Borders and Identity: Workshop Session 3

The Defusing Hatred Program

Presented by Rev. Will McGarvey, Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, Executive Director

Learn nonviolent communication skills in a safe environment and develop tools for responding to uneasy situations and hate speech. Enjoy an informative, visual presentation followed by conversation and hands on experience through role-play.   This program seeks to build communities of care and protection of the vulnerable around us, especially in this time of heightened tension and public acts of aggression. We will share institutional and personal forms of interruption of cultural oppression. And then we will do some role-playing of different situations to discuss how best to be present for others. If there is time, we will do a quick survey of hate crimes in the region and then review the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights as a possible tool for advocacy.

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