hey, we're moving into a weekend that's gonna be heavy with protests so we need to talk about the intersection of anxiety, trauma, & protest safety.

there are a LOT of people sharing a LOT of information. some of it's clear, some not. so we need to tighten up & get intentional.
police violence and military occupation is frightening and anxiety-inducing. they (police & the state) know that.
anxious people don't move with intention, they move with fear. they share anything and everything because "what if??" anxiety causes disorganization & disinformation.
the police are counting on anxious people to share the movements of their large caravans. they're counting on people listening to police scanners and reporting the first things they hear, even if it goes against what's actually happening on the ground. we've seen this happen.
anxiety right now is natural, normal. but similarly to dealing with anxiety in your personal life, the best way to counteract is to remove yourself from what's triggering you. there are certain things you'll want to do that you mentally cannot handle. sharing info might be one.
if you can't report on police/NG whereabouts without using alarmist language like "Get out now," using all caps, or giving vague/unclear reports due to the speed of which you feel it's necessary to get the info out:

stop. more harm than good is being done in these instances.
before you info share about unrest, ask yourself (part 1):

1. what reason am I sharing this information for? is it because I'm scared? am I looking for validation/likes/retweets?

2. who am I sharing this for, and is this the best/fastest way to get them this information?
before you info share about unrest, ask yourself (pt. 2):

3. is someone else better suited, mentally and emotionally, for compiling and sharing this information?

4. am I sharing my sources every time, or do I expect people to trust me because of who I am / my follower count?
be honest with yourself when you answer those questions. there's no shame in not being able to handle giving out play-by-plays of state occupation and violence. I'd rather have a few people sharing concrete, verifiable information than many people sharing everything they hear.
okay. so. if you ARE going to share information, it needs to include literally as much detail as you can give.

-what is happening
-where is it happening
-who is it happening to
-how long ago did it happen
-why is this relevant
-any other descriptions
-your source
a (fake) example of helpful shared information:

"three white men wearing white nationalist (proud boys?) insignia spotted on lake st and hennepin around 1pm. no visible weapons. looks like they're intimidating passerby. source: a comrade who works on lake and hennepin."
if you're giving any less than that, I honestly am not sure the point of sharing it unless it's to alleviate yourself of your own anxiety and fear. please be intentional with what you're sharing and why.

some info can just be a Signal message to relevant parties!!
sometimes we're gonna get info wrong, and that's part of being an autonomous group of humans. but to the best of our abilities, let's please be mindful about where our anxiety/trauma takes us and how we can best keep ourselves and each other safe online and offline.

much love.🖤
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