People For the American Way
A new message from your friends at People For the American Way.

Dear PFAW Activist,

Tomorrow, January 25, marks GSA Day 2012.

Gay-Straight Alliances have been forming in schools and colleges across America, bringing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight allied people together to stop bullying, homophobia, transphobia and hate. Now, it’s time to celebrate their work!

Please do your part by calling your senators now and asking them to support and cosponsor S. 555, the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA).

More than one third of the Senate already supports the Student Non-Discrimination Act. You can check for your Senators on the list here and if one or both of your senators are on it, please make that call a “thank you” call.

Below are some quick talking points (more detailed talking points here) you can use in your call and to help promote awareness about the bill. And be sure to watch this important video announcement from its chief sponsor, Sen. Al Franken.

  • Celebrate Gay-Straight Alliance Day by supporting and cosponsoring the Student Non-Discrimination Act.

  • Bullying and harassment are forms of discrimination, but federal civil rights statutes leave LGBT students, and those who are perceived to be LGBT, unprotected.

  • Bullying and harassment in schools is a pervasive national problem.

  • Both Americans overall and education professionals in particular recognize the problem and support congressional action.

  • When students lose their sense of safety, they lose their access to quality education.

  • As Congress works to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it should address the bullying and harassment problem.
    This isn’t just a question of education. It’s a matter of life and death.

Please call your senators now:

You can let us know how your call went with our online call report form.

Thank you for taking a strong stand to help ALL students have access to quality education free from victimization.


Jen Herrick, Senior Policy Analyst

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