We were there in Seattle.
We were in Cancun when Kun Hai Lee plunged a knife into his chest in order to be heard. We were in Oakland when the police shot wooden dowels into fleeing protesters' backs. We were in Miami when we were all hunted down by a militarized police force, the copters lurking as the "less-lethal" weapons flew at us.
We are the Street Medics. A loose network of grassroots health care providers that go where EMTs cannot tread, into the chaos and confusion of political unrest. We are there, at your side, when you need us.
And we need your help.
Street Medics are organizing and converging on New York City at this very moment, preparing the infrastructure that will support the community health needs of all the people of all the demonstrations. But without your help we won't be able to do this. We need to rent, buy, or acquire UHF radios, base stations, and repeaters, build chemical decontamination stations, purchase liability insurance for spaces that are hosting us, purchase medical supplies, metrocards, and a thousand other tiny things. It all adds up, and we are generally funded out of our own pockets. And
right now, our pockets are empty.
Please give what you can, in money, equipment, supplies, or come to a training and give yourself. But to be honest, we need the money to secure communications equipment and host spaces for our Wellness Centers. We need $2,000 for the radios, and $5,000 altogether.
If we don't achieve this, we will still be there. In the streets, at your side, at 2 in the morning. But we won't be able to be as available as we could be. But whatever happens, we will be there, with our duct tape, our first aid, our skills, and our passion.
Please be there for us.
646 420 3758
(this funding effort is being coordinated by MANYC(The Medical Activists
of New York City) Serving the public health, and the health of the Republic. For more information check out http://www.takethestreets.org
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