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Happy 4th, Sail with fair winds

Fireworks & the Friendship, Salem MA

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.

Friendship, July 4th 2006 Fireworks

Towards a program to stop bullying and mobbing Part 1

Intervention experts provide essential guidance

How can we stop bullying of elderly and/or disabled persons living in subsidized housing? I see the work of Duffy and Sperry {1} as a guide and springboard for developing solutions for a broad range of institutions, including subsidized housing for elderly and disabled. The findings and conclusions presented by Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry in their book on mobbing (an extreme form of social bullying) are essential reading for anyone seeking to understand, prevent, and remedy bullying. They analyze mobbing in schools and the workplace in a systemic way, examining the individual, the group, and the institutional context.

Yeats on age

An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress... —W.B.Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium

Explaining the bill to stop bullying (S604)

Talking points to support S604, a bill to stop bullying

THE PURPOSES OF S604 are to protect elderly and/or disabled citizens living in subsidized housing from bullying; to hold landlords and management responsible and accountable for having evidence-based policies on bullying; and for the Commonwealth to support ongoing research and demonstration programs and to distribute guidelines that protect disabled and senior residents from bullying.

Help advocate for legislation to gain rights for disabled and elderly

Your voice can make a difference, work together with us

Bullying in subsidized housing affects all residents, including people living with a disability as well as people living with age. The Stop Bullying Coalition is proud and lucky to be working with The Cross Disability Advocacy Coalition and with Jonathan Gale, coordinator of the CDAC. Please join with us and advocate for change now.

We went to Beacon Hill to help save our homes

Help save our homes

As bad as bullying is, being homeless is far worse. Much of the housing stock for subsidized housing in the nation, including here in the Bay State, is now vulnerable to conversion to private, market rate use, thus threatening to displace elderly and disabled persons, and low income families. Please help advocate to save our homes, tell Beacon Hill to act now.

New ideas to stop bullying

Our group, the Stop Bullying Coalition, has great people with resources and ideas. Here are the ideas and experiences reported by two women who have chosen different responses to bullying. Eileen presents an analysis of bullying across the life cycle; Marian tells how her gift of music protects her. Thank you for sharing!

Help create strategies to stop bullying

The Stop Bullying Coalition started as an effort to gather support for a new legal framework to protect people living with age and/or disability. Many people are not even aware of the terrible impact of bullying in these groups.We have few resources, we are few but not yet connected to a broad constituency, so how can we win? I am reaching out to all of you to seek your ideas and collaboration. And I have been looking for examples of how leadership, organization, and strategy have achieved success. Others have gone from weakness to strength and to victory.

A new Raw Deal for the needy

The federal sequester is a cruel weapon: a raw deal that is part of an effort to undo the heritage of the New Deal and the safety net. It is striking home and eliminating programs that are essential to the needs and rights of the elderly, the poor, children, and the disabled. Today I learned about the end of an excellent advocacy program for the disabled.

Reporter spotlights bullying in Attleboro, MA.

The front page story, by Rick Foster, is headlined: Bullying at any age: Experts say aggression by seniors against other seniors is a growing problem—and it's being felt in Attleboro Foster details specific instances of bullying in Attleboro senior housing.

Refugees from bullying enjoy their freedom

How three women escaped

Not from kidnap and rape, but from bullying which is bad enough. Bullies target differences and vulnerability. Three women living with disability in HUD-subsidized housing were bullied—Margaret, in Massachusetts; Christie, in Washington; and Jennifer in Wisconsin. Margaret got evicted and lives in a shelter, Christie managed to buy a home, and Jennifer found a well-managed residence. Their lives are transformed, they feel good again, and they experience hope and peace—even living in a shelter is better than being bullied.

Margaret leads the protest despite being bullied, evicted, and made homeless

Shocking story of injustice—elders and disabled are treated cruelly.

Bullied, evicted, and homeless---Margaret is fighting to stop bullying

Join Margaret in the fight to bring justice to subsidized housing

Fight the threat to Israeli home of Canaan dog, rare ancient breed

Special from Myrna Shiboleth, Shaar Hagai, Israel

"No more hurting people"

No more hurting people. By terrorism. Or by small acts of abuse and harassment, of hatred, by lower-case "terror." Or hunger. Or sending them to live in the street. Or denying them essential services. Or by turning away from pain and suffering.

We failed to stop them bullying Margaret, the bell tolls for us

We failed to stop bullying, and now the target, Margaret, is homeless.

Can we still feel the pain and joy of caring?

As a result of advocating for the rights of people living with age or disability, I am hearing painful stories of injustice.

Justice and hope

If we create the right kind of personal identity, we can say things to the world around us that they don’t yet believe, and get them to do things that they don’t think they can do.---Bryan Stevenson, founder Equal Justice Initiative, speaking at TED

Tell Beacon Hill lawmakers to stop bullying, support S604

How to contact your lawmakers on Beacon Hill in support of S604, A bill to protect citizens from bullying

Organizing for social justice and to stop bullying

Supporters of the Stop Bullying Coalition held a first grassroots strategy meeting to support passage of a bill in the Massachusetts legislature, S604, A bill to protect citizens from bullying.

You can help stop bullying in less than 10 minutes.

How to make calls to support S604

3 minutes: Find the contact information for your state representative and senator.
enter your zip code

Make a call to each representative. 3 minutes each.

Hi, I'm (my name) and I live in the (Representative's/Senator's) District. I support legislation to stop bullying that takes place in subsidized housing for the elderly and disabled. I want to talk with the (Representative/Senator) and ask him/her to support S604, A bill to protect citizens from bullying. My phone is XXX and I live at ADDRESS and my email is me@emailaddress.

Children watch less violence, more empathy, are less aggressive

I was interested in research that what preschoolers watch, and how their parents guide them, can lead to less violence and better social skills. As a grandparent and writer, I believe that our children are formed by how we relate to them, including reading with them.

Stop Bullying Petition and Bill assigned to Joint Committee on Housing

Great progress! Our petition and proposed bill has moved to the Joint Committee on Housing. We will need support from all concerned citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to move this through the legislative process. Write to us to share your experiences, write to your elected state representatives, and let us know if you are prepared to testify in support of the bill.

Canaan dog does well at Westminster dog show

Those of us who know any Canaan, like Canaan dog Keren, already love and treasure the special nature of the Canaan---a mixture of affection, independence, and the untamed wilderness. But even many people who love dogs, don't appreciate this ancient Israeli breed. Owners and breeders of the Canaan feel like Cinderellas, hoping someday that our breed will get the recognition and respect that it deserves.

Found: uncomfirmed fragment of draft of Obama's State of the Union

This handwritten document seems to be part of the working draft for the State of the Union but we were unable to confirm the source or authenticity. It is in short phrases and bullet points but seems to propose a radical program.



A birthday tribute to my two wonderful children, Elana and Ari. And to Canaan Dog Keren, who has been with me for nearly all of her 10 solar years. And in celebration of Tu B'Shvaat, the New Year/Birthday of the Trees.

You shall leave in joy and be led home secure. Before you, mount and hill shall shout aloud, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Can mediation help to stop bullying?

Workplace bullying is similar to bullying that takes place in subsidized housing developments. Mediation is not appropriate in either situation.

President Obama, I hope you mean this and will act on climate change now.

We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise.

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