Conflict De-escalation in Protest Spaces - Shared screen with speaker view
Hello my name is Erika my gender pronouns or she/her
i hope to learn how to protest safely in presence of counter protesters
Hi from the Pacific Northwest. I'm Kelly (she/her). I hope to learn practical tips for de-escalation.
Joanne, she/her, de-escalation for more than one counterprotestor.
Matt. He/him. Ideas about personal safety/up-stander intervention in crowds.
Hi my name if Sheila. Pronouns she/her. I am wanting to learn more about de-escalation in general and specifically. THANK YOU Hollaback and everyone here
does every protest have a safety team?
based on this workshop i would ask him what health care services he cares about and relies on
one suggestion: start by be slower to respond. (looks like they could have used a breath) :)
I think it’s noteworthy that the Proof Boy protestor had a camera, and seems to be deliberately baiting pro-PP for video footage.
if i really didnt feel threatened (which i think i would) i would ask them perhaps why they protested in that manner
Depends on who it is. I would feel more comfortable initiating a conversation wit another cishet male than with other identities.
There is the option to not engage at all, if I didn’t feel I could at that moment, calmly.
i would askthem if they needed to take a breath or needed a hug or some way to center and ground them
Someone I know? Gentle touch to the shoulder or arm to help them reconnect to the present moment. Ask if that’s *really* something they want to do?
Or, if I didn’t know or feel close to that person, find one of their friends to help re-center them.
Regular exercise, sleep, & meditation. Staying routinely healthy allows more reserves during stress.
have a snack to not get hangry, wear good shoes, and go with a friend
Listen to music. Plug my guitar into a few distortion or fuzz pedals and crank the volume (and wear earplugs).
consider basic needs (rest, nutrition, hydration)... Another self care tip is to process through journaling later, even considering how you'd like to do thingsdifferently next time
Comment: i think moments of connection from differing sides of a protest (esp on video) can be really impactful ont he general public
my main takeaway is the value of listening and acknowledging how someone else feels even if i dont agree with them
I’ve often gone to protests alone. Makes much more sense to go with friends or an organized group.
Practicing how to disagree, respectfully. Encourage people to practice in daily life, so they have some solid skills before heading to a highly-charged environment.
Question: ive seen people be videoed while being baited, what would you suggest doing in that situation?
thank you Mila! i learned a lot
Thank you! Was very good information.
Will the recording include the slides? They had some references I’d like to follow up with. Thanks for another great presentation!