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    Default NATO/G8 Summit [Chicago] May 19, 2012

    Victory in fight to protest at NATO/G8 Summit
    Struggle for permits continues

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    Chicago, IL - The City of Chicago bowed to pressure from a growing movement against war and cutbacks. After months of denying organizers permits to protest , the Public Building Commission of Chicago wrote that, “…yes, Daley Plaza will be open to public assembly and public activity during the G8/NATO Summits in May 2012.”

    At a press conference Dec. 22, in front of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office, Joe Iosbaker of the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda (CANG8) stated, “This is a clear victory for CANG8 and for all those who want to march against war and poverty when the generals, banksters and heads of state meet here on May 19.”

    On Nov. 9, in an email to Iosbaker, the managers of Daley Plaza stated, "Unfortunately we are not approving any permits for the use of the plaza May 15th-22nd." One week later, CANG8 met with city officials, including those who refused a request to state that protestors would be permitted to gather anywhere in the Loop (Chicago’s downtown) during the dates of the summits.

    But after bringing together the support of labor, community, faith-based and civil liberties organizations, as well as Occupy Chicago and national and international pressure to insist on the right to protest, the city has reversed itself.

    However, while making this concession, Emanuel launched new attacks last week. Andy Thayer of CANG8 denounced the draconian restrictions being threatened against marches in ordinances submitted to the Chicago City Council. Thayer explained that these could be voted on at the next City Council meeting on Jan. 18 and called on alderpersons to oppose them.

    N’Dana Carter of Southside Together Organizing for Power/Mental Health Movement explained why people in Chicago will be marching against NATO and the G8. She related that Mayor Emanuel is closing half of the mental health clinics run by the city, at a time when the need is greater because of the crisis in people’s lives. She explained that the cuts coming down on the poor are coming from the richest 1%, which is who will be at the G8 and NATO summits.

    Jennifer Wolan, a student from Dundee Crown High School and president of their Youth Labor Committee, spoke about why she plans to march in May. “I don’t see democracy when restrictions are put on the people, the working class and the students.” While speaking of videoing protesters, Wolan said, “I don’t see anyone planning to video the violence by NATO in Afghanistan.”

    With this victory in hand, the group that gathered today is confident that they will win permits to march to within sight and sound of the summits at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

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    Ah,it was good when the board bowed to pressure so hopefully something similar can happen in the future when the protesters inevitable return and protest anyway.I doubt any ruling by them will affect the spirit of the anti-g8 gathering anyway.
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    I can't wait.

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    me either
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    Still not sure if I want to go all the way out there for this, I haven't been to a mass demo type thing in a while.
    Put capitalism in a bag of rice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoney View Post
    Still not sure if I want to go all the way out there for this, I haven't been to a mass demo type thing in a while.
    Do it.

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    yeah come on out, we can all get high on tear gas and pepper spray together
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    I'd rather get high off the fumes of burning barricades.
    Put capitalism in a bag of rice.

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    the two go together like mashed potatoes and gravy
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    I hope they have horses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcbm View Post
    the two go together like mashed potatoes and gravy
    I hate gravy.












    And tear gas...
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    I'm having second thoughts. I went to a couple of pretty big Occupy rallies where I live and although they weren't that big compared to what these will be, I was still really fucking nervous. I honestly don't know if I'm cut out for this sort of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ¿Que? View Post
    I'm having second thoughts. I went to a couple of pretty big Occupy rallies where I live and although they weren't that big compared to what these will be, I was still really fucking nervous. I honestly don't know if I'm cut out for this sort of thing.
    The only solace I can give you is, if things get weird at this, the people who will be around you are going to be much more ready and willing to look out for you/help you out than some douchey liberals that are involved with occupy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ¿Que? View Post
    I'm having second thoughts. I went to a couple of pretty big Occupy rallies where I live and although they weren't that big compared to what these will be, I was still really fucking nervous. I honestly don't know if I'm cut out for this sort of thing.
    The only way to get over that nervousness is to get out and do it again and again. What cmoney said is true. There's going to be an immense amount of solidarity.

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0..._n_940325.html

    Chicago police officials have already expressed concern about the city's readiness for high turnouts from what Chicago police union president Michael Shields called a "bunch of wild, anti-globalist anarchists."

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    So this is a film trailer in the works by indymedia covering the events that took place at the 27th g8 summit in Genoa. The film is due out in May 2012.


    The whole video shows a lot of violence but trigger warning at 3:25 where Carlo Giuliani gets shot

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    ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ¿Que? View Post
    I'm having second thoughts. I went to a couple of pretty big Occupy rallies where I live and although they weren't that big compared to what these will be, I was still really fucking nervous. I honestly don't know if I'm cut out for this sort of thing.
    Me too, but it goes away with experience plus if you go with people you know and have an arrest plan you'll be fine.

    What it is for me is a fear of strange cities, I couldn't give a toss if I was thrown in a Boston jail.
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    God, Genoa was so nuts, they marched on fucking prisons, for fucks sake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by La Comédie Noire View Post

    What it is for me is a fear of strange cities, I couldn't give a toss if I was thrown in a Boston jail.
    The idea of course is to avoid arrest but you only live once.

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    What would you guys say are the chances of getting arrested at this demo just marching (non-violently)?

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