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DNC Practical Matters
08 Jul 2004
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How to Form an Affinity Group
An affinity group is not something to be formed on the spur of the moment. An affinity group should be composed of a small handful of individuals who are comfortable working and organizing together. Individuals within an affinity group must be on the same page politically, socially, as well as tactically. All members of the affinity group must be well aware of the situation at hand and must come to consensus regarding tactics in the street prior to entering the streets--this includes back-up plans, as well as jail solidarity. In the heat of the moment, if a single individual panics or otherwise feels too uncomfortable to continue, the entire group fails.

Safety Tips for Protesting in the Summer Heat
Political protests in the middle of summer, such as the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC) protests this August in NYC, and those in Boston at the DNC, mix heat and adrenaline in what can be a deadly combination. Protests hold different demands than normal heat environments, including the need for protective clothing, such as long sleeves, pants, and shoes, when one would normally shed layers of clothing. And the need to avoid oil-based sunscreens that could trap pepper spray onto your skin. Then there are the usual problems to watch out for, such as dehydration, heat exhaustion/stroke, and sunburn. People forget that standing on hot pavement surrounded by lots of hot bodies for hours increases summer heat at protests. Likewise, many miles are often hiked on a protest route, yet few prepare for marches as they would for long summer hikes. Preparing for the heat with a protest environment in mind, will relieve the pressure on street medics who often get overwhelmed treating heat illnesses, and will give you more energy, and less discomfort, during protests in summer.

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