They had come armed with their own stories.

One woman had been singled out and harrassed because of her sexuality, another for wearing a hijab while walking down the street, but this was the day they would learn the tools to prevent others from experiencing discrimination alone. A hijab is a head covering worn in public by some Muslim women.

Saturday at the Quaker Meeting House in Santa Cruz, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Muslim Solidarity Group of Sanctuary Santa Cruz conducted a Bystander Intervention Training in an effort to teach how to step up in unity with those being discriminated against.

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