Communities across the US, committed to safety and real security, are building strategic campaigns to challenge deadly policies and ban exchanges with Israel.
Here are some campaigns RAIA contributed research toward:
1. JVP's Deadly Exchange campaign
RAIA supports JVP's Deadly Exchange campaign with research and data to end US police exchanges with Israel. RAIA's research for JVP's Deadly Exchange campaign includes its research report, which examines major topics of US police exchanges with Israeli military, police, and intelligence agencies: the tactics and technologies of surveillance, racial profiling, and use of force, and the dangerous consequences of these exchanges.
2. Supplying local groups working across the US with data-driven investigative research
RAIA works directly with grassroots organizers and activists working for justice in Palestine and the US, including student organizations, local and national coalitions, faith groups, and all those working for justice in Palestine and the US. In addition to designing and producing timely and tailored research for our partners, we launched the Palestine is Here campaign to enable activists to proactively track US-Israeli exchanges of state violence in their communities and cities.
3. Supporting a local community in passing the nation's first bill banning police exchanges with Israel
RAIA supported Durham, North Carolina's Demilitarize from Durham2Palestine! coalition with tailored research to help the Durham community ban future police exchanges with the Israeli military and police. The City Council unanimously voted to ban exchanges and became the first in the country to do it, setting a precedent for other communities nationwide.
“The council opposes international exchanges with any country in which Durham officers receive military-style training since such exchanges do not support the kind of policing we want here in the City of Durham.”