This photo taken from a nearby building shows Dewey Square, home to Occupy Boston, in October 2011.
The ACLU of Massachusetts is serious about protecting protesters' First Amendment rights. See the following for a list of resources tailored to the current situation.
- For general information on rights to protest and when permits are necessary, see ACLU of Massachusetts’ Know Your Rights: Demonstrations and Protests
- For information on how to interact with police see the ACLU’s What to Do If You’re Stopped by the Police
- For the right to take photographs and videotapes, see the ACLU’s Know Your Rights: Photographers. Bear in mind that the U.S. Court of Appeals recently affirmed that the First Amendment protects the right to videotape what the police are doing in public.
- To assist with training legal observers, see the National Lawyers Guild's Legal Observer Training Manual.
- For common sense tips on surveillance and security, see the Ruckus Society’s Security Culture for Activists.
- For an online Civil Disobedience Training which includes detailed information about what happens after a person gets arrested, see ACT UP’s website. A taped ACT UP Civil Disobedience Training is available here.
- For the serious consequences that could be faced by non citizens if they get arrested during a demonstration, see our S-Comm page.
Learn more about our advocacy for the rights of Occupy protesters here.
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