Street Medic Stories

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National first aid systems in most of the world came out of the medical corps of popular and liberation movements of the 1950s and 1960s. This was also true in the United States, where street medics were operating and training medics in Mississippi and New York City at least four years before the first statewide EMS program was established (in Maryland).

Street medics today are the result of convergent evolution at major moments of social change like Mississippi Freedom Summer, the movement to end the war in Vietnam, national movements for self-determination, second-wave feminist self-help collectives, the early days of the AIDS crisis, direct action for nuclear disarmament, direct action ecodefense, indigenous survival and resistance efforts, anti-globalization movements, Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, and anti-austerity movements.

Street medics have many stories and many traditions. Together we exist to support communities of resistance.

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