UPDATE: I’ve started transferring this document into Google Sheets! This Google doc will not be deleted. Instead, whatever cannot reasonably be transferred there, will remain here.
Link to Google Sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fpdRY5fwoyt04Il6y9bToWjv4wUaIoMAQERoE2A140U/edit?usp=sharing
For People Seeking Legal Counsel
A Spreadsheet of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers (Attorneys: Fill This Out)
National Lawyers Guild NYC: What to do if Someone You Know is Arrested (Tweet)
For People Protesting or Using Social Media
TIPS FOR PROTESTERS
MEDICAL & SAFETY ADVICE (INCL. SANITATION + PPE)
- This Google Doc contains the best practices for before, during, and after protests.
- This Twitter thread contains reminders and new information about maintaining your respiratory health while protesting.
- Avoid posting and resharing photos that could help police, white supremacist groups, and employers identify the people protesting. Blur other people’s faces, tattoos, or other identifiable attributes if you’re going to post!
- “Riot Medicine” - A Twitter thread.
- Sew or use safety pins to close up pockets and don't carry easy to open bags. Police put illegal things in them and use what they say they've found to bring cases against people.
- Write out ICE (in case of emergency contact) and notes about any required medication or medical problems. Phone numbers of doctors are not a bad idea either.
- It is best not to bring prescription medications to the protests. If you do, you’re encouraged to bring the bottle containing your prescription. Police are likely to give you a hard time, but it’s safer to have the bottle your meds came in.
- Avoid wearing your contacts! Tear gas is particularly harmful for you!
- If you are protesting while seated and someone begins to attack you, cover the back of your neck and your lower back with your arms.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION
- The best policy is to watch what you text and to make sure you’re not including your location on your social media posts. Turn off your location!
- Tool for quickly scrubbing metadata from images and selectively blurring faces and identifiable features. Phone or Desktop. Credit
FOR POLICE INTERACTIONS: This tweet teaches you how to set a Shortcut to film your encounters with police and to contact your emergency contact.
ON SIGNAGE & IN-PERSON CONDUCT
GENERAL SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS!
- Avoid posting and resharing photos that could help police, organized and unorganized white supremacist groups, and employers identify the people protesting.
- Click here if you’re not sure how to blur people’s faces, tattoos, and other identifying attributes.
- Consider not lending your social media page to discourage “violent protest”. There is no purpose in engaging in these discussions. They’re always in bad faith. It’s more productive to support organizers.
- A quick response: "Violence aimed at the recovery of human dignity and at equality cannot be judged by the same yardstick as violece aimed at maintenance of discrimination and oppression.” - Walter Rodney
- Reading Material: “In Defense of Looting” by Vicky Osterweil
- Reading Material: “There’s No Such Thing as a Pretty Protest” by Tirhakah Love
- Do not share videos and photos of the murder of George Floyd or any other Black person who has been murdered police - or anyone for that matter! These videos are the lynching postcards of our time.
- Do the work to unlearn and to fight all of your racist conditioning re: innocence and criminality.
FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS WHO WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE