As I said earlier, we have to have a message. This is what I learned from a civil liberties attorney: We have a right to protest and to let the public know what our disagreement is with Governor Cuomo's "disaster emergency" executive order. I'd say that it is that "we must open business because closing the economy ruins people's lives and creates a real emergency." the way to accomplish our goal is through peaceful protest. When we protest in New York State, we must do it within the social distancing requirement of being six feet from each other and wearing masks. We don't need a permit to protest, but we have to follow the rules or risk arrest, which might happen anyway.
We should all have tape measures to measure the distance between us to show we are folloing the rules. We don't want to get arrested and enter the court system. We want to influence the public dialogue. We are not likely to win in court fighting a "health emergency," even if we don't think it is an emergency.
We can have signs, but not attach them to public property. We can say that our right to assemble is "essential" activity protected by the Constitution. We can ask Cuomo why if we have masks we can't go to businesses. We can ask where is the science about why we have to wear masks. We should not swear or use expletives against the police. People who know they have Covid should not attend protests unless they have recovered.
We can film our events and even film being arrested, but have to move back 10 feet if police tell us to stop filming, and desist entirely, if the police insist.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET ARRESTED, UNLESS YOU WANT TO PAY YOUR OWN LEGAL BILLS.
WE WANT TO INFLUENCE; THAT'S THE POINT OF PROTESTING.