|Subject: READ ME: Help needed requests & December minutes|
|From: "Reis, Elizabeth" < http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=4>|
|Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 11:54:28 -0800|
|To: "SAFE SCHOOLS: post to \"IMPORTANT NEWS\" list" |
Dear Safe Schools Coalition members and friends:
Help needed requests are in RED
Next meeting 3 pm PST February 20
Minutes 12/19/06, 3-5 p.m. PDT
Safe Schools Coalition Meeting
Chairing: Marsha Botzer; Recording: Penny Palmer
Attending: Marsha Botzer, Ingersoll Gender Center and The Task Force; Beth Reis, Public Health - Seattle & King County; Amber Whitcher & Lori Bundrock, Pierce County AIDS Foundation/OASIS; Penny Palmer
Conference call: Judy Hoff - PFLAG National; Danny Baker, GenderPAC
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a) Laugh OUT Loud – It is tonight and a big thank you to Rachel, Beth and Tracy for the great media work and planning. Beth Reis will give a short welcome and thanks for coming, Frieda will sell buttons, t-shirts etc. and Tracy will handle the money.
b) SAVE THE DATE for June 26, the next Laugh OUT Loud. Thanks to Non-Profit Comedy especially Yoram and Kellie
c) HOUSE PARTY @ S.U. – no report yet
d) Foundation update – Beth spoke with Jeff Houser at Raynier Foundation who was excited by the proposal and is going to present it to the board. They may choose to fund one or maybe even three or four of the SSC proposals. Thanks to Beth, Frieda and Penny for working up the proposal. More information will follow.
e) Thank you’s – Please check the lists in addendum to make sure we don’t miss any contributors.
(3) GPAC’s “50 UNDER 30” – Brittney
a) The launch was well attended and exciting as several new organizations have signed on o be included.
b) PFLAG’s concerns – PFLAG is concerned that the report verbage is limited to gender based violence and does not include gender identity and expression. PFLAG has worked hard to make sure the language in laws and policies is inclusive of gender identity/expression and not limited to gender based violence so this report would be a step backwards. It is also critical as efforts to correct this problem have also been in negotiation with Sen. Kennedy’s office who also feel “gender based violence” is sufficient for their bill. Gender Pac agrees the language is also not enough. Their intent is to include “gender identity” and expression”. The document presented at the launch is a draft although it does not look like one. PFLAG was assured it is a working document and will not be finalized until all groups have reviewed it. Because Safe Schools signed on as a sponsor PFLAG and Beth Reis both suggested we send a letter voicing our concerns on the language and our educational concerns. Marsha and Beth volunteered to get a letter out after the first of the year. The report in general is awesome and Gender Pac is to be congratulated.
(3) MEMBERSHIP – Piper, Tad
a) Renewals for ’07 have been received already from: Diversity Productions; Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GPAC); King County Sexual Assault Resource Center; Lake Washington Education Association; Oasis Youth Center/Pierce County AIDS Foundation; Oregon Safe Schools and Community Coalition; Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG national) and PFLAG Olympia; Public Health - Seattle & King County; Safe Schools of Wyoming; Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities; Snohomish County GLOBE Youth Program; Verbena; Washington Education Association; Washington Gender Alliance – THANK YOU. Beth and Piper have and will send out reminders to groups who have not yet renewed and new groups who may like to join.
b) RECIPROCAL membership – Seattle LGBT Community Center would like to trade memberships again this year with no $ changing hands. There was no objection to this trade and Marsha will fill out the forms.
(5) INTERVENTION – Heidi
a) Heidi: Intervention team news
b) HELP NEEDED: We still need on-call folks for Monday, as Chris Johnson can not continue his role as Intervention Specialist, also Saturday and Sunday still need coverage. More below at the end of the agenda! *
(6) SPEAKERS BUREAU – Kristina
a) No new report on recent workshops & tabling
b) No new report on upcoming workshop/tabling needs
a) The latest draft language requires when you teach abstinence you must also teach prevention of disease and pregnancy. OSPI is going to survey districts to check for accuracy and the inclusion of these two articles in their materials. Lobby Day is ------
(8) “HELLO CRUEL WORLD”/KATE BORNSTEIN – Beth
a) Marsha will look into working on a fundraiser book reading with Elliot Bay Books. Ingersoll may also want to get involved. If anyone else is interested, please contact Beth: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=1
This is a Children’s book about a three legged cat. The message is everyone can be loved. The author has volunteered to donate copies of the book to Safe Schools Coalition. The question regards the author’s not mentioning the partnership of the two women who own the cat in the book. Beth will explore alternatives or the possibility of multiple titles – hasn’t had time yet.
