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Schools are developing new codes of conduct and training to address bullying after a state law approved nearly two years ago takes effect July 1. The Dignity for All Students Act was signed into law in September 2010.
It's time for someone to say it aloud. As a member of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights for more than a decade and its chairman for much of that time, I'm willing to take the risk of being misunderstood.
African-Americans are no longer the principal targets of discrimination. Notice I said "discrimination," not prejudice. In the universe of laws to enforce equal opportunity, discrimination is easy to allege but difficult to prove. And prejudice doesn't exactly matter.
Corporate America and a good many small organizations have learned how to fire employees without violating anti-discrimination statutes. Workers may know in their bones that they're being dismissed because of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preferences or membership in any other of the classes protected by law. But unless the bosses have left an incriminating trail, they can always dismiss an employee by claiming he (or she) can't do the job, can't get along with other employees, is absent too frequently or doesn't show up on time, as well as dozens of other reasons that might be a legitimate basis for dismissal if true....
A racial divide on voter purge Written by Fcadmin | 21 June 2012 E-mail Print
White and Hispanic voters support the governor’s efforts while Blacks oppose it, according to a new poll. Meanwhile, groups filed a lawsuit this week to stop the removal of non-citizens from election rolls. FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS A new poll released Wednesday shows that Florida voters support Gov. Rick Scott’s effort to remove non-citizens from voter rolls by a 60 percent to 35 percent margin.
Voters wait outside a polling place at the New Birth Baptist Church in Miami on Nov. 4, 2008. Opponents of Gov. Rick Scott’s voter removal efforts say they unfairly target minorities and could impact this November’s election. The Quinnipiac University poll also shows a racial divide – White voters back the purge 67 percent to 29 percent, while Black voters oppose it 56 percent to 38 percent and Hispanic voters support it 49 percent to 42 percent. Scott and other supporters say they are trying to make sure only eligible voters cast ballots, but critics – including the U.S. Department of Justice – argue that Florida is violating federal election laws....
Gad Beck, a gay half-Jewish activist and freedom fighter, passed away in Berlin just days before turning 89.
Beck is thought by some to be the last gay Holocaust survivor. With a Jewish father and mother who converted to Judaism, Beck was considered a half-breed by the Nazis. In 1943, he and his father were taken against their will to a holding compound in Berlin until massive protests by non-Jewish wives convinced the Nazis to release the prisoners. Beck then joined an underground resistance movement and worked to save gay and Jewish Germans...
In the wake of the bus monitor, Karen Klein’s disturbing experience at the hands of teen age boys last week; the effects and damage caused by bullying were brought to light once again. Here are a couple info-graphics that give some facts and figures about the effects that bullying (student and cyber in particular) has on the victims as well as the prevelence of it. Also see: How to avoid getting beat up by bullies.
"Fashion Against Bullying is a growing movement started this year to speak out the notion of anti-bullying from people who enroll or engage in fashion atmosphere and its society. As representative, me and other friends were going to be featured in online and printed campaign with each of our stories. Believe it or not, MOST of people I met in the fashion community grew up with certain experiences of Bullying, whether consciously or unconsciously. And since we quite overcame ourselves with those bad experiences now, we decided to take part and encourage more people to be aware of any bullying statement happened to them and let them know that through their passion (either art, science, or fashion itself) they can produce or chase more valuable achievements than spending all of their time in fear or sadness. We associate certain negative words such as "Short", "Ugly", "Fat", "Chinese" and so on to show people that we were also getting negative judgment before. What made us different (and better) from those bullies are, we keep our head high and chin up, being a person who proud with their originality."
The transgender man, Scout, who proposed to Liz Margolies at the White House, explains why the hateful reaction they got from some quarters is more dangerous than it might seem.
..........The profound experience of the last seven days has reinforced for us the necessity of exposing the ugly hate, the undisguised homophobia and transphobia. First, because it is real and loud, even if we pretend not to listen to it. Second, because it negatively impacts our health, even if we don’t consciously recognize the link between discrimination and illness. And finally, because while Liz and I have a huge circle of supportive friends, colleagues, and family to help keep the hate at bay, most LGBT youth do not. As adults, it is our job to protect our fragile youth who come upon this vitriol and may wonder if it is true about them, if LGBT people are “mutants,” if transgender people are “its,” if they will be hated for being who they are.
"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. " -- Herman Melville
We must gather together and get attorneys to represent these people. " Of the 77 juvenile offenders serving life without parole for a non-homicide offense in Florida when the above graphic was originally published, 76 were Black males. (FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS)"
Bullied girls suffer poorer health in middle age: Study Updated 04:44 PM Jun 28, 2012 LONDON - Girls who are bullied at school or not liked by their peers suffer long after they have left, a study shows, as not fitting in can damage health decades later.
Researchers have discovered that teenagers who are ostracised at school are more likely to be at risk of developing heart disease and diabetes when they enter middle age.
They are more likely to be obese, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as being at greater risk of developing diabetes by their early 40s, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Interestingly, girls appear much more susceptible to the ruthless social world of adolescence than boys, according to the Swedish study, which followed almost 900 students in the north of the country from 16 to 43.
The effects of peer problems during secondary school on middle-age health were much stronger in females than males, according to the study, published in the journal PLoS One.....
Stop and Frisk programs continue to target people of color Written by Fcadmin | 14 June 2012
In 1999, when many of us were protesting the killing of Amadou Diallo, the New York Police Department performed 80,000 stop-and-frisks. Last year they conducted almost 700,000. This year they are reportedly on pace to do 800,000. Nearly 90 percent of those stopped and frisked by the NYPD have been people of color. Approximately 90 percent of those are so completely innocent they do not even receive a ticket; 99.9 percent do not have a gun – Mayor Bloomberg’s primary reason for the stop-and-frisk program. Bloomberg’s massive street-level racial profiling program is a civil and human rights catastrophe that both hurts our children and makes our communities less safe. Every year, hundreds of thousands of innocent New Yorkers and visitors to the city are needlessly targeted for physical searches and public humiliation because of their skin color....
What will we teach our children about each other? Isabella Freedman and the Manhattan College Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center join together to present this 3 1/2 day conference bringing together aspiring and emerging religious educators in the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths to:
foster relationships among future religious educators; explore existing practices in religious education that help to shape narratives that lead to suspicion, misunderstanding, mistrust; and explore potential practices, both within communities and through interreligious partnership, that would foster a new narrative promoting respect, understanding, and cooperation. The program will include plenaries, facilitated conversations, and group work aimed at developing new ideas for advancing religious literacy through religious education, all led by an experienced team of conference leaders with strong histories in interfaith work. Conference leaders include:
..............Alex suffers from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from bullying events of the past. He verbalizes that he will never be the same. The person he is now is a culmination of all that he has been through. But he feels strongly about advocacy and he really wants to make a difference.
...I’m always happy to offer someone food if they’re hungry, especially if I just met them. I feel like it’s a great way to get to know them and it gives you some time to talk with them while they order....
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