Subject: IMPORTANT: help needed and August meeting minutes
From: "Reis, Beth"
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 18:04:15 -0700
To: "SAFE SCHOOLS: post to \"IMPORTANT NEWS\" list" , "SAFE SCHOOLS: post to main list"

Minutes 8/19/08, 2-4 p.m. PST
Safe Schools Coalition Meeting
Chairing: Beth Reis; Recording: Frieda Takamura and Jannette Manuel

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Present in person: Beth Reis, Public Health – Seattle & King County; Frieda Takamura, Washington Education Association; Matt Munson, Planned Parenthood of Western Washington; Julia Aronow, TeenLink; Daemond Arrindell, TeenLink; Jannette Manuel, Seattle Public Schools; Kyra Kester, Washington State University, Social and Economic Sciences Research Center; Frank Couch, SAMA Foundation; Arnold Martin, Seattle Counseling Service; Silvia Giannattasio, American Civil Liberties Union; Jennifer Allen, Planned Parenthood Network; Stefanie Fox, King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division

Present by phone: Gabi Clayton, PFLAG Olympia, Families United Against Hate; Norm Walker, Educational Services District 105; Tarik Heitmann, producer of The Sensei; Diana Lee Inosanto, writer/producer/director of The Sensei

INTROS … welcome new faces/voices  
a)      Recent & ongoing interventions: mother of a Skagit County student
a)      New org member applications: none this month
b)      Renewals: OSPI, Odyssey Youth, Teaching Tolerance

a)      Speakers Bureau & Training Team. Upcoming: Trainings for staff at Tacoma Public Schools, Renton Technical College, and for Bellingham teachers & administrators. Also training of trainers for youth service providers in Bellingham. We will also be tabling at Gender Odyssey, August 30-September 1. Please contact Barb Clark-Elliot ( if you're interested in tabling at Gender Odyssey on behalf of the Coalition.

b)      Helen recently trained 5 new American Friends Service Committee LGBTQ youth panelists. They have upcoming panels at Peace for the Streets from Kids for the Streets (PSKS) and for Washington Defenders Association. There’s an upcoming panelist/facilitator BBQ! September 17th, 5-8 pm, Location TBA (hopefully Seward Park)

c)      Please contact Helen ( if you would like new speakers bureau brochures sent to your school or organization.

a)      Renton parade: At the invitation of Renton PFLAG, we joined them in the Renton Community Parade and it was great. A very different experience than a pride event. Very rewarding. Maybe we should do more community festivals and parades next summer.

b)      Angels in America: With encouragement from volunteer par excellence, Linda Baker, ReAct Theater Company did the Coalition the amazing favor of making not only the August 2 performance, but the entire run, a benefit for the Safe Schools Coalition. Thank you to ReAct!! We only made about $70 as it is tough to turn people out on beautiful summer nights, but gracias you to those who turned out in support of the Coalition.

c)      Caitlin Ryan, of the Family Acceptance Project at the Cesar Chavez Institute and San Francisco State University, whose research focuses on the ways in which families’ responses to their LGBTQ child’s sexual orientation or gender identity powerfully influence the child’s health, safety and well-being, will be keynoting at the Youth Suicide Prevention Project conference Sept 22. The day before that, she will be presenting a workshop specifically for Safe Schools Coalition volunteers and member organizations, 2-5 pm, Sunday September 21 at Garfield Community Center. For more information, contact Stefanie Fox: and please SAVE THE DATE especially if you volunteer with the Coalition but also if you work for or volunteer with a member organization.

d)      The Sensei: This exciting independent film, supported by the Matthew Shepard Foundation and directed by Diana Lee Inosanto, is the fictional story of a young man in CO who is bullied and finds a martial arts teacher (sensei) who helps with his empowerment. D. Lee is the writer, director, producer and co-star as Karen Nakano O'Neil. Born Diana “Lee” Inosanto, daughter of martial arts legend Dan Inosanto, she was named after her honorary uncle, the late Bruce Lee. One of the stars, Bryan Frank, who plays Karen's brother, is originally from Renton, WA.  It is expected to get a PG-13 rating. Watch the trailer: The film will be shown at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on Friday, Oct 24, 7:30 pm Admiral Theater. The film festival folks (Jason Plourde) are open to a martial arts demo on stage in the half hour prior to that and to a Q&A with the filmmaker(s) and star afterwards. The film’s director and co-producer were on the call and will work directly with Jason on that. Safe Schools Coalition has been invited to serve as "Community Copresenters" and we agreed to serve in that role and to:

