TAKE ACTION!

5 Oct

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

Suite: 504

Tel:  (202) 724-8032

Fax: (202) 724-8085
David A. Catania – Councilmember (At-Large)
Suite: 404

Tel:   (202) 724-7772

Fax: (202) 724-8087
Phil Mendelson- Councilmember (At-Large)
Suite: 402

Tel:  (202) 724-8064

Fax: (202) 724-8099
Michael A. Brown – Councilmember (At-Large)
Suite: 406

Tel:  (202) 724-8105

Fax: (202) 724-8071
Vincent Orange – Councilmember (At-Large)
Suite: 410
Tel: (202) 724-8174
Fax: (202) 724-8210
Jim Graham – Councilmember (Ward 1)
Suite: 105

Tel:    (202) 724-8181

Fax: (202) 724-8109
Jack Evans – Councilmember (Ward 2)
Suite: 106

Tel:    (202) 724-8058

Fax: (202) 727-8023
Mary M. Cheh – Councilmember (Ward 3)
Suite: 108

Tel:    (202) 724-8062

Fax: (202) 724-8118
Muriel Bowser – Councilmember – (Ward 4)
Suite: 110

Tel:    (202) 724-8052

Fax: (202) 741-0908
Harry Thomas, Jr. – Councilmember (Ward 5)
Suite: 107

Tel:    (202) 724-8028

Fax: (202) 724-8076
Tommy Wells – Councilmember (Ward 6)
Suite: 408

Tel:    (202) 724-8072

Fax: (202) 724-8054
Yvette M. Alexander – Councilmember (Ward 7)
Suite: 400

Tel:    (202) 724-8068

Fax: (202) 741-0911
Marion Barry – Councilmember
(Ward 8 )
Suite: 102

Tel: (202) 724-8045

Fax: (202) 724-8055

Sample Letter: 

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.

Sincerely,

___________________________

Address: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­__________________________________________________

Email: ____________________________________________________

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