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Riot Medicine | Knowledge Exchange

Revolutionary action can, quite frankly be quite boring. Hours stood on the picket line or drowning yourself in tea in a occupied cafe, tent, or treehouse with little to do but natter away and try and ensure you’re objectives are met. This however is not always the way and when the cops turn violent, the terrier boys ambush you or you manage to head off the fash, things get hairy quick. These moments in the storm, whether intended or forced upon us can be a frenzied blur, for most people an utterly shock to the system that can be overwhelming both physically and mentally. The only way we can ensure success and any degree of safety is in relying on the comrades, whether formally or loosely organised, who, through the providence of experiance and training are able to keep their heads and provide active support roles. Here in the UK for example, we have a very well organised network of Legal Observers from several networks such as the Green and Black Cross and more often than not you’ll find the beautiful souls that come to provide on the ground medical support. Battle medics, street medics, riot medics, or whatever you call them are a blessing to be sure. Their particular sets of skills thankfully are not always put to use however should you find yourself in a spot of bother they are are the first line of support, looking after people who have taken a baton to the head, come down with heat stroke or (as was my first introduction to battle medics) taken a tumble from a horse. From Berlin to Melbourne Action medics are a vital part of any protest or direct action.

However unlike our Legal Observer comrades, there is an unfortunate drought of material to help prepare the riot medic for the role. Paper Revolution has decent intro text and a handbook and these texts are about as good as they come, Sure I’ve seen a fair few other guides and found many of them useful, however there is a tendancy to focus either on the politics or the medicine, and at that usually only a narrow window with a specific set of situations in mind. Which is why I’m especially stoked to have bumped into a new publication on my twitter feed.

“Riot Medicine” is a new 466 page work by Håkan Geijer that gives an well researched, in depth 101 for battle medics of all descriptions. Shared freely from it’s website the manual gives a robust guide for practicing insurrectionary medicine. Taking the reader from the methods of organising and situational risk assessments right through to the nitty gritty of first aid, managing shock and dealing with spinal cord injuries. This absolute belter of a book goes way beyond being a mear refined St John’s First Aid guide mind. It’s specific focus on the issues, thinking and praxis of providing on the ground medical support during riots and revolutionary action is in depth and without florid prose and laconic word smithing, it wastes no time making the point in clear, understandable language that while taking ontechnical points remains accessable and useable. Frankly it’s the opinion of the Editor that this is the must have guidebook for riot medics and it a vital download for every activist and organiser regardless other whether they intent to fill the role of medic.

Keep your eyes peeled for a printed edition after lockdown ends however in the meantime here is the introduction text and at the bottom you’ll find a link to download a copy – for free and without registration.

Peter Ó Máille

Introduction:-
Riot medicine is the practice of medicine in an adversarial environment. It exists outside of formal and State sanctioned medical services. Practitioners of riot medicine go by many names (riot medics, street medics, demonstration medics, action medical), but at the end of the day, their goals are the same. They take to the streets as part of the diverse system of mutual aid that allows individuals to engage in protest. The duties of a riot medic may include handing out water during a peaceful demonstration, providing late-night jail support for arrested comrades, caring for injured protesters and bystanders during a riot, or extracting and providing lifesaving interventions for combatants during an armed uprising.

The lens of riot medicine rather than street medicine was chose to help you focus more on how to provide medical care during demonstrations and physical engagements rather than to inform you on how to run a volunteer clinic or provide care for injuries sustained outside of short lived confrontations. The aim is to provide enough medical and tactical knowledge to enable riot medics to support short mobilizations on the scale of several hours to several days.

If you are an experienced medical professional, this book will guide you on how to safely operate during a protest. However, this book assumes that medicine may not be your primary occupation or field of study. Both the common and more formal medical terms are included as well as a glossary for reference. Foundational medical theory has been provided to give context for various treatments, and as such, not all information in this book needs to be memorized. Some information may seem obvious, but what is obvious to you is not obvious to others. In depth information is provided to help demystify seemingly esoteric practices and address common misconceptions.

