The Active Bystander Nonviolence Training teaches us mindfulness to
unjust situations where we can focus on empowering the targets of
racist, sexist, ageist, religious, and/or nationalist incidents. It was designed to
empower onlookers in these situations to deescalate the attack as
quickly as possible. By focusing exclusively on the target of the
attack, giving them empathy and any help they request, the situation is
often defused. While honoring and acknowledging each participants’ own
hesitancies, limitations and fears, the training draws upon the
collective wisdom of the great nonviolent movements of Gandhi, King,
Chavez and Huerta and the Standing Rock Water Protectors.
The objective of the workshop is that:
"Participants will learn how to deescalate hate speech and harassment
and better understand what it means to (safely) stick up for our
neighbor with compassion and resolve."
Jonathan Rudy is Peacemaker-in-Residence at Elizabethtown College's Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking.
Kristen Hoffman is Church of the Brethren Program Assistant, Children's Disaster Services