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Announcement :: Organizing
Boston: Street Medic Training Planned for August 7-9
17 Jul 2009
The East Coast Action Medics are planning a street medic training in Boston over the weekend of August 7th, 8th, and 9th. This announcement is meant to be spread far and wide to ascertain the demand for a training in the Northeast at this critical time, when many of us are preparing to offer support to the demonstrations against the Coal Conference and G20 summit in Pittsburgh in late September.
Depending on response, this event will consist of a three part medic training, a separate health and safety training (time-permitting), or some alternate combination of the two. These trainings are intensive, but also fun and a great place to make new friends while learning useful skills. We are aiming for a safe, supportive learning environment where everyone feels comfortable asking questions, making mistakes and gaining confidence in new abilities. The training event in Boston will take place from the evening on Friday, August 7th, through the afternoon or early evening on Sunday, August 9th. We are asking for a donation of $10, but no-one will be turned away for lack of funds. Housing is available for the weekend.

This training is open to anyone, regardless of their level of training or prior experience, but will be geared towards those providing first aid and medical support in Pittsburgh this fall. As always, trained street medics are encouraged to attend; we all need opportunities to practice and review our skills! For those who already have professional medical certification, such as EMTs, Registered Nurses and doctors, attending a street medic training can provide a "bridge" of skills to allow safe, effective treatment at activist events and in radical culture. Regardless of whether those who attend these training events actually “run” as street medics at a demonstration, having a set of effective first aid skills can be very useful in everyday life.

Please RSVP to actionmedic(at)gmail(dot)com. In your email, please let us know your level of experience or training, if any, how many people are coming with you, and whether housing is needed. After your RSVP is received you will be contacted with directions to the location of the training, as well as a short list of basic things you might want to bring with you (for example, a notebook and something to write with, etc).

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

East Coast Action Medics

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Some Background on the Street Medic Movement.

Street medics originated in the United States in 1964 during the Civil Rights Movement and were first organized as the Medical Presence Project, geared towards being present whenever there was an expectation of violence being used against civil rights organizations. Their concept of medicine as self defense is still the foundation of the street medic movement today. In the intervening 40 years, street medicine has evolved and continues to be an integral part of the global struggle for social justice, providing first aid and continuing care to those needing help at demonstrations and in many other settings. Street medics have provided care during many critical events, including the American Indian Movement occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973, the worldwide Anti-Globalization protests in the '90s and '00s, community self-defense in Palestine, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and campaigns against mountaintop removal mining in the American Southeast. Some medic groups have opened and operated medical clinics in underserved communities, disaster areas, and during large-scale activist campaigns. As of three years ago, activist medic groups were reportedly active in 10 countries around the world.

A large part of the ongoing success of the street medic movement is our ability to design and present accessible trainings for those needing basic medical skills. We still believe, as did the pioneers of our movement, that anyone can be trained to provide basic first aid. With proper training we can help provide initial care in the face of violence and illness. Having confidence in our skills, and our limits, also allows us to know when it's time to reach out to a higher level of care to ensure that injuries and illnesses don't get out of hand. For some, being trained as a street medic opens a door to a passion they never knew they carried within them, to skills they never knew they possessed.

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International Pittsburgh Coal Conference
September 20 - 23, 2009
G20 Summit in Pittsburgh
September 23-25, 2009
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