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:
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.
“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.
May 8 2012 U.S. and European military leaders will meet in Chicago May 20-21 for their NATO summit. A Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice will convene May 18-19. A timely new book, “Arab Spring, Libyan WInter,” provides a short, information-rich guide to what the NATO controversy is all about. Its focus is the upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa over the past year, but the insights are relevant far beyond.
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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 [...]