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Mar 27, 2012
Hello current and future activisits!
This weekend, I was blessed to be picked for GLSEN’s (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) Safe Schools Advocacy Summit. Our goal this trip was to successfully lobby congress for 2 bills that will dramatically shift the politics that surround bullying. I know that lobbying congress today has already made a difference moving this bill through the legislative branch. As a peer educator, I know high school can be tough and making a difference may not seem on your horizon. The truth is that every person I lobbied with this weekend started in the same place. What each of my peers have done was take a first step in changing the world. Through this first step, you can gain the wealth of the moment I experienced this weekend. Start small, go big!
So for your first ( or second, or third…) step, tell your state senators and district representatives that you support these two valuable pieces of legislation so that future generations of students can feel safer in schools regardless of how they identify.
For more information on these bills check out GLSEN’s website:
Safe Schools Improvement Act: http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/library/record/2702.html?state=policy&type=policy
Student None Discrimination Act: http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/library/record/2522.html?state=policy&type=policy
To create change, please send an email to you senators and representatives. If you need help, let GLSEN know.
Shaily of Youth Resource