The Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda is organizing protests at the NATO and G8 meetings being held in Chicago in May 2012. WAMM and the Anti-War Committee are working together to bring Minnesotans by bus to join the protests.
The current price of $65 per seat is only guaranteed through March. We are fundraising to keep ticket costs low, and to make some tickets available on a sliding scale for those who need it. From this site you can buy your ticket and make a donation to help others make the trip.
If you are need a reduced price ticket, if you prefer to buy your ticket off-line, or if you have any questions, contact April from WAMM at 612-823-5989. You can also contact the Anti-War Committee via email – firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also offering a discounted student/low-income ticket price for $45. We respectfully request that you not use this code unless you are a student or low-income activist, as the cost of this ticket does not cover the cost of the bus seat. The discout code is 45TICKET
Bus pick up and drop off times are subject to change, but not by much. We will notify you of exact times as soon as they are set. We have not yet set where the busses will load and unload, but that is likely to be somewhere in South Minneapolis.
Published on Thursday, January 26, 2012 by Common Dreams
The Occupy Wall Street movement traces its origin to a call to action in the Vancouver-based magazine Adbusters.
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 …
for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ
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At 12:30 today, Rahm Emanuel officiated over the death of the Bill of Rights in the City Council chambers.
Ordinances designed to severely restrict First Amendment rights of speech and assembly were presented on December 14th. The stated target was to prepare to repress protestors during the summits of NATO and the G8.
At first, aldermen and the media all agreed that no one would oppose Emanuel on this.
In response to mayor’s attack on civil liberties, the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda (CANG8) joined together with Occupy Chicago and several unions to unite our efforts to defend of civil liberties in Chicago. By last week, aldermen had felt so much pressure from constituents that they had to speak out.
Emanuel then moved to withdraw first one, and then another, of the most criticized pieces. Protests continued to grow; Emanuel retreated further; the protests mounted, and he retreated even further.
Finally, a version was reached that the council opposition could vote for, hoping that the movement would not condemn them. The final version is still a significant attack on democratic rights; its passage is a defeat for our movement.
The mayor has not achieved his true objective, though. Emanuel looks at the new Chicago he has inherited, with protestors in so many places, and he wants to put the genie back in the bottle. It’s not possible.
We have the right to protest against war, austerity, and inequality. Mayor Emanuel, you’ll see us in the streets of Chicago: our streets.
Emanuel is trying to rush through the City Council on January 18th a vote to greatly restrict the right to protest: raising fines for arrests during protests; making unreasonable demands on protest organizers, such as one marshal for every 100 marchers; a list in advance of all signs and banners in a march; and a list of all equipment for amplification of sound one week before any march. Also he wants permits for any sidewalk protest, which would be a major blow to unions and community groups.
Also, while the city has granted permits for a rally and march on the first day of the May 19th – 21st summits, organizers were told that permits could be revoked by the Secret Service.
We are asking supporters of the march against NATO/G8 to call Mayor Rahm Emmanuel on Tuesday January 17th. (If you live in the City of Chicago, please also call your alderperson as well).
Then, report your call afterwards by sending an email to email@example.com
On January 12, the City of Chicago granted permits to the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War and Poverty Agenda (CANG8) for a rally and march on May 19. CANG8 is mobilizing against the summits of NATO/G8 occurring in Chicago that weekend. The two summits will be overlapping over 3 days.
CANG8 will continue building broad support for their demands for permits and exposing the NATO and G8 agendas of bankers, generals and heads of state of the wealthiest nations.
CANG8 is planning a family-friendly demonstration to take their message to within sight and sound of the McCormick Place where the summits are scheduled.
On the permit letters to the coalition from the City, a brief waiver statement reads:
Please note that the G8/NATO summits have been designated by the Department of Homeland Security as a Nation Special Security Event, which means the U.S. Secret Service is mandated by Federal law to head the design and implementation of an operational security plan for the summits. In the event the Secret Service designates specific security zones or areas that impact your event location, the Public Building Commission will work with you to find an alternate location for your event.
