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The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) challenges the systemic problem of pushout in our nation's schools and works to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. As a national coalition, the Dignity in Schools Campaign builds power amongst parents, youth, organizers, advocates and educators to transform their own communities, support alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment, criminalization and the dismantling of public schools, and fight racism and all forms of oppression. We bring together our members through direct action organizing, public policy advocacy and leadership development to fight for the human right of every young person to a quality education and to be treated with dignity.
This website includes a searchable database of research on pushout, school discipline, and positive alternatives, specific resources for youth, parents and educators, and information about our active campaign projects.
In December 2006, following the passage of the so-called “Marriage Amendment,” two Richmond mothers pledged to create an organization to fight for their children’s rights. The amendment, approved by the majority of legislators in the General Assembly and ratified by voters in Virginia, denies LGBT citizens inherent rights guaranteed by our country’s Constitution.
In January 2007, those two Richmond mothers, Joyce Scher and Ellen Shelton, invited supportive friends and family members of LGBT persons to a luncheon discussion to share their plans and invite membership. A steering committee was formed and began meeting weekly to create Mothers and Others of Virginia (MOVA).
Today, Mothers and Others of Virginia is a grass roots organization combining the power of motherhood, family, friends and fair-minded people to secure equal rights for our beloved lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning children, relatives, and friends. We promote:
- Emotionally healthy families by educating people about the need for legal recognition for committed intimate relationships between consenting adults and all other legal institutions that support marriage.
- Equal treatment for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
- Standing up for justice whenever it is denied because of sexual orientation or gender identity
- Recognition of the overwhelming conclusion by the scientific community that sexual orientation and gender identification are not determined by choice but instead occur naturally in a variety of forms.
IEPPLAN.COM/504PLAN.COM are online resources that empowers students and parents to create their own IEP Teams virtually, allowing them to gain valuable support and insight from a diverse group of individuals in order to craft truly individualized educational plan that meets the specialized needs of your student, prior to holding the formal IEP Team meeting with your school district.