Win Without War

Tell Verizon Wireless: Stop fueling militarism, hate, and abuse

Every year at the “Border Security” Expo in San Antonio, TX, HUNDREDS of companies feature the “hottest gear” — THOUSANDS of military-grade weapons and surveillance products. And it’s all for sale.

Luckily for these vendors, the Trump administration is willing to pay with dollars AND our civil liberties. What's more, expos like these are one place militarization thrives. Trump’s secret police in Portland included Department of Homeland Security agents — equipped with the latest gear — who beat and arrested Black Lives Matter protestors with impunity and without cause. This has got to be the LAST straw.

We need to shut this expo down— the arms dealers, the surveillance companies, and the dehumanizing ‘us vs. them’ rhetoric. All of it. 

Planning is ALREADY underway for the 2021 Expo. But just like any big industry conference, the Expo is built on corporate sponsorships, and if there’s anything corporations care about, it’s their brand. So we’ve got to get LOUD and let last year’s lead sponsor — Verizon Wireless — know that if they sponsor this event again, they’re just doubling down on hate and militarism. 

Tell Verizon: Stop fueling CBP’s hate and abuse! Make 2020 the last year you sponsor this Expo.


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Dear Mr. Gerace,

This year, Verizon Wireless was the lead sponsor of the 2020 Border Security Expo in San Antonio. These events feature products designed to surveil and harm individuals at a moment when Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have become increasingly militarized: terrorizing and criminalizing immigrants, separating families, and tearing people from their communities.

We’ve seen appalling disregard for immigrants’ humanity at the southern U.S. border and most recently, witnessed incredible violations of civil liberties as agents, including those from CBP, beat and arrested protestors in Portland.

In June, Verizon, along with Win Without War, joined over 1,000 companies and organizations to boycott Facebook over concerns of hate speech. Your company put millions of dollars on the table because holding Facebook accountable was the right thing to do. We urge you to act with this same moral clarity once more, and demand that the 2020 Expo be Verizon’s last.

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