Get Ready for February 2!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are the KKK and neo-Nazis going to show up?
Is "Rock Stone Mountain" just calling to preserve Confederate monuments? Is it a "Heritage Not Hate" rally?
Will the park be open or closed?
How safe is the anti-racist counter-mobilization?
Will the white supremacists have guns?
Can we bring guns?
Will the Klan be hooded?
Can we wear masks to protect ourselves from being identified and targeted by the KKK?
Georgia state law 16-11-38 makes it a misdemeanor to wear a mask that conceals your identity. This law was originally created to prosecute the KKK. Case law in Georgia has established that masks are only illegal when worn for the purpose of intimidation. However, in recent years, police have used the state’s mask law as a pretext to arrest anti-racist protesters, even when the police cannot establish an intent to intimidate. Activists are currently challenging this application of the mask law in court (see our press releases).
If you’re concerned about being targeted but not sure if you want to wear a mask, sunglasses and a hat can be an effective half-measure. Wearing clothes that cover identifying tattoos is also a good idea.
We encourage you to educate yourself about the law and make the best decision for your safety.
Can we bring cameras?
I've never been to a protest like this before. Do you have any tips?
Yes! Here are a few:
- Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes and shoes. Be prepared for cold and rain!
- Show up well-rested and on time.
- Bring a friend, or better yet, come with a group. If you’re with a group, choose “buddy pairs” and stay with your buddy throughout the day – if you get stuck in a crowd, it’s easier to keep track of one person than a group. Also, make sure that a trustworthy friend who is not coming to the protest knows where you are.
- Bring plenty of water and a snack. Some small first-aid items like bandaids are also helpful.
- If you want, bring a sign with your anti-racist message.
- Be aware that there is always a danger of arrest, since police typically protect racists against anti-racist protesters. Here’s how you can prepare for the possibility of arrest:
- Email us at [email protected] if you’d like to fill out a jail support form. This form will include all the information our jail support team will need to support you if you’re arrested, including any specific needs you have or any logistical concerns that might come up.
- We will announce the jail support phone number at the beginning of the protest. Write this number on your body with a permanent marker, somewhere like the inside of your arm where it’s not noticeable. If you are arrested, call this number to let jail support know where you are.
- If you rely on daily medication, bring a day’s worth with you, as well as some proof of your prescription. This will ensure you’ll have your meds for the (probably short) amount of time you will be in jail, and you’ll be protected from an extra nuisance charge.
- If you bring a phone, lock it with a password before the action. You have the right to privacy and are not required to grant police access to your phone, even if you are arrested.
- Tell your trusted friends to follow our social media and donate to the bail fund! The Atlanta Solidarity Fund is collecting bail donations for any anti-racist activists who are arrested.
Where can I get more information?
Here are some links to useful information: