President Donald Trump: Change Your Tone

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President Donald Trump,

In 2016, our country concluded a political campaign that was filled with bullying where many marginalized and vulnerable groups including women, Muslims, immigrants, Blacks, Mexicans, the disabled, Native Americans as well as the LGBTQI community were targeted simply for being who they are.

These bullying actions have taken us to a place where our future is not just uncertain, but could very well be dangerous. Some have already experienced a wave of post-election hate and harassment. Now more than ever we must be Upstanders; people who stand up and say something when we see someone being harassed or intimidated. The Tyler Clementi Foundation will not tolerate bullying for any purposes, and certainly not for political gain.

We are calling on you to do the following:

  • Change your tone. Be the president for all people, even those who didn’t vote for you, oppose you and even those who demonstrate against you. Showing respect for diverse opinions will help heal our national dialogue.
  • Model behavior that condemns bias, cruelty and marginalization of people of all identities, genders, sexual orientations, races, languages, abilities and religions.
  • Join Melania Trump in her expressed commitment to reduce cyberbullying, with sincere gestures and federal resources.

Photo: Greg Skidmore

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Mom to Mom: Invite Melania to Join Us in Conversation

SIGN THE LETTER BELOW + SEND YOUR OWN LETTER: Want to make it clear that Melania should join the conversation in how we all can end bullying, harassment and humiliation? Send a physical letter to First Lady Melania Trump, asking her to meet with Jane Clementi to discuss working together to end online and offline #bullying. Send the letter to either Trump Tower, 58th floor, 725 5th Avenue, New York NY 10022 or Office of the First Lady, The White House, Washington, DC. Take a picture of the letter or envelope and share on social media (remember to tag us!) to inspire others to join the campaign.

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As a nation, the time is now to stand up for bullying prevention in our schools and our communities. Jane Clementi, mother of Tyler Clementi, has responded to First Lady elect Melania Trump’s call to end online bullying by inviting her to a discussion. She is also inviting mothers throughout the nation to join her in this invitation in hopes that raising our voices in unison creates a safe space to talk about real solutions that support youth of all races, religious affiliations, sexual identities, gender identities, and abilities.

Please read the letter below and add your support:

“Thank you, Melania, for agreeing that cyberbulling is a major problem.

Bullying is a health crisis with implications across communities and schools. As a mother, I believe all families must have safe spaces for learning and interacting with others. We must work together to prevent all forms of online and offline bullying, harassment and humiliation from affecting any child’s development.

Let’s have a conversation—mom to mom—to discuss solutions that put an end to all online and offline bullying for everyone.

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