Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: To help support a group that will pass bills aimed to improve the lives of victims of bullying
Representative Mike Honda (D-California) has formed a group called the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus, a committee that will draw attention to the harassment thousands of Americans face because of their race, ethnicity, sex, religion, age, or sexual orientation. The caucus aims to “uncover all forms of bullying, from school bullying to elder abuse to LGBT discrimination, and make it possible for victims of bullying to come forward.” In addition, Honda wants to prevent bullying in the future by understanding the reasons behind it: “Bullying affects both the bully and the victim,” he stated on his website. “By targeting these issues, rather than just the bullies themselves, we can stop bullying in America.”
The caucus currently has 46 House members, all of whom believe that bullying is a serious issue that needs to be stopped immediately. Among them are Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida), who has a transgendered son, and Judy Chu (D-California), whose nephew committed suicide a year ago in Afghanistan as a result of hazing. Mike Honda himself was severely bullied in his youth due to his Japanese roots.
The Human Rights Campaign carried out a survey that concluded that among 10,000 LGBT youth, bullying is one of the worst problems they currently face. Thousands of other victims both young and old are terrorized each and every day, and the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus is the beginning of the end. Sign the petition now to ask Speaker of the House John Boehner to support the caucus and any bill that it proposes.
Dear Mr. Speaker,
I write in regard to the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus that has been introduced by Representative Mike Honda (D-California). The group, as you know, seeks to expose all types of bullying including physical, psychological, and cyber harassment, and it would be in the best interest of this nation if they had your undying support.
The caucus not only focuses on defining and stopping harassment, it targets both the bully and the bullied; one of its goals is to identify the source of bullying so that it can be stopped permanently. Understanding the reasons behind a problem will make a solution much easier to find, and the caucus is well on its way to doing so.
Thousands of Americans are bullied each and every day, and too many of them succumb to suicide due to the severity of the harassment. Whether the cause for bullying is their race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, it is the duty of elected officials to ensure their well-being. I urge you to support the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus and whatever bill it brings to your attention. Thousands of lives may very well depend on this committee.
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