Since 2002, hundreds of US police including officers and commanders from Boston PD, Chelsea PD, Tufts Univ PD, Boston Univ PD, Northeastern PD, Suffolk PD, MIT PD, MBTA, and Boston Logan TSA have traveled to Israel for all expense paid trainings to better repress the people they serve. Practices exchanged between US law enforcement and the Israeli military include the use of invasive surveillance, blatant racial profiling, and repressive force against dissent. Find out if your city has sent police on a deadly exchange here:
Rather than promoting security for all, these deadly exchanges promote state violence and attacks on civil rights that disproportionately affects Communities of Color. Right now the deadliness of America's militarized police is especially horrifyingly– evident. The Black freedom struggle has always been deeply internationalist, and as U.S. troops and police unleash their artillery to quell any rebellion, many people are drawing comparisons and making connections. From the U.S. to Brazil to Israel, the militarization of police is a global enterprise, and grows directly from the soil of American history. Black and Palestinian leaders – from Dr. King to Dr. Angela Y. Davis to Palestinian scholar Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi – remind us that justice is indivisible, and that all fights for freedom are intertwined at their roots.
On November 24th, 2020, more students than had ever voted before in a Tufts special election passed a referendum to End the Deadly Exchange by a margin of 3:1. Legislation to ban or cancel Deadly Exchange trainings has also happened in Durham, Amherst, and the state of Vermont.
End the Deadly Exchange is now part of a national network that seeks to end state violence and police militarization in the U.S. and Palestine. Coalition includes: BDS, Black Alliance for Peace, FOSNA, CTRN, DSA, National JSP, Pal. Youth Movement, Project South, RAIA, USPCR, World Beyond War, & JVP.
We believe that real safety comes from investing in the community, health and human services, parks and recreation, and affordable housing. Increased surveillance, occupation tactics, and a police state does not create healthy and safe communities. We demand a different world.