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CAIR-OK Hosts Bystander Intervention Training in Response to Hate Crime Spike

(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 9/20/2017) — On Saturday, September 23, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will offer “Bystander Intervention Training” as a response to what it says is a spike in hate crimes targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

WHAT: Bystander Intervention Training

WHERE: Mercy Mission Building, 3840 N. St. Clair Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112

WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 5-8 p.m.


“Given the events of the past year, many people are concerned about what to do when they see a bias incident or hate crime. This training will help teach people safe ways to intervene in a potentially volatile situation and to make our communities safer,” said CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure. “We will also address the factors that contribute to bias incidents in the first place and give people the skills to change these narratives in their community.”

The training will be facilitated by special guest Zahra Billoo, the executive director for CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area Office. CAIR’s offices in California have hosted similar bystander trainings in the past year to great success.

SEE: Intervention Class Aims to Disrupt Harassment

Bystander intervention trainings have cropped up in a variety of communities across the country in response to a wave of bias-related crimes that came in the wake of the 2016 election cycle.

The bystander effect is a psychological phenomenon that often prevents people from intervening on behalf of victims of harassment, assault, or other criminal activity. Through training in non-violent intervention methods and role playing in practice scenarios, trainees learn the methods and techniques to circumvent the powerful social pressure to stay silent.

To attend the training, register online or contact Veronica Laizure at

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:

CAIR Oklahoma is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR Oklahoma es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure, 405-430-9877,


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