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Sara Ramirez: Writing and Wearing Purple on Spirit Day, October 19

Discussion by: CWP ISAW on Fri, 2011-10-21 12:26 with 0 comments
Sara Ramirez wearing purple for Spirit Day.

For Spirit Day, 2011 Sara wrote:

I really admire the person who stands up and says, "This is who I am. I was born this way." If only this world embraced our differences as much as it embraces the things we have in common. So to those who face intolerance and fear, to those who stand in the face of projected self-loathing and choose to love themselves anyway, I say keep calm and carry on. I admire you, I appreciate you, I love you. Keep calm and carry on.

With Love,

For more information about Spirit Day, October 19, 2012: http://www.glaad.org/spiritday

Spirit Day, October 19, Honors Victims of Bullying We Have Lost to Suicide: In California, one young man we remember is Seth Walsh.

Discussion by: CWP ISAW on Thu, 2011-10-20 09:41 with 0 comments

“Wendy Walsh walked outside her house in Tehachapi, Calif., last year to find her son Seth hanging from a plum tree. The attempted suicide, which led to his death days later, occurred after the 13-year-old had urged his mother to pick him up from the park because other kids were bullying him. The harassment wasn't a one time event; children at school had made fun of him for years because he was gay.” (Time, 2011)

All three Year 2 Anthologies— read them here!

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 23:01 with 17 comments
I Write the Future Anthology

To read the writing that the I Write the Future team members contributed to all three 2011-2012 anthologies, click on the following PDFs to open each of them and print them out: When Intolerance Turns on Self; Intolerance Does Not Define or Deter Me; or Anti-Bullying Steps: Awareness to Understanding to Empathy to Action.

Writings from the 2010-2011 I Write the Future Team

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:57 with 0 comments

The writers of the poems and essays in Chapter 5 of the I Write the Future anthology pose several ways that they can write the future and make change: defining your identity rather than giving in to peer pressure, problem-solving with the help of parents and trusted advisors, responding to intolerance with creativity and purpose, and going public with your story of growth and change.

Cameron Nye, “Be Yourself”
Christine Loader, “Why Don’t Teenagers Just Be Themselves?”
Alejandro Ocampo, “Why Don’t Kids Talk to Their Parents About Their Problems?”

Writing Poetry to Make Change: Poetry of Resilience

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:56 with 0 comments

Poetry of Resilience is a documentary film by Academy Award-nominated director Katja Esson about six international poets who individually survived Hiroshima, the Holocaust, China’s Cultural Revolution, the Kurdish Genocide in Iraq, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Iranian Revolution.

These six artists present us with a close-up perspective of the 'wide shot' of political violence. Each story is powerful, but the film’s strength comes from its collective voice: different political conflicts, cultures, genders, ages, races – one shared human narrative.

Call to Write: Writing Poetry to Remember and Make Change, Teresa Chuc Dowell

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:54 with 0 comments

Read Teresa’s invitation to you to write your own poetry to remember and make change by downloading the Call to Write, the first PDF above.

Read more of her poetry that has been published in two online collections (download PDFs above):
Volume XXII: Cartesian Product in Silkworms, Inc
Danaus Plexippus Plexippus

Do Something! Make a plan! Write it up! Make it happen! Write a proposal to get your plan funded!

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:45 with 0 comments

Did you know there is an organization designed to help students your age make change? DoSomething.org is that organization. Its motto is “POWERING OFFLINE ACTION. Using the power of online to get teens to do good stuff offline.”

Link here to find out more about what teens are doing to make change— (http://www.dosomething.org/).

Published Writing from the I Write the Future Teams Year 1 and 2

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:41 with 0 comments

Members of the I Write the Future Team inspired all of us to think more deeply about these issues last year. Read the following pieces from Chapter 2, Intolerance Does NOT Define or Deter Me, and Chapter 3, Grappling with and Changing a Cultural Taboo, in the 2010-2011 I Write the Future anthology. Be sure to read their writers’ statements, too.

Kristian Rodriguez, “Overcoming the Burden of Myself”
Anarosa Esquivel, “Abate the Fear of Abnormality”
Anonymous, “I Have Two Dads: A Vignette”
Jemeka Henry, “Running While Black”
Jonathan Farias, “They’re All the Same”

Call To Write: Sara Ramirez, “You are love, you are light, and you are good enough just the way you are!”

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:39 with 0 comments

Those of you who participated in Year 1 will recognize Sara's impassioned Call to Write. We sent Sara's "Call" out to teachers and schools across the state during Ally Week last year. Surveys showed us that over 78,000 students wrote in response to her words that week, and many of you shared with us how Sara's reminder, "...you are love, you are light, you are good enough just the way you are," moved you to write about experienced and observed intolerances of all kinds.

Rugby Superstar Ben Cohen Takes a Stand: Joins HRC’s Hudson Taylor, Wrestling Champion, to Fight Homophobia in Sports

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:38 with 0 comments


Read how ally and gay athletes are working to “combat homophobia in sports” by starting foundations and advocacy organizations.

Download PDF above.

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