H&W Resources for Students taking part in Direct Action


Many GC students have been involved in direct action recently—including some who were subject to violence while protesting tuition hikes outside the Board of Trustees hearing at Baruch College on November 28, 2011.

Pike pepper spraying UC Davis studentsThis is a collection of resources for students taking part in direct actions, to help you safeguard your health, and to provide information on what to do should you or someone with you be hurt.


Activist’s Guide to First Aid

We Occupy CUNY has a guide to activist first aid passed on by the Medical working group of the Graduate Center General Assembly, which was prepared by health care workers in Portland, Oregon after the 1999 World Trade Organization protests.

The guide contains the following information:

  • Preparations:
    –What to Bring
    –What to Wear
    –What Not to Do
  • Medication in Jail
  • Medical Conditions You May See
  • Complicating Conditions
  • Psychiatric Conditions
  • Pepper Spray and Tear Gas
  • Aftercare:
    –Chemical Weapons
    –Emotional Aftercare
    –Injury Aftercare

The guide can be downloaded here.


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