A selection of photos from the Counter-Summit for Peace & Economic Justice held in Chicago May 18-19. Photos courtesy Roxane Assaf, Chicago Area Peace Action.
The Counter-Summit for Peace & Economic Justice was remarkable.
Here are some of the details and highlights. Below, you can see the opening plenary, just one of several videos you can watch if you missed this important event:
Letter to the editors of the New York Times by Peace Action Executive Director, Kevin Martin regarding the anti-NATO protests in Chicago.
A coalition of 39 national peace and social justice groups have organized a summit where they hope to envision “an alternative future without NATO.” The Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice takes place Friday and Saturday at the People’s Church on Lawrence Ave. German activist Reiner Braun, a noted speaker and representative of Germany’s peace movement since 1982, is in town to speak at the counter-summit.
If Obama campaigns on ending the Iraq War and “winding down” Afghanistan, it will only accelerate the march to the exits. No one wants to be the last American soldier to die, or the last Western country to suffer casualties, in an unwinnable, unaffordable war that Americans do not much care about.
“NATO has bet it future” on Afghanistan. Tom Hayden says its a bad bet. Tom Hayden has a 50 year career as a peace and justice activist, politician, and author. He has been a leading voice for ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. He will be speaking on the Friday May 18 evening plenary at the Counter-Summit for Peace & Economic Justice in Chicago.
Friday May 18 Media Advisory: Network for a NATO Free Future Convenes Counter-Summit in Chicago. U.S., Global Activists, Veterans Meet to Map NATO Alternatives, End Afghanistan War.
PHILADELPHIA (May 14, 2012) – Two hundred leading peace and justice activists from the U.S., Europe and around the globe are coming to Chicago this week to campaign for the end of the Afghanistan war and the retirement of NATO.
“It is both ironic and tragic that the media attention around the upcoming NATO summit has focused on the potential violence of some protesters, while ignoring the last 10 years of actual violence of the alliance meeting here,” said Michael McConnell, 65, a regional director for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization. The pacifist Christian group will house protesters as well as legal and medical teams at its headquarters during the summit weekend.