Safer in the Streets

A free, shareable tool for protesters illustrating best practices for dealing with the police.

June 15, 2020

AS PEOPLE HIT THE STREETS across America to protest the murder of George Floyd and stand up for Black lives, we’ve all seen authorities respond to our protests against police brutality with more police brutality. Now no one can plausibly deny that the police are violent, regardless of whether demonstrators are breaking windows or just exercising their alleged freedoms. We cannot allow the cops to beat the resistance out of us.

Safer in the Streets is a tool for protesters that illustrates best practices for dealing with the police. In the series, seven cartoonists interpret basic principles of street tactics, from navigating snake marches to preventing cops from breaking your fingers. It’s free to read and share for everyone, and it’s formatted to print as a two-sheet zine for passing out (download links can be found at the end of this post).

Compliance won’t protect us out there, so we need to be smart, careful, and brave if we’re going to be safer in the streets.

You can download and print this zine in color or black and white. Assembly instructions can be found here.