Helpful Tips
  • What Should I do If I’m Stopped By The Police?

    Your Rights

    • You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.
    • You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car, or your home.
    • If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.
    • You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.
    • Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.

    Your Responsibilities

    • Do stay calm and be polite.
    • Do not interfere with or obstruct the police.
    • Do not lie or give false documents.
    • Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested.
    • Do remember the details of the encounter.
    • Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been violated.

    To find out more, visit ACLU's website here

  • Self Care

    Remember, political fatigue is real. Some days are jam packed full of egregious news and this has a way of wearing us down and making our efforts seem futile. It's ok and even encouraged to take some time to recharge ourselves so we can stay energized to hold our elected officials accountable. Keep a list of every time you've called your congress person, gone to a protest, fought for your rights and the rights of others. In those moments when you're feeling like nothing matters, remember all that you've done. Our collective efforts make a difference, as the old saying goes Illegitimum non carborundum, do not let the bastards grind you down.