We know the police are a menace to our communities, but what other resources exist for people in a time of need? We’re building a network of Rapid Responders who can help those who can’t or don’t want to call 911 when they have an emergency.
Our trainings so far have covered: helping someone having a mental health crisis, basic first aid, defense against ICE raids, countering hate attacks, and copwatching.
Join us for this assembly as we start to build the Rapid Responder Network together. We’ll be discussing the best ways to implement this Network and figuring out the next stage of trainings to make sure everyone is prepared.
This meet up is for people who havent attended any trainings yet and would like to join or who have attended all of them and have ideas for next steps.
A llttle more background:
From ICE raids across the country to the normalization of police killings to the recent resurgence of Nazi activity and far right militias, the onus is on us to keep each other alive and safe. We need to unite the resources that we already have and build skills together. We have collaborated with medics, self-defense trainers, Copwatch Bushwick/Bed Stuy, the Brooklyn Defense Committee, and seasoned street teams to create trainings and skill shares this summer, so we can be best prepared to respond when crises surface in our neighborhoods.
Paired with our trainings, we are developing a Rapid Responders hotline which will be a centralized number anyone can call when faced by state repression (police, ICE) or when they are attacked and can’t/ don’t want to call the cops. We will not replicate the measures of statist responses which include trapping survivors in bureaucracies, mass incarceration, deportations, and assassinations. Instead, when someone in a dire situation calls the hotline, they will be connected to neighbors and individuals who are trained to take immediate action, arriving at the scene as first responders, accompanying people in risky situations, or providing resources to create long-term solutions.
We invite you to join this network of First Responders! These trainings will prepare you for situations you may encounter, and introduce you to a network of people taking a stand for the most dire needs of our neighbors.
Sat, Sept 10th