Why Demilitarize?

For over 13 years CODEPINK has worked to end US war and militarized aggression throughout the world. From Palestine to Syria, Mexico to Yemen we have recognized that US funding of occupation and weaponization has resulted in continued oppression and contributed to increased violence globally.  In that time we have been in a state of constant war and uncertainty. More and more we are seeing the weapons of occupation finding their way into our communities right here in the US. As a result of the failed 'drug wars' and hysteria in no small part fueled by FBI-organized cases of entrapment of so-called 'terrorists', we have witnessed the militarization of our local police departments with 'excess equipment' and funding from the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.  

Through Department of Defense Programs 1033 and 1122 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and Homeland Securities 'Urban Areas Securities Initiative (UASI)' local police departments have become increasingly militarized both in equipment and tactics.

In cities across the United States we have seen how this militarized mold of policing has created a divide between local enforcement and their communities.

This is why we have created C.O.D.E. (Communities Organizing to Demilitarize Enforcement)

 "When you love people, you hate the fact that they’re being treated unfairly. You tell the truth. You sacrifice your popularity for integrity. There is a willingness to give your life back to the people given that, in the end, they basically gave it to you, because we are who we are because somebody loved us anyway."

- Brother Cornel West

Our Goals

Through our campaign to support Communities Organizing to Demilitarize Enforcement we will seek to:

  • Pass a resolution to stop the unlawful implementation of the 1033 Program.
  • Create effective civilian review, with subpoena power, of all shootings and allegations of misconduct by police.
  • Hold Police forces accountable to the Death in Custody Reporting Act; while working to include reporting on all injuries occurred in the process of arrest or while in custody. 
  • Demand an executive order that creates a strong and enforceable prohibition on police brutality and discriminatory policing based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, disability, and housing status.
  • Advocate for increased funding for the DOJ's Office for Civil Rights to ensure additional, accessible state-level responders for police and other civil rights violations.
  • Establish a comprehensive national database of police shootings, excessive force, misconduct complaints, traffic & pedestrian stops and arrests, broken down by race, religion, gender identity and other demographic data to be organized and overseen by the US Department of Justice and made publicly available.
  • Build support for the passage of the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA).
  • Confront and address issues of white supremacy.


For more information on how you can begin this process in your community, or to request support from CODEPINK's Communities Organizing to Demilitarize Enforcement campaign, please email campaign organizer Chelsea Byers via chelsea@codepink.org. Please type "CODE INFO REQUEST" in Subject Line.

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    Communities Organizing to Demilitarize Enforcement. Raising voices and ridding communities of the tools of war.