Chicago NATO protests

Anyone have anything to say? Nothing so great or terrible as a lot of people expected, but I hear that the CPD is handing out bottled water to marchers today.

I put this in the Police State thread, but I'll put it here too:

Occupy Journalists Stopped, Searched, Handcuffed & Interrogated at Gunpoint

I didn't think about starting a thread here until I found myself switching through TV news coverage trying to find a program that didn't have a reporter audibly scoffing at the protestors.

Chronicles of Ridiculous.

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Another thing that has really bugged me: "Anarchist" is being used as if it were a worse label than "terrorist." (The former describes someone's philosophical or political belief, the latter is about what someone does.) And, of course, every one of the nearly 10,000 marchers was an anarchist, somehow, regardless of if they were in the nurses' union or waving the Palestinian flag.

Why is the nurses' union protesting NATO?

The police preparations sound ridiculously overdone. I don't know if that's because Rahm Emmanuel is such a dick, or because the police got lots of federal money to spend on riot gear, or if the Chicago police department just thinks back fondly to breaking hippy heads at the 1968 democratic convention.

That TV reporters scoff at protestors doesn't surprise me. Most of them are ignorant and sympathize with the wealthy, because TV news reporters can make a lot of money and hang out with power brokers if they don't go all lefty on air.

Funkenpants wrote:

Why is the nurses' union protesting NATO?

The police preparations sound ridiculously overdone. I don't know if that's because Rahm Emmanuel is such a dick, or because the police got lots of federal money to spend on riot gear, or if the Chicago police department just thinks back fondly to breaking hippy heads at the 1968 democratic convention..

I think part of it is definitely Rahm. Obama has a former aid (in this case Chief of Staff) in power somewhere. I would not be terribly shocked if they talk to each other.

The main thing I was hoping out of this thread, though, was the answer to your question. What does the nurses' union have to do with NATO? Not being critical of the nurses, I'm just confused.

http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20120520021948144

If there is any truth to that, it sounds like that nurses union isn't really there to protest NATO.

Thousands of nurses and other protesters gathered Friday at a downtown Chicago plaza for a noisy but peaceful demonstration demanding a "Robin Hood" tax on banks' financial transactions, the largest protest yet ahead of a two-day NATO summit that is expected to draw even larger protests.
The rally - which originally was scheduled to coincide with the start of the G-8 economic summit before it was moved from Chicago to Camp David - drew a broad spectrum of causes, from anti-war activists to Occupy protesters to Cathy Christeller's nonprofit Chicago Women's AIDS project.
Deb Holmes, a nurse at a hospital in Worcester, Mass., said she was advocating for the tax but also protesting proposals to cut back nurses' pensions. "We've worked 30 years for them and don't want to get rid of them," she said.

It sounds rather like a case of "there is a big event here that will get media attention, so everyone protest their particular cause, no matter how unrelated".

absurddoctor wrote:

It sounds rather like a case of "there is a big event here that will get media attention, so everyone protest their particular cause, no matter how unrelated".

It's a combination of that and solidarity synergies. The Occupy Chicago crew was at the nurses' protest, and Tom Morello sang. They talked about things like taxes and spending $20M on security for this weekend downtown while kids were shooting each other in the rest of the city (Rahm has yet to fulfill his campaign promise to increase police, 19 people were shot in non-protest events Friday night alone).

Today the protest marched to the Boeing HQ, Boeing being pretty big both in defense budgets and lobbying.

I take the protests as a mass of people calling out, "Hey, there's some BS over here that should probably be looked at more closely." I think that's a worthwhile endeavor.