Much of the work to demilitarize police has to be done at the local level
John Lindsay-Poland coordinates the Stop U.S. Arms to Mexico Project of Global Exchange (stopusarmstomexico.org), and works for police demilitarization with the California Healing Justice Program of the American Friends Service Committee in Oakland, California. He has written about, researched and advocated for human rights and demilitarization of US policy for more than 35 years. His research has focused on U.S. foreign military assistance and military bases and respect for human rights, and he produced the documentary and companion report, Where the Guns Go: U.S. Policy and Human Rights in Mexico. From 1989 to 2014, he served the Fellowship of Reconciliation, as Latin America program coordinator, research director, and founder of its Colombia peace team. He studied as an undergraduate at Harvard University. He is author of Emperors in the Jungle: The Hidden History of the U.S. in Panama (Duke University Press, 2003) and Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism (Duke University Press, 2018).