Lake Mary, FLORIDA–(June 1, 2012) In response to several incidents of bullying this year, in which at least two resulted in the bullied victim taking their own life, the nonprofit group CHEER FOR A CAUSE has launched a new Bully Free Zone campaign called “975 Saves Lives.”
“The phrase ’975 Saves Lives’ refers to House bill 975; The Anti-Bullying and Harassment Act of 2011 which was introduced in Congress and sent to committee more than a year ago,” said Julie Bolton, Cheer for a Cause’s founder.
Every month Cheer for a Cause highlights a different cause and June is Anti-Bullying month. As part of its 975 Saves Lives campaign, the nonprofit organization hopes to receive 50,000 signatures on a petition it has created at http://www.change.org/petitions/bully-free-zone-usa-975-saves-lives.
“While state laws have passed that establish a policy against bullying, the language of this bill is the first that takes the next step by not only defining what bullying is but by establishing a law that will punish those who bully and hold those in authority accountable,” Mrs. Bolton said. “It’s going to do to bullying in school what the sexual harassment laws did in the workforce…END it!”
With the catch phrase “975 Saves Lives” the Bully Free Zone campaign will bring attention to this little known bill, which is under review by Congress’s Committee on Education and the Workforce. The goal of this petition is to see H.R. 975 pass both the House and Senate and sent to the President of the United States to sign into law.
“At its present status it has a 2 percent chance of being enacted and that is unacceptable,” Mrs. Bolton said.
H.R. 975 is the Anti-Bullying and Harassment Act of 2011 – Amends the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to require: (1) states to use grants for safe and drug-free schools to collect and report information on the incidence of bullying and harassment, and (2) local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools to use subgrants to prevent and respond to incidents of bullying and harassment. Requires such LEAs or schools to: (1) notify parents and students annually of conduct prohibited in their school discipline policies, that now must include bullying and harassment; and (2) establish complaint procedures for students and parents to register complaints regarding such conduct. Includes bullying and harassment within the Act’s definition of violence.
“With so many of our friends in the spirit world experiencing bullying, we think it’s time to put the ‘leader back in cheer’ and drive the movement across the country to pass House bill 975,” Mrs. Bolton said.
To sign the petition of support for House bill 975; The Anti-Bullying and Harassment Act of 2011, go to http://www.change.org/petitions/bully-free-zone-usa-975-saves-lives.
To learn more about H.R. 975 and its status, go to http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr975.
Cheer for a Cause is a nonprofit organization that works to create significant charitable impact by uniting the Spirit World to support causes affecting our global spirit family and encouraging individual, team and organization fundraising and volunteer projects. http://www.cheerforacause.org.
In June, make a difference and take a stand to spread the message that bullying is a serious problem and has no place in our community. Submit a video in support of the cause to receive a free window decal and be entered in a contest to win a “Bully FREE ZONE” banner!
Lake Mary, Florida, June 6, 2011 – This month, Cheer for a Cause, a nonprofit whose mission is to unify the giving and giving back in our global cheer and dance world, asks you to take a stand against bullying. The cheerleading and dance community is one of the most accepting and unified groups in the sports world. And yet, in our world, bullying is still a problem. It takes many forms and can happen through text messages or on the web, in person, anywhere. When it comes to begin bullied, your age, gender or education level does not matter. Bullying hurts people, and it is not a joke.
To raise awareness, Cheer for a Cause is issuing a challenge – to gyms, schools and businesses – across America and around the world! The idea is simple. Together with your team, make a video of your stand against bullying. Declare your building a “Bully FREE ZONE” and “Cheer for a Cause”! Creativity and choreography are encouraged! Be sure to include information in your video identifying your program or business and location.
Cheer for a Cause partner, The Sticker Shop Unlimited, donated “Bully FREE ZONE” window decals. Every organization that posts their video to YouTube and emails a link to email@example.com will receive one for free! The decals are also available for purchase on the Cheer for a Cause website.
Video submissions will be accepted until midnight Friday, June 24th. On Monday June 27th, finalists will be announced and posted on the Cheer for a Cause site. We will all have an opportunity to vote on the video that sends the best message against bullying. The program or business that receives the most votes will be featured on the site and earn a “Bully FREE ZONE” banner! Fantasy Cheerleading coach, Daniel McCall, in New Zealand, heard about the cause on Fierce Board and already submitted a video! You can view it on the Cheer for a Cause home page.
Look for Cheer for a Cause to share stories, videos and personal messages all month long from athletes who have personally experienced bullying.
Julie Bolton, founder of Cheer for a Cause said, “I’m hopeful that many gym owners and coaches will take the time to talk to their athletes this month about bullying. The pain it leaves behind can last a lifetime.” There are resources available for anyone who may have questions about bullying.
The U.S. Government has an excellent resource at http://www.stopbullying.gov. The Trevor Project, at http://www.thetrevorproject.org, is the leading national organization, providing crisis and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. There is also a great page on facebook focused on the cheer and dance world at “Bullying is Nothing to Cheer About”, http://www.facebook.com/bullyingisnothingtocheerabout.
Cheer for a Cause is a nonprofit corporation. Their mission is to unite the giving and giving back in the cheer and dance world, celebrate efforts to help others, unify support for athletes and teams experiencing tragedy and raise awareness and funds for causes. Find Cheer for a Cause at www.cheerforacause.org, on Facebook and twitter.
There’s something amazing happening in the Cheer World. It’s all about you and it’s Cheer for a Cause!