Nonviolence Advocacy Training – Jan. 14 and 22 – Courtesy of Of One Soul, a Project of the Interfaith Council of Sonoma County

Read on for information about a Saturday, January 14 nonviolence advocacy training at Restorative Resources, 2934 McBride Lane Santa Rosa, from 9:30 am – 5 pm. Continue reading down below for more information about a January 22 nonviolence training at the Sebastopol Grange (note that the flyer says January 8. This training was rescheduled due to Jan. 22 due to the storm and flood warnings). – RR

The Interfaith Council of Sonoma County and ICSC’s Of One Soul project are working with other faith and social action groups to establish a nonviolent network of goodwill in Sonoma County: People pledged to step forward supportively if a person or group in our community is scapegoated, threatened, harassed or abused. We are concerned in particular for Muslims and Latino immigrants, because of the hateful and threatening tone of US presidential campaign rhetoric over the past year.


When: Saturday, January 14 at 9:30 AM5:00 PM PST

Where: Restorative Resources, Inc. 2934 McBride Lane Santa Rosa


We know from history what happens when we fail to act in the face of bullying and abuse. On January 14 we will provide (and receive) training on how to respond nonviolently and supportively.

This training will provide skills, and address the challenges, of moving out of a bystander role, to intervene and extend support to others being targeted. After the workshop people will feel more comfortable moving out of a bystander role and into an advocate for others being targeted. They will have some awareness and steps to take when feeling overwhelmed and in a state of fight or flight. They will have learned some ways to communicate non-violently. They also will have some knowledge of the impact of harassment on others and targeted communities such as the Muslim and Latino communities.

Tuition: $20.00 – $40.00 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds. .
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Visit the event Facebook page here.



NVC Trainer: Sarah Strong : Syd Sarah Strong, Ph.D., LMFT is a licensed Psychotherapist in her North Berkeley private practice in for over thirty years. She uses NVC (Non Violent Communication) She learned NVC many years ago at the Bay Area NVC location in Oakland. She went with this group to teach this model of compassion at San Quentin Prison for several years. In Kenya the NVC model now referred to as ARC. She taught peer leaders learning to do groups with HIV children at Sunburst Projects.

Speaker: Aisha Morgan: Member of ICSC and Of One Soul; volunteer speaker for Islamic Networks Group (ING) on the Islamic and Interfaith Speakers Bureaus. Through travel and living in the Middle East and having served in a leadership position with the local mosque, Aisha has a broad understanding of Islamic practices and cultural influences that impact communication and interactions with Muslims.

Speaker: Maria Nolasco Ramirez: Student at SSU, majoring in Anthropology and Chicano and Latino Studies. She is involved with Undocu-Scholars Coalition (formerly known as the DREAMers Club) on her college campus. She is one of the 11.5million undocumented individuals living in the U.S. She is also a beneficiary of the DACA program.

Speaker: Enedina Avelar is a mother of three daughters; she is from Mexico and moved to the U.S 19 years ago. In Mexico she was a Licensed Social Worker and community organizer. Here in the U. S. had worked as a Health Educator Alliance Medical Center in Teen Pregnancy Prevention and STD’s Program, at Family Center as group facilitator in a Domestic Violence Batterers Program and currently as a Spanish teacher. Mrs. Avelar also has been involved in the Committee for Social Justice in Mexico promoting awareness in the community about issues as the 43 student-teachers that were kidnapped in Iguala Mexico, organizing presentation of social activists from Mexico to present about the political situation there.

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