This page contains tools and resources for gaining and defending liberty through legal empowerment. Select a category or browse by line item bellow.
LEGAL EMPOWERMENT TOOLS
Legal empowerment is a term usually used to describe upward mobilization of minority racial, religious or economic groups. Here though it is referring to the individual and the rights of the individual, which is becoming a minority by the same standards. Many today do not trust the legal system due to the widespread systemic abuse individuals have historically been subjected to by the more powerful. There are two main contributing factors in the steady downward legal mobilization of individual rights. These are:
- lack of legal awareness' and
- 'lack of access to legally empowering resources and tools.'
Legal empowerment is knowing the law, using available 'para legal tools' like dash cameras, and legal smartphone apps, to make the law work for you. The tools you will find herein are grass root justice tools; “they take the law out of books and courtrooms, and makes it available and meaningful to ordinary people.” These tools enhance people's capacity to exercise their rights, both as individuals and as members of their community.
5 THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Legal literacy and awareness trainings, (such as Frontier Liberty's Endangered Rights series)
- Broadcasting and distributing legal information via podcasts, fliers, pamphlets
- Actively conducting participatory legal discourses with laypersons and authority figures,
- Engaging the media and community in legal processes such as jury nullification,
- Using video and audio recording technologies to increase authority accountability.
Tools and Resources
Dash Cams are audio and video recording devices placed on or above the dashboard in the car for the purpose of suosveillance.
Audio Recorders can come in the form of everyday items such as a USB stick or pen and can be used in suosveillance.
Smart phone video streaming apps
Now with smartphones you can stream quality video straight to a secure server using a number of apps, protecting your video from being confiscated, deleted, and outliving the destruction of your phone.
Chances are, if you are doing something for liberty that matters then you are on a list somewhere. Countersurveillance refers to measures undertaken to prevent surveillance, and countermeasures taken to reduce the risk of surveillance. This includes bug sweeping, the process of detecting surveillance devices, including covert listening devices, and visual surveillance devices.
Bug detectors do exactly what you think, they tell you if and where a room is bugged with audio recorders and hidden cameras in any room, plane, boat etc.. across many frequencies.
Scramblers block, create interference with, or subvert surveillance, keeping conversations and events private from eye in the sky.
Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PET)
Privacy enhancing technologies (PET) is a general term for a set of computer tools, applications and mechanisms which - when integrated in online services or applications, or when used in conjunction with such services or applications - allow online users to protect the privacy of their personally identifiable information (PII) provided to and handled by such services or applications. ~Wikipedia. Get tools and resources for enhancing your privacy on and offline.
Activist toolkits are essential tools and strategies for becoming an effective agent of change and social innovator. Find toolkits here.
Protest locators are interactive networks or maps of protests globally or within a region. Find them here.
Jury Nullification is when jurors judge the law and the government, as well as the facts. While the majority are aware as jurors they can say, “On the basis of these facts the defendant is guilty" but did you know you could say, “On the basis of these facts the law is wrong” and vote to acquit? Find resources, and even activist tools about jury nullification.
Did you know that you can make an arrest for a crime that occurred in presence. Most states have laws that citizens arrest may be made for a felony, misdemeanor or breach of peace. Find tools and resources related to citizens arrest.
Stop and Identify
"Stop and identify" statutes authorize police to legally obtain the identification of someone whom they reasonably suspect has committed a crime. If the person is not reasonably suspected of committing a crime, they are not required to provide identification, even in states with stop and identify statutes. Learn more about your states laws and find tools and resources for standing up for yourself.
For tools and resources regarding open carry in the United States.
checkpoints and travel
What re my rights and what am I legally required to do/say and not do/say at various check points? The answer might surprise you.
right to record police
Can I get in trouble for filming police? what are my rights? Will also surprise you.
Public breast-feeding is protected in almost all 50 states. Find tools and resources and learn your rights.
opting-out tsa body scanners
There is no shortage of opposition to TSA's invasive body scanners and lack of successfully thwarted terrorist attacks. Never the less, many Americans are unaware of their right to opt out and their rights regarding security screenings.
cognitive liberty & Religious freedom
During the Prohibition he Catholic Church had to fight for its right to use the then scheduled substance alcohol as its sacramental wine in its ceremonies. Since then, many more religious groups have won the right in court to use otherwise scheduled substances in their ceremonies and their members afforded protection including the Okleva Native American Church, UDV, Santo Daime, and others.
Legal smartphone Apps
Digital tools for citing state and federal case law and supreme court presidents on the fly from traffic stops to warrant searches.
Legal Insurance Legal expenses insurance (LEI), also known as legal protection insurance (LPI) or simply legal insurance, is a type of insurance which covers policyholders against the potential costs of legal action brought by or against the policyholder. Legal expenses insurance provides more affordable coverage for the legal fees charged (including expenses incurred) by a lawyer representing the policyholder in usually unforeseen legal matters. These can include employment disputes, litigation, disciplinary actions, human rights complaints and criminal charges. Coverage is generally not discretionary; if the claim is covered within the governing terms and conditions of the policy, the policy responds. In addition to liability insurance against certain kinds of legal liability, legal expenses insurance can also offer coverage for predictable events such as the drafting of a will or power of attorney, and simple legal advice. ~Wikipedia.
Legal documents and contracts
A contract is a legally-enforceable promise or set of promises made by one party to another. Legal documents and contracts can afford protection and defence of ones rights and liberties. For tools and resources see page.
Civil Rights Groups
Civil Rights Groups are dedicated to protecting peoples civil rights and educating authorities and the public on various rights issues.
reports and stats
How free is your state? This paper published in 2006 by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University rates the states on economic freedom and personal freedom. Very useful when choosing a location to live that supports your values. (Read report)