GroundSpark forms Rapid Response Team for the Safe Schools MovementFriday 20, March 2009
By Brittney Shepherd, Staff Producer | Latest News
After experiencing a controversy over a small school district’s use of our family diversity film that amplified into a national news story, GroundSpark realized that the LGBT safe schools movement needed more coordination to create an effective response when our efforts come under attack by the right wing. With this vision, we called together leaders of dozens of national organizations, many of which had rarely discussed issues related to LGBT issues in schools.
Building bridges across movements, GroundSpark led the formation of ‘rapid response network’ that will coordinate effective media, legal, and community mobilizing campaigns around future safe schools controversies. We’ve already seen its first success this week as we worked together to focus national media attention on the suspension of Debra Taylor, a teacher in Grandfield, OK for teaching the Laramie Project – a play about the murder of Matthew Shepard. With Debra, we coordinated communications, legal advice, and action alerts to support her and her teaching about anti-gay violence. Together, we let Debra and her supporters know they have allies not only in their own backyard but across the country. Check out some of the coverage here: USA TODAY, FOX FXDX.