Peaceful Protest Kit: A Guide


Here's what is in my Peaceful Protest Kit:

1. A sturdy backpack to carry everything in--make sure it won't hurt your shoulders.

2. A mini first aid kit with all of the essentials. These include tweezers in the case of glass getting embedded in your skin if a protest were to turn violent.

3. Water! This one is for two reasons. First, you MUST stay hydrated. You can also use it to wet a bandana in the case of tear gas. This strategy will provide somewhat of a barrier between the tear gas and your face.

4. Bug spray! You don't want to be itching through the whole protest!

5. In the case of emergency, you'll need money. Make sure you stash some in a secret place on your person in case your bag gets stolen.

6. Identification. This one is super important if you get hurt or if an officer tries to arrest you. You are likely to get released quicker if you have identification.

7. A portable charger. You should have your phone fully charged before you go to the protest, but also bring a fully charged portable phone charger in case of an emergency.

8. Bandanas! They help you protect your face from dust and tear gas.

9. Sunglasses. These are for protection against the sun and any other items that can be harmful to your eyes. I suggest more protective sunglasses than the ones pictured.

10. Sunscreen/lotion with sunscreen in it. You have to protect yourself from sunburns!

11. A comfort stuffed animal. This is more so for any children that you may encounter during an emergency situation, seeing as a peaceful teddy bear is always great for comfort!


Lastly, I want to stress how important it is to write your first and last name and an emergency contact's information in Sharpie on your arm. If your belongings and phone get stolen or you get hurt, you'll need identification.


Afterword:
Almost 1,000 people marched in Jackson, Mississippi on January 21, 2017, showing that even in red states, big cities can lean left. Wherever there is change, there is always a safe place for you. If you cannot find a safe place in your community, at school, or at home, find a sliver of hope in the big cities that are the powerhouse of your state’s government and economy.
A large misconception I’ve noticed coming from adults is that the average citizen must wait for one person to lead a rebellion. Be your own revolutionary. Not just today, but tomorrow and all the days following. If enough rebels join together, the revolution will happen. Be the voice that pushes you to do more and be more, because the world is waiting for voices.

BE SAFE OUT THERE! MAKE CHANGE!


Visual and List by Dharma Gilley
Afterword by Ry X and Dharma Gilley

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