|Subject: mtg reminder, August minutes and HELP NEEDED|
|From: "Reis, Elizabeth" < http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=1>|
|Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 18:30:14 -0700|
|To: "SAFE SCHOOLS: post to \"IMPORTANT NEWS\" list" |
Dear Safe Schools Coalition members and friends:
Reminder: Next SSC meeting is this coming Tuesday Sept 19 at 3-5, Pacific Time and you can all in by conference phone if you can't attend in person. For details about how to call in or where to park, contact the chair: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=15"> http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=15
SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION MEETING
AUGUST 15, 2006
If you are viewing these minutes in RICH TEXT format, you’ll find all action items in bold red text.
CHAIRING, BETH REIS; RECORDING, CHRIS BEAHLER
ATTENDANCE: Audrey Haberman, Pride Foundation; Becky Reitzes, Public Health – Seattle & King County; Beth Reis, Public Health – Seattle & King County and SSC Co-Chair; Heather Murphy, SSC Intervention Specialist; Kathy Kaminski, SSC secretary and speakers bureau volunteer; Shirley McCune, Equity Education Program at the Washington State OSPI (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction; Rachel Smith-Mosel, parent activist and substitute teacher; Chris Beahler, SSC Listserve Co-Manager and secretary; Gabi Clayton (by phone), SSC Webspinner & speakers bureau volunteer; Marsha Botzer (by phone), SSC Co-chair and co-president of the board of The Task Force and founding director of the Ingersoll Gender Center; Evonne Hedgepeth, PhD, Executive Director of Lifespan Education; Roxie Kaminski, PFLAG Woodstock, IL
(1) YOUR HELP NEEDED: SERVE ON THE SSC LEADERSHIP TEAM. The
Second and Third Co-secretary positions on the Leadership Team are now open. Can you record minutes four times a year? It also means serving on a 6-person leadership team that doesn’t meet separately from the monthly SSC meeting but does occasionally make decisions by email or phone, if an urgent issue comes up between monthly meetings. If you would consider doing this, please contact Beth.
(2) LISTSERVE NEWS:
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(3) NEW MEMBER APPLICATION:
We received one new member application from Gay and Gender Research. We decided we needed more info about them. Heather agreed to research and report back before the September meeting.
(4) POSSIBLE NAME CHANGE:
Beth Reis brought up the issue of a name change to reflect our group’s national/international reach. In some of the work we do people are confused by who we are, because most “safe schools coalitions” serve specific states or regions within states. Safe Schools started in Seattle but has served a mostly national and international constituency for nearly a decade and long ago dropped the “of Washington” from our name.
Possible new names included: National SSC, International SSC, Federation of SSC, SSC of North America, SSC, National Headquarters, SSC of the Americas, etc.
Concerns voiced at the meeting included:
Possible Solutions without a name change:
a. Add the word “international” to the byline, so that the web site, for instance, will call us by our whole name: “The Safe Schools Coalition: An International Public-Private Partnership in Support of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth”
b. Otherwise, we agreed to take another month and decide in September. If you have input, please contact the September meeting chair, Marsha Botzer: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=15">firstname.lastname@example.org
(5) THREE NATIONAL SAFE SCHOOLS-RELATED GATHERINGS:
a. Elementary group, tentatively called “Everyone Belongs”, convened on July 10 & 11th in DC by Ellen Kahn at HRC (Human Rights Campaign), facilitated by Beth Reis of the Safe Schools Coalition (SSC) and including HRC*, SSC, ADL, Respect for All Project*, PFLAG*, GLSEN*, aMaze, Welcoming Schools, National Education Association and the NEA Health Information Network, the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, CA Safe Schools Coalition and freelance trainer and author Kim Westheimer. (PTA and Teaching Tolerance were invited, but weren’t able to attend.) For more info, contact Ellen Kahn at Human Rights Campaign, (202) 216-1588. mail to: Ellen.Kahn@hrc.org
b. K-12 group, called “National Safe Schools Partnership”, convened in July by GLSEN National. For more info contact Neil E. Bomberg at GLSEN, 202-347 7780 ext 203. mail to: email@example.com
c. K-12 group, called “National Safe Schools Roundtable, being convened by Respect for All, Gill Foundation, and others on September 18-20 and including SSC, AFT, ACLU, Lambda Legal, NBJC, GLSEN*, Respect for All*, PFLAG* and NEA. For more info, contact Deanna Duby. Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
All 3 of these meetings are intended to foster collaboration and are responsive, among other reasons to gather, to Far Right’s effort to attack schools’ efforts to make schools safe & welcoming of LGBTQ youth and children with LGBT parents/guardians. Beth attended a. (above) and will attend c., along with all the other SSC member orgs in attendance there.