This threat of the Secret Service intervention is real. It appears the joint city-federal agency overseeing the summits might stop protests from reaching the eyes and ears of the rich and powerful who will be at McCormick Place in May.
In mid December Mayor Emanuel proposed the City Council vote to accept what he called temporary changes to city ordinances to make protests harder to organize and to threaten anyone who speaks up with enormous fines and police repression. In early January, the Mayor flipped the script, apologized for any miss understanding and said the ordinance changes would be permanent.
City council leaders were said to be in the “yes” camp, supporting the mayor, but a continuing pressure campaign that drew in Occupy Chicago, SEIU, the Teachers Union and civil liberties advocates softened their outright support. As reported in the press, on Jan. 12, the mayor’s office witnessed a rebellion by alderpersons who, for the first time, have said “no” to Emanuel.
The city council is scheduled to vote on Emanuel’s ordinance changes at its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Two committees of the city council are scheduled to discuss the changes on Jan. 17. CANG8 is calling for a national call in day to demand Emanuel stop his efforts to deny the right to protest, and locally we are asking allies to call their alderperson to say no to the changes in the ordinances.
For more information about CANG8, check here
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS CONTACT: Eric Ruder, CANGATE / 773-398-3020 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Diverse Coalition to Denounce Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Assault on the Constitutional Rights of Chicagoans
Press conference planned for Tuesday, January 17, 9 am, City Hall ahead of planned City Council vote on January 18
CHICAGO—A coalition of unions, religious leaders, community organizations and other concerned citizens is set to condemn a package of ordinances proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that amounts to an all-out assault on the civil liberties of Chicagoans.The group will conduct a press conference on Tuesday, January 17, at 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd floor of City Hall (one hour before a budget committee hearing on the proposed ordinances).The new restrictions place onerous limits on the First Amendment right to free speech and assembly, including burdensome permit requirements for even small sidewalk protests, the threat of steep new fines and other provisions that are practically impossible to comply with. The upshot is that almost any organization or group of individuals that wishes to express dissent can quickly find themselves on the wrong side of the law and subject to arrest and fines.Though Emanuel initially claimed that the provisions were solely aimed at planned protests of the upcoming NATO/G8 summit in May, he later admitted that they would indeed be permanent, giving police sweeping new powers to crack down on protests of all sorts.
This is especially worrisome at a time when groups of all sorts—labor unions, community organizations, schoolteachers and health-care providers—are faced with the need to mobilize to defend public education and city services from the mayor’s budget axe.? ?And it sets up a situation that will give police sweeping powers to crack down on the First Amendment rights of the thousands of people expected to protest the NATO/G8 summit that will take place in Chicago, May 19-21.
“Human rights earned by years of struggle and hope must not be vanquished in a moment of fear,” said Rev. Jesse Jackson. “And so we march to preserve that which is intrinsic to the integrity of our nation and our self-worth. I appeal to the mayor to honor time-honored principles of our democracy. The right to fight for our rights is what democracy looks like. So long as our fight is nonviolent and transparent, our rights must be honored.”
“We teach our students that free speech, public protest and civic participation are the hallmarks of democracy in our nation,” said Chicago Teachers Union President Karen GJ Lewis. “The plan to restrict Chicagoan’s First Amendment rights and impose huge fines on those who dare to stand up for what they believe sends the wrong message to over 400,000 CPS students who’ve been taught our civil liberties exist so we might keep those entrust accessible and accountable.”
Emanuel is already responding to the outcry about his broadside against the right to dissent, according to Joe Iosbaker, an organizer with the Coalition Against NATO/G8 Agenda of War and Poverty (CANGATE).?“The tide of opposition to the Mayor’s assault on civil liberties is the reason that the city has granted our permit to march on May 19 during the summit where NATO will discuss its plans for war and the G8 will figure out how to further attack the living standards of working people,” said Iosbaker. “But we will keep bringing pressure to bear until the mayor stops trying to push through his ‘sit-down-and-shut-up’ ordinance that targets the right to dissent for all Chicagoans.”
