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Important Coalition Information & Help Needed, Alabama Action Alert, Camp Ten Trees Dinner & Auction
Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends: 
2.) IMPORTANT: Coalition Email List Update: we have completed the transition to Constant Contact
3.) Help needed: SSC is looking for email list manager volunteers!
4.) Action Alert: Alabama: Being gay is not a crime!
5.) "Come Out & Play!" Camp Ten Trees Dinner and Auction Event - April 20, Seattle
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1.) IMPORTANT: Next public meeting of Safe Schools Coalition will be May 21

Important note: There will not be a public meeting on April 16th, 2013 because the Coalition's leadership team is having a working retreat that day at a different location.

The next public meetings are: 
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013, 3-5 pm Pacific Time.
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013, 3-5 pm Pacific Time.

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2.) IMPORTANT: Coalition Email List Update: we have completed the transition to Constant Contact
Great news! We've completed the transition to using Constant Contact!

Some of you had already switched, but we imported some of you on April 1st because you were already a subscriber to the listserv and we didn't want to lose contact with you.

We only subscribed those of you to the default list: "Important Coalition Announcements, Meeting Minutes, etc.

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3.) Help needed: SSC is looking for email list manager volunteers!
We are looking for volunteer email list managers for two of our lists!
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4.) Action Alert:  Alabama: Being gay is not a crime!
Note: We are sharing this item because we believe it is an issue Safe Schools Coalition members and friends may be interested in.
If you have opinion about it, please let your voice be heard.

URGENT ALERT: In Alabama, teachers are forced by law to lie to their students and say that being gay is a criminal offense.

Lesbian, gay, bi, and questioning youth in Alabama are being fed this false information that hurts their mental and physical health, and makes it more likely they'll be bullied or worse.

We have a chance right now to end this terrible law. Alabama lawmakers now have in front of them a new bill to strike this anti-gay section from the law, but there's only a few weeks before this session is over.

If they don't feel the pressure from the public and the media, this bill will languish in committee and we won't have another chance before 2014.

Tell the tell Alabama lawmakers to pass the "Hate Doesn't Belong in the Classroom" bill (HB 496) before the next class of students graduate.

Sign the petition:
This campaign is run in partnership with Advocates for Youth and AIDS Alabama.

5.) "Come Out & Play!" Camp Ten Trees Dinner and Auction Event - April 20, Seattle
Notice: SSC only sends fundraiser events for member organizations. Thank you, Camp Ten Trees for being part of the Coalition.

"Come Out & Play!" The 2013 Camp Ten Trees Dinner and Auction Event

Saturday, April 20th, 2013, 6 p.m.
(5 p.m. Reception for VIP Ticket Holders Only)
at Herban Feast, SODO Park
3200 1st AVE S, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98134
(corner of 1st AVE S and Hanford ST)

Thank you for your investment in the well being, joy, and resiliency of the children and youth of LGBTQA communities.  By attending the annual auction, you help make the summer camp sessions possible for all our campers.

Visit our Auction Resources Page in order to donate an auction item, become an event sponsor, learn more about being a Table Captain, etc. 

To purchase tickets to attend the event, just click here!

Become an auction sponsor (PDF file) and help us make "Come Out & Play!" another successful event in support of our campers. 
Camp Ten Trees | 1122 East Pike Street #1488 | Seattle | WA | 98122 | | 206-288-9568 |

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  • Lead Chair -- Matthew Wilson (Oasis Youth Center): send a message or call 253-671-2838   
  • Back-up Lead Chair -- Seth Kirby (Oasis Youth Center): send a message or call 253-671-2838  


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