There might be a lot going on right now, but one thing's for sure, we want to make sure that everyone excercising their First Amendment right to protest does so safely.
Taking part in demonstrations is a crucial way to make your voice heard and enact social change, but it can also mean long days in all kinds of weather, as well as potential friction with law enforcement. In the wake of George Floyd’s death, people are protesting because #Blacklivesmatter all over the world. So, we’ve put together a list of essentials needed to be safe while protesting, peacefully.
Aside from identification, a first-aid kit, water, and snacks; there a few more items you should have on hand to get you through the day.
Here are 6 essential items from black-owned businesses to help keep you safe.
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A sweatshirt or jacket is essential during peaceful protests in order to keep your skin protected. A soft hoodie will help keep you comfortable in the event of changing weather, or if you're detained somewhere cold. Grab this Malcolm X inspired hoodie from Melanin Apparel.
If you're going to be outside in the daytime, you don't want to risk sunburnt skin. Black Girl Sunscreen isn't just for black girls, it's for everyone with melanin. It is SPF 30 so grab it before the next rally.
Whether you wear regular goggles, eyeglasses or sunglasses doesn't matter; what's important is that you're not wearing contacts, and that you have a barrier in front of your eyes. Protecting your eyes will help you minimize damage should you come into contact with pepper spray or tear gas.
A portable charger is important to make a phone call in the case of an emergency or to film an act of injustice. Figgers Wireless has a universal charger that will help you stay wired up during the protest.
A back pack is essential to carry all of your personal belongings in. Click here to buy this camouflage style from We Buy Black.
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