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More Anti-Protest Technology... [14 Feb 2010|08:22pm]



With an alleged price of $650,000 a unit, the 25-ton trucks each hold 2,640 gallons of water, which can shoot hot or cold water at a distance of up 220 feet.

They can also shoot tear gas, burning chemicals or paint stored in three 26-gallon containers.

It includes a plow, which can presumably demolish makeshift barriers placed on streets by protesters, or even the demonstrators themselves.

One Iranian opposition site reports that the vehicles “have a capacity of 10,000 liters to shoot cold and hot water, and three 100 liter tanks to shoot burning chemical liquids” at a distance of up to 70 meters.

Jason Shams over at the Daily Beast notes that the regime forces “marked people with spray paint or shot them with paintball guns when they couldn’t arrest them because things were too chaotic. Later, when things died down and the mass groups dissipated, the Guards arrested those with paint on their clothes.”

We won't be seeing that particular model over in the US or Europe, given that they are made in China, but this will probably feed into the evolution of police vehicles to come.
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Haiti Earthquake Donations [13 Jan 2010|09:54pm]

as you may or may not know I am the webmaster of servehaiti.org I am quite confident that all funds donated to them will go toward continuing to fund their currently existing and undamaged clinic in grand-bois Haiti which is currently treating earthquake survivors. If you are wanting to donate to assist earthquake survivors in Haiti or know someone who is I strongly suggest this organization. They have been on the ground with their clinic for years, and currently guarantee that ALL donated funds will go to maintaining the clinic or to other organizations that are reputable and have people on the ground there helping folks in need.
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histories [02 May 2009|08:46am]

A facilitator at a recent training I went to emphasized the political and communal aspects of street medicine, and how it has a history that should be honored, with beginnings in the Civil Rights era. He inspired in me a desire for a deeper connection to street medicine as a movement, its medics and supporters, its philosophies and the way they've evolved.

Can any of you point me to some zines or books or websites where I can find stories and histories of the street medic movement? Personal stories and thoughts are welcome, too.
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Great Community Health exhibit [10 Mar 2009|05:19pm]

Hey all
I'm currenty in grad school for museum studies and one of the team that put this amazing community health exhibit together came and spoke to us. It's called Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health.
I thought it would interest all of you (the on-line exhibit or the real actual one if you are in the DC area). I mentioned to her that I'm a medic and she said she would love to get feed back from folks in the community health world.  So check it out. the link is below, and please pass on the link to others you think might be interested.

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[27 Jan 2009|03:27pm]

Do any of you folks organize in Boston? I recently tried to get in touch with the seemingly-defunct BALM Squad but never got a response.

I'm hoping to move there rather soon, and I'd be very interested in getting involved in autonomous-health and street-medic organizing, but I'm not sure if there's much of an active presence in the city anymore.

Anyone have any insight?
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Tetris as a PTSD preventative [08 Jan 2009|04:08pm]

This is an interesting study about preventing post-traumatic stress via computer games, though its practicality remains in question- it wouldn't be feasible to have hundreds or thousands of people playing tetris more or less simultaneously, and furthermore, after a police riot, there would likely be no nearby space safe enough to conduct such a mass event. But I'm putting this here, because I post lots of medic-related stuff here goddammit, and it's almost becoming one of my journals at this point!

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street medics in 1968 [25 Sep 2008|11:04pm]


From the Chicago Tribune. The more things change...

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Medics targetted at RNC [03 Sep 2008|11:18pm]

There is an unprecedented crackdown on street medics in the Twin Cities, over 10 have been arrested, some with felony charges. Additionally, metal baton rounds as well as wooden baton rounds have been used. Medic packs have been confiscated and held.

Please call the following offices:

  • St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman (651.266.8510)
  • Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher (651.266.9333)
  • County Chief Judge Gearin (651.266.8266)

And demand the following:

  • Immediate medical attention as needed for ALL arrestees;
  • That the prisoners who haven’t given their names (Jane, John, and Jesse Does) have access to group meetings with a lawyer;
  • Dismissal of all charges; and
  • Release of all minors.

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add/subtract/modify this list? [25 Jun 2008|10:43pm]

Alternatives to self injuryCollapse )

I found this on someone's lj, but I forgot whose...
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Slogans [23 May 2008|06:32pm]

I want to stencil a few shirts for the conventions and general wear at actions.  I'm jealous of the NLG (aren't we all?) and their awesome shirts with things like "NLG... we do it for free." And "NLG... because rich people already have lawyers."  And their newest- "Keep your dissidence."

All I've come up with so far is "First, do no harm.  Second, smash the state."  I've been informed some people had those in NYC '04, but I'm still proud that I came up with it.

Other ideas?
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tazer technology [28 Apr 2008|10:54am]

does anybody have experience with this new tazer technology (looks like a quidditch ball) and gives shocks to the person trying to remove the barbs?
I would like to know more....I know the Denver Police just bought some
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[18 Dec 2007|10:47pm]

Hello all,
I was wondering about people's experiences with being targeted by police at actions.  
I was thinking about how, while the police do watch me (assuming I'm flagging as a medic), I don't feel particularly singled out.  They watch me at the big (500-5000) person marches because I position myself next to or behind the black bloc, so of course I get lots of attention then, but I feel like it I went away from the bloc, the police wouldn't follow me.

