This public de-escalation training is open to everyone!
What do we mean by de-escalation?
De-escalation skills equip us to identify and interrupt potentially harmful situations. We aim to create moments of pause in which people can make choices about their own safety. We also provide resources (emotional support, companionship, money, food, etc) that increase access to safety, especially for marginalized people. “Calming people down” and ending conflicts is part of this work, but not all of it!
Our work is grounded in the principles of consent, autonomy, mutual aid, and anti-racism. Through de-escalation, we seek to disrupt patterns of harm, shift power, and increase safety for our communities. De-escalation skills can be used in many contexts, but this training will focus on de-escalation in protests where police and counter-protestors may threaten the space and safety of affected people.
We believe that everyone, regardless of identity or physical or invisible ability type can cultivate these skills. Many communities can (and already do) use de-escalation practices to solve conflicts and mitigate harms. Come share your skills and experiences and practice with us!
Closest metro stops are McPherson Sq (Blue/Orange, 0.5 mi) and Mt Vernon/Convention Center (Yellow/Green, 0.6 mi).
Closest bus lines are 52, 54, and 63.
Lunch and childcare will be provided. Please use the RSVP form to let us know about additional accessibility needs.
Training will be on the first floor of Luther Place. There is a ramp going up to the entrance on N Street.
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