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RNC Response by the Rust Belt Street Medic Collective
This month’s Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland is expected to be “fueled by a volatile mix of forces.”
Thousands of protesters from across the political spectrum will attend RNC protests, and most will be peaceful. The likelihood of clashes between opposing political factions, as well as between those forces and the militarized, intense crowd control tactics being planned by the Cleveland Police Department, necessitates a larger than normal presence of trained street medics to provide care to everyone in the protest zone.
To meet this need, the Rust Belt Street Medic Collective is organizing approximately 100 street medics in Cleveland between July 13th and July 24th. This includes many local healthcare professionals trained in pre-convention street medic trainings offered by the Rust Belt Street Medic Collective. Street medics will be present during public events to provide wellness and emergency medical care to anyone in need.
The Rust Belt Wellness Center will be staffed by the Rust Belt Street Medic Collective as well as many local physicians, nurses, medical students, and other health care practitioners. This temporary facility will be open to all, providing care to those impacted by disruptions to, and gaps in, available health care in the city as well as protesters.
The Rust Belt Street Medic Collective needs to raise $5,000 to fully equip its street medics, First Aid stations, and fund the Wellness Center to treat the potentially large number of patients during events around the RNC. Your donation will help us purchase essential medical supplies, secure a location for the Wellness Center, and provide 20-hour trainings in street medicine and street medicine bridge trainings to advanced health care providers in Cleveland.
Your support will be indispensable in enabling us to launch an emergency medical response in Cleveland during the most critical weeks of this politically volatile summer. All donations are tax deductible through the Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN), the Rust Belt Street Medic Collective’s fiscal sponsor.
You can also support our work by donating medical supplies directly through our Amazon wishlist
Thank you for your support!
What are street medics? Street medics are volunteers with varying degrees of medical training, who help provide medical care in situations in which formal Emergency Medical Services (EMS) do not meet the needs of all, such as during protests and disasters, and in chronically underserved communities. Unlike EMS employees, who work for state-sponsored institutions, street medics operate as civilians with limited resources and are not protected from arrest.
Street medics originated in the U.S. during the Civil Rights Movement. They were first organized in 1964 as the Medical Presence Project (MPP) of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, the voluntary health corps of the Civil Rights Movement. The MPP evolved into the early street medic groups, who conceived of medicine as self-defense, and believed that anyone could be trained to provide basic care.