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Reducing bias-based harassment in schools is partly a function of school boards adopting clear and inclusive anti-harassment policies and administrators supporting and explaining those policies and staff learning to intervene quickly and consistently. But none of those actions will END bias-based harassment in schools. The only way to END the scourge of bias-based bullying is for schools to educate children and teens regarding bigotry and prejudice. Prevention means including issues such as racism, sexism, anti-immigrant bias, anti-disability bias and anti-gay bias in the curriculum and in school-wide events.


National Safe Schools Roundtable's Statement of Anti-Racist Framework: Safe Schools Coalition is one of the National Safe Schools Roundtable member organizations who have signed and adopted this statement as guiding values and principles. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/StatementOfNSSR-Anti-RacistFramework.pdf (pdf format)

How To Tell People They Sound Racist

by Jay Smooth, host of WBAI's Underground Railroad, in New York City.

July 21, 2008


Jay Smooth "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race"




Close the Book on Hate: 101 Ways to Combat Prejudice: brochure available free online from the ADL: http://www.adl.org/prejudice/default.htm  


Delete Discrimination: powerful FREE guide to empower young people to fight discrimination in their local communities and in themselves. Co-written by MTV, the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the National Conference for Community and Justice. Rock the Vote, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd. Mail Box 22, Los Angeles, CA 90025; Phone: 310-234-0665 ext.101; Email: dorlisa@rockthevote.org; Web site: http://www.rockthevote.org  

From Denial to Denigration: Understanding Institutionalized Heterosexism in Our Schools. 2002, Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network: http://www.glsen.org/binary-data/GLSEN_ATTACHMENTS/file/222-1.pdf  (pdf format)

"If These were Racial Slurs, Teachers Would be Stopping Them" ... Three Activists Object: an essay by Beth Reis, Mona Mendoza and Frieda Takamura of the Safe Schools Coalition to our fellow activists that discusses the intersection of racism and homophobia and why comparing forms of oppression is counter-productive: ( pdf file)  http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/IfTheseWereRacialSlurs.PDF  (pdf format)

Listen to: "Homophobia Tango" (3:47) 
by The Righteous Mothers - on Pesky Angels. (1994)  http://www.righteousmothers.com/

This is also posted on our Music on the Safe Schools Coalition Website resource page.

Inside the Mind of People Who Hate Gays: This is an article by forensic psychologist Karen Franklin.  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/assault/roots/franklin.html

Internalized Homophobia/Transphobia -Homophilia/Transphilia: A Model: By Beth Reis, ©1990, revised 2008, with gratitude to professor Dorothy Riddle, Ph.D., on whose model for heterosexual's experience of homophobia this is based (www.wiu.edu/ucoso/riddle.htm) A description of the eight stages: Repulsion, Pity, Tolerance, Acceptance, Solidarity, Admiration, Appreciation, and Celebration. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/speakersbureau/Resources/InternalizedHomophobia_ReisVersionofRiddle.pdf (pdf format)

International Day Against Homophobia - held on May 17 every year, is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another. Fondation Émergence promotes, mainly on a pan-Canadian level, the International Day Against Homophobia and encourages organisations and individuals to highlight this event in their environment. information for each of its endeavours remains a universal, multi-faceted and historical phenomenon: homophobia. http://www.homophobiaday.org/

Not Round Here: Affirming Diversity, Challenging Homophobia - a Rural Service Providers Training Manual: This rich, well-written trainers' manual by Kenton Penley Miller & Mahamati of Outlink, a project of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (Australia), is available free, in pdf format, at: http://www.hreoc.gov.au/pdf/human_rights/Not_round_here.pdf  [© Copyright Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission 2000. Anyone may copy, extract from or quote from the kit without any obligation to seek the Commission's permission or acknowledge the Commission - as long as the source of the training is acknowledged.]  (pdf format)

Prejudice PSA's for all grade levels that you and your students can view on-line:

Some are available in English and Spanish, both. You'll need either RealPlayer or Quicktime to view the TV PSA's. There are also radio PSA's on this page for which you'll need RealMedia or WindowsMedia. Scroll to the bottom of the page to download these tools. Some were developed by the National Anti-Discrimination Campaign with the Ad Council. Others come from Nickelodeon or the President's Initiative on Race. All are on CivilRights.org ... You can view them at: http://www.civilrights.org/about/psa/

Preventing Hate, Promoting Respect: This CD-Rom Tool and Manual from Partners Against Hate are organized into two sequenced categories: "Building Skills" and "Exploring Diversity," making it easy for you to just "click and go." The first set of topics is designed to help students explore thoughts and feelings about diversity, and help them to reflect on personal experience and think about themselves in relation to people whose race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or abilities may be different from their own. The second category of topics promotes life skills essential not just for positive intergroup relations, but for positive interpersonal and intragroup relations as well. Discussion questions are built into each lesson. To receive a copy of the Preventing Hate, Promoting Respect CD-Rom tool, contact: Project Director, Partners Against Hate, 1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite #1020, Washington, DC 20036; Phone: 202-452-8310; Email: webmaster@partnersagainsthate.org

