October 29 — AALDEF at the White House AAPI Initiative’s Bullying Prevention Summit
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is hosting a
day-long Bullying Prevention Summit this Saturday in New York, where the
Department of Education will release new data demonstrating that harassment is
particularly severe for Asian American students.
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) staff attorney
Thomas Mariadason will join keynote speaker Assistant Attorney General
Thomas Perez, media outlets including Facebook, MTV, and Common
Sense Media, as well as students, parents, and other advocates at the Summit.
“Post 9/11, bias-based bullying toward religious and immigrant communities has
been a consistent issue, and it continues to be under reported,” said
Mariadason, who advocates across the country for municipalities to adopt
anti-harassment policies and monitors regulations, including Mayor Bloomberg’s
Chancellor’s Regulation A-832 in New York City.
“We’ve seen the egregious effects bias-based harassment has on students when
there is a failure to intervene, from the violence at South Philadelphia High
School in 2009 to reports we received in years past from the former Lafayette
High School in Brooklyn,” said Mariadason. “The problem persists, and it is a
critical time for the White House to address these issues.”
Mariadason will be speaking at the 12 p.m. panel on how students, parents, and
advocates can respond to harassment when it is directed toward members of a
community, and the importance of language access for reporting incidents.
WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE — BULLYING PREVENTION SUMMIT
Saturday, October 29, 2011
TIME: 9:30 a.m. ET
PLACE: CUNY Hunter College Main Cafeteria, 695 Park Ave., New York City
(Media entrance is at 68th St. and Lexington Ave.)
Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General, Department of
Kiran Ahuja, director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and
Amy Berman, enforcement director, Department of Education Office for Civil
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Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez joins senior Obama Administration and
local officials to deliver keynote remarks to hundreds gathered at the White
House AAPI Initiative’s bullying prevention summit.
Students and parents share their stories about bullying and advocates and
experts discuss bullying effects on AAPI and Muslim American communities.
Obama Administration officials and public health professionals discuss what to
do when bullied.
Public health professionals and community advocates discuss how to discuss
bullying with children and parents.
Representatives from major social media networks discuss online bullying and how
to stay safe on the Internet.
Obama Administration officials discuss the importance of filing harassment
claims with the federal government and tools student can use to resolve issues
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