You don’t wanna get picked up before or after the action because you were dressed as miss black bloc 2010. Dress down and be prepared to ditch your black stuff if you need to.
Black clothing + glasses + mask
Eyes are the most identifiable feature on a person so wear some shades think black not Timmy Mallet also wear all black don’t wear black with a bloody great logo or your favourite crass t-shirt. You can make a mask by tearing a sleeve off a t-shirt or by using the neck of a t-shirt as the eye hole and tieing the arm sleeves around the back of your head.
Food + Water
Make sure you bring plenty of food and water with you as it might be a long and exhausting day.
Legal Support Details + Bust-card
Write the legal support number on your arm in marker pen before you go on any actions, read the bust card if you aren’t familiar with your rights if you get pinched by the fuzz.
If you are one of your mates gets nicked, you might need to stay in Brum and get a later train and get extra supplies etc.
Flags on a longish sturdy wooden pole can help stop your flag being blown away if the wind should pick up on the day.
Medical kits come in handy if you know how to use them in case of attack by the police you can help other activists and fix up yourself if you take a knock.
Things you probably don’t need
I.D. If you should end up getting stopped and searched at some point and you don’t wanna give over your personal details (which in most cases is your right – see bustcard) then you don’t want your stop and search to reveal your name and address to the cops. So unless you REALLY need it, leave it at home.
Mobile Phone This is a difficult one but don’t take your mobile along unless you are willing for it to sit in police evidence for up to seven years. Take an old one if you have one and remember to programme in each others numbers and the legal support number etc…
This list aint perfect, If anyone else can add to this please use the comments section!