Ban Tear Gas Now!

Stop using chemical weapons on citizens of any nation.

Tear Gas Exposure

Tear gas exposure is harmful, and others may be impacted by it more than you. Pregnant women, children, elderly, and those with immune deficiency disorders or other medical conditions (such as asthma) are especially prone to tear gas’ effects. If you are able to do so, assist others in seeking medical help. Even if you don’t immediately feel the effects, seek medical assistance quickly. Rinse your eyes and skin with cold water, and discard clothing that has been exposed as soon as possible. In some cases, water can actually reactivate the tear gas, which is why it is important to seek medical attention.

If you are pregnant, remain calm, but immediately leave the area. Tell others so that they can assist you. Get to the nearest emergency room and explain what has happened. Demand an ultrasound and a plan for follow-up care. Do not let a doctor brush off your exposure due to a lack of experience on his or her part. US Poison Control may state that at as long as you were in an open area, you probably are ok: this is not necessarily true.

If you are a police officer, please remember that innocent people may be harmed irreparably if you choose to use tear gas.

If you are a government official or concerned citizen, please join our efforts to ban CS gas and other chemical weapons.

Please share widely. If you would like to translate this into a foreign language so that this message can be more widely spread, email banteargasnow [at] hotmail [dot] com .

Suzanne

US Troops Injured by US Chemical Weapons in Iraq

According to mulitple sources including the Global Research’s condensed article based on the New York Time’s investigative report, the US did in fact find chemical weapons in Iraq, but they were our own. Having researched this issue for years now, through scholarly articles, historical documents, alternative news sources, and conversations with injured military vets, I am surprised that this information is just now coming to light in the mainstream media. There are a few questions that this “new finding” brings up:

1: Is it somehow worse that the people who are trained/ paid to deploy these weapons have been injured by said weapons to which innocent civilians have been subjected for decades?

2: Will further evidence that Americans can be and are injured by these weapons be enough to put an end to the production and export of these technologies?

Humans unfortunately have a history of staying silent in the face of genocide as long as our own tribes are not affected. We saw it during World War II. The media forced us to see Vietnam and even now, US vets are still suffering from the long-term effects of the chemical agents used there.  We’re seeing it in the Middle East, and what’s more, we are still responsible. We can point to the terrible things being done by ISIS to men, women, and children (which are indeed truly, utterly irredeemable), but our hands are not clean.  Our leaders claim that chemical weapons are necessary to our defense, but the liabilities of these weapons far outweigh any potential benefit. Chemical weapons have poisoned water and soil around the world. They have killed and permanently injured countless victims. Birth defects are on the rise.

We can no longer focus on stopping the “bad guys” from getting these weapons. Regimes change, policies change, and our friends today may very well be our enemies tomorrow — especially given the US tendency of creating enemies where there could be friends. If we want to protect our troops and stay the “good guys,” we need to ban the production, distribution, and stockpiling of chemical (and nuclear) weapons.

So what do we do?

We vote. We question politicians on their stance, and we lobby. We put forward our own candidates who will make the necessary changes to protect the global community from chemical weapons. We stop pretending like these issues don’t affect us or are too big for us to solve. We read and we talk to friends about the importance of this issue.

If you agree with me, share this article. Write your local representatives. And comment below if you have more information or solutions.

–Suzanne

 

Innocent Bystander Maced in Seattle

No comment other than I hope this young man recovers quickly and that Valor Security loses its contract.

Seattle, Protest, and Tear Gas

Seattle police are prepared to use tear gas again to disperse May Day protesters. If you believe that we the people have the right to assemble, call the Seattle Police Department and the Seattle City Council members, and tell them why tear gas is a violation of constitutional rights and a danger to innocent bystanders. If you will be protesting this year, no matter the city, please stay peaceful, and help those around you. If tear gas is deployed, seek medical attention, even if you don’t feel the effects right away. It is a chemical weapon, and there is no such thing as safe use of tear gas. Please share and translate if you are able.

Sympathy for the Latest Victims of Tear Gas

On Friday, The Guardian reported the deaths of at least 37 Egyptian prisoners, who were tear gassed in a police van after being locked in for several hours in sweltering heat. Please read the original article, and share widely with friends. Tear gas is deadly, and we’ve seen time and again those who claim it is safe if used properly don’t even follow their own made up safety rules: i.e., don’t use in enclosed spaces. The perpetrators deserve to be brought to justice, as do the producers of this weapon.

Ban tear gas now!

Bahrain Watch’s Stop the Shipment Campaign

Bahrain Watch’s Stop the Shipment Campaign

Here’s a link to Bahrain Watch’s successful Stop the Shipment Campaign. I hope you’ll stop by their site and show your support!

Activism Works! Bahrain’s Supply of Tear Gas Cut Off

Activism Works! Bahrain’s Supply of Tear Gas Cut Off

“South Korean authorities announced this week that they are suspending the export of more than 1.6 million canisters of tear gas to Bahrain in response to a global advocacy campaign. South Korea joins a growing list of countries including the United States, France, and Spain that have stopped shipping chemical irritants and crowd control weapons to Bahrain.”

 

Click on the link above to read the article in full. We need to focus our efforts in the coming year if we want to eliminate the weapon all together!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Thank you to everyone for your support.

Even though there is still much to be done, I am proud of my accomplishments this year, and I hope that you are as well.

In 2014, we will launch new initiatives to increase our cause’s awareness. I hope that you will join me and other activists working to rid the world of chemical weapons.

Best wishes to you in the coming year as you fight your own battles and win your own victories.

Soldier on.

Suzanne

From Bangkok to Kiev

Friends have written to say that right now, protesters in Bangkok and Kiev are being met with tear gas. We stand with the people: you have the right to be heard without being exposed to CS gas or any other chemical agent.

As a reminder, if you have been exposed, rinse your eyes and skin with cold water, discard exposed clothing as soon as is practical, and seek medical attention.

If you are pregnant or have other health concerns such as asthma, ask others for help, leave the area immediately and seek medical attention.

If you are able, help others who may be more prone to the effects to safely exit the area and get medical treatment.

Stay strong, stay safe.

Suzanne

Changes

Our next goal is to push the US legislature (you know, if they ever get back to work) to ban the production and distribution of tear gas. We will begin posting petition information in the coming month or two, with the idea of going live with a national petition on January 1. We will also have resources for those who want to help change policy at the state level. If you believe in the cause, please help us solidify forces. Tell your friends about http://www.banteargasnow.com and ask them to join our Facebook group. Thank you for your support!

“Cruel, Inhuman, Degrading Treatment On A Massive Scale”

İSTANBUL DISPATCHES

THE RECENT RELEASE OF the aptly-titled ‘Contempt for Freedom’ by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) documents in great detail the disproportionate use of force by the Turkish state police in response to the anti-government protests this year. The unparalleled demonstrations in June were ignited by the ferocious police attacks on a sit-in in Taksim’s Gezi Park in late May. Over the course of one week, what began as a peaceful occupation to halt an unauthorized dig to make way for a controversial shopping mall, rapidly escalated into nationwide unrest, driven by shocking reports & images of excessive police action flooding social media, alongside a largely silent mainstream Turkish media &, not least, by an overly blunt reaction from the ruling AKP.

As the accompanying press release from the New York-based NGO outlines, police “attacked independent medical personnel who courageously provided care to the injured in accordance with international medical ethical…

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