What is North Star Health Collective?
The North Star Health Collective includes health care workers, students and community activists. It was created to provide a meaningful response to the Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul September 1-4, 2008. We coordinated and provided health care services, resources, and training to ensure the safety of our community – the weeks before, during, and after the RNC. Thousands of community members and families attended protests against the RNC.
Going forward, we continue to provide health care and support to a diverse array of causes. We believe in a broad definition of health that includes human dignity and rights for all. We reject the idea that health care should be distributed based on ability to pay.
Membership is open to all who share our principles of unity.
What are our Principles of Unity?
Our principles of Unity:
· Resist the commercialization and corporatization of our health care.
· Organize on the principles of decentralization, autonomy, sustainability, and mutual aid.
· Work to end all relationships of domination and subjugation, including but not limited to those rooted in patriarchy , race, class, xenophobia, and homophobia
What are the Goals of North Star Health Collective? What do you do?
Our Goals include:
· Support the movements that share our principles of unity.
· Train new street medics
· Assist in staffing existing wellness clinics to meet increased demand for services.
· Bridge the gap between the streets and the medical system.
· Support long term networks to provide affordable, quality health care for all.
Who is involved?
Our organizing collective care includes health providers—from physicians, nurses, healers, herbalists to doulas. Many of us are also long term community organizers with diverse experience across a range of social sectors—affordable housing, environmental justice, women’s health, human rights. Besides health care organizing, we have interests and ongoing projects in labor movements, deconstructing white privilege, promoting an anti-rape culture, standing up against police brutality, and supporting political prisoners, to name a few.
How are you working with organizers and protest planners?
We work in alliance with mainstream and anti-authoritarian organization to create a safe and healthy events. We stand in solidarity with the need for diverse strategies and tactics. We will not denounce fellow activists or organizations. That said, we believe in harm reduction. We are working behind the scenes to reduce risks. We believe in maintaining open lines of communication.
What are street medics?
How can I get involved? How can my organization get help from the North Star Health Collective?
We’re happy to work with you as long as you share our points of unity. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions