Tactical Briefing #25

Showdown in Chicago.
Tactical Briefing #25: Showdown in Chicago

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Hey you redeemers, rebels and radicals out there,

Against the backdrop of a global uprising that is simmering in dozens of countries and thousands of cities and towns, the G8 and NATO will hold a rare simultaneous summit in Chicago this May. The world’s military and political elites, heads of state, 7,500 officials from 80 nations, and more than 2,500 journalists will be there.

And so will we.

On May 1, 50,000 people from all over the world will flock to Chicago, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and #OCCUPYCHICAGO for a month. With a bit of luck, we’ll pull off the biggest multinational occupation of a summit meeting the world has ever seen.

And this time around we’re not going to put up with the kind of police repression that happened during the Democratic National Convention protests in Chicago, 1968 … nor will we abide by any phony restrictions the City of Chicago may want to impose on our first amendment rights. We’ll go there with our heads held high and assemble for a month-long people’s summit … we’ll march and chant and sing and shout and exercise our right to tell our elected representatives what we want … the constitution will be our guide.

And when the G8 and NATO meet behind closed doors on May 19, we’ll be ready with our demands: a Robin Hood Tax … a ban on high frequency ‘flash’ trading … a binding climate change accord … a three strikes and you’re out law for corporate criminals … an all out initiative for a nuclear-free Middle East … whatever we decide in our general assemblies and in our global internet brainstorm – we the people will set the agenda for the next few years and demand our leaders carry it out.

And if they don’t listen … if they ignore us and put our demands on the back burner like they’ve done so many times before … then, with Gandhian ferocity, we’ll flashmob the streets, shut down stock exchanges, campuses, corporate headquarters and cities across the globe … we’ll make the price of doing business as usual too much to bear.

Jammers, pack your tents, muster up your courage and prepare for a big bang in Chicago this Spring. If we don’t stand up now and fight now for a different kind of future we may not have much of a future … so let’s live without dead time for a month in May and see what happens …

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The Coalition Against NATO/G8 War and Poverty Agenda (CANG8) is the broad international coalition that has been organizing since August 2011 the mass protests against the NATO/G8 summits in Chicago.

Saturday May 19, 2012, noon Daley Plaza downtown Chicago, Massive Protest Rally Against NATO/G8 followed by march to the summit site.

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People's Summit against NATO/G8 May 12-13, 500 W. Cermak, Chicago, IL in Occupy Chicago's new massive HQ.


Welcome to Chicago brothers and sisters. On May 1st, the entire leadership of the Left: Socialists, Communists, Anarchists, Workers, Revolutionaries and Union members, all gather at the Haymarket Statue, in honor of the Haymarket Riot event. It's 1 block South of Lake St. and West of the expressway. It's a new recent annual Chicago event, which the media has not covered yet. Probably not allowed to, because the Haymarket Riot history is not on message with America's Global Corporate War Machine. Don't forget about our late great Mayor, Harold Washington (1983-1987). Believe me folks, if he was alive today, he would be welcoming everyone to protest against NATO/G8 in Chicago. He took on the racist institutional Chicago political leadership/media and gave them a real education. He supported just about every progressive cause in the world. Chicago has basically prospered as a corprate world center because of the movements ability to change the culture of Chicago toward city council ethics and reforms. You can get a good feeling of the man's power and decency, by just walking into the downtown HW Library. By the way, our Mayor Rahm, like Pres. Obama, basically started their political training when Harold was Mayor. They both were Harold Washington movement opportunist, who never really understood nor embraced, the working class unity and power of the Black, Latino, Asian and new Immigrant communities. These community coalitions are now larger and without any future, basically leaderless. Hopefully the People's Summit and NATO/G8 protest movements will unify in May. History is moving on and Chicago is standing at the door, welcoming all activists, protestors etc. to stay and struggle for a life-time.
In Solidarity, Zapata
Occupy Rogers Park Activist


So, direct democracy - voters anonymously mark in papers and place into transparent ballot boxes monitored by webcams also during the countings - which the people choose not only the drafters of the laws... the people of each city vote the laws itself through referendums/plebiscites means that all decisions are made by the people: real democracy. It's time to exist.


that seems excessively time consuming. i'm pretty sure i'll lose my job if i have to cast 300 votes a day. can't we just pick a counsel to do it for us?



"In the spirit of the Chicago 7?"

The Chicago 7 weren't the only people protesting in 1968. They (and Bobby Seale) were just the only people the Nixon administration decided to prosecute for violating the 1968 civil rights act.

The people of Chicago made the demonstration at 1968 DNC meaningful. Not the yippies, or SDS, or the Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam. They would have been nothing without the people of Chicago. Maybe it's time you participated in some direct democracy with them.


Adbusters made this post without consulting the Chicago movement. Who are they to presume to speak for everyone else?

You might have initiated the Occupy idea, but you don't own the movement which grew from it and you certainly don't speak for it all.

If you think G8 protest theater is the best use of your time, fine. Many disagree and think there are better things to do than invoking a riot from 40 years ago. Especially those of us actually doing the work in Chicago.

So how about you take this down, apologize and consult with the rest of the movement?


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