Issue Date Spring 2002

MULTICULTURAL NEWS

DAY OF SILENCE, APRIL 10, 2002

On April 10, 2002, people who support creating safe schools for all,
regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, took a
day-long vow of silence to recognize and protest the harassment, prejudice
and discrimination "in effect, the silencing" that LGBT people face.
Instead of speaking, high school and university participants handed out
"speaking cards" printed with the following message:

"Please understand my reasons for not speaking today.  I am participating in
the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced
by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and their allies.  My
deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment,
prejudice and discrimination.  I believe that ending the silence is the
first step toward fighting these injustices.  Think about the voices you are
not hearing today.  What are you going to do to end the silence?"

The Day of Silence, which began in 1996, is a powerful tool for creating
positive change "at the personal, community and institutional levels" that
lasts far beyond the day itself.  The Day of Silence is an effort that can
raise awareness of LGBT issues, prompting people to think and talk about
them.

GLSEN (pronounced "glisten") is the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education
Network, the largest national network of parents, students, educators and
others ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender
identity/expression in K-12 schools.  Visit the website at <www.glsen.org>.
 


INFORMATION THAT YOU CAN USE:

Barnes & Noble Inc., along with the Anti-Defamation League, have a pamphlet
out entitled "101 Ways To Combat Prejudice."  The subtitle of the pamphlet
is "Close the Book on Hate."  The pamphlet has a Campaign Pledge on the
inside of the back cover.  The final paragraph of the pledge reads:  "By
signing this pledge, I recognize that respect for individual dignity,
achieving equality and opposing anti-Semitism, racism, ethnic bigotry,
homophobia, or any other form of hatred is a non-negotiable responsibility
of all people."  You can request a copy or copies by going to <www.adl.org>,
by calling 212-885-7700/885-7800, by faxing 212-867-0779/490-0187 or by
writing to Anti-Defamation League, 823 United Nations Plaza, New York NY
10017.

You may want to check out the Multicultural Video Network at
<www.MulticulturalVideoNetwork.com>.  You might be able to get free
curriculum materials.

Teaching Tolerance is seeking tolerance-themed stories created by children
of all ages.  Original illustrations are welcomed.  Editors will adapt the
top submissions as online storybooks.  See "Read" at
<www.tolerance.org/pt/index.html>.  Winners will receive $100 honorariums
and certificates of appreciation.  The deadline for submissions is May 15,
2002.  Send them to: Storybook Competition, Teaching Tolerance, 400
Washington Ave., Montgomery Al 36104  <[email protected]>.  Don¹t forget
that a subscription to Teaching Tolerance is free!  Visit
<www.tolerance.org/teach/expand/mag/index.jsp> for information on how to
subcribe.

Native Americas ($24-individuals; $39-institutions) is a quarterly journal
that reports on issues and events that affect indigenous communities
throughout the Western Hemisphere.  Write to: Native Americas, Akwe:kon
Press, 450 Caldwell Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 or call:
(607) 255-4308 or visit: <http://nativeamericas.aip.cornell.edu>.

I strongly recommend American Legacy, a magazine of African-American History
and Culture. The web site is <www.americanheritage.com/amlegacy/home.html>.

Norman Brown,
Multicultural Advisor

 

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