An Injury to One: Self Defense & Bystander Intervention for Worker Leaders


Self Defense & Bystander Intervention for Worker Leaders

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Cornell ILR Conference Center
16 East 34th Street, 6th Floor, New York City
(between 5th and Madison)

This is a free event but seating is limited. RSVP is required!
Please visit our EventBrite page to view the Spanish version.

Amid political crisis and the rise in violence, many of us want to rise up and intervene to stop harassment and violence against people in our communities. This bystander and self-defense training will convene members, leaders, stewards and staff of unions or workers’ centers.

Learn how to effectively intervene and de-escalate harassment and violence, whether you witness it or experience it yourself. This workshop will address:

  • Understanding Street and Public Harassment
  • Skills and Options for UPstander behaviors
  • 5 D’s – direct, distract, delegate, delay, document
  • Develop strategies for harassment you may witness or experience
  • Learn Basic Self-Defense
  • Networking with local community resources

Who should attend: Members, leaders, stewards and staff of unions or workers’ centers.

Click here for event details and to RSVP →


Debjani Roy, Deputy Director, Hollaback!
Debjani Roy has advocated for gender equality in the US and UK for fifteen years. Prior to Hollaback! she led key initiatives at Manavi, promoting the rights of South Asian women survivors of violence in the United States. She has expertise in program management, direct service provision, development, training and technical assistance, communications, research, and policy advocacy on immigrant rights and gender-based violence issues, including domestic violence, sexual assault, forced marriage, “honor”-based violence, sexual trafficking/forced prostitution, and widows’ rights. Debjani’s work and commentary has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Fox News, Huffington Post, and others. Her academic publications include “South Asian Battered Women’s Use of Force against Intimate Male Partners” and An Introduction to Forced Marriage in the South Asian Community in the United States. Debjani is a graduate of the Stern School of Business at NYU and has a master’s degree in Cultural Studies with a focus on Gender Theory from the University of London, Goldsmiths.

Rej Joo, Upstander Project Coordinator, Center for Anti-Violence Education
With a degree in psychology and a M.P.H. from Columbia Mailman School, Rej has over 14 years of experience working with marginalized communities (LGBTQ homeless youth, HIV/AIDS-affected, TPOC, and those affected by mental illness) in the capacity of community organizing & education, case management, research, social service, and training curriculum development. He is passionate about creating and providing culturally affirming trainings, grounded in cultural humility framework. He loves martial arts and has experience in Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jujitsu, but his primary discipline is in Hapkido, where he holds a black belt. He has two Redfoot tortoises and one day wishes to have a miniature pig or a rabbit.

Moderated by Arianna Schindle and Zoë West, founding members of the Rhiza Collective. Rhiza is a collective that supports social transformation and environmental justice using a collaborative, process that combines the power of research, storytelling and organizing. Our integrated model allows us to work closely with partners to design interventions at four strategic levels: healing and community transformation, organizational development, movement-building across networks, and power-shifting in larger society. Arianna and Zoë are lead facilitators for the Delfino Leadership Institute, the premier training program for the New York Workers Center Federation.

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