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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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
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    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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