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"

Minutes 11-18-08
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

  1. HRC’s MEMBERSHIP – Background: Safe Schools Coalition (SSC) suspended the Human Rights Campaign’s membership last March because HRC’s refusal to oppose a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that excluded protection for trans folks was a violation of the SSC mission. We decided in September to consider reinstating HRC due to a lot of work they have done re: trans issues this year, but only if they had decided to oppose a non-inclusive ENDA if such a bill should be introduced again.
  2. 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.






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. 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 and/or let Beth know of your interest:

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:

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: 

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: and also More info about Warm for the Winter or to donate: 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
2       Anonymous
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:

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:

(2)     WEB SITE REPORT – Gabi


(11)     LISTSERVE REPORT – Beth
a)      Welcome to new subscribers from:
ˇ       Covington, WA
1       Bloomington, IN
2       Seattle, WA (6)
3       Las Cruces, NM
4       Vancouver, WA
5       Bellingham, WA
6       Richmond, VA
7       Tacoma, WA (2)
8       Spokane, WA
9       Shutesbury, MA
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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.

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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