Urban Shield Fate to be Decided at Alameda County Board of Sups
POLICE REFORM: Alameda County Urban Shield/UASI Task ForceFor six years, Bay Area activists have pushed to repurpose Homeland Security disaster preparedness funds away from the hyper-militarized training exercise Urban Shield. Finally the Alameda Board of Supervisors agreed and convened a task force to end "Urban Shield as we know it". The task force has provided dozens of recommendations to do exactly that.
There is lots of pushback and lots more coming, according to the SF Chronicle, which announced the Alameda County Sheriff's Department is "primed for battle". But this is our taxpayer money to protect us and help us recover from disasters like catastrophic wildfires. We get a say in how it is spent.
You can view some of the proposed recommendations here and here. The recommendations follow years of problems with racial profiling, right wing vigilantes, and environmental abuse. Your physical presence on the 26th is important, but you can also use this easy action alert to tell the Supervisors not to buckle to the pressure and really change Urban Shield. Now: