Over the past few years, there has been a national uptick in hate crimes and bias-related incidents. Recent reports of hate or bias in Maryland reflect this alarming trend, with 398 reports in 2017 alone—a 35% increase from 2016.
This training series, which will take place over the course of 2019, is an effort to encourage comprehensive responses to hate and bias by engaging the public in Montgomery County. The series is free and will feature four themed modules, which will be held in the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall respectively.
Maryland Delegate Jared Solomon ✧ Montgomery County Council Members Evan Glass, Tom Hucker, Will Jawando, Nancy Navarro, and Hans Riemer ✧ CASA ✧ DC Peace Team ✧ Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law ✧ Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition ✧ Montgomery County Council of PTAs ✧ OCA-Greater Washington DC Chapter ✧ Our Voices Matter ✧
Module 1: DEFINING HATE
Trainer: The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Dates: Trainings on February 17 and March 10
This training will discuss the national and local trends in hate crimes. We will provide a legal overview of the relevant federal and state laws, and what to do if you experience or witness hate. The training will include hypotheticals and group discussions. Coffee will be provided.
This module is facilitated by representatives of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan nonprofit that launched the Stop Hate Project to support community leaders, law enforcement, and organizations in combating hate.
Module 2: HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT RESPONSE/ AWARENESS
Trainer: D.C. Peace Team
Dates: Trainings on April 7, May 19, June 2
The purpose of this training is to help those members of our community who are potentially living and operating in a hostile environment to survive and thrive in that environment. Please join this workshop led by the DC Peace Team if you have experienced or feel at risk of experiencing stressful or hostile environments related to bias. We will share experiences and dip into our self-wisdom to help us identify fair and empowering ways to deal with stress and hostility.
RSVP for the June 23 trainings will soon be available
Module 3: ACTIVE BYSTANDER TRAINING
Trainer: Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition
Dates: July 14, August 4, September 8
This training will help members of our community understand how they can transition from being a bystander of a bias incident to becoming an active bystander and support victims in addressing the event.
Module 4: ANTI-BIAS EDUCATION
Dates: October 6, November 3, December 8
This training will help community members understand and explore how they may be allowing implicit bias to affect their behaviors and relationships with others in the community.