Re-posted from TX21 Indivisible with minor edits and permission:
It hasn’t been a week since the Charlottesville terrorism, and it’s the only thing on some of our minds. Organizers in particular, many of whom have been recruiting people to show up to all the things for seven months running, are asking ourselves whether personal risk has been materially escalated or if it’s always been this high. In the end, every activist must choose for themselves how and when they will show up, and that has been true since forever. It just feels like the stakes are really high now.
With that in mind, and knowing that many of us are committed to showing up, please be sure to exercise caution and make safe choices. A few suggestions:
- Read / re-read this protest safety document, authored by George Schorn.
- If you can, take a protest safety course. Let us know when you see training opportunities!
- If you’re worried about being publicly identified, google yourself preemptively and see what information is available about you on the internet. And then take steps to scrub whatever you wouldn’t want a rabid militia member to know about you.
- Attend rallies and protests with a buddy. Stick together and keep each other calm, cool-headed, and safe.
- Make sure that your phone battery is charged and, if possible, bring an extra battery so you can be connected at all times.
- Let others who are not attending know where you’ll be, and when you should be home. Have a check-in plan for after the event.
- If there’s an “alt-right” / white supremacist / hate protest and you opt out of the counter-protest, consider contributing to a fundraiser like this one, so you can protest with your dollars instead.
- “Sheet-caking” as per Tina Fey’s recommendation has not been proven an effective activist technique, but you can decide for yourself.
With appreciation for everything you’ve done and continue to do to fight for progressive values for all,