|Subject: important: belated Sept 19 meeting minutes|
|From: "Reis, Elizabeth" < http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=1>|
|Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 16:34:50 -0700|
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Note: October 17 minutes will follow soon.
Minutes 9/19/06, 3-5 p.m. PDT
Safe Schools Coalition Meeting
Chairing: Marsha Botzer; Recording: Kathy Kaminski
Present: Kate Boyd, If You Don’t They Will; Cristien Storm, If You Don’t They Will; Rose Brennan; Tuffi Dolan; Kathy Kaminski; Becky Reitzes, Public Health - Seattle-King County; Chris Johnson, King Co Sexual Assault Resource Center; Marsha Botzer, Ingersoll & NGLTF; Frieda Takamura, Washington Education Association; Judy Hoff, PFLAG National; Gabi Clayton, SSC webspinner; Beth Reis, Public Health - Seattle-King County; Piper Sangston
(2) YOUR HELP NEEDED – serve on the SSC’s Leadership Team
The Coalition’s Second and Third Co-secretary positions are now open. Could you record minutes just 4 times a year? It also means serving on a 6-person leadership team that doesn’t meet separately from the monthly SSC meetings but does occasionally make decisions by email or phone, if an urgent issue comes up between SSC meetings. Students can get service learning credit for doing this! If you would consider volunteering, please contact us!!
(3) MEMBERSHIP - Piper and Tad
a) New member applications: Gay & Gender Research … Heather reported to Beth that this is a group of graduate students who wanted to get their thesis online and started this website. They are not funded by anyone in particular. Heather recommended we accept their membership. There were no objections.
b) Other membership news
(4) IF YOU DON’T THEY WILL- Kate Boyd and Cristien Storm
In 2001 the NW Coalition for Human Dignity and Home Alive partnered to help clubs and musicians respond to white nationalist cultural organizing in the northwest. The partnership developed training materials and organizing models and has become the If You Don’t They Will project. Recently, Kate and Cristien have been working with universities and community colleges and organized a music tour. They have been training individuals, organizations, youth groups, music clubs, schools, and others on how to effectively organize to counter white nationalism. Their website went up today www.ifyoudonttheywill.com. They came to today’s meeting to support SSC and to explore the possibility of partnering with the coalition. They are able to travel and are very interested in going to rural communities. Their workshops are typically 45 minutes to 1 ˝ hours, but they are very flexible and can accommodate the group they are working with. If you would like to hear more about the project please contact Kate at 206.919.9345 or Cristien at 206.769.3160.
(5) POSSIBLE NAME CHANGE – Marsha
Should the SSC change its name to reflect its national/international reach? This has been an ongoing discussion for the last few months. There was discussion of the fact that we are well known as the Safe Schools Coalition and changing our name now may just be more confusing. It would also be expensive to change all of our materials to reflect a name change. Judy mentioned that when she first heard of the SSC she assumed that it was a national organization and feels like we don’t need to change our name to reflect that. It was put to a vote and there were no objections to keeping our name as it is.
(6) REPORT FROM THE NATIONAL SAFE SCHOOLS ROUNDTABLE -- Beth, Judy
The Steering Committee is four organizations: GLSEN (Neil Bomberg), PFLAG (Judy Hoff), Respect for All (Mike Courville) and NEA (Paul Sathrum). The event is funded by grants from the Gill Foundation and the David Bohnett Foundation.
Judy reported that about a year ago, Women’s Educational Media and PFLAG thought that the national organizations working to make schools safer should communicate and meet together to talk about how we can be more effective with our collective resources. There are 18 organizations represented in Washington DC discussing the purpose and goals of the group.
Beth reported on each of the organizations … Attached, however, is a more complete summary than Beth delivered, courtesy of Mike Courville of the Respect for All project
Beth also reported that Respect for All is working with the Rainier Institute and would like to collaborate in that work with the Coalition. They would like to fund training for our speakers bureau on using their videos in our trainings. They are partnering with many local organizations around the country, as well.
(7) SHIMKUS LEGISLATION, HR 284 – Chris, Judy
Chris has drafted an SSC response to the language of the proposed bill, which originally did not include gender identity. They are recommending that the language be changed. The outcome will likely be dependent on the elections.
(8) FUNDRAISING – Kelsey Diller of Motivo Coffee (d), Gabi (e)
a) Back-to-school Dinner & Concert @ Julia’s on Broadway – Aug 31 – netted about $1,000. Huge thank you to Linda Baker and also to Drew Turpen, Blue and Kevin Liu.
b) Comedy show … Nonprofit Comedy at the Comedy Underground has offered to do a benefit for us December 19 so SAVE THE DATE. The show will be co-produced by comedians Kelli Robson and Yoram Bauman. More about Nonprofit Comedy: http://www.nonprofitcomedy.com/seattle/.
c) Thank you to recent donors Jonathan Su, Sarah Luthens, Mary Mullen, Marilyn Cass, Amelia Conover, Keith McIntyre, Cynthia Turpin, Beth Reis and Barbara Steele, Laurie Cogan, Lisa Beaulaurier, Ken Molsberry, Joann Williams, Terry Rhines, Marcie Mathis, Kathy Kaminski, Gretchen Harmon, and Mary Paradise. If you haven’t donated to the Coalition lately, go RIGHT NOW to: https://anauel.youth-guard.org/safeschools/donate.asp
d) Motivo Coffee offer- If we sold their coffee we could make raise money for the coalition. The group decided to table the discussion until a representative can attend the meeting.
e) Goodsearch offer – Gabi reported that “Goodsearch” is a search engine, powered by yahoo, that will donate a little money each time somebody designates the coalition. We would have to stop using other search engines. Right now we spend $315/year with webstory and we could save that by adding a yahoo search bar, which is free. There was a question as to whether we could search pdf files. Gabi is going to look into it and the group gave her the authority to look into it and make a decision.
