[Update:Â I wasn't able to go (solo caregiver all eve; it's audition week in the beloved's theater work life). Â But I did find a comment on the event, on the Alameda Journal Blog, a blog that covers life in Alameda, that discussion on the topic has been extended to next Monday, May 18, at 6:30 pm at Will C. Wood Middle School's Multipurpose Room. Speakers who signed up to speak last night but couldn't will be given first priority. Â
Will C. Wood Middle School is at 420 Grand Street in Alameda (Google map here).Â
This should enable enough time to make arrangements for those of us who have younger kids & need to square away the childcare. I wouldn't expect to speak, as a non-Alamedan. Â But as a life-long resident of Alameda County, and a product of its public schools, K-16, I'd like to support those Alameda residents there lobbying for safe schools and anti-bullying efforts.]
I just got this: please pass the word on to anyone in the East Bay supportive of safe schools.
Our allies in Alameda Unified School District need your support!
This evening, the school board is hearing public comment on their new proposed elementary school curriculum that promotes respect for family diversity and gender non-conforming youth.
The curriculum, featuringÂ GroundSpark’s incredible film,Â That’s A Family!Â has been proposed after 2 years of meetings between elementary school educators, staff, and community members.
While the new bias and bullying prevention lessons have broad community support, recentÂ communications fromÂ conservative organizations are telling us that they plan on showing up in full-forceÂ to this meeting. We know that it only takes one meeting of vocal protesters to threaten this valuable work.
The Alameda school board needs to hear your voice to remind them why LGBT-inclusive education is important to our communities!Â While families still mourn the suicides of 11 year old students due to anti-gay bullying, we need to make sure the same thing does not happen here!
The school board meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30Â p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, at the Alameda City Hall (2263 Santa Clara Avenue at Oak Street), with this issue on the agenda for 8 p.m. Please consider joining the meeting to voice your support for efforts to ensure all of our youth are safe at school! Residents of Alameda and families in the school community are especially encouraged to attend!
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions in the next 24 hours.