Proper dress attire: What all of you will need to do is bring rain proof clothing because it will be cold and rainy tomorrow, and it can shield you from pepperspray. Wear all black in solidarity of those actually taking a fucking stand. You will also want to wear all black because police will have a hard time identifying you over anybody else. This is going to be an un-permitted march so you know what that means, the possibility of pepper spray. What you are going to want to do is get a black t-shirt and flip it inside out. Once it is flipped inside out you will want to rip off the tags. Now slowly put the shirt over your head without putting your arms inside the shirt. Have the head hole right over your eyes and then tie it in the back with the two sleaves of the t shirt. Congradulations, the police will never find out who is under the mask and wont have a clue who you are. Now, I would suggest wearing ski goggles so they cannot pepperspray you, or see your eyes, they profile like mad, believe me, I know first hand. Free speech isnt that free anymore. Now, during the protest DO NOT SAY ANYONE'S NAME. Let me repeat DO NOT SAY ANYONE'S NAME. Last time that happened for me and I became a walking target. Make up a one time use nick name before the protest (as kindergarden as that may sound it will save your ass so don't question it). Don't wear the shoes that you normally do wear and dont wear anything that will make you stick out. Believe me there will be a lot of people wearing black, and it is a night protest so go with the all black to be undetected.
What to bring: Bring thick black markers to write down numbers of jail support, and other things. Bring a pad and pencil to write down any name of an officer that has done something wrong. BRING A FUCKING VIDEO CAMERA. You have no idea how valuable a video camera is in this situation. You can prevent harm from coming your way, you can scare police, you can help those who were beaten by showing the footage in court, and most importantly, Indymedia can make one badass show with your footage, and hey, you'll get a spot in the credits! BRING LOTS OF CHALK. You have no idea how effective that stuff is. And hey, if your feeling a little wild, bring spray-paint too. You will also need a cell phone or some means of communication. This will be useful to either call a lost friend amidst the crowd, being able to know what is happening all over the protest (direct action, cops pepper-spraying etc.), and calling up your portland indymedia radio station to tell reports on what happened or what is currently happening.
What to be aware of and what to say: You always will want to travel in groups. Stay as close to the middle of the march as possible to avoid any confrontation with the police. Remember, if things get sketchy, grab your partner tight and link arms with as much people as possible. Snatch and grabs arent so easy when you are linked with 15 people. If the instance occurs where you are grabbed by a policeman, ask if you are being detained. If he does not say you are being detained ask if you are free to go. Now, if he asks for id over and over and over again just ask him what are the grounds in which you are being detained. If he says no let me see some I.D. say you must formulate a reason to why I'm being detained, then I will give you my I.D. Don't be too cocky, if you slip up they will have a lot of fun arresting you. IF you are actually being detained give them your I.D. (well unless you're really brave) and tell them nothing else and say that you wish to speak with a lawyer. BE SILENT! I don't mean to scare all of you but you will need to take these steps in order to remain 100% safe. There are some scary people out there, and a lot of them lie within the police force.
Contacts to keep in mind: The legal support number is 503 295 6400. Do not be afraid to call them, they are there for you. If you see someone get arrested, if you see the police being violent, and if you just want to know your rights, call them. To connect with the Indymedia radio, who will be there all protest, call 503-715-0994. They are good for information, and they will be more than happy to hear your story. Remember, make a lot of noise, get the message out, and be safe!