(6) SHIMKUS LEGISLATION, HR 284
A federal bill is being drafted on which we have been asked to comment. To see the bill, go to www.thomas.gov and enter HR284. Chris Beahler volunteered to take the comments we’ve received from NWWLC and WEA attorneys and draft a position on the bill from SSC.
(7) KING COUNTY AIDS WALK:
The Lifelong AIDS’ King County AIDS Walk will be held on September 9, with participation from Washington Education Association and Safe Schools Coalition. Frieda and Beth are walking. [NOTE: Turned out Beth couldn’t walk. Frieda did on behalf of SSC and WEA, as did Kristina and some youths on behalf of Lambert House]
(8) FUNDRAISING EFFORTS
c. Thank you to recent donors Janet Bogle, Mary Paradise, Linda and Tom Baker, Gretchen Harmon, Rick McKinnon and Pamela Jensen. If
you haven’t donated to the Coalition lately, go to https://anaeul.youth-guard.org/safeschools/donate.asp
(9) FUN NEW T-SHIRTS
Two new Safe Schools Coalition T-shirts are available. The first says “What difference does it make?” On the back it says “We all deserve safety and respect at school. It shouldn’t make any difference…
∑ how masculine or feminine I am
0 who I like or love
1 whether I’m gay, lesbian, bi, straight or not sure
2 who my family is
3 what color I am
4 what religion I am (if I’m any…religion)
5 what languages I speak
6 where I come from
7 how much money my family has
8 how old I am
9 what abilities and disabilities I have
The second says, “It shouldn’t matter!” On the back it says “We all deserve safety and respect at school. It shouldn’t matter…. And the same possibilities as the first shirt.
Order shirts and other gear here: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/SSC_CafePress_store.html
(10) EXCITING SPEAKERS COMING TO SEATTLE
SSC was contacted by Eddie Moore at Bush School. They are bringing in a bunch of exciting speakers this school year, including 3 that seem especially relevant to SSC members’ interests. Certain days are reserved when each speaker comes to town to work with Bush students. But one evening event with each speaker will be free and open to the public and other schools and organizations are strongly encouraged to make use of the speakers when they are here, either by co-sponsoring the evening presentation that’s already happening and bringing your staff/students and/or by arranging to have a separate gig another day and/or evening that same week at your school/org.
The list includes Jim Loewen (October 16-18), Jim Jelinske (October 26-27), John Igwebuike (November 27-28), Jason Thomas (December 8), Tim Wise (January 11-12), Bryant Smith (February 7-9), Patricia Ireland (March 15-16) and Joy Leary (still looking for a winter/spring date).†
If your institution/organization is interested in co-hosting and/or co-sponsoring the speakers/presenters (see details below) please call Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. (206.326.7731 or Eddie.MooreJr@bush.edu) ASAP!† The fees for hosting/co-hosting range from $1000-$5000.† All of the speakers will be available during the week of their visits.† Please, book your dates ASAP and contact Dr. Moore with questions!†
Details about these speakers are below – after the end of the meeting minutes.
