The Lexicon series aims to convert words into politically helpful tools - for those already engaged in a politics from below as well as the newly approaching - by offering definitional understandings of commonly used keywords.

Know Your Rights!

" A cop stops you while walking on the street and demands to see your identification, he says you "fit the description" of a robbery suspect. A private security guard confronts you in the parking lot of a mall and asks you to empty your pockets, You're approached by some cops outside of an all-ages show who accuse you of being inebriated, they say they have the right to search you for liquor because you are under eighteen. In a society full of rules, hierarchy and authority figures, one of more of these scenarios has probably already happened to you. Know your rights!"