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