Join the StopUrbanShield Coalition at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting, where they will be voting on the Sheriff’s request to fund UrbanShield 2018. We are organizing to ensure they say NO! We want real, community-based preparedness for emergencies. Police militarization is not the answer.
We recently learned that Sheriff Ahern hosted ICE at the 2017 UrbanShield! We must turn out all our communities for this crucial vote. Alameda County must resist this blatant collusion with the horrific Trump and Sessions administration, and need to act on ending the racist tactics, and technologies being spread by UrbanShield.
It has only become clearer that UrbanShield does not provide disaster preparedness for the Bay Area. At the most recent Board meeting where AC Supervisors heard back from the Task Force assigned to evaluate UrbanShield, Sheriff Ahern demonstrated open disregard for the terms put in place by the Board to curb some of the program’s blatant racism and violence. UrbanShield clearly can not be reformed and must be defunded.
Take Action! Here’s how you can help. StopUrbanShield:1) Come out on Tuesday, March 27th for our rally and press conference, and plan to stay so we pack the room during the Board of Supervisors vote on UrbanShield. The Board meeting starts at 11am and will likely go for a few hours. Please plan to stay a while or come late in order to make public comment if you can’t arrive by 10am.2) Call and email the Board of Supervisors on Monday, March 26th. Here’s a sample script and their contact information that you can use:
Dear Supervisor _________, I am calling to urge you and your fellow Supervisors to take leadership in putting an end to the harmful and controversial UrbanShield program in Alameda County. On Tuesday, March 27th, you will be asked to decide whether to authorize funding for the Sheriff to hold UrbanShield in 2018.. By rejecting this, Alameda County can be a leader in prioritizing true community preparedness that is not based on fear and militarization. Despite your guidelines and community concerns, Sheriff Ahern has repeatedly demonstrated complete disregard for very serious concerns, most recently shown when he hosted both ICE and the Oath Keepers at last year’s UrbanShield. I urge you to take action by saying no to the authorization of any funding for UrbanShield. Thank you.