A lot of people have been requesting information and tips for keeping yourself safe during the protests, so here’s some helpful tips and guidelines to follow that we’ve compiled between first-hand experience, as well as ideas from TikTok, other protestors, and protests outside of the U.S.
1. COVER YOUR FACE
COVID-19 is still a risk, but take advantage of the fact that right now you also can use masks for protecting your identity. Just double whammy it for extra protection.
2. FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS AND JOURNALISTS
If you plan on documenting as a photographer, Media, journalist, or independently social justice style, some police have taken to target those with devices. If you plan on getting that close, please do yourself a favor and either get protective outdoor work goggles, chemistry style googles, or wear PLASTIC, keyword plastic, sunglasses. And I would highly suggest make them as big as JLO’s in the 2000’s. Also be sure if you’re not using your camera to put it away because they’ll keep a harder eye on you if they see it.
3. STAY HYDRATED
A lot of protestors have been taking water downtown for themselves or in bulk for protestors but especially with 93 degree heat, people are going to need way more than just one.
4. EAT SOMETHING
You need energy along with your hydration!
5. DOWNLOAD SIGNAL MESSAGING APP
The app is encrypted for your safety so you can talk on a clean line. Facebook and Instagram are both in Trump’s pocket, and will not hesitate to turn over anything suspect to authorities. This is not to say you’re planning illegal things, but depending on where you are, it could protect you.
6. BE CAREFUL OF WHO’S PHOTOGRAPHING YOU
Avoid getting photographed if you’re unique looking / easily identifiable. As the protest community has been saying, no Face no Case. (For those who know me, yes I messed that up!)
7. DO NOT BECOME AN AGENT OF SURVEILLANCE
If you are taking pictures, live-streaming, or otherwise, avoid shooting people’s faces if they aren’t masked or are identifiable. You could be handing someone over for the police doing so, or giving them a reason to investigate someone else.
8. DON’T GET BURNED
If you’re pale AF, don’t forget the sunscreen.
9. IF SOMEONE TELLS YOU TO DE-ESCALATE, STFU AND STAND DOWN
If a protest leader or someone from the protest is asking you to de-escalate your attitude – FUCKING DO IT. Most protests are absolutely running on a peaceful platform and if you are escalating things, you are adding reasons to the mistreatment of the cops. They want us to act poorly so they can arrest and beat us.
10. BE RESPECTFUL TO EVERYONE MARCHING REGARDLESS OF THEIR SKIN COLOR
While we’re marching for justice of the Black Community, White, Asian, Indian, Native Americans and Hispanic people are NOT your enemy unless they are behaving as such. Do not assume that because someone looks a certain way, they’re a threat. Now, if they’re dressed like a Nazi, or behind threatening or hateful, de-escalate them or have them removed from the protest.
11. KEEP YOUR DEVICES IN YOUR BAG UNLESS YOU’RE USING THEM
Try to keep your phone out of the sun, in your bag, unless you’re documenting. With the heat, especially iPhones will not let you use your phone if it’s too hot unless you’re calling 911. Which… 911 is kind of a tough call to make right now! And you may need your phone depending on the situation so you do not want it to time out on you.
12. WRITE THE NUMBER OF A LAWYER OR BAIL ORG ON YOUR ARM, NOT A FAMILY MEMBER
If your city is escalating in arrests make sure you write that on your body with a Sharpie. If you use a Family Member, they may get put in danger or attacked.
Everyone stay safe, and we’ll update this list as more ideas arise!