Update:Important to note that this is a UDC Law-organized event and
while we hope many friends will join us, we do not anticipate such a large
crowd at the US Capitol that it will be difficult for individuals to
maintain appropriate safe distancing as necessitated by the pandemic.
Dear Alumni and
The UDC Student Bar
Association and UDC Black Law Students Association have asked me to share
this invitation to join their peaceful and legal protest march this
Saturday, June 6.
Meet up them at the
SW corner of Pennsylvania and 3rd in NW Washington, DC at 1 pm. From
there, we will proceed to the White House.
All are asked to
wear masks - and to wear UDC T-shirts if you have them.
Also please note,
Saturday is supposed to be rainy but hot so please come prepared to stay
Please see the
students' letter, protest rights and COVID-19 warning below.
The SBA would like
to invite and encourage you to march with us this Saturday, June 6, 2020,
from 1-5 pm.
We will meet near
the United States Capitol (SW corner of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW & 3rd
Street, SW) at 1 pm. From there, we will walk to the White House. We will
hear speeches from UDC Law Dean Renée Hutchins, Alumna Amber Ivey, '17 and
others. We will create awareness about the ongoing injustices surrounding
our city and our nation. We wish for this protest to be an educational
moment. We will provide “Know Your Rights” handouts to the crowd, as well
as other important information about police reform and other actions that
must take place for social justice to become a reality in our city and in
our nation. Help ensure the collective power of our voices is heard by
This march will be a
peaceful protest. As law students and members of the legal academic arena,
we will carry ourselves with poise and elegance from start to finish. In
this moment, we represent something bigger than our individual selves. Let
us honor the memory of our fallen brothers and sisters, by channeling our
justified rage into a united and solemn model of nonviolent organizing.
Because our nation
is still in the middle of a pandemic, we urge all participants to take
caution and stay informed about the current guidance regarding going out in
public spaces. Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for up to date information on how you can
stay safe. At minimum, we ask that you please wear a mask at all times
while you are with us.
We hope to see all
of you on Saturday, and encourage you to show your UDC Pride by wearing UDC
paraphernalia to the march. If you would like to know how you can assist or
for any general questions, please contact SBA@udc.edu.
UDC Law Student Bar Association & Black
Law Students Association
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHILE PROTESTING
Right to Free Speech…
- You have a first amendment right to
peacefully assemble and petition the government.
- You can engage in free speech activity in
any public forum (sidewalks, parks, etc.).
- You have the right to hand out flyers on
public sidewalks so long as you are not blocking private entrances to
If Stopped by Police…
- Remain calm.
- Do not run.
- Explain that you are expressing your 1st
amendment right to free speech.
- Ask if you are free to leave.
If Under Arrest…
- Do not resist.
- Explain that you first, wish to invoke
your right to counsel and second, that you wish to remain silent.
- Do not speak to police or sign any
documents without the presence of a lawyer.
Right to Consent Being Searched…
- You have the right to refuse consent to a
search of your personal belongings.
- Police can pat you down if they suspect
you have a weapon or if you have been arrested.
- You do not have to consent to any further
Right to Photograph & Record…
- You have the right to photograph anything
in plain view in a public space.
- You have the right to take note of an
officer’s badge number, patrol car information, or police unit if you feel
your rights have been violated.
- Police cannot legally demand to see your
photos or videos without a warrant.
Right to an Adequate Time to Disperse…
- Police may give a dispersal order if there
is a clear and present danger.
- Officers must give a reasonable time and
- This order must be clear and detailed,
including how much time individuals have to disperse, and an explanation of
the consequences for failure to disperse.
REPORT ANY COMPLAINTS OF VIOLATION OF RIGHTS
TO THE POLICE AGENCY’S INTERNAL AFFAIRS DIVISION OR CIVILIAN COMPLAINT
DC LEGAL ASSISTANCE HOTLINE FOR PROTESTERS:
This material is for informational purposes
only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact
an attorney for advice pursuant to any particular issue or problem.
TAKING PRECAUTIONS WHILE PROTESTING
The UDC Law Student Bar Association and
Black Law Students Association understands the importance of taking
measures to protect the health of individuals who engage in protesting.
This Saturday, we ask that attendees:
·BRING HAND SANITIZER
OR ANTIBACTERIAL WIPES
·DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU
HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19