Because of the exceptionally diverse conditions under which riot medicine is practiced, this book generally avoids making absolute statements about how an individual or group must act. Riot medics may be part of the Black Bloc or may act as seemingly neutral third parties. They may be uncertified or may be practicing physicians. How they choose to act depends on may factors including the nature of the action, the legality of protest, the legality of practicing medicine, and the overall political climate of the region where an action is taking place. This book will provide you with a toolbox that will help you make operational decisions using your own experiences and context specific information. Riot medicine incorporates elements of wilderness medicine and combat medicine, but it is still a distinct practice. Often the riot medic is only equipped with what they can carry in a backpack. What they choose to pack is limited by multiple factors, the major one being that their gear can be confiscated or destroyed during the course of their work. They need to carry provisions to survive the day and personal protective equipment to keep themselves safe enough to do their job. The riot medic needs to take a highly practical approach to medicine knowing that they will not be able to operate under ideal conditions. Hospital-quality diagnostic equipment will not be available, materials may be limited, and care rendered often will only be \good enough” to get a restless comrade back into the fray.

Riot medics comfort traumatized comrades as much as they heal their bodies. Protests and confrontations with fascists and the State can be stressful and even traumatizing. Even in the non ideal environments you will be working in, it is your responsibility to keep calm and help calm those around you. Nervous and stressed out comrades can be liable to make mistakes that lead to more injuries. Reading this book will help enable you to act confidently and therefore help others act confidently, contributing toward successful demonstrations and insurrections.

This book is written from an autonomous, anarchist perspective. However, the information and tactics described within will be useful to all participants in the struggle for liberation. State imposed laws and regulations are a reality, and where it is relevant, it is noted where your

work may intersect with the legal system to highlight what legal risks there may be. This book was written in 2019{20, so as you are reading this, be wary that medical best practices, legal considerations, and all other information may have become out of date.

The act of challenging the State is dangerous, but with some basic knowledge, medics can drastically reduce the repercussions protesters face. The goal is that by reading this book, you will be able to provide care for and support to comrades known and unknown, all in the pursuit of a world free of domination.

Directly download Riot Medicine by clicking here or for addition options including using a PGP Key and other media check out the Riot Medicine website : riotmedicine.net

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Help! I’ve been called a transphobe! | Reading List

So you have been called a Transphobe.
Maybe even a TERF! Hot words have been exchanged.

It’s easy to get defensive, dig in, camp up and not take any shit from these “woke idiots” on the internet.
Yeah you could do that.

Mind you, you could also have a read and try to understand some of what they are trying to tell you. Here is a reading list of links to help you digest all this new information outside of an angry twitter thread. They range across the scientific and cultural, to news pieces, politicla statements, and informational statistics.

No one can make you read these, no one can force you to develop your understanding of the world around you, only you can take the step to being a person capable of educating themselves and changing their opinion based on new information. I truly hope you are able to do this and begin your journey to better understanding this whole trans thing.

It’s worth noting as well that the arguments your transphobic friends and sources present usually utilise are laden with scientific reductionism and pseudo scientific jibberish. This reminds me very much of climate change denialism, these links are often presented as an obvious truth and are used to make you feel like a victim, a defender of the obvious against a self indulgent enemy who is trying to make you change everything you know to be true. The right wing call this “Cultural Marxism”, the left wing tend to call it “the PC Brigade” or “IdPol”. Tho woefully inaccurate in their usage these terms are often used as a “dog whistle” for horrendous bigotry, racism and misogyny.

Subsequently when you’ve shared a seemingly righteous link defending women from predatory men or something, someone has got pissed off at you, cussed you out and spewed out all that angry rage which you’ve been warned about so much.

The thing is, whether wittingly or not, when you share those articles you are finding on Mumsnet or whatnot you are contributing to a hostile environment which very literally kills people. Overwhelming it kills women, and of them, women from the black and minority ethnic communities are over represented.

This series of links is a counter to that, the vast majority are from peer reviewed publications and institutions. If you believe in science, you have to come to terms with the reality that some of the things you have “always known” are false and that our understanding of the world around is ever developing. It is here to provide you with a easily accessable source of information to cleanse that rot from your head. A tool to educate yourself with and hopefully return to being a person who uses their political voice for compassion and solidarity. ■

Peter Ó Maille

– This is a living document and is subject to change and addition, feel free to suggest new links –

– This list is partially based on a version I was sent as a email, I assume it is online and would appreciate a link to it –

SCIENTIFIC LINKS:

American Psychological Association (APA)
Answers to Your Questions About Transgender People, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
www.apa.org/topics/lgbt/transgender

