Affinity Group Medic Training: 9am-5pm


This all-day training course is designed as a complete introduction to providing wellness and first-aid support to a group of friends at a protest. No previous training in medicine or first aid is required. Completion of the course will prepare you to help people in your community.

The course features extensive hands-on learning and roleplays. You will learn:

  • How to promote health and safety at a protest
  • Self-organization and ethics
  • Scene assessment, health history, and wellness inventory
  • Introduction to peer recovery supports
  • First aid training
  • Local referral options

Scenarios, skills stations, and critical thinking exercises are based on recent experiences of protest first-aiders in rural and urban situations. After the training, students will get supervised practice during a mock action. All students will get non-latex gloves and a 60-page first-aid handbook, and may purchase a basic first aid kit.


  • Grace Keller of Appalachian Medical Solidarity
  • Esther Mack of Piedmont Resistance NC Medics
  • Ben Bontempo of Chicago Action Medical

agk-trump-headshot-150Anna Grace Keller is a nursing student, environmental health and safety specialist, and Appalachian Medical Solidarity medic. She served as a medic in movements for labor and racial justice, migrant justice, and environmental justice, and has trained hundreds of protest first-aiders over the last 16 years.

esther-150Esther Mack is a Jewish anti-Zionist activist. As a teenager, she emigrated alone from Jerusalem to small-town Georgia. She has worked with Jewish leftist groups and provided first aid at protests in the United States, Israel, and the West Bank. A clinical herbalist and founding member of Piedmont Resistance NC Medics, she recently provided medical support for antifascist demonstrators in Charlottesville, VA.

Ben Bontempo has been a street medic with Chicago Action Medical since 2012.  He has been WEMT certified, and is currently a wilderness first responder.  He is excited to help imagine what health support work can look like in justice movements.