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Gail Marlene Schwartz
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Across Canada and the United States, schools are increasing their efforts to prevent bullying and address the issue systemically. Arts organizations, theater groups in particular, have in response developed school programs that directly yet creatively confront bullying in hopes of more effectively engaging students in the conversation.
Hudson River Playback Theater, a company in New York, led by Playback founder Jo Salas, developed a program in 1999 called No More Bullying aimed at helping schools eradicate bullying. Salas started No More Bullying after a middle school assistant principal saw a community Playback show. She asked Salas if she thought Playback could be used to address bullying.
During the North American feminist movement in the 1970's, lesbians began coming out and in Canada, the United States, Europe, Japan, and Israel, lesbian culture flourished. By the 1980s, there were groups of these women who got together and began living separately from men. These women became known as separatists.