Getting Ready: Protest Safety Workshops & Call for Patient Volunteers



  • 6-9 pm, Friday Jan 13th: Cramer Hall 150, Portland State University (1721 SW Broadway, PDX)
  • 11a-1pm, Sat Jan 14th at PICA, 415 SW 10th Ave) for the First 100 Days-United in Resistance event
  • 2-5pm, Sat Jan 14th at Sunnyside Community House (3520 SE Yamhill St) for Stand Together: A Day of Action Workshop
  • Please follow for other dates; if you want to host a workshop, email us

During this 2-3 hour workshop, we discuss ways to prepare yourself for the next demonstration, occupation, or whatever else may be on the horizon. We cover everything from warm layers (no cotton!) to jail support and the proper treatments for pepperspray. Free and open to all.

No pre-registration required for Friday’s event, which is wheelchair accessible and includes a nearby gender neutral bathroom. Check out the other facebook events for RSVP and accessibility information.



Call for Patient Volunteers,   Jan 7th, 8th, & 15th

volunteer-unicornIn anticipation of the 2017 Presidential Inauguration on Jan 20th, Rosehip is doing something we’ve never tried before: 3 street medic trainings in 2 months (!!!)

But we very much need your help to train these new medics to support protesters. It’s just a couple hours of your time but makes for the most important and memorable part of our trainings. You needn’t be an amazing actor, and we have patient roles that involve invisible injuries/illnesses as well as those that get fake blood or moulage (let us know your preference)

Email to sign up as a patient volunteer this Sat and/or Sun (Jan 7th  & 8th) 2:30-5pm each day – or next Sunday (Jan 15th) around mid-day (exact time TBA).  We’ll send you details and try to answer your questions as well.




January 15th the Rosehip Medic Collective will offer an 8-hour Street Medic Bridge Training.  This is a training for people with current or recent medical training and experience (EMTs, Wilderness First Responders, nurses, doctors, combat medics, community healthcare workers) and a desire to learn some of the hows and whys of applying that training in settings of protests and liberatory movements.

This one-day training covers much of the same material as our 20 hour Street Medic curriculum, but assumes that participants arrive with a confident grasp of their own patient assessment system and interventions–and builds on that training with street medic practice, anti-oppression approach, responding to police violence, and more.  If you’re interested, but are unsure whether this training is right for you, email us your questions.


Email us asap to reserve your spot now.  This will fill fast!

The training will take place on Sunday, January 15th, 9am-6:30 pm, including 90 minutes of lunch and breaks

What’s a Street Medic?”

Street medics are volunteers with varying degrees and modalities of training who provide basic first aid, comfort care, assessment, and other kinds of assistance to groups and in situations often neglected by traditional institutions–including protests, encampments, disaster areas, marginalized/under-served communities.  Unlike conventional emergency medical services (9-1-1), street medics receive special training around police violence, working with liberatory movements and community organizations, and emphasis on consent and patient autonomy. A 20-hour street medic training is the informal standard across North America for people filling this role. For more about street medics, see the Street Medic Wiki.

Street medics come from all skill levels, as much EMTs, nurses, herbalists, or doctors as people with no formal first aid training or licensure.  The training is holistic, focusing on preparation, actions and aftercare—as well as how to approach offering care in unsafe scenes, for populations that experience many forms of oppression, and with above all strong emphasis on consent.  Participants leave with useful tools and framework to start work as street medics.

This training includes:

  • the why’s, what’s, how’s and ethics of street medicking
  • action preparedness and safety
  • navigating EMS and calls for additional resources in the context of a protest
  • police violence and chemical weapons
  • use of herbs in the streets and for aftercare
  • a realistic scenario to practice your skills in a protest scenario
  • and more!

Registration & logistics

Please email to register, receive logistical information, or have your questions answered.

Location will be accessible by transit, bike, and car/carpool, with elevator access, gender-neutral restrooms, and wheelchair-accessible training space. Childcare and housing can often be arranged, given notice.  We strive to make our trainings accessible, safe and supportive for all people and will work with you beforehand to try to meet your needs and goals. Please email us with questions.

Please note that we ask a $20-50 sliding scale donation, starting with a $10 deposit to hold your place. These funds cover training supplies and support our work in the community. If this ask would represent a barrier to participation, please email us to request alternate arrangements.  Trained street medics are invited to review/refresh any part of the training at no charge or by donation.

Registration is limited & we can only hold spots for folks committed to the whole day. If you don’t have time for the whole training, get in touch–we will be offering shorter Health and Safety workshops and need volunteer patients/other roles to make these trainings a success.


We are looking for people to help us provide food and childcare for this training, free of cost.  We will also require help in the form of volunteer patients and can offer training, eternal appreciation, and sometimes zines or cute merch in return.  Email us at if interested.

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

Rosehip Medic Collective:

Street Medic Wiki:


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