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2017-04-27 Civic Park

Empathy Tent: April 27th Media Coverage
Listening, empathy, dialogue, empathy circles and conflict mediation.




COULTER CAL PROTEST: DEMONSTRATIONS MOSTLY PEACEFUL; 7 ARRESTED
By Laura Anthony and Wayne Freedman
Channel 7 News 
Video Only
Empathy Tent mentioned at  2 min 45 sec
"Some came to keep things calm. There was an empathy tent"
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A conservative being listened to in the Empathy Tent and being heard about issues of concern to them (high healthcare costs in this case and feeling judged by being called a racist, even though his wife is black, Hispanic, multiracial and Jewish) and gets a neck shoulder massage while they are at it. He wanted to also share photos of his 3 pet dogs, one being a chihuahua.

He was wearing a bullet proof vest and helmet for protection. When we took a picture he was concerned the bullet proof vest made him look fat. A good natured speaker with a sense of humor.

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Laura Anthony @LauraAnthony7 "Empathy" tent at #Berkeley #CivicPark Lady giving guy with helmet on a neck massage ahead of expected rally after @anncoulter cancellation.

How many demonstrators end up taking advantage of the services offered here remains to be seen: “Empathy” tent at #Berkeley #CivicPark Lady giving guy with helmet on a neck massage ahead of expected rally after @anncoulter cancellation. pic.twitter.com/84TKYDF8B6
— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) April 27, 2017

The post Maybe this ’empathy tent’ will provide additional safe space at Berkeley 




Demonstration underway in Berkeley; 2 arrested
EastBayTimes.com

Berkeley protest draws pro- and anti-Trump groups
SantaCruzSentinel.com

April 27, 2017
Trump supporters, from left,  Drew Bynum, of Fullerton, and Robert Montgomery, of Pleasanton, gather at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley, Calif., on Thursday, April 27, 2017. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)
"A rally with speakers began at 2 p.m. drawing hundreds to the park. At the other end of the park, a group had set up an “empathy tent.”

“What’s the point of free speech if no one listens,” said Dave Gottfried, who regularly helps host the empathy tent, which has made appearances at protests and events since the Occupy movement. “We listen, and try to help people listen,” Gottfried said." 





Two People Arrested At Berkeley Rally. And Then There’s The ‘Empathy Tent’…
Miss CJ 
April 27, 2017 
"Well, better that than throwing punches and pepper spraying people."

"On the other end of the spectrum, someone actually set up an “Empathy Tent” where people could go to take a break and get a massage during the rally. No, really. There’s someone giving massages at the Empathy Tent –"



"Whether you're an alt-left snowflake or an alt-right fascist, Berkeley's 'Empathy Tent' is open to you. Pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters alike received free shoulder and neck massages in the Empathy Tent on Thursday, April 27, following the cancellation of conservative writer Ann Coulter's appearance.

The phrases "free speech, empathy and dialogue" and "come talk to us, we listen" were printed on the tent's overhangs.

The tent promotes "peaceful dialogue and listening," with its workers stating "what's the point of free speech if no one listens?"



At the other end of the park, a group had set up an “empathy tent”. Nope! Because I support free speech, and I understand that “free speech” includes speech that I don’t like. “We listen, and try to help people listen”. “The police did a really good job of keeping everybody separate”.



Anti-Trump Protesters Got Free Massages in ‘Empathy Tent’ During Berkeley Protests
By Emily Zanott
April 28, 2017 - 
Heatst.com

Hopefully the tent’s staff were able to alleviate his sore muscles and deep concerns about the Trump administration. The “Empathy Tent” is, apparently, a staple of Berkeley’s protest scene, and holds regular hours both on UC Berkeley’s campus, in public parks, and in the central square in downtown Berkeley. It bills itself as a “community listening project” and trains students and Berkeley residents to engage in healing conversation and “shared action.”

Correction sent to Emily Zanotti

Hi Emily
I read your article “Anti-Trump Protesters Got Free Massages in ‘Empathy Tent’ During Berkeley Protests”.
Glad to have you mention the empathy tent in your article. I tried to post the following to the comments section of the article, but it would not take.

“You have the story somewhat wrong.. The person in the photo is actually a Trump supporter who came over from the pro Trump Free Speech Rally. You can see that from the helmet, since this is the head protection they wear. This was at the Berkeley April 27 rally in Civic Center park. I am the person offering the empathic listening with the empathy t-shirt. At the empathy tent http://EmpathyTent.com we listen to everyone from all sides. Anyone is free to talk about whatever they want and we will listen.

People come to the Empathy Tent and get heard about issues of concern to them. In this case the person talked about his frustration with high healthcare costs and feeling judged by being called a racist, even though his wife is black, Hispanic, multiracial and Jewish. He also got a neck shoulder massage because his bullet proof vest was heavy on his shoulders and hurting them..

He wanted to also share photos of his 3 pet dogs, one being a Chihuahua. He was wearing a bullet proof vest and helmet for protection. When we took a picture of him with his phone, he was concerned because the bullet proof vest made him look like he was overweight..”
Warmly,
Edwin

"That's awesome. Thank you! We'll update. " 
Emily Zanotti 





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Video: Can ‘empathy tents’ calm down protesters at UC Berkeley?
May. 03, 2017 - 3:04 - ‘The Conservative Millennial’ blogger Allie Beth Stuckey on how ‘empathy tents’ are being used at UC Berkeley to calm down protesters.



