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.
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