Hands off Safe Schools: show your support at the chalking or rally
Supporters of the Safe Schools Coalition are urged to attend a rally in support of the program in Sydney this weekend.
This rally aims to bring together all those who support and want to defend the important work of the Safe Schools Coalition.
The rally is being organised by Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) and other supporters who have been appalled by the federal government’s review of the program following pressure from conservative Coalition members.
The Safe Schools program has been developed as a resource for teachers and students to assist in addressing issues of homophobia, bullying and vilification in schools. The aim of the program is to provide a more inclusive school environment where all children can feel supported.
“The Safe Schools program addresses issues of bullying and vilification, and promotes acceptance of those who otherwise would struggle to gain access to the necessary information and support. These young people may be confused with or questioning their sexuality, they may have struggled with their own gender identity, they may have been a victim of bullying, in any case, these are our communities most vulnerable people and we MUST stand up for them and fight for the continuation of, and indeed increased funding for a 'life changing' and most importantly 'life saving' program,” write CAAH in a statement in support of the weekend’s rally.
Advocates of the program suggest Safe Schools is a valuable and much-needed resource to protect vulnerable LGBTI students.
“So many people from our community would still be with us today had the Safe Schools program been available 10, 20 and even 30 years ago. It is saving young lives,” write CAAH.
“We can't go back to how things were when the system turned a blind eye to those of us that are 'different'. When the needs of our most vulnerable were not included in curriculum and a time when teachers were unable to gain access and support for them to work with students who fell into a minority.”
The DIY Rainbow movement is also calling for people to show their support for Safe Schools by joining them in an action outside the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s house at Point Piper on Thursday.
“This chalking aims to bring together all those who support and want to defend the important work of the Safe Schools Coalition,” write DIY Rainbow on their Facebook Page.
“Following the Sydney LGBTIQ Community Response held on Monday 7 March we have decided to support the Melbourne Rally on Thursday night by chalking a rainbow outside the Prime Minister's home in Sydney. Malcolm Turnbull disappointingly ordered a review of the Safe School's anti-bullying program and the results of that review are due on Friday.
"It's important that LGBTQI youth feel safe in their homes and at school. And that's why we are bringing this beautiful rainbow straight to PM Turnbull's home.”
Rainbow Chalking details: Meet at The Sheaf at 6.30pm for a 7pm walk to the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's property on Wolseley Road, Point Piper. Here DIY Rainbow will peacefully rainbow chalk the footpath in support of the Safe Schools Coalition and their anti-bullying program.
Safe Schools rally: Support Safe Schools and attend the rally at Sydney Town Hall on Saturday March 12 at 2pm.