Major mobilizations are an important tool in political movements, a chance to stand together and demand the attention of those in power. However, convergences can also be hectic and stressful environments and protesters may be exposed to physical hazards such as poor weather conditions and militarized police crowd control tactics. In order to sustain our movements in the face of these obstacles, it is important to know how to keep yourself and other safe an healthy.
In preparation for the Peoples Climate March, the Boston Street Medics will hold a Protester Health and Safety training on Sunday, September 7th from 2-4pm at the Bikes Not Bombs Hub, 284 Amory St. in the Brewery Complex in Jamaica Plain. The space is mobility accessible, near Stony Brook Station on the orange line, and there is on- and off-street parking.
This session will cover the basics of buddy and affinity group safety, weather-related illness, police/arrest safety and advocacy, special needs and chronic illness awareness, and post-action emotional self-care. The focus of this training is on injury and illness prevention, staying safe in the streets, and knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do. There is no cost to attend the session, but please RSVP by Thursday, September 4th at http://tinyurl.com/PCMBosHS. Please email bostonstreetmedics(AT)riseup.net with any questions.