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Training Active Bystanders


When we hear stories of hate crimes, or people being bullied, harassed, or treated unfairly, we know it’s wrong. But what if we were witness to an incident: would we step in and do something?  We might think “of course I would” but in the moment it may not be clear how best to address the situation, or we might have concerns about our safety or the safety of others.

Training people to analyze situations and assess how best to respond is one of the goals of Training Active Bystanders. The program was developed by Quabbin Mediation and was offered in Falmouth last month.

Guests on the program are as follows: Sharon Tracy, Executive Director of Quabbin Mediation and one of the individuals who developed the Training Active Bystanders Program.

Beryl Domingo, Training Active Bystanders Coordinator at Quabbin Mediation

Pamela Rothstien, Member of No Place for Hate Falmouth, the organization that brought the training to the Cape.

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting. She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN. Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH. She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.