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15 days left to Help send the Rosehip Medics to Charlotte and Tampa!

Being that this is the summer of an election year, we will be sure to hear much about the Democratic and Republican National Conventions (in Charlotte, NC & Tampa, FL) and the mass protests that accompany them. Portland's own Rosehip Medic Collective is currently preparing to attend and offer free medical support at these protests. Before heading out, the Rosehips are making July a month of preparation with Indiegogo fundraising (http://igg.me/p/120623), an epic queer dance party, and a Street Medic Training (Aug 3-5)
The Rosehips medics are preparing for travel to offer free medical support at mass protests of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in Charlotte, NC and Tampa, FL (Aug 27th-Sept 6th). In 2008, Collective members offered vital Good Samaritan and harm reduction care to Convention protestors?and this election year (which promises another wave of popular protest) the Rosehips will again present basic assessment, first aid, and emergency services free-of-charge in the streets. To this end, we are making July a month of preparation, with Indiegogo fundraiser (http://igg.me/p/120623) -- social network & fundraising site, like Kickstarter; $2000 needed by July 24th!! Queers with Benefits--Queer dance party, raffle & fundraiser, with DJ ROY G BIV of BENT fame; Street Medic* Training (Aug 3-5)-- 20 hours of instruction on Street Medicking, from basic assessment to all kinds of care--all for $25-50. Pre-registration required (email rosehipmedics@gmail.com for info or registration) Fundraising Depending on funds raised, we will send between 4 and 8 highly-trained and experienced Street Medics* to the East Coast. In addition to hundreds of dollars individual Rosehips are committing to this Convention season, the group needs to raise a minimum of $2000 in travel expenses. Without contributions now, some of us will be forced to reconsider our plans in light of survival needs (like rent), which could mean fewer queer medics in the streets and wellness spaces of Charlotte and Tampa this year. [In the highly unlikely event that we over-fundraise for our travel needs this Convention season, we will use the funds for any legal needs (eg. bail, citations, replacing damaged/confiscated equipment, court expenses, etc.) that arise for us, or we will contribute to legal funds of other medics and high-risk (People of Color, LGBTQ, undocumented, etc) individuals.] Who we are: The Rosehip Medic Collective is a group of volunteer, primarily queer-identified Street Medics* and healthcare activists based in Portland, Oregon. We provide first aid and emergency care at protests, direct actions, encampents, and other sites of resistance and struggle. We have also trained hundreds of other street medics and put on community wellness trainings for activists from houseless, queer, forest defense, student, economic justice, and other communities. We believe in democratizing healthcare knowledge and skills, in reducing dependence on corporate medicine, and that strong networks of support and care are essential to building sustainable, long-term movements for all liberatory struggles. As medics, we work to create one facet of the healthy and diverse infrastructure we believe necessary to sustaining social justice movements and building a better world. Our group includes EMTs, Wilderness First Responders, herbalists, community educators and more. To request our group's support at an action/event?or for information about our group, medical support, and trainings, please visit www.rosehipmedics.org *What's a "Street Medic"?* Street Medics have been a regular feature of grassroots social justice movements since the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964, when doctors, nurses and students marched in solidarity with Civil Rights protestors and offered free Good Samaritan care. While local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) reguarly play a part in government response to large protests, police regularly withhold ambulance crews where they see an interest in controlling or arresting crowds. Add to this the expense and sometimes-frightening experience of seeking conventional emergency response, and many people choose to go without cruical first aid and aftercare?or to stay home. Past mass mobilizations in Denver, Pittsburgh and elsewhere have seen collaboration between Street Medics and city EMS. Most recently street medics joined with social justic-inclined healthcare practitioners across North America to support local "Occupy!" activists, campers, and visitors. Help send the Rosehip Medics to Charlotte and Tampa!

homepage: homepage: http://igg.me/p/120623