For a more thorough guide, we recommend reading the Advice for a New Protester guide that a Philadelphia resident and activist with the Earth Quaker Action Team was willing to share with us.
See the Emergency Supplies box at the bottom of the page for more emergency preparedness.
What to do if you are arrested at a Philly protest, including information from Professor Rachel Lopez.
Finally, check out Philly Protest for information about recently posted and ongoing protests in and around Philadelphia.
ACLU's Mobile Justice PA app enables users to record, witness, and report interactions with law enforcement in public. The app also includes information about individuals’ rights. Videos captured on the Mobile Justice app will be automatically transmitted to the ACLU-PA and preserved, even if the user’s phone is seized or destroyed or the video is deleted from the phone. A copy of the video will also be saved locally on the user’s phone.
The functions of the app include:
A number of other states also have Mobile Justice apps.
How to Prepare and Protect Yourself Against Tear Gas. Gas masks if you can afford them. Goggles and dust masks if you cannot.
How to Prepare and Protect Yourself from Pepper Spray. LOTS of cold water in the eyes. Milk will only treat burning, not reduce the oil.
Borrow from the Hong Kong protest playbook. Contain or deter riot agents with umbrellas, traffic cones, leafblowers.
While use of force by PPD is now to be broadcasted live rather than in their paperwork after the fact, this policy was only adapted after using riot control agents on peaceful protestors without provocation this week.* Please keep in mind that on the evening of the day this policy change was made, the PPD either took their digital scanner feeds offline or had some technical difficulties for several hours.* This is to say that the digital scanner feeds may not always be an accessible resource. Perhaps that will be subject to change in the future.
*Anyone who has questions about either of these claims can direct them to Rob Irving at firstname.lastname@example.org.