Third update on the callout

This is our third update on the public callout of a former collective member, Max, who last month chose to leave the Rosehip Medic Collective. This report-back is to inform people of Max’s decision and to update our community on what the collective has been and is doing in response to the callout.

The callout came from three of Max’s ex-partners and included dissatisfaction with how the collective had responded when contacted privately. In an effort at transparency and to model what we consider best practices toward healing, our two statements issued in March and July contain descriptions of our process and list a number of commitments we made to maintain safety and to grow as a group, as well as a link to the original callout. We welcome questions and clarifications, and will respond to them as well as we can.

In December Max voluntarily ended his membership in our collective. He shared a large amount of his personal process with us over the past months, and he leaves for reasons related to his own needs. Over the last year, we have remained in constant dialogue about our observations and expectations of Max, the limitations we placed on his participation, and his presence in our community. We have appreciated Max’s participation in this dialogue. We intend to remain in supportive communication with him, his partners, and immediate community as best we can even though we will no longer be seeing him regularly or formally.

Here are the most recent and ongoing steps we have taken as a collective since the callout, in order to strengthen our ability to support our community as medics:

  • We held a study group of the entire the collective and some additional community members around survivor support and various models of community-based justice, accountability, and responses to violence and harms perpetrated in queer and trans communities. We value the lessons learned from these readings and discussions, and welcome suggestions of further resources.
  • We continue to send collective members to obtain outside training in best practices for supporting survivors of violence and abuse – and seek to integrate that training with our collective’s own trainings and practice.
  • Though Max has left our collective, we continue our commitments to discussions and training for response to callouts, abuse, and harm. Abuse and violence happen in every community, and we are all capable of experiencing harm or perpetrating it. Because of this, we consider engaging with trauma, violence, consent, and privilege as key to all healing and anti-oppression work.
  • We continue to welcome and appreciate the messages we’ve received, both positive and critical, because we see them as indication that people in communities of resistance are committed to grappling with the complexity and pain of addressing abuse, assault, trauma, callouts, justice, accountability, growth, and healing.

In solidarity.

Rosehip Medics

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Help Needed for Upcoming Training

At this point, the November training is filled and we are collecting a waitlist.  This list DOES see movement, so you may contact us to be added and contacted for future trainings.

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WE ALSO NEED VOLUNTEER PATIENTS AND HELP TO PUT ON THESE TRAININGS.

These trainings are run on a tight sliding-scale budget–and we try to provide a lot. We rely heavily on the following kinds of help:

  • VOLUNTEER PATIENTS Saturday & Sunday 2-5
  • Donations of food or time prepping food
  • Printing & some medical supplies

If you are interested in volunteering or otherwise contributing to this work, please get in touch with us at rosehipmedics@gmail.com.  Thanks!!

 

This November 6th-9th the Rosehip Medic Collective are putting on a 20-hour Street Medic Training.

Our trainings are open to people of any skill level; we encourage EMTs to attend our trainings as strongly as we do people with no first aid background.  The training is holistic, focusing on preparation, actions and aftercare.  Participants leave with useful tools whether they plan on being a medic at every major protest or if they simply want basic first aid knowledge for their neighborhood.

The schedule is intensive, with one evening session (Friday) and two long days (Sat/Sun) that include hands-on practices and realistic scenarios.  We strive to make our trainings accessible, safe and supportive for all people and will work with you beforehand to make sure that your needs are met. Please let us know about any questions or concerns that might prevent you from training!

Our training includes:

  • the why’s, what’s, how’s and ethics of street medicking
  • action preparedness
  • patient assessment, basic first aid skills and life-saving techniques
  • when to call 911 and how to interact with Emergency Medical Services
  • police violence and chemical weapons
  • use of herbs in the streets and for aftercare
  • packing your first aid kit
  • and much more!

p19aG8protestMedicEyesv01The training will take place on the following dates:

-Friday, Nov 6th 5pm-9pm

-Saturday, Nov 7th, 9am-6:30pm

-Sunday, Nov 8th, 9am-6:30pm

The location is not yet public as we are finalizing some details.  It will be accessible by bike, car and public transportation.

Please note that we ask a $25-50 donation from all participants to cover our costs and fundraiser for collective members to attend the convention protests as medics.  We only require a $10 deposit to hold your place then you can pay the rest on or before the training dates.  If this payment would represent a serious barrier to your participation, please contact us early to make alternative arrangements

If you are interested in attending this training, please e-mail us (rosehipmedics@gmail.com) to begin the registration process.  Our last training filled rapidly, please get back to us as soon as possible.

We are only able to hold spots for participants that can commit to the full training.  If you are interested in our trainings but unable to commit for its entirety this time, we encourage you to volunteer as a scenario patient or in other support capacities.  We gratefully accept printing, food, supplies, and monetary donations.

For more information about us and being a street medic, please check out these links:

Rosehip Medic Collective:   http://www.rosehipmedics.org

Street Medic Wiki:   http://medic.wikia.com

Orientation to Street Medicking for Medical Providers:   http://wrttn.in/e08278

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