Anti-Bullying Task Force set to host week-long event
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– October is National Anti-Bullying Month, and the Grand Traverse area
Anti-Bullying Task Force is ready. The task force is hosting its 2nd
Annual Anti-Bullying Week Oct. 21-25 to support families affected by
The Grand Traverse area task force was created at the beginning of 2012
as part of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights mission to bring
together local, regional and state agencies to eliminate bullying. Their
goal is to eliminate bullying in the five-county area by bringing
together like-minded organizations committed to teaching respect and
empathy while creating a kinder community and promoting inclusivity.
The task force includes a variety of local organizations. Members
include: the Women’s Resource Center, Traverse City Area Public Schools,
the sheriff’s department, the Intermediate School District, Building
Bridges with Music, Conflict Resolution Services, and more.
Elizabeth Pine of Conflict Resolution Services said they joined the task
force after attending last year’s conference.
“We found out there was a need for bully prevention in this area,” she
said. “We live in such a nice community, but bullying has nothing to do
with where you live or how nice your neighborhood is. It can happen
anywhere. We didn’t realize what an issue it is here. We made the
decision to invest in the program.”
As a member of the task force, Pine is now more aware of the
anti-bullying efforts of others in the community.
“Our goal is to bring awareness of the issue and to create a list of
resources,” she said. “If someone called me concerned about their child
I couldn’t offer counseling, but I know which guidance counselors and
social workers can help. I’m more aware of what other people are doing.”
One of the key factors in the anti-bullying campaign is to make sure
everyone can correctly identify what bullying is and isn’t.
“First we teach what it is so there’s a common language,” said Pine.
“Then we teach adults to recognize, intervene and follow-up.”
While the task force is important, it can’t help the public if they
don’t know it’s available. That’s where the Anti-Bullying Week events
come in. The week-long activities provide a time and place for people to
come together to educate and support each other. This year’s
CAPS NOTES BY BILL WIESNER, THE FOUNDER OF
• Monday, Oct. 21: Mayoral proclamation and movie night at The State
Theater, 6 p.m.
AFTER THE MAYORAL PROCLAMATION, THEY SHOWED THE MOVIE “BULLY 2012” OF
WHICH THE MOVIEGUIDE.ORG REVIEW SAYS “PROMOTES POLITICALLY CORRECT
SODOMY.” FOUR TCFAMILY.ORG VOLUNTEERS HANDED OUT “PREVENTING BULLYING
At Your School” BROCHURES FROM
WWW.PFOX.ORG (PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF ‘GAYS’ AND EX-‘GAYS’) IN FRONT
OF THE STATE THEATRE BEFORE THE MOVIE BEGAN.
• Tuesday, Oct. 22: “Express Yourself” Creative Arts Night (for area
middle-schoolers) at The Circuit, 4-7 p.m.
(THIS IS THE CONVERTED CHURCH BUILDING ACROSS FROM THE STATE POLICE
POST ON 14TH STREET). BILL WIESNER WAS KICKED OUT OF
THIS “OPEN TO THE PUBLIC” MEETING AFTER HE SIMPLY SHARED TO THE
ORGANIZER THAT HE WAS AGAINST ALL BULLYING BUT THAT HE THOUGHT THAT
THE BULLYING ISSUE IS OFTEN USED TO PROMOTE HOMOSEXUALITY IN THE
• Wednesday, Oct. 23: An Evening with young adult author Hannah
Harrington at Traverse Area District Library, 7 p.m.
HANNAH HARRINGTON AUTHORS “GAY” BOOKS. SHE SHARED ON HER FACEBOOK
IN ABOUT 2012 THAT SHE WAS 100% HETEROSEXUAL; YET AFTER HER TALK SHE
TOLD ME THAT SHE IS NOW BISEXUAL.
• “Express Yourself” Creative Arts Night (for high school students)
at The Circuit, 4-8:30 p.m.
