As we work to build bonds of solidarity between movements for justice across the globe, we are connected by common causes and by the state-repression we all suffer. One tool used to suppress dissent—from Egypt to Greece and from Bahrain to Oakland—is tear gas. As part of a broad campaign about how U.S. corporations profit from, and the U.S. government facilitates, the sale of tear gas used — sometimes lethally — to suppress popular protesters across the globe, we presented the “Popular Resistance, Militarized Repression” teach-in and published an article based on it, as well as a comic, which has been translated to Arabic.
Facing Tear Gas is a story-telling project of War Resisters League by and for people that have experienced tear gas all over the world. By making the links between these stories we hope to bring those that profit off of tear gas further into the public consciousness and, along with that, the inspiring movements the gas is used to squelch. This is part of a broader campaign to end the US’s role in the business of tear gas in solidarity with global nonviolent uprisings and those facing US-backed repression everywhere, including within the US.
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