A gifted speaker, Mrs. Brass has had the privilege of being a guest orator at many locations around the globe including Poland, Peterson AFB, NASA (NORAD, Cheyenne Mountain), Fort Carson and multiple major cities in America. Now, in her new book, I Am a Standupster, Karen Brass boldly relates atrocities of WWII and craftily demonstrates how lessons of the past directly relate to the bullying problem schools face today.
The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that, nationwide, 20% of students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying. The 2008–2009 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) indicates that, nationwide, 28% of students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying. These numbers reflect the victims; yet victims have assailants and both are impacted by bystanders and their inactions. “Bullying is out of control in our schools today. There are no innocent bystanders anymore,” says Brass. “That is why I want to empower the multitudes of students in America to take action and become Standupsters.”
At its core, the Standupster Movement seeks to educate students in a way that no one has dared—through the eyes and mind of a second-generation Holocaust survivor and her father’s memories. The book, I Am a Standupster, breathes new life into old insights, urging the reader not to remain a bystander but become an active defender of the bullied—to become a Standupster. Through I Am a Standupster, Karen Brass’s Standupster Movement has gained support across the U.S. from every middle school, high school and university to which she has spoken.
The Standupster Movement continues to surge. I Am a Standupster has been approved by Eva Metzger Brown, Rabbi Jamie Arnold, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, and Dr. Angela Bruning of Germany. I Am a Standupster is available through Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, and other national booksellers, or through the Standupsters website.