Chicago Counter-Summit, Demonstration: Say No to NATO!
There will be more than 50 heads of state participating in the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago May 20-21.
The NATO Summit's agenda aims to:
- Establish support for a US military presence through 2024 in Afghanistan
- Commit to spending billions of dollars to arm and support over-sized Afghan security forces that are unsustainable
- Reaffirm NATO as a global military alliance and preparations for “New Strategic Concept” wars like the disastrous Libyan military intervention.
May 18-19, Counter-Summit: The Network for a NATO-Free Future has organized the Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice May 18-19. To push back against this agenda, the counter summit will offer plenary sessions and 28 workshops featuring analysis, trainings, and campaigns designed to bring the troops home, to move the money from the Pentagon to meet real human needs and to create a more peaceful, just and secure world.
Bringing together activists from across the U.S. and around the world, the counter-summit will provide rare and critically important opportunities to learn from one another, to network and to build more cohesive peace, economic and social justice movements.
Speakers include Phyllis Bennis, Medea Benjamin, Roger Cole, Bruce Gagnon, Sarita Gupta, Judith LeBlanc, Peter Lems, Tom Hayden, Vijay Prashad, Kathy Kelly.
You’ll find the conference agenda, a complete list of speakers, workshops, and other useful information regarding the conference at the NATO-Free Future web site. Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/CounterSummit
May 20, March and Rally to Protest NATO, starting at noon at Petrillo Bandshell. Organized by the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda (cang8). The Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) will be marching with us in solidarity. At the end of the march, within sight and sound of McCormick Place, members of IVAW will conduct the closing ceremony where they will return their medals to NATO. It will be a moving event, and not to be missed.
A better, more peaceful, secure and prosperous world is possible. Please come to Chicago!