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1.) IMPORTANT: Safe Schools Coalition meets tomorrow! Tuesday, September 17th in Seattle
2.) Help Needed! Safe Schools Coalition needs a Co-Secretary!
3.) We need volunteers to send news and announcement to the Coalition's Mailing Lists!
4.) New Issue of Teaching Tolerance Magazine Examines How to End Bullying Behavior
5.) Articles in Teaching Tolerance New Fall Issue (above) That May Be Of Special Interest to Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends
6.) EVENT: REAL TALK | SOSea Youth Mentor Forum #2 - Seattle, WA - Saturday, September 21
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1.) IMPORTANT: Safe Schools Coalition meets tomorrow! Tuesday, September 17th in Seattle
The next Safe Schools Coalition meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 17th from 3-5pm
at Planned Parenthood on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA.

Notice that we are back on our school year meeting time of 3-5pm now!

Contact Matthew Wilson, the lead chair if you have agenda items to suggest or if you need instructions about attending in person or calling in by conference call.
Use this contact form on our website or call: 253-671-2838.  

All are welcome! You do NOT need to be a Coalition member to attend.

For more information, see this page.

2.) Help Needed! Safe Schools Coalition needs a Co-Secretary!
The Coalition is in need of a Co-Secretary to record minutes at our monthly meetings. 

Because this position requires little time outside of the meetings, it is a great way to volunteer without a huge time commitment. 

If you would consider volunteering, please contact us here.

3.) We need volunteers to send news and announcement to the Coalition's Mailing Lists!

Help! Several people have dropped off as volunteers since we switched to Constant Contact. 

Interested in being a volunteer? Great! 


We will teach you how to use Constant Contact. if you don't know.   

This can be done from anywhere as long as you have access to a computer, email and internet.


Ready to volunteer or have a question?   Contact Gabi!

4.) New Issue of Teaching Tolerance Magazine Examines How to End Bullying Behavior



September 13, 2013


Contact: Ashley Levett
(334) 296-0084 / 


Teaching Tolerance Magazine Examines How to End Bullying Behavior


MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Though schools across the nation have adopted anti-bullying policies that protect victims and punish perpetrators, they may be missing an opportunity to address the causes of bullying and help students break free of this behavior, according to the latest issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine, released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project.


"There Are No Bullies" examines bullying behavior and provides strategies educators can use to teach bullying students about healthy relationships. By recognizing that bullying is a behavior and not an identity, schools can help students change their behavior, ultimately protecting other students from bullying.


 "Children who bully often are trying to fill a particular need," said Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance. "Schools that focus on addressing these underlying issues have an opportunity to prevent future incidents and create a safer school for everyone." 


The Fall 2013 issue of Teaching Tolerance can be viewed at An iPad edition of the magazine is also available at


The issue also examines how after the tragic Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin, an unlikely partnership has formed between one of the victims' sons and a former skinhead. "The Sikh and the Skinhead" examines how the two joined forces to educate students and fight hate in the classroom.


Other articles provide tips to help educators identify institutional racism in their school as well as strategies to create a welcoming school environment to recruit and retain teachers of color. It also shows how educators can use Common Core State Standards as an opportunity to include texts that provide students with multiple points of view from various racial and ethnic backgrounds.


This issue includes Best Practices: Creating an LGBT-inclusive School Climate, a guide that offers advice on dress codes, gay-straight alliances and school policies that explicitly prohibit anti-LGBT bullying.


Teaching Tolerance magazine, published three times a year, is the nation's leading journal serving educators on diversity issues. It is distributed free of charge to more than 450,000 educators nationwide.




The Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Alabama with offices in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. For more information, see

5.) Articles in Teaching Tolerance New Fall Issue (above) That May Be Of Special Interest to Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends
Bring it Home
Teaching Tolerance - Number 45: Fall 2013

"During her 26 years as an award-winning elementary school teacher, Rhonda Thomason took seriously issues of social justice. She confronted racism, gender bias and class issues and stood up for students with special needs. But dealing with matters surrounding perceived sexual orientation and gender identity as it related to students-and the ugly attitudes surrounding these issues-was outside her comfort zone. And the fears of peers and leaders in her Alabama school and community helped keep it that way.
Rhonda Thomason is currently a Welcoming Schools regional consultant.

""We didn't have the experience, resources, tools or policies to help us understand the unique needs of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) students or their families," she says. "I didn't know how much I didn't know."

"That began to change for Thomason during a mission trip to Mississippi. A mother told Thomason the story of the persecution her son had endured when he came out. "She was asking me to look at the issue through a social justice lens," Thomason remembers. "My window of awareness opened, shall we say."

"That window kept opening until Thomason joined others in creating the Alabama Safe Schools Coalition in 2007. Its mission? Supporting LGBT and questioning students in the state and helping schools recognize the value of explicitly including them in anti-bullying policies." 

This School Welcomes You
Teaching Tolerance - Number 45: Fall 2013

"Studies have shown that creating a supportive environment for LGBT students improves educational outcomes for all students, not just those who may identify as LGBT. And remember, it's not about politics-it's about supporting students. Any educator, regardless of his personal beliefs, can be a resource for LGBT students.

"It all starts with awareness. Often educators are unsure how to support their LGBT students in a meaningful way. These best practices were compiled to give school leaders the knowledge they need to create a climate in which their most vulnerable students feel safe and valued. Through inclusive policies and nurturing practices, administrators, counselors and teachers have the power to build an educational environment that is truly welcoming to all students."


6.) EVENT: REAL TALK | SOSea Youth Mentor Forum #2 - Seattle, WA - Saturday, September 21
Join Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) at our next REAL TALK youth mentor community forum.

It's back to school time and we know that can be tough for teenagers everywhere; but especially for LGBTQ teens.

Data shows they face bullying and violence more than their straight counterparts.

What can they do? Stick up for themselves that's what! 

Date: September 21 (Sat)
Time: 1:30 - 6:30pm
Place: Seattle Counseling Service "Rainbow Room"
1216 Pine Street, Suite 300 
Seattle, WA 98101

1:30 - 2:00pm Set up / Meet & Greet / Snacks
2:00 - 3:15 pm   Group Discussion (Topic: Safety/Bullying)
3:15 - 3:30pm Break
3:30 - 6:30pm Self Defense Class (breaks included during that time frame)
Youth and young adults that are LGBTQ and Allied are welcome to attend. 

The youth want opportunities to discuss and speak about this issue, so we will break up the youth into small groups, with adult mentors/panelists to facilitate the discussion on safety/bullying. Then, the youth will have the opportunity to participate in our self-defense class being tailored specifically for their needs. 

For more information, contact Kris de Leon at


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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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