Bullying in Politics

Today, I wrote to the President of the United States.   I also wrote to the First Lady,  every Governor of every state, and all of the State of Connecticut Government.  I also wrote to a few other politicians that we know in a few other states.  Why did I write to them?  Because CHANGE must happen in this country- real change- that has to come from the top down where we ALL decided to #BeBrave and stand up to bullying.

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Here’s what I wrote to them:

I’m Ally. When I was 13, I tried to kill myself because I had been tormented by bullies for year. Luckily, I survived, and I’ve made it my goal to help others by becoming an anti-bullying advocate and teaching others how to be brave and stand up to bullying.  I’m 16 now, and I love in Connecticut.  Bullying isn’t just a problem in my state, it’s a problem everywhere.

We can fix it, however, if the whole COUNTRY works together.

We need to acknowledge that bullying is a national problem and work hard to find a national solution.  I think if we all learn to #BeBrave, we can do it.

Help me make 2015 the year that the United States takes bullying seriously. I am trying hard to be the change I want to see in the world. Will you help me?

I was very clear that I wanted them to take bullying seriously. I’m asking them what they plan on doing about bullying in their state.  Bullying is killing us.  It’s killing both our souls, and our bodies. It’s killing our future.

Politicians are supposed to be representative of the people they serve. Imagine, for one minute, if someone from EVERY STATE IN AMERICA were to stand up and say, ENOUGH, IT IS TIME FOR US ALL TO #BeBrave and stand up to bullying. Imagine if they asked their lawmakers to help them pass laws to help ?   Do you think change might happen then?  Do you think that maybe you are just one person, and that noting you do can make a different? I used to feel the same way.  And it might be true, that I am only one person. but I can promise you that NOTHING will change, ever, if I don’t try.

Where does YOUR state government stand on bullying?  Why don’t you ask them?  Here’s a list to start:

  1. Alabama– Robert Bentley  @GovernorBentley
  2. Alaska– Bill Walker  @AkGovBillWalker
  3. Arizona – Doug Ducey   @dougducey
  4. Arkansas– Asa Hutchinson   @GovBeebeMedia
  5. California- Jerry Brown  email here
  6. Colorado– John Hickenlooper   @hickforco
  7. Connecticut– Dan Malloy     @GovMalloyOffice
  8. Delaware– Jack Markell     @GovernorMarkell
  9. Florida– Rick Scott     @FLGovScott
  10. Georgia– Nathan Deal     @GovernorDeal
  11. Hawaii– David Ige     @GovHawaii
  12. Idaho– Butch Otter     @ButchOtter
  13. Illinois– Bruce Rauner     @BruceRauner * To be inaugurated 1/12
  14. Indiana– Mike Pence     @GovPenceIN
  15. Iowa– Terry Branstad     @TerryBranstad
  16. Kansas– Sam Brownback     @govsambrownback
  17. Kentucky– Steven Beshear     @GovSteveBeshear
  18. Louisiana– Bobby Jindal      email
  19. Maine– Paul LePage     @Governor_LePage
  20. Maryland– Larry Hogan     @StateMaryland  *Inaugurated 1/21
  21. Massachusetts Charlie Baker      @MassGovernor
  22. Michigan– Rick Snyder     @onetoughnerd
  23. Minnesota– Mark Dayton    @GovMarkDayton
  24. Mississippi– Phil Bryant     @PhilBryantMS
  25. Missouri – Jay Nixon     @GovJayNixon
  26. Montana– Steve Bullock     @GovernorBullock
  27. Nebraska– Pete Ricketts  Contact Form
  28. Neveda – Brian Sandoval     @GovSandoval
  29. New Hampshire– Maggie Hassan     @GovernorHassan
  30. New Jersey– Chris Christie     @GovChristie
  31. New Mexico– Susana Martinez     Contact form
  32. New York – Andrew Cuomo     @NYGovCuomo
  33. North Carolina– Pat McCrory     @PatMcCroryNC
  34. North Dakota– Jack Dalrymple     @NDGovDalrymple
  35. Ohio – John Kasich     @OHPressSec
  36. Oklahoma– Mary Fallin     @GovMaryFallin
  37. Oregon – John Kitzhaber     @GovKitz
  38. Pennsylvania –  Tom Wolfe   To be inaugurated 1/20
  39. Rhode Island – Gina Rainmondo     @GinaRaimondo
  40. South Carolina –  Nikki Haley     @SCGOVOFFICE
  41. South Dakota –  Dennis Daugaard     @SDGovDaugaard
  42. Tennessee – Bill Haslam     @BillHaslam
  43. Texas –  Greg Abbott     @TexGov  Inauguration 1/20
  44. Utah – Gary Herbert     @GovHerbert
  45. Vermont – Peter Shumlin     @GovPeterShumlin
  46. Virginia –  Terry McAuliffe     @GovernorVA
  47. Washington – Jay Inslee     @GovInslee
  48. West Virginia – Earl Ray Tomblin     @GovTomblin
  49. Wisconsin –  Scott Walker     @GovWalker
  50. Wyoming – Matthew Mead   email

