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February 22, 2008

Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan has recently announced that February 27 will be “Pink Shirt Day” in Vancouver. Next Wednesday, people in the city – and anywhere else, for that matter – can stand up to bullying in schools, in playgrounds, and at work. How? Easy. Wear something pink.

Sullivan said, “I want to also challenge all the other mayors and councillors around the region to do the same. I know that for many people it's a big issue.”

The British Columbia campaign got its start on radio station CKNW’s Christy Clark show.

... [W]ear something pink to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere.

Wear a pink shirt, hat, scarf, glasses – or whatever! – while at school, work, etc.

Feel free to invite your friends and ask them to get involved.

— cknw.com

The idea to wear pink as a public statement against bullying has its roots in Nova Scotia. Last September, two senior students at Central Kings Rural High School – David Shepherd and Travis Price – heard about a Grade 9 boy getting hassled for wearing a pink shirt. The seniors bought a whole bunch of pink tops, and invited other students to put them on.

The gesture caught on, and has since spread across Canada and into the United States.

Inspired by this, Christy Clark has decided to encourage the people of a whole province to dress in pink for a day.

Perhaps making this February 27 a day in the pink will catch on outside of British Columbia, too.

If you are a student, print off THIS LETTER [84.9 KB PDF] and give to your Principal / Headmaster / etc. so that your school can get involved.

— christyclark.com

sources

Wear Pink, christyclark.ca | Month 00, 2008
WEAR PINK - END BULLYING, CKNW, “Here’s what we’ve covered on the show so far, and what we plan to discuss in the following weeks. If there’s a segment you missed but wish to hear, please ... check out our Audio Vault. ”
You can help promote this event by printing out the following posters for your school or work:

Wear a Pink T-shirt on February 27th and Take a Stand Against Bullying, Facebook group
Wear Pink to Work on February 27, 2008, by BARRY O’NEILL, President, CUPE BC Division, CUPE BC website | February 19, 2008
Pink floods school hallways in bid for tolerance, cbc.ca | September 21, 2007

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