Original article printed in Excélsior Luis Gutiérrez Esparza 5/23/2012 El único acuerdo en la Cumbre de la OTAN fue que no están de acuerdo en cuanto a la salida de las tropas de Afganistán CHICAGO.— La Cumbre de la OTAN terminó en esta ciudad con una aparente manifestación de solidaridad en torno al presidente Barack Obama y […]
Originally printed in the South Town Star By Michael McConnell and Errol Lloyd Narain May 16, 2012 Irony abounds as the attention of the city of Chicago and the international media on the upcoming NATO Summit has focused on the potential violence of a few protesters, while ignoring the last 10 years of actual violence […]
On May 20, 2012, over forty Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans threw back their war medals in Chicago. Watch the powerful video at http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/21/no_nato_no_war_us_veterans
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.
The NATO-Free Future gathering in Chicago coincides with a rising global movement against war, militarism, inequality and poverty. We represent the pro-peace and justice majority, the global 99%. The rising global peace and justice movement works from the premise that poverty, inequality and militarism are forms of violence that constitute an endless cycle that can and must be broken for the survival of humanity. Each feeds off the other, and all must be challenged.
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.