Soundbites Against Homophobia: Articulate Responses to Lies & Rhetoric, by Robin Kane on the web site of Political Research Associates: http://www.publiceye.org/eyes/soundhom.html 

Parents and Families Against Hate: from Partners Against Hate. "By helping our children to recognize and talk about discrimination, we help them to become adults who will work to end it." This Partners Against Hate webpage includes resources: Help youth resist bias and hate (Elementary and Middle school editions) - Building Community and Combating Hate: Lessons for the Middle School Classroom - How to talk to your children about bias and prejudice - Identify, understand, and address bias and hate - What can parents do to prevent the spread of hate-motivated behavior? - and - Help your child move beyond thinking to action. http://www.partnersagainsthate.org/families/

Tolerance.org: Web page from the Southern Poverty Law Center which intends to create a national community committed to human rights, to awaken people of all ages to the problem of hate and intolerance, to equip them with the best tolerance ideas and to prompt them to act in their homes, schools, businesses and communities: http://www.tolerance.org  

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack II Sexual Orientation ~ Daily effects of straight privilege: based on Dr. Peggy McIntosh's: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack , this was written by a number of straight-identified students at Earlham College looked at a few examples of the privilege which straight people have.  http://www.cs.earlham.edu/~hyrax/personal/files/student_res/straightprivilege.htm and http://www.campusactivism.org/uploads/straightprivilege.pdf (pdf format)

What Does Gay Mean? How to Talk with Kids about Sexual Orientation and Prejudice: anti-bullying program from The National Mental Health Association designed to improve understanding and respect for GLBT youth. Centered on an educational booklet (available in print and on their website as a PDF file) this program encourages parents and others to communicate and share values of respect with their children. http://www.nmha.org/whatdoesgaymean

What To Do When the Nazis Come to Town: Local Responses to Nazi and Neo-Nazi Activities in Communities (DRAFT - 04-29-08 version): by Marc Brenman, Executive Director, Washington State Human Rights Commission. (Posted with permission.) http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/WhatToDoWhenTheNazisComeToTown-byMarcBrenman-042908.pdf 

What to Tell Your Child about Prejudice & Discrimination: online brochure suggestions for parents and educators, from the Anti-Defamation League: http://www.adl.org/what_to_tell/whattotell_intro.asp or, en Espanol: http://www.adl.org/what_to_tell/sp_whattotell_intro.asp

YouthWEB Online: web site strives to unite youth and adults from diverse backgrounds and communities in the fight against bias, bigotry and prejudice: http://www.youthwebonline.com/  

ZeroHour.com is an amazing web site. "This is it. The time to question your beliefs. You have one chance, so, which one defines you? ACTION or INACTION? There's no more time left. The time to act is NOW! Inaction is just another word for weakness. You either care or you don't. So which is it?" http://www.zerohour.com

Handouts from Young Children & Bias from Equity Educators - Coaching for Change:

Overview: Dev. of Ethnic, Gender, Disability, & Class Identity & Attitudes in Children & Youth - Compiled by Julie Bisson. Knowledge of the developmental process can guide us in knowing when, how, what, or to what depth to provide guidance. Posted on the Safe Schools Coalition website with permission: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/OverviewOfTheDevelopmentOfEthnic.pdf (pdf format)

Racism and Young Children: What Does the Research Say?
Compiled by Theresa V. Lee. Posted on the Safe Schools Coalition website with permission: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/Racism&YoungChildren-byTheresaLee.pdf (pdf format)

Racist Approaches - Young Children and Racism: Strategies for Educating and Rearing Children in a Toxic Society:
Colorblind approaches, Tokenism, and Tourist approaches. A handout from White Privilege Conference 10, April 1st, 2009. Presenters: Fran Davidson, Kim Francisco, Wendy Harris, Cheryl Render-Brown, Tilman Smith. Posted on the Safe Schools Coalition website with permission: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/RacistApproachesInECE.pdf (pdf format)

Anti-Racist Approaches - Young Children and Racism: Strategies for Educating and Rearing Children in a Toxic Society: Anti-Bias approaches,
Culturally relevant approaches, Bilingual/Bicultural approaches, and Multicultural education. A handout from White Privilege Conference 10, April 1st, 2009. Presenters: Fran Davidson, Kim Francisco, Wendy Harris, Cheryl Render-Brown, Tilman Smith. Posted on the Safe Schools Coalition website with permission: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/Anti-RacistApproachesInECE.pdf (pdf format)

Listen to: "Homophobia" (0:57) 
by Todd Denny as part of the Music Violence Prevention (MVP) curriculum

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