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Buddy system in activism

Joining a protest together with a buddy
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Last update: May 7, 2023

In this article, you will learn how the buddy system works during protests. Activists can benefit from the buddy system to feel safer during actions.

  • Two (or three) people who stay together and look after one another all the way from the beginning to the end of an action.

  • If one of you wants to leave the action, you all leave, no questions asked

The buddy system is a procedure in which two individuals, the "buddies", operate together as a single unit so that they are able to monitor and help each other. As per Merriam-Webster, the first known use of the phrase "buddy system" goes as far back as 1942. Webster goes on to define the buddy system as "an arrangement in which two individuals are paired (as for mutual safety in a hazardous situation).” The buddy system is basically working together in pairs in a large group or alone. Both the individuals have to do the job. The job could be to ensure that the work is finished safely or the skill/learning is transferred effectively from one individual to the other.

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