Subject: IMPORTANT: September Safe Schools Coalition minutes and HELP NEEDED requests
From: "Ethan Blustein"
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 12:06:49 -0700
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Meeting Minutes

Agenda 9/18/07, 3-5 p.m. PDT

Safe Schools Coalition Meeting

Chairing: Marsha Botzer; Recording: Ethan Blustein


In attendance: Marsha Botzer, SSC and The Task Force; Frieda Takamura, SSC and the Washington Education Association; Penny Palmer, Intervention Specialist; Helen Stillman, SSC and American Friends Service Committee; Gabi Clayton, SSC; Adrienne Woody, SSC; Ethan Blustein, SSC; Donald Cavanaugh, Safe Schools South Florida – formerly known as GLSEN South Florida; Robert Raketty, GLSEN Washington State.

(1)     New SSC in South Florida—Donald Cavanugh

a)       Welcome to the Coalition. They are working with the Teachers Union to do trainings for the local school districts. Frieda will contact the NEA for a South Florida contact as well.

(2)     LISTSERVE REPORT – Marsha

a)       Welcome to recent subscribers from around US [AZ, CA, FL, ID, MO, NY, & WA (Bainbridge Island, Mukilteo, Olympia, Seattle, Vancouver)].

b)       We now serve subscribers in at least 11 countries: Australia, Belize, Canada, China, Finland, Pakistan, Serbia and Montenegro, South Africa, United Kingdom, the U.S. and New Zealand.  We serve 5 Canadian provinces and at least 42 U.S. states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.

c)       In the first 8 months of 2007 (Jan–Aug) we sent 72 messages to the “IMPORTANT NEWS” list and 185 others or a total of 257 to the regular NEWS list. That’s an average of 2 per week to IMPORTANT NEWS and about one message per day to the NEWS list, down from 2 per day last year (soon to increase again, so keep your delete buttons handy).

d)       Who does what now? We’d encourage you to save several days by sending your list requests directly to the person responsible for sending them, whenever possible:

·         Gabi will continue to send political action items and to fill in when Beth is away.

·         Chris will do research and professional journal digests occasionally.

·         Ethan will send event and job digests.

·         Dream will send news digests.

·         Beth will continue to do monthly minutes, lesson planning guides, other resource messages & miscellany.

(3)      NEW DOCUMENTARY Its Still Elementary

a)       It's STILL Elementary follows up with some of the students and teachers from the groundbreaking film It's Elementary -- Talking About Gay Issues In School. It looks at what happened when the film was screened across the country, the response it provoked from the conservative right, and is a call to action for parents and educators to continue working for safe, inclusive schools.

b)       The film will be shown at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center on Oct. 25th.

c)       Frieda mentioned the ban of the film That’s a Family!: WEM dismayed Evesham Township School Board caved to religious pressure and banned That's A Family!


(4)     WEB SITE REPORT – Gabi  

a)       If anyone wants a copy of the web activity for August e-mail Gabi at

b)       Gabi bought new software that will allow Music and Video to be added to the SSC website.


a)       Helen is still becoming acclimated. If people need trainings or panels she can be reached


a)       The bullying/harassment/intimidation “because someone thought you were gay, lesbian or bisexual” question will be on the 2008 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey after all! The other specific types of bias based bullying won’t be asked again until 2010.

b)       Beth chatted for some time with Melody Brazo, LGBT Family Liaison, Welcoming Schools Cambridge, Cambridge Public Schools, one of just a half dozen or so employees of public school districts nationally whose jobs explicitly include services to LGBTQ students/families/staff. She would love it if SSC pulled together the people in positions like hers (and Lisa Love’s in Seattle Public Schools) so they could be one another’s resources.

c)       A group in Los Angeles is working to form a parents’ group and we put them in touch with a half dozen founding or very active members of the now defunct GLPTSA (the only ever charter chapter of the PTA specifically for GLBT and allied parents and parents with GLBT children) so they could pick their brains about lessons learned. Robert Raketty will be in contact with Beth about the GLPTSA.

d)       We’ve been asked to review the summary of King County LGBTQI community resources for next year's Where to Turn directory (King County Crisis Clinic publishes it) by 9/21. Anyone available to take a look, please email Beth ( )


a)       Gabi reported that the e-mail activity to Intervention Specialists picked up for last month.


