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Anti-Bullying Task Force set to host week-long event

 

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TRAVERSE CITY – October is National Anti-Bullying Month, and the Grand Traverse area Anti-Bullying Task Force is ready. The task force is hosting its 2nd Annual Anti-Bullying Week Oct. 21-25 to support families affected by bullying.

The Grand Traverse area task force was created at the beginning of 2012 as part of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights mission to bring together local, regional and state agencies to eliminate bullying. Their goal is to eliminate bullying in the five-county area by bringing together like-minded organizations committed to teaching respect and empathy while creating a kinder community and promoting inclusivity.

The task force includes a variety of local organizations. Members include: the Women’s Resource Center, Traverse City Area Public Schools, the sheriff’s department, the Intermediate School District, Building Bridges with Music, Conflict Resolution Services, and more.

Elizabeth Pine of Conflict Resolution Services said they joined the task force after attending last year’s conference.

“We found out there was a need for bully prevention in this area,” she said. “We live in such a nice community, but bullying has nothing to do with where you live or how nice your neighborhood is. It can happen anywhere. We didn’t realize what an issue it is here. We made the decision to invest in the program.”

As a member of the task force, Pine is now more aware of the anti-bullying efforts of others in the community.

“Our goal is to bring awareness of the issue and to create a list of resources,” she said. “If someone called me concerned about their child I couldn’t offer counseling, but I know which guidance counselors and social workers can help. I’m more aware of what other people are doing.”

One of the key factors in the anti-bullying campaign is to make sure everyone can correctly identify what bullying is and isn’t.

“First we teach what it is so there’s a common language,” said Pine. “Then we teach adults to recognize, intervene and follow-up.”

While the task force is important, it can’t help the public if they don’t know it’s available. That’s where the Anti-Bullying Week events come in. The week-long activities provide a time and place for people to come together to educate and support each other. This year’s [2013] schedule includes:

ALL CAPS NOTES BY BILL WIESNER, THE FOUNDER OF WWW.TCFAMILY.ORG OR WWW.TRAVERSECITYFAMILY.ORG

 

• Monday, Oct. 21: Mayoral proclamation and movie night at The State Theater, 6 p.m.
AFTER THE MAYORAL PROCLAMATION, THEY SHOWED THE MOVIE “BULLY 2012” OF WHICH THE MOVIEGUIDE.ORG REVIEW SAYS “PROMOTES POLITICALLY CORRECT SODOMY.”  FOUR TCFAMILY.ORG VOLUNTEERS HANDED OUT “PREVENTING BULLYING At Your School” BROCHURES FROM WWW.PFOX.ORG (PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF ‘GAYS’ AND EX-‘GAYS’) IN FRONT OF THE STATE THEATRE BEFORE THE MOVIE BEGAN.


• Tuesday, Oct. 22: “Express Yourself” Creative Arts Night (for area middle-schoolers) at The Circuit, 4-7 p.m.

(THIS IS THE CONVERTED CHURCH BUILDING ACROSS FROM THE STATE POLICE POST ON 14TH STREET).  BILL WIESNER WAS KICKED OUT OF THIS “OPEN TO THE PUBLIC” MEETING AFTER HE SIMPLY SHARED TO THE ORGANIZER THAT HE WAS AGAINST ALL BULLYING BUT THAT HE THOUGHT THAT THE BULLYING ISSUE IS OFTEN USED TO PROMOTE HOMOSEXUALITY IN THE SCHOOLS.


• Wednesday, Oct. 23: An Evening with young adult author Hannah Harrington at Traverse Area District Library, 7 p.m.

HANNAH HARRINGTON AUTHORS “GAY” BOOKS.  SHE SHARED ON HER FACEBOOK IN ABOUT 2012 THAT SHE WAS 100% HETEROSEXUAL; YET AFTER HER TALK SHE TOLD ME THAT SHE IS NOW BISEXUAL.

• “Express Yourself” Creative Arts Night (for high school students) at The Circuit, 4-8:30 p.m.

