Ban Tear Gas Now!

Stop using chemical weapons on citizens of any nation.

Activism is Common Sense

We need to be aware of how our actions or inactions affect not only those around us, but those on the other side of the globe. When we allow those in power to continue as they see fit, we collude with those in power to exploit ourselves, and those in even harsher conditions. We have been needlessly involved in wars based on faulty intelligence (a.k.a., lies) for over ten years now. We send money to foreign countries for security purposes, when those being secured are using this money to further victimize others.


It is easy to feel powerless. Essentially, you are. You need to take power. You need to actively fight for it. You need to militarize the pacifists. You don’t need bombs or guns: you need knowledge, social capital (i.e., friends), and the desire for change. You need to take your iPhone and use it for something more than playing Angry Birds. You need to make phone calls. Organize. You need to write emails. You need to stand up and call politicians out when they allow profits to win over people.


There will always be obstacles. There will always be something else you have to do. You don’t have to fight 24 hours a day. Even soldiers on the front have down time. But you do have to start. What can you accomplish in 15 minutes today?


Today you can call Combined Tactical Systems CEO Don Smith at 724-932-2177; my guess is you will get his voicemail, so have some reading material handy. Leave a message for him, be it a very simple statement regarding how his company’s chemical weapons are responsible a rise in miscarriages and the suppression of free speech, or a creative insult. {I left an admittedly teary voicemail for him yesterday: even so, still waiting for that return call about my case, Don.} Post the number on bathroom walls, subway stations, school desks, telephone poles… Let’s use some ingenuity.


This week I have followed up yet again with the University of Washington President’s office, also ccing correspondence to the UW Board of Regents and the UW Graduate Student Workers Union representative. I am also in communication with the US State Department’s Legal Advisors, based on the fact that injury of a US citizen by a chemical weapon produced by a US company must fall under their jurisdiction. I am still waiting to hear when my case will be heard by the WA State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.  


As always, if you have advice or relevant research for others wishing to help join the fight, feel free to comment or send an email to banteargasnow (at)



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