“From the perspective of a nurse who was arrested while providing first-aid care to protestors, Mayor Emanuel’s aggressive treatment of peaceful protesters this past year has been disgraceful,” said registered nurse Martese Chism. “And with his proposed ordinance changes, he wants to further repress the 99 percent by attacking our constitutional rights of free speech and assembly.”
According to a statement by Occupy Chicago, the proposed ordinance changes contain a “a host of bureaucratic tools, created by and for the 1 percent to relegate, abridge, fine, arrest, and silence our speech. It is an attempt to bully and intimidate with increased police power and fines the brave working people who demand the ability to participate democratically in the organizing of our society. It is an attempt, by the 1 percent, to restrict and regulate the voice of the people when it upsets the structure that put them in power. The timing of the ordinance demonstrates that it has nothing to do with public safety but that its sole purpose is to stifle the voice and trample upon the constitutional liberties of all the people of Chicago.”
Jeff Frank with the National Lawyers Guild will also address the press conference to provide legal detail about the chilling effect of the proposed restrictions on the exercise of free speech.
Martin Luther King Jr. perfectly summed the grave concerns that the above groups have in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in 1963. “Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in its application,” wrote Dr. King. “For instance, I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit. Now, there is nothing wrong in having an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade. But such an ordinance becomes unjust when it is used to maintain segregation and to deny citizens the First-Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and protest.”
For this very reason, this broad coalition stands together, united, to demand that the city respect the basic civil liberties that generations have fought to preserve.
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The issuance of this permit shows that the current ordinances, while not perfect, are more than adequate for large public events in our city, and that the Mayor should rescind his proposed anti-protester ordinances. These proposed ordinance changes have been roundly condemned by all civil liberties experts who have reviewed them. The time to withdraw them is now.
The cover letter from the City accompanying the CANG8 permit contains a disturbing “escape clause,” which reads, “In the event [that] the Secret Service designates specific security zones or areas that impact your route, please note that the Chicago Department of Transportation will work with you to find an alternate route for your event.”
We reject the notion that the Secret Service should reject permits that have already been approved. The feds have had at least six months to study the security issues surrounding the summits. In the event that they attempt to make large sections of the city inaccessible, we demand that the City insist that the protests proceed unimpeded and unmolested. Anything less would be hypocrisy on the Mayor’s part.
The City Council is scheduled to vote on Emanuel’s ordinance changes at its meeting on Wednesday, January 18 (the meeting starts at 10 AM, but arrive at 8 AM or earlier if you hope to get into the City Council Chambers, 121 N. LaSalle Street, 2nd floor).
Two City Council committees are scheduled to discuss the changes on Tuesday, January 17 – the Committee on Budget and Government Operations at 10 AM in the 2nd floor City Council chambers, and the Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation at 1 PM in Room 201A. A press conference will precede all of this at 9 AM in front of the City Council chambers on the 2nd floor.
In Chicago, city officials and demonstrators say the recent Occupy Chicago protests are a sort of dry run for next year’s simultaneous NATO and G-8 summit meetings.
MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:
Early this morning, encampments of Occupy protesters in Los Angeles and Philadelphia were cleared away. But the protesters in Chicago still remain. The city’s police superintendent has even called the demonstrations there a dry run. That’s because police are preparing for some big events next spring that come with a lot of protesters. Chicago will be hosting the G8 and NATO summits.
NPR’s Cheryl Corley reports.
CHERYL CORLEY, BYLINE: It won’t be until May that some of the world’s most powerful military leaders and politicians arrive in Chicago to discuss Afghanistan war policy and economic global issues. Even so, members of Occupy Chicago and others have already begun protesting the summits, as they did recently during a rally at Chicago’s city hall.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: So say it with me.
