We have spent all week educating ourselves and listening to Black communities about how to move forward in times of injustice. A lot of people have taken action and after learning about the ways racism is rooted in the American justice system, many people did so by way of protest and riot. This post is not to tell you what action to take, how to take it, or even if you should take it, but to provide safety resources in case you do.
- XOTV is focused on privacy, and we know our users care, too. So our first resource is about protecting anonymity while protesting peacefully. The tips include how to use a phone without being tracked, and how to avoid surveillance footage being used against you: https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-protest-safely-surveillance-digital-privacy/.
- Our second resource comes from the ACLU (The American Civil Liberties Union). They have put together a page dedicated to protestors’ rights for people who plan to organize, attend, or document a protest, or who are stopped by police while at a protest: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/protesters-rights/.
- Third, we are still in a pandemic, which means there is an added level of caution necessary when protesting to protect all parties’ health. The ACLU has another article, this time regarding COVID protesting, about the topic: https://www.aclu.org/news/free-speech/how-to-protest-in-a-pandemic/.
Looking for more resources? Want to make a video or post of your own about safety while protesting? Link it in the comments!