Protests have been around since civilisations existed, some completely changed the course of history. The rise of worldwide protest has demanded justice, equality and basic rights across the globe in recent years– from Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement, the Arab Spring protest, Stop The War Coalition, Climate Strikes to Black Lives Matter and End SARS. It has become more evident that there is a deep need for change from the old structures of governance and social classes for a fairer and equal world. Unfortunately, real change does not come easy, it has to be demanded on a large-scale collective action.

Though protesting has often been met with military enforcement leading to violence, we absolutely advocate only peaceful protest. With this in mind it’s important to know your rights when faced with authorities and hold them accountable should they themselves break the law. So we have put together some information to help you protest safely and effectively. We are thrilled to collaborate with Palika Makam for this release who shared her knowledge and expertise on doing exactly that! Below you will find some useful information, followed by more resources. Short tips and reminders are printed on our gear as a guide on what to do when out in the field.


Filming during a protest with police violence can be dangerous. Watch this insightful video clip of Palika to help you understand how you can prepare before filming at protests and effectively use your right to record. Information includes your safety and security, the details of what to film (also printed here) for advocacy or evidentiary purposes, and points to consider before sharing.

Read WITNESS tips on How to Film Police Violence


Plan ahead for what you’re going to wear and bring to a protest to protect yourself and others. In general, less is more, but there are a few non-negotiable items for your own safety and security.

What Not To Bring
This is probably obvious, but we’ll say it anyway: don’t carry weapons, drugs, or anything you wouldn’t want to lose or be arrested with.


Make notes of your emergency contacts in case you lose your phone or for when you need legal protection.

For US legal advice check Know Your Rights Legal Defence Initiative or NGL's Activist Support.
For UK Legal Advice visit UKSCN and Green & Blacks . Please remember every country has different rules when it comes to public protest. It may be legal to film authorities in some countries but illegal in others. Always do research on local area laws.


Most commonly used riot control agents are pepper spray and various kinds of tear gas so here's what to do when maced. This print also includes other filming tips to consider such as film without unlocking your phone and protecting protesters identities.

Read more on Safety During Protest from Amnesty International and Protest Guide in Solidarity.


Filming has become a very useful source of evidence to reveal truth and let justice prevail.
Watch this WITNESS Video with Basic Tips on Livestreaming Protests.
Also download their tipsheet on Filming Protests & Demonstrations. These tips will assist you in ensuring that you film safely and use your footage ethically.


It’s very important to Know Your Rights. In the US the First Amendment protects your right to assemble and express your views through protest. Make sure you’re prepared before heading out into the streets. Read ACLU detailing PROTEST RIGHTS.
You can also download free Know Your Rights booklets from the National Lawyers Guild. These provide practical resource for general Law Enforcement Encounters. It also includes information for non-citizens and minors.

Use your smartphone device to scan the printed QR code, this will lead you to this page should you need it. Information at your finger tips!



The black and whiteboard space is designed for you to express your most creative protest slogans. Use the marker pens provided with your order.


Wipe off by wetting and using the sponge to clean the surface. You are ready to rewrite on the surface. A slight shadow residue may be left.



Palika is a media activist whose work involves supporting and advising the use of video to expose human rights abuses all over the world --- from Ferguson to The West Bank. @palipocket