Links to media> Chicago No NATO protests

Editor’s note:  This list contains some of the media that has come to WAMMToday’s attention, but by no means is intended to be comprehensive.

Here is a link to the Chicago Tribune’s gallery of photos for the day.  They specialize in confrontation, and have very little about the pre-march activity or the march itself.  Jennie, a Minnesota Peace Guide, is featured in one of the photos.  And an 83-year-old with a walker is walking by the police, her StopFBI.net sticker showing boldly!

Click HERE to see the photos.

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From Joe iosbaker  to the CANG8 listserve    Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Everyone – 

Here are some of the news stories from our press conference yesterday with Occupy Chicago and the NLG to denounce the police attack on the protesters on Sunday at the end of our march.  

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/22/us/subdued-day-after-a-night-of-clashes-in-chicago.html 

 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/12675712-418/protesters-target-boeing-on-second-day-of-nato.html 

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/05/22/protester-police-used-batons-indiscriminately-during-nato-summit/ 

 Here is Democracy Now:

 http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/21/chicago_police_face_accusations_of_entrapment 

 And here is the CNN anchor reaction to the police violence as it happened.  A few hours later, all the corporate media and NPR had fallen into lock step, praising the police for beating people, but the initial reaction was quite human.  Especially watch at 5:25 into the tape:

 http://truthisscary.com/2012/05/video-cnn-anchor-shocked-by-police-brutality-at-nato-protest-in-chicago/

Finally, here is the press release we sent out yesterday as well.  Apologies for not having posting it at the time.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ORGANIZERS

Press Conference by Occupy Chicago, CANG8, 2 pm TODAY, Obama Hq. To:  Press

Media Advisory, Monday, May 21st, 2012

Press Conference today, 2:00 pm

Obama Campaign Headquarters

130 E. Randolph, Chicago

Occupy Chicago and the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda to denounce police violence against NATO protestors.

An estimated 15,000 people marched on Sunday against NATO, against war and against the disastrous cuts in social programs that NATO and the G8 bring to the people of the world. This was the largest anti-war march in Chicago in many years, and the largest national antiwar march in recent years as well.

The marchers followed a contingent of veterans, and ended with a moving ceremony in which 40 or more Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Against the War threw their medals back at the generals.

The National Nurses United joined the march, speaking for working people in this country who suffer because of the greed of the 1%. Chicago Action Medical helped protect everyone in the 2 ½ mile march in 90% heat by ensuring that water was available and care was given to any in need.

However, the march was then marred by a brutal display of police violence. The Chicago Police Department beat people in full view of the TV cameras, in what echoes the violence of the police riot of the protests at the Democratic Convention in 1968.

This attack was the culmination of the stupendous and unprecedented military and police presence, at a cost to both taxpayers and the First Amendment.

The press conference today will counter the claims of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy that the officers under his command acted honorably. “The violence of officers acting under orders from their commanders reveals to all what it means when NATO comes to town, said Brian Bean of Occupy Chicago.” “NATO is a war making organization, and now we feel a degree of the violence that the people of Afghanistan experience daily under their occupation.”

The press conference will call for the immediate release of any NATO protestors still being held in jail.

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HERE is an article from the Guardian.

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In Chicago, Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans Put NATO’s Endless War on Trial (click on the title to see the article)

www.huffingtonpost.com

More than two million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. CNN and Fox . . . 

OpEdNews – Article: Chicago: Peace Town by David Swanson

www.opednews.com

A huge crowd gathered for several hours and marched for over two miles in the hot sun to oppose NATO and U.S. wars on Sunday in Chicago.  (click on the title to see the article)

Democracy Now! appears to have the most complete coverage leading up to, during, and following the May 20th march and rally.

Contributors to this list of media include Mary Beaudoin, Coleen Rowley, and Kim DeFranco.

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