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Just saw the Falls Church premiere of I AM http://iamthedoc.com/ . Check it out. Will be at E Street starting Friday.  Heart-centered it had all my favorites: Thomas Merton, Albert Einstein, Desmond Tutu, Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, and new insights on how we are biologically and spiritually hard-wired for cooperation.


From the director of BRUCE ALMIGHTY, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR and ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE comes something completely different.

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Reggie was interviewed by Teaching Tolerance Magazine, and he discussed Burke’s role in celebrating International Abolition Day last year in conjunction with the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation. He is quoted throughout the article and the reporter included details about the efforts of our students to recognize the plight of victims of slave trafficking.

This is what the author wrote, “At last year’s International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, students at Edmund Burke presented a range of co-curricular projects. In one math class, high school students conducted a statistical analysis of slavery today. One student recited a poem on the theme of human bondage. Another produced a DVD of digital images featuring women and children enslaved around the world. Others created pamphlets and handed them out on the streets of Washington, D.C., to educate passersby to the suffering of 21st century slaves.

Click Here to read the article.

Check out our blog post on Abolition Day at Burke.

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Make sure you check out Burke’s Facebook Page for great photos of today’s Homeless Walk by the entire school.  If it’s your first visit to our Facebook page – make sure that you “Like” it – so that other cool updates show up in your newsfeed.


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For Human rights today is a HUGE day in history. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips orders an immediate Injunction on the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

You can read the full New York Times Article Here

The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy prohibits the military from asking about the sexual orientation of service members but bans those who are openly gay. Under the 1993 policy, service men and women who acknowledge being gay or are discovered engaging in homosexual activity, even in the privacy of their own homes off base, are subject to discharge.

lots of articles out there on this today. There is, of course the possibility this will be overturned, or something else will happen, but it’s an exciting step forward anyway!

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Is today!

There are tons of ways you can show your support as a GLBTQ person or Straight Ally.

Check out:

HRC (human rights campaign) – the Human Rights Campaign represents a grassroots force of over 750,000 members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

The Trevor Project – The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Project 10 – Public school program providing on-site educational support services to youth. History, how to get involved, and advice column.

GLSEN – GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation -The Matthew Shepard Foundation tries to raise awareness and promote human dignity for everyone by engaging schools, corporations, and individuals in dialogues. These dialogues take many forms; some are presentations, some are interactive seminars, and some are web-based. Ultimately, we try to cross boundaries between straight and gay in order to bring people together.

There are many more resources out there, linked from each of these sites.

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Recently in Assembly David S. showed the school this video that Ellen DeGeneres made about the recent rash of Gay suicides, and GLBT bullying in schools/colleges.

You can read more about these events and the political backlash here…(an associated press article)

I won’t preach about why this is happening, or comment on the sadness of all these events, but instead, I wanted to share a great resource for GLBT Youth, and a place you could donate time or money if you wanted a way to help, or to honor the memory of those we’ve lost in the recent weeks.

The Trevor Project (http://www.thetrevorproject.org/) is an amazing resource. They have a 24 hour / 7 day a week lifeline:

There’s also great resources for suicide prevention, warning signs, lots of local resource information, as well as educational tools, and ways that anyone can volunteer there time or donate money.

As these suicides are making front page news, think about ways, large or small, that you can help make this a safe and loving place for all GLBT youth to live and grow up in.

If these words weren’t convincing enough, here’s some celeb’s plugging the trevor project:

and finally, a video that tells you a little bit about what the trevor project is, and what they do:

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Our 9th grade!

Last Friday, the whole 9th grade class got together to learn about one of DC’s coolest parks while helping clean it up. Working with Parks and People at their Riverside Center, students learned about DC history while putting in some focused work outside. The 9th grade Service Learning programs asks students to reflect on their environment and how they can impact their communities through green living and their carbon footprint. Thanks to the 9th grade team of advisors and parents for a great day of learning and service!

Check out the brick wall from Marvin Gaye’s house!

Click here to check the 100 great(!) photos at BurkePix or just click here to go right to the Slideshow!

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