Letter to the editors of the New York Times by Peace Action Executive Director, Kevin Martin regarding the anti-NATO protests in Chicago.
“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.
Who are the groups that are organizing the anti-NATO protests — and what do they want? Speaking at Occupy Chicago’s East Pilsen headquarters Thursday, leading faces from the coalition of left-wing activists, unions, military veterans, peace campaigners, mental health advocates, musicians and other groups introduced themselves and explained the issues they’re fighting for.
Right to Heal Tour – Chicago Iraq Veterans Against the War’s Right to Heal Tour will stop in Chicago on Monday, May 14 for a teach-in about our Operation Recovery Campaign to end the deployment of traumatized troops and win service members and veterans right to heal. Will you join us? RSVP and share the event on Facebook. The [...]
Friday — May 18 Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice People’s Church Please visit the Conference Information page for more details 8:30 – 9:30 Conference Registration 9:30 Welcomes & Overview 10:15 – 12:00 Plenary – Laying the Foundations: NATO, Economic Globalization, and Economic Justice 12:00 Lunch & Networking 1:00 – 2:45 Workshop Session 1 2:45 – 3:00 Break 3:15 – 5:00 Workshop session 2 [...]
NATO in Crisis and Agendas for Chicago Joseph Gerson* Despite its recent dubious military triumph in Libya, NATO is an alliance in crisis. With the rise of China and other BRIC nations and the Western economic crisis, U.S. economic power – and thus its ability to maintain historic levels of military spending and mobilization – [...]
The Chicago Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War calls on IVAW members nationwide to converge on Chicago for the G8 and NATO summits.
Chicago – May 2012 – Counter-Summit for Peace & Economic Justice
International Call to Retire NATO, Create Jobs & Fund Peace
NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is holding a summit meeting in Chicago, May 2012. The NATO summit will be held at the same time that the Group of 8 (G8) meets at Camp David. We, peace and justice activists, will gather at a counter summit to voice a new vision of global security and peace. Join us in Chicago May 18 & 19 for a counter-summit to conceive and help build a more peaceful, economically secure,and environmentally sustainable world.