Guidelines for Membership:

As members of the North Star Health Collective, we strive to:

  • Adhere to an anti-oppression framework
    • Be aware of issues of oppression and vulnerability, and how they impact my relationships with other health care providers, the larger community, and the people to whom we provide care. These issues may include but are in no way limited to oppression of trans* people, genderqueer people, people of color, survivors of sexual assault, and im/migrants. I will incorporate sensitivity to these issues into the care I provide and my interactions with other health care providers.
  • Spread calm, stay humble, & speak from our own experiences
    • Act within the limits of my training and experience. Get more help whenever needed.
  • Be accountable for our actions. We value impact over intent.
    • Be accountable to the people to whom I provide care, for both the care delivered and the manner in which it is provided
  • Not cooperate with the state.
    • We will support someone to the best of our ability regardless of what kind of care they choose including institutional medicine.
    • Provide information to people I am treating about other care available, regardless of my beliefs about these therapies.
  • Provide care based on consent and individual autonomy.
  • Get clear and explicit consent for every part of your interaction with an injured person from initiating contact (can I help?) to touching (can I touch your shoulder?)
  • Treat every individual with respect, asking what their needs are and how I may be of help. Acknowledge that people hold different definitions of “health” and “wellness” and my services may not be the best option for the person being treated.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of the care provided and the people to whom it was provided. This includes information about specific injuries, as well as an individual’s name and any other personally identifying information (clothing, political insignia, etc.). I will, to the best of my ability, prevent media from photographing or otherwise documenting information about anyone to whom I am providing care.
  • Accept a person’s request for a different provider and do my best to find one.

 

These are grounds for being told to leave:

  1. Snitching
  2. Cooperating with law enforcement
  3. Talking to media (unless you are designated media spokesperson)
  4. We have no interest in working in a collective with people who perpetrate sexual assault or intimate partner violence.
  5. Theft (like of our stuff)
  6. Operating outside of scope and training

 


In addition, we sign on to the Minneapolis Principles (updated St. Paul Principles)

Minneapolis Principles
Accepted Reality Shared Principles
1. We aren’t organizing in moments; we are organizing in communities. We are committed to long-term strategy rooted in ongoing relationship building within and across our communities.
2. Tactics with different levels of risk cannot always be separated by time and space. Spontaneous and self-organized forms of resistance will occur. We respect a diversity of tactics. When we are trying to disrupt the actions of law enforcement, there is no safety zone.
3. The infrastructure we build can empower people to take risks in part by mitigating their consequences. We acknowledge the risks people take and take care of each other by developing the necessary infrastructure of radical support.
4. We cannot control the actions of others, true leadership is not control. We will organize with respect for the autonomous actions of other groups and individuals.
5. Many believe that nonviolence is the best tactic. Others believe that escalation of tactics is always necessary. Neither of these positions guarantee effective action. We support effective tactics that prevent and interrupt state efforts to detain members of our communities.
6. Whenever law enforcement is present, there is an inherent risk of arrest and state violence. We must take risks to achieve our goals. We honor the autonomy of others to make judgements about what kinds of risks they are able or not able to take in order to resist and survive. We will not make these judgements for other people or non-consensually increase one another’s exposure to state violence.
7. The state uses surveillance, infiltration, disruption, intimidation and violence to repress movements. We oppose repression of dissent by the state. We will not assist law enforcement actions against activists and others. Don’t be a snitch.
8. Divide and conquer techniques threaten movements. We resist divide and conquer techniques of all forms by not participating.

 

Don’t be a movement troll on social media.

Don’t feed the trolls.

9. There is always something to learn from reflecting on actions we take.

 

We address disagreements and mistakes directly with those involved. We will maintain our relationships by directly acknowledging discomfort and conflict.
10. Systems of oppression like white supremacy and patriarchy also threaten our movements even when they are not explicitly allied with the state. We are committed to the personal and collective work necessary to decolonize our movements.

 

11. Another world is possible. Our actions and tactics will be planned with long-term strategy in mind. We will strive to not be reactionary. Instead, we will organize towards our collective liberation at every moment.
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