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so listen, its been a while (2014) since i've been on the ground due to illness, but at one time i was learning to be a street medic and if you're preparing to go out to protest, here are some things to help you be prepared:

1: If you can help it, try not to wear contacts. you may get gassed and that junk will get stuck behind the lenses. tight swimming goggles will help you to some degree tho
2: if you have a bandanna, soak it in apple cider vinegar and keep it in a plastic bag. take it out and breath through it if you find yourself in a gas cloud. it'll give you a couple minutes of protection to get out.
3: soak a wad of paper towels in dish soap and water and keep it in a plastic baggie for emergency decontamination of your skin. rinse your eyes with clear water. milk will alleviate the pain but wont get rid of the actual contaminant, soap will
4: oil free cold cream will also help to get rid of contaminants from the face

please be safe. carry change or small bills. tell people where you will be. have an escape plan. write important numbers on your arm, seal it with hair spray.

if you are asthmatic, carry your emergency meds or just sit it out. tear gas can kill an asthmatic. thats why i had to stop. i got gassed and almost died. please be safe.

protesting advice + Cell phones! 

PLEASE PLEASE!! Turn! OFF!! YOUR!!! CELLPHONES!!!! if you cant ensure data and 4g is 100% OFF, turn off the device! we know that cops have the ability to track you via cell data. there's a device called a Stingray that can force your cellphone to connect to it instead of a cell tower, and give anyone connected to it access to all of your information. Don't make it easy for cops to find you!

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protesting advice 

@popstar thank you for your service 💚

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@popstar shared these with friends protesting tmrw; the ones here are supposed to be peaceful but who knows; thank you for these & your work

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@raspberry please encourage them to listen to any other medics they may encounter. its entirely possible my learning is slightly outdated. also please encourage them to turn their cell phone data OFF. we know that back during the Ferguson protests, cops were using cell phones to track protestors, as well as this thing called a Stingray that can trick your phone and dump your data into it, instead of going thru a cell tower

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@popstar will do, thank you!!!!!!

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@popstar @raspberry point to add: phone off and also not unlockable with biometrics, in case you get arrested. Should have only a PIN. They cannot legally (I know, I know) compel you to provide a password, but if your body can passively unlock it then they are clear to force you to present your retina or finger or whatever you use.

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@popstar Not just data. Go airplane mode and manually turn on wifi or Bluetooth only if there's literally no alternative and it can't wait.

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@popstar @raspberry gonna want at the very least disable Bluetooth as well.

protesting advice + Cell phones! 

@popstar removable batteries are helpful as well to make sure it is really off.

protesting advice + Cell phones! 

@popstar this is accurate except "data + 4g" should just be "airplane mode." Stingray will pretend to be the best cell tower in the area and scoop up pretty much any cell (or wifi/bluetooth?) radio traffic in the area even if it's "3g" or "voice only."

protesting advice + Cell phones! 

@popstar not even just data and 4g, the radio will stay awake to maintain a voice line, and apps may still use gps, and wifi and bluetooth fingerprinting is still possible, unless you've got it off or in airplane mode. i always encourage people to just leave phones at home.

protesting advice + Cell phones! 

@_ @popstar yeah absolutely. leave the phone at home. cannot stress this enough. if the battery cannot be removed...and even then...it's not beyond belief that some phones retain a slight charge without the battery

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@popstar because i saw the point about water elsewhere as well: keep in mind that the best thing to do in triage is the safest, simplest thing to do. you're not a field surgeon or chemist, and those with skill still need to work away from busy and dangerous areas. work with comrades to move injured people carefully if needed - if someone can't move and they aren't in immediate danger, try to find someone who knows if + how to help them move.

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@popstar don't use alcohol on someones skinned knee. water water water. know the signs of heatstroke, especially with masks. sunscreen, shade, and a level head are underrated gear to bring. learning actual first aid advice is fairly straightforward and even if you think you know, it's better to KNOW you know. if you have access to a printer, bringing information of any kind is helpful. power and love folks

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@popstar hey, is it ok if I screencap this and post it to my twitter to help spread the info? (if you have this in a tweet already even better, I'll happily boost it over there)

protesting advice 

@popstar @antifuchs This tracks with what Korean protesters explained to me in the early 90s.

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