This guide explains how to defend yourself against tear gas. The following tips are to be exercised only for defense purposes and in the event of police/government officials using tear gas in peaceful protests.
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This document is meant to help you take some precaution and map how you plan on acting, engaging, or abstaining from action in November. Remember: each of us has a different risk model, meaning that we each know best what we can or can’t handle, have capacity for, or expertise on. Your safety plan should serve you and people you care about. Not having some of the items of this list does not reflect a lack of preparation — you can best assess. A recommended way to use this list is to make a copy, share with friends, and check the things you feel/have, and then make a plan to get anything missing.
A security culture is a set of customs and measures shared by a community whose members may engage in sensitive or illegal activities. Security culture practices minimize the risks of members getting arrested or their actions being foiled. In other words, while we are trying to stop bad things from happening, our powerful opponents (usually governments or corporations) are working hard to stop us. This guide is about the security measures activists can take to protect ourselves and make our work more effective.
This guide explains the basics for organizing and sustaining an antifascist group. It provides resources to help with planning actions, accessing legal support, digital security and other aspects of organizing.
The diplomatic community can be an important source for protection at the national level. Supporting and protecting HRDs against threats and attacks is often a priority for diplomatic missions of States committed to promoting the rule of law, democracy and human rights in their foreign policy. While there are limits to this support and its impact, diplomatic support for human rights work can contribute to HRD’s protection, and enhance their opportunities for participation and action.
Front Line Handbook for Human Rights Defenders: What Protection Can EU and Norwegian Diplomatic Missions Offer?
This handbook is meant for human rights defenders. It summarises the provisions of the EU and Norwegian Human Rights Defenders Guidelines. It also draws on the results of the EU’s own evaluation of the implementation of its Guidelines carried out in the first half of 2006, which stipulated many steps that should be taken to implement the Guidelines. The handbook details the ways in which the EU and Norway have committed themselves to supporting and protecting human rights defenders. It also makes suggestions to HRDs regarding how they might use these Guidelines as tools to improve their security.
This is a tool for anonymizing photographs taken at protests. It will remove identifying metadata (Exif data) from photographs, and also allow you to selectively blur parts of the image to cover faces and other identifiable information.
If you’re taking to the streets to demand justice for the victims of police brutality and homicide, you may want to leave your phone at home. At the same time, it’s a good idea to bring a phone to a protest so you can record what’s happening and get the message out on social media. To reconcile this tension — between wanting to protect your privacy and wanting to digitally document protests and police misdeeds — the safest option is to leave your primary phone, which contains a massive amount of private information about you, at home and instead bring a specially-prepared burner phone to protests. The Intercept’s Micah Lee discusses how to do this at length in this video.
There’s a deluge of apps that detect your covid-19 exposure, often with little transparency. This Covid Tracing Tracker project will document them. When they began comparing apps around the world, they realized there was no central repository of information; just incomplete, constantly changing data spread across a wide range of sources. Nor was there a single, standard approach being taken by developers and policymakers: citizens of different countries were seeing radically different levels of surveillance and transparency. So to help monitor this fast-evolving situation, they are gathering the information into a single place for the first time with this Covid Tracing Tracker—a database to capture details of every significant automated contact tracing effort around the world.