Posts tagged "NATO"

Race, poverty and politics: Springfield passes some bills at deadline, skips some; gun violence on the rise; where's the NATO money?

The folks over at the Chicago Reader have been dutifully following the money around May’s NATO summit in a case they have dubbed “the nebulous NATO grant funds.” When the summit plans were first announced, a chunk of the money to pay for it was expected to come from federal grant money (and the rest... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: NATO and Chicago's finest; 3rd-party candidate talks politics; Medicaid cuts pass House

As the city winds down from a weekend of riot police and protesters, different takes on the NATO summit are emerging. Despite claims of police abuse during the NATO summit, much of Chicago media has lionized Chicago Police Department superintendent Gary McCarthy. The Chicago Sun-Times ran a cover story saying “the city has a new... Read more »

70 reports of police misconduct on Sunday at NATO protest, says National Lawyers Guild

70 reports of police misconduct on Sunday at NATO protest, says National Lawyers Guild
Now that the barricades are cleared from the streets, downtown traffic has resumed its sluggish pace and thousands of workers in the loop no longer have an excuse to take a day off, what is the legacy of the massive Sunday protest that brought out an estimated 15,000 people? One lasting effect, on both the... Read more »
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What's up this week: Democrat leaders to pick 3rd-party candidate to face indicted state Rep. Smith; NATO protesters eye Boeing Monday

Nine Chicago Democratic committeeman will meet downtown Tuesday morning to interview and pick a third-party candidate to run in the 10th District state race in November. The handpicked candidate will represent the newly formed 10th District Unity Party. He or she will run against indicted 10th District state Rep. Derrick Smith, who is facing a... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Dubious NATO arrests; low-income parents get reprieve; campaign finance loophole

Nine anti-NATO activists were arrested in the raid of a Bridgeport home on Wednesday night. The National Lawyers Guild condemned the action and said that none of the activists had yet been charged, nor had the Chicago Police Department produced a warrant for the raid. Officers confiscated a cell phone, as well as beer-making equipment... Read more »

Will police's 'snatch and grab' tactic for NATO hurt communities already heavily policed? Some worry it will

Will police's 'snatch and grab' tactic for NATO hurt communities already heavily policed? Some worry it will
The Chicago Police Department, and the hundreds of state troopers coming into town to police this weekend’s NATO summit, have a plan. According to police superintendent Garry McCarthy, their tactic will be to “extract people who need to be extracted.” Commonly referred to as snatch and grab, the strategy will be used instead of tear... Read more »
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Anti-NATO activists make the connection between military alliance and local immigration battles

What are the connections between the proposed immigration detention center in Crete, a small town just south of Chicago, and an international military alliance? Lots, say a group of activists connecting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to immigration issues in Chicago. A protest outside of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in downtown Chicago, said Crystal Vance... Read more »

Occupy Chicago's Wishing Tree at Trinity Episcopal Church

Justin Bianchi(left) and Teresa Veramendi wrap a banner around the base of the tree.
Members of Occupy Chicago’s Arts and Recreation Committee and Occupy Chicago Rebel Arts Collective installed their interactive public sculpture, Wishing Tree, Monday night at Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 East 26th St., blocks away from McCormick Place,  the site of NATO summit that begins this weekend. It’s the fourth location for the tree, which took more... Read more »

Rev. Jackson's endorsement of NATO protest strengthens bond between anti-poverty, anti-war groups

Rev. Jackson's endorsement of NATO protest strengthens bond between anti-poverty, anti-war groups
Since plans for the NATO summit in Chicago were announced, advocates working on issues of poverty in Chicago have found increasingly common cause with anti-war protesters. The endorsement of the May 20 march against NATO earlier this month by Rev. Jesse Jackson, along with support from Rev. Phil Blackwell, National Nurses United and members of... Read more »
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NATO summit count-off: How much will the May summit really cost the city?

There have been a lot of numbers thrown out about the coming NATO summit–tens of millions in expected costs to the city while thousands of delegates, journalists and protesters are expected to converge on the city. Though the G8 summit will no longer figure in these calculations since it was moved to Camp David, Md.,... Read more »