·       help distribute posters if Bryan will make some. Please let him know how many posters you could post:

1       publicize it via our listserve (Beth/Tyler) and web site (Gabi).
2       invite GSA’s with whom we work (Matt)
3       publicize it within the API community (Frieda)
4       invite our friends and families (all of us) … so SAVE THE DATE
e)      It’s Elementary and It’s STILL Elementary: These two amazing films will also be showing at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, on Thursday Oct 23, 7:30 Central Cinema, followed by Q&A with Safe Schools Coalition Co-Chairs, Frieda Takamura and Beth Reis. Let your teacher and administrator friends know, especially, and please SAVE THE DATE.

f)      Jessica Pettit: The Bush School’s Diversity Speaker Series is bringing her to Seattle the week of February 2, 2009. She has been referred to as the “Margaret Cho” of Diversity Trainers. She blends politics, humor, identity, and local flair with big city passion and energy through direct, individualized, and interactive conversations. Her workshops, seminars, and keynotes don’t just leave participants invigorated but inspired and motivated to follow through with action to create change. The Coalition has been asked if we want to co-sponsor her visit, possibly speaking briefly as she is introduced and tabling at the event or even doing a separate event the week she is here. It can’t happen unless a small ad hoc committee (maybe 3-5 people) steps up. If you would like to help make this happen, please talk with Eddie Moore at the Bush School for more information and/or let Beth know of your interest:

The Human Rights Campaign is looking for new pilot sites for the 2008-09 school year for this very exciting elementary school guidebook and curriculum (on gender, family and bullying) and is exploring partnering at some sites with the Safe Schools Coalition. If you have thoughts on how active a role SSC should take, especially given our stand earlier this year in response to HRC’s supporting a non-trans-inclusive version of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, please let Beth know:

a)      Hits in July: 161,246 (up over July of 2007)
b)      Page views: 44,600 (also up over July 2007)
c)      Visitors: 23,792
d)      Updated Safe Schools Coalition brochures (general and intervention/crisis services) are now online: and Print your own or watch your listserve for how to order hard copies (printing courtesy of Washington Education Association)

a)      Welcome to new subscribers from Richmond, VA; San Francisco, CA; Montgomery, AL; Portage, MI; Seattle, WA; Kirkland, WA; Lethbridge, Alberta; Lynnwood, WA; College Park, MD; Federal Way, WA; Hayward, CA; Boise, ID; and Hollywood, FL. We have 853 subscribers as of August 19, 2008.

b)      Welcome to a number of new (volunteer) list staffers:
·       Robyn Walters, for news messages
Dolores Carney, for opinion messages
Michelle Kline, for jobs messages
Tyler Gschaid, for event messages
c)      You can still expect messages, too, from:
·       Gabi Clayton, for legislative/elective and fundraising messages
1       Beth Reis, for action items, resource messages (books, films, curricula, etc.) and help needed by reporters/authors, researchers, and member orgs

2       Chris Beahler, for professional journal messages
a)      Huge thanks to these recent individual and family donors to the Coalition:

(10)     TEENLINK
TEENLINK is a King County peer-to-peer service of the Crisis Clinic. They’re looking for volunteers to help. They also work on suicide prevention in high schools and publish a resource guide for youth “Where to Turn for Teens” (sort of a youth yellow pages). They have new posters and a new image is coming soon on their web site. Check them out or order posters here:

Sr. Research Associate Kyra Kester of the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University is preparing a report to the Washington State Legislature on the efficacy of the Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Act. She presented a draft and took comments. Essentially what she found: Despite the passage of the Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Law (ranked third in the country), and the relatively good job of complying with it that districts have done (revising their policies), there is much more work to be done. There is no improvement evident in school environment or bullying levels. Contact Kyra for more about her report: or 360-586-2246.

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). All are welcome- you do NOT need to be a Coalition member to attend.

Sept 16th, 3-5 pm, Pacific Time (back to school year hours). Marsha chairs and ____________ records
Marsha: 206-601-8942;

Oct 21st, 3-5 pm, Pacific Time. Frieda chairs and _____________ records
Frieda: 253-765-7062;

Nov 18th, 3-5 pm, Pacific Time. Beth chairs and ____________ records
Beth: 206-296-4970; 


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