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NATO Comes to Chicago: Get involved!

NATO Comes to Chicago: Get involved!

Published: March 15, 2012
Nato summit protestor wearing beret holds up a demo sign in France

Demonstrations protesting NATO and its wars in 2009 during NATO's 60th anniversary summit in Strassbourg, France. The sign held by the demonstrator says, Too much armor, Too little brains. Extinction welcome.

Matthis Chirous

As NATO meets, the Network for a NATO Free Future will bring together peace and justice activists to map out an alternative path during the Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice on May 18 - 19.

About the Counter-Summit for Peace & Economic Justice

May 18-19, 2012
People’s Church*
941 W Lawrence
Chicago, Illinois
*Located three blocks east of theLawrence stop on the Red Line train.

On the eve of the NATO Summit at McCormick Place in Chicago we will gather at the People's Church from Friday morning (5/18) through Saturday (5/19).  Our Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice, includes U.S. and international plenary speakers and twenty-eight workshops that will help communities understand NATO’s new role as a global military alliance, fighting wars like those in Afghanistan and Libya. The summit will also focus on the challenges of economic globalization and the need to move the money away from Pentagon spending.

While heads of state plan for continued fighting in Afghanistan a decade beyond 2014, we will be working on campaigns to bring the troops home and create a future free of wars, occupation and the costs of a militarized foreign policy. The conference will bring together representatives of the 99% from the U.S. and around the world who are organizing to change policies that generate wars and impoverish our communities.

With four plenaries and twenty-eight workshops, the following is only a small and representative list of speakers:

  • Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, DC. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam.
  • Roger ColeChair of the Irish Peace & Neutrality Alliance and member of the No to NATO/No to War International Coordinating Committee.
  • Sarita Gupta: Executive Director of Jobs with Justice.
  • Tom Hayden:  Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center, contributing editor of The Nation, former member of the California State Assembly and lead author of the Port Huron statement.
  • Tobias Pflüger:  executive committee member ofGermany’s Left Party, a board member of Ruebingen Militarization Information, and was a member of the European Parliament 2004 – 2009.
  • Vijay Prashad: George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • Suraia Sahar: founding member of Afghans for Peace, a diverse alliance working a democratic, all-inclusive, just, and peaceful Afghanistan.
  • And Many Many More!

Please join us and take this opportunity to safely engage in this historic moment. Register online today!

Find out more information on the NATO Free Future FAQ page.

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