|Subject: r ead me: meeting minutes June and July 06 & HELP NEEDED requests|
|From: "Reis, Elizabeth" < http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=1 >|
|Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2006 18:31:24 -0700|
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Below find belated minutes from June & July … with apologies for their being so late. Find help needed requests in RED (if you are seeing this email in Rich Text format)
Reminder: The Coalition meets tomorrow, Aug 15, 2-4 p.m. PST
Come meet the new staff person at the Washington State OSPI's Equity Office, Shirley McCune.
Come see the premiere showing of the new video called, "I'm Not That Different" from DSHS re: LGBTQ youth in foster care
More info about where to park, for those coming in person, or where to call,
for those who want to join in by conference call
Can you record minutes tomorrow?
We are short two secretaries. If you have been meaning to volunteer, this is
your chance. We need you! Contact
Can you record minutes tomorrow? We are short two secretaries. If you have been meaning to volunteer, this is your chance. We need you! ContactBeth to chat about it: 206-296-4970.
Minutes 06/20/06, 2-4 p.m. PDT
Safe Schools Coalition Meeting
Chairing & Recording: Marsha Botzer & Kathy Kaminski
Present: Beth Reis, Public Health- Seattle-King Co; Heather Murphy, SCC Intervention/Individual Member; Frieda Takamura, WA Education Association; Marsha Botzer, NGLTF, Ingersoll; Chris Johnson, King Co. Sexual Assault Resource Center; Kathy Kaminski; Kari Kesler, Public Health- Seattle King Co., Kristina Armenakis, AmeriCorps member SSC/LGBT Community Center; Gabi Clayton, SSC webspinner.
Happy Birthday, Kristina!
(2) KRISTINA’S AMERICORPS POSITION
The Safe Schools Coalition/LGBT Center AmeriCorps position was not funded for next year. Kristina will contract with the coalition for 6 hrs/wk for 6 months to continue managing the speaker’s bureau. The JustServe AmeriCorps program was not funded for the next year and they are looking for other funding. We are very fortunate that Kristina has agreed to contract with the coalition. Thanks Kristina!
(3) SSC BUS IN THE PRIDE PARADE
We are still looking for a volunteer to make a Costco run for Sunday. Gabi will send a message to the listserve tonight. If you are interested, please call Lisa at 206-252-0982
Tabled: Seattle Black Pride Membership (we just didn't have the information with us – Tad and Piper couldn’t attend -- to be addressed at the July meeting)
(5) NEW RESOURCE CHECKER
There are two interns working with the coalition.
One is checking resources to make sure our information is correct and the other is updating our resource page on the website.
We were also contacted by Elizabeth, a recent Swarthmore graduate going to law school, who discovered our website and would like to update/check the transgender/genderqueer page on the website. Gabi will work with Elizabeth on this.
(6) ARTICLE IN TOLERANCE.ORG RE: A TRANS KINDERGARTENER
A great article in Tolerance.org profiles a family that is very supportive of their trans child, who is in kindergarten. A link will be put on the website.
Marsha mentioned that she is getting numerous calls from families all over that want to learn how to be supportive of their transgender kids.
(7) SSC RETREAT
It has been a few years since we have had a retreat and it might be helpful for strategic planning. The group agreed. If we want to have a retreat on a weekday, we should plan it before school starts.
Weekends might work better for people. For those in attendance five dates
work; Sun, Sept. 24th; Sat, Oct.
21st; Sunday, Oct. 22nd; November 4th; or November 5th. Beth will send out the possible dates to coalition members and ask them to respond with what dates work best.
(8) GREETING CARDS
Greeting cards for bullies, targets, and allies have been created. The cards have statements such as “you’re lucky I’m here”, “I’m fine”, “what difference does it make”, and “it doesn’t matter” on the front.
The inside states, “I deserve safety and respect at school. It shouldn’t make any difference…how masculine or feminine I am, who I like or love, whether I’m trans or queer or not, whether I’m gay, lesbian, bi, straight, or not sure, who my family is, what color I am, what religion I am, what languages I speak, where I come from.”
We discussed T-shirt options with the greeting card slogans on them. Beth sent options to youth GLBT groups and hasn’t heard back yet. If you have any suggestions, please send them to Beth. We could make
all the options available for t-shirts on café press.
