Wednesday, October 26, 2011

#OccupyOakland & #OccupyWallStreet Protest Advice

Watch these videos to learn how the police act and respond. The news media videos give overviews but the YouTube videos give you an idea of what you'll experience in the streets. Watch & Learn!

Watch the police Where are they? What do you think their game plan is? Is it a sweep or a pinch? What are they lining up to do to you?

Know where you are Learn the local geography beforehand. Look at maps. Street layout, escape routes, deadends. Know your options.

Think in advance What are you prepared to do? Stand your ground, go to jail, retreat? Be prepared to change your plan in response to unfolding events.

Know the people around you Are you along or with friends? Strangers or familiar faces? Talk to them before anything happens. Are there those you feel you can count on? Are there those who may need your help or assistance?

What's the weather? It doesn't take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. If tear gas or other chemical agents are going to be used, are you upwind or downwind?

Take video & photos I always begin by photographing the police before anything happens including badge numbers and faces. Don't provoke them but stand your ground, up close and personal. Act as a witness, collect evidence, share it with the world.

Think, don't panic. Take care of yourselves, take care of others.

And don't forget, we're going to win!