The War Resisters League has been resisting war at home and war abroad since 1923. Today, as one of the leading radical voices in the antiwar movement, we challenge military recruitment and war profiteering, organize nonviolent direct action, and offer on-the-ground tools to end the current war and all wars. Learn more »
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Building on growing resistance to police militarization in the US, Bay Area community organizations and War Resisters League have come together to call for Oakland's non-participation in Urban Shield, community self-determination, and solidarity with global movements. Urban Shield is connected to national police militarization programs such as 1033, 1122, Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) and DHS Fusion Centers. Stopping Urban Shield is one step to roll back police militarization.
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The new issue focuses on Whisteblowers - what they’ve exposed, and their relationship to democracy and social justice. Articles explore the tactic of whistleblowing on its own terms, from the ethics of exposure in Charles Shafaieh’s opening contribution to Sam Husseini’s look at the leak that nearly averted the 2003 Iraq invasion and Palina Prasasouk’s profile of Matt Diaz and his revelations about Guantanamo. David Wilson looks into the Mexican bribery scandal that shook Walmart, while Calvin Moen examines of our relationship with Chelsea Manning.
This issue of WIN is an exploration of whistleblowing that goes well beyond the content of particular revelations.
On July 8th, Israel unleashed a brutal and sustained military offensive on the people of Gaza, who have already been confined to an open-air prison by the decade-old Israeli blockade and sealing of Gaza's borders. Bombardment from air, land and sea is killing hundreds, displacing tens of thousands more and targeting hospitals as well as other infrastructure crucial for survival. The reports on the atrocities are horrifying and the resistance and resilience of the Palestinian people continues to provide global inspiration.
June 19, 2014
U.S. Department of State
Dear Secretary Kerry:
The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 incited a previously unimaginable deepening of sectarian divisions among the people of Iraq following the overthrow of the repressive Ba’athist regime of Saddam Hussein. The US government and its occupation forces set in place the most serious sectarian and ethnic tensions in Iraq’s modern history and have yet to address the humanitarian catastrophe set in motion by the war. On the 10-year commemoration of the US invasion in March 2013, the Right to Heal initiative brought together Iraqi social justice organizers and unionists with US military veterans opposed to the war and our group of politically-aligned organizations to call for reparations for the people of Iraq for the disastrous legacy US forces left behind.
"We can't be afraid, we cannot let the police scare us into not doing anything to help our communities." -Kazi Toure, National Jericho Movement, Boston Resident
Last weekend, police and SWAT teams from across Massachusetts arrived in Boston to train in military tactics in the name of "public safety." On that Sunday, STOMP (Stop Oppressive Militarized Police), a coalition of Boston-area community organizations along with the Facing Tear Gas campaign organized a speak out against police militarization on Sunday in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, a poor people of color neighborhood hit hard by violence.