Over the past week, people across the United States and the world at large have been forcefully protesting the killing of George Floyd, a Black man from Minneapolis who died on May 25 after a white police officer knelt on his neck.
These week-long demonstrations against police brutality, social injustice, and systemic racism have taken over the major cities and has become a very important trending conversation across social media platforms.
However, if you’re considering joining a peaceful protest near you, we have outlined some very important guidelines for you, to stay safe. Don’t forget we are still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and this means extra caution in joining large gatherings of people.
Here are the guidelines to follow;
- Before you head out, make sure you have a means of identification.
- Take the time to prepare yourself mentally before leaving. We know protesting can be physically grueling, emotionally taxing, and triggering. You might cry, get angry, or get scared.
- Keep your distance from other people, too. Remember the 6 to 10-foot rule.
- Wear a mask and eye protection.
- Know your rights. It is your right to lend your voice and call on the government for change.
- Take along a power bank, your ID, a hand sanitizer (use it regularly).
- Necessary medications for health conditions, like an asthma inhaler.
- Small backpack to carry your supplies such as drinking water.
- Write down emergency phone numbers, designate a few people you can call if you get hurt, arrested, or stranded.
- And finally, please do not attend protests if you feel ill.
Stay safe and healthy.