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No Name-Calling Week

January 21st, 2008 (12:02 pm)

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Half-Life by Duncan Sheik

Welcome to No Name-Calling Week.

Inspired by James Howe's novel THE MISFITS, No Name-Calling Week is "an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities."

Read These and Speak Up

I recommend the following stories about kids and teens who survived abuse or bullying and learned the importance of speaking up.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Leap of Faith by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (for older teens)
The Misfits by James Howe
- Sequel: Totally Joe

For additional titles, please reference my Tough Issues for Teens booklist.

The Startling Facts About Violence and Abuse Among Teens from Safe Horizon:

1 in 3 High school students who say they have been in a physical fight in the past year.
1 in 8 High school students who required medical attention for injuries from fights.
160,000 Children who miss school each day because of fear of being bullied.
1 in 12 Students in grades 6 to 10 who say they are bullied once a week or more.
1 in 3 Teenagers who report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked, or physically hurt by their partner.
1 in 2 Teens in serious relationships who say they have compromised their beliefs to please their partner.
44 Percentage of rape victims under 18.
48 Hours a typical teen has been on the streets before being approached to sell drugs or their bodies.

No Name-Calling Week Resources and Downloads:

Coalition Contacts:
Ashon T. Crawley

General Information

Contact (Media Inquiries Only):
Daryl Presgraves
Media Relations


Posted by: jenny han (jennyhan)
Posted at: January 21st, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)

I saw Spring Awakening this weekend! And it was amaaazing! That boy Jonathan is HOT. Are you still in the show? And what part did you play??

"touch me..." I can't get that song out of my head!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 21st, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)

:) Our Spring was last fall.

Picture all of the girls - take out the adult woman who plays all of the parents/teachers/etc - take out Wendla - now combine all of the other girls into one, and voila! That was my Martha. (In other words, what Martha already was, plus the other roles, like Ilse talking to Moritz before he commits suicide.)

Posted by: jenny han (jennyhan)
Posted at: January 21st, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)

um, WHOA!!! did you post up pics on your blog? I feel like I remembered seeing some a long time ago but I had no frame of reference then. And was your Melchyor as hot as NYC's??

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 21st, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)

I did post them, then took them down after the show was over because I get very worried about having personal stuff up on the net. I'll email you the link to the pictures . . .

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Re: No name calling week

I hope classrooms and libraries are holding events and reading books that will get their students and staff thinking.

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