(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 9/21/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations Oklahoma Chapter (CAIR-OK) announces its upcoming Bystander Intervention Training taking place on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Mercy Mission Building.

What: Bystander Intervention Training
Where: Mercy Mission Building, 3840 N. St. Clair Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112
When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 5:00-8:00pm
To register: http://conta.cc/2xLXqUg

“Given the events of the past year, many people are concerned about what to do when they see a bias incident or hate crime. This training will help teach people safe ways to intervene in a potentially volatile situation and to make our communities safer,” said Veronica Laizure, CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director. “We will also address the factors that contribute to bias incidents in the first place and give people the skills to change these narratives in their community.”

The training will be facilitated by special guest Zahra Billoo, the Executive Director for CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area Office. CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area office trained over 250 individuals in bystander intervention this summer. The training is based on a widely-used curriculum developed by Kit Bonson, an activist and organizer with the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition.

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Bystander intervention trainings have cropped up in a variety of communities across the country in response to a wave of bias-related crimes that came in the wake of the 2016 election cycle.

The bystander effect is a psychological phenomenon that often prevents people from intervening on behalf of victims of harassment, assault, or other criminal activity. Through training in non-violent intervention methods and role playing in practice scenarios, trainees learn the methods and techniques to circumvent the powerful social pressure to stay silent.

SEE: After the Portland Tragedy, Bystander Intervention Training is More Important Than Ever

To attend the training, register online or contact Veronica Laizure at vlaizure@cair.com.

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app

CAIR Oklahoma is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR Oklahoma es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.