(10) SYLLABUS PROJECT – Beth
a) Anyone up for actively soliciting syllabi inclusive of LGBT content from schools of education for the web site. Gabby could work up the web page. Marsha will work with Antioch. Other schools of education need to be contacted to see if they would be willing to submit their syllabi.
(10) WEB SITE REPORT – Gabi
a) Again this month, more than 146,000 hits from over 23,000 individuals. That amounts to more than 1.75 million hits each year from more than a quarter of a million people.
b) We served over 50 countries again this month, with the highest percentage of users hailing from the U.S., followed by – in order of # of individuals -- Canada, China, the U.K., France, the Netherlands, Australia, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Italy, Sweden, Taiwan, India, Japan, Russian Federation, Mexico, Singapore, Romania, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Cote d'Ivoire, Brazil, Bermuda, Turkey, Israel, Malaysia, Indonesia, Greece, Thailand, Austria, Philippines, Ireland, Portugal, New Zealand, Belgium, Peru, Hong Kong, Iran, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Ghana, Egypt, Pakistan, Costa Rica.
Yes, that’s right, Costa Rica, whose total population is just over 4 million, most of them Catholic. And predominantly Muslim countries such as Pakistan, where the punishment for sodomy is life in prison. And Egypt, where gay web sites have “closed down one by one, because their webmasters were either arrested or afraid of being arrested” according to GlobalGayz.com. And Ghana, with a total of about 400,000 internet users altogether. Students and teachers all over the world rely on the Safe Schools Coalition’s web site.
(12) Pierce County Aids Foundation has had a banner year with only a slight challenge from a member of the community. The council still voted 6 to 1 to support the group. However, on a sad and frustrating note, three of their youth were brutally beaten while walking home from the mall. It was listed as a robbery but that is questionable. All information is not in. Safe Schools will send cards to the three young men and also one to the police.
(13) The approval of the minutes was deferred.
(14) AIDS Day Lobby training in January. Date February 21. More info or to register: http://www.lifelongaidsalliance.org/aidsactionday
(15) SHOWING OF THE DOCUMENTARY DVD “QUEERSPAWN” was postponed until Jan.– Beth
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org or, to order, send $20 (U.S.) to:
c/ LLULL 74, 2n 1a
(16) Ingersoll merged with LGBT Center to celebrate. 26 organizations were involved and it was a wonderful meeting. Contact Marsha for more information.
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.
January – cancelled due to weather
Feb 20, 3-5 pm. Beth chairs and Chris records
We will show “Queerspawn”
Mar 20, 3-5 pm. Marsha chairs and Penny records
Penny: 425-487-2813; email@example.com
We will show NCLR’s DVD “Breaking the Silence: LGBTQ Foster Youth Tell Their Stories”
April 17, 3-5 pm. Frieda chairs and Kathy records
Kathy: 206-767-0760, 847-421-7009; firstname.lastname@example.org
* 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 or (206) 849-5513.
** Thank yous
Thank you to these incredibly generous 2006 donors:
Linda & Tom Baker,
Neva (Dail) Bridges,
Bill Dubay & John Reitberger,
Cris F. Elkins,
Tracy Flynn & Sheri Simonsen,
Arnold and Betty Freund,
Jane Gutting & Terry Martin,
Karen Hartfield & Hubbard Benedict,
Dr. Kent Johnson,
Gina Kavesh & Barry Roitblat,
Susan Kirchofer & Mary Strouser,
Ted & Joyce Liljeholm,
James Potter & James Carroll,
Jennifer St. Pierre,
Susan Segall & James Dooley,
Lew Scheinert & Dave Green,
Mary and Roy Sebring,
Barbara Steele & Beth Reis,
Frieda Takamura & Matt Bernstein,
Jill Van Glubt,
Alfred Vernacchio Jr & Michael Sheadel,
Robyn & Emery Walters,
Marcus Waterbury & Jacqueline White,
Lynn Winnemore & Paul Witt,
plus those dear folks who needed to donate anonymously
Who did I miss? Misspellings?
