Every year in Verona, New York, hundreds of SWAT officers gather at NYTOAC to "talk shop" with major arms dealers and Islamophobic ideologues.
Let's block it and shift resources where they belong: our communities' needs!
For a recent article by Naomi Dann of Jewish Voices for Peace + Ali Issa of WRL, Read here!
What is Stop NYTOAC?
The Stop NYTOAC coalition is formed by groups from Albany, Syracuse, and New York City, New York, to end NYTOAC and question police militarism. Endorsing organizations include (scroll down for full list):
- War Resisters League
- Iraq Veterans Against the War
- The Catholic Worker
- Jewish Voice for Peace
- The Icarus Project
- Black Lives Matter, Upstate NY
- Palestine Solidarity Collective
- Syracuse Peace Council
- Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration
What is NYTOAC?
For basic info, check out our research on NYTOAC here.
The New York Tactical Officers Association Conference is a SWAT training and arms vendor expo hosted indefinitely at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. While the training is held in New York State, the scope is (inter)national, with feature presentations by agencies from Los Angeles, CA; Ft Collins, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; St. Louis, MO; Columbus, OH, and Israeli military training in the form of Krav Maga.
NYTOAC is not unique; dozens of tactical officer trainings take place all across the country every year. These conferences undoubtedly play a part in rampaging police brutality against our communities. Learn more about how police target people of color, the poor, and folks that are going through a mental health crisis here.
Islamophobia, Fear Culture, & Police Militarism
NYTOAC plays on a growing culture of fear and hate by featuring as its keynote speaker Ryan Mauro of The Clarion Project, which defends the profiling and surveillance of Muslim-Americans, absurdly attempts to link advocacy groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) to terrorist activity, and has provided the NYPD with its notoriously Islamophobic “training” film The Third Jihad which drew outrage in 2012. Read CAIR's recent statement asking for transparency from NYPD and other police departments on whether they are attending NYTOAC.
NYTOAC's weapons expo features over 150 vendors showcasing their latest weapons technologies and products. This year they will range from weapons giant Northrop Grumman to teargas heavies Safariland and Combined Systems, Inc. Companies from around the world use the conference to hawk the military-grade equipment used against our communities during the 100+ SWAT deployments a day across the U.S.
2016 Media Round-Up
War Resister's own Ali Issa, National Organizer, Skanda Kadirgamar, National Committee Member, and Raul Ramos, Communications Intern, talk about police militarization and the anti-war movement with Left Jest!
"This Islamophic Extremist Lectured Police Officers About Islamic Extremism – The Huffinginton Post
"CAIR asks NYPD Other Police Departments to Probe Training by Islamophobe Ryan Mauro" – Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
"Cross-Community Protest of New York Tactical Conference" – Capitol Pressroom
"Community Groups from Across NY Oppose SWAT Expo" - Common Dream
"NYS is a no SWAT Zone!" – Indy Media, Rochester
Arab American Assocation of New York (AAANY)
Black Lives Matter Upstate NY
Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration (CAAMI)
CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communitie
Civilian Solider Alliance
Equality for Flatbush
The Icarus Project
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Jewish Voice for Peace - National
Jewish Voice for Peace - Westchester
Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice
Muslim American Women's Policy Forum
New Yorkers Against Bratton
Organization for a Free Society (OFS)
Palestine Solidarity Collective
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP)
Raha Iranian Feminist Collective
Stop LAPD Spying
Syracuse Peace Council
Veterans For Peace: Central New York
Demand #noSWATzone: Get Involved!
Would you like to join a growing coalition of community and anti-militarist groups fighting police militarism? Hit us up!
Tara Tabassi: tara [at] warresisters.org