Occupy Chicago on Thursday rolled out its protest plans for the NATO Summit, and they include more gatherings than for which they have permits. That's OK, they say. They have the First Amendment. Phil Rogers reports.
A list of weeklong "days of action" released Thursday by Occupy Chicago includes a proposed shutdown of Boeing's headquarters and joint marches for everything from economic justice to immigration reform.
In a press kit of events, the group shared Facebook pages, Twitter handles, contacts and a list of the group's whereabouts starting this Saturday with a two-day "People's Summit" at their rented space in East Pilsen.
The schedule includes an education march next Monday at Dyett High School, a candle vigil Tuesday outside the Immigration Court Building, and a march Wednesday to Citibank in demand of a one-year moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.
"We seek to show how NATO policies trickle down to hurt people in every community in Chicago," Occupy Chicago member Jackie Spreadbury said in a statement. "Our actions will raise to the international stage local battles around housing, education and healthcare."
The group said it will join with National Nurses United for the group's march next Friday on Daley Plaza. It's still not known whether the nurses have accepted the city's new route for the protest.
On May 20, the first day of the summit, Occupy Chicago joins the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda and Iraq Veterans Against the War at Petrillo Music Shell for a concert and rally starring ex-Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.
The proposed Boeing shutdown is planned for May 21.
Occupy Chicago, along with The People's Summit, National Nurses United, IIVAW, CANG8, The Mental Health Movement and others are holding a noon press conference Thursday to speak out on their positions and protest agendas.