Protest Basics

CLOTHING: >Do NOT wear any oil or mineral based cosmetics, lotions, moisturizers. These will escalate chemical reactions with tear gas. >BRING A BIKE HELMET. Cops are purposely escalating peaceful protests, inciting violence. >Hide your hair. If you wear a hat, make sure it has no distinctive logo. >Do NOT wear contacts. These can trap chemicals from tear gas in your eyes. Wear shatterproof goggles, like the ones for construction or labs. Ski mask goggles can also be used. >Wear a thick face mask. Have extras. These will NOT stand long exposure to tear gas. For protection against tear gas, tear gas, use a venilation mask (gas mask, fume mask), one with a MIXED FILTER against ORGANIC VAPORS, ACID GASES AND PARTICLES. >Wear a bandanna underneath the mask, ESPECIALLY if it does not cover snugly or completely. A scarf can be used, but is NOT recommended as it can be grabbed or snagged depending on the length. >Wear multiple layers. Wearing multiple layers helps with preventing impact damage, changing idenity easily, and to prevent tear gas from coming into direct contact with skin. Long sleeves are also reccommended. >Keep a pair of heat-resistance gloves. These when help when discarding gas canisters, as they are extremely hot when dispatched. >Wear full length pants. Do NOT wear a belt, as it will be taken from you if you are arrested. >For footwear, wear something sturdy yet comfortable. Wear something you can run in. Do NOT wear sandals. Wear an extra pair of socks. This will provide an extra pocket to store smaller items.

CARRY-ON: ----------- >Have a basic first aid kit, or make your own. Bring bandages, liquid antacid, epi-pens, gauze, medical tape/duct tape, antiseptic, pain relivers, latex-free gloves, baking soda, cotton pads, aloe vera, HAND SANITZER, tweezers, soap, and hydrogen peroxide. Bringing scissors is not recommended, as these can be seen as a weapon. >Multiple bottles of water and food. >If you cannot wear multiple layers, bring extra clothes in order to be able to quickly change. >Do NOT store personal items (keys, IDs, money) in a backpack. Store them either in a inner pocket or in your shoes/socks. >As opposed to using your personal phone, use a burner phone. This will make your activity and personal information harder to track. Burner emails are also widely available, accessable, and reccomended. >Laser pointers can be used to disrupt eyesight and facial recognition software. >Garbage bags can be used to store contaminated clothing and to dispose of waste.

BASIC FIRST AID: ----------- -CUTS >Apply pressure to the cut with a cotton pad or clean cloth to stop the bleeding for at least a minute. >Rinse the cut with COLD water. Clean the area around with a wet washcloth and soap. Do NOT apply hydrogen peroxide or iodine solutions, as this can irrtate the cut. >Remove any debris. >Apply a bandage or gauze and tape, especially if it's near an exposed area. -HEATSTROKE >Recognize the signs; heavy sweating, dizziness, rapid breathing/panting, faintness, numbness, muscle cramping/spasms, dry skin, skin irritation, poor judgement, dissacociation, irratibility. >Move into the shade. Remove as many extra layers of clothing as possible. Apply cool compresses, such as cloth soaked in cold water. >Rehydrate. Avoid caffinated and non alcoholic drinks. >Provide tylenol if there's a mild headache. >If vomitting occurs or symptoms persist or get worse over the course of an hour, seek professional medical attention. -BURNS >First degree burns are painful and minor. These do not form blisters. Second degree burns form blisters, and the skin turns red and becomes painful. Third degree burns charr the skin. These may not be painful due to the damage of nerves. People with third degree burns should seek immediate medical attention. >First and second degree burns can be be put under cool, running water. DO NOT use ice water. Tap/room tempature water is the safest temperature to use. >Apply antiseptic or aloe vera. Do NOT apply butter or attempt to pop forming blisters. This can further damage the skin. >Loosely wrap the wound in gauze. Secure it with tape. -BLEEDING >Apply direct pressure for 5-10 minutes. >Tie a bandanna/shirt over the bleeding area and tighten until it slows. Wrap the injury. >If it is a severe cases of bledding, take them to the hospital. If there is glass/metal in the wound, do NOT attempt to remove it. This can cause further injury if done incorrectly. -BROKEN BONES >If a limb appears to be broken or fractured, improvise a splint. Place a stiff backing, such as a wooden board wrapped in cloth, beneath the limb. Secure with cloth or tape. If duct tape is used, do not apply it directly on a person's skin. >Try to avoid moving the injured limb. Take them to the hospital. *Do not attempt to move an unconscious person. Seek professional medical help with internal injuries, head tramua, third degree burns, and severe bleeding.