AP News
Sciences Says: Sex and Gender Aren’t the Same
www.apnews.com/2a67da6515aa48e68e56cd97817b097a?fbclid=IwAR2p8Bltq7AvzCzA4W5bAocyBFs5VGrRdqLXW3JdSP6_mTu79pITGlKU6HU

Discover Magazine
Skeletal Studies Show Sex, Like Gender, Exists Along A Spectrum
https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/skeletal-studies-show-sex-like-gender-exists-along-a-spectrum

Disrupting Dinner Parties
Take the Red Pill: The Truth Behind the Biology of Sex
www.disruptingdinnerparties.com/2014/09/29/take-the-red-pill-sex-determination

Harvard University
Between the (Gender) Lines: The Science of Transgender Identity
www.sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2016/gender-lines-science-transgender-identity

Intersex Society of North America
How common is intersex?
www.isna.org/faq/frequency

What is Intersex?
www.isna.org/faq/what_is_intersex

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
Suicide and Suicidal Behavior Among Transgender Persons
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5178031/

National Geographic
How Science is Helping Us Understand Gender
www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/01/how-science-helps-us-understand-gender-identity

NY Times
Anatomy Does Not Determine Gender, Experts Say
www.nytimes.com/2018/10/22/health/transgender-trump-biology.html

Scientific American
Beyond XX and XY: The Extraordinary Complexity of Sex Determination
www.scientificamerican.com/article/beyond-xx-and-xy-the-extraordinary-complexity-of-sex-determination

Stop Using Phony Science to Justify Transphobia
www.blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/stop-using-phony-science-to-justify-transphobia

The New Science of Sex and Gender
www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-new-science-of-sex-and-gender

Where Transgender is No Longer a Diagnosis

www.scientificamerican.com/article/where-transgender-is-no-longer-a-diagnosis

UCLA
Challenging Gender Identity: Biologists Say Gender Expands Across A Spectrum, Rather Than Simply Boy And Girl
www.socgen.ucla.edu/2015/03/01/challenging-gender-identity-biologists-say-gender-expands-across-a-spectrum-rather-than-simply-boy-and-girl

World Health Organization (WHO)
Gender and Genetics
www.who.int/genomics/gender/en

Genetic Components of Sex and Gender
www.who.int/genomics/gender/en/index1.html

Medline Plus Encyclopedia
Intersex
www.medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001669.htm


CULTURAL LINKS:

Aljazeera
‘Mahu’ demonstrate Hawaii’s shifting attitudes toward LGBT life
www.america.aljazeera.com/articles/2016/1/9/mahu-hawaii-gender-LGBT-acceptance.html

Androgyneity
Sex And Gender Are Actually The Same Thing (but bear with me…)

www.androgyneity.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/sex-and-gender-are-actually-the-same-thing-but-bear-with-me

Buyu Afrika
The Ashtime of Ethiopia
www.buyuafrika.wordpress.com/2019/04/29/the-ashtime-of-ethiopia/amp

Culture Trip
A Brief History of Thailand’s Transgender Community
www.theculturetrip.com/asia/thailand/articles/a-brief-history-of-thailands-transgender-community

Fa’afafines: The Third Gender in Samoa
www.theculturetrip.com/pacific/samoa/articles/fa-afafines-the-third-gender

Life Outside the Binary: Meet Mexico’s Muxe Community Celebrating Genderqueerness
www.theculturetrip.com/north-america/mexico/articles/a-brief-history-of-muxe-mexicos-third-gender/

The Guardian
Early men and women were equal, say scientists
www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/14/early-men-women-equal-scientists

In the Philippines they think about gender differently. We could too
www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/03/in-the-philippines-they-think-about-gender-differently-we-could-too

Nature and sex redefined – we have never been binary
www.theguardian.com/science/the-h-word/2015/feb/19/nature-sex-redefined-we-have-never-been-binary

Indian Country Today
Two Spirits, One Heart, Five Genders
www.newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/api/amp/indiancountrytoday/archive/two-spirits-one-heart-five-genders-9UH_xnbfVEWQHWkjNn0rQQ

Jewniverse
The 8 Genders of the Talmud
www.jta.org/jewniverse/2015/the-6-genders-of-the-talmud

Medium
Brian Whitaker
Transgender Issues in the Middle East
www.medium.com/@Brian_Whit/transgender-issues-in-the-middle-east-9f40d0559afa

Mallory Moore
Ground rules for trans/transantagonistic discourse
www.medium.com/@Chican3ry/ground-rules-for-trans-transantagonistic-discourse-286ffbc94c14

