Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chicago Antiwar - Next Steps

At the October 8 antiwar march in Chicago, several next steps were suggested. Add your own suggestions as comments below!

Jump right into the deep end of the pool by coming to the next meeting of the coalition that put together the October 8 march: Sunday, October 30, at 1:30 p.m. - location TBA. On the agenda: Next steps for the Guantanamo 10th anniversary 1.11.12 and other actions . . . .

(And/or: get your name on the organizing list!)

Amy Goodman has called him "the musical version of Democracy Now!" David Rovics will perform October 29, 2011, at 7 p.m., in a benefit concert for anti-NATO/G8 organizing, at the Charlie Chaplin Theater, St. Augustine College, 1345 W Argyle. Click here for details and tickets for the David Rovics concert.

There are local peace and justice groups in many Chicago neighborhoods. Below are some of the groups that endorsed the October 8 march. Check them out and meet some like-minded folks in your local community!

Albany Park, North Park, Mayfair Neighbors for Peace and Justice (Chicago)
DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace and Justice
Lafayette Area Peace Coalition
Logan Square Neighbors for Justice and Peace
Near West Citizens for Peace & Justice
North Shore Coalition for Peace Justice and the Environment
Northwest Suburban Peace & Education Project

There are opportunities to interact with local, state, and national-level politicians all the time. But how often do we focus attention on the questions that are important to us? Isn't it time to start?

From now on, turn your discussion with politicians into an antiwar discussion. Tell them that this election will be a referendum on their ability to get us out of these wars. Every time they hear "election 2012," they should be thinking "Afghanistan, Afghanistan, Afghanistan." And if they can't get us out ... they're gone!

NATO and the G8 meet in Chicago in May 2012. Virtually every peace and justice organization is preparing to protest. Start a conversation with others in your community: how does the NATO/G8 meeting in Chicago affect you?

What will you be doing to make a difference?

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(See Obama Didn't Invent Permawar. He Just Perfected It.)

Saturday, December 10th, 2011, is International Human Rights Day. Chicago World Can't Wait will lead a group of individuals and organizations in dramatizing U.S. human rights violations and publicizing the upcoming worldwide protests of the 10th anniversary of the Guantanamo Bay Detention center on January 11th, 2012.  There will be a screening of The Response on December 11.

(See Chicago - Dec 10 Human Rights Day Protest )

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(See Why Air Shows Are a Very Effective Place to Protest Drone Killing and Drone Surveillance )