Your Definitive Safety Guide to the Protest Marches: 21 Tips You Need to Know


Like many of you, I am abhorred by the “Unite the Right” rally that resulted in 19 people injured and the death of Heather Heyer. Two Virginia State Police pilots also died in transit to the march. To openly share your voice in dissent in this nation is part of our inalienable rights as human beings and American citizens.

No one wants a violent confrontation when they are marching peacefully. Everyone wants to go home safe at the end of the day. Ms. Heyer’s death is a reminder to all of us that protesting peacefully, as part of nonviolent action, can be dangerous and deadly. With all the technology we have developed, still, there is no statement like a small group of thoughtful citizens committed to changing the world, to paraphrase Margaret Mead. This includes physically standing or marching in protest of a specific concern.

As a security consultant, I am frequently asked how to stay safe while protesting and parents often ask how to keep their teens safe while protesting. I was recently asked about what sa