Culver City Area Participates in National Unity Day Today
Martin Feinberg, Realtor, has just learned that today is Unity Day in Culver City. Unity Day is a nationwide event that was created by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center almost ten years ago to stand up against bullying.
Ellen DeGeneres was the first celebrity to participate in the event when it began in 2011 and since that time, it’s popularity has continued to grow. Last year, even Disney and ABC participated in the celebration. According to PACER, the easiest way for those within the Culver City Real Estate area to take part in the event is to simply wear orange.
Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center, stated, “Orange provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity. Whether it’s hundreds of individuals at a school wearing orange, store owners offering orange products, or a community changing a landmark to orange, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the supportive, universal message that bullying is never acceptable behavior.”
Past Los Angeles County observations of Unity Day have included assemblies, posters, mascots, civic discussions, and police participation, culminating with an anti-bullying pledge.
Other Ways to Participate in Unity Day Are:
- Wear something orange, such as clothing, jewelry or accessories.
- Design your own orange item, such as a bracelet made from construction paper or ribbon.
- Print and wear the “Why I’m Wearing Orange” badge
- Get involved online: Go orange on social media, post photos wearing orange and tag them #UnityDay2019, share pictures to the 2019 Facebook event page, and send photos to bullying411@PACER.org to be included in the yearly Facebook album.
Local listing agent Martin Feinberg notes that for those currently dealing with bullying, Unity Day is not enough to mitigate the pain and isolation. To help meet that important need, the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles is offering a teen peer support phone app—Teen Talk in partnership with Teen Line.
The app allows teens to talk anonymously to trained teen peers to get emotional support and inspiration. Teen Talk currently has over 17,000 active users and is continuing to grow.
According to a statement from Teen talk, the app is an “outlet for teens in crisis who can discuss a wide range of serious topics such as bullying, sexuality, self-harm, assault, and relationships in a safe and healthy community. For teens who have little parental involvement, who suffer from isolation and social awkwardness, who feel like they have nowhere else to turn, Teen Talk offers a crucial safety net where they feel heard without judgment.”
Those interested in learning more about Unity Day should visit PACER’s websitefor more information.