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Bystander Intervention Training Part II - Clinton Hill

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The Brooklyn Co-op School

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Trainer: Rachel Levy, LMSW

Presented by: The Accompany Project / The Arab American Association of New York

Why this workshop?

Hate crimes are on the rise across the country, and in NYC there have been multiple incidents of harassment or aggression since elections. In times like these, it is important to know how to successfully and safely disrupt a hostile or aggressive situation you may witness, and to ensure your actions are more helpful than harmful. This introductory workshop will also explore the role of race and gender during an intervention, and will help provide a space for participants to evaluate their role in high risk situations.

More about bystander intervention part II:

Part 2 of the Accompany Project continues to focus on the themes of conflict de-escalation and community awareness. This workshop introduces verbal techniques used to de-escalate challenging situations with a person who might be verbally aggressive or one who is agitated. We will address the various levels of individual and systemic violence which go beyond acts of physical aggression.. We'll look at the causes and effects of microaggressions, while confront and challenging current social norms which not only ‘accept’ but ‘normalize’ racial, gender and ability discrimination. Finally we’ll explore our accountability and our options for becoming an ally in confronting social injustice and promoting effective relational change within our communities.

What is the format of this training?

The training is a combination of instruction as well as participant interaction. Participants will be asked to act out scenarios of intervention, using the skills they have learned.

Is this training free?

Suggested donation is $10 for those who are able to contribute - donations will be collected at the session. No one will be turned away for lack of pay.

What is the The Accompany Project and the Arab American Association of New York, and why are they offering this session?

AAANY is a social service and advocacy agency that serves the largest Arab community in NYC. Leading up to and since the election, our community members - Muslim women in particular, are often the victims of these attacks of aggression and hostility. We want to encourage as many people as possible to safely and successfully intervene in a volatile situation, and catalyze folks to take action in their neighborhoods to protect their neighbors. We launched the Accompany Project to help engage volunteers who are interested in security, protection, and defense work on behalf of their neighbors.

Who is welcome to participate?

The trainings are open to all - they are not intended exclusively for allies. The training will help us to understand how our race, gender, religion, and other elements of our identity inform how we intervene.


Please note: this workshop is open to all, but attendance is capped to ensure the session remains safe and interactive. You *must* RSVP via EventBrite in order to attend. Please note, additional sessions will be scheduled throughout the city at least weekly for the next few months. Contact reem@arabamericanny.org if you would like to arrange a training in your neighborhood, or for any questions you may have.

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