ways to help protestors if you are unable to protest
everybody has to do their part. as a reference, this was posted on 1 june 2020. if any links are broken or direct to a place they should not, please feel free to add on with corrections. if there is new information with better knowledge, please feel free to share. thank you.
do <>not> donate to shaun king. he has repeatedly collected money to “support” black people, but no one knows where the money is.
<>BAIL FUNDS (ALPHABETICAL ORDER; NOT A COMPREHENSIVE LIST)>
note: <>washington dc> and <>new jersey> have cashless bail systems.
<>MORE PLACES TO DONATE>
note: more links are listed in the masterposts below.
2. educate yourself
it isn’t enough to sign petitions and reblog/retweet/etc. nonblack people, including people of color, owe it to black people to educate themselves and correct themselves and the people around them on anti-blackness.
note: more links are in the masterposts linked below.
3. give out supplies to protestors
people need supplies to protest safely, and even if they bring supplies with them, they can often run out. if you’re able, stock up and hand them out to people protesting. for more supplies to donate, see the “george floyd action” google docs link in section 5.
- <>water bottles> (dehydration and heatstroke are not things people should have to deal with alongside bastard cops. if the police in your area are particularly violent or known to use tear gas, get the ones with the sports cap/suction-thing/etc so people can use them as emergency eye-flushes.)
- <>snacks> (make sure to take into account that people have allergies of all sorts. foods will have a little label that says “may contain” and then list any potential allergens. write the allergens on the ziploc (or any container you use) in permanent marker, or better yet, write the snacks included in the pack.)
- <>masks> (don’t forget there’s still a pandemic going on. also it will aid in deterring facial recognition when the police try to track down protestors, also part two, if the cops use tear gas, wearing a mask (with the combination of a scarf or bandana) will lessen the adverse effects. lessen, not stop.)
- <>bandanas, scarves, etc. and goggles (ski goggles, swimming goggles, etc.)> (see above for explanation on the scarves. same goes for the goggles. anti–tear gas and anti–facial recognition.)
- <>clean shirts> (for people who are heavily gassed. also helps deter recognition through clothing.)
- <>wound care supplies> (band-aids, packets of neosporin packets or a similar antibiotic, alcohol wipes, etc.; if you can, decant bactine into those little travel bottles.)
- <>a sharpie or another type of marker> (for writing bail numbers or emergency contacts on arms, hands, etc. it’s not enough to have your city’s bail fund number stored on your phone; the police won’t give it to you to look it up. give people a marker so they can write it down, preferably not washable so it isn’t easily removed.)
<>IMPORTANT: KNOWING FIRST AID>
<>tear gas>: if you’re hit, get out as fast and as soon as you can. take anyone you can with you. the longer you’re in the gas, the harder it will be for you to see, and it can irritate your airways, making it hard to breathe. if you’re hit, don’t run; it’ll only make things worse on your lungs. when you leave the area, take a cold shower. don’t use hot water (it will only reactivate the agent); don’t bathe (it will only spread the CS around). (source 1) (source 2) (cdc fact sheet on tear gas)
- move them to a clean and ventilated area where it’s as safe as possible.
- ask them if they’re wearing contact lenses. have them remove it. if they’re wearing glasses, rinse it with water.
- solution of half liquid antacid, half water. spray from the inside going out, with the head tilted back and slightly towards the side being rinsed. if they say it’s okay, open the eye slightly while doing this. (source)
<>bullet wounds:> the most important thing is to stop the bleeding. be sure to check for an exit wound and cover that as well. treat both wounds, but treat the worse one first.
- <>adult cpr tutorial><>> (youtube video by cincinnati children’s; think of “staying alive” by the beegees or “uptown funk”)
4. be a source of information
be responsible with this. people’s lives are at stake. that being said, the media is a fucking joke and the best way to get accurate information in a grassroots rebellion is amongst ourselves. record everything, but if you are going to share any information at all, be sure to blur people’s faces.
<>NUMBERS TO CALL FOR ARRESTED PROTESTORS (ALPHABETICAL ORDER; SOURCES LINKED TO THE NUMBER)>
remember to keep phones OFF unless absolutely necessary. cell phone towers, stingrays, location notifs can all be used to track you and other protestors. don’t fuck around. if your phone must be on, keep it on airplane mode as often as possible and only communicate using encrypted methods. no, snapchat doesn’t count. (a twitter thread on stingrays, for those interested)
5. miscellaneous links and links for protestors
- <>masterpost of petitions to sign, numbers to call, places to donate, and more><>> (carrd by dehyedration on twitter)
- <>#blacklivesmatter><>> (google docs by ambivaIcnt on twitter; includes information on relevant events, other masterposts, lists of petitions and donation links, how to protest safely and protests to go to, and more)
- <>george floyd action> (google docs; includes information on apps to download, supplies to buy and donate, places to donate to, protest safety, resources on unlearning racial bias, and more)
- <>how to get out of ziptie “handcuff><>>s” (by finnianj on tiktok, via katzerax on twitter)
- <>how can i help?><>> by @abbiheartstaylor
- <>how to make a signal-blocking cell phone pouch><>>
- <>tips for protestors><>> by @aurora00boredealis
- <>twitter thread for protestors><>> (by vantaemuseum on twitter)
- <>also, if you’re protesting, change your passcode. make it at least 11 characters long and don’t use facial/thumb recognit><>>ion.