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back [01 Nov 2007|02:09pm]

ifgivenachance
So this is the maintainer of this commminty.. I have been very mia.. for like a thousand years... its time to bring this back .. and have every one on here get close together again..

if your still on my community pls.. spread the word again

and if you want myspace is

www.myspace.com/doodledoodledot

ilu
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GenderPac's Leadership Summit! [21 Mar 2007|12:45pm]

greenelas1313
Please join GenderPAC for Bridge the Gap: Gender Rights / Human Rights, the 2007 GenderYOUTH Leadership Summit, is an action-oriented, three-day educational gathering of youth and students working to get gender recognized as a fundamental human right.
Bridge the Gap will feature workshops and events such as the Gender Theory Institute, the 12th Annual National Gender Lobby Day, and a Gender Mini-Film Festival. Join academics and activists in discussions about gender stereotypes, gender and race, the emerging US human rights movements, and the love-hate relationship between feminism and queer theory. Register for the Summit today at www.gpac.org/summit!

May 17 – 19 in Washington, DC
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Your Contribution Can Make a Difference! [14 Dec 2006|01:15am]

being_together
[ mood | thankful ]

I'm posting here because I truly believe that together we can make a difference to the quality of our lives and the world around us!

"No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind" - Napoleon Hill

Our goals, intentions, desires, and dreams can manifest easily and gracefully through the alliance of two or more people joining together in the spirit of clarity, contribution, gratitude, joy and serenity.

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[21 Nov 2005|04:23pm]

midnights_lover
Hello!

Just wondering if I could get a few opinions/suggestions from you folks...

For my final project in English, I'm doing a presentation on homophobia in schools (for both students and teachers) and possible solutions to the problem.

Unfortunately, I can't think of a single thing to say about it. What solutions are there for homophobia in schools, other than stricter punishment for bullying? :S

My teacher is very excited for it, and believes that maybe we could actually make a difference with it (I also have to write a letter to someone influential, that's where the making-a-difference would come in, however doubtful it may be) and I don't want to let her down. Any topics that you think I should be sure to cover?

Any bullying stories of you own you have to share? Any good news stories I should take a look at?

Also, I somehow have to come up with an interactive activity... I have no idea. My original topic was the gay marriage controversy, and I was going to gay-marry people. It would have been amusing to see the students avoid my booth like the plague. Hehe. But anywho, now that I've narrowed it down to homophobia within schools, I can't think of anything more interesting than a survey -_-;;

If you have ANYTHING at all to say on the subject, I would love you for ever and ever and ever and ever and EVER if you commented or e-mailed me ^___^ My e-mail is saffrons_curse@hotmail.com.

x-posted EVERYWHERE ;_;
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this sucks dude [18 Apr 2005|12:12pm]

mrs_mojo_risin
i don't know if anyone was participating in the day of silence last wednesday and no one posted this article so i thought i might share it- it's not the happiest article in the world, but yea, just read it:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/EDUCATION/04/13/dueling.days.ap/index.html


Conservatives counter 'Day of Silence'


'Day of Truth' supporters believe homosexuality is wrong

Wednesday, April 13, 2005 Posted: 12:49 PM EDT (1649 GMT)

*NEW YORK (AP) -- Irked by the success of the nationwide Day of Silence, which seeks to combat anti-gay bias in schools, conservative activists are launching a counter-event this week called the Day of Truth aimed at mobilizing students who believe homosexuality is sinful.*

Participating students are being offered T-shirts with the slogan "The Truth Cannot be Silenced" and cards to pass out to classmates Thursday -- the day following the Day of Silence -- declaring their unwillingness to condone "detrimental personal and social behavior."

The driving force behind the Day of Truth is the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group that has opposed same-sex marriage and challenged restrictions on religious expression in public schools. The event is endorsed by several influential conservative organizations, including the Christian ministry Focus on the Family and the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

Mike Johnson, an Alliance Defense Fund attorney from Shreveport, Louisiana, said organizers were unsure how many students would participate in the Day of Truth, but expressed hope it would grow in coming years as more people learned about it.

Johnson said the event is meant to be "peaceful and respectful," but made clear it is motivated by belief that homosexuality is wrong. "You can call it sinful or destructive -- ultimately it's both," he said.

The event is designed as a riposte to the Day of Silence, which began on a small scale in 1996 and is now observed by tens of thousands of students annually at hundreds of schools and colleges across the country.

Most Day of Silence participants go through the school day without speaking -- a tactic for drawing attention to the isolation and harassment experienced by many gay students.

