Monday, April 11, 2011

National Day of Silence

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The National Day of Silence is almost here! It’s time to pump up the excitement and to make sure everyone is prepared!
  • Spread the word: You've may have worked for weeks to get the word out about the Day of Silence, so keep it going! Make sure students, teachers and administrators in your school know that the Day of Silence is happening and what to expect from participants. Notifying people early is the key to a successful and effective Day of Silence!
  • Be visible: Red is the official DOS color, so if everyone participating wears red you'll be sure to stand out. And don’t forget t-shirts, buttons, stickers, face-paint—these are all ways you can help draw attention to your action.
  • Be respectful: The Day of Silence is about ending anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in school. To do this, it's important to treat people with respect. There are likely people at your school who will try to challenge your silence, your activities or your beliefs. Treat these people not as they treat you but with the same respect you hope to be treated with. Remember, the Day of Silence is a peaceful demonstration!
  • Know your rights: Remember, you DO have the right to remain silent between classes and before/after school. You do NOT have the right to ignore your teachers' requests during instructional time. If a teacher asks for you to speak during class, do it! Please don’t put your education at risk. Review this document, which outlines some of your rights during the Day of Silence. (Lambda Legal PDF Download)
If you have any questions or ideas, or if you want to tell the organizers what you’re planning for your Day of Silence please email them at info@dayofsilence.org.

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2 comments:

BosGuy said...

Thx for the heads up.

JoeBlow said...

You are welcome, BosGuy. I silenced (not posting on that day) my blog last year for the National Day of Silence, and I plan on doing it again this year. I hope you will join in. Last year, I simply posted a message just before midnight the day before stating that the blog would be silent the next day in observance of the National Day of Silence.