*This event is aimed for adults 21 years of age or older. We intend to conduct this training in the near future for a younger audience so please be on the look out.*
Many Muslims and allies have been asking CAIR about the role bystanders can play in protecting targets of hate crimes since the election. The recent tragedy in Portland, where two heroes were killed while protecting two women who were being attacked, has really brought that question to the forefront again.
Join us for a bystander intervenion training.
We are excited to host the author and curator of the curriculum, Kit Bonson. Kit has been an activist and organizer for over 35 years, primarily for reproductive rights and for peace and justice issues. In 2010, she was one of the co-founders of the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition (MCCRC), in response to FBI raids on Midwest activists. In the past six years, MCCRC has been fighting against “security theater” in the DC Metro system, false claims of “creeping Sharia,” indefinite detention of U.S. citizens, and attempts to block the right to free assembly, among other civil liberties concerns.
In the time since the election, there has been a terrible increase in reports of hate crimes across the country, including harassment and vandalism. In response, Kit created a Bystander Intervention training program that teaches people how to nonviolently respond if they witness someone who is being targeted for harassment.