Don’t blow this off as fluff; there are some serious dates of interest below the fold, including info on the only scheduled public hearing for Maine’s marriage bill.

~Louise~

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Okay, now pay attention please. I know it is Friday and everyone is excited about the weekend, but there are a list of PSAs here to go through.

First, our hearty congratulations to the “Young Republican Club” for coming up with an… unusual, er unique new mascot to replace their aged dead elephant!

The Poisonous Flobberworm.

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We will be holding fundraisers to change the logos on all the sports teams jackets, as soon as we can come up with an appropriate one. Perhaps a fishing derby?

Until then, remember this tidbit of wisdom from Rydell’s Principal McGee:

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Next week promises to be an eventful one. Below are the scheduled items, to be updated before class is dismissed:Next week starts with the Flobberworms thrilling us all on Tax Day April 15th, with their re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party.

This should be highly entertaining; a sneak peek can be viewed here:.

Friday April 17’s attendance seems to be a question of one’s personal beliefs. In the spirit of fairness, we are providing you with an assortment of views:

1. GLSEN’s Day Of Silence.

Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. From the first-ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia in 1996, to the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country in 2008, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach.

Last year’s Day of Silence on April 25 was held in memory of Lawrence King, a 15-year-old eighth-grade student in Oxnard, California, was shot and killed by a 14-year-old classmate because of his sexual orientation and gender expression. Hundreds of thousands of students at more than 8,000 schools participated. Their efforts were supported by hundreds of community-based “Breaking the Silence” events at the end of the day. Together, concerned students created a powerful call to action in order to prevent future tragedies.

There are simple steps that all schools can take to make schools safer for all students, to end the endemic name-calling and harassment that LGBT students and their allies face every day. We need to act now so that Lawrence King and the countless others who endure anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment will not be forgotten, and so that we can create an enduring legacy of safer schools for all in their names.

Students handed out “Speaking Cards” which said:

“Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement bringing attention to the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies in schools. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by name-callinmg, bullying and harassment. 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?”

2. First Lady Michelle Obama’s thoughts on cutting classes.

3. AFA Don Wildmon’s approach: skip school to make a point, although what purpose that serves is questionable at best. Apparently Mr. Wildmon and those of his home-schooled ilk have never actually BEEN in a public school, and as such do not realize that a day of silence is virtually impossible to begin with. ūüėČ

For full disclosure, I would like to announce that I had perfect attendance for all 4 years of high school, as did my mother and sister. (REALLY.)

The following Friday, April 24, is very important: that is the day when Maine has its only public hearing regarding LD 1020, the equal marriage rights bill. We will be repeating this announcement periodically until the 24th, so all who wish to may attend, as well as check out video and audio feeds for those who are unable. Directions to the event, to be held in Augusta at Cony High School, are available via EqualityMaine.


Come to the Public Hearing on the Marriage Bill (LD 1020)

April 24,2009 9:30 am

Maine’s marriage campaign is moving to the next level.  The hearing on the marriage bill has been scheduled for Friday, April 24 at Cony High School in Augusta.  Make no mistake about it: April 24 will be the single most important day of this campaign outside of the final vote.  The media, legislators, governor, and people of Maine will be watching.  We need you there.

Email april24@equalitymaine.org to RSVP for the marriage bill hearing. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number.

Have a nice weekend, everyone…

Louise1

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