May 2012 WIll Bring Nato/G8 to Chicago…Brace Yourselves!

The Group of Eight (G8)  
is a forum, created by France in 1975,for the governments of seven major economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 1997, the group added Russia, thus becoming the G8.

Each calendar year, the responsibility of hosting the G8 rotates. In May 2012 they will be in Chicago. Both the NATO and the G8 summits will be held here, at the same time.

Can you imagine??

Hosting the G8 and NATO summits at the same time means bringing together leaders from the world’s most powerful countries in terms of wealth and militaries. Security is expected to unprecedented.

The feds will shovel out $55 million for “security”
against protesters of the G8 and NATO, according to a recent Tribune article.

Since July anti-war organizers in the Coalition Against NATO / G8 War and Poverty Agenda (“CANG8”) have delivered letters and attempted to meet with the city regarding respect for the 1st amendment rights of protesters during the NATO and G8 summits that will take place in Chicago in May 2012.  Their first communications were met with silence, and then repeated calls to city officials in charge of the permitting process were met with a run-around and then with continued silence.
For the G8 / NATO summits, the protesters are demanding that Mayor Emanuel publicly commit to giving march permits that allow protesters to get “within sight and sound” of the summits, and that Police Superintendent McCarthy cease making threatening statements against would-be G8/NATO protesters. 

Previous meetings of NATO and G8 in other cities have seen massive violations of civil rights by police, resulting in millions of dollars of successful lawsuits against the host city governments.  As such, the City should forthrightly commit to upholding the 1st amendment rights of protesters and rein in the verbal threats coming from police brass.

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