“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.
A recent New York Times poll shows that nearly 7 out of 10 Americans (69 percent) believe the U.S. should not be at war in Afghanistan… With such overwhelming public opposition, it is no surprise that 39 peace and justice groups nationwide have formed the Network for a NATO-Free Future and will host a “Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice” prior to the NATO affair.
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 – [...]
Information for Local NATO/G-8 Speaking Events: Speaker Bios and Contact Information
As we build toward the Chicago Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice this May, organizations around the country will be organizing events and forums to help people in our movements and communities understand the importance of NATO and the G-8. Below please find a list of speakers who have agreed to speak on these topics. Please encourage your organization to organize an event or forum in the coming months and let us know about it! Email us at [email protected]
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.
Logistical information and other details for the Counter-Summit for Peace & Economic Justice in Chicago Illinois, May 18-19, 2012.
In mid-May, the heads of state of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) countries and of the G-8 economic powers will hold a summit meeting in Chicago. With NATO at war in Afghanistan, with its new “Strategic Concept” that led to the war in Libya, and the urgent need to cut military spending to address pressing [...]