POLICE FORCE ------------ >Undercover police will attempt to escalate protests by inciting violence within the block. They are identified with white armbands, backwards caps, umbrellas, and all-black clothing. If you suspect someone is an undercover cop, speak up. >Have a police scanner. Keep all eyes and ears open. >Memorize LAW (Liquid Antacid and Water). This 50/50 solution or water an a liquid antacid containing Magnesium Hydroxide or Aluminum Hydroxide can be used on eyes and skin in the event of a tear gas or pepper spray attack. -TEAR GAS >Tear gas is not an actual gas, but rather a powder. It mainly affects the eyes and respiratory system, and can be incredibly dangerous to those with respiratory issues, such as asthma. The long lasting effects of tear gas have not been registered. >A cheap way to treat it is a mixture of 90% water and 10% baking soda. Apply to the nose, and rinse the eyes and mouth with it. >Affected clothing should be removed and quarantined immediately. >Do NOT shower or clean clothing with hot water, as this reactivates the chemical. >Tear gas symptoms usually reside within half an hour. >If the canister has NOT exploded, kick it away or douse it with water. If the gas released is yellow and not white, run. Yellow gas indicates a release of cyanide. >HK protesters have a method in which they cover the canister with a traffic cone, and then douse it in water. This is incredibly effective in limiting the spread and responding quickly. -PEPPER SPRAY >Pepper spray can be incredibly dangerous to people with respiratory issues, and has even caused death to athsmatic people. It obstructs the respiratory system and causes blindness for hours. If you see a cop approaching with a long canister in their hand, warn others and move IMMEDIATELY. >Tear gas will worsen the effects. Move away from conflict as soon as possible. Tuck and cover if it is too late to evacuate. >It will burn on your skin and throat, and irritate skin. Try to remain calm, recieve help, and know that it has no long lasting effects and lasts a few hours. >Magnesium milk (Mg(OH)2) can lower the effects of pepper spray. It relieves the effects, but magnesium milk leaves white stains. Do NOT use on the eyes unless diluted with water. For eye treatment, flush eyes with water or a saline solution. >If hit directly, seek medical attention as soon as possible. >Dispose of contaminated clothing and items. -PELLET/RUBBER BULLETS >Though not lethal, this can cause permamnent damage if it hits the eye. Hospitals may give you vaccines depending on the composition of the bullet. >Metal and wood can be used as shields against bullets. If you have a shield, it is your responsibility to protect others.

EXTRA ----- >Write phone numbers on your arms and legs of emergency contacts and lawyers in permanent marker. Having the ACLU number is also handy. >It is highly dangerous to record and post to social media, as police can use this to track down and detain protestors. Blur and censor faces. >Bring someone with you. Band together. >Opt for money rather than credit/debit cards to prevent theft and erase a trail. -BEING ARRESTED >Bring attention. Make sure someone is recording. Yell out your name. >Ask if you're free to go if you suspect you're being arrested. If the cops say no, then the arrest has begun. If they say yes, then you're free to go. >Ask if you are under arrest. If they say yes, the only question you should ask after is if you can speak to an attorney. >Police will confiscate your phone and other belongings. Once you get ahold of a phone, contact the numbers you have recorded on your skin. >You'll spend at least one night in jail. >You'll be called before a judge, for a probable cause hearing. They'll release you after bail is set. >You're free to go after the bail is paid, but you'll have another court hearing down the line.

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