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 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.
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.
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.
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.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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