Another World is Possible
Building Solidarity, Reclaiming Safety
We are part of a broad based coalition to prioritize communities and de-militarize Seattle.
End the Deadly Exchange is a nationwide campaign working to end US-Israeli police exchange programs, as part of our larger goal of challenging state violence, human rights abuses, and discrimination in both countries. In these exchanges, the US and Israel share their countries’ “worst practices” of discriminatory and repressive policing, racial profiling, massive spying and surveillance, deportation and immigrant detention, counterterrorism techniques, the criminalization of protest, and attacks on human rights defenders. You can find more about these exchanges and the campaign to end them here.
End the Deadly Exchange Seattle is a local coalition working to demilitarize our police and make Seattle safer by ending police exchanges with all countries that consistently engage in human rights violations. With over 50 endorsements from community organizations across Seattle, we hope to create legislation that will end the Seattle Police Department’s exchanges and trainings with any military, police, or security forces from any country that violates human rights.
On Tuesday, September 14th, the Seattle Public Safety and Human Services Committee will be discussing our legislation to end Seattle Police Department’s exchanges with countries with human rights violations. We need to show the Council that Seattle supports this legislation so that the PSHS Committee will vote in favor to send this ordinance to the full council! Find your council member here and check out our toolkit to help inspire you here.
From Ferguson to Palestine
Practices exchanged between US law enforcement personnel and the Israeli military include the use of invasive surveillance, blatant racial profiling, and repressive force against dissent.
Rather than promoting security for all, these programs promote state violence and attacks on civil rights that disproportionately affect Palestinians, Black and brown Americans, poor and working-class people, mentally ill and disabled people, and all who are affected by the increasing militarization of our police worldwide.
Seattle does not need more racist policing!
The Seattle Police Department participated in “educational security” trips to Israel in 2013 and 2015. On these exchanges, officers learn from Israeli agencies who carry out the country’s policies of occupation via surveillance, restrictions of movement, repression of social movements, torture, and violence.
SPD is under federal investigation for excessive force and racially biased policing and does NOT need further training in racist violence and occupation tactics from a country with its own record of egregious human rights abuses.