Gabi will make a pdf file of the cards and put them on the website. If we are going to send them to schools for teachers to post or hand out, we need to choose one to print. We will wait to hear back from youth and then decide.
(9) SPEAKERS BUREAU UPDATE - KRISTINA
(a) 386 people were reached in May. Five of the seven groups trained were youth.
(b) Kristina is creating a listserve for the speaker’s bureau
(c) Training of trainers in June- 11 new trainers and three current trainers attended. They included a teacher, a toastmasters member, and a couple of trans folks. Kristina is doing one-on-one training for someone in Eastern Washington and two folks from the Kitsap Peninsula.
(d) Kristina is planning a supplemental speakers training on white privilege at the LGBT center on July 22nd.
$1525 was raised at the House Party. Thanks to everyone who attended and donated! Thank you to Linda and Tom Baker for hosting the house party!
(11) INTERVENTION SERVICES
(a) We have three new intervention specialists
(b) Intervention Services marking project- Kristina has not gotten a response from the ad agencies she has contacted. She is still looking for advertising agencies and a graphic designer to donate time or services for this project.
(c) Interventions- Chris began a new intervention yesterday. There is also an intervention right now for the son of two moms, who was brutally assaulted.
There has been a spike in the last couple of months, which we often have at the end of the school year.
(12) PASSAGES NW - CHRIS
Passages NW is an outdoor experiential learning program for young women. They are developing an anti-discrimination statement and policy for how to answer questions that parents ask. They are creating a course culture to make school safe for all students. Kristina will follow up to possibly set up a training for staff and course instructors. Frieda offered to help with TA on policy development.
(13) COMEDY UNDERGROUND - BETH
The Comedy Underground does fundraisers for local non-profits and has offered to host one for the coalition. NARAL and NW Women’s Law Center have both participated in the past. Kari will check with NARAL and Beth will speak with Lisa at the NWWLC to ask how their experience was with this event.
Minutes 07/18/06, 2-4 p.m. PDT
Safe Schools Coalition Meeting
Chairing: Frieda Takamura; Recording: Kathy Kaminski
Present: Beth Reis, Public Health- Seattle-King Co; Heather Murphy, SCC Intervention/Individual Member; Frieda Takamura, WA Education Association; Marsha Botzer, NGLTF, Ingersoll; Chris Johnson, King Co. Sexual Assault Resource Center; Kathy Kaminski; Kristina Armenakis, AmeriCorps member SSC/LGBT Community Center; Cathy Schmider, Ballard HS; Gabi Clayton, SSC webspinner; Robert Rakkety and Abby, GLSEN Puget Sound.
(2) YOUR HELP NEEDED
Lisa’s term with AmeriCorps is ending. Thanks for all of your work,
The Coalition’s Third Co-secretary position is now open. Could you record minutes just 4 times a year? If you would consider volunteering, please contact us!! Beth .
(3) POSSIBLE NAME CHANGE – Beth
Should the SSC change its name to reflect its national/international reach? Beth was in DC for a conference and there was some confusion between our coalition and the California SSC and Idaho SSC. Often these other local coalitions are a part of the Coalition (capital "c"). Should we change our name to reflect that we are a national organization? Do we want to have a County Co-chair, WA Co-chair, and National co-chair?
National SSC and International SSC are possible new names.
Beth suggested that we could be the International/National SSC and have chapters for different counties. Heather pointed out that interventions are only in WA state.
Marsha proposed that we table the discussion and put it at the top of the agenda for next month so we have some time to think about it.
We should also consider that we would have to change all of our publications
and marketing, etc.
If you have any ideas or thoughts about our name and can’t make it to the August meeting, please email Beth at http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=1 .
(4) NATIONAL SAFE & WELCOMING ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS INITIATIVE – Beth, Ellen, Judy
The Safe Schools Coalition is participating in a new elementary schools initiative, launched this week by HRC in partnership with about 12 different organizations. The initiative doesn't have a name yet. Its focus is -- more or less -- to help elementary schools become more supportive and affirming environments for GLBT parents and their children and for all children regardless of their gender expression. I'm very excited about Safe Schools Coalition's helping pull this together.
Beth reported that she spent two days in DC meeting with coalition leaders from across the country and discussed what they are doing with elementary schools. They spent time brainstorming what resources already exist and what doesn’t exist yet or needs to be expanded/improved upon. We will keep you posted as the project develops.
