Tell your Councilmember to make safe schools a priority and that students in the District of Columbia can no longer wait to have inclusive safe schools free from bullying and harassment.
Use the template below to send your Councilmember an email and urge them to move the Bullying and Intimidation Act of 2011 for mark up as soon as possible. Find a complete list of Couniclmember email addresses and information below.
Kwame R. Brown – Chairman
Tel: (202) 724-8032
Fax: (202) 724-8085
David A. Catania – Councilmember (At-Large)
Tel: (202) 724-7772
Fax: (202) 724-8087
Phil Mendelson- Councilmember (At-Large)
Tel: (202) 724-8064
Fax: (202) 724-8099
Michael A. Brown – Councilmember (At-Large)
Tel: (202) 724-8105
Fax: (202) 724-8071
Vincent Orange – Councilmember (At-Large)
Tel: (202) 724-8174
Fax: (202) 724-8210
Jim Graham – Councilmember (Ward 1)
Tel: (202) 724-8181
Fax: (202) 724-8109
Jack Evans – Councilmember (Ward 2)
Tel: (202) 724-8058
Fax: (202) 727-8023
Mary M. Cheh – Councilmember (Ward 3)
Tel: (202) 724-8062
Fax: (202) 724-8118
Muriel Bowser – Councilmember – (Ward 4)
Tel: (202) 724-8052
Fax: (202) 741-0908
Harry Thomas, Jr. – Councilmember (Ward 5)
Tel: (202) 724-8028
Fax: (202) 724-8076
Tommy Wells – Councilmember (Ward 6)
Tel: (202) 724-8072
Fax: (202) 724-8054
Yvette M. Alexander – Councilmember (Ward 7)
Tel: (202) 724-8068
Fax: (202) 741-0911
Marion Barry – Councilmember
(Ward 8 )
Tel: (202) 724-8045
Fax: (202) 724-8055
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C
Dear Councilmember: ________________________:
All youth in the District of Columbia deserve inclusive safe schools to learn and grow. The Bullying and Intimidation Prevention Act of 2011 (B19-11) is a critical anti-bullying measure which will protect students by requiring DC Public Schools and other District agencies that work with youth to pass comprehensive anti-bullying policies.
Nationwide, almost 40% of students and 50% of teachers report that bullying is a serious issue in their schools. Yet almost 60% of students say they never report incidents of bullying, often because they don’t believe that anyone will do anything about it. Students should be subjected to bullying or harassment, whether based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or any other distinguishing characteristics.
Students across the District suffer every day from bullying, and we pay for their anguish through increased violence in schools, suicides, mental health issues, and disciplinary measures that disrupt classrooms, and sometimes directly through settlements and judgments paid by school districts to the families of tormented students.
Addressing bullying and harassment in our schools must be a priority—achieving real change in our schools will require strong policies and meaningful implementation by the entire community. Our students deserve safe schools. The Bullying and Intimidation Prevention Act will ensure that all District students learn in a safe and supportive environment.
I urge you to move (B19-11) to markup immediately to ensure that every student has a safe place to learn.
Thank you for your continued commitment in making safe schools a priority.