Thursday, May 17, 2012

G8/NATO protest update from Chicago

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by Christopher Rhinkleff <> from PeaceWorks,KC


Chicago CBS Channel 2 News – Catholic Worker Protest


David Goodner <>

Thu, May 17, 2012


If you're coming to Chicago this weekend and interested in joining affinity groups and clusters of faith-based people preparing for principled nonviolent civil disobedience, call Marie Shebeck at 901.201.1151, Jake Olzen 847.372.4289, or David Goodner at 515.991.6357.


G8/NATO Summit Protests Start Heating Up


For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ - Matthew 25


So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area,

both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers

and overturned their tables. - John 2:15


Eight buses of folks from Occupy Wall Street groups across the country

began rolling into Chicago last night, while 17 buses with National

Nurses United members should start to arrive today. The 99% Spring

coalition of labor unions, faith groups, and community organizations

has also organized bus trips from several major US cities and national

peace and justice groups are also sending delegations. Last night,

during a talk about the Bradley Manning trial by a Firedoglake blogger

at a local Revolution bookstore, I met people who had driven into

Chicago from North Carolina and New York, and there's no telling how

many folks are driving in cars, taking public buses or trains, or

flying commercial to get here.


The influx of thousands of out of town demonstrators arriving in

Chicago should correlate into an increase in the size of street

demonstrations Thursday, but the National Nurses United rally for a

financial speculation tax on Friday will be the first real test of

movement strength that could gauge if the G8/NATO summit protest

mobilizations will meet or exceed turnout expectations, or

underperform. Friday's nurses' march needs to turn out at least 2,000

people to meet expectations, and if that happens, then things look

good for a strong showing at Sunday's coalition march, which could

turn out between 10-20,000 people. Those kind of numbers would be

enough to carry significant momentum into Monday, the second day of

the summit, when a large-scale civil disobedience action is being

organized to shutdown Boeing's national corporate headquarters.


But for all the attention on out of town demonstrators, the real

variable at play here is local Chicago turnout. If the broad-based

organized left in the third largest city in the country mobilizes,

than we could see a perfect storm where as many as 50,000 take to the

streets on Sunday. Those kind of numbers would far exceed expectations

and truly signal a resurgent social movement this American Spring.


The overt police presence in Chicago also seems to be increasing as

the week progresses, with more and more patrol cars and bicycle cops

in all corners of the city. Movement spaces also appear to be under

surveillance, as uniformed officers in unmarked police cruisers have

been frequently spotted outside convergent centers and other spaces.

Some activists have also reported being briefly detained by police

while eating at restaurants or coffee shops. Police have asked for

photo ID and may be trying to build a list of names or dossiers on out

of town organizers and activists.


Below is a list of movement spaces folks traveling to Chicago this

weekend should keep in mind:


Occupy Chicago Convergence Space

United Church of Christ

615 West Wellington Avenue

(Secondary space: 500 W. Cermak)


Catholic Worker Sanctuary and Safehouse

Holy Innocent Convent

1447 West Superior Street


White Rose Catholic Worker Mess Hall

Week Without Capitalism

6932 North Glenwood


Health and Wellness Street Medic Center

Grace Place, third floor

637 South Dearborn Street


Chicago Indymedia Media Convergence Space


1000 N. Milwaukee (at Augusta)


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