“Envision Wavy Gravy, bubbles, singing, laughter yoga! Occupella. Buddhist Peace Meditators. Fencing with sponge noodles,” she wrote. “Will Edwin set up the Empathy tent? How about a volleyball game in the middle of the park and/or a square dance? Will Code Pink pls bring peace symbol cookies to pass out, and daisies.” On "Fox & Friends" this morning, Tucker Carlson said Sorgen is painting a picture of the parking lot at a Grateful Dead show."







Berkeley elite propose ‘bubbles,’ ‘laughter yoga’ to quell campus violence
By Douglas Ernst 
May 3, 2017 The Washington Times 
"A cadre of city leaders in Berkeley exchanged ideas for quelling violence by left-wing activists, which includes “quiet conversations,” “empathy tents,” “bubbles” and “laughter yoga..... Berkeley volunteer Commissioner Phoebe Anne Sorgen suggested empathy tents, which were provided on April 27."




"Whether you're an alt-left snowflake or an alt-right fascist, Berkeley's 'Empathy Tent' is open to you. Pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters alike received free shoulder and neck massages in the Empathy Tent on Thursday, April 27, following the cancellation of conservative writer Ann Coulter's appearance.

The phrases "free speech, empathy and dialogue" and "come talk to us, we listen" were printed on the tent's overhangs.

The tent promotes "peaceful dialogue and listening," with its workers stating "what's the point of free speech if no one listens?"




Berkeley Protests: Hundreds Rally After Coulter Talk Cancelled, Arrests Made
Madeline Patrick  
30.04.2017 - normangeestar
"At the other end of the park, a group had set up an “empathy tent”. Nope! Because I support free speech, and I understand that “free speech” includes speech that I don’t like. “We listen, and try to help people listen”. “The police did a really good job of keeping everybody separate”."



UC BERKELEY POLICE BRACE FOR UNREST DESPITE CANCELED ANN COULTER SPEECH
Paul Smedley 
April 30, 2017 - ppfocus.com
"At the other end of the park, a group had set up an “empathy tent”.



Berkeley City Leaders Propose Stopping Violent Protests With Bubbles and Yoga
Raven Clabough
 04 May 2017 -  TheNewAmerican.com- 
"So how do Berkeley city leaders intend to address the activists? Apparently with “quiet conversations,” “empathy tents,” “bubbles,” and “laughter yoga.” Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up....

While Cainer’s proposal flies in the face of realism, it does not go quite as far as that of Berkeley volunteer Commissioner Phoebe Anne Sorgen, who suggested the use of empathy tents, which were actually provided on April 27 in anticipation of Coulter’s visit.

“Envision Wavy Gravy, bubbles, singing, laughter yoga! Occupella. Buddhist Peace Meditators. Fencing with sponge noodles,” she wrote. “Will Edwin set up the Empathy tent? How about a volleyball game in the middle of the park and/or a square dance? Will Code Pink pls bring peace symbol cookies to pass out, and daisies.”



SAFE SPACE: Antifa protesters put up “empathy tent” (video)
BY MARIE AUBRY/ APRIL 28, 2017/

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"Safe spaces just took on a whole new meaning for Antifa protesters who attended the Occupy Berkeley demonstration. Introducing empathy tents — a measure taken to make everyone “feel fully heard and accepted.”

A full support system was on hand for the hundreds of protestors who gathered to skewer conservative commentator, Ann Coulter, who was forced to cancel her appearance at UC Berkeley after threats of violence.

Antifa protesters received free neck massages from Berkeley’s own “Empathy Tent,” which functioned as an outdoor “safe space” on Berkeley’s campus."



Thank You For Being Here.

LOT'S of people come by the Empathy Tent  and say,
 "I'm so glad you are here."

I used to just say, "thanks."

But I've started asking, "I'm hearing you feel gratitude for us being here. Can you tell me more about why that is?"

One woman said, "My world and community that I surround myself with is with empathic and caring people. I have 2 children as well. When I see the violence that is going one here in the park it feels very disturbing and upsetting. Just that you are here, holding and advocating for that presence in this park, makes me feel so much better."


 



Berkeley demonstration mostly peaceful as pro- and anti-Trump groups get their say
By RICK HURD
Mercurynews.com - Bay Area News Group
April 27, 2017 



At the other end of the park, a group had set up an “empathy tent.” “What’s the point of free speech if no one listens,” said Dave Gottfried, who regularly helps host the empathy tent, which has made appearances at protests and events since the Occupy movement. “We listen, and try to help people listen.”






Storify.com: Berkeley Empathy Tent
By SF Gate.com

Claudia Cowan 
Empathy Tent set up to promote peaceful dialogue and listening @Berkeley rally. 

Daniel McPartlan
Trump rally in #Berkeley: Man laments being calld fascist to one empathy tent stafr while another gives him shldr massage 

Laura Anthony 
"Empathy" tent at #Berkeley #CivicPark Lady giving guy with helmet on a neck massage ahead of expected rally after @anncoulter cancellation.

Daniel McPartlan
Empathy tent personnel helping facilitate peaceful discussion @berkeleyside

Annie Sciacca 
In the park, the Empathy Tent is here to listen. "What's the point of free speech if no one listens," they say. 



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Empathy tent personnel helping facilitate peaceful discussion. Photo: Daniel McPartlan









 






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