Racism has existed in the US for centuries. We see it manifested out on the streets and on social media feeds, with non-Black folks taking Black hairstyles and participating in other forms of cultural appropriation. We see it in constant microaggressions and racism in the US education system. We see it in the police violence we witnessed against Black Lives Matter protesters and the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery. Change is long overdue.
In response to the continued police violence against Black communities, we have adapted our free bystander intervention training to address police violence and anti-Black harassment and put an end to racism in public space. We are committed to taking action and educating others on how to end racism and respond to police violence today through bystander intervention.
Because of this work, Hollaback! has been selected as an inaugural recipient of a Community Grant from Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand as part of its Black Community Commitment Grant Program. This funding is allowing us to expand our capacity and train more people for free. To learn more about this announcement, please visit this page.
Each of us has the power to create change in our own ways. If you have asked yourself any of these questions: what is systemic racism? What is the history of police violence in the US? What are types of police brutality and why do police use brutality to begin with? We want you to know that there are several resources, organizations, and tools available to you. Join us and let’s start making change happen.
WE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO ATTEND THE NEXT FREE TRAINING:
Please note you must register in advance for all trainings. Our capacity has expanded and registration is capped at 5,000 people per training.
- Thursday, February 17, 2022. 1:00PM ET/ 12:00PM CT/ 11:00AM MT/ 10:00AM PT/ 7:00AM HST. Register Here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The training is currently only offered in English. Additionally, please note at the moment this training may not be ADA compliant.
Don’t see the training times you’re looking for? We also have free bystander intervention trainings to address gender-based harassment.
Hollaback! Is offering this free, one-hour, interactive training to train people on how to safely intervene in the face of police violence and anti-black racism using Hollaback!’s 5Ds of bystander intervention.
We’ll start by talking about the types of violence and racism black folks are facing right now — from examples of microaggressions to murder — using a tool we call the “spectrum of racism.” We’ll talk about how anti-black racism is so ingrained into the fabric of our society that we see it present in all forms, from everyday tasks or activities to larger societal institutions. We’ll discuss the deep impact harassment, violence, and constant threat of violence has on black communities.
You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll also talk about what to do if you’re a person of color worried the violence will turn on you and how to avoid being a “white savior.” We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see police sponsored, anti-black harassment or violence.
- The 5D’s of Bystander Intervention, by Hollaback!
- Show Up, Your Guide to Bystander Intervention, by Hollaback! in collaboration with CUP
- How to Respond to Street Harassment, by Hollaback!. Written to respond to gender-based harassment but the tactics are applicable to all forms of harassment.
- Black Healing Resources, compiled by Black staff at Black and Pink
- Trauma Proccessing Resources, compiled by the Swell Collective
- Resources for White folks: Ways to Be in Action Against Anti-Black Racism + Anti-Racism Resources for White People
- Black Lives Matter Protester Information
- How to Safely and Ethically Film Police Misconduct, Teen Vogue
- It’s never too late to have conversations on racism in schools and the effects of racism with your kids. Watch Be a Super Ally with the 5Ds, by Hollaback!, Woori Show, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT:
- Black Lives Matter :: A global network fighting for Freedom, Liberation and Justice of Black folks by building local power and intervening when violence is inflicted on Black communities.
- Campaign Zero :: A campaign taking deliberate action to end the disproportionate police violence and incarceration of Black communities in America.
- Run with Maud :: A justice campaign fighting for due process in the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery. Sign the petition or make phone calls to demand justice for Ahmaud.
- Take Action Minnesota :: A Minnesota-based organization pushing for collective aid and pursuing justice in the murder of George Floyd.
- Minnesota Teen Activists :: A collective of youth activists fighting white supremacy and injustice in Minnesota.
- Fair Fight Action :: An organization promoting fair elections and educating voters about their voting rights nationwide.
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund :: America’s premiere legal defense organization fighting for racial justice.
- Color of Change :: The nation’s largest online racial justice organization.
- The Bail Project :: Provides free bail assistance to low-income individuals who are legally presumed innocent.
- Black Visions Collective :: A Minnesota-based organization that believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems.
- Reclaim the Block :: A Minneapolis-based campaign that works to move money from the police department to other areas of the city budget, prioritizing community health and safety.
- Communities United for Police Reform :: A campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York.
- Southern Poverty Law Center :: An organization that monitors and exposes the behavior of hate groups and extremists in the US.
- American Civil Liberties Union :: An organization dedicated to defending and preserving the civil rights and liberties of all Americans.
- National Urban League :: A historic civil rights organization that advocates on behalf of economic and social justice for African Americans and against racial discrimination in the United States
- Black Alliance for Just Immigration :: BAJI educates and engages African American and black immigrant communities to organize and advocate for racial, social and economic justice.
- Trans Women of Color Collective :: Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) was created to cultivate economic opportunities and affirming spaces for trans people of color and our families, to foster kinship, build community engage in healing and restorative justice through arts, culture, media, advocacy and activism.
- INCITE! :: INCITE! is a network of radical feminists of color organizing to end state violence and violence in our homes and communities.
- Black Women’s Blueprint :: An organization providing a blueprint for black liberation through a feminist lens.
TALK TO OUR TEAM:
To discuss organizational engagement with Hollaback! via our specialized company-wide training opportunities, our Corporate Accomplice Program, or Corporate Sponsorships programs, please click here.
If you are interested in our free trainings that you can register for now, click here.