Have you ever been bullied for being gay -- and then suspended for standing up for yourself? LGBTQ youth, youth of color, immigrant youth, and youth with disabilities are more likely to face harsh discipline and hostile climates -- and get pushed out of school.
But your GSA can take action to stop it! September 28 - October 5, 2013 marks the 4th annual National Week of Action on School Pushout . Organized by the Dignity in Schools Campaign , the week is an opportunity for students across the country to demand that communities invest in solutions, not suspensions.
We have a whole page of events and actions your GSA can do for the National Week of Action , but the easiest way to participate is by creating a meme for October 1st, the day focused on LGBTQ youthh! Take a picture with your GSA and share the message by following the instructions below:
1. Write this message on a sign, chalkboard, or white board: [NAME OF YOUR GSA/GROUP] pushes back against [ISSUE IN YOUR COMMUNITY]. Examples of issues you can address:
- School Pushout
- Zero Tolerance
- the #School2Prison Pipeline
- Cops in Schools
- Transphobic Policies
- Unfair Dress Codes
- Willful Defiance
If you don't want to name your GSA, or you're creating the meme on your own, write out the message: #GSAs4Justice push back against #SchoolPushout!
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Write what your GSA is "for!" Some ideas:
- [YOUR GSA] 4 Restorative Justice
- [YOUR GSA] 4 Counselors, Not Cops
- [YOUR GSA] 4 Solutions, Not Suspensions
- [YOUR GSA] 4 Justice
2. Pose with the message and take a picture!
3. Upload your picture on Tuesday, October 1st to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr with the hashtags #GSAs4Justice and #SchoolPushout. If you have trouble uploading the picture, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Here are some samples that GSA leaders have already created:
We hope you join the #GSAs4Justice across the country that are participating in the National Week of Action on School Pushout!