Stopping a hateful act; Training class draws strong interest

WASHINGTON DC – Around 200 people are better prepared for an uncomfortable confrontation thanks to a Bystander Intervention Training held Monday night.

“We believe in troubled times we need to create a connected community,” said Kit Bonson, a board member of the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition.

The group has been leading so many trainings like this since Inauguration Day that they believe around 3.000 people have learned how to intervene in a non-violent way should they encounter someone being publically harassed based on anything like their religion, politics, sexual preference or other bias.

“We need to stand up for each other but we all need to be responsible for doing the work on ourselves to reduce our own negative biases toward each other,” said Bonson.

Monday night’s class (that benefited the arts group Split This Rock) was full but, according to a Facebook post promoting the event, other classes are in the works though none are currently scheduled.