The right to peaceful assembly is protected by Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This right protects your right to defend rights.

Keep in mind that direct action or protest should not be an end in itself, and that protesting is not always the best advocacy tool for a given situation.

These tips are designed for use in contexts where the rights to protest and freedom of assembly, opinion, and information are legally protected. Advocates must assess the context and their positionality within that context for safety. You must protect your own safety if you want to protect the safety of others.

To learn about protesting guidelines on Albion’s campus, see the Procedures section of the Student Handbook, currently on page 70.

Purpose of Protest

How to Safely Attend a Protest

Organizing a Protest

Reproduced from Carrie Booth Walling, Morgan Armstrong, Marco Antonio Colmenares Jr., and Caitlin Cummings, “Human Rights Advocacy Toolkit,” in Human Rights and Justice for All: Demanding Dignity in the United States and Around the World (Routledge, 2022).

Additional Resources

To learn more about advocating for the issues you are passionate about, try one of Albion’s advocacy Innovation Badges.

To learn more about your rights and the different regulations for protesting in the United States, visit the ACLU’s Protesters’ Rights page.