Thank you to these totally awesome 2006 volunteers!
Missy Keeney Baker,
John M. Brett,
Jennifer St. Pierre,
Jessica Zinda Who did I miss? Misspellings? (Should Judy Huff be included?)
Thank you to these agencies and organizations that have made significant contributions this year, beyond dues:
American Friends Service Committee (thank you, especially, Joyful & Gabriel),
Greater Seattle Business Association (thank you, especially, John & Louise),
Ingersoll Gender Center,
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (thank you, especially, Chris and the entire hotline staff),
Lifelong AIDS Alliance (thank you, especially, Paul),
Longview United Methodist Church,
Mad Pizza (thank you, especially, Mike),
Non-Profit Comedy (thank you, especially, Yoram & Kelli),
Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians & Gays - PFLAG national and PFLAG Bellevue; (thank you, especially, Judy & Ariel),
Partners in Design (thank you, especially, Stephen & Sharon),
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Washington & Planned Parenthood of Western Washington (thank you, especially, Carol),
Pride Foundation (thank you, especially, David),
Public Health - Seattle & King County (thank you, especially, Beth & Kari),
Puget Sound Community School (thank you, especially, Nic),
Seattle Public Schools (thank you, especially, Lisa & Pamela),
Turning Institute (thank you, especially, Doris),
Washington Association of School Social Workers (thank you, especially, Piper & Tad),
Washington Education Association (thank you, especially, Frieda, Jerry & Paige),
Youth Guardian Services (thank you, especially, Jason) Who did I miss? Misspellings?
Thank you to the Coalition’s member organizations – without whom the Coalition truly would not have existed!!! Those who joined or renewed after 9/1/06 will be counted as members through ’07 and they, along with those who have already renewed for ’07, are bolded (PFLAG was granted 2007 renewal as their fiscal year ends in Sept.)
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC);
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL); *
The Bush School Gay-Straight Alliance;
Charles Wright Academy;
Comprehensive Health Education Foundation;
Gay Parent Support Group (in Honolulu);
Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GPAC);
GLSEN: The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (national office);
Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA);
GSA Network (CA);**
Hate Free Zone Washington;
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation;
Idaho – Safe Schools Coalition;
If You Don’t They Will;
Ingersoll Gender Center;
Kalaheo High School Gay Straight Alliance (in Hawaii);
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center;
Kitsap County Health District;
Kitsap Safe Schools Network;
Lake Washington Education Association;
Lake Washington Technical Academy in Lake WA Technical College;
Lifelong AIDS Alliance;
Multifaith Alliance of Reconciling Communities;
National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC);
Norup School (in Michigan);
Oasis Youth Center/Pierce County AIDS Foundation;
Odyssey Youth Center;
Oregon Safe Schools and Community Coalition;
OSPI: The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (Washington State’s department of education);
Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG national) and five local chapters: Bellevue, Everett/Snohomish, Olympia, Seattle, Yakima/Yakima Valley;
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Washington;
Power of Hope;
Public Health - Seattle & King County;
Rainbow Families of Puget Sound;
Religious Coalition for Equality; *
Safe Schools of Wyoming;
School Nurse Organization of Washington;
Scouting for All;
Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences;
Seattle Black Pride Committee;
Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities;
Seattle Education Association;
Seattle LGBT Community Center;
Shorewood High School;
Snohomish County GLOBE Youth Program;
Spokane Public Schools;
Teaching Tolerance (a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center);
University of Puget Sound - Multicultural Student Services;
University of Washington--Q Center;**
Washington Association of Churches;
Washington Association of School Social Workers;
Washington Education Association and its Women's Caucus;
Washington Gender Alliance;
Washington State University's Gender Identity/ Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center;
Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation;
Women’s Educational Media;
Youth Guardian Services
* has promised to join, but the paperwork hasn’t been received yet.
** has applied to join, will be voted on at Feb 20 mtg
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