The New York Times
When Japan Had a Third Gender
www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/arts/design/when-japan-had-a-third-gender.html

Non Binary Wiki
Gender-variant identities worldwide
www.nonbinary.wiki/wiki/Gender-variant_identities_worldwide

Sapiens
India’s Third Gender Rises Again
www.sapiens.org/body/hijra-india-third-gender

The Singapore LGBT encyclopaedia Wiki
Gender in Bugis society
www.the-singapore-lgbt-encyclopaedia.wikia.org/wiki/Gender_in_Bugis_society

The Transadvocate
Fact check: study shows transition makes trans people suicidal
www.transadvocate.com/fact-check-study-shows-transition-makes-trans-people-suicidal_n_15483.htm

Well.com
The Third Gender in Ancient Egypt
www.people.well.com/user/aquarius/egypt.htm

Wikipedia
Ardhanarishvara
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardhanarishvara

Hermaphroditus
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermaphroditus

List of of murdered transgender people
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unlawfully_killed_transgender_people

ANARCHIST LINKS:

Organise! Magazine
Transphobia is a Class Issue
https://organisemagazine.org.uk/2018/09/09/%ef%bb%bftransphobia-is-a-class-issue/


VIDEOS

ABC
You Can’t Ask That: Intersex people answer ‘What is Intersex?’
https://youtu.be/lFre9a0wEPE

ASAP Science
The Science of Being Transgender
www.youtube.com/watch?v=MitqjSYtwrQ

BBC
Things Not To Say To A Non-Binary Person
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b4MZjMVgdk

Trans 101
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0gz6OLCPng

Chase
Trans 101: Ep 1 – What is Transgender?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRH0pwENbx8&list=PL7SgbxvTR7N5-jYeT2Coj99qnRQTIArKP

Fox and Owl
So, I’ve got a CERVIX
www.youtube.com/user/tigersnack

Minus18
Trans 101 – The Basics
www.youtu.be/-3ZzpTxjgRw?t=61

What Are Pronouns?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xpvricekxU

My Gendereration
Trans AND: Charlie Martin
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKGtQeNohu8&list=PLbeZBtR_FvDEMWqIxqeuX9U8WvUGtBj9e&index=2

Riley J. Dennis
How to talk about trans people
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ErLPd-7zVc

TEDx (Lyndsay Muir)
Tea with Trans: What’s on (and off) the menu.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6CPVn9q3ao

TEDx (Rachel Lucas)
Why You Can Pee Next To Me
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmZpFy1QUww

DEBUNKING LINKS

Gemma Stone
80–95% of trans women keep their genitals
www.medium.com/@notCursedE/80-95-of-trans-women-keep-their-genitals-37f2270cde85

ADDITIONALS

The Gayley Prophet
What’s wrong with what JKR said? A resource guide for allies and accomplices:

Addressing The Claims In JK Rowling’s Justification For Transphobia, by Katy Montgomerie for Medium
TinyURL.com/TGPAlly1

A Letter to J.K. Rowling From A Young Transgender Person Who’s Sick of Her Shit, by Hayden Moon for Junkee
TinyURL.com/TGPAlly2

Freedom Means Can Rather Than Should: What the Harper’s Open Letter Gets Wrong, by Gabrielle Bellot for Lit Hub
TinyURL.com/TGPAlly3

Twitter thread breaking down the issues in the Harper’s letter, by @spiantado
TinyURL.com/TGPAlly4

J.K. Rowling Triples Down on Transphobia, by Claire Lampen for The Cut
TinyURL.com/TGPAlly5

JK Rowling’s ‘TERF Wars’ YouTube video by Jammidodger
TinyURL.com/TGPAlly6



Transgender hate crimes recorded by police go up 81%
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48756370?fbclid=IwAR3sFY3LFRpRbsyycMBu8ikTzNkO4rq7YKFlj_zidXjJUdynXs4Lr8rVSBs

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/stop-using-phony-science-to-justify-transphobia/https://slate.com/technology/2018/11/sex-binary-gender-neither-exist.html

https://massivesci.com/articles/sex-gender-intersex-transgender-identity-discrimination-title-ix/

https://www.nature.com/news/sex-redefined-1.16943



https://dallasvoice.com/say-their-names-trans-women-murdered-in-2019/


Why Sex Is Not Binary
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/opinion/sex-biology-binary.html