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  • Last year, activists were able to kick Urban Shield out of Oakland. Now they’re fighting to get rid of this potent symbol of police militarization for good.
  • Establishing Policies to Restrict Military Recruiting in K-12 Schools

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ferguson_police_military_AP_img.jpgA member of the St. Louis County Police Department points his weapon in the direction of a group of protesters in Ferguson, MO on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

August 12, 2015 | What can I do?

Sign the petition to join Stop Urban Shield, a coalition of anti-militarist and community organizations, in demanding that the Alameda County Board of Supervisors cancel their present contract with Urban Shield and decline all collaborations in the future. Urban Shield is a conference and exposition for police departments across the country and around the world featuring SWAT training, national and transnational police networking, and weaponry marketing. Companies from around the world use the conference to hawk the kind of military-grade equipment that shocked much of the country when it was used in Ferguson, Missouri. While this equipment is often sign-btn.pngsold to the public as a tool for high-stakes situations such as active shooters, we know that it is used for drug raids, to issue search warrants, and against peaceful protesters. Urban Shield is coordinated by the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), a key program in the extreme militarization of police departments we’ve seen in Ferguson, Baltimore, and communities—particularly black communities—nationwide.

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Establishing Policies to Restrict Military Recruiting in K-12 Schools, Produced by the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY); hosted by American Friends Service Committee.

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