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Global Student Strike to Address Climate Change

‘No jobs on a dead planet’: Students around the world strike for more action on climate change

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/youth-climate-strike/

Submitted by Linda Hill

Friday’s Global Student Strike to Address Climate Change showed so clearly that our wonderful world is at a social tipping point as well as a biological tipping point. Although at least one student carried a sign saying “I don’t want to give you hope, I want you to panic,” I am hopeful. To me the events of Friday, March 15 are the visible tip of a magnificent, multi-faceted movement that – like an iceberg – is mostly invisible.

How many people do these millions of students and allies represent? In my opinion, these activists represent an estimated three billion people (half of the population of the world) who are actively engaged day in and day out doing what we can to put a stop to the on-going industrialization of our precious planet. Continue reading

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MARCH 8

Submitted by Linda Hill

International Women’s Day is just around the corner on Friday March 8, 2019. Communities around the world celebrate International Women’s Day in so many different ways. Where will you show up and how will you celebrate this special day? In my community, of the Cowichan Region, BC, Canada hundreds of us will gather in Duncan Town Square at noon to rise up and dance on behalf of equality between men and women.

As this special day approaches, I am forever grateful to women such as my Grandmother Audrey Jackson, journalist Nellie McClung and so many more women and men who have been tireless is their advocacy for a world based on safety, respect, equality and freedom for all genders and all generations.

Here is a quote from Nellie that can be found in the 2016 book:  The Valiant Nellie McClung (by Barbara Smith and Nellie McClung) and here is a short video that brings this quote to life for me.

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Party With Poetry Fundraiser Saturday, March 23

We are all invited to celebrate Inclusive Leadership, the Earth Charter and emerging Inclusive Leaders in our Global Village.

It takes a village to raise the next generation of Inclusive Leaders. We are all invited to contribute to a creative and meaningful Inclusive Leadership fund-raiser in Victoria, BC on March 23 being hosted by ILC Board Member, Lindsay Beal.

It is so easy for supporters from near and far to get into the spirit of this party by purchasing tickets or making a donation. Simply click here to DONATE

Lindsay’s husband Paul Van Goozen will process your $20 contribution. Or contact Lindsay by phone 250-380-0181 or email lindsay@spiderseye.ca. If you live in or near Victoria this is going to be a fabulous party to go to. We will post poems and photos so that supporters from farther away can join us in spirit!

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Pink Shirt Day 2019: Cyber Safety

Pink Shirt Day is now celebrated on February 27 around the world.  How did this day begin? Pink Shirt Day began in 2007 as an act of kindness in Nova Scotia, Canada. David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends bought 50 pink shirts and distributed them to all the boys in the school as a way of standing up for a newcomer Grade 9 student who was being bullied for wearing pink.

Pink Shirt Day has become a day of education about standing up for safety, kindness and respect in schools and the wider community. For the past three years, the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative has facilitated Pink Day workshops at Clements Centre,Duncan, BC, Canada. This year will be a Pink Shirt Day Quiz Show about how to prevent and stop cyberbullying.

Here is a sneak peak at a few of the questions.  We will post the answers next week:

  1. The Golden Rule for getting along with others is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” What are some golden rules for getting along with others on the internet?
  2. Many schools and community centres have become bully-free zones where everyone learns that: “In this place, and with these people I feel safe.” What is a rule you can follow that will make your computer and your phone a bully free zone?
  3. Many schools and community centres teach kids AND adults how to use our W.I.T.S. (W = WALK AWAY. I =IGNORE IT. T = TALK IT OUT. S = SEEK HELP. What are some ways you can use your W.I.T.S. if you are being bullied on your computer or on your cell phone?
  4. Is this rule true or false?: “Don’t text or post anything when you’re angry. If you are angry take a break from your computer, put down your smart phone and take a walk to clear your mind. Only text or post or email when you feel calm.”
  5. We all know about “Saftety First.” How do you make sure you are safe on the internet and cell phones?
  6. What are some signs that someone is being cyberbullied?
  7. What are some ways peers, family, teachers and mentors can help prevent cyberbullying and put a stop to cyberbullying?
  8. Is this true or false: “If you don’t type the person’s name when you spread rumors or make jokes, then it is not cyberbullying.”

The Alphabet Community: A Must Read Article

Big thanks and congratulations to Inclusive Leader, Ayodele Moffett, for co-writing  “The Alphabet Community: Who We Are and What We Need From You” recently published in The International Journal for Direct Support Professionals, Volume 8, Issue 2 by Dave Hingsburger, Virginia Jahyu, Luke Lynn, and Ayodele Moffett.

“The Alphabet Community”  article clearly defines the diversity of identities within the LGBT+ community with a comprehensive glossary of terms. “The idea that a community aims to be one community built out of many communities is kind of beautiful don’t you think?”  (p. 1). The glossary is a back drop for a treasure trove of practical information for Inclusive Leaders every where no matter where we are on our life-long learning curves embracing our own and others’ diversity with connection, compassion, creativity and courage. Although the main audience for this article is professionals who are paid to support people with disabilities, this article is a valuable resource for anyone in any kind of a support role (such as parent, teacher, care-giver, service provider, counsellor) and is a valuable tool for self advocates, advocates and allies everywhere. Continue reading

Inclusive Leadership Adventure Weekend 2019

Get set for an inclusive diversity education experience on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada as exciting and life-changing as travelling to different countries around the world!

Inclusive Leadership Adventure Weekends: Three days of experiential diversity education as exciting and life-changing as travelling to different countries around the world. Continue reading

Changing the World Through Inter-Group Contact

submitted by Linda Hill

Monday, January 21, 2019 is Martin Luther King day in the USA. A goal of this day is to participate in community service that emulates Martin Luther King’s efforts to free the USA of discrimination.

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” (Martin Luther King) Continue reading