CA Safe Schools Coalition has agreed to have SSC republish its new “All Families Welcome” brochure [ http://www.casafeschools.org/CSSCparentBroFIN.pdf ] with national, rather than CA-specific, resources. Last month we agreed we would love to do the reprint. Ellen Kahn at Human Rights Campaign has agreed to handle the redesign and Judy Hoff at PFLAG National has agreed to provide editorial input. Yay – thanks to both member orgs!!
(12) INTERVENTION & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE – Heidi, Beth, Kristina
a) Kent School District’s legal office made a request for technical assistance with inclusion of a gender variant middle schooler - it's exciting to see a district proactively planning before school starts to support a particular student
b) Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth may be seeking support from the Coalition – we’ll keep people posted if we need a group of colleagues to join in a conference call
(13) HOT, HOT NEW VIDEO ABOUT LGBTQ YOUTH IN OUT-OF-HOME SETTINGS
Members attending this meeting has the opportunity to see a prescreening of the video “I’m Not So Different”, produced by DSHS. (Title still to be decided) It’s easily the BEST video about LGBTQ youth in recent memory. It’s a 40 minute video about LGBTQ youth in foster care, featuring the wonderfully articulate, diverse voices of a dozen or so LGBTQ current and former foster kids, with guest appearances by some adult experts. It’s an excellent training tool intended for case workers, foster parents and others serving out-of-home youth, but absolutely great too for school counselors, nurses, social workers, teachers, physicians, parents …any adult who cares about youth…and for any youth in the child welfare system. Produced by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Children’s Administration, by the Washington State Department of Information Services (Project Coordinator, Evonne Hedgepeth, Ph.D., Lifespan http://www.lifespaneducation.com/]
The video is not yet available for distribution, but contact Evonne to be notified as soon as it is: email@example.com
(12) 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).
September 19, 3-5 p.m. Marsha chairs and YOU? _________ records
Marsha: 206-601-8942; http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=15">firstname.lastname@example.org
October 17, 3-5 p.m. Frieda chairs and Kathy records
November 21, 2-4 p.m. Beth chairs and YOU? _________ records
Beth 206-296-4970. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=1
Bush School speaker series:
1) James W. Loewen, Ph.D: The Lies My Teacher Told Me; The Power and Influences of Education and/or Sun Down Towns Across America
A best-selling author who wrote Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong, Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong and Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism. An educator who attended Carleton College, holds a Ph.D in sociology from Harvard University, and taught race relations for twenty years at the University of Vermont. You can find more biographical info at http://www.uvm.edu/~jloewen.
2) Jim Jelinske, MS: How Bullying/Harassment Impacts and Influences Young People
He has worked in the human service field for the last 23 years and has traveled throughout the US. He has been conducting presentations on Preventing Bullying for the past 5 years to thousands of students, teachers and parents.† His presentation is powerful, using real-life examples, and focuses on an awareness of the extreme consequences of bullying behavior. * Jim is an awesome youth/anti-bullying speaker (detailed promo attached).
3) John Guguam Igwebuike, Ph.D, J.D.: The Skills to Listen and Lead in Diverse Contexts
A certified professional speaker, John presents motivational and professional development messages to a wide variety of audiences including colleges, schools, churches, civic organizations, and companies. †John graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Ed and B.S. in Bus Admin.† He holds an MA in Bus Admin (M.B.A.) from California State Polytechnic University and a second Masters in Labor and Human Resources (M.L.H.R.) from Ohio State University.† He earned a Ph.D in Bus & Ed from The Ohio State University.† Finally, he was conferred a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (J.D.) by Indiana University Law School. He is the co-author of the book Earning Our Way, a guide for academic success. John writes a monthly motivational column for Purpose Magazine and Healthy Living Magazine. †John’s programs range from 30-minute motivational performances to half-day workshops and full-day seminars.† John also provides custom-designed professional development training and facilitation (details below).††
4) Jason L. Thomas: The Humble Hero Who Stood Tall on 9/11
Did anyone read about the black marine hero that was left out of the 9/11 movie?† Check this out!† To his Whitehall neighbors, Jason L. Thomas is a mild-mannered family man who spends his weekends fighting crab grass.† Until a few weeks ago, they always pictured him outside playing with his five kids or toting a lawn sprinkler.† So they were surprised to discover that Thomas, 32, is one of two Marines whose rescue of two survivors of the Sept. 11 attack is portrayed in the movie World Trade Center.† For five years, Thomas didn’t talk about that day. But a few weeks ago, he hesitantly came forward to identify himself as one of the heroes portrayed in Oliver Stone’s new movie.† The story is below.
