How Tear Gas Has Been Used to Suppress Dissent

Anna Feigenbaum, author of “Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of WWI to the Streets of Today,” in conversation with L.A. Kauffman, Mark Bray, Ali Issa, and Ajay Singh Chaudhary. At Verso Books in Brooklyn, November 8, 2017.

How has tear gas gone from the battlefields of WWI to the most commonly used form of “less-lethal” police force? How can activists today learn from the history of chemical weapons used to suppress political dissent and labor strikes? How might we build campaigns against the profiting off protest? Join a panel of writers, scholars and activists who will discuss their work and personal experiences organizing in the face of state repression.

This discussion will commemorate the launch of Anna Feigenbaum’s new book, “Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of WWI to the Streets of Today.” An engrossing century-spanning narrative, “Tear Gas” is the first history of this weapon, and takes us from military labs and chemical weapons expos to union assemblies and protest camps, drawing on declassified reports and witness testimonies to show how policing with poison came to be.

Co-sponsored by Melville House and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.