OSU students to hold vigil for victims of violence around world


CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Ettihad Cultural Center at Oregon State University is holding a candle light vigil to stand in solidarity with victims of mindless terror in Paris, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Kenya. Students are inviting the community to stand beside them as they pay respects to the victims. The gathering will take place from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in  the Student Experience Center plaza, east of the Memorial Union. 

The ECC is a cross-cultural resource for OSU students who have a cultural or ethnic background in central and southwestern Asia and northern Africa, and for those who are interested in learning more about those cultures and regions. 

Organizers say the atrocities committed against humanity this week have shaken everyone. But the Ettihad student community is feeling particularly vulnerable right now because of the negative spotlight that can fall on people of Muslim faith and those with cultural or ethnic ties to the Middle East and North Africa. This event is a means to join hands and raise a voice against division and hatred. 

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