Change is inevitable and the beginning of this “presidency” calls for a change in how we mobilize efforts in order to continue to fortify our communities. YOU are not voiceless and powerless. YOU are ‘We the people’ and we must fight the fear that’s circulating and turn it on its head to build power. Use that anger to fuel resistance. Use the sadness to increase perseverance. Use what you know to stand strong against oppression. We will not be defeated. #elpueblounido #unitedwestand
With all that in mind, we’ve put together a list of events happening over the weekend in Chicago as well as guides and suggestions on how to keep making changes as this new “administration” sets foot in the White House.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
RESISTTRUMP TUESDAYS: Tuesdays
On a recent episode of Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman sat down for an interview with Senator Sanders, who spoke about what it looks like to hold Trump and the Republican Party accountable.
A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING THE TRUMP AGENDA: Indivisible
AN ART MACHINE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: The Amplifier Foundation
WHAT’S NEXT AFTER ALL THE MARCHES? ORGANIZE: Brittany T. Oliver
9 IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS FOR PROTEST NEWCOMERS: Dichos de un Bicho
ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR ATTENDING MARCHES, RALLIES AND PROTESTS (contributed by Barbara Cruz and Ilene Palacios):
Do not rely on your cell phone to communicate and meet up with people. Have a plan to meet up and check in (in relation to points #6 and #8 above): “Sting ray” devices that knock out cell service are not outlawed in Chicago and cell service can be sparse and battery-draining in very crowded areas, so you might not be able to rely on texting/cell service to contact friends. Also, bring an external battery or battery charger for your phone, if you have one.
Protect the information & communications on your cell phone: Turn off the Touch ID on your phone; police can force you to unlock your phone using your fingerprints, but they cannot force you to enter your password. Turn off location services so that your photos and messages aren’t placed that way. If possible, use an encrypted messaging app to communicate with people.
Be careful when posting photos: Some people cannot be outed or have their presence at protests publicized. Either take photos from behind or filter them heavily, AND make sure to remove EXIF Data by turning off location services when using cameras on your phone. You can also remove the exif data using your computer.
DO NOT speak to police, except to provide identifying information required by law: For example, in Chicago, you just need to provide your name, address, phone number, and date of birth. In D.C., you only need to provide a name. You are not required to say why you’re there, who you’re there with, etc. All you need to say is, “I will not talk. I want a lawyer.”
IF YOU ARE IN CHICAGO, GET PICKED UP, AND NEED A LAWYER: call 1-800-LAW-REP-4 (1-800-529-7374). This number is for the FIRST DEFENSE LEGAL AID. THEY OFFER FREE 24 HOUR LEGAL HELP IN CHICAGO. They also speak Spanish!