History of the Anarchist Street Medic

Spannender Artikel beim Boston Phoenix über die Geschichte der DIY-Mediziner, die auf Protesten seit den 60ern erste Hilfe leisten.

Anarchistic, high-energy, and self- organized, street medics have been part of activist counterculture since the 1960s, with major presences at civil-rights protests, anti–Vietnam War actions, the American Indian Movement's occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973, anti-globalization protests in the 1990s and early aughts, and most recently, at Occupy encampments internationally. Street medics also take their skills to disaster areas: there were medics in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in Haiti after the earthquake.

Some medics have formal EMS training, but most are just trained by other medics. In typical "fuck the system, let's build our own world" punk fashion, they reject the necessity of legal medical licensing. Instead, over the decades, they've amassed their own set of traditions and protocols, their own collectives and conferences.

Anarchistic and self-trained, are street medics the future of first aid? (via Anarchist News)