April 8th marks the Day of Silence, a national day of action where students take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of discrimination of 2SLGBTQIA+ students.
The first Day of Silence was organized in 1996 by then-student Maria Pulzetti and her classmates at the University of Virginia, for a class project on non-violent protests. That April, over 150 students stood together to bring attention to the silencing and harassment of 2SLGBTQIA+ students.
Every April 8th, students (from elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and university) attend school without speaking, ending the day by participating in a Breaking the Silence rally or event to share ways their schools and communities can become more inclusive.
Check out last year’s National Student Council’s Day of Silence Zine 2022
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PSAC Ontario Council