Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Who Will Be Taking On NATO In Chicago?

Many entities have already started the work of taking on the NATO war-makers when they are in Chicago. Below is a list of some of the most prominent: please support their efforts ... keep up with them on Twitter ... and please make a SPECIAL effort to help us get the word out every Tuesday on #AfghanistanTuesday!

#AfghanistanTuesday
Cangate
CodePink and Drones
IVAW
National Nurses United
Network for a NATO-Free Future
Non-violence
Occupy Chicago Week of Action
OccupyNATOChicago
StopNATO News
Voices for Creative Nonviolence

...PLUS: Selected Posts on NATO in Chicago


#AFGHANISTANTUESDAY
People working to end the war in Afghanistan join together on Twitter every week to share information and spread the word on #AfghanistanTuesday. In the days leading up to the NATO summit, they will be using Twitter to make sure everybody knows about the need to DEMILITARIZE Afghanistan: no more drones, no more detention, no more mercenaries or contractors, no trainers, no bases .... Learn more about the #AfghanistanTuesday campaign to DEMILITARIZE Afghanistan.

COALITION AGAINST NATO/G8 WAR & POVERTY AGENDA (CANGATE)
People’s Summit on May 12-13; Sunday, May 20, 2012: Noon rally at Daley Plaza, then march to McCormick Place (permitted). Full information on the Cangate website.

CODEPINK AND DRONES (@WarDronesOn)
Code Pink will hold a conference in Washington, D.C., on April 28-29, to build resistance to drone warfare, to be followed by activities during the NATO summit in Chicago. (See full drones conference description.) (See all CodePink protest activity in Chicago during the NATO summit.)

IRAQI VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR (IVAW) (@IVAW)
Afghanistan and Iraq veterans from around the country will converge in Chicago on May 20th to march to the NATO summit and ceremoniously return their medals to NATO generals. See details of the March for Justice and Reconciliation.

NATIONAL NURSES UNITED (@NationalNurses)
"With world leaders of the G-8 nations fleeing the U.S.’ third largest city by moving their May summit to the rural woods outside Washington, the nation’s largest nurses union will bring Camp David and the G-8 summit back to Chicago for a special event on Friday, May 18. With the help of Robin Hood’s band of merry women and men, National Nurses United, joined by healthcare, labor and other community activists, and guests from other G-8 nations, will reconstruct Camp David in Chicago and conduct a search for the absent G-8 leaders." See details of the March for Justice and Reconciliation.

NETWORK FOR A NATO-FREE FUTURE (@NATOFreeFuture)
The Network for a NATO Free Future is a coalition of peace, faith and economic justice groups hosting a Counter-Summit for Peace & Economic Justice at the time of the NATO and G-8 summits in Chicago May 18-19, 2012.
See details of the Counter-Summit for Peace & Economic Justice.

NON-VIOLENCE TRAINING (@AFSCPeace)
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has a compiled a calendar of non-violence training throughout the Chicago area in the run-up to the NATO summit.

OCCUPY CHICAGO WEEK OF ACTION (@OccupyChicago)
Occupy Chicago is calling a week of action to protest the agendas of war and poverty that NATO and G8 impose. See main Facebook event page for Occupy Chicago Week of Action

OccupyNATOChicago (@OccupyTheG8)
Publishing a daily compilation of Twitter postings and announcements in the run-up to NATO in Chicago: The OccupyNATOChicago Daily

StopNATO NEWS from RICK ROZOFF
Rick Rozoff publishes the fullest available collection of posts about all things NATO: "StopNATO is a continuation of an e-mail mailing list started in 1999. Its main purpose is to document and oppose global militarist trends and an expanding theater of war that began in the Balkans in the 1990s and has since expanded into South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. It provides daily news and analysis from sources around the world to that end and literary and musical contributions also aimed at opposing war and promoting peace." See StopNATO

VOICES FOR CREATIVE NON-VIOLENCE (@info_from_vcnv)
May 1 through May 19 - marching and speaking through southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois. At A Global Crossroads: Turn Against War will last for about 2 weeks leading up to the summit in Chicago.
We propose a different agenda for The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): immediately end your drone strikes, dismantle the NATO-ISAF armed mission in Afghanistan, and end your diplomatic and financial support for Hamid Karzai and the warlords in the National Assembly. Finally, we hold NATO responsible for providing reparations to the Afghans commensurate to the destruction caused by the Afghanistan War since NATO assumed command of the ISAF operation in 2003. These reparations must be dispersed by an independent body and might take the form of food aid, water filtration, public housing, public infrastructure projects, etc.


SELECTED POSTS ON NATO IN CHICAGO
Why We Protest the NATO Summit by Buddy Bell
Resistance Builds to NATO's Threat of Permanent War and Nuclear Dominance by Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn

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Images:
Chicago skyline from: Travel Tourism website
NATO protest courtesy FJJ.


See Flashback: Protesting NATO in Chicago - May, 2012


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(See April Days of Action Against Drones: HIGHLIGHTS! )