Tips for Protesting and Counter Protesting

Form an Affinity Group
Join forces with a group of people who share common interests, perspectives, and trust. Don't just wander to the protest alone. Rather, assemble a group of friends who share your protest tactics, level of risk, goals for involvement in the protest, etc. Learn more.

Know your rights
Standing up for your right to protest can be challenging. Check out this handy ACLU guide.

Learn and practice verbal de-escalation techniques
When a potentially violent situation threatens to erupt and NO weapon is present, verbal de-escalation is appropriate. Here's a good 2-pager.

Stay Safe
     - Plan ahead. Know what to expect and how to get assistance.
     - Have a plan to contact your friends / affinity group if separated.
     - Be calm and focused: When things get intense, react to danger or warning signs sooner not later.
     - Watch for signs of physical and mental problems in yourself and others. Try to calm down others who exhibit panic behavior.
     - Document, film, or write down incidents of violence.
     - Do not forget to eat, and drink plenty of water.

Additional Resources
     - Overview of protest how-tos form Amnesty International USA
     - "How to Protest Safely and Legally"
     - An Activist's Guide to Basic First Aid



Create a Civic Circle

Civic Circles create community and help us hold each other accountable for completing actions. Start yours by following these simple steps:

  1. Sign up for action alert emails above.
  2. Identify 5-10 people interested in making a difference and who can commit to sharing 10 minutes to 1 hour each week.
  3. Invite each to participate, and get their commitment.
  4. Use a group email or group text or Facebook to introduce circle members to each other.
  5. Receive 1 or 2 action emails from Together Cville each week.
  6. Forward the action items to your circle in a group email, group text, or via Facebook. Use whichever approach works best for you and your group.
  7. Ask each member to reply all when they've completed the action items.
  8. Hold each other accountable for completing actions and celebrate success!
  9. Raise a glass, break bread, or attend a Together Cville potluck together.

Use our handy Civic Circles planning guide to get started.


Contact federal officials

White House
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US Senator Mark Warner
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475 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, 202-224-2023
919 E. Main Street, Suite 630, Richmond, VA 23219, 804-775-2314

US Senator Tim Kaine
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9408 Grant Avenue, Suite 202, Manassas, VA 20110, 703-361-3192
121 Russell Road, Suite 2, Abingdon, VA 24210, 276-525-4790

US Representative Tom Garrett
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415 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, 202-225-4711
686 Berkmar Circle, 2nd Floor, Charlottesville, VA 22901, 434-973-9631
308 Craghead Street, Suite 102D, Danville, VA 24541, 434-791-2596

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