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Rev. Jackson Plans to Protest During NATO Visit

March is scheduled for Sunday, May 20, the first day of the two-day international summit.

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Rev. Jackson Plans to Protest During NATO Visit

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson and other religious, labor and community leaders on Monday said they plan to protest during next month's NATO Summit in Chicago.

At a press event, Jackson compared the planned march to those during the war in Vietnam. He said the main issue is the same, spending millions of dollars and losing lives on war at the expense of funding for education and health services. Jackson and the others say they're not sure how many will march but say the success can't be just measured in numbers.

Jackson reminded that the famed Selma, Ala., civil rights march included no more than 500 people.

Jackson said he hopes it will be a nonviolent protest.

"Violence is a distraction. We choose to be non-violent not because we're afraid but because we are wise," he said.

The march is scheduled for Sunday, May 20, the first day of the two-day international summit.

Monday was supposed to be the deadline that protesters said they would sue NATO organizers if they didn't get specific information as to where the boundaries of the upcoming conference will be drawn. That deadline was deferred for 24 hours, with the Secret Service agreeing to meet with anti-summit groups on Tuesday.

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