November 29, 2016

A long time coming, but busy days.  What has NSHC been doing?

-Two 20-hour street medic trainings in Cleveland prior to the RNC, supporting actions during the RNC. 7/2016

-Jail support for arrestees from the Governor’s Mansion encampment  St. Paul, MN 7-8/2016

-One 20-hour street medic training for women of color in St. Paul, MN.  10/2016

-Supporting the medics and healers at Standing Rock. 9-11/2016

…. and more soon!  See our Facebook page for more updates.

Street Medic Training

September 7, 2015

In the interest of providing health care to our communities, we are organizing another 20-hour street medic training!  Please plan to attend the entire course.  There are breaks on Sat and Sun to allow you to tend to your lives, but the training is one event.

This ~20 hour course is designed to provide the participants with basic first aid skills, as well as specialized skills focused on protest situations.
Skills taught are patient assessment, treatment for wounds, head/neck injuries, illnesses/allergic reactions, heat and cold concerns, chemical burns, “less lethal” weapons injuries, when to seek higher medical care, and general preparedness for changing or unpredictable situations.
Street Medicine is not only for protesters: the course is designed to empower participants to take an active role in keeping themselves and their communities healthy and safe, while reducing their dependence on industrialized medical systems that are often inaccessible or hostile to many people.

When: Friday March 4th, 2016 5:00pm-9:00pm;

Saturday March 5th, 2016 9:00am-12:00p, 1:00pm-6:00pm;

Sunday March 6th, 2016 9:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Minnehaha Free Space, 3747 Minnehaha Ave Minneapolis, MN 55406

To join contact the facilitator Kat Donnelly at northstarhealth@gmail.com

If you prefer to register through EXCO: http://excotwincities.org/2015/08/30/street-medic-training-september/

Street Medic Training

July 24, 2012

As the RNC/DNC conventions approach again and Occupy continues their fight, we find the need for health care in our communities undiminished and still plenty of interest in becoming able to care for ourselves.

To that end, we are having another 20hr training!

August 17th  5p-9p
August 18th-19th  9a-12a, 1p-6p

Training will be held at Minnehaha Free Space

Please register through EXCO for more information:


In addition to the upcoming training, North Star Health Collective is happy to host Herbal Medicine for Activists!

Friday, March 23, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Come learn about common plants that have a wide variety of uses. Getting
to know the plants where you are; those that are within reach are going to
be the most useful in an emergency. The workshop includes Herbs for
Prevention, Resilience, First Aid, Recovery, and Rejuvenation. This
workshop is for activists and health care workers supporting social and
environmental causes or campaigns. Training in first aid is helpful but
not required. You must register to attend.

Sign up at info@serpentine-project.org or call (715) 977-0908

Leah Wolfe, MPH, is an herbalist from Luck, WI. She studied herbal
medicine at the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine and public health
at Portland State University. She is the project manager of the Serpentine
Project – an educational endeavor that protects and cultivates medicinal
plants and traditional approaches to healing through workshops, plant
walks, and consultations.

Other details: This workshop is offered on a sliding-scale basis – no one
is turned away for lack of funds and trade options may be available.
Suggested donation: $20-40. We will host a potluck dinner after the
workshop, please bring a dish to share if you’d like to join us.

Location: Minnehaha Free Space

the serpentine project
ser pen tine (noun) c.1408, plant reputed to contain antivenom
http://serpentine-project.org * info@serpentine-project.org

Street Medic Training

February 9, 2012

As Occupy MN continues through the winter, and the G8/NATO protests coalesce, we find the need for health care in our communities continues, and there is more interest in becoming able to care for ourselves. To that end, we are having another training!

March 23rd 9a-1p
March 24th 9a-12a, 1p-6p
March 25th 12p-8p

Friday session will be held at Minnehaha Free Space

Saturday/Sunday sessions will be held at Powderhorn Park building

See EXCO for more information:


Psychological First Aid Training

A workshop for those part of the #occupy movement, especially geared towards street medics, healers & any other service providers, but open to ALL.

