Subject: HELP NEEDED & November meeting minutes
From: "Reis, Beth"
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 14:29:19 -0800
To: "SAFE SCHOOLS: post to \"IMPORTANT NEWS\" list" , "SAFE SCHOOLS: post to main list"
Safe Schools Coalition Meeting
Chairing: Beth Reis; Recording: Heather Carter
PDF version of these minutes is attached.
<<Minutes Nov 08.pdf>>
Help Needed Requests are in RED.
ATTENDING IN PERSON: Ben Ibale, Washington Education Association; Beth Reis, Public Health – Seattle & King County and Safe Schools Coalition Co-Chair; Brandon Walter, Youth Eastside Services and Bellevue PFLAG; Daniel Moore, UW student and Safe Schools Coalition Co-Secretary; Frank Couch, Lakeside Milam Recovery Center and Safe Schools Coalition Intervention Specialist; Frieda Takamura, Safe Schools Coalition Co-Chair; Hanna King, Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets, Empowerment Project and Garfield High School GSA; Heather Carter, Youth Suicide Prevention Program and Safe Schools Coalition Co-Secretary; Heather Murphy, school psychologist, Affiliate Faculty, Dept. of Educational Psychology, University of Washington and SSC Intervention Specialist; Helen Stillman, Lambert House and Safe Schools Coalition Speakers’ Bureau Manager; Kyle Rapinan, Casey Family Programs and UW student; Matt Munson, Planned Parenthood of Western Washington and Safe Schools Coalition Co-Secretary; Noah Grant, Americorps member; Penny Palmer, Safe Schools Coalition Intervention Team Leader; Riana Hensel, Puget Sound Community School; Stefanie Fox, King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division
ATTENDING BY PHONE: Gabi Clayton, PFLAG Olympia, Families United Against Hate, Youth Guardian Services, and Safe Schools Coalition Webspinner; Marsha Botzer, Ingersoll Gender Center and Safe Schools Coalition Co-Chair
So Frank contacted HRC national (Allison Herwitt, HRC's Federal Legislative Director) and asked whether HRC had made that decision. Allison said she’s not the right person to answer that question, but would help facilitate the conversation. She said Frank needs to speak with the board president.
There was discussion about whether or not HRC would publicize their stance on this for the upcoming year. Marsha suggested that SSC needs to speak with Joe Solmonese to get them to solidify their stance. Frank, Heather, Gabi, and Penny all said they would help on talking with Joe (HRC’s Executive Director) or the Board President. Frank will take the lead.
It was also suggested that we (as individual community members) email HRC and let them know about our concern over the issue and where HRC stands on it if we so desire.
(2) CONGRATULATIONS IAN FEIS AND CAITLIN DONNELLY
To Mt. Vernon High School graduate Ian Feis and Mt. Si High School student Caitlin Donnelly 2008 recipients of the ACLU’s Washington Youth Activist Award for standing up for the rights of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender students. They received their awards Nov 15.
(3) COALITION STRUCTURE & HELP NEEDED REQUESTS
Here’s where SSC needs support and where people in attendance offered theirs:
(4) MEMBERSHIP REPORT
No new member applications or renewals since last month’s mtg
(5) WASHINGTON STATE LAW & POLICY WORK GROUP
The Bullying Report was recently published (from Sr. Research Associate Kyra Kester of the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University) and there will be a hearing about it in Olympia Dec. 4th @ 130-House Hearing Room B Obrien building. For a copy of the report, contact Dr. Kester (360-576-6030 ext. 21, email@example.com) We agreed that the new Media Swat Team could write op-ed pieces for the Seattle, Tri-cities and Spokane papers to coincide with the hearing (Stefanie and Marsha/Josh will talk). Some folks are talking about carpooling to the hearing - contact Kyle Rapinan: KRapinan@casey.org.
The Work Group is also preparing for the 2009 legislative session-they have discussed what they can do – especially efforts that will not require funding. They are considering drafting legislation or seeking administrative fixes for these issues:
Next meetings for this group: Every other Wednesday @ 815 am – by phone – starting December 3rd. First long term planning mtg. will be in Olympia on 3/23 from 6-8 pm. To get involved contact Marsha: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also lobby days coming up:
(6) SPEAKERS BUREAU REPORT
Recent workshops we provided:
Recent American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) LGBTQ Youth Panels:
NOTE: AFSC Youth Panels are the most effective tool for changing peer culture around LGBT issues!
Other Recent Event for our own volunteers and member orgs: Anti-Racism training We discussed what are the next steps for this? Start a subcommittee? Should we look at the racism connected to Prop 8 passing? Draft a blog post about the issue, Kyle will gather up articles on issue. Joy MacTavish is willing to chair this subcommittee - to be continued … will update next month
Reminder: Contact Helen if you want new Speakers Bureau brochures sent to your school/organization
(7) SPECIAL EVENTS
a) Jessica Pettit – The Bush School’s Diversity Speaker Series is bringing her to Seattle the week of February 2, 2009. She has been referred to as the “Margaret Cho” of Diversity Trainers. She blends politics, humor, identity, and local flair with big city passion and energy through direct, individualized, and interactive conversations. Her workshops, seminars, and keynotes don’t just leave participants invigorated but inspired and motivated to follow through with action to create change. http://www.jessicapettitt.com/publications.htm. The Coalition has been asked if we want to co-sponsor her visit, possibly speaking briefly as she is introduced and tabling at the event or even doing a separate event the week she is here. It can’t happen unless a small ad hoc committee (maybe 3-5 people) steps up. If you would like to help make this happen, please talk with Eddie Moore at the Bush School for more information mailto:Eddie.MooreJr@bush.edu and/or let Beth know of your interest: mailto:email@example.com
b) SF/World premiere of Straightlaced -- January 14th – We have been asked to consider sponsoring it. We decided to ask – Beth will do so – whether organizing and funding a NW premiere might qualify SSC as a community partner. More info: http://groundspark.org/our-films-and-campaigns/straightlaced/straightlaced-premiere
c) NW Premiere of Straightlaced? Garfield H.S. would like to screen it. Others are excited about our hosting a big premiere as we did last year with the film It’s STILL Elementary. Interested in chairing a planning committee for a big event? Hanna, Kyle, Brandon, & Daniel stepped up to serve on this committee. It needs a chair. Contact Beth: firstname.lastname@example.org
d) Laugh OUT Loud? – Nonprofit Comedy has offered us another comedy night. Kyle will contact about getting a night that’s not 21 and over b/c right now they are 21 and over only. Perhaps after school is out in June.
e) Peace for the Streets by Kids From the Streets (PSKS): WARM FOR THE WINTER! December 19th: 1st concert of their own production company - Bus Line Sleepers - made up of homeless and street involved youth. Proceeds will go to purchase sleeping bags, blankets, and other warm items for use during the upcoming winter. Go out and support them! More info about PSKS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSf7lydHX4o and also http://www.psks.org/about.html More info about Warm for the Winter or to donate: email@example.com or 206-697-1314.
(1) FISCAL UPDATE – Beth
a) Huge thanks to these recent individual and family donors:
ˇ Kyle Rapinan
1 James Regan
b) And in memory of Jerry Painter:
ˇ Jodie Butler
1 Penny Palmer
3 Beth Reis and Barbara Steele
c) Donate today if you appreciate what the Coalition accomplishes on a shoestring. The shoestring comes from you. Go to: https://anauel.youth-guard.org/safeschools/donate.asp
d) Daniel is working on thank you letters to donors from the database. He’s seeking ideas … anecdotes/personal stories about what the Coalition means to you to add to letters. Contact Daniel: firstname.lastname@example.org
(2) WEB SITE REPORT – Gabi
Total pages viewed in October: 55,987; avg. per day: 1,806
Total visitors in October: 26,283; avg. per day: 847
Top countries to access: 1st is U.S. 2nd is unknown: China, France, Canada, Sweden, UK, Germany, Australia, and Switzerland are 3rd-10th respectively. Iran was 42nd!
Some other interesting countries that accessed the site: Egypt, Bolivia, Congo, Bangladesh, Aruba and many more….
Google was top referrer after typing in site directly.
(10) INTERVENTION TEAM REPORT – Penny
Two new people interested in volunteering; one said the passage of California’s Prop.8 was the main reason to want to get involved.
(11) LISTSERVE REPORT – Beth
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ˇ Covington, WA
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Dec 16th, 3-5 pm, Pacific Time. Marsha chairs and Matt records
Marsha: 206-601-8942; Marsha Botzer
Jan 20th, 3-5 pm, Pacific Time. Frieda chairs and Daniel records
Frieda: 253-765-7062; Frieda Takamura
Feb 17th, 3-5 pm, Pacific Time. Beth chairs and Heather records
Beth: 206-296-4970; Beth Reis
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