Clothing & Gear

It is important to not stand out in the crowd. Regardless of your activity or how you behave, the police could identify you in photos or videos that are posted to social media or news stories. Everyone has a camera in their pocket. It should be clear that we cannot trust the police, so the last thing you want is for them to be able to identify you for any reason. You want to avoid any potential harassment or retaliation from the cops.

Philadelphia Inquirer: The FBI used a Philly protester’s Etsy profile, LinkedIn, and other internet history to charge her with setting police cars ablaze:

The path took agents from Instagram, where amateur photographers also captured shots of the masked arsonist, to an Etsy shop that sold the distinctive T-shirt the woman was wearing in the video. It led investigators to her LinkedIn page, to her profile on the fashion website Poshmark, and eventually to her doorstep.

What to Wear

Wear plain, nondescript clothing. Solid, darker colors are best to blend in. Bright colorful clothing stands out. Solid black for everything is best.

Avoid logos and text! Do no wear any clothing with prominent designs or patterns.

Dress in layers to accommodate changes in weather.

Cover any identifying tattoos or piercings. Remove any jewelery from visible piercings.

Tie up your hair.

Wear a hat.

Do NOT wear contacts — in case of tear gas or pepper spray.

Do NOT wear makeup.

Do NOT wear jewelry.

What to Bring

Decide what you need and what will work for you and your level of engagement, disregard the rest. Do not bring credit cards or anything else that is not absolutely vital.

  • Water, preferably in a sports water bottle
    • For drinking, but also to flush chemical agents out of your eyes
  • Snacks
    • energy bars, granola bars, jerky, etc.
  • Face mask for covering your face
    • To prevent police from identifying you in photos
    • For COVID-19 protection
  • Goggles for tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets
  • Helmet to protect against projectiles like rubber bullets
  • Gas mask / Respirator or heavy duty mask for tear gas
  • Write down emergency contacts on your arm
  • A pen and paper to write down arrestee’s information
  • A laser pointer (find details in the Tactics Guide)
  • A leaf blower
  • Some Sunscreen
  • A power bank to recharge your phone
  • A change of clothes
    • It is a good idea to have “protest clothes” and “normal street clothes” that you can change into when leaving the protest, or if you otherwise need to act as if you were not involved in the action.
  • First aid kit
  • Cash — no credit cards!

Helmets

The militant demonstrator’s guide to helmets. By @blackpowderpress.

View the full guide

Gas Masks and Goggles

Beating Tear Gas

Safety gear required for beating tear gas.

View the full guide

Social Media Guides

Guides for sharing easily on social media.

Protesting safely

Protesting Safely, from AOC / Source

Protesting?

Protesting? — by @bbkashe / Source