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What We Do Strengthen, build & demilitarize.

Nonviolent direct action in Minneapolis organized by FOR Staff and National Council photo by Rebecca Lawrence

Strategic nonviolent movements are one of the most potent forces in the world. They oust dictators, change policy and realize the hopes of communities. For over 100 years FOR has strengthened the movements that reshape society through our work in Black Lives Matter, training in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience, training in Jail Support and Fiscal Sponsorship.

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We see nonviolence as a way of life, a moral commitment, and a social tool. As a branch of IFOR's international network we work with partners around the world to end militarism in all of its forms, working through the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, United Nations Advocacy, Demilitarizing Communities, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Anti-drone Initiatives and #GiveRefugeesRest.

Aug 25, 2016

California Mobilizes Against Militarization

By Ethan Vesely-Flad, FOR Staff

This September, Alameda County will bring together law enforcement agencies from across the country and world for the annual Urban Shield, a highly-militarized SWAT training and weapons expo. It exists for police units to share repressive tools, tactics, and technologies, and learn how to better control and harm our communities.

The Stop Urban Shield Coalition and many across California are organizing a mass mobilization on Sept. 9 in Pleasanton, CA, where the Urban Shield weapons expo will be held, and are calling communities everywhere to join in.

Statewide Mobilization Against Militarization
Say no to Urban Shield!

Sept. 9, 8:00 AM to 12 Noon
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton, CA

In 2014, due to organizing and grassroots mobilizing, Urban Shield was kicked out of Oakland.

This year, with community support and power from across the state, we can kick Urban Shield out of the Bay Area, and put an end to it for good!

Join the effort! 

The coalition is organizing transportation for people from across the state to be able to attend. 

Want to learn more about what Urban Shield is? As part of building community resistance, we have been hosting a series of town halls and educational events. Check out a recording of an information webinar we held in August.

For more information or to contact someone about your travel needs, visit the Stop Urban Shield Coalition, check out the Facebook page, or email StopUrbanShieldNow@gmail.com.

Ethan Vesely-Flad is FOR's director of National Organizing.


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