Punk Rock Karaoke!

Join us this Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 21:00 to 02:00 (9 pm to 2 am) at the LiveWire Lounge at 3394 N Milwaukee Ave for PUNK ROCK KARAOKE, a benefit for Chicago Action Medical. Sing your favorite songs, meet friends, and make fools out of yourselves! (Don’t worry, we’ll be on hand to treat those burns.)

Mark your calendars and RSVP on our Facebook Event Page!

This event is 21+

Suggested donation: $5.

About Punk Rock Karaoke:

Punk Rock Karaoke Chicago brings you one-of-a-kind punk rock songs for you to sing (or scream!) along to. We’re a DIY, fund-raising event that benefits a different community group each time. Come out, have a great time, and support the cause!!


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 natowellnesscenter@gmail.com 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: camcrisishotline@gmail.com
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 sagecommunityhealth@gmail.com www.sagecommunityhealth.org

12-Step Help Lines

Chicago AA (24/7): 1.312.346.1475 www.chicagoaa.org
Chicago NA (24/7): 1.708.848.4884; En Español: 1.708.848.5194 www.chicagona.org

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: www.occupychi.org/help-out-chicago-occupiers-housing, www.cang8.org/housing-board

NATO summit

Actions around the NATO summit will be happening May 14-21, 2012, with the largest days on the 19-21.  Chicago Action Medical is excited to be a part of supporting these actions, and hosting out of town medics.  If you are planning on attending these actions send an e-mail to chicagong8medical@lists.riseup.net to get placed on our NATO medic listserve.

Upcoming Trainings

A number of trainings are coming up as part of the Spreading the Health conference. (If you need or can provide housing for the conference, check out our housing board.)

May 4-6 Street Medic Training (register here)

May 12 Bridge Training for Medical Professionals (register here)

May 13 Affinity Group Medic Training

Lots of shorter workshops (register here for the entire conference)