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Stop the Hate Unity Rally Comes to Lewisburg

Oct 02, 2014 11:15PM ● Published by Erica Shames

Please join CARE, the CommUnity Zone and Bucknell University at the gazebo in Hufnagle Park, downtown Lewisburg, for a program of spoken word and musical performances by students and staff from Bucknell and the Lewisburg community!  Special guest speaker, Susan Mathias, Chief Executive Officer of Transitions, will speak about Human Trafficking including recent legislation and what Transitions is doing locally concerning the issue.

The rally takes place Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.

Stop the Hate is part of a national effort calling for people of good will to act nonviolently as agents of healing in their communities, to speak up for the victims of hatred and intimidation, and to raise a united voice against hate-inspired violence. The national rallies began the year after the hate crimes and killings of James Byrd and Matthew Shepard in 1998.

At the end of the rally, for those who are interested, we will march to the Campus Theatre to view the film entitled "Bully."

Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The new documentary film BULLY, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families.

BULLY is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy “kids will be kids” clichés, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole.

Parents play a vital role in supporting their kids, promoting upstander rather than bystander behavior, and teaching and modeling empathy in the home.

For more information, please call the CommUnity Zone at 570-238-1818. 

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