PROTESTERS: So say it with me.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Opposing war and greed…
PROTESTERS: Opposing war and greed…
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: …is not a crime…
PROTESTERS: …is not a crime.
CORLEY: It’s the first time since London in 1977 that the NATO and G8 summits will be held in the same city at the same time. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says it’s an opportunity for Chicago economically.
MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL: But also, in its message internationally, why Chicago is a city that’s on the move. And if you’re thinking of investing, Chicago is the place to invest.
CORLEY: The Secret Service, the FBI and FEMA planned the event but Gary Schenkel, the head of Chicago’s Emergency Management Communications team, says his office will coordinate the city’s fire, police and other departments.
GARY SCHENKEL: It’ll be kind of like a McCormick Place convention on steroids, if you will.
CORLEY: McCormick Place being the city’s large convention hall where it’s likely some summit events will take place. Northwestern University political analyst Wes Skogan says summits typically attract thousands of people.
WESLEY SKOGAN: And, of course, the whole world will be watching, as opposed to the whole world trying to watch 150 Occupy sites.
CORLEY: Chicago activist Joe Iosbaker sips a glass of water as he sits at a corner table in a downtown Chicago restaurant. He’s with the United National Anti-War Committee and he applied to hold demonstrations in Chicago the day President Obama announced the summits will be held in his hometown.
JOE IOSBAKER: I brought you two things to look at.
CORLEY: Iosbaker hands over a copy of an email, a denial from county officials to hold a rally in Chicago’s Daley Plaza during the summit. A disappointment, but Iosbaker says the most important place demonstrators want to be is within sight and sound of the world leaders who will be here.
IOSBAKER: And sight and sound, you know, means, you know, we want to be able to march to within, you know, like, 100 feet of their building.
CORLEY: Iosbaker was one of the organizers of the 2008 anti-war protest at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Although there were multiple arrests of protesters in St. Paul, that was after 30,000 people had finished the peaceful march that Iosbaker helped organize.
IOSBAKER: Many of the organizers for that are part of this organizing team, as well. We have a track record. We’re talking to the city and we’re telling them we want permits to march. They’re baiting us and saying they’re preparing for mass arrests.
CORLEY: Chicago does have its own reputation for conflict between police and protesters during political events. One of the more infamous examples occurred in 1968 during the Democratic National Convention and there were mass arrests during a protest of the Iraq War.
Police superintendent Garry McCarthy told a Chicago city council committee that the department is preparing for mass arrests during the summit, but he says police will treat protesters as they have during Occupy Chicago.
GARRY MCCARTHY: As we arrest each individual protester, they’re told, you’re in the park illegally. You’re about to be arrested. You can leave right now if you choose to.
CORLEY: The city laid its groundwork early, not allowing Occupy Chicago protesters to pitch tents in a downtown park, for example. And Mayor Emanuel offers no apologies.
EMANUEL: I can understand why people have this sense of angst about the economy, overall, but I have a responsibility as mayor to ensure that their First Amendment rights are protected, which they are, and to make sure that the law is enforced, which it will be.
(SOUNDBITE OF PROTESTERS CHANTING)
CORLEY: Protesters here say they don’t know what the city is going to do about issuing permits, but they won’t be deterred in their efforts to march against NATO and G8, just as they will continue their Occupy Chicago rallies.
Cheryl Corley, NPR News, Chicago.
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Posted on October 7, 2011 by FightBack! News!
On Oct. 6, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald gave a talk entitled, “Prosecuting Terrorism in the Courts” to a meeting of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in Chicago. While 20 people gathered outside to protest, three members of the Committee Against Political Repression went inside to question Fitzgerald directly.
Fitzgerald is in charge of the grand jury that has subpoenaed anti-war and international solidarity activists.
Fight Back! interviewed the three who went inside: Bill Chambers, Newland Smith and Sarah Simmons.
Fight Back!: You went to see U.S. Attorney Pat Fitzgerald speak this morning. What was his talk about?
Newland Smith: The talk focused on the much improved job that law enforcement is doing in fighting terrorism now that criminal investigators and intelligence investigators can share information. He credited the Patriot Act for taking that “wall” down between these two groups so now “it doesn’t matter what’s motivating an investigator to share information…we can just decide whether to use criminal case techniques or intelligence case techniques.” Of course, Fitzgerald didn’t comment on how the mixing of criminal and intelligence investigations can easily lead to free speech and dissent being criminalized and treated with “intelligence” techniques as if they are connected to terrorism.
Fight Back!: Why did you go? What questions did you want him to address?
Sarah Simmons: I went because I thought it a rare opportunity to get up close and ask Fitzgerald questions to make him squirm. My question would have been “What is your office doing to safeguard civil liberties in the grand jury investigation of peace and solidarity activists, and how do you justify the taxpayers’ dollars being spent in this way?” Apparently his conscience is not bothered at all by what he does. His summation of the Patriot Act: It’s not really bad and he doesn’t know why people get so fired up about it; it just enables law enforcement to work more efficiently. I was also struck by how in awe the group seemed to be of Fitzgerald.
Bill Chambers: The AJC promoted Fitzgerald as this effective prosecutor of terrorists “including Osama Bin Laden for the 1998 African Embassy bombings and the 1995 bombing of the World Trade Center.” I wanted the audience to know that he is better known for the year-long grand jury investigation of 23 anti-war and international solidarity activists.
Fight Back!: Were you able to ask your questions? How did he respond?
Bill Chambers: I was able to ask this question. “There has been criticism of you and your office by ten U.S. Representatives, including Jan Schakowsky in Chicago, that the investigation of anti-war and human rights activists is suppressing their freedom of speech and right to dissent. How do you respond to this criticism?”
His response – “I can’t even comment on the existence of such a case, but I can assure you my office is doing nothing to suppress dissent. There were even people out in front today protesting when I came in and they have the right to do that. Look around, there are people protesting everywhere – if I was trying to suppress dissent I would not get anything done.”
My follow-up – “Those protesters you are talking about haven’t been subpoenaed to a grand jury and had their homes invaded and property taken. So you don’t agree with Jan Schakowsky and the other U.S. reps’ criticisms then?”
His response: “People make all these criticisms of me and I can’t respond. It’s like I have duct tape across my mouth. How do you think that makes me feel?”
Fight Back!: Anything else you want to add?
Bill Chambers: I left the presentation the same time Fitzgerald did and caught up to him as he was waiting at the elevator with several others. I referred to his duct tape comment and asked him how he would feel if he was being accused in an investigation of supporting terrorists. He said no one is being accused of supporting terrorism and I reminded him that his office has acknowledged that several people are part of an investigation into material support for terrorists.
I was able to ride down all 29 floors in the elevator with him and some folks from the AJC. I continued to question him about the impact of his investigation on people who have had their reputations damaged, their homes invaded and some their bank accounts closed – all from an investigation he says doesn’t exist.
Exiting the elevator, one of the AJC event organizers made a special point of saying “We are happy you are here in Chicago.” It made me think that there are 23 activists, ten U.S. reps, 800,000 union members, and 12,000 people who have signed the defend dissent pledge that don’t share that same appreciation.
Carlos Montes, Chicano leader and immigrant rights activist, facing trial after FBI directed LA Sheriffs raid on his home.
Midwest Grand Jury Resisters – 23 anti-war and international solidarity activists subpoenaed to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s Grand Jury in Chicago, the FBI raided seven homes in Chicago and Minneapolis on September 24, 2010.
Steve Downs of Project Salam will speak along with family members and activist leaders from Arab, Muslim, anti-war, labor, and other groups. Topics include: civil rights, civil liberties, the law, and organizing against war and occupations.
