Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Stand Up, Speak out! Youth Rally

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Stand Up, Speak out! Youth Rally

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Two weeks after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly bill 2845, which provides school employees with the resources and training necessary to assist students subjected to school bullying and discrimination-including students harassed on the basis of actual or perceived religious affiliation-the Organization of Chinese Americans Sacramento Regional Coalition for Tolerance hosted the 4th annual Stand Up, Speak Out! youth rally. AB2845 is the first and only bill directly addressing the issue of Islamophobia in California. Some 200 school children attended the Oct. 19 event on the steps of the California State Capitol.

As master of ceremonies, Bobbie Singh- Allen of the Elk Grove, CA Unified School District, kicked offthe program and introduced the speakers.

Sen. Richard Pan, still a practicing pediatrician, related his childhood experiences of "being the new kid on the block" and dealing with the issue of bullying. "This can affect your self-esteem and how others think about you," he said. "We need you to be the leaders of today and speak out and support those who feel alone and helpless."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley chapter's executive director Basim Elkarra, a newly elected member of the Twin Rivers School Board, related the story of 11-year-old Natomas student Yasmine Nayabkhil, recipient of CAIR's Courage and Inspiration Award. …

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