White House protests

What to wear when protesting

After President Donald Trump ordered the use of tear gas and flash grenades against a Black Lives Matter movement who were peacefully protesting outside the White House, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted a guide for protestors.

  • Trump has also threatened to reinstate the Insurrection Act originally installed in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson which gives the acting President the right to resort to the military in the US.
  • It's important to be safe while protesting, tear gas can be very dangerous. It was first used during World War I as a chemical weapon. It can cause eye pain, coughing, vomiting, and increased nasal secretions, and other painful symptoms.

Protesting can always lead to an arrest, no matter how peaceful the protest. So it's always convenient to have your ID and medication for at least 2 or 3 days if needed. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has also posted a specific dress code guideline for protestors.

Congresswoman's suggestions are:

  1. Wear many layers in case you get sprayed with tear gas. A second set of clothes is a good idea as well for the same purposes. Cover up as much of your body as possible and opt for thick fabric. Tear gas tends to stick on humid surfaces.
  2. Comfortable shoes that protect you from the chemicals and in case running is needed.
  3. Shatter-proof sunglasses like goggles for instance and a hat.
  4. A transparent bag for your belongings that is comfortable to carry.
  5. Due to COVID-19, face mask and gloves should also be worn. Preferably a damp bandana to cover your nose and mouth. 

Estefanía Martínez

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