In an unprecedented move, the Berkeley City Council is considering fully withdrawing their participation in Urban Shield. A decision in favor of pulling out of Urban Shield by the Berkeley City Council paves the way for other cities in the Bay Area to do the same. Join us on Tuesday to show mass opposition to Urban Shield's war on our communities.
Can't attend on Tuesday? Support with CALL IN DAY: Monday, April 24th,.
Call Berkeley City Council and demand that they end police militarization. Here is sample call in language and contact info:
"Dear Councilperson _________,
I am writing to urge you and all Berkeley City Council members to take leadership in putting an end to Berkeley's engagement with the militarization of police and disaster preparedness represented by the annual Urban Shield exercises and weapons expo, funded by DHS through the Urban Areas Security Initiative. Urban Shield's emphasis on SWAT teams as the response to emergencies - including natural disasters - as well as the extremely militarized scenarios, diminishes resources for responding to the ordinary emergencies community members face every day. Berkeley should not be participating in war games funded by the Department of Homeland Security, which involve not only nine Bay Area counties, but teams from around the United States.That is why I ask you to exercise your leadership and reject any future funding from UASI, Berkeley's participation in Urban Shield, and to stand with Alameda County communities, and people across the country.
CONTACT INFO FOR BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS Map of Berkeley Council Districts
Mayor Jesse Arreguin/ (510) 981-7100 / mayor [at] cityofberkeley.info
District 1/Linda Miao/(510) 981-7110 / lmaio [at] cityofberkeley.info
District 2/Cheryl Davila/ (510) 981-7120 / cdavila [at] cityofberkeley.info
District 3/ Ben Bartlett/ (510) 981-7130 / bbartlett [at] CityofBerkeley.info
District 4/ Kate Harrison / (510) 981-7140 / kharrison [at] CityofBerkeley.info
District 5 / Sophie Hahn/ 510) 981-7150 / shahn [at] CityofBerkeley.info
District 6 / Susan Wengraf / (510) 981-7160 / swengraf [at] CityofBerkeley.info
District 7/ Kris Worthington / (510) 981-7170 / kworthington [at] CityofBerkeley.info
District 8/ Lori Droste / (510) 981-7180 / ldroste [at] CityofBerkeley.info