Some solid basic advice for those new to protesting and good reminders for the seasoned folks as we head into the week:
If you're going to DC, Boston, NY, Los Angeles, SF, etc. to take part in a peaceful gathering, here are some good tips.
Keep your cool.
Do not offer personal information to unsolicited requests.
Stay to the edges of the crowd.
Have a meet-up-if-you-get-separated plan.
Do not count on your cellphones for this purpose.
Write important information on your forearm in Sharpie. (Emergency contact, drug allergies, etc.) It will wash off eventually. In fact, bring a Sharpie with you to share with others for this purpose.
Stay hydrated and never pass up an opportunity to use a toilet.
Wear the right shoes and don't carry anything you can't lose.
LISTEN to the energy and calmly leave the vicinity if you have any doubts about anything. (These are intended to be peaceful gatherings but there have been intimations that infiltrators will try to incite violence and make it look like the protestors caused it. Use your own judgment on this one.)
Click here for a list of national marches: location, date and host.