|Subject: IMPORTANT: September Safe Schools Coalition minutes and HELP NEEDED requests|
|From: "Ethan Blustein" |
|Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 12:06:49 -0700|
Safe Schools Coalition Meeting
attendance: Marsha Botzer, SSC and The Task Force; Frieda
Takamura, SSC and the Washington Education Association; Penny Palmer,
Intervention Specialist; Helen Stillman, SSC and American Friends Service
New SSC in
Welcome to the Coalition. They are working with the Teachers Union
to do trainings for the local school districts. Frieda will contact the NEA for
(2) LISTSERVE REPORT – Marsha
Welcome to recent subscribers from around US [AZ, CA, FL, ID, MO,
NY, & WA (
We now serve subscribers in at least 11 countries:
c) In the first 8 months of 2007 (Jan–Aug) we sent 72 messages to the “IMPORTANT NEWS” list and 185 others or a total of 257 to the regular NEWS list. That’s an average of 2 per week to IMPORTANT NEWS and about one message per day to the NEWS list, down from 2 per day last year (soon to increase again, so keep your delete buttons handy).
d) Who does what now? We’d encourage you to save several days by sending your list requests directly to the person responsible for sending them, whenever possible:
· Gabi will continue to send political action items and to fill in when Beth is away.
· Chris will do research and professional journal digests occasionally.
· Ethan will send event and job digests.
· Dream will send news digests.
· Beth will continue to do monthly minutes, lesson planning guides, other resource messages & miscellany.
(3) NEW DOCUMENTARY Its Still Elementary
a) It's STILL Elementary follows up with some of the students and teachers from the groundbreaking film It's Elementary -- Talking About Gay Issues In School. It looks at what happened when the film was screened across the country, the response it provoked from the conservative right, and is a call to action for parents and educators to continue working for safe, inclusive schools.
b) The film will be shown at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center on Oct. 25th.
Frieda mentioned the ban of the film That’s a Family!: WEM
(4) WEB SITE REPORT – Gabi
a) If anyone wants a copy of the web activity for August e-mail Gabi at firstname.lastname@example.org
b) Gabi bought new software that will allow Music and Video to be added to the SSC website.
(5) SPEAKERS BUREAU, TRAINING & OUTREACH TEAMS’ REPORT – Helen
a) Helen is still becoming acclimated. If people need trainings or panels she can be reached Helen@safeschoolscoalition.org
(6) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE REPORT – Frieda
The bullying/harassment/intimidation “because someone
thought you were gay, lesbian or bisexual” question will be on the 2008
b) Beth chatted for some time with Melody Brazo, LGBT Family Liaison, Welcoming Schools Cambridge, Cambridge Public Schools, one of just a half dozen or so employees of public school districts nationally whose jobs explicitly include services to LGBTQ students/families/staff. She would love it if SSC pulled together the people in positions like hers (and Lisa Love’s in Seattle Public Schools) so they could be one another’s resources.
A group in
Los Angeles is working to form a parents’ group and we put them in touch
with a half dozen founding or very active members of the now defunct GLPTSA (the only ever charter chapter of
the PTA specifically for GLBT and allied parents and parents with GLBT
children) so they could pick their brains about lessons learned.
d) We’ve been asked to review the summary of King County LGBTQI community resources for next year's Where to Turn directory (King County Crisis Clinic publishes it) by 9/21. Anyone available to take a look, please email Beth ( mailto:Beth@safeschoolscoalition.org )
(7) INTERVENTION TEAM REPORT –
a) Gabi reported that the e-mail activity to Intervention Specialists picked up for last month.
(8) WE ARE INVITED … Q Center Welcome Luncheon – Marsha for Beth
been told we can send one or two people to this free luncheon featuring 1964 Rose
Bowl captain, All-American, Husky Legend, the first professional team athlete
to come out, and Q Center donor, David Kopay. Location: HUB 310,
a) It was agreed that priority will go to the above listed volunteers.
be attending the event by invitation of the Q Center and Robert will be
(9) LAUGH OUT LOUD, Sept 25!! – Dream and Ethan
a) We’ll be making awards and thank you’s to Paul Allen and Kristina Armenakis … so tell anyone you know who might like to help honor them to COME
b) A decision was made to wait until after the event to decide whether or not to do another LOL.
c) Need to Thank Tracy for all her help!!
(10) FINANCE REPORT -- Frieda
a) Kwanchai Fundraising for SSC Office supplies! THANK YOU!!
b) Bill Dubay is also donating to the office.
3 student volunteers from
(11) The minutes from last month’s meeting were approved.
Saturday Oct. 27th at
(13) GLSEN’s Booklet on How to work with GSA’s is coming out in about 6 months.
a) The website Transgenderyouth.org is done! Go check it out for resources etc.
b) Everyone agreed that the SSC needs to put more focus on Trans issues and pull together a comprehensive list of resources.
c) GLSEN is working on their next school climate survey.
(14) Safe Schools Coalition is not one of the winners for the Raffle with a Twist. L But congratulations to Lambert House and the other great organizations that did win donations. And thank you to all of you who voted for the Coalition.
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)
All are welcome- you do NOT need to be a Coalition member to attend.
Oct 16th, , Pacific Time. Frieda chairs and Dream
Frieda: 253-765-7062; email@example.com
COME SEE an exciting new
video made by UW students about bullying/harassment, which features stories
from the Safe Schools Coalition and the video Let’s
Nov 20th, , Pacific Time. Beth chairs and Ethan records
Beth: 206-296-4970; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 18th, , Pacific Time. Marsha chairs and Dream records
Marsha: 206-601-8942; email@example.com
* HELP NEEDED: Intervention volunteers should be Washington residents [Intervention is the one service of the Coalition that is limited geographically – all other services are available anywhere] with a background in education or social services (retired or currently working); people of color, transgender individuals and gender queer individuals are encouraged to apply.
The Intervention Team responds to crisis requests from students, family members and educators experiencing anti-LGBT harassment or violence at school. An Intervention Specialist will listen and problem solve and then might, for instance, meet with someone's principal or superintendent with the caller or for them. They might help them come out to their family so they can talk with them about the bullying. They might sit with a student while they made a police report if they were afraid to do that alone. They might refer them to local resources for ongoing monitoring of the harassment situation and support.
It's a chance to make the world a better place one person at a time, to help one child finish school who might otherwise have dropped out. To help people feel powerful enough to avoid escalating the violence or attempting suicide. It's a way to make a real difference. To volunteer contact Heidi: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 849-5513.
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