Tips for protesters/activists. Copy and share without attribution

For folks who are new to social justice actions:

1. Water makes pepper spray worse. Use milk or liquid antacid and water. Don’t wear contacts.

2. If you get tear gassed, when you get home, put the contaminated clothes in a plastic bag for later decontamination and shower with cold water to avoid opening your pores.

3. Come with friends and don’t get separated.

Avoid leaving the crowd and watch out for police snatch squads.

4. Beware undercovers, but beware snitch jacketing and collaborator ‘peace police’ even more.

5. The far right is very good at combing through pictures and doxxing people. Mask up.

6. Write any necessary phone numbers you may need directly on your skin in sharpie.

7. Have an offsite plan for emergencies if you have not been heard from by X time coordinated with someone offsite.

8. Make sure all mobile devices are charged!!

9. If you plan on going to jail, plan it: bail, lawyer, time off from work, witnesses i.e.: a cadre. Don’t just go to jail without training.

10. Beware folks inciting violence. Most of them are police feds. Watch out for hook ups for the same reason. Get to know the crowd. They will set you up.

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  1. Pierce R. Butler says

    Consider that if you do get arrested, everybody whose name, number,, or other information you may have on paper or in your phone will go into law enforcement databases.

  2. says

    What’s the best way to keep your phone from getting accessed by cops? Is android or iOS more secure? I heard about some privacy battles on that subject, but never heard how or if they were resolved.

  3. sonofrojblake says

    Terms used in (4) assume prior knowledge which conflicts with the point of the article – to tell the uninformed. Definitions would fix this.

  4. says

    Fair point. I copied and pasted, didn’t think about that.

    Undercover means undercover cop

    Snitch-jacketing is a bad actor trying to cast a legit protester/activist as a snitch/informer/undercover. This can create division/discord, make effective activists less effective, and give false cred to the person doing the “snitch-jacketing”.

    Not certain what the last one is – either cops pretending to be sympathetic to the cause, or people putting too much effort into trying to get protesters to “keep the peace”.

    Additional definitions/clarifications are more than welcome.

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