Protestors claim victory, to continue plans to march on May 19th
Today, the White House announced that the G8 summit,scheduled for Chicago on May 19-20, will be moved to Camp David, although the NATO summit will still take place in Chicago.
The Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda(CANG8) and Occupy Chicago issue the following statement:
The G8 moving to Camp David represents a major victory for the people of Chicago. The leaders of the 1%are moving because of the overwhelming resistance to the NATO/G8 war and poverty agenda in Chicago. Our city is filled with tens of thousands of people who arestruggling to keep their heads above water, fighting against the effects of theeconomic crisis caused by the leaders who would have been gathering here. The communities of Chicago are fighting tosave their schools, keep healthcare available, and to defend their jobs fromcutbacks that are a hallmark of the governments of the G8.
The city has carried out a campaign to intimidate and vilify protesters, claiming that protestslead to violence. In fact, the mainsource of violence in the world today is the wars being waged by NATO and theUS.
“We will march on May 19th to deliver ourmessage: Jobs, Housing, Healthcare,Education, Our Pensions, the Environment: Not War! We and tens of thousandswill be in the streets that day for a family friendly rally and march, with cries so loud they wll be heard in Camp David and across the globe. We will be in the streets that day to fight for our future, and speak out against the warsand their cutbacks are designed to benefit the 1% at theexpense of the 99% of the world.”