Since 2001, Day of Silence observances have been coordinated by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a New York-based organization that also has worked to support gay-straight alliances at high schools across the country.

Kevin Jennings, GLSEN's executive director, said he doubted the Day of Truth would gain a following and stature of any significance.

"The Day of Silence was an event conceived of by students themselves in response to a very real problem of bullying and harassment they saw on their campuses," Jennings said. "The Day of Truth is a publicity stunt cooked up by a conservative organization with a political agenda; it's an effort by adults to manipulate some kids."

Underlying the dueling events is a fundamental disagreement over the rationale for the Day of Silence. GLSEN and its allies say the silent protest is specifically targeting harassment of gay students, while the Alliance Defense Fund and other conservatives say GLSEN's agenda is to broaden national acceptance of homosexuality.

"No one is for bullying and harassment," Johnson said. "But that's cloaking their real message -- that homosexuality is good for society."

Echoing the stance taken by defense fund lawyers in several court cases, Johnson said teachers and students critical of homosexuality have been pressured to stifle their views while at school. They cite the case of a San Diego-area high school student, Chase Harper, who was disciplined last year for refusing to change out of a T-shirt that read, "Homosexuality is Shameful."

"We wouldn't have come up with the Day of Truth if Christian kids hadn't been silenced in the first place," Johnson said. "The public school is part of the free market of ideas -- if the other side is going to advance their point of view, it's only fair for the Christian perspective to present their view, too."

The Alliance Defense Fund is anticipating that some students who try to participate in the Day of Truth may be admonished by school staff. Its resource kit includes a hot-line number, with attorneys on call to provide legal advice about free-speech rights on school grounds.

Jennings said GLSEN had no ambitions to keep schools free of all criticism of homosexuality.

"There always should be a place in our schools for respectful differences of opinion -- we don't expect everyone to agree, or even to like each other," he said.

But he questioned whether the Alliance Defense Fund and its allies were committed to constructive dialogue.

"I don't think they believe in pluralism," he said. "They feel they have the truth and everybody else should buy into it."

According to GLSEN, 84 percent of gay and lesbian high school students experiences verbal harassment on a regular basis at school, and 40 percent experience physical harassment.


cross-posted in gay_marriage and lgbt_college
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[17 Apr 2005|06:38pm]

sleeepy3641
Hi my name is Lesley, im 16 and from Ohio. I am straight but have many friends who are bi or gay. my dream is that someday everyone in this world can be equal and i hope it will come true someday even im not alive to see it come true. i joined this community because it made me happy to feel like i am not alone in this goal. i live in a place where people are accepted for who they are (for the most part) and i feel very fortunate to have grown up that way but i know that not everywhere in this country is like that and i hope that eventually every place will be like that.

a little bit about me: i love dave matthews band, moe., phish (bands like that), music, and friends. i hate george bush.
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Another Newbie. [03 Jan 2005|10:35pm]

yukizilla
[ mood | exhausted ]

Hey There. My name is Sarah, I'm 17, Lesbian, and very much in love with my current girlfriend. I've joined this community, well, because I'm sick of seeing all the hate in this world. I live in Kansas, where practically nobody accepts you for who you are, unless you're one of those people who believe that anything that they don't understand just has to be a sin. I want to make the world a better place for everybody to live in, nobody should have to live in fear because of who they are or for what their views are. I believe that everyone serves a purpose in life, and that everything happens for a reason. Peace is possible.

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[09 Dec 2004|03:04pm]

midnights_lover
[ mood | hopeful ]

http://sympaticomsn.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1102592743862_17?hub=topstories

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[12 Oct 2004|09:32pm]

silverspring
[ mood | tired ]

it's hard to believe that Matthew Shepard was killed 6 years ago today. It's strange to me how these things change my life, even if i had never met him.

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[12 Oct 2004|12:31pm]

jackoffjillgrrl

THE ULTIMATE SILENCE
October 12, 1998




Six years ago today, Matthew Shepard was murdered for being homosexual.

What will you do to end the silence?

