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The Ida B. Wellness Project encourages communities to consider what they need to feel safe and free. With input from residents, the Love + Resist Kit will arm community members with information and objects they need to safely resist the many ways in which our communities and values are under attack.

Our goals for the Love + Resist Kit are to produce and disseminate actual toolkits to be used by resisters/activists/protestors/community members. These kits will contain information about legal rights and whom to call for help, as well as objects such as bandages, masks and lozenges to protect against/counteract the effects of pepper spray, etc. Each of the tools in the kit serve to promote safety while engaging in resistance that is often met with state violence and repression.

This project is part of Field Work, a new partnership between YBCA, the YBCA Fellows, and Neighborland, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

How can we improve the toolkit?
Community suggestions collected, in no prioritized order: 

  • More portable-friendly...maybe a hip pack or a backpack so we can be hands free
  • Protest Songs on 
  • Protein Bar or snacks (astronaut ice cream)
  • Sunscreen (2 votes for this) 
  • Hat (2 votes for this) 
  • Laminate legal cards in kit please   
  • Water / Water Pouch (to stay hydrated)   (2 votes for this) 
  • Blank Sign / CardBoard / foldable sign that fits into kit for people to write on
  • Flashlight
  • Phone #s for more than 1 legal aid group
  • Eco-friendly Glitter
  • Public Transportation card or fare
  • Malox for tear gas
  • More translation for legal cards
  • Put sticker on sharpie that says ‘write important phone #s on card’ 
  • Flowers
  • ‘Do not engage or react to violent behavior’ reminders (on headband? Tshirt? The more visible the better
  • Go Girl female urination device 
  • USB charger
  • City Map
  • Safety Pins
  • Ziplock Bags
  • N95 Mask
  • Silver Emergency Blanket
  • Balloon
  • Tampons
  • Blank Tshirt to write on 
  • Clear bags (for expedited entry/to clear security into/at protests) 
  • Mini-booze bottles + mixer  (*2 votes for this) 
  • Something that is reflective or lights up (for night protests + safety
  • Link to police scanner App(s) “5-0” 
  • Card suggestions ‘don’t talk to the police’ #F12
  • Gloves
  • Legal Aid Hotline
  • Rubber Bands
  • Note to encourage people to memorize some important phone #s
  • Body Cameras
  • Include card with info on history of project, Ida B connection, how to get more packs, how to help support creation of more packs

Recent Activity

Ida B. Wellness | Resistance Kits Launch Party!
Thursday, December 21, 2017, 6:00pm - 8pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco CA

Join us at YBCA as the Ida B. Wellness Project launches our 1st generation Resistance Kits. Designed by YBCA Freedom Fellows Nicole Arlette Hirsch & Katie Bush to bring joy, safety, and knowledge to activists who choose to take to the streets and protest the many injustices facing our communities in 2017. These (FREE) love-forward resistance backpacks include over 15 street-friendly items to keep protestors safe, informed & having fun.

Come eat, drink, dance, be with community and offer your perspective & input as to what these iterative art+functional kits ought to include in the future.

We look forward to celebrating and resisting with you!

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