What is Protest University?
As a result of AN increase in protesting across Long Island, LIAFPA established Protest University in 2020.
We wanted to provide our community members with access to important information regarding how to
organize an effective protest and what steps to take to protect yourself and others in attendance.
Download a copy of our 2020 curriculum below.
Will this be a rally or march?
A rally stays in one specific place. A march travels from one destination to another. Either way, there will be police presence, but may result different interactions/outcomes, as marching may require shutting down traffic depending on the following circumstances.
What are the possible outcomes/consequences of not registering and not seeking a permit in advance?
- Gives the police more leeway to arrest if protesters block more than 50% of the sidewalk or use sound.
- The police could choose to be gracious with their cooperation, despite not registering. But this also allows them to control the direction and flow of a march, and they could change their attitude and posture, which could result in summons, arrests, and/or police action.
Who is the protest organizer and what is their roles?
- There should be the organizers and sub-organizers that are responsible for: (1) Knowing the route – whether or not you are providing it to the police, there should be a planned route ahead of time
(2) Implementing a buddy system – making sure that everyone in attendance has someone that has their full name and emergency contact.
(3) Helping to manage the crowd – keeping everyone together for safety purposes.
- These should be decided on at least the day before the protest to make sure everyone is aware of their role and responsibility.
- Make protesters aware of whether permits and/or 24 hours notice was secured, so they understand the context of the event.
- Make sure protesters know the rules about sound devices and 50% of the sidewalk if they have not secured a permit or 24 hour advance notice.
- Secure marshals for the protest if possible, staggered throughout the march, to remind protesters of the ‘rules’ specific to that event.
Will the protest be registered with NCPD/SCPD in advance? Were permits secured for protest?
Protest organizers have three options:
- They can request a permit in advance from the smaller municipality in which they will be marching…this could require a couple of weeks in advance, but would provide clear parameters on the rules and would minimize problems with the police (theoretically)
- Protest organizers can register their route (according to new ‘protocols’ issued by Nassau and Suffolk) 24 hours in advance with the County Police Dept. If the organizer chooses to call in the route in advance, have an email confirmation sent, print and bring to protest.
- They could choose to not secure permits or register in advance, which leaves a bigger window for arrests/issues. If the organizers chooses not to register in advance, they are allowed to protest without a permit if they remain on the sidewalk and do not take up more than 50% of the available space, and are not using amplified sound. Every municipality has its own rules about what constitutes a march or a parade. Protest organizers should be familiar with these ordinances, whether they decide to seek a permit or not.
Will there be Protest Monitors?
Protest Monitors: Their role in the protest is to document police vehicles, any military equipment, interactions, etc. They cannot intervene in the moment, but are able to provide evidence after the fact.
Protest Day Concerns:
Who should NOT be at the protest?
- If you have any outstanding warrants/tickets
- If you have any outstanding community service
- If you have an open ACOD case
- If you have pre-trial services for other arrests
- If you have an order of protection with someone else who is present at the protest
- If you are on probation/parole
How to prepare for a vehicular protest:
- Do not participate if your license is suspended
- Must have valid registration
- Must have valid insurance
- Rearview mirror needs to be clear
- If your car smells funny, spray to get rid of smell
- License plate covering is illegal
- Headlights / turn signals need to be working
- Utilize ‘Siri, I’m getting pulled over’ function on iPhone (documenting smartly)
What to do if you are being arrested:
- Do not resist arrest
- Do not lie to the police even though they lie to you
- Provide name, date of birth, address and ask for lawyer
- Do not sign anything
- You have a right to remain silent (you can’t talk yourself out of this)
How to prepare for a protest:
- Bring a mask
- Buddy system – First & Last Name
- Write emergency contact on your arm
- Write the attorney number on your arm
- Do not bring any weapons and/or illegal substances, including marijuana and/or mace / pepper spray
- Turn off your phones GPS, Bluetooth, Wifi, Fingerprint/Facial Recognition
What to do if you are pulled over:
- Keep hands on the wheel
- Put everything on the dash – I.D., insurance, registration
- Wear your seatbelt
- Utilize ‘Siri, I’m getting pulled over’ function on iPhone
What to do if someone else is getting arrested:
- Keep 8-10 feet from police
- Do not interfere
- You do not want to put other people at risk
- Document what is happening on video or with photos