(9) WEB SITE UPDATE – Gabi
a) In August, the website served 23,422 users who went to the site an average of 6.2 times each for a total of 144,599 visits. They downloaded over 10,000 copies of SSC reports and handouts. Altogether 83% of the users were from the United States. Other users were from Spain, Netherlands, Canada, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Republic of Korea, China, Sweden, Italy, Japan, South Africa, India, Cote d'Ivoire, Singapore, Switzerland, Russian Federation, Mexico, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Poland, Malaysia, Turkey, Thailand, Ghana, Brazil, Taiwan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malta, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Finland, Israel, New Zealand, Greece, Iran, Denmark, Hungary, Venezuela, Romania and Lithuania. And this was in AUGUST when school isn’t even in session in many countries. Thank you Gabi for managing the website! Great job!
b) Search options- discussed above
c) Hosting plans- nothing new to report
(10) LISTSERVE SURVEY – Beth
Beth reported the following results from the survey that was recently conducted of listserve subscribers. About 1,000 people currently subscribe. Of those who completed the survey:
GEOGRAPHY: 57% were from Washington State. The other 43% included: AL, AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, HI, IL, IN, MI, MN, NC, NE, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA; and Alberta & Ontario, Canada; and Finland.
(Other subscribers who didn't respond to the survey hail from AK, AR, CT, GA, ID, KS, KY, MD, ME, MT, NM, NV, OK, SD, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY and Puerto Rico and from Australia, Belize, China, Serbia and Montenegro, South Africa, United Kingdom, and New Zealand. In Canada, the Provinces we serve include besides AB and ON, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec.)
31% were over age 50;
48% are age 30-49;
18% are 20-29;
3% are age 19 or younger
STUDENT STATUS: 15% are high school, college or grad school students
32% identify as heterosexual,
3% said something else (not sure, human being, former lesbian) or declined to answer
GENDER IDENTITY (the %s do not add up to 100 because the categories aren't mutually exclusive):
72% identify as female;
21% work in K-12 schools;
13% colleges and universities,
12% government agencies,
2% religious organizations,
29% other (presumably many of these are students or are employed elsewhere and volunteer as community or parent activists)
PROFFERED LIST MESSAGES:
56% often or always find EVENT messages useful;
37% often or always find JOB messages useful;
80% often or always find NEWS messages useful;
75% often or always find ACTION ITEMS messages useful;
87% often or always find RESOURCES messages useful;
64% often or always find HISTORY messages useful;
25% often or always find MEETING MINUTES messages useful
(NOTE: Those who subscribe to "IMPORTANTNEWS" receive only ACTION ITEMS and MEETING MINUTES and occasional other URGENT items. But all messages get archived for a few months at least on http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/listserve/index.html)
(11) SPEAKERS BUREAU – Kristina
Kristina thanked several speakers who have done a lot of gigs lately including Janet Bogle, Kathy Kaminski, Carl Clausen, Kari Kesler and Beth Reis.
(12) “MARKETING” OF INTERVENTION SERVICES TO YOUTH – Kristina
Frieda & Kristina met with the artist on Thursday who is designing materials for the Coalition to better reach out to youth (because the All Families Welcome poster reaches out primarily to the families of elementary aged students, not to students themselves).
(13) CO-SPONSORING KATE BORNSTEIN WITH ELLIOT BAY BOOKS – Beth
Karen has asked Kate if she can read on October 22nd for an event co-sponsored by the coalition. Email Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping. NOTE: This event did not pan out.
(14) COLLABORATION WITH BUSH SCHOOL ON DIVERSITY SPEAKERS – Beth
Beth gathered some member organizations (OSPI, Seattle Academy, Charles Wright School, and Seattle Public Schools) to meet by conference call to consider co-sponsoring or otherwise collaborating re: these speakers. Dr. Eddie Moore, with the Bush School, said that one evening when each of them is in town, they will do a free public event, and they will offer CLOCK HOURS (thank you, Seattle Public Schools).
If your institution/organization is interested in co-hosting and/or co-sponsoring the speakers/presenters (at this public event or a separate event for your own students, staff or families) please call Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. (206.326.7731) ASAP! The fees for hosting/co-hosting range from $1000-$5000. All of the speakers will be available during the week of their visits. The speakers will be in Seattle on these dates:
Those of you who subscribe to the NEWS list (the list that gets approximately 2X/day messages from SSC) will see the dates of these free events posted to that list. Otherwise, if you don’t subscribe, watch Bush School’s web site:
(15) Café Press- Gabi reported that we have a commission of over $90 from café press.
(16) Bully Game- HELP NEEDED: Judy is looking for anyone who is interested in being on the committee to organize against this columbine-like school assault video game. If interested contact Judy Huff ?
(17) 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)
Dec 19, 3-5 pm. Marsha chairs and ____________ records
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