At smaller actions, 10-50 people having dance parties and banner drops at banks or other organizations, I don't feel I've ever gotten more than one or two looks from police- of course, at the smaller things I'm less likely to flag as a medic, since I can see when someone needs me and don't need to be called (and organizers know who I am).  Also, I think at smaller actions, police are on better behavior because they're more likely to be noticed making false arrests.  It seems it would be harder for them to say that *I* was "in the street" (or doing whatever else They decided we can't do at that time) if only 20 people were there and only one was in the street.  But of course, at those small actions when police can see every person, I'm less likely to DO anything sketchy like jaywalk, because an arrested medic isn't much good to the protestors.

What are other people's thoughts on police targeting medics?  Ever been arrested because you're a medic- ever been let go because you're a medic?
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Street medics and sexual assault [10 Dec 2007|11:40pm]

It's come to my attention that a person who was a street medic (maybe not active anymore, he medicked in 2002, but not anything more recent that I know of) is a sexual assaulter. Is there any precedent that would lend a protocol to deal with this situation? Anything would be appreciated, since I'm not aware of any process to deal with this.

Don't ask me about specifics of the case, as I am working on making an announcement with pictures and detailed information.
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street medic training east coast? [30 Nov 2007|12:06pm]

Are they happening, or will we just have to go around training af medics like wildfire?
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[22 Oct 2007|01:48pm]

 Anyone on here from Seattle?  A friend and I are coming up from Portland for Saturday's action.  Anyone want to connect?  Even if you're not going to be there, just knowing other people who exist in Seattle would be nice.
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[20 Oct 2007|10:27pm]

 I completed a Wilderness First Aid training today.  The instructor said several funny things I wrote down and thought I'd share them here-

"Generally speaking, people should not have things leaking out of them."

Instructor:  "I like to carry a multi tool with a saw on it in case I need to saw a limb off."
Student 1:  "Wha......."
Student 2:  "A tree limb."

I have some notes (about 16 pages) from the WFA (20 hours) training that I'll share here when I get them typed up.  People have to promise not to use the notes as training- my intent would be that people with a higher level of cert than WFA (WFR or above) can look over the notes, take the parts they want, make the changes they desire, and use them to design trainings at levels lower than WFA.
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[06 Oct 2007|10:23am]

 I posted this to the unsentletters forum this morning, thought people here might enjoy it, too.

 Dear Nazis,

We don't want you here. In fact, we don't want you anywhere.  But you've chosen to be here with us in Portland this weekend, and that's why we're going to come out today en masse and show the city, and the nation, that you are NOT supported.

Please don't stab me.  I see from the record of your gang that you've had many murders and attempts chalked up to you.  Just because I'm a queer activist who supports the other groups you stand against (listed as Jews, minorities, queers and activists) doesn't mean it's okay for you to stab me.  So please don't.

Please don't stab anyone, as matter of fact.  I'm a Street Medic and my scope doesn't really extend to stab wounds.  Please don't make me learn to treat them on site.

Please don't tell me you're here expressing your freedom of speech.  Heard the phrase, "your rights end where another's rights begin"?  When you are here expressing your hatred, you make it impossible for those groups you stand against to express THEIR freedoms, of speech, of assembly, of safety in their own homes.  So don't tell me I'm oppressing you; I'm not, I'm helping Them (which includes Me).



Dear Police,

Please don't shoot anyone today.  We're out there because we don't like the Nazis, and I bet you don't either.  We don't really like you, and you don't like us, but the Nazis don't like you either, so for today maybe you could hold off on the excessive use of force against the progressives, huh?

No?  Bummer.  Well, that's why I'll be there, to mop up the mess you leave behind. 

I'm not even going to ask you to aim your chemical and less-lethal weapons at the Nazis- because then I have to answer the ethical question of, "Do I medic a Nazi?"  I don't want to answer that.  So please keep your hands, and your weapons, to yourselves.

And please don't arrest us, either.  We're within our rights to gather in a park, or to walk around town getting our message out.  We know that you don't arrest us so we go to jail later- you arrest us to get us out of the area at that time, and if the next day the DA drops the charges, you've still won.  Please don't do that today, it's too important and too high risk.

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trainings in dc? [05 Oct 2007|05:30pm]

Are there going to be any medic trainings in the vicinity of DC this month (october?). I doubt there will be, but I figured I'd ask just in case.
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Orlando Activists Need Your Help! [17 Sep 2007|10:18am]

United for Peace and Justice will be bringing "massive regional demonstrations" to 10 cities in the United States on October 27th, and Orlando has just been added to the list.

UCF sds is spear-heading the effort, and we desperately need help in the first-aid area. We are looking for both volunteers and medics who would be willing to give us workshops and teach us what we will need to know for the demonstration.

If you are interested, please e-mail Yesenia Garcia or UCF sds.

Thank you,


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blood blister help wanted [31 Aug 2007|10:06pm]

so i smashed the tip of my finger in one of those chairs with a flip up desk and now have a half centemeter diamiter VERY painful blood blister. any tips for making it not be quite so? can i put arnica on it? should i just take some asprin and hope that does the trick? ice it?
any ideas or experiance greatly appreciated.
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