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Protest the Crimes of Our Government & NATO in Chicago 5/12-5/21


By War Criminals Watch - Posted on 16 May 2012

We’re putting the focus on the victims of the US/NATO wars all week!  Let's keep up the momentum: Spread the word and invite your friends to come along, learn about the crimes of NATO and get involved in the movement to put them to a stop.  We are inviting people everywhere to contribute the names of victims of NATO violence, using the hashtag #NATOvictims. We will recite the names as part of a Memorial for the Victims of US/NATO Wars on May 21, the second day of the NATO Summit. Stay tuned for more details of the event -- to be released shortly. See: Remembering the Victims: #NATOvictims.

Diplomats from 50 countries and the international press is gathering and we're here too, after months of preparation. We're finding it more important than ever to confront these war crimes and to bring more people into these protests. Below are ways in which we're informing ourselves and others, and doing outreach to sections of the people that are from countries which are targeted by NATO, many of whom know what it's like to be an immigrant or live through an illegitimate war.

During the day we're showing films at the protest convergence space & sending outreach teams around the city. Banners in multiple languages are already on the ground, being used to help with outreach to Arabic, Spanish, Urdu, and Farsi/Dari speakers as we go out to different neighborhoods and make sure that everyone knows about the NATO/OTAN protests. Click here for more info and get involved.

Thursday May 17 at noon after a press conference of international supporters of the NATO protest, World Can't Wait and other organizations will protest downtown, focusing on the victims of the drone war carried out by the US and NATO countries. This is an opportunity to reach people working downtown and at all the NATO consulates with why we are protesting the NATO summit. The action starts at Obama Campaign HQ: #1 Prudential Plaza, (close to corner of Michigan & Randolph).

DAYTIME:

Tuesday-Friday Films at Noon

Film screenings everyday at noon at the Wellington Ave. Church (Protest Convergence Center located at 615 W. Wellington):

Tuesday- noon - Outside the Law - Andy Worthington film featuring the stories of the real people who have been subject to detention and abuse at black sites, Guantanamo, Bagram, etc in the course of the "war on terror".
Wednesday - noon - 5 Days in Denver NEVER BEFORE SCREENED IN CHICAGO - documentary about the protests at the DNC convention Denver 2008. "Think democracy is easy? Think again!"
Thursday - noon - Chicago 10 the story of the 1968 protests in Chicago and the conspiracy trial that followed: MUST SEE for all Chicago NATO Summit protesters!
Friday - noon - The Bush Crimes Commission - documentary of 2005/6 hearings convened concerning the criminal aggression against Iraq, rendition, detention, and torture, culpability for Katrina crisis and more!

Tuesday-Friday Outreach Teams

Join us in reaching out to people throughout Chicago with bold, visual outreach and help organize many more people to join us in protesting NATO this weekend.

We'll have:
►banners in multiple languages
►flyers
►photo enlargements of the crimes carried out by NATO in Afghanistan and elsewhere

All you need to bring is yourself (and a friend, if possible). Meet us at 4 pm, everyday!! Call or text 773-739-3743 for more info.

Tuesday at 4:Pilsen/Little Village (meet in front of the 18th St. Library)
Spanish speakers particularly encouraged to help on this day - we will have a Spanish banner
Wednesday at 4: Albany Park  (Kimball & Lawrence, end of Brown line)
Arabic, Spanish, and Korean speakers particularly encouraged to help on this day - we will have Arabic & Spanish banners
Thursday at 4: Logan Square (Logan Sq blue line stop)
Spanish speakers particularly encouraged to help on this day - we will have Spanish banner
Friday at 4: Wicker Park (Milwaukee, North & Damen 6 Corners)
Saturday at NOON: Devon Ave. (Western & Devon)
South Asian language speakers particularly encouraged to help on this day - we will have Urdu and Dari (also Farsi) banners

EVENING

Wednesday May 16:
Book Presentation by Kevin Gosztola on
Truth and Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning by Greg Mitchell and Kevin Gosztola
Sponsored and hosted by Revolution Books
7 pm, 1103 N. Ashland Ave

Thursday May 17:

Post-9/11 Targeting of Muslims: Naming the Victims, Naming the Repression with Lynne Jackson of Albany-based Project SALAAM
7 pm, St. Luke's Logan Square, 2649 N. Francisco
Facebook event - invite your friends

Friday May 18:

World Can't Wait's International Voices for Humanity and the Planet: An Evening of Arts to Oppose NATO
David Rovics and an acoustic set by rockers Outernational unplugged headline an evening of music, spoken word, and more celebrating our resistance! With speakers from countries targeted by NATO and the US.
7 pm, St. Luke's Logan Square, 2649 N. Francisco
Buy ticket(s) online
Facebook event - invite your friends

Saturday May 19:
War Criminals Watch advisor David Swanson on "Lifting the Shadow of War"
Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ
7 pm, 615 W. Wellington Ave.

Sunday May 20:
1st Day of NATO Summit
12 noon - Mass March: Say NO to NATO!
Meet at 11am at Petrillo Shell, Jackson Blvd & Columbus Dr., Chicago
Join the World Can't Wait contingent - see details & sign up

Monday May 21:
2nd Day of NATO Summit
Memorial for the victims of NATO wars - DETAILS FORTHCOMING


Talk to us at 866-973-4463.

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