Looking after you and your group
Well-being and preventing surprise legal action
While being involved in protest activity is vital for your communities, it can also be challenging and take a huge toll on your well-being and the well-being of your fellow activists.
Racism, patriarchy, trans-and queer-phobia, environmental destruction, classism, capitalism, abuses of state power, and other oppressions are enormous opponents to take on. When we work against these forces we can be met with the full weight of their power. This can make us feel powerless and disillusioned – and without proper support can lead to some people disengaging from activism or becoming burnt out.
It’s important that we look after ourselves and those who stand with us not only to protect individual health and well-being but also to safeguard the resilience and longevity of our campaigns.
Looking after ourselves includes understanding how police and the legal system can work to repress and oppress activism, how to deal with online hate, how to interact with the media, and how to avoid being sued for Publication of false and derogatory statements about another person, without any justification recognised by law. See also: slander, libel..