ANARCHY DAY 16: Anarchist Organizations Combine To Create Mayhem At NATO Summit

Posted: May 16, 2012 in Anarchists & Communists
ANARCHIST NEWS:Dear friends,

An alliance of Chicago area peace and justice organizations, together with the United National Antiwar Committee (UNAC), are jointly calling for a united mass mobilization to protest the NATO and G8 Summits to be held in Chicago May 15 to 22. Permit applications were submitted for:

Tuesday, May 15 – a national assembly to put the warmakers on trial.     Saturday, May 19 – a major international demonstration to express broad outrage at the gathering of war makers wasting trillions of dollars on war and devastation during a time of enormous economic hardship and crisis for millions.

Several Chicago area groups have co-sponsored this call. The initial list is below. To add your group to the list of endorsers, email

NATO is the US-commanded and financed 28-nation military alliance. There will also be a summit of the G-8 world powers. The meetings are expected to draw heads of state, generals, and countless others.

At a day-long meeting in New York City on Saturday, June 18, the United National Antiwar Committee’s national coordinating committee of 69 participants, representing 47 organizations, unanimously passed a resolution to call for action at the NATO meeting.

UNAC will mount a massive united outpouring in Chicago during the NATO gathering to put forth demands opposing endless wars and calling for billions spent on war and destruction be spent instead on people’s needs for jobs, health care, housing and education.

Initial List of Chicago Area Endorsers

Hatem Abudayyeh, *US Palestinian Community Network, Chicago     Bill Chambers, Committee Against Political Repression     Sarah Chambers, Executive Board Member, Chicago Teachers Union     Mark Clements, Campaign to End the Death Penalty     Vince Emmanuelle, *Iraq Veterans Against the War     Randy Evans, Global Reach, Inc.     Chris Geovanis, Hammerhard Media Works     Pat Hunt, Chicago Area Code Pink, Chicago Area Peace Action     Joe Iosbaker, Committee to Stop FBI Repression     Dennis Kosuth, *National Nurses United, union steward     Kait McIntyre, Students for a Democratic Society, University of Illinois – Chicago     Jorge Mujica, March 10th Immigrant Rights Activist     Eric Ruder, *Chicago Network to Send US Boat to Gaza     Newland Smith, Episcopalian Peace Fellowship     Sarah Smith, Committee to Stop FBI Repression     Students for Justice in Palestine at School of the Art Institute of Chicago     Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, *Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign     Andy Thayer, Gay Liberation Network and Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism

*for identification purposes only


Whereas, the U.S. is the major and pre-eminent military, economic and political power behind NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), and

Whereas, the U.S. will be hosting a major NATO gathering in the spring of 2012, and

Whereas, U.S. and NATO-allied forces are actively engaged in the monstrous wars, occupations and military attacks on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, the Middle East and elsewhere,

Be it resolved that:

UNAC, in conjunction with a broad range of groups and organizations that share general agreement with the major demands adopted at our 2010 Albany, NY national conference, initiate a mass demonstration at the site of the NATO gathering, and     UNAC welcomes and encourages the participation of all groups interested in mobilizing against war and for social justice in planning a broad range of other NATO meeting protests including teach-ins, alternative conferences and activities organized on the basis of direct action/civil resistance, and     UNAC will seek to make the NATO conference the occasion for internationally coordinated protests, and     UNAC will convene a meeting of all of the above forces to discuss and prepare initial plans to begin work on this spring action.

Passed unanimously by the National Coordinating Committee of UNAC on June 18, 2011

The following groups were at the UNAC meeting that endorsed this resolution:

Action for a Progressive Pakistan     Al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition – NY     Bayan-USA     Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace     Bail Out the People Movement     Black Agenda Report     Black is Back     Boston Stop the Wars     Code Pink     Committee to Stop FBI Repression     Ct. United for Peace     Fellowship of Reconciliation     Freedom Road Socialist Organization     Green Party     Haiti Liberte’     Hampshire Students for Justice in Palestine     Honduras Resistencia – USA     International Action Center     International Support Haiti Network     International League of People’s Struggle     International Socialist Organization     Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan NY     Jersey City Peace Movement     May 1st Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition     Mobilization Against War and Occupation – Canada     Metro West Peace Action     Middle East Crisis Committee     Muslim Peace Coalition     New England United     Nodutdol Korean Community Development     Pakistan Solidarity Network     Philly Against War     Project Salam     Rhode Island Mobilization Committee     Rochester Against War     SI – Solidarity with Iran     Socialist Action     Socialist Party USA     Thomas Merton Center Pittsburgh     United for Justice and Peace     Veterans for Peace     Voices for Creative Nonviolence     West Hartford Citizens for Peace     WESPAC     Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom     Workers World     World Can’t Wait

For more information: Joe Lombardo, 518-281-1968, Joe Iosbaker, 773-301-0109,


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