Thursday, April 14, 2011

Break the Silence rally this Friday

Last night, we talked to Kassandra from the LGBT Campus Center at UW-Madison about Break the Silence, an event that will take place this Friday across Wisconsin. Here are more details:
On April 15, 2011 individuals from across Wisconsin will join to make a statewide commitment to put an end to LGBT bullying, homophobia and harassment. It is time that we take action and send a clear message that bullying and violence will not be tolerated in our schools. Because of this, we will gather at our state capitol, united, as students, faculty, staff, family, friends and community members, to collectively, on the National Day of Silence, take a stand to Break the Silence.

There has been a lot going on at our capitol and in our state, and while much energy has been devoted to addressing these current and important issues, we can't lose sight of the concerns that our communities continue to face. Bullying, and its broader impact, affects us all in different ways. This is not just something that negatively impacts LGBT communities; it also influences those who are perceived to be LGBT and those who are marginalized for multiple intersecting identities.

Break the Silence, Wisconsin is the first ever statewide gathering in conjunction with the National Day of Silence. Fair Wisconsin; Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools (GSAFE), and the University of Wisconsin System schools are all organizing to bring our communities together to participate in this monumental event. Buses will provide transportation for both students and community members from each of the UW System Schools.

Join us!

4PM Library Mall, 800 Langdon St. (across the street from Memorial Union), Madison WI (Meet in Silence)

5PM Rally on the capitol to Break the Silence.

Take a Stand. Be the Change. Stop the Silence.

http://lgbt.wisc.edu/stopthesilence/dayofsilence/

Break the Silence, Wisconsin on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/BTSWlgbt

Questions? Interested in joining a bus to Madison? Contact stopthesilencelgbtq@gmail.com.

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