Working to end police
militarization programs.

"Urban Shield" is a national/global SWAT team convergence, training, and weapons expo. Facing Tear Gas and Bay Area community organizations are coming together to oppose this engine of militarism September 4-8.

I went to Taksim Square at around 10 pm because I was feeling remorse for not being there as I watched the news and followed the horrible events on tv. It was like a war field when we arrived. Police were everywhere. We had to walk for a while to get to the main square and our eyes started to burn long before we arrived. -Defne

I’ve been tear-gassed dozens of times by the Israeli police and military for peacefully protesting the uprooting of olive trees and confiscation of Palestinian Farm Land. -Huwaida

Sitra, Bahrain 6/7/2012: "Eye for Freedom" March repressed by tear gas and shotgun bullets -Anonymous (translated from Arabic)

On 19/04/12, I was protesting in Montréal, Québec. That day our corrupted prime Minister Jean Charest had organized...a sell out of all natural resources in northern Québec. I came with a group of students who are protesting against a proposed 75% tuition fee increase, also referred as the Red Squares Movement...One person received a flash bang in his face... -Olivier

In 1991, I was gassed in Occupied Palestine by the I.D.F., as I was on my way to school, 6 years old. In 2011, I was gassed in Oscar Grant Plaza by the O.P.D. as I was peacefully occupying at the Intifada Tent. Everyone on that bright and sunny day in Ramallah and that cold and sleepless night in Oakland says “No More Tears.” -Zachariah

Where: Occupy Oakland Why: Defending encampment, providing free food, shelter, services, community and political awakening Outcome: Growing determination to end current socio-economic system, END US IMPERIALISM, TOPPLE CAPITALISM -Lara

Recent Posts

Press Release: Coalition Pushes Urban Shield Out of Oakland, Commits to Continue Fighting

September 8, 2014: Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Marriott in Downtown Oakland this past Friday to condemn Urban Shield and declare two major victories. Protesters made it loud and clear that Urban Shield is not welcome in Oakland; and that they refuse to see the further militarization of local police through this multi-day arms show and joint training exercise.

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Press Release: Bay Area Victory and Rally to Stop Urban Shield and Police Militarization

BAY AREA COALITION PUSHES URBAN SHIELD OUT OF OAKLAND FOR NEXT YEAR, BUT FIGHT AGAINST POLICE MILITARIZATION EXPO AND TRAINING CONTINUES

Bay Area groups rally to call on Alameda County Sheriff's Office to Stop Urban Shield and all police militarization after successfully organizing to push the Oakland Marriott from hosting Urban Shield in the future. READ MORE

Media Advisory: Bay Area Rally to Stop Urban Shield and Police Militarization

Bay Area groups rally to call on Alameda County Sheriff's Office to Stop Urban Shield and all Police Militarization after successfully organizing to stop the Oakland Marriott from hosting Urban Shield in the future.

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Press Release: In the Wake of Ferguson, Bay Area Groups Call for an End to Police Militarization

For Immediate Release

BAY AREA COMMUNITY GROUPS CALL ON OAKLAND TO STOP POLICE MILITARIZATION AND URBAN SHIELD AT THE MARRIOTT

A new Bay Area coalition has formed to pressure the Marriott to stop an annual international SWAT training and weapons expo in Oakland, CA

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