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Street medics are a nationwide movement of healthcare providers and trained lay volunteers that provide first aid and medical support at protests for social change. In the past three months street medics have been supporting the protests that have been happening almost daily in Ferguson and St. Louis, Missouri. These protests have been in response to the killing of Michael Brown, Jr. by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, as well as in reaction to systematic racial injustice in the police and criminal justice systems that the killing has laid bare.
In the first weeks of protests in Ferguson, street medics from across the country helped to establish a first aid tent, offered health and safety trainings focusing on exposure to chemicals such as tear gas , reached out to local organizations and leaders, and started to build local street medic capacity. All of this was in addition to providing first aid coverage on the streets.
St. Louis now has a small but energized medic collective planning for the larger protests expected if the grand jury returns without an indictment. Street medics will be providing medical care to protestors in places where ambulances will not go. We will also be staffing first aid stations at multiple places of worship. Clergy are organizing these spaces into safe havens for protesters to rest and find sanctuary. Medics are leading comprehensive health and safety workshops, and we are reaching out to local organizations to create specialized trainings for their needs.
Chicago Action Medical (CAM) is a street medic collective that has been on the ground throughout the protests and has taken a lead role in establishing much of the medic infrastructure. CAM members are working full time in St. Louis preparing for the grand jury verdict. Donations made through this site pay for trainings and supplies. All money raised online from now until any actions are over will be spent in St. Louis and Ferguson, according to the needs of the local medics.
It has been an honor to work with the many organizations and individuals who have been leading the protests on the ground. We have been in awe at the power of this movement and look forward to on-going support of these actions, which we believe have the potential to change the national conversation about police and community interaction and bring about real change.