Know your Rights


  • Freedom of Expression and Assembly: Everyone has the right to carry their opinion to the streets.
  • Protection of the Right to Freedom of Assembly: Law enforcement must facilitate and not restrict a peaceful public assembly.
  • Freedom from Excessive Use of Force: In the policing of non-violent protests, police must avoid the use of force.

Know your Rights


  • Right to Medical Assistance: If you are injured you have a right to medical assistance without delay. 
  • Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Detention: If you are arrested you have a right to be told of the reason for your arrest, you also have the right promptly after your arrest to have access to a lawyer and to your family
  • Right to Complain: If your rights have been violated you have a right to file a complaint and to be provided information on how to do so.

What to do 

  • Plan ahead for essential needs, care and supplies; water, identification and/or emergency contact information.
  • Know what to expect. Know how to get assistance.
  • Plan how to meet your buddies if separated.
  • Document: record or write down police actions, brutality, and injuries.

What not to do 

  • Don’t touch Police.
  • Don’t put Vaseline, mineral oil, oil-based sunscreen or moisturizers on skin as they can trap chemicals.
  • Don’t wear contact lenses, which can trap irritating chemicals underneath.
  • Don’t wear things which can easily be grabbed (i.e. jewelry, ties, loose hair).
  • Don’t go alone, if you can help it – go with an affinity group or some friends who know you well.


  • A face mask/covering. COVID is still a real threat .
  • Comfortable, protective shoes that you can run in.
  • Clothing covering all your skin to protect from sun and pepper spray exposure.


  • Bandana to cover nose and mouth soaked in water, lemon juice or vinegar (can aid in breathing during chemical exposure).
  • Fresh clothes in plastic bag (in case yours get contaminated by chemical weapons).
  • Snacks & water.
  • Ear plugs.

Dealing with teargas

  • Avoid use of oils & lotions because they can trap the chemicals and thereby prolong exposure.
  • Gas masks provide the best facial protection, if properly fitted and sealed. Alternatively, goggles, respirators, or a wet bandana over the nose & mouth will help.
  • STAY CALM. Panicking increases the irritation. Breathe slowly and remember it is only temporary.
  • Blow your nose, rinse your mouth, cough & spit. Try not to swallow.
  • Wearing contacts: you must remove the lenses or get someone to remove them for you, with CLEAN, uncontaminated fingers. Destroy the lenses after exposure.

Bail funds

If you or your friends are arrested or need to be bailed out contact the bail fund on this list that corresponds to your location: