Dear Safe Schools Coalition members and friends:
HELP NEEDED requests in RED, for those reading this in rich text. Otherwise, see items 1, 5, 7-10, 12-15 & 21.
Minutes 8/16/05, 2-4 p.m.
Safe Schools Coalition Meeting
Chairing: Frieda Takamura; Recording: Kari Kesler
Present: Frieda Takamura- Washington Education Association, Mona Mendoza- Seattle Ed. Association & WEA's GLB & Allies Caucus, Robert Raketty- GLSEN Puget Sound & Scouting for All, Beth Reis- Public Health Seattle & King County, Cresdan Maite- SSC Speakers Bureau Manager, Gabriel, Fetish & Dana- American Friends Service Committee, Kari Kesler- Public Health Seattle & King County, Marsha Botzer- Ingersoll Gender Center, Justin- Teacher, Kathy Kaminski, Judy Hoff- National PFLAG; Piper Sangston- Washington Association of School Social Workers & membership co-chair; Tad Buhman- membership co-chair; Ken Lewis; Heidi Rettke-Bischoff- intervention chair
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(3) MEMBERSHIP - Piper and Tad
a) RENEWALS: Planned Parenthood Public Policy Network of WA, Washington Education Association, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Lambert House, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, Turning Institute
b) NEW MEMBER APPLICATIONS: Kitsap Safe Schools Network, Teaching Tolerance (Southern Poverty Law Center). Both approved - we are honored to have both as our members.
c) Piper has also been updating our list of subscribers who receive paper minutes. Currently only Open Door Ministries and Fellowship of Reconciliation.
We granted copyright permission to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to photocopy and burn to a CD rom the beginning pages of They Don't Even Know Me (through the executive summary) with the understanding they would encourage those to whom they send that much to download or purchase the whole document from us.
Kristina Armenakis is our new Justserve Americorps member. Those of us who interviewed her were totally excited to have her on board. She'll be taking over responsibility from Cresdan for managing the speakers bureau, organizing training of new speakers, providing on-going supervision and support to speakers as they generate and provide workshops, and collaborating with Maitri on scheduling. She'll be recruiting new intervention specialists and developing an intervention marketing campaign. She'll be working with Seattle LGBT Community Center to gather existing hate crimes and harassment data and possibly to collect new data and to analyze it and put it into forms that can be of use in grant-writing and public education. And she will do some fund-raising. She starts orientation with Justserve Americorps Sept 6 and starts actually working (housed at Seattle LGBT Community Center) on Sept 15. She will be giving SSC and the Seattle LGBT Community Center a total of 1,700 hours in return for a small stipend (not living wage) between then and July 31, 2006. Please make sure she feels totally appreciated for that. Kari and Shannon will be supervising her ... along with her legal, official supervisor at FPA, Tera Oglesby.
(6) Speakers Bureau - Cresdan, Kari
a) First phase of project completed - volunteer
list is updated and current info on all volunteers gathered.
b) Second phase of project beginning - organizing a speakers bureau Training-of Trainers. Look for more info soon.
(7) Intervention Services - Heidi, Chris
a) Progress re: telephone dispatch situation ... King County Sexual Assault Resource Center has agreed to house our intervention line. Yea and a big thank you to KCSARC! This toll-free number can be accessed throughout WA. The resource line advocates will be trained in September and will begin taking calls on September 23rd. The new phone number will be 1-888-99-VOICE (1-888-99-86423). Please print this new number on a sticker and place it on any current SSC All Families Welcome posters you are displaying.
b) Recent interventions - Currently working with a parent in Tacoma who would like to take proactive measures at his child's new school to ensure it is a welcoming environment
(8) AIDS Walk, King County - Aliya, Anna (not present)
No one stepped up to organize a SSC contingent, but your own organization can walk or you can join the Seattle LGBT Community Center contingent. It's right after school starts, but don't worry ... there is no minimum registration fee or fundraising goal for any participant, let alone high school students. Lifelong encourages as many students as possible to walk with the community at AIDS WALK 2005. At present we have 11 high-school team registered and one middle school team. If you want to walk, contact Lifelong: Aliya Caler, Community Team Recruiter, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, p: 206.957.1631, < firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.llaa.org>
(9) KOMO television PSA - Fetish, Joyful
Via KOMO television's "Northwest Afternoon," tape in late August. Fetish is writing the PSA with Joyful, but needs volunteer actors! Also, we need volunteers to go to the taping, as we need a minimum of 15 SSC representatives there in order to get the PSA time. Contact Joyful for more information, at JFreeman@afsc.org
(10) DECISION ABOUT how to respond to "Groundswell" - Robert, Wendy
Building the Respectful School by Martin Fleming of forkidsake.net - Mona agreed to review
(12) Books for a Change @ Elliot Bay Books - Beth
What a great way to support the coalition! Find the list of book you can choose from on their website, at http://www.elliottbaybook.com/lists/bfac.jsp Buy one of these books in the month of August and they will give a portion of the proceeds to us. Remember - you have to buy them in person, or order them over the phone! You can call them at (206) 624-6600 or toll-free 1-800-962-5311
(13) New brochure committee - Beth
Who wants to help work on a new SSC brochure? They should be ready by late September, and the WEA has offered to print them for us. Heidi, Frieda, Ken and Robert agreed to help. Thanks guys! Others who are interested, contact Beth.
