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Stop Bullying Coalition Now Online

I am pleased to announce the new website and blog of the Stop Bullying Coalition from August, 2014. For earlier posts, see the blogs on Stop Bullying at PhotoLuminations.com.

Photoluminations Books & Fables

Stories can be told in words or in pictures, but come to life when the reader can imagine a world created in words, and see images that relate to a physical reality as well as a fabulous environment. Such a story knows no limits. I call them "fables."

Living with Age: The elderly in America

Is 70 the new 60, or the new 70? How are the elderly, defined by the Census Bureau as those over 65, living?

Stop Bullying Today, Help Pass Mass S2329

Your phone call now can help to establish a commission to stop bullying in Massachusetts, urge lawmakers to pass S2329.

Attleboro Citizens Act Against Bullying

A grass-roots movement of Attleboro citizens, mobilized by the Council on Human Rights and supported by City Councilors Richard Conti and Walter Thibodeau, has convinced the City Council to create an Attleboro anti-bullying commission. They seek to create an Attleboro that respects and welcomes all people throughout the City.

Free review copies of Stop Bullying book

Stop Bullying: To Protect Elders and People Living with Disability, by Jerry Halberstadt, is close to completion and I am offering a limited number of free review copies to readers who agree to write their comments and reactions.

Housing Committee Advances Commission to Prevent Bullying

On Wednesday, 18 June 2014, the Joint Committee on Housing of the Great Court of Massachusetts reported out a "resolve" S2329 creating a commission to study ways to prevent bullying and to protect elderly and disabled tenants living in subsidized, multi-family housing from bullying. Jerry Halberstadt, Coordinator of the Stop Bullying Coalition believes this resolve "to be the first effort in the nation seeking legislation to protect elderly and disabled tenants—urgently needed because bullying is truly harmful and deprives people of their human rights and their civil rights."

Stop Bullying Coalition Advances Legislative Commission

I am pleased to announce that we have bipartisan support to create a "resolve" that would create a legislative commission to study how to stop bullying in multi-family, public and subsidized housing for elderly and disabled persons.

Recognition for the Stop Bullying Coalition

I will not forget the morning of May 9, 2014. Mary Margaret Moore and Joan Adrien presented me with the 2014 Gil Adrien Award for Outstanding Advocacy for my efforts on the stop bullying bill, S604. This was so important because the recognition admitted me and the Stop Bullying Coalition to a community of advocacy embracing the whole North Shore and helps to move our cause, to stop bullying, towards success.

The Plea of a WWII Combat Veteran

Guest post by Leo

As a Veteran of WWII, I served in combat, starting at age seventeen, and returned with three bronze stars. I did this because I believed in and fought for my Country’s freedoms. I have seen and believed in much in my eighty-seven years, but Bullying and Mobbing in my housing development has changed my mind about the right to freedom in my own home and my right to speak. I fought for our collective freedoms, and I am angry that I now have to fight for my right to live without fear in my home. I risked my life for people who now Bully me in my old age.

Can Peabody students stop the floods?

Today, the Office of the President released the National Climate Assessment, a report that details the dangerous impact of climate change on regions of the country. But the kids in Peabody are already at work on the problem, thanks to some dedicated teachers and the volunteers of Green Peabody.

Making a law to stop bullying is not like making sausage!

Crafting a law to stop bullying

Rep. Paul Heroux and Rep. Jay Livingstone invited Michael Kane, Executive Director of Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants and me to meet with them and other legislators yesterday (13 March) at the State House to help craft a bill to stop bullying of elders and disabled in housing programs. They invited Senator Joan Lovely, my own senator who has supported our efforts from the beginning. The new bill is intended to complement, build on, and improve the original effort, S604.

Tale of bullying, eviction of disabled woman spurs stop bullying advocacy at state house hearing

INTRODUCTION

Speaking before the Joint Committee on Housing at the state house in Boston on 28 January, Margaret, a disabled woman now homeless, told of her painful experiences as the victim of bullying, eviction, and homelessness. Listeners fought back tears as they heard of the cruelty inflicted upon her, her futile attempts to receive a fair hearing, and the inability of the safety net to protect a woman living with significant disabilities, as well as the trauma of domestic abuse. Margaret's experience as a resident of privately owned, HUD-subsidized housing in Attleboro is unfortunately all too common in housing programs throughout the Commonwealth and nationally, impacting both elderly and disabled citizens.

Elderly and disabled victims of bullying demand relief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PEABODY, MA. 24 JANUARY 2014

Elderly and disabled victims of bullying demand relief

The Stop Bullying Coalition and the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants announce that elderly and disabled residents of subsidized housing, supported by organizations representing tenants, will advocate for legislation to protect against bullying in subsidized housing, by appearing before the Joint Committee on Housing at the State House on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

Announcing: Hearing on S604 to protect elderly and disabled citizens from bullying in subsidized housing

The Stop Bullying Coalition (SBC) announces a hearing on S604, An Act to protect residents of subsidized housing developments from bullying, including both elderly and those living with disability. The hearing will be held by the Joint Committee on Housing in Boston, MA. at the State House, Room B2 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

The blame game and Margaret

I am deeply concerned for the well being of "Margaret." She is frail and ill, lives with multiple disabilities, yet is being forced out of the shelter where she has been surviving since being bullied, mobbed, and evicted from subsidized housing—possibly to live on the street. But as I look around, I see no help for her, nor indeed for many persons in desperate need and no solutions for the larger social problems, no mending of the frayed social safety net. Instead of strengthening our society, we are breaking it.