(5) MEMBERSHIP - Beth
a) RENEWALS: None
b) NEW MEMBER APPLICATIONS: Human Rights Campaign Foundation and Seattle Black Pride Committee. There were no objections and the applications were accepted unanimously. Welcome to both of these organizations!
FUNDRAISING – Linda, Judy, Kristina, Beth
a) Exciting Back-to-school Dinner & Concert –… This was Linda Baker’s idea and she has already done the work of finding the location and entertainment. There was some concern that benefit concerts have not been well attended in the past. 24 tickets have been promised already. There is no cost to the coalition. We could advertise in the SGN, the Stranger, Seattle Weekly, etc. Linda has also said she will work on outreach to get people to come. There were no objections and the proposal was approved.
Aug 31; Seattle, WA, Julia's on Broadway, Dinner from 7:30 - 9:00; Show from 9:00 - 10:00 -- Tickets: $10 donation to the Safe Schools Coalition and Julia's will donate 10% of proceeds from your dinner! Entertainment includes concert pianist, Kevin Liu and original music by Brooklyn, a 14-yr old transgendered youth from Longview, WA
Can you help? Contact Linda Baker: email@example.com
b) Website sponsors- No update
c) House party news – our final net for the June house party was $1,676.87
d) Comedy show- Nonprofit comedy at the Comedy Underground has offered to do a benefit for us. Beth checked in with NARAL and NWWLC, who both had very positive experiences with this event. There were no objections and the proposal was approved. Note: Date has since been set for December 19th .
e) HUGE thank you to recent donors Ted & Joyce Liljeholm, Robyn & Emery Walters, Pamela Jensen, Ralph Gorin, Norman Brown, Alfred Vernacchio Jr & Michael Sheadel, Sue Anderson, Tracy Flynn & Sheri Simonsen, Matias Pelenur, Caroline McDowell, Neva (Dail) Bridges, Karen Hartfield & Hubbard Benedict, Bill Dubay & John Reitberger, Glenn Bafia, Lora Hein, Gina Kavesh & Barry Roitblat, Susan Lingle, Longview United Methodist Church, Lillian Marino, Bert Noia, Jamie Pederson, Anthony Petrarca, James Potter & James Carroll, Susan Segall & James Dooley, Jennifer St. Pierre, Frieda Takamura & Matt Bernstein, Kimberly Wilson, Sarah Young, Joyful Freeman, Mona Mendoza, Jill Van Glubt, and Lola Jacobsen. And some of you who have donated anonymously.
(7) PRIDE reports – Lisa & Heather, Kristina
a) Seattle- Heather and Kristina- Everything went well and the bus driver was fantastic. Beth sent a thank you to the bus company.
(8) GREETING CARDS & T-SHIRTS – Gabi, Beth
Gabi uploaded the cards on the website and has had a great response. T-shirts are in the process of being printed. They will be available from Café Press. This would be a great promo for GSAs.
Beth wondered if there would be any market for printing the cards professionally and selling them to schools. This idea was tabled for next month. Help needed: We need a volunteer to check with printers on the cost of this project. If you are interested contact Beth at http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=1.
(9) NEW SSC ‘ZINE – Gabriel
Gabriel reported that AFSC interns are working on the SSC Zine and it should be ready for early fall to distribute to schools.
(10) CALIFORNIA SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION TEXTBOOK EFFORTS – Beth
Beth has been participating on a committee working to pass a law to make textbooks LGBT inclusive. Youth are spreading the word via myspace.com to contact Gov. Schwarzenegger . Talking points and fact sheets are being developed for media, PTA meetings, etc. This law would have huge effects nationally because textbook companies print the books that CA and TX choose. If anyone would like to participate in these conference calls, contact Beth.
(11) ALL FAMILIES WELCOME BROCHURE – Beth
CA Safe Schools Coalition is probably willing to have SSC republish its new “All Families Welcome” brochure [ http://www.casafeschools.org/CSSCparentBroFIN.pdf with national, rather than CA-specific, resources. There was consensus that this would be a good project to take on. Frieda will check to see if the WEA could help with printing costs. Help Needed: If you would like to help out with this project of adapting the brochure to include national resources, please contact Beth. Also, if anyone is interested in helping develop a basic SSC brochure, contact Beth at http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=1 .
