The #StopITOA coalition, a group of Chicago community organizations, will rally downtown today to express deep concerns about Islamophobic and hyper-militarized tactical training at the Illinois Tactical Officers Association's (ITOA) 2016 Tactical Training Conference taking place at the Stonegate Conference and Banquet Center in Hoffman Estates from October 9-13. The #StopITOA Coalition is calling on Stonegate as well as Cook County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (DHSEM) and other government agencies to end their relationships with ITOA.
War Resisters League is endorsing the SOA Watch Convergence at the Border and we encourage you to join the October 7-11 vigils, protests and workshops at the Eloy Detention Center, in Tucson, and in Nogales, Arizona/ Sonora at the border wall. Visit the convergence webpage for more information: http://SOAW.org/border
ELECTION of AT-LARGE MEMBERS
to the WRL NATIONAL COMMITTEE
The National Committee
The National Committee (NC) is WRL's highest decision-making body. The NC meets twice a year in New York City and at other times by conference call to shape the WRL's programs, policy and direction and set its budget. (The Administrative Coordinating Committee, a subcommittee of the NC, meets monthly in New York City for day-to-day oversight of the operations and staff of the National Office.)
Police violence is at the heart of a perpetual crisis in the United States. Today military-grade equipment and training is broadly available to officers. Such developments are especially distressing given the impunity American police have always enjoyed when terrorizing or attacking racialized communities. The tendency to wage violence of this kind -- essentially to target Black and Brown people -- implicates American police in a history of imperialist violence. This is why War Resisters League has been campaigning against those amongst the private sector and federal agencies that sustain police militarism . . .