Click here to post this on your own page or weblog
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long time no write [11 Oct 2004|09:06am]

biaprplchckn421
[ mood | creative ]

SO it has indeed been a while since I last wrote..but i just wanted to say that for all who do not know, today is national coming out day!! We have a petition here at school to boycott a local radio station for playing Beenie MAn songs where he talks about killing queers and hanging lesbians. I myself have not heard these songs but i can already tell that they are causing at HUGE thing. I do recall this summer that a concert of his was canceled in Florida because so many people boycotted it for the same reason we are today....just goes to show you what some determined voces can accomplish

Love, peace, and sooooooul
~Tiphy

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[28 Sep 2004|04:15am]

gangstagrrlxemi
__takeaction
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[20 Sep 2004|12:10am]

happy_positive
[ mood | peaceful ]

Hi everybody,
Just joined the community, liked the idea. I'm 100% pacifist and what I really can't stand is aggression and violence.
Hating crowd is one of the ugliest thing on the planet - and it's stupid after all!
It makes me surprised when young guys say love is boring and hate is much more interesting - I'm sure they just don't know what hate is, I mean real hate.
What can I do to stop it? Not too much if I'm alone... But I'm growing my son up without any toy guns - and he's not unhappy about that. Not at all.

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[15 Sep 2004|04:37pm]

theratmanknows

a friend and i are trying to plan some sort of anti-bush block party, tentatively scheduled for october 30. it would be in harvard square, and we'd have buttons and fliers and music [and a lot of playings of bombs over baghdad because i just love that song] and probably other stuff that we're trying to plan. so

>>>if you're in that area and free that saturday, you should totally come by and chill and enjoy our awesome funkdown.
>>>if you have any ideas as to how to make it fun and exciting [other than me dancing around in a tutu and John Kerry earrings] and get people interested, you should let me know, because if it sucks, it will just reflect badly on liberals, and i'd be really sad if we were the reason bush got re-elected.

word.

x-posted to __takeaction and indie_jews

NO! I LIED! It'll probably be in Copley, not Harvard Square. word.
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[09 Sep 2004|06:33pm]

seaoftears
well, can ya?
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im new [09 Sep 2004|12:18pm]
_so_unsure
fuck war and fuck bushCollapse )
 
 
 
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hello [05 Sep 2004|01:34pm]

ifgivenachance
this is your maintainer and mod


I have been away for awhile and I am glad that our community is still growing and ppl are still joining





liveloverock


I jsut want every one to be strong and stand tall..
it only takes one to change the world!
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[04 Sep 2004|06:59pm]

cicitron
hello. my name is cici and I found this community when i looked through interests of anti-war and it caught my eye immediatly. I have never understood why there is so much hate but I would like to understand where it stems from and why it even exists. Thank you.

no hate, just ♥
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well, i thought it was cute, at any rate. [18 Aug 2004|10:53pm]

agent_teacup
[ mood | amused ]

Cigarette [free bad tids.] says:
i'm glad to hear that. it means we can invite him to the picnics, and not worry about him smiting anybody.

bri~ I LOVE LAMP<>48 ~~ my god doesnt discriminate says:
haha def.

(for the record, i'm the one who typed the first bit, and my friend bri is one awesome gal, lemmee tell you.)

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Fighting for Humanity [14 Aug 2004|03:23am]

myrandomness
[ mood | determined ]

This is my first post to this community but I just wanted to tell everyone about an organization/website I am starting up that is geared towards helping humanity. The organization is called Fighting for Humanity and can be found at www.FightingforHumanity.org.

I started Fighting for Humanity because I believe that human kind can do better. We are living in a world where people are dying every day. People are dying of mistreatment, of hunger, of war and of disease, but these deaths are preventable. Millions of people around the world are living in atrocious conditions, without a stable roof over their heads, without proper medical attention, under oppressive and corrupt governments, and even without food and water. We, however, are just sitting idly by, watching and letting these people live in horrible conditions and die needless deaths. It is our duty, not as members of some political party or of a religion or even of a country, but as human beings to do something about this ignorance and lack of compassion that is plaguing our planet Earth.

We are here at Fighting for Humanity to try and rectify this situation. We hope to provide people with the information and resources they need to make a difference and give them the greatest power of all: knowledge. We are hoping to provide our visitors with the latest information on the plights and hardships people are facing all over the world, from Cleveland, Ohio to Bangladesh, India. We also want to provide visitors with links and information on resources to help them make a difference.

Before we can really get going, however, we need to bring some traffic into our site to recruit volunteers and get the word out. So please visit our site, tell your friends about it, post our banner on your site, sign our pledge, and, if you feel so inclined, volunteer. We are in the need of an experienced web programmer and graphic designer along with people to research and compile information, help with public relations or anything else they might be interested in. If you have any ideas or questions feel free to contact us at Brian@FightingforHumanity.org and remember: working together we can make a difference.




Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have - Margaret Mead
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