‘Tis the season to be thankful, generous, and kind to your fellow humans!
When I saw this outpouring of support for people who don’t feel safe given the recent legitimization of racism, violence, and bigotry that was this year’s presidential election, my heart warmed.
But when I saw that it turned into something that was truly actionable for people across the country, I had to share it.
Here’s the story:
Kayla Santosuosso, deputy director of the Arab American Association of New York, received a message about a woman who was being harassed and threatened on the subway. “She was seeking someone to commute along with her,” Santosuosso told The Huffington Post. So she put up a Facebook post asking if anyone would be willing to help out.
7,000 responses later, Santosuosso decided that this kind of man-power could be better utilized if she trained each and every volunteer in “bystander intervention and de-escalation.”
If you’re interested in signing up for Santosuosso’s training, click here.
Nobody should feel unsafe in their neighborhoods, and you don’t have to live in a city like New York to encounter this kind of targeted harassment—it’s happening everywhere.
If this kind of training seems too formal, or too time consuming, there are plenty of (free) online resources that you should check out! I know this isn’t a policy action, but while we’re fighting for structural solutions, we need to also be prepared to fight injustice when it confronts us on the subway.