Many Americans are deeply concerned about the culture of shaming and silencing that is becoming dominant in major American institutions and cities, increasingly in violent ways as seen in riots. These ideologies are also infiltrating what once were peaceable religious organizations. In this video April Lawson of Braver Angels talks with Heather Heying about Feminism, Free Speech & Thinking Freely.
Standing on the Side of Love produced this brief training video to assist with deescalation and interventions.
We are in a different political time that will require different political skills and organizing in coming months and years. Many folks have been asking for skills to deescalate for interventions and attacks that continue to target Muslims, People of Color, Immigrants, LGBTQ people. This is a short primer not meant to be a comprehensive training but an informational entry point for engagement and deescalation using both instincts and discipline to intervene.
What to Do If You Are Witnessing Islamophobic Harassment: A Bystander’s Guide to Helping the Person Who’s Being Targeted by Marine-Shirine Veren http://www.alternet.org/comics/altern…
Action Strategy: A How-To Guide from the Ruckus Society http://ruckus.org/downloads/RuckusAct…
I have a lot of friends across this country who are Republicans. We may not agree on all things – But Not a single one of them is a racist, a misogynist, a bigot, or any of the other things they are being called because they voted for Donald Trump. Each one is a decent human being, loving and kind and deserves to be treated with respect. I am appalled and dismayed at how many of my fellow liberals are reacting to the election results in violence.
Violence comes in many forms – it begins in our hearts and minds, expands to our words and actions.
Those behaving violently by inciting riots, causing physical harm to people and property and also by verbally beating down those who voted differently including via social media – – none of this is ok.
It needs to stop. The violence in all its forms needs to stop.
Be the Peace you want to exist in the world! Please.