Chicago Action Medical is a group of volunteers who are trained in basic first aid and has been working in Chicago since 2002, providing medical support at direct actions for social change. Free grassrooots medical care at protests is a tradition going back centuries worldwide. Our current model of “street medicine” is based on work pioneered by the Medical Committee for Human Rights in the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960’s. We are now part of a nationwide network of street medics with roots in the anti-globalization movement that coalesced in Seattle in 1999.
We have helped organize and provide medical care at many actions for social change and environmental justice throughout the country. Some of our members were involved in establishing the Common Ground Clinic in post-Katrina New Orleans, some have worked in the occupied territories of Palestine, and others provided relief in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
In addition to providing medical care at actions, we work to build movements by providing a model of horizontally organized healthcare and create spaces for progressive medical professionals to work together. In 2012 we organized three 20-hour street medic trainings and sent trainers to a fourth; keep an eye out for more in the future.
You can also view and print our PDF about what street medics do at protests.