The Real Difference

The Real Difference  Between Police, Firefighters, Sanitation, Nursing and EMS It takes a special person to be a first responder. There is a great deal of real danger involved in a job where a person is asked to drive and run towards an emergency that the majority of people are running away from. We compensate first responders for the readiness for that danger. In the case of EMTs and Paramedics, the city and state have basically refused to. The difference between an EMS provider and a Cop or Firefighter is not the risk involved, as Mayor DeBlasio has claimed. The … Continue reading The Real Difference

What is to be Done in America? [P.2]

What is to be Done in America  There is an uprising happening in the United States of America. It is the response to a brutish President and the irresponsible management of a pandemic, catalyzed by the televised lynching of a black man. To succeed in achieving real change, real justice this uprising will require a conscience and a soul. It must address on a structural level, as well as on a policy level ugly injustices of racist apartheid. It must at the same address glaring inequalities of wealth. Both between the American worker and the American Oligarch, but also the … Continue reading What is to be Done in America? [P.2]

A Preamble on Justice [P.1]

← A Preamble on Justice (Pamplet One), Democratic Confederalist Papers We will tell you now, what is wrong with this world and our country! No matter what country that it is we are addressing.  It is that you the people believe in yourselves more than you believe in each other. You believe you are in this world alone. The fate of the individual has ground under iron heel even the faintest notion of the collective good. And rat racing, pitiless individualism has robbed us as a collective people of both our human conscience as well as our “duty to act”. … Continue reading A Preamble on Justice [P.1]

EMS at 9.11

EMS Providers Recall 9/11 There was no way to fully plan for what happened on Sept. 11, 2001 because no one could ever have expected the massive loss of life and destruction that occurred simultaneously in New York City, Arlington, Va., and Shanksville, Pa. “It was the unexpected times the unimaginable,” said former Fire Department of New York (FDNY) EMS Chief John Peruggia. Those who responded to 9/11 have not fully survived the event—because what they experienced has not ended. The trauma of that day continues to plague the physical and mental health of many of the responders and, in … Continue reading EMS at 9.11

The Front of the Frontline

“Front of the Front Line”: EMS Honors its Covid-19 Dead Whatever the “Front of the Frontline is”, that is where the women and men of EMS always stand. Sometimes people hand you a dead blue baby, and you have to do everything at 10,000 miles an hour. Sometimes you turn up on a huge hysterical crowd where a couple people were shot and are bleeding everywhere. Sometimes you have to deliver a baby in a project stairwell. Sometimes you show up to a tight asthmatic gagging ready to arrest. Or you bring back a junkie, over and over and over … Continue reading The Front of the Frontline