SERIOUS QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF
BEFORE MAKING YOUR DECISION
TO RISK (OR NOT RISK) ARREST
It is best to advise your Legal Chair – in advance — of any of these situations.
1) Those with outstanding arrest warrants:
- People with outstanding arrest warrants will be treated differently.
- They may be held for a long period and returned to the arresting jurisdiction.
- People with outstanding arrest warrants should NOT participate in the arrest portion of the action.
- Typically, trans* folk are processed and jailed according to the gender stated on their ID.
- A person whose valid ID is not the same gender as their appearance often faces special challenges.
- The jail might require a change into jail clothing (including loss of wigs and/or under garments).
3) People taking medications:
- There are potential problems for people taking medication!
- IT HAS BEEN ADVISED THAT YOU NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE ARREST UNLESS YOU CAN DO WITHOUT YOUR MEDICATIONS FOR UP TO 20 HOURS.
- Any prescription medications you will need should be left in its original container with clearly marked pharmacy label displaying your name, contents, doctor’s name and dosage instructions.
- It is recommended that you notify your squad leader, who will tell our Soulforce legal chair. Letter from your doctor could be very helpful.
4) Infectious Disease Status (HIV, TB, etc.):
- If you inform the authorities that you have an infectious disease such as tuberculosis or an active HIV-related infection, you are likely to be separated from the others.
- Be certain the Soulforce attorney is aware of your health status.
5) People with Disabilities:
- Physically disabled persons may not be arrested at all, and are not usually placed in a cell with others who are arrested.
- Sometimes special accommodations are made but don’t count on it.
6) Stop Drinking Coffee a week or so before your possible arrest.
- To suffer the first stage of caffeine withdrawal in jail is a very painful experience.
- Nicotine withdrawal can also be a problem.
7) About toilets.
- Know where they are.
- Use them if possible before arrest. Another opportunity might not present itself for hours.
8) Do not bring valuables:
- Bring only a picture ID, $100 cash, your name badge with your medical and contact information tucked neatly into the back of the plastic holder.
- Don’t wear rings, watches, necklaces, or other jewelry.
- Wear comfortable but not showy or risqué underwear.
- Just before arrest hand extra items like sunscreen, hats, layered clothing, copies of your case, maps to your squad leader.
9) Sun Preparation:
- Be prepared for long hot waits in direct sunlight (Apply sunscreen before the action).
10). Dress for Cold Jails
- Be prepared for long cold waits on the line or in jail.
- (Wear layered clothing.)