New handout: What Do Medics Do?

What do street medics do? A lot of things. We made a handout to clarify a few points and let you know just what you can expect when you ask us to be at a protest.

You can view and print the PDF for this handout here; it is also available on our handout page. Distribution is encouraged.

We have also updated our resources page! Check it out.

What do street medics do?

  • Emphasize the importance of consent for any care provided
  • Work in teams of at least two medics to offer do-no-harm first aid and natural remedies
  • Help people access a higher level of care in the event that it is needed
  • Provide referrals for follow-up or ongoing health care
  • Conduct workshops on protest health and safety
  • Educate protesters about individual health issues
  • Participate in action planning meetings to advocate that protests be planned in a healthy way
  • Provide public health interventions such as handwashing stations to prevent illness
  • Spread calm
  • Work at all kinds of protests, regardless of the likelihood of civil disobedience or injuries, to ensure a caring atmosphere and increase accessibility
  • Participate with other protesters in jail support teams, in order to offer care for any injuries arrestees may have

What DON’T on-duty street medics do?

  • Dispense over-the-counter medication
  • Supply water or food (we DO encourage organizers to do this in order to promote protester well-being… hint hint!)
  • Participate in protest tactics like chanting, holding banners, or handing out leaflets
  • Force care on anyone
  • Act outside of our training
  • Work alone
  • Charge money
  • Cooperate or share information with police, ICE or other authorities
  • Organize jail support, or act as the only participants
  • Participate in illegal actions

Ways to help street medics so we can help you:

  • Spread calm, not rumors
  • Use our batsignal: Call out “Medic!” when you or your friends need urgent help
  • Form a privacy circle or make space for medics to provide care
  • Photograph police, not patients
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