I heard thru the grapevine that the Westboro Baptist church is planning to protest the funerals of the firemen in Webster who just got murdered while they were trying to put out a fire.
All my Rochester friends: Please, please, PLEASE pass this on to EVERYONE you know! Those Westboro Baptist church are planning to protest the funerals of the fireman that were just killed. PLEASE gather as many people as you can to form a human wall to block those jerks from causing mental/emotional harm to already suffering families. Share this with everyone! Details of when and where will follow shortly.”
I’m from Webster and this sort of noise is not tolerated and I will not let these idiots cause my hometown more pain than we’ve already suffered this week.
It’s still not known when the funerals will be but I’ll edit this post or re-post once it’s known.
SPREAD THE WORD, SIGNAL BOOST AND ROLL THE HELL OUT
I’ll spread the word as best as I can to my volunteer firefighter friends here in Buffalo and hopefully some of my followers can help as well!
Just over two hours and out. There’s still some shading we’re going to do yet but this is pretty much the finished product of the first installment of the new project. For those who do not recognize it, this is Buffalo City Hall, in, you guessed it, Buffalo, New York. I can assure you I’m not representing the current inhabitants of the building, only the city it represents and my family roots throughout it.
***Holy crap, just realized this crotch shot…aye yay yay, sorry***
Half way, first and only break.
Lastly, any “crookedness” is due to the funky angles of my legs and/or swelling. The lines are straight as hell.
This is insanely awesome, sir.
Make your voice known! Spread the word about arts and culture in Upstate New York!
Okay, so I wasn’t going to share this story but I have no choice. On September 25, My mom, my friend Liz and I all went to the Mariachi El Bronx, Rise Against and Foo Fighters show in Buffalo, NY. There was a girl who attacked my mom, but my mom was the one who got charges pressed, got arrested and spent the night in jail and also didn’t get to see the Foo’s play (they do happen to be one of her favorite bands). The court date was yesterday and we thought it would be over and done with, but it’s not and now my mom has to go down again next month. I know it’s far-fetched but if anyone was there and saw any part of this happen, please message me. Please pass this on too. We just want this over and done with. Thank you guys so much. Also, I do plan on writing the band/their management and let them know about this too. If you guys have any information on how to contact them, please let me know!! Thanks again for taking the time and energy to read this. I really do appreciate it!
I truly hope that your mother gets the justice that she deserves. If any of my followers went to the concert and saw what happened please forward the information you have on to her.
To contact the Foo Fighters I would send the band members tweets linking them to your post, it might be far fetched but if a lot of people tweet them they might see it.
I have written about this elsewhere, but feel compelled to join the conversation. I grew up in Buffalo; I was fourteen, gay, and frustrated. I was bullied, too, and it scares me how much this story is my own. The sad truth is that I was lucky. The truth is that people around this boy were complicit. This was allowed to happen, and it’s not going to stop until people start holding themselves accountable for the stupid prejudices that are passed on to their children, until people stop pretending that bullying isn’t a serious problem that kills, and until people take control of their own actions.
I promise, you know a child who is being bullied, and you know a child who is a bully. These are both conditions, and they are both in need of guidance, love and understanding. No one stops being a bully without being called on it, and no one survives without hope. Bullies are not jealous; they are convinced of their own superiority, and their right to be cruel. Victims are not just “picked on”, they are made to feel like they have no place in this world, and without some countervailing force, the result is this.
Changing laws won’t do a thing if individuals don’t step up and do their part. If you know a child who is being bullied, help them. If you know a child who is bullying, stop them. Explain the significance of actions, and don’t soften it with platitudes. Children are only ever as safe as we make them, and assuming that it is someone else’s problem will only ever make it worse. You are the only one who can decide to be a positive influence on a child’s life, and people need to know that they are directly responsible for the well-being of those around them. This is what it means to be a human being.
you should know three things:
FIRST: Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old boy who identified as bisexual, was a freshman at Williamsville North High School near Buffalo, NY. He tried to keep himself in good spirits, even releasing an “It Gets Better” video (which you can see here.) However, he was bullied to an extreme level, and on Saturday, September 17, 2011, he took his own life, overwhelmed by the hateful things that others had said to him.
SECOND: If you live in Western New York, there is a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Jamey THIS SUNDAY, September 25, 2011 at 8 PM. The vigil will begin on Allen Street, between Franklin and Main Streets, and will march to Marcella’s, at the corner of Main and West Tupper. If you can go, please do. Stand up to bullying in Buffalo and beyond.
THIRD: I found a petition online asking the Buffalo Sabres to make an “It Gets Better” video. In light of what has happened, I can’t think of a better time to sign it. Many young people look up to the players and try to emulate their actions, so the team releasing a video, especially in Jamey’s honour would do tremendous things. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION, and then pass it on to your friends. It only takes about 30 seconds.
Finally, if you see bullying in action, you need to try and do something to stop it. As Mean Girls taught me, there are two kinds of evil people in the world: Those who do evil things, and those who see evil things being done and don’t do anything to stop them. Don’t be either, but especially don’t be the latter.
Let us remember the Jamey Rodemeyers, the Tyler Clementis, the Raymond Chases, and Seth Walshes of the world. Let us also remember those who are still struggling with bullying, that our generation may be the end to this horrible trend.
Sign the petition everyone!