Active Bystander Intervention: Weapons
Sponsored by DC Peace Team:
Sunday Dec. 6, 12-3:00pm (EST)
ONLINE: Zoom link shared after you complete registration and in the confirmation message window which pops up after you complete this form (contact Eli:
An active bystander training teaches effective skills for assessing, de-escalating, and diffusing a problematic situation, such as intimidation, harassment, abuse, physical violence, etc. This practice session focuses on situations when a lethal weapon(s) is present and how to assess possible responses. It will include small group and large group scenarios, such as political demonstrations. An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses a situation, but takes steps to speak up or step in to keep a situation from escalating or to disrupt a problematic situation.
This is an interactive, participatory practice session. It is recommended that you have already taken the Introduction to Bystander Intervention training or the Introduction to Unarmed Civilian Protection.
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Eli S. McCarthy, Ph.D. (he/his) is a co-founder of the DC Peace Team and has led numerous trainings. He also teaches at Georgetown University in Justice and Peace Studies. Eli has published a book called “A Just Peace Ethic Primer: Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence" (2020) along with numerous journal articles such as "Truth and Reconciliation Commissions: Toward a More Just U.S. Society," and "Will You Really Protect Us Without a Gun?: Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping in the U.S." He has been formed by multiple trips to Haiti working with the poor, working with the homeless in Boston and DC, and monitoring the Palestinian Elections in 2006 with the Nonviolent Peaceforce. He has also led strategic nonviolent resistance campaigns, such as on issues of immigration.
Sal Corbin has worked for 15 years in academia as a Psychology professor before transitioning to nonprofit work. He has done Workforce Development training and program management and has recently been a Housing Specialist for Friendship Place and a Program Coordinator for the National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens. His vision is to help others build and maintain healthy relationships, with conflict management as the primary focus. His extensive background in leadership facilitation supports his efforts to keep showing up and sharing.
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