More information coming soon! Please write to email@example.com with questions.
Published on August 26, 2011 by the Associated Press
By TAMMY WEBBER
With nine months to go, dozens of groups will gather Sunday to organize what could be the largest demonstrations in Chicago in years. They say tens of thousands of people may converge for the May meetings between members of NATO and the Group of Eight — France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada, Russia and the United Kingdom and the U.S. The meetings will include discussions about the future of coalition operations in Afghanistan.
The summit will put Chicago in the international spotlight and, some say, test new Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his police force.
While some world summit protests have turned unruly and violent, the organizers of Sunday’s event — retirees, gay rights activists, even the recycling manager at a local university — say they expect peaceful demonstrations and any trouble would come from provocateurs or police themselves.
“Our goal is a legal, permitted, family friendly march where people can come and have their voices heard in a safe environment,” said Pat Hunt, of Chicago Area Code Pink and Chicago Area Peace Action.
John Russick, a curator at the Chicago Historical Society, said demonstrations have always been a part of Chicago history. Some weren’t so peaceful, like the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention, when police violently clashed with an estimated 10,000 protesters, and others were relatively problem-free, including those involving equal housing, gay rights and even the 1996 Democratic National Convention.
“One of the most interesting aspects of Chicago history is the dynamic of city politics and demonstrations; it’s part of our culture and has been for long time,” Russick said. “Chicago has strong commitment to civil liberties but also has a history of wanting to keep the peace. It will be interesting how these two things balance out when the G8 is here.”
City officials said it’s too early to talk about specifics, but they’re committed to keeping the city safe while assuring protesters have a voice.
Emanuel told The Associated Press in a written statement that the summits are “a tremendous opportunity for Chicago to showcase itself to the world … (and) a major responsibility that we take very seriously.”
He said part of the city’s planning effort includes ensuring First Amendment rights.
But Hunt said Chicago police in the recent past have tried to confine protests to free-speech “zones” and arrested peaceful demonstrators.
“We’re pretty clear what the challenges are. We’ve been there, (though) certainly not on this scale,” Hunt said. “So we’ll get more bodies and ramp it up.”
The planning starts Sunday, when representatives of more than 50 groups are scheduled to meet at the Chicago-Kent College of Law to vote on an organizational structure for a coalition, set goals and establish work groups with the goal of bringing in as many people as possible to protest policies they say promote war and poverty.
“We thought we needed to bring all the forces together nationally and internationally in Chicago to protest … the twin heads of a lot of the problems in our society,” said Ashley Smith, of the New York-based United National Antiwar Committee.
It’s not unusual for activists to begin planning months ahead of big demonstrations, said UNAC co-coordinator Joe Lombardo, a retired state worker from New York who protested the G20 summit in Pittsburgh. But in Chicago “it’s clear we’re going to have a civil liberties fight” for permits and other issues, making it imperative to begin now, he said.
Part of their concern, organizers say, stems from the arrest of more than 900 demonstrators during a 2003 march to protest the war in Afghanistan. A federal judge ruled earlier this year that police acted “without justification,” sending the case back to a lower court for trial. The city said marchers didn’t have a permit and ignored orders to disperse, but the judge said the city had allowed he march to proceed without a permit.
What’s more, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was quoted in published reports last month saying he was scouting staging areas for protesters during the summits, and the department was training its 13,000 officers to make mass arrests.
Those planning the world summit protests said they sent Emanuel a letter demanding the city grant them permits to rally and march, guarantee their civil liberties will be protected and promise law enforcement won’t spy on or infiltrate their groups. Emanuel spokeswoman Jennifer Martinez said she didn’t know if Emanuel received the letter or would respond, but she said it was too early to grant permits.
Activists said if there is any civil disobedience in Chicago, it will be peaceful.
“We will not be the ones to initiate or perpetrate any violence,” said Smith, from the anti-war committee. “We will back off from any violence.”
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