The upcoming workshops I’m leading on Protest Safety cover a lot of ground: verbal assertiveness, non-verbal communication, boundary setting, de-escalation, intervention, and tactical nonviolence. Since we can’t do justice to all those areas in one session, I’m posting these more detailed resources. If you’re coming to a workshop, feel free to print the handouts and bring them with you for reference. (I’ll have some handouts available at the workshops, but we often run out.)
- Conflict Management Skills (PDF): Defines the main sections of our conflict management “toolbox.”
- Personal Safety handouts (from Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self Defense Center, NFP, in Chicago): In-depth information on three building-block skills:
- Basic Protest Safety (PDF): To help novice protesters plan ahead.
- Town Hall Tactics (PDF): Advice for “crashing the party.”
- Redirecting Phrases (PDF): A handy list of phrases to interrupt and re-direct unproductive conversations.
Finally, the following resources are referenced in the Basic Protest Safety handout above; I’m putting the links here again for ease of access:
Know Your Rights: Free Speech, Protests & Demonstrations (ACLU)
Search and seizure (EFF)
How to use your smartphone in a protest
Tactical Nonviolence: philosophy & methods (Bruce Hartford)
Crowd psychology and safety
Activist’s Guide to Basic First Aid
Pepper Spray & Tear Gas: Avoiding, Protection, Remedies