Hazing News

Message from activist Debbie Smith re Matt’s law, Calif.

Just minutes ago I received the word, Matt’s Law Senate Bill 1454, is being heard in the Assembly Public Safety next Tuesday, June 20 in Room 126 at 9am.
This is it – the news we have been waiting for.  This is the hearing where we need “A BIG TURNOUT” we need as many of you that can, to come in your red and show support for Matt’s Law.  I apologize for the lateness in the notice but as I said I just found out myself.
Please spread the word, this is very important! We have come too far, we need bodies on Tuesday so that we can make a much needed impression on the Assembly just as we did in the Senate.  Please don’t think because you are only one person that you won’t make a difference you can and will make a difference. Everyone makes a difference.

If you wouldn’t mind could you please reply back to me and let me know whether or not you will be able to attend this hearing?

Thank you everyone for your support, I hope to see a lot of you on Tuesday in your red with your Matt’s Badges on.  Don’t forget Matt Badges will be available at the Capitol in front of the Hearing Room 126.

On Monday, June 19 there will be a press conference at the Capitol if anyone is able to attend that would be great, details will follow when they are available.

Thank you again.

“Hug your children and tell them you love them everyday.”

Debbie, MM

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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