The NATO summit is coming to town later this month, and as members of the 99%, we won’t be invited to attend. But there’s good reason not to stay home. Occupy Chicago and numerous community groups have lined up a week of events and actions to confront the agendas of austerity and militarism and to present a vision of a better Chicago. Most events are free; some may require tickets or registration. Check out the links for details. Know of something else that should be here? Let us know at email@example.com
Counter-Summits and Forums
May 12–13: The People’s Summit
Occupy Chicago hosts a counter-summit of more than 40 workshops addressing issues such as democracy, labor, poverty, and racism. Speakers include former Afghan member of parliament Malalai Joya, civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, and antiwar activists Medea Benjamin and Col. Ann Wright. Saturday night entertainment by hip-hop duo Rebel Diaz.
Occupy Chicago Headquarters (500 W. Cermak) [Website]
Thu, May 10: Know Your Rights training for (NATO) protesters
The National Lawyers Guild conducts a training aimed at activists and organizers participating in anti-NATO demonstrations.
6 p.m., Jane Addams Hull House Museum (800 S. Halsted) [Facebook]
Fri, May 18: Arab Spring, Libyan Winter: A conversation with Vijay Prashad
7 p.m., High Concept Labs (1401 W. Wabansia Ave.) [Facebook]
May 18–20: Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice
Peace, faith and economic justice groups present an alternative summit.
Speakers include John Nichols, Tom Hayden, and Kathy Kelly.
People’s Church (948 W. Lawrence Ave.) [Website]
Fri, May 18: National Nurses United (NNU) March and Rally
Nurses lead the protest against the global one percent and demand a tax on Wall Street. The rally will feature Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.
11 a.m., Daley Plaza (Washington and Dearborn) [Facebook]
Sun, May 20: March and Rally to Protest NATO
The Iraq Veteran’s Against the War (IVAW) marches in solidarity with war opponents. March ends near McCormick Place, where members of IVAW will return their medals to NATO.
Noon, Petrillo Bandshell (235 S. Columbus Drive) [Website]
Resistant Cultural Events
Fri, May 18: Leftist Lounge: Party For Peace
Shake your groove thing with spinning by DJ Lopez and surround yourself with art curated by the Leftist Lounge. Plus, a commonwealth performance by FM Supreme.
9 p.m., High Concept Labs (1401 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago) [Facebook]
Sat, May 19: This Land is our Land! A centennial celebration of Woody Guthrie
Portoluz presents a concert celebration of folk hero Woodie Guthrie.
Featuring Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.
8 p.m., Metro (3730 N. Clark St.) [Website]
Occupy Themed Actions
Mon, May 14: Money for Education, Not for Wars
3 p.m., Dyett High School (555 E. 51st St.) [Facebook]
Tue, May 15: Vigil for Immigrant Rights and Family Unity
11 a.m., Immigration Court Building (525 W. Van Buren) [Facebook]
Wed, May 16: Housing is a Right: No Evictions, No Foreclosures!
10 a.m., Jackson and LaSalle St. [Facebook]
Thu, May 17: Planet over Profits and War
2 p.m., Bike Mass at Jackson and LaSalle; 3 p.m., action at Canadian Consulate (180 N. Stetson Ave) [Facebook]
Sat, May 19 – Occupy Chicago Day of action for health care
Mon, May 21: Shut Down Boeing action
Boeing headquarters (100 N. Riverside) [Facebook]