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Bystander Intervention Training: How to De-Escalate Conflict Safely

September 26, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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“How Can You Help Without Escalating Violence if Someone is the Target of Abuse?”

On Tues., Sept. 26, 2017, Neighbors for a Kinder Community will present “Bystander Intervention Training: How to De-Escalate Conflict Safely” from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Shiras Room of Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI.

Participants will learn and practice de-escalation techniques as a bystander in various scenarios, as well as learn about the history and principles of nonviolence. This event is open to the public, free of charge.

“This is an opportunity to practice how we might best respond so we can move past our hesitations and step up as we’re able,” explains trained bystander intervention facilitator and local psychologist Mary Pelton-Cooper.
This program was developed by the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition.

Neighbors for a Kinder Community are hosting the training as the first of a series of events for strengthening one’s ability to implement The Kinder Community Pledge.

The Marquette, MI group created The Kinder Community Pledge in January, 2017, in response to divisiveness witnessed in our own and other communities. Recognizing a powerful opportunity to come together to build upon our community’s strengths and improve upon its weaknesses, the group’s hope is to help others feel more inspired, committed, and capable of taking ongoing action to help create a kinder community through increased respect, compassion and courage.

You can learn more about The Kinder Community Pledge and sign it online at To stay up-to-date on new resources and events for implementing the pledge, you can follow or the Kinder Community Facebook page.


September 26, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm