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Announcement :: DNC
DNC Call for Progressive Health Care Providers
29 May 2004
Modified: 01:10:11 PM
Are you a progressive health care provider? Would you like to support protestors at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Boston, July 26 to 29? Lots of people will need our help – from union members and peace activists, encouraging the Democratic Party to take a new course, to anti-authoritarians who believe in a more direct democracy. The Boston Area Liberation Medic (BALM) Squad will be coordinating health care support during the upcoming demonstrations, and we need your help!
Health care providers can become involved with the initial planning, or work in the wellness center or on the streets during the week of the protests.

Wellness centers are staffed by health practitioners, including herbalists, massage therapists, homeopathic physicians, traditional Chinese medicine doctors, allopathic and osteopathic physicians and nurses. We provide services ranging from basic preventive care to treating injuries sustained during the demonstrations. Last year at the FTAA protests in Miami, we treated hundreds of protestors for injuries including head injuries from police batons and rubber bullets, exposure to pepper spray, and emotional trauma. The wellness centers offer all services free of charge. They are a haven of goodness in what is often a chaotic and stressful environment.

We will have several planning meetings in June, and many more in July. At these meeting we will discuss plans for the wellness center and medics on the street, as well as the approach to health care that is particular to street medic work. We ask that anyone who wants to work with us at the DNC attend at least one of these meetings, or get in touch with us soon to discuss how we can work together.

For more information about the meetings, or if you would like to get involved earlier, please contact the BALM Squad at bostonmedics (at) riseup.net. Also, if you or someone you know would like to get trained to be a street medic (a job that is quite different from more traditional health care provider roles), there are three upcoming trainings in the New England area: June 4 to 6 in New York City, June 11 to 13 in Boston, and June 25 to 27 in Portland, Maine. See the BALM Squad website (address below) for more information on these trainings.

For more information on street medics, see
www.bostoncoop.net/balm or www.action-medical.net

Thanks, and take care,
The Boston Area Liberation Medic Squad

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Re: DNC Call for Progressive Health Care Providers
29 May 2004
Y'all should publicize this at the JUne 19th Health Care rally! Info is at http://www.bridgingthegapforhealthcare.org/index.php?module=viewAction&a