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What Can A Bystander Do?

Bystander Intervention and De-escalation Training, facilitated by AORTA

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500, University of Pennsylvania

In the wake of President Trump's election, many have found themselves at a loss for what to do. The Southern Poverty Law Center has reported that 1,094 legally documented bias incidents occurred within just the first 34 days of election day, and increasing reports of anti-semitic and islamophobic, anti-LGBTQ, and racist attacks, among others, have disturbingly to come to light as 2017 progresses and the new administration's agenda continues to be enacted. 

If you're looking for a first step in developing skills and understanding of how to intervene in bias incidents or moments of prejudice that you see or might be exposed to in your day-to-day life and community, then please join the Philadelphia Resistance Meeting Series for our second 2017 teach-in event!

This bystander training workshop will help participants develop practical tools for intervening in aggressions large and small. Recognizing that we may be positioned as bystanders or as targets of racist and identity-based aggression, this is a session aimed at activating those multiple positionalities to build a more responsive community. The event will be facilitated by AORTA, an organization that specializes in facilitation and training sessions oriented towards resisting bigotry and building solidarity.

This will be an interactive workshop-style training session. This event is generously sponsored by Lambda Grads, the Community Impact Fund, Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS), and the departments of Spanish and English at the University of Pennsylvania. Dinner will be served.

For more information, please contact the organizers:

Kristina Mitchell krmit@sas.upenn.edu 

Brooke Stanley bstanl@sas.upenn.edu

Carmen Torre Pérez tcarmen@sas.upenn.edu

Rachel Stonecipher rstonecipher@asc.upenn.edu