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  • by skaw
  • posted May 18, 2006
  • 28 Comments

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tesco

I'm totally dominating the blog forum right now

exohexover

...i have no idea about this so called silence. i didn't even know i wasn't supposed to talk...

jpiatt

I think it's cause people are gay or something like that.

fc gravy

i have not got a clue. is that why no-one wants to talk in here?

realslimnatey

we were talking about this yesterday on here...hold on

kirksheltonart

i thought we were supposed to be quiet the other day when Katie Holmes had her silent birthed alien scientology baby?

jpiatt

^hahahahaha!!!
Eskimo, I just lost it there.

eskimokiss

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shhh!

megamin06

yes we can make out later...thanks

S. Betty

http://www.dayofsilence.org/about/history.php

HISTORY OF THE DAY OF SILENCE

Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence® has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. From the first-ever Day of Silence® at the University of Virginia in 1996, to the organizing efforts in over 1,900 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country in 2002, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach. Here's a brief history.

1996 - The Day of Silence® is born. Students organized the first Day of Silence®, its original name, at the University of Virginia. With over 150 students participating, those involved felt it was a great success. The Day of Silence® received extensive local press coverage and a positive response from the UVA community members, motivating Maria Pulzetti to take the Day of Silence® nationally.

1997 - From one, to one hundred, National Day of Silence® takes off With a web page and much dedication, Pulzetti and then 19-year-old Jessie Gilliam, developed the project to be used in schools across the country. It was renamed the National Day of Silence®, and that year nearly 100 colleges and universities participated. Some schools in Australia heard about the project and modeled a similar day for Australian schools.

1998 - The Day keeps growing, the Project begins Pulzetti and Gilliam realized they could not expand the National Day of Silence® alone, so they organized a team of regional coordinators who could assist schools better by working with and understanding local networks. Expanding from a one-day vow of silence to include additional actions and educational events, the Day of Silence® was officially inaugurated. That year, for the first time in a recognized number, students in high schools joined the organizing efforts, helping double the number of participating schools to over 200.

1999-2001 - More people, more time, a message of unity sets in Through the sponsorship of Advocates for Youth, Gilliam worked part-time over the summer of 1999 to maintain and expand the Day of Silence®. A first in the project's history, a team of volunteers met for a weekend in Boston to discuss strategy and develop future plans towards assisting schools. The Day of Silence® continued to support high schools, colleges and universities around the country with volunteers led by then 18-year-old Chloe Palenchar, as the National Project Coordinator. Over 300 high schools participated that year.

2001 - Day of Silence®; still growing, still strong Chris Tuttle, GLSEN's National Student Organizer, Gilliam and Palenchar developed a proposal to provide the Day of Silence® with new funding, staff, volunteers and an official organizational sponsor, GLSEN. To ensure its success, GLSEN developed a first-ever Leadership Team of high school students to support local high school organizers around the country and a partnership with the United States Student Association, to ensure colleges and universities receive equal support.

2002 - Making noise, making history In what has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools, the April 10th Day of Silence® was organized by students in more than 1,900 schools across the country, with estimated participation of more than 100,000 students. Representative Eliot Engel introduces the first ever resolution on the Day of Silence® in Congress, which received support of 29 co-signers; additionally, Governor Gray Davis of California issued an official proclamation making April 10, 2002 the National Day of Silence®. Local Day of Silence® organizing efforts appear in over fifty media stories across the country, including USA Today, MSNBC, CNN, Voice of America and a live broadcast on NPR. Breaking the Silence rallies are organized with tremendous success in Albany, NY, Kalamazoo, MI, Missoula, MT, Ft. Lauderdale & Sarasota, FL, Eugene, OR, Boulder, CO and Washington DC, among other places.

Today - The possibilities are endless Just imagine: tens of thousands of students, from San Francisco, California to Irmo, South Carolina, united in a visible silence to create real change in local schools. Whether used to educate classmates on the damaging effects of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment or to demand passage of a statewide nondiscriminatory act inclusive of LGBT people, the Day of Silence® is an awesome opportunity to create more inclusive school environments and make some noise.

jpiatt

yeah, I knew it had to do with gaylords.

mezo

Show your tits!

travis76

so being silent to support homosexulaity...um, that kind of goes in the face of being 'loud and proud' or not living in silence....don't it?

i want to lobby congress for a day of my own.

called don't go to work/get somethin' done day.

spacesick

*silents

littlem

it's about if your gay, no one will listen to you.


not really. :P

spacesick

*orange juice

OlliRudi

so what the hell does shutting up for one day accomplish anyway? that's just hippie student bullshit. the only way to make the world a better place is by arranging barbecues and booze parties.

OlliRudi

and talking. shitloads of talking.

spacesick

*Cheap Trick - Dream Police

travis76

i think it was a way to get the annoying, overzealous flamers to shut the hell up a little.

mezo

I want to be on Ollie's team.
Bring your finest booze & pants!

OlliRudi

and for god's sake, remember to bring some contraceptives. STD's ain't cool, kids!

megamin06

its not only gay people doing it

FringedGinger

i was going to do the day of silence but for some reason i couldn't. haha, i just remembered that the reason is that my chinese ORAL exam was this morning. my chinese prof. must hate gay people.

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