May 19, 2022 | by Akiko Miyake-Stoner
Bystander Intervention Training @ Annual Conference
Saturday, June 11; 12-1:45pm, SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, Room A7
Sponsored jointly by the Commission on Religion and Race, the Committee on Advocacy and Justice, and the Committee on Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (CUIR)
We are honored to have the opportunity to welcome and learn from Ossama Kamel, the Community Organizing & Engagement Manager of the Council on American Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley / Central CA Office (CAIR-SVCC).
As the world slowly transitions back to in-person life, making sure our communities are safe against hate crimes and hate incidents has been a priority at CAIR-SVCC and part of our call as Christians. The rise of hate crimes in the last several years has been an indication that social and systemic racism and bigotry are a reality that we must confront.
CAIR's Bystander Intervention Training seeks to empower our community with the tools necessary to step up and support someone targeted by hate and bigotry. The training invokes the principles of nonviolent de-escalation techniques and strategies to safely diffuse unsafe situations. After an Islamophobic attack in the Portland train station, the Bystander Intervention Training was created to train people to be safely prepared to take action when they come across a hate incident.
Studies have shown that the more people who witness a harmful incident in a particular place, the less likely any of them will step up or speak up to support the targeted person. This psychological phenomenon is called the Bystander Effect. This training seeks to return responsibility back to us, by empowering us with the tools necessary to speak up, support the targeted person, take responsibility of the situation, and even engage fellow bystanders!
As a part of their advocacy for justice and mutual understanding, CAIR-SVCC offers this Bystander Intervention Trainings. As Christian allies, this training will give us tools to know how to protect targets of hate crimes when we witness them.
Meal: Boxed lunch options: chicken sandwich, turkey sandwich, quinoa salad (vegetarian option).
Lunch suggested donation: $20 (cost subsidized by the Conference committees) Additional donations are appreciated to help offset costs.
Questions? Please contact Rev. Hubert Ivery (email@example.com or 510-435-7701), chair of the Committee on Advocacy and Justice.
Deadline: June 3, 2022 (Limited to a capacity of 100 participants)
Register here: https://calnev-reg.brtapp.com/BystanderInterventionTraining