Sunday, November 6th, 2011  1-3pm
Room N202, Central Library, Downtown Minneapolis

Learn & Practice Skills to:
-Help someone who has recently been traumatized or exposed to violence
-Assist someone who is having intense emotional or psychological issues
-Be aware of your own & each others’ vicarious & secondary trauma & the necessity of self-care
-Reduce PTS (post traumatic stress) for new and ‘repeat’ activists and service providers
-Discuss & strategize specific experiences & possibilities about the mental health needs at OccupyMN

In this workshop we will also draw connections between our lives and the trauma and violence that our current socioeconomic system results in every day. We will also touch on a critique of the current model of mental health and talk about some of the other mental and emotional health issues that are being seen at Occupy spaces around the country.

North Star has been quiet, but not dormant for some time now. As Occupy Wall Street enters its second month and Occupy MN heads towards its third week, we find ourselves reawakening and reaffirming our points of unity and our belief in health care for all.

To that end, we are having a training this weekend!

Oct. 21 3p-9p
Oct. 22 9a-3p
Oct. 23 9a-3p

See EXCO for more information:

Sunday, June 7th 5:30 – 8:30

Walker Community Church, 3104 16th Ave S., Minneapolis

Months later, we in the Twin Cities are finding that we are still reeling from the Republican National Convention protests. This free event is meant to help address continuing problems, and begin to heal damage that wasn’t immediately apparent.

Open to anyone still dealing with emotional, psychological and/or physical issues related to the RNC. Specifically, it is for people who were detained, arrested or beaten in September, and for activists (or those close to them) who worked or are working on issues related to the RNC.


  • A free meal. (Bring something to share if you can.)
  • Two workshop blocks: Self-care and friend-care.
  • Individual healing sessions with massage therapists, acupuncturists, and counselors.
  • Aftercare information and referrals to rad, low-cost healers.

RSVP’s are appreciated, especially for those seeking individual sessions.

For more information or to RSVP, email irenernc@gmail.com.

A long overdue update

May 24, 2009

Between taking personal time, working on other projects, and going through school, we haven’t been very active over the last months. However, here are a few updates we have:

  • Of the 14+ medics arrested from September 1st to 4th, no one has been found guilty of their charges. One medic was acquitted of several misdemeanors by jury trial. Another was found guilty of unlawful assembly, only to have the conviction overturned and case dismissed due to poor jury instructions. Information from TC Indymedia. Several other medics have received letters formally declining prosecution.
  • We have a referral list of healers who are compatible with radicals and offer affordable/negotiable fees. Email northstarhealth@gmail.com if you would like a copy.
  • Medics and supplies are available to provide support for events and protests. Email us if you would like us around.

Images of Less Lethal Weapons

September 4, 2008

This is what the police are shooting at people out there. These specimens were collected around 9:00 PM on September 2nd from St. Peter Street, between 7th and 6th. They were shot from near Mickey’s diner after the Poor People’s March on Tuesday.

Fragment of foam-tipped bullet. This is orange; I have seen blue and green ones as well. Not sure what the difference is.

Foam-tipped bullet (top).

Metal baton round, which are fired out of a grenade launcher at a high velocity. They are filled with irritating “pepper powder,” which is ejected on impact.

Wooden baton round, also fired from a grenade launcher. These have a tendency to splinter on impact.

Fragmented flash-bang grenade. The unexploded unit is likely something similar to this.

Additionally, I have personally seen paintball-like marker projectiles and (obviously) lots of pepper spray. I have also heard numerous reports of tear gas, but none of those (to my knowledge, which is by no means complete) have been 100% confirmed.

If you see any less-lethals laying on the streets, please collect & document them (but, please, only if it is safe to do so). It is imperative to share any information we have on police conduct, and in the event of a lawsuit, physical examples of their weapons will be very useful.