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Protests

Books

1. Angela Y. Davis, Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement (2016).

Angela Davis discusses the commonality between some of the largest social movements of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries.

2. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell, March (2015).

This book recounts the tale of the Civil Rights Movement as told through the eyes of civil rights leader, Sen. John Lewis.

3. Ralph Young, Dissent: The History of an American Idea (2015).

This book tracks the history of dissent as a foundation of American democracy. This book follows how dissent has evolved from the 17th century through the present.

4. Barbara Ransby, Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (2003).

This is a biography about Ella Baker, a civil rights organizer involved in grassroots leadership.

Articles

1. Scott L. Cummings and Ingrid V. Eagly, A Critical Reflection on Law and Organizing, 48 UCLA L. Rev. 443 (2001).

This article describes and critically reflects on a form of lawyering practice termed “law and organizing.” This model for lawyering “privileges movement politics over law reform efforts and suggests that lawyers should facilitate community mobilization rather than practice in the conventional mode.” - Abstract

2. Felicia Fitzpatrick, 12 Ways You Can Be an Activist Without Going to a Protest, Shine.com (April 17, 2017).

This article outlines 12 types of activism to engage in bedsides protesting.

3. Zahara Hill, 28 Organizations that Empower Black Communities, HuffPost: Black Voices (Feb. 18, 2017).

This article highlights 28 organizations empowering Black communities.

4. Stephanie Osmanski, 25 Anti-Racist Instagram Accounts to Follow for Listening, Learning and Action-Taking, Parade (June 2, 2020).

This article shares popular anti-racist instagram accounts to engage with on social media.

Websites

1. ACLU WEBSITE--DIVESTING FROM POLICE. DEFENDING OUR PROTEST RIGHTS

This page includes a video outlining basic rights of protesters, discussions about what divesting from police might look like, and other embedded videos about how to protect one’s privacy at a protest and how to hold police accountable.

2. ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE--KNOW YOUR RIGHTS RESOURCES

Resources about rights shared by the nation’s largest civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Includes resources about employment rights, immigration, and discrimination.

3. CIVIL LIBERTIES DEFENSE CENTER--KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

A training guide on protesters and activist rights from the Civil Liberties Defense Center, an organization that “provides litigation, education, legal and strategic resources to strengthen and embolden [movement’s] success.”

4. THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION--HOW TO ADVISE CLIENTS ON CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

Tips for lawyers on how to advise a client engaged in civil disobedience. This article shares the six main law practice areas that are commonly needed in civil disobedience cases, how to advise clients before they protest, and what to do if the lawyer learns of their client’s arrest.

Blogs

1. NBC NEWS BLOGS--AFTER GEORGE FLOYD

“The latest news on how the death of George Floyd has reverberated around the country” - NBC News

2. BOUNDLESS--PLANNING TO PROTEST? KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AS AN IMMIGRANT

“Everyone living in the United States, including immigrants, has certain constitutional rights. If you are not a U.S. citizen and you want to join a protest” research the issues, and start with this article outlining rights.

Short Videos

1. Vox, The Evolution of American Protest Music, YouTube (May 20, 2017), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLc5QJsMgvw.

This 7-minute video discusses how protest music has evolved, from simpler, repetitive tunes at the country’s founding, to more complex, deeper songs in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries.

2. Vox, Protests Aren’t What They Look Like on TV, YouTube (June 5, 2020), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srnA3cNTsXQ.

This 5-minute video explains how news can act as a sort of misinformation, skewing the depiction of protests.

3. National Bar Association, Know Your Rights - Police Encounters, YouTube (May 29, 2020), https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=wjkMVtyGedk&feature=emb_logo.

This 3-minute video provides useful information on police encounters, including police powers and individual rights.

4. Emerson Sykes, Know Your Rights, ACLU (May 29, 2020), https://www.facebook.com/aclu/videos/know-your-rights/923710174735759/.

This 2- minute video provides a shorter introduction to knowing one’s rights. The video was made in context of the current, ongoing protests over the murder of George Floyd and racial injustice.

Organizations

1. CENTER FOR POLICING EQUITY

“As a research and action think tank, Center for Policing Equity (CPE) produces analyses identifying and reducing the causes of racial disparities in law enforcement. Using evidence-based approaches to social justice, we use data to create levers for social, cultural and policy change.” - About Page

2. UNICORN RIOT

“Unicorn Riot is a decentralized, educational 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of artists and journalists...dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world.”

3. THE BAIL PROJECT

“The Bail Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system ‒ one person at a time. They work nationally, including several cities where protests are taking place, including Los Angeles, Louisville, and New York City.”

4. LAW 4 BLACK LIVES

This Black, femme-led organization works to create a community of legal professionals trained in movement lawyering.

5. ACLU--KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: PROTESTERS’ RIGHTS

“The First Amendment protects your right to assemble and express your views through protest. However, police and other government officials are allowed to place certain narrow restrictions on the exercise of speech rights. Make sure you’re prepared by brushing up on your rights before heading out into the streets.” This guidance is available in English and Spanish.



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