5) Tim Wise: The Many Challenges and Accomplishments of MLK
An anti-racist writer and activists having spoken in 48 states and on more than 400 college campuses, including Harvard, Stanford, and the law schools at Yale, Columbia, and Vanderbilt. He has trained teachers as well as corporate, government, media, and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions, and has served as a consultant for plaintiffs’ attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington State. He is also the author of two critically acclaimed books, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, and Affirmative Action: Race in Black and White.† You can find more biographical info and past essays by Tim Wise at www.timwise.org
6) Bryant K. Smith: †"The Crossover or "The Takeover; Black History and Hip Hop"
Founder and President of Smith Consulting and Networking, a comprehensive training, development, and consulting firm. He is the author of “Black Not Blind,” a social commentary on race relations in the United States. Bryant has dedicated his entire professional career to teaching, training, and empowering people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Known as outspoken and dynamic, Mr. Smith is a highly sought after lecturer/facilitator. Bryant dares to follow his motto and tackle subject matter that may be “difficult but not impossible” to talk about. Known for his ability to meet audiences where they are and take them to where they need to be. Bryant’s programs always leave his audiences feeling empowered to face whatever challenges life may bring. You can find more biographical info and workshop titles at www.smithcan.com.
*Bryant is available in February for other Black History Month events and he’s awesome!† The kids/young people love his workshops!
7) Patricia Ireland, J.D.: The National/Global Women’s Movement: Past, Present and Future
Patricia Ireland is one of the most influential feminist leaders in the country. During her ten years as president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), she used her experience as a lawyer to move NOW to the forefront of the political scene and establish herself as a groundbreaking activist. Widely recognized as a key player in improving social and economic conditions for women in the United States and around the world, Ms. Ireland is especially adept at challenging people to make the connections between women’s rights and other human rights issues. A hallmark of her work has been to forge stronger links among the women’s, antipoverty, civil rights, disability rights, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movements. Ms. Ireland has had a continuous presence in media outlets that shape public opinion. She has discussed childcare on ABC's Nightline, Supreme Court nominees on PBS's Jim Lehrer News Hour, the impact of the women’s vote on NBC’s Meet the Press, and women as policy-makers on CNN's Larry King Live. Ms. Ireland is considered a "must quote" for articles that concern women, and she frequently appears in the nation's most widely-read newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA Today. She has been the subject of numerous feature stories, in publications ranging from The New York Times Sunday Magazine to People. Ms. Ireland has emerged as a leading figure in the world-wide feminist movement.† She initiated NOW's Global Feminist Conference in 1992, bringing together women from more than 45 countries. She has worked with women in England, France, Germany, Brazil, Cuba, China and Kenya. Patricia Ireland promises to be a major figure in the women’s movement during the next decade and beyond.
8) Joy Leary, Ph.D: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) and Future Implications
Her eighteen years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work offers practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary American society. Dr. Leary’s workshops also go far beyond the topic of cultural sensitivity; she provides specialized clinical work in areas of mental health and ecological resilience.
Among Dr. Leary’s most significant workshops are those on Axiology and “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome”. Her discussion and model of Axiology is derived from work and association with noted clinician Dr. Edwin Nichols and delves into the study of primary values that shape cultures. In brief, Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome theory proposes that varying levels of both clinically induced and socially learned residual stress related issues were passed along through generations as a result of slavery. Dr. Leary presents facts, statistics and documents that illustrate how the destruction of the African culture (i.e., belief systems, customs, and values) continues to effect traumas resulting from inequality, racism and oppression policies.
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