Chicago, April 20, 2014 – Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition will present a panel, two workshops, and an off-site mixer for celebrities, press and fans this weekend at C2E2.
The event is expected to garner C2E2 celebrity participation and press. Several national non-profits with anti-bullying initiatives, including the Anti-Defamation League, are partnering with the Coalition at C2E2, in addition to local organizations.
The unprecedented coalition was formed by actress Chase Masterson (Star Trek) and award-winning author Carrie Goldman (Harper Collins’ Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear, 2012).
The Coalition and C2E2 will sponsor the “I Am” Campaign, photographing celebrities and fans with an “I Am” sign, on which they write an assertive fact about themselves. Celebrities including Stan Lee (“I Am Stan the Man”), Hulk Hogan (“I Am Content), Seth Green (“I Am a Red-Headed Weirdo”), William Shatner, Felicia Day, Greg Grunberg, and Chase Masterson (“I Am Making a Stand for All of Us”) participated in this Campaign at New York Comic-Con.
The Coalition will also sponsor the Pop Culture Press Mixer & Anti-Bullying Blast Saturday from 7 pm - 12 am Duffy’s Tavern & Grille 420 1/2 W. Diversey Avenue, Lincoln Park, ChicagoFan Admission $10 • All proceeds go to support the Coalition’s work
The Coalition will have Booth FV3024 in C2E2‘s Fan Village.
Workshops and panel include:
• 4 PM Friday & 5:30 PM Saturday on Fan Village Stage
End Bullying in Schools!
Join author Carrie Goldman for a one-hour free workshop on how best to respond to bullying in schools, including strategies to manage cyberbullying, verbal taunts, and victim blaming.
• Friday April 25, 5:30 pm in Room S403
End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in Our Culture
Panelists include Masterson, Goldman, and other celebrity guests, and discussion topics include geek bullying, LGBT bullying, and cyber-bullying.
“The anti-bullying issue is coming of age,” remarks Masterson, “Everyone can relate to it, and especially with the rash of recent teenage suicides, it’s time for it to stop. We're uniting pop culture's favorite stars and media to make a stand along with these top organizations.”
“In our digitalized, media-driven society, pop culture has a constant influence on the way that both children and adults interpret the world. When kids see celebrities take action against bullying, it resonates strongly and sends the message that cruelty is not acceptable,” says Goldman.
Please see Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition for details. For press credentials for the Press Mixer & Blast at Duffy’s Tavern &Grille on Saturday April 26, please RSVP as soon as possible to RSVP@AntiBullyingCoalition.com.