How about you send a tweet to your Governor and ask?

YOUR GOVENOR HERE,  Let’s join with @Loser_gurls & make 2015 the year (Insert your state Abbreviation) learns to #BeBrave & stand up to #Bullying

It takes a lot more than the Governor of a state to get an idea to become a bill to become a law.  If we we want to REALLY help stop bullying, we need to tell our politicians to take notice and know WE MEAN IT.  You need to start reaching out to your local state representatives to get them going, and I’ve linked each state to the Governor’s websites, which you can track back to find your representative. Maybe you’re not yet 18 (voting age) but you can STILL have a voice! You will, after all, vote one day. Your parents can vote. Twitter and social media can be a powerful tool, and raising awareness is always a good thing!  I’ve also added each twitter address for the state Governors, and ways to reach them.


48 Responses to Bullying in Politics

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    Wow, how brave of you to take on such a project. I sure as hope many of them respond to you and make those changes.

  2. It is so uplifting to see you take such a dark period and circumstances and turn them around to be helpful to others. What a brave and lovely young lady you are!

  3. I think this is a great thing you have started. I hope they get a lot of responses and do something about it

  4. Debbie L. says:

    Tweeted to Scott Walker ~ Wisconsin and also sharing on my FB page ~ https://www.facebook.com/DeDaStudio/posts/787154271334566

    Great cause!!!! You are amazing!!!

  5. Wow very eloquently written! I hope that someone listens. Sometimes all it takes is one person to step up to make a change.

  6. becca says:

    wow how inspiring. To take a dark time and turn it into a positive to help others.

  7. That is awesome! I hope the people in power really listen and start creating change. It’s so inspiring that you did this.

  8. Heather says:

    Thanks for sharing all the twitter information for the state governors!

  9. lisa says:

    This is a fantastic cause. Bullying is a huge problem and it needs to stop in 2015.

  10. Sometimes I think some of the elected officials are bullies themselves when I hear some of the stuff that comes out of their mouths. Good luck to you. Please share any responses you receive.

  11. Censie says:

    Fantastic! You made it easy for everyone to contact their representatives. Thank you!

  12. It is important for all people to work together to bring an end to bullying. It is the best thing for the bullied, for bullies and for the world at large.

  13. Rosey says:

    It’s wonderful that you took action. I hope you get amazing results.

  14. Good for you for speaking up and creating awareness and change in the world! You are inspiring!!

  15. Kristin says:

    You are so brave and I hope they all take you very seriously!

  16. Yes we must take a stand against bullying. Thanks for spreading the word and reaching out to the powers at be….

  17. Andrea Kruse says:

    It is wonderful to see you taking a stance for something so near and dear to you. This month my kids are celebrating “friendship” at school. Sadly, my 1st grader got in trouble for saying mean things to a classmate. Knowing him, I know he wasn’t trying to be cruel. But we talked a lot this weekend about kindness, friends and feelings. No one wants to see their child bullied, or find out their children are bullying others. I think open discussion is essential for kids and parents.

