Byron Stander, Anti-Bully man

Stop it. Be nice. Use your mind, and be kind.

Dr. Ken Lyon is an educator and a ventriloquist who performs with his puppet companion Byron Stander to stop bullying.


April 18, 2017:  The Dummy Revolution moves to the House. Byron just wrote letters to the ten Washington State Representatives in the U.S. House (Suzan DelBene, Rick Larsen, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dan Newhouse, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Derek Kilmer, Pramila Jayapal, David Reichert, Adam Smith, and Denny Heck). He expressed his deep concern about our current political environment. The letters go in the mail tomorrow. Here is the full text:

Dear Representative:

My name is Byron Stander, Anti-Bully Man, and I work with Dr. Ken Lyon, a ventriloquist living in Redmond, Washington. I am a dummy. Our mission is to stop all bullying!

Dr. Lyon and I have performed at more than forty schools, Rotary Clubs, retirement communities, and other venues since the summer of 2014, including the International Ventriloquist Society Convention in Kentucky. Dr. Lyon is a retired educator, with forty-five years as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, and Anti-Bullying Compliance Officer. He taught in Maryland, Vermont, Colorado, Beijing, and Washington. Our message is simple yet thoughtful, “Stop it. Be nice. Use your mind, and be kind.”

We are deeply concerned about the current political environment in America. Most of the values taught in schools and that I promote are not being modeled by many of the highest leaders of our country. Kids look up to adults to learn how to live their lives with honesty, integrity, and respect. All children need to have positive adult role models around them in the news and on TV. Unfortunately, this is not what we always see in today’s political world.

Children need to see and hear adults always telling the truth. Children need to see adults showing respect for all people. Children need to see adults working cooperatively without lying, name calling, or put-downs. Children need to see adults distinguishing between fact and opinion. Children need to see adults insisting on appropriate behavior. Children need to see adults setting the best examples and expectations for how we treat each other. Children are impressionable, and they are watching.

Children learn from their parents and teachers, your constituents. You have a challenging job, and I hope that you will use your power to affirm the truth and make socially just decisions. The future of America depends on how forthright and equitable our leaders are today and how well they perform their legal and moral obligations.

Thank you very much for taking my comments seriously. I am also sending this letter to your nine Washington State colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives, and I sent a similar letter to all United States Senators in March. If I can support you in any way, please let me know.

Sincerely,

      Byron

March 24, 2017:  Byron wrote letters to every United States senator regarding his concerns and convictions about the current political situation. His focus was the disconnect between what is taught in schools about respectful behavior and what he sees occurring in Washington D.C. and throughout the country on a regular basis. He mailed all one hundred letters on March 24, 2017. He has now officially started The Dummy Revolution. Below is the full letter.

Byron's mission is to influence and improve the current political culture and climate. He is trying to reinforce the connection among cooperative learning that is taught in schools, teamwork that is practiced in today's workplace, and collaboration that should be the essential cornerstone of government.

Here is Byron's letters to U.S. Senators:

Dear Senator:

My name is Byron Stander, Anti-Bully Man, and I work with Dr. Ken Lyon, a ventriloquist living in Redmond, Washington. I am a dummy, though I find that descriptor unintentionally offensive. Dr. Lyon and I have performed at more than forty schools, Rotary Clubs, retirement communities, and other venues since the summer of 2014, including the International Ventriloquist Society Convention in Hebron, Kentucky. Dr. Lyon is a retired educator, having had a forty-five-year career as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, and Anti-Bullying Compliance Officer. He has taught in Maryland, Vermont, Colorado, Beijing, and Washington. My goal and mission is to stop all bullying, now. My message is a simple yet thoughtful one, “Stop it. Be nice. Use your mind, and be kind.”

I am writing to each United States Senator at this time because I am deeply concerned about our current political environment. Most of the values that I see taught in schools and that I promote publicly are not being modeled by many of the highest leaders of our country. Children look up to adults to learn how to live their lives with honesty, integrity, and respect. Children need to have positive adult role models who demonstrate distinguished, credible behavior worthy of emulation. Unfortunately, this is not what they see in the political arena today. Children need to see and hear adults always speaking the truth. Children need to see adults behaving reliably in ways that show respect for cultural diversity and a difference of beliefs. Children need to see adults working together cooperatively without name calling, lying, false accusations, rude comments, or put-downs. Children need to see adults making reasonable rules based on guiding principles, adults following these rules responsibly, and adults delivering appropriate consequences for violations of them. Children need to see adults making honorable decisions based on what is fair and just for all. Children need to see adults able to distinguish between fact and opinion. Children need to see no tolerance for inappropriate behavior at any level. Children need to view adults with admiration as moral exemplars. Children are impressionable, and they are watching.

Children look up to their parents, and their parents are your constituents, all of them, not just the ones who might have voted for you but also the millions of people who did not vote for you or who did not vote at all. You have a challenging job, but if you keep an open mind and search deeply into your heart, you will learn and understand what is universally and naturally right. In this way, you can use your power to speak what is correct, to make socially just decisions, and to take upright, virtuous action. A lot of the future of this country depends on how forthright, conscientious, and equitable you are and how well you perform your legal and moral obligations.

Thank you very much for taking my comments seriously and for your service. If I can be of any assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 Sincerely,

     Byron

In April 2017, Byron participated in the March for Science and the March for Climate Change.

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