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San Diego Workshops Offer Safe Space To Talk About Racism And Hate

An undated photo of a group participating in the National Conflict Resolution...

Credit: National Conflict Resolution Center

Above: An undated photo of a group participating in the National Conflict Resolution Center's "A Path Forward" dialogue series.

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The National Conflict Resolution Center is organizing a series of workshops that give San Diegans a chance to talk about hate, racism and intolerance.

Aired: August 27, 2019 | Transcript

As the 19-year old man accused of killing one woman and wounding three others in a shooting at the Chabad of Poway in April faces hate crimes charges in federal court, an ongoing series of workshops inspired by the shooting is giving San Diegans a safe space to talk about hate, racism and intolerance.

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The series is called “A Path Forward.” Organizers from the National Conflict Resolution Center say the workshops are designed to give community members ways to express concerns and hope in challenging times.

"The whole idea is that you're walking into a physical and psychological safe space where you can express different points of view and feel heard and respected," Ashley Virtue of the NCRC said.

Virtue joined Midday Edition Tuesday to talk about the impact she hopes the conversations have in San Diego.

The next community dialogue called “Be Brave” is happening on Wednesday, September 4 from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. at Bayview Baptist Church located at 6134 Benson Ave in San Diego. The event is free and open to the public. Interested participants may register here.

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