On Friday, December 13, 2013, we invite you to celebrate the fourth annual Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day, an affirmation of geek pride and a stance against bullying.
- Wear something Star Wars or science fiction-related.
- Donate a Star Wars or science fiction toy to a child in need (but please put a post-it note on the new, unwrapped toy specifying that it can go to a girl or a boy; otherwise, these traditional “boy toys” will be given only to boys). You can bring the toy to a hospital, a shelter, or drop it off with any charitable organization collecting toys.
If you are on Facebook, please use the Event page to invite your friends to participate as well! Your school or workplace can use it as a chance to hold an anti-bullying toy drive. Please upload yours pics to Facebook or on Twitter using the hashtag #WSWSSW2013.
This amazing event originated in November of 2010, when the international community of Star Wars fans rallied to defend my first-grade daughter, who was being taunted by the boys at school because she was a girl who loved Star Wars. The support was instant and effusive, and K quickly regained her confidence as a Star-Wars-loving female.
Aided by the speed and ease of social media, the Geeks and Star Wars fans sent K’s story zipping around the globe. Your voices have been passionate and compassionate, and we have heard from thousands of you. I included some of your letters to K in my book Bullied. Your words collectively tell the story of a group of people who know what it is like to be taunted and teased, and you also have learned your own resilience and strength.
And then, in September of 2012, nearly two years later, we came full circle, and our family had a chance to stand up for the 501st Legion. The Star Wars fans as a group were hurt and outraged when they became the target of a taunting online slideshow featured on news websites. The slideshow featured pictures of people in costume attending Star Wars Celebration VI. The captions were cruel, and many of the people in the photos were members of the 501st Legion. K and I were able to offer our support and encouragement to the very people who had been so kind to us. The Star Wars community is like that – we have each other’s backs.
We are proud to be part of this community, and we thank you for supporting our work against bullying! On Friday, December 13, please show your Star Wars pride, your stance against bullying, and your generosity for a child in need!
May The Force Be With You! #WSWSSW2013
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