- Picket signs.
- Transportation to protest sites.
- Direct action training.
- Meal delivery for sit-ins.
- Bail & legal representation.
- Hospitalization & funerals from when overzealous soldiers or cops (or non-uniformed free-range bigots) start swinging clubs or shooting.
That shit all costs money.
Freedom—the ability to realize one's full potential as a citizen—is often won by dissenters whom the state has deprived of their freedom, their basic rights, their means to live, their pathways to prosperity. Conditions grow so intolerable that they & their allies risk beatings & shootings from the people hired to protect the wealthy & powerful.
If you love your freedom, thank a protester.