How to Prepare for a Mass Demonstration

To endure a mass demonstration, be well prepared. Since you can't predict how long a mass demonstration will last, get ready for the weather conditions. If there will be mass arrests, and other unknown contributing factors.

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Apparel

Dress for comfort and the weather as you are ready to participate in a mass demonstration. Wear walking or running shoes for long hours spent on your feet marching. Protect your eyes from sun's glare and/or possible outbreaks of violence (you could get caught in cross-fire between police and agitators). Sweatshirts, hoodies, rain jackets, or other weather-appropriate gear will protect you against the elements during the long hours of demonstrating.

Other necessary items to carry with you include:

• bottled water (you need hydration especially in warm weather).
• a first-aid kit.
• rx meds.
• medical bracelets.
• money (use cash if you can).
• pain relievers.
• energy snacks or trail mix.
• Gatorade (for rehydration).
• asthma medications.
• tampons (for nose bleeds).
• notebook and pens to document violent incidents.
• flash light for night marches.

Cautions

• don't wear anything that can be used to choke or pull you (unbound long hair, long earrings, long key chains)
• don't attend the demonstration by yourself; if you end up arrested or hurt, you need friends to support and take care of you.
• don't use drugs or alcoholic substances or have them on you for obvious reasons.

Other practical items

Use a large overnight bag to organize and carry these necessities. Bring only as much as you think you'll need.

If you're camping out at a designated protest-park, portable tents, camp stoves, and sterno fuel will provide a home away from home.

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