Author Archives: Chicago Action Medical

April Health and Safety Training with Students for Health Equity!

Chicago Action Medical hosted a protest health and safety training co-sponsored by Students for Health Equity in late April of this year. Students for  Health Equity or SHE is a UChicago student group that organizes around health care justice on the south side. In this short training, we discussed tips for staying healthy and safe while protesting! We covered what to bring and what not to bring to a protest, how to be prepared for different weather conditions, working with a buddy, police weapons and tactics, know your rights, jail support and did an eye flush demo.

Here are some pictures from Students for Health Equity from the training. If your organization is interested in a health and safety or a longer 20+ hour street medic training, feel free to contact us at or get in touch through our Facebook page  or our twitter.

Some tips for what to say from our handout if the police approach you, detain you at a protest, come to your house and try to serve a warrant or want to come in your house.

A booklet from the Center for Constitutional Rights about what to do if you or your organization is approached by federal law enforcement.

Eye flush demos in the spring sun!


Cold Weather Advisory

This post is a reprint of a Cold Weather Advisory sent out by Chicago 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti.

As temperatures around Chicago continue to drop, we want to remind everyone to use precautions to stay safe this winter. According to the National Weather Service in Chicago, temperatures will be in the single digits and below over the next few days, creating dangerous wind chills.

When you go outside, dress accordingly, make sure you have a hat and gloves and that exposed skin is covered. Limit the time you and your pet spends outside and try to avoid overexerting yourself. Make sure pipes in your home are properly insulated and not exposed to freezing air to limit the chance of the pipe freezing. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle with cables and extra blankets and make sure you have adequate gas when on the road. Always check the forecast when going out to make sure you are properly prepared. 

Currently, the Warming Center at 10 S. Kedzie Avenue is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Due to the extreme cold, all six DFSS Community Service Centers will serve as Warming Centers with extended times from Sunday, January 5th to Tuesday, January 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.       


Englewood Center, 1140 W. 79th Street

Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Avenue

King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove

North Area, 845 W. Wilson Avenue

South Chicago, 8650 S. Commercial Avenue, 

Trina Davila, 4357 W. Armitage Avenue


Additional community facilities that serve as Warming Centers are libraries, Park District buildings and senior centers. Transportation is provided for the elderly and the disabled who cannot get to a Warming Center on their own. Call 311 for current information on Warming Center locations and hours. 
In the event of more snow, we remind you to please clear the walkway in front of your residence or home. Without a wide, clear path through snow and ice, it is especially difficult for people with disabilities, seniors and children to walk safely. According to the Municipal Code of Chicago (4-4-310 & 10-8-180), property owners and occupants are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice. 
Additionally, if you know of any friends or neighbors who may need some extra assistance during the colder weather, please check-in on them. As always, you can also call my City Service office at (312) 263-9273 for assistance during regular business hours. Please call 911 if there is an emergency.

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And while you’re at it, follow us on Twitter @ChiStreetMedics !

Community Care Night! Feb. 1

On Feb. 1, join us for another evening of health and wellness resources for activists, protesters, communities in resistance and anyone needing care.

Drop in to receive sensitive, trauma- informed, solidarity wellness care. No appointment needed. Donations gladly accepted.

Services offered: NADA ear acupuncture treatments, massage, reiki, speak with a nurse or meet with a counselor.

Future events: First Fridays — March 1st, April 5th

Organized by the Healing Justice Network, Sage Community Health Collective and Chicago Action Medical

Where: Sage Community Health Collective, 2514 W. Armitage, #205. This office shares a building with 2520 W. Armitage; 2514 W. Armitage is the back entrance. Although the address is on Armitage, the entrance is in the back of the building on Bingham, close to the alley (our building is long and triangular).
When: The first Friday of every month (Feb. 1), 5-8pm

Sage Community Health Collective can be accessed from the Blue line or the Armitage, Milwaukee or Western bus routes.

Community Care Night Herbal Consults: What to expect

Herbal medicine is an approach to health and healing that looks at ways to support the entire person, not just treat a disease or symptom. To achieve this, an herbalist typically does a comprehensive intake and provides recommendations that include diet, lifestyle change, supplements and herbal remedies. These combined strategies can support your body’s natural ability to heal.

