Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces

03/15/2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: All Content Areas, Professional Development

District/Organization: Lewis and Clark Graduate School

The vast majority of us agree that we must ensure the safety of our communities. Yet, we are living in a moment when public vitriol is skyrocketing and tensions flare at a moment’s notice. While almost every other city in the nation has seen an increase of 20% in hate incidents from 2016 to 2017, Portland has seen an increase of 200%, with Oregon leading the nation in hate incidents per capita.

This workshop will provide a theoretically grounded practical opportunity to successfully address this crisis. Using tools and methodologies proven over decades from the foundational text: Training Active Bystanders by Dr. Ervin Staub, we will build a culture of peace, welcome, mutual appreciation and love by learning and engaging in active non-violence.

Participants will leave confident of their ability to support and empower targets by: . - Identifying and tapping into the skills, experiences and values they already have to support their neighbors more effectively
- Identifying, understanding and overcoming what inhibits them from becoming active bystanders
- Learning and practicing specific tactics for interrupting verbal hate in public, centering the experience of the target and empowering the target to create safety for themselves
- Learning specific tactics for protecting themselves from verbal abuse
- Understanding the risks inherent in any hostile situation
- Discerning what not to do to escalate the situation

Presenter: Rabbi Debra Kolodny, JD
Credit: $65, includes 3 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni receive 20% off.

About the Presenter
Rabbi Debra Kolodny, JD, has been bringing their spiritual activism to racial and economic justice, women’s, peace environmental and LGBTQI+ causes since 1980. Formerly the Executive Director of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and Nehirim, a national queer Jewish retreat and advocacy organization, they are currently the Program Director of Portland United Against Hate, founding rabbi of Portland’s UnShul and convener of the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance. They combat hate and White Nationalism throughout Oregon by leading this workshop and have taught over 1000 people since January 2017.