(12) INTERVENTION – Heidi, Kristina, Beth
a) Recent and ongoing interventions
Grays Harbor College- The GSA President emailed that the disciplinary committee felt that they didn’t have the authority to discipline the student senator, who had made homophobic remarks when the GSA applied for a charter. However, the student senator that made the remarks did not run again. And the GSA President ran for Student Senator and won!
with the intervention team, contact Heidi Rettke-Bischoff: 206-849-5513
c) Marketing to youth & recruiting intervention specialists- Kristina reports that Partners in Design might be able to donate graphic design for the marketing project.
SPEAKERS BUREAU – Kristina, Beth
a) Recent gigs
Camp Orkila on Orcas Island- Kathy and Kristina facilitated trainings for camp counselors and it went really well.
b) Upcoming gigs: Beth will be facilitating trainings for Federal Way Public Schools’ nurses, counselors, and deans in August. Kari will be doing ˝ day follow-up trainings throughout the school year. By the end of the school year, the goal is that everyone will have two full days of training.
Marsha has a gig coming up in Port Townsend for the Peninsula Pride Alliance.
c) Speaker’s bureau listserve is up and running.
d) Speaker’s bureau supplemental training this Saturday on White Privilege.
e) Kristina is officially done with AmeriCorps at the end of the month. Beginning August 14 th she will be working 6 hrs/wk, coordinating the speaker’s bureau. She is also setting up “meet and greet” events for speakers.
f) Joyful offered that AFSC would be able to fund some addition hours of Kristina’s time if she is training with AFSC youth. In addition, AFSC offered to pay 40 hours for Kristina to organize one train-the-trainer workshop per year. Thanks Joyful and AFSC!
Gabi reports that we are in the early planning stages regarding a new database to collect information. It would all come into one central place (i.e. Donors, speakers, members, etc). The design is being worked on. Do we want to stay with a design similar to our current look? Gabi is also working on making the website more interactive with the possibility of a blog. Gabi and Breanna are putting together a survey for listserve subscribers so that we can have information on demographics. Maybe later on we can survey web users as well. Please take this survey RIGHT NOW if you haven't already: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=247672371233
(15) THANK YOU’S TO KRISTINA & LISA C.!!!
Beth noted that in the last year we have met 100% of speaker’s requests, thanks to the work of Kristina! Thanks so much for all of your work in the past year and for agreeing to contract with the coalition to continue managing the speakers bureau.
(16) Lifelong AIDS Alliance Walk on Saturday, September 9 th - Do we want to sponsor a team for SSC? Kristina offered to help and Frieda will look into co-sponsoring a team with WEA.
From the California Safe Schools Coalition. Download at http://www.casafeschools.org/distpolicies.pdf
(19) “Get Real: Real Facts, Real Solutions … Addressing Harassment, Bullying and Intimidation in Montana Schools” & “The End of Silence: Montana Gay Youth Speak”
This report and documentary are from the Montana Human Rights Network. For copies of either, call 406-442-5506. No charge. They do accept donations.
(20) Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health: Common Concerns, Local Issues
International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) released in March Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health: Common Concerns, Local Issues. Because most LGBT and women’s health research does not take lesbian and bisexual women’s specific issues into consideration, ILGA collected material from organizations and individuals worldwide to share this information and to describe what is being done for the mental and physical wellbeing of lesbian and bisexual women re: such issues as HIV/AIDS and other STDs, the political and social problems of forced marriage, rape, and domestic violence. To download the report, visit: http://m1e.net/c?46843844-Z/lZVlQnjGAZI%401768191-np.B7HNgzl8VU
(21) HRC Picture Magnets
- Focus on OUR Family
(22) Amaze- Elementary school curriculum of multicultural literature. Volunteer parents read books about their own family.
(23) Respect for All- Film series by Women’s Educational Media about stereotypes of LGBT people.
(24) UPCOMING MEETINGS … contact the chair if you have agenda items to suggest or if you need instructions about attending (in person) or calling in (by conference call)
2-4 pm. Beth chairs and _____ records
Beth 206-296-4970; ">
: 206-744-9481; Chris
Sept 19, 3-5 pm. Marsha chairs and ____ records
Marsha: 206-601-8942; http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=15 "> firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa: 206-723-2203; email@example.com
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