Notes and resources for Ferguson protests

17 Aug 2014 06:58
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Health and safety information


First Aid guides:


Medical support people are encouraged to read and consider these ethical guidelines.

For clinicians:

Local resources

Phone numbers

  • Emergency Services: 911
  • Jail Support: gro.omgnizinagro|nioj#gro.omgnizinagro|nioj or (314) 862-2249
  • United Way (for food assistance, counseling services, etc): 2-1-1 or 1-800-427-4626
  • The Organization for Black Struggle (OBS): moc.oohay|evomehtno_sbo#moc.oohay|evomehtno_sbo or (314) 367-5959
  • Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention: 314-647-4357 or 1-800-273-8255
  • Alive Domestic Violence Hotline: (314) 993-2777
  • Homeless Hotline (St. Louis area): (314) 802-5440
  • St Louis AA (24/7): (314) 647-3677
  • St Louis NA (24/7): (314) 830-3232
  • Peer Support Warmline (24/7): (513) 931-9276
  • Veterans Peer Support Warmline (24/7): 1-877-927-8387
  • Sex Info Line (M-Th 5-11p, F 5-8p, Sa 4-7p): (415) 989-7374
  • National LGBT Hotline (M-F 3-11p, Sa 11a-4p): 1-888-843-4564
  • Backline Pregnancy Options talk line (M-Th 7p-12a, F-Su 12-5p): 1-888-493-0092

Hospitals and urgent care: Name, address, approximate time by car from Canfield Green Apts, phone number, hours.

  • St Louis University Hospital: 3635 Vista Ave, STL. 25 min. 314-577-8000.
  • Concentra Urgent Care: 463 Lynn Haven, Hazelwood. 13 Min. 314-731-0448. M-F 8-5
  • Concentra Urgent Care — North Broadway. 8340 N Broadway, STL. 15 min. 314-385-9563. M-F 8-5.
  • St Luke's Urgent Care: 8857 Ladue Rd, STL. 18 min. 314-576-8189. M-Su 8-8.

Services for people who often face discrimination

  • Casa de Salud serves new immigrants and refugees, including undocumented immigrants. 3200 Chouteau Avenue, STL. (314) 977-1250
  • Paraquad is the Independent Living center, offering services to people with disibilities including home care, transition from nursing homes, wheelchair and equipment, and Deaf interpretation. 5240 Oakland Avenue, STL. (314) 289-4200

Counseling appointments

  • Ferguson Community Center. 501 N Florissant Rd, Ferguson. (314) 521-5661. 10a-2p.
  • University of Missouri Counseling Center. (314) 516-5824.


Notes (from 17 August)

Thanks to Esther for putting these notes and resources together tonight for our fellow medics in Ferguson, MO.

Weather tonight: 77, down to 73 in early hours and morning. Rain possible all night.

Medics are staying 8.5 miles, or 16 minutes by car, from where the protests are happening and near where the shooting happened.

Scene assessment

Currently: the march has been going up and down Florrisant Ave at least since 7 pm local time, in the street but allowing cars to drive on it going the other way. There are many cars guarding the march from behind and driving with it up and down the street. People are poking their heads through sunroofs and sitting on the roofs and hoods of cars and in the beds of trucks as they drive.

There are spectators with signs line the march. Lots of cameras in the march and among the spectators. I haven't had a good view of the marchers but the spectators are old and young people; youngest is 4 or 5, oldest is in her 60s it seems.

According to twitter:
@BusquedaJess: Ferguson protestors to challenge midnight curfew with march to the city border.


Last night there were at least 1,000 protestors on the streets after midnight. Some protesters threw molotovs at police; police responded with tear gas. New Black Panthers and other volunteers tried to push those protesters back.

There was looting last night; some protesters formed human barriers and wielded guns to stop looting, and in the morning swept broken glass and tried to repair damage. Volunteers organized to protect stores from looters tonight but the curfew may put a stop to that. Protesters say looters are "outsiders"; "this is not us, did you see how peaceful we were earlier?"

Today: Gov. of MO declared state of emergency and curfew: Midnight to 5am.
Highway Patrol says officers will not enforce curfew with tear gas but will "talk to people" — however breaking curfew is theoretically grounds for arrest. Police are establishing a media staging area to allow press in and out of emergency zone.

There are pictures showing bystanders handing out water to marchers. Unsure if that is from today or not.

Rally due Sunday afternoon; schools due to open on Monday.


A pastor speaks: "Individuals are sick and tired of being sick and tired. I've been out here close to an hour, but I came out last sunday and prayed, for the community and for the family."

Young black women speak: "We came out here to support… from indianapolis, IN… we didn't know each other, we just met up on Facebook…. also to support Travon Martin and (someone else who was killed last month)… we're just tired. … They shot him because he was black. We were talking in the car about how they dehumanize black people… he was going to college, that doesn't matter, he was a life! I love that there are multiple races out here — that's the best part, that we're coming together."

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