2012.02.08 Scott Marvin: Campaign against bullying

Written by David Green.

Bullying has recently become a big focus of attention in our country. We all are probably aware of a time when hate speech—hurtful words based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, age, ethnicity, and disability—has been aimed either at us or at someone we care about.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are no different. Neither are their friends and family. This is our way of giving a voice to an important issue: eliminating the use of hate speech.

We’d like to ask support, and the support of your readers, in the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council’s “Shred the Hate” campaign to help eliminate hateful speech.

The “R-word” or “retard” has found a place in common language and seems to be accepted by most, despite the fact that its use, casual or otherwise, is hurtful to millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their family and friends.

Help us to eliminate the use of the “R” word and other hateful speech in Michigan by taking the pledge to Shred the Hate. The electronic pledge can be taken at www.michigan.gov/mddc or sign our sheet at the Hope Community Center at 431 Baker Street, Adrian, MI  49221. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Help drive much needed change that will bring acceptance and inclusion to our community.

For additional information on the Shred the Hate Campaign, please contact Mitzi Allen at 517/334-7240 or send an e-mail to Scott A. Marvin at [email protected]

– Scott A. Marvin

Adrian, Mich.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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