Posted 1 year ago on May 7, 2012, 11:56 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
via The People's Summit Chicago
Sponsored by the Coalition Against NATO/G8, Occupy Chicago and many others.
NATO war makers are preparing to meet in Chicago on May 20-21 following the meeting of the G8 heads of state behind the fortified walls of Camp David.
By contrast, the People's Summit invites community groups, labor unions, anti-racist organizers, Occupy activists, environmentalists, faith leaders, immigrant rights activists and anyone else committed to social justice to a grassroots, bottom-up forum of, by and for the 99 percent.
There will be large plenary sessions as well as more than 40 workshops that will provide everyone the opportunity to engage in a dialogue about the many pressing issues facing our world today.
All those opposed to the NATO/G8 war and poverty agenda are invited to attend the People's Summit, and then join the mass march on Sunday, May 20, beginning at 12 noon at the Petrillo Band Shell in Grant Park. Don't miss your chance to be a part of history as people around the U.S. and the world engage in solidarity actions with our May 20 march.
A better world is possible, and we have a responsibility to become the change that we want to see in this world. See you at the People's Summit and the May 20 march!
For more information and registration, please check out our website! Childcare will be provided!
Though the People's Summit will be free to everyone it is still going to cost around $10,000+ to pull off. With that said, we are requesting donations for those able to do so in order to finance the summit. Donate here.
Malalai Joya, former Afghan member of Parliament and internationally renowned opponent of NATO's occupation of Afghanistan; Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow/PUSH coalition; Reiner Braun, International Coordinating Committee of the European No to NATO network; Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence; death row prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal via speakerphone; Malik Mujahid, Muslim Peace Coalition; Medea Benjamin, Code Pink; Col. Ann Wright (ret.), antiwar activist
Please join us Saturday for a night of music and live entertainment hosted by the Occupy Chicago Rebel Arts Collective and Rebel Diaz!
What is the People's Summit?
On May 20th and 21st, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will be hijacking Chicago to house an undemocratic meeting for its “band of hostile brothers.” The military and political leaders of countries that account for 70 percent of world military spending will be meeting to discuss how to use their vast military might in pursuit of the interests of the global 1 percent. As they meet in their walled fortress, CANG8 and Occupy Chicago will be hosting an event of an utterly different sort. The People’s Summit is a radically democratic meeting to discuss the type of world we would like to see, a world that transcends our present condition of corporate plutocracy and military empire.
What is the purpose?
To educate our communities about war, austerity, global capitalism, and corporatization in the 21st century, and what it means for the ways we live in this world. Topics can range from the increasing cost of a loaf of bread in Chicago to the 1.4 billion people worldwide living in immiseration; from the ‘war on terror’ and global homeland security industries to increased militarization of domestic policing; from global wage depression and the creation of disposable labor reserves to devastating climate change, destruction of environments, and the privatization of common resources. Within each of these threads (and many more), the power of global economics determines the material state of contemporary world affairs. Major events around the globe in 2011, from Tahrir Square to Liberty Square, have instilled a great urgency in us all; we need to understand how the complex conditioning by global processes has given the 99% of the world more in common than we dared to imagine before.
To mobilize our communities for radical democracy, including dissent in the form of non-violent protest during the NATO/G8 summit and beyond, and the nurturing of long-term collaborative mobilizations between local, national and international communities. We accept Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent challenge to our civil liberties, and will work ceaselessly for all people to realize their right to participate in a truly democratic forum.
To present alternative visions of the world we all know to be possible through critical reflection, humor, art, direct democracy, collaboration, and informed dialogue. Our educational axiom is grounded in providing a radically democratic space, where the People in all our multiplicities contribute intellectually, artistically and collaboratively to this process. Our educational axiom is not based on the delivery of information and theories by experts to a consuming audience, a process by which thought becomes a pacifying and alienating product. That is neoliberal education. In the face of our repressive states and corporate militarized regimes, we have a responsibility to adopt new modes of thought; therefore, most powerfully, our axiom is the call for a concrete manifestation of an ethically guided, politically truthful demand: that a response to the current crisis of global capitalism must arise collectively through creative and imaginative thinking about a society based on equality and emancipation for all across the globe.