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.
— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) April 27, 2017
The “Empathy Tent” reportedly makes the rounds at Berkeley’s protest scene and maintains regular hours both on UC Berkeley’s campus, in public parks, and in the central square in downtown Berkeley, says the report.
The project claims to offer services, including: “Free empathic listening, dialogue, empathy circles, circle facilitation training, conflict mediation, mediation training, de-escalation, arts and empathic design (human-centered design) project team building.”
Apparently, massages are also part their service offerings to soothe beleaguered protestors.
According to the project’s website:
The Empathy Tent is an open and eclectic space for people to foster the values of empathy, compassion, connection, caring, community, freedom, peace, nonviolence, justice, empathic action, etc. Our intention is to build a culture of empathy where everyone is included, feels fully heard and accepted and we take empathic action together to transform our society.
The report states that a giant teddy bear is sometimes seen at the “Empathy Tent” to hand out snacks and “kind notes.”
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