(14) Fundraising/Democracy Project committee -- Beth
A team of folks are attending the democracy project training. Now we need to form a committee to look at using this new data to do some fundraising. Any volunteers? Contact Beth.
(15) Back-to-school donations
A huge thank you to these wonderful individuals who have donated in support of the Safe Schools Coalition since July 1st, and given us permission to share your names here: Stephanie Gunn, Michael McCloskey, Gretchen McGhie, Paul Allen
We are asking all our friends to consider a back-to-school commitment to the Coalition of an on-going monthly or quarterly donation ... all you have to do is sign up to have $5 or $10 or $25 or $50 or any amount automatically charged monthly or quarterly. You will be doing the Coalition the GREAT service of helping provide a reliable, stable source of income. You'll never even miss it! To donate, go to: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/donate.html . If 100 of us commit at least $20/month on average (and assuming that our current web sponsors keep supporting it at the level they are now) we'll be able to keep the listserve, website, and speakers' bureau afloat and use future grant monies for totally new, exciting projects.
(16) Decision about meeting space
We've been offered space at KCSARC. We might be offered space at Seattle Public Schools. Thank you to both those organizations. We decided to continue meeting at the Planned Parenthood offices. Thanks Planned Parenthood for hosting us!
(17) Pride Foundation question - Beth
Pride got a request, via the Coalition for Charitable Choice, for some fun LGBT trivia-type questions. We brainstormed a few. Beth and Marsha will send them along.
(18) Anti-Harassment trainings at Meany Middle School - Mona
Mona solicited volunteers for an annual student anti-harassment training.
(19) Info item from Yakima - Ken
After some resistance and some help from the ACLU, West Valley High School, as well as 2-4 other high schools in the Yakima are may be starting GSA's
(20) Pink Fist Brigade - Fetish
"A radical queer artist revolution. The Pink Fist Brigade unites like minded queer artists to work together for our own personal struggles, and to fight oppression through artistic expression, education, and vision." This group is forming a steering committee - to join or for more information, contact Fetish at (206) 632-0662, ext. 32, or at info@PFB.actionnw.net
(21) Upcoming meetings
Tuesday, Sept 20th 4-6 @ Planned Parenthood, 2001 E. Madison, Seattle (Marsha chairs - Marsha; your name here! records)
Tuesday, Oct 18, 4-6 @ Planned Parenthood, 2001 E.
Madison, Seattle (Beth chairs -
Tuesday, Nov 15, 4-6 @ Planned Parenthood, 2001 E. Madison, Seattle (Frieda chairs - Frieda; your name here! records)
If you can attend, in person or by phone, please RSVP to Beth ... put "RSVP Sept 20" in the subject line and, in the body of your message, indicate whether you plan to attend in person or by phone. Beth will make sure you get the conference call dial-in number and code or parking information. Beth
SHARING -- all
(22) The Other Side of the Closet script for a powerful 7-actor play about teen tolerance now available to schools from Youth Aware at the New Conservatory Theatre. Contact Sara Staley, email@example.com or 415-861-4914.
(23) Equality Ride, a 7-week bus tour of 25-30 young adults to take place spring '06 to confront 7 religious and/or military colleges that ban enrollment of GLBT students. More info: www.equalityride.com
(24) Safe Zone cards from Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes reads: "This is a safe place to be yourself. By displaying this postcard, I commit to being an understanding, supportive, and trustworthy resource person for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning people. If you need someone to talk about sexual orientation or gender identity, please stop in!" More info: www.sextalk.org or 607-216-0021
Homophobia and Sexual Violence presentation BY Kari Kesler, Public Health - Seattle & King County. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
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