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Activism: Anti-Racism

Adapted from Facebook post by Xavier Ramey, Chicago activist & CEO of Justice InformedInstagram post by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Street Medic Guide adapted from Paper Revolution 

 

June 2 Update:

Read/Listen to “This Moment Has Been Co-opted” - an interview with Chicago activist Xavier Ramey. He urges us to stay home if we are not part of a planned effort. Also, protestors are not the looters or the rioters.

 

General

0. Not all are physically able to attend protests, and there are many other ways to support the BLM movement, advocate, and practice anti-racism at this time. All types of support are important and necessary.

 

1. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF GRASSROOTS BLACK ORGANIZERS. They have been at this a long time and are disciplined in the ropes of community organizing and demonstration. It is a discipline. Follow trusted leaders whose goal has been the focused pursuit of justice. *Do not just show up unprepared. And do not follow someone who just showed up.*

 

2. LOOK OUT FOR THINGS THAT DON’T SEEM RIGHT. There are increasing reports and investigations that white supremacists may be infiltrating protests, breaking windows, and destroying property. If anything seems off to you, document it. Always check who is organizing.

 

3. HAVE A BUDDY. Always march with a partner and check in on each other.

 

4. BE SAFE. More on this below. Wear a mask and gloves. Be prepared for tear gas. Have emergency contact numbers ready. Walk, don’t run.

 

5. TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.

 

Particulars

  1. Use the bathroom before you go
  2. Let a loved one know before you march and what area you will be in
  3. Wear a mask to protect yourself and your community. Covid-19 is still a problem throughout  the United States and Black Americans have been disproportionately affected
  4. Walk, don’t run
  5. Turn off face/touch ID on phones and use a passcode to protect your identity in case your phone is taken
  6. Dealing with Pepper Spray/Tear gas:
  1. Carry saline solutions or Liquid Antacids +  Water mixed together (LAW)
  2. Straight milk is not a good substitute
  3. Flavored antacids are not a good substitute
  4. For skin: Use LAW mixtures where the gas or spray hits
  5. For eyes: DON’T pour LAW in. Use saline solution or water. Contact lens solution could work
  6. For respiration/ face protection: Prevent injury w/ gas mask (expensive) or bandana soaked in water and wrapped around your mouth and nose like a surgical mask
  1. DO bring: ID, cash/change, water, first aid, washcloth, snacks, ear plugs, protest signs
  2. DON’T bring: anything you don’t want to be arrested with, e.g. substances, Rx drugs without original container  
  3. DO wear: nondescript solid colors, layered clothing, goggles, mask, hair tied up, emergency contacts written on arms in Sharpie
  4. DON’T wear: jewelry, contact lenses

 

Emergency Contact Numbers

Use these if arrested and don’t have other contacts. Call with legal name and time and place of arrest.

 

Growing national list of emergency legal aid here

Chicago: First Defense Legal Aid: 1-800-529-7374 (1-800-LAW-REP4)

New Jersey: National Lawyers Guild908-818-0002

New York City: National Lawyers Guild212-679-6018

Seattle: National Lawyers Guild: 206-658-7963

Photo by Cooper Baumgartner on Unsplash

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