Herbal consults in a community setting, like the Community Care Nights, are only able to provide a brief review of your health concerns and provide suggestions for the immediate problem. Chronic or more complicated issues will benefit from a more in-depth intake and follow-up. Please talk to the herbalist about what approach is right for you.

Some herbal remedies are available at on-site. Donations are appreciated for any herbal remedies provided.

Know Your Rights! For Queer & Trans People

Check out a legal guide and a resource list for queer and trans people from the National Lawyers Guild – designed specifically for this weekend’s actions!

Know Your Rights legal guide

Contacts resource list

Check out our Wellness Center May 14-21

We are organizing first aid and wellness support for the thousands of protesters expected to take part in actions against the NATO summit May 14-21. Our Wellness Center, located on the third floor of GracePlace (637 S. Dearborn), will provide advanced first aid and holistic care. For questions about the Wellness Center call Chicago Action Medical at 872-216-6226.

We expect the hours will be:

Monday May 14 – 10am-6pm
Tuesday May 15- 10am-10pm
Wednesday May 16- 10am-10pm
Thursday May 17 – 10am-10pm
Friday May 18- 9am-10pm
Saturday May 19- 9am-10pm
Sunday May 20- 9am-10pm
Monday May 21-10am- 10pm

If you are interested in volunteering, please write to stating when you can come, as well as what your medical or holistic care background is. We ask that volunteers sign up for at least 2 hours at a time. Orientation and ongoing training will be provided during your shift(s).

Referral List for NATO Medics

Emergency Services: 911
National Lawyer’s Guild Chicago: 312.913.0039
Chicago Action Medical: 872-216-6226
311 (non-emergency city services): Information about emergency food, transit, food pantries, and more
Chicago Action Medical (CAM) Crisis Hotline (May 18-21 10a-10p): 1.872.216.5306. Off-hours:
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.7233
Veterans Crisis Line: 1.800.273.8255 (Press “1”)
Suicide Hotline: 1.800.784.2433- Connect you to local resources
Mental Health Crisis Hotline (24/7): 1.773.769.0205

Warm Lines

Georgia Peer Support Warmline (24/7): 1.888.945.1414
Cincinnati Peer Support Warmline (24/7): 513.931.9276
Veterans Peer Support Warmline (24/7): 1.877.927.8387
San Francisco Sex Info Line (M-Th 6p-12a, F 6-9p): 1.415.989.7374
National LGBT Hotline (M-F 4p-12a, Sat 12p-5p): 1.888.843.4564
Backline Pregnancy Options talk line (M-Th 8p-1a, F-Sun 1p-6p): 1.888.493.0092

Chicago Crisis Hotlines

(Use for sexual assault referrals)

State of Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.877.863.6338. Offers counseling services for people who have experienced and/or witnessed domestic violence and info on local shelters and counseling centers.
Rainbow House (Chicago) Hotline: 1.800.913.0065, TTY: 1.773.762.6802
Chicago Abused Women’s Hotline: 1.773.278.4566, TTY: 1.773.278.4114
Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 1.888.293.2080

Holistic Healthcare

Sage Community Health Collective. 2514 W. Armitage, #205 1.847.232.4718

12-Step Help Lines

Chicago AA (24/7): 1.312.346.1475
Chicago NA (24/7): 1.708.848.4884; En Español: 1.708.848.5194

Resist NATO community

Wellness Center: Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St. Hours: M14: 10a-6p, M15-17: 10a-10p, M18-20: 9a-10p, M21: 10a-10p. First Aid, chemical decontamination, health consultation, herbal remedies, bodywork, massage, and more. Accessible via Red Line, all Loop trains, and the #62 bus route.
Camping and Housing for protesters:
Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. 26th St. Camping available May 19-21. Accessible via Red Line, Bus routes #4 and #29
First Trinity Lutheran Church, 643 W. 31st St. Accessible via Orange Line and #8 bus
Housing Requests:,