Rep. Frederica Wilson Keeps Attention on #TakeBackOurGirls as #MSM Disappears

Rep. Frederica Wilson Keeps Attention on #TakeBackOurGirls as #MSM Disappears


Wilson’s War to #TakeBackOurGirls Continues. Last week the President of Nigeria visited Washington.  As he did, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) continued to apply constant pressure and social media attention on the Nigerian government to get them to assist in the release of about 275 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.  Even as the story has faded from headlines, the Florida Congresswoman is pushing the issue.

Wilson urged Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to confront Boko Haram on the issue.  The news of the mass kidnapping broke in April of 2014.  Social media was a big factor in getting the story into the mainstream press.  Rep. Wilson and her staff continues to use social media to remind everyone of the story. She has also persuaded her congressional colleagues and others on Capitol Hill to wear red every Wednesday and attend a press event she holds that focuses on the kidnappings every Wednesday.

“Until someone can show me a mass grave where all of them are buried, or show me proof that they are gone forever, we will continue to tweet, every day, bring back our girls,” Rep. Wilson said at a press conference last week.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke