The War at Home and Abroad: Police Militarization and Anti-War Movement


On Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, Ali Issa, national field organizer with War Resisters League, spoke at an event called “The War Here and Abroad: CUNY and U.S. Empire” at CUNY’s Graduate Center in NYC. The City University of New York – one of the largest public university systems in the U.S. – has been witness to increasing anti-war organizing, sparked partly by the return of military recruiting at some CUNY schools, the hiring of David Petraeus – key General in the U.S.’ Iraq and Afghanistan occupations – as a guest lecturer, and harsh crackdown of protesters mobilizing against this and more. Here Ali discusses the skyrocketing militarization of the police in the US, how it relates to uprisings around the world, and what WRL’s Facing Tear Gas campaign [] is doing to support a broad alliance of groups to stop this process in its tracks.

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