You Can Help Standing Rock by Supporting their Health Clinic
The Do No Harm Coalition, is a group of 300+ doctors, nurses, students, faculty, and staff at UCSF who are committed to ending racism and state-sanctioned violence. They made headlines recently when they came out in support of Colin Kaepernick. Right now they are raising $100k to help create a free clinic to support the Water Protectors at Standing Rock. As winter is coming, the folks out there will really need this. Read their statement below and please donate here.
Mni Wiconi Health Clinic Partnership at Standing Rock
In early September 2016, the Do No Harm Coalition at UCSF was invited to help create a free clinic at the camp of the Standing Rock Lakota Dakota and their supporters who are gathering to protect access to clean water and dignity of their ancestral lands.
The Mni Wiconi (Water is Life) Health Clinic is a free integrative clinic proposed as a partnership with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe traditional healers, UCSF, National Nurses United, Herbal Medics, Changing Women Initiative (Navajo midwifery group) and Global Health Care Alternative Project to provide free care to all people in the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. At the invitation of the tribe, our goal is to create a space for the imagining and practice of decolonized medicine in order to further the health of the community in the short-term with the expanded population due to pipeline resistance and in the longterm after the encampments have dissolved.
We are currently raising funds to get the clinic doors open, to cover general liability and the necessary equipment and medications to practice responsibly. This clinic will be staffed by 100% volunteer work, with faculty covering during vacation time. We are simultaneously developing curriculum for trainees (residents, medical students, nursing students, pharmacy students) to get involved, and once the proper legal work is in place, we will be using funds to help our trainees join attending physicians in this unique clinical setting where the structural and social elements of disease will be addressed in tandem with offering basic primary integrative care to a population of 2,000-5,000 people living temporarily in a camp setting as well as covering care for the longstanding stable community.
Your gift will be used to get the clinic doors open! Winter is coming and we are doing our best to get care out there in an expeditious manner.