In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement and George Floyd protests, solidarity is not only helpful, it’s revolutionary. And even if not everyone has an opportunity to join the peaceful crowds and air their views out loud along with hundreds of supporters, it doesn’t take much to speak up.
These lone people from all around the country are setting an example of how to stand up in communities, suburbs, and small towns without anyone to back them up. From a woman doing her own march 'cause none of her friends wanted to join her to a lone protester holding up a BLM sign in the heart of a small southern city, here are some of the most inspiring real-life examples. They prove no voice is ever too small, and it’s never too late to speak up for what’s right.
My Mom Did Her Own March
A Lone Protester In The Heart Of A Small Southern City. Thank You.
It’s always good to know your rights before going to a protest to avoid any possible misunderstanding. The government can’t stop you from peacefully protesting, but it can restrict the time, place, and manner of the protest. However, the content itself can never be a reason to block the protest.
Remember that on private property, though, nobody has a right to assemble. Police can move you off the property and keep you from demonstrating there.
Let Us All Hope We Don’t Need To Have A Sign Like This When We Are His Age
Ocean Shores, Washington, In The Middle Of The Small Town Traffic Circle. No Voice Is Too Small.
This Man Has Been Standing Alone In Our Town Square For The Past Few Days, Gods Bless His Courage
Emerson Sykes, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Technology and Privacy Project, who studies free speech protections under the First Amendment, suggests to pack light if you’re going to a protest. Consider bringing water and a snack at minimum. If you bring a bag, prepare for it to be searched.
People should also remember that we’re still in times of pandemic, so “wearing a mask can keep you from breathing in droplets containing coronavirus.” Coming within close contact of other protesters could expose you to their spit or sneezes, which may carry the coronavirus.
#blacklivesmatter Lone Protester In Lacey - Marvin Road - #blm - What A Powerful Lone Protester Today! It's Good To See This Out In The Rural Community Too.
We Had One Guy In Our Town Start A Protest Alone
When it comes to taking photos and videos at the protest, as long as it’s a public space, you’re free to do so. Emerson Sykes, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Technology and Privacy Project, who studies free speech protections under the First Amendment, told Mercury News that you have the right to take photos and videos of what’s happening at a protest in a public place. You are able to record police, too.
Another good tip from Sykes is to “memorize or write on your arm the number to a local or national law organization that could assist you in getting out of jail,” because you never know if you're gonna need legal help or in case you get arrested.