Occupy Chicago protesters gather in Chicago's Grant Park after marching through the Loop, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. Adbusters has called on thousands to join Occupy Chicago ahead of the NATO summit in May. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
As Chicago ramps up for the NATO summit in May, at least one behind-the-scenes voice of the Occupy movement is calling for “31 magical days” culminating with “direct actions that paralyze capitalism” in cities worldwide.
The website Adbusters, considered a driving force of the Occupy movement as it gathered steam last year, called on thousands Friday to "take the plunge and strike” starting May 1.
In a post titled "The May 2012 Insurrection," the group proposed actions ranging from blocking the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the occupation of a tunnel in Manhattan and the seizure of ports.
“In 115 cities, we march into banks, erect tents, and refuse to leave,” the post declared. “We use our social media fire to call out 50,000 more occupiers.”
Later in the month, the authors promise to “swarm Chicago and confront NATO."
"We tell the military elites there to stop their saber rattling against Iran, halt the global arms race, and get behind what the majority of the people on Earth want: a nuclear-free world starting with a nuclear-free Middle East that includes both Iran and Israel,” they write.
In January the group called on 50,000 people to descend on Chicago to "set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades" and join Occupy Chicago for a month leading up to what was then both the G8 and NATO summits in the city.
The NATO summit takes place May 20-21 in Chicago.