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Please reach out to your local communities and media, and make a difference. Share your guidance on conflict-sensitive journalism. Use the following tips (a collection created by partners) and add your own.

  • Ask others to be careful in how they frame the actions they witness and report.

  • Help them to avoid war words “enemy,” “the other side,” and “defeat.”

  • DO NOT independently label people or groups as terrorists unless they have been listed or labeled as such by someone else. Using the word “terrorism”, typically associated with Black and brown people in the minds of the audience, detracts from the point you are trying to make.

  • DO use words like “militants,” “far-right groups,” “or “white supremacists,” if applicable.

  • DO NOT call this merely a “protest.” do call it what it is - a mob, an armed destructive mob

  • DO say this challenges our value of humanity

  • DO NOT use sensationalist language when describing violence (e.g., “violence erupted,” “tensions spilled over”), which can fuel anger and fear.

  • DO provide context about the root causes of violence (poverty, racial inequity, increasing economic divide,  increased unemployment, disproportionate impact on minorities of access to health, education and housing, food and housing insecurity)

  • DO NOT amplify the rhetoric of politicians or pundits who use the language of “enemies” and “war.”

  • DO NOT use "exceptionalist" language like "this is not Kabul or Baghdad."

  • Encourage them to not place a group of people in one pool, to label many with one label. First, this reduces the complexities of the situation, in a time when we need to be grappling with complexity. Secondly, this is another method of “othering” rather than looking for constructive and creative solutions. Thirdly, this requires the media to report facts not inflammatory predictions such as “this is the death of our democracy”.  Stay with the facts as you know them.

  • Volunteer to be a media monitor, message spreader, or responder! Sign up here

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Recordings of Trainings

MBBI hosted 2-part introductory trainings on the Basic (Part 1) and Advanced (Part 2) Concepts of Early Warning Early Response, as well as partnered with Over Zero about Building Resiliency Networks.

Watch all these videos in this folder here.
The password for each video is trust


Here is the list of our TRUST network calls:

  • On December 18, 2020, we hosted a panel with TRUST Network organizational Partners Nonviolent Peaceforce and Police2Peace, moderated by consulting partner Maria Stephan. For more information on the panel, click here. Watch the recording here: Protests, Police, and Preventing Violence The password is: trustnetwork
  • On January 15, 2021, we hosted Messaging in a Fractious Time: Digital and Non-Digital Communication that Moves Us Towards Peace Rather than Fans the Flames. For more information on the panel, click here. Watch the recording here: Messaging in a Fractious TimeThe password is: trustnetwork

  • On January 29, 2021, we hosted The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Sec 10. For more information on the panel, click here. Watch the recording here: Civil Rights Act of 1964, Sec 10 The password is: trustnetwork

  • On February 26, 2021, we hosted Mobilization and Political Violence: What Do We Know Now? For more information on the call, click here for the full report. Watch the recording here: Mobilization and Political Violence The password is: trustnetwork

Here is a running document list of other trainings amongst our partners.

Click here for the list.


  1. Overview of the TRUST Network: Download the Powerpoint here.

  2. Part 1, Basic EWER Concepts: Download the Powerpoint here.

  3. Part 2, Advanced EWER Concepts: Download the Powerpoint here.

  4. +Peace: US Capitol Violence Rapid Response Messaging Links: Download the List here

  5. +Peace: US Capitol Violence Rapid Response Peacebuilding Messaging PowerPoint: Download the List here

  6. Essential Partners 2020 Guide: Read the Resource List here.

  7. My Political Autobiography: Download the Resource Here.

  8. Download this Cultural and Narrative Peacebuilding Activation Guidebook and check out the ShineOnTheVote campaign provided by +Peace

  9. A Survey and Analysis of Statewide Election Recounts, 2000-2019, from FairVote - of 4,687 statewide general elections, only 27 have gone to a recount and of those only 3 have changed the outcome of initial results.

  10. FAQ on Department of Justice Announcement Authorizing Investigations into Allegations of Voting Irregularities, from Protect Democracy

  11. Post-Election Toolkit, from the National Task Force on Election Crises

Guides for Safety and De-Escalation at Rallies and Other Gatherings

  1. Deescalation Guide: Download the Guide here.

  2. Police2Peace Safety Tips: Download the Document Here.

  3. PTR Deescalation for Attendees


Read these timely and important articles and op-eds.

  1. To defuse political violence across the US, conflict mediators apply lessons from gang disputes and foreign elections - Joseph Bock, Marta Poblet, and Per Aarvik

  2. “I Didn’t Know If I Was Going to Be Seen Again”: The Escalating Risk of Mass Violence in the United States, by James Waller, PhD, Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College, New Hampshire
  3. America Is Having a Moral Convulsion - David Brooks

  4. Is civic violence escalating out of control? Ten ways we can stop it - Melinda Burrell

  5. International Election Monitors Arrive in the US for the Nov. 3 Poll - Allison Lecce

  6. Countering Violent Extremism, Three Moves Biden Should Make Now - Farah Pandith and Jacob Ware

  7. How the United States Can Step Back from the Brink - John Paul Lederach and Melanie Greenberg

  8. A Proven Formula for Protecting the Vote and Keeping Peace - Maria J. Stephan

  9. We need to prepare for ongoing insurrectionary violence and address its root causes - Maria J. Stephan

  10. Nonviolent Civic Action May Help Defend the Integrity of the Election - Maria J. Stephan

  11. About the role of third party and insider mediation in mass movements (lessons from international cases) - Maria J. Stephan

  12. Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide to Counteract Dangerous Speech - Rachel Brown
  13. Three New Ways Civil Society is Protecting the US Election - Ashley Quarcoo

  14. Why We Shouldn't Call Militias, 'Militias' - Idean Salehyan

  15. How a community prepared for mass unrest, trained in de-escalation, and danced.
  16. I survived Liberia's civil wars. Here's my advice to American voters:  - Joseph Jimmy Sankaituah
    "Hateful rhetoric sows fear and division, which can lead to outright conflict. Take care, be vigilant and do not dismiss the warning signs of violence. One of the strange secrets of war is that ordinary life continues. Violent conflict can creep up on you, like the darkness of night arriving in gradual shades. The creeping menace can desensitize you until the hour is too late."