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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

stopbullyinginfo.org

StopBullyingInfo.org is today's resource.

The conversation is going global. Bullying, of any child (of any person) must stop.
There is a more civil manner in which to communicate yourself and your feelings:
find it.

A new friend "skyped" me from London. She had just seen the youtube video of CouncilPerson,
Joel Burns, from Ft. Worth, TX giving his heart felt call to stop bullying in schools. In London! Please please do not suggest that one person cannot make a difference..."Leadership BEGINS in a room with ONE person and a vision." (yep, I said that a long time ago.) I've been treated to some bits of bullying myself about my S.T.A.N.D. And in writing I responded this way,

Artists have been known, for centuries, to draw attention to difficult, important, sensitive and controversial issues. My STAND in regard to bullying is to draw attention that each person, regardless of their age, opinion, inclination or whatever category they "fall in" is responsible for their actions, choices and exchanges. "Start Today A New Direction" has drawn attention to the issue of bullying. Bullying, period. Of children. Of adults. Of readers of a newspaper. Of clerks behind a counter. Putting an end to bullying as an acceptable practice begins by deepened conversation, greater awareness and by each person being a little kinder than they might be inclined. Every body makes statements in different ways, every day. How we dress. What kind of car we choose. If we walk, ride a bike, take a bus or drive a car...are statements representing our values. I've made a statement...and I am grateful that it is generating conversation. Civil conversation is a great place for greater understanding to begin. CIVIL conversation.

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