We are raising funds to bring three incredible activists to Seattle / Burien to provide an Emergency First Aid for the Community workshop. Sharena and Lesley, co-founders of Peoples Community Medics (Oakland), and Martine, co-founder of Ujimaa Medics (Chicago), will do a full day training Saturday, March 18th on how to respond to gunshot and knife wounds and other emergencies such as diabetic shock, seizures, and asthma attacks. On Sunday, March 19th well have an afternoon discussion on Where Do Medic Collectives Come From? Sharena, Lesley, & Martine will be sharing how they started their organizations, along with members of local medic collectives. Both organizations were founded by Black women and have been at the forefront of responding to emergency situations in Black, Brown and poor neighborhoods in Oakland and Chicago that often do not receive the same timely response from 911 ambulance services as other neighborhoods. These are the same communities that are brutalized by and neglected at best by the police. In short, since they will not care for our communities we need to do it ourselves. Since the recent presidential election, an increase in attacks motivated by White Supremacy, Islamophobia, and transphobia makes these skills relevant to our local communities now more than ever. With the prospect of the Affordable Care Act being cut, more people are not going to have access to basic healthcare. Resistance to state violence has grown and so must our sharing of knowledge on how to deal with the damage done by those in power. Building greater skills and capacity within our communities to look out for each other is an immediate need. These trainings will be free but we need to get the People's Community Medics and UMedics here and cover event costs! Expenses total $5650 and include: travel costs ($990), stipends ($1200), childcare ($360), ASL interpretation & translation ($1200), food ($400), supplies for 100 emergency kits for participants ($500), and location ($1000). Any leftover funds will be used for future events in the Reclaiming Health Series. Please look out for announcements on upcoming monthly trainings to continue to build skills in community together going forward. If you dont have money to throw down and / or you want to be more involved, please get in touch! Email [email protected]
! Were looking for food / drink donations, additional childcare and translation volunteers, help with outreach (do you love postering or handing out flyers??), emergency first aid kit supply donations, and help making the emergency kits (assembly party on March 11th, location TBD). Peoples Community Medics The Peoples Community Medics was founded in 2011 by Sharena Thomas and Lesley Phillips. As two members of the Oscar Grant Committee and learning of the refusal of the police to call an ambulance for 20 minutes for the fatally wounded Oscar Grant, we decided that our people need to learn basic emergency first aid so that we can help one another until an ambulance arrives. We reached out to a fellow activist who is a health worker and together we developed a curriculum for our training and learned how to treat seizures and bleeding traumas like gunshot wounds. Since March 2012 we have been giving free trainings in basic emergency first aid for treating seizures and bleeding trauma like gunshot wounds and stabbing to folks in Oakland, San Francisco, Richmond, Berkeley, Seattle and Oxnard. UMedics We are UMedics (U is for Ujimaa, Kiswahili for "collective work and responsibility,") a Black collective of community organizers, health workers, healers, parents and students that has been building a grassroots network of people around Chicago prepared to create health justice in their communities since 2015. We offer trainings in urban emergency first response, primarily to people who live in, or love people who live in communities where shootings often occur. We train on how to maneuver to protect yourself, how to help the injured, manage chaos, and what to do when the police and paramedics arrive. We also offer and are developing other emergency trainings, including how to prevent asthma attacks, as well as how to help someone having a mild to moderate asthma attack and prevent it from becoming more serious.