Peace and Conflict

The Audacity of Air Strikes and Secret Deals: Just Making Isis Grow Stronger?

The Audacity of Air Strikes and Secret Deals: Just Making Isis Grow Stronger?

September 23, 2014 at 9:38 am

THE GUARDIAN 09/23/14 By Michael Shank and Rep Raul Grijalva Members of Congress – and the public – who care about a sustainable peace in the Middle East, the wise use of American tax dollars and the balance of power between our branches of government must not stand by as […]

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Stop the ISIS War Before It Gets Worse!

Stop the ISIS War Before It Gets Worse!

September 17, 2014 at 7:44 am

DAILY BEAST 09/17/14 By Michael Shank and Jeffrey Sachs Earth Institute director Jeffrey Sachs and the Quakers’ Michael Shank call on Obama to stop the airstrikes—and stop supporting anti-Assad rebels. Too many times in recent history the United States has responded militarily to provocations and threats in ways that have resulted […]

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Why Congress Needs to Act Now on Super-Pollutants

Why Congress Needs to Act Now on Super-Pollutants

September 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

POLITIX 09/16/14 By Michael Shank As the United Nations convenes world leaders this month in New York to discuss ways to reduce global warming, the United States Senate has the opportunity to discuss the most important lever the U.S. government can pull to cool the planet and make our air […]

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Ferguson Could Lead to More US Weapons for Middle East

Ferguson Could Lead to More US Weapons for Middle East

September 2, 2014 at 10:54 am

AL-MONITOR 09/02/14 By Julian Pecquet and Sarita Iyer The images of small-town police officers pointing sniper rifles at protesters from atop armored trucks have many people drawing comparisons between Ferguson, Missouri and Baghdad. If Congress gets its way, Baghdad is exactly where some of that military equipment may end up. […]

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Stop Police Militarization

Stop Police Militarization

August 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm

ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION 08/28/14 By Hank Johnson As seen in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution: http://on-ajc.com/1lhRBWk U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat, is a member of the House Armed Services and Judiciary Committees. Michael Shank, associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, contributed to this article. […]

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Stop Treating America Like a War Zone

Stop Treating America Like a War Zone

August 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 08/22/14 By Michael Shank and US Rep Hank Johnson America is finally waking up to the militarization of its police forces. This is a good thing and heralds a tipping point in the changing face of policing in the United States. America must realize that […]

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Drawing the Line Between Soldier and Cop

Drawing the Line Between Soldier and Cop

August 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm

NEW YORK TIMES 08/17/14 By Jake Flanagin “Ferguson, Mo., has become a virtual war zone,” write Elizabeth R. Beavers and Michael Shank in an Op-Ed for The New York Times. “In the wake of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, outsize armored vehicles have lined streets and […]

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Time to Stop Turning Police Forces Into Armies

Time to Stop Turning Police Forces Into Armies

August 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm

NEWSER 08/15/14 By John Johnson Critics such as Sen. Claire McCaskill say the initial police response in Ferguson, Mo., actually made things worse because cops were equipped like soldiers of war. No wonder, write Elizabeth Beavers and Michael Shank in the New York Times. The Pentagon and Homeland Security Department […]

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Five Best Friday Columns

Five Best Friday Columns

August 15, 2014 at 12:10 pm

THE WIRE 08/15/14 By David Ludwig Elizabeth R. Beavers and Michael Shank in The New York Times on why American police forces are too militarized. Beavers and Shank write that the reaction to protests in Ferguson after the death of Michael Brown demonstrate that U.S. police forces have been over-equipped […]

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Get the Military Off of Main Street

Get the Military Off of Main Street

August 15, 2014 at 9:41 am

NEW YORK TIMES 08/15/14 By Michael Shank and Elizabeth Beavers WASHINGTON — FERGUSON, Mo., has become a virtual war zone. In the wake of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, outsize armored vehicles have lined streets and tear gas has filled the air. Officers dressed in camouflage […]

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