i would love to know if i starting an anti-bullying here in herkimer county and i was wondering from a legal stand point if i should worry about anything and if so what steps would i have to take in order to start this group??? please if you can i wont take up much of your time just need advise
While your question is perhaps more vague than you realize, taken at face value, I do not see any legal impediment to starting an anti-bullying support group. Obviously, you cannot advertise your group as enjoying traits which it lacks (i.e., you cannot fabricate affiliations, claim professional involvement where none exists, state that same qualifies as medical treatment, etc.). Also, if you want to accept donations (and, more importantly, to make the donations tax-deductible), you should consider incorporating for 501(c)(3) status.
Yet, insofar as you are in the nascent stages of forming your support group, and all you want to do is invite people to a particular place at a specified time to attend a meeting for peer support on anti-bullying matters, it sounds like an exercise of your constitutional first-amendment rights, and I see no reason not go for it (just do not pick a name for the group that belongs to an existing group without that group's approval). Best of luck!
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