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!