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Stop using chemical weapons on citizens of any nation.

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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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Abolish all chemical weapons, Chomsky says

Exactly!

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from the USA says about itself:

Chomsky: Instead of “Illegal” Syria Threat, U.S. Should Back Chemical Weapons Ban Worldwide

In a national address from the White House Tuesday night, President Obama announced he is delaying a plan to strike Syria while pursuing a diplomatic effort from Russia for international monitors to take over and destroy Syria‘s arsenal of chemical weapons. However, Obama still threatened to use force against Syria if the plan fails. We get reaction to Obama’s speech from world-renowned political dissident and linguist, MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky.

“The Russian plan is a godsend for Obama,” Chomsky says. “It saves him from what would look like a very serious defeat. He has not been able to obtain virtually any international support, and it looked as though Congress wasn’t going to support it either, which would leave him completely out on a limb…

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