The Stop Bullying Coalition mission

Bullying is harmful. We seek to enlist partners to work together to advocate for remedies, including but not limited to legislation. We have done our best to identify the issues, ideas for intervention, and have proposed the goals and vision outlined in this document. We now reach out to all individuals and organizations who have a stake in these matters, and we seek your collaboration and input. Our primary concern is for people living with age and/or disability in subsidized housing. But we recognize common challenges, concerns, and solutions that may affect other populations and we stand together with all who oppose bullying.

Trauma on the field and bullying in the locker room

Frontline has charged that the NFL has been deliberately blind to the crippling effects of concussion, and both The Blaze and The New York times report that the NFL and Miami Dolphins have accepted bullying as a common, spirit-building activity of the locker room culture. The human brain can be damaged by two kinds of trauma—a blow that causes concussion, or by bullying that causes psychological trauma, sometimes as severe as PTSD.

Peabody is drawing closer to nature

Amy with her artNew signs of a growing environmental awareness in Peabody include an arts festival, a new school, and net metering.

New: A Program to Stop Bullying

A Program to Stop Bullying is a new publication that serves as a resource for legislation, advocacy, and intervention against bullying, social bullying, and mobbing.

Advocacy groups working together to stop bullying

Several advocacy groups will join under the umbrella of the Stop Bullying Coalition. Our plan is to craft a commonly agreed set of goals, and then to write a bill to replace S604, for consideration by the legislature.

Attleboro City Council to explore how to stop bullying.

The Attleboro (MA) Human Rights Council is to be congratulated for their efforts to remedy the injustice affecting targets of bullying. The Attleboro City Council, if it passes an ordinance on bullying, would make history in the fight against bullying.

Attleboro MA moves to stop bullying

In a significant victory against bullying in Massachusetts, Attleboro is moving to prohibit bullying. When approved by the Council, the city ordinances would prohibit bullying or cyber-bullying.

You can help save Shaar Hagai, the Israeli home of the Canaan dog, rare ancient breed

The Canaan dog is like the original dog that entered the life of mankind at the dawn of domestication. A few are still roaming the Israeli desert or living with Bedouin, helping to herd sheep and to guard. For the last 42 years, Myrna Shiboleth has been raising Canaan dogs at her farm, Shaar Hagai, in Israel. She has been instrumental in preserving and strengthening the stock of Canaans, which are now recognized, shown, and loved worldwide. She is now fighting to retain her home so that she can continue her unique work of preserving the Canaan dog.

A program to stop bullying and mobbing Part 3

Bullying and mobbing in schools, business, community organizations and subsidized housing are plagues that affect everyone. How can we stop, prevent, and eliminate bullying and mobbing? We need first to understand and analyze what causes bullying. One useful approach is to view the social system within which bullying takes place. Another approach might be to adopt a public health perspective. These approaches are complementary and together can be the basis to develop interventions.

Towards a program to stop bullying and mobbing Part 2

Bullying and mobbing are a plague affecting many institutions and community organizations. Certainly many elderly persons are affected, and not only in subsidized housing. Common explanations are that the bullies and or their targets have psychological problems; that people who live in subsidized housing are "losers" or they wouldn't be living there. We must seek further for explanations. There is increasing evidence that bullying of and by elders in many contexts is common; there is evidence that even people of means can engage in bullying and mobbing; and that the institutional environment is a significant factor in mobbing.

Malala, one young woman seeking to change the world

If we falter in our struggle—for dignity, for respect, for education, for freedom from abuse—or we weaken in our resolve because we are so few—we can gain humility, energy, and new dedication by the example of a young woman, Malala Yousafzai. Despite being shot by the Taliban in an attempt to stop her efforts for educating girls in Pakistan, she spoke at the UN on her 16th birthday. She spoke of peace, love, non-violence, and education. The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions. But nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.

Happy 4th, Sail with fair winds

Fireworks & the Friendship, Salem MA

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.

Friendship, July 4th 2006 Fireworks

Towards a program to stop bullying and mobbing Part 1

Intervention experts provide essential guidance

How can we stop bullying of elderly and/or disabled persons living in subsidized housing? I see the work of Duffy and Sperry {1} as a guide and springboard for developing solutions for a broad range of institutions, including subsidized housing for elderly and disabled. The findings and conclusions presented by Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry in their book on mobbing (an extreme form of social bullying) are essential reading for anyone seeking to understand, prevent, and remedy bullying. They analyze mobbing in schools and the workplace in a systemic way, examining the individual, the group, and the institutional context.

Yeats on age

An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress... —W.B.Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium

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