Bully: From Movie to Movement

Bully: From Movie to Movement

Session Type(s): Special Event

Starts: Thursday, Jun. 7 1:30 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Jun. 7 2:45 PM (Eastern)

The new movie Bully has captured national attention and given a voice to youth pushed into the shadows and the families that fight for them. Join National Education Association VP Lily Eskelsen, online activist Katie Butler, and Christie Marchese to discuss next steps in the Bully-Free movement. #BullyFree


Katy Butler


Katy Butler, the 17-year-old openly lesbian Michigan high school student who led a national campaign to get the Motion Picture Association of America to change the ‘R’ rating of the film Bully to ‘PG-13.’ She created and publicized a Change.org petition, then hand-delivered over a half-million signatures to to the MPAA, causing them to change the rating. Butler is an outspoken activist on anti-bullying and LGBT issues and is the youth producer for “The Bully Chronicles,” an upcoming film from the perspective of bullies.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia

Lily Eskelsen Garcia

Lily Eskelsen García is president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union. Lily began her career in education as a school lunch lady and now leads a professional association of three million educators — she is the first Latina and first former Teacher of the Year to lead the NEA.

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Kelby Johnson


Kelby Johnson is from Tuttle, Oklahoma. After being removed from school by his parents, he went to work full time and earned his G.E.D. Kelby recently left his job and has been traveling extensively to promote the documentary Bully across the country. He is currently an intern with GLSEN and hopes to utilize the publicity surrounding the release of the film to lobby for legislation aimed at creating a safe school environment for all students.

Christie Marchese


Christie is the Founder and Executive Director of Picture Motion, a boutique grassroots marketing and social action campaign development group, and is currently serving as the Director of Communications for the film BULLY. Christie’s goal is to get social issue films and content to an audience – online and off – and then mobilize inspired audiences into action. With a background is in using online tools and connective technologies to create social change, Christie has worked on a range of films and non-profit campaigns.