Protect Our Activists

Activist Protection Resources List

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About the Activist Protection Resources List

This is a collaborative page listing resources in different categories for protecting activists from risks they are exposed to in the course of their work. We hope you will contribute resources you have found helpful, from reliable sources. 

While POA itself focuses on enhancing understanding of the activist experience in reality and fiction, as part of the greater effort to create a better, more welcoming and loving climate for our first responders against injustice, we want to recognize the many entities who protect activists on the ground in a wide range of situations.  And we hope this list will help activists connect with these resources.

Descriptions are quotes and/or our paraphrases of descriptions on their websites, and graphics used are logos or other identifier graphics they have published. 

These resources are not reviewed or evaluated here, but by sharing them we are indicating that activists we know find them useful and reliable in the categories indicated.

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PROTECTING PROTESTERS

The National Lawyers Guild

The National Lawyers Guild helps to support social justice movements on the ground as well as provide solidarity to international struggles. The Guild is best known for defending the rights of protesters through Mass Defense and Legal Observer Programs, which have been providing legal support for movements for social justice for 50 years. Guild lawyers, law students, and legal workers observe police actions during protests, provide Know Your Rights trainings, track arrestees through the legal system, and provide free attorneys for protest-related cases.

Movement for Black Lives

The Movement for Black Lives is an ecosystem of individuals and organizations creating a shared vision and policy agenda to win rights, recognition, and resources for Black people. In doing so, the movement makes it possible for Black people, and therefore everyone, to live healthy and fruitful lives. M4BL’s Resources page includes specific guidance for safety at protests and related situations.

ONLINE SECURITY

Equality Labs

Equality Labs is a feminist digital security, technology, political organizing startup dedicated to progressive power-building. EL provides practical tools–phone safety, anti-doxxing guide, etc.–for communities to make new interventions in longstanding systems of oppression and advocate for themselves. 

FRONT LINE ACTIVIST PROTECTORS

These are activists and activist organizations who directly place themselves between people struggling for their rights and the “forces of the Beast,” namely, oppressive entities at any level–private corporation, local police force, national military–seeking to deprive them of these rights. 

Some defenders have this specific task as their focus; other times this is one function among many in a social justice organization/movement. 

PROTECTING ACTIVISTS WHO SPEAK OUT FOR JUSTICE

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Defending Rights and Dissent

DRD protects activists’ by exposing patterns of government repression, offering training, tools and resources to challenge, holding accountable and defending activists from police and state repression, raising consciousness about unconstitutional, illegal, unethical and undemocratic government tactics targeting movements and individual activists, and highlighting stories of resistance by grassroots activists and movements.

 

Equality Labs

Equality Labs is a feminist digital security, technology, political organizing startup dedicated to progressive power-building. EL provides practical tools–phone safety, anti-doxxing guide, etc.–for communities to make new interventions in longstanding systems of oppression and advocate for themselves. 

POLITICAL PRISONERS

The Jericho Movement

Jericho advocates for recognition that political prisoners exist in the U.S. and calling for nationwide amnesty for all political prisoners. Their projects include locating and building the case for amnesty for individual prisoners, as well as education, legal defense and fighting for quality medical care for political prisoners.

Adamson's 1969 - Nicole Burton

When Adamson Henry’s family strands him in America during his final semester of high school, he must navigate a strange land. A young Englishman, Adamson faces dating, a cross-country adventure, Woodstock, antiwar protests, college, tragedy, and more, all while avoiding the draft.

Cazzarola: Anarchy, Romani, Love, Italy - Norman Nawrocki

Cazzarola! spans 130 years in the life of the Discordias, a fictionalized family of Italian anarchists. This novel details the family’s heroic, multigenerational resistance to fascism in Italy and their ongoing involvement in the anarchist movement.