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Stop Militarizing the Police! - Petition


Society & Culture  (tags: Petition, militarization of police, USA, police force )

Dandelion
- 281 days ago - org.salsalabs.com
Images of a police force in full military gear armed with assault rifles is a wake-up call for America. It is time to put a stop to the militarization of policing in the United States.



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JL A. (285)
Friday August 15, 2014, 7:55 pm
signed via email, noted now; thanks for posting Dandelion
 

JL A. (285)
Friday August 15, 2014, 7:59 pm
Here is the full text of the email I received earlier:
"Stop Militarizing the Police

The tragic death of Michael Brown at the hands of the Ferguson police is a reminder that the upsurge in violence is not restricted to the Middle East or any one place. Its right here in our own communities.

Like the Trayvon Martin killing two years ago, the problems of racism, easy access to firearms, and the assault on our civil rights are all, once again, in the spotlight. I suspect I dont have to explain why peace activists are taking action, mostly in support of activists of color who are leading the organized response to this latest perversion of justice. Anti-violence is at the very heart of our struggle.

In this case however there is another element that directly connects to our ongoing work to build a more peaceful and just future that is militarism. Its time to demilitarize our police.

As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wind down (though clearly not all the way down) the Pentagon has been offering surplus weapons to local police forces for free. Tens of thousands of M-16s, as well as mine-resistant trucks and other battlefield hardware have already been transferred to jurisdictions around the country but the Pentagon still has lots and lots of free stuff to give away.

A bipartisan chorus has already begun to speak out in Congress against this practice. Even Tea Party and right wing extremist Ted Cruz is raising alarm.

Tell your Member of Congress where you stand.

How much military hardware has been transferred to local jurisdictions? Its not easy to know as the Pentagon makes the trail difficult to track. Most of the data available comes from local and state officials like the State of Missouri which CNN reports has received some $17 million worth in transfers from the Pentagon.

I find, and Im confident you do as well, the images of police in full military gear aiming assault rifles at unarmed protesters upsetting. We can expect to see more and more of this in the future too, if we dont do something about the economic terrorism visited upon the poor in our society at the hands of the 1 percent.

We know, for example, the Pentagon has in place plans for dealing with civil disorder brought about by economic or environmental disaster threatening the stablity of the government. Arming local jurisdictions is a step in the wrong direction.

Since the 1980s the US government has enabled the militarization of the police force as part of its so-called War on Drugs. Post 9/11 politics opened the flood gates with grants from the federal government to prepare for the imminent terrorist threat. Now, as combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan have ended, the Pentagon is literally giving battlefield hardware away.

The militarism of policing both in terms of weaponry and tactics is a threat to our freedom as great as any coming from outside our borders. Its time to put it to a stop.

Write you Member of Congress today!

Please forward this message to your friends."
 

AniMae Chi (452)
Friday August 15, 2014, 8:03 pm
Think i signed this one earlier, but it took my signature again.

Thanx Dandelion
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Friday August 15, 2014, 8:06 pm
I also placed on 2 different petitions....this is one of two. Thanks.
 

Mary T. (333)
Friday August 15, 2014, 8:59 pm
Thank you Dandelion - signed and noted
 

Ben Oscarsito (367)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 3:53 am
Message sent to: Rep. Danny Davis, Sen. Dick Durbin, and Sen. Mark Kirk. PS. I don't even live in The U.S. of A., signing anyway...DS.
 

Natasha Salgado (616)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 6:36 am
Signed-thx Dandelion
 

Liv B. (0)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 9:05 am
All signed but was unable to send one to my 2 senators as one require a suffix after my name (and none were appropriate) and the other required a subject and none of the choices fit (no "other"). This was the first time I have seen a required suffix. Guess that senator doesn't want to hear from us.
 

Pat B. (351)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 12:57 pm
Thank you, signed.
 

Lois Jordan (59)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 2:03 pm
Messages sent. Noted. Many thanks, Dandelion.
 

SuSanne P. (189)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 2:39 pm
Thank you. Petitions sent to Senator Diane Feinstein, Senator Barbara Boxer and Rep: Julia Brownling.
 

Birgit W. (156)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 6:10 pm
Signed.
 

Ros G. (88)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 7:34 pm
Thanks Dandelion.........sorry US only
 

A F. (130)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 8:52 pm
it's so far out of control, thank you Dandelion
 

Bonnie Lynn M. (1)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 9:26 pm
Petition signed. thank you
 

Inge Bjorkman (162)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 11:52 pm
Signed.via CA.zip 95667-5532

Love
 

Parsifal O. (107)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 11:59 pm

signed, of course

18 + The Freemasons Control the Police in the US
 

Dogan Ozkan (2)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 1:05 am
noted and signed
 

Arild Warud (172)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 3:51 am
Signed,thanks Sheryl.
 

Arlene C. (78)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 4:56 am
O"K"
 

Terrie Williams (780)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 7:15 am
Thanks! Your form has been submitted. SSN
 

Parsifal O. (107)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 9:27 am

Pt 1
The United Police State of America


Pt 2
(above)

Pt 3
Ferguson: Emergency and Curfew Imposed
 

Stephen D. (54)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 11:40 am
signed. ty Dandelion
 

Catman P. (959)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 12:23 pm
done
 

Mandi T. (435)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 3:42 pm
Thanks! Your forms has been submitted.
 

Jim Phillips (3202)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:49 pm
Petition signed to my CongressCritterss;
Rep. Mike Thompson (D)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D)
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D)

Here is another petition put out by Daily Kos:

Tell Congress: Pass the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act. No more Fergusons!

https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/924

ty, Dandelon.
.
 

Mitchell D. (133)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 7:00 pm
Noted ans Signed.
 

Kathleen Mireault (175)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 7:02 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks, Dandelion.
 

Krista Away Slavin (228)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 7:56 pm
Done
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Monday August 18, 2014, 2:09 am
Signed the posted petition, as well as this one from the AlterNet site: "Tell Dept. Of Justice 'End Racist And Militaristic Policing' " @
http://www.popularresistance.org/tell-dept-of-justice-end-racist-and-militaristic-policing/

Now just the DailyKos left to sign.

Thank you, Dandelion & Jim!
 

Jim Phillips (3202)
Monday August 18, 2014, 5:20 am
Thanks to Lucy for her link to another petition and signed.

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Emma S. (231)
Monday August 18, 2014, 7:35 am
All done! Thanks, Dandelion, Jim and Lucy.
 

Ingrid A. (534)
Monday August 18, 2014, 9:02 am
Done
 

kate k. (487)
Monday August 18, 2014, 9:07 am
Noted and signed thank you sweetie
 

Bonita Annis (20)
Monday August 18, 2014, 9:51 am
Noted and signed
 

Frances Darcy (227)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 5:15 am
Signed Jim and Lucy's petitions but the one for this article is US only
 

Shirley S. (176)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 12:04 am
Done This is what worldwide terrorism has done to police thinking.
 

Brian M. (209)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 7:50 am
It's time to fight the #PoliceState. #PoliceBrutality #Gestapo
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (413)
Friday August 22, 2014, 7:41 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Dandelion.
 

Judy C. (102)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 1:29 pm
Signed. Thanks Dandelion.
 

Edith B. (145)
Wednesday September 3, 2014, 9:30 pm
petition signed
 
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