Know yourself

If you are thinking about committing non-violent civil disobedience, or exercising your constitutional rights to free speech and expression of ideas, manifesting your dissent, participating in a peaceful protest in which you might be arrested..


Avoid arrest if you
– are an undocumented immigrant
– are in the U.S. on a visa
– have received Deferred Adjudication for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
– rely on medication that you need to take at regular times during the day
– must eat at certain times a day
– have a restricted diet
– are the primary caretaker for an infant, child, or any person of any age who requires your
assistance for daily living
– need to be at your job, ready to work (not sleep deprived), must take care of somewhere else, have travel plans, or any commitments that it would be difficult to change, in the next 24 – 48 hours
– are vulnerable to anxiety attacks, or have claustrophobia

I actually think any immigrant in the U.S., even if you have legal permanent residence, should think a bunch of times before participating in civil disobedience. There’s a lot to consider, more than I can write here.

See also:

You’ve got to know the territory
Know your colleagues
The things you carry

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