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Forum Post: Showdown in Chicago

Posted 12 years ago on Jan. 31, 2012, 12:45 p.m. EST by flip (7101)
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Showdown in Chicago By Adbusters

Source: Adbusters Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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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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[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8708) 12 years ago

Chicago seems an unfavorable place for a "showdown." Could you find a place deeper in enemy territory? If we can get the numbers you indicate ( and with sufficient planning and advance notice, I think it's possible) why the HELL would You chose Chicago, rather than Washington DC, or New York City? You like to see people clubbed and maced?

[-] 1 points by fairforall (279) 12 years ago

I love a good flashmob.

[-] 0 points by uncensored (104) 12 years ago

The anarchists are laughing their asses off at you fools. They snap their fingers and you jump. Then they sit home and watch YouTube vids of you IDIOTS getting you asses thrown in the can. Two days later, they do it again! LMAO!

[-] 0 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 12 years ago

This is what democracy looks like!!