations for the World Economic Forum taking place in Abuja/Lagos have taken precedence. We must work to end the violent crime of trafficking in Nigeria and worldwide. To do so, rallies are being held worldwide. This is our time to call for justice for the missing girls and to show that "Women and Girls Matter."
JOIN US IN DOWNTOWN PALO ALTO TO DEMAND JUSTICE AND TO SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH OUR SISTERS IN NIGERIA AND WORLDWIDE.