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2012 Counter-Summit for Peace & Economic Justice Final Report

The May 18-19, 2012 Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice, held in Chicago at the People’s Church was extraordinarily successful.  The conference - initiated by the American Friends Service Committee and Peace Action and organized in collaboration with 38 partner organizations - brought together 300+ peace, economic and social justice leaders and activists from 27 states and 16 countries. 

AFSC Responds to the NATO Summit

AFSC and our lead partner Peace Action, along with 38 endorsing organizations, worked for a year to organize a counter-summit to the official NATO Summit. This Counter-Summit was a remarkable convergence of peace, economic and social justice activists from across the country and around the world.

No to NATO, No to War

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This Memorial Day weekend, please take a minute to watch "No NATO, No War".

NATO Counter Summit 2012

NATO protest

IVAW member looks out at the Chicago skyline

Jacob George of Iraq Veterans against the War returned his medals during the counter summit for peace and economic justice, which AFSC organized when NATO held its summit in Chicago.

In late May more than 50 heads of state came to Chicago for a NATO summit.  At the same time, thousands of activists from around the country also came together to strategize and organize around peaceful alternatives. Here is a sample of our work. Video, photographs, statments and analysis that came out of the No to NATO counter Summit held in Chicago during the NATO Summit.

NATO Counter Summit Oped

Peace and justice activists from around the globe are gathering to counter NATO-driven militarism for the Network for a NATO-Free Future’s Counter Summit for Peace and Economic Justice, May 18-19.

While NATO leaders plot continuing military operations in Afghanistan through 2024, activists will focus on ending the Afghan war;  moving U.S. tax dollars from the Pentagon to meet human needs at home, and retiring NATO.

Chicago: Basic Street Medic Training

The Spreading the Health Conference in conjunction with Chicago Action Medical will offer a 20 hour street medic training on May 4-6 in Chicago to train new medics and support actions against the upcoming NATO summit. 

Counter-Summit for Peace and Justice: Chicago May 18 & 19

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 12:10pm - Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 12:00am


While NATO meets in Chicago, peace and justice activists will gather at the Counter-Summit for Peace and Justice.

While NATO meets in Chicago, peace and justice activists will gather at the Counter-Summit for Peace and Justice  to map an alternative path towards a world free of war, want, and occupations.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

NATO in the 21st Century: Hearing both sides of the debate

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 7:00pm

Chicago Public Media in collaboration with Fourth Presbyterian Church is producing an event on April 11 to help Chicagoans better understand NATO and the myriad of viewpoints about their work.

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