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April Health and Safety Training with Students for Health Equity!

Chicago Action Medical hosted a protest health and safety training co-sponsored by Students for Health Equity in late April of this year. Students for  Health Equity or SHE is a UChicago student group that organizes around health care justice on the south side. In this short training, we discussed tips for staying healthy and safe while protesting! We covered what to bring and what not to bring to a protest, how to be prepared for different weather conditions, working with a buddy, police weapons and tactics, know your rights, jail support and did an eye flush demo.

Here are some pictures from Students for Health Equity from the training. If your organization is interested in a health and safety or a longer 20+ hour street medic training, feel free to contact us at chicagoactionmedical@riseup.net or get in touch through our Facebook page  or our twitter.

Some tips for what to say from our handout if the police approach you, detain you at a protest, come to your house and try to serve a warrant or want to come in your house.

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A booklet from the Center for Constitutional Rights about what to do if you or your organization is approached by federal law enforcement.

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Eye flush demos in the spring sun!

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More Ferguson and St. Louis Trainings

Street medics will be at two upcoming direct action trainings in St. Louis, and leading a health and safety in the streets training immediately following Saturdays direct action training. See the flyer below for more information. Ferguson DA trainings

Also, this coming Sunday there will be a full day training:

Affinity Group Medic Training

This full day course covers basic first aid knowledge for taking care of yourself and your friends at protests. Going more in depth to the information covered in the shorter Health and Safety training, this training will also cover basic first aid for injuries common or catastrophic at protests, including hypothermia, breathing emergencies, head trauma, car accidents, and gun shot wounds.

This training will also be for healthcare providers who want to help staff first aid stations or help on the street during the expected protests.

Note that this is not a CPR course, any official certification, or the full 20-hour Street Medic Training designed to train people to run as marked medics providing care for an entire crowd of protestors. Sliding scale $0-30, lunch provided, participants will receive a first aid kit.

Registration optional, but highly encouraged: http://goo.gl/forms/euJq3qZTDd

When: Sunday, Nov 9th, 10am-6pm

Where: First Congregational Church, 6501 Wydown Blvd (Btwn Big Bend and Skinker), near Metrolink U City / Big Bend station or Metrobus #2 Red Line

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Support Street Medics in St. Louis and Ferguson

Make ONLINE donations of $10 or more, by clicking here

 NOTE: Online donations will be processed by the Illinois Justice Foundation and Network for Good, and will appear as such on your credit card statement. They are tax-deductible.
Please be sure to enter CAM or “Chicago Action Medical” in the Designation field of the donation form.

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.

Cold Weather Advisory

This post is a reprint of a Cold Weather Advisory sent out by Chicago 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti.

As temperatures around Chicago continue to drop, we want to remind everyone to use precautions to stay safe this winter. According to the National Weather Service in Chicago, temperatures will be in the single digits and below over the next few days, creating dangerous wind chills.

When you go outside, dress accordingly, make sure you have a hat and gloves and that exposed skin is covered. Limit the time you and your pet spends outside and try to avoid overexerting yourself. Make sure pipes in your home are properly insulated and not exposed to freezing air to limit the chance of the pipe freezing. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle with cables and extra blankets and make sure you have adequate gas when on the road. Always check the forecast when going out to make sure you are properly prepared. 

Currently, the Warming Center at 10 S. Kedzie Avenue is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Due to the extreme cold, all six DFSS Community Service Centers will serve as Warming Centers with extended times from Sunday, January 5th to Tuesday, January 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.       

 DFSS COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER LOCATIONS

Englewood Center, 1140 W. 79th Street

Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Avenue

King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove

North Area, 845 W. Wilson Avenue

South Chicago, 8650 S. Commercial Avenue, 

Trina Davila, 4357 W. Armitage Avenue

 

Additional community facilities that serve as Warming Centers are libraries, Park District buildings and senior centers. Transportation is provided for the elderly and the disabled who cannot get to a Warming Center on their own. Call 311 for current information on Warming Center locations and hours. 
 
In the event of more snow, we remind you to please clear the walkway in front of your residence or home. Without a wide, clear path through snow and ice, it is especially difficult for people with disabilities, seniors and children to walk safely. According to the Municipal Code of Chicago (4-4-310 & 10-8-180), property owners and occupants are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice. 
 
Additionally, if you know of any friends or neighbors who may need some extra assistance during the colder weather, please check-in on them. As always, you can also call my City Service office at (312) 263-9273 for assistance during regular business hours. Please call 911 if there is an emergency.

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CAM’s all-new mailing list

Chicago Action Medical has a new mailing list! Join to receive updates about trainings that we are holding or supporting, upcoming actions that we know about, and health and wellness tips.

You can sign up at this link.

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.