Hundred Days After

To better understand what street medics do in militarized crisis, I compared what happened in the hundred days after Hurricane Sandy and the hundred days after the death of Michael Brown. I analyzed about 40 archived documents and recorded interviews with street medics and other activists as part of this research.

I shared results with street medics and other activists, and presented findings to the 2015 Anarchism and the Body conference at Purdue University and the 2015 American Public Health Association annual meeting in Chicago. A publication in Anarchist Directions in Cultural Studies is forthcoming.

Papers; presentations

A political medicine: trust and power in Ferguson

(How) did medic practices resist depoliticization?

  • Prepub version of Anarchist Directions in Cultural Studies paper.
  • Outline and slides (see also proposal) from oral presentation on "From the Streets to the Cells" panel; Anarchism and the Body conference, Purdue University, Jun 2015.
  • Sourcebook of archival documents and focus group transcripts will be online in 2016.

Responding to crisis without militarizing it: street medics after Hurricane Sandy

(How) did medic practices resist militarization?

  • This arm of the study was heavily reorganized; focus groups postponed until next round of data collection (mid-2016).
  • Outline and slides (see also proposal) from oral presentation on session 4250, "Impact of war and conflict on women, children, veterans and communities;" 143rd American Public Health Association annual meeting & expo, Chicago, Nov 2015.
  • No date set to put sourcebook of archival documents online (but I archived many of the documents at the Medic Stories wiki).


Initial analysis of documents and focus group question development by Grace Keller and Rixey Browning, thus "we." Collecting documents, conducting interviews, final analysis, and writing by Grace, thus "I."

General procedures

  • Overview of procedures: The origin and purpose of the study, what data we collect and why, projected risks, and projected benefits.
  • Oversight: We are overseen in this project by street medics acting as community advisors.
  • Timeline: What's happening each month.

Focus group procedures


The hundred days after study combines history, social science, and philosophy. Its social science and philosophical faces (re)produced the following concepts:

  • The political (persuasion vs. coercion)
  • Political power (trust vs. law)
  • Exception/emergency
  • Crisis and disaster socialism
  • Militarization/demilitarization

Other concepts.

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