(8)     WE ARE INVITED … Q Center Welcome Luncheon – Marsha for Beth

We have been told we can send one or two people to this free luncheon featuring 1964 Rose Bowl captain, All-American, Husky Legend, the first professional team athlete to come out, and Q Center donor, David Kopay. Location: HUB 310, University of Washington; Friday, September 28, 12:00-1:30. Beth’s suggestion: Priority ought to go to those who have volunteered the most, such as Chris, Penny, Kathy, Heidi, Piper, Tad. Whoever would like to represent us should RSVP to 206-616-7296 or 206-897-1430 or  

a)       It was agreed that priority will go to the above listed volunteers.

b)       Ethan will be attending the event by invitation of the Q Center and Robert will be attending through GLSEN Washington State.

(9)     LAUGH OUT LOUD, Sept 25!! – Dream and Ethan

a)       We’ll be making awards and thank you’s to Paul Allen and Kristina Armenakis … so tell anyone you know who might like to help honor them to COME

b)       A decision was made to wait until after the event to decide whether or not to do another LOL.

c)       Need to Thank Tracy for all her help!!

(10) FINANCE REPORT -- Frieda

a)       Kwanchai Fundraising for SSC Office supplies! THANK YOU!!

b)       Bill Dubay is also donating to the office.

c)       3 student volunteers from Shorewood High School will work with Ethan to plan a fundraiser for SSC for their school.


(11)  The minutes from last month’s meeting were approved.

(12)  Washington State Association for Multicultural Education Fall Conference

a)       Saturday Oct. 27th at Seattle University

(13)  GLSEN’s Booklet on How to work with GSA’s is coming out in about 6 months.

a)       The website is done! Go check it out for resources etc.

b)       Everyone agreed that the SSC needs to put more focus on Trans issues and pull together a comprehensive list of resources.

c)       GLSEN is working on their next school climate survey.

(14)  Safe Schools Coalition is not one of the winners for the Raffle with a Twist. L But congratulations to Lambert House and the other great organizations that did win donations. And thank you to all of you who voted for the Coalition.



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.


Oct 16th, 3-5 pm, Pacific Time. Frieda chairs and Dream records
Frieda: 253-765-7062;

COME SEE an exciting new video made by UW students about bullying/harassment, which features stories from the Safe Schools Coalition and the video Let’s Get Real

Nov 20th, 3-5 pm, Pacific Time. Beth chairs and Ethan records
Beth: 206-296-4970; 

Dec 18th, 3-5 pm, Pacific Time. Marsha chairs and Dream records

Marsha: 206-601-8942;




* HELP NEEDED: Intervention volunteers should be Washington residents [Intervention is the one service of the Coalition that is limited geographically – all other services are available anywhere] with a background in education or social services (retired or currently working); people of color, transgender individuals and gender queer individuals are encouraged to apply.


The Intervention Team responds to crisis requests from students, family members and educators experiencing anti-LGBT harassment or violence at school. An Intervention Specialist will listen and problem solve and then might, for instance, meet with someone's principal or superintendent with the caller or for them. They might help them come out to their family so they can talk with them about the bullying. They might sit with a student while they made a police report if they were afraid to do that alone. They might refer them to local resources for ongoing monitoring of the harassment situation and support.


It's a chance to make the world a better place one person at a time, to help one child finish school who might otherwise have dropped out. To help people feel powerful enough to avoid escalating the violence or attempting suicide. It's a way to make a real difference. To volunteer contact Heidi: or (206) 849-5513.






Ethan Blustein

JustServe Americorps Volunteer

Safe Schools Coalition

1605 12th Avenue

Suite 35

Seattle, WA 98122