THIS WAS PUT ON BY THE SAME MAN THAT KICKED ME OUT OF THE TUESDAY MEETING ABOVE FOR BEING CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROMOTION OF HOMOSEXUALITY IN OUR SCHOOLS.

 


• Thursday, Oct. 24: Casual College Conversation with Anthony Ianni, the Autism Alliance of Michigan’s Anti-Bullying Public Awareness Advocate, at Northwestern Michigan College Fine Arts Building Room 115, 5:30-7 p.m.

THEY HAD ABOUT 30 IN THE AUDIENCE, ABOUT 50:50 ADULTS: NMC STUDENTS.  THEY DID NOT TALK DIRECTLY ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY.

• “No Place for Hate” community discussion at Horizon Books, 7:30 p.m.

THIS DISCUSSION WAS LEAD LAST YEAR BY AN “ANTI DEFAMATION LEAGUE” (ADL) REPRESENTATIVE.  THEY ARE VERY MUCH FOR PROMOTING HOMOSEXUALITY, BUT THE WOMAN FACILLITATOR WAS VERY OPEN TO ALLOWING ME TO FREELY EXPRESS MY OPINION ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE.  SHE THUS SHOWED TRUE TOLERANCE BY STRONGLY DISAGREEING WITH ME, BUT STANDING UP FOR MY RIGHT TO SHARE MY VIEWPOINT.  THERE WERE ABOUT 10 PEOPLE PRESENT.


• On Friday, Oct. 25, the 2013 Anti-Bullying Conference “Cyber-Bullying and the Impacts of Social Media” will be at the Hagerty Center. Keynote speakers include Ianni and Kevin Epling, the national co-director and Michigan representative for Bully Police USA. The conference includes student and adult tracks that allow everyone to stay in the conversation.

THIS ALL DAY FRIDAY EVENT WAS SOLD OUT IN 2012 & 2103.  NMC IS NOW AN “OPEN CAMPUS” [IN 2014] AND THUS – ACCORDING TO OUR ADF LAWYER – ALLOWS CITIZENS TO HAND OUT LITERATURE ON THEIR CAMPUS.  WE WERE KICKED OFF IN 2012 WHEN WE ATTEMPTED TO HAND OUT BROCHURES AT FRIDAY ALL DAY ANTI-BULLYING CONFERENCE.  BUT WE WERE ALLOWED TO HAND OUT BROCHURES AT THE MILLIKEN CENTER DURING THE MICHAEL MOORE TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2014, WITH CAMPUS SECURITY WATCHING AS WE SIMPLY SHARED THE TRUTH IN LOVE, AS WE AT WWW.TRAVERSECITYFAMILY.ORG  (OR TCFAMILY) ALWAYS DO. 

 

KEVIN EPPLING, ONE OF THE 2013 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS, WAS VERY MUCH OPPOSED TO THE ADDITION OF A RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION TO THE STATE OF MICHIGAN’S RECENTLY ADOPTED ANTI-BULLYING LAW.

 

ALSO, THIRD LEVEL CRISIS CENTER, WHICH STRONGLY PROMOTES HOMOSEXUALITY (SEE OUR “TCAPS & FRIENDS PROMOTING HOMOSEXUALITY” ARTICLE ON OUR WEBSITE) HAS A BOOTH EVERY YEAR AT THESE CONFERENCES WHERE HUNDREDS OF AREA STUDENTS ATTEND.

 

Pine hopes more people will come out this year to not only learn about bullying and its effects on the community, but to find out where they can get help.

“People experiencing bullying can feel isolated, but there’s so much support here in our community,” she noted. “Members of the task force aren’t competing with each other; we’re working together for the same goal, to communication and collaborate so we can do a better job.”

The 2nd Annual Anti-Bullying Conference will be Friday, Oct. 25 at the Hagerty Center from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register, go to www.nmc.edu/antibullying. For more information on the event or Anti-Bullying Week, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/371353569658863/, or contact Melissa Claramunt of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights at 231-439-5247.

 

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