THIS WAS PUT ON BY THE SAME MAN THAT KICKED ME OUT OF THE TUESDAY
MEETING ABOVE FOR BEING CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROMOTION OF
HOMOSEXUALITY IN OUR SCHOOLS.
• Thursday, Oct. 24: Casual College Conversation with Anthony Ianni,
the Autism Alliance of Michigan’s Anti-Bullying Public Awareness
Advocate, at Northwestern Michigan College Fine Arts Building Room
115, 5:30-7 p.m.
THEY HAD ABOUT 30 IN THE AUDIENCE, ABOUT 50:50 ADULTS: NMC
STUDENTS. THEY DID NOT TALK DIRECTLY ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY.
• “No Place for Hate” community discussion at Horizon Books, 7:30
THIS DISCUSSION WAS LEAD LAST YEAR BY AN “ANTI DEFAMATION LEAGUE”
(ADL) REPRESENTATIVE. THEY ARE VERY MUCH FOR PROMOTING
HOMOSEXUALITY, BUT THE WOMAN FACILLITATOR WAS VERY OPEN TO ALLOWING
ME TO FREELY EXPRESS MY OPINION ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. SHE THUS
SHOWED TRUE TOLERANCE BY STRONGLY DISAGREEING WITH ME, BUT STANDING
UP FOR MY RIGHT TO SHARE MY VIEWPOINT. THERE WERE ABOUT 10 PEOPLE
• On Friday, Oct. 25, the 2013 Anti-Bullying Conference
“Cyber-Bullying and the Impacts of Social Media” will be at the
Hagerty Center. Keynote speakers include Ianni and Kevin Epling, the
national co-director and Michigan representative for Bully Police
USA. The conference includes student and adult tracks that allow
everyone to stay in the conversation.
THIS ALL DAY FRIDAY EVENT WAS SOLD OUT IN 2012 & 2103. NMC IS NOW
AN “OPEN CAMPUS” [IN 2014] AND THUS – ACCORDING TO OUR ADF LAWYER –
ALLOWS CITIZENS TO HAND OUT LITERATURE ON THEIR CAMPUS. WE WERE
KICKED OFF IN 2012 WHEN WE ATTEMPTED TO HAND OUT BROCHURES AT FRIDAY
ALL DAY ANTI-BULLYING CONFERENCE. BUT WE WERE ALLOWED TO HAND OUT
BROCHURES AT THE MILLIKEN CENTER DURING THE MICHAEL MOORE TRAVERSE
CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2014, WITH CAMPUS SECURITY WATCHING AS WE SIMPLY
SHARED THE TRUTH IN LOVE, AS WE AT
WWW.TRAVERSECITYFAMILY.ORG (OR TCFAMILY) ALWAYS DO.
KEVIN EPPLING, ONE OF THE 2013 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS, WAS VERY MUCH
OPPOSED TO THE ADDITION OF A RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION TO THE STATE OF
MICHIGAN’S RECENTLY ADOPTED ANTI-BULLYING LAW.
ALSO, THIRD LEVEL CRISIS CENTER, WHICH STRONGLY PROMOTES
HOMOSEXUALITY (SEE OUR “TCAPS & FRIENDS PROMOTING HOMOSEXUALITY”
ARTICLE ON OUR WEBSITE) HAS A BOOTH EVERY YEAR AT THESE CONFERENCES
WHERE HUNDREDS OF AREA STUDENTS ATTEND.
Pine hopes more people will come out this year to not only learn
about bullying and its effects on the community, but to find out
where they can get help.
“People experiencing bullying can feel isolated, but there’s so much
support here in our community,” she noted. “Members of the task
force aren’t competing with each other; we’re working together for
the same goal, to communication and collaborate so we can do a
The 2nd Annual Anti-Bullying Conference will be Friday, Oct. 25 at
the Hagerty Center from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register, go to www.nmc.edu/antibullying.
For more information on the event or Anti-Bullying Week, visit their
Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/371353569658863/,
or contact Melissa Claramunt of the Michigan Department of Civil
Rights at 231-439-5247.
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