Veterans For Peace (VFP) Linus Pauling Chapter, Mid-Valley, Oregon is sponsoring a petition calling on the Corvallis City Council to pass a resolution banning militarized policing in Corvallis.
VFP is looking for individual signers and other community organizations to co-sponsor, endorse, and promote the petition and resolution.
Read the resolution at one of the following links:
For individuals to sign, go here.
For organizations to endorse or become a co-sponsor go here.
The “Ban on Militarized Policing” resolution would prohibit the purchase or granting of various military hardware from the U.S. military or any other source. It would also prohibit the use of militarized “warrior” training for Corvallis Police Department (CPD) officers.
VFP has modeled the resolution wording on a resolution passed by the Charlottesville, Virginia city council at the urging of David Swanson of World Beyond War, other community groups, and the public (through a petition similar to ours). More information about this project can be found at the World Beyond War site here.
Our research of Defense Department data and a U.S. government grants data base indicates that Corvallis has never participated in the DoD 1003 program, which allots excess military hardware to local law enforcement requesting it. Former CPD Chief Jon Sassaman stated in a 2020 interview with the Corvallis Advocate that Corvallis does not participate in the 1033 program and did not have plans to do so. The current police chief, Nick Hurley, has reaffirmed that intent to us via email and phone.
So now is the perfect time to enact this ban; to cement current practice into formal guidance from the city council.