Protest

Keep Protests Free

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Your DGB for today is to tell the government we won’t give up our right to peaceful protest.

In a move that flew mostly under the radar, the Trump Administration has proposed Parks Department regulations that limit demonstrations near the White House and on the National Mall. Read the full ACLU article here:

https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/rights-protesters/trump-administration-seeks-stifle-protests-near-white-house-and

The regulation is open for public input at the link below. Comments must be submitted before midnight tonight!

https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NPS-2018-0007-0001

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Broad City Protest Signs

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Your DGB for today is to enhance your protest game with some downloadable posters from Broad City.

If you haven’t already discovered this Comedy Central gem of a show, do that too. Created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Broad City is the Millenials’ AbFab set in New York. By the grace of some feminist god, it returns on September 13th to make us all feel better about our lives and aid the Resistance with art. The series will even be bleeping out Trump’s name this season to spare us all the vulgarity.

Get your posters here http://www.cc.com/shows/broad-city/posters?xrs=synd_FBPAGE_20170821_1040832645_Broad%20City_Site%20Link&linkId=41238718, check our list of upcoming demonstrations by state here https://www.dailygrabback.com/demonstrations/ and march like a kween, yaaaassss.

 

Anti-Protest Laws: Car vs. Pedestrian Edition

Your DGB for today is to find out if Republicans in your state are trying to pass laws protecting terrorists like James Field; and if they are, to call your lawmakers about it.

We are all still reeling from the events in Charlottesville, VA, especially the death of Heather Heyer and the injury of 19 others, who were all plowed into by a white supremacist terrorist with a driver’s license. When this method (vehicle-on-pedestrian) has been used by ISIS to kill and disrupt, politicians in the United States are lightning-quick to condemn. But, as we speak, GOP lawmakers in six states are actually trying to pass laws that actually protect drivers who hit pedestrian protesters. Yep. And if you are wondering what might motivate the “party of Lincoln” to do such a thing, look no further than the rise of Black Lives Matter and the anti-Trump resistance. Apparently the GOP doesn’t care if dissent gets mowed down in the street.

If you are a voter in Florida, North Dakota, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, or Texas, get ahold of your state representative and give him or her a piece of your mind. If you aren’t in one of those states, you might still live in a state that is cracking down on protesting in other ways. Find out, and speak out. Peaceful protest should be protected and no one should lose their life because they chose to exercise their rights.  

 

Women’s March From NRA to DOJ

Your DGB for today is to participate in or support the Women’s March action on July 14th and 15th, protesting the National Rifle Association and their recent video.

In late June the National Rifle Association aired a chilling video which appears to slyly encourage its membership to take up arms against protesters and the left. On its own, the video is inflammatory - but against the backdrop of a culture of violence embraced by our own president and perpetrated disproportionately against women and People of Color, it is downright terrifying. The Women’s March decries this video and the racist double standard represented by the NRA’s silence in the face of Philando Castile’s death. Therefore it is organizing a march on Friday starting on the steps the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, VA and ending 17 miles later at the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC. It also plans an event at the DOJ on Saturday. We encourage you to participate if you can, donate a few bucks, or at least signal boost the march on social media.

If you do attend, please be safe. We don’t want to be alarmist, but gun-related protests may bring out gun-carrying counter-protesters. Keep your wits about you.

By the way, if you are starting to feel worn out from all this political action, we get it. We REALLY do. Check out our blog on how to combat protest fatigue.  Finally, if you are short on sign ideas, we humbly submit DGB’s very own all-purpose protest poster, here.

Fight the power, Grabbers. We’re standing right with you.

 

March for Truth

Your DGB for today is to prepare for the March for Truth taking place Saturday, June 3rd.

The March for Truth is a worldwide demonstration with a goal of a fair and impartial Russiagate investigation and for the “restoration of faith in our electoral system and the Office of the Presidency.” Organizers are calling for continued comprehensive congressional investigations in addition to the independent inquiry headed by Robert Mueller, and the release of pertinent financial documents, such as Trump’s tax returns.

The best way to get involved is to lace up your kicks and attend a local march. Find one near you on the official website or on our list of demonstrations.

You can also donate to the organization effort and find shareable graphics to promote awareness on social media.

Lastly, here you can find our printable protest poster.

 

Tax March

Your DGB for today is to support the Tax March coming up on Saturday, April 15th.

The main march is occurring in Washington DC. If you are going to that, rock on! If you aren’t, but still want to participate, check for local marches on their website or ours. You can also look for downloadable resources, donate to the march, and check out their list of speakers for the DC march, which includes Queen of Throwing Shade, Rep. Maxine Waters.

Can’t attend the march, but still want to be part of the fun? Sign this petition urging your Reps to make Trump release his tax returns. Tweet, snap, or facebook some of their graphics about Trump’s taxes. Or maybe even just do some good old fashioned trolling on Trump’s favorite social media site, Twitter. Let us know if you get blocked by the Twitler in Chief!

Happy Marching.

 

Getting Arrested

Your DGB for today is to learn how to get arrested. Let’s be clear: we don’t want you to get arrested, especially if you are non-white. We will not be covering tips on how to go to a demonstration where you plan to be arrested. What we want to do is tell you how to proceed if you find yourself in this situation.

We are all probably attending way more protests than we used to, especially if you’re using DGB’s list of upcoming protests, rallies and vigils. Most demonstrations are peaceful and family-friendly, but that doesn’t necessarily mean things can’t go wrong. The usual reasons police give for arrests at protests are interfering with traffic, damaging public or private property, and blocking walkways, buildings, and doorways. A lot of this advice will not be new to People of Color, and is meant mostly for those new to the protest scene.

 

During the initial interaction:

If a law enforcement officer begins to confront you in a negative or threatening way, clearly state your compliance with their demands before acting: “I understand you want me to place my bag on the ground. I’m going to place my bag on the ground, but I do not consent to a search.” or “I am turning around and putting my hands up. I am not resisting.”

 

After arrest:

Once you are placed under arrest, do not speak again until you are at a precinct, and then, only ask to make a phone call. Calls will be very expensive, collect, and you will only get one, if you’re lucky. In the age of personal phones, you may be limited in whose phone number you have memorized. It’s also best to call a landline, if possible. This call will be recorded and should only convey where you are. You will be searched. It’s not optional, and will probably be humiliating. The police will take all your belongings from you.

 

Jail/Court/Charges:

Most people arrested at a protest are released without being charged, but it’s possible you will be brought to court and arraigned. Say nothing except “not guilty.” It’s unlikely that you’ll be interrogated. You will probably sit in jail all day, though, and maybe overnight. If you get arrested on the weekend, it’s possible you’ll be there until Monday morning. Jail is almost always very cold and drafty. Keep this in mind when you dress for a protest.

The fact is, there’s a huge disparity between the way white people and non-white people are treated by law enforcement. This information is meant as a general guideline for everyone, but does not delve into the many facets of the relationship between police and People of Color. DGB does not intend to oversimplify or downplay the danger posed to non-white people in police interactions.