  18. Mommy2jam says:

    I hope they listen and get this issues out there. This is so serious bullying has gotten out of control more so with technology. Thank you for sharing and taking a stand. I am also glad you didn’t end your life over the kids who were so mean.

  19. Anjanette says:

    All of us need to stand up to bullying. We have a pretty awesome governor I will ask how we Nevada Folks are doing.

  20. Both my kids were bullied in school and one of them was by a teacher. I applaud you for taking a stand against this horrible practice.

  21. Stephanie Keeping says:

    Wow! This is so important. I think it’s important to do something and stand up against bullies!

  22. Michele says:

    Tweeted the above to NY gov Cuomo.

  23. What a great idea and such a useful list! We seem to have a lot of stirring going around here lately with bullying at the middle school level. Keep up the good work!

  24. Crystal says:

    I think it is truly wonderful what you are doing to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Your courage and passion are exactly what we need to end bullying.

  25. you are so right and brave to post this. Bullying is no joke. I’m a pretty easy going mom, but when I see one of my kids being mean, I LOSE IT! There is nothing more awful than kids hurting other kids. And no it doesn’t have to by physical, words DO hurt, internet bullying DOES hurt. Thanks so much!

  26. Thank you for this list! That is so helpful! Sometimes it does pay to make your voice heard. I had a friend who recently reached out to her senator and governor over a matter and she received a response within 24 hours! I was amazed!

  27. I LOVE that you wrote all those people! I’ll send it over to my politician tonight!

  28. What a great thing and brave thing to. This problem is getting out of hand.

  29. what an incredible thing to do for the good of all young people today! and thank you for sharing the resources we all can reach out to in our own states to help raise awareness about this initiative.

  30. Heather says:

    Your 16 going on 25! I am not your mother, but I would be very proud to be your mother right now because you are taking a thing in your life that was very negative and you are turning it around and making a change for the better and you are impacting lives over this! I hope you get you get a lot of responses and the support you need!

  31. Liz Mays says:

    Everyone should stand up to bullying. There should be better mental health programs in all schools for bullies and their victims.

  32. Chrysa says:

    This is such an important cause. Thanks for doing this! Just to let you know, you have the information for Michigan repeated for Minnesota.

  33. Elaina says:

    This is such an important initiative. I hope more people follow in your steps and stop bullying.

  34. Excellently written Ally. I hope that everyone takes the time to reach out to their local government officials to take the stand!

  35. Raijean says:

    This is great, I love that you are taking a stand. Bullying has become so great that we must get Government involved.

  36. It’s amazing how far a bully will go to make someone hurt so much, but yet there really isn’t anywhere to turn. My son experienced this. I’ll certainly be writing in.

  37. Jessica M says:

    What an important project, I was also bullied in school too and I worry about the safety of my children as they grow.

    Kudos to you

  38. Avry says:

    It was interesting to click on the link for my state. Thank you for providing that! You go girl!! we need to come together on this and work hard to get it to stop!

  39. Melissa says:

    You are so brave….what an amazing initiative! I fear for my 3 kids when they are in school.

  40. What an awesome idea! I love that you are doing this and using your personal experience to give you and us strength. Bullying is a silent killer and we MUST stop it. I am with you 100%

  41. Krista says:

    I think it’s so brave for you to take a stand!

  42. This is awesome! I just tweeted it out for RI!

  43. Melanie says:

    Wow. Good for you. Reaching out to the leadership of our country is such an important step in voicing your concerns. I agree that bullying is a topic that needs addressing.

  44. Digna D. says:

    Very well said. Quite a good cause. Bullying has been around for ages and without people stepping up, it will never go away. Thank you for sharing.

  45. Karen W says:

    Good for you! Bullying is serious and someone needs to stop it. I am scared for my kids to get older and how they will be treated in school. It scares me.

  46. Good for you for following your heart. Bullying has always been around. Always. But back in the day kids were not afraid to defend themselves or stand up for themselves. These days if you make a stand you are punished and that is very unfortunate.

  47. Debi says:

    You are an amazing young lady. I hope this makes a change in government.

  48. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Wow, this hits close to home as my sister attempted the same at 12. I am so glad you turned it around and are now helping others.

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