Working to end the use of
tear gas and related
chemical weapons.

"Urban Shield": national/global SWAT team convergence, training and weapons expo. Over 30 groups in the Bay Area oppose this engine of militarism. On October 25th say: "Instead of militarization, invest in life."

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: As Boston Mourns Marathon Bombing, Coalition Forms to Demilitarize Boston

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, Boston, MA – As Boston mourns the tragedy of the April 15th marathon bombing, leaders from various Boston communities have come together to form The Stop Oppressive Militarized Police Coalition (STOMP) - and plan a speak out on the roots and impacts of the Boston Police Department's ongoing militarized response. 

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STOMP (STop Oppressive Militarized Police) Coalition forms in Boston

A new coalition of groups against militarization forms in Boston and announces community event. From the facebook page: "STOMP, STop Oppressive Militarized Police, aims to bring together activists and communities struggling against the wars on drugs, immigrants, dissent, and terror to mobilize and build cross-movement dialogue about the militarization and federalization of our local police departments. What happened in Watertown last year wasn't an anomaly. Communities throughout our cities face these kinds of militarized police raids every day, when the cameras aren't interested." READ MORE

Write a Letter to the Editor: Demilitarize Boston

April 15th is the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. While the city continues to grieve the loss of life of those killed during the attack, a group of Boston area organizations has joined with the Facing Tear Gas campaign to form the STOMP (Stop Oppressive Militarized Police) coalition with the aim to spark dialogue about the militarized response to the bombings and the ongoing militarization of low-income and people of color communities in Boston. As the Blackstonian newspaper reminds us, there have been 231 tragic shootings in Boston since the Marathon bombing, of which the public has rarely been aware.

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FTG Condemns Albuquerque Police Repression

WRL's Facing Tear Gas campaign condemns in the strongest terms the Albuquerque Police Department's heavily militarized response to protests against police brutality this past Sunday night, March 30th. We also share in the protestor's shock over the APD's March 16th shooting of James Boyd - the 23rd such killing by the APD since 2012 according to the Associated Press. Among the fully militarized gear of the Bernalillo County SWAT Team - which many protesters described as clear "police state" material - was suffocating tear gas made by Defense Technology (owned by Safariland) which has long supplied governments around the world with chemical weapons and tools of repression, including in Turkey and Mexico. Roberto Rosales of Albuquerque Journal, who took the picture above on the 30th, appropriately commented that this revived "memories of Iraq." To take action see this petition and facebook page.

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