Advice for showing up to protest
*Note* This is advice specifically for attending protests that are likely to escalate with police violence, like many of the Black Lives Matter protests we’ve seen over the past months. We believe that protesting is a human right and should be accessible to all, and so should not require these precautions, however we also don’t want people to get themselves into a bad situation by showing up unprepared.
- Mask up!
- Wear a helmet
- Bring lots of water
- Bring a buddy, if you can
- Memorize the two National Lawyers’ Guild hotlines, or write it on your body:
— (971) 247-1072 if you’re *in* jail
— (833) 680-1312 if you were released from jail, saw someone get arrested, a friend was arrested, experienced police brutality, or were directly contacted by law enforcement.
- Don’t film other people’s faces. The cops love to retaliate.
(Lilith Sinclair has a much more thorough protest preparation guide that we highly recommend.)
See a few more resources about what to wear, what apps to use, etc. at this link here.
Video: Keeping Yourself Healthy & Safe at a Protest – Check out this recent recorded training from 350Seattle about Protest Safety — How to Keep Yourself and Your Comrades Safe in the Streets