Stop Police Militarization. Abolish the 1033 Program.

The Federal 1033 program allows any federal, state, or local law enforcement agency to acquire military weapons from the Pentagon.

According to Defense Logistics Agency reports, neither the Corvallis Police Department nor the Benton County Sheriffs Office participate in the 1033 program. Our VFP chapter is working to ensure that does not change.

Meanwhile, please join Black Alliance for Peace in calling for the 1033 program’s abolition.

Here is their recent press release with a link to sign their petition. President Biden can do this with the stroke of a pen. A 1033 fact sheet follows the press release.

BAP Demands Biden Abolish—Not Just Alter—1033 Program

The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) calls U.S. President Joe Biden’s executive order to alter the Department of Defense’s 1033 program because of his supposed commitment to racial justice an affront. The gratuitous militarization of police forces across the United States through this program has helped to turn these agencies into brutal weapons of repression. Therefore, nothing short of complete abolition of this program is acceptable.

BAP has demanded abolition of the 1033 program since BAP’s 2017 founding. It now asks the public to sign a petition demanding the Biden administration and Democrats commit to abolishing this racist and brutal program.

Continue reading here.

1033 program fact sheet here.

About VFP Linus Pauling Chapter

Veterans For Peace (VFP) is dedicated to eliminating war as an implement of foreign policy and to that end, works to educate the public about the true costs of war. Veterans For Peace (VFP) Linus Pauling Chapter 132 is a chapter of Veterans For Peace, St. Louis, MO, which has been waging peace since 1985 and is an NGO recognized by the United Nations. The local chapter and the national organization are both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Veterans For Peace is made up of veteran and associate members. More information about the national organization, including our Statement of Purpose and contact information for a VFP chapter near you, may be found at: www.veteransforpeace.org.
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