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Community Workshops

People's Justice League provides violence prevention workshops for a wide array of audiences including middle and high school classrooms, sororities, fraternities, college classrooms, boy scout troops, community groups, bar tenders, teacher trainings, peer educators, community events, and more. See below for a list of workshop topics, and contact us any time with questions, comments, concerns, or to schedule a workshop. Most workshops are conversational in nature and include slides, videos, and activities that seek to create a dialogue rather than just tell you how it is.
 
THE WORKSHOPS: We are ever adapting these to meet people where they are at and give everybody what they want. This is a sample list.
 
Sexual Violence 101:  Separating the myths from the facts surrounding sexual violence and looking toward prevention.
 
Learning Good Consent: The only way to be sure that feelings of violation are not happening and the only way to create a true sense of safety is to have an ongoing open dialogue with the folks with whom we are intimate about what we want and what we don’t want. You won’t know unless you ask, and they won’t know unless you say. In this workshop, we discuss why that conversation is so difficult for many of us, how to make it easier, and how it can actually be incredibly empowering once you give it a try. No means no, but yes means yes! We define consent as saying yes, when you have had every opportunity to say no. 
 
Supporting Survivors: Learn what to do when a friend or even a stranger confides in you that something terrible has happened. Learn what active crisis stage looks like. Learn effective methods to help talk a person through active crisis and back into functioning/get through the day mode. Learn what to say and what not to say to avoid victim blaming and communicate sincere care, as well as a few key, simple things you can do to support a survivor through their immediate recovery as well as the long haul of their healing process.
 
Stereotypes 101: The Center for Disease Control asserts that gender based violence is a pervasive and preventable public health issue. They’ve identified several risk factors that lead us down the slippery slope toward a culture that objectifies women and supports violent masculinity and racism. Stereotypes and media representations are a big part of the problem. Let’s talk about what stereotypes are, where they come from, why they are a problem, and figure out how to STOP DOING THAT.
 
Media Representations: Take the conversation around stereotypes a little deeper through analyzing the corporate media representations of weak, submissive, dehumanized femininity, animalistic and oversexualized people of color, and aggressive, violent masculinity. When you put those things together, it’s a pretty bad scene. This is the lesson that helps me to realize that it’s not our fault, that no one wanted to be this way, but/rather we were all funneled into it from birth by forces outside of our control, and now we all have a lot of work to do together to make change.
 
Healthy Relationships: Let’s replace the bad with the good. What is a healthy relationship? What is an unhealthy relationship? And how can we tell the difference? This workshop employs analyzing media messages and conversation around scenarios about the difference between a warning sign and a deal breaker, cuz sometimes, breaking up is the healthiest thing you can do. And we’ll revisit consent too. How do you think a healthy relationship should feel/look/be? What does it mean to you?
 
Non-Violent Communication: Non-Violent Communication is an International movement to end violence started by Marshall Rosenburg in the 1960’s. Marshall ascertains that people are not naturally violent and that they only act out in violence when they feel dis-empowered and see no effective non-violent conflict resolution strategy readily at hand. He has created a conflict resolution model that seeks to honor the needs of all parties involved and works to end violence through widespread education on his model. In this workshop, we pose the model as a healthy relationship skill and an effective way to meet people where they are at when we disagree in conversations about the things we care about.
 
Self Defense By and For Women and Girls
 
BYOB: Be Your Own Bodyguard! Learn how to harness the power your mind, your voice, and your body to fend off would-be assailants. This workshop covers how violence exists and moves along a continuum and how to nip it in the bud before it escalates. We will explore why it is so hard to stick up for ourselves, how society raises women to be victims, and how to switch from feeling helpless to bad ass! We will also learn how assailants choose their targets, how to set firm boundaries by being assertive, and how to physically fight back in an effective manner. While the subject matter is heavy, the workshop is fun and low pressure. Participants report feeling energized, confident, and empowered. No martial arts experience is required, and you do not need to be in shape to participate! We will have pads to practice striking and kicking, so be sure to wear comfortable clothing.
 
Healthy Masculinity: Or Un/Doing Masculinity. This workshop is by and for masculine identified people and provides time and a safe space for folks to analyze and unpack all of the cultural problems related to masculine identity. This workshop provides time for self reflection, discussion on replacing the bad with the good, what men think that should look like, and the creation of personal action statements on how to be a good ally to women, trans folks, and gender non-conforming people.
 
Bystander Intervention: Active bystanders are SO AWESOME!  In violent situations, we often think of only two parties, the victim, and the perpetrator. In this workshop, we harness the power of everyone else, the bystanders!!! Learn about the bystander effect, the five step process that takes you from passive to active, and a lot of really cool techniques to be a badass bystander, stand up for ourselves and each other, and make a positive difference in someone’s scary or unpleasant situation.
 
Meeting Facilitation and Consensus Based Decision Making for burgeoning new groups: If we are organizing to create a world free of all oppression, we need a way to be sure that we are not letting systems of oppression play themselves out in the way we organize with each other. Consensus based decision making is a specific, tried and true, non-hierarchical method and set of tools for doing just that. In this workshop, we provide hand-outs and manuals, and teach specific techniques.