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Disclaimer: Anonymous is still the internet hate machine, Anonymous is still legion, Anonymous stilldoes not forgive, Anonymous still does not forget, Anonymous is still to be expected. This hasimportant info for street-medics but I do not claim to be able to give medical advice. PLEASE SHAREor trolololooooo on my friends. 1.We are,2.The Anon Medics3.@AnonMedics «http://twitter.com/#!/anonmedics))4.anonmedic@hushmail.comCopy pasta fromhttp://pastehtml.com/view/b57sj5taz.rtxt
Anonymous has evolved.Originally a nebulous collective dedicated to waging electronic warfare against disparate groups,Anonymous moved our actions into the real world with the advent of Operation Clambake, an anti-Church of Scientology information and protest movement in 2008. The Chanology protestssimultaneously assembled thousands of Anons all over the world to voice our objections to the corruptand exploitative practices of Scientology. Now, following multiple episodes of police brutality in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas,Anonymous is expanding again, now standing in direct opposition to armed government institutionssuch as the San Francisco and Fullerton Police Departments, as well as the Bay Area Rapid TransitPolice.Confronting a paramilitary force—which has repeatedly shown itself to be both erratic and violent inresponse to imagined threats—means that Anonymous itself must change to meet the challenges of street-level activism. Every army has its medical corps, and we are the Anonymous Street Medics.Street medics are not a new concept. Originally seen during the African-American Civil RightsMovement and the protests against the Vietnam War, street medics are volunteer activists who attend political actions equipped with the knowledge and inventory necessary to give medical aid to protestersand civilians in need. As social movements gain momentum and attract attention, they becomeincreasingly likely to come up against those who would maintain the status quo, rather than allowmeaningful change —in short, the State. Metropolitan police represent the most immediate physicalthreat to those who attempt to change the system, even via peaceful means. A demand as simple as“please stop shooting unarmed citizens on public transit platforms” can and will be met with violentresistance from the state and its police force.Into this volatile situation, where there exists a real threat of violence perpetrated against protestmovements, come street medics. This guide hopes to serve as both a basic primer for those hoping totake a medical role in situations of civil unrest, as well as a set of guidelines for anyone wishing toidentify as an Anon Medic.1. TrainingThe amount of training one seeks out before becoming a street medic varies, depending on the dutiesone intends to perform during political action. Don’t mislead other activists about your level of medicaltraining or competency—be upfront with them about your supplies and abilities. It is better that theycall for outside medical assistance immediately, rather than wait to find you, only to hear that youcannot treat them. That said, one need not do more than carry water for other protesters, or bandages,or sunscreen, to make a difference. Even this minor effort can mean the difference between activistsstaying in the street, or having to go home for water, food, or medical treatment.When a potential medic decides to start offering protest support, they should consider taking a professional first aid/CPR course. Learning proper treatment techniques for cuts, bruises, and other injuries is important, as inexperienced attempts at administering aid can potentially worsen an injuryand leave the wounded worse off than they would have been without your intervention. This is another reason it’s extremely important to be honest with yourself and your fellow protesters about your levelof medical ability.
Further study can include training as an Emergency Medical Technician, Wilderness First Responder,or Paramedic. These require increasing levels of time and financial investment, so use your own judgment about how much time and money you can expend. Potential medics employed by institutionsthat may take issue with their involvement in political action (such as ambulance crews, governmentorganizations, and so on) would do well to disguise themselves as fully as possible before being seenand photographed taking part in any activism.Disclaimer: Recently, the street medic community has seen a large influx of medics practicingherbalism, eastern medicine, and other “alternative therapies”. Ultimately it is an individual decision touse these techniques or not, but the Anonymous Street Medics are strongly in favor of scientifically proven medicine and as such cannot condone alternative medicine under any circumstances, particularly “homeopathy”.2. EquipmentStreet medicine is an inherently defensive action, as it is a direct response to offensive violence by the police. Medics should equip themselves accordingly. Inventory should be dictated by potentialopposition, which can vary widely when confronting a heavily-armed, paranoid police force. Equippingoneself on the side of caution is advisable, as one well-protected medic can do far more good than threemedics who fell to tear gas. Below is a guideline inventory list for a well-equipped medic. Add or remove from this list as personal weight limit, resources, expected challenges, and range of motiondictates.1.Clothing that covers as much skin as possible, without being overly hot or restrictive.Remember: you may have to run. SF Anon Medics wear black clothing with red medicalcrosses, to make themselves easy to find in crowds. Nylon will dissipate heat and sweat easily,as well as protect the skin (to some degree) against chemical agents. DO NOT WEAR CONTACT LENSES. Tear gas or pepper spray can become trapped between the contact lenses,and your eyes. Cargo pants or BDUs with accessible pockets can come in handy, as can hip bags, utility belts or tackle vests.2.Gas mask, tested to be sure of a good seal. Something recently-manufactured with a 40mmthreading will be the most reliable and compatible with easily-found filters. Israeli civilian gasmasks are inexpensive and easy to find. Check websites like Sportsmansguide.com for militarysurplus supplies.3.Unbroken NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) gas mask filter.4.Protective shoes that will still allow quick movement. No open toed, strappy, or high-heeledshoes. You may need to run, and your toes will be stepped on in crowds.5.Ace (or equivalent) bandages for strains and splinting.6.Gauze wraps7.Gauze pads8.Nonstick pads9.Triangle bandage10.Wound closure strips11.Tape (paper or plastic, not electrical)

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