Rise and Resist Marshal Training, Tuesday, September 17, 6 - 8pm, at the Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas at W. 10 Street. Free, open to the public, two hours, please arrive promptly.
This training conflicts with the Tuesday night Rise and Resist meeting so we're looking for a non-conflicting date to hold another marshal training in September.
Q. Hey! What's marshaling?
A. Marshaling is a form of resistance. Marshals help build community by supporting direct action protests.
As marshals, we know the scenario for an action because we've been involved in the action's planning, and we work together to support protesters to do what they need to do while keeping the action as safe as possible.
We don't ask for permission to demonstrate, we don't ask for the NYPD to "help" us demonstrate. We protect our First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of assembly by using these rights.
We set up our own pickets, we decide whether or not we want to go into a "pen", we ourselves stop traffic for our marches. We communicate with demonstrators, and we provide a buffer between our group and the NYPD or hecklers. We de-escalate conflicts between protestors, counter-protestors, and the NYPD.
If you're an experienced demonstrator or new to protesting, we encourage you to come and get trained. Marshaling is a great skill to have and a most excellent way to participate in actions.
Marshaling itself is a form of resistance, and the intention is to enable a protest that is safe for everyone.
Marshals do this by:
- Supporting the protesters while keeping the action as safe as possible
- Setting up pickets for the demonstration
- Deciding which space to occupy (i.e. marching on sidewalk versus standing in a designated area)
- Stopping traffic for the marches
- Communicating with protesters
- Providing buffer between our group and NYPD or hecklers, if needed
- De-escalating between protesters, counter-protestors and NYPD
Marshal training is about learning basic safety and knowing your rights. It’s highly recommended for anyone who intends to participate in demonstrations, even if you don’t see yourself as taking a leadership role. By completing this marshal training you will be able to put these practices into use at future demonstrations.
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