WBEZ | NATO/G-8 http://www.wbez.org/tags/natog-8 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Campaign to bring 50k protesters to Chicago begins http://www.wbez.org/story/campaign-bring-50k-protesters-chicago-begins-95907 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-12/Occupy Chicago.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The magazine that helped launch the Occupy Wall Street movement is calling for 50,000 protesters to come to Chicago for the NATO and G-8 summits.</p><p>Adbusters Magazine is based in Canada, but has followers and fans around the world. This week it posted a <a href="http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/tactical-briefing-25.html">tactical briefing</a> on its website that calls for a showdown in Chicago. They want 50,000 protesters to show up on May first with tents for a month-long people&#39;s summit. That&#39;s nearly three weeks before the NATO and G-8 summits will begin.</p><p>Adbuster&#39;s rally cry was news to <a href="http://occupychi.org/">Occupy Chicago</a>.</p><p>&quot;Adbusters had not contacted us prior to making this internet call,&quot; said Evelyn Dehais, a press liaison for Occupy Chicago. &quot;We&#39;re excited by the possibilities of it, but we&#39;re still figuring out internally exactly how to deal with the situation.&quot;</p><p>Dehais said Occupy Chicago is committed to non-violent action. The adbusters posting is calling for flashmobs and shutting down unnamed corporate headquarters if their demands are ignored.</p><p>Chicago Police Director of News Affairs Melissa Stratton issued the following written statement:</p><p>&ldquo;The Chicago Police Department is actively preparing to achieve two goals &ndash; to ensure the public safety of residents, visitors and event participants &ndash; and to protect the First Amendments rights of individuals who choose to exercise them. We are preparing for an event and are confident in the ability of the men and women of the Chicago Police Department to provide a quality experience for everyone involved.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/campaign-bring-50k-protesters-chicago-begins-95907 Chicagoans raise questions about hosting G-8/NATO summits http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-18/chicagoans-raise-questions-about-hosting-g-8nato-summits-95612 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-18/French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and US President Barack Obama greet crowds at the G8 summit in Deauville..jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago will see some big numbers from this spring's G-8/NATO summits: 7,500 officials, 2,000 press affiliates and 80 nations were just a few of the attendance projections. There was another set of numbers Chicagoans were not yet sure about, like the cost of holding the three-day event.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> brought listeners up to date on the planning process--the dual summits have not met in the same city in 35 years. Lori Healey, executive director of the <a href="http://www.chicagog8nato.org/" target="_blank">Chicago G-8/NATO Host Committee</a>, University of Chicago <a href="http://home.uchicago.edu/%7Earsx/" target="_blank">economist Allen Sanderson</a>, WBEZ's Alex Keefe and cultural critic <a href="http://www.anneelizabethmoore.com/" target="_blank">Anne Elizabeth Moore</a> discussed what issues Chicago might face and how best to plan.</p><p><em>Music Button: Algernon, "Timekiller", from the album Ghost Surveillance, (Cuneiform)</em></p></p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-18/chicagoans-raise-questions-about-hosting-g-8nato-summits-95612 Aldermen set to consider NATO, G-8 ordinances http://www.wbez.org/story/aldermen-set-consider-nato-g-8-ordinances-95581 <p><p>Protestors say they'll be at Chicago's City Hall Tuesday morning before aldermen are set to consider tougher security measures ahead of this spring's NATO and G-8 summits.</p><p>The proposals from Mayor Rahm Emanuel would tighten security and give the city some new powers. Chicago police could deputize out-of-state law enforcement, and the mayor could spend some money for the summits without City Council approval.</p><p>Emanuel softened some provisions protesters and aldermen complained were too restrictive. He had wanted to cut down the amount of time protesters were allowed to march by fifteen minutes. And the mayor also cut a provision that would have required marches to have one "parade marshal" for every 100 protestors - a measure activists said would be too onerous.</p><p>Some protest groups maintain the mayor's ordinances will stifle their free speech rights. But the changes were enough to win support from aldermen like Scott Waguespack, from the city's 32nd Ward.</p><p>"In general, I think no one's gonna have a problem protesting," Waguespack said.</p><p>But 1st Ward Ald. Joe Moreno is still opposing some other provisions, including shortened hours at city parks and beaches, and dramatically higher fines for resisting arrest that Moreno said will only antagonize protestors.</p><p>"Obviously, our country was founded on protest, it was founded on freedom of speech," said Moreno, who has been arrested himself during protests against U.S. immigration policy. "And I just say, if you're gonna err on one side or the other, you have to err on the side of allowing people to express themselves."</p><p>Moreno said he could get behind Emanuel's proposed changes to the city parade ordinance that governs protests and marches. But he said Monday he could not vote for other changes.</p><p>If committees sign off on the mayor's proposals on Tuesday, the full City Council could vote on them Wednesday.</p></p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 13:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/aldermen-set-consider-nato-g-8-ordinances-95581 Occupy Chicago plans for winter and NATO/G-8 summits http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-09/occupy-chicago-plans-winter-and-natog-8-summits-95382 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-09/6464867983_19aae1df00_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Occupiers have certainly faced hurdles in the past few months; and in the eyes of some veteran protesters it is still a young movement. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by <a href="http://occupychi.org/" target="_blank">Occupy Chicago</a> spokesperson Evelyn DeHais to get up to speed on the group’s future plans.</p><p><em>Music Button: Mickey Hart, "Dance of the Hunter's Fire", from the album Planet Drum, (Shout Factory!)</em></p></p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 14:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-09/occupy-chicago-plans-winter-and-natog-8-summits-95382