Resources for Students

Civil Disobedience and Protest Safety

Brief Overview —

    • Identity and Safety:
      • Wear a mask and nondescript clothing
      • Hide any tattoos or other distinguishable features
      • Do not take photos of other people without their consent and actively hide any faces in the photos you do take
      • Do not engage with counterprotestors or police
    • Interacting with police:
      • If you are stopped, ask if you are free to go. If they say yes, calmly walk away.
      • Police officers may not confiscate or demand to view photographs or video without a warrant. They cannot delete your data from your device under any circumstances.
      • If you are arrested, do not say anything. Do not agree to anything or sign anything. It is your right to ask why you are being arrested.
      • If you are detained, only give your name and ID with current address.

LA Jail Support #: 424-388-1230


Sources/more details:

From UCLA: Literature on Activism and Social Justice

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Davis (UCLA Distinguished Professor Emerita)

  • “Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today’s struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine.”


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“From the River to the Sea to Every Mountain Top: Solidarity as Worldmaking” by Robin D. G. Kelley (UCLA Distinguished Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History)
  • “This essay questions a key takeaway from the Ferguson/Gaza convergence that catalyzed the current wave of Black-Palestinian transnational solidarity: the idea that “equivalence,” or a politics of analogy based on racial or national identity, or racialized or colonial experience, is the sole or primary grounds for solidarity.”

Alternative and Activist New Media by Leah A. Lievrouw (UCLA Information Studies Professor Emerita)

  • Lievrouw “charts the theoretical roots of contemporary internet-driven movements and provides a framework for understanding the changing face of protest in the age of algorithmic media.”
  • An “accessible guide to how people adopt and adapt media in pursuit of social and cultural change.” (Graham Meikle, University of Westminster)

UCLA's History of Activism and Protest

Peaceful protest on UCLA’s campus is not a new concept. In the past, UCLA protests have helped to advocate for those in need and progress social change, both locally and globally. Here are just a few examples:


1969, Angela Davis

Students protest the arrest of civil rights activist Angela Davis, 1971 (Source: UCLA Newsroom, UC Regents)


1972, Vietnam War

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Police officers confronting anti-war demonstrators on UCLA campus, 1972 (Source: LA Times)


1985, South Africa

daily bruin article about south africa apartheid protests

1985 Daily Bruin coverage about UCLA protests against Apartheid in South Africa and students’ demands for UC divestment (Source: UCLA Daily Bruin)


1994, Proposition 187 

Two hundred UCLA students march in protest of Proposition 187. Protests were held at about 20 other college and university campuses in California (Source: LA Times)

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