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Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces

virtual event

Thursday, December 3 2020, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Event Types > Training & Education > Seminar/Workshop/Class


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Neighbors West-Northwest and Friendly House are pleased to partner with Portland United Against Hate and the Office of Community and Civic Life to host:         

Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces

Ensuring the safety of our communities is paramount. Yet public vitriol is skyrocketing, tensions flare at a moment’s notice and Oregon is consistently ranked in the top five states of per capita hate incidents. Participants will learn how to identify, understand and overcome the inhibitions that prevent them from supporting targets of hate. They will learn and use tactics for interrupting verbal hate; while centering and empowering the target. They will understand the risks involved in intervention and how to de-escalate a situation. Offered by As the Spirit Moves Us.

Debra Kolodny, Executive Director of As the Spirit Moves Us and Portland United Against Hate (they/them) has been bringing a spiritual perspective, an activist passion and an intersectional lens to justice causes since 1981. They have taught Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces to over 1500 Oregonians since January 2017, and have taught in hundreds of venues on dozens of other topics for over 35 years. 


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this workshop do not necessarily represent those of the City of PortlandFunding for the Portland United Against Hate Workshop Series, including this workshop: Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces has been made possible in part by a grant from the City of Portland, Office of Community & Civic Life.