These trainers here are all amazing friends and comrades. And this is an excellent introduction to protest safety., infrastructure, self and collective care. We take care of ourselves to take care of each other (& vice versa). And we take care of each other to end police brutality, anti-Black violence, and other forms of institutional violence.
We believe that demonstrating against an ongoing legacy of slavery, anti-Black terror, and the theft of Black and Brown life and opportunity is essential labor. And we unqualifiedly support Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality protests.
At the same time, the pandemic presents a new and near-universal risk, at least as real and dangerous as chemical weapons or arrest. What can we do to protect ourselves, our comrades, our families and friends? What measures before, during, and after demos?